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OLAF FUB SEZ: One of our favorite catchphrases, courtesy of comic actor Frank Nelson, born on this date in 1911, “EEE-Yeeeeeeeeesssss?”


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M – Memories of a lifetime.

O – Only her kisses healed a boo-boo.

T – There is only one Mom.

H – Heart of pure gold.

E – Everything was better because of you.

R – Really loved us, no matter what.

S – Showed us how to be a whole person.

D – Deserves more than one day of honor.

A – Always there when we needed you most.

Y – Your spirit will be with us forever.

Thanks, Mom!

– Nelson R. Locher


ALL ABLOOM – Looking for a Mother’s Day gift? The Lancaster Historical Society is holding its annual flower sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Lancaster Historical Museum, 40 Clark St., Lancaster. Hanging baskets, bedding plants and other flowers, all locally grown, will be available.


ADORABLE AMPHIBIANS – The Roger Tory Petersen Institute, 311 Curtis St., Jamestown, across from the Jamestown Community College campus, will celebrate Salamander Saturday with a variety of salamander-themed activities between 1 and 3 p.m.

In the Gazebo, Chris Duckett, owner of Amtilia Outreach, will provide close-up looks at salamanders native to New York and others from around the world. On the Front Porch, staffer Melanie Smith will lead a salamander story session and salamander craft activities. And from the Side Garden, staffer Elyse Henshaw will lead a woodlot walk to locate salamanders and perhaps have a chance to see their eggs.

Admission is free. For more info, call 665-2473, Ext. 231, or email


PEACEFUL MUSIC – PEACE (Parents Encouraging Accountability for Closure for Everyone) presents a Mother’s Day jazz concert, “Gone but Not Forgotten,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Renovation Church, 567 Hertel Ave. The concert, featuring the Marshall Badger Band, honors mothers who have lost a child to homicide. Tickets are $10, or $15 at the door, and are available at PEACE, the church or Doris Records, 286 E. Ferry St. For information, call 842-8700.


BARGAIN HUNT – Trinity Episcopal Church, 261 E. Main St., Hamburg, will hold its spring rummage sale from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, with $1 admission, followed by a half-price sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday and a bag sale from noon to 1 p.m.

Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, will have a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Admission is $1. A bag sale begins at 11 a.m.

Hope United Methodist Church, 2914 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn, will have a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with a bag sale from 1 to 2 p.m. Hoover’s chowder will be available by the bowl, quart and gallon. There also will be roast beef sandwiches and a bake sale.

Pet Connection Programs Inc. will hold its annual indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Variety Club Banquet Hall, 6114 Broadway, Lancaster. For every $5 spent, shoppers will get a chance to win a prize. Want to donate gently used small items to the sale? They can be dropped off at the banquet hall between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday.


WINNERS WANTED – Payne Avenue Christian Church, 1459 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, will hold its sixth annual basket raffle from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 for a sheet of 25. There also will be door prizes and a lottery tree. Refreshments will be available. Winners need not be present.

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Settlement Road, Lewiston, will hold a basket auction, including big-ticket items, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday with drawings at 7 p.m. Souvlaki, baklava, pizza and hot dogs will be available. Presale tickets are $5. Call 297-6228 or 471-9622.

Lakeview Animal Sanctuary in Pendleton will host its eighth annual Basket Raffle and Family Fun Day beginning at noon Saturday in Stephen Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. A spaghetti dinner for $10 will be available from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The basket raffle begins at 5. There also will be live music, vendors, face painting, pony rides and animals from the sanctuary.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jenna Golden, Anne McCarthy Lauber, Larry Norton, Tom Stelmach, Diana Principe, Peter Piatasik, Raelyn Tiberio, Phil Jarosz, Nick Sikorski, Alexandra Kuhns, Brian Leistner Jr., Bryan Staddon, Karin Adams, Mary Jane Cutrona, Cindi Edington, Collin Nielsen, Jerome Okonzak, Shannon Krukowski, Wally Napierala, Regina Lynn Smith and Lou Ann Connelly.

AND SATURDAY – Meghan Cowley, Patti Meyer, Elizabeth Hastie, Jane Lytle, Mark Wozniak, Andy Parker, Lucy Wargo, Kathy Philipps, Linda Giancarlo, Scott Gordon, Gary Lutz, Jeffrey Kraengel, Cheryl Escott, Ben Sikora, Gregory Cain, Vi Seaner, Paul Francoforte Sr. and Thomas R. Miller.

AND SUNDAY – Matthew Hakes, Kenneth M. Kelly Jr., Lola Bishop, Charles Incorvaia, Rob Hessel, Mark Leitner, Anna Banks, Mary Salter, Ron Reger, Maggie Mihalics, Sister Mary Marcine Borowiak, Pauline Buczkowski, Carol Aquino Moretti, Suzanne Schafer, Liz Mullins, John Mezhir, Beth D’Amico, Patrick Metz, Scott Driscoll, Stan Zmuda and Teresa Goralczyk.