Julie Obermiller is a community columnist for Lockport’s Union Sun & Journal. Tuesday’s “Chatterbox,” about Barker, Somerset, Appleton and our neighbors, has been appearing for over 8 years and she’s working on the second year of Friday “Spotlight” columns to showcase area community helpers. She writes numerous articles about local organizations, events and local happenings.
In pink hair, she is Pockets the Clown at the annual Exchange Club circus at the Kenan Arena and can be found at charity events making balloon animals and smiles.
In Red Hat, Julie is the Queen Mother (a.k.a. Her Royal Heiney) of the Lakeside Ladies, a local chapter of the worldwide Red Hat Society. She also serves as The Royal Scribe for the WNY Crown Jewels, a council of over 50 area Chapter Queens led by Linda Shutt, and is the email sharing link for news and event notices.
At the moment, she is the coordinator of the Barker Centennial Committee, helping to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Village of Barker with community events to showcase the area she calls her adopted home.
Julie compiles the “Barker Buzz,” a weekly broadsheet with birthdays, food trivia, news and gossip. It can be found at PWT Restaurant in Barker.
An avid reader of cozy mysteries, Julie is a features editor for an online mystery mag called “Mysterical-E Mystery Magazine”. In addition to the “Cozy Corner” column, she writes book reviews and does author interviews for mystery buffs.
At home in Barker with her feline companion, Sneakie Pie, the aptly-named Chatterbox can be categorized as Catholic, Democrat, and old. She also admits to being addicted to Diet Coke, a big fan of chocolate and coffee (brown IS a food group, isn’t it?), is basically very lazy… and thinks GIVING is what life is all about!