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REPORTERS NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the old Greek sage Anonymous, "When you look into a mirror you do not see your reflection; your reflection sees you." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1861, Texas voted to secede from the Union over the objections of its first president and governor, Sam Houston. . . . In 1893, inventor Thomas A. Edison completed work on the world's first motion picture studio, his "Black Maria," in West Orange, N.J. . . . In 1896, Puccini's opera "La Boheme" premiered in Turin. . . . In 1943, what became one of America's most highly decorated military units of World War II, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, was authorized. It was made up almost entirely of Japanese-Americans. . . . In 1946, Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen first secretary-general of the U.N. . . .

Anticipation
No boots to wear;

no cars to scrape.

No shovels

full of winter's gleam.

Hooray! I say

to this season's silent song.

Could spring be soon coming along?

-- Mary Jane Previte
A PANCAKE BREAKFAST to benefit the Cheektowaga Central wrestling team will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 13 in the Cheektowaga Central cafeteria, 3600 Union Road. The tab for the "all you can eat" treat is $3 for adults and $2 for students. Children under 5 eat free. For more information, call 897-1057. . . .

BIG DOINGS -- Karneval 2000, the main fund-raising effort of the Buffalo-Dortmund Sister City Committee, will take place on March 4, as the German-American band, the Auslanders, under the direction of Frank Wailand, will hold forth at the George F. Lamm American Legion Post, 962 Wehrle Drive, Amherst.

According to chairman Herman Endres Jr., a full buffet dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The price is $22 a person. Doors will open at 6:30. A weekend for two in Toronto may be in store for some lucky celebrator, and further surprise entertainment is promised. The Buffalo-Dortmund Association is now in its 22nd year. For reservations, call 856-0776 days and 652-3462 nights. . . .

FIRST CRAFT SHOW -- The Home School Association of Our Lady of Pompeii School is sponsoring its first spring craft show. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12 in the school hall at 129 Laverack Ave., across the street from St. Mary's High School, Lancaster.

More than 50 crafters are expected. Tables can be rented for $22. In addition, baked goods and food from the school kitchen will be available. And there will be a silent auction. To rent a table or for more information, call 656-7608 or 683-4138. . . .

WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS of all ages are welcome to attend a "New Beginnings for Widowed People" program in Lewiston Senior Center, 4361 Lower River Road, Youngstown, at 7 p.m. Monday, according to a note from Jean Parker. For more information, call the center at 754-2071. . . .

ARTS GRANTS -- State Sen. Mary Lou Rath sent word that three area nonprofit groups will receive State Council on the Arts grants.

The Amherst Museum will receive $8,200 for collections management. The Holland Purchase Historical Society in Batavia will receive $7,900 for museum education and interpretation. The Le Roy Historical Society will get $11,000. The grants are part of $8,194,070 approved for fiscal year 1999 at the year-end meeting of the Council on the Arts. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Daniel R. O'Neill III, Brenda Rzemek, Irene Hedger, Dorothy Blewis, David Safe, Darlene Sikorski, Ken Sasiadek, Marc Weber, Theresia Losenko, Christine DeLuca, Brian Gasuik, Stephen Mackin, Olianna Coniglio, Wanda Sturm, John O'Leary, Helen Regan, Vito Casacci, Lorraine Giermek, Terri Trevean, Jim Lumadue, Amanda Metzger, Dennis Richard Nikel, Vicky Carlo, Lindsey Colin.

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