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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to our first president, George Washington, born on this date in 1732, "Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."

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LOOKING AHEAD -- It's only Ash Wednesday, but the organizers of Buffalo's 2012 Dyngus Day Parade already are anticipating the end of Lent. They start the preliminaries from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at a party in the Corpus Christi Church Athletic Club, 165 Sears St., in the city's Polonia district. Last year's winners will be honored, and this year's vital information will be announced. Admission is free. For info, call 435-3678 or visit

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HELPING HANDS -- Friends and family are holding a benefit from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Meeting Place, 2469 Niagara Road, Niagara Falls, to help pay medical expenses for Carina Fiorentini-Bailor, a young Niagara Falls mother who is battling breast cancer.

There will be live bands, food, a cash bar, auctions and raffles. Advance tickets are $20 advance for adults, $30 for couples, $5 for kids 12 and under. Tickets are $5 more at the door. For tickets, call Tonya at 251-4881 or Tara at (585) 808-6026 or email

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SHOW YOUR SMARTS -- You don't have to be a brain surgeon or a rocket scientist to have a chance at winning in the second "Think Ya Know" Trivia/Game Show Fundraising Event from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Post 1419, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2985 Lake View Road, Hamburg.

Sponsored by the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg, it features Buffalo Quiz Master Dennis George asking table trivia questions and special trivia challenges with individual prizes that include travel and meal packages. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door, and include pizza, snacks, pop and door prizes. A cash bar is available. For tickets and info, call 627-4560.

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ICE TIME -- The American Cancer Society benefits as employees of Pepsi Buffalo and their families put on their skates for the second annual Pepsi Charity Classic at 10 p.m. Saturday in the Holiday Twin Rinks, 3465 Broadway, Cheektowaga.

Each employee donated $20 to play in the contest between the operations staff and the sales staff and sold $1 paper "jerseys" to their supporters. The first classic last year raised $1,500. For info, call Kevin Oczek or Edie Peskir at 651-3229.

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PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ -- The Greatest Generation meets the Millennial Generation from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in a formal ball in Buffalo's Richmond Summer Senior Center, 337 Summer St.

In "A Day of Love -- Crossing Generational Gaps," seniors will socialize, enjoy light refreshments and dance to a live DJ, joined by tuxedo-clad young men (compliments of Tuxedo Junction) from the Young Heroes program at the Belle Center, along with youth from the center's other programs. It's free for seniors only, and transportation is available by calling 845-0485, Ext. 204.

According to Daytuan Antonetti, program director for Young Heroes and organizer of the event, "It's important that the younger generation learn how to honor and serve our seniors; they have paved the way for us to be here today and what better way to honor them than to host a formal ball that promotes love and unity."

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Mark Sikorski, Sister Mary Adorata Pawlak, Sister Mary Rosalma Pawlak, Justin Porebski, Don Copoulos, Mary Beck, Mary Mercuri, Ann Huczel, Becky Pyle, Sis O'Donnell, Austin Smith, Darren White Sr., Kitty Optrecht, Mari Russell and Jaxon Bridenbaker.

AND THURSDAY -- Pat Myers, Broady Richardson, Jerry De Painter, Jerry Balisteri, Jim Gleason, Steve Dabek, Joan Rutecki, Francis McCabe, Raelyn Vadala, Rachel Lorefice, Sean Mann, Kim Bruner Wielgasz, Peter Sabo, Peter Battaglia Jr., Dave Dodolak, Joyce Spahr, Anna Kennelly, Tim Helinski, Patricia Haug, Lee Spratling and Paul Patterson.