Senior news in brief

Bridge club winners for Nov. 27 event

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement on Nov. 27 at the at the Johnstown Public Library.

The north-south winners were first place, Doris McIntosh and Arlene Comstock; second place, Sheila Sammons and John Chrisman; third place, Chloe Correll and Ed Hornidge.

The east-west winners were first place, Poppy Kiernan and Tom Farnan; second place, Ann Masala and Lois Widdemer; third place, Ann Campos and Mona Blum.

Arkell Center sets programs for month

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

Each Monday through Friday: At 11:45 a.m. the Office for the Aging Meals of Montgomery Program serves hot meals, $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.


No meeting for the following this month: Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group; Canajoharie Senior Citizens.

∫ Dec. 5: 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).

At 1 p.m. Alzheimer’s holiday hints program with Meagan DeMento in the gallery.

∫ Dec. 11: At 7 p.m. a performance by the Valley Choraliers. All are welcome.

∫ Dec. 12: At 6 p.m. Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge Chamber of Commerce meeting.

∫Dec. 13, 20, and 27: 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.

∫Dec. 14, 21, and 28: From 10:15 to 11 a.m. the Diet Club meets in the gallery. Call (518) 673-2112.

∫Dec. 18: At 2:15 p.m. a performance by the Canajoharie Head Start students.

∫Dec. 19: From 2 to 2:30 p.m. a high school chorus led by Nicholas Anker performing the “Company of Song.”

∫Dec. 22: At 11:45 a.m. the OFA will have a Christmas lunch with stuffed chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli and dessert. Cost: $3. RSVP no later than Dec. 15, at (518) 673-2000 or (518) 673-4408.

At 12:30 p.m. Gary Van Slyke will perform “Keeping Christmas.” All are welcome.

∫Dec. 24, 26: Arkell is closed to all programs for Christmas.

Minutes for center meeting released

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin Senior Citizens met on Nov. 29, at the First Presbyterian Church, Broadalbin with 56 members present and two guests. 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. Nancy Weiss gave the secretary’s report and Jennifer Gilston gave the treasurer’s report.

Joann Weisner — Christmas party report: It will be at noon Dec. 14, at the Johnstown Holiday Inn. The gifts for children should be brought and should be unwrapped.

The Nov. 28, trip to Radio City Music Hall to see the Rockettes Christmas Show was discussed.

Christine Plunkett, Mary Rasefeski and the children’s hand chime choir (fourth and fifth graders) from the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District, gave a performance after the meeting. Refreshments were served after.

The next meeting will be on Dec. 13. After the meeting, the B-PCSD high school choir will give a performance. The 50-50 raffle was won by Marsha Prokop.

Trip committee: There are various trips in 2018. For more information, call Hallenbeck at (518) 883-3008 or Weiss at (518) 883-5396.

Tickets for Proctors’ event available

FONDA — The regular weekly meeting of Glen-Mohawk Seniors was called to order on Nov. 28, by President Alan Buck, with 31 members present. Chaplain Allan Taylor offered the opening prayer and Alan Buck led the Pledge of Allegiance. “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was sung with Barbara Furman at the piano.

A business meeting was conducted with several committees reporting. Lu Wilmot still has some “Melodies of Christmas” tickets for the matinee on Dec. 17, at Proctor’s. If interested, call Wilmot for details.

Joe Mancini has 39 signed up for the Christmas party on Dec. 5, at the Winner’s Circle.

Buck said he asked the bylaws committee to meet with him for the purpose of discussing changes at 10 a.m. Tuesday before the Christmas party. Anyone who has suggestions about what needs to be changed is to be written down and handed in as soon as possible.

Beverly Guiffre spoke about the Nov. 26, Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Marlene Augustine and Esther Porcello won the 50-25-25. Bingo followed the meeting with Peggy LaBarge.

