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March 6, 2014

STROLL AROUND NEWFANE: Newfane library hosting poetry contest for kids

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Feeling cold today? Think about last Sunday’s Lions Polar Bear Swim For Sight; you’ll feel better instantly. It wasn’t just freezing water; it was a mass of floating ice chunks that bruised and battered numb legs. Thank you to all who came out to support the effort and all the community groups who took part. That fireman’s chili contest turned out to be a really popular event. Someone pointed out to me that there was a pink-haired clown among the swimmers. I can assure you it was not me!

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While we’re all moaning about winter’s grip, remember that March brings us some fun things, like Lenten fish fries, St. Patrick’s Day and the first day of spring. The winter of 2013/14 will make us really appreciate every spring flower just a little bit more when it arrives. In the meantime, join a free computer class or get out to see a fun musical at Newfane School and mark your calendars for a wine tasting night, a euchre tournament and more upcoming events.

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Here’s another mixed bag of trivia for this week. Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil. The dot over the letter i is called a tittle. If you spent a million dollars every day since the day Jesus was born, you still would not have spent a trillion dollars today. The first letters of the names of the Great Lakes spell HOMES. If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom. The letter W is the only letter in the alphabet that doesn’t have one syllable, it has three. The word sheriff came from Shire Reeve. During early years of monarchial rule in England, each shire had a reeve who was the law for that shire. When the term was brought to the United States it was shortened to sheriff.

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