AARP Chapter 299
AARP No. 299 held its regular meeting on May 21 at 1 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President E. Dietzen. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members present and secretary and treasurer's reports were given. The guest speaker was Cathy Snyder. Refreshments were served.
The installation banquet will be on June 18 at noon. Make reservations by June 11. Call Patty Halas at 366-8609.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS - Passengers for the trip to Alaska are reminded that the motor coach will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main St., Gowanda at 4:15 a.m., Wednesday, June 6.
On Aug. 16, the seniors are off to Erie, Pa. to pick up their tour guide for the "Puff & Stuff" trip, which includes the Brotherton Covered Bridge in Waterford, Furman's old time General Store, lunch at Pufferbelly's Restaurant and the Firefighters Historical Museum. There will be a one-hour cruise aboard the Victoria Princess. Non-members are welcome.
The "Tribute to Country Legends" show at the Medina Stone Farm Dinner Theater on Aug. 28 is full.
On Sept. 18, the seniors are going to enjoy the fall colors of Letchworth State Park with lunch at the Glen Iris Inn. Next they will interact and feed animals from around the world on a guided trolley ride at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure in Varysburg.
Due to the popularity of the Ride the Rails West Virginia trip Oct. 1-3, the seniors have also scheduled the same trip Sept. 19-21. A few seats are available and non-members are welcome.
On Dec. 9, the seniors will dine at the decorated Salvatore's Italian Gardens before experiencing "Christmas with the Superstars." Enjoy Christmas classics in a tribute to Elvis, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and countless others. Following the show, the group will stop at the Kelly's Country Store on their way to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine and enjoy their fabulous Holiday Lights Show.
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.
COLLINS - The early nice weather may have many in the mood to see a ball game. Consider going with the 50-Plus Seniors on Thursday, Aug. 16 when the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs meet the Buffalo Bisons at Coca Cola Field.
This will be an afternoon game and travel will be by school bus. Cost is $23 for residents of the Towns of Collins, Persia, Perrysburg and $24 for all others. Price includes admission, hot dog, soda and transportation. Bus will leave at 11:30 a.m. from the front parking lot of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins.
For more information and to make reservations call Joan Byrne, 50-Plus Senior program coordinator. Final day to make reservations and payment is June 15. Checks are to be made payable to Town of Collins and sent to Collins Town Hall, attention Trips, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034.
June 11 is the final day to receive balance payments for the Sunday, July 29 motor coach trip to see "The Carol Burnett Show - A Variety Musical Comedy" at the Station Dinner Theater in Erie, Pa. Join the Station cast as they salute Burnett's show and enjoy a buffet dinner. There will also be a two-hour stop at Presque Isle Casino where those attending will receive $10 in free slot play.
Vacancies are available and cost is $76 for the three towns and $77 for all others. A $25 deposit is due when making reservations and balances must be received at Collins Town Hall by June 11. To make reservations call 532-2507.
If in possession of a Presque Isle Downs and Casino Players Card, have it available when calling. Participants must have their New York State Driver's License in order to obtain the $10 incentive.
June 12 will be the last opportunity to take the AARP Driving Course at L. K. Painter Community Center until fall if instructor is available. The six hour class will start at 9 a.m. in the Conference Room located in the rear portion of the building. Cost is $17 for those with valid AARP membership cards and $19 for all others. Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling 532-2507. Please have membership card available when calling. Payment in the form of check or money order payable to AARP must be received at the Collins Town Hall within two days after phone registration confirmation. Mail to Collins Town Hall, attention AARP, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034.
There will be a 45-minute lunch break and a lunch costing $2.50 is being offered by the Senior Program but you must sign up when registering. Payment will be due the day of the class. Arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. and park in the back parking lot.
Ongoing 50-Plus Senior programs that will continue during June, July and August are: Open Crafts with Pat Tucker, Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the center's senior room; Quilting with Florence, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Collins Public Library conference room; and the monthly Showtime movies on the first Friday of each month at 1 p.m. in the library's conference room. The July film will be "J. Edgar" on July 6.
Motor Coach for the bus trip to see "Jonah" at Lancaster, Pa., will depart at 8 a.m. June 6 in center's rear parking lot. Watch for summer trips and other activities to be announced in future issues of the OBSERVER.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. President Barb Barberich led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America." A reading entitled "Candles of Hope" was given by Chaplain Loretta Hemink.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read by Jane Steffan with a second by Sandy Tapasto. The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Carol Kozlowski. It was accepted as read by Marion Genovese.
