Senior news — Aug. 4

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met July 25 at Brocton Legion with President Margaret Jagoda welcoming 37 members and three guests. Joe Gatto led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Mary Tripi giving a prayer of thanks. New members welcomed were Mary Dispenza, Wendy Black, Linda Riley, George and Judy Travis, and Norma Sechrist. Committee of the day members Anita Golubski, Norma Burnside and Genevieve Ludemann set tables and picnic foods for hot dogs and burgers prepared by Tom DeJoe, Bob Jagoda and Bill Norris. Tickets for the Aug. 18 OFA picnic were sold. The secretary’s report was read and approved by Tripi and Rita Bennett. Treasurer Rita Stonefoot gave her report, which was approved by June Woollett and Beulah Williams. Olive Becker is recovering from back surgery and Julia Schrantz has suffered a bad fall. Marjorie Diehl is on the mend after her fall. Robin Carr told about the Summer Wind boat trip cruise. A list was passed for sign up for Aug. 21 or 28. The Chinese auction will be moved to the January meeting so the entertainment by Desperate Measures will be at the Sept. 26 meeting. The club is doing another Salamanca Casino trip on Tuesday, Oct. 10 that includes driver gratuity, $30 play funds and free buffet for $28. Members are to send payment to treasurer Stonefoot to reserve a seat. Betsy Furman said the Ahira Hall Library writer contest ended Aug. 3, and has writers entered in all categories. Dona Smith, Dorothy Reading and Patricia Layman were birthday lottery winners for August. Door prizes went to Golubski and Reading. There were five raffle winners.

The next meeting is Aug. 29, and it is birthday month. The committee members for August will be Woollett, (who will get the fried chicken), Jane Perkins and Liz Stahlman. Members are to bring their own personal table service and optional dish to pass.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Aug. 6 to 12:

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, 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 call early to register.

Collins Center Seniors News

The July 24 meeting for the Collins Center Seniors pot luck lunch was extra special with delicious hot and tender roast beef from Goodes Restaurant.

The motor coach will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 8 for a “MYSTERY TOUR.” It is suggested that passengers bring a lawn chair.

Seats are available Aug. 15 for a trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino.

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Aug. 28 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon. Passengers for the trip to Ohio Sept. 12 to 14 are asked to stay following lunch for a short meeting and to receive the final itinerary.

Seats are available Sept. 12 to 14 for a trip to Ohio Amish country and more. The tour features: Amish Country, Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Canton Football Hall of Fame, Air Maps Museum, Classic Car Museum, Berlin shopping, Warthers Carvings in Dover, McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, tour of Fannie May and Harry Lundon Chocolates and much more.

NEW: Sept. 19, seniors will head to the Seneca Niagara Casino.

Seats are available on Oct. 10 for “Fall Splendor & Allegany Allure.” Travelers will meet the guide and travel to Kinzua Bridge State Park. Experience the Kinzua Sky Walk and view the magnificent gorge. Lunch is planned at the Historic Kane Manor for lunch. Also scheduled are a stop at the Flickerwood Winery for a full wine tasting and a tour of the Thomas L. Kane Memorial Chapel. Before heading home, the group will stop at Bell’s Meat & Poultry. Payment is due Aug. 28.

Oct. 18, it’s all aboard for a “Leaf Peeping Rail Tour” on the Medina Railroad. Travelers will tour the railroad museum and enjoy a two hour fall leaf peeping rail ride along the Erie Canal. Travel will be first class, which includes lunch. The last stop will be Becket Farms & Viscarra Vineyards. Payment is due Aug. 28.

NEW: Oct. 24 will be a regular trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino.

NEW: Nov. 7 is Customer Appreciation Day at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

The organizers are looking for suggestions for trips in 2018.

For additional information visit the web site at or contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034

Grape Belt Seniors

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

Saturday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. at Barker Library, the Day Street side, there will be a dedication service for a bench in memory of long-time Grape Belt Seniors member, Grace Grimes.

