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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, born on this date in 1473, “To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.”


TELETHON TOAST – “Rays of Hope” is the theme of this year’s kickoff cocktail party hosted by the Variety Women from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 in Father Justin Hall, 2735 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga. Donation is $20. Seating is limited. For reservations, call 771-1502. Proceeds benefit the 54th Variety Club Telethon to benefit Women & Children’s Hospital, which will air March 6 on WKBW-TV, Channel 7.


SHARE THE WARMTH – You can help Buffalo City Mission help the homeless during this frigid time of year by plunking down $1 or $5 for a Code Blue paper snowflake from now through Feb. 28 at any of the 31 NOCO Express stores in Western New York. NOCO will match the total that everyone gives, up to $10,000.

Five NOCO Express locations also are taking donations of new and gently used winter coats, warmer clothing, gloves and socks for City Mission’s men and women clients. Accepting items through Feb. 28 are stores in Buffalo at 585 Elmwood Ave. at Lexington Avenue and 1137 Elmwood Ave. at Forest Avenue, plus those at 1555 North French Road at Campbell Boulevard, Getzville; 2080 Abbott Road at Grant Boulevard, Lackawanna; and 6125 Main St. at Youngs Road, Amherst.


WHISTLE STOP – There are three chances to win in the New York State Rail Experience Giveaway this weekend at the Western New York Railway Historical Society’s 25th annual Winter Train and Toy Show and Sale in the Event Center at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.

The Arcade & Attica Railroad has donated four tickets for the upcoming excursion season. The Medina Railroad Museum is providing four tickets for “Day Out With Thomas” trips in May. And best of all, Amtrak is offering two adult and two child tickets to any destination within the state, worth more than $700.

There also will be operating model railroad layouts and displays, the largest featuring animated scenes and amusement ride models. There also will be dozens of vendors with railroad artifacts, collectible toys, die casts, dolls and miniatures.

For youngsters, there will be a play table for Thomas the Tank Engine fans. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults; kids under 12 are free. Proceeds support the society’s two rail depots in Orchard Park and Williamsville, and its collection of nearly four dozen vintage train cars and locomotives. For more info, visit


SHOPPING BREAK – The New York Institute of Massage will host a student chair massage-a-thon to benefit the Ken-Ton Closet from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga. Donation is $1 a minute, with a minimum of five minutes.


LIVING LEGACY – A tribute to singer Arlester “Dyke” Christian and other soulful musicians buried in Forest Lawn will be the highlight of the Sunday in the Cemetery Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the cemetery’s historic chapel. Performing will be Van Taylor and Friends. Tickets are $15. For info and tickets, visit


TODAY’S CATCH – Looking for a Friday fish fry? Here are a few that came to our attention:

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 1208 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Baked or breaded cod, yellow pike or shrimp, choice of potato, coleslaw, pie and beverages. $10, $5 children’s chicken nugget meal. Call 693-0749 for take-out.

St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Cultural Center, Abbott and Weber roads, Lackawanna, 4 to 7 p.m. Dinners, shrimp baskets and a choice of homemade sides. For info, call 825-9364.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 61 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Baked or battered fish or chicken fingers, choice of potato, coleslaw, dessert and beverages. $11 adults, $5 children.


WEEKEND FARE – The Wendelville Fire Company will sell chowder to eat in or take out beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday in Fire Hall No. 1, 7340 Campbell Blvd., Pendleton.

The Shriners of Western New York will host a winter chicken barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Dinners are $9 and include a half-chicken, two salads and a roll. For more info, call 674-8666.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 930 Lake St., Angola, will serve a spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Dinners, which include salad, beverage and dessert, are $8.50 adults, $8 seniors and $4.50 for kids 5 to 12. For info, call 549-0063.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Gayle Price, Richard Clouser, Joy Trotter, Don O’Hara, Jakob Willoughby, Tom Yots, Wayne Whitaker, Joe Crozier, Tara Gethers, Howard Rose, Jessica Sobczyk, Traci Amorosi, Tom DiStefano, Shaun Wickett, Dillon Ciotuszynski, Elaine Uku, Barb Uzar, Cindy Tomascko, Bill Larsen, Cheryl Roberts Maciejewski, Felicia Igguldon, Lori Pietraszewski, Gail Stadler, David Disarno, Mike Chase, Tom Deubell, Alex Paul, Bob Aranyosi, Dick Aranyosi and Cynthia Parlato.

AND SATURDAY – Miriam Needham, Tom Fenton, Kathy Sauer, Mark Haggerty, Maeve Kennedy McDougall, Barbara Duke, Skip Polowy, Mary Catherine Pugsley, Marypat Brill, Melissa Poppenberg, Maryjean Kraengel, Peggi Ryan, William VanArsdale, Maureen McIndoo, Lily Ingrao, Andrew Bottomley, Loretta Sauer, John Kiener, Jack Jerge, Rosemarie Wartinger, Kyle Brodnicki, Derek Szymkowiak, Chad Szymkowiak, Paul Zielinski, Ellie Godwin, Melissa Naab and David F. Quagliana.

AND SUNDAY – Matthew Stewart Shanks Reggie Witherspoon, Mary Ellen Donathen, Nancy Singh, Myron Bleech, Marian Nardolillo, Mary Muldoon, June-Elise Uhl, John Reitz, Eric Meyer, Sue Collins, Michael Gaughan, Lauren Holstein, Erik Bartus, Michael Bartus, Tony Bienias, Frank Billittier Jr., Jeanine Kacala, Chris TinHan, Crew Ferrentino, Cole “Smiley” Thomas Chilcott, Mike Kempf, Tim Deubell, Hank Grzymala, Jeff Aranyosi, Harry Wolf and Norman Naab.