Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

November 11, 2013

Shoreline Byline by Betty Haag

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Good morning dear readers: How’s everyone this week? Today is Veterans Day. I know the kids may think it’s just another day off from school, but let’s try to remember the real reason. Veterans Day always falls on Nov. 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, which ended World War I in 1918. All veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day. Under the most demanding of circumstances and in the most dangerous corners of the earth, America’s veterans have served with distinction. With courage, self-sacrifice, and devotion to our nation and to one another, they represent the American character at its best.

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The Martin F. Jennings Post 836 of the American Legion will hold its Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. today at the flagpole in Greenwood Cemetery on Harbor Street. The guest speaker will be Iraq War Veteran Chris Krieger, president and CEO of Western New York Heroes. This year’s ceremony is dedicated to Michael Witcop, 1st Lt. U.S. Air Force. Witcop was from Wilson and was killed in South Vietnam 45 years ago, on Oct. 25, 1968. They will also honor the legionnaires who passed away this year: Edward Allgeier, Donald Stewart, Larry Peet and Thomas Bateman Jr. Commander Pettit would like to encourage everyone to attend this ceremony to honor all veterans.

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Thank you to everyone who voted. The election inspectors who worked at the Wilson Fire Company 1 have three special voters we would like to thank. Diana and Doyle Phillips went out of their way to bring us coffee and donuts that morning. We also had Bill McInerney go out of his way to bring us pizza from his shop, Billy Macs in Ransomville. The election inspectors would like to throw out a big thank you for your generosity at making our day better.

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On Nov. 16, Home Away From Home Feline Rescue will be having its annual Basket Raffle from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lake Street, Wilson. This year, along with the general basket raffle, the event will feature a Lucky Number raffle, a small group of crafters/vendors with items for sale and Caricature Drawings by Paul. The admission to the raffle is free, general basket tickets are $5 for a sheet of 25, Lucky Number raffle is $5 a number (with a guaranteed win every number), and caricature drawings are $10 for a single or $15 for a couple. All proceeds will benefit the shelter. For more information or to donate a basket or gift, call 998-8808. You do not have to be present to win; all winners will be notified.

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An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ransomville Baptist Church, Route 93 and Academy Street. 

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An “all you can eat” Country Breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Ransomville United Methodist Church, 2573 Youngstown/Lockport Road. Call 791-4978 for more information.

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News from Support Our Schools organization: “Class of 1986 alumni Jeff Dinse a teacher at North Park Junior High School in Lockport, posted a video on YouTube that has gone viral, with more than 62,000 views in one week: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRfQ-L_HOXs. The video features the song “All Kinds of Kinds” by country star Miranda Lambert, who tweeted about it, saying “Just saw this video North Park Junior High made with ‘All Kinds of Kinds.’ They have the right idea.” In a Lockport Union-Sun & Journal interview last week, Dinse said he thought making a video like this would be appropriate since “schools are made up of all different kinds of kids, all different kinds of teachers.” Congratulations and thank you to Jeff for taking on such an inspirational project.

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In student news:

High schooler Dominic Curcione raised more than $200 during Friday’s bake sale for the Our Military Kids organization, which helped him during his father’s deployment. Thanks to Home and Careers teacher Debi Sweeney for helping Dom with his fundraising efforts.

Congratulations to 10 high school students for being chosen to participate in the Area All State Chorus at Fredonia College on Nov. 23: Alicia Britton, Kevin Wiesinger, Kristina Kopchick, Max Schultz, Jacob Graca, Adam Murray, Caitlin Boyle, Bonnie Milczarski, Emily Kam and Allie Bubar; with Tyler DiMarco and Wesley Trank as alternates.

Kudos to Nathan Keil, for being selected to participate in All State Orchestra. 

Congratulations to middle school students Brianna Bagwell and Zach Beyer, who participated in the Junior High Area All State Music Festival in Akron.

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In school news:

Donations for the United Stockings for Sailors and Soldiers drive will be accepted until Friday. WCS is hoping to make and stuff 200 stockings to forward to the USSS organization this year. Thanks to Teresa Manna, the founder of USSS, for allowing Wilson to be involved with the project. You can help with USSS by donating items to help fill the stockings. Suggested items include toiletries, clothing, food items, entertainment and other essentials, including lighters, flashlights, pens and small hand tools. All items must fit in a stocking. Contact Debi Sweeney at dsweeney@wilson.wnyric.org or Janet Durham at jdurham@wilson.wnyric.org for more information.

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Freshly made Douglas Fir Christmas wreaths are again being offered by the Greenwood Cemetery Advisory Committee. The wreaths will be placed in early December and removed in the spring. The cost is $25, and orders must be placed and payments received no later than Nov. 27. For more information, call the town clerk’s office at 651-6704.

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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 716-751-4146. To see it in next week’s Shoreline Byline, please pass it along before 5 p.m. Thursday.