Senior Focus

Brookins, Avery take first in bridge

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement Oct. 16 at the at the Johnstown Public Library.

The north-south winners were first place, Carol Brookins and Naomi Avery; second place, Arlene Comstock and Jim Clauson; third place, Chloe Correll and Debbie Brown.

The east-west winners were first place, Carlene Lankton and Tom Farnan; second place, Mary Jane Fredericks and John Quinn; third place; Eleanor Clark and Doris McIntosh.

Tedisco speaks with Bannertown seniors

MAYFIELD — The Bannertown 50 Plus Seniors Office for the Aging luncheon and meeting of Oct. 10, was opened by Chaplain Carl Edwards with reading the devotion, “I consider you my best friend.”

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

The speaker was Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, who spoke about his family and their beginnings and then gave information about the propositions that will be on the back of the voting ballot on Election Day. He explained what the propositions meant and what would be happening following how the vote went.

Ann Mallin, sunshine chairman, announced that member, Evie Leach, received a Volunteer of the Year award for the Fulmont Community Action group, Northville.

Linda LaVada, vice president, read the roll call and introduced two new members.

Lorrie Valk, secretary and Joan Bezio, treasurer, gave their reports and they were accepted.

Bob Leach said that the signup sheet for the Christmas party with the Lassellsville Seniors will be available at the next meeting. There will be three main entree choices with the price for signup and payment. The party will be Dec. 14, at Harold’s Restaurant. Bring a $10 grab bag.

At the next meeting, Oct. 25, will be the Halloween party with cider and doughnuts and a celebration of birthdays. Bingo will also be played.

The Nov. 9, meeting will be the fall potluck dinner.

The meeting adjourned. The drawings were held. The winners were Evie Leach, the door prize, and Valk, the 50-50, who both donated it back to the club; and Nila Edwards, $1.

Old pictures of members were brought in and members tried to pick out who everyone was.

Nov. 1 Halloween party planned

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin Seniors met Oct. 18, at the First Presbyterian Church with 52 members present. The prayer was offered by Mary Peck with June Zea leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. President Toni Hallenbeck called the meeting to order. Zea did the roll call. Nancy Weiss read the secretary’s report and Jennifer Gilston gave the treasurer’s report.

Joann Weisner gave a report on the Christmas party; it will be at noon Dec. 14, at the Holiday Inn. Instead of a grab bag, the club voted for each member to bring in a toy for a child. Any questions, contact Weisner.

Judy Rosenzweig reported that the Broadalbin-Perth School District is having a Tech Talk for senior citizens at noon Wednesday; lunch will be served. Reservations are required. Rosenzweig asked members to bring in signed Christmas cards at the next meeting to go to the deployed troops.

Thank you notes were received from the deployed for the packages sent.

The Halloween party will be Nov. 1; members are to bring in a black Sharpie and dress up if they like.

The 50-50 raffle was won by Elaine Gasner.

Hallenbeck made announcements as follows: The Saratoga High School invited the seniors again this year to the comedy performance at 3:15 p.m. Nov. 1; the First Presbyterian Church will be having a community concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 5, with Ony Antonucci. The church is also offering chair yoga.

The next senior meeting will be on Nov. 1.

The trip committee announced the following 2018 trips.

May 13-18: The Ark Encounter Experience includes round trip motor coach transportation, three nights deluxe accommodations, two night stop-over en-route, the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, admission to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Cincinnati Art Museum

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

Sept: 14-21: A Caynon Country trip includes Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and the Grand Caynon.

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

Officers selected for Glen-Mohawk seniors

FONDA — The Glen-Mohawk Seniors held their installation of officers banquet on Tuesday at the Raindancer Restaurant. The officers for the coming year are as follows: Barbara Furman, vice president; Beverly Guiffre, historian; Patricia Putman and Delores Dumar, trustees; Olive Taylor, treasurer; Joe Mancini, trustee; Allan Taylor, chaplain; Alan Buck, president; Betsy Saltsman, recording secretary; and Phyllis Smith, corresponding secretary. The new officers will begin their duties at the Oct. 24, meeting.

