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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Scottish poet Alexander Smith, born on this date in 1830, “A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.”

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Today and tomorrow

A famous man once said

Yesterday is today’s memory

And tomorrow is today’s dream.

Sometimes the trials of life

Are not as bad as they seem.

If we can take our memories,

Separate the wheat from the chaff,

Perhaps the past will not

Bring tears, perhaps sometimes we’ll laugh.

There is always a chance for a bright tomorrow,

Once more a time to cope,

For man is given the gift of resilience,

An eternal dream of hope.

– Diana Notaro

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GIVING BACK – The American Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts have teamed up to make a special offer to blood and platelet donors in January, which is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month.

All donors at Red Cross blood drives and donor centers next month will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donor Card, which can be redeemed at any participating Dunkin’ Donuts shop. The card is reloadable and can be enrolled in the DD Perks Rewards program.

To schedule a donation, call toll-free (800) RED CROSS (773-2767) or visit www.redcross.org. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

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COOL DEALS – Winter sports fans can get discounts on gear and lift tickets again this season as Upstate Niagara Cooperative brings back its Intense Milk Winter of Fun program.

Customers can save more than $15 at most participating locations by bringing in one of the specially marked caps from Intense Milk, the flavored dairy drink.

At Kissing Bridge in Glenwood, beginning today, skiers can buy one lift ticket and get a second one free Monday through Friday. Or they can get $5 off an all-day jump ticket for the BigAirBag.

At Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, skiers can get two-for-one lift tickets from 4 p.m. to closing Monday to Wednesday or two-for-one tubing passes from 4 p.m. to closing Thursday.

At Holiday Twin Rinks in Cheektowaga and Leisure Rinks in West Seneca, customers can get 10 percent off any single item in the Hockey Shops.

Other specials are available at Bristol Mountain near Canandaigua, Greek Peak near Cortland, Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks, Toggenburg Mountain near Syracuse and Bill Gray’s Iceplex at Monroe Community College in Rochester. For more information, visit www.intensemilk.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Rene Robert, Keli-Koran F. Luchey, Pamela LaBell, Gail Major, Jerry Buczkowski, Sandy Jordan, Amanda Skinner, Wendy Prabucki, Gerry “Doc. J” Wilson, Vi Jarmon, Mildred Sultanik, Rose Jedynak, Audrey Walkowiak, Rose Tutuska, Diane Sztukowski, Joey Battaglia and Tom Boyer.

AND NEW YEAR’S DAY – Dennis L. Wilcott, Alex Ostrosinski, Yves-Richard Blanc, Jeff Simon, Bob Sikora, Dennis Beres, Sister Mary Pauline Pasierb, Sister Mary Blaise Surlas, Delores Pryor, Montrice Goins, Dr. John Twist, Philip Kurzanski, Rosalie Faragiano, Mike Barrett, Allayne Barnum, Mary Lou Zeis, Joyce Zimmerman, Randy Dowling, Patricia Kowalski, Michele Wutz, Alice Werynski and Kyle Hayden.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com