COLLINS - Two new bus day trips have been scheduled for 50-Plus Seniors for summer months. The first is a visit to the Made in America Store in Elma on Thursday, July 14. Trip also includes a visit to Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, an hour-long trolley trip featuring 30 species of exotic animals at Varysburg, lunch at Tony Roma's in East Aurora and a stop at Viddler's before returning home.
All inclusive cost is $35 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $37 for all others. Transportation is by school bus with departure time at 8:45 a.m. from the front parking lot of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. Final day for reservations and payment is due by June 24. For reservations call Joan Byrne, 532-2507. The sign-up sheet will be available in senior room on Wednesday afternoons.
Because of the early sell-out for the July 18 trip to Seneca Niagara Casino, a second trip has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 25. Motor coach transportation again will depart at 11 a.m. from the front parking lot of the center. Incentive is $20 slot dollars plus $5 food voucher. Cost is $10 for the three town residents and $12 for all others. Payment is due with reservations. Final day for reservations and payment is Aug. 15. Early reservations are recommended.
Payment for all senior trips must be made by checks payable to Town of Collins and sent to Collins Town Hall, attention Byrne, P.O. Box 420. Collins NY 14034. Reservations for all trips can be made by calling Byrne, 532-2507.
"Morning Glory," starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton is the movie for Showtime Friday at 1 p.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. Making a New York City TV show work with its cast of eccentric characters and outrageous story angles will take a major miracle but Becky (McAdams) is ready to rise and shine. Popcorn will be served.
Quilting with Florence and Open Crafts with Pat Tucker will be held on Wednesdays during the summer months. Call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075, for information on quilting held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the library Community Room.
Open Crafts will start at 1 p.m. in the senior room of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. Open Crafts on Wednesday, June 8 will feature a community service project with Ottilie Beljan as instructor of the knitted project. Participants are asked to bring size 6 needles if they have them. Pattern for a similar crochet holiday favor will also be available.
The fall trip to Wildwood, N. J., is a go and seats are still available. Flyers and sign-up sheet are available in the senior room during programming hours.
Brocton-Portland Senior Citizens
BROCTON - After the blessing was given by Alberta Blakely, the 47 Brocton-Portland seniors that had gathered at the John W. Dill Post 434 American Legion shared lunch, desserts and friendship on May 23. Tables were decorated in the patriotic theme by committee consisting of Lena Elliott, Tom DeJoe and assisted by Butch McDonald and Ethel Hutt. Business was called to order by President Robin Carr and the group recited the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence to honor and remember. Following Rita Stonefoot's treasurer's report "Happy Birthday" was sung to: Cora Patterson, Gerry Wilkins, Beulah Williams and Blakely. Anniversary wishes were given to: Artie and Jackie Donovan, Charles and Dorothy Reading and Peter and Bonnie Suppo.
It was announced there will be an informational meeting on the EPIC insurance program on June 3 at 10 a.m., at the American Legion in Lakewood. Those affected by EPIC are highly encouraged to attend.
The annual Strawberry Social will be held on June 15 at 2 p.m. at the John W. Dill Post 434 American Legion in Brocton. The event is open to all members and one senior guest per member is allowed with Bingo and prizes to follow. Reservations are required by June 8 to Stonefoot at 792-4565.
Artie Donovan informed the group of the upcoming Memorial Day ceremonies to be held in Brocton and Portland culminating at the American Legion. Vice President DeJoe spoke on the importance of not only remembering our fallen soldiers but giving respect to our living Veterans as well. The following member senior Veterans were given tribute: Fred Brown, Harold Buvoltz, DeJoe, Donovan, Joe Gatto and Al Jones. Donovan also informed the group how the American Legion has a school program that teaches younger generations the importance of Veterans. President Carr then shared a speech on Supreme Sacrifices referencing the Marine incident in Ramadi, Iraq, and other rememberances of fallen soldiers. A story was shared by Carr about the USS O'Bannon and the appeal it invokes because local Portland member Angelo Zanghi had served on the O'Bannon. The program ended with the membership singing "God Bless America" with all passion.
The next monthly meeting will be a tureen lunch on Monday, June 27, at noon. Committee will be Rosie Giambra, Chester Hallmark, Catherine Fabritius and Al Jones.
The Brocton-Portland Senior Citizens group welcomes any senior who wants to have fun and make friends. Meetings are held at the John W. Dill Post 434 American Legion in Brocton on the last Monday of each month at noon.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The May 23 meeting for the Collins Center Seniors had a record attendance and members enjoyed the meal that was served.
Maria Burridge from Know How Tours and Niagara Scenic Tours gave an informative and inviting presentation on a Princess land and cruise trip to Alaska.
A new trip is being planned to see country music icon Kenny Rogers perform at Seneca Allegany Casino on Sunday June 19. Rogers brought fans 24 No. 1 songs including "Lady," "Islands in the Stream," "Lucille," and "She Believes in Me." The group will depart from Gowanda at noon for the 5 p.m. show and expect to return at 8 p.m. Trip-goers will receive $20 in slot dollars and $5 toward food. In June, additional trips will be introduced.
For more information, contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. For trips, make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.
