COLLINS - The next AARP Defensive Driving Course is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the Community Room of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main St., Collins. The one-day course will begin at 9 a.m. with a half hour luncheon break at noon and will end at approximately 3:30 p.m. 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 Joan R. Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507. Payment made out to AARP must be made within five days of registration date and sent to Collins Town Hall, attention AARP, P.O. Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. Payment must be by check or money order. Cash is not accepted.
Participants may bring a bag lunch if they so wish; however, a luncheon made by members of the 50-Plus Senior Program will be available but must be ordered when making their phone reservations. Cost of lunch is $2.50 per person to be paid the morning of the course.
Participants are asked to use the back parking lot of the Center and must bring their driver's licenses and pens with them.
Wednesday's senior activity is "Quilting with Florence," 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. For more information on this interesting craft call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075. Pat Tucker will open the Senior Room of the Center at 1 p.m. for Open Crafts and an informal Euchre Game.
These programs will be available each Wednesday during July and August at the discretion of the respective leaders.
Motor coach for the senior trip to the Buffalo Grain Elevator, lunch at Templeton Landing and a boat ride on the Miss Buffalo II will depart this Thursday, July 25, at 7:45 a.m. from the Center's front parking lot. Please be prompt as the bus must leave on time in order to meet the full schedule of day's events.
Collins Center Seniors
The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, July 22 in the pavilion at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot-luck lunch at noon. Hot dogs will be provided by the club.
Payment is due July 22 for the Aug. 20 Seneca Niagara Casino trip and the "Majestic Tall Ships" trip in Erie, Pa. on Sept. 6.
Sept. 17 the club will head to the Seneca Niagara Casino.
Sept. 22 members are off to Pennsylvania for a unique trip. They will start the day with a brunch at the Cross Creek Resort in Titusville before hopping aboard the Oil Creek & Titusville RR for a relaxing ride through the "Valley that changed the world." Seniors will visit the Drake Well Museum and stop at the Debence Antique Music World & Museum before heading home. Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome.
From Oct. 6-9 the seniors will travel to the Hudson Valley for a "Fall Spectacular" with tours of West Point, the Culinary Institute of America with dinner, Purple Heart Hall of Honors, Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Mills Mansion and Orange County Choppers. They will enjoy a cruise on the Hudson River aboard the "Commander" and lots more.
The Corning Museum is the destination Thursday, Oct. 17 as the group travels the scenic route to enjoy the fall colors. Participants will enjoy lunch and a unique hands-on experience, wine glass sand-blasting and explore the museum. A tour and tasting is scheduled at the Glenora Winery on the way home. Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome.
The Collins are working on a fun day trip in November with great food and entertainment. Dec. 8 they will enjoy the sounds of the Buffalo Choral Art Society for an afternoon performance at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Buffalo. Following the concert they will have a delicious sit-down dinner and a drive to view the holiday light displays.
Tony Orlando will be performing at the Event Center at the Seneca Niagara Casino Wednesday, Dec. 11. The price includes motor coach transportation, tickets to the show, slot dollars and a food voucher. A $15 deposit is required to hold a seat.
New from Irene's and Bridget's bucket list, Dec. 2-4 seniors are going to the annual "Festival of Lights" in Wheeling, W. Va. The package includes all of the highlights to make this a memorable experience. More than a half million twinkling lights shine brightly and there are more than 300 acres of displays. Seniors will enjoy a laser light show, model train exhibit, gingerbread houses, a holiday village and great music and more.
For additional information contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, N.Y. 14034.
Dunkirk Senior Citizen Board of Directors
The Dunkirk Senior Citizen Board of Directors met recently with Barbara Bajdas presiding.
Carol Kozlowski reviewed the communications which resulted in the following actions. A monetary donation will be sent to the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. The Office for the Aging sent an invitation for their annual picnic to be held at Midway State Park on Aug. 9. Tickets are $6 and bus fare is $4. The seniors did their initial purchase. Any interested senior may contact the Office for the Aging for more information. The Dunkirk Center will donate two themed baskets for the basket raffle. A note was received from Premier Promotions announcing their fall presentations and offers. Bajdas will follow up.
Kozlowski and Bajdas reported on the Directors Meeting with Senator Young, Congressman Goodell and Mayor Dolce, arranged by Kevin Muldowney. All parties encouraged the seniors and the entire community to attend the informational forum and public statement hearing with the Public Service Commission that took place on July 15 regarding NRG. A bus was arranged to transport seniors to the meeting from the Center.
Bajdas reported on a communication with Andrew Deckson, a consultant from the Chautauqua Health Network. Volunteers will meet at the Center or School 3 to receive their walking assignments, orange vests and clipboards. They will document trouble spots in certain areas in an attempt to create healthy places to live, work and play. Kozlowski will represent the board in the community effort.
