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April 2, 2014

It's time to look ahead to warm-weather activities

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I know the snow has hardly melted, but we need to be looking ahead to the green growing season and the delights of spring and summer in Somerset. We have an official opening date for the Barker Farmers Market, so look ahead and get involved. We will open with a classic car cruise and community night on June 12 in the village park. The Barker Jazz Band will be performing. We have so many talented musicians in this community; it would be nice to see more local talent in the gazebo on market nights. If you are interested, contact market director Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787.

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Thank you to all who came out for the Optimists’ wagon ride on Saturday. We were lucky enough to get in a fun afternoon before the snowstorm hit Barker. Thank you to Dale Jenks and Hartland Carriage for the fun ride with their magnificent horses.

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Pratt Elementary students took part in the Niagara Region Spelling Bee recently. Fourth-grade winners include Paige Dennis, Genevieve Harris, Ariana Peace, Jordan Thering, Miles Clarke, Kaitlyn Goodwin, Emma McGrath, Cloey Sanders, Steven Class, Nathan Meza-Ray, Siobhan McCracken and Kiera Wass. Fifth-grade winners included Joseph Brandt, Jessalyn Coen, Faith Giaria, Waylon Carey, Lena Fazzolari, Carla Stoloski, Elinore Voss, Nathaniel Heidemann and Lisbet Lopez-Paz, Clarke, Goodwin, Wass, Carey, Giaria and Heidemann went on to compete in the PTA Spelling Bee Contest in Newfane School last weekend. Congratulations to our spelling whiz kids; you make us proud.

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The Pratt Spring Book fair takes place from April 7 to 9, with an open house from 3:30 to 7 p.m. April 8. The love of books is one of the greatest gifts you can give any child.

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If it’s Lent, it means fish fries and the Cataract Lodge 295 at 20 Main St., Middleport, is serving fish, shrimp and chicken finger dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday.

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The Barker Music Parent Club will hold a general membership meeting at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the high school band room. The group provides support for our amazing music department and helps provide instruments, scholarships, music varsity letters and more. Find out more about the BMPC on the school website at www.barkercsd.net.

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Attention teen ball players! Somerset Little League is looking for 13- and 14- year-olds for junior teams (age 14 may try out for seniors) and 15- and 16-year-olds for senior teams. If you didn’t get registered, the last signup is from 12 to 3 p.m. April 12 at the Lions Community Center, Main Street, Barker. Opening day for baseball is May 3!

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The next meeting of the Barker Seniors is Friday at the Barker Fire Hall. Lisa Lundy of Odd Fellow & Rebekah Health Care Facility will have a brief presentation on the facility’s offerings. Easter pen pal letters and cards must be in. Make a towel Spring Bunny craft with Julie. Bring two dishcloths and one dish towel, or we’ll shop for you. Call Julie at 795-9262 with questions. Doc Licata will perform “swinging songs for seniors.” Sign up for the annual senior breakfast hosted by the BCS Honor Society on May 7. The Lenten lunch menu includes vegetable lasagna, spinach salad with red onion and salad dressing, dinner roll, cherry cake with frosting, milk, coffee and tea. Call the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575 to reserve a lunch. The suggested donation price has risen to $3.25. Only a few tickets remain for a trip to see the Von Trapp Family Singers at the Riviera Theatre on April 27. The trip includes the bus from Barker, the 2:30 p.m. show and dinner on your own at Pane’s Restaurant. Call Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787 for information.

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Pet owners should plan ahead for the free rabies clinic to be held at the Somerset highway garage on Haight Road from 2 to 4 p.m. April 12. Living in the country means being especially vigilant about rabies protection.

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If you are a responsible, friendly, hardworking student, 16 or older, enrolled in school in the fall and enjoy working with children, Olcott Beach Carousel Park is looking for you. Employment runs from July through Labor Day and pays $8 per hour. There are optional opportunities to work Memorial Day weekend and weekends in June as well. Applications are available at the guidance departments at Barker, Wilson and Newfane schools, at the Newfane Town supervisor’s office or by calling Rosemary at 778-7066. Applications are due on or before April 30.

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Prize donations are being accepted for a May 3 benefit for Barker second-grader Skyla Dennis, who was recently diagnosed with acute myeoblastic leukemia. Flyers are posted around town and I will keep you updated with details of the event, to be held at the Hartland Fire Hall. If you can help, contact Julie Socie at 863-2081 or Jen Quegliano at 438-6569.

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Orders are being taken now for the 2014 Barker Central School Latrator. Order forms can be found on the Latrator page of the BCS website or online at jostensyearbooks.com. Orders must be in by May 9. Contact Emma Dewart at edewart@barkercsd.net with any questions.   

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.