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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to dashing war correspondent Richard Harding Davis, born on this date in 1864, "The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way."

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LET'S GO SHOPPING -- Vendors will offer a variety of jewelry, purses, candles, personal care products and home decor items as the Zonta Club of Buffalo hosts its Spring Bling Fling from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Madonna Hall at D'Youville College, 320 Porter Ave. Admission is $5 and includes refreshments, raffle tickets and door prizes.

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HOT AS ICE -- "Iceland: Geology and Scenery on a North Atlantic Hotspot" is the topic as Rick Batt, geology professor at Buffalo State College, gives an illustrated presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg. Sponsored by Penn Dixie, it's open to the public, and no preregistration is required. Tickets are $4, free to Penn Dixie members. For info, call 627-4560.

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PASTA PATROL -- Bethel Lutheran Church, 79 Brooklyn St., Portville, will hold its annual spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the church fellowship hall. Dinners are $7 adults, $6 for small portions and $20 per family. For takeouts, call 933-6699 by 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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THE FINAL FRONTIER -- Buffalo-area native and University at Buffalo graduate Michael Stamatikos, a space scientist now associated with Ohio State University's Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics, returns home Thursday to talk about the history and the future of America's role in space.

His presentation, "Cosmic Odyssey: A Historical Perspective on the Future of Space Exploration," begins at 7:30 p.m. in Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Delaware Avenue and West Utica Street.

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DANCE CARD -- The Boys of Summer again will provide the music for the annual Spring Dance sponsored by Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday in the Bishop

Peplowski Parish Center, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster.

Tickets are $20 and include beer, wine, pop and snacks. Table reservations are available for groups of 10 or more. Proceeds benefit the cathedral's development fund. For reservations, call Roger Papaj at 683-4046, Marcia Zgoda at 683-8644 or the parish office at 685-5766.

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DINE IN STYLE -- Fashions from Fashion Bug, the Children's Place and Tony Walker will be featured in "Wine, Women and Wardrobe," a luncheon and fashion show sponsored by St. Ann's Sodality of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Ticket sale for the auctions and specials ends at noon. Luncheon is at 12:15 p.m. Tickets are $25 adults, $15 children 12 and under. For reservations, call Diane Butch at 626-4927 or the parish at 632-2559.

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SENIOR CHOICE -- Caregivers can learn about options for assisted living at a free lunch and workshop sponsored by the Erie County Caregiver Coalition on Saturday in OLV Senior Neighborhood, 55 Melroy Ave., Lackawanna. Speaking will be Nancy Tulumello of the Geriatric Center of Western New York and Jane Nagowski of Park Creek Assisted Living.

Lunch begins at 12:15 p.m., followed by the workshop at 1. Supervision for memory-impaired adults is available. Although it's free, reservations are required. Call 858-2177 or email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Bob Padgug, Paula Salamone, Kelly Kennelly, Molly Balbierz, Chris Sasiadek, Bonnie Lipczynski, Mark Emerson, Alice Loweecey, Diane Elmer, Aaron Bennett, Mikey Klodzinski, Mary Kelly Ozolins, Christian Williams, Shirley Miller, Ernie Faltyn, Marcia Herren, Derek Litwin, Charles Bratek, Donna Zellner Neal, Ricarda Sumlin, Marianne Hereth, Robin Bartoo, Elsie Ver, Amy Preston,

Arlene Milan, Maddie Devine, Stacy Popadowski, Shawn Wodowski and Rob Weisenburg.