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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor and comedian Soupy Sales, born Milton Supman on this date in 1926, “If I had my life to live over, I’d live it over a delicatessen.”



Our old-fashioned

Oval light bulbs

Are going out of style.

They will all be gone

In just a little while.

The new efficient ones

Are a crazy shape

And the price of them

Is enough to make you gape.

So I’ve been stocking up,

Buying the oldies

At every store.

I want to keep

This symbol of an “idea”

(In a cartoon, a light bulb

Goes on over a person’s head),

It’s a part of our folklore.

I like the old bulb much more

Than this new source of light

Which looks like it got

Bent and twisted in a fight.

For me, the familiar oval

Is just right.

– Joyce L. Wilson


INNER LOOP – Historian and Buffalo enthusiast Chris Hawley is the lecturer at this month’s meeting of the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association meeting, scheduled for 7 tonight in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Hall, Longmeadow Road and Callodine Avenue, Amherst.

His topic? The Belt Line railroad, which circled the city carrying passengers and freight from the 1880s to the 1930 and provided a link between neighborhoods and factories. He also will talk about two new developments along the old Belt Line, the Tri-Main Center and the Larkin District, and discuss future plans along the route.

The public is welcome. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. For info, call 440-7985.


CHRISTMAS FUTURE – Looking ahead to next Christmas is the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, which has begun a search for ideas for its 2014 Santa Claus Lane ornament, the 16th in a series.

Sales of the ornaments pay for holiday lights in downtown Olean.

The Santa Claus Lane committee chooses a local landmark to be depicted on the ornament. They previously have included the Olean Municipal Building, St. Bonaventure University, the Castle Restaurant and, most recently, the Palace Theater.

Possibilities for this year’s design include the Governor Higgins Mansion, Paul’s Steakhouse, Bradner Stadium and some of the old stores on Santa Claus Lane, like Bradner’s and Grant’s.

Deadline for suggestions is Jan. 30. Ideas can be submitted by calling 372-4433, emailing or via the Greater Olean Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.


WELCOME ABOARD – A new vendor will be in the house when the Winter Market at Horsefeathers, 346 Connecticut St., reopens Saturday after its holiday break. It’s Community Beer Works, the city’s first nanobrewery, which will join about 20 other vendors offering handcrafted and locally produced items, along with the building’s half-dozen other permanent businesses.

Occupying the Community Group Table this week will be representatives from the Bark Park at Black Rock Canal Park. Musical entertainment will be provided by singer and guitarist Don Z. The indoor market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For info, call 881-0046 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tim Goldpenny, Irene Mills, Myra J. McGrier, Kim Hassett, Paul Terhaar, Jack Driscoll, Sister Paul Marie Baczkowski, Michael Szczesny, Dave “Swiggy” Golembiewski, Liam Wasielewski, Mollie Wiate, John Campany, Michael Romance, Marian Tauriello, Joseph W. Starzynski, Cheryl Bonitati and Lou Pennella.

AND THURSDAY – Mary Lou O’Brien, Max Bichler, Delores McLaurin, Rosemarie Poole, Tim Zelasko, Sister Emily Marie Jurecki, Leroy Rauch, Monsignor Anthony Jasinski, Susan Marmion, Kraig Kurzanski and Ed Carney III.


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