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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ

"Where apathy is master, all men are slaves." Anonymous.

ON THIS DATE -- In 1885, special delivery mail service began in the United States. . . In 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile; each car cost $825. . . . In 1936, Gen. Francisco Franco was proclaimed the head of an insurgent Spanish state. . . . In 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Fla. . . .

THREE REASONS -- They had more than one reason to celebrate National Centenarians Day last week at Oakwood Health Care Center in Amherst where three residents have passed the century mark. Sophie Jakubek and Mary Cordasco are both 102, while Louise Steinke, the youngster of the group, is 101.

Each has different advice for how to live to 100 and beyond, but all agree that it helps to be fit, active and happy.

"Take care of yourself, not just your family," says Mary Cordasco. "You're only good to them if you're good to yourself."

ATTENTION SHOPPERS -- The first weekend in October offers an autumn abundance of benefit sales and bazaars. Saturday's events include:

West Seneca's Greatest Rummage Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in St. David's Episcopal Church, 3951 Seneca St., next to Southgate Plaza.

The annual Fall Bazaar from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Wales Hollow Community Lutheran Church, 5445 East Creek Road, South Wales, featuring crafts, artwork, baked goods, other food items and half-price rummage during the final hour.

A Fall Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in St. Bernard's School Hall, 1988 Clinton St. at South Ogden Street. The kitchen will be open to serve food.

A garage sale and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the community room of Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, 500 Parkhurst Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.

The annual fall charity bazaar from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Summit Park Mall, 6929 Williams Road, Wheatfield.

HAIRCUT FOR A CAUSE -- Get a $10 haircut from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Regis Hairstylists in the Summit Park Mall, Wheatfield, and help advance breast cancer research and awareness programs.

For the seventh year, salons in the chain throughout North America and Great Britain will offer their services to benefit the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

LET'S DANCE -- Bavarian folk dances and costumes and music by the Auslanders will provide a traditional air to the annual Oktoberfest sponsored by the Schuhplatter Gebirgstrachten Verein Edelweiss of Buffalo. It starts at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Polish Falcon Hall, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew. Seating is limited. For reservations, call 655-6336 or 683-0406.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Maura J. Stillwell, Connie Gausebeck, Gail Baumgarten, Christopher Ganci, Becky R. Maxwell, Andy Allen, Emily Allen, Raymond C. Haines, Thomas E. Huber, Lindsey Twist, Walt Bakos, Annie N. Smith, James M. Beyers, Tim Wroblewski, Kevin Wolfe, Betty Butler, Sally Pantano, Pat Szymedera, Jimmy Gruber Jr., Samuel Kingston, Lori Considine, Janice Mackiewicz, Patty Webster, Ted Dzielski, Marion Pietrzak.

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