Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

October 28, 2013

Wilson Food Pantry gearing up for busy winter

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Good morning dear readers: How’s everyone this week? Next Tuesday is Election Day. Please study all the information you can about each of the candidates and issues that you will be asked to select. Vote wisely and intelligently. Your vote does make a difference at the local level.

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Patrick Daul, who is running for Town of Wilson supervisor, will host a “Meet and Greet” the candidate night at 7:30 tonight at 315 Catherine St., Wilson. This is the new home of the Wilson Brew Co. All town and village residents are welcome.

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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wilson is presenting a play written and performed by Karen S. Cassidy titled, “Wild and Wacky Women of the Bible” a 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Doors at St. Paul’s will open at 7 p.m., with refreshments served until the 7:30 p.m. start. Tickets are $5, with funds to support St. Paul’s mission projects. Reservations are suggested, as only 100 tickets will be sold. For reservations, call 433-4600.

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Here’s an update for the Wilson Community Food Pantry. Director Janet Hoffman said: “The pantry would like to thank our community for taking the time to care and share with those in need. As the fall leads into winter, seasonal workers will be in need of us again to tide them over in to next spring. As of the writing, our family number has increased to 85, with the average number in the family being 4 to 5. I am thinking that by our anniversary date — Nov. 13 — we will be up to 100. In less than a year, this shows us of the need for our food pantry services. If you know of anyone who is in need our pantry services, please have them stop on Tuesday or give me a call. Many of you in the community, as well as village and town organizations, stepped up to the plate and helped us with our holiday meals and stocking of the pantry shelves last year. We ask that you please consider doing it again this year. If you have any vegetables or fruit remaining in your gardens, please consider donating those to the pantry. We have extended our hours on from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, if you need to drop off items. Also, if you need items picked up, call me at 751-0165. Those on the pantry committee and volunteers look forward to continuing to serve our community and with your help we will succeed. We thank you.”

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Garner Light, Wilson-Lake Plains coordinator, has announced that the Christmas Bird Count will be Dec. 14. The Wilson-Lake Plains bird count covers a 15-mile radius that includes parts of Lockport, Newfane, Wilson, Olcott, Cambria and Ransomville. This includes all of the Lake Ontario shoreline from Wilson-Tuscarora State Park to Phillips Road in Olcott. If you are interested in watching your bird feeders that day, or if you have neighbors or friends within the count circle that would be interested in helping, let Light know. Contact him by email at garnerlight@hotmail.com. More information, including a map of the count circle, can be found on Facebook at Wilson-Lake Plains CBC.

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The Wilson Historical Society offers everyone an opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with more than 20 vendors and crafters to choose from.

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Also Saturday, Exley United Methodist Church is hosting its Annual Country Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will feature a Victorian-style tea with muffins served at 9 a.m., handcrafted wreaths and jewelry, florals, aprons, homemade dog biscuits, catnip pillows, baked goods, homemade fudge and candies, jams, jellies and pickles, theme baskets for sale, and a chicken casserole luncheon served at 11 a.m.

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The Garden Gate’s Holiday Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 257 Young St., Wilson. At 2 p.m. Sunday, attendees can sample wines from Schulze Vineyards and Winery. Call 751-6402 for more information.

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Marge Clark, director of the Wilson Free Library, announced that the library will be hosting free computer classes the week of Nov. 4. Two classes will be held each day, Monday through Friday. The schedule is: Monday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Email Intermediate; 1 to 4 p.m., Internet Intermediate. Tuesday: 2 to 5 p.m., Microsoft Word Intermediate; 5 p.m., Open Access. Bring your own device and ask questions. Wednesday, 2 to 5 p.m., Flash Drives and File Management; 5 p.m., Open Access. Thursday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wikipedia; 1 to 4 p.m., Facebook Combo. Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gaga For Google; 1 to 4 p.m., Open Access. All classes are free, but registration is required. Stop by the library or call 751-6070 to reserve your spot.  

