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OLAF FUB SEZ: A note of political exasperation from our 13th president, Millard Fillmore, born on this date in 1800, "May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not."

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OOPS! -- You have two more chances to get a free introduction to Scottish country dancing. The Buffalo Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society is holding two more open houses for beginners from 7:15 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Jan. 20 in Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder. The latter date was incorrect in an item in this column a couple of weeks ago.

Scottish country dancing is a predecessor to square dancing and is accompanied by lilting Celtic music. There's no caller, and there are many more steps and patterns. According to Buffalo branch President Suzanne Batt, not only is it good exercise, but it's very social. For info, call her at 695-6296.

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DIGITAL DIVIDE -- If you got new computer equipment over the holidays and wonder what to do with the old gear, Western New York Independent Living is looking for used computers, laptops and printers that are working or repairable.

The agency, which offers counseling and other help for people with disabilities and their families, will give them a new home with one of its clients. Also on its wish list -- computer monitors that are 21 inches or larger for the visually impaired. For info, call 836-0822 or visit www.wnyil.org.

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CALLING CRAFTERS -- The calendar may say January, but for organizers of the big annual Spring Craft Show at Southeast Works, it's only 10 weeks until their event March 19, and they'd like to add more artisans and crafters to their show.

Ordinarily, the show, which is held in a former school at 181 Lincoln St., Depew, includes at least 50 tables showcasing everything from handmade handbags to jewelry and pottery. Spokeswoman Amanda Baumler says more six-foot and eight-foot tables are available in prime locations. To reserve one, call her at 683-7100, Ext. 212.

Southeast Works, founded by a group of parents in 1974, provides a variety of services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

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PASTA PATROL -- Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, is hosting a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $7 for adults, $3 for kids age 7 to 10. Youngsters 6 and under eat free.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Margaret Schirmann, Vince Pesce, John Bart, Paul Gorman, Raymond Zientara, Cindy Martinez, Mike Barone, Joe Pinker, Diane Whelan, Chris Pinto, Butch Graham, Michelle Silverblatt, Jimmy Kruger, Jim Casion, Bev King, Eloise Zoyhofski, John Blewis, Karen Jakubowski, Kiley Hartman, Tim Ziskowski, Paul "Mooch" McMahon, Sean Burns, Maureen Leonard, Patricia Kless, Jim Zakrzewski, Jordan Calabrese and Paige Calabrese.

AND SATURDAY -- Paul Terhaar, Sister Paul Marie Baczkowski, Bob Michalewski, Gen Bialy, Michael Szczesny, Louise Sanfilippo, Joseph Genier, Teddi Gerace, Nick Stanatikos, Jeanne Costello, Mark Hanrahan, Elaine Ramunno, Betsy Murphy, Barbara Sullivan, Tom Caufield, Kathleen Lenihan, Lisa Swain, Cheryl Bonitati and Dave "Swiggy" Golembiewski.

AND SUNDAY -- Sister Emily Marie Jurecki, Mary Heist, Leroy Rauch, Kraig Kurzanski, Rosemarie Poole, Monsignor Anthony Jasinski, Bill Rindos, Helen Dohn, Rich Violanti, Emmy Sumera, Michele Klosin, Kyra Krasowski, Scott Schelling and Jason Bailey.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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