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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to standup comedian Moms Mabley, born Loretta Mary Aiken on or about this date in 1894 or 1897, “Love is like playing checkers. You have to know which man to move.”

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LOOKING BACK – The War of 1812 heated up when the calendar turned to 1813. Richard Feltoe, curator of the Redpathsugar Museum in Toronto, presents a program titled “A Bicentennial Review of the Campaigns and Battles That Took Place on the Niagara Peninsula and Northern Frontiers in the First Half of 1813” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Buffalo History Museum, Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace.

Part of the War of 1812 Lecture Series presented by the Black Rock/Riverside Good Neighbors Planning Alliance Historic Preservation Committee, it's included in museum admission and is free to museum members.

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CANADIANA DAYS – “Memories of Crystal Beach” will be the topic as Canisius College professor emeritus Joseph Bieron speaks at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the next meeting of the West Seneca Historical Society in the West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St. He will recall the history and the attractions in the amusement park that stood on the Lake Erie waterfront in Ontario from 1888 to 1989.

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HUNGRY AS A BEAR – There won't be bear on the menu this time, but there will be plenty of deer, pheasant and other wild meat when Rushford Lake Conservation Club holds its annual Game Dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday in the club at 8725 Hillcrest Road (County Road 49), Rushford.

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HOOK, LINE AND SINKER – Fisheries biologist Don Einhouse, leader of the state Department of Environmental Conservation's Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit in Dunkirk, will give an illustrated presentation on “Great Lakes Fisheries: Past, Present and Future” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of Great Lakes Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell.

All are welcome. No pre-registration needed. Sponsored by the Hamburg Natural History Society, the program is free for HNHS members, $4 for others. For info, call 627-4560.

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WILD, WILD WNY – William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his connection with Western New York will be the topic as Melissa Dunlap, executive director of the History Center of Niagara in Lockport, speaks at the next meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. It's free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

UNEARTHED – An 18-foot-long model of a stegosaurus will be the centerpiece of the 45th annual Gem Mineral & Fossil Show sponsored by the Buffalo Geological Society this weekend in the Grange and Marketplace buildings at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. The theme is “Fossils: Images of Past Life.”

There also will be more than two dozen vendors and a spectacular exhibit of New York State minerals from the New York State Museum. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5, free for kids 12 and under, Scouts and Scout leaders in uniform.

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HAMMER TIME – Habitat for Humanity Buffalo holds an informational meeting for prospective volunteers at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in its ReStore South, 1675 South Park Ave.

Volunteer openings are available at new and rehab building sites, in retail at the two ReStores, for committee work in fundraising and site and family selection, and clerical duties at the Kensington Avenue office.

Retirees, students 16 and over who need community service hours and anyone else concerned about affordable housing and neighborhood improvement are welcome. For info, call the Habitat office at 204-0740, Ext. 105.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kathryn Daley Puehn, Bishop Richard J. Malone, Monica Ridgeway, Pat Morlock, Bruce DeAeth, Josie Wesolowski, Al Browne, Jameson Lickfeld, Phyllis Haier, Warren Skinner, Erin Mueller, Frank Christiano, Diane Raven, Carol Kapinos, Barb Nowicki, Jack Weisenburg, Francis J. Marmion, Steve Cotter Jr., Helen Zenger, Elaine Hoock, Warren Rauch and Gail Schwarz.



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