Senior Club News

Westfield Senior Citizens

The Westfield Senior Citizens met recently at the Y.W.C.A. for a luncheon hosted by the Westfield Union Relief.

Attendance was sparse because of the storm, but 20 members were present to hear Martha Bills discuss upcoming plans for the Barcelona Harbor dredging and the other plans for the pier. Many questions followed.

The meeting was brought to order by Shirley Kolpien, with secretary and treasury reports given.

The 50/50 was won by Mary Ellen Bova and the door prize was won by Dolores Kaufman.

Sunshine recognized the birthdays of Jean Stebell, Enid Beadle and Kolpien.

A sympathy card was sent to the Osterhoudt family.

The updated by-laws were distributed to the members.

Thursday, April 10, the Westfield Women’s Organization will provide the senior citizens group dinner at 6 p.m. at the YWCA. Members do not need to bring a dish to pass or table service.

Sharon Ackendorf, director of the soup kitchen, will be the speaker. She will discuss the internal workings of the soup kitchen and daily servings.

New members are always invited to attend. Individuals must be 50 years old, love food, and like to visit with old friends and new ones. Call 326-3576 for more information.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Silver Creek Seniors met at their clubhouse on Route 5. President Ed Newman called the meeting to order. There was a 67 percent increase in attendance over the previous meeting. The meeting started with the Pledge to the Flag and the singing of “God Bless America.”

Word had spread regarding the auction or the meeting attendance jumped because the Conrad Pawlak family made a special birthday event dinner of Polish and Slavic foods. Musical guests included Sharon Pawlak who serenaded the gathering with an original “Flip my Lid” song. The group also enjoyed pizza.

A special prayer request by Dorothy Miniri was made and group members continue to pray for those who are unable to attend.

The fun the Silver Creek Seniors had with the birthday celebration created a dilemma. There wasn’t enough time for the yearly auction and the planning for upcoming activities led to one of those “whatever happens” moments. The auction was postponed because of the lovely Polish meal we had.

A trip to the Broadway Market is scheduled for April 9. The first week in October, the group will be promoting a Shot Clinic, as in “get your required shot.”

The group played bingo at the end of the meeting and discussed much as the fellowship and camaraderie warmed the members. Next week the group will enjoy soup and hold its postponed auction.

Lake Shore Senior Citizens

The Lake Shore Seniors met recently at the Senior Center. President Stella Michalak led the members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the singing of God Bless America.

Carol Kozlowski read a poem entitled “The God of All Comfort.” Attendance prizes were won by Julian Niedbalski, Mary Dworak and Dorothy Sarzyniak.

Michalak announced she will be working on a Mothers’ Day banquet to be held sometime in May. A card will be sent to Patricia Kaus who recently had surgery. Charlene Hallmark thanked the group for their caring and compassion during her recent illness.

Kozlowski reviewed all the current events and trips that are available. She noted that Judith Blitz of the Office of the Aging will be at the center to explain the Stepping On Program. A program to understand how Hospice works will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Center.

Kozlowski also said Don Nash, owner of the Patient’s Pharmacy gifted the Senior Center with an upright scale and canvas bags for each member.

Happy Birthday was sung to Marion Genovese who celebrated her birthday on March 22.

The next meeting will be held April 2. Nancy Woloszyn and Sarah Azeez will serve on the refreshment committee. Irene Christopher and Barbara Baberich were helpers of the day.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Senior knitting group, which meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, recently donated dozens of hand-knitted hats and mittens to the New Beginnings Food Pantry in Amherst. The director of the Food Pantry sent a handwritten personal note thanking the knitters for “their beautiful amazing creations with such attention to detail” which were so greatly appreciated by the families that frequent the food pantry. For more information about the knitting group, call Marianne Keller at 672-7771.

GBS had a day off from exercising this week as their instructor Catherine Pratt took a much needed break from her exhausting routine.

Everyone is looking forward to some springlike weather for the upcoming trips that are planned. On April 15, a full busload will be heading to the Seneca Niagara Casino and casino trips are planned for each month. The June trip to New York City will include bus and boat tours so beautiful weather will really be appreciated.

