Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It was a love-fest for the family of Tyler Miller at Sunday’s memorial benefit in Barker. In troubled times, our community comes together and we can be especially proud of the young people from two communities who have helped celebrate Ty’s life by supporting his family.
There were lots of folks, young and old, sporting Family TM shirts and Ty’s number. While there were hundreds of folks who helped, special thanks to the extended Callaghan and Harris families, the Remingtons and PWT staff, Sarah Jenks and crew, Donna Eick, New England Seafood and Kim Matheis for basket storage and the Barker Fire Department for their hall and assistance throughout. Thanks to Sheriff Jim Voutour for lending his auction talents, Tyler’s uncle Rich Fountain and his band Grape Jelly for joining Wayne Rider and friends onstage and to the BarLyn and Barker football communities. Monetary donations may still be made at any Key Bank branch to the Tyler Miller Memorial Fund.
You can still order a “Family TM” tee shirt, with Ty’s 00 number, for $10. The first order goes out tomorrow but you can order through the end of the month by calling Jim Harris at 795-3290. “Fly high in heaven, Ty” window decals are being sold, with proceeds to the Miller family. To get your $5 decal, contact Kim Matheis at 213-8347 or stop by 1725 Pallister Ave. in Barker.
• Barker is looking for a few good scouts! Boys age 11 and older (or completed the 5th grade) are invited to join the Barker group. They meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Lions Community Center on Main Street. The scouts work on merit badges, go camping, have fun outings like the corn maze and Lasertron, along with performing community service, etc. They try to plan every other year to go to a high adventure camp. They just went to the Florida Keys in August and got certified in scuba diving and a couple of years ago they went hiking in the mountains of New Mexico. For more information contact Brian Carmer at (585) 590-0733.
• Attention, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages and levels. Did you know there are fantastic awards bringing our young people closer to our Lord, their communities and family? Sue Vermeulen is a counselor for the eight Catholic Religious Awards but could guide scouts of any faith to find counselors and materials to attain the awards. From eight counties in WNY they have about 70 Boy Scouts and only two or three Girl Scouts receive awards annually. Let Sue help your scouts learn about the programs. Call her at 778-8887.
• Flu shots are back at Thee Barker Store this Thursday. Just bring your insurance card and get it done quickly without a trip to the doctor’s office. The pharmacist will be on hand from noon to 1 p.m. Ask her about shingles and pneumonia vaccines locally. There are new autumn hours at Thee Barker Store. They are still open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily but have extended Saturday hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are closed on Sunday.
• Jim’s Diner has re-opened on Quaker Road in Barker and for now they are open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. They will be expanding to daily dinner hours soon.
• The last free family film for the fall is showing at 6 p.m. tonight at the Herbert Ludwig Auditorium at Barker School, as part of the fall adult education program. You can sign your family in before the movie at 6 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult and everyone is welcome. Tonight you can see “Madagascar 3, Europe’s Most Wanted.” This fun animated film has the crazy Madagascar animals taking over a shady traveling circus and is great fun for the whole family. Strapped for time for dinner? On movie nights you can get a free pitcher of pop if you purchase a dine-in, large cheese and one topping pizza from 4 to 6 p.m. at PWT.
• Boy Scout Troop 18 is having a chowder sale at Covenant United Church of Christ on Saturday. They will serve from 9:30 a.m. to sellout. Cost is $7 a quart and $16 a gallon if you bring your own container ($17. with their container). There will also be home-baked goods available and the church is located at 4449 Main Street in Gasport.
• It’s turkey dinner time in Barker! Sunday is the annual turkey with all the trimmings dinner at St. Patrick’s, Barker site of Our Lady of the Lake Parish. The everything-homemade dinner buffet with scrumptious pies for dessert starts at 12:30 p.m. and runs until 4 p.m. or sell-out on October 28. Pre-sale tickets are available at a savings for $8.50. The day of the dinner prices are $9 for adults, and $4 for children 5 to 10. Takeouts will be available. For pre-sale tickets go to Thee Barker Store or call Kathy Curry at 795-3822, Peggy Lozaw at 778-0421, Bertha Wronski at 795-3564 or at the Church Rectory, 795-3331. The church is located at 1726 Quaker Road and the church and hall are handicapped accessible.
