Silver Creek Seniors
The Aug. 12 gathering of the Silver Creek Seniors began with a nice prayer from Dorothy Miniri prior to a very good salad day lunch.
The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and singing of "God Bless America."
The club welcomed back Irene Conny. The secretary of the club apologizes to Irene Coon. Her name was listed in the previous minutes, and she was getting calls from friends wishing her well.
Lorrie Newman read the financial report from July and MaryAnn Siebert read the petty cash report.
Next week, Aug. 19 at noon the club will have a corn roast.
50/50 winners were Bart Adams, Miniri and Conny.
Door prize winners were Sam Chiappone and Conrad Pawlak.
Bingo was called by Ernie Hilliker.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
The Sheridan Happy Seniors met at 1 p.m. on Aug. 8 with 27 members present.
Shirley Sikorski led the prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. "God Bless America" and the "Happy Senior Song" were sung by all.
The group sang "Happy Birthday" to Betty Kerns and Joan Guzik whose birthdays are in the month of August.
Sikorski called roll.
Minutes of the last meeting were read by Jo Wehust. The treasurer's report was give by Angie Logan. Both were approved.
President Joann Martin reported that Virginia Becker will give a talk on the history of Chautauqua County and also St. Columban's in September. She will be guest speaker for the September meeting.
The club will have a silent auction Oct. 3.
Jokes were read by Gertie Syper.
Auleen Robinson and Teresa Warner won the 50/50 raffle.
Jo Wilkosz won the Riles & Woolley drawing.
The food committee for the next meeting is Burdella Warner, Teresa Warner and Wehust.
The next meeting will be Aug. 22 at 1 p.m.
The meeting adjourned and refreshments were served. Martin called bingo for anybody who wished to stay and play.
United Senior Citizens
The United Senior Citizens recently held their annual catered picnic luncheon at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 72 members in attendance.
In the absence of President Charles St. George, Vice President Phyllis Laurito presided by first introducing new members, Gina Fedele and Dolores Swank. She then introduced Tina Richthammer as a guest. The vice president then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed with the invocation by Norma St. George.
The 50/50 winners were Russell Dalby, Catherine Fabritius, Cedio Gizzi, Mayme Joy, Margaret Larson, Swank and Mary Ann Thompson.
The meeting began by thanking the callers for the August meeting, who were Sue Ann Carlson, Dorothy Hilliker, Rosemary Mancuso, Lucy Saeli, Josephine Lautenslaker and Josephine Wierczynski.
Birthdays for August were Herb Centner, Joanne Halasinski, David Kolassa and William Warmbrodt.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 8 at the Fredonia Beaver Club with the menu being: beef on kimmelweck or plain rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetable casserole, tossed mixed green salad, dessert and coffee. The cost for this will be $8 per person.
The calling committee for the September meeting will be Lautenslaker, Larson, Peggy Pokoj, Pat Ebert, Wierczynski, and Hilliker.
Guest speaker John D'Agostino, publisher of the OBSERVER, spoke briefly about a number of topics of local concern. He closed by thanking all of the veterans for their service to our country.
Vice President Laurito announced that Dorothy Rexford, author of a new book, "Cora Pooler," will be the guest speaker for September.
Patricia Bradley ended the meeting with the treasurer's report and gave a special thanks once again to Laurito for filling in for President St. George. Bingo was then hosted by Rose Cerrie and Patricia Bradley.
The Dunkirk Senior Citizen Board of Directors
The Dunkirk Senior Citizen Board of Directors met recently at the center. Barbara Bajdas, president, led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
The minutes of the previous meeting and treasurer's report were reviewed and approved. Communications were received from the NYS Compensation Board, RSVP, Camp Gross, Ray Gay Sales and the Historical Society.
Carol Kozlowski reported for the House and Safety Committee. A ramp was built for the outdoor shed. The city has not yet approved the parking lot renovation. A new copy machine and two carpet runners were gratefully received from the city. Representatives of the WNY Food Bank were at the center for its annual food safety survey and found no violations.
