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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to one of our favorite singers, Willie Nelson, married four times since he was born on or about this date in 1933, “You know why divorces are so expensive? They’re worth it.”


HORSE POWER – The Collins Draft Horse, Ox and Pony Club stages its 32nd annual Plow Fest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Wheater Road and Route 62, Town of Collins.

In addition to plowing competition, the day includes pony rides, wagon rides, a petting zoo, various demonstrations, a log skidding contest, a Wendel’s chicken barbecue and live country music. Admission is free. No dogs are allowed. For info, call Gene Degman at 807-7818 or email


RUN FOR THE ROSES – You don’t have to go to Louisville to catch the Kentucky Derby spirit Saturday. Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, formerly the Amherst Museum, at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, is celebrating the occasion with a Kentucky Derby Spring Hat Luncheon and Fashion Show.

In addition to the meal and fashion show, there will be auctions and a hat contest. Auctions begin at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Tickets are $25. Call 689-1440 or visit


SMELT SEASON – In addition to its other distinctions, Lewiston is one of the best places in the nation to dip a net into the water and catch the tiny, tasty fish known as smelt. Lewiston celebrates the yearly running of the smelt with its annual Smelt Festival, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday.

Heart of the festivities is the foot of Center Street, along the Niagara River, where the Niagara River Anglers will batter and fry 400 pounds of smelt and give out free samples. Donations will be accepted for the group’s community programs. Additional food will be available for purchase.

To round out the evening, the Lakeside Blues Band will play, and the Smelt King will make an appearance with his royal court. Restaurants elsewhere in the village will offer their own smelt recipes all weekend. Look for the ones flying a fish flag.

For info, call 754-9500 or visit


STREET MUSIC – Bringing back the sounds of a bygone era is Dan Wilke, known as Buffalo’s Only Organ Grinder, who will present a program at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lancaster Historical Society Museum, 40 Clark St., around the corner from the Opera House.

Wilke will display and demonstrate items from the personal collection he has amassed over the past 40 years, including antique cylinder and disc music boxes, organettes, street organs from Germany and a Spanish barrel piano.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.


CARIBBEAN BEAT – The Erie District Order of the Eastern Star will host the Lancaster High School Carnival Kids Steel Drum Band in a concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Masonic Community Center, 2379 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

Admission is $15 and includes a light supper. There also will be basket raffles.


PASTA PATROL – Publicity chairman Kervin Selover reminds us that it’s spaghetti dinner time from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. For $6, you get spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and butter, and a beverage. For an extra $1.50, there’s a choice of homemade desserts.


THANKS FOR SERVING – Beginning Thursday, Applebee’s restaurants throughout Western New York will observe National Military Appreciation Month by offering servicemen and women a 10 percent discount on all meals. Proof of service is required. The discount continues through May 31.

Applebee’s also will donate a portion of the proceeds from all Pepsi soft drink sales and Leinenkugel Summer Shandy beer sales to The Mission Continues, a national organization that encourages veterans in community service.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Brendan Sean Conners, Catherine Artman, Linda Mabry, Doug Morgano, Peter Cutler, James M. Sampson, MaryAnn Paolini, Laura Ciavarella, Peggy Gonzalez, Alice Reed, Peg Hartman, Betsy Phillips, Ronald Bieler, Diane Moser, Richard Peters, Karen May, Denise Beaton, Wilson Wilson, Ginny Homewood, Baylee Locke, Colleen Ann Burke, Thia Schilling, Adam Guglielmi, Rami Schilling, Kathy Scharlock and Lynn Mazur Cowart.

AND THURSDAY – Jim Stillwell, Jim Staas, Margaret Sullivan, Susan Tanner, Jim Lorentz, Jeffrey Friedman, Troy Toohey, Irene Kloc, Cindi Vaught, Nolan Oliver, Joanne Bigaj, Mary Vinal, Marcus Stroman, Cayson Scott Jankowski, Bud Collins, Natalie Czerniak, Natasha Todd, Darlene Rezmek, Mary Walawender, Irene Kloc. Jeff Silverthorn, Marty Schwarz, Kevin Biddle, Donald Vogt, Eloise Zoyhofski, Toni Ameroso and Conor McDermott.