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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to legendary baseball manager Casey Stengel, born Charles Dillon Stengel on this date in 1891, “When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed, and when you’re older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.”


TWIN LIGHTS – Tours of the two lighthouses that once guided lake sailors to the entrance to the Welland Canal in Port Colborne, Ont. – the 1903 inner range lighthouse and the 1928 outer range lighthouse – will be among the many attractions at the 35th annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival, which begins Friday and continues through next Monday.

The Save Our Lighthouses group will offer daily tours by boat from Sugarloaf Harbor Marina between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tours also can be arranged by reservation through Sept. 3. For info, call Erno Rossi at (905) 835-8051.

The festival also includes visits by tall ships, a kite festival Saturday, a classic car show Sunday, fireworks Sunday night and concerts every evening. For a full schedule, click on “Canal Days Program” at


CRIME TIME – The Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca, will host a pasta dinner and mystery drama, “A Taste for Wine and Murder,” at 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15. For info, call 674-8666.


SELLING POINTS – Find an outlet for your crafts or the items cluttering up your closets at a pair of upcoming community yard sales.

Indoor and outdoor spaces are available for the yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10 at Cleveland Heights Christian Church, 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Spaces are $10, $15 with a table. Call Sharon Kwiatkowski at 685-9643 or email

Lakeview Animal Sanctuary has a limited number of tables available at its community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at 5180 Fiegle Road, Pendleton. There also will be pony rides, a petting zoo, a bounce house and an animal adoption tent. For info, call 478-9206 or 280-8721.


THE BEST MEDICINE – On permanent disability from his job at Northtown Automotive due to heart problems is Gerald Galuszka, of West Seneca, who received a heart pump nearly a year ago and now is awaiting a heart transplant.

To help cover his medical expenses, an evening of comedy will be staged for him Saturday evening in Rob’s Comedy Playhouse, 1340 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Donation is $25, which includes two beverages. There also will be auctions and raffles. For tickets, call 989-7020.


CHRISTMAS IN JULY – The latest Santa Claus Lane holiday ornament is now available, the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce reports. The 15th in a series created by artist Kathleen McDonald, it depicts Olean’s historic movie house, the Palace Theater, which was razed in 1998.

The ornament is $20 and is available at the Chamber office, 120 N. Union St., and at Seasons in the Olean Center Mall. Ornaments also can be ordered by mail. Call the Chamber at 372-4433 or email Ten of the previous ornaments also are available at the Chamber office. Proceeds support the city’s annual display of holiday lights.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sue Joffe, Philip Davis, Ed Drozen, Greg Hahn, Patricia Edbauer, Ivory Payne, Chris Courier, Mary Ann Bell, Russell Messier, Steve Ruszczyk, Sandy Brind’amour, Frances Morcelle, Sister Mary Rose Szymanski, Sister Mary Charitine Stankiewicz, Joey Ciesinski, Paul McGavis, Paula Betz, Meghan Landseadel, Mabel Jaworski, Robb O’Leary, Greg Wickett and Kathy Vogl Byrne.