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OLAF FUB SEZ: Canadian-British blogger, journalist and science fiction author Cory Doctorow, born on this date in 1971, shared in a 2013 interview with the Lifehacker blog the best advice he ever received: “Write every day. When you write every day, it becomes a habit and you do it automatically. Habits are things you get for free.”


CAPITAL VISIT – Veterans of World War II and the Korean War are welcome to apply for a free trip Oct. 21 to visit the memorials in Washington, D.C. The trip by Western New York Warriors Flight includes airfare and meals. The visit will include stops at the World War II, Iwo Jima, Lincoln, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials. Contact the office of State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, at 434-0680 for info and an application.


GET YOUR KICKS – Pride Martial Arts Academy of Williamsville will hold its fifth annual Kick-A-Thon on Saturday morning in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church gymnasium, 903 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Organizers hope participants will complete 55,555 kicks and raise at least $15,555.55 for the ALS Association. Last year’s event raised $12,000. Registration – open to anyone 4 years old and up – starts at 9 a.m. and costs $30 for those unaffiliated with the academy. Academy students may participate for free.

Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m.; in addition to the 55,555 kicks, there will be a basket auction, large ticket raffle and martial arts demonstrations, including the breaking of 555 boards by participants. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the day’s events. For more information, call 565-0202 or visit


POLISH PRIDE – The 37th annual Polish American Festival continues through Sunday in Cheektowaga Town Park. Live music will be featured daily, through Sunday, at the park’s outdoor cultural center. Food will be available Friday through Sunday.

The annual Pulaski Day Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and will make its way west on Walden Avenue from the Thruway Plaza, then north on Harlem Road to Town Park. Grand Marshal and Town Justice Paul Piotrowski will be joined by Urszula Gacek, consul general of Poland.

The parade’s guest of honor and honorary grand marshal is actress Loretta Swit, the daughter of Polish immigrant parents who rose to fame in her role as Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on the television series “MASH,” which ran from 1972 to 1983.


BLOOD DRIVEA community blood drive will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway. Unyts, the blood and organ donation organization, will be set up in the church’s Jewett Hall. The drive will be held in memory of Nolan M. Burch, a West Virginia University student from Amherst who died from excessive alcohol consumption during a fraternity initiation ceremony in November. Burch’s parents, T.J. and Kim, arranged for organ and tissue donation after their son’s death and have since sought to raise awareness in the community.


WEEKEND MENU – A chicken barbecue begins at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle in South Buffalo. Tickets are $11 for adults; $6 for children ages 5 to 12; and free for children 4 and under. Takeouts are available. There will also be a theme basket auction. Meals will be served until they’re sold out. Call 824-2787 for info.


HERITAGE HISTORY A two-hour boat tour along Buffalo’s historic waterfront

leaves the Miss Buffalo Dock at the Erie Basin Marina at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The Industrial Heritage Committee offers the tour of the history and technology of grain elevators, flour mills and other industries and green space along the Buffalo River and City Ship Canal.

Tickets are $18 for adults; $12 for children 4 to 11; and free for children 3 and under. Other tours are scheduled for Saturdays, Aug. 1, Aug. 15 and Sept. 5; Sunday Aug. 16; and Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day. For reservations, call 856-6696.


MIGHTY MUSIC – Lockport Theatre Organ Society presents its Pizza and Pipes program, 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in Lockport Senior Citizens Center, 33 Ontario St. Up to eight organists will perform, and pizza and soft drinks will be available for a small fee. Admission is free.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Griffin James Saloman, Brayden Simmons, Terry Lew, Mary Margaret O’Malley, Joseph Fecio, Helen Panza, Nancy Blaschak, Ryan Miller, Melinda Miller, Bryan Trottier, Jennifer Fay, Sandy Kistka, Betty Church, Douglas Conney, Maryann Schaller, Hank Stachewicz, Dave Lempko, Denise Bell, Caitlin Augustyn, Marilyn Moran, Tom Toplisek, Daniel Recktenwalt, Andy Rouchka, Jakob Vulcheff, Dennis Gaspodarski, Lisa Meegan, Mark Golimowski, Richard M. Stiegler, Janice J. Radder, Virgina Everett and John Conlon.

AND SATURDAY – Dale Anderson, Nancy Trapp, Gordy Barabasz, John-Paul Stiglmeier, Susan Grabenstatter, Eleanor Whelan, Val Derenda, Frank Mesiah, Richard Anthony Fontana, Anna Fatta, Shana Stegner, Kevin Haggerty, Jerry Marino, William J. Jefferson, Lauren Zelasko, Lucas Zelasko, Caitlin Bondanza Louth, Colleen Cash Ferratella, Rev. G. Scott Comrie, Cindy Barrett, Lois Thurnherr, Melissa Yeates Baker, Courtney Meegan, Caitlin McNamara, Patricia Zatko, James Patrick Gallagher, Kayla Kelly, Billy Kraus, Rimas Musteikis and Dick Foran.

AND SUNDAY – Barb Sullivan, Rosemarie Argenio, Ramblin’ Lou Schriver, Jeanne Ptak, Addison Zimmer, Pamela Palermo, Delaney Kukelka, Sr. Joseph Marie Marczak, Lisa Yonkosky, Joey Sacco, Dave Gonzalez, David Charles, Lori Griffin, Father Theodore Rog, Francine Benzel, Linda Ann Moore, Matthew Bielanin, Gary Maybach, Sean Crotty, Lisa Yonkowsky, Bob and Brian Fries.