Senior club news

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Social Club

Thirty members attended a recent meeting of the club on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the church hall. President Carm Tampio opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Carm Morabito gave a prayer of thanks.

All reports were given and accepted as read upon motions by club members.

Everyone welcomed new club members Pauline Flitt and Audrey Harvey.

The Christmas luncheon will be Dec. 18 at the Colony House restaurant in Irving at 1 p.m. Guests may come at 12:30 p.m.

President Tampio announced that the next meeting will be Jan. 15, 2014. It will be a soup and bread day. There will be no meeting on Jan. 1, 2014, as it is New Year’s Day.

Special guests were Marv and Fran Smith. Marv ran the auction and much fun was had by all.

If members have not yet signed up for the Christmas luncheon and wish to do so, they should call Carm Tampio at 934-3349.

Sheridan Happy Seniors

The Sheridan Happy Seniors met at 1 p.m. on Dec. 6 with 28 members present. Arlene Miller led the in prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of God Bless America and the Happy Senior Song.

Shirley Sikorski called roll. Jo Wehust read the minutes of our last meeting. The treasurer’s report followed. Both were approved as read. A card was sent to Betty Logan by the sunshine gal. It was reported that Mary Bull is in the Chautauqua County Home. Our prayers go out to her for a speedy recovery.

Happy Birthday was sung to Gertie Syper, who celebrates our only December birthday.

Joan Guzik reported on the upcoming Christmas party at The Colony Restaurant on Tuesday Dec. 10 at noon. A total of 38 members plan to attend.

The 50/50 drawing was won by Marge Crosgrove and Sue Loeb. Clara Griffin was the lucky winner of the Riles & Woolley drawing.

Joanne Martin will check on any future trips available.

Our next meeting will be on Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. with refreshments served by Florence Gage, Clara Griffin and Betty Kuzora.

President Ellyn Sutehall closed the meeting. Refreshments were served and bingo played.

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Dec. 16 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting. Members are reminded that dues must be paid by the January meeting to remain a member.

Fun and laughter were a constant presence on the group’s “Wheeling Festival of Lights” trip. The Laser Light and Music Extravaganza at the Good Zoo was breathtaking. There were millions of LED lights and lighted displays of everything imaginable on both sides of the road for over 6 miles covering over 300 acres.

You are never too old to dream or wish or laugh or enjoy the simplest things in life. Did you know a letter to Santa is worth $1? When was the last time you wrote a letter to Santa? The group is collecting letters for Santa that will be deposited in a special Santa mail box at Macy’s Department Store. Macy’s donates $1 to Make A Wish Foundation for every letter collected. Letters can be deposited in Christmas collection bags at the following locations: Goode’s Restaurant, Gowanda Harley Davidson, Olympia Restaurant, Gabel Bros Furniture, Valley Pharmacy, Perrysburg Diner, Collins Library and Gowanda News. The group will collect the Christmas bag on Dec. 16 and deliver them to Macy’s. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Jan. 28 will be our first Seneca Niagara Casino trip for 2014. An overnight trip to the Seneca Allegany Casino is scheduled for February 16 and 17.

A Chocolate Extravaganza is scheduled for Feb. 26. First stop will be the World War II Museum in Elder, Pa., followed by a delicious sit down lunch at the Old Library Inn with a seven dessert buffet and ending our day with a stop at Cuba Cheese.

The group’s Dyngus Day Party will be April 21 starting with a stop at the Broadway Market before heading to Cove Restaurant and Banquet Facility to enjoy a wonderful Polish Buffet before dancing and enjoying the music of the Fritz’s Polka Band.

May 14 a unique adventure at “Gooseneck Hill Bird Sanctuary” is scheduled. Those attending will observe over 50 varieties of birds, singing and dancing swans and over 25 rock gardens. Afterward a delicious sit-down lunch at Spragues Maple Farm is scheduled before stops at Ellicottville Brewing Co. and Watson’s Chocolate before heading home.

On May 23 a group will see the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus at Kleinhans Music Hall for Star Spangled Pops honoring the men and women who have served our country. Lunch will be at the Pan Am Grill at the Hotel Lafayette and the day will end at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park.

A trip to Branson will take place April 5-12. It includes seven nights’ accommodations seven shows, a tour of the Titanic Exhibit and visiting Branson Landing and historic downtown

For additional information 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

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Senior Center is always a very busy place, but this December seems to be busier than ever. Several different collections are going on this month to help those in need. Non-perishable food items are being collected for the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. Catherine Pratt has been delivering these items to the Dunkirk site all month. Draperies and linens have also been collected to be donated to agencies settling immigrants into the Buffalo area. Phyllis Steinberg will be delivering these items to Kehillat Ohr Tzion Synagogue in Williamsville for the distribution to the immigrant families. In addition the knitters, coordinated by Marianne Keller, have been making warm hats to be donated to the needy elderly clients who visit the New Beginnings Food Pantry at the Baptist Church in Amherst. Members are continuing to bring in clipped coupons that Karen Westling is sending to service men and women overseas to be used at their PX stores.

