COLLINS - This week begins with the return of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday and ends next Sunday with the monthly Pinochle and Euchre Card Party, sponsored by the 50-Plus Seniors in the gymnasium of the L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins.
In between the week has many activities to keep seniors occupied if they so choose. For those who are not familiar with the 50-Plus Senior Program, activities are open to all residents aged 50 and up living in the tri-county area. Programs are varied and activities are free unless otherwise noted and there are no dues to belong.
The first AARP Driving Course of the year will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Conference Room (formerly known as the Lounge Room). This course is filled and participants are asked to park in the back lot and to bring their NYS Driver's licenses and AARP membership cards if applicable. The next six-hour driving class is scheduled for April 24. Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling 532-2507. AARP has increased the price for the course to $17 for AARP members and $19 for non-members.
Second payment of $125 is due Thursday for the June 6-8 motor coach trip to see "Jonah" at Lancaster, Pa. Check must be received at the Collins Town Hall no later than Thursday, March 15.
A post St. Patrick's Day Euchre and Pinochle Card Party will be held on Sunday, March 18 in the center's gymnasium. Cost of $5 includes admission, cash table prizes and lunch. Volunteers are needed to help in the kitchen. Call Joan Byrne, 532- 2507 if you can help.
Openings are available for several summer trips: Sunday, July 29, motor coach to "The Carol Burnett Show - A Variety Musical Comedy!" at the Station Dinner Theatre in Erie, Pa. Dinner show includes buffet. The day will start off with an approximately two-hour stay at the Presque Isle Casino where participants will receive $10 in free slot play.
The second summer offering is on Thursday, Aug. 16, when the seniors shall go to Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo for an afternoon baseball game between the Buffalo Bisons and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
A few seats also remain for the June 6-8 trip to Lancaster, Pa. For more information on trips call 532-2507. Flyers and sign-up sheets are available in the Senior Room during regular program hours.
Presently the 50-Plus Seniors are exploring destinations for a fall extended trip to Maine or Vermont or a winter cruise in 2013.
The Brocton-Portland Seniors recently met at noon at the Brocton Legion. The meeting was called to order by President Robin Carr. The Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of silence and prayer were shared by 37 members present.
A tureen luncheon of soups, salads and sandwiches was thoroughly enjoyed by all, ending with many desserts. The committee for the day, Harold and Phyllis Buvoltz and Dan and Robin Carr, was thanked by all for a job well done. The March committee will be Jerry Wilkins, Fred Brown and Mary DeLand.
Minutes of the January meeting were read by Ruth Neal with motion made by Beulah Williams and seconded by Rick Cranston to accept the minutes as corrected. Treasurer's report was given by Rita Stonefoot and approved as read. Bob Jagoda called Bingo after the meeting. There were no birthdays or anniversaries for the month of February to celebrate.
Patricia Zanghi made a motion to join the United Senior Council as they represent all senior groups and furnish updates. Lena Elliott made motion to pay the $10 fee and Pat Smith seconded the motion. Two members can now attend the meetings.
A get-well card will be sent to Angelo Zanghi. A thank you card was read from Dorothy Reading in appreciation for cards sent to Charlie Reading.
A $5 catered beef on weck, potato salad luncheon will be held March 26 with members bringing table service and dessert. Call Rita Stonefoot at 792-4565 to sign up.
Mary Tripi announced the Brocton-Portland Senior trip to be April 12 to Cambridge, Pa., for a musical show, dinner, taxes and gratuities for $48 for members. Call Tripi at 792-9748 for all the details. Local clubs and other area trips were announced by Robin Carr and suggestions given on future trips for the group. Robin announced the door prize winners were Ruth Patterson, Harold Buvoltz, Ruth Neal, Tripi, Harold Jones, Bonnie Suppo, Pat Smith. Maggie Rogers, Pat Smith, Mary Tripi and Erica Abrams were the lucky raffle winners.
Patricia Zanghi announced the club will be celebrating its 40 year anniversary in April. Meeting places were again discussed for the summer picnic. The club rules were reviewed with one revision in Article IX to be corrected regarding trips; motion was made to accept this change by Lena Elliott and Dotty McQuiggan and passed.
March 26 at the Brocton Legion at noon will be the next meeting. New members are welcome.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The Collins Center Seniors recent meeting was well attended and the pot-luck lunch was enjoyed by all. The meeting for the trip to Alaska June 6-16 was very informative, with all looking forward to the journey.
Payment is due for the Amish Tea Party trip April 18 in Middlefield, Ohio. Payment is also due for the trip to Gettysburg and Lancaster, Pa., April 29-May 2.
