Hilltowns

By Alyce Gibbs

Fall is in the air! Fall has made its arrival with colorful leaves and cooler air, with the evenings getting darker much earlier.

As we gathered for our monthly meeting, we were greeted with fall decorations on the tables and Halloween goodies to munch on as we await the start of the meeting. We were fortunate to have Kathy Stempel from the Town of Berne Free Library as our guest speaker who gave us so much information on the new things that are available.

One item of importance was the library will offer every-other-Wednesday free-roaming time starting at 11a.m. on Oct. 19 for those who are home-schooled. What a great service for our community.

Stop by and visit with Kathy; she will show you the items that were in her Show & Tell Bag!

Then I decided we needed to do some exercise as we all need to do more to keep our bodies agile — we did four short face exercises. What are they, you ask?

Just bring a senior any second Saturday to our meeting and we would be happy to show you and all the other exercises I have planned.

Trips, trips, trips — what a year we have had and one more in the making: our trip on Oct. 19 to Turning Stone Casino.  For those who signed up, check with me about departure times and, for those who would still like to sign up, yes — I still have room for a few more.  Just call me at 518-779-5111.

We sang with joyous voices as we celebrated birthdays and anniversaries.

We then talked about the Thanksgiving Dinner being held at Vince Anna’s in South Westerlo — $5 for members; with road detours, call Shirley Slingerland to get directions.

Our Christmas Dinner will be catered and held in-house — details to follow. Wonder if Santa will show up this year?

Then we enjoyed a bountiful lunch prepared by busy hands!

Till next month — Boo!

 

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The Hilltown Seniors met Saturday with 50 members in attendance. The meeting opened with the salute to the American flag and one verse of “America the Beautiful” and with a moment of silence for departed member Lora Ricketts.

We then discussed upcoming events and trip. Thirty-four members are leaving on Aug. 15 for a trip to Noah’s Ark in Kentucky. Our trip leader has now scheduled a train ride in September and I will plan a casino trip in October.

Our guest speaker in October will be Kathy Stempel from the Town of Berne Library. Our book club is looking forward to her visit. We are all looking forward to next month with all the smiling faces and we always welcome new members!

This is your president saying: Remember, you are perfect just the way you are.”

 

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The Hilltown Seniors met on June 11 at the Senior Access/Community Center for their monthly meeting and celebration of their yearly anniversary. We enjoyed a bit of Hilltown Seniors from the past and I then provided some humorous readings.

Our luncheon was catered and we wish to thank our own personal chef Michelle Vincent for providing a delicious meal of appetizers, salad, and chicken parm with pasta on the side. Of course a meal is not complete without dessert: Texas sheet cake with Stewart’s ice cream — yummy!

We also had the privilege of having the Chime Choir under the direction of Stacey Wright provide us with three pieces of beautiful played music. Thanks to all who played.

We also had flowers that we had a drawing for give-a-ways — thanks to Mae’s Flowers!  

We are looking forward to next month where once again we will meet and celebrate the Fourth of July.

Why are frogs so happy? Because they eat what bugs them!

 

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We seniors are so excited to tell all how wonderful our trip was to Lancaster, Pennsylvanian and then to Hershey!

We visited the Bird-In-Hand Restaurant where the food was plentiful and the shoofly pie was heavenly.

After that, we continued down to the theater for the production (which was a musical) of “A Simple Sanctuary” based on a novel by Beverly and David Lewis. I don’t think I laughed that much in quite some time and the show proved to be a big hit among us.

The next day, we traveled to Hersey to do some chocolate shopping and then took the trolley tour, during which our guide talked about the man behind it all, Milton S. Hershey who established the Hershey Chocolate Company.

Then we proceeded to the Sight and Sound Theater to see the production “David.” Wow, the scenery,  live animals, and cast members were all magnificent — something I won’t soon forget.

Then we stopped to have dinner at Miller’s Smorgasbord where we all ate to our heart’s content. How we love to eat!

Then, the last day, we traveled to the Kitchen Kettle to do some last-minute shopping and to Sands Casino where a few of our guests actually won — a nice way to end our enjoyable trip.

See you all at the next senior gathering, which is our anniversary. If you haven’t made your reservation, call me, Alyce Gibbs, and I can put you on our list.

Always find a reason to laugh — it may not add years to your life but will surely add life to your years!

 

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The Hilltown Seniors met for their monthly meeting on Saturday, April 9, with approximately 55 eager members. The meeting started off with our reports, read from our last gathering.

