Senior news — July 14

Grape Belt Seniors

Find Grape Belt Seniors on Facebook. Learn about upcoming trips and events. The Facebook page is a closed group: one needs to be a member of Grape Belt Seniors to join the Facebook Group. The Board is still collecting dues from new members as well as from current members who wish to renew their membership.

The Grape Belt Seniors picnic will be held on July 19 at Russell Joy Park. Members attending are asked to bring a dish to pass. The deadline to sign up is today.

There will be no aerobics and weights with Catherine on July 17, 19 and 21. On those days, Tai Chi will be held at 9:30 a.m.

All trips, extended as well as day trips, are open to the public; members and non-members. Fliers for all of the upcoming trips for 2017 are available at the Center.

Day trips with upcoming payment deadlines planned for 2017 include:

Customer Appreciation: Includes $30 in slots plus free buffet. Monday, July 17. Be behind Big Lots at 8:15 a.m.

Yankees trip: Aug. 6. Be behind Big Lots at 8:40 a.m.

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Thursday, Aug. 24. Includes luncheon cruise along the Niagara River on the paddle wheeler, the Niagara Belle, wine tasting at Peller Estate Winery. Shopping in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake. Proof of citizenship required. Payment due by July 24.

Magic of Motown: $20 in slots plus free buffet and show. Tuesday, Sept. 19. Payment due by Aug. 2.

Vineyard Express: Sunday, Oct. 15. Payment due by Aug. 25.

Extended trips for 2017: Reservations for the Chicago trip Sept. 18 to 21 are still available. The Chicago trip will be by coach for four days and three nights. It will include a tour of the University of Notre Dame; a guided city tour including Grant Park and Navy Pier; an architectural cruise along the Chicago River to visit the Biograph Theater, the Holy Name Cathedral, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, dinner theater at Tommy Gunn’s Dinner Theater, and much more. Final payment for the Chicago trip is due July 14.

Plans are being made for a trip to Hawaii early in April 2018 and a Fall trip to Nova Scotia. The trip to Hawaii will be 10 days and nine nights, including a seven-night cruise to four of the islands. There are still reservations available for the Hawaii trip. The Nova Scotia trip will be eight days and seven nights with visits to many interesting sights. Also being planned for 2018 is a trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia.

For information and to sign up for any of the extended trips, call Marianne Serio at 672-5274. For more information and to sign up for any day trips, call Judy Marino at 672-5778.

Silver Creek Seniors

There were many topics of discussion at the meeting on July 11. After the Pledge of Allegiance and singing “God Bless America,” the weekly blessing was given by Chaplain Dorothy Miniri.

There was a wonderful salad bar and different fruit salads to enjoy. The luncheon committee for next week will be Joan Suski, Pat Smielinski, Ernie Hilliker and Enabell Mirando.

Tickets were being sold for the annual Senior Picnic at Midway on Aug. 18. Tickets are still available at the Office Of The Aging. Anyone who brings a non-perishable food item to the Summer Senior Picnic for the OFA shut-ins’ Christmas bags will be entered into a special prize raffle.

Lorraine Bailey shared the following memories: Since time was invented with words like seconds, minutes, hours, weeks, months and years; even though the last meeting was two weeks ago, it seems as if “It’s Been a Long Long Time.” We have come to the conclusion that “The More We Get Together, the Happier We’ll Be.” Makes us want to shun our clocks and smartphones, shut off the TV, turn off lights, walk out the door some summer night, and witness the glittering stars as they outline the heavenly design of time. The more we have of time together, the more valuable it becomes.

Winners of the 50/50 were: Sue Shiloh, Sue Borowski and Carol Prowse. Door prizes were won by Ed Prowse, guest Debby Suski Koper and Joan Suski, who also won the most bingo games in the last six months.

The renovations of the Silver Creek Senior Center have been completed. Mark your calendars to attend the July 18 meeting at the Silver Creek Seniors Club House on Route 5. All meetings are open to anyone 55 or older. For more information, contact Ed Newman at 934 -2170.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Collins 50 Plus Seniors activities for the week of July 16 to 23

Sunday: Pickle Ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., Collins Town Park.

Wednesday: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center Yellow Room; Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Town Library Community Room; Games & Crafts with Pat at 1 p.m., Painter Center Rose Room.

The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. at the L. K. Painter Center in Collins. To register, call 532-2006 ext. 21 and leave a message with name, phone number, and a reservation for lunch if desired. The fee for the class is $20 for AARP members, and $25 for non-members. Make the check out to: “AARP” and mail to: Town of Collins, P.O. Box 420, Collins, N.Y. 14034. The check must be received before the day of the class. The fee for the lunch is $3 and is payable upon check-in on the morning of the class. Class size is limited to 27, so sign up early.

Sinclairville Senior Citizens

The Sinclairville Senior Citizens met recently for a for a summer picnic and meeting in Stockton at the Firemen’s Grounds at the Briggs Pavilion. President Diman Smith welcomed all to the luncheon, and Pastor Allen Higgs gave the blessing prior to the meal. The pastor’s grandson Jacob Higgs gave a humorous story about a train engine smoke.

The Sinclairville Senior Citizens meet once a month on the second Tuesday at noon for a luncheon and program. Diman Smith is the president, Linda Parmenter is the vice president, John Sipos is the secretary and Charles Sylvester is the treasurer.

Smith cooked the hot dogs and hamburgers for the main picnic meal. Sylvester brought many kinds of condiments, including a variety of tomatoes. A wonderful variety of food brought by others to add to the meal, with ample amounts, was available for all to enjoy. A fine meal was enjoyed by all.

Sipos provided the birthday cake, decorated by Ranee Kaus of Cassadaga. Thanks go to the Smiths for the festive table decorations for the holiday, including bright red, white and blue items for the tables. Thanks to Sylvester for getting ice, water bottles and cans of soda.

Following the luncheon, the business meeting opened with all saying the Lord’s Prayer led by Smith and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Sipos. Sipos also gave a brief history of the Declaration of Independence. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Sipos and the very detailed financial report was presented by Sylvester. Betty Wielgasz is the sunshine chair. She said there are many people having a birthday in July and the birthday song was sung. Diman and LuAnn Smith were celebrating their 41st anniversary.

June Whipple announced that she is now the Chautauqua County Legion Auxiliary Commander. Smith announced that he is going to attend the National Convention of the American Legion with a proposal for the Sons of the Legion. SAR member Doug Arters talked about he and Judge Crossley attending the Flag Day Ceremony at the Cadiz Cemetery in Cattaraugus County, and represented the Sons of the American Revolution.

The next gathering of this group will be at the Sinclairville Fire Hall Dining Room on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at noon. Smith will have the white table coverings and his wife will have table decorations of homegrown vegetables. All those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to add to the meal, and their own table service. Thanks to member Ray Wood for cleaning up the pavilion and making certain all was neat.

New members are always welcome.