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REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK
BITS AND PIECES OF NEWS. . .

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American clergyman and author Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911), "To be really cosmopolitan, a man must be at home even in his own country." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette, N.Y. . . . In 1896, the first modern Olympic games formally opened in Athens, Greece. . . . In 1909, explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson became the first men to reach the North Pole. The claim, disputed by skeptics, was upheld in 1989 by the Navigation Foundation. . . . In 1917, Congress approved a declaration of war against Germany. . . . In 1965, the United States launched the "Early Bird" communications satellite. . . . In 1971, Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky died in New York City. . . . In 1992, science-fiction author Isaac Asimov died in New York at the age of 72. . . . In 1998, country singer Tammy Wynette died at her Nashville home. She was 55. . . .

BOOK SALE -- Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the library, 19 Ross St. A large selection of mysteries, science fiction, large print, biographies, novels, children's books and cookbooks will be available. For information, call 343-9550. . . .

ALL YOU CAN EAT spaghetti dinners will be served by the South Buffalo-Lackawanna Lions Club from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. The tab will be $6 for adults and $3.50 for children younger than 12. Children younger than 5 eat free. Proceeds benefit the blind and disabled in the area. . . .

SEARCH IS ON -- Highgate Heights Elementary School, 600 Highgate Ave., is looking for persons who attended the school when it opened in 1930 and are interested in taking part in its 75th anniversary celebration.

Will Keresztes, the principal, asks that students from 1930 contact him at 838-7440. The celebration will also highlight the school's ongoing renovation project. . . .

MILITARY NOTE -- Army Reserve Pvt. Justin P. Miller, a graduate of Alden High School, has completed small arms/artillery repairer advanced individual training at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The course trains soldiers to perform direct and general support maintenance and repairs on small arms and other related infantry weapons, handguns, machine guns, mortars and towed artillery. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Brady Gleason, the Rev. Richard Reina, Larry Paul, Chris Roberts, Emily Gorski, Kevin Zanner, Ashley Pajak, Tom Burdo, Ellen Jackson, Norman M. Perry, Dorothy Wieder, Jesse Chlebowski, Conor Foley, Jim Schaller, Eric Tafelski, Kimberly Krause, Joey Grandinetti, Cathy Lezulis, Deborah Rackleym Tom Langan.

AND THURSDAY -- Andrew Butler, Helen Marks, Karen Napierala Schweitzer, Michele Webb, Joe Sikorski, Kathy Cerrone, Paul C. Naslund, Dorothy Julius, Rose Jayes, Sharon Ritchie Keller, Tom Czora, Jenny Burkhart, Nina LeClair, Andy Tomaka, Isaiah Hart, Jeanne Garcia, Kate Maleck, Brian Coyne, Brittany Locke, Maureen Pronobis, Sean McDonald, Gerald Delano, Britta Mahoney.

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