Senior news in brief

50 Plus Club plans Election Day dinner

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center will hold an Election Day bake sale and spaghetti dinner at the center on Tuesday (Nov. 8). The bake sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with homemade pies, cakes, cookies and other baked goods available for purchase to the public. The spaghetti dinner will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a dinner including pasta with homemade sauce, meatballs and garlic bread. Advance tickets are available at the center office during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a price of $5 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12. Tickets will be available at the door for $6 as long as dinners lasts.

For more information, call 762-4643. To keep up with what is going on with the 50 Plus Club visit their Facebook page at

Bridge Club         announces winners

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement Monday (Oct. 31) at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center, 109 E. Main  St.

The north-south winners were first place, Angie Parillo and John Quinn; second place, Carol Brookins and John Chrisman; third place, Ann Masala and Susan Shaver.

The east-west winners were first place, Conniejo DiCruttalo and Carlene Lankton; second place, Jean Loveday and Gretchen Haight; third place, Eleanor Clark and Chloe Correll.

50 Plus Seniors plans luncheon

MAYFIELD — The Bannertown 50 Plus Seniors met on Oct. 5, with the meet and greet at 11 a.m.

President Carl Edwards opened the Office for the Aging luncheon with the devotion, “I pray to you today to come to my aid.” “The Lord’s Prayer” followed.

Carl Edwards opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Linda LaVada, vice president, read the roll call.

Ann Mallin, sunshine chairman, sent cards to the Bezio family, who recently lost their son; and to Nancy Hayes, who had surgery.

Lorrie Valk, secretary, read the secretary’s note and was accepted.

Joan Bezio, treasurer, gave the treasury report and was accepted.

Sharon Leach mentioned that she had the signup sheet for the Dec. 2, Christmas dinner, scheduled for noon at Harold’s Restaurant with three entrees to chose from. The money and choice of entree is due by Wednesday (Nov. 9). The price is $20.

Valk mentioned the New Orleans trip was warm while the group was in New Orleans itself. Nila Edwards mentioned that while those on the trip were gone, the rest of the members went out to lunch and decided to do it once a month. Anyone wanting more information can contact Nila Edwards.

The next meeting, Nov. 9, will be a potluck luncheon with a holiday theme auction to be held. Bring own drinks and covered dish. Dessert will be provided by Evie Leach and Judy Berger.

Carl Edwards mentioned that after the beginning of the New Year, the seniors will get together with the Lassellsville Club again. He will have more information soon.

The meeting adjourned and the drawings were held. The winners were Joan Bezio, door prize; Carl Edwards, the 50-50; and Joan Himes, $1. The birthday card was won by Mid Ellithorpe. The fall basket was won by Evie Leach.

Cider and doughnuts were passed out and Halloween costumes were judged with Pay Ryfa winning the prize for scariest and Nancy McWilliams for the funniest.

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 736-5650 up until 9 a.m. for that day or to make reservations for a future date.


Swedish meatballs, egg noodles, broccoli, white bread, mandarin oranges.


Fish with dill sauce, seasoned rice, spinach, rye bread, cookie.


Chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, Jell-O.


Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes and zucchini, green beans, wheat bread, ice cream.


Closed for Veterans Day.

Senior group         reports on meeting

GLEN —  The regular Tuesday (Nov. 1) meeting of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors was called to order by President Beverly Guiffre, followed by the morning prayer given by Allen Taylor and the Pledge of Allegiance. “America” was sung with Barbara Furman at the piano.

Tom Ciaccio, superintendent of Fonda-Fultonville Central School District, passed out a schedule of community events occurring at FFCS. He discussed: The grant for lights and a sidewalk on Cemetery Street; the ongoing Capital Project at the school and hoped to have the new auditorium completed by February 2017; and the lead testing of the school water; questions were answered from the audience. He said that there will be a veterans celebration at 1 p.m. Nov. 10, at the school in the elementary gym and invited all to attend.

The roll call was taken by Vice President Alan Buck, which showed 36 members and one guest present.

