OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Mark Twain, who once lived and edited in Buffalo, "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 70 BC, Virgil (or Vergil) was born. Born as Publius Vergilius Maro, he was considered the greatest Roman poet. He wrote "The Aeneid," an epic 12-book tale of the founding of Rome . . . In 1815, deposed French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte landed on the island of St. Helena, where he had been sent into exile by the British after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo . . . In 1860, 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, Chautauqua County, wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard. He followed her advice . . . In 1917, Mata Hari, a Dutch dancer who tried her hand at spying but wasn't very good at it, was executed by a firing squad at Vincennes Barracks, outside Paris . . . In 1945, Pierre Laval, who as premier of Vichy France from 1942 to 1944 collaborated with the Nazis, was executed for betraying his country. . . . In 1946, Hermann Goering, Nazi leader and one of Adolf Hitler's most loyal supporters, committed suicide in his prison cell just before he was to be hanged for his war crimes. . . .
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED -- Shirley Godios is recruiting men, women and students older than 14 who can commit an hour or two a week or month to assist nursing home residents of Heathwood Health Care Center, 815 Hopkins Road, Amherst.
The center's director of volunteers said people are needed to visit patients, bring mail and read it to residents, help them write letters, shop for them, read to the visually impaired, escort residents to medical appointments outside the building in vans driven by professional drivers, accompany residents on pleasure outings and even tend patients' plants. For more information, call 688-0111. . . .
CRAFT TABLES are available for the holiday arts and crafts show to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 1475 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.
Tables will cost $15 each, with an additional $5 for an electrical outlet. For details, call the church office at 674-1233 between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. . . .
A SAFE PLACE to trick or treat Oct. 31 will be the Eggertsville United Church of Christ, 3400 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Games, prizes, face painting, tattoos, candy, mystery boxes, movies, snacks and even a haunted house await visitors between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to all. For more information, call 832-8663. . . .
AND MANY RETURNS -- The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is donating $2,000 to Mercy Flight and $1,000 to Grand Island Neighbors Foundation, a fund set up to assist persons in emergencies. The money was raised through a variety of Chamber projects. . . .
BOOK SALE -- Sara Slater sent a reminder that the Kenmore/Town of Tonawanda Friends of the Library will hold a used book sale Oct. 24-26 at the Kenmore Branch Library, 160 Delaware Road, Kenmore. Hours on the opening night will be 5 to 9 p.m. and free to members. Non-members may gain admission by paying $3 at the door. The sale will be open to all from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Kate Sullivan, Jennifer Gilliland, Melissa Miller, Tom McMahon, Larry Golas, Randy Krolewicz, Joseph M. Beyers, Caitlin Kujawa, Eddie Gasuik, Theresa Cacciatore, Helen Lorek, Carol Russo, Sister Ellen O'Keefe, Todd Byron, Kathleen Ford, Megan Ohar, Millie Podoba, Mary Agnes Gallagher, Patricia Burns, Patrick Bamrick, Elvira Mudd, Phyllis Elbers, Lou Siska, Les Wedekindt.