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Reporters' Notebook / Bits and pieces of news

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to playwright Moss Hart, born on this date in 1904, "So far as I know, anything worth hearing is not usually uttered at seven o'clock in the morning; and if it is, it will generally be repeated at a more reasonable hour for a larger and more wakeful audience."



Fall is in the air,

You can feel it everywhere.

No robin's perched within the trees,

Chirping its favorite melodies.

Leaves are falling to the ground.

Beautiful colors all around.

The timetable of life has changed --

The flowers of summer rearranged.

Some beauteous flowers found their rest

And God knew when they've done their best.

The frost upon the pumpkin patch

Will prove that fall too soon will pass.

-- Doris V. Neumann


TIME OF NEED -- According to Stephanie Brauner and Jaime Warren, National Junior Honor Society advisers at Buffalo's Enterprise Charter School, 9-year-old Leontae' E. Parker is a bright, happy third-grader. "His smile alone can help you forget about your own troubles," they say.

Leontae', however, is not without troubles of his own. He was not quite 5 when he was diagnosed with Nephrotic syndrome, a kidney disorder, and receives dialysis three times a week. It was hoped that a kidney transplant two years ago would help, but that kidney failed, and now he's awaiting another transplant, which will take place in Pittsburgh.

To help defray the cost of travel, tests, treatment and the transplant, a chance auction will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in Enterprise Charter School, 275 Oak St. For info and donations, call Jaime Warren at 480-7550.


JUST DESSERTS -- A world record fell and a new one was set Sunday afternoon in front of a standing-room crowd during the Fall Festival at the Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St., Clarence. Eric "Silo" Dahl, a 20-year-old University of Wisconsin student from Delano, Minn., who's currently ranked as the nation's top student eater by the National Collegiate Competitive Eating Association, downed 27 pieces of pumpkin pie in eight minutes without using his hands, breaking the old mark of 25 pieces set last year by Chris "The Mad Greek" Abatsas from Cleveland. On his Facebook page, Dahl describes himself as "just someone who loves food, except I can eat it very fast and in very large quantities."


FUTURE FARE -- Getting a preview Tuesday evening of upcoming Christmas Fair in Niagara Falls will be the Niagara Frontier Chapter of New York State Women Inc. Guest speaker at their dinner meeting at 6 p.m. in Pane's Restaurant, 984 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, will be Melissa N. Morinello, director of marketing and communications for the Niagara Tourism and Conventions Corp. She also will provide an update on other events in the Falls. All women are welcome. For reservations, call Sue Leaderstorf at 694-3307 or Meredith Dietrich at 693-7136.


BUY A CHANCE -- The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Fall Theme Basket Raffle from Tuesday through Friday in the hospital atrium. Tickets will be on sale from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the first three days and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. After the drawing at 1 p.m. Friday, winners will be announced at 3:30. Proceeds will help buy equipment for the hospital.


MILITARY NOTE -- Army Pfc. Michael J. Wilson, son of Jody L. Knowlton of Jamestown, has completed training as a basic field artillery cannon crew member at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. He is a June graduate of Jamestown High School.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Carol Feind, Sharon Gleason, Carl Austin, Margaret C. Caldwell, Mike Beato, Doris O'Connor, Florian May, Alice Ziomek, Nancy Nathan, Joe Weiss, Brianna Zanelotti, Melanie Colello, Cathie Zakrzewski, Rich Holstein, Joe Kotarski, Danny James Burke, Joanne Barbic, Matthew McDonald, Peggy Lalley and Fred Ziemecki.


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