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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to outspoken Hall of Fame baseball manager Leo “The Lip” Durocher, born on this date in 1906, “I believe in rules. Sure, I do. If there weren’t any rules, how could you break them?”


SHIFTING GEARS – West Seneca’s farmers market is moving, but not very far and just for this week. The Main Street Marketplace will pick up from its usual Thursday location on the grassy hill next to West Seneca Town Hall, 1250 Union Road at Main Street, and set up instead behind Town Hall on the grass surrounding the Lions Bandshell to accommodate those attending the grand finale of the West Seneca Lions Club’s Summer Concert Series, which includes a hot dog roast.

The market, featuring about two dozen vendors with a variety of products, will open as usual at 4 p.m. and stay open until the end of the concert. Entertainment will begin with Dean Bell at 5:15 p.m. The headliner, Terry Buchwald performing his tribute to Elvis Presley, will take the stage at 7. Lawn chairs are welcome. In case of rain, the concert will move to the town ice rink nearby.


KEEN MACHINES – Orchard Park’s main drag – North Buffalo Street – will be closed down from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday for the Orchard Park Lions Club’s 22nd annual Quaker Days Car & Motorcycle Show & Cruise.

A total of 109 prizes will be awarded in 23 classes, with 40 special awards, including three for Corvettes – 1967 and older, 1968 to 1996, and 1997 and newer. Entry is $15 in advance, $18 day of show, with sign-up in the high school parking lot on Baker Road. Proceeds benefit the Lions Blind & Charity Fund. Registration starts at 9 a.m. in the Baker Road parking lot at Orchard Park High School. For info, call Tony Zappia evenings at 662-1806.


’TIS THE SEASON – Our Lady of Charity Parish’s St. Ambrose Site, 65 Ridgewood Road in South Buffalo, will kick off its annual Summerfest from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday with a classic car show and a deejay playing oldies. New this year will be food trucks – J&L BBQ and You Crack Me Up. Car owners can register their classic machines online at or Wednesday at the rectory during business hours.

Summerfest continues Friday with a Polish platter dinner catered by Polish Villa II from 4 to 7 p.m. in honor of the new parish administrator, Father Bryan Zielenieski. Live music from Crash Cadillac begins at 7. Saturday’s festivities run from noon to 11 p.m. with games, prizes and music by Peaceful Dove at 2 p.m. and the Strangers at 7 p.m. A Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue will be available from 4 to 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, Town Line Lutheran Church, 1159 Townline Road, Alden, will hold its Summerfest on Friday, beginning with family karaoke at 5 p.m. Local singer-songwriter Sara Elizabeth will perform at 6 p.m. and a free outdoor movie, “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” will be shown at 8. The Cheesy Chick and The Roaming Buffalo food trucks will be on hand and Alden’s Parkside Cupcakes will offer its creations. Admission is free. Donations of non-perishable food items for the Alden-Marilla Food Pantry are welcome. In case of rain, everything moves inside the church.


NO CHARGE – A quarter chicken dinner will be dished up as St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca, holds its free monthly community meal from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, or until the food runs out. The dinner also includes chips, coleslaw, desserts, beverages and, of course, fellowship. All are invited. Free-will offerings are welcome.


SELDOM SEEN – Catch sight of one of the rarest waterfowl in the world, the freckled duck, a native of Australia, at the Freckled Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, 5067 Townline Road, Delevan. Admission is $5.

The festival also includes a variety of food for purchase from the Colden Mill Restaurant and music by the Rustic Ramblers with Gene Hilts on steel guitar. Lawn chairs are welcome. Guided tours of the sanctuary’s 700 birds and 74 different species will be available for $2. For more info, call 942-6835 or visit


CUT THE CAKE – A Birthday Celebration 4 Everybody will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the atrium of the Erie Community College City Campus, 121 Ellicott St. Sponsored by St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, it will include prizes, music and food. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For tickets, call Ann Burroughs at 833-0442 or email


MAJOR MILESTONE – Speaking of birthdays, best wishes go out to Gertrude “Gertie” Revezzo, who will reach the century mark on Thursday. Born Gertrude Leone in Dunkirk in 1916, she is a longtime resident of Lackawanna and has a son and two grandchildren. Her husband of 36 years, Angelo J. Revezzo, died in 1981. She celebrated the big day Sunday with friends and relatives in Hamburg.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Robert F. Moss, Pawan Matta, Bonnie Flickinger, Brayden Godzich, Alex Scott Prell, George Costello, Alma Cosgrove, Joan Velez, Chris Rogacki, Teena Wise, Tom Safe, Floyd “Tod” Beckham, Annette Watts, Jeff Rapp, Narda Cornwall, Gabriel Bieger, Samantha Toepfer Penziner, Donald Yager, Carolyn Clancy Higgins, Natalie Kaczor, Nancy Tobias Mourad, Lorraine F. Cieslak, Rev. Charles J. Zadora, Lisa Grisanti, Paul Kamrowski Jr., Natalie Lachut and Maria Genero.

AND THURSDAY – Janique Curry, Dave Meinzer, Michelle Dickman, Amie Zimmer, Brad Philipps, Chris Pluta, Tracey Drury, Sister Suzanne Marie Kush, Sister Mary DeAngelis Nowak, Anne Erker, Ellen Duffy, Evelyn Johnson, Barb Berlin, Sara Bugenhagen, Sophia Izzo, Jesse Kendall, Ty Jeffrey Baker, Michael Murphy, Linda Dzierba, David Wilczak, Lexie Hart, Angelo Sole, Ethan James Vaccaro, Barbara Pries and Verna Naab.


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