COLLINS - October arrives this week and the 50-Plus Senior Program begins its fall and winter season activities this Monday with the return of Indoor Walking and Exercises at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium of the L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. Led by Pat Tucker, the three-part program is held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Also returning on Monday is the informal Euchre Game at 1 p.m. in the center's senior room. Anyone wishing to learn this card game or improve their skills is invited to attend.
Gentle Arthritis Exercises begin on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the gym and are held weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These are mainly chair exercises that help seniors become more flexible. Senior soup and sandwich lunches will be scheduled on various Tuesdays, dates to be announced.
Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for senior activities. Besides the Indoor Walking and Exercises starting at 9 a.m., Quilting with Florence resumes at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. For more information on this craft, call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075.
Senior bowling resumes this Wednesday at 1 p.m. at K & L Lanes in Gowanda. Cost is: $1.75 per game or three games for $5. Open Crafts with Pat Tucker continues on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the senior room.
Presently the only weekly activity scheduled for Thursdays is the morning Gentle Arthritis Exercises leaving Thursday afternoons open for special programs through out the season.
In addition to the morning walking program, this Friday will see the return of the monthly Showtime movie at 1 p.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. The movies, co-sponsored by the 50-Plus Seniors and the Collins Library are normally held the first Friday of each month except when the library holds its yearly book and bake sale in the Community Room.
This Friday's film is Academy Award winner "The Artist," the tale of a silent movie superstar who wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion.
The center will be closed on Monday, Oct. 8 for Columbus Day. All Monday senior programs will be canceled resuming on Oct. 15. The center is closed for all legal holidays and senior activities canceled. Closures due to inclement weather will be announced on TV Channels 2 and 4. Schedules for 50-Plus Senior activities will be announced weekly in this publication.
The Nov. 1 trip to Seneca Niagara Casino is filled but standbys are always welcome. Cost is $16 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $17 for all others.
A wrong date was inadvertently printed in last week's announcement of the new holiday bus trip to SUNY Fredonia for its Big Band Christmas Spectacular. The correct date is Thursday, Dec. 6, not Dec. 21. Cost is $30 for residents of the three towns and $32 for all others.
A refundable $10 deposit is due with reservations. Balances are due by Nov. 2, the final day for both reservations and payment. Early reservations are appreciated. To make reservations call 532-2507. Sign up sheet is also available in the senior room during regular program hours.
A free AARP Driving Course is being offered on Nov. 13 at the Painter Center for all military veterans and their dependents. This six-hour class will be offered free to veterans, active duty and retired military service members, their spouses, domestic partners, dependents, children and widows or widowers.
Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling 532-2507. The Nov. 13 driving course is also open to non-veterans at the regular price of $17 for AARP members and $19 for non-members.
Additional this year, as an alternative to the classroom course, AARP is offering 50 percent off on the AARP Driver Safety online course for veterans and their dependents. To sign up for the online course visit www.aarpdriversafety.org and enter the promo code "VETERANS."
The Brocton-Portland Seniors met Monday at Brocton Legion Post 434 with President Robin Carr calling the meeting to order with 40 members present and introducing new member Marion Delcamp and one guest. Art Donovan lead the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Pat Zanghi leading the prayer and moment of silence of memorial. The committee of Julia Schrantz, Rita Stonefoot, Pat Smith and Rose Giambra decorated the tables and served catered lunch of pizza, wings, salads and desserts. Erica Abram and Schrantz were thanked for their desserts.
News of the engagement of Bill Norris and Dorothy McQuiggan was announced and congratulatory card signed by all. Secretary Ruth Neal read the minutes approved by Rick Cranston and Art Donovan. Treasurer Stonefoot gave her report, approved by Pat Zanghi and Dan Carr.
Congratulations were extended to Majorie Diehl for her 92nd birthday in August, followed by Stonefoot, Ethel Hutt, Pat Smith and Mary DeLand celebrating September birthdays. Get well wishes were sent to Josie Lautenslaker and it is noted Allen Jones is in Absolut Care of Westfield. A 38-year anniversary was celebrated in September by Rick and Kate Cranston, who had their little grandson with them.
Town of Portland Bicentennial Committee event calendar sheets $2 for each item were passed out and due back by Nov. 1. The hats, $5 each in green and white, are all available at the Town Clerk's office or contacting Al Valentin or Dave Travis.
On Oct. 13 there is a fundraiser at 21 Brix with wine tasting of local grapes, food and entertainment with tickets ($15) to benefit the July festival with local artistry, door prizes and give aways. Tickets are due Oct. 1.
Brocton School is giving a class on estate planning on Nov. 15 for $2. Its walking for wellness program is again on Monday to Friday school days, 5 to 7 p.m., with route maps inside the School Street entrance door.
