Senior news

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met at the Brocton Legion on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Tom DeJoe opened the meeting with three guests and 46 members present. Mary Tripi gave a prayer of thanks and Rich Carpenter led the Pledge of Allegiance. Elton Knight, Bill Danielson and Janet Dart were welcome guests. The tureen luncheon ended with ice cream sundaes to celebrate the club’s birthday of 44 years. The committee for the day was officers DeJoe, Pat Zanghi, Jean Jaquith, Rita Stonefoot and Ruth Neal. Secretary minutes were read by DeJoe, approved by Kate Cranston and Tripi. Treasurer’s report was given by Rita Stonefoot and approved by Jaquith and Rosie Giambra. The Ahira Library’s contest ended Aug. 21 with winners announced in today’s newspaper. Birthday for August was DeJoe, with the anniversary celebrated by Robin and Dan Carr of 26 years. Door prize winners were Marian Delcamp and Olive Becker. Raffle winners were Becker, Margaret Jagoda, Marie Emke, Debra Messere, Rita Bennett and Edie Seekings. Bea Lee and Robin Carr were gift prize winners. Three new members Dave Carpenter, Fred Wing and Jane Wing were welcomed. Kate Cranston gave a welcome update on Rick’s better health. Trips were discussed with suggestions for Jagoda to check into. Members signed cards for Julia Schrantz, who is in the Care Center in Dunkirk. Gen Ludemann gave information on the US Census Bureau meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the Dunkirk JCC campus. The next meeting on Sept. 24 at the Brocton Legion, is a tureen dish to pass luncheon. Members are to bring their personal table service. Committee will be Lena Elliott, Delcamp, Carm Johnson and DeJoe. Thirty-one members stayed and enjoyed “Bingo By Bob” for cash prizes. A good time was had by all.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Sept. 1 – 7

Sunday, Sept. 1: Pickle Ball, 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym or Collins Town Park.

Monday, Sept. 2: LKP Center is closed.

Tuesday, Sept. 3: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim, 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Wednesday, Sept. 4: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym. Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room. Games and crafts with Pat, 1 p.m., LKP Center Rose Room.

Thursday, Sept. 5: Yoga with Suzie, 11 a.m., LKP Center gym, small fee.

Friday: Sept. 6: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., LKP Center gym. Movie Day, 1 p.m. in the Collins Library Community Room. This month’s feature is an adventure/comedy/drama starring Josh Gad and Dennis Quaid. Popcorn will be served.

Join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors on Friday, Dec. 20 for the “Holiday Pops Show” at Kleinhans Music Hall. We start the day 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. The bus is over half full–please sign up early!

The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24 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.

Scheduled activities for the Collins Center Seniors

Seats available Sept. 10 for “AFTERNOON WITH THE STARS” at the Seneca Allegany Casino. Enjoy the show and receive $20 free play and a free lunch buffet. Motor coach will depart from the parking lot behind the store on Main Street, Gowanda at 8:15 a.m. Payment is due.

Sept. 19: “FALL in CANANDAIGUA” The motor coach will depart at 7: a.m.

Seats available on Oct. 9 for “WITCHES BREW”, THE MUSICAL. We are off to Bradford, Pennsylvania for a sit-down lunch at the Historic 1901 Carnegie Library followed by the show and time to wander through Main Street Mercantile with a variety of unique shops.

Seats available: Oct. 28 we are off to delLago Casino. Receive $25 in play and a free lunch buffet.

Nov. 13: “QUEEN’S OF COUNTRY” at delLago Casino. Enjoy a live tribute to Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and Reba McEntire the Legendary Ladies of country music. All your favorite songs: “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “9 to5,” “Fancy” and more. Price includes show tickets, $25 play and a free lunch buffet.

We have added a second coach Dec. 2 for “A Sinatra Christmas – My Way” at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Enjoy Sinatra favorites and holiday songs. Come and be entertained, reminisce and sing along. This is a Know How Tours Exclusive Event with an unbelievable basket auction for a local charity.

