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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was German-born actress Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) who observed: "I'm a realist and so I think regretting is a useless occupation. You help no one with it. But you can't live without illusions even if you must fight for them, such as 'love conquers all.' It isn't true, but I would like it to be." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1903, singer Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, appearing in "Rigoletto." . . . In 1936, Life, the magazine created by Henry R. Luce, was first published. . . . In 1945, most U.S. wartime rationing of foods, including meat and butter, ended. . . .

OUTSTANDING ANTIQUES "at affordable prices" are the promises for the 69th presentation of the renowned Amherst Antiques Show & Sale starting Monday through Dec. 1 at Samuel's Grande Manor, 8750 Main St., Clarence.

A first-look preview will open the show from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. next Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Admission is $6, with return privileges all three days.

The show is sponsored by Group 16 of Amherst Community Church and benefits Haven House, the Buffalo shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Special features of the show include glass grinding and repairs, verbal appraisals on Dec. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m and informational seminars. A $5 per item charge, with a maximum of three items, will be collected for verbal appraisals. For information, call 741-8001. . . .

The Savage Waltz
They dance a waltz

of civilized savagery

Led into battle

by generals and lieutenants

Dressed in battle armor

From north, south, east and west

Battle weary, they play

Weather need not matter

Rain, sun, snow and cold

Beautiful muses urge them on

Cries for victory fill the air

Oracles document the battles

For history's sake

The buffalos roam

The titans charge

The patriots bear arms

The redskins chant

'tis the savage waltz

-- Roberta Cianciosi
ARTS AND CRAFTS will be for sale along with baked goods from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Strykersville Fire Hall on Minkeel Road, off Route 78. Coffee, doughnuts, pop, roast beef sandwiches and chili will be available. Call (585) 457-4702. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Sandy Gangloff, Bonnie O'Hara, William Koszela, Allen Mitzo, Janet McPike, Jennifer Balus, John Schaller, Cash Remery, Cyndee Stelmanch, Bob Brown, Heather Piniewski, Kim L. Hacker, Andrew Giblin, Gino Kurdziel, Doug Greene, Todd Nixon.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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