Attendance prizes were won by Jean Kubera, Barberich and Kozlowski.
Helper of the day was Stella Michalak and other who assisted.
The kitchen committee for June 6 is Charlene Hallmark and Albertine Jabubowicz.
The committee for May 30 was Hemink and Hallmark. Due to Hallmark not being able to attend, Kubera took over for her.
June Gala is June 10.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Happy Seniors met on a pleasant spring Friday with 42 present and three guests. President Ellyn Sutehall called the meeting to order asking Arlene Miller to offer a prayer. The group sang "God Bless America" and said the pledge to the flag and the Happy Senior song.
The secretary's report was presented by Clara Griffin and the treasurer's report by Angie Logan; both were accepted. May and June birthdays and anniversaries were read; the May birthday celebrant was Margaret Best. Anniversaries were Fred and Shirley Sikorski and Ron and Evelyn Norris. June birthday celebrants are Mabel Warner, Milt Griewisch and Bill Clark. Ted and Ruth Steffins will celebrate a June anniversary.
Program chairman Bob Sutehall introduced Nancy Stock, a retired teacher from Forestville who is the mother of three and a current school board member. She made an amazing trip to the top of the word in February 2012 to Mt. Kilimanjaro, 19,336 feet above sea level. It was a longtime dream and took hours of preparation, with miles of walking before the trip. There were 24 in her group plus guides.
According to Joanne Martin, the bus trip on June 12 to go on the Maid of the Mist boat, go to the aquarium and eat at Red Coach Inn has been canceled. Call her at 934-3458 to learn more.
The 50/50 raffle was presented by Gertie Syper after her stories. Winners were Sandy Pagano and Evelyn Dloniak.
The Riles and Woolley drawing was won by Virginia Pasierb.
June 8 at 1 p.m. will be the next meeting with Mary Bull, Wilma Crowell, Pat De Pasquale, Evelyn Deloniak and Florence Gage on food committee.
June 22 at noon, the group will have a pizza party at St. Bosco Hall.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday at the center on Route 5 with 24 present. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with all reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." A prayer was given by Chaplain Irene Conny. Jane Park is at her daughter's improving from her accident. Conrad Pawlak is still at Brooks Memorial Hospital but is expected to be released soon.
Minutes were read by Clara Griffin and passed by Dorothy Miniri and Milt Griewisch.
Lorrie Newman read some stories.
50/50 drawings were won by several members.
The June 12 bus trip to Maid of the Mist is canceled. Food committee for the next meeting is Rose F. and Joyce S.
On June 5, the group and Sheridan Happy Seniors will meet at noon at Sheridan V.F.W. for a mother-father banquet.
On June 19, Lorrie and Ed Newman will be the food committee.
Bingo was called by Joan Suski.
Westfield Senior Citizens
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Senior Citizens met recently at the YWCA with 39 members and one guest attending. A dinner was served by the Union Relief Organization.
The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Kolpien. As devotions, Chaplain Joyce Wainwright read a piece called "Beatitudes for Mothers" by Allan Zulker.
New members Barb Travis, Elizabeth McCrody, Bette Morgenstern, Marilyn Norton and Lorraine Brasda were welcomed. Visitor Pat Keller was also welcomed.
The 50/50 drawing was won by Chris Vestrand and the door prize by Carol Young.
Happy birthday wishes were given to Al Wainwright, Les Yeaney and Carol Young. Anniversaries were celebrated by Shirley and John Kolpien and Bonnie and Dick Lancaster. Get-well cards were sent to Mary Cogliano and Irma Lloyd and a sympathy card to Carol Reynolds.
The July outing on the Chautauqua Belle was discussed. Members should meet at Mayville Park at 4 p.m. on July 12 with a bag lunch and beverage. The boat ride will start at 5 p.m. The cost is $14 to be paid at the time of the boat ride. Reservations should be made to Shirley Kolpien or Dolores Kaufman.
The June 14 meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the YWCA. Members should bring a dish to pass and their own table service. The kitchen committee will bring desserts: Gladys Hess, Sally Merwin, Audrey Wilkinson, Joyce Wainwright and Trudy Stafford. The scheduled program is an evening of music provided by Kent Knappenberger and his students.
The evening ended with Bingo and many unique prizes being won.