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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ -- "There seems to be an excess of everything except parking space and religion," according to "Kin Hubbard" (really American humorist Frank McKinney, 1868-1930).

ON THIS DATE -- In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first Secretary of State . . . In 1960, the first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago.

WINGS IN WASHINGTON -- Thomas Considine, formerly of Buffalo, administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, was the honoree at the Fifth Annual Buffalo Nite Wednesday at a reception in Washington, D.C.

The event, conducted by the New York State Society, featured traditional Buffalo foods including chicken wings, beef on weck and locally made sausage products.

Past honorees include NBC's Tim Russert, formerly of Buffalo, and CNN's Wolf Blitzer, who was raised in Kenmore.

Jerry Zremski of The Buffalo News Washington Bureau accepted a plaque honoring The News for its support of the event.

MUSIC TO MY YEARS -- The beneficiary and the venue will be one and the same when David Kane's Them Jazzbeards take the stage at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway. Proceeds will benefit the historic music hall. Them Jazzbeards keep playing until 8. . . .

MARS TALK -- Barry DiGregorio of Middleport, author of "Mars, the Living Planet," published by Frog Limited, will be present for a discussion and book signing at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Barnes and Noble store at 7370 Transit Road, Amherst. The book was released July 30. . . .

ROCK YOUR SOCKS OFF -- Dust off your classic rock 'n' roll dancing shoes.

Our Lady of Loretto Church on Buffalo's West Side is sponsoring a '50s, '60s and '70s dance for those 21 and older from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday in the Parish Center, 301 14th St. Providing the music will be Back in Time. Beer and soft drinks will be available.

Proceeds benefit VOICE Loretto, a team that works in conjunction with the community-organizing efforts of VOICE Buffalo. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Laura Ann Lukasiak, Susan Lauber, Ed Dodge, Jacob Collins, Anne Miller, Rachael McNamara, Russell Boorom, Geri Maraschiello, Benjamin Kay, Tom Fatta, Kevin G. Castine, Millie Harlukiewicz, Joan Condon, Ed Cudney, Michelle Franczyk, Kathleen M. Cotter, Joanne Walsh, Ronnie Seufert, Liza Staszcyk, David Nowak Jr., Helen Greco, Kristy Grossman, Alicia Kazmierczak, Pat Kelleher, Paul Olszowy, Thomas Olszowy, Tom McGrath, Beth Scully, Marie Huller, Thomas Fatta, Jack Miller, Marion Perison, Estell Blaze, Mary Beth Seivert, Jack Miller, John Miller, Dorothy Cwiklinski, Edward Kramer, Joseph R. Ruffino, Ray Mikolajczyk, Lillian Wilkins, Nicholas Gianantonio,

SATURDAY -- Cindy Nogle, Cynthia DeMarco, Mikey Szarafin, Dusty Ziegler, Cheryl Fosdick, Josephine Sgalia, Nicholas Pitillo, Terri Kalata, Johanna Navel, Roger Rooth, Marie Rooth, Brittaney Taylor, Peg Paps, Bob Hartmann Sr., Alicia Odrobina, Barb Brignone, Anthony Izzo, Stevie Chauby, Susan Cozzi, George Lausted, Sue Anderson, Tim Myc, Joey Jacobbi Jr., Josephine Tartick, Kim A. Acker, Maureen Flood, Agnes Nixon, Betty Comerford, Leo Szczutkowski, Kathleen Braven, William R. Nunz Sr., Jake Weir, Joan Wachowiak, Jean Wickett, Tammy Grinko, Rita Russo, Nancy DiBeradino.

AND SUNDAY -- Glen Catherwood, Bruce Wawrzyniak, Aaron Wilson, Mary Regal, Maria DeSimone, Michael Boehringer, Philip Fenwick, Phyllis Panek, Danny Ohrun, Joe Kremblas, Kelly Liesel Kaczor, Suzanne Tiranno, Joanne Walsh, Ken Barraclough, Terry McMullen, Mark Dillsworth, Raymond Braun, Laura Prendergast, Kelly Ann Stafford, Marlyn Walker, Joseph Perison, Janet Pohle, Lorraine Ann Fontana, Edward C. Taton III, Marlyn R. Walker, Janet Pohle, Joseph Perison, Grace Kennedy, Patty Franco, Sabrina Hudson, Deborah Ondrejka, Shelley Dumpert.

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