COLLINS - The 50-Plus Senior Program starts off the week with its monthly Euchre and Pinochle Card Party on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. The $5 fee includes cash table prizes and lunch.
The week's activities end Friday with the monthly pot-luck lunch at noon in the senior room. Gowanda Central School District Superintendent Charles Rinaldi will be a guest and briefly explain the upcoming school budget. Bring a dish to pass. Table service and beverages provided. Sequence and/or board games to follow.
Regular activities will be held, including indoor walking and exercises, 9 a.m. in the gym on Monday, Wednesday, Friday; an informal euchre game, 1 p.m. in the senior room Monday; gentle arthritis exercises Tuesday/Thursday, 10 a.m., gym; Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Collins Public Library Community Room, Wednesday; Open Crafts with Pat Tucker, 1 p.m., senior room on Wednesday. Senior Bowling has ended for the spring session and will resume in October.
Time is running out to register for the April 24 AARP Driving Course. Pre-registration is required and must be made by calling 532-2507. Cost is $17 for persons with valid AARP membership and $19 for all others. Have AARP membership card available when calling. There is a 45-minute lunch break. Participants could bring a bag lunch or purchase the $2.50 luncheon provided by the 50-Plus Seniors. Lunch reservations must be made when making phone registration. Lunch payment will be collected the morning of the class. Course will start at 9 a.m. in the Conference Room located in the rear portion of the building. Participants must bring their NYS Driver's Licenses and a pen. Park in the rear parking lot.
Vacancies are available for the July 29 trip to the "Carol Burnett Show" at the Station Dinner Theatre in Erie, Pa. Trip includes a two-hour stay at Presque Isle Casino with $10 free slot play, dinner show and buffet meal. Cost is $76 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia, and $77 for all others.
A trip for the Buffalo Bisons vs. Leigh Valley Iron Pigs has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 16. Cost is $23 for the three towns and $24 for all others and includes admission to the afternoon game, hot dog and soda and school bus transportation.
Anyone who is interested in going to see "Jonah" at Lancaster, Pa., June 6-8 but does not have a roommate is asked to contact Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, 532-2507. Final $110 payment for this trip must be received at Collins Town Hall no later than April 30.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center Wednesday. President Barb Barberich led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "Never Alone" was given by Chaplain Loretta Hemink.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink.
They were accepted as read by Sandy Tapasto with a second by Sophia Kubasik.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Carol Kozlowski. It was accepted by Jane Steffan.
Attendance prizes were won by Stella Michalak and Antoinette Arnone.
Helper of the day was Michalak and others who assisted.
The kitchen committee for the next meeting is Sophia Urbanik.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Forty members of the Mayville Senior Citizens recently convened for lunch and a meeting. Tables were set by Louise Richir, Dolly Gilbert, Mary Carlson, Bonnie Johnson and Fern Abrams. The members enjoyed a large variety of casseroles and desserts after Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the food.
President Joyce Ayers called the meeting to order and led the flag salute. Goodrich asked for a moments silence for recently deceased member Frank Liberto. She then read two cute stories and "Easter Reflections" and led the group in prayer. Secretary Izetta Ayling read the minutes and Treasurer Edna Brown gave her report. Goodwill chair Mary Carlson stated she had sent several get-well and sympathy messages and Easter greetings to many shut-ins.
Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey reported that all enjoyed the trip to Lancaster and the show "Jonah" and all the other sites they visited while there. The deposit for the August trip to Pigeon Forge is due at the first May meeting. The full payment for Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is due on May 17. Seats are still available for all our scheduled trips and anyone is welcome to join in. Call Anderson at 753-7814 or Kelsey at 753-2663.
New members Mike and Lori Stewart were made welcome as was Gabriel, granddaughter on Barb and Carl Weatherow.
Betty Johnson won the lottery drawing and Bonnie Johnson won the door prize.
