Getting to know Scott Scheffler, new Marina Director

One of the biggest selling points of Newfane and Olcott Beach as a tourism destination is Lake Ontario and the surrounding fishing areas. Upkeep is important and Scott Scheffler is well aware of that. You may not know Scott yet, but you will. He was named the Town of Newfane’s new Marina director late last year and has been busier that a salmon swimming upstream.

One of Scott’s first orders of business was getting the town marina ready for the 2014 season. Years of wear and tear and the brutal winter of 2014 didn’t help the docks. “(The docks) were in bad shape,” said Scheffler. “Those that were in need of repair are now finished and are in great shape.” Over the coming months and into next year, other docks that need to be fixed will be taken care of.

Scott isn’t a stranger to Newfane and Olcott Beach; he grew up here and knows just how special the area is to natives and visitors, alike. He received his criminal justice degree from Niagara County Community College and is a graduate of NewfaneScott Scheffler High School. Scott is also a mentor of the school’s robotics team. “Being from here, I’m passionate about seeing our area succeed,” he said. “I want to see us grow further as a tourist destination.”

Fisherman’s Park on Rt. 78 is also getting improved. If you had trouble seeing the signs in the lot, that has changed. “One of the complaints was that folks could not see our signage,” Scott said. “We have a team that is going around and making sure that everything is visible.”

In the past, keeping the fuel stocked and ice in the marina refrigerator was an issue. Not any more. “We are constantly making sure that we have everything boaters and fishermen need for a day out on Lake Ontario,” Scott said.

Speaking of fishing, there are some great events coming up, including the 11th annual Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s King Salmon Tournament on July 19, Olcott from 6 a.m. to noon. There is also the 5th annual Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Derby going on now until July 27.

With a new pump out station and an upgraded boardwalk near the entrance to the marina, boaters, fishermen, and visitors will have a much easier visit, Scott stressed. “It’s all about showing people that we can offer them a great place to fish, visit, and maybe call home.”
That goes right along with the slogan on the Olcott Beach water tower: “You’ll love your visit here.”

 

 

Spend Memorial Day Weekend in OBNY!

Memorial Day Weekend is called the unofficial start to summer. Here in Newfane and Olcott Beach, however, we view it as the official summer kickoff. Two weekends ago, the Lakeview Village Shoppes got our 2014 season off to a great start. Now, Olcott Beach will be in full swing.

CarouselOn Saturday, the famous Olcott Beach Carousel Park will open for the season, beginning at noon. The park has five vintage kiddy rides: a 1946 Allen Herschell Kiddy Auto / Fire Truck Ride (originally from Olcott), a 1940’s Allen Herschell Sky Fighter, a 1940’s Boat Ride, a 1950’s Rocket Swing Ride, and a kiddy Ferris Wheel (originally located at the Whistle Pig in Niagara Falls, N.Y.). The Park will be open until 6 p.m. through Memorial Day. For more days and times, check out the Carousel website.

On Sunday, May 25, the Sunday Super Car Cruise will rev up from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Main St. in Olcott.  Be one of the DSCF0323first 100 cruise cars and get a free dash plaque. There are always great looking cars from the past and present on display. Even better? It’s a free admission event. There is also free parking. It’s sponsored by Olcott Beach Community Assoc. and area businesses.

On Monday, May 26, Newfane’s annual Memorial Day Observance, will take place at Corwin Cemetery, at Lockport-Olcott and Hatter Roads, in Newfane, at 11 a.m. This poignant and touching ceremony features music, reenactments, speeches, and military honors. The event honors the veterans, who in times of war and peace, stood strong in defense of the United States of America. Newfane American Legion Post 873 works hard every year to honor the memory of those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

To celebrate the summer kickoff, Lakeview Village Shoppes are open from noon until 7 p.m., seven days a week starting on Saturday. Don’t forget, Krull Park is great for walking and enjoying family fun, too.

Keep up to date on all of the goings on in Newfane and Olcott Beach, by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or checking out our website.

 

Wine Night Returns to Newfane

Sure, the weather has been brutally cold this winter (do we need the reminder?). But, now that March is in full swing, let’s start thinking spring. We think that’s cause for a celebration. And what is great with a celebration? WINE!

wine night glassesOn March 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Newfane and Olcott Beach Tourism will host its second annual “Wine Night” at the Town of Newfane Community Center. Great tasting wines from Schulze Vineyards and Winery, The Winery at Marjim Manor, Black Willow Winery,  Chateau Niagara Winery  and Victorianbourg Wine Estate will be poured.

