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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was Gen. Douglas MacArthur who claimed: "Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die. . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1740, James Boswell, biographer of Samuel Johnson, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. . . . In 1815, Daniel Decatur Emmett, creator of the words and music for the song "Dixie," which became the unofficial anthem of the South, was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio. . . . In 1929, the stock market crashed, marking the beginning of nearly a decade of economic depression. . . .

MOTION PICTURES are the theme of this year's gala dinner auction of Cardinal O'Hara High School on Friday, Nov. 8. The "Lights . . . Camera . . . Hawktion!" fund-raiser will begin with hors d'oeuvres and browsing of silent and live auction items at 5:30 p.m. at the school, 39 O'Hara Road, Town of Tonawanda. The silent auction is followed by a sit-down dinner at 8 and a live auction afterward. For ticket sales and information, contact the Hawktion Hotline at 695-8091.

PARENTS GUILD of Immaculata Academy will hold a country-western dance at 9 p.m. Saturday at the school, 5138 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and include food and beverages.

NOW AVAILABLE is the 1997 edition of the Salamanca Rail Museum calendar, considered by many area railroad buffs an item to be treasured.

The calendar, now in its 17th year, features rail scenes in Western New York and Pennsylvania and includes the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh (BR&P), the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O), the New York Central Railroad, the Pennsylvania and the Erie.

Locations in the 1997 calendar include East Salamanca, Springville, Ashford Junction, Olean, Hornell, Delevan, Le Roy and Rochester. Pennsylvania locations include Bradford, Ridgway and Kinzua Viaduct.

The calendars can be bought at the museum gift shop at 170 Main St., Salamanca 14779 for $3 each or ordered by mail from the museum for $4, which includes postage and handling. The phone number is 945-3133. . . .

VOTE AND EAT -- A bake sale will be held starting at 8 a.m. next Tuesday, Election Day, in the school hall at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, Seneca Street and Harlem Road, West Seneca, to benefit Transplant Recipients International Organization of Western New York, an organ transplant support group. Organ donor cards and information will be available. For details, call Marie Hayes at 627-4771. . . .

THE ROYCROFT WORDSMITHS are hosting a writers conference from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the historic Roycroft Inn, 37 Grove St., East Aurora, for writers of all levels. Speakers will include Robert Creeley, Capen Professor of poetry and humanities at the University at Buffalo and former poet laureate of New York, and Nancy Kress, science fiction novelist and winner of Hugo and Nebula awards.

The conference also will feature manuscript evaluations by Gay Baines, poet and fiction writer; Suzanne Borowicz, writer of poetry and short stories and a writing instructor; Mary A. Durlak, author and technical writing consultant; Rick Ohler, writing instructor, editor and free-lance writer; James Sedwick, poet; and Pat York, fiction and free-lance writer.

Registration fee is $40 if made before Friday, and $50 after. The fee includes the conference, coffee break, lunch and manuscript evaluations. For details, call Jes McDonough at 652-1893 or Judy Weidemann at 652-2100. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Nicholas Repeta, Mary Czopp, Shane Currey, Barbara Hrycka, Todd Miller, Agnes Moslow, Gene Horst, Peggy Synek, George Rasmas, Joyce Schultz, Sandy Danford, Tony DiLoreto, Tim Bowen, Emily Bowen, Justin Steinwandel, Katie Diaz, Ann Kontos, Jean Palys, Rose Nelson, Anita Hoche, Edward Riemer, Ted Bylewski Jr., Alice Janowski, David Rickard.

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