Senior Focus

Adirondack Bridge Club meets Monday

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement Oct. 30 at the at the Johnstown Public Library.

The north-south winners were first place, Ann Masala and John Quinn; second place, Debbie Brown and John Chrisman; tied for third place, Arlene Comstock and Jean Loveday with Doris McIntosh and Susan Shaver.

The east-west winners were first place, Mary Jane Fredericks and Jim Clauson; second place, Chloe Correll and Marie Graves; third place, Gretchen Haight and Tom Farnan.

Arkell Center offers programs weekly

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

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.


Nov. 8, 15, and 29:

¯ From 10:15 to 11 a.m. the Diet Club meets in the gallery. Call (518) 673-2112.

¯ 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.

Nov. 7: 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).

Nov. 14: At 6 p.m. Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Nov. 16: At 1:30 p.m. water color with Shanna Becker. Cost: $10. Bring a friend.

Nov. 17: At 1 p.m. Canajoharie Senior Citizens group meeting and bingo.

Nov. 18: At 11 a.m. performance of Sues Crews Line dancers. Bring a friend.

Nov. 23, 24: Arkell is closed to all programs for Thanksgiving.

Nov. 28: From 10 to 11 a.m. Alzheimers caregiver support group.

Nov. 29: From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Canajoharie High School students will be creating holiday crafts-card making, home decor, ornaments, etc. Cost. $5.

Dec. 3: At 1 p.m. Canajoharie Senior Citizens will have their annual Christmas dinner at Ripepis. Cost: $15. To sign up, call (518) 673-5588.

Bannertown seniors met Oct. 25

MAYFIELD — The Bannertown 50 Plus Seniors Club met on Oct. 25, with a meet and greet.

Chaplain Carl Edwards, read the devotion, “You alone know what is best for me.” The luncheon was served.

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

Mayfield Town Supervisor Rick Argotsinger came and discussed the new year and taxes having to be raised. He explained why and how much it will actually cost.

Becky White was also present and discussed information regarding the new Medicare cards coming out and how they will be much safer because there will be no Social Security number on it. If anyone calls and asks for information, hang up and call the police. The Medicare system will never call.

Linda LaVada, vice president, read the roll call.

Ann Mallin, sunshine chairman, said she had sent out three cards.

Lorrie Valk gave the secretary’s report. Joan Bezio gave the treasurer’s report. The Mayfield Grange and the club will again join in the purchase of dictionaries for the Mayfield third grade class.

The next meeting, Nov. 8, will be the last time to sign up and pay for the Christmas dinner on Dec. 14.

On Dec. 6, the club will do an auction with a holiday theme.

Prizes were given out for the Halloween costumes worn: Linda LaVada, Pat Ryfa and Nancy McWilliams.

After adjournment, drawings were held. The winners were Evie Leach, the door prize, who donated it back; Mid Ellithorpe, the 50-50; and Nila Edwards, $1.

Cider and doughnuts were served along with playing bingo.

Broadalbin seniors held meeting

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin Senior Citizens met on Nov. 1, at the First Presbyterian Church in Broadalbin with 61 members present and one guest. The prayer was offered by Mary Peck with June Zea leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was called to order by President Toni Hallenbeck. 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 to be held at noon Dec. 14, at the Holiday Inn. Members were reminded that this party must be paid for by Nov. 29. Any questions, contact Weisner or Sayde Goodemote.

Judy Rosenzweig announced that the Broadalbin-Perth School’s fouth and fifth grade hand chime choir will be performing for the seniors after their meeting on Nov. 29.

The monthly donations were collected for the Broadalbin Ecumenical Church Food Pantry.

Ruth Lee mentioned the November birthdays and members sang “Happy Birthday.” The prizes went to Evelyn Brown and Nancy Franks.

John Lindholm announced that the first Sunday each month there will be golden years country music from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Father Smith Parish Center, Broadalbin. There is no charge, however, a donation of baked goods will be accepted.

The Halloween party took place and several members dressed up. The activities included balloons forming a pumpkin where members each selected a balloon to pop to see if they were a winner. The prizes went to Charla and Peter Barkevich, Elaine Wertalik, and Robert Rosenzweig. The members also decorated clementines with creative ideas. The group had cookies, doughnuts and cider punch.

