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January 16, 2014

Stroll Around Newfane

By Julie Obermiller
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Where is everybody? Generally, there is a lull in news submissions after the holidays and the early part of January. My inbox is empty, so this is a good time to share your own news. I know there are lots of great things happening in Newfane and Olcott, so be sure to send me your news. A community column needs your input and submissions, so I hope to hear from you soon.

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On the trivia front, here is an assortment of strangeness. Did you know that coffee comes from an edible fruit? The coffee cherry is sweet and tastes like watermelon, rosewater, and hibiscus all at once. The cicada fly, found in Africa, spends 17 years of its life sleeping; and only two weeks awake, during which it mates and then dies. You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than a poisonous spider. A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won’t. To have your picture taken by the very first camera you would have had to sit still for 8 hours. The heart pumps about 1 million barrels of blood during an average lifetime. Americans collectively eat 100 of chocolate every second. The abdomen of the ant contains two stomachs; one stomach holds the food for itself and second stomach is for food to be shared with other ants.

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Bring your pooch to the next Puppy Social, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Shoppe On Main. All puppies 3 to 18 months of age are invited. Your pet must have proof of rabies, and you must pre-register by calling Dog Trainer Karen Drumm at 638-1211. The cost for the event is $5 per puppy. Space is limited, so call early.

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Cabin fever? Why not learn something new? Crochet classes for all levels are held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. every Thursday at Shoppe On Main, 2714 Main St., Newfane. Walk-ins are welcome and the cost is $5 per student.

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There will be a free community dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, East Avenue, Newfane. For more information, call Denise Noble at 585-205-6928

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You’re invited to stroll over to Barker from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday for the Community Recruit and Chinese Auction at the Barker Fire Hall. There will be free children’s activities like tattoos, balloon animals, a coloring contest and a craft. Get free blood pressure checks and enter free giveaway raffles at organization booths. Everybody is welcome. There will be hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, desserts and beverages for sale and a 50/50 draw. The auction draws at 5 p.m. and winners need not be present. Shake off those winter cobwebs and come out and play!

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Do you know someone in need of a hot meal or some fellowship? Olcott Methodist Church offers a Community Kitchen open to the public, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on 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.

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The Niagara Shores Garden Club of Newfane will hold its next meeting at 7 tonight at the home of Marybeth Gammack. The topic will be “Communication Between Plants.” New officers for 2014 will be installed. They include Barbara Reabold, president; Maureen Koziolek, vice president; Nancy Beakman, secretary and Beth Cooke, treasurer. New members are always welcome. For information or the meeting location, call 778-7198.

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The Newfane Library will be holding a book sale at the Winery at Marjim Manor, through Feb. 10. Browse through the selection in the magnificent building on the lake, and if you purchase a book, your wine tasting is free (age 21 or over). Visit marjimmanor.com for other winery events, including another ghost hunt in February.

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Sign up now for the next AARP Smart Driver Course with instructor Pat Ludwig. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6 at Faith Lutheran Church. You must register by Jan. 31, but this class fills up quickly. The cost is $20 for AARP members or $25 for non-members; all ages are welcome. The certificate of completion can get you a three-year discount on auto insurance or reduce license points. Call Ludwig at 433-0976.

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There are a lot of Relay For Life participants in Newfane, working all year round to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The 2014 Relay season has a Star-Spangled Relay theme and the kick-off celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 1 at Roy B. Kelley Elementary School Cafeteria in Lockport. Lockport Relay participants will celebrate 2013 Relay For Life successes and get ready to break $2,000,000 together in 2014!

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Save the date for “Love: Hearts & Hands” at Faith Lutheran Church in Newfane on Feb. 8. There will be a Valentine’s Day vendor/craft fair, pasta dinner and Chinese auction. For more information, call 778-8488 and I’ll print details as soon as they become available.

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Engraved brick orders are still being taken at Olcott Beach Carousel Park. Engraved bricks can commemorate a special occasion, honor someone, remember a loved one, or just to be a part of the park. The price for a 4 x 8 inch brick with three lines of up to 14 characters is $100. An 8 x 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 and they are currently taking orders only. 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 Lions would like you to start looking for 2014’s Outstanding Adult and Youth. Write up that special adult who is always there for the kids or that 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 old and have positively contributed to the youth of the community. The candidate for the Outstanding Youth award must be under 21, have set a positive example within the community through their involvement, activities and accomplishments 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 it 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, emailed to NewfaneLegion@yahoo.com or dropped off at the town clerk’s office.

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The Town of Newfane will be purchasing carts to help make recycling collection easier and more efficient. They anticipate distribution sometime in February and recycling will be scheduled every other week. The town will keep residents informed.

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.