COLLINS - The coming weekend is an exciting one for the town of Collins as it celebrates its first Liberty Fest on July 1-3. Festivities start up in the town park area Friday at 5:30 p.m. with games, a dunk tank, craft/bake goods tents and concession stand. The softball tournament gets under way at 6:15 p.m. and a Youth Band will entertain from 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday has a full day of events scheduled starting with a 5K race at 8 a.m., including horse and wagon rides, softball tournament, face painting, craft/bake goods tents, horseshoe tournament, contests, chicken barbecue starting at noon and more, ending with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
The 50-Plus Seniors will be assisting at the Sunday morning Pancake Breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon at the L. K. Painter Community Center. Pre-sale tickets are available or can be purchased at the door. Any seniors wishing to help with the breakfast should call Joan Byrne, 532-2507, or Mary Cummings, 532-5836, who also have breakfast tickets for sale.
Friday's Showtime movie will be "The Tourist" at 1 p.m. in the community room of Collins Public Library. Starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, this is a suspense-filled, international action thriller not to be missed.
Regular weekly summer programming on Wednesday includes Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the library's community room, and Open Crafts with Pat Tucker, 1 p.m. in the center's senior room.
Payment is now due for the Made in America trip July 14 and the second trip on Aug. 25 to the Seneca Niagara Casino. Both trips are filled. Thursday, June 30, is the final day to receive the balance of payment on the fall trip to Wildwood, N.J. For all trips, checks are to be made payable to Town of Collins and mailed to Collins Town Hall, attention Joan Byrne, P.O. Box 240, Collins NY 14034.
A sign-up sheet and flyers for Roger Williams Christmas Concert Dec. 13 at the Riviera Theatre are available in the senior room Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. or call Byrne at 532-2507. In order to obtain good seats and make luncheon reservations, July 20 is the final day to register and pay the $20 deposit. Must have 35 to go. Balances will not be due until Oct. 20.
Pre-registration is required for all AARP Driving Courses with the next one scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 30. Registration can only be made by calling Byrne. Seats generally fill up fast so early reservations are recommended. The next AARP Course is scheduled for Oct. 30 with the final 2011 class slated for Nov. 25.
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 "God Bless America."
Chaplain Josie Wierczynski was absent, so Hemink read "Can You Say" at the meeting in her place.
Helen Barone read the minutes of the previous meeting, June 14. They were accepted as read by Marian Genovese with a second by Charlene Hallmark.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Ruth Mackowiak. They were accepted by Arlene Griswold and seconded by Kitty Lehnen.
Attendance prizes were won by Jean Kubera, Hemink and Griswold.
Helper of the day was Hallmark and the others who assisted.
The kitchen committee for June 28 is Wierczynski.
Refreshments were served after the meeting.
Dunkirk Senior Center Board of Directors
The June meeting of the board of directors of the Dunkirk Senior Center was held recently with President Barbara Bajdas presiding. Prior to the meeting the directors gathered for lunch at the center to honor Donald Velzy on his retirement. Velzy was the caretaker at the center for several years. Senior Coordinator Larisa Aldrich presented him with a cake and a gift certificate.
The next scheduled bus trip will be held on Wednesday, July 20. The group will travel to Hamburg Raceway and Casino. The bus will depart at 3:30 p.m. and return approximately 11 p.m. Sign-ups will take place at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6. An ice cream social is being planned for Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. The July gala is scheduled for July 17. Entertainment is being planned.
Bajdas announced her choices for committee chairmen: Stella Michalak, membership; Carol Kozlowski, gala events; Patricia Pacos, sunshine and craft committee; house and safety committee; Nancy Crandall, scrapbooking; Sophia Kubasik. She also noted there was a need for volunteers at the gala, especially clean-up. Anyone can volunteer by calling the senior center at 366-9886.
Aldrich will be spearheading a community service project out of the center in the fall. It is still in the planning stages.
Delphine Woloszyn gifted the center with a VCR to be used with the Wii which she also donated. As soon as the cable is installed. Wii lessons will be available for all seniors.
Bobbie Shaw was also welcomed as the new lunch site manager at the center. Meals are available for all seniors for $3. Lunch is served at noon. A monthly menu is available at the center and meals can be ordered by the week (Monday through Thursday) or the day ahead for a single meal.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
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 "In God's Hands" was given by Chaplain Loretta Hemink. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read by Christopher with a second by Pat Arnone.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Sophia Urbanik. It was accepted as read by Dorothy Cooper with a second by Betsy Stanley.
Raffle one was won by first, Jane Steffan; second, Sophia Kubasik; and third, Hallmark. Raffle two ticket drawing was won by members.
Helper of the day was Stella Michalak and others who assisted.
The kitchen committee for June 29 is Hemink and Albertine Jakubowicz.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - The June 16 Mayville Senior Citizens meeting held aboard the Chautauqua Belle was wet but fun. All enjoyed the lunch and fellowship.
There was no business conducted.
There will be only one meeting in July, which will be on July 21 in the VFW Pavilion at noon. Hot dogs and beverage will be provided.
The bus to Riverside Inn on July 19 is full. Letters will be sent telling where and when to meet for this trip.
There are still seats available for the Sept. 20 trip to Sprague's and the WWII Museum and the October trip to the Finger Lakes. Call either Sandy at 753-7814 or Jean at 753- 2663 for information about these trips.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday on Route 5 at the senior center with 24 members present. President Ed Newman opened the session with all joining in saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing "God Bless America." Chaplain Irene Conny gave a prayer "The Lord is my Refuge." Prayers were given for Dan Conny, Iva McClenathan and Bob Kittell.
Newman read an account of the club's lunch and meeting at the Colony Restaurant June 7. Two changes in the by-laws were presented and passed by all at that time.
The Hole Parker drawing won by Carlton Mohart. The 50/50 drawings were won by several members. May and June birthday will be honored June 28. Mary Ann Seibert and Clara Griffin are in charge of dessert.
July 19 is the senior mystery trip. The bus will leave from Forestville at 10:15 a.m. and Sheridan at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $79. Call Joanne Martin for more information at 934-3458.
John Krestic read some jokes. Conrad Pawlak gave a presentation of his recent trip to Russia. He and his daughter enjoyed the huge cruise ship. Smaller boats on different rivers, Finland, Germany and Helinski many sites and the ballet in Russia. It was the experience of a lifetime for both of them.