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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Russian writer Maxim Gorky (1868-1936), "A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1822, Boston was granted a charter to incorporate as a city. . . . In 1836, the siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas. . . . In 1847, U.S. troops under Gen. Zachary Taylor defeated Mexican Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at the Battle of Buena Vista in Mexico. . . . In 1848, John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, died of a stroke at age 80. . . . In 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office, an assassination plot having been foiled in Baltimore. . . . In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission, forerunner of the Federal Communications Commission. . . . In 1945, during World War II, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi, where they raised the American flag. . . . In 1954, the first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh. . . .

PHYSICIANS from several hospitals will team up from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo Brew Pub, 6861 Main St., Amherst, for the seventh annual "Docs Day for Kids" charity event.

The "docs" will serve as guest bartenders and donate their time and tips to buy specialized neonatal medical equipment for Sisters Hospital's Special Care Nursery. The brew pub will donate 10 percent of all beverage revenue during the event.

Dr. Andrew Gage, co-chairman, has extended an invitation to "physicians, hospital employees and our friends from throughout the Catholic Health System to come out and support this special fund-raiser. It's a fun way to spend a cold winter afternoon and help infants throughout our community." . . .

The Bare Facts
I'm stepping on the scale
No clothing to add pounds
But still the tally shows
My weight is out of bounds.
I feel just like a bear
Although I hibernate
In spring, I will emerge
Fifteen pounds overweight!
-- Diana Notaro
COLLEGE NIGHT: Any Western New York high school athlete interested in continuing his or her career at the college level is encouraged to attend a College Night seminar between 6:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday in Lancaster High School.

The event is not meant specifically for the Division I scholarship athletes. It is also intended for those hoping to play on the NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college levels. Representatives from nearby colleges will be present.

The representatives and speakers will include Bob Arkeilpane, athletic director at the University at Buffalo; Linda Case, athletic director at Brockport State College; Bill Maher, associate athletic director at UB; and Ralph Galanti, athletic director at Erie Community College.

For information, call Lancaster Athletic Director Len Jankiewicz at 686-3271. Admission is free. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Sophia Bryk, Jim Gleason, Margie Short, Liam Blake, Michaela Andriatch, Pat Myers, Jerry DePainter, Jerry Balisteri, Anthony Ring, Jim Sweet, Ralph Avery, Rhonda Charleton, Robert Ginter, Don Kirchberger, Amy Mohr, Anna Kennelly, Steve Dabek, Steven Sfeir, Dorothy Kloc, Michael Scimia, Katie McMahon, Jimmy Cerroni Jr., Anne O'Brien, Laree Allen, Francis McCabe, Kaitlin Kasprzyk, Annette Swain, LuAnn Neal, Paul Patterson, Jack O'Leary, Ron Gibson Jr., Sean Mann, Kelsey Badaszewski, Sylvia Pilgrim.

SATURDAY -- Brian O'Hara, Brianna R. Kopacz, Eric McCabe, Bob Roberts, Martin Rejman, Shane Buczek, Kathy Vedella, Mike Blake, Connie Gatti, Dawn Lopez, Jeff Matwijko, John Fiorella, Joy Smith, Kim Pytlak, Jenny Smaszcz, Jessica Higgins, Tammy Sullivan, Anna Tiberio, Katie Vingo, Stanley Chodkowski, George Santoro, Pudgie Palmeri.

AND SUNDAY -- Jason Reimer, David Woods, Carol Wiles, Brendan Reicherter, Angeline Galasso, James Kull, Melinda Collins, Mary O'Hara, Jerry Rasmus, Jacqueline Lopez, Matthew Millanti, Larry Doctor, Lorraine Schmelzer, Jennifer Lynn Bell, Valerie Mae DeMarco, Madeline Bell, John Vaccaro Jr.

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