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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Paula Poundstone, born on this date in 1959, "I don't have a bank account because I don't know my mother's maiden name."


A State of Ennui

I'm bored by the

Company I keep,

Honestly, they put

Me to sleep.

They talk and talk

With nothing to say,

Might as well listen

To a donkey bray.

Where are the great minds,

The sophisticates,

The creative elite?

I don't like living

In the back seat of life.

I need some excitement,

Even a little strife.

Give me discussions,

Give me debate,

Give me a reason

To celebrate

The glory of living

Before the end comes

And all is quiet.

-- Joyce L. Wilson


HOT ENOUGH? -- They won't be frying eggs on the sidewalk when the state Department of Environmental Conservation hosts a Climate Change Cafe at 1 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center in Cheektowaga, but they'll talk about ways to keep things from getting that hot in the summertime.

"Many people are concerned about climate change but feel powerless to do something about it," says Meaghan Boice-Green, director of the center. "At the Climate Change Cafe, citizens will determine what actions are within their reach."

Those who come will get a free copy of the book "Low Carbon Diet: A 30-Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds" and develop a plan to put their homes and offices on an energy diet. Every year, the typical U.S. household generates 55,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, which aggravates global warming.

Coffee and dessert will be served. Registration is required. For info and to sign up, call 683-5959. Reinstein Woods is at 93 Honorine Drive off Como Park Boulevard.


TOUCH OF HOME -- Look for some Western New York faces when the 30th annual Orlando Citrus Parade flashes on television screens this week. The Attica High School Band will be among 10 high school ensembles taking part in the parade, which steps off Thursday morning and features floats made entirely of tangerines, oranges and grapefruit.


MILITARY NOTES -- Two Western New Yorkers recently completed Army basic training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. They are:

*Spc. Andrew T. Mancini, son of Doreen Mancini of Mount Morris. He is a 2003 graduate of Mount Morris High School and a 2007 graduate of Hilbert College.

*Reserve Pvt. Kayla R. Walker, daughter of Tammy Walker of Sherman. She is a June graduate of Sherman Central High School.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Lucille Demmerley, Barbara D. Hall, Grace L. Werts, Judith Powell, William Niefer, Kevin Nersinger, Debbie Magrum, Pete Simon, Sister Harriet Marie Bialobrzewski, Jill Reese, Dave Adaszak, Joey Denecke, Tyler Weber, Angie Golembiewski and Yvonne Ellman.

AND THURSDAY -- Claire Mutka, Warren Miller Sr., Estelle W. Pyles, Gail Gorski, Milton Rogovin, Dick Czarnecki, Dr. Kenneth D. Anthone, Joanne Chittenden, Janet Schaller, Carol Schaller, Helen Czerwinski, Joe Panek, Gene Drebot, Noelle Grimm, Tristyn Jackson, Mike Ernest Jr., Todd Skinner, Charlie Safe, Dave Reinhardt, Gayle Cherry, Diane Herman, Garrett O'Neill, Shaun Bohen and Jordan Blankenship.


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