Senior Focus

Bridge club winners at Shirley J. Luck

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

The north-south winners are first place, Angie Parillo and Jim Clauson; second place, Eleanor Clark and Conniejo DiCruttalo; third place, Jean Loveday and Susan Shaver.

The east-west winners are first place, Arlene Comstock and Ed Hornidge; second place, Naomi Avery and Tom Farnan; third place, Ann Masala and Debbie Brown.

Arkell Center sets its Oct. schedule

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

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 (518) 673-2000 for reservations.

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

Each Tuesday:

From 9 to 10 a.m. core strength and stability class in basement with Sharon Charles, instructor. Donation: $5.

From 10 to 11 a.m. Tai Chi workshop; from 11:10 to 12:10 intermediate Tai Chi, both sponsored by MCOFA, with Earl O’Bryon, instructor. Donations accepted.

Each Wednesday:

From 2 to 2:25 p.m. is chair yoga in the gallery.

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 in the gallery. $10 fee.


∫ Tuesday: 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 Nathan Littauer hospitals).

∫ Oct. 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 (518) 673-5635.

∫ Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26: From 10:15 to 11 a.m. the Diet Club meets in the gallery. Call (518) 673-2112.

∫ Friday: Canajoharie Senior Citizens meeting. At 1:30 p.m. Jeff Smith and the Montgomery County Emergency Services.

∫ Saturday: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. defensive driving class. To register, call (518) 673-4408.

∫ Oct. 10: At 6 p.m. the Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge Chamber of Commerce meeting.

∫ Oct. 17: From 10 to 11 a.m. Alzheimers caregiver support group.

∫ Oct. 18: From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Canajoharie technology computer science intern group coming for any computer, phone or laptop, Facebook, e-mail problems. Bring a friend to join.

∫ Oct. 19: At 1:30 p.m. water color with Shanna Becker. Cost: $10. Bring a friend.

∫ Oct. 20: At 1 p.m. Canajoharie Senior Citizens meeting. At 1:30 p.m. will be “Women Soldiers of the Civil War, they fought too.”

∫ Oct. 27: At 12:30 p.m. Gary Van Slyke will entertain with Harvest and Halloween.

∫ Oct. 31: At 11:15 a.m. the Canajoharie kindergarden class will have their annual Halloween parade and will come to the Arkell Center to sing songs in their costumes. Come and bring a friend.

Seniors to host emergency speaker

CANAJOHARIE — The Canajoharie Senior Citizens had a bus trip Sept. 18, to Lake George, Warren County, for a boat ride and luncheon.

The group has had interesting and informative programs at their recent meetings. A representative of the Northeast Association of the Blind was a speaker.

Sandy Clark gave a presentation of the walk she took up the Appalachian Trail in 2001 which consisted of 2,163 miles through 14 states which started in Georgia and took six months.

On Sept. 22, the women from Arkell Hall joined the Canajoharie Seniors in playing bingo following the meeting and they had refreshments.

On Oct. 6, Jeff Smith of Montgomery County Emergency Management, will be the speaker.

Joan Cimino reported on the New York Connects luncheon on Aug. 23, at the Raindancer and the Montgomery County Office for the Aging picnic on Sept. 15, at the Fonda Fairgrounds.

The annual OFA breakfast and meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 24, at the Rolling Hills Country Club, Fort Johnson. The reservations must be made by Oct. 11, by calling (518) 843-2300.

The mystery gift fundraiser raffle is in place and the drawing will be Dec. 1.

It was decided that the seniors will be making a donation to the Canajoharie Fire Department’s annual collection on Oct. 19. They will also participate in the food collection when the school fills busses with food that is delivered before Thanksgiving.

The Canajoharie Seniors meet twice a month at 1 p.m. Fridays at the Arkell Center. All seniors 55 and over are welcome. Contact Dorothy Morrison at (518) 673-2167 for information.

Foliage trip planned by Glen-Mohawk

FONDA — The regular meeting of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors of Sept. 26, was brought to order by President Beverly Guiffre, followed by the morning prayer given by Allan Taylor, the Pledge of Allegiance, and singing “My Country ‘Tis of thee” with Barbara Furman at the piano.

The roll call was taken by Vice President Alan Buck which showed 33 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, passed a card for an absent member. She said that the fall cleanup for the town of Mohawk will be from 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 7, and Oct. 14. She read an obituary of a 1970 graduate that a number of members knew.

