Senior focus

Mitchell Movement Monday events

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement Monday (July 24) at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St.

The north-south winners are first place, Doris McIntosh and Jim Clauson; second place, Carol Brookins and John Quinn; third place, Eleanor Clark and Bob Lang.

The east-west winners are first place, Mary Jo Schwed and Conniejo DiCruttalo; second place, Sue Herrick and Tom Farnan; third place, Arlene Comstock and Carol Persse.

Arkell Center programs for seniors

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

Each Monday through Friday: At 11:45 a.m. the Office for the Aging Meals of Montgomery Program serves hot meals, suggested $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. the Tai Chi workshop; 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 — free through summer.

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.


August: No Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge Chamber of Commerce meeting this month.

Aug. 1: From 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. is the blood pressure clinic by Home Health Care Partner’s Corp., co-sponsored by St. Mary’s and Nathal Littauer hospitals. Home Health Care Partner’s Corp. also provides health and Wellness information.

Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30: From 12:30 to 4 p.m. senior citizens pinochle card party. Donation $2, prizes and refreshments. If anyone wants to sub, call (518) 673-5635.

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31: From 10:15 to 11 a.m. the Diet Club meets in the gallery. Call (518) 673-2112.

Aug. 4: At 1 p.m. Canajoharie Senior Citizens meeting.

Aug. 15: Defensive driving class is full. The next and last class will be Oct. 7. Call (518) 673-4408.

Aug. 18: At 1 p.m. Canajoharie Senior Citizens meeting; at 1:30 p.m. Northeast Association for the Blind “Aging Successfully with low Vision — What you can Do” presented by Cheryl Lawyer and Clive the Guide Dog Ambassador will be here.

Aug. 22: From 10 to 11 a.m. Alzheimers caregiver support group.

Aug. 23: At 6:30 p.m. paint and sip beach-boat theme with instructor, Shanna Becker. $25 and must register by calling (518) 673-4408.

Aug. 24: At 1:30 p.m. water color with Becker. Cost is $10.

Aug. 28: At 1:30 p.m. Dance Elite, ages 7-17, under the instruction of Becker, will perform for all interested persons.

Sept. 19: Lake George steamboat cruise. Board the luncheon cruise at 10:30 a.m. for 11 a.m. sail and 2 p.m. return to dock. Leave Dutchtown Plazza at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. $36 for members; $41 for non-members. Call (518) 673-5588 no later than Aug. 14.

Bannertown seniors meeting notes

MAYFIELD — The Bannertown 50 Plus Seniors met on July 16, for a social hour, luncheon and meeting. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Bob Leach, president, opened the meeting.

Becky White, from the Office for the Aging, discussed the confusing issues of who pays first in regards to Medicare or insurance. Many factors have to do with being a small or large employer. She also mentioned that the OFA has tickets still available for the Aug. 3, picnic at the Concordia Club.

Nancy Hayes started out the meeting with the roll call.

Ann Mallin, sunshine chairman, sent our three cards to members.

Lorrie Valk, secretary, read the report and Joan Bezio gave the treasury report. Both were accepted.

A discussion started about doing some fundraisers for the club. Many ideas have come forward. The club will be looking into them.

Valk mentioned, for the picnic on Aug. 2, bring own lawn chair, a beverage and a covered dish to pass. The picnic will be with the club’s friends from the Lassessville Seniors Club. The picnic starts at 11 a.m. at the Riceville Homestead. Valk and Evie Leach will be bringing the desserts.

It was mentioned that for the Aug. 16, meeting, there will be an auction with no theme again. The cookie committee for that meeting will be Judy Berger and Linda LaVada.

Valk gave the reminder that the next trip will be the mystery trip on Aug. 17, and the group would like to see more people come with them.

The meeting adjourned. The drawings were held and the winners were Bezio, the door prize, who donated it back; Berger, the 50-50; and Nancy McWilliams, $1, who also donated it back to the club. She also donated her bingo winnings.

Bingo was played.

Broadalbin seniors hold meeting

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin Senior Citizens meeting was held on Wednesday with 44 members present. After the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, the meeting was called to order by President Toni Hallenbeck. A welcome was given to new members and guests.

Phyllis Kluska gave a report on the summer picnic which was held July 12, with 60 members attending at the Broadalbin American Legion Pavilion. The entertainment was provided by Music for Life.

