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March 10, 2016
Westfield Republican

North Harmony

Senior Citizens

The Feb. 15 meeting of the North Harmony Senior Citizens was held in the club center. Forty six people attended on a crisp, cold winter night. Host for the potluck dinner and desserts were Evelyn Thorndike, Sue Holtz and Regina and Lloyd Weatherbee. Birthday celebrants were Anita Ferry, Brian Westerdahl, Edna Brown and Clare Crawford.

The normal meeting agenda was preceded by a very interesting and informative presentation by Pierre Chagnon, Chautauqua County legislator, representing District 8, which encompasses areas around North Harmony, Stow, town of Ellery, Bemus Point and much more. Mr. Chagnon discussed the formation and responsibility of Chautauqua county legislators, the county executive, sheriff, and all related departments. He explained the manner in which tax dollars are appropriated through property taxation, sales tax, state and federal grants, and other private sources. He informed the group about the percentage of expenditures that are made by the Sheriff's Department, the Department of Social Services and all other county entities. This led to the discussion of the value and importance of Chautauqua Lake. He said many people, much money, time, energy and countless expensive studies have gone into the causation of the weeds and vegetation in and around the lake.

Chagnon told the group that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation indicated Lake Chautauqua was an impaired lake. He said that last summer a group of local interested people examined a DEC finding regarding phosphates. It seems that if the level of phosphates was lowered, there could be less harmful vegetation. Sewage must also come under control. The equipment in the North and South Sewer Districts in the county have to be upgraded, septic systems have to be inspected and the sewage draining system must be completed around the whole lake.

This presentation was very informative and presented in such a way that the average person could understand.

President Ferry thanked Chagnon for his presentation and Mac McNeill, a board member, for arranging for him to come and address the group.

Secretary minutes, the treasurer's report and all other committees were heard. Approval of matters was given where necessary.

The next meeting will be on March 21. There will be a spaghetti dinner at a cost of $7 per person. Desserts will be provided by the members. A call list will be used to obtain the number of people attending the dinner.


Senior Citizens

The Mayville Senior Citizens met on March 3 at the VFW in Mayville. Delicious casseroles, breads, salads and desserts were enjoyed by all. Bonnie Johnson opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Dianne Goodrich read some very funny jokes and then read one of Helen Steiner Rice's poems followed by the Lord's Prayer. The secretary's and treasurer's reports were read and approved. Mary Carlson thanked everyone for cards she received. Mary sent out two sympathy cards, two get-well cards and two lifetime member birthday cards. She also listed the names of March birthdays. Janet Loomis is taking reservations for the next day trips: Sprague's Maple Farm on May 11 and Buffalo Waterfront Cruise on July 15. Contact her at 761-6687 for more information.

The kitchen committee composed of Louise Richir, Dolly Gilbert, Joyce Ayers and Bill Tornstrum were thanked. Bonnie Johnson, Izetta Ayling and Bree Morton won prizes. One of the prizes was maple syrup donated by Rex Wilson. Bill Tornstrum, program chairman, introduced Tim Hull, field manager for Empire Energy, Mayville. Hull educated about "fracking" in understandable terms and also answered multiple questions from the group regarding gas wells.

The next meeting will be held on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, at noon at the VFW in Mayville. Please bring your own place setting and a dish to pass to go with a ham that will be cooked by Sandy and Fred Anderson. Nettie Moore, one of the members, will entertain by playing the piano and singing the good old hits we all still like to hear. We may also hear some Irish songs! Don't forget to wear some green!

Brocton Portland Seniors

The Brocton Portland Seniors met Feb. 23 at Brocton Legion with President Margaret Jagoda opening the meeting before 34 members and one guest, Sandy Terrill. Barbara Tower led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Bill Norris giving the prayer of thanks.

Committee of the day members June Woollett, Bea Lee and Phyllis Buvholtz had the tables set with spring bouquets, Valentine candy, cards and cupcakes. They set up the food, served the chili made by Jagoda and also cleaned up. Secretary Ruth Neal read the minutes approved by Kate Cranston and Tom DeJoe, followed by Rita Stonefoot's treasurer's report approved by Woollett and Anita Golubski. Jagoda shared several fun stories.

The temporary schedule for 2016 was passed out. February had no birthdays or anniversaries! Member Ethel Hutt is now in Absolut of Westfield; Butch McDonald passed away recently and will be sorely missed.

The food pantry will be sent the donation approved in November with an addition on motion by DeJoe, seconded by Woollett and passed by majority approval. A motion was made to donate to the Marmaduke Fund by DeJoe and seconded by Bob Jagoda. It was passed by a majority. March for Meals for March needs volunteers. Call 366-8822 for information. DeJoe had information for village of Brocton elections on March 15, and the need for candidate for mayor. Mary Presto said Elizabeth Marx will be in Brocton for her 100-year birthday party. Door prizes were won by Woollett and Norma Burnside; raffle prizes were won by Cranston, Carm Johnson, DeJoe, Pat Smith and Marion Delcamp. Ten table valentine centerpieces were won by Cranston, Rita Bennett, Maggie Rogers, Marion Delcamp, Betty Kierczyk, Margaret Jagoda, Cora Patterson, Neal, Golubski and Gil Seekings. After a motion to adjourn was made by Lena Elliott and Fred Brown, members played "BINGO by BOB."

The next meeting on Tuesday, March 22, at Brocton Legion, will be a tureen lunch with members to bring a dish to pass and personal table service. Committee volunteers are Beulah Williams, Bennett, Julia Schrantz and Rosie Giambra. New members are always welcome ... bring a friend.



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