Senior news

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met April 24 at the Brocton Legion with President Linda Riley opening the 43rd anniversary of the club which began April 28, 1975. Forty-eight members and two guests, Pat and George Cook, were present. The committee of Jean Jaquith, Marey Carey, Ruth Neal and Tom DeJoe, had tables set with balloons, napkins, prizes and favors. The Brocton Green Arch catered the luncheon with chicken or meatloaf, mashed potatoes, two kinds of gravy, carrots, green beans, mixed greens salad, buttered rolls, and all kinds of pie. Pat Cook’s Tribute Show, “Women of Country,” had everyone singing and guessing the artist. The performance ended with Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” by Pat Cook. Cora Patterson will be celebrating her 100 year birthday May 8. She was surprised with a birthday cake in her honor. Pictures were taken and stories told.

Casino Guide Margaret Jagoda reported on the April l7 Salamanca trip. In spite of the snow, all had a great time, with a return trip planned in the fall. Entertainment chairman Robin Carr has 28 people signed up to car pool May 1 to an Amish meal and Troyer Nursery. Ahira Hall Library happenings: April 30 through May 18 books, DVDs and CDs are for sale, with a library benefit at 21 Brix from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 5. Bylaw changes were tabled until the May meeting.

Door prizes were won by Marie Emke and Bill Norris. Raffles won by Rita Bennett, Carr, Bea Lee, Pat Lahnen, (twice!) followed by 17 table prize winners. A game with a gift and riddle was solved, with Julia Schrantz named the winner.

The next meeting will be May 29 at the Legion. Social hour begins at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, followed by clean up, the program, a business meeting and drawings until 2 p.m. Members are to bring a large tureen dish to pass and their own personal table service. Jane Perkins, Emke, and Bennett will be the committee for May. Dues are now due for this new year.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of May 6 to 12

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, 10:30 a.m. Collins Library Community Room; Games and 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; Potluck Lunch at noon, Painter Center Yellow Room. Bring a dish to pass – everyone is welcome!

** Those signed up for the AARP Defensive Driving Class on Tuesday, May 15 must have their checks received BEFORE the class date. Make the check out to: “AARP” and send to: Town of Collins, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034.

Collins Center Seniors News

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be May 21at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting. Final itinerary and luggage tags will be available following the regular meeting for our trip to Memphis and Nashville.

May 8 for our trip to “del Lago” the motor coach will depart at 7:30 a.m. sharp from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda.

May 16 for “IT’S MAGIC” in Niagara Falls, Ontario we will depart at 8 a.m. sharp from the same parking lot behind the stores. NOTE: valid passport or enhanced driver’s license required.

Last chance: seats are available on June 10 as we head to the Lucille Ball Little Theater and Museum. We will have a guided “Lucy’s Hometown Tour,” then visit the Lucy Desi Museum followed by a delicious brunch at the Tropicana Room. “Are We There Yet” is a fantastic amusing show about a roller coaster ride through the lives of modern American families. Payment is due by May 7.

June 21 is a “Patriotic USA Tour” Our first stop will be Russell Salvatore’s Patriots & Hero’s Park honoring those who served our country! Next we will head to the new Made In America Store for a pork loin luncheon in its Special Event Center and enjoy a Swing Era show in the style of the Andrews Sisters to celebrate hits of the 1940s, 50s & 60s. Payment is due May 21.

June 27 is Customer Appreciation Day at the Seneca Allegany Casino. Payment is due May 21.

“Lockport Locks & Canal Cruise” July 30. We will travel to historic Lockport and experience “locking through” and being raised the 49 ft. elevation of the Niagara Escarpment in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal. Pass under bridges that raise straight up, see water cascade over Lockport’s famous “Flight of Five” 1840’s locks. We will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch canal-side then head to Platters Chocolates – it’s where all the magic happens.

NEW: “Buffalo Double Decker Bus Tour” Aug. 21. Travelers will enjoy lunch on the river at Buffalo Riverworks. Next stop will be the Buffalo History museum constructed in 1901. Next we will board a Double Decker Bus for a fun-tastic tour of Buffalo with a professional guide. We will end our day at Larkinville for Food Truck Tuesday.

