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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1862), "The past at least is secure." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1775, the British repulsed an attack by Continental Army Gens. Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec. Montgomery was killed. . . . In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union. . . . In 1879, Thomas A. Edison publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J. . . . In 1946, President Harry Truman officially proclaimed the end of World War II hostilities. . . . In 1961, the Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $12 billion in foreign aid. . . . In 1974, Americans were allowed to buy and own gold for the first time in more than 40 years. . . . In 1985, singer Rick Nelson, 45, and six other people died in a fire aboard a DC-3 while en route to Dallas for a New Year's Eve performance. . . .

A New Year, a clean slate

to have time, to lose weight

to do right, to fight wrong

shoo tempers short, prove patience long

Until the first time we mess up when

We all will hate ourselves again!

-- Dana Notaro
BODY ELECTRIC -- Margaret Richard, host and producer of "Body Electric," the nationally aired PBS fitness program produced in Buffalo at WNED-TV, will hold a free and open public demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 8 at the YWCA of Western New York, 190 Franklin St.

Richard, who first introduced television audiences to exercising using light weights set to music in 1983, will lead the workout. Her workouts combine low-impact exercises with artistic elements of dance.

To register for the presentation, which will include a discussion on health, wellness and fitness, call 852-6120.

It should be noted that Richard, who is 52 but looks many years younger, is working to develop strength training materials and federal guidelines for the older population. . . .

NICE GUYS -- The Western New York Regional Council of Carpenters made more than 1,200 wooden (of course) toys and donated them for distribution to needy children for Christmas. The toys took more than 5,000 hours to make and included children's rattle mowers, puzzle trucks, trundle block wagons and cradles.

The toys were distributed through the Salvation Army. . . .

HONORED -- Thomas J. Neill, a retiree of the Buffalo Police Department, recently received the first Dennis Winkler Award from the Western New York Association of Retired Law Enforcement Personnel.

He was cited for his efforts and fast response to a situation in which a burglary suspect was apprehended and probable harm to a senior citizen was prevented. . . .

POTATO PANCAKES will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in St. Peter Lutheran Church, 4169 Church Road, Lockport. The tab will be $6.50 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12. Kids 5 and younger eat free. A chair lift is available. . . .

MEETINGS for New Beginnings for Widowed People, a nonaffiliated club for men and women widowed through death of a spouse, are held at 7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month in Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Eileen Schara, Nancy Jordan-Staves, Jerry Buczkowski, Jack Milnnuto, Gail Stengel, Gail Major, Jimmy Ference, Vi Jarmaine, Ann Pokorny, Deanna Kowalski, Verna Neuner, Lisa Pickop, Melissa Grove, Joyce Masi Odien, William Sewy III, Joseph Fahey, Michael Fahey, Pamela LaBell, Michael J. Swedene, Sean Kennedy, Paula Banas, Jay Moretti, Katie Krug.

SATURDAY -- Jack Myers, Barb Black, Jessica Shisler, Pasquale D'Orazio, Joseph Selenovic Sr., Becky Roloff, Kathy Flanders, Chris Herkey, Alane Podniesinski, Christine Bak, Hank Heberling, Kyle Hayden, Shelly Wutz, Rae Alles, Rita Alles, Tanika Capers, Ashley Elliott, Pete Nowadly, Becky Milks, Buddy Panek, Philip Kurzanski.

AND SUNDAY -- Cindy Gangloff, Robin Kitson, Nancy Fusco, Michele Sobczyk, Colin Barclay Breen, Glenn Locke, Walter Strade, Frank Strade, Tim Ring, Shaon Michalewski, Ben Heath, Rick Heist, Camille Pawlowski, Jesse Librera, Carol Landsman, Scott Czech, Mikaela Parker, Tracy Gatlin, Bonnie Harper, Kathie Manning, Cheryl Wollford, David Comerford.

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