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.”

 

 

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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.

 

Stroll on the Boardwalk in Olcott Beach

We thankfully push the harsh cold, snow, and ice of winter out of here and get excited and warmed up with thoughts of sunny days in our area. Part of those warm thoughts come from the Lakeview Village Shoppes that open on May 3 for the 2014 season.

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Since 1992, this quaint gathering of different gift, specialty and food shops on a boardwalk overlooking Lake Ontario in Olcott Beach, N.Y. has been a must-stop for tourists and locals. This year is setting up to be one of the best years yet.

Cameron’s Lakeside Ice Cream

Oak Ridge Jewelry

Up The Lake

Emma’s Tiques and Treasures

Gift Box at the Beach

Just Lookin’

K.M. Treats & Baked Goods

Nature’s Child & Sea Hag

Picasso Moon

Vacanti Arts

Karen Young, owner of Gift Box at the Beach, says it’s a little stressful leading up to opening weekend, but it’s definitely exciting. “We are excited about the three new shops on the boardwalk to give a new variety and also seeing all the new products that our current shops carry,” she said. “We are also looking forward to seeing all of our regular customers that we haven’t seen in six months!”

Seasonal hours begin on the weekend of May 3 and go until the weekend of May 18 from noon until 7 p.m. From May 24 until Labor Day, the Shoppes are open 7 days a week, from noon until 7 p.m. From Sept. 6 until Oct. 31, the Shoppes will be open on weekends only from  noon until 7 p.m.

You can connect with the Shoppes on their Facebook page and on Twitter as well!

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!