Lu Wilmot, trip committee chairwoman, said there will be a foliage trip on Oct. 12, with lunch at Brooks BBQ and a visit to the Carrot Barn. The cost will be $15 for members. On Nov. 8, there will be a lunch at Vocational-Technical, Johnstown. Details to be announced.

The installation banquet will be at the Raindancer restaurant on Oct. 17. The menu will be stuffed chicken breast, hot roast beef sandwich and seafood casserole. The cost to each active member is $10 due to the donation from the trip committee. There are 33 people who signed up for the luncheon. The Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be on Nov. 26.

Peg LaBarge read the list of nominations which are as follows: Buck, president; Furman, vice president; Saltsman, secretary; Phyllis Smith, corresponding secretary; Olive Taylor, treasurer; Guiffre, historian; Allan Taylor, chaplain; Joe Mancini, three year trustee. There were no nominations from the floor.

Buck made a motion that all fixed expenses be taken from the check received from the town of Mohawk before the balance is deposited in the trip account. This will prevent the trip committee from making a transfer to the group’s expense account during the year. The fixed expenses are the insurance premium, church rent and table setup costs. There was much discussion on the motion after which it was passed with a majority vote.

The 50-25-25 was won by Mancini and Esther Porcello. An extra prize was won by Louise Boyer.

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

A hot dog luncheon and bingo followed.

Ida L. McGinnis has busy month

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ida L. McGinnis Club’s first meeting after the summer break was opened by Jeannie McDuffie.

The opening hymn was “Amazing Grace” led by Sandy Yacobucci

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

The first verse of “America” was led by Yacobuucci.

Hi to Neighbors took place and there were 43 present.

The reports of the secretary and treasurer were accepted.

The July and August birthdays were celebrated. The July birthday was won by Sherry Courtney. The August birthday was won by Jeanette Fonda, who at at 90, also received a Chamber check.

The 50-50 winners were Geri Beekman, Linda Zilka, Ruth Gavin and Betty Anderson.

The motion was made to send $100 to help with the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria. The motion passed by everyone.

Oct. 17, is a trip to Turning Stone. Call McDuffie to reserve a seat at (518) 725-8396.

Oct. 31, will be the Halloween party.

Due to Nov. 7, being Election Day, there will be no meeting at Forest Hill Towers. There will be a luncheon instead at the House of Pizza.

Nov. 14, is a trip to The Beeches.

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

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

50 Plus Club to meet on Thursday

JOHNSTOWN –The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will hold an officers meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. All club officers should plan to attend. A business meeting will be held after at 1:15 p.m. with voting for club officers to take place — all are invited to attend. A celebration of October birthdays and anniversaries will follow with cake and refreshments.

For more information about what is going on with the 50 Plus Club, visit and “like” their Facebook page at, stop by the Senior Center and pick up a free copy of the Eavesdropper Newsletter or call (518) 762-4643.

Nick Stoner Seniors meeting busy one

CAROGA LAKE — The Nick Stoner Senior Citizens Club met on Sept. 19, at the House of Pizza for their annual 80 plus luncheon. The club payed for lunch for everyone 80 plus (there were 19) and they were given a hand painted decoration by Jeannine Schwartz. Grace Eglin, club president, who is healing from a recent knee surgery, attended. There were 45 members and guests present.

Mary Lou Patterson, vice president, led the club in prayer .

The club held a short meeting (no business was discussed) before lunch to make a few announcements. Since only 11 people signed up for the mystery trip, the trip will be cancelled.

Janice McLaughlin said she needs one more pen pal for the pen pal program.

Kitty Reznik announced that the group’s anniversary party will be held at noon Oct. 17, at Vrooman’s Hotel, Caroga Lake; the cost is $15. She passed a signup sheet for those interested in attending. The money will be collected for the luncheon at the next meeting on Oct. 3.

Paterson announced that the North Bush Church will have a roast beef dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7, at the Wheelerville Union Free School, where a craft fair will be from noon to 7 p.m.

Alice Loux announced the Bleecker Church will have a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7.

Eglin, who asked Lorraine Bleyl to come to the head of the table, presented Bleyl with a life membership award for all the many things she has done to support the club. She made many contributions to the club like artwork that she sold and the many pies she made to sell and donated the profits of both to the club. She made 68 pies and many loaves of homemade bread last week and donated them all to area clubs to sell to help them out. Bleyl is 90 years old and still always helping others.

