Forestville Pioneer Social Club
The Forestville Pioneer Social Club met on April 7 with Ruth Kuehn presiding. Judy Hahn led the Pledge of Allegiance, and the opening prayer was given by Norma Steward. Roll call was answered by 19 members.
The secretary's report was read by Peg Heiden, and a motion to accept was made by Hahn and Jane Penhollow.
Arlene Miller gave the treasurer's report and a motion to accept was made by Enebel Mirando and Gertie Syper.
"Happy Birthday" was sung for the April birthdays of Toni Arcara, Grace Hall and Marge Youngberg.
Sunshine Gal Heiden sent sympathy cards to Vicky Stelmack, Marge Best and the family of Marjorie Hock, and a "thinking of you" card to Norma Youngberg.
Winners of the lunch tickets were Henry Kuzora and Syper. The 50/50 winners were Mirando and Wilma Crowell. The Riles & Woolley award was won by Carol Pierce.
Members were reminded to bring things for the Dollar Table. Also, the United Senior Council meeting is April 10 in Forestville.
It was voted to give an award to a Forestville High School graduate with the third highest grade average.
A thank you letter was read from England for the coupons the group has sent to help out military families.
The refreshment committee for the May 5 meeting will be Theresa Latshaw, Angie Logan, and Mirando.
A motion to adjourn was made by Nancy Wilson.
Share & Care
The Share & Care Senior board met on April 1.
Secretary Margaret Larson read the December minutes, which were approved.
The treasurer's report by Rose Cerrie was approved.
Sue Walsh advised the board that she is resigning from her duties of keeping memorial records for Share & Care due to health problems. She will continue as an honorary inactive member of the board.
The president suggested two dinner parties per year, one in May and one in September. The winter months will be eliminated.
The first dinner party will be held on Saturday, May 24 at St. Joseph's School on Main Street in Fredonia. Details will be worked on. Reservations can be made by calling Rose Cerrie 679-4386 or Phyllis Laurito 679-1060.
No dues will be collected at this time.
Birdie Walczak reported her pinochle group is doing very well and thanked the Beaver Club for the use of the building.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 6.
Sinclairville Senior Citizens
The Sinclairville Senior Citizens met recently in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room for a luncheon and auction. President Margie McIntyre welcomed everyone prior to the fine luncheon. Pastor Philip Shay gave the blessing remembering the many who are standing in need.
Festive table decorations were provided by Linda Parmenter, Diane Shaw, and John and Susan Sipos.
Following the lunch, McIntyre led all in the Lord's Prayer and the pledge of allegiance. A brief business meeting was held. Minutes of the previous meeting were by secretary John Sipos and a financial report was by treasurer Charles Sylvester.
Shaw showed some of the weaving which she had been creating. John Sipos talked about some of his journals, and the old hat presented to him by the group 10 years ago. Susan Sipos talked about the Facebook site which was created for the historical society and showed a notebook of photographs on the Facebook.
Jim Odell was in charge of drawings, and recipients included Susan Sipos, Shaw, Marian Culver, Louisa Smith, Sherry Shay, Bonnie Larkin, John Sipos, Betty Wielgasz, and Beverly Higgs.
Wielgasz is the sunshine chairman in charge of cards for special events. Happy birthday was sung for Shaw who had a birthday during the month. Diman Smith talked about a special project of replacing American flags in the area in which the group may participate
The main event of the day was the annual auction enjoyed by the group. Well-known auctioneer Elaine Palmer-Titus took charge of the auction. The first set of Easter items was shown, and then the competitive bidding began. Odell raised his left hand immediately, followed by a bid by Mrs. Shay who was standing, and the bidding was completed with the item being awarded to high bidder Pastor Shay. Many items were then auctioned, and those in attendance went home with some special treasures. High bidder for the day was Mrs. Wielgasz.
The next luncheon for the group will be held May 13 in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room at noon. All those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to pass and their own table service. Table decorations will be provided. New members are always welcome.
Annual Westfield Senior Citizen's Day Dinner
Thursday, April 24 has been chosen for the annual Westfield Senior Citizen's Day Dinner sponsored by the Westfield Recreation Department. This event will be held at the United Methodist Church on Main Street. Serving will begin at 6:00 p.m. On the menu: Chicken and Biscuits. Entertainment will be provided by the Mountain Railroad Band. A nominal donation of $7 per person is asked at the door to help defray the cost. Reservations are requested. For more information or to make a reservation, telephone 326-4243. Several community groups contribute to the operation of this annual event.
Senior Citizen Breakfast
The Brocton Central School Interact Club is hosting a Senior Citizen Breakfast for all Brocton-Portland area seniors on Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m. in the school cafeteria. After breakfast, tours of the school will be given. RSVP to Linda Miller at school (792-2173) prior to April 24.
Palm Sunday will start off Holy Week but the 50-Plus Seniors will get a jump start Saturday with its Lenten Trip to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Broadway Market and lunch at Ilio Di Paolo's. Time permitting we will have a very brief stop at Our Lady of Victory Basilica. Participants are requested to arrive at 9 a.m. in order that the bus can leave promptly at 9:15 a.m. from the L. K. Painter Community Center's front parking lot.
The AARP Defensive Driving Course on Tuesday will be held in the Community Room of the Painter Center. This course is filled. Participants are to park in the rear parking lot and use the back entrance.