Mary Tripi gave a report on the successful trip to the Made in America Store, Bryncliffe Resort in Varysburg and the Premier Coffee House on Oct. 19.
Friday was recognition day to honor POW/MIAs. Donovan, Post 434 member, gave an interesting update on the meaning of the table. Bob Jagoda read about the POW/MIA flag's significance, the chair, rose, candle, lemon and salt, and ribbon that is worn in the lapel. The table will remain set up in the Legion room. Donovan goes to the fourth-graders each year and does flag etiquette.
Margaret Jagoda announced the yearly chili cook-off on Oct. 6 will be at Crossroads. Giambra reported on the book/bake sale Saturday at the Ahira Hall Library. Raffle was won by Rudy Arynardi, Schrantz, Donovan, Robin Carr, Ruth Patterson with door prizes to Catherine Fabritius and Phyllis Buvoltz. Bob Jagoda called Bingo after the meeting was adjourned.
Committee for Oct. 29th is Tom DeJoe, Lena Elliott, Pete and Bonnie Suppo. Elliott will order the chicken, biscuit, potato, gravy, green beans, coleslaw meal. Sign up by Oct. 22 with Stonefoot at 792-4565. Cost is $4. Members are to bring table service and optional dessert.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The September meeting for the Collins Center Seniors was well attended and the luncheon was enjoyed by all. Passengers for the Ride the Rails West Virginia trip Oct. 1-3 are reminded that the motor coach will start loading at 6:30 a.m. and depart at 7 a.m. from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda.
Snowbirds are reminded that dues must be paid no later than the January meeting to remain a member. Dues are $5 per person, per year and will be accepted at the monthly meetings through Jan. 28, 2013 or can be mailed to Collins Center Seniors, c/o Mary Strickfaden, 3111 Foster Road, Gowanda, NY 14070.
A few seats are available and non-members are welcome on the Oct. 23. Ohio's Amish country tour. It includes a bakery tour, a cabinet shop tour to see how cabinets are made using no electricity, an Amish family style dinner, and a stop at Nauvoo's Family Market.
On Nov. 6 the seniors will head to North East, Pa., to enjoy a family-style meal at the Station Dinner Theater as they present a tribute to the Big Band Era, "Swingin' Down the Lane."
On Dec. 5, members are going to the Seneca Niagara Casino to enjoy a performance by "Mr. Las Vegas" Wayne Newton.
On March 24, 2013, members will enjoy the "Sister Act" at Shea's Buffalo Theater. A family-style dinner is included following the show at Ilio Dipaolos Restaurant.
On April 13-21, 2013, members are going to New Orleans. This "fun-tastic" tour package includes four nights in New Orleans with a city tour including the French Quarter, a visit to Houmas Plantation and Gardens, Mardi Gras World, New Orleans School of Cooking, Jackson Brewery and a luncheon cruise on the Mississippi Queen. Guided City Tours of Atlanta, Ga., and Nashville, Tenn., are also included and much more.
Some new and fun day trips for 2013 will be announced at the Oct. 22 meeting.
Contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586 to learn more. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.
Grape Belt Seniors
Line dancing started at the Grape Belt Senior Center on Monday and will continue each Monday until the end of November. The class meets at noon and new members are always welcome to come and try out this type of exercise.
The visiting nurses will be conducting the flu clinic on Friday, Oct. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Seneca Casino trip on Monday, Oct. 15, is full. For those who have registered and have not paid yet, everyone should have their money in by Monday, Oct. 1. Trip-goers will meet at the Big Lots parking lot at 9 a.m. With any questions, call 672-5778, 672-5274 or 679-1943.
Dr. Brenda Hayes will be speaking at the Senior Center on Monday, Oct. 22, at 10:30 a.m. The title of her presentation is "Dealing with Stress." There will be a question and answer period after her talk and refreshments will be served.
On Wednesday, Oct. 31, there will be a Power Point presentation about an upcoming four-day trip planned for the spring of 2013. The trip includes bus and train transportation and two dinner theaters. Refreshments will be served on Oct. 31. For more information, call one of the three numbers listed above. These activities all take place at 321 E. Main St.
Mt. Carmel Social Club
SILVER CREEK - President Carm Tampio opened the Mt. Carmel Social Club meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Josie Crino took the roll call with 46 present.
Secretary Thelma Hilliker read the minutes and they were approved as read. Melanie Bates gave the treasurer's report and it was also approved. Jeanette Mula gave the financial secretary's report which was approved.
The president announced that dues are payable by the end of October. The committee of Joan and Harry Suski, Jack Mateszon, Carm Contino and Ernie Hilliker and Leo Morabito were thanked.
