COLLINS - "With it only being mid-June, it may be difficult to consider a winter trip but that is what I am asking seniors to do," Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator at the L. K. Painter Community Center said in announcing its Christmas trip: Roger Williams Christmas Concert on Dec. 13 at the historic Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda.
Williams' genius of constant improvisation has made his music irresistible and timeless and made him America's enduring musical legend and truly "Mr. Piano." His ability to blend classics with Gershwin, Duke Ellington and contemporary composers woven into a tapestry of rhythms has enchanted music lovers for decades.
He will only perform at a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 13, thus the need to book seats early even though summer doesn't officially begin until this Wednesday. The trip will start off with lunch at Pane's Restaurant and proceed to the Riviera Theatre for a musical delight.
The cost is $55 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia, and $57 for all others. A $20 deposit is due with reservations and is refundable if trip is canceled due to insufficient participation. Final day for reservations is July 20. Early reservations are appreciated and will determine if the trip is "a go." Balances will be not be due until Oct. 20.
For more information or to make reservations call Byrne at 532-2507. A sign in sheet and flyers will also be available on Wednesday afternoons in the Senior Room.
A couple of seats remain for the July 14 trip to the Made in America Store. Trip includes a trolley ride to see exotic animals at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, lunch at Tony Rome's and a stop at Vidler's Five and Dime. Cost is $35 & $37. Payment is now due for this trip. Payment is also due for another trip to Seneca Niagara Casino on Aug. 25. Trip is filled. Stand-bys are always appreciated.
Final payment for the Sept. 18-20 trip to Wildwood, N.J., is due on June 30. Anyone wishing to purchase trip insurance should contact Byrne, or insurance forms can be obtained on Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the senior room.
Programs available during the summer are Open Crafts with Pat Tucker on Wednesdays starting at 1 p.m. in the senior room and Quilting with Florence, also held on Wednesdays, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. To learn more about this program call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075.
A pancake breakfast will be held at the L. K. Painter Community Center on Sunday morning during the first ever Town of Collins Liberty Fest July 1-3. Pre-sale tickets are available from Mickey Cummings, Byrne or at the Collins Town Hall. Volunteers to help with the breakfast would be most welcome. If interested call Byrne or Cummings, 532-5836.
Mt. Carmel Social Club
SILVER CREEK - President Carm Tampio called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and the song "God Bless America." Chaplain Carm Morabito read a prayer called "Summer Blues." Jose Crino took roll call with 44 members present.
The minutes were read by Secretary Hilliker. Treasurer Marie Sack gave the treasurer's report and it was approved as read. The financial secretary's report was also given.
The committee was thanked for their efforts with the Mother's/Father's Day Dinner at the Colony.
The club will make salads for the annual church picnic and help serve. Pat Morelle is taking reservations for pictures for the church directory to be scheduled in June and July. The July 6 meeting will be the annual hot dog roast. A Chinese auction will be held on July 20; members are asked to save their new or gently used items for this event.
Les and Joe Ark held the 50/50 raffle which was won by a few lucky members. Theresa Ark called Bingo.
Tony Sack announced a trip to Seneca Niagara on July 19. The cost is $19 with $20 in coin and $5 in food. The bus leaves Silver Creek at 11:15 a.m. and will return home at approximately 7:30 p.m. He is also planning a trip to Seneca Allegheny on Aug. 15. The cost is $19 with $20 in coin and $5 in food. More information will follow at a later date.
The Sheridan Seniors have a mystery trip on July 19 for $19. If interested, contact Angie Logan.
The club is open for membership and welcomes newcomers.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Happy Seniors met June 10 at the St. Bosco Hall. President Ellyn Sutehall asked Bob Wray to offer a pray, in place of Arlene Miller, who was absent. She led the group with the pledge to the flag and singing of "God Bless America" and the Happy Seniors song. Two new members were welcomed from Angola, Wilma Crowell and Enabel Mirando.
Roll call was taken by Mabel Warner. The minutes of May 27 were read by the secretary. The treasurer's report was presented by Angie Logan.
