Senior news

Silver Creek Seniors celebrate birthdays for May and June. From left: Carm Tampio, Judy Hahn, Mary Ann Seibert, Earl Sheeler. Absent from the picture: May birthdays: Marge Church and Bea Ortolano. June birthdays: Max Church, Ed Lemiszko and Barb Schulenberg.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of June 16 – 22:

Sunday, June 16: Pickle Ball, 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Wednesday, June 19: 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.

Join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors on Friday, Dec. 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 a delicious 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.

Members of the Dunkirk Senior Citizen Center were treated to lunch for their May birthdays. Pictured are: First row left to right: Deanne Tyszko, Linda Scholl, Evelyn Whalen, Dolores Campbell, Shirley Etzel, Pat Pacos, Carrie Gawronski, Lucy Saeli, Rose Lancaster. Second row left to right: Carol McCormick, Sylvia Clarke, Bill Boyd, Jane Logan, Judy Mroczka, Joyce Purol, Diane Lokietek, Pat Ebert, Ginny VanDenVouver, Beulah Williams, Joe Richir, Gene Hammernik.

Dunkirk Senior Center News

Our community garden boxes have been raided. A police report and follow-up investigation has been initiated. Thanks to concerned citizens, replacements have arrived. To those who helped themselves, these were planted with the goal of making the Center a more user-friendly area. Also, the Farmers’ Market would have benefited from these flower beds.

Big Bingo will continue through December, with sessions scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month. The cost is $5 per person. Doors open at 3 and there is a free “light lunch.”

There will be an ice cream social and beverages on Thursday, Aug. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. for $1 per member. There will also be raffles. The event is for members only. Sign-up will begin the first week of July.

Tai Chi is cancelled for July and August. The painting class is also cancelled for July and August, and will resume in September.

Travel updates for 2019:

A Presque Isle Casino trip is booked for Sunday, July 14, leaving at 1 p.m., returning between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Included will be the horse races from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Price per member is $35, which includes $35 for slots. There is no food bonus. Sign-up has begun. There are seats available.

The Turning Stone-del Lago trip will be Sunday, Oct. 6 and Monday, Oct. 7. The price is $240 per person. Details will be available on the flier. Sign-ups will begin Monday, July 1.

There are two upcoming Customer Appreciation trips: Tuesday, Nov. 12 to Seneca Niagara Falls Casino. The price per person is $30. There will be $30 slots and a free buffet. The sign-up will begin Monday, Sept. 9.

Thursday, Dec. 12 to Seneca Allegany Casino. The price per person is $30 and includes $30 slots and a free buffet. Sign-up begins Monday, Oct. 7.

An Amish Ohio brown-bag trip is being negotiated for the first or second week in September. Price and details will follow shortly.

Two mini-bus trips are being negotiated (capacity 24). First come, first serve. One is for Thursday, Aug. 22 to Polka Buzz for the taping of the show. Contact the Center. Only a few seats are available. The second is for Wednesday, Sept. 18. We’re going to a musical dinner matinee at Celoron Harbor Hotel. The price is approximately $52, which includes lunch and a show. Details are available at the Center. There are only a few seats available.

Watch the OBSERVER on Friday’s Senior page for details of upcoming trips as they are finalized.

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. The Center’s phone number is 366-7530.

Grape Belt Senior News

Aerobics and Weights with Catherine on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. 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. 2019 dues are now being collected at the Center.

Tai Chi classes will start on Friday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m. 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 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 10 a.m.

Trips planned for 2019 FIRST PAID – FIRST RESERVED!

June 26: Customer Appreciation. Be behind Big Lots by 10:30 a.m.

July 20: Great Wellsville Balloon Rally. $55 per person. See 35 Hot Air Balloons take flight from Island Park, making a delightful rainbow of color that floats over the Wellsville area. Enjoy the entertainment, food and vendors at the Main Street Festival. Pay by June 24. Be behind Big Lots at 10:30 a.m.

July 26: Customer Appreciation. Seneca Niagara. Pay $30. Get $30 in slots and free buffet. Pay by June 24.

Aug. 21: Belhurst Castle. Built in the 1880’s overlooking Seneca Lake. $115 per person. Visit Three Brother Estate Winery. Enjoy 5 free tastings at three wineries and a microbrewery. Buffet lunch at Belhurst Castle. Belhurst Winery for 5 tastings. A stop at Muranda cheese factory before departing for home. Pay by June 24.

Sept. 4: Grove City Shopping and Oh, So Much More. $73 per person. Includes stop at Campbell Pottery in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania. Shopping at Grove City Outlet Mall. Includes lunch at Hoss’s Restaurant. Over 140 Brand Named Outlets. Final stop is Wendell August Forge featuring handcrafted metal giftware.

