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Reporters' Notebook / Bits and pieces of news

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to "Grand Hotel" author Vicki Baum, born on this date in 1888, "Marriage always demands the greatest understanding of the art of insincerity possible between two human beings."

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Retirement

I don't walk much any more.

I hardly exercise.

When I say I'm very busy,

It's just a bunch of lies.

I don't cook much any more.

We're always out to eat.

I stay out of the kitchen

'Cause I can't take the heat.

When there's mounds of work to do,

I usually take a Midol.

I'm as lazy as can be.

I'm your new American Idle.

-- Diana Notaro

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HOOPS REUNION -- The annual reunion of former Alden High School basketball players will be held Friday night, beginning with a 7:30 p.m. game at the high school featuring the Alden boys varsity team against Eden High School.

Special honors will be given at halftime to members of the 1956-57 team, which won the Genesee-Orleans County championship. After the game, alumni players will meet at MaGavin's restaurant, 12443 Broadway, Alden. Further information is available from Don Young at 432-9403 or Tom Cowan at 725-2064.

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SPECIAL NIGHT -- Celebrity sports waiters will be working the tables from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at all Denny's Restaurants in Western New York to help support the Special Olympics of Central New York Winter Games in Syracuse Feb. 4 and 5.

The waiters will be the Special Olympians themselves, local high school and college athletes. At least 20 percent of Denny's pre-tax proceeds will go to help ensure that Special Olympians will not have to pay any costs associated with participating.

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GET CREATIVE -- That souvenir poster each summer for the Allentown Art Festival is the winner of the Allentown Village Society's annual Design Our Poster contest and entries are now being accepted. Prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 will be awarded. Deadline for submissions is March 26.

Posters must be 11 by 14 inches, camera ready, and contain the words 54th annual Allentown Art Festival, the dates (June 11 and 12) and certain other information. For instructions, call 881-4269 or visit the association's website at www.allentownartfestival.org and click on Festival Applications.

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MILITARY NOTES -- Air Force Maj. Elizabeth A. Boll, who has served in the military for 14 years, has completed Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., earning a master's degree in strategic studies. Her next assignment will be at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. The daughter of David Boll of Arcade, she is a 1992 graduate of Nichols School and earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1996.

Army Pvt. Jeffery A. Armistead, son of Debra Patrick of Buffalo, has completed basic training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. He is a 2008 graduate of Riverside High School.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Delores Picogna, Sarah Kulpa Mason, Anna Michaela Mulqueen, Katlin McCabe, Brendan Tait, Julie Zimmerman, Jack Redwine, Steven Czerniak, Laura Troutman, Neal Plazio, Jim Wannemacher, Shavonne Northington, Arron Cooper, Kathryn Kaleta, Michael Mirco, Phyllis Dunning, Ann Cawthard, Dick Marini and Vincent Meegan.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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