Senior Club News

Mt. Carmel Seniors

The Mt. Carmel Seniors Social Club met recently at the church hall. Thirty members attended. Following a pledge to the flag and a prayer read by Chaplain Carm Morabito, a brief meeting was chaired by Club President Carm Tampio. A financial report was given by Club Treasurer Melanie Bates indicating solvency.

President Tampio offered a special thank you to committees and members for their contributions and efforts for the previous meeting which celebrated a St. Joseph Table setting. About 50 members and guests attended the event on March 19, and had enjoyed a delicious dinner.

The club’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16th. A pizza party is planned.

The refreshment committee will be Dorothy Miniri, Joan Suski, Mary Ann Siebert, Fran and Carmen Contino.

Refreshments were served, a fifty-fifty drawing was held and Bingo was played by many.

The club welcomes new members. Meetings are routinely held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Interested people may call Carm Tampio at 934-3349 to join the club.

Sinclairville Senior Citizens

The Sinclairville Senior Citizens will gather for a luncheon and program on Tuesday at noon in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room.

Those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to pass to add to the meal, and their own table service. The program this month will be the annual fun auction. Bring some items to add to the auction which will be conducted by the famous auctioneer Elaine Palmer-Titus. Those attending are also asked to bring a page from their journals. New members are always welcome.

Stockton, Cassadaga, Lily Dale Seniors

The Senior Citizen Group for Stockton, Cassadaga, and Lilydale met March 17 at the Cassadaga Country Club at noon. The meal was enjoyed by the 19 members present.

President June Woollett called the meeting to order.

Pastor Richard Hamilton gave the table blessing.

The Pledge to the American Flag was recited, and “God Bless America” was sung.

The door prize was won by Dana Josephson. The 50/50 winner was Woollett.

Janice Carlson celebrated a March birthday. The anniversary for March was Pastor Dick and Mickey Hamilton.

Ill members were Mary Jane Holcomb, Wanita Logan, Louise Page, Janet Crowell, Rich and Carrol Kennedy.

The secretary’s report was read by President Woollett. Ken Wise made a motion to accept the report, and Larry Carlson seconded it. The treasurer’s report was also read by President Woollett. Wise made a motion to accept the report, and Larry Carlson seconded it.

Ruth Swanson introduced two people from the Resource Center Steve Waterson and Tess. They both shared information about the Resource Center, its mission, and its history. It is one of Chautauqua county’s largest employers. The Resource Center provides many services. Brochures were left for everyone to take and read.

New business: April’s meeting will be at the Cassadaga American Legion. Lunch will be at noon and will be potluck. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service with plates.

Wise made a motion to adjourn, which was seconded by Rich Carlson.

Lake Shore Seniors

The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2. Irene Christopher led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of “God Bless America.”

A reading entitled “Reasons to Rejoice” was given by Loretta Hemink.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read by the secretary, Hemink. A motion was made to accept by Charles Hallmark, with a second by Sarah Azeez.

The treasurer’s report was read by treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. A motion to accept as read was made by Barb Barberich, with a second by Sophia Kubasik.

Attendance prizes were won by: first, Ronnie Ginley; second, Mary Dworak; and third, Dorothy Sarzyniak.

The helper of the day was Christopher. Charlene Hallmark assisted.

The kitchen committee for April 16 will be Christopher and Barberich.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Betty Erick with a second by Barberich.

The Dunkirk Senior Citizen Board of Directors

The Dunkirk Senior Citizen Board of Directors met recently with President Barbara Bajdas presiding. She led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Communications were received from the Food Bank of WNY and the Disabled American Veterans.

Carol Kozlowski reported on the House Committee. A new drum was replaced in the copy machine. The driveway and fire extinguishers will be addressed this month.

The next potluck dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30 at 5 p.m. Reservations can be made in the office.

Kozlowski reported a total paid membership of 434.

Nancy Crandall noted that the next Big Bingo is April 9. Pinochle continues to be played on Monday afternoons. Future Big Bingos are scheduled for May 14, June 11, July 16, August 13, and September 10. There will be no pinochle on April 21 and May 26.

