Senior news in brief

Adirondack Bridge winners announced

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement April 9 at the at the Johnstown Public Library.

The north-south winners were tied for first place, Debbie Brown and John Chrisman; second place, Poppy Kiernan and Chloe Correll; third place, Angie Parillo and Ed Hornidge.

The east-west winners were first place, Carlene Lankton and Mary Brusoe; second place, Lois Widdemer and Arlene Comstock; third place, Gretchen Haight and Tom Farnan.

Broadalbin seniors to meet Wednesday

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin Senior Citizens met on April 3, at the First Presbyterian Church, with 53 members present. The prayer was offered by Toni Hallenbeck followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was called to order by Hallenbeck, president.

Hallenbeck also did the roll call. Nancy Weiss gave the secretary’s report and Jennifer Gilston gave the treasurer’s report. Gilston stated that the club now has 116 members.

Sunshine committee: Charlotte Santo reported she sent out two get well cards.

Birthday committee: Ruth Lee announced the April birthdays and the club sang “Happy Birthday.”

Chaplin Mary Peck was asked to send out a sympathy card for a recently deceased member.

Program committee: Judy Rosenzweig announced the club will be participating in the villagewide garage sale again this year. The group has reserved a spot for June 2. The seniors will be collecting sellable items at the May 30, meeting.

Jackie Carpenter donated Girl Scout cookies for members for the meeting.

Nominating committee: Janet Austin announced that the installation of officers luncheon will be held at noon May 2, at the Raindancer Steak House. Anyone who plans on attending, the dinner selections must be made on dinner choices. For more information, contact Austin.

Picnic committee: Phyllis Kluska asked Hallenbeck to announce that this year’s club picnic will be held on July 25, at the American Legion Pavillion, Broadalbin. Music for Life will provide the entertainment.

Christmas Party committee: Carol Brittain announced she has been researching area restaurants. She gave a summary of what she had to offer at this time.

The club will be giving out two awards for the graduating seniors this year. The names of the recipients were selected.

Hallenbeck reminded the group of the Broadalbin-Perth senior citizens prom on April 20.

The Office for the Aging picnic will be held Aug. 2.

The donations were collected for the Broadalbin Ecumenical Church Food Pantry.

The 50-50 winner was John Lindholm.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, at the First Presbyterian Church. After the meeting, there will be handouts and information for those going on the Ark trip May 13-18.

The trip committee has announced the following trips.

The May 3, Adirondack Culinary College lunch cost of $25 and May 10, Washington Park trip and lunch cost of $40 are both due by April 18.

June 19: The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Mass.; lunch at the Red Lion Inn; visit the Edith Wharton home and gardens. Those attending will leave the information booth at 8:15 a.m. and back by 7 p.m. Cost: $80 due by May 6.

Upcoming 2019 trips: Iceland, Mississippi River Cruise, Wildwood, Nova Scotia, and Sicily.

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

Senior group are off to Queensbury

FONDA — The Glen-Mohawk Seniors regular meeting was called to order at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday by President Alan Buck. Allan Taylor gave the opening prayer and Barbara Furman accompanied on the piano while “America” was sung. Furman then took the roll call with 28 members present.

The treasurer’s report was filed for audit. The secretary’s report was accepted as read. One error was found in the senior news report last week: It’s important for people to use a credit card rather than a debit card for security purposes — there are more protections against fraud. Also, be very careful protecting Social Security numbers to prevent identity theft.

Florence Stanton noted the following: April 21, Mohawk town spring cleanup; April 24, a defensive driving course at the Horace Inman Senior Center — cost is $25 — call to register; from 11 a.m. to noon April 26, Department of Public Health meet and greet at the Annex Building, 20 Park St.; from noon to 4 p.m. April 29, Mohawk Valley Chorus annual turkey dinner at the Horace Inman Senior Center; and from noon to 5 p.m. June 19, a clambake at the Perthshire.

A get well card was sent to a member.

The Glen-Mohawk Trip Committee’s list for this year shows eight new trips and activities planned: A trip on May 2, to Queensbury, Warren County, for a three-course meal at the Adirondack Culinary Arts plus a surprise stop; on June 19, a dinner cruise on Lake George, Warren County; a picnic; Lancaster, Pa. three-day, two-night trip including “Jesus” at the Sight and Sound Theatres; dinner theater at The Beeches, Rome, Oneida County; Halloween party at Kateri Shrine; trip to Holyoke, Mass. for a Christmas and veteran’s show at the Log Cabin. The season will wind down with a trip to Turning Stone in December.

