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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: "History is too serious to be left to historians," according to British politician Iain Macleod (1913-1970). . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1690, one of the earliest American newspapers, Publick Occurrences, published its first -- and last -- edition in Boston. . . . In 1775, American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen was captured by the British as he led an attack on Montreal. . . . In 1789, the first Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights. . . . In 1897, American author William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Miss. . . . In 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. . . .

MADE HER HAPPY -- Adelphia Business Solutions and Adelphia Communications donated $5,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York in order for a 3-year-old Amherst girl to get her wish to go to Disney World earlier this month. The child has a form of leukemia.

Nikkei Goodwin, an Adelphia Communications consultant; Frank Vence, Adelphia Business Solutions general manager; and Ronn Tritto, interim CEO for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, were on hand at the airport to see the girl and her family off on the trip of her dreams. . . .

FOR RAILROAD BUFFS -- For information about fall train excursions from Medina to Lockport and back on Oct. 7, 10, 14, 17 and 22, call the Medina Railroad Museum at 798-6106. The 34-mile round trip passes through active farms, rural villages, the Erie Canal, the upside down bridge and the famous Canal Locks at Lockport. The three-hour trip costs $20 for adults and $15 for children. . . .

New Millennium

Manifesto

I resolve to attack a lifetime

of chaotic indifference

and promise to:

--Toss the litter

--Straighten drawers

--Clean shelves

--Sort mementos

--Catalog articles

--Finish craft projects

--Place photographs in albums

--Reply promptly to phone calls

--List all appointments

Procrastination must end

Next week

-- Wilda Levin

A "JAM FEST" presented by St. Mark's Episcopal Church at Ontario Street and Riverside Avenue to provide support for the Black Rock/Riverside Emergency Food Pantry will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 8.

Participants are asked to bring monetary donations or nonperishable food. Entertainment will include dancing and singing. Local performers interested in taking part can get information by calling 875-3605. Jams, jellies, baked goods and food will be available for purchase. . . .

BOCCE BALL BASICS will be taught from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 18 to Nov. 1, at Erie Community College South Campus, 4041 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.

The noncredit seminar course, called Bocce Ball Session I, is designed for everyone -- young, elderly and disabled -- to learn to compete and enjoy the game. Students will be taught the rules of the game as well as its basic concepts. The course fee is $29. For information, call the department of work force development at 851-1800 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Ryan Sherk, Bonnie Ann Sturniolo, Mica Toczynski, Bob Zielinski, Teresa Golebiewski, Tom Franczyk, Jan Jones, Mary Szabo, Michele Alagna, Rose Hangen, Joe Cole, Anthony Smaszcz, Gregory Marcus, Vincent LoTempio, Rose Marie Cannon, Sam Picone.

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