The next regular meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12, at the Fonda Reformed Church Hall. The meetings are preceded by a social hour with refreshments and fellowship. All seniors are welcome

Ida McGinnis party set for Tuesday

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ida L. McGinnis Club meeting was opened by President Jeannie McDuffie. The opening hymn was “O Litte Town of Bethlehem.”

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

The first verse of “America” was lead by Sandy Yacobucci. Hi to Neighbors took place. There were 36 present.

The secretary’s report was accepted as read.

The Christmas party will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Harold’s. There will be a grab bag for anyone who wants to participate.

There will be no Turning Stone trip this month.

The next regular meeting will be Dec. 12. There will be no meeting Dec. 19.

The 50-50 winners were Madge DeMagistris, Cookie Eaton, Fran Garguilo, and McDuffie.

The meeting adjourned.

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

The refreshments were served and bingo was played.

50 Plus Club party set for Thursday

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, housed at the Shirley J. Luck Johnstown Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will hold its annual Christmas luncheon and party at noon Thursday, at the center. Come join the holiday celebration. Tickets are required and can be purchased at the center for $12 by Tuesday. Anyone who can’t attend the luncheon, lighting the tree, birthday-anniversary cake, and holiday music follows lunch.

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.

Perth Seniors party set for Dec. 13

PERTH — The Perth Seniors recently held a meeting at the Perth Senior Center. Before the meeting, the guest speaker was Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino, who discussed different scams that are affecting all areas. A question and answer session took place.

The meeting started at 11 a.m. and opened by Grace Eglin, president.

A prayer, “My Favorite Prayer Chair” was read by Dottie Richardson.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Richardson.

There were 27 people in attendance.

Rose Mathews gave the secretary’s report and Mary Sacknik gave the treasurer’s report. Both were accepted.

The kitchen report was given by Mathews

A new member, Sharon Fenstermacher, was welcomed.

Sunshine: Fran Smith sent a card to Rose Dominiquesz.

The special events report was given by Audrey Flint and Ginny Stahl.

The Christmas party will be at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 13, at the Perthshire, Route 30 with dinner at noon; music; and door prizes. Cost: $18 for non-members. The club will pay for members.

Old business: The officers elected for 2018 are as follows: Anita Bush, president; Elaine Gasner, vice president; Rose Mathews, secretary; Mary Stachnik, treasurer. They will be sworn in at the Christmas party by Perth Town Supervisor Greg Fagant.

The next meeting will be Dec. 6, at the senior center.

Peter Betz, liaison, gave the report for the town meetings and assessors report and finished with the same jokes.

The meeting adjourned.

Seniors to hold talk on Thursday

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 Becky White of the Fulton County Office for the Aging, who will discuss the upcoming special enrollment periods for Medicare. All December birthdays will be celebrated with a cake provided by Georga Jaquard.

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.

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: Tuesday’s Breakfast Program and coffee hour — $3 donation (participants choice) 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 of HealthLink — no appointment needed, 9:30 a.m.; open loom knitting, 11 a.m.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (homemade meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable, homemade cake), noon.

Thursday: Coffee hour and Santa cookies baking day — the seniors will be making homemade gingerbread cookies for all children that come to visit Santa at the center on Saturday — anyone wanting to help is to arrive by 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.

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

Saturday: Gloversville Recreation Commission and Senior Center Breakfast with Santa — $5 per person with children under age 3 free (hot homemade pancakes, sausages, fruit, old fashioned hot chocolate with marshmallows), 9 a.m. (Santa will be there 9 a.m. to noon).

Center to host choral group

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

At noon Dec. 13, the lunch crew will meet at the center this month.

At 12:45 p.m. Dec. 19, the Canajoharie Choral Company of Song will be here to entertain attendees for the holidays. Come for this performance.

Dec. 21: At 9:45 a.m. the Warren Street School band will perform a choral and jazz musical concert. All are welcome to come and support the band.

At 10:45 a.m. Bingo with Friends will follow the band — just for this month it will be on Thursday. If anyone has any question, call the business office at (518) 762-4643.

