Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Feb. 27 at the Gowanda American Legion. A representative from Rural Transit will give a short presentation on their services before the pot-luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting. Members are reminded that final payment is due Monday for the club's trip to see "South Pacific" at Shea's on May 6.
Passengers for the club's Alaska trip in June are advised that following the meeting at 1:30 p.m., Maria Burridge from Know How Tours will present side trips and activities that will be available at Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan on the cruise. Burridge will be available to answer questions, book the side trips and collect payments for the trip. Call Irene Pfeifer or Bridget Farner if planning to attend.
A few seats are available for Amish Tea Party trip April 18 in Middlefield, Ohio. The club is also planning a trip to Gettysburg and Lancaster, Pa., April 29-May 2; a trip to Auburn to see "My Fair Lady" July 31, and a mystery tour for July 2. Call Pfeifer or Farner for details.
A new trip to see "The Rat Pack" at the Seneca Allegany Casino is planned for May 20. Also, the club will go to the Riverside Inn in Pennsylvania in June to see an updated version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple. Details will be available at the meeting.
For more information, call Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.
Dunkirk Senior Citizens Board of Directors
The February meeting of the Dunkirk Senior Citizens, Board of Directors was held recently at the Center at 45 Cliffstar Court. President Barbara Bajdas led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed. A motion to accept was made by Janet Kasprzyk, seconded by Irene Christopher. The treasurer's report was read. A motion to accept was made by Delphine Woloszyn, seconded by Pat Pacos.
Thank you notes were received from Richard Frey and Larisa Aldrich. A demo CD was received from Tim Stockman. Communications were also received from the Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club, D&F Travel and Brooks Memorial Hospital Marketing Department.
Carol Kozlowski reported on the successful February Gala and announced the March Gala would take place March 11. The menu will include pork chops, scalloped potatoes, apple sauce and dessert. Pre-paid reservations are currently being accepted.
Kozlowski also gave the House Committee report. This included projects completed and new purchases made. Pat Pacas reported sending cards to Sophie Kubasik, Charles Larson, Joyce Purol, and Delores Mirch from the Sunshine Committee.
Bajdas reported that she would be interviewing for a senior aide who would be assigned to the office at the center. She also noted that the Allegheny Casino Trip for February and the Spring Shopping Spree trip in March are sold out. Pre-paid reservations are being accepted for a casino trip to Presque Isle to be held Friday, March 16. The cost is $20 which includes $25 free play, $5 food voucher, and prizes on the bus.
Bajdas also discussed the election of the Board of Directors. Anyone interested in serving should submit their name to Kozlowski, chairman of the nomination committee by March 23. Voting will be held at the April Gala. Any senior holding a membership card may vote.
Wolosyzn and Christopher discussed Thursday afternoon Bingo. They will be assisted by Nancy Crandall, Stella Michalak, Barberich and Szot.
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 "Valentines Are Links of Love" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski. As secretary, she read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were accepted as read by Jean Kubera and Irene Christopher. No treasurer's report was given.
The attendance prizes were won by Kubera, Ruth Mackowiak, and Irene Christopher.
Helper of the day was Wierczynski and others who assisted.
The kitchen committee for Feb. 21 is Christopher.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Wednesday 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 poem entitled "God's Ray of Sunshine" was read by Carol Kozlowski, acting chaplain.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read. A motion to accept was made by Jean Kubera, seconded by Jane Steffan. The treasurer's report was read. A motion to accept was made by Dorothy Sarzyniak, seconded by Betty Erick.
Attendance prizes were awarded to Jean Szot, Sarzyniak and Pat Kaus.
Members were informed that the spring shopping spree bus trip was sold out. The Dunkirk Senior Citizens are accepting reservations for a Friday, March 16, trip to the Presque Isle Casino in Erie. The cost is $20 which includes $25 free play and a $5 food voucher. Departure time is 9:30 a.m.
Barberich announced that Bingo would be held Thursday, Feb. 16, March 1 and 15 at the center from 1 to 3 p.m. All seniors are welcome to attend.
