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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Anonymous, "The meek shall inherit the earth -- if that's all right with you." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1853, the United States bought some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase. . . . In 1865, author Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India. . . . In 1903, about 600 people died in a fire in the Iroquois Theater in Chicago. . . . In 1911, Sun-Yat-sen was elected the first president of the Republic of China. . . .In 1922, Vladimir Lenin proclaimed establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. . . . In 1944, King George II of Greece proclaimed a regency to rule his country, virtually renouncing the throne. . . . In 1947, King Michael of Romania agreed to abdicate, but said he was being forced out by Communists. . . . In 1993, Israel and the Vatican agreed to recognize each other. . . .

IT MATTERS -- An article titled "What We Do Matters," written by Tamar Jacobson of North Buffalo, director of the University at Buffalo Child Care Center, was published in the November edition of Child Care Information Exchange.

Jacobson also made a presentation on "Inclusion With Behavior Disorders: When It Works and When It Doesn't" at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. . . .

ONE PIEROGI, TWO PIEROGI, THREE PIEROGI, FOUR -- Local thespian and retired Erie County probation officer Arthur F. "Art" Tomczak Sr. is devastated.

Eddie's and Carrie's Restaurant at 898 Clinton St., which Tomczak claims has best pierogi in town, is closing its kitchen today.

In honor of its pierogi chef, Joan Kaczmarowski, Tomczak writes:

One pierogi, two pierogi, three pierogi, four,

Five pierogi, six pierogi, seven pierogi, more.

If there was pierogi heaven, Joan has reached the highest star,

For you cannot make pierogi, and not count how much there are.

She'd count them by the thousands, piled high up in her dreams,

And when she had a dress to hem, she'd sew it in pierogi seams.

She'd remember Fridays, all the fish she had to fry,

And the thought of every onion which would make her cry.

But she loved her kitchen minutes, and her hours by the stove,

Each meal another's pleasure was the lifestyle that she wove.

Dec. 30 kitchen's closed, there's nothing left to make,

Joan can now go somewhere else, and let "them" cook the steak.

Joan is the daughter of the late Eddie and Carrie Galuszka, who started the popular restaurant in 1959. Joan and her husband, Edward Kaczmarowski, have run it the past 16 years.

They're closing the kitchen today but not the bar, which will remain open indefinitely. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Wendy Martin, Edward A. Craver,Yvonne Rebholz, Bertha Groszkowski, Ryan Powell, Joe Panek, Carolyn Graf, Gene Drebot, Wanda Baez, Carl Wodzinski, Charlie Safe, Margaret Stoklosa, Joanne Chittenden, Bob McComas, Jeremiah Cain, Morgan K. Mog-habgab, Cindy Gonser, Mary Gonser, Nancy Gonser, Carol Graney, Kristen Voight, Emma Cullen, Shaun Bohen, Joe Jacobbi, Betty Barber, Darlene Lauer, Garrett O'Neill, Estelle W. Pyles, Jill E. Gavin, Dennis M. Long, Monica Gunning, Frenchie Marcoux, Monica Metzger, Lori Lynn Olejniczak, Henry Woloszyn, Stephanie N. Macchia.

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