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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English author Samuel Butler (1835-1902), "There are two great rules of life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can, in the end, get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less an exception to the general rule." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1792, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine. . . . In 1898, the United States formally declared war on Spain. . . . In 1945, delegates from 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations. . . . In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the space shuttle Discovery. . . .

LOCAL TOUCH -- Though Mayor Anthony M. Masiello is no Kofi Annan, he is expected to preside at Buffalo's version of the United Nations at 6 p.m. Friday for the seventh annual Sister Cities Dinner.

This international-flavored event will be held in St. Stanislaus Social Center, 389 Peckham St. at Fillmore Avenue, in the Marian Hall's lower level with the Most Rev. Edward Grosz as a host. Entertainment will include a concert by the Camerata di Sant'Antonio (the St. Anthony of Padua Church Choir) and the Langston Hughes Whole Story African Drummers and Dancers. Sponsoring the event is the newly formed Consortium of Buffalo Sister Cities, which receives no city funds and consists of private groups partnering with, in alphabetical order, the following overseas communities:

Abuja, Nigeria; Derry, Northern Ireland; Dortmund, Germany; Drohobych, Ukraine; Kanazawa, Japan; Lille, France; Marilia, Brazil; Rzeszow, Poland; Siena, Italy; Torremaggiore, Italy; Tver, Russia. It is expected that some of Buffalo's honorary consuls will also attend. . . .

A RUMMAGE SALE will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and a half-price sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday followed by a bag sale from noon to 1 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 261 East Main St., Hamburg. . . .

GINO GRASSO'S "famous" spaghetti sauce will be used in the preparation of the 12th annual spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St.

The dinner will include meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. The tab at the door will be $7 for adults and $6 for children, or a dollar cheaper if tickets are bought ahead of time. Kids 5 and under eat for free. For information, call 832-1010. . . .

FINISHES BASIC -- Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Samantha L. Wnink, daughter of Mark and Kathleen Wnink of Buffalo, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. During the six weeks of training, she studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.

Wnink is a 2003 graduate of Riverside High School. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Keriann Rzemek, Erin Gilliland, Brandi Amorosi, Brittany Miller, Florence Franczyk, Dona Bondanza, Grace Kerr, Ella Gerace, Mike Wolf, Kaitlyn Lesswing, Mary Griffin, Ann Moulton, Debbie Rodoski, Tom Daigler, Sabrina MacWhirter, Peter D. Maargerum, Pat Wannemacher, Joanie Denecke, Eileen Metz, Judy Ziemba, Patrick Dobies, Monsignor George Yiengst, Robert Sommers.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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