Senior Club News

50-Plus Seniors

Seats are still available for the 50-Plus Seniors final fall Seneca Niagara Casino trip on Monday, Sept. 30. Cost is $16 for residents of towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $17 for all others. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 532-2507.

Participants will receive incentives of $25 Slot Dollars. To receive the incentive all patrons must have valid state issued photo ID in the following forms: passport, driver’s license, state non-drivers license and military ID. The casino will not accept expired documents as valid identification. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 532-2507.

Transportation by Niagara Scenic motor coach will arrive at 10:30 a.m. in the front parking lot of L.K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. Departure time is 10:45 a.m.

Seats are also available for “The Drawer Boy,” Springville Center for the Arts’ first fall performance directed by Don Wesley, a familiar name to many playgoers in the Gowanda-Collins area. 50-Plus Seniors will be going to the Sunday, Nov. 3, matinee. Cost is $25 for residents of the three towns and $27 for all others. Final day to make reservations and payment is Oct. 1. Call 532-2507 for more information and to make reservations.

The next AARP Defensive Driving Course at L. K. Painter Community Center will be held Tuesday, October 8 in the Center’s Community Room. Seats are still available. Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling Joan Byrne, Senior Program Coordinator, 532-2507. Cost is $17 for those with AARP membership and $19 for all others.

Originally the group hoped to hold another 2013 AARP Driving Course late in November before AARP increases both the cost and makeup of the course starting Jan. 1, 2014. However, because of the small number of people presently signed up for the October course, the November class will not be held unless October registration increases in the next week.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors’ exercise classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays continue to gain popularity. This past Monday there were 45 participants even though so many of the regulars were away on the Quebec tour. The class meets from 9:05 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. After class many people stay for coffee and conversation. The group was glad to welcome Grace Miller back to class.

The last Tai Chi class takes places today, Sept. 20. Catherine Pratt will be offering a class of simple stretches to improve flexibility starting Monday, Sept, 23 at 10:30 a.m. Bring a mat to the Center when you come to this class.

The Visiting Nurses will be at the Center on Friday, October 4 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for flu and pneumonia vaccines. Exercise class will still be taking place. On Wednesday, Oct. 9 representatives from the Office for the Aging will be available to answer any questions about supplemental health insurance from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Coffee and dessert will be served.

Readers’ Theatre is in full swing again. They meet at 10:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. So if you’re not busy at that time on Wednesday, Oct. 2, come to the Center and see what they’re all about.

The knitting and crocheting group is getting ready for fall and winter and will be using their talents to make scarves, sweaters, afghans and more. Their first meeting of the season will be on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m.. Advanced knitters as well as beginners are welcome to join this friendly group.

The next pot-luck luncheon will be on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 11:30 a.m. GBS members who are also crafters are invited to display and sell their articles before and after lunch. Come down to the Center and sign up for the lunch and let us know if you want to display your wares.

Holy Trinity Seniors

The Holy Trinity Seniors met at the Parish Center on Thursday, Sept. 12. President Rita Lombardo called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. She recited the invocation “The Lord’s Prayer,” then gave a reading titled “In This Time.” Secretary Josie Wierczynski read the minutes from the previous meeting. They were accepted as read and approved.

The group planned a Halloween party which will be held on Oct. 10 at 12:30 p.m. at Bob Evans. The group will call those who wish to attend. Dress for Halloween.

A motion to adjourn was made by Marian Genovese and seconded by Mary Dunbar.

The seniors enjoyed the lunches they had each brought. The tables were decorated with white lace tablecloths and adorned with colorful vases and flowers.

Dunbar brought an angel food cake with Cool Whip and sliced strawberries. Everyone enjoyed this treat, and a special thank you goes out to Dunbar for her thoughtfulness.

New members are always welcome. The group meets every second Thursday of the month at 12:30 p.m. in the Parish Center at Holy Trinity.

Share and Care

The Share & Care Board of Directors met on Sept. 3 with Phyllis Laurito presiding.

Monthly reports were given by Secretary Margaret Larson. The treasurer’s report was given by Rose Cerrie. Also, it was reported that 50 members attended the picnic on Aug. 24.

Due to the increase in catering costs, the Board decided to raise the dinner price to $8. This will take effect for the Harvest Dinner on Oct. 26 at the Beaver Club.

At the picnic, a special gift donated by Barbara Burtner was won by Nancy Renckens. Bingo was played, led by Carolyn LoGuidice and Russ Trump. The 50/50 winners were Arlene Kuhn, Vicky Stelmack, Virginia De Celio, Betty Kawon, Mary Wisniewski, Joan Haas, Evelyn Ogden and Barb Burtner.

The Harvest Dinner on Oct. 26 is in the planning stages. More information will be released soon. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 1 at 9 a.m.

The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Charles Mancuso.

Sheridan ‘Happy Seniors’

The Sheridan Happy Seniors met on Sept. 13 with 37 members present. President Ellyn Sutehall opened the meeting by asking Arlene Miller to lead the group in prayer. All members present recited the Pledge of Allegiance, sang “God Bless America” and the “Happy Seniors Song.” Roll was called and the secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read and approved.

Joanne Martin told of a joint trip with the Brant-Farnham seniors on Dec. 12 to see Tony Orlando at the Seneca Niagara Casino. The trip to see “La Cage Aux Folles” on Oct. 15 has been filled.

