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OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from Madonna, born Madonna Louise Ciccone on this date in 1958, “When you call my name, it’s like a little prayer.”


LICKIN’ GOOD – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, hosts a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10, drive-thru only, and include roasted potatoes, homemade coleslaw and a brownie. To reserve one, call 297-6421.

Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, offers a BW’s chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10, take-out only, and include potato, vegetable, roll and dessert. For info, call 685-5766 or 704-5458.


OPEN MINDED – The children’s book, “It’s Okay To Be Different” by Todd Parr, will set the theme for EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) Storytime for youngsters up to age 8 from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Canalside in downtown Buffalo. A reading of the book by Amy Jakiel from People Inc. will be followed by a question session about disabilities, featuring a puppet, and a craft project. Admission is free.


LAKE LORE – Guest speaker Dave Ward of Mayville will talk about his purchase of “Little Toot,” a tugboat once in service on Chautauqua Lake, at the next meeting of the Chautauqua Township Historical Society at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Depot Museum, 15 Water St., Mayville. The public is welcome. For more info, call Kathleen Kennedy at 640-7229.


SECOND HELPING – The Cheektowaga Lions Club will hold its annual Beef Roast on Thursday afternoon in the Bowen Grove, 2925 Bowen Road, Lancaster. At 2 p.m., hot dogs, hamburgers, corn, clam chowder, watermelon, beer and soft drinks will be served. The beef roast dinner will begin at 6 p.m. There also will be music and prizes. Tickets, good for both meals, are $25 advance, $28 at the door. For tickets, call Dan Casacci at 685-2130.


RIDING THE RIVER – The Industrial Heritage Committee Inc., which pioneered guided sailing tours of Buffalo’s grain elevator district back in the mid-1980s, holds its next Historic Buffalo River Tour on Sunday afternoon. The excursion leaves from the Miss Buffalo Dock in Erie Basin Marina at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults, $13 for kids 4 to 11. For reservations, call Buffalo Harbor Cruises at 856-6696.


SIGN UP – Seeking new members is Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 2940 in West Seneca. To be eligible, applicants must be the husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter or grandson or granddaughter of a VFW member or a veteran who was eligible to join the VFW. Applicants also must be U.S. citizens and at least 16 years old.

Members provide support to veterans, active duty military and their families and develop skills in leadership and planning. They also can receive service benefits in the form of discounts on insurance and other products and services. For more info, call D. C. Ippolito at 440-3411.


CENTURY PLUS – Celebrating her 108th birthday this Tuesday is Miriam Minsker, a resident of Beechwood Homes in Getzville. Proclamations from Erie County and the Town of Amherst will be presented to her at a party with friends and family.

Born in East Aurora, the former Miriam Rosen grew up on the Roycroft campus, where her father worked for Elbert Hubbard as superintendent of printing. She also worked at Roycroft, first in the pamphlet bindery while attending Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh, and then in the business office as a secretary and bookkeeper.

The mother of three children, she and her husband of 68 years, John, a contractor, both served on the original board of directors for Beechwood Continuing Care.

Following the death of her husband in 1998, she became one of the first residents of Beechwood’s Asbury Pointe Retirement Community. She has eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Marcia Dauscher, Mo Argenio, Mary Ann Lauricella, Justin Krzemien, Sharon Quaglietta, Danny Nowicki, Gerald Mead, Cheryl Hallman, Beth Buckley, Kaitlin Tyler, Sheldon Horwitz, Linda Snyder, Laura Prabucki, Mary A. Kless, Joe Gervase, Amanda Bratek, Debbie Blake, Bette Peters, Carol Hovey and Charles Ihrig.


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