NEW: “Simply East Aurora” Sept. 13, we are off to the picturesque Village of East Aurora with a guided tour of the Seymour Knox Estate. We will step back in time with visits to the Baker Memorial Church and enjoy lunch at the Roycroft Inn, followed by an opportunity to tour the Inn and visit the Roycroft Copper Shop. Our day ends with a shopping spree at Vidler’s Variety Store.

“Top of New England” Sept. 23 to 28 to Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. Included: Spirit of Ethan Luncheon Cruise, Von Trapp Historic Guided Tour, Making of the WWII Memorial, Loon Mountain Sky Ride and Summit Adventure w/Entertainment, Sluicing for Gems, Maine Moose Safari and Nature Tour and MORE.

For additional information visit the web site at www.knowhowtours.com/collinscenter 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

Dunkirk Senior Center

The Dunkirk Senior Center newsletter for May and June is ready for pick up at the Center 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The April birthday party was a success once again. The sign-up for the May birthday party ends May 23. this is the last Wednesday of each month for the birthday member and their one guest with a feel of $5. The Big Bingo for May 9 is now starting at 4 through 7 p.m. with an increase in prize payouts. The general membership meeting is Friday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m. with coffee and refreshments, so bring ideas and program suggestions. On Saturday, May 19, a Mom and Pop chicken barbecue is open to anyone seeking a good meal to eat in or take home. The limit is 125. It will be served at noon. There will be a 50/50 raffle and the KOKOMO band for the crowd’s enjoyment. It is $9 for half a chicken, buttered spuds, coleslaw, buttered roll and a variety of assorted delicious desserts. Music, raffles, good food and something for everyone!! Pre-paid reservations are due by Wednesday, May 9. Stop at the Center to sign up for eat in or take out, and pick up the newsletter. The exercise groups are growing. The craft club is amazing and sharing its items at the raffles. The cement has been poured out in front of the main entrance and awaits the setting of two memory benches. There is a lot going daily – pinochle, Mah Jongg, Tai Chi, aerobics, exercise and something new on Thursdays at 11 a.m., social time for games, or just coffee. On May 31, Sheriff Gerace will present a program on “Scams” at 12:30 p.m. The office is open 9 a.m. to noon, Monday to Friday.

Grape Belt Senior News

Aerobics and Weights with Catherine takes place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m.

Readers’ Theatre is held the first Wednesday of the month, 10:30 a.m., at the Center.

The May luncheon will take place on May 23, 11:30 a.m. 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

Forest Lawn Trolley & History – May 30th – with lunch at Curly’s Grille and visit to Pierce Arrow Museum. Be behind Big Lots at 8:15 a.m.

Thousand Islands – July 15 to 16. Riverside Resort in Alexandria Bay. Visit Sonnenberg Gardens; mansion tour, and wine tasting. Boat Cruise and visit to Boldt Castle and Singer Castle. Payment due by May 25. Deposit of $75 per person to reserve seats is due now.

Boston, Massachusetts – Aug. 2 to 5. Final payment due by June 8.

A Dam Good Trip – Aug. 22. Mt. Morris Dam, lunch at Big Tree Inn, Abbey of the Genesee with Vespers. Payment due June 28.

A Christmas Carol at Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake – Nov. 18. Lunch at Pillar and Post Inn with time for downtown after performance. Payment due by Oct. 3. (Proof of citizenship required).

Casino Trips – Need to bring photo ID:

Oh, What a Night! – June 26 – Seneca Allegany (correction of previous information). $75 due by May 8.

Customer Appreciation at Seneca Allegany – June 27 – $31 due May 25. Get $30 free slot dollars and free lunch buffet.

delLAGO Casino – July 9. $32 due by May 31. Get $25 free slots plus free lunch buffet, with a stop at Sauder’s Amish Store.

Mamma Mia! – Oct. 30 – Seneca Niagara. $75 due by Sept. 8.

Customer Appreciation at Seneca Niagara – Nov. 7. $25 due by May 30. Get $30 free slots and buffet.

