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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to legendary portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh, born on this date in 1908, “The trouble with photographing beautiful women is that you never get into the darkroom until after they’ve gone.”

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HOME FREE – Speaking of New Year’s, the William Mattar law offices are teaming with Designated Drivers of Buffalo for the eighth straight year to provide free rides to get New Year’s Eve revelers home safe from within the Buffalo city limits.

The law firm will cover the fare between midnight and 4 a.m. for rides home anywhere in Western New York up to a maximum of 20 miles from where they start in the city. Uniformed drivers will pick up both the driver and his or her vehicle, eliminating the problem of retrieving the car the next day. To arrange a ride, call 202-2222.

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TEE TIME – Looking for a last-minute gift for that golfer on your list? The North Tonawanda Recreation Office has an answer – a Christmas gift certificate for the Deerwood Golf Course. It’s a season pass that includes 20 rounds of golf with a cart.

The certificates are available at the Recreation Office in the Norman L. Keller Building, 500 Wheatfield St. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The office will close at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For more info, call 695-8520.

Weather permitting, the course will be open from Saturday through New Year’s Eve. To find out more, call 695-8525 or visit Deerwood’s Facebook page.

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SANTA’S HELPERS – Depew police are hoping they can help save someone’s Christmas.

A bag of new, unwrapped toys was found on Broadway in Depew on Monday afternoon by state workers, according to Depew police. The bag apparently fell from a vehicle.

The bag contained several new children’s toys, police said in a Facebook post Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information about who might have lost these toys should call Depew police at 683-1123. Items will have to be identified before they will be returned, police said.

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A WALK IN THE WOODS – Start the New Year with a breath of fresh air by taking a First Day Hike in Allegany State Park. The hike, which is about 2 miles long, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 1 in the Summit Area on the Red House side of the park.

Hikers will start at the Summit Area warming hut, where trail maps will be available, and follow the scenic ridge line to Stone Tower and back. Hikers are advised to dress appropriately for the weather. For more info, call 354-9101, ext. 236, or visit nysparks.com.

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ON THE UPBEAT – Looking for corporate sponsors are the organizers of the annual Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions drum corps competition, which will bring seven of the planet’s foremost musical marching groups to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Aug. 7.

Jack Gaylord Jr., director of the competition, notes that it attracts “thousands of spectators from across North America who visit Western New York to witness this world-class event.” A variety of sponsorship packages are available, he says. For more info, call him at 867-1618 or email jgaylord11@gmail.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Francis Joseph Conway, Jack Connolly, Estelle Gafter, Alice Bienek, Amy Sanders, Kristina Buran, Jeremy Giordano, Tamara Vero, Kelly Murphy, Joan Zurawski, Robert Edwards Jr., Timmy Leary, Kathy Dougherty, Emily Weiss, Kate Kurzanski, Lois Irene Lewis and Angel Hoak.

AND THURSDAY – Rita Hartmann, Carol Schlau, Rita Sofia, Harry Rosettani, Mary Ramsey, Sylvia Coles, Kenneth Holley, Hailey Giordano, Lynda Ram, Sister Mary Vivian Maczonis, Jeanette Joyce Livingston, Christopher Glynn, Carol Lachiusa, Barbara Sundy, Laurie Billittier and Rosing Velez.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com