Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Ah, those cool nights! After our scorcher of a summer those snuggle-under-a-blanket temps make it hard to get out of bed, but it’s still summer, with lots to do before those school bells ring on Sept. 4. What is it about the start of school that instantly makes me think of pumpkins, hot cocoa and sweaters? It might be those trees I passed on the Lake Road yesterday, already turning into shades of orange and red. Autumn is my favorite season, and I’d like it a lot more if it wasn’t followed by the harsh winter. Still, we are blessed to be able to enjoy all the seasons where we live.
• Just a few more days to win the Friends of the Barker Free Library August basket drawing, donated by the Barker Garden Club. The basket features garden supplies and a $25 gift card from Zehr’s. Tickets can be purchased at the library’s circulation desk. For kids, the Niagara Frontier Reading Council has donated a basket full of books and school supplies. Each child receives one free ticket for the drawing with each library visit.
• Pratt Elementary Pre-K orientation takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesday for those entering pre-K this year. Make sure the camera has batteries, mom!
• Win an overnight getaway, with a deluxe king room at the Garden Place Hotel, dinner for two at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens and a breakfast buffet. Tickets are six for $5 and the proceeds support our community market. The drawing is at 8 p.m. at the farmer’s market on Thursday. You can get tickets at Thee Barker Store as well, but hurry.
• Help support the Eastern Niagara Satellite of the Variety Kids Telethon by stopping by their Chinese auction in the park on Thursday. They will sell tickets beginning at 5 p.m., for $5 a sheet of 25; or three sheets for $10. Try your luck on the baskets, prizes and gift certificates. Drawings start at 7:30 p.m. and winners need not be present. Look for the auction on the east side of the gazebo in Barker Village Park on Main Street.
• Thursday is the big Cruise and Fun Finale Night at our Barker Farmer’s Market. This will be the official end of the full market for 2012. In addition to the car cruise, great oldies music, Hula-Hoop and limbo contests for the kids, and the Hot Country Line Dancers will be strutting their stuff at 7 p.m. on Main Street. The annual German food fest at PWT Restaurant features German potato salad, potato pancakes, bratwurst and sauerkraut, goulash soup, German chocolate cake and apple crisp, served inside all day. Produce is bountiful, with amazing fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, pickles, plants and more. There’s a food truck with Sno-Cones, slushies and more. Friends of the Barker Free Library offer used books at a great price. Roy Nerber has plants, flowers and garden art. Ashford Hollow has added a new spiced pumpkin hot cocoa mix, banana and strawberry milk flavor, spiced Chai and iced tea mixes to their gourmet cocoa, fudge etc. McDuffie’s Bakery has its Scottish shortbread cookies, biscotti, family-sized potpies and artisan breads. Brianna’s Buddies brings cancer and angel jewelry. Kristen Loveland will be busy doing intricate henna tattoo designs for adventurous customers. The bakery truck continues to draw a crowd, as E. Antonio and Son bring their fresh baked goods to the market. Sample one of his seasoned hard rolls. The owner of E. Antonio’s Bakery in Wilson brings us fresh Italian bread, rolls, pizza bread, cookies, scones, pies and more. If you want to order something special, from canollis to pizza bread, call Eddie at 751-9196 and he’ll bring it to the market.
• Get your tickets by Sept. 5 for the gala Dinner to celebrate the Hartland Bicentennial. It will be held on Sept. 15 at Becker Farms on Quaker Road — 6 p.m. for appetizers and cash bar and 7 p.m. for the dinner of pork loin, turkey with garlic potatoes and vegetables. Dessert will be served at 8 p.m. Guests will then be invited to listen to “18th Century Tavern Music” sung by Ron Cary. Tickets for the evening are $30 per person. For that old-fashioned touch, guests are encouraged to wear period dress. This is Hartland’s last Bicentennial activity, and it is hoped that there will be a large community turn out. Tickets must be purchased at the Hartland Town Hall.
• It’s time for the annual Barker Retired Teachers luncheon. This year’s honored retirees are Kathy Schmitt, Gretchen Brown, and Tim Goldpenny. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Sunset Bar and Grill in Wilson. There will be an Italian buffet, including dessert. For more information, call Joan Mahar at 751-9670 or Marilyn Zaciewski or Ronnie Barhite.
• Barker Seniors resumes on Sept. 7 at the Barker Fire Hall, with Somerset Supervisor Daniel Engert as the guest speaker. To order your Niagara County Nutrition meal, call the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575 before Sept. 5. Feeling lucky? The Seniors are sponsoring a bus trip on Sept. 17 to the Seneca Allegheny Casino. The Grand Tours bus leaves the Barker Fire Hall at 10 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. For seniors with current dues paid, the cost is $20. Non-members are welcome to join the trip for $30. Each person receives $20 in casino money and a $5 meal voucher. Call Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787 to reserve a spot and pay at the first meeting.
• Catch the yard and bake sale at Countyline United Methodist Church, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 8. The church is near the corner of routes 18 and 269. You’ll find treasures for your trove and your tummy.
• Coming up on Sept. 9 is the annual Chinese Auction at St. Patrick’s Church site of Our Lady of the Lake Parish. This always-popular event features lots of baskets and side raffles. You need not be present to win. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. — no seating or ticket sales before then. Drawings start at 2 p.m. Pizza and refreshments available for sale. They also have an annual cash and gas raffle drawing at the auction, and tickets are available now. First prize is $100 cash, second is a $100 gas card, third is $50 cash and fourth is a $25 gas card. Tickets are available from Rosary Altar members, at Thee Barker Store, or I’ll have some at the farmer’s market in Barker on Thursday. Tickets are six for $5.
• Retire your worn or damaged American flags in a proper way, with a flag-burning ceremony at 1 p.m. Sept. 9. Sponsored by the Herbert W. Carr American Legion Post 425, the burning will be held at the home of Commander Wayne Wagner, 1923 Johnson Creek Road, Barker. It’s a great way to teach your children about the prosper respect for our American flag, and everybody is welcome.
• The Food Express program drop-off at Faith United Methodist Church will be moved to Sept. 10, due to the Labor Day holiday. The regular delivery, on the first Monday of the month, will resume in October. This fresh food delivery is for people with limited income. To determine if you are eligible, call 795-9945 fro the guidelines.
• Did you serve in the military? Be a part of the proud member of the American Legion and continue being a voice in your community. The local Herbert W. Carr Post 425 resumes meetings at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 after a summer break. Come as a guest and meet the members at the Lions Community Building on Main Street in Barker. For information, call Jon Hotaling at 795-3739 or 343-2084.
• Sign up now for a Niagara Wine Tour, sponsored by the Barker Free Library Friends. The tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 15 and the cost is $45 per person. It includes a tasting at each winery, a light bag lunch, transportation and a souvenir wine glass with charm. Tickets are available at the library, the Thursday farmer’s market or from any Friends member.
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