Senior News

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of June 24 to 30

Sunday: Pickle Ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., Collins Town Park

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.

** Just announced – Join The Collins 50 Plus Seniors for “An All American Christmas” on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. This exciting holiday show features Nashville recording artist “Ricky Lee” performing your holiday favorites! Dinner, show, auction, and travel by comfortable coach bus, all for $75. To sign up, call 532-2006 ext. 21.

** The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the L.K. Painter Community Center in Collins. To sign up, call 532-2006 ext. 21 and leave a message with name, phone number, and indicating if planning to purchase the lunch. The fee for the class is $20 for AARP members / $25 for non-members. Make the check out to: “AARP” and send to: Town of Collins, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. The fee for the lunch is $3. and will be collected on the morning of the class upon check-in. Class size is limited to 27, so call early.

Dunkirk Senior Center trips

The trip schedule is as follows;

Day trips:

Wednesday, July 18: Lockport Canal Cruise and lunch trip to Becker Farms. $97 per person includes cruise, lunch and bus trip. Seats still available.

Monday, July 30: del Lago customer appreciation trip, includes $25 slot bonus and free buffet. $36 per person. SOLD OUT, WAITING LIST ONLY.

Tuesday, Aug. 28: Seneca Niagara Casino, includes $25 slot bonus and $5 food credit, $31 per person, sign-up in progress.

Monday, Sept. 17: del Lago customer appreciation casino trip, includes $25 slot bonus and free buffet. $36 per person. Sign-up begins Monday, July 16 at 9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27: Fall mystery trip. Enjoy a scenic ride and enjoy lunch where choices are pulled pork, roasted turkey or pancakes. Other fun stops along the way. $70 per person. Sign-up begins Monday, July 23 at 9 a.m.

Extended trip:

Sept. 9 through 13: Atlantic City Casino trip. $430 per double, $610 per single. SOLD OUT, WAITING LIST ONLY.

October, November and December trips will be announced in the OBSERVER, and by fliers at the Senior Center beginning early July with sign-ups in August. These will be one day trips.

Stop by the Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court, for fliers. With questions, call the Center at 366-7530.

Mt. Carmel Seniors Social Club News

Over 25 Mt. Carmel seniors and guests attended the club’s annual strawberry fest event. The occasion also earmarked the end of spring and beginning of summer. A report was provided on members who currently are undergoing medical care.

Following a brief business meeting a committee of Melanie Bates, Rita Cappello, Janet Lasker and Carm Tampio created world class home-grown strawberry shortcakes for the group.

The next normally scheduled meeting has been cancelled due to it occurring on the July 4th Independence Day holiday.

The next club function is now scheduled for Wednesday, July 18 at the Mt. Carmel Auditorium and will feature a hot dog cookout.

The committee assigned for the hot dog roast is: Bates, Phyliss Burghardt, Gene and Virginia Chesbro and Vince Tampio.

Texas Bingo was played by most of the attendees to close out the meeting. Memberships remain open to seniors age 55 and older.

Interested seniors may contact Club Vice President Pauline Flitt at 934 4324 for details.

Silver Creek Seniors

The June 19 meeting opened with vice president Joan Suski presiding. Guest Cindy Anger of Silver Creek, Joan and Harry Suski’s daughter, was greeted with welcoming smiles. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with significance.

Pauline Flitt announced that she had tickets available for Forestville’s St. Rose of Lima 35th annual chicken barbecue lawn fete and drawing on Aug. 5.

After Chaplain Dorothy Miniri invoked blessings of thanks for food provided and for God’s presence that brings us, young and old together, an abundant array of assorted sandwiches were served to please every palate. We tried an unusual open sandwich with salmon caught and smoked by Sue Duecker’s nephew Paul Mazur of Lexington, Kentucky, then arranged on rye bread with whipped cream cheese and dill from Sue’s garden and garnished with chive flowers. It was so good and so healthy! Side dishes of tuna and shelled pasta, deviled eggs, dried and fresh fruits and a heap of desserts completed the excellent edibles, thanks to our generous volunteers.

Doctors generally agree that 50 to 70 percent of illness is related to stress. To help reduce stress and to relax and unwind, “pack up all your cares and woes” and come to our cozy clubhouse where “there’s always an extra cup of coffee we’d be glad to share” and you’ll be greeted with that friendly melodious air “Hi Neighbor,” ( “throw all your worries away today”).

50/50 winners were Jan Snyder, Mary Ann Seibert and Flitt. Door prizes won by Harry Suski, Jen Zlotnick and Flitt. Ernie Hilliker called bingo and the winners were Miniri twice, Mary Congdon, Eleanor Lemiszko, Flitt thrice, Sue Borowski, Lorraine Bailey, Snyder and Zlotnick.

At the June 26 meeting at 1 p.m. at the Silver Creek clubhouse, a strawberry shortcake festive celebration is planned.

United Senior Citizens

Thirty eight United Senior Citizens met June 11 at the Fredonia Beaver Club to enjoy Brandi’s set-up of chicken and biscuits, smashed red potatoes, vegetable medley, salad and fresh strawberry shortcake.

Genevieve Ludemann, greeter and attendance taker, offered a list of ideas for future guest speakers.

Vice President Linda Riley led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Evonne Hennebery leading “God Bless America” and member Kathy Damiano giving the invocation.

June birthday acknowledgements were given to members Charles Alaimo, Anthony Borrello, Robin Carr, Gina Fedele, Jeanne Hauser, Phyllis Laurito, Gen Ludemann, Linda Riley and Margaret Jagoda. New members welcomed were Silvana Bajdas, Les Fuller, Bob and Margaret Jagoda, Deb Messere and Don Reinhoudt.

After lunch, guest speaker Judy Blitz presented the program ‘Walking With Ease’ available through the Office for the Aging. Mobility is a factor in longevity and the WWE program masters the ease of warm-ups within the one hour light walking exercise. The six week program is already underway at the John W. Dill American Legion with well-received reviews. If there reigns enough interest, a Fredonia program will take place in September and run six weeks.

Finishing the meeting, Russ Dalby presented two jokes and Raffle Man, Joe Greco Jr., surprised John Wiedenhoffer, Ed McClenathan, Kathy Damiano and Tina Richthammer with 50/50 winnings.

The United Senior Citizens meet the second Monday of the month at the Fredonia Beaver Club, 64 Prospect St., Fredonia. Members enjoy catered lunches, recreation, camaraderie, bingo and occasional guest speakers.

The next meeting will take place on July 9 at noon. Lunch will consist of Chicken Caprese, pasta salad, tossed salad with homemade dressing, fresh green beans, roll and butter and key lime pie. To reserve a lunch for you and/or a guest, send $10 check per lunch made out to United Senior Citizens to Evonne Hennebery, PO Box 706, 44 East Fifth St., Dunkirk, NY 14048 by July 2.