Bajdas announced that lunch would be provided for the Exercise with Tiffany Group on June 6 at 11 a.m.

Bajdas also announced that a group would be traveling to Niagara Falls Seneca Casino on June 20. Participants will receive $20 in free play and a $5 food voucher. She also noted that a smaller bus would be contracted to go to the Erie Mall.

Future goals were discussed. Needs will be prioritized. Bajdas noted that representatives from the Office of Unclaimed Funds will be at the Senior Center on Wednesday, April 9 to assist seniors in finding lost money. All interested parties should bring their social security card and photo ID from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Easter shopping trip and the Atlantic City trip in August are sold out.

The next board meeting will be on Wednesday, May 14 at 10 a.m. The newly-elected directors will be sworn in at that time.

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met Monday March 31 at Brocton Legion with President Margaret Jagoda presiding. She welcomed a guest, Dave VanRensselaer. With new members Liz Stahlman and Rita Bennett, the group now has a total of 40 members.

Harold Bucholtz led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Alberta Blakely Chaplain calling for a moment of silence and prayer of thanks.

The committee of June Woollett, Erika Abram, Pat Smith and Elaine Wood set tables of Easter baskets full of goodies and set up the great variety of soups and desserts brought by members.

The secretary’s report was approved on a motion by Rick Cranston and seconded by Sheila Lawrence. Rita Stonefoot gave treasurer’s report which was approved on a motion by Carm Johnson and seconded by Beulah Williams.

Kate Cranston sent cards to Rudy Arynardi, Ange Zanghi with Betty Kierczyk, Elaine Wood, Butch McDonald and Mary Tripi. Ruth Patterson is recovering after her hip operation and will be back to WCA Home.

Discussion was held regarding a trip to the Chautauqua Belle with August being the best time, more to follow later. Mary Tripi’s Amish trip on April 29th has seats available so call Mary at 792-9748. St Dominic’s will hold a spaghetti dinner in April; the American Legion Auxiliary is holding a rib and chicken barbecue on April 27; and an AARP driver’s class will be held May 19 and 21 at Ahira Hall Library.

A commercial game was held with fun prizes for the best memory. Door and raffle prizes were won by Bill Norris, Erika Abram, Dorothy Reading, Rita Stonefoot and Cora Patterson. The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Lena Elliott and seconded by Sheila Lawrence.

The next meeting of the group is Monday, April 28 with program of Lucy Hurley’s music for the anniversary meeting. A catered $5 buffet is planned with committee of officers making the choices and doing set up and cleanup as well. Reservations need to be made by April 21 Call Rita at 792-4565. New members are always welcome.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Silver Creek Seniors met at the Silver Creek Route 5 Club Center on April 1. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of “God Bless America,” Dorothy Miniri said a prayer and wished that all of the group’s absent members would get well soon. They are all missed.

The seniors had a choice of three soups with bread and crackers, all of which were very good.

Five cards were sent around for members to sign for those who were sick, and also a sympathy card.

Lorrie Newman gave March’s financial statement and Mary Seibert gave the month’s petty cash report.

Two new members have joined the club – Ed and Eleanor Lemiszko.

The 50/50 winners were Eleanor Lemiszko, who won twice, and Iva McClenathan. Eleanor also won the Hole-Parker drawing.

The door prize winners were Lorrie Newman and Thelma Hilliker.

Bingo was called by Ernie Hilliker.

Sheridan Happy Seniors

The Sheridan Happy Seniors met at 1 p.m. on March 28 with 23 members present.

Arlene Miller led the prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of “God Bless America” and the “Happy Senior Song.”

Roll call was called by Gertie Syper.

Minutes of the last meeting were read by Jo Wehust and the treasurer’s report was read by Angie Logan. Both were approved.

The group had one guest, Millie Stankowski.

An article was read about one of our members, Dolores Trewiler, who is in Texas visiting her daughter. While she was there, she went up in a plane and jumped out in a parachute at 10,000 feet in 55 seconds at 120 miles an hour, sometimes upside down. She then had dinner with her family and was home by 9 p.m. The group thought that was great for a woman 92 years old. How about that?

