By Betty Haag
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Good morning dear readers: How’s everyone this week? What a week we just had! I am totally flummoxed, confused, bewildered … you name it! I asked my grandsons (ages 9 and 6) what they wanted Santa to bring them. They started naming electronic items that I never heard of. I told them not to expect any of those things from Grandma because I had no idea what they were talking about. Then our friend Carmen Presti had to go through a terrible ordeal. He just got approval from the Town of Wilson to begin construction of his sanctuary, when some group wants to take Kiko the chimp away from him, after just losing his beloved chimp Charlie just a few weeks ago to a heart attack. Then I have been reading about the “Common Core” for teaching our young people. Say what? So what happened to reading, writing, arithmetic and No. 2 pencils? No wonder what you read in emails, Facebook and Twitter is barely understandable. Several years ago I studied sign language in order to help my granddaughter. The terrible news of Nelson Mandela passing away was further confusing because, as I watched the TV, the sign language interpreter looked like he was doing the hokey-pokey. The world just did not make any sense to me last week. Hash tag: just wondering.
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Pastor Stephen Hay of First Baptist Church and Pastor John Loeser of Exley United Methodist Church are joining together to invite the entire community to Celebrate Christmas at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Wilson High School Auditorium. Wear your favorite ugly sweater and come expecting surprises and prizes.
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Tom Geise tells me that Wednesday’s art history class has been postponed until January due to scheduling conflicts. The classes usually take place the third Wednesday of each month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and they will continue with the Islam presentation on Jan. 15. I’ll remind you next month.
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The Wilson Golden Agers will meet Tuesday at the Wilson Fire Hall, 250 Young St. Coffee and tea are served beginning at 10 a.m. The 11 a.m. meeting will be followed by Christmas dinner for those who signed up. Bring your $5 payment if you haven’t already paid. A few seats are still available for the trip to the Savannah, Jekyll Island and the Beaufort, S.C. area from April 6 to 12. Call Marilyn Harbison at 791-3965 for details. The Golden Agers meet the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Anyone 55 or older is welcome to join. For more information, call Sandy Yousett at 751-9284.
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Exley United Methodist Church has just finished its first successful “Grief Share Group.” The next group will be starting up again from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the church, 338 Lake St., Wilson. Grief Share is a 13-week biblical-based program, video seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. Attendees have the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a loss. Registration is $15 — scholarships are available — and child care is provided for children ages 2 to 11. For more information, call 751-6057. This program is facilitated by Exley and Fillmore Chapel UMC.
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Marge Clark from the Wilson Free Library regretfully announced that there will be no Holiday Tour of Homes this year. Hopefully, the tours will return next year. Clark would also like to remind everyone to fill out a library survey. They can be found at the library and town and village offices.
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In student news:
• Senior soccer player Kaylee Stoelting was featured in YNN’s newscasts for receiving its Athlete of the Week award.
• Congratulations to Tim Walch, Kevin Daunce, Tyler Hedley and Justin Westmorland for being named to the 2013 All Niagara Gazette Football Team. Hunter Howland also earned an Honorable Mention nod.
• Kudos to senior Chase Wheeler for being selected to the 2013 WNY All-Academic Football Team. The award is granted by WNY High School Sports and to qualify, Chase had to be a starter with an overall GPA of 90 or above. He will be honored at a banquet on Saturday.
Send your good news from Wilson, South Wilson and Ransomville areas to firstname.lastname@example.org (email text only, no attachments except photos in jpg format), or call 751-4146. To see it in next week’s Shoreline Byline, please pass it along before 5 p.m. Thursday.