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OLAF FUB SEZ: In the words of singer-songwriter Neil Young, born on this date in 1945, “Don’t let it bring you down/ It’s only castles burning/ Find someone who’s turning /And you will come around.”

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November

Mother Nature prepares a new phase,

As we bid farewell to autumn days.

Garden tools to back of the shed,

Make ready trusty snow blower instead.

Come November.

Clouds of pewter, hint of a breeze,

Leaves are falling from the trees.

Now heavy sweaters one should wear,

College footballs fill the air.

It’s November.

Bundle up on a chilly day,

Snowflakes fall from sky of gray.

Turkey and trimmings fill my plate,

Thanksgiving Day a cherished date.

Sweet November.

Holiday music on the radio,

Christmas decorations wherever you go.

Off to the malls anxious shoppers scurry,

Why is the world is such a hurry?

Too soon December.

– Mike McCullor

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BIBLICAL BLOOMS – Brighton Community Baptist Church, 1225 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda, will host Bonnie G. Flickinger for her slide lecture, “Flowers and Plants of the Bible: Their Meaning and Their Symbolism,” at 10 a.m. Tuesday. It’s free and open to the public. For info and reservations, call Loretta Anker at 833-2365.

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SEASON OF SHARING – The Food Bank of Western New York will benefit as KISS 98.5 FM morning show hosts Janet Snyder and Nicholas Picholas host their second annual Janet & Nick’s Food Drive from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of Eastern Hills Mall, Clarence, near the marquee on Transit Road.

Holiday items such as frozen turkeys, stuffing mix, sweet potatoes, green beans and other canned vegetables, cranberry sauce and canned fruit are especially appreciated, along with tuna, peanut butter and tomato sauce. Last year the driver collected 7,078 pounds of food and $765 cash, which provided 9,647 meals.

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DEALS FOR VETS – The Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, is offering free general admission to veterans and active military today in honor of Veterans Day. It includes entry to the current special exhibit, “The Science of Sports.” ID is required and the offer does not apply to family members or other guests.

Offering a free lunch to veterans and service members today are T.G.I.Friday’s Restaurants. Outback Steakhouse is offering a free bloomin’ onion and a soft drink, along with a 10 percent discount. Banana Republic is offering 50 percent off three full-priced items today through Thursday for active military, veterans and their families.

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REUNION ALERT – An all-classes reunion for graduates of Lake Shore Central High School will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 24 in J.P.’s Pub, 1986 Lakeview Road, Lake View. Tickets are $20 advance, $22 at the door, and include beer, wine and pizza. For info, call 440-8178.

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LONG LEGACY – A presentation on the WPA – the New Deal Works Progress Administration – will be given by Richard Wedekindt at the next meeting of the Eggertsville Community Organization at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. There also will be a discussion of the Amherst Town Police budget and the Eggertsville Community Center. All are welcome.

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KEEPING PROMISES – Eleven local restaurants, including Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, Cecelia’s, the Library in the Maple Entertainment Complex, Ilio DiPaolo’s and the 31 Club of Buffalo are donating a portion of their receipts Tuesday to Family Promise of WNY, which helps homeless families get back on their feet. For a list of restaurants taking part in “Dine Out for a Promise,” visit www.fpwny.org or call 821-9100. The event coincides with National Homeless Awareness Week.

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WHAT WOMEN WANT – Zonta Club of Cheektowaga-Lancaster, the service club for women, will host a Shopping and Sweets Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway, with more than 25 independent home party consultants.

Admission is $5 and includes raffle tickets and refreshments. For info, call 656-0406.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Geneva C. Bryant, Heidi Powell, Mark Coppola, Samuel Abraham, Ann Kelly, Marge Starzynski, Cornell Holler, Pete Montemarano, Brad Pyle, Joan Daigler, Dorothy Holakowski, Julie Kendziora, Alice Ciszkowski, Bobby E. Popp Jr., Dr. Justine Krawczyk, Joanne Spinner, Mallory Chase, Matthew Snodgrass, Julia Ann Shea, Paul D. Gozdziak, Donald Myers and Maria Theresa Mol.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com