Senior News

Submitted Photo Pictured are the officers of the Mt. Carmel Social Club for calendar year 2017-2018. Front row from left: Second Vice President Dorothy Miniri, First Vice President Pauline Flitt and Chaplain Jeanette Mula. Back row: President Carm Tampio, Treasurer Melanie Bates and Secretary Susan Borowski.

Mt. Carmel Social Club

A meeting of the Mt. Carmel Social Club convened in Irving, at noon at the Sunset Bay Restaurant on Wednesday, Nov.15. The group of 25 included guests Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, Rev. Mark Wolski and Mt. Carmel Secretary Frances Page. Subsequent to last month’s club election of officers, club members witnessed the annual swearing in ceremony of officers, for CY 2017-18 as led by Rev. Fiebelkorn.

Also recognized were club members who served in wartime in the military.

These veterans included Jean Mc Danield USN, Eugene Chesbro USN, and Vince Tampio USAF.

The next scheduled meeting will be at the Mt. Carmel Auditorium on Wednesday, Dec 6 at 12:30 p.m.

The refreshment committee for this event will be Carm and Vince Tampio. Plans for the annual Christmas Party will be formulated during this meeting.

Grape Belt Seniors

Aerobics and weights with Catherine on Monday and Wednesday. No class on (Black) Friday, Nov. 24.

Reservations are no longer being accepted for the catered Holiday Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 8.

The next Reader’s Theater is Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m., at the Center. The theme is “Holiday Happenings.”

Grape Belt Seniors are helping Partners in Kind to collect hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves (new or gently used) to be distributed locally. To assist with the distribution, clothespins and zip-top baggies (quart or gallon) are needed. Donations can be brought to the Center during classes and during the indoor farmers market. Thanks for helping to keep the community warm.

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.

The Temptations Holiday Show: Seneca Niagara Casino. Tuesday, Dec. 12. $20 free slots. Free buffet and show. 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. Boston City Tour, Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, JFK Library & Museum, Prudential Skywalk, Spirit of Boston Luncheon Cruise with entertainment. $250 deposit was due by Nov. 15.

The Phantom of the Opera: May 6. Enjoy a sit down lunch at The Italian Village in Depew, followed by the 2 p.m. matinee performance. $152. Payment must be made by Feb. 1.

Seneca Allegany Customer Appreciation Day: June 27. Price per person is $31, due by May 25. Fun-filled day at Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca. $30 in free slot dollars. Free lunch buffet. Photo I.D. needed. Bring Seneca Social Card or apply for one upon arrival.

delLAGO Casino with stop at Sauder’s Amish Store: Explore this new gaming facility located in Waterloo, New York. $25 free slot play plus lunch buffet. Following the casino visit, a stop is planned at Sauder’s Amish Store before heading home. Price per person is $32. Payment due with reservation. Cut off date is June 1.

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 your passport if you haven’t already done so.

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

Historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County. June 19 to 21. 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.

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Silver Creek Seniors

The Nov. 14 meeting was called to order in a lively manner with 25 in attendance.

Guest Katelyn Swaenepoel, the granddaughter of Lorrie and Ed Newman, was welcomed with fondness; and held in mind a special surprise for us.

The Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of “God Bless America” was recited and sung with devotion. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri invoked the blessings of gratitude and thanks.

The kitchen committee prepared a nourishing comfort meal of cheesy broccoli and stuffed bell pepper soups, served with bread and butter. Carrot cake topped with butter cream frosting and coconut was the prized dessert. Thanks to the committee for a job well done.

Eleanor Lemiszko concluded the last phase of the baby contest with congratulations to Ellyn Sutehall, our final winner. We then asked the question; who could portray more daintiness in manner than a baby? And what could be sweeter than crooning to that baby? Today our songs of remembrance are drenched in cuteness, honoring all the baby contestants with this message: Dear “Baby Face,” “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” (“cause Baby look at you now”) and this we know is undeniable — “Everybody Loves a Baby!” Thank you Eleanor, for a fun contest.

Our guest, Katelyn, is a music major student at SUNY Fredonia; a vocalist and instrumentalist proficient at 10 varied musical instruments. Katelyn chose the oboe to enchant us with a stirring performance on one of the higher wind instruments in modern orchestras; yet one of great antiquity. The oboe’s tones are reedy and penetrating with pastoral and mournful effects. Thank you, Katelyn, for that impressive and powerful performance. We look forward to your return.

The 50/50 winners were Shirley Sikorski, Lemiszko and Harry Suski.

Marilyn Flint and Joanne Martin won door prizes.

Ernie Hilliker called bingo. Winners were Jan Snyder, Sikorski (twice), Lemiszko, Sue Borowski and Enabell Mirando. The final big winner was Lorraine Bailey.

