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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American author and educator James Brander Matthews (1852-1929), "A highbrow is a person educated beyond his intelligence." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1513, explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain. . . . In 1935, the Works Progress Administration, better known as the WPA, was approved by Congress. . . . In 1952, President Harry Truman seized the steel industry to avert a nationwide strike. . . . In 1973, artist Pablo Picasso died at his home near Mougins, France, at age 91. . . . In 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking the record of George Herman "Babe" Ruth. . . . In 1981, Gen. Omar N. Bradley, 88, died in New York. . . . In 1993, singer Marian Anderson, 96, died in Portland, Ore. . . .

A BENEFIT for the family of Emily B. Garrant will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 30 in St. Benedict School, 3980 Main St., Eggertsville. Donations of $10 will be collected at the door. Donations also may be mailed to Terry Burke, 52 Argonne Drive, Kenmore, NY 14217.

Mrs. Garrant, 27, died March 1 of cancer. She left a husband, Scott, in his second year of dental school, and two sons, Mickey, 2 1/2 , and Jeffrey, 10 months. Her husband is dealing with the emotional drain of losing his wife and the financial strain of raising two tots with no income for the next few years.

The benefit will include silent auctions and raffles. For information, call Christine Calarco at 839-3339, Ext. 206. . . .

PASTA DINNERS will be served by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church Men's Club from noon to 4 p.m. April 17 in the church hall at 2499 Independence Ave., Niagara Falls. Philip A. Valore, club president, said the tab will be $6 for adults and $3 for children 5 to 12 years old. . . .

CHICKEN DINNERS will be served from noon to 4 p.m. -- or until sold out -- April 17 at Town Line Lutheran Church, 1159 Town Line Road, Alden. The meals, prepared by Chiavetta's, will cost $7. Proceeds will go to the church's building fund. For information, call 684-1467. . . .

RAIN OR SHINE -- Holy Angels Academy at Hertel Avenue and Shoshone Drive will hold a garage sale and baked goods sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23. For information, call 834-7120. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Constance B. Freda, Marion M. Price, Christopher B. Victor, Ruth Felder, Kris Murray, Lynley Palmeri, Sandy Jeziorski, Kristin Lezulis, Judy Alfrets, George McGlaughlin and John Grimaldi. . . .

SATURDAY -- Chip Butler, Nicole Newton, Marion Salzman, Matthew Thomas, Edmund Lasota, Chet Sarna, Norine Rokitka, Margaret Wrobel, Eric Kaczor, Pat Gavin, Ronald Wnuk, Dianne Bellagamba, Florence Abowski, Dona Carloni, Ike Abbott,Eleanore Wienckowski, Inell Purdue, Noble McDuffie Jr., Erin Comerford, Ed Sieracki, Brian Bauer, Holly Gutek and Brianna Reese. . . .

AND SUNDAY -- Natalie Bailey, Shelley Breier, Heather O'Hara, Lindsay Evans, Randy Miller, Jack Myers, Lorey Repicci, Les Bement, Thelma Ellis, Sherri Cieciwa, Katie Riordin, Reg Abraham, Derek Busch, Anthony Parker, Anne Manzella, Dominic Grandinetti, Erica Grandinetti, Jim Conners, Jordan Rokitka, Tara Martinez, Lorraine Gorny, Patricia Laurent, Alana Szewczyk, Bradley Gerace, Ricky Ganci Jr., John Thiel and Joann Imiola.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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