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OLAF FUB SEZ: Have you noticed that a smile can be contagious? . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1783, George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Va. . . . In 1788, Maryland voted to cede a 10-square-mile area for the seat of the national government. The area became the District of Columbia . . . In 1805, Joseph Smith Jr., the founder of the Mormon Church, was born in Sharon, Vt. . . . In 1823, the poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas," by Clement C. Moore, was published anonymously in the Troy Sentinel . . .In 1947, the transistor was invented by Walter H. Brattain, John Bardeen and William Shockley of Bell Laboratories. . . .

THE RED CROSS needs volunteers to wrap gifts and check coats at the Walden Galleria today and Monday and from Wednesday through New Year's Eve. Shifts are 4 1/2 hours long and are available in the morning, afternoon or evening. Shifts are also available on weekends in January, February and March.

All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross. For more information or to sign up, call 886-7500, extension 221. . . .

Christmas is time to share,

and be jolly

Deck your home with wreaths

of holly

That's why in my pockets

only coins jingle

As I still believe

in Old Kris Kringle.

Lottie Norek
NOW WE KNOW -- On Nov. 29, Olaf reported that one of his Hamburg operatives had spotted a vanity license plate that read "GO AWAY." At the time, Olaf and his spotter wondered if the plate represented anti-social behavior.

Mary F. Thrasher has answered the question.

"This plate does not identify with anti-social behavior but is the mark of the Gowanda Travel Agency," she wrote. She explained that the message "not only appears on our license plate" but in the window of Gowanda Travel at 40 West Main St. in Gowanda as a suggestion to go away on a trip. Not a bad idea at all. . . .

TREES FOR NEEDY -- Erie County Legislator Charles Swanick, D-Kenmore, and David Arida of Arida's Tree Farm are sponsoring a giveaway of Christmas trees to needy and low-income people who could not afford otherwise to buy a tree. A limited number of tree will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, one per family, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the rear parking lot of the Philip Sheridan School, 3200 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, Swanick said.

A RECORD -- From Bradford, Pa., comes word that an all-time high enrollment of 1,204 students was recorded for the 1990 fall term at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Richard E. McDowell, president of the school, said the previous record was 1,106 in the fall of 1989. . . .

LAUGHLIN SERVICE will offer free towing now through Tuesday for people who have had too much to drink and are unsure of their ability to safely drive home.

For the service, call 874-0214 or 1-800-THE-HOOK, and Laughlin Service will sent a unit to take driver and vehicle home. The program is in conjunction with T.O.W.E.D., Towing Operators Working to Eliminate Drunk Driving.

GOWANDA STUDENTS and teachers collected about 150 gifts that will be distributed for Christmas to needy families in Gowanda.

A two-week effort to collect gifts for the needy ended Friday at Gowanda Junior-Senior High School. The project began with the teachers, and the school's 750 students then joined in, said Martha Scholl, a home economics teacher.

The Gowanda Lions Club will distribute the gifts.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Nick A. Macchia, Richard Lubi, Mary Mescall, Matthew Adams, Josephine Josik, Jack Connolly, Francis Conway Jr., Judy Wright, Rose Tirabassi, Sandy Messore, Cheryl Messore, Vi Roggow, Josephine Zanghi, Barbara Plezia, Kristian Buran, Danny Brownsey, David Witkowski, Leanne Skrabacz, Edmund Wojdyla, Timmy Leary, Michael Amato, Carrie Crennan, Peg Larsen, Linda Smolen, Edward Szwajkos, Kristen Nopelle Everett, Grace Mallory, Steven M. Parr, Phil Ward, Joan Gauthier, Lynne Bruscz.

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