COLLINS - Highlight of the final week in January for 50-Plus Seniors will be "Showboat," the 1 p.m. movie Friday in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. Baseball fans will enjoy this film starring Clint Eastwood. More information on the film can be obtained by calling the Library or L. K. Painter Community Center, co-sponsors of the monthly movies held the first Monday of each month at the library.
Monday programs at the Painter Center, Main Street, Collins, will resume this week after being closed for Martin Luther King Jr., Day, a legal holiday, and include Indoor Walking and Exercises, 9 a.m. in the center's gym. Walking is also held Wednesday and Friday mornings at the same time. Monday afternoon an informal Euchre Game will be held at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room.
There is no membership fee to belong to the 50-Plus Senior Program and no cost for senior activities unless so noted in announcements. In the event of inclement weather, check Channels 2 and 4 for closings of 50-Plus Senior Programs.
The first winter bus trip to Niagara Scenic Casino is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21. Motor Coach will depart at 10:45 a.m. from the center's front parking lot. Cost is $13 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia, and $14 for all others. Reservations can be made by calling Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, 532-2507. Checks made payable to Town of Collins are to be sent within five days of telephone confirmation to Collins Town Hall, attention Joan Byrne, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY, 14034.
Reservations are now being accepted for the first winter AARP Driving Course on Tuesday, March 5, at L. K. Painter Community Center. Cost is $17 for those with valid AARP Memberships and $19 for non members. Payment payable to AARP is to be made by check or money order; cash is not acceptable and must be received at Collins Town Hall within five days after telephone confirmation of acceptance to class. Reservations can only be made by calling 532-2507; have AARP membership card available when calling.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS - 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. Members are reminded dues must be paid no later than the January meeting in order to remain a member.
The next three trips are as follows:
On March 13, members will enjoy an Irish festival at the Old Library Inn, Olean. The first stop will be the Cuba Cheese Shop, followed by an Irish buffet, music, authentic folklore, Irish dancers and comedy. The group will travel to Bradford to visit the Zippo/Case Museum before heading home.
On March 19, members are off to Portville for a breakfast at Spragues Maple Farm Restaurant before heading to the Seneca Allegany Casino for a day at the slots.
A Dyngus Day party is planned for April 1, including a tour of the historic Corpus Christi Church, a Polish luncheon and polka music at the Cove Banquet Facility in Depew, and a stop at the Marilla Country Store before heading home.
There are several other trips planned for 2013. For additional information, contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks for trips payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Forty-seven members of the Mayville Senior Citizens met at noon at the Mayville VFW for lunch and a speaker.
President Joyce Ayers greeted the group and Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the group and the food. Louise Richer, Bonnie Johnson and Mary Carlson set the tables and made the coffee.The seniors enjoyed a large variety of casseroles and desserts.
Goodrich read "Follow the Plow" "Decide on Happiness Ahead of Time" and led the group in prayer. Ayers led the flag salute and conducted the short business meeting. Izetta Ayling and Edna Brown gave their reports and all were reminded that 2013 dues are due.
Trip co-chairs Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey gave all those present copies of the 2013 scheduled trips and advised them that there were a few new rules from the tour companies. All new trips must be paid for a month ahead, but there is trip insurance available in case of an emergency.
Goodwill chair Mary Carlson announced the birthday and anniversary celebrants for January. Life members with January birthdays are Barbara McManus, Gerald Thompson, James Stacy and Naomie Wiler, who will be 90. Others are Jeanne Rhinehart, Maxine Francis, Alma Shepard, Sharon Crandall, Barb Witherow, Priscella Farver and Sandra Chandler. James and Carol Jackson, and Dick and JoAnne Westpfahl are celebrating their wedding anniversaries.
No one won the lottery. Sandy Wagner won the door prize donated by Dolly Gilbert.
Program Chair Bill Tornstrom introduced Mitchell Cummings, a member of the National Guard unit in Jamestown. Cummings and his unit were deployed to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. He showed pictures and described the devastation. Snow plows had to be used to remove the sand from streets. They distributed food and water and carried cases of bottled water up 20 flights of stairs for those living there without electricity and water. The unit thought they were to be gone for 48 hours, but were there helping for 19 days, some of which were spent in tents. The seniors had many questions for Cummings, who is a student at Fredonia State.
