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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: "Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days," according to Benjamin Franklin. . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1770, the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in Stuttgart. . . . In 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa blew up; the resulting tidal waves in Indonesia's Sunda Strait claimed some 36,000 lives in Java and Sumatra. . . . In 1908, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was born near Stonewall, Texas. . . . In 1967, Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, was found dead in his London flat from an overdose of sleeping pills. . . . In 1979, British war hero Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed off the coast of Ireland when the Irish Republican Army exploded a bomb aboard his boat. . . .

BUSY MAN -- Lt. Joe Gleason of the Buffalo Coast Guard Station estimates he spent at least 1,500 hours over the past year planning the massive terrorist response exercise that was held Tuesday in the Connecticut Street Armory. The all-day exercise involved 600 people from 80 different government agencies.

Gleason had another big concern on his mind. His wife, Kimberly, was pregnant with twins. As luck would have it, she gave birth to two boys, Noah Casey and Andrew Dean, one day before the exercise. "This has been an exciting week," Gleason said.

The Coast Guard veteran asked The News to give credit to two people -- Capt. Thomas Fitzpatrick of the Buffalo Fire Department, and Eric Burley, a summer intern at the Coast Guard Station from Williamsville South High School, for their efforts in planning the exercise. . . .

Nature and Nurture
There is a plant named Love Lies Bleeding

Its ruby blossoms are tender and fleeting

Rough handling splits its blossoms apart

Reminiscent of the human heart.

-- Beverly Tona
A GALA to raise "awareness for Habitat for Humanity" and to celebrate "10 years of success for this group of volunteers" will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Gateway Executive Center (former Bethlehem Steel Building) on Route 5 in Hamburg.

Maureen Conley said that Carmichael Funding Affiliates, Suite 401, 3556 Lakeshore Blvd., will be the host for the gala and that "anyone interested in our community is welcome to attend." Free hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. For more information, call 826-6655. . . .

FOUR MISSING -- Oct. 2, the date for the Hutchinson-Central High School Class of 1948 reunion, is getting closer, and all but four classmates have been contacted, according to a note from Marie Palmieri of the Town of Tonawanda.

She listed the missing as including Mary Louise Arnold, Patricia Brennan, Lois M. Dilon and June D. Lewis. Mrs. Palmieri wrote that if anyone "knows of their whereabouts," call her at 836-7996 or Joanne Livolsi at 439-0391. . . .

REMINDER -- Some real bargains will be available Saturday and Sunday at WBFO's sale of thousands of records and CDs in Allen Hall on the University at Buffalo South Campus on Main Street to benefit the operation and programming of the National Public Radio FM affiliate. The general public will be admitted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 829-2880. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Lewis B. Deci, Matthew Powell, Brooke Benkovich, Irene Piotrowski, John Deprisco, Ronnie Nuwer, Dan Wortham, Norm Griffin, Jody Colucci, Ellen Broderick, Jean Boardway, Jean Schultz, Kathie Quwik, Katherine Slomba, Rosemarie Magyar, David Greenway, Charlene Kustreba, Susan Schumacker, Amy Stitz, Thomas Hoover, John Cellino, Jennifer Brug.

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