Senior club news

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Social Club

The Mt. Carmel Social Club met on Oct. 16 with 33 members and three guests present to celebrate the Harvest Dinner.

Hamburger loaf was made by Carm Tampio and Carm Morabito and everyone else brought a dish to pass.

The president opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Morabito gave the prayer.

Minutes were read. All reports were read and accepted on motions by the group.

Ginny Chesboro announced the list of officers for 2014. The vote was seconded and accepted.

A thank you note was received from the family of Ed Domenico.

The installation dinner will be Nov. 6 at the Colony House restaurant in Irving at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Call Tampio at 934-3349 or Mel Bates at 934-4314 for reservations and to communicate your menu choice.

Annual dues should be paid now.

The 50/50 was drawn and members played Bingo.

The club always welcomes new members

50-Plus Senior


The 50-Plus Seniors will start the week off Sunday with its first Euchre and Pinochle Card Party of the fall season and end the week Friday with a Community Service Project at 1 p.m. in Senior Room.

The monthly Card Party starts at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. Cost is $5 per person and includes cash table prizes, dessert and beverages.

Volunteers are always needed in order to get holiday items ready for residents of area nursing homes and hospitals so we are asking those of you who are willing to help to join us this Friday.

Other activities for the week are:

Monday: Indoor Walking and Exercises led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., center gymnasium. This is a three part program beginning with a half an hour of walking followed by chair exercises and standing exercises. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, flat shoes and may participate in the portions of exercises as they choose.

Tuesday: Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium. This hour long activity is important for people who have difficulty walking or doing standing exercises as they are mainly done in chairs.

Wednesday: Indoor Walking and Exercises, 9 a.m., gymnasium. Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Community Room of Collins Public Library. For more information on this fantastic craft call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Senior Bowling, 1 p.m. K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Cost is $1.75 per game or 3 games for $5. You do not have to be an expert bowler to join this group of seniors for an afternoon of bowling. Wednesday afternoon the Senor Room of the Center will be open at 1 p.m. for Crafts and an Informal Euchre Game.

Thursday morning: Gentle Arthritis Exercises will be held at 10 a.m. Tai Chi has been discontinued for the remainder of the month of October but will return to its 11 a.m. slot on Thursdays on November 7.

In addition to the afternoon Community Service Project Friday afternoon, Indoor Walking and Exercise will be held starting at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium. In addition to the regularly scheduled daily activities for the final week of October, there will be a Halloween Party at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 in the Senior Room. Come in costume and you just might win a prize.

November will start off Friday, Nov. 1 with Showtime at 1 p.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 3 so remember to set your clock back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

There is no membership fee to belong to the 50-Plus Senior Program. Most senior activities are free unless otherwise noted. With winter coming soon, remember that in the event of inclement weather check for closure notices on TV Channels 2 and 4.

Dunkirk Senior Citizen Board of Directors

The October meeting of the Board of Directors took place recently at the Dunkirk Senior Center with Barbara Bajdas presiding.

Carol Kozlowski reported on the communications for the month. She shared the county senior citizen newsletter with the group and noted that the Resource Center was recruiting volunteers. If any senior is interested, he or she should see Kozlowski for an application.

Bajdas announced that the Center would be closed Oct. 14, Nov. 11, 28 and 29, and Dec. 24 and 25.

Kozlowski gave the House Committee Report as well as the Gala report. The Oct. 13 gala was filled to capacity. Those members who wished to go but couldn’t due to limited space have been offered first chance at attending a tailgate party on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Monday/Wednesday/Friday exercise class participants will be preparing the barbecued chicken dinner.

The November Gala will take place on Nov. 10. The meal will consist of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and butter, dessert and a beverage. Sign-up will begin Oct. 28 at the Center. Reservations for the Dec. 8 Gala may be made beginning Nov. 25. The cost per person for the Gala is still $4, but the events are for members only. To join the organization, stop by the Dunkirk Senior Center for information about this group and its many activities and opportunities.

Kozlowski reported sending get-well cards to Jean Szot and Betty Kern and sympathy cards to Nancy Larson and Joyce Peeral.

Nancy Crandall reported a successful Big Bingo was held on Oct. 16. The next Big Bingo will be held on Nov. 20. It will be Towel Bingo. A complimentary meal will be served to the first 60 members who attend at 4:30 p.m. Additional members are welcome to play Bingo, but a meal is not guaranteed.

