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February 27, 2014

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

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

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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The Newfane United Methodist Church is having a Turkey Dinner from 4:30 p.m. until sold out Saturday at the church, 2699 Main St. The menu includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, tossed salad, dinner roll and homemade dessert. For more information, call 778-7011.

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At Sunday’s Olcott Polar Bear Swim for Sight, swimmers are challenged to raise $100 or more and need donations from friends, family and coworkers. 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. And the Lions will be selling their famous chowder to keep you warm. Up to 1,000 swimmers participate in this zany fundraiser. Find out more at www.olcottlions.org or email swimforsight@hotmail.com

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The Newfane Women’s Lacrosse Club will offer a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue dinner during the Polar Bear day festivities from noon to 2:30 p.m. or sold out Sunday on Main Street, near the corner of Franklin. Cost is $10 and includes a half chicken, potato salad, lettuce salad, roll and butter. Dessert is optional. There are a couple of picnic tables nearby, but the dinners are packaged in foam containers to take home. 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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Donate blood at the upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday and you will receive a limited edition window decal 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

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 “Into the Woods” is this year’s musical theater production at Newfane School. Shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 7 and 8, and 3 p.m. March 9 in the school auditorium. The music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim bring together some favorite fairytale characters in a hilarious tale. All are welcome.

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The Newfane Boys’ Lacrosse Club is hosting its second annual Euchre Tournament and Basket Raffle at 5 p.m. March 9 at the Newfane Community Center. Tournament registration begins at 4 p.m. and basket raffle chances will be available then. Euchre playing begins at 5 p.m. There is a $10 registration fee, and cash prizes will be awarded according to attendance. Concessions will be available and all proceeds will benefit the Newfane Boys’ Lacrosse Club.

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Looking for a spring escape? Join the St. Brendan seniors for a day trip on March 27. You’ll have breakfast at Cartwright’s in Angelica. The bus then goes to the Abbey of the Genesee to shop for Monk’s products, and then on to Kutter’s Cheese (home of Yancey’s Fancy cheese) for wine and cheese tasting. The price for the trip is $35, and the trip is open to the community as long as seats last. If you are interested, call Monica Barrett at 433-1162.

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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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I’m glad to be saying goodbye to February and anxious, like all of you, for spring flowers and sunshine. Hopefully, we’ll be complaining about the heat before too long. See you in March!

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.