OLAF FUB SEZ: It was English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) who observed: "Some people always sigh in thanking God." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1777, British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops at Saratoga, N.Y. . . . In 1919, the Radio Corporation of America was created . . . In 1931, mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to serve 11 years in federal prison. He was released in 1939 . . . In 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany . . . In 1941, before the United States entered World War II, the U.S. destroyer Kearney was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Iceland. Eleven people died . . . In 1957, French author Albert Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature . . . In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a bill restoring U.S. citizenship to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. . . .
Dye No More
I have thrown all my rinses,
tints and dyes away.
Now that I'm seventy-four,
I'll let my hair go gray -- can't wait!
-- Ann M. Smith
OBSERVATION POST -- Jack Dempsey of South Buffalo, a retired police officer, phoned a message: "I used to talk to myself, too, but I gave it up because I got such dumb answers." . . .
BIG, BIG BUCKS! -- The Variety Club of Buffalo, Tent 7, will present St. Mary's School for the Deaf with a check for $32,000 at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Diane Kucial, a Variety Club board member, will make the presentation to Dr. David Updegraff, president of St. Mary's, and Patty Velocci, director of the school's elementary curriculum and instruction.
The purpose of the grant is to enhance the school's elementary science program. The Variety Club has been very supportive of the school, providing the Edward Pantano Computer Lab and a Sunshine Van. . . .
CHOWDER TIME -- The Sheridan Park Volunteer Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary will hold a craft show and chowder sale Sunday at 738 Sheridan Drive. The craft show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the chowder will be ready at noon.
Advance chowder orders will be taken from 9 to 11 a.m. at 873-1111, according to Cynthia A. Kerr, publicity chairwoman. She said quart size containers will be available but, buyers must provide their own gallon size containers. The chowder will sell for $10 a gallon, $2.50 a quart or $1.25 a bowl. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, pop and baked goods also will be available. . . .
SINGING PROUD -- The Chopin Singing Society and the Buffalo State College Chorus under the direction of Dr. Thomas Witakowski will be in Boston and Chelsea, Mass., on a joint concert tour Friday through Sunday. The choirs will open the celebration of Boston's Polish-American Festival at Boston City Hall at noon Friday and will perform in concert at Faneuil Hall at 3 p.m. Saturday before an audience that will include Gov. William F. Weld and Sen. John Kerry. Also present will be Lech Walesa, former president of Poland.
On Sunday, the joint choirs will perform a special concert of Stanislaus Moniuszko's "Litany to Our Lady" at St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea. This is a cantata by Poland's pre-eminent composer of opera.
The tour is co-sponsored by the Chopin Singing Society of Buffalo and the Moniuszko Society of Boston. Richard J. Jezuit is president of the Buffalo society. . . .
FREE FLU SHOTS will be given to seniors with Medicare Part B from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 30 at a Health Fair at the Schiller Park Senior Citizen Center, 2057 Genesee St. All others will pay $8. The flu shots will be distributed by Independent Nursing Care.
Various businesses and health-related agencies will have representatives available to answer questions and provide brochures at the fair, which is sponsored by Bailey Delavan Community Services. For more information, call 895-2727. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Michael Coad, Ryan Golas, James R. Smith, Conor C. Mann, Irene Goggins, Joe Giusiana, Lindsey Sagasta, Mary E. Wolf, Daniel Miller, Bonnie Stefanick, Richard Miesowicz, Raymond Bowen, Patrick Connors, Kate Farrell, Leonard Kurek, Kay Nicholas, Andy Benzo, John L. Renzoni, Michael T. Nunz, Edward C. Taton II, Mike Bauman, Greg Craft, Dave Gordon, Frank Bednasz, Gary Zima, Dorothy Brian, Karen Neary, Rosie Russo.