Senior Club News

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, May 19. at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting. The final itinerary for the trip to Louisville, Ky., June 8 to 10 will be available at this meeting.

The motor coach for the “Star Spangled Pops” will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 8:15 a.m. on May 23.

June 5 is the “mystery tour.” Seneca Niagara Casino trips will be June 17 and July 15.

On July 9 a group will go to Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua. Lunch will be at the Holland House where fine food has been served since 1808. The day will end with a wine tasting. Non-members are welcome.

Seats are available and non-members are welcome July 23 for a senior day at Darien Lake.

August 5, a group will head to Watkins Glen to enjoy lunch at the Seneca Lake Harbor Station, a historic narrated cruise aboard the Vintage Vessel “Stroller IV” and a delicious dessert and coffee before heading home.

Mackinac and Frankenmuth are the destinations Sept. 14-18. This tour includes: luxury Niagara Scenic Motor Coach transportation, four nights accommodations, three dinners, four breakfasts, tour and dinner at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford Estate, a tour of Charlevoix famous mushroom houses, Jack Pine Lumberjack Show, a ferry ride to Mackinac Island with 90 minute tour aboard horse drawn carriages and lunch at the Grand Hotel, guided tour of Frankenmuth, a Bavarian Pretzel Rolling Workshop, visits to River Place in Frankenmuth for shopping and Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.

A new trip is planned to Penn Yan to visit and shop at the Windmill Craft & Farm Market on Oct. 4. Lunch will be at the Keuka Restaurant. The last stop is the Glen Curtiss Museum where biplanes soared and motorcycles roared.

For additional information please 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.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors enjoy exercising together every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m. While exercising, there is a lot of laughter, good cheer and interaction with the music.

As their instructor Catherine Pratt said recently, “Did you ever think you could have so much fun exercising?”

On Monday, May 19 all those going on upcoming tours can meet with Tour Director, David Wendt at the Center at 10:30 a.m. The detailed itinerary for the New York City tour in June will be distributed and more details about the Cape Cod tour in September will be discussed. Coffee and dessert will be served. Call Marianne Serio for more information at 672-5274.

Many day trips by Judy Marino with Niagara Scenic Tours are planned. Some seats are available on the bus for the Seneca Allegany Casino trip on Tuesday, May 20. The next casino trip is on Thursday, June 26 to Seneca Niagara Casino, with payment due June 5. The arrangements for the trip to Niagara on the Lake on Tuesday, July 15 are being finalized. The payment for that trip is due on June 1st as well as luncheon selection. The bus will leave at 10 a.m. from the Big Lots parking lot. A passport or enhanced driver’s license is necessary for going to Canada. For questions about any day trips, call Judy at 672-5778.

Grape Belt Senior dues are collected through the months of May and June. On Wednesday, July 23 a membership picnic at Russell Joy Park upper pavilion is scheduled. This is under cover so the picnic will be held rain or shine.

The knitters meet on Wednesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. and then take a break until the fall. Readers’ Theatre meet Wednesday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Silver Creek Seniors met on May 6 with 22 present on Tuesday, May 6 at the Senior Center. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by singing “God Bless America.” Dorothy Miniri presented a prayer.

President Newman announced that Joyce Snyder is back at her apartment at One Temple Square. Fran Smith is back also after being in rehab at Gowanda. She and Marv are celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary. An azalea plant was presented to Clara Griffin from the club for her 90th birthday.

It was voted to pay Bart Adams for mowing the lawn.

Member Irene Conny would like visitors at the County Home.

Lorrie Newman gave the treasurer’s report.

The Hole-Parker drawing was won by Griffin. Adams, Iva McClenathan and Joanne Martin. Bingo was called by Ernie Hilliker.

On May 13, the Silver Creek Seniors met again.

A delicious salad luncheon was provided by the members.

On May 20, there will be an ice cream social. Members were instructed to meet at 1 p.m. Plans are being made for the Mothers and Fathers Day banquet, which will be held in June with the Sheridan Senior Club.

The 50/50 winners were Janice Snyder, MaryAnn Seibert and Eleanor Lemiszko.

The door prize winners were Seibert, Marv Smith, Ed Prowse and Evelyn Martin.

After the meeting, Smith, the auctioneer, sold two tables worth of items brought in by members. Everyone had a good time. Smith had a few helpers, Thank you goes out to all the people involved.

