Senior News

Submitted Photo Pictured is the Silver Creek Senior Club ribbon cutting celebration for the Renovation Project completion. Front row: Ed Newman, Bob Sutehall, Eleanor Lemiszko, Harry Suski, Joan Suski, Cindy Anger and Debby Koper. Second row: Enabell Mirando, Joanne Martin, Ellyn Sutehall, Marilyn Flint, Mary Congdon, Sue Duecker, Thelma Hilliker, Ernie Hilliker and Carl Mohart Third row: Pat Smielinski, Lorrie Newman, Mary Ann Seibert, Lorraine Bailey, Shirley Sikorski, Sue Borowski, Janice Snyder, Joe Ark and Harold Anger Sr.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Election Day Nov. 7 meeting opened on the side of anticipation with 26 in attendance.

Guests welcomed with affection were Debby and Brooks Truitt visiting from Greensboro, North Carolina and Cindy Anger of Silver Creek. Both young women are the daughters of Joan and Harry Suski.

The Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of “God Bless America” was actuated by loyalty to our country. After the blessing, a wholesome meal of beef goulash and chicken salad sandwiches served on breads or croissants was offered by the kitchen committee with members’ thanks and appreciation. The impressive array of sweet treats included cakes, cookies, cupcakes and gelatin.

Following the repast, the ribbon cutting ceremony took place; celebrating the completion of a long-awaited remodeling project which began in 2009 with Building Superintendent Harry Suski devoting his time, talents and tenacity to this enterprising effort. President Ed Newman awarded Suski the dignified privilege of cutting the ceremonial ribbon. Everyone present experienced emotional feelings of joy and delight at the eventuation of work well-done. Kudos to Suski and all the volunteers who gave of their time and talents to enhance the Senior Center.

Lorrie Newman kept people in stitches with jokes related to the ups and downs of love and marriage. Eleanor Lemiszko displayed the second phase of the baby contest — and the winners were… Sue Borowski and Lorrie Newman. President Newman announced that gifts by Peggy were still available.

This past Friday’s full moon surrounded by the night sky and clouds was a beautiful sight. It was one of those heavenly nights; a place where God and the angels live. Although ancient superstition alleged that moonlight causes lunacy, today we are not afraid to become moonstruck “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” or to gaze at the wonder of it all as we sail away “On Moonlight Bay.”

The 50/50 winners were Pat Smielinski, Mary Congdon and Sue Duecker.

Door prizes were won by Borowski and Joanne Martin.

Ed Newman called mind-expanding bingo. The winners were: Thelma Hilliker (twice), Lorrie Newman (twice) Shirley Sikorski (thrice) which included the final big win, (Wow!) and Joan Suski.

A reminder to all seniors 55 or older. The next meeting is on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. at the senior club house on Route 5 in Silver Creek. All are welcomed in this lovely place.

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Brocton Legion for Halloween fun. President Margaret Jagoda welcomed five guests and 43 members. George Travis led the Pledge of Allegiance and Rick Cranston gave a prayer of thanks. Guests were OBSERVER photographer Diane Chodan, Betty Kerr, Mary Carey, Marty Franze, and new member Lucille Dolce.

Winners of the contest: Funniest — pink flamingo, Rita Bennett; Orange hair — Wendy Black; Weirdest — Santa, Rick Cranston; Blue spruce tree, Patricia Zanghi; Prettiest — Wonder Woman, Rose Giambra; Gypsy — Sheila Lawrence; Best Witch — Judy Travis and Jane Penhollow; Special — Clown, Robin Carr and Flower Child, Linda Riley.

Great costumes were plenty, making the choice difficult for the cooks. There were witches, no two alike, Carm Johnson, Mary Tripi, a Court Judge by Margaret Jagoda, Rita Bennett and Kate Cranston, PJ’s, Betty Erick was a graduate, Julia Schrantz, cute character, with Best In Show going to Tom DeJoe for store trips and set-up prior to the meeting.

