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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was French author and dramatist Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-1799) who observed, "It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1620, Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower went ashore for the first time at what is now Plymouth, Mass. . . . In 1898, scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered the radioactive element radium. . . . In 1913, the first crossword puzzle was published in the New York World. . . . In 1945, Gen. George S. Patton died in Heidelberg, Germany, of injuries suffered in a car crash. . . . In 1948, the state of Eire, formerly the Irish Free State, declared its independence. . . .In 1988, a bomb exploded, killing 270 people aboard a Pan American Boeing 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland. . . .

Y2K NUPTIALS -- Everyone in Franklinville has met Becky Bowen and Tim Dash at one time or another. She's in customer service for the Franklinville (insurance) Agency, and he's the operator of a successful and reliable construction business. Becky is a widow. Her husband, Mark Bowen, died in 1994. Dash never has been married. They started going together about four years ago. Now they plan to be married one second after midnight to bring in the new century and millennium.

The Rev. Cindy Bean, interim minister at the First Presbyterian Church of Franklinville, will marry the couple in the church.

"It will be a candlelight ceremony," the bride-to-be said. "If the electric power fails, it won't affect our wedding."

Becky, the daughter of Robert and Joyce Hayes of Franklinville and the late Lester Wolfer Sr., will be wearing a sequined dress. The groom is the son of Barb and Gordy Dash of Franklinville.

And who knows? Their wedding may be the first in the nation for 2000! . . .

REUNION SET -- The Reunion Committee for the Kenmore East High School Class of 1975 sent word that its 25-year reunion will be held July 7 at J.T. Wheatfield's, 6935 Ward Road, Wheatfield. The fun will start at 5 p.m.

Cost will be $10 per person. Reservations must be made by March 1 with prepaid checks to Kenmore East Reunion, P.O. Box 224, Kenmore, N.Y. 14217. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jessica Webb, Roseann Minnuto, Nancy Fuentes, Mark Weber, Jeannie Lindenfeld, John Bleech, Mary Gunning, Anthony Ference, Danette Moody, Kevin Goldsmith, Georganne Alexander, Joe Bakowski, Paula Parker, Tracey Montante, Dennis A. Kless, Lauren Rzeszutek, Christine Lewandowski, Joe Graham, Meghan Harrington, Linda McMahon, Bill Slattery, Amy Lasalle, Carol Smentek, Stephen Cyran, Joe Vukovic, Hollie Southern, Thomas Cordovano, Kyle Mackiewicz, Tori Aronica, Nick A. Macchia.

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