Senior news in brief

Adirondack Bridge Club has meeting

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement Feb. 4 at the at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St.

The north-south winners for first place, Mary Jane Fredericks and John Quinn; second place, Mona Blum and Debbie Brown; third place, Arlene Comstock and Marie Otto.

The east-west winners were first place, Carlene Lankton and Tom Farnan; second place, Eleanor Clark and Doris McIntosh; third place, Lois Widdemer and Delores Yvars.

Bannertown 50 Plus Seniors meet Jan. 30

MAYFIELD — The Bannertown 50 Plus Seniors met on Jan. 30, for the social hour, luncheon and meeting.

The devotion, “Thank you Father for always loving me” was read by Carl Edwards, president. “The Lord’s Prayer” followed with lunch being served after that.

The meeting was opened by President Edwards with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Nancy Hayes, vice president gave the roll call.

Ann Mallin, sunshine chairman, sent out a card to a member that had had surgery.

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

On Feb. 13, for the next meeting, the club will be doing their red auction. The cake and ice cream will be served for Valentine’s Day. Bring a card to pass and an extra card to give to residents at the extended care. Sue Wemple, a member, will be taking them to the nursing home to pass around.

Valk mentioned that the trip to Gettysburg in the spring has been cancelled due to lack of interest. There is a new trip planned for Virginia Beach, Norfolk and historic Colonial Williamsburg from Sept. 30, through Oct. 5. Anyone that is interested can contact Valk at (518) 661-5339 or Bezio at (518) 725-6918.

The meeting was adjourned and the drawings took place. The winners were Carl Edwards, the door prize and the 50-50; and Kathy Ruggerio, $1.

Broadalbin Senior Citizens meet

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin Senior Citizens met on Feb. 6, at the First Presbyterian Church in Broadalbin with 72 members present including four new members and one guest. Chaplain Marsha Prokop said the prayer.

In the absence of Vice President June Zea, President Toni Hallenbeck led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Hallenbeck called the meeting to order and did the roll call.

Nancy Weiss gave the secretary’s report and read two thank you cards sent to the members. Jennifer Gilston gave the treasures’s report.

Sunshine committee:

∫ Janet Austin reported she had sent out two get well cards and a thinking of you card.

∫ Carol Cramer, announced the February birthdays and the members sang “Happy Birthday.”

Program committee: Judy Rosenzweig noted the members who provided the baked goods for the Valentine’s party: Carol Lindholm, Jeannie Ford, Karen Marion, Karen Bogusz, Gee-Gee Lafferty and Sara Schopmeier.

Trip committee: Hallenbeck announced some upcoming trips for the year.

Donations were collected for the Broadalbin Ecumenical Church Food Pantry.

The 50-50 winner was Carol Linderholm. The basket of cheer was won by Sue Moyer.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 20, at the First Presbyterian Church. If anyone would like a meal offered by the Office of the Aging, call (518) 736-5650 by 9 a.m. day of the meeting.

The trip committee announced reservations are now taken for the following trips:

March 13: Saratoga High School Drama Club; $35 includes dinner at Golden Corral.

April 25: New England Aquarium, Boston, Mass., — lunch on one’s own at Quincy Market; $67 due by March 20.

June 2 to 7: Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa, Canada; $680 per person/double with $75 due at signing.

June 18: Visit Hildene, Manchester, Vt., in time to see the peony garden in bloom and a horticulturist will talk. Trip includes a light lunch and a tour the mansion; $65 due by April 17.

Nov. 2 to 11: To Sicilia, Palermo, Siracusa and Taormina, Italy; $3.799 per person/double with $500 due at signing. A presentation will be given by Collette at 12:45 p.m. Feb. 20, at the First Presbyterian Church. All are welcome.

For more information about these trips or the Broadalbin Seniors, call Hallenbeck at (518) 883-3008 or Nancy Weiss at (518) 883-5396.

