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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Scottish poet Alexander Smith, born on this date in 1830, "To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I care for."

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Cardinal Resolutions

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 Notaro

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LAST CHANCE -- Looking for that last-minute tax deduction before the old year ends? Goodwill Industries is accepting donations of clothing and household items at Tops Markets locations until 5 p.m. today. Receipts are provided on request.

The Tops Markets include Niagara Falls Boulevard at Robinson Road, Amherst; 4250 McKinley Parkway at Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg; Maple Road and North Bailey Avenue, Amherst; Maple and Transit roads, Amherst; 1980 Ridge Road at Orchard Park Road, West Seneca; and Niagara Street in the City of Tonawanda. Items also will be accepted at Goodwill stores. For info, visit www.goodwillwny.org.

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NIGHT OUT -- For an inexpensive way to bring in 2011, there's a New Year's Eve party from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in Col. J.B. Weber Post 898, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2909 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary. Auxiliary president Karen Pulinski says there will be snacks, hats, horns, a champagne toast at midnight and music by the Nickel City Road Show, all for $5 admission. Reservations are not necessary, she says. Just come.

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HUNGRY? -- Ken-Ton Lodge 1186 F&AM, starts the new year off with an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Ken-Ton Masonic Lodge Hall, 190 Minerva St., City of Tonawanda. Dinners are $6 adults, $3 children under 12, and include a salad bar, spaghetti with meatballs, Italian bread, beverage and dessert.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Gail Major, Jerry Buczkowski, Sandy Jordan, Amanda Skinner, Gail Stengel, Chris Knauber, Ann Pokorny, Vi Jarmon, Francine Kotarski, Rene Wargo, Verna Neuner, Pamela LaBell, Ken Graber, Kyle Dunning, Kathi Ball, Bev Lates, Liam Smyers, Brian Costello, Sydney Sala, Kathy Warren, Arlene Adamaszek, Rene Robert, Tracy Tumiel, Charlie Moore, Julie Bonner and Lauren Robins.

AND SATURDAY -- Alexander Ostrozinski, Yves-Richard Blanc, Bob Sikora, Sister Mary Pauline Pasierb, Sister Mary Blaise Surlas, Danny Welch, Ben Heath, Lucille Wirth, Jeff Simon, Shelly Wutz, Mike Barrett, Allayne Barnum, Mary Lou Zeis, Philip Kurzanski, Delores Pryor, Zoe Dettman, Lauren Paul, Pete Nowadly, Becky Milks, Lexi Dixon, Jack Myers, Joyce Zimmerman, Kyle Hayden and Montrice Goins.

AND SUNDAY -- Alyssa O'Mara, Cindy Gangloff, Glenn Locke, Randy Kramer, Polla Milligan, Joe Rubino, Melissa Brown, Karen Ryan, Rich Sicignano, Jack Birner, Jean Ponczynski, Rick Heist, Sharon Michalewski, Diego Morales, Paul Davis Moore, Frances Ehlers Clark, Dave Comerford, Karen King, Andy Joseph, David Moore, Austin Ziskowski, Daniel Ziskowski, Scott Czech, David Kiefer II and Michelle Sobczyk.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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