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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the Greek sage Anonymous, "Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1783, George Washington resigned as commander in chief of the Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Va. . . . In 1823, the poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore was published in the Troy, N.Y., Sentinel. . . . In 1893, the Engelbert Humperdinck opera "Hansel und Gretel" was first performed in Weimar, Germany. . . . In 1928, the National Broadcasting Co. set up a permanent coast-to-coast network. . . . In 1941, during World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese. . . . In 1948, former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders wee executed in Tokyo. . .
A MERRY CHRISTMAS is being enjoyed in Kutno County, Poland, by Marcin Cywka, thanks to the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation and its founder, Dr. Jeffrey Meilman, board-certified plastic surgeon. The foundation raised $46,000 at its sixth annual charity benefit last week, with $30,000 of it used to buy a new electronic right arm prosthesis for Marcin.

The youth came to Buffalo three years after his arm was torn off by wild dogs near his home. Meilman recently performed the surgery that enabled Marcin to return home with a workable electronic arm in time to enjoy the Christmas season. . . .

One Day at a Time
Why let the work of Christmas scare you?

It's only one day in the year.

Try to conserve your energy

There's 364 more to fear.

-- Diana Notaro
FRINA ARSCHANSKA BOLDT of Eggertsville, associate professor of music at the University at Buffalo, has been touring the country performing two piano works with her husband, Kenwyn Boldt, as well as rarely played solo works by Russian composers.

During the 1999-2000 concert season, she has performed or will perform concerts in Columbus, Ohio, Washington, D.C., San Bernadino, Calif., Milwaukee, Ogden, Utah, and Cedarsville, Ohio. As part of each appearance, she is teaching master classes in solo and duo repertoire.

Boldt will play a faculty recital March 26 in Slee Hall on the UB North Campus as part of the 10th Piano Festival, a three-day event that she organizes and directs. . . .

NOTHING OVER $1 -- Seneca Street United Methodist Church, 1218 Seneca St., sent word it will hold a clothing sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 8. New or used, nothing over a dollar, a spokesman said. . . .

WORTHY OF MERIT -- The Williamsville South High School Drama Club's production of "Rumors" won four Merit Awards from the Theatre Association of New York State. Adjudicator Mary Rolick praised the production's acting, direction and technical aspects. Awards went to James Maxson, best actor; Sally Schwab and Adam Goldberg, outstanding characterization; Michael Robinson and Scott Forden, outstanding lighting and sound; and the entire cast for outstanding ensemble performance of a farce.

The awards were presented at the Theatre Association's recent annual conference in Olean. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- John Connolly, Francis J. Conway, Tom Donough, Nick Maliszczak, Kristina Buran, Sandy Messore, Cheryl Messore, Vi Roggow, Nancy Pickering, Jack Tune, Edmund Wojdyla, Timmy Leary, Linda Smolen, Katie Agnes Kurzanski, Lynn Starzynski, Lydia Cartwright, Lottie Kazmierczak, Jack Morgan, Bryan Knox, Leanne Skrabacz, Carol Voigt, Steve M. Parr, Michael Szafranski, Peg Carsen, Anna Marie Cummings, Jay Garrow, Nichole Sturm, Florence Lobach, Matthew Tytka, Robert Tytka.

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