Members were reminded to sign up soon for the mystery trip on July 19. The cost is $79. See or call Logan, 965-4150. Bob Sutehall and Shirley Sikorski won drawings and Pat DePasquale won the Riles and Woolley prize.
Gertie Syper read a few stories. "Happy Birthday" was sung to Milt Griewisch and Mabel Warner.
Marge Cosgrove was reported ill. The food committee for June 24 is Ed and Jane Bremer, Anita Brown, chairperson Mary Bell and June Burau. A skit by two ladies will be the program for June 24.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met June 7 at the Colony Restaurant on Route 5 and 20 with 27 present. Chaplain Irene Conny offered a blessing before the group enjoyed the meal. Decorative placemats, flowers and booklets, nametags graced the tables, along with candy favors in honor of the mother and father banquet made by Conny. Joan Suski filled in for President Ed Newman who is hospitalized for tests.
A couple of changes in the by-laws were presented and passed. Member Milt Griewisch celebrated his 97th birthday on June 6 and everyone sang "Happy Birthday" to him. Ernie Griewisch won prizes. On June 14, the seniors met at 1 p.m. at St. Columbans to play Bingo.
Steger Hi Rise Tenants Association
The Steger Hi Rise Tenants Association met on Tuesday, Flag Day. Gordon Raynor called the Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association meeting to order with 16 members present. Vice President Carol Berry led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Josie Wierczynski read a poem "The History of the Flag." As secretary, she read the minutes of the previous meeting and they were accepted by Berry and John Sellars.
Treasurer Shirley Palmatier read the financial report from the previous meeting it was accepted as read by Addie Windsor and Anita Rhinehart.
Sunshine Lady Windsor reported a get-well card has been sent to Jean Hallmark and a card of congratulations with a picture to Wierczynski.
July birthdays will be celebrated on July 13 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room. Ice cream and cake will be served along with coffee.
The Rev. Joseph Zalacca will celebrate Mass on Friday, July 17, in the community room at 10 a.m. Zalacca is pastor of Holy Trinity Church.
The next meeting will be on Oct. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the community room. There will be no meetings in July, August and September. The July 4 picnic (sign-up sheet in the community room) is free to everyone.
The Hi-Rise Picnic will be on Friday, Aug. 19. The sign-up sheet will be in community room at the right time.
The 50/50 raffle was won by Shirley Palmatier, Raynor, Mary Zanghi, Anita Rhineheart and Cherriee Torres.
Bingo was played and refreshments were served after the meeting.
United Senior Citizens
The United Senior Citizens met on Monday at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 106 people present.
President Charles St. George introduced new members. They are Vincent and Annette DeCosta, Nancy Mitchell and Marilyn Nalepa.
He then introduced guests Mary Lisa, Mary Ann Thompson and Pam Wlodarek.
Charles St. George led in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Invocation given by Norma St. George.
Lunch was then enjoyed by all which was prepared by the Beavertail Catering.
After lunch, the 50/50 drawings was held. Winners were Elizabeth Baldwin, Josephine Christopher, Ray Halasinski, Ann Kurgan, Mary Lewandowski, Arlene Pachol, Florence Rich, Olive Rusch, Samuel Sasso, Mary Ann Thompson and Pam Wloderek.
The meeting began by thanking the May calling committtee. They were Dorothy Hilliker, Ann Kaminski, Luwandowski, Gen Ludeman, Lucille Rizzo and Josephine Wierczynski.
The calling committee for July was picked. They are Hilliker, Wierczynski, Elizabeth Baldwin, Mary Lisa, Josephine Lautenslaker, and Jerry Pomroy.
"Happy Birthday" was sung to June birthday members. They are Charles Alaimo, Ann Kurgan, Allen Jones, Gerri Pomroy, Gert Majka and Lisa.
Congratulations were extended to Harry and Gen Ludeman for the 60th wedding anniversary.
The treasurer's report was given by Mayme Joy and accepted.
The club's next luncheon will be on July 11 at the Beaver Club. The menu will be chicken ala king, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, tossed salad, dessert and coffee. The price for July is $7.
The club received a thank-you card from Theresa Lisa's daughter thanking for the Mass said in memory of her mother.
Bingo was played, hosted by Carrie LoGuidice and Joy.