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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: It was French statesman Robert Schuman (1886-1963) who mused: "When I was a young man I vowed never to marry until I found the ideal woman. Well, I found her -- but, alas, she was waiting for the perfect man." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1870, the first section of the Atlantic City, N.J., boardwalk was opened to the public. . . . In 1900, a commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began the fight against the deadly disease yellow fever. . . . In 1917, during World War I, the first troops of the American Expeditionary Force arrived in France. . . . In 1945, in San Francisco, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries. . . . In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower joined Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in ceremonies officially opening the St. Lawrence Seaway. . . . In 1963, John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he said: "Ich bin ein Berliner," translated as "I am a Berliner." . . .

Mirror

Mirror, mirror on the wall,

It ain't a picture of a living doll.

A second glance, it's just the same,

I gaze and stare at the same old frame.

-- Dorothy Peterson
A $33,000 GRANT from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Social Work and its School of Dental Medicine is supporting a pilot project designed to reach out to older adult patients in UB's dental clinics who may need social services.

Gail Johnstone, president and CEO of the foundation, said the grant will assist UB's efforts "to address the social and health problems of the low-income elderly patients currently served by the dental clinics."

More than 3,000 Western New York residents over 65 who would not otherwise have access to affordable dental care are treated each year in the UB dental clinics, according to Suzanne Chamberlain of UB News Services. . . .

WRIGHT ON -- Five descendants of renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright recently paid a visit to Buffalo and to the Graycliff Estate to get a firsthand look at an important part of the family legacy. Graycliff was designed by Wright in 1927 as the summer home for Isabelle Martin and her husband, Darwin D. Martin, an executive for Larkin Soap Co. and a faithful friend and benefactor of the architect.

All of Wright's commissions in Western New York, including the internationally acclaimed Larkin Administration Building, were the result of the Wright-Martin relationship.

The visiting great-granddaughters included Anne Levi and Karen Robertson, who toured the site during the summer of 1999. This time around, they brought their children.

The great-great-granddaughters included Sarah Levi, Tayler Levi and Sydney Robertson. They also toured the Darwin D. Martin House on Jewett Parkway. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jason Saloman, Mary Day, Charlie Rusek, Veronica Slowik, Louanne Schweitzer, Lynne Kerber, Matthew Sacha, Rose Williams, Sarah Myc, Richard Reddy, Dennis Szefel, Karen Debski, Sue Keane, Rose Anderson, Isaiah Kavanaugh, Stacy Lock, Joann Shanahan.

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