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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to advice columnist Ann Landers, born Esther “Eppie” Lederer on this date in 1918, “People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.”


Here Lies ...

Here lies my beloved

Too soon taken

Forgot my Martini

Was stirred and not shaken.

Live your life carefully

And watch what you do

Or what will your tombstone

Say about you?

– Carol T. Nowicki


HUNGRY? – Bring a big appetite to Old Man River Restaurant, 375 Niagara St., City of Tonawanda, where the Fourth of July celebration kicks off 2 p.m. Monday with a series of eating contests. The contests will determine who can eat the most grilled carrot “bunny dogs,” regular hot dogs, ice cream and foot-long hot dogs. The foot-long hot dog eating contest is for couples. The entry fee is $20. Proceeds will benefit Chapter 77, Vietnam Veterans of America and its Cobra Helicopter Memorial. The festivities will also include live bands.


BATTLE HARDENED – Considered by historians to be the birthplace of the modern United States Army, the Battle of Chippawa on July 5, 1814, proved well-trained American troops, led to victory here by Gen. Winfield Scott, could hold their own against British regulars in the War of 1812. It cost upward of 200 lives on both sides.

Those who fell will be remembered at the annual Battle of Chippawa commemorative service to be held by the Niagara Parks Commission and Chippawa Branch 396 of the Royal Canadian Legion at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Chippawa Battlefield Monument on Niagara Parkway, just south of the village of Chippawa, Ont. All are welcome.


GOLDEN OLDIES – A Classic Car Cruise to benefit scouting will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Cappellino Chevrolet, 9000 Boston State Road, Boston. Terry Buchwald will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. with his tribute to Elvis. Boy Scout Troop 491 from Boston will serve hot dogs, hamburgers and pop.

Those who attend are urged to bring a can of food for the Food Bank of Western New York. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 200 cars to register. For info, call Ray Lucas at 941-3701.


MAGIC MOMENTS – Thursday is the deadline to get discounted prices for reservations at the first Spellbound Festival, a weekend of Harry Potter-related activities at St. Bonaventure University Aug. 5-7.

Tickets for the Full Festival Experience, which includes overnight stays in campus townhouses, are $165 for adults and $145 for children 12 and under. Tickets without overnight accommodations are $80 per adult and $60 for those 12 and under. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Both packages include a ticket to the Friday Night Sorting Feast, a ticket to the Saturday Night Great Hall Feast, breakfast Saturday and Sunday, three “Take a Magical Class” passes and admission to other games, discussions and activities, including Horcrux Hunts, Quidditch Games and Live Wizards Chess.

For more info, call Jennifer Pulver at 375-2045, email her at or visit The festival coincides with the July 31 publication of J.K. Rowling’s play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”


SUMMER HOOPS – The Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St., is accepting individual and team registrations for its Co-ed Summer Youth Basketball Free Day Leagues, which begin next week. Leagues will play at the center noon to 3 p.m. weekly through the week of Aug. 22.

Leagues will be grouped by age. Those 10 and under will play Mondays, ages 11-12 will play Tuesdays, ages 13-15 will play Wednesdays and ages 16-17 will play Thursdays. To register, call 832-1010, Ext. 205, or email Kevin Ferguson at


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Morty Fallick, Seamus O’Malley, Kelly Steger, Gerry McCartney, Gary Kaczmarek, Bruce Mitchell, Ed Whitney, Lucy Tobias, Sean Park, Emma Maslowski Sahr, Joe Murray, Rita Lisiecki, Tom Whelan, Jeannie Cochrane, Carol Randall-Kuhn, Melissa Todd, Daniel Fabian, Julie Musilli, Vincent Orlowski, Gloria Stanz, Fay Bailey, Angie Allen, Alice Sieber, Ann Rusinek and Amelia Niedzwiedz.