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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: It was movie producer Mike Todd (1907-1958) who revealed, "I've never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1776, the first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. . . . In 1782, Martin Van Buren, who grew up to become the eighth president of the United States, was born in Kinderhook . . . In 1791, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria . . . In 1901, cartoonist and movie producer Walt Disney was born in Chicago . . . In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt wrote to his son, Kermit, to explain why he couldn't accept the money that went with the Nobel Prize for Peace he had just been awarded. "I could not accept any money given to me for making peace between two nations, especially when I was able to make peace simply because I was President." . . .

Christmas
Jingle bells, jingle bells

Santa soon will come,

Bringing toys for children

And gifts for Dad and Mom.

-- Angie Miranda
A CELEBRATORY BREAKFAST will be held by the Kenmore-Tonawanda Friends of the Library at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Community Room of the Kenmore branch, 160 Delaware Road, to celebrate record proceeds from their annual used-book sale in October. Representatives of the five Kenmore-Tonawanda libraries will be present to accept a share of the $4,700 raised through the sale of books donated by community members and the collection of membership dues. The money was $1,000 more than the amount raised last year, according to Sue Banchich. She said the breakfast will recognize the efforts of numerous volunteers who worked during the sale, those who donated books and patrons whose book purchases led to the record total.

This year's sale was coordinated by Dr. Eric Brunger and Michael Pasternak. . . .

ROMANCE LIVES -- Anthony Lebron, a Buffalo police officer assigned to the South Park Station, is one of those rare individuals who knows how to do things right, according to some of Olaf's female operatives.

At least two reports were received that Lebron made a proposal of marriage "on bended knee" to Kathryn E. Garlock of South Buffalo in Chef's Restaurant at Seneca and Chicago streets during the busy supper hour Saturday night. Parents of both were on hand for the event, according to the informants.

Kathryn said "Yes," of course. . . .

IN PARIS studying political science and French language and culture this fall is Harold F.D'Elia III of North Tonawanda, a senior international business management major at Plattsburgh State College.

A dean's list student, D'Elia is a 1986 graduate of North Tonawanda Senior High School. He is a graduate of Erie Community College and has participated in two internship placements, the first with F.W. Myers Co. and the second with the Economic Development and Technical Assistance Center. He is expected to receive his bachelor's degree in December. . . .

CHRISTMAS TREES are being sold by the West Seneca Kiwanis Club and the West Seneca Key Club, a volunteer youth organization, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at 3465 Seneca St. to raise money for Kiwanis Club sponsored programs, according to Mark Lazzara.

Lazzara said a variety of freshly cut trees is available at prices starting at $15.99 . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Michelle Rettig, Lillian Gorniak, Mark Mikolojczyk, John Geoghan, Linda Oesterle, Karyn Brownsey, Marie Bauer, Bob Alessi, Dave Kinda, Frank Sarago, William Jaczewski, Shirley Cimato, Julie Accardo, Michael A. Daniels, Dean Drake, Alvin Lehsten, Edwin Lehsten, Pam Forcucci.

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