Fredonia-Pomfret Grape Belt Seniors
Area seniors have the opportunity to participate in many activities at the Fredonia-Pomfret Grape Belt Senior Site located at 32 Moore Avenue, Fredonia.
Catherine Pratt's exercise class meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. The following members are recognized for their good attendance: Beverly Bartkowski, Carolyn Briggs, Pat Cash, Norma Dubiel, Shirley Erbsmehl, Dorothy Fitch, Mary Ann Frazita, Joanne Goetz, Grace Grimes, Janet Jagoda, Eileen Kozuch, Phil Kumler, Sarah Lesch, Pat Lokietek, Sam McLean, Grace Miller, Karen Mourer, Beverly Ruska, John Ruska, Betty Sedota, Marianne Serio, Cheryl Sheedy, Jeanine Smith, Jeanine Snyder, Jeanne Steger, Sandra Wendler and Karen Westling. New members both women and men are always welcome. Cost per class is 50 cents.
Area seniors are always welcome to walk the halls at the Senior Site which provides a safe and comfortable walking area. In addition, seniors can use the exercise equipment room at the center. The following are recognized for daily walking and using the exercise equipment: Dee and Anthony Borrello, Joyce Apthorp, Pat Cash, Anthony Sedota, Pam Waite, Marie Wilcoxon, David Finko, George Kinkaid, Fr. W. Werbicki, Betty Wise, Jeanine Smith, Joanne Goetz, Nance Szymanowicz, Carm, Frame, Betty Sedota, Eileen Kozuch, Karen Westling, Anne Humberger,and Pat Lokietek. The exercise equipment room is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Line dancing classes taught by Jean Sutton are held on Mondays. Two classes are available. Basic beginners class meets from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. This class is for new dancers learning basic steps or for those dancers who want a slower pace. Fee: $1. An advanced beginners class meets from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays. This class is a faster pace with new challenging dances. Fee: $2. The following dancers are recognized for their good attendance: Carolyn Briggs, Josie Christopher, Vi Clemens, Bob Deszcz, Marcia Drayo, Norma Dubiel, Joanne Goetz, Carol Hood, Jack Hood, Pat Kingsley, Terry Kye, Pat Lokietek, Mary Mahoney, Donna Nichols, Rita Schultz, Jeanine Smith and Gertie Syper. All are welcome to participate in either class.
Area seniors have many opportunities to enjoy playing cards. The bridge group meets on Mondays at 12:15 p.m. Pinochle is played Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. All area seniors are welcome to join any of these card groups. Mahjong is also played on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.
Bowling is held at Lucky Lanes on Bennett Road on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. The cost for three games is $3.00.
All seniors are welcome to borrow books from the Grape Belt Seniors' library. No sign out is needed. Just read and enjoy and return when you are done. There are also jigsaw puzzles for seniors to borrow.
Computers are available for seniors to use. Assistance is provided on Thursdays and Fridays beginning at 12:30 p.m. Call 672-2891 for details.
A knitting workshop is held Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. They knit 7" x 9" rectangles which are used to make afghans to donate to the community needy. Other area knitters are welcome to join.
Daily lunches are served at the Fredonia Luncheon Site managed by Jan Fields. All are invited to attend lunch which begins at 11:30 a.m. Special lunch dates are also scheduled throughout each month. Call Jan at 410-9275 for reservations, 24 hours in advance.
All area seniors are welcome to participate in any of these activities. Area seniors who have never visited the site are most welcome to come for a tour to discover what activities are available. For more information about classes or activities, call the Fredonia-Pomfret Grape Belt Seniors Director, Jeanine Smith at 672-2891.
Dunkirk Federated Seniors
On Tuesday, March 24, the Dunkirk Federated Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center at 1:15 p.m. President Helen Barone called the meeting to order, followed by the "Pledge of Allegiance" and singing of "God Bless America."
Chaplain Josie Wierczynski read a poem titled, "The Burden." As secretary, she read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were accepted as read by Marian Genovese and Ruth Mackowiak.
Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski read her financial report, it was accepted as read by Marge Coil and Charlene Hallmark.
Attendance prizes were won by Irene Christopher, Carolyn Valentine, and Kitty Lehnen.
