Volume 4 Issue 3.0

Website   www.senecaalumni.com                    Winter/Spring 2017


President – Jim Klapp

Vice President – Al Bielecki

Comptroller –  Jerry Ozimek Treasurer – Bob Yavicoli

Record. Sec. - Arlie Schwan                           Newsletter Editor - Jim Boyer    



   Greetings Alumni members and welcome to the Winter/ Spring 2017 edition of our Alumni Newsletter. We look forward to another great year of Alumni activities that will allow us to have a great time, renew old friendships, make new friends and reminisce about old times. The following calendar of events includes starting the summer off eating and drinking on the Moondance Cat Cruise. This is followed up by our annual golf tournament and our annual alumni picnic. What a great opportunity to renew old friendships over food and drink. The annual picnic also includes our Scholarship Award presentations. We finalize our year with two great events, our Mystery Craft Brewery Tour and our annual Christmas Party. Information for all of these events are included in this newsletter. Looking forward to seeing you at all of these events


                                                                                                                       Al Bielecki

                                                Thanks for your continued support,                                                                                                                                                         

2017 Calendar of Events


June. 1, 2017  Submission of Award Applications Mail to: Arlie Schwan, 723 Ransom Rd. Lancaster, N.Y. 14086 (683-4934) See page 2 for details.

July 15, 2017  Last day to submit awards application to Arlie Schwan (683-4934)

July 29, 2017 Moondance Cat Cruise Cost $30.00. See page 2 for details.

Contact Bob Yavicoli (867-2945) We will leave at 3:00 PM. sharp!


Aug. 18, 2017 Jack Halldin Memorial Golf Tournament, Chestnut Hills C.C. 1300 Broadway, Darien, N.Y. Cost: $40.00   8:00AM Start.    Be there by 7:30 AM   Contact   Jim Klapp (688-5291)

Ted Swiatek (675-7968) Ed Mirowski (430-8538).  See page 3 for details.


Aug. 19, 2017  23rd Annual Seneca VHS Alumni & Awards Picnic, Noon – 8:00 PM

                        Fontana’s Grove 2299 Clinton St. (West of Harlem Rd.) Cost: $25.00

                        Contact Al Bielecki (667-3243). See page 4 for details.  

Oct. 11, 2017  Annual Seneca VHS Alumni Allegany Casino Trip Cost $25.00

Contact Ted Swiatek (675-7968) or Jim Klapp (688-5291). See page 5 for details. 

Oct. 5, 2017    Fall Alumni Meeting Local#1122     3775 Genesee St. Cheek., N.Y. 14225

6:00 PM.          (Across from Airport Bowling Lanes)

Oct. 25, 2017  Mystery Craft Brewery Tour Contact Tom Gerbec (691-4941) or Al Bielecki (667-3243)    (Limit 24 people) See page 7 for details.


Dec.7, 2017    Annual Alumni Christmas, Party Big Timer’s Club 1278 East Lovejoy St.          6:00 PM, Cost $25.00 Jim Klapp (688-5291). See page 7 for details.



Moondance Cat Cruise July 29th

Come join us for a scenic 2 hour afternoon cruise on Lake Erie (or inner harbor if the waves are too high).  The cruise package includes an open bar, and if we sell out (65 people), we will also have pizza & wings provided by Mineo’s South along with assorted snacks and finger foods.  We will leave at 3:00 PM. sharp!

The boat is docked at 329 Erie St., which is where the Miss Buffalo is located. The Moondance Cat is located between the Hatch Restaurant and the Miss Buffalo Tour Boat.  Park in the free lot just before Templeton Terrace, or in Erie Basin Marina.  The cost is $30.00. Reservations are strictly first come, first served.


Make check payable to: Robert Yavicoli, 157 Bright St., Cheektowaga. NY, 14206 (867-2945)

Name_____________________________________   Phone ________________  

Address __________________________________  email  ___________________

Guest #1 _________________________ Guest #2 _________________________

Guest #3 _________________________ Guest #4 _________________________

Number of Alumni Attending _______ X $30.00 Total _________

Number of Guests Attending _______ X $30.00 Total _________


               The Seneca Vocational High School Alumni Awards Program is offered to the children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of a Seneca V.H.S. Alumni Sponsor. The sponsor must have been a dues paying member of the Alumni Association for at least the last 3 consecutive years / or / a Life Member for the previous 3 consecutive years. An Awards Committee will review the applicant’s eligibility. Past awards have ranged up to $300 per applicant.


