Senior club news

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of July 8 to 14

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

Wednesday: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center Yellow Room; Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room; Games & Crafts with Pat at 1 p.m., Painter Center Rose Room.

** Please use the front entrance to the L.K. Painter Center from July 9 to Aug. 17 as Youth Recreation will be using the gym Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

** Join us for our next day trip – “An All American Christmas” on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. This event features Nashville recording artist “Ricky Lee.” Dinner, show, basket auction, and travel by comfortable coach bus are all included for $75. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up.

** The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 9 3:45 p.m. at the L.K. Painter Community Center in Collins. To reserve a seat call 532-2006 ext. 21 and leave a message with name, phone number, and if planning to have the lunch prepared by the senior program ladies. The fee for the class is $20 for AARP members / $25 for non-members. Make the check out to: “AARP” and send to: Town of Collins, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. The check must be received before the class date. The fee for lunch is $3 and will be collected upon check-in on the morning of the class.

Collins Center Seniors News

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be July 23 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

July 24, travelers will return to “del Lago Casino” for a Customer Appreciation Day with entertainment. Depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 7:30 a.m. and return at 7:30 p.m. Payment is due.

Seniors will depart from the same location for the trip to “Lockport Locks & Canal Cruise” on July 30 at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Payment is due.

During the “Buffalo Double Decker Bus Tour” on Aug. 21, seniors will enjoy lunch on the river at Buffalo Riverworks. Next stop will be the Buffalo History museum constructed in 1901. Next, the group will board a Double Decker Bus for a fun-tastic tour of Buffalo with a professional guide. The day ends at Larkinville for Food Truck Tuesday. Payment is due July 16.

Seats are available Aug. 28 for Customer Appreciation Day at the Seneca Allegany Casino. Cost is $31 and passengers receive $30 in play and $15 for food. We NEED 40 passengers for this trip to go. Payment is due NO LATER than July 30.

“Simply East Aurora” – on Sept. 13, travel to the picturesque Village of East Aurora with a guided tour of the Seymour Knox Estate. 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. The day ends with a shopping spree at Vidler’s Variety Store. Payment is due July 30.

Seats are available for “Top of New England” September 23 to 28 to Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. Included: the Vermont Country Store, Spirit of Ethan Luncheon Cruise, Von Trapp Historic Guided Tour, the National WWII Memorial, Loon Mountain Sky Ride and Summit Adventure w/Entertainment, Sluicing for Gems, tour of Poland Springs, Maine Moose Safari and Nature Tour, Songo River Cruise and MORE.

NEW: “OCTOBERFEST AT CHAUTAUQUA” Oct. 9. Enjoy the autumn day at the Chautauqua Institute to celebrate Octoberfest Style. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride around Bestor Plaza. Stroll through shops. Dance a polka or sing along or just enjoy the live German OOMPAH band.

NEW: “Spragues & Fall Fun” Oct. 23. Enjoy the colors of fall by traveling to Cuba Cheese Shoppe for the finest cheese made in New York State and around the world. Lunch is at Spragues Restaurant in Portville. Continue traveling through the Southern Tier to Pumpkinville and enjoy a train ride around the field through the tunnel, enjoy the corn maze or just watch apple cider being made.

NEW: MAMMA MIA! Oct. 30 at the Seneca Niagara Casino event center. Dancing Dream electrifies audiences of all ages with the musical hits from Mamma Mia such as: “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Take A Chance” and many others. This group will transport audiences to a happy, groovy place with beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography.

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

Forestville Seniors News

Forestville Seniors Pioneer Club meeting and luncheon scheduled for July 9

The Forestville Seniors Pioneer Club will hold a lunch and meeting on Monday, July 9 at the municipal building. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m., with the meeting at 12:30 p.m.

Grape Belt Senior News

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

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 All trips: First paid, first reserved

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 should have been made by now. Departing at 6:45 a.m. from behind Big Lots.

Boston, Massachusetts – Aug. 2 to 5. Departing at 6:45 a.m. from behind Big Lots.

A Dam Good Trip – Aug. 22. Mt. Morris Dam, lunch at Big Tree Inn, Abbey of the Genesee with Vespers. Payment due July 5. Departing at 8:15 a.m. from behind Big Lots.

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:

delLAGO Casino – July 9. Leaving at 6:45 a.m. from behind Big Lots.

NEW trip – Customer Appreciation Day at Seneca Allegany – Wednesday, Aug. 29. $30 due by Aug. 6. $30 free slot play and buffet lunch. Be behind Big Lots at 9 a.m.

Mamma Mia! – Oct. 30 – Seneca Niagara. $75 due by Sept. 16.

Customer Appreciation at Seneca Niagara – Nov. 7. $25 due by Sept. 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. Final payment past due. There are still spaces available for this trip.

David Wendt will be at the Center on Friday, Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m. for the pre-departure meeting for Nova Scotia.

David Wendt will be at the Center on Monday, Aug. 27 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss trips being planned for 2019: Washington, DC in April; New York City July 4 to 6; and Germany, Austria and Switzerland in September.

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.

Silver Creek Seniors

The July 3 meeting opened as we reflected on the 1776 adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with devotion. President Ed Newman introduced guest Ellie Tweedy of Hamburg, New York, who had met club member Enabell Mirando volunteering at “Operation Good Neighbor” in North Evans. This was a super surprise to club member Lorraine Bailey who also had met Ellie too many years ago volunteering with the Telephone Pioneers of America. Volunteers rock!

