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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: "Man alone can enslave man," according to French philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943). . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 79 A.D., the long-dormant Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash and killing an estimated 20,000 people . . . In 1572, the slaughter of French Protestants at the hands of Catholics began in Paris . . . In 1814, British forces invaded Washington, D.C., and set fire to the Capitol and the White House . . . . . .

Flowers
In unhappy times

when people glower,

nothing brings a smile like

the gift of a flower.

-- Walter E. Bell

BIG, BIG HEART A 9-year-old Little Valley girl who has a bedroom overcrowded with stuffed animals she's been given on special occasions over the years has found new homes for them.

Ashley Andrews has donated 46 of her stuffed animals to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department. The decision to part with her friends came after she discussed the toys' future with her mother. Her mother serves on an advisory committee for the department.

Deputies will keep the animals available to comfort anxious or upset children who end up in their care for various reasons. Some of the stuffed animals will be placed in patrol cars available to reassure children in emergencies.

When she grows up, Ashley wants to be a police officer. In the meantime, Sheriff Ernie Dustman will be handing her a certificate of appreciation for her public service donation. . . .

PARLEZ-VOUS FRANCAIS? -- Always wished you could speak French? The Alliance Francaise of Buffalo can help out. It is offering French conversation classes for adults, with seven-week sessions at all levels to be held at Canisius College beginning Sept. 14 and Nov. 2. For details, call the Alliance at 883-1791. . . .

NEW SEASON -- The Clarence Book Review Club will open its 1998-1999 season with a review of John Gardner's "October Light" by Margaret Williams, recently retired English professor at Genesee Community College, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Clarence Town Park Clubhouse, 10405 Main St. This will be the club's 29th consecutive season. . . .

HELP IS NEEDED to track classmates who have moved from the area to tell them about a reunion planned for members of the Lackawanna High School Class of 1978 to be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12, according to Dominic Salemi of Hamburg, the class president.

He also noted that many classmates contacted by the reunion committee "have not returned their responses." For reservations or to help track down a classmate, call Salemi at 646-5717. . . .

ANNUAL MEETING of the Westinghouse Employees Association is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Williamsville, according to a note from Anthony Castiglione, president of the association. The program will feature the Quarter Notes, a female dancing and singing group.

Castiglione said all former Westinghouse employees are welcome. Reservations can be made by calling Billie Mayer at 895-7498 by Sept. 19. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Melissa Cloos, June Laude, Charlie Strunck, Nancy Kelly, Tim Safe, Steve Losey, Jill Ring, Ruthie Fialkowski, Sarah Catherine Scolnik, Helen Glinski, David Kaczor, Mary Ann Guggemos, Mary Szczepanek, Ruthie Czosnyka, Joseph Patrick Best, Judy Gatto, Sean Ring, Katie Betz, Melanie Kaufman, Ron Cataldi, Diane Heerdt, Susan Morawski, Rita Kozma, Georgiann Gavin, Mike Otte, Maxine Park, Kathy Radka, Amy McMahon, Carol Bargnessi, Donna Vogt, Megan Wrest, Rita Calabro, Tina Jankowski.

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