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February 19, 2014

BARKER CHATTERBOX:

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It’s pretty quiet here in Barker/Somerset, with students on their mid-winter break from school and everyone else holed up trying to stay warm. We’ve even stopped making jokes about the wicked winter because, frankly, it isn’t funny anymore. Here’s hoping the brief warm-up will take away some of this snow and ice.

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It’s time to start thinking ahead to warm spring and summer days, and the sign-ups for Somerset Youth Baseball Organization have begun. Sign up boys and girls ages 4 through 16 for Little League Baseball and Softball. There will be a sign-up from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Somerset Town Hall, and another from 9 a.m. to noon March 1 at Lyndonville School. For information, call Jim Harris at 425-5569 or Eric Mangan at 585-356-361.

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The next meeting of the Barker Seniors is Friday at the Barker Fire Hall. Pirate Bingo is on tap, so be sure to bring in your new or gently used treasure for the booty table. The lunch menu includes a grilled chicken sandwich on whole wheat hamburger roll, with lettuce, tomato and mayo, lentil soup, frosted orange cake, milk, coffee and tea. Call the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575 to reserve a lunch. The suggested donation price has risen to $3.25. Remember that the meetings are canceled whenever the Barker Central Schools are closed because of the weather. Call Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787 for information.

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The 54th Exchange Club Charity Circus comes to the Kenan Arena this weekend, and I sure hope to see you all there. There’s a great new aerial act from Colorado, as well as amazing juggler/magician Nels Ross, Buffalo and Brandy, the Lockport Flips, USA Self Defense, the groovy CRS band and, of course, our Lockport Exchange Club and Niagara Clown Alley clowns. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, and the money helps the Exchange Club assist more than 25 local non-profit organizations. With popcorn, pop and helium balloons only a buck each, it’s a very family affordable event for the young and young at heart. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, and tickets are available at Kenyons, Ace Spalding Hardware or Exchange Club members. Except for the professional headliners, everyone involved in the circus is a volunteer, helping our communities. Please show your support. No kids to bring? You’re never too old to join the fun and laughter.  

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