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October 10, 2013

Newfane Stroll by Julie Obermiller

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The temperatures are coming down, but activities in the Newfane/Olcott area are heating up. Be sure to make the most of these beautiful autumn days before the big winter hibernation.

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Did you know? Here are this week’s odd trivia facts to share. The ear of a cat has 32 muscles. Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Flutterby was the original name of the butterfly. Tom Sawyer was the first novel written on a typewriter. The only bird that can swim and not fly is the penguin. A parliament is a group of owls. Sneezes have been clocked at 100 mph.

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The Newfane Legion Post 873 is looking for a few good caps. One of the things the Post does is present the “Missing Man” or POW/MIA table at military and veteran’s dinners in our area. To complete the symbolism of the services, they need the dress hats for the Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. If anyone has one they would like to donate, call 471-0382 or email NewfaneLegion@yahoo.com. They will be presenting the stirring display at the Barker Veteran’s Dinner on Nov. 10, so check out those attics for service caps to donate. The Newfane American Legion is a patriotic organization devoted to helping Newfane’s veterans. It numbers nearly 95 members, both men and woman. They support our troops and honor our veterans in many ways, and they war-time veterans to help keep all the activities going. For more membership information, call 471-0382.

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The “Circuit Stompers,” Newfane’s Robotics team, has announced the details of its 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 Oct. 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 and high school main offices and other locations. You can also get information from one of the Circuit Stompers or by calling Bill Neidlinger at 697-2688. 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 by collecting 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. For more information, call Denise at 585-205-6928.

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Have you taken a tour of the Van Horn Mansion by candlelight? The Town of Newfane Historical Society will sponsor Haunted Candlelight Tours for three weekends. Take a tour from 7 to 11 p.m. this Friday and Saturday or on October 18, 19, 25 and 26. The ghost of Malinda 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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Give the gift of life at the American Red Cross Blood Drive, to be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at Snap Fitness, 3976 Lockport-Olcott Road, Wrights Corners. For an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

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A new program for teens is starting Tuesday at the Newfane Community Center. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, teens can meet with their peers for “Teen Talk,” to discuss issues they face in everyday life. There will be counselors from Niagara County Mental Health on hand, 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. 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 Newfane Lions Club will be presenting its annual Halloween party Oct. 31 at the Newfane Community Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the costume contest starting at 6:30 p.m. Cash prizes will be given to the winners in each age group. Lions members will be handing out 50-cent pieces at the door and cider provided by Russell Farms and doughnuts by Budwey’s Market will also be available to all who attend. Lions and Leos will also be collecting used eye glasses, hearing aids, ink jet cartridges, cell phones and peanut butter and jelly.

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It almost time for a Turkey Party. The Wrights Corners Fire Company will hold its annual event at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the fire hall, 4043 Lake Ave. Refreshments will be served; and the event benefits the Exempts.

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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.

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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.