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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, born on this date in 1876, "History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided."


SAFETY FIRST -- Want to reduce your car insurance or get some points off your driver's license? The East Aurora School District is holding the six-hour New York State Defensive Driving -- Point and Insurance Reduction Course on Tuesday and Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the high school, 1003 Center St. It's taught by an East Aurora village police officer. Registration is $20, plus a $15 lab fee. To register, call 687-2402.


SNOW DEAL -- Proving that cold weather is good for you are the folks from Buffalo Tours. They're offering free walking tours of downtown Buffalo at 10 a.m. every Friday in January and February when the temperature is 25 degrees or colder. For each degree above 25, as shown on the Weather Channel website, the cost goes up $1 to a maximum of $10, $5 for students.

Tours meet in the Buffalo Visitor Center in the Market Arcade, 617 Main St., and if it's really cold, the docents will lead the tours quickly from historic interior to historic interior.

"Maybe it's crazy to be outside when the weather is this cold," said Fred Schrock, Preservation Buffalo Niagara's education coordinator and leader of the first frigid downtown tour last winter, "but that hasn't deterred our visitors yet."


SINGLES SOIREE -- Erie County Surrogate Barbara Howe is the guest speaker at the monthly Singles Pot Luck Dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday in the Continental Room of Knights of Columbus Hall, 1530 Kenmore Ave. There also will be door prizes and raffles. All singles 40 and over are welcome. Bring a dish to pass. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For info, call Paul Indelicato at 883-2139.


DYNGUS DOINGS -- Thinking ahead to spring are the organizers of Buffalo's fifth annual Dyngus Day Parade, which will be held April 25, the day after Easter. They've begun accepting applications from groups that want to march and from volunteers who want to help out. Contact parade director Bernadette Pawlak at Bernadette Deadline for entries is the same day income taxes are due -- April 15.

"2011 is a very special year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of modern Dyngus Day in America," Pawlak said. "We expect that this will be the biggest Dyngus Day Parade in history."


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Michael Grier, Curt Hallis, Chan Gailey, Sam Cerrone, Jen Fitzgerald, Stan Zieziula, Janice Weiskopf, Bill Schmaltz, Linda Bonsack, Matt Fahey, Kristina Peffer, Tony Rine Sr., the Rev. Joe Carlo, Lisa Jankowski, Tracy Thauer, Tina Weisedel, Judy Ludwig, Sunny Caci, Jack Egloff, John Merrill, Caleb Lorefice.

AND THURSDAY -- Megan Schumacher, Stella Pelonero, John Bohen, Nicholas Holstein, Ray Scheffler, Sue White, Jerry Kurnik, Mary C. Zaczagnino, Ken Smerka.


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