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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Anglo-American author Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), "If you are losing your leisure, look out; you may be losing your soul." . . .

A CENTURY AGO at the Pan-American Exposition: The farmland that had been transformed into a fantasy world was filled with visitors from all over the nation and world, who came to see the nightly spectacular of lights, as well as the latest marvels in science and technology. . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1777, during the Revolutionary War, American troops won the first Battle of Saratoga. . . . In 1881, James A. Garfield, 20th president of the United States, died of wounds inflicted by an assassin. . . . In 1990, the U.S. Senate approved permanent normal trade status for China. . . .

FIRST EVER -- The Erie County Volunteer Fire Police Association's first Firematic Flea Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Erie County Fire Training Academy, 3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga.

Vince O'Hare, an association director, said the public is welcome to shop for antiques, collectors' items and used equipment. He said food and beverages will be available. For information, call him at 549-1210 or Ed Follman at 592-7952, Dick Dutton at 692-6265 or Stu MacKay at 835-2045. . . .
One Nation -- Indivisible
An enormous sadness has come into our lives --

Rampant terrorism cannot be allowed to survive!

We will pull together and attack this foe,

We will rally our forces once again, I know.

Our only solace is to remain steadfast and strong

With courage and determination we will right this wrong!

America stands ready -- and with help from above

We'll protect and defend this land that we love!

-- Berta S. Cole
USED BOOKS will be sold from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday and from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday in James L. Crane Branch Library, 633 Elmwood Ave., which is part of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system.

The sale will feature donated and discarded books, according to Sue LoPatriello, manager of the branch. She said proceeds will benefit Crane Library. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Spencer Charles Glynn, Rebecca Cole, Barbara Sasiadek, Kristen Daly, Renee Groh, Mae Cusimano, Marge Biber, Karen Watson, Elizabeth Perison, Mike Kazmierczak, Erin Span, Deb Dispensa, Ryan McCartan, Jessica Lockwood, Kevin Piechowicz, Dorothy O'Connor, Andrew Pheifer, Donna Kruk, Mary Marzolff, Betsy Jamieson, Kate Evans.

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