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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to ballet great Rudolf Nureyev, born on this date in 1938, “Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration.”

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Green Dream

I decided to go out

And visit O’Malley’s Pub.

They were serving green beer

With plenty of tasty grub.

After three pitchers,

I was a little unsteady,

Growing very tired,

My eyes were getting heavy.

When I thought I woke up,

I was inside a dream.

It was a beautiful land,

With every shade of green.

As I sat in a green meadow,

A leprechaun came up to me.

“Let’s take a walk,” he said,

“There are many treasures to see.”

He led me through a forest,

And then inside a cave.

I hoped this was a memory

I’d be able to save.

Inside this cave

Was a mountain of gold.

I could hardly wait

To see what was next to unfold.

As quick as he arrived,

He suddenly went away.

That’s when I really woke up,

Much to my dismay.

I was back at the pub,

Trying to clear my mind.

I reached into my pocket

And revealed quite a find.

A solid gold coin

That was not there before.

I couldn’t take my eyes off it,

It was impossible to ignore.

I had to ask myself

Why did I receive this blessing?

It’s a St. Patrick’s Day miracle

Is what I would be guessing.

– Nelson R. Locher

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HANDMADE BOUNTY – The knitters and sewers who belong to the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary have been busy all winter and, according to Bev McHenry, they’ve produced a remarkably large selection of pillows, aprons, wreaths and finely-crafted knitted and crocheted items.

They will be available from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today during the auxiliary’s annual Spring Sale in the hospital atrium.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT – Niagara County’s director of Social Services, Burt Marshall, will be the guest speaker at this week’s installment of the 57th Annual Community Lenten Luncheon Series at noon Wednesday in Emmanuel United Lutheran Church, 75 East Ave., Lockport.

The entree is roast beef on rolls, plus salad, vegetable and bread, catered by Molinaro’s Ristorante. Desserts are provided by the women of the church. Donation is $7.50.

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BEACHCOMBING – “Seashells Through Geologic Time: A Look at Fossil Mollusks and Their Modern Counterparts” is the topic as Rick Batt, geology professor at SUNY Buffalo State, gives an illustrated presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg.

Sponsored by Penn Dixie, it’s open to the public and no preregistration is necessary. Tickets are $4, free to Penn Dixie members. For info, call 627-4560.

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TRUE BELIEVER – Dove Award-winning Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Mitch McVicker performs at 7 p.m. Thursday in Father Cotter Hall at Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda. All are welcome. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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RACK ‘EM UP – The Variety Kids 8-Ball Telethon Tourney takes place Saturday in Classic Cue Billiards, 6061 Transit Road, Depew. Winners get to make an appearance on the March 30 Telethon.

The field is limited to 64 entries. Fees are $30, $20 for league players and $10 for senior citizens over 60 and juniors under 17. There’s also a $5 green fee. All proceeds benefit the Telethon.

On tournament day, doors open at 11 a.m., there’s free practice from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Play begins at 1:30. Food and drink specials will be offered all day. For info, call WXRL radio host Norm Skulski at 715-7037 or Carl Galante at 684-4644.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tara Wells O’Neill, Karen Troxel-Borrelli, Michael L. Hakes Jr., Paula Kotowski, Don Postles, Lori Schultz Finnerty, Kevin Gaughan, Patrick D. Brown, Sister Mary Maxine Kaminski, Rachel L. Bagel, John Kasperek, Scott Roth, Andy Coppola, Mike Coppola, Dorothy Marrelli, Catie Milligan, Catherine Klodzinski, Brian Klodzinski, Robert Brant, Ralph Zurawski, Dawn Gies, Meagan Kuhn, Bob Ruettimann, Kaitlyn Parsons, Robin Jaehn, Tina Merritt, Harriet Skowron, Robin Kennedy, Colleen Chase, Dorothy Blake, Dorothy Marrelli, Tricia Byrd, Mike Krzeminski, Zach Zunic, Tina Peel, Maryrose Simini, Erin McCrohan Giuseppetti and Nathan, Connor and Shane Smith.

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