Committee of the Day included Beulah Williams, Dorothy Reading and DeJoe. Pumpkins stuffed with chocolates, place settings and centerpieces decorated the tables. A variety of soups, sandwiches, delicious dishes and desserts were followed by the entertainment ‘Patsy Cline’ toe-tapping tunes and songs by Pat Cook and George Cook, contest judges.

The secretary’s report and the treasurer’s report were accepted. The passing of member Betty Kierczyk was shared. Birthdays were: Anita Golubski, 90 years; Dan Carr who is recovering at home; Ericka Abram; Marion Delcamp; Pauline Johnson; Cliff Lee; Edie Seekings; Bev Burton; Judy Travis and Mary Presto. Margaret and Bob Jagoda celebrated their 36 year anniversary. The Panama Amish trip was so good that a spring trip was suggested. The Salamanca Casino Oct. 10 trip was a good time and another was suggested.

The nominating committee for new officers includes Sheila Lawrence, Norma Burnside, Rita Bennett, Rose Giambra and Carm Johnson. Door prizes winners were Anita Golubski and Mary Tripi, with six happy raffle winners. In later December, seniors will gather on Tuesday, Dec. 19, instead of Dec. 26.

The next meeting, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, will be catered with two choices. Committee members are Rick and Kate Cranston and Olive Becker. Members are to bring their own table service. Reservations for this catered meal, $5 each, must be made by sign-up with Rita Stonefoot at 792-4565 by Monday, Nov. 20.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Nov. 12 to 18

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, small fee.

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

Thursday: Beginning Yoga 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. Bring a dish to pass. Everyone is welcome !

** It’s that time of year again! The Collins 50 Plus Seniors are teaming up with Love INC and other local organizations to collect donations for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign at Shop N Save in Gowanda. Call 532-3541 to schedule a day and time. Join the seniors in helping to raise money for this worthwhile cause.

** Seats are still available for the AARP Defensive Driving Class on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the L.K. Painter Center in Collins. To sign up, call 532-2006 ext. 21 and leave a message with name, phone number, and if planning to have the lunch. The fee for the class is $20 for AARP members/$25 for non-members. Make the check or money order out to: “AARP” and mail to: Town of Collins, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. The check must be received before the class date. The fee for the lunch is $3 and will be collected upon check-in on the morning of the class.

Grape Belt Seniors

Aerobics and weights with Catherine Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m.

The Holiday Luncheon will be Friday, Dec. 8 and will be catered. If planning to attend, sign up at the Center.

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.

There are two remaining day trips for 2017. “It Was a Wonderful Life”: Saturday, Dec. 9. Performance of “It Was a Wonderful Life” at Forest Lawn chapel. Lunch at Chef’s. Holiday Poinsettia Show at Botanical Gardens. Be behind Big Lots by 9 a.m. Cost is $98. Payment due by Nov. 1.

The Temptations Holiday Show: Seneca Niagara Casino. Tuesday, Dec. 12. $20 free slots. Free buffet and show. Cost is $68. Payment is due by Nov. 1. Be behind Big Lots by 8 a.m. Bring photo I.D.!

Trips planned for 2018 thus far:

Boston, Massachusetts: Includes Red Sox vs. Yankees game. Aug. 2 to 5, 2018. Boston City Tour, Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, JFK Library & Museum, Prudential Skywalk, Spirit of Boston Luncheon Cruise with entertainment. $250 deposit due by Nov. 15.

“The Phantom of the Opera” at Shea’s Theater on May 6. Stay tuned for details.

Extended trips for 2017- 2018:

Hawaii Trip: Reminder: Travelers must have a current passport (enhanced driver’s license will not work!) as the flight will depart from Toronto, Canada. Give Marianne two copies of the passport if this hasn’t already been done. David Wendt will be returning to the Center on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 10:30 a.m. to answer questions about the Hawaii trip.

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

Historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County. June 19-21, 2018. Includes guided sightseeing tour of Philadelphia, Sight & Sound Millennium Theater’s “Jesus,” followed by dinner at Miller’s Smorgasbord, Valley Forge National Historical Park, and more.

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.

Let us honor our Veterans on Nov. 11. Thank you for serving.

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