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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to German author Erich Maria Remarque, born on this date in 1898, "You may turn into an archangel, a fool, or a criminal -- no one will see it. But when a button is missing -- everyone sees that."


EARNING THEIR STRIPES -- It was 82 years ago this week that Robert S. Vidler Sr. opened the Fair 5-Cent to $1 Store on Main Street in East Aurora. His grandchildren celebrate Saturday with an official cake-cutting at about 11 a.m., dished out free as long as it lasts, along with dimes for children young and old to get a bag of popcorn from the store's vintage popcorn machine.

For good measure, Beverly and Don Vidler report, Bob Sowyrda will be playing old-fashioned piano in the store, and Merle Maple Farms will be selling their unique maple cotton candy under the red and white striped awning on the sidewalk out front.


BERRY BLAST -- Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., East Aurora, holds a Strawberry Festival and Jumble Sale on Saturday in conjunction with the East Aurora Roycroft Arts & Crafts Summer Festival.

The Strawberry Festival will be held on the church lawn from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with local berries, real whipped cream, ice cream and homemade biscuits.

The Jumble Sale, which includes antiques, collectibles and household items, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church basement, with a special $2 bag sale from 2 to 3 p.m.

In addition, there will be a Clothing Sale of new and nearly new items for babies, children and adults from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the church parking lot.


SACRED GROUND -- The Concordia Foundation, which oversees historic Concordia Cemetery, 438 Walden Ave. at Sycamore Street on Buffalo's East Side, will hold a meet-and-greet session for people interested in historic cemeteries and their preservation at 11 a.m. Saturday. A light lunch will be served.

The foundation is looking for people who would like to serve as board members and volunteers on various committees that are being formed.


AIR WAVES -- The Amateur Radio Association of the Tonawandas will hold its annual Field Day from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Emergency Operations Center at North Tonawanda Fire Headquarters, 495 Zimmerman St.

Designed as a practice session, the Field Day events will test the preparedness of amateur radio operators in emergency situations when cell phones and other communications don't work. Visitors can talk with local ham radio operators and see demonstrations of the newest digital and satellite communications equipment.


BELLS ARE RINGING -- Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., Williamsville, celebrates the 53rd anniversary of the dedication of its carillon bells with a free carillon concert by Karl Keldermans of Springfield, Ill., at 4 p.m. Sunday, with his performance carried on closed-circuit television so that it can be enjoyed outdoors. Part of Milton Street will be closed to traffic for seating. The music will be followed by a reception with family-friendly games and entertainment, food and beverages.


TIME OF NEED -- A fundraiser to help pay medical costs for Alyssa Loschiavo, the West Seneca Middle School cheerleader who was struck down by a motorist while crossing Union Road in May 2011, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Tony Rome's, 1537 Union Road, West Seneca.

Tickets are $20 at the door and include food, draft beer, wine, pop and music by the Patti Parks Blues Band. Raffles include a guitar autographed by Robbie Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls. Alyssa is recovering at home but needs 24-hour care and is facing more brain surgery.


FOOD AND MORE -- The United Methodist Women of University United Methodist Church, 410 Minnesota Ave. at Bailey Avenue, hold a mini-silent auction and salad bar luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Donation is $6.50. Proceeds help local and global mission projects.

The Shriners of WNY host a chicken barbecue starting at noon Sunday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Dinners are $8 and include a two-pound half chicken, corn, salad and a roll.

St. Aloysius Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, holds its annual Chicken & the Baskets Extravaganza from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, with a BW's chicken and ribs barbecue, a huge theme basket and chance auction, and a garage sale and bake sale by St. Al's Seniors.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Belinda K. Jones, Gerry Dickey, Chryel E. Coles, Shawna Schaller, Tom Maher, Paul Waggoner, Bill Quinn, Father Jerry Kopec, Rudi Backman, Nathan Gies, Alexis Patterson-Beacham, ChiChi Hoelscher, Carl Laundan, Luci Buczek, Jack Kolbmann, Adrenne Daniels, Jetuan Felder, Yvette Thompson, Ervin Watson, Oscar Elliott Sr., Nicole Taylor-Herbst, Mira Boyczuk, Andrea J. Abbate, Tammy Aranyosi, Dr. Mark Jajkoski, David Dzrerba, Willie Morris, Vincent Hornberger Jr., Jerry Stack, Vivian Toohey and Wendy Toohey.

AND SATURDAY -- Kim Bartolotti, Lillian Ungerleider, Larry Playfair, Sharon Schwedt, Frank Sholtez, Sister Therese Marie Kodz, Nick Marinaro, Jan Miuer, Adele Green, Donald Hoffman, Eleanor Pastwik, John Schuhmacher, Michelle Fiorella, Linda Schubbe, Jennifer Pirratino, Conor Nowak, Morgan Campan, Emma Pronko and Natalie Palmowski.

AND SUNDAY -- Meg Klamp, Marcia A. Giambrone, Andrew Simonson, Robert Hassett, Lois Eschrich, Esther Herle, Ed Zimmerman, Marc McCabe, Cathy Hoch, Jamie Lynn Hollers, Emily McGee, Karen Jukich, June Bonerb, Michael Faust, Eleanor Kraft, Carol Wright, Gabriel Ferratella, Debra Regelski, Chris Raphael, Hilde Juzdowski, Helen Wilczak, Edith Orzechowski, Tom Bartus, Cindy Riel, Cole Tripp Leonard, Peg McCarthy, Kyle Pawlowski, Guy Guimento, Ethel Grant, Marilyn Toohey and Tania Sharma.