Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Valentine’s Day is almost here, with everyone hoping for a card or two in their mailbox. While traditionally a holiday for lovers, our friends and families deserve an extra hug for the occasion, and maybe even a card. It can be a bit sad for those who are without a significant other. In Korea, it is customary for those who do not receive any gift on Valentine’s Day to go, along with all the singles, to Korean restaurants to eat black noodles to mourn their single status. Most of us just buy some chocolate to make us feel better.
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Here is some more trivia for the occasion. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period. One billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged in the U.S. each year, and women purchase 85 percent of all Valentine cards. Men buy most of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers given on Valentine’s Day. In order of popularity, Valentine’s Day cards are given to teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets. About three percent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear these names pinned on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling. Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentine’s Day candy box in 1863.
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Join in the fun as Habitat for Humanity, Newfane, holds a murder mystery dinner to raise money to build a fourth house in the Newfane area in 2015. They are looking for donations of baskets, merchandise or gift certificates for the event, and tickets can be reserved now. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. March 1 at Hess Road Wesleyan Church. The mystery comedy will be presented by the Lockport AM Toastmasters and dinner will be catered by Two Sisters Catering of Barker. There will be a Chinese auction. Tickets are $25, which includes a sheet of auction tickets. Additional sheets may be purchased for $5 each. Many baskets and gift certificates are already donated, including a framed cross-stitch picture by one of the Habitat board members, a birdhouse basket, and gift card from Tim Hortons. Tickets can be reserved by calling Judy Schultz at 795-9374. Call Pat Ludwig at 433-0976 to donate gift certificates or baskets. The local Habitat For Humanity initiative is also looking for donated property in the Newfane area as a future home site. If you can help, call the Rev. Fay Cleveland at 433-3010.