Senior news in brief

Bridge Club          announces winners

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement Monday (Dec. 19) at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center, 109 E. Main St.

The north-south winners were first place, Debbie Brown and Tom Farnan; second place, Jean Loveday and Lois Widdemer; third place, Ann Masala and Anne Campos.

The east-west winners were first place, Conniejo DiCruttalo and Arlene Comstock; second place, Doris McIntosh and Angie Parillo; third place, Eleanor Clark and Naomi Avery.

Arkell Center       lists activities

CANAJOHARIE — The following are the Arkell Center programs for all area seniors for January 2017.

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 through Feb. 7: From 10 to 11 a.m. the Tai Chi workshop, sponsored by MCOFA with Earl O’Bryon, instructor. No fee.

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. Open to all.

Each Friday: From 9 to 10 a.m. vinyasa flow yoga with Bonnie Fiore in the gallery. $10 fee.


Jan. 3: From 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. is the blood pressure clinic by Home Health Care Partner’s Corp., co-sponsored by St. Mary’s and Nathal Littauer hospitals. Home Health Care Partner’s Corp. also provides health and Wellness information.

Jan. 4, 11, 18, and 25: 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.

Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26: From 10:15 to 11 a.m. the Diet Club meets in the gallery. Call 673-2112.

Jan. 6: At 1 p.m. Canajoharie Sr. Citizens meeting.

Jan. 10: At 6 p.m. Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Jan. 12: From 9 to 11 a.m. Health Insurance Information Counseling Assistance Program, Home Energy Assistance Program, Alzheimer’s Organization, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be meeting at Arkell Center for convenience and questions. Stop by for issues on insurance, heat, etc.

Jan. 19: At 10 a.m. Alzheimer’s Organization with Megan DeMento — “Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors.” RSVP by Jan. 16, at 867-4999, Ext. 200.

Jan. 24: From 10 to 11 a.m. Alzheimers caregiver support group.

Jan. 26: At 1 p.m. watercolor with Joann Resch.

Jan 27:

¯ Montgomery County OFA is celebrating Chinese New Year with menu — chicken, broccoli stir fry over rice with oriental vegetable, rye bread, pineapple and fortune cookie. Call to reserve at 673-2000.

¯ At 12:30 p.m. Gary Van Slyke will be performing winter songs.

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.


Closed or Christmas Day.


Hamburger cabbage casserole, beets, three bean salad, rye bread, apricots.


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


Ziti and meatballs, tossed salad, garlic roll, bread pudding.


Lazy stuffed peppers, corn, applesauce, white bread, brownie.

Senior group         reports on meeting

GLEN — The regular Tuesday (Dec. 20) meeting of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors was called to order by Vice President Alan Buck, followed by the morning prayer given by Allen Taylor and the Pledge of Allegiance.

The roll call was taken by Buck which showed 23 members present.  The secretary’s report was read and approved. The treasurer’s report was read by Olive Taylor and will be filed for audit. Betsy Saltsman, corresponding secretary, was absent and Buck read a few Christmas cards that the club received from absent seniors. Cards were sent for the family of Norma Egelston and to Martha Hensel.

A list was passed again for tables to sign up for the luncheons in 2017.  Debbie Nelson said she saw Sis Dumar and she is doing well.

Joe Mancini had a few humorous readings.

The 50-25-25 was won by Lois Collins and Mary Fox. Extra prizes were won by Fox, Jim Douglas and Allen Taylor.

Remember that the Emerald Theatre has senior days every second Thursday of the month. The next one will be on  Jan. 12, 2017.

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

Bingo followed.

50-55 Plus Club       slates meeting

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville 50-55 Plus Club will not have a meeting on Monday (Dec. 26). There will also be no meeting for the month of January.

On Jan. 12, at 9:30 a.m. the Fulton County Senior Council meeting will be held at the Johnstown Senior Center. The Johnstown 50 Plus Club will be the host. All officers and members are invited.

The club will have their first new year business meeting at 1 p.m. Feb. 6. The birthdays for January and February will be celebrated with a cake. The raffle drawing number 8 will take place followed by bingo and cards. Carol Visconti, membership chairwoman, will also be collecting dues for the new year.

McGinnis Club    host guest speaker

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ida McGinnis Club recently had their Christmas banquet at Harold’s Restaurant. The devotions were led by Chaplain Lucy Ostrander.

The club celebrated the November and December birthdays. The winners were Dixie Gifford for November and Linda Thompson for December.

The 50-50 winners were Norma Sowle, Lorraine Gilleotte, Jean Sawyer and Jeannie McDuffie.

A guest was Office for the Aging Director Andrea Fettinger.

The Betty Green Chorus provided entertainment with Christmas songs.

The next meeting will be Jan. 3, 2017.

The next Turning Stone trip will be Jan. 17. To reserve a seat, call McDuffie at 725-8396.

50 Plus Club slates New Year party

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St.,  will have a welcome the New Year party at noon Thursday (Dec. 29) at the center with an afternoon dinner of roast pork, mashed potatoes, vegetables, applesauce and dessert. The music, provided by the Galaxy Band, will follow dinner. There will also be “bubbly” to toast the upcoming New Year and sharing of New Year resolutions. Tickets available for the event are $13, with a cut off date of Dec. 27.

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

Task Force parties

on New Year’s Eve

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. 29), the Red Rooster Cafe will hold a getting a head start on New Year’s Eve party with refreshments and white elephant Christmas gift exchange. Bring a wrapped gift that you can’t use and take home someone else’s unwanted item instead.

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 events, activities

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

Monday (Dec. 26): Open art class, 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday (Dec. 27): Tuesday’s Breakfast Program and coffee hour —  $3 donation (surprise treats), 9:30 a.m.; Red Cross blood drive — blood donors needed, 1 p.m. Feel free to stop by the center to donate blood.

Wednesday (Dec. 28): Free yoga class (donations appreciated), 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable, homemade cake with chocolate frosting), noon.

Thursday (Dec. 29): Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.; Girl Scout Troop 2055 meeting, activity, 6 p.m.

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

Jan. 1, 2017: Breakfast Nook New Year’s Eve Program — $3 donation (cinnamon and raisin toast, scrambled eggs with ham and cheese, fruit, blueberry muffins, egg nog and non-alcoholic champaign), 9 a.m.; Breakfast Nook New Year’s Eve Open Mic Show — bring friends and talent, 10 a.m. Special treats will be served.