Senior news in brief

Adirondack Bridge Club has meeting

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement Jan. 28 at the at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St.

The north-south winners for first place, Poppy Kiernan and Marie Otto; second place, Carol Brookins and Tom Farnan; tied for third place between, Lois Widdemer and Debbie Brown and Ed Hornidge and John Quinn.

The east-west winners were first place, Mona Blum and Susan Shaver; tied for second place between, Gretchen Haight and Conniejo DiCruttalo and Arlene Comstock and Mary Jane Fredericks; third place, Doris McIntosh and Carlene Lankton.

Arkell Center programs for seniors

CANAJOHARIE — The following are the Arkell Center programs for all area seniors for February.

Each Monday through Friday: At 11:45 a.m. the Office for the Aging Meals of Montgomery Program serves hot meals, $3 donation for ages 60 and older. Call (518) 673-2000 for reservations.

Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday: From 10 to 10:30 a.m. is senior exercise program in the basement. Coffee after.

Each Tuesday:

∫ From 9 to 10 a.m. core strength and stability class in basement with Sharon Charles, instructor. Donation: $5.

∫ From 10 to 11 a.m. beginner Tai Chi; from 11:10 to 12:10 intermediate Tai Chi, both sponsored by MCOFA, with Earl O’Bryon, instructor. Donations accepted.

Each Wednesday:

∫ From 2 to 2:25 p.m. is chair yoga in the gallery.

∫ From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. is gentle yoga with Patty Pietrowicz, instructor, in the basement. $5 donation.

Each Friday: From 9 to 10 a.m. vinyasa flow yoga in the gallery. $10 fee.


Today (Feb. 4): From 6 to 8 p.m. knit/crochet with Carol Balfe.

Tuesday (Feb. 5): From 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. blood pressure clinic, co-sponsored by St. Mary’s and Nathan Littauer hospitals.

Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27: From 12:30 to 4 p.m. senior citizens pinochle card party. $2 donation, prizes and refreshments. Anyone who wants to sub, call (518) 673-5635.

Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28: From 10:15 to 11 a.m. the Diet Club in the gallery; (518) 673-2112.

Feb. 12: At 6 p.m. Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Feb. 13: From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Canajoharie High School Computer Science Internship Technology Support how to Google online services. For more information, call (518) 673-4408.

Feb. 14:

∫ At 11:30 a.m. joint luncheon — manicotti with sauce, Italian green beans, garlic bread, strawberry shortcake and a candy kiss for all. RSVP at (518) 673-4408. The luncheon will be followed by Elinor and Friends Valentine special.

∫ At 1:30 p.m. water color with Shanna Becker in the gallery — cost is $10.

Feb. 22:

∫ At 1 p.m. Canajoharie Senior Citizens Club meeting — bring a can of food for pantry.

∫ At 1:30 p.m. Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery will discuss village issues and updates.

Feb. 28: At 9:30 a.m. Breakfast with our Senior Neighbors — bring a dish to share.

Glen-Mohawk Seniors meet

FONDA — The Glen-Mohawk Seniors meeting of Jan. 29, was called to order by President Joe Mancini at 10:30 a.m. Chaplain Allan Taylor gave the opening prayer which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was sung, accompanied by Barbara Furman on the piano. Vice President Gloria Kimball took the roll call with 25 members present.

Mancini introduced Mohawk Town Supervisor Ed Bishop, who came to present the seniors with an annual check from the town of Mohawk, to be used toward the expenses of the group. He spoke about some town matters and answered questions.

The reports of the secretary and treasurer were given.

Phyllis Smith, recording secretary, sent two thank you notes for donations made in memory of Anna Suits. She shared the Veterans of Foreign Wars announcement for the Valentine’s dance on Feb. 8. that was brought in by Addie Forsey. A sympathy card for Smith was circulated before the meeting and given to her, recognizing the sudden passing of her brother, Robert St. Andrews.

Lu Wilmot is taking signups for the Feb. 20, day trip to Turning Stone and the May 20-24, trip to Maine.

Gloria Kimball has scheduled the painting class with Carol Jordan for Feb. 19.

Mancini had humorous readings.

The meeting adjourned. Taylor gave the closing prayer.

The buffet table was set up with a variety of covered dishes and a meat and cheese platter.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday (Feb. 5) at the Fonda Reformed Church hall, when the group will have a free will offering for the Office for the Aging meals program and a collection of food items for the Fonda-Fultonville Central School backpack program.

A social time with refreshments begins at 9 a.m. and the meeting opens at 10:30 a.m. The Glen-Mohawk Seniors is open to anyone who is 55 years of age and older.

