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REPORTERS' NOTEBBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: "Winter is not a season, it's an occupation," according to American author Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951). . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1775, a continental naval fleet was organized in the rebellious American colonies. . . . In 1944, during The Battle of the Bulge, U.S. Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe said "Nuts" to German demands for American surrender. . . .

CHRISTMAS CARDS
Every holiday season
It never seems to fail
The one I neglected to send to
Comes first in my Christmas mail.
-- Rose A. LaJudice
A READER from Olean recently spotted a vanity license plate that read: "MA PA." He was wondering if Ma and Pa Kettle of old movies fame had moved to Western New York. . . .

BOB CONNORS of 9 Dreschler Court, Hamburg, N.Y. 14075-3803, wants members of the South Park High School Class of 1950 to send him their addresses and phone numbers. The class will hold its 50-year reunion on Sept. 15 and 16. Call 648-4306. . . .

"KEEP READING" is the advice of Margaret Galley, fifth-grade teacher at Eden Elementary School.

"As an educator, I've experienced a decline in the commitment to literacy," she wrote. "Students bypass books in search of more entertaining avenues. They look elsewhere for information and experiences."

The concerned teacher would like people to write to her class about their experiences with books, "perhaps telling them what role books and literature have played in their lives." Her address is 4987 Brenner Drive, Hamburg, N.Y. 14075. . . .

PROMOTED -- David C. Clippinger, son of Ronald and Amelia Clippinger of Cambria, recently was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard.

He graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in 1991 and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., in 1995. Clippinger is a graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, studying math and engineering in preparation for assignment as an instructor at the Coast Guard Academy. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Carol Hoffman, Tim Scherer, Thomas Morrone, Kaiti Hoffman, Donny Sierer, Bernice Negron, Zeno Kondziela, Dick Ganci, Helen Kubik, Douglas Dougherty, Sandy Redman, Tom Stomstpm, Carol Wannemacher, Dick Lubi, Jennifer Jacobbi, Grace Jacobbi, Marilyn Weiss, Mary Ann McElroy, MariClaire Lafferty, Tommy Burns, Mary Bellanti, Kristen Stefanick, Matt Tytka, Bob Tytka, Anne Dill, Bernice Wigman, Robin Orr, Howard Salzman, Nary Stracick, John Manning, Jennifer Calabro.

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