Happy New Year, may it be a healthy and happy one. If we are healthy we are usually happy. And if we are happy we are usually  healthy. 

(We will let the old men of the mountain figure that one out.)

So all our baking, shopping, and wrapping are done, now what do we do? I have lots of cotton yarn and I am making dishcloths. My son-in-law gave me a Vanna White afghan book for Christmas. Making one should get me through the winter.

Book club

Our book club is still gong strong. For January, we are reading, We are all Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. How about a game day? They are always fun. Keeping ourselves busy and visiting keeps the winter blues away. 

Future activities

I am going to plan a trip to Turning Stone for February. More details will be available next week.

Our next senior meeting is Jan. 10, at the senior hall.

Remember: A successful man is one that makes more money than his wife can spend. And a successful woman is one that can find such a man.

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Happy almost Turkey Day!

We started Thanksgiving early with a great Hilltown Seniors meeting on Nov. 8, at the Berne Reformed Church. They prepared a wonderful Thanksgiving feast for us. We can’t begin to thank everyone for the great dinner.

On Nov. 6, we had our defensive driving class with 31 people attending. Roger Dames presented a great course. I will try to get him again next year for anyone who needs to take the course again in 2015.

Events schedule

December bus dates will be Wednesday, Dec. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 17 with stops at Wal-Mart and Whole Foods in Colonie Center. We can stop for lunch on Dec. 3 at Ci-Ci’s Pizza. Let me know and please reserve your seat by calling CDTA at 437-5161.

On Nov. 20 we hosted a Bingo party at the Altamont American Legion. We also invited the Altamont seniors to join us. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this event a success for all of us.

On Dec. 13 we will have our Christmas Party at the new Maple Inn on Warner’s Lake. It will begin at 11 a.m. If you were not at the November senior’s meeting please call Shirley Slingerland at 797-3467 before Dec. 9 to be included for a reservation. There will be no cost for Hilltowns Seniors members; cost for guests will be $15 per person. I hear we will be having a special guest and pictures will be taken. Our regular blood pressure clinic will also be available.  Walgreens will be giving a short 10-minute presentation on Medicare Part D.  Please come out and have a great time with us.

The year is coming to an end and I want to thank everyone who helped make this a wonderful year for me.

See you at our Christmas party and please remember to bring a can of food for the food pantry.

Editor’s note: Charlotte Fuss is the president of the Hilltown Seniors.

 

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The Hilltown Seniors are again offering Tai Chi classes. This will be a seven-week course, with a cost of $35. The classes will start Sept. 26, at the senior center from 10 to 11a.m.

Last fall we had a beginning and advanced Tai Chi classes, they were one hour of stress free activity.

I forgot to put this in last week, sorry.

I went on the Proctors website and found the following programs that you might be interested in:

— On Oct. 13, in the GE Theatre, they will be showing All's Quiet on the Western Front for $5;

— The weekend of Oct. 18 and 19, they will be having a quilt show. There is a charge of $7. But I am sure it will be worth it;

— Oct. 21, there is a free organ concert at noon; and also

— On Oct. 21, the Albany Symphony is putting on a concert for seniors.

There is parking in the parking garage and there is also a parking lot right in back of Proctors. Proctors is such a wonderful place to go to. They also have some cute shops and a small cafe.

Book club

The book club is reading, Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles and will meet at the Caverns in Central Bridge on Oct. 28, at noon. Join us.

Don't forget to get your flu shot. 

I went into a card shop the other day at Crossgates to buy a wedding card. They now have Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas combined all into one. My suggestion - boycott.

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Our September 13th meeting saw 44 members join us. We were lacking some because of all the activitiesgoing on in the Hilltowns.

We did sing Happy Birthday to Shirley Wright, Roz Moser, Bonnie Conklin, Stephanie and Carl Remmers.

They weren't there, but we sang really loud!!

