Senior club news

50-Plus Seniors

The 50-Plus Seniors would like to wish a happy blessed Easter Sunday to all. The week starts off Monday with Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins.

For those who are not winter outdoor walkers, the senior program offers a variety of daily morning exercises and welcomes those who have yet to take advantage of a warm indoor space. The three-part Indoor Walking and Exercise program is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 9 a.m.

Also on Monday afternoon, an informal Euchre game gets under way at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room. The game is open to both beginners and experienced players wishing to brush up on their skills. Volunteers willing to assist beginners in learning this card game are welcome.

Tuesday morning starts with Gentle Arthritis Exercises at 10 a.m. in the gym. This hour-long chair exercise program is geared for seniors who are unable to do more strenuous exercises and is also held on Thursday at the same time. Also available on Tuesday mornings is a revival of the Tai Chi program at 11 a.m. in the gym. This activity uses both film and standing exercises to assist those attending in developing better balance. Tai Chi is only available on Tuesday mornings. Comfortable clothing and flat shoes are recommended for both classes.

Wednesday is one of the busiest days for seniors and has four activities scheduled. Two of the programs are held in the L. K. Painter Center and the other two are at the Collins Library and K & L Lanes in Gowanda. In addition to Indoor Walking and Exercises in the morning, Pat Tucker offers Open Crafts at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room. This is a time to learn a new craft, finish one or just enjoy spending some time with friends.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. is “Quilting with Florence” in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. If you have ever thought about learning to quilt or improving this talent, call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075 for more information.

Senior Bowling starts at 1 p.m. at K & L Lanes in Gowanda. Cost is $1.75 a game or three games for $5.

In addition to the morning Walking and Exercise program on Friday, Showtime will be offered at 1 p.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. Co-sponsored by the 50-Plus Seniors and the library, this month’s film is an Oscar winner and will take the audience into Civil War time. For more information, call the library at 532-5129 or the Senior Room at the Community Center, 532-2006, ext. 21.

The next AARP Defen-sive Driving Course at the Community Center is set for May 7 in the Community Room. This is a six-hour class with a half-hour break for lunch. Cost is $17 for those with a valid AARP membership card and $19 for all others. Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507. Seating is limited so early registration is recommended.

Brocton-Portland Seniors

The Brocton-Portland Seniors met Monday at the Brocton Legion at noon with President Margaret Jagoda presiding. Rick Cranston led the Pledge of Allegiance, then Chaplain Alberta Blakely gave a prayer of thanks and a led moment of silence for the 42 members.

Easter tables were set by committee of the day: Rick and Katie Cranston, Alberta Blakely and Cliff and Bea Lee. Tureen luncheon followed. Ruth Neal read the secretary’s report, which was accepted by Cora Patterson and Rick Cranston. Rita Stonefoot gave the treasurer’s report, which was approved by Pat Smith and Carm Johnson. The Marmaduke Fund donation was discussed, and by motion of Robin Carr and Rose Giambra, it was approved and passed. The Fredonia Beaver Club donated over $2,000 to the fund. Carr said the Legion Auxiliary chicken and rib dinner is April 7 with presale tickets costing $9. The Bicentennial re-enactment catered dinner is April l3. Giambra said the spaghetti dinner is at St. Dominic’s on April 17 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to Bob Patterson, the only birthday for March. Katie Cranston will send a card to Maggie Rodgers who fell and is in Westfield Absolute. Joe Gatto, Bill Norris and Joan Bertrando are finally back home and Smith thanked everyone for her cards. The door prizes were won by Jagoda and Betty Kierczyk. The Easter decorations were made by Lee and won by Kierczyk, Harold Buvoltz, Fred Brown, Elaine Wood, Johnson, Pat Nixon, Gen Ludemann, Rudy Arnyardi, Catherine Fabritius and Ethel Hutt. The raffle winners were Nixon, Beulah Williams, Brown and Smith.

The club’s 55th anniversary will be celebrated at the Nickel Plate Depot at noon on April 29. Members must sign up by calling Stonefoot before April 22 at 792-4565 with a payment of $5 and make a choice of chicken or ham to go with the baked potato, vegetable and salad. Julie Schrantz is making the celebration cake and the officers will be the committee for the event.

Reservations for the April 29 meeting must be made before April 22 by calling Stonefoot at 792-4565.

Westfield Senior Citizens

The Westfield Senior Citizens met March 14 at the YWCA with 21 members present. Everyone enjoyed a potluck lunch.

David Davison, Westfield School superintendent, gave a short talk on the upcoming budget and the Westfield-/Brocton school merger. Guest speaker Michele Henry, the county historian, gave an interesting account of the County Home, from its years in Dewittville in the 1800s and forward, including when it was known as the “Poorhouse.”

Jack Dean told the group of his grandson kayaking in Chile at a world class kayaking event. He placed in the top 10.

