Senior news in brief

Feb. 12 winners for bridge announced

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement on Feb. 12 at the at the Johnstown Public Library.

The north-south winners were first place, Debbie Brown and John Quinn; second place, Arlene Comstock and Angie Parillo; third place, Poppy Kiernan and Naomi Avery.

The east-west winners were first place, Ed Hornidge and Tom Farnan; second place, Lois Widdemer and Carlene Lankton; third place, Mary Jane Fredericks and Susan Shaver.

Turning Stone trip planned Wednesday

FONDA — The following are the meetings of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors. At both meetings: President Alan Buck called the meetings to order; the Pledge of Allegiance followed the prayer; Olive Taylor gave the treasurer’s report and filed for audit.

On Feb. 6: Chaplain Allan Taylor gave the opening prayer. “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was sung with Barbara Furman accompanying at the piano. There were 25 present.

Furman, vice president, introduced William Maring, Root town historian, who spoke on Old Canajoharie and showed many slides.

The secretary’s minutes of the previous meeting, taken by Phyllis Smith, was read by Betsy Saltsman. The motion passed. A collection for the Office for the Aging was taken.

Smith, sunshine chairman, read a letter from the Montgomery County Health Department with an offer to give a 30 minute talk on vaccine preventable diseases, which was accepted and will be scheduled.

Lu Wilmot, trip chairman, has 19 people going to Turning Stone on Wednesday, and she can take signups until Tuesday for that trip. The bus will leave Fonda at 7:30 a.m. and will return from the casino at 5 p.m. The non-member price is $20. The St. Patty’s Day trip to Massachusetts is on March 13; the signup has ended.

The changes for the proposed bylaws were read for the first time. After being read two more times, they will be voted on by the membership.

Furman brought a craft project to show. Prize drawing winners were Buck and Allan Taylor.

Alan Taylor gave a closing prayer. The meeting closed.

Bingo, called by Peggy LaBarge, followed the meeting.

On Tuesday: The regular meeting of the followed by the morning prayer given by Allan Taylor and “America the Beautiful” was sung.

The roll call was taken by Furman, vice president, which showed 27 members present. The secretary’s report was read by Smith and approved. The corresponding secretary passed a number of cards for missing members and a sympathy card for the family of Candace Sanford, who was a longtime member.

Trip committee: Wilmot asked if those going on the Turning Stone Trip on Wednesday, still wanted a rest stop on the way and the consensus was yes.

The bylaws were read for the second time by Wilmot. Delores Dumar gave a report of the result of the meeting between the trustees, the president and the treasurer last week. A motion was made to reduce the club’s accounts from three to two; a majority passed the motion.

A Public Health speaker on vaccinations will be at the meeting on March 27. Joe Mancini mentioned that the group’s donations to the food pantry can be monetary. Alan Buck mentioned that Addie Forsey, her daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters will present a video with them in it to the group on Feb. 27. Buck said that the State of the County address will be a 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 22) at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. RSVP to Matt Ossenfort.

Mancini had a few humorous readings.

The 50-25-25 was won by Mary Fox and Esther Porcello. The extra prizes were won by D. Dorine Dimond and Ron Collins.

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

Bingo followed.

St. Patricks party set for March 12

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville 50-55 Plus Seniors meetings are Mondays at 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Service Center of Gloversville and Fulton County, 53 Church St.

There is no meeting today in observance of Presidents Day.

Feb. 26, will be a social meeting with refreshments, cards and bingo at 1 p.m.

March 5, business meeting and to honor March birthdays with cake. The raffle drawing number five will be drawn.

March 12: A celebration of St. Patrick’s Day — wear green. The program (tentative) will be Gary McCoy playing bagpipes, refreshments, social meeting.

March 19, at 12:30 p.m. covered dish to celebrate spring; meeting at 1 p.m.

March 26: Easter hat parade with prizes, refreshments, social meeting.

Members are asked to pay dues for this year.

New members are always welcomed.

April is food pantry month. Bring can food, etc. to meetings on Monday.

Ida McGinnis Club to take casino trip

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ida L. McGinnis Club meeting opened by President Jeannie McDuffy. The opening hymn, “Old Rugged Cross,” “The Lord’s Prayer,” and the Pledge of Allegiance were led by McDuffy.

