Senior news

Dunkirk Senior Center

The Dunkirk Senior Center has several announcements regarding upcoming trips.

The February and March trips are booked and sold out with waiting lists only.

Travelers for trips sponsored by the Dunkirk Seniors must be members of the organization. Fliers can be picked up at 45 Cliffstar Court, Dunkirk on weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday afternoons. For details, call 366-7530.

Upcoming trips include:

Monday, April 16: Salamanca Customer Appreciation trip ($28 per person). $30 casino bonus and free buffet. Sign-up begins Monday, Feb. 12. See the flier for details. First come — first served. Assigned seating.

Thursday, May 10: trip to Jack’s in Cleveland. ($37 per person). $25 casino bonus, 20 percent off buffet. Sign-up begins Monday, March 12.

Sunday, May 27: trip to Sprague’s near Springville for brunch and a matinee show to see “Annie” at Springville Theater for the Arts is being completed. Details will be announced in early March.

Dunkirk Senior Center Board

The Dunkirk Senior Center Board meeting was held Tuesday, Feb. 6. A new exercise class, Chair Zumba Gold was held Wednesday with plans for Feb. 14 and Feb. 21 from 10:30 to 11 a.m., with a cost of $2. This class will continue through March 7, 14 and 21. Craft classes are the first and third Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Every Thursday will be a game day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All exercise classes will remain the same days and times as in the past.

Big Bingo is Valentines Day, with doors open at 3 p.m. With purchase of a bingo card, luncheon is served. Bingo will start at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until about 6:30. Check for travel updates each Friday or at the Center daily from 9 a.m. to noon.

There is another Pot Luck in the works for Thursday, April 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. for 100 members, with a $3 fee and dish to pass or $7. Meat will be furnished. Member sign-up starts March 5 through April 13 for this event. The Birthday Bash will continue for another year, with the last Wednesday of each month and sign-up ending the week before. With member sign-up, there will be a new guest fee of $5 beginning with the March Birthday Bash. The last sign-up date is March 21 for the party March 28. New members are always welcome.

Grape Belt Seniors

Aerobics and weights with Catherine Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m. If class is canceled 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.

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. Lunch at The Italian Village in Depew, followed by the 2 p.m. performance. $152. Those interested in attending were 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. 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. Wine tasting at Deer Run Winery. Vespers at the Abbey of the Genesee.

The Drifters White Christmas: Dec. 11. Enjoy a 2 p.m. matinee show.

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. Proof of citizenship is required. Call by March 24 if interested.

Thousand Islands, Riveredge Resort, Alexandria Bay, New York: July 15 to 16. $75 deposit with sign-ups to secure seats. Seats are still available. Call by March 24.

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). He will also be at the Center on Wednesday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. to finalize the Hawaii trip.

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.

Mount Carmel Seniors Social Club

The Feb. 7 meeting of the Mount Carmel Seniors Social Club was canceled due to a combination of bad weather and the flu.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Feb. 6 meeting opened with enthusiasm on a sunny, storm-free winter’s day.

President Ed Newman introduced and welcomed guest Kathleen Huffman, long-time Silver Creek resident and active supporter of the Village Grape Festival.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with sentiment. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri offered blessings, prayers and thanks for the love that’s shared and the food prepared. We celebrated our own “Souper Bowl” Tuesday.

Thanks to volunteers Lorrie Newman, Sue Borowski and Ellyn Sutehall for a “souper” job of serving their stuffed pepper, chili, and potato soups with bread and butter or crackers, to a hungry, grateful group. The desserts of choice were chocolates, ribbon candy or fresh fruits.

Together, the Newmans presented a cascade of comical one-liners, reminding us of a message found on a bumper sticker, “you don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing.”

The 50/50 winners were Joan Suski, Joanne Martin and Lorrie Newman. Door prizes were won by Mary Ann Seibert, Bob Sutehall and Jean McDaneld.

Ed Newman called variety bingo and the winners were McDaneld, Jen Zlotnick, Carol Prowse, Lorrie Newman, Martin and Lorraine Bailey.

A reminder was made that weather permitting, the Feb. 13 meeting will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a volunteer pot luck presentation at 1 p.m. at the Senior clubhouse on Route 5.

The day’s meeting ended with singing “Young at Heart” and a game of dominoes.

