Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

November 18, 2013

Shoreline Byline by Betty Haag

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Good morning dear readers: How’s everyone this week? Here it is the middle of November already and I’m still working to complete my 2013 New Year’s resolutions. I did complete several big projects this year, so I’m feeling pretty good about that. Of course, as you faithful readers already know, the Wilson Dog Park was opened in May. It is still a work in progress, but is fast becoming the joy I had hoped it would be. We had water and bathrooms available for a few months until Nov. 1, when the water had to be turned off as the source is in an unheated area. Water facilities will return in April. However, I am proud to announce that some lights were installed last week. The parts were purchased through donations and our good friend Tim Woodcock donated his skills to install them. Thank you, Tim. The park will be lit through the winter from 5 to 7 p.m.

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The Wilson Golden Agers meeting is Tuesday at the Wilson Fire Hall, 250 Young St. Coffee and tea are served at 10 a.m. with the meeting at 11, followed by members’ Thanksgiving dinner. The dinner price is $5 per member. On the kitchen committee are M.K. Brown, J. Fleming and S. Roberts. The Savannah, Jekyll Island and Beaufort trip is slated from April 6 to 12. Call Marilyn Harbison at 791-3965 for details. The Golden Agers meet the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Anyone 55 or older is welcome to join. For more information, call Club President Sandy Yousett at 751-9284.

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The Wilson Free Library’s recently held BTOP (Better Technology, Onsite and Personal) computer classes were enjoyed by all who attended. Sara, the “computer guru,” is verily knowledgeable, an excellent teacher — and fun. The “students” all learned a lot. If you have not taken advantage of these free classes, you really should; they’re great. Sara and the BTOP Express will be returning to the Wilson Library for classes the week of Dec. 9 through 13. Stop in or call the library at 751-6070 to register. The BTOP Express is provided to us by our NIOGA library system.

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Fillmore Chapel’s famous chicken chowder sale will take place from noon until gone Saturday (no early birds please). Also included will be a homemade baked goods sale. This event will be held at the church, Ransomville and Youngstown Wilson roads. For more information, call 791-3815 the day of the sale.

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The Wilson Historical Society, 645 Lake St., is hosting the Sanborn Fire Company Band for its annual Christmas Concert, at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Barnum Building. Conducted by Walter Goodman, this concert will also feature “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” read by School Superintendent Dr. Michael Wendt. Refreshments will be served.

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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is hosting a Porcelain Doll Sale from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, corner of Young and McChesney streets, Wilson There are more than 40 dolls to choose from.

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Freshly made Douglas Fir Christmas wreaths are again being offered by the Greenwood Cemetery Advisory Committee. The wreaths will be placed in early December and will be removed in the spring. The cost is $25, and orders must be placed and payments received no later than Nov. 27. For more information, call the town clerk’s office at 651-6704.

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Ransomville will host its Lighting of the Wreath events Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. On Nov. 30, family movie night at Stevenson Elementary School will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

There are a host of activities planned for Dec. 1, including a craft show at the American Legion Post from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; open houses at most businesses; chicken chowder at the Masonic Temple from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; activities at the Ransomville Fire Hall from 12:30 to 4:45 p.m., including a visit with Santa Claus, Care and Share food pantry, basket raffle, Hot Country Liners at 1 p.m., a magic show and face painting beginning at 3:15 p.m., Christmas music by the Wilson school choral group at 4 p.m., with the closing ceremony 4:30 p.m., with the lighting of the large wreath. The Ransomville Library will host all the children’s activities from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. There will be carriage  rides from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Academy Street. The Ransomville Historical Room will feature brides and babies and a basket raffle. There will be shuttle bus service around town all afternoon. For more information, email ransomvillelightingofthewreath@gmail.com.

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There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive beginning at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, corner Young and McChesney streets. Proper ID will be required. For an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

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The Board of trustees of the Wilson Free Library is beginning work on its five-year plan of service to the community, and they are asking for your assistance. As a first step in this process, they are looking for input and feedback from library patrons and community members. A simple survey has been created. The trustees ask that everyone take a moment and complete the survey. Library surveys are available at the library, town and village offices, and online at both the town and village websites. Completed surveys may be dropped off at the library, town or village halls, mailed to P.O. Box 579, Wilson, NY 14172 or emailed to mclar@nioga.org.

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The Support Our Schools Organization posted this inspirational story last week. In 2005, high school social studies teacher Martha Cothren welcomed her students on the first day of school. They arrived to a classroom without desks. When the students asked where they were, Cothren responded by saying, “You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn them.” After a day full of incorrect guesses about displaying good behavior and earning good grades, Cothren finally revealed the correct answer to her students. She opened her classroom door and 27 veterans came in, each carrying a desk. After they set the room up, Cothren said, “You don’t have to earn those desks. These guys did it for you. They put them out there for you, but it’s up to you to sit here responsibly, to learn, to be good students and good citizens, because they paid a price for you to have that desk, and don’t ever forget it.” Cothren is the daughter of a World War II POW, and she was awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year, for the State of Arkansas, in 2006.

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Last week, the senior class presented the musical Grease. Starring roles included Allie Bubar as Sandy, Andrew Eames as Danny, Alicia Britton as Frenchy, Alissa DiCesare as Rizzo, Nate Keil as Kenicki, and Kevin Wiesinger as Teen Angel. Thanks to director Gretchen Fournier and the entire cast for a great run.

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Two senior high school fundraisers are under way. National Honor Society students are selling Entertainment books for $25. Contact adviser Chris Waters at cwaters@wilson.wnyric.org. The boys and girls basketball program is selling $5 chances to win a $500 Visa gift card. Contact coaches Brian Baker or Brett Sippel at baker@wilson.wnyric.org or bsippel@wilson.wnyric.org.

Send your good news from 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.