OLAF FUB SEZ: According to German dramatist and critic Gotthold Lessing (1729-1781), "Think wrongly if you please, but in all cases, think for yourself." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1776, the Second Continental Congress made the term "United States" official, replacing "United Colonies" . . . In 1850, California became the 31st state of the union . . . In 1919, most of Boston's 1,500-member police force went on strike . . . In 1926, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was created by the Radio Corporation of America . . . In 1943, Allied forces landed at Salerno and Taranto during World War II . . . In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction . . . In 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum security Attica Correctional Facility, beginning a siege that would end in the deaths of 43 people . . . In 1976, Communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung died in Beijing at the age of 82. . . .
The difference between
a helping hand
And an outstretched palm
Is a twist of the wrist
And a feeling that's grand.
-- Rose A LaJudice
POLL WATCH -- Local pollster Gerald Goldhaber will offer poll-watching tips Sept. 16 during a University at Buffalo senior alumni luncheon.
He is an associate professor in UB's communication department and the owner of Goldhaber Research Associates, a marketing research company in Amherst. He is expected to discuss techniques used to gather data and interpret poll results in terms of current political campaigns.
The noon event, in the Center for Tomorrow on the UB North Campus in Amherst, is designed for senior alumni of UB, their spouses and guests. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, contact UB's office of alumni relations. . . .
DINNER AUCTION -- For information about the second annual dinner auction of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Depew on Oct. 1, call 684-9811. . . .
THE GOOD SMELL -- The Niagara Frontier Vocational Rehabilitation Center will hold its third annual Essence of Success awards dinner on Sept. 30 in Ilio DiPaolo's restaurant in Blasdell.
James P. Keane, deputy county executive, will be master of ceremonies. Guest speaker will be comedian Mark Budwey. Ticket information is available by calling 833-3231. . . .
HAM DINNER -- A family-style ham dinner, including fresh vegetables and home made pies, will be served from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 2314 Attica Road, Varysburg. The tab is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12.
Varysburg is 30 miles east of Buffalo on Route 20A or 18 miles south of Batavia on Route 98. . . .
TOOL RAFFLE -- A donation of $10 includes food and beverages plus the opportunity to participate in a tool raffle at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Boston Fire Hall on Mill Street. The event is being sponsored by the Boston-Colden-East Eden Fire Council, according to a note from Rodney J. Carr. . . .
APPLICATIONS from crafters are being accepted for St. Christopher School's seventh annual fall craft show to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd. in the Town of Tonawanda. For details, call 694-1825. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Marge Greenway, DeDee Hoerner, Betty Stump, Pat Jagodzinski, Maggie Colern, Ryan Nogle, Rev. James Campbell, Mary Ann Mustillo, Heather Dennis, Phyllis Blundy, Robert Barczykowski Jr., Shirley Unselt, JoAnn Nowicki, Patsy A. Siener, Christine M. Tricoli, Don Trainor, Stan Geist, Megan Glendinning, Ruth Assad, Wayne Groves, Michael Hallmark, Angeline Fiorella, Anthony Greene, Rev. Msgr. James F. Campbell, Mary Paufler, Jim Steever, Fr. Vince Becker, Mary Ellen Bell, Elaine Jagodzinski, Nellie Mancik, Diane Rogowski.