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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ

"I do not prize the word cheap. It is not a badge of honor . . . it is a symbol of despair. Cheap prices make for cheap goods; cheap goods make for cheap men; and cheap men make for a cheap country!" -- President William McKinley (1843-1901) . . .

ON THIS DATE -- In 1793, during the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded. . . . In 1859, abolitionist John Brown led a group of about 20 men in a raid on Harper's Ferry. . . . In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic, in New York City. . . .

LAST HURRAH -- Lawrence L. Doctor, who has held numerous appointments in Buffalo city government during his 35-year career, will be honored at a retirement party Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Buffalo Hilton ballroom. For reservations, call 822-7196. . . .

BIG WEEKEND -- The Bliss Baptist Church is sponsoring a fish fry Friday from 4 p.m. until the food runs out at the church on Main Street in Bliss. Cost is $6 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12, with kids under 5 free. On Saturday the Bliss Kiwanis Club will hold its 5th annual craft show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Joseph's Hall on East Main Street.

REUNION TIME -- Alumni, parishioners and friends of St. Teresa's Church, 1974 Seneca St., will gather for the parish's 100th anniversary reunion Saturday. Festivities will include a Mass at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. reception in the parish center. Call 822-7426 or 826-4483. . . .

RAISE YOUR ANTENNA -- Learning how to tune in to the worldwide wonders of amateur radio takes six weeks during an amateur radio class that starts Saturday at 9 a.m. in Grace Lutheran Church, McKinley Parkway and Newton Road, Hamburg.

The course leads to a novice, technician or no-code technician license. Call 693-5977 or 634-5276 to register. . . .

AWARD WINNER -- Lourdes Iglesias-Rosado, program manager for Hispanics United of Buffalo, will receive the Community Service Award as the Minority Bar Association of Western New York holds its 15th annual awards dinner at 7 p.m. Friday.

The association's Legal Service Award will be presented to Carmen L. Snell, an assistant state attorney general. Allison Dunlop, a third-year student at the University at Buffalo Law School will receive the John L. Hargrave Memorial Legal Scholarship.

Keynote speaker will be State Supreme Court Justice Barry A. Cozier, deputy chief administrative judge of the New York State courts. . . .

ROYCROFT LIFE -- Life on East Aurora's Roycroft Campus in 1900 will be discussed by Ben Little, a present-day Roycroft master craftsman, at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware Ave.

As part of his costumed portrayal of Herb Buffum, who was superintendent of the Roycroft cabinet shop in the early 1900s, Little will demonstrate materials and finishes used in the production of furniture. The living history program also will explore the vision of Roycroft founder Elbert Hubbard, the skills perfected by his craftsmen and everyday life in the compound.

The first lecture of the historic site's fall series will be free with museum admission. . . .

BOTANICAL BOUNTY -- Getting back to nature will take on an autumn flavor at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens' Harvest Garden Fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Morning workshops will include scarecrow making for children aged 5 to 12 and spring bulb forcing for all ages. An afternoon talk will discuss bird watching as a family activity. There will be free soil testing and hands-on demonstrations involving edible plants. Bulbs and produce will be offered at a farmer's market.

Entertainment for children will be provided by In Jest. There also will be an "Anything Apple" contest, involving all kinds of apple creations brought by fair goers. Admission and parking are free, but workshops involve a fee. Reservations are required; call 827-1584. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Robert J. Nice Jr., Marcella Conway, Rick Stanley, Teresa Roy, Kevin Lombardo Jr., Kimberly Parker, Jennie Sayers, Kristine Gavin, Millie Steiner, Tim Hourihan, Scott McCune, Skip Hall, Andy Benzo, Pat Smaszcz, Terry Dodolak, Steven Kos, Fran Reed, Karel Ann Woods, Kristin Kowalski, William Barrett, Virginia Forsey, Marcia Hillock, Sharon Dawson, Terri Garshnick, Alexis Michel.

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