Glen-Mohawk Seniors meet

FONDA — The Glen-Mohawk Seniors meeting of Tuesday, was opened by President Joe Mancini at 10:30 a.m. Chaplain Allan Taylor gave the opening prayer and led in the Pledge of Alegiance. Barbara Furman accompanied the group at the piano as they sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

Vice President Gloria Kimball took the roll call with 30 members and three guests in attendance. A get well card and a sympathy card were signed. Phyllis Smith said the HealthLink calendar had come as well as notices regarding the New York Star Program and new veterans benefits now available for those serving in all wars.

Lu Wilmot is taking reservations for the Turning Stone trip of Feb. 20. The bus will leave Fonda at 7:30 a.m. and return from the casino at 5 p.m. Wilmot has 22 signed up for the Maine Coast trip for May 20-24, so far.

Kimball gave a detailed report for the January covered dish luncheon which was under the auspices of the head table.

Kimball booked Carol Jordan for a Feb. 19, “painting with a purpose” class. She is taking signups and collecting the $5 fee, with several signed up so far.

Alan Buck said the last defensive driver class was given in July 2016. Therefore, he will schedule the two-part class for July 8, and July 15.

Dorris Hersey noted her mother, Eva Hoffman, turned age 104 on Thursday (Feb. 7) and she is looking forward to going on some more of the group’s senior trips this year.

A free will collection was taken for the Office for the Aging Meals Program. Buck was going to deliver the Fonda-Fultonville Center School backpack donations to school after the meeting.

The names of those who want to go to the FFCS jazz festival on Feb. 14, is being taken. A school bus, provided by Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Superintendent Tom Ciaccio, will transport seniors from the Reformed Church and back. The next senior movie matinee at the Emerald Theater begins at 1 p.m. Feb. 14, so everyone can go to the festival and get back in time for the movie.

Some funny stories were read.

Mary Fox conducted the drawing with the help of Furman. The winners were Kimball, Lucille Douglass, and Louise Boyer.

The meeting adjourned. The closing prayer was given by Allan Taylor. Several people stayed for bingo which was called by Peggy LaBarge.

The refreshments were compliments of Alan and Olive Taylor, Wilmot, Shirley Yermas and Boyer.

Ida L. McGinnis Club has meeting

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ida L. McGinnis Club meeting opened by President Jeannie McDuffie. The opening hymn, “In the Garden” was accompanied by Helen Henry on the keyboard.

The devotions and “The Lord’s Prayer” were led by Chaplain Mary King.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by McDuffie.

The first verse of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was followed by Hello to Neighbors. There were 34 in attendance.

A moment of silence took place in memory of Doris Muscato.

The Tuesday meeting will take place at a pizza restaurant.

The reports of the secretary and treasurer were accepted as read.

On March 5, there will be a white elephant sale.

The 50-50 winners were Henry, Linda Zilka, Karen Grich and Fran Garguilo.

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

The refreshments were served and bingo was played.

Johnstown 50 Plus Club plans event

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will host a Valentine’s Day Luncheon at noon Thursday at the center. After lunch at 1:15 p.m. will be a live version of the TV game show, The Price is Right which was postponed from an earlier date. Come on down and play many of the TV show’s pricing games for some prizes and Plinco for some cash. Those who are up for the challenge, come on down. There will also be refreshments, raffles and door prizes. Cost is $3 and RSVP by Tuesday.

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 the senior center office (518) 762-4643.

Perth Seniors have 18 at meeting

PERTH — The Perth Seniors had their meeting. President Anita Bush opened the meeting.

Dottie Richeson led in a prayer, “The Lord’s Prayer” and the Pledge of Allegiance.

There were 18 in attendance.

The 50-50 took place.

The birthdays for January were announced: Mary Kaupelis, Pam Jasewicz and Nadine Werner.

The secretary’s report was given by Rose Matthews.

The sunshine report was given by Fran Smith.

The reports of the treasurer and membership were given.

Special events:

The raffles will be held in May and November. Any of the members can bring in new or near new things to be raffled off. The money will go to the treasury.

The Broadalbin Seniors are having a trip June 2-7, to Montreal and Quebec, Canada, at the cost of $680 with $75 deposit. For more details, contact the Broadalbin Senior Citizens.

Grace Bevington-Eglin gave the correspondence report. Thank you notes were read for donations the group made to different organizations.

