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OLAF FUB SEZ: A Valentine’s Day thought from comedian Jack Benny, born Benjamin Kubelsky on this date in 1894, “My wife, Mary, and I have been married for 47 years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never.”

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Valentines Past

Into the trunk, I dig deeply,

Finding memories of Valentines past:

Whatever happened to homemade lace-covered cards?

Shy girl smiles and sly boy winks.

The swish of silk underneath a skirt.

Pigtails pulled with a kiss on the run.

Carrying her books and holding hands.

Bobby socks, penny loafers and scuffed saddle shoes.

He loves me ... he loves me not.

Daisies know and daisies will tell, as the petals

Fall softly one by one,

Dusting the trunk for another year.

– Carol J. Russell

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ALL THE TRIMMINGS – Treat your sweetheart to a prime rib dinner for two beginning at 4 p.m. today at Father Justin Council, Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga.

Dinner is $39.95 per couple and includes a glass of wine, soup or salad, potato, vegetable and dessert. The regular Friday fish fry and seafood menu also will be available. For reservations, call 683-3635.

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WORLD CLASS – The 70-member Houghton College Choir, which will be performing next month in Carnegie Hall in New York City, is featured in the 2013-14 Music Concert Series at 7 p.m. Sunday in Hamburg United Methodist Church, 116 Union St. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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CHILD FRIENDLY – A new Puppy Tales Story Time series begins at 10:15 a.m. next Friday in Dog Ears Bookstore and Café, 688 Abbott Road. The six-week program is for children ages 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult. It is sponsored by pediatric dentist Dr. Barb Moore. Enrollment is limited to 20 children. To reserve a place, call 823-2665.

The bookstore also is offering a new program, the Homework Club, to help students study, write and work on school projects. It takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. For info, email reinertc073@ecc.edu.

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WEEKEND MENU – Niagara Hose Fire Company No. 3 will hold a chowder sale beginning at noon Saturday in the fire hall at 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda. Cost is $4 per quart. For advance orders, drop off a container.

St. Teresa’s Parish will host a spaghetti dinner and a Taste of Chocolate from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, or until sold out, in the Lower Parish Center, 33 Mineral Spring Road. Entry is off Hayden Street. Dinners are $8 at the door, $4 for kids under 12. Advance tickets for $7 are available at the rectory today until 2:30 p.m.

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, with scrambled eggs and sausage, will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Tickets are $7, $4 for kids under 12. Youngsters under 5 are free. The Ladies Auxiliary also will be having a bake sale.

St. Nicodemus Lutheran Church, 12029 Liberia Road at Four Rod Road, East Aurora, will hold a chili dinner and basket auction from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $6 and include salad, dessert and beverage. Winners need not be present when drawings for the baskets take place at 3.

A spaghetti dinner to benefit the food pantry of St. Casimir Catholic Church will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, or until sold out, in St. Casimir’s Social Center, 1833 Clinton St. at Weiss Street. Dinners are $8, $4 for kids 3 to 11, toddlers 2 and under free. Donations of canned goods are welcome. Call 896-1019 or 891-8753.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tara Wells O’Neill, Martha Fernan Ingier, Vincent Fernan, Judi Horrigan, Sharon Orsorio, Jim Kelly, Johanne Trotter, Bill Stachowski, Cheryl Lyles, Sue Schulman, Cindy Abbott Letro, Eric Andersen, Jordana Halpern, Mike Newell, Tavia Weidmann, Gregory Day, Madison Sheffield, Sheilah Zaretsky, Conor Clouden Hooley, Evelyn Mary Kelley, Scott W. Hughes, Tim Malley, Judy Reese, Craig Baumgardner, Craig Haendiges and Myrna Powell.

SATURDAY – Rosa Whetzle-Trotter, Georgia Mae Jones, Ann Marie Szymanski, Joanne Buczkowski, Sister Mary Marguerite Brylinski, Sister Mary Janeta Krawczyk, Therese Pitrelli, Steve Mye, Samuel Charles Recktenwalt, Jeanine Kacala, Mary Lynn Heidle, Michael Morrisette, Courtney Philipps-Suda and Donald Siuta.

AND SUNDAY – Toni Ruberto, Mark Lauber, Joan Rose, Tom McFall, Lorraine Williams, Jillene Krause, Shelby Weisedel, Bishop Edward Grosz, Mike Smith, Patricia Bollenbacher and Rose Nadrich.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com