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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from our seventh president, Andrew Jackson, born on this date in 1767, "Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in."

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Springtime

A groundhog wakes from winter sleep,

The robins sing, the sparrows peep;

We feel the air -- a tender breeze.

It's springtime -- oh, move over, please!

The winter doldrums now have passed.

The freezing cold -- it could not last!

Open the door and let us sing,

It's time for spring! Yea -- time for spring!

-- Doris V. Neumann

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WALKING ORDERS -- Are you waiting for the weather to break so you can change your daily walking routine? The folks at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 500 Parker Ave. in North Buffalo, invite walkers to join them from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday to do laps in a safe and warm environment. All also are welcome to stay for the 11 a.m. Mass.

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MAKING A DEBUT -- A new group, the Young Italians of Western New York, will hold its first St. Joseph's Celebration with a traditional St. Joseph's Table from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday in Fontana's Ogden Restaurant, formerly Billy Ogden's Restaurant, 1834 William St. at South Ogden Street. A limited number of $15 tickets are available. Call Tom Mazzone at 310-3102 or Tracey Cavalleri at 353-3002. For info on the organization, visit www.youngitaliansofWNY.com.

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REUNION TIME -- The Puerto Rican Hispanic Youth Leader Institute, which is organized locally by Erie 1 BOCES in West Seneca, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a gala evening April 30. For details, program graduates should contact Vega Sanchez Hernandez at 821-7624 or e-mail vsanchez@e1b.org.

Kenmore East High School will celebrate its 50th anniversary from 5:30 to 11 p.m. May 8 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. All former students, faculty and staff are invited. The evening includes a dinner, presentations, a cash bar, decade rooms and entertainment by Joyryde and the Hitmen Horns. Tickets are $65 and must be reserved in advance. For info and reservations, visit www.kentonk12.ny.us and click on Kenmore East. For questions, e-mail ke50th@hotmail.com.

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MILITARY NOTES -- Four Western New Yorkers recently completed Army basic training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. They are:

*Pvt. Demarius A. Billups, son of Sandra Billups of Buffalo. He is a 2009 graduate of the Charter School for Applied Technologies.

*Pvt. Antonio M. Bowers-Marietta, son of Jeannie Marietta of Olean. He is a 2009 graduate of Olean High School.

*Pvt. Andrew M. Demmer, son of Joe Demmer of Batavia. He is a 2008 graduate of Batavia High School.

*Pvt. London N. Smith, son of Nina Meadows of Buffalo. He is a 2007 graduate of Lafayette High School.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Emma Wells O'Neill, Matthew Welch, Laura Meyers, Evelyn Smyers, Bob Weishaupt, Joe Koziel, Joann Gioeli, Nicholas Juliano, Mary Lauren Quinn, Darlene Bommer, Pat Collins, Jenny Brown, Chris Zymowski, Loretta Carbone, Tricia Camp, Art Fisher, Ginny Brown, Collin "Muggsy" Meegan, Kenneth Karla, Mark Kurzanski, Dawn Pasniak, Vicki Temple, Randy Rodda, Betty Jean Grant, Chris Seefeldt, Britton Mann, Mark Nitzer, Dan Cordner, Eileen Mahoney and Juli Frank.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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