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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to our 13th president, Millard Fillmore, born on this date in 1800, “An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory.”

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STEEL TOWN TALES – Opening up the new year this week in the First Wednesday Speakers Series in the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, 100 Lee St., off South Park Avenue, is Gerry Halligan, author of “Images of America: Lackawanna.” He will discuss the history of the City of Lackawanna and the influences of the steel industry on the area.

Doors open at 5 p.m. The program starts at 6. Admission and parking are free. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. For info, visit www.steelplantmuseumwny.org.

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BUFFALO LORE – Authors are scheduled to visit Dog Ears Bookstore and Café, 688 Abbott Road, in South Buffalo, for a pair of book-signing sessions this weekend.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, John H. Grandits will discuss his new novel, “Canalside Tale,” which centers on a detective solving a murder in 1880 in Buffalo’s lawless Canal District. Grandits, a graduate of Bishop Timon High School and Niagara University, is a former official with the U.S. departments of Treasury and Homeland Security.

At noon Sunday, the three authors of “Have Mercy” will sign copies of their book about their time at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in the early 1960s. Sharing their stories will be Mary Herbst, of Grand Island; Maureen Ott, a former Kenmore resident now living in St. Catharines, Ont.; and Maureen Weber, a Niagara Falls native living in Lewiston. For info, call 823-2665 or visit www.dogearsbookstore.org.

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TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE – The Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road off Route 62, Jamestown, will offer an introduction to the basics of beekeeping by Dennis and Laura Lamonica, who will talk about their experiences from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 18.

The program will lead into a beekeeping series planned by Cornell Cooperative Extension in the spring. The workshop is $16, $12 for Friends of the Audubon Center. Class size is limited. Reservations are needed by next Monday. Call 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org.

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CALLING CHILI CHEFS – Sign-up has started for contestants in the fifth annual chili cook-off sponsored by Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue and Adoption Group. It takes place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 19 in the West End Inn, 340 Union St., Hamburg.

There is no charge to enter. Cash and other prizes will be awarded for best chili and other categories. Winners will be determined by the votes of tasters attending the cook-off. Only 35 contestants can enter. For an entry form and rules, visit www.tenlivesclub.com. For other info, to volunteer or adopt a cat, call 646-5577.

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WARM TOPIC – Western New York Pen Women will feature Sally McCarthy of McCarthy’s Horse & Buggy Quilt Co. at its next luncheon meeting at noon Jan. 25 in Billy Baroo’s Biergarten at the Wehrle Golf Dome, 8230 Wehrle Drive, Lancaster.

She will discuss Amish quilt culture, the Ten Quilt Code used by the Underground Railroad and other customs, and will display handmade quilts, handwoven rugs and wall hangings.

Price is $18, which includes gratuity and speaker fee. Reservations are due by Jan. 23. Call Mary Ellen Shaughnessy at 885-3292 or Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Vince Pesce, Dr. Jeremiah O’Sullivan, Donald E. Morrow, Sue Bartus, John Blewis, Butch Graham, Kate Carver, Jim, Kruger, Beverly King, Eloise Zoyhofski, Karen Jakubowski and Tim Ziskowski.

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