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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to South African author Sir Laurens van der Post (1906-1996), "Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1429, Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleans to lead a victory over the English. . . . In 1861, Maryland's House of Delegates voted against seceding from the Union. . . . In 1862, during the Civil War, New Orleans fell to Union forces. . . . In 1916, the Easter Rising in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities. . . . In 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp; the same day, Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun and designated Admiral Karl Doenitz to be his successor. . . . In 1983, Harold Washington was sworn in as the first black mayor of Chicago. . . . In 1992, deadly rioting erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King. . . .

ROAST PORK dinners will be served from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 6 to 11. For information, call 754-4944. . . .

A FLEA MARKET will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive, Amherst, according to a reminder from Bill Chapman, the church's director of Christian education. . . .

A SPRING SWEEP sale of "gently" used items will be held Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi School, 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda. Early birds will be admitted at 8 a.m. for $2. A regular admission price of 50 cents will be charged from 9 until the sale ends at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds will benefit the school's endowment fund. . . .

THE WOMEN of Deerhurst Presbyterian Church, 257 Deerhurst Park Blvd., Town of Tonawanda, will hold a spring rummage sale from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. A $1 donation will be accepted at the door. . . .

BASIC TRAINING -- Airman Michael B. Pannullo, son of Raymond Pannullo of West Seneca and Susan Pannullo of Buffalo, has completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He graduated from West Seneca West High School in 2002. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Rory Brouillard, Zachary Schlau, Peter Price, Dianne Goupil, Suzette Simonson, David Nowak, Tim Shisler, Nicholas Tomaka, Frank Ganci, Joe Dabek, Ray Ess, Eugene Smaszcz Jr., Gary Griffin, Charles Czuprynski, Jonathan Cielinski, Bob Patterson, Ed Palascak, Riley Moll, Jack Panek, Katelyn Newell, Heather Dilucente, Timothy Zimpfer, Victoria Krause, Sharon Driscoll, Michael Wrigglesworth, Kay Weagraff.

SATURDAY -- Janice Bartee, Mary Kay Slomba, Lawrence Von Wrycza, Peggy Gonzalez, Marsha Przybyla, Ann Lunday, Laura Ciavarella, Marge Hanin, Edgar Villa, Mary Kadar, Jim Hourihan, Timmy Kennedy, Colleen Hankinson, Mike Rickard Sr., April Ersing, Darryl Edmiston, Diane Moser, Bill Vogt, Jean Marie DeSantis, Florine Whalen.

AND SUNDAY -- Tom Mayers, A. Lois Schrader, Jim Stillwell, Rose Catalano, Jayne Webb, Darleen Rzemek, Leo Schwartz, Eloise Zoyhofski, Irma Lee Chatmon, Brian Janisewski, Flo Polce, Ralph Collins, Holly Czuprynski, Rita Buczkowski, Daniel C. Covert, John Hidy, Sharon Hauser, Tim Loftus, Stanley Szyper, Estelle Bykowicz, Bill LeClair, Lynn Meldrum, Joanne Stetter, Donald Vogt, Jim Comerford, Nolan Oliver, Cindi Vaught, Louise Jaworski.

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