Senior Focus

Winners tied for first in bridge club

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement on Oct. 2 at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St.

The north-south winners are tied for first place, Eleanor Clark and John Chrisman with Jean Loveday and Debbie Brown; second place, Carol Brookins and Tom Farnan; third place, Poppy Kiernan and Jim Clauson.

The east-west winners are first place, Mary Jane Fredericks and Arlene Constock; second place, Doris McIntosh and Carlene Lankton; tied for third place, Conniejo DiCruttalo and Gretchen Haight with Naomi Avery and Ed Hornidge.

Bannertown seniors plan events

MAYFIELD — The Bannertown 50 Plus Seniors Sept. 27, meeting started out with the Chaplain Carl Edwards reading the devotion, “Pray for courage in trying times.”

The Office for the Aging luncheon was then served.

President Bob Leach opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Linda LaVada, vice president, read the roll call.

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

Becky White from the OFA was present and spoke on the guidelines for the Home Energy Assistance Program and enrollment for Medicare changes. The open time to change insurances is from Oct. 15, through Dec. 7. There is a Senior Medical Patrol, who watch to make sure seniors are not being charged for services not received.

Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, will be the speaker at the Oct. 11, meeting at 12:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend at 27 N. School St. That day, instead of bringing something old, members are to bring an old picture of themselves and see if anyone can guess who it is. The cookie committee will be Joan Himes and Bezio.

The Lassellsville Seniors would like the Bannertown group to have a Christmas luncheon with them at Harold’s Restaurant. Everyone present was in agreement.

The meeting adjourned and drawings were held. The winners were Sue Wemple, $1; Joan Himes, the 50-50; and Sharon Leach, the door prize. All of the winnings were donated back to the club.

Senior group plans trips for 2018

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin Seniors met on Oct. 4. The prayer was offered by Mary Peck and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by June Zea.

Money was collected for the Broadalbin Food Pantry.

The Halloween party was set for Nov. 1. The Christmas party will be held Dec. 14, at the Holiday Inn. To sign up, contact Joann Wiesner.

There are still a few seats available for the trip to Lancaster, Pa. on Nov. 14-16. Cost: $325 per person, double. Seats are available on the bus trip to New York City on Nov. 28, for $25.

Other trips for 2018:

May 13 to 18: The Ark Encounter, $590 per person, double.

Sept. 14 to 21: Canyon Country $3,159 per person, double.

Oct. 24 to Nov. 4: Viking River cruise $4,494 per person, double, inside cabin.

For more information about the trips, call Toni Hallenbeck at (518) 883-3008 or Nancy Weiss at (518) 883-5396. The next meeting will be Oct. 18, at the Broadalbin First Presbyterian Church, 54 W. Main St.

Glen-Mohawk to hold banquet

FONDA — The regular meeting of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors on Oct. 3, was brought to order by President Beverly Guiffre, followed by the morning prayer given by Allan Taylor, the Pledge of Allegiance, and singing “America the Beautiful” with Barbara Furman at the piano.

The roll call was taken by Furman which showed 30 members present. The secretary’s report was read and approved. The treasurer’s report was read by Olive Taylor which will be filed for audit.

Betsy Saltsman, corresponding secretary, said the HealthLink and an obituary for Greg Moak were at the head table for anyone who wanted to read them. She read the year-end report and passed two cards for absent members. A collection was taken for the Mohawk Town Fire Department.

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 and Grapevine Farms. The cost will be $15 for members, with lunch on one’s own.

The installation banquet will be at the Raindancer restaurant on Oct. 17. The menu choices are stuffed chicken breast, hot roast beef sandwich or seafood casserole. The cost to each active member is only $10 due to the trip committee donation.

Peg LaBarge read the list of nominations for the third time who are as follows: Buck, president; Furman, vice president; Saltsman, secretary; Phyllis Smith, corresponding secretary; Olive Taylor, treasurer; Guiffre, historian; Allan Taylor, chaplain; and Joe Mancini, three year trustee. There were no nominations from the floor. Since there were no other nominations from the floor, or objections to the nominations, a motion was made by Sandy Shatley to have the secretary cast one vote to elect all officers for the coming year. The motion was seconded by LaBarge and passed. The secretary then cast one vote.