Refreshments were served by Mary Dworak and Erick. Helper of the day was Stella Michalak and Irene Christopher. The refreshment committee for Feb. 22 is Ronnie Ginley and Charlene Hallmark.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Seniors met Feb. 14 for a pot-luck luncheon at 12:30 p.m. with 31 present. Ellyn and Bob Sutehall were welcomed as guests. President Ed Newman called the meeting to order with all saying the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America."
Chaplain Irene Conny offered a prayer before the members ate entitled, "A Valentine Worship For All." After the meal, the secretary read the minutes of Feb. 7 and they were passed as presented by Milt Griewisch.
Lorrie Newman read a few short stories. The food committee on Feb. 21 will be Jane Park and Joyce Snyder at 1 p.m. Several members won prizes for drawings held.
Joanne Martin took names of several that will go to Niagara Falls Casino by bus on March 5. Bingo was called by Joan Suski.
Sinclairville Senior Citizens
SINCLAIRVILLE - With the tables for the luncheon decorated with red placemats, red napkins, candy, cards, and a festival centerpiece, the members of the Sinclairville Senior Citizens met for the Valentine's Day luncheon and program at the Sinclairville firehall dining room. Thanks were extended to Linda Parmenter and Betty Wielgasz for the fancy festive decorations for all to enjoy. A tureen lunch was served, and everyone enjoyed the large variety of food dishes, and ample amounts. A very special dessert was provided by Wielgasz who said she will bring one for the March luncheon.
The luncheon was opened by President Elaine Palmer-Titus, who read some humorous stories. One was on fixing a broken fence, one was the correct age to get married, and the third was on a search team in the garden. Prior to the lunch served, Titus gave the blessing, remembering those who are ill and in need.
Bill Wittenbrook was in charge of drawings, and after getting tickets and prizes ready, Secretary John Sipos awarded the prizes. Prizes were awarded to Martha Harmon, Laura Turzillo, Marge McIntyre, Norvale Martin-Gane, Sis Morley, Audrey Prosser, Louisa Smith, Nellie Sharp, Roberta Barber, Linda Parmenter, Titus, Claudia Wittenbrook, Diane Shaw, John and Susan Sipos and Diman Smith.
Smith has been promoting the replacement of the missing soldier's statue in the Sinclairville cemetery for five years, and reported that the funds for the new statue have been donated by local people and organizations. Smith said that the new statue is being molded for delivery within two months. Smith said he hopes to have the statue in place in the Sinclairville Cemetery for the Memorial Day ceremony this year. Donations can still be made to the Sinclairville Soldiers Monument, said Smith, to complete the financial goal for the replacement.
Audrey Prosser and Norvale Martin-Gane were recognized for their February birthdays. The reading of the minutes of the last meeting were done by John Sipos, and Claudia Wittenbrook gave the financial report of the group.
For the program today, photographs of family members dating back to 100 years ago were on display and all attempted to match the photograph with those present. A fun time was had by all with this program.
The next meeting of the group will be on the second Tuesday in March at noon in the Sinclairville Firehall community dining room. Members are encouraged to bring a dish of food to pass, and a corned beef and cabbage will be one of the main dishes. Table decorations will be by Diane Shaw, assisted by John and Susan Sipos. New members are always welcome.
Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association
On Tuesday, the Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association met in the Community Room at 5:30 p.m. with 17 members present. President Gordon Raynor called the meeting to order and the vice president led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Josie Wierczynski read a poem titled "Valentines Are Links of Love."
As secretary, Wierczynski read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were accepted as read by John Sellars and Anita Rhinehart. Treasurer Shirley Palmatier gave the financial report. It was accepted by Mary Hayes and seconded by Josh Hughes. Sunshine Lady Addie Winsor is ill so there were no cards sent out.
Mass will be celebrated on Ash Wednesday, March 22, at 10 a.m. in the Community Room with Father Joseph Zalacca, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, as celebrant. He will be distributing ashes at this Mass.
