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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ -- According to Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman, "Happiness is good health and a bad memory." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1861, the first Battle of Bull Run was fought at Manassas, Va. The South won. . . . In 1899, author Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Ill. . . . In 1925, the so-called "Monkey Trial" ended in Dayton, Tenn., with John T. Scopes convicted of violating state law for teaching the theory of evolution pioneered by Charles Darwin. The conviction later was overturned. . . . In 1944, the Democratic National Convention in Chicago nominated Sen. Harry Truman to be vice president. . . .

GRAND MARSHAL for the annual General Pulaski Day Parade Aug. 17 will be Monsignor Matthew S. Kopacz, pastor of St. Casimir's Catholic Church. The announcement was made by Brian D. Rusk, president of the General Pulaski Association of the Niagara Frontier.

The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m., moving north from Walden Avenue via Harlem Road to Cheektowaga Town Park on Harlem just south of George Urban Boulevard. For more information, call Edward Sieracki at 895-2821.

TALK ABOUT BLASE -- The poem "Flowers" by Christine M. Serchia has won first place in a statewide poetry contest sponsored by the Central Atlantic Region of Garden Clubs. Christine, who just graduated from eighth grade at Stella Niagara Education Park in Lewiston, is a daughter of Frank and Geri Serchia of Lewiston.

Christine was so blase about her prize-winning poem that she didn't even save a copy for herself. Nobody at her school could find a copy of it, either.

Rose Stack, the young poet's teacher, had told her pupils they could write a poem during their free time in a study hall if they had finished all their homework.

"Since I had nothing to do, I figured maybe I'd take a shot at it," Christine said. "I was surprised that I won. "I didn't think it was that good." Christine plans to attend Park School of Buffalo, in Snyder, this fall. . . .

GOODWILL CALL -- A 265-foot hospital ship that provides free medical aid to developing nations will make a goodwill call in Buffalo next month.

The Caribbean Mercy, one of three all-volunteer vessels in the international Mercy Ships fleet, is scheduled to arrive Aug. 21 for a 2 1/2 -week stay in Erie Basin Marina. Public tours and receptions for health-care professionals are planned.

On-ship staff includes Cat Stirling, 39, a Tonawanda native who joined the Mercy Ships after attending Kenmore East High School, Erie Community College and Buffalo State College.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Susan Kelley, Judy Catalano, Carolyn Concannon, Shelly Kennedy, Pat Daley, Julie Chase, Andrea Jones, Gen Tiede, Staryl Glynn, Joe Bertola, Nicholas Burandt, Shawna Kay, Kelly Schiltz, Gloria Russell, Bob Grande, P.J. Gavigan, Maureen O'Neill, Kavonna Ann Hargro, Ron Wnuk, Chris Smering, Jessica Tucker, Dan Wickett, Kavonna Ann Hargro, Bethany Charles, Babe McLaughlin, Ceil Carr, John Cronin, Rich Turchiarelli, Sean Murray, Sharon Norton, Bob Brysinski, Joe Heilig and Ruth Boczar.

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