Senior news — Aug. 10

Dunkirk Senior Center

Dunkirk Senior Center continues to have the Farmers’ Market every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Big Bingo will be Aug. 9, with the door opening at 4 p.m. The exercise classes continue daily, with pinochle Monday and Friday and Mahjongg on Tuesday. The trip for the Laura Roth Cabaret on Aug. 14 is sold out, as is Shea’s/ Ilio DiPaolo’s dinner on Oct. 24. The trip to Turning Stone has single seats available for Nov. 6 to 7. The Amish trip Wednesday, Sept. 27 is filling up, so call Barb for availability. Sign-up begins Aug. 7 for the Buffalo Creek Casino on Monday, Sept. 18.

A membership meeting will be held Friday, Sept. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, with coffee and dessert. A Travel Club and Exercise Club will be discussed at this meeting. Letters of Intent for Board of Directors are ready for members to pick up. The newsletter for August and September is also ready now for members.

Exercise classes are all doing well and participants are having a good time. The annual Chautauqua County Health Fair will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. The Birthday Bash continues to be a good time for the members. The birthday member needs to sign up before Aug. 23 for the Aug. 30 luncheon, which is always held the last Wednesday of each month.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Collins 50 Plus Seniors activities for the week of Aug. 13 to 19

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 Library Community 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, NY 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 call early to register.

Grape Belt Seniors

Aerobics and weights with Catherine Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m. Tai Chi follows at 10:30 a.m. through Aug. 11.

All trips, extended as well as day trips, are open to the public; members and non-members. Fliers for upcoming trips for 2017 and 2018 are available at the Center.

Day trips with upcoming payment deadlines planned for 2017 include:

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.

Magic of Motown: $20 in slots plus free buffet and show. Tuesday, Sept. 19. There is still time to sign up for this musical journey through the Motown years.

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

Extended trips for 2017- 2018:

On Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m., David Wendt will be at the Center for a pre-departure meeting for all those people going to Chicago. The trip is by coach, four days and three nights, Sept. 18 to 21.

Hawaiian Islands Cruise: 10 days and nine nights, including a seven-night cruise to four of the islands. April 5 to 14. There are still reservations available for the Hawaii trip. Proof of citizenship required as flight departs from Toronto.

The Nova Scotia & Maritimes of Canada: eight days and seven nights with visits to many interesting sights. Sept. 12 to 19, 2018.

Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 2018. Details in next week’s News.

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.

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Sinclairville Senior Citizens

The Sinclairville Senior Citizens met recently for a luncheon and a meeting in the Sinclairville Firehall Dining room. President Diman Smith welcomed all to the luncheon and gave the blessing prior to the meal. There was a wide variety of food dishes, and a fine meal was enjoyed by all. Appreciation goes to everyone for their participation. Thanks were extended to President Smith and LouAnn Smith for the festive table decorations for the month including fresh colorful vegetables just picked from the Smith garden.

Prizes were awarded during the meeting. Recipients included Linda Parmenter, Marjorie McIntyre, Carolyn Hendrickson, Jim Hendrickson, LouAnn Smith, Bonnie Larkin, Smith and John Sipos. Following the luncheon, the business meeting opened with all saying the Lord’s Prayer led by Pastor Philip Shay and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Sipos. Sipos also gave a brief history of the Pledge of Allegiance and the United States national motto “In God We Trust,” signed into law by President Eisenhower. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by secretary Sipos. Betty Wielgasz is the sunshine chairman, and said there are two having a birthday, McIntyre and Doug Christian. John and Susan Sipos were celebrating their 47th anniversary in August. The birthday song and the anniversary song were sung by all. Since this is the season for reunions, Susan Washington Sipos talked about two recent reunions, one being the Cassadaga Valley Central School Class of 1962 holding its 55th reunion recently, and the other about the Washington family’s 100th reunion. She discussed all of the details of the reunions. President Smith said the American Legion is celebrating its 100th anniversary next year, and hopes that a commemorative coin will be made for the occasion. The next gathering of this group will be at the Sinclairville Firehall Dining Room on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at noon. Sipos will have the table decorations for the month. All others are encouraged to bring a dish of food to add to the meal, and their own table service. New members are always welcome.

Silver Creek Seniors

Marge and Max Church were guests at the Aug. 8 meeting. There were also 28 club members in attendance. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by singing “God Bless America.” Chaplain Dorothy Miniri said the blessing before everyone enjoyed pizza and beverages.

Topics for discussion included the replacement of tables and chairs, cleaning of the storage room and on Aug. 22, volunteers are needed to help with the painting of the exterior of the club house.

Ernie Hilliker, Harry Suski and Lorraine Bailey were the 50/50 winners. Lorrie Newman donated some homemade zucchini breads, which were given out as door prizes along with other gifts. The winners of the door prizes were Max Church, Pat Smielinski, Thelma and Ernie Hilliker, Lorrie Newman, Shirley Sikorski, Eleanor Lemiszko and Janice Snyder, who also won bingo three times. Other bingo winners were Claudia Markham, Ellyn Sutehall, Thelma Hilliker and Ed Newman.

It has been reported that on Monday, Aug. 7, the full moon lunar eclipse was the pre-show to what promises to be the most publicized witnessed total solar eclipse in human history, which is to take place on Aug. 21. The report also warns that at no time will it be safe to look at the sun from this area without proper safety equipment. The celebration of the lunar pre-show was sung with that “Full Moon,” (“and empty arms”) along with a beaming “Blue Moon.”

Thanks to all club members who paid their dues for the second half of the year. Hope everyone has a great weekend. The weekly gathering ended with the Club’s song, “Young At Heart.”

New members are always welcome so anyone 55 or older is invited to attend the meetings.

United Senior Council of Chautauqua County

United Senior Council of Chautauqua County is holding their annual senior social on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at the Ashville Fire Department in Stowe.

All seniors are invited. You do not have to be a member of Senior Council — just come for a good home-cooked meal by Sally Hagg, consisting of appetizers, salad, rolls, Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and vegetable with Sally’s scrumptious home-made pies.

Sit back and enjoy the entertainment by Happy Days. Take part in a basket auction and 50/50 drawing. Most of all, come for the socialization, renew old acquaintances and make new friends.

Tickets are $12. Call 763-0544 to make your reservations. Reservations must be in by Aug. 17.

Hope you can join us.