A sympathy card was sent to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hood on the loss of her mother.
Kozlowski reported on the pot-luck dinner. Fifty members enjoyed a great variety of food and an evening of socialization.
Kozlowski reported that the heating-cooling units installation is completed. The hot water tank was repaired and Nancy Crandall completed some necessary sewing.
The next Sunday Gala is scheduled for Sept. 8. The menu will be decided upon by the cook. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 5.
Big Bingo was held July 17. It will be held again Aug. 14, Oct. 6 and Nov. 20. A special "Towel Bingo" game will be held on Sept. 18. A free meal will be served at 4:30 p.m.
Kozlowski reported that the flower pot project would be completed by Sept. 1. Over 40 pots have been painted and filled by members. They will be awarded at the Sept. 8 Gala.
Bajdas reported that six new 8-foot tables will be purchased through donations.
Crandall reported four or five tables play weekly and that new players are always welcome.
Delphine Woloszyn reported that the craft committee will be looking for ideas for Halloween favors.
Bajdas reported that all July and August trips were sold out. On Sept. 25 there will be a trip to Niagara Falls Seneca Casino. The cost will be $2. There will be a $20 free play bonus and a $5 food voucher. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 5.
She also noted that all Atlantic City travelers will receive a voucher for a show called "Magique Grand Illusionists." Also in the works is a fall mystery trip.
The OFA and the Senior Citizen Directors are co-sponsoring a joint venture on Sept. 19. It will be a health fair open to all profit and non-profit agencies. Interested parties should call Bajdas at 366-7530.
Bajdas also reported that several insurance companies are scheduling meetings for the public in the fall. Dates will be advertised in the future.
Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Seniors' next day trip is scheduled for Aug. 5. The participants will enjoy a luncheon while watching the mystery comedy based on Sherlock Holmes. The final payment is due on July 22 and there are still some seats available on the bus. Call Judy at 672-5778 for more information. The next casino trip is scheduled for Aug. 26 and it will be at Seneca Allegany. There is a special price of $25, which entitles each participant to $30 in slots and $5 toward lunch. Payment needs to be made by Aug. 12. This is the last scheduled casino trip until further notice. On Oct. 10, there is a day trip planned to the village of St. Jacobs, Ontario. Along the way there will be a visit to a huge farmers market with hundreds of food and craft vendors. St. Jacobs is a charming village with many studios, galleries, shops and restaurants to explore. Call Judy to make your reservation.
On Aug. 28, David Wendt will come to the center to talk to everyone who is going on the Montreal and Quebec City trip. If you have suggestions for future three- or four-day trips, call Marianne at 672-5274.
On Wednesday, July 17 the GBS board met and planned activities for the rest of the summer. Some Grape Belt Seniors will be attending the Town of Pomfret Board meeting on Aug. 14. They will again share with the Town Board the many activities that take place at the center. The next GBS board meeting will be on Aug. 21. On Aug. 29, there will be a pot-luck picnic at 11 a.m. on the Lighthouse grounds in Dunkirk
The exercise class was treated to a special kazoo performance on July 17 by their instructor, Catherine Pratt. There will be no exercise class the week of July 22 and the center will be closed that week.
Mt. Carmel Seniors
SILVER CREEK - The Mt. Carmel Seniors held its regular meeting in the Parish Hall Wednesday. After a short business meeting, more than 40 members and guests enjoyed a hot dogs luncheon with all the trimmings.
The luncheon committee was comprised of Leo Morabito, Eugine and Virginia Chesbro, Diane Seegert, and Geraldine Piede. Guest Father Dan Fiebelkorn offered grace.
The 50/ 50 drawings were made and Bingo was played.
A few openings still exist for the seniors driving course scheduled for Sept. 9 and 10. A nominal fee of $20 per student will be charged.
The next club meeting will be held on Aug. 7. Refreshment committee is Carm and Raymond Wappman.
Membership is open to everyone and 2013-14 dues will be collected starting in October. If any senior wishes to join the club, contact Carm Tampio at 934-3349.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday at the club rooms on Route 5 with 26 members in attendance. President Ed Newman opened the session by leading the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing "God Bless America." A prayer was presented by Chaplain Irene Conny titled "New Hope."
The club gained a new member, Pat Corwin, who was welcomed by the group.
The 50/50 was won by Jane Park and Carl Mohart. Number drawings were won by Clara Griffin and Iva McClenathan.
Pizza was enjoyed by the members. Lunch was supplied by Bart Adams, Evelyn Martin, Joyce Snyder and Rose Falcone.
The food committee for July 23 is Bud Anger and Mohart.
Joan Suski called Bingo.