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March 31, 2016
Westfield Republican

Mayville Senior


The Mayville Senior Citizens celebrated St. Patrick's Day with delicious ham, salads, casseroles and deserts prepared by our members. Bonnie Johnson opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Dianne Goodrich had two hilarious Irish jokes as well as two Irish blessings for the group. The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved. The kitchen committee composed of Louise Richir, Dolly Gilbert, Joyce Ayers, Bill Tornstrom and Laona Boser were thanked. And a special thanks to Sandy Anderson for cooking the ham.

The group voted in favor of giving $25 to the Chautauqua County Veterans Council Convention. Wanda Gustafson gave an update regarding the AARP Driving Classes for the coming year. Classes are to be held at the Catholic Church Social Hall in Mayville on May 10-11, June 7-8, July 12-13, Aug 16-17, Sept 13-14. All classes are on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost for AARP members is $20 and non-members $25. Send checks made out to AARP to Thomas Caulfield, 35 Lawndale Drive, Mayville, NY 14757 at least one week prior to the class.

Jenna Harle, our young guest was welcomed. Edna Brown, Beverly White and Elaine Hanson won door prizes.

We were wonderfully entertained by Nettie Moore, Mayville, who played the piano and sang some memorable old tunes such as "You are My Sunshine," "Happy Trails To You" and "Bill Bailey Won't You Come Home." Much fun and singing enjoyed by all!

The next meeting is set for April 7 at noon at the VFW, Mayville. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Rev. Mark Parsons of Mayville United Methodist Church will speak and share his collection of photos from a recent group trip to the Holy Land. Please come and join us!

Theta Beta Chapter

Theta Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Thursday, March 17 at the home of Nancy Palmer in Sherman. The regularly scheduled meeting followed the sorority's successful annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Sherman Community Room of Stanley Hose company.

Mrs. Palmer presented the program "A History of American Cooking." Members enjoyed old-time recipes, encompassing food preparations from the pre-colonial period through the 1800's: mulled cider, greens, rolls, butternut squash, potatoes and gravy, turkey, ham, green beans, baked corn pudding and bread pudding with praline sauce. Native Americans relied upon the three sisters (beans, corn and squash) to supplement their diets of game, fish, nuts, berries and wild fruits and herbs. Early colonists followed suit in preparing the foods for their survival and sustenance. Throughout the nation's development, foods prepared were of those items available. These differed widely for families, depending upon location, transportation or wealth.

President Rose VanVolkenburg led the business meeting. Chapter minutes of March 10 were approved with additions. Sunshine and Gifts Chair Joyce Anderson sent a card of condolence to a former member. The treasury balance is currently adequate to fund spring projects, following expenses for the annual egg hunt. Suggested items for purchase for Hero Comfort Kits were discussed, with members encouraged to begin acquiring them for a May distribution. A wine and cheese basket was assembled for a community fund-raiser auction. A few locations were discussed for the annual Beta Sigma Phi Founders' Day Celebration, with decision to be finalized in early April. Election of officers for the 2016-2017 sorority year will be held April 28. Meeting locations and co-hostess assignments for April and May were amended. The next regular meeting will be Thursday, April 7, at the home of Tracie Cederquist in Sherman, with Deanna Sands and Nancy Palmer serving as co-hostesses. Following the business meeting, members enjoyed receiving Easter-themed gifts from secret sisters. Mary Rogers won the white elephant prize.

Sons of the American Revolution

Recently, the Chautauqua County Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution met for a time of fellowship and camaraderie.

Doug Arters, SAR member, shared information about the war record of Otis Ensign II, a veteran of the Revolutionary War with burial at Sheridan, N.Y. Ensign had enlisted on five separate occasions. He was one of the soldiers guarding British Major John Andre, who was captured and executed in connection with his affiliation with Benedict Arnold. Also, Ensign assisted in placing the massive chain across the Hudson River, below West Point.

Chapter President Steve Booth reported that he would be attending an Eagle Scout recognition ceremony in the afternoon, and would award Trevor Cole of Silver Creek the SAR Certificate-of-Recognition award. Cole is a member of Boy Scout Troop #252, Allegheny Highland Council.

The next SAR meeting is set for Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. at the Chatterbox Restaurant, Greenhurst. Arters is slated to give a talk about disease pathology as it relates to the Revolutionary War era, with some of these diseases still an issue in the 21st century. Guests are welcome to attend.

For information, call Boothe at 574-7995.



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