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REPORTERS NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ -- According to American author-dramatist Booth Tarkington (1869-1946), "Mystics always hope that science will some day overtake them." . . .

ON THIS DATE -- In 1606, Guy Fawkes was executed for his part in the "Gunpowder Plot" against the English Parliament and King James I. . . . In 1797, composer Franz Schubert was born in Vienna. . . . In 1917, Germany served notice it was beginning a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. . . . In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt devalued the dollar in relation to gold. . . . In 1944, during World War II, U.S. forces began invading Kwajalein atoll and other parts of the Japanese-held Marshall Islands. . . . In 1950, President Harry Truman announced he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb. . . . In 1958, the United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit, Explorer 1. . . . In 1987, discount airline pioneer People Express flew its last flights before merging with Continental Airline. . . .

Snow, Beautiful Snow

The children's happy faces glow

To see the snow, beautiful snow.

They all come out to slide down hill

They think it is the biggest thrill.

-- Ann M. Smith

FIRST TIME -- Cafeteria monitor Ingeborg Balko knew just what to do Jan. 19 when she saw a third-grader gasping, grabbing his neck with his hand and turning red at a lunch table in Union Pleasant Elementary School in the Hamburg Central School District.

A piece of hot dog had lodged in the boy's throat. It took Balko only three Heimlich maneuver thrusts to dislodge it so he could breathe again.

The grandmother has been a cafeteria monitor for 21 years, including five years at Armor Elementarys.

"It went so automatically," she said of the rescue, "I didn't hesitate a moment. I'm just glad I saw him and reacted. . . . I think it's a wise idea for every monitor to know how to do (the Heimlich maneuver)."

Principal Cheryl Haake said, "The whole thing happened so quickly, and she handled it so beautifully. We're very lucky. I think she clearly averted a tragedy. She has a wonderful way with children. They respect her for her kindness." . . .

"MEMORABLE CLASSICS" is the theme for Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performance at 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at Pioneer High School in Yorkshire.

Paul Ferington will conduct the program, which will include Weber's "Clarinet Concerto," "March Slav" by Tschaikovsky, Copland's "Hoedown" and selections from the musical "Annie." Presale tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens and available at each building office, Tops Market, Arcade Jubilee and Arcade Men's Shop. Tickets will be $12 at the door. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Bob Krug, Michael Falzone, Ann Scheu, Joe Sasiadek, Marlene Barczykowski, Mark Oleksy, Gloria Boye, Barb Brader, Susan Benedick, Julius Poalini, James Foreman, Tim Milligan, Alexandria Noel Linn, Melanie Bizub, Eugene Bishop, Brett Ruh, Jo Anne Viaplano, Shannon Wieliczko.

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