Senior Club News

Sinclairville Senior Citizens

The next meeting of the group will be on the Tuesday March 11 at noon in the Sinclairville Fire Hall dining room. The meal will be a corned beef and cabbage dinner, and people will bring something to add to the meal. Other dishes of food and desserts are welcome. There will be a program. New members are always welcome.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Silver Creek Senior Club met on Feb. 25, starting with the pledge to the flag and singing “God Bless America.” Dorothy Mineri led the group in prayer.

Harry Suski talked about needing grant money to do much needed repairs to the building.

Joann Martin talked to Susan Chiappone about the point reduction class for car insurance. If interested, call Martin at 934-3458.

March 11 the club will hold its St. Patrick’s Day party at noon. The committee consists of Irene Conny, Mineri, and Joan Suski.

50/50 winners were Lorrie Newman, Thelma and Ernie Hilliker.

Door prize winners were Clara Griffin and Conrad Pawlak.

Joan Suski called bingo.

Seniors are invited to come join the group and have a good time.

50 Plus Seniors

The next AARP Defensive Driving Course is set up for Tuesday, April 15, in the Community Room of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins NY 14034. Cost is $20 for those with valid AARP Membership Cards and $25 for all others. Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator at 532-2507. Early registration is recommended as classes fill up rather rapidly.

There are still openings for the Lenten trip Saturday, April 12 to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Broadway Market and lunch at Illio DiPaolo’s Restaurant. If time permits a brief stop will be made at Our Lady of Victory Basilica. Cost is $33.50 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $35 for all others. The final day for reservations is March 14 and March 24 is the final day to make payment. Reservations can be made by calling 532-2507 or by utilizing the sign up sheet in the Senior Room of the Center during program hours. Transportation is by school bus with 9:15 a.m. departure from the front parking lot.

Fliers and sign up sheet for the June 11-13 trip to Gettysburg, Pa., with a side visit to see “Moses” at the Millennium Theatre in Lancaster are also available in the Senior Room or call 532-2507 for information.

Activities for the first week of March are:

Sunday: Pickle Ball, 1 p.m., gym. This is fast becoming a popular game and adults over the age of 40 are welcome to stop in, see how it is played and give it a try.

Monday: Indoor Walking and Exercises, led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gym. This three part exercise program is held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday unless the center is closed for legal holiday days or inclement weather.

Tuesday: AARP Defensive Driving Course, 9 a.m., Community Room. Participants are reminded to park in the back parking lot and to bring their Driver’s License and AARP membership cards. Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gym. These are mainly chair exercises and help to strengthen leg and arm muscles and are held Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Wednesday: Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. Collins Public Library Community Room. For more information call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Open Crafts with Pat Tucker, 1 p.m., Senior Room, An informal Euchre Game is also held Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room. Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Cost: $1.75 a game or three games for $5.

Thursday: Tai Chi at 11 a.m. in gym following the 10 a.m., Gentle Arthritis Exercises.

Friday: Showtime. The 50+ Seniors and Collins Pubic Library co-sponsor the monthly movie at 1 p.m. in the Library’s Community Room. Cate Blanchett stars as a former New York socialite teetering between her troubled past and a fresh start in San Francisco. Alec Baldwin and Peter Sarsgaard also star in this not to be missed show written and directed by Woody Allen.

Collins Center Seniors

The February meeting for the Collins Center Seniors was well attended and the pot luck lunch was delicious as always.

The next trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino will be March 11. The motor coach will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street., in Gowanda at 8:30 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m.

April 21 is the “Dyngus Day Party.” The first stop is the Broadway Market before heading to Cove Restaurant and Banquet Facility to enjoy a wonderful Polish-themed buffet. The group can dance to and enjoy the music of the Fritz’s Polka Band. A few seats are available and nonmembers are welcome.

