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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ : It was Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) who observed: "In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1759, during the final French and Indian War, the British defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham overlooking Quebec City. . . . In 1788, the Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election and declared New York City the temporary national capital. . . . In 1803, Commodore John Barry, considered by many the father of the American Navy, died in Philadelphia. . . . In 1948, Margaret Chase Smith, R-Maine, was elected to the Senate, the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress. . . . In 1949, the Ladies Professional Golf Association was formed in New York City, with Patty Berg as president. . . . In 1971, a four-day inmate rebellion at Attica Correctional Facility ended when police and guards stormed the prison; the ordeal and final assault claimed 43 lives. . . . In 1977, conductor Leopold Stokowski died in Hampshire, England, at the age of 95. . . . In 1997, services were held in Calcutta, India, for Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa. . . .

REHEARSALS by the Cheektowaga Community Chorus will resume tonight in Cleveland Heights Christian Church, 4774 Union Road, near Cleveland Drive, according to a reminder from Anna De Bergalis. The rehearsals begin at 7. All singers are welcome. Male voices are especially needed.

Children in grades 2 through 10 are invited to rehearsals for the Children's Chorus starting at 6 in the same location.

For more information, call Christina Shrewsbury, director, at 689-2453 or Marjorie Maloney, president, at 684-5439. . . .

GUEST SPEAKER at the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday will be William Wolfers, a retired social studies teacher. The meeting will be in the society's museum, 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda. It's free and open to the public.

Wolfers will speak on his latest book, "Railroad Life -- the End of the Line," which recounts the railroad history of "Iron Island," Buffalo's unique East Lovejoy neighborhood. His book will be available for purchase, according to Joan M. Gerstman, secretary of the society. . . .

RECEPTION SET -- Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court.

Once a department of People Inc., Community Services became a separate agency in 1989 to provide service to the developmentally disabled in community settings. For tickets to the reception, call Mary Ellen Brockmyer at 883-8888, extension 124. . . .

A BENEFIT is set for 7 p.m. Friday to cover the cost of a liver transplant for Nick Runfola, an Angola resident and a publishing systems analyst at The Buffalo News.

Runfola's medical insurance will cover the cost of the transplant, but the $50,000 to $80,000 needed to harvest the donor liver is not covered, according to friends.

The benefit, which includes raffles, a Chinese auction and refreshments, will be held at Council 2220, Knights of Columbus, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Donations can be sent to Friends of Nick Runfola, 3017 Schoolview Road, Eden 14057, or contact Thomas Gannon at 992-9254. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Sharon McTigue, Sue Bifaro, James C. Palisano, Joseph Marcolivio, Sister Mary John Lavichi, Karen Drebot, Anna Marie Cellino, Diane Considine, Bob Geitter, Shirley Koelmel, Tommy Best, Dee Joseph, Amanda Naslund, Jim Christiansen, Debbie Burandt, Devonia Santucci, Steve Watson, Russell Alba, Austin Casselberry, Ray Joseph, Maurice D. Gavin Jr., Erik G. Piechowicz, Lucas Bell, Gabrielle Penny, Barbara Hauser, Wayne Westberg, Jack McGrady, Dolores Brown, Henry Banas.

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