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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: A reporter’s favorite rhyme from author Rudyard Kipling, born on this date in 1865, “I keep six honest serving-men:/ (They taught me all I knew)/ Their names are What and Where and When/ And How and Why and Who.”


Mistletoe Magic

The Christmas season brings fun

to a special girl or boy.

But there’s another tradition

for adults to enjoy.

Hanging of the mistletoe

comes this time of year.

It’s a good way for us

to spread joyous holiday cheer.

With the mistletoe over your head,

don’t let the opportunity be missed.

There’s no better time or place

to grab your partner and be kissed.

The kiss brings good luck

to last all year long.

Helping to enhance the holiday spirit,

keeping good feelings growing strong.

How does the magic get released

from this little piece of holly?

No one seems to care

as long as it makes us jolly.

This type of affection

is great for the soul,

Especially when holiday stress

sets in and takes a toll.

It’s a small form of expression

that puts a smile on your face.

A way to keep us happy

and help make our world a better place.

Why should this joy be limited

to only one season?

Spreading love and good cheer

doesn’t need any other reason.

So hang up that mistletoe

and never take it down.

You’ll make someone happy

by turning their luck around.

Nelson R. Locher


RECOVERY EFFORT – Victims of the typhoon in the Philippines will benefit from a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Organized by the youth of the church, the dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, cookies and a beverage. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children.

Proceeds will be donated to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, where all of it will go to help victims of the disaster. Additional donations may be made by checks payable to OPUMC Typhoon Fundraiser and addressed to the church.


LIFE CHANGING – New Directions Youth and Family Services, which assists at-risk children and families, will start the new year by hosting a free 10-week training and certification course for couples interested in becoming foster parents.

The two-hour classes, which will focus on topics such as “helping children with attachments” and “helping children with birth family connections,” will be held every Tuesday evening from Jan. 7 to March 11 in the New Directions office at 365 Main St., Randolph.

One class will include a question-and-answer session with a panel of experienced foster parents, foster children, caseworkers and other experts. Refreshments will be provided at each of the 10 sessions.

Those who complete the course will receive certification that they are fully qualified to become foster parents. Each registrant must attend all 10 classes to become certified. Couples who wish to become foster parents must both become certified.

Registrants must be at least 18 years old. To register, call Missy Martin at 358-3636, ext. 232, or email by next Monday. For more info about New Directions, visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Dick Czarnecki, Dr. Kenneth D. Anthone, Shaun Bohen, Joe Panek, Gene Drebot, Charlie Safe, Carol Schaller, Joanne Chittenden, Helen Czerwinski, Todd Skinner, Wendy Prabucki, Dave Reinhardt, Willard Klack, Madeline Jane Fecio, Brenda Dove Black, Charlie Moore, Julie Bonner, Carl Wodzinski, Mary Moyle, Judi Hamms and Diane Herman.


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