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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: There's an English proverb that contends, "Opportunity makes the thief." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1483, the Duke of Gloucester proclaimed himself King Richard III of England . . . In 1503, Catherine of Aragon, widow of Arthur, Prince of Wales, was betrothed to his brother, who would become Henry VIII of England . . . In 1788, the Commonwealth of Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution . . . In 1876, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and members of his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana . . . In 1950, North Korean forces invaded South Korea. . . .

AMANDA WASHINGTON of Buffalo is celebrating her 100th birthday today. Born Amanda Baker, she was the first of eight children. She was born in Forkland, Ala. A brother, John Baker of Detroit, and a sister, Gertrude Stover of Buffalo, are still alive, too.

Mrs. Washington is a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, where she was a missionary and Sunday school teacher for many years. "She enjoys reading the Bible and crocheting and owes her longevity to her trust and faith in God," her granddaughter Winona Kirkland wrote. . . .

RICHARD ADAMS of Tonawanda sent a reminder that the Buffalo Civil War Round Table will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Student Center at Canisius College to hear Mark H. Dunkelman, author of "The Hardtack Regiment, an Illustrated History of the 154th Regiment, New York State Infantry Volunteers."

Adams said the public is welcome to attend. For information, call 695-3037 or 896-8661. . . .

TWO PRINCESSES -- Erie County has two dairy princesses this year. They are Sandra Marks, 18, of South Wales, and Kristy Clemons, 16, of Holland. They were chosen during the recent Springville Dairy Festival. Each has been awarded a $100 prize by the American Dairy Association and given the opportunity to represent Erie County's dairy industry, and one will be chosen to compete in February for the New York State dairy princess title.

Mrs. Charles Richmond Sr. of North Collins, the dairy princess chairwoman, is the person to contact to book an appearance. . . .

HOSTS NEEDED -- Patricia Skowronski of Cheektowaga reports that the Cultural Academic Student Exchange, a non-profit tax-exempt educational foundation, still needs some host families for high school students from Spain, Germany and France. The students will arrive in mid-August and stay until the end of the school year. They are between 16 and 18 years old, speak English and are insured. They have their own spending money.

"They need a place to sleep and eat while going to school," said Mrs. Skowronski. She can be contacted at 897-0277. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Bridget Grady, Louis Curcione, Kaz Sawicki, Jennifer Schihl, Jody Schihl, Shirley Hett, Ken Kalisz, Gertrude Endres, William A. Maxwell, Rob Jamieson, Angela Dahn, Dr. Edgar A. Parles, Emily Sanok, Debbie Norris, Mike Schubbee, Jason Dudziak, Gladys Adams, Sheila Zielinski, Daniel Zielinski, Eileen Doyle, Walter V. Chopyk, Kimberly A. Taton, Vera Swenson, Michele Wolniewicz, Doris Dolce, Lindsey Manfredo, Sandra Bohen, Jerry Bartkowiak, Edward Kuczmarski Jr., Suzanne King, Cheryl Bargnesi.

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