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February 26, 2014

Chatterbox: Celebrate Music in Our Schools with Barker concert

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — We’re saying goodbye to February and looking ahead to March, if only to get it out of the way! March seems to be coming in on a polar bear instead of a lion. The brief meltdown had the spring bulbs peeking up over the weekend to signal spring, but the freeze is back on, so I hope they survive. Stay warm and remember these days when we are complaining about it being too hot outside.

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Thank you to everyone who came out for the Exchange Club Circus last weekend. The audience didn’t know that our second show finale resulted in one of the crew being hauled away in an ambulance after a back injury. Here’s a shout-out to Danny “Bugsy” Sheehan, who gives his heart and soul to the circus every year. His son replaced him for the last show, but there’s no replacement for Bugsy in our hearts. Feel better!

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At Sunday’s Niagara PAL’s Sports Award dinner, Olivia Denny was recognized as Barker’s Female Prep Athlete of the Year and Jacob Haight was named the Overall Male Prep Athlete of the Year for Niagara County. Mrs. Benoit received the Mark “Chief” Williams award for always going above and beyond the call of duty for the Barker Athletic Department. Congratulations, all.

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March brings us Music in Our Schools month. Barker is the host for the Niagara County Music Educators Association’s Music Festival on Friday and Saturday. Good luck to all the participants, already shining stars in their school’s music departments. Our first public concert is at 7 p.m. March 6 in the Herbert Ludwig Auditorium, when the Jr./Sr. High School Band performs. The BMPC will have a gourmet popcorn sale as well.

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Get your tickets for Barker High School’s upcoming musical. “The Pajama Game” plays from March 14 to 16 and is a hilarious reprise of a 1957 book called “Seven and a Half Cents.” Employees of the Sleeptite Pajama Factory are looking for a whopping seven-and-a-half cent an hour increase and they won’t take no for an answer. Babe Williams is their feisty employee representative, but she may have found her match in shop superintendent Sid Sorokin. When the two get together they wind up discussing a whole lot more than job actions. Tickets are $5 for general seating and are available in the high school office.

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