Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. President Barbara Barberich led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the singing of "God Bless America." A poem entitled "The Door to My Heart is Open" was read by Carol Kozlowski, acting chaplain.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read. A motion to accept was made by Charlene Hallmark; seconded by Jean Szot. The treasurer's report was read and accepted by Dorothy Cooper; seconded by Sophia Urbanik.
The attendance prizes were won by Hallmark, Szot, and Jane Steffan.
Carol Kozlowski announced that there were a few seats left for the Presque Isle bus trip to be held March 16. She also noted Josie Christopher had donated several mirrors that were available for the taking. A list of requirements to receive HEAP were distributed.
The Sunshine Chairman reported Sophie Kubasik was finished with rehab and doing well. She was very grateful for the many cards received from the members.
Happy Birthday was sung to Ronnie Ginley celebrating her 93rd birthday.
Refreshments were served by Ginley and Hallmark. Helpers of the day were Stella Michalak and Irene Christopher. The refreshment committee for Feb. 29 will be Albertine Jakubowicz and Patricia Kaus.
Silver Creek Seniors
The Silver Creek Seniors met on Route 5 at 1 p.m. with 23 members in attendance. President Ed Newman opened the session with all joining in saying the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." Chaplain Irene Conny offered a prayer. Minutes were presented by Secretary Clara Griffin and passed as read by Ernie Hilliker. Dorothy Miniri needs prayers and John Krestic was welcomed back after being absent for several meetings. He gave a few stories. On March 1 at Silver Creek Central School there will be a meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. concerning questions and answers for a new Superintendent for the school. Jane Park read a story about a famous Martha Washington cookbook.
Prizes were won by several members. The Hillikers are in charge of food on Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. Joanne Martin announced that there is a bus trip to the Niagara Falls Casino on March 5. On March 20, the members are invited to play Bingo at St. Columban's at 1:15 p.m.
Mount Carmel Seniors
SILVER CREEK - The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Social Club meeting was called to order by Club President Carm Tampio, who also led the pledge to the flag.
A prayer was read by Janet Lasker. Roll call by VP Josie Crino indicated that 44 members were in attendance.
Past meeting minutes were read by Secretary Thelma Hillicker and approved as read.
Financial reports were made by Treasurer Melanie Bates and by Financial Secretary Jeanette Mula.
The hall was decorated in Valentine motif, in tribute to St. Valentine.
The Committee for the Valentine Party was comprised of Estelle Crino, Mary Congdon, Nancy Greco, Angie Logan and Janet Lasker.
President Tampio announced upcoming trips being planned by both the Dunkirk Seniors, and Sheridan Seniors. Group members may sign up on their own with either group.
Following a Valentine luncheon, a Fifty-Fifty Drawing and Bingo were called by Jack Matszon and Joe Ark.
The refreshment committee for the next meeting on March 7 is: Janet La Joie, Connie Manzella, and Gene and Ginney Chesbro.
President Tampio announced that a guest speaker has been scheduled who will provide a dissertation of the Titanic disaster.
Mayville Senior Citizens
Forty-six members of the Mayville Senior Citizens met in the Mayville VFW for their annual Soup Lunch. The soups were prepared by several members, as were sandwiches and desserts. Louise Richer, Bonnie Johnson and Dolly Gilbert were the kitchen committee. Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing after President Joyce Ayres greeted the group. The members enjoyed the nice variety provided.
Ms. Goodrich read "Alice's Cake" and "Memories" and led the group in prayer.
Program Chair Bill Tornstrom introduced Pete James who discussed how much driving rules have changed over the years as well the vehicles themselves. He stated that the rule change often and it is up to drivers to keep up. He trains school bus drivers. Mr. James advised the group that changing their address on their license after moving is very important. He answered many driving questions for the audience.
Due to the lateness of the day, the business meeting was dispensed with.
Bonnie Johnson invited the group to attend the dinner on April 1 at the VFW that is being held to raise money for "Wounded Warriors".
The next meeting of the Mayville Seniors will be on March 1 at noon in the Mayville VFW. The speaker will be Mike Peterson, PT, Cert. MDT from Westfield Hospital. He will discuss, Dealing With Back Pain. All area residents are welcome to attend. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service.
COLLINS - Time certainly flies by quickly and this week brings the beginning of March. Tuesday will find the 50-Plus Seniors taking off to the Seneca Niagara Casino. Boarding time will be 10:45 a.m. from the front parking lot of the L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. Remember: you must have one of the following to receive incentives from casino: valid, NYS driver's license, passport, passport card or military ID.
March Showtime, co-sponsored by Collins Public Library and the 50-Plus Seniors, will end the week's activities with a showing of "The Ides of March" at 1 p.m. in the library's Community Room. The film stars Ryan Gosling, George Clooney and Philip Seymour Hoffman. During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency. Popcorn will be served.
Other senior activities for the week are: Monday-Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gymnasium, Informal Euchre Game, 1 p.m., Senior Room. Both beginners and experienced players are invited to spend a couple of hours learning or improving their skills playing this popular card game.
Tuesday-Due to today's motor coach trip to Seneca Niagara Casino, Gentle Arthritis Exercises have been canceled. Wednesday-Indoor Walking and Exercises, 9 a.m., gym, Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Collins Public Library Community Room. For more information on this fascinating pastime call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Open Crafts with Pat, 1 p.m., Senior Room, and Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Fee for bowling is $1.75 per game or 3 games for $5. You needn't be an expert bowler to come and enjoy this non-league game.
