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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French singer and actor Serge Gainsbourg, born on this date in 1928, "Ugliness is in a way superior to beauty because it lasts."



The earth reverberates with sounds of Spring --

A howling wind, a cruel whipping rain.

And suddenly, a bird begins to sing

So sweetly to the cruel wind's disdain.

Then quietly, white clouds reveal the sun,

All yellow fire, pinks and rosy reds.

And winter whimpers weakly on the run

While tulips thrust through earth with fearless heads.

-- Diana Notaro


BRUSH WORK -- Watercolor artist Kathleen E. Dworak, known for her skill in depicting reflecting surfaces, will give a demonstration at a meeting of the Twin Village Art Society at 7 p.m. today in the second-floor meeting room of the Village of Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway and Central Avenue. Dworak's website -- -- features a series of motorcycles and their chrome accents.

The public is welcome. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For information, call society President Chip Blenk at 207-7350.


HERE'S THE BEEF -- Roast beef sandwiches and roast beef dinners are on the menu from 5 to 7 p.m. today in South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, at 136 Cazenovia St. Sandwiches are $6.50 and include chips and a pickle. Dinners are $8.50 and include salad, potatoes and a vegetable. Takeouts are available. For info and directions, call the post at 825-9557.


TAKE THE WHEEL -- Buffalo's role in the Great Race, the original one in 1908 and the 2012 edition, a cross-country rally for vintage cars around the Great Lakes in June, will be the topic as James T. Sandoro speaks at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville.

Sandoro, who owns and operates the Pierce-Arrow Museum in downtown Buffalo, will talk about Buffalo's role in the early years of the auto industry, the expansion under way at the Pierce-Arrow Museum and the newest Frank Lloyd Wright project.

The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Williamsville Business Association and the Village of Williamsville.


SKY'S THE LIMIT -- The Penn Dixie Paleontological & Outdoor Education Center and the Williamsville Space Lab Planetarium team up for a planetarium show Wednesday evening in the planetarium in Williamsville North High School, 1959 Hopkins Road near Dodge Road, Amherst.

If there are breaks in the clouds, telescopes will be set up for viewing of planets and constellations in the Amherst skies, including Jupiter in the west and a full moon rising in the east. Doors open at 6. The planetarium can seat up to 70 viewers. The program is free and open to the public. For info, call Penn Dixie at at 627-4560.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Samuel T. Benevento, Greg DiLorenzo, Kerry Lightenberger, Yvonne Minor-Ragan, Kelly K. Stypa, Char Weaver, Shane Vredenburg, Luca John Tiranno, Angela Orlando, Nancy Drake, Walter L. Rooth, Eleanor Conwell, Sean McGrath, Megan Higgins, Dick Dombrowski, Doreen E. Green, Richard Pastwik, Tommy Downing Jr., Geoff Schall, Ryleigh Schneider, Michael Clark, Sam Partridge, Carol Bosch and Andrew Gruber.