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Senior Health & Wellness Fair - September 2019

   On Friday, October 4, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., New York State Senator Chris Jacobs will be hosting a free Senior Health & Wellness Fair with health screenings, wellness information and healthy giveaways. The event will take place at the Town of Tonawanda Senior Center, 291 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda, 14150. Attendees will receive free blood pressure checks, hearing and vision tests, as well as receive free dietary and nutritional advice. Seniors wishing more information can contact Senator Jacobs’ office at (716) 854-8705 and jacobs@nysenate.gov.




September Birthday Celebration at Golden Age Center - September 2019


Bernie Callahan is holding Town of Grand Island Proclamation, with Town Councilwoman Bev Kinney.

Birthday gal Barb Nowakowski.

23 Skidoo
Photos from Mary Stewart.

   September birthdays at the Grand Island Senior Center were celebrated at the beginning of the month. It was a special day for Bernie Callahan as she was presented the Town proclamation honoring her 100th birthday, and the years she has been a member and involved with the senior center. The proclamation was to be presented to her at the recent town board meeting, but Bernie was unable to attend so Recreation Supervisor Jennifer Mentor accepted it for her. The birthday luncheon always features a special menu item and ice cream and birthday cake, graciously donated by Elderwood at Grand Island. This month's entertainment featured 23 Skidoo.




GAC Annual Picnic - August 2019




   

Story & photos by Mary Stewart.

   It was a fun day on Thursday, August 22nd, when the Grand Island Senior Center held its annual picnic. It included indoor and outdoor games, a chance to win prizes and just enjoy yourself. Lunch included hot dogs and hamburgs on the grill, and macaroni salad. Games consisted of Ladder Ball led by Nancy Tobe and Kathy Lechner, won by Marge Lebrenz; Clothes Pin Drop led by Joy Mesmer, won by Iris Galeza, Cathy Mancuso and Judi Mazur; Ring Toss led by Linda Clark and Marge Lebrenz won by Don Lewis; Bean Bag Toss led by Ada Payne won by Lloyd Potter; Putt Putt led by Jerry Kutis won by Dave Rogers; Croquet led by Erin Monnett won by Ruth Landel and Bingo led by Carrie Mesmer. Winners of 13 games played included Kathy Shaklee, Jane Consier, Gail Sturm, Lucy D'Alessadro, Jim Walf and Kathy Loth. There was also a make your own sundae bar!




Bernie Callahan 100th Birthday Party - August 2019


Bernie Callahan with Evelyn Lewis.

Well attended luncheon party.
Photos from Mary Stewart.

    You can never have too many birthday parties! The Golden Age Center hosted a birthday luncheon for 100 year-old Bernie Callahan on Thursday, August 15th. Lunch was beef stirfry, a favorite of Bernie, and cake and ice cream.




Golden Age Center - Reminiscing: Weddings - July 2019


Mary Stewart wedding gown.

Carrie Mesmer wedding gown and veil.

Wedding albums and photo display.
Story & photos from Mary Stewart.

    The Golden Age Center and Carrie Mesmer hosted a special program "Reminiscing: Weddings" on July 19th. Carrie and Mary Stewart brought in their gowns, which were 22 years (exactly!) and 55 years old, respectively. Others brought in photos and wedding albums to share.




Senior Wishes Is Looking For Dreams To Fulfill - July 2019

   Senior Wishes is looking for seniors who could use a bit of extra joy. The local non-profit’s mission is to fulfill wishes that may have been set aside by qualifying seniors. A wish can be any meaningful experience the recipient deeply desires. Past wishes have included traveling to visit long-missed family, cheering on a favorite team in person, and revisiting an abandoned hobby. Whatever the wish, Senior Wishes wants to hear about it.
   According to Wendy Miller Backman, Senior Wishes Executive Director, "Senior Wishes was created to foster respect and appreciation by providing seniors with a life enriching experience to be remembered. These are people who have spent their lives serving our country, caring for others, volunteering in the community and raising their families. We want them to know they are not forgotten."
   Wish recipients must be 65+ and a resident of Western New York with an annual income under $38,000 for a household of one or under $44,000 for a household of two. Permanent residents of care facilities are exempt from the income qualification. Vacations, medical items, household repairs, bill payments and travel outside of the continental U.S. are excluded. Full details can be found at www.SeniorWishes.org or by calling Wendy at 716-508-2121.




Past Presidents Luncheon - June 2019


Story & photo from Mary Stewart.

    On Thursday, June 20th, the Golden Age Club held its annual past presidents luncheon. Seated from left: Dorothy Lew, 2000 - 2001, Evelyn Lewis 2010 - 2012; Katy Lechner, 2009 - 2010 and 2016 - 2017; Lonnie Carroll, 1998 - 1999, 2007 - 2009. Standing is Jennifer Menter, Recreation Supervisor - Senior Citizen, Lorraine Mangin president from 2013 - 2014, Nancy Tobe president from 2017 - 2019 and Bev Kinney, member of the Grand Island Town Board.




