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October 3, 2013

Autumn activities heating up in Newfane

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I love autumn. There’s something about this colorful season that encourages homespun, family activities, so get out there and enjoy them!

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Thank you to all the folks who supported the annual auction by the Eastern Niagara Hospital’s Newfane Branch Auxiliary. Whether you donated a prize, baked cookies, volunteered or attended the auction, it helps support our local hospital in many ways.

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Here are this week’s odd trivia facts to mull over with your coffee. Dogs and cats consume more than $11 billion worth of pet food a year. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married. The wingspan of a Boeing 747 is actually longer than the distance of the Wright Brother’s first flight. Possums have one of the shortest pregnancies for mammals, just 16 days. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain. If you tried to count the stars in the galaxy at the rate of one every second, it would take around 3,000 years to count them all. In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated. The human heart creates enough pressure in the bloodstream to squirt blood 30 feet.

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The “Circuit Stompers,” Newfane’s Robotics team, has announced the details of the upcoming 5K run. Participants are asked to pre-register by Oct. 24 for the Nov. 2 event. There is a fun run starting at 9:30 a.m., and the 5K starts at 10 a.m. The race will start and finish in the Newfane Elementary School parking lot. The entry fee is $20 until October 24; $25 after and race day. Cost for the Fun Run is $5. Entry forms are available at Budwey’s, Shoppe on Main, Ontario Shores FCU, Wilson’s Pizza, Curves, Newfane Middle School and High School main offices and other locations. You can also get information from one of the Circuit Stompers (the students, not the robots!) or by calling Bill Neidlinger at 697-2688. The race course is in the village and is flat and fast. There will be refreshments and Age Group Awards after the race.

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The First Baptist Church Missions Committee in Newfane is getting ready for the cold weather and upcoming holiday season. Families in our area are in need of bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows) and winter coats, boots, hats, scarves and gloves. The church is also accepting non-perishable food for their food pantry, and new and gently used toys and games for the Christmas season. There is a need for bookshelves for the church’s literacy program, as well as magazines and books. This program has been a huge success in promoting literacy for both adults and children. For information, call Denise at 585-205-6928.

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It’s chowder and auction time at Concordia Lutheran Church, the first of their year-long fundraisers to raise money for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. They will be having a Chinese auction, bake sale and chowder sale on Saturday, featuring Concordia Lutheran Church chowder. Auction tickets will be available at 11 a.m. and winning tickets will be drawn at 1 p.m. Winners do not have to be present. There will be other food and drinks available as well. For more information, call Karen at 751-9402 or Shelley at 778-5991. The church is located at 3121 Beebe Road, Newfane.

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Have you taken a tour of the Van Horn Mansion by candlelight? This is the perfect time of year to check out the resident ghosts! The Town of Newfane Historical Society will sponsor Haunted Candlelight Tours for three weekends. Take a tour from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26. The ghost of Melinda and other hosts offer candlelit tours and eerie stories of the previous and current residents of this 1800s Victorian mansion. There is an admission fee, but parking is free. If you have a large group, call 778-7197 to make reservations.

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A new program for teens is starting Oct. 15 at the Newfane Community Center. From 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, teens can meet with their peers to discuss issues they face in everyday life. Teen Talk organizers say “Teens often feel a tremendous amount of stress and often do not have an outlet to express their thoughts and feelings in a healthy manner. They feel trapped and alone, thinking no one is experiencing similar stresses. Teen talk offers an alternative outlet. This forum is designed to be proactive in identifying issues that are all too common with today’s youth. It is our hope that if someone has a problem we can guide the individual into the help they may need.” There will be counselors from Niagara County Mental Health available during “Teen Talk’’ as well as social workers and volunteers who have experience identifying the issues such as victims of bullying, depression, grief, alternative lifestyles, drugs, alcohol, cutting, suicide, etc. Teen Talk is designed to give the time, a place, and a relaxing atmosphere for teens to join together and talk among themselves, and with professionals. For more information, call 585-205-6928.

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Treat your pooch to the next puppy social at Shoppe On Main. All puppies under the age of 18 months are welcome from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 19. Pets must have had their rabies vaccination and the cost is $5 per dog. The class is run by Karen Drumm of Harmony Dog Training. Call Karen at 638-1211 to reserve your spot.

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The Pallister House Florist Shop on East Avenue in Lockport will be the setting for the next meeting of the Niagara Shores Garden Club. Members will meet there on Oct. 27 to create their own floral arrangement to take home. Talented designer John Taylor will furnish all supplies and will show how to create your own masterpieces for your home. The cost os $35. There will be a brief meeting to nominate garden club officers for the upcoming year. Call Barb Reabold at 778-7198 to reserve a spot. New members, from any community, are always welcome.

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Calling all crafters. The Newfane United Methodist Church is once again holding its Candy Cane Lane Craft Show and Café from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6. The craft show coincides with the Newfane Town Holiday Light Up and Parade. Call Pat at 778-7705 for an application. Spaces are limited.

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.