COLLINS - A special treat is coming up this week for 50-Plus Seniors when Doug Martindale presents a talk on Underground Railroad activities in the Collins area following Friday's Potluck Luncheon in the senior room of L. K. Painter Community Center. Reservations are not needed; just bring a dish to pass. Table service and beverages furnished.
For Bingo fans, the Youth Center has invited the seniors to attend a Family Bingo Game Night Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the center's gymnasium. Cost is $2 with prizes and refreshments. Come help support this youth effort.
Other activities for the week are: Monday - Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gymnasium (also held Wednesday and Friday); Tai Chi led by Elaine McGuire and Bobbie Leisner, 1 p.m., with warm-up exercises starting at 12:30 p.m., gymnasium; Informal Euchre Game, 2 p.m., senior room. Experienced players are most welcome to attend and assist newcomers learn to play this interesting card game.
Tuesday Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gym. Wednesday Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Community Room, Collins Public Library. For information call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Also on Wednesday: Open Crafts with Pat Tucker, 1 p.m., senior room; Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda, fee $1.50 per game or three games for $4. Gentle Arthritis Exercise has been canceled for Thursday. Friday - St. Patrick's Pot Luck Lunch, noon, senior room. Sunday Daylight Saving Time begins, set your clock ahead one hour.
BROCTON - Forty-four Brocton-Portland Seniors held their February meeting at the American Legion. The meeting was conducted by President Robin Carr.
In the absence of secretary Pat Zanghi, the minutes of the last meeting were read by Carr. A motion to accept was made by Pat Smith, seconded by Carm Johnson. The treasurer's report by Rita Stonefoot was accepted by Lena Elliott, seconded by Bulah Williams.
Elaine Hogan was welcomed as a guest.
Birthdays for February were Josie Lauenslacker and Williams. "Happy Birthday" was sung to them.
A card was sent to Rick Cranston. A "thank you" note was received from Kate Cranston. At the March meeting, March 28 at noon, a tureen dinner will be served. Members should bring their own table service.
Carr thanked the February committee and church for the stew.
The committee for March is Mary Jane Crowell, Mary Deland, Majorie Diel, Ruth Neal and Faye Damico.
Attendance prizes went to Jerry Wilkens and Ruth Patterson.
The 50/50 prizes went to Dottie McQuiggan, Rudy Aynardi, Bonnie Suppo, Cora Patterson and Dorothy Reading.
Payment for O'Malley trip is $54. Carr read quotes from Ronald Regan and John F. Kennedy. Margaret Guzado donated greeting cards.
The A.A.R.P. program will be held April 6 to 8 at the Brocton Library.
In April, the 36th anniversary of the group will be celebrated.
A white elephant auction will be held in April. Members should bring a gift wrapped and marked man or woman. Bingo was called by Bob.
Collins Center Seniors News
COLLINS CENTER - The February meeting for the Collins Center Seniors had a record attendance. The food was plentiful as always. Everyone enjoyed music by Tim Stockman.
The motor coach for the Seneca Niagara Casino trips Tuesday. The group will start loading at 8:30 a.m. and depart at 8:45 from Gabels' parking lot. Passengers are reminded to have a valid drivers' license or other form of picture ID with them.
Members are reminded that dues are due ($5 per person per year). The Collins Center Seniors are not accepting new members.
The group is checking into the Glen Campbell 7 p.m. show at the Seneca Allegany Casino April 30 and the Daniel O'Donnell matinee performance at the Convention Center, Niagara Falls, Canada, on Nov.30. (Enhanced driver's license or passport is required for the Daniel O'Donnell show). If interested in either of these shows, call Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586 by Thursday, March 10. The shows will be booked if enough people are interested. Members have priority, however non-members, family and friends are accepted if enough members are not interested.
New trips will be announced soon.
Dunkirk Federated Seniors
The Dunkirk Federated Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Vice President Helen Barone led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "As Night Begins to Fall" 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 Charlene Hallmark.
The treasurer's report was read by treasurer Ruth Mackowiak. It was accepted as read by Kitty Lehman with a second by Irene Christopher.
Attendance prizes were won by first, Betty Korzeniewski; second, Genovese; and third, Mackowiak.
Helper of the day was Hallmark and others who assisted.
After the meeting, cards were played.
The kitchen committee for Tuesday is Mary Dworak.
A free lunch for paid-up members only will be at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. with a Mardi Gras theme.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met Wednesday at the Dunkirk Senior Center. President Charlene Hallmark led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the singing of "God Bless America." Pat Kozlowski and Jane Steffan were welcomed back after a brief hiatus.
Carol Kozlowski read some practical guidelines for entering into the Kingdom and then told a story about a construction workers lunchtime blues. The minutes of the previous meeting were read. A motion to accept was made by Steffan, seconded by Pat Kozlowski. The treasurer's report was read by Sophia Urbanik. A motion to accept was made by Dorothy Sarzyniak; seconded by Stella Michalak.
