OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author, actress and humorist Ilka Chase (1905-1978), "You can always spot a well-informed man -- his views are the same as yours." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1783, George Washington resigned as commander in chief of the Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Va. . . . . In 1823, the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore was published in the Troy (N.Y.) Sentinel. . . .
FAR FROM HOME -- Air Force Sgt. Nicole S. Eisenbarth, stationed at Ali Air Base in Iraq, sent Olaf an e-mail the other day asking him to pass along a message to her family in West Seneca: "I want to wish all of the Eisenbarth, Pantano, Kowalski and Strzempka families a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday! I love them very much; their warrior will be home soon, stronger and very proud of her accomplishments."
Eisenbarth, who attended West Seneca East High School and Findlay University in Ohio, makes her home at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., with her husband, Zane, and 2-year-old daughter, Isabella Marie. Eisenbarth has been in Iraq since August.
RETIREMENT DINNER -- Friends of Lt. Charles M. Kaiser, who is retiring as head of the Erie County Sheriff's Court Division, are honoring him at a buffet retirement party in Creekside Banquent Facility, 2669 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 6. For tickets, call Sgt. Bill Kluge at 858-8819. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jack Connolly, Francis J. Conway, Jack Morgan, Amy Sanders, Kristina Buran, Noel Sayers, Jack Burkard, Vi Roggow, Sandy Massore, Cheryl Massore, Art Staniaszek, Alice Bienik, Leanne Skrabacz, Katie Kurzanski, Steven M. Parr.
SATURDAY -- Joyce Janette Livingston, Carol Allen, Steve Czopp, Carol Shea, Christopher Glynn, Rita Hartmann, Donna Swinnich, Ruth Frank, Josie DiVincenzo, Greg Wildridge, Rita Sofia, Lynda Ram, Carol Schlau.
AND SUNDAY -- Mable Stover, Karen Keefe, Jennifer Larkman, Holly McNamara, Waltraud Beil, Von Eric Oliver Sr., Carol Prendergast, Carol Shea, Loreen Carey, Bonny Telaak, Nancy Finnegan, Holly Stablewski, Devan Fischer, Kim Lewandowski, Dawn Kurcz, Michael Zielinski.