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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from songwriter Jerry Leiber, born on this date in 1933, “Take out the papers and the trash / Or you don’t get no spendin’ cash / If you don’t scrub that kitchen floor / You ain’t gonna rock and roll no more.”


OOPS! – That Western Hoedown hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary of George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion, at 962 Wehrle Drive, Amherst, is Sunday afternoon and evening, not Saturday. Doors open at 3, food will be served from 4:30 to 5:30, and the Ghost Riders will play from 5:30 to 8:30.

Donation is $18, which includes food, draft beer, wine and pop. Mixed drinks will be available at a small cost. For tickets and info, call Gregory Voye at 930-2524, Wayne Sorrentino at 891-5164 or Sally Dean at 632-0829.


LOOKING UP – We asked Jerold C. Bastedo, executive director of the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, what happens to its evening astronomy programs when there’s a chance of cloudy skies, like there is for the next one at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Penn Dixie site off Big Tree Road in Hamburg.

“Our staff and volunteers will be there and, if it is not raining, have telescopes to view and can help those who bring their telescopes to learn how to operate them,” he replied by email. “Sometimes it is overcast in Buffalo or other areas and clear at Penn Dixie. Once we get a building on the site, there are many other astronomy presentations and discussions that can be provided regardless of the weather.”

Skies permitting, visitors will be able to see Orion and Taurus low in the west, Jupiter high in Gemini and Mars in the Spring Triangle, high in the southeast, at about 8:30 p.m., along with a variety of other constellations. No pre-registration is required. Fee is $3. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


TIME OF NEED – A father of two, David Barry, of Niagara Falls, has worked for more than 20 years for Niagara Cerebral Palsy, has been active in 79th Street School groups, coached Little League baseball and served as an elder in Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Then, in February, what seemed at first like an infection in his leg was discovered to be tunneling necrosis fasciitis, the flesh-eating disease. He has undergone multiple surgeries and is facing more treatment and rehabilitation.

To help with his expenses, friends and family are holding a benefit from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday in Niagara Active Hose, 6010 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls. There will be live music from High Horse and the Chicago Blues Connection, plus a host of special musical guests.

Advance donation of $20 includes tickets for the auctions and raffles, plus a beverage and a food item. For info and tickets, call 298-0617.


KIELBASA KINGS – For the third time, Dubel’s Sausage won the competition for Best Overall Commercial Sausage and the People’s Choice Award in the Buffalo’s Best Kielbasa Contest on Dyngus Day in the Broadway Market, 999 Broadway.

Dubel’s, which is sold at Market in the Square and Apple’s Deli, also won the Best Fresh, Best Smoked Holiday and Best Fresh Holiday contests. Best Non-Traditional Commercial was Hanzlian’s Homemade Sausage. Best Overall Homemade winners were the Bednarz Family.


NEW BEST FRIEND – Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue will have dogs ready for adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Sears Court at Boulevard Mall in Amherst. Photos and info on these and others in need of homes are at


WINNING TICKETS – Payne Avenue Christian Church, 1459 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, holds its fourth annual basket raffle from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

St. Bernard Catholic Church is sponsoring a theme tray auction Saturday evening in the Parish Hall, 1988 Clinton St. Doors open at 5, drawings begin at 6:30. Admission is $3 and includes a sheet of 25 raffle tickets. Pizza, pop and baked goods available for purchase.

Our Lady of Pompeii School, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster, is holding one more meat raffle before the school closes, with its biggest meat prizes ever. Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday, first drawing is at 7. Admission is $5 and includes beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks and a hot sandwich or pizza. There also are door prizes and a basket auction. For info, call Tim Wozniak at 686-9559.


WEEKEND MENU – Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, hosts a roast beef dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and include dessert plus coffee, tea or loganberry drink. Proceeds benefit the parish youth programs.

Chiavetta’s chicken dinners will be served from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the “Chicken Coop,” West Seneca Post 8113, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca. Sponsored by S.C.O.P.E. (Shooters Committee on Political Education), dinner tickets are $10. There also will be chance auctions and raffles.Call 560-7289 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Paul Bernhardt Jr., Maureen McCabe, Judi Marshall, Sam Anson, Larry Wojno, Jose Latalladi Jr., Brandy Amorosi, Judy Ziemba, Katie Lesswing, Michael A. Rooth, Ayden Hooley, Sid Zaretsky, Karen Sweet, Dona Bondanza, Jennifer Parsons, Kelly Eagan Govern, Patrick Govern, Kayla Brill, Jennifer Pronobis, Addy Niemiec and Jennifer Sole.

SATURDAY – Daniel Pfohl, Kacy Frankhauser, Marge Thielman Hastreiter, Donna Fernandes, VaSean D. Crews, Marie Cusick, Victoria Dale, Virginia Chmielowiec, Rich Noblett Jr., Scott Kashino, Ryan Morrissey, Shannon Cook, Larry Levite, Gail Berger, Emma Giordano, Dorothy Kummer, Kendra Hejna, Brian McGowan, Brandon Makowski and Leah Meyers.

AND SUNDAY – Patrick M. Smith, Ed Righter, Diana P. Peete, Peggy Newell, Pat Selby, John Fraissinet, Teri Cotton, Cathy Calleri, Amber Mye, Andrea Maguder, Sister Mary Magdalino, Elaine Klonbeck, Timothy Bondanza, Molly Govern, Kathy Anticola, Joan Mattingly, Anna Cate Allman, Joe Nowak, Judith Muscarella, Cindy Kunkel and Candi Sowyrda.