COLLINS - Summer seems to be flying by and August will be the final month for 50-Plus Senior Wednesday programs until October when regular senior programming will begin. However, for the next four weeks Quilting with Florence and Open Crafts with Pat Tucker will be in operation.
Quilting starts at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. Call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075 for more information. Pat's Open Crafts is held for two hours starting at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room of L. K. Painter Community Center. Both instructors will take a well-earned month's vacation during the month of September.
Another trip to Seneca Niagara Casino has been scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1. This will be the final casino outing for the year. Incentives are $25 Seneca Slot Dollars and a $5 food voucher. Cost is $16 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $17 for all others.
Motor coach will leave at 11 a.m. from the center's front parking lot. A five-hour stay at the casino is required and approximate arrival home time is estimated to be 6:15 p.m.
Fifty paid persons are needed who are 21 years of age or older and have a valid photo government issued ID in order to receive the incentive and be issued a Seneca Player Club Card. Reservations can only be made by calling 532-2507.
Payment is due within five days of reservation and checks made payable to Town of Collins should be sent to Collins Town Hall, Attention Trips, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034.
AARP is offering an opportunity for anyone connected to education to receive a special $5 price for the AARP Defensive Driving Course scheduled for Aug. 28 at the center. This offer is open to both present and retired employees of schools. Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling 532-2507.
The course is also open to non education related persons at the regular cost of $17 for those with valid AARP Membership Cards and $19 for all others. A lunch is offered at $2.50 but must be ordered when registering with payment the morning of the class.
Openings are available for the Oct. 4 trip to hear the Lennon Sisters perform at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Riviera Theatre. The singers are only performing the one night and cost is $44 for the residents of the three towns and $47 for all others. For more information or to make reservations, call 532-2507.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The Collins Center Seniors enjoyed wonderful summer weather at the July picnic. Members are ask to call Norma Pine 532-9098 if planning to attend the August picnic meeting.
The motor coach for the Aug. 9 trip to Seneca Niagara Casino will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda and the Aug. 16 trip for Puff and Stuff will depart at 9 a.m. from the same location.
On Sept. 18, a trip is planned to see the fall colors of Letchworth State Park with lunch at the Glen Iris Inn. Next, participants will interact and feed animals from around the world on a guided trolley ride at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure in Varysburg. A few seats are available and non-members are welcome.
Final payment is due today for the Sept. 19-21 Ride the Rails West Virginia trip and Aug. 10 for the same trip, Oct. 1-3.
The seniors will head to Ohio Oct. 23 for a one-day trip in Amish country, with stops at a country bakery, a cabinet shop, a family market, a farm and country market and Grand River Wine Cellars. An Amish family-style dinner is included.
A Nov. 6 trip to North East, Pa., is planned, including a stop at Arrowhead Winery, a family- style meal at the Station Dinner Theater as they present a tribute to the big band era "Swingin' Down the Lane," and gaming at Presque Isle Casino.
The Dec. 9 "Christmas with the Superstars" trip is full but stand-bys will be accepted.
The seniors are looking ahead to 2013, with information coming soon on the April trip to New Orleans. Plans are in the works for trips to Atlantic City and Cape May in June, and the Hudson Valley Region in the fall.
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.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday. President Barb Barberich led the members of the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "The Voice of the Sea" was given by Chaplain Loretta Hemink.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by the Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as presented by Sophia Kubasik with a second by Mary Dworak.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Carol Kozlowski. It was accepted as read by Pat Kozlowski, with a second by Jean Kubera.
Attendance prizes were won by Sophia Urbanik, Betsy Standera and Sandy Tapasto.
Helper of the day was Stella Michalak and others who assisted. The kitchen committee for Wednesday is Jean Szot and Sandy Tapasto.
Summer picnic is Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. at the Dunkirk Senior Center.
A bus trip is planned for Aug. 10 at 9 a.m. to Midway Park. Trip-goers will be back by 3 p.m. The cost is $6 for the meal and $3 for the bus.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Fifty-four members of the Mayville Senior Citizens met recently for an indoor picnic. Fred Anderson and Emerson Chandler grilled hot dogs and the members supplied the rest of the picnic food. Virginia Scriven asked a blessing for the food and the group and Sandy Anderson called the table numbers. Louise Richer, Bonnie Johnson, Dolly Gilbert and Nancy Peters set the tables and made the coffee and lemonade.
After the scrumptious meal Ms. Scriven read, "A Very Old Man," "Self" and "An Eight Year Old's Perspective of God" and led the group in prayer. President Joyce Ayres led the flag salute and then conducted the short business meeting. Secretary Ayling read the minutes and Treasurer Edna Brown gave her report. Senior Council Representative Jeff Wagner reported that there will be the OFA Picnic at Midway and the next Council Meeting will be on Oct. 11 at the North Harmony center.
Wanda Gustafson read the July birthday celebrants: Life Members Jack Abrams, Ruth Stacy, Francis Freay, Josephine Crandall and Betty Lou Zenns. Others celebrating are: Mary Lou Catania, Al Warner, Bertha Paddock, Nancy Navarro, Gloria Moore, Neal Johnson, Ruth Joslyn, Sonja Mount and Fred Anderson. The couples celebrating wedding milestones are Leo and Rita Lescynski, 70 years and Emerson and Sandy Chandler and Roger and Sue Klossner.
Trip co-chairs Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey reported that all had a great time at the Presque Isle Race Track. The trips to Vidlers and Riverside are filling up, so make reservations soon.
No one won the lottery, but Sandy Anderson won the door prize.
The next meeting of the Mayville Senior Citizens will be the annual sloppy joe lunch on Aug. 16. The sandwiches will be provided and the membership should bring dishes to complement and their own table service.
Guest Andy Scriven closed the meeting by singing the "Star Spangled Banner" very beautifully.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Seniors met at the Clubroom on Route 5 on Tuesday. President Ed Newman approved the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, the singing of "God Bless America" and Chaplain Irene Conny read "God Is."
Lefty Griewisch is still in the Lake Shore nursing home, waiting to go home. Dorothy Jones is now home.
An open house will be held for Jones by her daughter. The corn roast will be held on Aug. 14. Members will bring a dish to pass.
The 50/50 drawing was held and won by Dorothy Miniri, Fred Sikorski and Lucille Wells.
Joyce Snyder and Maryann Seibert won the love prize. Refreshment committee for today is Carl Mohart and Bud Anger.
The pizza party will be held on Aug. 21. Lorrie Newman read some funny jokes. Refreshments were served after the meeting.