Senior News Briefs

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met May 28 at the Brocton Legion with Vice President Tom DeJoe opening the meeting before 38 members and four guests. Committee of the Day members Olive Becker, Mary Carey and Betty Erick set the tables with cups of candy and a toy soldier in each to be used as a reminder each day of the soldiers serving our Nation.

Following the luncheon Nannette Knappenberger and her daughter, Esther who is an accomplished violinist, entertained the group with stories and beautiful music. Judy Blitz from Office of the Aging had tickets for the OFA picnic at Midway on Friday, July 19. Secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved. There are more classes being added for the AARP driving course at Ahira Hall Library. Call 792-9418 for new dates. “Techie” Tuesday is still 1 to 3 p.m. for cell phone, tablets and computer help.

The birthday song was sung to Beulah Williams. Door prizes were won by Bea Lee and Gil Seekings. There were six raffle winners. The winner of the “Match the Face” contest by Linda Riley was Margaret Jagoda winning an oil change. Rita Stonefoot said current membership is 59 of which 10 are over the age of 90!

The casino trip to Salamanca on Wednesday, July 24 has a new pick-up place in Fredonia: 9 a.m. in the Municipal Parking Lot off Water Street. The bus will leave Brocton Legion at 8:45 a.m., pick up in Fredonia at 9 a.m. and return times are about 4 and 4:30 p.m. The cost is $30, which includes transportation, appreciation free buffet and $30 slot play. Call Margaret Jagoda at 792-7385 for details, before July 1 the last date for sign up.

The next meeting is Tuesday, June 25 will be pizza and wings with member sign up at a cost of $5 each by June 18. Call Rita Stonefoot at 792-4565 for reservations. Committee members Rita Bennett, chairman, Shirley Wolnik, Ella Gaffney and Rosie Giambra will set tables and serve. Members are to bring their own personal table service and optional dish to share to go with the pizza and wings.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of June 9 – 15:

Sunday, June 9: Pickle Ball, 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Wednesday, June 12: 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.

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, June 24 at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

On Tuesday, June 11, the motor coach will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 8:30 a.m. for “Don’t Blame the Chef.”

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 customs, 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. Departure at 8:15 a.m.

SEATS AVAILABLE. On Tuesday, June 25 for a 7 p.m. two-woman show by Vicki Lawrence & Mamma at the Riviera Theater following a delicious dinner at The Grapevine Restaurant in Amherst. Depart at 2:30 p.m. and return at 11:45 p.m.

SEATS AVAILABLE for “NY Craft & Sampling Tour.” On Tuesday, July 9, we are heading to fun western NY counties to enjoy some of the greatest parings, 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. Payment is due.

July 25: “Customer Appreciation at the Seneca Niagara Casino” Receive $30 play and a free lunch buffet. Cost is $27.

August 14 “Mystery Tour”: NO casino, NO proof of citizenship, hilarity at its best. Entertaining, great lunch, Full of Saints & Sinners, taste the “specialty” of the area. We have been trying for three years to schedule one of the stops on this tour, but it has not been available. It will be a FUN and memorable MYSTERY TOUR.

NEW Sept. 10: “Afternoon with the Stars” at the Seneca Allegany Casino. Enjoy an afternoon with Las Vegas’ number one impersonators of all time. Songs by Sonny & Cher, Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler, The Bee Gees and MANY MORE. Receive tickets for the show, $20 play and a free lunch buffet.

NEW Sept. 19: “Fall in Canandaigua” The Finger Lakes is famous for its Canandaigua Lake and shops situated on Main Street. We will enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Canandaigua Lady Paddle wheeler. In the afternoon, our visit includes a wine tasting, docent-led mansion tour and guided tour of Sonnenberg Gardens.

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

On Monday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m., there will be an informational presentation at the Dunkirk Senior Center by CapTel phones. These devices are for people with certified hearing loss so that they can read everything a caller says. It works like captions on TV for an individual’s phone. Requirements are high speed Internet and a dial-tone phone service. The phones are available at no cost and installation and the captioning service are free. There are no monthly fees or contracts. All local seniors are invited to this program, which is sponsored by the Dunkirk Senior Center and the Office for the Aging.

The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Health will offer a presentation regarding its services at 5 p.m. at the Center on June 11. A question and answer period will follow.

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.

Tai Chi is cancelled for July and August.

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 in October. Dates had to be changed. Details to be announced.

For September and October: there will be a mystery trip in September and a separate shopping trip in October. Dates and details to be announced.

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.

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 9: 1:10 p.m. Yankees and Cleveland Indians game. Be behind Big Lots at 8:45 a.m.

