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April 9, 2014

Chatterbox: It's time to 'think spring' throughout Barker area

By Julie Obermiller
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The countdown is on for our Barker students to start their spring break on Friday, and we’re all hoping for an increase in sunshine and temperatures leading up to Easter. This weekend brings Palm Sunday for Christians as they begin the holiest week of the year. Passover begins on Tuesday for our Jewish friends. Savor those traditions that bring families together. Enjoy the delights of spring in Western New York.

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Have you signed up for this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Lockport? There is a team informational meeting at 6 tonight at the Roy B. Kelley School cafeteria, 610 East High St., Lockport. Get all the information and materials you need to be a part of this event. Cancer survivors at every stage of their diagnosis are invited to be honored guests — please register this week for T-shirt ordering. Relay participants may walk in honor of a survivor who is physically unable to attend, by registering them at www.relayforlife.org/lockportNY as a “Virtual Survivor” and carrying a poster with a photo or tribute in the opening survivor’s lap at Relay. The survivor will receive a commemorative T-shirt after the event. For more information, contact Kristina Groff at kristina.groff@cancer.org or 689-6982, ext. 65249.

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Town of Hartland children are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cobblestone Schoolhouse, corner of Carmen and Seaman roads. Come early to register before the hunt, which welcomes kids age 2 to 10. The event is sponsored by the Hartland Historical Society.

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Attention teen ball players. Somerset Little League is looking for 13- and 14-year-olds for junior teams (age 14 may try out for seniors) and 15- and 16-year-olds for senior teams. If you didn’t get registered, the last signup is from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lions Community Center, Main Street, Barker. Don’t let this opportunity to get the whole family outdoors slide by. Opening day for baseball is May 3.

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Bring your four-legged furry friends for their free rabies shots from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Somerset highway garage on Haight Road. Make sure your pets are restrained.

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Celebrate the true meaning of the Easter season by taking part in the second annual Cross Walk on Good Friday. Members of Faith United and Countyline Methodist churches invite the community to start at the Barker Village Gazebo at noon April 18. The walk will proceed to Faith UMC at Haight and Quaker roads.

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Tickets are going fast for the Somerset Conservation Club’s Spring Chicken Barbecue on April 27. They are cooking 300 dinners, and tickets are presale only. You can eat your dinner at the club on Johnson Creek Road from noon to 2 p.m., or pick up a take-out before 1:30 p.m. The cost is $9 and tickets are available at Thee Barker Store, The 3 Bears Café or Somerset Town Hall. You can also call Mike Flint at 795-3782, Paul Higgins at 796-1127 or any Conservation Club member. Don’t miss out. You can also purchase $5 tickets for their spring raffle to be drawn on May 28.

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The next meeting of the Barker Seniors is May 2 at the Barker Fire Hall, when more than 50 first-grade students will come to meet their senior pen pals. Call the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575 to reserve a lunch. The suggested donation price has risen to $3.25. Call Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787 for information.

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Prize donations are being accepted for a May 3 benefit for Barker second-grader Skyla Dennis, who was recently 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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How much do you love Golden Hill State Park? May 3 is “I Love My Park Day” across New York and our park will host a multi-project day for volunteers from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Project one is a Lighthouse beautification team. This will include flower bed preparation and staining a split rail fence. Project two will be a group working on clearing brush and debris from around the old house foundation at the end of Countyline Road. Project three is for the smallest volunteers. NYS Park staff will lead a nature hike and Golden Hill Treasure Hunt. Along the way, volunteers will locate and identify wildlife and points of interest in the park. All volunteers must register prior to the event and will meet near the Lighthouse at 9:45 a.m. To register online, go to http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/.

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The Barker Central School Honor Society will host the Barker Seniors for the annual breakfast at 7:45 a.m. May 7. Park in the Quaker and Haight roads parking lot.

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Get your ticket now for the Barker Fire Department’s spring raffle and spaghetti dinner on May 18. Your $20 ticket includes dinner, beer and pop and a chance to win 20 great prizes, including a $1,000 cash door prize. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. with side raffles, 50/50, pull tabs and more. Doors open at noon; everyone must have a ticket. Get your ticket from any Barker fireman, while they last.

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Orders are being taken now 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. Contact Emma Dewart at edewart@barkercsd.net with any questions.   

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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.