Senior News

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 3

Monday, Oct. 29: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym.

Tuesday, Oct. 30: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym, small fee; Halloween Party at 1 p.m., Painter Center gym. Come dressed as your favorite ghoul or goblin and win a prize! Wednesday, Oct. 31: 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 1p.m., Painter Center Yellow Room; Senior Bowling at 1p.m., K&L Lanes in Gowanda, small fee.

Thursday, Nov. 1: Yoga with Donna at 11 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Friday, Nov. 2: Percussion & Exercise with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee; Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym; Movie Day at the Collins Library at 1 p.m. This month’s film is a drama starring Jason Clarke and Ed Helms. Popcorn will be served.

** Seats are still available for “An All American Christmas” on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Travel by comfortable coach bus, a delicious meal, show by Nashville artist “Ricky Lee,” and basket auction all for $75. To reserve a seat, call 532-2006 ext. 21. Make the check out to: “Town of Collins” and send to: Town of Collins, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. Meal choices are – chicken, fish, or vegetarian. Include the meal choice either when making your reservation or note it on your check. Checks must be received no later than Oct. 31.

**The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27 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 your name, phone number, and if planning to have the lunch. The fee for the class is $20 for AARP members/$25 for non-members. Make the check or money order (no cash) out to “AARP” and bring it with you when you check in on the day of the class. The fee for the lunch is $3 and will be collected upon check-in on the morning of the class. Class begins at 9 a.m. SHARP. Check in by 8:30 a.m. Bring your check, your AARP member card (if a member), your drivers license, and a pen.

** It’s that time of year again ! Come out and join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors as they collect donations for the Salvation Army at Shop N Save in Gowanda between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to schedule a day and time. Please help us with this worthwhile cause.

Dunkirk Senior Center News

Travel highlights:

The Dec. 12 trip to Niagara Falls Casino has a few seats left.

On Jan. 24, 2019, there will be a shopping trip to Erie. $25 includes lunch at the Golden Corral and stops at Boscov’s and other stops. Sign-up begins Dec. 10.

Upcoming trips for January through June are still being confirmed and a separate listing will be available in late November. We hope to include a couple Customer Appreciation trips, as well as an Elvis Las Vegas-style dinner show in March at Niagara Casino. More information to follow. The Easter April shopping trip is being scheduled for the week before April 22. Watch the newspaper for additional information.

Elections will be held the week of Tuesday, Nov. 13 through 16. Ballots will be posted Nov. 1 at the Dunkirk Senior Center. Each member must vote in person. The office, located at 45 Cliffstar Court, is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and Thursday all day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Collection for the 2019 membership dues will begin Nov. 1. The dues are $5 per year – no increase. The year runs Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019. You must have an active membership to participate in all programs beginning Jan. 1. Be part of this great organization, which is 650 members strong!

Newsletters will be out as of Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Grape Belt Senior News

Aerobics and Weights with Catherine on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. (Doors do not open until 8:50 a.m.)

All trips, extended as well as day trips, are open to the public; members and non-members. Fliers for upcoming trips for 2019 are available at the Center.

Trips planned for 2018 All trips: First paid, first reserved

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: Mamma Mia! – Oct. 30 – Seneca Niagara. This trip is full. Be behind Big Lots at 9:45 a.m.

Customer Appreciation at Seneca Niagara – Nov. 7. This trip is full. Be behind Big Lots at 8:15 a.m.

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

Trips planned for 2019 – details forthcoming:

May 13: DelLago Casino

May 24: BPO Star Spangled Spectacular. Includes lunch at Pearl City Grill

June 7 or 8: Yankees and Cleveland Indians Game

July: Wellsville Balloon Festival

August: Belhurst Castle in Geneva

October: Bradford dinner theater, “Witches Brew.” Zippo Museum.

Casino Trips:

Oct. 8: Carole King Tribute Nov. 5: Rat Pack Tribute

Dec. 10: The Lettermen

Extended trips for 2019:

Mid-Atlantic Rail Adventure:

April 24 to 27. Trip includes motorcoach transportation to Pittsburgh and a river cruise on the Gateway Clipper. Rail transportation to Washington, D.C. aboard Amtrak’s full-service Capitol Limited. Monuments and memorials. Baltimore – Inner Harbor. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Arlington National Cemetery. Return trip by motor coach departing from Baltimore.

New York, New York on July 4:

July 3 to 6. Includes Hyde Park – F.D. Roosevelt’s home, West Point Military Academy, Hudson River/NYC Harbor Cruise – view Macy’s fireworks from the Capt. J.P. II. Two-night stay at Edison Hotel in the Times Square area. Shopping. Tour of NYC. Broadway musical. Travel is by motor coach.

