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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to pioneering broadcast newsman Edward R. Murrow, born on this date in 1908, "Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar."

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Easter and Springtime

So many flowers blooming in the spring,

We look around -- beauty in everything.

The birds are chirping melodies of love

And life's anew. We glance to skies above,

Remembering a love so strong and sure --

God gave His Son to make us clean and pure.

A life once lived died on the cross one day

Now lives forever as our own mainstay.

Our paths may lead to many worlds unknown,

Each step along life's way still leads us home;

Beyond the mountain heights and oceans wide

With open arms we're told to come inside.

-- Doris V. Neumann

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BIG DEAL -- AARP Chapter 3526 is holding its annual spring card party and theme basket drawings from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Sikora Post, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. The public is welcome. Tickets are $5 at the door. There will be refreshments, table prizes and drawings. For info, call 691-9265.

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MIND BENDERS -- Trivia whizzes will match wits in the 2011 WorldQuest Competition from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Grupp Fireside Lounge at Canisius College. A total of 25 teams of six contestants will tackle eight questions in six rounds about Buffalo, current events, arts and language, Africa, pop culture, and history and geography. Entry fee is $35 for individuals, $175 for a team. Proceeds benefit the International Institute of Buffalo. For info, call 883-1900 or visit www.iibuff.org.

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TIME OF NEED -- Family and friends are holding a benefit for Denise Rishell Nicks, a Kenmore East High School graduate who suffers for polycystic kidney disease and is awaiting a kidney transplant. It takes place from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Polish Cadets Social Hall, 975 Grant St. The evening includes food, drinks, a basket auction, music and a magician. For info and donations, call Jan Ball at 471-2762.

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HOLD THE MAYO -- A weight-loss celebrity comes to Niagara Falls on Tuesday to talk about making healthy food choices. He's Jared Fogle, "The Subway Guy," who dieted by eating Subway sandwiches. Hosted by Pastor Duane Thomas of Changing a Generation Church in Niagara Falls, Fogel will speak to students in Maple Avenue Elementary School and Niagara Street Elementary School in the morning.

After that he will see the sights, meet Mayor Paul Dyster in City Hall, then greet the public and sign autographs from 5 to 7 p.m. in Club Clientele, 1414 Main St., across from Niagara Falls Public Library.

Thomas, who's a candidate for the Niagara Falls School Board, landed a visit from Fogel when he appeared last October in an episode of the reality TV show "Undercover Boss" and befriended Subway's chief development officer, Dan Fertman, who was pretending to be an employee at the Subway in Buffalo's True Bethel Baptist Church.

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PYRAMID POWER -- Art, culture and people are the focus as B.G. Flickinger speaks on "Egypt Today: Historic Connections" at a meeting of the Buffalo-Lille Association at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 210 of Butler Library at Buffalo State College. Flickinger has been a tour guide in Egypt and studied with an expert on the Vatican's Egyptian collection. Admission is free, but reservations are appreciated. Call Jean F. Gounard at 878-5331.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Paul Bernhard Jr., Judi Marshall, Sam Anson, Jose Latalladi Jr., Sister Mary Marietta Pawlowski, Judy Ziemba, Brandy Amorosi, Brittany Miller, Ayden Hooley, Michael A. Rooth, Edward A. Kazmierczak, Camille Gutek, Sid Zaretsky, Kaitlyn Lesswing, Tom Daigler, Mike Wolf, Grace Kerr, Kayla Brill, Karen Sweet, Maureeen McCabe, Jennifer Pronobis, Jennifer Parsons, Bill Ramirez, Dona Bondanza, Talia Nesbitt, Peter D. Margerum, Nick Feeterman, Debbie Rodoski and Stephen Lanza.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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