Holy Trinity Seniors

The Holy Trinity Seniors met at the Parish Center on May 8 at 12:30 p.m.

President Rita Lombardo called the meeting to order. She gave a reading entitled, “Traveling With God”. She gave the financial report. Lenny Catalano made a motion to accept the report. It was approved. There was no secretary’s report.

“Happy Birthday” was sung to Alberta “Bert” Catalano, who was celebrating her birthday.

The Catalanos paid their dues and also made a donation to the group. Lenny made a motion that we should put a notice in the “Bulletin” and in this report.

A message to the seniors of Holy Trinity “Wake up! You are needed to join this group”.

The next meeting will be June 12 at the Parish Center at 1 p.m. Notice the new time. It’s important. There’s no need to bring lunch.

Lombardo read an article called “Happy Mothers Day”.

A motion to adjourn was made by Angelo Bennice and seconded by Lenny Catalano.

The Catalanos were given a warm welcome back.

Dunkirk Seniors

The Dunkirk Senior Citizen’s Board of Directors met recently at the center. President Barbara Bajdas led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and welcomed the newly elected directors. The directors are Nancy Woloszyn, Robert Sobczak, Patricia Kibbe and Cheryl Sheedy.

Carol Kozlowski reviewed the organization’s by-laws and explained the duties of the co-coordinators. Kozlowski, who is also sunshine chairman, reported sending a sympathy card to Dolores Campbell, get well cards to Thomas Dascenzo, Joan Gula, Patricia Kaus, Marilyn Nalepa, Michael Maslach, Beatrice Price, Greg Sek and Charlene Hallmark. A letter of support for the Complete Streets Project was sent to Mayor Anthony J. Dolce and the members of the city council. A thank you card was sent to Janet Kasprzyk for scrubbing the carpeting over the Easter holiday. A thank you card was received from Jim Hurley who recently retired from the Veterans Administration. Various invitations, announcements, estimates and donations were reviewed.

Two community gardens were installed and will be planted by the seniors. All fire extinguishers are being updated and a motion light will be installed over the kitchen door entrance.

Nancy Crandall announced the future big bingos will be held on June 11, July 16, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10. She also explained the responsibilities of the pinochle committee. Pinochle is played every Monday at 1 p.m. at the center. All seniors are invited to attend.

The coordinators explained the responsibilities of all the committees in the organization. Directors were asked to volunteer their services on the committee(s) they felt they were best suited for. Members will also be asked to volunteer.

Paid membership to date includes 300 Dunkirk members and 159 members from the surrounding community.

Bajdas reviewed the plans for the summer months. Two trips are scheduled in June. One is a visit to an Amish wedding dinner and other interesting stops. The other is a trip to Seneca Niagara Casino on June 20. An ice cream social will also be held.

In July, a boat trip to view lighthouses and a trip to Allegany Casino in Salamanca is planned.

In August, arrangements are being made for a shopping trip to Grove City. On Aug. 24 a full bus will leave for a four day, three night stay at the Resort Hotel in Atlantic City. A indoor picnic is also being planned for August.

Dates for some events are pending. Members are encouraged to watch the OBSERVER or call the office at 366-7530.

Because of a scheduling conflict at Presque Isle members scheduled to visit on May 22 will depart at 10 a.m instead of 2 p.m.

Bajdas reported on her meeting with Mayor Dolce. She further discussed the repair of the roof and parking lot as well as the construction of an outdoor shed. Sobczak and Sheedy will oversee this project. The possibility of hosting the farmers’ market and the AARP safe driving class was discussed and tabled.

The group’s next meeting is June 5 at 10:30 a.m.

United Seniors

The United Senior Citizens recently held their monthly catered luncheon at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 69 members in attendance.

President Charles St. George opened the meeting with a moment of silent prayer in memory of vice president, Carolyn LoGuidice, and long time member, Leonard Szablewski, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the invocation.

The 50/50 winners were John Binko, Catherine Fabritius, Mayme Joy, David Kolassa, Josephine Lautenslaker, Carmelia Lucia, Gary Palmer, Lois Pryor and Sophia Urbanik.

The callers for the May meeting Elizabeth Baldwin, Rosemary Mancuso, Jean Morse, Lucy Saeli, Dorothy Hilliker and Josephine Wierczynski were thanked.

Birthdays for May were: Delores Borrello, Ann Cohen, Lucia, Jackie Paddock, Saeli, Joy, and Russell Dalby.