Dunkirk Senior Center Board of Directors
The May meeting of the Board of Directors of the Dunkirk Senior Center was held recently with President Betty Korzeniewski presiding.
Senior coordinator Larisa Aldrich swore in two new directors, Delphine Woloszyn and Barbara Barberich. The retiring director Betty Korzeniewski and Sophia Kubasik were recognized and thanked for their years of service.
Election of officers took place with Barbara Bajdas, president; Stella Michalak, vice president; Carol Kozlowski, secretary and treasurer. Aldrich extended the oath of office. Each officer will serve for a two-year period. An installation banquet will be held in the fall.
Woloszyn reported that the craft committee was currently working on favors for the July holiday. They service approximately 160 Meals on Wheels patrons. Kubasik reported that there was an average of 20-25 participants in the daily exercise programs.
Kozlowski announced that the June Gala will be held on Wednesday, June 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. The donation for the event is $3 and reservations are required. Bajdas announced that the Office of the Aging appointed Bobbie Shaw as the new lunch site manager at the center. Ruth Muscato will be retiring as of May 31.
New and ongoing programs were among several items discussed. The pinochle committee extends an invitation to all seniors every Monday afternoon at the center beginning at 1 p.m.
The next one-day bus trip will be held on Tuesday, June 14. The group will travel to Casino Niagara. Sign-ups will begin at 9 a.m. on June 2. There will be an evening trip on July 21 to the Hamburg Raceway and Casino. Signup will be July 6 at 9 a.m.
The visiting nurses will schedule two immunization clinics for flu and pneumonia shots in the fall. More communication regarding these clinics will take place when specific dates have been scheduled.
Bajdas discussed further remodeling plans for the center.
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 moment of silence was observed for service men and women.
A reading entitled "Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Peace" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Wierczynski. They were accepted as read by Charlene Hallmark with a second by Jean Kubera.
A moment of silence was observed for Joseph Pompender.
Attendance prizes were won by: first, Hallmark; second, Helen Barone; and third, Shirley Palmatier.
Helper of the day was Hallmark and others who assisted. The kitchen committee for May 31 is Marian Genovese.
Literature, health equipment and other items for sale were distributed among the members from Home Healthcare Service. Some day trips were also circulated. Several volunteers from Key Bank helped with several activities.
Refreshments were served and some members played cards.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. President Charlene Hallmark led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "God Is In Control" was given by Loretta Hemink. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read by Carole Kozlowski with a second by Jean Kubera.
The treasurer's report was read by treasurer Sophia Urbanik. It was accepted as read by Dorothy Cooper with a second by Annette Arnone.
Attendance prizes were won by first, Kubera; second, Betsy Standera; and third, Barbara Barberich.
Helper of the day was Stella Michalak and others who assisted.
The kitchen committee for the next meeting is Arnone.
An audit was made by Sophia Kubasik and accepted by Hemink.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Mayville Senior Citizens met on May 19 in the Mayville VFW dining hall for a tureen lunch. Louise Richer, Bonnie Johnson and Mary Carlson set the tables and made the coffee. President Joyce Ayers greeted the group and Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the meal and Mary Carlson called the table numbers.
After the meal, Band Director David Lloret and the Brass Quintet from Chautauqua Lake Central School entertained the seniors. These young people played beautifully after they serenaded Izetta Ayling with "Happy Birthday." Lucy Sena, Emily Means, Alice Ward and Daryl Harper along with Lloret played Welsh and English tunes and "Three Highland Miniatures." Lloret and Harper played a duet and the group ended their program with a lively tune, "The Liberty Bell March." The young people received much applause.
Goodrich read two stories, then asked those who were Veterans to stand. They were given a round of applause. She then read the meaning of the 12 folds of the flag given at funerals for service peoples and led the group in prayer.
After the pledge to the flag, Ayers conducted the business meeting. Both the secretary and treasurer gave their reports. Goodwill chair Mary Carlson reported she had only sent one card. Trip co-chair Jean Kelsey advised the group that payment for the Chautauqua Bell trip on June 16 was due on June 2. There are only 2 seats left for the trip to The Riverside Theater in July. Deposits for the October trip to the Finger Lakes are due by July 1.
New member Sue Klossner and guest Joy Kurtz were made welcome.
The person whose name was called for the lottery was not there, so it grows. Izetta Ayling won the door prize.
The next meeting of the Mayville Senior Citizens will be on June 2. The speaker will be Jodi Schurman from Independent Health. She will discuss Medicare issues. All area residents 55 or older are welcome. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Seniors met on Tuesday on Route 5 with 24 members present. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with all reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." A prayer was read by Chaplain Irene Conny entitled "Be Happy, Laugh A Lot."
Minutes were read for May 17 by the secretary and passed as read by Dorothy Miniri.
John Krestic presented some jokes. The Smiths are in charge of refreshments for May 31. June 7 is the club's Mother-Father's banquet at the Colony Restaurant on Route 5 and 20, to be held at noon.
On June 14, Flag Day, the group is invited to go St. Columbans at 1 p.m. to play Bingo.
The regular meeting will be on June 21 at 1 p.m. The group will enjoy a strawberry social; everyone is encouraged to help.
After the meeting, Bingo was called by Ernie Hilliker.