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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana (1863-1952), "Sanity is a madness put to good uses." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1779, John Adams was named to negotiate the Revolutionary War's peace terms with Britain. . . . In 1854, the first great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean liner occurred when the steamship Arctic sank with 300 people aboard. . . . In 1939, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered after weeks of resistance to invading forces from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. . . . In 1964, the Warren Commission issued a report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy. . . .

BEWARE OF TURTLES -- Richard T. Lohr, president of International Chimney Corp. of Williamsville, had the full attention of those present at a recent dinner meeting of the Hamburg Power Squadron as he described what went into his company's successful effort last year to move the famed Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from its erosion-threatened perch at the ocean's edge.

His talk in Root Five Restaurant on Lake Shore Road in Hamburg dealt with many technical feats required to move the 200-foot-tall national historic monument 2,900 feet southwest to a safer foundation. But perhaps the most unusual problem was the one dealing with the safety of the many spectators who flocked daily to the work site.

International Chimney decided to play it safe and rope off the area a bit over 200 feet from the lighthouse base, just in case the worst should happen.

However, a National Parks Service representative objected because that would have placed the spectators in a most sensitive area -- where an endangered species of turtle was in its mating season. And so a compromise with the "Turtle Lady" was reached, 50 feet plus a sign that warned: "Watch Out for Falling Objects." . . .

MILITARY REUNION -- For information about the 127th Tank Battalion Association's reunion from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 14 at George F. Lamm Post, American Legion, 962 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, call Harry F. Peasland at 882-0750 or John W. Kammerer at 824-0691.

"We would also like to hear from former members of the 127th Tank Battalion or 1st Battalion 127th Armor interested in joining our association," Kammerer said. . . .

BIRTHDAY TREAT -- Bea Slick and Linda Eaton came up with an unusual idea to help friend Debby Coan of Williamsville celebrate her 50th birthday. They took her picture in front of 50 different buffaloes in the "Herd About Buffalo" herd.

They started the tour, which took a little over two hours, by giving her a "Herd About Buffalo"
T-shirt they bought for $12 at Buffalo State College's Burchfield-Penney Art Center. Maps of the buffalo locations are available on the Internet at www.herdaboutbuffalo.com/
buffalo/locations.html . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Cindy Nogle, Roger Rooth, Marie Rooth, Norm Griffin, Susan Cozzi, Terri Kalata, Fran Kulik, John Brockenshire, Stevie Chauby, Josephine Sgalia, Alyce Watkins, Peg Papaj, Pat Elizabeth Grinder, Joey Jacobbi Jr., Bob Hartmann Sr., Tim Myc, Mary Jerge-Farrell, Sue Anderson, Eileen Ryan, Kathy Wilson, Agnes Nixon, Betty Comerford, Tillie Melson, Melissa Curtin, Norm Sfeir, Robert F. Bamrick.

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