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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: Spanish philosopher Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658) could have made it as a modern politician. He was the one who suggested, "You should avoid making yourself too clear even in your explanations." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1792, the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy. . . . In 1897, the New York Sun ran its famous editorial that declared, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." . . . In 1931, Britain went off the gold standard. . . . In 1938, a hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming more than 600 lives. . . . In 1949, the People's Republic of China was proclaimed by its Communist leaders. . . . In 1973, the Senate confirmed Henry Kissinger to be secretary of state. . . .

PROMOTED -- Trooper Andrew E. Flynn, son of Donald and Patricia Flynn of Williamsville, has been promoted to sergeant in the New York State Police and assigned to Liberty. He previously was stationed in the Town of Boston.

He is the grandson of the late State Police Sgt. John J. Chambers, who was in charge of the Clarence station during the 1940s and1950s. . . .

LAST CALL -- An all-alumni reunion will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in Klauder Hall at St. John the Baptist School, Highland Parkway and Belmont Avenue, Ken-more. . . .

REUNION NOTE -- The 1975 graduating class of the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart will hold a weekend celebration Oct. 20 to 22, according to a note from Cathy Reeves, one of the organizers. She said activities will include a Mass at the school, a cocktail party in the Embassy Room of the Statler Golden Ballroom and brunch at Samuel's Grande Manor. She said the organizing committee has been unable to make contact with 15 of the grads. For information, call her at 566-1588 or 837-8632. . . .

CHILI COOK-OFF -- The third annual Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cook-Off will be held Oct. 7 at Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market on County Road 21 between Westfield and Sherman. There are no entry fees.

Competition is open to all -- amateur or professional. Each entry will be evaluated by a panel of food professionals, and then visitors will vote for their favorite pots of chili by making donations to Hospice of Chautauqua County. Last year, nearly $600 was collected for Hospice by volunteers Kathy Martin, Nora Ramirez and Sue Verbosky.

Last year's grand prize was won by Paul Phillips of Dunkirk. His entry was vegetarian.

For information, call 326-1997.

SPAGHETTI DINNERS will be served from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in Our Lady Help of Christians Chapel School Hall, 4115 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Presale tickets are $4.75 for adults, $4.50 for senior citizens, $4 for children, and are available until Sept. 28 by calling 832-0756. The cost is $1.50 for plain noodles. The tab will be 50 cents higher for each category at the door. . . .

TOOL RAFFLE -- The Boston-Colden-East Eden Fire Council will host its annual tool raffle at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Boston Fire Hall, Mill Street off Boston State Road (Route 391) in Boston. A $10 donation will include food and beverages. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Brittany Sherk, Brandon Sherk, Sister Anne Marie Jabolnicky, Dr. Sam Ruggiero, Chris Law, Donna Evans, Allison Hilton, Hank Slisz, Sarah Orr, Adam Szuba, Alexa Cudney, Jill Gannon, Colleen Kaney, Danielle Popp, David Wiesner, Sue Rebmann, Doris Stokely, Sheila Dennehy, Marjorie Palise.

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