COLLINS - Happy New Year to all. After a two-week closure for the Christmas and New Year holidays, the 50-Plus Senior Program at L. K. Painter Community Center resumes its daily activities on Monday morning.
With lake effect snow hitting the area during the final week of programming in 2010, this is a good time to remind everyone how the 50-Plus Senior activities operate when the weather gets really bad. First, if Gowanda Central School is closed, due to weather conditions only, senior activities are canceled. If there should be a change is this procedure it will be announced on Channel 2 as 50-Plus Senior Program open.
Most of the time, activities will be canceled if the school closes, however, in the case of a special event such as the recent Toy Wrapping, it could have been announced as open. Fortunately this year it was not necessary and Santa's helpers turned out in great numbers and the toys were wrapped in record time and volunteers enjoyed a well-deserved noon luncheon. Thanks are extended to all who wrapped and to the individuals, businesses and organizations who provided the funds to make the Gowanda Lions Club's toys and food basket ventures a resounding success.
This week's activities get under way Monday morning with Indoor Walking and Exercises led by Pat Tucker. The three-part session starts at 9 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the gymnasium of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. The program has three levels of activities to start you on the road to becoming a healthier senior, develop new friends and have a fun start to your day. Tai Chi with its accompanying warm-up exercises and Informal Euchre Game, a normal Monday activity, will not get under way until next Monday, Jan. 10.
Tuesday activities include: Gentle Arthritis Exercises at 10 a.m., gymnasium, and Quilting with Florence, 10 to 2 p.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. For more information on this interesting pastime call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075.
Wednesday Indoor Walking at 9 a.m., gym, Informal Crafts with Pat Tucker, 1 p.m., senior room. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know others in the 50-Plus Group, learn a new craft or complete that long unfinished project.
Senior Bowling, 1 p. m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Fee is $1.50 per game or three games for $4. This non-league bowling is another opportunity to get some healthy exercise and have fun with a great bunch of players.
Thursday - Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium. Friday - Indoor Walking and Exercises, 9 a.m., gym, and Showtime, 1 p.m., Community Room, Collins Public Library. Film is "The Bounty Hunter," an action comedy starring Jennifer Aniston.
There are two important trip dates this week. Tuesday, Jan 4 if the final date to make reservations and pay the $75 deposit for the May 9-11 trip to The Thousand Islands. Trip insurance is available for the May motor coach trip to Thousand Islands and should be purchased by the Jan. 4 deposit and reservation date. Insurance forms and information are available in the senior room. Contact Byrne at 532-2507 for more information.
Wednesday, Jan. 5, is the final day for reservations and the $15 deposit for the April 3 matinee performance of "The Sound of Music" at SUNY Fredonia.
Soup supper will follow at the center. Sign-up sheets and flyers are available in the senior room for both trips. For more information or to make reservations on either trip call Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Sixty-eight members of the Mayville Senior Citizens met in December for a Christmas luncheon and installation of officers. Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the meal which was provided by the Mayville VFW Auxiliary. The Swiss steak dinner was enjoyed by all.
President Fran Miller conducted the business meeting after she led the group in the flag salute. Goodrich read "Santa is a Woman" and "The True Meaning of Christmas" and led the seniors in prayer.
Secretary Izetta Ayling and Treasurer Edna Brown gave their reports. Goodwill chair Mary Carlson noted that she had sent many cards to ailing members as well as holiday greetings to those not able to attend the meetings. She listed the December birthdays as: Life members, Aileen Little, Fern Abrams and Amy Meeder, as well as Laura Jean Parment, Virginia Scriven, Betty Jane Martin, Wanda Gustafson, H. June Swanson, Marion Cleveland, Fran Miller, Bill Barber, Ronald Spacht and Emerson Chandler. Robert and Nancy Cole will celebrate their anniversary.
Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey, trip co-chairs, asked for suggestions for 2011 day trips.
Donations were taken for a needy family.
Miller listed the new Board of Directors as: Esther Bernges, Rex Wilson, Dianne Goodrich, Bill Tornstrom, Emerson Chandler and Sandy Chandler.
Dianne Goodrich installed the officers for 2011. They are: Joyce Ayers, president; Fran Miller, first vice president; and Wanda Gustafson, second vice president. Izetta Ayling will be the secretary with Sandi Wagner assisting. Edna Brown will be the treasurer with Bonnie Johnson assisting.
Sally Fahey announced that there is a need for volunteers at Family Court to help with the children involved .
Barb Rotte thanked all who signed petitions and assisted in any way to help to keep Westfield Memorial Hospital open.
Gifts were presented to the VFW men and the Auxiliary for their generous use of the hall by the seniors.
The door prize was won by Dianne Goodrich.
Jan. 6 will be the next meeting of the Mayville Senior Citizens. It will be the usual "dish to pass" luncheon at noon in the Mayville VFW.
The group was entertained by Backwoods Bluegrass, who played and sang many songs known to the seniors. Leader Doug Waterman, Nora Cole and Rick Rossi were enjoyed by all.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday, Dec. 21 in their clubrooms on Route 5 to celebrate Christmas with 23 in attendance. An appropriate prayer was given by Chaplain Irene Conny before the tureen dinner was served.
Drawings and 50/50 numbers were won by several members.
Christmas carols were sung and a few jokes were told by John Krestic. Bingo was called by Marv Smith.
Harry and Joan Suski were announced as food committee for Dec. 28.