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March 27, 2014

STROLL AROUND NEWFANE: It's time to spring out of hibernation

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Are you thinking spring yet? In four days we move into April, and even though we may still have snow flurries, there is a flurry of activities for you to enjoy, so break out of hibernation.

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Easter’s most popular symbol is the egg, so here is some egg trivia to share. White shelled eggs are produced by hens with white feathers and ear lobes while brown shelled eggs are produced by hens with red feathers and red ear lobes. There is no difference in nutrition between white and brown eggs. To produce one egg, it takes a hen 24 to 26 hours and she requires 5 ounces of food and 10 ounces of water. Thirty minutes later she starts all over again. A mother hen turns over her egg about 50 times a day (so the yolk won’t stick to the sides of the shell). A fresh egg will sink in water while an older egg will stand up. A hard-cooked egg will peel more easily if it is a week or two old before it is cooked (so buy those eggs for coloring early).

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On a sad note, Henry Brasher has sent this message, “To all of the good and loyal customers of the 10th Planet, I am so sorry for our present circumstances, but my health, or rather, lack of it, tells me, ‘No more.’ I had hoped to live to 100 and die with a comic in my hand, but apparently the deal’s off. Everything in the shop must go at 40 percent off within the next month. I have spent the last seven years trying to make the 10th Planet Comic Shop a success and it has been. When the business association voted me Business of the Year in 2013, it proved our success. It was one of the proudest moments of my life, bar none. We set this shop up so we could have some fun and meet the people who quietly enjoyed our same passion for fantasy. They came out of the woodwork the first day and have kept coming all this time; once a week or once a month. I know many of you by first names and think of you as friends to be welcomed in. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart and wish you long and prosperous life.” Be sure to stop by to thank Henry for a great run.

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