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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper columnist Sydney J. Harris, born on this date in 1917, “The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded and to say, ‘I was wrong.’ ”


GOING LONG – The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Friends of the Library Big Book Sale got even bigger.

“We have received so many donations of books, audiobooks and DVDs that we’re expanding from our usual three-day sale to this year’s four-day event,” says Laura Glass, president of the Friends. “As always, all the money raised will benefit our town libraries.”

The sale, featuring almost 20,000 items, opens from 4 to 8 p.m. this Wednesday in Lincoln Arena, Parker Boulevard and Decatur Road, Town of Tonawanda. The first session is for members only, but memberships will be available at the door.

Then the sale opens to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, when there will be a $5 bag sale all day. Saturday also is kids’ day with crafts and a visit from Reada Owl, the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library mascot.


BROTHERS IN ARMS – Author William J. Brown will visit the Iron Island Museum, 998 E. Lovejoy St., at 1 p.m. Saturday to present a program on “My Son, My Son, Where Are You?,” a book he wrote about his older brother, Staff Sgt. Frank W. Brown, based on about 500 letters he sent to his mother during World War II. Frank Brown, who served with the Army’s 12th Infantry Regiment, was killed on the third day of the D-Day invasion.

William Brown, who graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Engineering, served in the Air Force and worked for 33 years at the NASA Glenn Research Center near Cleveland. Some of his brother’s letters and infantry artifacts will be shown, and Brown will sign copies of the book.


SCOUT’S HONOR – The Western New York Traders Association and the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America, will host the 35th annual Scouting memorabilia Trade-o-Ree and Auction from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in North Forest Presbyterian Church Hall, 300 North Forest Road, Williamsville.

The show will conclude with a live auction at 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $1 for adults. Youths younger than 18 and Scouts in uniform are admitted free. Donations of Scouting items for the council museum and auction items are welcome. For info, call Paul Freitag at 829-9014 or email Dirk Norwich at


FIRST STEPS – EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) will sponsor its inaugural EPIC 5K Family Run & Fun event Saturday in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood, beginning at EPIC headquarters, 1000 Main St.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with warm-ups at 9. The race starts at 9:30. Participants also can walk the course along Allen, Franklin, and Bryant streets and Linwood Avenue. The post-race party will include lunch, awards and children’s activities.

Registration is $20 in advance, $30 on Saturday, and includes a T-shirt and lunch. Children 10 and younger are $10. To register, visit For more info, call Brian Rochford at 819-5526 or email


EARLY OKTOBER – The Lancaster Citizens Hose Company, in conjunction with the James Metz Foundation, will hold its annual Oktoberfest Party from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Pompeii School Hall, 159 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. There will be German beer and food, along with German music by the Auslanders. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more info, visit the Lancaster Oktoberfest page on Facebook or go to, where $2 admission discount vouchers can be downloaded.

The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will celebrate German Night from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the school gym. The Genesee Valley Band will offer German music and the Holy Name Society will have German beer and root beer on tap. Providing food will be Mikey Dee’s Food Truck and Boy Scout Troop 325, which will grill hamburgers and hot dogs. Admission is free.


BACK TO SCHOOL – The Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women Inc., will present its first annual scholarship at 6 p.m. next Wednesday in Elldins at River Oaks, 100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. President Diane Dinsmore notes that the award is given to an adult Grand Island woman returning to college, trade school or continuing education. Call 308-6230.


MILESTONE MOMENT – The Braille Group of Buffalo, a volunteer group of transcribers who provide Braille materials for visually impaired readers of all ages, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. New classes in Braille transcribing will begin in January. For more info, call 689-1560 or email


TOAST OF THE TOWN – The Ladies of the Vine Wine Club will hold its next wine-paired dinner for women Tuesday evening in Giancarlo’s Sicilian Steakhouse, 5110 Main St., Williamsville. It will begin with a shopping party, including wine and hors d’oeuvres, at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. Cost is $65. Reservations are required. Call Kristin Scholz at 380-8565 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mitch Flynn, Nancy Naples, Michael A. Siragusa, Monica Pellegrino Faix, Helaine Bell, Linda Marie Jones, Nellie Crews, Nadia Piazarro, Carmen D. Rivera, Elizabeth Hanson, Mary Jo Shelton, Sister Mary Marcelette Bogoniewski, Nicholas Parsons, Thomas D. Gresock, Jane Brennan, Bart Schlosser, Karon Kester, Frani Walters, Jenn Louth and Bob Krone.

AND THURSDAY – Tom Buczkowski, Michael Andriaccio, Tom Prohaska, Jorge Guitart, Brian Zimmer, Lucas Halt, Ernestine Richardson, Joyce Troutman, Linda Roberts, Mark Herle, Laura Noblett, Kristin Bruton, Ryan Christopher Schaller, Mark Gallagher, Nick Palisano, Nicolas Curry, Gregory Bosworth, Julie Wipperman, Tim Crawford, Matthew Pasqualetti and Luke Chambers.


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