Senior News

Dunkirk Senior Citizens

Dunkirk Seniors have been busy with daily activities. The turkey dinner was a huge success, even with the cold snowy weather, as was Big Bingo and the exercise Monday to Friday groups. The first and third Wednesdays at 10 a.m., a social time is being held for interested folks in joining a new activity.

The Birthday Bash sign up last date was the 24th for the party on the 31st for signed up birthday members and their guest. This monthly party is held the last Wednesday of each month. The January-February newsletter is available for pickup at the office Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons until 4:30 p.m.

Enrolled membership has passed the 460 number. Check the bulletin board for new updates and ideas for trips and activities as there is something for everyone! Feb. 14, Valentines Day is the next Big Bingo with doors opening at 3 p.m. Paid new members are always welcome to enjoy all the Senior Center’s affairs.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Jan. 23 meeting opened on a partially cloudy/sunny day to members with sunny dispositions. President Ed Newman introduced esteemed guest Ji Young So, an accomplished pianist and teacher from Jeon-ju, South Korea, who is furthering her studies at SUNY Fredonia and beyond.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with tenderness. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri called forth blessings of gratitude and a special prayer for the group’s centenarian, Joyce Snyder, who will turn 100 today. She is Jan Snyder’s mother-in-law.

Shakespeare once quoted, “If music be the food of love, play on.” Combine that with Ji’s musical fingers, and you have an enchanting pianoforte performance of perfection featuring the compositions of Bach and Beethoven. This was a fine gift to all members present, including the following January and February birthday celebrants — January: Eleanor Lemiszko, Joan Suski, Claudia Markham, Joyce Snyder. February: Walter Klyczek, Aulene Robinson, Sue Duecker, Jean McDaneld and Irene Cross. The group singing of “Happy Birthday” was enhanced by Ji’s piano accompaniment. They celebrated with cake, ice cream, confetti cupcakes and fresh fruit.

Lorrie Newman then amused them with comical perceptions that some folks perceive as they mature in age.

The 50/50 winners were Duecker and Miniri twice. Door prizes were won by Jan Snyder, Joanne Martin and Ed Prowse. Ed Newman called bingo and the winners were Ellyn Sutehall, Jan Snyder twice, Lorrie Newman, Miniri and Prowse.

The menu for the Jan. 30 meeting will be savory soups at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center on Route 5.

Mayville Senior Citizens

Approximately 35 seniors participated in a dish-to-pass luncheon following by a meeting at the Mayville VFW on Jan. 18. President Bonnie Johnson introduced Sandy Wagner, who did devotions. Johnson then led the Pledge of Allegiance. The secretary and treasurer reports were read, as well as a few thank you cards. The kitchen committee composed of Louise Richir, Dolly Gilbert and Joyce Ayers was thanked. Johnson reported that Janet Loomis will be our new vice president! Everyone wished Naomi Wiler a happy 95th birthday! Chuck Carlson was welcomed as a guest.

Door prizes were won by Arlene Kurtz, Carl Witherow, Eileen Hanson, Naomi Wiler and Barb Witherow. We had a pass around door prize that was won by Barb Witherow who shared it (chocolates) with the whole group. That was lots of fun!

Mike Volpe, who was to sing for us, was unable to attend. Instead Bill Tornstrom asked Pat Cook to fill in and she graciously accepted. They had fun trying to guess the original singer of the songs she sang! Really had to put on their thinking caps!

Our next meeting is scheduled Thursday, Feb. 1 at noon at the Mayville VFW. The guest speaker will be Officer Drew Anderson from the New York State Park Police. He will explain his duties as a State Park Police Officer and the large territory he patrols daily. Come join in!

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. $250 deposit was due by Nov. 15.

“The Phantom of the Opera:” May 6. $152. Those interested in attending are asked to pay by Jan. 27.

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.

A Dam Good Trip: Aug. 22. Tour Mt. Morris Dam. Lunch at the Big Tree Inn.

The Drifters White Christmas: Dec. 11.

Shaw Festival Niagara-on-the-Lake: Nov. 18. 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. $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, Sept. 12 to 19. Proof of citizenship is needed.

Historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County: June 19 to 21.

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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Westfield Senior Citizens

The Dec. 14 meeting of the Westfield Senior Citizens opened with a prayer by President Pat Sciarrino, “Thank You God for Christmas Season.”

Thirteen members and two visitors enjoyed a luncheon followed by a meeting opened with a couple of jokes shared by Shirley Kolpien. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members. The “Meaning of the Candy Cane” was read by President Sciarrino.

The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read and accepted.

Kolpien reported that Sunshine Chair Dolores Kaufman sent birthday cards to Darla Augur, Mary Ellen Bova and Betty Wilson. Get-well cards were sent to Lucille Inwood, Jean Young and Mary Cogliano.

Officers elected for 2018 are: President: Pat Sciarrino, Vice President: Geri Harper, Treasurer: Pat Everts, Secretary: Ann Cochran.

Pauline Emilson won the 50/50. Lolita Ramos won the door prize. Emilson and friend Elizabeth Phillips led a fun song “12 Days of Christmas.” A gift exchange with a game was enjoyed by everyone.

The next meeting is at noon at the YWCA on Feb. 8. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass and personal table service. It will be a Valentine Theme with members bringing a signed valentine to share.

Membership is $5 a year plus $1 a month.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

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; 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. Movie day at 1 p.m. in the Collins Library Community Room. This month’s feature stars Judy Dench and Ali Fazal. Popcorn will be served.

** 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. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to reserve a seat!

Collins Center Seniors

Several new members were welcomed in to the Collins Center Seniors at the Jan. 22 meeting.

Peggy Marcoux was nominated for secretary and Linda Miller was nominated for vice president. Both accepted and will maintain the office they have held.

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. There will be a stop at the Buffalo Creek Casino before heading home. Payment is due Feb. 1.

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

NEW: March 22, seniors will start the day at the Broadway Market. They will also enjoy a guided tour of the Old Post Office and Goldome Building while in Buffalo. A buffet lunch is planned for Curly’s Restaurant.

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

NEW: April 16 is the Mystery Tour. It won’t be revealed where the group is going. “IT’S A MYSTERY.”

NEW: 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.

For additional information, visit the 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.