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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author, historian and Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin, born on this date in 1914, "The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge."

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FIRST TIMERS -- Dancers Give Back, a new organization of several dance studios that hopes to raise money for leukemia and blood cancer research, holds its first fundraiser from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Ellicott Road School, 5180 Ellicott Road, Orchard Park.

The event will include food, games, door prizes, a silent auction and a dance-a-thon. Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Jacquie for A.L.L. Foundation, founded on behalf of former gymnast and diver Jacquie Hirsch of Getzville, who died Sept. 6 in Roswell Park Cancer Institute of acute lymphocytic leukemia at age 23. For info, call Mary Alice Dietz at 912-6688 or e-mail madtap9291@aol.com.

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AUTUMN FEAST -- Take your appetite for a ride down Route 19 south of Warsaw on Thursday for the all-you-can-eat Swiss steak buffet dinner beginning at 5 p.m. in Gainesville United Methodist Church, 7 S. Main St., Gainesville. Tickets are $8. Kids under 5 eat free.

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AVAST, YE LUBBERS! -- Lost Treasure of the Ghostly Pirates is returning to the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Recreation Center in Hamburg from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

There will be cannon-firing demonstratsions, a group of singing pirates, a demonstration of medieval weaponry by the Society for Creative Anachronism and a chance to dig for Pirate Morgan's bones for prizes.

Also featured will be lantern-light digs for fossils, telescopes to view the skies and free snacks while they last. Tickets are $6. Kids age 3 and under get in for free. The Penn Dixie site is on Bristol Road off Big Tree Road between Bayview Road and South Park Avenue.

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BARGAIN BIN -- Household items and clothes are offered as St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 168 Main St., Akron, holds a rummage sale from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and a $2 bag sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Route 62 and Halley Road, North Collins, sponsors a craft and flea market from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Featured will be local crafters and artists, baked goods, pumpkins and the church's country kitchen.

Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church, 425 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga, holds a rummage and baked goods sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday with a $1 bag sale at noon.

Hope United Methodist Church, Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn, hosts its fall rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Lunch with chowder, beef on weck and desserts will be available at 11 a.m. A bag sale starts at 1 p.m.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Maura J. Stillwell, Tony Billoni, Bryan Fiume, Debbie Billoni, Christopher Ganci, Courtney Baldwin, Caitlin Marie Summers, James M. Beyers, Pauline Szabo, Jimmy Gruber, Michael Burgio, Sister Mary Jolene Jasinski, Sister Paula Marie Skalski, Glory White, Sue Calabrese, Kayla Liszewski, Raymond C. Haines, Victoria Hough, Dora Wasielewski and Frank Butkowski.

AND THURSDAY -- Erin Krista Kelley, Mikaela Jones, Jim McCoy, John Borsa, Michael Curry, Siobhan Eager, Eric Rosen, Beth Donovan, Debra Persutti, Tim Euhus, Kristen Barry, Pat Carrig, Ryllie Scheu, Denise Christ, Lori Duquin, Irene Kearns, Teresa Jimenez, Jim Dumpert, Alvera Robinson, Walter Mazur and Christopher Marranca.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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