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OLAF FUB SEZ

"The world is divided into people who think they are right." -- Anonymous.

ON THIS DATE -- In 1635, religious dissident Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony . . . In 1701, the Collegiate School of Connecticut -- later Yale University -- was chartered in New Haven . . .

SENIOR DRAMA -- The New Sensational Seniors, a musical group consisting of local performers ages 60 to 84, will perform "It's About Time" 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Riviera Theater, 67 North Webster St., North Tonawanda. The show includes singing, dancing and acting. The seniors troupe has been performing in the Buffalo area for three years. Call 692-2113 for tickets.

THE GRANGE LADIES annual fall flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Grange Building at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, according to Rose Trask, chairwoman of Erie County Pomona Grange 6.

Homemade soup, chili, roast beef sandwiches, pies and other treats will be served.

Admission and parking are free. For information, call Ms. Trask at 549-3446 or Yolaine at 649-1649.

SNOWMOBILE IN SAFETY -- No snow is predicted Saturday, but that's when the Erie County Federation of Snowmobile Clubs and the Eden Trailblazers Snowmobile Club will hold its first adult snowmobile safety course, starting at 9 a.m. in the Eden VFW Post on March Road, starting at 9 a.m. There is no admission charge.

THOMAS M. FRICANO, regional director for the United Auto Workers, will be honored by the Federation of Italian-American Societies of Western New York at its 90th anniversary Columbus Day Dinner Sunday in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. Lawrence F. Pignataro Sr. is chairman. For tickets, call 833-2792 or 693-3107.

SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES this weekend include the craft show and luncheon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday sponsored by the Women's Guild of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4536 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

Then there's the 14th annual SS. Peter and Paul School Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the School Hall, 66 Burlington Ave., Depew. More than 60 crafters will exhibit. Refreshments will be available.

Housewares and collectibles will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the St. Francis of Assisi School Alumni Association Rummage Sale in the School Hall, 70 Adam St., Tonawanda. Refreshments and door prizes slated.

FINDING FOSSILS -- The last public fossil hunt of the year will be held starting at 9 a.m. Oct. 18 at the Penn-Dixie quarry in Hamburg, rain or shine. The site holds a rich lode of trilobites, horn coral, crinoid stems, brachiopods and other 380 million-year-old creatures that existed when this area lay beneath a giant inland sea. Fossil hunters will meet at the Frontier Central High School parking lot on Bay View Road between Big Tree and South Park Avenue. The event is free for society members. Otherwise, the charge is $3 for adults and $2 for children. For details, call 627-4560.

IN OLD VIENNA -- The pull of old Vienna continues in Western New York, with sales running briskly for the Club Lorelei's annual formal affair, a Viennese Ball with the best of Johann Strauss. The "Evening of Elegance" will feature the Johann Strauss Orchestra on Saturday, Oct. 18. For reservations, call Jane Petrik at 684-6656. For $35 per person, one gets an open bar, gourmet buffet at 6 p.m., dinner music, dance music at 7 p.m. and Viennese dessert at intermission. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the clubhouse, Southwestern Boulevard and Pleasant Avenue, Hamburg.

The event is open to the public.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jane Colern, Frank Pastore, Brittany Ingersoll, Casimer M. Starcynski, Ethel Ascuitto, Joshua D. Feuerstein, Ethel Munro, Patricia Myers, Joan Sager, Eileen Stachowiak, Michael Mahoney Sr., Dick Szykowny, Jessica Cervoni, Florence Bellanti, Sunshine and Brandy Leddick, Serina Smith, Helen Sinicki Seidleck, Jeff Schaller, Chris Riso, Kerry Switalski, Jack Braun, Pam, Sankoff, Kelly Ann McCarthy, Jack McCrory, Michael Golebiewski, Clifford Meadows.

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