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United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens recently held its monthly luncheon meeting at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 37 members present.

President Mary Matteson welcomed the members and led everyone in the “Pledge of Allegiance” and the singing of “God Bless America.” The invocation was given by Kathy Damiano.

Winter birthdays were announced and “Happy Birthday” was sung for December: Sandra Barone, Ann Budniewski, Margaret Larson, Geraldine Moch, Carolyn Lewandowski, Peggy Pokoj; and for January: Ralph Moch, Gary Palmer, David Van Rensselaer; and for February: Patricia Bradley and Tina Richthammer.

Vice President Evonne Hennebery was thanked for calling the members to make December reservations. Jeanne Hauser gave her final treasurers report and was thanked for her service in 2017. Gen Ludemann was thanked for her many years as the group’s greeter.

Due to the resignation of Treasurer Hauser, Hennebery will assume those duties until the official election in May 2018. Linda Reilly will temporarily assume the duties of vice president while Hennebery serves as treasurer.

Joe Grecco and Carm Johnson led the raffle. The winners were: Delores Borrello, Mary Edwards, Elaine Frederickson, Evonne Hennebery and Sue Schrantz. After the luncheon, bingo was led by Phyllis Laurito, Rosemary Mancuso and Lucy Saeli.

The United Senior Citizens does not meet in the months of January and February. The luncheon meetings will resume on March 12.

Dunkirk Senior Center

Dunkirk Senior Center is having a luncheon for signed-up paid members this Sunday, Jan. 14. On Wednesday at 11 a.m., there will be an open meeting at 10 a.m. with coffee and snacks. The topic will be ideas for social type-activities, i.e. a social hour, crafts, etc. to keep the Center busy each day. The new time for Big Bingo, with doors opening at 3 p.m., is working out well.

Members are encouraged to visit the Center, located at 45 Cliffstar Court, Dunkirk, to pick up a copy of the newsletter and learn details about upcoming trips and programs.

Grape Belt Seniors

Aerobics and weights with Catherine Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m. If class is cancelled due to bad weather, Catherine will have it announced on WDOE; and will post it on her Facebook page and Grape Belt Seniors Facebook page.

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 2018 are available at the Center.

Trips planned for 2018 thus far include:

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. Those interested in attending are asked to pay by Jan. 27 so arrangements can be finalized.

More upcoming trips – details to follow as the dates become closer:

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

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.

A Dam Good Trip: Aug. 22. Tour Mt. Morris Dam. Lunch at the Big Tree Inn. Wine tasting at Deer Run Winery. Vespers at the Abbey of the Genesee (where Monks’ Bread is produced).

Mamma Mia!: Dancing Dream tribute group plays tribute to “Mamma Mia” and the music of ABBA. Oct. 30.

Shaw Festival Niagara-on-the-Lake: Nov. 18. Lunch at Pillar and Post. 2 p.m. matinee show of “A Christmas Carol” at Royal George Theatre. Enjoy sights of a Victorian wonderland. Proof of citizenship is required. Call by March 24 if interested in this trip.

Thousand Islands, Riveredge Resort, Alexandria Bay, New York: July 15 to 16. Visit Sonnenberg Gardens, Mansion Tour, and winetasting en route to Thousand Islands. Boat cruise of Thousand Islands with visits to Boldt Castle and Singer Castle. $75 deposit with sign-ups to secure seats. Call by March 24 if interested in this trip.

Extended trips for 2018:

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.

David Wendt will be at the Center on Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the Nova Scotia and Philadelphia/Lancaster County trips. (If the weather is bad that day, he will be here on March 5). 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.

Mayville Senior Citizens

The last gathering was held Jan. 4. Because of bad weather many did not attend, so we did not have a formal meeting. Regardless, lunch was delicious and provided by approximately 18 people that did push through the snow and the cold! We all appreciated entertainment that was provided by the Chautauqua County Sheriff Department K-9 Unit: Deputy Jason Beichner and K-9 Drake, Deputy Chad Wright and K-9 Link, Deputy Dana Kapuscinski and K-9 Bentley. The deputies brought their dogs in individually and explained the background of their dog, some training techniques and what their expertise would be.

