Senior news in brief

Bannertown 50 Plus Seniors meeting

MAYFIELD — The Bannertown 50 Plus Seniors opened their day with a social hour. Evie Leach, chaplain, opened the Office for the Aging luncheon with the devotion, “God’s Cherished Child.” “The Lord’s Prayer” followed.

Carl Edwards, president, opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Nancy Hayes, vice president, gave the the roll call.

Ann Mallin, sunshine chairman, had nothing to report but asked if anyone knows of someone ill to let her know.

Lorrie Valk, secretary and Joan Bezio, treasurer gave their reports and were accepted as given. At the next meeting on March 13, Ann Mallin and Nila Edwards will be bringing the cookies. There will be St. Patty’s Day Trivia.

Hayes has the signup sheet for the St. Patty’s Day dinner at The Amsterdam Diner. There is a choice of corned beef or ham. It is scheduled for 1 p.m. March 15. Anyone else wanting to go needs to sign up at this next meeting.

Carl Edwards passed out the changes to the bylaws and everyone excepted the changes. He also mentioned Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino will be the guest speaker.

Valk noted she and Bezio are now working on the day trips for the year. The information will be out soon. She also will have a sheet out for members to let her know what long trip they would like to do this year.

The meeting adjourned and the drawings were held. The winners were Janet Betler, the 50-50, who donated it back; and Nila Edwards, $1. A green auction was done along with bingo being played.

Glen-Mohawk Seniors meet

FONDA — The Glen-Mohawk Seniors regular meeting of March 5, was called to order by President Joe Mancini at 10:30 a.m. Allan Taylor gave the opening prayer and Barbara Furman accompanied the group as they sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at the piano. Vice President Gloria Kimball took the roll call with 30 members present. The group’s free will collection was for the Haven of Hope Food Pantry.

The Maine Coast trip was postponed. Lu Wilmot and Olive Taylor, trip co-chairmen, have the 2019 list of trips prepared.

May 21: The Spaghetti Warehouse, Syracuse, Onondaga County, for dinner and show.

June 10: Riverview Inn at Matamoras, Pa. for dinner and live entertainment.

In July, annual picnic at the Kateri Tekawitha Shrine.

Aug. 22: MacHaydn Theatre, “Oklahoma” and dinner at Yannis.

Sept. 9-13: to Maine — Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Portland, Pineland Farms, Boothbay Railway Village and Seashore Trolley Museum.

Oct. 9: Dutch Apple Cruise and dinner.

Nov. 12: In-house veterans lunch and program.

Nov. 20: Turning Stone Casino.

Dec. 4: – Boogie Woogie Christmas at the Log Cabin, Massachusetts

A mystery auction is planned for March 12, and Office for the Aging Meals on Wheels will cater the lunch on March 19. The menu will be meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas, and brownie. An OFA representative will give an overview of the meals program.

The Glen-Mohawk Seniors appeared in The Leader-Herald Portraits which was recently published. The details about the group that was submitted by Trustee Alan Buck was read. The humorous readings were given by Furman and Olive Taylor. Mary Fox conducted the prize drawings. The winners were Mancini and Louise Boyer. Several stayed for bingo with Peggy LaBarge calling. The refreshments were compliments of Buck, Ruth Burke, Lois and Ron Collins.

Ida L. McGinnis Club events

GLOVERSVILLE — The following are for the Ida L. McGinnis Club. At both: The meetings were called to order by President Jeannie McDuffie. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by McDuffie. Hello to Neighbors followed. The closing hymn was “May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You.”

Feb. 26: The opening hymn, “How Great Thou Art” was accompanied by Helen Henry on the keyboard.

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

There were 26 members in attendance.

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

The January and February birthdays were celebrated. The winners were Mary King for January; and Bob Vesp for February.

The 50-50 winners were Frank Ward, Margaret Dillenbeck and Linda Thompson.

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

The meeting adjourned.

The refreshments were served and bingo was played.

March 5: The opening song was “Take me out to the Ball Game.” The prayer was led by McDuffie.

The first verse of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was sung.

The 50-50 winners were Janet Roberson nd Mary Jane Van Slyke.

Upcoming events

Tuesday (March 12): At 1 p.m. St. Patrick’s luncheon at House of Pizza.

March 19: Seats are still available for the trip to Turning Stone Casino. Call McDuffie at (518) 725-8396.

The meeting adjourned.

Johnstown 50 Plus Club to hold event

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will be having a St. Patrick’s Day celebration starting at noon Thursday (March 14) with an Irish lunch of corned beef and cabbage in conjunction with the Office for the Aging. Then there will be some traditional Irish bagpipe music from Gary McCoy. The lunch is $3 per person; must RSVP by Tuesday (March 12). There will also be a contest for the best Irish green attire, raffles and door prizes.

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.

Nick Stoner Seniors held meeting

CAROGA LAKE — The Nick Stoner Seniors held their first meeting of the year on March 5. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino stopped by before the meeting to ask the seniors for their support in the upcoming election. Mary Lou Paterson opened the meeting with “The Lord’s Prayer,” the Pledge of Allegiance and Hello to your Neighbors.

Marion Snell gave the secretary’s report and Shirley Holliday gave the treasury report.

For the next meeting on March 19, the group will have a potluck luncheon to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Sharon Fenstermacher sent a signup sheet around and the calling committee will call the absent members.

