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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: It was American author Jessamyn West (1902-1984) who observed: "I seem to be the only person in the world who doesn't mind being pitied. If you love me, pity me." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British. . . . In 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the Capitol. . . . In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed slave owners to reclaim slaves who had escaped to other states. . . . In 1851, the first edition of the New York Times was published. . . . In 1947, the National Security Act, which unified the Army, Navy and newly formed Air Force into a National Military Establishment, went into effect. . . . In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia. . . .

FOR BEST FRIENDS -- The third annual Best Friend Walk-A-Thon is set for Saturday at the Amherst UB Bike Path, starting at St. Rita's Lane. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the 1.5-mile walk begins at noon. Rabies tags for dogs or certificates must be presented at registration as well as a minimum of $20 in pledges in cash, checks or money orders made payable to Second Chance Shelter.

Each walker gets a prize, and walkers who bring $50 in pledges will receive a special gift bag. And, of course, each dog gets a prize. For information, call 652-6051 or 668-3400. . . .

Different Strokes

Youth is a gift

That nature endowed

While age must be earned

As just one of the crowd.

-- Rose A. LaJudice

TINY TIME -- The Western New York Miniature Enthusiasts' 20th annual Dollhouse Miniatures Show and Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, between Walden Avenue and George Urban Boulevard, Depew.

Proceeds will benefit Hospice Buffalo and Canine Helpers, according to Patricia Hauf, publicity chairwoman. She said the show will include miniatures, exhibits, accessories, dollhouses and hand-crafted items. The tab will be $4 for adults and $2 for children under 12. No baby strollers will be allowed. . . .

TERRANCE BUCHWALD of Lancaster has landed a spot on the weekly talent show "Your Big Break" and will perform on the episode airing at 1 a.m. next Monday on WNYO-TV. He is one of 108 people selected from more than 5,000 entries to compete with other singers from across the country. He will be performing Elvis Presley's hit song "American Trilogy."

Contestants provide the vocal talent, and a Dick Clark production team provides hair, makeup, costumes, lighting, choreography and back-up singers. Each episode features six talented amateurs, with one winner decided by an electronically tabulated audience vote. Episode winners will compete in semifinals and eventually the finals. The grand-prize winner will be awarded $25,000. . . .

A RETIREMENT RECEPTION honoring Gerald P. Close, retired superintendent of Frontier Central School District, will be held Oct. 13 in Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 6:15 p.m., with a sit-down dinner to follow at 7:30. For reservation information, call Gina Fusco at 926-1711. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Greg Webb, Lori Esch, Lisa Giomundo, Jennifer McKinlay, Jackie C. Anger, Maureen Mulhern, Maireem Weber, Phyllis M. Beyers, Stephen Godzisz, Debra Delaney, Louis Pasquarella, Bob Gangi, Daw Groves, Mary Ann Warren, Joe Koszuta, Kevin Palmer, Mike McKenna, Scott Hahn, Carol Ziarniak, Alissa Amorosi, Elliott Woyshner, Mary Lempke, Edith Hillock, Mindy Odrobina, Ellen Morgott, Janine Wutz, Sharon McPartlan.

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