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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to a Bohemian proverb, "The time will come when winter will ask us: 'What were you doing all the summer?' " . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1808, Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States, was born in Raleigh, N.C. . . . In 1809, William Ewart Gladstone, English statesman, prime minister four times and author, was born in Liverpool. . . . In 1845, Texas was admitted as the 28th state. . . . In 1890, at Wounded Knee Creek, S.D., the U.S. 7th Cavalry massacred more than 200 American Indian men, women, and children. . . .

Let Down
Christmas is over

The trees are put away and all

Now there's nothing left

But to sit and watch football.

-- MASH

A $300,000 GRANT from the U.S. Department of Education has been awarded to the University at Buffalo School of Nursing to be used for the training and preparation of rehabilitation nurses.

The grant will fund full tuition and stipends for qualified graduate students who are selected as Rehabilitation Service Administration Scholars.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in nursing, a 3.0 grade point average, three references and at least one year of experience in a rehabilitation nursing-related position. Federal employees are not eligible.

For more information, call Sharon Dittmar at 829-2088. . . .

SEEKING PEN PALS -- An English housewife who lives in a semirural area close to Robin Hood country and works part time as a guide at the 12th-century Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of poet Lord Byron, would like to find a "pen friend" or two in Buffalo.

Mavis Ellis wrote to Olaf that she would like women readers to correspond with her.

"I am a housewife, and my husband and I have one daughter. My hobbies are reading, history, music, the theatre, country walking, animals, visiting collectors and antique fairs, foreign travel and exploring different parts of the British Isles," she wrote.

Her address is 69 Mansfield Road, Papplewick, Nottingham NG15 8FJ, England. . . .

BUFFALO'S SHARE of the Cellular One promotion to raise money for Ronald McDonald House charities across upstate New York was $112,170 of $416,808 raised.

Ronald McDonald Houses received $104,840 in Albany, $86,515 in Rochester, $104,513 in Syracuse and $8,770 in Watertown, according to Jeff Ducato, Cellular One president and general manager.

The Cellular One promotion is the largest source of funding for Ronald McDonald House charities in the entire upstate New York region and has helped to raise $1,066,748 since 1993. . . .

A CENTURY MARKED -- Frances Cummins is 100 today, and family and friends helped her celebrate during a party Sunday afternoon in Classics V Restaurant in Amherst.

Mrs. Cummins has three children, 18 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren, so there were plenty of family members to enjoy the day with her.

And among those revelers were Mrs. Cummins' two younger sisters -- Margaret Seitz, 96, and Kathrine Moran, 94.

TIME TO SIGN UP -- Kenilworth Branch Library at 318 Montrose Ave., Kenmore, sent word that it is time to sign up for story hours for children.

The sessions for 4- and 5-year-olds will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 20 to May 12. Sessions for 3- and 4-year-olds will be held at 10 a.m. Thursdays from Jan. 22 to May 14. Evening story hour for kindergartners will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 20 to May 12.

For more information, call 834-7657. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Joanie Gamler, Deborah A. Cooper, Tyler Marciniak, Ann-Marie Maliszczak, Carolyn Graf, Henry Jones, Dave Wannemacher, Tammy Guilmette, Tom Decker, Patti Hartzfeld, Mark Galanti, Rita Tilley, Jan Mirkiewicz, Frances Johnston, Barbara D. Hall, Grace Werts, Marie Kaczor, Charles A. Panepinto, Sue Dulkiewicz, Sally Lapp, Yvonne Rey-Raymonda, John Paul Sfeir, Retta Dlugosz, Christopher J. Maggio, James Nolan, Pat Martone, Laurie Martino, Corey Farrell, Ray Bishop and Jackie McClure, Fran Willick.

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