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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: "Christmas has come and gone, and I -- to speak selfishly -- am glad of it. The season always gives me the blues in spite of myself, though I manage to get a good deal of pleasure from thinking of the multitudes of happy kids in various parts of the world," said Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet (1869-1935). . . .

In 1941, Winston Churchill became the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. . . . In 1996, 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colo. . . .

Smell the Flowers
Is time so dear, we can't afford

To cease our day's routine:

To think about our purpose here

Our debt to those unseen?

Is life so hard we cannot stop

To smile at those in need

To utter a warm hello to them

To cheer by some good deed?

-- Dan Kublitz
CONCERT NOTE -- People desiring to sing in the April 19 afternoon rehearsal and 8 p.m. concert celebrating Harriet Simons' 25th anniversary as director of choruses at the University at Buffalo should contact her at 645-2964. . . .

REUNION NOTE -- Members of the St. Nicholas School eighth-grade graduating class of 1948 are planning a reunion for the coming spring. Classmates can get details by calling Jane Fitzsimmons Maida at 683-8550 or Terrance Mescall at 683-5468....

RECOGNITION -- Officer Michael Hamm of the Arcade Police Department was one of only 11 officers throughout the state to receive the Project Zero Award of Excellence this year. He was nominated by his chief, John Laird, for his continuing pursuit and arrests of drunken drivers during his seven years as a policeman in the Wyoming County community.

The award is sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.

He was presented the award last month in Albany by Jerry Burrell, former Cattaraugus County sheriff and now deputy commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services. . . .

POINSETTIA NOTE -- Many Western New York homes are adorned with poinsettias this holiday season. If you want to keep it growing, prune it back to 4-6 inches, put it in a bright place and fertilize it. An all-purpose fertilizer for houseplants will do. You can also give the plant a treat with 1 tablespoon of epsom salts dissolved in a gallon of fertilizer.

The people who know about such things also suggest that poinsettias should not be put atop television sets or near other heat sources. Thought you would like to know. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Tommy Morrone, Connor Herrington, Bridget Thompson, Kathleen Thompson, Bob Palano, Melissa Trembath, Christine Ziemba, Michael Healy, Carol Schmidt, Kathryn M. Rooth, Lynn Borro, Nicole Podkladek, Chris Wagner, Robbie Dege, Virginia Jessee, Carole Ignaszak, Lyndy Rose Czora, Carol Schmidt, Dick McPherson, Walter Anderson, Mary Colleen Emerling, Tom Hourihan, Peter Hosken, Grace Lates, Al Waz, Joy Boye, Del Lillis, Barbra Kavanaugh.

SATURDAY -- Richard Bryk, Ray Napierala, Beth D'Amico, John Conway, Mike Salmon, Mark Pike, Michael Hooven, Justin Wnuk, Joan Delmonte, Wendy Kelley, Gene Fatta, Patti Streck, Timmy Burvid, Dave Gray, Mary Kay Caie, Carol Williams, Mary Tysiac, William Zokus, Lucy Christopher, Joan M. Delmonte, Joseph Banach, Jessica Harris, Norm Mandarino, Diana Raczkowski, Sherri Martinez, Joe Dennis Jr., Rose Pajak, Joe McMahon Jr., Ryan McDonald, Mary Quick, Gary Eye, Jim Stolarski, Joey Long, Patty Meegan, Thomas Joseph Fontana, Buz Comerford, Mary Ann Wirth, Kelly Dubel.

AND SUNDAY -- Sarah Smith, Alexandria Sullivan, Megan Sears, Norm Daley, Jim Lojacono, Judith Erbs, Laurie Root, Theresa Musial, Dee Pytlak, Andrea Kawa, Stephanie Sikorski, Helen Stokes, Tim Leary, Jack Imperi, Jimmy Wojcik, Fran Urbanski, Kristi Marshall, Sara Thomas, Nicole Maroux, Diane Rey, Joshua Wrest, Frank Waz, Paul Zakrzewski, Lois Turkla, Patty Scheu, James Pierce.

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