Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met recently at the Dunkirk Senior Center. President Stella Michalak opened the meeting. Members recited the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the singing of "God Bless America."
Carol Kozlowski read a poem entitled "Worry." The secretary and treasurer reports were reviewed and accepted. Betty Korzeniewski gave an additional report on the Christmas party.
Michalak announced that there would be no meeting on Feb. 19 due to Big Bingo. Members interested in helping at the rummage sale on Feb. 15 should report at the Center at 8 a.m.
Attendance prizes were won by Marian Genovese, Irene Christopher and Jane Steffan.
Dorothy Sarzyniak and Steffan served refreshments using a Valentine's Day theme.
Members were informed about future events. There are two seats available for a trip to the Allegany Casino on Feb. 17. Reservations are being accepted for the potluck dinners to be held on March 17 and April 30 at 5 p.m. at the Center.
The next meeting will take place on Feb. 26. Kozlowski and Michalak will be on the refreshment committee.
Sinclairville Senior Citizens
The Sinclairville Senior Citizens met recently in the Sinclairville fire hall dining room for luncheon and program.
Luncheon preparations and table decorations were provided by Diman Smith. The meal was a "stone soup" meaning that people brought in ingredients to make a delicious soup. Elaine Palmer-Titus was the master mixer for the soup. Many brought other dishes of food and wonderful desserts to share.
President Margie McIntyre welcomed all to the luncheon, and Pastor Phil Shay gave the blessing prior to the meal. Following the meal, Pastor Shay led all in the Lord's Prayer and John Sipos led all in the pledge of allegiance.
Sunshine chairman Betty Wielgasz reported on those celebrating a birthday in February and there was one anniversary of Phil and Sherry Shay who were married on February 27, 1971.
Treasurer Charles Sylvester collected dues for the year, and distributed membership cards. Secretary John Sipos gave a very quick synopsis of last month's meeting.
Drawings were conducted by Diman Smith, John Sipos and Charles Sylvester.
The program was an antique show and tell program. Jim Odell began with an old metal woodpecker match holder, Fran Odell showed a hard boiled egg slicer. John Sipos showed 1913 George Washington souvenirs, and Susan Sipos showed a hand crocheted woolen slip from her great-grandmother. Diane Shaw showed an old pocket knife, and an acorn carried by her father. Doug Arters showed a framed print of the surrender at Saratoga Springs. Phil Shay showed a bell set used at Christmas time. Linda Parmenter showed an old wireless stapler. Beverly Higgs showed an old candle wick trimmer. Betty Wielgasz showed an egg grading scale. Elaine Palmer-Titus showed an article on a penny arcade fortune teller. Martha Harmon showed an old engraved jewelry box which had been in her family for years. Louisa Smith showed an old doll dating to 1885 which belonged to her mother. Diman Smith showed an old metal bank and an old dinosaur bone found in his yard. Margie McIntyre showed a carnival glass vase, and a heart shaped vase containing some rocks. She said when her grandmother had to give up her farm, she gathered some rocks from the farm, washed them and stored them in a heart shaped glass box for a keepsake. Charles Sylvester showed a cedar bailing basket used to take water out of a canoe.
The Sinclairville Senior Citizens meet once a month on the second Tuesday at noon in the Sinclairville fire hall dining room for a luncheon and program.
The next meeting of group will be on the Tuesday March 11 at noon in the Sinclairville fire hall Dining room. The meal will be a corned beef and cabbage dinner, and people will bring something to add to the meal. Other dishes of food and desserts are welcome. There will be a program. New members are always welcome.
50 Plus Seniors
A Lenten bus trip is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 with the first stop a visit to Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens where Frederick Law Olmsted's 1899 tri-domed glass conservatory building with Victorian style gardens will be decked out for Easter.
If time permits, the group will briefly stop at Our Lady of Victory Basilica. A guided tour is not possible on this date because the building is available for only half an hour prior to its closure for a wedding and a Mass.
The group next heads to Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant for a family style sit-down luncheon featuring salad, pasta, choice of vegetables and potatoes, choice of two meats, warm Italian rolls and butter, coffee and tea with spumoni, sherbet or ice cream with mint for dessert. The final stop will be the Broadway Market to get those Easter goodies.
