Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

October 9, 2013

Chatterbox by Julie Obermiller

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It’s homecoming week in Barker next week. The kids have the day off on Monday for Columbus Day, and then there are activities planned every day, along with float building for the big parade at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Go Raiders!

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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 on Oct. 20. 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. The chances are $1 or six for $5, and a winner will be drawn on walk day. Your donations in any amount to the American Cancer Society are appreciated, and anyone can join our team for the walk through the majestic orchards.

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The weather forecast is looking good for the Christmas at the Lighthouse on Sunday at Golden Hill State Park. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our own Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse, with something for everyone. Santa and his elves will be there for the kids, as well as face painting. Several local wineries will be offering free tastings, and there will be farmers with fall produce and other vendors. Try your luck in the Chinese auction; the take-out chicken barbecue by the Barker Lions Club begins at noon, and they will also be selling chili, hot dogs, cider, donuts and baked goods. Take tours of the Lighthouse, decorated for the holidays by the Friends of the Lighthouse, and you can climb the spiral staircase to the top. Parking and tours are all free.

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Register by Oct. 14 for a fun, family bowling event at Allie Brandt’s on Oct. 20 to benefit the Lockport Winter Wonderland Project on Market Street. Bowling sign-in will begin at 12:15 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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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 Barker Seniors will meet Oct. 18 at the 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 and lunch served at 11:45. The menu is Swedish meatballs in mushroom gravy, whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, rye bread, lemon whip, milk and coffee or tea. Seniors must call the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575 by Oct. 16 to order a lunch and also reserve a place. Storyteller Howard Edmond will entertain after lunch, and cards for the Pratt Elementary pen pals are due at this meeting. Everyone age 55 or older, from any community, is invited to join the group; dues are $2 a year. For information, call director Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787. Trips with the Barker Seniors are open to the public when space permits. There is a Carnival Cruise to Alaska being planned for June 17 through 24, so you can plan ahead for this dream vacation.

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Tickets are on sale now for the Oct. 20 drive-through or eat-in chicken dinner at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 133 Telegraph Road, Middleport. Our Barker Lions are cooking up their famous barbecued chicken. Advance tickets are $8, and this usually sells out quickly. Dinners at the door are $8.50. Meals are served from 11:30 a.m. to sellout. Pre-sale meals should be picked up by 1 p.m. For tickets, call 735-7209.

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The annual spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction to benefit the Challenger Sports League and Equi*Star Therapeutic Riding Ranch will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. A pasta dinner and dessert costs $7. There will be a 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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Somerset Town Supervisor Dan Engert wants to let area senior citizens know about a 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 here, so seniors do not have to travel to Lockport. Any senior who has a chronic disease is eligible. The series will give participants direct access to nurses and medical professionals whose aim is to help them control the effects of their chronic illness by teaching them to be at the center of disease-control solutions. The Thursday classes will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 31, Nov. 7, 14 and 21 and Dec. 5 at Somerset Town Hall, 8700 Haight Road. It’s OK if you are not able to attend all the sessions; they provide a book at the first class with a handout that refers you to the reading related to each class topic. Pre-registration is preferred but anybody who wants to attend any session is welcome. To get more information or to register, call the town supervisor’s office at 795-3575 or 438-3030.

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It’s almost time for the annual Ham Loaf Dinner and bazaar at Countyline United Methodist Church, routes 269 and 18. On Oct. 24, this local favorite will be served family-style with scalloped potatoes, cabbage salad, applesauce, bread, pie and coffee or tea, You can get take-outs at 4 p.m., and dining room service starts at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 11 and under age 5 eat free.

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The annual popcorn fundraiser for the Barker Pack 26 Cub Scouts camp fund sells all kinds of popcorn and goodies, but if you don’t want to indulge, you can order popcorn to be donated to soldiers serving in the U.S. military, so it helps morale and your waistline at the same time. Ask a Barker Cub Scout for details or call me at 795-9262 to order your popcorn for the troops.

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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.