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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: It was American author Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) who observed: "In America, everybody is, but some are more than others." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama. He was subsequently tried for treason and acquitted. . . . In 1878, Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph. . . . In 1881, Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages. . . . In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans. . . .In 1945, during World War II, some 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima, where they began their battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces. . . . No Sandals -- Yet

Hurray! The snow is gone
I don't need my boots
And my scarf is put away
But, follow this rule:
Don't hold your breath
Until after St. Patrick's Day!
-- Ruth Nowak
QUILTING FAIR -- The Twin City Quilters Guild will hold a Quilting Fair, with demonstrations, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Greenhaven Branch Library, 350 Greenhaven Terrace, Town of Tonawanda. The session will provide an opportunity to learn about the various steps and procedures involved in producing a textile work of art. Call the library at 694-2111. . . .

DAFFODIL DAYS -- The American Cancer Society is taking advance orders for daffodils -- the Spring flower of hope -- until March 9. The donation will be $7 a bouquet, and orders of 50 or more bouquets or $350 worth of daffodils can result in arrangements for the Easter Bunny to visit a place of business, school or organization.

The daffodils will be available for pickup during the week of March 26, the beginning day of the Cancer Society's 31st annual Daffodil Festival. To place an order, volunteer to make deliveries or arrange a bunny visit, call (800) 743-6724, Ext. 105. . . .

BE DEBT-FREE -- Erie Community College South Campus is offering a noncredit seminar from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday on "How to Own Your Own Paycheck Again." It costs $39 plus a $10 materials fee to be paid to the instructor.

The course includes how to get completely out of debt, paying off a mortgage in five to seven years, paying off credit cards and building retirement savings by using current income. Call the Department of Workforce Development at 851-1800 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. . . .

IN GOOD COMPANY -- When former President Bill Clinton delivers a speech May 2 for the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton, Ont., he will be following some other famous people who made talks there. They include former President George Bush, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and actress Sophia Loren. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Sharon Edelman, Sam Wilson, Don
O'Hara, Jessica Sobczyk, Traci Amorosi, Richard L. Clouser, John Buczkowski, Madonna Ring, Pamela Reese, Nikki Ciura, Dr. Martin A. Tricoli, Margaret Henrich, Janet Smith, Emily Braun, Angela Eisen, Florian Andrzejewski, Mike Chase, Greg Wisniewski, Joseph Mikulski, Josh DuBois, Diana Tomasik, Ron Breidenstein, Joe Ransford, Tom Vaughan, Erin Gannon, Molly Heidi, Sharon Hassett, Brian Kisher, Anita Louise Davenport, Michelle Kranz, Cindy Tomascko, Fran Duffey Sr., Molly Higgins.

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