Senior club news
Silver Creek Seniors
The Silver Creek Seniors met in their clubhouse on Route 5. President Ed Newman called the meeting to order with 20 members present. The pledge to the flag was followed by singing “God Bless America,” and Dorothy Miniri led the prayer. She mentioned that there were four members missing due to sickness: Irene Conny, Clara Griffin, Shirley Sikorski, and Pat Corwin. The group hoped all will be well again very soon.
The winners of the weekly drawings were Mary Congdon, Jan Snyder, and Carl Mohart. March birthdays were celebrated for Jane Park, Lorrie Newman and Conrad Pawlak. Cake and ice cream were served. Joan Suski called bingo.
Next week, pizza will be served at 1 p.m., followed by the yearly auction of used items. Seating is limited. Donated items will be set up for viewing.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
The Sheridan Happy Seniors met at 1 p.m. on March 14 with 24 members present. Arlene Miller led the group in prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of God Bless America and our Happy Senior song.
Shirley Sikorski called roll call. Jo Wehurst read the minutes of the last meeting and Angie Logan read the treasurer’s report. All were approved.
The group had one guest, Jonathan McDaneld, grandson of member Jean McDaneld.
Twenty buses will be going to the Niagara Falls casino trip on March 31.
The food committee for the next meeting is Celia Petrella, Jan Polisoto and Gertie Syper.
Syper read jokes which the group enjoyed.
Margaret Best and Jo Wilkosz won the 50/50 raffle. Jean McDaneld won the Riles & Woolley drawing.
The meeting was closed and refreshments were served. Those who wanted to stayed and played bingo.
The group will next meet on March 28.
Steger “Hi-Rise” Tenants Association
The Steger “Hi-Rise” Tenants Association meeting was held on Tuesday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the community room. President Rosa Vega called the meeting to order. Vice President Alba Santiago led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Josie Wierczynski read a poem entitled “Kindness.” As secretary, she read the minutes of the previous meeting. Josh Hughes motioned to accept, seconded by Addie Windsor. The financial report was read by Treasurer Susie Lockhart. Jean Hallmark and Clara Weber motioned to accept.
The sunshine lady sent get well cards to John and Marlene Sellars and Steve Geiger.
Election of officers will take place at the next meeting, which is a special meeting on Tuesday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the community room. The nominations included: president: Rosa Vega, vice president: Alba Santiago, secretary: Josie Wierczynski and treasurer: Susie Lockhart. The chaplain and sunshine lady will be appointed.
A new computer will be set up in the library. New drapes and shades will be put up in the community room in the near future.
There is a no smoking policy in the building, and it will be enforced.
A St. Patrick’s party was scheduled for March 17 in the community room. Expected fare included corned beef, ham, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, bread, and other dishes.
Mother’s Day, Easter, and the installation dinner will be combined as a “Sunday brunch.” Notices will be posted and a sign-up sheet will be in the community room.
A motion to adjourn was made by Wierczynski and seconded by Windsor.
The 50/50 raffle was won by Santiago. Bingo was played and refreshments were served.
The highlight of this week’s activities for the 50-Plus Seniors at L. K. Painter Community Center will be the Tuesday soup and sandwich lunch at noon on Tuesday in the Senior Room. The menu will be chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese sandwich, dessert and beverages. The cost is $2.50. Reservations are required and must be made by noon Monday by calling 532-2507 or utilizing the sign-in sheet available in the Senior Room during regular program hours.
Other activities for the week are:
Sunday: Pickle ball at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium of L.K. Painter Community Center. This new activity is open to all residents age 40 and up residing in the three county area. From all appearances it seems to be a hit with those who are playing so come on down and give it a try!
Monday: Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m. gym. This three-part activity is a great way to exercise during this long and hard winter.
Tuesday: Gentle arthritis exercises meets at 10 a.m. in the gym for an hour of chair exercises that will help develop leg and arm strength for the elderly. The soup and sandwich lunch is scheduled for noon in the Senior Room.
