Senior Club News

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center seniors will be April 28 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

The motor coach for the trip to the Seneca Allegany Casino on May 7 to see the Osmonds’ show will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 10 a.m..

Seats are available and non-members are welcome to participate in the May 23 trip called “Star Spangled Pops.” 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 Naval Park.

June 5 is the mystery tour called “Past, Present and Future.” There will be no casino. Step back into the past, see sights of the present from above and learn about the future. This trip is jam-packed with interesting sights. Non-members are welcome. Payment is due April 28.

Non-members are welcome June 8-10 when a group heads to Kentucky for “The Thrills of Louisville.” Activities include a backstretch breakfast tour at Churchill Downs and visits to the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Louisville Sluggers Museum, an evening aboard the Bell of Louisville to enjoy fine dining and dancing with big band music and entertainment, and a stop at Jim Beam distillery. Payment is due May 1.

The next Seneca Niagara Casino trip will be June 17.

July 9 a group tour to Canandaigua’s Sonnenberg Gardens will feature a tour of the 40-room Mansion built in 1887 and the 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.

July 23 will feature 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? There is something for everyone in this trip. Non-members are welcome.

New to the trip schedule is a Seneca Lake cruise on August 5. The group will travel to Watkins Glen to enjoy lunch at the Seneca Lake Harbor Station and a breathtaking view of the water and majestic landscapes surrounding it. A scenic cruise aboard the Vintage Vessel “Stroller IV” will follow lunch. The hour-long historic narrated cruise will allow us to discover the beauty and charm of Seneca Lake, a tradition since 1908. A delicious dessert and coffee will be served before heading home.

Another new trip is planned for Sept. 14-18 to Mackinac Island and Frankenmuth.

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

Holy Trinity Seniors

Holy Trinity Seniors will meet on Thursday, May 8 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.

Silver Creek Seniors

On April 22, the Silver Creek Seniors began their meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and by singing “God Bless America.” Dorothy Miniri said the prayer.

It was Conrad Pawlak’s birthday. Clara Griffin’s 90th birthday falls on April 25.

Harry Suski is talking with HUD about money to help for needed repairs inside and out. He will be speaking with engineers to see what can be done.

50/50 winners were Mary Congdon, Mary Seibert and Lorrie Newman. The door prize winner was lucky Congdon.

Ed Newman called bingo.

New members are welcome.

Steger Hi-Rise

The Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association meeting was held Tuesday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the community room. This was a special meeting to elect the officers of the association. The officers were re-elected by a show of hands, unanimously. Officers are president: Rosa Vega; vice president: Alba Santiago; secretary: Josie Wierczynski and treasurer: Linda “Susie” Lockhart. Appointments include Wierczynski as chaplain and Addie Windsor as sunshine lady.

After elections, bingo was played and refreshments were served.

Lake Shore Seniors

Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. President Stella Michalak led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of “God Bless America.”

A reading entitled, “A Little One” was given by Loretta Hemink.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted on a motion by Charlene Hallmark with a second by Nancy Woloszyn.

The treasurer’s report was read by treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted as read on a motion by Sandy Tapasto, with a second by Marian Genovese.

Attendance prizes were won by: Woloszyn, Julian Niedbalski and Jean Houser.

Helper of the day was Irene Christopher, and others assisted.

The kitchen committee for May 7 is Carrie Gawronski and Genovese. A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Dorothy Sarzyniak with a second by Niedbalski.

There will be no meeting on April 30 because of the pot luck dinner at the Dunkirk Senior Center. The next meeting will be May 7.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors celebrated spring at its monthly pot luck luncheon which was held on Wednesday, April 23. The tablecloths, napkins and silverware were all in bright pastel colors. In addition to a wonderful array of salads, sandwiches and soup, there were some special holiday foods – a vegetable kugel in honor of Passover and several delectable Easter desserts. The luncheon was well-attended and everyone is looking forward to the next luncheon, which will be on Wednesday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m.

There are now two buses going on the Cape Cod and Southern New England tour in September. There are some available seats on the second bus so if you’re interested in making a reservation or finding out more about the September 9-12 trip, call Marianne at 672-5274. You can also come to the center on Monday, May 9 at 10:30 a.m. when David Wendt, from the touring company, will talk more about this trip and also present the complete itinerary for the earlier trip to New York City (June 10-12). There will be coffee and dessert and you will be able to meet many of the people who will be participating in these tours.

There are also some exciting day trips planned for the next few months. On Tuesday, May 20, there is a trip to the Seneca Allegany Casino and on Thursday, June 26, there is a trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino. In addition to the casino trips, GBS will be traveling to Niagara on the Lake on Tuesday, July 15 and to the village of Skaneateles on Tuesday, August 12. Call Judy Marino at 672-5778 with any questions or to register for one of these day trips.