Peggy LaBarge told members to bring tree quarters for the center-left-right game.

Joe Mancini had some humorous stories. Mary Fox held the prize drawing. The winners were Mancini and Furman.

The meeting adjourned. Alan Taylor gave the closing prayer. Bingo was held following the meeting.

Ida McGinnis seniors

strike it rich with trip

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ida L. McGinnis Club meeting was opened by President Jeannie McDuffie. 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 42 present.

The secretary’s report was accepted as read.

The 50-50 winners were Jeri Beekman, Connie Conniff, Mary King and Julie Hall.

The next Turning Stone trip will be May 15. Call McDuffie at (518) 725-8396 to reserve a seat.

The nominations for officers were submitted. The voting will be April 24.

The closing hymn was “May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You.” The meeting adjourned, refreshments were served and bingo was played.

50 Plus club to hold pitch tournament

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, housed the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., is offering a mini pitch tournament at 1:15 p.m. Thursday. Form a team of two people and come by the business office by April 28, to sign up. The cost is $10 per team on this day. The club will start playoffs, each team playing each other until there is one winning team left. The prizes will be awarded in percentages of the total kitty. The first is 25 percent; the second is 15 percent; the third is five percent. The snacks will be provided. Come and play cards.

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.

Hospice to host talk on quality of life

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

∫ STFSL 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 Kara Travis, chief executive officer and president of Mountain Valley Hospice, who will discuss Myth Busters: Quality of Life. Becky White, from 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.

∫ On April 25, STFSL will take a group to the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, Utica, Oneida County. The admission is free, although certain special exhibits may have a charge. After touring the museum, lunch will be at a restaurant in the area. If time permits, attendees can make a stop at a local winery. STFSL will leave Northville at 9 a.m. and return around 4 or 4:30 p.m. If interested in this trip, call the STFSL at number below and leave a message with name and phone number. STSFL will call back.

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.

Mother’s Day cards at this week’s brunch

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

Today: Open art class, 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, sausages) 9:30 a.m.; craft day using fresh flowers — supplies will be provided, 10 a.m.; Gloversville Animal Shelter meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Free yoga class (donations appreciated), 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (cheese lasagna, vegetables, Italian bread, fresh fruit mix with heavy cream), noon.

Thursday: Spring cleaning day — anyone interested in helping is to arrive at 9 a.m. — free food and music, 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.; Johnstown Movieplex senior day — arrive at the theater by 1 p.m. to receive ticket, popcorn and beverage for $6 per senior — list of movies available at the theater; HealthLink six part workshop — “Living with a Chronic Condition,” 2 p.m.; 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 doughnuts, fresh fried eggs, whole wheat toast, fruit), 9 a.m. There will be free Mother’s Day cards for all participants to choose one and send it to someone special.

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

Peer educators to talk at Shirley Luck

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

From 9:30 a.m. to noon May 8 peer educators from HealthLink will discuss the how’s and why’s to dealing with chronic longterm pain from diseases or illnesses. This free program will run six weeks and at the end participants who complete four of six weeks will receive $30 gift cards for use in local stores. Anyone interested in signing up can call HealthLink at (518) 736-1120 to register.

ADK culinary trip planned for May

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their Thursday, meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Anita Bush, Genie Hojohn and Ruth Lohmeyer.

Chaplain Barb Furman opened the meeting with a prayer followed by Pledge of Allgiance and a reading titled, “The Path to Springtime.”

President Sherry Meyers introduced our guest speaker, Jamie Marshall from Resource Center for Independent Living. She discussed the free programs that they offer for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. They offer activities and luncheons, free of charge. The programs gives opportunities to get out of the house and connect with others. It is open to everyone in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

The roll was taken by Furman, with 26 members and one guest present.

The treasurer’s report was read by Barbara Lampkin and will be filed for audit.

The minutes were read from the April 5, meeting by Barb Minch, secretary, and were approved.

Trip committee: Pat Schwartz reported that the club has trips planned in August to Lake George, Warren County; November to New York City to Radio City and December to Colonie Center. Olive Taylor reported that the Glen-Mohawk seniors has a trip planned for May 2, to the Adirondack Culinary College for a three course dinner.

Show and Tell: Bush brought in a quilted wall hanging that she made.

The 50-50 winners were Lohmeyer and Bill Jasewicz.

Lampkin and Furman had some funny readings that they shared.

The meeting adjourned.

Furman closed the meeting with our closing prayer.

By Kerry Minor

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