OLAF FUB SEZ: It was American author and Baltimore newspaperman H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) who observed: "As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1815, American suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown. . . . In 1920, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected commissioner of the American and National leagues in the wake of the Chicago "Black Sox" scandal that rocked the baseball world in 1919. . . . In 1927, Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party. . . . In 1929, Grace Kelly, the future movie star and Princess of Monaco, was born in Philadelphia. . . . In 1977, the City of New Orleans elected its first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial. . . . In 1990, Japanese Emperor Akihito assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne. . . .
REMINDER -- Jennifer Wasnock sent word that Blasdell Union Presbyterian Church's sixth annual craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 67 Lake Ave. . . .
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS will be served by Boy Scout Troop 601 from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday in the Bowmansville Fire Hall, 36 Main St.
Tickets will be available at the door and will cost $4 for adults and $2 for children under 6. . . .
DOORS OPEN at 1 p.m. Sunday for a silent auction in the Student Center at Erie Community College North Campus, Wehrle Drive and Youngs Road, Amherst, sponsored by Second Chance Animal Rescue.
Admission is $4 and includes beverage, dessert and 25 tickets. For information, call 684-1708. . . .
BAZAAR TIME -- Ellen Carroll sent word that the Immaculate Conception Home School Association annual "Country Christmas Bazaar" will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the school, 510 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora.
Pancake breakfasts will be served starting at 9. The bazaar will include crafts, baked goods and picture-taking opportunities with Santa Claus. There is no admission charge. . . .
IN ALBUQUERQUE -- Air Force Airman 1st Class Justin E. Goddard, a 1999 graduate of Buffalo Traditional High School, recently arrived for duty at Kirtland Air Force Base as a security forces apprentice assigned to the 377th Security Forces Squadron. He's the son of Roberta L. Goddard of Buffalo. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Donald Myers, Joe Tantillo, Geneva C. Bryant, Margie Starzynski, Bonnie Riederer, Dawn Walker, Guy Weider, Steven Ring, Trisha
Adams, Maureen Roy, Jessica Paufler, Mark Coppola, Del Danvir, Jane Rosplochowski, Matt Julius, Kelly Brown, Julie Kendziora, Dorothy Holakowski, Cornell Holler, Ray Matwijko Sr., Dennis A. Protas, Barbara Domino, Rita Muszynski, Chester Lewandowski,
SATURDAY -- Roger Durant, Ron Rowley, Linda Fox, Meg Maghran, Diane Heubusch, Robert Davis Jr., Don Thompson Jr., Jim Drilling, Brynne Johnson, the Rev. Frank Chmielewski, Marlena Clotfelter, Dave Wyler, Chuck Guarino, Andrew Marzullo, Tiffany Tafelski, Mary Ann Judge.
AND SUNDAY -- Fred Catalano, Mark L. Catalano, Robert O'Leary, Kelly Forster, Joe Stack, Ken Zimpfer, Jeff Bagel, Josephine Horhota, Howard Thompson, Dennis Mulqueen Jr., Elora Esce, Ruth Comerford, Donna Bowen Steele, Randy Steele, Vincent Giglia, Judy Smentkiewicz, Fran Allman, Janet Andrews, Christine Colon.