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OLAF FUB SEZ: Good advice from Grover Cleveland, our 22nd and 24th president and former mayor of Buffalo, born on this date in 1837, "Whatever you do, tell the truth."

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SUPER INSIGHTS -- Orchard Park School Superintendent Matthew McGarrity speaks about educational challenges, fiscal constraints and long-term prospects for the schools at a fellowship breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St. The public is welcome. The breakfast is free.

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SHAMROCK SPIRIT -- The Broadway Market, 999 Broadway, plans to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with three special attractions Saturday. Stone Row will perform live Celtic music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Rince Na Tiarna Irish dance group will offer traditional dances at 1:30. And for those age 21 and over, there's a tasting of craft beers from Buffalo's Flying Bison Brewery.

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SMOKEHOUSE TREATS -- The Ladies Auxiliary of the Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Company sponsors a St. Patrick's Day ham giveaway from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the fire hall, 84 Hawthorne Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Admission is $2 and includes refreshments.

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LOOKING BACK -- The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., sets the stage for upcoming celebrations of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 with a showing of the first three installments of the History Channel miniseries on the war from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. For info, call 213-0554 or visit www.nthistorymuseum.org.

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TABLE SETTING -- The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville, hosts a St. Joseph's Table with one seating at 4 p.m. Sunday in the cafeteria. Dinners are $20 for adults. A spaghetti dinner for children is $5. For info, call 834-1041.

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WEEKEND MENU -- Amherst Lions Club 19th annual pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, $6 adults, $3.50 kids 12 and under. Christ United Methodist Church, Harlem and Saratoga roads, Snyder. Also, silent auction including $360 membership at Miller Tennis Center in Amherst.

Krolick's chicken barbecue, starts 11:30 a.m. Sunday, $8.50, includes dessert. Elma Fire Social Hall, 2945 Bowen Road.

Chiavetta's chicken barbecue, starts 11:30 a.m. Sunday, $9, includes dessert. Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St. (Route 429). Basket raffle drawing at 1:30 p.m.

Corned beef and cabbage dinner, starts noon Sunday. Desserts available for purchase. Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Church St.

Goodbye Winter roast beef dinner, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, $9 adults, $5 kids under 12. Hank Nowak Post 45, AMVETS, 3071 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Proceeds support the Veterans Helping Veterans program.

Post-parade corned beef and cabbage dinner, 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, $8.50 adults, $5.50 kids under 10. Sandwiches $5.50. South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St. Irish music downstairs.

All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner with homemade sauce by Stephen and Krisi DiPasquale, 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, $7 adults, $4 kids 12 and under, under 3 free. Beer $2.50. Wine $3. North Amherst Fire Hall, Tonawanda Creek Road and Campbell Boulevard, Amherst.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Chris Evans, Brian Waligora, Tony Kosis, Joe Stoklosa, Alisa Dickman, Justin Helinski, Wayne Felle, Diane Keller, Rev. Joseph Fifagrowicz, Reese Victoria Posson, Laura Doruszewski, Warren Rauch, Marlon Kerner, Judy Carter, Meagan Burger, Rhiannan Burger, Caroline Easton, Ted Babinski, Emily Ann Kerl, Leah Browes, Lou Petrucci, Bob Olszowka.

SATURDAY -- Leah Suleski, Monica Ridgeway, Pat Morlock, Vera Giambra, Jo Wesolowski, Phyllis Haier, Warren Bob Skinner, Erin Mueller, Frank Christiano, Diane Raven, Carol Kapinos, Barb Nowicki, Thelma Sardina, James Smeader, Richard Duquin, Dawn Bonafede Cummings, Joseph Ciesinski, Pat Morlock.

AND SUNDAY -- Richard Wesp, Chuck Schorr, Sister Therese Ann Parobek, Jay Morawski, Phyllis Starzynski, Tom Marinaro, Sean Keane, Mary Ann Kennedy, Gary Kaczor, Emma Falter, Anna Lawrence, John Westfield III, Gerard "Chip" Nowak, Rita Kurnik, Angie Wrobel, Chris Rejewski, Dottie Hambor, Bob Hollinsworth, Kathleen Kazmierczak, Sister Maria Dara "Ruth" DeLozier, Ken DeLozier, Marty Payne, Joe Allman, Christine Skinner, Susan Downs, Ed Comerford, Patrick McGrath, Richie Wilczak.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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