Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

February 13, 2014

STROLL AROUND NEWFANE:

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

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.

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The Olcott Beach Lakeview Village Shops have only two shops left to rent. If you are interested in starting a business or having your own small shop, call Sue at 778-5273. The shops are located on the boardwalk in Olcott and are open from May through October — it is the perfect way to try your hand at having a retail shop overlooking beautiful Lake Ontario. 

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The Niagara Shores Garden Club of Newfane will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Newfane Town Hall community center. There will be a speaker from the Newfane Free Library Trustees group and members will bring their gardening books and catalogs to plan for spring and summer gardens. Anyone interested in gardening is invited. For more information, call Barb Reabold at 778-7198.

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Get your tickets now for the Lockport Exchange Club Charity Ring Circus, which is coming to the Kenan Arena on Feb. 21 and 22 for three performances — 7 p.m. Feb 21 and 1 and 4 p.m. Feb. 22. Tickets are on sale at Kenyons, Ace Spaulding Hardware or from Exchange Club members and are good for any of the shows.

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Olcott United Methodist Church will hold a turkey dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22. The menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, squash, cranberry sauce, dessert and beverage. The the cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. The church will also offer food and music from noon to 5 p.m. on March 2 during the Polar Bear Day festivities.

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Race against the Polar Bear! Join YMCA Camp Kenan and Score This for the 18th annual Polar Bear 5K Run. The event happens on Feb. 23 from the Olcott Volunteer Fire Company hall. There is a free 1-mile fun run for kids starting at 9:30 a.m. (not eligible for group awards). The 5K race kicks off at 10 a.m. Race against the Polar Bear. If you beat the bear to the finish line you receive a shirt that says “I Beat The Bear.” If the bear wins, you receive a shirt that says “Can’t Believe The Bear Beat Me.” There is an awards ceremony and free pancake breakfast for registered runners at the fire hall following the race. Non-runners can purchase pancake breakfast coupons at the Lockport Family YMCA, 21 East Ave., Lockport, for $5 presale or $7 at the door. Get details and register at www.campkenan.com.

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The 45th Olcott Polar Bear Swim for Sight is set for March 2; and Bill Clark said “As severe as the weather is these days, we expect it will be different in some surprising way by swim day.” Swimmers are challenged to raise $100 or more and are now seeking donations from friends, family and co-workers. New for this year is the Firefighters Chili Cook-Off. A $5 donation lets you sample them all, vote for your favorite and take home a Polar Bear mug. Up to 1,000 swimmers participate in this zany fundraiser and organizers from the Olcott Lions Club say that many of today’s participants are the sons and daughters, even grandchildren, of those who swam 40 years ago. This year’s swim is dedicated to the late Mike Rann, founder of the swim that began at his Black Stallion Tavern in 1968. Find out more at www.olcottlions.org or email swimforsight@hotmail.com.

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The Olcott Community Kitchen is held each Tuesday and Sunday after service at Olcott United Methodist Church, and all in the community are welcome. Serving is from 12:30 until 2 p.m. If you are house-bound and would like delivery service, call the church at 778-8879.

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The annual  Longaberger Spring Fling and Sale to benefit Niagara Hospice and The American Cancer Society will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 at the Pekin Fire Hall, 3024 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn. The Longaberger Apple Tree Branch will be hosting. There will be more than 18 tables of Longaberger past and present items for sale, as well as a basket auction and door prizes. All are welcome.

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Love to skate? Don’t forget about the Krull Park ice pads. There are two sheets of ice for hockey or skating with the family — and it’s free.

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We are all very tired of this bone-chilling winter and we still have at least a month to go. Please continue to look out for your elderly neighbors and those unable to get out in this weather. Watch for children out playing during their mid-winter break next week and keep your pets indoors and safe. A little TLC is the best gift you can give anybody (but chocolate runs a close second). Stay warm and be safe.

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Newfane-area residents, send your news to juliechatterbox@msn.com (jpeg pictures, MSWord or text in emails only); or to 8691 Lake Road No. 9, Barker, NY 14012. To be in next week’s Stroll Around Newfane, information should be in Julie’s hands by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Newfane-area residents, send your news to juliechatterbox@msn.com (jpeg pictures, MSWord or text in emails only); or to 8691 Lake Road No. 9, Barker, NY 14012. To be in next week's Stroll Around Newfane, information should be in Julie's hands by 6 p.m. Tuesday.