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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to golf legend Bobby Jones, born on this date in 1902, “Some people think they are concentrating when they’re merely worrying.”


IN THE TRADITION – St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy will benefit as Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace at Erie Basin Marina, hosts a traditional St. Joseph’s Table on Thursday.

Lunch seatings will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner seatings every 1½ hours will be from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $15. Reservations are advised. Call 852-2260.


TOPS IN HOPS – The history of beer, brewing and styles of beer will be the topic as beer expert Jeff Murbach speaks to the Cheektowaga Historical Association at its meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. Admission is free. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.


SAVING SUNDAYS – The Friends of the Lancaster Public Library remind us that Sunday is one of the library’s busiest days, but there are no public funds available to keep it open on Sundays, just donations.

To help raise the funds, the Friends are hosting an event from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Elks Lodge, 33 Legion Parkway, Lancaster. Tickets, which are available at the library, 5466 Broadway, are $10 for adults. Children 10 and under will be admitted free.

The door prize is a hot-air balloon ride, donated by Soaring Adventures of America. Auction baskets and cash donations are being accepted. For a $300 donation, supporters can underwrite an entire Sunday at the library and be recognized in the local media.

For info, call Gary S. Howell at 440-4688, Jeanette Dickinson at 698-1334, or the library at 683-1120.


WONDER WOMEN – “Sixteen North Tonawanda Women Whose Lives Made Such a Difference” will be the topic when Donna Zellner Neal, executive director of the North Tonawanda History Museum, speaks at 6 p.m. March 24 at the dinner meeting of the Niagara Frontier Chapter, New York Women.

The meeting is open to nonmembers and men are welcome to attend. Dinners are $21. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 213-0554 or email


BROUGHT TO LIFE – Actor Mark Price will be featured in a three-day parish retreat at 7 p.m. Sunday, Monday and next Tuesday in Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.

Price will portray St. Peter on opening night Sunday, then he will become Judas on Monday evening. The retreat concludes next Tuesday with a talk entitled “Believe & Achieve – What It Means to Believe.” For more info, visit


WORDS WORK – When is a play not a play? When Homewood Theater Company presents its spring production, “A Play on Words,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Williamsville Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville.

“A Play on Words” is a reader’s theater piece incorporating poems, sketches and prose pieces, all featuring humorous word play. It includes works by Shel Silverstein, James Thurber and the comedy duo Bob and Ray, arranged and directed by Marty Bauer.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $4 for kids 12 and under. Proceeds will be donated toward renovation work at the 1896 Williamsville Depot on South Long Street.

Sponsored by the Village of Williamsville Arts and Culture Committee, “A Play on Words” will be staged again April 17 and 18 in the Williamsville Meeting House.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tara Wells O’Neill, Jennie Davis, Robert Badaszewski, Karen Troxel-Borrelli, Paula Kotowski, Don Postles, Lori Schultz Finnerty, Kevin Gaughan, Patrick D. Brown, Tina Peel, Scott Roth, Andy Coppola, Mike Coppola, Ralph Zurawski, John Kasperek, Dawn Gies, Pat Marini, Kaitlyn Parsons, Bob Ruettmann, Sister Mary Maxine Kaminski, Robert Brant, Catherine Klodzinski, Brian Klodzinski, Robin Kennedy, Tina Merritt, Robin Jaehn, Dorothy Marrelli, Elaine Ricketts, Monsignor James Lichtenthal, Judy Tweedy, Rachel L. Bagel, Maryrose Simini, Dorothy Blake, Colleen Chase, Katlyn Culligan, Patricia Harrity, Karen Kenney, Ron Koscinski, Taylor Trautman and Rebekah Missall.