By Phyllis Johnson
Hey! Summer people! Did you know that there is a bus in the Hilltowns that will pick you up at the senior center in Berne (or maybe even at home) and take you to the store every two weeks?
There is, and it goes to Wal-Mart, and then to Whole Foods at Colonie Center. All you have to do is call CDTA in advance at 437-5161, and sign up. The next trip is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, so you have plenty of time to get on board. Why bother with driving and parking when you can be chauffeured?
Charlotte Fuss, our intrepid Senior Services advocate from Knox, will have farmers’ market vouchers for eligible seniors at our lunch on Monday, July 20. These vouchers are good at all registered farmers markets in Albany County.
I know there’s one in Altamont, and you can get a list of others when you pick up your voucher. Fresh local farm veggies are the best.
The lunchtime menu for next week at the Hilltown Senior Center is here. Don’t forget to invite your snowbird friends and visiting RVers. Come and enjoy a lunch that you don’t have to cook. Doors open at 11 a.m., and lunch is served promptly at noon.
We still have games and cards on Monday and Tuesday, and Nancy Freuh brings us live music every Friday. Upcoming events include chair yoga, gardening classes, and computer skills (as soon as we get our Internet connection for the center).
I’ll send pictures of our bluebird house construction project to “The Enterprise” as soon as they are available. We had fun.
Monday, July 20: Potato crusted baked fish, Mediterranean salad, fettuccini Alfredo, whole-wheat bread milk, and Lorna Doones ;
Tuesday, July 21: Turkey with gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, cauliflower, corn bread stuffing, whole-wheat bread, milk, and tropical fruit;
Friday, July 24: Beef burgundy with brown gravy, noodles, Brussels sprouts, parsley carrots, whole-wheat brad, milk, and peaches.
Please call 24 hours in advance to 872-9400 to reserve lunch. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up when you come in. Tell us how many are coming, your name, and your telephone number. If you’d just like to come and help out, give Mary Moller a call at 861-6253, or email her at email@example.com, and put “volunteer” in the subject line.
Lunches are provided by Helderberg Senior Services, the Albany County Office for the Aging, and the Peter Young Housing Industries and Treatment Program. The Hilltown Senior Center is located at 1360 Helderberg Trail (Route 443) in Berne.
Our June 13 meeting of the Hilltown Seniors started with a moment of silence for a long time member, Ruth Mudge.
She always had a joke to tell me and I always admired her get up and go. We will miss her.
The anniversary dinner was well attended and everyone enjoyed the meal and fellowship. Alyce Gibbs and Jane Poelzyk were thanked for the wonderful job that they did with setting up this beautiful occasion.
Our next event is the senior picnic that will be held at the Knox Town Park on July 11. We will be having a chicken barbecue. Letters went out to all the members with a return request of July 1. There will be no walk-ins accepted.
August 18, we will be going to the Perthshire in Amsterdam for a clambake. I, personally, can't wait for that. I love clams anyway I can get them. The cost is $40.
It was reported that Liz Tobiassen and Skip Skinner need cards of encouragement.
Birthday greetings were sung to Bill Dibble, Dot Dibble, and Ruth Snyder.
Anniversary congratulations went out to Lois and Ed Wood who are celebrating 64 years of wedded bliss.
And we had one new member Janice Barton.
Next week news will be about our cruise on the Hudson River that we went on this past Tuesday.
Just a little laughter: I was at the senior center today and failed a health and safety course that was put on for us old fogies. One of the questions was, "In the event of fire what steps would you take?"
“Big ones” was apparently the wrong answer.
I’m so pleased! Arlene’s Artist Materials in Albany has really put together a nice package for our Acrylic Painting class on June 30.
OK, as they say, I’ve got some good news and some bad news.
The bad news is that, like typhoid fever, it’s been around for a long time and is still among us. The good news is that we don’t have to put up with it. Bullying. Disrespect. Fraud. Criminal behavior. Elder abuse.
No matter what clothes it wears, or smarmy lies it tells, it’s the same nasty beast underneath. I don’t know if today’s permissive world has made it more common, or if improved communications have just made us more aware, but the solution is the same: Speak up!
The Albany County District Attorney’s Office has put together a program and a set of resources that you and I can use to protect ourselves from people who think that theft is an acceptable style of life. It’s called “Seniors and Law Enforcement Together” or SALT. There is a special non-emergency hotline established to take our reports at (518) 447-SALT (447-7258).
There will also be a special crime-prevention presentation on Thursday, June 11, at 1 p.m. at the Knox Town Hall at 2192 Berne-Altamont Road in Knox. Experts will discuss ways to spot scammers and fraudsters, and how we can watch out for each other to keep ourselves and our friends from being hurt.
If someone you love or depend on is stealing your money or telling you that you owe them for their assistance, it’s their fault, not yours, and you deserve better! Admitting that you trusted someone when you shouldn’t have, or believed a lie, is infinitely preferable to spending years prolonging that error. Don’t do it.
Come to the Knox Town Hall on June 11, and stand up for yourself and your friends. Information is power. The bad guys win only if we let them, and you don’t have to be Dirty Harry to stop them.
Oh, and I was obviously wrong last week; there is still no published menu, but as soon as it arrives, you’ll be the first to know.
Well, if last week was March going out like a lamb, I’d hate to meet that lamb’s papa! Best keep your seedlings indoors for awhile yet. The lunchtime menu for next week at the Hilltown Senior Center is out, and there are things to do besides eat.
Monday April 6 will be an Easter egg game and live music; Tuesday, we will have Cards and Crafts (including knitting and crocheting); and Friday, is Bingo. Doors open as usual at 11 a.m., and lunch is served from noon to 1 p.m.
Monday, April 6: American goulash, cranberry juice, tossed salad, whole-wheat roll, milk, and fruit cocktail;
Tuesday, April 7: Baked ham with crushed pineapple, mashed potatoes, broccoli, rye bread, milk, and peaches;
Friday, April 10: Lemon garlic baked fish, baked sweet potato, green peas, whole-wheat roll, milk, and gelatin with fruit.
Please call three to seven days in advance to 872-9400 to reserve lunch, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up when you come in. Tell us how many are coming, your name, and your telephone number.
A donation is suggested, and there is a charge for whippersnappers under age 60. Volunteers are welcomed with open arms; if you’d like to come help, give Mary Moller a call at 861-6253, or e-mail her at email@example.com, and put volunteer in the subject line.
Lunches are provided by Helderberg Senior Services, the Albany County Office for the Aging, and the Peter Young Housing Industries and Treatment Culinary Program. The Hilltown Senior Center is located at 1360 Helderberg Trail (Route 443) in Berne.