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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was American author and humorist Ogden Nash (1902-1971) who penned: "Vanity, vanity, all is vanity / That's any fun at all for humanity." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1537, Jane Seymour, third wife of England's King Henry VIII, died 12 days after giving birth to Prince Edward, later King Edward VI. . . . In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent when Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to President Abraham Lincoln. . . . In 1901, Anna Edson Taylor, 43, became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Though she enjoyed some fame, she had no fortune when she died in 1921. . . . In 1931, the George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, was opened to traffic. . . . In 1939, in Wilmington, Del., nylon stockings were sold publicly for the first time. . . . In 1940, the 40-hour workweek went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. . . . In 1962, the U.S. blockade of Cuba during the missile crisis began under a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy. . . .

TOYS FOR TOTS -- The U.S. Marine Corps is looking for locations to place barrels for the annual Toys for Tots Christmas drive. The Marines also need volunteers to drop off the barrels and pick them up when they are filled. Call James Pavel at 851-4370. . . .

HALLOWEEN BENEFIT -- The Spina Bifida Association of Western New Yok will hold a Halloween party from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Main-Transit Fire Department, 6777 Main St., Amherst. The tab is $15 and includes food and mixers. Proceeds will benefit children and parents of youngsters with the disease. For information, call Dawn Ball at 683-1473 or Sherry Griecar at 439-1579. . . .

DRESS-UP TIME -- The fourth annual "Dress Up for a Cure" Halloween party to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Harvey D. Morin Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 965 Center Road, West Seneca. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple and include beer, pop, wine and a buffet, along with music. . . .

CHOWDER TIME -- The annual Two Church -- St. John the Baptist Church/St. Francis Xavier Church -- chowder sale and old-fashioned bazaar will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in St. Francis Church, 157 East St.

For information, call 875-4390 or 873-1911. . . .

HAM DINNERS will be served from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 (Election Day) in St. John Lutheran Church, Ward Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield. Tickets are $6.50 for adults and $4.50 for children 5 and older. Children younger than 5 eat free.

For information, call 693-9677 or 693-5725. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Roll Gangloff, Helen Manjone, Leo Lawrence, Carol Feind, Debe Yerke, Arthur Klin, Alice Ziomek, Mary Meyer, Patty Pringle, Rebecca Pringle, Madonna Lathrop, Fred Ziemecki, Jeanette Tobolski, Shauna Pohlman, Shawn McGovern, Doris O'Connor, Elaine Elia, Kelly Gavin, Jill Piccolo, Matthew McDonald, Peggy Lalley, Paige Franger, Sarah Shaw, Michael Creonin, Samantha Sage, Bobby Rabb, Noreen McNab.

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