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Reporters' notebook / Bits and pieces of news

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to cartoonist Al Capp, born on this date in 1909, "I've learned one thing – people who know the least anyways seem to know it the loudest."


TIME OF NEED – Niagara Falls High School student Danni Pierini, a clarinetist in the Wolverines Marching Band, was going up stairs on her way to class in February when her leg broke. As it was healing, doctors discovered a cyst in the bone that turned out to be cancerous.

In and out of treatment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute ever since, she faces surgery to replace part of her leg bone and chemotherapy.

Family and friends are holding a benefit at 2 p.m. Saturday in Niagara Active Hose hall, 6010 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara.

Tickets are $20 and include food and beverages, and music by four local bands, including the Flat Tops and the Diva Show Band, who have volunteered their services. For info, call Sal Paonessa at 283-8207 or Kim Nye at 283-1090.


THE PRICE IS RIGHT – Several local venues will join with more than 1,400 others across the nation by offering free admission Saturday for the eighth annual Museum Day Live, sponsored by Smithsonian magazine.
They include the North Tonawanda History Museum, the Herschell Carrousel Museum in North Tonawanda, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in Amherst, the Erie Canal Discovery Center in Lockport and the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, near Rochester. To get in free, all you have to do is download a ticket at


FILL THE FREEZER – The second annual YMSR/Cathedral Ushers Meat Raffle takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway between Schwartz and Ransom roads, Lancaster. Admission is $3 and includes a sandwich, snacks, beer, wine and pop.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday for the Surf 'N Turf Raffle in the St. Francis Social Center, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs. Admission is $5 and includes a roast beef sandwich, beer, wine and pop. It's an adults-only event.

The Buffalo Veterans Association and Aspire, formerly the Cerebral Palsy Association, will benefit as Elks Lodge 1942 holds its Fall Meat Raffle on Saturday evening in the Knights of Columbus hall, 1530 Kenmore Ave. Admission is $5 and includes a sandwich, snacks, beer, wine and pop. Doors open at 6, and raffles start at 7. Grand finale is a 40-piece meat tray extravaganza. For advance tickets and table reservations, call Tammy McAndrew at 807-7900.


WEEKEND MENU – Holland United Methodist Church, Partridge Road at Route 16, next to the post office, will host its annual Pot Roast Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Family-style dinners, including slow-cooked pot roast, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, salad and home baked pies, are $10, $9 for seniors and $5 for children under 10.

The Past Commanders' Club of Erie County is sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion, at 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Breakfast is $6 and includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and a beverage. For tickets, call the post at 896-3346 or post commander Nelson Oldfield at 634-6394.

Alden Meals on Wheels will hold a Krolick's chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at its meal preparation site at 12482 Broadway. Dinners are $8.75, drive-through only, and include potato salad, coleslaw and home-made dessert.
Queen of Angels Parish will hold a Fall Festival featuring a Chiavetta's chicken barbecue dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the parish social center, Warsaw Street and Electric Avenue, Lackawanna. Dinners are $9 and include homemade salads and dessert. There will be cards, a split club and a raffle with more than 119 prizes.

The Catholic Daughters of America, Court Monsignor Baker, will host a Spaghetti Dinner and Theme Tray Raffle from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in Maguire Hall, formerly St. Agatha's, at 51 Alamo Place in South Buffalo. Dinners, which include salad and desserts, are $8 adults, $5 for seniors 65 and over and kids 10 and under. Drawings for the raffle start at 3:30.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Bruce Wawrzyniak, Kelly Liesel Kaczor, Shelly Dumpert, Rose Weinstein, Jim Lorentz, Suzanne Tiranno, Jack Lempko, Lori Vogt, Lydia Herren, Betty Hermann, Sally Schutt, Elaine Weishaupl, Florence Gerard, Diane Helinski, Donna Woodley, Phyllis Panek, Lorraine Fontana, Chester Jasinski, Jim Brady, Emmett Gallagher O'Neill, Robert Maloney, Thomas Moore, Bob Zaczek, Darlene Leonard, Linda Gentz and Deborah Dasto.

AND SATURDAY – Lauren Migliore, Bob Linn, Jack Weibel, Persis Vehar, Beverly Dove, Flo Pilato, Eileen Ryan, Mona Wales, Phyllis Potter, Dawn Hawthorn, Richard Feistag, Julianna Vadala, Lee Surowiec, Fran Woodley, Peter Biesik, Jason Leisten, Mary Panek, Dan Bartus, Kristen Bartus, Jamie Clark, Dottie Williams, Mary Ann O'Leary, Joe Barone, Justin Maury, Abbey Aquino, Brett Papke, Dolly L. Evans, Peter Nigrelli, Robert John Roman III and Matty Brian.

AND SUNDAY – Patricia Zielinski, David Derrico, Robby Takac, Kerry S. Grant, Neil R. Sherwood, Jim Havernick, Diane Grossman, Elizabeth O'Donnell, Jim Pluta, Kathy Fendya, Elaine Johnson, Kelly Logel, Karen Murphy Sutton, Carol Alagna, Nancy Wilcox, June Kaczmarek and Susan Woyshner.