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Computer Club helps senior citizens

Many seniors take the classes to learn to communicate with family

From front to back: Jean Schiffler, Ed Schiffler and John Gillen in a computer classroom at the Senior Center in Plattsburgh.

From front to back: Jean Schiffler, Ed Schiffler and John Gillen in a computer classroom at the Senior Center in Plattsburgh. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

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about the Computer Club and classes, call Ed Schiffler at 643-8575, or the Senior Center at 563-6180.

— They come to learn to communicate with their children and grandchildren.

Some may have used computers at work, but are lost beyond the software program they used at their job.

Others just want to learn something new.

“I am the financial secretary at church and have a new laptop and want to be able to use it,” said Melissa Goodrich. “That’s my main reason for coming to this class.”

Ed Schiffler is president of the Clinton County Senior Citizens Computer Club. He and his wife, Jean, also teach basic and advanced computer classes for senior citizens.

“We used to go out and do courses in senior citizens housing,” Mr. Schiffler said.

But now they offer their services out of the Senior Center on North Catherine Street in the City of Plattsburgh.

“They come in with their notebooks and they want to learn,” Mr. Schiffler said. “That inspires us.”

Roughly 10 years ago, he and his wife joined the Computer Club. Club members immediately asked him to join the board, shortly after that nominating him vice president and then president. Mr. Schiffler is still president today.

“I like the challenge of it,” he said. “If we weren’t doing it, we would be sitting home watching television.”

The Schifflers must stay on top of the latest technology.

“It keeps us on our toes,” Mrs. Schiffler said.

They take their time with computer classes.

“We go very slowly,” Mrs. Schiffler said. “If we have to add a day, we add a day.”

Computer Club is once a month for a cost of $10. The money goes into purchasing computers and teaching classes.

Mr. Schiffler’s beginner’s course is 16 sessions over eight weeks.

He doesn’t even turn the computer on until the third day. Next, he covers cut, copy and paste.

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