The group is also happy to say it has four members who are 90 or over doing great.

Two hundred and sixty dollars was donated to our club by the Riles & Woolley Funeral Services, which was really appreciated.

The Riles & Woolley drawing was won by Stankowski and Miller.

Jokes were read by Syper and Lorie Newman, which are always enjoyed.

Members of the food committee for the next meeting are Barb Towers, John Reading, Burdilla Warner, and Teresa Warner.

The next meeting will be April 11 at 1 p.m.

The meeting was closed and refreshments were served.

Bingo was played afterwards for those who wished to stay.

Holy Trinity Seniors

Holy Trinity Seniors will meet on Thursday, April 10 at 12:30 p.m. at the Parish Center. Some activities will be held after the meeting. Members should bring their own lunch. New members are always welcome.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors are really getting excited about the tour to New York City, which is only two months away. Everyone who signed up for the trip needs to get their balance paid today. Call Marianne Serio at 672-5274 to make those final arrangements.

The Friday yoga class is no longer offered but the Monday stretch class, which starts at 10:30 a.m. is still taking place. Even though the 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday exercise class is very popular, there is always room for more participants. Newcomers are welcome to try out the class.

The next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at 10:15 a.m. Those who have suggestions, feel free to bring them to the attention of one of the board members. The next pot luck luncheon will be on Wednesday, April 23 at 11:30 a.m. Preceding the luncheon there will be time for some card and board games. The Center has several but feel free to bring some new games. There is always someone willing to play.

A trip to Seneca Alleghany Casino is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20. On Tuesday, July 15 GBS travel to Niagara on the Lake for an elegant lunch at the beautiful Prince of Wales Restaurant followed by some free time before a wine tasting at Inniskillin Winery. Another scenic day trip is planned for Tuesday, August 12 to the historic Village of Skaneateles. A luncheon will be at the Sherwood Inn followed by free time for browsing and a stop at the Anyela’s Winery. Call Judy Marino at 672-5778 to reserve a spot on the bus for any of these day trips, since the seats are going fast.


The 50-Plus Senior Program has finally expanded its space. The March Tuesday soup and sandwich lunch was held in the new room located just down the hall from the Senior Room. This new room is bright and cheery and those attending expressed pleasure in the new surroundings.

While there is no decision about how the group will finally set the two rooms up, nor what needs to be done to make both rooms more livable, for the present we are all happy with the changes. To start, the new room will be used for potluck, Tuesday soup and sandwich and AARP Defensive Driving Course lunches.

If anyone has a suggestion for the name of the new room please tell those running the programs or better yet, enter the contest to name it. The winner will get a free Tuesday lunch. A contest container will be set up shortly in Senior Room No. 1.

The highlight of the coming week for the 50-Plus Seniors is the lenten bus trip on Saturday. Passengers are to park in the L. K. Painter Community Center front parking lot. Boarding the bus begins at 9 a.m. and departure is promptly at 9:15 a.m.

Here is a reminder for those going on the June trip to Gettysburg. Final payment must be received at Collins Town Hall by April 15. Trips are to be made payable to Town of Collins and sent to Collins Town Hall, attention trips, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034.

Activities for the week are:

Sunday: Pickle Ball, 1 p.m., gymnasium. Use back parking lot.

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

Tuesday: Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium.

Wednesday: Indoor Walking and Exercises, 9 a.m., gymnasium. Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Collins Public Library Community Room. Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. The cost is $1.75 a game or three games for $5. Crafts and euchre, 1 p.m., Senior Room.

Thursday: Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m. Tai Chi has temporarily been canceled.

Friday: Indoor Walking and Exercises, 9 a.m., gymnasium. Monthly potluck luncheon, noon. Bring a dish to pass. Table service and beverages provided. This will be held in the new Senior Room No. 2.

Saturday: Lenten Bus Trip. The bus leaves promptly at 9:15 a.m. from the front parking lot.

Anyone going on the June trip to Gettysburg and “Moses” and wishing an insurance form should call Joan Byrne at 532-2507 this week because those interested must send the form directly to the NTA National Tour Association promptly. The form allows space for two travelers.