Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

February 19, 2014

BARKER CHATTERBOX:

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

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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If any of you dog lovers missed the Bark For Life held the last two years in Lockport, now is your chance to get in on the planning for 2014. The American Cancer Society event will be held Aug. 24 at Day Road Park, and the committee is currently meeting at 6 p.m. each fourth Thursday of each month at Panera Bread in Lockport. If you would like to be a part of this fun committee, stop by on Feb. 27. Get more information at www.relayforlife.org/barkwesternNY on Facebook at BarkWNY or call Chairman Jenn Markee at 208-5659

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Habitat for Humanity, Newfane, is holding a murder mystery dinner to raise money to build a fourth house in the Newfane area in 2015. They are looking for donations of baskets, merchandise or gift certificates for the event, and tickets can be reserved now. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. March 1 at Hess Road Wesleyan Church. The mystery comedy will be presented by the Lockport AM Toastmasters and dinner will be catered by Two Sisters Catering of Barker. There will be a Chinese auction and lots of fun and surprises. Tickets are $25, and include a sheet of auction tickets. Additional sheets may be purchased for $5 each. Many baskets and gift certificates are already donated, including a framed cross-stitch picture by one of the Habitat board members, a birdhouse basket, and gift card from Tim Hortons. Tickets can be reserved by calling Judy Schultz at 795-9374. Call Pat Ludwig at 433-0976 to donate gift certificates or baskets. The local Habitat For Humanity initiative is also looking for donated property in the Newfane area as a future home site.

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Help Barker High School students kick off their Donate Life campaign by joining them in a community-wide fun run and walk. The big event happens on March 2, rain or shine. If you pre-register by Thursday, you are guaranteed a race shirt. The form is available at www.barkercsd.net. Registration the day of the event takes place between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. in the Barker High School small gym. A one-mile run/walk for children begins at 10:50 a.m. and the 3.5 mile main event steps off at 11 a.m. There will be free food and drink for participants, as well as lots of prizes and giveaways, say organizers Heather Patterson and Bob Mucha. The entry fee is $13, with checks made payable to the Donate Life Foundation.

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Do you know someone planning on scheduling a road test? Barker High School is offering the New York State DMV’s five-hour pre-licensing class for all permit holders (from any community) on March 8. The class will be held in the high school library from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The fee for the class is $30 per student (checks payable to Barker Central School). The five-hour certificate will be issued immediately at the conclusion of the class, so students must bring their learners’ permit to class with them. You can pre-register by calling James Cantella, director of Adult Education at 795-3203, ext. 7315. Walk-ins will be welcome on the day of the course.

Barker-area residents, send your news to juliechatterbox@msn.com (jpeg pictures, MSWord or text in emails only); or to 8691 Lake Road No. 9, Barker, NY 14012. To be in next week’s Chatterbox, information should be in Julie’s hands by 6 p.m. Monday.

Barker-area residents, send your news to juliechatterbox@msn.com (jpeg pictures, MSWord or text in emails only); or to 8691 Lake Road No. 9, Barker, NY 14012. To be in next week's Chatterbox, information should be in Julie's hands by 6 p.m. Monday.