Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association
The Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association will meet for its annual elections at 7 p. m. Tuesday at the Laona United Methodist Church, corner of Porter and Wilson roads, Laona.
Last month, Olive Becker for the nominating committee reported a slate of candidates consisting of the incumbents: president Ray Bulger of Cassadaga; vice president Chuck Skinner of Cassadaga; secretary Sally Bulger of Cassadaga; and Barbara Wise of Hamlet treasurer. Four people were nominated from the floor for the three opening trustee positions: Higley Nobles of South Dayton, Steve Millward of Sinclairville, Mark Risley of Sinclairville, and Cheryl Christy of Sinclairville.
Also at the October meeting final arrangements were announced for the Dec. 1 Christmas Party at the Stockton Fire Hall. Reservations will have been due by Nov. 16.
The Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association is an organization of collectors and fans of antique and obsolete machinery, engines, tractors, farm machinery, and tools. One need not own equipment to join. Membership is $7 per year, $10 family. The public can see photos of last August's Antique Equipment Show at the Association website, CCAEA.net.
Cassadaga Branch Library Association
CASSADAGA - The Cassadaga Branch Library Association recently drew the winners of the "Grocery Giveaway" fundraiser at the Cassadaga Shur-Fine Deli. Congratulations were extended to the winners of the $50 Shur-Fine gift certificates: Pat Hayward, Cindy Wystup and Betty Wielgasz. The library is appreciative of the help from ShurFine. Ruth Swanson sold the most raffle tickets, followed by John Sipos.
The next meeting of the association will be a Christmas cookie exchange at the home of Kathy George, 209 Dale Drive, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 3 p.m. Members are asked to bring two dozen cookies. New members are always welcome.
FORESTVILLE - Forestville OES 247 recently held its annual meeting of reports and elections with Cindy Stiles, Matron and Larry Stiles Patron, presiding. A public installation of officers was planned for Nov. 20 at the Masonic Hall, 22 Main St., Forestville. A meeting of the Chautauqua District OES Past Grand Officers, hosted by Silver Chapter, was also planned.
Fredonia Shakespeare Club
The Fredonia Shakes-peare Club held its sixth regular meeting of the 2012 2013 year at the Dunkirk Historic Museum hosted by Priscilla Bernatz. The topic for the year is "Authors as Social Commentators."
Members heard a paper on "William Golding and the Lord of the Flies" by Joyce Haines which she summarizes as follows:
After serving in the British Navy during World War II, Golding wrote "Lord of the Flies," the 1954 novel which exposes the capacity of evil in all men. The central theme is the conflict of living by rules, acting peacefully, valuing the good of the group against the instinct to gratify one's immediate desires, act violently to obtain supremacy over others and enforce one's will.
A group of English boys are evacuated from Britain because of a nuclear war. Their airplane crashes on an uninhabited island and all the adults are killed. The boys create their own society which gradually degenerates from democratic, rational and moral, to tyrannical and cruel. Golding's view in the fable is pessimistic. He brings out the idea that human nature is inherently corruptible and wicked.
Bernatz was assisted at the tea table by Mrs. Sanden. After a break for Thanksgiving, the club will meet next on Nov. 29 at the Clarion Hotel, hosted by Florence McClelland when they will hear a paper on Charles A. Murray by Mrs. William Larson.
TOPS Chapter 1094
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter 1094 Brocton held their weekly meeting on Monday at 148 W. Main St., Brocton, at the Fellowship Church. There were 13 members in attendance with a net loss of eight pounds.
Chapter 1094 will be raffling off a holiday wine basket at the Fellowship Church on Dec. 8 at its craft bazaar. Tickets will be $1 per chance.
New members are always welcome with the first visit free. Meetings are held every Monday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Now is the time to live healthy - join TOPS and learn how.
Valley Historical Society
CASSADAGA - At the monthly meeting of the Valley Historical Society, which was held recently at the Cassadaga American Legion Hall, town of Pomfret Historian Todd Langworthy presented some historical information to those in attendance. Langworthy said that since it was election time, he wanted to tell about some people from the town who were elected to office.
Five historical men were part of the historical presentation: Zattu Cushing, who served as judge in Mayville; Dr. Squire White, who served as the first physician in the area and whose home is now the White Inn; Leverett Barker, who served as town supervisor and his house is now the museum with the Barker Library, Dr. Milton Fenner, who served as a physician and supervisor, and Arthur R. Maytum, who served as Pomfret supervisor for seven years. Historian Walter Waite of Cassadaga said that he has a copy of the book which has the medicine recipes of Dr. Fenner. A fine program with photographs of the historical figures was enjoyed by all.
The business meeting was opened by President Albert Olmstead, who led all in the Lord's Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. Secretary Mary Shearman read the minutes of the previous meeting. Treasurer John Sipos gave the financial report and talked about some memorials recently given to the society.
Trustee Marna Terry Wolaver presented to the society, a group of American Flags which she encouraged all to use at the museum during special events. President Olmstead accepted the flags. Vice President Larry Barmore announced the next history fair in Sinclairville will be on Sept. 14, 2013. The fair will be an all-day event with historical displays, a parade, a craft show, and market, historical tours, wagon and buggy rides, and many food stands. All are welcome to attend.
A slate of officers was presented for the year 2013, and elections will be held at the December meeting, with more nominations being accepted from the floor.
The next meeting of the Valley Historical Society will be the annual holiday dinner meeting at the South Stockton Wayside Chapel at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4th. Elaine Palmer-Titus and Linda Parmenter will hostess this dinner. Those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to pass and their own table settings. Discussions of annual historical findings and the elections of 2013 officers will take place.
Following this meeting, refreshments were provided and served by Mildred Griswold Simpson and Mary Shearman.
The Valley Historical Society has its beginnings in 1977 by the late John and Ruth Smith who saw a need to preserve the history of the Cassadaga Valley area. The museum, located at the corner of Main and Lester Streets in Sinclairville, was purchased one year later, and is open for tours from May through September. For more information on the Valley Historical Society, write to P.O. Box 1045, Sinclairville, NY 14782. New members are always welcome.
WMH Auxiliary Board
WESTFIELD - The WMH Auxiliary Board recently tried a new fundraising venture. They hosted a harvest dinner at Lakeshore Assembly of God. A turkey dinner with all the trimmings was served to around 100 guests. The group realized a profit of nearly $800 which will be used for various projects at the hospital.
The group is most appreciative of the support of community members and businesses who helped make this event a success. Ron Powers took on the responsibilities of food shopping and preparing this meal. Lakeshore Assembly of God graciously let the group use their fellowship hall and church kitchen. Kim did a great job of decorating the hall. The board extended thanks to Better Baked Foods for donating bread, Grower's Grape Juice Co-op for their donation of grape juice, and all the community members who came out on a very rainy evening to support the WMH Auxiliary.