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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to anthropologist Margaret Mead, born on this date in 1901, “What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.”


TIME OF NEED – The Cazenovia Park Hockey Association has gone into overtime to support 10-year-old Emmett Jakubowski, a fifth-grader at Frederick Law Olmsted School and a hockey player for the Cazenovia Chiefs Pee Wee MOHL team, who was diagnosed last month with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and chronic myeloid leukemia, one of the rarest forms of cancer.

The association immediately converted its charity game Monday night at Riverworks between the Bantam Major team and the Buffalo Sabres Thunder, which would have supported the Thunder, into the Team Emmett #99 Charity Game. In addition, every team in the association sponsored a fundraising event for the Jakubowski family over the weekend.

The greatest gift of all, however, may turn up Thursday evening, when the association sponsors a bone marrow and platelet drive from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Tosh Collins Community Center, 35 Cazenovia St. Hopefully, a matching donor for Emmett will be found.

Potential donors must be 18 to 44 years old with no history of cancer, diabetes or heart problems. All that’s required for the necessary tissue typing information is a simple swab from inside a cheek. For info on becoming a donor, call Terrie Carbone at 845-8011.


ROAD TO RECOVERY – CEPA Gallery will begin emerging from its recent cash crunch crisis with a Pop-up Community Support Dance Party from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday in the Tabernacle, 209 Lafayette Ave. at Grant Street. Basic donation of $20 includes dancing, snacks, art raffles, Santa, sparkle fairies and a cash bar. Patrons who donate at the $40 level will have their drinks included.


STARS ARE BORN – Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga will stage its annual Christmas play, “O My Stars ... It’s Christmas,” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Villa Maria College auditorium, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga. It’s free and open to the public.

Prior to the play, the school’s universal pre-K students and pre-K 3 and 4 students will perform, followed by a musical interlude from the school’s band. For more info, visit or visit the school’s Facebook page.


AWAY IN A MANGER – The true meaning of Christmas will be highlighted for kids 10 and under from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Sunday in the fourth annual Birthday Party for Jesus in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

There will be games, candy cane and angel-themed holiday crafts, cupcakes and a special video featuring children re-enacting the Christmas story. Pastor of the church, the Rev. Richard Young, will lead a brief discussion with the youngsters following the video.

All are welcome. Families also are invited to stay for the 10:30 a.m. worship service, when child care is provided for infants and youngsters under 3. For info, call 662-9348.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Leonard Romance, Scott Fuller, Mary Muzyka, Kimberly Minkel, Dave Mik, Terry Nowak, Matthew Gentil, David T. Barrett, Sue Gentile, Shirley Speidel, Gregg Huller, John Galigiuri, Marc Vredenburg, Hannah Panek, John Podkladek, Anthony Alagna, Mary Barone, Diane Windsor, Mary Szafranski, Dolores Dubois, Barb Kalinowski, John Stirling, Leigh Balcom, Michelle Matuszewski and Morgan Lempko.

AND THURSDAY – Jeff Buczkowski, Grant Golden, Marie Reidy, Dr. Martin Ederer, Elena Safe, Renee King, C. Jack Potter, Cameron Bosworth, Alex Gehrke, Louis Zaretsky, Thomas Kania, Sister Mary Virgilyn Grabowski, Hattie M. Green, Marie Rohm, Amanda Sledz, Father Louis Klein, Betty McClam, Kevin Brady and Nick Yonkosky.