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REPORTERS NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: We've been waiting 365 days to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR! . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1735, Paul Revere, who is remembered for his famous ride on April 18, 1775, and Longfellow's poem, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," was born in Boston, Mass. . . . In 1752, Betsy Ross, who, according to legend, created the first stars and stripes flag in 1775 on instructions from George Washington, was born Elizabeth Griscom in Philadelphia . . . In 1879, E.M. Forster, English novelist, short story writer and essayist, was born in London. One of his better known novels was "Where Angels Fear to Tread," which he wrote in 1905. He also wrote "The Longest Journey" in 1907 and "A Room with a View" in 1908. . . .

Happy New Year
A New Year approaches

bringing brand-new days

Our thoughts turn to how

we can mend our ways

Resolutions are made

for all to hear

Perhaps I can keep just one

this year!

-- Berta S. Cole
ICE STORM BABY -- As might be expected, it was a cold day Wednesday when Bernadine Miller Kowalski of West Seneca celebrated her 50th birthday. But she's more or less "cold proof," according to a story about her birth on Dec. 31, 1947.

A picture of the newborn Bernadine and her mom, Christine Miller, now 71 and living in Cheektowaga, appeared in the Buffalo Courier-Express, with an explanation that the baby was born in the back seat of a car as it skidded along between her home and Sisters Hospital. To make a long caption short, Bernadine was "blue with cold" when she arrived at the hospital. The 7-pound, 11-ounce baby appeared none the worse for her chilling experience, however, the caption writer assured.

Mrs. Nowalski, a secretary for American Lubricants, celebrated her birthday Wednesday in Niagara Falls, Ont. Her relatives said they would bet she was having a good time. . . .

HISTORY LESSON -- Frank Kenline will be the speaker at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 when the Historical Society of the Town of Clarence holds a video presentation, "The History of Crystal Beach," in the Historical Museum, 10465 Main St., Clarence.

The program is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Bill or Julie Wharam at 759-6157. . . .

REUNION NOTE -- Members of the North Tonawanda High School Class of 1978 are planning a reunion for Aug. 14 and 15.

Sandy Sagona of North Tonawanda, said the reunion committee is seeking current addresses of classmates. She said the committee meets every other week and its next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 13. "All 1978 graduates are invited," she said.

Anyone with information about the old grads can pass it on to Cheryl Rae at 694-4954 or Dee Mullins-Schnell at 693-2450. The committee also has a web site athttp//members.aol.com/NTHS1978/index.html and also can be reached by writing to 481 East Stenzil, North Tonawanda 14120. . . .

FIRST MEETING OF 1998 for members and guests of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Museum, 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda. The meeting, which is free and open to the public and includes the serving of refreshments, will feature a review by Robert Silsby of his new town history book, "Settlement to Suburb." The former Kenmore West High School social studies teacher, is vice president of the Society. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jeanne Ray, Alice Fabisch, Michelle Fox, Joe Jelenovic Sr., Hank Heberling, Christina Mills, Beatrice Shedler, Virginia Zirnheld, Dorothy Morgan, Eileen Summers, Michael J. Rackle, Philip James Kurzanski, Dolores Pryor, Steven Dillsworth, Rita Alles, Rae Alles, Shelly Wutz, Pete Nowadly, Becky Milks, Angela Steward, Mary Vaugh, Claire Marie Dugan, Philip Kurzanski, Jack Myers, Don Pazel, Denise Gurney, Florence Jarzynka, Kathy Flanders.

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