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REPORTERS NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), "Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in our own sunshine." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1918, allied forces scored a decisive breakthrough of the Hindenburg Line during World War I . . . In 1943, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship Nelson off Malta . . . In 1978, John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment just over a month after he was installed as pope of the Roman Catholic Church . . . In 1979, John Paul II became the first pope to visit Ireland as he arrived for a three-day visit. . . .

GOOD NEIGHBOR -- One of Olaf's lookouts knew he was having a bad day last week when he realized his driver's license had dropped out of his wallet somewhere. He was resigned to dealing for a replacement from the Department of Motor Vehicles bureaucracy. But the day after it went missing, the license arrived in the mail with a note from Tim Manko.

Tim said he picked it up in his store, Manko's Mobil Service Center at Genesee Street and Union Road in Cheektowaga (where the lookout stops for coffee). It's comforting to know there are nice guys like him in he area. . . .

100 YEARS OLD on Tuesday was Irma Spaulding, a resident of the Waterfront Health Care Center. She was feted at an afternoon birthday party at the 160-bed skilled nursing facility at 200 Seventh St., an affiliate of Kaleida Health.

She was born in Michigan but spent most of her life in Cheektowaga. She worked at St. Mary's School for the Deaf until she was 70 and traveled in every contiguous state in the United States, collecting a souvenir plate from each one. An avid dancer, she joined a square-dance team called "Guns and Garters" when she was in her 70s. Her other favorite things to do include knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, sewing, bingo and horse-racing, wrestling and the Lawrence Welk show. She also loves animals. . . .

FALL FESTIVAL -- An all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Akron Masonic Lodge will open the Akron Country Fall Festival. The promised "fun-filled" day will last until 6 p.m. and will include food, crafts, a farmer's market, music and contests as well as demonstrations on cider-making and a dog dress-up contest. . . .

ROAST BEEF and mashed potatoes along with green beans, cole slaw, homemade pies, rolls and beverage will be served beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., according to Sandy Haase of the church's Ladies Aid Society.

The tab for the meal is $7 for adults and $3.75 for children. Takeouts will be available. . . .

CONTENTMENT -- The sign at the entrance to the Village of Elba in Genesee County announces, "Founded: 1888; Population: Just Right." . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Walter Paisley, Joey Morrone, Victoria Rucinski, Melissa Aguglia, Jeannette Ludwig, Florine Bradley, Jason Leisten, Bob Bucheit, Rich Wilcoxs, Kelly D'Anthony, Peter Biesik, Pat Mann, Joe Ebert, Ray Gasiorowski, Jim Christiansen, Linda Gaydek, Walter Podkladek, Marybeth Panek, M.A. Haggerty, Patti DiPaolo, Abigail Aquino, Pat Czachorowski, Katie Benson, June Ann Dimmig, Ryan Simonick, Donna Becker, Sandy Slominski, Ronald J. Hoier, Heather Cole, Steve Mitchell, Liz Bernstein.

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