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May 7, 2014

Chatterbox: Treat mom to a chicken barbecue dinner Sunday

By Julie Obermiller
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — May has gifted us with spring flowers, budding trees and the promise of great things to do, indoors and out. Sunday is Mother’s Day and the chance to honor all mothers, adoptive mothers, foster mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, aunts and all those loving women who have impacted your life through the years. The task of mothering and caring for today’s children is shared by teachers, leaders, volunteers and others who sincerely care about our kids.

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Rushed for time on busy Friday nights? Support Juvenile Diabetes Research by stopping at Wrights Corners Tops Market Friday for a take-out chicken barbecue, cooked by the Barker Lions. Pre-sale tickets are now on sale at the store for $9.50; $10 on the day of the barbecue. Dinner includes a delicious half chicken, two sides and roll and butter and all proceeds go to the JDR fund.

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Limited tickets are available for the Barker Lions Mother’s Day Chicken Barbecue on Sunday. The presale cost is $8.50; $9 at the door. The menu includes a half chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, roll and butter and peach or strawberry shortcake, and is take-out only from the Lions Youth Building on Main Street. Dinners will be available from 11 a.m. until gone and pre-sale dinners will be held until 1:30 p.m. Only 400 dinners will be sold and it always sells out quickly, so make sure mom gets her dinner by getting your ticket now from any Lions Club member.

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You can help millions of moms and daughters who have struggled through breast cancer, and support research to tame the cancer beast by attending the annual Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Canal Walk on Sunday morning. The walk starts and ends at Widewaters Marina, where there will be a huge basket auction and even an appearance by the Hot Country Liners dancing on the city stage. Even if you don’t walk, you can stop by to help raise money to support Mary’s Wig Room at the local American Cancer Society, as well as other local charities. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The lively program begins at noon, with music, line dancing and more from the big stage. Walkers set off at 1 p.m., rain or shine. Basket auction ticket sales begin at 11 a.m. and end at 2 p.m., followed by the drawing at about 2:15 p.m. Due to the outdoor nature of the event, auction winners must be present. With $25 in donations, walkers receive an event T-shirt, while they last.

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Baehr’s Ice Cream Cottage on Lake Road has opened for the season, so I’ll be making the annual trip for the Chatterbox Sundae, which was named for this column.

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Out for a morning stroll with the warming weather? Faith United Methodist Church is open for walkers from 8 a.m. to noon from Wednesday through Friday. Sixteen laps around the inside of their building equals one mile and you can even enjoy a cup of coffee and fellowship. On Sunday, they offer BYOM; bring your own mug and brew a hot beverage and visit with friends and neighbors before and after Sunday services.

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Celebrating their 30th year together, the Barker Community Band wishes to remind all musicians — senior high school students and adults — that you are welcome to join the band any time during the year. The band plays various concerts throughout the year for civic organizations, churches and senior citizens. So, musicians of all ability levels, dust off your instruments and join the fun and camaraderie at 7 p.m. Mondays in the Barker Central School music room. For more information, call 795-9218.

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The next meeting of the Barker Seniors is May 16 at the Barker Fire Hall, when magician Ted Burczynski will return for another amazing program of magic and laughs. Don’t go to seniors? Come on down to see Ted’s magic show at noon. The Niagara County Nutrition luncheon menu is chicken a la king over rice, broccoli, 12 grain bread, milk and coffee or tea. Call the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575 to reserve a lunch. Due to a cancellation, there are two seats available for the May 30 to June 1 trip to Lancaster, Pa. The cost of $350 per person, double occupancy, covers transportation, three days, two nights lodging, Sight ‘N Sound production of Moses, American Music Theatre performance of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Music of the Night, two breakfasts, one buffet dinner and one buffet lunch. Call Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787 for information.

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Students from the Men’s Chorus at Barker High School, led by Drew Burke, will be guest performers at the Lock City Glee Club Spring Concert, “Voices in Song” on May 17 at the Lockport Palace Theatre. Also joining the program are students from Wilson High School and it promises to be an excellent evening of fun and song. Tickets for Voices in Song are on sale now at the Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave. or at Mills Jewelers, 51 Main St. They can also be ordered  through the Glee Club website at www.LockCityGleeClub.org at $10 for adults or $8 for students. Tickets will also be available at the door for $12 the night of the concert.

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Get your ticket now for the Barker Fire Department’s Spring Raffle and spaghetti dinner on May 18. Your $20 ticket includes dinner, beer and pop and a chance to win 20 great prizes, including a $1,000 cash door prize. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. with side raffles, 50/50, pull tabs and more. Doors open at noon; everyone must have a ticket. Get your ticket from any Barker fireman while they last.

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Area senior citizens are invited to the monthly lunch put on by the Oldies With Goodies group at Hess Road Wesleyan Church. After a winter hiatus, the group resumes its luncheons at noon May 13. Doors open at 11:30. May’s menu is chicken and biscuits and the welcome is warm. To reserve a spot, call Katie Denny at 778-9607 or Alice Balcom at 795-3669. The cost is a suggested donation of $3. Lunches continue on the second Tuesday each month through December. Join your friends and neighbors or make new friends over a leisurely home-cooked luncheon. The church is at 2514 Hess Road, and the hall is handicapped accessible.

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The Somerset Conservation Club is selling tickets for its spring prize raffle. Win one of six great prizes. Tickets are $5 and will be available at Thee Barker Store, The 3 Bears Café or Somerset Town Hall, or by calling Mike Flint at 795-3782, Paul Higgins at 796-1127 or any conservation club member. The drawing is May 28.

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The Relay For Life is coming up on June 14, and if you don’t have a team you are invited to hook up with my Barker Junior Optimist team. Our tent will be featuring the American flag (the theme is Star Spangled Relay) and we will be collecting worn and tattered flags to be retired in a special honor ceremony. You can sign up at www.relayforlife.org/lockportNY or call me for details. Your donations to the American Cancer Society can be left at Thee Barker Store or PWT.

It’s not too late to sign up as a survivor, either. Skyla Dennis will have a place in the opening lap as a survivor, along with many other Barker residents, so come and cheer them on. For questions, contact American Cancer Society staff member Kristina Groff at kristina.groff@cancer.org or 689-6982, ext. 65249.

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.