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February 20, 2014

STROLL AROUND NEWFANE: Think spring with the Niagara Shores Garden Club

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Olympic fever? While some are watching every moment of the games and humming during spoiler alerts on the news, others are following just their favorite sports. Still others could care less about the whole thing. I love to watch the figure skating and hockey and I follow all the personal back stories and drama of the Olympians. My complaint this year? We don’t get to see many medal ceremonies and I miss them. It’s stirring to see the faces of our athletes as our flag rises (I always watch to see who is singing our anthem) and while many see it as hokey, for me it is that pride (and tears) that make it special. To all the athletes, from every country, we salute you for your dedication and commitment. Go U.S.A.

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The Olympics have everyone hoping for “gold,” so here are some facts about the precious metal. A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court. Gold is perfect for use in coins and jewelry as it does not react with air or water like many other metals, but because pure gold is very soft, it is often combined with other things when making jewelry. During the Gold Rush in 1849, some people paid as much as $100 for a glass of water. Aluminum used to be more valuable than gold. All the gold ever mined could be molded into a cube 60 feet high and 60 feet wide. Gold is about eight times heavier than any other metal on earth; one cubic foot of gold weighs more than 1,200 pounds. Gold leaf is attached to paper or plaster with egg whites, the same now as in ancient times.

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The Niagara Shores Garden Club of Newfane will hold its next meeting at 7 tonight 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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