The final AARP Defensive Driving Course for the summer season will be held this Tuesday in the Community Room of the L. K. Painter Community Center. Participants are reminded to park in the back parking lot and that they should be in the classroom no later than 8:45 a.m. so that the course can start promptly at 9 a.m. Lunch payment will be due prior to the start of class.
The first fall AARP Defensive Driving Course at the Painter Center has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8. Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling 532-2507. The cost is $17 for those with valid AARP Membership Cards and $19 for all others.
A final summer Niagara Scenic Casino Express trip to Seneca Niagara Casino has been booked for Monday, Sept. 30. A minimum of 40 passengers is required with each paid patron receiving an incentive of $25 in "Slot Dollars." To receive incentives all patrons must have valid state issued photo ID in one of the following forms: passport, NYS Driver's license, NYS non-driver's license or military ID. The casino will not accept expired documents as valid identification.
The cost is $16 for residents of the Towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $17 for all others. For reservations, call 50-Plus Senior Program Coordinator Joan Byrne at 532-2507. A sign-up sheet also will be available on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Senior Room of the center.
The final day for reservations and payment is Monday, Sept. 16. Checks should be made payable to Town of Collins and mailed to Collins Town Hall, attention Joan Byrne, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034.
A motor coach will arrive at 10:30 a.m. with departure time scheduled for 10:45 a.m. from the L. K. Painter Community Center front parking lot. Please be on time.
Quilters will be taking a well-earned vacation after this Wednesday as The Friends of Collins Public Library will be busy getting the Community Room ready for the library's annual library and book sale to be held Sept. 19-21. Although the quilters will be off during the month of September, they will be contributing to the library's annual sale as they have donated some of their beautiful wares to be raffled off during the sale. The quilters will be back the first week of October along with the start of the 50-Plus Seniors fall daily activities.
Pat Tucker will be available Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room of the center for the crafters' get-together and an informal Euchre game, both starting at 1 p.m. While there is going to be a great deal of repair work going at the center during the coming month, Tucker is planning to continue the Wednesday afternoon programs if at all possible. Organizers will try to keep seniors updated on what is happening; watch this publication for news.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Social Club
The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Social Club met Wednesday with 33 members present. President Carm Tampio called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.
All departments gave their reports; all were accepted as read.
Once again, the driving course to be held Sept. 9-10 was announced. Call Tampio at 934-3349 if interested in registering. There was also a reminder about the Grape Festival.
Donations of food or money can be given to Cathy Finch from the OFA, who will be at the Sept. 4 meeting. She will talk about supplemental medical insurance.
Dorothy Miniri had surgery and it is reported she is doing well.
The committee for refreshments for the next meeting will be Josie Crino, Rita Cappello and Ruth Dolce.
Everyone enjoyed a luncheon of sausage and corn with many sides. The refreshment committee was given a round of applause for the special meal.
Bingo was called and the 50/50 winners were announced.
The next meeting will be Sept. 4 at 12:30 p.m.
New members are always welcome.
Collins Center Seniors
The next meeting of the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, Aug. 26 at the pavilion at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck picnic lunch at noon with hot dogs furnished by the club.
Members are reminded that payment is due Aug. 26 for the trips to Titusville Sept. 22, Hudson Valley Oct. 6-9 and Corning Oct. 17. It is the club's policy to present the trips at two consecutive meetings and post information in this publication at least six times. If a trip does not fill with members within that time frame, then the club will accept non-members.
The motor coach for the trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino on Aug. 20 will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main St. in Gowanda at 8:30 a.m.
On Oct. 6-9, the club will travel to the Hudson Valley for a "Fall Spectacular" with tours of West Point, the Culinary Institute of America with dinner, and much more. Seats are available.
On Oct. 17 the club will take the scenic route to the Corning Museum and enjoy the fall colors. Plans include lunch and a unique hands-on experience, wine glass sand-blasting and exploring the museum. . Seats are available and non-members are welcome.
On Nov. 7 the club has reservations for a fantastic lunch buffet at the Cove Restaurant and Banquet Facility. Members will be delighted with comedy and music from the past to the present. "Singing With The Stars" is an entertainment treat presented by Viva Voca Entertainment with Sam & Nancy, including songs from mega-stars such as Englebert, Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Patsy Cline and more. Members had a delicious Dyngus Day lunch at Coves and enjoyed a great performance from Sam & Nancy in Rochester in 2010. On the way home, the bus will stop at the Made in America Store.
From Dec. 2-4 the group will go to the annual Festival of Lights in Wheeling, WV. Over a half million twinkling lights shine brightly and there are more than 300 acres of displays. There will also be a laser light show, model train exhibit, gingerbread houses, a holiday village, great music and a stop at Cabela's.
