OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873), "Genius does what it must, talent does what it can." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1430, Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English. . . . In 1533, the marriage of England's King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void. . . . In 1701, Capt. William Kidd was hanged in London after he was convicted of piracy and murder. . . . In 1788, South Carolina became the the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. . . . In 1934, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville, La. . . . In 1937, industrialist John D. Rockefeller died in Ormond Beach, Fla. . . . In 1960, Israel announced it had captured former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann in Argentina. He was tried in Israel, found guilty of crimes against humanity and hanged in 1962. . . .
JOAN ALBARELLA of West Seneca, an associate professor in writing at the University at Buffalo and a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and the Italian American Writers Association, has her third "Nikki Barnes" mystery on the shelves of area bookstores.
The mystery, called "Close To You," is a sequel to "Agenda For Murder" and "Called To Kill."
Albarella told Olaf that in the latest book, Nikki Barnes, now a reverend, "once again joins her Vietnam vet Army buddy, police Sgt. Max Mullen, to help catch a treacherous serial killer who is terrorizing a small college town." Albarella can be contacted at JKEA@juno.com. . . .
ANCIENT CREATURES await young visitors at the 10th annual Children's Day Program at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg at 1 p.m. June 1. A dinosaur named Dieonychus and other creatures from the past will greet visitors.
Contests -- with prizes for all -- will be held for children, and there will be opportunities for viewing sunspots through a telescope, fossil collecting, cleaning and identification of fossils, face-painting and "visiting" the solar system, which will be laid out to scale. Kite-flying demonstrations also are planned.
Members of the Hamburg Natural History Society get in free. Nonmember adults will have to pay $4; children $3. The program will be held rain or shine. Visit the society's Web page at www.penndixie.org or call 627-4560 for directions and information. . . .
CHICKEN BARBECUE dinners will be served from noon until sold out June 8 in Annunciation Catholic Church Seibert Hall, 7581 Clinton St., Elma. The cost will be $6.75 for adults and $4 for children and includes half a chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, vegetable, bread, butter, beverage and dessert. The Annunciation Holy Name Society is sponsoring the event. . . .
REUNION NOTE -- For information about a reunion of the Cleveland Hill High School Class of 1973 to be held July 25, call Charmaine Patterson at 432-5531 or Tom Duyea at (800) 991-3375. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Scott John Gales, Hallie Joffe, Joe Duke, Mike Golebiewski, Monsignor Robert McNamara, Harrison Winn, Jeanne Cummings, Kathy Buran, Bob Hoerner, Kara Mooney, Ann Gregory, Neville McNeil, Gerald Ratka, Angelina Fass, Chris Betz, Annemarie Agostinelli, Rose Barrows, Michael James
Lojacono, Tom Morrissey, the Rev. Rene Phillips, Gret Shea, Bob Sprada, Mike Lempko, Abigail Giambra, Buddy Wright, Joe Wright, Maureen Regan Mack, Ruth LoHouse, Jane O'Donnell, David Mersdorf, Paula Walters, Rose P. Manning, Thomas E. Thornton Jr., Megan McCartan, William J. Ritchie, Bill Courtade, Santina
Kumiega, Georgean Sieber.
SATURDAY -- John Webb, Kayla Catalano, Ruthie M. Hollis, Leslie Schiltz, Ron Dombrowski, Ed Willick, Beth Taylor, Deana Greco, Lisa Horton, Donna Bellissimo, Jessica Schmitt, Steve Zadan, Patrick Mulhern, Jeff Didion, Dan Griffin, Matt Wrona, Paul Weitz, Michelle Wannemacher, Kevin Fitzgerald Sr., Lisa Alagna, Marty Biniasz, Jack Migliore, Liz Lockwood, Daniel Griffin, Karen Sieracki, Ernest Toepfer, Mary C. Betz, Jack Damstetter, Beth Taylor.
AND SUNDAY -- April Jones, Ferron Camp, Darryl Clark, Andrea Benkovich, Liz Carone, Dorothy Schwartz, Jessie Engels, Justin Zanner, Laurie Marien, Jessica Gravius, Angie Majehrzak, David P. Starzynski, Cynthia LoCastro, Jacob Winiarski, Carol Mackey.