The January Gala will be held at the Dunkirk Senior Center at 45 Cliffstar Court on Sunday, Jan. 15. Doors will be open at 11 a.m. The menu will include appetizers, punch and a Spanish prepared meal by Maria Kuschel featuring baked chicken, rice and beans, tossed salad, fruit cup, cookie, coffee and tea. Lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. followed by Bingo or cards and prize raffles. All reservations have been filled for January. Admission donation is $3. Membership cards will be available for $1 for Dunkirk residents and $5 for all others.
Dunkirk Federated Seniors
The Dunkirk Federated Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center at 1:15 p.m. on January 3, on Tuesday. Vice-President Helen Barone 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 "Peace" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski. As secretary she read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were accepted by Irene Christopher and Ruth Mackowiak.
Treasurer Mackowiak read the financial report. It was accepted as read by Marian Genovese and Betty Korzeniewski. Attendance prizes were won by Korzeniewski, Christopher and Wierczynski.
The kitchen committee for Jan. 10 is Barone.
Helper of the day is Betty Korzeniewski and others who assisted.
COLLINS - The 50-Plus Senior activities this week will feature two noon meals and the return of the Euchre and Pinochle Card Party on the third Sunday of the month. Tuesday's Senior Soup and Sandwich Luncheon will be held in the senior room of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. Cost is $2.50 and the menu includes Vegetable Beef Soup, Egg Salad Sandwich, Dessert and Beverages. Sequence Board Game and Cards to follow. Pre-registration is required and must be made by calling 532-2507 no later than Monday noon.
The monthly Pot Luck Luncheon will be held on Friday at noon, also in the senior room. Bring a dish to pass. Table service and beverages furnished. Activities for the week are: Monday - Indoor walking and exercises led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gymnasium, informal Euchre game, 1 p.m., senior room.
Tuesday - Gentle arthritis exercises, chair exercises expressly geared for those who have arthritis, 10 a.m., gymnasium. If you believe that those who suffer with arthritis cannot or should not exercise, come find out how this simple program could help you regain mobility. Tuesday Senior Soup and Sandwich Luncheon, noon, senior room.
Wednesday - Indoor walking and exercises, 9 a.m., gymnasium, Quilting with Florence, 10:30 to 2:30, Community Room, Collins Public Library. To find out more about this fascinating pastime call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Informal Crafts with Pat Tucker, 1 p.m., senior room. Senior bowling, 1 p.m. K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Cost: $1.75 per game or $5 for 3 games.
Thursday - Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium.
Friday - Indoor Walking and Exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium, Pot Luck Lunch, noon, senior room.
Sunday, Jan. 15 - Euchre and Pinochle card party, 1:30 p.m., gymnasium. Cost $5.
If you have been to Lancaster Pa., to see any of the fabulous shows presented over the years at the Millennium Theatre you won't want to miss the newest production "Jonah." This new presentation is an epic story of obedience and second chances featuring a cast of 48 actors, live animals, a 50-foot long boat , an underwater world of glowing jelly fish and a gigantic whale.
The 50-Plus Seniors are offering this three-day motor coach trip June 6-8 for the fantastic price of $285. The three day tour is filled with a guided tour of the Amish countryside, a visit at the Kitchen Kettle Village, Bird-in-Hand Farmer's Market, a stop at the Lancaster County's newest attraction, the Turkey Hill Experience, along with ample time for shopping. Also included are two nights lodgings, two breakfasts and two dinners.
The price is right, the tour fabulous, but the problem is we must have 40 reservations fairly soon if we are to be able to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity. So if you are considering going, please call Joan Byrne, 532-2507, soon. Sign up sheet and flyers are also available in the senior room during program hours.
50-Plus Senior Program activities are open to all residents living in the tri-country area and there is no membership fee to be a member. Programs are free unless fees are noted.
With the winter weather arriving, people are reminded to watch TV Channels 2 and 4 for notice of closures for 50-Plus Senior activities at the L. K. Painter Community Center.
Silver Creek Seniors
Silver Creek Seniors met at 1 p.m. on Dec. 27, on Route 5 with 20 members and one guest present. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with all reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America," followed by a prayer given by Chaplain Irene Conny.
John Pawlak, son of Conrad Pawlak, was the guest.