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Town of Wilson Supervisor Joe Jastrzemski had received a few letters from Wilson residents asking about putting a columbarium in Greenwood Cemetery. Councilman Brad Clark was asked to investigate, and then brought the information to a workshop. Original estimates were around $20,000. But with some help from two Wilson residents, Bubby Pawlak, who donated his company’s help installing the foundation; and Steve Clark, with his donation of bringing a crane to install the columbarium, which weighed 8,300 pounds, this brought the cost down to about $17,000. The Town Board voted to proceed with the project, and it was delivered this month. The columbarium is a structure that houses cremated remains. It is available now by contacting Dave Ross at Hamilton/Clark Funeral Home.  

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The Ransomville Baptist Church will host an Election Day Spaghetti Dinner and Basket Raffle from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the church, 2578 Youngstown/Lockport Road. The basket drawing will be at 6:30 p.m. The church is handicapped accessible. Take-outs will be available. For more information, call 791-4258 or 754-8834.

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The Ransomville Rural Retirees’ next meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Ransomville Fire Hall, Route 93. The event will feature a pot luck dinner, door prizes, raffles and a purse and tool exchange. The program will be “Bread Time Stories and More” with Chet Fery. For more information, call Jan Edgerton at 778-8063.

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The Wilson Little League Baseball organization is organizing for the new season and are inviting you to participate in the program through a sponsorship. Sponsor a team and receive a team plaque for display for a $150 donation; sponsor a team and receive a team plaque and 3 x 4 fence banner for a $250 donation; or sponsor a team and receive a team plaque and 4 x 8 fence banner for a $450 donation. With any sponsorship, companies get a link to their website from the baseball website. Make checks payable to Wilson Youth Baseball. Checks can be dropped off or mailed to Wilson Youth Baseball, P.O. Box 854, Wilson, NY 14172. For more information, call Arthur Lawson at 208-4568 or at arthur.lawsonjr@gmail.com.

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The entire Wilson Central School District participated in Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week focuses on drug prevention education and advocacy, and students participated in various activities at every school.

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Former Wilson High School principal and current president of the Rural Schools Association, Dr. Bruce Fraser, has passed along information about a study being conducted by the Mid-Hudson School Study Council, and is asking for your input. This study is being conducted in an attempt to learn and understand more about high stakes testing. The council is seeking feedback from a variety of people and would like Upstate New York to be properly represented. Consider taking five minutes this week to take this survey and voice your opinion on high stakes testing at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V6T2YGX.

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In student news:

Congratulations to the varsity girls soccer team and coaches TJ Baia and Joan LiPuma on their second consecutive N-O League Championship.

Kudos to the current Athletes of the Week Tori Couturier, varsity cross country and Justin Westmorland, varsity football.

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In school news:

Congratulations to Home and Careers teacher Debi Sweeney and her family for earning back-to-back Champion Herdsmen honors at the New York State Fair.

Thanks to photographer David St. Onge for photos from last week’s Athletic Wall of Fame event that are posted online and available for free download at http://dmsphoto.zenfolio.com/2013wof.

“Crush Cancer” tees and hoodies will be on sale in the Middle School/High School during the week of Nov. 4. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society; prices are $15, $25 and $35. Contact Jaime Lepsch at jlepsch@wilson.wnyric.org or Maureen Mahar at mmahar@wilson.wnyric.org if you would like to place an order.

According to the latest rankings released by Business First, Wilson Central School District is ranked as 37 out of 429 upstate districts in New York. Wilson is also in the top 25 percent for cost-effectiveness.

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Send your good news from Wilson, South Wilson and Ransomville areas to bettyhaag@verizon.net (email text only, no attachments except photos in jpg format), or call 751-4146. To see it in next week’s Shoreline Byline, please pass it along before 5 p.m. Thursday.

Shoreline Byline by Betty Haag