Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

January 13, 2014

Shoreline Byline

By Betty Haag
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Good morning dear readers: How’s everyone this week? Tommy Boy the JRT and I have been hibernating along with the rest of Western New York. However, Wilson didn’t get the snow that other areas did. We had cold temperatures and winds, but little else. Still, it was a fine time to cuddle up with a good book, a fuzzy dog, hot chocolate and a cozy feather throw. I must admit I will have some serious cleaning up to do right outside the door as Tommy looked at me like I was nuts for sending him out there. He did the Wilson Two Step, then ran back into the house and up onto the couch again. Can’t say that I could blame him. Yeah, I know I’m harboring a spoiled rotten dog, but then he’s so cute I can’t help myself.

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If you are interested in history, the end of December 2013 marked the 200th anniversary of the burning of the settlement where the Village of Wilson stands today. Thanks to our own Bob Kane, a commemorative card of this event will be available in every National Park across America. Special thanks to local artist George Banagis, whose beautiful commemorative drawing graces the front. A full-color version can be seen at the Village of Wilson office and the Wilson Free Library.

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Exley Methodist Church, Lake Street, Wilson, will be hosting their community potluck supper at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Everyone is welcome.

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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Young and McChesney streets, Wilson, invites everyone join them as they hold monthly discussions focusing on religious tradition expressed through art. Discussion leaders include Tom Hewner, Toby Mansfield, Tom Geise and Tony Busch. The third session will meet in the church at 7 p.m. Wednesday with the topic: Islamic art and its religious culture. Future topics will include Hindu, Buddhism, African, North American Native and Myan/Incan.

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A new gourmet coffee shop is opening at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Village of Wilson. The new Wilson Brew Company is at 315 Catherine St. Parking is available on Catherine Street and across Young Street in the fire hall parking lot.

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Later on Saturday, you can catch a food and wine pairing dinner/jazz music event at 6 p.m. at the new Midnight Run Wine Cellars, 3301 Braley Road, Wilson. Call 751-6200 for more information.

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This month, the basketball program at Wilson High School is hosting a food drive to collect donations for the local food pantries. Anyone who brings in two cans of non-perishable food to the games on Jan. 21 and 24 will be admitted for free. Also, everyone is encouraged to wear white to the games. The boys will host Roy-Hart on Jan. 21 and the girls will host Albion on Jan. 24.

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Sara and the BTOP (Better Technology, Onsite and Personal) Express will be returning to the Wilson Free Library, 265 Young St., in the upcoming weeks. She will be at the library for an Open Access (Gadgets and Gear) from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 24. Open Access provides one-on-one assistance on a variety of topics — bring your own device and questions. She will then return in February for two classes each day on Feb. 6 and 7. Sara is knowledgeable and an excellent teacher. If you have not taken advantage of these fabulous, free classes, you really should. Registration is required for all sessions; stop by the library or call 751-6070 to sign up.

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The Wilson Library also announces the return of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, an AARP Foundation program. Trained volunteers will assist people in preparing their income tax returns. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service in the nation. The Tax-Aide team will be at the library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Monday, starting Feb. 3. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. Stop by the library or call 751-6070 to schedule.

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Preschool Story Hour is being held from 1 to 2 p.m. every Thursday at the Wilson Free Library. All 3- and 4-year-olds are invited to the library to share an hour of stories, crafts, songs and fun.

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Wilson Free Library Director Marge Clark would like everyone to know that Thomas Marks Elementary School is looking for “community flag raisers.” Community flag raisers help two students to raise the flag each morning at the beginning of the school day. Each flag raiser commits to one day per week. Clark does it on Monday mornings and says that it’s a great way to start the day — and for those of us who don’t get an opportunity to say the pledge five days a week, it provides a welcome reflection.

Send your good news from Wilson, South Wilson and Ransomville areas to bettyhaag@verizon.net (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.