Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Sept. 24 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot-luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting. Passengers for the Ride the Rails West Virginia trip, Oct. 1-3, are asked to stay after the regular meeting to receive and review the itinerary and travel packets.
To provide members the first opportunity to sign up for trips, new trips will be presented at two consecutive meetings and information will be posted in the OBSERVER several times before non-members, family and friends will be accepted to fill the motor coach.
The motor coach for the Tuesday trip to Letchworth and Animal Adventure will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 9:30 a.m. Passengers for the Ride the Rails to West Virginia trip Sept. 19-21 are reminded that the motor coach will start loading at 6:30 a.m. and depart at 7 at the same location.
On Oct. 23, the group will enjoy a variety of interesting stops in Ohio Amish country. There will be stops at Country Side Bakery, Miller's Custom Cabinet Shop, an Amish family-style dinner, Nauvoo's Family Market, and Ridgeview Farm and Country Market.
A Nov. 6 trip is planned to North East, Pa. Stops include Arrowhead Winery, a family-style meal at the Station Dinner Theater as they present a tribute to the big band era "Swingin' Down the Lane," followed by Presque Isle Casino for gaming.
On Dec. 5, the seniors will head to the Seneca Niagara Casino to enjoy an amazing performance by "Mr. Las Vegas" Wayne Newton. His shows are full of energy and entertaining from start to finish. Seats are limited.
On March 24, 2013, the seniors are going to enjoy the performance of "Sister Act" at Shea's Buffalo Theater. A dinner is included following the show at Ilio Dipaolo's restaurant.
An April 13-21, 2013, trip to New Orleans is planned. The trip includes four nights in New Orleans with a city tour including the French Quarter, cruise on the Mississippi Queen, a visit to Houmas Plantation and Gardens, Mardi Gras World, New Orleans School of Cooking, Jackson Brewery, Highlights City Tours of Atlanta, Ga., and Nashville, Tenn., and much more.
Contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586 for more information on trips. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.
Dunkirk Senior Board of Directors
The Dunkirk Senior Board of Directors met recently at the Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court, with President Barbara Bajdas presiding. The meeting began with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Carol Kozlowski reported that the Oct. 14 Gala was sold out. The menu will include hors d'oeuvres, punch, hot dogs, pasta salad, dessert and beverage. The first 100 members who renewed their 2013 membership were given a free admission.
Nancy Crandall spoke about the next big Bingo game to be held Sept. 26. Doors will be open at 4:30 p.m. At 5 p.m., complimentary sandwiches, snacks and beverages will be served. Bingo will be played at 5:30 p.m. She also reported that Monday pinochle games are going well. The public is invited to attend at 1 p.m. any Monday.
Bajdas discussed the exercise classes available Monday through Friday. There will also be a Zumba Gold class starting Thursday, Sept. 20. This class will be approximately 45 minutes in length, and participants stand or sit. Anyone interested in Tai Chi should contact Bajdas at 366-7530. Ten people are needed to hire the instructor. The cost of each of these programs is approximately $3 a session.
Bajdas also announced that the center would be closed Oct. 8 for Columbus Day.
Independent Health representatives will be at the center every Friday in October starting Oct. 12, and on Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Blue Cross and Blue Shield representatives will be at the center on Nov. 19 and 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. United Health representatives will be at the center on Nov. 9. More specifics will be announced in the paper.
Bajdas announced that the parking lot will be paved at the end of the month, and all carpets and blinds will be cleaned by the end of October.
A motion was made to give a donation to RSVP for their annual recognition banquet.
Communications were received from Julian Niedbalski, Lifeline, Grace Perez-Delegarza, Sheriff Gerace and RSVP.
Get well cards were sent to Barbara Barberich, Delphine Woloszyn and Russell Turco. A sympathy card was sent to the family of Olga Lazarczyk, a member who recently died.
On Tuesday, Sept. 18, 56 persons will travel to Ohio for an Amish Brown Bag Bus tour. All members are asked to be at the center at 7 a.m. for departure at 7:30. Approximate time for return is 8 p.m. Trips for October and November will be announced shortly. There are still a few openings for a bus trip to Fallsview Casino on Oct. 16.
