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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author and longtime Cosmopolitan magazine Editor Helen Gurley Brown, born on this date in 1922, “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”

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A Visit to the Casino

ATMs, bill-breaking machines and the slots,

Flashing lights promise

“Quick Hit!” “Whales of Cash!”

The slots serenade

With “gong, gong,

Dong, dong,

Ding, ding,

Ring, ring,”

Announcing the riches

They will bring.

People walking around,

Searching for that one

Lucky slot machine.

One-armed bandits

No more,

Just buttons to push

To make your winnings soar.

We’re havin’ fun!

We’re on a run!

Wow! Look at those

Dollar signs rise!

A word to the wise,

Cash out while

You’re still ahead,

Or you could

End up in the red.

– Joyce L. Wilson

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CLAIM TO FAME – The doyenne of African-American heritage in Buffalo, teacher and lecturer Eva M. Doyle, is sponsoring a special contest for students in grades 4 to 12. To take part in “Dressing Up for Black History,” students must select a black historical figure, dress up as that person and memorize a three-minute presentation on that person’s achievements.

Judging will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., and will be based on quality of research, oral presentation and creativity.

Prizes of cash and other items will be given in three categories, grades 4 to 6, 7 and 8, and 9 to 12. For info, call 847-6010 or 507-5280 or email ewriter52@aol.com.

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MAKE A BID – The Buffalo Amateur Radio Repeater Association will hold a Ham Radio and Electronics Auction this evening in St. Bartholomew’s Church, 2368 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda. Doors open at 6:45, and bidding on amateur radio gear, scanners, computer equipment, parts, books and test equipment starts at 7:30. All are welcome. Admission is $2. For info, call Nelson Oldfield at 634-6394.

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BE GENEROUS – Members of the Lancaster Fire Department will trade their hoses for serving trays from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to provide support for the department’s Explorer program, which teaches teens about fire safety and fire prevention. In return for contributions in the “Tip a Firefighter” fundraiser, the blaze busters will help the staff at Applebee’s 4967 Transit Road, Depew, greet customers, bus tables and serve orders.

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REUNION ALERT – Plans are under way for the 60th reunion this year of the Lackawanna High School Class of 1953. Any classmate who has not been notified should call Angie Yelich at 675-0762 or Marilyn Ross at 825-0050.

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BARGAIN BOOK – Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo is selling $5 Bon-Ton Community Day booklets to help the youngsters in the Eggertsville Egg Squad go to Disney World. The $5 donation goes to the club, and the booklet offers up to $400 in savings for special shopping offers at local Bon-Ton stores on Community Days, which will be held March 1 and 2. Booklets can be purchased online at www.bgcbuffalo.org.

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GOOD READS – South Buffalo’s Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, is beginning a new series of “Puppy Tales” storytime sessions for youngsters Friday. South Council Member Chris Scanlon is sponsoring the session, making it free for the first 20 youngsters registered.

Puppy Tales is open to children ages 2 to 4 and runs from 10:15 to 11 a.m. on Fridays for six weeks. Each session features stories, a craft and snacks. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For info, call 823-2665.

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HELP WANTED – Habitat for Humanity Buffalo will hold an informational meeting from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday in ReStore South, 1675 South Park Ave., for people 16 and older who are interested in becoming volunteers.

The meeting will cover volunteer opportunities in house construction, retail sales at ReStore North and ReStore South, clerical work in the main office and committee work. Coffee will be available. For info, call 204-0740, Ext. 105.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Matt Gryta, K.C. Kratt, Julie Kittsley, Jay Ryan Welsted, Bob Skorupa, Jimmy Mullins, Kathleen Gill, Dawn Kreuder, Vincent DiStefano, Mary Anne Hitt, Alvin Kujawski,Tom Stumm, Eric Maciejewski, Frank Caccamise, Nancy Barrett, Lisa Romanini, Carol Krathaus, Louis Kowal, Marcella Weich, Kelly Pennella, Katherine Rine, Mark Saunders, Matt Maury and Lisa Marie Panek.

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