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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Paula Poundstone, born on this date in 1959, “The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it’s just sort of a tired feeling.”

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Christmas Lights

Though weary traveler I may be,

Your Christmas lights have hearkened me.

Those beams of love shine through the night,

Cheering me on with rare delight.

So, thank you.

Is that your single candle burning on the window pane,

Or that light extravaganza down on Candy Lane?

No matter your effort, be it large or small,

It helps to bring a cheery note to travelers, one and all!

And late Christmas Eve, when the shopping is done,

And the stockings all hung,

‘Tis the calming lights of Christmas, though silent, yet they speak.

They convey the message of peace throughout this Holy Week.

– Rose Garaczkowski

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BEST FOOT FORWARD – The founder of Citybration Buffalo, Marti Gorman, will be given the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature’s 10th Recognition Award during the weekly IMAGINE lecture series at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

Gorman, a freelance writer, publisher and community activist, returned to her home city about 10 years ago and began promoting the good things that are happening here with a series of public events. The most recent was the sunset reception on City Hall’s 28th floor observation deck on Thanksgiving weekend.

Tuesday’s program also includes a short talk by C-SAAHN founder Dennis Galucki on the fifth anniversary of the lecture series and a presentation at 12:30 by Philip Haberstro, founder and executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo.

Admission is free. You can purchase lunch at the library’s Fables Cafe or bring your own.

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BACKUP PLAN – Need a lift after celebrating on New Year’s Eve? The seventh annual William Mattar Safe & Sober Free Ride Home Program can get you and your car to your front door.

The Mattar law firm, working with Designated Drivers of Buffalo, has arranged to provide free rides from inside the Buffalo city limits to your residence between midnight and 4 a.m.

A call to 202-2222 will bring two uniformed drivers, one for you and one for your car, with no stops at other drinking locations. Designated Drivers will attempt to accommodate all requests for rides as long as the volume of calls doesn’t get too heavy. For more information, visit www.ddobny.com.

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WRITERS’ NIGHT – Steel Bellow, which bills itself as a “purely Buffalo literary and arts magazine,” will introduce its latest quarterly issue at 7 p.m. Friday with a reading by three of its contributors in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda.

Featured will be poet Jennifer Campbell, writer and musician Eric Evans and Nava Fader, who frequently engages in fake translations and appropriating words from other writers. Admission is free. Light refreshments and free copies of Steel Bellow will be provided. Donations will benefit the library and Steel Bellow.

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TIME OUT – Olaf is taking a vacation day on Tuesday. The next Reporter’s Notebook column will appear on Wednesday.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Pete Simon, Barbara D. Hall, Grace L. Werts, Debbie Magrum, Judith M. Powell, Linda Saab, Jan Schaller, Sister Harriet Marie Bialobreski, Nick Lindstrom, Jill Reese, Tracy Tumiel and Frank Spinner Jr.

AND TUESDAY – Dick Czarnecki, Dr. Kenneth D. Anthone, Shaun Bohen, Carl Wodzinski, Barbara Pawlikowski, Charlie Safe, Joanne Chittenden, Joe Panek, Gene Drebot, Carol Schaller, Margaret Shea, Mike Rozyczko, Todd Skinner, Virgil Mesmer, Daniel Prabucki, Madeline Jane Secio, Charlie Moore, Julie Bonner, Carol Castiglione, Helen Czerwinski, Jenna Jankowiak, Michelle Lemiesz, Todd Skinner and Greg Steele.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com