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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French author George Sand (1804-1876), "Art for art's sake is an empty phrase. Art for the sake of the true, art for the sake of the good and the beautiful, that is the faith I am searching for." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1776, Nathan Hale was hanged by the British as a spy during the Revolutionary War . . . In 1789, Congress authorized the office of postmaster-general . . . In 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 1, 1863 . . . In 1949, the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb . . . In 1969, during a game against San Diego, Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants hit his 600th career home run . . . In 1975, Sara Jane Moore failed in an attempt to shoot President Gerald Ford outside a San Francisco hotel . . . In 1989, Irving Berlin, one of America's most prolific and popular songwriters, died in New York City at age 101. . . .

WELLNESS FAIR -- A community health and wellness fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 68 East Main St., Hamburg.

The fair, which is open to the public, will provide free cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure tests, and representatives from 25 agencies and health groups will be on hand to provide information on everything from Alzheimer's disease to arthritis and children's asthma.

Theresa Dulski and Charlene Kozak, co-chairwomen for the annual event, said dietary counseling will be available as well as information on yoga, speach and hearing, heart disease, mental health, lead hazards, multiple sclerosis and other topics. Designed as a family health fair, the planners even included provisions for a clown -- Mitzi -- to be on hand to entertain the children. She was a big hit with the kids at last year's fair. . . .

BATTLE WON -- Saturday night's Oktoberfest at the Club Lorelei in Hamburg, attended by about 600 people, had an extra reason to celebrate. President Irene Marvin took to the microphone while the Krazy Firemen band was taking a pause to announce a victory.

She announced that the German course at Eden Central School, which had been facing extinction, has been saved. She reported that the Eden School Board, faced with the possible retirement of long-time teacher Charles Yale, was surprised by the number of qualified German teachers who applied. Hence, the new teacher assumed her duties with the 7th and 8th grades, and next year will move on through the 10th, as Yale stays on to ease the transition.

"We've won one battle," Marvin said, "and now we have to work on Hamburg. There is no reason for Hamburg to be without German instruction." . . .

WINE AND DINE -- A wine-tasting party to benefit the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church St.

The event, the Seventh Annual Festival of Fine Wine and Friends, will be presented by Fleet Private Clients Group. It will feature 70 fine wines, a gourmet buffet and a live auction.

Co-sponsors are Business First, WKBW-TV, WHTT Oldies 104 and Buffalo Magazine. Tickets are $100 per person. Reservations are available by calling the Hospice Foundation at 686-8090. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Diane McNamara, Candice Martin, Jeanne Lumpkin, Katie Gruber, Margie Toczynski, Mary Anne Rokitka, Ron Greco, Betty Ganci, Phil Cordero, Jordan Dawson, Brandon Kuczmarski, Kristy Wilis, Jessica Makowski, Jerry Barczykowski, Frankie Kaz Jr., Jonathan Connors, Ricky Lynch, Ruth Scorsone, Don Piechowicz, Don Daigler, Samantha Herberger, Gerry Aquino, Joan Kowalewski, Norm Murray, Kris Sheehan, Eric Palmer, Eileen Wright, Trudy O'Brien, Sarah Fitch, Willie Whipple, Sam DiFrancesco, Dino Puntillo.

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