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 on Friday, June 14, at 10:30a.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.

Mayville Seniors news

Mayville Seniors gathered together on May 16. President Janet Loomis called everybody together to enjoy a pizza and salad lunch. Dianne Goodrich gave the invocation and Mary Carlson called table numbers.

Dianne read a letter from Paul Harvey to his grandchildren (may all grandchildren read it). Janet led us in the Pledge of Allegiance; secretary and treasurer’s reports were given. A reminder was given about our trip to Pittsburgh’s Aviary and cruise on Pittsburgh’s three rivers. The reservations and money are due at the next meeting on June 6. Cost for members is $93, non-members $97.

Janet asked everyone to please wear their name tags. Many new members don’t know everyone. Door prizes were won by Christine Kroll, Joann Hogland, Mary Carlson, Gwen Thorp, Priscilla Farver and Ernestine Cruzado. Janet turned the meeting over to Bill Tornstrom, program director, who introduced Gail and Bernie from Cattaraugus, NY. They entertained us with many Bluegrass songs. Our next meeting on June 6 is Money Bingo.

Silver Creek Seniors

The June 4 meeting was called to order on the sixth month of the year, so called from Junious, a Roman family or clan. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with feeling. President Ed Newman invoked blessings and thanks for the love that’s shared, the food prepared and offered prayers for the good health of all. The table was amply sufficient with prized baked chicken, Swedish meatballs and side orders of corn, tomatoes and cucumbers and cheeses. Desserts of fruits and sweets made the feast complete.

Pauline Flitt and Jen Zlotnick came well-prepared with laughter and amusement while presenting a variety of jokes to tickle our ulnar nerve, better known as the funny bone. Well-done, ladies!

A new month is here and it seems as if “June is Bustin’ Out All Over.” Even the furnace came back on to warm a cold morning or two. However, it won’t be long before we’ll be “Cruising Down the River” (or Lake Erie) on a hot Sunday afternoon. Enjoy the versatile weather in beautiful western New York.

50/50 winners were Ellyn Sutehall, Mary Ann Seibert and Sue Shiloh. Door prizes we won by Judy Hahn and Seibert. President Newman called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Sutehall, Jan Snyder (thrice), Eleanor Lemiszko, Lorrie Newman (twice), Ruth Sheeler twice, Sue Borowski and Shiloh.

At the next 1 p.m. meeting at the clubhouse, May and June birthdays will be celebrated with cake and ice cream. The meeting closed with the singing of “Young at Heart.”

United Senior Citizens luncheon meeting set for June 10

The next United Senior Citizens luncheon meeting will take place Monday, June 10 at noon at the Fredonia Beaver Club, 64 Prospect St., Fredonia. The menu includes roasted chicken quarters, roasted red potatoes, peas and carrots, fresh tossed salad with homemade dressings and strawberry shortcake. Send a $10 check to Linda Riley, 264 King St., Dunkirk, NY 14048, payable to United Senior Citizens.

Westfield Seniors news

The May 9 meeting of the Westfield Senior Citizens was attended by 19 members. President Pat Sciarrino called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. after a dish-to-pass supper.

Discussion about meeting time change was scheduled later, giving those who didn’t know what time the meeting started the time to arrive. Sciarrino said a prayer and Shirley Kolpien shared jokes. Dave Davison, superintendent of Westfield Academy and Central School, spoke about the upcoming budget and school board elections. He said Pre-K classes will continue next year.

Julie Holland read the April minutes, which were accepted as read. Pat Everts gave the treasurer’s report, which was also approved as read.

Dolores Kaufman, Sunshine chairwoman, announced the following birthdays: Al Wainwright, May 5; Betty Ward, May 15; and Pat Sciarrino, May 19. Shirley and John Kolpien celebrated their anniversary on May 23. Get-well cards were sent to Ron Van Ord and Dave Cochran.

“Old business” regarding discussion of meeting time was reopened. Julie Holland made a motion to move the meeting time to 6 p.m., which was seconded by Shirley Kolpien. The vote was carried.

Regarding “new business,” Dolores Kaufman suggested a phone chain for notifying members of pertinent information between meetings. There will be an executive officers meeting in early June prior to the monthly meeting. Pat Sciarrino agreed to spearhead efforts to notify members of the time change.

Pat Everts won the 50/50 prize of $9. Bill Bausum won the door prize.

Independent Living Specialist Judy Wroda spoke on the variety of their services. She is a NY state employee and can direct people of all ages to different services offered to help people live independently. Her department is “No Wrong Door.”

Next month’s entertainment will be the Barbershop Ladies. Members are asked to bring a dish-to-pass and personal table service on Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Y.W.C.A.

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