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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American writer Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944), "Nothing makes people so worthy of compliments as occasionally receiving them. One is more delightful for being told
one is delightful -- just as one is more angry for being told one is angry." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1789, the War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men. . . .In 1978, Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment just over a month after becoming head of the Catholic Church. . . . In 1979, Pope John Paul II became the first pope to visit Ireland as he arrived for a three-day tour. . . .

Real Gifts
The best things in life

are really free

Love, honor, a noble mind . . .

and my local library.

-- Beverly Tona
ECC CONNECTION -- Ralph Galanti, Erie Community College athletic director, never misses an opportunity to promote the school and its athletic program.

He informs us that no fewer than five members of the U.S. Olympic swimming team who won gold medals have at one time or another competed in the ECC pool. Jenny Thompson, Misty Hyman, Brooke Bennett, Samantha Arsenault and Tom Malchow all owe at least a little part of their success to the soothing waters of the Burt Flickinger Center, Galanti points out. . . .

"BACH TO BROADWAY" -- Area professionals and vocalists are volunteering their talents for "Bach to Broadway," an evening of entertainment to benefit Autistic Services.

Maria Maggioli Kellner, vocalist and vocal teacher, and her husband, David Kellner, are organizing the event, which will be held at 8 p.m. next Friday in Slee Concert Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus.

The Kellners say the event will showcase performers whose selections range from classical music to show tunes and barbershop quartet favorites. Tickets, available at the door, are $15 per adult and $12 for students and senior citizens. A reception after the concert is included. Information and reservations are available by calling Autistic Services at 873-6997.

Autistic Services, founded in 1982, is the area's leading agency serving people with autism, a lifelong developmental disability. Angela Lagenor is the agency's executive director. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Walter Paisley, Joseph Hassett Starr, Joey Morrone, Jason Leisten, Mary Beth Panek, Pat Mann, Dave LoGrippo, Ray Dasorowski, Kelly D'Anthony, M.A. Haggerty, Bob Bucheit, Rich Wilcox, Peter Biesik, Abigail Aquino, Zachary Lubi, the Rev. Dorthea Schweitzer, Heather Cole, Donna Becker, Sandy O'Donnell Slominski, Ronald J. Hoier, Ronald Gaca, Patti DiPaolo, Rob Brittain, Dottie Williams, Justin Maury, Brian Young, Rocco Fabbiano, Gene Thrower, Jason Kobza, Jim Christiansen.

SATURDAY -- Jacob Patrick Concannon, Catherine Victoria Heck, Jennifer Anne Miller, Gero Theel, Marge Miller, Nelda LaManna, Joseph Brown, James Christiansen, Sharon Galligan, Jim Pluta, Ron Plewinski Jr., Elizabeth O'Donnell, John Bence Jr., Marian Kerwin, Elaine Johnson, Kathy Fendya, Jessica A. Brittain, Earl Wickett, Robert McKibbin, Carol Alagna, Robin Decker.

AND SUNDAY -- Doreen Setter, Chelsea Lee Stevens, Maura Stillwell, Linda A. Struwe, Annie Nell Smith, Gail Francis, Evelyn Shiloh, Eddy Tabone Jr., James M. Beyers, Christopher Ganci, Raymond C. Haines, Thomas E. Huber, Lauren Cutler, Kayla Liszewski, Joe Piejda, Tim Wroblewski, Kevin Wolfe, Father Bakowski, Courtney Baldwin, Marie Markwardt, Dawn Metzger.

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