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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to noted portrait photographer Yousef Karsh, born on this date in 1908, “The trouble with photographing beautiful women is that you never get into the dark room until after they’ve gone.”

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Christmas, What’s Not To Like?

Carols, presents,

Wreaths and snow,

Not your favorite

Things, I know.

Eggnog, fruitcake,

Champagne toasts

Scare you more than

Scrooge’s ghosts.

Hang the stockings,

Trim the tree,

Heavy chores

You leave

To me.

There’s one thing

You’ll like,

I know,

A kiss beneath

The mistletoe!

– Carol Thrun Nowicki

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BELLS OF PEACE – Church bells will ring at exactly 4:14 p.m. Wednesday in Black Rock, Riverside and surrounding communities to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, which officially ended the War of 1812 after more than two years of hostilities and four months of peace negotiations.

Though the war did not significantly change the boundaries between the U.S. and Canada, or resolve much of anything else, it marked the beginning of what has become two centuries of peace along the longest mutual border in the world.

The observance has been arranged by the Historic Preservation Committee of the Black Rock/Riverside Good Neighbors Planning Alliance in cooperation with the Black Rock Historical Society.

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RAINY DAY PLAN – Don’t worry if there’s not enough snow for the first of this season’s series of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing sessions at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center off Big Tree Road in Hamburg.

If it’s too warm, there will be nature walks and wildlife spotting on the 54-acre site, possibly even some fossil collecting. They’ll hope for snow the next time when the program is repeated Jan. 17 and Feb. 7. Preregistration is necessary. Call 627-4560. Fee is $4, free for Penn Dixie members.

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GOLDEN SLIPPERS – When the Rev. James J. Maher, president of Niagara University, laced up his running shoes for the annual Turkey Trot in Buffalo on Thanksgiving, it tied in $1,600 in donations for Heart, Love and Soul, the Niagara Falls food pantry, dining room and social services center.

The sum matched the amount raised for the agency in April from the first Run Against Hunger at NU, created by Maher during the week he was inaugurated as president.

“Father Maher seems to be trotting around Western New York to help many people,” said Sister Beth Brosmer, executive director of Heart, Love and Soul, after he presented her with a check last week. “Keep trotting, Father!”

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Francis J. Conway, Jack Connolly, Emily Weiss, Estelle Gafter, Amy Sanders, Joan Zurawski, Kristina Buran, Rachel Foster, Jeremy Giordano, Lorrine Kotarski, Kate Kurzanski, Lynne Brucz, Kathy Puglia, Timmy Leary and Kristen Kotz.

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