We proceeded to elect officers and we congratulated all thoses who were elected.

If you would like to stop by and join us, we would be happy to have you!

We had the acting deputy commissioner from the Office of Aging who talked about many things we all should be aware of and handed out pamphlets, sanitizer, and COVID test kits! Thanks so much for her presence among us.

We then had Shirley Slingerland talk about the many trips that are lined up. We are going on Wednesday for a day trip to Turning Stone Casino and still have seats available; we have opened the trip to the public. Call Shirley at 518-797-3467 to reserve your seat today!

Then our next scheduled trip is to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in May when we will be seeing the production of “David” at the Sight and Sound Theater, and then another show after that, and then of course shopping! Off we go to Hershey. Yes, a great trip and now the bus is full! What fun we shall have.

Then in August, we are going to “Noah’s Ark” in Kentucky. Want to join us? We still have a few seats available so, again, call Shirley and make a reservation.

Then we proceeded to partake in an exercise that I thought everyone should be doing. We sang “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” and, every time we sang a work that began with the letter “B” we had to raise our arms — very funny! Maybe next month we will work on our legs!

The food was delicious so we left the meeting with full bellies! Till next month — the main function of the little toe on your foot is to make sure that all the furniture in the house is in place.

 

 
THE HILLTOWN SENIORS MET FOR THEIR MONTHLY MEETING ON SATURDAY, APRIL 9TH WITH APPROXIMATELY 55 EAGER MEMBERS.  THE MEETING STARTED OFF WITH OUR REPORTS READ FROM OUR LAST GATHERING.  WE PROCEEDED TO HAVE ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND WE CONGRATULATED ALL THOSE THAT WERE ELECTED.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO STOP BY AND JOIN US, WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO HAVE YOU!  WE HAD THE ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FROM THE OFFICE OF THE AGING WHO TALKED ABOUT MANY THINGS WE ALL SHOULD BE AWARE OF AND HANDED OUT PHAMPLETS, SANITIZER, AND COVID TEST KITS!  THANKS SO MUCH FOR HER PRESENCE AMONG US.  WE THEN HAD SHIRLEY SLINGERLAND TALK ABOUT THE MANY TRIPS THAT ARE LINED UP…WE ARE GOING WEDNESDAY FOR A DAY TRIP TO TURNING STONE CASINO AND STILL HAVE SEATS AVAILABLE AND HAVE OPENED THE TRIP TO THE PUBLIC.  CALL SHIRLEY AT 518-797-3467 TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT “TODAY”!  THEN OUR NEXT SCHEDULED TRIP IS TO LANCASTER PA IN MAY WHERE WE WILL BE SEEING THE PRODUCTION OF “DAVID” AT THE SIGHT AND SOUND THEATER AND THEN ANOTHER SHOW AFTER THAT AND THEN OF COURSE SHOPPING!  OFF WE GO TO HERSHEY..YES, A GREAT TRIP AND NOW THE BUS IS FULL!  WHAT FUN WE SHALL HAVE.  THEN IN AUGUST WE ARE GOING TO “NOAH’S ARK” IN KENTUCKY.  WANT TO JOIN US?  WE STILL HAVE A FEW SEATS AVAILABLE, SO AGAIN, CALL SHIRLEY AND MAKE A RESERVATION.  THEN WE PROCEEDED TO PARTAKE IN AN EXERCISE THAT ALYCE THOUGHT EVERYONE SHOULD BE DOING..WE SANG “MY BONNIE LIES OVER THE OCEAN”  AND EVERYTIME YOU SANG A WORD THAT BEGAN WITH THE LETTER “B” YOU HAD TO RAISE YOUR ARMS…VERY FUNNY!!  MAYBE NEXT MONTH WE WILL WORK ON OUR LEGS!!   THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS LEFT THE MEETING WITH FULL BELLIES!  TILL NEXT MONTH.. THE MAIN FUNCTION OF THE LITTLE TOE ON YOUR FOOT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL THE FURNITURE IN THE HOUSE IS IN PLACE.

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The Hilltown Seniors met on Saturday, Feb.12, with Karen Olenwick presiding over the meeting.  The reports were read and accepted as presented.

Our trip leader talked about our upcoming trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in May and we are now taking only a couple more of those who are interested. She also talked about the Ark Encounter/Creation Museum trip scheduled for Aug. 15 to 20.

Shirley and I have flyers for this amazing getaway.  Looks like we will be scheduling some day trips, one being at Turning Stone Casino. More information to follow.

