Senior news in brief

Winners for Feb. 26 bridge game named

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement Feb. 26 at the at the Johnstown Public Library.

The north-south winners were first place, Carol Brookins and Ed Hornidge; second place, Poppy Kiernan and Arlene Comstock; third place, Angie Parillo and John Quinn.

The east-west winners were first place, Lois Widdemer and Eleanor Clark; tied for second place, Ann Masala and Gretchen Haight with Marie Otto and Susan Shaver; third place, Doris McIntosh and Naomi Avery.

Senior programs set at Arkell Museum

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

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. (This class is cancelled this Tuesday and on March 13.)

∫ 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.


This Thursday and March 15, 22, and 29: From 10:15 to 11 a.m. the Diet Club meets in the gallery. Call (518) 673-2112.

Today: At 6:30 p.m. Jody Dunn will give a violin performance.

Tuesday: From 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. is the blood pressure clinic in the gallery by Home Health Care Partner’s Corp. (co-sponsored by St. Mary’s and Nathan Littauer hospitals).

This Wednesday and March 14, 21, and 28: 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.

Friday: At 1:30 p.m. Mike Houghton will present Santa School stories.

This Friday, and March 23: At 1 p.m. Canajoharie Senior Citizens meeting.

March 12: At 6 p.m. Palatine literature on Operation Smile.

March 13: At 6 p.m. Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge Chamber of Commerce meeting.

March 15: At 1:30 p.m. water color with Shanna Becker. Bring a friend; $10 each.

March 19: At 6:45 p.m. Studio North Dancers perform with Betty Goven-Singer, instructor.

March 22: At 9:30 a.m. Breakfast with our Senior Neighbors — bring a dish to share.

March 23: At 1:30 p.m. breast and prostate cancer peer education program. Bring a friend.

March 27: From 10:15 to 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meeting.

March 30: At 11:45 a.m. Meals of Montgomery fish on a bun meal. At 12:30 p.m. Gary Van Slyke will perform spirtual and gospel songs.

Senior group to travel to Zion Park

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin Senior Citizens met on Feb. 21, at the First Presbyterian Church with 69 members including five new members and two guests. The new members were welcomed. The prayer was offered by Chaplain Mary Peck with June Zea leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was called to order by President Toni Hallenbeck. Zea did the roll call.

Nancy Weiss gave the secretary’s report and Jennifer Gilston gave the treasure’s report.

Sunshine Committee: Charlotte Santo, reported that there were five cards sent out. Peck reported three sympathy cards were sent out.

Program committee: Judy Rosenzweig announced the guest speakers at the next meeting will be Carrie Farley, the state president, and Cindy Roberts, both Gold Star Mothers.

Hallenbeck appointed a nomination committee consisting of Jerry Albertin, Janet Austin and Danny Mead. She reminded members the dues for this year are still $10 and need to be paid along with a new membership card filled out.

The 50-50 raffle was won by Bob Wszolek. Donations were collected for the Broadalbin Ecumenical Church Food Pantry.

A representative from Collette came and a gave a presentation on the Canyon County trip planned for Sept. 14-21. The presentation included slides with views of the Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and the Grand Canyon that with be included on this trip.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, at the First Presbyterian Church in Broadalbin.

The trip committee announced the following trip.

March 14: “All Shook Up” presentation at Saratoga High School; dinner at the Golden Corral before returning home. Will leave the information booth at 2 p.m. and return around 7:30 p.m. Cost: $28 due by March 7.

For more information about any of the group’s trips, or the Broadalbin Seniors, call Hallenbeck at (518) 883-3008 or Weiss at (518) 883-5396.

Italian Oven catered event on March 27

FONDA — The regular meeting of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors of Feb. 27, was called to order by President Alan Buck followed by an opening prayer given by Chaplain Allan Taylor, the Pledge of Allegiance, and “America” was sung with Barbara Furman at the piano. Furman, vice president, took the roll call with 25 members and three guests.

