By Susan D. Kidder

We have a lot of wonderful events planned for the New Scotland Seniors. Please share this list with any senior in the town who is 62 and older; they are welcome to ride along with us.

To sign up, call me, at 439-9038; leave a message and I will call back to confirm. We have 14 seats, to be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  

If possible, two buses will be used with a minimum of six people on the bus locally and minimum of eight for out-of-town trips.

Participants must prepay for events with checks made out to the venue with the name and date written on the memo line.

When trips are full, they are no longer listed. Those who have signed up will be called with the time and place of pick-up a day or so before the event. Those who need to cancel should call 439-9038 as soon as possible.

Scheduled programs

and meetings

Every Tuesday and Thursday, there is a free Osteobusters class at 10 a.m. at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center in New Salem.

The first and third Wednesday of every month, the New Scotland Seniors meet at the community center at 12:30 p.m. for a potluck lunch followed by a business meeting at 1 p.m. 

Transportation

The town of New Scotland has two cars to take seniors living in New Scotland only, to medical appointments, Mondays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This program runs with volunteer drivers and money donations from riders.  No fee is charged; a donation is suggested of $5 each way for out-of-town trips and a few dollars each way within town.  If you don’t have the means, you will never be denied a ride.  Amounts are only suggestions. 

Please give as much notice as possible so we can schedule and find a volunteer to drive you.  Dialysis and chemotherapy appointments take precedent over all other appointments. This is a curb-to-curb service. The program is run at the discretion of the Senior Outreach Liaison and the program committee. 

Please call 439-9038 if you would like to volunteer to drive either or both vehicles.

If schools are closed because of inclement weather, all trips are cancelled.  Money for events will be refunded if possible. 

Up-to-date information on Yellow Bus trips can also be found at townofnewscotland.com.

Upcoming trips

Join us for these excursions: 

— Friday, Jan. 22, to the Spectrum Theater for a movie, showing between 3:15 and 4 p.m.; dinner location to be announced;

— Saturday, Jan. 23, the Berne Church Pancake Breakfast, there will be a free-will donation. The menu includes plain or blueberry pancakes, eggs, bacon, and sausage; 

— Sunday, Jan. 24, the Onesquethaw Fire Company breakfast “All You Can Eat” for $9. Arrival at firehouse is 8:30 a.m.;

— Monday, Jan. 25, to the Saratoga Casino, departing around 9:30 a.m., and leaving the casino around 3:15 p.m. The suggested bus donation is $5 each way;

— Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Hilltown Senior Center for lunch to include roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, and fruit. There is a suggested donation of $4.50; 

— Thursday, Jan. 28, the Westerlo Reformed Church for lunch of baked chicken plus more. A suggested donation is $5; 

— Friday, Jan. 29, Bingo at the community center from noon to 3 p.m. The fee is $2. Hot dogs are available before the game for a cost of $1.50 each. There will also be prizes;

— Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Hilltown Senior Center for lunch of an open-faced turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, and vanilla pudding. The suggested donation is $4.50;

— Wednesday, Feb. 3, Senior Citizens business meeting at the community center at 1 p.m., refreshments will be served followed by cards and games;

— Saturday, Feb. 13, Stone House Farm for all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. The cost is $6. Leaving the area at 9 a.m.; 

— Monday, Feb. 15, the Hilltown Senior Center for a lunch of lasagna roll-up with meat and tomato sauce, tossed salad, and an orange. The suggested donation is $4.50;

— Wednesday, Feb. 17, senior citizens congregate meal at the community center at 12:30 p.m.; please bring a dish to share and a plate and place service; stay and play cards and games afterwards;

— Monday, Feb. 22, to the Saratoga casino for a buffet lunch costing $5.95, departing around 9:30 a.m., and leaving the casino around 3:15 p.m. The suggested bus donation is $5 each way;

— Tuesday, Feb. 23, to the Saratoga casino, departing around 9:30 a.m., and leaving the casino around 3:15 p.m. The suggested bus donation is $5 each way;

— Friday, Feb. 26, Bingo at the community center from noon to 3 p.m. the fee is $2. Hot dogs are available before the game for a cost of $1.50 each;

— Saturday, Feb. 27, the Berne Church Pancake Breakfast, there will be a free-will donation. The menu includes plain or blueberry pancakes, eggs, bacon, and sausage, etc.

