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March 26, 2014

Barker Cub Scouts race through Pinewood Derby

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Spring has sprung and some of those flower bulbs are peeking through the remaining snow. Take heart, my friends, the cold and drab are almost over and living in farm country means a beautiful burst of green is on the way.

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It was a fun afternoon at the Barker Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby last weekend, hosted by Pack 26. I was amazed by the hard work and precision put into these cars and think that all the boys are winners. I tried to assemble one and thought the pointed axles were nails (they sure looked like nails), and instead of laying them in the channels I hammered them into the sides, making the belly of the car too low to race. An engineer I am not! To the wonderful scout leaders who go the extra mile to make it fun for everyone, I send a huge vote of thanks. Thanks also to the ladies for the refreshments. Scouting has so much to offer, not only for the boys but for the whole family.

The winners of the Pinewood Derby were Brayden James, first; Billy Dyet, second; Allen Donner, third and Donovan Recore, fourth. The top three received trophies and all four will compete in the District Derby on April 27 at Rapids Fire Hall.

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The Relay For Life team meeting is at 6 tonight at Roy B. Kelley School cafeteria, 610 E. High St., Lockport. Not on a team or registered yet? Anyone interested in being a part of Relay is invited, and you’ll find prizes, surprises and all the information and supplies you need.

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As Music in Our Schools Month is coming to a close, we have the Junior and Senior High Chorus Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Herbert Ludwig Auditorium, and everyone is invited.

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If it’s Lent, it means fish fries, and the Cataract Lodge 295, 20 Main St., Middleport, is serving fish, shrimp and chicken finger dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday, for $9.50. Support the Masons’ community activities.

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If you didn’t get registered for the Somerset Youth baseball organization, now an official Little League team, you can sign up from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lions Community Center, Main Street, Barker. The last signup will be at the center from noon to 3 p.m. April 12.

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There will be an old-fashioned wagon ride through Barker on Saturday at the Lions Club Community Center on Main Street. The rides start at 1 p.m. at the Barker Commons for seniors, then move on to the Lions’ building to give rides to the community until 3 p.m. The Optimist Club will offer hot cocoa and cookies, temporary tattoos, balloon animals and a kid craft for the youngsters to celebrate spring. The event is free and everyone is invited.

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The Barker Central School Senior Class of 2014 and the Somerset Masons will be having a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Barker Fire Hall, 1660 Quaker Road. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, potatoes, scrambled eggs, toast, juice, coffee and milk. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. There will also be a bake sale and a basket raffle; winners need not be present.

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The next meeting of the Barker Seniors is April 4 at the Barker Fire Hall. Lisa Lundy of Odd Fellows will have a brief presentation on the facility’s offerings. Easter pen pal letters and cards must be in. Make a towel Spring Bunny craft with Julie; bring two dishcloths and one dish towel, or we’ll shop for you. Call Julie at 795-9262 with questions. The Lenten lunch menu includes vegetable lasagna, spinach salad with red onion and salad dressing, dinner roll, cherry cake with frosting, milk, coffee and tea. Call the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575 to reserve a lunch. The suggested donation price is $3.25. Only a few tickets remain for a trip to see the Von Trapp Family Singers at the Riviera Theatre on April 27. The trip includes the bus from Barker, the 2:30 p.m. show and dinner on your own at Pane’s Restaurant. Call Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787 for more information.

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Mail your registration and payment for Barker Lighthouse Optimist Soccer to Lighthouse Optimist Soccer, P.O. Box 145, Barker, NY 14012. Registrations must be postmarked by March 31 to avoid double fees.  

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Pet owners should plan ahead for the free rabies clinic to be held at the Somerset highway garage on Haight Road from 2 to 4 p.m. April 12.

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Prize donations are being accepted for a May 1 benefit for Barker second-grader Skyla Dennis, who has been diagnosed with acute myeoblastic leukemia. Flyers are posted around town and I will keep you updated with details of the event, to be held at the Hartland Fire Hall. If you can help, call Julie Socie at 863-2081 or Jen Quegliano at 438-6569.

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Orders are being taken for the 2014 Barker Central School Latrator yearbook. Order forms can be found on the Latrator page of the BCS website or online at jostensyearbooks.com. Orders must be in by May 9. Please contact Emma Dewart at edewart@barkercsd.net with any questions.   

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.