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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Russian-French author Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857), "In youth we feel richer for every new illusion; in maturer years, for every one we lose." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1718, English pirate Edward Teach, better known as "Blackbeard," was killed during a battle off the Virginia coast. . . . In 1906, the "S-O-S" distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin. . . . In 1928, "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel made its debut in Paris. . . . In 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot to death while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Texas Gov. John B. Connally, riding in the same limousine as the president, was seriously wounded. Suspect Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. . . .

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TOYS FOR TOTS -- Dollar Tree stores sent word from Chesapeake, Va., that it has volunteered 20 of its Buffalo-area stores to serve as donation sites for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation 57th annual Toys for Tots Campaign.

All toys collected at the 20 area stores will be distributed directly to needy children in the area.

Nationally, Dollar Tree is providing more than 1,800 drop-off sites in support of the campaign. Last year, U.S. Marines distributed 15 million toys to more than 6 million needy children as a result of the program started in 1947. . . .

CAT SHOW -- The Buffalo Cat Fanciers will hold its 56th annual Cat Fancieres Association (CFA) Allbreed Cat Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Agri-Center at the Fairgrounds, 5920 South Park Ave., Town of Hamburg.

More than 300 cats representing the 40 recognized breeds from across the United States and Canada can be seen at the show, which is sponsored by Purina/Pro Plan. Also present both days will be Jerod Miller, executive director of the Ross Park Zoo in Binghamton and the owner of Wild Encounters in the Town of Boston. He will be doing wildlife presentations both days. He has had numerous appearances on network television shows, including those of Jay Leno and David Letterman.

Admission will be $5 for adults and $4 for children 6 to 12 and seniors older than 60. The show also will include a special category for household pet cats. The CFA is the largest registry of pedigreed cats in the world. . . .

MACHINATIONS of Dan Brown's mystery, "The Da Vinci Code," will be discussed from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Larkin Center, 65 Lincoln Parkway, by Bonnie Gordon Flickinger, Ph.D., in a course that includes slides of Parisian art, industry, fashion, culture and the Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. Another session is slated for Dec. 1. For information, call 881-0358 or 400-9786. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Tammy Starzynski, Cathy Carfagna, Christina Sobczyck, Ralph Orlando, Robert Felix, Jean Nowak, Butch Slisz, Pat Reardon, Terry Weidmann, Paul Cervoni, Danielle Robinson, Alice Wandass.

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