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Here’s to the Lazy Days of Summer,

Spring is behind us with the successful completion of the April Sectional (thanks Denise Slattery for the food preparation) and the Non Life Master Sectional (thanks Denise Slattery and Chip Kean co-chairs).

The student lesson program continues with  participation in the NLM sectional. Student players in all pairs games and one team in Swiss. Many of these students succeeded in picking up their first master points. This summer many of the students will participate in the Youth Program at the Toronto Nationals.

As you look around the clubs, you see mentoring pairs hard at work. This is a popular program for all involved. Thank you Dian for carrying this forward.

Our picnic is the next big event, see full information on this web site. Note: new location but the same delicious menu.

Enjoy the summer

Betty Metz
President, Unit 116
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We need caddies at the Regional -October 18-23, 2017
Pay per session $37.00
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00am and 3:00pm, Wednesday 7:30pm
Reply to Betty – bettymetz@roadrunner.com
Select day and time you are available.

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Western New York Unit 116


All American Picnic and  2 sessions of bridge

Sunday, August 20, 2017
Starting at 11 AM
at Rescue Fire Hall, North Tonawanda NY
1241 Strad Ave, North Tonawanda, NY 1412

Purchase your tickets from any Board Member by August 15 and thanks!
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Update on school bridge program


  Fred Yellen and Jim Gullo  with the Unit 116 students at  2017 Toronto Youth North American Bridge Championship.


Four players from the summer classes for middle and high school students at the Bridge Center of Buffalo found success in the Youth North American Bridge Championship Tournament July 20 to July 30 in Toronto. Tyler Mu, Daren Liu, Colleen Stewart and Michael Passucci won four times in their divisions.

School Bridge Program Report
2017 Youth NABC – Toronto ON – July 27-29, 2017
This year we had a unique opportunity for students participating in our school bridge program. They were able to attend a nearby national tournament in Toronto.  A Youth NABC was part pf the tournament. The games were free of charge and a free lunch was provided. In addition to more advanced levels, there were games called Cardrook Pairs for those who had fewer than five master points. Forty-eight students participated in these games.

Five of our bridge students attended and participated at this level.  Michael Passucci and Colleen Stewart won four games and came in first overall the two days they played.  Daren Liu and Tyler Mu won four games as well. Also, Mandi Mu picked up a partner, played and received master points.  Jim Gullo and Fred Yellen (the teachers) attended the tournament and gave a lesson after each game so students could understand their mistakes. They served as table helpers as well. (Table helpers keep the pace going, answer any questions, escort students to washrooms if necessary, etc.)

We were very pleased with the behavior and performance of our students!   Special thanks to Jim and Fred…job well done!

Free Summer Bridge Class at BCB
Currently we have a beginner program underway on Thursday mornings 9-11 AM.  Sharon Benz is the instructor; fourteen students have signed up for the class. The last class will be a mini tournament to be held on August 31.

Free Follow-Up Class at BCB
This class is open to students who have completed a beginner class and are motivated and interested in learning more.  It will be entitled Bridge Basics and Supervised Play.  Jim Gullo and Fred Yellen will be the instructors. The class will be held on Sunday mornings from 9:30-11:30 AM beginning September 24 continuing thru December 3, 2017. Refreshments will be served.

Special Note: The bridge buddies (student mentors) have been invaluable to the teachers and an important factor in the success of this program.  If you would like to be a bridge buddy or have questions, contact Ruth Nowatniak at r-h-n@hotmail.com.

Carol Bedell

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Check the Duplicate Bridge column in The Buffalo News each Saturday for weekly game results and other announcements. Unfortunately, space there is limited, but additional results, more complete announcements and other information can be found in the weekly Internet version of the column at www.buffalonews.com. For quickest results, search the words "duplicate bridge" and Saturday's date. For the latest information and detailed game results directly from the clubs, check the web sites of clubs in Western New York.


Welcome to the Western New York Unit 116 website.  Our unit of over 450 dedicated bridge players is part of the American Contract Bridge League’s District Five.  Geographically, we encompass the counties of Erie and Niagara, at the eastern end of Lake Erie and western end of Lake Ontario, in New York State.  We often have players from across the Canadian border playing at our clubs.

Our goal is to promote bridge and support local bridge clubs.   We have six open, active clubs. We host three sectionals each year – January, April/May, and September – as well as a Non-Life Master sectional in the summer.  The District Five Regional is held at the end of October and famously titled “Spooktacular”.  Numerous unit games are held throughout the year.

We publish a quarterly newsletter, Bridge Buff, for and about its members.  It regularly includes extensive interviews with several members, an interesting bridge hands and analysis, and perhaps a good recipe enjoyed at a Unit game.


The "Bridge Buff" issues were retrieved (thank you  Kathy Pollock, Alex Kowal and Mark Pascale) starting with  issues back in the past. You can read old and current issues to see where we were and where we are going as a bridge community. There was a gap in publishing from March to October 2007, when the bridge community was torn apart by controversy and the Buff was on hold.
Help preserve the bridge history of Unit 116 by downloading the files and saving them - you will never know when and who from the future generations will read them.



Coming to Unit 116!

August 20, 2017 - Sunday
Unit 116 Summer picnic 2 session Unit Championship games
at Rescue Fire Hall, North Tonawanda NY,
September 15-17, 2017
Main-Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main Street, Williamsville, NY
November 13-18, 2017 - Club run Unit games  at various clubs
December 2, 2017- Saturday  Starting an noon
Unit 116 Annual Meeting and Game at  Main-Transit Fire Hall

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