Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Slip, slap, slop! In the blazing summer sun remember to slip on a shirt, slap on a hat and slop on the sunscreen to stop damaging rays that could cause cancer later. Drink plenty of water and keep kids and pets in the shade. Play safe out there.
We’re looking for local artists to be the featured guests at our July 25 Barker Farmer’s Market Cruise Night and Local Artist Showcase. Set up a display of your art, to view or sell, in our shady park. Extended hours are 5 to 9 p.m. If you know a local artist, pass it on. Call me at 795-9262 for details.
“A Time to Live: A Country Boy’s Life Throughout the 20th Century” is the title of the book by our own C. Gordon Porter. The book of photos and memories should be arriving any day, and Gordie will be autographing them for buyers as soon as they are in hand. Gordie is full of colorful stories and folks have always said, “You should write a book!” Well, he did, and it will be out very soon. Stay tuned.
• Another local author, Diedre Evans, had her children’s book “Patti & Penny’s Trip to Paris” on sale at the Barker Market last week. Diedre wrote and illustrated the fun story that appeals to elementary through pre-teens, and can autograph it for you.
• Barker High School student Leah Perkins is going on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic soon and is collecting new or used, adult or child, baseball gloves to distribute to those who can’t afford them. The DR is a hotbed of baseball fans, with many major league farm teams there. Drop off your gloves at Thee Barker Store or you can leave them with me at the Thursday Farmer’s Market, but we need them before July 26.
• Grant’s Toy Farm is a delight you won’t want to miss. The Grant family runs the “premier tractor and farm toy museum in WNY,” and it’s right in your backyard. They are located at 3251 Hosmer Rd. in Gasport and will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on the first two weekends of the month through September. John Deere and tractor lovers will adore this collection. Check them out at www.GrantsToyFarm.com.
• The safari adventure continues with “It’s a Jungle Out There,” a special four-week vacation bible school program open to all kids entering kindergarten through grade 5, or entering grade 7. The program runs from 6 to 8:15 p.m. at West Somerset Baptist Church hall tonight and on July 24 and 31. Kids can attend any or all sessions and they will enjoy games, crafts, songs, bible lessons, missionary stories and refreshments in the jungle paradise setting. The church is located at the corner of Hosmer and West Somerset Roads in Appleton and you can get more information by leaving a message at 795-9929. All children in area communities are invited to attend.
• The Barker Farmer’s Market returns from 5 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow with Cindy Labiak entertaining in the gazebo. Bring a chair and enjoy the music and don’t forget to get your 50/50 ticket. Fresh corn and cherries and berries will be available
E. Antonio’s Bakery will offer fresh breads, rolls, scones and more, as well as our market regulars with everything from Hotaling’s woodworking to hot chai and fudge mixes from Applewood Hollow. Check out the bejeweled barefoot sandals for the ladies by Katie Rose. Henna artist Kristen Loveland will return with the newly popular glitter tattoos. We added new pressed flower art by Carol Hotaling and more hand-made jewelry. McDuffie’s Bakery returned with delicious shortbread cookies, artisan breads, family size potpies and more from their Clarence shop. Brian offered two new potpies as well as four kinds of quiche to bake and eat. We had a Tupperware lady, Avon lady, Roy Nerber’s fabulous hanging baskets and garden art, Park Lane Daylilies and more. You never know what you’ll find at our market. There is a lot more music planned for the season, including a Karaoke night in August, so stay tuned. To rent a space for $5, contact Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787. Our next cruise night is July 25. Updated market information can be found at www.julieobermiller.vpweb.com.
• You could win a handcrafted black walnut flag case, with a 5 by 9 foot American flag, for just a $1 donation to Herbert Carr American Legion Post. The case was crafted by wood artist Jon Hotaling. It will be on display at his market booth every Thursday or you can get a ticket from any Legion member. Proceeds will send a local youth to Boy’s State.
• Stop by for a free breakfast this Friday from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at Faith United Methodist Church. Free breakfast and coffee, pleasant atmosphere ‘egg’cepional morning of great food, hot coffee and relaxing conversations. Bring your newspaper and a friend or two. 1449 Quaker Rd. 795-9945 for info
• The Barker Fire Department is gearing up for “Beer, Band and Bike Night” to be held from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday at the Barker Fire Hall and pavilion. Admission is free and the first 100 registered bikers will receive commemorative pins. Niagara County Custom Cycle will judge the bike show, from 6 to 9 p.m. Look for cash prizes, cold beer, food and merchandise vendors, 50/50 draws and more fun, whether you’re a biker or not.
Paul Cummings from the American Firehouse Tour will be playing prior to the main band, 90 West. If there are any vendors interested in participating, please contact Jennifer at 930-6788. The community is invited to stop by to support our local volunteer firefighters and the work they do for us all year.
• There will be a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue on July 24 to raise funds for our amazing Challenger Sports League for handicapable kids and adults. Dinners are $9 and will be available from 3 to 7 p.m. or sell-out. Drive by and pick up dinner at the Ray Lee Fields in the Lockport Little League facility on Lincoln Ave. in Lockport (behind the Allie Brandt’s bowling alley).
• Hartland United Methodist Church, 8019 Ridge Rd., Gasport is showing free movies at dusk on July 26, August 23 and Sept 27. Bring a chair and enjoy popcorn and beverages.
• Chuck Clark, a 1974 Barker High grad, has been diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia and is undergoing treatment at Roswell Park while waiting for a bone marrow transplant. A benefit will be held from 1 p.m. to midnight on July 27 at the Hartland Fire Hall. Tickets are $15 per person and include a pulled pork dinner. There will be a Chinese auction (winners need not be present) 50/50 split, raffles and live music by The Weight and Last Call. Pop and beer will be available for purchase. Tickets are available at Boyers Tavern, Attitudes Bar & Grill, the Burt Hotel and Open Air Bar in Newfane. For more info or to make a basket donation, call Ed Doran at 585-798-1091 or Mark Weld at 735-9612.
• Join the Somerset Historical Society for an old-fashioned family picnic and games on July 28 at the historic Babcock House Museum. The fun will start at 1:30 p.m. and guests are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service; drinks and fresh corn on the cob will be provided. The kids will delight in the old-fashioned games and fun and you can meet the dedicated members of the SHS, who work so hard to showcase our local history and preserve it for other generations. Everyone is invited!
• Save the date! Helen Seward will be celebrating her 90th birthday and you are invited to an open house to celebrate with her. The party will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on August 4, in the Fellowship Hall of Hartland United Methodist Church. A light lunch will be served. Please, no gifts; only your presence is requested. If you have questions, contact Sue Harrod at 772-2892.
• Many veterans are not aware of the services and programs available to them. Please spread the word to vets you may know that The Veteran’s Service Agency Municipal Outreach Program will be coming to Somerset on August 13. If you are a veteran who would like to have a private discussion with a fully accredited Service Officer, please call the town clerk’s office at 795-3575 to schedule an appointment.
• Get on the map for the annual Somerset Townwide Yard Sale on August 3. Call the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575 to be included on the map distributed at local businesses before and during the sale. You can rent a table for your sale items at Faith United Methodist Church, where they will offer a hot dog, beverage and bake sale for the public as well. Call the church at 795-9945 to reserve a spot.
The Chatterbox deadline is 6 p.m. Sunday. Send your news and photos to email@example.com (no attachments except MS Word and jpeg please) 795-9262 or to 8691 Lake Road, #9, Barker 14012.