Senior news in brief

Adirondack Bridge Club has meeting

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement

Adirondack Bridge Club on Aug. 12. North- South winners were first place Ann Masala and Grace Schmeelcke; second place was Conniejo Dicruttalo and Mary Jane Fredericks; and third place were Arlene Comstock and Carol Persse.

East-West winners were first place — Poppy Kiernan and Tom Farnan; aecond place — Carlene Lankton and Rod Correll, and third place were Betty Ringanese and Gretchen Haight

Broadalbin Senior Citizens meeting

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin Senior Citizens met on Aug. 7, with 56 members attending which included one new member.

The prayer was offered by Chaplain Marsha Prokop, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, led by President Toni Hallenbeck.

The meeting was called to order by Hallenbeck, who also did the roll call and welcomed the new member, Christine DeLucia and guest Debra Miller.

The minutes were read by Nancy Weiss, secretary. Jennifer Gilston, treasurer gave her treasurer’s report.

Sunshine committee: Janet Austin reported she had sent out one get well card.

Birthday committee: Carol Cramer announced all the August birthdays. The members sang “Happy Birthday.” Prokop reported she has sent out four sympathy cards.

The 50-50 raffle was won by Linda Porter.

Christmas party committee: Sylvia Zieienski reported the venue for the party had changed. The Christmas party will be held at noon Dec. 12, at the Hotel Broadalbin. The signup sheet will be available at the next meeting.

Hallenbeck, trip chairman, reported on the trip to Raquette Lake.

Donations were collected for the Broadalbin Methodist Church Food Pantry, as the group does the first week every month.

In new business: Hallenbeck announced Vice President June Zea has resigned. Hallenbeck asked for a volunteer to finish out the term and Pat Buell volunteered.

The meeting adjourned, followed by the un-birthday auction and make-your-own sundaes, donated by Stewart’s.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, at the First Presbyterian Church in Broadalbin. Anyone who wants a meal offered by the Office for the Aging, call (518) 736-5650 by 9 a.m. day of the meeting.

Hallenbeck announced the upcoming trips:

Saturday: Windmill Farm and Craft Market, Penn Yan, Yates County. Transportation only, $38.

2020 trips:

Feb. 25-March 6: Southern Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruises. Inside cabins start at $2,148, includes air.

March 30-April 3: Fly to San Antonio for five days, four nights. The cost is $1,175.

May 7: “Hello Dolly” at Proctors. The cost is $77 with a $25 deposit due by Oct. 2.

June 8-17: Scotland-Glasgow, Ballachulish, with the Isle of Skye and Loch Ness and more. The cost is $4,049 per person/double.

July 6-16: Renaissance of Culture cruise. Oceania cruise starting in Stockholm Sweden, then Helsinki, Finland, St Petersburg, Russia, Tallinn, Estonia, Riga, Latvia, Klaiipeda, Lithuania, Gdansk, Poland, Copenhagen, Denmark, Gothenburg, Sweden and Disembark in Oslo, Norway. Veranda Cabins start at $6,503 per person/double.

Sept. 1-4: Niagara Falls, four days and three nights. The cost is $545 per person, double occupancy. $75 deposit due upon signing.

For more information about these trips or about the Broadalbin Senior Club, call Hollenbeck at (518) 883-3008 or Weiss at (518) 883-5396.

Glen Mohawk Seniors meeting

FONDA — The weekly meeting of the Glen Mohawk Seniors was called to order at 10:30 a.m. by President Joe Mancini. Chaplain Allan Taylor gave the opening prayer which was followed by the Pledge to the Flag. Barbara Furman accompanied the singing of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” on the piano. Vice President Gloria Kimball took the Roll Call with 25 members and one guest present. The motion to accept the Secretary’s Report, as read, was made by Alan Buck and seconded by Connie Hoyer. Olive Taylor read the Treasurer’s Report which was saved for audit. Sunshine Secretary Phyllis Smith passed around three Thinking of You cards for signatures.

