Senior news in brief

Winners announced for bridge club

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement on Jan. 22 at the at the Johnstown Public Library.

The north-south winners were first place, Poppy Kiernan and Susan Shaver; second place, Angie Parillo and Debbie Brown; third place, Carol Brookins and Marie Otto.

The east-west winners were first place, Ann Masala and Tom Farnan; second place, Doris McIntosh and Lois Widdemer; third place, Carlene Lankton and Mary Jane Fredericks.

Bannertown seniors committee to meet

MAYFIELD — The Bannertown 50 Plus Seniors met on Jan. 17, for a meet and greet and meeting. It was a short meeting because of the storm.

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

Linda LaVada read the roll call.

Joan Bezio, gave the treasury report and was accepted.

Janet Betler is now taking orders for the Rada Knives sale. The orders are due March 14 so the items can be in for Easter.

The cookie committee for the next meeting on Wednesday will be Joan Bezio and Nancy Hayes. Bingo will be played.

The drawings were held after the meeting was adjourned. The winners were Nancy Hayes, $1; Linda Hayward, the 50-50, who donated it back and Joan Bezio, the door prize, who also donated it back.

Uncle Josh, the storyteller, provided the entertainment.

Turning Stone trip planned for Feb. 21

FONDA — The Glen-Mohawk Seniors had their meeting on Jan. 23. Alan Buck, president, called the meeting to order at 10:30 a.m. Chaplain Allan Taylor gave opening prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Barbara Furman played “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” on the piano and everyone joined in singing.

Furman, vice president, took the roll call with 29 members present, despite the heavy rain. New member, Shirley Yermes, who had attended three meetings, was welcomed to the group. The secretary’s report was read and accepted. The treasurer’s report was given by Olive Taylor and filed for audit. Phyllis Smith, sunshine secretary, prepared cards to be signed and sent to David Stone who is MIA, and two friends of Glen-Mohawk Seniors, Evelyn Knowlton and Patricia Neri, whose husbands recently passed away.

Lu Wilmot spoke about the Feb. 21, trip to Turning Stone. The casino is offering half price bingo, $5 meal credit and $25 free play. The coach will leave Fonda at 7:30 a.m. and return at about 6:30 p.m. The prices for this trip are $8-$10-$20. She mentioned that she also is signing up now for the Irish dinner and show on March 13, in Chicopee, Mass. The prices are $40-$45-$57.

Buck explained the pricing for the trips. Active members who attend 12 or more meetings a year and participate in club activities (such as refreshment committee, social lunches, etc.), will get a “price break” on trips. Those who attend one to 11 meetings (accrued over the year) will pay the member price. Those who belong to neither Glen-Mohawk nor Tribes Hill pay the highest price. We have an agreement with Tribes Hill that their members can go on our trips at the member price and we can go on their trips at the member price. Since Tribes Hill members are not active members in Glen-Mohawk, they pay the member price same as always. There is no change for Tribes Hill. They are not paying more. The “price break” is something that is earned by Glen-Mohawk members.

Buck, chairman of the officer’s January luncheon gave a financial report which showed 29 signed up, 27 showed up, and two more decided to stay. After expenses there was $6 that went to the treasury. Those who didn’t bring something paid $3. The meal was served following the meeting. There was Manhattan clam chowder, chili, hamburg soup, and stuffed pepper soup. Alan took charge of constructing sandwiches made to order. Other dishes brought in were scalloped corn, a broccoli salad, pickles, cookie tray, cake with chocolate frosting, Dreamscicle pudding with mandarin oranges, soda and water.

Beverly Guiffre, the historian for both the Glen-Mohawk Seniors and also the village of Fonda, wants to give a guided tour of the village’s historical sites when the weather gets warmer. Wilmot suggested that the group add a light lunch at one of the local eateries. Plans will be developed for having “open air” transportation, with easy on and off accessibility for the seniors. Contact must be made with all the public officials concerned, for such an adventure. Details will follow.

Joe Mancini had a humorous reading.

The prize drawing gave two winners, Peggy LaBarge and Martha Hensel, each $10.50.

The meeting adjourned. Alan Taylor gave the closing prayer followed by the Mizpah.

Following the soup and sandwich luncheon, Buck led the group in playing the center left right game. The big prize winner was Jim Douglass who ended up holding the last quarter. The mug used for the game was handed to Douglass with all the quarters in it.