Buck introduced Addie Forsey’s daughter, Tina George, whose children have performed at nursing homes since 2000. She said they choreograph their dances and pick their own songs. She played a Christmas video that was recorded at Trackside Homes. She will be back with the girls in person at a later date.

The secretary’s report was read by Betsy Saltsman and approved. Olive Taylor read the treasurer’s report which was filed for audit. She reminded everyone that there is extra money in the account to pay upcoming bills.

Saltsman covered sunshine for Phyllis Smith who is recuperating. There were three cards being passed around for signatures. A thank you note was also sent to Tom Ciaccio, school superintendent of Fonda-Fultonville Central School District, for the invitation and transportation to the jazz festival at the high school. The senior’s received the March HealthLink calendar. She announced the Office for the Aging lunch meeting at 11:30 a.m. March 22, at the Raindancer, sponsored by New York Connects and attorney Del B. Salmon will host a discussion on living wills, health care proxies, and powers of attorney.

Lu Wilmot, trip chairman, spoke about the Turning Stone Casino trip. She said she has one cancellation for the March 13, trip to Castle of the Knights for anyone interested in the St. Patrick’s celebration. The bus will leave at 9 a.m. The trip committee will host the April social event with details to be forthcoming. She reported that she and Olive Taylor found some trips at the seminar they attended last week. She is in negotiations for a two night venue that she thinks will receive a lot of response.

A vote was taken for all the bylaws changes, as read three times, and was unanimously approved by all present. There is still work in getting it typed and printed for the members. Buck gave a report for the Insurance Review Committee.

Next week: Furman reminded the group that Lynn Lasher will be in with Easter candy and a fundraiser for the club; the group also will have a special birthday celebration.

The March 27, social event will be hosted by table two. Peggy LaBarge reported that the meal, catered by Italian Oven, will be individual lasagnas, bread, salad and a dessert. The price is $6 and she has 16 signed up so far.

Joe Mancini had humorous readings.

The prize drawing was conducted by Mary Fox. The winners were George and Florence Stanton.

The meeting adjourned. Allan Taylor offered the closing prayer. Bingo followed the meeting.

The next meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Fonda Reform Church Hall, with a refreshment and social hour before the meeting and bingo after.

The meetings are open to all seniors.

St. Patrick’s Day party on March 12

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville 50-55 Plus Seniors meetings are Mondays at 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Service Center of Gloversville and Fulton County, 53 Church St.

March 5, business meeting and honoring members with birthdays in March with a cake. The raffle drawing number five will be held followed by social, bingo and cards.

March 12, at 1 p.m. celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Members are asked to wear green. The program (tentative) will be Gary McCoy playing bagpipes. Refreshments and social to follow.

March 19, a social meeting covered dish. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own place setting.

March 26: At 1 p.m. the Easter hat parade. There will be a parade with prizes, refreshments and social.

April is food pantry month. Bring can food, etc. to meetings on Monday.

April 2: At 1 p.m. business meeting honoring April birthdays with cake. There will be a raffle drawing number 6 and social.

April 9: A meeting, refreshments and social.

April 12: Fulton County Senior Council meeting at Johnstown Senior Center with Gloversville seniors hosting at 9 a.m.

April 16: At 1 p.m. refreshments, social.

April 23: At 1 p.m. fundraiser, silent auction, open to the public by the 50-55 plus seniors.

April 30: At 1 p.m. meeting, refreshments, social.

Turning Stone trip planned for March 20

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ida L. McGinnis Club meeting opened by President Jeannie McDuffie. The opening song was “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

The devotions were led by Chaplain Lucy Ostrander. “The Lord’s Prayer,” and the Pledge of Allegiance were led by McDuffie.

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

Hi to Neighbors took place. There were 34 present.

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

The 50-50 winners were Linda Zilka, Doris Muscato, Dorothy Roy and McDuffie.

The St. Patrick’s Day party on March 13; plans will be finalized at next meeting.

The Turning Stone trip March 20. Call McDuffy at (518) 725-8396 to reserve a seat.

The group celebrated the January and February birthdays. The winners were Julia Hall for January; and Bob Vesp for February.

