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OLAF FUB SEZ: "Work is much more fun than fun," according to British actor, dramatist and songwriter Sir Noel Coward (1899-1973). . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1778, the United States won official recognition from France with the signing of treaties in Paris. . . . In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. . . . In 1895, baseball legend George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born in Baltimore. . . . In 1899, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain was ratified by the U.S. Senate. . . . In 1952, Britain's King George VI died; he was succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth II. . . . In 1993, tennis Hall-of-Famer and human rights advocate Arthur Ashe died in New York at age 49. . . . In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. . . .

WINTERFEST -- Arcade's 30th annual Winterfest, Friday through Sunday, will use the theme "Star-Spangled Winterfest" in honor of the Parris Island (S.C.) Marine Band, which will perform in Arcade twice during the weekend.

The band is coming to Arcade because of a member of its saxophone section, Cpl. Nathan Milo Wilson, a 1999 graduate of Pioneer Central School. He was recruited by the Marine Corps when he was a senior because of his musical talent.

Jeffrey C. Mason, Wilson's former history teacher and coordinator of local arrangements for the band, said the Parris Island Marine Band is one of several Marine field bands stationed at installations throughout the country and is not the Marine Corps Band, which is known as "The President's Band" because it plays at White House functions.

Although the appearances of the band are just a part of the many programs to be enjoyed at the Winterfest, Mason said he felt "sure it would be of interest to many music lovers and Marines (past and present) in our area." He said the Parris Island Marine Rock Band will present a concert at 2 p.m. Saturday in Pioneer Elementary School, Main Street, Arcade, and the Marine Concert Band will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday in Pioneer High School, County Line Road, Yorkshire.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. . . .

IN GOOD HANDS -- Olaf lost a treasured friend last week with the death of Maurice D. "Morey" Gavin, 75, retired New York State Police senior investigator. He and another retired State Police senior investigator, Gregory B. Wildridge, for years have been serving as directors of Former Troopers Helping Hands, which is sponsored by the Association of Former New York State Troopers.

The organization puts up the cash and energy to arrange for wishes of seriously ill boys and girls to come true. The wishes too often are the last some of the youngsters make. Going to Walt Disney World has been the most frequent wish. The former troopers and civilian donors provide the money to send not only the youngsters to their wish places, but their families as well.

Now that Gavin is gone, the task of keeping the program going is mostly on the shoulders of his friend Wildridge. Helping Hands memberships cost $10 and can be ordered by sending checks to P.O. Box 46, Lancaster, N.Y. 14086-0046. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Thomas Edward Smith, Cheryl Eddy, Jason Jones, Gerry Wiesner, Daryle Schiltz, Joe McPike, Linda Jennings, Matt Gehrke, Aaron Gallman, John McCarthy, Betty Roaldi, Chris Ceccarelli, Patrick Doyle Jr., Catherine Burns, Chris Wojcik, Frank Malinkiewicz, Frank McCarthy, James Bence, Brooke Zarcone.

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