COLLINS - Time is running out to sign up for the 50-Plus Seniors motor coach trip to Seneca Niagara Casino on Thursday, Feb. 21. With all the snow and wind the area has been plagued with lately, a trip is a great way to banish the winter blues and enjoy a group outing.
Incentive is $25 in Seneca Slot Dollars. Cost is $13 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $14 for all others. There is no food voucher for this trip. Final day to register and make payment is Tuesday, Feb. 12. Payment is to be made by check or money order payable to Town of Collins and sent to Collins Town Hall, attention Joan Byrne, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034. To register call Byrne at 532-2507 or sign up in the Senior Room during program hours. Motor Coach will depart at 10:45 a.m. from the front parking lot.
Only a few seats remain for the one-day AARP Defensive Driving Course to be held Tuesday, March 5 in the Community Room of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. Cost is $17 for those with valid AARP Membership Cards and $10 for non members. Registration can only be made by calling 532-2507. Next AARP Driving Course will be held end of April or first week of May, date to be announced shortly.
In addition to the regularly scheduled, weekly senior activities, a Euchre and Pinochle Card Party will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. The $5 cost includes cash table prizes, dessert and beverages.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - Passengers for the Feb. 13 trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino are reminded that the motor coaches will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 8:30 a.m. As there will be two motor coaches please check to see which coach you are on. The Gowanda Police department strongly recommends that everyone lock their vehicles.
A few seats are available and non-members are welcome for the Dyngus Day Party April 1 at Cove's Banquet Facility including a Polish buffet and music by Fritz's Polka Band.
Three new trips were introduced at the January meeting. "Inside, Outside and Upside-down" is the inspirational, educational and interesting mystery trip May 10.
On May 30, seniors will head to Albion for "Here's to the Divas and Dames" luncheon show at Tillman's Village Inn. Enjoy a cabaret style tribute by Marcy Downey. The group will tour the Medina Railroad Museum and another stop or two.
On June 26, the seniors will travel to the Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs, Pa., to explore the Inn and Gardens before a lunch followed by the show "Boeing, Boeing." This 1960s farce features a self-styled Parisian womanizer Bernard who has three fiances - Italian, German and American, each a beautiful airline hostess. Chaos ensues when unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Bernard's Paris apartment at the same time. There are non-stop laughs throughout the play.
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.
Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Seniors were very saddened by the death of Jean Steger. She participated in many of the activities at the center and always entertained the members with her wry sense of humor.
The 9 a.m. Monday-Wednesday-Friday exercise class has been moving to some faster beats lately with some new CDs with music from the 60s and 70s. Warm up activities are followed by low impact aerobics and weights. New participants are always welcome. Following exercise class many people stay around to visit with each other, drink coffee and have a low calorie snack. Yoga class continues to meet on Fridays at 10:45 a.m. for the rest of February.
Those who enjoy knitting and/or crocheting you should consider coming to this activity on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m. They have been meeting on the second Wednesday of the month and are considering meeting on the fourth Wednesday as well. Readers Theatre will meet again on Wednesday, March 6 at 10:30 a.m.
The next board meeting will be on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 10:15 a.m. Plans for spring activities will be discussed as well as other items brought up by the membership.
David Wendt from the Wendt Touring Company will be coming to the Center on Monday, March 4 at 10:30 to meet with those who are interested in finding out more about the Pennsylvania Rail Adventure. His Power Point presentation will feature some of the highlights of the trip, which is planned for May 14-17. In addition he will answer specific questions about the trip from the audience. Those who like to travel by deluxe coach and train to see spectacular scenery should come to this presentation on March 4 and find out more about this guided tour, which includes three nights of lodging and several meals. Coffee, tea and dessert will be served. Call 672-5274 with questions about this tour.
There are also two Seneca casino trips planned. The first one is March 27 and reservations should be made quickly by calling 672-5274. The next casino trip will be on April 24. The cost for each is $25 with $20 in slots and $5 toward the lunch buffet.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. President Stella Michalak led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "Suitable for Framing" was given by Josie Wierczynski. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Sandy Tapasto with a second by Barb Barberich. The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted as read by Nancy Woloszyn with a second by Antoinette Arnone.
Attendance prizes were won by Betty Korzeniewski, Sophia Kubasik and Wierczynski.
Helper of the day was Irene Christopher and others assisted.
The kitchen committee for Feb. 13 is Betsy Standera and Jane Steffan.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Jean Szot with a second by Jean Kubera.
"Happy Birthday" was sung to Christopher and she was wished many more. The next meeting is Feb. 13.
There will be no meeting on Feb. 20. Big Bingo will be held that day at The Dunkirk Senior Center at 4 p.m.
Mt. Carmel Social Club
SILVER CREEK - On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 30 members met for a regular meeting. President Tampio called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Carm Morabito read the opening prayer. Josie Crino gave roll call.
All reports were read and accepted. Secretary Sue Borowski gave a detailed report. It too was accepted. Birthdays were announced, and "Happy Birthday" well-wishes were extended to Jean McDanield and Guy Patton.
It was decided that all donations to the Food Bank should go to the church. There is a special place where they should be put.
Flyers were on hand for members to take about upcoming trips by the Grape Belt Seniors.
Thank you cards were received from Colleen McKinna for the club's donation to the Food Bank and from Mr. and Mrs. Tim Christian for the baby basket gift.
A Valentine's luncheon will be held at the Feb. 20 meeting. Cleanup committee is Connie Mazzello, Angie Logan and Crino.
Mt. Carmel Social Club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. and always welcomes new members.
Pioneer Social Club
FORESTVILLE - The Forestville Pioneer Social Club met on Feb. 4 with Ruth Kuehn presiding. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Barb Tower and the opening prayer was given by Dorothy Merrill.
Roll call was answered by 16 members. Peg Heiden read the minutes from the January meeting. A motion to accept was made by Carol Dipirro and Arlene Miller. Angie Logan gave the treasurer's report. A motion to accept was made by Jane Penhollow and seconded by Marge Hoch.
"Happy Birthday" was sung for the February birthdays of Rita Boyland and Hoch.
Sunshine Gal Heiden sent get well cards to Harry Lycette, Carol Pierce and Norm Youngberg. Sympathy cards were send to Molly Meadows and Dorothy Schneider.
The lunch tickets were won by Gertie Syper and Heiden. The 50/50 winners were Vicky Stelmack and Logan. The Riles and Woolley prize was won by Kuehn.
A thank you card was received from Shannon Burkiett. Angie Logan announced that a trip to the casino is being planned by the Sheridan Happy Seniors if anyone is interested in going.
The refreshment committee for the March 4 meeting is Hoch, Theresa Latshaw and Logan.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday on Route 5 with 29 members present. President Ed Newman opened the session by leading the group in saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing "God Bless America."
A prayer titled "God Works Miracles" followed, presented by Chaplain Irene Conny. Newman announced that Dorothy Jones had a stroke and needs prayers.
Newman then asked Lorrie Newman to give the monthly financial report, which was accepted as read.
The Hole Parker drawing was won by Fran Smith. Number drawings were won by Guy Patton and Clara Griffin. Lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 12 will be furnished by members. The Hillikers will bring dessert.
Refreshments were served by Smith and Joan Suski. Bingo was called by Suski. The 50/50 drawing was won by Jane Park, Evelyn Martin and Mary Ann Seibert.