Senior news in brief

Fire safety talk to be held at Bannertown

MAYFIELD — The Bannertown 50 Plus Seniors met on Feb. 14, for their social, luncheon and meeting.

The devotion, ” I will listen for your inspiration and instruction,” was read by Carl Edwards, chaplain.

After the Office for the Aging luncheon, the meeting was opened by President Bob Leach with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Nancy Hayes read the roll call.

Ann Mallin, sunshine chairman, sent out two cards.

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

At the next meeting, Wednesday, the group will be celebrating birthdays with cupcakes being made by Carl and Nila Edwards.

Valk mentioned that the signup sheet will be on the table until March 14.

The information on the other day trips will be out in the next couple of weeks.

Carl Edwards will look into prices for a St. Patty’s Day luncheon at the C&R Restaurant.

Janet Betler reminded members the Rada knife orders must be in by March 15.

Valk and Hayes will be looking into restaurants for the anniversary dinner in April.

Becky White from the OFA will be at the next meeting.

On March 14, the speaker will be Deb Finkle, from the New York Association of Firefighters, who will talk about safety in the home with fire alarms.

Leach also mentioned there will be a program, “Connecting our Generations,” April 28, at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center, where there will be information available and vendors.

Bingo will be played at the next meeting.

After the meeting adjourned, the drawings were held. The winners were Leach, the door prize, who donated it back; Betler, the 50-50; and Bezio, $1, who also donated it back.

The annual red auction was held.

Bus trip to the Beeches set for March

CANAJOHARIE — The Canajoharie Senior Citizens had their meetings on Jan. 19, and Feb. 2. Bingo followed with the Arkell Hall residents joining the group.

On Feb. 16, the seniors joined Arkell Hall residents for lunch and a Valentine’s celebration with songs by Elinor and Friends.

A number of sunshine cards were sent out to members and friends by Janet Waner. Emily Herrick is looking for names and addresses of military people overseas.

Dorothy Frasier, bus trip coordinator, has scheduled a bus trip on March 15, to The Beeches, Rome, Oneida County, for dinner and a show. The bus will leave Dutchtown Plaza at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $51 for members; $56 for non-members. If interested, call Frasier at (518) 673-5588 prior to March 9.

The next meeting will be held at 1 p.m. March 9. The meeting will be followed by a speaker, Mike Houghton as Santa Claus, who will be sharing information on attending Santa school and his trip to Santa’s. All seniors are invited to attend.

The second meeting of the month will be at 1 p.m. March 23. The meeting will be followed by Ginger Shampagne, who will present an informational program on cancer screening.

All seniors 55 and older in the Canajoharie and Fort Plain school districts are invited to attend the meetings at Arkell Center. For more information, contact Dorothy Morrison at (518) 673-2167 or Joan Cimino at (518) 673-4408.

Glen-Mohawk guest speaker on March 6

FONDA — The regular meeting of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors was called to order by President Alan Buck on Tuesday, followed by the morning prayer given by Chaplain Allan Taylor, the Pledge of Allegiance and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was sung with Barbara Furman at the piano.

The roll call was taken by Furman, vice president, which showed 20 members and one guest present.

Betsy Saltsman read the secretary’s report which had one correction. Pat Putman was one of last week’s prize drawing winners, not Mary Fox. The motion to approve, with the correction, was made and seconded.

Olive Taylor, treasurer, and Lu Wilmot, trip chairman, left the meeting early to attend a seminar. The treasurer’s report read by Saltsman will be filed for audit. The sunshine committee had two get well cards for missing members and a sympathy card for Stan and Eleanor Warner.

Buck read the list of 20 names of those who are going on the Turning Stone trip.

Both the bylaws changes and coffee committee changes were read by bylaws committee member Furman. This was the third reading and they will be voted on at next week’s meeting.

There were 13 Glen-Mohawk members who attended the Fonda-Fultonville Central School jazz festival.

Joe Mancini had a few humorous readings. The prize drawings were overseen by Fox with winners being D. Dorine Dimond and Putman.

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

Bingo followed with Peg LaBarge calling.

The next meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and preceded by a coffee hour with refreshments. Addie Forsey’s daughters, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters will present a video. On March 6, Lynn Lasher of Vision Candy’s and Gifts will be guest speaker with samples and a fundraiser for the group that day. All are welcome to attend.

50 Plus Club to have history talk

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, housed at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will hold its monthly business meeting and birthday-anniversary celebration at 1:15 p.m. Thursday. Come and hear some history from the club’s historian and a review of upcoming events. Share in the cake celebrating the group’s honored guests.

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.

Ashley Olmstead to entertain 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 present Ashley Olmstead, area vocalist, who will entertain with some musical selections. All March 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.

Senior center plans weather contest

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.; 50-55 Plus Club meeting-activities, 1 p.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.; mystery art project with Tammy McCue — come make a surprise art project to take home — free project — open to all, 11 a.m.; Public Health discussions: When to go to the Emergency Room versus Urgent Care” and “Prevention of Bedbugs” — free program — open to all and Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (scalloped potatoes with ham casserole, homemade biscuits, vegetables, Jell-O parfait), both at 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 (scrambled eggs, toast, fruit, homemade muffins), 9 a.m. Beware of the “eyes of March.” The weather is either in like a lamb and out like a lion — make predictions for the month to have a chance to win four free breakfasts at the center. The winner will be announced the end of the month at the open mic show.

Note: The senior food pantry needs items. The center is in need of non-perishable food items in easy open cans that do not take a lot of preparation — open and eat items work best. Cleaning supplies, toiletries and paper products are also in demand. Bring donations to the center’s office.

Tribes Hill seniors plan New Jersey trip

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their Thursday, meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Shirley Dado, Judy Shannon and Katherine Downing.

Chaplain Barb Furman opened the meeting with a prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and a reading, “When Winter Comes.”

President Sherry Meyers:

The role was taken by Furman, with 27 members present.

The minutes were read from the Feb. 8, meeting by Barb Minch, secretary, and were approved.

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

Furman made a comment on the jazz festival last week at the Fonda-Fultonville Central School. She also asked members to start saving jelly and pickle jars to make gifts for the residents at the Sanford Home.

Trip Committee: Pat Schwartz reported the trip scheduled for May 23-May 25, to the Grounds of Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J., staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. The bus will leave Tribes Hill at 7 a.m. and arrive in New Jersey around noon time. After a tour of the grounds, dinner will be at the hotel. The next day will be a site seeing ride of Hamilton including a trip to the beach and the boardwalk. Schwartz will bring flyers and pricing at next weeks meeting.

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

The 50-50 winner was Barb Lampkin.

Show and Tell: Furman brought in a shawl and a baby blanket that she crocheted. Downing brought in a baby blanket that she is crocheting.

The meeting adjourned.

Furman closed the meeting with the closing prayer.

If anyone is looking for something to do on a Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and wants to meet new people, feel free to come to one of the group’s meetings. They meet at 10 a.m. every Thursday at the Sacred Heart Church Hall, Third Avenue, and are always looking for new members.