A warm-hearted “Welcome Back” to his wife Lorrie was tenderly announced by President Newman. Lorrie is recovering from successful surgery at Buffalo General Hospital. We are also happy to welcome new members Marilyn Flint and Pauline Flitt, the latter of whom reminded everyone that donations are accepted during office hours at OLMC Church for the up-coming Silver Creek Village yard sale on Aug. 4.

Chaplain Dorothy Miniri offered blessings of thanks and gratitude for our Country, for those in the Armed Forces and for the food we were about to enjoy. Kudos to Ernie Hilliker and Harry Suski who beat the heat, by cooking the hot dogs under the shade of a canopy donated by the local Garden Club. A table array of relish trays, salads and desserts accompanied the “dogs” and baked beans. Thanks again to all our volunteers .

We are so blessed to be living in “America the Beautiful,” and so grateful that “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land!” On Independence Day and every day we shall honor, respect and fly that symbol of freedom, our “Grand Old Flag.”

50-50 winners were Lorraine Bailey, Lorrie Newman and Flitt.

Door prizes were won by Shirley Sikorski, Tweedy and Kathy Huffman.

Ed Newman called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were: Judy Hahn, Bailey, Jean McDaneld, Miniri, Lorrie Newman (twice), Ellyn Sutehall, Sikorski and Jan Snyder.

A reminder was made to club members that if it applies, the second half of dues are due at the next meeting. On July 11 at 1 p.m. at the club house, donations of items for a summery cold-plate type luncheon are requested with gratitude.

Breaking news: A report from guest Tweedy states that she had a wonderful time, felt at home and everyone was so nice that she plans to return again!

Sinclairville Seniors News

Father’s Day Remembered at the Sinclairville Senior Citizens

SINCLAIRVILLE – Remembering the history and the meaning of Father’s Day was the topic at the recent Sinclairville Senior Citizens group. The group meets once a month on the second Tuesday at noon in the Sinclairville Firehall Dining room for a luncheon and program. Diman Smith is the president and welcomed all to the gathering.

Father’s Day was proposed in 1909 by Mrs. John B. Dodd who wanted to honor fathers. Mrs. Dodd’s father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran, raised six children himself after the death of his wife in childbirth. Mrs. Dodd realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. President Lyndon Johnson in 1966, signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.

The luncheon held featured a variety of dishes of food brought by members. Ample amounts were available for all. Appreciation was extended to Terry Fox and Martha Harmon for the festive and colorful table decorations of seashells, plants and colored stones. The opening prayer was given by Pastor Phil Shay.

Secretary John Sipos read the minutes of the previous meeting and treasurer Charles Sylvester read the financial report. Sunshine chairman Betty Wielgasz announced that member Louisa Smith is celebrating her 94th birthday.

Fun drawings of prizes were held by President Smith, and recipients included LouAnn Smith, Smith, Louisa Smith, Ann Hellmen, Sipos, Diane Shaw, Diane Minekime, Robert Minekime, Martha Harmon, Susan Sipos, Mrs. Harmon, Mrs. Wielgasz, Jim Hendrickson, and Linda Parmenter.

The next gathering will be a summer picnic at the grounds of the Smiths’ residence on Tuesday, July 10 at noon. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided, along with a watermelon. All those attending are asked to bring a dish to add to the meal. New members are always welcome.

United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens will host July’s meeting on Monday, July 9, at the Fredonia Beaver Club, 64 Prospect St. at noon. July’s tantalizing lunch will consist of chicken caprese, pasta salad, tossed salad with homemade dressing, fresh green beans, roll w/ butter and key lime pie for dessert. Send your $10 lunch payment made out to the United Senior Citizens to Evonne Hennebery, PO Box 706, Dunkirk, NY 14048.

Westfield Senior Citizens

Thirty four members enjoyed a dish-to-pass supper. New members are Mary Ann Bittner, Caroline Clancy, Ron and Judy Sumption.

Patterson Library Director, Erin Hausenstein, spoke about programs offered by the library for seniors. These include on-line computer training, book club, concerts, film nights, tax help in season, book talks by local authors, summer reading program, Tai Chi, art classes and culinary creations class will be offered. Fiction has been moved back down to the main floor.

Free day passes are offered to Chautauqua and also some museums Monday through Thursday.

Volunteers are needed for gardens at the library. A group of men (“The Hands”) will also accept help with upkeep of the 110 year-old building. Help is always needed for the annual book sale held in the library.

Brochures were given to interested members.

Pauline Emilson read “Differences between 1972 and today.” Laughter followed!

Members recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “It’s a Grand Old Flag.”

President Pat Sciarrino read from “Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul – Gramma’s Garden” about planting and maintaining and then blessing your garden with “God Bless You – Grow!”

The secretary’s report was read and accepted.

The treasurer’s report was read and accepted.

Ron Van Ord shared information on bus trips in August for a train trip from Hamburg to Buffalo and Eden, then back to Hamburg. More information in August. School buses can be used for day trips for seniors for free.

The July 12 meeting will be at the YWCA at 6 p.m. with a picnic menu. Pat Cook will entertain. Hot dogs and buns will be furnished by President Sciarrino, Ann Cochran, Ruth Carris and Bittner. Members are asked to bring picnic dishes.

The picnic committee on July 12 is Joyce Wainwright, Geri Harper and Lucille Inwood. They will bring desserts and do set-up for the picnic.

The 50/50 drawing was won by Cochran. The door prize was won by Merle Wertz. The auction item of a solar light brought by Nancy Peters was won by Mary Belle Beigh. President Sciarrino offered to bring an item in July, Jan Van Ord in August and Dolores Kaufman in September.

President Sciarrino read a prayer and the members recited the “Serenity Prayer” to close.