Senior focus

Bridge Club announces winners

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement Monday (May 5) at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center, 109 E. Main St.

The north-south winners were first place, Carol Brookins and Naomi Avery; second place, Debbie Brown and Chloe Correll; third place, Poppy Kiernan and Sheila Sammons.

The east-west winners were tied for first place, Mary Jane Fredericks and John Quinn with Conniejo DiCruttalo and Susan Shaver; second place, Mona Blom and Jim Clauson; third place, Doris McIntosh and Eleanor Clark.

Office for Aging lists meals, sites

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Office for the Aging Nutrition Program meal sites are open to anyone 60 or older or their spouse regardless of age. The suggested contribution per meal is $3 and the guest charge for those not age 60 is $5. It is not necessary to be a member of a senior center or senior club to attend any site. Some sites are open all week and others are on a rotating schedule.

Meal sites: The Forest Hill Towers, the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center, Mayfield Town Hall, Broadalbin Presbyterian Church, Petoff Garden Apartments, Perth Senior Community Center, the Petoff Garden Apartments and the Northville Red Rooster Cafe.

For more information or to make reservations, call OFA at (518) 736-5650 up until 9 a.m. for that day or to make reservations for a future date.

Monday

Beef stew, biscuit, rosy pears.

Tuesday

Pizza burger, tater tots, corn, hamburger roll, pie.

Wednesday

Chicken cacciatore, pasta in sauce, lima beans, Italian bread, cookie.

Thursday

Roast turkey with gravy, stuffing, country blend vegetables, dinner roll, lemon lush.

Friday

Chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, peas, ice cream.

Senior group reports on meeting

FONDA — The regular meeting of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors was called to order by Vice President Alan Buck, followed by the morning prayer given by Allan Taylor and the Pledge of Allegiance. “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was sung with Barbara Furman at the piano.

The roll call was taken by Buck which showed 32 members and one guest present. The secretary’s report was read and approved. The treasurer’s report was read by Olive Taylor and will be filed for audit.

A card was passed for a member.

Lu Wilmot, trip committee chairwoman, said to sign up for the mystery trip on June 21, when a wine and cheese party will take place. There are 22 members attending so far. Wilmot will read the list of those going on the Foxwood trip on May 22-23, and will pass out luggage tags next week.

Sign up to ride the Tram in the Memorial Day parade.

The change in the bylaws was passed with a unanimous vote.

A moment of silence was observed for the passing of member, Art Porcello.

Everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to Jeanne Streeter. Buck read the birthdays and anniversaries for this week.

Ruth Burke asked if the group wanted her daughters to carry the senior banner in the Memorial Day parade. The exercise program has been put on hold due to the lack of an instructor.

Joe Mancini read a couple of funny jokes.

The 50-25-25 was won by Pete Nelson and Mary Fox.

The meeting adjourned. The meeting was brought to a close with an ending prayer given by Allan Taylor.

A pizza luncheon and bingo followed.

50-55 Plus Club lists activities

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville 50-55 Plus Club meets at 1 p.m. every Monday at the Senior Citizen Service Center of Gloversville and Fulton County, 53 Church St. If anyone would like to join the club, stop by any Monday.

May 22, at 1 p.m. the seniors will have a memorial service to honor deceased members who died from April 2016 to April 2017. Betty Gugenberger, chaplain, and Elaine Maxwell are in charge. A social meeting to follow with refreshments, cards and bingo.

May 29, Memorial Day observance — no meeting.

June 5, at 1 p.m. will be business meeting — will honor members with June birthdays, raffle drawing number 12, cake and refreshments, bingo and cards.

June 12, at 12:30 p.m. will be a Father’s Day pizza luncheon — Flag Day recognition, social meeting and refreshments.

June 19, at 1 p.m. will be a social meeting, refreshments, cards and bingo.

June 22, at 9:30 a.m. will be a presidents meeting at the Office for the Aging office.

June 26, at 1 p.m. will be a social meeting, refreshments, cards and bingo.

June 29, at 9:30 a.m. will be the Fulton County Senior Council meeting at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center.

McGinnis Club slates casino trip

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ida L. McGinnis Club meeting was called to order by President Jeannie McDuffie.

The opening hymn, “We Gather Together,” devotions, “The Lord’s Prayer,” and the Pledge of Allegiance were led by Chaplain Lucy Ostrander.

The first verse of “America” was led by Sandy Yacobucci.

Hello to Neighbors took place. There were 39 president and one guest, Julie Watson.

The reports of the secretary and treasurer were accepted as read.

On May 23, there will be a luncehon at Applebee’s.

On June 6, will be a white elephant sale.

On June 13, will be the anniversary luncheon at Harold’s.

The 50-50 winners were Shirley Frederick, Linda Thompson, Julie Hall and Bob Vesp.

Turning Stone: There are still seats left for the Wednesday (May 16) trip. The trip for next month will be June 20. Call McDuffie at (518) 725-8396 to reserve a seat.

The meeting closed.

Refreshments were served and bingo was played.