GAC Closed June 28th - June 2019

    Golden Age Center CLOSED Friday, June 28 for Staff Training and Facility Maintenance; Meals on Wheels program running on normal schedule Do you need immediate assistance? Please call us at (716) 420-5027.




Book Presentation with Christina Abt - May 2019

    Local author Christina Abt will be at the Golden Age Center on Friday, June 7th at 10:00 a.m., for a presentation and book signing for her book "Beauty and Grace." The historical fiction takes place in Ireland and America, starting in the early 1900's, through the 1970's. See flyer.




Volunteer Luncheon at Golden Age Center - May 2019


Story & photo from Mary Stewart. Click photo for larger view.

    There is a saying, "many hands make for light work". Volunteers, whether they oversee the many activities offered by the center or deliver meals on wheels, have given their time and talents to make the Golden Age Club a special place for our seniors to enjoy club's benefits and meet their friends. To show their appreciation, a special volunteers luncheon was held Wednesday, April 24th to recognize and say thank you for all they do. About 40 attended this special day. Volunteer List.




Spring 2019 University Express Classes - April 2019

    Spring 2019 University Express classes.




EPIC Program Information Session - April 2019

   Senator Chris Jacobs is sponsoring a EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) Program Information Session at the Golden Age Center on Friday, April 12th at 1:00 p.m. See flyer.




Birthday Celebration at Golden Age Center - April 2019


Betty Marinell celebrates 98th birthday.

Councilwoman Bev Kinney also has a birthday in March.

    Betty Marinell celebrated her 98th birthday at the Golden Age Center on Tuesday, March 26th. She celebrated with her friends over gourmet Macaroni and Cheese, with a decadent homemade Chocolate Cake with homemade Chocolate frosting (her favorite), lovingly made by the Barry, Denise, Sue and Victoria from the Golden Age Center kitchen. She finished her day having a blast playing Bingo Bonanza games with 26 of her friends!




Golden Age Club Nashville Show Trip - April 2019

   The Golden Age Club Nashville Show Trip takes place on October 7 - 12, 2019. It is a motorcoach tour and includes five nights lodging. Register by Friday, April 12th. See flyer for all details.




Seniors Celebrate St. Patrick's Day - March 2019


Kathy Menter and Kathy Lechner.

Ed and Trudi Shelp.

Ann and Dave Rogers.

It was a tie between Patti Phillips - left - and Ruth Landel - right - for the special prize.

Clann na Cara Irish Dance group.
Mary Stewart Photos.

   St. Day was celebrated at the Grand Island Senior Center on Thursday, March 14th with the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner prepared by chef Barry Conway and his kitchen staff. Many GAC members came decked out in green, with the most festively dressed winning a special prize. After the dinner everyone enjoyed entertainment by Clann na Cara Irish Dance putting on a Irish Step Dancing program.




Seniors Celebrate Valentine's Day - February 2019


   

Left: State Senator Chris Jacobs with Joanne and Bob Gesl, married 53 years.
Right: Shirley Martin with flowers given her for her 93rd birthday.

From left: Sue and Ray Whitbeck, married 66 years and Ann and Dave Rogers, married 54 years.

Nancy and Chick Toby, married 52 years, with Chris Jacobs.
Story & Photos by Mary Stewart.

   Valentines Day - a day when love blooms, sweethearts share a little extra love with flowers, candy or maybe a special night out. The Grand Senior Center honored those members who have been married 50 years or more this year. There were seven couples celebrating. After a delicious Valentines luncheon special certificates were given to the couples by Chris Jacobs to celebrate these anniversaries. They also received a special certificate from the center. Those honored were Chuck and Nancy Tobe - 52 years; Bob and Joanne Gesl - 53 years; Buddy and Lynn Black, Dave and Ann Rogers - 54 years; Richard and Barbara Brzyski and Don and Evelyn Lewis - 56 years and the longest married Ray and Sue Whitbeck hitting 66 years. Shirley Martin celebrated her 93rd birthday at the special luncheon.

Seniors Celebrate Chinese New Year - February 2019


   

Right: Cindy Lin

Mary Stewart Photos

   Grand Island's Senior Center celebrated the Chinese New Yea on Tuesday, February 5th with a stir fry lunch, and a talk by Cindy Lin. Cindy moved to the states from Tawain after graduating from college and is a member of the Golden Age Club. Cindy had several interesting items she brought from Tawain including artwork, books and a dress. She also wrote everyones name in Chinese on a card to take home. This year is the Year of the Pig. The pig is the representation of diligence, kindness and generosity.




Free Tax Preparation - February 2019

   The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offering free in-person tax preparation to anyone of any age, especially if you are 50 or older or can't afford paid tax preparation. It will be available Wednesdays, February 6 through April 3rd at the Golden Age Center by appointment. Call 773-9682.