Senior News Briefs

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met Oct. 30 at the Brocton Legion by President Linda Riley opening the meeting with Bob Jagoda leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Wendy Black giving a prayer of thanks. Committee members Liz Stahlman, Tom DeJoe, Beulah Williams and Dorothy Reading had the tables set with fall leaf streamers, lighted candles, pumpkins of all kinds, and homemade chocolates. They served Legion’s Chef, Sham Allen’s meat loaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, roll, with apple pie and ice cream. The Brocton Central School band with director Brian Hornbuckle gave a concert starting with the “Star Spangled Banner,” then a musical series, well-played and enjoyed by 50 seniors. The BCS Christmas Concert is Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Henry Link was the Judge of the 17 Halloween costumes. Winners were: Rick Cranston, Lady in Red; Pat Yochim, Lucy; Mary Tripi, prisoner; Julia Schrantz, Raggedy Ann; Linda Riley, Southern Belle and Beverly Burton, Lady Bug. Opportunities were made for donations to the Food Pantry West Portland and the Children’s Food Fund.

Tour Guide Margaret Jagoda reported on the Casino Seneca Allegany trip on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The last date to pay and reserve is Saturday, Dec. 1. The cost is $30, with $30 play funds and free buffet. Call Margaret at 792-7385 for all the information.

The nomination committee is Cranston, Bob and Margaret Jagoda, Carm Johnson and Jane Penharlow, for voting in November with installation in December. An anniversary of 37 years was celebrated by Bob and Margaret Jagoda. Birthday celebrations for October were Bev Burton, Marion Delcamp, Edie Seekings, Judy Travis and Fran Smith. Door prizes were won by Lena Elliott and Pat Zanghi, followed by eight lucky raffle winners.

The next meeting is Nov. 27, the last Tuesday of the month. The committee is Riley, George and Judy Travis and Cranston. Legion Chef Sham will do a catered Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, cranberry sauce and dessert. The last date to reserve and to sign up is Nov. 20, one week before the Nov. 27 meeting. The cost is $5 with member reservation, so call Rita Stonefoot at 792-4565. Members are to bring their own personal table service.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Nov. 11 to 17

Monday, Nov. 12: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym, small fee. Wednesday, Nov. 14: 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. 8: Yoga with Donna at 11 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Friday, Nov. 9: Percussion & Exercise with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee; Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym; Community Service with Pat at 1 p.m., Painter Center. Come out and help Pat and the group with an arts project being constructed for the Gowanda Nursing Home or play cards.

** 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 driver’s 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. Help us with this worthwhile cause.

Collins Center Seniors News

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Nov. 26 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

A carload of food was collected at the October meeting for the Gowanda Food Pantry. Thank you to all of our members for your generosity.

Once again, this year the Collins Center Seniors will be collecting letters for Santa. The letters will be deposited in a special mail box at Macy’s Department store at the Galleria Mall. Macy’s donates $1 to Make a Wish Foundation for every letter deposited. The money generated from that store will stay in Western New York. Last year we collected 9,878 letters and deposited them on Macy’s “Believe Day” when they donated $2 for each letter which totaled $19,756. Anyone can write a letter to Santa. Believe & Dream Big wish for: a better year for the family down the street who have fallen on hard times or a cure for cancer or a new Harley motorcycle or a spa day or a 12-point buck. We aren’t asking for money just a minute of your time to write a letter or more. Look for Santa collection bags at various business and schools. Thank you for your support with this fun and worthwhile project.

NOTE: The final itinerary and luggage tags will be mailed to passengers for the “CHRISTMAS IN THE OHIO VALLEY” trip Nov. 28 to 30 as soon as we receive everything. Departure will be from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda.

Departure time will be 10:15 a.m. for “THE DRIFTERS WHITE CHRISTMAS SHOW” Dec. 11 at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

We are working on a trip in the middle of May 2019 to Annapolis, Ocean City, Maryland and Chincoteague (where the wild horses are) with stops in Lancaster and Shanksville, Pennsylvania on our way home. We hope to have fliers and sign up sheets for the trip in December.

Arrangements are incomplete for a trip to the Thousand Islands Aug. 18-21, 2019. We will enjoy a fabulous “Two Nation Lunch Cruises,” Tours of Boldt Castle and the (possibly haunted) Singer Castle with a tour of the Antique Boat Museum. Fliers and sign up sheets will be available when all the details are complete.

We put a lot of time and planning in to our trips and try to make them fun and memorable for all of our wonderful passengers. Our motto is “IF IT’S NOT FUN, WHY DO IT?”

We wish everyone a wonderful THANKSGIVING.