Kathy Park, director of CASA of Chautauqua County, will be talking to the members about that program during coffee hour on Friday.. Members of the community who would like to find out more about CASA are welcome to come to the Center at 10 a.m. for coffee and dessert.

Those who are going to Seneca Casino on Dec. 13 should be in the Big Lots parking lot by noon.

Exercise class will meet as usual on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the week of Dec. 16. Stretch class will also meet on the 16th at 10:30 a.m.. On Wednesday, Dec. 18 the Board meeting will be at 10:15 a.m., followed by a wonderful pot luck holiday lunch at 11:30 a.m. All members are welcome to participate. The Center will be closed the week of Dec. 23. The next meeting for Readers’ Theatre will be the first Wednesday in February but the other groups will continue to meet in January.

It’s not too early to sign up for the 3-day trip to New York City from June 10 to 12. It includes two nights at the Hotel Edison in Manhattan, a boat cruise to Ellis Island, a Broadway musical and a visit to the 911 Memorial. Call Marianne Serio at 672-5274 with questions or to register.

Silver Creek Seniors

President Ed Newman opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Chaplain Irene Conny read “Our Christmas Joy.”

The 50/50 drawing was won by Ernie Hilliker, Marvin Smith and Conrad Pawlak.

The club will be having a pot-luck luncheon on Dec. 17.

The next meeting will be Jan. 7, 2014, and the club will be having pizza for lunch.

Door prizes were won by Sam Chiappone and Iva McClenathan.

Bingo was called by Joan Suski.

United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens recently held its annual catered Christmas party at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 103 members in attendance.

President Charles St. George introduced new members Jerry and Elaine Bentham, Elaine Frederickson, Sue Ann Carlson and Ken Woolstrom. Prior to the invocation, Father Walter Werbicki gave a brief homily on the true meaning of Christmas. President St. George followed with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The 50/50 winners were Elizabeth Baldwin, Helen Barone, Herb Centner, Rose Cerrie, Josephine Christopher (Fredonia), Dorothy Hilliker, Carm Johnson, David Kolassa, Nancy Mitchell, Gary Palmer, Wanita Peters, Samuel Sasso, Nancy St. George, Barbara Szocki and Patricia Wlodarek.

The meeting began with thanking the December calling committee, which included Hilliker, Josephine Wierczynski, Pat Ebert, Olive Rusch, Mickey Colicchia and Sue Ann Carlson.

Those who celebrate birthdays in December are Ann Budniewski, Margaret Larson, Carolyn Lewandowski, Geraldine Moch, Peggy Pokoj, Gertie Syper and Richard Victor.

President St. George announced that this was the last meeting of 2013, with the next meeting to be held on March 10, 2014 with Beavertail Catering continuing to serve luncheons at the Fredonia Beaver Club’s excellent facilities. Sometime in February, members will be notified of the March meeting, the menu and the price.

At the conclusion of the meeting, President St. George extended good wishes to all for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. St. George also presented each member with a calendar and pen.

Following the meeting, Bingo was hosted by Phyllis Laurito, Cerrie and Rosemary Mancuso.

50-Plus Seniors

Installing much needed new windows for the L. K. Painter Community Center has finally started so things may get a bit hectic until they are all in place. Work has also started in what will become a much needed second room for the 50-Plus Seniors.

The group will probably need to move much of our present room to the new room once those windows are installed so workers can replace the windows in our present room. With new windows in both rooms, we should be able to get the old room spruced up a bit as it has been nearly 20 years since it had a new coat of paint. We were grateful that the window replacement started in our little corner of the world as most of the Center’s rooms are on the present window replacement schedule.

The Senior Program has been under the auspices of the Town of Collins for only the last seven or eight years and we extend our thanks to Supervisor Dave Tessmer, Collins Board members and Doug and Scott Martindale for all the Center improvements that have been accomplished in the past couple of years.

This is the final week of programming for 2013 because the 50-Plus Senior Program is closing down for its annual two week holiday vacation following Gowanda Lions Club’s annual Toy Wrapping Friday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Center’s gymnasium. For many years, the seniors have joined the Lions in getting children’s toys wrapped in colorful holiday paper to be distributed Saturday along with the food for those in need. Volunteers are needed for this task so please come and help. The 50-Plus Seniors will provide a lunch for volunteers once the gifts are wrapped.

Other activities for our final week of 2013 are:

Monday: Indoor Walking and Exercises led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gymnasium.

Tuesday: Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium. Soup and Sandwich Lunch, noon in the Senior Room. The menu includes vegetable beef soup, ham salad sandwich, dessert and beverages. The cost is $2.50.

Wednesday: Indoor Walking and Exercise, 9 a.m. gymnasium. Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Collins Public Library Community Room. For more information call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. The cost is $1.75 a game or three games for $5. The bowlers are planning a Holiday Dessert party. Open Crafts with Pat, 1 p.m., Senior Room. Informal Euchre Game also will be available.

Thursday: Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium., followed by Tai Chi, 11 a.m.

Friday: Indoor Walking and Exercises will not be held due to gymnasium usage of Toy Wrapping at 10 a.m.

Because Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are Wednesdays, Quilting with Florence and Senior Bowling will not be held on the remaining Wednesdays for the next two weeks.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone from Joan and Pat!