COLLINS - Wednesday is the final day to make reservations and pay for the 50-Plus Seniors Dec. 9 trip to "Christmas on Broadway" in King Concert Hall at SUNY Fredonia. The concert features music from Broadway shows, classic films and familiar holiday songs.
Cost is $25 for residents of the towns of Collins, Persia and Perrysburg and $27 for all others. Transportation by school bus will depart at 7 p.m. from the front parking lot of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. Reservations can be made by calling Joan Byrne, 532-2507, or on the sign up sheets located in the senior room of center during regular programming hours. Checks payable to the Town of Collins must be sent to Collins Town Hall, attention trips, Post Office Box 420, Collins NY 14034.
The 50-Plus Seniors held its annual Halloween Party Friday, Oct. 29. Costume prizes were awarded to the following: Ann Strohmeyer, scariest; Eleanor Arendt, prettiest; Hellen Barber, most traditional; with Jane Stuckey and Aurilla Smith co-winners of the most original category. Game prizes were won by Pat Tucker and Ann Strohmeyer. Cider and homemade donuts and cheese and crackers were enjoyed by all. Mary Cummings was hostess.
A group of 50-Plus Seniors were treated to a recent tour of Academy Place/Community Place. The spaciousness of the 32 senior apartments and the attractiveness of the renovated building were appreciated by the attendees, many of whom were students in the old Gowanda High/Elementary School. Sharon Noecker and Betty Accordino of Healthy Community Alliance were tour guides and gave excellent presentations regarding the process of taking the old school to its present inviting facility.
Regular weekly senior activities will be held, with the exception of Thursday - the center will be closed due to Veterans Day.
A pot luck luncheon will be held Friday at noon in the senior room. Bring a dish to pass. Beverages and table service furnished. Board game and cards to follow.
Reservations are open for "The Sound of Music," April 3 at SUNY Fredonia, with a soup supper to follow the matinee. Call Byrne for more information.
Flyers and sign up sheets for senior trips including the spring extended trip to The Thousand Islands are available in the senior room.
Cassadaga, Stockton & Lily Dale Seniors
CASSADAGA - The October meeting of the Cassadaga, Stockton and Lily Dale Senior Citizens was held at the American Legion hall will a noon tureen luncheon with 39 members and no new members or guests. The door prize was won by Fred Wing and 50/50 winners were Ruth Swanson, Lois Frantz, Jane Wing and Louise Page. Pastor Hamiliton gave the blessing.
President June Wollett opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag and "God Bless America." The secretary's report was given by Lorraine Courson. The treasurer's report was given by Florine Christy with a balance of $2,527. The reports were approved with a motion by Page and seconded by Dan Goede.
No ill members were reported. Page sent a sympathy card to the Norris family, they were former members.
October birthdays were celebrated by Ann Kaye and Richard Hamilton. Anniversaries were celebrated by Pat and Ken Wise (51 years) and Larry and Janice Carlson (50 years.)
There is a sign-up sheet for the Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 8 at the Cassadaga Country Club. The club will pay $5 and members will pay $7. Payment is due before the next meeting. The club also voted to donate $100 in November and December to the local food pantry.
Thanks were given to Ray Haines for always setting up for the meetings, and to Page for sending cards out and to Kaye and her daughter Karen Connelly for fresh flowers as centerpieces. Kaye also said when she returns from Florida in the spring whenever flowers are needed she will bring them. A thank you note was read from the Carlberg Trio.
In new business, Wollett announced there was a letter from the Senior Council; it will be on the table if anyone wants to read it. She also made an announcement about the Older Americans Act which will be coming up in 2011. This act provides home services to keep seniors in their homes and also sponsors nutrition sites and senior dining out. Lorraine Courson passed out a sample letter to each table and paper and envelopes so members can write to Senator Schumer urging him to vote for this. Election of officers no one volunteered to be on the Election committee. Dan Goede made the motion to keep the same slate of officers as long as they were willing to serve, seconded by Ken Wise
Darlene Goede, travel committee, said the trip to Cambridge Springs is canceled due to lack of interest. On Thursday, Dec. 9, the Fredonia College is having a program at King Concert Hall, "Christmas on Broadway." If anyone is interested, a school bus could be rented for $42 and then tickets could be obtained.
Rich Carlson also announced that the Legion has taken in about $2,700 for the purpose of displaying flags on Maple Avenue and Route 60.
Woollett read a few humorous stories and a Veteran's Day story.
Dunkirk Federated Seniors
The Dunkirk Federated Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Tuesday. President Loretta Hemink led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "Magic" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Wierczynski. They were accepted as read by Marian Genovese with a second by Shirley Palmatier. The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Ruth Mackowiak. It was accepted as read by Betty Korzeniewski with a second by Charlene Hallmark.
Attendance prizes were won by first, Korzeniewski; second, Palmatier; and third, Wierczynski.
Helper of the day was Hallmark and others who assisted. The kitchen committee for Nov. 9 is Palmatier.
"Happy Birthday" was sung for Palmatier.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center. President Charlene Hallmark called the meeting to order, and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
Chaplain Josie Wierczynski read a poem titled "In God's Hands." Secretary Dorothy Cooper read the minutes of the previous meeting. Treasurer Sophia Urbanik read the financial report. Both were accepted as read.
Attendance prizes went to Cooper, Jeannette Niedbalski and Olga Lazarczyk. Other prizes were won by some of the members and Bingo was played.
Nomination of officers was taken for the new year. Refreshment committee for Nov. 10 will be Lazarczyk and Stella Michalak.
The helpers of the day were Niedbalski, Pat Kozlowski, Carol Kozlowski, Irene Christopher, and all the others that helped.
