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Happy Spring Bridge Players,
    Longer daylight hours, milder weather and sprouts poking out of the ground; it is a sure sign of Spring in Western New York. In the bridge world, we look forward to our Spring Sectional and our all new Unit Championship Week. Look elsewhere in this website to see full details on these and other events planned for your enjoyment.
    At the beginning of the year, I sent out a challenge to all: Engage with a new player: welcome them, have a conversation and best of all ask them to play with you.  We worry about the decline in the number of bridge players.  So it makes great sense when a new player comes along that we make a distinct effort to send out a welcome.
    This effort was in full swing at the Unit Pro-Am Game. Sixteen tables with many new faces, kudos to those who spent the afternoon playing with a newer player.
    Enjoy, be encouraging and kind.

Betty Metz
President, Unit 116
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 Unit 116 Spring Sectional

April 8, 9, 10 - 2016

Main -Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221


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The District Director reports that District 5 has $30,000 available from the ACBL Charity Foundation to award to worthy local charities. Five organizations will be chosen to receive awards of $6000 each.  These organizations will be nominated by bridge players who reside in District 5.  Organizations must be 501c3 qualified.  Players may nominate organizations by sending a brief synopsis of the mission and procedures of the organization.  Proof of 501c3 qualification must accompany the nomination.  Nominations must be sent by email to Sharon Fairchild shortsuit@sbcglobal.net no later than April 1, 2016.  Voting will take place at the meeting of the District Board to be held in May.

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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  and Alex Kowal) 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!

Main-Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
May 15-21, 2016
Club run Unit games at participating clubs
Saturday, June 11, 2016 1:00 pm
"Strawberry Social"
Unit run Pairs Game at Lockport Duplicate
33 Ontario St
Lockport NY  14094
June 13 -19, 2016  District 5 STaC
at participating clubs

NLM "Future Stars" (0-500) Sectional  July 8-9, 2016

at Bridge Center of Buffalo

3362 Sheridan Dr
Amherst NY  14226

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Unit 116 Summer picnic
2 session Unit Championship game
at Hamburg Fairgrounds,
BUFFALO FALL SECTIONAL September 16-18, 2016
Main-Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
October 18-23, 2016

at Adam's Mark Hotel
120 Church St.
Buffalo, NY 14202

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