OLAF FUB SEZ: According to an old Nigerian saying, "Not to know is bad. Not to want to know is worse. Not to hope is unthinkable. Not to care is unforgivable." . . .
In 1460, the Duke of York was defeated at the Battle of Wakefield. It was one of the battles in the Wars of the Roses. . . . In 1862, the USS Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras, N.C., during a storm. . . . In 1879, "The Pirates of Penzance" was first performed at Paignton, Devon, England. . . . In 1903, a fire in the Iroquois Theater in Chicago killed 600 people. . . . In 1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed. . . . In 1936, the United Auto Workers union staged its first sit-down strike. . . . In 1981, Wayne Gretzky scored his 50th goal in 39 games to set a National Hockey League record that still stands. . . . In 1993, Israel and the Vatican established diplomatic relations. . . .
The holiday is over
The New Year doth begin
A squeaky clean slate
devoid of hate
Completely without sin.
No Anger, Lust or Envy
No Avarice, Sloth or Pride
No Gluttony, now Weight Watching
will be our daily guide.
We'll find that flawless someone
who's hidden well within
the paragon of virtue
we knew we should have been.
The child of God we were at birth
all innocent and new
Oh how I wish this fantasy
could possibly be true.
But we can't deny our human defects
It's normal to make mistakes
So thank God for this New Year
and a chance for all our sakes
to try again just one more time
a January date
to pursue our goal of Perfection
that very elusive State.
-- Diana M. Notaro
MILITARY NOTE -- Pfc. John H. Lewis, son of Chong P. Lewis of Depew, has graduated from Army basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is a 2000 graduate of Erie Community College. . . .
NO LIMIT -- All you can eat spaghetti dinners will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Tonawanda Masonic Hall, 190 Minerva St., City of Tonanwanda, by Tonawanda Masonic Lodge 247. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Wendy Martin, Estelle W. Payles, Joe Panek, Gene Drebot, Charlie Safe, Joanne Chittenden, Shaun Bohen, Carl Wodzinski, Morgan Moghabghab, Jeremiah Cain, Arnold Perison, Carol Schaller, Jan Schaller, Julia Carey, Garrett O'Neill, Dick Czarnecki.
SATURDAY -- Dan Boquard, Nancy J. Jordan-Staves, Jerry Buczkowski, Ann Pokorny, Chris Knauber, Dr. Lawrence Adymy, Gail Major, Kyle Dunning, Kathi Ball, Bev Lates, Gail Stengel, Sean Kennedy, Pamela LaBell.
AND SUNDAY -- Christopher Biehunik, Mary Lou Zeis, Alexander Ostrozinski, Robin Vittore, Danny Welch, Shelly Wutz, Ashley Elliott, Tamika Watkins, Paige Weinsheimer, Pete Nowadly, Becky Milks, Dolores Pryor, Michael Empric, Adriana Bajer.