Pioneers Social Club
FORESTVILLE - The Pioneers Social Club meeting was called to order Monday by President Arlene Miller. Marlene Bradigan led the Pledge of Allegiance and Rev. Harry Lysette gave the opening prayer. A moment of silence was observed for the loss of two members, Millie Becker and Edith Welch.
Thirty-one members answered roll call taken by Marion Ziecker. The minutes were read from the Oct. 4 meeting and accepted with a few changes.
Betty Kuzora gave the treasury report. A motion was made by Bradigan to accept it and it was seconded by Norma Youngberg.
"Happy Birthday" was sung to all November birthdays of Nancy Wilson, Carol Dipirro and Dorothy Merrill.
Peg Heiden, Sunshine gal, sent cards to Millie Becker and Mary Hall. Angie Logan said she needs about 10 more members for the trip to Greece in Ontario County. Cost is $64 on Monday, Dec. 6.
In old business, Miller asked if the members want to have a Christmas dinner in Sheridan on Friday, Dec. 10 at noon. They voted yes and Barb Tower made a motion to donate $35 toward prizes. Installation of officers will be held in Sheridan as well.
In new business, the club voted to cancel the December meeting. Miller told everyone to bring goodies to the Jan. 3 meeting. New members are always welcome. Meetings are usually the first Monday of each month.
Coffee and cupcakes were served after the meeting.
Share & Care Seniors
The Share and Care seniors board of directors met on Monday at 32 Moore Ave, Fredonia with President Dorothea Janczak conducting the meeting. Reports were heard from Secretary Margaret Larson and Treasurer Mayme Joy which were accepted as read.
Plans were discussed and committees appointed for the upcoming Thanksgiving Party scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Fredonia Beaver Club. Reservations must be made and paid by Friday, Nov. 12. The admission charge is $5 for members; $10 non-members who wish to join Share and Care, as $5 will go towards membership. Make checks payable to Share and Care Seniors and mail to P.O. Box 446, Fredonia, NY 14063. Call Mayme Joy at 673-1618 for membership and party information.
The board members encourage seniors to join in the party; do not stay home alone; there is always someone at the party to converse with and there will be plenty of food for everyone. The doors will open at 3 p.m. for card players; the social hour begins at 3:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, fruit punch and cash bar. Members are encouraged to view the photo albums.
CD music will be played with all the old favorite songs for listening and dancing pleasure. At 5 p.m., the Beavertail Caterers will serve a traditional Thanksgiving buffet dinner with the following menu: turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, cranberry sauce, tossed salad/dressing, rolls, butter and beverages. The dessert will be pumpkin pie with whipped topping. Following the meal, 10 games of quarter Bingo will be played with $5 cash prizes per game.
In other business, Phyllis Laurito, nominating chairperson, presented the slate of board members for a three-year term: the new board member is Sam Sasso; incumbent board members are Sue Jane Walsh, Betty Klawon and Rose Cerrie. The slate, as presented, was unanimously accepted and members installed by President Janczak.
The next board meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 9:30 a.m., 32 Moore Ave., Fredonia. Share and Care members are always welcome to attend and serve the board. For more information on Share and Care, call Janczak at 673-1049.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday at their Route 5 headquarters with 20 people attending. Vice President Joan Suski presided over the meeting as President Ed Newman was absent. All the members recited the pledge to the flag after the singing of "God Bless America." A prayer was presented by Chaplain Irene Conny, "God is before me to be my guide."
Minutes of Oct. 28 were read by Clara Griffin and accepted by Dorothy Miniri. Marv Smith gave his treasurer's report, approved by Henry Suski. The treasury books were audited and accepted by Dorothy Miniri, Iva McClenathan and Griffin. Joyce Snyder gave her petty cash report. The Hole Parker drawing was won by Miniri.
The 50/50 drawings were won by Milt Griewisch, Ernie Hilliker and Conrad P. Weekly drawing winners were Conrad P. and Rose F.
John Krestic told some stories and Bingo was called. Cake was provided by Dot Jones and Mary Ann Seibert.
The Nov. 9 food committee is McClenathan and Griffin. The Nov. 16 food committee is Miniri and Conny.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Happy Seniors met on Oct. 29 at St. John Bosco Hall with 41 members present. Arlene Miller gave the opening prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of "God Bless America" and the Happy Seniors theme song.
President Ellyn Sutehall opened the meeting and asked for the minutes of the last meeting and the financial report by Angie Logan. Both were accepted as read.
Sunshine Gal Jo Wehust had sent get-well cards to Gertie Syper, Lois Hall and Mary Bull.
Bob and Rita Boyland will be in charge of the Christmas party on Dec. 10 at the V.F.W. in Sheridan at noon. Reservations and payment are due by Nov. 12. The cost is $8. The Pioneer Social Club from Forestville will join in for this event.
Bob Sutehall introduced Linda Burton from the Foster Grandparents Program. Anyone over 55 years of age, male or female, is eligible to work with these children who need loving and supervised care by adults. Participants must be able to work for a tax-free stipend at least 15 hours per week or as much as 40 hours. There are income guidelines and more information can be obtained by calling 665-5354. On Nov. 12, the speaker will be Dottie Rexford, local author of the book "May Snow."
The 50/50 winners were Burdella Warner and Rita Boyland. The Riles and Woolley prize went to Sue Loeb.
Bob and Marguerite Fancher distributed many table prizes.
The kitchen committee for Nov. 12 will be June Burau, Irene Coon, Marge Crosgrove, and Bob and Marguerite Fancher.
Cider and doughnuts were served by the committee after the meeting.