Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.
A trip is planned for Feb. 4, 2012, with participants starting with a lunch buffet in the setting of Salvatore's Garden Place Hotel Courtyard. The group will continue on to the historic 1776 Lancaster Opera House for the 2:30 p.m. matinee show "A Chorus Line."
Other upcoming trips include "Finnegan's Farewell," March 25, 2012, with a visit to the Made in America Store before heading to Ripa's Restaurant in Lancaster; Amish Tea Party, April 18, 2012, in Middlefield, Ohio; "South Pacific" at Shea's, May 6, 2012, with a sit-down lunch at Pearl Street Grille followed by the show.
A trip to Gettysburg and Lancaster is also in the works for April 29-May 2, 2012. The tour includes: deluxe motor coach transportation, two nights in the heart of Gettysburg, one night in Lancaster, three breakfasts, two dinners, one lunch buffet, a stop at Flight 93 National Memorial, Gettysburg Diorama, Gettysburg Visitors Center and museum, Battlefield Tour with guide, dinner with General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant at the Dobbin House which was built in 1776. Included in Lancaster: Amish farmlands tour with guide, Kitchen Kettle Village, Amish Quilt and Craft Shop, a visit to Intercourse Pretzel and Cannery with gifts to bring home, Sights and Sounds Millennium Theater's performance of "Jonah" and the Bird in Hand Farmers Market. The driver is a Civil War buff and owns a Civil War Museum, and will share his knowledge along the way.
A mystery tour is planned for July 2, 2012.
For more information or to sign up for trips, contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Gift certificates are available in any amount. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.
Sinclairville Senior Citizens
SINCLAIRVILLE - The fourth-grade classes from the Sinclairville Elementary School visited the meeting of the Sinclairville Senior Citizens recently to sing Christmas songs and stories to the group. About 80 students with their teachers gathered at the Sinclairville Firehall dining room for the musical performance, and in their program told the story of the Grinch and the people of Whoville. A fine performance was enjoyed by all, and appreciation was given to all with a candy cane.
President Elaine Palmer-Titus opened the luncheon meeting with a story of a closer look at some of the Christmas carols dating back to 1863. Following the opening message, Titus gave the blessing prior to the lunch served. The meal was provided by the Cassadaga Shur-Fine which was a full turkey dinner including pie. Thanks was given to Paul and Tricia Lehnen and their assistant Bonnie for the meal.
Table decorations were provided by Titus and Vice President Linda Parmenter, with special decorations provided by some of the members. John Sipos presented a Christmas gift to all those members present, which he said was something everyone could use. Titus had a collection of ceramic and wood carved birds which she gave a history about, and Marna Terry Wolaver showed a special ring that her aunt found 62 years ago in the snow. Secretary John Sipos showed a clothes washer dating to 1885.
Luann Smith was present to give an update on the Sinclairville Soldiers Monument. She said that the clay mold of the statue has been made and the casting will be done soon, taking several months. She is hoping that the new statue to replace the original will be ready for Memorial Day 2012. Donations for the new statue are very much welcome.
Treasurer Claudia Wittenbrook gave the financial report of the group and Sipos read the minutes of the previous meeting. Bill Wittenbrook was in charge of drawings. Recipients included Luann Smith, Audrey Prosser, Marge McIntyre, Martha Harmon, Betty Wielgasz, Louisa Smith, Sis Morley, Allen Higgs, Claudia Wittenbrook, Roberta Barber, Susan Sipos, John Sipos, Titus, Nellie Sharp, Jim and Fran Odell, Beverly Higgs, and Norvale Martin-Gane. Beverly Higgs was recognized for her birthday in December, and Allen and Beverly Higgs were recognized for their 62nd wedding anniversary, and Jim and Fran Odell were recognized for their 17th wedding anniversary.
The next meeting of the senior group will be in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at noon. Luann Smith will take care of table coverings. Members are to bring a New Year's item or old Christmas cards once received for table decorations and to talk about. The meal will be a homemade vegetable soup, with the fixings for ham sandwiches. Desserts will be available. New members are always welcome.
United Senior Citizens
The United Senior Citizens met on Monday at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 126 people present for the annual Christmas party which began at 11 a.m. Members enjoyed the cheese and pepperoni platter, veggie platter and chicken wings.
President Charles St. George introduced guest Barbara Burtner, Gary and Betty Palmer, Milly Bueno and Susan Hicks of Columbia, S.C., daughters of Olive and Harold Rusch.
Members then sang "Silent Night," followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by the president.
The invocation was then given by Father Walter Werbicki.
Lunch was held and catered by Beavertail Catering. Members all enjoyed a meal of ham, Italian sausage, Polish sausage in sauerkraut, scalloped potatoes, baked macaroni, tossed salad, dessert and fruit punch.
The 50/50 drawing was held with the winners being Sandy Bain, Florence Barone, Barbara Bertner, John Binko, Jane Bremer, Josephine Christopher, Anita Golubski, Rita Lombardo, David Lewandowski, Betty Palmer, Carolyn Patton, Norma St. George, Jane Walsh and Audrey Woloszyn.
The December calling committee was thanked. They were Anita Brown, Darlene Calarco, Dorothy Hilliker, Joyce Tarnowski and Josephine Wierczynski.
"Happy Birthday" was sung to the December members Ann Budniewski, Carolyn LoGuidice, Charlotte Burgstrom, Darlene Calarco, Delores Swank, Lucille Rizzo, Margaret Larson, Petty Pokoj, Ann West, Carolyn Lewandowski, Geraldine Mock and Barbara Burtner.
The next luncheon will be on March 12, 2012.
Benediction was given by the Rev. Harlen West. Bingo followed hosted by LoGuidice, Mayme Joy and Phyllis Laurito.
A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year was wished to all.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Happy Seniors met recently at the V.F.W. in Sheridan in a festively decorated banquet room with 49 attending. Bob Wray gave a prayer before everyone enjoyed the meal. President Ellyn Sutehall welcomed all who were present, she made deer-themed favors for each place and numbers on the back. Poinsettias were given to each member that was drawn.
A large candy jar full of green and red wrapped candy was won by Jean Strawser, Mabel Warner and Enabell Mirando. Bob and Marguerite Fancher were recognized for their many kind acts of service to the club.
The 50/50 drawings were won by several members. The Riles and Woolley drawing was won by Virginia Pasierb and Florence Gage.
The next Sheridan Happy Seniors meeting will be Jan. 6, 2012 at 1 p.m.