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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was English poet Thomas Cowper, born on this date in 1731, who wrote: "Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more."

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AWAY IN A MANGER -- When it comes to collections of international Nativity sets, few are more spectacular than the collection amassed by Father Roy Herberger, administrator of St. Columba & Brigid's Catholic Church, Hickory and Eagle streets.

Beginning this weekend, 218 of them from 43 different countries will be on display in the church from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through the first weekend in January. For information and arrangements for group showings, call Father Roy at 852-2076.

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A word evolves

In worlds of meaning.

Many words,

In galaxies.

Cannot the Word

Have done the same,

Expressing beauty

In unending ways.

-- Bill Slon

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MILITARY NOTES -- Nine Western New Yorkers recently completed six weeks of basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. They are:

Airman Shane E. Coburn, son of Jeffrey and Brenda Rasinski of Buffalo. He was a June graduate of Seneca West High School.

Airman Timothy D. Ganoe, grandson of Daniel and Donna Ganoe of West Seneca. He is a 2006 graduate of Alden High School.

Airman Sarah L. Koch, daughter of Audrey Koch of Alden. She is a 1999 graduate of Alden High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 2003 from Brockport State College.

Airman Justin P. Salzman, son of Floyd Salzman of Hamburg. He is a 2006 graduate of Hamburg High School.

Airman Alana J. Smith, daughter of Gordon Smith of Southampton and Cindy Smith of Jamestown. She was a June graduate of Jamestown High School.

Air National Guard Airman Chance M. Soda, son of William Soda of Buffalo. He is a 2002 graduate of Riverside High School.

Airman First Class Justin A. Sweet, son of Lori Sweet of Cuba. He is a 2004 graduate of Cuba-Rushford Central High School and received an associate's degree from Alfred State College in 2006.

Airman Shane R. Swiatkowski, son of Tim and Trudy Kovacs of Gasport.

Air Force Reserve Airman Aleksander A. Wojciechowicz Jr., son of Aleksander and Margie Wojciechowicz of Depew. He is a 2006 graduate of Lancaster High School.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Geraldine Dockery, Andrew Dabeck, Taylor Baldwin, Bill Rieker, Carol Gajkowski, Jennifer Sieracki, Mary Elardo, Daelyn Leatherland, Diane Maher, Brian Zakrzewski, Luke Catanzaro, Neil Milks, Dawn Fortuna, Lizz Cerroni, Zoe Navratil and Erin Lindner and Glenn Hoffman.


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