Senior news

Dunkirk Senior Center

Dunkirk Senior Center meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Barb Bajdas, with six directors present. Secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved. Thank you cards received were appreciated.

The new shades have been installed and a job well done by Heidi. New telephones and security cameras were purchased. The aerobic class will hold its pizza party Thursday. There is now one master membership list. Save the dates of Fridays, May 19 and Oct. 20 for the general membership meetings at 10:30 a.m. with beverage and light treat being served. News letters will be coming out for April/May to be picked up and signed for by members.

Except for the April 5 conflict, Big Bingo will continue to be held the second Wednesday of each month. The birthday luncheon March sign-up ends the 15th, for the March birthday member and one friend. April 24 at 10:30 a.m., Captel hearing phone presentation will be held for anyone in the community to attend. Coffee and cookies will be served. Chautauqua County Health Department Community Baby Shower will be held at the Center from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, so pre-register by texting 224-2161. Vendors will have items free for this educational event, that covers pregnancy, birth, baby and beyond.

The Atlantic City trip is full. There is a listing of the many trips coming up, so stop by and get yours. The Center hours are Monday to Friday 9 to noon, Tuesday and Thursday 1 to 3. Saturday, June 3 will be Mom & Pop Tribute, to be catered by Weidner’s with a 50/50 raffle, music and ice cream, cost to be determined by meal choice. Watch for sign-up dates on all the activities at the Center, as there have been some changes.

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Brocton Legion by President Margaret Jagoda opening the meeting, with Bill Norris leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Rose Giambra gave a prayer of thanks and held a moment of silence. Committee of the day, Gil and Edie Seekings and Bob and Margaret Jagoda set up tables with favors, served the food and did cleanup. The chili made by Margaret was delicious with dishes and desserts members shared. The secretary read the minutes, accepted by Carm Johnson and Giambra. Rita Stonefoot read the treasurer’s report, which was accepted by Jean Jaquith and Mary Tripi. An announcement in the newsletter at Star Apartments included dates and phone numbers for pick-up for any seniors that would like to come to the meetings the last Tuesday of each month. Rite Aid representatives will give a program about Medication Management and Fall Prevention at the March meeting. The February birthday was Patty Ploetz, with Giambra added to the January birthdays! Sympathy cards were sent to Rita Bennett and Dan and Robin Carr for their family losses.

Two trips were discussed and approved. Tuesday, June 20, a trip is planned to the Seneca Allegany Casino. The cost is $25, with $30 Seneca Slot Dollars and a free buffet. Tuesday, May 23, a trip is planned at a cost of $49. It includes a stop at Vidler’s; a buffet lunch at the Iron Kettle and ending at the Made in America Store. Sign-up will begin at the March 28 meeting.

Jane Penhollow and Lena Elliott won the door prizes, with Genevieve Ludemann, Penhollow, Ruth Neal and Jaquith winning the raffles. Numerous wrapped gifts were number-drawn with many happy winners. Kate Cranston and Robin Carr made a motion to adjourn.

The next meeting will be March 28 at the Brocton Legion. Bennett, Giambra, Julia Schrantz and Tom DeJoe will be the committee. Members are to bring their own table service and a dish to pass. Dues are still due, so bring a friend and have coffee with Bob.. it’s good..!

Silver Creek Seniors

The first meeting of the month of March took place at the Sheridan “Happy Seniors” club house in Sheridan. The weekly meetings will be held in Sheridan until further notice.

President Ed Newman opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by singing “God Bless America.” The blessing was then given by Chaplain Dorothy Miniri.

Newman gave an update on the renovations at the Seniors’ club house in Silver Creek. The financial report for February was given by Treasurer Lorrie Newman. The petty cash report was given by Mary Ann Seibert.

Winners of the 50/50 were Conrad Pawlak, Enabell Mirando and Mary Congdon. The four lucky members who won door prizes were Pawlak, Miniri, Eleanor Lemiszko and Ellyn Sutehall. Extra bingo games were played and the bingo caller was Ed Newman.

St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated at the March 14 meeting with a ham and cabbage dinner. Members are asked to give $3 toward the expense of the dinner.

There will also be some musical entertainment to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone is encouraged to dress in green.

