Category: Holidays

The Newsteader™ Second Annual Halloween Spirit Awards!!

Since last year was such a great success, we are going to do it again AND crank it up a notch!

This year we are adding a vehicle decorating category!

*New This Year*

Halloween Spirit Boo’s Cruise

We are inviting EVERYONE to join in the fun this year! Show off YOUR Halloween Spirit by decorating your car and participating in our first “Official” Halloween Boo’s Cruise

We will have a predetermined place and time to line up! More info will be forthcoming as the date approaches.

For those who just want to drive around to look at all the decorations and not cruise, The Newsteader™ will be providing a printable .PDF list of all entrants addresses.

Here’s the Info:

THREE Awards Will Be Presented For Halloween Spirit HOUSES:


1st Place

2nd Place

THREE Awards Will Be Presented For Halloween Spirit VEHICLES:


1st Place

2nd Place

*No “participation trophies” will be given.

To Enter:

  • Decorate your house and/or business and/or vehicle
  • Send your address (or you can nominate someone) to by October 29th to be considered
  • For vehicle entries, just show up at the time and place that will be announced later on.

You will be judged on:

  • Originality/Creativity
  • Creep Factor
  • Halloween Spirit

Awards will be presented on Halloween evening.

**Entrants MUST be within town/village limits of Akron/Newstead to enter.  There is NO ENTRY FEE**

Memorial Day Schedule

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019 Activities

07:00 am L.L. Tillman Graveside Service
07:20 am American Legion Post # 900 Flag Raising
07:40 am J.A. Miller Graveside Service
08:00 am VFW Post # 3180 Flag Raising

Breakfast to follow

08:30 am Parade Line-up (All Vets are Welcome)
Parade Marshall Tom Lederhouse


At Russell Park then Akron Fire Hall
GUEST SPEAKER: Lt. Col. USAF Jeffery A. Lederhouse
Commander, 23 rd Operations Support Sq. & A-10 Pilot

To Follow: OPEN HOUSE: at VFW Post # 3180  35 Lewis Rd. Akron, NY

May 25, 2019 Flag Placing in Cemeteries.

*** There will be transportation for those that are unable to march in the Parade.

New Years Drink Recipe-The Midnight Special

The Newsteader is going to be featuring a drink recipe every month.  It won’t always be alcoholic.  Since the New Year is upon us in a few days, I went in search of the perfect Champagne Cocktail for A New Year.  I searched the interwebs high and low and couldn’t find anything interesting.  Seriously, how many different ways are there to make a Mimosa?  Then, it hit me!  I just happen to know one of the best, most creative, artistic mixologists in the area 🤦‍♀️.  So, I went out to Penny Lane in Clarence Hollow and met up with the one of a kind Anne Valby, and (begged) asked her to mix up a special champagne cocktail to be featured here.  She was happy to oblige!

The result:

The Midnight Special

a glass of your fav champagne, Prosecco, cava, or just sparkling wine in general

a splash of blue curaçao

a splash of sour mix

a bit of edible silver glitter

swirl it around to get the glitter shimmery

Taste tested and approved by The Newsteader (and a bunch of our friends)


Akron Celebration Committee Meeting

In my travels around town, I learned something yesterday.

We are on the verge of losing our New Years Eve Ball Drop AND our 4th of July parties!

Monetary support for New Years  AND our 4th of July Festivities comes partially from The Village, and the rest usually gets picked up by local business and individuals.  For some reason the local business and individual portion of donations has gone down, and this year the Ball Drop will run at a deficit if nothing is done.  We need to raise $1,000 to pick up the slack.  We are in the Danger Zone (sorry for the ear worm) of losing our town’s celebrations.

Only THREE people showed up at the last meeting.  Meetings have been poorly attended and the committee needs some new blood!  If you are interested in getting involved with the committee, and/or help fundraising PLEASE attend a meeting!

Regular meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of the month at 7:00pm. They are held in the upstairs meeting room of the Akron-Newstead Library.

TONIGHT at 7PM.  I know this is a hectic time of year for everyone, but let’s try and get involved so we don’t lose our parties.  Come on out and brainstorm.

The Newsteader is looking forward to freezing and ringing in 2019 with everyone.