Senior Club news

50-Plus Seniors

COLLINS – Because renovations are taking place at the L. K. Painter Community Center, the 50-Plus Seniors first fall Euchre and Pinochle Card Party scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 15 has been cancelled. The monthly card parties will begin Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the center’s gymnasium.

To all grandchildren, this Sunday is Grandparents’ Day so let them know they are loved. Stop by to see them or if they do not live nearby a call would be welcome. It is nice to know that there is a day specially made for celebrating grandparents.

This Tuesday is Primary Election Day. In the Town of Collins polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. It isn’t often that there is a local primary race but this year there is and local candidates will appreciate support.

The only 50-Plus Senior activities this week are on Wednesday afternoon when Pat Tucker will open the Senior Room at 1 p.m. for crafts and an informal Euchre game. “Quilting with Florence,” normally held on Wednesdays in the Collins Public Library Community Room, is closed for the month of September. This will resume on Oct. 2. For information on this fascinating craft call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075. The quilters have generously donated lovely quilted items that will be raffled at the close of the library’s annual book and bake sale from Sept. 19 to 21.

Patrons can see the quilted items to be raffled on display in the cases at the entrance to the library. Quilters will be present during the three days to sell quilt raffle tickets during regular library hours.

The final day to make reservations and payment for the Sept. 30 trip to Seneca Niagara Casino is Monday, Sept. 16. The cost is $16 for residents of the Towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $17 for all others. A minimum of 40 passengers is required. The incentive is $25 in slot dollars. To receive incentives a patron must have a valid state issued photo IDs in one of the following forms: passport, NYS Driver’s license, NYS non-driver’s license or military ID.

For reservations call Senior Program Coordinator Joan Byrne at 532-2507. Make checks payable to Town of Collins and mail to Collins Town Hall, attention Joan, P.O. Box 420, Collins N.Y. 14034. The motor coach will arrive at 10:30 a.m. at the L. K. Painter Community Center front parking lot. Bus departure is 10:45 a.m.

Looking for a matinee show this fall? If so put “The Drawer Boy” at the Springville Center for the Arts on your “to do” list and join the 50-Plus Seniors for the 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 3. Based on a true Canadian story of events from the 1970s, this award-winning drama is directed by Don Wesley, a name familiar to many playgoers in the Gowanda-Collins area. The cost is $25 for residents of the three towns and $27 for all others. A minimum of 20 participants is needed. For reservations call 532-2507. Fliers for both trips and sign-up sheets are also available Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the center’s Senior Room. The final day to register and make payment is Oct. 1. Early reservations are appreciated.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors who attended the pot luck picnic on Aug. 29 gave Jane Russo a round of applause for all of her hard work in organizing the picnic at the Dunkirk Lighthouse. Russo has been a regular volunteer at the Lighthouse. David Briska, another volunteer at the Lighthouse, treated all the attendees to a very informative talk about the history of the lighthouse. After lunch several people took a tour of the beautifully restored Victorian house where lighthouse keepers used to live and where the Maritime Museum is now housed.

Cut and sorted coupons continue to be collected at the Center to send to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. The Grape Belt Seniors received a personal thank you letter from the chairperson in charge of distribution of the coupons in Naples, Italy.

David Wendt returned to the Center on Aug. 28 to meet with everyone going on the trip to Montreal and Quebec City, which begins Sept. 16. He answered questions and distributed the itineraries to the large group in attendance. Afterwards, the participants had time for coffee and dessert and met with their fellow travelers. Due to a family emergency there are currently two openings for the five-day Treasures of Quebec Tour. If any seniors are interested in registering for the tour or finding out more information, call Marianne Serio at 672-5274.

The knitting and crocheting group is looking forward to getting together again starting in October when they will meet at 10:15 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

Stop by the Center any Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 10 a.m. for coffee, dessert and conversation. If anyone has new ideas for classes or clubs, that is a great time to share these thoughts.

