Archive for November, 2008

  Hope all the readers had a lovely Thanksgiving with their families and friends. I’ve been off the blog for a few days, and I am happy to be back with everyone.
  I received a message from Garner Light, the Wilson-Lake Plains Compiler.
    The Wilson-Lake Plains Christmas Bird Count, which includes parts of Lockport, Wilson, Olcott, Newfane & Cambria, will be Saturday December 20, 2008
 He’ll need people to fill their feeders before Dec. 20. If you’d like to participate you can do an official Birdfeeder count at your own house on that day. The results will be included in the official count. 
       If you contact him before December 12th at garnerlight@hotmail.com , he’ll be able to send you a Feeder Watch packet which includes a map of the count territory and a bird checklist.
        The annual Christmas Bird Count is sponsored by National Audubon, and this is the 109th year of these counts. For more information about the history of the Christmas Bird Count : www.birdsource.org  
Light is,” also interested in hearing about Snowy Owl, Short Eared Owl and other unusual bird  sightings within the count area. So if you see a car pull up in front of your house on that day, and people with binoculars are looking at your yard, don’t worry we are just interested in the birds at your feeders.”

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This weekend is going to be a quiet one compared to last weekend. There will be no suspense, no deception and no chicken corden bleu, it’ll be pretty dull around my house.
   Last Saturday was my writing and directing debut doing a Murder Mystery. I was busy for a few months writing and working on the play and seeing it unfold was a blast, glad the audience liked it. 

 “Cashin out at the Casino” was a  hit and the cast was great to work with and full of energy and one liners. Although I have written children’s plays and one other play, the Bake Sale, this was my first murder mystery. It was more of a Murder Mystery Comedy instead of a serious drama, but comedy is my favorite thing to watch. The Buff Club Players are a great group of members that act, some even sing and all of them are dedicated enough to show up for rehearsal with me although I did have a lot of rewrites to change things.

  The Murder Mystery dinner included a meal with the cast going around the room and giving their own clues during the dinner. We had a bunch of sleuths that guessed the killer. Everyone did a great job of trying the pin the blame on the next guy, or girl!

     The Murder Mystery dinner included a five course meal with wine tasting and the play was shown at the Buff Social Club in Town of Niagara with a cast of 14. Here is a photo of the cast, with me hanging around in the middle of the front row, before the show went on…


Thanks to my terrific cast:

 Steve DiNero, Casino Mgr- Steve Cerifiko

 Jimmy the Feast-chef, Jim McKeown

Police, Eliot and Olivia-Ted Bauer and Jackie Carbone

Brandy Fine,Lounge Singer- Cindy Bootz

Sommelier Kent Catawba- Marc Touma

Asst Sommelier Sherry Chardonnay-Betty Scrivano

Photographer Nicky Cannon-Rudy Rogler

Gangster Ace Cappacino-Fred Abramaitys

Nun Sister Nun Ya Business- Mary Wilgosz

Bishop Twig- Fred “Twiggy” Wyrosdick

Black Jack Dealer, Cherry Pye- Carol Dingwall

Golden Charm Pit Boss-Lynne Hoover

Lawyer Robert Shiester- Robert Van Kuren

 Below, Poor Ace Cappacino gets blamed for everything….he didn’t even do it this time….  


  If you were a guest at the Golden Charm Casino and Supper Club I would love to hear your comments about the play.

  If you would like to do a murder mystery for your organization , as Ace Cappacino says,”We need to talk….”


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    Just when I thought it was too early to drag out the Christmas decorations I got an email from Patt Fagan. Her message to my Partyline column was that it was time for the Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, November 28 at 6:30 on the corner of Park Ave. and Main Streets in the Village of Middleport. It’s an old fashioned event and everyone is welcome to attend.  So maybe it isn’t too early after all?   

The event, which is sponsored by the Royalton-Hartland Business and Professional Association (RHBPA), features caroling, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies and a brief performance and sing-a-long with the Middleport Community Choir.  

The Village is a small place but a warm and friendly one. On this night, sure to be a cold one, first planned is the ceremonial turning on of the tree lights . The Village Christmas tree is located on Park and Main Streets, accompanied by the singing of a few favorite holiday songs. Then attend the Universalist Church directly across from the Village Tree on Main Street for hot chocolate, cookies and more song.  Everyone is invited to attend and donations of Christmas cookies are welcome.

  What a wonderful way to start off the holiday season. This seems a lot more fun than being slammed around by busy and/or angry shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving in a bright but over decorated mall. Soon the whole Village will be ready to light up the Holiday Season. 

 For my house, Patt’s message came just in time. My tree is ready to be set up(yes, I have a fake tree) Bing Crosby and Perry Como have been waiting on my CD shelf for almost a year now. I’ll have to stock up on hot cocoa.

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  Congratulations to all the past Runners of the Week for this High School XC Season. The dedicated runners made the trip back to Elma Meadows Golf Course again on Sunday for the Checkers/Runners Roost XC Invitational.



  Here is the 1st and 2nd Boys Team All Stars for the Checkers/Runners Roost XC Invitational. For more information check out the link  


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  Fall is a great time to Share the Bounty on the Niagara Wine Trail. From 10am until 6pm on Sat Nov 15th and Sunday Nov 16th enjoy a trip and stop at each winery along the Niagara Wine trail. This is an opportunity for all of us to give back for all that we have. This weekend the for wine tasting  is a non-perishable food item or $2.50/person at each winery. Food items and the proceeds collected are donated to the local food pantry.

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 Congratulations to all the Classes of Runners that participated in the New York State Meet for High School XC Runners. This was the first time I had attended a State Meet and the park was filled with excited parents and spectators as well as runners!

  All the runners are so dedicated and it was great to see them all ready to go run this exciting course. Section 6 Class C was dressed in orange  and each class wore a different color t shirt and their school color shorts. xc-2008-229

  Section 6 runners, Class C, doing some warmup at Sunken Meadow State Park in Sunken Meadows NY.



There are all the scores listed on Section 6 Website for all the Classes at the Meet. Congratulations to the Barker Boys team for second place in Class D.


Check out the new link on Section 6 for pix of XC taken by parents and family members..we are all so proud of our kids, thanks for giving us a place to share the fun…


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     Stop by the Christmas Cupboard at St. Mary’s Church on West Avenue in Gasport, New york  on the following days, November 21, 22, 23, 2008 the times listed are Friday      9:30 a.m.  –   9:00 p.m.

Saturday  9:30 a.m.  –   5:00 p.m., and Sunday    9:30 a.m.  –   4:00 p.m.
  The staff has been very busy this year working on new and exciting things to offer.  They will have handmade jewelry, wooden shelves and cabinets, beautiful wall hangings and runners for your holiday tables, an assortment of homemade jam’s, jelly’s, salsa, pickles and more. Check out the stocking stuffers, lawn ornaments, artistic paintings, tree ornaments, ceramics and holiday centerpieces.  There will also be cookies, breads, sweetrolls, candy and  popcorn. Sorry for the inconvenience but due to the telephone lines being removed they cannot accept Mastercard or Visa. The Cupboard is accepting CASH OR CHECKS only.   Stop in and either start your Christmas shopping or if your one of the lucky ones finish it up. Have a cup of coffee and a cookie and enjoy yourself. 

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