Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — What can I say about the 12th Relay For Life? So many people work for a whole year to bring it together and it’s over so quickly, but the event raised more than $120,000, and fundraising continues through August. For those of us who have lost loved ones to cancer, it was an opportunity to gather support and hugs from the Relay family, and the spirit of hope was contagious. Thank you to the small but mighty committee and the hundreds of other volunteers who made it all happen.
• Wednesday is the big day for fans of Olcott Beach fishing, and all of you who voted for them to be the Ultimate Fishing Town. Drop by the big check presentation of $25,000 from the World Fishing Channel at 1 p.m. in the Lion’s Pavilion. They’re coming to officially crown Olcott as the “Ultimate Fishing Town,” and locals are hoping for a big turnout. There will be a parade from the Olcott Fire Hall to the Lion’s Pavilion. Line up at noon; the parade starts at 12:30 p.m. Come show your spirit! Let’s show those cameras, and everybody across the world, what a friendly and neighborly community we live in.
• It’s Barker Farmers Market time! Musical entertainment at this week’s market will be the Good Ol’ Boys of Hartland in the gazebo. The market is open from 5 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday night, June through August. We’ll be welcoming back Huntington, Childs and Atwater farms as more produce is ready for picking. Last week’s strawberries and early cherries were just wonderful. Roy Nerber has plants, flowers and garden art. Ashford Hollow has added banana milk flavor (tastes like the old banana fudgesicles we had as kids), spiced Chai and iced tea mixes to their gourmet coffee, fudge etc. McDuffie’s has their Scottish shortbread, chicken and steak and Guinness family-size potpies and crisp crust artisan breads. The chocolate and popcorn goodies tent is up, and Jon Hotaling has his woodcraft tent next door. Brianna’s Buddies bring cancer and angel jewelry, Kristen’s Henna Tattoos and more. Schwarzmeullers offer fresh bread and baked goods, all kinds of condiments and preserves, and you can have engraved wooden signs done on the spot. Look for fresh produce, crafts, woodworking and much more to make the trip worthwhile. We’re looking ahead to another great season, with Barker Car Cruises scheduled for July 5, Aug. 2 and Aug. 30. If you have something you’d like to offer, you can rent a space for only $5. The money goes to pay for musical entertainment in the gazebo. There will be a 50/50 raffle each night (see the balloon lady — me) and a special Salvatore’s dinner/hotel package raffle with tickets available until August. To be a part of the market, contact Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787. Bring your chair and celebrate a small-town evening.