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Attention all CIAO members — we are still organized and working to provide you with activities you requested at our December meeting!

We have officially added our membership to the many Italian organizations in Erie County! This is exciting news for our membership! As a member of the Federation of Italian-American Societies of Western New York, you will be connected to so many activities around the area. The Federation, headed by Peter Lojacono, attended our December meeting to discuss the organization. The Federation, currently in its 109th year, is the umbrella organization for Italian Societies and organizations throughout Western New York.

Sam and Sally Crisanti attended the meeting and it was quite informative. They have a lot going on. They are going to add our events to their Facebook page. You might want to check it out if you are on Facebook. Federation of Italian-American Societies of Western NY. It is an open group, so you don’t even need to ask to be a member

Its purpose is to promote understanding and appreciation of the Italian culture and the contributions and achievements of Italian-Americans.

We are now on FACEBOOK!!! Search for CIAO and join. You will be able to check out photos, events and link into other Italian American events!

It’s not too early to mark your calendars and save the following dates: Annual picnic and meeting on Aug. 3 at Russell Joy Park, lower pavilion.

Our Christmas Party is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Beaver Club.

N.C.C. Club Associates

The regular monthly meeting of the Northern Chautauqua County Club Associates was recently held at the J. Carter Knapp Post, Cedar St., in Forestville. Tom Halicki welcomed the group to his Post.

The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of silence for all deceased club members.

Roll call of clubs and officers were taken.

Secretary Jim Pryll read the minutes of the previous meeting. Treasurer Tom Halicki gave the financial report. Both reports were approved.

Guest speaker was County Executive, George Borrello. He spoke of his time in office, visiting 107 businesses in the County in his first 100 days. The number one concern of these businesses was the available work force, and employees showing up for work.

He mentioned the biggest industry in the county is grapes and dairy, and the feasibility of growing hops for the brewing industry. County Executive. Borrello gave his opinion of the new law banning plastic bags in the state. A solution to the problem could be solved by recycling the bags, or get in the habit of using reusable cloth bags. He spoke of the loss of population in the county, not unlike many other counties in the state, and mentioned his candidacy for the state Senate seat vacated by Cathy Young. A question and answer period followed.

Association president Joe Rozen suggested that clubs looking for a handout for their summer picnics, or the holidays, may consider a cloth bag to use in grocery stores, while at the same time, advertising their club.

After the meeting, a cake was presented to Charlie St. George on the occasion of his 94th birthday.

The next meeting of the Associates will be held on Sunday, May 19, 10:30 a.m. at the Silver Creek Overseas Veterans club, Main St., in Silver Creek. Members of all clubs are invited to attend.

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