— Wednesday, March 2, Senior Citizens business meeting at the community center at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served followed by cards and games;

— Saturday, March 5, Stone House Farm for all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. The cost is $6. Leaving the area at 9 a.m.; 

— Wednesday, March 16, senior citizens congregate meal at the community center at 12:30 p.m.; please bring a dish to share and a plate and place service; stay and play cards and games afterwards;

 — Saturday, March 19, Ioka Valley Farm for breakfast ordered off the menu. This scenic ride leaves the area at 10:15 a.m.; and

— Tuesday, March 29, Fulton County barn quilt tour. We will be stopping for lunch location to be announced. Leaving the area at 10:30 a.m.

 

 

Did you know that Rensselaerville and Westerlo residents have access to a Senior Bus? It makes weekly trips (usually on Thursday) to grocery stores, and occasional forays to dens of iniquity for penny slot machines and other games of chance.

Transportation may also be arranged for necessary medical appointments. Call Town Clerk Victoria Kraker at 797-3798 for more information. 

An addition to the Guardian Society’s fall calendar is coming on Nov. 30 from 9 to 11 a.m.  They will be presenting a free program on brain health.

Research suggests that lifestyle may have a much more significant impact on brain health than was previously thought. The combination of good nutrition, physical activity, mental stimulation, not smoking, and a varied social network all contribute to improved brain functioning.

The presenters will be Richard Holub, M.D., and John A. Fairbank, P.A., from Neurological Associates of Albany.  Come and learn some specific things you can do to improve your brain. 

Register online at http//www.albanyguardiansociety.org, or call 434-2140.  All Guardian programs are held at the society’s offices at 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, in Albany. 

Speaking of brains, I was reading a book today called “The Autistic Brain,” and was once again struck by the concept that human behavior seems to have as many degrees of variation as hair color.  Just like you can have hair colors from platinum through red to jet black, we can have degrees of sociability, or shyness, or aggression. 

Even severe conditions like “multiple personality” (known to the shrinks as Dissociative Identity Disorder), could be seen as an extreme example of normal behavior. You’re not the same person with your grandmother or auntie as you are with your American Legion buddies or closest girlfriend, but that’s normal because it’s the same recognizable “you” underneath, and you can control the changes. 

Take one more step down that line, and those different aspects get separated, and can’t communicate with each other.  It seems to me that, in many cases (not all, of course), it’s a matter of degree rather than kind.

When I was much younger, I believed that insanity might be caused by oversensitivity; I thought that perhaps some people went crazy because they couldn’t filter out enough of the environmental noise and stimuli we all get exposed to. 

The book’s author, Temple Grandin, mentions that overstimulation is a problem experienced by some autistic people. Dr. Grandin (she has a Ph.D.) is herself autistic, which makes her perspective fairly unique.

She has specialized in designing livestock-handling equipment and structures for meat processors (yes, that’s an intentional euphemism), based on her own life experiences as an autistic person.  It seems we keep finding more and more biology behind our psychology. Maybe some day we will be able to adjust the brain-chemistry imbalances that cause some folks so much trouble.

Menu

But now, to give your brain a rest, we have the lunch menu for next week. Swap tales with friends, and enjoy a lunch that you don’t have to cook.  Doors open at 11 a.m., and lunch is served promptly at noon.  Mondays and Tuesdays are games and cards (some of us have resurrected Canasta!), and of course on Friday Nancy Frueh plays live music for our enjoyment.

— Monday, Oct. 19: Chicken with mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes, peas, whole wheat roll, milk, and fruit cocktail;

— Tuesday, Oct. 20: Hungarian goulash, noodles, broccoli, rye bread, milk, and sugar cookie;

— Friday, Oct. 23: Chicken cacciatore; peppers, tomato sauce, penne pasta, baked tomato, whole-wheat roll, milk, and lemon pudding. 

