Senior news in brief

Arkell Center sets senior programs

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

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.


Jan. 1: Arkell Center will be closed to all programs.

Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31: 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.

Jan. 4, 11, 18, and 25: From 10:15 to 11 a.m. the Diet Club meets in the gallery. Call (518) 673-2112.

Jan. 5, and 19: At 1 p.m. Canajoharie Senior Citizens meeting. Liberty Bell Choir performs Jan. 5.

Jan. 8: 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).

Jan. 9: At 6 p.m. Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Jan. 23: From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Alzheimer Younger Onset program with Meagan DeMento in the gallery directly following will be the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group.

Jan. 25: At 12:30 p.m. Gary Van Slyke will present “winter songs” directly following lunch.

Business meeting 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 business meeting at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday. The club will also celebrate January birthdays and anniversaries with cake. Come and get an update on 50 Plus events.

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.

Guest speaker set for Glen-Mohawk

FONDA — The Glen-Mohawk Seniors group met on Dec. 19, with 26 members present. The regular business was conducted. The year-end trip chairman’s report was given by Lu Wilmot, who added that there will be a day trip to Turning Stone in February, and a four-day trip to Wildwood, N.J. in September with a price of less than $350.

A thank you note was received from Claudia Buccos of the Friends Organized for a Nicer Dwelling Area organization for Glen-Mohawk’s participation in the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, on Nov. 26. A free will donation from those present realized $50 collected for the St. Mary’s Hospital Christmas lights, in memory of the group’s departed members.

The raffle winners were Ruth Burke and Auggie Augustine, with Martha Hensel and Louise Boyer winning donated Christmas items.

President Alan Buck announced the group will have a guest speaker at the Jan. 9, 2018 meeting. Christine Oarr Eggleston, the author of a series of books titled, “Murder and Beyond in the Mohawk Valley,” will be reading from her books and giving away some free items. There will also be a book signing at that time. All copies in the series will be available to purchase for $10, with each book containing 10 stories. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Fonda Reformed Church and is open to all seniors over 55 years of age and residing in the towns of Glen, Mohawk, and the villages of Fonda and Fultonville.

Red Rooster Cafe to host senior group

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 musician Gary Van Slyke, who will entertain with a program of “winter songs.” All January birthdays will be celebrated with a cake provided by Marge Decker.

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 schedule for week

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

Today: New Year’s Day special coffee hour — come in for some free special treats and a hot beverage of choice, 8 a.m.; open art class — $6 donation, 9 a.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, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (homemade sloppy Joes on a bun, tossed salad, peas, homemade cake), 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 (homemade coffee cake, scrambled eggs, toast, fruit), 9 a.m. Start the year off by giving out as many hugs to as many people as possible.