Senior News Briefs

Sinclairville Senior Citizens

SINCLAIRVILLE – The Sinclairville Senior Citizens is a group of people who meet once a month on the second Tuesday for a luncheon and program in the Sinclairville Firehall Dining Room at noon. June Whipple is the president and welcomed all to the April gathering. The blessing prior to the meal was given by Diane K. Shaw, chaplain of the Cassadaga American Legion. Member John Sipos led all in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. A variety of food was served to all, including a ham prepared by LouAnn and Diman Smith. A wonderful meal was enjoyed by all. Festive table decorations were provided by Jaymi Clark, Carol Hetrick and Diane Beard. President Whipple thanked all of those who brought dishes of food, those who prepared the table decorations, and to the Smiths for the ham.

Diman Smith, Chautauqua County Commander of the Sons of the American Legion, was recognized for his leadership role. Smith, who served as the president of the senior citizens for many years, said that his term as county commander is over, and that he will be the Commander of the 8th District of New York State for the Sons of the American Legion. Chaplain Shaw praised Smith for his role as county commander and a round of applause was given to Smith. Smith is heading up the annual walk for raising funds for the Legion. All money raised, Smith said, will stay in this state.

Sunshine chairman Betty Wielgasz announced that the birthdays this month are for Diane Shaw, Lori Polizzi, and Diane Beard. The birthday song was led by Smith. Secretary LouAnn Smith read the minutes of the previous meeting. Treasurer Charles Sylvester read the financial report of the group. Sylvester is also a member of the Valley Historical Society of Sinclairville and distributed copies of the 2019 program.

Special drawings were held for fun prizes. The recipients included John Sipos, Diane Shaw, Doug Christian, Susan Sipos, Linda Parmenter, Jaymi Clark, Diman Smith, Ann Hellman, LouAnn Smith, Bonnie Larkin, Martha Harmon, Ray Wood, Carol Hetrick, Diane Beard, Robert Minekime, Linda Ivett, Russell Delahoy, Lori Polizzi, and Sharon Crick.

The next gathering of the group will be on Friday, May 10 at noon in the Sinclairville Firehall Dining room. All those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to add to the meal, and their own table service. The program will be the annual fun auction whereby those attending are asked to bring gently used items to be awarded to the highest bidder by auctioneer Diman Smith. New members are always welcome.

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met March 26 at the Brocton Legion with President Rick Cranston opening the meeting, Gil Seekings leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Robin Carr giving a prayer of thanks. New members Rich Carpenter and Ruth Ann Foster were welcomed. Committee members Gil and Edie Seekings, Rita Bennett and Nancy Munson set the tables with yellow mats and prim rose centerpieces and set up the Chinese auction items. A tureen luncheon was served with no two items the same. There are some great cooks in our club. The secretary’s minutes were read and approved by Jean Jaquith and Bill Norris. The treasurer’s report was read and approved by Marion Delcamp and Mary Tripi.

Community announcements – Rotary’s Pancake Breakfast at Brocton School April 6 to benefit Ripley, Westfield and Brocton students. St. Dominic’s Church in Westfield’s spaghetti dinner is May 1, plus four gardening classes being held in April. Call Jaquith for information.

Committee reports – Carr sent cards to Kate Cranston, Ellie Powell, Don Reinhoudt, Ted Rivers and Julie Schrantz. Margaret Jagoda is now taking reservations for the July 24 Salamanca Casino trip. Ideas were discussed with Trip Tour leader Carr, with lots of suggestions shared. Linda Riley will present the club’s poster board contest at the next meeting. Birthdays for March were Patty Ploetz and Jane Perkins. Door prizes were won by Dorothy Reading and Ruth Neal. New member Carpenter did the raffle with four happy winners. Prim rose plant winners were Carr, Beulah Williams, Bill Norris, Olive Becker, Carpenter and Delcamp. Tom DeJoe and Tripi adjourned the meeting.

