Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — This check is too big for the mail! Save the date for the big check presentation of $25,000 from the World Fishing Channel. They’re coming to officially crown Olcott “Ultimate Fishing Town” Thursday, and locals are hoping for a big turnout. There will be a parade from the Olcott Fire Hall to the Lion’s Pavilion. Line up at noon; the parade starts at 12:30 p.m. The check presentation will be at 1 p.m. at the pavilion. Come show your spirit. Let’s show those cameras, and everybody across the world, what a friendly and enthusiastic community Olcott/Newfane is.
• Congratulations to Newfane High School senior Nick Berning. Nick competed last weekend at Syracuse in the Boys Division II Long Jump event at the Section VI Track and Field State Championships. He represented Newfane well.
• At last weekend’s kite event, I spoke with a lady taking photos of the amazing kites. She was here visiting for the summer, from Virginia. The club photographer’s camera malfunctioned and I don’t have any event shots. If you would be willing to share some photos, please contact me.
• Newfane Free Library is having a multi-basket raffle for the month of June. Sixteen baskets are on display at the library, and tickets can be purchased there for $5 for a sheet of 25 tickets. The drawing will be July 2.
The library is having a two-day used book sale (as well as music CDs and movies). Shop from 2 to 7 p.m. on June 22, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23 at the Newfane Community Center. There will be a bag and box sale from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. They will also have the auction baskets there during the sale for you to buy tickets.
• Young cancer survivor Brianna Loveland has made a cowboy stuffed bear to raffle to raise funds for his weekend’s Relay for Life. The western-dressed bear comes with a wooden rocking horse, and you can buy a chance at Tammy Jo’s Restaurant or by calling Bob Loveland at 481-9104. Tickets are $2 or three for $5, and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. The 9-year-old works to support cancer services after her own bouts with leukemia. The family makes and sells glass bead jewelry in colors to signify each type of cancer, with all funds going to cancer research and services. They will be at the Barker Farmer’s Market tonight.
• It’s your last chance to get tickets to win a 16 GB Sony Tablet and a homemade full-size quilt (rose colored) from the Concordia Kahunas Relay for Life team. Get a chance on either of these for $5 from team members or at Baehr’s Ice Cream Cottage on Lake Road. The team is also selling tickets to win a cowboy hat with $75 of scratch off lottery tickets and 100 Grand bars, as well as some really nice dishcloths. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and the draw is Saturday at Relay.
• Relay For Life kicks up its heels at Emmet Belknap School in Lockport, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. Games, raffles, a huge basket auction, nonstop entertainment and more is there for the whole community to enjoy. The theme is Hoedown For Hope and the there’s fun for the whole family. For information go to www.relayforlife.org/lockportny.
• For anyone interested in refereeing recreation soccer, the Newfane Soccer Club is hosting an eight-hour referee certification course on Saturday at the Newfane Community Center, time to be determined. To sign up or for more information, contact Erik Harrington at www.newfanesoccerclub.com or call 439-0968.
• It’s the big weekend for the Newfane Lions Club’s huge Golf Raffle. Join them from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Newfane Pro Am Par 3. The twist is that there is no golf being played, just a huge raffle of golf items, door prizes, side raffles and fun for those who love the sport. The event cost is $20 and includes a great lunch and beverages; the tickets are on sale now from any Lions member. They have over $4,000 worth of great golf gear to tempt duffers. Looking for a fun Father’s Day gift? This might be it. The Lions support many local activities.
• The Olcott Beach Carousel Park will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through June for old-fashioned fun. New to the park this year is a 1940s Erie Digger Machine in the arcade. Also new to the park and located in the Skee Ball pavilion is a Pick Up a Duck game, sponsored by the Lockport Optimists Club.
• The Lakeview Village Shoppes are now open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to dusk Thursdays through Saturdays. You can also hook into free WiFi on the boardwalk. It is a great place to shop, have something to eat and enjoy the Lake Ontario view.
• Learn about Composting Made Easy and no-till gardening this Saturday at Zehr’s on the Lake. Healthy soil grows healthy plants. Learn how to compost with throw-aways and other unique ways to enrich your soil. No-till gardening is fun, easy, and inexpensive. Learn how to create lush garden beds easily. The demo begins at 9:30 a.m.
• Saturday Night Car Cruises continue on Main Street in Olcott. Stroll down from 6 to 9 p.m. and enjoy some of Olcott’s fine eateries and businesses while you’re there. There is no cruise entry fee and free admission for spectators.
• The Newfane Soccer Club is hosting a British Soccer Camp, with coaches from Challenger Sports. The week-long camp runs June 25 to 29 at Krull Park in Olcott. For ages 4 to 6 there is an hour-and-a-half Mini Soccer camp; for ages 7 to 14 there is half-day or full-day camp; for ages 14 to 16 there is a full-day Advanced Training camp. Please go to www.challengersports.com for more information and to register.
• If any group, organization, or business would like to participate in The Olcott Pirates Festival parade on July 7, or the Newfane Town celebration parade on Aug. 18, contact Laura Rutland at 807-1104.
• The First Baptist Church, 6047 East Ave., Newfane, invites the community to a free lunch. They will be serving from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting on July 2 and running through Aug. 24. The menu will start with assorted sandwiches, with special foods designed for children, beverage, chips, and desserts. The church offers other outreach programs to the Newfane community, including a clothes closet, and a Migrant Food Pantry from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. They collect and redistribute books and magazines to promote literacy and will accept donations of school supplies for distribution in August. If you would like to donate or volunteer, call 940-8286 and arrangements can be made.
• AARP is offering a special deal to anyone working in the education field, including teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, janitors, Sunday school teachers, etc. For a reduced rate of $5, you can take the six-hour course that will get you a 10 percent discount on auto insurance for three years (or reduce license points). The Rev. Patricia Ludwig is a certified instructor and will be presenting the class, a refresher course on driving skills, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on July 10 and 11 (you must attend both) and again at that time on Aug. 21 and 23. The classes will be held at Del Fuego Restaurant on Lockport-Olcott Road. If people want to take the course, but are not in the education field, they may still register for the AARP member price of $17. Make reservations by calling 433-0976 or stop by the restaurant to sign up.
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