OLAF FUB SEZ: Idyllic words from poet John Greenleaf Whittier, born on this date in 1807, “Oh, for boyhood’s painless play, sleep that wakes in laughing day, health that mocks the doctor’s rules, knowledge never learned of schools.”



Do you think Christmas preparations loom as a chore,

A yearly obligation and a tedious bore?

The month of December will be busy indeed,

With gifts to buy and people to feed.

The best way to get through the hectic days ahead

Is the right attitude as you arise each day from your bed.

Make a list and be sure to follow it each day,

Remain cool and calm in all that you do and say.

Plan your shopping for lovely gifts and tasty food,

When you are rested and in a serene, mellow mood.

Be sure to check each chore as you move along,

Be upbeat, step lively as you hum a wistful song.

You can’t do it all in just one day or two –

Start early enough and soon you’ll be through.

Wrap the gifts; only a few at a time,

Tackle your cards, even add your own rhyme.

Bake your pies, delicious cookies and sweets,

Make some candy and other tempting treats.

Tidy the house, decorate the Christmas tree,

Hang the stockings from the fireplace chimney.

Just enjoy the time until that special day,

Then just relax and be satisfied in every way.

– Honey Snitzer


PASTA TIME – Take a break from your holiday preparations and have a homemade meal this evening in South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, at 136 Cazenovia St. Served from 5 to 7 p.m. will be a spaghetti or rigatoni dinner with homemade sauce and meatballs, plus salad, bread and butter, for $7. Italian sausage and extra meatballs can be purchased. For info, call 825-9557.


YOUNG AT HEART – The seventh annual WNED Kid Fest, an indoor carnival Feb. 2 and 3 in the WNED Studios at 140 Lower Terrace, will feature four popular PBS characters – Super Why! and his puppy, Woofster; Sid the Science Kid; and Curious George – who will be on hand for meeting, greeting and photos.

The festival also features a variety of activities to get kids excited about learning. Live performances both days will include stories, songs and demonstrations, as well as games, crafts, coloring, face-painting, raffles and prizes.

In addition, there’s the WNED Kid Fest Character Breakfast from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2 in a new location, Templeton Landing at 2 Templeton Terrace overlooking Erie Basin Marina. It includes a full buffet meal, visits with the PBS characters and an exclusive mid- morning VIP time slot at the Kid Fest.

Special discount tickets for the Kid Fest, available through Jan. 4, are $24 for two adults and two children ages 1 to 12, or $12 for one adult and one child. Cost for the breakfast is $28 per adult and $18 per child. For info and tickets, call toll-free (888) 202-2859 or visit Space is limited, and tickets may not be available at the door.


WHISTLE-STOPS – A perfect gift for railroad buffs is the 2013 edition of the Salamanca Rail Museum calendar. On the cover is an evocative winter photograph of the East Salamanca Station, built in 1913 by the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad. Inside are vintage railroad images that include an 1875 photo of a New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio Railroad locomotive in Salamanca, a 1916 portrait of the huge Erie Railroad roundhouse workforce and a shot of a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train stuck in the snow in Elma in 1946.

Calendars are $4 at the museum’s gift shop. By mail, they’re $5 by check, money order or Visa, Mastercard or Discover Card from Salamanca Rail Museum, 170 Main St., Salamanca, NY 14779. You also can order them with a credit card by phone by calling 945-3133.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Bernie Cullen Shanks, Grant Golden, Elena Safe, Jeff Buczkowski, Marie Rohm, Sister Mary Virgilyn Grabowski, Dave Mastykarz, Nancy Reynolds, Jeremy Wasielewski Jr., C. Jack Potter, Cameron Bosworth, Alex Gehrke, Louis Zaretsky, Father Louis Klein, Susan Shisler, Mary Fay, Josephine Light, Brianna Domblewski, Mathew M. Podkulski, Emma Czumaj, Kathy Stanley, Marie Reidy, Joe Giglia and Hattie M. Green.