COLLINS - A reminder to low income and senior residents who have not yet filed their income taxes: Community Action Organization of Erie County is providing a free tax preparation Service at the L. K. Painter Community Center on Friday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Room. For more information, call Dusti Wilson at 549-6382. CAO also be accepting H.E.A.P. applications that day.
50-Plus Seniors will start the week off with its monthly Euchre and Pinochle Card Party Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the center's gymnasium. The $5 fee includes cash table prizes, dessert and beverages.
In addition to the 50-Plus Seniors' regular programs, there is a game afternoon on Friday, March 22 at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room. For those who are looking for company playing games, this is the place to be on a Friday afternoon. There are a variety of games to choose from and it is a fun afternoon.
The next six-hour AARP Defensive Driving Course at L. K. Painter Community Center has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 7. Cost is $17 for those with valid AARP Membership Cards and $19 for non members. Pre-registration required and can only be made by calling 532-2507.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The next meeting of the Collins Center Seniors will be March 25 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot-luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting. Passengers for the New Orleans trip are ask to stay following the regular meeting to receive itinerary, luggage tags and travel information.
Members are reminded that the motor coach for the Syrup & Slots trip on March 19 will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 8:30 a.m.
Seats are available and non-members are welcome May 30 for "Here's to the Divas and Dames" luncheon show and a tour the Medina Railroad Museum and other stops.
June 26, the seniors will travel to the Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs, Pa., to enjoy the gardens before lunch and the show "Boeing, Boeing." This show is entertaining and full of laughs. Non-members are welcome.
For information on these trips or other upcoming journeys, call 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 have been pleased with the number of participants who come regularly to exercise class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The class officially begins at 9:05 a.m. but the attendees usually arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to chat and find a favored place to stand, since the class has become so popular.
The monthly board meeting will be on Wednesday, March 20 at 10:15 a.m. Suggestions and concerns can always be brought to the attention of any board member. On Wednesday, March 27 the knit and crochet group will be meeting at 10:30 a.m. Yoga class will meet on Friday, March 15 and Friday, March 22 at 10:45 a.m. Those attending are reminded to bring a yoga mat. The next Readers' Theatre is on Wednesday, April 3 at 10:30 a.m.
Also, on March 27, there is a Seneca Casino trip leaving at 9 a.m. from the Big Lots Parking Lot. Those who have not paid their $25 and still want to take advantage of getting $20 in slots and $5 for lunch should call Marianne Serio at 672-5274 to register for this day trip. Call the same number if interested in going on the Pennsylvania Rail Adventure Trip in May.
The Grape Belt Senior Center, like any volunteer organization, depends on the willingness of its members to volunteer. The Grape Belt Seniors appreciate the members and volunteers, who rarely talk about all the work they do to make the Center such a warm and welcoming place. Marcia Bartley opens up the center at 8:40 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning, turns on the heat and starts brewing the coffee. After classes and meetings are over she makes sure everything is turned off and locked up. Almost all the members bring treats to the center and often buy things that are needed without letting anyone know that they've done that.
New members are always welcome.
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 "The Rarest of Gifts" was given by Josie Wierczynski. She also read the minutes from the previous meeting. The were accepted as read by Mary Dworak with a second by Ronnie Ginley.
The treasurer's report was read by Carol Kozlowski in the absence of Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted as read by Jean Kubera with a second by Antoinette Arnone.
Attendance prizes were won by Albertine Jakubowicz, Dworak and Jean Szot.
The helper of the day was Irene Christopher and others assisted.
The kitchen committee for April 3 is Arnone and Barbara Barberich.
"Happy Birthday" was sung to Charlene "Charlie" Hallmark, Kozlowski, Szot, Marian Genovese and Wierczynski. They were wished many more.
There will be no meeting on March 20 or March 27. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 3 at the Dunkirk Senior Center.
Share and Care Seniors
The Share and Care Seniors meeting was held on March 5. Monthly reports were given by Secretary Margaret Larson and Treasurer Mayme Joy.
