By Joe Williams
On May 1, the New Scotland Senior Citizens held its meeting at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center. Any senior 62 and older in the town of New Scotland is eligible to join us. Please spread the word, we have a lot of fun.
I am looking for drivers who are able and willing to drive one of the vans to events all within an hour drive of town hall. A lot of these events happen on evenings and weekends as well as during the weekdays.
The meeting was called to order by President Barbara Sullivan with 38 members in attendance.
— Old business: 46 members attended the installation luncheon at Maggie’s on Western Ave. with Brother Anthony entertaining us on the accordion. Barbara, Mary, Martha, and Pat were sworn in by Albany County Legislator Herb Reilly.
— New business: The annual picnic will be held this year at the town of New Scotland Swift Road Park, on August 21. The committee for the picnic is Pat and Herb Leichman, Linda Pietropaoli, Barbara Sullivan, and Gwen Libby. More information will follow.
The Dormansville meal site at Hiawatha Grange Hall is up and running again. It was decided that a donation of $50 should be sent to help with their reopening. We wish them well.
I sent pictures of the installation dinner to the New Scotland Historical Society.
A reminder to anyone attending the May 15 meeting that a bus will be available to pick you up. Below are the providers you will be able to speak with.
Please bring donations for St Margaret’s Center to the meeting on May 15.
May 24 will be the last of day of bingo until the fall. Come and enjoy the fun and laughter. Hot dogs will be available if anyone is interested.
The refreshments for the June 5 business meeting will be provided by Ann Carson, Lois Crounse, and Alice Lemieux.
At the May 15 meeting our potluck lunch starts at 12:30 p.m., so bring a dish to pass if you would like to join us for lunch. The meeting starts at 1 p.m., where after lunch, several providers will come and give us valuable information. The community is invited to attend. Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage, the NYS drug plan, Albany Senior Services, the Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance counselor will be there, this is someone you should meet with once a year after the age of 65 if you are paying for your own health insurance. Also Eddy Visiting Nurse Association, Eddy Lifeline, Armistead Caregiver Services, Eddy Day Break Adult Day Services, and National Grid. These are people who can answer many questions you might have as seniors aging in the community. Please come and bring anyone who might be interested. If you would like to attend and don’t have a ride please call 439-9038 and the Yellow Bus will pick you up.
Are you 62 years young and living in the town of New Scotland? If so, you are considered a senior and thus entitled to use the senior services. This includes our Yellow Bus, joining the New Scotland Senior Citizens, and attending the meetings held at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center to enjoy the fun and games, food, entertainment, and friendship.
We would like to invite any and all seniors (60-plus is the age for a club member) in the area to join us. We are a good group of seniors and would love to have new members.
There are three types of meetings:
— 1. Business meeting: On the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m., most times with entertainment and refreshments, cards, and games to follow;
— 2. A covered-dish (bring something to pass) or other meal: On the third Wednesday of every month at 12:30 p.m., you should bring your own place serving (plate, knife, fork, and spoon,.and
— 3. Fun and games on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m.
Need a ride
Are you a senior 62 and older an need a ride for a medical, legal, hair, friendly visits or more, call 439-9038 to set it up. Rides are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program is run on a donation basis so consider what the ride is worth to you and donate if you can. Our suggested donation is $5 each way for out of town trips and a couple of dollars each way in town. We will go up to 15 miles from New Scotland town hall.
In our Yellow Buses we had dozens of trips with hundreds of seniors out having fun in the past few months, we wish more of you in the town would join in getting out and socializing, it is good to make new friends.
Anyone 62 and older can join us on our adventures. Sheets are available at town hall, the Voorheesville Public Library, or online at www.townofnewscotland.com. Click on Departments, then Senior Outreach, and scroll down to the Yellow Bus, then click either in PDF or DOC. If you would like to be added to the e-mail list, call 439-9083.
Call Susan Kidder to reserve a seat on the bus for you and a friend. We have 14 seats, so first come, first served. If possible two buses will be used with a minimum of six persons on the bus locally and minimum of 8 for out of town trips.
Come on and join us.
Every Tuesday and Thursday we offer an Osteobuster’s class at 10 a.m. at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center. The class is free.
Every first and third Wednesday there is a senior citizens meeting at the community center. There is a potluck at 12:30 p.m. followed by a business meeting at 1 p.m.
For all prepaid events make checks out to the specified venue or Town of New Scotland with event name and date in the memo section.
If you are signed up for a trip and it is no longer listed, it means the trip is full.
You will be called with time and place of pick-up a day or so before an event. If you can’t go, please call 439-9038 and cancel as soon as possible.
Upcoming Yellow Bus trips for seniors are as follows:
— May 13, at 10:30 a.m., we will leave the area for a ride through Washington Park to see the tulips and stop to wander and take pictures. First stop is Gus’s Hot Dogs. The cost is on the senior;
— May 16, Dormansville for a menu of baked ham and au gratin potatoes, brussel sprouts, and pineapple. A $4 donation is suggested;
— May 19, Schenectady Green Market Outdoors Food vendors and lunch. The cost is on the senior. We will leave the area around 10 a.m.;
— May 20, Rensselaer Senior Center for Veal Pattie with peppers and onions, noodles, Italian Vegtables, and sherbet. A $2.75 donation is suggested;
— May 21, Saratoga Casino “Club 55 Day” buffet lunch for $4.95 and chances to win a grand prize for the day with your Club 55 card. We will depart around 9:30 a.m. and leave around 3:15 p.m., suggested bus donation is $5 each way, a $20 voucher is available for anyone arriving with the bus;
— May 23, Rensselaer Senior Center Gary Ferris USO show with a lunch of baked chicken with orange glaze, mashed potatoes, green beans, strawberry and pineapple shortcake. $2.75 donation is suggested;
— May 24, Bingo at the community center from noon to 2:30 p.m. the cost is $2. Hot dogs are available before bingo for $1.50;
— May 28, Rensselaer Senior Center for Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, and fruited yogurt. $2.75 donation is suggested;
— May 29, Cherry Hill Mansion a behind the scenes restoration tour that lasts 45 minutes. Stair climbing to see entire restoration process is not handicapped accessable. The tour is at 1 p.m., and the is cost $3 for 11 or more if less than 11 the cost is $5;
— May 29, Memorial Concert at Shaker High School. This concert is free with donations accepted. It starts at 7:30 p.m.;
—May 30, Rensselaer Senior Center for the Donny Elvis Tribute for Mother’s Day. The lunch menu is zita with Italian style meat sauce and Parmesan cheese, California blend vegetables, and fresh fruit in season. A $2.75 donation is suggested;
— June 1, Sharon Springs Festival with dozens of vendors, shops, yard sales, food and entertainment. This trip is free and leaves the area at 9:30 a.m.;
— June 3, Dormansville for a menu of shrimp scampi over pasta, apple juice, romaine salad with dressing, and ice cream. A $4 donation is suggested;
— June 7, a matinee movie at the Spectrum from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by dinner at the Western Diner;
— June 18, Saratoga Casino “Club 55 Day” buffet lunch for $4.95 and chances to win a grand prize for the day with your Club 55 card. We will depart around 9:30 a.m. and leave around 3:15 p.m., suggested bus donation is $5 each way, a $20 voucher is available for anyone arriving with the bus; and
— June 23, the Mac-Haydn Theatre to see La Cage Aux Follies. This is a 2 p.m., matinee. The cost is $25. The check should be made out to Mac-Haydn Theatre and given to Susan Kidder no later than June 5, to reserve a seat.