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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart, born on this date in 1898, "Never interrupt someone doing something that you said couldn't be done."


WAR STORY -- A visit to the American Cemetery in Normandy, France, inspired retired Alfred State College psychology professor Otto A. Berliner to delve into one of the lesser-known Allied operations of World War II -- the intelligence effort that preceded the D-Day Invasion.

It serves as the background for his newly published novel, "The Cobbler of Normandy." He will be talking about it and autographing copies from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Roycroft Inn, 40 S. Grove St., East Aurora.

Berliner says although his book is ostensibly fiction, it includes much about actual Allied efforts to find the weak points in the Nazis' Atlantic Wall, a network of fortifications along the northern coast of France.

"It would be a book of, authentically speaking, nonfiction," he says, "but the British are very fussy about revealing anything about their intelligence missions."


DIP AND GLIDE -- Kayak and canoe enthusiasts will converge on Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island this Saturday for the second annual Paddles Up Niagara, a daylong program of paddle sports activities.

It begins at 8:30 a.m. with a Paddle Fair, which includes product demonstrations, instructions and chances to try out canoes and kayaks. A traditional Native American departure ceremony will be offered at noon, followed by the launch of more than 100 canoes and kayaks for a noncompetitive 4.8-mile paddle.

The event, which is sponsored by the New York Power Authority, will conclude at 2:15 p.m. with a lunch fundraiser and a tour of the Grand Island Historical Society. For information, call Rob Belue at 773-5361 or visit


SALAD DAYS -- Homemade potato salad and coleslaw will be featured when the Marilla Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary sponsors a Wendel's chicken barbecue beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the fire company's recreation hall at Two Rod Road and West Avenue.

Also accompanying the half-chicken dinner will be a roll, butter and dessert, auxiliary treasurer Millie Sharpe reports. Price is $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. The auxiliary will share its proceeds with Mercy Flight.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Nick Katrein, Natalie LeVan, Todd Ehret, Dawn Ruettimann, Dan Miller, Jeanna M. Cellino, River Jeremiah Hassett, Vicki Drebot, Scott Charles Prell Jr., Mary Grisanti, Sister Margaret Marie Bosko, Michael Lichtenthal, John Lewandowski, Liane Seivert, Sue Garvin, Nick Joyner, Mary B. Lipinczyk, Barb Robins, Linda Tornquist, Barb Klaffka, Ray Kaiser, Anne Wojciechowski, Kim Gerland, Carleen McCarthy, Benjamin Cassidy and Richard Courtney.


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