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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to philosopher George Santayana, born on this date in 1863, “We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.”


It’s Buffalo, Folks!

Snow now is coming, it’s not new to us,

We are from Buffalo, so don’t make a fuss.

Each little snowflake reaches the ground,

Falling slowly and softly, without any sound.

Each little flake, with six forming sides,

Generate beauty in each one abides.

Forming a blank of clean and pure white,

Shining on trees when the sun shines so bright.

Skiers are happy and we all know why,

Flashing downhill under bright blue sky.

Then sitting before the fireside bright,

Laughing and singing throughout the night.

Children lie down, an angel to make,

And some make many for winter fun’s sake.

Snowballs are rolled across the yard,

Made into snowmen when they’re packed hard.

Shovels come down from off the rack,

Oh my gosh, what a pain in the back!

Piles of snow now line the drive,

Wow, I’m done and still feel alive.

Each one who looks on this winter event,

Knows for himself how his thoughts are bent.

Some think it’s great, while others do not,

While some like the cold, others prefer hot.

It makes no difference how much you may care,

When the weatherman says, “Snow is our fare.”

Pack your backs, it’s south you must go.

There you won’t worry, you’ll be out of the snow.

– Ernst Yuhnke


PASTA TIME – Take a break from dealing with the snow by going out to eat from 5 to 7 p.m. today at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St. For the post’s final Monday night dinner before the holidays, there’s a choice of spaghetti or rigatoni dinners with homemade sauce and meatballs, salad and bread for $7. Italian sausage and extra meatballs can be purchased. For info, call 825-9557.


TRAIL BLAZER – Two events on Wednesday will mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Louise Bethune, considered to be the first professional female architect in the nation.

The formal one takes place at 10:30 a.m. in Forest Lawn, where architectural organizations will dedicate a memorial marker and place a wreath on her grave. Elizabeth Chu Richter, who will become president of the American Institute of Architects in 2015, will be one of the speakers. It’s free and open to the public.

The flashy one will be seen after dark when the historic Electric Tower in downtown Buffalo will be lit in “Architect Barbie Pink.” Bethune was an inspiration for Mattel’s recently introduced Architect Barbie doll, designed to inspire girls to consider choosing a career in architecture.


MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY Young patients at Women & Children’s Hospital will benefit when Empire Beauty School of Buffalo holds an Owen’s Toy Box Toy Drive and open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at its classrooms in Suite 800 in Walden Place, 2190 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

Everyone who donates a toy or cash Wednesday will receive a gift. There also will be hors d’oeuvres and beverages, a gift basket raffle, door prizes, tours of the school and styling demonstrations. For those who can’t come Wednesday, donations will be accepted today and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For info, call 206-3386.


PASSING THE GAVEL – Elected to become the 24th fire chief of the Eggertsville Hose Company is Brian K. Multerer, a 21-year veteran of the fire service who has been assistant chief for the past eight years. He will succeed John Buttino, who has served for five years as chief.

Also elected were First Assistant Chief Kiel Gentry, Second Assistant Chief Brandon Peters, fire captains Michael Flynn, James Day and Ryan MacDougal; fire lieutenants Dennis Hillburger, David Mastrella, Angela Hess and John Whitehead Jr.; EMS captain Christina Mastrella and EMS lieutenant Nick Bianco.

Elected as company officers were George Zammit, president; James Christopher, vice president; Rick Cumpston, corresponding secretary; Robert Brand, treasurer; Patrick Boyle, board of directors; and James McDonald, sergeant-at-arms.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mary Muzyka, Kimberly Minkel, Hannah Panek, John Podkladek, Mark Vredenburg, Edward Beyers, Gregg Huller, Sue Gentile, Shirley Speidel, Diana Windsor, Dave Porter, Lenny Kostelny, Anthony Alagna, Mary Barone, Mary Szafranski, Morgan Lempko, Gary Prieuer, Suzette Decker, Lillian Podkulski, Daryl Saville and Ryan David Maher.


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