St. Patrick's Day supper will be on March 17 at 4 p.m. in the Community Room. The menu will be corned beef or ham. The next meeting will be on March 13.
A moment of silence was observed for the recent death of Steve Krystofik.
The 50/50 raffle was won by Josh Hughes (twice), Clara Weber, Ann Schlichter and Anita Rhinehart. Bingo was played and refreshments were served.
The next meeting on March 13 will be to nominate new officers. Anyone interested in running for office must be an association member.
COLLINS - The 50-Plus Seniors at L. K. Painter Community Center are offering three new day bus trips for the spring and summer seasons. The first is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28 at Timberlodge Restaurant located at Arrowhead Golf Club in Akron.
The group will be picked up by Zoladz Limousine Coach at 10 a.m. from the Center's front parking lot arriving at the restaurant by approximately 11:15 a.m. in time for a tribute to "Young" Elvis and Dean Martin and a buffet lunch.
Following songs from the King in his early days there is a quick costume change and you will almost believe that one of the greatest crooners of the "Rat Pack" is right there in the room with the audience.
The buffet lunch includes: chef-carved beef, her chicken, baked ziti, baby red sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, rolls, salad, water, pop, coffee, tea and dessert.
A cash bar is available. Entire cost is $36 for residents of the towns of Collins, Persia and Perrysburg and $38 for all others. Final day for reservations and payment is March 14. Early reservations appreciated. Nineteen participants are needed for trip to be "a go."
Trip number two departs at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 29 for a two-and-a-half hour stop at Presque Isle Casino before taking off for the Station Dinner Theater in Erie, Pa. Incentive will be $10 in free slot play for participants who must have a NYS Driver's License, a passport or a valid Presque Isle Players Card to receive the incentive.
Next it is off to the theater for a 2:30 p.m. show and buffet dinner. Join the Station cast as they salute Carol Burnett's comedy show. The hysterical soap opera parody with musical numbers peppered throughout the show is sure to be a hit. Leaving for home at 6 p.m., the group will arrive back at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Cost is $76 and $77. Final day for reservations and a $25 deposit is May 30.
Deposit will be refunded if trip is canceled due to insufficient numbers. Balances of $51 and $52 will be due by July 6. A minimum of 40 is needed.
The final new trip will have everyone singing "Take me out to the Ball Game" as the bus heads to Coca-Cola Field at One James Griffin Plaza in Buffalo on Thursday, Aug. 16 when the Buffalo Bisons meet the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs for an afternoon game.
The cost of $23 for residents of the three towns and $24 for all others includes admission to the ball park, a hot dog and soda and school bus transportation. Final day for reservations and payment is June 15. Early reservations appreciated. Money will be refunded if trip must be canceled due to insufficient interest.
Payment for all trips must be made by check or money order payable to Town of Collins and sent to Collins Town Hall, attention Joan Byrne, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034. Reservations can be made by calling 532-2507 or on sign up sheets in the center's senior room during program hours. Flyers for trips are also available in the senior room.
Anyone who has not paid the $50 deposit for the trip to Lancaster, Pa., to see "Jonah" needs to do so right away as the trip is "a go." A few vacancies are available. For information or to make reservations call Joan Byrne, Senior Program Coordinator, at 532-2507
Senior activities for the coming week get underway Sunday with the monthly Euchre and Pinochle Card Party in the gymnasium of the center located on Main Street, Collins. Play starts at 1:30 p.m. and the $5 cost includes cash table prizes and lunch. Monday the center is closed for Presidents' Day, a legal holiday with all senior activities canceled. Regularly scheduled activities will be held for the rest of the week.
At the time, a few openings remain for the first spring AARP Driving Course on Tuesday, March 13 at the center. Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling 532-2507.
Anyone planning to take their taxes to Don and Allison Girod but have not yet contacted them should call immediately as slots for the Cattaraugus location is filling up fast. The Girods can be reached by calling 257-3285.