Senior news

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met July 31 at Brocton Legion with President Linda Riley opening the meeting for 44 members and two guests. Joe Gatto led the Pledge of Allegiance and Robin Carr shared the prayer of thanks. New member Elaine Frederickson was welcomed. Picnic foods went with the hot dogs and burgers by the guys on the grill. Ladies decorated the tables with centerpieces that were raffled off. Everyone had a good time. Sheila Chapman spoke on AARP classes and gave an update on the new point system and laws. She can be reached at 224-3280 for upcoming dates. Judy Wroda from New York Connects 753-4582, gave a program “No Wrong Door,” with books and pamphlets covering problems of finances, transportation, health, the laws, care givers, home repairs, etc. Any question can be solved by making a call, and all calls will be returned. This was very informative on possibilities and what is available right now.

The next meeting, Aug. 28, will be a catered meal of chicken, baked beans, three salads and cupcakes for $5. Members must sign up by Aug. 21, and need to call Rita Stonefoot at 792-4565. Members are to bring their personal table service, and a photo for a fun contest that President Riley is doing. Bob and Margaret Jagoda and Nancy Munson are the committee and bingo will be played, which should be interesting!

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Aug. 19 to 25

Sunday, Aug. 19: Pickle Ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., L.K Painter Center gym.

Wednesday, Aug. 22: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., L.K. 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 Yellow Room.

** Just Announced – We have a new yoga instructor! Join us for “Yoga with Heather” beginning Thursday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. in the Painter Center gym. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat. 8 week session begins Sept. 6 through Nov. 1. $12 for Town of Collins residents / $14 for non-residents. The first class is free!

** Seats are filling up fast for the next AARP Defensive Driving Class on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 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 choosing to have the lunch. 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 or money order must be received before the class date. The fee for the lunch is $3 and will be collected on the morning upon check-in for the class. Please check in by 8:30 a.m. and bring a pen and your driver’s license.

** Join the trip for the “All American Christmas” on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Travel by comfortable coach bus, enjoy a delicious meal, show, and basket auction all for $75. To reserve a seat,call 532-2006 ext. 21.

Dunkirk Senior Center news

Tai Chi will be resuming at the Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court, as per instructor Peter Miller. Sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, beginning Sept. 4. The times are 3 to 3:30 p.m. for the advanced level, and 3:30 to 4 p.m. for beginners. The schedule will continue through the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The cost is $1 per lesson. Classes are for Dunkirk Senior Citizens members only.

Painting class will resume Thursdays from 12 to 2 p.m.

Zumba Gold (low-key, sitting or standing) will be resuming in October and November. Watch for details in September.

An overnight casino trip to del LAGO Resort & Casino is planned for Sunday, Nov. 18 and Monday, Nov. 19. Registration for this trip begins Tuesday, Sept. 4. The $175 (double occupancy) cost includes $30 in slot play bonus upon arrival, lodging, dinner the first night and breakfast prior to departure. Optional insurance for double occupancy can be purchased at $17. See fliers for details. Taking reservations now.

Autumn Erie shopping spree: Wednesday, Oct. 17. $27 includes trip and lunch at the Golden Corral. Stops planned are Boscoms and the Mill Creek Mall Christmas store.

Buffalo Creek Casino Customer Appreciation trip: Monday, Oct. 29. $41 per person. $40 casino bonus, but no food allowance. Sign-up begins Monday, Aug. 13.

Seneca Allegany Casino Customer Appreciation Trip: Tuesday, Nov. 27. $25 per person includes $30 slot bonus and free lunch buffet. Sign-up begins Monday, Sept. 24.

Seneca Niagara Casino Customer Appreciation Trip: Wednesday, Dec. 12. $29 per person includes $30 slot bonus and free lunch buffet. Sign-up begins Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Call 366-7530 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to make reservations for the first three trips listed.

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

A Dam Good Trip – Aug. 22. Mt. Morris Dam, lunch at Big Tree Inn, Abbey of the Genesee with Vespers. 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: Customer Appreciation Day at Seneca Allegany – Wednesday, Aug. 29. $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. David Wendt was at the Center on Friday, Aug. 10 for the pre-departure meeting for this trip.

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 Aug. 14 meeting was called to order as President Ed Newman cordially welcomed guest Bea Ortolano of Silver Creek. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with patriotic sentiment.

Chaplain Dorothy Miniri affirmed prayers of thanks and gratitude for friends everywhere who bless and share our lives. The food we enjoyed with each other was delicious, delightful and delectable, while desserts were sweet and savory. Thanks to our volunteers. Special thanks to Dr. Mary Ann Spanos, Director of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging, the sponsors, supporters, staff, volunteers and donations of give-aways for the annual summer senior picnic at Midway Park. It was a day of good food, fun, music, dancing and meeting our elected officials as we all celebrated the 45th birthday of the Office for the Aging.

Happy people help others, and helping others makes people happy. This is a picture-perfect pattern to pursue. If you ” Make Someone Happy” and “Put on a Happy Face,” the world will become a better place and you’ll even be happy while “Singin’ in the Rain.”

The 50/50 winners were Jan Snyder, Pauline Flitt and Lorraine Bailey. Door prizes were won by Thelma Hilliker, Joan Suski, Sue Duecker and Shirley Sikorski. Ernie Hilliker called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Ellyn Sutehall, Mary Congdon, Harry Suski, Flitt (twice), Sikorski, Lorrie Newman, Mary Wode and Snyder (twice). At the next meeting on Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. at the senior clubhouse, the July and August birthdays will be celebrated with cake, ice cream and singing.

Sheridan Happy Seniors to meet

The Sheridan Happy Seniors will meet on Friday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. at the St. Bosco Hall, Sheridan.

Quattrone Speaks to Sinclairville Senior Citizens

SINCLAIRVILLE — Jim Quattrone was the recent speaker at the luncheon of the Sinclairville Senior Citizens. Quattrone is a candidate for the Chautauqua County Sheriff. Quattrone has been with law enforcement for 30 years, and began his talk on his history with the department. He spoke of his history working at the jail and said that helping the prisoners get back into society is important, and that he has seen many of the former inmates who remembered him. Quattrone said that he has unconditional respect for the people, and he wants to keep neighborhoods safe. It is important to know what is happening in each community as all do not follow the same style of activities. In the sheriff’s department, he said, it is important to constantly evaluate to be effective and efficient, and that everyone needs to work as a community.

Following the guest speaker, President Diman Smith called the meeting to order and led all in the Lord’s Prayer. Historian John Sipos gave a brief background on the Pledge of Allegiance and then led all in the Pledge. Secretary LouAnn Smith read the minutes from last month’s gathering, which was the annual summer picnic. Treasurer Charles Sylvester gave the financial report.

The luncheon was a wide variety of food dishes brought in by members. Pastor Phil Shay led all in the blessing prior to the meal. Mrs. Smith provided the table decorations for the luncheon. President Smith conducted drawings, and recipients included Doug Christian, Smith, Robert Minekime, Diane Minekime, Martha Harmon, Linda Parmenter, Mrs. Smith and Sipos.

Plans were discussed for upcoming events. The annual Sinclairville History Fair will be on Saturday, Sept. 8. Susan Sipos read all of the activities for the day beginning at 7 a.m. until the fireworks at 9 p.m. Smith reminisced about when he participated in the outhouse race, and his special prize of a silver-colored toilet seat.

At the next gathering on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at noon in the Sinclairville Fire Hall dining room, a luncheon will be served and the Smiths will provide table decorations. New members are always welcome.