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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author Saul Bellow, "A man is only as good as what he loves." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling Jews from Spanish soil, except for those willing to convert to Christianity . . . In 1889, French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris to officially mark its completion . . . In 1917, the United States took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark . . . In 1933, Congress authorized the Civilian Conservation Corps . . . In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson announced he would not run for another term. . . .

HAM EXAMS -- Examinations for amateur radio licenses will be given in April in North Tonawanda, Hamburg and Lancaster.

An exam will be given at 10 a.m. Saturdayin North Tonawanda Fire Headquarters, 495 Zimmerman St. To register, call Vern Siegel at 693-5977 or 634-5276.

An exam at 10 a.m. April 18 will be in Grace Lutheran Church, McKinley Parkway and Newton Road, Hamburg. Registration information is available from Norm Jones at 824-1148. An exam also will be given at 7 p.m. April 29 in Aurora Middle School, 148 Aurora St., Lancaster. To register, call Chuck Koester at 937-3592.

Examinations for commercial radio licenses are given monthly in Tonawanda. Details are available from Siegel at 634-5276. . . .

Call Me

I don't have a pager

I don't have a cell phone

You only have to call me

I'm always home.

-- Diana Ganson Becker
SLEUTHING -- The Lighthouse Mystery: Buffalo is well represented in a bit of national sleuthing now under way, an effort to track down and inventory all the classical lighthouse lenses that have been dispersed since automation and other new technologies overtook America's coastal beacons.

The Buffalo Lighthouse Association is leading the project, with encouragement and assistance from the National Parks Service, the Coast Guard and lighthouse museums on both the East and the West Coasts. Eventually, the data base will be placed at a planned new National Lighthouse Museum, at a site still to be selected. . . .

GO-DOG-GO will entertain at the seventh annual "Get Together" to benefit the South Buffalo Community Table from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturdayin Iron Workers Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Also providing entertainment will be the Les Davis Quartet and the Stone Bridge Band. All three are donating their services.

The Community Table, under the direction of Sister Celeste O'Bryan, serves nearly 100 hot meals a day to those in need at 185 Southside Parkway in South Buffalo. It has been in existence for more than 14 years.

Tickets to the fund-raiser are $12 presale or $15 at the door and include beer, wine, soda, snacks and the entertainment. Call 823-5609. . . .

GOOD FRIDAY FISH FRY -- The Ladies Auxiliary and Past Presidents' organizations of the Brighton Volunteer Fire Company, 50 Jamaica Road, Town of Tonawanda, will be host to a Good Friday fish fry starting at 4 p.m. April 10. The menu will include freshly fried haddock, potato salad, cole slaw, tartar sauce, rye bread, coffee, tea, milk or orangeade and a choice of pie, cake, brownies or eclairs for dessert. All this for $5.75 for adults and $3.25 for children 12 and under. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Courtney Colern, Dana Grady, Carl Wawrzyniak, Joe Trembath, Patricia Scanlon, Patrick DeGal, Sharon Kwapiszeski, Pearl Gorski, Mark Messling, Stella Branka, Frank Bushley, Dan Gaughan, Rick Covey, Mandy Lynn Daniels, Megan M. Smith, Andrew Gruber, Givonanna Pupilli, Josephine Pagano, Janelle DeSimone, Karen Pierini, Sandy Fatta, Edward Olejniczak, Theodore Powell, Terry Paulus Jr., Barbara Owczarczak, Gloria J. Barber, Donald Lahrs, Graham Genrich, Mary Cirbus, Chris Carney, Bill Guenther, Kaitlyn Griffin, Tim Fronczak.

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