Bavarian Europe: Exact dates to be determined, but approximately Sept. 10 to 20. Includes air fare to and from Austria. Then tour Austria, Switzerland, and Germany by land. A detailed flier re: this trip is forthcoming.

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.


Mayville Senior Citizens news

Mayville Senior Citizens gathered for lunch at the Mayville VFW on Oct. 18. Our speakers, Mike Volpe and Norma Cummings, Chautauqua County Emergency Services, spoke before the meeting. They explained how the Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Response System works, answering many questions from the group. We are thankful to have this system in place!

Bonnie Johnson, President began the meeting and Dianne Goodrich did devotions followed by the secretary and treasurer’s reports. Mary Carlson listed cards sent.

Janet Loomis and Jeff Wagner, tour directors, announced that they had to combine with the Jamestown Seniors for the trip to the Erie Station Dinner Theatre. They also encouraged other senior groups in the area to share information about their trips by contacting Jeff at 753-6832, or through the United Senior Council of Chautauqua County.

President Johnson thanked the kitchen committee composed of Louise Richir, Dolly Gilbert, Joyce Ayers and Nancy Cole. All were encouraged to bring in items for the Blue Star Mothers to send to our servicemen. We were reminded that there will be a can for money donations for the Mayville Food Pantry at the Harvest Dinner. The president welcomed one guest, Patty, daughter of Priscilla and Ernest Farver. Bob Cole won the door prize!

Program Chairman Bill Tornstrom announced that at the Harvest Dinner, Saturday, Nov. 3 at noon at the Mayville VFW, our “old friends of many great performances” Steve Eng and Mark Davis, will entertain us again this year. Reservations for this dinner needed to be made prior to Oct. 24.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Oct. 23 meeting was called to order on a variable day of wind, sun and rain. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with sentiment. Vice President Joan Suski warmly welcomed guest Dixie Carlson and all welcomed back Joan’s husband, Harry with “I’m Just Wild About Harry.” Chaplain Dorothy Miniri offered prayers of thanks for the love, the food and the blessings bestowed upon us.

Few foods can warm the cockles of the heart and produce such blissful satisfaction as a bowl of fragrant, flavorful soup. Five hearty varieties were served and savored – broccoli cheese, split pea, chicken noodle, chili and stuffed pepper, with sides of bread, butter and croutons. Sweet desserts followed. Volunteers – we salute you!

Luck was a lady today and prescriptions of laughter were filled by patient/physician interactions. For example: “Doctor! Doctor! Sometimes I feel like a pair of curtains. What can I do?”“Pull yourself together!” We then recalled in song “What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love,” and it needs an assured attitude as we continue to “Accentuate the Positive and Eliminate the Negative.” Just one more thing – never forget that “All You Need is Love.”

50/50 winners were Kathy Huffman, Sue Duecker (twice). Door prizes were won by Carlson, Duecker and Sue Borowski. Jan Snyder called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Carol Prowse (a record four times!), Teri Weinheimer, Ernie Hilliker, Miniri and Eleanor Lemiszko.

At the next meeting on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. at the clubhouse, come in costume (or not) for a fun Halloween party. Cider and doughnuts will be provided by the club.

United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens met on Monday, Oct. 8, at the Fredonia Beaver Club where they enjoyed herb roasted pork loin with a side of apple sauce, hot German potato salad, vegetable medley, tossed salad and pumpkin pie for dessert. Vice President Linda Riley led the meeting with assistance from Treasurer Evonne Hennebery. The group welcomed guest Fran Smith and new members Nancy Jankowski-Kubera and Jane Penhollow. Everyone enjoyed saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing “God Bless America,” evidenced through the robust vocals heard. October birthdays were acknowledged and “Happy Birthday” to Bina Todd and Birdie Walczak!

What a tremendous job the following callers do every month in following up on membership and taking reservations: Pat Ebert, Nancy Niebel, Riley and Josie Wierczynski. Thank you!

In place of Joe Greco, member Robin Carr handled raffle tickets and the happy winners were: Jankowski- Kubera, Niebel, Fred Summerton and Gen Ludemann. A joke was shared by Russ Dalby and one from Ludemann was delivered by Carr. Many members stayed for bingo and as always just as many thanks goes out to the Bingo Ladies: Phyllis Laurito, Lucy Saeli and Rosemary Mancuso. Membership was given a variety of menu choices for the Nov. 12 meeting and all agreed to: roast turkey with side of gravy, butternut squash, stuffing, tossed salad, cranberries and apple pie with ice cream for dessert. United Senior Citizens extend the invitation to meet, greet and eat at 12 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. Reservations for lunch ($10 per) can be sent to Evonne Hennebery, PO Box 706, Dunkirk, NY 14048 by Nov. 5. May God bless you and may God bless America and guide us!