• Try your luck and help two great local organizations that help the handicapped. Challenger Sports and Equistar Therapeutic Riding Center will be having a Pasta Dinner Fundraiser from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Wrights Corners Fire Hall. There will be great food, live entertainment, a huge basket raffle, 50/50 drawings and various other door prizes and raffles. Dinner price is $7 for pasta and meatballs, salad, beverage and dessert. Auction players need not buy a dinner or be present to win. I’ll be selling tickets so I hope to see you there!
• Barker Junior Fireman are having a car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Barker Fire Hall, to benefit the Tyler Miller family. They will be accepting donations of any amounts to go to the Miller family. You can drive right into the truck bay and they have portable steps to get to the tops of those SUVs and pickups, so stop by and help the junior firefighters help a friend’s family.
• The Barker PTSA Fall Fundraiser will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday at Perfect Images Salon, 8677 Main St. in Barker. It will feature the following local businesses providing services for $10 each, including manicures by Laura Fazzolari, men and boys haircuts by barber Mark McKee, women and girls haircuts, a massage therapist and foot reflexology by Lynn Ewald. Also included will be a Chinese auction, refreshments and local vendors for Avon, Miche, Thirty One, Tastefully Simple, Jewelry by Roberta Callaghan, Tupperware and Scentsy Flameless Candles. For more information call Lori Donner at 772-7064.
• The next meeting of the Barker Seniors will be on November 2 at the Barker Fire Hall. If you did not sign up for lunch at the last meeting, be sure to order your meal before Nov. 1 by calling the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575. Reservations are being taken now for a November trip to Vidler’s 5 & 10, lunch at Tony Rome’s and the Made in America Store. Cost is $35. A December 6 trip to Yorkshire Hall for a Christmas memories program will stop at Cutter’s Cheese afterward. Cost is $35 and includes bus, entertainment, beverage and dessert. In March the group will be taking a three day tour to Lancaster, Penn. to see Noah, so you can get further information at the meeting. Beginning the second meeting in November, members are invited to play cards like euchre, pinochle or whatever you like before and after the meetings. For senior information contact Director Jo Ann Greenwald at 795-3787.
• It’s time for the Barker Fire Department’s annual Fall Raffle and tickets are going fast. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on November 4 at the Barker Fire Hall. Doors open at noon. A $20 ticket gets you a spaghetti dinner, beer and pop and a chance to win one of 20 great prizes, including hotel stays, guns, $200 gift certificates and more. The door prize is $1,000 cash. There will also be 50/50 draws, side raffles and pull-tabs. You can get tickets from any fireman.
• Tickets are now available for the annual Barker Veterans Dinner, to be held on November 11 at the Barker Fire Hall. As we lose more of our veterans each year, it is even more important to show them the respect and gratitude they deserve. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and a fabulous buffet dinner by Donna Eick is served at 5 p.m. There will be a moving tribute to our vets including music by the Barker Concert Choir, under the direction of Drew Burke, and the mellow sounds of the Vignettes, Ann Leuer, Sue Rose and Karen Corwin. Special guest speaker will be US Army Capt. Richard J. Kelley. Capt. Kelley was in the infantry platoon in Vietnam and was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Army Commendation with V Device for Valor and an Oak leaf Cluster, two Purple Hearts and a Combat Infantry Badge. All area veterans are invited to attend, free of charge, but they must get a special ticket or make a reservation. The cost for spouses and others is $10 (half price for kids under 12) and tickets are available at Somerset Town Hall, Thee Barker Store, Three Bears Café or by calling chairman Wally Coates at 795-9948.Deadline is 6 p.m. Sunday. Send your news to firstname.lastname@example.org (no attachments except MS Word and jpeg please) 795-9262 or to 8691 Lake Road, #9, Barker 14012.