Jo Wehust gave her sunshine report. Several people were reported to be ill. Evelyn Dloniak was welcomed back after a long illness. Marge Fancher reported that 36 members will be attending the fall luncheon on Tuesday, Sept 17 at noon at The Colony Restaurant in Irving.

The nominating committee will meet within the next two weeks.

It was decided to have a pot luck luncheon at the Oct. 11 meeting. Details will be available soon.

The 50/50 drawing was won by John Reardon and Cecelia Petrella. Arlene Miller won the Riles & Woolley drawing.

The club’s next meeting will be held on Friday, Sept. 27 with Val and Joyce Pietrkewicz, the Sikorskis and Gertie Syper on the refreshment committee.

The meeting was adjourned and refreshments were served. Several played Bingo for which the club provided monetary prizes.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Silver Creek Seniors met at the Clubrooms on Route 5 Sept. 17. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of “God Bless America.”

Chaplain Irene Conny shared a reading, “Honest to Good People.”

The seniors enjoyed a soup buffet, with rolls, crackers, cheese and pepperoni. Dessert was sherbet.

The 50/50 drawing was won by Lorrie Newman, Iva McClenathan and Mary Ann Seibert. The door prizes were won by Seibert and Joan Suski.

Thelma Hilliker and Mary Congdon will be the nominating committee for officers.

Installation of officers will be on Oct. 1, along with the installation dinner at the Colony Restaurant at noon.

A pizza party will be held at the next meeting.

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, Sept. 23 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting

Here is the information about upcoming trips:

The itinerary and final documents for our trip to the Hudson Valley will be available at that meeting.

The motor coach for the Sept. 22 trip to Oil Creek and Titusville will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main St. in Gowanda at 8 a.m.

Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome Oct. 17 as we take the scenic route to the Corning Museum and enjoy the fall colors.

Great entertainment and food. Nov. 7 we will enjoy a fantastic 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. We had the most delicious Dyngus day lunch at Coves and enjoyed a great performance from Sam & Nancy in Rochester. En route home we will stop at the original Made in America Store. Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome.

Dec. 2-4 we are going to the annual “Festival of Lights” in Wheeling, W.Va. This “bright and cheery tour” package includes ALL of the highlights to make your trip a memorable experience. Over a half million twinkling lights shine brightly and there are more than 300 acres of displays. A laser light show, model train exhibit, gingerbread houses, holiday village and great music are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. We have added a stop at Cabalas’ for the sportsmen. Seats are available.

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

We are working on our travel schedule for 2014. We are planning a fun filled and entertaining trip to Branson in April. Our June overnight trip might be to the Pittsburgh area OR Louisville with a tour of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum. September we are thinking of Mackinac Island, Michigan and Frankenmuth OR Maine with so many interesting and beautiful sights. Our cruise to Alaska last year was wonderful and some of our members have expressed interest in a shorter cruise. A 6-day cruise to Bermuda in the spring or an 8-day cruise to Canada and New England in the fall would be beautiful. What about a western Amtrak Adventure? We can help with trips that we don’t schedule for our group. We are always open to suggestions.

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.

Dunkirk Senior Board of Directors

The Dunkirk Senior Center Board of Directors met recently. President Barbara Bajdas presided. She led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Bajdas announced that the doors at the Senior Center would be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; the office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The 2014 membership sign-up will begin Nov. 4. Dues will remain $1 for Dunkirk residents and $5 for all others.

Carol Kozlowski reported receiving a thank you note from RSVP for a recent monetary donation She also reported on the repairs at the Center and discussed issues that need attention.

The next Sunday Gala will be held on Oct. 13. The menu will consist of punch, hors d’oeuvres, turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Reservations can be made beginning Sept. 23. The cost is $4 per person.

The November Gala will be held Nov. 10. Reservations can be made beginning Oct. 28. The December Gala will be on Dec. 8, with the reservations period opening Nov. 25. All Galas are limited to 100 attendees.

Bajdas reminded the members about the Health Fair held at the Center on Thursday, Sept. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. Vendors came and told seniors about their products and services.

Big Bingo was held at the Center on Sept. 18. Towel Bingo will be held in September and October.

Nancy Crandall reported on the Pinochle group and extended an invitation to anyone interested in joining them on Mondays at 1 p.m. at the Center.

Delphine Woloszyn reported that the Craft Committee will be working on Halloween favors for Meals on Wheels clients.

Exercise classes continue on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend for $1 per session.

Bajdas reported on the Atlantic City trip. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and plans for a 2014 trip are in the works. The Sept. 24 and Oct. 15 trips to Seneca Niagara Casino are booked.

There are a few openings for a trip to the Springville Center for the Arts to see a matinee performance of “The Drawer Boy” on Sunday, Oct. 27 followed by dinner at the Ponderosa restaurant. Seniors will depart from the Center at 12:30 p.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $25.

There will be a trip on Nov. 14 going to the Presque Isle Casino in Erie, Pa. The cost is $25 which includes a coupon for $30 of free play. There will also be a trip to the Salamanca Casino on Dec. 5. Seniors will attend a matinee performance of the Sha Na Na Christmas show, after which they will receive $20 in free play and a $10 food coupon. The price for the trip is $31. Reservations may now be made.

Bajdas announced that the Center will be closed on Oct. 14. The next Board meeting will be Oct. 10 at 9 a.m.