April will be a busy month for the Hilltowns Seniors.

The shopping bus will be making its Wednesday trips on April 2 and 16.  The April 2, trip will be to Wal-Mart and Crossgates Mall and the April 16, trip will be to Wal-Mart and Colonie Center.  Please call the CDTA at 437-5161 at least 2 days in advance to arrange for pickup by the bus.

Spring festival

There will be a Spring Festival on Wednesday, April 9, at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church on Whitehall Road in Albany from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  If we can get enough folks interested in going we will try to arrange for the senior bus to take us from Berne. Lunch will be provided at the festival. Please call me at 861-8960 if you are interested or if you have questions.

Seniors meet

The next Hilltowns Seniors meeting will be on Saturday, April 12, at the senior center on Helderberg Trail in Berne.  The social hour starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by a short meeting and lunch.

Seniors day

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 6.  New York State Senior Citizens Recognition Day will take place at the Egg in downtown Albany from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Again, if we can get sufficient folks interested we will try to arrange for the senior bus to take us from Berne.  Call me at 861-8960 if you are interested or for additional information.

Let’s hope spring will cooperate with us and make its appearance for these events.

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



Our February meeting had a lot of activity going on. I think it was just getting out of the house and seeing everyone put smiles on all our faces.

 Our vice-president, Jonathan Wood, finally got our attention to quiet down and start the meeting.

I must say we have the best looking vice-president. Anyway, he invited a member of the attorney general’s office to show us a Power Point presentation about scams. That really got our attention and before we knew it an hour was up. We invited him back to continue his talk.

There is some talk about having a community showing. I hope that it happens, because this is all available information for everyone to know.

Next, we had a short meeting with a mention of a trip to Corning Glass, on April 8. If we get enough people to sign-up, we will be given a voucher towards lunch. On the way home we will be stopping at Brooks. The cost is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. Contact Shirley Slingerland if you are interested.

If you look at the calendar for the month of February there are a lot of things going on. I had made up some games. We had a Valentine’s word scrambled, sang a song about Ground Hog’s Day, a quiz about the Super Bowl for the women, and questions about Presidents Washington and Lincoln.

So, I asked what else was special about February and Alyce said it was her birthday. And, it was also Jean Wright and Doris Skinner’s birthdays. So we sang them a hardy birthday greeting. Then it was mentioned that it was my and Bill’s 48th anniversary and John Rossman announced that it was his and Millie’s 56th that day. Millie you know what I am thinking. So, we also sang happy anniversary.

But, there was one more thing and that was the Olympics. So I had Mike Vincent, Ed Wood, and Bob Porter come up front. They had to toss a bag of candy through a hole in a cardboard box. Bob got the gold, Ed the silver and Mike the bronze. And I gave them a kiss on each cheek. Isn’t that what they do at the ceremonies? Anyway, it was a great time.

Our next meeting will be at the Berne Reform Church (the white church on the hill) for corned beef and cabbage. So, wear your green everyone and I will try to think of some Irish things to do.

Remember we meet the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Berne Senior Center, unless told otherwise.

I am mixed up with the bus schedule right now, so I will get back to you on that.

Skip Skinner had another story, but it was too long for me to write down. Something about a big toe and a “toe” truck.

Stay warm and have you noticed that it is staying lighter out at night, yea!!



Our January meeting lunch was nice hot chili; there’s nothing better for a cold winter day.

We had 44 members present. Birthday greetings were sung to Peg and Janie. And we hope that Bernice Bunzey hears us singing as far away as Florida to wish her a 90th happy birthday.  We are sending Barbara Snyder a get well card and hope she is feeling better soon.

We had a guest speaker, Rick Otto, who is involved with people with autism. He is in contact with the state, and they are interested in getting involved with our meal program. Someone asked if they could go to people’s homes and help them. 

Rick said that this is what they want for their program. They want them to get out in the community and improve their social skills. They provide the transportation and a person to supervise. Thank you Rick, for coming and providing another way for seniors to get help and give service to someone else. Rick also joined our group, so we got a double helper, too.

Don’t forget to use our senior bus for your shopping needs. Call CDTA on the previous

Friday at 437-5161 to reserve a seat and get on the pick-up list.

On Jan. 28, there is a senior forum at St. Sophie’s on Whitehall Road in Albany. If you wish to have lunch, call 437-5161 for reservations. I plan to attend, if anyone needs a ride, weather permitting. 

Our March meeting will be held at the Berne Reform Church. The cost is $6. There is no contact number as yet. The meal is corn beef and cabbage.

Faye Croote and Scott Wright won the fifty-fifty drawing.

Do you know what love is?   2 vowels, 2 consonants and 2 fools, this according to Skip Skinner.


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.