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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French novelist Colette, born Sidonie Gabrielle Colette on this date in 1873, “Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.”


ROLL ’EM UP – Organizers of the 2015 Taste of Buffalo have put out an invitation for more of our four-wheeled companions, the city’s food trucks, to apply for spots in the annual festival July 11 and 12. They would like to hear from more city-based restaurants, too.

“In our 32nd year of celebrating Western New York cuisine, we want to highlight the City of Buffalo and our region’s favorite restaurants and food trucks,” says Laura Jacobs, chairwoman of the event.

Applicants must be public retail establishments that are open year round in Western New York. Food trucks must adhere to the same menu item criteria as brick and mortar restaurants.

Applications and additional information can be found at under the “restaurants and wineries” tab. Deadline for applications is Feb. 15.


PRICE IS RIGHT – A turkey noodle bake will be featured at the monthly community dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca. The dinner, which is free and open to all, includes salad, dessert, beverages and good fellowship. Donations are welcome.


CATBIRD’S SEAT – We’ve marched in a few of Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day parades. And we’ve watched many more from various vantage points along the route. This year’s vantage points on March 15 include one we’ve never enjoyed, the elegant front parlors in the Mansion on Delaware Avenue, 414 Delaware Ave.

Window views are available to guests attending the Mansion’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, with proceeds benefiting EPIC (Every Person Influences Children), which provides parenting education and other services to help youngsters.

The celebration begins at noon with cocktails and a reception, with food crafted by the hotel’s executive chef, 2013 Nickel City Chef winner Jennifer Boye. Entertainment before the parade begins at 2 p.m. includes the Clann Na Cara Irish Dancers. Tickets are $100 and are available by calling 332-4126.


SWEET MEMORY – One of the biggest stars of the stage a century ago, and now almost totally forgotten, will be celebrated in an exhibit opening during the inaugural Larkinville Ice Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Larkinville complex at Seneca and Swan streets.

“A Pie-Eyed Night With Peggy O’Neil,” a book and exhibition assembled by local artist Mickey Harmon, is loosely based on the life of the singer and dancer, who rose from performing at St. Patrick’s School on Emslie Street to international fame.

O’Neil embodied the quintessential Irish lass and inspired a popular song in 1921. Later in the 1920s, which she spent primarily in London, she was the first person to be interviewed on live television. Sadly, her fortunes faded in the 1930s and she died in London in 1960.

The exhibit can be seen in the (716) GAL-LERY inside the Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant and Brewery, 716 Swan St. Meanwhile, Hawley will discuss O’Neil’s life and times from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Filling Station, across the street at 745 Seneca St.

Also speaking in the Filling Station at 1 p.m. will be Ethan Cox, author of a new book, “Buffalo Brewing: The History of Beer in Buffalo.” Carl Schmitter of Chateau Buffalo and Frank Weber of BFLO Distilling Co. will speak at 2.

There also will be food trucks, pickleball and snowflake crafts, plus ice sculptures and an ice bar at Flying Bison Brewery, 840 Seneca St.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Amy Hagen Whelan, Dr. Dan Daley Stanton Hudson, Joe Peters, Garaud MacTaggart, Craig Zakrzewski, Phyllis Salerno, Brett Williams, Nora Ryan, Beth Cheney, Connor Dzierba, Valerie Pankiewicz, Mary Gerace, Jackie Paolini, Anna Battaglia, Telly Seiser, Ross Seiser, Dawn McBride, Edgar McClellan, Mary Rose Burns and Jon Wright.

AND THURSDAY – Robin Lynn Martinelli, Cyndi Snyder, Sienna McCabe, Sister Mary Barbara Amrozowicz, Sister Mary Angeline Bierut, Cherrise Walker-Betts, Mary Teresa Griffin, Marta Kowtun, Wayne Kusienski, Elwyn Brown, Kara Brown, Barbara Christiano, Kim Raven, Kristin Recktenwalt, Lucy McCarthy, Logan Frantz, Kayla Martinez, Frank P. Barnashuk, Mary Ann Dudek, Cory Barbeau, Katie Sullivan, John Houser, Jim Nowicki, Lynnann Jackson and Sharon Welsh.