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December 12, 2013

Stroll Around Newfane

By Julie Obermiller
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I have a question for you on this chilly winter day. How many old coats, sweaters, hats, gloves and scarves are taking up space in your closets? Haul them out and give them away to someone in need of warmth. While everyone is so worried about buying the perfect gifts this season, we all have a houseful of things someone less fortunate would be blessed to have. What do you have to give to someone in need? Make this a Christmas season of sharing.

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Talk show host Johnny Carson once said, “The worst gift is fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.” The earliest known recipe is from the ancient Romans. It lists pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins, mixed in a barley mash. Later honey, spices, and preserved fruits were added. Claxton, Ga., is considered the “fruitcake capital of the world.” A fruitcake tossing contest and fruitcake beauty contest are held every January in Manitou Springs, Colo., where they also make little cars out of them for racing. The oldest known fruitcake is more than 130 years old, baked in November, 1878 by a woman in Michigan who died before she was able to serve it to her family. It is kept in a glass dome as a tribute to her memory. Legends claim that ancient Egyptians placed a fruitcake like cake on the tombs of loved ones as food for the afterlife. In 1913 in America, the tradition of mail-ordering fruitcakes began. In 1935, the term “nutty as a fruitcake” was coined when well known American bakeries with access to cheaper nuts began including larger amounts of nuts in their fruitcakes.

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While you are taking in the holiday lights, and would like a special holiday evening treat, take a ride to Olcott and check out the Christmas light display in the gazebo area on Main Street. It’s really something.

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Engraved brick orders are still being taken at Olcott Beach Carousel Park. Engraved bricks make great gifts — gift certificates available— to commemorate a special occasion, to honor someone, to remember a loved one, or just to be a part of the park. The price for a 4 inch by 8 inch brick with three lines of up to 14 characters is $100. An 8 by 8 inch brick with six lines of up to 14 characters is $200. The park needs at least 25 brick orders in order to install the bricks. OBCP is presently taking orders only; send in your completed order form. Once the park has received 25 orders, you will be contacted for payment. Any questions can be directed to Rosemary Sansone at 778-7066. Brick order forms can be downloaded from the park’s website at olcottbeachcarouselpark.org.

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The Newfane American Legion wants to honor your soldier, sailor, Marine or airman when they come home for the Christmas holidays by letting everyone know they are home. There is a sign by the Newfane Town Hall and you can add the names of your military loved ones by calling 471-0382, or leave the information in the town clerk’s office veteran’s basket. Hurry and get the names in for display.

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Paul Leader shares some more news from the Newfane Legion Post. They are seeking applications for Boys and Girls State. At the event, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of enfranchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Open to all Newfane students, applicants must be high school juniors, and only one boy and one girl are chosen from each town to go.

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How is your flag holding up after a long hot summer and a windy autumn? The Legion Post has the flag for you and at the best price in the area.

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So many local people serve their community throughout the year, and this is your chance to recognize them. Start looking for 2014’s Outstanding Adult and Youth. Nominate that special adult who is always there for the kids, or the high school student who is always helping out at school, church and around town. The candidate for the Outstanding Adult must be at least 21 years of age and have positively contributed to the community youth. The candidate for the Outstanding Youth award must be under 21, have set a positive example within the community through their involvement, activities and accomplishment in school, church and community organizations. To make a nomination, send a letter or email expressing why you feel this person is worthy of being considered for this award. Judging is based solely on the information received. The more information given the committee, the more the committee will have to go on to make a selection. Nominations may be sent to Newfane American Legion Post 873, 6118 Corwin Ave., Newfane, NY 14108-1119. They can also be emailed to NewfaneLegion@yahoo.com or dropped off at the Newfane town clerk’s office.

For information about about any of these Newfane Legion programs, call 471-0382 or e-mail NewfaneLegion@yahoo.com.

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The Living Nativity at Grace Bible Church on West Avenue continues on Friday and Sunday. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., you can enjoy a 30-minute guided walk through the Christmas story and beyond. Dress warm, because some scenes are outside. Park behind the Newfane Town Hall and take a shuttle bus. While-you-wait activities include Christmas music, coffee, hot cocoa and cookies, and the kids’ corner offers crafts. Admission is 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, outside Budwey’s Market in Newfane, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, while they last. 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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Stedman Nurseries Christmas Village is open at 2857 Main St. until Christmas Eve. Live wreaths and greens, poinsettias, cyclamen, Christmas cactus, jams and jellies, DMS Photography framed prints, handmade gifts, centerpieces and decorated wreaths are available. Live trees are also available and they’re guaranteed to grow once you plant them in your yard. Santa will be visiting from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Come and have Dave St. Onge from DMS Photography take your free photo with Santa.

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In need of a hot meal or some fellowship? Olcott United Methodist Church offers a Community Kitchen open to the public, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays. There is no fee and everyone is welcome. If you know someone who would like some soup, please call the church at 778-8879 and they will deliver some to them. The ‘Everything Christmas’ sale will continue each Sunday and Tuesday until Dec. 21. Stop and shop for Christmas gifts, decorations and many more items. Shopping hours will be the same as the community kitchen. For more information, call the church at 778-8879.

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The First Baptist Church Missions Committee in Newfane is accepting new and gently used toys and games for the Christmas season. For information, call Denise at (585) 205-6928.

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. Tuesday.