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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian George Burns, born on this date in 1896,

“The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible.”

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Hungry Sparrows

In the morning sparrows greet me

When I offer them some bread.

As I open up my front door

I can see them head to head.

Seven-thirty in the morning –

They must have an inner clock!

Naught degrees the temp and now they

All must wear their winter frock.

How they sit among the branches

Of a bush and eat their chow.

Drop a piece within the snow,

Yet find it fast. How they know how!

Sparrows, tell me where you sleep now

‘Midst the winds and chill of night.

Nestle close within the cluster?

Dream tomorrow’s warm and bright?

– Doris V. Neumann

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DINNER’S WAITING – The pasta will be cooking from 5 to 7 this evening at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St. Dinners are $7 and there’s a choice of spaghetti or rigatoni with homemade sauce and meatballs, plus salad and bread and butter. Italian sausage and extra meatballs are available for an additional charge. For info, call 825-9557.

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GLAMOUR PROFESSION – The Buffalo Niagara Film Festival is signing up volunteers and student interns to help with its big events in April. In addition to assisting with the day-to-day running of the festival, there will be chances to design and produce promotional materials and coordinate things with local theaters, festival sponsors and organizers, filmmakers, production companies and media people. For info and to register, call 693-0912 or visit http://thebnff.com.

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FAST BREAK – The Phi Omega Scholarship Foundation Inc. is sponsoring a round-trip bus excursion to Cleveland on March 8 to see the Cleveland Cavaliers host the New York Knicks. The bus leaves at 1 p.m. from the parking lot of True Bethel Church, 907 E. Ferry St., and returns right after the final buzzer.

Cost is $115, which covers the bus trip and the ticket to the game. A nonrefundable deposit of $60 is needed to reserve a seat. The balance is due Feb. 14. For info, call Kyle Mann at 239-9739.

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SAVE THE DATE – The Zonta Club of Buffalo is hosting a luncheon gala from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Classics V Banquet and Conference Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. The program includes music by the Ladies First Jazz Quartet and the presentation of the Marian de Forest Community Award to Donna Fernandes, executive director of the Buffalo Zoo. Tickets are $35. For info and reservations, call 983-7641.

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REUNION ALERT – The Seneca Vocational High School Alumni Association is holding its 20th annual golf tournament and picnic on Aug. 22 and 23. The golf tournament on Aug. 22 will be at Chestnut Hill Country Club in Darien. The picnic Aug. 23 will be at Fontana’s Grove, 2440 Clinton St., West Seneca.

In addition, the school’s Class of 1964 will hold its 50th reunion at the picnic, following a social the previous evening in Magruder’s Restaurant, 4995 Broadway, Depew. For info and to say you’re coming, call Bill Obermeier at 876-8939 or Tom Tripp at 839-5868.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Katie Kaczor-Bichler, Susan Eck, Satish Tripathi, Michelle Blackley, Kyle Jeffrey Kamrowski. Tom Henninger, Susie Sheeran, Sister Mary Carol Pishor, Sandra Beutler, Sherrie Papich, Tommie Blunt, Shannon Ruminski Klejdys, Olivia Giammarco and Michael Russo.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com