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Food Sense makes sense
Food sense is a good way to save on your grocery bill.

Available to everyone, Food Sense offers the opportunity to stretch your food budget by purchasing food ordered from food distributors at a discount. It’s a buying club so there is no income requirements or quantity limits. The cost per unit is $15.50 and includes 12 food items consisting of fruits, vegetables, meats and grocery staples. There are monthly specials offered at an additional cost.

Order dates for July are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. up to Wednesday, July 11 at noon. Place orders at Catholic Charities, 1141 E. Union St., Newark. Cash, money orders or food stamps are accepted.Pick up will be at the Newark American Legion, 200 E. Union St., Newark on July 26 between 3 and 5:30 p.m. For those unable to pick up their own food, Newark Rotary can deliver. Call for details and eligibility.

For more information about Food Sense in Newark, call Sandy Thomas at 331-4867 or visit www.ccwayne.org.

Orders are also accepted in Marion at the library, 926-4933, or Kutz Hair Salon, 926-3838, and must be made by July 8. Pick up in Marion will be July 26 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the United Church of Marion.

Sodus Point
Celebrate the 4th of July
The ninth annual Sodus Point Fourth of July Celebration Sunshine Auto Parade, sponsored by the village of Sodus Point, will be held Tuesday, July 3 at 7 p.m., the same night as the Ring of Fire around Sodus Bay which will be at 9:30 p.m. and the fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Bring your antique or classic car, convertible or street rod for free entry to all participants. Line up is at 6:30 p.m. on Sentell Street near the old malt house. Feel free to decorate vehicle patriotically. The parade route will run along Route 14 to Bay Street, through downtown, around the loop and ending at the ball field for display.

Calling all careening corsairs
Historic Palmyra’s Pirates of the Erie Canal require rascally racers for the fifth running of the Pillage ‘N the Village Bed Race Regatta during Palmyra Pirate Weekend, on Saturday, Aug. 11 in Palmyra.

The Pillage ‘N the Village Bed Race Regatta streaks straight through the heart of historic Palmyra’s 19th century Main Street business district, with five-person crews competing head-to-head against other running raiders and scurrying scallywags for a cash prize and other treasure.

All-wise and all-knowing Erie Canal Pirates co-founder and Race Commodore Captain Mojito has not only decreed all entry fees waived, but also if the racing field includes at least 10 teams, then the typical $100 first prize will grow to a whopping $250!

“It were a good year for plunderin’,” explained the munificent Mojito. “And though the bounty may not be as boundless as the sea, me booty ain’t so bad!”

Pirates of all rank—“the ranker the better,” according to Mojito--are welcome to enlist, with local and regional service and community organizations, and businesses expected to round out the racing field.

Unclear about what constitutes a bed racing schooner? Imagine a bed with four wheels (preferably one in each corner), four pushers to supply the motive power, and one navigator to guide the craft and overcome any obstacle in its path.

Race application, specifications, and all other information are available online now at www.eriecanalpirates.com.

Palmyra Pirate Weekend is a family-friendly festival intended to showcase Palmyra, New York, the Queen of Canal Towns. The visit of the Lois McClure to the Port of Palmyra Marina in August, 2007 was the first wind in the sails for Palmyra Pirate Weekend, yet this grassroots event has grown by the hard work of some creative and talented people who have long recognized Palmyra as the perfect place to live, work, and play.