For additional information visit our 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

Dunkirk Senior Center News

The Dunkirk Senior Center, located at 45 Cliffstar Court, will hold a Christmas sing-a-long on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. Peter Miller will lead us in song, accompanied by Lester Fuller on the piano. We will serve cookies, hot chocolate, coffee, tea or juice and will have Christmas door prizes. No fee is involved and no sign-up is necessary. Just come and join in the fun.

Special Big Bingos will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14 and Wednesday, Dec. 12. There will be a special $5 admission charge. Doors open at 3 p.m., and bingo will start at 3:30 p.m. Dinner will follow bingo. This is a holiday special to all Dunkirk Senior Citizen members!

Travel updates and new information for 2019

An Allegany Casino trip is booked for Tuesday, Jan. 8 for the member price of $26 per person. This includes $25 casino bonus and a $5 food voucher. Sign-up will begin Monday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m.

A shopping trip to Erie (with three stops) will take place Thursday, Jan. 24. The price per person is $25. Lunch will be at the Golden Corral. It includes all tips. Sign-up begins Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Monday, Feb. 18, Presidents Day, will be a Presque Isle Casino trip. The cost of $26 per person includes $25 casino bonus. There is no food allowance. Sign-up begins Monday, Jan. 7.

Monday, March 11 is a trip to del Lago. The member cost is $35 per person. This includes $25 slot play and free buffet. Sign-up begins Monday, Feb. 11.

Wednesday, April 17 will be the annual Easter shopping trip. Details will be announced in late December.

Tuesday, May 28 will be a Casino Dinner Show package at Allegany Casino, featuring a Beach Boys tribute. Details will be announced in late December.

Tuesday, Nov. 5, a Casino Dinner Show package featuring a Rat Pack tribute will be held at Allegany Casino. Details will be announced in late December.

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 has begun. 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.

Newsletters are available at the Center. The phone number is 366-7530.

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.) Winter is on its way. In the event that Catherine cancels aerobics and weights, she will post it on the Grape Belt Seniors Facebook page, on her own Facebook page, WDOE and Chautauqua Today. There will be no luncheon in November. Our Christmas/Holiday luncheon is Dec. 5 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kosciuszko Club, 252 Nevins St., Dunkirk. All attendees must be members of Grape Belt Seniors. Sign up soon at the Center. Reservations are limited.

Readers Theater members will be meeting at the Center on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m. The suggested theme will be Thanksgiving Memories. Members may also bring something of their choosing to share in poetry or prose on any topic of interest.

2019 dues are now being collected 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 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. Proof of citizenship required – bring your passport. Be behind Big Lots at 9:15 a.m.

Casino Trip – The Drifters White Christmas – Dec. 11 at Seneca Niagara. Bring photo ID! Be behind Big Lots at 9:45 a.m.

Trips planned for 2019 FIRST PAID – FIRST RESERVED!

May 13: DelLago Casino. Get $25 slot dollars and free lunch buffet. $32 per person. Pay by April 15, 2019.

May 24: BPO “An American Salute.” Includes lunch at Pearl Street Grill. Pay by Feb. 10, 2019.

June 9: 1:45 p.m. Yankees and Cleveland Indians game. All you can eat buffet until 7th inning. club seating!

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 motor coach 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: Sept. 10 to 20. Includes air fare to and from Austria. Then tour Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Milan. Fliers re: this trip are now available.

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 Nov. 6 meeting was called to order on a mid-term election day of historical proportion. Ellyn Sutehall was greeted with a sincere welcome back!

This November, as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing “God Bless America,” it is with highest appreciation that we pay tribute to all veterans who lived, who served our country, and who died so that we might live freely and not under distress. We shall remember them always. President Ed Newman invoked blessings of thanks and appreciation for God’s gifts and offered prayers for those in need. The decorative table was chock full of savory sandwiches served with broccoli salad, pickles and potato chips. Desserts followed to satisfy every sweet tooth.

Jen Zlotnick reminded us of the following performances: Silver Creek Middle School’s first musical, “Alladin” on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. And there is Forestville Central School’s “Seussical,” also on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 and 7 p.m. Those tickets are $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door. Treasurer Lorrie Newman announced that our Nov. 20 Thanksgiving dinner, catered by Dolly, will be served at a cost of $10 per person.

They say that variety is the spice of life, especially variety of thought. If you think in just one way, it gets as boring as eating only one food or hearing the same songs over and over. Our memory songs today present quite a variety of thought: the birth of a “Pretty Baby,” childhood friends “Playmates” along with those golden years – “When I Grow Too Old to Dream.”

50/50 winners were Zlotnick, Dixie Carlson and Joan Suski. Door prizes won by Joan Suski, Betty Moores and Jan Snyder. President Newman called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Sutehall, Harry and Joan Suski, Snyder (twice), Shirley Sikorski (twice) Sue Duecker, Mary Congdon and Sutehall.

At the next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, pizza from Ellie’s Deli will be served at the club’s behest.