The next meeting is at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Fonda Reformed Church, with a coffee hour preceding the meeting and bingo afterwards. All seniors 55 plus are welcome to come, stay for refreshments, find out what’s happening.

Valentine’s Day luncheon on Feb. 12

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville 50-55 Plus Seniors will have their meetings again at the Senior Citizen Service Center of Gloversville and Fulton County, 53 Church St.

Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. will be a business meeting. The February birthdays will be honored with cake and refreshments. The fourth raffle drawing will be drawn. The social will follow the meeting.

Feb. 12, will be a Valentine’s Day luncheon with a covered dish. The members who attend are asked to bring a dish to pass — “sweet remembrances” by club members and a social.

Feb. 19, no meeting — Presidents Day observance.

Feb. 26, will be a social meeting, refreshments at 1 p.m.

If the Valentine’s Day is cancelled due to weather, the club will have a spring covered dish luncheon on March 19, at 12:30 p.m.

New members are always welcomed. Members are asked to pay their dues for this year.

Shirley Luck plans meeting on Thursday

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-anniversaries party at 1:15 p.m. Thursday at the center. Come and hear some history from the club’s historian; hear a review of upcoming events; and share in 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.

Blood pressure clinic set for Thurs.

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 Richard Rugen from the Hope Valley Farms, who will discuss the farms and different garlic varieties.

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.

Gville Senior Center 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 — open 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.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, vegetables, fresh rolls, 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.

Feb. 3: Breakfast Nook Program — $3 donation (fried eggs with cheese on a soft roll, baked breakfast ham, fruit, old fashioned hot chocolate), 9 a.m.; free Valentine’s Day card available to send to someone special.

Massachusetts trip set for March 13

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their Thursday, meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Barb Minch and Sherry Meyers.

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

Meyers, president, introduced the guest speaker, Heather Hoyt, Elaine Hoyt’s granddaughter. Heather Hoyt is from Alaska and gave a presentation about living in Alaska. She lives in Palmer, Alaska. The population of the state is about 740,000. One third of Alaska is in the Artic Circle. The record high temp was in 1915 at 100 degrees and the record low in 1971 was 80 below zero. She explained that the cost of living there is very high.

Meyers announced the February birthdays: Olive Taylor, Feb. 11; Mary Hart, Feb. 23; Janice DeJulius, Feb. 24; and Rose Gargiulo, Feb. 25.

The role was taken by Furman, with 23 members plus one guest present.

The minutes were read from the Jan. 18, meeting by Barb Minch, secretary, and were approved.

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

From the Jan. 18, meeting: Furman passed around a signup sheet for the jazz concert at 9 a.m. Feb. 15, at the Fonda-Fultonville Central School. The bus will pick up members at the Sacred Heart Church parking lot.

Meyers read a thank you card from Vonnie Gutowski.

Trip Committee: Pat Schwartz reported that the next overnight trip is scheduled for May 23-May 25, to New Jersey with more details to follow in the coming months. She also passed around a signup sheet for anybody interested in going to Radio City to see the Christmas Show and another signup sheet to go to the Beeches for a show and dinner for St. Patrick’s Day. Lu Wilmot announced that the Glen-Mohawk Seniors are planning a trip to Turning Stone on Feb. 21. The bus leaves at 7:30 a.m. and returns around 5:30 p.m. with half price bingo, $5 meal voucher, cost for non-members is $20 and another trip for St. Patrick’s Day to the Castle of Knights in Chicopee, Mass, on March 13, for lunch and a show for $55 for non-members.

Furman announced that next week we are having a speaker, Christina Egelston, discussing and selling her book on murders in the area. Also Allan Buck, president of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors, is coming to the next meeting.

Sunshine: Cards were sent to two members.

Meyers announced the refreshment committee for February: Shirley Dado, Judy Shannon and Katherine Downing.

Lampkin announced that she will be helping Elaine Hoyt with the scrapbbook for this year.

Meyers announced to bring in canned goods or paper products next week for the food pantry.

The 50-50 raffle winners were DeJulius and Mildred Hitchcock.

The meeting adjourned.

Furman closed the meeting with our closing prayer.

If anyone is looking for something to do on a Thursday from 10 until 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, Tribes Hill and are always looking for new members.