Several members won prizes as well as Pawlak. Pawlak presented some very interesting facts from a 1930 booklet. Bread was 9 cents a loaf, stamps were 2 cents, sugar was 65 cents, a new car was $6,000, population of the U.S. was 123 million. The life expectancy rate was 59 years, the cost of a home was $7,000, gas was 10 cents a gallon and rent was $15 a month. Blondie started in the newspaper comics and the Chrysler Building in New York City was finished. Many of our members remember these facts.
Share and Care Board of Directors
The Share and Care Board of Directors did not meet in January due to inclement weather. The next meeting date is Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 9:30 a.m. at a private location, a change from Moore Avenue due to the closing of the Senior Center.
The board remains committed to providing social programs for senior citizens and is planning a "Spring Fling" party on Saturday, April 28, at the Fredonia Beaver Club.
The $5 annual dues may be made anytime by mailing a check to Share and Care Seniors, P.O. Box 446, Fredonia, NY 14063. More details on the party will be announced in the future in the OBSERVER. The card players will meet at the Fredonia Beaver Club on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the clubroom. Board member Phyllis Laurito will be the liaison for the card players. This arrangement was made between Share and Care and the Beaver Club. For more information on Share and Care, call President D. Janczak at 673-1049.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS - The motor coach for the trip to the Seneca Allegany Casino on Friday, Jan. 13 will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main St. in Gowanda at 10 a.m. and pick up passengers at Burger King in Springville at 10:15 a.m.
The trip to see "A Chorus Line" at the Lancaster Opera House on Saturday, Feb. 4 is full. A few seats are available for a trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
Non-members are welcome on our trip to Finnegan's Farewell Sunday, March 25. We will start with a visit to the Made in America Store before heading to Ripa's Restaurant in Lancaster. We will say goodbye to Patrick James Finnegan, a mailman who won $2.5 million playing slots in Atlantic City and promptly dropped dead. Have an Irish good time at this interactive comedy show and lunch. Eat, drink and be merry at an authentic Irish-American wake, complete with drinking songs and step dancing.
Amish tea party - Wednesday, April 18. We are off to Middlefield, Ohio to meet our guide and begin our tour with an Amish Tea Party at the Miller's home and learn about Amish culture. We will stop at the Buckeye Chocolate Factory and the Amish Middlefield Cheese Co-op before enjoying an Amish Wedding Dinner at Emma's home. Before heading home we will visit Country Art's & Jewelry & Fig Tree Bulk Food Store.
We are going to Gettysburg and Lancaster, Pa., April 29-May 2. 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 & 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 & Craft Shop, Visit to Intercourse Pretzel and Cannery with gifts to bring home, Sights & Sounds Millennium Theater's performance of "Jonah," Bird in Hand Farmers Market. Our driver will be Steve who is a Civil War buff and owns a Civil War Museum. He is full of knowledge and an excellent driver.
South Pacific at Shea's Buffalo Theater - Sunday, May 6. We will start our day with a sitdown lunch at The Pearl Street Grill before enjoying the Roger & Hammerstein's "Love and War" classic that takes place in the Polynesian Island during World War II. Enjoy songs like "Some Enchanted Evening," "Nothing Like a Dame," "Younger Then Springtime" just to name a few.
A mystery tour is scheduled for Monday, July 2. We're not telling you where we are going, but we will give you some clues! Cheese Please! Old "Choo Choo" Depot! Rubles for Charity! Entertainment with Tea & Scones and some to take home! Lunch is included.
Contact; Irene Pfeifer @ 532-4268 or Bridget Farner @ 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Jan. 4 meeting of the Lake Shore Senior Citizens was called to order by President Barbara Barberich. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited followed by the singing of "God Bless America." "A New Year Prayer" was read by acting Chaplain Carol Kozlowski.
Daniel and Sharon Barlette were welcomed as new members.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read. A motion to accept was made by Jean Kubera, seconded by Sophie Kubasik. The treasurer's report was read. A motion to accept was made by Stella Michalak, seconded by Betty Erick.
Attendance prizes were won by Barberich, Agnes Warner and Antoinette Arnone. The possibility of a spring fundraiser was discussed.
Sunshine committee reported servicing Sophia Urbanik. Happy Birthday was sung for Antoinette Arnone and Sandra Tapasto. Arnone was congratulated on turning 95 and being an inspiration to all seniors.
Refreshments were served by Pat Pacos and Dorothy Sarzyniak. Helpers of the day included Stella Michalak and Irene Christopher. The refreshment committee for January 11 will be Betsy Standera and Jane Steffan. The afternoon was spent socializing.