Crandall reported on the Pinochle Committee. Newcomers are always welcome on Mondays at 12:30 p.m.

Delphine Woloszyn reported that exercise classes are thriving, and that the participation of those who attend is much appreciated. Many of the group’s exercise participants are the Center’s most active volunteers.

Woloszyn also reported that the Craft Committee finished and delivered the Halloween favors. Their next assignment will be for Valentine’s Day 2014 favors.

Bajdas reported that there are a few tickets left for the fall trip to Springville on Oct. 27. The group will attend a play followed by a buffet dinner at Ponderosa. The price per remaining ticket is $15. Bajdas also noted that she contracted a second bus for the Sha-na-na Christmas show on Dec. 5 at the Salamanca Casino. The price per person is $31. Also included is $20 of free play, $10 food comp., a chance to win one of two $5 cash drawings on the bus and a goodie bag. There are only a few seats left on the second bus. Future destinations for trips were discussed. Bajdas said she was interested in forming a travel club for members who are interested in travel that involves overnight stays.

Kozlowski reported that the recent Health Fair at the Center was very successful. An article with pictures appeared in the October Senior Scene. Kozlowski extended her thanks to the OBSERVER for coming on short notice to take pictures.

Bajdas explained that the Senior Newsletter will be distributed the last week of each month. A new system will be initiated in order to keep costs within budget.

Bajdas noted that there would be some board seats opening up soon. City of Dunkirk residents who are members of the Dunkirk Senior Citizens are eligible. Those interested should be willing to work hard for the organization, and should be mentally and physically able to do so. Interested seniors should make their intentions known to the president.

Plans are underway for an Indoor Rummage and Bake Sale to be held in February. Anyone interested in renting a table for $10 should contact the president.

Silver Creek Seniors

President Ed Newman opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and “God Bless America.” He also said a prayer for the 20 members present.

Silver Creek Heritage Fund granted help to repair the driveway at the senior center. Janice Snyder made a motion to have the work done in the spring and Mary Congdon seconded the motion. It was accepted by all.

Next Tuesday, Oct. 22, will be “soup day.”

The 50/50 drawing was won by Janice Snyder and Jane Park.

Members with September and October birthdays include Carl Mohart, Ed Prowse, Fred Sikorski, Joanne Martin and Iva McClenathan. Cakes were provided by Lorrie Newman and Congdon.

Marv Smith called Bingo. Everyone had a great time.

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors held their meeting Monday, Sept 30 at Brocton Legion with 47 members and three guests present. President Margaret Jagoda opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance by Robin Carr. Patricia Zanghi led the prayer and moment of silence.

Jagoda introduced Lori Cornell and son Ben who gave information on the upcoming election followed by a question and answer session.

The committee of the day Elaine Wood, Dottie McQuiggan, and Mary DeLand decorated the tables and set up and served the picnic foods from Bark Grill. Rudy Arynardi, Bob Jagoda, Butch McDonald and Bill Norris grilled the hot dogs and burgers that went with members’ dish to pass. The offerings included delicious desserts.

The secretary and treasurer’s reports were dispensed with.

A silent auction of items from members set up by Pat Nixon was a great success.

Several humorous stories were shared; Margaret and Bob Jagoda moved into their new home over the weekend; Joan Bertrando is living at WCA home and Art Donovan is recovering at the County Home.

Birthday song was sung for the September birthdays celebrated by Ethel Hutt, Pat Smith, Catherine Fabritius, Mary DeLand, Dottie McQuiggan and Rita Stonefoot. Anniversary congratulations went to Cliff and Bea Lee for 57 years of marriage.

Prizes were won by Rita Stonefoot, Ruth Neal, Erika Abram, Robin Carr, Pat Smith, Beulah Williams and Joe Gatto.

The committee for Halloween Oct. 28 meeting is Rosie Giambra, Katie Cranston, Julia Schrantz, Pete and Bonnie Suppo. A chicken barbecue will be the menu at noon at the Brocton Legion. Members are to bring table service with optional dish to pass. A Halloween costume contest will be held with a judge determining the winners. Cost of the luncheon is $5. Sign up with Rita at 792-4565 by Oct. 21 at the latest.

