Senior Club News

United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens recently resumed their monthly catered luncheon at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 60 members in attendance.

President Charles St. George introduced new members, Charles and Linda Siragusa. President St. George presided, leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, followed by the invocation and a moment of silent prayer in memory of member Gert Majka, who passed away recently.

The 50/50 winners were Rose Cerrie, Evonne Henneberry, Florence Rich (4 times), Louis Siragusa, Pat Smith and Barbara Szocki.

President St. George stated that the United Senior Citizens group is beginning its 42nd year of existence. The organization has had only three presidents who were: Charles Barresi, Sam St. George and now Charlie St. George. A letter was read from Mary Gangi who resigned as secretary, due to health reasons.

Birthdays for January, February and March were: Gary Palmer, Ralph Moch, Dorthea Janczak, Josephine Lautenslaker, Lois Pryor, Mary Ann Thompson, Patricia Bradley, Ann Kaminski, Barbara Szocki, Catherine Fabritius, Helen Barone, Jane Walsh, Joseph Greco, Jr., Josephine Wierczynski, Nancy Mitchell, Nancy Niebel and Rosemary Mancuso.

The next meeting will be held on April 14. The menu will be baked ham, scalloped potatoes, buttered corn, tossed salad, coffee and dessert. The calling committee for the April meeting are Pat Ebert, Ann Kaminski, Rose Cerrie, Nancy Niebel, Josephine Wierczynski and Dorothy Hilliker.

Following the meeting, bingo was hosted by Rose Cerrie and Rosemary Mancuso.

Dunkirk Senior Center

A St. Patrick’s Day potluck dinner will be held at the Dunkirk Senior Center March 17 at 5 p.m. Reservations are required.

Silver Creek Seniors

The March 11 meeting started with a prayer from Dorothy Miniri before the delicious meal of ham and cabbage. Also served were bread, cake and St. Patrick’s Day shamrock cookies.

Then the meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and singing “God Bless America.”

Lorrie and Ed Newman are temporarily taking over the cleaning of the hall because Bart Adams has retired from doing so. Miniri made the motion and Shirley Sikorski seconded the motion and all agreed that was fine.

Irene Conny is in an Erie Hospital.

On March 25 the auction will be held.

March and April birthdays will be celebrated next week. Thelma and Shirley will make cakes.

50/50 winners were Sikorski, Ernie Hilliker and Iva McClenathan.

Door prize winners were Carl Mohart, Jane Park, Conrad Pawlak and Joyce Snyder.

Marv Smith called bingo.

50 Plus Seniors

By the time this is printed, it will be halfway through the month of March and hopefully the weather will improve. Spring is nearly here and Collins Fire Department will be holding its great annual St. Patrick’s Day Corn Beef and Cabbage Day Dinner Monday at the Fire Hall.

The 50-Plus Seniors will start the week off Sunday with its monthly euchre and pinochle card party at 1:30 p.m. in the L. K. Painter Community Center gymnasium. Pickle Ball will not be played that day.

Other program activities for the week are:

Monday: Indoor walking and exercises, 9 a.m. led by Pat Tucker. This three-part program is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Tuesday: Gentle arthritis exercises, 10 a.m. gymnasium. This hour-long program is mainly chair exercises and helps to strengthen arm and leg movements. It is also held on Thursdays.

Wednesday: In addition to the morning walking and exercise program, Quilting with Florence is available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. For more information call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075 or stop in on Wednesdays to see the lovely items being made by these talented ladies. Pat Tucker will open the Senior Room of the Center at 1 p.m. for informal crafts and euchre. Senior Bowling is available at 1 p.m. at K&L Lanes in Gowanda. Cost is $1.75 a game or three games for $5.

Thursday: Gentle arthritis exercises at 10 a.m. gymnasium followed by Tai Chi at 11 a.m.

Friday: Walking and exercises, 9 a.m. Community Service, 1 p.m., Senior Room.

Sunday: Pickle Ball, 1 p.m., gymnasium.

A sign-up sheet for the Tuesday Soup and Sandwich Lunch on March 25 is now available in the Senior Room. Final time for reservations is no later than noon Monday, March 24, by calling 532-2507. Menu will be chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese sandwich, dessert and beverages. The cost is $2.50.

