Senior club news

50-Plus Seniors

COLLINS – The 50-Plus Senior Program at L.K. Painter Community Center has scheduled a trip to SUNY Fredonia on April 14 for the matinee showing of “The Diary of Anne Frank” at 2 p.m. in Marvel Theatre. Winner of both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize, the show tells the tale of a young Jewish girl coming of age as her family hides from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War II.

The story, told through Anne’s diary entries, starts just after her 13th birthday – mere days before her family is forced into hiding in an attempt to escape the tyranny of invading Nazi forces.

Cost is $28 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $30 for all others. The afternoon show will be followed by a soup supper back at the Center if a minimum of 20 persons make reservations and payment by March 8.

Transportation is by school bus and will depart at 1 p.m. from the center’s front parking lot on Main Street, Collins. For more information or to make reservations call 532-2507. A sign-up sheet is also available in the senior room during senior activity hours.

Both the casino trip on Feb. 21 and the March 5 AARP Defensive Driving Course were filled by the time last week’s 50-Plus Senior news release made last week’s paper. Standbys were accepted and will be called to replace anyone whose money for either has not been received by deadline date of five days after making phone reservations. Cost for non-AARP members was inadvertently listed as $10. The cost is $19. Any questions, call Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507.

Senior activities for this week start off Sunday with the monthly Euchre and Pinochle Card Party at 1:30 p.m. in the center’s gymnasium. The $5 cost includes cash table prizes dessert and beverages.

The center will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents’ Day, a legal holiday. Monday programs will resume next week.

Tai Chi, a former favorite activity on the senior schedule, will make a return next week on Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. following Gentle Arthritis Exercises in the gym. Elaine McGuire and Bobbie Leisner, both former leaders of the Tai Chi group at the center, have agreed to explain and lead the group in simple Tai Chi exercises that help people to develop better balance as they age. If there is sufficient interest in having this activity at the center, a weekly program will be developed. More information will be included next week.

Dunkirk Senior Center Board of Directors

The Dunkirk Senior Center Board of Directors met recently. President Barbara Bajdas led the group in reciting The Pledge of Allegiance.

Carol Kozlowski, chairman of the house committee, reported on the status of purchases and repairs. She also reported that the February Gala was sold out, and that the Valentine’s theme was carried throughout. Homemade spaghetti sauce with meatballs and sausage was made by Patty Pleszewski and enjoyed by all. Tickets for the March 10 Gala are on sale now. The menu will include appetizers, punch, soup, ham, scalloped potatoes, sausage, applesauce, dessert and a beverage.

Delphine Woloszyn reported on the successful exercise program being held Monday through Friday at the center, and noted that two free admissions were being offered during February for all new and existing members. She also noted that the craft committee met on Friday, Feb. 8 to work on Easter favors for Meals on Wheels clients.

Nancy Crandall, pinochle chairman, reported two new members joined in January and expressed an open invitation to the senior public to join them on Monday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. at the center. Big Bingo will be held at 4 p.m. on Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17 and Aug. 14. A complimentary lunch will be served at each session. Any member 50 years of age or older is welcome.

Stella Michalak reported a total of 360 paid members.

Kozlowski noted that recent deaths included member Mary Musso and past members Jennie Van Wey and Ruth Cannon.

Bajdas discussed all the future bus trips. The day trips in February and March are completely booked. A trip to Wheeling, W. Va., is being contemplated for April 16 to 17. This trip will cost $139 per person and will include an overnight stay at The McClure Hotel and $15 in play each day at the casino. Interested members should contact Bajdas at the center. Bajdas also reported on a successful Super Bowl Luncheon and the possibility of a Dyngus Day event. Kozlowski reported on the status of the CDB/1 Grant application and the follow-up communication that was submitted.

Bajdas requested that all members park in the back lot or on the road during peak times such as Gala Sundays and bus trips. Carpooling for these events is also desirable. Parking is restricted in the nearby housing parking lots.

Bajdas thanked all the volunteers that help during the senior events.

Income tax appointments can be made by calling the center at 366-7530.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors have been enjoying the new ceiling in the main hall of the center. The Masons have finished installing the ceiling this week and the new look is appreciated by all the members of the Grape Belt Seniors.

There will be two more yoga classes at the center at 10:45 a.m. today and Feb. 22. The volunteers leading the free class have been doing a wonderful job. The knitting and crocheting group met again on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. This talented group is willing to help out others with their projects. New members are always welcome. They’ve been meeting the second Wednesday of every month and will start meeting on the fourth Wednesday as well.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 20. Although several board members are out of town for part of the winter, they stay informed and participate through email. The membership is encouraged to share their ideas and concerns with the board at any time.

The February pot-luck luncheon will be at noon on Feb. 25. The luncheons always have an array of great dishes brought in by each participant. Everyone is friendly and welcoming, the luncheon would be a nice introduction to the center for someone who hasn’t attended a previous Grape Belt Seniors activity.

