OLAF FUB SEZ: According to iconoclastic investigative journalist I.F. Stone, born on this date in 1907, “The only thing God didn’t do to Job was give him a computer.”

Hello Santa

Go back, Easter Bunny! You, too, Tooth Fairy!

We love what you do when you do what you do.

But now’s not your scene.

We must keep the stage clear for that red-suited man

With his sleigh and his deer.

He knows who he is: gift giver deluxe.

See how he smirks,

See how he struts.

We will allow him to brag.

Wow! How heavy his bag.

So heavy he drags it.

It’s too heavy to lift.

So heavy each one will get a gift.

Will you get what you want?

Perhaps you will, perhaps not.

But whatever it is, a gift is a form

Of love which you’ve already got.

– Daniel A. Stewart


NICK OF TIME – In a rush and need that last-minute gift wrapped? Meals on Wheels for WNY is operating a gift-wrap station at Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga on the first level of the mall between the escalators in front of Macy’s.

Gift-wrap prices range from $2 for a small package to $6-plus for a jumbo. Bows and ribbons for packages and boxes also are available. Proceeds benefit the 21 Meals on Wheels delivery sites in Western New York. For info, visit


O HOLY NIGHT – Pulling out all the stops for Christmas Eve is Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. A Christmas concert, featuring the Westminster Choir, the Westminster Handbell Choir and a 23-piece chamber orchestra will begin at 10 p.m., followed by a service of Lessons and Carols at 10:45. All are invited to attend. A family service, featuring youth readers and participants, will be held at 5:15 p.m.


WELCOME MAT – The Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca, will celebrate the season with a Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, and visitors are invited to take a walk in the park, play in the snow, enjoy cocoa and cookies, play a game, feed the birds and send a card to a veteran. For info, call 677-4843 or visit


REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1963 from Tonawanda High School will hold its 50th reunion with three days of events on the weekend of July 12 to 14. It begins with a Friday evening get-together in the Eldredge Club, 17 Broad St., City of Tonawanda. Tickets are $10. Saturday will see a dinner at Banchetti’s Banquet Facility, 550 North French Road, Amherst. Tickets are $50. It concludes with a Golden Warriors picnic Sunday in Volunteer Firemen’s Park, Two Mile Creek Road, City of Tonawanda. Tickets are $20.

Organizers say that reservation forms and details will be sent out in April. For info, call Karen Marshall at 693-1522, email her at or visit the website at


WELL-PRESERVED – The Preservation League of New York State is looking for nominations for its 2013 Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards, which honor major achievements in preservation.

The league especially is looking for nominees who are models of energy efficiency, adaptive reuse or benefits from New York’s Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Tax Credit program.

To download a nomination form, visit Deadline for nominations is Feb. 14.

The awards will be presented May 15 during the league’s annual meeting in the historic New York Yacht Club in New York City.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Rita Hartmann, Jeanette Joyce Livingston, Janice A. Morrow-Hall, Carol Schlau, Rita Sofia, Harry Rosettani, Mary Ramsey, Christopher Glynn, Sister Mary Vivian Maczonis, Dolores Conlin, Holly Cellino, Hailey Giordano, Lynda Ram, Laurie Billittier, Phil Stolarski, Ruth Frank, Rita Wieczorek, Bob Friend, James Anthony Gerard and Rick Seifert.