We hope our shut-ins, Don Moser, Jerry Miller and Peg Filkins are feeling better. Also, we missed the Vinsons this summer.

It was also mentioned that a member of our community, Rick Lyons, passed away.

Helderberg Haven has hired personnel and is ready to receive those adults that would like to get out for the day.

Transportation is provided, along with breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. It is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

We are still working on a meal site and need to get this going within six weeks or we will lose our funding.

Remember there is a food pantry at the Rock Road Chapel. They are always in need of supplies, especially with the fall weather here and winter on the way. Thank you to all that have given for the need is out there.

The bus will be going to Walmart and the Colonie Whole Foods and mall, October 1 and 15.

Call Charlotte at 861-8960 if interested in the AARP defensive driving course.

A trip is planned to the Perthshire in Amsterdam Oct. 30 for a mystery dinner theatre. Also, a trip to Proctors for a quilt show on Oct. 18th. We have a bus, but just found out we can't take it out of the county; will have to check that out.

Frances Miller was honored by the Town of Berne for her many years (in fact, 95) of service to the community. She was brought up on a farm, married a farmer, had nine children and even had time to make ice cream to sell. I wish you could see her closet that is filled with scrapbooks and journals about her life in the Hilltowns. She is certainly a special lady.

Monday, Sept. 22, the seniors are off for a trip to Cape May. Wish I could join them and eat all those crabs they are going to eat.

Have fun!! Say hi to Mikey for me.

Remember: A new broom sweeps clean, but an old broom knows the corners.

Photo by Bonnie Conklin

Sundaes on Saturday: The Hilltown Seniors topped off their Saturday meal with ice-cream treats from Stewart’s. Applying the perfect toppings are, from left: Shirley Slingerland, Bernice Bunzey, Sharon Vincent, and Marilyn Nardillio.

Photo by Bonnie Conklin

Getting the scoop: Linda Carman, right, who writes news of the Hilltown Seniors for The Enterprise, enjoys some vanilla ice cream with Kathy Walls.

On Saturday, Aug. 9, the Hilltowns Seniors saw 41 members plus some guests in attendance for a very busy day.

We started our meeting with a special prayer for our troops’ safety, especially with more activity going on in the Middle East.

Birthday greetings were sung to Janis Pearson. Anniversaries were acknowledged to Bob and Rosemary Porter and to me and my husband, Frank. 

I reported on a new service that is coming to our community, the Albany Senior Services is starting an adult day care. Transportation will be provided to people that have none. There will be an open house on Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Helderberg Lutheran Church in Berne. Please come so you can learn more about this service.

In last week's Enterprise, there was an article describing the Helderberg Haven and all that it is going to provide. They are also looking for a manager and an assistant. Please call me for more information.

Next month, there will be a sign-up sheet for seniors to attend an AARP driving course. All seniors can attend.

Announcements were made regarding the NEAT dinner for Aug. 18. Call to make reservations.

There is a food pantry at the Rock Road Chapel. Food is available Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 to 11:00 a.m. Also the Rock Road Chapel serves a free breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. They wonder why they don't see me? Too early for me.

The best part of our day was our guest. The BKW Connections class, taught by Mrs. Conklin, came to entertain us. This summer Mrs. Gibbs went to their class every Tuesday and taught them how to play musical bells. So, they presented three songs. It is always a pleasure to have them come every year. And what fun we have with them. We are just as excited as they are. Thank you Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Conklin for sharing this with us.

We had a very special lunch for them. We had hamburgers, grilled by Carl and Bob, and did they taste good. And of course, ice cream provided by Stewarts. It can't get any better than that. 

It is so much fun when youngsters and seniors get together. There are smiles and hugs all around.

We should do this more often.

Skip Skinner provided us with a joke that I tried to write down, but I missed the punch line.

Bernice Bunzey also had a couple. One of Bernice's that I did remember: “Two antennas got married. The service wasn't bad, but the reception was terrible!!"

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