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United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens recently held its monthly luncheon meeting at the Fredonia Beaver Club. In the absence of President Mary Matteson and Vice President Evonne Hennebery, John Joy welcomed the members.

He led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of “God Bless America.” Then the invocation was given.

November birthdays were announced and “Happy Birthday” was sung for: John Binko, Joanna Brown, Rose Cerrie, Patricia Gloss, Mary Matteson, Sandy Mitchell, Judy Siragusa, Mary Tripi and Jeri Wiedenhofer.

November callers thanked were: Pat Ebert, Nancy Niebel, Linda Reilly and Josie Wierczynski.

Jeanne Hauser gave the treasurer’s report.

The raffle winners were: Jerry Bentham, Kathy Damiano, Joanne Halasinski, Kathy Kamery and Doris LaSpada.

Because Dec. 11, Monday, is the annual Christmas party, the meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. with an appetizer tray and punch. The luncheon will include a pork roast with gravy, scalloped potatoes, applesauce, a vegetable medley, fresh-tossed salad with homemade dressing and cherry pie for dessert.

The cost for members whose $3, 2018 dues are paid will be $5. For all others, the cost of the meal is $8.

Send payment to: Jeanne Hauser P.O. Box 1146, Lily Dale, N.Y. 14752.

A special feature of the November meeting was a tribute to our military veterans, whose lunches were provided at no cost. A photo of the veterans attending the luncheon appeared in the Nov. 14 edition of the OBSERVER. Pictured were: Ralph Moch, Fred Summerton, Joe Greco, Herb Centner, Terry Bentham, Charles Alaimo, John Joy, John Wiedenhofer, Dave VanRensselaer, Tony Borrello and Dave Kolassa.

Due to the resignation of Treasurer Jeanne Hauser, a nominating committee was formed to find a new treasurer, without whom the group cannot exist.

After the luncheon, bingo was led by Phyllis Laurito, Rosemary Mancuso and Lucy Saeli.

Grape Belt Seniors

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

Reservations are no longer being accepted for the catered Holiday Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 8. Anyone who signed up but is unable to attend is asked to let Jane Russo know by Monday, Dec. 4 (phone 672-2276) so that the caterer can be given an accurate count.

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 our 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, 2018. 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.

Oh, What a Night!: “Musical tribute to Frankie Valli & Four Seasons” June 26.

Mamma Mia!: Dancing Dream tribute group plays tribute to “Mamma Mia” and the music of ABBA. Oct. 30. Seneca Allegany Customer Appreciation Day: June 27.

delLAGO Casino with stop at Sauder’s Amish Store: July 9. Explore this new gaming facility located in Waterloo, New York.

The Drifters White Christmas: Dec. 11. Enjoy a 2 p.m. matinee show of the Drifters singing many of their hits as well as holiday songs.

Extended trips for 2017- 2018:

Hawaii Trip: Reminder: Participants 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. Final payment is due today, Dec. 1!

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 needed.

Historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County: June 19 to 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.

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Silver Creek Seniors

The Nov. 28 meeting opened with an air of surprise for this warm day, appreciated by 26 in attendance.

Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing “God Bless America” stirred and inspired devotion to our country.

Humor was the first order of the day with witticism by Lorrie Newman and Joan Suski.

Chaplain Dorothy Miniri offered the invocation of thanks for gifts of gratitude, guidance and goodwill.

The warmth continued thanks to the kitchen committee which presented a zesty “south-of-the-border” specialty of Chili Con Carne topped with cheddar cheese and served with oyster crackers, bread and butter. Vanilla cake for dessert was a sweet delight.

Today, we sharpened our minds and honed the happiness of others. Our goal was to “Make Someone Happy” so that in turn, we would “be happy, too.”

“I Want to be Happy,” do you? We welcomed December — the month of new hope, healing and true happiness.

The 50/50 winners were Miniri, Bud Anger and Sue Borowski.

Door prizes were won by Ernie Hilliker and Ellyn Sutehall.

Ed Newman called mind-expanding bingo. The final big winner was Hilliker.

The meeting closed with the singing of “Young at Heart.”

The next meeting is on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. at the senior club house on Route 5 in Silver Creek where November and December birthdays will be celebrated.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Dec. 3 to 9

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

Monday: “Elvis Christmas, and Country” day trip to Salvatore’s Italian Restaurant. The bus leaves the front parking lot of the L.K. Painter Center, 2355 Main St., Collins at 10 a.m. and will return by 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee; Crafts Class with Suzie — making evergreen wreaths. All materials are included for $12. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up. Class size is limited to nine.

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

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

Friday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym. Potluck Lunch at noon, Painter Center Yellow Room. Come on out — everyone is welcome — bring a dish to pass! Presentation by The Brainstormers. 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.

** Yoga with Sandi begins on Thursday, Dec. 7 in the L.K. Painter Center gym at 9 a.m. Come on out and meet the new instructor! This first class will be free of charge.