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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English author Richard Jefferies (1848-1887), "The very idea that there is another idea is something gained." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1792, the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy . . . In 1897, the New York Sun ran its famous editorial declaring, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" . . . In 1931, Britain went off the gold standard . . . In 1937, "The Hobbit," by J.R.R. Tolkien, was first published . . . In 1938, a hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming more than 800 lives. . . .

Hello!
This is the tragedy of my life

That surely sums my fate.

It seems I'm getting old too soon

And getting wise too late!

-- Daniel M. Kublitz
A "GIANT" FLEA MARKET will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 on the parking lot of Holy Spirit School, 85 Dakota Ave. Tables are available for $10. Call 875-9478 for more information. . . .

HOSPICE BUFFALO will receive a donation from the proceeds of the Western New York Miniature Enthusiasts' 18th annual Dollhouse Miniatures Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, between Walden Avenue and George Urban Boulevard.

Admission will be $4 for adults and $2 for children younger than 12. No baby strollers will be allowed. Patricia Hauf, publicity chairman, said the show will include miniatures, exhibits, accessories, hourly drawings, hand-crafted items and dollhouses. . . .

RUN FOR INTEGRITY -- T-shirts await the first 400 registered runners in the Sheriff Pat Gallivan 5K Run for Integrity at 9 a.m. Oct. 3 at Como Park in Lancaster.

Pre-entry fee is $12 and closes Sept. 30. It will cost $14 on the day of the run at the certified 5K course. Trophies will be awarded to overall male and female winners, including the first three finishers in each age group and to male and female law enforcement participants. Refreshments will be served in the park's senior citizen center following the run. For details, call 549-5987 or 683-3475. . . .

A WINNER -- Clara Vathy, R.N., of the Town of Tonawanda, won first prize in the canned fruit/pickled fruit category at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. She received a blue ribbon for her canned Glo-Haven peaches.

Although she's been cooking and canning for years, she had never entered any contests.

"It was my first entry ever," the University of Buffalo graduate told Olaf. "I am very proud."

She said she started canning to provide gifts for relatives and friends. Her canned products, which range from jams and jellies to peaches and pears, have become a tradition. She figures she has to spread her cooking goodies among five brothers, three sisters and 103 nieces and nephews as well as some greats and great-greats along with numerous friends every holiday season. She's canned 327 jars of goodies so far this year.

The Riverside native confided that she buys her "delicious" peaches every year at Fisher's Farms on Route 101 in Medina and works her culinary magic in the kitchen of her Sheridan Drive apartment. She retired after 43 years of working as a nurse, including 24 years at Buffalo General Hospital and 13 years as a public health nurse for Erie County until her retirement in 1992. But she still keeps up her license and her canning and cooking. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Christopher Heyden, Mike Sullivan, Carmen Panara Jr., Carmen Panaro Sr., Nadine Waddell Carson, Dino Puntillo, Brian Marrale, Mona Hayward, Sam Ruggiero, Adam Tomaka, Sister Anne Marie Jablonicki, John Howard, Hank Slisz, Alexa Cudney, Joan Harms, Paul Hoeflich Jr., Rochelle Bizub, Ricky Bizub Jr., Sarah Orr, Ed Kowalczewski, Sandy Bieniek, Kathy Levulis Michalek, David Pantano, Claudia Schreiber, Dorothy O'Connor, David Wiesner, Jill Gannon, Colleen Kaney, Sheila Dennehy, Russell D'Ostroph, Donna Burns, Lil Wilkins, Jean Drogoszewski, Daniel Sperrazza, Betty Ratchuck, Jimmy Quinn, Dick Budzyn.

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