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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist John D. MacDonald, born on this date in 1916, “Friendships, like marriages, are dependent on avoiding the unforgivable.”


WHERE IT ALL BEGAN – The Hamburg Natural History Society will roll back admission prices to its Penn Dixie site off Big Tree Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday as part of its 20th anniversary celebration. Tickets for the Founders Day event will be $3 for adults, $2 for children.

In addition to fossil collecting, there will be tours of the wetlands and the trails.

Visitors also can learn how a grass-roots organization has been able to purchase and preserve the former 32.5-acre stone quarry and develop it into an attraction that draws people from around the world. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


FULL NELSON – Professional wresting returns Saturday evening to Francis J. Donovan Post 3210, American Legion, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. The card includes a six-man elimination tag match and a women’s match. Matches will be held outdoors, weather permitting.

Doors open at 4 p.m., and first match is at 5. Tickets are available at the door for $10 VIP, $8 general admission and $5 for children 12 and under.


PIEROGI CHALLENGE – A new category has been added for the sixth annual Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Contest – Dessert. Contest organizer Christopher Byrd notes that desserts will be “open to entrant’s creativity.”

The contest, which also will pick winners in the Homemade Traditional, Homemade Non-Traditional and Commercial categories, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17 during the 34th annual Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 199 Clark St., near the Broadway Market.

Deadline for entries is Aug. 10. Applications are available by calling the church rectory at 896-1050 or visiting Last year’s contest attracted 43 entries.


HELPERS WANTED – Habitat for Humanity Buffalo will hold an information session from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in ReStore South, 1671 South Park Ave., to talk about volunteer opportunities that are available for the rest of the summer and the fall. They include construction work, staffing the ReStore locations, office work, committee positions, fundraising and publicity. For info, call 204-0740, ext. 105.


GRAB AND GO – The Lockport Presbyterian Home Auxiliary will offer Krolick’s barbecue rib dinners for take-out only beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Dinners are $9.50 and include chef salad, salt potatoes, rolls and butter, and dessert. Dinners can be picked up in the front driveway of the home at 327 High St.

Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive at Larch Road, Eggertsville, will offer BW’s barbecue dinners for takeout only from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Chicken dinners are $10, ribs dinners are $12, and include two salads, roll and butter. Get a presale ticket and save $1 per dinner. Call the church office at 836-4868.


MADE IN THE SHADE – D’Youville College has transformed the block of Prospect Avenue between Porter Avenue and Connecticut Street, the side of campus that faces Prospect Park, by installing 11 Crimson King Maple trees.

Edward P. Cogan, D’Youville’s associate vice president of operations and construction, chose the trees to match two older maples on the block. “There were dead trees and spaces without trees, and I thought new trees would be nice,” he says.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Todd Ehret, Florence Johnson, River Hassett, Linda Tornquist, Barb Klaffka, Ray Kaiser, Liane Seivert, John Lewandowski, Dawn Ruettimann, Jeanna M. Cellino, Carl Berger, Dan Miller, Michaela Granelli, Nash Kraft, Barb Robins, John M. Billittier, Teri Gonzalez, Karen Szafran, Vicki Drebat, Ann Jankowski, Cody Smith, Kelsey Bartus, Scott Charles Press Jr., James Sala, Kelly Sala, Terissa Sanfilipo, Marie Marren, Michael Lichtenthal, Linda Dudek Shriber and Karl-Eric Reif.

AND THURSDAY – Miguel Santos, Doug Marrone, Karen Schaller, Kristy Schaller, Abby Fisher, Janet Kurz, Lois Lizak, Priscilla Richardson, Debra Brucato, Jim Zelasko, John Kociej, Eugene Kmidowski, Stefanie Franko, Sister Mary Sabine Boczar, Kathleen Curran, Jeff Barbeau and Ted Boston.