The 50/50 raffle was won by some members. Helper of the day was Marge Coil and others who helped.
Birthday wishes went out to Helen Barone, Marian Genovese, and Josie Wierczynski. "Happy Birthday," was sung to them.
Kitchen committee for Tuesday, March 31 will be Jennie Precthl and Irene Christopher.
Bingo will be played the second week of the month. Everyone is requested to participate. Barone made a motion to adjourn, it was accepted by Ruth Mackowiak and Kitty Lehnen.
Free lunch on Tuesday, April 14 for all paid up members. Menu will be pork loin with gravy, mashed potatoes, cabbage, bread, and applesauce.
Westfield Senior Citizens
WESTFIELD - The Westfied Senior Citizens met Thursday, March 12, at the YWCA for a pot-luck dinner. 29 members attended.
Following a delicious meal, S. Alexander Gerould, editor of the Westfield Republican spoke to the group about putting together the newspaper. He said at the present time he is also reporter and photographer as there is a very small staff. Two papers are put out every week, including the Quality Guide. The Post-Journal prints these newspapers as well as the Post-Journal and the Sunday edition of the OBSERVER. Gerould asked for questions and suggestions from the group as he is interested in what people look for in their newspaper.
The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Kolpien. Devotions read by Chaplain Ruth Cade, were entitled "What Prayer Can Do" with a subtitle of "Lady's Man".
Birthdays were celebrated in March by Ang Gervaise, Pat Everts, Enid Beadle, Glady's hess and Glady's Fredell. A sympathy card was sent tot he Elders.
Art Kinney reported on the Senior Council meeting that he had attended.
Jan Van Ord told of a project of knitting 9-inch squares which will be sewn together to make afghans for Roswell Park. No wool should be used, size can be obtained by casting on 35 stitches on size 8 needles. Squares can be brought to the YWCA or given to Jan.
The 50/50 drawing was won by Esther Bernges, and the door prize by Arlene Ricketts.
As a fund-raiser, it was decided to sell chances on a $50 gas card, the drawing to be held at the November meeting.
The Thursday, April 9 meeting will be held at 6 p.m. The dinner will be provided by the WWO. Members need not bring table service. A WWO member will speak about the organization. Also Louise Ortman of the Office for the Aging will bring news about the proposed changes to health care.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday, March 24, at 1 p.m. at their club rooms on Rt. 5. In the absence of our chairman, Marv Smith called the meeting to order with the Pledge to the Flag and a prayer by our chaplain, Milt Griewisch.
There were 28 members present. The group was encouraged to offer prayers for ill members and friends, including Dot Smith, Dorothy Dudek and Neil Hanks.
A thank you was extended to all who helped make the St. Patrick's dinner successful on Tuesday, March 17. A thank you note was received from Linda Wright for the club donation to her father John Barone's memorial.
Charles and Mary Brennan will be in charge of refreshments at our next meeting March 31. 50/50 drawing was won by Marv, John F. and Rose F. Weekly drawing recipients were John K. and Thelma Jokes by John K. Ernie called bingo.
On Tuesday, April 7, we will have the Hole-Parker drawing and also a potluck lunch at noon at our club rooms.
Ladies are encouraged to make Easter bonnets, which will be judged at the April 7, meeting.
Brocton-Portland Senior Citizens
BROCTON - The Brocton-Portland Senior Citizens will meet on Monday, March 30 for a noon catered luncheon at the Brocton American Legion.
COLLINS - The 50-Plus Seniors will kick off the month of April with its first bus trip of the 2009 season on Saturday, April 4 as they journey to Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, the OLV Basilica, Lunch at Ilio DiPaolo's and wind up at the famed Broadway Market. Bus leaves at 9:15 a.m. from the front parking lot of L.K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins.
Several trip reservation dates are coming up in April with April 10 the final date for the extended trip to Lake George. Cost is $399 based on double occupancy for this June 14 through 17 trip to beautiful Lake George. Trip includes a cruise on the lake, a visit to the National Museum of Racing, shopping and exploring in the quaint and interesting town of Saratoga Springs, a stop at the exciting Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, entertainment, three breakfasts and three dinners, motor coach transportation and much more. For more information call Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507. Sign up sheet and flyers are available in the centers senior room during program hours. Trip will be canceled and $25 deposit refunded if insufficient reservations by April 10.
