Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Members of local organizations are getting ready for this Sunday’s big Community Recruit at the Barker Fire Hall. Groups are planning all kinds of activities for 2014, and you can be a part of it. Are there things you would like to see happen in our community? Come and be a part of the volunteer organizations that make them all happen. You don’t need special skills or huge time commitments. A little bit of time and a lot of enthusiasm are precious commodities, and hugely important to the fabric of our community. Head off the January Blahs from 2 to 6 p.m., where you’ll find things to do for the whole family. On the fun and games side, there will be a Lighthouse Optimist Chinese Auction. Tickets are $5 per card of 25, and the drawing is at 5 p.m.; winners need not be present. There will also be a 50/50 drawing. You can purchase grilled hot dogs, PWT pizza, popcorn, desserts, soft drinks, coffee and tea. For kids, the Lighthouse Junior Optimists have invited Mimi the Clown and her invisible dog, Lollipop, to visit, and there will be tattoos, balloon animals, a coloring contest and a craft for kids to make. Grown-ups can get a free blood pressure check by EMTs from the Barker Fire Department.
Participating are the Barker Fire Department and Junior Firefighters, the Lighthouse Optimist Club and new Junior Optimists, the Barker Lions Club, Somerset Historical Society, Somerset Masons 675, Herbert W. Carr American Legion Post 425, Barker Music Parents Club, the Barker Library and the Friends of the Barker Library. All of them need young families to step up to volunteer to keep our community strong. Many of our community members belong to more than one of these groups; in some cases three or four. Find out what they do for our community, when they meet, what events are coming up and what opportunities are available. Each organization will have a free prize raffle at their table, including $50 cash from the Lions, an American flag set from the Legion post, local author Gordie Porter’s book from the historical society, a free soccer registration from the Optimists, and more.