The secretary’s report was read and approved.  The treasurer’s report was given by Olive Taylor and will be filed for audit.

Betsy Saltsman, corresponding secretary said that the Emerald Theater will have a senior movie day at 1 p.m. Nov. 10.  She noted the newsletters for HealthLink and Hospice were available for those who want to look at them. A number of cards were passed for absent members.

Lu Wilmot, trip committee chairwoman, said: The signup and final payment for the Nov. 9, trip to Beeches has ended; the signup for the Dec. 7, Capital Lights trip has started.

Mary Fox reported on the Halloween party.

Joe Mancini said that 25 people have signed up for the Dec. 6, Christmas party at the Winners Circle. The trip committee is donating $6 for each member dinner.

D. Dorine Dimond gave a report on the installation banquet which 37 people attended. She told everyone to watch for the picture and writeup to appear in the newspaper.

Mancini had a humorous reading.

The 50-25-25 was won by Debbie Nelson.

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

Bingo followed.

McGinnis Club slates casino trip

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

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

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

Hi to Neighbors took place and there were 33 present.

The secretary report was accepted as read.

For the Tuesday (Nov. 8) trip to The Beeches, the bus will be leaving from the parking lot by Family Dollar at 9:30 a.m.

There are seats available for the Nov. 15,  Turning Stone trip. Call McDuffie at 725-8396 to reserve a seat.

On Nov. 22, there will be a white elephant sale.

The 50-50 winners were Lorraine Gillatti, Carol Lowery and Jerene Atty.

The meeting closed.

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

Refreshments were served and bingo was played.

Perth Seniors         reports on meeting

PERTH — The following are the meetings of the Perth Seniors. Anita Bush led in “The Lord’s Prayer” at both.

Oct. 26: There were 33 who attended.

The meeting was called to order by President Grace Eglin. Bush also gave a reading, “you have a positive input.”

The 50-50 raffle was won by Donna Chambers.

The treasurer’s report by Mary Stachnik was accepted as read.

The kitchen report was given by Eglin and membership report by Rose Mathews.

Old business: Carl Haff reported he has McDonald’s books and a signup sheet to help on Election Day at Perth Senior Center. Lynn Lasher prepared a poster about what seniors do and handouts.

Nov. 29: Elvis Presley show and buffet at 11:30 a.m. at Perthshire.

Dec. 14: Christmas party at noon at Nicholino’s.

The slate of officers given by Mathews are as follows: Eglin, president; Maureen Phillips, secretary; Stachnik, treasurer. Mathews, chairwoman, asked for nominations for volunteers from the floor for vice president. Bush volunteered. The voting will take place at next meeting.

Peter Betz gave the report from the town board.

The Halloween party and parade took place. The judges were Sylvia Zierak, Betz and Lorraine Lasinski. The winners were Beatrice Jazewicz, most original; Bush, funniest; Nora Olander, scariest; Dorothy Richerson, serviest; Bill and Pam Jazewicz, the best. Cider and doughnuts were served.

Nov. 2: There were 31 people who attended. Bush also led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Maggie Boltash set up a table of Avon products for members.

Haff reported the poster, McDonald’s books and handouts are ready for the table to be used on Election Day at the center.

The group sang “Happy Birthday” to Walter Sparks.

Bush gave a reading, “you can do so much in a single moment.”

Halloween cards were sent to shut-ins and a signed card by members to Mathews.

The committee meeting met. For the Nov. 29, Elvis Presley show, the cutoff date is Nov. 16. For the Dec. 14, Christmas party, the cutoff date is Dec. 7.

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 (Nov. 10), the Red Rooster Cafe will present Marilyn Sanders, who will demonstrate making needlework Christmas ornaments.

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 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 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 752-8737 and leave a message.

Gloversville Seniors list special events

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

Monday (Nov. 7): Open art class —  $6 donation, 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Coupon Club, 10 a.m.; 50 Plus Club meeting-activities, 1 p.m.; board meeting, 4 p.m.

