Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

March 20, 2014

STROLL AROUND NEWFANE: It's Family Story Time Night at Newfane Library

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Spring is here! At 12:57 p.m., the Spring Equinox puts an official end to one of the most brutal winters in recent times.

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This week’s trivia tidbits start with the letter C. Cleopatra wasn’t Egyptian; she was Greek. Clinophobia is the fear of beds. Clocks made before 1660 had only one hand, an hour hand. Coconuts kill more people in the world than sharks do. Colgate’s first toothpaste came in a jar.

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Our Newfane hospital is in the news and there is fear of a shutdown. Officials are at work to sort it out, and while input is welcome, it must be respectful as well as passionate. The town thanked the more than 200 people who showed up at the meeting at the town hall, but the time for public input will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Miller Hose Company hall. Supervisor Tim Horanburg asks that during this process, your posts, messages and comments on the Town of Newfane’s Facebook page remain respectful and respectable. Share the page with those who may not follow already as the Facebook page will be the place for up-to-date official information regarding the town’s position.

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Get your detective skills ready for Family Story Time tonight at Newfane Free Library. The fun starts at 6:30, when they will be reading “The 13th Clue” by Ann Jonas, followed by an experiment with fingerprinting and making your own detective suitcases. Call 778-9344 to sign up for all the Thursday Family Story Hours through April 10. Next week will be “Dinosaurumpus” by Toni Mitton. Spring Story Hour for preschoolers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Fridays from March 28 to May 9 at the Newfane Free Library. April is National Poetry Month, which means it’s time for Newfane Free Library’s Annual Poetry Contest. The contest is open to kids in pre-K through eighth grade, and all poems need to be submitted to the library by April 4. Contest rules and entry forms can be found on the website at www.newfanelibrary.org.

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There are still tickets available for Saturday’s Spring Fling dinner dance by Equi*Star. The 20th-anniversary dinner dance will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Center at 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a buffet by Donna Eick served at 7 p.m. Road Runner provides the live music beginning at 8 p.m., and there will be line dancing with Dottie Ryer. Guests can enjoy the huge basket raffle, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $30 each or two for $55. Equi*Star has helped hundreds of children and adults with disabilities with their programs at the Ranch, and it takes many dedicated and loving volunteers to make it happen. Call Linda now at 778-5185 for tickets.

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Newfane Soccer Club has started registration for the youth recreation soccer season. Games are played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from June 24 through July 31 at Krull Park. There is a program for all ages. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and April 5 at the Newfane Town Hall on Main Street. Sample uniform sizes will be available. Registration forms can also be printed from newfanesoccerclub.com and sent to Newfane Soccer Club, PO Box 241, Newfane, NY 14108. Anyone interested in coaching or refereeing can contact the organizers on the website or at registration. Newfane Travel Soccer also has openings on the 10 and under Girls and 10 and under Boys Travel Teams; interested players can sign-up at registration.

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The Newfane Community Neighborhood Watch is kicking off a spring and summer of events with a “Meet and Greet” open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Newfane Town Hall Community Center. Members are inviting all Newfane and surrounding residents to stop by to become informed about what a “neighborhood watch” is.

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The  Newfane Boys’ Lacrosse Club’s second annual Euchre Tournament and Basket Raffle Fundraiser will take place at the Newfane Community Center on Sunday. The basket raffle and registration begins at 4 p.m., with the game play beginning at 5. There is a $10 registration fee and cash prizes will be awarded according to attendance. Concessions will be available.

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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, visit the Abbey of the Genesee to shop for Monk’s products and go to Kutter’s Cheese for wine and cheese tasting. The price is $35 and the trip is open to the community. If interested, call Monica Barrett at 433-1162.

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The Olcott Ladies Community Auxiliary chicken and biscuit dinner and basket raffle will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 at the Olcott Fire Hall, 1691 Lockport-Olcott Road. Pre-sale tickets are available from any member and the price is $7 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 10, and those under 5 eat free. At the door, ticket prices are $8 for adults and  $6 children 5 to 10. The basket raffle ticket sales starts at 11 a.m. and the drawing will be held at 3:15 p.m. Winners need not be present.

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Save-A-Pet is getting ready for its 4th annual Basket Bonanza on March 30 at the South Lockport Fire Hall, and they are looking for donations of baskets, gift certificates or merchandise. Doors open at noon, drawings begin at 2:30 p.m., and winners need to be present. If you can help with a donation or need information, call 559-3020 or email www.saveapetniagara.com.

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Attention Newfane Class of 2004; your 10th-year high school reunion is coming.Tickets are available now for the reunion, which will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. June 28 at the Olcott Fire Hall. Tickets are $40 per person and are available now at the Shoppe on Main or through the Newfane Class of 2004 Facebook page.

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The Olcott Community Kitchen is held each Tuesday and Sunday after service at Olcott United Methodist Church, and all in the community are 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.

Newfane-area residents, send your news to juliechatterbox@msn.com (jpeg pictures, MSWord or text in e-mails 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.