The seniors are going to see "The Rat Pack Show" at the Seneca Allegany Casino on May 20. Trip-goers will be taken back to the 1960s with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Joey Bishop, known as the Rat Pack, when they ruled the Las Vegas strip. Trip includes motor coach transportation, tickets for the 5:30 p.m. show, $20 in slot dollars and a $10 food voucher.
On June 19, the seniors will head to the Riverside Inn, Cambridge Springs, Pa., for a lunch and to see an updated, faster-paced and funnier version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," Oscar and Felix. The group will also stop at Karen's Angel's Gift Shop and Coffee Bar, and Finney's Chocolates.
Seats are available and non-members are welcome on the Mystery Tour July 2. Lunch is included.
Seats are available and non-members are also welcome for the July 31 trip. It will include a leisurely ride to Auburn for lunch at the historic Spring Side Inn, followed by a jaunt to the nearby Merry Go Round Playhouse to see the musical masterpiece "My Fair Lady."
For more information, call Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met recently at the Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court. President Barbara Barberich let the membership in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the singing of "God Bless America." A reading entitled "I May Not See the Answer Now" was read by Carol Kozlowski, activity chaplain.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read. A motion to accept was made by Charlene Hallmark, seconded by Pat Kaus. The treasurer's report was accepted by Ronnie Ginley, seconded by Antoinette Arnone.
Attendance prizes were won by Arnone, Stella Michalak and Jane Steffan.
"Happy Birthday" was sung for Michalak (March 9) and Hallmark (March 12).
Kozlowski announced that reservations for the April 17 bus trip to the Hamburg Casino will be accepted beginning March 12.
Refreshments were served by Carol and Pat Kozlowski. The refreshment committee for March 14 will be Jean Kubera and Florence Marut. Helpers of the day were Michalak, Irene Christopher and Albertine Jakubowicz.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Mayville Senior Citizens met on March 1 for lunch at the Mayville VFW. Tables were set and coffee made by Louise Richir, Dolly Gilbert, Bonnie Johnson and Mary Carlson. The seniors enjoyed a wide variety of casseroles and desserts after Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the food.
President Joyce Ayers greeted the group and introduced two new members, Sharon Wakely and Elsie Dougherty. Goodrich read several stories and the 100th Psalm and led the group in prayer.
Bill Tornstrom, program chair, introduced Mike Peterson, therapist from Westfield Memorial Hospital. Peterson discussed the problems people have with back pain and gave suggestions on how to prevent the pain. Proper balance and good posture are key to a healthy back. He spoke of safety in the home and how exercise can benefit all. Walking is a great exercise.
Ayers led the flag salute and conducted the business meeting. Izetta Ayling, secretary, and Edna Brown, treasurer, gave their reports. Mary Carlson, goodwill chair, stated she had sent several cards to members and listed the March birthdays. Those celebrating are Pat Smith, Gladys Fredell, Arleen Kurtz, Bill Tornstrom, Charles Tanner, Rose Stansbury, Barbara Thompson, Charles Krause, Donna Cummings, Bill Fahy and Marsha Limberg. There are no anniversaries in March.
Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey, trip co-chairs, listed the upcoming trips, advising all to reserve their seats early. June 16 will be the trip the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland; on July 16 to Presque Isle; in August, seniors will travel to Pigeon Forge; on Sept 18, they will explore Viddler's 5&10 and the Made in America Store; and on Nov. 27, they will go to the Christmas show at Cambridge Springs. For reservations, call Sandy at 753-7814 or Jean at 753-2663. Anyone is welcome to join the group for these outings.
No one won the lottery. Betty Walters won the door prize.
The next meeting of the Mayville Senior Citizens will be on Thursday, March 15, at noon in the Mayville VFW. The speaker will be Julius Leone, director of Chautauqua County Emergency Services. He will discuss ''County Disaster Readiness.'' All area residents are welcome to attend the meeting. Each should bring a dish to pass and their own table service.
Pioneers Social Club
FORESTVILLE - The Pioneers Social Club meeting was called to order by President Carol Pierce with 28 members present. Molly Meadow lead the club with the Pledge of Allegiance and the opening prayer given by Norma Stewart. The secretary's minutes and the treasurer's report were read, with no corrections or additions made.
"Happy Birthday" was sung to Ruth Kuehn, Meadow, Enebel Mirando, Carol Pierce and Shirley Bostaph. Sunshine gal Peg Heiden sent out cards to Louise Strearns, Norris Nobles and Theresa Latshaw.
The refreshment committee for the April 2 meeting is Grace Hall, Heiden, Marjorie Hock and Grace Johnson.
The lunch tickets were won by Wilma Crowell and Donna Nobles. The 50/50 was won by Hall and Gertie Syper. Marjorie Youngberg won the Riles and Woolley award.
