OLAF FUB SEZ: According to iconoclastic investigative journalist I. F. Stone, born on this date in 1907, “The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you’re going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins.”
HOLIDAY BEQUEST – After one of our regularly contributing poets, Honey Snitzer, died Nov. 6 at age 88, her son Scott discovered an unpublished Christmas verse among her papers and passed it along to us. Here it is:
Of Joy and Good Cheer
A lone pine tree sighs from the weight of blinking lights which scatter upon red and green tin,
A white frigid gale rattles frosted windows glowing gold from within.
Dreamers safely slumber cuddling blankets, all safe from the cold,
Dawn’s hazy burn begins to unfold.
Tumbling downstairs to glittering gifts torn apart, “Oh, what fun!”
Amidst blessed sweet mirth on the birth of the Son.
Unbridled joy melds swiftly with the deepest of love
As Winter’s gentle bright angels spin down gently from above.
– Honey Snitzer
SPECIAL NIGHT – Early arrivals will get a treat for Christmas Eve in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. A Christmas concert, featuring the Westminster Choir, the Westminster Handbell Choir and an organ and brass octet 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.
OUNCE OF PREVENTION – The Western New York branch of ASIS, the organization for security professionals, will hold its third Security Expo, “Event Security, Protecting the Soft Target,” from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle.
Keynote speaker will be Bonnie S. Michelman, director of police, security and outside services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who will talk about protecting a major hospital after the Boston Marathon bombing.
A panel of local health care representatives will discuss their security concerns and how they prepare for emergencies. A college and university forum will discuss on-campus security issues. And Thomas Johnson, senior event coordinator for the annual Ride for Roswell, will discuss the planning involved in keeping 8,000 bicyclists safe.
For registration and sponsorships, call Molly Schrock at 631-5200. For more information, visit www.asiswny.org.
UNDER THE WRENCH – Six teams of high school seniors majoring in automotive repairs will be put to the test Jan. 18 in the NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition in the Erie Community College Vehicle Technology Training Center at ECC South in Orchard Park.
Hosted by the Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association and ECC, the competition will put the two-member teams through a series of diagnostic, work station and performance tests, beginning at 9 a.m.
Awards will be presented at about 3 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. The winner will go on to represent his school and the NFADA at the National Automotive Technology Competition in April during the New York International Auto Show. For info, visit www.nfada.com.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Rita Hartmann, Jeanette Joyce Livingston, Carol Schlau, Rita Sofia, Harry Rosettani, Mary Ramsey, Sylvia Coles, Christopher Glynn, Sister Mary Vivian Maczonis, Hailey Giordano, Lynda Ram, Laurie Billittier, Christine Lyons, Mary Pecoraro, Dolores Conlin, Bob Friend, Carol Lachiusa, Marcia Nasca, Denise Del Nuovo and David J. Sawyer.
CHRISTMAS DAY – Waltraud “Trudy” Beil, Joe Roland, Patrick Kennelly, Karen Keefe, Sister Mary Rosalind Rosolowski, Kim Lewandowski, Holly Cellino, Mary Stockwell, Alex Glor, Colin Pytlak, John Miller, Kristy Holton, Holly McNamara, Mary Bednarek, Mark Decker, Patrick Kennelly and Mary Goldhawk.
AND THURSDAY – Kathleen Sanders, Bridget Haslinger, Janice A. Morrow-Hall, Jody Bennard Carter, III. Helen Kuszniaj, Mike Healy, Jessica Wheaton, Dr. Russell Carlson, Kathryn M. Dickson, Isabella Blesy, Tammy Roberts, Dave Crawford, Ziggy Kucewicz Sr., Jo Ledwin, Karen Peffer, Patty Truskey, Jim Truskey, Carole Ignaszak and Rose Fasanello.