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.


Can you believe it’s almost turkey time? Our Thanksgiving party will be on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Berne Reformed Church.  The cost is $6.  Please let Shirley Slingerland know if you will be coming, if you have not already signed up.  Also, please bring a food item for the food pantries and a small gift for the Christmas baskets for seniors.

There will be a sign up for the Christmas party at the Thanksgiving party.  The cost will also be $6.  The Christmas party will be held at the Hilltowns Senior Center on Saturday, Dec. 14.  It will be a catered affair.

Shopping trips

Our shopping van will be available on Wednesday, Nov. 13, for stops at Wal-Mart and Crossgates and on Wednesday, Nov. 27 with stops at Wal-Mart and Colonie Center. Think Christmas gifts!

Christmas show

On Tuesday, Nov. 26, we will be going to the Troy Hilton for a great Christmas show and dinner.  The price of $50 includes everything.  The van can only hold 14 people, but you can follow the van if you are taking your own car.  We will be leaving from the Seniors Center at 10:30 a.m.  I will need your money at the Thanksgiving party or you can mail it to me.  Please remember that once reservations are made you must pay. So far 11 people have signed up for the van.  Call me at 861-8960 if you have any questions or to make a reservation.

Please remember to get out and vote on Nov. 5.

Thanks for all of your support Seniors!  A Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Hanukkah to all.

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


The Oct. 12 meeting of the Hilltown Seniors was held at the senior center with 34 members present; three new members joined us.

Birthday wishes were sung to Tom Smith, Edna Bunzey, Charlotte Fuss, Margie Wright, and Milie Rossman.

Anniversary greetings were sent to Roz and Don Moser (who should be home by now following heart surgery) and to Fran and Henry Brezenski.

Our speaker for this month was Sgt. Matthew Campbell from the Albany County Sheriff's Department. He told us various ways to protect ourselves from break-ins and phone scams.

President Charlotte Fuss has 25 free tickets to attend Proctor’s on Oct. 23 to listen to the Youth Orchestra.

If there is enough interest, we will able to use the senior van; anyone over 55 is invited. Call 861-8690 for further information.

Our first shopping trip with the van will be Oct. 30 to Colonie Center and Wal-Mart. This, too, is available to people over 55 from the towns of Berne and Knox. You will have to call the Capital district transportation authority at 437-5161 two days before so they can make up a pick-up schedule. 

Our Thanksgiving dinner will be held at the Berne Reform Church. Call Shirley Slingerland or Margie Wright to make reservations.

Don't forget to get your flu shot.