A condolence letter will be sent to the Lucille Rizzo family. As sunshine chairman, she will be greatly missed by the board and members.
The board decided to no longer sponsor casino trips at this time. Rose Cerrie will continue on her own.
Membership for 2013 is due and can be paid anytime.
There will be a Spring Fling dinner party on April 27 at the Beaver Club. Admission is $7 plus dues. Guests' admission is $10 per person. Mail checks to Share and Care Seniors, PO Box 446. They can also be given to Rose Cerrie, who can be reached by calling 679-4386; or Phyllis Laurito at 679-1060.
Other dinner parties are scheduled for Aug. 24 and Oct. 26.
Betty Klawon volunteered to take over as the sunshine chairman until next year.
The next meeting is scheduled for April 2 at 9:30 a.m.
The board would like to welcome new members. Call 679-1060 for more information.
Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association
Steger 'Hi Rise' Tenants Association held a meeting Tuesday in the Community Room.
Secretary Josie Wierczynski and Vice President Alba Santiago were both absent due to illness or family illness. President Rosa Vega called 14 members to order. Last month's minutes and treasury report were handed out by Treasurer Linda Lockhart. Both were accepted by Clara Weber with a second by Jean Hallmark.
Sunshine Lady Addie Windsor sent get-well cards to John Sellers and JoAnne Tegler.
New business included a visit by a representative from Westfield Disposal to see if the tenants would be interested in a "no sort" recycling program. The whole process was explained, flyers were given out and location of containers were decided upon. A unanimous vote for the program followed. Westfield Disposal representatives will follow up with DHA The program will start in April or May.
President Vega passed out associate membership cards.
The Hi-Rise Memorial and Events photo frame has been started, and is mounted behind the Bingo area for better viewing.
There will be another Super Bingo on April 2 at 6:15 p.m.
The monthly birthday party is Wednesday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m.
Tenants were reminded of the DHA meetings held the first Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. in the Community Room. All are encouraged to attend.
The 50/50 winners were Windsor and Hallmark.
There was a reminder given about the St. Patrick's Day dinner on March 17.
President Vega asked if there were any concerns to discuss. As there were none, she made a motion to adjourn.
Refreshments and Bingo followed the meeting. The next meeting is April 9.
United Senior Citizens
The United Senior Citizens met Monday at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 85 members present.
Club President Charles St. George introduced guest Joan Grupa, and Nancy Niebral.
The president then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and Norma St. George then gave the invocation. A moment of silence was observed for deceased member Lucille Rizzo.
Lunch was served by Beavertail Catering. Everyone enjoyed the ham dinner.
The 50/50 winners were Patricia Bradley, Ann Cohen, Pat Ebert, Mary Edwards, Mary Gangi, Margaret Larsen, Phyllis Laurito, Gem Ludeman, Gert Majka and Josephine Siragusa.
The meeting began with birthdays for the months of January, February and March. January birthdays included that of Dorothy Hilliker, Mary Lewandowski, Ralph Moch, Gary Palmer an Wanita Peters. Those who celebrated birthdays in February are Patricia Bradley, Edward Bremer, Jane Bremer, Dorothy Janczak, Josephine Lautenslaker, Lois Pryer and Mary Ann Thompson. March birthday celebrants are Florence Barone, Helen Barone, Cathrine Fabritus, Joseph Greco Jr., Ann Kaminski, Rosemary Mancuso, Nancy Mitchell, Barbara Szocki, Russell Turco, Liv Visosky, Jane Walsh, Josephine Wierczynski, Bonnie Wilson, Nancy Niebral and Harold Rusch.
"Happy Birthday" was sung by all.
The April calling committee will be Hilliker, Ludeman, Wierczynski, Larsen, Pat Ebert and Kaminski.
The club president introduced Patricia Bradley as the new treasurer.
The next meeting will be held on April 8. The menu will be meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables, tossed salad, dessert and coffee.
Bingo was played, hosted by Carolyn Lo Guidice and Mayme Joy.