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BITS AND PIECES OF NEWS...

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Swiss author and playwright Friedrich Durrenmatt (1921-1990), "What was once thought can never be unthought." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1885, Canadian rebel Louis Riel was executed for high treason. . . . In 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state. . . . In 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations. . . . In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon signed the Alaska Pipeline measure into law. . . . In 1982, an agreement was announced in the 57th day of a strike by National Football League players. . . .

The Child Within
The little boy who played alone,

With blocks of wood, with sand and stone --

Is he no longer here?

His hair has grayed; his body's grown,

With growing children of his own,

Time passing year on year.

But still the fears that silent lie,

The times he laughed, the tears he'd cry --

These often reappear

To let us know that deep inside,

The child within us has not died,

But is forever near.

-- Bill Slon
VOLUNTEERS are needed to help staff the Autistic Services holiday gift-wrapping booth at Walden Galleria, according to Cindy Fura. She said day and evening hours are available from Dec. 3 through Dec. 24. Proceeds will benefit the agency's programs for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. For information, call 631-5777. . . .

COOKIE SALE -- Lucille Harp sent word that Orchard Park United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas sale from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at the church, 3700 N. Buffalo Road.

She said an assortment of holiday cookies will be available and asked patrons to "please bring containers for your purchases." . . .

WORTH READING -- Vicky Cahan, acting director of the Office of Communications and Public Liaison for the National Institute on Aging, sent a copy of the latest research update on the 2003 "Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease." She said the 72-page report offers a comprehensive, readable overview of recent advances in Alzheimer's disease research.

"Please let your readers know about this valuable free resource," she wrote. To order a free copy of the publication, visit http://www.alzheimers.org/pr03/index.asp or e-mail adear@alzheimers.org or call toll-free (800) 438-4380.

The institute is an agency of National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. . . .

CHOWDER TIME -- The Tonawanda Free Methodist Church Youth Group will hold a rummage, chowder and baked goods sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 207 Grove St., City of Tonawanda. Chowder will be ready at 9 a.m. To place an advance order, call 693-1199. Only rummagers are eligible to participate in an early bird special from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday for 50 cents. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Paul Klopp, Thomas James Victor, Pearl Harris, Katrina Ziolo, Amy Sasiadek, Gary Gruber, Alicia Webster-Pointer, Ed Kosobucki, Judy O'Leary, Alan Roloff, Claire Sweeney, Lora Michalewski, Theresa M. Romanowski, Dave Callman, Jonah Wrest, Lequita Johnson, Elaine Lewandowski, Dan Farry, Liam Allman, Jordan Lyn LeBarron, John Dispenza, Mike Durant, Rita Schwarzkopf, Marlene Mastalinski, Daniel Locche.

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