COLLINS - The 50-Plus Seniors will be present when an another generation of the Lennon Sisters will be in the area for only one performance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the historic Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. The Lennon Sisters made their debut on the Lawrence Welk TV Show in 1955 and for years charmed the nation with their sweet-voiced harmonies. Today the distinctive harmonies of the Lennon Sisters continue as sisters Kathy, Janet and Mimi carry on the family tradition.
The cost is $44 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $47 for all others. A $20 deposit is due with reservations and balance is due by Sept. 12. Final day for reservations and deposit is Aug. 10. For reservations and information call Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507.
Payment must be made in the form of a check or money order made payable to Town of Collins and sent to Collins Town Hall, attention Trips, PO Box 420, Collins NY 14034.
AARP will be offering a special price this summer on its AARP Driving Course for those persons working or retired after working in the education field. It will be available on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the L. K. Painter Community Center. The cost will be $5 for anyone working in public schools, religious education, Sunday school, home school or in a janitor/custodian capacity in schools. The driving course also will be open to anyone at the regular price of $17 for those with valid AARP Membership Cards and $19 for non members.
Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling 532-2507. Payment must be made by check or money order made payable to AARP. Cash is not acceptable. Payment is due within five days of registration and is to be sent to Collins Town Hall, attention AARP, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034.
The six-hour course will start at 9 a.m. in the community room of L. K. Painter Community Center and includes a 45-minute lunch break. Participants can bring a bag lunch or the 50-Plus Seniors will provide a lunch costing $2.50 for anyone who orders it when registering for the class. Payment will be collected on the day of the class. Participants are requested to use the back parking lot and to bring their NYS Driver's License and a pen to the class.
Another special AARP Driving Course will be offered in November for Veterans and Spouses. This course will be free for both active duty and retired veterans and also will be available for non veterans at the regular price of $17 for those with a valid AARP Membership Card and $19 for non members.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Friday's Showtime film "J. Edgar" at Collins Public Library. Co-sponsored by the 50-Plus Seniors and Collins Library the film starts at 1 p.m. in the library's Community Room. DiCaprio plays J. Edgar Hoover, head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, who was feared, admired, reviled and revered, a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it. Also in the cast are Judi Dench, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Josh Lucas. Popcorn will be served.
A reminder that County Legislator John Mills will again sponsor his annual Hot Dog Roast on Saturday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the library's parking lot. Price for hot dogs is $1 and $2 for Italian Sausage. All purchases include a bottle of Mayer Brothers Spring Water.
Friends of the Collins Library will be hosting a bake sale in the library's lobby and the Buffalo Zoomobile will be at the library from 11 a.m. to noon. Anyone wishing to donate baked goods or volunteer the day of sale should contact Mary Cummings, 532-5836, or Donna Powell, 532-3867.
All proceeds from the day's events will benefit the Collins Library. 2341 Main St., Collins.
Brocton-Portland Seniors meeting was opened with 47 members and guests by Vice President Margaret Jagoda who led the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Alberta Blakely gave a memoir of remembrance and prayer of thanks.
Members' sandwiches were followed by strawberries and biscuits served by the committee of Tom DeJoe, Carm Johnson, Julia Schrantz and Rose Giambra. The tables were decorated in red, white and blue mats and flag center pieces in the spirit of Fourth of July celebration by Dottie McQuiggan and Elaine Wood.
Secretary's report was given by Ruth Neal and approved by Rick Cranston and Lena Elliott. Treasurer's report was given by Rita Stonefoot and approved by Bob Jagoda and Butch McDonald. Introduced and welcomed were new members Ruth Stratton, Genevive Ludemann, Marion Delcamp and guest Dorothy Hilliker followed by "Happy birthday" sung to Genevive Ludemann.
The midway senior picnic date is Friday, Aug. 10 with tickets not available as yet. Mary Tripi gave an update on the prison graduation for July 19 and needed an attendance sign up with members to meet at the Legion and go as a group. The announcement of longtime member Margaret LaSalle's passing was shared.
Door prizes were won by Bill Norris and Cora Patterson. Raffle was won by Stonefoot, Ludemann (twice), Patterson and Mary Presto.
The committee for the July 30 meeting at noon at the Brocton Legion is Phyllis and Harold Buvoltz, Lena Elliott and Tom DeJoe. It was voted to charge $5 each to have Beaver Tail Catering prepare the luncheon of lasagna, sausage with the trimmings, rolls and salad. Members are to bring table service and an optional dessert. Sign up with Rita Stonefoot at 792-4565 by July 23. It was also voted to have an auction with members bringing items of all sorts with committee by Mary DeLand and Kate Cranston.
After the meeting, Bob Jagoda called Bingo.
Share and Care Seniors
The Share and Care Seniors board of directors met recently for their monthly business meeting. Secretary Margaret Larson gave her monthly report as well as the treasurer's report for Mayme Joy who is on vacation. Both reports were accepted as presented.
Rose Cerrie reported on the success of the June casino bus trip and gave details of the upcoming Seneca Casino bus trip to Salamanca scheduled for Tuesday, July 17. The cost is $25 for members and $30 per person for non-members. Each person will receive $25 for machine play and a $5 food voucher. The bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. from the Home Depot parking lot (next to Bob Evans) and returns at about 4:30 p.m. Call Cerrie at 679-4386 for reservations.
Due to the public response, another casino bus trip is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 21. Call Phyllis Laurito at 679-1060.
Sunshine Chairperson Lucille Rizzo reported that she sent "get well" cards to Norma St. George and Lucy Saeli.
Memorial Chairperson Sue Walsh is keeping a book of all write-ups on deceased members. Vice President Betty Klawon is keeping the photo albums up-to-date with recent party pictures.
Plans were briefly discussed for the upcoming indoor picnic party on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Fredonia Beaver Club. Details will be announced at a later date.
President Dorothea Janczak announced that she is resigning from the Share and Care board for health reasons. The board passed a motion to accept Laurito as acting president until the next election of officers.
AARP Board to meet
AARP Chapter 299 will hold a board of directors meeting Monday at noon at Pizza Village, Dunkirk. President Milly Jankowski will be presiding. Call 672-6810 for more information.
Pinochle groups hold picnic
On June 29, the Share and Care Seniors Pinochle groups (Tuesday's Best, Birdie's Bidders and Birdie's Flock) had an indoor picnic at the Beaver Club.
Catherine Wuerstle celebrated her 98th birthday.
The guest speakers were from the Office for the Aging concerning services available to the seniors.
Beaver Tails catered a picnic lunch.
Afterward, 32 people played cards.
Cassadaga, Stockton and Lily Dale Senior Citizens plan meeting
The July meeting of the Cassadaga, Stockton and Lily Dale Senior Citizens will be held on Monday at the Cassadaga American Legion Picnic Pavilion in Cassadaga for the annual picnic. A catered lunch will be served at noon. All attending are asked to bring their own beverage and place setting.
There will also be a White Elephant Auction - bring items to be auctioned off. New members are always welcome.