THE NEWSLETTER OF CLARENCE SENIOR CITIZENS, INC.
Clarence Senior Center
Chairman of the 4600 Thompson Rd.
Board of Directors
Karla R. Madrid
Saturday, June 13th
Phone: 716.633.5138 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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4600 Thompson Road
Clarence, NY 14031
Phone 633-5138 Executive Director ................... Karla R. Madrid
Fax 633-2276 Program Coordinator .................. Debb Sabbatis
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Program Associate ........................Carol Serviss
Business Manager ................ Margaret Grindrod
Office Manager .............................Susan Shisler
Office Assistant........................Debbie Santiago
The mission of Clarence Senior Citizens, Inc. is
Nutrition Coordinator............... Roger L. Moren
to provide social, recreational, educational, and
Transportation ................................. Ken Adams
nutritional programs, as well as opportunities for
volunteerism, to persons in the community
MOW Site Manager........Mary Lou McDermott
who are fifty five and older.
MOW Office ....................................... 633-9783
Outreach Services ... .Jessica Colvin@636-3070
Regular Business Hours In This Issue
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Doors open at 8:50 am) Birthday Celebration.........................................7
Wednesday evening 6:30 - 9:30 pm (Doors open at 6:15 pm)
Blood Pressure ..................................................6
From the Chairman of the Board ......................3
From the Executive Director............................ 3
Movies ....................................................... 4 & 5
Nature Explorers ...............................................8
Due to the limited number of handicapped parking spaces New Members...................................................3
available, please consider those most in need when using Special Event Calendar .....................................7
your handicapped tag. Weekly Schedule ..............................................6
Sign In Procedures
Please check the bulletin board across from the office
All who enter the building must sign-in upon arrival for important notices including Board of Directors
and sign-out upon exiting. Member sign-in is located in meeting minutes, decisions, and scheduled meetings.
the foyer and guest sign-in is located in the office.
Bulletin boards containing member information,
announcements, scheduling, etc. are located throughout
the hallways. Check for information on day trips, travel,
Van Transportation volunteering and various special events.
Van transportation is available to members on a first call, first
reserved basis. Please call the office to make or to cancel a Please bring any notices you wish to have posted on
reservation. To help defray the cost of transportation, a the bulletin board to the office. The staff will then post
suggested donation of $1 each way is greatly appreciated. them appropriately. Postings are normally kept up for
• Monday: Tops • Wednesday: Dash’s Please Remember . . .
• Tuesday: Wal Mart • Friday: Wal Mart
We do not give out confidential information such as phone
numbers, addresses or personal information. If you wish to
share this information with someone at the center, you
need to do so on your own.
On the Cover:
To better assist the center staff, please keep us informed
June 13th Flea Market of address, phone number or emergency contact changes.
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From the Executive Director…
The basket raffle and BBQ the Center hosted on May 3rd was an awesome event.
We raffled off almost 200 baskets and gift certificates and served close to 400 BBQ
dinners. Many people contributed in making this a success. I would like to thank all of the
members, merchants, community organizations, businesses, staff, and board members
who were so generous with donations. The donations we received were truly amazing.
Thank you to all of the volunteers for your help...without you, it could not have been done!
I commend Debb and the entire staff for their extra time and effort put toward this
event. I am very fortunate to work with people that are willing to go above and beyond
and do what it takes to get the job done! Finally, thank you to those who bought BBQ
dinners and raffle tickets and to those who attended the event and made it such an
Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting
Clarence Senior Citizens Inc.
Board of Directors
Thursday, June 25th at 1:15 PM
Every center member, and prospective or interested person is invited to the Annual
Meeting. It is a chance for you to hear the board of directors, and listen to the
committee reports. It is not all boring stuff, and you could get a little more
understanding of something that interests you.
To make the afternoon complete, there will be a strawberry social, just as soon as
the meeting ends.
Welcome New Members…
Theresa Waiss, Shirley Boller, Karen Mardis, Doris Ives,
George Hair, Charles Henry, Betty Lindstedt, John Monkelbaan,
Erna Dirschedl, Stephanie Ponomarenki, Mark Woodward
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FIND YOUR NAME “HIDDEN” IN THE SILVER Tuesday, June 9th
STREAK AND COME TO THE OFFICE TO PICK UP 9:30 a.m.
YOUR TWO FREE CSC LUNCH CERTIFICATES
Health Insurance Information
Please Note... Nancy Schneider, from Erie County’s Health Insurance
Information Counseling Assistance Program (HIICAP),
Bocce Ball games have resumed. will be here to provide information and assistance
Stop in the office for more information. regarding Medicare, Medicare supplement policies and
long term care insurance. Confidential help with claims
Antiques to Go and Yoga and referrals to appropriate agencies will also be available.
are cancelled for the summer months.
