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"We used to do things for posterity, now we do things for ourselves and leave the bill to posterity." -- Anonymous.

ON THIS DATE -- In 1917, Mata Hari, a Dutch dancer who had spied for the Germans, was executed by a firing squad outside Paris . . . In 1951, "I Love Lucy" premiered on CBS . . . In 1964, it was announced that Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev had been removed from office. . . .

SHE WOULD BE QUEEN -- Myrtis Jackson, wife of the Rev. Robert Jackson, minister at Humboldt Parkway Baptist Church, is running for Queen of Ministers' Wives and Widows in the annual contest of the Empire Baptist Missionary State Convention.

As the candidate representing Buffalo and Rochester, she is trying to raise $20,000. Mrs. Jackson was first runner-up last year at the convention, which names a queen annually, based on money raised to help others. This year's convention begins Monday in Rochester. . . .

ARMCHAIR EXCURSION -- Take a five-week tour of England's most elegant homes and grounds and get home in time for Monday Night Football.

Go no further than Buffalo State College's Lifelong Learning Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., where traveler Bonnie Gordon Flickinger will lecture on "British Treasure Houses and Water Gardens" Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m., starting next week. To register, call 852-8317.

MAJOR RECOGNITION -- Maj. Pedro J. Perez, the commander of State Police Troop A in Batavia, will be honored at the annual Law Enforcement Dinner of the Buffalo Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution next Wednesday in the Little White House, 5877 Main St., Williamsville. Deadline for reservations is Monday. Call Bill Everett at 632-1431 or 689-4240.

GOING BANANAS -- "BYOB: Bring Your Own Banana," an ice cream social to promote alcohol awareness, will be held Thursday at the University at Buffalo. More than 800 students are expected at the party from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union on UB's North Campus in Amherst.

"The purpose of this event is to create an awareness of responsible behavior in regard to the use and-or non-use of alcohol," said Betty Dimmick, coordinator of UB's recreation and intramural services' Natural High program.

PINNING THEIR HOPES -- High point of the annual induction ceremony of the Zonta Club of the Clarence-Newstead Area will be the sterling silver Zonta pins made by a local Native American artist. Zonta, a worldwide service organization working to advance the status of women, takes its name from a Sioux Indian word meaning honest and trustworthy.

The induction and dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Akron House Restaurant, Akron. For information, call Anna Kraatz at 759-0814.

MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH -- A pair of programs dealing with death and aging will be presented from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Erie Community College City Campus Auditorium, 121 Ellicott St.

The program is free, but advance registrations are appreciated. Call Carolyn Neyerlin at 833-3988.

In the first program, Bonnie Kwiatkowski, a counselor with Niagara Hospice's Circle of Hope support group for surviving family members, will discuss how to help children deal with the death of a loved one. The second program on aging will include presentations by Dr. Charles Schmidtke of the Canisius College Gerontology Department and Patricia Evans, gerontologist and professor of human services at Niagara County Community College.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Kate Sullivan, Melissa Miller, Bob Yeager, Jennifer Gilliland, Larry Golas, Shirley Jaros, Jacob Jaros, Joseph M. Beyers, Louis Siska, Carol Russo, Caitlin Kajawa, Theresa Cacciatore, Kathleen Ford, Millie Pododa, Frances Prince, Megan Ohar, Todd Byron, Justice Thomas McMahon, Phyllis Elbers, Sister Ellen O'Keefe, Mary McCarthy, Daniel Zlotek, Elvira Mudd, Dierdre Smith, Mike Frawley, Rebekkah Adams, Randy Krolewicz, Michael McGuire.

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