Urbanik announced that a spring dinner would be held April 6 at the center. Tickets will be available next week. The center is also having a Mardi Gras luncheon on Tuesday. All members are welcome but must register by Friday at the center or by calling Ruth Ann Muscato at 363-3844.
The center is also sponsoring a bus trip to the Broadway Market on April 13. More information is available by calling Larisa Aldrich at 366-9886.
The attendance prizes were won by Irene Christopher, Albertine Jakubowicz and Sophie Kubasik. Helpers of the day were Michalak, Jakubowicz and Jeanette Niedbalski.
Sophie Kubasik pointed out the importance of reading an article printed in Monday's OBSERVER entitled "8 things to do after losing your wallet."
Refreshments were served by Carol and Pat Kozlowski. The refreshment committee for the next meeting on Wednesday will be Kubasik and Jean Kubera.
The group enjoyed an afternoon of playing Bingo and socialization after the meeting.
Mt. Carmel Social Club
SILVER CREEK - President Carm Tampio called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of "God Bless America." Chaplain Carm Morabito read a prayer called "Each Day You Live." Jose Crino took roll call with 32 members present.
Secretary Hilliker read the minutes. Treasurer Marie Sack gave the treasurer's report and Nina Botticello gave the correspondence secretary's report. All were approved as read.
A sign-up sheet was passed around for the St. Joseph's Day luncheon to be held on March 16 at noon. Place service will be provided.
Tampio welcomed Janet LaJoi's sister Evie Jacchino as a guest.
Desserts were served and enjoyed by members.
Joe Ark and Leo Morabito held a 50/50 which was won by a few lucky members. Tony Sack and Theresa Ark called Bingo.
The club is open for membership and welcomes newcomers.
Share and Care Seniors
The Share and Care board of directors met on Tuesday at 32 Moore Ave., Fredonia, with President Dorothea Janczak presiding. Margaret Larson's secretary report of the last meeting minutes were accepted as presented.
Mayme Joy, treasurer, presented an annual report for 2010. Following a lengthy discussion of finances, the report was accepted as presented. The board thanked Joy for a job well done.
Lucille Rizzo, sunshine chairperson, reported that a sympathy card was sent to the family of recently deceased Share and Care member Patricia Olmstead.
A get-well card was sent to member Veronica Jensen.
Plans are in the making for the Spring Fling Party to be held on Saturday, April 30, at the Fredonia Beaver Club. The doors will open at 3 p.m. for card players. The social hour will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, fruit punch and live music by Bill Kane playing the accordian and singing old-time favorites.
A buffet dinner will be served at 5 p.m. by Beavertail Caterers. Following the meal, Bingo will be played with cash prizes. The price of admission is $5 for paid-up Share and Care members; $10 for non-members ($5 will go towards 2011 membership include date of birth and telephone number).
Membership is open to all county seniors over the age of 50. Under age 50 may join as associate members. Make check payable to Share and Care Seniors and mail to P.O. Box 446, Fredonia, NY 14063. The Share and Care board members are urging seniors to get out and socialize by joining other seniors at the party. For more information, call Janczak at 673-1049.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - At the Silver Creek Seniors' Feb. 22 meeting, 23 members present were present. After the meeting was opened by President Ed Newman, prayers were offered by Chaplain Irene Conny for Arlene Mohart. She announced that Ethel Patterson at the County Home would enjoy a card or visit.
Minutes were read by the secretary and passed as submitted by Mary Ann Seibert. Joanne Martin reported some upcoming senior trips. Trips are planned for the Erie, Pa., playhouse on Tuesday, May 31; a mystery trip for July 19; and Medina train trip to Lockport and a museum on Oct. 12.
Jane Park presented a nice picture of George Washington done by Gilbert Stuart with an appropriate story.
Newman and Joan Suski read some stories in the absence of John Krestic. Bingo was called by Suski.
At the Silver Creek Seniors most recent meeting on Tuesday, 20 members were present. The president opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing "God Bless America." Dorothy Miniri offered a prayer in place of Irene Conny, asking for prayers for Mohart and Julie Anger.
Minutes were read by the secretary and accepted as read by Miniri.
Lorrie Newman gave the monthly treasurer's report and Joyce Synder read the petty cash report. Both were accepted.
The Hole Parker monthly drawing was won by Corkie Patton. Other prizes won by several members.
Krestic read some jokes. Bingo was called by Ernie Hilliker. The Smiths will be in charge of the next meeting on Tuesday. March 15 is the St. Patrick's lunch at noon in the clubrooms. The cost is $2.
On March 22, the Suskis are in charge of food. On March 29, the club will recognize March and April birthdays.
Cake was served by the Hillikers.
The club always welcomes new members, come any Tuesday at 1 p.m. to the Route 5 club room.