What can I say about the 12th Relay For Life? So many people work for a whole year to bring it together and it’s over so quickly, but the event raised more than $120,000, and fundraising continues through August. For those of us who have lost loved ones to cancer, it was an opportunity to gather support and hugs from the Relay family, and the spirit of hope was contagious. Thank you to the small but mighty committee and the hundreds of other volunteers who made it all happen.
• Wednesday is the big day for fans of Olcott Beach fishing, and all of you who voted for them to be the Ultimate Fishing Town. Drop by the big check presentation of $25,000 from the World Fishing Channel at 1 p.m. in the Lion’s Pavilion. They’re coming to officially crown Olcott as the “Ultimate Fishing Town,” and locals are hoping for a big turnout. There will be a parade from the Olcott Fire Hall to the Lion’s Pavilion. Line up at noon; the parade starts at 12:30 p.m. Come show your spirit! Let’s show those cameras, and everybody across the world, what a friendly and neighborly community we live in.
• It’s Barker Farmers Market time! Musical entertainment at this week’s market will be the Good Ol’ Boys of Hartland in the gazebo. The market is open from 5 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday night, June through August. We’ll be welcoming back Huntington, Childs and Atwater farms as more produce is ready for picking. Last week’s strawberries and early cherries were just wonderful. Roy Nerber has plants, flowers and garden art. Ashford Hollow has added banana milk flavor (tastes like the old banana fudgesicles we had as kids), spiced Chai and iced tea mixes to their gourmet coffee, fudge etc. McDuffie’s has their Scottish shortbread, chicken and steak and Guinness family-size potpies and crisp crust artisan breads. The chocolate and popcorn goodies tent is up, and Jon Hotaling has his woodcraft tent next door. Brianna’s Buddies bring cancer and angel jewelry, Kristen’s Henna Tattoos and more. Schwarzmeullers offer fresh bread and baked goods, all kinds of condiments and preserves, and you can have engraved wooden signs done on the spot. Look for fresh produce, crafts, woodworking and much more to make the trip worthwhile. We’re looking ahead to another great season, with Barker Car Cruises scheduled for July 5, Aug. 2 and Aug. 30. If you have something you’d like to offer, you can rent a space for only $5. The money goes to pay for musical entertainment in the gazebo. There will be a 50/50 raffle each night (see the balloon lady — me) and a special Salvatore’s dinner/hotel package raffle with tickets available until August. To be a part of the market, contact Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787. Bring your chair and celebrate a small-town evening.
• The third annual Barker Baseball Chicken barbecue will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, outside the Barker Central School maintenance garage. Dinners are $8 each and include chicken, potato salad, applesauce, and roll. See Coach Mucha or any Barker baseball player for a pre-sale ticket. Checks may be written out to Barker Baseball.
• The 17th annual Fly In Breakfast at Royalton Airport will be held from 8 a.m. until noon Sunday. The breakfast features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and eggs. Blueberry topping is available, in addition to the usual syrup and diabetic syrup. They offer coffee, apple juice and milk for beverages. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for kids. Kids under three eat free. Royalton Airport is located south of Gasport, just off Gasport Road at the corner of Dale and Mackey roads. The Gasport Order of the Eastern Star will also be doing its annual baked food sale, including homemade pies. There is plenty of parking on site. All are welcome. Members of the Airport Association will be doing airplane rides, weather permitting. The event is sponsored by the Gasport Masons and benefits the Masonic scholarships, presented each year at Royalton-Hartland High School and other charities. For more information, call Nate Herendeen at 772-7243 or 622-0771.
• The Barker High School graduation this year will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Herbert F. Ludwig Fine Arts Hall. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for ticket seating. Ticket seating will be from 8:30 until 9:15 a.m. Open seating will be from 9:15 until 9:30 a.m. They will open the high school cafeteria for those who would like to attend but do not want to sit through the entire ceremony, which will last approximately 90 minutes. They will be videotaping the entire ceremony, and those people will be able to watch it live on a large viewing screen in the cafeteria. This was a suggestion made by people who would like to bring their young children and know that they would be happier in this setting. It is also easier for wheelchairs, etc. Coffee, juice and snacks will be provided as well.
• Get your tickets now for the Somerset Conservation Club Spring Raffle. They will draw on June 27 for prizes, including a 40-inch flat screen television, a $250 fishing package, four tickets to a Buffalo Bisons home game, or $50 certificates to Budwey’s Markets or The Bon-Ton. Tickets are $5 and are available from members or at Thee Barker Store or Countyline Country Store.
• Barker’s own Robert “Bob” Frost is now a published author. The culmination of many years of writing poetry, “Wounds” will make its debut at a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. June 30 at at the Schulz Winery, 2090 Coomer Road, Burt. Stop by to pick up a copy for that summer reading.
• AARP is offering a special deal to anyone working in the education field, including teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, janitors, Sunday school teachers, etc. For a reduced rate of $5, you can take the six-hour course that will get you a 10 percent discount on auto insurance for three years (or reduce license points). The Rev. Patricia Ludwig is a certified instructor, and will be presenting the class, a refresher course on driving skills, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 10 and 12 (you must attend both) and again at that time on Aug. 21 and 23 at Del Fuego Restaurant, Lockport-Olcott Road. If people want to take the course, but are not in the education field, they may still register for the AARP member price of $17. Make reservations by calling 433-0976 or stop by the restaurant to sign up.
• Looking for things for your kids to do this summer? Any Barker student entering kindergarten through 12th grade in the fall is eligible to participate in Summer Recreation, but you must be registered in order to do so. Activities for all areas will be age/skill specific. The high school gym is for students entering grades six to 12, while the elementary gym is for students entering grades Pre-K through five. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon, from July 9 to Aug. 29. Parents are asked to pick their children up promptly at noon. Some of the activities that will be available this summer at the Barker Central School Summer Recreation Program include arts and crafts, daily team games in the gym, swimming lessons, music lessons, sports camps, access to the fitness center, outdoor activities, as well as special off-campus field trips to Martin’s Fantasy Island, Lasertron and a Buffalo Bisons game. An additional fee required for off-campus field trips. You can get applications and information on the school’s website at www.barkercsd.net.
A few readers have asked about the wacky holidays, but we ran them for a full year, so it’s time for some new kind of trivia. Any ideas out there? Food trivia? Famous quotes? Blasts from the past? This is your column, so let me know what would bring a chuckle to your day.
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