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Shop for last-minute gifts this week

FOSTORIA — The Fostoria Hospital Auxiliary is to host a gift shop event 11 a .m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday in the gift shop area of the hospital.

Have breakfast with RSVP Jan. 16

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is to host a breakfast at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 16 at Allen Eiry Center.

The program places seniors into local food pantries, schools and other agencies to help fill volunteer needs.

Trader Vic’s maitre d’ retires after 57 years

EMERYVILLE, Calif. (AP) — She’s worn a gardenia in her hair every day since she started working in 1960 at Trader Vic’s, the legendary home of mai tai cocktails.

But now Claudette Lum is about to preside over her final seating as a maitre d’ at the tiki-themed restaurant. She’s retiring at the end of this year at age 80.

She never imagined she’d stay this long when she was hired 57 years ago by Trader Vic’s founder, the late Victor Bergeron.

“I just kept going,” Lum said. “Making people happy means so much to me, and I’ve known five generations of families. I feel like all the customers are like my family.”

Trader Vic’s has grown from a bar in Oakland in the 1930s to a 21st century chain with nearly two dozen outposts in London, Tokyo, Munich, Bangkok, the Middle East and elsewhere. Lum worked at the restaurant’s San Francisco location at Cosmo Place, which was its flagship for decades, before moving to its Emeryville restaurant 10 miles away, now its main U.S. location.

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