For additional information visit the 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 is hosting two free informational presentations next week. Both are open to the public. On Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m, a falls prevention event will be offered in collaboration with the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging and Brooks Hospital Physical Therapy Department. There will also be exercise and vision experts, dietitians and more. For details, call NY Connects 326-4582.

On Thursday, Sept. 5, the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging will present “Stopping Senior Fraud and Abuse Starts with You,” at 1 p.m. Learn about identity theft, scams, Medicare Insurance fraud, financial exploitation and more. Presentations are planned by New York State and local agencies.

Big Bingo will be held Sept. 11.

Watch for new programs (including line dancing in October). Adjusted times and renewals of other programs will be announced. Check your newsletter calendars for September and October.

The Senior Center will sponsor a potluck dinner on Friday, Sept. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. with music by the Kokomo Time Band. The price per member is $7 or a dish to pass (enough for 12 to 15 people). Meat will be provided by the Center. Limit of 80 people. No sales at the door. Sign-up has begun. The choice of a dish to contribute will be made at the time of sign-up.

For the month of October, a chicken dinner with trimmings will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Raffles and a 50/50 will be held. Sign-up starts Tuesday, Sept. 17. First come, first serve, – 80 only. No sales at the door.

Travel updates for 2019:

An Amish Middlefield,Ohio brown-bag tour is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24. The price is $89 per person. It includes five stops: the Swiss Cheese House, Farmers’ Market, Mary Yoder Bakery, Nauvoo Market and an Amish wedding dinner. It leaves at 8 a.m. and returns 8 or 9 p.m. There is lots of walking involved. Tickets are still available. See the flyer or call the office.

The Turning Stone-del Lago overnight trip has been cancelled.

Sunday, Oct. 6 we have scheduled a one day trip to del Lago. The price is $40, which includes $25 in casino bonus and a free buffet. Sign-up begins Monday, Aug. 26.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 is a fall shopping trip to Erie. Stops include Boscov’s, Christmas Tree Shops, Gabriel Brothers. There will be a buffet lunch at Golden Corral included in the $25 per person cost. The trip leaves at 9 a.m. and returns 5:30/6 p.m. Sign-up begins Wednesday, Sept. 4.

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.

You must have an active membership to participate in programs unless noted otherwise .

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. No aerobics and weights classes Aug. 26, 28, and 30. No aerobics and wights classes on Aug. 30 and Sept. 2.

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 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Trips planned for 2019 FIRST PAID – FIRST RESERVED!

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.

Oct. 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. Payment due by Sept. 12. If you have signed up for this trip, let Judy know your choice of entree: chicken marsala or pork tenderloin.

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. Pay by Aug. 28.

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. Pay by Sept. 12.

Dec. 10: The Lettermen Hits and Holiday Show. Seneca Niagara. $78 per person for show, $20 free slot play, and buffet lunch. Pay by Nov. 4.

Extended trips for 2019:

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.

Flyers are available for Holland MI Tulip Festival, May 4-7, 2020; Treasures of Quebec by rail, July 27-31, 2020 and for Pacific Northwest, Sept. 8-15, 2020.

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

The Mayville Seniors met on Aug.15. Everyone enjoyed sloppy joes prepared by Jeff and Sandi Wagner, along with many dishes made by the members.

Dianne Goodrich gave the invocation and later the devotions. President Janet Loomis lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Bonnie Johnson gave the secretary’s report and Edna Brown gave the treasurer’s report. Mary Carlson, goodwill chairman, listed all the birthdays, anniversaries, get-well wishes and bereavements for the month. Tour directors Jeff Wagner and Janet Loomis asked members about places they would like to visit next year. Our trip to Amish country in Ohio is all ready to go. The kitchen committee consisting of Louise Richir, Joyce Ayers, Nancy Cole, Fran Miller and Dianne Goodrich were thanked for all their hard work.

