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OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from short-story writer H.H. Monro, who wrote under the pen name Saki, born on this date in 1870, “In baiting a mousetrap with cheese, always leave room for the mouse.”

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Holiday Harmony

The excitement begins to build

many weeks before.

It may seem like there’s plenty of time,

but you will most likely need more.

Decorations are needed

to unleash the proper mood.

Getting in the right frame of mind

takes special holiday food.

There are so many things to buy,

start to make your list.

The stores will say you’ll need it all,

if you question, they will insist.

The extra effort will make

memories that are sure to stay.

Too bad the holiday only lasts

for one very short day.

When all the fun has ended,

it’s time to take a rest.

Everyone was happy,

you did your very best.

An extraordinary person plans

to give every one else a lift.

The warmth from their heart

is a beautiful holiday gift.

– Nelson R. Locher

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READY FOR GIVING – Save some time with those gifts you’ve bought at Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga by taking them to the holiday gift- wrapping booth sponsored by Autism Services Inc.

Volunteers will be at the booth, which is on the mall’s lower level in front of the Apple store, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily up until Christmas Eve, when it will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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HEAVENLY VOICES – Everyone’s invited to sing along to holiday songs at the 10th annual St. Teresa’s Christmas Get-Together at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Blackthorn Restaurant, 2134 Seneca St.

In addition, there will be a performance by St. Teresa’s Boys Choir alumni and solos by Willie Schoellkopf of “Oh Holy Night,” the hit of the choir’s 1964 concert, and “Stille Nacht” by legendary St. Teresa’s choirmaster Monsignor Leo McCarthy. For more info, visit www.southbuffalofreshairclub@yahoo.com.

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SAVE A SEAT – Reservations are due by Friday for the free Community Christmas Dinner in Most Precious Blood Church Hall, 17 Prospect Ave. at Lake Street, Angola. Sponsored by the Lakeshore Association of Christian Churches, it will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. For reservations and information, call the Most Precious Blood Church office at 549-0420. Donations to defray the cost also are appreciated.

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NOT FORGOTTEN – A memorial service to remember the homeless people in Western New York who have died during the past year will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Lt. Col. Matt Urban HOPE Center, 385 Paderewski Drive. It’s free and open to the public.

Presented by the WNY Coalition for the Homeless, it will feature guest speakers, music by the Buffalo City Mission Choir and a candlelight vigil, followed by refreshments. For info, visit www.wnycfh.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lisabeth Abt Pieters, Theresa Harris-Tigg, Elizabeth Jones, Chad Kujawa, Eileen Bender, Carol Kolodziej, Karys Brown, Paul Eschrich, Tracy Krug, Natalie Grace McNamara, Debby Brennan, Lindsey Brzozowski, Mary Hocutt, Chris Ruminski, Jessica Weiss and Sean Gibson.

AND THURSDAY – Alma Taylor, Pat Rogers, Marty Boratin, John Segmen, Sylvia Rosen, Grayson Golda, Ashley Preston, Layla Maynard, Buck Sumbrum, Aaron Astyk, Chris Fontaneda, Emma Hartz, D. J. Schutt, Mary Bottomley, Molly Claire Meegan, Sandy Harvey, Lora Vahue, Diane Colby, Lucy Coppola, Ashley Krant, Joe Schiavone, Chris Violanti, Kevin Conway, Carol Needham, Tom Brown, Michael Fasanello, Tim Foran Jr., Patricia Webster and Chuckie Leone.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com