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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), "It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you . . . yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned king of England. . . . In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi assembled one of the first Nativity scenes in Greccio, Italy. . . . In 1776, Gen. George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, N.J. . . . In 1818, "Silent Night" was performed for the first time in the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria. . . . In 1868, President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all people involved in the Southern rebellion that resulted in the Civil War. . . . In 1946, comedian W.C. Fields died in Pasadena, Calif., at the age of 66. . . . In 1989, ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed after a popular uprising. . . . In 1995, singer Dean Martin died at his Beverly Hills home at the age of 78. . . .

On Day of Christ's Birth
Kings and shepherds carrying a gift

Came to pay Him a royal visit,

A choir of angels filled the sky,

Serenading Him. So should you and I.

-- Walter S. Slon
NOMINATIONS are being sought by the Erie Community College Foundation for its Distinguished Alumni Award to be presented in March. The award is given to ECC graduates who have achieved success in their careers and have made significant contributions to their community.

Nomination forms are available at the Foundation office, 4041 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park 14121, or by calling 851-1424, according to Mary Miller Wood, assistant executive director. . . .

FINDING 'EM -- Joseph W. Watson, 101 Dewberry Lane, Syracuse 13219-2805, is trying to locate former members of the 604th Engineer Camouflage Battalion for a reunion being planned in 1998. The unit held its last reunion in 1948. Watson's phone number is (315) 468-0757. . . ..

Christmas Love
It shows itself in presents

Gaily wrapped by tired hands

In cookies baked by mothers

In between a child's demands.

Christmas love falls from above

For both the young and old

It's the mystery unfolding from

The greatest story ever told.

-- Diana Notaro
CHRISTMAS BABIES -- Kathleen Mary Martin Fregelette was born Dec. 25, 1959, and her brother, Edward Bernard Martin, was born a year later on Dec. 25, 1960. That would make her 38 and him 37. They were featured in an article in The Buffalo Evening News in 1960. . . .

ROSELLA EWING of Buffalo earlier this month performed Mendelssohn's "Elijah" with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and the New York Philharmonic. She is a graduate vocal performance and pedagogy major at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Princeton.

She is the daughter of Ward and Jenny Ewing of Buffalo. The choir is renowned as one of the world's leading choral ensembles. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Tom Grady, Robert Ziolkowski, Karen Keefe, Ken Tollner, Liz Marquette, Jean McNamara, Samuel P. Solori, Anthony Elliott, Loreen Carey, Sonyette Shrine, Joseph Beyea Sr., John J. DeFranks, Jane Odrobina, Katherine Odrobina, Von Eric Oliver, Joy McNamara, Jennifer Lahrs, Holly Jean McNamara, Vincent Haaland, Lauretta H. Prior, Jean Maziarz, Rita Spyra, Noel Pacer, Kim Lewandowski, Sara Hertlein, Carol Prendergast, Ida Russo, Andy D. Swenson, Nancy Fazio Finnegan, Mary Pietrzak, Erin Shaw, John Shaw, Barbara Shaw, Mary Luba, Florence Szulewski, Bronislaus Zakrzewski, Mary F. Flaherty.

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