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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice for the incoming NFL season from legendary college coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, born on this date in 1913, “If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.”


LOOKING BACK – Celebrating its 165th anniversary Saturday is Trinity Lutheran Church, 146 Reserve Road, West Seneca. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. and include a re-enactment of a Civil War-era military funeral and the presentation of a flag to a descendant of Civil War veteran Pvt. Christian Ulrich, who is buried in Trinity’s cemetery. Among those taking part will be Trinity’s pastor, Rev. Dennis Krueger. There also will be refreshments, games and tours of the church, cemetery and school.


TWO MONTHS IN ONE – Merritt Estate Winery, 2264 King Road, Forestville, hosts its 32nd annual Septemberfest beginning at noon Saturday and Sunday, with craft and food vendors, artisans, a classic car show, live music, a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue, a bounce house and other children’s activities. Admission is free.

Musical attractions Saturday include the Wildcard Band at noon, Black Widow at 3:30 p.m. and the Porcelain Bus Drivers at 7 p.m. Sunday’s lineup include Second Street Sunset at noon and Left of Center at 3:30 p.m.

This year’s festival also has linked with the Wounded Warrior Project to raise awareness of the plight of wounded veterans and to collect donations. Cassadaga Post 1280, American Legion, will lead a special color guard ceremony to honor veterans at 3 p.m. Saturday. For more info, visit the Merritt Winery Facebook page.

Meanwhile, Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, will turn the calendar ahead for its eighth annual Oktoberfest and street party from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. In addition to beer on tap, there will be German food, including Calvary’s famous bratwurst, and German music under the tent, courtesy of Rare Vintage. For info, call 633-7800 or visit


TREASURE HUNTS – The Springville Women of the Moose, Chapter 1183, will hold their annual Chance Auction and Flea Market on Saturday in the Springville Moose Lodge, 13080 Buffalo Road. Doors open at 11 a.m. Drawings start at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be available.

The Elma Fire Auxiliary will sponsor a Fall Flea Market with a penny sale auction from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Elma Fire Company Social Hall, 2945 Bowen Road. Tables are $15 each. For info and reservations, call 863-8908.

The Western New York Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca, will host a Sportsman’s Raffle from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, with many types of hunting and fishing gear, as well as other sports items. Admission is $20 and includes food and beverages. For info, call 674-8666.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 496 Terrace Blvd., Depew, will offer 30 major prizes Saturday evening at its sixth annual Appliance and Electronics Raffle. Tickets are $25 and include food and beverages. For tickets and info, call George Thomas at 668-5118.


THE LORD’S WORK – All SUNY Buffalo State alumni are welcome to attend the annual Convocation and Liturgy of the Holy Spirit at 10:30 a.m. in the college’s Campbell Student Union Social Hall. The Rev. Isaac Slater, prior of the Trappist Abbey of the Genesee, will preside. Sister Charlene Fontana from the Buffalo State Student Life Office will receive the John Henry Cardinal Newman Award for her support of Catholic campus ministry. A brunch will follow. For info or to RSVP, call 882-1080 or email


THINKING AHEAD – Sunday is the deadline for reservations for the next monthly meeting and luncheon of the Variety Women of Buffalo, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19 in the Scotch N’ Sirloin Restaurant, 3999 Maple Road, Amherst. Call 598-5334.


LET’S EAT – Hank Nowak Post 45, AMVETS, 3071 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, resumes its Friday fish fry from 4 to 8 p.m. with a couple of new items – battered fish and pizza logs – added to an extensive menu that includes scallops, shrimp, crab cakes and chicken fingers.

Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive near Sweet Home Road, Amherst, hosts its annual Chiavetta’s barbecue chicken dinner and theme basket raffle from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10.

The Friends of Harmony, the male barbershop chorus, will hold its annual Singing Spaghetti Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Clarence Town Park clubhouse, 10405 Main St., Clarence. Admission is $10, $5 for kids under 12, and includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs, beverage, salad and desserts, plus continuous live entertainment by the chorus and its quartets. Beer and wine will be available for a modest charge. For info, call 662-5192 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jimmy Collier, Alice Buczkowski, Joshua James Drake, Gary Lee, Pinky Regan, Catherine Schweitzer, Charles Guenther, Keenan Toohey, Louise Domagala, Judy Novelli, Tom Herr, Robert Adams Jr., Wes A. Kless, Cyndy Canady, Ronald Sieracki, Sean Beck, Ed Ballow, Florence Satko, Benjamin Hadsall, Nancy Evans, Craig Semple and Larry Keating.

AND SATURDAY – Tom Fontana, Maura Cohen, Janet Meiselman, Oneal Field, Elizabeth M. Harris, Keith Halt, Raymond Hampton, Po’ Hamp, Gene Drebot, John Mickler, Sister Mary Catherine Raczkowski, Abby Rockwood, Emily Thurnherr, Leona Grogg, Paul E. Cunningham, Beverly Rabe, Joe Graber, Marie Strozewski, Tom Amodeo, Gloria Marino, Ray Pilarski, Olivia Bartus, Marie Strozewski and Joey Cerullo.

AND SUNDAY – Monsignor John Zeitler, Ellie Cornwall, Grant Rokitka, Ken Madell, Ron Guido, Anita Eardley, Sister Mary John Lawicki, Karen Drebot, Sister Mary Edwardine Machina, Garv Weiss, Patricia Marciniak, Peter Ulrich, Chelsea Ulrich, Michael Herr, Jared Mann, Melissa Bennett, Bobby William Popp, Sandie Costanzo, Michele Giblin and Jerry Fronckowiak.