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OLAF FUB SEZ: A verse for journalists from British author and poet Rudyard Kipling, born on this date in 1865, "I keep six honest serving-men:/ (They taught me all I knew)/ Their names are What and Where and When/ And How and Why and Who."

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Happy New Year

New Year's Day --

A grand new year;

Pray for friends

From far or near.

Offer joy

And peace and love;

Gaze at stars

That shine above.

Hear the children

Sing their song;

Teach them all

The right from wrong.

Bless the strangers

When they sneeze,

Listen as they

"Thank you" please.

We've got an extra

Day this year

To share God's blessings,

Banish fear.

And as the boys

Return at last,

We greet them gladly,

Hold them fast.

-- Doris V. Neumann

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LAST CHANCE -- Out of things to do with your out-of-town guests? There's one more opportunity today to take a yuletide tour of Graycliff Estate, the Frank Lloyd Wright lakefront complex at 6472 Old Lake Shore Road in Derby, which is decorated for the holidays.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students. Trained docents lead the tours from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and there's complementary hot mulled cider at the end. Reservations are required. Call 947-9217 or visit http://graycliffestate.org.

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BIG FINALE -- The Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe, 22 W. Main St., Angelica, will start the new year by closing for a couple weeks of building improvement, but first it plans to send the old year out with a song.

Tonight features singer and songwriter Katherine Pohl, a Berklee College of Music graduate based in Boston, Mass., offering mostly original pop and R&B songs on guitar and piano from 7:30 to 9:30. There's no cover charge.

Saturday brings Aleks and Ted -- Aleksandar Disljenkovic and Ted Mosher from Rochester's leading swing band, the White Hots -- for an evening of dinner and music from 7:30 to 10, when they will strike up "Auld Lang Syne" to accompany a sparkling New Year's toast. Reservations are essential. For info, call (585) 466-3399 or visit www.black-eyed-susan.com.

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BETTER ANGELS -- The Akron-Newstead Rotary Club's annual holiday auction earlier this month raised $15,000 for local families in need, event coordinator Sarah Kempisty reports. It is expected that 43 families and 139 children will benefit from the funds. A total of $8,000 in cash and $7,000 in gifts from Angel Tree sponsors will be distributed by local service organizations.

Additional donations may be made by check, payable to Akron-Newstead Rotary Club. Donations may be sent to the club at P.O. Box 300, Akron, NY 14001.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Charlie Moore, Joe Panek, Estelle W. Pyles, Dick Czarnecki, Dr. Kenneth D. Anthone, Charlie Safe, Jan Schaller, Carol Schaller, Joanne Chittenden, Gene Drebot, Helen Czerwinski, Shaun Bohen, Morgan Moghabghab, Dave Reinhardt, Michelle Lemiesz, Todd Skinner, Gail Cherry, Diane Herman, Jordan Blankenship, Julie Bonner, Garrett O'Neill, Carl Wodzinski, Madeline Jane Fecio.

AND SATURDAY -- Rene Robert, Pamela LaBell, Chris Knauber, Gail Major, Bonnie Huntz, Jerry Buczkowski, Gail Stengel, Ann Pokorny, Vi Jarmon, Audrey Walkowiak, Sandy Jordan, Amanda Skinner, Kathy Warren, Francine Kotarski, Kyle Dunning, Kathi Ball, Bev Lates, Jerry Wilson, Joey Battaglia.

AND SUNDAY -- Alex Ostrosinski, Jack Myers, Jeff Simon, Yves-Richard Blanc, Bob Sikora, Clark Cherry, Dr. John Twist, Pete Lindner, Ben Heath, Philip Kurzanski, Sister Mary Pauline Pasierb, Sister Mary Blaise Surlas, Mike Barrett, Lauren Paul, Zoe Dettman, Kyle Hayden, Patricia Iudo, Norman Fix, Pete Nowadly, Becky Milks.

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