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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: "News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that it's dead," according to English author Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966). . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1638, Swedish colonists settled in present-day Delaware. . . . In 1790, the 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, was born in Charles City County, Va. . . . In 1867, the British Parliament passed the North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada. . . . In 1882, the Knights of Columbus was chartered in Connecticut. . . . In 1932, a vaudeville comedian made his radio debut with the words, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is Jack Benny talking. There will be a slight pause while you say, 'Who cares?' " . . . In 1943, World War II meat, butter and cheese rationing began. . . . In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of espionage charges. (They were executed in June 1953.) . . . In 1973, the last United States troops left South Vietnam, ending America's direct military involvement in the Vietnam War. That same day, President Richard M. Nixon announced that "all of our American POWs are on their way home." . . .

Trade
God gave me a gift

For composing an occasional rhyme

But I would trade it all

If he taught me how to hold back time!

-- Sean O'Leary
LIBRARY BOOKS about soccer will be on display at 7 p.m. Thursday when the North Tonawanda Public Library at 505 Meadow Road and the Buffalo Blizzard team up for a special program intended for boys and girls of middle school age.

Pat Harrington of the Blizzard will be on hand to discuss indoor soccer, both at the professional and youth levels. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call the library at 693-4132. . . .

ONLY FIVE? -- According to some studies, the average smoker who gains weight after quitting smoking gains only five pounds. To maintain your present weight, you have to eat a little less and/or exercise a little more because your body metabolism decreases. Smoking increases body metabolism by about 10 percent, according to the experts. . . .

FRANK M. SUSMAN sent a note from his "Retirement Land" observation post in Depew about the "great respect" senior citizens have for "our sport heroes."

The 80-year-old retiree, who has been sending messages from his "Zipcode: Heaven" address since 1977, added:

"But alas when it comes to commercials regarding our various pains, one thing is for certain. Their sport heroics were much more effective on us than their medicines." . . .

REUNION NOTES -- Stanley Depczynski of Buffalo wants classmates from the Seneca Vocational High School Class of 1960 to call him about plans for a reunion in the fall. His number is 896-8675. He asks to be called after 4 p.m. . . . The Cheektowaga Central High School Class of 1985 will hold its 10-year reunion the weekend of Aug. 18-20. Class members who have not received an invitation packet should call Teri Kubiak Manna at 838-0807 or Tim Klembczyk at 442-6672. . . .

FOR HISTORY BUFFS -- Graham Millar and Paul Lamont of Niagara Community College will present a program on the history of the Erie Canal at 7:30 p.m. April 11 at the Town of Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society Museum, 100 Knoche Road. The meeting is open to the public.

Starting Sunday, the museum will be open to the public from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays, according to Joan M. Gerstman, secretary of the society. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Dorothy Georger, Aiseya Muflahi, Marina Rosenow, William Rudnick, Jeanne Goellner, Geraldine Aljwani, Stephanie Viles, Daniel White, Betty O'Connor, Irene Highway, Karen Hannan, Cheryl J. Parr, Richard Schrantz, Kathy Driscoll, Kristy Lehman, Gary M. Fredenburg, Warren C. Heerdt, Elmer Schlifer, Kathleen Delaney, Kathy McCarthy, Shawn Higgins, Lorraine Anderson, Tom Burns, Randy Bartosz, Doreen Spence, Eddie Schroeder.

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