Thursday-Gentle Arthritis Exercises returns to the weekly schedule at 10 a.m. If you believe that you can not exercise because you suffer from arthritis you will be delighted to learn that this gentle exercise is do-able and will help your mobility.
Friday- Indoor Walking and Exercise, 9 a.m., gym. Showtime at Collins Public Library, film, "The Ides of March" starts at 1 p.m. in the library's Community Room.
For those who might have missed last week's announcement of the 50-Plus Seniors three new trips here is a brief review: March 28, A Tribute to the "Young" Elvis and Dean Martin, plus a buffet lunch and limousine coach ride to the Timberlodge Restaurant at Arrowhead Club in Akron. Cost: $36 for residents of Towns of Collins, Persia and Perrysburg and $37 for all others.
Sunday, July 29 will be a motor coach trip to the Station Dinner Theater for "The Carol Burnett Show- A Variety Musical Comedy" with the Station cast as they salute the great comedian. Dinner show includes buffet. Day starts with a 2 hour stop at the Presque Isle Casino with $10 in free slot play before heading to the Station for meal and show. Cost: $76 and $77. A $25 deposit is due when making reservations. Last day for reservations and deposit is May 30. Deposits are refundable if trip is canceled due to insufficient interest.
"Come Out With Us to the Ball Game" on Aug. 16 as the Buffalo Bisons meet the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in an afternoon game at Coca-Cola Field. Cost: $23 for residents of the 3 towns, $24 for all others.
Vacancies are still available for the June 6-8 trip to Lancaster, Pa., to see the new "Jonah" at the Millennium Theatre. Cost is $285 double occupancy for the three day trip. For more information on all trips call 532-2507. Sign up sheets and flyers for trips also are available in the senior room during regular programming hours. $50 deposit is due with reservations. Next payment of $125 is due by March 15 with final $110 payment due by April 30.
With March soon upon us just a reminder: if you intend to take your taxes to Don and Allison Girod at Cattaraugus Free Library you had best call them right away as this free tax help only is available there on Wednesdays until April 11 and their slots fill up very fast. Their telephone number is 257-3285.
In the event that we do get inclement weather this year, remember to check TV Channels 2 and 4 for any closures of 50-Plus Senior activities at L.K. Painter Community Center.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
The Sheridan Happy Seniors met Feb. 17 at St. Bosco Hall with 35 members and three guests present. President Ellyn Sutehall opened the meeting with everyone reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America," and the Happy Seniors Song.
Mabel Warner took roll call and read the minutes. They were approved as read. The treasurer's report was given by Angie Logan and accepted as read.
The guest speaker was John Schmitz of Chautauqua Institute. He gave the members a complete rundown of all the activities and programs at the Institute. It was founded as a training camp for Sunday School teachers, and it continues to have daily worship services. There are lectures, plays, classical and popular concerts. The days are structured with classes and recreation time. During the Depression, the institute nearly closed from lack of funds. It was saved by donations, and it still depends on help from its many benefactors. It was a very interesting program.
The tour guide, Joanne Martin, reminded members that the Niagara Casino trip leaves St. John Bosco on March 5 at 8:45 a.m.
The St. Patrick's Day dinner will be held at the Sheridan VFW at noon on March 16, costing $8 per person.
The 50/50 drawing was won by Joan Suski and Florence Gage. The Riles and Woolley drawing was won by Ed Bremer.
The members will have a speaker on Rails and Trails at the March 2 meeting. Brownies and ice cream were served as the meeting was adjourned.
Westfield Senior Citizens
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Senior Citizens met Feb. 9 at noon at the YWCA. Attendance was 29, including new members Dick and Bonnie Lancaster.
Following a delicious pot-luck meal, the meeting was called to order by President Shirley Kolpien. As devotions, Chaplain Joyce Wainwright read a poem written by Baxter Black called "Take Care of Your Friends."
The 50/50 drawing was won by Carol Young and the door prize by Albert Wainwright. February birthdays were celebrated by Peg McAllister, Trudy Stafford, Bill Elder, Eric Kriedler and Ang (Tort) Gervasi. A get-well card was sent to Enid Beadle.
A letter was received from Art Kinney resigning from membership and also as representative to the Senior Council. It was decided to not continue our affiliation with the Senior Council at this time.
Members voted to take a trip on the Chautauqua Belle, instead of the annual picnic, on July 12. The plan is to meet at 4 p.m. at Mayville Park, bringing a bag lunch and the boat ride at 5 p.m. Interested parties should call Dolores Kaufman at 326-2828 or Shirley Kolpien at 326-3576.
The March 8 meeting will be held at noon and will be a pot-luck. The speaker is Jane Morse from the Office of Aging, who will speak on elder abuse. The kitchen and dessert committee is Gladys Hess, Pat Everts, Sylvia Colbey, Pat Smith and Dolores Kaufman.
At the program, Shirley Kolpien read an article about "Days Gone By" and asked members to relate some of their memories of the past. Some very interesting and amusing stories were told.
As a reminder, $2 are payable as of Jan. 1. New members are always welcomed. If interested call Kolpien at 326-3576.