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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to country singer Willie Nelson, born on this date in 1933, "Ninety-nine percent of the world's lovers are not with their first choice. That's what makes the jukebox play."

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Take Two Pills, Call Me In The Morning (If you remember)

I thought I had been

Through the worst,

Then celebrated

My seventy-first.

How many joints

Are left to ache?

Are there still drugs

For me to take?

Ah side effects,

A sweet surprise,

A constant hum

And painful styes,

Numbness from

My thighs to toes,

Dizzy when

I blow my nose.

I think I'll learn

To live with pain

And be grateful

I don't rust

In rain.

-- Carol Thrun Nowicki

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REUNION NOTE -- The Niagara Falls High School Class of 1951 will hold a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. May 19 in the Hideaway Grille, 399 Division St., North Tonawanda. For reservations, call Lena Rochon at 285-4174.

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MORE ADVICE -- Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Snyder, will hold the second in its five-week series of Talk to the Expert seminars at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

"Planning Ahead for All the Right Reasons," with Michael Pignatora from Dengler Roberts Perna Funeral Home and Jeff Reed from Mount Calvary Cemetery, will discuss preplanning for what happens when a death occurs and the role of the cemetery. It's free and open to the public. For info and to reserve a seat, call 839-2460.

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PRIZE PACKAGE -- Baker Victory Services has a Fiesta theme for its annual auction, Baker Victory Nite, at 6:30 Friday in Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg.

There will be cocktails and food stations, along with chances to win a trip to the Grand Cayman Islands and hundreds of prizes through raffles, theme baskets, split clubs and a silent auction, finishing with a grand-prize drawing for $5,000 in cash.

Proceds benefit Baker Victory Services' adoption program, which finds homes with local families for nearly 150 children every year from Western New York and around the world. For reservations, the Baker Victory Special Events Office at 828-9289.

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PASTA BEAT -- The HEART Animal Rescue Team will sponsor its annual spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Orchard Park Post 567, American Legion, 3740 N. Buffalo Road. Dinners are $8 adults, $6 kids under 11. Save 50 cents on dinners by getting presale tickets. Call 821-1915. There also will be a chance auction and a 50-50 split.

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COOKIE RUN -- ARC of Orleans County, which assists the developmentally disabled, is holding its 18th annual 5K run/walk Saturday from the Sacred Heart Club, 189 N. Gravel Road, Medina.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., walkers start at 1:30, and runners take off at 2. Cut-off for runner registration is 1:45. Entry fee is $18. Special Cookie Awards for the winners have been donated by Case-Nic Cookies of Medina. For info, call (585) 589-5516 or visit www.ArcOfOrleans.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Colden Daniel O'Neill, Brendan Sean Connors, Peg Hartmann, Catherine Artman, Linda Mabry, Doug Morgano, Peggy Gonzalez, Karen May, Angela Williams, Katherine Sutkowski, Betsy Phillips, Timothy Byrne, Victoria Gluszak, Alice Reed, Denise Beaton, Ronald Bieler, Diane Moser, Bill Vogt, Cyndi Schilling, Rami Schilling, Wilson Martinez, Thomas Giambra, Dan Josefiak, Peter Cutler, Dennis Danieu and Pam Grabowski.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com