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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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Unit 116 is continuing the Bridge Mentoring Program for beginner / intermediate players willing to enter open competitions and achieve their goals.

To be eligible, the “mentee” has to have less than 300 MP.

Mentors are players with 2500+ MP.

The pair is required to play 5 times until the end of 2017, at any of the Unit sanctioned clubs (see a list of clubs with their playing schedules at the unit web site www.unit116.com) or at unit events and Open Unit 116 Sectionals.

The Mentee pays full fare, and the unit covers the Mentor's entry fees. (Pair needs to keep track of games they play together for Unit reimbursement of Mentor's entry fees). New this time is that  the 5 games must be completed, unless circumstances beyond pairs control prevents that.

Deadline for Mentee sign-up is June 30, 2017. Mentees are encouraged to approach Mentors of their choice regarding the program. Unit 116 will solicit Mentors for the applicants and the program will run from July 1 to December 31, 2017.

For sign-up, details and questions please contact Dian Petrov by email or (716) 688-1226

Good luck and have fun!



What is the Unit 116 Mentoring Program?

The mentoring program is established to have more experienced players (Mentors) to help newer /advancing players (Mentees) to improve their bridge experience and enter Open games at Unit 116 ACBL Sanctioned clubs.  

Who can participate?

Unit 116 ACBL members in good standing with masterpoints below 300 willing to enter open club games, learn, have fun and achieve their bridge goals.

How do I participate?

Mentees need to register by email or phone (leaving a message is fine) before June 30, 2017 with Dian Petrov by email or (716) 688-1226

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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

School Bridge Program Report

Finishing up at Transit Middle School (Williamsville School District)
This class began Thursday, October 6, 2016 and will run until March 16, 2017. It is an extra-curricular activity. Extra-curricular activities at Transit Middle School take place from 3:45-4:45 PM. There are 10 students currently on the roster. After much thought, we have come to the conclusion that in order to have a meaningful bridge class, you need more than one hour of instruction. Therefore, we will not be pursuing any other bridge programs in the public schools. Contrary to the Toronto school system as well as other states, the NYS Education Department does not allow bridge to be part of the school day.

Second Follow-up Class at The Bridge Center of Buffalo
This class is currently underway and is held Sunday mornings from 9:30-11:30AM. There are nine students on the roster. All of these students took the previous follow-up class. Jim Gullo and Fred Yellen are the instructors. The class began January 15 and continues until March 12, 2017.

Summer School Bridge Program at The Bridge Center of Buffalo
Beginner Bridge Class – This class will be held on Thursday mornings from 9-11 AM beginning July 6 and running till August 21, 2017. Sharon Benz will be the instructor. Students in grades 5-10 will be eligible for this class. I will begin recruiting students next week. Time permitting, I would appreciate your input re: recruitment (brain storming session). As always, we will need bridge buddies to help out at this class.
Follow-Up Class – This class is open to students who have completed a beginner class who are motivated and interested in learning more. Students from Transit Middle School and students who have completed other follow-up classes are invited to attend this class. Jim Gullo and Fred Yellen will be the instructors. The class will be held on Tuesdays June 27 Thru August 29, 2017 from 9-11 AM. As always, we will need bridge buddies to assist students in this class.
*If you are interested in being a bridge buddy, contact Ruth Nawotniak (r-h-n@hotmail.com).*

2017 Youth NABC – Toronto ON – July 27-29 2017
This year we have a unique opportunity for students participating in our school bridge program. Students 19 years and under are eligible to participate in this program. Because Toronto is driving distance, the cost will be minimum. A room at the hotels cost $149 Canadian dollars plus taxes. There is no charge for students to play. Free lunches will be served. Participating students must join ACBL—a $5
Investment. What a wonderful opportunity for students to feel the excitement of a national tournament!

Speaking to Stephanie Threlkeld (Education Manager for ACBL), I found out that in addition to the more advanced games, they offer games at the YNABC called Cardrook Pairs.  These are for rookies. There is a bridge mentor assigned to each table in case participants have questions during the game. In other words, they are encouraging students who have completed a beginner bridge class on up to more sophisticated players to participate in the youth games. Yes, you can get master points. Stephanie suggests that I be in touch with Barbara Clark from NJ who brings a  group of kids to the YNABC every year. Will do!

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!

May 20-21, 2017
Bridge Center of Buffalo
August 20, 2017 - Sunday
Unit 116 Summer picnic 2 session Unit Championship games
at Rescue Fire Hall, North Tonawanda NY,


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