OLAF FUB SEZ: It was Roman senator and historian Tacitus (A.D. 56-115) who observed, "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1506, Christopher Columbus died in poverty in Spain. . . . In 1861, North Carolina voted to secede from the Union. . . . In 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France. . . . In 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland for Ireland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. . . .In 1989, comedian Gilda Radner died of cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 42. . . .
PRIME "JUNQUE" along with antiques, bargains and good food await visitors to the 13th annual "Townwide Yard Sale" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 and 8 on Main Street in Strykersville.
The Sheldon Historical Society sponsors the annual event to raise money for the upkeep of the Schoolhouse Museum, which features a century-old restored classroom and local history display. The Coachmen Band Concert will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, and a demonstration of pottery making from local clay can be seen.
For information, call (585) 457-3061. . . .
BOAT BLESSINGS will be given from 2 to 3 p.m. June 8 at the South Terminal Wall of the Erie Barge Canal (east of the Delaware Avenue Bridge) in the City of Tonawanda by Monsignor John I. Ducette, pastor of St. Timothy's Catholic Church. Boaters will meet meet at the East River section of the Niagara River across from the Grand Island Holiday Inn.
The annual event is sponsored by Inner Harbor Yacht Club, 50 Fillmore Ave., City of Tonawanda, where pancake breakfasts will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to anyone interested, according to Anne C. Meyer, chairwoman of the ceremony. "Last year we had 100 boats attend the ceremony," she said. For information, call 692-9920. . . .
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A CELEBRATION of the 100th birthday of Effie Leonard Dohany of Kenmore and a rememberance of her husband of 69 years, Joseph, will take place today at the Buffalo Yacht Club.
Relatives and friends will honor the retired teacher who was born 100 years ago today at New Castle, Pa., and commemorate the death of her husband on Jan. 25, 2001, at age 98.
The couple's daughter, Gael, who lives in London, England, said her remarkable mother does her own cooking and gardening in the house in which she has lived for 53 years and is still an above-average bridge player. She is a member of the 20th Century Club.
Known for her upswept white hair and demure appearance, the matriarch of the Leonard clan, which has its roots in County Cork, Ireland, is shy about her age but proud of her many years as a teacher of business courses first at Hutch-Tech and then Grover Cleveland high schools. It isn't unusual for former students -- many of them up in years themselves -- to recognize her and then to stop to tell her that her teaching prepared then to get their first jobs and subsequent success. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Effie
Dohany, Mark Watson, Mike Dickinson, Adam Pyszczynski, Mary Smietana, Joe Parisi, Alexa
Coburn, Sandra Yund, Edward Olejniczak, Bobby Sabadasz, Jerry Hauser, Robert J. Dimmig, Karen Miller, Russ Gay, William M.
Finnegan, Chuck Lundquist, David A. Quagliana.