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October 2, 2013

It will be a fun-filled weekend around Barker, Somerset

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Welcome to October! It’s a really busy weekend around town, with the Barker Fire Company’s fall raffle event and the fun Sunday planned by the Barker PTSA. Fans of the Barker Farmer’s Market can stop by the village park on Sunday to see some old and new vendors. I’ll be there twisting animal balloons, so stop by to say hi.

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It’s flu shot time. Many folks don’t want to make a doctor’s appointment and risk germy waiting rooms to get their shot, but it is really important to be covered before flu season catches you unaware. You can get a shot from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Thee Barker Store. A pharmacist from Middleport Family Health will be there to give you the newest vaccine. Shots are covered by your health care plan; just fill out the forms there and bring your insurance card. Those who want a shingles vaccination can also get one at this time, but you need a prescription and you can reserve a shot by calling MFHC at 735-3261 to schedule an appointment.

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The Barker Seniors will meet Friday at the Barker Fire Hall. Julie’s game starts at 10:30 a.m., the business meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. and lunch served at 11:45 a.m. The Niagara County Department of Aging nutrition lunch will be country-fried fish, tartar sauce, scalloped potatoes, creamy cole slaw, roll, ambrosia, milk and coffee or tea. Seniors must call the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575 by Wednesday to order a lunch (and also to reserve a place if you are bringing their own lunch). We will be distributing information about the New York State Sheriff’s Association Yellow Dot Program, designed to make your health and contact information available to first responders if you have an accident or medical emergency on the road. Everyone age 55 or over, 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. Master storyteller Howard Edmond, who did the ghost tales at Babcock House last weekend, will entertain the seniors at the Oct, 18 meeting.

Trips with the Barker Seniors are open to the public when space permits. There is a Carnival Cruise to Alaska, with Mirage Tours, being planned tentatively for June 17 through 24, so you can plan ahead for this dream vacation.

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There are still tickets available for Sunday’s Barker Fire Department Fall Raffle. Tickets are $20 and include a spaghetti dinner, beer and pop and a chance to win a $1,000 door prize or 10 big-ticket items. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m.; doors open at noon. There will be side raffles, 50/50 raffles and pull-tabs. Get your tickets now from any fireman and support your local fire company. They are there for you in an emergency, every hour of every day.

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Join the carnival fun at the big Fall Fundraiser by the Barker PTSA. From noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Perfect Images Salon, Main Street, you can get ladies’ and girls’ haircuts by Laura Fazzolari, mens’ and boys’ haircuts by Mark McKee, nails by Allie Herion or foot reflexology by Lynn Ewald for a $10 donation for each service. George Harris will offer massage for $1 a minute. Purchase products from local vendors, including Avon, Tupperware, Thirty-one, Scentsy flameless candles, Britt’s Slaughterhouse, Tastefully Simple, handmade gifts by Colleen Sandolfini; and Cathy Robinson and Barker Cub Scout Pack 26 will be taking popcorn orders and will have scouting information. Pizza and baked goods will also be available for purchase.

Across the street in the park will be children’s carnival games, popcorn, balloon animals and tattoos. Try your luck at the Chinese auction, with prizes for everyone in the family. Donations for the auction can be dropped off to Laura Fazzolari at the shop. Support your local PTSA. For more information, call Lori Donner at 628-0944.

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Speaking of popcorn, the annual fundraiser for the scout’s camp fund sells 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 to help the scouts, and a special program delivers that program to soldiers in the U.S. military, so it helps morale and your waistline at the same time. Ask a Barker Cub Scout for details, stop by the tent on Sunday, or call me at 795-9262 to order your popcorn for the troops.

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Signs are popping up for the annual Christmas at the Lighthouse on Oct. 13. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our own Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse, and includes a chicken barbecue by the Barker Lions Club. I’ll try to get you some more details or the next Chatterbox.

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Make reservations now for the AARP Safe Driving Course, sponsored by the Barker Seniors. The classes, taught by Pat Ludwig, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and 17 (you must attend both). The certificate of completion can get you a 10 percent discount on your auto insurance or remove points from your license. Classes will be held at the Somerset Town Hall and there is a limit of 40 participants. To reserve a spot, call Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787.

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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. Oct. 20. A pasta dinner and dessert will cost $7. The groups are offering to let other youth groups, etc. sell pre-sale dinner tickets, with 50 cents per ticket going to the seller’s organization. There will be a great Chinese auction, door prize, 50/50 raffle, raffle for a designer handbag and an autographed youth-size Buffalo Bills jacket and more.

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Register by Oct. 14 for a fun, family bowling event on Oct. 20 to benefit the Winter Wonderland Project. The volunteers from this group put up the amazing light display along the canal in Lockport last year, and much more is planned for this year. The event at Allie Brandt Lanes is for teams of four to five people, who each pay $12 for shoe rental and three games of bowling. There will also be a basket auction and other surprises. All money will go toward light repair, new lights and attractions and expenses. Bowling sign-in will begin at 12:15 p.m. for a 1 p.m. start. The group is looking for prize donations for the basket auction as well. Get information on reserving a space on the Winter Wonderland Project on Facebook or by emailing winterwonderlandproject@yahoo.com.

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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.