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"Vanity, vanity, all is vanity -- that's any fun at all for humanity." Ogden Nash, American author and humorist (1902-1971).

ON THIS DATE -- In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent as Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to President Abraham Lincoln. . . . In 1901, Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel . . . In 1931, the George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, opened to traffic . . . In 1939, nylon stockings were sold publicly for the first time, in Wilmington, Del . . . In 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect.

IN OBSERVANCE of "Make a Difference Day," staffers at the Orleans Correctional Facility today are delivering "wish list" items to Buffalo's Hope Lodge, Ronald McDonald House and the Renaissance House. John Beaver, the correctional facility's deputy superintendent, said staffers with some help from inmates annually deliver gifts to aid organizations in Buffalo and Rochester.

SALE ROUNDUP -- More than 150 exhibitors are expected for the Sweet Home PTA Council craft fair Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sweet Home Middle School, 4150 Maple Road, Amherst. Admission is $1.

Admission is free at the Blossom Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary's 12th annual craft sale Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the fire hall, 1000 N. Blossom Road, Elma. Home made pies will be featured.

Free soft drinks and snacks will be offered as the Knights of Columbus, St. Pius X Council 11168, presents an Old-Fashioned Turkey Night Saturday at 7 p.m. in the St. Pius X Father Weber Center, 1700 N. French Road, Getzville.

Then there's the Fall Benefit Gala Auction to benefit the St. Francis Foundation Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Birge Mansion, 2 Symphony Circle. More than 100 items will be available for bid, including autographed sports souvenirs and the use of a home in Arizona. A gourmet buffet will be catered by Biac's. For ticket information, call 837-4200.

COLLECTORS' CORNER -- Farm and construction toy fanciers will have a field day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as the Alexander Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary holds its 10th annual Farm Toy Show in the Alexander Firemen's Recreation Hall on Route 98. Admission is $2.

DINNER PATROL -- Boy Scout Troop 22 will sponsor an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. in SS. Peter and Paul School cafeteria, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. Tickets are $4.75 for adults and $3.50 for children. Youngsters aged 3 and under eat free. Save 50 cents by getting advance tickets at the rectory.

HALLOWEEN PARTIES -- Main Place will hold Ghostwalk '97, its fifth annual costume parade, talent show and contest for children 14 and under Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Studio Arena Theater, along Main Street and in the Main Place Mall.

The talent show will feature 15 young performers on the Studio Arena stage at 11 a.m., then the Hutchinson Technical High School Marching Band will lead children in costumes down Main Street in the Ghostwalk. Costume judging will take place at Main Place Mall. For information, call 884-5101.

The East Aurora Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will hold its fifth annual Halloween party for children up to age 12 Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. in Firemen's Field, Pine Street Extension. Featured will be a haunted hayride, games, prizes, a costume contest, food and drinks. Organizers promise nothing will cost more than 50 cents.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Sharon Gleason, Carol Feind, Margaret Tauriello, Lori Carbenneau, Roll Gangloff, John Gel, Debe Yerke, Madonna Lathrop, Jill Piccolo, Dorothy McKelly, Matthew Urbanczyk, Janette Tobolski, Fred Ziemecki, Samantha Sage, Autumn Letetia Lockett, Laura Nowak, Patty Pringle, Rebecca Pringle, Michael Romanyak, Jessica Kaspryzyk, Shawn McGovern, Kelly A. Gavin, Charlie Bartolotta, Kelly Paschke, Mary Ann Brownsey, Naomi Pupilli, Steven Wiepert, Shauna Pohlman, Loretta Gibson, Loretta Fries, Sue Fay, Matthew McDonald, Peggy Lalley, Jean Twichell, Donna Golden, Paula Licata, Sarah Shaw.

SATURDAY -- Sophie Pokorski, Joseph Buran Sr., Sue Koronowski, David Pajak Jr., Joseph Avino, Eileen Kowal, Barbara Brozyna, Bruce J. Sage, Paul Tokasz, Daniel Sikora, Don Puccio, Rita Messore, Billie Beck, Scott Sendlak, Neal Sendllak, Fred Eye, Jean Ray, Pat Harrington, David Walter, Stephen Grimaldi, Jim Wrest, Betty Manaco, Betty Quest, Courtney Halligan, Grace Gibbons, Helen Meegan.

AND SUNDAY -- Jim Kelley, Gil Chorbajian, Cheryl Rae, Arlene Schlau, Bob Kersten, Brian Scheelar, Steve Harber, Joelle Pantano, Renee Berger, Laura Beth Kriegel, Joann Pokrant, Christna Tiberia, Marge Zakrzewski, Nellie Priebe, Gary Sage, Eleanor Martin, Zora Kustreba, Violet Macklin, Kevin Panek, Mark Kautz, Gene Wrest, Amanda Rott, Mary Anne Deichman, Gert Piegay.

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