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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: It was American author Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980) who observed: "Love is purely a creation of the human imagination . . . the most important example of how the imagination continually outruns the creature it inhabits." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1729, the city of Baltimore was founded . . . In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill creating a women's auxiliary agency in the Navy known as "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service" or WAVES for short . . . In 1945, the USS Indianapolis, which had just delivered key components of the atomic bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima to Tinian, was sunk by a Japanese submarine. Only 316 of the crew of 1,196 survived the sinking and shark-infested waters . . . In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Medicare bill, which went into effect the following year . . . In 1975, former Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in suburban Detroit. His remains have never been found. . . .

A DUNK TANK will be one of the attractions at the second annual summer festival and chicken barbecue from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Dash and Macamley streets, South Buffalo.

The chicken dinner, which will be served from 4 to 7 p.m., will cost $6.50 at the door or $5.50 if paid for by Aug. 8. Tickets can be ordered by mail. Make checks payable to St. Jude's Episcopal Church and send to St. Jude's Summer Fest, 124 Macamley St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14220. . . .

FAMILY REUNION -- Descendants and relatives of Peter and Lucena Grimes Webb Freer will hold the 86th Freer Reunion at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, in the home of Ken and Betty Raszmann in Crosby, Pa. Their home is on Route 46 South, out of East Smethport. Mrs. Raszmann asks that Western New York members of the clan who plan to attend to take a dish to pass and a gift for an auction. For more information, call her at (814) 887-5428. . . .

INFORMAL GET-TOGETHER -- Marie Caputi Zarcone sent a reminder that members of the Kenmore East High School Class of 1967 will hold an informal get together at 7 p.m. Saturday at Caputi's Sheridan Pub, 2351 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. For more details, call 689-7855. . . .

BUFFALO CONNECTION -- David F. and the Hon. Marjorie C. Mix are talkin' proud these days. One of their daughters, Dr. Wende A. O'Neill, has become project coordinator of the new State, Metropolitan and University Program of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington. She is on leave from the faculty of engineering at Utah State University in Logan.

Their other daughter, Kristen L. Mix, has been named shareholder in the law firm of Vinton, Nissler, Allen & Vellone, in Denver, Colo., where she practices employment law. She is a graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Colorado School of Law. . . .

INVITATIONS to a garden party honoring Dr. James MacCallum of Warsaw may be obtained by calling Anne Weidman at 786-5786. The 21-year-old charitable Wyoming Foundation will hold the annual fund-raising party from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the home of Judge and Mrs. John Conable in Warsaw. The suggested tax-deductible donation is $35.

Dr. MacCallum, a Buffalo native, practiced as a thoracic surgeon at Wyoming County Community Hospital from 1953 until the early 1980s. He and his wife, Joan, a British Army nurse he met in Burma in World War II, divide their time between their Warsaw residence and Sanibel, Fla. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Kim Balus, Maureen Alico, Patricia Odrobina, Ronald Krauza, Marianne Deschamps, Nan Zawadzki, Sharon Pratt, Donald A. Mrugalski, Paula Betz, Pat Edbauar, Nicole Kleinsmith, Ronnie Wojcik, Denise Pollinger, Bernadine Falsone, Julie Bridge, Nicole Schiske, David C. Caywood, Theckla Mullen, Curran R. McNamara, Andrew Foreman, Art Lester, Joey Ciesinski, Julie Ciesinski, Debbie Lanthier, Salvatore T. Nobile, Colleen Patterson, Deb Losel, George M. Laettner, Lynn Sacha, Rhona Gallman.

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