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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Fanny Brice, born on this date in 1891, “Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.”

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Halloween

Witches and goblins

And black scary cats,

Grinning, dancing skeletons

And fanged flying bats,

Pumpkins with wide grins

And fiery wide eyes,

Costumed, laughing children

In every size.

Ringing doorbells on

A bright Halloween night,

Screaming “Tricks or treats!”

To everyone in sight.

So open your heart

As you open the door

Giving treats to the children

And your spirits shall soar!

– Honey Snitzer

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REUNION TIME – Cardinal Dougherty High School graduates from all classes are invited to attend an informal, order-off-the-menu stage supper in a new venue – Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 N. Bailey Ave., Snyder – at 6:30 p.m. tonight. No reservations are necessary, but they’re appreciated. Call Steve Ash at 694-4492.

The Niagara Falls High School Class of 1951 will have a reunion dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 in Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. For info and reservations, call Shirley Bevacqua at 297-6566.

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SECOND HELPING – Last year, YMCA Buffalo Niagara collected enough donations of nonperishable food items for the Food Bank of Western New York to provide 2,241 meals for families in need. This year, their goal is 6,000 meals. Donations will be received beginning Thursday at all seven YMCA branches and at the agency’s offices.

Food items can be dropped off at Delaware YMCA, 2564 Delaware Ave.; Ellicott-Masten YMCA, 585 William St.; Ken-Ton YMCA, 535 Belmont Ave., Town of Tonawanda; Lancaster YMCA, 31 Central Ave., Lancaster; Northeast YMCA, 4433 Main St., Snyder; Southtowns YMCA, 1620 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca; Niagara Falls YMCA, 1317 Portage Ave., Niagara Falls; and YMCA corporate offices, 301 Cayuga Road, Cheektowaga.

Donations will be accepted until Nov. 21. Runners in the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot are urged to bring cans with them Nov. 19 to 21 when they pick up their packets at the Delaware Y.

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SOUND OF MUSIC – The Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra opens its 54th season with a fall concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in St. Stephen Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. The orchestra, made up of 85 students from 23 area schools under the baton of music director Gerald Floriano, will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Overture to Romeo and Juliet,” Verdi’s “Sicilian Vespers Overture” and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students and seniors.

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IT HAPPENED HERE – Western New York Heritage Press, which publishes Western New York Heritage magazine, has released the first of three books commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

“The War of 1812: Volume I” explores the first year of the war, its key regional battles and skirmishes and important figures in the war, such as Major Gen. Isaac Brock, who was killed at the Battle of Queenston Heights, and Betsy Doyle, a local heroine who loaded red hot cannon balls while under fire at Fort Niagara. Volume I is $10 and is available at select bookstores, by visiting www.WNYHeritagePress.com or by calling the office at 893-4011.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Marie Donovan, Bartley Frederickson, Pam Wigant, Leslie Foschio, Salvatore Scrivo, Freddie Cheek, Julie Creenan, Ruth Buehler, William Group, Ken Daigler, Rachel Lea Knopf, Terese Wisiorek, Cheryl Corbran, Patricia Kurzanski, Elaine Krempholtz, Carole Pietrykowski and Donna Lewis.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com