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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American politician Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), "The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1827, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co., the first U.S. railroad chartered to carry passengers and freight, was incorporated. . . . In 1844, a 12-inch gun aboard the USS Princeton exploded, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur and several others. . . . In 1854, about 50 slavery opponents met in Ripon, Wis., to call for creation of a new political group, which became the Republican Party. . . . In 1861, the Territory of Colorado was organized. . . . In 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot to death in Stockholm. . . . In 1993, a gun battle erupted at a compound near Waco, Texas, when agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms tried to serve warrants on the Branch Davidian religious cult. Four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began. . . .

FRENCH COURSES -- The Alliance Francaise of Buffalo is accepting enrollments for all levels of its French courses. Classes begin Monday and continue once a week for two hours at Canisius College. Tuition is $140.

For details, call Colette Abou Jaoude at 832-9005. . . .
To My Local
Weather Forecaster
Stop recycling the forecast!

I want to hear something new.

Words like "warm" and "sun" and "spring"

Will certainly do.

-- Barb Zubrowski
HEALTH PROGRAM -- Marcia McHenry, Kaleida Health cardiac dietitian, will discuss the effects of diet on health and wellness at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 James Audubon Parkway. The health enrichment program is open to the community. A fee of $1 will be charged and includes a continental breakfast. For information and reservations, call 636-3059. . . .

EGG-DROP RESULTS -- Jamestown Community College's recent egg-drop contest for high school students was won with a 10-foot drop engineered by a team that included Jacob Ondrey of Panama Central School, Travis Ahlgren of Sheffield High School and Craig Upton of Youngsville Area High School.

Larry Straight, JCC's technologies coordinator, said the contest, which attracted 30 participants, was designed to stimulate interest in engineering studies and careers for high school sophomores and juniors. Participants were grouped in teams of three or four and provided with kits for the egg drops. Drop attempts began at four feet, moved up to eight feet and then to 10 feet by the winning team.

Other schools involved in the egg dropping included Randolph Central School, Forestville Central School, Eisenhower High School, Dunkirk Central School and Frewsburg Central School. . . .

"PERENNIAL GREATS" is the title of a noncredit seminar to be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, March 10 to 24, at Erie Community College South Campus. Participants will learn about low-maintenance garden perennials. The course fee is $29. For details, call 851-1800 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Lauren Shanks Van Horn, Joan Schuster, Anthony J.G. DiPiano, Jean Mikulski, Linda Berochik, Jerry Ciambor, Jim Stack, Pattie Losito, Sylvia Blackwell, Helen Master, Mike Dukisz, Sarah Knaack, Lyonya "Rocky" Przybyl, Carol Ryan, Susie Lojacono, Nick DiPirro, Maryann Farmer, Samantha Maj, the Rev. Robert McArtney, Jean M. Dabek, Connor James D'Anthony, Jim Considine, Manny Johndias, Carol Ann Todaro, Millie Kremblas, David Dudek, Norma Kerber, Ryan Oldfield, Dolly Jagodzinski, Robert G. Price, Jenna Horwitz, Kenneth Speaker, Laree Allen, Irene Recktenwalt, Mary Green, Dorothy Downs, Tessa Carberry, Beverly Dudeck, Lisa Chapman, John Peter Meyers, Mary Jo Gavin, Kathy Mortellaro, John Shaw, Charles Zahm Sr., Carol McSwain, Jane Bladin.

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