The Pioneer Social Club will host the senior council meeting on April 12 at 10 a.m. at the village hall. Pierce and Nancy Wilson will be in charge of the meeting. All members are invited to attend and to bring a refreshment to share.
The club will join the Sheridan Happy Seniors at the Sheridan VFW for a corn beef and cabbage luncheon at noon on March 16.
Wilson made the motion to split the money taken in from the dollar table with the Forestville Food Pantry, the remaining money will stay with the club. It was seconded by Syper.
Meadow made the motion that the club give $200 to the third highest scholastic student of Forestville Central School. Arlene Miller seconded the motion. This will done two weeks prior to graduation.
A case of tuna fish was collected by the members of the club, to be donated to the Forestville Food Pantry.
A discussion was held on the $600 given to the Village of Forestville for use by the Forestville senior programs. This money is kept by the village for the use of the village hall.
Refreshments were enjoyed by all after the meeting.
Share and Care Board of Directors
The Share and Care Board of Directors met for their monthly business meeting on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. with President Dorothea Janczak officiating. Plans were discussed for the upcoming annual Spring Fling Party to be held on Saturday, April 28 at the Fredonia Beaver Club. The cost of admission is $7 for Share and Care members. Non-members and guests are welcome to attend for $10 per person. The prepaid reservation deadline is April 20. Checks are to be made out to Share and Care Seniors and mailed to P.O. Box 446, Fredonia, N.Y. 14063. The program is as follows: 3 to 4:30 p.m. social hour for card players; karaoke (singing) music, hors d'oeuvres, punch. A catered buffet dinner at 5:15 p.m. followed by 10 games of Bingo with $5 cash prizes each game. Rose Cerrie is party and membership chairperson. She may be reached at 679-4386 for other details. The Share and Care board is committed to providing social programs for senior citizens and it is hoped that seniors will attend - come alone or with a friend.
Another Share and Care program for seniors is a Salamanca Casino bus trip on Tuesday, April 17. For reservations and other details, call Cerrie at 679-4386 or Phyllis Laurito at 679-1060. For other inquiries on Share and Care, call Janczak at 673-1049.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Happy Seniors recently met at St. Bosco Hall with 34 people in attendance with three guests, Bill Clark, and sister Nancy Wilson and Carol Pierce. A prayer was given by Arlene Miller. President Ellyn Sutehall called the meeting with all reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America" and the Happy Senior Song. Roll call was given by Mabel Warner.
The Feb. 17 minutes were read and accepted. The treasurer's report was given by Angie Logan and passed as read. Birthdays for March were read by the secretary, and included: Marjorie Crosgrove, Evelyn Dloniak, Burdella Warner, Karla Niedbalski, Sue Loeb and Enabell Mirando. The group sang "Happy Birthday" to all.
Bob Sutehall, program person, introduced Jim Fincher who spoke on "Rails and Trails," certain organizers who help maintain the trails, trimming, painting gates and mow the different areas. No horses are allowed. Birders, hikers, snowmobiles and bikers all enjoy the scenic trails which are peaceful and a beauty of nature. Many of the trails were built along old railroad tracks, many built in the late 1800s. There are only two or three depots still in existence. One such trail starts in Sherman to Mayville, ending in Brocton, a length of 27 miles. The trails are good exercise and one can see vineyards, pine forests, farms horses and cows.
The 50/50 drawing was won by Sue Townsend. Riles and Woolley was won by Clara Griffin.
On March 16, the group will go to Sheridan V.F.W. at noon for a St. Patrick dinner. Cost is $8 which can be purchased through Angie Logan.
On March 30, the seniors will meet at 1 p.m. at St. Bosco Hall. Food committee will be Cecilla Petrella, chair; John Reardon, Pat Smith, Anne Spencer and Jeanne Strawser.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Seniors met at 1 p.m. Tuesday on Route 5 with 20 members in attendance. President Ed Newman opened the session with all saying the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." Chaplain Irene Conny offered a prayer "Laugh A lot." Minutes were read by Secretary Clara Griffin and accepted as presented by Ernie Hilliker. Treasurer Lorrie Newman gave the treasurer's report and it was accepted as given. Mary Ann Seibert gave the petty cash report and it was accepted.
Lorrie Newman gave a few stories. Dorothy Miniri is at home and needs prayers.
The Hole Parker drawing was won by Ed Newman. Other number winners were Conrad Pawlak, Jane Park, Irene Conny and Milt Griewisch. Bingo was called by Joan Suski.
On March 13, members will meet at noon on Route 5 for a ham and cabbage lunch. On March 20 at 1:15 p.m., members are invited to play Bingo at St. Columbans.