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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, "Your friend will argue with you."

ON THIS DAY -- In 1783, Spain recognized U.S. independence. . . . In 1809, the territory of Illinois was created. . . . In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified. . . . In 1917, the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany after Germany announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. . . . In 1924, Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, died in Washington at age 67. . . . In 1930, William Howard Taft, chief justice of the United States and former president, resigned for health reasons. . . . In 1959, a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, claimed the lives of rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

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A RETIREMENT PARTY for Robert E. "Bob" Chella, who spent the last nine months of a 35-year career with the Buffalo Police Department as a deputy commissioner, will be held tonight in Samuel's Grande Manor, 8750 Main St., Clarence. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. The tab will be $30 at the door and includes food and refreshments.

Chella, who retired Jan. 9, began as a beat cop at the old Precinct 6 Station on Main Street.

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DEADLINE NEARS -- The Young Miss Buffalo Pageant, to be held Aug. 6, is seeking contestants who will be between 13 and 17 years old on July 1. They must be American citizens who have lived in Buffalo for at least six months and who attend middle school or high school.

The Young Miss Buffalo Pageant Scholarship & Enrichment Program offers a six-month program "to empower young ladies to reach beyond their own comfort zones through a process of healthy nurturing from the inside out."

Fifteen to 20 young women will attend a series of personal development workshops, most of them on Saturdays. They will attend various cultural events and will be required to complete 25 hours of community service. The application deadline is Feb. 16. For information, contact Yolanda Wood at 602-9781.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Branden L. Kelley, Bill O'Leary, Madison Reimer, Kathye Fetsko Petrie, Lisa Beres, Nadine Blewis, Jasey Jakubczak, Marcia Schultz, John E. Black, Matthew Perison, Ron Karcher, Kathleen Mortellaro, Bill Ring Sr., Cleve Hales, Brian Mulqueen, Joyce Tomaka, Tom Zakrzewski, Evelyn Alaimo, Alexander Burns, Susan Senker, Tom Thompson Jr., Jimmy Lumadue, Jonathan Winkler.

SATURDAY -- Fred Mosca, Tim Cashmore, Deborah Bateman, Mary Alice Brown, Father Dan Callahan, Rosie Shepard, Michael Wutz, Scott Charles Prell Sr., Mary Szymanek, Gee Kozlowski, Bob Weidmann, Michael John Mahoney, Patti Crehan, Kristy Daver, Danielle Daver.

AND SUNDAY -- Joey Buran, Lou Ann Zieziula, Chris Kubicki, Frank LaManna, Kyle Madonia, Shirley Buyea, Rose Kochan, Frances Pierson, Lisa Turner, David Palaszewski, Cornelius Franklin Stewart III, Lenore Ann Burns, Joshua McMahon, Jim Green, Casey Bartels, Chris Morgan.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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