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OLAF FUB SEZ: As British poet Christine Rosetti (1830-74) observed, "Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad."

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REMINDER -- The Rev. Roy Herberger's collection of 200 international Nativity sets, from 38 countries, can be seen from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and again Dec. 16 and 17 and Jan. 6 and 7 in SS. Columba and Brigid Catholic Church, 75 Hickory St., at Eagle Street. For information or to make arrangements for a group showing, call Father Herberger at 852-2076.

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A MEMORIAL candle lighting service will be held by the Caring Arms Support Circle of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital at 7 p.m. Sundayin St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Amherst, as part of a worldwide effort to honor the memories and celebrate the short lives of children who have died.

Families and friends are invited to bring mementos and pictures to share with others. Because of the solemn nature of the service, sponsors of the event request that no children younger than 5 attend. For details, call Elizabeth Stevens at 568-6653.

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A LIVE NATIVITY and children's party with Santa Claus will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hilbert College. The Nativity scene will be presented only at 2 outside Franciscan Hall on the campus and will include portrayals of the holy family, shepherds, angels and the three wise men. The party for children will follow in the Franciscan Hall atrium. Children will be given a bag of goodies from Santa, who will be available to pose for free pictures at the free, public event.

For information, e-mail or call Sister Jacqueline Benbenek at 926-8928.

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IN FULL BLOOM is the Heritage Centers 25th annual holiday poinsettia sale to raise money for the nonprofit agency that employs more than 900 people and serves more than 3,000 individuals with disabilities.

The beautiful seasonal plants will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Lafayette Court Building, 485 Main St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and next Friday in the lobby at City Hall and near the food court in Main Place Mall.

Prices range from $7.25 to $7.75, depending on the size of the order. All of the plants are "homegrown" in the Western New York area, according to Heather Pennington at the agency's office at 101 Oak St.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Tim Porter, Nick Sepci, Brooke Sepci, Sister Mary Colamana, Susie Mosca, Megan Mahoney, Frankie Christiano, Christopher Polizzi, Jewel Schmittendorf, Tommy McCarthy, Thomas Burns, Anthony Grabp and Lea Aschenbrenner.

SATURDAY -- Jada Cooper, Analeigh Lynn Hakes, Manaitha Dias, Rachel Moll, William McGirr, Evan Sasiadek, Mike Sasiadek, Geri O. Miller, Helen Walkowiak, Olivia Gehrke, Jill Vadala, Jean Jackson, Joan Dietzman, Mitchell Murray, Tim Regan, Marge May, Peggy Lyons and Cassandra Tabor.

AND SUNDAY -- Rob Nogle, Joe Franczyk, Jerry Cordero, Bonita Barzycki, Doanne Jackson, Keith Page, Gerald Lehsten, Dennis Bieniek, David C. Brown, Maggie Tomaka, Bernice Makowski, Ann Greco, Carolyn Matlock, Ken Zakrzewski, Kevin Ruhl, Joanne Meli, Sally Knorr, Ted Simmons, Clifford Biber, Jack Pronobis and Helen Borowicz.


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