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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist and columnist Erma Bombeck, born on this date in 1927, "Worry is like a rocking chair: It gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere."


GIRL POWER -- Deadline is Thursday for girls in grades six through 10 and their parents, grandparents, teachers and counselors to sign up for the Tech Savvy 7 conference March 17 in the Student Union on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst.

Sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Tech Savvy offers fun workshops for girls to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math. For adults, there will be special panel presentations and a meet-the-author session with Diann Jordan, author of "Sisters in Science." Registration is $5 and includes meals, materials and a student T-shirt. One Tech Savvy student will win a new computer. To register, call 553-3037 or visit


LENTEN FARE -- St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Aurora and St. Joseph streets, Lancaster, hosts a clam chowder dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday in the Parish Center. Dinners are $7 and include a choice of New England clam chowder or tomato soup, a grilled cheese sandwich or a fish filet sandwich, dessert and a beverage. For info, call 683-6445.

Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Mill Road and Seneca Street, West Seneca, holds its annual Ash Wednesday fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Dinner is $9 and includes beer-battered fish or shrimp, french fries, macaroni salad, coleslaw, dessert and beverage. For info, call 674-3468.

Elks Lodge 1942, 2805 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, is serving a fish fry from 4 to 8 p.m. Ash Wednesday with a choice of beer-battered and broiled haddock. The lodge also has a fish fry from 4 to 8 p.m. every Friday. For info, call 871-9097.

Every Wednesday is a "Souper Wednesday" during Lent in Grace Lutheran Church, 174 Cazenovia St., South Buffalo. To start the Lenten season, a soup lunch will be offered after noon worship with ashes, and a soup supper will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a service with ashes. A free-will offering is asked. The same schedule will continue through March 28. For info, call 822-0553.


DIGGING DEEP -- There's more than dirt underneath our streets and yards. Stan Radon, a senior engineering geologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, will talk about what's happening underground in an illustrated presentation on the "Geology of Western New York" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell.

Geologic time, climate, the formation of rocks and escarpments, and the geologic resources of the area will be covered. Free for members of the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center; $4 for nonmembers. For info, call 627-4560.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Matthew Stewart Shanks, Reggie Witherspoon, Sister Mary Gracille Ryby, Mary Ellen Donathen, Marian Nardolillo, Mary Muldoon, Pat Clementson, Frank Billittier Jr., Eric Meyer, Michael Gaughan, Lauren Holstein, Paul M. Farnell, Erik Bartus, Michael Bartus, Mike Kempf, Jeff Aranyosi, Thom Hopkins, Karen Colello, Gary Fredericks, Chris TinHan, Myron Bleech and Jim McGrady.