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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797), "Superstition is the religion of feeble minds." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1864, a Colorado militia killed at least 150 peaceful Cheyenne Inidians in what became known as the Sand Creek Massacre. . . . In 1924, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before finishing his opera "Turandot." It was finished by Franco Alfono. . . . In 1929, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd radioed that he had made the first airplane flight over the South Pole. . . . In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews. . . . In 1952, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower kept his campaign promise to visit Korea to assess the ongoing conflict. . . . In 1961, Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft. It orbited Earth twice before returning. . . . In 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. . . . In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, Calif. She was 43. . . . In 1986, actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa. He was 82. . . . In 2001, George Harrison, the "quiet Beatle," died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer. He was 58. . . . Also in 2001, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution extending the U.N. humanitarian program in Iraq and setting the stage for an overhaul of U.N. sanctions against Baghdad. . . .

REUNION NOTE -- A "massive" reunion party is being planned for all graduates of St. Leo the Great School. Joyce Ceresa and Mary Ciofani, who are heading the reunion committee, are asking all graduates of St. Leo's, from its first class in 1955 to the 2002 class, to contact the committee by e-mail at Saintleochurch@aol.com or at the church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, NY 14226. Respondents are asked to include their name, maiden name, graduation year, address, telephone number and e-mail address.

St. Leo the Great Parish was established in 1953. The first Mass was celebrated in a open field on Sweet Home Road. A residence at 803 Sweet Home Road served as the rectory, with daily Masses held in the basement. On Ascension Thursday in 1954, ground was broken for the school at 903 Sweet Home Road. . . .

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help staff the Autistic Services holiday gift-wrapping booth at Eastern Hills Mall from Dec. 9 to 24. Day and evening hours are available. Proceeds will benefit the agency's programs for autistic children and adults. For information or to volunteer, call 631-5777. . . .

REINDEER RUN -- The annual Medaille College Reindeer Run and Fun Walk -- one of the last area 5K races of 2002 -- will be held Dec. 7. The 1-mile fun walk steps off at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 10. Proceeds will benefit the Western New York Children's Literacy Center and Medaille athletics. For applications and information, call Aimee Pearson at 884-3281. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Martin Petrik, Kayla Grace Bartels, Giavanna Sacco, Tara Seisried, Jamie McCartan, Bernie Futch, Marcie Dudek, Pat Howells, Mary Lou Lombardo.

SATURDAY -- Pat Dziewa, Marty Nightengale, Carol Bartoszek, Jim Opoka, Michael Wojciechowski, Tom O'Brian, Alex Eye, Frank Messina.

AND SUNDAY -- Mary Liberatgore, Norman Liberatore, Gary Damon, Karen Kelley Heck, Carly Kirchberger, Rita Derylak, Pat Oppenheiner, Mark Ekstrum, Tim Coppola, Marie Cessaro, Ralph Orlando, Marilyn Benshatle, Diane S. Bowen, Suzanne Diaz, Mary Panaro, Bill Carey, John Tomaka.

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