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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist Louis L'Amour, born on this date in 1908, "Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more."



I write this poem

During cocktail hour.

And feel as though

I have some power

To mold my life

Although I am hurt

That I'm no longer young,

But older than dirt.

-- Diana Notaro


PASTA PATROL -- The Amherst Men's Lacrosse Program holds its 16th annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, homemade by an Amherst Tigers chef, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. today in Amherst High School. Tickets are $8. There also will be prizes and basket raffles. For info, call Wendy Gowen at 839-5489 or Allison Lawson at 839-3059.


THE BUNNY TRAIL -- Warm up for the visit from the Easter Bunny with a trip to the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, for "The Adventures of Peter Rabbit & His Friends." Staged by Coop's Spotlight Productions, it includes five tales about Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck interwoven with the life of their creator, Beatrix Potter.

Appropriate for youngsters ages 2 to 8, it plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $8 adults, $6 children. For info, call the Riviera box office at 692-2413.


EASTER DRAMA -- The students of St. Margaret's School will present their 16th annual production of "The Passion of Jesus," a play depicting the last hours of Jesus, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Margaret Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave.It is free and open to the public.


REUNION ALERT -- The Depew High School Alumni Association is holding its annual summer picnic for all classes through 1960 from 1 to 8 p.m. June 16 in Joseph's Country Grove, 275 Columbia Ave., Depew. There will be lunch at 1 p.m., dinner at 5 and a variety of activities.

Tickets are $25. Reservations should be made by June 2. For info, call Rosaline Pilarski at 895-5430 or Donna Stutzman at 684-7938.


MILITARY NOTES -- Four Western New Yorkers recently completed Army basic training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. They are:

*Pvt. Marcus A. Ponzo, son of Tracy Ponzo of Buffalo. He is a 2006 graduate of Riverside High School.

*Pfc. Ronald E. Stevens Jr., grandson of Eleaner Stevens of Perry. He is a 1996 graduate of Perry Central High School and received an associate's degree in 1998 from ITT Technical Institute, Getzville.

*Pvt. Justin Traina, son of Red and Maureen Traina of the Town of Tonawanda. He is a 2007 graduate of Kenmore East High School.

*Pvt. Amanda S. Wilczek, stepdaughter of John Cowden of Amherst. She is a 2009 graduate of Sweet Home Central High School.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Gina Russo, Marney Miller, Diane Payne, Emma Hawthorn, Nancy Panek, Sister Mary Francelette Smigielski, Sister Mary Courts, Diane Justinger, Suzie Gortzig, Joe Stan, Paul Tomaka, Brayden Logel, Janice Flipowicz, Bob Halt, Sue Menno, Doug Riter, Tom McCarthy, Tim McCarthy, Patrick Sheehan, Wolf Blitzer, Dorothy Smyntek, Michelle Roesler, Thomas Vogt.


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