On May 14, a group will travel to “Gooseneck Hill Bird Sanctuary” where over 50 varieties of birds, singing and dancing swans and over 25 rock gardens can be seen. A delicious sit down lunch at Spragues Maple Farm is scheduled before a stop at the Ellicottville Brewing Co. and Watson’s Chocolate.

“Star Spangled Pops” is scheduled for May 23. The group will see and hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus at Kleinhans Music Hall for a patriotic tradition to honor the men and women who have served our country and pay tribute to the American Spirit. Lunch will be at the Pan Am Grill at the Hotel Lafayette. The day ends at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park.

A Mystery Tour, “Past, Present & Future,” will be held June 5. This will not include a casino. Step back into the past, see sights of the present and learn about the future. This trip is packed with interesting sites. A limited amount of seats will be available so it will fill up fast.

June 8-10 a trip to Kentucky for “The Thrills of Louisville” is on the agenda. It includes a backstretch breakfast tour at Churchill Downs, a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Louisville Sluggers Museum and an evening aboard the Bell of Louisville to enjoy fine dining and dancing with big band music and entertainment. Before heading home, a stop at the Jim Beam distillery is scheduled.

A new trip is scheduled for July 23. “A Day in the Park” is a senior day at Darien Lake. It includes lunch at Maria Spaghetti House, two shows, refreshments, time at the Lakefront Boardwalk, rides, bingo and an ice cream social at Perry’s Ice Cream. When was the last time you circled around a carousel, enjoyed a view from the top of the ferris wheel or tasted cotton candy? There is something for everyone in this trip.

For 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

Brocton-Portland Senior Citizens

Brocton-Portland Seniors are planning a trip April 29 to visit a day in the life of the Amish at Clymer and Conewango. The bus departs from the Brocton American Legion at 9:45 a.m. and at 10 a.m. from Fredonia.

The trip includes an Amish wedding dinner, which consists of fresh bread, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, vegetable, dessert of date pudding and two kinds of pie, coffee, tea, your choice of entree: chicken or meat loaf. Each person willing to take a horse and buggy ride around the farm is welcome to do so.

From there the group will travel on to two more attractions. Upon leaving the dinner house, each person attending will receive a loaf of bread to take home.

One stop will be the Valley View Cheese Co., where cheese and Melinda’s candies are for sale. The other, Barbara Miller’s residence in Conewango Valley, is an opportunity to see how the less fortunate Amish clan lives. Delicious baked goods are on sale there.

The cost of $59 includes the meal, transportation, and gratuity.

For further information and reservations, please call Mary at 792-9748.

Westfield Senior Citizens

The Westfield Senior Citizens meeting was opened at the YWCA on Feb. 13 by President Shirley Kolpien with a story that reminds us to meet and greet newcomers, as well as old friends, when attending an event.

The minutes, treasurer’s report, and correspondence were read. There were several acknowledgments for memorials made by the club.

Joyce Wainwright invited the group to join the Ripley Seniors on a trip, July 23, to Frontier village. Having more people on the trip helps reduce the cost. See Wainwright to sign up.

The Westfield Recreation Department is also sponsoring a trip to the Maple Tree Inn near Angelica, the Cuba Cheese Shop, and the Cutco Knife visitors’ center on March 13. Reservations should be made with the Recreation Department.

Trudy Stafford celebrated the only February birthday and Kathy Best the only anniversary.

Lucile Inwood was the happy winner of the 50/50 drawing. Betty Reid won the door prize.

The smoke alarms received from the Westfield Fire Department were given out to the lucky households.

The club’s calendar of programs, events, and monthly kitchen committees was distributed. Anyone over 50 or whose spouse is over 50 is cordially invited to attend. An appointment or reservation to spend some time with this great group is not needed. Dues are only $4 per year.

Kolpien reminded the group that only the kitchen committee brings desserts. Others attending should bring a regular dish to share.

On March 13, the Union Relief will be in the kitchen as they are providing and serving the luncheon that day.

The by-laws were read, proposed changes were made and voted on. They will be typed up and available to all members at the next meeting.

