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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British author Rudyard Kipling, born on this date in 1865, “I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble.”


IN THE TRADITION – Continuing the celebration of Christmas this coming Sunday is Corpus Christi Church, 199 Clark St., a block from the Broadway Market, which will host a Polish dinner and the singing of Koleda, Polish holiday carols.

Leading the singing will be the Ludowa Nuta Polish Choir from Hamilton, Ont. The dinner, which is $15, free for children under 12, includes homemade soup, bigos, kielbasa, ham, salads and more.

The church will offer Masses in English at 8:15 and 11:30 a.m. and a Polish Mass at 10, featuring the Ludowa Nuta singers. Blessed chalk and incense will be distributed at the Masses for the traditional marking of doors at home with the initials of the Three Kings.

The dinner and Koleda begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Sears Street hall behind the church. Reservations are requested. Call the rectory at 896-1050.


GIVING BACK – For the ninth year, the American Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts are teaming up to make a special offer to blood and platelet donors in January, which is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month.

During the month-long “Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference” campaign, all donors at Red Cross blood drives and donor centers will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card, which can be redeemed for the purchase of any item at participating Dunkin’ Donuts shops. The card, which features a Red Cross logo, is reloadable and can be enrolled in the DD Perks Rewards program.

To schedule a donation, call toll-free (800) RED CROSS (773-2767) or visit Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.


GEARING UP FOR WINTER – No room in the closet for that old, but gently used winter clothing now that you’ve got newer things to wear? Six local H&R Block tax preparation offices will take them. They have teamed up with Code Blue Relief, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless people, and will accept donations during office hours from Jan. 1 to March 31.

Locations of the participating offices include 1036 Union Road, West Seneca; 695 Main St., East Aurora; 4779 Transit Road, Lancaster; 8016 Transit Road, Amherst; 3193 Delaware Ave., Kenmore; and 5811 S. Transit Road, Lockport.

Donations also will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, prior to the final Buffalo Bills game of the season; and from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 16 and Jan. 22 at First Niagara Center, when the Buffalo Sabres will play home games.


TAKE THE LEAD – Explore Buffalo, which offers tours of the area’s architectural gems and other attractions, is accepting applications from volunteers who would like to become docents and lead tours during the 2016 season. Applications are available online at

After a phone interview, those who are accepted will take docent training classes on Saturday mornings from Feb. 13 to April 30 in the First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle. Field sessions will take place at downtown locations. A course fee of $75 is required to cover the cost of materials. For more info, call Brad Hahn at 245-3032 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Dick Czarnecki, Dr. Kenneth D. Anthone, Brenda C. Black, Shaun Bohen, Charlie Safe, Madeline Jane Fecio, Todd Skinner, Mike Rozyczko, Helen Czerwinski, Virgil Mesmer, Dave Reinhardt, Joanne Chittenden, Carol Schaller, Jenna Jankowiak, Joe Panek, Gene Drebot, Carl Wodzinski, Declan Wiles, Michelle Lemiesz, Daniel Prabucki, Charlie Moore, Julie Bonner, Ron Hall, Robert Daniels, Carol Castiglione, Roman Cassata and Jerry Wilson.

AND THURSDAY – Rene Robert, Keli-Koran F. Luchey, Pamela LaBell, Sandy Jordan, Amanda Skinner, Vi Jarmon, Gail Major, Jerry Buczkowski, Joey Battaglia, Audrey Walkowiak, Wendy Prabucki, Gerry “Doc J” Wilson, Rose Jedynak, Pamela LaBell, Ken Swanekamp, Shirley Sobon and Tom Boyer.