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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: It was American author and poet William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) who observed: "History must stay open, it is all humanity." . . .

A CENTURY AGO at the Pan-American Exposition found an average attendance usually exceeding 40,000 people. General admission was 50 cents. That was a lot of money in 1901 -- worth about $10 today. It cost only a quarter -- half-price -- on Sundays. Visitors had to pay additional money to see some of the attractions at theexpo. . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1519, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sailed from Spain on a voyage to find western passages to the Spice Islands in Indonesia. He was killed en route, but one of his ships eventually circled the world. . . . In 1870, Italian troops took control of the Papal States, leading to the unification of Italy. . . . In 1881, Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st president of the United States, succeeding the assassinated James A. Garfield. . . . In 1947, former New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia died. . . . In 1963, President John F. Kennedy proposed a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition to the moon. . . . In 1991, United Nations weapons inspectors left Bahrain for Iraq to renew their search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. . . .

THIS IS THE DAY to enjoy a chicken barbecue at Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 Main St., Attica. Serving will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue until the birds are gone. The menu includes potato salad, coleslaw, applesauce, rolls, beverage and pie. The tab will be $7 for adults and $5 for children. Bruce Ellsworth is chairman of the event. . . .

A GENEROUS GIFT from the Morrison Hayes Post, American Legion, in Wellsville, will help orthopedic surgery patients at Jones Memorial Hospital.

The post donated $5,000 for the purchase of a piece of equipment described as a "chair," which can be attached to the operating room table to allow patients to stay in an upright position during surgery, according to Marion Woodworth, director of surgical services at the Wellsville hospital.

Woodworth explained that the back of the chair "has a breakaway piece on both sides that allows the surgeon full access to the shoulder from the front or back and from the left or right." . . .

COLOR TV PRIZE -- Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1947 Bailey Ave., will hold its annual silent auction beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30.

This year's big prize will be a 25-inch color television set. Admission is free. Roast beef sandwiches, salads and baked goods will be available. . . .

SPAGHETTI DINNERS will be served from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 930 Lake St., Angola. Meals are $6 for adults, $3 for children 5 to 12 and free for those younger than 5. For information, call 549-0063. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Dick Rohm, Betty Ratchuk, Jim Quinn, Dan Sikorski, Nicohlas Germele, Gary Hiemonz, Susan Steinmetz-Taylor, Edward Savio, Sue Murray, Steven Granelli, Dan Thiel, Diane Spoth, Jane Kuczmarski, Jim Quinn, Peter Sheehan, Carmen A. Panaro, Guy Bitaris.

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