Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

January 27, 2014

SHORELINE BYLINE: PTAs planning first 'New Beginning' activity

By Betty Haag
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Good morning dear readers: How’s everyone this week? Are you keep warm and cozy? Tommy Boy the JRT and I are happy just snuggling up on the couch and reading a good book. Of course, it’s time to get tax records together, and that has me a little hot under the collar. Anyway, Groundhog Day is coming up on Sunday, so let’s hope for the best.

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The Wilson High School and Thomas Marks Elementary Schools PTAs are embarking on a “New Beginning” together, providing opportunities for families on both sides of the district to come together, as the elementary schools merge in September. The kickoff event is a Two-for-One night, offering simultaneous programs for adults and children, to be held at at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Thomas Marks. At 6 p.m., a “Reading Rocks Magic Show,” sponsored by PARP, will be offered for children in the cafeteria, while the NYS Teacher of the Year, Greg Ahlquist, addresses parents across the hall in the gymnasium about “The Transformative Power of Belief.” Free pizza and refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., and all families are invited. For more information, visit the website http://wcspta.webs.com.

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The senior high music department will present “On Broadway — Relationships” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium. Songs from shows such as Chicago, Wicked, Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd and Book of Mormon will be performed. Admission is free and performers include Max Schultz, Kevin Wiesinger, Wes Trank, Nate Keil, Alicia Britton, Alissa DiCesare, Caitlin Boyle, Allie Bubar, Andrew Eames, Kristina Kopchick, Brianne Hain, Bonnie Milczarski, Mercedees Rees, Zach Beyer, Tyler DiMarco, Emily Kam, Thomas Carr, Natalie Ryan, Brianna Bagwell, Show Choir, Concert Choir, Ensemble, and emcees Adam Barnes and Caleb Bach.

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Calling all volunteers. The 4th Annual Crossborder Blues, Brews, and Ques scheduled for Father’s Day weekend — June 14 and 15 —needs your help. Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month held at either the Wilson House Restaurant or the Woodcock Brothers Brewery. Check the website www.crossborderbbq.com for specific location information and dedicate yourself to help out this great event that supports our Wilson youth and recreation programs.

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A Quilt Show will be on display from March 1 to May 1 at the Ransomville Historical Room. To display a quilt, call Pam at 791-4258 or Pat at 791-3725.

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There is a community effort under way to make our Wilson piers safer before Memorial Day weekend. Led by resident Keith Wiesinger, who tried to help save drowning victim Dennis Ash in July, 2012, this group has sought out assistance from the Village of Wilson Board of Trustees and the Town of Wilson councilmen, with both pledging full support of the project. The village has received the application from the Army Corps of Engineers to apply to obtain permission to install life buoy stations to the East Pier. The application has been given to the village engineer to fill out and submit to the Army Corps of Engineers. Anyone wishing to donate to this project may send a check payable to “Village of Wilson” PO Box 596, Wilson NY 14172, with a note in the check memo line reading “Wilson Safe Pier Project.” Let’s all help to make our Wilson Pier safe this year.

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In student news:

Congratulations to 8th grade student Joanna Elledge for winning the Middle School Spelling Bee Championship, and to Jared Carney for finishing second. Special thanks to English teachers Mrs. Forsyth, Mrs. Seeley, and Mrs. Aloisio for coordinating the spelling bee.

The high school vocal ensemble will be performing in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhan’s Music Hall at 1:45 p.m. Sunday. Afterwards, they will receive free tickets to the 2:30 Philharmonic concert. Attendees must go to the Philharmonic concert; however, tickets are available at discounted price — $22 for adults and $7 for students. For more information, call 885-5000 and mention a connection with the Wilson School District.

Kudos to the current Athlete of the Week, Kaylee Stoelting, Varsity basketball.

Congratulations to 7th grader Cal Seeley for winning the Middle School Geography Bee. Marcus Schwarzmueller finished second and Madison Edwards finished in third place. Special thanks to social studies teachers Mrs. Reagan, Mr. Sippel, and Mr. Alderman for coordinating the Geography Bee.

Congratulations to seniors Chase Wheeler (football, wrestling, track) and Allie Bubar (volleyball, basketball, softball) on being selected as Wilson’s representatives for the 2014 PAL Prep Athlete of the Year Award. The PAL Sports Awards dinner will be held Feb. 23 at the Como Restaurant in Niagara Falls.

The 2014 Wilson All-Sports Booster Club Annual Reverse Draw will be held April 26 at the Wilson No. 1 Fire Hall. 

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Sara and the BTOP (Better Technology, Onsite and Personal) Express will be returning to the Wilson Free Library in February for free computer classes on Feb. 6 and 7. At 10 a.m. Feb. 6, Sara will present Internet Resources. In this class, students will examine Youtube, Twitter, and Wikipedia, and more. Laptops will be provided. At 10 a.m. Fed. 7, Sara will give a demonstration on the new Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. For this class, you must bring your own Windows 8 machine. Afternoon sessions will be Open Access, which provides one-on-one assistance on a variety of topics. Bring your own device and questions. Registration is required for all sessions. Stop by the library or call 751-6070 to sign up. 

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The Wilson Library also announces the return of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, an AARP Foundation program. Trained volunteers will assist individuals in preparing their income tax returns. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service in the nation. The Tax-Aide team will be at the library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Monday; starting Feb 3. Appointments must be scheduled in advance; stop by the library or call 751-6070 to schedule.

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.

Send your good news from the 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.