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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to world champion race car driver Mario Andretti, born on this date in 1940, “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.”


OPENING THE DOORS – Beginning a new season this weekend is the historic Rich-Twinn Octagon House, 145 Main St., Akron, the only remaining original eight-sided dwelling in Erie County.

Visitors can take self-guided tours of the house from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month from March to October. Volunteer docents will be on hand to explain its features. Guided tours are available for groups of six or more by calling 542-7022. For more info, visit


IMAGINE SPRING – Another hint that warmer days eventually are coming is the annual Home and Garden Raffle from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. Admission is $25 and includes food and refreshments. Grand prize is a five-piece patio set. Among the other prizes are an iPad Mini, a barbecue grill, a patio swing, a $250 gas card and a 35-inch high-definition TV.


LUCKY NUMBERS – The Valley Community Association will host an “I Got It Bingo” session from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St., near South Park Avenue and Elk Street. Boards are 25 cents per game.

Prizes include theme baskets and gift certificates. Food and refreshments will be for sale. Proceeds benefit the association’s Striving for Excellence After School Program. For info or to donate a prize, call Lori Overdorf at 823-4707, Ext. 4.


PRIZES AND MORE – The Springville Firemen’s Auxiliary will hold its annual chance auction Saturday in the fire hall at 405 E. Main St. Doors open at 10 a.m., drawings start at 11:30. Proceeds benefit the Fire Department and its EMT squad.

Pet Connection Programs, the special care maternity shelter for homeless animals in Marilla, will host a chicken barbecue and chance auction beginning at noon Saturday in the Moose Lodge, 905 Main St., East Aurora. Dinners by BW’s Barbecue are $9 and are takeout only. To reserve one, call the shelter at 652-0192. Saturday, call 998-8585.

Lakeview Animal Sanctuary in Pendleton, which is rebuilding its barn after a disastrous fire last year, is sponsoring a basket raffle and dinner Sunday afternoon in Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave. (Route 78), Lockport.

Doors open at noon, and admission is free. Dinners, catered by Donna Eick, are $10 and will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. The basket raffle begins at 5. Family entertainment will continue all day. For info, call 754-0359.


WEEKEND MENU – This week’s special is a stuffed pork chop dinner at the fish fry from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Father Justin Council 5670, Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga. The special is $10.95. Fish is $10.75 beer-battered or breaded, $11.95 broiled. Platters also available. Call 683-3635.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2239 West Creek Road at Wilson-Burt Road, across the bridge from Route 78 in Burt, gets an early start on Lent with a fish fry from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. There’s a choice of fish or shrimp, French fries or potato salad, plus coleslaw, beverage and a homemade dessert. Dinners are $9 adults, $5 children. Kids under 5 are free.

The Kenmore Lions Club will host its 17th annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in St. Andrew Catholic Church, Elmwood Avenue and Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Breakfasts, which include sausage and coffee, tea or juice, are $6 adults, $4 kids under 12. Children under 4 are free. There also will be an auction of theme baskets and gift certificates.

St. Nicholas Church, 2784 Seneca St. at Harlem Road, West Seneca, holds a Pre-Lenten Pancake Breakfast at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, following 10 a.m. Mass. The public is welcome.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lauren Shanks Van Horn, Corey Tarreto, Michael Morgulis, Laura Winchester, Linda Barochik, June Terhaar, Maxwell Haggerty, Pam Roman, Marion Keen, Andrew Franz, Kathy Reidy, Judith Major, Richard Smolorek, Pattie Losito, Courtney Bondanza, Marge Loomis, Lillian Traska, Linda Mucyn, Anna Wickett, Mike Wachowiak, Dolly Handzlik, Jenna Horwitz, Lisa McClintic, Jerry Ciambar, Tim Driscoll, Faith Webber and Camden Roy.

SATURDAY – Antoine Thompson, J.J. Richert, Tara Fitzpatrick, Brianna Safe, Sue Harder, Michael Haendiges, Maureen Lane, Ashlynn Becker, Pat Cleary, Brian Bosworth, Dorothy Harding, Michael Oliver, Sue Schwartz, Kevin Kibler and Angie Spink.

AND SUNDAY – Madison Margaret Leonard, Maureen Porter, Henry Chudy, Kastle Brill, Nancy Torrell, Shaun Halligan, Mel Skwierczymski, Luke Healy, Wil Schiermeyer, Vincent Haggerty, Darlene Whelan, Kim Scmelzinger, Fred Pepperday, Lynn Emblidge, Joe Blocho, Sandy Pennella, Sandra Rizzo, Alexandra Gryta and Alex McDougall.