Senior news

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met Aug. 28 at the Brocton Legion with 46 members. Don Reinhoudt led the Pledge of Allegiance and Wendy Black gave a prayer of thanks. New member Fran Smith was welcomed with guests Katie Hopps, Chris Lindberg and Marie Leone.

Sheriff Joe Gerace spoke about the huge variety of scams. Cell phone owners need to fill out a profile page going online to for information, as cell phone location is difficult and not like a landline. New methods and updates are coming in September. Sheriff Gerace gave examples and what to do to stop the variety of hackers this area is enduring in the forms of identity theft, inheritance, computer alerts, etc. that are hurting everyone. Suggestions were made about giving locally where funds can really help, and to call the police if anything just does not feel right. Texting – nothing is life or death and wait to get to your destination applies to all ages. This was a really good program from a very good speaker.

Committee members Margaret and Bob Jagoda, Nancy Munson and Carm Johnson served delicious herb chicken, pasta salad, homemade potato salad, rolls and mixed fruit from Dave’s Super Duper Catering, with cupcakes by Leone. Margaret Jagoda is planning a casino trip for Tuesday, Dec. 11 to Seneca Allegany that includes $25 play funds and their buffet. Door prizes were won by Jean Jacquith and Munson, with seven raffle winners. Birthdays celebrated were Norma Sechrist from Arizona, Tom DeJoe, Joe Gatto and Ella Gaffney and Marjorie Diehl, who is in WCA Home.

Sept. 25 will be the next meeting, with Lena Elliott, Marion Delcamp, June Woollett and DeJoe. Bring a photograph for Linda’s contest, a tureen dish to share and personal table service. BINGO by BOB was played by 35 members and all had a really good time with the prizes.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Sept. 9 to 15

Sunday, Sept. 9: Pickle Ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Monday, Sept. 10: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center Yellow Room

Tuesday, Sept. 11: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym. Small fee.

Wednesday, Sept. 12: 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 Yellow Room.

Thursday, Sept. 13: Yoga with Heather at 11 a.m., Painter Center Gym.

Friday, Sept. 14: Percussion & Exercise with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym; Exercise with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym; Potluck lunch at noon, Painter Center Yellow Room. Bring a dish to pass – everyone is welcome!

** The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up. Leave a message with name, phone number, and if planning to have the lunch. The fee for the class is $20 for AARP members / $25 for non-members. Make check or money order 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 the lunch is $3 and will be collected upon check-in on the morning of the class. Check in by 8:30 a.m. and bring a pen and your drivers license.

** Seats are filling up fast for “An All American Christmas” on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Travel by comfortable coach bus, a delicious meal, show by Nashville artist “Ricky Lee,” and basket auction, all for $75. To reserve a seat, call 532-2006 ext. 21.

Collins Center Seniors News

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Sept. 17 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon.

NOTE: Passengers on the New England Trip Sept. 23 to 28 are ask to stay for a short meeting to receive and review the final itinerary and luggage tags for the trip.

Sept. 11 for a trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino, travelers depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 8 a.m. For “Simply East Aurora” on Sept. 13, departure is also at 8 a.m.

Seats are available for “OCTOBERFEST AT CHAUTAUQUA” on Oct. 9. Enjoy the autumn day at the Chautauqua Institute to celebrate Octoberfest Style.

Seats are available for “SPRAGUES & FALL FUN” on Oct. 23. Enjoy the colors of fall while traveling to Cuba Cheese. Lunch is at Spragues Restaurant in Portville. Then continue traveling to Pumpkinville.

MAMMA MIA! Oct. 30 at the Seneca Niagara Casino event center. Dancing Dream electrifies audiences of all ages with musical hits 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.

NEW Nov. 7: Customer Appreciation Day at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

CHRISTMAS IN THE OHIO VALLEY Nov. 28 to 30. Highlights include: Oglebay’s Winter Festival of Lights, Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge, Steubenville Murals, Historic Fort Steuben – Nutcracker Village, Pipps Conservatory and Gardens and more. Deposit is due Sept. 17 and final payment is due Oct. 1. A few seats are available.

