Senior News in brief

Arkell Center programs for seniors

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

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. beginner Tai Chi; from 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.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. yoga in the gallery. $10 fee.


Today: From 6 to 8 p.m. knit-crochet with Carol Balfe.

Tuesday: From 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. blood pressure clinic with Home Health Care Partners Corp., co-sponsored by St. Mary’s and Nathan Littauer hospitals.

Wednesday, March 13, 20, 27: From 12:30 to 4 p.m. senior citizens pinochle card party with prizes and refreshments, $2. If anyone wants to sub, call (518) 673-5635.

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

Friday: At 1 p.m. Canajoharie Senior Citizens Club meeting. Bring canned food for pantry. At 1:30 p.m. bingo.

March 12: At 6 p.m. Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge Chamber of Commerce meeting at Arkell Center.

March 14: At 10:30 a.m. Gary Van Slyke will provide entertainment with Irish music.

March 21:

∫ At 11:30 a.m. a joint luncheon with chicken cacciatore with rice, vegetable, Italian bread, and fresh fruit. Elinor Friends will follow with a St. Patrick’s special.

∫ At 1:30 p.m. watercolor with Shanna Becker in the gallery. The cost is $10.

March 22: At 1 p.m. Canajoharie Senior Citizens Club meeting. Bring canned goods for food pantry. At 1:30 p.m. the Mohawk Valley Dance Theatre with Shanna Becker will give a performance for the group. All are welcome.

March 23: At 10:30 a.m. the Wild Irish Dancers with Terri Hughes will give a performance. All are welcome.

March 26: From 9:30 to 11 a.m. Understanding Alzheimers and Dementia with Meagan DeMento following the caregiver meeting.

March 28: At 9:30 a.m. Breakfast with our Senior Neighbors — bring a dish to share.

Johnstown 50 Plus Club meeting slated

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will hold an officers meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. All club officers should plan to attend. A business meeting will be held after at 1:15 p.m. then at 1:30 p.m. a speaker from National Grid will discuss money saving energy tips. After that, Larry Rutland, a glassblower, will talk about his trade and show off some of his wares. He will also have items available for sale.

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.

Task force for seniors events 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 present Don Hofmann, musician, who will entertain with a selection.

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.

Senior center events planned

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

Today: Free bread pass out and coffee hour, both 9:30 a.m.; Gloversville 50-55 Plus Club meeting/activities, 1 p.m.; board meeting, 4:30 p.m.; Regional Animal Shelter class, 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Tuesday’s Breakfast Program and coffee hour — $3 donation (fried eggs on 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 (homemade sloppy Joes on a bun, vegetables, fruit, homemade blueberry crumb cake), noon.

Thursday: 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.

Sunday: No Breakfast Nook — private Girl Scout Troop fundraiser.

March 10: Kingdom Revelation Worship and Mission Center service, 8 a.m.

Tribes Hill seniors meeting held

TRIBES HILL — The following meetings are for the Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors. At both: The meetings began at 10 a.m. Chaplain Barb Furman opened the meeting with a prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The treasurer’s report was read by Barb Lampkin, treasurer, which will be filed for audit. Furman closed the meetings with a closing prayer.

Feb. 21: The seniors began their meeting with a social hour by Shirley Dado, Doris Schafer and Allan and Olive Taylor.

Furman gave a reading titled “A Flower.”

The role was taken by Vice President Pam Jasewicz with 22 members present.

The secretary read the minutes from the Feb. 7, meeting and were approved.

Trip: Pat Schwartz reported: The first trip this year will be April 16; a lunch buffet and an Irish show at Daniel’s Banquet Specialist. Cost: $45 for non-members. The bus will leave the parking lot at 10:15 a.m. The signups for the trip will start next week. She and Lampkin went to the travel show held at the Albany County Club. Lu Wilmot reported the trip to Maine with the Glen-Mohawk Seniors may need to be re-scheduled for another date because not enough people signed up.

The club celebrated Valentine’s Day with a soup and sandwich luncheon.

President Sherry Meyers reported Anita Bush, Nora Olander and Genie Hojojn will be on the refreshment committee for March.

New business: Sherry Meyers read a letter from Father Chris Welch, pastor of Sacred Heart Church stating the rent to rent the hall where the meetings are being held is increasing from $30 to $50 per week. Much discussion followed whether the club can afford this increase. Some members suggested the seniors check into another place to hold the meetings. Discussion on this matter will continue at next meeting.

Furman reported the Glen-Mohawk Seniors had a picture painting day and asked if anyone is interested in having one at the Tribes Hill Seniors Club. Many members said they would; she will check into it.

The 50-25-25 winners were Schwartz and Rose Garguilo.

Show and tell: Furman brought in a bowl with a picture of the old Fonda-Fultonville Central School on it. She also shared some funny jokes.

The meeting adjourned.

The seniors began their Feb. 28, meeting with a social hour by Cheryl Meyers, Schafer and Allan and Olive Taylor.

Furman gave a reading titled “Lifes Path.”

Sherry Meyers announced the March birthdays: Katherine Downing, March 14.

The roll was taken by Furman, with 21 members present.

The secretary read the minutes from the Feb. 21, meeting and were approved.

Furman reported: A new store is in the Johnstown Mall where the dollar store used to be. The Emerald Cinema, Amsterdam closed. The Movieplex in the Johnstown Mall will continue the senior day at a cost of $5.50. The movie hotline number is (518) 842-1861 to see what movies are playing that day. The next movie day is March 21. Meals on Wheels agreed to bring in meals at a cost of $5 each on April 4, when two speakers from the Office for the Aging are coming to give the club an overview of OFA and what they do. A picture painting day is scheduled for March 14, at a cost of $5 each, which includes all the necessary supplies. Hojohn talked with Mary Lou Crane from Loopies and she will deliver lunches on March 21, for St. Patty’s Day. The cost: $7 for hot turkey and $8 for corned beef. A signup sheet was passed around to sign up for the Meals on Wheels and the painting day. Jeff Smith wants to give the club a tour of the jail. After discussion it was decided that April is the best time for this tour.

Trip: Schwartz reported the signups for the April 16, Irish show trip will start next week. She passed out a list of the upcoming planned trips. Wilmot reported the trip to Maine with the Glen-Mohawk Seniors is re-scheduled for Sept. 9-13. She will bring in a list of the planned trips next week.

Unfinished business: Sherry Meyers responded to Father Welch’s letter regarding the increase in rent. She will present it to him by next week.

The 50-25-25 winners were Martha Hensel and Judy Russo.

Show and tell: Lampkin brought in a button Christmas tree she made.

Wilmot, Furman and Lampkin shared some funny jokes.

Sherry Meyers reminded everyone next week is food pantry week. Bring in non-parishable or paper products.

The meeting adjourned .

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.