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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell, born on this date in 1847, “Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.”

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Winter Lingers

For months we’ve paid our winter dues,

Wind chill factors ’n snow shovel blues,

Sans boots and gloves can’t travel far,

Snow brush, scrape, warm up the car.

Bundle up in bulky clothes,

Howling wind, the Skyway’s closed.

Haven’t seen the sun in days,

Dreary, weary winter ways.

Sky of gray above trees so bare,

Piled snow seems everywhere.

Mother Nature and her winter grinches

Upon us bestowed one hundred inches.

Wintry gloom, your cold and white stuff,

Just go away, we’ve had enough.

Seems we’ll never, ever see a brighter day,

But spring is coming – so they say!

– Mike McCullor

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COMFORT FOOD – They’re serving roast beef dinners with mashed potatoes, vegetable and salad from 5 to 7 p.m. today in South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St. Dinners are $8.50. It’s the first of two nights the kitchen will be cooking this week. Come Ash Wednesday, there is a fish fry dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 825-9557.

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FONDLY REMEMBERED – Author Linda Jenkin Costanzo, of Clarence, will talk about her book, “Our Sons, Our Heroes – Memories Shared by America’s Gold Star Mothers from the Vietnam War,” at 7 p.m. today in the Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place next to Town Hall. The book can be purchased from the library in advance, and she will sign it after her presentation.

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CLEAR YOUR SHELVES – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary has begun collecting gently used books, CDs and DVDs for its annual Spring Book Sale in April. Contributions can be places in bins set up in the atrium of the hospital.

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SHROVE TUESDAY TASTES – Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, is hosting its Seventh Annual Jambalaya Supper in the church’s Hughson Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Dinners are $7 adults, $3 children 12 and younger, and $25 per family (immediate family only). They include homemade jambalaya, with or without shrimp, corn muffin, salad, beverage and pecan pie. Macaroni and cheese is available for youngsters or those who aren’t fans of Cajun cuisine.

To add to the Mardi Gras spirit, the church is hosting a New Orleans-style jazz concert, “Rockin’ With the Saints,” in the sanctuary with the Barry Boyd Group from the Colored Musicians Club. Admission is free, but a free-will offering of $10 is suggested. For more information, call 633-7800 or visit www.calvaryepiscopal.net.

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FAMILY RECIPES – A cooking demonstration, “Cooking Sicilian” by Sal Bordonaro, is featured in the First Wednesday Speaker Series this week in the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, 100 Lee St. off South Park Avenue.

Bordonaro, former director of the Cheektowaga Public Library, learned his way around a kitchen thanks to his Sicilian-born mother. Doors open at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The program, which is free, begins at 6. Beverages will be available for purchase.

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LENTEN FARE – St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 1 St. Mary’s Hill, Aurora and St. Joseph streets, Lancaster, will hold its annual clam chowder dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Ash Wednesday in the parish center.

Dinners are $7 and include a choice of New England clam chowder or tomato soup, a grilled cheese or fish fillet sandwich, dessert and beverage. For more information, call the rectory at 683-6445.

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MUSICAL MOMENT – Tenor Geno McManus will entertain residents and guests as the Beechwood Service Guild holds its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Beechwood Health Care Center, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville.

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GEARING UP – The Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers is looking for volunteers to help prepare tax returns. No previous experience is need. All volunteers will receive free in-depth training.

Positions are available for greeters, screeners, tax preparers and quality reviewers. Volunteers can choose among eight BFNC Free Tax Program locations in the area. For more information, call Brooke Densing at 362-0744 or visit www.bfnchopecenter.org.

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ON THE WING – Famous bird artist James Audubon will come to life in a program by Mark Carra, the naturalist from the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, at the meeting of the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Longmeadow Road and Callodine Avenue, Amherst. He also will show examples of Audubon’s artwork. Light refreshments will be served. It’s free and open to the public. For more information, call 440-7985.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Alice Williams Shanks, Rob Skutnik, Pamela Batsford, Kathy Kirschmyer, Bonnie Shul, Rosemary Villarini, Millie Alagna, Jane Smith, Linda Swanekamp, the Rev. David Borowiak, Wesley Schmitt, Dave Huller, Kristina M. Young, Marg Reynolds, Pam Kacmarski, Matthew Lounsbury, Jeremy Werner, Rachel Fentzke, Joann Morgante, Angela Berti, James Jacoby, Jonathan Hales and Frieda Stachura.

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