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Senior news briefs

December 12, 2008
Observer Today

Dunkirk Federated Seniors

On Tuesday, the Dunkirk Federated Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center. President Helen Barone called the meeting to order, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."

Chaplain Josie Wierczynski read a poem, "God's Bouquet." As secretary, she read the minutes of the previous meeting, which were accepted as read by Jean Kubera and seconded by Marian Genovese. Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski read her financial report, which was accepted as read by Charlie Hallmark and Marge Coil.

Helper of the day was Coil, along with others who helped.

Attendance prizes were won by Loretta Hemink, Ann Graziano and Shirley Palmatier. The 50/50 raffle was won by some members.

The kitchen committee for Dec. 23 is Graziano and Carrie Gawronski.

Tuesday will be the Dunkirk Federated Seniors Christmas party, to be held at the Dunkirk Senior Center beginning at 4:30 p.m. There will be no regular meeting.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Social Club

SILVER CREEK - The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Social Club met last Wednesday. President Carm Tampio called the meeting to order with the pledge to the flag and, in the absence of Chaplain Carm Morabito, said the prayer. Gloria Borrello took roll call of 53 members present.

The previous minutes were dispensed with in the absence of the secretary. Treasurer Marie Sack gave her report. Nina Botticello gave the financial secretary's report. All were approved as read.

The Chinese auction was held and many members went home with gifts. The proceeds collected were $80.35.

The Christmas party is Wednesday. It will be catered by Pat Tripp. Cocktails will be served at noon and dinner is at 1 p.m. Each member should bring a dish towel to help supplement the kitchen.

The committee for the Christmas party is Tony and Marie Sack, Ernie and Thelma Hilliker, and Angie Logan.

The 50/50 drawings were held by Les Samuelson and Joe Ark and were won by many. After the meeting, many members played bingo, called by Joe and Theresa Ark and Tony Sack.

Silver Creek Seniors

SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Seniors met at the club rooms on Route 5 Tuesday with 26 members attending. Chairman Irene Conny opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag and prayer was offered by Chaplain Milt Griewisch. A prayer was offered for John Barone, who has been ill.

Minutes of last week's meeting were read and approved. A thank-you note was sent to the town for its donation to the club.

The next meeting, at noon Tuesday, will feature a potluck meal. Members are asked to bring items for the food pantry in Silver Creek.

There will be no meeting Dec. 23. The next meeting thereafter is Dec. 30 at 1 p.m., with Lillian B. and Dorothy M. on the refreshment committee. Dues are due, and members will receive a phone call if the meeting is canceled due to weather.

The weekly drawing winners were John Krestic, Marv Smith and John Falcone. The 50/50 drawing winner were Dorothy M., Milt Griewisch and Ernie Hilliker. Bingo was played.

Sinclairville Seniors

SINCLAIRVILLE - Using the Fellowship Hall of the South Stockton Wayside Chapel, members of the Sinclairville Senior Citizens gathered for the annual Christmas luncheon. A full ham dinner was catered by Scott and Vanessa Dibble of the Sinclairville SuperMarket, with Karen Anderson assisting.

President Elaine Palmer-Titus, who will continue as president for another year, welcomed all to the luncheon, and opened the meeting with Christmas stories. Prior to the meal, the blessing was given and all were asked to remember members who are unable to attend luncheon meetings. Christmas cards were provided by Secretary John Sipos for all to sign and they will be sent to these members. A special gift bag was provided by Treasurer Claudia Wittenbrook for everyone. A thanks was given to Bill and Claudia Wittenbrook for readying the church for the luncheon. President Titus gave all a homemade loaf of banana bread.

Allen and Beverly Higgs were honored for their 59th wedding anniversary, and Mrs. Higgs, Bill Hulett and Richard Johnson were honored for their December birthdays. A special cake was provided for the occasion.

Jack Titus took charge of the drawings. Monetary prizes were awarded to Robert Peterson, former mayor of Sinclairville, and secretary Sipos. Other prizes donated by the Dibbles were awarded to Wilma Gilbert, Hulett, Martha Harmon, Wittenbrook, Diane Shaw, Linda Parmenter, Sandy Derkovitz, Nellie Sharp and Joyce Johnson.

Money was donated by members and will be presented to the Sinclairville Food Pantry.

Thanks was extended to Betty Wielgasz for sending get-well and birthday cards for the group.

The 2009 officers, in addition to President Titus, will include Vice President Paul Derkovitz, Treasurer Wittenbrook, Sunshine Chairman Wielgasz, and Titus in charge of drawings, Lucille France in charge of fundraisers, and Sipos as the recording secretary.

The next meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 13 in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room. John and Susan Sipos will be the table hostesses, and all are asked to bring a kazoo or set of spoons to hold "a kitchen band." The lunch will include a bowl of homemade chili with a grilled cheese sandwich provided by the Dibble team.

The final part of the day was filled with a medley of songs by Paul Kimble of Sinclairville. Kimble used his guitar to provide the music, and included stories of his younger days of learning to play the guitar and sing.

The Sinclairville Senior Citizens meets once a month on the second Tuesday. New members are always welcome.

Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association

On Tuesday, President Gordon Raynor called the Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association meeting to order with 22 members present. Vice President Hilda Medina led the "Pledge of Allegiance."

In the absence of the chaplain, Alice Weaver, Secretary Josephine Wierczynski read a poem, "Christmas Greetings." As secretary, she read the minutes of the previous meeting. A motion to accept them as read was made by John Sellars and seconded by Joseph Lokietek. Sunshine Lady Joanne Tegler reported that a get-well card was sent to Gordon Raynor. Shirley Palmatier, treasurer, read her financial report. A motion was made by Carol Berry and seconded by Jean Hallmark to accept it as read.

December birthdays were celebrated Thursday in the community room. The Rev. David Bellittiere, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, will celebrate a Christmas Mass on Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. in the community room.

There was a suggestion that the association look into purchasing a Wii game.

The Christmas party, for all tenants who have signed the attendance sheet, will be celebrated Sunday in the community room at 5 p.m.

A New Year's Eve get-together will start at 9 p.m. in the community room - BYOB and snacks. Everyone is welcome.

The 50/50 raffle winners were Jean Hallmark, Frances Jones, Josephine Wierczynski, Stewart Thomas and John Sellars.

Super Singing Seniors of Ripley

RIPLEY - The Super Singing Seniors of Ripley will celebrate Christmas with their annual Christmas dinner at Meeders Restaurant on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. It is planned for all Ripley seniors to join for a festive time of eating, singing and celebrating the birth of Jesus.



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