50 Plus Club hosts special speaker

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will welcome Yvonne Major from Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Prevention Council at 1:15 p.m. Thursday (May 18). Major will talk about drug awareness with a brief introduction about: What is drug abuse? Who’s affected? What ages are most affected? She will also touch on tobacco-marijuana use, and their similarities and differences. With the legalization of marijuana, this should be particularly interesting. Come join the group and be informed.

For more information on this or to find out more about what is going on with the 50 Plus Club visit and “like” their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/johnstown50plus or call the Senior Center Office at 762-4643.

Task Force hosts special speaker

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 (May 18), the Red Rooster Cafe will host Mary Ann Charon, master gardener, who will present information on vegetable container gardening. Becky White of the Fulton County Office for the Aging, will also be on hand from 11:30 a.m. to help seniors with any questions or issues.

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 blood pressure clinics are the fourth Thursday each month by Home Health Care Partners. Also card and board games will follow the scheduled presentation on the fourth Thursday each month.

The weekly congregate meal is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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 STFSL.org. For information about trips, the handyman program or to request volunteer medical transportation, or if interested in any of these trips, call STFSL at (518) 752-8737 and leave a message.

Gloversville seniors list daily events

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

Monday: Open art class – $6 donation, 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; 50-55 Plus Club card party, 1 p.m.

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

Wednesday: Free yoga class (donations appreciated), 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; loom knitting class — start anytime, 11 a.m.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (homemade tuna casserole, tossed salad, fruit, homemade cake), noon.

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

Friday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; reflexology class — start anytime — $5 donation, 10 a.m.; chair exercises — sneakers recommended — start anytime — $5 donation and Writers Circle, both 11 a.m.

May 20: American Association of Retired Persons Safety Driving Class — take this one day class and receive a lower premium on car insurance — $20 AARP members $25 non-AARP members, 8:30 a.m.; Breakfast Nook Program — $3 donation (poached eggs on toast, homemade potato cakes, sausages, fruit), 9 a.m.

Luck Seniors announce activities

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

From 9 a.m. to noon Thursday (May 18) at the center will have health screenings to include a cholesterol-high-density-lipoprotein-glucose blood test for $18; diabetes risk assessment, blood pressure reading and body fat analysis-body mass index measurement at no charge. No appointment necessary.

June 6: Attendees will depart the center, heading to Quincy Market and Boston Aquarium. The day will start by spending a few hours shopping and seeing the sites of Quincy Market including time for lunch in the market place. Everyone will get $10 returned for lunch on one’s own. Some choices include Bourbon Street Cafe, Philly Steakhouse, Mexican Grill or traditional eateries. Following lunch, will go to the Boston Aquarium for time to see everything including seals, tropical fish and wildlife. Trip includes: $10 toward lunch at the market place and admission to aquarium. Departure time: 7 a.m.; return time approximately 9 p.m. Cost: $68 for members and $72 for non-members of the center.

A four week session will be offered Thursdays June 8-29, from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Toni Simon, the center health coach, will be leading a discussion in this classroom setting. There will be no physical activity in this class time only discussion. This class is coming “free” to members because of the sponsorship of Capital District Physicians Health Plan Health Insurance. The class size is limited so do not delay as advance signup is available. Anyone who has questions or would like to sign up, give the business office a call at (518) 762-4643.

From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 28, American Association of Retired Persons class. Pre-sign up is required. Cost is $420 for AARP members and $425 for non-members of AARP.

Anyone who has questions on any of the above or would like to sign up, give the business office a call at (518) 762-4643.

Iroquois Seniors report on meeting

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their May 4, meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Barb and Bill Lampkin, Sylvia Burroughs and Diane Wadsworth.

President Sherry Meyers called the meeting to order and Chaplain Barb Furman led members in the opening prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and a reading, “Priceless Treasures.”

Meyers introduced the guest speakers, Tom Ciaccio and Joe Karas from Fonda-Fultonville Central School along with setup man, Jared Baker. They proceeded to explain the 2017-2018 budget and school initiatives. A question and answer period followed the presentation. Members were reminded to vote on May 16, for the new budget.

Meyers stated the April 27, spring luncheon at the Johnstown Holiday Inn was went well. The entertainment was by Joe Ciapatta.

The role was taken by Furman with 36 members present.

Meyers announced the May birthdays Frank Olander, May 19; Ron Collins, May 22; Irene Carpe, May 29; and Mildred Hitchcock, May 31.

The minutes were read by Barb Minch, secretary, from the April 20, meeting and were approved.

The treasurers report was read and will be filed for audit.

Pat Schwartz, trip committee, reported that everything was planned for the Lancaster, Pa. trip with 29 people signed up to go. She handed out a sheet for the next trip to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, Franklin County. Olive Taylor announced a mystery ride trip with the Glen-Mohawk Seniors on June 21, with a cost to non-members of $55, which includes a wine and cheese reception.

Sunshine: Cards were sent out to various members.

Social Committee: Pam Jasewicz announced that at the June 22, meeting, members will have cake and ice cream. Also bring own sandwich to eat for lunch.

The 50-50 raffle winners were Tony Scott and Furman.

Meyers announced that there will be no meeting on May 18, and May 25.

The meeting adjourned.

Furman closed the meeting with our closing prayer.

By Chad Fleck

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