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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to German poet and playwright Bertold Brecht, born on this date in 1898, “Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.”


READY FOR LENT – The chefs at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, at 136 Cazenovia St., are welcoming Lent with a fish fry dinner from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10 and include beer-battered or broiled haddock, French fries, macaroni salad, cole slaw, rye bread and butter. For those averse to fish, there will be chicken fingers with French fries. For info, call 825-9557.


SWEET SERENADERS – It’s not too late to arrange a surprise for Valentine’s Day for that special person in your life. The Friends of Harmony, the local male a cappella chorus, still has room in its schedule to personally deliver singing valentines between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Valentine’s Day on Sunday.

The quartets will go to a home, restaurant, school or place of business anywhere in Erie or Niagara County and serenade your loved one with two love songs. Then they will present a flower and a personalized card and pose for a souvenir photo with the recipient. Price is $50. To order, call 868-9447 or visit


FILL THE FREEZER – A meat raffle to benefit the annual Mary Queen of Angels School eighth-grade class trip to Cleveland will be held Friday evening in St. Andrew Parish Hall, 111 Crocker St., Sloan. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The raffle begins at 7.

Donation is $5 in advance, $8 at the door, and includes two slices of pizza, pop and beer or wine. You must be at least 21 to attend. For tickets and more info, visit the school office at 170 Rosewood Terrace off George Urban Boulevard, Cheektowaga, or call 895-6280.


DUCK INSIDE – Warm up at the Alden Winterfest this weekend by dropping in at the Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Alden Village Hall, 13336 Broadway. More than two dozen vendors will be offering honey, maple products, homemade hot sauces, baked goods, handcrafted soaps, jams, jellies and a variety of crafts.

The Marketplace is one of many indoor and outdoor events Friday and Saturday, weather permitting, beginning with a Family Movie Night, featuring the animated film “Minions” at 6 p.m., and a Family Fun Night at 7 p.m., both in the Community Center, 13116 Main St., along with ice skating and a bonfire in Town Park on West Main Street.

Saturday activities begin with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. in Alden Presbyterian Church, 13298 Broadway. There will be dog sled demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Town Park, plus a variety of winter pastimes, including a pond hockey shootout at noon.

Indoor games include a Lego contest for kids at 11 a.m. in Alden American Legion Hall, 13143 Broadway, and a euchre tournament at 2 p.m. in the Community Center. The day concludes with a Snowball Dance from 7 p.m. to midnight in Village Hall, featuring a wine and beer tasting and music by Joy Ryde. For info on the entire festival, visit the Alden Winterfest page on Facebook.


COLLEGE CASH – High school seniors in the eight Western New York counties who want to go into the food service or hospitality industries are invited to apply for the annual scholarship program sponsored by the Taste of Buffalo.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a food service or hospitality curriculum in an accredited two- or four-year school next fall. Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

For more information and applications, visit Applications, a current transcript and report card, and letters of recommendation must be received by April 8.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Larry Soong, Michael Merrell, Ray Stoklosa, Bonnie Platt, Chip Coe, Sierra Pyle, Brooke Blackwell, Bill Whited III, Benjamin LaGrow, Kerrie Yeates, Denise Helinski and Shelly Piwowar.

AND THURSDAY – Eileen O’Neill Toczynski, Anne Marie Tanyi, Maggie Flannery,Roland R. Georger, Rose Amodeo, Ella Marie Tasca, Gary Cook, Scott Keen, Lisa Hewitt, Paul Musilli, Irene Fowler, Ken Levan, Ashli Vanwinkle Falzone and Maureen Pantera.