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

Day trips include:

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

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Thursday, Aug. 24. Proof of citizenship required.

Magic of Motown: Tuesday, Sept. 19. Can still sign up for this.

Vineyard Express: One can still sign up for this trip for Sunday, Oct. 15. Payment is due by Aug. 25.

Extended trips:

Chicago, Sept. 18 to 21 (2017)

Hawaii: Ten days in early April, 2018. Proof of citizenship required as flight departs from Toronto.

Nova Scotia and Maritimes of Canada: Sept. 12 to 19, 2018, eight days.

Lancaster and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: stay tuned for the details on this trip.

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.

Mt. Carmel Seniors

In the Mt. Carmel Gathering room, the first of two August meetings was called to order on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 12:30 p.m. by Club President Carm Tampio with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, followed by a short prayer by Club Chaplain Jeanette Mula.

Club Secretary Sue Borowski reported past meeting minutes, which were accepted by the group.

Treasurer Melanie Bates presented the club’s financial report, which was accepted by the membership. Treasurer Bates also collected advance fees for the upcoming sausage and corn roast to be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16. Other members who plan to attend should contact Carm Tampio at 934-3349.

The refreshment committee for this event was named as Borowski, Rita Cappello, Leo Morabito, Carm and Vince Tampio.

There was a general discussion on new members recruitment.

Membership Chairlady Pauline Flitt reported that three new members were signed up this week.

Generally, membership remains open to any senior in his or her mid fifties or older. Interested candidates may contact Chairlady Flitt at 934-4324.

Prior to the games portion of the meeting, refreshments were served by the committee of Josie Crino and Nancy Greco.

Sheridan Happy Seniors

The Sheridan Happy Seniors will meet on Friday, Aug. 11 in Sheridan at 1 p.m. For more information contact Joanne Martin: 934-3458.

Silver Creek Seniors

On Aug. 1, Ed Newman began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by singing “God Bless America.” The July and August birthdays were celebrated with cake and ice cream. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Shirley Sikorski, Ed Newman, Dorothy Miniri, Harry Suski and Thelma Hilliker.

Visiting from Florida were Thelma and Ernie Hilliker’s daughter and son-in-law Linda and Greg Mohart.

At the Silver Creek Senior Center, there’s an unwritten rule that requires everyone to make one another laugh and smile. Joking around with each other in a friendly way creates a bond. All seniors who would like to join, choose a chair near Miniri or Joe Ark. They each have a keen, quick, unexpected wit that is amusing and intellectually entertaining. To top off the jollity, Treasurer and First Lady Lorrie Newman often presents her jocular jokes, creating more giggles and guffaws. There’s nothing like laughs and “Smiles” to keep us saying, “Ain’t We Got Fun?” Seniors don’t get older, they just get funnier!

A generous donation of paper products was donated by Tom Lawton of County Line Farm. The donation was greatly appreciated.

Bingo winners were Pat Smielinski, Joyce Markham, Miniri, Janice Snyder, Joanne Martin and Carol Prowse. Joan Suski was the bingo caller.

50/50 winners were Lorrie Newman, Lorraine Bailey and Ark. Door prizes went to Mary Ann Seibert, Claudia Markham, Eleanor Lemiszko and Harry Suski.

Reminder: Dues for the second half of the year will be collected at the Aug. 8 meeting.

The meeting ended singing “Young At Heart.” Several members stayed to play dominoes.

All seniors 55 or older are invited to attend the meetings on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center on Route 5.

United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens will hold a luncheon meeting Monday, Aug. 14 at noon at the Fredonia Beaver Club, 64 Prospect St., Fredonia. The menu includes: hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage with peppers and onions, potato salad, fresh tossed salad with homemade dressing, corn and watermelon for dessert.

Send $5 (special August price for paid members); all others will send the usual $8 payment before Aug. 9 to: Jeanne Hauser, P.O. Box 1146, Lily Dale, N.Y. 14752.