Senior news

Silver Creek Seniors

The April 17 meeting opened on an unusual snowy spring day. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with homage. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri invoked blessings of thanks and expressed gratitude for those who braved the weather to take part in the spirit of friendship and togetherness.

Everyone then forgathered to share the bountiful supply of shrimp cocktail, salads, fruits and desserts, which were received with eagerness. Thanks to all those who provided the goodness.

President Ed Newman then introduced honored guest speaker Silver Creek School Superintendent Todd Crandall, who presented highlights of programs approved and of the 2018-2019 budget. Proposition numbers 1 and 2 were reviewed and evaluated. Voting will be on Tuesday, May 15 from 1 to 9 p.m. in the high school lobby .

We continue to test our memories with songs of long ago as we recall “Love’s Old Sweet Song” published in 1884. Add to that a request “Cuddle Up a Little Closer” and the nostalgia is complete.

The 50/50 winners were Joan Suski, Ernie Hilliker and Judy Hahn. Door prizes were won by Jen Zlotnick, Miniri and Shirley Sikorski. Ernie Hilliker called bingo and the winners were Lorrie Newman twice, Lorraine Bailey twice, Thelma Hilliker, Harry Suski, Eleanor Lemiszko, Sally Shevlin and Miniri.

At the April 24 meeting at 1 p.m. at the Senior clubhouse on Route 5, comfort soups will comprise the main dish of the day. The meeting closed with the promise of staying “Young at Heart.” Several members remained to enjoy a fun-fest of dominoes.

Seniors 55 or older are always welcome to join us.

Mt. Carmel Seniors Social Club

Due to a conflict with the meeting facility, Club President Carm Tampio rescheduled the second monthly meeting in April from April 18 to a new date of Wednesday, April 25, at 12:30 p.m. in the Mt. Carmel Auditorium.

The refreshment committee assigned is Josie Crino and Nancy Greco.

Dunkirk Senior Citizens

Catherine has returned to conduct aerobics on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court, Dunkirk.

Also, the Seniors wish to offer a reminder that pinochle is played Mondays and Fridays at the Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

For information about additional programs, check the newsletter or call the Center at 366-7530.

Grape Belt Seniors

Aerobics and Weights with Catherine has resumed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m.

Readers’ Theatre is the first Wednesday of the month, 10:30 a.m., at the Center. The next date is May 2.

All trips, extended as well as day trips, are open to the public; members and non-members. Fliers for upcoming trips for 2018 are available at the Center.

Trips planned for 2018

Phantom of the Opera: May 6 is full. Depart from behind Big Lots at 10:15 a.m.

Forest Lawn Trolley & History: May 30th – with lunch at Curly’s Grille and visit to Pierce Arrow Museum. Payment is due by May 1. Be behind Big Lots at 8:15 a.m.

Thousand Islands: July 15 to 16. Riverside Resort in Alexandria Bay. Visit Sonnenberg Gardens; mansion tour, and wine tasting. Boat Cruise and visit to Boldt Castle and Singer Castle. Payment due by June 1. Deposit of $75 per person to reserve seats is due now.

Boston, Massachusetts: Aug. 2 to 5. Final payment due by June 15.

A Dam Good Trip: Aug. 22. Mt. Morris Dam, lunch at Big Tree Inn, Abbey of the Genesee with Vespers. Payment due July 5.

A Christmas Carol at Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake: Nov. 18. Lunch at Pillar and Post Inn with time for downtown after performance. Payment due by Oct. 10. (Proof of citizenship required).

Casino Trips: Need to bring photo ID:

Oh, What a Night!: June 26 – Seneca Allegany (correction of previous information). $75 due by May 15.

Customer Appreciation at Seneca Allegany: June 27 – $31 due June 1. Get $30 free slot dollars and free lunch buffet.

delLAGO Casino: July 9. $32 due by June 7. Get $25 free slots plus free lunch buffet, with a stop at Sauder’s Amish Store.

Mamma Mia!: Oct. 30 – Seneca Niagara. $75 due by Sept. 15.

Customer Appreciation at Seneca Niagara: Nov. 7. $25 due by Oct 6. Get $30 free slots and buffet.

The Drifters White Christmas: Dec. 11 at Seneca Niagara. $75 due by Nov.5.

Extended trips for 2018:

The Nova Scotia & Maritimes of Canada: 8 days and 7 nights. Sept. 12 to 19. Proof of citizenship is required. Round trip scheduled air and motorcoach transportation. Visit Peggy’s Cove, Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Cabot Trail, Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island National Park, Green Gables, St. John and Reversing Falls, Bay of Fundy, and Annapolis Valley.

Historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County: June 19 to 21. Includes guided sightseeing tour of Philadelphia, Colonial dinner at City Tavern, Independence Park, Liberty Bell Pavillion, Sight & Sound Millennium Theater’s “Jesus,” followed by dinner at Miller’s Smorgasbord, Valley Forge National Historical Park, and more.

