Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Wednesday meeting of the Lake Shore Senior Citizens was called to order by the President Barbara Barberich. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited followed by the singing of "God Bless America." A poem of inspiration entitled "My Task" was read by acting Chaplain Carol Kozlowski.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read. A motion to accept was made by Patricia Kaus, seconded by Sandra Tapasto. The treasurer's report was read. A motion to accept was made by Jane Steffan and seconded by Betty Erick.
Attendance prizes were won by Sophia Urbanik, Jeanette Niedbalski and Stella Michalak.
Kozlowski discussed membership in the Dunkirk Senior Citizens group and encouraged all to pay their dues to be eligible for discounts and all events during the year.
The Lions Club extended an early invitation to the seniors to attend their Breakfast with Santa in December. Kozlowski said she would remind them closer to the event so they could make their reservations.
A variety of spring events were discussed and tabled for discussion at a future meeting.
Refreshments were served by Urbanik and Agnes Warner. The refreshment committee for Feb. 1 will be Antoinette Arnone and Barberich.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Forty members of the Mayville Senior Citizens recently met in the Mayville VFW for lunch and entertainment. The tables were set by Louise Richir, Dolly Gilbert, Mary Carlson, Bonnie Johnson and Nancy Peters. Carlson called the tables after President Joyce Ayers greeted the group and Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the food.
The seniors enjoyed a large variety of casseroles and desserts.
After the meal, the chaplain read two cute stories and "Keep in Touch" and led the group in prayer.
Program Chair Bill Tornstrom introduced singer Pat Cook who sang "oldie goldies." Cook sang songs from the past that were so familiar to the group. She also "played" the violin, a little replica of the real thing - she even convinced the group she could play it until she had one of the seniors try it. Cook left the group with a message: "Don't think you can't do something until you try it. Just do it." Her music was enjoyed by all and members hope she will return again.
Ayres led the flag salute and conducted the short business meeting. Secretary Izetta Ayling and Treasurer Edna Brown gave their reports as did Sunshine Chair, Mary Carlson.
Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey, trip co-chairs listed the trips planned for the year. Trips include: Feb. 21, Seneca Casino; March 27, an overnight trip to see "Jonah" in Lancaster; June 12, Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; July 16, a trip to Presque Isle; August, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. In September, the seniors will visit Vidler's 5 and 10 and Made in the U.S.A. store. The last trip of the year will be on Nov. 27 to Cambridge Springs Dinner Theater. Anyone able to go with the seniors to any of the trips may call Anderson or Kelsey for more information.
Guest Joy Kurtz was made welcome. No one won the lottery. Sandy Chandler donated the door prizes won by Izetta Ayling, Louise Richir and Rita Lescynski.
The next meeting of the Mayville Senior Citizens will be on Feb. 2 in the Mayville VFW. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service. Lt. David Bentley of the Chautauqua County Drug Force will be the speaker. He will talk about the Task Force and street drugs.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Jan. 17 with 24 members in attendance.
President Ed Newman opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag and all singing "God Bless America." A prayer was given by Chaplain Irene Conny entitled "God's Strength."
Corky Patton was back after a fall and Lorrie Newman attended the meeting after being ill for two weeks. She read a few stories.
President Newman visited John Krestic recently and he wanted to be remembered by club members. Prayers were given to Carl Mohart who lost his wife, Arlene.
Minutes were read by secretary and accepted.
Drawings were won by several members. After the meeting, Bingo was called by Marv Smith.
The group planned to celebrate January and February birthdays at the next meeting. The hosts were scheduled to be Ed and Lorrie Newman.
The Silver Creek Seniors reconvened Tuesday on Route 5 with 24 members in attendance. President Newman called the meeting by all reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." The chaplain read a prayer.
Carlton Mohart was welcomed back after the passing of his wife, Arlene. A "thank you" note from Colleen McKinna was received thanking the members for their donation to the food pantry. The group also received a donation for coffee from Dot Jones who has not been able to attend.
Griewisch donated an old map of Silver Creek.
Drawings were won by several members. Minutes were read and accepted of Jan. 17 meeting by the secretary.
Lorrie Newman read a few jokes.