Please call 24 hours in advance to 872-9400 to reserve lunch.  Email plightbody@nycap.rr.com, or sign up when you come in.

Tell us how many are coming, your name, and your telephone number.  If you’d just like to come and help out, give Mary Moller a call at 861-6253, or email her at helderbergseniormeals@aol.com, and put “volunteer” in the subject line.

Lunches are provided by Helderberg Senior Services, the Albany County Office for the Aging, and the Peter Young Housing Industries and Treatment Culinary Program. The Hilltown Senior Center is located at 1360 Helderberg Trail (Route 443) in Berne. 

We have a lot of wonderful events planned for the New Scotland Seniors.  Please share this list with any senior in the town who is 62 and older; they are welcome to ride along with us.

We have 14 seats available on the bus. First come, first served. If possible two buses will be used with a minimum of six persons on the bus locally and minimum of eight for out of town trips. To sign up, call me, me, at 439-9038; leave a message and I will call back to confirm.  

Every Tuesday and Thursday at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center in New Salem we have Osteobusters at 10 a.m.

On the first and third Wednesday of the month we have our senior citizen’s meeting at the Community Center. There is a potluck at noon, followed by a business meeting at 1 p.m.

For all prepaid events the check must be made out to the specified venue with event name and date in the check’s memo space.

If you are signed up for a trip and it is no longer listed, it is because the trip is full. You will be called with time and place of pick-up a day or so before the event.  If you can’t go, please call 439-9038 and cancel as soon as possible.

Upcoming trips

Join us for these excursions:

— Thursday, Aug. 13, we’ll go to the Washington Park Playhouse to see “Pajama Game”; to reserve seats, call 434-2035 — center seats cost $18, side seats cost $16, or bring a lawn chair and watch the 7:30 p.m. performance for free;

— Friday, Aug 14, a barbecue chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, ice cream dinner at the South Bethlehem Church, cost is $10 for the 4:30 p.m. seating;

— Saturday, Aug. 15, the Troy Farmer’s Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., over 80 venders, eat at market or nearby restaurant, this involves a lot of walking;

— Sunday, Aug. 16, a matinee at the Mac-Haydn Theatre of the “The Producers.”  Your check should be made out to Mac-Haydn for $29 and into me at New Scotland Town Hall no later than Aug. 6;

— Tuesday, Aug. 18, Hilltown Senior Center lunch of turkey with gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, cauliflower, corn bread stuffing, and tropical fruit, suggested donation is $4.50;

— Tuesday, Aug. 18, dinner at Jumpin’ Jacks and water ski show (rain date Aug. 26), the food cost is on the senior and the show is free. Bring a lawn chair, bug spray, and jacket;

— Wednesday, Aug. 19, New Scotland Senior Citizens Association picnic at Swift Road Town Park at 12:30 p.m., contact Barb Sullivan 765-2961 for helping on a committee or for food contributions for the picnic;

— Thursday, Aug. 20,  “Wilderstein Historic Site” in Rhinebeck, NY The history of Wilderstein begins in 1852 and the last resident was Margaret (Daisy) Suckley, a cousin and confidante of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Admission is $12 by cash or check made out to me and in by Aug. 19. Lunch is at Smoky Rock BBQ, the cost is on senior and the bus is leaving this area at 9 a.m.;

— Tuesday, Aug. 25, Saratoga Casino “Club 55 Day” buffet lunch costing $5.95. There are chances to win a grand prize for the day with your Club 55 card. The bus departs around 9:30 a.m., and leaving the casino around 3:15 p.m. There is a suggested bus donation $5 each way. There is also a $10 voucher for anyone arriving with the bus;

— Tuesday, Aug. 25, Cook’s Park “Skeeter Creek” – country music free concert starts at 6:30 p.m., bring a lawn chair and jacket;