The meetings are preceded by a social hour with refreshments and begin at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday at the Fonda Reformed Church, Broadway, Fonda. .

All Seniors are welcome to attend Glen Mohawk Seniors’ meetings.

Food pantry month set for 50-55 club

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville 50-55 Plus Seniors had their 42nd annual anniversary luncheon, Oct. 16 at the Senior Citizen Service Center of Gloversville and Fulton County. The mistress of ceremonies was Carol Visconti, who welcomed everyone. The prayer was led by Chaplain Betty Gugenberger. For entertainment, Leo Visconti played the piano.

The fall favors honoring the anniversary for everyone attending were made by Nancy Gacek.

The committee for the event was Sandy Lauritano, chairwoman; Pat Boles, Ellen Dorman and Gacek. A recognition award and gift was given to Beverly DeChiro, acting president, for all she has done to see that the club had a good year. A surprise gift was given by Lauritano to Gacek, the winner.

At 1 p.m. today there will be a social meeting. A representative from the Office for the Aging will give an update talk.

At 1 p.m. Oct. 30, will be the Halloween parade — party with prizes and refreshments.

November is food pantry month.

On Nov. 6, there will be a business meeting. Birthdays will be honored with cake and a social to include refreshments, cards and bingo.

Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. will be an executive meeting at the senior center — all officers should attend.

The officers for 2017-18 are: Elaine Maxwell, president; Beverly DeChiro, first vice president; Carol Coon, second vice president; Patricia Boles, treasurer; Nancy Gacek, assistant treasurer; Sandy Lauritano, recording secretary; Ellen Dorman, assistant recording secretary; Ginny McCoy, corresponding secretary; Carol Visconti, membership; Betty Myers, assistant membership; Betty Gugenberger, chaplain; Angie Ruggeri, assistant chaplain.

Reminder: At 1 p.m. Dec. 3, will be the Christmas party at Harold’s.

Halloween covered dish party scheduled

JOHNSTOWN –The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will hold it’s annual Halloween covered dish dinner party at 4 p.m. Thursday. Come and have some “scary chow” and bring an extra large spooky dish to pass around and share. The spookiest dish will win a prize.

The club will also have author Christine Oarr Eggleston of Fort Plain, who writes books about murder in the Mohawk Valley on hand. Eggleston will bring along a few copies of the latest book she wrote and read some stories about murders in Fulton County. There will also be prizes for costumes, so come dressed in costume and join the club for.

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 celebrate 38 years

CAROGA LAKE — The Nick Stoner Senior Citizens Club celebrated their 38th anniversary Oct, 17, with a luncheon at Vrooman’s Hotel. There were 38 members and a guest present. Those who provided the decorations and planned the event were Kitty Reznik, John Schwartz, Myrtle Dermont and Janice McLaughlin.

Shirley Holliday sold raffle tickets at the door.

McLaughlin announced that the pen pal luncheon will be at noon Nov. 16, at the Wheelerville Union Free School to meet the group’s pen pals. She sent a signup sheet around. Members do not have to have a pen pal to attend.

Grace Eglin announced that money for the Log Cabin country western show on Dec. 5, has to be paid by Nov. 21, at the next meeting. The cost is $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Anyone that would like to go — don’t have to be a member — can call Grace Eglin at (518) 762-2537. Attendees will leave Johnstown McDonald’s at 8:30 a.m. and Caroga Town Hall at 9 a.m.

Barbara Belton said grace before lunch. Snacks were provided before the luncheon. After lunch the group had cake and ice cream.

Financial talk set for Sacandaga seniors

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 host Robert Geib, financial specialist for Allstate Insurance, who will discuss life insurance for seniors. Following the presentation, the Red Rooster Advisory Council will meet and assemble the Thanksgiving raffle basket. All donations are to be dropped off this date.

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.

Schedule for Gville Senior center 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.