The AARP will sponsor a safe driving class on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4 and 5, from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 noon at the center. Reservation are being handled by AARP.
A final review of the by-laws was reviewed and will be typed once more before final approval.
The next meeting will be held Oct. 11 at 9 a.m.
Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Seniors had a wonderful trip to the Amish communities in Ohio on Tuesday. Longer and very exciting trips are being planned for 2013. If interested in traveling, be sure to come to the center at 321 E. Main St. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 to find out about upcoming trips. There will be a Power Point presentation by David Wendt about a trip to Lancaster, Pa., and another trip to Quebec City. Coffee, tea and dessert will be available. For additional information, call 672-5274.
There will be a board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19. If any Grape Belt Seniors have questions or suggestions that they would like the board to discuss, call 672-4049. The first session of line dancing will take place at noon on Monday, Sept. 24. Jean Sutton will be teaching the class and everyone is invited to try out this class. It is only $2 a session. The monthly pot-luck luncheon will be on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at noon. Bring a dish to pass. On Monday, Oct. 1, there will be a special luncheon at noon to thank all the members who joined the Grape Belt Seniors this year. It is not necessary to bring anything to this luncheon - just come and enjoy the good food and good conversation.
In addition to the Monday, Wednesday, Friday exercise class that takes place from 9 to 10 a.m., there are some other special events taking place in October. The flu clinic will be on Friday, Oct. 5, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Univera Insurance will be coming to the center on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. On Monday, Oct. 22, Dr. Brenda Hayes will be the guest speaker. Hayes has a Ph.D. in human development and has 35 years experience in working in the area of mental health. She will be speaking about "Dealing with Stress." A pot-luck luncheon will be held at noon on that day and Hayes will speak at 1 p.m. The community is welcome to attend but should sign up at the center.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. Vice President Irene Christopher led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America." A reading entitled "A Prayerful Day" was given by Chaplain Loretta Hemink. A moment of silence was held for Olga Lazarczyk, a member of the organization.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read by Sophia Kubasik with a second by Sandy Tapasto. The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Carol Kozlowski. It was accepted as read by Hemink with a second by Jean Szot.
Attendance prizes were won by Kozlowski, Ronnie Ginley and Stella Michalak. Helper of the day was Michalak and others who assisted. The kitchen committee for Sept. 19 is Barb Barberich and Hemink.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Forty-four members of the Mayville Senior Citizens met in the Mayville VFW for lunch and a meeting. Louise Richir, Dolly Gilbert, Bonnie Johnson, Mary Carlson and Nancy Peters made the coffee and set the tables. There were so many casseroles and desserts to choose from as Carlson called the table numbers after Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the food and group.
President Joyce Ayers called the meeting to order. Goodrich read, "I Didn't Do It," "Puzzle" and "Successful Businessman" and led the group in prayer. Ayers led the flag salute. Secretary Izetta Ayling read the minutes and Treasurer Edna Brown gave her report. Goodwill chair Carlson announced the September birthday celebrants as life members Janice Barr and Pauline Cole. Others celebrating are: Deanna Bliss, Roger Klossner, Mikki Young, Dianne Goodrich, Bob Hartmann, Elaine Winton, Jim Kurtz, Paul Holthouse, Mike Barnes, Ila Johnson, Ronald Moore and Beverly White. The members celebrating wedding anniversaries are: Ron and Elma Spacht, Paul and Juanita Holthouse and Gerald and Barbara Thompson.
Trip co-chairs Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey announced a fun time was had by all on the trip to Pigeon Forge. The payment for Vidlers was due at the meeting. The bus to Cambridge Springs is full so there is a waiting list for that trip.
Ayers announced that there was a sign-up sheet for the chicken barbecue on Sept. 22. The chicken will be prepared by the Men's Auxiliary of the VFW. Members pay half price and guests pay full price. It is not necessary to bring anything. Call either 789-2316 or 761-6004 by Sept. 16 for reservations.
