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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author and humorist Tom Bodett, born on this date in 1955, “In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”


PLUGGING IN – The first in a series of free computer classes, focusing on gadgets and gear, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday in Lockport Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road, Lockport. Those attending are invited to bring their e-readers, tablets, cellphones and laptops.

The series continues from 1 to 4 p.m. March 10 with a session on flash drives and file management, and how to use Facebook from 1 to 4 p.m. April 14. To register, call 433-5935, Ext. 3, or sign up online at The programs are sponsored by the Town of Lockport, the Lockport Public Library and the NIOGA Library System.


RAISE A TOAST – Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda, will host its winter fundraiser – Beer, Books and Bordeaux – at 7 p.m. Friday in the library. Tickets are $28. The evening will include music from Dozo My Lady. There will be local vendors, light snacks, beer from Flying Bison Brewery and wine from Southern Wine and Spirits. Call 332-4375.


BATTLE SCARS – Buffalo-based author William Donohue will be the featured speaker at the next luncheon meeting of Western New York Pen Women at noon Saturday in the Eagle House, 5578 Main St., Williamsville. Donohue will discuss his book, “Himself: A Civil War Veteran’s Struggles with Rebels, Brits and Devils,” which follows two Irish immigrant brothers from Buffalo’s Old First Ward who go off to fight with the Union army.

All are welcome. Lunch is $18, which includes tip and speaker’s fee. Reservations are needed by Thursday. Call Mary Ellen Shaughnessy at 885-3292 or Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909.


WARM AND FURRY – HEART Animal Rescue and Adoption Team, which rescues and finds new homes for orphaned and abandoned pets, will hold its annual SweetHEART Cocktail Party from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Grapevine Banquets, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

Tickets are $45 and include a full bar, dinner and desserts. Tickets are available by calling 225-1183 or visiting HEART’s adoption centers at 48 Buffalo St., Hamburg, or in Transitowne Plaza, 4219 Transit Road, Clarence.


COLLEGE CASH – Applications are now available in the Kenmore West High School guidance office for college scholarships sponsored by the Ken West Alumni Foundation. Awards of $1,000 or more are available for two-year institutions and trade schools as well as four-year colleges.

To be eligible, Kenmore West seniors need to have attended the school for the past two years and have maintained an 80 percent grade average for the past six semesters.


BANK SHOTS – For the 32nd year, Norm and Diane Skulski are sponsoring the Variety Kids 8-Ball Telethon Tourney on Saturday in Classic Cue Billiards, 6061 Transit Road, Depew. Maximum is 64 entries. The top 25 percent will win prizes. Doors open at 11 a.m. There’s free practice from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Competition begins at 1:30.

Entry fees are $10 for seniors over 60 and juniors under 17, $20 for current active league players and $30 for everyone else. There’s also a $10 “green fee.” All proceeds benefit the Variety Kids Telethon, which will be broadcast March 7 on WKBW-TV, Channel 7. The winner, top youth player and leading female player all will get to appear on the telethon. Call 715-7037 or 684-4644.


TRIPLE PLAY – Shake off those winter blahs at the Kick Cabin Fever Indoor Triathlon at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Turner Community Center, 4840 West Lake Road (Route 394), Chautauqua. Entry fee is $35 or $70 for a team of two or three people, and includes a long-sleeve T-shirt and other items. Proceeds benefit the Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

“Anyone can do this event,” says Cheryl Burns, who began the triathlon eight years ago, one year after her brother, Marty Miller, took his life after several years of depression. “We encourage them to simply float from one end to the other while swimming, spin on a stationary bike the best they can, and walk the treadmill while listening to the goofy people around for support and the upbeat music.” For more info, visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Anne Kennelly, Broady Richardson, Rachel Lorefice, Pat Myers, Francis McCabe, Raelyn Vadala, Dave Dodolak, Sarah Smith, Joyce Spahr, Peter Battaglia, Peter Sabo, Kim Wieglasz and Marie Wulf.