Nancy Crandall discussed the menu planned for the August Big Bingo and announced that the next Big Bingos will be held on Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.
Bob Sobczak reported that the seniors are enjoying their participation in the Dunkirk Market every Wednesday at the center. Hot dog and popcorn sales are brisk. Home-baked goods and homemade pierogi are also available. The market continues until Sept. 24.
On Aug. 19, the board will sponsor a strawberry shortcake social. Attendance is limited to 100 members. There will be live musical entertainment and a basket raffle to benefit the senior center. Also, the Real Lady of Fatima Statue will be on display all day at St. Hyacinth's Church. Fatima members will stand guard until 7 p.m. Mass, followed by a reception.
Pat Kibbe reported that the craft committee will be working on Halloween favors for the Meals on Wheels customers. Crandall noted that the pinochle and exercise groups are thriving. New group members are always welcome.
Kozlowski noted that she sent get well cards to members Ed Van Den Vouver, Caroline Schmidt, Marge Fancher, Barbara Tower and Ronnie Ginley.
Membership includes 330 Dunkirk members and 180 social members.
September promises to be an active month at the Center. On Sept. 8, the group will be taking a small bus to Grove City, Pa. for an afternoon of shopping and lunch. On Sunday, Sept. 14, there will be an indoor potluck picnic at noon. Members will be asked to bring a dish to pass and a donation of $2. Seventy-five reservations will be accepted beginning Aug. 18. On Sept. 17, there will be a health fair and flu clinic at the Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be many vendors. Exercise with Tiffany will be canceled for this day only.
Reservations are now being accepted for a casino trip to Niagara Falls, N.Y. on Sept. 23. The cost is $25, which includes $20 free play, $5 food voucher, transportation, gratuity, prizes on the bus and goodie bags.
One of the members asked that we save clean used or new plastic bags to help her in making walker bags for infirmed veterans. The members have also been requested to submit their favorite fruit and vegetable recipe. A box will be available in the lobby.
Letters will be sent to all members traveling to Atlantic City on Aug. 24. There are still a couple of seats available for a trip to Wheeling, W. Va. Oct. 20-21. Anyone interested in any of these trips should contact Barb or Carol at 366-7530.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Kibbe, seconded by Cheryl Sheedy.
Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Seniors are pleased that David Wendt will be at the Center on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 10:30 a.m. He will be meeting with those going on the Cape Cod tour to present the detailed itinerary and answer any questions. In addition, he is interested in suggestions for future trips. Coffee, tea and dessert will be served. The Travel Committee would greatly appreciate it if some of the GBS regulars would bake cookies for this meeting.
There is still time to register for upcoming day trips. On Oct. 2, there is a trip to the Corning Museum of Glass. The scenic route in the fall should be lovely. There will be a docent at the museum providing a guided tour. Lunch will be provided as well as a "hands-on" workshop where each person will make a sandblast wine glass. There will be time to explore the museum before going to Bully Hill Vineyards for wine tasting.
Another day trip on Oct. 24 will be to Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo to see the Hit Men The trip also includes lunch at Chef's Restaurant and a stopover at the Marilla Country Store in Elma on the way home. Call Judy at 672-5778 soon for more details on either of these trips or to reserve a seat.
In addition to the 9 a.m. exercise class held on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays, a Tai Chi class is being offered on Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
The GBS are always finding ways to get involved in community projects. This month several members are volunteering at the Information Booth in downtown Fredonia.
Collins Center Seniors
The next meeting of the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, Aug. 25 at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon. Hot dogs will be furnished by the club. Note that passengers for the Sept. 14 to 18 trip to Mackinac Island are asked to stay after lunch for a short meeting to receive the itinerary and additional information about the trip.
The motor coach for the Seneca Niagara Casino on Aug. 19 will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Passengers are reminded to bring photo ID and a Seneca Niagara Casino players card if possible.
