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October 17, 2013

Newfane Stroll by Julie Obermiller

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Give blood, adopt a pet, visit the Van Horn Mansion ghosts, school your pooch or rummage for goodies. The possibilities this weekend are endless, so get out and enjoy all the community has to offer.

Stump your friends. Here are this week’s odd trivia facts to share. The first color of Coca-Cola was green. The words orange, purple and silver cannot be rhymed. The only insect that can turn its head is the praying mantis. The book most often stolen from public libraries is The Guinness Book of World Records. To help it dive deeper, a crocodile will swallow stones. Camels can go a long time without water, but a rat can go longer. To protect their eyes from blowing sand, a camel has three eyelids.

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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. Friday 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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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 from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and on Oct. 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 a $5 admission fee, but parking is free. If you have a large group, call 778-7197 to make reservations.

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Save A Pet is holding a Pick-a-Pet show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart in Lockport. Puppies and kittens are cute, but require a lot of care and training. An adult animal, like my own cat Aja Baby, already has a distinct personality, so there are few surprises. These pets are so grateful for a “fur-ever” home that they give you unconditional love and devotion. Is there a spot in your heart and home for one of these fur-babies? If you decide to adopt, let me know so we can share your news with our readers.

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

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Stop and shop from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Saturday’s Fall Bazaar at Olcott United Methodist Church. They will offer Halloween decorations, fall items, baked goods and a plant give-away. There will be a rummage sale, with a whole bag of clothes going for $3. Enjoy hot chili or soup to take away the autumn chill; take-outs are available. All proceeds go to the church roof fund. For more information, call Pastor Kempton at 778-8599 or the church office at 778-8879.

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The Newfane Legion Post is looking for a few good caps. One of the things the Post does is present the “Missing Man” (POW/MIA) table at area military and veteran’s dinners. 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. For membership information, call 471-0382.

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The “Circuit Stompers,” Newfane’s Robotics team, will host a 5K run. Participants should 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 School 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. 

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The First Baptist Church Missions Committee in Newfane is collecting sheets, blankets and pillows, 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. For more information, call Denise at 585-205-6928.

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The Newfane Lions Club will be presenting its annual Halloween party on Oct. 31 at the Newfane Community Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the costume contest starting at 6:30. 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 and doughnuts will also be available. Lions and Leos will also be collecting used eyeglasses, hearing aids, ink jet cartridges, cell phones and peanut butter and jelly.

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It’s 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 Wrights Corners Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual chicken and biscuits dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 5, at the fire hall, 4043 Lake Ave. Cost is $8 for adults, and $6 for seniors or kids age 5 to 12; children under 5 eat free. Take-outs are available.

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The Newfane United Methodist Church, 2699 Main St., will host an Election Day Chicken and Biscuit Dinner on Nov. 5; serving begins at 4:30 p.m. The dinner will include chicken and biscuits, squash, apple salad, cranberries and homemade pies. The church is handicapped accessible and take-outs are available. Call 778-7011 for more information. Cost is $8.50 for adults and $4 for children.

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.