COLLINS - Open crafts with Pat Tucker on Wednesday, June 8, will feature a special craft as a community service project for 2011 holiday favors. Ottilie Beljan will be present at 1 p.m. in the senior room of L. K. Painter Community Center, to teach making knit bells as part of a Christmas holiday favor for area assisted living and nursing homes.
Persons interested in learning this craft are asked to bring size six or size eight knitting needles. The 50-Plus senior program will provide the yarn, but has only a limited number of needles. A similar pattern will also be available for those who crochet. Open crafts with Pat will be held during the summer months on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the senior room.
Another 50-Plus senior program continuing during the summer is quilting with Florence on Wednesdays in the community room at Collins Public Library. Hours run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information on this activity, call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075.
Slots are available on the day trip to the Made in America store in Elma on Thursday, July 14, and to the second motor coach trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino on Thursday, Aug. 25. Slots are also available on the Sept. 18 trip to Wildwood, N.J. For more information on all trips or to make reservations call Joan Byrne at 532-2507. Flyers and sign-up sheets are available Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the senior room.
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 "Sing a New Song" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski, club secretary.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Wierczynski. They were accepted as read by Charlene Hallmark with a second by Betty Korzeniewski.
In the absence of Ruth Mackowiak, club treasurer, the treasurer's report was read by Shirley Palmatier. It was accepted as read by Irene Christopher with a second by Jean Kubera.
Attendance prizes were won by Jean Kubera, in first place; Arlene Griswold, in second place; and Irene Christopher, in third place.
Helper of the day was Charlene Hallmark and others who assisted.
The kitchen committee for June 7 is Carrie Gawronski.
Refreshments were served and some members played cards.
New members are always welcome.
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 "Guide Me" was given by Secretary Loretta Hemink.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Hemink. They were accepted as read by Ronnie Ginley with a second by Stella Michalak.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Sophia Urbanik. It was accepted as read by Sandy Tapasto with a second by Dorothy Cooper.
The first raffle prizes were won by Ronnie Ginley, Dorothy Cooper and Sandy Tapasto. A second raffle was won by many members.
The helper of the day was Stella Michalak and others who assisted.
The kitchen committee for June 8 is Cooper and Mary Dworak.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Happy Seniors met Friday, May 27, with 30 members present. Bob Sutehall opened the meeting in the absence of the club president. Members recited the Pledge of Allegiance and singing "God Bless America," followed by the Happy Senior song.
Roll call was taken by Mabel Warner. The secretary read the minutes of May 19, reporting that Sheridan Happy Seniors were invited by Forestville Seniors to join them at the Kosciuszko Club for a meal at noon with good fellowship and prizes. Joanne Martin reminded members to sign up for the mystery trip on July 19.
The Riles and Woolley prize was won by Cecilia Petrella. Dolores Trewiler and Teresa Warner won the 50/50 drawings.
Bob Wray gave a Memorial Day message, saying that the world is in a sad state, too many have died from war, fires and accidents, and that is not the way God intended it to happen.
Majorie Cosgrove gave a tribute to a dedicated member, Marguerite Oliver Wray, who passed away in December 2010.
The food committee for June 10 will be Josephine Wilkosz, Vera Bell, Robert Wray, Margaret Best and Rita Boyland.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK- Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday, with 23 in attendance. Joan Suski opened the meeting with all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing "God Bless America." Joan Suski, who stood in for President Ed Newman, announced a new member, Lucille Wells. Irene Conny offered a prayer, "God Made a Promise."
Minutes were read by the secretary and passed by Milt Griewisch. The 50/50 drawing was won by Joyce Snyder and Guy Patton. Jokes were told by John Krestic. Bingo was called by Marv Smith.
July 19 is the senior mystery trip. Joanne Martin has information about signing up. The Mother-Father's Day dinner will take place on June 7 at noon at the Colony Restaurant. On June 14, the seniors will play at St. Columban's at 1 p.m.
Westfield Senior Citizens
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Senior Citizens met on May 12 in the Community Room of the Westfield YWCA. Twenty-four members and one guest attended the meeting.
A pot-luck dinner was shared and the tables were decorated with floral plants. The event was sponsored by the Union Relief Organization of Westfield. The April 14 meeting was catered by the Westfield Women's Organization. The membership expressed thanks for both meals from the two organizations.
Following the dinner, member Jack Dean provided a historical program on Westfield. He reflected on the area during the times that the local Indians occupied Westfield. He further talked about what life was like during the pioneer days and how pioneers tamed the Westfield community. His assistant for the afternoon was Mark Sissel.
Westfield Superintendent Mark Sissel presented on the budget vote on May 17. Sissel presented facts and figures, and told the group that Westfield Academy and Central School had a long history of passing the budget every year, and said he hoped that would be the case this year. Sissel went on further to comment on the situation of schools in the state and how they are dealing with the mandates that come along from state level.
President Shirley Kolpien called the meeting to order with the observance of silence on behalf of the death of Esther Bernges and the loss of Kevin White. Chaplain Margaret Gingling spoke about Kevin White, and the remembering of all those who have lost their lives in defending the country.
Birthday cards were sent to Linda Haley, Enrid Beadle, Francis Mutch, Les Yeany and one anniversary card to Walley and Linda Haley.
The 50/50 was won by Mary Lou Cantania, and the evening door prize was won by Angelo (Tort) Gervasi. Secretary Art Kinney and Treasurer Dolores Kaufman gave their respective reports and they were accepted as read.
The upcoming picnic and Bingo game in the month of July were announced, with further details to come
The next meeting will be on Thursday, June 9, at the Westfield YWCA. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. and those in attendance should bring a dish to pass for another pot-luck dinner. The kitchen and dessert committee are Gladys Hess, Sally Merwin, Carol Young and Trudy Stafford.