The next meeting will be held at the Mayville VFW at noon on Thursday, Jan. 18. The guest singer will be Mike Volpe. He will be singing the classic, unforgettable song collection of Frank Sinatra. Be sure to attend for a super meal, then relax to some long-lasting music from the past!

Sinclairville Senior Citizens

The Sinclairville Senior Citizens met recently for the New Year’s luncheon and a meeting in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room. President Diman Smith welcomed all to the luncheon, and Pastor Phil Shay gave the blessing prior to the meal. The table decorations were provided and set up by June Whipple, including New Year’s hats and candy. The meal was provided by members who brought dishes of food to pass. A fine meal with a large variety was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Smith for getting the coffee ready for the day.

Drawings were held, and recipients included John Sipos, Sherry Shay, Smith, Margie McIntyre, Doug Christian, Robert Minekime, Dianne Minekime, Paul Scranton, Linda Parmenter, Ray Wood, Carol Hetrick and June Whipple.

Following the meal, the meeting opened with the Lord’s Prayer led by Smith and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Sipos. The minutes from the December meeting, recorded by LouAnn Smith, were read. Treasurer Charles Sylvester read the treasurer’s report. Betty Wielgasz is the sunshine chairman, and said Robert Minekime and Martha Harmon are celebrating birthdays. Dues for 2018 were collected.

Pastor Shay told a story of a teacher helping a student to put on his boots, which after a struggle, the student had left his gloves inside the boots. Smith reported that he and Woods are attending a Sons of the American Legion conference in Albany. Sylvester said that at the next meeting, he will bring a roast of beef and potatoes, and that others are to bring a dish of food to add to the meal. The next gathering of this group will be at the Sinclairville Firehall Dining Room on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at noon. Parmenter will have the table decorations.

New members are always welcome.

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met Dec. 19 at Brocton Legion for their Christmas party.

President Margaret Jagoda opened the meeting with 43 members and two guests. George Travis led the Pledge of Allegiance and Sheila Lawrence shared a prayer of thanks.

The committee of Rita Bennett, Dan and Robin Carr and Tom DeJoe had appetizers of all kinds. The tables were set with gingerbread, cookies, flowers and Christmas centerpieces for the excellent meal from Quagliano Bark Grill in Westfield. Santa managed to make an early stop to help pass out prizes to 15 winners and a gift to all! Tom Gestwicki entertained with great ole Christmas tunes for a sing-a-long and jokes, loved by many. This was a really good time, good food and good fun.

Announcements were: Gil and Edie Seekings 38-year anniversary and Liz Stahlman’s birthday. Mary Presto passed recently after her 100 year birthday; Mary Rogers is in the WCA home, as is Marjorie Diehl after a bad fall.

Elections were held with installation to be at the January meeting. The officers are: Linda Riley — president; DeJoe — vice president, Ruth Neal — secretary and Rita Stonefoot — treasurer. Jan. 30 will be a Chinese auction. Members are to bring unwrapped items, a dish to pass and their own personal table service. Ruth Neal, Dan West, Rose Giambra, Rita Bennett and DeJoe will be the committee.

Members dues are now due for the new year 2018 and new members are welcome.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Jan. 14 to 20

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

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; Senior Bowling at 1 p.m., K&L Lanes in Gowanda, small fee; Games & Crafts with Pat, Painter Center Rose Room.

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

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

** The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the L.K. Painter Community Center in Collins. To sign up, call 532-2006 ext. 21 and leave a message with name, phone number, and to make a reservation for the lunch. The fee for the class is $20 for AARP members, $25 for non-members. Make the check or money order to “AARP” and send to: Town of Collins, P.O. Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. The fee for lunch is $3 and will be collected at check-in on the morning of the class.

** Join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors for The “St. Patty’s Day Blarney” on Tuesday, March 13 at Sean Patrick’s Irish Restaurant. Come and join the Blarney Bunch as they sing all the favorite Irish songs! Enjoy dinner, show, travel by comfortable coach bus, and a two-hour stop at the newly renovated Buffalo Creek Casino for only $63. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up.