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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French dramatist and poet Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), "Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1827, composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna, Austria . . . In 1875, poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco . . . In 1885, the Eastman Dry Plate Co. of Rochester, manufactured the first commercial motion picture film . . . In 1892, poet Walt Whitman died in Camden, N.J. . . . In 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington, D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial . . . In 1992, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison for raping a Miss Black America contestant in Indianapolis. He served three years. . . .

A Couplet
Judicious use of brakes and brains

Precludes a lot of aches and pains.

-- Dan "Couplets" Kublitz
FOOD DRIVE -- Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will conduct their joint annual food drive in Erie County and Western Niagara County the next two Saturdays, March 28 and April 4.

The Scouts will distribute grocery bags throughout their neighborhoods this Saturday and pick them up, hopefully filled with non-perishable food items, on April 4. The items collected will be distributed to food pantries and food banks in the neighborhoods of the scout units.

Grocery bags and other services are being provided by Tops Friendly Markets, Perry's Ice Cream and Campbell's Soup. Last year, Scouts collected 312,000 food items in Western New York. . . .

ONLINE on the World Wide Web at "www.sciencebuf.org" is the Buffalo Museum of Science's new and user-friendly presence.

Awaiting surfers at that address is an attractive splash page listing different departments that will be detailed as the site grows.

The museum's new site was developed through the generous support of BuffNet, one of the area's leading Internet service providers. For more information call 896-5200. . . .

COMMITTEE ACTION -- More than 160 persons have signed up for Friday's First Annual Dinner and Cabaret sponsored by Buffalo's six sister-city committees to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in St. Anthony's Catholic Church Social Center, 160 Court St., Buffalo.

The six sister cities are Siena, Italy; Tver, Russia; Lille, France; Dortmund, Germany; Kanazawa, Japan, and Rzesczow, Poland.

Each committee is participating by making the following contributions: Table arrangements, Kanazawa; pianist, Tver; host arrangements, Siena; sound system, Dortmund; Polish dancers, Rzesczow, and wine, Lille.

Information about the event is available at 851-5027 or 851-4282.

REUNION NOTES: The Medaille College All Years Alumni Reunion will be held Saturday, June 27, in the Campus Center Plaza. Don Tomasulo of the Class of 1979 is the alumni chairman. For details, or if interested in volunteering with the planning, call Francine Salisbury, alumni director, at 884-3281 . . . A reunion of Ithaca College classes of 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988 and 1993 is planned for May 28-31 at the college. For information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (607) 274-1393. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Shirley Heublum, Mark Vilardo, Joan McFall, Bob Panek, Stella Schultz, Jamie Wannemacher, Vonessa Toczynski, Brenda Rybczynksi, Sandra Mills, Matthew Warren, Robert Heerdt, Kristy Czerniak, Aaron Felmet, Julie Gregorski, Rose Maj, Randy Szymanski, Christine Malinovsky, Jennifer Frustino, Mary Pruzinski, Helen Boquard, Lorraine Bakowski, Phyllis Pipolo, Mike O'Leary, Dale E. Currier, Shayanna Dodge, Mary Lou Dodge, Sam Gavin, Mike Piegay, Jamie Levey, Marian Wallbridge, Moe Golebiewski, Ruth LaBelle, Luann Roberts, Danny Steele, Bill Konter, Molly Gibson.

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