Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Good morning, dear readers: How’s everyone this week? Happy New Year wishes to all our Chinese friends. This is the year of the horse.
No matter what the groundhog said yesterday, you know we always have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day before we see the end of winter around here.
Can you believe the Atlanta area last week? Yeah, they had an ice glazing and about 2 inches of snow and they were totally shut down. They need to spend some time in Western New York and “man up” a bit. It took my son in Lawrenceville, Ga., 23 hours to get home. At least he was stuck near a Waffle House so was able to have a couple of breakfasts, hot coffee and a good, warm place to pass the time.
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The Wilson Golden Agers will meet Tuesday at the Wilson Fire Hall, 250 Young St. Coffee and tea are served at 10 a.m. and the meeting is at 11, followed by a bag lunch and election of officers. On the kitchen committee are M. Donovan, I. Heiser and A. Smith. If Wilson schools are closed due to bad weather, the club doesn’t meet. 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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In school news:
Congratulations to the Wilson Winners from the middle school for November and December: Taylor Carmer, Patrick Seeley, Brayden Thompson, Shayna Rutty, Nick Nowicki, Courtney Brown, Mac Musall, Julie Reagan, Julia Seider, Isabella Schultz, Gerianne Rodger and Chaylee Wilson.
Kudos to the current Athlete of the Week, cheerleader Vanessa Moebius, who is a foreign exchange student from Germany.
Congratulations to the Scholastic Bowl team of Isaiah Barrett, Caitlin Boyle, Jake Graca and Dakota Sanders, coached by Mr. Nevins, for defeating Lewiston Porter and Lockport last week.
Congratulations to BOCES senior Matthew Foster, whose team took first place at last week’s Automobile Technology Competition.
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A Quilt Show is coming to the Ransomville Historical Room from March 1 to May 1. If you have a quilt you would like to display, call Pam at 791-4258 or Pat at 791-3725.
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There is a community effort under way to make our Wilson piers safer. Led by resident Keith Wiesinger, who tried to help save drowning victim Dennis Ash in July 2012, this group has sought out assistance from the village and town of Wilson. Permission is being sought to install life buoy stations at the East Pier. Anyone wishing to donate to this project may send a check payable to the Village of Wilson, P.O. Box 596, Wilson NY 14172, with a note in the check memo line reading “Wilson Safe Pier Project.”
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Sara and the BTOP Express will be returning to the Wilson Free Library, 265 Young St., in February for free computer classes on Thursday and Friday. At 10 a.m. Thursday, Sara will present Internet Resources, focusing on YouTube, Twitter and Wikipedia. Laptops will be provided. At 10 a.m. Friday, Sara will give a demonstration on the new Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. For this class, you must bring your own Windows 8 machine. Afternoon sessions on both days will be Open Access, providing one-on-one assistance on a variety of topics. Bring your own device and questions. Registration is required for all sessions; stop by the library or call 751-6070 to sign up.
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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will return to the Wilson Free Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Monday, starting today. Trained volunteers will assist people with their income tax returns, at no charge. Appointments must be scheduled in advance; stop by the library or call 751-6070 to schedule.
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Wilson native and SUNY Fredonia music industry major Savannah King created “The Alphabet Project,” an A-to-Z sequence of songs and videos that showcase some of her original pieces, while also paying tribute to artists she admires. Embarking on her musical journey in June with “Letter A” (The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Ava Adore”), she released a YouTube video at 1 p.m. every Sunday for 26 weeks. King newest album, “She Sends Her Love,” was ranked number one on the WBNY music charts for five weeks.
King’s creativity is not limited to musical expression. She not only writes and performs her own songs, she films and edits many of her videos. The music is recorded live, on location, without lip syncing. “I think that’s really special about the project. It makes it real,” King said.
King, 19, was recently nominated for the “2013 Best of Buffalo Awards” in the categories of Best Female Vocalist, Best Acoustic Act and Best Original Music.
She hopes that she will continue to grow as a musician and song writer. “I’m trying to get to the point that I can support myself doing music once I graduate,” King said.Send your good news from the 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.