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December 19, 2013

Stroll Around Newfane

By Julie Obermiller
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Well, it’s less than one week until Christmas, and the hustle and bustle continues. Have you found a way to be a Secret Santa to someone in need? There are opportunities all around you to share the wonderful blessings of the season. It’s the best gift you will give yourself.

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If you missed the Rainbow of Help cookbook sale outside Budwey’s, you can still get one, gift-wrapped and delivered. If you would like one or more for special gifts, call Debbie Bartenstein at 698-4916 or Bob MacFarlane at 695-4219.

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Olcott United Methodist Church will hold its Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy some refreshments after the service. In need of a hot meal or some fellowship? The church offers a Community Kitchen, which is open to the public, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays. There is no fee, and everyone is welcome. If you know someone who would like some soup, call the church at 778-8879 and they will deliver it to them. For more information, call the church at 778-8879.

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The holidays can be lonely for adults without partners. Do you know a single guy or gal who is looking for some holiday fun? The Singles Experience is a group of folks who gather throughout the year for fun events. They are holding a December Dance party from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Buff Social Club, 2565 Young St., Niagara Falls. Food will be served at 9:30 p.m., and there is a cash bar. Dance to music by BJ the DJ and dress in festive red and green. The cost is $5 for members or $8 for non-members, and if you want to participate in the gift exchange, bring a $10 wrapped gift. For more information, call Donna at 298-5557 or Bonnie at 439-8387.

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Save-a-Pet is offering reduced adoption fees for the holidays. Stop by PetSmart from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to see the Save-a-Pet animals. Can you open your heart to give them a “fur-ever” home? If you do adopt, I’d love to hear from you.

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While you are taking in the holiday lights for a special evening treat, take a ride to Olcott and check out the Christmas light display in the Gazebo area on Main Street. It’s really something.

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Engraved brick orders are still being taken at Olcott Beach Carousel Park, and gift certificates are available. The price for a 4 x 8 inch brick with three lines of up to 14 characters is $100. An 8 x 8 inch brick with six lines of up to 14 characters is $200. The park needs at least 25 brick orders in order to install the bricks, and is now only taking orders. Once the park has received 25 orders, you will be contacted for payment. Any questions can be directed to Rosemary Sansone at 778-7066. Brick order forms can be downloaded from the park’s website at olcottbeachcarouselpark.org.

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The Newfane American Legion wants to honor your soldier, sailor, Marine or airman when they come home for the Christmas holidays by letting everyone know they are home. There is a sign by the Newfane Town Hall and you can add the names of your military loved ones by calling 471-0382, or leave the information in the town clerk’s office veterans basket. Hurry and get the names in for display.

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Paul Leader shares some more news from the Newfane Legion Post. They are seeking applications for Boys and Girls State. At the event, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of enfranchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Open to all Newfane students, applicants must be a high school juniors, and only one boy and one girl are chosen from each town to go.

How is your flag holding up after a long hot summer, a windy autumn and the early snow and cold? The Legion Post has the flag for you and at the best price in the area.

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The First Baptist Church Missions Committee in Newfane is accepting new and gently used toys and games for the Christmas season. They still have 48 families in need of gifts. For more information, call Denise at 585-205-6928. The next free Community Dinner that will be hosted by The First Baptist Church in Newfane will be on Jan. 3.

Newfane-area residents, send your news to Julie Obermiller at 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.