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January 29, 2014

BARKER CHATTERBOX: Don't let the cold weather keep you away from these hot events

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The frigid weather is everyone’s topic of conversation, but hopefully the worst is behind us for now. Please continue to be vigilant with your children and pets and look out for your elderly friends and neighbors. Try to think of warm, sunny days ahead, and break your cabin fever by attending some really fun local events.

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Bid on a yummy cake at the Barker Cub Pack 26 annual Cake Auction this Friday. The event will be held from 7:30 p.m. to sell-out in the Pratt Elementary Cafetorium, and is open to everyone in the community. The scouts will bake and decorate cakes for the audience to bid on and they will certainly be fun and creative. Support our local scouting projects and activities.

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The big 2014 Relay For Life Kick-off celebration happens at 10 a.m. Saturday in the cafeteria at Roy B. Kelley Elementary School, 610 East High St., Lockport. This year’s theme is all red, white and blue with a “Star-Spangled Relay,” because the actual event falls on Flag Day — June 14-15 — at Emmet Belknap School track. Come to the kick-off for fun, awards, prizes and all the information and inspiration you need to start the Relay season. There will be coffee and juice, breakfast pizza, baked goods, fruit, water and more. Admission is free and everyone is invited to join the Relay family. The first team meeting will be held Feb. 12, also at the Roy B. Kelley cafeteria.

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Looking for an indoor activity this weekend? Support the Peanut Butter and Jelly project, the Winter Wonderland lights on the canal and the Lowertown Clothes Closet by attending the second annual vendor fair and basket auction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday at Wrights Corners Fire Hall. Admission is free. There will be many vendors, food, a baked goods sale and a huge basket raffle. For more information, call Cheryl Yurek at 799-4013 or Sherrie Campbell at 510-6589.

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Sunday is AFS Carnival Day at Barker School, in the big gymnasium. Bring the family from 1 to 4 p.m. to enjoy all kinds of games and fun to support our student exchange trips in the American Field Service. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy and beverages for sale. Kids can play soccer kick, dart throw, duck pond, fish pond or get face painting. The popular Chinese auctions are back and there will be a baked goods sale.

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Play ball! It’s time to start thinking ahead to warm spring and summer days, and the sign-ups for Somerset Youth Baseball Organization start at Sunday’s AFS Carnival. Sign up boys and girls age 4 through 16 for Little League Baseball and Softball. There will also be sign-ups from 6 to 8 tonight and Feb. 5 and 20 at the Somerset Town Hall, and from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 8 and March 1 at Lyndonville School. For information, call Jim Harris at 425-5569 or Eric Mangan at 585-356-361.

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Get a kick out of soccer! Kids can also sign up at Sunday’s AFS carnival for this summer’s session of Barker Lighthouse Optimist Soccer. LOSL is open to any child who is now in Pre-K through 12th grade. The second sign-up will be held at the Barker Free Library, from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 23. Get information and a registration form at www.lighthousesoccer.com. You can mail your registration and check or money order to Lighthouse Optimist Soccer, P.O. Box 145, Barker, NY 14012. Registrations must be postmarked by March 31 to avoid late fees. The cost this year is $25 per player, or $65 for three or more children in the immediate family; prices double after March 31. Late registrations will be accepted through April 30 with the additional fee; no registrations will be accepted after that date. The summer soccer season will run from June 30 through July 31. Pre-K through eighth graders will play from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pending sufficient interest, ninth through 12th graders will play from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Think spring! The Barker Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Barker Village Hall meeting room. The program subject will be “Taking Care of Your Houseplants” with expert Bonnie Benton of Cornell Education Center. All gardeners are invited. A complete calendar of activities for 2014 will be distributed. Dues are $10 a year.

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The next meeting of the Barker Seniors is Feb. 7 at the Barker Fire Hall. First grade pen pal Valentine cards must be turned in at this meeting and The “Good Ol’ Boys” are the featured entertainers. Pirate Bingo is on tap for Feb. 21. The menu is beef stroganoff over linguini, corn, warm dinner roll, bread pudding, milk, coffee or tea. The suggested donation price is $3.25. Call the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575 to reserve a lunch. Remember that the meetings are canceled whenever the Barker Central Schools are closed because of the weather.

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If you’d like to get away for a vacation, check out the trips with the Barker Seniors. Trips are open to the public when space permits.” There are a few seats left for the April trip to Lancaster Pa., for three days and two nights. The trip includes transportation, lodging, four meals, Sight and Sound Theatre’s “Moses” and American Music Theatre’s “Music of the Night by Andrew Lloyd Weber.” The cost is $350, double occupancy. Call Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787 for more information.

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The winter chicken barbecue by the Barker Fire Department brings us a taste of summer in the middle of winter. The drive-through dinner is scheduled for pickup from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 16. Dinners are $9 each and are pre-sale only, so get your tickets early. The menu is a half chicken, parsley potatoes, green beans, roll and a cookie. Contact any fire company member or call 795-3011 and leave a message.

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There is a correction to last week’s list of 2014 Somerset Conservation Club officers. The Game Chairman this year is Krista Sweeney.

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I will be in Buffalo General Hospital for a week after surgery this Friday. I plan to continue the columns by email, but if you have an important event that needs publicity in the beginning of February, please send it to Community Editor Anne Calos at anne.calos@lockportjournal.com.

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.