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According to Thomas Edison, "If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1776, Rhode Island was seized from the Americans by the British . . . In 1917, more than 1,600 people died when two munitions ships collided in the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, setting off an explosion that devastated the city . . . In 1973, House Minority Leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew. . . .

Sometimes we have to grow apart

To once again feel warmth within our heart.

From time to time emptiness may loom about

And the despair will leave a silhouette of doubt.

But remember from the pain of letting go

Will you once again feel the sun and grow.

-- Patricia Watson
CEREMONY SET -- The Marilla Kiwanis Club has picked 7 p.m. Wednesday for its fourth annual Community Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Town Hall, 1740 Two Rod Road. The Kiwanians, meanwhile, are selling Christmas tree bulbs to area residents who want to see them lighted in honor of loved ones. The $1 bulbs can be purchased from any Kiwanis member or at the Marilla General Store on Two Rod Road. Mary Giambras, the Kiwanis secretary, Box 122, Marilla, 14102 is handling the remembrance arrangements. . . .

OIL PAINTINGS by Nancy E. Johnston of Alden are on display this month in the lobby of the Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 10570 Bergtold Road, Clarence. She works at Moog Control in Elma and is a member of the Alden Art Club and Batavia Society of Artists. Diana M. Koczon, director of community relations and volunteer services at the center, informed Olaf that although it is her first display for the public, the artist has already sold three of her paintings. . . .

HOME-BAKED cookies and other goodies will be available Dec. 15 and 16 at the Christmas sale being sponsored by SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, 44 Benzinger St., says Irene Zinter, co-chairwoman of the event. For more information or to place orders, call 892-6362. . . .

BERNARD BELL of Tonawanda sent word that the 16th Infantry Regiment Association is "looking for veterans who served with the 16th Infantry in World War I, World War II or Vietnam."

"We are hoping to make contact with former regiment people in Western New York," said Bell, who served in C Company, 16th Infantry, 1st Division during World War II. For more information, write Gerald K. Griffin, 9317 Lancelot Road, Fort Washington, Md. 20744. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jerry Ostrowski Jr., Mary Beth Hecht, David Solovey, Brent Overton, Jessica Rine, Lynn Gunn, Robert J. Poisson Jr., Jeff Martis, Joan Szyper, Danny Rudewicz, Matty Whitaker, Jimmy Whitaker, Diana Scott, Myra Setlock, Hazel Stover, Mary Jean Zelasko, Theodore Michalski, Scott Cacciotti, Dr. Richard Buckley Sr., Norbert Dollman, Richard Vogel, Gregory Allgrim, Raymond Hauser, Cynthia Rohe, Madonna McMahon, Jerri Peterson and Jason Boruszewski.

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