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GAC Seniors Tree Sells For $250 - December 2019
Mary Stewart photo. - Click for larger view.The Golden Age Center entry in the Festival of Trees sold for $250.00 at last weekend's event at the Buffalo Convention Center.
GAC Seniors Enter Festival of Trees - December 2019
From left: Mary Stewart, Fran Tracy, Joy Mesmer, Anna Vaccaro, Michelle Chassé, Jacquie DesJardins-LoManto, & Nancy Tobe.
Bottom: Mary Stewart photo.
Golden Age Center Recreation Leader Carrie Mesmer reports that she and the seniors have been working hard for the last several months crafting a variety of homemade ornaments, mixed with a minimal amount of store bought items for a special event. They are participating in the Festival of Trees - the event of the holiday season benefitting John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. It is at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin Street. They are in the volunteer designer group category and chose to do a 6.5’ tree. The theme is “It’s Snow Wonderful” and they are very excited to see their tree in complete form!
The Golden Age Center group of elves headed down to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center to set the tree up, fluff and decorate on Wednesday, December 4th. All trees, wreaths and displays will be judged on Friday, December 6th. The event is open on Sunday, December 8th for Family Day but is sold out. Community Day is Monday, December 9th from 10 am – 6 pm, free admission. Carrie encourage you to check out the beautiful holiday displays and be sure to look for their tree! Who knows? Maybe one of you will purchase the happy tree and have it grace your home or office. (Most trees and wreaths are available for purchase at the event along with a shopping boutique to do your holiday shopping.) This is the 42nd year of this event and it is a very heartwarming and special way to celebrate and support another worthwhile local cause.
GAC Light Up the Boulevard Replica - December 2019
Standing: Pat Ehinger, sitting: Lorraine Wilcox, kneeling: Anna Vaccaro.
In support of our wonderful community annual activity, Light Up the Boulevard, several Golden Age Center members have created a miniature replica of this event. Members who helped make this indoor version are Pat Ehinger, Lorraine Wilcox, & Anna Vaccaro.
GAC Annual Turkey Dinner - November 2019
Left: Violinist Peter Scozza. Right: Ryan Zygmunt
Chef Barry Conway (center) with pals.
Photos & story from Mary Stewart.The Grand Island Golden Age Center annual Thanksgiving dinner was held on Thursday, November 21st. The dining room was packed with members enjoying Chef Barry Conway and kitchen staff turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Those who came also enjoyed the violin music of Peter Scozza ,who played during the special feast. Four lucky people were picked to take home fresh, home baked pies at the end of the dinner.
Holiday Happenings Photos - October 2019
Photos & story from Mary Stewart.This year's "Holiday Happenings" at the Golden Age Center took place on Saturday, October 19th, It had a good number of vendors, drawing a large crowd. There were 229 baskets for the raffle, plenty of baked goods for purchase, which were about sold out by the end of the event. Chili, chicken noodle soup and roast beef sandwiches were available for lunch. Two big screen TV's were won by Mary Cooke and Dick Crawford. Thank you for all those involved and the people who came to support the Center.
Senior Health & Wellness Fair - September 2019On 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 email@example.com.
September Birthday Celebration at Golden Age Center - September 2019
Bernie Callahan is holding Town of Grand Island Proclamation, with Town Councilwoman Bev Kinney.
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.
Birthday gal Barb Nowakowski.
Photos from Mary Stewart.
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.
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.
Well attended luncheon party.
Photos from Mary Stewart.
Golden Age Center - Reminiscing: Weddings - July 2019
Mary Stewart wedding gown.
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.
Carrie Mesmer wedding gown and veil.
Wedding albums and photo display.
Story & photos from Mary Stewart.
Senior Wishes Is Looking For Dreams To Fulfill - July 2019Senior 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.