See you in September!
Tuesday, June 9th
Monday, June 1st Widow/Widowers Group
1:30 p.m. All are welcome to join us today for friendship
Book Group and conversation. Refreshments will be served.
by Ben Carson Wednesday, June 10th
Benjamin Carson had a childhood dream of becoming
a physician. Growing up in a single parent home with Independent Health
dire poverty, poor grades, a horrible temper, and low A Representative from Independent Health will be
self-esteem appeared to preclude the realization of available to answer questions you may have concerning
that dream, until his mother, with only a third-grade your current policy or the current rules of Medicare.
education, challenged her sons to strive for excellence.
Medicare Family Choice
This story of Ben Carson, M.D. will inspire readers
as they watch an inner-city youngster rise to become Deanne Kocoe will also be here to introduce the Medicare
director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Family Choice program through Independent Health.
University Hospital. This plan is specifically designed for the special needs of
family members and individuals who are nursing home
residents. Join us if you want to learn more about this
Wednesday, June 3rd unique plan tailored to the needs of the frail elderly.
Classic Movie Wednesday, June 10th
“High Noon” Word Processing Basics
Mary Stefano will be teaching this hands-on introduction
This Western classic stars Gary Cooper as Hadleyville to word processing. (Advanced users are also welcome.)
marshal Will Kane, about to retire from office and go Learn to create, format, print and save your documents.
on his honeymoon with his new Quaker bride, Amy This class will be repeated on Tuesday, June 16th at 1:15.
(Grace Kelly). But his happiness is short-lived when he
is informed that the Miller gang, whose leader (Ian Registration is required in the office.
McDonald) he had arrested, is due on the 12:00 train. Class size is limited!
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Thursday, June 11th Tuesday, June 16th
10:00 a.m. 1:15 p.m.
BlueCross BlueShield of Western NY Computer Class
A Representative from BlueCross BlueShield will be
Word Processing Basics
available to answer questions you may have concerning Mary Stefano will be teaching this hands-on intro to
your current policy or the rules of Medicare. word processing. (Advanced users are also welcome.)
Learn to create, format, print and save your documents.
Friday June 12th Registration is required in the office.
10:00 a.m. Class size is limited!
CSC Travelers are on the go! Plan on attending Tuesday, June 16th
this meeting to learn about upcoming travel plans. 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 13th Jim Grindrod, a licensed massage therapist, will be here
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to give free massages. Appointments are required.
Please sign up on the board adjacent to the office.
CSC Flea Market
It’s time to clean out the basement, garage, or attic and
make some extra money! Table rental is $12 for members
Wednesday, June 17th
and $15 for non-members. Outdoor space is available 12:30 p.m.
for $10 (vendor must supply their own table and shelter Birthday Lunch
if needed). This will be a rain or shine event. Donated
items for the CSC table ( all proceeds to benefit CSC Birthdays are special! Join us to celebrate this special
activities) will be accepted Monday, June 8th occasion. Cake will be served with lunch and those
through Thursday, June 11th . celebrating a June birthday will receive a special gift.
Unsold items will be donated to charity. The suggested donation for lunch is $2.50.
Baked goods are needed and can be dropped off Sign up on the birthday sheet on the nutrition board.
on Friday, June 12th or Saturday morning, June 13th.
Wednesday, June 17th
Volunteers are needed. 1:15pm
Please see Debb or Violet for more information.
“Marley and Me”
Monday, June 15th
Tuesday, June 16th Genre: Comedy Rating: PG
Starring: Jennifer Aniston; Owen Wilson
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
AARP Driving Class Marley is the incorrigible Labrador retriever adopted by
Grogan, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his
If you are looking for a way to cut your car insurance wife. Their idea was to get a taste of parenthood, but the
rates, consider attending the AARP Driving Course. dog proved to be a hyperactive handful. He wreaks
You must attend both days to receive a discount on your havoc, gets kicked out of obedience school and becomes
insurance. Please bring your driver’s license to class. even worse when the children begin to arrive. But as
Course fee is $14.00 ($12.00 for AARP members). mischievous Marley sees the Grogans through the ups
Class size is limited. To register, call 633-5138 and downs of life and love, they ultimately realize that
Upcoming classes: “the world’s worst dog” truly brings out the best in them.
July 13, 14 Encore presentation tonight at 6:30 p.m.
August 17, 18 No Friday showing due to the Father’s Day Luncheon.
