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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) who observed: "Sin cannot be undone, only for-given." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1170, Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in England's Canterbury Cathedral. . . . In 1808, Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States, was born in Raleigh, N.C. . . . In 1813, the British burned Buffalo during the War of 1812. . . . In 1845, Texas was admitted as the 28th state. . . . In 1851, the first YMCA in America was organized in Boston. . . . In 1890, about 300 Sioux Indians in South Dakota were killed by U.S. troops sent to disarm them in what became known as the Wounded Knee massacre. . . . In 1940, during World War II, Germany began dropping incendiary bombs on London. . . . In 1975, a bomb exploded in the main terminal of New York's LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 people. . . . In 1989, playwright Vaclav Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia. He was the country's first noncommunist leader in more than four decades. . . .

"CELTIC BEAT" is the name of the coming Rince Na Tiarna annual celebration, according to a note from Colleen M. Gullo.

The celebration will be held Feb. 19 in Buffalo State College's Rockwell Hall. She said that in recent years "we have provided a luncheon show. However, we have outgrown many of the locations in Buffalo and feel a need to concentrate on the dance. This year's extravaganza will feature the best in music and dance."

Tickets are $12 and available by writing to Rince Na Tiarna, in care of Sue Pietrzak, 71 Collins Ave., West Seneca, N.Y. 14224. Make checks payable to Rince Na Tiarna. For information, call 825-6700. . . .

GERALD GOLDHABER of Williamsville, associate professor of communication at the University at Buffalo, has received the 1999 Philanthropy Award from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives for his long-standing work with Shea's Performing Arts Center. He serves as chairman of Shea's board of trustees. . . .

RONALD A. ARNOLD wrote Olaf that it would be "most helpful to Korean War veterans in Western New York" to identify themselves to the U.S.-Korea 2000 Foundation, 4600 Duke St., Suite 416, Alexandria, Va. 22304-2517, in order to keep informed about the 50th anniversary of the conflict. The anniversary will begin June 25.

Anyone who served in the armed forces, including the Coast Guard and Merchant Marine, during the conflict may request an information and registration packet by calling the foundation. The phone number is (703) 212-8128.

"Just by identifying themselves to the foundation, men and women veterans as well as family members of deceased veterans and MIAs will be advised well in advance of events in the United States and South Korea, so that they can plan to attend," wrote Arnold, who lives in Buffalo. . . .

Dumb in Some Things

Some of us keep quiet.

Reason -- we will deny it --

Is that talking would show

How little we know.

-- Walter S. Slon
HE COUNTS -- The book "The Devil's Arithmetic" by Jane Yolen will be discussed at an Author of the Month Club meeting for students in grade 5 through 7 and their parents at 7 p.m. Jan. 6, in the Gallery Room of Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia. No charge. For information, call Paula J. Meyer, outreach librarian, at 343-9550. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Ann Maliszczak, Russell Catalano, Patti Hartzfeld, Catherine Panaro, Msgr. Tom Maloney, Kevin Grobelski, John Walkowiak, Dave Wannemacher, Marie Kaczor, Joseph Charles Denecke Jr., John Paul Sfeir, Toni Malczewski, Frances Johnston, Rita Merckel, Kenneth L. Herkey, Barbara D. Hall, Grace Werts, Corey Farrell, Christine Ahrens, Sue Dulkiewicz, Sally Lapp.

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