Tuesday: Tuesday’s Breakfast Program and coffee hour — $3 donation (scrambled eggs, fruit, toast), 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.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (homemade chili, homemade corn bread, vegetables, fruit, fudge bars), noon.

Thursday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.; homemade ice cream social fundraiser — donate $1 and receive one serving of choice of any homemade treat, 4 p.m. Tickets are available at door.

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

Saturday: Breakfast Nook Program Halloween and open mic bash — $3 donation (fried eggs, homemade biscuits, sausages, fruit, homemade breakfast pumpkin cake), 9 a.m.; Halloween open mic show begins, 10 a.m. Wear favorite costume to be entered in one of many contests. There will be prizes, treats and music.

Shirley J. Luck seniors plan trips

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

Nov. 8: From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will be the American Association of Retired Persons. Cost: $20 for AARP members; and $25 for non-members of AARP. Pre-payment is required on signup.

Here are the last trips of this year.

Nov. 15: To The Beeches for a Christmas dinner theater show. Attendees will depart the center at 10 a.m. and head for The Beeches, Rome, Oneida County, for the dinner and show, “All she Wants for Christmas.” Menu: Chicken entree, fish haddock, chef choice carving — ham, roast beef or turkey, pasta, potato du jour, veggie du jour, fresh fruit platter, tossed salad, hot rolls, dessert table, coffee, tea and milk. Approximate return time: 6 p.m. Cost: $68 for members; and $72 for non-members.

Nov. 27: Christmas shopping. Join those from the center for a day of shopping and food. Attendees will depart the center at 9 a.m. and head to Wits End for a few hours of shopping. Then to the Christmas Tree Shop in Colonie Center. There will be time for shopping and lunch on one’s own. Those attending will leave the mall at 3:30 p.m. and have dinner at The Golden Corral for an all-you-can-eat buffet. Approximate return time: 6 p.m. Cost: $37 for members; and $40 for non-members.

For questions, call the business office at (518)762-4643.

Tribes Hill seniors prepare mall trip

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their Oct. 12, meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Barbara Furman, Mabel Bubbins, Cheryl Meyers and Winnie Vosburgh.

President Sherry Meyers called the meeting to order and Furman, chaplain, led members in the opening prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and a reading, “October Interlude.”

The role was taken by Furman with 23 members present.

The minutes were read from the Oct. 5, 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 Nov. 16, to Colonie Center with lunch at the Cracker Barrel. So far 27 have signed up for the trip.

Social committee: Meyers announced that the installation banquet is planned for noon Oct. 19, at the Winner’s Circle, Fonda. A signup sheet is being passed around — so far 47 have signed up. The Halloween party is scheduled for Nov. 2, with pizza available for lunch for $1 per slice and the Christmas party is Dec. 14, at noon at C.P.’s Restaurant, Hagaman.

The 50-50 raffle winners were Furman and Joel Szabo.

Furman informed members about the white caterpillars and how toxic they are.

Elaine Hoyt had some funny readings.

The meeting adjourned.

Furman closed the meeting with the closing prayer.

Retired teachers scholarship given

FONDA — The Upper Montgomery County Retired Teachers’ Association had their fall meeting recently at the Johnstown Holiday Inn. The retired teachers from the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville School District hosted the meeting. The new retirees attending the luncheon were recognized.

During the business portion of the meeting, Ashlee Jones of Fonda-Fultonville Central High School was announced as this year’s scholarship recipient. Also, the Outreach program, sponsored by the group, donates $250 to a teacher project that will help enhance his/her students’ education. The money is awarded to the school districts on a rotating basis. This year the money will be awarded to a teacher from OESJSD.

Douglass Purcell presented a program on the Caroga Historical Museum. Purcell is the current president of the museum. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Caroga Historical Museum which is open during the months of July and August, from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The admission is free.

The retired teachers from the school districts of Fonda-Fultonville, Canajoharie, Fort Plain, and Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville are welcome to join UMCRTA regardless of place of residence. Feel free to call (518) 863-4229 for information.