— Wednesday, Aug. 26, Freedom Park Scotia “Lustre Kings” free rock & roll music, bring a lawn chair, jacket and bug spray;

— Thursday, Aug. 27, Greenville Park for  “Squeeze Play” free concert, bring a lawn chair, jacket, and bug spray. Hot dogs at Tom’s for dinner cost is on the senior;

— Friday, Aug. 28, Hilltown Senior Center for lunch Chicken Cacciatore with peppers and tomato sauce, penne pasta, Romaine salad with vegetable and lemon pudding, suggested donation $4.50;

— Saturday, Aug. 29, the Berne Church Pancake Breakfast, on a donation basis; 

— Wednesday, Sept. 2, the senior citizens business meeting at the Community Center 1 p.m., refreshments served, stay and play cards and games afterwards;

— Thursday, Sept. 3 through 15, no bus trip or medical transportation other than the regular weekly runs;

— Thursday, Sept. 17, tour historic Johnson Hall, home of William Johnson and Molly Brant a Mohawk Indian; admission is $3, the lunch stop to be announced. This is “a Larry trip;”

— Tuesday, Sept. 22, Saratoga Casino “Club 55 Day” buffet lunch costing $5.95. There are chances to win a grand prize for the day with your Club 55 card. The bus departs around 9:30 a.m., and leaving the casino around 3:15 p.m. There is a suggested bus donation $5 each way. There is also a $10 voucher for anyone arriving with the bus;

— Friday, Sept. 25, bingo at the Community Center from noon to 3 p.m., the cost is $2, hot dogs before the game are $1.50 and there are prizes;

— Saturday, Sept. 26, the Berne Church Pancake Breakfast, on a donation basis; 

— Tuesday, Sept. 29, Erie Canal cruise, the cost is $19, lunch at Gems Along the Mohawk prior to the 1p.m. sailing. Lunch cost is on the senior.  Bring a jacket and walking shoes;

— Friday, Oct. 2, Spectrum Theater Movie 3:15 -4pm Dinner at the “Home Front Café” in Altamont

— Wednesday, Oct. 7, the senior citizens business meeting at the Community Center 1 p.m., refreshments served, stay and play cards and games afterwards;

— Wednesday, Oct. 21, Senior citizens congregate meal. Please bring a dish to share and a plate and place service. This meal is at the Community Center at 12:30 p.m., then stay and play cards and games afterwards;

— Thursday, Oct. 22,  “The Magic of Mathis” a tribute to Johnny Mathis ar the JCC from1:30 to 2:45 p.m. cost is $12.00 payable to JCC and must be paid at time of sign up. This trip is limited to 14 seats on a first come first served basis, sign up by Sept. 23;

— Friday, Oct. 23, bingo at the Community Center from noon to 3 p.m., the cost is $2, hot dogs before the game are $1.50 and there are prizes;

— Tuesday, Oct. 27, Saratoga Casino “Club 55 Day” buffet lunch costing $5.95. There are chances to win a grand prize for the day with your Club 55 card. The bus departs around 9:30 a.m., and leaving the casino around 3:15 p.m. There is a suggested bus donation $5 each way. There is also a $10 voucher for anyone arriving with the bus; and

— Friday, Oct. 30, the Spectrum Theater for a movie between 3:15 and 4 p.m. Dinner to be decided.

More senior info

  We offer a program run on volunteer drivers and money donations from riders. No fee is charged; a suggested donation is $5 each way for out of town trips, with a few dollars each way in town.  If you don’t have the means, you will never be denied a ride. Amounts are only suggestions. The town of New Scotland has two cars to take seniors living in the town of New Scotland only to appointments Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please give as much notice as possible so we can schedule and find a volunteer to drive you. Dialysis and chemotherapy appointments take precedent over all other appointments. This is a curb-to-curb service. The program is run at the discretion of the Senior Outreach Liaison and the program committee.

Please call 439-9038 if you would like to volunteer to drive either or both vehicles.

If schools are closed because of weather, all trips are cancelled.  Money for events will be refunded if possible.

