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October 23, 2013

The Chatterbox by Julie Obermiller

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I’m feeling thankful today. Last week was full of pleasant reminders of how blessed we are to live in a small town where folks go out of their way for each other.

It was back to school for me last week as I attended two early mornings of AARP safe driving classes at the Somerset Town Hall. The three-dozen adult students were welcomed each morning with a table set with hot coffee, tea and goodies, and it was much appreciated. Town Clerk Becky Connolly was up even earlier, baking chocolate chip cookies and Rice Krispie treats for us to enjoy during the long sessions. When someone bakes you cookies, it puts a smile on your face all day. Thank you, Becky.

More sincere thanks go to local woodcrafter Jon Hotaling. I asked him to make me more than a dozen wooden bases with dowels to use to create holiday centerpieces to adorn the senior citizen lunch tables. Not only did he make more than I asked for, in just a few days, but he donated them to the seniors at no cost. At Friday’s Halloween party, the bases help up fluffy, white ghosts, and turkeys are in the works for next month. Thank you, Jon, for sharing your talents.

The rain held off for Barker’s Homecoming parade last week and the students put on a great show of creativity and spirit. Thank you to the Barker Lions and Barker Lighthouse Optimists for serving up 200 hot dogs and beverages after the parade. Small-town traditions make us all feel happy inside. May we always be grateful for the neighbors and volunteers, and sometimes strangers, who lighten and brighten our days with acts of kindness.

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It’s not too late to enroll for the chronic disease self-management program starting Thursday at the Somerset Town Hall. The program, offered through The Niagara County Office of the Aging, through NY Connect, is available to any adult who has a chronic disease is eligible. Chronic disease is a long-lasting condition that can be controlled, but not cured. Many times our seniors must manage multiple chronic issues. 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/training them to be at the center of disease control solutions. The classes will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the town hall, 8700 Haight Road, Thursday, as well as Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14 and 21 and Dec. 5. 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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