Marianne Serio is the person to contact this month with any questions about the trips arranged through the center. Her number is 672-5274. She has worked hard planning the two upcoming tours arranged with Wendt Touring Company. For details about the bus/train trip to Lancaster and beyond, be sure to come to the center on March 4 at 10:30 a.m. to see a Power Point presentation of many of the sights from that trip. David Wendt will be available to answer questions. He will also describe the trip to Quebec planned for the fall. Refreshments will be served.

Call Serio to reserve a spot for either of the Seneca Casino trips on March 27 or April 24. The cost is only $25 a person and that entitles participants to $20 in slots and $5 toward lunch.

Readers Theatre will meet again on March 6 at 10:30 a.m. Although book club is not meeting at this time, books, movies, recipes and much more are discussed during coffee hour every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 a.m. Pick up a good book to read from the center’s ever- growing collection of donated books.

Lake Shore Senior Citizens

The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday, Feb. 13. President Stella Michalak led the members in saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing “God Bless America.”

A reading entitled “Valentines are Links of Love” was given. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and accepted by Charlene Hallmark and Sophia Kubasik.

The treasurer’s report was read by Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted by Jane Steffan with a second by Betsy Stardera.

Attendance prizes were won by Steffan, Nancy Woloszyn and Mary Dworak.

Helper of the day was Irene Christopher. Others assisted.

The kitchen committee for Feb. 27 is Sophia Urbanik and Sandy Tapasto.

There will be no meeting on Feb. 20. Big Bingo will be played at the Dunkirk Senior Center. Doors open at 4 p.m. The next meeting will be Feb. 27 at 1:15 p.m.

Mayville Senior Citizens

MAYVILLE – There were 42 members of the Mayville Senior Citizens at the recent soup and sandwich luncheon. Soups made by several members were served by Louise Richer, Dolly Gilbert and Nancy Peters after Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the group and the meal. Mary Carlson called the table numbers.

President Joyce Ayers greeted the group, led them in the Pledge of Allegiance and conducted the short business meeting. Goodrich read “The Optimist” and “Old Folks at the Fair,” and led the group in prayer.

Izetta Ayling read the minutes and Edna Brown gave the treasurer’s report. There was no Senior Council report.

Goodwill chair Mary Carlson reported she had sent several well wishes to members. Those members celebrating birthdays in February are: Edna Brown, James Subjack, Sandra Wagner and Connie Milliman. Mike and Lori Stewart will celebrate their wedding anniversary.

There was no lottery winner. Door prizes were won by Dorothy Whipple, Ross Field and Jeanne Sampson.

Program Chair Bill Tornstrom introduced Dean Houser and his daughter, Allie, who have made several missionary trips to Uganda. They have gone as a family, but soon Allie will travel there to work as a teacher for two years. They told of all the work being done to help the children and families.

There will be a short executive meeting after the Feb. 21 meeting

The speaker for the Feb. 21 meeting will be Michele Muirhead, owner of Hire The Help. All area seniors are welcome. Those attending should bring a dish to pass and their own table service.

Silver Creek Seniors

SILVER CREEK – On Tuesday, 26 members of the Silver Creek Seniors enjoyed a soup luncheon with Chaplain Irene Conny presenting a prayer beforehand. After their meal, President Ed Newman led a meeting with all members saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing “God Bless America.” A moment of silence was observed in memory of member Dot Jones, who passed away on Feb. 7, 2013. Joan and Ernie Hilliker passed a motion to send $10 to the Silver Creek Emergency fund in honor of Jones.

Fred Sikorski announced there will be a bus trip Feb. 28 to the Allegany Casino in Salamanca. For information, call Sikorski at 934-3082 or Joanne Martin at 934-3458. The bus will leave St. John Bosco’s parking lot at 9:15 a.m. Reservations are due today.

Numbers were drawn and a 50/50 raffle was held. Bingo was called by Hilliker.

Carl Mohart, Conrad Pawlak and Ed Prouse will furnish dessert at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Steger Hi Rise Tenants Association

The Steger Hi Rise Tenants Association meeting was held on Tuesday in the Community Room. President Rosa Vega called the meeting to order with 14 members present. Vice President Alba Santiago led the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Josie Wierczynski gave a reading entitled “Valentines are Links of Love Sent to Friends We’re Fondest Of.” As secretary she read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were accepted as read by Josh Hughes and Addie Windsor.

The financial report was given by Vega in the absence of Linda “Susie” Lockhart. They were accepted by Santiago and Clara Weber.

Sunshine Lady Windsor sent a sympathy card to Carol Bekeleski for the death of her sister JoAnn Near and a get well card to Phyllis Jagoda.

Birthdays will be celebrated in the Community Room on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 2:30 p.m.

The Valentine’s Day party will be in the Community Room today at 6 p.m. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass.

The 50/50 raffle was won by Pedro Ortiz, Weber and Santiago.

Bingo was played after the meeting and refreshments were served.

The next meeting will be March 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

The St. Patrick’s Day party will be March 17 in the Community Room at 4:30 p.m. A sign-up sheet will be in the Community Room. The menu is corned beef and ham, bread and butter, potatoes, carrots, and desserts brought by volunteers. This is for Tenants Association members only. The food will be prepared by the ladies of the association.