Senior club news

50-Plus Seniors

COLLINS – Now that summer is officially here, the 50-Plus Senior Program will operate on a smaller schedule than during the rest of the year, but there will be activities for all seniors to enjoy.

On Monday, a motor coach trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino is planned. Participants must be at the front parking lot of the L. K. Painter Community Center by 10:45 a.m. in time for bus departure. A New York State Driver’s license is required to receive the incentive of $25 slot dollars, and those with players’ cards should bring them along.

Wednesday Open Crafts with Pat Tucker and an Informal Euchre Game will take place at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room. Quilting with Florence will also be held in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. For more information on this craft, call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075.

This Wednesday is also the final day to pay balances of $66 per person for the July 25 Buffalo Grain Elevator motor coach trip. Checks made payable to the Town of Collins must be mailed by June 25 or brought to the Collins Town Hall no later than June 26. Checks are to be mailed to Collins Town Hall, attention trips, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034.

The seniors offer their congratulations to Hanna Brady, the recipient of an award from the Collins Pumpkin Festival at Gowanda Central School’s recent Class Night. The 50-Plus Seniors played a large role in the short life of the festival and final money raised was given to Gowanda Central School to provide a continuing award for a deserving senior graduate. The Collin Pumpkin Festival was a fun project and it was with great regret that the committee had to bring it to a close.

A small group is working to bring the proposed Collins Historical Society to fruition. Anyone interested in joining them should contact Linda Munro, president, 241-7066, or Vice President Doug Martindale, 532-5984. There has long been a need for such an organization and hopefully there are people who will help in making it come true.

The week will end with the third annual Liberty Fest Saturday, June 29, from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Collins Town Park. A variety of events have been scheduled for both young and old including a Street Dance with Paul Zittle and Pure Country from 7 to 9 p.m., a Miss Liberty Contest, car show, concession stand, a Chinese auction, softball and volleyball games with the festivities concluding with a fireworks display at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Dunkirk Senior Board

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

Carol Kozlowski gave the House and Safety Committee report. She noted that a new flag and cable were installed in front of the building. She thanked Delphine Woloszyn for preparing the flower pots and hanging baskets. She also announced that Julius Leone would be at the center on Friday, June 21 at 9 a.m. to train and furnish credentials for staff learning to use an AED life-saving device.

A get-well card was sent to Joan Zielinski. A thank you note was received from the Ralph Letersky family.

An invitation was extended to all seniors from the Chautauqua County Office of the Aging to attend their annual picnic to be held on Friday, Aug. 9 at Midway Park. Tickets may be purchased for $6 at the Center during regular business hours.

Tickets for the Aug. 6 Ice Cream Social may be purchased at the Center for $1.

The Sunday Galas will resume on Sept. 8. The menu will consist of “Cook’s Choice.” Cost is $4 per person. Reservations will be accepted beginning Aug. 5 at the center.

A pot-luck dinner will be held on Thursday, July 11 at 5 p.m. Because this will be the group’s first attempt at this event, attendance will be limited.

Nancy Crandall gave the Pinochle report. She extended an invitation to all seniors who are interested in playing to join her on Mondays at 1 p.m. at the Center.

The president announced that the club will try a modified “Towel Bingo” on Sept. 18.

The Crafts Committee completed making 160 tray favors for the Fourth of July. Their next project will focus on a Halloween theme.

A decision was made to purchase a few new lightweight tables. To date, donations for three tables have been solicited.

Bajdas reported that there are a few seats still available for a casino trip to Salamanca on Aug. 8. The cost is $25, and each person going will receive $35 in free play.

A health fair co-sponsored by the Office of the Aging and the Senior Center will be held at the center on Sept. 19. There will be no charge for non-profit organizations. All others will pay $25 per table. Interested parties should call the center at 366-7530 for more information and to reserve tables.

Bajdas also noted that final payment is due from those traveling to Atlantic City in August. She reported on the success of the group’s recent Koch’s memorabilia auction and extended special thanks to Raymond Schrantz for his many donations used for fundraising for the Center.

The next meeting will be July 11 at the center.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Senior Board met on June 19 for their monthly meeting. Several reports were made, including financial, program and travel. Some of the money collected from membership dues was used to pay a portion of the cost of the exercise class that is popular with the members. Several programs were discussed for the fall and winter and specific plans will be made closer to each event.

Sam McLean reported that the center received a grant from NY State to hold free Tai Chi classes. These classes work on balance and flexibility, skills which are very important for the senior population. The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging was very pleased that the Grape Belt Seniors were able to acquire this grant. McLean volunteers his time to teach the class, which meets on Mondays and Fridays at 10:30. The first session will be today and will continue for 12 weeks. Anyone who has questions or wants to sign up for the class should call 672-5268.

The next trip to the Niagara Casino is on Tuesday, June 25. On Thursday, July 11 there is a trip to Lockport to cruise on the amazing 1840s Erie Canal. A buffet lunch will take place at canalside. Another highlight of this trip is a visit to the First Presbyterian Church, which has six original Tiffany windows. Another exciting day trip is planned for Monday, Aug. 5 when participants will travel by motor coach to see the comedic mystery “Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Telltale Teapot.” A luncheon precedes the show and several interesting stops are made after the show. To register for any of these trips or to find out more information call Judy Marino at 672-5778. All those who have registered for the five-day Treasures of Quebec tour need to complete their payment by July 5. Call Marianne Serio at 672-5274 to make payment arrangements.

The monthly pot-luck luncheon was held at the center on June 19. Main courses and desserts were spread across two long tables and all the participants enjoyed themselves. There was enough food for seconds and for people to take some treats home with them. It was decided that the luncheons will not always be held on the same day each month so that members with other obligations, which include volunteering at the County Home, the WCA Home and Meals on Wheels, will be able to attend some of the luncheons. There will be no luncheon in July and a picnic is going to held in August.

There is no exercise class on July 5.

Silver Creek Seniors

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Seniors met on Tuesday with 25 members enjoying a Strawberry Social at 1 p.m. Member Ed Prouse was welcomed back after recovering from a heart attack. Corkie Patton is home after time spent in the Lake Shore nursing home.

All members joined in the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “God Bless America.” A prayer was said by President Ed Newman.

Drawings were won by Prouse, Rose Falcone and Harry Suski. Prizes were won by Dorothy Miniri and Bud Anger. Bingo was called by Marv Smith.

Clara Griffin and Mary Congdon will serve cakes on June 25 at 1 p.m. to celebrate the May and June birthdays of club members.