Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

February 20, 2014

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

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

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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Don’t forget the Lockport Exchange Club Charity Ring Circus at Kenan Arena tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are on sale at Kenyons, Ace Spaulding Hardware or from Exchange Club members, and are good for any of the three shows, 7 p.m. Friday and 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday. Nels Ross of In Jest returns as a headliner, there is a new aerial act from Colorado, Buffalo and Brandy return, and so do the Flips, martial arts display, the CRS Band, the Lockport Circus Clowns and some friends from Niagara Clown Alley. You’ll be helping over 25 local charities supported by the Exchange Club. Parking is free and tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids at the door.

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Olcott United Methodist Church will hold a turkey dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, squash, cranberry sauce, dessert and beverage and 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. 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 takes place Sunday, starting 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., and participants can “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 award 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, for $5 presale or $7 at the door. Get details and register at www.campkenan.com.

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The Olcott Community Kitchen is held each Tuesday and Sunday after service at Olcott United Methodist Church, and everyone in the community are welcome. Serving is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. If you are housebound 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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The Newfane United Methodist Church is having a Turkey Dinner on March 1. Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. and continues until sold out. The menu includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, tossed salad, dinner roll and homemade dessert. The church is at 2699 Main St., Newfane, and is handicapped accessible. For more information, call 778-7011.

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Habitat for Humanity, Newfane, will hold 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 also be a Chinese auction. Tickets are $25, which includes a sheet of auction tickets. Additional sheets may be purchased for $5 each. 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 45th Olcott Polar Bear “Swim for Sight” is set for March 2. Swimmers are challenged to raise $100 or more and are now seeking donations from friends, family and coworkers. New for this year is the Firefighters Chili Cook-Off. Your $5 donation lets you sample them all, vote for your favorite and take home a Polar Bear mug. Find out more at www.olcottlions.org or email swimforsight@hotmail.com. The Lions will be selling their famous chowder to keep you warm.

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Newfane Women’s Lacrosse Club will offer a Chiavetta’s Chicken barbecue dinner during the Polar Bear day festivities on March 1. Cost is $10 and includes a half chicken, potato salad, lettuce salad, roll and butter.  Dessert is optional. The team will be serving the dinners from 12 to 2:30 p.m. or sell-out. The lacrosse team, in its 10th year, raises funds to pay for referees, busing, tournament fees, etc., to encourage the girls to fund their own activities.

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“Not every hero wears a cape.” Donate blood at the upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drive on March 3 and you’ll receive a limited-edition window decal with that slogan as a gift. The drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 2730 Transit Road, Newfane. For an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to www.redcross.org

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.