The cost is $33.50 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg, and Persia and $35.00 for all others. The final day for reservations is March 14. Call 532-2507 or use the sign up sheet in the Senior Room to make reservations. Payment must be made by check or money order to Town of Collins and sent to Collins Hall, attention Joan, P.O. Box 420, Collins N.Y. 14034. The final day for payment is March 24.
Transportation will be by school bus with a departure time of 9:15 a.m. from the front parking lot of L.K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins.
The March 4 AARP Defensive Driving Course is filled and has a waiting list, but reservations are now being taken for the next AARP driving course on Tuesday, April 15 in the Community Room of the Center. The cost is $20 for persons with valid membership cards and $25 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 532-2507. Payment made out to AARP should be made within a week after making a telephone registration. It must be sent to Collins Town Hall, attention AARP, P.O. Box 420, Collins, N.Y. 14034. Payment must be by check or money order; cash is not accepted.
Participants may bring a bag lunch if they wish. A luncheon made by members of the 50-Plus Senior Program will be available but must be ordered when making a telephone reservation. The cost of lunch is $2.50 per person and should be paid in cash the morning of the course.
Participants are asked to use the Center's back parking lot and to bring their driver's license, AARP membership card and a pen with them.
A reminder: seats are available for the June 11-13 motor coach trip to Gettysburg, Pa. with a side trip to see "Moses" at the Millennium Theater in Lancaster. The cost is $357. Flyers and a sign-up sheet are available in the senior room.
Senior activities for this week are:
Sunday: a pinochle and euchre card party will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. The cost is $5 and includes cash table prizes, dessert and beverages.
Monday: is Presidents Day. The center is closed. Senior activities will resume next Monday.
Tuesday: Gentle arthritis exercises, 10 a.m. in the gymnasium. The program is performed mostly in chairs and helps participants develop arm and leg strength.
Wednesday: Indoor walking and exercises are held in the gymnasium at 9 a.m. This three part activity is led by Pat Tucker and includes walking, chair exercises, and walk in place exercises. Quilting with Florence is 10:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the community room of the Collins Public Library. For more information, call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Senior Bowling will be at 1 p.m. at the K & L Lanes, Gowanda. The cost is $1.75 a game or three games for $5. Pat Tucker will open the Senior Room at 1 p.m. for open crafts and an informal euchre game.
Thursday: Gentle arthritis exercises are held at 10 a.m. followed by Tai Chi at 11 a.m.
Friday: Indoor walking and exercises are held at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium. Community services will be held in the Senior Room at 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed to make Easter items for seniors at area hospitals and Eden Heights.
On Sunday, Feb. 23, pickle ball will be held at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium.
Silver Creek Seniors
President Ed Newman started Valentine's Day with the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." Chaplain Irene Conny said a prayer for the group.
Jello salads and additional sweets such as brownies, fudge, cupcakes and mini cupcakes., heart-shaped cakes, and peppermint patties were brought in by members.
Each place had a wrapped paper cup of candy which everyone enjoyed.
50/50 winners were Ernie Hilliker, Lorrie Newman, and Conny.
Door prize winners were Marv Smith, Joyce Snyder, Thelma Hilliker, Mary Congdon, and Joann Martin.
Smith called bingo.
Collins Center Seniors
The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, Feb. 24 at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.
Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome Feb. 20 for a trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino. The motor coach will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main St., in Gowanda at 11:45. Cost is $15 and participants receive $30 in slot play from the casino.
Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome March 19 for a trip to Erie, Pa., to tour St. Patrick's Cathedral and attend Station Dinner Theater for "The Golden Follies," a truly entertaining musical comedy about the funny moments that happen to all in those "later years."
Note: To passengers for the Branson trip April 5-12, the trip is $15 less than the flyer price.
April 21 is the "Dyngus Day Party." The first stop is the Broadway Market before heading to Cove Restaurant and Banquet Facility to enjoy a wonderful Polish-themed buffet. The group can dance to and enjoy the music of the Fritz's Polka Band. A few seats are available and nonmembers are welcome.
