OLAF FUB SEZ: According to President Millard Fillmore, born on this date in 1800, “Nothing brings out the lower traits of human nature like office-seeking. Men of good character and impulses are betrayed by it into all sorts of meanness.”


Welcome 2013

I wish I had the solutions,

To my New Year’s resolutions,

But the ones that have been made,

Just seem to be ignored and fade out of sight

How many promises does one truly keep,

As most are casually tossed into a growing heap?

We say we’ll exercise more and eat far less,

But my friends usually confess

That it’s a heavy burden to adhere to their list

As their fatty, sugar-filled foods would soon be missed.

Such good ideas are put on paper

Soon to vanish in a wispy vapor!

We purchase a card for a special event,

Yet rare is the occasion on which they are sent.

We drive with great caution to avoid an accident

Though another driver causes one in a happy haze of poor judgment

We should answer a letter or make a call

But usually end up doing nothing at all.

So hopefully 2013 will be a happy

and healthy year,

For our dear friends and family

Those far away distant and blessedly near.

– Honey Snitzer


CARVING STATION – Resolve to take the night off from cooking and sit down to a roast beef dinner between 5 and 7 hosted by the folks from South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, at 136 Cazenovia St. Dinners are $8.50 and include mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable and salad. Not so hungry? Roast beef sandwiches with chips and a pickle also are available. For info, call 825-9557.


OOPS! – Olaf’s resolution not to make a mistake on a phone number lasted exactly four days. In the item about the upcoming monthly luncheon meeting for the WNY Pen Women in Friday’s column, the contact number to make reservations with Mary Ellen Shaughnessy was incorrect. The right number is 885-3292.

The luncheon will be held at noon Jan. 19 in Santora’s Pizza Pub and Grill, 7566 Transit Road, Amherst, across from Eastern Hills Mall. The public is welcome. Tickets are $18. Speaker will be retired CBS staff cameraman Isadore Bleckman, who accompanied Charles Kuralt on his “On the Road” journeys for “CBS Sunday Morning.”


SUGARING SESSION – The Western New York Maple School and Trade Show, an educational meeting for commercial maple producers and those who do it as a hobby, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Letchworth Central School, 5550 School Road, Gainesville. For info, call Debra Welch of Cornell Cooperative Extension at (585) 786-2251 or email her at


LANDMARK OCCASION – Architectural historian Chuck LaChuisa will offer a Powerpoint presentation titled “Beautiful Features of Buffalo Architecture” at 8 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Hall, 205 Longmeadow Road at Callodine Avenue, Eggertsville. The program is sponsored by the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association, which will hold its general meeting at 7, and it’s free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Peter Jablonski at 440-7985.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Vince Pesce, Mike Barone Sr., Donald E. Morrow, Butch Graham, Michelle Silverblatt, Dr. Jeremiah O’Sullivan, John Blewis, Beverly King, Eloise Zoyhofski, Kate Carver, Grace Miltenberger, Tim Ziskowski, Kelly M. Gabamonte and Linda MacDonald-Smith.