COLLINS - The first 2013 AARP Driving Course at L. K. Painter Community Center will be held Tuesday, March 5 at 9 a.m. in the center's Community Room. The class is filled and participants are asked to park in the rear parking lot. They are also reminded to bring their driver's license, AARP membership card if they have one, and a pen. Information for the next AARP Class will be announced shortly.
Friday, March 8 is the final day to register and pay for the Sunday, April 14 matinee performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank" in Marvel Theatre at SUNY Fredonia. This timeless work won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize and the story is told through Anne's diary entries starting just after her 13th birthday, mere days before her family is forced into hiding in an attempt to escape the tyranny of invading Nazi forces during World War II.
Cost is $28 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia, and $30 for all others. A minimum of 20 participants required or trip will be canceled and payment refunded. Transportation by school bus will depart at 1 p.m. from the center's front parking lot on Main Street. A soup supper in the Senior Room will follow upon return.
Payment for all 50-Plus Senior trips are to be made by check or money order to Town of Collins and sent to the Collins Town Hall, attention trips, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034.
For those who are unable to get to Cattaraugus Free Library for free tax help from Don and Allison Girod, who are no longer able to provide this valuable help in Erie County, Community Action Organization of Erie County will be at the L. K. Painter Community Center on one day, Friday March 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to provide free tax preparation service for low income and senior residents.
CAO representatives will be located in the center's Community Room in the rear of the building. Parking in the rear lot is recommended. For more information and to register, call Dusti Wilson at 549-6382. CAO will also be accepting H.E.A.P. applications that day.
Volunteer bakers are needed for the March 17 Euchre and Pinochle Card Party. Call Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, 532-2507, if willing to help.
Brocton-Portland Seniors met Monday with 40 members and two guests present. President Margaret Jagoda opened the meeting with Art Donovan leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Alberta Blakely giving the prayer of thanks and moment of silence.
The committee was Beulah Williams, providing homemade mint candies and decorated boxes; Betty Kierczyk with table centerpieces; and Julie Schrantz bringing clover leaf cookies, all in the St. Patrick's Day theme. Homemade soups, desserts and sandwiches were a treat for all.
Chris Anderson and Sandy Ahlgren from Heritage Ministries in Jamestown were guest speakers. Their program New View on Aging gave suggestions of ideas for better health and thought processes for keeping active and vital.
Butch McDonald and Bob Jagoda approved the secretary's report, and Kate Cranston and Carm Johnson approved the treasurer's report. Dues are now due and new members are always welcome.
Under new business, Mary Tripi announced a pending bus trip for May with a tentative agenda. Discussion was held regarding funding and President Jagoda will secure the new process information.
Tom DeJoe gave an update on the County Legislature and County Home.
The Marmaduke Fund needs donations and the Arch will be painted in March and lighted. The Bicentennial Committee will use the Legion as central location for all the Bicentennial and BCS Alumni festivities in July. The Bicentennial reenactment of the very first town meeting will be April 3 at the Legion. There are only 150 seats available and are $20 each for the catered dinner.
Katie Cranston reported sending cards to Bill Norris, Joe Gatto in Buffalo Hospital, Pat Smith at home, Joan Bertrando in Westfield and Laurel Giambra was wished quick recovery. Butch McDonald and Josie Lautenslaker were the February birthday celebrants.
Door prizes were won by Josie Lautenslaker and Ruth Patterson. Tom DeJoe, Bob Patterson, Ruth Patterson and Bonnie Suppo were the raffle winners. The table centerpieces were won by Titus, the Buvoltzs, Hutt, Abram, C. Patterson, Tripi, Readings, Lee and Rogers.
The next meeting will be Monday, March 25 at noon at the Legion with everyone bringing a dish for the tureen noon meal and their own table service. The committee for the Easter luncheon will be Rick and Kate Cranston, Alberta Blakely, Cliff and Bea Lee.
Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Seniors were happy to return to their regular exercise classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. after a one-week break of routine. Following Monday's class and coffee hour, a pot-luck luncheon was held at the center. There were so many good appetizers, salads and entrees that the participants returned for seconds and sometimes even thirds. Several people brought recipes to share and some of the leftovers were saved for the next coffee hour.
There is a devoted group of knitters meeting on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. On Wednesday, interested members came over to the knitters' table to admire their beautiful handiwork. Newcomers are always welcome and for those with questions about their own project, there is always someone there to help them out. Readers' Theatre will be meeting on Wednesday, March 6 at 10:30 a.m. They meet on the first Wednesday of every month. Participants and audience members are always welcome.
Yoga class will meet today at 10:45 a.m. and will also be meeting for the next three Fridays at the same time.
David Wendt will be at the Center at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 4 to do a Power Point presentation of the upcoming trip to Lancaster and surrounds. He is more than willing to answer any questions anyone in the audience might have about the tour. There will also be some members in the audience who have gone on a previous tour arranged by Wendt Travel Bureau and are excited about vacationing with the tour company again. The community is invited to come to the center for the presentation and to enjoy coffee and dessert.
Several members expressed an interest in going to the Broadway Market. Judy Marino was able to arrange for such a trip on Thursday, March 21. The bus will leave around 9 a.m. so that trip-goers will be able to be at the market from 10 a.m. until noon. Lunch will then be offered at the Pearl Street Grill. Following lunch there will be a visit to Corpus Christi Church. The cost is $59, which includes lunch. If interested, call 672-5274 to make a reservation and a lunch selection, or stop by at the center to sign up for the day trip. Call the same number to register for the Seneca Casino Trips scheduled for Wednesday, March 27 or Wednesday, April 24. Each casino trip costs $25 with $20 worth of slots given to each participant and $5 toward lunch.
