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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Dan Ackroyd, born on this date in 1952, “You do not need a therapist if you own a motorcycle.”


FOOTWORK – A campaign to raise funds for the 20th annual Laurel Run, which benefits people with disabilities and their families, has begun at United Refining Co.’s Kwik Fill and Red Apple Food Mart locations in Erie and Chautauqua counties and in Warren County, Pa. It continues through July 17.

Customers are invited to buy a paper sneaker, put their name on it and have it displayed in the store. The suggested donation is $1, but any amount is welcome. Proceeds raised in each county will go to agencies in that county that support people with disabilities.

The Laurel Run, started by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek in honor of their oldest daughter, who has Down syndrome, will be held July 15 and 16.

The first day features a relay run from Jamestown to Dunkirk. On the following day in Silver Creek, there will be an 8K run, a 5K fitness walk, a 1K fun walk, children’s runs and “Laurel’s Lap” for disabled people. There also will be a party with free food, live music and activities for children and adults. For more info, call 661-4735 or visit


HISTORIC OFFER – Beginning Tuesday and continuing almost every day until the end of July, all youth up to the age of 16 will be admitted free to Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, south of Rochester. Ordinarily, tickets for children ages 4 to 16 are $10 for regular admission and $12 for special events. The only time the offer does not apply is during Civil War Reenactment Weekend July 16 and 17.

The promotion celebrates the 40th anniversary of the state’s largest living history museum, which opened July 4, 1976. Featuring 68 historic buildings, an art gallery, nature center trails and a variety of hands-on 19th century activities, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays and on Independence Day. For more info, call 585 294-8218 or visit


GETTING GAME – A program offering free lessons for middle school students on how to play the ultimate card game, duplicate bridge, will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays in July and August at the Bridge Center of Buffalo, 3362 Sheridan Drive, on the corner of Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

Two after-school programs – one at Tapestry Charter Middle School in Buffalo and one at Transit Middle School in Williamsville – are scheduled to begin in early October. For info, call 633-5680.


SEEING THE SIGHTS – Everywhere you turn in Buffalo this weekend, you’re likely to see people on tour, many of them led by Explore Buffalo, which fosters appreciation of the city’s architecture, history and neighborhood.

This Friday, the organization is offering four tours downtown – Masters of American Architecture at 10 a.m., Beaux-Arts Buffalo at 1 p.m., Five Presidents in Buffalo at 2 p.m. and Riverfront Renaissance at 7 p.m. - plus two more in Allentown – Olmsted’s Pocket Parks of Allentown, which meets 6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, and the Allentown Mob Tour, a survey of organized crime sites that starts 7 p.m. at Cafe 59, 62 Allen St.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. All of the tours will be repeated at various hours and dates throughout the month. The most popular tour is Riverfront Renaissance, which will be held 17 more times before the end of July, beginning at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 125 Main St. For tickets and more info, call 245-3032 or visit


A HELPING HAND – The Pendleton Veterans Association will have an information table to address veterans issues, sell flags and hold a flag raffle Monday at Pendleton Town Park. Fireworks will follow at dusk.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mel Kazmierczak, Diane Bennett, Joe Rooney, Lou Michel, Jeff Bender, Erin Haggerty, Doris Wodzinski, Dennis Ratchuk, Mackenzie Bartus, Debbie Knauber, Millie Collins, Chris Yaskow, Al Zabawa, Jason Wojtaszczyk, Laurie Hendrix, Judy Vangalio, Cathy Lempko, James O’Hara, Tom Callopy, Carol Allgrim, Ken Goliszek, Mauvorney Creahan, Jacob Stillman and Kelly Stoll Cieslica.

AND SATURDAY – Donald Coles, James J. Nash, Bob Stotz, Jim Toellner, Joe Miranda, Matt Nagowski, Angeline Stiglmeier, Nicholas E. Burns, Pat Jakubowski, Jody McCabe, Kristi McCabe, Bernie Weber, Charlene Moultrup, Jamie Kuminski, David Sobczyk, Amy Granville, Evan Granville, Benjamin Penziner, Charles Bailey, Joseph Cieslica, Kay Puma, Ken Colwell, Michael Musilli, Trevor Brill and Tyler Brill.

AND SUNDAY – Amy Hartmann Gilbert, Denise Jewell Gee, Jim Mabry, Derek Campbell, Danielle Szymkowiak, Joe Granat, Jody Lomeo, Val Domiano, Cooper Panek, Jeanne Rusek, Peg Kaznowski, Betty Safe, Joe Amorosi, Rose Kuminski, Sara Ann Kroh, Amy St. George, Ava Hooley, William Schworm, Ann Peck and Jason Pici.