“THE DRIFTERS WHITE CHRISTMAS” Dec. 11 at the Seneca Niagara Casino. The Drifters have charmed audiences across the nation for nearly 60 years with charisma, talent and a perfect blend of harmonies on classics like: “There Goes My Baby,” “Save The Last Dance For Me,” “Under The Boardwalk,” and one of the most famous holiday songs “White Christmas.”

“ELVIS, LAS VEGAS STYLE” March 25, 2019 starring TERRY BUCHWALD at the Seneca Niagara Casino’s Bear’s Den. Trip includes: transportation via luxury motor coach, tickets for the show, $15 slot play and a free lunch buffet.

For additional information visit our web site @ 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 news

The Dunkirk Senior Board of Directors met Tuesday, Sept. 4 with Vice President Greg Sek leading the Pledge of Allegiance. A thank you card was sent to Fieldbrook for its ice cream donation for the Aug. 16 social. On Oct. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, snacks and beverages will be served at the general membership meeting. Independent Health will be at the Senior Center starting Oct. 4. On Oct. 3 there will be a program after exercise on insurance programs and a speaker will talk about what’s going on in Washington that might affect seniors. A lunch will be served.

The pot luck luncheon Sept. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. is filling up. Stop by the office to sign up with a dish to pass that will feed 10 to 15 people or $7 cost. Big Bingo starts at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The birthday party sign-up ends Sept. 19, with birthday month members being able to sign up and one guest for $5. The September/October newsletter is ready for pick-up Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Dunkirk Senior Center, located at 45 Cliffstar Court, hosts a number of programs and special events.

Zumba Gold (low-key, sitting or standing) will be run on Wednesdays from Oct 10 through Nov. 28. This is a members-only 45 minute class, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The cost is $2 per session. There is a sign-up sheet at the Center, or call 366-7530 to register. Sign-up is in progress. A minimum of 10 participants need to enroll so that the instructor can be hired. Please sign up to get the class on the schedule. The class will be held for two months only.

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. Sign-up is in progress.

Buffalo Creek Casino Customer Appreciation trip: Monday, Oct. 29. $35 per person. $40 casino bonus, but no food allowance. Sign-up is in progress.

An overnight casino trip to del LAGO Resort & Casino is planned for Sunday, Nov. 18 and Monday, Nov. 19. Registration for this trip has begun. The $175 (double occupancy) cost includes $30 in slot play bonus upon arrival, lodging, dinner buffet and $10 breakfast credit to the Sociale Cafe. Optional insurance for double occupancy can be purchased at $17. See fliers for details. Taking reservations now.

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 noon to make reservations for trips or activities.

Forestville Pioneer Senior Citizens

Forestville Pioneer Senior Citizens will meet on Monday, Sept. 10 at the municipal building on Chestnut Street in Forestville. Lunch is at 11:45 a.m. and the meeting is at 12:45 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

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:

Mamma Mia! – Oct. 30 at 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, coming up next week, Sept. 12 to 19. Remember to bring proof of citizenship.

David Wendt was at the Center on Monday, Aug. 27 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss trips being planned for 2019:

Mid-Atlantic Rail Adventure: April 24 to 27. Trip includes motorcoach transportation to Pittsburgh and a river cruise on the Gateway Clipper. Rail transportation to Washington, D.C. aboard Amtrak’s full-service Capitol Limited. Monuments and memorials. Baltimore – Inner Harbor. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Arlington National Cemetery. Return trip by motorcoach departing from Baltimore.

New York, New York on July 4: July 3 to 6. Includes Hyde Park – F.D. Roosevelt’s home, West Point Military Academy, Hudson River/NYC Harbor Cruise – view Macy’s fireworks from the Capt. J.P. II. Two-night stay at Edison Hotel in the Times Square area. Shopping. Tour of NYC. Broadway musical. Travel is by motorcoach.

