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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), "Men do not desire to be rich, but to be richer than other men." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1631, the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and his wife arrived in Boston from England. . . . In 1783, Sweden recognized the independence of the United States. . . . In 1887, Verdi's opera "Otello" premiered at La Scala. . . . In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices; critics charged he was attempting to "pack" the court. . . .

HISTORY TIME -- A hundred years ago, Buffalo was in the world's eye with its Pan-American Exposition, and one of the major attractions was the Alt Nuernberg (Nuremberg) village, which the German-American community had constructed.

It would cost a fortune today to duplicate that attraction, with its Biergarten-restaurant catered by Luchows of New York, medieval streets and gingerbread buildings. Still, the Federation of German-American Societies will be discussing what can be done during its meeting tonight in the Rose Garden Restaurant, 2753 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville.

President Karl Cole will be receiving a report from Erich Simon, a delegate to the federation and a member of the Buffalo-Dortmund Sister City Committee, concerning how the two organizations can cooperate to bring to light the involvement of the German element in the Expo those many years ago. Additionally, the sister city group, headed by Dr. James Mabry, will be exploring the possibility of joining the federation.

There are currently 15 organizations in the federation, according to secretary Irene Wingerter. . . .

DOUBLE FEATURE -- Sue LoPatriello, manager of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library's James L. Crane Branch, 633 Elmwood Ave., sent word that a bake sale and a homeopathy lecture are on Saturday's agenda.

She said Friends of the Library will sponsor a baked goods sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the library. People who are willing to donate baked goods can get information by calling 883-6651.

The other event will be a lecture on homeopathy at 11 a.m. in the library auditorium by Trish Makin and Marcia Sikes.

They will tell how it can improve health and its use with conventional medicine. . . .

SPAGHETTI DINNERS with meatballs, chef salad and dressing, bread and butter, dessert and coffee will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 17 by Ellwood Volunteer Fire Company, 1000 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10 and can be ordered in advance by calling 876-2521 or bought at the door. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Vin Dolce, Joey Buran, Frances Pierson, Ken Thomas, Lou Ann Zieziula, Zachery Toczynski, Marie Lee, Stephanie Fiorentino, Rod Sarkovics, Lisete Thome, Lisa Turner, Michael Mahoney Jr., Audrey Collins.

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