How fortunate we are here in upstate, New York where we consider snow storms an inconvenience but are able to carry on anyway, a place where we have the necessary equipment and manpower to keep our roads cleared.

This takes me back in time to the day after I retired, Nov. 3, 1993. The following morning, Nov. 4, I awoke at the usually go-to-work time, and looked out the window to see these thick beautiful snowflakes cascading down.

My thought was “If I were still working, I would now have to shovel a pathway to my car, start up the engine to warm it, and remove all the snow off the car, all before leaving for work”

With my coffee mug in my hand, still looking out my window at the beautiful view, I prayed, “thank you, God” for helping me to make the right decision to retire at this time. I no longer have to deal with icy and heavily trafficked roads in order to reach Corporate Woods

At Altamont Oaks, it is necessary for tenants to clear the snow accumulated on their cars and then move them from one area to another so the snow removal crew can clear our parking areas and the inner roadway. Some of the younger neighbors have been coming out each snow storm taking care of, not only their own vehicles, but also doing the same for those of us who find it really difficult to do.

They Call this “neighbor helping neighbor.” They do this with kindness for which we are very grateful.

Students Charm

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Altamont Elementary School third graders and their teachers visited us and entertained us with music played on their recorders and then sang some lovely tunes.

Then they played a game with us similar to bingo. We received our cards with numbers on them.

The teacher would call out a division example. If the answer number appeared on the card, we would place  disc on it. Until someone filled five spaces and called “bingo.” It was so much fun.

The students are so fast and smart. It also helped us seniors to exercise our little gray cells.

We love having them visit and hope they will continue to do so.

Bluegrass and Galumpke

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, we were treated to a delicious luncheon of Galumpke (also know as stuffed cabbage) and a dessert prepared by our newest kitchen angel, Karen Darling.

Thank you, Karen, and all the volunteer angels who do so much for us.

Following lunch, we enjoyed some wonderful bluegrass music.

Recently we welcomed new members to our group: Alice Brown, Flo and Ron Clough, and Elise Herzog. We hope they enjoy coming.

We are now looking forward to spring, warmer weather, and some day trips. If you would care to join us, we meet each Tuesday for a 12:30 luncheon. Please call Winnie at 861-5161. We meet at St. Lucy/St. Bernadette Center.

Keep warm.

 

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— Photo by Linda Cure

Bingo! Altamont Seniors flank two kids in a game of Multiplication Bingo. Altamont Elementary third-graders also serenaded their elders on recorders.

 

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Altamont Seniors welcomed the Altamont Elementary School third-graders to perform during their weekly luncheon. 

The children braved the ice and rainy weather to play their recorders for the seniors. 

After the performance, the children partnered with the seniors to play a rousing game of “multiplication bingo.”  Third-grade teacher Dana Doak and Chris Gockley challenged the third-graders to a fast-paced, fun game and the seniors helped the kids with some of the tougher problems. 

The seniors really appreciate these frequent visits by the students and teachers at Altamont Elementary School and love interacting with the kids.

This week, the seniors traveled to the Home Front Café on Altamont’s Main Street for a delicious meal hosted by Cindy Pollard.

Next week, Jan. 28, the Altamont Free Library director, Judith Wines, will stop by with Trivia questions to “Motivate our Minds.”

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On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Altamont Seniors welcomed the Altamont Elementary School third-graders to perform during their weekly luncheon. 

The children braved the ice and rainy weather to play their recorders for the seniors. 

After the performance, the children partnered with the seniors to play a rousing game of "multiplication bingo."  Third-grade teacher Dana Doak and Chris Gockley challenged the third-graders to a fast-paced, fun game and the seniors helped the kids with some of the tougher problems. 

The seniors really appreciate these frequent visits by the students and teachers at Altamont Elementary School and love interacting with the kids.

This week, the seniors traveled to the Home Front Café on Altamont’s Main Street for a delicious meal hosted by Cindy Pollard.

Next week, Jan. 28, the Altamont Free Library director, Judith Wines, will stop by with Trivia questions to “Motivate our Minds.”

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The Altamont Seniors met at the St. Lucy/St. Bernadette Parish Center on Tuesday, Nov. 19, for our annual Thanksgiving luncheon. The entrée consisted of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, and a side of mixed fruit.

We were served a dessert of pumpkin pie topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

Many thanks to the anonymous donor who has been providing the pumpkin pie treat from Altamont Orchards for many years.

Following lunch, we enjoyed creating a centerpiece. A small hollowed-out pumpkin was the base, which was then filled with an assortment of dried garden plants.

We thank the following people who provided the materials and assisted us in creating the lovely centerpieces: Linda Cure who works for the town’s Parks and Recreation Department; Judith Wines, the director of the Altamont Free Library; Suriya Wines, Judith’s young daughter; and Sara Jenkins, Guilderland’s town gardener.

It was fun.

Next Tuesday, the Altamont Elementary School kindergarten class will be joining the seniors.  We look forward to their visit.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Editor’s note: Anna Marie Seiz is the Seniors’ co-chair.

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— Photo from Linda Cure

Surprise! Mayor James Gaughan, right, presents Donald “The Soul Man” Hyman with a framed certificate thanking him for his volunteer services. Hyman sang for the Altamont Seniors again this year.

— Photo from Linda Cure

“I’m so glad you came into my life”: Donald Hyman, towards the center, sang “You’ve Made Me so Very Happy” to the Altamont Seniors as he handed each a pink rose during his performance on Aug. 20.

On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the Altamont Senior Citizens had a delicious homemade luncheon prepared by Sister Mary Lou Liptak.  The group raved about it throughout the meal!

In addition, Donald "The Soul Man" Hyman visited the Seniors and serenaded them with Philadelphia Doo Wop, the "Johnnies" (Johnny Mathis, et al), a little Cab Calloway ("Minnie the Moocher"), and handed out pink roses during "You've Made Me So Very Happy.”

The Soul Man got a surprise of his own when Altamont Mayor James Gaughan presented him with a plaque and thanked him for his volunteer services on behalf of the village.  The certificate proclaimed, "In Appreciation to Donald ‘The Soul Man’ Hyman for his unfailing support for the communities of the Capital District; for sharing his love of music and theatre with the world; for his selfless support and honor for veterans far and wide; for his flawless and award-winning musical performances; and for his special support for the Village of Altamont Seniors.”

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the Seniors boarded the bus and headed to the "Tiki" at Lake George for lunch and a Polynesian show, with a trip scheduled afterward up Prospect Mountain.

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