COLLINS - The 50-Plus Senior program is entering its final week of programming for 2012 with Indoor Walking and Exercises with Pat Tucker on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. in the L. K. Painter Community Center gymnasium. Also this week at the center will be the final open crafts on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room.
Quilting with Florence will hold its final Wednesday program for the year on Dec. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Collins Public Library. Senior Bowling will also be held on Dec. 19 and Dec. 26 at 1 p.m. at K & L Lanes in Gowanda. Cost is $1.75 per game or three games for $5. All other regular senior activities at the center will be canceled for the remainder of the year. Watch for start up information in future issues of this publication.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot-luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.
The first casino trip for 2013 will be Jan. 15 to the Seneca Niagara Casino with a special price.
The seniors will have two motor coaches for Know How Tours and Niagara Scenic Tours customer appreciation event at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Feb. 13. The event includes tickets to the show "Love Las Vegas Style" performed in the Bears Den, slot dollars and a free lunch buffet.
On March 13, the seniors will enjoy an Irish Festival at the Old Library Inn, Olean, with a buffet, music, Irish dancers and a stop in Bradford to visit the Zippo/Case Museum.
March 19 is Syrup and Slots day in Portville for a breakfast at Sprague's Maple Farm Restaurant before heading to the Seneca Allegany Casino
Seats are available and all are welcome March 24, 2013 to enjoy the matinee performance of "Sister Act" at Shea's Buffalo Theater, with dinner afterward at Ilio Dipaolo's Restaurant.
The club is planning a special Dyngus Day celebration April 1, a mystery trip in May, Atlantic City in June, a boat ride in August and a visit to the Tall Ships in Erie in September. April 13-21 is the New Orleans trip.
For additional information, contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.
Dunkirk Senior Center Board of Directors
The Dunkirk Senior Center Board of Directors met recently at the center for their December meeting. President Barbara Bajdas led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Carol Kozlowski noted that the December Gala was sold out and that Silver Sneakers exercise group would be sponsoring a bake sale prior to the gala. Tickets for the January Gala went on sale Dec. 9. We will try a brunch menu which will include appetizers, corn beef hash, pancakes with syrup, fruit compote, sweet rolls/muffins and beverages. Reservations can be made at the center from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
A motion was made by Delphine Woloszyn and seconded by Janet Kasprzyk to allow Kozlowski to apply for CDBG monies to help defray the cost of repairs and to purchase necessary equipment at the center. Woloszyn also reported that the Craft Committee would meet in January to work on February favors for Meals on Wheels patrons.
Nancy Crandall, pinochle chairman, announced that they would have their Christmas get-together on Monday, Dec. 17. The AARP group will hold their Christmas celebration on Dec. 17 also at the center.
The Lakeshore Seniors will hold their installation banquet at the Kosciuszko Club at 4 p.m. Dec. 19. Reservations must be called in to Kozlowski by Friday.
Big Bingo will be held at the center Jan. 9 and Jan. 23. The Kuschels have volunteered to prepare the complimentary lunch.
Membership Chairman Stella Michalak noted that 2013 membership dues are now being collected. There are 313 members to date.
Crandall announced that the Silver Sneakers exercise group planned a Christmas celebration for Dec. 14. As of Jan. 1, 2013, each member will be assessed $1 per session.
Bajdas reported that the Christmas Express trip on Dec. 11 was sold out and that there are still a few seats left for the bus trip to Presque Isle Casino on Jan. 15. The cost is $22 per member.
On Feb. 12 the seniors will travel to Sprague's Farm for a choice of pancakes and sausage or hot turkey sandwich and mashed potatoes. The rest of the day will be spent at Allegheny Casino. The Easter trip is scheduled for March 21. The first stop will be at the Broadway Market, followed by dinner at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant. The third stop is yet to be determined. Bajdas reported that she was inquiring about an overnight trip to Wheeling, W. Va., in April.
The revised by-laws were reviewed and approved by the directors.
The possibility of an energy audit was discussed with Dr. Spanos from the Office for the Aging. There will be more investigation and discussion with the mayor.
The next meeting will be held the second Thursday in January 2013 at 9 a.m. at the center.
Grape Belt Seniors
Members of the Grape Belt Seniors celebrated the holiday season together with a wonderful luncheon on Monday. More than 40 members attended the festive lunch. Exercise class and coffee klatch will continue as scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays except for Monday, Dec. 24, and Monday, Dec. 31.
The next board meeting will be on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The board is always pleased to be able to add new activities to the Grape Belt Senior schedule.
Starting on Friday, Jan. 11, yoga class will be offered at 10:45 a.m. by group members. Anyone interested is encouraged to bring a yoga mat and try out this new group.
