Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — While the weather is heating up, we’re counting down to the start of school!
The supply lists for Barker elementary through high school can be found online or at Thee Barker Store for shoppers. Personal high school schedules will not be mailed until the end of the month, but there are many things on the list that are general and can be purchased now while sales are on. Again, please support your hometown businesses before heading to the big box stores; we don’t want to lose them.
The Barker Boy Scouts are out and about selling the Community Birthday Calendar once again. The troop is in the rebuilding process and new scouts could really use your support. Please buy a calendar when they come to your house and help spread the word. Since the troop is small, members won’t be able to cover the whole school district area, but with your help they’ll touch base with as many people as possible.
Large wall calendars cost $5 each and they make great holiday gifts! Add the personal birthdays and anniversaries in your family so those important days are not forgotten. Orders will be taken until the end of August. If a scout does not contact you, contact Joan Lantinen at 795-3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those calendars are one source for the birthdays that show up in the weekly Buzz newsletter at PWT Restaurant.
Have you been to the weekly Barker Farmer’s Market yet? There are only two official market weeks left and Ray Wood is this week’s entertainer. Bring a chair and relax in our shady park.
The market continues from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. All the fresh local crops are available at one stop from area farmers. Don’t forget to get your 50/50 ticket; it helps to pay for the weekly entertainment.
E. Antonio’s Bakery will sell fresh baked Italian bread and other breads, rolls, scones and individual portions of pies and cakes. Regular vendors offer everything from Hotaling’s woodworking and pressed flower art to Applewood Hollow chai, microwave fudge mixes and instant coffee with probiotics. Also look for bejeweled sandals, handmade jewelry and hair pretties, cash-and-carry Tupperware and Avon products, handmade rugs, Miche purses, garden art and more.
The market season finale, Fall Fest and Cruise Night on Aug. 29, includes a classic car and bike cruise, music by Memphis Sun, line dancing by the Hot Country Liners, a Lakeview Animal Sanctuary petting zoo, pony rides, a basket auction, the annual German food night at PWT Restaurant, and Bubba-Que-Ins pulled pork and stuffed peppers, from 5 to 9 p.m.
To rent a space for $5, contact Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787. Updated market information can be found at www.julieobermiller.vpweb.com.
You could win a Jon Hotaling-handcrafted black walnut flag case, with a 5 by 9 foot American Flag, for a $1 donation to Herbert Carr American Legion Post. The case is on display at Jon’s market booth every Thursday and you can get a raffle ticket from any Legion member. Proceeds will send a local youth to Boys State.
Hartland United Methodist Church, 8019 Ridge Road, Gasport, is showing free movies at dusk Friday and Sept 27. Bring a chair and enjoy popcorn and beverages. The church also is serving drive-through barbecue dinners from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday; entrees are a one-third rack of ribs for $11 or a pulled pork sandwich for $7. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling Ellen Flack at 799-7426. Tickets purchased the day of the dinner cost $1 more.
Chinese auction alert! There will be about 150 prizes and baskets at the Bark For Life on Sunday morning, at Day Road Park in Lockport, and winners need not be present. Stop by and try your luck while supporting the American Cancer Society. I hope to see my dog-walking friends there.
Even if you don’t own a pooch, it’s a great cause and there will be lots to enjoy in the beautiful park, including music on the outdoor stage, food trucks, merchandise vendors and demonstrations including the Niagara County Sheriff’s agility dogs. There also is a huge playground nearby for the kids. Check out the Bark For Life WNY Facebook page for fun photos and information.
Our pets are an important source of comfort during times of illness and Bark For Life helps recognize their loyalty while helping in the fight against cancer. Pre-registration online at www.relayforlife.org/barkwesternny is encouraged. Registered dogs get a purple bandana (those raising $100 get an event T-shirt for their owners) and there are purple bone “Survivor” dog tags for entrants who have had canine cancers. Our local Weimeramer celeb, Dirk Markee, is two years cancer-free after treatment for lymphoma and he will be there to lead the pack.
Also, stop by to vote for the top cat in the “Kute Kitty Kontest,” by making a donation to the ACS. Enter a photo of your cat for a $5 donation and get a vote for every $1 in donations to the ACS. Pictures will be posted at www.julieobermiller.vpweb.com and on Facebook and people can vote by donating before or during the event. A huge basket of kitty delights awaits the winner.
YMCA Camp Kenan is offering a five-day Swim Camp next week, in the large in-ground pool at the camp on Lower Lake Road in Barker. Sessions are a mix of competitive swimming, stroke progression, pool games and out-of-water conditioning.
The camp will be held Monday through Friday. The cost is $100 per Lockport Family YMCA member and $175 per non-member; lunch is included every day. Campers should have enough swimming skill to be able to complete the 50-yard freestyle. Sign up your child by visiting the YMCA or calling 434-8887. There is a bus traveling between the YMCA and Camp Kenan daily. For more information, visit www.campkenan.com.
The Barker Seniors will resume meetings Sept. 6 at the Barker Fire Hall and reconvene every first and third Friday of the month through next June.
Lunch, provided through the Niagara County Office for the Aging, consists of a meatball sandwich with sauce and parmesan cheese, a garden salad with spinach and radishes, lemon whip dessert, milk and coffee or tea. Seniors must call the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575 by Sept. 4 to order a lunch, since there was no previous sign-up.
Everyone age 55 or over, from any community, is invited to join the Barker Seniors; dues are $2 a year. For information, contact director Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787.
Don’t miss the annual yard-and-bake sale at County Line United Methodist Church, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7. The church is at Routes 269 and 18. Find treasures for your trove and your tummy. Proceeds will be donated to charities.
Coming up Sept. 8 is the annual basket auction and raffle at the St. Patrick’s site of Our Lady of the Lake Parish. The huge basket auction, with coffee and cookies, is a local favorite. Door open at 12:30 p.m. and drawings start at 2 p.m. The hall is handicapped accessible via elevator. Tickets are on sale for a raffle to win $100 cash, a $100 gas card, $50 in cash or a $25 gas card. Chances are $1 each or six for $5 and I will have some at the farmer’s market on Thursdays. Winners need not be present. The Ladies Rosary Altar Society sponsors the event. To donate prizes, call Nancy Liuzzi at 795-3929.Send your news and photos to email@example.com (no attachments except MS Word and jpeg), or 8691 Lake Road, #9, Barker 14012, or call it in to Julie Obermiller at 795-9262. Submissions must be received by 6 p.m. Monday.