Program chair Bill Tornstrom introduced Matt Hall, former FBI Agent who now operates Southern Tier Investigations in Jamestown. Hall told the seniors about the many scams on computers and phones. He advised caution before giving personal information to anyone who calls. Get a phone number. The FBI checks computer frauds and the postal inspector checks mail fraud. Never hesitate calling if fraud is suspected. The faster fraudulent calls are hung up on, the better. Always check bank, credit union and Medicare statements carefully and report any errors.
Wanda Gustafson announced that there will be a safe driving course on May 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to noon in the VFW dining hall. Call Wanda at 753-7420 to reserve a spot. This is open to the public but reservations are required.
The next meeting of the Mayville Seniors will be on April 19. This will be the annual ham dinner. The meat will be furnished, so bring a dish to complement the ham. Skip Roberts, a favorite entertainer, will perform for the group. All are welcome, just bring a dish to pass and their own table service to the Mayville VFW at noon on April 19.
Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association
On Tuesday, the Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association met at 5 p.m. in the Community Room with 20 members present. President Gordon Raynor called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Josie Wiercynski recited a poem entitled "A Glimpse of Heaven." As secretary, she read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were accepted as read by Josh Hughes and seconded by Addie Windsor.
Treasurer Shirley Palmatier read the financial report. It was accepted by Mary Hayes and seconded by Anita Rhinehart.
Election for president of the Tenants Association was voted on between Rosa Vega and Anita Rhinehart. The winner was Vega.
Outgoing President Raynor thanked all of his officers for a job well done. The club then thanked him for all his endeavors.
April birthdays will be celebrated on April 18 at 2:30 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room. Cake and ice cream will be served. Cake is always made by Vega.
Mass will be celebrated in the Community Room on April 20 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Joseph Zalacca, pastor of Holy Trinity church as celebrant.
Sunshine Lady Addie Windsor sent "get well" cards to Evelyn Chelsey and Shirley Palmatier. A "thank you" card was send to Hayes for her serving in the St. Patrick's Day dinner.
On May 20, Sunday, the installation of officers will be in the Community Room at 4 p.m. A sign-up sheet will be in the Community Room.
The following officers will be installed: President Vega, Vice President Alba Santiago, Secretary Hughes and Treasurer Cherrill Torres. Sunshine Lady Windsor and Chaplain Wierczynski were appointed.
There will be a sign-up sheet for the Memorial Day picnic in the Community Room.
The 50/50 raffle was won by Torres, Shirley Palmatier, Ann Schlichter, Jean Hallmark, Raynor and Wierczynski. Bingo was played, called by Hayes, and refreshments were served.
United Senior Citizens
The United Senior Citizens met on Monday at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 82 people present.
Club President Charles St. George led the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation was given by the Rev. Walter Werbicki.
Lunch was served by the Beavertail Catering. All enjoyed chicken a la king on biscuits, mashed potatoes, bean casserole, mixed tossed salad, coffee and dessert.
The 50/50 drawing was held and the winners were Barbara Burtner, Florence Byczynski, Rose Cerrie, Ann Cohen, Ralph Mock, Olive Rusch, Harold Rusch, Carolyn Terese and Werbicki.
The meeting began with the president thanking the April calling committee which were Dorothy Hilliker, Gen Ludeman, Christine Schnarrs, Pat Smith and Josephine Wierczynski.
The calling committee for May will be Margaret Larsen, Dorothy Hilliker, Wierczynski and Schnarrs.
"Happy Birthday" was sung to April members which were Carm Johnson, Charles Mancuso, Edward McClenathan, Eleanor Straight, Irene Tarnowski, Barb Center, St. George, Grace Hassett, Louis Siragusa, Russell Trump, Ted Stebbins and Vincent DeCosta.
The treasurer's report was given by Mayme Joy. She reported for the months of March and April.
The next meeting will be on May 14 at the Fredonia Beaver Club. The menu will be meat loaf, gravy, baby red potatoes, buttered corn, mixed tossed salad, coffee and dessert.
Dr. David Vona, who was unable to be at this meeting, will be the guest speaker in May. He is a local podiatrist and will be talking about feet.
Bingo was played hosted by Carolyn LoGuidice and Mayme Joy.