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October 31, 2013

Newfane Lions Club hosting Halloween Party tonight

Stroll Around Newfane by Julie Obermiller
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Happy Halloween! Today’s the day for all the little ghosts and goblins to take to the streets to “Trick or Treat,” so please be careful on the roads and byways. The forecast says rain, so be extra cautious of our little ones who may be darting about. Remember the Lions Club party at the Newfane Town Hall community room tonight, where everyone can stay cozy and dry.

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How about some Halloween trivia to share this week? The ancient Celts celebrated All Hallows Eve to honor the dead on Oct. 31, the last day of their calendar year. Believing the spirits came to walk the earth, the Celts created scary masks to disguise the fact that they were human and keep them safe. The “Jack-o-lantern” name is thought to some from an old Irish folk tale about Stingy Jack, who could not get into heaven and the devil did not want him either, so he was forced to wander the world looking for a home, carrying a burning coal ember in a carved out turnip lantern. When the Irish immigrated to the U.S., they didn’t find an abundance of turnips, so they took to carving pumpkins instead. Trick-or-treating harks back to the Middle Ages and All Souls’ Day, when poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread treat. These were squares of bread with currants and they promised, in return, to offer prayers for the souls of those who had died and were in limbo. The most popular candy in today’s trick-or-treat bag is a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. According to a legend, if you see a spider on Halloween, it is actually the spirit of a loved one watching over you. On Halloween night, it is believed that if you stand in front of the mirror at midnight, you’ll be able to see the reflection of your future spouse just above your left shoulder.

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The Newfane Lions Club will be presenting its annual Halloween party tonight 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. Friday at the fire hall, 4043 Lake Ave. Refreshments will be served, and the event benefits the Fire Company Exempts.

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Stop by the Newfane Free Library for some fun events. At 11 a.m. Saturday, they will hold a celebration to reveal of the new slogan for the library. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome. Next week is “Food For Fines Week.” Return your overdue library items and pay your fines with canned goods or other non-perishable food items for the local food pantry.

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Saturday is the day for the “Circuit Stompers” 5K run. There is a fun run starting at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 10. The race will start and finish in the Newfane Elementary School parking lot. The entry fee is $25; cost for the Fun Run is $5. You can also get information from one of the Circuit Stompers 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 Wrights Corners Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual Election Day chicken and biscuits dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the fire hall, 4043 Lake Ave. Cost is $8 for adults, and $6 for seniors or kids age 5 to 12; 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 Tuesday. 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.

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The Newfane Legion Post is looking for donations of dress hats from the Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard to be used at their “Missing Man” Table that is set up at military and veteran’s dinners in our area. If anyone has one they would like to donate, please call 471-0382 or email NewfaneLegion@yahoo.com.

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Are you looking for a way to share your blessings this holiday season? First Baptist Church Missions Committee in Newfane has several programs to help the area elderly and families in need. They can use bedding, blankets, non-perishable food and new or gently used toys and gift items for the upcoming holiday. They serve folks from many surrounding communities, as well. If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, call Denise Noble at 585-205-6928. Donations can be dropped off at the First Baptist Church, East Avenue, Newfane from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, or make arrangements with Denise. Monetary donations can be mailed to First Baptist Church, Mission Committee Christmas Toys Drive, 6047 East Ave., Newfane, NY 14108.

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.