OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Irish-born novelist Dame Rebecca West (1892-1983), "There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1777, during the Revolutionary War, American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga. . . . In 1881, James A. Garfield, the 20th president of the United States, died of wounds inflicted by an assassin. . . . In 1934, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnap-murder of the infant son of Charles A. Lindbergh. . . . In 1955, President Juan Peron of Argentina was ousted after a revolt by the army and navy. . . . In 1957, in the Nevada desert, the United States conducted its first underground nuclear test. . . . In 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was angered during a visit to Los Angeles when told that he wouldn't be allowed to visit Disneyland -- for security reasons. . . . In 1960, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in New York City to visit the United Nations, checked out of the Shelburne Hotel in a dispute with the management. . . .
NEW PLAYHOUSE -- Children at the United Cerebral Palsy Association Children's Services Center will soon have a new playhouse. It was built Aug. 16 as part of the United Way Day of Caring.
The wooden playhouse is one of 10 built with the help and sponsorship of Home Depot, which provided 30 employees and more than $4,000 in supplies. The playhouses were built by state and county employees of the University at Buffalo, Collins Correctional Facility, the New York State Office of General Services, the City of Buffalo, the Erie County Department of Public Works and Home Depot.
United Way 2000 Campaign chairmen Don and Jane Ogilvie helped dedicate the playhouse. . . .
500 REASONS -- Wendy Alicea was a smoker for nine years until she entered the Rite Aid/Health Now "Quit for Cash" Challenge July 25. That was the day the 26-year-old woman breathed into a carbon monoxide detector. It displayed her level of carbon monoxide.
Alicea was one of 73 participants in the challenge. Entrants were divided into two groups -- Rite Aid associates and Rite Aid customers. She was the winner of the patient challenge. After two witnesses confirmed that she quit smoking, she breathed into the breath detector again on Sept. 13 to prove that her CO dropped and that she had become a nonsmoker. She then received a prize of $500 at the North Tonawanda Rite Aid at 419 Division St.
Her success at quitting smoking had other benefits. Her dad, who had smoked for 30 years, and husband quit smoking.
The "Quit for Cash" Challenge is part of Good Health Solutions, a yearlong program of monthly events that provides customers and plan members valuable information on critical health issues. Designed by Rite Aid pharmacists, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Western New York and Blue Shield of Western New York, the comprehensive program will explore a different health theme each month. . . .
ART AUCTION -- Art in all media and price ranges will be auctioned Sunday in Martin Luther School, 1085 Eggert Road, Amherst. Sponsored by St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the auction will begin at 3 p.m. A preview will begin at 2. Admission will be $5 per person. There will be wine and cheese and a fresh fruit platter. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Patrick Schaus, Sandy Piepszny, Spencer Charles Glynn, Mike Kazmierczak, Jan Robaczynski, Cheri D. Maxwell, Renee Grah, Mae Cusimano, Betsy Jamieson, Maggie White, Karen Watson, Andrew Pfeifer, Donna Kruk, Linda Harrington, Bob Bouquard, Elizabeth Perison, Barb Sasiadek, Geraldine Johnson, Joan Howard, Jessica Lockwood, Kevin Pipchowicz, Ryan McCartan, Deb Dispenza, Michael Giancarlo Jr., Dina Giancarlo, Kenneth E. Howe, Mary Bach, C. Robert Beach, Kate Evans, Rebecca Cole, Tracy D. Daw.