Senior News

United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens recently held its monthly luncheon meeting at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 33 members present.

President Mary Matteson led everyone in the “Pledge of Allegiance” and the singing of “God Bless America.” Robin Carr led the invocation. Matteson welcomed the members and one guest, Merle Wertz.

March birthdays were announced for: Helen Barone, Joe Greco, Rosemary Mancuso, Nancy Niebel, Lynda Smith, Jane Walsh, Josie Wierczynski and John Wiedenhofer.

The raffle was conducted by Vice President Evonne Hennebery and Carm Johnson. Winners were: Doris LaSpada, Peg Pokoj, Kathy Kamery and Johnson.

Matteson told an Irish joke and announced a St. Patrick’s event to be held at Darwin Barker Library Museum at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 17. Both Matteson and Hennebery will provide Irish music at this event.

Wierczynski, Niebel, Pat Ebert, Mancuso and Hennebery, callers for March, were thanked.

New treasurer Jeanne Hauser gave her first treasurer’s report.

The menu for the April 10 luncheon at noon will be: baked stuffed chicken breast, roasted red potatoes, fresh green beans, fresh tossed salad with homemade dressing with sherbet for dessert.

When making reservations, those who have dietary restrictions will be accommodated. Send the $8 payment before April 3 to: Jeanne Hauser, PO Box 1146, Lily Dale, N.Y. 14752.

Matteson ended the luncheon with an Irish blessing: “May good luck be with you wherever you go and your blessings outnumber the Shamrocks that grow.”

Following the meeting, bingo was led by: Pat Bradley, Lucy Saeli and Mancuso for those who wished to play.

Sinclairville Senior Citizens

The Sinclairville Senior Citizens met recently for a St. Patrick’s day luncheon and a meeting in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room at noon. President Diman Smith welcomed all to the luncheon, and Pastor Phil Shay of the South Stockton Wayside Chapel gave the blessing prior to the lunch.

Smith had prepared a wonderful corned beef and cabbage dinner, and those attending brought dishes of food to add to the meal. A fine meal was enjoyed by all, with a large variety of food being served. Delicious desserts were plentiful.

Member Sherry Shay helped take minutes prior to the serving of the meal. Following the luncheon, drawings were held for fun prizes. Recipients included Martha Harmon, Diane Shaw, Paul Scranton, LouAnn Smith, Betty Wielgasz, Linda Parmenter, Louisa Smith, Irene Moll, Diman Smith, Doug Christian, Jane Penhollow and Bonnie Larkin. Smith said the drawings are held as a fun activity, and encourages all to participate.

Thanks go to LouAnn Smith for the festive table decorations of St. Patrick’s Day items. All enjoyed her tale of purchasing the items, the financial help from a stranger, and then the positive outcome of when she locked her keys inside her car. Secretary John Sipos told two stories of a group driving on Route 22, and one story of using cold water to wash dishes.

Following the luncheon, the meeting opened with all saying the Lord’s Prayer, and the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Sipos. The financial report was presented by Treasurer Charles Sylvester, who also presented an annual report of the spending of the group. Wielgasz, the sunshine chairman, read those having a birthday or anniversary in March. The birthday song was sung to Parmenter and Moll.

Thanks were extended to President Smith for preparing the corned beef and cabbage, and for getting the tables and coffee ready for the day. June Whipple and Ray Wood will take care of the April table decorations, and a birthday cake will be provided by Shaw. Sylvester gave a travel report, and the membership report. President Smith has purchased 288 small flags, which will be sold during the Memorial Day parades and the History Fair Day parade for $1 each. Sylvester will call to reserve a pavilion for the July summer picnic.

The next meeting of the group will be on Tuesday, April 11 in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room at noon. New members are always welcome.

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: you need to be a member of Grape Belt Seniors to join the FaceBook Group.

Readers’ Theater will not be meeting in March. The March Potluck Luncheon took place March 13. Thanks to all the great cooks and bakers who provided a delicious repast.

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.

In answer to several inquiries, the Day trips are still on. None have been cancelled. May 17 Lilacs and the Stars – pay by April 12. June 6 Casino/Bill Haley and the Comets – pay by April 20. June 24-25 Frank Lloyd Wright/Fallingwater – pay by May 12. June 27 Casino trip – pay by May 20

Extended trips for 2017: Reservations for the Chicago trip September 18 – 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.

Plans are being made for a trip to Hawaii early in 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. The Nova Scotia trip will be eight days and seven nights with visits to many interesting sights.

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

Mt. Carmel Seniors

Due to the New York statewide “bad weather” declaration and local school closings, the Mt. Carmel Seniors club followed suit and cancelled its St Joseph’s Day luncheon meeting scheduled for March 15.

The next regular club meeting is scheduled for April 5.

Silver Creek Seniors

Due to the cancellation of Tuesday’s meeting on March 14, St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated with a ham and cabbage dinner on Tuesday, March 21 at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at the First United Presbyterian Church in Silver Creek. Use the side entrance on Main Street. All Sheridan “Happy Seniors” are invited to attend this rescheduled St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Hope to see everyone dressed in green.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of March 19 to 25

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

Monday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center Gym.

Tuesday: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center Gym; soup and sandwich lunch at noon, Painter Center Yellow Room. Come and enjoy a delicious lunch of homemade vegetable beef soup, tuna salad sandwich, dessert, and drink — all for only $3.

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; Community Service with Pat at 1 p.m., Painter Center Rose Room. Come out and help making gifts for local nursing homes.

** Now booking the May 16 AARP Defensive Driving Class. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 and leave message to sign up. **Those who signed up for the March 28 AARP Defensive Driving Class are asked to check in to the L.K. Painter Community Center in Collins by 8:30 a.m. and bring a pen and their driver’s license.