Senior club news

50-Plus Seniors

COLLINS – With the Youth Recreation Program in full swing at L. K. Painter Community Center, summer activities for 50-Plus Seniors will concentrate on Wednesday programs to be held in the center’s Senior Room and the Community Room of Collins Public Library.

Quilting with Florence will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the library’s Community Room. For more information on this fascinating craft, call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075.

Pat Tucker is in charge of Open Crafts at 1 p.m. in the Center’s Senior Room. This two- hour session provides an opportunity to learn a new craft, work on an unfinished item of your own or just spend some time with new or old friends. This time frame will also be available for an informal Euchre Game in the Senior Room for those who want to improve their card playing skills.

These summer Wednesday activities are open to any interested seniors living in the tri-county area. There are no membership dues for the 50-Plus Senior Program.

Departure time is 7:45 a.m. from the center’s front parking lot for those attending the July 25 day trip for the Buffalo Grain Elevator Tour, lunch at Templeton Landing and a cruise aboard the Miss Buffalo II.

The next Showtime movie co-sponsored by the Collins Public Library and the 50-Plus Seniors will be held on Friday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. AARP Defensive Driving Course schedules for the fall will be announced next week.

AARP Chapter 299

There will be no meeting in July for AARP Chapter 299. The summer picnic will be on Aug. 19 at the large pavilion at the Point at noon. It will be catered. Reservations should be made to Patty Halas by Aug. 12. Call 672-6810 for details.

The June meeting was called to order by President Milly Jankowski. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members. Martha Bialaszewski read a prayer. Secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.

Plans for the picnic were discussed. More information will be available later. There will once again be a bag auction for a minimum of $5.

The organization will meet next at the picnic in August.

Brocton-Portland Seniors

PORTLAND – President Margaret Jagoda opened the May meeting with Al Valentin leading the Pledge of Allegiance for 44 members present, followed by a moment of silence and prayer of thanks by Alberta Blakely.

Dan and Robin Carr set up tables with homemade cookies and a catered luncheon from Beavertail Catering of beef and pork sandwiches, coleslaw, salad and cupcakes. Erika Abrams brought two more desserts that completed the meal .

The program by Legion Commander Valentin, Bicentennial chairman, updated the group on July 12, 13 and 14 activities. Among the scheduled events and activities are beard and horseshoe contests, Karaoke, a petting zoo, a historical display by Jim Boltz, cemetery tours, fireworks on Saturday night, games, kids’ crafts, raffles, three live bands and the Grand Parade with Marmaduke’s family leading it on Sunday. The Main Stage will feature the Legion with the school holding displays and activities. Hats, T-shirts, mugs, books, plates and more are available at the town office and the Ahria Hall Library. A full list of all activities will be published. Contact David Travis or Al Valentin for further information.

Minutes from the last meeting were read as well as the treasurer’s report. They were all approved. Cards were sent to Pat Smith, Phyllis Buvoltz, Catherine Fabritius, Ruth Patterson and the Readings. A sympathy card was sent to Angelo Zanghi for the loss of his sister.

June birthday celebrants were Robin Carr, Lena Elliott, Genevieve Ludemann, and Margaret Jagoda. A letter from the OFA announced that the picnic date is Aug. 9 at l0 a.m. The cost is $6.

Bob Jagoda’s and Robin Carr’s motion to limit the cost of the OFA basket of Bicentennial items to be donated was passed.

Door prizes were won by Bea Lee, Bob Jagoda, Carm Johnson, Ludemann, Pat Zanghi, Erika Abram, Bill Norris and Dorothy Reading.

The next meeting on July 29 will be a tureen luncheon at noon at the Brocton Legion with a program by Patsy Cline. The committee will be Pat Nixon, Pat Zanghi and June Wollett. Members are to bring their own table services and dishes to pass.

Collins Center Seniors

COLLINS CENTER – The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, July 22 in the pavilion at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot-luck lunch at noon. Hot dogs will be provided by the club.