Stockton Seniors

STOCKTON – The Stockton Senior Citizens and guests, numbering 36, enjoyed a chicken barbecue and pot-luck dinner. The dinner was at the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280, and the event also served as the August meeting.

Charlie Meder was in charge with help from Rich Carlson and Ken Wise.

The meeting was called to order by President June Woollett.

Larry Carlson gave the table blessing. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and members sang “God Bless America.”

Florine Christy read the secretary’s report. The treasurer’s report was also given. Wise made a motion to accept these and Lois Franz seconded.

The door prize was won by Christy. The 50/50 winners were Ed Kaye and Mary Jane Holcomb.

Bouquets of flowers were donated by Anne Kaye and raffled off. Winners were Carlson, Franz, Julia Swanson, Grace Kennelly, Harold Buvoltz and Dottie McQuiggian.

Guests were Ida Marsh and Hazel Conti.

Bonnie Steinhoff was noted as being ill.

An August birthday was celebrated by Buvoltz.

Dory Johnson and Ruth Louise Conti entertained with some “Bring Back Memories” songs to sing along to.

For the September meeting, there will be hot dogs with a pot-luck dinner and ice cream social. Members should each bring a dish to pass and table service. For reservations, call 595-2490.

Lake Shore Senior Citizens

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

A reading entitled “At Peace with God and Man” was given. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by the secretary. They were accepted as read after a motion by Betty Erich and a second from Jane Steffan.

The treasurer’s report was also read. It was accepted by Pat Pacos with a second by Sophia Kubasik.

Attendance prizes were won by Sandy Tapasto, Kubasik and Steffan. Helper of the day was Irene Christopher. Others assisted as well.

The kitchen committee for Sept. 11 is Barb Barberich and Christopher.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Dorothy Kornacki with a second by Mary Dworak.

Brocton-Portland Seniors

BROCTON – The meeting of the Brocton-Portland Seniors on Aug. 26 was opened by President Margaret Jagoda with 48 members and four guests present. Tom DeJoe led the Pledge of Allegiance with Patricia Zanghi’s prayer of thanks and a moment of silence.

The committee of Carm Johnson, Ethel Hutt and Butch McDonald decorated the tables, put together favors and set up and served the chicken dinner, delivered by Harold and Phyllis Buvoltz. Many delicious desserts and birthday cake followed. President Jagoda introduced Beulah William’s granddaughter CeCe Hockey, Ruth Stacey’s grandson Owen Coon and Lucy Hurley and Anita Esperson, who provided musical entertainment complete with a sing-a-long.

The secretary’s report was read. The motion to approve was made by Dorothy Reading and seconded by McDonald. The treasurer’s report, which included village funds, was given, and was approved on a motion by Pat Nixon and Marian Delcamp.

A thank-you note from the OFA picnic Bicenten-nial basket winner was shared. Congratulations went out to Art Donovan for receiving his high school diploma.

Mary Tripi told of the upcoming Sept. 25 trip and invited members to call her for more information. In honor of Sept. 17, Constitution Day, the American Creed was read by the president, followed by Robin Carr’s Constitution Rights.

August birthday celebrants were Tom DeJoe, Harold Buvoltz, Ange Zanghi (93), Ruth Patterson (96) and Joe Gatto (89).

Fran Gatto is now residing in the WCA home after selling her residence. Josie Lautenslaker was welcomed back. Robin and Dan Carr celebrated their 20th anniversary. Cora Patterson gave an update on the R. R. Mountain Band performing at the Congregational Church on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. A drawing was held for the club’s Bicentennial basket which Catherine Fabritius won. Rita Stonefoot and Ruth Neal won door prizes. Hockey, Mary Presto, Erika Abram, Rick Cranston and Maggie Rogers were raffle winners.

