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OLAF FUB SEZ: Encouragement for discouraged politicians from Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, born on this date in 1949, "I always lose the election in the polls, and I always win it on election day."

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D.C. DREAMS -- Have a memorable evening Saturday and send Western New York's only all-girls marching band to Washington, D.C., in January, perhaps to march in the Presidential Inaugural Parade.

The occasion is a fall concert and Italian dinner in Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. The all-you-can-eat spaghetti-and-meatballs dinner goes from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The concert, featuring the school's award-winning Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band and String Orchestra playing show tunes and light music for the season, begins at 7:30, with a preshow program at 6:30.

Tickets are $10 at the door or $7.50 in advance if you call the school at 877-1358 or band director John Hathaway at 689-1100. All proceeds benefit the trip to Washington.

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MAJOR MEMORIES -- Today is the 60th anniversary of what at the time attracted the largest sports crowd ever assembled in Buffalo -- the showdown in Civic Stadium (later the Rockpile) between the city's two powerhouse high school football teams, Kensington and Bennett, both undefeated. Kensington, which was in the midst of four undefeated seasons, rolled over Bennett, 26-8.

"Before that, the most people at a game was 43,167 for the Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns in the old All-America Football Conference," Roy Schneggenburger, a member of the Kensington Alumni Association board of directors, recalls. "The stadium had a legal capacity of 37,064. People were standing in the aisles. It was a glorious event."

That game currently is commemorated with the annual Harvard Cup Hall of Fame Game, which was played earlier this month. Schneggenburger invites all Kensington alumni to join him in another grand old Buffalo tradition, the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, then head over to the football game that decides this year's Harvard Cup winner.

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FREE VERSE -- According to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, born on this date in 1772, "Prose = words in their best order. Poetry = the best words in the best order." Helping youngsters appreciate that distinction is a program called Poetry Out Loud, which provides educational materials about poetry and sponsors a recitiation competition for high schools across the country.

For info, contact Sharon Scarlata of the New York State Alliance for Arts Education at sharon@nysaae.org. Deadline to register is Oct. 31.

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REUNION ALERT -- Graduates from all classes at the former Cardinal Doughtery High School on Hertel Avenue are invited to another informal off-the-menu stag supper at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Tom's Family Restaurant, 3221 Sheridan Drive at Bailey Avenue, Amherst. Reservations are appreciated. Call Steve Ash, Class of 1963, at 694-4492.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Aaron Goodwin, Sariah Hakes, Amanda Campbell, Sushil Amlami, Shakeel Ahmad, Ed Weishaupt, Rochelle Roustum, Paddy Dunbar, William James Starzynski, Judy Minsterman, Matthew Parker, Monsignor Onofrio Smiraldo, Louise Bidleman, Kyle Zanelotti, Michael Parr, Jim Mendola and Stephanie Wippert.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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