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October 24, 2013

Newfane Stroll by Julie Obermiller

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — OK, who will admit to nibbling on the Halloween candy already? There’s enough candy corn and Smarties out there to blanket the earth, but the real draw is those itty bitty (and getting smaller all the time) candy bars that bring us back to our childhood. I can resist most of the sugary stuff, but a tiny Butterfingers bar is not safe in my vicinity, despite my altered eating habits this past year. I wisely did not buy any chocolate to keep on hand for Trick or Treaters, but it’s ritual for me to beg a Butterfingers from my niece or nephew’s bag, and I’m looking forward to it.

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Here are this week’s odd trivia facts to share. On every continent there is a city named Rome. Men blink half the amount of times that woman do. An ingredient in the production of dynamite is the peanut. Tongue prints are as unique as fingerprints (but what would you use for ink?). In a lifetime, a person can shed 40 pounds of skin. The mouth of a hippo can open up to four feet.

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This is your last chance this year to take a tour of the Van Horn Mansion by candlelight, and check out the resident ghosts! The Town of Newfane Historical Society will sponsor Haunted Candlelight Tours from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The ghost of Malinda and other hosts offer candlelit tours and eerie stories of the previous and current residents of this 1800s Victorian mansion. Come if you dare. There is a $5 admission fee, but parking is free. If you have a large group, call 778-7197 to make reservations.

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If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, take the family to Celtic Halloween at 57 Canal St., Lockport, next door to Lake Effect Ice Cream. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Learn the true origins and traditions of Halloween. There is something for those who like to be scared silly and those who don’t. There will be storytellers, haunted chambers, a large Celtic craft area, traditional puppet shows, a treat trail for the kids and more fun. The admission is $6 per person, or buy online at www.niagaraceltic.com by Friday and pay only $5. A family of five can get a pass for $15. The family-friendly event is all indoors, so you don’t have to worry about inclement weather.

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The Newfane Legion Post is looking for military hats for its “Missing Man” (POW/MIA) Table at area military and veteran’s dinners. To complete the symbolism of the services, they need the dress hats for the Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. If anyone has one they would like to donate, call 471-0382 or email NewfaneLegion@yahoo.com. They will be presenting the stirring display at the Barker Veteran’s Dinner on Nov. 10, so check out those attics for service caps to donate. For membership information, call 471-0382. 

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The “Circuit Stompers,” Newfane’s Robotics team, will host a 5K run. Participants are asked to pre-register by today for the Nov. 2 event. There is a fun run starting at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 10 a.m. The race will start and finish in the Newfane Elementary School parking lot. The entry fee is $20 is you register today; $25 after and race day. Cost for the Fun Run is $5. Entry forms are available at Budwey’s, Shoppe on Main, Ontario Shores FCU, Wilson’s Pizza, Curves, Newfane Middle School and High School main offices and other locations. You can also get information from one of the Circuit Stompers or by calling Bill Neidlinger at 697-2688. There will be refreshments and age group awards after the race.

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The First Baptist Church Missions Committee in Newfane is collecting bedding, winter coats, boots, hats, scarves and gloves for distribution to needy families. The church is also accepting non-perishable food for its food pantry, and new and gently used toys and games for the Christmas season. For more information, call Denise at 585-205-6928.

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The Newfane Lions Club will be presenting its annual Halloween party Oct. 31 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; cider and doughnuts will also be available. Lions and Leos will also be collecting used eye glasses, 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. Nov. 1 at the fire hall, 4043 Lake Ave. Refreshments will be served, and the event benefits the Exempts.

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The Wrights Corners Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual chicken and biscuits dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day at the fire hall. Cost is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors or kids ages 5 to 12; free for children under 5. Take-outs are available.

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The Newfane United Methodist Church will host an Election Day Chicken and Biscuit Dinner Nov. 5 at the church, 2699 Main St. 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; $4 for children.  

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.