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He's lived a life that's full

Next time you run into former Olean Mayor Ed Husted, be sure to wish him a happy 90th birthday.

And be sure to also inquire about the time the late Sen. Charles Goodell asked him to help baby-sit his kids while attending a Cattaraugus County campaign event back in the 1960s.

“Little did I know one of those kids would someday grow up to be commissioner of the NFL,” Husted recently recalled, referring to Jamestown's Roger Goodell.

Husted, a World War II veteran who later held top housing and economic development posts in Pennsylvania state government, was feted at a birthday celebration a few days ago at Cassadaga Lakes Country Club just across the lake from his current home.

The birthday bash was thrown by his four sons and his wife, Alpha, retired Pennsylvania bureau chief of the Olean Times Herald.

The highlight was the mayor's heartfelt rendition of “My Way,” which rivaled the version of the song popularized by Ol' Blue Eyes himself.

Be true to your school

The roughly 10,000 Catholic school students in attendance Wednesday at First Niagara Center were all on the same page in displaying support for the education investment tax credit.

Well, at least most of the time. The event also underscored some long-standing Catholic school rivalries.

Section 105 of the arena, for example, erupted with cheers from current students of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, when State Sen. Timothy Kennedy mentioned from the podium that he was a graduate of the Town of Tonawanda school.

In Section 118, though, there were more boo birds than at a Sabres game. That's where students from frequent Monsignor Martin Association foe St. Francis High School were seated.

A songbird flies in

Remember Caroline Jones, the daughter of hedge fund billionaire Paul Tudor Jones and the singer who Channel 2 sports director Ed Kilgore said had more range than Ryan Fitzpatrick?

The student of Buffalo celebrity vocal coach Andy Anselmo is back in town.

Jones, who last flew in from Connecticut – on a Learjet – in October for a party for Anselmo, is giving two free master classes today at Community Music School, 415 Elmwood Ave.

At 10:30 a.m., she speaks on “Songwriting, Inspiration and Creativity,” and at 12:30 p.m., on “The Business of Music.”

The classes are open to teens and adults.

Caroline Jones' dad is No. 107 on the most recent Forbes magazine list of 400 Richest Americans. But alas, she's so sweet we can't hate her.

“If I were your girlfriend, would you treat me like your queen? Would you drive me through the backwoods in your four-wheel-drive machine?” goes one of her songs.

And a piece of advice we love: “Contrary to what the current business paradigms are telling you, this is the best time to be an artist.”

The color of money

Everyone remembers the red and green budgets that helped former Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra earn the word “former” before his name.

But color-coded budgets still crop up occasionally.

For example, at the Lockport Board of Education meeting Wednesday, the board was presented three budget choices, all on different colors of paper.

Deborah Coder, the assistant superintendent for finance, offered the board the lavender budget, with a 2.75 percent property tax increase; the salmon budget, with a 2.49 percent tax increase; and the green budget, with a 2 percent tax hike.

None of this was much help to board Vice President David Nemi.

“I'm colorblind,” he said.

“Next time, I'll write 'lavender' on it,” Coder replied,

In case you're wondering, the board chose the green budget.

Written by Stephen T. Watson, with contributions from Robert J. McCarthy, Mary Kunz Goldman, Jay Tokasz and Thomas J. Prohaska.

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