Joe Mancini had two hilarious readings.

The 50-25-25 was won by David Stone and Furman.

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

Bingo followed.

Ida McGinnis group meeting minutes

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ida L. McGinnis Club’s meeting was opened by Jeannie McDuffie.

The opening hymn was “Amazing Grace,” “The Lord’s Prayer” and Pledge of Allegiance were led by McDuffie.

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

Hi to Neighbors took place and there were 30 present.

A moment of silence took place in respect for the lives lost and injured in Las Vegas.

The secretary’s report was accepted as read.

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 90, also received a Chamber check.

The 50-50 winners were Lorraine Gillotti, Karen Grich and Elaine Boyd.

For the Turning Stone trip on Oct. 17, call McDuffie to reserve a seat at (518) 725-8396.

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

The refreshments were served and bingo was played.

Sacandaga Task Force meets

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 hold a game day. Bring a board game to play with friends.

Chair yoga, taught by Ony Antonucci, will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Thursday. The cost is $5 per class or six sessions for $25. Those interested may join anytime; call (518) 863-2168.

The blood pressure clinics are the fourth Thursday of 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 may be found online at For information about trips, the handyman program, to request volunteer medical transportation or for information on any of the above trips, call STFSL at (518) 752-8737 and leave a message.

Gloversville Senior Center schedule

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, open to all, 11 a.m.

Wednesday: Free yoga class (donations appreciated), 9 a.m.; coffee hour and free blood pressures taken by a representative from HealthLink, no appointment needed, both 9:30 a.m.; open loom knitting, 11 a.m.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program, $3 donation (homemade chicken a la king, homemade biscuits, vegetable, ice cream), noon; Adirondack Mountain Club, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Coffee hour and Gloversville Free Methodist Regional Food Bank, this free food program is open to all, no income requirements, food is distributed until all participants are served or the food is gone, both 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.

Friday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; senior Friday bowling at Arterial Lanes, free shoe rental, $2.50 per game with game specials, open to all seniors, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Writers Circle, 11 a.m.; craft fair and talent show fundraiser, private event open to the public, call the center for details.

Oct. 14: No Breakfast Nook Program. Private fundraiser to elect Bill Rowback for mayor — open to the public.

Tai chi classes to be held at Shirley Luck

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

The senior center announces Tai chi classes. The center is co-hosting a six week series of Tai Chi classes, directed by Nathan Littauer Hospital’s HealthLink. This series is the next level up from the basic series, but beginners are certainly welcome. The classes will be changed to Wednesday through Oct. 25. For more information, call HealthLink at (518) 736-1120.

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

Tribes Hill Seniors to take fall trip

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their Sept. 28, 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, “Majestic Hills.”

The roll was taken by Furman with 32 members and one prospective member, Louise Boyer, present.

Meyers noted that Martha Hensel would be 97 on Sept. 29. Emily Scott presented Hensel with a cupcake to celebrate and everyone sang “Happy Birthday.”

The minutes were read from the Sept. 21, meeting and were approved.

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

Trip committee: Pat Schwartz reported that the next scheduled trip is on Nov. 16, to the Colonie Center with lunch at the Cracker Barrel. Lu Wilmot said that the Glen-Mohawk Seniors Club is having a foliage ride on Oct. 12, which will include a lunch stop and a visit to the Carrot Barn, Schoharie. The signup for the trip is over. Bill Danelorich suggested a trip to the Eastern States Exposition for next year.

Sunshine: Thinking of you cards will be sent to several members.

Social committee: 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. Danelorich will be the master of ceremonies for the banquet. The Halloween party is scheduled for Nov. 2; start getting costumes together, and the Christmas party will be at noon Dec. 14, at C.P.’s Restaurant, Hagaman.

Meyers announced that Addie Forsey is a new member and Boyer is a prospective member.

The 50-50 raffle winners were Millie Hitchcock and Winnie Vosburgh.

Meyers announced that a representative from the Department of Public Health will be at the next meeting to discuss fall prevention.

Elaine Hoyt and Schwartz read some funny readings.

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