The Drifters White Christmas – Dec. 11 at Seneca Niagara. $75 due by Oct. 29.

Extended trips for 2018:

The Nova Scotia & Maritimes of Canada: 8 days and 7 nights. Sept. 12 to 19. Proof of citizenship is required. Round trip scheduled air and motorcoach transportation. Visit Peggy’s Cove, Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Cabot Trail, Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island National Park, Green Gables, St. John and Reversing Falls, Bay of Fundy, and Annapolis Valley.

Historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County: June 19 to 21. Includes guided sightseeing tour of Philadelphia, Colonial dinner at City Tavern, Independence Park, Liberty Bell Pavillion, 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.

Find Grape Belt Seniors on Facebook. Active members are eligible to join the FB group.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Mt. Carmel Seniors

A warm sunny day attracted about 25 seniors who attended the first of two club meetings in May. A few visitors from the Silver Creek Seniors Club were also present.

A vote was taken to determine the venue of the upcoming Mother/Fathers Day dinner outing. It was decided that the club will meet on Wednesday, May 16 at the Colony House Restaurant in Irving at 4:30 p.m. for this event.

Club Vice President Pauline Flitt announced that the Mt. Carmel “Kitchen Ladies” have several social events scheduled.

These include: “Halfway to Thanksgiving” turkey dinner on Saturday, May 19 at the church hall. Reservations may be made by calling Fran Page no later than May 15 at 934 2233.

Also scheduled for Sunday, June 10 is a chicken and ribs barbecue, which is a pick up and go event. Again, contact Fran Page to order.

After a short business meeting, Club President Carm Tampio welcomed and introduced Silver Creek Central Superintendent Of Schools Todd Crandall, who presented an overview of the 2018-19 annual school budget.

It was noted that the pending budget will be voted on Tuesday, May15 from 1 to 9 p.m. at the High School Lobby.

A committee of Phyliss Burghardt, Judy Hahn, and Janet Lasker served refreshments for the group. Most members remained and played Texas Bingo.

Membership continues to be open to seniors age 55 and older.

Interested seniors may contact Vice President Flitt at 934-4324 to join.

Silver Creek Seniors

The May 1 meeting opened with gladness for a long-awaited high degree in temperature. President Ed Newman cordially welcomed and thanked guests Cindy Anger, daughter of Joan and Harry Suski, who brought a generous tray with an array of cookies for all to enjoy, and Pauline Flitt, who serves as vice president of Mt. Carmel Seniors and who graciously donated door prize gifts for today’s gathering. More smiles of welcome to our new member Dorothy Merrill, and a welcome back to Sue Shiloh.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with appreciation.

After Chaplain Dorothy Miniri offered blessings of thankfulness, especially for smiling faces and warm hearts. Pizza prepared by Ellie’s Deli was the main dish, bringing back memories of sunny Italy. Served on the side were potato chips, cinnamon bites and a special sweet treat of mock peanut brittle. Thanks to every volunteer, so willing to share.

Stepping back in time, we shared photos and displays of the 1968 Dunkirk-Fredonia Players’ production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and the 1971 Brooks Memorial Hospital fund-raiser “High Fever Follies.” That year, the Follies featured a rendition of Carmen Miranda’s “South America, Take it Away,” one of our memory songs today. It was noted that one of our seniors played the role of Stella Kowalski in Streetcar and of Miranda in the Follies. It’s true – “All the World’s a Stage” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business” to bring communities together when everyone can be a star, making the world a bit more beautiful and brighter.

50/50 winners were Sue Borowski, Flitt and Joe Ark. Door prizes were won by Miniri, Newman and Anger. Jan Snyder called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Mary Ann Seibert, Harry Suski, Ellyn Sutehall, Kathy Huffman, Eleanor Lemiszko, Sally Shevlin, Carol Prowse and Joan Suski. The final big winner was Ark.

Singing “Young at Heart” closed the meeting and several members stayed to play the dominoes game Mexican Train.

The next meeting on Tuesday, May 8 at 1 p.m. will feature sloppy Joes as the main meal. Seniors 55 or older are welcome to join us.

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