OLAF FUB SEZ: According to “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” author Douglas Adams, born on this date in 1952, “Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things.”



March arrives

And brings us cheer.

It means that Spring

Is almost here.

The sun gets higher

In the sky,

Ready to bid winter

A hearty “Good-bye.”

Thanks, Mother Nature,

We value your care,

Reminding us that

Spring is in the air.

– Joyce L. Wilson


REUNION ALERT – Lackawanna High School’s Class of 1953 is celebrating its 60th reunion this year. Any classmate who has not been notified, please call Angie Yelich at 675-0762 or Marilyn Ross at 825-0050.


GIFT IDEAS – Books and other items will be available as the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary holds its Books Are Fun sale in the atrium Tuesday and Wednesday. Proceeds benefit the hospital.


IT’S ACADEMIC – Amherst School Superintendent Laura Chabe will be the speaker as the Eggertsville Community Organization holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. All are welcome to attend.


SOUP’S ON – Queen of Angels Parish will host a free-will offering soup supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the church social center, Warsaw and Electric avenues, Lackawanna. A variety of soups will be offered, along with bread and a beverage. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds benefit local food pantries.


ROLLING IN DOUGH – The Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, is sponsoring its 10th annual soda bread competition on Saturday. Entries will be accepted in the center’s library from 9 to 10 a.m. and should be wrapped in clear plastic with a removable label attached providing the name, address and phone number of the baker.

Pastry chef Bridget English will judge entries on appearance, taste and texture. Winners will be notified by phone. Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries, courtesy of the Tara Gift Shoppe. All entries become the property of the Irish Center. For info, call 627-5966.


THE WAY WE WERE – The Newstead Historical Society will kick off this year’s schedule of programs and activities at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron, with “Remembering Main Street Akron,” featuring a panel of Akron natives with ties to several former businesses.

They include Sally Stapleton, whose husband’s family owned several businesses, including a theater at Main and Clinton streets; Ken Pagels will talk about the Candy Kitchen, which sold sweets on the site of the current Akron Village Hall. The program is free and open to everyone. For info, call 542-7022 or visit


PLACE YOUR BIDS – The Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Foundation will hold its 20th annual Baskets O’ Plenty Auction Thursday evening in Elks Lodge 346 at 1805 Fashion Outlet Blvd., Town of Niagara. Chairwoman Christine S. O’Hara reports that all proceeds will benefit the agency’s programs for people with developmental disabilities.

Baskets can be previewed from 5 to 7 p.m., with drawings beginning at 7:30. Admission is $15 and includes 25 chances for the basket drawings.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Joanne Kasperek, Dick Haynes, Michael Sweeney Sr., Walter Gibala, Amy White, Mary Jo Monnin, Mylous Hairston, Mark Jarmusz, Sister Mary Agnes Czarnecki, Sister Diane Marie Szylkawski, Gail Bauer, Zachary E. Burns, R.J. Gray, Shawnna Zelasko, Marie Krueder, Joanne Kasperek, Sarah Piasecki, Sheridan Furi Papich, Brian Carroll, Jim “Jumbo” Griffin, Sandra Bishop, Rhodie Ruminski and Kathy Sands.