Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It’s officially summer, although the weather patterns this week may not reflect that. Our farmers need some rain if we’re going to have our usual bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Strawberries came early and are all but gone, but the U-pick sweet cherries are ripe for the plucking at Singer Farms and corn is getting high. We are so lucky to live in such lush farmland.
• Congratulations to all the recent High School graduates. Barker’s Top Ten students for 2012 include Valedictorian Alexandra Denny, Salutatorian Rachel Anderson, Eliza Dewart, Lindsey Soles, Tyler Scheving, Alexis Richbart, Mary Brady, Derek Fuerch, Codi McKee and Morgan Bussenger. We’re proud of all our graduates and wish them well as they prepare for college or vocations.
• Our “Kissing Granny” Madeline Chenez reached another milestone in her hugs and kisses campaign to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Madeline, the octogenarian who volunteers in the classroom three days a week, showers affection on staff and students and they do everything to help her raise money in memory of her daughter Terry. She first started collecting for the Relay for Life in 2002, when she collected $326. The totals have steadily increased and this year she hugged her way to $3,039, making her total almost $23,000 for 11 years! Madeline is such an example for senior citizens who think they have nothing to contribute and is an inspiration to all of us! We love you, Madeline.
• The drawing for the Somerset Conservation Club Spring Raffle is tomorrow night, so hurry and get your tickets. They will draw for prizes including a 40-inch flat screen television, a $250 fishing package, four tickets to a Buffalo Bisons’ home game, or $50 certificates to Budwey’s markets or Bon-Ton. The tickets are $5 and are available from members or at Thee Barker Store or Countyline Country Store.