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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh, "To write or to speak is almost inevitably to lie a little. It is an attempt to clothe an intangible in a tangible form; to compress an immeasurable into a mold. And in the act of compression, how Truth is mangled and torn." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1431, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France. . . . In 1883, a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in imminent danger of collapsing triggered a stampede in which 12 people were trampled to death. . . . In 1911, Indianapolis had its first long-distance auto race, which was won by Ray Harroun. . . .

HEAVENLY BOOST -- Joyce L. Wilson of Amherst, one of Olaf's contributors, recently noticed an interesting sign posted at Ascension Lutheran Church on Main Street in Snyder. It read:

Come In

For a Faith Lift

CAN'T FIND 'EM -- A 50-year class reunion is being planned for West Seneca Central School Class of 1953 on Sept. 27 at Kloc's Grove in West Seneca.

The reunion committee has been unable to locate classmates Ralph Frisch, Nancy Meyer Walrath, Edward Burrows, Joan Laux Callahan, Dolores Gruber Gehrman, Adele Ritenberg Terranova, Joan Schwartz Sutton, Patricia Kreuger Cammarata, Robert Kucinski, Donald Robinson, Russell Wilson, Richard Priebe, Robert Rebman and Donald Mascia.

For information regarding the reunion, or if anyone knows how to get in touch with the "missing" classmates, call 655-9096 or 652-0919. . . .

PATRIOTIC PROJECT -- Alexander Hyla, a Boy Scout in Troop 236, which is sponsored by Depew-Lancaster Lodge 1605, Loyal Order of Moose, will hold a flag retirement ceremony June 22 at Father Justin Council 5670, Knights of Columbus, to complete his Eagle Scout project. Fellow Scouts, members of the Knights of Columbus and the Knights of St. John, local dignitaries and veterans groups will participate.

Hyla will accept flags that should be retired until June 20. The flags can be dropped off at the Lancaster Moose Lodge, 5437 Broadway; the Tops Market in D&L Plaza, Broadway and Brunswick Road, Depew; the main entrance at Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca; and the Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga. . . .

A "TO DIE FOR" bake sale along with the serving of chicken barbecue dinners, a "Spring Housecleaning Sale" of "new or barely used items," a plant sale, theme baskets and music will be available June 7 at Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, Route 5 at Old Lake Shore Road, Lake View.

The barbecue chicken meals will be served from noon to 6 p.m. or until sold out. The tab will be $6.50 at the door or $6 presale. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Helen Calloway, Stephanie Austin, Gary Galante, Helen Murdough, Robert Mazur, Joanne Hill, Donna Thomas, Tom Pytlewski, Lynn Wrazen, Nicholas Greco, Rosemarie Pandolfi, Annemarie Tripi, Bart Maciejewski, Sharon Comerford, Steven Mahsh, Sherry Tisdale, Dan Miller, Douglas Stern Jr., Jamie Rogers, Donna Craig, Joel Andolino, Donna Thomas, Maria Olsen, Rebecca Olsen, Fred J. Siegel Jr., Marie Fitzgerald, Mike Eye, Andrew Walters, Laurie Milligan, Marlene Oldfield, Lindsay Robins, Alfred Wolnik, Khristen Tietraszewski, Marleen Schaffer, Jeremy Zymowski, Ken Pytlak, Beverly Wroblewski.

SATURDAY -- Brian Gleason, Jennie Ross, Susan Elizabeth Catalano, Ella Johnson, Joe Waz, Gina Giancarlo, Charles Cranston, Leo G. Kennedy, Mary Mangone, Liz Hemedinger, Samantha M. Rich, Daniel Panaro, Elizabeth Zgoda, Barbara Madden, Jennie Daniels, the Rev. Berard Pulikoottil, Ronald LoCurto, Brendan Gallagher, Kevin Fitzgerald Jr., John Slifka, Patty Jerackas, Theresa Penkalski, Emma Ulrich, Rose M. Tripi.

SUNDAY -- Mary Kay Myers, Damon Webster, Geri Golda, Crystal Mieth, Norb Czerniak, Mary Mocarski, Mary-Kathryn Sumbrum, Joann Boici, Martin McMahon, Diane Kosek, Joyce Schweitzer, Jim Sabadasz, Walter Kendziora, Sandy Pacer.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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