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met at the Brocton Legion Jan. 30 with President Margaret Jagoda opening the meeting with Dan West leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Mary Tripi’s prayer, followed by a moment of silence. Guest Jim Cole and two new members, Tony and Dee Borello, were welcomed. The program of the day was a Chinese auction set up the day before by the committee of West, Rose Giambra, Ella Gaffney, Shirley Wolnick, Tom DeJoe and Rita Bennett. A tureen dish to pass was so good there was not much for members to clean up. Secretary minutes were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was read and approved .

Announcements were the passing of Patty Ploetz’s brother and new member John Cole, West’s mother and past member Catherine Fabritius. Jane Penhollow was welcomed back. Betty Erick is back home after a bad fall. A card was read thanking all for the Christmas party, especially with Santa! The OBSERVER was thanked for its excellent coverage. Birthday celebrations were Wendy Black, Rick and Kate Cranston, Giambra and Ruth Neal.

The new 2018 schedule was discussed and members are to let the secretary know of a committee preference as new lists including telephone will be passed out at the February meeting.

The Travel Club person to contact is President Jagoda, 792-7385, to reserve a seat to Salamanca Casino on April 17 for $30. The bus leaves Brocton Legion at 9 a.m. with the return time of 4:30 p.m., and includes $30 play and a free, delicious buffet.

Tripi installed the new officers individually and did a great job. They are President Linda Riley, Vice President Tom DeJoe, Secretary Ruth Neal, Assistant Secretary Jean Jaquith, Treasurer Rita Stonefoot, and absent Assistant Treasurer Pat Zanghi. Door prizes were won by Mary Carey and Jagoda. Raffles were won by Robin Carr, Betsy Furman and Jane Perkins.

The next meeting will be chili by Margaret on Feb. 27, eating at noon, at Brocton Legion. Gil and Edie Seekings and Margaret and Bob Jagoda will be the committee of the day. Members are to bring a dish to pass to go with the chili, and personal table service. A lively auction was held and a really good time was had by all. New members are welcome and dues are due for the year. Call Margaret at 792-7385 to reserve a seat for the April 17 trip to Salamanca.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Feb. 11 to 17

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; Community Service with Pat at 1 p.m., Painter Center Rose Room.

The March 27 AARP Defensive Driving Class is completely filled up. If signed up, remember to bring along your drivers license and a pen. Be at the L.K. Painter Center by 8:30 a.m. Class begins at 9 a.m. sharp! The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, May 15. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up.

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 ladies accepted and will maintain the office they have held in the past.

Feb. 16, seniors 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.

March 15, travelers will head to Sean Patrick’s Irish Restaurant for lunch and to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Blarney Bunch Band. Payment was due Feb. 1.

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

NEW: March 22, the day starts at the Broadway Market. Participants will also enjoy a guided tour of the Old Post Office and Goldome Building. A buffet lunch is planed for Curly’s Restaurant.

April 10 is a return to the Seneca Niagara Casino.

NEW: April 16 is the Mystery Tour. Organizers aren’t revealing the destination. “IT’S A MYSTERY.”

NEW; May 8 the group will check out “del Lago” New York State’s newest casino in Waterloo, in the Finger Lakes.

May 28 to June 3, travelers are going to Memphis and Nashville. It includes two nights at the Guest House in Graceland and an exclusive Elvis tour of Graceland and Beale Street. There will also be 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. This trip will fill fast.

For additional information, visit 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.

Mayville Senior Citizens

About 35 seniors gathered for lunch at the Mayville VFW on Feb. 1. Dianne Goodrich said the blessing for the meal and afterwards did devotions which included a couple funny stories. Bonnie Johnson led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The secretary and treasurer reports were read. A card was read from Fern Abram which included $20 to go toward stamps. Goodwill Chairperson Mary Carlson listed January and February birthdays and anniversaries. Janet Loomis, tour director, noted that trips are getting lined up and will be available at the next meeting. Louise Richir, Joyce Ayers and Dolly Gilbert, kitchen committee, were thanked.

Goodrich swore in Janet Loomis as the new vice president! Chuck Carlson, guest, was welcomed. The group voted in favor of raising dues from $3 to $5 beginning January 2019. Annabelle Weise and Dianne Goodrich won door prizes.

Officer Drew Anderson of the New York State Park Police addressed their activities and duties. It was a very interesting and well prepared presentation!

The next meeting will be held at noon on Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Mayville VFW. The guest speaker will be Norma Cummings from the County Office of Emergency Services. She will explain her duties as coordinator for emergency assistance with major problems in our area. We encourage you to attend!