Shirley Kolpien called the meeting to order by leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Secretary and treasurer reports were read and accepted. March birthdays were recognized for Pat Smith, Enid Beadle, Gladys Hess and Kolpien. Get well wishes were sent to Marybell Beigh and Joyce Wainwright.

Meetings from April through Sept. 12 will be held at 6 p.m. The next meeting will not call for a dish to pass or table service. The West-field Women’s Association will serve the meal on April 11 at 6 p.m. at the YWCA.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors have planned their next two potluck luncheons. The next will be April 17 at 11:30 a.m. Michelle Gelsimino will speak about acupuncture at 12:15 p.m.

The next luncheon will be May 22. The guest speaker will be announced.

There will be no exercise or yoga classes today because of Good Friday.

Readers Theatre will meet April 3 at 10:30 a.m.

There is still a little time left to sign up for the Seneca casino trip on April 24.

Collins Center Seniors

The March meeting for the Collins Center Seniors was well attended and the luncheon was enjoyed by all. The members voted to accept 12 new members.

Members are reminded that the motor coach for the Seneca Niagara Casino trip on April 10 will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main St. in Gowanda at 8:30 a.m.

Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome May 30 for “Here’s to the Diva’s and Dames” luncheon show and a tour of the Medina Railroad Museum and other stops.

A few seats are available for the June 3 to 6 trip to Atlantic City and Cape May. Nonmembers are welcome.

On June 26, club members will travel to the Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs, Pa. to enjoy the beautiful gardens before lunch and the show “Boeing, Boeing.” Nonmembers are welcome.

On July 10, the seniors will take the safari trolley at “Hidden Valley Animal Adventure,” interact with animals and enjoy a lunch buffet at the lodge. There will be other stops on the way home and the group will enjoy a special dessert.

A new trip is being planned for Aug. 7, called “Buffalo’s Best.” The group will visit the Trico Factory Building, Landie’s Candies, the Pierce Arrow Transpor-tation Museum and enjoy lunch at Chef’s Restaurant before they set sail aboard Miss Buffalo II for an afternoon sightseeing cruise.

From Oct. 6-9, the group will travel to the Hudson Valley for a “Fall Spectac-ular” that will include a visit to West Point, the Culinary Institute with dinner, Purple Heart Hall of Honors, Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Mills Mansion, Orange County Choppers and more.

Contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586 for info. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quak-er St., Collins, NY 14034.

Mayville Senior Citizens

Recently, 43 members of the Mayville Senior Citizens met for lunch and entertainment at the Mayville VFW. President Joyce Ayers greeted the group and Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the food and group. Mary Carlson called the table numbers after Louise Richir, Dolly Gilbert, Bonnie Johnson and Fran set out the many casseroles and desserts and made the coffee.

After the filling meal, Ayers opened the business meeting. Goodrich read, “Plane From Texas,” “I Can’t Look THAT Old,” “An Irish Blessing” and led the group in prayer.

After the salute to the flag, Secretary Izetta Ayling read the minutes and correspondences and Treasurer Edna Brown gave her report. Goodwill chair Carlson reported she had sent several well wishes and had Easter cards ready to post.

Trip co-chair Jean Kelsey thanked those who went to the casino for her gift of “winnings.” She and Sandy Anderson are taking reservations for the evening trip to Cambridge Springs to see “The Patsy Cline Show.” There are a few seats available. Money for that trip is due May 1. Call 753-2663 or 753-7814 for more info.

Anderson read a thank you from the recipient of the Christmas money donation. The funds were appreciated.

Door prizes went to Lois Maloy, Carlson, Sandy Dur-bish and Nancy Tornstrom.

Wanda Gustafson said dates for the Safe Driving course are May 6-7 in the Mayville VFW. Reservations are necessary. Call her for more info at 753-7420.

Bill Tornstrom, program chair, revealed a surprise by introducing “Mae West.” Alice O’Grady was dressed flamboyantly as the old-time actress and gave a delightful performance, including facts on the life of Mae West. The audience asked many questions which were answered in the first person.

The next meeting of the Mayville Senior Citizens will be the annual ham dinner April 4 in the Mayville VFW at noon. Ham will be furnished by the club. Those who attend should bring dishes to complement the meat. All area residents 55 or older are welcome. Bring a dish to pass and table service.

Share and Care Seniors

The Share and Care Seniors will host its Spring Fling on April 27 at the Beaver Club in Fredonia.

From 3 to 4:30 p.m., there will be a social hour which will include cards, board games, and hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $7 per person for paid members. Guests and non-members pay $10.

The dinner, served by Beaver Tail Catering, will begin at 5 p.m.

Make checks payable to Share and Care Seniors, P.O. Box 446, Fredonia, NY 14063. For more info, call Phyllis Laurito at 679-1060 or Rose Cerrie at 679-4386.