It was suggested that the group needs a program chairman. Darla Auger and Ann Cochran volunteered to co-chair for the remainder of the year.

President Kolpien garnered many laughs with some of her famous funny stories. She then transformed into her alter ego, Cupid, to pass out valentines. John Osterhoudt shared an album containing valentine post cards from the very early 1900’s. They were very striking, and got much attention.

The meeting was closed with the Serenity prayer, and adjourned until March 13.

The Lake Shore Senior Citizens

Prior to their weekly meeting, guest speaker Denise Kaus addressed the group. She discussed the new program available at the local Tops Market Pharmacy and explained the Ready Refill Program and the Med Sync System. Brochures explaining these programs were also made available. She noted that shingles vaccines are available seven days a week.

The meeting was called to order by the President Stella Michalak, followed by the singing of “God Bless America.”

A poem entitled “The Eyes of God” was read by Carol Kozlowski.

All committee reports were read and approved. Kozlowski informed the members of all the senior events scheduled for spring. She also noted that there is an informational meeting scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. regarding diabetes.

Donna Civiletto, R.N. will teach behavior modification to all interested parties free of charge. Members were invited to attend to learn more about the program.

Michalak reported that get well cards would be sent to Charlene Hallmark and Dorothy Kornacki. She also reported on the results of the successful rummage sale.

Attendance prizes were won by Michalak, Betty Korzeniewski, and Paul Soper.

Birthdays in February included Irene Christopher and Ronnie Ginley. Ginley was presented with a cake sent by her daughter, Darlene Miga of Florida, in honor of her 95th birthday. All members were treated to cake and ice cream in her honor.

The next meeting will be March 5. Patricia Pacos and Betsy Standera will serve on the refreshment committee.

Grape Belt Seniors

Yoga class at the Grape Belt Senior Center will meet today at 10:30 a.m. Following yoga there will be tango instruction. Both of these classes are free.

The Grape Belt Seniors are looking forward to Tour Director, David Wendt’s visit to the Center on Monday, March 3 at 11:15 a.m. He is driving in from Steubenville, Ohio and everyone hopes the weather is cooperative. Special desserts will be served along with tea and coffee. He will give a power point presentation of upcoming tours to New York City and to Cape Cod. The trip to New York City is from June 10 to June 12. The three-day trip itinerary includes Times Square, St. Patrick Cathedral, a guided tour of Manhattan, attendance at a Broadway musical, Battery Park, a ferry trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as well as the 911 Memorial and the New Freedom Tower. If interested in finding out more about these tours, stop by at the Center to meet Wendt or call Marianne Serio at 672-5274. There are also many day trips planned throughout the spring and summer.

On Wednesday, March 5 Readers’ Theatre will meet at 10:30 a.m. New participants are always welcome. The following Wednesday, March 12, at 10 a.m. the knitters will get together to work on a variety of projects. Beginning knitters can find lots of supportive knitters to answer questions and make suggestions.

The next pot luck luncheon and game day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 19. Participants always have a lot of fun and new participants are always welcome.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Club

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Club met Feb. 19 with 28 members and two guests present.

The group enjoyed a Valentine party.

Father Mark was present to give a prayer and joined the group for lunch.

The committees gave their reports, which were accepted.

All are asked to remember to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day March 19 and to bring a dish to pass.

Joe and Teresa Ark, Dennis and Sue Borowski are on the committee for the next meeting March 5.

50/50 was played, as was bingo. A good time was had by all.

The club meets the first and third Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Village of Westfield Recreation Department.

A spring senior citizens’ outing to the Maple Tree Inn near Short Tract, N.Y., for pancakes and maple syrup (sugar free available), the Cuba Cheese house and the Cutco Knife Visitors Center in Olean, is scheduled for March 13. The group will leave at 9 a.m. from the Eason Hall and return at about 5 p.m. Telephone the Westfield Recreation Department at 326-4243 for more information or to make reservations.