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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to America's first naval hero, John Paul Jones, born on this date in 1747, "It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win."


MISSION SESSION -- The United Methodist Women of University United Methodist Church are sponsoring a silent auction and salad bar luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall, 410 Minnesota Ave. Proceeds will help mission projects.


REMEMBER WHEN -- Lafayette High School's Class of 1947 will hold its 60th reunion from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 at the school, with refreshments, entertainment and plenty of reminiscing. For information and reservations, call Tom Schwab at 694-4288 or Rosemarie Peritore at 877-8820 by Aug. 17.

Attica Central High School's Class of 1967 is having its 40th reunion Aug. 4 at Byrncliff in Varysburg. For information, call Kathy Meyers at 652-5918 or e-mail

East High School's Class of 1977 will celebrate its 30th reunion with a dinner and dance at 6 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Golden Nugget, 2046 Fillmore Ave., and a picnic at 1 p.m. Aug. 19 in Ellicott Creek Park, Town of Tonawanda. For tickets and information, call Wanda Gary or Sandra Price-Allen at 895-6830.


SONG OF HOPE -- Singer Genna Holody had been friends with Police Officer Patty Parete for more than 15 years before that fateful night last December when Parete was shot and paralyzed. After attending one of the benefit events for Parete earlier this year, Holody decided to do something special.

"I was actually working on my own CD when this whole idea came to be," she says. "The production company donated all of the time and mixing, a company from my hometown of Hamburg donated all of the inserts, and I bought 2,000 CDs.

"I was going to give her $1,000, but I thought I would try and invest it to see if I could get her more. One heck of a gamble, but it seems to be working out! My goal is $10,000, so that I can get her a hot tub to do therapy in her new house when she comes home."

The result is "Believe (The Patty Parete Song)," a wistful, hopeful, loving tune that plays first as a ballad, then as a catchy dance remix, then as sort of an out-there scratch track.

Check it out at the police Web site,, or better yet, help out Parete by getting a copy at New World Records, Spot Coffee on Elmwood, Cathode Ray or police precincts around the city.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Bianca Auria, Sandy Luedke, Michael P. Sweeney, Janie Caulder, Joseph M. Rooth, Chelsea Watson, Alissa Ganci, Connie Schipani, Jim Evans, Gerald Sobkowiak, Mike Carlin, Danielle Tomaka, Tom Occhino, Carole Linneborn, Tim Booker, Nelson Harlach and Alexander Snyder.

SATURDAY -- Sister Jeanette Schregel, Eileen McMahon, Samantha Cycon, Carolyn Raeke, Ellie Rawson, Maryann Diesfeld, Louise Ganci, Carla Brogcinski, Mike Schieber, Paul Mielcarek, Irene Vohwinkel, Ray Kaczmarek, Aaron Giambra and Megan Lichtenthal.

AND SUNDAY -- Suzanne Taylor, Luke Danielson, Teresa Sciandra, Betty Sturm, Carol Jeziero, Marty Fox, Phyllis Evers, Chumley St. John, Jon Christiano, Tim McCarthy, Mark Sumbrum, Grace Rizzo, Debbie Shtayeh, Barb McKenna, Sister Doloria Piorkowski, Jessica L. Fischer and Jeff Riel.


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