The next meeting of the Mayville Seniors will be on Feb. 7 in the Mayville VFW. It will be the annual soup and sandwich meal. People have signed up to furnish the meal, bowls and table service will be provided. The cost for those not providing will be $3.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Happy Seniors met recently with 23 members present. President Ellyn Sutehall called the meeting to order. Arlene Miller offered a prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of "God Bless America" and the "Happy Senior Anthem." Roll call was taken by Shirley Sikorski. The food committee was suspended for Feb. 1, as there will be a pot-luck dinner that day at noon. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass. The treasurer's report was given by Angie Logan and accepted as read; minutes from the previous meeting were read by Susan Townsend and the incorrect spelling of Ellyn Sutehall's name was noted.
The guest speaker for the meeting was the Rev. Thomas Burian of the First Presbyterian Church of Silver Creek. Burian recounted the intrigue of his youth in Hungary. He was born in Hungary in 1957, just prior to the Hungarian Revolution. His father was one of the leaders of the resistance. His grandfathers, too, were involved in the fighting. One of them was sent to Siberia by the Russians and his mother's grandfather was sent to Auschwitz by the Nazis. As one can imagine, his family was persona non gratis. Neither man was ever seen again. Burian's father and the family went into hiding, and his father was tried in absentia for treason by the Russians.
In 1959, he was able to get out of the country and went to Australia. Rev. Burian had dreamed of being a medical doctor, but because of his family's political beliefs, he was refused entrance to the medical college. Instead, he found his calling in the Hungarian Reform Church. He has a PhD and graduated from this program magna cum laude. In 1972 he organized a demonstration against the communists and unbeknownst to him at the time, a photo of him appeared as part of a photo mural in the lobby of the government building that, in his youth, was the scene of personal communist interrogations. In 1980 he left Hungary for Australia, and in 1995 he moved to Montreal. "God was with me," he said. Chinese proverb: Wish for an interesting life!
Sutehall adjourned the meeting and refreshments were served. Members are reminded again of the pot luck dinner on Feb. 1 at noon, and the pizza party on Feb. 14 for Valentine's Day. One of the 50/50 pots went to Gertie. The Riles and Woolley prize went to Miller.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Seniors met at 1 p.m. on Tuesday on a very cold day with 17 members present. President Ed Newman opened the session by leading the members in the pledge to the flag, followed by a prayer.
Lorrie Newman presented some stories. The group enjoyed a short cd of Red Skelton. The 50/50 drawing was won by Iva McClenathan, Mary Congdon and Mary Ann Siebert. Numbers chosen were won by McClenathan, Shirley Sikorski and Clara Griffin.
Dot Jones is now in the Chautauqua County Home.
Birthdays will be recognized at the Jan. 29 meeting with Irene Conny and Seibert making the birthday cakes.
Bingo was called by Ernie Hilliker.
SINCLAIRVILLE - The Sinclairville 76ers recently elected officers for 2013. Re-elected was Richard Smith of Sinclairville to serve as the president. Smith is at the site nearly every day checking on the progress of the meals, keeping the vans in good running order, and checking on personnel. When needed, Smith will serve as one of the substitute drivers on a route. Elected for vice president is John Sipos, who also serves as a driver on a regular basis.
Elsie Livermore is the secretary of the group, as well as site manager, and Margie McIntyre is the treasurer. Trustees elected include Albert Olmstead, Tom Alford, Lee Livermore, Irene Moll and Eddie Roberson. Ainsley Smith serves as the financial bookkeeper for the group. Lisa Rangel is the head cook.
Sinclairville 76ers is the Meals on Wheels program for the Cassadaga Valley area. The organization was formed in 1976 to create senior housing in the Sinclairville area, and five years later the Meals on Wheels program was organized. Based in Sinclairville at the fire hall dining room, meals are prepared and delivered three days a week on three different routes by volunteer drivers. The meals are kept hot with special hot boxes which connect to the electrical system of the van. Meals are delivered to Cassadaga, Stockton, Lily Dale, Cherry Creek, Conewango Valley, Ellington, Gerry and Sinclairville.
Meal preparation begins at 6 a.m. and the vans are usually on the road for deliveries by 9:40 a.m. Each route takes about two hours to deliver the meals. The same meal is served on the same days of the week at the site located at the Sinclairville fire hall dining room at noon.
For more information on the Sinclairville 76ers, call 962-3455. New members are always welcome.