The person who was called for the lottery was not present, so it grows. The door prize was a basket of tomatoes donated by Wanda Gustafson and it was won by Eleanor Cornelius.
Bill Tornstrom introduced James Subjack, former district attorney, who spoke on the importance of DNA and forensics in today's law enforcement. He also stated how an "eyewitness" can easily be inaccurate. Subjack answered many questions from the group. His yearly visit is always informative and welcome.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday at 1 p.m with 25 members. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with all reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." Chaplain Irene Conny read a prayer. Dot Jones is at her daughter's home.
Lorrie Newman read a story. Joanne Martin announced that the Sept. 24 bus trip to Albion and Medina is still a go. All need to be at St. Bosco at 10 a.m. Back around 5 p.m.
Prizes were won by Bart Adams, Dorothy Miniri, Irene Conny, Clara Griffin and Fred Sikorski. Bingo was called by Ernie Hilliker and food served by Marv and Fran Smith.
On Oct. 6 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m., flu shots will be given at our Senior Center on Route 5, Silver Creek.
The club would enjoy visitors, who are always welcome. Stop by at 1 p.m. each Tuesday Senior Center, Route 5, Silver Creek.
Share and Care Seniors Board of Directors
Share and Care Seniors Board of Directors met on Sept. 4. Excused were Dorothea Janczak and Charles Mancuso.
Secretary's minutes were approved. Treasurer report and Sunshine report were accepted. The recent indoor picnic and its success was reviewed. The Oct. 27 harvest dinner will be held at the Beaver Club. Bus trips to Salamanca Casino are planned for Sept. 18, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13. Reservations for these trips can be made by calling Rose Cerrie at 679-4386 or Phyllis Laurito at 679-1060. Bus leaves from Home Depot at 9:15 a.m.
Carolyn LoGuidice reported on books being donated to Barker Library; these will honor Charles Collesano, Elliot Schafer and Edward Walsh.
Events for 2013 include Spring Fling April 27, picnic Aug. 24, Harvest Dinner Oct. 26, these events will be planned at the Beaver Club.
United Senior Citizens
The United Senior Citizens Monday at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 86 people present.
President Charles St. George introduced Virginia Kelly and Leonard Schreiber as new members and Joanie Bernett as a guest.
St. George the led the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Invocation was given by the Rev. Harland West.
Lunch was then served by Beavertail Catering. Everyone enjoyed a baked ham, scalloped potatoes, buttered corn, mixed tossed salad, dessert and coffee, luncheon.
The 50/50 raffle winners were Nick Andin, Anita Brown, Ann Cohen, Marilyn Ferguson, Virginia Kelly, David Kolassa, Gert Majka, Nancy Mitchell, Florence Rich and Leonard Catalano.
The club thanked the September calling committee who were Cohen, Olive Rusch, Dorothy Hilliker, Pat Ebert, Lucy Saeli and Josephine Wierczynski.
The calling committee for the October meeting will be Pat Ebert, Lucille Rizzo, Mary Lewandowski, Gerri Pomroy, Hilliker and Wierczynski.
"Happy Birthday" was sung to September members - they were Arlene Pachol, Irene Coon, Marilyn Nalepa, Mary Edwards, Mary Gangi, Maxine Phelps, Pat Smith, Raymond Lewandowski, Sophia Urbanik, Theresa Erwin, James Hassett and Mary Grace Lascola.
Charles and Norma St. George celebrated 62 years of marriage, and Pastor Harland West and his wife celebrated 63 years of marriage.
The treasurer's report was given by the president. The club is looking for a new treasurer.
The luncheon will be on Oct. 8, at the Fredonia Beaver Club. The group will have meatloaf and gravy, baby red potatoes, bean casserole, mixed tossed salad, dessert and coffee. The cost is $7 per person.
The club will be accepting dues of $3 for the year 2013. Dues must be paid by Dec. 1, to get a discounted rate of $5 for the Christmas party.
The president entertained the group with several stories which were enjoyed by members.