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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for the spring training season from legendary sportscaster Red Barber, born Walter Lanier Barber on this date in 1908, "Baseball is dull only to dull minds."

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SQUARE DEAL -- The CHAT (Community Helping Around Town) Club of Western New York, a social club that generates good will and raises funds to help underprivileged youth, will sponsor a pinochle tournament from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Caputi's, 2351 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Eight games will be played. Prizes will be given for all double pinochles. Single players are welcome, but tables are limited. Entry is $5. For information, e-mail chatofwny@roadrunner.com.

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PULLING FOR ROY -- A Kentucky-style pulled pork dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Bethel Lutheran Church, 79 Brooklyn St., Portville, to benefit Roy Childs of Bolivar, a father of four who is undergoing chemotherapy after his second surgery for liver cancer.

The dinner includes a barbecue pork sandwich, choice of two sides, beverage and apple pie. Tickets are $7.50 for adults. Smaller portions for children 11 and younger and seniors 70 and older are $5. A second sandwich can be purchased for $4. For takeouts, call 933-6699.

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REUNION TIME -- Members of the Class of 1959 at St. Mary's High School in Lancaster are planning a reunion at 6:30 p.m. June 19 in the school cafeteria. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Cost is $10 at the door.

The reunion continues the following evening with a dinner in The Columns Banquets, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. Tickets are $35. For information, call Pat Bahl Heslin at 937-9293 or e-mail eheslin@rochester.rr.com.

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PACZKI POWER -- The folks down in New Orleans aren't the only ones to throw a big party before sobering up for Lent. In Polish communities from here to Chicago, there's Paczki Day -- traditionally the Thursday before Lent, but commonly celebrated on Mardi Gras Tuesday.

The folks at the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Ave., will split the time difference and hold their celebration at 7 p.m. Saturday. Main attraction will be the contest to see who in Buffalo can make the largest paczek -- that's the singular for paczki, which is a fruit preserve-filled doughnut and the centerpiece of the celebration.

Entry fee is $10. Paczki will be judged in several categories -- weight, height, width, traditional flavored and unique flavored. All paczki must have a filling and must be completely edible. To register, call Amy Smardz at 228-3659.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Florence Notto, Lindy Ruff, Moira Gallagher Schorr, Bob Martin, Chris Poremba, Laura Czopp Barnum, Joann Ogledzinski, Gina Grekulek, Elaine Lombardo, Joel Greenauer, Lu Ess, Mike Semple, Loretta Syput, Nancy DiMartino, Laura Anne Thompson, Sister Mary Janita Krawczyk, Lucy McCabe, Karen Steele, Shannon Scheu, Norman Ryan, Lindsay Ratajczak, Linda J. Whited, Susan LoTempio and Dave Kirby.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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