The March refreshment committee is Muscato, Edna Longo, Etta Williams and Sherry Courtney.

The closing hymn was “May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You.

The meeting adjourned.

Refreshments were served and bingo was played.

Wii games event going on Thursday

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, housed at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will be playing Wii games at 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

Come and play Wii bowling playing on a team or challenging someone else. Bring a friend. Refreshments will be provided.

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 (518) 762-4643.

Nigra center talk to happen at STFSL

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 present Lynette May, assistant director for business and community development for the Paul Nigra Art Center, who will discuss how the center got started and what types of program they offer.

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 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.

Senior Center to hold coffee hour

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 meeting-activities, 1 p.m.; board meeting, 4 p.m.; Girl Scout Troop meeting and activities, 5 p.m.

Tuesday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m. No Tuesday Breakfast Program.

Wednesday: Free yoga class (donations appreciated), 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (ziti with cheese, fresh bread, vegetables, homemade gingerbread cake), noon.

Thursday: Free Methodist Church Regional Food Bank — open to all and coffee hour, both 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.; Girl Scout Troop meeting and activities, 6 p.m.

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

March 17: Breakfast Nook Program — $3 donation (homemade breakfast pizza, sausages, fruit, homemade yogurt shakes), 9 a.m.; instructional painting class (donations appreciated), 9:30 p.m. Free flower and herb seeds to take home and plant.

Bring food pantry item donations to the center’s office.

Living will talk set for March 22

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their March 1, meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Dolores and Bill Danelorich, Mary Hart and Mildred Hitchcock.

Chaplain Barb Furman opened the meeting with a prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and a reading, “How Lovely.”

President Sherry Meyers introduced the guest speaker, Wanda Antos, community health nurse, from the Montgomery County Public Health, who presented a program on vaccinations. She also had a list of the scheduled rabies clinics in the county. She discussed the shingles, pneumonia and influenza vaccines that are available and suggested that everyone be vaccinated. Also on the agenda was the New York State Immunization Information System program. The program keeps track of immunizations for patients that pharmacies and doctors offices have access to. There is going to be a senior information day on April 26, at 20 Park St., Fonda with vendors and various informative information for seniors.

Meyers announced the March birthdays: Louise Boyer, March 6; Addie Forsey, March 13; and Katherine Downing, March 14.

The role was taken by Furman with 29 members plus one guest present.

The minutes were read from the Feb. 22, meeting by Barb Minch, secretary, and were approved.

Furman reported that the seniors should save any small jars with covers to make gifts for the residents at the Sanford Home. Next Tuesday at the Glen-Mohawk Seniors meeting, Lynn Lasher will be there with Easter candy for sale. She also has speakers schedule for this month to discus scams and how to stay safe at home. At 11:30 a.m. March 22, Del Salmon will do a presentation at the Raindancer Restaurant, Route 30, on living wills and health care proxies for seniors. This is a free luncheon and reservations need to be made by March 15, by calling the Office of the Aging.

Trip committee: Pat Schwartz passed out information for the overnight trip to the Grounds of Sculpture, New Jersey, from May 23-25, staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. The bus will leave Tribes Hill at 7 a.m. and arrive in New Jersey around noon time. After a tour of the grounds, dinner will be at the hotel. The next day will be a siteseeing tour of Hamilton including a trip to the beach and the boardwalk. A signup sheet will be passed around in the coming weeks.

Sunshine: Cards were sent out to two members.

The 50-50 winners were Bill Danelorich and Bill Jasewicz.

Pam Jasewicz will be planning a potluck luncheon for March 15, to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. More information to follow at next week’s meeting.

Furman read some funny jokes.

The meeting adjourned.

Furman closed the meeting with our closing prayer.

If anyone is looking for something to do from 10 a.m. to noon on a Thursday and wants to meet new people, feel free to come to one of our meetings. The group meets at 10 a.m. every Thursday at the Sacred Heart Church Hall, Third Avenue, and are always looking for new members.

By Kerry Minor

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