A reminder to all Sheridan “Happy Seniors.” Mark your calendars to attend the March 14 meeting with the Silver Creek Seniors and to join in the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Plenty of ham and cabbage for everyone. Hope to have a large gathering at the 1 p.m. event. The Sheridan club house is located on Route 20 behind the Sheridan Court House.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of March 12 to 18

Sunday: Pickle ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Monday: Exercises with Pat are cancelled because of the day’s St. Patty’s trip.

St. Patty’s Day Trip — bus leaves the front parking lot of the L.K. Painter Community Center at 10:30 a.m. and returns by 4 p.m.

Tuesday: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym.

Wednesday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym; Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room; Senior Bowling at 1 p.m. at K & L Lanes in Gowanda; Games & crafts with Pat at 1 p.m., Painter Center Rose Room.

Thursday: Yoga with Suzie at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym.

Friday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym.

** The AARP Defensive Driving Class on March 28 is full. The next class will be held on Tuesday, May 16. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up.

** The Buffalo Historic River Cruise on Tuesday, June 6 is sold out! For those who have signed up, the payment of $80 is due no later than May 9. Make out the check to: “Town of Collins” and send to: Town of Collins, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034.

** For information on any of the senior programs, call 532-2006 ext. 21 and leave a message.

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be March 27 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting. Kathy Young was re-elected president and Rusty Pound was elected treasurer at the January meeting. Thank you to Dave Duncan for serving as treasurer for the past seven years.

On March 21, the motor coach will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 8:30 a.m. for the Seneca Niagara Casino for a Customer Appreciation Day.

The motor coach will depart from the usual location at 8 a.m. Friday, March 31 for a trip to Kleinhans Music Hall to enjoy “The Midtown Men.”

A few seats are available April 18 when the seniors head to the Seneca Niagara Casino for a performance by “The Crystals.” Enjoy hits such as “Then He Kissed Me,” “Uptown” and “He’s a Rebel” along with other hits from the ’60s. Package includes motor coach, the show, slot dollars and lunch. Payment is due.

Seats are available Sunday, April 30 for the afternoon performance of “Cabaret” at Shea’s Theater. Prior to the show, travelers will enjoy a sit-down lunch at the Pan American Grill and Brewery at the Hotel Lafayette. Payment is due.

A few seats are available for an awesome trip to Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on May 5 to 12. The group will stay at top quality hotels within walking distances of attractions in each of the cities. This trip is packed full of interesting sights and activities. Final payment is due March 15.

“America’s Sweet Hearts” — June 6. Celebrate History Through Harmony and the greatest generation with a USO Show and buffet luncheon at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo. The first stop of the day will be Russell J. Salvatore Patriots and Heroes Park. Hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and join “America’s Sweethearts” as they present the great music of the ’30s and ’40s. Sit back and enjoy the timeless classics, beautiful ballads and toe-tapping tunes in classic USO fashion. “Sex Please, We’re Sixty” — On June 21, the seniors are off to the Station Dinner Theater in Erie, Pennsylvania for a hysterical “Golden Girls” style comedy and family style lunch. On the way home, there will be a stop for a sweet treat at Connie’s Ice Cream and Southshore Winery.

NEW: “Summertime Fun-time” July 19. The group will meet the guide for a visit to Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania, then travel to Peek’ N Peak in Clymer for lunch. There will be a tour of the Reed Mansion, built in the late 1800s, as well as stories of the history and rebuilding. Next, travelers will head to Finley Lake and stop at the Candle Company. The final stop is Reverie Creamery to taste its great cheese.

For more information: or contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, N.Y. 14034.

Grape Belt Seniors

Find Grape Belt Seniors on Facebook. Learn about upcoming trips and events, as well as information regarding cancellations of Catherine’s aerobics and weights classes. She will also post cancellations on her own FB page, WDOE, and Chautauqua Today. The Facebook page is a closed group: one needs to be a member of Grape Belt Seniors to join the FaceBook Group.

Readers’ Theater will not be meeting in March. The Grape Belt Seniors Board met March 6. The March Potluck Luncheon will take place March 13. Members attending are asked to please bring a dish to pass.

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.

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.