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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American writer Mary Ellen Chase (1887-1973), "Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1524, Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama, who had discovered a sea route around Africa to India, died in Cochin, India. . . . In 1814, the War of 1812 officially ended as the United States and Britainsigned the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium. . . . In 1851, fire at the Library of Congress destroyed about 35,000 volumes. . . . In 1871, Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Aida" had its world premiere in Cairo, Egypt, to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal. . . . In 1906, Canadian physicist Reginald A. Fessenden became the first person to broadcast music over radio. He broadcast from Brant Rock, Mass. . . . In 1920, Enrico Caruso gave his last public performance, singing in Jacques Halevy's "La Juive" at the Metropolitan Opera.

Nativity
The day is upon us

(oh day of joy and love)

to rejoice for the Child

sent from heaven above.

The day is upon us

(oh day of hope and grace)

to give thanks to our Lord

for blessing our mortal place.

The day is upon us

(oh holy, holy day)

to celebrate his birth

each in his own way.

-- Dorothy F. Hrycik
HANDS OF THE LAW -- Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift? How about a wall clock featuring the Buffalo Police Department arm patch in the center?

The gold-framed clocks are available for $15, including battery. Proceeds go toward the police gymnasium.

Information is available from Lt. Arnie Walker at 851-4590, or by e-mail at agwalker@police.ci.buffalo.ny.us. . . .

REUNION NOTE -- Marty Farrell sent a note that St. Teresa's Class of 1979 (South Buffalo) is planning a reunion. For information, call Kevin Becker at 824-7848 or Tom O'Shei at 827-0018. . . .

DON KUREK will be print and slide competition judge at a meeting of the South Towns Camera Club at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 in Hamburg Community Center, 107 Prospect Ave. Visitors are welcome and admission is free, according to Janice Tobolski, publicity chairman. For information, call 652-7190 (evenings). . . .

ORATORICAL CONTEST -- Mike Lehnen, Chautauqua County American Legion commander, sent a reminder that the 65th annual American Legion Oratorical Contest will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 2 in Herman Kent Post 777 in Celoron.

He said students from each high school in the county have been invited to participate. He said the subject must be about some phase of the U.S. Constitution, emphasizing the duties and obligations of U.S. citizenship. The oration must be an original work of the student and eight to 10 minutes long.

For information, call James Gustafson at 665-6447. . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jake Juliano, Steve Czopp, Joe Palano, Rose Mary Leaper, Carol Schlau, Stanley Stoklosa, Christopher Glynn, Josie DiVincenzo-Sierer, Anthony Panaro, David Frederick Powell, Alice Zak, Carol Dixon, Rita Hartmann, Rick Seufert, Holly Petrik, Greg Wildridge, Stacey Suto, Joyce Jeannette Livingston, Peg Larsen, Nicholas Longo, Ronald Trimm.

SATURDAY -- Joe Roland, Tom Grady, Jill Gedra, Karen Keefe, Carol Prendergast, Jay McNamara, Von Eric Oliver, Anthony Elliott, Holly Jean McNamara, Trudy Beil, Catherine Odrobina, Jane Foley, Nancy Finnegan, Kim Lewandowski, Maureen O'Brien, Noel Pacer, Bessie Petrakis, Jacqueline Jones, Mabel Stover, Caitlan Green, Jean Graser, Henry Woloszyn, Helen Kolodziejski, Florence Szulewski, Devan Fischer, Erin Shaw, Carol Wimmer,

AND SUNDAY -- Kathy Thompson, Bridget Thompson, Peter Hosken, Melissa Trembath, Rob Palano, Tammy Roberts, Mike Healy, Kathryn M. Rooth, Virginia Jessee, Dorothy Prentiss, Mary Colleen Emerling, Tom Hourihan, Tyler Austin Cobb, Jan Bond, Caole Ignaszak, Al Waz, Katie Gullo, Janice D. Morrow, Donald Walters, Catherine Mercurio.

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