Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

December 11, 2013

The Chatterbox

By Julie Obermiller
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Well folks, there are only 14 days until Christmas! I hope that spurs you to partake in some of the festive events that make the season sparkle with fellowship and joy. Do you know someone who is sitting on the sidelines, without family or companionship? Why not invite them to a concert or show, or even just for a friendly cup of coffee? We are all rushed at this time of year and everyone is searching for the perfect present, to give and to get. In truth, the best gift you have to offer is the gift of your time and compassion. No gift you give will be appreciated more.

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Remind the kids that the big red Santa Mail box is outside the Barker Store, and all letters go directly to the North Pole. With a complete return address, Santa may even find time to answer!

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Get in the holiday spirit with a great musical performance at 7 p.m. Thursday by the Barker High School Chorus and Band in the Herbert Ludwig Auditorium. The High School Chorus appears the next day with the BPO Holiday Pops at Kleinhans. Barker will be performing at the 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. concerts on Friday only. Students can purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount; family and staff tickets are discounted by 30 percent. Call BPO sales coordinator Jeffrey Nieman at 885-5001. What a great Christmas experience this would be for any family. I have to mention that the Pratt Elementary concert last week was fabulous. We are truly blessed in Barker with an amazing music department.

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Looking for stocking stuffers that you can use all year? The Barker Lighthouse Optimist Club (and the newly reorganized Junior Optimists) will be selling coupon books for Anderson’s Roast Beef and Frozen Custard, with lots of specialty discounts on great food and desserts, good until December, 2014. More than $60 in savings for $3! Contact an Optimist or call me and I’ll see that you get them in time for stuffing.

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Enjoy a free Advent dinner tonight at Hartland United Methodist Church, 8017 Ridge Road, Gasport. Stop by between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. for a dinner of enchiladas and some fellowship. They will be serving soup and grilled cheese on Dec. 18. A free-will offering will be taken, but it is not necessary to contribute to have a meal. If you have questions, call 799-7426.

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If you are signed up for Friday’s trip with the Barker Seniors to the Seneca Casino to see Tony Orlando, you are reminded that the bus will leave the Barker Fire Hall lot at 1:30 p.m., so get there in plenty enough time to board.

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The Friends of the Barker Library are sponsoring their annual Secret Silent Auction from now through Saturday. Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase a decorative rug for the Children’s Room to be used during the Pre-school Story Hour. There will be a wide variety of items to bid on, and they invite everyone to come to the library and enjoy this special time of year. Winning bidders will be notified when the sale ends Saturday to pick up and pay for their items.

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Assemblywoman Jane Corwin’s campaign to get warm winter clothes to those in need has provided a huge barrel for collection at our Somerset Town Hall. They will be collecting until Thursday, so please drop off those clothes that are taking up space in your closet. Clothing for all ages and sizes is needed.

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The Middleport Community Choirs present “I Hear the Prophet Callin,” a Christmas Cantata and Handbell performance, at 7 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 168 Main St., Akron. They repeat the performance at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1357 West Ave., Medina. All are welcome. A free will offering will be taken. 

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Faith United Methodist Church will present its annual Community Christmas Celebration beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at the church, corner Quaker and Haight roads, Barker. There will be holiday music by area artists and performers, the very popular cookie walk where you can purchase your favorites and pay $6 a pound, and a visit from Santa between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 6 p.m., there will be holiday music with the Barker Community Band, Somerset Quartet, Barker High School Men’s Choir and musicians Anna Atwater and Kari McKinney. Ham or turkey subs will be available for sale as long as they last.

The Faith UMC Cantata will be performed at 10 a.m. Sunday, and everyone is invited.

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Village of Barker Clerk Kathie Smith is retiring after many years of service to the community. Village and town residents are invited to an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Barker Free Library. Organizers have planned a special ceremony at 7 p.m. There will be beer, wine and finger foods.

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The Barker Seniors will meet Dec. 20 for their annual Holiday Party. There will be punch and snacks at 11:30 a.m. and a catered luncheon at noon, including ham and pineapple, breaded chicken breast, potatoes and gravy, salad, mixed veggies, turkey stuffing casserole and dessert. Entertainment will be by energetic singer Rich Nolan, who wowed the crowd at the summer market. The cost is $8 per person. If you have not reserved, a spot, call Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787 ASAP.

Trips with the Barker Seniors are open to the public when space permits. There is a Carnival Cruise to Alaska, with Mirage Tours, being planned for June 17 through 24, so you can plan ahead for this dream vacation. A trip is planned for Jan. 18 to see Wicked at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, with transportation from Barker and dinner on your own at the Cracker Barrel. They are taking reservations now for a trip to the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, Pa. to see “Moses” in April.

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The Barker Fire Department will hold its annual Christmas party for Barker school district kids up to age 12, beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 21. There will be a magician, kid’s games, fire truck rides, candy and a visit with Old St. Nick himself, so bring the kids out for a fun morning.

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My pick for the best holiday experience is a showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the movie classic on the big screen, at Lockport’s Historic Palace Theatre. There are shows at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 1 p.m. Dec. 22, and it only costs $5. Three more bucks gets popcorn and pop, so it’s really affordable (and yes, they have lots of movie theater candy!) It’s my favorite movie and should be shared by everyone this holiday season.

The cute mega-hit “Frozen” starts Dec. 23 when the kids are off from school, so it will be a fun, family time. Support movies at the Palace!

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Have you made your donation to the Barker Lions Club? Please return the envelope that came with your Lions Blind Seals with a donation to help the many dedicated local volunteers carry on the great things they do for our community. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but please give from your heart.

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The fourth annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive could use a little last-minute help from you. Please make your donations of peanut butter, jelly or jam and marshmallow fluff to help local families in need of a nutritious snack to stretch food dollars. Local drop-off sites include Thee Barker Store, PWT, Three Bears Café and Somerset Town Hall.

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.