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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was King Baudouin I of Belgium (1930-1993) who observed: "America has been called a melting pot but it seems better to call it a mosaic, for in it each nation, people or race which has come to its shores has been privileged to keep its individuality, contributing at the same time its share to the unified pattern of a new nation." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812. . . . In 1901, President William McKinley died in Buffalo of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him. . . . In 1975, Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born saint. . . . In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, the former actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries suffered a day earlier in a car crash. . . .

COOKBOOK SALE -- Erie County 4-H is selling a cookbook comprising family favorite and blue ribbon recipes. The book has 350 recipes for appetizers, main dishes, desserts and other tasties. The book sells for $10 and can be picked up during regular business hours at Erie County 4-H Youth Development, 21 S. Grove St., Suite 300, East Aurora. To get the book by mail, add $2 for shipping and send to the same address, ZIP Code 14052-2363. For information, call 652-5400, Ext. 131. . . .

KEEPING IN TOUCH -- The annual KIT (Keep In Touch) Club dinner for former Westinghouse women office workers will be held Sept. 29 in the Holiday Inn Airport, 3600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, according to a reminder from Loreatta Strano of Cheektowaga.

Strano, who started in office services and retired as a telephone operator 34 years later, said the KIT Club meetings are for women who worked in the offices at the former plant. For information, call 668-2965 or 681-4419. . . .

READERS WANTED -- The Buffalo Branch of the NAACP is seeking volunteers to spend an hour per month during the school day as readers for book clubs at Buffalo elementary schools. The program is sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Hamlin Park Community & Taxpayers Association.

Tutors also are needed to read with a child for 20 minutes per week -- from 9:40 to 10 a.m. To volunteer, call Reva Betha at 885-1236. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Kate Panek, Roxy Carmichael, Pat Nicotera, Samuel Ricupito, Rita Jarmoluk, Greg Minorczyk, Billy Wasielewski, Stephanie Snyder, Timmy Sands, Nicole Harris, Tom Zawodzinski, Jane Brennan.
AND THURSDAY -- Donna Cuddihy, Jim Ross, Nellie Crews, Tom Buczkowski, Mark Lopez, Nicolas Curry, Laura Noblett, Helen Noblett, Marian Lauricella, Amy Kornacki, Linda Roberts, Ed Hempling, John Knaack, Tammie Stumm, Erick Anderson, Courtney Perison, Dottie Wisniewski, Ron Kicinski, Annette Kaczmarek, Kenny Wilson Starzynski, Mark Gallagher, Alex Gniewecki, Donna O'Leary, Amber Siefert, Nick Palisano, Susan Smolorek, Margaret A. D'Alessandro, Brian Ignaszak, Amber Buck.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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