Senior club news

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting of the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, Aug. 26 at the pavilion at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck picnic lunch at noon with hot dogs furnished by the club.

Members are reminded that payment is due Aug. 26 for the trips to Titusville Sept. 22, Hudson Valley Oct. 6-9 and Corning Oct. 17. It is the club’s policy to present the trips at two consecutive meetings and post information in this publication at least six times. If a trip does not fill with members within that time frame, then the club will accept non-members.

The motor coach for the trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino on Aug. 20 will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main St. in Gowanda at 8:30 a.m.

On Oct. 6-9, the club will travel to the Hudson Valley for a “Fall Spectacular” with tours of West Point, the Culinary Institute of America with dinner, and much more. Seats are available.

On Oct. 17 the club will take the scenic route to the Corning Museum and enjoy the fall colors. Plans include lunch and a unique hands-on experience, wine glass sand-blasting and exploring the museum. Seats are available and non-members are welcome.

On Nov. 7 the club has reservations for a fantastic lunch buffet at the Cove Restaurant and Banquet Facility. Members will be delighted with comedy and music from the past to the present. “Singing With The Stars” is an entertainment treat presented by Viva Voca Entertainment with Sam & Nancy, including songs from mega-stars such as Englebert, Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Patsy Cline and more. Members had a delicious Dyngus Day lunch at Coves and enjoyed a great performance from Sam & Nancy in Rochester in 2010. On the way home, the bus will stop at the Made in America Store.

From Dec. 2-4 the group will go to the annual Festival of Lights in Wheeling, WV. Over a half million twinkling lights shine brightly and there are more than 300 acres of displays. There will also be a laser light show, model train exhibit, gingerbread houses, a holiday village, great music and a stop at Cabela’s.

On Dec. 8 the group will hear the joyous sounds of the Buffalo Choral Art Society for an afternoon performance at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Buffalo. Following the concert participants will have a sit-down dinner and a drive to view holiday light displays.

The group is planning another outing for Wednesday, Dec. 11. Tony Orlando will be performing at the Event Center at the Seneca Niagara Casino. Organizers will add a second motor coach if there are enough passengers to fill it. The price includes motor coach transportation, tickets to the show, slot dollars and food voucher. A $15 deposit is required to hold seats. Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome.

For additional information please 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.

United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens recently held its annual indoor picnic at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 80 members in attendance.

President Charles St. George introduced Rose Epolito and Edward Rusch as new members. St. George opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Norma St. George gave the invocation. A moment of silent prayer was held in honor of deceased member Leola Coniglio. Lunch followed, with Beavertail Catering serving a delicious picnic-style meal.

The 50/50 winners were Irene Coon, Annette DeCosta, Dorthea Janczak, Mayme Joy, Carolyn LoGuidice, Lois Pryor, Harold Rusch, Norma St. George and Vicki Stelmach.

The meeting began with thanking the August calling committee – Dorothy Hilliker, Josephine Wierczynski, Pat Ebert, Peggy Pokoj, Mary Edwards and Rose Cerrie.

The calling committee for the September luncheon will be Elizabeth Baldwin, Ann Cohen, Gen Ludemann, Gert Majka, Hilliker and Wierczynski.

The August birthday celebrants were Herb Centner, Joan Guzik, Joanne Halasinski, David Kolassa and Leonard Szablewski.

The treasurer’s report was given by the treasurer, Patricia Bradley.

President St. George announced that the next luncheon meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 9. The cost will be $7 per person. The menu for the luncheon will be rigatoni in Italian sauce, sausage bits, meatballs, tossed salad, fresh Italian bread, dessert and coffee.

At the meeting’s conclusion, President St. George stated that 2014 dues will start being collected in September. Dues remain $3 per year.

Following the meeting, Ron Johnson, candidate for County Executive, was introduced. With so much interest in the selling of the County Home, much of his talk centered on keeping the Home and how to make it profitable.

Following the meeting, Bingo was hosted by Carolyn LoGuidice and Patricia Bradley.

