Senior focus

Bridge Club announces winners

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement Monday (June 5) at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center, 109 E. Main St.

The north-south winners were first place, Poppy Kiernan and Conniejo DiCruttalo; second place, Doris McIntosh and Debbie Brown; third place, Arlene Comstock and Chloe Correll.

The east-west winners were first place, Naomi Avery and Jim Clauson; second place, Carlene Lankton and Eleanor Clark; tied for third place, Susan Shaver and Tom Farnan with Lois Widdemer and John Quinn.

Office for Aging lists meals, sites

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Office for the Aging Nutrition Program meal sites are open to anyone 60 or older or their spouse regardless of age. The suggested contribution per meal is $3 and the guest charge for those not age 60 is $5. It is not necessary to be a member of a senior center or senior club to attend any site. Some sites are open all week and others are on a rotating schedule.

Meal sites: The Forest Hill Towers, the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center, Mayfield Town Hall, Broadalbin Presbyterian Church, Petoff Garden Apartments, Perth Senior Community Center, the Petoff Garden Apartments and the Northville Red Rooster Cafe.

For more information or to make reservations, call OFA at (518) 736-5650 up until 9 a.m. for that day or to make reservations for a future date.


Stuffed pepper casserole, applesauce, cauliflower, rye bread, fruit cocktail.


Egg salad, macaroni salad, broccoli salad, kaiser roll, ice cream.


Baked barbecue chicken, baked beans, wax beans, white bread, melon.


Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes and zucchini, green beans, wheat bread, brownie.


Pot roast, boiled potatoes, boiled carrots, dinner roll, frosted birthday cake.

Senior group hosts special speaker

FONDA — The regular meeting of the Glen-Mohawk Seniors was called to order on June 6, by President Beverly Guiffre, followed by the morning prayer given by Allan Taylor and the Pledge of Allegiance. “America” was sung with Barbara Furman at the piano.

Jamie Marshall, from Resources for Independent Living, discussed the training and support groups that are available for Alzheimer’s Disease. She said there is a free training on June 22, in Gloversville and she will send information. Marshall answered a number of questions from the audience. Nilda Geraldi, a disability rights activist from the same institution, talked about helping disabled individuals get help applying for Social Security and about money that can be accessed for food, transportation, etc. for someone with a disabled child and a number of other programs that are available for the disabled.

The roll call was taken by Vice President Alan Buck which showed 32 members and three guests present. The secretary’s report was read and approved. The treasurer’s report was read by Olive Taylor and will be filed for audit. Betsy Saltsman, corresponding secretary, passed a few cards for absent members and said she will send out cards next week for absent members that have a birthday in June.

A collection was taken for Hospice.

Lu Wilmot, trip committee chairwoman, said she will read the list of the people going on the mystery trip on June 21. The group will begin the signup for their senior picnic next week.

On June 20, table five will be having a covered dish luncheon with 24 people who have signed up so far.

Joe Mancini and Olive Taylor had a few humorous readings.

The 50-25-25 was won by Jim Douglas and Mancini.

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

Bingo followed.

McGinnis Club reports on meeting

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ida L. McGinnis Club meeting was opened by President Jeannie McDuffie. The opening song was “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

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

The first verse of “America” was sung. Hi to Neighbors took place. There were 41 present.

The May and June birthdays were celebrated. The winners were Kate VanAlstyne for May and Dorothy Roy for June.

The 50-50 winners were Marge Flint, Audie Garguilo, Lucy Ostrander and Sherry Courtney.

The next week’s meeting will be at Harold’s for the anniversary lunch.

For the June 20, trip to turning stone, call McDuffie to reserve a seat.

The last meeting will be June 27.

The white elephant sale took place with proceeds going to the club trip fund.

For the trip to the Beeches on Nov. 14, plans to be finalized when the group returns from summer break.

Refreshments were served and bingo was played.

50 Plus Club hosts special speaker

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will welcome Mary Fletcher from the Association of Central New York for the Visually Impaired at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, who will speak about the people they serve, who are blind or visually impaired, from newborns to the elderly, and the services they provide which are usually free of charge.

For more information on this or to find out more about what is going on with the 50 Plus Club visit and “like” their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/johnstown50plus or call the Senior Center Office at 762-4643.

Stoner Seniors report on meeting

CAROGA LAKE — The Nick Stoner Seniors met at 1 p.m. June 6, at the Wheelerville Union Free School for the end-of-year get-together with the fifth grade pen pals. Janice McLaughlin welcomed all the seniors, students and parents. The students gave each senior a plant and a thank you card in appreciation of participating in the program. The seniors were served by the students and Jenn Knapp the refreshments of cookies, cupcakes, ice cream and fruit punch. McLaughlin, the pen pal coordinator, and Grace Eglin, president of the club, gave out the monetary awards to the top four letter writers, from number one to four as follows: Chloe Williams, Andrew Yuenger, Logan Smith, Nicholas Lorenz. All students in the class received a certificate of participation award. There were 44 including students teachers, seniors and parents present. The seniors look forward to meeting the next fifth grade students in the fall and participating in the pen pal program with them. Eglin asked Richard Ruberti, principal, if the seniors could use the library at the school for a short meeting which he approved.

