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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to naughty actress Tallulah Bankhead, born on this date in 1902, "It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time."



Memories are a priceless treasure

That give us hours of joyous pleasure

As we search and try to find

In the files of our mind.

One that we remember with joy,

Like when your grown son was but a mere boy.

Our thoughts keep us in bliss for hours on end

As we lovingly remember family and special friend.

We dreamily sift through our file

As we sit and recall and smile,

Remembering the beautiful times of sheer bliss

When nothing seemed to go amiss.

So turn back the pages of time

When life was carefree and so sublime.

-- Honey Snitzer


POUR US ANOTHER -- Our two favorite parts of the meal get the spotlight Wednesday evening in the "A Perfect Pair" Wine and Chocolate Pairing, a benefit event in the headquarters of Choco-Logo Confectionary Design, 141 Broadway.

There will be factory tours with samples, followed by the pairings of premium red and white wines with gourmet chocolates. Chocolatier and Choco-Logo owner Dan Johnson will talk about the latest techniques and trends in chocolate-making. The retail store will offer Truffles, Salty Turtles, Nutcorn and assortments for Valentine's Day.

Tours and tasting sessions will be held at 5:15, 6 and 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $15, with ticket proceeds benefiting Roswell Park Cancer Institute, as well as 10 percent of retail sales during the evening. For tickets and info, call 855-3500.


TREASURE HUNTER -- Talking antiques at Wednesday's meeting of the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association will be Paul Hartung, general manager of Orchard Park Antique Mall. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Longmeadow Road and Callodine Avenue, Eggertsville. He will follow his talk with free antique appraisals. It's free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For info, call 440-7985.


FROM THE HEART -- Hoping to attract your vote on the Internet tonight and Tuesday is singer-songwriter Lisa Barrett, who grew up in Cheektowaga and currently lives in Batavia. She has entered a song and music video in an international competition, and she's hoping that local ballots will help her win.

The song, "When You Look at Me," was written in memory of her nephew Austin, who lost his battle with cancer just before his second birthday. It's also the title song of the CD she recorded in Nashville.

Voting begins at 8 p.m. and continues for 24 hours. To vote and download the song, visit There's also a music video on YouTube. For info on Lisa, visit


SCHOOL DAYS -- Holding an open house for the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday is Mary Queen of Angels School, 170 Rosewood Terrace off George Urban Boulevard, Cheektowaga. The school, which provides a Catholic education for students from prekindergarten through eighth grade, also will offer tours from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday for those who want to see the school while classes are in session.


MILITARY NOTES -- Two Western New Yorkers recently completed undergraduate pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., earning their silver wings and a rating of pilot in the Air Force. They now will move on to advanced training. They are:

Second Lt. Marc I. Balaban, son of Diane A. Balaban of Olean. He is a 2003 graduate of Olean High School and a 2008 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology.

Air National Guard Capt. Mary E. Siller, daughter of Ellen McFadden Siller of Amherst. She is a 1997 graduate of City Honors High School and a 2001 graduate of the University of Massachusetts.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Marilyn Sultz, Allen Beroza, Anna Scheu, Brian Beals, Daniel Mis, Joe Sasiadek, Corrine Brady, Shirley Whitcomb, Don Kubicki, Lisa Weil, Karen Fuller, Mary Fox, Ryan Andolina, Alice E. Williams, Robert Huisgen, Alexa Milan Ward, Paul Makowski, Chuck Sonntag, Julie Damerau, Matthew McGowan, Bob Krause and Sheri Voss.


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