On Monday, April 7 Readers’ Theatre will have their monthly gathering.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday exercise class continues as does the coffee hour.

Collins Center Seniors

The attendance at the March meeting for the Collins Center Seniors was almost back to normal thanks to no snow.

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.

A few seats are available for the April 21 “Dyngus Day Party”. The first stop is the Broadway Market before heading to Cove Restaurant and Banquet Facility for a wonderful Polish themed buffet before enjoying the afternoon with music from the Fritz’s Polka Band.

May 14 a trip to “Gooseneck Hill Bird Sanctuary” is scheduled. It is possible to observe over 50 varieties of birds, singing and dancing swans and over 25 rock gardens. A sit down lunch is scheduled at Spragues Maple Farm. The next stop is the Ellicottville Brewing Co. and the last is Watson’s Chocolate. Nonmembers are welcome.

“Star Spangled Pops” is May 23. The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus at Kleinhans Music Hall will 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 and the day ends at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park. Nonmembers are welcome.

June 5 is the Mystery Tour “Past, Present, and Future” There is no casino included. Step back into the past, see sights of the present from above and learn about the future. This trip is packed with interesting sites.

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

On July 9 a trip to “Sonnenberg Gardens” features a tour the 40-room Mansion built in 1887 and its beautiful gardens. Lunch will be at the Holland House where fine food has been served since 1808. The day will end with a wine tasting and relaxing ride home.

On July 23, “A day at the park” is planned. This is a senior day at Darien Lake that 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?

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.

50 Plus

Spring may have arrived but it still feels too much like winter to suit most of us. Guess we shall just have to grin and hope for the best to come now that April is almost here.

Anyone who has not yet paid for the April 12 Lenten trip should do so immediately. Also, final payment for the June trip to Gettysburg is due at the Collins Town Hall by April 15. Trip checks are to be made out to Town of Collins and sent to Collins Town Hall, attention Joan Byrne, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034. For questions or arrangements trip insurance forms call 532-2507.

Pickle Ball, being played Sunday afternoons at the L. K. Painter Community Center, has recently received nationwide attention, partially due no doubt to its unusual name. NBC Channel 2 last week ended one of its 6:30 p.m. news stories with a brief history of Pickle Ball, maintaining it is now the fastest growing sport in the USA despite its being around for some 50 years.

Played both indoor and outdoor all over the country, Pickle Ball has become a favorite of both middle and elderly aged Americans. If you haven’t yet stopped over on a Sunday to find out what it is all about, you are welcome to do so at 1 p.m. in the Center’s gym. Please use the back parking lot and back entrance. Just in case you are wondering how the game got that unusual name, the gentleman who invented it named it for his pet dog called Pickle!

Other senior activities for the week are as follows:

Monday: Indoor walking and exercises is led by Pat Tucker at 9 a.m. in the gym. This three- part program held indoors beats trying to exercise outside during the wintertime.

Tuesday: Gentle arthritis exercises are held 10 a.m. in the gym.

Wednesday: Indoor walking and exercise, 9 a.m. is held in the gym. Quilting with Florence is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Collins Public Library Community Room. For more information call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Informal crafts and euchre is at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room. Senior Bowling is at 1 p.m. at K & L Lanes, Gowanda. The cost is $1.75 a game or three games for $5.

Thursday: Gentle Arthritis Exercise is at 10 a.m. in the gym, followed by Tai Chi at 11 a.m.

Friday: Indoor walking and exercises is at 9 a.m. Showtime is 1 p.m. in Collins Public Library Community Room. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in the story of the origins of one of the most treasured Disney Classics of all times.

A few seats are still available for the Lenten bus trip on Saturday, April 12. Cost is $33.50 for residents of the towns of Collins, Persia and Perrysburg and $35 for all others. The trip includes a visit to the Botanical Gardens, a family style lunch at Ilio Di Palos, and ends with a stop at the Broadway Market. For information or to sign up, call 532-2507. There is also still room in the June 11-13 trip to Gettysburg, Pa., and to see “Moses” in Lancaster, Pa.

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.