Wednesday: Indoor walking and exercise is held at 9 a.m. in the gym. Quilting with Florence, is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. For more information call Florence Reynolds, 532-3057 or stop in to see all the lovely items these talented ladies are making. Senior Bowling is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the K&L Lanes, Gowanda. The cost is $1.75 a game or three games for $5. Pat Tucker will have the Senior Room open at 1 p.m. for crafts and euchre.
Thursday: Gentle arthritis exercises are held at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium followed by Tai Chi at 11 a.m.
Friday: Indoor walking and exercises are at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium. Game Afternoon is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Senior Room.
Sunday: Pickle Ball will be played at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium.
The April 15 AARP Defensive Driving Course is filled but standbys will be accepted. Anyone who has signed up but has not submitted a check made payable to AARP will be removed from the list and standbys contacted. Checks must be received at the Collins Town Hall no later than March 28.
Payment for the Lenten bus trip on Saturday, April 12 is now due and must be received at the Collins Town Hall no later than Monday, March 24. Payment of $157 for the trip to Gettysburg and to see Moses at Sight and Sound’s Millennium Theatre is now due with the final payment of $150 due by April 15. Anyone wishing to receive forms for trip cancellation insurance should call 532-2507.
The Sinclairville 76ers are the Meals on Wheels program for the Cassadaga Valley area. Organized in 1976, the group developed senior housing the Sinclairville area, and then expanded to the Meals on Wheels program five years later. Richard Smith of Sinclairville is the president of the group and John Sipos is the vice president. Elsie Livermore is the recording secretary, and also serves as the site manager. Ainsley Smith is the bookkeeper for the organization.
Meals are prepared in the Sinclairville Firehall kitchen on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and then delivered on three different routes by volunteers. The same meal is served to those who are able to go to the firehall dining room at noon on the same days. Lisa Rangel is the chef of the meals. The Sinclairville 76ers is a part of the Chautauqua County Office For the Aging. Meals are delivered in vans, which have special hot boxes connected to the van’s electrical system, to the areas of Villenova, Cherry Creek, Conewango Valley, Ellington, Cassadaga, Stockton, Sinclairville and Gerry. Volunteers are also welcome to help out with the deliveries, and one is welcome to volunteer.
At the recent monthly meeting of the organization, some long range plans were discussed. For a fundraiser, a raffle of a self-propelled lawn mower and an air conditioner will be held in the spring time. Tickets may be purchased from members of the group.
Trustee Albert Olmstead said “we should be thinking of a new delivery van.” Currently two of the vans are a 2008 and 2009. Donations toward a new van will be accepted anytime. Computer artist Susan Sipos creates the monthly menu which is distributed to all, and will be creating a poster asking for volunteers to help with deliveries.
This Meals on Wheels program is a very important mission project to reach out to those who are house bound in the valley area. For more information, call 962-3455.
Collins Center Seniors
The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, March 25 at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.
The itinerary and information for the April 5-12 trip to Branson will be available at this meeting.
Seats are available for the April 15 trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino. The motor coach will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda.
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. Non members are welcome.
“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. Non members are welcome
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. Non members are welcome.
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.
The Dunkirk Senior Citizens Board of Directors
There are only a few seats left for the Dunkirk Senior Citizens spring trips. On April 17, the day will begin at the newly remodeled Batavia Downs Casino. Departure time is 9 a.m.
The cost is $25 which includes $25 free play bonus and a $5 food voucher for any of their many restaurants.
At 2:30 p.m., the bus will depart for the Market in the Square at the Southgate Plaza in West Seneca, where shoppers can purchase their favorite Easter foods and treats. There are only three seats available.
On April 21, there will be a Dyngus Day Ice Cream Social with music by the KoKoMo Band from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $1. Tickets are on sale at the Center.
The group’s second potluck dinner is scheduled for April 30 at 5 p.m. Members will bring a dish to pass and $2. Table service, meat, and beverages will be provided. Tickets are available at the office.
Lastly, a trip is planned to the Allegany Casino in Salamanca on May 7. Departure time is 10:30. The Osmonds, an all-American family music group, will perform at 1:30 p.m.
Participants will receive prizes on the bus, $20 in free play, a $10 food voucher, and their show ticket for $45. The bus will depart for home at 5:30 p.m.