The meeting of the Hilltown Seniors was held on Sept. 14 in the senior center with 47 members present.
We celebrated with Linda McDermott and Roz Moser as their birthdays are this month.
Also, Florence Zimmer who is going to be 101 years young and still does all her craft work. A very big happy birthday, Florence.
A get-well card was sent to Frances Miller, who was able to join us along with her son Harold, who flew in from Mexico for the week to spend some time with her and visit his hometown.
A sympathy card was sent to the family of Emily Chase.
President Fuss had several televisions with VCRs to give away; they were donated by the Colonie Seniors. There is also an exercise bike to start us off with our new program for healthy living.
I am looking into getting a yoga class started.
Charlotte also told us about the county's plan to start a meal program in our building. It will start off with one meal a week followed by a game day.
There will be a monthly Friday night movie. This program is for 55 and over.
Sargeant Henry, from the Albany County Sheriff's Department will be at our next meeting with a presentation about security in your home
The last two trips were well attended and enjoyed by all. The Lake George Dinner Theater was very good as usual. Before the show we had time to stop at the outlets. But, because of the rain, ice cream at Millie's was cancelled.
Our trip to the 1000 Islands was excellent. The first day we went to Rock Island Lighthouse. Several of us climbed all the way to the top. Our guide was very entertaining. He showed us a house on the river that had 5 kitchens; Mr. Kitchen, Mrs. Kitchen and 3 little Kitchens. He got an extra tip for that one.
Our motel was wonderful with our rooms facing the river and right across the way was Boldt Castle. Not to mention that each of the rooms had a bottle of champagne. The meals were excellent and the shopping too.
That was the last of my trips. I was presented with a lovely vase at the meeting. Thank you all so very much for going on all my trips.
I just returned from a public hearing in the town of Knox regarding senior housing. The town board approved an addition to their comprehensive plan to include the building of senior housing. So, cluster housing has already been proposed and hopefully a unit of 24 apartments will be presented soon.
Our Saturday, Aug. 10, meeting of the Hilltowns Seniors was filled with the "Sound of Music”. Berne-Knox-Westerlo Connections kids along with their teacher, Bonnie Conklin, and Ruth Pelham and her music mobile entertained us with songs and questions. They have been practicing all summer with their homemade instruments and made up several songs.
During one period they asked questions of the seniors about what they liked in school. We weren't too good in setting an example as one senior said, chasing the girls and another mentioned playing hooky. They got a big chuckle from the kids.
Then we asked them what they liked and they did a little better than us. Several of them liked lunch and recess, but two of them liked science.
The senior center rocked when they handed out the instruments for us to play and sing along. Afterwards, they were rewarded with pizza and ice cream that the Stewart’s in Altamont donated. Thank you Stewart’s, the ice cream was a big hit even for the older group.
A thank you also goes to Mrs. Conklin, and Ruth Pelham for sharing these talented children with us.
Because of the excitement of having the children, our meeting was cut short. We sent sympathy to the family of Emily Chase who was a long-standing member of our group.
We hope Peg Filkins suffering with her back is feeling better.
I reported on our upcoming trips to Lake George and the 1000 Islands.
Mike Vincent reminded us of the town of Berne Summerfest that will be held Aug. 24, at the Berne town park.
Remember meetings are held the second Saturday of the month at the senior center at 11 a.m., along with a potluck lunch.