The next meeting, April 30, is the fortieth anniversary – (April 28, 1975) – with committee members Carr, Deb Messere, Generative Ludemann and Elaine Fredrickson. This will be a catered luncheon with members signing up for turkey or beef before April 23 by calling Rita Stonefoot at 792-4565. Members’ cost is $7.50, and those attending should bring personal table service. A Chinese auction was held, assisted by new member Carpenter!!

Dunkirk Senior Center News

The Senior Center will hold a barbecued chicken dinner by Weidner’s on Saturday, May 18. The menu includes a barbecued half chicken, buttered spuds, roll and butter, coleslaw, beverage and dessert for $10 per person. Eat in or take-out dining options are available. Music will be provided by the Kokomo Time Band. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Sign-up has begun.

Big Bingo will continue through September, with sessions scheduled May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11 (the second Wednesday of each month). The cost is $5 per person. Doors open at 3 and there is a free “light lunch.”

Travel updates for 2019:

Tuesday, May 28 will be a Sounds of Summer Matinee Show at the Seneca Allegany Casino. The cost is $73 per person and includes $20 casino bonus and a free lunch buffet. Sign-up has begun.

Monday, June 10, a trip is scheduled to see an Elvis Presley Tribute Show starring Terry Buchwald at the Depew Polish Falcons. The $58 per person price includes a buffet, the 11:30 a.m. show and a stop at Antoinette’s Sweets on the way home. Sign-up has begun.

Tuesday, June 25, a customer appreciation casino trip is planned for the Seneca Niagara Casino. The cost is $30 per person and includes $30 casino bonus and free lunch buffet. Sign-up will begin Monday, April 15.

Tuesday, July 23, a second customer appreciation casino trip is planned for the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca. The cost is $30 per person and includes $30 casino bonus and a free lunch buffet. Sign-up will begin Monday, May 13.

From Sunday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 29, the 5 day, 4 night extended trip to Atlantic City at the Hard Rock Cafe Casino has been confirmed. The price is $550 per person double occupancy (and $34 for optional insurance) and includes $60 casino bonus and $80 in food. There is an optional side trip to Smithville for no charge. The single occupancy price is $820 per person and $45 for optional insurance. Sign up has begun. $275 and insurance are due at the time of sign up. The balance is due on Friday, June 28. Call the center at 366-7530 for information. Members of any local senior group over 50 are welcome to call for details about availability of this trip for them. April 30 the final count will go in for this trip, so please be sure that the initial payment has been submitted.

2019 membership dues ($5) are past due. The year runs Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. You must have an active membership to participate in programs.

The office, located at 45 Cliffstar Court, is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday all day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Silver Creek Seniors

The April 9 meeting opened on a day of sunshine with 32 smiling faces in attendance. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with dedication. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri offered thanks for the gifts and blessings of food on an ample table and for the mirthful sharing of time and togetherness. The selection of chicken noodle, split pea and stuffed pepper soups created a luncheon of coziness, elegance and simplicity followed by the sweetness of fresh fruits, cookies, strawberry cream and pistachio cakes thanks to volunteers.

Children of all ages are anticipating the arrival of the Easter Bunny with his or her baskets of sweet treats. Pauline Flitt found and shared many cute characteristics of the bunny. For example: what is the Easter Bunny’s favorite restaurant? I-HOP!

Today our memory songs were inspired by several quotes found in the March 17 comics section of the OBSERVER – “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” “An optimist laughs to forget, a pessimist forgets to laugh.” “The most wasted day is one without laughter.” We agree, “When you’re Smiling,” laughter is sure to follow as we welcome “April Showers” and discover that we can’t stop “Singin’ in the Rain.”

50-50 winners were Don Burghardt, Richard Carlson and Sally Shevlin.

Door prizes were won by Flitt, Lorraine Bailey and Sue Borowski. Jan Snyder called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Bailey, Jean McDaneld, Max Church, Mary Ann Seibert, Marge Church, Flitt (twice), Shirley Sikorski, Burghardt, Miniri, Thelma Hilliker and Harry Suski.

