By Julie Obermiller
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
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.
• It’s Summer Market time in Barker! Musical entertainment in the gazebo at this week’s market will be Step in Time’s Marsha and Monte Jones. They bring a bit of a Celtic flair to their music and are a real treat. The market is open from 5 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday night, June through August. We’ll be welcoming back Huntington, Childs and Atwater farms as more produce is ready for picking. There is a promise of fresh corn this week!
Also this week will be someone with apple-head Chihuahuas for sale in a variety of colors. Our Friends of the Barker free Library offer used books at a great price for summer reading. The Friends of 30-mile Point Lighthouse, with great gift-giving souvenirs of our historic lighthouse, joined us last week.
Roy Nerber has plants, flowers and garden art. Ashford Hollow has added banana milk flavor (tastes like the old banana fudgesicles we had as kids), spiced Chai and iced tea mixes to their gourmet coffee, fudge etc. McDuffie’s has their Scottish shortbread, chicken and steak and Guinness family size potpies and he’s been bringing amazingly crispy-crust artisan breads of several kinds. The chocolate and popcorn goodies tent is up and Jon Hotaling has his woodcraft tent next door. Brianna’s Buddies bring cancer and angel jewelry, Kristen’s Henna Tattoos and more. Schwarzmeullers offer fresh bread and baked goods, all kinds of condiments and preserves and you can have engraved wooden signs done on the spot. You can get skin and bath products and hand-painted gourd birdhouses. Look for fresh produce, crafts, woodworking and much more to make the trip worthwhile.
We’re looking ahead to another great season, with Barker Car Cruises scheduled for July 5, August 2 and August 30. If you have something you’d like to offer, you can rent a space for only $5. The money goes to pay for musical entertainment in the gazebo. There will be a 50/50 raffle each night (see the balloon lady-me) and a special Salvatore’s dinner/hotel package raffle with tickets available until August. To be a part of the market, contact Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787. Bring your chair and celebrate a small-town evening. The complete summer entertainment schedule and market updates can be found at www.julieobermiller.vpweb.com.
• Barker’s own Robert “Bob” Frost is now a published author and was featured in last week’s Spotlight. The culmination of many years of writing poetry, “Wounds” will make its debut at a book signing at the Schulze Winery on Saturday. The time is 1 to 3 p.m. and the address is 2090 Coomer Rd. in Burt. Stop by to pick up a copy for that summer reading.
• The annual Butterfly Release at the Niagara Hospice Memorial Gardens takes place on July 7 but live butterflies are pre-sale only and must be ordered by Saturday. Hospice invites you to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one at their ninth annual butterfly release from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 7. Live monarch butterflies and butterfly sun catchers can be purchased for $25 each, and new this year are butterfly milkweed plants, the first in the Garden of Hope series, which can be purchased for $40. There will be light refreshments and activities for the whole family, including a bounce house, face painting, balloon art, kids’ crafts and games, and live music by Step In Time. Call Mandy Raff at 280-0766 or visit the Events page at www.niagarahospice.org for more details or to place an order.
• Get your tickets now for the Chiavetta’s chicken dinner at St. John Lutheran Church on July 8. The meal is take-out only, with pick-up from noon to 2 p.m. Dinner includes a half chicken, roasted potatoes, baked beans, applesauce, roll and brownie for $8.50. Call Henry Charache at 795-9648 for tickets. The church is located on Rts. 18 near Rte. 269 in Lyndonville.
• AARP is offering a special deal to anyone working in the education field, including teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, janitors, Sunday school teachers etc. For a very reduced rate of only $5, you can take the six-hour course that will get you a ten percent discount on auto insurance for three years (or reduce license points). Rev. Patricia Ludwig is a certified instructor and will be presenting the class, a refresher course on driving skills, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on July 10 and 12 (must attend both) and again at that time on August 21 and 23. The classes will be held at Del Fuego Restaurant on Lockport Olcott Road. If people want to take the course, but are not in the education field, they may still register for the AARP member price of $17. Make reservations by calling 433-0976 or stop by the restaurant to sign up.
• Looking for things for your kids to do this summer? Any Barker student entering Kindergarten through 12th grade in the fall is eligible to participate in Summer Recreation, but you must be registered in order to do so. Activities for all areas will be age/skill specific. The High School Gym is for students entering grades 6-12 while the elementary gym is for students entering grades Pre-K through 5. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon from July 9 to August 29. Parents are asked to pick their children up promptly at noon. Some of the activities that will be available this summer at the Barker Central School Summer Recreation Program include arts and crafts, daily team games in the gym, swimming lessons, music lessons, sports camps, access to the fitness center, outdoor activities, as well as special off-campus field trips to Martin’s Fantasy Island, Lasertron and a Buffalo Bisons game. An additional fee is required for off-campus field trips. You can get applications and information on the school’s website at www.barkercsd.net.
• Get tickets now for the Barker Fire Dept.’s annual Beer and Band night on July 28. Live music will be provided by Civil Unrest from 9 to 1 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. and there is a $5 admission/cover charge. There will be plenty of hamburgers, hot dogs, an assortment of beer and malt beverages and non-alcoholic drinks for purchase. There will be 50/50 drawings and a special raffle for the Fishing Fiend. It includes a rod and reel, tackle box and custom bait built by eaglecreekbait.com. For tickets call Jennifer Mason at 930-6788 or leave a message at the fire hall at 795-3111. Our Barker Volunteer Fire Co. is always in need of new members, male and female, to be ready for emergencies in our town. Why not you? For more information, drop by from 6:30 to 9 any Thursday night (drill night) or leave a message on their phone.
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