Senior News Briefs

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Oct. 7 to 13

Sunday, Oct. 7: Pickle Ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., Collins Town Park.

Monday, Oct. 8: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym.

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym. Small fee.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: 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 Yellow Room; Senior Bowling at 1p.m. at K&L Lanes in Gowanda, small fee.

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

Friday, Oct. 12: Percussion & Exercise with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee; Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym; Potluck Lunch at noon, Painter Center Yellow Room., Bring a dish to pass – everyone is welcome !

** Join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors 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 your seat call 532-2006 ext. 21. Make your 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 you would like to have the lunch. The fee for the class is $20 for AARP members / $25 for non-members. Make your 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 AARP member card(if a member), your drivers license, and a pen.

Dunkirk Senior Center news

The September/October newsletter is ready for pick-up Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Dunkirk Senior Center, located at 45 Cliffstar Court, hosts a number of programs and special events.

Zumba Gold (low-key, sitting or standing) will start Oct 10 at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per session.

An overnight casino trip to del LAGO Resort & Casino is planned for Sunday, Nov. 18 and Monday, Nov. 19. Registration for this trip has begun. The $175 (double occupancy) cost includes $30 in slot play bonus upon arrival, lodging, dinner buffet and $10 breakfast credit to the Sociale Cafe. Optional insurance for double occupancy can be purchased at $17. See fliers for details. Taking reservations now.

Seneca Allegany Casino Customer Appreciation Trip: Tuesday, Nov. 27. $25 per person includes $30 slot bonus and free lunch buffet. Sign-up has begun.

Seneca Niagara Casino Customer Appreciation Trip: Wednesday, Dec. 12. $29 per person includes $30 slot bonus and free lunch buffet. Sign-up begins Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Call 366-7530 weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon to make reservations for trips or activities.

Grape Belt Senior News

Aerobics and Weights with Catherine on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. This month’s luncehon is Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Center. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.

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 motorcoach 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 motorcoach.

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.

David Wendt will be at the Center on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss all of the extended trips for 2019.

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 met Sept. 22

About 55 people enjoyed a wonderful chicken barbecue along with a variety of salads, casseroles and desserts. Our speaker, Patrick Sweeney, Chautauqua County District Attorney, filled us in on some of the problems our county is dealing with like drugs and homelessness. We so appreciated him taking the time to talk with us and answering our questions. A highlight was meeting his wife and children!

A shortened meeting followed. Bonnie Johnson called in one of the chicken barbecue cooks and presented them with our tip! Jeff Wagner stated that full payment for the Erie Station Trip was due on Oct. 18. Our kitchen committee, composed of Louise Richir, Dolly Gilbert and Nancy Cole was thanked. Johnson stated our Harvest Dinner will be Nov. 3 at a $5 cost for members and $10 for non-members, but you need to sign up on sheets that will be available at the next two meetings. Door prizes were won by Pat Szepankiewicz and Richir.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Oct. 2 meeting was called to order on the first Tuesday of the tenth month. President Ed Newman welcomed new member Betty Moores and guest Kaitlyn Swaenepoel, granddaughter of the Newmans. The President then offered thanks to Joan Suski for her fall decorating touches, and to Sue Duecker for adorning each table with pumpkins and gourds. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with respect. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri invoked blessings of thanks for the food prepared and the bounty received in the garden of prayer.

The Matt Brunner Catering Service pleased everyone highly with an Installation luncheon of scalloped potatoes and ham and tossed lettuce salad on the side. Desserts of a special “congratulations” sheet cake and apple pie like Mom used to make were offered by our appreciated volunteers.

Kaitlyn delighted the group with an instrumental presentation on one of the higher wind instruments – the oboe. Its tones are reedy and penetrating, suited for pastoral effects, bringing to mind the rustic lives and manners of shepherds and herdsmen of old. It was as if we journeyed back in time to more peaceful times.

The Honorable Judge Walter Klyczek presided over the ceremonial installation of officers, giving each one possession of his or her office rank or order by way of oaths of honor and service to the club and its members. It was a pleasure to receive the gifts of time and presence of both Judge Klyczek and his wife Nancy.

50/50 winners were Sue Borowski, Miniri and Bob Sutehall. Door prizes were won by Jen Zlotnik, Ernie Hilliker and Teri Weinheimer. President Newman called mind-sharpening bingo, and the winners were Bea Ortolano, Lorrie Newman, Jan Snyder (twice), Thelma Hilliker, Ernie Hilliker, Eleanor Lemiszko and Miniri (twice).

The meeting ended with the singing of “Young at Heart.”

At the next meeting on Oct. 9, pizza will be served, and September and October birthdays will be celebrated with cake and ice cream.

Westfield Senior Citizens

25 members joined together for a supper at the YWCA.

After dinner, the Woollett sisters entertained us with instruments and beautiful songs were enjoyed by everyone.

Our meeting was opened with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Shirley Kolpien shared a couple of jokes with us. President Pat Sciarrino read the devotion “I am the vine, you are the branches.”

The secretary’s report was read and accepted.

Ann Cochran read Pat Evert’s treasurer’s report. The report was accepted by members.

Sunshine chairman Dolores Kaufman reported birthdays for Pauline Emilson and Lucile Inwood (91). Hoyt and Elaine Prince celebrated their 72nd anniversary. A sympathy card was sent to Gerri Harper on the loss of her daughter-in-law Cindy.

Get well wishes went out to Sylvia Colbey and Ron Van Ord.

We will have a pizza party in October. Dave and Ann Cochran will order and pick up the pizzas. Members are asked to pay $5. Joyce Wainwright will provide salad.

Emilson will look into subs for our November meeting. She is also asking members to bring auction items in October so they are organized for sale in November.

The New Horizons Sax group will entertain us in November.

Kent Knappenberger will bring W.A.C.S. string group and singers for our Oct. 11 meeting. They will perform at noon before our pizza party.

50/50 was won by Harper. The door prize was won by Merle Wertz.

The club members voted that our summer meetings start at 5 instead of 6.

The kitchen committee for October is Wainwright, Carol Reynolds and Julie Holland.

Kaufman suggested that the club buy a new flag for the Y.W.C.A. No decision was made by members.

The meeting ended with our Serenity Prayer.