Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Seniors held their monthly board meeting on Wednesday, March 20. Nine of the 13 board members were in attendance. The board members who are out of town are still actively involved through email. Budgetary issues were discussed and plans were made for upcoming events.
The Seneca Casino trips continue to be very popular with the members, so Judy Marino is planning an additional trip for the month of May. Every trip to the casino costs $25 per person and that entitles each participant to $20 in Seneca slot dollars plus a $5 food voucher. The next trip will be on Wednesday and the one after that is on Wednesday, April 24. Seniors can board the Niagara Scenic Tour bus, which will be at the back of the Big Lots parking lot at 8:45 a.m. for a 9 a.m. departure. There are still a few seats available, which can be reserved if by calling 672-5778. In addition to the casino trips other day trips are being planned for the upcoming months.
Registration for the Pennsylvania Rail Adventure needs to be done by Friday, March 29. Call Marianne Serio at 672-5274. The trip to Montreal and Quebec is now full but Marianne is putting names on a waiting list.
Exercise class will not be meeting on March 29 because of Good Friday. The last scheduled Yoga class will be this Friday, March 22 at 10:45 a.m. The next knitting and crocheting group will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27. Readers' Theatre continues to meet the first Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m.
The next pot-luck luncheon will be on Wednesday, April 24 at 11:30 a.m. and at 12:15 p.m. the group will welcome Michelle Gelsimino as a guest speaker. She will be speaking about her positive experience with acupuncture. Immediately following Michelle's presentation members are welcome to stay at the Center to play pinochle or board games. Visitors and new members are always welcome at the Center.
COLLINS - Holy Week starts with Palm Sunday, spring arrived this past Wednesday and Easter is on its way (hopefully accompanied by warmer weather).
Several senior activities have been canceled this week due to many special church services slated during this holy week. Programs that have been canceled include: Informal Euchre game on Monday afternoon, Gentle Arthritis Exercises on Thursday and no afternoon program on Good Friday.
Indoor Walking and Exercises will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium. Gentle Arthritis Exercises and Tai Chi will continue on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. All Wednesday activities will be held. In addition to the morning walking program, "Quilting with Florence" will continue at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room of Collins Library, Open Crafts with Pat Tucker at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room of the L. K. Painter Community Center and Senior Bowling at 1 p.m. at K & L Lanes in Gowanda. Cost is $1.75 a game or three games for $5.
The next AARP Defensive Driving Course will be held Tuesday, May 7 in the center's Community Room. Cost is $17 for those with valid AARP membership cards and $19 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 532-2507. Have AARP membership available when calling. The six-hour class will allow a half hour for lunch. Participants may bring a bag lunch or purchase the $2.50 homemade lunch provided by the 50-Plus Seniors. Registration for the lunch must be made when making the telephone reservation with cash payment due the morning of the course.
Community Action Organization of Erie County is providing Free Tax Preparation Service for low income and senior residents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 29 in the Center's Community Room. CAO also will be accepting H.E.A.P. applications during the same time frame. For more information call Dusti Wilson at 549-6382. Parking in the back lot is recommended.
SINCLAIRVILLE - Recently, members of the Sinclairville 76ers gathered for a business meeting. President Richard Smith of Sinclairville is the president of the organization, and called the meeting to order. Secretary/Site Manager Elsie Livermore read the minutes of the previous meeting which were approved. Ainsley Smith gave the financial report.
The maintenance of the three vans was discussed. The vans are kept in good order, as safety for the volunteers is a major concern. President Smith is always on hand to have any necessary repairs or maintenance tasks taken care of immediately. Smith said the main concern is to get a hot meal to those who need one, and keeping the vans in good order is a must.
Vice President John Sipos of Cassadaga complimented the kitchen staff, the table hostesses and the delivery volunteers for doing a good job.
Smith also announced that the group will help with the benefit spaghetti dinner to be held on Sunday, April 14. He also encouraged those to donate prizes for the dinner to be raffled that day. The dinner will begin at noon at the Sinclairville Fire Hall dining room. Livermore and Tom Alford will be working on a special basket for the raffle.
