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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British novelist Marie Corelli, born on this date in 1855, "I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night."

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WELL DONE -- Buffalo Homicide Detective Sgt. James P. Lonergan reaches a milestone Friday in his long career of locking up criminals. He will celebrate his 40th anniversary as an officer of the law, and as you might expect, he's proud of it. Friends are planning to toast him at 3 p.m. Sunday in Mothers Restaurant, 33 Virginia Place, and he is asking that they come equipped with money.

"I have a lot of friends who are cheap," he explains, adding that he hopes his boss, Detective Chief Dennis J. Richards, will hoist a couple in his honor.

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PASTA PLUS -- More than 100 theme baskets will be raffled and more than 800 spaghetti dinners will be served today in a fundraising event for Heritage Christian Services, which serves more than 1,600 people with developmental disabilities.

Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. in Niagara Falls Elks Lodge 346 at 1805 Factory Outlet Blvd. Dinners are $10 adults, $7 kids 5 to 10. Youngsters 4 and under eat free. Baskets will be raffled from 7 to 8 p.m. Raffle prizes include a Keurig coffee maker, an anti-gravity chair and gift certificates to leading restaurants.

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CALLING ALL CARS -- The North Tonawanda History Museum is looking for owners of classic automobiles to take part in a memorial car show as part of New York Heritage Weekend May 19-21, during which the City of North Tonawanda will honor one of its heroes, race car driver Jim Hurtubise. The show is open to any pre-1980 vehicle. Owners should call Richard L. "Joe" Zellner at 213-0554. The museum at 54 Webster St., which has a special Jim Hurtubise exhibit, will be offering free admission that weekend.

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TIME OF NEED -- Diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, in which the body's immune system mistakely attacks part of the nervous system, Craig Syracuse of Buffalo, a 1982 Frontier High School grad, became paralyzed and could not walk or raise his arms. Unable to work and subsequently afflicted with Lyme Disease and Bell's palsy, he's had to undergo months of medical treatments and physical therapy.

To help him and his wife, Becky, pay for his medical bills, friends and family are holding a benefit event from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday in the Knights of Columbus hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. There will be beer, wine, food, auctions and raffles, along with live music by Slow Poke. Tickets are $20. For tickets and donations, call Chuck Smith at 866-4032 or Cyndie Syracuse at 200-7584 or visit www.wepay.com/x2zgzx.

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DONATION DEAL -- Goodwill is holding a food drive for the Food Bank of Western New York for the entire month of May, and it has a deal for donors. Anyone bringing a nonperishable food item to Goodwill's nine retail locations will receive a $5-off coupon for their next Goodwill Store purchase of $15 or more.

Food donated in Erie County will go to Urban Opportunities, which assists 850 people every month. Niagara County donations at Goodwill's Lockport Center will assist people served by the Niagara Community Action Agency.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jim Stillwell, Susan Tanner, Margaret Sullivan, Jim Staas, Jeffrey Friedman, Sis Young, Troy Toohey, Bud Collins, Estelle Bykowicz, Marty Schwarz, Shelly Silverthorn, Cindi Vaught, Nolan Oliver, Toni Ameroso, Marcia Stack, Darlene Rezmek, Kathy Summers, Paula Sadowski, Rose Paladino, Jack Wroblewski, Kevin Biddle, Donald Vogt and Eloise Zoyhofski.

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