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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English anthropologist Ashley Montagu (1905-99), "Human beings are the only creatures who are able to behave irrationally in the name of reason."

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ON THIS DAY -- In 1812, author Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England. . . . In 1904, a fire in Baltimore that raged for about 30 hours destroyed more than 1,500 buildings. . . . In 1906, Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, was born in Beijing. . . . In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized a flag for the office of the vice president. . . .In 1964, The Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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>Under a Thick Quilt

Under a thick quilt of snow

Spring softly

Slept.

-- Barb Zubrowski

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A USED BOOK and bake sale by Friends of the Elma Public Library will begin Thursday and continue Friday, Saturday, Monday, next Tuesday and Feb. 15 in Elma Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for Saturday, when the sale will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Proceeds will help keep the library open.

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PAINTERS WANTED -- Brush Up Buffalo, a not-for-profit all-volunteer organization focused on revitalizing City of Buffalo neighborhoods, is seeking 800 volunteer painters to paint 20 houses of low-income homeowners on June 17, in a to-be-determined neighborhood.

Last year, more than 500 volunteers painted 15 houses in four hours in the Kensington-Bailey area.

Roseann Scibilia, president of the 10-year-old organization, said about $15,000 more is needed to adequately fund the event. Interested sponsors or volunteers can get information by visiting www.brushupbuffalo.org or calling 250-3353.

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REUNION NOTE -- Lorraine Shaffer Guiczewski sent word she is chairwoman of a committee for a Sept. 16 reunion for all who attended St. Brigid's School in the Old First Ward. Call 836-8487 or 823-6456.

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SPAGHETTI DINNERS will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. March 8 in Woodside United Methodist Church, 675 Abbott Road. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children 5 to 12. Kids under 5 eat free, according to Bill Lomas, chairman of the event.

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DEPLOYED -- Army Spc. Jay P. Vaccaro, a 2002 graduate of Jamestown High School, recently arrived for duty in Germany. A medical supply specialist, he is assigned to the 226th Medical Logistics Battalion. His parents are Vincent J. and Dawn M. Vaccaro of Jamestown.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Katie B. Lewis, Louis B. Morrow, Shirley Edmonds, Marie Wolf, Rick Kohl, Shelly Ring, Kay Evans, Ann Matuszak, Jeffrey Bosworth, Kayla Rose Bosworth, Betty Wols, Sam Commors, Pam Kech, Matthew Radder and Brenda Hamilton.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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