Senior news in brief

ADK Bridge club winners for April 23

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement on April 23 at the at the Johnstown Public Library.

The north-south winners were tied for first place, Arlene Comstock and Ed Hornidge; second place, Debbie Brown and Tom Farnan; third place, Chloe Correll and John Quinn.

The east-west winners were first place, Eleanor Clark and Naomi Avery; second place, Ann Masala and Marie Otto; third place, Doris McIntosh and Angie Parillo.

Arkell Museum sets programs for seniors

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

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.

∫ 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.


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).

May 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.

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

Friday: Canajoharie Sr. Citizens meeting, 1 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. Empty Pockets — Phyllis Reese.

Saturday: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shults Agency six hour defensive driving course. Call (518) 673-4408 to register.

May 8: At 6 p.m. Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge Chamber of Commerce meeting.

May 9: At 10 a.m. Decision Day with Del Salmon, elder care attorney.

May 11: At 11:45 a.m. Mother’s Day luncheon with Meals of Montgomery — stuffed chicken breast, ranch mashed potatoes, carrots, dinner roll and mandarin orange cake with pineapple frosting. At 12:30 p.m. Mark Fowler will entertain with music.

May 14: At 1:30 p.m. Leo Milman and Canajoharie strings will give a performance.

May 16: From 6 to 8 p.m. knitting-crochet mini workshop with Carol Balfe — bring a project or attend to learn. Bring a friend.

May 17: At 1:30 p.m. water color with Shanna Becker. Bring a friend; $10 each.

May 18: At 1 p.m. Canajoharie Senior Citizens meeting. At 1:30 p.m. Mountain Valley Hospice presentation by Tara Travis, chief executive officer.

May 22: From 10 to 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meeting.

June 14: Log Cabin dinner and a show — RSVP by May 11. $54 for members and $59 for non-members. Call (518) 673-5588 for details.

Inauguration lunch to be held Tuesday

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin Senior Citizens met on April 18, with 56 members present. Following lunch, the meeting was called to order by President Toni Hallenbeck at 12:20 p.m. The minutes were read by Nancy Weiss, secretary and Jennifer Gilston, treasurer, gave the report.

The reports also given are as follows: Charlotte Santo, sunshine; and Karen Boguez, program.

Janet Austin, nominating, announced that instead of the regular meeting on Tuesday, the group will meet at noon at the Raindancer restaurant for the inauguration lunch. The board members to be inducted are, Toni Hallenbeck, president; June Zea, vice president; Jennifer Gilston, treasurer; Nancy Weiss, secretary; and Marsha Prokop, chaplain.

The trip committee announced a change in the rail and sail trip. The new date is July 12. The bus will take the attendees to Utica where they will take a train to Old Forge, Herkimer County. They will have lunch in Inlet and then take a boat ride. The bus will bring those attending back to Vail Mills.

The Trip Committee announced trips for 2019:

Jan. 12- 18: Iceland’s northern lights – Cost is $3,999 double occupancy includes air.

Sept. 8-16: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Cost is $1,080 double occupancy.

Nov. 2-11: Sicilia. Cost is $3,799 double occupancy – includes air.

Now is the time to start planning for these trips. For more information, call Hallenbeck at (518) 883-3008 or Weiss at (518) 883-5396.

The meeting adjourned at 12:40 p.m.

Glen Mohawk seniors head to Lake George

FONDA — The Glen-Mohawk Seniors regular business meeting was held Tuesday at the Fonda Reformed Church, with 29 members and one guest present.

Lu Wilmot, trip chairman, has a trip on Wednesday to the Adirondack Culinary Arts School, Queensbury, Warren County. She is now taking signups for the Lake George dinner cruise on June 19. The bus will depart from Fonda at 2:30 p.m. and will be leaving Lake George at 6 p.m. for the return trip. If driving at night is a problem, transportation will be arranged; let Wilmot know.

The plans have been finalized for the three day, two night trip to Lancaster, Pa., Aug. 20-22 with a stop at the Clinton Station Diner for lunch on one’s own. Once in Lancaster, attendees will see “Jesus” at the Sight and Sound Theatre; a guided farmland tour; a tour of a high-technology farm; shopping at different locations and at Weaver’s Store. The first night’s dinner will be a traditional Penn Dutch feast at an Amish farm house; the second night everyone will be having a meal at Miller’s Smorgasbord.

The following is the May agenda.

The refreshment committee will consist of Gretha Russell, Marie Dumar, Margaret Post and Patricia Putman.

Tuesday: Sonya Chandler, the guest speaker, will bring Wii Bowling for after the meeting.

May 8: Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Superintendent Thomas Ciaccio and Joseph Karas, school business administrator, the guest speakers, will discuss the budget.

May 15: A special 90th birthday celebration for a longtime member.

May 22:

∫ Wanda Antos from Montgomery County Public Health Preventative Services, will discuss vaccines.

∫ The monthly social event — plans for a Subway catered lunch have been made by D. Dorine Dimond, Delores Dumar, Barbara Furman, and David Stone. The signups will begin Tuesday.

The meetings begin at 10:30 a.m. with a social hour before the meeting, serving coffee and treats. All seniors 55 and over are welcome.

Ida McGinnis Club off to Turning Stone

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ida L. McGinnis Club meeting was opened by President Jeannie McDuffie. The opening hymn, “Onward Christian Soldiers” and 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 39 present.

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

The 50-50 winners were Doris Muscato, Audrey Flint and Ann Witherell.

The group celebrated the March and April birthdays. The winners were Mary Jean Carnahan for March; Carol Lowrey for April.

The election of officers are as follows: McDuffie, president; Kay VanAlstyne, vice president; Elaine Boyd, secretary; Linda Zilka, treasurer; Judy Cooper, assistant secretary; Witherell, assistant treasurer.

Trip: May 15: Turning Stone. Call McDuffie at (518) 725-8396 to reserve a seat.

The May refreshment committee will be Carnahan, VanAlstyne, Connie Conniff and Beth Hart.

50 Plus Club to hold meeting Thursday

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will hold an officers meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. All club officers should plan to attend. A business meeting will follow at 1:15 p.m. An officer of the Johnstown Police Department will discuss potential scams and what to do in the event of encountering one. A celebration of May birthdays and anniversaries will follow with cake and refreshments.

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.

‘Minnie Pearl’ impersonator planned

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 Linda Eastman, who will impersonate Minnie Pearl. All May birthdays will be celebrated with a cake provided by Judy Frasier.

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 is seeking volunteers

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 (French toast, fruit, sausages), 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 country chicken soup, potato chips, homemade applesauce cake), noon.

Thursday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.; HealthLink week two “Living with a Chronic Condition,” 2:30 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 scrambled eggs and sausage breakfast pizza, old fashioned cream of wheat cereal and fresh fruit), 9 a.m. Pick out a free Mother’s Day card to send to someone special.

The center is in need of the following.

∫ Volunteers are needed. The center is primarily operated by volunteers. The center is structured in a family oriented environment and the seniors are inviting children to join in as well. The seniors welcome any dependable, caring, hardworking individuals or groups who have some time they want to donate to the center’s programs and events. The center has a variety of volunteering opportunities and the center welcome all ages. Anyone interested in volunteering can stop by the office to discuss volunteering interests.

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

By Kerry Minor

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