50 Plus Seniors
COLLINS - The first AARP Driving Course of the spring session has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 13 at the L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. The six-hour course will be held in the center's conference room (formerly known as the Lounge Room) starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 3:45 p.m. with a 45 minute lunch break.
Cost is $12 for those with a valid AARP membership card and $14 for all others. Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507. Checks or money orders required and are due within five days of registration. Cash is not accepted.
Checks are to be made payable to AARP and sent to Collins Town Hall, Attention AARP, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034. A lunch for $2.50 will be offered but must be ordered at time of registration with payment due the morning of class.
Participants are asked to use the rear parking lot and should bring their New York state driver's license and a pen. Additional Spring Driving Classes are tentatively scheduled for April 24 and June 12.
The seniors will be going to see "Jonah" on June 6-8 so anyone who has not yet sent in the $50 deposit should send it in promptly as a deposit is now due to the tour company. There are still a few vacancies and reservations can be made by calling 532-2507. Sign-up sheet and flyers are available in the senior room.
Activities for the coming week are: Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m. gym, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Monday - Informal Euchre Game, 1 p.m., senior room. Beginners are welcome. Tuesday and Thursdays are Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m. in the gym. Quilting with Florence is held Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Community Room, Collins Public Library. For more information, call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Open Crafts with Pat Tucker is held Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the senior room. Senior Bowling is also Wednesday at 1 p.m., held at K & L Lanes, Gowanda. The fee is $1.75 per game or three games for $5. On Friday, the Pot Luck Lunch is at noon in the senior room. Those attending are asking to bring a dish to pass. Table service and beverages are provided. Sequence Board Game and/or cards available after lunch.
All are welcome to join the 50-Plus Seniors on Valentine's Day when the February Tuesday Senior Soup and Sandwich Lunch will be held at noon in the senior room. Cost is $2.50 and the menu will be cabbage soup, ham salad sandwich, dessert and beverages. Reservations required and must be made no later than noon on Monday, Feb. 13 by calling 532-2507. A sign-up sheet is also available in the senior room during programming hours.
Cassadaga, Stockton and Lily Dale Senior Citizens
The Cassadaga, Stockton and Lily Dale Senior Citizens will meet Feb. 13 at the Cassadaga Country Club at noon for lunch and their February meeting. The menu will be chicken noodle soup, ham or turkey sandwiches, banana cream or coconut cream pie, coffee or tea. The club will pay half the cost of the lunch for members.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The motor coach for the Collins Center Seniors trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino on Tuesday will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 8:30 a.m. Members are reminded that payment is due on Feb. 7 for the Syrup & Slots trip and "Finnegan's Farewell."
A few seats are available and non-members are welcome on the trip to "Finnegan's Farewell" on Sunday, March 25. The group will start with a visit to the Made in America Store before heading to Ripa's Restaurant in Lancaster. "Finnegan's" is a tale about Patrick James Finnegan, a mailman who won $2.5 million playing slots in Atlantic City and promptly dropped dead. Have an Irish good time at this interactive comedy show and lunch.
A few seats are available for the Amish Tea Party trip April 18. The group will be off to Middlefield, Ohio, to meet their guide and begin the tour with an Amish Tea Party at the Miller home and learn about Amish culture. A stop will be made at the Buckeye Chocolate Factory and the Amish Middlefield Cheese Co-op before enjoying an Amish wedding dinner. Before heading home, the group will visit Country Arts and Jewelry, and Fig Tree Bulk Food Store.
The seniors are going to Gettysburg and Lancaster, Pa., April 29 through May 2. Tour includes: deluxe motor coach transportation, two nights in the heart of Gettysburg, one night in Lancaster, three breakfasts, two dinners, one lunch buffet, a stop at Flight 93 National Memorial, Gettysburg Diorama, Gettysburg Visitors Center and museum, Battlefield Tour with guide, dinner with General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant at the Dobbin House which was built in 1776. Included in Lancaster: guided Amish Farmlands Tour, Kitchen Kettle Village, Amish Quilt and Craft Shop, visit to Intercourse Pretzel and Cannery with gifts to bring home, Sights and Sounds Millennium Theater's performance of "Jonah," and Bird in Hand Farmers Market. The driver will be Steve who is a Civil War buff and owns a Civil War Museum.
The trip to see "South Pacific" at Shea's theater on May 6 is full and final payment is due Feb. 20.
A mystery tour is scheduled for July 2. Lunch is included.
On July 2, the group will enjoy a leisurely ride to Auburn for lunch at the historic Spring Side Inn. After lunch, seniors will travel to the nearby Merry Go Round Playhouse to see the musical "My Fair Lady." Enjoy some of the most beloved songs of all time including "Wouldn't it be Loverly," "Get Me to the Church on Time" and "I Could Have Danced All Night."
Contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586 for more information. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.
Dunkirk Federated Seniors
The Dunkirk Federated Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center Tuesday. Vice President Helen Barone led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America." A moment of silence was observed for service men and women.
A reading entitled "The Love Within My Heart" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski. As secretary, she read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were accepted by Charlene Hallmark and Marian Genovese.
Treasurer Ruth Mackowiak read the financial report. It was accepted as read by Irene Christopher and Jean Kubera.
Attendance prizes were won by Helen Barone, Betty Korzeniewski and Mackowiak.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday at 1 p.m. on Route 5 with 25 members present. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by all singing "God Bless America."
Chaplain Irene Conny read a prayer "Always Look Ahead."
Minutes of Jan. 24 were read by the secretary and accepted by Milt Griewisch.
Several members won drawings and presented prizes.
The group viewed a video by Red Skelton which was remembered by all the members.
Pizza was enjoyed by all after which Bingo was played and called by Ernie Hilliker.
The Suskis are in charge of food on Feb. 7 at the 1 p.m. meeting.
Westfield Senior Citizens
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Senior Citizens met recently at the YWCA. A pot-luck luncheon was served at noon with 30 members in attendance.
The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Kolpien. As devotions, Chaplain Joyce Wainwright read a poem by Margaret Worman entitled "Only a Minute."
Mary Ellen Ross was welcomed back as a member.
The secretary read a "thank you" letter from the Union Relief for the mittens and hats donated. A total of $330.50 was reported to be in the treasury.
January birthdays were celebrated by Marilyn Elder and Mary Cogliano .
Under new business, Kolpien brought up the subject of possibly taking a trip on the Chautauqua Belle this summer. Some members liked the idea of doing that for the annual picnic. The cost is $14 for a two-hour cruise. There will be further discussion of this at the February meeting.
Kolpien reviewed the duties of each officer and committee chairman and thanked the kitchen committee.
The 50/50 was won by Sylvia Colbey and the door prize by Geri Harper.
Bingo was played following the meeting and many interesting prizes awarded.
The Feb. 9 meeting will be a celebration of Valentine's Day. Each member should bring a signed Valentine to exchange, no name on the envelope. It will be a pot-luck with the desserts brought by the kitchen committee, Gladys Hess, Geri Harper, Trudy Stafford, Pat Smith and Dolores Kaufman.
New members are always welcome. If interested, call Kolpien at 326-3576.