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OLAF FUB SEZ: Artist Paul Gaugin (1848-1903) was the one who revealed, "I shut my eyes in order to see." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1830, poet Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Mass. . . . In 1896, Alfred Bernhard Nobel, Swedish chemist and engineer who invented dynamite and other high explosives from which he became extremely wealthy, died. His will stated that five Nobel Prizes be awarded annually for the most significant achievements in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and service to the cause of peace . . . In 1898, the United States and Spain signed a peace treaty to officially end the Spanish-American War. . . .

THE LATEST NEWS -- Spec. Anthony C. Sapio, 21, a member of the 101st Airborne Division, holds a copy of The Buffalo News sent to him in Saudi Arabia by his mom, Katherine Sapio of 160 Brentwood Drive, Cheektowaga. Anthony, a graduate of Depew High School, left for Saudi Arabia Aug. 17. . . .

NICHOLS NOTE -- Cornelia L. Dopkins, a graduate of Radcliffe College and the University at Buffalo, has been named head of the Nichols Middle School. She has been on the faculty at the school since 1974 and has been associate director of college counseling and president of the Nichols Chapter of the Cum Laude Society. . . .

COSTUMES NEEDED -- The Niagara County Council of Girl Scouts needs costumes of all sizes and types -- except scarey ones -- for use during the Festival of Lights. Anyone having a costume to donate may contact LeAnn Wilson at the Girl Scout Service Center, 5000 Cambria Road, Cambria. . . .

THE YOUNG and Young at Heart Players, an inter-generational theatre group of people from 8 to 80 years old that is sponsored by the Town of Cheektowaga Recreational Department, will perform "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday in the Cleveland Hill High School Auditorium on Mapleview Drive.

Thomas T. Kazmierczak III is the director of the Christmas holiday season classic. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students. Tickets can be reserved by calling 891-8011 or 837-7354. . . .

That Time of Year
Christmas shopping is making me crazy

I have so much to do, and I'm not lazy,

But my list grows longer, and my nerves grow shorter,

I need more strength and could use a porter

To silently carry my packages to a place out of sight

Until on Christmas Day each one says, "Thanks, it's just right."

-- Honey Snitzer
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Andrew Roberts, Daryl Wells, Anna Mahfoud, Catherine Sciumeca, Carol Adimey, Bill Rasch, Frank Skipper, Kathleen Pieszala, Aubrey Blackwell, Felicia Kipp, Joe Franczyk, Helen Warhol, Don LeBlanc, Maggie Tomaka, Joe Laraiso, Jill Laraiso, David C. Brown, Nancy Geil, Ken Zakrzewski, Paul Goldsmith, Peter Militello, Shawna Anderson, Kathie Fijal, Luke Battaglia, Carol Sawicz, Pat Bratton, Clifford Biber, Charlie Steinbech, Scott Strozyk, Kevin Ignaszak, Gene Was, Marge Hojnacki, Elsie Schnaufer and Vicky Peabody.

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