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OLAF FUB SEZ: One of our favorite lines from William Shakespeare, born on or about this date in 1564, comes from "Twelfth Night" and goes like this: "Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."

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SUPER SENIOR -- Speaking of birthdays, Ethel M. Spong celebrates a major milestone Thursday. Born Ethel May Christ in Spring Brook in 1907, when Seneca Street was a dirt and plank road, she married Harold Spong in 1925 and eventually moved to Eggertsville, where she reared four boys. Her husband died in 1966.

She was president of the Sweet Home Central PTA, worked at Kmart for several years and played the organ at Eggertsville United Church of Christ until she was 95. She has 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Drop her a card at ElderWood Health Care at Heathwood, 815 Hopkins Road, Williamsville, NY 14221.

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DANCE CARD -- The final push to raise funds for the class trip for the eighth-graders at St. Josaphat School comes Saturday, Yvonne Mazurkiewicz reminds us.

It's a dance featuring Flipside, one of the area's best rock 'n' roll oldies bands, from 8 p.m. to midnight in St. Josaphat Parish Center on Peoria Street, off William Street, in Cheektowaga. A limited number of $15 tickets, which include beer, wine, pizza and snacks, will be sold at the door. To get one in advance, call the school at 893-6448.

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READY TO RUMMAGE -- The Women's Fellowship of Kenmore United Church of Christ will hold its spring rummage sale from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, followed by a $1 bag sale from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, all in the church hall at 295 Delaware Road.

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EATING IN -- Those people carrying brown bag lunches for the next few weeks are not necessarily broke after paying their income taxes. They might be taking part in Buffalo City Mission's Brown Bag Challenge, which runs through June 15.

It goes like this: Calculate how much you would spend in restaurant lunches for a week. Bring your lunch from home instead. Contribute the money you save to City Mission. For $25, it can provide more than a dozen meals to the hungry and homeless. For details, call Aubrey Calhoun at 348-3101 or make a donation online at www.buffalocitymission.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Mary Lou Zanghi, Ed Whitney, Mike Brennan, Bob Walz, Patrick Dobies, Rosemary Schwartz, Robert Sommer, Bea Kubicki, Russ Santucci, Kathy Mueller, Cheryl Sawyer, Joan Denecke, Michael Connors, Racer Booker, Matthew Ciesliak, Craig Seibert, Marie R. Bowen, Gloria Liberatore

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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