COLLINS - The first Week of September is here and the 50-Plus Seniors Program is starting to prepare for the fall and winter daily activities at L. K. Painter Community Center. While renovations to the building have begun there have not yet been disruptions to normal activities and the regular Wednesday afternoon senior programs are continuing in the Senior Room as usual.
This Tuesday is the anticipated date to begin replacement of all building windows one unit at a time, during which there may be some disruption to activities according to David Tessmer, Collins town supervisor. Replacement of the Center's front entry doors are to run concurrently with window replacement and may necessitate the use of the Center's rear doors for some periods during this portion of the renovations.
Construction has begun on the installation of the Emergency Power Generator and work on the brick facade restoration that is limited to the north and west exterior sides of the building will take place during the same time as the window replacement project.
Officers will do their best to keep seniors aware of any changes in schedules and hopefully the disruptions will be minor; contractors have been asked to do their best to keep them to a minimum.
The Center will be closed Monday for the Labor Day celebration. The following 50-Plus Senior Programs normally held in the Community Room of Collins Public Library will not be held during the month of September: Wednesdays: Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This Friday: the 1 p.m. monthly movie co-sponsored by 50-Plus Seniors and the Collins Library is canceled. Both activities are canceled due to getting ready for the annual Library Book Sale held in the library Community Room Sept. 19-21. Pat Tucker will open the Senior Room at 1 p.m. for the Wednesday Craft Class and an informal Euchre game.
Two upcoming trips are Monday, Sept. 30, Seneca Niagara Casino and the "The Drawer Boy," the first fall production at Springville Center for the Arts; and Sunday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m. matinee. For more information call Joan Byrne at 532-2507.
Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Seniors returned to the Center for their exercise class in full force on Aug. 26 after a one-week hiatus. Announcements are always made just before weight routines. Sam McLain got quite a few laughs for his news report on marital relationships. There is always so much to talk about and the number of people staying for coffee hour is increasing each week.
The pot luck picnic at the Dunkirk Lighthouse on Aug 29 was a big success with almost 60 people in attendance. There are plans to make the pot luck picnic an annual event.
Readers Theatre will be starting up again on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. New participants are always welcomed by the group. The next board meeting will be on Sept. 11 at 10:15 a.m. Members are encouraged to share their program ideas with any board member.
Tai Chi class on Mondays and Wednesdays meets at 10:30 a.m. and continues to be very popular with all the attendees.
The visiting nurses will be at the Center to give flu shots on Oct. 4.
Payment is due for the Oct. 10 trip to St. Jacobs, Ontario, a charming rural village. Call Judy at 672-5778 to make arrangements or for more information.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday at their clubrooms on Route 5 with 27 members present. They honored the July and August birthdays of Thelma Hilliker, Irene Conny, Shirley Sikorski, Bart Adams, Harry Suski, Pat Corwin and Ed Newman. Dorothy Miniri also has an August birthday; she is in the hospital and the group wishes her well.
Members said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang "God Bless America." Chaplain Conny offered a prayer called "Little Things."
Prizes were read by several members. Lorrie Newman read some jokes.
President Ed Newman announced that the group would hold an indoor yard sale soon, so members can bring items for the sale to the clubrooms at any time.
Bingo was called by Joan Suski.
On Tuesday, the club will have a salad bar luncheon at noon.
On Sept. 14, the seniors will meet on Route 5 to carpool, traveling to Chautauqua Lake to ride on the Summer Wind boat.
The Silver Creek Seniors always welcome new members.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
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 "Prayer for Those Living Alone" was given by Loretta Hemink.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read by Jane Steffan and Jean Kubera.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted as read by Marion Genovese with a second by Sophia Kubasik.
Attendance prizes were won by Kubasik, Korzeniewski and Sandy Tapasto. Helper of the day was Irene Christopher. Others assisted.
The kitchen committee for the next meeting is Annette Arnone and Barb Barberich.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Kubasik with a second by Nancy Woloszyn.
Members are reminded that the Sept. 4 picnic, to be held after the meeting, is only for members who have paid their dues. To pay dues, see an officer.