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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to President Harry S. Truman, "It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose your own." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1887, inventor Thomas A. Edison received a patent for his "Kinetoscope," a device for producing "moving" pictures . . . In 1969, retired undefeated heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano was killed in a light plane crash in Iowa one day before his 46th birthday . . .

Sticky
Finger bowls were invented

to cure sticky fingers.

Today the bowls are gone,

but the stickiness lingers.

-- Walter E. Bell
JENNIFER MEKA of Clarence has been named Miss Teen of New York 1998.

The 17-year-old daughter of Richard and Donna Meka competed in a field of 113 teen-age girls from across the state to win the title Aug. 23 in Syracuse. She also won a $2,000 educational savings bond, $500 to give to her school and the opportunity to compete for the national title in November in Utah and nearly $35,000 worth of scholarships, awards and prizes.

Jennifer graduated from Clarence High School in June and will be a freshman at Canisius College this fall. She will major in secondary education. Her minor will be in the classics. She took five years of Latin in middle and high school. She wants to be a Latin teacher.

In addition to the $2,000 educational savings bond from the Miss Teen Program, she has a scholarship from ITT Industries.

The Miss Teen of New York is not a beauty pageant. Each candidate is rated in six areas: scholastic record, achievement and service to school and community, personal development of talents and skills, a general awareness written test, personality projection in formal wear and the interview with judges. . . .

DOG WALK -- The Second Chance Sheltering Network Inc., and the PetWise Stores are the people behind the "First Annual Best Friend Walk-A-Thon" to be held Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Amherst University at Buffalo Bike Path.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and the 1.5-mile walk will begin at noon. The walk-a-thon will begin at St. Rita's Lane, and every dog gets a prize. Pre-registration can be done at all PetWise stores for $15 per dog. Registration the day of the walk will cost $18. There will be a grand prize for the person with the most sponsor donations.

Rabies tags or certificates must be presented at registration. For more information, call 652-6051 or 668-3400. . . .

MAKING MONEY on the stock market and "keeping more of it" will be the subject of a course from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 22 and 29 and Oct. 6, 13 and 20 at the Trinity Center, 371 Delaware Ave.

Bonnie Gordon Flickinger, Ph.D., will teach the class and explain how to equate one stock against another, how to choose a broker and how to read financial reports. For information about registration and fees, call 852-8371. . . .

TICKETS for the Villa Maria Academy 80th Anniversary Reunion Dinner Sept. 25 at Salvatore's Italian Gardens can be ordered by calling the school office at 894-0398 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Patti Anne Naij, Barb Katrein-Deci, Pat Dubin, Kara Wise, Ray Rzenik, Dorothy Skorupa, Jami Duke, Kathryn Ann Palisano, Peggy Connors, Ann Marie Lombardo, Jackie Quwik, James Quwik, Tiffany Spates, Alice Chapman, Samantha Wickett, Gene Dudek, Chris O'Brien, Robin Stall, Gary Olson, Genevieve Kuca, Kailey Regan, Jack Flood Jr., Mary Saraceno, Marcy Reansnyder.

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