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November 6, 2013

Halloween costume winners are named by Lions, Optimists

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Well, Halloween is over for another year, and here we are in November! Thank you to the Barker Lions and Lighthouse Optimist Club for sponsoring the Halloween party at Barker School. Special thanks to Barker Mayor Aaron Nellist, Town Supervisor Dan Engert and wife Marie, and Jeff Pyskaty for helping out as judges. It’s a hard task to narrow it down when there are so many cute costumes, but here are the winners in four categories and four age groups: Nora Lee, Oliver Mietlowski, Kolt Wilson, Owen Swan, Chase Engert, Moira Dwyer, Megan Mulon, Caleb Pierce, Lilly Monthony, Timmy Dent, Kate Mulon, Abby Heideman, Brianna Foster, Cameron Gesamino, Logan Harris and Nate Heideman.

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The Barker Lions annual Lions Blind Seals are going out in the mail soon and they would appreciate your donation to help support all the Lions activities and projects. Lions volunteer their time and talents to help out our community through the year, and your monetary support helps in many ways. Please give from the heart!

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The fourth annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive has begun. 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 Cafe’, Somerset Town Hall and Barker High School. The drive runs until Dec. 6.

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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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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. Saturday. Eagle Crest Winery will be coming to showcase an assortment of wines. Cheese, crackers, pretzels, nuts, finger foods and desserts will be served. Enjoy music and candy tasting by Cindy Jex of Barker Chocolate Box. Donation is $10 per person presale, 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 Dec. 10 home game. Tickets will be sold at the front door of the churches before and after Mass, or contact Jan Kerth at 795-3354 or Kathy Curry at 795-3822 for tickets.

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Tickets are still available for the annual Barker Veteran’s Dinner, which will be held Sunday at the Barker Fire Hall. Veterans are the honored guests and attend free, 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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The Barker Seniors will meet Nov. 15 at the Barker Fire Hall. The business meeting is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch served at 11:45. The Niagara County Department of Aging nutrition lunch will be spaghetti and meatballs, salad, Italian bread, chilled apricots, milk and coffee or tea. Seniors must call the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575 by Nov. 13 to order a lunch (and also to reserve a place if you are bringing a lunch.) Everyone age 55 or over, from any community, is invited to join the fun group; dues are $2 a year. For information, contact 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.

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Do you like to buy handcrafted items for holiday presents? Looking for stocking stuffers? The Barker Seniors will hold their annual Senior Fall Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Barker Fire Hall. Seniors will bring their crafts and goods for sale, and the public is invited to stop by for a free cup of coffee, to browse and shop. Call Jo Ann at 795-3787 to reserve a table for your wares.

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What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving and all the blessings you enjoy, than by giving the gift of life? The next Red Cross Blood Drive at Faith United Methodist Church in Barker is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 26. The church is at 1449 Quaker Road. Donate blood and then reward yourself with an extra piece of pie for Thanksgiving!

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On a personal note, many folks knew I was scheduled for joint replacement surgery soon and are awaiting results. The surgeries have been cancelled because of complications, but I truly appreciate the well wishes and prayers.

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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.