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Dear Unit 116 Members,

Hopefully spring has finally arrived with some consistently warmer temperatures. I hope that you are doing well, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

After a very challenging January Sectional, circumstances improved in April. We had 85 tables with players joining us from Canada, Rochester, and Ohio. And while table count was only 56% compared to 2019, we still did OK financially. We were able to make up for the loss sustained in the January Sectional plus add a small amount to our cash balance. Kudos go out to the entire board for their efforts and in particular, Barb Libby and Gay Simpson who co-chaired the event.

Our next event is the summer outing on August 6, 2022. Please mark your calendars. Soon, you will be hearing from Joyce Greenspan regarding the details.

Our September Sectional will be held on September 16, 17, and 18, 2022 at the Main Transit Fire Hall. Please mark you calendars for this event. You will be hearing from Sandi England as we get closer to September.

Lastly, Davis Heussler is chairing the Buffalo Regional which will be held October 25-30, 2022. Details are being developed.

I very much look forward to seeing many of you at one or all of our future events. Please call me with any questions or comments. 908-256-6466.

John Bava 
Western New York Unit 116 of the ACBL

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Unit 116 Buffalo Spring Sectional

April 1-3, 2022

Buffalo Bridge Center
3362 Sheridan Dr. , Amherst, NY  14226 




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Below is a list of currently available ACBL sanctioned online and F2F games for Unit 116 players.
For information and details, contact the owner/ manager/contact person.

Airport Bridge Club/
Alliance Bridge Club                      

Bill Finkelstein 716-836-7016 billfink1234@hotmail.com
Web site: https://www.alliancebridgeclub.com

Buffalo Bridge Center Face2Face Live bridge (Wednesdays and Fridays 10:30 am)
(Online Limited - Monday,Wednesday 7 pm; Tuesday,Thursday 12 pm Pairs)
Betty Metz 716-773-7398
Web site: http://www.bridgecenterofbuffalo.com

Bridge Club Meridian/                   
Lockport Duplicate Face2Face Live bridge (Saturdays at 1 pm)
Rust Belt Bridge Group (Online Open - Saturdays 9:50 am Pairs)
Dian Petrov 716-668-1226
Web sites: https://tinyurl.com/2fj2hama
or http://meridian.bridgecloud.com

Bridge Club of East Aurora
Face2Face Live bridge (Wednesdays at 10 am)
David Larcom 716-649-9354 dmocral@verizon.net

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In the recent past, Unit 116 has sponsored a very successful mentoring program. We anticipate that we will continue our program in manner similar to what we have done previously. The only question involves timing. Stay tuned for updates.

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 Youth Bridge Update

Jim Gullo and his merry band of helpers has revived Unit 116 Youth Bridge in time for the students to attend the Youth North American Bridge Championships in Providence, RI, on July 21-23, 2022. Nine students are taking bridge lessons to prepare. Unit 116 will again sponsor Jim to travel to Providence to be there with the students and their families to coach and support them at the tournament. Good luck to all of the Buffalo Youth! Go Team!

The ACBL Educational Foundation has unveiled BridgeWhiz, a free online program that teaches young people grades 4 through 12 the excitement of contract bridge. See page 23 of November’s Bridge Bulletin.

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Welcome to the Western New York Unit 116 website.  Our unit of over 350 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”.  



Coming to Unit 116!

April 1-3, 2022
Buffalo Bridge Center
3362 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY 14226
Unit games at Clubs - July 31 - August 6, 2022
Unit 116 Summer Outing  - August 6, 2022
Lockport Duplicate,
33 Ontario St
Lockport, NY 14094
(entrance from back parking lot)
lunch at noon, game at 1 pm
September 16-18, 2022
M-T Fire Hall
6777 Main St., Williamsville,  NY 14221

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