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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), "Truth never damages a cause that is just." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1521, Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings. . . . In 1940, during World War II, the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began. . . . In 1998, the Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island -- historic gateway for millions of immigrants -- is mainly in New Jersey, not New York. . . .

BEING PATRIOTIC "never goes out of style," Anne Amrhein Cooper of Depew wrote to Olaf just in time for Memorial Day. The 79-year-old homemaker, who has been writing poetry since she was "8 or 9 years old," sent a poem she wrote 66 years ago, when "I was 14 years old."

The Depew High School graduate, who worked during World War II as a "Rosie the riveter" for Curtiss-Wright Aircraft, said, "I feel the same way about Old Glory as the day I wrote it."

Her poem reads:

Flag of America

I am the flag of America

The symbol of the noble and free

I am the Stars and Stripes

An emblem of national unity.

I am the flag of freedom's song

The spirit of American strife

I am the guardian of your destiny

I stand for every human right.

I am the flag for whom you fought

In battle, you carried me high

I live in the hearts of you, my countrymen,

Hold me there for aye.

I am the flag that binds you all,

In word and thought and deed

I am the answer to liberty's call,

The greatest reflection of the American creed.

-- Anne Amrhein Cooper

Army Col. Beverly Schwenk Pritchett, who grew up in Hamburg, has become the first woman to command a U.S. hospital in combat. The daughter of Raymond and Patricia Schwenk of Hamburg is commander of the Army's 28th Combat Support Hospital, a 42-bed facility about 20 miles south of Baghdad in Iraq.

Her dad, who served two years in the Navy as a signalman, said his daughter was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army in 1979 after receiving a bachelor of science degree from St. Bonaventure University, where she was in the ROTC program.

He said her first assignment was as an ambulance platoon leader in the 583rd Ambulance Company in Landstuhl, Germany. Through the years, she has completed many assignments and courses, including command of the 61st Area Support Medical Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas, and as chief of staff, 44th Medical Command, in 2001.

The Immaculata Academy graduate expects to be assigned to Iraq for possibly the remainder of the year before returning to the United States. Her husband, Col. Christopher "Scott" Pritchett, recently returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, after serving in Operation Enduring Freedom as the base commander of Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Brandon Richardson, Jacky Myers, Gary
Panek, Miyah Ashley, Nicole Howell, Lynn Schiltz, Susan Stang,
Louka Bechakas, Perry Dix, Mary Anne Mari, Stephanie Boos, Taylor Plewinski, Beverly Dinse, Marilyn Micko, Margaret Micko, Mark Kauffman, Charles Hunt, Larry Halpin, Fred J. Siegel III, Pat McGrath, Donnie Krause, the Rev. Norman Sullivan, Joe Chile, David Kruk, Ken Kowal.

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