Category Archives: Seniors


The Elderberries to hold 9/11 program

The Elderberries, the Hannibal Senior Citizens group, will be holding  a special “9/11” music/sing-a-long program Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Hannibal Senior Center, Oswego St., across from the Hannibal Fire Department.

The Elderberries will be holding their regular covered dish dinner starting at 6 p.m. that evening.  Anyone interested may attend the dinner and/or program. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass and table service.

There is a new slate of officers for the 2011-12 year: President Carl Salvagin, Vice President Robert Simmons, Treasurer George Darling, Secretary Barbara Salvagin, Chaplain Don Tyler and Sunshine Millie Stoutenger.

Covered dish dinners are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at the Hannibal Senior Center.

Those seeking more information may call 564-6410.

Phoenix Senior Citizens Club to meet

The next business meeting for the Phoenix Senior Citizens Club will be held on Friday, Sept. 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Town of Schroeppel building on Route 57A in the Town of Schroeppel.

Trip Coordinator, Martha Arnold has planned “A Day in the Thousand Islands” trip on Tuesday, Sept. 11. We will be boarding one of Uncle Sam’s Tour Boats and take a two hour luncheon cruise, which includes a guided scenic tour of the 1000 Islands.

This trip will give you the best overall view of this truly unique geographical area shared by two nations.

We will be disembarking at Heart Island where you can enjoy a self-guided tour of the magnificent Boldt Castle and its beautiful grounds.

This 129-room replica of a Rhineland castle was built over the course of four years at the turn of the 19th century by entrepreneur George C. Boldt for his wife as a “summer home.”

Don’t forget to see the Playhouse, Dove Cote, Gazebo, Power House and all the lovely gardens. We will enjoy a tour of the Thousand Island Winery with a tasting of five wines. For more information or a reservation please call Martha at 315-652-3990.

The next pot luck, covered dish birthday supper will be held Friday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 at the town building. Please bring a dish to pass plus your own table service. Coffee and tea are provided.

The senior club is always looking for new members age 50 and over to join. Dues are $5 per year and can be paid to Treasurer Marcia Boscoe at the meeting. For any further questions about the club, please call President Kathy Dann at 695-4274.

Volney Senior Citizens News

August 1st was our noon meeting and another hot day. We sure have had some warm weather this year. The summer has just flown by.

Our birthday folks are Barry Newman and Bev Reynolds. Many more to both of you.

Julie Lanning was out 50-50 winner. It is fun to win the prize.

Our guest was Judy Wanke and the new member was Patricia Kerfein. Welcome ladies.

Wednesday, Sept. 5 there will be flu shots available right after our meeting. You can also get a shingles and a pertussis vaccination. Medicare will cover the flu shot but not the other two.

Our picnic was great and the food was really good, all you could eat and we did not have to cook it.

Aug. 27 we are going to the State Fair. It is so nice to get on the bus and get into the fair with no problems finding a parking spot.

Sept. 10 is a trip to go see Randy Riggle who is a nationally touring comedian. Join us for an afternoon of nostalgic memories of a by-gone era.

The next meeting is Aug. 15 at 5 p.m.

Some people make the world more special just being in it.

-Alma Bowering

Pictured are volunteer Claudia Chetney, Bishop’s Commons at St. Luke resident Priscilla Brown, and volunteer Abby Douglas during a recent outing to the Summer Concert Series at Brietbeck Park.

Volunteers share time and talents with seniors

Pictured are volunteer Claudia Chetney, Bishop’s Commons at St. Luke resident Priscilla Brown, and volunteer Abby Douglas during a recent outing to the Summer Concert Series at Brietbeck Park.

Bishop’s Commons volunteers of all ages have been lending helping hands in many ways assisting residents with the many activity programs planned for the next few months.

Volunteers ranging in age from 12 to 92 share as little as one to two hours a month or as much as several hours a week.

“We are fortunate to have so many volunteers that share their specific and special talents with us in so many ways,” noted Senior Living Coordinator Julie Chetney.

