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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to scientist and inventor George Washington Carver, born on or about this date in 1864, “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in your life you will have been all of these.”

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HELPING HAND – Veteran broadcast newsman Ray Marks was diagnosed in August with myelodysplastic syndrome, previously known as pre-leukemia, and is undergoing treatment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. A benefit to help his family manage his mounting medical bills will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Eden Post 880, American Legion, 2920 Legion Drive. It will include pop, beer, food, live music, auctions and raffles of a wide range of prizes, including a canoe. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $20 for adults, $10 for children. Full details are available on the Benefit for Ray Marks Facebook page.

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WAKE UP HUNGRY – Grace Lutheran Church, 174 Cazenovia St., South Buffalo, holds its first Old-Fashioned Breakfast of the new year from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The menu includes pancakes, eggs cooked to order, French toast, regular toast, home fries, bacon, ham, sausage links, juice, coffee, tea and milk. All are invited. The cost is a free-will offering. For info, call 822-0553.

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AFTERNOON OUTING – Everyone’s welcome at the meeting of the Senior Social Club from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda. For info, call Phyllis Reese at 835-9788.

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR – It’s not too early to be thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day. The local male a cappella chorus the Friends of Harmony is taking orders for Singing Valentines to be delivered in person by barbershop quartets in full costume Feb. 14 and 15.

The quartets will drop in at homes, restaurants, schools and workplaces to serenade your sweetheart with two love songs and present a flower and a personalized valentine card. To commemorate the occasion, the quartet also will pose with your loved one for a souvenir photo.

Singing Valentines are $45. To order one, call 684-7313 and provide a name, time and location. Credit cards are accepted.

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WOMEN’S WORK – The American Rosie the Riveter Association, which recognizes the working women of World War II, is trying to locate women who supported the war by working as riveters, welders, electricians, inspectors in factories, sewing clothing and parachutes for the military, rolling bandages and collecting scrap metal.

The association would like to honor these Greatest Generation women, now in their 80s and 90s, with a certificate and record the stories of their experiences for its archives.

Women who worked on the home front during World War II or their descendants are asked to call toll-free (888) 557-6743 or email americanrosietheriveter2@yahoo.com. The group also can be contacted by mail at American Rosie the Riveter, Box 188, Kimberly, AL 35091.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kathleen Rawski, Marilyn Hochfield, Sharon Palisano, Anthony Felix Jones, Megan Starzynski, Frank Weinstock, Kayla Hardy and Helen Dohn.

SATURDAY – Lori Hartmann Kaczor, Govindan Kartha, Michele Morgan, Sharon Shantler Day, Melissa Cornwall Heineman, Caitlin Huff, Sue Grochol, David Merkwa, Connie Romance, Joanne Leistner, Gail Brown, Len Jaworski and Justin Zoladz.

AND SUNDAY – Jaxson Thompson, Mike Nowak, Marjorie Chiarmonte, Lisa Rosenberg, Jim Mullins, Sister Mary Dennis Buczak, Maryann Maciejewski, Mattie Myers, Ed Mye, Kathy Huff, Michael Spider, Berny Muszynski and Owen Woyshner.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com