Tuesday (Nov. 8): Election Day free voting breakfast — after voting, bring the voting sticker to the center to receive a free breakfast (hot homemade pancakes, grilled sausages, fruit, coffee, juice) and free blood pressures taken by a representative from HealthLink — no appointment needed, both 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday (Nov. 9): Free yoga class (donations appreciated), 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program —  $3 donation (baked ziti with cheese and sausages, tossed salad, fresh bread, double chocolate cookies), noon; Adirondack Mountain Club, 7 p.m.

Thursday (Nov. 10): Coffee hour and Gloversville Free Methodist Regional Food Bank open to everyone and food is distributed until all are served or the food is gone (come early; no income requirements) — weather permitting the food bank will be held outside at the Farmers Market pavilion, both 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.; Girl Scout Troop 2055 meeting-activity, 6 p.m.

Friday (Nov. 11): Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Writers Circle, 11 a.m.; knitting class with Danielle Bomhard — all levels welcome, 4 p.m.

Saturday (Nov. 12): Breakfast Nook Program — $3 donation (apple and spice pancakes, sausages, fruit, old fashioned hot chocolate) and American Association of Retired Persons Safe Driving Class (get a reduced rate on car insurance premiums) — class cost is $20 for AARP members and $25 for AARP non-members, both 9 a.m.

Dear Grammie:

One of our readers asked: My family does not live in this area and I am unable to travel to be with them. What can I do throughout the holiday season not to feel so lonely?

Answer: Loneliness is not discriminating, it can effect anyone at any age. Being involved in your community is a great way to get rid of that isolating and lonely feeling. There are many groups, schools, agencies, causes, churches, and senior centers (hint-hint) that are in need of volunteer helpers. Even those whom are housebound can get involved perhaps by phone, computer or mail. A phone book, local newspaper or computer can help you get started in locating an ideal program to be involved in. Then contact them to see what is available for volunteers to do. Getting your thoughts focused on someone else is great way to fill your heart with love, sharing and joy. Best wishes to you!

Luck Center      slates mall trip

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

Nov. 21, to Sangertown Mall. Cost: $35 with $10 towards lunch at the food court.

From 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 8) is a takeout only spaghetti dinner at the center. Advanced tickets are $5 for adults and $3.50 for children; $6 for tickets at the door.

At 10 a.m. Nov. 16, will be ladies craft day. The cost is $6 which includes a craft and a Thanksgiving lunch, put on by the Office for the Aging, to follow at 11:30 a.m.

If  interested in any of these or for more information, call the business office at 762-4643.

Willing Helpers

names officers

JOHNSTOWN — The Willing Helpers Home Board of Managers met twice in October for the regular monthly meeting and the annual meeting. Many reports were given as to the status of the home as a whole. Maintenance of the building and grounds, activities, entertainment and safety of our residents are top priorities.

The new officers installed are as follows: Darla Oathout and Nelva Teabout, co-presidents; Deborah Buck, vice president; Eileen Shirey, recording secretary; Meredith Lord, corresponding secretary; Kathy Mickel, treasurer. The advisory board for the home is Philip Becket certified public accountant; Daniel V. Ehle, Brett Preston, attorney; Richard Ruby and Gregory Thomas.

The October birthdays were celebrated by three residents, Beverly Lowenthal, Judith Drobner and Dorothy Cole.

There were many fall activities the residents participated in. The reading group meets once a month to share short stories and poems and sometimes sing-alongs to some oldies. A weekly walking group meets weather permitting. A chair yoga class met in September with Jeanne Moller leading the class. The annual monarch butterfly release with three butterflies this year took place in September.

The residents were entertained this fall by the Durey Creek Gospel Band and the Betty Green Chorus. There were two rides to view the foliage this fall, one to Sharon Springs, Schoharie County, with a stop at Wemple and Edicks for ice cream and one to Dolgeville, Stratford and the Caroga Lake area with a stop at Rogers Apple Orchard.

For more information on the Willing Helpers Home, visit the home website at or call Director Tammy Kruger at 762-7719.