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

Hi to Neighbors took place. There were 35 present.

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

The 50-50 winners were Fran Garguilo, Connie Coniff and Karen Grich.

The Valentine’s pizza party was held.

The Turning Stone trip for next month is March 20. Call McDuffy at (518) 725-8396 to reserve a seat.

Bingo was played.

Perth seniors plan a trip to Albany

PERTH — The Perth Seniors held their regular meeting on Feb. 14. Before the meeting, the group had finger food brought in by members; coffee, tea, soda were served. They exchanged Valentine’s cards. The prize, donated by Dottie Richeson, was won by Ginny Stahl.

The meeting opened by Vice President Elaine Gasner. The prayer reading was by Richeson and also the Pledge of Allegiance.

There were 22 in attendance.

The secretary’s report was given by Grace Bevington-Eglin, recording secretary.

The treasurer’s report was given by Mary Stachnik.

The kitchen report was given by Wanda Crosbie

Membership: Sylvia Zierak handed out the new list to those present.

Sunshine: Fran Smith sent out one get well card.

Special events: Audrey Flint passed out a paper to state where they would like the anniversary party held. The date will be April 18; the place will be reported at the next meeting on Feb. 28.

Trips: Dolores Leggiero stated she and husband will be attending the Brown Travel Show on Feb. 20, in Albany.

Correspondence: Bevington-Eglin stated none at this time.

Old business: Leggerio’s table held a Valentine’s candy sale.

New business: At 6:30 p.m. April 20, will be the senior prom night at the Broadalbin-Perth Elementary School in the gym. If in need of transportation, call Office for the Aging, Johnstown at (518) 736-5650.

The meeting adjourned.

Friendship lunch on noon this Thursday

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, housed at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will host a “friendship soup and sandwich” lunch at noon Thursday. We will have special door prizes. Bring a friend. The tickets are $3 per person or $4 for two if bringing a new, non- member friend. Reservations are due by Tuesday.

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.

Resource Center director to talk

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 Lisa Mastrocco, executive director of the Resource Center for Independent Living, who will discuss the services the agency provides as well as their Statewide System of Advocates.

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 sets weekly schedule

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

Monday: Open art class — $6 donation, 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Girl Scout Troop meeting and activities, 5 p.m.

Tuesday: Tuesday’s Breakfast Program and coffee hour — $3 donation (scrambled eggs, toast, fruit) 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday: Free yoga class (donations appreciated), 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (homemade sloppy Joes, baked potato, vegetables, homemade bread pudding), noon.

Thursday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.; Girl Scout Troop meeting and activities, 6 p.m.

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

Saturday: Breakfast Nook Program — $3 donation (Texas style French toast, hot old fashioned cream of wheat cereal, grilled sausages, and fruit), 9 a.m.; Cat Sanctuary soup cookoff contest, 4:30 p.m.

March 15 trip to the Beeches planned

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their Feb. 8, meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Cheryl Meyers, Judy Shannon and Katherine Downing.

Chaplain Barb Furman opened the meeting with a prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiances and a reading, “Snowfall.”

The role was taken by Furman, with 14 members present.

The minutes were read from the Feb. 1, meeting by Barb Minch, secretary, and were approved.

Trip committee: Pat Schwartz passed around signup sheets for March 15, to the Beeches, Rome, Oneida County; and Nov. 8 to Radio City Christmas Show. Lu Wilmot noted the Glen-Mohawk Seniors trips: Feb. 21, to Turning Stone and March 13, to Castle of Knights, Chicopee, Mass.

Show and Tell: Furman brought in a Christmas decoration made out of a canning jar with pipe cleaners for antlers to resemble a reindeer filled with pretzels. Its was suggested that the club should have a craft day to make something like this.

The club will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a party on Feb. 22. Members are asked to bring in a sandwich for lunch and a dessert or snack if they want to. Bingo is planned after the meeting.

The meeting adjourned.

Furman closed the meeting with our closing prayer.

If anyone is looking for something to do on a Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon and want to meet new people, feel free to come to a meeting. The group meets at 10 a.m. every Thursday at the Sacred Heart Church Hall, Third Avenue, Tribes Hill and are always looking for new members.