Senior news in brief

Bridge winners for March 5 named

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement March 5 at the at the Johnstown Public Library.

The north-south winners were first place, Ann Masala and Susan Shaver; second place, Doris McIntosh and Tom Farnan; tied for third place, Angie Parillo and Mary Jane Fredericks with Carol Brookins and John Chrisman.

The east-west winners were first place, Poppy Kiernan and John Quinn; second place, Sheila Sammons and Mary Brusoe; third place, Carlene Lankton and Ed Hornidge.

St. Patricks trivia set for Wednesday

MAYFIELD — The Bannertown 50 Plus Seniors met on Feb. 28, for a social hour, luncheon and meeting.

Carl Edwards read the devotion, “Almighty God, please take care of my problems.” “The Lord’s Prayer” followed.

After the Office for the Aging lunch, the meeting was opened by President Bob Leach with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Becky White from the OFA was present and discussed the new Medicare cards and what would be on them now. The seniors may be receiving them in June.

Linda LaVada, vice president, read the roll call.

Lorrie Valk, secretary and Joan Bezio, treasurer gave their reports and were accepted.

Evie Leach noted at the next meeting on Wednesday, the cookie committee will be Ann Mallin and Jeff Leach. The group will be doing St. Patty’s Day trivia.

Janet Betler reminded members the orders for the Rada Knives fundraiser has to be in by March 14, so they will be back in time for Easter.

Valk mentioned that she and Bezio attended the Browns Tours Show and are compiling information for the day trips.

Edwards has set up the St. Patty’s Day dinner for 1 p.m. Friday (March 16) at the C&R Restaurant. The price is $10 with a choice of ham or corned beef. If anyone that has not signed up is interested in going, contact Edwards at (518) 661-5339.

The meeting adjourned and the drawings were held. The winners were Edwards, the door prize and Bezio, the 50-50, who both donated it back; and Mid Ellithorpe, $1.

Edwards also won the birthday card.

Bingo was played.

Chicopee, Mass. trip set for Tuesday

FONDA — The regular meeting of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors of March 6, was opened by President Alan Buck at 10:30 a.m., followed by the morning prayer, given by Allan Taylor, the Pledge of Allegiance, and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was sung with Barbara Furman at the piano. David Stone was welcomed back.

Furman, vice president, introduced Lyn Dee Lasher, who discussed candy making background which started in 1985. The first business was New Horizons and had to give it up. She again started candy making in 2009. Lasher recently opened Lyn Dee’s Candy and Gift Shop, 1174 County Hwy. 107. She had an assortment of Easter chocolates for sale at the meeting which was also a fundraiser for the club.

Furman took the roll call with 26 members and four guests present.

The reports of the secretary and treasurer were read and approved.

Sunshine: Betsy Saltsman, covering for Phyllis Smith, sent out seven newsletters to homebound members, during the week. Florence Stanton will help out sending cards while Smith is recuperating.

Lu Wilmot read the names of those going on the Tuesday trip to Chicopee, Mass. The bus will leave at 9 a.m. There will be no meeting that day.

Peggy LaBarge reported that 21 people signed up for the March 27, luncheon which will be catered by the Italian Oven. For $6, each person will receive an individual lasagna entree, salad, bread, dessert, and drink. Easter hats will be a part of the event and everyone is urged to create something at home, in the next two weeks and join in — men included.

Buck announced the birthdays and anniversaries for this month. He then called Nonagenarian James Douglass to come forward to receive a certificate stating that he has been awarded an honorary membership and no longer has to pay dues. The refreshment committee then served cupcakes and ice cream and everyone sang “Happy Birthday.” Nonagenarians is the word for those reaching their 90s (Septuagenarian, Octogenarian, Nonagenarian, etc.).

Olive Taylor and Joe Mancini had readings.

Mary Fox conducted the prize drawing. The winners were Pat Putman and Martha Hensel. Hensel won a gift bag prize.

The meeting adjourned.

Allan Taylor gave the closing prayer. Peggy LaBarge called for bingo following the meeting.

The next meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. March 20, at the Fonda Reformed Church. A refreshment hour precedes the meeting and all seniors are welcome.

March 20 Turning Stone trip for seniors

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ida L. McGinnis Club meeting opened by President Jeannie McDuffie. The opening hymn, “Amazing Grace” was led by Sandy Yacobucci.

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 Yacobucci.

Hi to Neighbors took place. There were 36 present.

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

The 50-50 winners were Audrey Flint, Jerene Atty, Mary King and Etta Williams.

The St. Patrick’s Day party on Tuesday will be catered by the Hot Dog Hut.

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

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

The meeting adjourned.

Refreshments were served and bingo was played.

Irish meal to take place on Thursday

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, housed at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will meet at noon Thursday for an Irish meal at the meal site. Join members for a corned beef dinner. Call either (518)736-5650 or (518) 762-1861 to sign up for lunch. The cost is $3 per person with a cut-off date of Tuesday to sign up. Wear green and join the group as they play some Irish games after lunch.

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.

Nick Stoner seniors plan trips for 2018

CAROGA LAKE — The Nick Stoner Seniors met March 6. The meeting was called to order at noon by Grace Eglin, president. Eglin had a moment of silence in honor of Bob Rhinehart, a club member, who passed away. The prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and Hello to your Neighbor was led by Eglin.

Marion Snell gave secretary’s report and was accepted as read. Shirley Holliday gave the treasury report and was accepted.

Due to the passing of Linda Rhinehart’s husband, the audit committee will meet at a later date.

The sunshine report was given by Barb MacFee, who sent out 10 cards this month.

Jean Griffin gave the hospitality report.