Payment is now due for the 50-Plus Seniors Lenten bus trip on Saturday, April 12. Please make your check out to Town of Collins and send to Collins Town Hall, Attention Trip, P.O. 420, Collins, N.Y. The cost is $33.50 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $35 for all others.

The $50 initial deposit for the June 11-13 trip to Gettysburg and to see “Moses” is also due along with the second payment of $157. Final payment of $150 will be due by April 15. Anyone wishing trip cancellation protection for this trip should call Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507 for information and to receive a NTA Travel Protection brochure issued by Berkely Insurance.

Seats are still available for both trips with sign up sheets available in the Senior Room during program hours or by calling 532-2507.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors were thrilled with the large audience in attendance for David Wendt’s PowerPoint presentations of upcoming tours planned by the Center. Wendt took questions from the audience and everyone enjoyed the lovely dessert buffet.

In addition to the tours being planned there are also several one day trips organized by Judy Marino. These include the Niagara Casino, Niagara-on-the-Lake and the village of Skaneateles. Stop by the Center to pick up a flyer or call Judy at 672-5778.

The knitting group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Another delivery of their hand made knitted hats and mittens was made to the Food Pantry of the New Beginnings Baptist Church this past Sunday. The director of the Pantry expressed her deep appreciation for the group’s dedication to this project.

Stretch class meets every Monday at 10:30 a.m.

The next potluck luncheon and game day is on Wednesday, March 19 . Games start at 10:45 a.m. following the Board meeting and the luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Newcomers are always welcome. Just bring a dish to pass and enjoy a good meal and good company.

Sinclairville Senior Citizens

The Sinclairville Senior Citizens met recently in the Sinclairville Fire Hall Dining room for a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon and program. Dressed in the traditional green color, the group enjoyed a fine corned beef and cabbage dinner prepared by Diman Smith. Others attending brought dishes of food and special desserts to add to the meal, and ample amounts were available for all to enjoy.

The group was welcomed by President Margie McIntyre, and the blessing prior to the meal was given by secretary John Sipos. The pledge of allegiance was led by Smith.

Table decorations were provided by member Linda Parmenter, who said she would do the table decorations the next month as well. The tables at the recent meeting had green placemats, candy with green foil, and there were green shamrock sprinkles spread out on the table.

Those celebrating a birthday in March who were present included Mrs. Parmenter, past president Elaine Palmer-Titus and Pearl Sitterly. The birthday song was sung to all. Treasurer Charles Sylvester gave the financial report and said to date, 28 have paid their annual dues. Secretary Sipos read the minutes of the previous meeting. Sunshine chairman Betty Wielgasz is in charge of sending cards for birthdays and anniversaries.

Bill Hulett was in charge of drawings. Recipients included Mrs. Titus, Claudia Wittenbrook, Susan Sipos, Judy Hulett, Doug Arters, Mrs. Parmenter, Terry Fox, Dottie McQuiggan, Mr. Smith, Tommie Alford, president McIntyre, Mrs. Wielgasz, and Diane Shaw.

President McIntyre told a famous St. Patrick’s Day humorous story, and secretary Sipos gave the history of St. Patrick’s Day. Sipos talked about the many parades held each year in the United States, the history of the meal, and the cities noted for adding green dye to their local rivers.

The next luncheon will be held on Tuesday, April 8 at noon in the fire Hall dining room. This is the annual auction of items, and those attending are encouraged to bring items for the auction. Mrs. Titus will serve as the auctioneer. The Sinclairville Senior Citizens meet once a month on the second Tuesday at noon in the Sinclairville Fire Hall dining room. New members are always welcome.

Collins Center Seniors

On March 19 a group will go to Erie, Pa. The first stop is St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the home of the life-sized Stations of the Cross. There are only two of these in the world; the other is in Rome. These are magnificent works of art. The second stop is the Station Dinner Theater to enjoy lunch and the “Golden Follies,” a musical comedy about growing older. Finally the group will stop at the Southshore Winery for a tour and tasting. Non-members are welcome on this trip.

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, call Mary at 792-9748.