OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, born on this date in 1706, "Experience is the worst teacher. It always gives the test first and the instruction afterward."
A fresh new blanket of snow,
A pristine palette where poems can grow.
What a pretty sight
Upon which to waken,
Wispy angel wings,
Footsteps not yet taken.
A page pure and white
With a tinge of ice blue.
Not too late to create
When the artist is you.
-- Diana Notaro
SECOND SIGHT -- This is Give the Blind a Chance to Read Month, Bob Sikorski reminds us. Sikorski is president of the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, the award-winning nonprofit radio station that broadcasts volunteers reading newspapers, magazines and books to sight-impared people who listen to them on special "reading radios."
How do you observe Give the Blind a Chance to Read Month? By telling anyone unable to read about the radio reading service. Radio reading receivers can be provided to print-handicapped people as gifts. Or by joining the corps of 300 volunteer readers. Sikorski says more are always needed to share the joy of reading. For information, call 821-5555.
SUCCESS STORY -- Recently sworn in for his second term as a Family Court judge in Onondaga County is Michael Hanuszczak, who grew up in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. Hanuszczak, 54, graduated from Hutchinson-Central Technical High School in 1974 and the University at Buffalo Law School in 1984. A Family Court judge in Syracuse since 2001, he also has been designated to serve as an acting State Supreme Court justice there. He was re-elected without opposition in November.
MILITARY REUNIONS -- The USS Iwo Jima (LPH2/LHD7) Shipmates are holding a reunion for all ships' company and embarked Navy and Marine Corps personnel June 1 to 5 in Newport News, Va. For info, call Robert G. McAnally at (757) 723-0317 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The USS Boston Shipmates, the crew members of all U.S. Navy ships named Boston, are planning a reunion in Chicago July 14 to 17 for all USS Boston officers, crew, Marine Corps and flag personnel. For details, call Arthur L. Hebert at (603) 672-8772 or visit www.ussboston.org.
The USS Maddox Destroyer Association has scheduled a reunion Aug. 25 to 28 in Branson, Mo., for former shipmates who served aboard all three of the Maddoxes. For info, call Dennis Stokhaug at (262) 679-9409 or e-mail email@example.com.
MILITARY NOTES -- Army Reserve Spc. Robert J. Austin, son of Judith A. Jones of Olean, is returning to the U.S. after a deployment in southwest Asia. A 2002 graduate of Portville Central High School, he is a motor transport operator with the 304th Transportation Company based in Springfield, Mass. He has served in the military for five years.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathanael D. Franklin, son of Lisa Clicquennoi of Ripley, has completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. He is a 2005 graduate of Westfield Academy High School and a 2009 graduate of Fredonia State College.
Army Pvt. Shelby L. Giberson, daughter of Darcy R. and Richard M. Giberson of Cuba, has completed basic training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. She is a 2009 graduate of Hinsdale Central High School.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jerry Geiger, Derek Wojciechowski, Paul Friedman, Elizabeth Koelmel, Rachel Shoemaker, Ella McKenna, Maureen Myers, Kris Robillard, David Rooth, James P. Smith, Josh May, Carol Metty, Jeff Denecke, Nicole Roorda, Janelle Miller, Christopher Haggard and Herschel Chapman Sr.