The next meeting is on June 9. The menu will be chicken, baby red potatoes, baked macaroni, bread, tossed salad, dessert and coffee. The calling committee for the June meeting is Baldwin, Margaret Larson, Cohen, Saeli, Wierczynski and Hilliker.

The American Red Cross of Southwestern New York with Tina Jones, Disaster Program Manager and Chris Tracy, an Americorp volunteer, gave a presentation about being Red Cross ready. The program instructed individuals about how to be prepared for a disaster. The presenters gave three simple steps to follow: get a kit, make a plan, be informed. The program was tailored specifically with information important to seniors in the event of a disaster or emergency.

Patricia Bradley gave the treasurer’s report to end the meeting.

Following the meeting, bingo was hosted by Phyllis Laurito and Mancuso.

Sinclairville Seniors

Rainbow the Clown was the entertainment for the recent luncheon of the Sinclairville Senior Citizens held at the Sinclairville Fire Hall Dining room.

Rainbow began his presentation with a history about himself, telling that he has been putting on clown shows for 25 years. During his program, Rainbow used balloons to create animals and flowers, and during the creation of each piece, gave a Bible message. Face painting was on Bill and Judy Hulett, along with a story about the painting. Everyone present had a souvenir balloon figure to take home. A fun time was had by all.

President Margie McIntyre opened the gathering with a welcome, and secretary John Sipos gave the blessing prior to the meal. A wide variety of food and desserts were brought by members for the group to enjoy.

After the meal, James Odell conducted the prize awards. Recipients included Beverly Higgs, Dottie McQuiggan, John Sipos, Diane Shaw, Susan Sipos, Bonnie Larkin, Eloise Putnam, Betty Wielgasz and Louisa Smith.

McIntyre told humorous stories including one about pecan nuts, and then Diman Smith told of a Mother’s Day picnic he held with 30 mothers present.

Thanks to Linda Parmenter for the festive table decorations, and to Smith for preparing the dining hall for the luncheon. President McIntyre then led the group in the Lord’s Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Wielgasz serves as the sunshine chairman and recognized Arlene Kimble, Jim Odell and Charles Sylvester for their birthdays.

Sipos read his secretary’s report and the financial report was given by treasurer Sylvester.

The next gathering of the group will be on the second Tuesday of June at noon in the Sinclairville Fire Hall dining room. All those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to add to the meal, and their own table service. Table decorations will be provided by John and Susan Sipos, and Diane Shaw. Musical entertainment will be provided by Paul and Arlene Kimble. New members are always welcome.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

The club met May 7 with 34 members present. President Carm Tampio called the meeting to order and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and a prayer were recited.

Josie Crino did roll call.

All reports were given and accepted.

Once again the announcement of the Mother-Father luncheon was explained. It will be held May 21 at 12 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel in Dunkirk on Lake Shore Drive. It is a pre-paid affair of $10 for members. Please call Mel Bates 934-4214 or Carm Tampio 934-3349 for more details.

Mr. Dan Ljiljanich, Superintendent of Silver Creek Schools, was present to explain the coming year’s budget.

All enjoyed a film of Dolores Treweiler’s jump at 10,000 feet to celebrate her birthday.

We are collecting coupons from the paper and magazines. Please bring to the church hall. Call Pauline Flitt 934-4324 for more information.

50-50 was played and refreshments were served. The meeting was adjourned.

Brocton Portland

The Brocton Portland Seniors next meeting is Monday May 19 at Brocton Legion for a noon tureen luncheon. Members should bring a dish to pass and personal table service. Becky Blum from Office of the Aging will be there. New members always welcome.

Sheridan Seniors

The Sheridan Happy Seniors met April 25 with 28 members and one guest, Alyce Szocki, present.

The prayer was said by Arlene Miller, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of “God Bless America” and our “Happy Senior” song.

Shirley Sikorski called roll call.

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

A report on the Silver Creek school budget was given by the Superintendent of Silver Creek Schools, Dan Ljiljanich and Business Administrator, Cindy Mackowiak, which was very interesting.

The food committee for the next meeting is Wilma Crowell, Margaret Best, and Joan Guzik.

The 50/50 raffle was won by Anita Brown and Pat Corwin.

The Riles & Woolley drawing was won by Joyce Pietrkiewicz.

The meeting was closed and refreshments were served.

The next meeting will be May 23 at 1 p.m.