Senior news in brief

Bridge club games brings the winners

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement Monday (Aug. 21) at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St.

The north-south winners are first place, Eleanor Clark and Jim Clauson; second place, Ann Masala and Carlene Lankton; third place, Sue Herrick and Susan Shaver.

The east-west winners are first place, Carol Persse and Arlene Comstock; second place, Mona Blom and Tom Farnan; third place, Poppy Kiernan and Nan Ferguson.

Senior’s get info on health programs

MAYFIELD — The Bannertown 50 Plus Seniors, on Aug. 16, started out their day with a social hour followed by the Office for the Aging luncheon and meeting.

Carl Edwards, chaplain, read the devotion, ” I know that you speak with a gentle voice.”

After the luncheon, President Bob Leach opened the meting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The speaker was Jaime Marshall, from the Resource Center for Independent Living, who discussed what this group was all about and what programs they have for the elderly. There are information seminars in regards to Alzheimer’s and other Dementias. There is help out there that can come and sit with a loved one while the caregiver can have time for themselves. Insurance is not needed. She also recommended that people should go to a neurologist instead of their regular medical doctor for the help of a diagnosis.

Ann Mallin, sunshine chairman, was absent but had sent out three cards.

Lorrie Valk, secretary, gave that report and Joan Bezio, treasurer read that report. Both were accepted.

Valk told everyone that she had a conversation with Angel Hill from The Lassellsville Seniors about the location of the next planned picnic. It was agreed to do sandwiches and snacks instead of hot dogs and salads. Bob Leach will talk with her about the particulars.

For the next meeting, the group will celebrate birthdays with cupcakes being made by Sharon Leach and Nancy Hayes. Bingo will be played.

The meeting adjourned and drawings were done. The winners were Carl Frisch, the door prize; and Joan Bezio, the 50-50.

Sue Wemple came to the meeting to be the auctioneer. There was a moment of silence for her husband, Jerry Wemple, who passed away.

Unbirthday party brings the fun

BROADALBIN–The Broadalbin Seniors met on Aug. 23, at the First Presbyterian Church, 54 W. Main St., with 50 members and guests attending. The prayer was offered by Linda Gray and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by June Zea. The meeting was called to order by President Toni Hallenbeck. Nancy Weiss read the secretary’s report and Jennifer Gilston gave the treasure’s report. Charlotte Santo sent out two cards this month from the sunshine committee.

The unbirthday party was celebrated with make-your-own sundaes. The auctioneer was Hallenbeck, who auctioned off the gifts to raise money for the group’s Christmas party.

The 50-50 raffle was won by Maureen Mikucki and the defensive driving course raffle was won by Roxanne Aery.

The next senior meeting will be on Sept. 6.

The trip committee has announced the following trips.

Sept. 21, bus trip to the “Big E” for $35. Must be paid by Sept. 9.

2018 trips:

May 13-18, the Ark Encounter Experience. Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens and admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum. $590 per person double.

June 10-14, to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

Sept. 14-21, a Caynon Counrty trip to the national parks including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and the Grand Caynon.

Oct. 24-Nov. 4, Viking River cruise “cities of light.” The cities include Prague Czech Republic; Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Heidelberg, Mainz, Cochem, and Trier, all in Germany; Luxembourg City, Luxembourg and Paris, France.

For more information about these trips or the Broadalbin Seniors, call Hallenbeck at (518) 883-3008 or Weiss at (518) 883-5396.

Caroga seniors bridge for fun

CAROGA LAKE — The Caroga Lake Bridge Club played the Howell Movement Aug. 17, at Town Hall.

The winners were first place, Arlene Comstock and John Quinn; second place, Carol Brookins and Carlene Lankton; third place, Herb Roes and Bob Lang.

Food, donations and horses on tap

FONDA — The regular meeting of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors of Tuesday, was called to order by Vice President Alan Buck, followed by the morning prayer given by Allan Taylor and the Pledge of Allegiance. “America the Beautiful” was sung with Barbara Furman at the piano.

The roll call was taken by Buck which showed 32 members and two guests 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, had nothing new to report. Peg LaBarge said that Sis Dumar is at River Ridge and is doing well. There was a collection for the Salvation Army.

Lu Wilmot, trip committee chairwoman, spoke of last week’s trip to see “Music Man.” She said to sign up for the trip to see the Friesean horses in Vermont on Sept. 12. The cost will be $35. The meals are on one’s own and the trip committee will give every member $10 toward their meals. This is the last week to sign up for the luncheon on Aug. 29, given by table one. The cost is $5 and the menu is Kentucky Fried Chicken with six meal choices.

There will be an installation banquet committee meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 29. Furman and Addie Forsey joined the committee.

Alan Buck gave Lucille Douglas a certificate of honorary membership for her 90th birthday.

Olive Taylor had a couple of amusing readings.

The 50-25-25 was won by Wilmot and D. Dorine Dimond. Everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to Douglas.

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

Ice cream and cake for Douglas’s birthday and bingo followed.

Casino trip planned for city senior club

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ida L. McGinnis Club’s first meeting after the summer break will take place Sept. 26.

Sept. 12, is primary day and voting will be at Forest Hill Towers.

Sept. 19, is the Turning Stone trip. Call Jeannie McDuffie at (518) 725-8396 to reserve a seat.

The refreshment committee for September and October will be Linda Thompson, Audrey Flint, Mary Jane Van Slyke and Carol Lowrey.

