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OLAF FUB SEZ: There are only 76 days left this year. . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1430, James II, who was known as "James of the fiery face" and served as King of Scotland from 1437 to 1460, was born . . . In 1555, Oxford martyrs and English Protestant Reformers Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake after being found guilty of heresy . . . In 1758, Noah Webster was born. In 1828, he published the dictionary that now bears his name . . . In 1793, Marie Antoinette, Queen of France and wife of King Louis XVI, was beheaded during the French Revolution . . . In 1859, abolitionist John Brown led a group of about 20 men in a raid on Harper's Ferry, Va., where he seized an armory. He was captured and later hanged . . . In 1964, China detonated its first atomic bomb. . . .

October
We haven't seen our Blue Jays

or fed the chipmunks lately

Our ground hog doesn't greet us

and we miss the squirrels greatly.

It's nippy in the morning

and downright cold at night

We probably won't be surprised to

soon see snow at dawn's early light,

-- Dorothy F. Hrycik
PHARMACY FAIR -- Unlike bacon and eggs, cake and ice cream and other things in life that "go together," some medicines are not designed to be taken together or are not as effective when taken with food or on an empty stomach.

With that in mind, registered pharmacists will provide free, personalized evaluations to persons who bring the medications they are taking -- both prescription and over-the-counter -- to a pharmacy fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Walden Galleria Mall. In addition, there will be a video puppet show for kids and adults on poison prevention.

The fair is being staged during observance of National Pharmacy Week by pharmacists from the Pharmacists' Association of Western New York, the Western New York Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and faculty and students from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy. . . .

BIG BUCKS -- United Auto Worker's Local 424 and salaried associates of American Axle and Manufacturing recently raised $9,160 for Camp Good Days & Special Times. The money was raised during a classic car show and hot dog roast on company grounds on East Delavan Avenue. The show was the most successful ever run by the plant, breaking last year's total by more than $4,000. . . .

BACHELOR AUCTION -- Thirty-five bachelors, including several local celebrities, have agreed to be auctioned off in a fund-raising event for Niagara Hospice at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Classics V Restaurant, 2443 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

Attendance at the "Dates-'n-Dazzle" event is limited to 500 women. Admission is $13 in advance, with reservations available by calling Niagara Hospice at 439-4417. If there are spaces left, admission at the door will be offered for $15.

The evening begins with registration and a cash bar at 5 p.m. and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. Many local businesses have donated entertainment packages for the winning bidders and their bachelors to use for their dates. Besides the bidding on dates for single women, married women will be able to bid on "pampering packages" for couples. . . .

TURKEY TIME -- Dorothy Knaisch of Orchard Park sent word that a family style turkey dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 4536 S. Buffalo St. (at Highland Avenue) in Orchard Park. Meal tickets will be sold at the door. Adults can eat for $7, children 6 to 12 for $3.50 and kids 5 and under for free. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Rick Stanley, Marcella Conway, Bob Nice, Kimberly Parker, Ed Najuch, Virginia Gross, Conner Sumbrum, Fran Reed, Donald Rogers, Steven Kos, Jennie Sayers, Scott McCune, Tim Hourihan, Kristine Gavin, Millie Stemer, Virginia Sauer, Natalie Faltisco, Kevin Lombardo, Sue Muller, Karel Ann Burke Woods, Dominic Pecoraro, Pat Smaszcz, Terri Garshnick, Judy Smith, Terry Dodolak, Skip Hill, Linda Grosjean.

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