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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress Shirley MacLaine, born on this date in 1934, "The best way to get husbands to do something is to suggest that perhaps they are too old to do it."


FEATHERED FRIENDS -- You hear them. You see them. But can you identify them? Marilyn O'Connell of Wild Birds Unlimited can, and she will share her expertise in an illustrated talk titled "Birds You Can See in the Spring" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office on Route 5 next to Woodlawn Beach State Park in Hamburg.

Tickets are $3. For members of the Hamburg Natural History Society, which is sponsoring her talk, admission is free.

O'Connell also will lead a Spring Bird Walk at 9 a.m. May 20 at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg. Call 627-4560 or visit


CLEAN AND GREEN -- Colvin Cleaners in Kenmore, which prides itself on being environmentally friendly, is offering more proof of its greenliness this week by donating 1,000 tree seedlings to five area elementary schools in conjunction with National Arbor Day.

Company President Paul Billoni will deliver the seedlings personally to Lewiston-Porter Elementary in Lewiston and William Kaegebein Elementary and Huth Road Elementary on Grand Island this Thursday and to South Davis Elementary in Orchard Park and St. Paul's Elementary in Kenmore on Friday.


HUNGRY? -- Spaghetti dinners are on the menu north and south of Buffalo on Saturday.

In North Tonawanda, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, Ward Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard, will serve from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 5 to 10 and free for youngsters under 5, with proceeds helping the school send teachers to an educators conference. For reservations, call 693-9677.

At the Marilla Fire Hall on Two Rod Road, a dinner with homemade desserts and prize drawings from 4 to 7 p.m. will benefit Pet Connection Programs animal shelters. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12. For tickets, call 652-0192 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Andy Ortiz Jr., Ella Frauenhofer, Alice Pacer, Nick Macri Sr., Pat Courtney, Henry Pacer, David Tourville, Suzanne Balthasar, Gary Betz, Margie Hayes, Julie Protas, Jim Santella, Alberta Rouleau, Mike Scheu, Jacqueline N. McGrath, Robert Brady III, Marissa Dombrowski, Shirley Metzger Dombrowski, Jill Bartkowiak, Michael Cappello, Gabrielle Tripi.


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