Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

January 9, 2014

Stroll Around Newfane

By Julie Obermiller
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — While our northern communities escaped the worst of the snow from the polar vortex, the cold and wind have been a real challenge. Please continue to look out for elderly or infirm friends and neighbors, and look out for pets that are outdoors. We’re just two weeks into winter and pretty tired of it already, so let’s make an effort to look out for each other and make it a little more bearable. To all the first responders, utility and streets workers and others who brave the elements to keep us warm and safe, a hearty thank you is well deserved.

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Here are some totally random bits of trivia to liven your conversations this week. An elephant trunk has no bones, but 40,000 muscles. Aluminum used to be more valuable than gold. All major league umpires must wear black underwear while on the job. Americans will spend more money this year on cat food than baby food. Almost all breakfast cereals are made of types of grass. An olive tree can live up to 1,500 years. Antarctica is the only land on our planet not owned by any country. An apple, potato and onion would all taste the same if your nose was completely plugged.

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The Town of Newfane will be purchasing carts to help make recycling collection easier and more efficient. They anticipate distribution sometime in February, and recycling will be scheduled every other week. The town will keep residents informed.

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Do you know someone in need of a hot meal or some fellowship? Olcott Methodist Church offers a Community Kitchen open to the public, held 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, please call the church at 778-8879 and they will deliver some to them.

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The Newfane Parent Teacher Student Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the elementary school cafeteria. If you are interested in more information about the PTSA, contact PTSA President Evonne Ostrozinski at 434-7548 or at ptsa@newfane.wnyric.org.

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The Niagara Shores Garden Club of Newfane will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the home of Marybeth Gammack. The topic will be “Communication Between Plants.” New officers for 2014 will be installed. They include Barbara Reabold, president; Maureen Koziolek, vice president; Nancy Beakman, secretary and Beth Cooke, treasurer. New members are always welcome. For information or the meeting location, call 778-7198.

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Reserve now for a trip to Lancaster, Pa. with the St. Brendan’s on the Lake Senior Group. They will travel on April 23 and 24, but reservations must be in by the beginning of February. Day one includes a trip to the American Music Theatre for Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Music of the Night and dinner at Miller’s Smorgasbord, followed by an overnight stay at Country Inn of Lancaster. Day two starts with a full hotel breakfast, shopping at Kitchen Kettle Village, lunch at Good and Plenty Restaurant and on to the Millenium Theatre for Moses. Cost is $315 double; $369 single. The trip is open to any senior over 50. For reservations or information, call Monica Barrett at 433-1162.

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The Newfane Library will be holding a book sale at the Winery at Marjim Manor from Tuesday through Feb. 10. Browse through the selection in the magnificent building on the lake, and if you purchase a book, your wine tasting is free (age 21 or over). Visit marjimmanor.com for other winery events, including another ghost hunt in February.

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Sign up now for the next AARP Smart Driver Course with instructor Pat Ludwig. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6 at Faith Lutheran Church. You must register by Jan. 31, but this class fills up quickly. The cost is $20 for AARP members or $25 for non-members; all ages are welcome. The certificate of completion can get you a three-year discount on auto insurance or reduce license points. To register to for more information, call Ludwig at 433-0976.

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There are a lot of Relay For Life participants in Newfane, working all year round to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The 2014 Relay season has a Star-Spangled Relay theme, and the kick-off celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 1 at Lockport’s Roy B. Kelley Elementary School cafeteria. Lockport Relay participants will celebrate 2013 Relay For Life successes — get ready to break $2,000,000 together in 2014!

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Engraved brick orders are still being taken at Olcott Beach Carousel Park. Engraved bricks can commemorate a special occasion, honor someone, remember a loved one, or just to be a part of the park. 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 they are currently taking orders only. 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 Lions would like you to start looking for 2014’s Outstanding Adult and Youth. Write up that special adult who is always there for the kids or that high school student who is always helping out at school, church and around town. The candidate for the Outstanding Adult must be at least 21 years old and have positively contributed to the youth of the community. The candidate for the Outstanding Youth award must be under 21, have set a positive example within the community through their involvement, activities and accomplishments in school, church and community organizations. To make a nomination, send a letter or email expressing why you feel this person is worthy of being considered for this award. Judging is based solely on the information received. The more information given the committee, the more it will have to go on to make a selection. Nominations may be sent to Newfane American Legion Post 873, 6118 Corwin Ave., Newfane, NY 14108-1119, emailed to NewfaneLegion@yahoo.com or dropped off at the town clerk’s office. 

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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 franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Open to all Newfane students, applicants must be high school juniors, and only one boy and one girl are chosen from each town to attend.

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If you missed the Rainbow of Help cookbook sale outside Budwey’s, you can still get one. Call Debbie Bartenstein at 698-4916 or Bob MacFarlane at 695-4219.

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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.