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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English writer G. K. Chesterton, born on this date in 1874, “There are two ways of getting home, and one of them is to stay there.”


TIME OF NEED – Millgrove firefighter Rick Nelson, a father and a longtime paramedic with Rural/Metro Medical Services, went into the hospital Oct. 7 for surgery and what should have been an overnight stay, but a series of complications has kept him hospitalized and facing still more surgery.

To help with his expenses now that his health insurance has lapsed, friends and family are holding a fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Millgrove Fire Hall, 11621 Walden Ave., Alden. Tickets are $25. For info and donations, call Gayle Gordon at 803-3314 or email


WHODUNIT – A murder mystery, “Board to Death,” will bring amateur sleuths to Akron’s Russell Park at 2 p.m. Saturday to begin a hunt for clues in the village’s downtown businesses.

Presented by the law firm of Friedman and Ranzenhofer, it will end with a buffet dinner catered by Orazio’s at 4 p.m. in L.L. Tillman Post 900, American Legion, 9 Eckerson Ave., followed by a skit starring WGRZ-TV news anchor Maryalice Demler in which the villain will be revealed.

Those who solve the mystery correctly will be eligible to win a 70-inch smart TV. There also will be specialty raffle prizes and a basket raffle.

Proceeds will benefit Hearts and Hands, which provides transportation and in-home assistance to seniors and physically challenged adults in 25 local communities. Tickets are $20. For info, call Hearts and Hands at 406-8311 or visit


PENS IN HAND – Two Buffalo Bills legends – coach Marv Levy and wide receiver Andre Reed, both Pro Football Hall of Famers – will sign autographs from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday in Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles, 794 French Road, Cheektowaga.

Call the store at 656-0066 for autograph pricing. Those unable to attend the signing session can drop memorabilia off in advance. For updates, see the Bases Loaded page on Facebook.


SWEET HARMONY – The Buffalo Choral Arts Society, a 120-voice community chorus directed by Marcia A. Giambrone, will perform “With a Song in Our Hearts,” a program of Broadway show tunes, at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.

The singers will be accompanied by the society’s jazz combo. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 775-SONG or online at


SHARING KNOW-HOW – Artist Joan Horn will give a demonstration on depicting metallic objects in oils at the next meeting of the Twin Village Art Society at 7 p.m. Monday in the Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway and Central Avenue, Lancaster. Admission is free. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.


WEEKEND MENU – The Shriners will present their first Spring Brunch Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Tickets are $15 adults, $5 for children under 12, and include ham, roast beef, Polish sausage, bacon, eggs, quiche lorraine, French toast, potatoes, salads and homemade desserts.

Branch 97 of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America will host a spaghetti dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church Hall, 3275 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 for kids 6 to 12. Proceeds will benefit the league’s Ukrainian War Victims Fund, charities and scholarships.

The Town of Hamburg Lions Club will hold its annual chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Town of Hamburg Community Center, 4540 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Cost is $10 adults, $5 for youngsters 10 and under. For advance tickets, call 725-1150.


SATURDAY SALES – Amherst Presbyterian Church, 151 S. Youngs Road, Amherst, will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. A $10 bag sale, excluding large items and jewelry, will be offered all day.

A flea market to benefit site restoration at the Lehigh Valley Depot in Williamsville will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the depot, 86 S. Long St. Vendors seeking tables should call Art Toale at 837-1791.

Boy Scout Troop 545 will hold a can and bottle drive from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Twin District Fire Hall, 4999 William St., Lancaster. Flowers, fruits and vegetables also will be for sale.

The Women of Trinity will host a book and baked goods sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall, 5448 Broadway, Lancaster. During the sale, $10 raffle tickets will be sold for two drawings for two airline tickets to any Southwest Airlines domestic destination. For info, call the church at 683-1111.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tom Keenan, Jean Westmoore, Rob Schoellkopf, Sue McCartney, Amy Moritz, Wayne Alt, Lorna Lippes, Wayne Wisbaum, Mary Ratchuk, Dan Lanc, Andy Brind’Amour, Carol Krotje, Anne Fecio, Mary Sekelsky, Nora Corbett, Clarence Ott, Sherrie Kern, Louise Knapp, Marie Brewster, Jayla Hodge, Frank Matte, Chandra Walsh. Robert E. Coyne, Kelly Noworyta and Vivian Noworyta.

AND SATURDAY – Alwin “Butch” O’Donnell, Cas Skretny, Gian Halt, Peggy McKenna, Judy Knopf, Tricia Welsszyn, Evan Snyder, Carol Doino, Robert Kaczmarek, Ronald Swiatkowski, Erin Wiles, Bud Siegel, Geraldine Diggs, Wayne Gerhart and Patty Ellen Russell.

AND SUNDAY – Daniel R. Connors, Brian Gleason, Jody McFarland, Joe Waz, Shelly Jarmusz, Jan Halt, Nicole Karb, Ethan Ruszczyk, Leo G. Kennedy, Kay McDaniel, Henry Krempa, Ron LoCurto Sr., Marty Forero, Ashley Remsen Posson, Helen Calloway, Carolyn Powell, Kevin Fitzgerald Jr., Lyn Matecki, Angie Mullen and Meegan Schuler.