Eglin opened the meeting at 1:45 p.m. Barbara Belton, chaplain, gave a short prayer of thanks. Eglin led in the Pledge of Allegiance and Hello to Your Neighbors. Marion Snell gave the secretary’s report and Barb MacFee noted one error. Bev Briggs donated her winnings from the raffle of $10 to the sunshine fund, not the hospitality fund as noted; it was corrected and accepted.

Shirley Holliday gave the treasury report and was accepted as given.

Jean Griffin gave the hospitality report.

Barb MacFee gave the sunshine report and noted that Audrey and Jerry Gessinger are celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary; she sent them a card. She also sent a card to Dona Dise who is not feeling well. She sent out three birthday cards, one get well and one anniversary card this month.

Holliday gave the membership report; there are still a few unpaid members. She welcomed a new member, Judy Elmendorf, to the club.

McLaughlin gave the pen pal report. Eglin praised McLaughlin for a job well done in making the pen pal program such a success .

Eglin gave the trip report. The Turning Stone trip is Tuesday and the Erie Canal trip is Aug. 8. A signup sheet will be passed around at the June 20, meeting for all that want to go; the cost is $47.

June 20: The refreshment committee for the meeting will be Briggs, David Nelson and Martha Mongato. Griffin will pass a signup sheet around for the annual picnic of July 18, at the park across from the Town Hall .

Eglin reminded everyone the club will be furnishing refreshments for the Senior Council meeting of June 29, at the Johnstown Senior Center. The refreshments will be at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will be at 10 a.m. and she hoped to see all there.

There will be no meeting on the July 4, holiday; the only meeting that month will be the annual picnic on July 18. There were 28 members who attended the meeting. The meeting adjourned.

Task Force hosts special speaker

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 (June 15), the Red Rooster Cafe will host Lewis Decker, who will talk about the local team of New York State Search and Recue Training and Responding. Becky White of Fulton County Office for the Aging, will also be on hand from 11:30 a.m. to help seniors with any questions or issues.

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 STFSL.org. 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.

Gloversville Seniors annouce events

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.

Tuesday: Tuesday’s Breakfast Program and coffee hour — $3 donation (scrambled eggs, toast, fruit), 9:30 a.m.; homemade baking doughnut day — together will make up batches of doughnuts to sample and take home to share, 10:30 a.m. Free and open to all.

Wednesday: Free yoga class (donations appreciated), 9 a.m.; free blood pressures taken by a representative from HealthLink — no appointment needed and coffee hour, both 9:30 a.m.; open loom knitting and Section 8 Housing discussion and Regional Food Bank meal demonstration, both 11 a.m.; Wednesday Noontime Vittles Program — $3 donation (baked chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, vegetables, homemade pumpkin pie), noon; Adirondack Mountain Club, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.; senior Thursday Thunder bowling at Arterial Lanes — free shoe rental –$2.50 per game with game specials — open to all seniors, 1 p.m.

Friday (June 16): Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; reflexology class — start anytime — $5 donation, 10 a.m.; chair exercises — sneakers recommended — start anytime — $5 donation and Writers Circle author luncheon — Author Jeanne Carey will discuss the latest book, “Divine Healing,” both 11 a.m. A question and answer period will be followed by a book signing — a luncheon of pizza, tossed salad, fresh fruit and homemade dessert will be served at noon for a donation of $5 per person. Reservations appreciated.

June 17: Breakfast Nook Program Father’s Day special — $3 donation (grilled steak, scrambled eggs, homemade Texas style French toast and fresh fruit), 9 a.m. There will be extra treats and non-cash prizes.

Iroquois Seniors slates barbecue

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their June 8, meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Frank and Nora Olander, Barbara Cope and Anita Bush.

President Sherry Meyers called the meeting to order and Chaplain Barb Furman led members in the opening prayer, in the Pledge of Allegiance and a reading, “Seek and Ye Shall Find.”

The role was taken by Furman with 31 members present.

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

The treasurers report was read and will be filed for audit.

Office for the Aging: Furman reported there will be a chicken barbecue Saturday (June 17) in Palatine Bridge behind the Dutch Town Plaza celebrating the 150th anniversary of Palatine Bridge.

Trip Committee: Pat Schwartz reported she is taking signups for the trip of July 20, to the Wild Center , Tupper Lake, Franklin County.

Sunshine: Cards will be sent out to various members.

The 50-50 raffle winners were Elaine Hoyt and Rose Garguilo.

The readings and jokes were read by Furman.

The meeting adjourned. Furman closed the meeting with our closing prayer.

Senior group slates special road trip

LASSELLSVILLE — The Western Fulton County Seniors meeting of May 8, was called to order by President Angela Hill, with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of “The Lord’s Prayer.” The reports of the secretary and treasurer were read and passed with all in favor.

It was noted that the group’s insurance agent will be present at our June 12, meeting to discuss the upcoming coverage.

Donations for the food basket raffles will now be accepted with raffles being held July through September and October through December. The actual dates will be finalized at later meetings. The raffle tickets for the food baskets are now available. Contact Hill for more information. Rose Nemecek indicated the McDonald’s fundraiser tickets will be ready in October.

Information was given on a June 21, trip to the Georgian, Lake George, Warren County, for a murder mystery luncheon. The price is $56 per person. For information and reservations, call Hill.

Anyone interested in attending the regular second Monday of each month noon potluck lunch and meeting is welcome at the Lassellsville Center, 5740 Route 29 west. Come early to play cards or just visit. For information on the club and its activities, call Hill at (518) 993-5357.


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