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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress Jean Harlow, born Harlean Harlow Carpenter on this date in 1911, “When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.”


STACK ’EM UP – It’s National Pancake Day today at IHOP restaurants across the nation, which means that they will be offering every customer a free short stack of their signature buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Locally, there’s one participating IHOP at 4003 Maple Road, Amherst.

In exchange, IHOP would like to raise awareness and raise some funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which include Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Since 2006, IHOP National Pancake Day has raised nearly $13 million to help young patients here and across the nation. For more info or to donate online, visit


SEASONAL TREAT – Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle, McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue in South Buffalo, will hold a fastnacht doughnut sale Wednesday after the 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Lenten worship services.

Fastnachts are $9 a dozen, $5 for half a dozen or $1 for a fastnacht with coffee. Call the church at 824-2787 to reserve a dozen or more.


EATING RIGHT – The Dietetics Department at D’Youville College is celebrating National Nutrition Month by hosting its second annual Food Fest from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Blue Lounge in the College Center at 320 Porter Ave.

There will be demonstrations of new and exotic foods, nutrition education booths, a chili and cornbread sale, contests, games and raffles, plus health screenings, including blood pressure checks. Admission is free. Proceeds will benefit the Massachusetts Avenue Project.


CORNER POCKET – The 31st annual pool tournament to benefit the Variety Kids Telethon will be held Saturday in Classic Cue Billiards, 6061 Transit Road, Depew. Doors open at 11 a.m., with free practice from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and competition beginning at 1:30.

Cash prizes will be awarded to 25 percent of the field. Entry fees are $10 for seniors over 60 and juniors under 17, $20 for active league players and $30 for all others, plus a $5 green fee. For info, call Norm Skulski at 715-7037 or Classic Cue Billiards at 684-4644.


CLEAR THE SHELVES – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary has begun collecting books, CDs and DVDs for its annual used book sale in April. For the rest of the month of March, donations may be placed in large blue bins at the hospital’s rear entrance. Textbooks, encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest Condensed Books are not needed.


THINK AHEAD – Wellness Programs resume on Wednesdays this month in the Schofield Adult Wellness Center in the Schofield Residence Nursing Facility, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

This Wednesday at 1 p.m., Timothy Miller will discuss “Naturopathy” and its use of nutrition, herbs, supplements and aromatherapy to promote health.

On March 11 at 1 p.m., Grant Weber of Acacia Park Cemetery will discuss “Benefits of Pre-Arranging Your Final Wishes” and, on March 18 at 6:30 p.m., certified long-term care specialists Dana R. Dee and Chris Aronica from Acsia Partners will discuss “Challenges of Long Term Care Planning.”

All programs are free and open to the public, For more info or to register, call 995-3851 or visit


HONORING A HERO – The annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Gen. Casimir Pulaski statue outside Ellicott Square in downtown Buffalo will take place at 5 p.m. Friday.

The annual installation dinner for officers of the General Pulaski Association of the Niagara Frontier will follow at 6 p.m. in the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Speakers will be Fillmore Council Member David A. Franczyk and Air Force Judge Advocate Joseph V. Treanor.

Decorated World War II veteran Joseph C. Kasprzak will receive the Stanley Blake Memorial Veterans Award. Installing judge will be Cheektowaga Town Justice Paul Piotrowski. WKBW-TV meteorologist Autumn Lewandowski will be the emcee.

Tickets are $37 or $360 for a table of 10. Proceeds support the annual Pulaski Day Parade. For more information or reservations, call Marian Kreutzer at 681-4918, Norma Bielawski at 894-2587 or Chris Witkowski at 684-0512.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Alice Williams Shanks, Aydn Whelan, Rob Skutnik, Margaret Reynolds, Kristina Young, Pamela Botsford, Dave Huller, Mildred Alagna, Jane Smith, Linda Swanekamp, Rev. David Borowiak, Bonnie Shul, Rosemary Villarini, Wesley Schmitt, Emmanuel R. Morrow, Jonathan Hales, JoAnne Morgante, Terry Priamo, Jerry Priamo, Dave Huller, Angela Berti, Matthew Lounsbury, Jeremy Werner, Rachel Fentzke and Doreen Czumaj.