On May 14, a group will travel to "Gooseneck Hill Bird Sanctuary" where over 50 varieties of birds, singing and dancing swans and over 25 rock gardens can be seen. A delicious sit down lunch at Spragues Maple Farm is scheduled before a stop at the Ellicottville Brewing Co. and Watson's Chocolate.
"Star Spangled Pops" is scheduled for May 23. The group will see and hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus at Kleinhans Music Hall for a patriotic tradition to honor the men and women who have served our country and pay tribute to the American Spirit. Lunch will be at the Pan Am Grill at the Hotel Lafayette. The day ends at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park.
A Mystery Tour, "Past, Present & Future," will be held June 5. This will not include a casino. Step back into the past, see sights of the present and learn about the future. This trip is packed with interesting sites. A limited amount of seats will be available so it will fill up fast.
June 8-10 a trip to Kentucky for "The Thrills of Louisville" is on the agenda It includes a backstretch breakfast tour at Churchill Downs, a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Louisville Sluggers Museum and an evening aboard the Bell of Louisville to enjoy fine dining and dancing with big band music and entertainment. Before heading home, a stop at the Jim Beam distillery is scheduled. For additional information, 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
Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Seniors welcomed two representatives from CASA on Feb. 10 to talk about how this organization helps children who are in foster care in the county. Laura Wurstner and Phyllis Steinberg talked about their positive experiences in volunteering with CASA.
Yoga and tango classes are canceled today but will resume on Feb. 21.
The next board meeting will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. Following the meeting there will be time for playing cards or Scrabble or Bananagrams before the potluck luncheon, which will be at 11:30 a.m.
David Wendt will be at the Center on Monday, March 3 at 11:15. He will do a power point presentation of the upcoming tours to New York City and Cape Cod. Even if you're not sure if you want to take one of the trips, stop by and find out what's being offered and pick up flyers about all the exciting day trips that are planned for the upcoming months.
The next day trip is to the Niagara Casino on April 15, with the one time special rate of $18. Call Marianne Serio at 672-5274 with questions or to register.
Dunkirk Senior Citizens' Board of Directors
The Dunkirk Senior Citizens' Board of Directors met recently with President Barbara Bajdas presiding.
Carol Kozlowski reported receiving the February Newsletter from the United Senior Council of Chautauqua County. The revised by-laws were presented and unanimously approved. New house rules were also presented and accepted. They will be posted at the Center and included in the monthly newsletter. Kozlowski also reported sending a get-well card to Greg Sek who is the janitor at the Center.
Potluck dinners are scheduled for March 17 and April 30 at 5 p.m. Interested members can sign up at the Center during regular business hours.
Nancy Crandall reported that the next Big Bingos will be held on Feb. 19, March 12, and April 9. All members are invited to attend. The first sixty players will receive a complimentary meal at 4:30 p.m. Bingo will follow at 5 p.m.
Delphine Woloszyn reported the purchase of new exercise equipment. Ray Schrantz made and donated an equipment carrier. She also noted that the craft committee will be working on Easter favors for the Meals-on-Wheels recipients.
President Bajdas reported that the spring travel schedule has been set. On March 11 a bus will take members to the McKinley Mall. They will be free to shop, have lunch, or see a movie. Tickets are on sale now at the Center.
On April 11 a trip is set to Batavia Downs for gaming entertainment and lunch followed by a stop at the Market Place at the South Gate Plaza. The price is $25. Members will receive $25 in free slot play and $5 toward food.
On April 21 the group will celebrate Dyngus Day at the Senior Center. Live music will be provided by the Kokomo Band while members enjoy an ice cream social. The admission fee is $1. There will be no pinochle on this day.
Members are excited about the upcoming Rummage/Craft/Bake Sale to be held on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A variety of items will be available for sale including puzzles, CDs, knitting and crochet items, cookbooks, pierogi, wind chimes, bird houses, glassware, Scentzy candles, Papparazzi jewelry and rummage.
Woloszyn reminded the members about a Safe Driving Course sponsored by AARP to be held at the Masonic Lodge in Fredonia on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. While this class is now closed,. those interested can call Shirley Erbsmehl, class instructor, at 679-4530 for information and registration for a class on March 24 and 25.