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February 27, 2014

STROLL AROUND NEWFANE: Brrrr! It's Polar Bear swim time in Olcott

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — This is the weekend of the 45th annual Polar Bear Swim for Sight and it’s looking like a frigid forecast for those fearless folks who are flocking into Lake Ontario. I get cold just thinking about it! Remember that the main reason for the event is to raise money for the Newfane Lions Club and their many local projects. Other non-profit groups are also out there raising money with plenty of food and fun, so if you’re not going into the lake, bundle up and join your community for the fun event.

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Here is a whole week’s worth of mixed trivia to spice up your conversations. Did you know that all babies are color blind when they are born? An airplane mechanic invented Slinky while he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use for the springs. An apple, potato, and onion all taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged. Americans did not commonly use forks until after the Civil War. A toaster uses almost half as much energy as a full-sized oven. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of plaster. Buttermilk does not contain any butter.

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The Olcott Community Kitchen is held each Tuesday and Sunday after service at Olcott United Methodist Church, and everyone is 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. Saturday 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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