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BITS AND PIECES OF NEWS . . .

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., "Troubles impending always seem worse than troubles surmounted, but this does not prove that they really are." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1885, Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died in Mount McGregor. He was 63. . . . In 1886, New York saloon keeper Steve Brodie claimed to have made a daredevil plunge from the Brooklyn Bridge into the East River. . . . In 1904, by some accounts, the ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. . . . In 1952, Egyptian military officers led by Gamel Abdel Nasser overthrew King Farouk I. . . . In 1967, rioting that claimed 43 lives began in Detroit. . . . In 1984, because of nude photographs of her that appeared in Penthouse magazine, Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign her title. . . . In 1986, Britain's Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. They divorced in 1996. . . .

ANNA WITTMEYER of North Collins recorded her 90th birthday Thursday. The information came from her son, David E., who lives in Hamburg. . . .

DOUBLEHEADER -- The West Seneca High School Classes of 1968 and 1969 will hold reunions Aug. 13-15. Details about the Class of 1968 bash can be had by calling Tim Hartnett at 823-1207 or Dave LaRussa at 823-0081. Information about the Class of 1969 is available from JoAnne Panek at 823-8028 or Donna Witczak at 662-1164. . . .

BRICKS SALE -- Marge Ryan of South Buffalo Alive sent word that Bricks in the Bowl Garden at Cazenovia Park is offering bricks for sale to be put in place by Sept. 11, when the park will host the annual Irish Feis and Shop in Your Expo Exhibit. All profits will be used to upgrade the Shelter House.

Red bricks measuring 4 by 8 inches can be purchased for $125; granite stone bricks measuring 16 by 8 inches for $300 each. The prices include engraved nameplates to be read on pathways and other appropriate places near the Shelter House. Call 826-3158 for details. . . .

COMPLETES BASIC -- Renee V. Pitts, a 1999 graduate of Kenmore West High School, has graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, and is now an Air Force airman 1st class. Basic training took six weeks. She's the daughter of Mary Wheeler of the Town of Tonawanda. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Irene McKee, Shaniah R. Wilkens, Cynthia Austin, the Rev. Paul Sabo, Mary Sikorski, Janet Schuh, Brian Smith, Justice Myers, Judy Puccio, Rod Cornwell, Anita West, Denise Workley, Pat Fuller, Bill Corah, Peter DeMarco Jr., Peter DeMarco Sr., Paul Cole, Matthew Reddy, Sharon Parucki, Dee Tafelski, Beverly Hutter, Patricia Leair, Joseph Ratajczak, Donna Lopez, Anita McCabe, Jackson Gavin, Grace Norman, Jane Supples, Barb Robins, Claire Farry, Brittany Moretti, Dominic Chirico, Lizzie Rozsa, Michele Evans and Marion Giantonio.

SATURDAY -- Todd Ehret, Nick Katrein, Natalie LeVan, Dawn Ruettimann, Scott Charles Prell Jr., Jeanna M. Cellino, Kailee Terrance, River Hassett, John Lewandowski, Liane Seivert, Linda Tornquist, Ray Kaiser, Barb Klasska, Ron Kwak, Barb Whitehead, Vicki Drebot, Sue Garvin, Carleen McCarthy, Chloe Black, Linda Dudek Shriber, Maggie Kennedy, Alycia Maines and Joyce Kazmierczak.

AND SUNDAY -- Derek Watson, the Rev. Michael Chapman, John Koziej, Rebecca Carpenter, Betty Sullivan, Gina Gerard, Annie Brown, Eleanor Oddo, Edward Alexander Krycia, Bridget Mochol, Edwin "Cy" Williams, Bill Betz, Loretta Longo, Stephanie Ann Cilip, Heather Schwartzmeyer, Debra Brucato, Karen Schaller and Patricia Ann Brush.

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