The 50-50 raffle was won by Dorthy Putman.

The next senior meeting will be on Nov.15.

The trip committee announced upcoming trips.

Nov. 28: New York City bus trip; $25.

2018: The Ark Encounter Experience, May 13-18; , Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, June 10-14; Caynon Counrty trip, Sept. 14-21; Oct. 24-Nov. 4, 2018 Viking River Cruise, Oct. 24-Nov. 4. For more information on trips, or the seniors, call Hallenbeck at (518) 883-3008, or Weiss at (518) 883-5396.

Glen-Mohawk seniors held meeting

FONDA — The regular meeting of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors was opened at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 31, at the Fonda Reformed Church, Broadway with 33 members present.

The reports were given by the officers and several committees. Lu Wilmot, trip chairman, said the committee will be offering “Melodies of Christmas” in December at Proctor’s Theatre, and they are finalizing plans for an overnight trip in June 2018, details to be announced later. The seniors will be treated to a buffet lunch Nov. 8, prepared by Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery VoTec Food Service students at HFM VoTec Johnstown location, near FMCC. Each senior will pay $6 and the trip committee will pay the remaining $10. Everyone is responsible for their own transportation for this event.

After the Nov. 14, meeting, D. Dorine Dimond’s table will sponsor a lunch of Subway subs as the entree. Everyone can choose their preference of bread, meat, and cheese when they sign up. The price is $5 (guests included) for the complete meal. Dimond also said many books have been donated; Dimond’s table will again start up the Little Bring-and-Take Library.

Joe Mancini discussed the Christmas party to be held this year at The Winner’s Circle, Fonda. Meal choices: chicken parmesan, turkey dinner, and broiled or fried fish. Cost: $16 for less active members and guests; the trip committee will absorb $6, leaving $10 for all active members to pay.

Addie Forsey invited all veterans and their families to the Fonda Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 942, Route30A, on Nov. 11, when they will be honoring all veterans. The doors will open at 2 p.m. and a meal will be served at 4 p.m.

A majority vote decided not to have a meeting on Nov. 21; it’s two days before Thanksgiving.

After the the meeting closed, Halloween costume prizes were given to five outstanding participants: Peggy LaBarge, Martha Hensel, Olive Taylor, Barbara Furman, and Gretha Russell, for their entries. Lunch, catered by The Italian Oven, Fonda was served by table five. The entertainment of free bingo with monetary prizes followed.

The next meeting will be Tuesday (Nov. 7) with social hour to begin around 9 a.m. and the meeting at 10:30 a.m. All seniors are welcome to attend at the Fonda Reformed Church.

Ida L. McGinnis Club meeting

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

The opening hymn, “Rock of Ages,” devotions, “The Lord’s Prayer,” the Pledge of Allegiance were led by Chaplain Lucy Ostrander.

The first verse of “America” was ledy by Sandy Yacobucci followed by Hi to Neighbors. There were 39 present.

The reports of the secretary and treasurer were accepted as read.

The 50-50 winners were Etta Williams, Kate VanAlstyne, Ostrander and Carol Lowrey.

The September and October birthdays were observed. The winners were Helen Platt for September and Jerene Atty for October.

The group celebrated Halloween with cider and doughnuts and a costume parade. The winners were Lorraine Gillotte, funniest; Ann Witherall, good witch; Arla Fonda, bad witch; and Lowrey, most original.

There will be no meeting until Nov. 28.

Nov. 7, lunch at the House of Pizza.

Trips: Nov. 14, to The Beeches; Nov. 21, to Turning Stone. There are seats available. Call McDuffie at (518) 725-8396 to reserve a seat. There will be no Turning Stone trip in December.

The Christmas party will be at Harold’s with a grab bag.

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

The meeting adjourned.

The refreshments were served and bingo was played.

Johnstown 50 Plus Club events set

JOHNSTOWN — The following is for the Johnstown 50 Plus Club at the Shirley J. Luck Johnstown Senior Center, 109 E. Main St.

