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OLAF FUB SEZ -- "Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who has a low opinion of himself." -- Anthony Trollope, English author (1815-1882).

ON THIS DATE -- On Oct. 13, 1792, the cornerstone of the Executive Mansion, later known as the White House, was laid during a ceremony in the District of Columbia. . . In A.D. 54, Roman Emperor Claudius I died after being poisoned by his wife, Agrippina. . . In 1775, the U.S. Navy had its origins as the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet. . . In 1843, the Jewish organization B'nai B'rith was founded in New York City. . . . In 1845, Texas ratified a state constitution. . . . In 1960, Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy participated in the third televised debate of their presidential campaign, with Nixon in Hollywood and Kennedy in New York. . . . In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle, Sen. Al Gore and retired Adm. James B. Stockdale clashed in a freewheeling vice-presidential debate in Atlanta. . . . In 1996, the Yankees won the American League pennant, defeating the Baltimore Orioles.

HONORS -- Buffalo-born Medal of Honor winner Matt Urban, Buffalo's oldest Polish-American parish and the founder of the Felician Nuns will be honored Friday at the second annual Polonia Rally in the Villa Maria College Auditorium.

Entertainment and ceremonies will highlight the 7:30 p.m. rally, sponsored by the the Western New York Division of the Polish-American Congress. Admission is free.

Lt. Col. Urban, tied with Audie Murphy as the most-decorated soldier in U.S. military history, died in 1995 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He had moved to Holland, Mich., after his World War II service.

Also honored will be Blessed Angela Truszkowska, founder of the order that has provided generations of teachers for local Catholic schools, and St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, which will celebrate its 125th anniversary next year as the "mother church" of the city's Polish-American community.

Participants in the rally include the Krakowiacy Dancers, Quo Vadis Choir, Polish Veterans of World War II Post 33, Col. John Kubisty, Sister Marcella Marie Garus and Amy Smardz. . . .

THE BOSTON TOWN BAND will begin rehearsing Wednesday for its fifth annual Christmas Concert, scheduled Dec. 2 in Boston Valley School.

The band consists of adults from Boston and nearby towns, from Amherst to Concord.

Band President Herbert Klein invites musicians who enjoy playing but lack an organized musical group.

"The Boston Town Band offers the opportunity for musicians to affiliate with a band that gives three concerts a year," he said.

Band conductor Lou Vitello will begin Wednesday's Christmas rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. in Boston Valley School. . . .

REUNION NOTES -- The Class of 1947 from Buffalo School 3 is holding its 50th anniversary reunion Nov. 8 and is looking for classmates not already contacted. Call Ida Palmeri Skorka at 876-7099 or Ann Telesco Burgasser 835-5807. . . . The Class of 1947 from Buffalo School 53 will hold its 50th anniversary reunion Nov. 7 in Classics V Restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. For information, call 691-7845 or 875-1167. . . . Members of the Archbishop Carroll High School Class of 1967 are looking for classmates and faculty for their 30th anniversary reunion Oct. 25. For information, call Elaine Love at 691-4845. . . . The Class of 1929 from Buffalo School 68 will hold a reunion Oct. 22 at the home of Karl B. Skinner, 110 Dalewood Drive, Amherst. For information, call 691-9586. . . . Members of the Maryvale High School Class of 1958 are compiling a mailing list in advance of their 40th anniversary reunion next year. Contact Carol Macey Winiewicz at 684-5609. . . .

UPCOMING REUNIONS -- Also updating their mailing list in advance of next August's 50th anniversary reunion are members of the Niagara Falls High School Class of 1948. Contact Vera Morganti MacDonald at 283-1640 or Peter Colosi at 876-3760. . . . Planning their 20th anniversary reunion next July are members of the Kenmore East High School Class of 1978. Any alumni who were not at the 10th-year reunion or have moved since then should call Debby Frazier Williams at 836-5248. . . .

SEED MONEY -- The Chase-Pitkin Home and Garden Centers have donated $1,750 to the City of Buffalo out of proceeds from the sale of tree seedlings during the second annual Rooting 4 Buffalo program. Rooting 4 Buffalo encourages beautification of the city through tree-planting and other landscape projects. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jack Webb, Suzanne McAndrews, Joe Sasiadek, Paul Safe, Kaitlin Safe, Christopher Catalfamo, Alvin H. Hargro, Frank Krtanjek, Bryan John Hacker, Chris Panek, Lavonne Williams, Rich Brown, Joanne Quinn, Jim Quinn, Thelma Broeneman, Peggy Schrier, Patty Hassett, Andrew Tomaka, Mary Rickard, Mary Domagala, Shawntey Rutledge, Brenna DiSarno, Tom Dohopolski Jr., Dick Aquino, Clifford Reith and Larry Sendlak.

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