Bavarian Europe: Exact dates to be determined, but approximately Sept. 10 to 20. Includes air fare to and from Austria. Then tour Austria, Switzerland, and Germany by land. A detailed flier re: this trip is forthcoming. An informational meeting will be held at the Center around October. Stay tuned.

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 Sept. 4 meeting opened on the first Tuesday of the ninth month. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with fondness.

Chaplain Dorothy Miniri invoked blessings of thanks for all those who labor for the food on the table and for God’s gifts of inspiration and guidance.

Our cup and table runneth over with nutriments and sweets that sustained us for the rest of the day. In a word – Deliciousness! Thanks to volunteers and special thanks to Harry Suski and Ernie Hilliker who roasted the hot dogs on a toasty day.

Today we “Turned back the hands of time” as we said goodbye to summer vacations and hello to the “School Days” of yesteryear. We honored our former teachers with deep gratitude, especially our own Miss Nagle/Mrs. Markham, who had taught many youngsters in the past, including daughter Claudia Markham, Eleanor Lemiszko, and Joan Suski, all now members of our club. Joyce Markham recently celebrated her 100 and a half birthday and is still teaching us by example, her secrets of a happy, healthy life. Everyone then celebrated American workers in song by vocalizing thanks for living and working in “America The Beautiful.”

50/50 winners were Kathy Huffman, Lorraine Bailey and Ed Newman. Door prizes won by Sally Shevlin, Marilyn Flint and Mary Congdon. Claudia Markham called mind-sharpening bingo and winners were Shirley Sikorski and Harry Suski, Lorrie Newman (twice), Jan Snyder (thrice), Pauline Flitt (twice), Flint (thrice), Sue Borowski, Ellyn Sutehall (twice), Jen Zlotnick, Huffman, Congdon and Ed Newman.

At the next meeting on Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. at the clubhouse, pizza provided by Ellie’s Deli will be served.

Sheridan Happy Seniors

Sheridan Happy Seniors will meet at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at St. Bosco Hall, Route 20, Sheridan.

United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens will host their monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 10, at the Fredonia Beaver Club, 64 Prospect St., Fredonia at noon. Lunch will be: tossed salad with homemade dressings, stuffed chicken breast, roasted red potatoes, vegetable medley and brownie with vanilla ice cream. For those gluten-free: grilled chicken breast. We will be so happy to see those of you who can make it that the ‘bingo girls’ may have a game or few! Also, please don’t forget to fly your American flag on Sept. 11, Sept. 17 and Sept. 21!

Westfield Senior Citizens

Twenty-seven members were present for the Aug. 8 meeting. President Pat Sciarrino opened with a prayer. Shirley Kolpien narrated a funny story using Hoyt and Elaine Prince’s names. She then did a reading of “If my body were a car.” Both got a lot of laughs by members.

After recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the President read about vacations and the need to include relaxation and renewal in our lives.

The secretary’s report was read and accepted with a correction.

Treasurer Pat Everts gave the treasurer’s report. This included a memorial to NCCR (dog rescue) for Don Clancy and payment to Pat Cook for her program in July. Approved by members.

50/50 was won by Pat Everts.

Sunshine Chairman Dolores Kaufman gave a list of birthdays for August: Nancy Peters, Sylvia Colbey and Geri Harper. A sympathy card was sent to the wife of the North East Banjo Band’s leader.

Ann and Dave Cochran we congratulated on their Aug. 23 sixtieth anniversary.

President Sciarrino is discontinuing the auction of items brought by members. A silent auction of six tickets for $5 has been suggested.

Kitchen committee for September will be: Joyce Wainwright, Jean Young, Ann and Dave Cochran. Set up for the meeting is 5:15 p.m.

Entertainment in September will be the Woollett Girls.

President Sciarrino closed the meeting with a prayer.

We were then entertained by dancers from Emma Bishop’s Centerstage Dance. They were enjoyed by everyone.

The next meeting is on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the YWCA. Bring a dish to pass and personal table service.