Remember to bring a driver's license, AARP Membership Card (for those claiming the discounted cost) and a pen.
The next AARP Defensive Driving Course is Tuesday, June 3 in the Center's Community Room. Cost for the one day class is $20 for those with valid AARP membership cards and $25 for all others. Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling Joan Byrne at 532-2507. Payment made out to AARP must be made within five days of making telephone registration and sent to Collins Town Hall, attention AARP, P.O. Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. Payment must be by check or money order. Cash is not accepted.
Participants may bring a bag lunch or can order a luncheon made by members of the 50-Plus Senior Program. Lunch must be ordered when making the phone reservation. Cost of lunch is $2.50 per person to be paid in cash the morning of the course. This year courses have been filled quickly so early reservations are recommended. After the June class, AARP courses will be suspended until fall.
Other activities this week are:
Sunday: Pickle Ball is at 1 p.m., in the gymnasium. Park in the back lot and enter through the rear door.
Monday: Indoor walking and exercise is led by Pat Tucker at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium.
Tuesday: Gentle arthritis exercise class will not be held Tuesday due to AARP Driving class.
Wednesday: Indoor walking and exercise will be at 9 a.m. Quilting with Florence is 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Collins Public Library Community Room. Pat Tucker will open Senior Room #1 at 1 p.m. for open crafts and informal euchre. The senior bowling banquet and final game for the spring season will start at noon at K & L Lanes in Gowanda. The luncheon sign up sheet is available at the Lanes.
Thursday: Gentle arthritis exercises is 10 a.m.in the gymnasium.
Friday: Senior programs are canceled in observance of Good Friday.
Pickle Ball is canceled on Easter Sunday and will resume on April 27.
Silver Creek Seniors
The meeting of the Silver Creek Seniors started with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing "God Bless America." Dorothy Miniri said a prayer including the many club members who are ill.
Joan Suski made the motion for the purchase of a new mop and pail. Miniri seconded it and all approved.
Next week, April 15, the club will have an Easter luncheon at noon. The members will bring the fixings for a ham dinner.
Lorrie Newman had some cute jokes and Suski called bingo.
50/50 winners were Janice Snyder, Fred Sikorski and Newman.
Door prize winners were Eleanor Lemiszko and Carl Mohart.
Thoughts and prayers go out to all the club's ill members, including Irene Conny, Bart Adams, Sam Chiappone, Fran Smith, Mary Congdon, Clara Griffin, Corky Patton, and Joyce Snyder. All are missed.
Collins Center Seniors
The motor coach for Tuesday's trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda.
A few seats are available for the May 14 trip to "Gooseneck Hill Bird Sanctuary." It is possible to observe over 50 varieties of birds, singing and dancing swans and over 25 rock gardens. A sit down lunch is scheduled at Spragues Maple Farm. The next stop is the Ellicottville Brewing Co. and the last is Watson's Chocolate. Nonmembers are welcome. Payment is due April 21.
"Star Spangled Pops" is May 23. The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus at Kleinhans Music Hall will honor the men and women who have served our country and pay tribute to the American Spirit. Lunch will be at the Pan Am Grill at the Hotel Lafayette and the day ends at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park. Nonmembers are welcome. Payment is due April 14
June 5 is the Mystery Tour "Past, Present, and Future" There is no casino included. Step back into the past, see sights of the present from above and learn about the future. This trip is packed with interesting sites.
June 8-10 a trip to Kentucky for "The Thrills of Louisville" includes a backstretch breakfast tour at Churchill Downs, a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum and a stop at Louisville Sluggers Museum. During an evening aboard the Bell of Louisville includes fine dining and dancing with big band music and entertainment. Before returning home a tour of the Jim Beam distillery is scheduled. Nonmembers are welcome. Payment is due May 1.
On July 9 a trip to "Sonnenberg Gardens" features a tour the 40-room Mansion built in 1887 and its beautiful gardens. Lunch will be at the Holland House where fine food has been served since 1808. The day will end with a wine tasting and relaxing ride home.
On July 23, "A day at the park" is planned. This is a senior day at Darien Lake that includes lunch at Maria Spaghetti House, two shows, refreshments, time at the Lakefront Boardwalk, rides, bingo and an Ice Cream Social at Perry's Ice Cream. When was the last time you circled around a carousel, enjoyed a view from the top of the Ferris Wheel or tasted Cotton Candy? Non members are welcome.
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
Brocton-Portland Senior Citizens
Brocton-Portland Seniors are planning a trip April 29 to visit a day in the life of the Amish at Clymer and Conewango. The bus departs from the Brocton American Legion at 9:45 a.m. and at 10 a.m. from Fredonia.
The trip includes an Amish wedding dinner, which consists of fresh bread, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, vegetable, dessert of date pudding and two kinds of pie, coffee, tea, your choice of entree: chicken or meat loaf. Each person willing to take a horse and buggy ride around the farm is welcome to do so.
From there the group will travel on to two more attractions. Upon leaving the dinner house, each person attending will receive a loaf of bread to take home.
One stop will be the Valley View Cheese Co., where cheese and Melinda's candies are for sale. The other, Barbara Miller's residence in Conewango Valley, is an opportunity to see how the Amish clan lives. Delicious baked goods are on sale there.
The cost of $59 includes the meal, transportation, and gratuity.
For further information and reservations, please call Mary at 792-9748.