Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Can anything be more devastating to farmers than the drought sweeping the country? We are so blessed to be enjoying the local crops and we ought to be very thankful for our bounty. We don’t have any real restrictions yet, but we should all get in the habit of conserving water whenever we can. Water is life, plain and simple. Say a prayer for those experiencing weather extremes and let’s all do a rain dance!
• I’ve launched a Kute Kitty Kontest to go with our Bark For Life for the American Cancer Society. Register online at www.relayforlife.org/barkwesternny to bring your dog and join the fun, or get your kitty’s photo posted now for the vote to pick the most fabulous feline. Get details at www.julieobermiller.vpweb.com. Check out the cool cats you can vote for with your donations to fight cancer!
• Hey kids! Read and win at the Barker Free Library! For the children and young adults, the Friends have a summer reading basket filled with fun and exciting toys and activities to beat the heat. Each child receives one free ticket per library visit. The Friends of the Barker Free Library also have their monthly basket raffle for July. The theme of the basket is “Lottery Tree” and tickets are available at the library’s circulation desk. You must be 18 or older for this basket.
• Fresh baked goods are back at the Barker Farmer’s Market! The owner of E. Antonio’s Bakery in Wilson brought us fresh Italian bread, pizza bread, cookies, scones, pies and more. Eddie and his son Antonio even brought some cold tropical fruit cups, a nice treat on a warm evening. They’ll be back with more treats this week so please show your support. If you want to special order something, call Eddie at 751-9196 and he’ll bring it to the market.
Cindy Labiak brings her music to the gazebo at the Barker Market on Thursday. We’ll be welcoming back Huntington, Childs and Atwater farms with amazing fresh corn, huge strawberries, melons, vegetables and more. The Friends of the Barker Free Library offer used books at a great price for summer reading. 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. Brianna’s Buddies bring cancer and angel jewelry, Kristen’s Henna Tattoos and more. You can also get skin and bath products and hand-painted gourd birdhouses. 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 August 2 and 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 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. The complete summer entertainment schedule and market updates can be found at www.julieobermiller.vpweb.com. Yes, it’s hot but our shady park makes it a good way to spend a summer evening. Lots of food and drink specials at PWT make dinner easy, so come on down.
• Summer Recreation at Barker School is in full swing and runs through Aug. 29, but you must be registered in order to attend. You can get applications and information on the school’s website at www.barkercsd.net.
• Bring the family to enjoy summer fun at the Equi*Star Open House coming up on Sunday. The event takes place from noon to 5 p.m. and features a pulled pork dinner, live music, pony rides, a pie-judging contest, 50/50 split drawing and 25-cent games for the kids. New this year is a trick rider and cattle penning demonstration. Admission is free and everybody is welcome to visit the ranch. The ranch is located at 2199 Fuller Road. For information call 778-8249 or www.equistartheranch.com.
• Our neighbors in Hartland will be celebrating their Bicentennial with a grand celebration on July 28, from noon to 6 p.m. in the Hartland Town Park on Ridge Road. There will be a huge parade at noon, as well as food vendors, artisans, crafters and contests for adults and children. You’ll enjoy continuous music, historical encampments, horse and wagon rides, vintage tractor displays and much more, so save the date for old-fashioned fun. Get all the celebration details at www.townofhartland.org.
• Get tickets now for the Barker Fire Dept.’s annual Beer and Band night on July 28. Live music will be provided by Civil Unrest from 9 to 1 a.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. and there is a $5 admission/cover charge. There will be plenty of hamburgers, hot dogs, an assortment of beer and malt beverages and non-alcoholic drinks for purchase. There will be 50/50 drawings and a special raffle for the Fishing Fiend. It includes a rod and reel, tackle box and custom bait built by beaglecreekbait.com. For tickets call Jennifer Mason at 930-6788 or leave a message at the fire hall at 795-3011. Our Barker Volunteer Fire Co. is always in need of new members, male and female, to be ready for emergencies in our town. Why not you? For more information, drop by from 6:30 to 9 any Thursday night (drill night) or leave a message on their phone.
• Save the date! The Barker Pioneer Fest is coming on September 8 and you won’t want to miss it. The all-day event is sponsored by the Barker Business and Professional Assoc., and it promises to be an amazing celebration! Look for the BBPA float in Hartland’s Bicentennial Parade on July 28 or visit their tent at our Farmer’s Market on Thursdays. Sponsors and volunteers are needed for the event. For more information on sponsorship or the Battle of the Businesses, contact Julia Bender at 418-0187. Watch for more details.
• The 2012 Summer Reading “Dream Big; READ!” program is underway at Barker Free Library. Sign up for Creatures of the Night Story time on July 28 and Follow Your Dreams Story time on Saturday August 11. There will be stories, crafts, games and more! Story times are funded by a Grigg-Lewis Grant and sponsored by the NIOGA Library System. Stop in or call 795-3344 to register for any or all of these programs.
• Have a computer question? Come to the Barker Library during “Open Access” and get answers to your questions. Open Access refers to time on a computer with a trainer. Get hands-on practice on a computer. Patrons can get help on a wide range of computer topics. Lap top computers are provided for patron use during the session. Open access is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 28.
• The Somerset Town Wide Yard Sale makes a return on August 4, and if you want to be included on the map, you need to call the Somerset Town Hall at 795-3575. Maps will be available at local businesses and the town hall before the event so you can plan your shopping route. You can reserve a table for the sale on the grounds of Faith United Methodist Church, where they will also be selling hot dogs, beverages, baked goods and more, with rest rooms available. Call the church at 795-9945 for information.
• The annual Ice Cream Social and Barker Community Band Concert at Faith United Methodist Church is set for 6 p.m. on August 6. They will have a silent (write down your bids) basket auction as well and donations are appreciated. Our community band always puts on a sterling performance! The concert is free and ice cream may be purchased.
Have a gentle week and be thankful for your many blessings.
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