OLAF FUB SEZ: It was Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) who observed: "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1742, Handel's "Messiah" was first performed publicly in Dublin, Ireland. . . . In 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in New York. . . . In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial. . . . In 1958, Texan Van Cliburn became the first American to win the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. . . . In 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank of liquid oxygen burst. The astronauts managed to return safely. . . .
SPAGHETTI DINNERS will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Eden United Methodist Church, 2820 E. Church St. The tab for the "all you can eat" meal will be $7 at the door for adults and $4.50 for young people. Presale prices are 50 cents cheaper. Children younger than 5 eat free. Call 992-4211 for tickets. . . .
A PANCAKE BRUNCH sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 257 will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at South Dayton Firemen's Hall on Maple Street. The tab will be $5 for adults and $3 for children 4-12. Children 3 and younger eat free. . . .
DIGITAL WORKSHOP -- Photographer Kristy Weiss will conduct a four-week workshop on digital photography at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in May at the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. Preregistration is necessary, and can be made by calling 677-4843. . . .
ART MARKET -- The Art in the Park Arts Festival has opened its pathways to college art students to display and sell their artworks.
Applications are available at the art center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. Painters, photographers, potters, weavers, sculptors and others may apply for the festival, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 7. For information, call 677-4843. . . .
REUNION NOTE -- For information about the Bishop O'Hern High School's Class of '65 reunion Oct. 14, call Ronnie Betts at 627-2559 or Sharon Wynne at 675-1194. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Samantha Hanrahan, Robert Ostrozinski, Dorothy Drabek, Jim Cummings, Kristi Wise, Dawn Covey, Ian Forsyth, Lauren Guy, Brittany Healy, James Francis, John Kerwin, Lucy Galenti, Charles Benfanti, Tommy Dabek, Art Lagowski, Christina McMahon, Sandi Turcurelli, Lynn Olivieri, Paul Cole.
AND THURSDAY -- Mark Niver, Erica Hartmann, Ardan Rosati, Ray Ward, Christina Greco, Michelle Beck, Jim Folan, Gary C. Victor, Helen Kozlowski, Dan Lupica, Andrew Wutz, Kim Griffin, Mary Margaret McGrath, Stephanie Fuller, Lena DeMichael, Carol A. Herlihy, Arthur Lundquist.