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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to legendary trial lawyer Clarence Darrow, born on this date in 1857, "The pursuit of truth will set you free, even if you never catch up with it."

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At Last

At last the sun is shining,

At last it's warm today.

The windows can be opened;

The kids go out to play.

Winter coats are banished,

Boots are changed to shoes.

Clouds are parting, skies are bluer,

Improving every view.

Grass has gone from brown to green.

Cars get washed, garages are cleaned.

How nice to leave the winter past,

To welcome flowery Spring - at last.

-- Diana Notaro

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REUNION TIME -- The Lancaster High School 50-Year Alumni Association will hold a coffee hour at 9:30 a.m. May 5 in the Lancaster Elks Club, 33 Legion Parkway. Reservations are not required.

The McKinley Vocational High School Alumni Association will hold an all-alumni picnic celebration at 1 p.m. June 11 in "The Grove" at Niagara Frontier Post 1041, American Legion, 533 Amherst St. All classes from all years are invited Tickets are $15. Reservation deadline is June 5. For info, call Otto Reinhardt at 432-4943.

The 1961 graduating classes from Bishop Duffy, Madonna and Stella Niagara high schools will hold a 50th reunion weekend Aug. 5 and 6. Call Rich D'Ambrosio at 695-8243 or Mike Rhoney at 731-9726, or visit www.niagaracatholic.org and click alumni/reunions.

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NOTHING WASTED -- Chef Bruce Wieszala from Bistro Europa will preside at a Whole Hog Butchering and Charcuterie Workshop on Tuesday in Artisan Kitchen & Baths, 200 Amherst St.

It begins at 5:30 p.m. with snacks and a cash bar provided by Bistro Europa, followed by the butchery demonstration at 6, when Wieszala will break down a whole heritage breed hog raised by Lockport's T-Meadow Farms, followed by recipe demonstrations. Guests will be given a recipe and resources booklet. Tickets are $55. For info, visit www.thewholehogbuffalo.com.

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TWILIGHT ZONE -- Arizona logger Travis Walton came back with vague memories after he disappeared for five days in November 1975 after fellow crew members said he was zapped by a light beam from a hovering luminous object. A 1993 movie, "Fire in the Sky," is loosely based on his experiences.

Walton appears to discuss the incident and its aftermath at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Fine Arts Auditorium at the Arts and Media Building at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. A $3 donation is requested to benefit Niagara Hospice. For info, call 614-6764.

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

*National Guard Pvt. Kyle B. Dabek, son of Mariann Dabek of the Town of Tonawanda.

*Reserve Pvt. Danielle Eddy, daughter of Kathleen Barone of Batavia. She is a 2008 graduate of Batavia High School.

*Pfc. Jim R. Whitefield, son of Jim and Susan Whitefield of the Town of Lockport. He is a 2003 graduate of Newfane Central High School and a 2008 graduate of Bryant & Stratton College.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Bob Padgug, Paula Salamone, Bonnie Lipczynski, James Szaras, Molly Balbierz, Chris Sasiadek, Mikey Klodzinski, Dian Elmer, Ted Sliwa, Ernie Faltyn, Mark Stephan, Paige White,

Angelo Miranda, Kelly Kennelly, Ricarda Sumlin, Mary Kelly Ozolins, Christian Williams, Marcia Herren, Derek Litwin, Charles Bratek, Robin Bartoo, Elsie Ver, Marianne Hereth, Stacy Popadowski, Ellen Bowen Young, Dolores Brockenshire and Ken Geiger.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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