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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: In a discussion of meetings and partings, Benjamin Disraeli suggested that "Departure should be sudden." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1799, George Washington, 67, the first president of the United States, died at his Mount Vernon, Va., estate . . . In 1861, Albert, the prince consort of England and the beloved husband of Queen Victoria, died in London . . . In 1946, the U.N. General Assembly voted to establish U.N. headquarters in New York . . . In 1985, Roger Maris, New York Yankees outfielder who hit 61 home runs in 1961, died in Houston at the age of 51. . . .

PUBLIC SERVICE -- National Fuel will start a pilot program Saturday with police agencies throughout Erie County "to help locate a child or confused adult" reported missing. The program as outlined Tuesday by company officials gives police agencies an option of calling the district National Fuel dispatcher with relevant information.

A description will be radio-dispatched to National Fuel vehicles, once per shift, for a 48-hour period if necessary. Service personnel who believe they have spotted the missing person will report back to their dispatcher, who, in turn, will relay the information to the reporting police agency.

Gerard C. Miller, National Fuel vice president, said the company hopes to expand the program throughout Western New York if the pilot venture succeeds. . . .

EVERY CENT taken in from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Day at the nine Delta Sonic Car Wash Systems in Buffalo will benefit the Variety Club of Buffalo and will go to Children's Hospital. Delta Sonic has raised more than $100,000 for the Variety Club in the last six years and hopes to raise at least $7,500 this Christmas with its "Kissing Clean" car washes. And if Santa Claus drops in for a sleigh wash, it's on the house, Olaf was told. . . .

COOKIE TIN BRIGADE -- Second-graders at Wanakah Elementary School in the Town of Hamburg packed 100 pounds of cookies this week to send to parents, aunts, uncles and other relatives serving in Operation Desert Shield, according to Joanne Saniewski, building administrator at Wanakah. The "brigade" began as a project in the second-grade classroom of Suzanne Gicewicz-Touris, then grew to include all the second grades, Ms. Saniewski said. She said many pupils at the school have loved ones serving in the gulf. The packages also will contain "cookiegrams," messages written by the children, and drink mix packages. . . .

GIFT WRAPPING TIME -- For those dreading the thought of wrapping all those Christmas gifts, a happy solution is available through Christmas Eve in at Thruway Mall, Walden Avenue and Harlem Road in Cheektowaga. For a donation, volunteers from Autistic Services will be on hand to wrap your gifts during mall hours, said Angela Lagenor, executive director of the Tonawanda agency. For more information, call 873-6997. . . .

BELATED WISH -- Olaf is running a little behind in wishing Helen Algire a happy 108th birthday. The Seneca Falls native, a resident at Beechwood Nursing Home in Getzville since 1982, celebrated her birthday Dec. 7.

She graduated from Myenders Academy and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She began her professional teaching career in Buffalo Public Schools, teaching manual arts until her retirement. She was responsible for establishing the art departments in South Park and Riverside high schools. Friends report she still enjoys her daily activities, including music programs. During a visit by recording star Tony Orlando a few years ago, she joined him in a duet of "Yankee Doodle Dandy." . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Lucia Ehret, Mary Cardarella, Nancy Sedita, Dana Marie Maxwell, Barb Safe, Scot S. Kicak, Maureen Szuniewicz, Renee Paskuly, Jeremiah Hartz, Bruce Rugg, Rose Donaldson, Jessica Bower, David Panek, Jackie Paulus, Jeffrey Parker, Donna Kosek, Dorothy Golembiewski, Jade Bigelow, Sandra Giese Rosenswie, Gail Lewis, Jennifer Beiter, Joan Pierce, Kenneth Papp Jr., Louise Kumro, Danny Geary and Thomas J. Penkalski. . . .

AND SATURDAY -- Judy Harrison, Tom Clouden, Bonnie Henry, Nicky Heilig, Vickie Tutko, Carmel Clifford, John Brian Schaller, Andrew Devine, Irene Zbigniewicz, Shannon Zbigniewicz, Florence Kogut, Mary Margaret O'Donnell, Susan Azzopardi, George Weimer, Shelley Hales, Laurie Vesper, Dave McMahon, Michael Gembolys, Eric Wild, Joan Wild, Sophia Maziarz, Taylor Greg Lubi, Cindy Held, Angie Grydyboski, Jeannie Ziobro, Karl Hagler, Pat Sabadasz and Amanda Marie Graber.

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