Our book club will be resuming in March with lunch at the Babbling Brook and I will hand out a list of books worthy of reading.

Don’t forget the upcoming blood drive at the Lutheran Church in Gallupville on Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Karen played a game and gave out prizes — gee, where was I? Oh yes, in Florida enjoying the warm sunshine!

We had a speaker talk about snow-plowing contracts and not following through with the contract, and about all the phone scams we have been receiving. Thanks, Jon, for the information!

Many thanks to Marie Dibble for bringing COVID test kits for us to take home and thanks to Karen Stark for all she does to ensure the building is opened and the coffee is ready.

Next month, yours truly and my friend Mary LaConte will be on the kitchen committee — yummy!   See you all next month for some fine food and an exercise program (bet you weren’t expecting that!).

 

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The Hilltown Seniors gathered for their monthly meeting at the Berne Community Senior/ACCESS (Albany County Center for Essential Supportive Services) Center where the tables were adorned with favors for one lucky person at each table. Thanks to the kitchen committee for surprising us with this great idea.

We read our monthly reports and talked about the services offered here at the center. The meal site is on hold due to COVID, but we are waiting for the word so we can once again be up and running for some great lunch times with friends.

Our book club is planning on resuming in March where we will be discussing our many reads while having lunch at one of the many venues available in our area.

The travel chairperson updated us on the trips that are being planned and we are so ready to get on the road again. We will be traveling to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in May to see a couple of shows and then we will take a trolley tour of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Excitement is in the air!

If you would like to join us, call Shirley Slingerland at 518-797-3467 or let me know and I will add you to the list. You can reach me at 518-779-5111.

Then in August we are planning a trip to the Ark Encounter in Kentucky — details are in the works. Ark Encounter is a Christian creationist theme park that features a large representation of Noah’s Ark based on the Genesis flood narrative contained in the Bible. Contact me for further information.  

We celebrated anniversaries and birthdays with joyous singing and then I noted that we were also celebrating another birthday, that of Elvis Presley! I had the audience participate as I read a story and the participants acted out their parts — what a hoot!

We are blessed to have such great talent in our group. We ended with prayer and proceeded to have lunch, with much thanks for this month’s kitchen committee — delicious! See you all next month!

Happy New Year!

 

Helderberg Senior Services offers meals Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at the Berne Community Center. Adults 60 and older residing in Albany County are welcome to enjoy lunch prepared and served by LifePath and funded by the Albany County Department of Aging.

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. A $3 donation is suggested. Masks are required when not seated at a table and actively eating.

You must call Karen Stark at 518-937-5963 by 10 a.m. the day before you plan on attending as 24-hour advance notice is required to ensure enough meals are provided.

Anyone at any age can use the services of ACCESS (Albany County Center for Essential Supportive Services). ACCESS provides assistance and information on health-related issues, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program), and other programs.

Appointments are scheduled on Tuesdays at the Berne Community Center located at 1360 Helderberg Trail in Berne. Make your appointment by calling Dee Albert at 518-447-7192.

 
 

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Helderberg Senior Services offers meals Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at the Berne Community Center. Adults 60 and older residing in Albany County are welcome to enjoy lunch prepared and served by LifePath and funded by the Albany County Department of Aging.

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. A $3 donation is suggested. Masks are required when not seated at a table and actively eating.

You must call Karen Stark at 518-937-5963 by 10 a.m. the day before you plan on attending as 24-hour advance notice is required to ensure enough meals are provided.

Anyone at any age can use the services of ACCESS (Albany County Center for Essential Supportive Services). ACCESS provides assistance and information on health-related issues, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program), and other programs.

Appointments are scheduled on Tuesdays at the Berne Community Center located at 1360 Helderberg Trail in Berne. Make your appointment by calling Dee Albert at 518-447-7192.

 

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Helderberg Senior Services offers meals Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at the Berne Community Center. Adults 60 and older residing in Albany County are welcome to enjoy lunch prepared and served by LifePath and funded by the Albany County Department of Aging.

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. A $3 donation is suggested. Masks are required when not seated at a table and actively eating.

You must call Karen Stark at 518-937-5963 by 10 a.m. the day before you plan on attending as 24-hour advance notice is required to ensure enough meals are provided.

Anyone at any age can use the services of ACCESS (Albany County Center for Essential Supportive Services). ACCESS provides assistance and information on health-related issues, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program), and other programs.

Appointments are scheduled on Tuesdays at the Berne Community Center located at 1360 Helderberg Trail in Berne. Make your appointment by calling Dee Albert at 518-447-7192.

 

 

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