Senior News in Brief

Laura Wooster of Gloversville places an ornament on one of the Christmas trees at the Gloversville Senior Center on Thursday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Cookie exchange   at 50 Plus Club

JOHNSTOWN–The 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main Street, Johnstown will hold a Christmas Cookie Exchange on Thursday, 15th at the Center. Bring 2 dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies and take home a variety 2 dozen of other’s favorites.

New memberships and renewals for the 50 Plus Club are being taken at the Center office. Memberships are for January through December. City and Town of Johnstown residents cost is $12 per year, all other areas is $14 per year

For more information call 762-4643 or to find out more about what is going on with the 50 Plus Club visit and “Like” their Facebook page at

Bridge Club          announces winners

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement Monday (Dec. 5) at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center, 109 E. Main St.

The north-south winners were first place, Poppy Kiernan and Chloe Correll; second place, Carol Brooking  and Eleanor Clark ; third place, Angie Parillo and Marie Otto.

The east-west winners were first place, Ann Masala and John Quinn; second place, Lois Widdermer, Susan Shaver,Jim Claussen and Doris McIntosh  ; third place, Gretchen Haight and Tom Farnum.

Arkell Centerlists programs, events

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

Each Monday through Friday: At 11:45 a.m. the Office for the Aging Meals of Montgomery Program serves hot meals, suggested $3 donation for ages 60 and older. Call 673-2000 for reservations.

Each Tuesday: From 10 to 11 a.m. the Tai Chi workshop continues, sponsored by MCOFA .

Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday: From 10 to 10:30 a.m. is senior exercise program in the basement. Coffee after.

Each Wednesday: 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 with Bonnie Fiore and a substitute in the gallery. $10 fee.


Dec. 12: At 7 p.m. the Valley Choraliers will perform their Christmas songs.

Dec. 13: At 6 p.m. Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Dec. 14, 21, 24, and 28: From 12:30 to 4 p.m. senior citizens pinochle card party. Donation $2, prizes and refreshments. If anyone wants to sub, call 673-5635.

Dec. 15, 22, and 29: From 10:15 to 11 a.m. the Diet Club meets in the gallery. Call 673-2112.

Dec. 27: From 10 to 11 a.m. Alzheimers caregiver support group.

No water color art class with Joanne Resch this month — next class will be in January 2017.

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.


Chili, cauliflower, corn bread, pears.


Chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, carrots, pudding.


Omelet, sausage, hash browns, muffin, cookie.


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


Beef burgundy, baked potatoes, peas, white bread, frosted birthday cake.

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 (Dec. 8), the Red Rooster Cafe presented Gail Cramer, who will discuss the history of local newspapers.

Chair yoga, taught by Ony Antonucci, was 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.

Willing Helpers lists activities

JOHNSTOWN–December is a very busy month for the residents of the Willing Helpers Home for Women.  The ladies will be trimming the tree on December 9th with Debbie Gibson our activities director.  The reading group will meet on December 14th at one with a Christmas theme. Stories and Poems will be read and Nancy Purcell from Durey Creek Bluegrass band will be helping us out during The Christmas Story in Carols.

On the 15th the Board of Managers will hold the Annual Christmas Party in the evening complete with a visit from Santa. The Staff and residents Christmas Party will be on the 23rd.

Many groups will be entertaining the residents this season.  Caroling by the teens from Holy Trinity Church on the 17th, the Johnstown Reformed Church Carolers on the 20th and the Band from Knox Junior High on the 23rd. The 4H club Kicking Country Kids, and the Cub Scouts will also be stopping by with some surprises.

Resident Betty Kenyon will celebrate her Birthday on the 29th with a special meal of her choice.

Yoga has been scheduled for December 28 at 2PM.

For any inquiries about the Willing Helpers call Tammy Kruger Director at 762-7719.

Johnstown Seniors hosts luncheon

JOHNSTOWN – The lunch crew will be meet at noon Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Italian Bistro.

Blue Shield will be at the center, 109 E. Main St., from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Office of the Aging ‘s annual Christmas luncheon will be held at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the center. The cost is $3.

Anyone interesting in attending either the lunch crew or OFA luncheon should call the business office at 762-4643.