President Janet Loomis talked about our new policy for our dinners. Sign-up and pre-payment are required for the chicken barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 21 at noon by the Sept. 5 meeting.

Make payments to Edna Brown, 789-2316 or Janet Loomis, 761-6687. Walk-ins are taking a chance on not getting a meal. We had two guests at this meeting: Michelle, Louis Richir’s daughter and Jacob, Linda Taylor’s grandson. Door prizes were won by Paul Motrynezuk, Louis Maloy and Ruth Neal. The lottery was not won so the jack-pot grows. Janet Loomis said a board meeting would be held after the Sept. 5 meeting. Program Chairman Bill Tornstrom introduced Melissa Bartok to the group. She talked about her recent trip to Ireland. She shared many beautiful photographs of her trip and told us about the history of the country. At the next meeting, Bill Tornstrom has asked Cindy Reidy to be the guest speaker. She is the project coordinator for the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer peer to peer program.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Aug. 27 meeting was called to order on another Tuesday of celebration. President Ed Newman warmly welcomed Cathy Hebb, daughter and sister of Joyce and Claudia Markham. Cathy is visiting from “Almost Heaven” – that great state of West Virginia. Welcomed back in the same manner was Marilyn Abram from the charming Village of Silver Creek. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with dedication. It was now time to honor our July and August birthday celebrities. The traditional “Happy Birthday” ballad was sung with joie de vivre – the joy of living. President Newman invoked the blessing, giving thanks for this joyous occasion and for the continuing presence of friends who enrich our lives. The celebration continued thanks to the sweet servings of scrumptious chocolate birthday cake and ice cream.

The comedy corner featured Don Burkhardt offering birthday gifts of laughter and fun with entertaining accounts of humorous incidents that proved to be aerobics for our funny bones.

Today we celebrate and dedicate all memory songs to our birthday celebrators, and may we remind each one that “A – You’re Adorable” and “Somebody Loves You.” On your birthday, and always, please remember to ” Enjoy Yourself.” In memory of Conrad Pawlak, we will sing from our hearts, one of Conrad’s favorite Polish birthday songs – ” Sto Lat Niech Zyje Nam”“May You Live 100 Years.”

50/50 winners were Claudia Markham, Ellyn Sutehall and Burghardt. Door prizes were won by Richard Carlson, Sutehall and Hebb. President Newman called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Hebb (twice), Enabell Mirando, Sutehall, Ernie Hilliker, Claudia Markham and Joyce Markham.

At the next Sept. 3 meeting at the clubhouse, pizza will be served.

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

United Seniors

The United Seniors met at the Beaver Club on Aug. 12. There were 22 members present. All members and guests were welcomed. Nick Andin brought his grandson, Michael, and we welcomed Annette De Costa as a new member. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Linda Riley, and everyone sang, “God Bless America.” Wendy Black gave the blessing. Birthdays for the month were announced, but unfortunately those members did not attend this meeting. We gave a shout-out to Deb Messere and Herb Centner.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 9. All monies for the luncheon ($10) are to be sent to Evonne Hennebery, P.O. Box 706, Dunkirk, New York, 14048.

A wonderful lunch was catered from Fred’s: Italian sausage with green peppers and onions, fresh tossed salad with homemade dressings, potato salad, zucchini and strawberry shortcake.

The menu for September will be roast beef(roll), vegetable medley, mashed potatoes with a side of gravy, tossed salad (homemade dressings) and key lime pie.

The callers were thanked: Pat Ebert, Nancy Niebel, Josie Wierczynski and Linda Riley. Fifty-fifty tickets were sold by Nancy Jankowski-Kubera. Following the meeting, many members stayed and played bingo. President Evonne Hennebery wasn’t present at the meeting; she was in Iceland, for a “TREK” for cancer, photos to be shared at the September meeting. We are looking forward to everyone to come and enjoy Evonne, sharing her experience in Iceland.

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