For information and to sign up for any of the extended trips, call Marianne Serio at 672-5274. For more information and to sign up for any day trips, call Judy Marino at 672-5778.

Find Grape Belt Seniors on Facebook. Active members are eligible to join the FB group.

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be April 23 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

The motor coach for all our trips departs from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda. Departure time for the trip on May 8 to “del Lago” is 7:30 a.m..

May 16 for “IT’S MAGIC.” Seniors are going to Niagara Falls, Ontario to the Butterfly Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and to the Greg Frewein Theater. Departure time is 8 a.m. NOTE: valid passport or enhanced driver’s license required.

Seats are available on June 10 as travelers head to the Lucille Ball Little Theater and Museum. The agenda includes a guided “Lucy’s Hometown Tour,” then a visit to the Lucy Desi Museum followed by a delicious brunch at the Tropicana Room. “Are We There Yet” is a fantastic show about a roller coaster ride through the lives of modern American families. This merry musical romp includes everything from hysterical family car trips, a mother praying for her son’s base ball hits, ballet lessons and the joy of sex after 60. Payment is due April 23.

June 21 is a “Patriotic USA Tour.” The first stop will be Russell Salvatore’s Patriots & Hero’s Park honoring those who served our country! Next, the group will head to the new Made In America Store for a pork loin luncheon in their Special Event Center and celebrate hits of the 1940s, 50s and 60s in the style of the Andrews Sisters, keeping the spirit of the swing era alive.

June 27 is Customer Appreciation Day at the Seneca Allegany Casino.

“Lockport Locks & Canal Cruise” is July 30. Seniors will travel to historic Lockport and experience “locking through” and being raised the 49-foot elevation of the Niagara Escarpment in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal. Pass under bridges that raise straight up, see water cascade over Lockport’s famous “Flight of Five” 1840’s locks. Travelers will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch canal-side then head to Platters Chocolates — it’s where all the magic happens.

NEW: Information will be available at the April meeting for an awesome trip to the “Top of New England” Sept. 23 to 28 to Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. Included: Spirit of Ethan Luncheon Cruise, Von Trapp Historic Guided Tour, Making of the WWII Memorial, Loon Mountain Sky Ride and Summit Adventure w/Entertainment, Sluicing for Gems, Maine Moose Safari and Nature Tour and more.

For additional information visit the web site at www.knowhowtours.com/collinscenter or 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.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of April 22 to 28

Sunday: Pickle Ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Monday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym.

Tuesday: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee; Soup and Sandwich Lunch at noon. Come out and join us for a delicious lunch of homemade vegetable beef soup and egg salad sandwich, desert and drink for only $3.

Wednesday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym; Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room; Games & Crafts with Pat at 1 p.m., Painter Center Rose Room.

Thursday: Beginning Yoga at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym.

Friday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym.

** Seats are still available for the “Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruise” day trip on Tuesday, June 5. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up. Make the check out to “Town of Collins” and mail to: Town of Collins, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. Checks are due no later than May 2.

United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens held its monthly luncheon meeting at the Fredonia Beaver Club on April 9 with 24 in attendance. Lunch consisted of fruit punch, stuffed shells, vegetable medley, tossed salad, garlic bread and carrot cake.

Nancy Niebel was the greeter/attendance taker in Gen Ludemann’s absence. Treasurer Evonne Hennebery led everyone in the “Pledge of Allegiance” and the singing of “God Bless America.”

The Invocation was given by Phyllis Laurito.

After the lovely lunch, April birthdays were announced and “Happy Birthday” was sung honoring those present and absent: Marge Gennuso, Carm Johnson, Elaine Bentham, Barb Centner, Josephine Christopher, Edward McClenathan and Charles St. George.

The slate of officers was presented by the nominating committee and the election will take place at the May 14 meeting. President: Mary Matteson, Vice President: Linda Riley, Treasurer: Evonne Hennebery, Corresponding/ Recording Secretary: Robin Carr.

Rose Cerrie announced the Share & Care organization will be hosting a meatloaf dinner on Saturday, April 28 at the Fredonia Beaver Club. Bingo will be at 11:30 a.m., followed by the lunch and the cost is $8. For information/tickets, contact Cerrie at 679-4386 or Laurito at 679-1060.

The raffle was led by Joe Greco Jr. and Carm Johnson, while bingo was led by Doris LaSpada and Cerrie.

The United Senior Citizens meet the second Monday of the month at the Fredonia Beaver Club at noon. Members enjoy catered lunches, recreation, bingo and camaraderie. The next meeting will be May 14 and lunch will consist of: lemon-rosemary balsamic chicken quarters, roasted red potatoes, fresh green beans, tossed salad, Italian bread and cherry pie. To reserve a lunch, send a $10 check made out to United Senior Citizens to: Evonne Hennebery, PO Box 706, 44 East Fifth St., Dunkirk, NY 14048 by May 7.