Vice President Kimball had a page from the Amsterdam Recorder showing pictures taken by Nutritionist Molly Capito, at one of the four SHINE Nutrition Workshops. Kimball said next week we will have another interesting guest speaker; Terry Hutchinson and at least one of her pet therapy pigs whose names are Bacon Bits, Tammy Swinet, and Albert Swinestein. We will be looking forward to that! Everyone joined in singing Happy Birthday to Mary Fox whose birthday is Aug. 16.

Olive Taylor read the list of those going on the trip to the MacHayden Theater, with dinner at Yianni’s in Chatham, on Thursday The bus will leave Park Street at 10 a.m. Olive and Lu Wilmot are taking reservations for the Oct. 9 Dutch Apple Cruise; a 90 minute scenic cruise on the Hudson, followed by dinner at the Cracker Barrel.

Table 6 will be in charge of the September 24th Luncheon, with details to be announced. Plans are being made for the Oct. 15 Installation of Officers Banquet. Dorine Dimond will conduct the Installation Ceremony and other details will be announced.

The September food donation will go to the Food Pantry. President Mancini shared a humorous story that he said had been around a few times but it still drew laughter.

Mary Fox conducted the 50/25/25 with the help of Barbara Furman. Winners were Joe Mancini and D. Dorine Dimond.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Esther Porcello and seconded by Phyllis Smith. The meeting was adjourned and Chaplain Allan Taylor gave the closing prayer.

Today’s refreshment committee was Margaret Post, Pat Putman, Gretha Russell, Betsy Saltsman and Phyllis Smith. There was BINGO following the meeting with Peggy LaBarge calling the numbers. Barbara Furman and Lois Collins helped set up.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday,at the Fonda Reformed Church hall. The doors open at 9 a.m for a socializing with refreshments and the meeting will begin at 10:30. Glen Mohawk Seniors is open to anyone who has reached age 55 or older.

Horace J. Inman Senior Center news

AMSTERDAM — The Horace J. Inman Senior Center, 53 Guy Park Ave., is sponsoring a trip on Oct. 16, to Lake George’s Georgian Resort. The trip includes a luncheon, a murder mystery show, and optional shopping at the mall outlets, plus the cost of the bus; the cost is $85. The bus will leave at 10 a.m. from the Park and Ride, located north of New York State Thruway Exit 27 and return between 6 and 7 p.m. There are still seats available for this trip.

Anyone who is interested can signup at the Inman Center. There is a non-refundable $25 fee upon signup to endure a place on the bus. The remainder of the cost is due by Sept 1. For more information, call Marilyn Andrews, trip chairman at (518) 843-3731.

Ida L. McGinnis Club trips planned

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ida L. McGinnis Club still has openings for the Turning Stone trip on Tuesday. To reserve a seat, call Jeannie McDuffie at (518) 725-8396. The following trip will be Sept. 17. Call to reserve.

The club will start meetings on Sept. 10.

Johnstown 50 Plus Club meet

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will have a day at the Saratoga Race Track, Thursday. Those interested don’t have to be a member of the club — this is open to the public.

Those attending will travel by bus departing from the Johnstown Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. and return to the center at 6 p.m. At the track attendees will have their own private area under the red spring tent — outfitted with picnic tables. This tent in the backyard is the space for this private party and the freedom to wander the track’s open grounds. The cost is $35 per person which includes the bus ride, track admission and post parade program. Bring a picnic lunch. RSVP by calling the senior center office at (518) 762-4643 now, then pay for a spot on this day at the senior center office. Make any checks payable to: The Johnstown Senior Center. Limited seats are available.

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.

SacandagaTask Force senior events

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, the Red Rooster Cafe will host STFSL’s annual ice cream social with ice cream, cakes and cupcakes. Also Home Care Partners wll hold the monthly blood pressure clinic.

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.

Those who want the Office for the Aging meal are asked to call OFA at (518) 736-5650 to make lunch reservations. STFSL requests 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. OFA also serves meals at the Red Rooster Cafe on Tuesdays. Call OFA for information.