The next meeting, Sept. 30, will include a Chinese auction with members bringing items for bid. Nixon and Ruth Neal will set it up. On a motion by Pat Zanghi the club will get a summer salad, baked beans and macaroni salad from Bark Grill to go with the hot dogs and hamburgers by chefs Rudy Arnyardi, Cliff Lee, Bob Jagoda and Tom DeJoe with Elaine Wood and Mary DeLand serving as the committee for the day. Members are asked to sign up with Stonefoot by Sept. 23 at 792-4565. The choice of a dish to pass is optional but each member is asked to bring his or her own table service.

On a motion of Rick Cranston and seconded by Phyllis Buvoltz the meeting was adjourned. Bob Jagoda called Bingo.

Collins Center Seniors

COLLINS – The August picnic for the Collins Center Seniors was wonderful with an abundance of delicious food and a beautiful day.

The motor coach for the trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino on Sept. 17 will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main St. in Gowanda at 8:30 a.m. On Sept. 22, the motor coach will depart from the same location at 8 a.m. for the trip to Oil Creek and Titusville.

Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome Oct. 17 as seniors take the scenic route to the Corning Museum and enjoy the fall colors. They will enjoy lunch and a unique hands-on experience, wine glass making and exploring the museum. They will stop at Glenora Winery for a tour and tasting before heading home.

On Oct. 22 and Nov. 19, seniors will head to the Seneca Niagara Casino.

On Nov. 7 seniors will enjoy a lunch buffet at the Cove Restaurant and Banquet Facility and 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. Enjoy songs from mega-stars such as Englebert, Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Patsy Cline and more. Seniors enjoyed themselves on Dyngus day with lunch at Coves, and saw a great performance from Sam and Nancy in Rochester in 2010. On the way home seniors will stop at the Made in America Store. Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome.

From Dec. 2-4 seniors are going to the annual “Festival of Lights” in Wheeling, W.Va. Over a half million twinkling lights shine brightly. Attractions include more than 300 acres of displays, a laser light show, a model train exhibit, gingerbread houses, a holiday village and great music. Seats are available.

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

Organizers are looking at several fun new one-day trips for 2014. There will be an entertaining trip to Branson in April. The June overnight trip might be to the Pittsburgh area or Louisville with a tour of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum or maybe Mystic, Connecticut. In September, organizers are thinking of Mackinac Island, Michigan and Frankenmuth or Maine. The cruise to Alaska last year was wonderful and some of the members have expressed interest in a shorter cruise. A six-day cruise to Bermuda in the spring or an eight-day cruise to Canada and New England in the fall are being considered.The group is always open to suggestions.

For additional information on any of these trips contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, N.Y. 14034.

Sheridan ‘Happy’ Seniors

The Sheridan Happy Seniors met on Aug. 30 with 31 members present. Arlene Miller led the group in prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of “God Bless America” and the “Happy Seniors Song.” Roll call was read by Shirley Sikorski. The food committee for the Sept. 13 meeting consists of Barb Tower, John Reardon and Jan Polisoto.

Previous minutes were read and the treasurer’s report given. Both were approved as read. Several September birthdays were observed. A thank-you note from Mabel Warner’s family was read.

Marge Fancher is planning a fall dinner outing on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Colony restaurant.

A fee of $5 is due at the next meeting.

The dinner will be served at noon.

The Silver Creek Seniors have invited the group to join them on a Summer Wind boat ride on Sept. 14. Call Sikorski if interested. Several members won the Riles & Woolley and 50/50 drawings.

The meeting was adjourned and all members enjoyed making their own sundaes. Many seniors played Bingo with Ellyn Sutehall calling.

Dunkirk Senior Citizens

The Dunkirk Senior Citizens will open registration on Sept. 9 for upcoming October trips. On Oct. 15, seniors will travel to the Seneca Niagara Casino. On Oct. 25, they will attend a matinee performance of “The Drawer Boy” at the Springville Center for the Arts. Registration is open to members only. See officers for more information.