Gloversville Seniors list activities

GLOVERSVILLE–The Gloversville Senior Center list the “Happenings” for Dec. 12 to 18 are as follows:

¯ Monday:

9 a.m.-open art class, with $6 donation.

9:30-coffee hour.

1 p.m.-every second Monday center dinner: homemade cheese lasagna, tossed salad, fresh garlic bread, fruit, homemade cheese cake-$5 donation. Takeout available.

¯ Tuesday:

9:30 a.m. Tuesday’s breakfast program and coffee hour with poached eggs, toast and fruit-$3 donation.

¯ Wednesday:

9 a.m-free yoga class (donation appreciated).

9;30-coffee hour.

9:30-every second Tuesday-free blood pressures taken by Julie from Healthlink-no appointments needed.

¯ Noon-Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program-barbecue chicken, boiled potatoes, veggies, ice cream sundaes-$3 donation. Kelsey from Eat Smart NY will be there to demonstrate a quick, easy and inexperience meal. Free samples and recipes will be available.

¯ Thursday:

9:30 a.m.-coffee hour.

10-free bread pass out.

Noon-Red Hats Luncheon.

6 p.m.-Girl Scout Troop 2055 meeting and activity.

¯ Friday:

9:30 a.m. coffee hour.

11-Writers Circle.

4 p.m.-Knitting class with Danielle Bombard for all levels.

¯ Saturday:

9 a.m.-Breakfast Nook Program-scrambled eggs, toast, homemade muffins, sausages, toast and eggnog-$3. Special guest helpers will be Girl Scout Troop 2055.

McGinnis Group   reports on meeting

GLOVERSVILLE–The  Ida McGinnis group’s meeting called to order by Vice President Kaye Van Alstyne.

Opening hymn “Away in the Manager,” the Lord’s Prayer and there Pledge of a allegiant was led by Van Alstyne.

The first verse of “America” was led by Mary Priolo.

Thirty-two people were present.

Secretary’s reported was accepted as read.

No Sunshine report.

50/50 winners were Ruth Gavin, Ann Witherall and Linda Thompson.

The Turning Stone trip will be held on Jan. 17. Call Jeanne McCuffre at 725-8396 to reserve a seat.

The closing hymn was “Silent Might.”

The meeting was adjourned, refreshments served and bingo played.

Senior group         reports on meeting

BROADLABIN – The Broadlabin Senior Citizens met Nov. 30 for an Office for the Aging luncheon and program.

Chaplain Mary Peck opened with a prayer dedicated to recently deceased member Phillip Guadagno and the Lord’s Prayer. Peck was not present at the last meeting.

Pledge to the American flag also was recited.

June Zea, vice president, took the roll call. Fifty-one people were present.

President Tonbi Hallenbeck presided and gave the treasurer’s report until a new treasurer is elected.

Nancy Weiss, secretary, read her report, which was accepted.

Charlotte Santo gave the Sunshine report on ill members.

Peck noted that the brother of club member Cory Santo has died recently.

Diana Chambers reported on correspondence recently sent. She also noted that the Dec. 28 meeting will be a New Year’s celebration with members wearing New Year’s Eve hats.

A pizza day was planned with no OFA meal by Chambers, with help from Marge Gunderson and Weiss.

Desserts will be made by Charlotte Santo, Carm Repko, Weiss and Chambers. Each person will be charged a small fee.

Today’s program was “Miss Millie’s” pennysale with articles donated by the deceased family. Proceeds were put toward the 2017 Christmas party. Many thanks to Judy and Rob Rosenwicz and Gary and Karen Bocusz for setting up the sale. Chambers called the winning numbers and read a joke.

Phyllis Kluska and Hallenbeck were the clean-up committee.

Trips coming up soon  have been filled: a trip to Saratoga Springs for shopping, eating at Golden Corral and a Christmas tree show. The Victorian Walk was held Dec. 1 and was a success and fun.

Christmas party chairmen Santo and Maureen Mikucki set up the Dec. 8 event at the Raindance with 80 people signed up. A collection was taken for the Fulton County Salvation Army in Gloversville.

Senior Citizen’s brunch for local elderly at Broadalbin-Perth Middle School will be held Friday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. Reservations with Chambers were due before Dec. 7.

For the next meeting, Dec. 14, reservations for an OFA meal should be made in advance and, if anyone is unable to attend, canceled.