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November 7, 2013

Stroll Around Newfane by Julie Obermiller

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Autumn is in the air! I got to spend 17 hours in Newfane on Tuesday with my fellow election inspectors, one of 16 at the Town Hall Community Center. It was an opportunity to chat with readers and see what’s going on in Newfane/Olcott. Thank you for sharing your news and views about the column. The only good side of driving the dark country roads at 4:30 a.m. was the appearance of Orion in the sky. It’s my favorite constellation and always reassuring that the heavens are unchanged, despite the turmoil here on earth.

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How about some history trivia for November? Did you know that World War I ended on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 o’clock in 1918? “November” comes from the Latin novem, meaning nine, because it was the ninth month of the Roman calendar. The Berlin Wall came down in Nov. in 1989. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November, 1963. The NFL was formed in November, 1959 with eight teams, including the Buffalo Bills. Parker Brother’s Monopoly was introduced in November, 1935. The first push button phone made its debut in November, 1963.

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The fourth annual PB&J Drive has begun and will run until Dec. 6. In Newfane, 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 & Spirits, First Niagara Bank, Newfane Family Dentistry, Countryside Merchant, Town of Newfane, Newfane Methodist Church, Crossroads Pizza and Newfane Central Schools. A protein-filled PB&J sandwich is the classic American way to spread the love.

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Crochet classes at Shoppe On Main are held from 4 to 6 p.m. every Thursday. Beginners and advanced learners are welcome. The fee is $5 per class. For more information, call Lisa at 751-6723. From 10:30 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, one of Shoppe On Main’s knitting artists will be teaching knitting for beginners through intermediate level. Classes are $5 each. For more information, call 778-5273. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Don’t miss tonight’s great program at the library. Thanks to Young Audiences of Western NY and a grant from The NY Council for the Humanities, Newfane Library will be hosting the musical group Diaspora Drumming. Their program, Wood That Sings, takes their audience through time and across oceans, tracing the path of rhythms and musical instruments across the globe. The performance includes music from Guinea, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico and the United States. Children of all ages are invited to attend this free event.

You have until Saturday to erase the fines on your overdue books at the Newfane Library. During Food For Fines week, they will accept non-perishable food donations for the community food pantry in lieu of fines.

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My Lockport Exchange Club Circus friends will be serving up a family breakfast at from 7:30 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Shamus Restaurant, 98 West Ave., Lockport. The menu includes eggs, sausage, sweet rolls, orange juice and coffee for $5; $3 for children. The clowns won’t be in costume, but those zany guys can always make you smile. All proceeds benefit the many local charitable organizations supported by the Exchange Club.

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Give the gift of life by donating to the American Red Cross blood drive at Faith Lutheran Church in Newfane, from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 11. The church is at 2730 Transit Road, Newfane.

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Newfane’s First Baptist Church on East Avenue will offer a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 15. Everyone is invited and welcome to 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. 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 p.m. 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. Sitting fee is $10; prints start at $25. Call 572-3852 for a sitting time. At 1 p.m., the second annual, “Read to your dog under the Christmas Tree” event will take place. 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 5th 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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Dec. 1 brings back the Old-Fashioned Carol Sing at the Van Horn Mansion, beginning at 1 p.m. Bring the whole family and join them for a wonderful family holiday tradition with 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. For more information, call 778-7197.

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The First Baptist Church Missions Committee in Newfane is getting ready for the cold weather and upcoming holiday season. Families are in need of bedding and winter coats, boots, hats, scarves and gloves. The church is also accepting new and gently used toys and games for the Christmas season. For more information, call Denise at 585-205-6928.

Newfane-area residents, send your news to Julie Obermiller at 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. Tuesday.