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OLAF FUB SEZ: "Hope is a waking dream," according to Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 B.C.). . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1847, Liberia was proclaimed an independent republic. . . . In 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa began erupting . . . . In 1961, the official international Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto. . . . In 1974, Charles A. Lindbergh, the first man to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic, died in Hawaii at the age of 72. . . .

JUVENILE VIOLENCE -- Forensic psychologist Charles Patrick Ewing will kick off the "UB at Sunrise" breakfast series for the 1998-99 academic year with a discussion of "Preventing and Responding to Violence in Our Schools" at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 16 in the Center for Tomorrow at the University at Buffalo North Campus.

Ewing, a professor of law and adjunct professor of psychology at UB and an expert on juvenile violence, is the author of "Kids Who Kill," which predicted that juvenile homicide would reach epidemic proportions by the end of the Cost of the lecture and full breakfast is $10 for UB Alumni Association members and $12 for the general public. Deadline for reservations is Sept. 14. Call 829-2608. . . .

REUNION NOTE -- The deadline to make a reservation for the Sept. 23 Lackawanna High School Class of 1943 reunion has been extended to Sept. 7. Call 825-5604 or 825-1161. . . .

A BENEFIT will be held Sept. 26 for Jeromy Stacey, the 9-year-old boy whose both arms and several toes were amputated after he came in contact with 34,000 volts of electricity Aug. 1 at his home in Cheektowaga. The benefit is set for 2 p.m. to midnight in the Spring Brook Fire Company Recreation Hall, 31 Pound Road (at Seneca Street), Elma.

Jeromy, the nephew of Ed Sauer, chief of Spring Brook Fire Company, and Kevin Sauer, captain of Jamison Road Fire Company, is being treated in the Shrine Burn Hospital in Cincinnati and could be there for up to one year.

His uncles, who are planning the benefit, report that Jeromy appears to be in good spirits but that he is going to need a lot of support to help him recover. A $10 donation will gain admission to the benefit. Donation checks should be made payable to Jeromy Stacey, in care of Ed Sauer, 6460 Seneca St., Elma 14059. For more information, call Joann Dzubella at 655-1207 or Lori Gates at 655-2015 or 652-2434. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Sarah Evelyn Deci, Kerry Elizabeth Jones, Brenden Patrick Farrell, Carey McCabe, Bailey Borzecki, Cody Updegraff, Nicholas Sobczak, Sean Lauber, Corey Johnson, Ernie Everhardt, Sean Cuddihy, Kim Cuddihy, Paul Grzybowski, Collette Zakrzewski, Kevin O'Connor, Eddie Kerber, Lazerick Tate, La-Rhonda Simmons, Annette Smaszcz, John DiFiore, Helen Burke, Karen Burke Codair, Jerry Higgins, Mary B. Lang, Donna Sholtez, Doris Ferber, Lillian Martin, Jillian Grace Kelly.

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