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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was Quintus Horatius Flaccus, better known as just plain Horace (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet and satirist, who contended that "the secret of all good writing is sound judgment." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1787, English historian Edward Gibbon finished his gigantic work, "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" . . . In 1844, Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were murdered by a mob in Carthage, Ill. . . . In 1847, New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires . . . In 1950, President Harry Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean Conflict following a call from the U.N. Security Council for member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion by North Korea . . . In 1985, Route 66, which stretched from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif., was decertified and its highway signs ordered removed. . . .

WILLIAM F. KIEL of Alden sent a reminder that members of St. Agnes School classes of the 1930s and 1940s will hold their annual reunion July 19 at Elma Meadows, Shelter No. 2. For more information, call him at 685-1247. . . .

A PLEASANT DAY in the country and maybe a treasure or two await those who go to the Cowsville Annual Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 8. The flea-market items can be found throughout the village along with hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments. The event will be held rain or shine. . . .

A SHIPWRECK is the focus of a commemorative poster issued by a Duluth, Minn., maritime artist and gallery. The Coast Guard buoy tender Mesquite, wrecked on rocks off Lake Superior's Keweenaw Peninsula last fall, is depicted both as a wreck and as a working buoy tender in Duluth Harbor in the poster by artist Doris Sampson of North by Northeast Gallery. The Coast Guard cooperated in production of the work.

The loss of the Mesquite forced a shuffling of ship assignments that affected Coast Guard work as far from the site as Buffalo. The gallery's collection also includes more than 1,500 images of the freighter Henry Steinbrenner -- now being considered as a Buffalo museum ship attraction -- in Duluth, Buffalo and other ports. . . .

HANGING UP SPURS -- Kenneth M. McLeod met three American presidents and many of Buffalo's most famous judges, attorneys and organized crime figures in his 31 years as a U.S. deputy marshal and White House security officer. The chief deputy marshal of the Western District of New York will take his pension Thursday but will continue working in the Buffalo courthouse as a part-time court security officer.

For the record, McLeod says John F. Kennedy was a "much nicer guy" to the White House staff than Lyndon B. Johnson or Dwight D. Eisenhower ever were. McLeod, 58, now a Cheektowaga resident, spent a decade working in the White House before coming to Buffalo to work for the U.S. Marshals Service in 1970. He plans to use his extra spare time traveling with his wife, Janet. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Frank Colucci, Mike Billoni, Maurice Jackson, Marie Carpenter, John Paul Rivers, Rita Smith, Lisa Szafranski, Jimmy Lickfeld, Kathy McCoy, David Kaczmierczak, Donald Loffredo, Tim Gavin, Jessica Wojcik, Jennifer Golas, Janet Eggers, Mary McDonald, Barbara Harla, Carl D. Luraschi, Liz De Jac, Michelle Butlak, Daniel Strong, Marion K. Schmid, Helen Hooper, Tom Hoebbel, Joseph C. Vullo, Harold O'Connor.

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