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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ -- "The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions," according to Susan Sontag, American author and critic.

ON THIS DATE -- In 1779, during the Revolutionary War, the American warship Bon Homme Richard defeated the HMS Serapis after the American commander, John Paul Jones, is said to have declared: "I have not yet begun to fight!"...In 1806 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark arrived back from the first return expedition to the U.S. Pacific coast; their journey lasted two years and four months... In 1846, the planet Neptune was discovered by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle...In 1939, Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist and founder of psychoanalysis, died at 83... In 1952, Republican vice presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon went on television to deliver what came to be known as the "Checkers" speech as he refuted allegations of improper campaign financing...In 1973, Juan Peron and his wife Isabel were elected president and vice president of Argentina.

MERRY GO-ROUND -- Ready for its autumn rounds is the Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier, which holds its fall meeting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. The meeting is free, open to the public and, once business is taken care of, includes refreshments and an evening carousel ride. . . .

VETERANS REUNION -- Korean War veterans of the 9th Field Artillery Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division are seeking former comrades-in-arms.

Anyone who served with the unit in 1950 and 1951 has been asked to contact Charles Beckett, 609 Old Stage Road, Gray, Tenn. 37615 or Samuel Ralph Finley, 1501 W. Parker Road, Greenville, S.C. 29617. . . .

105 YEARS YOUNG -- A shining example of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and moderation in all things is Florence K. Williams of Williamsville and Port Colborne, Ont., who celebrates her 105th birthday today.

The widow of Irving S. Williams and a lifelong Western New Yorker, she is a retired Buffalo teacher. In her younger years, she was an avid golfer and bowler. These days she enjoys knitting, crocheting, dining out and reading the Buffalo News every day.

CLIPPING FOR CAUSE -- Regis Hairstylists will give bargain haircuts in McKinley Mall Oct. 4 as part of a national drive to fund breast cancer research.

From noon to 4 p.m teams of five stylists per hour volunteer to cut men's and women's hair for $10 (instead of the regular price) in the lobby in front of the Bon Ton. The national chain of salons does this to fund the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer. To date $2 million has been raised though this annual, one-day effort.

ONE OF THE CRAFTIEST -- The leading trade journal for the craft business has rated "Christmas in the Country," an annual pre-holiday craft show at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, the fifth-best traditional craft show in the nation.

Sunshine Artist magazine rated the nation's 200 best shows in its September issue, based on nominations by exhibiting artists and balloting by readers. "Christmas in the Country" also was featured in an article in the magazine.

This year's show will be held Nov. 7 to 9 and will feature more than 350 exhibitors in five buildings. Attendance is expected to exceed 35,000.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Mary Lou Rackl, Julie Daniels, Samantha Rubino, Debbie Merrifield, Faye Summers, Patrick McNamara, Lawrence Schiltz, Darilyn Schiltz, William D. Maxwell III, Barbara Seifried, Tabatha McCabe, Bertha Hahns, Carol Chowaniec, Joshua Benkelman, Leona McCormick, Patricia A. Rosolowski, Emily Nostrant, Eileen Gormley, Barb Sandecki, Andrew Kuczmarski, Jenna Pierini, Lee Vallett, LaNathan Nevins, Billy Cavanaugh, Tom Hauser, Sean Stablewski, David Rider, Kerri Rider, Richard Jasinski, Ani DiFranco, Emily Kondziela, Coleen McCabe, John Budd, Ray Eynon.

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