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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to entrepreneur Steve Jobs, born on this date in 1955, "It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy."

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WEIGH IN -- All the mystery items weigh a pound at St. Bernard's annual Pound Auction Saturday evening in the Parish Hall, 1988 Clinton St. Doors open at 5. Bidding starts at 6. Admission is $3 and includes cake and coffee.

The Shriners of Western New York hold their spring meat raffle at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Admission is $2 and includes beer, pop and sandwiches.

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BOOKS AND MORE -- The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., will hold its Winter Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Paperback books are 50 cents, or three for $1. Hardcover books are $1 each, or three for $2. A bag of books is $5.

At 2 p.m., the museum also presents an hourlong video, "Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground Railroad," a documentary about the fight to end slavery, featuring Ed Asner and Blair Underwood.

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TODAY'S CATCH -- It's Friday. It's Lent. Time for Lenten fish dinners. Here are a few that we've heard about:

*Alden Meals on Wheels, 12482 Broadway, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Krolick's Fish Fry, $9.95, includes coleslaw, potato salad, roll and dessert -- fresh-made pie by Meals on Wheels. Drive-through only.

*St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 616 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Breaded or baked fish, or shrimp, $9, with choice of potato and coleslaw. Desserts are available. Every Friday through March 30.

*St. Lawrence Church Hall, 1520 E. Delavan Ave., 4 to 7 p.m. Krolick's fish fry, $9. Also theme trays and raffles.

*Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway, 4 to 7 p.m. Parents Guild fish fry by BW's of Blasdell, $9 haddock with french fries, coleslaw and rye bread, $6 kids meals with chicken fingers.

*St. Simon's Episcopal Church, 200 Cazenovia St., 4 to 7 p.m. Fish dinners, $9 adults, $8 takeouts, $5 kids under 12. Desserts $1. Every Friday through March 30.

*St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca, 4 to 7 p.m. Fish fry by BW's Smokin Barrels Barbecue, $9, includes french fries and coleslaw. Chicken finger dinner, $7, includes fries and carrots. Proceeds benefit the building fund.

*Windom Community Church, 3766 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, 5 to 7 p.m. Breaded or broiled fish, chicken fingers, shrimp. Dinners include french fries, macaroni, coleslaw, bread and butter and dessert. Every Friday through April 6.

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LICKIN' GOOD -- Faith United Methodist Church, 5505 Broadway, Lancaster, will host a pulled pork barbecue by the Misfits of Meat beginning at noon Sunday in the church's Fellowship Hall. Dinners are $9 advance, $10 at the door. Dinners include home-style potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, corn bread and homemade desserts. For info, call 683-5293.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Susan Davis, Victor Ojeda, Patrick Lakamp, Tim Tielman, Erin McCabe, Jim Braun, Bob Roberts, Maureen Polowy, Wendy Cichuniec, Kaitlyn Lounsbury, Judith Weinstock, Kristen Cotter, Payton Cotter, Kathleen Stock, Mary Ann Schiermeyer, Brittany Ruszczyk, Maureen Ernest, Leah Evans, Jessica Higgins, Tammy Sullivan, Emily Lichtenthal, Sarah Lichtenthal, Anna Tiberio, Anthony Franko, Diane Kelly, Peter Voss, Jill Muise and Katie Petrakis.

AND SATURDAY -- Susan O'Connor Baird, Barbara Multerer, James Starks, David Woods, Jacob Doster, Nicole E. Kazmierczak, Tony Cusmano, A.J. Hessler, Cat Mann, Marsha Griffin, Helen Lang, Carrie Colson, Deborah Twist-Kaczka, Justin Coyne, Larry Doctor Jr., Patsy Greene, Travis Yates and Albert D'Amico.

AND SUNDAY -- Matt Skipper, Marlene Flury, Lewis Hoffman, Robert W. Keating, Ayris Winter Gonzalez, Richard Cowan, Beverly Tomaka, Greg Comrie, Lucia Ferratella, Derek Forney, Jane Turner, Debbie Dodolak, Ann Koeppel, Preston Weiss, Charlie Haug Sr., Dr. Kristen Smyers, Eric Francis Piatek, Ruth O'Leary and Tracie Gallagher.

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