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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English author Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), "Free thinkers are generally those who never think at all." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1586, English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America. . . . In 1862, slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories. . . . In 1910, in Spokane, Wash., Father's Day was celebrated for the first time. . . . In 1917, during World War I, King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames. The family took the name "Windsor." . . .In 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, were executed in Sing Sing Prison. . . . In 1961, the Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state officeholders to profess a belief in God. . . . In 1963, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova returned to Earth after spending nearly three days as the first woman in space. . . . In 1977, Pope Paul VI proclaimed 19th century Philadelphia bishop John Neumann the first male U.S. saint. . . .

Deceiving Appearances

Time to rest, a magazine

a glass of wine

At last I'm feeling good

yes, almost fine.

Husband walks in the door

without very much to say

But, I just know he's thinking

"She's been sitting there all day!"

-- Diana Notaro

A CAST OF 60 will be on stage at a new, fully staged musical production of "Gettysburg!" at 8 p.m. June 29 and 30 in the historic Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Music will be provided by a 15-piece orchestra.

"Gettysburg!" is the third full-length musical written by the husband and wife team of Jim and Debbie Schmitt of Medina. The production seeks to bring realism to both the honor and the horror experienced by both sides of the Civil War.

The two-act musical features original songs by the Schmitts, who for the past 25 years have been entertaining audiences with their two keyboards and vocals through a repertoire of more than 400 songs, according to Barbara A. Tucker of Friends of the Riviera Theatre. Trisha Stacey is directing the musical, and David Stacey is conductor of the orchestra.

Tickets are $10 presale and $12 the evening of the performance and are available at the box office at 67 Webster St. or by calling 692-2413. All proceeds will be used to upgrade the theater's electrical systems. . . .

MARGE HASTREITER sent word that the annual New York Central Terminal anniversary party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Iron Island Museum, 998 Lovejoy St. She said awards will be presented to the winners of the photo contest involving the terminal. For photos taken in 2001, the winners include first place, David K. Clark; second, Mark Peter Farrell; third, Theodore V. Patricola; and honorable mention, Duane Crockett. Winners of the category of photos taken before 2001 include first, Jim Dickinson; second, Fred Bretl; third, Dominique Nediak-Pirigyi; and honorable mention, David Bretl. For information, call 892-3084. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Michael Telesco, Jean Brown, Monica Porter, Tom Buczkowski, Wayne Smithe, Grace Smokowski, Anita Galligan, Justin Del Bello, Bert LaBell, Janet Bence, Doug Stone, John Morrissey, Pinkie Lewis, Margaret Portman, John Zuchowski, Dr. Ali Jasari, Peter Daniels, Jerry P. Gavin, Jane Lewis, Henry Dean, Stella Domanski, Deborah Maving, Amy Przepasniak, Justin Przepasniak, Terri Ross, Sid Panfil, Tim Daniels, Ruth Quagliana, James Dada.

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