The Silver Creek Senior Citizens' annual VNA Flu Shot Clinic, open to the public, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Silver Creek Senior club rooms on Route 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 pm. A pork roast dinner will be held at St. Rose on Oct. 6 from noon to 6 p.m.
Steaks were served after the meeting and were served with baked potatoes, hot garlic bread, sliced tomatoes and watermelon. The group was quiet while the dinner was enjoyed. Father Dan gave the blessing and joined the group for the meal.
Refreshment committee for the next meeting are Gerry Piede, Jeannette Mula and Guy and Corky Patton.
Leo and Joe held the 50/50 drawing. Bingo was called by Joe and Theresa Ark.
New members are always welcome.
Pioneer Social Club
FORESTVILLE - The Pioneer Social Club meeting was called to order by President Carol Pierce, with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer. Twenty-six members answered roll call and there were two guests, Doris Paterniti of Jamestown and Peg Brown who later joined the club.
The treasurer's report and secretary's report were given by Marlene Bradigan. A motion was made by Arlene Miller, seconded by Norma Youngberg to accept both reports, carried.
"Happy birthday" was sang to Marlene Bradigan whose birthday was in August. It was announced that Fev. Harry Lycett celebrated his September birthday at a family birthday party. Peg Heiden sent a sympathy card to Sue Franklin.
A discussion was held about the monies from the dollar table. A motion was made by Marlene Bradigan and seconded by Nancy Wilson to give 50 percent to the Forestville Food Pantry and half to buy gift certificates so needy childrens' families can buy them Christmas gifts. It was carried.
Coupons for the military was discussed and it has became very costly to mail them. A few suggestions were made such as using flat rate priority mail or contacting veterans to have a specific individual to mail them to. There will be further discussion on the matter at the next meeting.
Members were asked to bring prizes to be used for Bingo. Members were asked for suggestions to make money and to be thinking about the Christmas luncheon.
The lunch drawings were won by Arlene Miller and Barb Tower. The 50/50 was won by Dorothy Schneider and the Riles and Woolley Award was won by John Reardon.
Members on the food committee for October are Vicky Stelmack, Gertie Syper, Barb Tower, and Delores Valvo. The next meeting will be Oct. 1.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday on Route 5 with 26 members for a hot dog picnic. President Ed Newman opened the get-together by leading everyone in reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." Chaplain Irene Conny presented a prayer.
Officers for 2012-2013 were announced by Shirley Sikorski: President Ed Newman, Vice President Joan Suski, Treasurer Lorrie Newman, Recording Secretary Clara Griffin, Corresponding Secretary Dorothy Miniri, Financial Secretary Mary Ann Seibert, and Chaplain Conny. Installation of officers will be held Oct. 9.
Several members won prizes, Ernie Hilliker and Lucille Wells, Ed Newman, Conny and Mary Congdon.
On Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., flu shots will be given at the Silver Creek Senior Center. No reservations are needed, and coffee and cookies will be available.
The club will have a regular meeting every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center on Route 5. All are welcome to attend any Tuesday.
The Suskis are in charge of food for the Oct. 2 meeting at 1 p.m.
Westfield Senior Citizens
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Senior Citizens recently celebrated its 54th anniversary at the YWCA. Thirty-nine members attended. A baked chicken dinner was catered by Calarco's Restaurant and an anniversary cake baked by Darla Augur was enjoyed by all.
The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Kolpien. As devotions, Chaplain Joyce Wainwright read a piece titled "God's Golden Treasures," written by Linda C. Grazulis.
Carol Reynolds told of an upcoming trip sponsored by the Westfield Recreation Commission. There will be an "Autumn Leaves" trip on Oct. 9 to the Hidden Valley Animal Farm, Vidler's and the Made in America store. For more information, call the village recreation office.
The 50/50 drawing was won by Gloria Wakeley and the door prize by Nick Alonge.
Birthdays were celebrated in July by Joyce Wainwright, Ann Cochran, Mary Lou Catania, and Amy Gregory. The Elders and the Vestrands had anniversaries. In August Sylvia Colbey, Betty Reid, Geri Harper, and Carlton Stetson had birthdays. Anniversaries were celebrated by the Cohrans and the Wakeleys. September birthday celebrants are Jack Dean, Nora Alonge, Margaret Gindling, Judy Cash and Al Vestrand.
Starting with the October meeting, the next six meetings are at noon.
The Oct. 11 meeting will be a pot-luck. The kitchen committee is Gladys Hess, Mary Cogliano, Shirley Kolpien and Mamie Criscione. Desserts will be provided by the kitchen committee only. Others should bring a dish to share and their own table service. John Wolfe is scheduled to be the speaker. A nominating committee will be appointed at that meeting.
Closing prayers were given by Joyce Wainwright.