Senior News

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met June 26 at the Brocton Legion with 45 members and four guests. Bill Norris led the Pledge of Allegiance, Joe Gatto led singing “God Bless America,” followed by Rev. Romeo Hontiveros prayer and moment of silence. New member Maggie Walter was welcomed as was guest, Elaine Frederickson. Committee members were Pauline Johnson, Pat Zanghi and Jeanne Jaquith. Linda Riley’s pizza and wings from Village Pizza were served by Kate Cranston and Robin Carr, along with surprise strawberry shortcake for dessert. Helpers at St. Dominic’s Church were Tom DeJoe, Jane Penhollow, Shirley Wolnik, Rick Cranston, Kate Cranston, Riley, Jaquith, Johnson, Carr and Zanghi. Tossed salads and Ericka Abram’s delicious slush, completed the luncheon.

Henry Link and Al Kawski gave their school presentation “Proud to Be An American” TV show ending with “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader’ quiz. This was an excellent July 4 reminder of America and what our flag means and stands for. Their delivery of this program was powerful and much appreciated. The program was in keeping all aware of how precious our freedoms are. They show this at the schools as well.

Attending were two Office of the Aging ladies with tickets for the Aug. 10 picnic. The porta potty cost for the picnic was approved unanimously. This benefits all seniors attending the picnic.

A letter from Joe Gerace, Sheriff’s Department, was read by DeJoe thanking us for our donation and how much it is appreciated. DeJoe read the Concert In The Park schedule starting Thursdays, July 26 with New Horizons Band, at Ryckman Park free to all, and listed the names of the bands through Aug. 2, 9 and 16. This is sponsored by Ahira Library and Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The concerts will start at 6:30 p.m., so bring a chair or blanket and enjoy them all. The schedule and information is available at The Library.

Sign-up will be at the July meeting for a catered August meeting at a member cost of $5. Riley asked members to bring a photograph to the July meeting, which will be returned at the August meeting.

July 31 at the next meeting, will be picnic foods with Chef Tom, Bill Norris, Rick Cranston, Gil Seekings, George Travis and Bob Jagoda at the grill. Rosie Giambra, Julia Schrantz and Wolnik are the committee. Members are asked to bring their personal table service and an optional picnic dish to pass. To sign up, call Rita Stonefoot at 792-4565 for choices of hot dogs and cheeseburgers by July 24.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of July 15 to 21

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

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.

** The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the L.K. Painter Community Center in Collins. To register, call 532-2006 ext. 21 and leave a message with name, phone number, and indicate if planning to have the lunch. The fee for the class is $20 for AARP members / $ 25 for non-members. Make the check or money order out to: AARP and send to: Town of Collins, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. Please send in the check after calling to register! The fee for lunch is $3 and will be collected upon check-in on the morning of the class. Class size is limited to 27, so call early.

** Join in for “An All American Christmas” on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. This holiday event will feature Nashville recording artist “Ricky Lee” performing favorite Christmas songs! Travel by comfortable coach bus, a delicious dinner, show, and basket auction all for $75. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up – seats are going fast, so call early !

Dunkirk Senior Center Directors

Dunkirk Senior Center Directors met July 10 with Nancy Renckens, President, leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The July/August newsletter is available for member pick-up at the office, 45 Cliffstar Court, Mondays through Fridays. Stop by and get the latest information on trips, crafts, events and classes.

On July 11, Big Bingo started at 4 p.m., followed by a light meal with the bingo game beginning at 5 p.m.

There are two OFA SHINE food classes. The first one is today, Friday, July 13 and the second one is Friday, July 20. Both will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The Center will donate two baskets for the OFA picnic on Aug. 10 at Midway Park.

The Center has received a donation of a very nice piano.

Member who will celebrate their birthday in July have until July 18 to sign up for the July 25 lunch. They may each bring a guest for $5.

At the Ice Cream Social planned for Thursday, Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., there will also be an organizational meeting open to members. The afternoon also includes an auction and raffles and a good time. Information will also be passed out for the upcoming fall new board election at that time.

Barb Bajdas has confirmed all trips through the end of the year and has clever ideas for short trips still in the works.

Independent Health agents will be available once again on Thursdays beginning in October.

A pot luck supper is going to be held Saturday, Sept. 22 with a dish sign-up. There is no cost for those who bring a dish to pass, but otherwise there will be a fee.

More information is forth-coming on all functions, so keep the dates and stop down for the newsletter and trip updates. The Center is open 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Call 366-7530 with questions.

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. 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:

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. 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 10 meeting was called to order on a sultry day that longed for rain. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with respect. President Ed Newman introduced guest Frankie Rothwell of the Chautauqua County Mayville Office For the Aging, who had tickets available at $8 each for the annual county senior picnic to be held on Aug. 10 at Midway State Park. Call 753-4854 for details. The President also welcomed guest Jennie Crain of Hamburg, a Telephone Pioneer accompanied by Enabell Mirando and Ellie Tweedy, our last week’s guest who had promised to return. It was another delightful surprise for Lorraine Bailey. Telephone people think of each other as family and our youngest family member happens to be our new club member, Pauline Flitt, who announced that she is collecting coupons for the Armed Forces and their families. Just bring the packets enclosed in the OBSERVER, no need to cut them out.

Chaplain Dorothy Miniri invoked blessings and thanks of appreciation for our guests and for the good-humored friendships that we all share.

A tempting table spread of warm beans and cool chicken salad, fruits, raw veggies, ice cream sandwiches and assorted desserts made up today’s memorable menu, thanks to our volunteers.

“Summertime” is fun time, and as senior citizens, we have fun in simple ways, such as when we test our memories and sing “Roll Out the Barrel” and “Hail, Hail the Gang’s All Here.” There’s nothing more to say except “Aint’ We Got Fun?” Yep, we sure do!

50/50 winners were Miniri (twice) and Crain. Door prizes were won by Sue Borowski, Jan Snyder and Flitt. Snyder called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Ellyn Sutehall (twice), Bailey, Harry Suski, Mary Congdon, Flitt (twice), Joan Suski and Tweedy.

The next meeting on Tuesday, July 17 at 1 p.m. at the clubhouse will feature pizza day. Light side orders would be appreciated.

Sheridan Happy Seniors

The Sheridan Happy Seniors will meet on Friday, July 13 at 1 p.m. at St. Bosco Hall behind the former Catholic Church, Route 20, Sheridan.