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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was actress-comedian Lucille Ball (1911-1989) who observed: "I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work -- and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."

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DUCK SOUP will be among many items on the menu of the Conference Center Niagara Falls first Wild Harvest Game Dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls.

Other items by chef Chris Guppenberger include pasta with venison meat sauce and buffalo meatballs, venison sausage with peppers and onions, black bean and corn chili, barbecue buffalo steaks, venison meatloaf, turkey ala king, roasted root vegetables, salt potatoes, venison carpaccio bread sticks, chef salad and assorted desserts. Cost is $25. Call 278-2100.

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FAMILY STYLE roast beef dinners will be served from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6950 Ward St. at Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield, to raise money for a ceiling-attached lift for Colleen Syruws, a member of the church with multiple sclerosis.

Gordon Martin, ticket chairman, said the tab will be $8 for adults and $3.50 for children younger than 12. Kids younger than 5 eat free. He said Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is helping sponsor the event and will provide matching funds for the ceiling lift. Michelle Campbell and Bill Nelson are co-chairpersons. Call Martin at 693-5725 or the church at 693-9677.

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MILITARY NOTE -- Airman Chad M. Dziamski, a 2003 graduate of Lake Shore Senior High School, recently completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. He is the son of Mike Dziamski of Derby and Judy Chiz of North Collins.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jeanette Rhone, Diane Bleech, Jan Dziadaszek, Sterling Ruhl, JoAnn Kiefer, Beaver Bakowski, Cliff Bergmann, Eric Pacer, Mary Lewandowski, Rose Marranca, Lorraine Mogavero, Jim Griffin, Megan Giambra, Lynn Skubish, Debra McCarthy, Lisa Pickens, Jim Baranatsky, Jim Skrabacz, Ryan Sobczak, Phyllis Kordos, Terry Torre Gary Refermat and Cassandra Neeley.

SATURDAY -- Cindy Smith, Addie Hoerner, Peggy Klodzinski, Charlie Genco, Mary Smith, Henry Miller, Maurice McDuffie, Nakia Johnson, Dolores Rossitto, Betty Hummel, Paul Kurzanski, Theresa Maciejewski, Susan Laurent, Samuel Tiranno, Josephine Bongiovanni, Tom Lates, D.J. Granville, Larry Chirico, Kathy Durant, Michael Durant, Gina Varney and Susan Donahue.

AND SUNDAY -- Shirley Heublum, Helen Boquard, Mark Vilardo, Bob Panek, Joan McFall, Thomas Beck Jr., Roseanne Lucci, Leo Grucella, Tammy Braun, Stacey Adams, Mike O'Leary, Rosemarie Siresi, Chuck Basil, Danny Steele, Joe Black, Jamie Wannemacher and Larry Chirico.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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