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September 18, 2013

'Tis the season for festivals, raffles

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The distinct chill in the air early this week had folks hauling out the heavy coats and winter woolies. It’s odd that gloves, like socks, always seem to lose their mates. As you are sorting through that cold-weather gear, think of the many people out there who cannot afford warm clothes and donate your excess to local clothing pantries or organizations. Your closet will have more room and some child waiting for the bus one winter morning will be truly grateful.

Thank you to all who volunteered and to the crowds who attended the Old Fashioned Farm Festival at the Babcock House this past weekend. We are truly lucky to have this glimpse into yesteryear right in our community.

What’s next for the Somerset Historical Society? Join the members Sept. 27 for a hayride and ghost stories. Beginning at 7 p.m. they will provide hayrides around the grounds and lakefront, followed by ghost stories in the barn. There will be cider and doughnuts and a great opportunity for some family fun.


Now that our students are settled in for a new year, it’s time to get ready for Open House. Pratt Elementary’s event is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 tonight. The Junior/Senior High School hours are 6:30 to 8 p.m. Parents of eighth graders going on the trip to Washington, D.C., will meet from 6 to 6:30 p.m. in Herbert Ludwig Auditorium.


The Barker Seniors will meet Friday at Barker Fire Hall. Assistant county attorney Gary Billingsley will be in to help answer legal questions that seniors may have. The group welcomed six new members last week and membership is always open.

Julie’s game starts at 10:30 a.m., the business meeting is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:45. Lunch, supplied through the Niagara County Office for the Aging’s nutrition program, consists of a cold plate with sliced turkey, provolone, lettuce, mustard or mayo, Italian pasta salad, pineapple upside-down cake, milk and coffee or tea. Seniors must call the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575 by Thursday to order a lunch (and also to reserve a place if bringing their own lunch).

Everyone age 55 or older, from any community, is invited to join the fun group; dues are $2 a year. For information, contact director Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787.


Saturday brings the annual Harvest Dinner and Market at Faith United Methodist Church, Quaker and Haight roads. The fun starts at 4:30 p.m. Pulled pork dinners include dessert, for $7.50, and service is dine-in or take-out.


The Somerset Conservation Club’s Fall Raffle is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $20 per ticket for a chance to win 10 different guns/rifles, or a half-day of Lake Ontario Fishing for four people, from Thrill Seekers Sport Fishing. For tickets, call Paul Higgins at 796-1127, Ron Malcolm at 930-4169 or Frank Flint at 795-3907. Somerset Conservation Club is at 1129 Johnson Creek Road. Winning ticket-holders need not be present at the drawing.


The Hartland Historical Society Fall Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the No. 10 Schoolhouse, Carmen and Seaman Roads. Live bluegrass music is by the Fraterrigo Family of Attica. There will be a basket raffle, bake sale and chowder sale. Also for sale: hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian sausage and beverages, plus $8 turkey dinners.


An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at Faith United Methodist Church, Quaker and Haight roads. Did you know that one pint of blood can help up to three people? Call 1-800-RED CROSS for an appointment or just walk in and donate. The coffee is hot and the welcome is always warm at Faith UMC.


You may have seen the Niagara Youth Marine Cadets at our annual Memorial Day ceremony in Somerset Town Park, or helping out at area benefits and events. This elite group of teens is accepting new applicants for their upcoming basic training “Boot Camp,” which begins Oct. 5.

The year-round program is open to girls and boys ages 10 to 19, who are drug- and alcohol-free and are currently enrolled in school. Applicants must be able to participate in physical training and graduate boot camp to earn the title of Marine Cadet. Boys must keep a military haircut and be clean-shaven year-round. Girls cannot wear jewelry and long hair must be tied up. 

If your child wants to be one of the few and the proud, visit the NYMC during one of its regular drills this month, at First Assembly of God Church, 9750 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls.  There’s a one-time enlistment fee of $75 and $10 monthly dues are charged payable beginning in November. For more information and drill times, visit www.niagaramarines.org (weekly drill schedule tab) or call 345-5930.

NYMC is not a faith-based program and membership in First Assembly of God or any other church does not affect enlistment in the program.


Tickets are on sale now for the Barker Fire Department’s Fall Raffle, to be held Oct. 6. Tickets cost $20 and include a spaghetti dinner, beer and pop and a chance to win a $1,000 door prize or 10 big-ticket items. There will be side raffles, 50/50 raffles and pull-tabs. Get your tickets now from any fireman and support your local fire company.


Save the date for a new fundraiser by the Barker PTSA. From noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 6, there will be a Chinese auction, children’s games, balloons, tattoos and more fun, all at Perfect Images Salon on Main Street. Donations for the auction can be dropped off to Laura Fazzolari at the shop.

The Chatterbox deadline is 6 p.m. Monday. Send your news and photos to juliechatterbox@msn.com (no attachments except MS Word and jpeg please), call 795-9262 or send mail to 8691 Lake Road, #9, Barker, NY 14012.