Birthdays were recognized by singing "Happy Birthday" to Evelyn Martin, Joyce Snyder, Guy Patton and Joan Suski. A pizza party will be held on Jan. 31 at 1 p.m.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - Sheridan Happy Seniors met recently at St. Bosco with 32 members on a cold, wintry day. President Ellyn Sutehall opened the meeting by having Bob Wray give a prayer, followed by all joining in the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America" and the Happy Senior Song.
Roll call was done by Mabel Warner. Minutes of the Jan. 3 meeting were read by Clara Griffin and accepted. The treasurer gave her report and passed it as read. "Happy Birthday" was sung to Wilma Crowell and Josephine Wilkosz with January birthdays.
Program chairman Bob Sutehall introduced New York State Senator Catharine Young of Olean as the day's speaker. She sends out many surveys and appreciates people returning them. This way she knows how people respond to her questions. She puts about 70,000 miles on her car a year across the state. She's working with Governor Cuomo trying to improve things, such as not raising taxes, and it was noted that Medicaid is an expensive program for seniors. Medicaid fraud needs a solution.
Drawings were won by several members. The Riles and Woolley drawing was won by Wilma Crowell.
Angie Logan read a few stories. Jean Daniels was a guest at the meeting.
On Feb. 3, the group will meet at noon for a soup and sandwich lunch. The committee will be Milt Griewisch, Griffin, Joan Guzik, Betty Kern and Peg Langer.
COLLINS CENTER - Free Tax Counseling for the Elderly unfortunately will not be available this year at L. K. Painter Community Center. Don and Allison Girod, trained volunteer tax counselors, who have been offering this service at the center for a number of years, are unable to come to the center this year but will be at the Cattaraugus Free Library and Salamanca Free Library. (See separate article on this page for details).
For those who might be unaware, there is a valuable service offered at the L. K. Painter Community Center for veterans and spouses. The Division of New York State Veterans Affairs is located on the upper floor of the center at 2355 Main St., Collins, and offers a wide variety of services and information. Appointments are required and should be made by calling 532-0674. Use the front parking lot when utilizing this service. A chair lift is available if needed.
50-Plus Senior activities for the week are: Indoor Walking and Exercise, a three-part program led by Pat Tucker on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. in the gym; Informal Euchre Game, 1 p.m. Monday, senior room; Exercises for Arthritis, 10 a.m. Tuesday/Thursday, gym. Quilting with Florence is held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Community Room, Collins Public Library. For information call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075, Open Crafts led by Pat Tucker is at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Senior Room. Senior Bowling, is Wednesday at 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Cost is $1.75 per game or three games for $5. Friday's Showtime in the Collins Public Library Community Room at 1 p.m. with feature "The Debt," starring Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington and Jessica Chastain.
A second special craft session has been set up for February. Mickey Cummings will teach a class on the making of a Christmas Tree Holiday Wall Hanging on Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. in the senior room. A sample of the wall hanging, a list of materials needed and a sign up sheet is available in the senior room during program hours.
Openings are still available for the Glass Plate Craft session on Thursday, Feb. 14 to be taught by Mary Jane Kibler. Samples of plates and supplies needed along with a sign up sheet are also in the senior room.
Information on spring dates for the AARP Driving Courses will be announced next week.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The Monday meeting of the Collins Center Seniors was well-attended with plenty of food provided. Members are reminded that dues must be paid in January in order to continue being a member as there is a waiting list for membership.
The motor coach for the trip to the Lancaster Opera House to see "A Chorus Line" will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 10:30 a.m.
Non-members are welcome on the upcoming trip to "Finnegan's Farewell" on March 25. The group will start with a visit to the Made in America Store before heading to Ripa's Restaurant in Lancaster. The interactive comedy show is followed by lunch.
A few seats are available for the "Amish Tea Party" trip on April 18 in Middlefield, Ohio.
A trip to Gettysburg and Lancaster, Pa., is planned for April 29 to May 2.
The trip to see "South Pacific" at Shea's on May 6 is full.
A mystery tour is scheduled for July 2. Lunch will be included.
A new trip has been announced for July 31 to see "My Fair Lady" at the Merry Go Round Playhouse in Auburn.
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.