∫ On Tuesday, the club will hold an Election Day bake sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and men’s “takeout only” spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. at the center. The bake sale will consist of homemade pies, cakes, cookies and other baked goods available for the public to purchase. The dinner will be including, pasta with homemade sauce, meatballs and Italian bread. The advance tickets are available at the center office with a price of $5 for adults and $3.50 for children under age 12. The tickets will be available at the door for $6 as long as dinner lasts. The office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

∫ At 1:15 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 9) the club will be welcoming back a guest, Joan Kimball, palm reader. She will educate members by explaining some of the history of palm reading and attendees can get their palms read for the cost of $5 for a 5 minute reading.

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.

Task Force programs slated this week

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 Kristine Lindahl of Mohawk Valley Physicians manager Medicare community health promotions, who will present MVP’s chair moves.

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.

Senior center offers several programs

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: Free Election Day breakfast and coffee hour — $3 donation (hot homemade pancakes, grilled sausages, fruit and coffee, 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.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (baked ziti with cheese, tossed salad, fresh bread, homemade double chocolate cookies), noon; Adirondack Mountain Club, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Gloversville Methodist Church Regional Food Bank — free food program — open to all and coffee hour, both 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.

Friday: American Association of Retired Persons Safety Driving Class — take the class for a reduced car insurance premium at cost of $20 for AARP members; $25 for non-AARP members, 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Writers Circle, 11 a.m.

Saturday: Free Breakfast Nook Program Veterans Day special (apple and spice pancakes, sausages, old fashioned cream of wheat cereal, fruit, old fashioned hot chocolate), 9 a.m. Tom Farnan will be talking about family’s history and heritage with the Saratoga Battlefield and World War II.

Tribes Hill seniors meeting reported

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their Oct. 25, meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Barbara Furman, Mabel Bubbins, Cheryl Meyers, Lu Wilmot and Winnie Vosburgh.

President Sherry Meyers introduced the guest speaker, Wanda Antos, from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health, who discussed fall prevention. She passed out a brochure to the members which included a check list for older adults and briefly went over what the brochure contained. She also discussed the flu, pneumonia and shingles vaccinations.

The roll call was taken by Furman, chaplain, with 39 members present.

Sherry Meyers noted that Louise Boyer is a club member.

The treasurer’s report was read by Barb Lampkin and will be filed for audit.

Trip committee: Pat Schwartz reported the next scheduled trip is Nov. 16, to the Colonie Center with lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Cracker Barrell. The bus will leave the parking lot at 10:30 a.m. and a stop at St. Mary’s Church, Amsterdam for pick up. After shopping, the bus will depart Colonie Center at 3:30 p.m. for the trip home. Each member will be given $15 for lunch.

Wilmot announced that the Glen-Mohawk Seniors is having a luncheon Wednesday (Nov. 8) at the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery counties Career and Technical Center. Cost: $16; transportation will not be provided. The signup ended.

Sunshine: A card was sent out to a member. A thank you card will be sent to Bev Fox’s granddaughter who made the bookmarks that were passed out at last week’s installation banquet.

Communications: A thank you card was read from Elaine Hoyt for the gift she received at last week’s banquet for being the historian. Sherry Meyers read an article from the American Association of Retired Persons magazine regarding new Medicare cards that will be sent out to members in the spring that will not have their Social Security number, gender and signature on them for security reasons.

Furman read the chaplain report for the year stating that two members had passed away, Jim Mead and Robert Curtiss.

Sherry Meryers announced the names of the refreshment committee for November and December: Genie Hojohn, Jan DeJulius and Pam and Bill Jasewicz.

Show and Tell: Furman brought in cards that her sister made out of thread.

Sherry Meyers announced the Century Club, Amsterdam is having a festival of trees luncheon again this year starting on Dec. 4. A group of 10 can reserve a table for $5 each plus the cost of the lunch.

Wilmot announced that a new grandson was born on Oct. 13.

It was noted that Walgreens Pharmacy has a prescription disposal bin daily.

The 50-50 raffle winners were DeJulius and Tony Scott.

Hoyt and Furman had some funny readings,

The meeting adjourned.

Furman closed the meeting with our closing prayer.