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 "Amber Days of Autumn" 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 Helen Barone.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Ruth Mackowiak. It was accepted as read by Genovese with a second by Irene Christopher.
Attendance prizes were won by Jim Griswold, Irene Christopher and Marion Genovese.
Helper of the day was Betty Korzeniewski and others who assisted. The kitchen committee for Oct. 25 is Shirley Palmatier.
Mackowiak is celebrating a "milestone birthday." The members congratulated her and sang "Happy Birthday" to her, wishing her many more.
A moment of silence was held for Anthony Mleczko, Mary Dworak's brother.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS - There will be a surprise luncheon for members only at the Oct. 24 meeting and reservations are required by Oct. 14. Members are reminded to bring nonperishable food items for the local food pantries. Dues are due by the January meeting and can be paid any time before leaving for winter destinations.
Seats are available and non-members are welcome Nov. 11 on the trip to Cleveland for the Fabulous Food Show. Experience the Midwest's premier culinary event of the year. The trip includes reserved seats for a live cooking demonstrations by celebrity specialist Bobby Flay. There will be live cooking demonstrations by regional chefs, cake, pastries, candy, a chocolate bar by popular confectioners and pastry chefs. Trip-goers will sample a variety of special foods and taste wine and spirits and can check out the marketplace for cookware, gadgets and more.
Frankie Avalon is returning to the Seneca Niagara Casino on Dec. 7. Trip includes transportation by luxury motor coach and tickets for 1:30 p.m. show, and passengers will receive $15 for slot play and $10 for food. Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome.
On Feb. 4, the seniors will begin with a lunch buffet at Salvatore's Garden Place Hotel Courtyard and then continue on to historic 1776 Lancaster Opera House for the 2:30 p.m. matinee show "A Chorus Line." This classical backstage musical has entertained millions on Broadway and beyond. A limited number of tickets are available.
Several new, fun and different trips for 2012 will be introduced at the October meeting.
Contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586 to sign up for a trip. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
Lake Shore Senior Citizens had an Oktoberfest dinner at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. A prayer was read by Chaplain Loretta Hemink. The reading was "The Quiet Place."
The senior center was decorated in orange and black streamers with Halloween decorations on each table top.
Carol Kozlowski made all the snacks which consisted of pepperoni, cheese, stuffed grapes, crackers, and deviled eggs and punch.
The dinner came from the Fredonia Beaver Club. It was served at 5 p.m. The dinner consisted of meatloaf, chicken, potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables and dessert was apple crisp.
Money raffles and table center pieces were raffled off. Special thanks are extended to all the members that helped.
The meeting for Nov. 26 is canceled. Pat Kaus and Albertine Jakubowicz are on the committee for Nov. 2.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Happy Seniors met Friday with 39 members on a rainy, fall day. President Ellyn Sutehall opened the meeting with all joining in with the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America" and the Happy Seniors Song. Arlene Miller gave an inspiring prayer for members and the country.
Many Chinese auction items were called off by Shirley Sikorski, which was successful. Roll call was presented by Mabel Warner and minutes of Sept. 30 were read by Secretary Clara Griffin.
October birthdays were recognized, Arlene Miller, Bernadine Gilray, John Metzger, JoAnne Martin, Iva McClenathan, Anne Spencer, Angie Logan, and John Reardon. The 51st anniversary of Robert and Arlene Miller was also recognized.
The treasurer's report was given by Angie Logan. Installation of officers is Nov. 9 at V.F.W. Sheridan at noon. The Riles and Woolley prize was won by Arlene Lawrence. Other drawings were won by John Reardon and Enabell Mirando.
Dues for 2012 are now due. Joanne Martin announced a tour coming Dec. 6 to Crescent Beach Hotel at the cost of $68. Anyone can sign up now for reservations with Joanne or Angie Logan.
The food committee for Oct. 28 is Mabel Warner. Chairperson Susan Townsend, Dee Trewiler, Burdella Warner and Theresa Warner.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday at the Senior Center on Route 5 with 24 present. Joan Suski took President Ed Newman's place since he was absent. She called the meeting to order with all joining the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." Chaplain Irene Conny gave a prayer "Dear God, I thank you for forgiveness."
Joanne Martin announced that there is a senior bus trip coming Dec. 6 to Crescent Beach Hotel. Dinner and entertainment is $68.
The club offered prayers for Lorrie Newman as she is having surgery on Oct. 20.
Several members won small cash drawings. Birthdays for October were recognized. Joanne Martin, Ernie Hilliker, Len Dingleday and Iva McClenathan. Bingo was called by Ernie Hilliker.
The food committee for Oct. 25 will be Bud Anger, Iva McClenathan, Joanne Martin, Bart Adams, Evie Martin and Milt Griewisch.
Members may dress up for the club's Halloween party. Prizes will be given for the funniest, prettiest and most original costume on Oct. 25 at noon.
COLLINS - Those who are confused regarding the major changes in some Medicare Supplement plans for 2012 along with a change in the annual Enrollment Period may want to check out the Medicare Informational Session that will follow the Nov. 1 Tuesday Soup and Sandwich Lunch at L. K. Painter Community Center.
Bob Velazquez, insurance outreach aide from the Erie County Department of Senior Services, will be a guest and give a 25-30 minute presentation at 12:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer period. There is the usual $2.50 charge for the lunch, but the Medicare presentation is free for those who call 532-2507 to register by Monday, Oct. 31, at noon. Registration is necessary in order to determine seating. For more information call Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, at the above number. A sign-up sheet for lunch is available in the senior room.
Highlight of the week's activities is the Halloween Party Friday at 1 p.m. in the senior room. Trick-or-treat is not just for kids, so come in costume for the chance to win a prize.
Other activities for the week are: Monday -Indoor Walking and Exercises led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m. gymnasium, Informal Euchre at 1 p.m., senior room. On Tuesday an AARP Driving Course will start at 9 a.m. in the Lounge Room in the rear portion of the building. Participants are requested to park in the rear lot and to bring their NYS Driver's License with them. Also on Tuesday, Gentle Arthritis Exercises will be held at 10 a.m. in the gym. gymnasium.
Wednesday is a busy day for seniors starting with Indoor Walking and Exercises, 9 a.m., in the gym, and Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. For information on this interesting craft, call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Afternoon activities on Wednesday are: Open Crafts with Pat, 1 p.m., senior room and Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Cost is $1.75 per game or three games for $5.
Gentle Arthritis Exercises return on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the gym. Thursday is the final day to pay balances on the Dec. 13 bus trip to the Riviera Theatre.
"We are extremely grateful to all the wonderful people who took the untimely death of Roger Williams in stride and were willing to continue with trip plans that now include a holiday concert featuring The Four Freshmen," Byrne said.
For those who owe trip balances, send checks payable to Town of Collins to the Collins Town Hall, Attention: Trips, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034.
In addition to the Halloween Party on Friday, Indoor Walking and Exercises with Pat Tucker is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the gym. There may be a few spaces open for the AARP Driving Course to be held Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the Lounge Room. Call 532-2507 to register. Participants are reminded to bring their NYS Driver's License to the class. Parking in the rear lot is recommended. Those who signed up for the luncheon are reminded that the cost is $2.50 and will be collected in the morning of the class.
The motor coach trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino on Feb. 28 is filled but stand-bys will be accepted. Call 532-2507.
With winter and its inclement weather just around the corner, Byrne reminds everyone that TV Channel 2 and Channel 4 will carry senior program closure information if it becomes necessary.