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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for tax season from actress and singer Pearl Bailey, born on this date in 1918, "What the world really needs is more love and less paper work."

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For everything there is a season

If I could stop one second's flight before it ticks away,

Catch grains of sand before they drop to mark another day,

Then I might coax the spring to linger,

Teach the summer's warmth to stay,

And autumn's colors not to hurry on their way to winter's gray.

Alas, each season has its beauty,

Like a sunset's burnt array,

But not one day is meant forever,

Not one sunset here to stay.

-- Bill Slon

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EASY DOES IT -- There's no starting line and no finish line for the "No-Walk" Walk to benefit the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, which is being held on April Fool's Day Thursday. All you have to do to enter is get an entry form by calling 821-5555 or visiting the NFRRS Studios, 1199 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga.

Contributors of $100 or more will get an "I Did the No-Walk Walk" T-shirt. Those who donate $50 or more get the blue-and-gold NFRRS microphone keepsake pin. Proceeds support broadcasts of readings of books, magazines and newspapers -- including The News -- to sight-impaired folks who are provided with special "reading radios."

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DINING FOR A CAUSE -- Have a great meal Wednesday evening and help out the Western New York Peace Center and its Youth Conflict Resolution programs. La Tee Da Restaurant, 206 Allen St., is donating 10 percent of all customers checks between 5 and 9 p.m. to the Peace Center. For reservations, call 881-4500.

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SISTER ACT -- We hear a lot about some of Buffalo's Sister Cities like Kanazawa, Japan, and Dortmund, Germany, but not nearly enough about our French Sister City, Lille. The major metropolis of northeastern France, like Buffalo, it suffered from a decline in manufacturing, but has rebounded in recent years.

B.G. Flickinger will talk about what Buffalonians can learn from Lille in a free reception and slide lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 210 of Butler Library on the Buffalo State College campus. It's sponsored by the Buffalo-Lille Association. For information and reservations, call Jean Francois Gounard at 878-5600 or e-mail gounarjf@buffalostate.edu.

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REUNION TIME -- The Class of 1950 at Grover Cleveland High School will celebrate its 60th reunion on July 31. For info, call Anna Muli Wallens at 839-0389.

The McKinley High School Class of 1980 will hold its 30th reunion activities on Aug. 14 and 15, with a happy hour Friday night and a dinner-dance on Saturday night. For info, e-mail Janet Kurasz at seamsquick@peoplepc.com.

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MILITARY NOTES -- Sgt. Major Thomas M. Smith, son of Elizabeth A. Smith of Jamestown, has retired from the Army after 23 years of military service. Upon retirement, he was decorated with the Merit of Legion Medal, the nation's fifth highest. Before retiring, he was operations sergeant major for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Ky. He is a 1986 graduate of Falconer High School.

Lt. Col. Dan Pawlak, of the Town of Tonawanda, has been assigned to be chief of concept development and experimentation, Training Branch, Joint Forces Training Center, in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Prior to his assignment, he was director of operations for the First Weather Squadron, directing battlefield weather operations for the Army's I Corps, the 25th Infantry Division and seven brigades in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1984.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Dora P. Wilson, Doug Cortese, Madeline Haggerty, Kathy Driscoll, Sister Mary Sidonia Luczak, Betty Werner, Alana Staszczyk, Elizabeth Gainey, Laura Hermanson, Maggie Tobias, Payton Essman, Courtney Lynn Helmich, Jane Burke, David Kozak, Dennis Jowsey, Jeanne Goellner, Bob Wiepert, David Greaves, Kristy Gossel, Paul Cambria, Lindsay Kasprzyk, Shawn Higgins, Tom Burns and Karen Scheffler.

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