At this meeting:

Donations were collected for the Broadalbin Ecumenical Church Food Pantry.

“Happy Birthday” was sung for all July birthdays.

A report was given by Joanne Wiesner for the upcoming Christmas party which will be held Dec. 14.

The 50-50 raffle was won by Eleanore Campbell.

The guest speaker was a representative from the Office for the Aging, who spoke about Farmers Market Coupons.

The next meeting will be held on Aug. 9.

The trip committee announces the following 2018 trips:

May 13-18: The Ark Encounter Experience. Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens and admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum. $590 per person double.

Sept. 14-21: A Caynon Country trip. This is a trip to the national parks including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and the Grand Caynon.

For more information about these trips, or the Broadalbin Seniors, call Hallenbeck at (518) 883-3008, or Nancy Weiss at (518) 883-5396.

Winners of bridge game announced

CAROGA LAKE — The Caroga Lake Bridge Club played the Howell Movement July 20 at Town Hall. The winners were first place, Marie Otto and Susan Shaver; second place, Betty Ringanese and Arlene Comstock; third place, Ann Masala and Carol Brookins.

32nd reunion banquet held

FONDA — D. Dorine Oliver Dimond, president of the Fonda High School Alumni Association, welcomed 37 alumni and guests to the 32nd reunion banquet held recently at the Winner’s Circle. The Rev. Celia Case Furbur led in the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the invocation with a moment of silence for their departed members.

The roll call of classes was read by Genevieve Aldi Wadsworth. The earliest graduating class represented was 1946 celebrating 71 years were Dimond, Lois Lotridge Collins, James Friers, Francis Knolton, Lois Moynihan Maxian, Edith Murdock Thompson. The 1947 class celebrating 70 years were Eunice Dillenbeck Bethel, Charles Kested, Margaret Lotridge LaBarge. The 1952 class celebrating 65 years attending were James Calhoun, Florence Coons Giuffre, Diane Drake Meeusen.

The scholarship report was given by Dimond who introduced the winners, Alexander Mahon and Daniel Parslow. Also present were the parents, Ann and Shawn Mahon and Debbie and Charles Parslow. A list of the contributors of the scholarship fund were read.

The evening ended with the alma mater being sung. The next banquet will be July 21, 2018.

Office for Aging meal sites listing

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.


Spanish rice, beets, cauliflower, oat bread, peaches.


Tuna salad cold plate, three-bean salad, carrot raisin salad, white bread, mandarin oranges.


Kielbasa with sauerkraut, baked beans, squash, hot dog roll, pudding square.


Fulton County senior picnic.


Ham with mustard sauce, scalloped potatoes, California blend vegetables, rye bread, pie.

Glen-Mohawks seniors meet

FONDA — The regular meeting of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors of Tuesday was called to order by President Beverly Guiffre, 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.

A representative of the Montgomery County Office for the Aging was here with vouchers for the Farmers Market and picnic tickets.

Lucille Sitterly, from Montgomery County Probation, explained the law that changes the age to be charged as an adult from 16 to 18 years of age in New York state and what that will mean for the Departments of Social Services and Probation. She answered a number of questions from the audience.

The roll call was taken by Vice President Alan Buck which showed 28 members present. The secretary’s report was read and approved. The treasurer’s report was read by Olive Taylor and will be filed for audit.

Betsy Saltsman, corresponding secretary, passed a birthday card for an absent member and a get well card for an ill member.

Lu Wilmot, trip committee chairwoman, gave an account of the trip committee accounts to date. She also gave a detailed report of the cost of the picnic of July 11. She answered some questions about the cost of the picnic.

Peg LaBarge gave an update on a previous member.

Joe Mancini had a funny reading.

The 50-25-25 was won by Esther Porcello and Mary Fox.

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

Gloversville seniors host picnic July 24

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville 50-55 Plus Seniors had their picnic at 1 p.m. July 24 at the Senior Citizen Service Center of Gloversville and Fulton County, 53 Church St., with 35 members attending. The chicken was provided by Whitey’s and members provided the salads and desserts. Bonnie Dostal was the chairwoman.

Aug. 7, there will be a business meeting at 1 p.m. with an election of officers for 2018 as necesary. Honoring members who have birthdays will follow with cake and refreshments.

Aug. 14, a social meeting will be at 1 p.m. followed by refreshments.

