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  Do you enjoy relaxing music at dinner? I often play a cd I was given at Christmas, songs from the Wine Country . Sometimes I throw in a Tony Bennett CD, it all depends on what I have made for dinner.  Last night dinner consisted of pork chops and mashed potatoes and the When Harry Met Sally Soundtrack was on in the background.

  Imagine having the singers right there, between the salad and the pasta course? Sounds like fun doesn’t it?   Help the Middleport  Community Choir celebrate its 10th anniversary with a  Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.

Spaghetti Supper and Song will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on  Saturday, April 25th. This relaxing and enjoyable dinner will be held at the  Cataract Lodge, Main St. Middleport, NY
  $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under

Enjoy a traditional Italian meal served by singing waiters and
waitresses.

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         THE ROYALTON-HARTLAND CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPOINTMENTS FOR THOSE CHILDREN WHO WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR KINDERGARTEN FOR THE 2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR; TO BE ELIGIBLE THE CHILD MUST BE 5 ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 1ST 2009.

 

A BRIEF INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR PARENTS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, MAY 19TH  AT 6:00 AT THE HIGH SCHOOL, LOCATED AT 54 STATE ST. MIDDLEPORT.  KINDERGARTEN SCREENING WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 1ST, 2ND, AND 3RD AT THE ELEMENTARY BLDG. PLEASE CALL MRS. MCCARTHY AT 772-2616 ext 3054 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT.  SPACE IS LIMITED, SO PLEASE CALL TODAY!

 

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                Don’t forget to follow the Golden Rule. This particular program is open to the community for Elders, Adults and Youth.  A workshop for seniors only will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on March 24 and March 31. For Adults, seniors and Youth these workshops, Wellness and Service Program are offered to learn about stress, how to improve health and peace of mind, learn the best place to call and reduce avoidable hospitalizations.

                 Everyone can learn why the Golden Rule is good for you. Stop by 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 24 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 133 Telegraph Road in Middleport.  Sponsored by the Niagara County Office for the Aging with support from other local organizations, the sessions are presented by Dr. Tom Deloughry. In April the events will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Main Library at 1425 Main St in Niagara Falls and from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lockport Library 23 East Avenue in Lockport on April 9.

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 The Finale….Rawhide….

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Murder and Mayhem return to the Buff Club

“Bullets in the Bunkhouse Saloon”

By Julie Obermiller

 

            The Buff Club Players took another step back into time with their second murder mystery event. The first, “Cashing Out at the Casino” was set in the roaring twenties, but the latest caper went all the way back to the Wild West. The zany cast of characters came from the imagination of Union Sun & Journal columnist Lynnemarie Scrivano Donner. In her second collaboration with the Buff Club Players, Donner and her cast put on a rowdy, sometimes bawdy, show at an old time saloon. The packed house on Young Street in the Falls tried to solve the mystery behind “Bullets at the Bunkhouse Saloon.”

            Guests added to the atmosphere with cowboy hats and western dress, and the Buff Club Players were perfect parodies of our favorite television western characters. With Mistress Sue Ellen’s (played by Jackie Carbone) saloon in danger of foreclosure, the lusty, busty Sue Ellen  is hoping she can come up with a way to keep it from falling into the hands of Brother Marcus (Marc Touma) and Sister Rosa Ree (Betty Scrivano). While Brother Marcus plans to buy the saloon to open his church to save the souls of the motley crew, Sister Rosa Ree is spending the church money on pretty trinkets and fancy hats.

             It seems all is saved when Deputy Dude (Fred Wyrosdick) shows up with a bag of gold he’s stolen to help the saloon keeper he really loves. The trouble comes when they realize the money was taken from a notoriously bad river gang. Dude becomes the victim in this play, leaving the fate of the saloon up in the air as Sheriff Chuck Wagon (Jim McKeown) tries to get to the bottom of it. McKeown rides in on his horse, Day Tripper, to big applause, minus the dreadlocks he wore as the popular chef in the first play.

            Red herrings and rubber chickens fly as the storylines unfold and guests try to sort out the characters’ relationships. Aside from specific points of information which each actor was supposed to divulge to the audience, the antics were largely adlibbed by the enthusiastic amateur cast. Armed with the cast list and the delivered clues, audience members tried to unravel the mystery and find the real killer.

            Was the killer Sue Ellen or Brother Marcus, each wanting ownership of the saloon? Eddie Vendetti (Fred Abramitys) was Dude’s estranged brother, who chose to walk on the wrong side of the law. He’s a land baron and a thief but did he kill his brother? Did Vendetti’s daughters Tiny Tina (Lynne Hoover) and Nancy Needles (Debby Neal) want Uncle Dude dead? It was rumored that Nancy had killed before and tina was a crack shot. There was already one criminal in the local jail cell. Nicky Cannon, who killed the casino owner in the first play, yelled jibes at saloon customers from his cell. Did Nicky somehow shoot the Dude in the dark? Arthur the Cook (Al LaChance) was taken in by Mistress Sue Ellen’s dad years before and thought he would have gotten the saloon instead of her. Was he secretly cooking up a recipe to get it back?

