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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: "Scratch a pessimist, and you find often a defender of privilege," observed British economist Lord Beveridge (1879-1963). . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1765, Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing for British soldiers . . . In 1882, German scientist Robert Koch announced in Berlin that he had discovered the bacillus responsible for tuberculosis . . . In 1883, long-distance telephone service was inaugurated between Chicago and New York . . . In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill granting future independence to the Philippines . . . In 1944, Nazis in Rome executed more than 300 civilians in reprisal for an attack by Italian partisans that killed 32 German soldiers . . . In 1958, rock-and-roll singer Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army in Memphis, Tenn. . . .

A FAREWELL PARTY for members and former members of the Coast Guard's Reserve Unit Buffalo (which absorbed Reserve Unit Niagara two years ago) will be held Saturday nightat the New Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio St. The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and the $10 per person tab will pay for pizza, wings, beer, wine and pop.

Lt. Cmdr. J.D. Potter (674-7822) and Lt. Bruce Bruni (689-1160) have been handling reservations. All active reserve and auxiliary personnel (and guests) were invited along with former members.

Buffalo's Coast Guard Reserve unit will be disbanded April 1. Local reservists will be blended into full-time units under the reorganization. . . .

A SPAGHETTI DINNER will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturdayat Martin Luther Christian School, 1085 Eggert Road, Amherst, in behalf of Michael Murphy, 35, father of two, who is awaiting a bone marrow transplant to stop the spread of the disease known as myelogenous (acute) leukemia. A donation of $15 for adults and $6 for children will be accepted at the door. Children under 5 will be admitted free. For those unable to attend the benefit, donations can be made in any amount to "Friends of Michael Murphy," 135 Heim Road, Buffalo 14221. The Aid Association for Lutherans will match the first $5,000 raised by the benefit. . . .

REUNION NOTE -- The Lafayette High School Class of 1945 will hold its 50th reunion July 22. For details, call 876-7269 or 839-1890. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Philomena Gallagher, Ed Schultz, Alvin Krzemien, Amanda Smith, Mary Lewandowski, Dennis Sulzbach, Shannon Quarles, Karen Zelli, Barbara Bakowski, Eric Pacer, Charlene Masse, Philip A. Lowrey, Jason Miller, Bill Lewis, Eileen Boland, Karl Biggerstaff, Lisa Casselberry, Alzada Darby, Jeanette Rhone, Nathan Odrobina, Ryan N. Sobczak, Gabrielle Meyer, Jilyana Baumgarden, Marian Gawron, Gretchen Brown, Mark Hill, Phyllis Kordos, Patricia Zlotek, Sandy Valenti, Ann Zdjelar, Tony Tyrpak, Larry Chirico, Alisa Baldon.

SATURDAY -- Russell Campise, Peggy Klodzinski, Addie Hoerner, Mary Smith, Mark Rudyk, Sharon Kerr, Dorothy Roach, Dawn Reddien, Charles Constantion, Donna Schiferle, Dick Palczynski, Ann McLaren, Joan McKnight, Libby Vullo, Katie Schaumloeffel, Tina Mackey, Tamiko Ortega, Rena Roberts, Felicia Williams-Dobbins, Nakia Johnson, Maurice McDuffie, Cassie Hammersmith, Frank Gregorski, Jake Przybylo, Michael Jafari, Cindy Smith, Delores Roffitto, Michelle Pawlik, Pat Pawlak, Wilma Manley, Frank Plec, Larry Garlock, Sister Benedette, Bill Rindos, Delores Rossitto, Tina Mulvenna, Sue Krantz, Scott Truisi, Marie Szczutrowski, Ann Talty, Samuel Tiranno, Arnold Zdrojewski, Tom Lates, Mary Smith, Dee Rudnick, D.J. Granville, Ruth Stack, Theresa A. Penkalski, Melinda Brooks, Jocelyn Washburn, Henry Miller, Maryanne Lewecki.

AND SUNDAY -- Karen Prendergast, Linda Faye Connolly, Jamie Wannemacher, Stella Schultz, Alice Downes, Kristy Czerniak, Vonessa Toczynski, Rose Maj, Julia Gregorski, Lorriane Bakowski, Christine Malinovsky, Melvin Wagstogg, Phyllis Pipolo, Mike O'Leary, Bob Panek, Joan McFall, Heide Krempa, Jolie Brown, John Chrosniak, Dale E. Currier, Helen Kurcz, Matthew Warren, Dale Bosworth, John Blocho, Michael A. Baer, John Gavin, Mike Piegay Sr., Jamie Lynn Levey, Mary Pruzinski, Danny Steele, Maureen O'Donnell, Bill Konter, Danielle Parsons.

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