October 29: “Witches Brew” the Musical – Bradford, Pennsylvania. $106 per person. First stop is Zippo/Case Museum. Next, enjoy a sit down lunch at Beefeaters Restaurant, followed by the Broadway style show, “Witches Brew, the Musical” featuring Enchante Cabaret. After the show, visit the Main Street Mercantile and the Tin Ceiling Gift Shop.

Casino trips with shows:

Oct. 8: Musical Tribute to Beautiful and Carole King. Fun-filled, all male Carole King Tribute. Family friendly comedy. Custom musical arrangements. A cast from NYC. $78 per person for show, $20 free slot play, and buffet lunch. Seneca Niagara Casino.

Nov. 5: The Rat Pack. Tribute to Dean, Frank, and Sammy. Seneca Allegany. $78 per person for show, $20 free slot play, and buffet lunch.

Dec. 10: The Lettermen Hits and Holiday Show. Seneca Niagara. $78 per person for show, $20 free slot play, and buffet lunch.

Extended trips for 2019:

David Wendt will be at the Center today at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the New York City departure. He’ll also talk about other upcoming trips.

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. Seats are still available.

Bavarian Europe: Sept. 10 to 20. Includes air fare to and from Austria. Then tour Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Northern Italy. Highlights include Milan, Matterhorn, Lucerne, Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Danube River, Vienna and more. Fliers re: this trip are now available. Seats are still 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. Those who have paid 2019 dues are eligible to join the FB group.

Sinclairville Senior Citizens

Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone was the guest speaker at the recent Sinclairville Senior Citizens luncheon held in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room. Sheriff Quattrone joined the others for a lunch, and then talked about his office and duties. Sheriff Quattrone said he is encouraging his deputies to visit with the people in the county and listen about what is going on in the county. He said that it is important to treat his staff with respect, and that they in turn will pass on the same respect. He also spoke of some of the new technology that is being brought into the department such as the use of drones during an emergency situation. The sheriff spoke about the change in helicopters used for emergency situations with the hospital UPMC. The sheriff talked about some new laws which will take effect at the beginning of the new year. All enjoyed hearing from Sheriff Quattrone, and some of the latest information.

President June Whipple opened the meeting with a welcome to all, and Pastor Phil Shay gave the blessing prior to the meal. A wonderful variety of food was available for all to enjoy. Member John Sipos gave a brief history of the upcoming Flag Day, and the history of the Pledge of Allegiance before the group said the pledge together. Secretary LouAnn Smith read the minutes of the previous meeting, and treasurer Charles Sylvester gave the financial report. From the Office for the Aging, Frankie Rothwell was present to encourage people to attend the annual summer senior luncheon at the Midway Park on Friday, July 19 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Table decorations for this luncheon were provided by President Whipple. Sunshine chairman Betty Wielgasz read the names of those having a birthday

Drawings were held, and recipients included Diane Shaw, Susan Sipos, Mrs. Wielgasz, Sylvester, Ray Wood, Diman and LouAnn Smith, Bonnie Larkin, President Whipple, Carol Hetrick, Bob and Diane Minekime, Diane Beard, Russel Delahoy, Lori Polizzi, Sharon Crick, Linda Parmenter and Rothwell.

The next gathering of the group will be the annual summer picnic at the Diman and LouAnn Smith pavilion on Tuesday, July 9 at noon. The meat will be provided, and all those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to pass to add to the meal. New members are always welcome.

Silver Creek Seniors

The June 11 meeting opened on a cool and refreshing mid-month day. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with sincerity. President Ed Newman invoked blessings of the Heavenly Father’s boundless love, compassion and understanding to be passed on to us.

In celebration of May and June birthdays, “Happy Birthday” wishes were sung to honor our celebrators. Cakes play an important role in the most significant moments of our lives – and nothing could be more momentous than life’s celebration of birth. And so, we all rejoiced by sharing cake and ice cream with our honorees. Perky Pauline Flitt continued the celebration with birthday party quirky questions and answers. For example: “What did the teddy bear say after blowing out the candles on his birthday cake?” “No cake for me, I’m stuffed!”

It’s been said that wishing for something cannot make it so. And yet, much that is so, began with a wish. As we celebrate today, we choose to believe that “Wishing Will Make it So,” especially “When You Wish upon a Star” and you reach far and beyond “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” you finally find, in the quiet of your mind, that wishes and dreams really do come true.

50/50 winners were Shirley Sikorski, Judy Hahn and Phyllis Burghardt. Door prizes were won by Lorrie Newman, Mary Congdon and Joan Suski. President Newman called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Hahn, Sue Borowski, Ellyn Sutehall, Lorrie Newman, Harry Suski, Jen Zlotnick, Earl Sheeler, Carm Tampio, Enabell Mirando and Jan Snyder.

At the next 1 p.m. meeting on June 18 at the Senior Center, hot dogs will be served. If you wish, bring your favored dish to pass. The meeting closed with the singing of “Young at Heart.” Several team members stayed and played Mexican Train.