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March 5, 2014

Chatterbox: March brings many activities to Barker area

By Julie Obermiller
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Hooray for March! It will be worth losing an hour’s sleep on Saturday just to move us closer to spring. There is a really busy week coming up, with a movie, a concert, a pancake breakfast and auction, bouquet sale and more, so get ready to put winter behind us.

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Today is Ash Wednesday for Christians, the first day of a solemn 40-day journey through Lent. Many will give up a favorite food or activity for Lent as a sign of sacrifice, but I suggest, as I do every year, a different approach. The world around me will not be enriched if I give up chocolate for 40 days, but if I choose to do an extra good deed each day of Lent, it may make my little corner of the world a better place. Why not consider making your Lenten sacrifice more meaningful by giving up a portion of your time and talents to help others?

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March brings us Music in Our Schools month. Don’t miss the first concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Herbert Ludwig Auditorium, when the Jr./Sr. High School Band performs. The Barker Music Parents Club would also like you to take home some fresh popcorn, available after the show. This year they are featuring many flavors from The Kernel in Wilson, including caramel corn — plain, peanut, cashew and pecan) — chocolate, with peanuts and carame; and regular – including salt & vinegar, cheddar cheese, hot jalapéno and kettle corn).  The Kernel takes pride in locally growing their own popcorn; it is harvested, shelled, dried, and popped right here in Niagara County. Proceeds benefit the Barker music department’s uniforms, patches, etc.

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The next meeting of the Barker Seniors is on Friday at the Barker Fire Hall. It’s the wearin’ o’ the green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and a prize will go to the best-dressed lass and laddie. The Lenten lunch menu includes a frittata, hash-browned potatoes, mixed vegetables, white bread, molasses cookie, 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. Coming up on March 21 are the Niagara Country Fiddlers. 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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Friday is free family Movie Night in the Pratt Elementary School Cafetorium. The event runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Barker PTSA. Everyone is invited.

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Do you know someone planning to schedule 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, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the high school library. The fee for the class is $30 per student, with 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 are welcome on the day of the course.

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It’s pancake and Chinese auction time. Stop by the Barker Fire Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, where the Barker Lions will be cooking up a fundraiser for Barker School’s Foreign Language Club. The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash-browned potatoes, sausage, toast, juice and coffee or tea. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for kids 12 and under and children under 3 eat free. You can get a family ticket for $20, which includes two adults and three children. There will also be a Chinese auction, so come and try your luck. Winners need not be present.

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Support the work of Niagara Hospice by purchasing a bouquet of fresh flowers during their annual Spring Bouquet Sale, from March 3 to 9, available at many locations throughout the county. Kim Matheis be offering them for sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Barker Fire Hall during the pancake breakfast, in honor of the many local residents who used Hospice services.

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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 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. Tickets are $5 for general seating and are available in the high school office.

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The Winter Wonderland Project is having a Mid-Winter Blues Indoor Yard Sale at 71 Van Buren St., Lockport. Doors are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15. For $1 you’ll get a 13-gallon kitchen bag to fill with clothing. There’s lots of winter clothing and shoes, from baby to adult, and even plus sizes. There are also some books, kitchen knives, knick-knacks and a little bit of everything. Come beat the blues with a warm yard sale and support the volunteers who brought the lighted Christmas displays to Lockport.

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There is only one more sign-up for this summer’s session of Barker Lighthouse Optimist Soccer. LOSL is open to any child who is now in pre-K through 12th grade. The last sign-up will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 22 at the Barker Free Library,

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Here’s a reminder for those Barker grads who might be eligible for annual scholarships from the Barker Alumni Association. An individual may be granted a scholarship four times. To begin the application process, a graduate must write a formal letter requesting an application and send it to the Alumni Association Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 266, Barker, NY 14012 before April. This letter will become part of the application and should include information about the applicant and the reason for applying. Completed forms must be returned by May 1.  The Alumni Scholarship Committee will decide on the distribution of the awards by June 1. Those receiving grants must attend the Annual Alumni Banquet on June 14. The Alumni Association also offers scholarships to members of the senior class, who must apply through the BCS Guidance office. Senior applications will be made available in March.

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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.