Up-to-date information on Yellow Bus trips can also be found at www.townofnewscotland.com.

 

We have a lot of wonderful events planned for the New Scotland Seniors.  Please share this list with any senior in the town who is 62 and older; they are welcome to ride along with us.

To sign up, call me, at 439-9038; leave a message and I will call back to confirm. We have 14 seats, to be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

If possible, two buses will be used with a minimum of six people on the bus locally and minimum of eight for out-of-town trips.

Participants must pre-pay for all events with checks made out to the specified venue with the event name and date filled in on the memo line.

When trips become filled, they are no longer listed. Those who signed up will be called with time and place of pick-up a day or so before the event.

Scheduled programs

and meetings

Every Tuesday and Thursday, there is a free Osteobuster’s Class at 10 a.m. at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center in New Salem.

Every first and third Wednesday, the Senior citizens meet at the community center for a potluck lunch at noon followed by a business meeting at 1 p.m.

Senior rides

The town of New Scotland has two cars to take seniors living in New Scotland only, to medical appointments, Mondays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please give as much notice as possible so we can schedule and find a volunteer to drive you.  Dialysis and chemotherapy appointments take precedent over all other appointments. This is a curb-to-curb service. 

The program is run at the discretion of the Senior Outreach Liaison and the program committee.

This program runs with volunteer drivers and money donations from riders.  No fee is charged; a donation is suggested of $5 each way for out-of-town trips and a few dollars each way within town.  If you don’t have the means, you will never be denied a ride.  Amounts are only suggestions.

Please call 439-9038 if you would like to volunteer to drive either or both vehicles.

If schools are closed because of inclement weather, all trips are cancelled.  Money for events will be refunded if possible.

Up-to-date information on Yellow Bus trips can also be found at www.townofnewscotland.com.

Upcoming trips

Join us for these excursions:

— Saturday, June 27, departing at 9 a.m., to the Berne Church for a pancake breakfast. The menu is plain or blueberry pancakes, eggs, French toast, bacon, sausage, real maple syrup, juice, coffee, tea, and more. The cost is a free will donation;

— Wednesday, July 1, a senior citizens business meeting at the community center at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served, plan to stay and play cards and games afterwards;

— Tuesday, July 7, the Hilltown Senior Center lunch of barbecue pork, baked potato, mixed vegetables, and applesauce with a suggested donation of $3.50;

— Thursday, July 9, to the Rensselaer Senior Center for “The Spirit of Johnny Cash Live,” and lunch of beef stew, vegetables, red skin potato, bread, and fresh fruit for a suggested donation of $3;

— Friday, July 10, to the Spectrum Theater for a movie between 3:15 to 4 p.m.; dinner location to be announced with the cost on the senior;

— Saturday, July 11, to the Stone Houfe Day, in Hurley, NY. This is a tour of the stone houses built in the 1600s and 1700s. There is a lot of walking. The cost is $15 and includes a $2 coupon for the cafeteria;

— Monday, July 13 to the Mac-Haydn Theatre for a matinee at 3 p.m., of “I Know I Came In Here For Something.” Check should be made out to Mac-Haydn for $22.50, and given to Susan Kidder at the New Scotland town hall no later than July 1;

— Tuesday, July 14, a free concert at Cooks Park. The concert is “Swing Docs”, big band music. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m., and bring a lawn chair;

— Friday, July 17, to the Rensselaer Senior Center for a lunch of baked meatloaf, baked potato, spinach, and peaches for a suggested donation of $3;

— Saturday, July 18, to the Trap Shoot and chicken barbecue at the Voorheesville Rod & Gun to benefit paralyzed veterans. All proceeds stay in this area. Two buses have been reserved;

— Tuesday, July 21, to the Saratoga Casino “Club 55 Day” for a buffet lunch costing $5.95 and chances to win grand prize for the day with a Club 55 card. We depart around 9:30 a.m. and will leave around 3:15 p.m.; suggested bus donation is $5 each way, and a $20 voucher for everyone on the bus;