On July 10, the motor coach for the Hidden Valley Animal Adventure trip will depart at 9 a.m. from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda.

A few seats are available and nonmembers are welcome on July 16 for the monthly trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino. The bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot in Gowanda.

Club members will experience “Buffalo’s Best” on Aug. 7 with several interesting stops before an afternoon sightseeing cruise aboard the Miss Buffalo II.

Future trips to the Seneca Niagara Casino will be Aug. 20 and Sept. 17.

On Sept. 6, the club will visit Erie, Pa,. to view the “Majestic Tall Ships” and make a few interesting stops before heading home.

On Sept. 22, the group is off to Pennsylvania to start the day with brunch at the Cross Creek Resort in Titusville before hopping aboard the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad for a relaxing ride through “The Valley that changed the world.” The group will visit the Drake Well Museum and stop at the Debence Antique Music World & Museum before heading home.

Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome Oct. 6-9 as the club travels to the Hudson Valley for a Fall Spectacular. Members will tour West Point, the Culinary Institute of America with dinner, Purple Heart Hall of Honors, Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Mills Mansion, Orange County Choppers, enjoy a Cruise on the Hudson River aboard the “Commander” and lots more.

The Corning Museum is the destination Thursday, Oct. 17 as the seniors travel the scenic route and enjoy the fall colors. They will enjoy lunch and a unique hands-on experience, wine glass sand-blasting. Then they will explore the museum. A tour and tasting is scheduled at the Glenora Winery on the way home.

Tony Orlando will be performing at the Event Center at the Seneca Niagara Casino Wednesday, Dec. 11. He is one of America’s most endearing and enduring stars. He recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of his recording “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Old Oak Tree.” The cost includes motor coach transportation, tickets to the amazing show, slot dollars and a food voucher. A $15.00 deposit is required to hold seats.

For additional information on costs and reservations, 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 have two different day trips planned for the month of July.

On July 11 there will be a bus trip to historic Lockport, which includes a canal cruise through the locks while being raised 49 feet, which is the elevation of the Niagara Escarpment. The travelers will go through the only set of double locks on the Erie Canal and pass under bridges as the Captain describes the architecture, folklore and sights along the way.

A buffet lunch along the canal follows the cruise. Several other interesting stops are made after lunch, including a farm which sheltered runaway slaves between 1850 and 1861. There are still a few seats available for this tour.

On July 15, there is a trip to the Seneca Allegheny Casino. This bus trip only costs $25 and each participant receives $30 in slots and $5 toward lunch. To register for either trip, call Judy at 672-5778.

On Wednesday, July 17, there will be a board meeting following exercise class. There will be no formal exercise class the week of July 22 but members are free to come to the center for a less formal workout. A pot-luck picnic is being planned for August. In the fall, Readers’ Theatre, knitting class and game days will resume.

Sinclairville Seniors

SINCLAIRVILLE – The Sinclairville Seniors recently met for a tureen dinner at the Sinclairville Firehall.

Members welcomed the Writing Group from the Sinclairville Library, led by Head Librarian Beth Hadley. Anyone interested in honing their writing skills is invited to join the group which meets at 9 a.m. on Fridays at the library. Hadley especially encourages the older generations to share their life stories for the younger generations.

The club heard a humorous story titled “Buck Naked,” which recounted the author’s adventures caring for his sister’s horse named Buck during a thunderstorm. Also shared were a story on the trials of dealing with nature while fishing, blog writings in remembrance of the late Phyllis Klein of Sinclairville and a poem from a mother to her children.

Hadley read her piece “Sleeping with Peepers,” which brought back memories to the seniors about camping out with their youngsters.

The next meeting will be the annual picnic on July 9 at the Briggs Pavilion on the Stockton Firemen’s grounds. All seniors are encouraged to join in. Bring a dish to pass; hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided, as well as water.