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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: The way we treat our heroes, it seems that every medal has its reverse. . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1819, Princess Alexandrina Victoria was born in London. She later became Queen Victoria. . . . In 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse tapped out a message from Washington to Baltimore to formally open America's first telegraph line. His message: "What hath God wrought?" . . . In 1881, 200 people died when the Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sank near London, Ont. . . . In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge (recently purchased by Olaf from a nice person who said a lot of money can be made by collecting tolls) over the East River, connecting New York and Brooklyn, was opened with great ceremony in the presence of many state and federal officials. It was the longest suspension bridge in the world, with a total length of 5,989 feet. . . .

The Mall Walk
"Where are you going my pretty maid?"

"I'm going Mall Walking, Sir," she said.

"I try on fine clothes, right off the rack.

"Then, with great reluctance, hand them all back."

-- Lauraine W. Prast
ON THE MARK -- The Hamburg Town Board can be excused if it felt it was being watched a few Mondays ago. Not only was there a delegation concerned about the possibility the town may evict the Hamburg Little Theatre from the recreation center and a representative from Blasdell opposed to moving its neighborhood library, but there also was a seemingly private citizen watching . . . and checking.

She was longtime community observer and retired fourth-grade teacher Iola P. Kimmel, who raised a question about some computer-generated figures submitted by the town Highway Department. "I don't use a computer," Mrs. Kimmel said, "just plain old arithmetic. But I went over these a couple of times and they don't add up."

The computer was wrong, Highway Superintendent Richard Smith had to admit, and the retired teacher, who taught old-fashioned readin', writin' and 'rithmetic, was right. . . .

ALUMNI HONORS -- Retired Buffalo businessman Robert L. Wilson was awarded a doctor of humane letters from his alma mater, Hamilton College, Sunday. Wilson founded EPIC (Effective Parenting Information for Children), a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting parents in teaching moral values to their children and preparing them for responsible adulthood. . . .

A LECTURE on "Flowers and Plants of the Bible: Their Meaning and Their Symbolism" will be given by Bonnie Gordon Flickinger at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room A-10 of Mill Middle School, 505 Mill St., Amherst. A fee of $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens will be charged. For more information, call the Williamsville Community Education office at 626-8080.

Mrs. Flickinger said her lecture and slide presentation will clear up some of the misinformation perpetuated over the centuries because of translation errors. She said early translators of the Bible, working from Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek and Latin texts, "were often unfamiliar with botany and horticulture. Therefore, some of the translators used names of plants or flowers that they knew rather than the botanical or generic name of the actual plant." . . .

AN AD? One of Olaf's alert operatives spotted a vanity license plate that read OF COURSE on a car parked near the downtown AM&A's store, of course. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Josephine Lillis, Mike Morseon, Paddy Puehn, Nicholas LaMarca, Michelle Wannemacher, Marino Pupilli, John Webb, Lisa Horrigan, Donalyn Cardill, Deana Greco, Bob Clark, Stella Skretny, Danille Sansanese, Carol Toepfer, Mike Donaldson, Daniel Griffin, Dave May, Matthew Wrona, Kevin Fitzgerald Sr., Eleanore Kimmick, Bob Donohue, Ken Kowal, Jimmy Mahoney, Gretel Kaiser, Paul Duke Sr., Anne Feeley, Clara Gorman, Debbie Parker, Lori Shine, Lias Alagna, Beth Taylor, Barry Zwick, Tanya Richter, Theresa Schmelzinger, Robert Clark, Chester Vonarowski, Bob Ball and Elvia Harrington.

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