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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson, born on this date in 1850, "There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last."

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EATING ETHNIC -- Pigs in a blanket are the main course at a dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. The bill is $8 and includes dessert.

Look for pierogi, cabbage rolls and borscht at the annual Ukrainian Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Church Hall, 1219 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. Baked goods, theme baskets and raffles also will be featured.

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OLD WAYS -- Chet Dulak, an expert on the Iroquois Confederacy, will give a presentation on his collection of artifacts at 6 p.m. Friday at the Orchard Park Antique Mall, 3025 Orchard Park Road. Admission is free, as are cider and doughnuts. To help out the Variety Club, there also will be a silent auction.

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ALL ABOARD -- Vendors from all over the Northeast will flock to the Agri-Center on the Hamburg Fairgrounds this weekend for the 26th annual fall Train and Toy Show and Sale sponsored by the Western New York Railway Historical Society. Toy trains, railroadiana and collectible toys, dolls and miniatures will abound.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6. Kids under 12 get in free. Proceeds go toward restoration of vintage rail depots in Orchard Park and Williamsville.

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DECK THE HALLS -- A Christmas Craft Show is coming up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Cantalician Center's Jack Kelleher Site, 1360 Eggert Road, Eggertsville. Proceeds benefit the Cantalician Center for Learning. Want to get a table and sell? For table reservations, call Sister Mary Gloria at 874-0913.

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THE LARKIN IDEA -- The Cheektowaga Historical Association will sponsor a talk by Howard Stanger, associate professor of management and marketing at Canisius College and a historian of industrial relations, about the innovative marketing practices that made Larkin Co. one of the nation's major retailers a century ago.

The program begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Alexander Community Center, 275 Alexander Ave. off Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Roger Durant, Gilbert Perreault, Sister Mary Michaelanne Galas, Jim Drilling, Jacqueline Frank, Diane Heubusch, Ron Rowley, Meg Maghran, Irene Labenski, Mary Sutton, Chuck Guarino, Brynne Johnson, the Rev. Frank Chmielewski, Andrew Marzullo, Tiffany Tafelski, Emma Carberry, Marlena Clotfelter, Shaun Francis Herbert and Jo Giordano.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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