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November 14, 2013

Stroll Around Newfane by Julie Obermiller

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Brrr! Did the little taste of snow remind you to get the ice scraper, wiper fluid and winter supplies in the car? I wonder how many credit cards get wrecked every season by folks using them for frost and ice removal. Pack a bag of those cold weather emergency supplies and get it into the car during this brief warm-up.

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Getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner? Here is some cranberry trivia to serve up! The Pilgrims named the fruit “craneberry” because their drooping heads in the spring reminded them of a crane. The Cape Cod Cranberry Company produced the first canned cranberry sauce in the early 1900s. A cranberry is most ripe when it is able to bounce (I’m sure everyone who buys fresh cranberries will now try to bounce one). An estimated 20 percent of cranberries eaten in the year are consumed on Thanksgiving. A cup of fresh cranberries is about 50 calories, whereas a cup of cranberry sauce is around 400.

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First Baptist Church on East Avenue will offer a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday. Everyone is invited and welcome for this thankful feast.

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Coming up is Holiday Art Weekend, when Shoppe on Main will offer discounts on fabric, wood and glass, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 22. On Nov. 23, jewelry, chocolates and Longaberger in stock are on sale. There will be three local authors signing their books. Ron Mazzarella, author of “There’s A Whale In The Canal,” will sign from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jim Toner, author of two youth murder mysteries,”Under The Blood” and “The Purity Ring;” and David Brown, author of “The Elusive Chauffeur,” will sign from 1 to 3 p.m. On Nov. 24, pet supplies are discounted and pet photos are available. Sign up now for a sitting with professional pet photographer Corky, from Wild Eye Photography. She will take your pet’s photo in the privacy of her mobile unit. You pick the settings and background. The sitting fee is $10; prints start at $25. Call 572-3852 for a sitting time. At 1 p.m., they will feature their second annual “Read to your dog under the Christmas Tree” event. Kids, bring in your leashed dog and enjoy treats for you and your dog, while listening to Christmas Tails!

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