The group will be selling McDonald’s coupon books in the upcoming months.

Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino will be the guest speaker in March to discuss scams.

Peter Betz, the town liaison, noted the town bought a new garbage truck. Betz also told some jokes.

The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday.

The group is looking for new members.

Sacandaga Task Force event set

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 hold a Valentine’s Day party — participants can bring their “sweetie.” Refreshments will be served.

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 weekly congregate meal, which is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will still be available. 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 or to request volunteer medical transportation, or if interested in any of these trips, call STFSL at (518) 752-8737 and leave a message.

Programs for senior center planned

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

Today: Open art class, 9 a.m.; free bread pass out and coffee hour, both 9:30 a.m.; Gloversville 50-55 Plus Club meeting/activities, 1 p.m.; Regional Animal Shelter class, 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Tuesday’s Breakfast Program and coffee hour — $3 donation (old fashioned oatmeal, 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 (cheese lasagna, tossed salad, bread, homemade double chocolate cake), noon; Adirondack Mountain Club, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Gloversville Free Methodist Church Regional Food Bank — free food program open to all citizens — participants are responsible from transporting their food — lineup numbers are given out starting, 9 a.m.; coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; free bread pass out, 10 a.m.; Girl Scout Troop 2055 meeting-activities, 6 p.m.

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

Saturday: Breakfast Nook Program — $3 donation (hot scrambled eggs, cinnamon raisin toast, sausages, fresh fruit), 9 a.m. Feel free to try one of the many warm beverages that will be available for participants to try.

Sunday: Kingdom Revelation Worship and Mission Center service, 8 a.m.

Tribes Hill seniors meeting held

TRIBES HILL — The following are for the Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Shirley Dado, Doris Schafer and Allan and Olive Taylor.

President Sherry Meyers introduced Mohawk Town Supervisor Ed Bishop, who brought a check for the club from the town.

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

Meyers announced the February birthdays: Olive Taylor, today; Mary Hart, Feb. 23; and Rose Garguilo, Feb. 25.

The role was taken by Vice President Pam Jasewicz with 27 plus one guest present.

The secretary read the minutes from the Jan. 17, meeting and were approved.

Barb Lampkin, treasurer, read the treasurer’s report which will be filed for audit.

Office for the Aging: Furman reported the OFA asked if the club would be interested in sampling lunch from the Meals on Wheels Program. The cost would be $3 each and they would deliver the meals. A discussion followed and it was decided that April 4, would be a good day. Furman will call them to see if this date is good with them and will ask if a representative could come to a meeting to discuss the new Medicare changes. She also stated Thursday will be the jazz festival at the Fonda-Fultonville Central School with 19 bands participating. The school will provide transportation for those interested in attending. The bus will pick up interested seniors at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Church parking lot and will bring them back at noon. There will not be a meeting on this day.

Trips this year: Pat Schwartz reported the first trip on April 16, will be a lunch buffet and an Irish show at Daniel’s Banquet. The cost is $35 for members; $45 for non-members. The bus will leave the parking lot at 10:15 a.m. Schwartz also has two overnight trips planned; details will follow.

Sunshine: Sylvia Burroughs sent out a get well card to a member.

Meyers announced a Valentine’s party is being planned for Feb. 21. Bill Danelorich, Jasewicz and Lampkin volunteered to bring in soup and Furman, Olive Taylor and Dado will bring in a dessert. Members are asked to bring in a sandwich for themselves if they want. She also stated the group needs to plan another lunch date at the Stars Cafe, Route 5S.

Lampkin read the history of 2018 to the club.

Jasewicz brought in a list of trips scheduled by the Paul Nigra Center, which will be put up on the bulletin board.

The 50-25-25 winners were Danelorich and Donna Day.

Show and tell: Lampkin brought in a picture she made mounted in a frame. Furman brought in a blanket she made.

Jasewicz, Furman and Olive Taylor shared some funny readings with the club.

The meeting adjourned.

Furman closed the meeting with a closing prayer.

If anyone is looking for something to do on a Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until noon, and wants to meet new people, feel free to come to one of 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.