Hilltowns Senior News for Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Plan to come to the Berne Community and Senior Services Center this Friday, Aug. 16. Enjoy lunch and stay afterwards to play bingo with the hopes of winning a prize.

On Monday, Aug. 12, Kathy Stemple and Joanne Brady from the Berne Library made a brief presentation to the seniors attending lunch. They outlined the many services that the library offers. Some interesting items you can borrow from the library include a telescope, fishing pole, and virtual-reality glasses. In addition, there is an extensive seed library, where you can select packets from a wide variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds.

Helderberg Senior Services offers a lunch program for seniors. Everyone aged 60 and older is welcome. A choice of meals is offered three days each week — Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays — at the center at 1360 Helderberg Trail in Berne.

You can choose from two or three lunch options. Simply call Karen Stark 24 hours in advance at 518-937-5963 to reserve your lunch choice. Upcoming menus:

— Friday, Aug. 16 – Choice A: BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) bow-tie pasta salad with chicken, cucumber radish salad, pineapple juice, whole wheat bread, and oatmeal cookie. Choice B: Baked fish, seasoned oven-roasted sweet potatoes, and oatmeal cookie.

— Monday, Aug. 19 – Choice A: Chicken Fricassee with sauce, mashed potatoes, California-blend vegetables, orange juice, whole wheat dinner roll and lemon pudding. Choice B: Baked fish, California-blend vegetables, orange juice, whole-wheat dinner roll, and lemon pudding.

— Tuesday, Aug. 20 – Choice A: Macaroni and cheese, seasoned zucchini and tomatoes, whole wheat bread and pineapple. Choice B: Tuna salad platter on a bed of lettuce and tomato, and spinach salad with mandarin oranges with salad dressing.

— Friday, Aug. 23 – Choice A: Kuala pig, Hawaiian coleslaw, tropical salad with pineapple vinaigrette, brown rice, Hawaiian bread roll and pineapple upside-down cake. Choice B: Baked fish, sweet potatoes, vegetable, and pineapple upside-down cake.

Meals are served at noon and doors open at 11 a.m. A $3 donation is suggested, but it is not mandatory. No one is ever refused a meal for lack of a donation. So come on over and join us for a tasty, nutritious lunch and stay for crafts and activities if you wish to participate. It’s healthy and fun to socialize with your peers!

Some of the activities you can partake in include painting classes, Mexican Train, card games, and puzzles. Bingo is played every third Friday of the month and prizes are given to the winners. 

Currently, many participants are making mittens to donate to Kenneth’s Army, whose mission is to help children in need. Recently, some participants were taught how to make hats from a loom, and many hats were donated to Kenneth’s Army. Hat making will resume, so come and learn how easy and fun it is to make all of these beautiful, useful creations.


Individuals of any age can receive assistance each Tuesday at the center from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Eileen Bosworth from Albany County can assist with programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) and other county programs.

Mike Green from the Albany County Veterans is available to assist veterans with obtaining hearing aids, glasses and general veteran services.


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