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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: It was German industrialist Fritz Thyssen (1873-1951) who observed: "When I rest, I rust." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1588, the English soundly defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines. . . . In 1890, artist Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France. . . . In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which created NASA. . . . In 1967, fire swept the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin, killing 134 servicemen. . . . In 1981, Britain's Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer. . . .

Remembrances of Things Past

Keep a signed journal

Write of whence you came

Whenever your memory fails

It will help you remember your name.

Then, tell someone else

Where you store your book

You might need a reminder

of where to look.

-- Diana Notaro
IRON ISLAND FESTIVAL -- Marge Thielman Hastreiter sent a reminder that the Iron Island Preservation Society of Lovejoy "Iron Island Festival" will open at 5 p.m. Friday and close Sunday night on Lovejoy Street between Longnecker and North Ogden. That portion of the street will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Monday to make room for the carnival rides, games, craft stands and other activities.

She said the fourth annual festival will include entertainment, with performances Friday evening by the Buffalo Ragtimers, Banjo Dixieland, Rince Na Tiarna Irish Dancers and the Queen City Strutters. A fireworks display is set for 10 p.m. Saturday, and the Clog-Hoppers will hop from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday, which has been designated as "family reunion day -- bring back the family to Lovejoy."

For more information, call Rose Bologna at 894-7370 or Linda Duvall at 891-9499. . . .

Cannot distribute vertically BARRYMORE'S GHOST -- Canisius College's Little Theatre Alumni will present Paul Rudnick's stage comedy "I Hate Hamlet" at 8 p.m. Thursday , Friday and Saturday in the Marie Maday Theatre of the college's 1908 Building across from the main campus.

The play concerns a young television actor who lands a part playing Hamlet and rents an apartment that was once the home of the late legendary actor John Barrymore.

Little Theatre Alumni, formed in conjunction with the Canisius College Little Theatre, plans to put on a full-scale production each year -- staged, acted and produced exclusively by Canisius College alumni and current students. Tickets to "I Hate Hamlet" are $5 per person. For reservations, call the college. . . .

REUNION PICNIC -- The U.S. Army Reserve's 300th Ordnance Battalion, which was located at the Charles N. DeGlopper Army Reserve Center in the Town of Tonawanda from 1967 through 1991, is looking for former members to tell them about an alumni picnic to be held Sept. 6 at the Ellicott Creek Park Casino.

The unit supported deploying forces from Fort Bragg, N.C., during Operation Desert Shield. It became inactive following Operation Desert Storm. An alumni association has been formed and is sponsoring the picnic. For details, call Ken Warmington at 693-1604 or Bill Scott at 434-3253. . . .

TABLE RESERVATIONS for the Cantalician Center for Learning Christmas craft show can be made by calling Sister Mary Gloria, CSSF, at 874-0913 and requesting a registration form. The show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Cantalician Center, 1360 Eggert Road. Proceeds will benefit handicapped students. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Colleen Gleason, Kim Balus, Dana Hrycko, LuAnn Westfield, Bridget Byron, Joan Mantelli, Thomas Kraft, Joanne Ricupito, Nancy Starzynski, Gary Barrou, Michael Smolen, Elliott Gruber, Scott McSparron, Marion Lindner, B. J. Meckel, Ruth Donohue, Cheryl Scheck, Angie Stuckal, Mary Anne McNamara, Mark Mortellaro, Billy Wetter, Fred Leo, Michelle Amy Tonnies, Mary Okonczak, Janice Klyczek, Kim West, Gertrude Schwede, Thomas Michael Kraft, Ann P. Oxley, Frank Bifaro, Mary Catherine Comerford, Mark P. McHugh, Kay Bohen Jeanne Schreiber, Clare Walsh, Antoinette Rott, Bill Rott, Bill Simms, Mark Chilcott, Carol Kilichowski.

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