Aug. 21, social meeting at 1 p.m. A representative from Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Prevention Council will discuss prevention of drugs and alcohol addiction.

Aug. 28, a social meeting, refreshments, cards and bingo.

Sept. 4, no meeting in for the Labor Day holiday.

50 Plus Club meeting set

JOHNSTOWN — The 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will hold its monthly officers meeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. All club officers should plan to attend.

The tickets for the 50 Plus Club’s second annual chicken barbecue fundraiser on Aug. 11, are available at the Johnstown Senior Center Office for $10 each. It’s a drive thru-takeout only dinner that includes Whitey’s 1/2 barbecue chicken, coleslaw, potato and desert. Partial proceeds to benefit the Office for the Aging Senior Daycare.

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 or call the Senior Center Office at (518) 762-4643.

Senior task force programs slated

NORTHVILLE — The following is for the Sacandaga Task Force for Senior Living.

∫ There will be no luncheon or program for STFSL this week at the Red Rooster due to the Office for the Aging senior picnic at Concordia Park.

The following are STFSL upcoming bus trips.

∫ On Tuesday, to the Thomas Cole Nat’l Historic Site. This site preserves and interprets the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation’s first major art movement. There is a fee of $12 for seniors to tour the house and grounds. After the tour attendees will have lunch in the Catskill area, and drive along the village’s Main Street before heading home. STFSL will pick up passengers at the Northville Baptist Church at 8:30 a.m. in Mayfield at 8:40 a.m., and in Vail Mills at 8:50 a.m.

∫ On Aug. 8, to the Fulton County Museum, Kingsboro Ave., Gloversville. Among other exhibits are a fire department display, a leather tanning history, and a Native American longhouse. The museum is free, but accepts donations. After viewing the museum attendees will have lunch wherever the passengers would like before heading home. STFSL will pick up people in Northville at the Baptist Church parking lot at 9:45 a.m., and stop in Mayfield at 9:55 a.m.

If you are interested in this trip please call the STFSL line at 518-752-8737, and leave a message with your name, phone number, and the trip you want to take. You may also respond to this email.

Additional information about STFSL can be found online at 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.

Programs for senior center slated

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

Today: Open art class — $6 donation, 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; 50-55 Plus Club meeting-activities, 1 p.m.

Tuesday: Tuesday’s Breakfast Program and coffee hour — $3 donation (scrambled eggs and cheese, toast, fruit), 9:30 a.m.; Coloring Book Club — free and open to all, 11 a.m.

Wednesday: Free yoga class (donations appreciated), 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; open loom knitting, 11 a.m.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (homemade creamy egg salad on soft roll with lettuce and tomato, chips, fruit, homemade gingerbread), noon.

Thursday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out and Office for the Aging senior day picnic at Concordia Club — for information call OFA at (518) 736-5650, both 10 a.m.

Friday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Writers Circle, 11 a.m.; Red Cross blood drive — anyone who wants to donate blood can call 1-800-733-2767 — walk-ins welcome.

Saturday: Breakfast Nook Program — $3 donation (poached eggs on homemade biscuit, crisp bacon, fresh fruit), 9 a.m. Take a walk with a friend after breakfast.

∫ The senior center food pantry is empty and is in need of fresh non-perishable food items.

∫ The center is selling blue T-shirts with the logo Gloversville Senior Center and “Vintage and Valuable” written underneath for a $12 donation with women and men sizes available. For more information, stop by the center or call (518) 725-0923.

Johnstown senior center programs set

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

From 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Blue Shield will at the center.

From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 18, an American Association of Retired Persons Safe Driving course at the center. The cost payment of $20 for members and $25 for non-members of AARP is required before signup. If you have any question please call the business office at 762-4643. We have a new trip that just came out.

“Sex With Srangers,” on Oct. 15. Will depart the center at 11a.m. and head to Ruby Tuesdays prior to heading to The Rep, Albany. The story is about “Ethan, a strapping twenty-something blogger ends up snowbound at a bed and breakfast with his literary idol, forty-ish novelist Olivia, and sparks fly.” Trip includes: Lunch and the show. Departure time is 11 a.m. with approximate return time of 5:30 p.m. Cost is $90 for members and $95 non-members.

For any questions, feel free to call the business office at (518) 762-4643.

By Patricia Older

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