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OLAF FUB SEZ -- "Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace." -- Amelia Earhart, American aviator (1898-1937). . . .

ON THIS DATE -- In 1803, the U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase. . . . In 1892, the city of Chicago dedicated the World's Columbian Exposition. . . . In 1947, Hollywood came under scrutiny as the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence and infiltration within the motion picture industry. . . . In 1968, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. . . . In 1977, three members of the rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed in the crash of a chartered plane near McComb, Miss. . . .

SERVICE REUNIONS -- The 127th Tank Battalion Association will mark the 50th anniversary of federal recognition of the New York Army National Guard battalion at its 11th annual reunion dinner Nov. 1 in the Holiday Inn Airport, Genesee St., Cheektowaga. For reservations, call dinner chairman Harry Peasland at 882-0750.

Servicemen who served with the ASA in Korea in the 1950s will hold a reunion Nov. 6 to 9 in Carlisle, Pa. For information, contact Andrew Kavalecs in Annville, Pa., at 717-838-5546.

The USS Saipan CVL-48 Association will hold its annual reunion Nov. 6 to 9 in Pensacola, Fla., for all who served aboard the aircraft carrier in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. For information call association president B.D. Stine toll free at 1-800-476-4979. . . .

REUNION TIME -- Lafayette High School's Class of 1972 will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a reunion dinner-dance Nov. 8. Reservations are needed by Friday.

Call Keith and Susan Wells Schreckengost at 886-2046 or Adele Withey Frank at 874-2477. . . .

IMAGE BUILDERS -- What group could be more upbeat than the Buffalo-Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America? Their best foot certainly will be forward at a membership reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Crawdaddy's Restaurant, 2 Templeton Terrace. Non-members interested in finding out about the organization are welcome to attend. Reservations are required. Call Jeff Paterson at 856-2932. . . .

A JAZZ BISTRO cocktail party featuring the music of Michael Civisca, Mary Stahl and the Ken Kaufman Trio will highlight the Blind Association of Western New York's 90th anniversary celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the agency's headquarters, 1170 Main St. Kevin O'Connell will be master of ceremonies. . . .

Edythe Day, John N. Walsh III, Barbara A. Elliott and the Buffalo & Erie County Private Industry Council will receive the organization's 1997 Vision of Light Awards for service to the visually impaired. Ruth K. Kahn is chairwoman for the event, "Celebrating 90 Visionary Years." Admission will be by invitation. . . .

HERE SHE COMES -- Applications are being taken for the 1997 Erie County Junior Miss competition Nov. 23 in the Harlem Road Community Center, Snyder. To enter, a young woman must be a high school senior and a U.S. citizen.

Scholarships totaling about $30,000 have been given to winners of the competition over the past seven years. For information, call Susan Makai at 839-9012. . . .

CAR CLEANUP -- The Concord Town Board has designated November as "Concord Car Cleanup Month" has prompted William Koehler, a Springville scrap dealer, to offer to donate $25 to the Concord Historical Society for every car that he picks up and removes.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Sue Sasiadek, Molly Evans, Kenneth Heerdt, Ann Marie Lipinczyk, Bill Noblett, Betty Seweryniak, Kathy Tripi, Carolyn Koelmel, Eric Bauer, Peter Covey, Sue Graham, Terry Kelley, Wanda Przybyl, Alice Worrel, Margie King, Tom Boris, Danny O'Leary and Alice Pully.

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