            1) The applicant must be a current High School senior who will graduate this year. (Proof of graduation is required). The applicant needs to submit a 250 word essay, neatly typed and spellchecked, stating why the applicant feels he or she deserves the award, by virtue of their High School performance, achievements and their future goals.

            2) The applicant needs to provide, at the end of their essay sheet: their Name, Age, Address, High School, Sponsor and their relationship to the alumni member who is sponsoring them as well as the sponsor’s years of attendance at Seneca.

            3) The applicant’s essay must be mailed to:  Arlie J. Schwan, 723 Ransom Rd., Lancaster NY 14086     Refer any questions to Arlie at: (716) 683-4934 or anawhcs@roadrunner.com

        4) The Awards Committee will accept essays postmarked from June 1st, 2017to July 15th, 2017. The Awards will be presented at our annual Alumni Picnic at Fontana’s Grove, 2299 Clinton St., West Seneca, NY (south side of Clinton Street west of Harlem) on August 19th, 2017.

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2016 Jack Halldin Memorial Golf Tournament

Who:               Open to all alumni, family and friends.

Date:               Friday, August 18, 2017

Where:            Chestnut Hills Country Club 1300 Broadway Darien, N.Y. 14040 Ph.585-547-3613

Time:              8:00AM Start   Be there by 7:30 AM  Format: Scramble

Cost:               $40.00 – includes golf, lunch and cart.

Captains:       Get your group together and send your money to the following:                      

Info. Call:       Jim Klapp  (688-5291) Committee Member

Hole sponsors are available for $25.00.       You do not have to play to be a hole sponsor.

Reservations: Jim Klapp (688-5291) Ted Swiatek (675-7968) Ed Mirowski (430-8538)

SCISSOR2Make check payable to Seneca VHS Alumni Assoc. and return with this application.


Name_______________________________________________          Phone_______________________

Address_________________________________________________________   email __________________

    Golfing with   _______________________     _______________________     __________________________

                        I need a group to golf with_____.     I would like to be a hole sponsor @ $25.00 _________

Golf is limited to 90 players.                         Reservations close August 1st.


Seneca V.H.S Active Alumni Membership: ???Lifetime and  ???Annual Members.  We have???Members from Last Year that have not renewed and several from previous years.  Step up to the plate and pay your membership dues and renew.

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We need your continued support to keep the Seneca Alumni Association viable, please detach and mail checks to:  Jerry Ozimek, 87 Roxley Pl.  Tonawanda, NY 14150.  (716-836-3921)

Make check payable to:  Seneca VHS Alumni Association Inc.

Name _____________________________ Street ___________________________________

City ______________________________ State ______________ Zip___________________

Phone ________________ email ____________________________ Year of Grad __________

Annual Dues - $10.00/Year.  Lifetime Dues - $75.00. Patron Dues – $7.00,

Advertiser - $50.00/Year


If you know of any alumni who are ill or hospitalized, please let us know so we can send them a get well card or visit them.  Jim Boyer- 839-0868, or email  boyerj1@msn.com


The Class of 1967 will celebrate their 50th Anniverasary.  Any Class of ‘67 alumni wishing to participate, see old buddies, renew old friendships, contact Al Bielecki (667-3243) or email albielecki@verizon.net.


If other classes with significant anniversaries are interested in organizing your class celebration at our picnic, please contact Jim Boyer phone (716) 839-0868.


