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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to television newsman Dan Rather, born on this date in 1931, "Americans will put up with anything, provided it doesn't block traffic."


FIGHTING BACK -- Women throughout the area will gather at 11 a.m. Sunday at Niagara Falls Country Club, 505 Mountain View Drive, Lewiston, for the 24th annual Barbara S. Zimmer Holiday Wish Show to benefit the American Cancer Society. Highlight will be the presentation of the Inspiration Award to a cancer survivor, caregiver or other person who has provided hope and inspiration for cancer survivors.

Organized in 1988 by a group of American Cancer Society volunteers headed by Zimmer, a cancer survivor then who died from the disease in 1997, it's now headed by her daughter, Shelly Wald, who notes that it sells out every year. Last year it raised more than $53,000. Tickets are $45. For info, call the American Cancer Society toll-free at (800) 227-2345.


WARM THOUGHTS -- The Winter Coat Drive has begun at Maurices, 231 S. Cascade Drive, Springville. From now through Nov. 27, customers who bring in donations of new or like-new kids and teenage size coats will receive a coupon good for 20 percent off any regularly priced item in the store. Coupons are limited to 10 per person. The drive benefits the Trading Post, a community outreach center in Springville and Cattaraugus.


HEALTH CHECK -- Chapter 153, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, invites federal employees and retirees to a health fair at 1 p.m. Thursday in Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. For information and reservations, call 684-5466.


SWEET 16 -- The Hamburg Natural History Society holds its 16th annual Penn Dixie Fundraiser from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Romanello's South Restaurant, 5793 South Park Ave., Hamburg. There will be silent and voice auctions for a vast array of items, including Sabres tickets, two home-made afghans, restaurant gift certificates, artwork, geology tools, toys, gift baskets and holiday spirits.

Final voice auction offering is four box seat tickets for a Sabres-Red Wings game. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door, and include hors d'oeuvres and a door prize ticket. There will be a cash bar. For advance tickets or to make a donation, call 627-4560.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Patrick Concannon, Colleen Cullen, Rachel Rooth, Gilbert Rooth, Dee McCarthy, Jeanne Buszkowski, Todd Miller, Jane Lewandowski, Ginger Parker, Janice Kolerski, Andy Heist, Ella Makowski, Brendan Sweet, Bridget Sweet, Janelle W. Miller, Shirley Manspeaker, Alison Russo, Karen Young, Alyssa Paige Fetzer, Gene Kowal, Dan Herbeck, Louise Continelli, Carol Tank, Bill Conway, Charlie Kruk and Miri Salamone-Burnett.