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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht, born on this date in 1898, “Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.”

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Brrrr …

All the snow and bitter cold

Remind me I am getting old.

Where once I’d go out and ski,

Now I stay home and drink hot tea.

No more playing in the snow,

Especially when the wind chill is 20 below!

As kids, we went sledding,

Threw snowballs, made forts.

Ah, the delight of winter sports!

So here’s a toast to arctic fun,

But I prefer the good ol’ sun.

Give me a nice hot summer.

This winter is a bummer!

– Joyce L. Wilson

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BIG PLANS – A representative from Ellicott Development will be the featured guest at this month’s meeting of the Eggertsville Community Organization at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. A concept for redeveloping the Cantalician Center will be presented. All are welcome.

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WEE GIFTS – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary will be offering Susie’s Children’s Books and Gift Bags for sale in the hospital atrium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS – Two graduate students from the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy in Ukraine, Slavka Kutsay and Alexandra Komisarova, will speak about their experiences as student leaders and activists in a program at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Social Hall at Campbell Student Union at SUNY Buffalo State. All are welcome. For more information, call Kimberle Kline at 472-1897 or email klineka@buffstate.edu.

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STORM WATCH – Keeping an eye on the midweek weather forecast are the staffers at Our Lady of Black Rock Elementary School, 16 Peter St. off Amherst Street. Having postponed their open house for parents of prospective students in recent weeks due to snowstorms and bitter cold, they have rescheduled it for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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PRIZE PURSUIT – Quiz master Dennis George has assembled a fresh set of questions for the fourth annual Penn Dixie “Think Ya Know” trivia/game show fundraising event from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Oakwood Manor at Hamburg Post 1419, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2985 Lakeview Road, Hamburg.

George will do table trivia and special trivia contests for prizes that include one-night getaway packages, a $150 gift card to Seneca Niagara Casino and a 32-inch flat screen TV.

Admission is $25 advance, $30 at the door, and it includes pizza, pop, snacks, cookies, cupcakes and door prizes. Raffle prizes include two sets of two tickets to watch the March 11 Sabres-Predators hockey game from a corporate suite.

For more information and tickets, including raffle tickets, call 627-4560. Proceeds support the programs and operations at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg.

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REUNION TIME – Holy Family School in South Buffalo is planning a 45th class reunion. For more information, call Donna Beutler Jeffers at 868-8266.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Larry Soong, Nicholas Bienko, Ray Stoklosa, Sister Mary Aurilian Koseba, John Michael Buczkowski, Bonnie Platt, Sierra Pyle, Brooke Blackwell, Bill Whited III, Benjamin LaGrow, Chip Coe, Denise Helinski and Kerrie Yeates.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com