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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: My main resolution for 1998 -- as soon as I can get around to it -- is to quit procrastinating. . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1880, George Catlett Marshall, American general, statesman, author of the "Marshall Plan" and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was born at Uniontown, Pa. . . . In Western Samoa, New Year's Eve is celebrated with bamboo fireworks, singing and dances, including the Samoan Fire Dance. . . .

Toast to '97
The time is coming to laugh or cry

At '97 and bid good-bye.

To all those who made it great

And the ones -- second rate.

Let's cheer to the passing year

Even if we shed a tear!

So hold your glass, my friend, up high

And toast to the times gone by.

'97 is now put to rest

Lets make '98 -- one of the best!

-- Kathryn Radeff
JAZZIN' -- The Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Western New York will benefit as the Nickel City Chapter of the Late Great Chevy group holds its 11th annual "Jazzin' Up January" '50s and '60s charity dance Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. in VFW Post 898 at 2909 South Park Ave., Lackawanna.

Live music will be provided by Flipside, while Whirlin' Disc will play records of the era. Tickets will be sold only in advance and can be obtained by calling 683-7242 or 668-5941.

Late Great Chevy is a nationwide organization of owners of Chevrolets built between 1958 and 1964. The Nickel City Chapter has raised more than $20,000 for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. . . .

FOR HAMS -- Tests for prospective amateur radio license holders will be given at 10 a.m. Jan. 10 in North Tonawanda Fire Headquarters, 495 Zimmerman St., and at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in Aurora Middle School, 148 Aurora St., Lancaster.

Call Vern Siegel at 693-5977 or 634-5276 about the North Tonawanda exam and Chuck Koester at 937-3592 about the Lancaster exam. . . .

SPAGHETTI DINNER -- St. Gregory the Great Home School Association is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner to be served from 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 16, in the school gym at 250 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville, according to a note from Maureen Couche. Dinners are $6 for adults, $5 for children 4 to 12 years old and free for children 3 and younger. . . .

SIERRA RETIREES are planning a get-together Jan. 21. For details, call Gerald F. Kropp at 652-5261. . . .

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED -- Caring people 14 and older who can commit an hour or two a week or even once a month are needed as Riverwood Volunteers and to assist nursing residents of Riverside Health Care Center, 2850 Grand Island Blvd.

The volunteers will work individually or in groups in non-health-care-related ways, including bringing mail or reading to residents, helping them write letters, shopping for them, helping with programs, transporting residents within the building and accompanying them to medical appointments outside the building in vans driven by professional drivers.

If interested, Call Toni Mantell, director of volunteers, at 773-5900 for more information. . . .

NEW NUMBER -- Assembly Republican Leader Thomas M. Reynolds of Springville sent word there is a new toll-free number for state residents to reach the Division of Veterans' Affairs for referral and information. The new toll freebee is 1-888-VETS-NYS. It is in operation Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Callers will be directed to the Veterans' Affairs Office in their county. . . .

DEPRESSED about those credit card bills? A course to help individuals learn how to recognize and cope with depression will be offered in February at the University at Buffalo. Designed for adults 18 and older, it teaches how to identify and change negative thought and behavior patters that can contribute to depression.

John Roberts, assistant professor of psychology, is the course instructor. Classes will meet once a week for 12 weeks on the North Campus in Amherst and will be available both weekday afternoons and evenings. Registration deadline is Feb. 2. Potential enrollees will receive a free evaluation to determine whether they would benefit from the course. For more information, call 645-3697. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Nancy Jordan-Staves, Eileen Schara, Al Dudek, Jinney Lynn Ference, Ann Pokorny, Gail Stengel, Sean Kennedy, Jerry Buczkowski, Vi Jarmaine, Dina Kowalski, Verna Neuner, Joe Buchicker, Melissa Grove, Lisa Pickop, Michael Evola, Brian Costello, Jay Maretti, Kyle Dunning, Agnes Kolek, Kathi Ball, Bev Lates, Nicholas Huber, James Mendolera Jr.

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