On a motion by Lena Elliott and seconded by Butch McDonald, the meeting was adjourned.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belts Seniors honored some special people on their recent bus trip to St. Jacobs, Ontario. Mr. and Mrs. Dean Temple received cheers from everyone on the bus when it was announced that they recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary and had always wanted to visit St. Jacobs. There was also a well deserved round of applause for Judy Marino and Marianne Serio for all their hard work and dedication in planning and organizing all the trips taken by the GBS.

The upcoming bus trip to the Niagara Casino and Tony Orlando Show on Dec. 13 is almost full. Payment is due on November 5. Call Judy at 672-5778 to register or make arrangements for payment.

The pot-luck luncheon on Oct. 16 was attended by 50 people. The array of food covered three tables with an especially wonderful selection of desserts. Several artisans displayed their wares and the attendees enjoyed browsing and buying many of the items. In the evening a few GBS board members attended the Pomfret Board budget planning meeting.

On Monday, Oct. 21 there will be exercise class at 9:05 a.m. and a gentle stretching class at 10:30 a.m.. In between the two classes there will be time for coffee, dessert and friendly conversation. On Wednesday, Oct. 23 there will be a board meeting at the Center at 10:15 a.m. as well as the knit and crochet group. The fall is a great time to start making sweaters, scarves and afghans. There is always someone in the group to answer questions and supply help with projects.

Sheridan Happy Seniors

The Sheridan Happy Seniors met at St. John Bosco Hall on Friday Oct. 11 with 27 members present. A pot luck lunch was held at noon with a great variety of foods.

The meeting was called to order by President Ellyn Sutehall who asked Shirley Sikorski to lead the prayer. All recited the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by singing God Bless America and the Happy Seniors Song.

The food committee for our next meeting will be Theresa Warner, Burdella Warner and Gertie Syper. The minutes of the Sept. 27 meeting and the treasurer’s report were read and approved.

Arlene Miller gave a report on her harrowing trip to S. Dakota with the N. Collins seniors.

Joanne Martin spoke of a good time had by all on the trip to see the “Follies” show in Buffalo.

Jo Wehust sent a card to Gertie Syper.

The nominating committee will present a slate of officers in November.

The 50/50 drawing was won by Enabell Mirando and Pat Corwin. Marge Crosgrove won the Riles & Woolley drawing.

The Meeting was adjourned and bingo played. The next meeting will be on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. New members are always welcomed.

Holy Trinity Seniors

The Holy Trinity Seniors held their Halloween party meeting at Bob Evans on Thursday, Oct. 10.

President Rita Lombardo gave the invocation, “The Lord’s Prayer.”

The table was adorned with pumpkins and fall leaves. Members wore masks and wigs to celebrate the spirit of Halloween. Everyone enjoyed the meal of his or her choice, with excellent service from the wait staff.

President Lombardo led a game which involved passing an item from left to right. When she said “Stop” it was passed the opposite way. It was great fun. Kathy Damiano won.

Lombardo also gave the treasury report.

A Thanksgiving Christmas dinner which will be on Dec. 12 was discussed. Damiano will host it at her residence, 933 Swan St. off Pennsylvania Ave. She will be assisted by Doris LaSpada. The suggested menu is lasagna with all the sides. Members will bring dishes of their choice.

Josie Wierczynski will call members and record who wishes to attend. Wierczynski also shared her delicious pumpkin cookies at the meeting, which everyone enjoyed.

This meeting was special for another reason. The group was joined by a new member, organist Evonne Hennebery.

Sinclairville Senior Citizens

The Sinclairville Senior Citizens gather once a month on the second Tuesday at noon for a dinner and program at the Sinclairville Fire Hall dining room. Those attending bring a dish of food to pass and their own table service.

Tables are always decorated for the season of the year. At the recent luncheon meeting, many delicious casseroles were served, along with many desserts. There was ample food for all to enjoy.

The business meeting was conducted by Diman Smith and assisted by past president Elaine Palmer-Titus. Smith is very helpful with the senior group, always arriving early to put on table coverings, and preparing coffee or tea for those attending.

Future programs were discussed. Since everyone has a life story to tell, the next meeting will have as a program, the life history and accomplishments of one of the members.

The next luncheon, on Tuesday Nov. 13, will be turkey with dressing, provided by Smith. Smith said he likes to cook and was willing to prepare the turkey. Margie McIntyre will provide mashed potatoes. Others attending are asked to bring a dish of vegetables, breads or dessert to add to the meal. The meal will begin promptly at noon. New members are always welcome.