OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Scottish author Samuel Smiles, born on this date in 1812, "Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever."
Ribbons of pale pink wrapped the night sky
As another glorious day commenced to slowly die.
The silently falling snow dressed the trees in white
As we once again prepared for Christmas Eve night.
The flickering lights on the tree cast shadows on the wall
As last-minute shoppers returned from the mall,
Laden with gifts that had to be wrapped,
Even though all their strength was totally zapped.
The smells from the kitchen kept us aware,
Happy in the knowledge we had nothing more to bake.
We finally trudged wearily to bed to dream
Of Christmas morn, when little people would smile and gleam.
-- Honey Snitzer
CONTINGENCY PLAN -- Will there be snow next Friday? If there is, the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Recreation Center off Big Tree Road in Hamburg will host the first of this winter's three cross-country skiing and snowshoeing walks at 10 a.m. Participants must bring their own skis and snowshoes.
If there isn't enough snow, a Penn Dixie naturalist will lead a nature walk around the site. Reservations are requested. Fee is $3 per person, free for Penn Dixie members. Children are welcome. For info and reservations, call 627-4560. The next two walks are Jan. 28 and Feb. 18.
KEEPING WARM -- The Schofield Residence Nursing Facility, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, is serving as a drop-off point for the Salvation Army's Gift of Warmth Drive, says Laura Mondello, Schofield's director of community relations and volunteer services. Donations of hats, gloves and mittens will be accepted through the end of December and will be given to the Salvation Army for distribution to the needy. For info, call 874-1566.
SCHOOL DAYS -- Alumni of Buffalo Community School 53, the old Glenwood School, will hold a reunion and fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 14 in the Schiller Park Community Center, 2057 Genesee St. Tickets are $20. Children under 14 are free. RSVPs are essential. Call 816-3330. Proceeds will help send fifth- and sixth-grade students to Washington, D.C., in June.
The group also has created a Facebook page for Community School 53 Alumni. Former students, teachers and other school staff are invited to contribute photos and other information from their days at the school.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- John Connolly, Estelle Gafter, Kristina Buran, Lorraine Kotarski, Amy Sanders, Joan Zurawski, Emily Weiss, Bev Kuzdal Broyles, Alice Bienik, Jeremy Giordano, Leanne Skrabacz, Carol Voigt, Carl Beck, Barbara Stulak, Howard Dauscher, Michael Fanning and Jillian Rose Fanning.
AND SATURDAY -- Rita Hartmann, Jeanette Joyce Livingston, Steve Czopp, Carol Schlau, Rita Sofia, Harry Rosettani, Mary Ramsey, Ben Vogt, Sister Mary Vivian Maczonis, Christopher Glynn, Noel Seres, Laurie Billittier, Carol Lachiusa, Lynda Ram, Hailey Giordano, Ruth Frank and Mildred Kellner.
AND SUNDAY -- Mable Stover, Patrick Kennelly, Karen Keefe, Joe Roland, Kim Lewandowski, Sister Mary Rosalind Rosolowski, Anna Gracon, Waltraud Beil, Mary Stockwell, Alex Glor, Joseph F. Mullen Sr. and Nancy Finnegan.