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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist Erica Jong, born on this date in 1942, “Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.”

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MEETING OF MINDS – Creative Muse, a networking evening for artists, writers, musicians and poets, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. For info, call 675-0204 or visit www.etjgallery.com.

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WOMAN TO WOMAN – Adult women in Erie and Niagara counties attending college or returning to college may be eligible for a scholarship from the Niagara Frontier Chapter, New York State Women Inc.

Applications are available at the libraries in the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda and the North Tonawanda History Museum or by emailing NiaFronNYSW@aol.com. For info, call scholarship chairwoman Phyllis Phillips at 695-9272. Deadline for applications is April 16.

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DRAWING FIRE – Fredonia author Jennifer Phillips Russo is holding a contest for middle and high school students to provide artwork to illustrate the second book in her “The Dragon Birthmark” fantasy series, which follows the adventures of an 11-year-old boy.

A description of the characters can be found at www.TheDragonBirthmark.com, along with rules and entry guidelines. Entry is free. There also is an online gallery where contestants can see examples of artwork that other students have submitted. Deadline is June 14.

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SECOND HELPING – The Cattaraugus County Museum, which sold out of its 2008 bicentennial books, has commissioned another limited press run of 100 copies. The only place they will be available is at the museum in the Stone House, 9824 Route 16, Machias. The price is $20, plus $6 for shipping and handling on mail orders. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For info, call 353-8200.

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SHIPSHAPE – The Buffalo Maritime Center has started a crowd-sourcing campaign to help finish work on a replica of the War of 1812 sloop USS Trippe, which is under construction in the center’s shop on Arthur Street in Black Rock.

The Trippe, which was outfitted on the Niagara River after it was purchased by the Navy in 1812, played a vital role in the American victory in the Battle of Lake Erie the following year.

The British got their revenge later in 1813 when they attacked Buffalo. They found the Trippe near Buffalo Creek and set it ablaze, destroying it.

The Maritime Center, which hopes to finish the ship in time to sail it to the Battle of Lake Erie bicentennial celebration in September in Ohio, is offering premiums for contributions. A $10 donation is rewarded with a deck tour of the sloop. Those who give $100 will get to sail on it. For info, call 544-5658 or visit www.BuffaloMaritimeCenter.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Letizia Tagliafierro, Darrin Januskiewicz, Dorothy Wysocki, Jerry Peters, Shirley Cassety, Deidre Williams, Rolene Pozarny, Michael Foglia, Joan McFall, Bob Panek, Chuck Basil, Elaine Kloc, Stella Schultz, Ariana France, Andreya France, Dale Bosworth, Jamie William Brown, Debby McCabe, Melanie Rimkus, Samantha Groves, Lizabeth Schuessler Cohan, Pam Reese, Helen Kerst, Zula A. Williams, Valerie A. McBride, Delores Rossitto, Scott Kashino and Moe Golebiewski.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com