Webster Bridge Club  
Thursday, October 30, 2003



THURSDAY, OCT. 30 TELEGRAM & GAZETTE
So I've Heard Column


An old scrapbook, part of a collection given to me by Armand B. Remie, says Edward J. Papski was a member of the Webster Bridge Club. I wondered about the organization so I inquired one day when I met Mr. Papski and Florence P. Lucas.
Eddie, long associated with the former Nalewajk Insurance Agency, handled my inquiry with a smile but Ms. Lucas promised, "I'll check it for you." It took her awhile, probably because the Bridge Club was for men, and by invitation only, but she gets an A for research.
The Webster Bridge Club occupied three large rooms to the second floor of the Eddy Block, over what is now Bolio's Sporting Goods. The Webster Masonic Lodge occupied the third floor at the same time. "The Masons had a large spread, nicely furnished for meetings, plush bright red carpeting, and a large kitchen," Ms. Lucas learned.
The Bridge Club had card, billiard, and tennis tables; lounge chairs and lamps were set about the rooms and there was a kitchenette for coffee and snacks, she reported. "For some it was a place to read the daily papers, relax or to catch a nap," Ms. Lucas said, giving Mr. Papski as her source. "The bridge club was a real success for 40 years until the membership began to dwindle."
Mr. Papski, the long time secretary, identified 42 members but couldn't recall everyone. So, rather than expose researcher Lucas or her source to "you forgot" criticism, I'll identify the known survivors, Mr. Papski, John S. Kozlowski, once Webster Veterans Services Director, and the Kunkel brothers, businessmen Edward S. "Kiki," John J., and Joseph Kunkel. The membership was mostly Main Street types, mainly store owners but including professional men. A number of them were bachelors.
Bolio's is in the storefront once occupied by Webster Stationery, Ms. Lucas said. The late Stanley and Dolores Kwasny were the owners. Mrs. Kwasny now resides in Yardley, Pa., to be near her son, Richard Kwasny, and his family, revealed Ms. Lucas. "We correspond frequently."
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Donna F. and Theodore G. Farrow, prime movers behind the Webster Food Share program, were in Pete's Tire & Oil on South Main Street on a recent afternoon.
I was waiting for new tires. Mrs. Farrow mentioned a relative that underwent heart surgery, indicating his recovery was advanced because he never smoked. We drifted into talk about kicking the habit.
Peter Bannister, owner of the business, was working nearby. "I gave up my one major vice Jan. 28, 1968," he revealed. "I think it was a Tuesday." Tightening the nut to a wheel lug, he added: "That's when I gave up candy."
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Joseph A. Borski, Jr., Certified Public Accountant, former long time Webster School Committee member, and once Town Moderator, is a man of many interests.
While photography has been one of his life-long avocations, he has others, including cooking. The Sunday chef bit came to light recently when a mutual friend showed me some pictures of Mr. Borski's weekend efforts.
I mentioned the food photos when I met Mr. Borski near the doors to the Webster post office. "Oh, sure," he smiled.. Eleven e-mail downloads--platters and table servings laden with beef and popovers, turkey, ham, and steamed lobsters, all with appropriate fixings--were in my computer within hours. The epicurean display included several pig roast prints. "Took 10 hours to turn that sucker on the spit," Mr. Borski wrote. "Started at 5 a.m. for an afternoon slicing. By the time I got done with the smoke and a few beers to kill the heat of the fire, it was a long day."
Incidentally, if Webster Selectmen appoint an audit committee, as recommended by a fiscal expert, Mr. Borski ought to be a considered. He's served 20 years on the audit committee for Commerce Insurance Co., a New York Stock Exchange corporation.
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