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According to singer and actress Doris Day, born Doris Kappelhoff on this date in 1924, "The really frightening thing about middle age is knowing you'll grow out of it."

LAST CHAPTER -- A tradition comes to an end at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Margaret's Church, 1395 Hertel Ave., when the students of St. Margaret's School present their 18th and final annual production of "The Passion of Jesus," a play about Christ's final hours.

The North Buffalo school, which has seen declining enrollment in recent years, is closing in June. The performance, which features about 100 youngsters in costume, a chorus and musical accompaniment, is free and open to the public.


THINKING YOUNG -- The focus will be on young people and their afflictions -- from asthma to bullying -- at the Healing Mass at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Father Bill Quinlivan adds, "We will pray for a healing of their relationships with family, school mates, friends and those who are not friends. Young people's pains can be for physical or other, deeper, reasons."


DIG WE MUST -- Get outside during Spring Break at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center off Bayview Road in Hamburg. Rated the No. 1 fossil park in the United States, it will be open Friday, Saturday and all next week, from Monday to April 15. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

You can keep all the fossils you find. Dress appropriately and bring a plastic bucket, a gallon zip-lock bag and a garden claw tool or a shovel. No preregistration is required. Admission is $7 for nonmember adults, $6 for children 12 and under. Children 2 and under are free, as are Penn Dixie members. For info and directions, call 627-4560.


WATER WISE -- Teens who want to ride a jet ski or operate a boat for the first time this summer need to take a certified New York State boating safety course. Stevens Driving School, 4184 Seneca St., near Southgate Plaza in West Seneca, is offering classes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and again April 28 and May 19.

Fee is $50 adults, $30 for youngsters under 18. The class is taught by Richard Gajewski. Space is limited. Call 674-2340 to register. For further information and additional dates, visit


PARADE OF FASHIONS -- You have until the end of the month to see "Buttons and Bows," the current exhibit in the Cattaraugus County Museum in the first floor of the Stone House, 9824 Route 16, Machias. The exhibit features women's fashions and accessories from the past 150 years. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For info, call 353-8200.


HOLIDAY HAZARDS -- Easter may be the season of chicks and bunnies, but it's a dangerous time for dogs and cats. The SPCA Serving Erie County reminds pet owners that chocolate can cause potentially fatal heart damage to dogs and that cats can suffer kidney failure if they chew on any part of an Easter lily or any other species of lily.

Also dangerous are the Easter basket "grass" and foil candy wrappers, which are nondigestible and can cause bowel obstructions. For more info, visit or consult a veterinarian.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Carol Sadler, Jennifer Franko, Dottie Govenettio, Sarah Maury, Ross M. Cellino III, Jean Cellino, Karen Lorefice, Jean Perry, Kathy Kreis, Patti Miller, Jeff Mackey, Alice Varney, Steve Gryczkowski, Pat O'Connor, Joan Bender, Eddie Ignaszak, Bob Ignaszak and Dennis Eberhardt.