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OLAF FUB SEZ: "You can always spot a well-informed man -- his views are the same as yours," according to author, actress and humorist Ilka Chase (1905-1978). . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1783, George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Va. . . . In 1788, Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the seat of the national government; about two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia . . . In 1823, the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore ('Twas the night before Christmas . . .) was published in the Troy, New York, Sentinel . . . In 1888, in a fit of depression, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear. His "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear" shows the right one bandaged because he painted the mirror image . . . In 1941, the Japanese captured Wake Island . . . In 1948, Hideki Tojo was hanged as a war criminal. A Japanese soldier who became Japan's prime minister, he was in power when Pearl Harbor was bombed. . . .

NICE GIFT -- Faculty members and students at Erie County Community College are still talking about the largest gift to the Erie Community College Foundation in its history. The Foundation received $60,000 in stock certificates from Lura L. Cook, an English professor who retired from ECC's North Campus in 1979. The donation will be used to establish an endowed scholarship in her name.

The largest gift in the college's 51-year history, it will be used at the donor's request to fund an annual scholarship award for an ECC North Campus student majoring in liberal arts/humanities who is graduating and transferring to a four-year college. . . .

Annual Annoyance
Wrapping gifts is easy

It goes quickly as a wink

Scaping price tags off

is the sticky part I think.

A brand name book is beautiful

The perfect gift I'm told

But by the time the label's off

It looks as though it's old.

-- Diana Notaro
PROMOTED -- Tim Flanagan, son of Marion Flanagan and the late Samuel Flanagan of Lewiston, has been promoted to the rank of major in the United States Army Reserve. He serves full time as an operations research analyst at the Pentagon. He recently completed a one-year assignment as an assistant professor of military science at Georgetown University.

Major Flanagan is a 1982 graduate of Lewiston Porter High School. He received a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986. In 1995, he received a masters degree in operations research management science from George Mason University. He lives in Fairfax, Va. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jack Connolly, John Sullivan, Francis J. Conway, Geraldine Rokitka, Nick Maliszczak, Kristina Buran, Sandy Messore, Edmund Wojdyla, Jack Morgan, Linda Smulen, Nancy Pickering, Jane Mullenhoff, John Pinski, Vi Roggow, Dan Brownsey, Allison M. Bellomo, Carol Voigt, Edmund Wojdyla, Timmy Leary, Kristen Noelle Everett, Michael Szafranski, Leanne Skrabacz, Jay Garrow, Nicole Sturm, Katie Agnes Kurzanski, Cheri Messore, Michael Amato, Brian Comerford, Bryan Knox, Carol Marie Hess, Peg Larsen, Florence Lobach, Steven M. Parr, Anna Marie Cummings.

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