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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American educator Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947), "Time was invented by Almighty God in order to give ideas a chance." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1792, George Washington cast the first presidential veto, rejecting a congressional measure for apportioning representatives among the states. . . . In 1614, American Indian princess Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia. . . . In 1887, British historian Lord Acton wrote, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." . . . In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death following their conviction in New York on charges of conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet Union; co-defendant Morton Sobell was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He was released in 1969. . . . In 1964, Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur died in Washington at age 84. . . .

WINGING IT -- Buffalo's Chicken Wing Festival will be in the national spotlight at 10 tonight. The Travel Channel's "Taste of America," hosted by comedian Mark DeCarlo, will focus on last summer's Wing Fest. The event, founded by Drew Cerza, has attracted more than 150,000 people and raised more than $60,000 for local charities since its inception three years ago. The program repeats at 2 p.m. Sunday.

AUDITIONS -- The Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus and the Western New York Children's Chorus will hold auditions for their 18th season from 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 16, 18, 23 and 26 in South Davis Elementary School in Orchard Park. The auditions are for singers 9 to 18 years old.

The Children's Chorus program includes three choirs -- Preparatory, Concert and the Chamber/Touring Choir, which has been invited to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York City from Jan. 12 through 16.

To schedule an audition, call Suzanne M. Ryan, executive director, at 662-3649. For information, call John Fleischman, artistic director, at 662-2923 or visit www.wnycc.net . . .

ONE-STROKE PAINTING classes will be offered on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings beginning May 10 in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. One-stroke painting is a technique that blends, shades and highlights with only one stroke of the brush.

Luann Blair, a certified instructor, will teach the two-hour classes. There are fees for each class, and pre-registration is necessary. She will conduct free demonstrations at 10:30 a.m. April 27 and 1 p.m. May 3 in the center's Craft Room. For a brochure listing the classes or information, call 686-3930. . . .

FAMILY-STYLE roast beef dinners will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 16 in St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls. The tab is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 5 to 11. Reservations are required by next Tuesday. Call 297-6421 for details. . . .

PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE dinners will be served by the Young Men's Society of the Resurrection from 3:30 to 7 p.m. April 20 in Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. The tab of $5 for adults and $3 for children to age 12 includes all the pancakes you can eat. It's open to the public. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Heather Taylor, Mat Alfles, William E. Dalton, Carole Brox, Connor Curry, Nancy Craig, John P. Delaney, Betty Nowak, Marcia Tarczynski, Melissa Beattie, Jessica Beattie, Robert Ruhl, Naseen Shtayeh, Patrick Kelly, Molly Kurzanski, Anne Pepe, Brian Smith, Lauren Fitzgerald, Cheryl Schneckenberger, Sharon Gembolys.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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