Youth dinner set for May 22

JOHNSTOWN – Former Gloversville City Court Judge Vincent DeSantis will be the keynote speaker for the Fulton County Youth Bureau’s annual “Leading By Example” Youth Recognition Dinner May 22 at the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center.

County Office for Aging Director Andrea Fettinger briefed the Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee about the event recently at the County Office Building.

She said the event annually “celebrates” outstanding high school students “who exemplify leadership in unique ways other than athletics or academics.” Leading By Example Award plaque winners were initially nominated by officials from their schools, but the finalists are chosen by the bureau advisory board.

“There’s going to be at least one [award recipient] from each school district,” Fettinger said Wednesday.

She invited all 20 county supervisors to attend the event.

In regular OFA business, the committee voted to issue a proclamation declaring May as Older Americans Month to honor Fulton County’s senior citizens. Fettinger said that every May since 1963, older adults have been honored for their achievements. She said this year’s Older Americans Month theme is “Safe Today, Health Tomorrow.”

Fettinger said the Fulton County OFA will honor two outstanding seniors at Senior Day on May 5 in Albany.

The OFA co-hosted the sixth annual Broadalbin-Perth Senior Citizen’s Prom on March 14, Fettinger reported. She said more than 120 seniors either living in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District, guests of a resident or district alumni attended the event.

She said the OFA also held a March for Meals awareness event March 27. Participants viewed Kingsboro Catering, which packs meals for delivery to area seniors.