Paterson gave the sunshine report. She sent out several cards this month.

Holliday gave the membership report and the dues are coming in regularly. Anyone who would like to join the group, can come to the meeting at noon the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Caroga Town Hall. The dues are $10 for the year.

Paterson gave the trip report for the year. There are several trips planned; the dates and times to be announced at next meeting.

In correspondence, the seniors received a thank you card from the family of Alice Loux, a member that passed away Dec. 18, 2018.

Fenstermacher took attendance and sold raffle tickets. There were 16 members present.

The meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m. After the meeting, the raffle was held. The winners were Holliday and Louise Stock. The refreshments were served by Myrtle Dermott, Snell, Michelle Hutchins. Barbara McFee made the birthday cake for the month.

Task Force for seniors events

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 (March 14), the Red Rooster Cafe will host Jayne Mulligan, who will discuss the Little Angel Gown Program of the Capital Region.

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.

Events planned at Senior Center set

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.; Regional Animal Shelter class, 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Tuesday’s Breakfast Program and coffee hour — $3 donation (scrambed eggs, toast, fruit), 9:30 a.m.; family tree art day — bring photos, family stories written or remembered and there will be help in creating a family tree — the project does not require the need to be an artist — free and open to all, 10 a.m.

Wednesday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday noontime vittles program — $3 donation (homemade tuna casserole, homemade biscuits, vegetables, homemade oatmeal cookies), noon.

Thursday: Coffee hour and Gloversville Free Methodist Church Regional Food Bank — the free food program is open to all — food is distributed until all are served or food is all gone — some bags and boxes will be available, however it is best to bring way of transporting the food, both 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 (homemade Irish soda bread, Irish breakfast potatoes, fried eggs, homemade corn beef hash, fruit), 9 a.m. In the spirit of spreading Irish luck, all participants will receive a special “luck of the Irish” free gift.

March 17: Kingdom Revelation Worship and Mission Center service, 8 a.m.

Shirley J. Luck Senior Center events

JOHNSTOWN — The following is for the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St.

The center has some new things going on in the next few weeks along with our regularly scheduled classes and events. On Tuesdays starting March 12, free computer classes are being offered for different levels so one can start at the beginning and move into the next level when ready. The beginner class is from 9 to 10 a.m.; intermediary is from 10 to 11 a.m.; and advanced is from 11 a.m. to noon. The class size is limited to five, so call the center at 518-762-4643 to sign up or get more information.

A new class, mindfulness, is starting Tuesday (March 12) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and will meet at the same time on March 19, and 26, at no cost. The class will have various activities that will teach attendees how to slow down, relax, and gain a sense of inner peace.

The following is a list of upcoming activities:

Tuesday: From 1 to 6 p.m. drop off new or gently used items for upcoming spring bazaar.

Wednesday: At noon the lunch crew meets at the House of Pizza. Anyone is welcome to join by just calling the center by March 12, so reservations can be made.

March 19:

∫ From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. free blood pressure clinic with Julie Passero, RN

∫ At 1 p.m. will be bingo followed by refreshments,

∫ From 1 to 3 p.m. drop off new or gently used items for bazaar.

March 20: At 1 p.m. card making with Julie Passero. The cost is $5 and includes supplies and refreshments.

March 26:

∫ From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. drop off new or gently used items for bazaar.

∫ From 10 a.m. to noon a representative from Mohawk Valley Physicians will be at the center to answer insurance questions.

April 2: From 1 to 5 p.m. drop off new or gently used items for bazaar.

April 15: From 9 a.m. to noon free hearing screening; call the center to set up appointment.

The American Association of Retired Persons defensive driving classes: May 15, and June 12, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call the office to schedule an appointment. Checks or money orders are made out to AARP. Cost: $20 for AARP members; $25 for non-member of AARP.

Tribes Hill seniors hold meeting

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their Thursday, meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Harriet Zurlo, Genie Hojohn and Anita Bush.

Chaplain Barb Furman opened the meeting with a prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and a reading entitled “Thank you Lord.”

The roll was taken by Furman with 28 members plus one guest present.

The secretary read the minutes from the Feb. 28, meeting and were approved.

The treasurer’s report was read by Barb Lampkin, treasurer, and will be filed for audit.

President Sherry Meyers stated the paint a picture next week will start at 9:30 a.m. with the regular meeting to follow.


∫ Pat Schwartz sent around a signup sheet for the trip on April 16, to Daniels Banquet Specialist, New Hartford for a show and lunch. She read a list of the other trips scheduled for the year. Schwartz asked members if they would be interested in a trip in September to Ground Zero, New York City. Many members expressed an interest in going so she will check into it. She also stated a quilt show will be April 6, and 7, in Troy, with an admission price of $8 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

∫ Lu Wilmot reported the trip to Maine with the Glen-Mohawk Seniors was re-scheduled for Sept. 9-13. Wilmot passed out a list of the planned trips for the club.

Sunshine: Cards were sent out to several members.

Barb Minch stated the St. Kateri Shrine in Fonda is looking for a part-time bookkeeper.

The 50-25-25 winners were Elaine Hoyt and Minch.

Show and tell: Furman brought in a plastic canvas cow tissue box cover she made.

Donna Day donated some puzzles and paperback books.

Furman and Lampkin shared some funny jokes.

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.