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O LAF FUB SEZ: According to scientist Linus Pauling, born on this date in 1901, "I have something that I call my Golden Rule. It goes something like this: ‘Do unto others 25 percent better than you expect them to do unto you.' . . . The 25 percent is for error."

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STACK'EM UP— It's National Pancake Day today at IHOP restaurants across the nation, which means that they will be offering every customer a free short stack of their signature buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Locally, there are IHOPs at 4003 Maple Road, Amherst, and 50 Thruway Plaza Drive, Cheektowaga.

In exchange, IHOP would like to raise awareness and raise some funds—$2.7 million nationwide—for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which include Women&Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Last year the chain served 4 million free pancakes overall and raised more than $2.5 million for children's charities.

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TASTE OF THE SEA— Fourteen restaurants, four wineries and other vendors will bring samples of their best dishes and vintages to "SEAsonings— The Original Taste of Niagara," the annual fundraiser at the Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

The evening also will feature music from Premier Sound with DJ Pat Proctor. An auction table will include prizes from numerous merchants, including gems from George Edwards Jewelers. Tickets are $45 and will be available at the door. For reservations, call 285-3575, Ext. 206.

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GROWN-UPS— Most scholarships are for high school and college students, but the Niagara Frontier Chapter, New York State Women Inc., offers them to adult women who are in school or returning to school for a degree or job advancement.

Scholarships are for tuition only and will be paid directly to the school. Applicants also must show a need for financial assistance. Applications are available in the libraries in North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda, the North Tonawanda History Museum, local college financial aid offices or by emailing NiaFron- NYSW@aol.com. Deadline for applications is April 16. For other info, call Phyllis Phillips at 695-9272.

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FURRY FRIENDS— Wondering how to help all those homeless cats in need that have been in the news lately? The Ten Lives Club cat rescue and adoption group has taken some of them and could use your help. Volunteers 18 and older are needed to help clean and maintain their cat shelter in Hamburg.

Volunteers should be able to help for a couple hours one day a week between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for three months. Duties include scooping litter, cleaning, sweeping, mopping, doing laundry and feeding some of the 60 cats in the shelter. Call 646-5577 or visit www.tenlivesclub.com.

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TIME OF NEED— Recovering from a brain tumor is 9- year-old Noah Ludwig, of Attica, who recently underwent extensive surgery to remove what turned out to be a noncancerous growth. To help him and his mom, Kristi Newell Meyer, former owner of Dreams of Dance in Attica, with medical expenses, friends and family are holding a benefit beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday in the QWL Building on the Attica Correctional Facility grounds on Exchange Street.

The evening includes a chicken barbecue dinner, auctions, raffles and music from Red Creek, Ohms Band, Jake George and DJ Duffy. Making a special appearance will be the Buffalo Bandits Cheerleaders. Tickets are $9. For info, email Jennifer Berry at organize@jenniferfordberry.com. Donations also are welcome and may be sent to Prayers for Noah at Salon VIP, 108 W. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY— Lauren Shanks Van Horn, Corey Tarreto, Michael Morgulis, Laura Winchester, Max Haggerty, Linda Birochik, June Terhaar, Susie Lojacono, Pattie Losito, Rev. Robert McArtney, Richard Smolorek, Pam Roman, Marion Keen, Andrew Franz, Courtney Bondanza, Parker Chance Farnell, Tristan Paul Farnell, Don Pratt, Lillian Traska, Marissa Downing, Kenneth Speaker, Mike Wachowiak, Anna Wickett, Anthony J.G. DiPiano and John Shaw.

olaffub@buffnews.com