Senior News

Mt. Carmel Seniors Social Club

On a cold January day, 23 members and guests met in the Mt. Carmel Hall Gathering Room. Club President Carm Tampio led the group in a Pledge to the Flag and then conducted a brief business meeting.

Positive discussions evolved pertaining to the club’s self-obligation to supporting community needs relative to local youth and needy residents.

The refreshment committee comprised of Melanie Bates, Sue Borowski, Rita Cappello and President Tampio provided several pots of various soups in support of the club’s January annual Soup and Bread day.

Many members (and five guests) with own bowls and spoons not only sampled every soup, but were able to take soup as well as some exotic desserts home.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 7. The refreshment committee assigned is Eugene and Virginia Chesbro.

Membership remains open to seniors 55 years of age and older. Interested seniors may contact club Vice President Pauline Flitt at 934-4324.

(Especially if you make good soup).

Silver Creek Seniors

The Jan. 16 meeting opened with a warm welcome, in contrast to a cold, but crisp belated New Year’s Eve Day celebration.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, followed by singing “God Bless America” as a solemn prayer.

After Chaplain Dorothy Miniri set forth the blessings of thanks and healing, everyone gathered together to enjoy a favored snack, pizza. Add to that a work of art, global relish tray created by Sue Duecker, consisting of a New Year’s Eve good luck Polish traditional herring, swimming in sour cream and onions, Greek olives, Ukrainian marinated roasted tomatoes and Italian cookies. Also, dark chocolates were offered by Joan Suski with Lorrie Newman’s Hawaiian party punch bowl full of liquid good wishes, and the merriment was complete.

Then we looked back and reflected on “Moments to Remember” and celebrated 2018 knowing that this is the time for “Auld Lang Syne.”

The 50/50 winners were Jan Snyder, Miniri and Lorraine Bailey.

Door prizes were won by Snyder, Mary Ann Seibert and Ed Newman.

Bingo was called by Joan Suski and the “Echo.” The lucky winners were Miniri twice, Snyder, Harry Suski and Ellyn Sutehall.

A reminder was made that weather permitting, the next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Senior Club house on Route 5 in Silver Creek will be a celebration of January and February birthdays.

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Jan. 22 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon, followed by a short meeting with nominations for Secretary and Vice President.

Several new members will be welcomed at the Jan. 22 meeting.

On Feb. 16, travelers are going to Kleinhans Music Hall to enjoy a performance from the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The motor coach will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 8 a.m.

On March 15, seniors will go to Sean Patrick’s Irish Restaurant for lunch and to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Blarney Bunch Band. The band specializes in traditional Irish music and throws in some rock and country just to mix it up. Members will use the luck of the Irish at the last stop to hopefully win some “green” at the Buffalo Creek Casino. Payment is due by Feb. 1.

March 20 is Customer Appreciation Day at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

On April 10 the group will return to the Seneca Niagara Casino.

On May 8, travelers will check out “del Lago,” New York State’s newest casino in Waterloo, in the heart of the Finger Lakes.

From May 28 to June 3, club members have a trip planned to Memphis and Nashville. This trip has everything tourists go to Memphis and Nashville to experience. It includes two nights at the Guest House in Graceland and an exclusive Elvis tour of Graceland and Beale Street. Also scheduled are two nights in Nashville with tours of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Studio B. Seniors will enjoy a show at the Grand Ole Opry and have a back stage tour. A lunch cruise on the General Jackson will also be included, and much more. This trip will fill fast.

Several new and different trips scheduled for this year are not to casinos.

For additional information, visit the web site at or contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Jan. 21 to 27

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; Soup and Sandwich Lunch at noon, Painter Center Yellow Room. Come on out and enjoy a delicious lunch of pea soup and tuna salad sandwich, desert and drink for only $3. The Brainstormers will be performing.

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 at 1 p.m., 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, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. Payment for the class must be received before the class date. 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. A $10 free slot play is included. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to reserve a seat.

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.

The next luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 12 at the Center. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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 wine tasting 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 present 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.

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