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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British romance novelist Barbara Cartland, born on this date in 1901, "After 40, a woman has to choose between losing her figure or her face. My advice is to keep your face and stay sitting down."


DIG FOR IT -- Calling all volleyball players. A special blind-draw coed volleyball tournament to benefit Camp Good Days & Special Times will be held Sunday at the Avenue Pub, 2113 South Park Ave. Sign-up is at 11 a.m. Play starts at noon.

The fee is $15 per player. Organizers promise beer, food, raffles, prizes and fun. For information, call Linda Klimowicz at 827-8586 or Lisa at the Avenue Pub at 824-2657.


St. John's Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca, is holding a family-style roast beef dinner at 4 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a band concert at 6. Price is $8.50 for adults, $5 for children. Youngsters under 3 eat free but don't get pie.


Ode to Moving

Boxes, boxes everywhere

I think I'm going to smother

Oh, these boxes everywhere

I surely won't recover!

There's stuff in boxes everywhere

They surely are a jinx

I must be rid of them here real soon because

They're driving me to drink!

-- Georgia Burnette


BEAUTY BONUS -- There will be more to look at next weekend during the Village of Lancaster's Annual Garden Walk than just the landscape. In conjunction with the walk, the Lancaster/Depew Twin Village Art Society is sponsoring a fine-arts show and sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the lawn of the Lancaster Boys and Girls Club, 5440 Broadway.

More than 100 works of art will be offered, publicity chairwoman Alice Dobrowolski reports.


BOO WHO? -- The scariest thing confronting the ghost hunters at Rolling Hills -- the old Genesee County Home in East Bethany -- isn't some specter from beyond the grave, but the tax man. In order to raise money to pay off back taxes and keep those ghost hunting tours alive, a group that calls itself the Rolling Hills Preservation Society is holding a benefit event beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Day's Inn, 200 Oak St., Batavia.

Donation is $12 to help save the sprawling, scary old place that started out as a county poor house, then became an insane asylum, orphanage and nursing home. There also will be raffle baskets, a silent auction and split club tickets.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Annamarie Crimi, Laura M. Smith-Sweeney, Juliet Maloney, Pat Mangan, Mary Ann Cummiskey, Jeanette Zanghi, Judy Buczkowski, Dick Starzynski, Tony Starzynski, Molly Lempko, Karen Haaland, Larry Kowalski, Geraldine Zadon, Tino Rombola and Joshua Bentkowski.


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