Another member of the Grape Belt seniors is interested in starting a knitting group. Experienced knitters and newbies are welcome. There will be a sign-up sheet at the center for anyone who wants to join a friendly knitting group.
Readers Theater continues on the first Wednesday of the month and book club continues on the second Wednesday of the month.
Come down to the center to sign up for trips to Lancaster, Pa., and Montreal and Quebec or call 672-5274.
Lakeshore Senior Citizens
Lakeshore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday. President Barb Barberich led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "Open Up Your Heart" was given by Chaplain Loretta Hemink.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read by Mary Dworak with a second by Sophia Kubasik.
The treasurer's report was given by Treasurer Carol Kozlowski. It was accepted as read by Sandy Tapasto with a second by Mary Hayes.
Attendance prizes were won by Dorothy Kornacki, first; Pat Kozlowski, second; and Peg Williams, third.
Helper of the day was Stella Michalak, and others assisted.
The kitchen committee for Jan. 16, 2013 is Jean Kubera and Florence Marut.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Barb Barberich with a second by Jean Szot.
Josie Wierczynski rejoined the Lakeshore Senior Citizens Club on Wednesday. Members are happy to have her back again.
The Christmas party will be held on Dec. 19 at the Dog House at 4 p.m. Big Bingo is scheduled for January.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Happy Seniors met Thursday, Dec. 6, at noon at the Dunkirk Kosciuszko Club with 47 members present.
The members enjoyed a meal together. The club room was decorated with a colorful Christmas tree and presents beneath it. Many of the members also wore red garments which added to the Christmas spirit.
President Ellyn Sutehall welcomed everyone, and thanks go to her for making all the cork deer with the toothpick legs and ribbon and bell adornments.
Many members received prizes when Sutehall called the numbers written on the bottom of the deer or other signs. The 50/50 was won by several members. The Riles and Woolley drawing was won by Pat DePasquale.
The installation of officers for 2013 was conducted by Fred Sikorski. Officers are: President Sutehall, Vice President Shirley Sikorski, Secretary Sue Townsend and Treasurer Angie Logan. The next meeting will be Jan. 4, 2013 at 1 p.m. at St. John Bosco Hall. The club welcomes all seniors.
Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association
The Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association meeting was held Tuesday in the community room. In the absence of President Rosa Vega, Treasurer Linda "Susie" Lockhart called the meeting to order, and Vice President Alba Santiago led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance with 16 members present.
Chaplain Josie Wierczynski read a Christmas poem, "Come Let Us Adore Him."
A moment of silence was observed for Sophie "Sue" Wierczynski.
As secretary, Wierczynski read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were accepted as read by Alba Santiago and seconded by Josh Hughes.
Treasurer Lockhart gave the financial report; it was accepted as read by Clara Weber and Adie Windsor.
Sunshine Lady Windsor sent a card to Lockhart.
The Christmas party will be held in the community room at 4 p.m. Sunday. The birthday party for December will be celebrated in conjunction with the January birthdays on Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the community room.
Plans are being made for a "Super Bingo" on Jan 8, 2013, after the Tenants Association meeting at 6:30 p.m., with 15 games to be played. There will be no Bingo on Christmas Day; it will be Dec. 26. There will be Bingo on New Year's Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
There are plans to bring recycling back to the Steger. The tenants do recycle papers, but they want to do more.
The 50/50 raffle was won by Jean Hallmark and Steve Geiger.
United Senior Citizens
The United Senior Citizens met on Monday at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 104 people present.
The club's Christmas party began at 11 a.m. Members enjoyed visiting with other members, snacking from the cheese and pepperoni and veggie trays, eating chicken wings, and drinking fruit punch.
President Charles St. George introduced Joan Grupa as a guest and Jean Morse as a new member.
St. George then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and Father Werbecki gave the invocation.
Lunch was then served by Beavertail Catering. Everyone enjoyed the stuffed shells with sauce, meatballs and sausage, Italian bread, tossed salad, dessert, coffee and fruit punch.
The 50/50 raffle winners were Edward Bremer, Herb Centner, Irene Coon, David Lewandowski, Raymond Lewandowski, Pat Smith, Lois Pryor, Carolyn Terese, Birdie Walczak, Peter Smith and Josephine Wierczynski.
The meeting began by thanking the December calling committee. They were Mary Ann Thompson, Pat Ebert, Dorothy Hilliker, Mary Gangi, Lucy Saeli and Josephine Wierczynski.
"Happy Birthday" was sung to members with December birthdays. They were Ann Budniewski, Delores Swank, Gertie Syper, Lucille Rizzo, Margaret Larson, Peggy Pokoj, Carolyn Lewandowski and Geraldine Mock.
The meeting was ended by singing "Silent Night." The next meeting will not be until March 11, 2013. Bingo followed the meeting, hosted by Mayme Joy an Phyllis Laurito.