Senior club news

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Social Club

The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Social Club met Sept. 18 and enjoyed a steak and baked potato luncheon. President Carm Tampio opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Carm Morabito led everyone in a prayer.

There were 35 members present plus one guest.

All reports were given, and motions were made to accept them as read. It was also noted that Dorothy Miniri is home now and resting.

Club dues can now be paid. Contact Tampio or Mel Bates to do so.

Pat Morelle spoke about upcoming events to be held in Forestville. There will be the Adams’ Home Tour on Oct. 5, along with the Fall Festival the same day. On Oct. 6, there will be a Life Chain. A pancake breakfast benefit for a Forestville resident will be held Sept. 21. More details can be found in the newspaper.

The next meeting will be held Oct. 2 with Jean McDaneld, Estelle Crino, Rose Falcone and Nancy Greco in charge of refreshments.

The 50/50 drawing was held, along with Bingo. The club is always welcoming new members. Come visit for a meeting any time to meet the group.

50 Plus Seniors

Summer has flown by much too fast. It is nearly October, the start up of the fall/winter season of the 50-Plus Senior Program activities. On the final day of September, the trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino will take place. Motor coach arrives at 10:30 a.m. at the front parking lot of L. K. Painter Community Center and departs at 10:45 a.m. Remember to bring your Government Issued Photo ID Driver License or a passport in order to obtain the Casino Incentive.

Daily activities will begin Tuesday with Gentle Arthritis Exercises at 10:00 a.m. in the gymnasium. Indoor Walking and Exercises will start Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in the gymnasium. Led by Pat Tucker, the three-part activity includes walking, standing and seated exercises.

“Quilting with Florence” returns to the Collins Public Library Community Room on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For further information on this fascinating craft call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075.

Some of the women participating in weekly Quilting at the library donated six of their quilted items for a raffle at the Friends of the Library’s just completed annual Book and Bake Sale. Our thanks to Phyllis Ivett, Janice Foster, Janet Emke, Kathy Albrecht, and Florence Reynolds. Congratulations to the following winners: Herb Twitchel, Ben Timmel, Karen McClure, Jeanette Hall and Rosmarie Bollen. For those who didn’t win this time, there will be another quilt raffle at the Collins Library during the month of January.

For those looking for a sport for the winter, senior bowling begins Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at K&L Lanes, Gowanda. It is not necessary to be an expert bowler. Cost is $1.75 a game or 3 games for $5. In addition to leading the Indoor Walking and Exercises on Wednesday morning, Pat Tucker will be in the Senior Room at 1:00 p.m. to continue the weekly Crafts activity and an Informal Euchre game.

Gentle Arthritis Exercises are also held on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in the gymnasium, followed by the start of Tai Chi at 11 a.m. Wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes. Walking and Exercises, led by Pat Tucker, is also held on Fridays starting at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium. Showtime, the monthly movie co-sponsored by the 50-Plus Seniors and Collins Library, will be held this Friday in the library Community Room. Morgan Freeman stars in a visually spectacular blend of astonishing illusions and exhilarating action in this film that starts at 1 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. For more information on the movie call the library at 532-5129. Popcorn will be served.

Final day to sign up for the Oct. 8 AARP Defensive Driving Course at the Center is this Wednesday. Cost is $17 for those with a valid AARP Membership Card and $19 for all others. Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling 532-2507.

Now that the fall season is underway it is time to remind those not familiar with the 50-Plus Senior Program that all residents aged 50 and up living in the tri-county area are welcome to attend. There are no dues for membership and activities are free unless otherwise noted. Suggestions for new activities are always welcome.

In the event of inclement weather check TV Channels 2 and 4 for information on closings. Watch the OBSERVER for information on weekly activities.

Share & Care Seniors

The Share & Care Seniors’ annual Harvest Dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Beaver Club in Fredonia. Social Hour will begin at 3 p.m., with the buffet dinner following at 5 p.m. The menu will feature beef sirloin. Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Bingo will be played after the meal.

Reservations may be made with pre-paid dinners until Oct. 18. Call Rose Cerrie at 679-4386, or mail checks to Share & Care, P.O. Box 446, Fredonia, N.Y. 14063.

Westfield Senior Citizens

The Westfield Senior Citizens met Sept. 12 at the YWCA to celebrate their 55th anniversary. Dinner was catered by the Bark Grill. Thirty-seven members were in attendance.

Following the meal, Lois and Greg Hoitink entertained the group. The Hoitinks are a mother and son musical act. They presented a delightful program of fiddle music, including “Orange Blossom Special,” played by Greg.

President Shirley Kolpien called the business meeting to order. Chaplain Joyce Wainwright read “Autumn Splendor” by Michael Dubina and “God’s Works are Everlasting” by Clay Harrison.

August birthday celebrants were recognized, including Betty Reid, Carlton Stetson, Sylvia Colbey and Geri Harper. In September, Jack Dean, Margaret Gindling, Judy Cash and Lucille Inwood had birthdays. Gloria and Ralph Wakeley had an anniversary.

The 50/50 drawing was won by Cathy Best and Wally Haley won the door prize.

The Oct. 10 meeting will be held at noon at the YWCA. A nominating committee will be appointed. This will be pot-luck; members are asked to each bring a dish to pass and his or her own table service. The desserts will be brought by the kitchen committee of Gladys Hess, Betty Wilson, Pat Everts, Jean Stebell and Darla Augur. The speaker will be Lynn Austin from Hospice.

Members are asked to start thinking about hats, mittens, etc. for Union Relief. Items will be collected at the November meeting.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Senior exercise class set a new record this week with 48 participants in attendance on Monday. They welcomed Audrey Parker back to the fold after she spent the summer golfing. There were several new exercisers at each class this past week. A gentle stretch class is now being offered on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. The first class was very well-attended. There will be no exercise class on Monday, Oct. 14.

A day trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino is planned for Friday, Dec. 13. The cost of $47 includes transportation, $20 slot dollars, $10 food voucher and a ticket to an evening performance by Tony Orlando. This famous entertainer just celebrated the 30th anniversary of his recording of “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree.” The motor coach leaves Big Lots at 12:15 p.m. and will arrive back around 9:45 p.m. Reservations are due next week; be sure to call Judy at 672-5778 or Marianne at 672-5274 as soon as possible.

October will be a very busy month at the Center. On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Readers Theatre will take place. It’s always the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. On Friday, Oct. 4 the Visiting Nurses Immunization Clinic will be at the Center from 9:30 a.m. until noon. On Oct. 9 representatives from the Office for the Aging will be available to answer questions about supplemental insurance at 11:30 a.m. On Thursday, Oct. 10 GBS will be taking a scenic trip to St. Jacobs, Ontario for a day of shopping and exploring. Then, on Wednesday, Oct. 16 there will be a pot-luck luncheon and tables set up with items for sale made by GBS members and there are some really talented artisans in the group.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23 the knitters will be back together. They will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 10:30 a.m. New participants are always welcome in any and all groups.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Silver Creek Seniors met on Tuesday. There were 25 members present.

President Ed Newman opened the meeting. Everyone recited the pledge to the flag and sang “God Bless America.” Chaplain Irene Conny presented a prayer called “Little Things” that reminded everyone that things like a smile, a hug or a phone call mean a lot.

Dorothy Miniri is doing better after her surgery. Conrad Pawlak is ill and in need of prayers.

Prizes were drawn and a 50/50 raffle conducted.

Marv Smith called Bingo and Lorrie Newman told a few jokes.

The group will next meet on Oct. 1 at noon for the installation banquet.

Flu shots will be given on Oct. 12 at the Silver Creek Senior Center from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.