Readers Theatre will meet on Wednesday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. If you like theatre, improv, or just watching others perform, stop by and see if this is a group you might want to join.

The exercise group, which meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. continues to work out and stay in shape. There is always room for new participants.

Westfield Seniors

The Westfield Senior Citizens met April 13, at noon, at the YWCA. After President Shirley Kolpien opened the meeting, a delicious luncheon of soups, sides and desserts was provided by the Westfield Women’s Organization.

Sharon Ackendorf, manager of the soup kitchen housed in the Episcopal Church on Elm Street, spoke about feeding 20-70 people per day, depending solely on donations, grants and the Food Bank of Western New York. There are special meals prepared for holidays and the tables are always attractively decorated.

Eric Kriedler suggested that members bring non-perishable goods each month to be donated to the soup kitchen.

Joyce Wainwright read the devotions and the poem “Songs of the Earth.” Two drawings were held, the 50/50 was won by Trudy Stafford and the door prize of a primrose and garden gloves was won by Carol Reynolds.

April birthdays included Albert King, 90 years young, and Gloria Wakely. Linda and Wally Haley celebrated the only anniversary. Cards were sent to anyone at least 90, Mamie Criscione, Albert King, Ruth Cade, Carrie Trippy and Jennie Vilardo who is 100.

Reynolds invited everyone to a senior citizens dinner at the Methodist Church on April 24, sponsored by the recreation department.

May 8, the meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a pot luck dinner. The kitchen committee for May is Gladys Hess, Darla Augur, Shirley Kolpien and Erma Lloyd.

There will be a Chinese auction; bring an unwrapped new or unused item with a value of $5-7 for this fun club fundraiser. Tickets will be 6 for $5.

The Information Booth is looking for volunteers for the summer season, with shifts of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. daily. Enjoy the beautiful view and meet very interesting travelers.

The club welcomes back the snowbirds and would love to welcome anyone who would like to join this group.

The meeting was closed with prayer.

Brocton Portland Seniors invited to breakfast

The Brocton Central School Interact Club would like to remind Brocton-Portland area senior citizens to sign up for a breakfast and tour that the club is hosting. The event will be held on Saturday, May 3 beginning at 10 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Call Linda Miller at 792-2173 in the school’s district office to make your reservation.

50 Plus Seniors

Pickle Ball players will welcome the return of this newest addition to the senior activities on Sunday afternoons. Plans for an evening session of this fast growing sport are being discussed and with summer approaching perhaps even an outdoor event could materialize. For those who have not yet given Pickle Ball a try, come on over Sunday at 1 p.m. in the gym of L. K. Painter Community Center. Remember to park in the back lot and use the back entrance.

April’s Tuesday soup and sandwich lunch will be held at noon Tuesday in our new Senior Room #2. The menu is vegetable beef soup, ham salad sandwich, dessert and beverages. The cost is $2.50 per person. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 532-2507 no later than noon Monday or by utilizing the sign up sheet in Senior Room #1. We are fortunate to again have three members of The Brainstormers, a very talented Buffalo area group, as luncheon guests and presenters of a Vignette “A Blue HORSE?” This is a “just for fun” presentation.

Other senior activities for the week are:

  • Monday: indoor walking and exercise is led by Pat Tucker at 9 a.m. in the center gymnasium. This three-part program includes a half hour walking, walk in place exercises for a half hour and chair exercises for a half hour. Do one, two or all three sections.
  • Tuesday: Arthritis Exercises is at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium. The soup and sandwich lunch is noon in Senior Room #2.
  • Wednesday: Indoor Walking and Exercises is 9 a.m. in the gymnasium. 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 or stop in on a Wednesday to the see the wonderful items being made by these talented ladies. Pat Tucker will open Senior Room # 1 at 1 p.m. for open crafts and an informal euchre game.
  • Thursday: Arthritis exercises are at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium. Mainly chair exercises, this three-part activity helps seniors to develop arm and leg strength and better balance.
  • Friday: A movie co-sponsored by 50-Plus Seniors and Collins Public Library will be held at 1 p.m. in library’s Community Room. Judi Dench stars in this film inspired by a true story of a search for a lost son. Popcorn will be served.

During the summer the Center belongs to the Summer Youth Recreation Department and the final AARP Defensive Driving Course until fall is scheduled for Tuesday, June 3 in the Community Room of the center. 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 532-2507. The June 3 course is filling up fast.

There are still a few openings for the June 11-13 motor coach trip to Gettysburg and to see “Moses.” For information call 532-2507.