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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor Boris Karloff, born William H. Pratt on this date in 1887, "The monster was the best friend I ever had."

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BRIGHTEN BRIGHTON -- Rizzo's Restaurant, 2763 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda, will host its third annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday to help support privately funded Brighton Place, the library and community resource center in the former Brighton Library, 999 Brighton Road, which was closed two years ago.

Presale vouchers for the dinner are $10 and available at the restaurant and at Brighton Place. Cost is $12 at the door. The auction features holiday gift cards, an assortment of toys and a variety of Buffalo Bills-themed prizes.

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FAMILY FRIENDS -- A benefit for the family of Dennis "Tank" Whalen, who left behind his wife, Kathy, and four children when he died at age 53 last summer, will be held from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Ironworkers Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Donation is $25 and there will be refreshments, raffles, a silent auction, the Bills game on multiple TV sets and live music by the Stone Bridge Band and Friends and the Pug Malones.

Whalen, a retired driver in the Buffalo Department of Public Works, was active in the Boy Scouts for 40 years and led Troop 120 at Holy Family Church for 15 years. He also was a political committeeman in South Buffalo and served for many years as a sponsor, mentor and confidant to many.

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HOLIDAY SOUNDS -- The Sanborn Fire Company Band will perform a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St., Sanborn. Doors open at 6:30. The evening includes refreshments, family fun and a visit from Santa. Don't forget to bring along some canned goods for the Rotary Club, which will be collecting donations for the food pantry.

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BOUNCING BACK -- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia struck Jacquie Hirsch of Amherst last spring just as she was finishing up her student teaching and preparing to graduate from Geneseo State College. An athlete, she rebounded into remission quickly, but needs a bone marrow transplant to complete her recovery.

To help out, a bone marrow drive and benefit will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday in St. Leo's School, 903 Sweet Home Road near Maple Road, Amherst. It will include a spaghetti dinner, live music, basket raffle, silent auction, bake sale and free bone marrow testing by the National Marrow Donor Program. For details, click the "Jacquie for ALL" link at www.BuffaloGymCenter.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Bonnie O'Hara, Israel Ziv, William Koszela, Ronald Cornwall, Willie Hansom, John Schaller, Alice Empric, Tammy Starzynski, Bob LaPlante, John T. Gerbec, Gino Kurdziel, Ron Amplement, Todd Nixon, Cyndee Stelmach, Heather Pinienski, Bob Brown, Gino Kurdziel,

SATURDAY -- Scott Scanlon, Charlie Staves, Rev. Paul Stengel, Norris Pace, Kevin Braun, Scott Stumm, Jim Black, Collin Augustyn, Gwen Berry, Kevin Cavanaugh, Debbie Fitch, Thelma Daughtry, Howie Scholl, Christopher Blaise Fontana, Adam Kabel, Lynn McDonald, Noreen Spezio, Chet Syput, Martha Prendergast, Betty Ann Duguay,

AND SUNDAY -- Tyler Swartz, Sally S. Chapman, Victor D. Crews, Rhetter L. Hall, Lucas Maciejewski, Hayley Rose Safe, Angelina Barlow, Rob Ball, Sister Joanne Boneski, Pam Sacco, Nelson Starr, Rev. Jack Ledwon, Wilma Brown, Thomas Recktenwalt, Danielle Fleckenstein, Peggy Matwijko, Roger Miller, Ted Fortuna, Cathy Elliott, Athena Kustas.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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