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April 21, 2014

SHORELINE BYLINE: Children's gardening project slated at library

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Good morning, dear readers: How’s everyone this week? This is the last column for April. I’m taking a little time off for some rest and relaxation. Never mind the flower bulbs peeking out of the snow, I saw my first sure sign of spring today, when my neighbor took the snow plow off the front of his truck and attached the power washer trailer on the back.

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Celebrate Gardening and Nature, sponsored by Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Niagara County and 4-H clubs, will take place at 6:30 tonight at the Wilson Free Library community room. The event will feature story time and gardening projects for 5- to 7-year-olds. Call Bonnie at 433-8839, ext. 240, or the library at 751-6070 to pre-register and for more information about upcoming workshops. Children do not have to be enrolled in 4-H to participate.

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Also this evening, the Wilson Lions Club will hold its regular meeting at 7 at the Wilson House Inn, 300 Lake St. Speaker for the evening will be Janet Hoffman, director of the Wilson Food Pantry, who will talk about running a pantry. The public is welcome. 

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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church invites you to join in as past and present religious cultures and traditions as seen in art are explored. Discussion leaders will include Tom Hewner, Toby Mansfield, Tom Geise and Tony Busch. The sixth session will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. The April topic is African art and its religious culture. Hewner will be the discussion leader for this session.

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From the Support Our Schools organization: “We did it! Thank you to everyone who helped W. H. Stevenson win a visit from Andy Parker’s Weather Machine. The children are extremely excited and are grateful to their community for pulling together and making their wish come true.”

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Good luck to Wilson high School senior Matt Foster, who will be leaving for New York City today to compete at the International Auto Show.

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The Annual Booster Club Reverse Draw will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Wilson Fire Hall. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by contacting Athletic Director Jeff Roth.

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Congratulations to Family and Consumer Science teacher Debi Sweeney for recently holding the 27th annual Cake Contest. Nearly 25 awards were given out to senior high students in 10 different categories.

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From 6 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jeans Bar & Grill will be sponsoring the 2nd Annual Bullhead Contest. There is an entry fee due at signing. The weigh-in will be at 1 p.m. Sunday and all fish will be scanned with metal detectors. No live fish are allowed. Brown and yellow bullhead must be caught in Lake Ontario and Niagara County waters only and entrants must abide by state conservation laws. There will be cash prizes for the top three placers.

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The Wilson Historical Society will present “Do You Remember?,” a round-table discussion of the history of Wilson, at 7 p.m. April 28 at the society’s Barnum Building, 645 Lake St. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the town clerk’s office at 751-6704.

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A fundraiser for rescued animals will take place at 7 p.m. May 2 when “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” is performed at the Wilson House. “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” is a theatrical performance of a wedding reception where anything that could go wrong does go wrong. Attendees are treated as part of the family attending the wedding. Tickets are limited to 100 people; call Lori at 628-9783 for more information.

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Northridge United Methodist Church, 3930 North Ridge Road, will host a Spring Basket Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. The drawing will be at 2 p.m.; the bake sale/chowder sale is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For take-outs, bring your own container. For more information, call Karen Ward at 433-4105.

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Wilson’s own Savannah King is up for three Best of Buffalo 2014 awards. Take the time and vote for her at www.bestvoice.com. As most of you know, King is a 2011 graduate of Wilson High School and has been completing her musical studies at SUNY Fredonia. She is a very talented young lady who plays guitar and sings many of her own original songs.

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Don’t forget: the Wilson Historical Society will host the 42nd Annual Country Fair on May 26 at the Historical Society grounds. If you are interested in flea market space, contact Wally Goodman at 751-6583.

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If you look at pictures from the past, the Village of Wilson was a thriving and busy place. Here is a walk down memory lane, or information that might be interesting to “newbies,” courtesy of Jeanine Johnson. Do you remember:

• The train depot when it was in operation

• The post office on Young Street

• Okie’s Drug Store

• The liquor store, coffee shop, now Amy Lee’s

• Wilkie’s Bar, now Jeans Bar and Grill

• The Barber Shop, now part of the Wilson Free Library

• Kenyon’s, now T & R Corner Store

• The business where you could take your dry cleaning, buy shoes and buy your Wilson coat, and Ivy Thompson always remembered to give you your S&H Green Stamps. It is now a dentist office and Garden Gate

• Nevins Grocery Store

• Pettit’s Appliance Store, restaurant and laundromat

• Horton’s Hardware, Farm & Garden Supply, now a parking lot owned by the fire hall.

• Wilson State Bank, Marine Midland, HSBC, First Niagara

• The movie theater that burned down

• The gas station, Hibbard’s, Village Meeting Place, now Matty’s

• Goldie’s, Lakeside Food King, now Wilson Lakeside IGA

• Helpie Selfie Laundry Mat, now Wilson Community Pharmacy

• The Village of Wilson water tower where the doctor’s office is now

Other business were a French fry place (Mr. Worth, they were the best), a hair salon, Hazen Insurance and CW Baker Insurance.

There are so many more that were not mentioned that have changed over the years on Young Street, at the harbor and on Sunset Island.

Send your good news from the 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.

Send your good news from the 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.