OLAF FUB SEZ: It was American humorist Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936) who observed: "A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case."
WHO'S COUNTING? -- A sip now and then -- only to be social, of course -- of tasty Irish liquor hasn't deterred Helen Finn Hyland from the long haul of reaching 100 years of age. It will happen Saturday, when 45 or 50 relatives and friends will gather in her North Buffalo home to give her a party to celebrate a century of living.
The green-eyed woman who stands about 5 feet tall and weighs maybe 90 pounds, was born Jan. 13, 1907, at home to parents of Irish descent. She graduated from Annunciation Elementary School and attended Lafayette High School. She left school after her sophomore year to go to work and worked at the Buffalo State Hospital on Forest Avenue for 13 years.
In 1936, she married William M. Hyland of Arcade. The young couple moved to the University Heights area, where they raised five children. All of the children attended St. Joseph Elementary School, where Helen Hyland became an active volunteer.
She was widowed in 1954 and currently lives with a daughter, Anne, in North Buffalo. Although she uses a walker to get around, she manages to do limited housework, including washing dishes and clothes. She is an avid reader, enjoys doing crossword puzzles and spending time with her four living children, including another daughter, Elizabeth Murphy, and two sons, William Jr. and Robert; 12 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. She outlived her third daughter, Margaret Morrison.
Known for her alertness and sharp sense of humor, she also enjoys good conversation, chocolate and that occasional toddy.
A FUNDRAISER for Patricia Parete and Carl Andolina, the police officers who were shot recently while responding to a call in downtown Buffalo, will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. There will be musical performances by Allison Pipitone, violinist Amy Glidden of the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Allen Street Jazz Band featuring Rose Bond, Babik, John and Mary, Mir Ali and Anne Philipone.
A silent auction will begin at 4. Food will be available. A suggested donation of $5 will be collected on the basis of "more if you can, less if you can't."
MILITARY NOTE: Army Pvt. Joseph P. Golonka, son of Joseph and Margie Golonka of Depew, has graduated from nine weeks of basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky. He graduated from Depew High School in 2006.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Dan Hughes, John T. O'Hara, Marge Chiarmonte, Jim Mullins, Lisa Rosenberg, Charles Schrieber, Matt Myers, Walter Hargro, Kyla Kozlikowski, Lou Kibler, Michelle Lichtenthal, Patricia A. Parete, Mary Ann Maciejewski and Mary Beth Cerrone.
SATURDAY -- Missy Fox, Sam Pagano, Rita Rosol, Phyllis Jones, Marcia Mullins, Jillian Downs, Marge Scarcello, Jerry Charles Young and James Mixon.
AND SUNDAY -- Clayton Salzman Jr., Martha Balthasar, Sharon Klein, Cheryl Huller, Jen Snyder, Kenny Johnson, Jacqueline Hargro, Jessie M. Hughes, Mary Arsenault, Joanne Tokarczyk, Nick Taneff, Mary Kay McLean, Debbie Mura, Mike Dougherty, Mike Andriaccio, Millie Burstyn and Christopher Puma.