            Whiskey Pete (Pete Miosga) doesn’t say much but sees everything. What does he know? Doc Bob Quackster (Robert Van Kuren) tries to get saloon patrons interested in his new blood-letting service while he checks on the prisoners. Did he spill Dude’s bood? Jokester Billy Bull (Steve Cerifco) might lose his job as musical host of the saloon if it becomes a church, but would killing the Deputy save the saloon? One person who might know was Ginger the Gypsy (Mary Wilgosz), but you won’t get any answers from Ginger without gold coins or chickens as payment. Even Fat Sally, Deputy Dude’s prized pet cow (Eileen LaChance, Chris Pietrangeli) wandered around clueless.

            Finding the silver gun that killed the Dude gets to be a problem when half the people in the saloon are packing heat, some in secret places. At one point, the crowd enthusiastically sang along to the classic song “Rawhide.” The ever-changing scene of the crime was the setting for a bunkhouse style meal including corn chips and bean dip, trail mix, hearty beer beef stew and beans, cornbread and strawberry shortcake. Serving was handled by sweet prairie flowers Gracie Lou, Betty Jane, Daisy Mae and Ellie Mae.

            The play was written so that no cast member knew who committed the crime until the final reveal after the audience voted, although most of them secretly hope they get to be the killer. The event sold out again and plans are in the works for a third murder mystery dinner. Ideas started flowing for new characters every time the creative and fun-loving group got together to work on this one. The Buff Club Players, and their audience, are ready for more. Donner has authored magazine articles, writes The Towpath Partyline weekly in the  Lockport US&J and has a Greater Niagara Newspaper blog at www.lynnemarieseveryday.wordpress.com.

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       One of my favorite places to buy movies is that huge bargin bin in Walmart.  The down side to cheap movies is that all those  $5 movies can pile up in your house.  Ask yourself, how many times can I watch an Adam Sandler movie (except Wedding Singer , which I could watch 50 times and still love it) ?

      As parents, we all know there will come a time when your kids no longer want to watch Barney, Kids Song Along Songs and Arielle the mermaid no longer holds their interest.   

     Without sounding like some late night informercial, act now! Why not make a little donation bag of those Barney tapes, Spy Kids or whatever they haven’t watched since Jr High. This isn’t just for kids, parents can dig through their shelves of videos they haven’t watched in years.  You’ll be weeding your bookcase and helping a good cause. The library can use your used DVDs and VHSs for their Used Book Sale in May.

      Maybe while the kids are asking for new movies in the bargain bin, make a deal. They have to donate the old DVDs and VHSs to the library. 

      The Friends  of the Middleport Free Library is looking for donations for the May Used Book Sales. If you have used books, DVDs and VHS tapes you’d like to donate please drop them off at the Library during business hours.

 

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 The Sesquicentennial Committee will be serving hotdogs starting at 6 p.m. on Sat.  March 28th at the Middleport Fire Hall as the start of the Village’s Sesquicentennial Celebration Kickoff. If you’re interested in local history there will be local collectors of Middleport memorabilia with displays set up in the Fire Hall for resident’s enjoyment.   

             At 7:00 p.m. The Middleport Community Choir will begin singing, followed by acknowledgements by elected officials to help celebrate the Village’s Milestone. Visitors can also purchase calendars and mugs to celebrate the occasion.

          If you are interested in purchasing a commemorative brick for the walkway, order forms are still available at the Village Hall and will be available at the reception on March 28th. The cost is $50 per brick and after the celebrations the brick walkway will be an ongoing fundraiser and the bricks will be handled by the MATABC after the Sesquicentennial.

 

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   My kids were never big on eggs in the AM so pancakes and waffles are the breakfast of champions at our house. The very same day my kids and I were  enjoying a breakfast of waffles and delicious maple syrup from Wolf Maple Farm I was surprised to get a message from a local scout parent with syrup related news!  

  Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 23 of Middleport are having a pancake breakfast during Maple weekend.   It is being held on Sunday March 22nd 7 a.m. – Noon at the Middleport Fire Hall.   This sweet event is also being sponsored by Wolf Maple Products who is taking part in the Maple Weekend.  Wolf Maple Products is located at 9355 Chestnut Ridge Road, Middleport 716-735-9102.  Donna noted that Wolf Maple Products will be supplying the ‘Real” maple syrup for the breakfast. 

  Thanks to the scouts and Wolf Farm for making sure we can all get a good warm start to our day. I don’t know the prices yet but when I find out I will post here on the blog. Here is some maple syrup information for readers…

  March 13, 2009 Maple Syrup Update….  The maple syrup update with time and prices are here thanks to  a helpful scout parent. The time is 7 a.m. to Noon and the prices are $6 for adult, ages 5-12 is $4 and under 5 is free.

Another Update today there was an article about the Wolf Farm in the Lockport Journal written by Joyce Miles.

http://www.lockportjournal.com/local/local_story_079002308.html/resources_printstory

http://www.mapleweekend.com/

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