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OLAF FUB SEZ: Modern chemistry has lent a new meaning to "The grass is always greener on the other side. . . ."

ON THIS DAY -- In 1431, Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen, France. . . . In 1539, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto landed in Florida. . . . In 1883, a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in imminent danger of collapsing triggered a stampede that resulted in 12 persons being trampled to death . . . In 1911, Indianapolis had its first long-distance race. Ray Harroun won it . . . In 1922, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington by Chief Justice William Howard Taft. . . .

TWENTY BUCKS is all it will cost you to spend a week in the mountains this summer, according to Tim Loveridge, program coordinator for the Appalachian Mountain Club Mid-Atlantic Region. The club, in cooperation with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, is sponsoring two volunteer trail maintenance and construction programs.

Participants will work on hiking trails in the Catskill Preserve in New York or atop Mount Greylock in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. The programs run from June 25 through Aug. 18. Training, tools, equipment, room and board will be provided. You have to be 16 or older and have a week or more to donate. For more information, write to the club at 399 Main St., Dalton, Mass. 01226, or call 413-684-3900. . . .

SALLY BUSHNELL of Machias writes that Franklinville Boy Scout Troop 601 will celebrate its 75th anniversary at 6 p.m. June 14 in the Franklinville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. The charter for the troop was granted June 14, 1914, with R. A. Biggerstaff as scoutmaster. Dean Morningstar is the current leader. The troop meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the VFW. The dinner and program is open to all past and present scouts and scoutmasters and their families. For more information, call 353-4014. . . .

MUSHROOM CULTIVATION is the subject of a new book co-written by Dr. Philip Miles, professor of biological sciences at the University at Buffalo. The book, "Edible Mushrooms and Their Cultivation," describes how China is improving its mushroom harvest by recycling agricultural wastes that normally are discarded or burned.

While researching the book in restricted areas near Mongolia, Miles said he was surprised to find abundant crops of mushroom, a cheap source of protein, in many villages. He wrote the book with his longtime associate, Shu-Ting Chang, professor and head of the biology department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. They have collaborated on investigations of mushroom cultivating techniques for more than 20 years. . . .

KUDOS to Frank Sisti, president of the Ken-Ton Sertoma Club, who has been elected to the post of district governor for Western New York, Sertoma International. The retired teacher will assume his new duties in September. . . .

A WINNER -- Kristine M. Shank, a senior at Lake Shore Central School, has won a Horace O. Lanza Scholarship from Fredonia State College. The $1,000 award is in memory of the Fredonia Normal School alumnus who died at the age of 102 in 1983. Fredonia Normal School was the predecessor of Fredonia State College. Kristine is the daughter of James and Kathleen Shank of Angola. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Marie Fitzgerald, Kevin Fitzgerald Jr., Yob Cimato, Mary Barczak, Bernice Brandel, Alice Walter, June Evaniak, Jean M. Cambrini, Marie Hollywood, Vi Hurd, Rosemary Mansour, Mary Schumacher, George Welsford, Sharon Comerford, Betty Lus, Donna Wieczarek, Gary Galante, Joe Waz, Kerrie Safe, Joanne Kaczmarek, John Oliver, Brenda Micholzzak, Kelly Coyle, Mary Meegan, Fred Siegel Jr., Don Hassett, Andrew Walters, Lynda Doty, Sally Hogg, Phyllis Musial, Louise Marchese, Maryrose DiMatteo, Karolyn Rivard, Terri Rivard, Patricia Linnan.

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