The refreshment committee for April 3, is Marion Snell, Jeannine Schwartz and Linda Saglimbeni. The membership report was given by Holliday she will be contacting members for dues that have not paid yet. Janice McLaughlin gave the pen pal report and the letters should be coming soon.

McLaughlin printed flyers with the trip schedule for this year: June 12, Turning Stone Casino; July 31, cruise on Glimmerglass; Oct. 9, Vermont Country Store; and Dec. 6, The Beeches Christmas Show.

Old business: It was discussed that Dona Dise is unable to do the calling list at this time. The callers will be Martha Mongato, Dottie Richeson and Dottie Blowers .

New business: Holliday passed out secret ballots for the members to vote on the amendment to not have meetings in January and February due to inclement weather. There were 16 and a half votes for yes and seven and a half for no. Holliday will print up the amendment and add it to the bylaws that there will be no meetings in January and February and present it to the club next month.

Hannah Snell asked if she could take a group picture with our member Linda Saglimbeni as she is being recognized for her accomplishments at the center .

Eglin spoke on being careful answering phones with all the phone scams going on.

Recognized were those who donated for club raffles: Richeson made an Easter basket, won by Kitty Reznyk; Holliday brought items, won by Myrtle Durmott; and Griffin for the door prize, won by Sharon Fenstermacher.

Fenstermacher took attendance — there were 23 members and one guest present.

The meeting adjourned.

After the meeting the raffle was held. The winners were Marie Eaton and Richeson. Refreshments were served and bingo was played after the meeting. The next meeting is April 3.

Perth Senior group to meet Wednesday

PERTH — The Perth Seniors held their regular meeting at 10:45 a.m. Feb. 28.

The meeting was opened by President Anita Bush.

The prayer, Tilted Time to Relax and “The Lord’s Prayer” and the Pledge of Allegiance were led by Dottie Richeson.

Hello to your Neighbor took place. There were 30 in attendance.

The 50-50 was won by Sylvia Zierak.

The birthdays for the month were read by Bush. The group sang “Happy Birthday” to Carol Jackowski, Grace Bevington Eglin, Veronica Rhodes and Glen Van Woert.

The secretary’s report was given by Rose Matthews. The treasurer’s report was given by Mary Stachnik. Both were accepted.

The kitchen report was given by Wanda Crosbie

Membership: Zierak stated she has the new list for anyone who has not received one. Also dues for this year are being collected.

Sunshine: Fran Smith sent out a thank you card to the Broadalbin-Perth Elementary School for the valentines; and get well cards to John Carey and Frank Olander.

Dolores Leggiero passed a paper around for members to sign which of the trips are of interest: Mac Haydn Theatre, The Beeches, Gavins, Saratoga and Lake George, Warren County. At the Wednesday meeting, the three choices members want to attend will be given. Carl Hoff is the chairman. Judy Russsell from Brown Coach met with Hoff, Bush and Leggiero.

Correspondence: Bush mentioned the Office for the Aging picnic held in August will be mentioned again. The Littauer HealthLink letter was mentioned for this month.

Ways and Means: Audrey Flint stated April 18, will be the anniversary party at Nicholino’s, Route 30. The menu will be mentioned at next meeting.

The next meeting will be Wednesday.

Peter Betz told some jokes.

The meeting adjourned.

St. Patricks day special on Thursday

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 who will host Larry Cramer, who will present St. Patrick’s Day special. Becky White of the Fulton County Office for the Aging, will also be on hand from 11:30 a.m. to assist seniors with any 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 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 sets weekly schedule

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.; Girl Scout Troop meeting and activities, 5 p.m.

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

Wednesday: Free yoga class (donations appreciated), 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (homemade chicken a-la-king on noodles, homemade biscuits, vegetables and homemade oatmeal raisin cookies), noon.

Thursday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.; free St. Patrick’s Day dinner and live music show to seniors only (homemade corned beef and cabbage, Irish mashed potatoes, Irish bread, Irish dessert), 4 p.m. Eat in or takeout available. Dinner and music is 4 to 6 p.m. free to seniors only; Girl Scout Troop meeting and activities, 6 p.m.

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

Saturday: Breakfast Nook Program — $3 donation (homemade Irish soda bread muffins, Irish potatoes, fried eggs, homemade corn beef hash and fruit), 9 a.m. In the spirit of spreading Irish good luck, every participant will receive a special “luck of the Irish” gift.

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

A March 22 presentation dinner

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

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

The role was taken by Furman, with 19 members present.

The minutes were read from the March 1, meeting by Barb Minch, secretary and were approved.

Furman reminded members Del Salmon will give a presentation at 11:30 a.m. March 22, at the Raindancer Restaurant, Route 30. For the reservations to be made by Thursday, call the Office for the Aging.

Trip committee: Pat Schwartz will send around a signup sheet for the trip to the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, N.J. from May 23-May 25, staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. The bus will leave Tribes Hill at 7 a.m. and arrive in New Jersey around noon. After a tour of the grounds, dinner will be on one’s own. On May 24, will be a sightseeing tour of Hamilton including a trip to Long Beach Island on the New Jersey Shore and the boardwalk with dinner at the Cracker Barrel.

Pam Jasewicz sent around a signup sheet for next week’s St. Patty’s Day luncheon and members are to dress up next week for the St. Patrick’s Day event.

Jasewicz read a funny joke.

The 50-50 winners were Vonnie Gutowski and Sherry Meyers.

Meyers, president, announced that Lynn Lasher will be at next week’s meeting to sell Easter candy.

The meeting adjourned.

Furman closed the meeting with the 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 the meetings. The group meets at 10 a.m. every Thursday at the Sacred Heart Church Hall, Third Avenue, Tribes Hill, and are always looking for new members.

By Kerry Minor

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