OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee (1889-1975), "The history of almost every civilization furnishes examples of geographical expansion coinciding with deterioration in quality." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1765, Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers . . . In 1882, German scientist Robert Koch announced in Berlin that he had discovered the bacillus responsible for tuberculosis . . . In 1883, long-distance telephone service was inaugurated between Chicago and New York City . . . In 1944, in occupied Rome, the Nazis executed more than 300 civilians in reprisal for an attack by Italian partisans the day before that killed 32 German soldiers . . . In 1958, Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army in Memphis, Tenn. . . . In 1989, the nation's worst oil spill occurred when the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound and began leaking oil. . . .
RETIRING -- Another of Buffalo's finest, Detective Bob Swanson, will be retiring April 1, and his friends will honor his 27-year police career with a retirement party from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday in the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery. Tickets are $25 for the party, which will include an open bar, food and music.
Swanson and his Narcotics/Vice Bureau partner, Detective Robert Grisanti, received the "1997 American Officer of the Year Award" from the Canadian-American Law-Enforcement Organization for all the drug and prostitution arrests they made.
For more information about the party call Detective Rick Santucci at 851-4461. . . .
CARING PEOPLE who can commit an hour or two a week . . . or biweekly . . . or once a month . . . are needed as Maplewood Volunteers to assist skilled nursing home, subacute unit rehabilitation and assisted living residence residence of Maplewood Health Care Center and Residence at 225 and 229 Bennett Road.
Johann Komurek, director of volunteer services, said she is "looking for men, women and students (older than age 14) as individuals or in groups, to become friendly visitors, bring mail or read to residents" and assist them with activities insoide and outside the center. Call 681-9480. . . .
A REMINDER -- Sue Cycon, who worked for Goldome Bank from 1976 until it closed in 1991, sent a reminder that the annual get-together for former Goldome employees is set for 6 p.m. May 8. Call 626-0563 for details. . . .
SOUNDING PROUD -- The Albion Purple Eagles Marching Band has been selected to represent the State of New York in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C., on July 4. The band will be one of no more than 25 bands joining government officials, national military units, floats, balloons and other specialty units in the celebration of the nation's 222nd birthday.
The band will be in Washington July 3-5. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Ashley Gleason, Joseph Vincent Rosati, David Graf, Gary Refumat, Ed Schultz, Doris Preston, Mary Lewandowski, Jim Griffin, Dennis Sulzbach, Sue Seidenberg, Tadayoshi Higashiyama, Daniel Podolic, Al Schultz, Mary Elizabeth Rommel, Brittany Hornblass, Phil Lowrey, Charlene Masse, John Fricano, Jan Dziadaszek, Lisa Casselbury, Pat Snyder, Eric Pacer, Ryan V. Sobczak, Eden Kaszuba, Jason Miller, Patty Luss, David Notaro, Missy Barabasz, Pat Wolcott, Jim Skrabacz, Phyllis Kordos, Grace Sauter, Jim Barenetsky, Gabrielle Meyer, Michael Monaco, Pierre Monaco, Patricia Zlotek, Nathan O'Drobina.