OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French chanteuse Edith Piaf, born Edith Giovanna Gassion on this date in 1915, “As far as I’m concerned, love means fighting, big fat lies and a couple of slaps across the face.”


MEDIUM RARE – That sizzle emanating from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls is coming from the area’s first Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which had a soft opening a little more than a week ago in what used to be the pool area inside the Four Points by Sheraton hotel at 6455 Fallsview Blvd., not far from the Niagara Fallsview Casino.

It’s one of largest of the 135-plus Ruth’s Chris restaurants around the world, with room for 382 guests, and one of the grandest, with nearly $4 million spent on renovations and decor. It also has a bar, a lounge area and luxury washrooms complete with attendants. An official grand opening is planned for February or March.


LET IT SNOW – Hedging their bets on the weather are the folks from the Hamburg Natural History Society. This week they announced the first of their wintertime outings at 10 a.m. Dec. 29 at the Penn Dixie Paleontological & Outdoor Recreation Center off Bayview Road in Hamburg. It’s described as a “cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or nature walk.”

Those who take part should bring their own skis or snowshoes. And if there isn’t enough snow, a Penn Dixie naturalist will lead a nature walk instead. Reservations are requested by calling 627-4560. It’s free for Penn Dixie members, $3 for everyone else. Children are welcome. Additional walks are planned Jan. 26 and Feb. 16.


SPIRIT OF GIVING – The Lakeshore Association of Christian Churches is inviting one and all to a free Community Christmas Dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. Christmas Day, next Tuesday, in Most Precious Blood Church Hall, 17 Prospect St. at Lake Street, Angola.

Reservations are encouraged but not mandatory. Call 549-0420. Donations also are welcome to help defray the cost.


MULTIPLIER EFFECT – Combining his passions for mathematics and detective mysteries is author David H. Brown, who taught math for 33 years at Niagara County Community College. His latest book, “The Elusive Chauffeur,” follows a pair of sleuths, one of them a mathematician, as they investigate an apparent suicide that just doesn’t add up. Brown comes to Dog Ears bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, South Buffalo, at 6 p.m. today to speak and autograph copies of his book.

Meanwhile, Dog Ears is taking registrations for its new series of “Puppy Tales” storytime sessions for children ages 2 to 4, which will begin after the holidays Jan. 4.

Sessions run from 10:15 to 11 a.m. on Fridays for six weeks and include stories, a craft and snacks. Fee is $15 and there’s room for 20 children, all of whom must be accompanied by an adult. For info, call 823-2665.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Pat Rogers, Bob DiCesare, Marty Boratin, John Segmen, Sylvia Rosen, Ted Stoklosa, Grayson Golda, Sandy Harvey, Ashley Preston, Buck Sumbrum, Layla Maynard, Patricia Webster, Mary Bottomley, Christine Violanti, Chris Fontaneda, Emma Hartz, D.J. Schutt, Kevin Conway, Mike Fasanello, Molly Claire Meegan, William P. O’Meara, Sister Michele Beiter, Aaron Astyk, Tim Foran Jr., William F. Adamczyk and Pattie T. Adamczyk.

AND THURSDAY – Maureen O’Neill, Carol Kelley Murphy, Lee Collier, W. Ruth Beckham, Colleen Cummings, Gloria Brown, Ted Kahn, Gretchen P. Aylward, Alison Sasiadek, Angelo Fiorello, Denise Wood, Stanley Cieslak, Carol Sundquist, Carol Ferrantino, Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bates, Ava Heineman, Stephanie Genco, Dorothy Tarnowski, Fred Frankhauser, Robert Grasha, Gene Klubek and Kristen Cook.