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OLAF FUB SEZ: The dumbest criminal around is the guy who held up a group of tourists on their way home from Las Vegas. . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1939, at 11:15 a.m., British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announced the declaration of war against Germany. France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa followed suit. . . .

Different Tastes
While many enjoy their vacation

Visiting a distant nation

Others prefer to stay within reach

And savor the ease of a veranda beach.

-- Walter S. Slon
VITAMINS C AND E may have helped Wanda Miochalowski Wysocki of Lancaster to live a long, long time. The Buffalo native and former Williamsville resident will be 100 years old Saturday. The petite woman with silver hair and blue eyes is alert and in good health except for a hearing problem, according to her daughter, Carol Gonka of Lewiston.

Mrs. Gonka explained that her mother was very strict on herself about what she ate and that she took Vitamin C and E supplements through much of her life. Her husband, Joseph Wysocki, died in 1961. She was active for many years in the Main-Transit Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary.

She led an independent life and maintained her own home until she moved to St. Elizabeth's Adult Care Home in Lancaster. A birthday party, complete with cake and ice cream, will be held for her Saturday, with her daughter and son, Fred, of Bastrop, Texas, on hand. On Sunday, some of her 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren will pay a visit and treat her again. . . .

STAR TREK BOOKS author Lawrence M. Krauss will deliver the annual Moti L. Rustgi Memorial Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 225 of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Building on the University at Buffalo North Campus. The talk will be free and open to the public.

His presentation will be "The Physics of Star Trek," which happens to be the title of one of his books. He also wrote "Beyond Star Trek," "Fear of Physics" and numerous other books and articles on physics and astronomy.

Krauss said he viewed episodes of the popular series while writing his Star Trek books. He will discuss the plausible and not-so-plausible technical aspects of the programs during the lecture, which honors Moti Rustgi, who was director of graduate studies for the UB Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences when he died in 1992. . . .

HONORS FOR TRIO -- Three retiring, long-time veterans of the Erie County Sheriff's Department will be honored with a party at 6 p.m. on Sept. 30 in the Eagles Club, 4569 Broadway, in Depew. The retirees are Technical Sgt. Robert Phillips of the Ordinance Unit, Sr. Detective Jim Bromstead of the Narcotics Squad and Technical Sgt. Richard Sojka. Tickets are available from Lt. Carl Kowalski or Sgt. Martin Wolinski at 662-6150, or Trish Mohn at 858-7755. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Joe Banach, Emily Hakes, Todd Burkard, Daryl Boehringer, Natalie Gawys, Justin Rokitka, Larry Rokitka, Wanda Hartman, Daniel J. Delaney, Melissa Marie Conwell, Bradley Szuniewicz, Stefan Bishop, Norine Brennan, Jim Marranca, Samantha Richard, Michael Kucinski, Dominic Diaz, Julie Ann Golebiewski, Joyce Laettner, Jacquilyn Hill, Mark Robins, Shirley Palmer, Paul Burns, Stanley Olszewski, Pat Bifaro, Jim Kontos, Mary Koehler.

SATURDAY -- Michael Trembath, Stephen Justin York, Becky Miller, Sister Lucia O'Brien, Vicky Barone, Jerry McMillan, Ken Kozakiewicz, Tina Janiszeski, Robert C. Gumm, Cassie Malinowski, Dorothy M. Shea, Barbara Bickelman, Florence Golebiewski, Charlene Gifford, Geraldine Casey, Kim Daley.

AND SUNDAY -- Sr. Mary Lucia O'Brien, Marley Gleason, Joe Catalano, Scott Gehl, Terry Haley Powell, Mike Cipalla, Lynn Pasquale, Liza Scolnik, Dawn Kunz, Ross M. Cellino Jr., Sarah Cheney, Gary Bradley, Karl Safe, Mary Faber, Kevin Deet, Jim Bellow, Helen Kurcz, Bobby Grande, Nancy Haug, Agnes Perkins, Maryann Schlager, Neil O'Donnell, Irma Derwin, Katrina Howard, Joey Pasniak, Mike Cipolla.

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