Remember the club will be collecting non-perishable food, diapers-baby items and cat and dog food to distribute before Christmas.

Cold plate luncheon to share the fun

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will hold a cold plate luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 31). Bring a slightly larger cold dish to pass around and share. Or better yet bring something fresh from the garden and have lunch with friends.

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 or call the senior center office at (518) 762-4643.

Chair yoga and clinics on deck

NORTHVILLE — The following is for the Sacandaga Task Force for Senior Living.

STFSL 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 Diane Whitten from Saratoga County Cooperative Extension, who will provide a program on Mediterranean eating for heart health.

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.

The upcoming STFSL trips:

Sept. 8: The Overlook Park is a newly renovated park which offers visitors a scenic view of the Cohoes Falls never before open to the public. One can also gain access to Falls River Park by walking a short distanced from North Mohawk Street on a footbridge over the power canals. Peebles Island State Park is at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers. It offers river and rapids views for walkers. The bus will leave the Northville Baptist Church at 8:30 a.m., Mayfield at 8:40 a.m. and Vail Mills at 8:50 a.m.

Sept. 27: Touring the Saratoga Battlefield. There is no fee at this national park. Those attending will begin their visit at the Visitor Center, where they can pick up a park map and brochure. The Visitor Center also has restrooms, a book and gift shop, 20-minute orientation film, fiber-optic light map, timeline display, and artifact display. Tours of the battlefield can be guided or self-guiding, using information in the park brochure, optional audio tour compact disc, and interpretive stations along the way. The bus will leave the Northville Baptist Church at 9 a.m., Mayfield at 9:10 a.m., and Vail Mills at 9:20 a.m.

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 yoga and meals ahead

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

Today: Open art class — $6 donation, 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; 50-55 Plus Club meeting-activities, 1 p.m.

Tuesday: Tuesday’s Breakfast Program and coffee hour — $3 donation (scrambled eggs, toast, fruit), 9:30 a.m.; Coloring Book Club — free and open to all, 11 a.m.

Wednesday: Free yoga class (donations appreciated), 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; open loom knitting, 11 a.m.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (toasted ham and cheese sandwich on soft rye, homemade macaroni salad, fresh fruit, homemade orange cake), noon.

Thursday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.

Friday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Writers Circle, 11 a.m.

Saturday: Breakfast Nook Program — $3 donation (homemade French cinnamon muffins, hot scrambled eggs, toast, fruit), 9 a.m.; Labor Day is a time to sit, relax and treat oneself and friend to a special treat.

For more information, stop by the center or call (518) 725-0923.

Shirley Luck center mystery trip coming

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

The senior center will be hosting two brief insurance presentations on Thursday as follows: At 1:15 p.m. a representative from the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage; and at 1:30 p.m. a representative from Blue Shield. Join attendees for these informative programs.

Those at the senior center will be departing at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday for its annual “mystery trip.” There are a few seats left so signup for the day.

The senior center will be hosting a presentation from Broadway Home Care on the topic of Long Term Care at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 6. Rachel Lobdel, outreach specialist, will provide information, refreshments, and some entertainment for the program. Stop in for this informational program.

If anyone has questions about the trip or programs, call the business office at (518) 762-4643.

Tribes Hill seniors meeting minutes

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their Aug. 24, meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Allan and Olive Taylor, Joel Szabo and Cheryl Meyers.

President Sherry Meyers called the meeting to order and Chaplain Barb Furman led members in the opening prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and a reading, “Positive Living.”

The roll was taken by Furman with 39 members plus one guest present.

The minutes were read by Barb Minch, secretary, from the Aug. 10, meeting and they were approved.

The treasurers report was read and will be filed for audit.

Trip committee: Pat Schwartz reported on the trip to Saratoga. After taking the tram tour of Saratoga Track, Yadoo Gardens, lunch at the Old Bryan Inn and downtown shopping, they made an ice cream stop on the way home.

Lu Wilmot from the Glen-Mohawk Seniors reported they have an upcoming trip to Vermont to see the Friesians of majesty show with a visit to the Apple Barn and Country Bake Shop on Sept. 12. Cost of the trip is $45 for non-members. She will start taking signups next week

Sunshine: A thinking of you card will be sent to a member.

Social Committee: For Sept. 7: Pam Jasewicz announced that our fall auction will be held. Start bringing in gently used items for the auction. It was decided that instead of bringing an item for the food pantry, items for school children should be brought in such as pens, paper, backpacks, pencils, etc. Kathy Downing will take these items to Fonda School.

New business: President Meyers asked for volunteers for the nominating committee to nominate the officers for next year. It was decided that Anita Bush, Kathy Downing and Tony and Emily Scott would be on the committee.

The refreshment committee for September will be Tony and Emily Scott and Beverly Fox.

The 50-50 raffle winners were Jan DeJulius and Lu Wilmot’s grandson.

Show and Tell: Barb Lampkin brought in a baby blanket that she made. Bill Danelorich brought in a large peach that his son grew.

Elaine Hoyt spoke of the recent trip to Alaska she took for a family wedding. She told a story about her moose sighting on the way to a local museum and she was 10 feet away from it. She will bring in pictures when she gets them developed.

Bob Montenaro and Tony Scott had some funny readings.

The meeting adjourned.

Barbara Furman closed the meeting with our closing prayer.

Bingo was played