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October 30, 2013

Halloween brings back fond memories of the old days

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Growing up as a kid in Buffalo, I have fond memories of Halloween. Back in the 1950s, the night before Halloween was called Beggars Night, and that’s when we would go out to Trick or Treat. On Halloween, we would have fun parties where we enjoyed bobbing for apples and other silly games. In those days, before things had to be store-bought and individually wrapped for protection, we got things like homemade popcorn balls, decorated cut-out cookies, fresh apples, Hershey’s cocoa fudge and cups of cider and donuts from houses on our street.

We stopped and chatted with neighbors along the way, spinning around to show off the costumes largely made with imagination and leftovers from Mom’s sewing basket. The first purchased costume I ever had was a walking ham and cheese sandwich, with a jar of mustard mask! My favorite will always be the Glinda, the Good Witch costume Mom made from an old lace tablecloth dyed pink. I won a doll at Ampol Eagle as a prize, and it was a treasure. We all knew each other in those days, and it was a wonderful shared experience. Nostalgia makes me sad to see carloads of kids dropped off on more populated streets for the dash and grab for candy from strangers, and the loss of the magic that was Halloween when we were kids decades ago. Kudos to the local organizations, church groups, etc., that hold events to try to make Halloween more than just a crush for candy for today’s spooks and spacemen.

Trick-or-Treating in Somerset takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Kids through fifth grade are invited to the Lions Club/Optimist Club costume parade at 7 p.m. in the Pratt Elementary School cafetorium. The Lions will provide cider and donuts.

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Get sweet citrus fruit straight from Florida from the Barker Music Parent Club Citrus Fruit Fundraiser. Order 10 or 20 pound boxes of navel oranges, ruby red grapefruit or a combination of both. All orders must be received by Nov. 12; no late orders accepted. Delivery is tentatively scheduled for the first two weeks in December. Customers will be notified within 24 to 48 hours prior to the delivery truck’s arrival from Florida. This is to ensure your fruit is as fresh as possible. Order from any BMPC member or call Cheryl Chunko at 417-1711. 

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This is week two of the workshops on “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” at Somerset Town Hall, and your last chance to enroll. Participants receive the book, valued at $18.95, free as a guide to healthful living. Any adult who has a chronic disease is eligible. The interactive workshop offers life skills, techniques and resources to get the most out of life, and participants can share their own experiences and solutions for coping with age and illness. The Thursday classes will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Somerset Town Hall, 8700 Haight Road, this Thursday, 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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The Barker Seniors will meet Friday at the Barker Fire Hall. Julie’s game starts at 10:30 a.m., 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 Haunted Ham Loaf and all the trimmings, 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. Anyone 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. The next payment installment is due Nov. 15. Do you like to buy handcrafted items for holiday presents? The Barker Seniors will hold its annual Senior Fall Fair on its Nov. 15 meeting day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barker Fire Hall. Seniors will bring their crafts for sale and the public is invited to stop by for a free cup of coffee, to browse and shop. Call Jo Ann to reserve a table for your wares.

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When you vote on Tuesday, don’t forget the Election Day Spaghetti Dinner at the Faith United Methodist Church. Serving begins at 4 p.m., and the meal includes salad, spaghetti with sauce, meatballs, garlic bread, beverage and dessert. Take-outs are available. The dinner will be prepared by Chef Gordie Harper and is sponsored by the Somerset Masonic Lodge. For more information, call 550-2795.

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Hartland United Methodist Church will hold an Election Day chicken and biscuits dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church, 8017 Ridge Road, Gasport. Also included is a craft and gift sale from 4 to 7:30 p.m. This popular dinner is catered by Donna Eick and is sponsored by the Hartland United Methodist Women. Everyone is invited. Call 799-7426 for more information.

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Looking for an adult evening out? The St. Patrick’s Site of Our Lady of the Lake Parish will hold a Fruit of the Vine Wine Tasting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9. Eagle Crest Winery, makers of fine table wines from the Finger Lakes, will be coming to showcase an assortment of wines. Prepare your taste buds for a feast. Cheese, crackers, pretzels, nuts, finger foods and desserts will be served. Enjoy music and candy tasting by Cindy Jex of Barker Chocolate Box. A donation of $10 per person pre sale — or $15 at the door — will include a door prize for the winning ticket. There will also be a raffle for a set of Buffalo Sabres vs. Ottawa tickets for the Dec. 10 home game. Tickets will be sold at the front door of the churches before and after Mass, or call Jan Kerth at 795-3354 or Kathy Curry at 795-3822 for tickets.

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Tickets are on sale now for the annual Barker Veteran’s Dinner, which will be held Nov. 10 at the Barker Fire Hall. Veterans are the honored guests and attend free of charge, but they must still register and get a ticket. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner catered by Two Sisters at 5 p.m. The cost for non-veterans is $10; $5 for children under 12. The event features a stirring tribute to veterans, including the Missing Man table set by Newfane Legion Post. The Vignettes and the Barker Concert Choir, led by Drew Burke, will provide entertainment. Guest speaker will be Earl Schmidt, veteran of Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Afghanistan. Tickets are available at Thee Barker Store, Three Bears Café or Somerset Town Hall, or call Wally Coates at 795-9948.

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Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour this weekend! It’s been very strange for the kids waiting for early school buses in the dark this week, so it will be a welcome change.

Barker-area residents, send your news to Julie Obermiller at 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.