OLAF FUB SEZ: According to economist and financial columnist Sylvia Porter, born on this date in 1913, “Money never remains just coins and pieces of paper. Money can be translated into the beauty of living, a support in misfortune, an education, or future security.”


CHECKERED FLAG – The All-American Soap Box Derby, a racing program for boys and girls ages 9 to 17, is being revived this year in Hamburg. Youngsters will pilot their gravity-powered cars down a ramp at 97 S. Buffalo St. starting at 9 a.m. on June 29 and continuing until mid-afternoon.

Lucy Calloway, secretary for the newly organized Hamburg Soap Box Derby Association, tells us, “An older gentleman named Don Lucarell had a dream that his grandson could enjoy racing the way he did in the 1930s. He started a spark, a handful jumped on board. Now it has all come to fruition.”

The winner of the Hamburg Derby will go on to compete for the championship in Akron, Ohio. Sponsorships for cars are still available. For info, visit


DRUMSTICK BEAT – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, will sponsor a Chiavetta’s drive-thru chicken dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $9 advance, $10 curbside, and include potato, salad and dessert. To reserve tickets, call 297-6421.

Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, hosts a BW’s drive-thru chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $9 and include salt potatoes, corn and a roll with butter. Proceeds benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For info, call 685-5766.


TIME OF NEED – A fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in Royalton Ravine Park, Gasport and Mountain roads, Gasport, for a 6-year-old boy named Owen with Type 1 diabetes. Proceeds will help Owen’s family buy a diabetic alert dog for him.

The day will include a chicken barbecue, auctions, raffles and games. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the gate, $10 children. For tickets and info, call Andrea McIntyre at 570-7406.


PLAYTIME – Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, in South Buffalo, will host a new Parent Child Play Group beginning Monday. The program, which is open to children 18 to 30 months and their parents, will be led by Maureen McDonnell, a licensed speech language pathologist.

Sessions will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays through July 29, except July 15. The program encourages social play and interaction, language learning through books and songs and communication skills. Registration fee is $50. For info or to register, call Maureen at 713-6195.


OFFERING HOPE – The latest developments in diabetes treatment will be explained when the Western New York Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation holds its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst.

Speaking will be Thomas Brobson, the foundation’s national director of research investment opportunities. He will talk about his part in clinical trials of the artificial pancreas, in which a smart phone-based system helped automatically manage his blood glucose.

Admission is free. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. A vendor fair and meeting will precede Brobson’s talk. Child care is available. For info and to RSVP, call 833-2873.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Elaina Melgar, Judith Alessi Mary Albrecht, Bob McCarthy, Francine DelMonte, Elizabeth Carey, Kathy McCarthy, Cathie Worden, Joan Siejak, Rev. Gary Burdick, Cheryl Ann Toepfer, Cassandra Seifert, Matt Dauria, Kathy Galbo, Debbie Andrzejewski, Shannon Bernoski, Katie Weber, Cindy Matchulat, Justin Tanner Ciesielski, David Constantine and Ashley Botzko.