For more information on the Sinclairville 76ers Meals on Wheels program, call 962-3455. New members are always welcome.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - Friday, March 15 was the Sheridan Happy Seniors' St. Patrick's Day/Easter pot-luck luncheon, held at St. Bosco Hall at noon. There was a large variety of dishes to sample from, as well as many desserts. The club appreciates the help of everyone who contributed.
The meeting was brought to order by President Ellyn Sutehall. The Pledge of Allegiance, "God Bless America," and the Happy Senior anthem followed. Roll call was taken with 34 members in attendance. The treasurer's report and the meeting minutes from the last meeting were read and accepted.
Fred Sikorski announced the next trip, which will be on April 18 to the Made in America store, the Animal Farm in Varysburg and a stop at Vidler's. Lunch will be served at the farm. The cost for the trip is $69 and is payable to Sheridan Happy Seniors by the Friday, April 12 meeting.
If someone is interested in going and did not sign up at the meeting, he or she can call Angie Logan at 965-4150 to make a reservation. The bus will load at St. Bosco Hall at 8:45 a.m. and leave at 9 a.m. All are welcome; attendees do not need to be members.
The Mega Table Drawing is on Friday, April 26 at the regular meeting time of 1 p.m. There will be no meeting on Good Friday.
Bob Fancher and Susan Townsend won the 50/50, the Riles and Woolley prize went to Jane Bremer, and the plant centerpieces went to Pat Depasquale and Joan Guzik.
May 27 is the chicken barbecue at the Sheridan Fire Hall, which is Memorial Day Weekend. Also, the Forestville Food Pantry is accepting donations of non-perishable food items, which will be matched by monetary contributions to help fight hunger.
The next meeting of the Sheridan Happy Seniors will be Friday, April 12 at 1 p.m. All are welcome.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Seniors met March 12 at the Senior Center on Route 5 with 24 members present. Members enjoyed a St. Patrick's Day dinner of ham and cabbage.
A prayer was presented by Chaplain Irene Conny before the meal. After everyone finished, President Ed Newman presided over the meeting, leading all members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing "God Bless America."
Newman presented Conny with a shamrock decoration he made in appreciation for all the holiday decorations she makes for the group's events.
Several members won prizes from the drawings and the 50/50 raffle.
Easter picture cards provided by David Griffin were handed out to members. Griffin presented a slide show of one of his trips to London, which included a picture of an aerial view of the Thames River, Buckingham Palace, Olympic Village, the Cutty Sark ship and Prime Meridian.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Fifty-two members of the Mayville Senior Citizens recently met at the Mayville VFW for fun and lunch. Louise Richir, Dolly Gilbert and Bonnie Johnson set the tables and made the coffee before Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the food and the group. Mary Carlson called the table numbers as the seniors filled their plates with the food provided.
After the meal, President Joyce Ayers opened the short business meeting. Goodrich read several short humorous items, "Child's View of a Thunderstorm, "No Ties," "Simple Blessings" and "In His Footsteps." She also asked for a moment of silence for departed member Neal Johnson.
After the flag salute, Secretary Izetta Ayling read the minutes and correspondences and Treasurer Edna Brown gave her report.
Goodwill chair Carlson noted she had sent several sympathy cards. She also listed the March birthday celebrants as: Donna Cummings, Rozella Stansbury, Charles Tanner, Pat Smith, Charles Krause, Judy Smith, Marsha Limberg, Bill Fahey, Bill Tornstrom, Barbara Thompson, Juanita Holthouse, Arleen Kurtz and Gladys Fredell.
Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey reported the trip to Seneca Casino was ready to go. They stated that all trips must be paid for one month ahead of the scheduled date, so not to tarry in making the decision to go. There also is trip insurance available.
New member Darlene Barney was made welcome.
The person drawn for the lottery was not present, so it grows.
Program chair Bill Tornstrom introduced Bill and Doc who provided Irish music. They sang many favorite tunes that had the group clapping and singing along. These gentlemen were a real treat and hopefully they will return in the future.
The seniors made arrangements for their next meeting, with lunch and a mystery guest.