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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, born on this date in 1818, "I agree with no one's opinion. I have some of my own."

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HIDDEN HISTORY -- Retired journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Elliot Jaspin had been rummaging around the history museum in Berryville, Ark., a decade ago when he realized he had not seen any African-Americans there.

Jaspin decided to find out why and wound up uncovering numerous incidents of racially based expulsions above and below the Mason-Dixon line. He published his findings in a book, "Buried in the Bitter Waters -- The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America," and inspired independent filmmaker Marco Williams to make a documentary on the subject.

Jaspin, who won his Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for reporting on organized crime in the coal industry, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Dresser Auditorium in the John J. Murphy Professional Building at St. Bonaventure University. The talk will be prefaced by the airing on SBU-TV of the Williams documentary, "Banished."

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TAIL WAGGERS -- There are still a few days left in Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, which means you have until Friday to drop off a donation to benefit the SPCA Serving Erie County at Wynwood Kenmore, an assistive-living center at 2971 Delaware Ave. In addition to cash and checks, donations of cleaning supplies, old newspapers, blankets, towels, and dog and cat toys and treats are welcome. For info, call 874-3200.

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VOTE EARLY -- There also are a few days left to cast a ballot in the online voting for Time Warner Cable's WNY Heroes program, honoring people who go above and beyond the call of duty to save lives or make the lives of others better. See the full list and their biographies by going to www.timewarnercable.com/WNY and clicking WNY Heroes under the "In the community" link. Awards will be given Nov. 19.

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MEMORY TEST -- No tricks, just treats in a study of kids ages 9 to 12 at the University at Buffalo's Center for Children and Families on the South Campus. Researchers there need young volunteers to help find out how much of a role rewards play in improving memory, attention and behavior.

The program involves two consecutive Saturdays at UB, where the kids will work in small groups participating in a variety of computer activities. At the end of the day, they turn in their points for gift cards and prizes. They also get lunch, snacks and craft activities. Parents will get a small stipend for their time and cooperation. For details, call 829-2244, Ext. 162.

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BEAUTY ON A BUDGET -- Open again to the public are the services of the Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career & Technical Center's cosmetology program, in which students work for the cost of supplies. A shampoo and a cut is $2. A manicure is $4. Hair coloring is $15. All services are done by appointment at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Call 961-4023.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Terri Czopp, Sarah Danzo, Marie Suprinick, Tim Myers, Joe Catalano, Ashlee Blewis, Edward Swinnich, Brian Blatner, Amal Mardini, Lisa Ernest Gointher, Robert Maziarz, Tommy Czora, Sofia Lempke, Rick Goraj, Darlene Lyons, Theresa Kipler, Richard Rickjeep, Jayne Roghenberger, Meghan Cogan, Doreen Daniels, Gary Wickett, DeVal Watkins, Maria Hanssel, Lexis Waite, Carole Pietrykowski, Joe Weber, Amy Koppmann, Raymond Brown and Nadia Osuch.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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