Feb. 11, 2018: At 12:30 p.m. Valentine’s Social Sunday at the center. Lunch: Valentine cocktail, baked ziti-spaghetti with meatballs and sausage and treats for dessert. Play some Valentine’s Day games. Tickets are required. Cost $4; or $6 for two people. The cut off date is Feb. 8.

Meeting minutes for Tribes Hill Seniors

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their Nov. 30, meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Jan DeJulius, Pam and Bill Jasewicz. Chaplain Barb Furman opened with a prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and a reading, “Sunshine in Music.”

President Sherry Meyers announced the December birthdays: Katherine Louer, Dec. 14; Mabel Bubbins, Dec. 16; Vonnie Gutowski, Dec. 27.

The roll was taken by Furman with 39 members and one guest present, Stella Katherine Anderson, baby granddaughter of Katherine Downing.

The minutes were read from the Nov. 9, meeting by Barb Minch, secretary, and were approved.

The financial report was read by Barb Lampkin and will be filed for audit.

Furman mentioned some scams going around. If anyone answers the phone and no one speaks, hit the pound sign several times to disconnect the call.

Trip committee: Pat Schwartz reported the next overnight trip is scheduled for May 23- 25, 2018, with more details to follow.

Lu Wilmot announced the Glen-Mohawk Seniors will be having a bus trip to see “The Melodies of Christmas” on Dec. 17, at Proctors Theater, Schenectady. Cost: $35 for non-members. Will leave at noon and dinner at the Blue Ribbon Dinner.

Sunshine: Cards were sent out to members — several last week and two this week.

Social committee: Pam Jasewicz announced the Christmas party is scheduled for Dec. 14, at CP’s Restaurant, Hagaman. Cost is $10 to members; a signup sheet is being passed around. Bring a wrapped grab bag gift to the luncheon. Dec. 7: Candy sale from 10 to 11 a.m.; the club to get a portion of the sales. Dec. 10: At 6:30 p.m. the Presbyterian Church is having Christmas caroling — everyone is welcome.

The 50-50 raffle winners were Bill Jasewicz and Wilmot.

Show and Tell: Furman brought in lap robes and crocheted bed covers she made. She also makes hats for cancer patients and mittens for Head Start kids and asked if members know anybody in need of these.

Tony Scott (dressed as a reindeer) reported that he raised $21,000 this year for the American Heart Association.

The meeting adjourned.

Furman closed the meeting with our closing prayer.

Wells seniors party set for Dec. 14

WELLS — The Wells Seniors Citizens Club celebrated Thanksgiving at noon Nov. 16, with a turkey dinner at the Wells Meal Site. The meal was prepared by Kelly Brenan, director of the site.

The club will hold a Christmas party at 1 p.m. Dec. 14, at the Alpine Grill, Wells. The members can bring a $10 gift for exchange. There will also be many door prizes and a chance to distribute Christmas cards by taking the cards to the meal site by Dec. 13. The cost is $18 for members in good standing and $28 for non-members. Guests are welcome. Those interested in attending the party should call Dolores Margies at (518) 924-7311 or sign up at the meal site before Tuesday (Dec. 5).

The meal site will be preparing a Christmas luncheon on Dec. 21. The children from the Wells Central School will provide the entertainment at 11:30 a.m. Following lunch, there will be a Christmas sing-along with Holly Hite. For lunch reservations, call (518) 924-4066.

The seniors travel committee is actively planning day trips for June through September 2018 which will be announced at the Christmas party.

The Wells Senior Citizens Club is open to all those ages 55 or older. Dues: $10 a year. Contact Brian Griffin to attend any of the events or need more information on the club. The business meetings are held the second Wednesday each month (except December) at 12:45 p.m. at the meal site, Buttermilk Hill Road. Seniors are encouraged to attend the luncheons Monday through Friday at noon for a donation of $3. Call for reservations at (518) 924-4066.