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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

"Truth is not introduced into the individual from without, but was within him all the time." -- Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (1813-1855).

ON THIS DATE -- In 1915, 25,000 women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote . . . In 1944, the Battle of Leyte Gulf began . . . In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for the first time, at an auditorium in Flushing Meadow . . . In 1973, President Richard Nixon agreed to turn White House tape recordings requested by the Watergate special prosecutor over to Judge John J. Sirica . . .In 1983, 241 U.S. Marines and sailors in Lebanon were killed in a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut Airport . . . In 1956, an anti-Stalinist revolt that was subsequently crushed by Soviet troops began in Hungary . . .

HELPING SABAH -- The Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped (SABAH) will begin its major fund-raising program from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday with an auction and wine tasting in the Buffalo Hilton. The event opens the association's "Button-Up" campaign, which runs through Sunday. SABAH buttons, available for $1 from all area K-mart and Vix stores, offer discounts from retailers and all proceeds from the third annual SABAH Star Week are used to provide special equipment, skating instruction, and insurance for blind and handicapped skaters. . . .

PARK CLEANUP -- Delaware Park is in store for a sweep from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Mayor Masiello, Delaware District Council Member Alfred T. Coppola and members of the Olmsted Conservancy will lead a cleanup from the Parkside Lodge.

Participants are asked to bring brooms and rakes; a thank-you party is planned after the work. An awards ceremony recognizing the conservancy's Adopt-a-Park Project also will be held. . . .

CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION -- Five residents of St. Luke's Presbyterian Nursing Center in Lockport who are 100 years old and older -- Ethel Ash, Margaret Rall, Ruth McKibbon, Katherine Blake and Florence Squires -- will be honored at a formal dance and birthday party Friday at 7 p.m. in the center's dining room. . . .

BOOK LOVERS' DELIGHT -- Children's books, general fiction and non-fiction all are on sale this week at the Boston Free Library, 9475 Boston State Road. The sale continues daily through Saturday. Friday and Saturday are bag sale days, when $2 buys all the books you can fit into a bag. . . .

CHILLS ON ICE -- The third annual edition of the Haunted Ice Arena will get the open skate season off to a spooky start at the Buffalo State College Ice Arena Thursday and Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is the normal cost -- $3 for adults and $2 for children. Skate rentals are available. Prizes will be given for the best costumes. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Sandra O'Hara, Ann Hrycko, Barbara Marzalak, Mary Beth Healy, Greg White, Guy Brown, Joe Accardo, Nicholas Milton Zubin, Marilyn Natwora, Mary Pohlman, Mary Wiscup, Ethel Wierzbieniec, Jessie Perison, Jodi Giambrone, Lauren Moore, Tom Yakovac, Jimmy Levulis, Ricky Elliott Jr., Mark Panek, Kathryn Michlaek, Angie Wodowski, Sister Mary Ednundine, Marie McLaughlin-Simoncelli, Robert Rabb, Tim Willick.

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