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REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: When the mind stops growing, the head often begins to swell. . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1853, the United States bought about 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal that became known as the Gadsden Purchase, named for the man who engineered it -- James Gadsden. The area became the southern part of Arizona and New Mexico . . . In 1865, author Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India . . .

New Year
New Year's Eve's drawing near,

We'll celebrate another year.

Going out with all our friends

To have some fun before it ends.

Looking back in celebration

And ahead with anticipation.

-- Ann Wise

HELEN RYDER of Sharon Drive in the City of Tonawanda confirmed reports that her son, Gary Ryder, is what might best be described as "a real golf enthusiast." She said Gary managed to play golf in this area during each of the 12 months of 1990 regardless of the weather. . . .

TOUCH OF CLASS -- When Louis and Rita Carfa arrived at the Greater Buffalo International Airport Dec. 17 to spend the Christmas and New Year's holidays in Amherst with their daughter, Donna Reardon, a lot of good things and surprises awaited them.

First, there was a plaque and proclamation from Mayor Griffin presented to them by no less a personage than Santa Claus. The mayor had proclaimed Dec. 17 to be observed as their day in Buffalo.

After that, Louis, 72, and Rita, 67, were taken to a waiting 12-passenger limousine in which relatives, including their son-in-law Dean Reardon, and good friends Phil and Carol Valenti accompanied them on a two-hour tour of some of their old haunts and favorite places before they moved to Fort Worth, Texas, a decade ago.

The former West Side residents have four children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Louis was well known in the area as a musician and manager of a music shop before he retired. It was the couple's first trip back to Buffalo since they moved to Texas. They will return to Fort Worth in January. . . .

REUNION NOTE -- The reunion committee of the LaSalle High School Class of 1956 is looking for class members to serve on the various committees for a big bash planned for next July. The next planning session is scheduled for Jan. 15. For more information, call 773-9382 or 283-8293. Members of the classes of 1955 and 1957 will be invited to the reunion, too. . . .

MARVELOUS MERO -- Former Getzville resident Marc Mero, 30, is a professional wrestler in the Tampa, Fla., area, where he does battle under the names of "Marvelous Marc" and "Monster Man." Mero was a Golden Gloves boxer in the Buffalo and Syracuse areas during the late 1970s. . . .

PUBLISHED -- Dr. Joan M. Cookfair, associate professor of nursing at D'Youville College, has written a new college textbook titled "Nursing Process and Practice in the Community."

The introductory text, designed for nursing students seeking a bachelor's degree, focuses on current topics, approaches, methodologies and the core content of community nursing. Contributors to the book include six D'Youville faculty members, two from the University at Buffalo and one from Canisius College as well as one professional from Children's Hospital.

The 600-page text is published by Mosby Year Book of St. Louis and is being marketed nationally and in Canada. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- John Paul Sfeir, Michael P. Lyons, Lauren Robins, Ryan Powell, Bertha Groszkowski, Stacey Fintak, Joe Panek, Geno Drebot, Joanne Chittenden, Charlie Safe, Marty Linnan, Joshua Fahey, Kristy Catanzaro, Katie Catanzaro, Kathleen Purcell, Carol Schaller, Krissy Hearn, Rita Najuch, Jessica Haidon, Paul Hammond, Garrett O'Neill, Jill Gavin, Jessica Ball, Marilyn Burdick, Todd Skinner, Dennis M. Long, Josephine Alessi, Joseph Jacobbi, Paula Banas, Janet Cunningham, Chad Everett.

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