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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to economist John Maynard Keynes, born on this date in 1883, "If farming were to be organized like the stock market, a farmer would sell his farm in the morning when it was raining, only to buy it back in the afternoon when the sun came out."

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DRUMSTICK BEAT -- Come for the food at the annual Kiwanis Club Chicken Barbecue in East Aurora's Hamlin Park between 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday and stay to hear the award-winning East Aurora High School Jazz Band. Kiwanis serves more than 4,000 dinners each year. Tickets are available at the park at South Grove Street and Prospect Avenue.

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MAKE A BID -- More than 30 baskets and many gift certificates are on display and receiving raffle tickets in the East Aurora Library, 550 Main St. The raffle, sponsored by the Friends of the Aurora Town Public Library, continues through June 20. Winning tickets will be drawn at the end of the used book sale June 23. Tickets can be purchased in the library.

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EXTRA EFFORT -- Helping raise funds for the Judy Pollino Memorial Cancer Treatment Fund at Jamestown's WCA Foundation are the folks at Stateline Speedway, 4150 Kortwright Road, Busti, just outside Jamestown.

Saturday, before races begin at 7 p.m., the track is allowing the Pollino family to hold a 50-50 raffle to benefit the fund. To contribute, call Brigetta Overcash at the WCA Foundation at 664-5461. The Pollino family has raised nearly $3,000 to support ovarian cancer care at WCA Hospital through the fund, which was established in memory of Judy, who died of cancer in 2008.

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OATH OF OFFICE -- Installation ceremonies will take place at 8 p.m. Friday for Cheryl Kollander, newly elected president of the Erie County American Legion Auxiliary. Ceremonies will take place in her home post, Post 63 in Lackawanna, where she has been unit president for seven years.

Also being installed are Diane Pitillo, first vice president; Kathie Renner, secretary; Nancy Spink, treasurer; Linda Miskell, chaplain; Kim Friend, historian; and Amelia Parrish, sergeant-at-arms. For info, call Diane Pitillo at 812-1381.

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MAJOR OPERATORS -- Officials of Operation PETS: The Spay/Neuter Clinic of Western New York report that they reached a milestone last month. The clinic at 3443 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, performed its 25,000th spay-neuter surgery May 15.

"When we started Operation PETS four years ago, we never thought we would reach this milestone in such a short period of time," says executive director Linda Robinson. "We are starting to see an impact on Western New York's pet overpopulation problem, which illustrates how important it is to continue offering this service."

Operations PETS provides low-cost sterilization services for low-income pet owners who meet income guidelines. It also neuters pit bulls and feral cats. For info, visit www.operationpets.org.

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CAMPING OUT -- Tim Hortons locations all across the United States and Canada will be hold their annual Camp Day fundraiser Wednesday, with proceeds sending economically disadvantaged youngsters to camp. Every penny, nickel, dime, quarter, dollar and loonie spent on coffee Wednesday will go to send 14,000 kids ages 9 to 12 to camp at various locations, either this summer or next winter.

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TELLING TALES -- Architectural experts will be featured in a panel discussion at 6 p.m. Wednesday that kicks off the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society's "Building Stories" series at 6 p.m. in the museum at 25 Nottingham Court. It's free with museum admission.

Those attending are invited to create their personal building stories to add to those of the panelists -- Amanda Maciuba of Painting for Preservation, Jason Wilson of Young Preservationists and Denise M. Juron-Borgese, president of the Buffalo Architecture Foundation.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Debbie Emerson, June Braun, Bernie Czarnecki, Eleanor Bullard, Dr. Todd Shatkin, Michael Safe, Jamie Loos, Bob Knopf, Randy Szymkowiak, Michael J. Shea, Charles Sinagra, June Vohwinkel, LuAnn Bondanza, Harry Hendrix, Joe Siebert, Ted Howes, Amelia Stachowiak, Jordan TinHan, David Grundy, Frank Pierowicz and Michael Griffin.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com