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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist and essayist Wilfred Sheed, born on this date in 1930, "The American male doesn't mature until he has exhausted all other possibilities."



'Twas the day after Christmas

And all through the house

The cookies were crumbled

There were stains on my blouse.

So, too, on the table cloth,

Some spots from red wine.

What we did was "eat,"

though some call it "dine."

Grandpa was belching,

His wife was offended.

Today we're hung over

Our stomachs distended.

The house is all strewn

With papers and bows,

The trash to be emptied

Is a mountain that grows.

New clothing needs hanging

After wrinkles ironed out,

Gift boxes need flattening

Before they're tossed out.

Then, on to the Mall

With the rest of the deranged

For much bigger bargains

Than those we exchange.

And home later on,

No more Target or Gap,

We're ready to take

that long winter's nap.

Our eyes just aren't twinkling,

Our dimples are in,

Our jeans and our hips

And our cute double chin.

I heard a great noise

From the closed bedroom door,

'Twas a sigh of relief

And a frightening snore.

Without sounding humbug

Or Scrooge-like I hear

There are others quite glad

It is done for this year.

And now we must welcome

Two thousand eleven

Let's pull down that tree

And send it to Heaven!

-- Diana Notaro


SANTA'S HELPERS -- Perhaps you saw the item about the Young Lawyers Yuletide Challenge in a local business weekly before Christmas, but if you didn't, here's the short version:

Attorney William Moore, chairman of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Erie County Bar Association, came up with a competition among law firms to generate contributions for a toy drive to benefit needy children. Seven firms joined in and collected 343 toys, which were turned over to the Attorneys for Children Unit of the Legal Aid Bureau.

With the help of Santa Claus, actually Frank Longo, confidential law clerk to Family Court Judge Patricia Maxwell, they gave out the toys one blustery afternoon to 200 children in 75 families.

By the way, the winning legal team was Getman & Biryla, LLP, which put four young attorneys on the case and brought in 85 toys. Moore is so pleased he wants to make it an annual event. To sign in early, e-mail him at


MILITARY NOTES -- Army Spc. Timothy J. Perrin, son of Sandi M. Jones and stepson of Terry R. Jones of Greenhurst, has been deployed to Iraq to serve in support of Operation New Dawn, formerly Operation Iraqi Freedom. A 2008 graduate of Maple Grove High School, Bemus Point, he is a supply/mechanic assigned to the 298th Support Maintenance Company in Altoona, Pa.

Air Force Capt. Aaron A. Cook, son of Richard A. and Deborah S. Cook of Waterport, has completed the Euro-NATO jet pilot training program at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas. He is a 2000 graduate of Medina Central High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 2004 from Daniel Webster College, Nashua, N.H.

Pfc. John K. Sullivan, son of Bill and Kathi Sullivan of Williamsville, has completed Marine Corps recruit training at Parris Island, S.C. A June graduate of Williamsville North High School and an Eagle Scout, he will report to Camp Lejeune, N.C., after the holidays.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- James Lojacono, Wendy Kelley, Javier Rosa, Renee Canfield, Joe Wisniewski, Ted Wisniewski, Justin Wnuk, Kelly Dubel, Mark Ryan, Sherri Oliver, Ken May, Diana Raczkowski, Tom Whelan Sr., Margaret Pronko, Helen Kolodziejski, John Kiener, Reese Michaels, Alyssa Kelley and Ethel Palaszewski.


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