Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It’s Homecoming Week in Barker! The classes are hard at work on their floats, so don’t miss the parade at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
We need your help. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Barker Bosom Buddies team will be walking in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Watt Farms, in Albion, on Sunday. There is a big pink basket full of great goodies on display at Thee Barker Store, where you can pick up chances to win it. Chances are $1 or six for $5 and we will draw a winner on walk day. Anyone can join our team for the walk through the majestic orchards.
The Barker Seniors will meet Friday at Barker Fire Hall and it’s a Halloween party, so come in costume. Julie’s game starts at 10:30 a.m., the business meeting is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.
The Niagara County Office for the Aging nutrition lunch consists of Swedish meatballs in mushroom gravy, whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, rye bread, lemon whip, milk and coffee or tea. Seniors must call Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575 by Thursday to order a lunch and reserve a place.
Storyteller Howard Edmond will entertain after lunch. Cards for the Pratt Elementary pen pals are due at this meeting.
Everyone age 55 or over, from any community, is invited to join this fun group; dues are $2 a year. For information, contact director Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787.
Tickets are on sale now for the drive-through or eat-in chicken dinner Sunday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 133 Telegraph Road, Middleport.
Our Barker Lions are cooking up their famous barbecue chicken and the chicken halves will be served with potato salad, baked beans, roll and dessert. Advance tickets cost $8 and this usually sells out quickly.
Dinners at the door cost $8.50 as long as they last. Meal service starts at 11:30 a.m. Pre-sale meals should be picked up by 1 p.m. To get your tickets, call 735-7209.
The annual spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction to benefit the Challenger Sports League and Equi*Star Therapeutic Riding Ranch has a new home this year. The event will be held at the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The cost of a pasta dinner and dessert is $7. There will be a great Chinese auction, a door prize, a 50/50 raffle, a raffle for a designer handbag and an autographed youth-size Buffalo Bills jacket and more.
Somerset Town Supervisor Dan Engert wants area senior citizens to know about a great program coming to the Somerset Town Hall. The Niagara County Office of the Aging has, through NY Connect, offered to provide a chronic disease self-management program in the town, and any senior who has a chronic disease is eligible.
Chronic disease is a long-lasting condition that can be controlled but not cured. Many times our seniors must manage multiple chronic issues. The series will give participants direct access to nurses and medical professionals whose aim is to teach/train them in disease control solutions.
The Thursday classes will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the town hall, 8700 Haight Road, from Oct. 24 through Nov. 21 and again Dec. 5. It’s OK if you are not able to attend all of the sessions; they provide a book at the first class with a handout that refers you to the optional reading related to each class topic.
Pre-registration is preferred but anybody who wants to attend any session is welcome. For more information or to register, call the town supervisor’s office at 795-3575 or the Office for the Aging at 438-3030.
Tickets are on sale now for the annual Barker Veteran’s Dinner, to be held Nov. 10 at Barker Fire Hall. Veterans are the honored guests and attend free of charge, but they must still register and get a ticket. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner catered by Two Sisters will be served at 5 p.m. The cost is $10 for non-veterans and $5 for children younger than 12.
The event features a stirring tribute to veterans, including the Missing Man table set by Newfane Legion Post. The Vignettes and the Barker Concert Choir, led by Drew Burke, will provide entertainment. The guest speaker is Earl Schmidt, a veteran of Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Afghanistan.
Tickets are available at Thee Barker Store, Three Bears Café or Somerset Town Hall; or call Wally Coates at 795-9948.
Got popcorn? The annual popcorn fundraiser for the Barker Pack 26 Cub Scouts camp fund offers all kinds of popcorn and goodies — but those of us who don’t want to indulge in the treats can still help two great organizations. You can order popcorn for your family to enjoy or donate to a special program that delivers that popcorn to soldiers in the U.S. military, helping morale and your waistline at the same time! Ask a Barker Cub Scout for details or call me at 795-9262.Barker-area residents, send your news to firstname.lastname@example.org (jpeg pictures, MSWord or text in e-mails 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.