President Ed Newman reminded everyone of the family style bring-a-dish-to pass Thanksgiving dinner at the next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. All seniors 55 or older are welcome at the club house on Route 5 in Silver Creek.

Mayville Seniors

The last meeting was held Nov. 4 at the Mayville VFW where a lovely Thanksgiving Feast prepared by the Dewittville Christian Missionary Alliance Church was shared.

Dianne Goodrich read two funny stories and then a poem entitled “Don’t Wait,” followed by the Lord’s Prayer. Bonnie Johnson led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the secretary and treasurer reports.

Jeff Wagner reported the next Sr. Council meeting was planned for Nov. 9 at the Mayville VFW. Mary Carlson, Goodwill chairperson, listed November birthdays and anniversaries plus cards sent.

The seniors next trip, organized by Jeff Wagner and Janet Loomis, is scheduled Dec. 10 to enjoy “Christmas Memories” at the Erie Station Dinner Theatre. If interested call Jeff at 753-7676 or Janet at 761-6687.

Wanda Gustafson, 2nd vice president, on behalf of the nominating committee, listed the officers nominated for 2018: President, Bonnie Johnson; 1st Vice President, Eileen Hanson; 2nd Vice President, Gustafson; Secretary, Fran Miller; Assistant Secretary, Izetta Ayling; Treasurer, Edna Brown; and Assistant Treasurer, Ruth Neal.

A total of $120 was collected for the Food Pantry and a $75 tip for our cooks and servers.

Seven members won door prizes: Kathy Sukalac, Louise Richir, Maryann Casler, Jeannie Rhinehart, Anne Steinbach and Ernestine Cruzado! Entertainment followed by Steve Eng and Mark Davis.

The next and only meeting in December is scheduled Dec. 7 at noon at the Mayville VFW. Bring your own table setting and a dish to pass. A ham prepared by Sandy and Fred Anderson will be enjoyed by all.

Program Chairman Bill Tornstrom asks all to join in for a special presentation of “Pearl Harbor Day” to be presented by the Mayville VFW Post.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Nov. 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, 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 Rose Room; Senior Bowling at 1 p.m. at K&L Lanes in Gowanda, fee.

Thursday: L.K. Painter Center closed. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday: L.K. Painter Center closed.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Shop N Save in Gowanda.

Saturday: Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shop N Save in Gowanda.

** The local Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign officially kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Shop N Save in Gowanda. When seeing the Red Kettle, all are encouraged to give generously as any donations benefit this local area during natural disasters. To donate time, call Love INC at 532-3541 to schedule a day and time.

** Crafts Class with Suzie will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. at the L.K. Painter Center in Collins. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up.

Sinclairville Senior Citizens

The Sinclairville Senior Citizens met recently for the annual Thanksgiving luncheon and a meeting in the Sinclairville Fire Hall dining room. President Diman Smith welcomed all to the luncheon, and Pastor Phil Shay gave the blessing prior to the meal.

LouAnn Smith prepared a turkey with stuffing and mashed potatoes for the group. Mrs. Smith had made her own bread and used her own vegetables from her garden to make the stuffing. Treasurer Charles Sylvester provided the turkey. Thanks to Mrs. Smith and Sylvester for the main course of the dinner. Other members brought dishes of food and desserts to add to the meal. A wide variety of food was available and a fine meal was enjoyed by all. John and Susan Sipos provided the festive table decorations for the time of the year. President Smith prepared the coffee for the meal.

The meeting drawings were conducted by President Smith. Recipients included secretary Sipos, Diane Minekime, Robert Minekime, Carolyn Hendrickson, Mrs. Smith, President Smith, Linda Ivett, Peter Skillman, Diane Shaw, Doug Christian, Betty Wielgasz and Martha Harmon. Following the luncheon, the meeting opened with all saying the Lord’s Prayer led by Shaw, and the Pledge of Allegiance led by secretary Sipos. Sipos read the minutes of the previous meeting. Treasurer Sylvester read the treasurer’s report. Wielgasz, who is the sunshine chairman, said President Smith and Pastor Shay are celebrating birthdays. The birthday song was sung by all.

The day’s program was a detailed description of a surprise birthday party held for one of the members on Saturday, Oct. 21 in the Cassadaga American Legion. Then, the birthday song was sung to Wielgasz because it was overlooked last month. Skillman is planning on providing music in the future. Sylvester talked about the Yellow Dot program, and a trip to Middlefield, Ohio. Nominations for officers for 2018 were held and voting will take place next month.

The next gathering of this group will be at the Sinclairville Fire Hall Dining Room on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at noon. This will be a catered meal. Those attending need not bring any food dishes. President and Mrs. Smith will have table decorations. Wielgasz will call members to remind them of the luncheon in December. President Smith will arrange for a musical program for December. Officers include Diman Smith as president, Linda Parmenter as vice president, Sylvester as treasurer, and John Sipos as secretary. New members are always welcome.