Dunkirk Senior Citizen Board of Directors
The Dunkirk Senior Citizen Board of Directors met recently at the Center. President Barbara Bajdas led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
The monthly meeting has been changed to the second Friday of the month at 10 a.m.
Bajdas noted that membership cards were now available. Annual dues are $1 for Dunkirk seniors and $5 for all others. Dues may be paid Monday through Friday at the center from 9 a.m. until noon.
Sunshine Chairman Patricia Pacos reported servicing Jenny Mleczko and Charles Larson who are ill. She also remembered the Florian Budniewski and Ernest Kibbe families upon their recent deaths.
Bus trips have been scheduled for Jan. 24 (Niagara Falls Casino), Feb. 23 (Salamanca Casino) and March 29 (Broadway Market, dinner and shopping).
The February Gala will be held on Feb. 12 featuring spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, cake and ice cream. Pre-paid reservations may be made at the center. The cost of the dinner is $4 for members or $5 for non-members.
The craft committee reported making favors for St. Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day. They prepare 160 favors for each holiday.
Bajdas reported that Jack Kachemayer; an RSVP volunteer will be doing income taxes at the center during February, March and April. He will be accepting appointments on Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This is a free service for seniors.
A group of Mahjong players will be meeting at the center on Tuesdays from noon until 3 p.m. in the library. All are welcome.
The president discussed a trial Bingo game. The first game was scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. It is the intent of the center to provide a program of socialization. It is not a fundraiser. Seniors are also invited to have lunch at the center prior to the Bingo game. The cost is $3 and reservations must be made a day before. The lunch dining site is sponsored by the Office of the Aging. Hot and cold lunches are offered Monday through Thursday at the center.
The Landlords Association will also hold their meeting at the center on March 15 at 7 p.m.
The Silver Sneakers exercise group will be sponsoring a bake sale on Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center on the day of the gala. This is a fundraiser to assist them in purchasing some exercise chairs.
AARP will be sponsoring a safe driving course on March 15-16 at the center in the afternoon. The price is yet to be announced.
An Independent Health representative will be at the center on Feb. 9, March 8 and April 5 to discuss their product.
The next meeting will be held Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.
Dunkirk Federated Seniors
The Dunkirk Federated Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center 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 "Beautiful Days" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski as secretary she read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were accepted as read by Charlene Hallmark and Marian Genovese.
Treasurer Ruth Mackowiak read the financial report, it was accepted as read by Betty Korzeniewski and Irene Christopher.
Attendance prizes were won by Christopher, Mackowiak and Korzeniewski.
Helper of the day was Hallmark and others who helped. The kitchen committee for Jan. 31 is Hallmark.
There will be no meeting on Jan. 24.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Wednesday meeting of the Lake Shore Senior Citizens was called to order by the President Barbara Barberich. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited followed by the singing of "God Bless America." "God's Promise" was read by acting Chaplain Carol Kozlowski. A moment of silence was spent in memory of Gertrude Aldrich.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read. A motion to accept was made by Charlene Hallmark, seconded by Jean Kubera. The treasurer's report was given. A motion to accept was made by Patricia Kaus, seconded by Sophia Kubasik.
Attendance prizes were won by Barberich, Jean Szot and Sophia Urbanik.
Kozlowski thanked Kaus for typing and updating the address list and Sophia Kubasik and Barb Barberich for organizing their office.
Happy Birthday was sung to Sandra Tapasto, Barberich and Agnes Warner. Refreshments were served by Szot and Tapasto. Helpers of the day were Stella Michalak and Irene Christopher.
The refreshment committee for Jan. 25 will be Urbanik and Warner.
The afternoon was spent playing Bingo and socializing.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors is Monday, Jan. 23, at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot-luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting. Members are reminded that payment is due for the Seneca Niagara Casino trip on Feb. 7.
Non-members are welcome on the upcoming trip to "Finnegan's Farewell" on March 25. The group will start with a visit to the Made in America Store before heading to Ripa's Restaurant in Lancaster. Have an Irish good time at this interactive comedy show about Patrick James Finnegan, a mailman who won $2.5 million playing slots in Atlantic City and promptly dropped dead. The show is followed by lunch.
