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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was English author D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) who revealed: "The autumn always gets me badly, as it breaks into colors. I want to go south, where there is no snow leopard waiting to pounce." . . .

THIS DAY -- In 1776, Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British during the Revolutionary War. . . . In 1792, the French Republic was proclaimed. . . . In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 1, 1963. . . . In 1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb. . . . In 1989, songwriter Irving Berlin died in New York City at age 101. . . .

BOATERS BEWARE -- Crews of Girl Scouts will be paddling their canoes on the Erie Canal Sunday in Lockport in their annual race. Weather permitting, the race begins at 2 p.m. at the Day Road Bridge and ends 30 to 45 minutes later at Camp Margaret Castle.

The race is part of the "Skills and Chills" competition, named because it tests the Scouts' abilities in such skills as building fires, pitching tents, nature identification and knots and because it's held in the brisk fall weather. . . .

FOLIAGE LUNCHEON -- The Buffalo Christian Women's Club is sponsoring a "Fall Foliage" luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in Fanny's Restaurant, 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. The cost is $12.

A special feature will be a presentation, "Autumn Creations for the Home." Donna Kelley will sing, and Gail Murray, described as "a fun-loving woman from Milford, Ohio," will be the guest speaker. Reservations for the luncheon and complimentary child care can be made by calling 636-4924. . . .

BOOK SALE -- Previously read donated and discarded books will be sold from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library's James L. Crane Branch, 633 Elmwood Ave., according to a note from Susan J. LoPatriello, manager. She said donations of books or bags will be "gratefully" accepted until next Friday. For information, call 883-6651. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Melissa Forant, Matthew Shalloe, Mary Anne Rokitka, Sylvia Sapienza, Katie Gruber, Margie Toczynski, Phil Cordero, Sue Buczek, Marlys Hasnik, Nyigel Spann, Betty Ganci, Brandon Kuczmarski, Ron Greco, Sue LoTempio, Matthew Pytlak, Ricky Lynch, Jonathan Connors, Ruth Scorsone, Don Piechowicz, Joan Kowalewski, Gerry Aquino, Don Daigler, Jasper Coles, Sarah Fitch, Norm Murray, Kris Sheehan, Eric Palmer, Francis X. Jablonski, Eileen Wright, Trudy O'Brien, Diane Cielinski, Sonia Walter.

SATURDAY -- Samantha Rubino, Evelyn Hofheins, Debbie Merrifield, Tabatha McCabe, Tim Skillicorn, Patricia A. Rosolowski, Barbara Seifried, Linda Hall, Ruth Knoer, Kathy Webber, Jenna Pierini, Matthew Morreale, William A. Maxwell Jr., Darilyn Schiltz, Larry Schiltz, Josh Benkelman, Andrew Kuczmarski, Lee Vallett, Patrick McNamara, Ronald Gaca, Emily Nostrant, Barb Sandecki, Sean Stablewski, Emily Kondziela, Emmett Gallagher O'Neill, Bill Schwartz, Irene Slowik, Richard Jasinski, Linda Maury, Judy Ciulla, Jason Kobza, Kevin Shelway.

AND SUNDAY -- Joseph Andriatch, Natalie Schichtel, Amy Insalaco, Dusty Franczyk, Robbie Moll, Barbara Bartle, Christine Ricker, Marcus Stefaniak, Maria Bell, Jake Pokarny, Richard Robinson, Ann Grundtisch, Darlene Kruk, Gail Gemerek, Roseann Scotland, Mike Safe, MaryAlice Harrigen, Nancy Denecke, Danny Bamrick, Kayla Carney, Jeanette Sokero, Marion Darr, Rachel Heferle, Kayla Marie Carney, Nicholas Gianantonio, Betty Ratchuk, Jim Quinn.

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