All Grape Belt Senior activities are listed on the calendar at the center and flyers and sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin board when coming in the front door. Interested community members are invited to come visit the center on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.
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 singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "Little Things" was given by Josie Wierczynski. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Wierczynski as well. They were accepted as read by Charlene Hallmark with a second by Sandy Tapasto.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted as read by Dorothy Sarzyniak with a second by Dorothy Kornacki.
Attendance prizes were won by Betsy Sandara, Carrie Gawronski and Tapasto.
Helper of the day was Carol Kozlowski, and others assisted.
The kitchen committee for March 6 is Peggy Williams and Agnes Warner.
The sign-up sheet for the April Gala is available now at the Senior Center.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Thirty-one members of the Mayville Senior Citizens enjoyed lunch recently at the Mayville VFW. Tables were set by Louise Richer, Dolly Gilbert, and Bonnie Johnson. Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the meal, and gave several cute readings and devotions after the meal. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Millie Wassink and Barb Biekert who recently died.
President Joyce Ayers led the group in the flag salute and conducted the short business meeting. Secretary Izetta Ayling read the minutes and correspondences. Treasurer Edna Brown gave her report. Dorothy Akam was introduced as a new member.
Trip co-chair Jean Kelsey stated there could be no more reservations accepted for the trip on March 12 to the Niagara Casino, but there are seats available for all the other trips. On May 31, members will be going to Cambridge Springs to "The Patsy Cline Show and dinner." On July 17, members will travel to the Hidden Valley Animal Adventure. In September , the group will go to Mackinaw Island and surrounding areas. On Oct. 7, a trip to the Ohio Amish country is planned. Call Sandy at 753-7814 or Jean at 753-2663 for more information and to reserve a seat on the bus.
Ayers introduced program chair Bill Tornstrom, who introduced Mickie, owner of HiretheHelp.com. She puts people who need big or little, usual or unusual jobs done in touch with those who can do those work. All of her workers are thoroughly screened. There is no job too big, too small or too dirty - she will find someone to do it as long as it is an honest request.
Marsha Lindbergh won the door prize. There was no lottery winner.
The next meeting of the Mayville Senior Citizens will be on March 7 at noon in the Mayville VFW. The entertainment will be a hootenanny by John, Doc, Hammel and Bill Drellow. This type of entertainment is a casual swapping of songs that was popular in the '50s and '60s. All area residents 55 or older are welcome. Those attending should bring a dish to pass and their own table service.
Mt. Carmel Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Members met Wednesday, Feb. 20 with 25 present. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Carm Morabito gave a prayer. Josie Crino called roll. All reports were given and accepted. Members then enjoyed a valentine luncheon of salad, sandwiches, cookies and ice cream.
The refreshment committee for the March 6 meeting will be Mary Congdon, Millie Karr, and Gene and Ginny Chesbro.
After their meal, the members enjoyed playing Bingo and 50/50.
Members are reminded that there is a sign-up sheet for St. Joseph's table. If they have not already done so, members should sign up at the March 6 meeting. St. Joseph's Day is March 19; the club meets March 20.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday, Feb. 19 with 23 members present. President Ed Newman presided over the session with all saying the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." Chaplain Irene Conny read a prayer called "I Know That God Loves Me." Minutes from the Feb. 12 meeting were read and passed as presented. Lorrie Newman read some stories.
A new glass ornamental cross made and presented by Ed Newman was appreciated by the group. Some of the glass pieces used were from an old window at the senior center.
Prizes were won by several members.
A public safety inspection of the building was held recently and the facility was found to be in compliance with the New York uniform fire prevention and building code.
Twenty-nine members of the Silver Creek Seniors convened Tuesday on Route 5 at the Senior Center for a healthy lunch consisting of all veggies furnished by the members. Ed Newman opened the session with all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing "God Bless America." This was followed with Chaplain Irene Conny giving a prayer entitled "The Lord's Blessing."
Prizes were won by Ernie Hilliker and Rose Falcone. The number drawings were won by Corkie Patton, Mary Congdon and Joanne Martin.
Lorrie Newman presented a few stories.
Bingo was called by Joan Suski.
There will be pizza on March 5 at 1 p.m.
SINCLAIRVILLE - The Sinclairville 76ers recently held its monthly business meeting, with members, officers and trustees present. Site Manager and Secretary Elsie Livermore read the minutes of the previous meeting. Ainsley Smith presented the treasurer's report of the group, which keeps record of income and expenditures of the Meals on Wheels program. These were approved by a motion made by Marge McIntyre and seconded by Vice President John Sipos.
During the last year, the by-laws of the group were brought up to date, and after an examination by the local attorney, these were approved by a vote. The by-laws will be signed by the trustees. Sipos said that thank you messages had been sent out to those who helped with the new by-laws.
Discussion was held on the upcoming benefit spaghetti dinner to be held on Sunday, April 14. Bob Clark and Bill Hulett have taken charge of the benefit, and tickets are available from either of them. In addition to the dinner, raffles will be held for items which are donated by people of the community. The dinner is open to all and will begin at noon. The benefit dinner will help a family in need.
The 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 former Sinclairville High School and is now called Charlotte Villa. Five years later, the Meals on Wheels program was started. Meals are prepared in the Sinclairville fire hall kitchen and delivered on three different routes in three vans by volunteers. Meals are kept hot with special hot boxes which connect to the electrical system of the van. The 76ers is a part of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging.
Meals are delivered to the Sinclairville area, and surrounding communities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Sinclairville fire hall dining room also serves meals on the same days of the week at noon. For more information, call 962-3455. New members are always welcome.