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MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
9:00 So-Sewers 9:00 Men’s Bridge 9:00 So-Sewers 9:00 Full Body 9:00 Intermediate
9:00 Sweat & Tone 9:15 Women’s 9:00 Beginner Line
9:00 - 11:00 Computer 9:30 – 11:00 Senior
Support (Foursome only) 9:30 Ceramics Outreach Program
6/8 & 6/22 10:00 Beginner Bridge
10:00-12:00 Blood 9:30 Woodcarving
9:30 Ceramics Pressure Screenings
10:15 Tap Dancing 11:30 Resistance
9:30 Line Dance 11:30 Resistance
11:30 Lyrical Jazz Training
10:00 - 12:00 Computer
11:30 Tai Chi Support
Noon Billiards Noon Billiards Noon Billiards Noon Billiards Noon Billiards
12:30 LUNCH IS 12:30 LUNCH IS 12:30 LUNCH IS 12:30 LUNCH IS 12:30 LUNCH IS
SERVED SERVED SERVED SERVED SERVED
12:30 Bridge 12:30 Duplicate
1:00 Intermediate Bridge 1:00 Pinochle
1:00 Poker Bridge 1:00 Poker
1:00 Poker 1:00 Poker
1:15 Wii Bowling 1:00 Poker 1:00 Watercolor Class
* * New * * 1:00 Dominoes
2:30 Ping Pong 1:15 Shuffleboard TBD Bocce Ball 1:00 Arthritis Tai Chi
(please call in advance 2:00 Arthritis Tai Chi
for table set-up)
6:30 Pinochle and Pool
Please note...a second Arthritis Tai Chi class has been added to the schedule.
Call the office for more information on any of these activities.
*All activities listed on the schedule are subject to time and room change and/or cancellation.
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Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6
1:30 Book Group 1:15 Classic Movie:
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
10:00 CSC Travelers
9:30 HIICAP 10:00 Independent 9:00 Board Meeting
2:30 Widows/Widowers 1:15 Computer Class
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
AARP Driving Course 10:00 - 2:30
12:30 Birthday Lunch 9:30 Nature Explorers 11:15 Father’s Day
11:00 - 2:00 1:15 & 6:30 Movie: 9:30 Univera Luncheon
Chair Massage w/Jim “Marley & Me”
1:15 Computer Class 6:30 Computer Class
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
1:15 CSC Annual
1:15 Let’s Reminisce Board Meeting 11:00 New Member
& Strawberry Social Welcome
Support Group 5:30 CSC Diners
28 29 30
3:00 Couples Club
Town Place Park
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Wednesday, June 17th
Computer Class Friday, June 19th
Troubleshooting Your Computer
Father’s Day Luncheon
Father’s Day is a great time to celebrate and honor
the important men in our lives, from dads and
uncles to grandfathers. Join our celebration as
we pay tribute to all of the wonderful men that
We’ve all encountered problems with our computers have influenced our lives. Entertainment for this
that can lead to frustration - and the desire to toss the event will be the Fabulous 50’s with a blend of
computer out the window! In this class, Dave Schupp favorites from the 40s, 50s and 60s.
will help you to better understand some basic computer
issues and how to correct or prevent them. Sign up on the nutrition board
by Thursday June 11th.
Please sign-up in the office.
Class size is limited.
Thursday, June 18th Wednesday, June 24th
9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Nature Explorers EPIC
Baehre Swamp Boardwalk Do you need assistance paying for your medications?
& Margaret Louise Park A representative from EPIC will be available to
explain more about the New York State EPIC Program
Great Baehre Swamp is 271 acres of forested wetland and the Medicare Prescription Drug Program.
with 1/4 mile of wheelchair accessible boardwalk.
The principle use of this area, located in Amherst
along Hopkins Road between Klein and Dodge Roads, Wednesday, June 24th
is birdwatching and nature hikes. Parking, boardwalk
access and picnic areas are available at Margaret
Louise Park at the north end of the boardwalk. We’ll Let’s Reminisce:
have a picnic at the Park Shelter afterwards. Love and Courtship
Meet at the Center at 9:30 a.m. sharp for car pooling.
“Let’s Reminisce” is a new program where we take
Sign-up on the Nature Explorer’s bulletin board. an opportunity to recollect memories and feelings
about various topics from our past, such as school
days, holidays, favorite toys, etc. Do you remember
Thursday, June 18th your first love and those early days of romance and
9:30 a.m. courtship? Since June is known as the wedding
month, Judith has chosen “Love and Courtship” as
Univera the topic for part one of a two part session of “Let’s
Univera workshops are informal, informational, and Reminisce.” Part two, “Weddings and Marriage,” will
easy to understand. Whether you are just becoming be scheduled in July. Please join us as we reminisce!
eligible for Medicare or you are already a member
and looking for clarification of the rules of Medicare, Sign up in the office.
this workshop is a great way to stay informed.
