OLAF FUB SEZ: It was Russian-American artist Louise Nevelson (1900-1988) who observed: "I never like the middle ground -- the most boring place in the world." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1866, Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army, the first officer to hold the rank . . . In 1868, Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory . . . In 1909, French aviator Louis Bleriot flew across the English Channel in a monoplane, traveling from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes . . . In 1946, the United States detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test of the device . . . In 1952, Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States . . . In 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England; she was conceived through in-vitro fertilization. . . .
TOP GRADE -- Olaf's Orchard Park sources report that Lt. Mary Ann Hobar scored highest among members of the 31-person Orchard Park Police Department in the recent civil service exam held to find a successor to the popular and well-respected Chief of Police Robert Henning when he retires later this year.
She scored 92 and ranked first in the exam, which is part of the process to select a new chief. If she is selected, she would be the town's first female chief. The Immaculata Academy graduate and Hobart College alumna has been a lieutenant for four years and currently serves as the midnight lieutenant. . . .
GERMAN ADDITION -- When does one make two? When it's a German Day at the Club Lorelei, which in this instance takes place not only on Saturday, but also on Sunday.
The first "day" gets under way at 3 p.m. at the club grove on Southwestern Boulevard (Route 20) and Pleasant Avenue in the Town of Hamburg with opening ceremonies and some speeches. This will be followed by an open-air concert by the German-American Musicians under the baton of William Welsh until 7 p.m., at which time the musical chores will be turned over in the clubhouse to Ludwig Krueger's Band until closing at 11 p.m.
On Sunday, the outdoor musicians will be the Bergholz Blaskapelle, to be followed at 7 p.m. by das Edelweiss Trio. Club president Irene Marvin notes this is the 77th annual German Day, a traditional Western New York event not to be confused with the relatively new German Day celebrated nationally in October. She points out that the kitchen opens both days at 1 p.m. and invites the general public to attend. . . .
SISTER'S LOG -- Sister Denise A. Roche, president of D'Youville College, appreciated the name of a boat she saw recently from her waterfront town house -- "BEYOND TUITION."
The town house, in the Breakers complex along Lakefront Boulevard, was purchased by the college in 1995 as a residence for its president.
In addition to serving as a second office for Sister Denise and as a place to entertain small groups and hold meetings, the town house has afforded D'Youville's longtime president many an interesting sight from its windows. . . .
REUNION NOTE -- Members of the Bishop McMahon High School Class of 1957 who haven't received word about a 40-year reunion planned for Oct. 12 at the Little White House in Williamsville can get details from Janice Feuerstein-Mings at 684-0103. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Edwin Cy Williams, Kristopher Wilde, Terrell P. Cooper, Brian Griffin, Ruth DelZoppo, Sam Tew, Rebecca Carpenter, Julie Kos, Adam Bojanowski, Diane Kraft, Michelle Kowalczyk, John Koziej, Peggy Edward, Karen Schaller, Anne Lorraine Brown, Florence T. Lutzmann, Heather Schwartzmeyer, Marcia Reyes, Marian Bush, Diane Grabowski, Judy Kotarski, Jillian Rindos, Kenneth Mansista, Vince Bogdan, Kathleen Bryant, Michael Roetzer, Jackie Sullivan, Michelle Martin, Tera DiLeo, Suzie Pietrowski.
SATURDAY -- Joe Stillwell, Ann Lewecki, Jay Miller, Shannon McAndrews, Natalie Drebot, Nicole Leet, Lula Illig, Linda Coe, Tom Kondziela, Fr. Ben, Shawna Kwiztowski, Nathan Dispenza, Chad Szymanski, Suzanne Pietrowski, Gary Fazio, Bridgett Granville, Billy Granville, Patty Colon, Kathleen Gutowski, Ann Wasik, Richard Blaszkiewicz, Cory Ekstrum, Steve Niedziela, Stanley Swiatek, Danielle Trunfio.
AND SUNDAY -- Jack Regan, Clayton Schunk, Peggy Napierala, Karmen Rath, Marcia Wojciechowski, Susan Michaels, Linda Green, Rose Pietrusik, Teena Wise, Tom Safe, Patty Burandt, Norman Dotzler, James Nagy, Rev. Gerard Green, Judy Gorski, Bryan Butterstein, Leo Hojnicki, Pat Joseph, Nancy Sullivan, Bob Badaszewski, Danielle Zamboroski, Ruth Stadnik, Paul Kamrowski Jr., Nancy Bockstedt, Art Kulp, Laurie Wolfe, Robert A Langowski, Sandy Maguda.