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Blessed Mary Angela Rosary Society

The Blessed Mary Angela Rosary Society met on Monday, June 3 at St. Hyacinth’s Lyceum.

President Martha Bialaszewski greeted members and led everyone in the recitation of the Rosary and prayers for ill and deceased members.

Patricia Halas started the meeting with an open prayer.

Secretary Carole Schiller read the minutes from the May meeting and Treasurer Lucille Bartkowski gave the financial report. Both were accepted by all present.

Helen Smoczynski was the winner of the attendance prize and birthdays were celebrated for Alvina Monahan and Rita Szot.

All were reminded of the boys and girls booths at the chicken barbecue festival on Aug. 11. Rosary members are asked to donated boys’ and girls’ gifts. In charge are Rita Cieslewicz and Bialaszewski.

Refreshments were served by Schiller, Loretta Szalkowski, Theresa Szocki, Jean Szot and Rita Szot.

A raffle was held and Bingo was played.

The next meeting will be the September picnic on Monday, Sept. 9 at St. Hedwig’s Social Center.


The Gourmettes held its May monthly dinner meeting at the home of Kathy Ehrheart. Diana Cross assisted as co-hostess. Recipes from “Taste of Home” magazine, “Spring’s Best” issue, were served as the evening’s theme. A spring-themed table setting of blue, green and yellow paisley linens with white china greeted the members. A centerpiece composed of bright colored daisies and mums with white taper candles completed the table setting.

The evening’s appetizer prepared and served by Rose Spann was “Tomato Tart with Three Cheeses.” Cross prepared “Upside-down Cake Punch” for the evening cocktail. For the soup course, seafood bisque was presented by Bettie LaChiusa. “Berry Tossed Salad” by Barb Shalkowski was served for the salad course. The entree selected by Ehrheart was “Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Rolls” and was accompanied by baked stuffed red potatoes with bacon and cheese prepared by Pat Kaczar. The vegetable served by Sue Rodgers was “Peas ala Francaise.” New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wine was served with dinner. The meal concluded with “Strawberry Angel Dessert” by Eileen Small.

The June meeting will be held at the home of Eileen Small. Members will be preparing recipes for a gluten-free meal.

The members chose the following recipes to share with OBSERVER readers:

Berry Tossed Salad

1 package (10 ozs) ready to serve salad greens

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

1 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

2 Tbls slivered almonds

Creamy Raspberry Dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 Tbls plus 2 teasp. sugar

1 Tbls raspberry vinegar

1 Tbls 2 percent milk

2-1/2 teasp poppy seeds

2-1/2 teasp seedless raspberry jam

In large salad bowl, combine the greens, strawberries, kiwi, onion, feta cheese and almonds.

In a small bowl whisk the dressing ingredients. Drizzle desired amount over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate any leftover dressing. Serves 8.

Strawberry Angel Dessert

1-1/2 cups sugar

5 Tbls cornstarch

1 package (3 oz) strawberry gelatin

2 cups water

2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled, divided

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

1 can (14 ozs) sweetened condensed milk

1 carton (12 oz) frozen shipped topping, thawed

1 prepared angel food cake (8-10 ozs), cut into 1-inch cubes

For glaze, in a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and gelatin. Add water and stir until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture begins to boil. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until thickened. Remove from the heat: cool completely. Cut half of the strawberries into quarters: fold into glaze.

In small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in milk until blended. Fold in whipped topping.

In a 4-qt. clear glass bowl, layer half the cake cubes, blaze and cream mixture. Repeat layers. Cut remaining strawberries in half and arrange over the top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Serves 12-16.

Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital Hosts Luncheon

The Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital held its May Lunch & Learn Program at Shorewood Country Club. Program co-chair Alona Forbes, welcomed those in attendance and also introduced guest speaker Kimberly Mancino, LCAT, MT-BC, NMT, instructor in the School of Music, SUNY Fredonia and music therapist at Lutheran in Jamestown, the only skilled nursing facility in the region to offer Music Therapy.

Mancino, in her soprano voice, began and ended her program with song. She explained the education and professional requirements for music therapists and gave many touching examples of how persons have benefited from having music therapy as a part of their healthcare plan, which can range from labor and delivery through hospice and death. Music therapy intervention can be designed to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication and promote physical rehabilitation. Mancino also spoke about the Intergenerational Summer Music Camp at Lutheran for residents and students in grades K-8. More information about music therapy can be found at

The Auxiliary is sponsoring a series of sales to be held in the Brooks Memorial Hospital Lobby from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.: Small Indulgences on July 11; Jewelry is Fun on Aug. 8; Books are Fun on Sept. 10 and 11 and again on Dec. 16 and 17. Additional sales will be announced as they are scheduled.

The final Lunch & Learn Program for the 2012-2013 year will be on Wednesday at Shorewood Country Club at noon. The guest speaker will be Jarrod G. Johnson, MBA, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer at Brooks Memorial Hospital, who will give an update on the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York. All Lunch & Learn Programs are open to the public. The cost is $12. For more information and to make a reservation call Alona at 366-1640.

Membership in the Auxiliary is ongoing, open to all and another way to support the hospital. Call Joanna at 366-2973 for more information.

Memorial donations to the Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital may be made at any time. The Auxiliary mailing address is 529 Central Ave., Dunkirk N.Y. 14048.

The Auxiliary Executive Board will be meeting over the summer to plan programs and fundraising events for 2013-2014. The Auxiliary donates the proceeds from their fundraising efforts to various departments within Brooks Memorial Hospital.


The CIAO Board of Directors recently met to discuss plans for the upcoming events. The annual picnic and meeting will be held on July 27 at noon at Russell Joy Park, upper pavilion. Members are asked to being their own place settings and drinks other than coffee and water. A minimal cost to members is $5 each and $8 for non members. Reservations are required; please call Sam Crisanti at 934-2592, Nance Ortolano at 673-9177 or Vince DeJohn at 934-3339 by July 16. Members are reminded that dues will be collected, $10 single, $15 couple and $20 for family. If you cannot attend the picnic, members can mail their dues membership to: CIAO, P.O. Box 483, Fredonia, N.Y. 14063. Members attending picnic will receive a ticket for a free drawing. Members must be present to win.

Activities planned for the future are: Columbus Day Harvest Dinner; St. Joseph Day Celebration; Pizza, Wine and Cards; a trip and a cooking class.

Anyone interested in becoming a member may contact either Sam Crisanti or Nance Ortolano; it’s not necessary to be Italian to join.