Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

December 4, 2013

Chatterbox

By Julie Obermiller
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Welcome to December! Don’t let today’s balmy weather fool you. It’s winter in Western New York, so be sure to fill your wiper fluid tank and carry that scraper, as well as extra scarves and gloves for warmth. There are now 21 days before Christmas, but there are no longer shopping “days” since some stores are already open 24 hours, so the fun never ends. Be safe out there and remember what the season is really about.

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If you saw Monday’s article about the Barker High School Chorus performing with the Buffalo Philharmonic at Kleinhan’s Music Hall, you know what an honor it is for our young songbirds. Congratulations to Brooke Bodine, Marianna Cantella, Lydia Dewart, Eadie Feurch, Perrine Gigandet, Katie Przybyl, Abigail Voss, Alayna Clementi, Kelsie Engert, Alycia Larsen, Faiza Rahman, Serena Rosario, Kianna Stiffler, Sarah Costello, Phoebe Elter, Melissa Pestinger, Brooke Targus, Jordyn Donner, Cassidy Granchelli, Maya Gooding, Lesley Huntington, Sandra Huntington, Hayley Richbart, Kamilah Robison, Monique Vargas, Patrick Desmarais, Lucas Johnson, Matthew Pestinger, Joshua Richbart, Ben Johnson, Sam Nairne, Christopher Sweeney, Mason White, Ryan Kellar, Seth Lutz, Kyle Moeller, Ben Schian, Nattapat Toon Aurnoppakhun, D. Garret Dwyer, Morgan Fay, Nick Mace and Adam Vargas.

Barker will be performing at the 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. concerts on Dec. 13 only. Students can purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount, family and staff tickets are discounted by 30 percent. Call BPO sales coordinator Jeffrey Nieman at 885-5001. What a great Christmas experience this would be for any family.

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Get in the holiday spirit with a great musical performance by the Pratt Elementary Chorus and Band. The concert is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Herbert Ludwig Auditorium, and the community is invited. The Senior High concert begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 12, so mark your calendars.

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“Scrooge, the Musical” has been a tradition at the Lockport Palace Theatre for 10 years, but this is its last year, so don’t miss its final weekend. You’ll see several Barker folks in the cast, including 10-year-old Lena and Laura Fazzolari. “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the movie classic on the big screen, will be shown Dec. 22. It’s my favorite movie and should be shared by everyone this holiday season. It’s magical!

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The Friends of the Barker Library are sponsoring their annual Secret Silent Auction from now through Dec. 14. Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase a decorative rug for the Children’s Room to be used during Pre-school Story Hour. There will be a wide variety of items to bid on, and everyone is invited to come to the library and enjoy this special time of year. Winning bidders will be notified on Dec. 14 to pick up and pay for their items.

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The Barker Community Food Pantry at Faith United Methodist Church is collecting boxed dessert and cake mixes for their Christmas food boxes, and they need about 35 more. If you can help, please drop off your donations to the church collection box by Sunday, at the latest. Thank you for your help in making someone’s Christmas brighter.

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Have you made your donation to the Barker Lions Club? Please return the envelope that came with your Lions Blind Seals with a donation to help the many dedicated local volunteers carry on the great things they do for our community. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but please give from your heart.

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The fourth annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive ends this week, and they need your help. Please make your donations of peanut butter, jelly or jam and marshmallow fluff to help local families in need of a nutritious snack to stretch food dollars. Local drop-off sites include Thee Barker Store, PWT, Three Bears Café and Somerset Town Hall.

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The Barker Seniors will meet on Friday at the Barker Fire Hall. At the last meeting the group passed the hat and collected $140 for the local food pantry. The business meeting is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. The Niagara County Department of Aging nutrition lunch will be hot roast beef sandwich and gravy, mashed potatoes, dessert, 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 you are bringing a lunch. Julie’s game starts at 10:30 a.m. Everyone age 55 or older, from any community, is invited to join the fun 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, with Mirage Tours, being planned for June 17 through 24, so you can plan ahead for this dream vacation. A trip is planned for Jan. 18 to see Wicked at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, with transportation from Barker and dinner on your own at the Cracker Barrel. They are taking reservations now for a trip to the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, Pa. to see “Moses” in April.

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Are you ready for the annual Pajama Madness and Open House at Thee Barker Store? It happens on Saturday, when I’ll be there in my jammies at 6 a.m., ready to wrap those gifts. Look for all the red dot items and get 50 percent off from 6 to 7 a.m., 40 percent off from 7 to 8 a.m. and 30 percent off from 8 to 9 a.m. Hallmark cards and gifts are 20 percent off all day. Free coffee and tea, cookies, wrapping and lots of holiday music make this a fun morning. The open house continues until 4 p.m. In addition to a treasure hunt, door prize and a judging of pajama outfits in a couple of categories, they will also be judging the best “Bed-head” and “Hairiest Legs” for laughs. Get a free packet of Magic Reindeer Food for the kids with each purchase. Bring in your items for the PB&J Drive and food pantry to help your neighbors. Stop by the store for details — I’ll see you then. The Santa Mailbox is out in front of the Barker Store as well, for kids to drop their lists off for delivery to the North Pole.

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Somerset Town Clerk Becky Connolly will be retiring at the end of this year after many years of public and community service. Join her colleagues, friends and townsfolk at an open house reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Baker Fire Hall. They will also recognize Ken Bigelow, former Highway Superintendent, who recently retired and moved to Florida. Pop, punch and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

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Assemblywoman Jane Corwin’s campaign to get warm winter clothes to those in need has provided a huge barrel for collection at our Somerset Town Hall. They will be collecting until Dec. 12, so please drop off those clothes that are taking up space in your closet. Clothing for all ages and sizes is needed.

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The Middleport Community Choirs will present “I Hear the Prophet Callin,” a Christmas Cantata and Handbell performance, at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 168 Main St., Akron. They repeat the performance at 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1357 West Ave., Medina. All are welcome. A free-will offering will be taken.

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Faith United Methodist Church presents its annual Community Christmas Celebration beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at the church, corner Quaker and Haight roads, Barker. There will be holiday music by area artists and performers, the very popular cookie walk where you can purchase your favorites and pay $6 a pound and a visit from Santa between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 6 p.m., there will be holiday music with the Barker Community Band, Somerset Quartet, Barker High School Men’s Choir and musicians Anna Atwater and Kari McKinney. Ham or turkey subs will be available for sale as long as they last. Order Hall’s Apple Farm pies from any church member before Saturday, for delivery at the concert, or call 795-9945.

The Faith UMC Cantata will be performed at 10 a.m. Dec. 15 and everyone is invited.

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.