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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the late President Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), "Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."

In 1778, the United States won official recognition from France with the signing of treaties in Paris. . . . In 1895, baseball legend George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born in Baltimore. . . . In 1899, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain was ratified by the U.S. Senate. . . . In 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, Ill. . . . In 1952, Britain's King George VI died; he was succeeded as reigning monarch by his daughter, Elizabeth II. . . . In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.


CALLING ALL MRS. -- The Mrs. New York State Pageant will be held at the Holiday Inn Resort & Conference Center on Grand Island on May 5 and 6.

Competition will be in interview, fitness and evening gown. A contestant must at least 21, married and living with her husband in New York State. The winning Mrs. New York will win a prize package valued at more than $4,000 and compete in the Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas.

For applications, call 628-1933 or send an e-mail to


Smart Move

Greta's saying

Still rings true,

Yeah, Garbo had it right.

When bothersome bores

Are all about,

It's time to shout

"I want to be alone!"

-- Joyce L. Wilson


FINISH BASIC -- Two Western New Yorkers recently graduated from Army basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. They are Pvt. Nicholas J. Daley, a 2004 graduate of Hamburg High School, son of Lori Daley of Hamburg; and Pfc. Jessica L. Miller, a 2005 graduate of Randolph Central School, daughter of Keith Miller of Randolph and Sandy Stephens of Rural Route 242, Little Valley.


"PHISHING" is the word for criminal activity in which criminals try to steal your personal financial information through fraudulent e-mails and Web sites designed to appear as though they were generated from legitimate businesses, financial institutions and even government agencies, according to a pamphlet available at some banks from the National Association for Bank Security.

The pamphlet warns: "Don't give them your information. Be suspicious of any electronic messages, phone calls or mail requests that ask you for personal data." More about "phishing" and other crimes can be obtained at or or


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Thomas Edward Smith, Timi Bauman, Edward Kruk, Kurt D. Oertelt, Pat Wiles, Betty Roaldi, Chris Ceccarelli, Linda Muscato, Catherine Burns, Chris Wojcik and Dorothy Lazenski.


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