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BITS AND PIECES OF NEWS . . .

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Russian author Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), "History would be an excellent thing if only it were true." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1861, three days after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, President Abraham Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops. . . . In 1865, Lincoln died after being shot in Ford's Theater in Washington by John Wilkes Booth. Andrew Johnson became the nation's 17th president. . . . In 1912, the "unsinkable" British luxury liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland after striking an iceberg during its maiden voyage. . . .

THE BIG ONE -- Nell Sharp, a resident of Autumn View Health Care Facility in Hamburg, will be 100 years old Saturday.

She was a third grade teacher at Roosevelt School in Lackawanna for many years, retiring in 1968. Relatives and friends of the Pennsylvania native plan a party Sunday, according to Kathleen Warren of West Seneca, a retired Lackawanna Spanish teacher. Warren plans to visit Sharp on Saturday afternoon. . . .

FLEA MARKET -- The Erie County Pomona Grange will hold its 28th annual spring flea market and crafts show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Grange Building on the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. The show, featuring 65 exhibitors, is free and open to the public. Parking is free. . . .

AUCTION TIME -- More than 125 items will be for sale at a theme tray auction Sunday in the school cafeteria of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda. Ticket sales will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with drawings beginning at 2:15. A pancake breakfast will be served beginning at 9 a.m., and food will be available for lunch. Call 693-1150. . . .

SPAGHETTI DINNERS will be served from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 930 Lake St., Angola. The meal is $6.50 for adults (13 and older), $6 for seniors, $4 for children (5 to 12) and free for under 5 eaters. Take-out will be available by calling 549-0063. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Barbara A. Smith, Adam Verrastro, Linda Weber, Margaret Eison, Mari Jozefiak Nowinski, Janice D. Morrissey, Anne Marie McMahon, Wanda Humphrey, Sabrina Gatline, Frances Golas, Al Owczarczak, Ralph Boskat, Edward Kuczmarski, Paul Stefaniak, Twyla Cotton-Balthasar, Michael J. McGrath, Quantella Moss, Marlene Bonarowski, Nick Tiberio, Mia Doyle, Hilda Alesii, Fr. Frank Skupien, Jake Fahy.

SATURDAY -- Emmett Butler, Faye Evans, Quatrina Turner, Chelsey Rosolowski, Scott Brown, Karen Murray, Nedra Harrison, Pauline Tomaka, Christopher Nasca, the Rev. Charles E. Slisz, Dee Heitzman, Tarin Webster, Fran Senker, Zach Lesswing, Margaret Malkinski, Lydia Shtayeh, Denise Palaszewski, Susan Pfohl, Kyle Pfeiffer.

AND SUNDAY -- Ashley Goodwin, Jacqueline L. O'Neill, Melissa Quinones, Karen Safe, Ann Marie Brown, Bob Bauer, Melanie Mahoney, Paul Neuner, Michael Lojacono, Pamela Harmon, Perry Micelli, Lou Monte, Pete Weltjen, Michael Murray, Tiffany Tripi, Walter Melohusky, David Melohusky, Amanda Melohusky.

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