There will be great local food from Three Sisters Bakery and Wilson’s Pizza, as well as Barker Chocolate Box and Lakefront Olive Orchard. We’ll also have great gifts shown by Shoppe on Main, along with gift baskets and much more.

How much will it cost? Nothing. This is a free event, with free wine tastings (You must be 21 years of age or older to taste and purchase wine). There will be bottles of wine available for purchase.

Join us on March 14 and see what Newfane and Olcott Beach N.Y. has to offer you!

Christmas in Lake Country

“There’s no place like home for the holidays. For no matter how far away you roam -When you long for the sunshine of a friendly gaze… For the holidays – you can’t beat home, sweet home!”

2012-12-07 06.13.15Whether you have visited Newfane and Olcott Beach once or have been here your whole life, there is so much to offer.  During the holidays, those offerings are even more plentiful. Need a memorable gift? Looking for a great place to take a photo? We have it… and much more!

Here are a few ways you can enjoy our area and enjoy our Season’s Greetings.

Niagara Wine Trail- The weekend of Dec. 13-15, the trail has its Holiday Happening. Aside from great wine, you can celebrate this holiday season by collecting a different ornament at each winery on the trail. This year’s ornament theme is the Nutcracker Ballet.

The Living Nativity– Grace Bible Church puts guests through a memorable and touching thirty-minute experience of a guided walk through the Christmas story and beyond. While-you-wait activities include Christmas music, coffee, hot cocoa & cookies, and the kid’s corner with crafts. It takes place Dec. 13 and 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cafora’s Pizza and Pasteria On Dec. 17, this Newfane staple will have its annual Dinner with Santa. Families can bring their kids for a great photo with “St. Nick.”

Shoppe on Main– This Main Street in Newfane staple is well-known for outstanding, one-of-a-kind gifts. Want to give the gift of warmth? The Shoppe has hand knit and crocheted gloves, scarves, hats, socks, pieced quilts, and alpaca socks. Send your holiday greetings with hand made cards, mini water colors, and books written by local authors. Want to get something for that special pet? They have cat, dog, and horse treats and toys, too.

The Blue Lady– This old, Greek Revival building that once was Olcott’s general store. Open from Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., you will find antiques, vintage furnishings, folk art, handmade dried florals & wreaths, jewelry, handmade soap, greeting cards, and other unique gifts.

Need a great place to take a photo? Try these spots.

Main Street in Newfane, dusk. The street is lined with holiday spirit. Festive lights, huge Christmas tree. And new this year, the Gazebo with lights and a sign that says “SEASONS GREETINGS.” Not a bad spot for a future Christmas card.

Olcott Beach, Gazebo near Carousel Park. For the last few years, Olcott Beach has had its own beautiful display. It’s a perfect background for the season and for those that remember days of winter’s past.

Join us this holiday season… you’ll be glad you did!

An Apple (Blossom) A Day…

We saw a bit of wintry weather this week… and it sure got many grumbling (for good reason)!  But, nothing says spring is here in our area more than the annual Apple Blossom Festival.

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As much as “apple” is in the name of the event, which is sponsored by the Town of Newfane Historical Society, there is more than just great fruit. It’s somewhat of a history lesson.

There’s a Civil War encampment with re-enactors, a period era schoolhouse, blacksmith, printer, country store and more, all is a country fair atmosphere.  There is also plenty of food, music, dancers, and crafters. You can’t beat free admission and parking, either. Oh, and the weather is looking like it will great, too. (Weather.com says sunny and 70’s!)

It all takes place at the corner of West Creek Road and Ide Road. We’ll see you there!

Spring has sprung… and so has a blog!

You’ve survived the long, cold western New York winter. Congratulations! Now we get spoiled with outstanding spring weather. Since spring is all about beginning anew, we decided that it was time to reach out to you further. Our new blog, “Tales from the Lake Country,” will be the spot where you can learn more about the people, places and events that go on year round in Newfane and Olcott Beach.

We have so much history in our area that sometimes it is hard to tell it all on our website and social media pages. We’re going to do our very best to tell you the stories of the past, present and future of “OBNY.” If you live out of the area, sign up to get alerted to when a new blog goes up. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter; we’ll be posting new blog links there as well. We also have a comment section after each blog post. Leave your thoughts, memories and feedback there, too.

In the meantime, we leave you with this photo from the banks of Lake Ontario in Olcott. Happy Spring!

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