Students are able to complete volunteer requirement hours for school or community projects, while adults of all ages are able to share their interests and talents with Residents of Bishop’s Commons.

“Currently, volunteers participate with the assistance of our activity staff many programs including card games, a rosary group, a book club, fitness classes, art classes, crafting groups, picnics, lunch/shopping trips, and musical performances,” noted Chetney.

Bishop’s Commons also serves as a SUNY Oswego Intern site for students majoring in health and wellness, psychology, sociology, gerontology and will welcome art majors this fall to conduct regular art classes.

In addition, many volunteer are friendly visitors for those who enjoy good company and conversation.

“Keeping our volunteer program flexible for everyone is what helps our volunteer family continue to grow,” Chetney concluded.

Those seeking more information may contact Chetney at 349-0799 or

RSVP to hold volunteer orientation July 19

SUNY Oswego’s RSVP will hold an orientation for prospective volunteers at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19 at the Park Street United Methodist Church in Pulaski.

The session for interested adults who are retired, semi-retired or considering retirement will take place following the RSVP Osteo Bone Builders class from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Guest presenter will be Margaret Weigelt of Pulaski Public Library.

The RSVP Bone Builders Program relies upon weight training and balance exercises to protect against fractures caused by osteoporosis by increasing muscular strength, balance and bone density.

RSVP helps recruit and support volunteers for programs and organizations benefiting veterans and the environment, people needing tourism advice and tax-preparation assistance, among other options.

Part of a nationwide network of Senior Corps programs sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, RSVP locally is supported by the United Way and SUNY Oswego and headquartered in the college’s Office of Business and Community Relations.

To receive RSVP’s free Mature Living newsletter or for more information, call 312-2317 or email


Tour group forming to visit memorials, monuments in the nation’s capital

SUNY Oswego’s RSVP has teamed with Nova Tours to offer a motor coach trip Sept. 14 to 16 to Washington, D.C., and its sights, including the Smithsonian Institution, fine dining, shopping and guided tours.

The package includes round-trip transportation on a DVD- and lavatory-equipped motor coach, baggage handling, two nights’ accommodation at Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel, two breakfasts, one dinner, an illumination tour and a three-and-a-half-hour city tour.

There will be free time for tourists to explore and shop on their own.

Those interested in participating should contact Nova Tours’ Carol Fox, 342-1245, by Monday, July 27 and make a deposit.

Fox, an RSVP volunteer, has previously managed cruises and day trips on behalf of the organization.

RSVP, sponsored in Oswego County by SUNY Oswego and the United Way, and Nova Tours plan to offer an excursion to New York City later this year.

Those seeking more information about RSVP programs and volunteer opportunities may call 312-2317 or email


AARP Driver Safety Program classes scheduled in Minetto, Palermo, Pulaski

Following are the AARP’s Driver Safety Program classes for the months of June and July:

• June 28 and 29, a class will be held at Minetto at 9 a.m. Those seeking more information may call 343 2393,

• July 10 and 11, a class will be held in Palermo at 930 a.m. Those seeking more information may call 963-1069.

• July 9 and 10, a class will be held in Pulaski at 6 p.m. Those seeking more information may call 298 5233.

In 1947, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired school teacher and high school principal, founded the National Retired Teacher Association to aid retired teachers. In 1958, she founded the American Association of Retired Persons. In 1982, the NRTA and AARP merged .

To honor Dr. Andrus, the AARP Driver Safety Program, during the months of July and August, will present a special promotion to honor all persons who work in or are retired from the field of education.

A certificate from such a class will provide you with a 10 percent discount on your car insurance for a period of three years .

Retired educators interested in taking a class during this promotion period may call 963-3093 for more information.


Alliance Bank awards grant for book group

Alliance Bank has awarded the Senior Book Discussion Group a $1,000 grant.

The group is sponsored by Oswego County Visually Impaired and Aurora of Central New York, a nonprofit that serves people in central New York who have vision and hearing loss. It is hosted by Springside at Seneca Hill.

“Alliance Bank NA understands the importance for individuals to remain active and vital in every capacity,” said Barbara Bateman, senior vice president.

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