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Wednesday, June 24th Monday, June 29th
7:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Alzheimers Support Group Couples Club
This group provides support, information, Town Place Park
and resources to anyone touched by Alzheimers.
All are welcome to join us for an afternoon social!
Thursday, June 25th
1:15 p.m. Looking Forward…
Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting
Picnic in the Park
Clarence Senior Citizens Inc.
Thursday, July 23rd
Board of Directors
Meet with the CSC Board of Directors and the Dominoes Tournament
staff to hear the Annual Report of 2008.
All are encouraged to attend then stay for the
Fridays, July 10,17, & 24
FREE Strawberry Social afterwards!
Thursday, June 25th There have been several requests for
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. “Debb’s Broccoli Salad” that was served at
Strawberry Social the Volunteer Social. Here’s the recipe for
anyone wanting to try this yummy dish!
Come join us for some delicious strawberry shortcake
and entertainment following the Annual Meeting. This
free event is sponsored by the CSC Board of Directors
for the benefit of our members. All are welcome!
Please sign up in the office by Friday, June 19th
Thursday, June 25th Raw florets from 2-3 bunches of broccoli
CSC Diners 1 lb. crisp bacon, crumbled
Refer to the bulletin board for more information. 1/2 c sliced red onion
1 c chopped celery
1/2 c sunflower seeds or nuts
Friday, June 26th 1/2 c raisins or dried cranberries
11:00 a.m. 1 c mandarin oranges
New Member Welcome
This is a great opportunity for new members, or 3/4 c mayonnaise
any member, to meet new people and learn more 1/4 c sugar
about the Center. A tour of the building will be 2 T vinegar
given and light refreshments will be served.
Please notify the office if you plan to attend. Combine first 7 ingredients. Mix together
mayo, sugar and vinegar. Pour dressing over
salad and gently mix to coat. Enjoy!
10• The Silver Streak • June 2009
The Silver Streak is mailed via bulk mail, Volunteer Computer Support
which can take up to a week to be delivered
to your home, depending on your zip code. • Dave Schupp is available to provide computer
assistance from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Mondays,
If you would prefer to pick up your newsletter June 8th & 22nd.
at the Center, please notify the office and we
will gladly hold your Silver Streak for you. • Ron Butler is available from 10:00 a.m. until noon
on Wednesday mornings.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Computers for members are located in the CSC library.
They are available for use 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Center is in need of a few people willing to Monday - Friday. The computers are also available on
operate the video camera and projection system at Wednesday evenings 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Please note
special events. Instruction will be provided. Please that first-time users must sign the Rules for the Use of
stop in the office or see Karla if you are interested. Public Computers available in the front office.
Robert May...you are a winner!
DID YOU KNOW...
LIBRARY NEWS Wireless service is available throughout the CSC.
If you have a laptop computer, you can access the
The CSC Library volunteers wish to thank all members internet from anywhere in the building. Instructions
who have donated new and current reading books. are posted in the library or you may stop in the office
Please do not bring in old or out of date books! with any questions. As stated above, members must
sign the Rules for the Use of Public Computers,
When borrowing books from the library, please follow which are available in the front office.
the sign-out procedures as posted on the library desk.
Thank you for your cooperation! Dash’s Tapesaver Program
Please continue to bring your cash
Wedding Anniversary register receipts to the Center.
Congratulations A drop-off box is located in the foyer.
Couples celebrating fifty years or more, Thank you to Joan Pionessa and Violet Oldenski,
please register the date with the office who have been tallying and organizing all the receipts.
at least six weeks in advance.
LaVerne & Gloria Campbell .................62 Years
Sally & Jack Knavel ..............................57 Years
Florence & John Kiesel.........................52 Years
As a 501 (c) (3) charitable not-for-profit
organization, the Clarence Senior Center is
able to accept tax deductible contributions
Suggestion Box Comments to be used for the benefit of the
Center and its members.
A signed comment was received regarding use of the
flat screen TV while the dancing class was in session .
The Executive Director personally spoke to the
individual and a solution is being worked on. SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE
JULY NEWSLETTER IS JUNE 12TH.
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Thank You, AARP Tax Aide Volunteers
Deserving special recognition, twenty‐three dedicated individuals contributed almost two thousand volunteer hours
during the past three months at the Clarence Senior Center and the Clarence Library working as AARP/IRS Tax Aides.
