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Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of June 3 – 9

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

Tuesday: “Lockport Locks and Erie Canal” day trip. The bus leaves the front parking lot of the L.K. Painter Center, 2355 Main St., Collins at 8:30 a.m. and returns by 4:30 p.m.; Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym. Small fee. (This will be the last class until September)

Wednesday: Exercises with Pat at 10 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.

** Our programs slow down for the summer months and will pick up again as we get into September.

Dunkirk Senior Citizens travel updates

The June trips are full. There is a waiting list only for these trips.

The Atlantic City resorts trip Sept. 9 to 13 is full, with a waiting list only.

The August Thousand Islands trip has been cancelled.

Upcoming trips:

Wednesday, July 18: The Lockport Canal Cruise, which includes lunch and a visit to Becker Farms, is now booking. Seats are available at the member price of $97.

Monday, July 30: The delLago trip is full, with a waiting list only.

Tuesday, Aug. 28: Seneca Niagara regular casino trip. The $31 price includes $25 slot bonus and a $5 food credit. Sign-up starts Monday, June 11.

Monday, Sept. 17, customer appreciation delLago trip. $36 member price includes $25 slot bonus and free buffet. Sign-up begins Monday July 16.

Thursday, Sept. 27 mystery trip ride with a lunch choice of pulled pork, roasted turkey or pancakes. Side stops along the way. $70 per member. Some walking. Sign-up begins Monday, July 23.

The next update for September and fall 2018 will be available the second week of June. Watch the OBSERVER, the Dunkirk Senior newsletter and postings.


Aerobics and Weights with Catherine takes place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m.

Readers’ Theatre is held the first Wednesday of the month, 10:30 a.m., at the Center.

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 All trips: First paid, first reserved

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 should have been made by now.

Boston, Massachusetts – Aug. 2 to 5. Final payment due by June 8.

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. 3. (Proof of citizenship required).

Casino Trips – Need to bring photo ID:

Oh, What a Night! – June 26 – Seneca Allegany – $75 due now.

Customer Appreciation at Seneca Allegany – June 27. This trip is full.

delLAGO Casino – July 9. This trip is full.

Mamma Mia! – Oct. 30 – Seneca Niagara. $75 due by Sept. 16.

Customer Appreciation at Seneca Niagara – Nov. 7. $25 due by Sept. 30. Get $30 free slots and buffet.

The Drifters White Christmas – Dec. 11 at Seneca Niagara. $75 due by Oct. 29.

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. Final payment is due June 1.

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.

David Wendt will be coming to the Center for a pre-departure meeting for the Philadelphia/Lancaster County trip on Wednesday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m.

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.

Silver Creek Seniors

The May 29 meeting opened to a day of attentive contemplation. President Ed Newman gave a warm welcome back to Marilyn Flint. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with reverence.

Chaplain Dorothy Miniri offered prayers of thanks and remembrance, especially for all veterans who served and gave their lives for our country.

A picnic atmosphere of beans and franks prevailed along with side orders of pickles, pepperoni and pepper cheese, salsa with scoops, cole slaw and veggies. Desserts that beckoned us were doughnuts, cinnamon cake, Hello Dolly cookies and cool watermelon. They helped to lighten our hearts. Sincere thanks to all who contributed.

Today we continued to memorialize our fallen heroes and dedicated our memory songs to honor all veterans. Please “Say a Prayer for the Boys Over There,” so that they all return to “America the Beautiful,” where every American will proudly proclaim “This is My Country,” as they pray that wars will be no more.

50/50 winners were Dorothy Merrill, Judy Hahn and Joe Ark. Door prizes were won by Flint, Shirley Sikorski and Mary Ann Seibert. President Newman called “Tax Your Mind” bingo and the winners were Ed Lemiszko, Joan Suski, Miniri (thrice), Ellyn Sutehall and Jean McDaneld.

At the next meeting on June 5 at 1 p.m. at the clubhouse, a pizza party will be offered, along with volunteer innovative side orders. Cachinnation will be on the entertainment menu.

United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens will host June’s meeting on Monday, June 11 at the Fredonia Beaver Club, 64 Prospect St. at noon. June’s catered lunch will be chicken and biscuits, redskin smashed potatoes, fresh vegetable medley, tossed salad with homemade dressings and strawberry shortcake. Send your $10 lunch reservation payment made out to the United Senior Citizens to Evonne Hennebery, PO Box 706, Dunkirk, N.Y. 14048 by June 4. Come, treat yourself and/or a friend to a nice lunch, meet Brandi, the gal who makes it happen, and enjoy your patriotic side while getting to know your officers for the 2018-2019 year. You’ll have such a nice time, you may even wind up staying for bingo!

Westfield Senior Citizens

At the recent Westfield Senior Citizens meeting, President Pat Sciarrino read a prayer before our dish to pass supper at 6 p.m. at the YWCA. Sheriff Joseph Gerace shared important information on how to make our yards and homes safer and how to protected from scams, identity theft, smart all for cell phones. He also showed us security systems to get for our yards and homes, and how to report suspicious activity.

Members thanked him for the information on how to make our lives safer.

The meeting opened at 8 p.m. with 28 members including four new members with the “Pledge of Allegiance” and “God Bless America.”

Pat Sciarrino shared a devotion with members after Shirley Kolpien told a couple jokes. New members were introduced.

Ron VanOrd gave information o bus trips and a clipboard was passed to members for sign-ups.

Sunshine chairman, Dolores Kaufman reported birthdays for May: Al Wainwright. Betty Ward, Pat Sciarrino and John and Shirley Kolpien’s anniversary. She reported that Mamie Criscione, a long-time member is now at the former Chautauqua home.

The 50/50 was won by Al Wainwright, door prize was won by Dolores Kaufman, and Pauline Emilson gave packets of zinnia seeds to members.

The auction of garden items of flowers, seeds, and gloves was won by Ron VanOrd. Nancy Peters has offered to bring an item next month.

Erin Haumenstein, Patterson Library Director, will speak on programs for seniors at our June 14 meeting. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass and personal table service. Kitchen committee: Joyce Wainwright, Eric Kriealen and Lolita Ramos.

A closing was recited by Pat and members recited the “Serenity Prayer.”