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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to theologian and philosopher Paul Tillich, born on this date in 1886, “Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone, and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.”

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER – Opening its gates for its annual Wild Wing Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday is the Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, 5067 Townline Road, Delevan, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit waterfowl sanctuaries.

Food from the Main Street Grille in Arcade will be featured, including four kinds of ribs or a Jamaican jerk chicken sandwich for $4; mac and cheese, baked beans, corn on the cob or apple streusel for $2.

There will be music by the Rustic Ramblers, featuring Gene Hilts on steel guitar. There also will be an auction and guided tours to visit the sanctuary’s 700 birds from 65 species, including the singing, dancing swans.

Admission is $5. Lawn chairs are welcome. For info, call 942-6835 or visit www.gooseneckhillwaterfowlfarm.com.

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FAMILY TIES – An extra competition will be afoot during the fourth annual Celtic Challenge on Friday evening at Riverfest Park, 249 Ohio St., and it has nothing to do with how fast runners finish the four-mile race.

Organizers noticed in previous years that they often see mother-daughter pairs running together who look alike. So they decided to award a prize to the mother and daughter who most resemble one another.

The winners will be invited to sing a song on stage with the band at the post-race party, have a waltz with race committee member Patrick Plunkett and receive a gift certificate to the Tara Gift Shoppe.

The race begins at 6:30 p.m. on a course along Buffalo’s waterfront. There’s also a one-mile walking route. Sign up today or Thursday for $25 for the race, $20 for the walk. It’s $5 more Friday. The post-race party is $15, which includes beer, pop and snacks.

To register online, visit www.celticchallengerun.com. Proceeds support the annual Old Neighborhood Parade for St. Patrick’s Day in the Old First Ward.

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GIVE A HOOT – A variety of good causes will benefit from the 26th annual Owl Family Picnic from 12:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the grove at George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion, 962 Wehrle Drive, between Union and Cayuga roads, Williamsville.

Proceeds will assist Camp Good Days and Special Times, Mercy Flight, Wings of Hope, the Response to Love Center and Former Troopers Helping Hands.

Providing live music will be the Eddie “O” Orchestra and the Vignettes, the Buffalo Touch, Phocus, Special Delivery, Kurt’s Back, the Tony Krupski Band, Rare Vintage, and Dave Gawronski and Ted Kania’s Forgotten Buffalo Band.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for thos age 13 to 20, and include food and beverages. Kids under 12 get in free.

Lawn chairs are welcome. Coolers and outside beverages are a no-no. For info, call 837-3582.

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AROUND THE CORNER – The YMCA Buffalo Niagara is gearing up for the 119th Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot by launching its annual search for a design for the official race T-shirt, which will be worn by more than 14,000 runners.

The rules, restrictions and an application can be found at www.ymcaturkeytrot.org.

All submissions must be emailed. No hand drawings or hard copy artwork will be accepted. Deadline is a minute before midnight Oct. 8.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Bobby Schwedt, Ethan Pierce, Ken Safe, Mary Federico, Patrick Farry, Kathleen Wiltrout, Tom Bain, Laurie Staley-Stone, Junior “Boosy” Jenner and Spencer Dole.

AND THURSDAY – Dolores Sanford, Naritzlyn Mercado, Bob Kolken, Doug Dombrowski, Paul Gromosiak, Mary Ellen Ashe, Bruce Beyer, Athena Gentry, Donna Docenko, John Granelli, Megan Ulrich, Luke Brind’Amour, Bob Moll, Wally Koziel, Sister Judith Marie Kubicki, Bob Melander, Dominic Scapillato, Pat Galuszka, Walter Czerwinski, Greg Fildes, Jessica Schewe, Dean Brucz, Betty Gatto, Linda Bain, Diane Seeley, Jeanne Sauer, Adriana Lounsbury, Bill Boltz, Jessica Izzo, Gabriella Liberatore, Jim Kaleta and Jack Cascio.

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