These volunteers helped residents to prepare and E‐file their 2008 Federal and New York State tax returns.
Over 900 taxpayers used this service. The days of paper returns are over, as 97.88 percent of all returns submitted by
the Clarence sites were E‐filed electronically, ensuring prompt refunds and no bothersome mailing requirements for
clients. Federal and State refunds totaled $ 812,962 at the two sites, with an average Federal refund of $ 808.12.
Further enhancing the value of this service to the community, the Tax Aide service is totally free, supported by AARP
and the Internal Revenue Service with the generous support of the Clarence Senior Center and the Clarence Public
Most important is the contribution of each of the volunteers. Without their generous expenditure of time and talent,
there would be no Tax Aide program. Each volunteer undergoes four full days of annual classes, a required course of
home study, and a proficiency exam which must be passed before any tax preparation commences. A special “Thank
You” goes out to each of our volunteers:
Donald E. Adams • Kenneth Adams • Charles E. Bernd • Henry Brodowski • Emilio P. Corbelli • Nancy Crafts
Raymond Grimm • Daniel Hartley • Mei Kau • Charles J. Magavero • George Manthey • Donald Marx
Thomas A. Pause • C. William Rogers • Arthur Sambuchi • John T. Scott • Ralph Siracuse • William J. Smith
Mary B. Stefano • James Sullivan • Gerald J. Wangler • Sandra Warner • William Weikert
New volunteers are always welcome. Anyone interested in contributing during the next tax season should contact
John Scott (683‐0770) or Tom Pause (689‐6118) at your earliest convenience.
From the Volunteer Coordinator...
It’s good to be back to my “second home.” Thanks to
Joan for taking care of my pet project—Dash’s register
receipts, and to Florence and John for all the work they
did while I was gone.
Many new members volunteered to help with the Basket
THANK YOU Raffle, and it was really appreciated. Wasn’t that Basket
Raffle exceptional! It was a great idea, Debb.
KELLY. To all the members who contributed items and their time
and to those of you who purchased meals or raffle tickets,
After eight years, Kelly Warmingham “thank you,” for you all made it successful! ~ Violet
of Deep Muscle Massage will no
longer be giving massages at the
Center. We are grateful for her many
years of service and we will miss her.
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Ocean City & Annapolis, Maryland
Wednesday, September 16th
to Sunday, September 20th
This exciting trip will include:
• Deluxe chartered motorcoach transportation between Clarence and Maryland
• Accommodations for three nights in Ocean City and one night in the Annapolis area
• Breakfast & dinner daily
• Ocean City Boardwalk including Shipwreck Museum & Seashell City
• Historic tour of Annapolis, including the Maryland State House, numerous 18th century mansions,
and the U.S Naval Academy
• Sightseeing on Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, including an Explorer Boat Tour
• NASA Visitor Center
• A visit to the beautiful Delmarva Peninsula, including an Eastern Shore winery
$599 / person - Double Occupancy
$579 / person - Triple or Quad ♦ $699 / Singles
Sign-up in the office with a $100 deposit.
Autumn in the Southern Tier
A Day in the Finger Lakes
Wednesday, October 14th
Wednesday, August 19th 9:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
9:15 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy the spectacular fall foliage of the Allegany
Esperanza Luncheon & Cruise on Keuka Lake Mountains on your way to an Oktoberfest to
remember at The Old Library Restaurant in
In 2002, Esperanza Mansion on Keuka Lake was restored Olean, NY. Listen to the musical talents of The
to its 19th century Greek Revival splendor and features a Bearmeister Trio then be tantalized with some
spectacular view of Keuka Lake. Your Finger Lakes Day “vunderful” German food! The fun will continue
will include a delicious luncheon at Esperanza Mansion with more music and a new comedy act.
followed by a Keuka Lake cruise aboard Esperanza Rose,
Depart from the Center at 9:15 a.m. and
a 65-foot oak and cedar vintage cruising boat with upper
return to the Center at approximately 5:15 p.m.
and lower decks. We’ll complete the day with a visit to
Hunt County Vineyards, including wine tasting, a history $79 per person
of their farm and time to browse in the gift shop. Sign-up and pay by September 14th
Depart from the Senior Center at 9:15 a.m. and return at
approximately 7:30 p.m. We’ll stop at a fast-food Brochures for all trips are available at the
restaurant on the way home for dinner at individual expense. Center. For further information about these
trips and future trips, attend the
$89 per person monthly CSC Travelers meeting.
Sign-up and pay by Monday, July 20th Next meeting is Friday, June 12th at 10:00 a.m.
Please note…all trips must be paid for by check.
Thank you for your cooperation!