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OLAF FUB SEZ: Cautionary words from “Uncle Remus” author Joel Chandler Harris, born on this date in 1848, “Watch out when you’re getting all you want. Fattening hogs ain’t in luck.”



We just had

Ghosts and goblins,

Then we’ve gotten

Turkeys and Pilgrims.

Next will be

Santa and his elves.

How nice that we humans

Are not alone,

Celebrating our holidays.

It’s in the best of ways

To indulge our fantasies

By inviting these creatures

Into our home

To bring mirth

To all of us on Earth.

– Joyce L. Wilson


SWEET REWARD – For the second year, Dunkin’ Donuts has teamed up with the Marine Corps Reserve to raise funds for the annual Toys for Tots campaign in Western New York and the results are delicious.

Starting last week and continuing through next Sunday, the coffee and baked goods shops will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots and for each $1 given, customers will receive a patriotic-themed doughnut. Participating shops also are accepting new, unwrapped toys for the drive.


HEALTHY CHOICE – The Holiday Vegan Food Drive, which continues through Saturday, wants to collect edible donations for the Food Bank of Western New York, but not just any edibles. They’re asking for boxes of whole grains, bags of dried beans, cans of vegan soups, jars of nut butters or whatever else is free from animal ingredients.

Sponsored by Animal Advocates of Western New York, Asha Sanctuary, the Buffalo Vegetarian Society and WNY Vegans, the drive’s drop-off locations are in Feel-Rite health food stores at 2141 Delaware Ave. in North Buffalo; 3912 Maple Road, Amherst; 5425 Transit Road, Williamsville; 6000 South Park Ave., Hamburg; and 3521 Seneca St., West Seneca.


SEASON FINALE – Historical impersonator Denise Reichert returns to present a program entitled “The Other Magi” at this year’s final installment of the Let’s Do Lunch series Dec. 19 in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St. All adults are invited.

The catered lunch at 11:30 a.m. will feature comfort food – homemade meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, green beans, ice cream and Christmas cookies. Tickets are $8, which can be paid at the door, but reservations have to be made this week by Thursday. Call 662-9348. After a winter break, the series will resume in March.


BRING ON THE SNOW – The Buffalo Nordic Ski Club is holding its annual open house from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday in the Wick Center of Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Snyder.

Admission is free and no reservations are needed for an evening that includes a video covering cross-country skiing for beginning to advanced skiers, waxing clinics, displays of equipment and clothing from area ski shops and door prizes. The club offers free lessons to all its members, along with weekly ski tours and weekend ski trips.


REUNION ALERT – The LaSalle High School Class of 1964 will return for its 50th year reunion Sept. 12 to 14 to the site of its senior prom, the former Treadway Inn, now the Sheraton Four Points, 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. The reunion committee also is trying to locate 44 missing classmates. For info, call Beverly Marshall at 405-7212 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Analeigh Hakes, Colleen O’Neill, Joe Head, Rachael Moll, Mike Sasiadek, Evan Sasiadek, Richard Lipsitz Jr., Stacie Leigh Duderwick, Mike Hooley Sr., Bessie Klein, Bill Rauch, Olivia Gehrke, Tom McKenna, Jill Vadala, Shirley Delano, Marge May, James Deubell and Joe Nowak.


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