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

Senior Center events planned

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

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

Tuesday: Tuesday’s Breakfast Program and coffee hour — financial donation (participant’s choice). 9:30 a.m.; Gloversville Animal Shelter meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday noontime vittles program — financial donation (grilled hamburgers on a roll with lettuce and tomatoes, baked french fries, fresh vegetables, homemade chocolate chip cookies), noon; the center has partnered with Taylor Awnings to bring seniors a free craft evening and a free homemade meal. The crafting starts, 4 p.m., followed by a dinner of grilled hamburger, homemade macaroni salad, fresh fruit and homemade dessert. Seniors are invited to bring family and friends.

Thursday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.; Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home Stop the Bleed Program. This free program provides non-medical personnel with skills and education to prevent injured persons from excessive bleeding prior to the arrival of first responders. Facts state that 20 percent of fatalities could have been prevented utilizing the skills taught in this program. This is a free class and is open to everyone.

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

Saturday: No Breakfast Nook Program. Life Line Screening program. Anyone in need of receiving cardiovascular screening is asked to call Life Line at 1-888-653-6450 for scheduling and test cost.

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

The following is for the senior center.

∫ Help is needed — the center is in need of some good volunteers. Anyone who has some time available, can signup at the center’s office.

Shirley J. Luck Senior Center

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

Upcoming Trips:

Thursday: A day at Saratoga Flat Track under the red tent on the track grounds.

Saturday: Mac Haydn Theatre to see “Oklahoma” with a buffet lunch at Yianni’s before the show.

Nov. 7: “A Cabaret Christmas” at Daniele’s Banquet Specialist, New Hartford, with buffet lunch and a stop at Home Goods in Sangertown Square Mall on the way home.

For more information about classes, events, and activities, stop at the center or call (518) 762-4643 or on Facebook at Now the newsletter, The Eavesdropper, is available on Facebook or it can be e-mailed so anyone can stay current with all the happenings.

Western Fulton County Seniors

FONDA — The Aug. 12 meeting of the Western Fulton County Seniors was called to order by President Angela Hill, with a salute to the flag and recitation of the Lord’s Prayer. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read and passed with all in favor.

A representative from the Fulton County Office for Aging offered current information regarding Medicap and Medicare Supplement Insurance, HEAP and Medicare Advantage info, with guidelines on enrollment. It was noted that HEAP applications are automatically mailed to those individuals who received the benefit last year. She also noted that the Farmers Market coupons were still available from the Fulton County OFA.

Scheduled is a Great Northern Fall Foliage and Farm Tour at Gavins in the Catskills with guided tour and craft workshop on Oct. 23. Price is $40 per person. Call Hill for reservations and further information.

We hosted the Oppenheim and Stratford seniors on Aug. 7 at noon at our facility, with music provided by the Empty Pockets group. The Annual Picnic with the Bannertown/Mayfield seniors was held on July 17 at the Glenn Harris Pavilion in Caroga Lake. A bake and garage sale fundraiser was held at the Lassellsville facility on July 27.

A gas grille was donated to the center, and a discussion was then held to determine the storage of the grille and other miscellaneous artifacts. Further information and discussion will be held at the next meeting.

Rose and Marty Nemecek noted that McDonald’s raffle tickets are still available. Tickets are available from Rose at $6 each. Call her at (518) 673-4109 for additional tickets. Tickets will be on sale for our food basket raffle at the Sept. 9 meeting, with the drawing to be done at the Dec. 9 meeting. The 50-50 raffle was won by Karen Trumble. The raffles were won by Barb Kravec, Betty Przestrzelski, Karen Trumble, and Angel Hill.

Anyone interested in attending the regular second Monday monthly meeting held at noon with potluck lunch, and the semi-monthly activities meeting held on the fourth Monday are welcome. Come early to visit or just play cards. The next regular meeting will be held on Sept. 9, and the activities meeting with bingo will be held on Aug. 26. All are welcome. For information on the Club and its activities, call Hill at (518) 993-5357.

By Patricia Older

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