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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Malcolm X (1925-1965), "Just as a tree without roots is dead, a people without history or culture also becomes a dead people." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1878, the first telephone directory was issued. It was put out by District Telephone Co. of New Haven, Conn. . . . In 1885, the Washington Monument was dedicated. . . . In 1916, the World War I Battle of Verdun began in France. . . . In 1925, the New Yorker magazine made its debut. . . . In 1965, former Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was shot to death in New York by assassins identified as Black Muslims. . . . In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon began his historic visit to China. . . . In 1975, former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to up to eight years in prison for their roles in the Watergate coverup. . . . .

BATTERED OR BROILED haddock, breaded shrimp and chicken fingers will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays, March 2 to April 6, and from 4 to 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 13, in Windom Community Church, 3766 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

For information or to order takeouts, call 649-6261. . . .

APPLICATIONS for Erie County Agricultural Society Scholarships are available on the Erie County Fair Web site at www.ecfair.org or in the guidance offices of all high schools in the county. Deadline for turning in the applications is April 30.

The scholarships will be awarded to June 2001 graduates who plan to pursue studies in agriculture, agribusiness, ecology and environmental technology and other related subjects. For information on the program, call Angela Ruggiero at 649-3900, Ext. 403. . . .

TABLE RESERVATIONS for the 14th annual charity dance of the Nickel City Chapter of the Late Great Chevys on March 10 can be made by calling 675-0942 or 683-7502.

The event, which has been a sellout for 14 years, will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Lodge 1478, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, 33 Legion Parkway, Lancaster. The recommended donation of $13 includes beer, pop and snacks. Live music will be provided by Flip Side. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Western New York United Cerebral Palsy
Fund. . . .

PANCAKE SUPPER -- Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway, will serve its annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. It's open to the public. The tab will be $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children 3 to 12 and free for children 2 and younger. The maximum is $15 per household. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, applesauce and beverages. For information, call 833-1151. . . .

REUNION NOTE -- For information about the East High School Class of 1966 reunion, scheduled for Aug. 3 and 4, write: East High School Reunion Committee, P.O. Box 562, Ellicott Station, Buffalo, N.Y. 14202. . . .

SHERIFFS Patrick Gallivan of Erie County, Gary Maha of Genesee County and Merle Fredericks of Orleans County were elected to the executive committee of the New York State Sheriffs Association at the association's recent midwinter training conference. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Matthew Stewart Shanks, Dale Loscher Jr., Cassandra Perry, Everdean Young, Brennan Day, Margaret Purry, Susan Jasinski, Joe Armbruster, Sylvia Smith, Richard Kast, Harry Wolf, Michael Kempf, Maggie Thompson, Bill McCarthy Sr., Abby Lopez, Jim Kish, Rita Rzasa, Kathie Shea Przybyl, Gina L. Atkins-Williams, Tina Drayton, Jim McGrady, Prudy Bukowski, Mary Ritchey, Gary Fredericks.

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