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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, "The facts are always less than what really happened." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated the national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania. . . . In 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made man's second landing on the moon. . . . In 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel. . . . In 1997, Iowa seamstress Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to four boys and three girls -- only the second set of septuplets known to have been born alive. . . .

FLYNN'S -- It's only a parking lot today at the corner of Main and Burton streets. But not too far away at Virginia and Ellicott streets, the memory of the good times at Ray Flynn's Golden Dollar Bar will live on again as former regulars gather for a reunion at 8 p.m. Saturday in Ulrich's Tavern.

Jim Daley, Ulrich's owner, remembers: "We never considered Flynn's a business rival. He was more a brother in arms, and it should be fun to have that bunch back again." Daley pointed out that Tommy Flynn, the last owner of the watering hole that was a favorite of Courier-Express staffers, among others, will be there with Mrs. Flynn.

Continuing the Irish theme at this restaurant-bar with the German name and German food, Daley reports musical entertainment will be provided by the Black Thorn Quartet. . . .

HOLIDAY WREATHS are available through the Ten Lives Club, a cat rescue and adoption agency, for $20. Orders will be accepted until Wednesday and will be available for pickup at the Celebration of Trees event at the Hamburg Fairgrounds next Friday and Nov. 27.

Call 646-5577 for information or to place an order. . . .

REUNION NOTE -- For information about the Kenmore West High School Class of 1955 reunion set for next July 8 and 9, e-mail the reunion committee at kenwest1995@yahoo.com . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Caroline P. Schintzius, Lucy Lofft, Monsignor Pat Keleher, Ricky Starzynski, Lynn Sherk, Paul Kellner, Mary Beth Schumer, Eddie Manze, Eileen Gunn, Pat Zgoda, Carol Cherkis, Dennis DaBolt, Brandon Jeffords, Liz Pauly, Katie Billote, Mike Ferguson, Ted Morgan, Eddie Josefiak, Cindy Boudreau, Nancy Montani, Michael Bateman, Margaret Was, Pat Smith, Joseph Moscato Jr., Charles Comerford, Fran Allman, Ray McGirr, Christine Tomasello, Susan Browne, Ceena Kulczyk, Michjael V Bateman.

SATURDAY -- Jennifer Balus, Eleanor Held, Daniel Hassett, Eric Bondanza, Connie Nowak, Jill Hirczak, Judy Brug, Diane Kraus, Natalie Lesswing, Laurie Seah.

AND SUNDAY -- John Benkovich, Alexis Simonson, Amber Simonson, Barbara Larkman, Jeb Andrews, Marilyn Anderson, Lynne Berg, Virginia Vacanti, Ellen Meyers, Howard Kerber, Max Schwartzmeyer, Mark Sacha, Jordan McGraw, Virginia Lee Ozolins, Betty Kaleta, James E. Rottger, Tina Bender, Sandie Brant.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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