Dunkirk Federated Seniors
The Dunkirk Federated Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Jan. 8. Vice President Helen Barone led the members with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America." A reading entitled "When Troubles Overwhelm" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Wierczynski. They were accepted as read by Marion Genovese and Charlene Hallmark. The secretary also read correspondence for New York State Assembly.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Ruth Mackowiak. It was accepted as read by Kitty Lehnen and Irene Christopher.
Attendance prizes were won by Christopher, Genovese and Ronnie Jensen.
Helper of the day was Hallmark and others who assisted.
The kitchen committee for Jan. 25 is Christopher.
Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association
The meeting of the Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association met in the Community Room on Jan. 11 with 17 members present. President Gordon Raynor called the meeting to order and Vice President Pat Martinez led the members the Pledge of Allegiance.
A reading entitled "Life" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski. As secretary, she read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were corrected and accepted by Clara Weber and seconded by Addie Windsor. Treasurer Shirley Palmatier read the financial report. It was accepted as read by Carol Berry and seconded by Mary Benner.
Mass will be celebrated in the Community Room on Friday at 10 a.m.
Sunshine Lady Addie Windsor sent a get-well card to Lil Turie. Thinking-of-you cards were sent to Dorothy Persch and Joann Tegler. A moment of silence was observed for the recent loss of Eileen Heid.
A 50/50 raffle won by Josh Hughes, Carmelo Hernandez, Gordon Raynor and Jean Hallmark. Bingo was played and refreshments were served.
The next meeting will be on Feb. 8 in the Community Room at 5:30 p.m.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday on Route 5 with 24 people present. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with all reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." Chaplain Irene Conny presented a prayer.
It was announced that Julie Anger is home and needs prayers. On Jan. 3, Rose and John Falcone celebrated 65 years of marriage.
Minutes of Jan. 11 were read by the secretary and passed by Harry Suski. John Krestic read some jokes. Newman read some statistics of 100 years ago. Gas was 22 cents a gallon, there were very few bathtubs in homes, wages were 15 cents per hour. The average lifespan of a man was 47 years old.
Weekly drawings and 50/50 won by several members. Bingo was called by Joan Suski. Cake was served by the Hillikers.
New members are Corky and Guy Patton. The club welcomed them.
On Jan. 25, January and February birthdays will be recognized. Mary Ann Seibert and Dot Jones will be in charge of the food.
COLLINS - The 50-Plus Senior Program is pleased to announce that Allison and Don Girod will return to the L. K. Painter Community Center starting in February to again provide free Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE), sponsored by AARP and IRS.
The Girods are trained volunteers who will provide free assistance in the preparation of State and Federal income tax returns on five Thursday afternoons in the senior room of the center located on Main Street in Collins.
Appointments are required and can be made for the following dates: Feb. 10, Feb. 24, March 10, March 24 and April 7, with hours of 1 to 4 p.m. on each day. Call the Girods at 257-3285 for appointments, information, questions, or to make special arrangements for shut-ins. Note that all appointments can only be made by them and that their appointment dates are Thursdays.
Individuals must bring all W-2 and 1099 forms, information on deductions, credits, sales of stock, real estate tax receipts, etc., and a copy of their 2009 tax returns to their scheduled appointment. Early phone calls are recommended as appointment slots fill fast.
A bus trip to Ft. Erie Slots with lunch at Green Acres Restaurant Family Restaurant has been scheduled for Saturday, March 26. Cost is $11 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $12 for all others. Each participant will receive $10 in slots dollars.
Menu choices are roast beef with pan gravy, rotisserie roasted chicken with stuffing, battered and deep friend haddock fillet of baked black forest ham with fresh fruit. Entrees are accompanied with vegetable, potato, buns, pie and ice cream and choice of coffee, tea, milk or soft drink. Entree choice must be made upon sign up. Transportation is by school bus and departure time is 10:45 a.m. from the front parking lot of the center. A stop at the Duty Free Store will be made on the way home.
Final day for reservations and money is Feb. 18. For reservations call Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, 532-2507. A sign up sheet and flyers are available in the senior room during regular program hours. Checks made payable to Town of Collins, should be sent to Collins Town Hall, attention Joan Byrne, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034.
Proof of citizenship is required for travel into Canada. Proper proof includes U. S. Passport or enhanced driver's license. Proof will be checked prior to boarding and anyone with out proper proof will not be allowed to go.
A few vacancies remain for The Thousand Islands May 9-11 and for the "Sound of Music" on Sunday, April 3. For more information, call Byrne. Sign up sheets and flyers for all 50-Plus Senior trips are available in the senior room.
Most everyone knows of or has been on a "mystery trip" but how many of you have partaken in a "mystery" lunch? Those of you who answered "no" will have an opportunity to turn that into a "yes" at the seniors' lunch this Tuesday.
Chef of the Day Mickey Cummings has slated a special true "Mystery Senior Lunch" and you won't know the menu until you get there. So, for those who love a mystery and are adventurous, the food will be a surprise, but the cost will be the same: $2.50. Reservations are required and must be made no later than noon on Monday. To reserve, call 532-2006, Ext. 21 or sign up in the senior room.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon followed by a meeting. Members are reminded to bring their own table service and beverage. Dues are due $5 per person, per year.
The trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino on Feb. 10 is full and payment is due. Seats are available on the March 8 casino trip. The group departs 9 a.m. and returns 4 p.m.
Several other upcoming trips are planned Lord of the Dance at Shea's Buffalo Theatre with a sit-down dinner at the Pearl Street Grill is March 19, departing 4:30 p.m. and returning 11 p.m. (meal choices at sign-up). A Polish Party trip to Erie, Pa., is planned for April 27, with a tour of St. Stanislaus Church, a Polish American Buffet at Union Station, live polka music and dancing, and shopping at Urbankiak's Meat Market. The trip departs at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m.
Other trips later in 2011 include Washington, D.C., May 6-9; a Mystery Tour May 24; Atlantic City June 5-8; "West Side Story" at Shea's Theatre June 12; and the Black Hills of South Dakota Sept. 6-15.
The Collins Center Seniors is a social group that also travels. If they do not fill a bus with members after a reasonable time, non-members are accepted on trips. Insurance is available on all of the trips. For more 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.