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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to jazzman Lionel Hampton, born on this day in 1909, "Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind."

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CUTE AND COLLECTIBLE -- If you go down to the Concord Public Library, 18 Chapel St., Springville, next week, you're in for a big surprise. A veritable picnic of Steiff teddy bears -- including the limited edition 1986 Clown Bear -- will be on display beginning Monday for a silent auction. Bidding continues through May 24. Proceeds benefit the library.

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MAKING TRACKS -- Sunday sees the start of the annual sneaker campaign to defeat juvenile diabetes in Tops Markets throughout Western New York.

Customers who buy a paper sneaker for $1 at the checkout counter not only support the work of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, but also get a dollar-off coupon for orange juice. Since 1993, the sneaker sale at Tops has raised more than $4.3 million. It continues through May 19.

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ALL'S FAIR -- America's Fair, the one that happens every August in Hamburg, has put out the call for unique artisans to sell handcrafted items in its Crafts Village this year.

Handmade items of any kind are what fair organizers have in mind. For an application, call 649-3900, Ext. 402, or visit www.americas-fair.org.

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WORD TO THE WISE -- Time is running out to apply for the three $500 scholarships for college students or graduating high school seniors being offered by the 300th Ordnance Battalion Association in Buffalo. Deadline is May 1.

To be eligible, students must be: a member or dependent of a current or former member of a Western New York Army Reserve or ROTC unit; a dependent or relative of a member of the 300th or one of its subordinate units; or physically challenged.

Get an application by mail from the 300th at 141 Morris Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209, or by calling 838-4556.

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TECH TRIBUTE -- A temporary memorial wall for the 32 people who lost their lives in the shooting at Virginia Tech has been set up at Wood Funeral Home, 784 Main St., East Aurora. Visitors are welcome to come see the wall, bring flowers or other tokens of tribute, and sign a condolence and memory book. The funeral home also is providing a Web site, www.keymemories.com, which provides a place to leave condolences. The memorial will be on display through May 6.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Tom Palamuso, Denise Lovett, Mimi Cassidy, Inez Anzalone, Sister Mary Louise Marecki, April Sopicki, Harry Plotycia, Sister Mary Marcia Chmielewski, Sharon Czerniak, Dan Battaglia, Derek Adamczyk, Christiana Christiano, Tom Puglisi, Hope Cyran, John Lempke, Joy Noworyta and Donald Szmania.

SATURDAY -- Natalie Reif, Sister Mary Martinia Skokowski, Sister Mary Jacquiline Benbenek, Terry Golas, Nancy Boltz, Alice Say, Regina Pacer, Guy Ziegler, Alishia Watkins, Amanda Kosior, Lillian White, Betty Jean Flieschman, Sherwin Brownsten, Tim Higgins, Lauren Crehan, Jessyca Floyd and Jennifer Hoare.

AND SUNDAY -- Lee Coppola, Nancy Barry, Sharon Drzyzga, Dorothy Laughlin, Cooper Leising, Mary Beth Diggins, Amy Howdyshell, Jeffrey Snyder, JoAnne Shaffer, Ken Wojtkowski, Madeline Reddy, Lottie Jaczewski, Adrianne Minor, Phillip Ceccarelli, Emmett Penski, Mary Ann Tune and Jack O'Leary.

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