OLAF FUB SEZ: According to humorist Dave Barry, born on this date in 1947, “Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”


The Fourth of July

Happy birthday, America,

237 years old.

Over 300 million people

Within your borders

You now hold.

For immigrants

Who come here

It’s like discovering gold.

Happy birthday, U.S.A.,

It’s a privilege

To celebrate

Your big day.

– Joyce L. Wilson


STAR SPANGLED – America’s traditions and pastimes will be celebrated over this holiday weekend at Americana Days at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, formerly the Amherst Museum, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

Offered from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday will be carnival food, live music, farm animals, local artisan vendors, a scavenger hunt and different historic games and crafts in each of the museum’s buildings.

Rally Niagara Badminton will host badminton games Saturday. Sunday will see kite building and kite flying under the direction of the Great Lakes Kitefliers Society of Western New York.

Also appearing Sunday will be Jesse Ladoue, the reigning Miss New York International, and Assemblyman Ray Walter, who will be special guest at the 1812 Peace Garden Induction Ceremony at 1 p.m.


SIGNING SESSION – Sanborn author David H. Brown will autograph copies of his mystery novel, “The Elusive Chauffeur,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in Spot Coffee, 5330 Main St., Williamsville.


ON TRACK – The next Buffalo Walks Tour sponsored by Working for Downtown will check up on the restoration work in progress at the Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive, at 5:15 p.m. next Wednesday. Several projects are under way, including roofing, restoration of the tile in the waiting room, installation of solar panels and repairs to the marquee.

Hard hats will be provided to visitors. Tours are free to Working for Downtown members, $10 for others. Reservations are required. To sign up, email Debbie Di Matteo at or visit


WINNING GRINS – Miles For Smiles will host its 10th annual wine tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. July 15 in Hotel @ The Lafayette, 391 Washington St., to benefit the Craniofacial Center of Western New York and the Comprehensive Oral Health for Disabled Youth program at Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

In addition to the wines, there will be hors d’oeuvres, a carving station, a coffee and dessert bar and music by Whirlin’ Disc Sound, not to mention a huge basket raffle, a silent auction and a wine ring toss. Tickets are $40. For info and tickets, call Jan Rockwood at 878-7149 or email


MILITARY REUNION – The USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association will hold its 20th Ships Reunion from Sept. 9 to 15 in Boise, Idaho. Those attending should make reservations at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center by calling (855) 611-1999 and ask for the special rate of $89, which is in effect until Aug. 9. For more info, call reunion planners Don Shade at (866) 352-2469 or Bob Nesbit at (864) 608-3080.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Amy Gilbert, Danielle Szymkowiak, Denise Jewell Gee, Jim Mabry, Derek Campbell, Peg Kaznowski, Rosemarie Kuminski, Betty Safe, Joe Amorosi, Kelsey Gentry, Debbie Ziolkowski, Hannah Tokasz, Millie Collins, Cooper Panek, Jeanne Rusek, Ann Peck, Ann Kilmurray, Jason Pici and Vincent Hornberger Jr.

AND THURSDAY – Jessie Walpole, J.J. Lempke, Bruce Mitchell, Ellen Przepasniak, Gerry McCartney, Gary Kaczmarek, Lucy Tobias, Joe Murray, Dorothy Kaczmarek, Timothy Shaw, Mike Jaworski, Tom Whelan, Karen Scott, Julie Musilli and Vince Carroll.