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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935) who observed: "All life is an experiment." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1872, fire destroyed nearly 1,000 buildings in Boston. . . . In 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in what became known as "Kristallnacht." . . . In 1953, poet-author Dylan Thomas died in New York City at age 39. . . . In 1989,
communist East Germany opened its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West; joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall. . . .

Winter is an artist who

can paint in shades of white

with variations in the land

provided by the light.

The wind can decorate in drifts

a sculpture chills in ice

Nature gives us many gifts

not all of them are nice.

But sunshine helps the winter world

warm up the scenes of cold

seen and felt by eyes and limbs

of people young and old.

It seems sometimes that Nature

plays a great and Godly game

of perfection blessed by beauty

making no two days the same!

-- Diana Notaro
A BIG EVENT for the Buffalo Schwabenchor -- or Buffalo Swabian Chorus in English -- will take place Saturday when it holds its Fall Concert at 7 p.m. in West Seneca West Middle School, 395 Center Road. Susan Schneider will be the accompanist.

Following a varied musical menu, the singers and guests will leave for a different fare -- one involving nourishment of the wurst and beer variety -- at the Seneca Hose Fire Company at Seneca Street and Harlem Road, where they will dance the night away to the music of Die Auslaenders.

With the demise last year of the Buffalo Schwaben Verein after 123 years, the "other" Schwaben society, namely the chorus, headed by Christal Kasperczak, has assumed the mantle of Buffalo's oldest German-American organization. For ticket information, Call 681-4073. . . .

MEAT LOAF DINNERS will be served from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in Town Line Lutheran Church, 1159 Townline Road, Alden. The tab will be $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and younger. Call 684-1467. . . .

LASAGNA LUNCHES will be served at noon Saturday in St. John's Catholic Church, 6895 Boston Cross Road, Town of Boston, according to a note from Joyce R. Lesinski, publicity chairwoman for the church's Altar and Rosary Society. She said the lunch tab is $5.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Sharlese Brown, Gail Maiorana, Joe Paul, Michael John Loffredo, Monsignor Ron Sciera, Phyllis Zimmerman, Nathan Starzynski, Chuck Manganaro, Chris Ring, Hugh Bondanza, Latasha Keys, Brian Schmitt Sr., Cheryl Wyler.

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