Senior focus

Bridge Club announces winners

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement Monday (April 10) at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center, 109 E. Main St., Johnstown.

The north-south winners were first place, Debbie Brown and Jim Clauson; second place, Poppy Kiernan and John Quinn; third place, Angie Parillo and Betty Burchell.

The east-west winners were first place, Lois Widdemer and Carlene Lankton; second place, Ann Masala and Susan Shaver; third place, Arlene Comstock and Sheila Sammons.

Office for Aging lists meals, sites

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.


Chicken riggies, Sonoma blend vegetables, red cabbage, Italian bread, pears.


Chili, cauliflower, wax beans, corn bread, banana cake.


Pot roast with gravy, boiled potatoes, boiled carrots, dinner roll, fresh fruit.


Roast turkey with gravy, stuffing, Pacific blend vegetables, white bread, pudding.


Pizza burger, O’Brien potatoes, mixed vegetables, hamburger roll, fruit crisp.

Senior group reports on meeting

FONDA — The regular Tuesday (April 11) meeting of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors was called to order by President Beverly Guiffre, followed by the morning prayer given by Allan Taylor and the Pledge of Allegiance. “America” was sung with Barbara Furman at the piano.

The Rev. Jenni Yeske discussed the recent trip she took to Israel and Palestine and answered questions from the audience.

The roll call was taken by Vice President Alan Buck which showed 31 members present. The secretary’s report was read and approved.

Betsy Saltsman, corresponding secretary, provided some information on an ailing member and reminded everyone that next week will be the Easter bonnet parade.

Lu Wilmot, trip committee chairwoman, said she still needs one more person to sign up for the Foxwood trip. The final payment is due Wednesday (April 19). She said the seniors will have the tram for the Memorial Day parade for seniors to ride in.

Table two is taking signups for next week’s luncheon; 28 people have signed up so far.

A motion to make a donation to the Fultonville Fire Department was brought forth. After some discussion, the motion passed and a collection was made.

A first reading of the change in the bylaws was read. During a discussion, a motion was made to change the monthly food pantry contribution to making a contribution every other month during the school year to the Back Pack Program. The motion passed. A first reading of these and the other changes will be at the next meeting.

The 50-25-25 was won by Jean Angus and Wilmot.

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

50-55 Plus Seniors list activities

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville 50-55 Plus Seniors had their Easter hat parade on Monday (April 10). The winners were Pat Boles, the prettiest; Bev Di Chiro, the original; Betty Gugenberger, the cutest; and Arlene Whittingham, craziest.

April is food pantry month and members are asked to bring cans, etc. to the center on Mondays.

April 17, and 24, social meeting at 1 p.m. followed by refreshments, bingo and cards.

May 1, is business meeting, honor birthdays, and raffle drawing number 11, refreshments, cake and social.

May 8, at 12:30 p.m. Mother’s Day luncheon. catered, social — must sign up to attend. Nancy Gacek is the chairwoman.

May 15, card party at 12:30 p.m., a fundraiser. Tickets are on sale at the senior center on Mondays. Carol Visconti is the chairwoman.

May 22, memorial service to honor deceased members. Betty Gugenberger is the chaplain-chairwoman.

May 29, there will be no meeting — holiday.

McGinnis Club slates casino trip

GLOVERSVILLE — The folling are meetings of the Ida L. McGinnis Club. At both: The reports of the secretary and treasurer were accepted as read.

April 3, week: The meeting was opened by President Jeannie McDuffie.

The opening song was “Take me out to the Ball Game.”

The devotions, “The Lord’s Prayer” and the Pledge of Allegiance were led by Kate VanAlstyne.

The first verse of “America” was followed by Hi to Neighbors. There were 38 in attendance.

In the sunshine report, a get well card was sent to Doris Muscato.

The May 23, anniversary dinner will be held at Harold’s.

The 50-50 winner was Sandy Yaccabucci, Lorraine Gillotti, Janet Roberson and Betsy Lawrence.

A few seats are left for the April 18, Turning Stone trip. Call McDuffie at (518) 725-8396 to reserve a seat.

The meeting closed, refreshments were served and bingo was played.

April 10, week: The meeting was called to order by McDuffie.

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

The opening song was “Here Comes Peter Cottontail.” The first verse of “America” was led by Yaccabucci.

Hi to Neighbors took place. There were 34 present.

The sunshine report was given by Jeanette Fonda.

The club will start collecting for the food pantries; dog and cat food for the animal shelters; and items for No Bottom Left Behind to be distributed before Christmas.

The 50-50 winners were Jerri Beekman, Ostrander, Linda Thompson and Millie Garguilo.

The Turning Stone trip next month will be May 16. Call McDuffie to reserve a seat at (518) 725-8396 to reserve a seat. There are still seats left.

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

The meeting adjoured.

Flowers coming to 50 Plus Club

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., at 1:15 p.m. Thursday (April 20) will welcome a representative from Parker’s Greenhouse, bringing an assortment of plants and flowers to view and buy. Spring is in the air and gardening is on the minds of the club members. Also gardening and how even with apartment living, it’s possible to have plants and a little garden will be discussed.

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 762-4643.

Task Force hosts special speaker

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 (April 20), the Red Rooster Cafe will host Becky White from the Fulton County Office for the Aging, who will discuss “Who Pays First? And What does Medicare not pay for?” She will also be on hand from 11:30 a.m. to help seniors with any questions or 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.

Gloversville seniors list activities, meals

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

Monday (April 17): Open art class – $6 donation, 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; 50-55 Plus Club meeting-activities, 1 p.m.

Tuesday (April 18): Tuesday’s Breakfast Program and coffee hour — $3 donation (homemade waffles, fruit), 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday (April 19): Free yoga class (donations appreciated), 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; loom knitting class — start anytime, 11 a.m.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (cheese lasagna, vegetables, Italian bread, fruit mix with heavy cream), noon.

Thursday (April 20): Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.; Girl Scout Troop 2055 meeting-activity, 6 p.m.

Friday (April 21): Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; reflexology class — start anytime — $5 donation, 10 a.m.; chair exercises — sneakers are recommended — start anytime — $5 donation and Writers Circle, both 11 a.m.

April 22: Breakfast Nook Program — $3 donation (old fashioned cooked apple oatmeal, homemade muffins, toast, yogurt and fruit), 9 a.m. Mother’s Day is coming soon. Pick out a free Mother’s Day card to send to a friend or family member.

Luck seniors host Elise Stefanik

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

April 24: The representative of the 21st District Congresswomen Elise Stefanik will be visiting for a “coffee with the congresswomen” from noon to 1 p.m. at the Johnstown Senior Center. This event is open to the public.

May 15, is ladies day — come celebrate Mother’s Day. Those attending will leave the center by coach at 9 a.m. and travel to the Carrot Barn, Schoharie for a tour of the spring plants and the gift shop. A box lunch will be included in their dining room which includes half a sandwich, apple, chips or two cookies and coffee or water. Why not invite a lady friend? The cost is $27 for members; and $30 for non-members.

May 18, a HealthLink screening will be at the center from 9 a.m. to noon. The screening includes a cholesteral plus high-density lipoprotein glucose blood test for $18; diabetes risk assessment, blood pressure reading and body fat analysis-body mass index measurement at no charge. No appointment necessary. Come and take this opportunity to be checked to keep healthy. For any questions, call the center at (518) 762-4643.

By Chad Fleck

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