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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to psychologist B.F. Skinner, born on this date in 1904, “Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.”


NINETY IS THE NEW 50 – Georgia Henley is celebrating not only her 90th birthday, but the 50th anniversary of membership in Unity Church of Buffalo on Sunday. Friends and family will gather at the church at 10 a.m. to honor the Mobile, Ala., native who settled in Buffalo with her family in 1945, the period now known as the Great Migration.

“Georgia is black history,” one of her grandchildren said.

She raised five children as a single mother, often working six to seven days a week. Her birthday is Saturday. She often told her children, “This is the first time I have ever been a parent, and I know that this is the first time you have been a child; but everything is going to be fine if we just love each other.”

Henley, who has served on the Unity Church board, Erie County Senior Service Advisory Board and received the Network of Religious Communities Religious Service Award, has 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.


LENTEN CATCHES – There is no shortage of Lenten Friday fish fries on the Niagara Frontier. Here are a few that have caught our attention:

Hank Nowak Post 45, AMVETS, 3071 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, 3 to 8 p.m. For takeouts, call 823-3147.

Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore, 4 to 6:30 p.m. $10, includes beverage and cake for dessert.

Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda, 4 to 7 p.m. Shrimp, scallops, baked fish and seafood platters also available. All sides are homemade. Hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary. For takeouts, call 693-5470.

St. Casimir’s Social Center, 1833 Clinton St. at Weiss Street, 4 to 7 p.m. $11 advance, $12 at the door. Hosted by the Youth Group at St. Casimir’s Church. Catered by Krolick’s. For info, call 895-8984 or 891-8753.

SS. Peter and Paul School Cafeteria, 5480 Main St., Williamsville, 4 to 7 p.m. $10 adults, $6 children, $5 for pizza. Benefits camping programs for Boy Scout Troop 22.

St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church Hall, Abbott and Weber roads, Lackawanna, 4 to 7 p.m. Also shrimp baskets. Nut and torta rolls available. For takeouts, call 825-9364.


MORE MEALS – A full-course meal will be served 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hartland United Methodist Church, 8017 Ridge Road, Gasport. Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, Italian bread and dessert are on the menu. Cost is $6, $20 for a family of four. For more info, call 772-2376.

Boy Scout Troop 104 is also hosting a spaghetti dinner from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Catholic Church Hall, 577 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

The Sanborn Fire Company Band will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue dinner and basket raffle beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St. Dinner includes a half-chicken, potato salad, chef salad, roll, beverage and dessert. Drawings start at 1:30 p.m.

St. Mark Lutheran Church will hold its annual BW’s chicken and rib barbecue, theme basket auction and bake sale from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the church at 1135 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. Enjoy a half chicken or baby back ribs, potato salad, chef salad, roll and ice cream. The chicken is $9.50 for adults and $7.50 for children 8 and under, while the ribs are $15. Pre-sale tickets, available at the church office Friday morning, are $1 less.

The Polish Falcons of America, Nest 6, will sell its spaghetti and meatball dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the club at 3171 Broadway near Union Road in Cheektowaga. The cost is $6 for seniors, $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. There’s also salad, bread, coffee and dessert.


BREAKFAST AND MORE – The Kiwanis Club of Niagara-Wheatfield will hold a pancake breakfast and basket raffle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in American Legion Post 1451, 6525 Ward Road, Wheatfield. The event, held in conjunction with Maple Weekend, offers sausage, juice, tea, coffee and all the pancakes you can eat. Cost is $7 for adults and children 12 and up, $4 for children 3 to 11, and those under 3 eat for free. The club also will be collecting books for kids and teens and those attending can participate in a “leave-a-book, take-a-book” exchange.

The Amherst Lions Club will host its annual pancake breakfast and free community health fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road at Harlem Road. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, applesauce, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and juice for $6 for adults, $3.50 for kids under 12. The health fair will feature cholesterol, body mass index and blood pressure screening, eye exams and information about physical activity, dental health and diabetes.

The Elma Fire Auxiliary is hosting a French toast breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Elma Fire Social Hall, 2945 Bowen Road, Elma. Scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, pastry, coffee or tea and orange juice also are on the menu. Cost is $9 for adults, $5 for kids 10 and under.


BOOKS AND GOODIES – St. David’s Episcopal Church, 3951 Seneca St., West Seneca, is hosting its annual book and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. After selecting your reading material, you can enjoy some homemade baked goods.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Gary Kaczor, Richard Wesp, Chuck Schorr, Alison Zehler, Leon W. Hacker Jr., Tom Marinaro, Jay Morainski, Phyllis Starzynski, Sister Therese Ann Parobek, Sean Keane, Mary Ann Kennedy, Carol Gannon, Emma Falter, Anna Lawrence, Joy Zelasko, Terry Broniszewski, Michael Meegan, Frank White, Derek Bartosz, Angie Wrobel, Chris Rejewski, Dottie Hambor and Scott Sloan.

AND SATURDAY – Shea Post, Liz Kolken, Ellene Phufas, Erin E. Cole, Ellen Reis, Lucas Setter, Collin Schaller, Rev. Ralph Anderson, Bobby Yeates, Richie Wilczak, Joe Donahue, Carol Rozler, Carol Phillips, Lisa Wolin, John Kraus, John Munich and Pat Regan.

AND SUNDAY – Gina Russo, Marney Miller, Tim Joyce, Bob Halt, Nancy Panek, Katie Ratchuk, Brianna Day, Sister Mary Francelette Smigielski, Sue Klinko, Kimberly Gullo, Brayden Logel, Michelle Roesler, Thomas Vogt, Janice Filipowicz, Kathie McEvoy, Nikki Shanley, Jackie Lawrie, Mark Comstock and Debbra M. Ransom.