Seats are available for the Sept. 9 Seneca Niagara Casino and payment is due Aug. 25.
Payment is due Aug. 25 for the Oct. 4 trip to the Windmill Craft and Farm Market and the Glen Curtiss Museum.
A special customer appreciation trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino is scheduled for Oct. 20.
Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome because there are two motor coaches going to the show at Kleinhans Music Hall on Oct. 24. The morning will begin with coffee and doughnuts before the 10:30 a.m. show. Those who love performers such as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells, Carly Simon and Elton John from the glory days of Rock & Roll will love this show. A sit-down lunch at Chef's Restaurant is part of the package. A $37 deposit is needed to hold seats.
On Nov. 9 a group will go to see "Mamma Mia," the ultimate feel-good show at Shea's. This smash-hit musical combines ABBA's greatest hits, including "Dancing Queen," "SOS," "Super Trouper," "Take A Chance On Me," and "The Winner Takes It All," with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Following the show, the group will enjoy dinner at Salvatore's Italian Gardens.
The Seneca Niagara Casino presents the "Deana Martin Holiday Show" in the Event Center on Dec. 10. Enjoy traditional holiday songs from the talented daughter of the late Dean Martin. The trip includes luxury motor coach transportation, tickets for the 2 p.m. show, slot dollars and food voucher.
A 16-day September 2015 Bucket List West trip is in the planning stages. This trip will have free time built into it so the days wouldn't be long and exhausting. Several great stops are planned en route to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. The group will spend three nights in Flagstaff with day trips to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and Sedona. En route to a two-night stay in Las Vegas the group will stop in Kingman at the Route. 66 Museum. The route home will be through the Colorado Rockies. Final details should be available by the November meeting.
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.
An AARP Driving course is scheduled at the L.K. Painter Community center for Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. Cost for members is $20 and $25 for non-members. To register call 532-2006 ext. 21 and leave a message with the following information: Name, Phone Number, AARP member number (if you are a member), and if you are planning to purchase the lunch. After registering, send your check or money order (made out to AARP) to Collins Town Hall, Attn: AARP, P.O. Box 420, Collins, N.Y. 14034.
A half-hour break will be taken for lunch. Participants may either bring a bag lunch or order the lunch provided by the 50 Plus Senior Program which consists of soup, sandwich, drink, and dessert. The lunch must be ordered at the time of registration. The lunch costs $3 which must be paid the morning of the class. Class size is limited to 30 so register early. The next class will be Dec. 2.
Activities for Aug. 17 to 23 are:
Sunday: Pickle Ball is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Collins Town Park basketball court, or in case of bad weather, inside the L.K. Painter Center gym.
Wednesday: At 10 a.m. Pat Tucker leads low impact exercises in the Painter Center new senior room. Everyone is welcome. Quilting with Florence is held 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Collins Town Library Community Room. Games and crafts are held at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room. Come out and join Pat and the group for a fun afternoon of card or board games and assorted crafts.
Thursday: Pickle Ball will be played at 6:30 p.m. at the Collins Town Park.
Mt. Carmel Social Club
The Mt. Carmel Social Club's next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 20 and will feature its annual corn and sausage roast. Reservations for the event are requested and may be made by calling Carm Tampio at 934-3349.
Chautauqua County Home Retirees
The Chautauqua County Home Retirees will hold its annual picnic on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk at 5:30 p.m. Call Pat Byham at 672-5582 for reservations.
Brocton Portland Seniors
The Brocton Portland Seniors will meet on Aug. 25 for a birthday celebration. A meal of Kentucky Fried Chicken is planned. A choice of original or grilled chicken is offered with potatoes, gravy, biscuits, coleslaw and vegetable. The cost is $5. Those who wish to attend should call Rita at 792-4565 by Aug. 18. Members are to bring personal table service and may bring a dessert to share.
Steger Hi-Rise Tenant Association
The next scheduled meeting of the Steger Hi-Rise Tenant Association will be Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the community room.