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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

According to an observation, the spoken word is like the air, but the written word is always there. . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1908, the first Boy Scout troop was organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell . . . In 1916, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal income tax was constitutional . . . In 1922, Christian K. Nelson of Onawa, Iowa, patented the Eskimo Pie . . . In 1924, the Russian city of Petrograd was renamed Leningrad in honor of the revolutionary leader, who had just died . . . In 1965, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill died in London at the age of 90 . . . In 1978, a crippled nuclear-powered Soviet satellite plunged through Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated, scattering radioactive debris over parts of northern Canada . . . In 1982, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21, in the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., to win Super Bowl XVI . . . In 1986, Voyager 2 came within 51,000 miles of the planet Uranus. . . .

ERA ENDS -- More than 50 years of tradition has drawn to an end on Swan Street with the recent closing of the Swan Importing Co., a speciality foods shop that was once regularly frequented by Buffalo Mayors Frank A. Sedita and Steve Pankow as well as Erie County Court Judge Ernest L. Colucci. Owner John Gugliotti, who operated the store for several decades after starting there as a delivery and stock clerk, was known for his Italian and Greek foods, especially Italian sausage and cheeses. . . .

JOINT REUNION -- Members of the 1965 graduating classes of Bishop Duffy and Madonna high schools in Niagara Falls are planning a reunion for later this year, according to Joe Catherine. Efforts, meanwhile, are being made to contact all the old grads. Any graduate who has not been contacted, or who knows of some one who has not be reached, should call Madonna committee members Nancy Monaco at 754-7237 or Mary Beth Mroziak at 773-4228 or Duffy committee member Tom Mroziak at 773-4228. . . .

L AFFAIR -- Norm and Diane Skulski never quit mixing pool tournaments and charity. The next big event that the proprietors of of Clinton Street's Pump Inn are planning is a another full-dress pool tourney Feb. 3, with the proceeds going to the Buffalo News-Rotary Club Crippled Children's Camp Fund. It will begin at 11 a.m. in the Holiday Inn, 620 Delaware Ave.

The rules for the 128 players are clear: a $30 entry fee, 24 cash prizes, including $600 to the winner, and all the contestants must dress appropriately. In this instance, men must wear tuxedos or Sunday-go-to-meeting suits, and women must compete in cocktail dresses or tuxedos.

Last year, the Winterfest pool tourney netted the Camp Fund $1,035. . . .
WINTER CHEER
Winter, with its ice and snow,

Is the worst time of the year:

Yet people helping people cope

Often make it a time of cheer.

-- Walter E. Bell
SURPLUS FOOD will be distributed from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 3 in Monsignor Selbert Hall, 2535 Bailey Ave., by St. Gerard's Helping Hands. The food will go to qualified residents of the Bailey-Delavan community, according to Rosemary Roland, coordinator of the project. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Al Herman, Gregg Pastore, Eric Chuscicki, Jim Wannemacher, Mary T. Landsman, Bill DeJac, Breanne Blachura, Judy Green, David Lang, Sara Bifaro, Carl Villalobos, Phyllis Dunning, Annie Cawthard, Dick Marini, Michael Mirco, Bill Ring Jr., Tommy Najuch, Russell Then, Mark Fino, Mary Gavin-Landsman, Steve Czerniak, David Pries, James William Bateman, Marion Koehler, Marge Callahan, James Giambra, Jack Wickett, Joanne Wiehe, Tami Lynn Burns, Eileen Sledziewski, Michele Nawrocke, Mike Gress, Edna Barnes and Rachel King.

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