— Saturday, July 25, to the Berne Church for a pancake breakfast departing at 9 a.m. The menu is plain or blueberry pancakes, eggs, French toast, bacon, sausage, real maple syrup, juice, coffee, tea, and more. The cost is a free will donation;

— Sunday, July 26, to the Mac-Haydn Theatre for a matinee of, “West Side Story.” Check should be made out to Mac-Haydn for $29, and given to Susan Kidder at the New Scotland town hall no later than July 17;

— Tuesday, July 28, the Hilltown Senior Center lunch of beef and broccoli stir fry, brown rice, juice, and apricots with a suggested donation of $3.50;

— Tuesday, July 28, a free concert at Cooks Park. The concert is “Electric City Horns.” The concert starts at 6:30 p.m., and bring a lawn chair;

— Wednesday, July 29, to the Rensselaer Senior Center for a lunch of baked ham, sweet potato, spinach, and fruit cocktail with a suggested donation of $3;

— Saturday, August 1, one bus is reserved for the Clarksville Heritage Days;

— Wednesday, August 5, a senior citizens business meeting at the community center at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and plan to stay and play cards and games afterwards;

— Sunday, August 9, one bus is reserved for the VFW annual picnic;

— Friday, August 14, to the South Bethlehem Reformed Church for the 4:30 p.m. seating of a chicken barbecue including baked potato, coleslaw, and ice cream. The cost is $10;

— Sunday, August 16, to the Mac-Haydn Theatre for a matinee of, “The Producers.” Check should be made out to Mac-Haydn for $29, and given to Susan Kidder at the New Scotland town hall no later than August 6;

— Wednesday, August 19, to the New Scotland Senior Citizens Association picnic at Swift Road Town Park at 12:30 p.m.;

— Friday, August 28, to the Hilltown Senior Center for a lunch of chicken cacciatore with peppers and tomato sauce, penne pasta, romaine salad with vegetables, and lemon pudding for a suggested donation of $3.50.

Unfortunately, the Altamont Free Library had to postpone the Indian Music Caravan concert that had previously been scheduled for Monday, June 15, at 7 p.m., due to an injury to one of the musicians. We wish him a speedy recovery and we’ll let you know when we reschedule.

Tai Chi lessons

We’ve had a ton of interest in our Tai Chi classes, so sign up for them now. Tai Chi chuan (often simply called Tai Chi) is a form of Chinese martial arts used not for fighting but to encourage mental and physical relaxation. Please join us on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. from June 17 to July 22, for a series of free Tai Chi classes with Kyoshi Joe Mansfield. Prior experience is not necessary. All ability levels are welcome. Please stop by or call the library at 861-7239 to register in advance.

Father’s Day card craft

Father’s Day is coming up. Please join us on Thursday, June 18, at 4 p.m., to make a Father’s Day card that your dad or grandpa is sure to love. We’ll have all the materials you need to make a unique handcrafted gift for your favorite guy.

Chicken barbecue

Get your tickets now for our ever-popular chicken barbecue, with servings at 5 and 6 p.m., on Friday June 19.  Every ticket gets you a dinner, which includes a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, drink, and brownie. There’s also a vegetarian option is available for pre-order, if you prefer. Once you’ve got your dinner, you can either take it home with you or spread out on the lawn in Orsini Park with your friends and neighbors.

Book discussion

Join the Penultimate Monday Book Group for a discussion of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby.” Set in the Roaring Twenties amidst all of the glitz and glamour of what Fitzgerald termed the Jazz Age, Gatsby is the classic story of Jay Gatsby a mysterious and wealthy man and the lengths he goes to, to win back his old flame. Whether you’ve read it before or not, join us on Monday, June 22, at 7 p.m., for what will no doubt be a great discussion.

Running the River Concert

Join us for the first of six free concerts in Orsini Park on consecutive Tuesdays through August 11. First up on Tuesday June 30, at 7 p.m., Running the River, a band whose unique blend of classic country, rock, folk, Irish, blues, and fiddle tunes provides entertainment for all. 

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