— 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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Last autumn on a Saturday in October, Donald Hyman found himself onstage busy at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston for the taping of a PBS special. As a first place winner in dance for the 2012 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, he spent a week living, eating and singing with talented vets from around the country.  

Hyman has his own weekly cable TV show on Channel Albany -Channel 18 “Albany Tempo Spectrum”.   His guests have included musicians, actors, writers, and other creative and innovative people in the Capital Region.  Two people in Altamont made a guest appearance on the show, including Judith Wines from the Altamont Free Library. He sent a special thank you out to Mayor Gaughan and all the wonderful seniors of Altamont. 

Each year the day after his performance for the Altamont Seniors Hyman says he begins finding a new way to share the wealth of his songs.   His house, he says, could double as a record, CD, rock and roll museum and has music from classic to pop.  If it sings its probably somewhere in his collection. This is where he found the inspiration for this year’s annual performance of  “Goodies Plus” for the Altamont Seniors.  

This is an assortment of Goodies by Bobby Darin, The Four Seasons, Cab Calloway, Tony Orlando and Dawn.  In addition, he includes a song from Johnny Rivers to round it out.

Donald "The Soul Man" Hyman will be performing for the Altamont Seniors at their Tuesday luncheon at St. Lucy/St. Bernadette Parish Center on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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