A reminder was made that there is still room on the bus for the Monday, April 15 Seneca Allegany Casino trip to Salamanca. Please call Bob or Helen Burt at 467-4681 for details.

At the April 16 1 p.m. meeting at the clubhouse, an Easter luncheon catered by Dolly will be served.

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be April 22 at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

On Tuesday, April 30 the motor coach will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main St., Gowanda at 10:30 a.m. for “Murder at Lost Memories Manor.”

Seats available for Ocean City on May 17-23: We will spend two nights in Annapolis with a city tour, visits to Fort McHenry, the U.S. Naval Academy, experience an Annapolis Harbor Cruise and more. We will spend three nights in Ocean City, Maryland with ocean-front rooms and enjoy Eco-Cruise aboard “The Explorer” around Assawoman Bay, have a guided tour of Assateague Island’s famous “Home of the Wild Ponies” and lots more. Our last night will be in Lancaster. This trip is packed full of lots of interesting sights and experiences and beautiful hotel accommodations.

Seats available: On Tuesday, June 11 we are going to Yorkshire Hall for a hilarious show “Don’t Blame the Chef.” Yes, it is utter gourmet-hem as Old Italian Master Chef Luigi Mancheezi seeks to share his love of cooking with the world. Our first stop will be at Kotter’s Cheese and following the show we will stop at Northwoods Alpacas. Yorkshire Hall is always a unique, silly and fun experience. Payment is due on Monday, April 22.

Seats available: On Tuesday, June 18 we will head to the Seneca Niagara Casino for “Broadway Tonight Live — Musical Revue.” This Broadway tribute will take you through Broadway’s greatest hits filling the stage with beautiful costumes, dramatic singing, exciting choreography and dynamic music and dancing. They will be performing hits from shows such as “A Chorus Line,” “Cabaret,” “Chicago” and “West Side Story” just to name a few. Cost includes seats for the show $20 in casino play and a free lunch buffet. Payment is due on Monday, April 22.

“NY Craft & Sampling Tour”: On Tuesday, July 9, we are heading to fun western, New York counties to enjoy some of the greatest pairings, food, fun, tastings and more. Our first stop is East Hill Creamery, seated in a lovely Chalet to sample varieties of cheeses. Following a tour and tasting at Deer Run Winery, we will enjoy a buffet lunch catered by the Red Osier Restaurant. Several other stops are included.

New for Thursday, July 25: “Customer Appreciation at the Seneca Niagara Casino.” Receive $30 play and a free lunch buffet.

New for Wednesday, Aug. 14: “Mystery Tour.” No casino, no proof of citizenship. Hilarity at its best. Entertaining, great lunch, full of saints and sinners, taste the “specialty” of the area. It’s a mystery!

A few seats available for Thousand Islands: Aug.18-21. We will enjoy a wine tasting at the 1000 Islands Winery, a fabulous “Two Nation Lunch Cruise,” Tours of Boldt Castle and the (possibly haunted) Singer Castle with a tour of the Antique Boat Museum and much more. This trip will be fun and relaxing

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.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of April 14-20:

Sunday, April 14: Pickle Ball , 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Monday, April 15: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Tuesday, April 16: Crafts Class with Carol, 1 p.m., Painter Center Community Room.

Wednesday, April 17: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., Painter Center gym. Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room. Games & Crafts with Pat, 1 p.m., Painter Center Yellow Room.

Thursday, April 18: Yoga with Donna, 11 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Friday, April 19: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., Painter Center gym.

Join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors on Friday, December 20 for the “Holiday Pops Show” at Kleinhans Music Hall. This show is a sell-out every year! We start with coffee and doughnuts after we arrive, enjoy the wonderful pops show, then lunch at Pearl St. Grill. Travel by coach bus. Package price of $110. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up or for more details. This show is limited to 35 so sign up early.

The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 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 when you check in on the morning of the class. Class begins at 9 a.m. sharp. Please check in by 8:30 a.m. and bring your check, your AARP member card (if a member), your driver’s license and a pen.


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