Johnstown 50 Plus Club meeting set

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will hold an officers meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. All club officers should plan to attend. A business meeting will be held after at 1:15 p.m. Then at 1:30 p.m. the club will present speaker Patricia Nugent to discuss the book she wrote “Before They Were our Mothers: Voices of Women Born Before Rosie Started Riveting.” When Nugent realized, at her mother’s funeral, that she knew very little about her mother’s life before her mother was her mother, she decided to compile this anthology of real-life stories about women before they were mothers. Come listen to the author tell the story behind the book and hear select readings from it.

For more information about what is going on with the 50 Plus Club, visit and “like” their Facebook page at, stop by the senior center and pick up a free copy of the Eavesdropper Newsletter or call the senior center office (518) 762-4643.

Task Force for senior living

NORTHVILLE — The Sacandaga Task Force for Senior Living has a program each week at the Red Rooster Cafe (Pink Chicken), Corner of Bridge and Main streets.

On Thursday (Feb. 7), the Red Rooster Cafe will present musician Gary Van Slyke, who will provide entertainment with a selection of love songs.

Chair yoga, taught by Ony Antonucci, will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Thursday. The cost of classes is $5 per week or six sessions for $25. Those interested can join in anytime; call (518) 863-2168.

The weekly congregate meal, which is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will still be available. Those participating can attend the Red Rooster programs without attending the meal or bring a bag lunch.

People who want the Office for the Aging meal can call OFA at (518) 736-5650 to make lunch reservations; if unable to attend the luncheon, call OFA to cancel the meal. If the OFA meal site is closed, there will be no program at the Red Rooster Cafe that day.

Additional information about STFSL can be found online at For information about trips or to request volunteer medical transportation, or if interested in any of these trips, call STFSL at (518) 752-8737 and leave a message.

Senior Citizen center events

GLOVERSVILLE — The following are for the Senior Citizen Service Center of Gloversville and Fulton County, 53 Church St.

Today: Open art class, 9 a.m.; free bread pass out and coffee hour, both 9:30 a.m.; Gloversville 50-55 Plus Club meeting/activities, 1 p.m.; board meeting, 4:30 p.m.; Regional Animal Shelter class, 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Tuesday’s Breakfast Program and coffee hour — $3 donation (scrambled eggs, toast, sausages, fruit), 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday: Free Valentine’s Day card craft morning — the center has crafting items to help participants make a special card, 8 a.m.; free yoga class (donations appreciated), 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday noontime vittles program — $3 donation (steak, peppers, onions and mushrooms on a roll, vegetables, fresh fruit, homemade chocolate chip cookies), noon.

Thursday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.; Girl Scout Troop 2055 meeting-activities, 6 p.m.

Friday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Writers Circle, 11 a.m.

Feb. 9: Breakfast Nook Program — $3 donation (hot homemade pancakes, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, sausages, old fashioned cream of wheat), 9 a.m. Everyone participating will receive a free Valentine’s Day goodie bag.

Feb. 10: Kingdom Revelation Worship and Mission Center service, 8 a.m.

Shirley J. Luck Senior Center events

JOHNSTOWN — The following is for the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St.

The senior center has something going on every day whether it is an exercise class, art class, chair caning, or friends getting together to play cards or pool so stop in and join in and get rid of the winter blues.

At 10 a.m. Friday come and find out what mindfulness is all about and how some changes can make a difference in one’s life.

At noon Feb. 13, the lunch crew will be meeting at the House of Pizza and all are welcome — call the center by Feb. 11, so the center can make reservations. The Valentine’s Day celebration will take place with a luncheon followed by games for $3, or everyone is encouraged to bring a friend who is not a member at a cost of $4 for both.

Appointments for tax preparation by American Association of Retired Persons are filling up fast so call the center if interested.

March 22, is a trip to the garden and flower show at Hudson Valley Community College. Anyone doesn’t have to be a gardener to want to view the displays.

June 9-13, is a trip to Wildwood, N.J. and those attending will be staying at an ocean front resort.

In September is a trip to Mount Rushmore and other nearby sites in South Dakota with Collette Travel. There is a brochure with all the details available at the center.

The center staff is always looking for new ideas for day trips or extended trips so call or stop by with suggestions.

The Eavesdropper has all the information about activities, classes, 50 Plus Club events and trips. Anyone can pick one up at the center or the center staff can e-mail it so one doesn’t miss out on any of the events. Membership is $15 a year for those who have not signed up.

For more information, call the center at (518) 762-4643.

By Patricia Older

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