50-Plus Seniors

Any senior wishing to take the AARP Defensive Driving Course needs to sign up immediately, as currently only two seats remain for the one-day course to be held Tuesday, Aug. 27 in the Community Room of L. K. Painter Community Center. Once filled, only standbys can be accepted. The cost is $17 for those with valid AARP Membership and $19 for all others. Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507. The next AARP Defensive Driving Course to be held at the Center will be on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Scheduled 50-Plus Senior Programs for this Wednesday include “Quilting with Florence” from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Collins Public Library. For more information on the craft of quilting, call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075. Pat Tucker will open up the Senior Room at the Center at 1 p.m. for an afternoon of crafts and an informal Euchre game.

A reminder to members of the Friends of Collins Public Library: The quarterly meeting of Collins Friends will be held Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library’s Community Room. Anyone interested in learning more about the Friends or in joining this organization is invited to attend.

With fall right around the corner, the 50-Plus Senior program will begin its regular daily activities in October and begin to plan trips for the coming fall, winter and spring seasons.

Members are indeed fortunate to have the Springville Center for the Arts in close proximity, enabling the group to choose its matinee production of “The Drawer Boy” as the first choice for a fall day trip on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3. Based on a true Canadian story of events from the 1970s, this award-winning drama will be directed by Don Wesley, a name familiar to many play-goers in the Gowanda-Collins area.

The story of “The Drawer Boy” introduces Miles, a young Toronto actor who visits the Ontario farm of Morgan and Angus, two 50-something World War II vets, to research farm life for an original play. Angus, nicknamed “The Drawer Boy” because of his artistic skills, suffered brain damage during the war and has lost his memory. The story has its own surprises, as audiences will discover. The play is one of North America’s most often produced dramas of the past decade and a half.

The cost is $25 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $27 for all others. Transportation will be by school bus. A minimum of 20 participants is needed. The final day for registration and payment is Oct. 1. Early registration would be most appreciated in order that good tickets can be purchased.

Also, an exciting spring trip is being arranged to see the new play “Moses” at the Sight and Sound Millennium Theatre in Lancaster, Pa., in May. This four-day outing will include a day visit to Gettysburg. More information will be forthcoming as plans are finalized.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors will hold its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 9:30 a.m. On Monday, Aug. 19 and Friday, Aug. 23 Tai Chi classes will be held at 9:30 a.m. The 9 a.m. exercise classes will not be held the week of Aug. 19.

A pot-luck picnic is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Dunkirk Lighthouse. While hot dogs with condiments and bottled water will be served, each participant is asked to bring a dish to pass. There is plenty of free parking, picnic tables and a lovely setting. Following the luncheon an optional tour of the lighthouse and Maritime museum will be offered for $8 per person. The ticket price goes to support the maintenance of the lighthouse and museum.

There are still a few seats available for the Casino trip on Monday, Aug. 26. Another casino trip has been scheduled for the Seneca Niagara Casino on Friday, Dec. 13. Tony Orlando will be performing and reservations will be necessary to reserve a spot on the bus. Call Judy for more information at 672-5778.

Throughout the year the Grape Belt Seniors have collected coupons, which were sent to agencies that support members of our Armed Forces for use at their commissaries. The Seniors just received a lovely thank you from the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society for the group’s support of U.S. troops.

New members are always welcome to come to the Center and visit with both new and old friends.

Share & Care Board of Directors

The Share & Care Board of Directors met Aug. 6. Reports were given by Treasurer Rose Cerrie. Unpaid bills were submitted and paid.

Membership Chairman Jeanine Smith updated files and records. She did a wonderful job.

Barbara Burtner presented a lottery wreath using a fall theme. The wreath will be raffled at the summer picnic on Aug. 24. Reservations will be taken until Friday. Call 679-1060 or 679-4386.

Picnic committees were appointed. Margaret Larson will be in charge of set-up; Carolyn LoGuidice and Smith will handle reservations; Charles Mancuso and Burtner will deal with the 50/50; and Bingo will be run by LoGuidice, Russ Trump and Larson.

The next Board meeting will be held Sept. 3 at 9:30 a.m.