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Where We Live: Cheektowaga


A Cheektowaga Central High School graduate has been voted Female Artist of the Year by fans of a country music radio station.

Lisa Racki Barrett, who graduated in 1986, won that category in the 2013 Clays Country Music Awards – sponsored by Clays Country Radio – after her music was featured for several months and listeners voted online.

Her music will continue to be aired by the station, and she will receive a trophy for her accomplishment. Barrett also has been asked by JT Hollis, the newly crowned Songwriter of the Year, to record a duet in the future.

Barrett won first place in another international contest two years ago with “When You Look at Me,” a song she wrote in honor of a nephew who died of cancer before his second birthday. She has recorded an album by the same name in Nashville.

Recording a second album would be a natural step after her latest win, but Barrett is recording new songs with other artists as well as writing a theme song for her employer, the Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse in Batavia.

“I just love it when a song I’ve written makes a positive difference in our world,” she said.

For more about her award or to listen to Barrett’s music, visit www.clayscountry.com.

Also this week:

• The Cheektowaga Town Board meets at 6:45 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• The Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Irma Czubaj Board Room at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave., Sloan.

• Students, teachers and staff in Cleveland Hill middle and high schools will don orange clothing Wednesday and walk around the school campus, beginning at 7:45 a.m., to symbolize unity against bullying. Unity Day is among observances in National Bullying Prevention Month.

• The sixth, and final, public meeting on a proposal to convert to full market value property assessments in the town begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Msgr. Malikowski Center at Resurrection Catholic Church, 134 Como Park Blvd.

• A debate featuring candidates for Town Board and the Erie County Legislature begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in Maryvale Primary School, One Nagel Drive. The event is sponsored by the Dick Urban Community Association.

• The Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers in Town Hall.

• Bell time is 7:05 p.m. Saturday for Buffalo Championship Wrestling LIVE! in Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion, 3210 Genesee St. A limited number of tickets may be purchased at the post in advance. Prices are $12 for VIP reserved in the first row, $10 adult general admission, and $5 for children age 12 and younger. For more information, call post Commander Nelson Oldfield at 634-6394.

• An all-you-can-eat breakfast is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon next Sunday in Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion. The donation is $7 for adults and $4 for children under age 10. Buy tickets at the post or on the day of the event. Take-out is available.

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