Community Dinner; first impressions

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A dose of ink for one of the best events of the year – the annual Community Holiday Dinner. Twenty-three years now. It’ll be at the Holiday Inn, Sunday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Usually some 1,300 attend. Volunteers put on the festive event. The public’s encouraged to come by.

If you’d like to help or want more info: Erin DeFries, Bob DeFries, Mark Demple, 674-7600.




Job titles — the things that are often placed on business cards — can amuse, confuse and now and then become nebulous: as in “what do you do, exactly?”

The best one I’ve seen lately belongs to Carol Clark, Director of First Impressions at Sheridan College.

Carol’s the smiling traffic cop right there at the front door — greeting visitors, potential students, offering insights and directions, all in a competent, friendly manner. Always a good first impression. (“There’s no such thing, son, as a second first impression,” my father would often admonish.)

Carol’s been in this capacity, she tells me, for more than 20 years.

That’s worth the trip to the new Edward A. Whitney Academic Center — to check out this stunning “first impression” of Sheridan, the atrium, the artwork, the bookstore, Caesar the dinosaur. And to say “hello” to Carol.




A golf anecdote, smack dab in the middle of this arctic-like winter.

The World’s Long Drive champion from the world of golf is Tim Burke, 26, a former baseball pitcher from the U. of Miami. Burke clobbered a 427-yard tee shot in the finals in October at Las Vegas and took home $250,000.

Hitting a golf ball a long way satisfies that grip, rip, smash, bash urge. Unlike a slick downhill putt, or a tricky flop shot, hitting the ball hard and long is a primal instinct and it’s why golfers spend small fortunes on the new $500-plus drivers every year. Older golfers — of whom The Notebook is a card-carrying member — just move up a tee box.

The Long Drivers Association was founded in 1994 by Art Sellinger. Its best-known champ is Canadian pharmacist Jason Zuback who won four straight titles, 1996 to 1999.




We sent the check, joining up with our Sheridan College Generals and its Booster Club. Funds help recruit athletes and defray expenses. Just this year, the Generals kicked off two new soccer programs.

If you’d like to help, or need more info: Steve Smiley is the guy to call: 674-6446, ext. 4000; or, email:






“I have never hated a man enough to give him back his diamonds.”


—Zsa Zsa Gabor, actress/socialite/Miss Hungary, 1956

By |December 5th, 2013|

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