Shirley Holliday took attendance and sold raffle tickets. After lunch the raffle was held; six people won and several people won the centerpieces that were on the tables.

The club’s next meeting will be at noon Oct. 3, at Town Hall.

Anyone, who is interested in joining the club, are welcome to attend.

Yoga and blood pressure taking will be held at 11 a.m. Oct.17, at Town Hall before the meeting.

Sacandaga Task force sets events

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, the Red Rooster Cafe will present Erin Hallenbeck, physical therapist assistant and licensed massage therapist, will discuss massage and aroma therapy. All October birthdays will be celebrated with a cake provided by Judy Wilcox.

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 Senior Center menu set

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.; board meeting, 4 p.m.

Tuesday: Tuesday’s Breakfast Program and coffee hour — $3 donation (fried eggs, toast, fruit), 9:30 a.m.; Coloring Book Club — free — 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 (homemade cream of potato soup, ham and cheese sandwiches, chips, homemade vanilla cake), noon.

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

Friday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; senior fantastic Friday bowling at Arterial Lanes — free shoe rental — $2.50 per game with game specials — open to all seniors, 10 a.m.; Writers Circle, 11 a.m.

Saturday: Breakfast Nook Program — $3 donation (French toast, scrambled eggs, sausages, fruit), 9 a.m.; this is apple season and local orchards are open for one’s picking needs — today the center is offering free apple samples.

Fall Social Sunday event planned

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

Oct. 8: Fall social Sunday. Will depart by coach for a ride north for the center’s “leaf peeping.” Those attending will spend some time driving to the Speculator area and stop for a Sunday dinner at the Melody Lodge. The dinner choice can be made on signup. The lodge is set in the southern portion of the 6 million acre Adirondack Park. The lodge opened in 1912 as a singing school for girls and in 1937, after changing hands, it opened to the public serving dinners. The lodge sits 2,200 feet above sea level, a setting for some views. There may be a stop or two in the day, depending on weather and timing. The cost is $48 for members and $55 non-members.

Reminder: The center will be closed Oct. 9, in observance of Columbus Day.

At noon Oct. 11, the lunch crew is going to Travers Diner. Anyone who wants to go can call the center. It’s a way to give back to the local restaurants and also a way to socialize and meet new people.

Oct. 15: “Sex With Strangers.” Will depart the center at 11 a.m. and head to Ruby Tuesdays prior to leaving for “The Rep,” Albany. The story is about “Ethan, a strapping twenty-something blogger ends up snowbound at a bed and breakfast with his literary idol, 40 (ish) novelist Olivia, and sparks fly.” The cost is $90 for members and $95 for non-members.

Call the business office at (518)762-4643 for any questions for these trips.

Tribes Hill Seniors meeting minutes

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their Sept. 21, meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Beverly Fox and Tony and Emily Scott.

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, “Brighter Day.”

The role was taken by Furman with 33 members present.

The minutes were read from the Sept. 14, meeting and were approved.

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

Office for the Aging: Furman reported that the senior picnic was held recently at the Fonda Fairgrounds.

Trip committee: Pat Schwartz reported that the next scheduled trip is on Nov. 16, to Colonie Center with lunch at the Cracker Barrel.

Sunshine: Cards will be sent out to several members of the club.

Social committee: Sherry Meyers announced that the installation banquet is planned for noon Oct. 19, at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant, Fonda. A signup sheet is being passed around. Bill Danelorich will be the master of ceremonies for the banquet. The Halloween party is scheduled for Nov. 2, so start getting costumes together, and the Christmas party will be at noon Dec. 14, at CP’s Restaurant, Hagaman.

Barb Minch read the slate of officers for next year: Cheryl Meyers, president; Fox, vice president; Barbara Lampkin, treasurer; Minch, secretary; and Furman, chaplain. We still need a volunteer for the historian position that will be open for next year. The present historian, Elaine Hoyt, gave an overview of the duties that are involved. It was suggested that the duties could be shared by several members.

The 50-50 raffle winners were Minch and Genie Hojohn.

Show and Tell: Furman brought a very long zipper, that when zipped up turns into a handbag. Fox brought in a fall arrangement and the winner was Harriet Zurlo.

Bob Montenaro had two funny jokes to share.

The meeting adjourned. Furman closed the meeting with our closing prayer.