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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: It was Mark Twain who advised, "When angry, count four; when very angry, swear." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1783, George Washington bade farewell to the officers of his Continental Army in Frances' Tavern at Broad and Pearl streets in New York before leaving by boat for Annapolis, Md., where Congress was in session. He kissed each officer on the forehead as he and the officers were moved to tears. Washington said, "With a heart full of love and gratitude, I now take leave of you." . . . In 1816, James Monroe of Virginia was elected the fifth president of the United States, defeating Rufus King, a Federalist. . . . In 1945, the Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations. . . .

SENIOR CITIZENS are being recruited by Heritage Centers to provide guidance and companionship to new parents with mental retardation or other developmental disabilities. Called the Experienced Parenting Program, it is sponsored by the state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

For more information, call Linda Cobb at 856-4201. . . .

TABLES TURNED -- The Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Buffalo International Chapter, will hold a reverse news conference in which journalists answer -- not ask -- the questions of politicians and candidates at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in The Buffalo News auditorium.

On the question side will be City Comptroller Joel A. Giambra, Delaware Council Member Alfred T. Coppola, Corporation Counsel Samuel F. Houston, Niagara Council Member Carl A. Perla Jr. and former radio personality and Common Council candidate Ronald "Shane" Gibson. Answering questions will be Foster L. Spencer, News managing editor; George Borrelli, News political reporter; Teresa Beaton, WEBR radio reporter, and Rich Kellman, WGRZ-TV anchor.

AN EXHIBITION of work by Sheldon Berlyn, University at Buffalo art professor, can be seen starting Friday through Jan. 31 in 430 Capen Hall at the North Campus. The exhibit, "Paintings and Reliefs by Sheldon Berlyn, 1958-1990," will cover a period that corresponds to the artist's residence in Buffalo and his tenure at UB.

Exhibitions of his work have been shown widely throughout Western New York and the United States. His work is in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Art Museum of the City of Sacramento and museums in Georgia and Massachusetts. . . .

Precious Moments

The time for a little

unselfish giving

Is when those you love

are here and living.

-- Larry Schieber

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Chuck Steiger, Jack Carone, Beth Goodsell, Dennis Dee, Dorothy Senger, Raymond Schmidbauer, Mary E. Yakovac, Ann O'Leary, Donald Reukauf Sr., Kristen Chavanne, B. John Tutuska, Maryanne McMahon, Richard Jakubowski, Bob Grossman, Erica Weber, Robert Lawn, Mary Everett, Lillian Miller, Adrienne Piva, Joseph Szmania, Kim Denise Paglicci, Richard Petersdorf, Valerie Sember.

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