Annual Seneca Vocational High School Alumni Picnic & Awards Presentation

When:   Saturday Aug.  19, 2017

Where: Fontana’s Grove,  2299 Clinton St.   Ph. 716-822-7918    Time:  Noon  - 8:00PM

Who:     All alumni, family, friends, award recipients, parents and sponsors,  Cost:  $25.00

Make check payable to:  Seneca VHS Alumni Association,

SCISSOR2Mail to:           Al Bielecki, 81 Burbank Dr., Orchard Park, NY, 14127

Name_____________________________ Street ______________________City _______________State ____ Zip______

Name _____________________________ Street ______________________City ______________ State ____ Zip______

Yr .of Grad _______Phone ________________  email ___________________________ # tickets _____ Amt. Enc.______



WED., OCTOBER 11, 2017



Enjoy a fun filled motor coach tour New York State's premier gaming attraction ... Seneca Alleghany Casino & Hotel... Featuring over 3,000 slot machines and 33 table games - this casino is Set within the beautiful landscape of Salamanca, NY. Spend five hours gaming and enjoying the dining options including a world-class buffet.

FANTÄSTIC CAS1NO1NCENT1VE: PASSENGERS RECEIVE:    $20 Seneca Slot Dollars, $5 Food Voucher





4:30 - 5:00 PM           ARRIVAL HOME

First paid, first reserved. Call for reservations. Travelers must be 21 years of age. Must have valid Government issued photo identification to receive Seneca Player's Club Card.


Jim Klapp 688-5291


First paid, first reserved!  Call for reservations.  Travelers must be 21 years of age.

You must have valid Government issued photo identification to receive Seneca Players Club Card.  Payment must be made to secure your seat.  Make check payable to the Seneca Alumni Association.  Mail to!

Ted Swiatek                  39 Hillcrest Hts. Dr.    West Seneca, NY 14224    (716)675-7968

Jim Klapp                 220 Schimwood Ct,    Getzville ‚ N.Y. 14068        (716)688-5291

1.     Name____________________ Address ___________________________________  Phone_______________ email ________________

2.     Name____________________ Address ___________________________________  Phone_______________ email ____________________________________

  3. Name____________________ Address____________________________________

      Phone____________________ email__________________________________  



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Jim Boyer visited Seneca high school on Tuesday, April 18 to see what changes have been made to the school.There was talk that a new medical program would be started with Erie County Medical Center.  The program would be connected with the school and the hospital.  A walkway would be placed where the football field was, between the hospital and the back side of the school, so that students could walk from the school to the hospital, but as of now this is on hold.

Tiny House Project

As of now students are building tiny trailer houses which when finished will be sold to the public.  Watch the Newsletter for more information on this project.


Seneca After Hour Programs

Elaine Hayes is the School Project Director for After Hours School Program.  The SENSES Foundation founded by Fr. Brown’s after school program. The focus is on working on the whole student.  Its mission is:  having a sane mind, education, nutrition and health, social skills, economics and entrepreneurships, as well as social responsibility.   The SENSES Foundation is a comprehensive tutoring and mentoring program for teens and young adults.  The SENSES Foundation is funded by a local psychiatrist and author, Dr. Curlane Jones-Brown and physician, Dr. Lloyd Brown, who through the years of medical practice developed the six senses core lifestyle components.  Students will go on field trips and mentoring services will be offered.  The program runs daily from 2:45-5:00 p.m.





Spend the day with us for a visit to some local Craft Breweries. This tour is limited to 24 persons. Make your reservations by October 1, 2017 first come, first served. Details regarding travel and parking will be provided prior to our tour. If I provided details now it wouldn’t be a mystery.


First come, first served!  Call or Mail for reservations. 

Mail to: Tom Gerbec 82 Parkhaven Dr. Amherst, NY. 14228, (716) 691-4941

Name__________________ Add _______________________________Ph. _________

Name__________________ Add _______________________________Ph. _________

Name__________________ Add _______________________________Ph. _________


Annual Seneca Alumni Christmas Dec. 7st 2017 Party 6:00 PM., Big Timers Club

 1287 East Lovejoy St., (East of North Ogden St.)      $25.00 per Person

                          Alumni, Friends and Guest Welcome. Buffet Style:  Roast Beef, Chicken, Italian Sausage, Salads, Wine, Beer and Pop.

Reservations by November 24, 2017 to:

Jim Klapp, 220 Schimwood Ct. Getzville, NY, 14068   716-688-5291 

SCISSOR2 Make check payable to:  Seneca VHS Alumni Assoc. and return with this application.

Name___________________________       Name _______________________      
Name___________________________       Name ______________________



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