WARRENSBURG - Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty stepped onto a porch on Horicon Avenue and knocked on the door.
Moments later, Anna Baker came to the door, and Geraghty held out a bagged hot lunch of pepper steak, potatoes and mixed vegetables.
Baker was taken aback, because her regular Meals on Wheels delivery person Marilyn Griffen was standing nearby with a smile on her face, rather than handing her the meal.
Geraghty chuckled, nodding toward Griffen, a 10-year volunteer driver.
"I just picked her up on the way," he said. "She keeps me on my toes."
Baker smiled, recalling that Geraghty lived just up the street where he grew up, and she watched that process years ago.
Baker peered into the bag.
"I like these lunches. They remind me of home-cooked food," Baker said. "You eat more than if you fixed up something, and you really enjoy it," she said.
Geraghty was participating in a Mayors for Meals event held throughout the region, in which local officials deliver for the Meals on Wheels program to get a first-hand knowledge of its benefits for seniors.
Baker stood on her porch and chatted with Geraghty, praising Griffen for her reliable delivery service - and her friendship.
"Marilyn hugs me when I get back from Florida," she said.
After goodbyes, Geraghty and Griffen got back in Geraghty's car to travel to the next stop on the route.
"I could get in trouble, I talk too much," Griffen said. "But I may be the only person these people see each day, so it's important to spend a little time with them."
The duo stopped a few blocks away at a home on Terrace Avenue.
Ethel Bennett came to the door and looked surprised to see Geraghty.
"I remember when you once picked raspberries in my yard, and your mother sent you over to apologize," she said.
Looking at the lunch, she registered an expression of approval.
"These lunches are pretty good most of the time," she said. "It's nice to have warm food."
A half-hour later, Meals on Wheels driver Stephen Burns, also a 10-year volunteer, pulled his minivan up to a home on Montcalm Street in Lake George.
"If it weren't for these deliveries, a lot of these seniors wouldn't fix a meal for themselves," he said. "This program allows many people to stay in their homes longer."
Evelyn Truax came to the door, to be greeted by both Burns and Village Mayor Robert Blais.
Looking surprised, she told Blais about the program.
"It's a good service," she said. "These hot meals taste home-cooked."
At the next stop, Burns went it alone, stopping at the home of Charlotte Sherman, who's on oxygen, and doesn't get out much.
Accepting the meal, she talked with Burns about the Elvis clock he'd given her. The clock plays a different hit of her favorite rock 'n roll star at regular intervals.
"This is a big deal for me - I like talking with Stephen," she said. "He wants to know how I'm feeling, and that makes me feel good."
A little later, Geraghty pulled into the Warrensburg town hall after 17 stops.
"This is an important program, and a lot of people enjoy what they get from it," he said. "I know I had a really good time."