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Reporters' Notebook /Bits and pieces of news . . .

OLAF FUB SEZ: It was American social reformer Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) who observed: "Man is not made for society, but society is made for man. No institution can be good which does not tend to improve the individual." . . .

In 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea overboard to protest tea taxes. . . . In 1916, Gregory Rasputin, the monk who held powerful influence over the Russian court, was killed by a group of noblemen. They shot him, poisoned him and submerged him in icy water before he died. . . . In 1944, the World War II Battle of the Bulge began as German forces launched a surprise counterattack against Allied forces in Belgium. . . .

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GIFT IDEAS -- Area history and weather buffs as well as holiday shoppers may find Erno Rossi's books, "Crystal Beach -- The Good Old Days" and "White Death -- The Blizzard of '77," of interest.

Rossi, a retired history teacher, will be signing and discussing his popular books between 6 and 8 p.m. today at Borders Express (formerly Waldenbooks) at Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville; from 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Boulevard Mall, Niagara Falls Boulevard and Maple Road, Amherst; and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Waldenbooks at the McKinley Mall. . . .

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DOES BASIC -- Airman Joseph C. Rammacher, a 2005 graduate of West Seneca West Senior High School, has completed six weeks of basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

His parents are Keith Rammacher and Kathaleen Jacobsen of West Seneca. . . .

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- John Podkladek, Mary Muzyka, Hannah Panek, Edward Beyers, Chris Baldwin, Novella Gatlin, Diana Blewis, Richard Moffat, Joyce Drzewiecki, Lauren Martinez, Anthony Alagna, Steven Sikora, Terry Nowak, Carol Thompson Willer, Susan Gibson.

SATURDAY -- Jeff Buczkowski, Wendy Guyker, Marie Rohm, Joe Giglia, Louise Annichiarico, Donna Kraus, Susan Shisler, Mary Fay, Nicole Mason, Michael A. Hangen, Thomas M. Callea, Linda Merrill, Morgan Puitlak.

AND SUNDAY -- Ann C. McLean, Munnis Fisher, Matt Clapper, Linda Dunn, Justin Wagner, Rich Hawkins, Phyllis Pantano, Elizabeth Jones, Linda Palaszewski, Emma Hubert.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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