On Dec. 8 the group will hear the joyous sounds of the Buffalo Choral Art Society for an afternoon performance at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Buffalo. Following the concert participants will have a sit-down dinner and a drive to view holiday light displays.
The group is planning another outing for Wednesday, Dec. 11. Tony Orlando will be performing at the Event Center at the Seneca Niagara Casino. Organizers will add a second motor coach if there are enough passengers to fill it. The price includes motor coach transportation, tickets to the show, slot dollars and food voucher. A $15 deposit is required to hold seats. Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome.
For additional information please contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.
The Sheridan Happy Seniors met on Friday, Aug. 16 with 33 members enjoying a pizza party. Bob Wray led the group in prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America" and the "Happy Senior Song."
Vice President Shirley Sikorski called roll. Clara Griffin served as secretary due to the death of the club's secretary, Sue Townsend. The group's prayers go out to her family. Both the secretary's and treasurer's reports were approved as read.
A gift of $100 was warmly received in memory of Mabel Warner from her Class of '46 schoolmates. The seniors' thanks go out to Jean Dalrymple for promoting this.
Joanne Martin told the group about joining the Brant Seniors for a trip on Oct. 9 to a dinner and "follies" show. If interested call Joanne at 934-3458.
A nominating committee consisting of Marge Fancher, Martin and Jo Wehust was formed in search of 2014 officers. Fancher will look into a restaurant for a fall dinner.
Prizes for the baby picture contest were awarded to five members with Marge Crosgrove winning the first place prize of $20. The Riles & Woolley drawing went to Carolyn Wood and the 50/50 winnings to Bob Fancher and Jeanne Strawser. Bingo was played with cash prizes awarded by the club.
A "Make Your Own Sundae" social will follow the next meeting on Aug 30. New members are welcome.
The Brocton-Portland Seniors invite other area seniors to see "Give My Regards to Broadway" at the Station Dinner Theater in Erie, Pa. on Sept. 25. Visitors will love hearing some of their favorite show tunes, like "Some Enchanted Evening," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "New York, New York" and more!
The bus will depart from the Brocton American Legion 10:30 a.m., and from Fredonia at the Dollar General parking lot on Main St. at 11 a.m.
The trip will cost $69 per person, and includes motor coach transportation; dinner with two meats, soup, salad, two sides, bread, dessert and a beverage; and gratuity. For reservations, call Mary at 792-9748.
Silver Creek Seniors
The Silver Creek Seniors met at noon on Aug. 20. The 29 members attending enjoyed a corn roast with many goodies.
All members recited the pledge to the flag and sang "God Bless America."
President Ed Newman asked Chaplin Irene Conny for a prayer. Lorrie Newman read a cute story.
Bart Adams and Rose Falcone won prizes. Bud Anger, Pat Corwin and Carl Mohart won the 50/50 prizes.
Those having July and August birthdays will be honored at the next meeting on Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. Mary Congdon and Irene Conny will be in charge of dessert.
Ernie Hilliker called Bingo.
A boat trip on the Summer Wind is planned for Sept. 14. All seniors will meet at 1:30 at the Silver Creek Senior Center to carpool. Pizza will be served on the boat.
Prayers are requested for Dorothy Miniri who had surgery on Aug. 21.
Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Seniors are looking forward to their first annual pot luck picnic scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Dunkirk Lighthouse. There are already 50 people registered. Hot dogs and rolls will be provided and there will be bottled water to drink. In addition, everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass. Although there are some picnic tables, participants might want to bring lawn chairs as well. An optional tour of the lighthouse will take place after lunch. The $8 fee for the tour helps to maintain the lighthouse and museum.
There are still some seats available for the Aug. 26 trip to the Seneca Allegany Casino and for the trip to St. Jacobs, Ontario on Oct. 10. Call Judy at 672-5778 to reserve a seat for either trip.
Tai Chi class will meet at 10:30 next Monday and Friday. Exercise class resumes on Monday, Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. followed by a very friendly coffee hour.
Readers' Theatre will be starting up again on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. President Stella Michalak led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "My Prayer" was given by Loretta Hemink.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read by Carol Kozlowski and Jean Kubera.
The treasurer's report was given by Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted as read by Betsy Standera with a second by Sandy Tapasto.
Attendance prizes were won by Nancy Woloszyn, Irene Christopher and Carrie Gawronski. The helper of the day was Christopher. Others assisted.
There will be a bake sale on Aug. 30, sponsored by the Office for the Aging. It will raise money for Alzheimer's awareness and research. It will begin at 10 a.m. and run until all baked goods are sold out.
On Sept. 4, there will be a club picnic after the meeting for all members who are paid up. Contact club officers to pay dues.
Sept. 19 will feature a health fair, sponsored by the Dunkirk Senior Center and the Office for the Aging. There will be raffles and prizes, and flu shots and blood pressure screenings will be available.