A few seats are available for the "Amish Tea Party" trip on April 18. The group will travel to Middlefield, Ohio, to meet their guide. The tour includes an Amish tea party at the Miller home, where trip-goers can learn about Amish culture; a stop at the Buckeye Chocolate Factory and the Amish Middlefield Cheese Co-op; a home-cooked Amish wedding dinner and a visit to Country Arts and Jewelry and Fig Tree Bulk Food Store.
A trip to Gettysburg and Lancaster, Pa., is planned for April 29 to May 2. The tour includes deluxe motor coach transportation, two nights in the heart of Gettysburg, one night in Lancaster, three breakfast, 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 built in 1776. Included in Lancaster: Amish farmlands guided tour, Kitchen Kettle Village, Amish Quilt and Craft Shop, Intercourse Pretzel and Cannery with gifts to bring home, Sights and Sounds Millennium Theater's performance of "Jonah," Bird in Hand Farmers Market. The driver will be Steve who is a Civil War buff and owns a Civil War museum.
The trip to see "South Pacific" at Shea's on May 6 is full.
A mystery tour is scheduled for July 2. Lunch will be included.
A new trip has been announced for July 31 to see "My Fair Lady" at the Merry Go Round Playhouse in Auburn.
Contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.
COLLINS - As January rolls along, the 50-Plus Senior Program at L. K. Painter Community Center continues to offer programs on a daily basis for seniors aged 50 and up living in the tri-county area. Activities are free except when otherwise noted. There is no membership fee and new members are always welcome.
There are still a couple of slots open for the Friday afternoon painting class to be offered by local artist Eleanor Arendt who has deemed this a mystery project. A $1.50 fee to cover cost of canvass and paints will be payable the day of the class.
Arendt's painting afternoons are always enjoyable and there is much to be learned when she is the instructor. A sign up sheet is available in the senior room during program hours and registrations may also be made by calling 532-2507.
A second Senior Soup and Sandwich Lunch is scheduled for Tuesday at noon in the senior room. Menu is bean soup, hot dog, dessert and beverages. Cost is $2.50. Reservations are required and must be made no later than noon on Monday by calling 532-2507. Sequence board game and/or euchre will follow the lunch.
Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker, is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium. This three part program provides a healthy routine for seniors featuring a walking segment, a walk in place portion and a chair exercise. Now that winter has arrived with a vengeance, it is a good time to utilize the center's gym for exercise.
On Monday afternoon the senior room is available at 1 p.m. for informal euchre play. Both newcomers and experienced players are welcome to spend a couple of hours learning or improving their game.
On Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., there is a 45-minute Gentle Arthritis Exercise Group, also held Thursday at 9 a.m.. This Tuesday also features the second Soup and Sandwich Luncheon for the month in the senior room at noon.
Quilting with Florence takes place Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. The library has been most gracious is allowing these talented ladies to utilize the room every Wednesday. For more information call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075.
Pat keeps those who enjoy crafts busy on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the senior room. This is an opportunity to finish that long overdue article and spend some time with friends, both old and new.
Senior Bowling is held Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. at K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Cost is $1.75 per game or three games for $5. This is non-league play and is held each Wednesday through April.
Mary Jane Kibler will return to show how to make pictures on glass plates on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. in the senior room. Kibler has previously demonstrated how to work with cloth material on glass and both types can be done in this February class.
Participants will need to bring a 6- or 10-inch clear glass plate, a poly brush, single edge razor blade, fine sandpaper and cloth material and photos or pictures of choice. About 1/3 yard of material will make three plates. Material must be washed and ironed. Sign up sheet and instruction sheet along with a display of plate samples are available in the senior room during program hours. Modge Podge glass luster and acrylic sealer will be provided by center. Call 532-2507 if more information is needed.
Seats are still available for the June 6-8 motor coach trip to see "Jonah" at the Millennium Theatre in Lancaster, Pa. Cost is $285 for double occupancy and $364 for a single. A $50 deposit is due with reservations and is fully refundable if trip is canceled due to insufficient numbers. Call Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, for more information. Flyers and sign up sheet available in senior room.
Suggestions for activities or trips are always welcome. During winter weather, 50-Plus Senior program closures are carried on TV Channels 2 and 4.