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November 14, 2013

Stroll Around Newfane by Julie Obermiller

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

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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Rev up your holiday shopping engines at the fifth annual Super Sunday Vendor Fair, sponsored by the Olcott Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary. The event happens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Olcott Fire Hall, 1692 Lockport-Olcott Road. For more information, call 213-8531. Admission and parking are free.

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Here’s a holiday gift idea for all homemakers. Rainbow of Help will be selling their cookbook, all wrapped and ready for gifting, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 14 — or while they last — outside Budwey’s Market in Newfane. If anyone wants a cookbook but will not be in the area during those times, call Debbie Bartenstein at 698-4916 or Bob MacFarlane at 695-4219.

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Breakfast with Santa and a basket auction, sponsored by the Newfane Lions Club, will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Olcott Fire Hall. Anyone can stop by to take a chance in the basket auction. Drawing begins at 12:30 p.m. and winners need not be present. Stay tuned for breakfast details. If you can donate a basket or prize, call 778-7243.

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Newfane’s Annual Holiday Light Up and Parade begins with a 5:30 p.m. parade on Dec. 6, when Santa arrives on a horse-drawn wagon. Talk to Santa at the Main Street gazebo; everyone gets hot chocolate, cider, and free cookies. It is also the date of the 8th Annual Candy Cane Craft Show and Cafe at the Newfane United Methodist Church, 2699 Main St., held from 4 to 8 p.m. In addition, that will be the first night of the Living Nativity at Grace Bible Church on West Avenue. There will be a basket auction from 5 to 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on East Avenue, and all proceeds from the auction will be going for Christmas toys for area children. If you can donate a basket to FBC, call Denise at 585-205-6928.

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Dec. 8 brings back the Old-Fashioned Carol Sing at the Van Horn Mansion, beginning at 2 p.m. Bring the whole family for carol singing in the parlor, the Methodist Bell Choir and holiday treats in the dining room. The mansion will be traditionally decorated for the holidays. Admission and parking are free, but a non-perishable food donation for the local food pantry would be appreciated. For more information, call 778-7197.

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The First Baptist Church Missions Committee in Newfane is collecting bedding and winter coats, boots, hats, scarves and gloves for the needy. The church is also accepting new and gently used toys and games for the Christmas season. They are in need of 50 turkeys for Thanksgiving baskets for area families. For more information, call Denise at (585) 205-6928.

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The fourth annual Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive is under way, and will run until Dec. 6. Drop off your donations of peanut butter, jelly and marshmallow fluff at Red House Music, Emma’s Closet, Flint Hardware, Bank of America, Karma Graphics, Tammy Jo’s Café, Newfane Library, Wrights Corners Wine and Spirits, First Niagara Bank, Newfane Family Dentistry, Countryside Merchant, Town of Newfane, Newfane Methodist Church, Crossroads Pizza and Newfane Central Schools.

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Newfane-area residents, send your news to juliechatterbox@msn.com (jpeg pictures, MSWord or text in emails 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.

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Give the gift of life by donating to the American Red Cross blood drive from 8:30 am to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Concordia Lutheran Church, 3121 Beebe Road, Newfane. If interested, call Corrie at 628-6149 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.