The final day for reservations and payment for the May 15 trip to SUNY Fredonia is Friday, April 3. Slots for the annual Commencement Eve Concert featuring music of composer Leonard Bernstein will be closed after Friday as seat confirmation and payment to the college must be made. For reservations call 532-2507.
Activities for the week are:
Monday - Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gymnasium, Tai Chi Class led by Elaine McGuire and Bobbie Leisner, 1 p.m. gymnasium. Warm up exercises starts at 12:30 p.m. An informal Euchre game is held at 2 p.m. in the senior room.
Wednesday - Indoor Walking and Exercise, 9 a.m., gym, Open Crafts with Pat Tucker, 1 p.m., Lounge Room, final free Income Tax Help, 1 to 4 p.m., senior room. Appointments required and can only be made by calling tax counselors Allison and Don Girod at 257-3285. Senior bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Fee is $1.50 for one game or three games for $4.
Thursday - Quilting with Florence, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lounge Room. Friday-Indoor Walking and Exercise, 9 a.m., gymnasium, Showtime, 1 p.m., meeting room of Collins Public Library. Co-sponsored by the 50-Plus Seniors and Collins Library, this month's free film is "Challenging," starring Oscar Award nominated Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the movie is inspired by actual events that occurred in 1920's-era Los Angeles and tells the story of a woman driven to confront a corrupted LAPD after her abducted son is retrieved and she begins to suspect that the boy returned to her is not the same boy she gave birth to.
With Easter Sunday nearly upon us, the annual class in making of a butter lamb has been scheduled for 11 a.m., on Thursday, April 9 in the senior room. Materials needed are one pound of butter in quarters and a plate on which to make the lamb. Everything else will be provided. Sign up sheet available in senior room.
Also scheduled for April 9 is a gentle exercise class especially designed for those who suffer from arthritis. Starting at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium, the class will utilize a 45 minute tape that has been approved by the Arthritis Foundation. People with arthritis can exercise and the benefits derived from gentle exercise can make a big difference in how one views the world. If there is enough interest, the exercise hour can be set up for once or twice a week.
Final day to pay for the April 25 trip to Fairgrounds Gaming & Raceway in Hamburg is April 10. Early payment appreciated.
The Brocton-Portland Seniors have seats available for their trip to Cambridge, Pa. for a dinner show, "The Weekend Comedy," on April 29 at the Riverside Inn. A stop enroute home will be at Karen's Angel gift shop.
Cost is $48.80 for members and $51.80 for non-members and includes a pick up stop in Brocton and Fredonia, show, dinner, motorcoach transportation, taxes and gratuities.
For more information and reservations, please contact Mary at 792-9758.
Share and Care Seniors
The Share and Care Seniors annual theater bus trip will be on Tuesday, May 19 to the Riverside Inn, Cambridge Springs, Pa., to see the play, "A Weekend Comedy." Cost is $69 per person; $64 for paid up Share and Care members. Trip includes coach bus, lunch, show and gratuities. Pick up time is 10:15 a.m. at the D&F Plaza, Dunkirk (behind Big Lots). Arrival home will be at approximately 5:30 p.m. For more information regarding reservations, call Betty Klawon at 679-0726. Make checks payable to Share and Care Seniors, P.O. Box 446, Fredonia, NY 14063.
Share and Care membership of $5 per year is open to all county residents. People under age 50 may join as associate members. Inform us of your date of birth and telephone number when sending membership fee.
Fredonia-Pomfret Grape Belt Seniors
The Fredonia-Pomfret Grape Belt Seniors are sponsoring a bus trip to the Presque Isle Casino, Erie, Pa., on May 5. The bus boards from behind Big Lots parking lot at the D&F Plaza at 8:45 a.m., departs promptly at 9 a.m., and returns home around 5 p.m. The cost is $20 (includes driver's tip), with checks payable to the Fredonia-Pomfret Grape Belt Seniors, 32 Moore Ave, Fredonia, NY 14063. Incentive: $15 Slot Dollars/$5 Food comp. Bring a valid ID and your Player's Club Card if you have one. Please call 672-2891 to make a reservation. If you have one, you need to give your Player's Club Card number when you call to register.