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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: Contentment is being satisfied with what you haven't got. . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1453, the capital of the Byzantine Empire -- Constantinople -- fell to Mahomet II, emperor of the Turks . . . In 1765, Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses. Responding to a cry of "Treason!" he replied, "If this be treason, make the most of it!" . . . In 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th and final original colony to ratify the U.S. Constitution . . . In 1814, Josephine, former wife of Napoleon, died . . . In 1911, William Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan died . . . In 1942, actor John Barrymore died . . . In 1953, Edmund Hillary, a 34-year-old New Zealand beekeeper, and Tensing Norkay, 42, a Sherpa tribesman from Nepal, became the first to reach the top of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain. . . .
IN THE END

Your country called one morning,

You answered and met the task,

Your life served an ultimate purpose . . .

What more could anyone ask?

-- Sean O'Leary
FLAGGING DOWN HISTORY -- The colors are on display most everywhere you go this weekend. A reader -- too young to remember a not-so-distant era -- reports seeing a 48-star flag on display at a house in the vicinity of Payne and North avenues in North Tonawanda. This version of Old Glory waved when the nation was younger and Alaska and Hawaii were mere territories. . . .

ACHIEVEMENT -- David Jacob Halady, the son of Ed and Eugenia Halady of Blasdell, recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was presented the award by Scoutmaster Len Woyshner of Father Baker Troop 547 at a dinner held to celebrate 50 years of scouting for the troop.

David, who started scouting when he was 7, is a senior at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs. He has been a class officer for four years and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has been a member of the school's track and cross country teams. He plans to attend Alfred State College. . . .

SURPRISED -- Greg Faherty, who covered the courts and county and federal governments for the Buffalo Courier-Express for 29 years before the newspaper ceased publication in 1982, retired Friday from the U.S. Attorney's Office, where he worked for the last six years as a paralegal.

U.S. Attorney Dennis Vacco, Kevin Dillon, Erie County district attorney, and his father, Michael Dillon, presiding justice of the Appellate Division, 4th Department, as well as Michael's brother, retired County Judge John Dillon, Frederick Marshall, a Supreme Court justice; Edward Cosgrove, a former district attorney, and James Schrader, former city editor of the Courier-Express, were among the guests at a surprise retirement lunch held for Faherty in Chef's Restaurant. . . .

STILL TRYING to locate more than 100 "missing" members of the Kenmore High School Class of 1939 to tell them about a 50th anniversary reunion Aug. 26 is the committee planning the get-together. The big bash will be held at the Holiday Inn on Grand Island. If you are one of the missing or have information about one, call Joan Craig MacCleverty at 834-5681. . . .

TAKE YOUR OWN folding chair if you want a seat at the Epson Users Group meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Completronics in the Clarence Associates Building, 8680 Main St., Clarence. The meeting will be conducted by Neal Koester, who will discuss "personal credit union spreadsheet." For more information about the group, call George Tatarion, president, at 633-4855 or Mary Giambra, secretary/treasurer, at 652-7772. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Kenneth Atwell, Jason Louth, Nathan Szuniewicz, Diane LeFort, Betty Ann Wilkie, John Hein, Maryann Kaczmarek, David Schlesky, Helen Suchocki, Bunia Budzyn, Victor Sansanese, Mary Ratchuk, Jack Hennigan, Dick Lucinski, Joe Colon, Frank Baratta, June McCarthy, Mary Schultz, Marie Brewster, Pat (Bud) Callahan, Ron Wishman, Paul Croin, George Parker, Marge Giambrone, Annmarie Chavanne Jarmusz, Monica Girone, Ron Gibson Sr., Deborah B. Barbeau.

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