Senior news in brief

Adirondack Bridge Club meets in May

JOHNSTOWN — The Adirondack Bridge Club played the Mitchell Movement May 6 at the at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St.

The north-south winners for first place, Ann Masala and Carol Brookins; second place, Mary Brusoe and Carlene Lankton; third place, Arlene Comstock and Sue Shaver.

The east-west winners were first place, Lois Widdemer and Tom Farnan; second place, Carol Persse and Poppy Kiernan; third place, Dottie Studenic and Mary Jane Fredericks.

Glen-Mohwaks hold meeting

FONDA — The Glen-Mohawk Seniors regular meeting of May 7, was called to order by President Joe Mancini at 10:30 a.m. with 27 members and one guest in attendance. After the opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, Mancini turned the floor over to Bonnie Couture, Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Board of Education candidate for re-election. The voting for two school board seats and the 2019-2020 budget will be from noon to 9 p.m. May 21.

Vice President Gloria Kimball took the roll call and welcomed returning members Margaret Post and Connie Hoyer. The reports were approved and a get well card was sent to a former member. A letter was read from the Office for the Aging about the Senior Health Improvement and Nutrition Education program. Mancini had some humorous readings and Mary Fox held the prize drawings. The winners were Nancy Moore and Phyllis Smith. The free will donation went to the local food pantry.

The refreshments were furnished by Fox, Addie Forsey and Betsy Saltsman. Alan Buck made the coffee and set up chairs.

The upcoming events include a catered lunch on Tuesday with a mothers theme. There will be a hat contest with prizes. On May 20, members will be attending the elder law seminar with attorney Del Salmon at the Raindancer Restaurant. A trip to Syracuse’s Spaghetti Warehouse is planned for May 21, with dinner and entertainment. The members will participate in the Fonda-Fultonville Memorial parade on May 27. At the meeting on May 28, Beverly Guiffre, Fonda village historian, will speak about the many ghosts who haunt the local area.

The next meeting will be May 14, at the Fonda Reformed Church hall. The social hour begins at 9 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. The Glen-Mohawk Seniors is open to anyone who has reached the age of 55 or older.

Ida L. McGinnis Club meeting held

GLOVERSVILLE — The following are for the Ida L. McGinnis Club.

April 30: The club had an Easter luncheon at Applebees.

The 50-50 winners were Helen Platt, Audrey Flint, Dixie Gifford, Jeanette Fonda, Jeannie McDuffie and Mary King.

May 7: The meeting was called to order by McDuffie, president. The opening hymn, “We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder” was accompanied by Helen Henry on the keyboard.

“The Lord’s Prayer,” the Pledge of Allegiance and the first verse of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” were led by McDuffie.

Hello to Neighbors followed. There were 28 in attendance.

The 50-50 winners were Connie Coniff, Marge Flint and Linda Steinbiss.

The next Turning Stone trip will be on May 21. If interested in future trips, call McDuffie at (518) 725-8396.

Johnstown 50 Plus Club to host open mic

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will host open mic night at 6 p.m. Thursday at the center for anyone who plays guitar, writes poetry, tells jokes or has some other talent to share. They are to arrive at the center by 5:30 p.m. to signup for a spot on the performance list. Anyone interested can also come by and catch the free entertainment. There will also be free refreshments.

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 Stoners to offer scholarship

CAROGA LAKE — The Nick Stoner Seniors meeting was called to order at noon May 7, by Grace Eglin, president with “The Lord’s Prayer,” Pledge of Allegiance and Hello to your Neighbor. There was a moment of silence for Jean Dunham, Jean Griffin’s mom, who recently passed away. There were 23 members and two guests present.

Bruce Snyder came to speak on the Wheelerville Union Free School Board position he is running for and passed out flyers of the qualifications he has. A school representative also spoke of the many new things that are happening at the school this year.

Marion Snell gave the secretary’s report which was accepted as read and Shirley Holliday gave the monthly treasury report and it also was accepted. Griffin gave the hospitality report. The refreshment committee for May 21, meeting will be Martha Mongato, Bonnie Jaro, Griffin and Rosemarie Rossback.

Mary Lou Paterson gave the sunshine report. During April and May, she sent out 17 cards.

Eglin gave the trip report. The first bus trip will be June 11, to Turning Stone. If anyone is interested in going, call Eglin at (518) 762-2537. Anyone interested does not have to be a member to attend; the cost is $21.

Janice McLaughlin gave the pen pal report. The group received invitations to the Wheelerville school at noon May 23, for a luncheon with their penpals. Everyone brought in their letters to be judged.

In new business, Rossback made a motion the seniors give a $100 scholarship to a past Wheelerville student that is graduating from Johnstown High School in June. The motion passed with all in favor. Sharon Fenstermacher will contact the school.

The meeting adjourned at 1:05 p.m. The 50-25-25 raffle was won by George Van Allen and Myrtle Dermott. Van Allen donated it back to the club. The refreshments were served by Kitty Riznyk, David Nilsen and McLaughlin. Rossback called bingo.

Sacandag Task Force events slated

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 (May 16), the Red Rooster Cafe will host Linda Eastman, who will provide chair caning information and display materials and examples.

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 for senior citizen center

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, 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 tuna noodle casserole, tossed salad, fruit, homemade chocolate cake), noon.

Thursday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; flower craft — fabric flowers sented with a choice of essential oils for a bouquet (financial donations appreciated) and free bread pass out, both 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 USA Armed Forces Day Program — $3 donation (homemade blueberry pancakes, fresh strawberries, homemade buttery breakfast biscuits, crisp bacon, scrambled eggs), 9 a.m. Every participant can choose a free red, white or blue item from the celebration box to take home.

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

Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors hold meeting

TRIBES HILL — The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors had their meeting at 10 a.m. May 9, with a social hour hosted by Sylvia Burroughs, Roger Wilmot and Joel Szabo.

Assistant Chaplain Allan Taylor opened the meeting with a prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

President Sherry Meyers introduced guest speaker, Tom Ciaccio, superintendent of the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District, and his assistants Jarrad Baker, Joe Karas and Tabatha Biggane. They spoke and showed a video presentation on the 2019-20 budget and the academic excellence of preparing students to complete globally.

Vice President Pam Jaszwicz called roll with 29 and perspective member, Ted Dziedzic, present.

Jaszwicz read the minutes from the May 2, meeting and these were approved.

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

Trip: Pat Schwartz continued taking signups for the next overnight trip to Seneca Lake on June 24.

Olive Taylor continued taking signups for the Glen-Mohawk trip to the Spaghetti Warehouse in Syracuse on May 21, for lunch.

Sunshine: Burroughs sent out get well and thinking of you cards to members.

Social: Wilmot will have signup sheets next week for the May 30, Mother’s-Father’s Day sub party where members will make their own subs.

The winner of the 50-25-25 raffle was Martha Hensel.

The meeting adjourned.

Allan Taylor closed the meeting with our closing prayer.

Following the meeting the seniors were entertained with a medley of songs performed by the Fonda-Fultonville senior jazz band.

If anyone is looking for something to do on a Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to noon and wants to meet new people, feel free to come to one of the meetings. The group meets at 10 a.m. every Thursday at the Sacred Heart Church, Third Street, Tribes Hill. They are always looking for new members.