OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Bill Hicks, born on this date in 1961, “If you are living for tomorrow, you will always be one day behind.”
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SCRAPING ALONG – The Rural Outreach Center in East Aurora, which serves needy people in Erie County’s Southtowns and the Southern Tier, has enlisted County Executive Mark Poloncarz, actress Mary Kate O’Connell and Althea Luehrsen and Jenna Luehrsen from Leadership Buffalo to show what it’s like to live in poverty during the month of January.
Each of them will spend a week enduring a specific hardship that many impoverished people have to face every day of the year.
From Jan. 2 to Jan. 8, Poloncarz will be obliged to spend no more than $6.36 per day on food.
The following week, Jan. 9 to Jan. 15, will focus on utilities. O’Connell will have to keep her home thermostat set at less than 65 degrees and limit how much electricity she uses.
The next week, when the spotlight shifts to transportation difficulties from Jan. 16 to Jan. 22, Althea Luehrsen, CEO of Leadership Buffalo, will do her best to get around town without her personal vehicle.
Her daughter, Jenna, Leadership Buffalo’s marketing and youth program manager, will have to make do with only three outfits to wear and just one pair of shoes during the final week, Jan. 23 to Jan. 29.
All of them will use social media to report how they are holding up under their challenges, using the hashtag #ROCResolutions.
The public also is invited to take part. For more info, call 240-2220, visit the agency’s website at theroc.co or follow Rural Outreach Center on Facebook.
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SWEET SALVATION – Running out of time to bake for the holidays? St. John’s-Grace Episcopal Church, 51 Colonial Circle, is holding its annual Christmas Cookie Walk from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
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HO HO HO! – The Tewksbury Lodge in Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St., will host a Brunch With Santa for two seatings on Sunday, 9:30 a.m. and noon. Santa will be checking gift lists and posing for pictures.
The buffet breakfast, which includes scrambled eggs, bacon sausage, home fries, French toast, fresh fruit and pastries, is $16.95 for adults, $8.95 for kids 6 to 12 and free for youngsters 5 and under. All proceeds benefit maintenance of the park and programs for youth and senior citizens by the Valley Community Association.
For reservations, call Mike Overdorf at 840-2866. For more info, visit tewksbury-lodge.com.
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IN EXCELSIS DEO – The Alden Area Ecumenical Choir will be joined by a brass ensemble as it offers a holiday concert, “Sing Gloria!,” at 7 p.m. Saturday in Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster.
A free-will offering will be collected to benefit nonprofit community organizations. A holiday reception will follow.
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REMINDER – Roll of Honor Chapter 120, Disabled American Veterans, will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Braunshidle Post, 3354 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Cash donations will be used to purchase turkeys and hams for needy veterans’ families for the holidays.
The DAV chapter also will collect new men’s and women’s underclothes for their clothing room at Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Needed, too, are new or slightly used coats for veterans, sizes small to 4-5X.
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SKELETON KEY – Here’s a tip for readers who have been telling Olaf that they sometimes have trouble finding this column when they look for it on the redesigned buffalonews.com website:
Enter “Reporters’ Notebook” in the search box, along with the calendar date (for today’s column, that would be “Dec. 16”) and it should work like a charm.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Leonard Romance, Mary Muzyka, Kimberly Minkel, Dave Mik, Kate Grandits, Marc Vredenburg, Hannah Grace Panek, John Podkladek, Gregg Huller, Mary Szafranski, Diana Windsor, Delores DuBois, Barb Kalinowski, Joseph Valenti, Terry Nowak, Bill Day Jr., Gary Prieur, Suzette Decker, Ted Hammer, Sue Gentile, Shirley Speidel, Ryan Maher, James Thomas “J.T.” Brand, Leigh Balcom and Judith Szymaszek.
AND SATURDAY – Isabella Rose Errington, Jeff Buczkowski, Grant Golden, Jonathan Amoia, Kurt Schneiderman, Elena Safe, Renee King, Sister Mary Virgilyn Grabowski, Marie Rohm, Hattie M. Green, Dr. Martin Ederer, Rya Hewitt, Marie Reidy, Tom Kania, C. Jack Potter, Cameron Bosworth, Alex Gehrke, Louis Zaretsky, Kevin Brady, Father Louis Klein, Emma Czumaj and Anne Zimbardi.
AND SUNDAY – Chad Kujawa, Lisabeth Abt Pieters, Theresa Harris-Tigg, Anthony Conte, Alex Andritz, Chad Kujawa, Elizabeth Joines, Eileen Bender, Carol Kolodziej, Chris Ruminski, Tracy Krug, Natalie McNamara, Karys Brown and Jeffrey R. Zientara.