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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to one of our favorite film directors, Alfred Hitchcock, born on this date in 1899, “Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.”


UP TO PAR – Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has proclaimed Thursday 120 Plus Years of Golf in Delaware Park Day, which will be celebrated with a Cocktails on the Green reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Buffalo History Museum, Nottingham Court and Elmwood Avenue.

Hosted by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the Buffalo District Golf Association, the Country Club of Buffalo and Park Country Club, the evening will include a commemorative tomato can golf putt, a special guest speaker and a historic golf exhibit.

Anyone with unique golf items, especially from the 1898 Red Jacket Golf Course, the old nine-hole course in Delaware Park, is asked to call the Conservancy’s Maureen Hanagan at 838-1249, Ext. 14.

Tickets are $75, $60 for Conservancy members and $100 for VIPs, which includes a VIP reception at 5 p.m. For info and tickets, call 838-1249 or visit


WINE AND DINE – Farmers & Artisans Market of Snyder is bringing the food, and Flight of Five Winery of Lockport is providing the beverages for a special food and wine evening from 6:30 to 8:30 Thursday at the winery in Lockport’s Old City Hall, 2 Pine St.

Farmers & Artisans chefs will serve a five-course station-style meal and dessert, paired up with Flight of Five vintages. To work up a thirst and an appetite, there’s a 20-minute tour of Old City Hall and the historic canal locks.

Reservations are required. Cost is $40, and seating is limited. For reservations, call 433-3360. For more info, visit


ROAD READY – Need a new set of wheels? The Holy Name Society at St. Gabriel’s Church in Elma is holding its fifth annual car raffle from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday in the Parish Center, 5271 Clinton St.

Grand prize is the choice of a base model 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, Silverado, Equinox or Cruze, or $20,000 cash. Tickets are $50, three for $100. A total of 43 other cash prizes also will be awarded. To purchase tickets, call Bob Tkach at 860-8544.


MEGA-PICNIC – Too big for just one day, the 77th annual Annunciation Church Picnic begins Friday and continues through Sunday on the parish grounds at 7580 Clinton St., Elma.

Friday features a fish fry beginning at 5 p.m., a classic car cruise night from 6 to 9 and music by Hit ’n Run from 7 to 11, plus specialty booths, a large food court and kids activities.

Saturday is Alumni Day, when all former students of Annunciation School are invited to daylong activities, beginning at 1 p.m. There will be tours of the school, which closed in June, and an alumni tent with memorabilia and school apparel at discount prices. Alumni who visit the tent also will get a ticket for a free beverage.

Meanwhile, the Lancaster Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra plays at 2 p.m., and Passion Works performs at 7. Guests also are invited to join the 5 p.m. Mass in the church. Volunteers will be serving Annunciation’s special clam chowder all day.

Sunday’s schedule starts with an 11:30 a.m. Polish Polka Mass, followed by a chicken barbecue at noon, plus more chowder. Dan McPartlan’s Other Band plays from 12:30 to 3, followed by Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push from 4 to 8. For more info, call 683-5254 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – John Kuca, Phyllis Wilkinson, Ron Ehmke, Jo Alfano, Richard Sambora, Terry Moran, Sue Brown, Janet Kuminski, Pat Oliver, Todd Enser, Shirley Gill, Richard J. Snyder, Mike Smerka, Nick Deluca, Linda Whalen, Billy Mahoney, Joyce Meegan, Tina Kester, Jack Rishel and Rosanne Siskar.

AND THURSDAY – Grace Derthick, Lauren Derthick, Billiam Petersen, William Patrick Shanks,Anita Maureen Goat, Walt Olszewski, Steve Powell, Sean Halt, Bart Sobczyk, Bonnie Nowicki, Tim Schaller, Christine Colarusso, Lissa Peek, Marlene Lindsay, Grace Reinhardt, Jeff Ernest, Father Edward Czarnecki, Derek Fries, Linda Rine, Kiko Alonso, Jeannette Costa, Curt Martell and Tim Bain.