Happy 2014 to all seniors. You missed a great Hilltowns Seniors meeting on Saturday, Jan. 11.  We had fabulous food and Bingo. We also had Rick Otto give us a talk about adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Please remember that we meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month with a social starting at 10:30 a.m., and a meeting to follow at 11 a.m.  

Plans include a Valentine party for February and a corned beef and cabbage dinner for March.  Please call either Linda Carmen at 872-2248 or Alyce Gibbs at 872-0586 for more information.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, a Senior Forum will be held at St. Sophia’s, 440 Whitehall Road, in Albany.  A free lunch will be provided.  You must RSVP by calling 436-1006, or the town of Berne, by Jan. 24, if you plan on attending.  Come and address concerns of your senior community. 

If you would like transportation the Senior Shuttle will be available to pick you up at the Berne Senior Center.  Please call the Berne town hall at 872-1448 for pickup time.

I would like to thank Leo Bartell for his kindness in donating supplies to our seniors. We really appreciated everything.

The upcoming schedule for the Shopping Shuttle will be Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and 19, and March 5 and 19.  Please call the CDTA at 437-5161, at least 48 hours in advance, to arrange for pickup.

We are hoping to have our meal program up and running once a week for the spring. More information will follow as we get the pieces in place. Computers for the senior center are being worked on and we hope to receive them sometime in April. We hope to get a few people to teach us how to use them.  

We also welcomed Berne town board member Karen Schimmer as our town liaison. She will help us get information to the Berne town board. Welcome aboard, Karen.

I’ll be away for the next two months, but Linda Carmen will keep you up to date on all of our activities.  Stay well and warm.

Brrrrr I just heard the weather forecast for the week and it sounds like a trip to the Berne Public Library is on my list.

I have plenty of hot chocolate and a warm throw and I will be all set to bring in the New Year of 2014. I like even years. I don't know why, it just seems even numbers are more calming; We still stay up and watch Times Square and all the crazy people. Those are years gone by for seniors and sitting in front of the TV is the place for us.

Christmas has come and gone. Our Christmas party saw a full house. Everyone always enjoys dressing up for the occasion. Maybe next year, we will have an ugly sweater contest.

Everyone was in a festive mood. With great food and smiling faces, how could we not have a good time. We handed out door prizes and the winners enjoyed their gifts.

One of the prizes was lunch out with me. The lucky winner was Don Moser. His wife wanted to know where we were are going and we aren't telling her.

We had our meal catered and all we had to do was make the coffee and clean up by rolling up the plastic tablecloths and putting them in the garbage bags. That is the way to go.

We were missing our secretary Alyce. Sorry to report she was having her gallbladder out, but got home in time for the big day and is feeling much better and no more pain.

Birthday celebrations were sung to Jerry Miller, Sharon Vincent, Faye Croote, Janet Platt and me.

We had several new members join and hope we don't scare them away.

We were reminded about the shopping bus every other Wednesday. Call CDTA to be put on the pick-up list. Now if I can just get up, I will be there. 

I know I have told you how wonderful my seniors are and so caring. I want to thank them for all the kind words and great hugs,

You don't know how much you all mean to me and my family.

So, keep smiling, stay healthy and have a great even 2014 year.


Hi, all area seniors. My Christmas wish for everyone is a great holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year.

The Hilltowns Seniors would like to see some new faces at our meetings in 2014. We meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month for food, fun and information on aging and services. If you would like more information on our meeting time or if you need directions to the Berne Senior Center please call me at 861-8960.

We will be having a catered Christmas party on Dec. 14, at the senior center.  The cost is $6.  Please call either Alyce Gibbs at 872-0586 or me for a reservation. It will be a great holiday get together for all.

I would also like to encourage all seniors to use our senior shuttle bus.  Dan McCoy, Kevin Crosier, Mike Hammond and I all worked very hard to make sure rural area seniors have access to shopping on a regular basis.  You do need to call 437-5161 at least 48 hours in advance to reserve a place on the shuttle. We have room for 14 people. Please show how grateful we are for having this shuttle available.  If you need more information please call me at 861-8960 or the Berne Town Hall at 872-0034.

In December we will be going to Wal-Mart and Crossgates on Dec. 4 and to Wal-Mart and Colonie Center on Dec. 18.  Imagine great Christmas shopping and no parking hassles.  Our January schedule will be Wal-Mart and Crossgates on Jan. 8, and Wal-Mart and Colonie Center on Jan. 22.

I hope to see you at our Christmas party and on the senior shuttle bus.

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


The Hilltowns Seniors Thanksgiving dinner was a smashed potatoes hit. The food was excellent and 60 some seniors were there to enjoy the fellowship, this was reported by everyone I asked, as Alyce and I missed it do to conflicting events.

We were at a craft event where Alyce was a big hit with her angels made out of hymnbooks and wreaths made out of sheet music. I just sat there and talked to everyone and took the money. Can’t ask for a better day than that.

Senior bus 

Our bus is running. We don’t have a schedule down yet as another driver is needed and the holidays are messing up our Wednesdays. This will all be worked out shortly. 

Christmas party

Our Christmas party will be held at the senior center and catered. The menu is scalloped potatoes and ham with all the fixings. Lots of singing and other entertainment provided by some people that don’t know it yet. The date is Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. and please call Rosemary Porter if you haven’t yet as we need a head count soon.

 Book club

The senior book club is reading Crossing Oceans. All are welcome.


My life has been less stressful these past two months. I told my husband he doesn’t have to buy me a daily calendar as I looked at it the other day and it is blank.

Of course, you never get rid of the daily stresses of reading the paper or listening to the television.

Not much good news there.  I am wondering how to start the eighties over again. Enough of all this government backstabbing, and having to go through a hundred channels to get things done.

Even then things don’t get done as they sit on people’s desk.

Christmas giving

Enough of that. During this Christmas season, let’s not forget people less fortunate than ourselves. Even though money is tight for all of us, we still can find a way to give to those in need.

For our seniors that are confined to their home or elsewhere, we are asking that our group bring something to our Christmas party to put in our baskets to be delivered.

Just in case you need a reminder:  If at first you don’t succeed...So much for skydiving.

A couple of weeks ago, I was honored to host a party for Pauline Williman. She is one of many that were born and raised in the Hilltowns. She grew up on a farm on Ketchum Road in the town of Knox and went to the one room schoolhouse on the same road with her other siblings. She is just an amazing woman with many stories to tell.

She told me that when her father was twelve he had a falling out with her grandfather and went to Gilboa and got a job as water boy where they were building the dam. Years later he returned, met her mother and started farming.

Williman had to help with the chores along with attending school.

Another story is told that their father bought them warm coats for winter as they had to walk to school. One day it was really cold, so they asked their father if they could stay home. He said, "No, that is why I bought the coats." So they went to school only to find that no one was there. So, they did have snow days but no apparent communication.

Later on in life Pauline Williman became a court reporter and started her own business. During this time she was singled out to do many important cases.  She was very fortunate to meet many important people. One year she was invited to be a delegate to the Republican National Convention. She has a scrapbook filled with pictures and autographs of politicians within the state and federal level.

She has also helped many young people to achieve their goals and become good citizens of this country.

Williman has helped her community with serving her church. Many times she has been asked to give the sermon when the minister was unavailable. One day, she wondered what her father would like for her to do with the farmland, so she went to Albany and offered it to the Regional Food Bank.

At the dinner honoring her, many people spoke and told various stories and thanked her for her involvment in her community. Williman replied," I still don't know why I am being honored, I just did what I was suppose to do, I am very thankful for my friends and wouldn't live in any other place.