What to do on our first wknd. of October:

>> The Hilton Apple Festival is always a westside highlight.  Taste the cider, pie and fun on route 18 Sat. & Sun.

>> On the eastside ziggy zoggy to Lift Bridge Lane in Fairport for Oktoberfest, opening Fri. aft. rain or shine under the heated big top.  There will be plenty of chow and beverages, along with loads of live music, from the Fairport Fire Dept. Oktoberfest Band to Jumbo Shrimp on stage Fri. at 9p, and Northside Johnny performing Sat. at 9p.  Hours: Fri. 3p-midnight and Sat. 12p-midnight with free admission til 5p Fri. & 3p Sat.

>> Feel the wine & spirits at Woodlawn Cemetary on Pearl St. in Canandaigua Sat. afternoon.  The beautifully manicured home of many great fallen heroes like my parents, uncle and sister is a peaceful spot to sip wine and assorted spirits as Woodlawn welcomes the public in a unique fundraiser to restore the historic chapel on the cemetary grounds.

>> Hockey, hockey, hockey!  The Amerks open the season vs. Grand Rapids Fri. night at the Blue Cross Arena.  There's a pre-game party in the atrium starting at 5p and the first puck drops at 7:35p. Tickets at www.amerks.com.

>> And since we're talking about ice, get ready for winter skiing with the Dome Ski Sale, now at a new location: the Brighton Sports Zone on Brighton-Henretta Townline Rd. Fri- Sun.  Info at www.skicompany.com

>> Spook the westside at Verhulst Haunted Hayrides beginning at dusk Fri. - Sun. on Ridge Rd. in Spencerport. Or try the Fall Fest at the Garden Factory on Buffalo Rd. in Gates Sat. and Sun. afternoons.

>> Or spook yourself in the dark at the opening of "Gravity" starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stuck in outer space.  This 91 minute thriller took 4-and-a-half-years to create and is visually stunning in 3D and IMAX.

>> And today please remember our two heroes from the West Webster Fire Dept. Tomasz Kaczowka and Lt. Mike Chiapperini who are honored this wknd. at the National Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in MD.  325 Webster residents headed south to remember their sacrifice on Lake Rd. Christmas Eve morning.  God bless their memory, their families and all of our uniformed troops.