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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats, born on this date in 1865, "Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire."


HELP A VET -- Roll of Honor Chapter 120, Disabled American Veterans, is kicking off its annual Forget-Me-Not fundraiser this weekend to help Western New York's homeless veterans. Vets will be taking donations at several locations in the Tonawandas.

Look for them Thursday through Monday at Gander Mountain, 880 Young St., City of Tonawanda; Budwey's Markets, 415 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, and 535 Division St., North Tonawanda; Valu Home Center, 4264 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda; and Save-A-Lot, 3640 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

DAV members also will be taking donations June 29 to July 3 at the same locations. Donations also can be made with a check to DAV120, mailed to Gerald Tidd, 460 North Ave., North Tonawanda, NY 14120.


DRUMSTICK BEAT -- Bringing Chiavetta's chicken barbecue to downtown Buffalo from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday are the folks at Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave. Dinners, including Trinity's famous black bean salad, coleslaw, roll and butter, can be taken out or enjoyed in Trinity's courtyard. Dinners are $10 Thursday, $9 in advance by calling 852-8314, Ext. 37, or emailing


JUMP START -- Recovering from a rare form of lower jaw cancer is Collen Mertz, 10, of Cheektowaga, who has had surgery to remove part of his right jaw and needs reconstructive dental treatment. To help his family cover the costs of his treatment, Gentle Dentistry of Lancaster and Winning Smiles Pediatric Dentistry of Amherst have teamed up to sponsor a "jump-a-thon" fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the SkyZone, 425 Cayuga Drive, Cheektowaga.

Tickets are $15, and kids can get an hour of trampoline time, dodge ball or diving in the foam pit. There also will be a clown, child-friendly tattoos and raffles. To schedule jump times at 6, 7 or 8 p.m., call Jami Haglund at Winning Smiles, 332-2444.


SLIPPERY SLOPES -- Running is only part of the challenge in the first Mudslide Obstacle Race, which starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville. The 3.5-mile and 5.4-mile courses for this off-road competition are muddy ski trails and a bunch of obstacles that include a pile of logs, a maze and a giant mud slide.

Medals will be awarded to all finishers, and prizes will be given to the three fastest men and women, as well as for the most creative costumes. Muddy runners also will have a chance to shower when they finish. Day-of-race registration from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday is $60 for either run, $15 for the kids run.


TALKING POINTS -- Do you love local history and want to share your knowledge about it? The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to serve as tour docents. A first in a series of three Saturday training classes begins at noon this Saturday in the History Museum at 25 Nottingham Court. For info and to sign up, call Michael Reichmuth at 873-9644, Ext. 304.


MILESTONE YEAR -- The Wilson Lions Club celebrates its 70th anniversary at its annual awards dinner at 6 p.m. Monday in the Wilson Boat House Restaurant, 57 Harbor St., Wilson. Honorees include Wilson Town Clerk Wanda E. Burrows, Citizen of the Year; World War II veteran Edward P. Feigenbaum, Hometown Hero; and optometrist Dr. Duane Snyder, who will receive the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award. Diane Muscoreil will receive the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award from the club. Tickets are $30 and include a steak dinner and a cocktail. For tickets, call James Muscoreil at 628-8052.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Lottie Sue Koszela, Cathy Czopp Leising, Jennifer Morris, Ceil Zachowicz, Kiel Vulcheff, David Hess, Mark Lempko, Paul Wodowski, Teri Black, James Schlehr, Alex Zielinski, Susie Jaczewski and Betty Sante.

AND THURSDAY -- Grace Gilbert, Joyce Jividen, Jim Brennan, Pattie Sacco, Caitlin Schumacher, Sheryl Bierma, Alphonso Adams, Darryl Gies, Daniel Lawrence, Elinor Malone Rice, Colleen McCarthy, Brenda Alesii, Michael Cacciatore, Bill Prenatt, Richard Kurzdorfer, Arlene Olday and Donna Piniewski.