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APRIL 2020

Not today, deer

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Watching live theater at home

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Keeping track of history

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On the cover: Bottom left: 94-year-old lawyer Thomas Rizzo Photo by Rick Falkowski; Bottom right: Singing chef Jim Rebholz Photo courtesy of Jim Rebholz;

Home & Garden 6

Oh, Deer!................................................... Carol Ann Harlos

Arts 7

Live Theater at Home......................................Donna Hoke

Genealogy 11 Log Your Research......................... Carol DiPirro-Stipkovits

Features: Doing Good at Every Age 12 WNY Volunteer Opportunities .........................Kathy Schlaich 14 UB Free Legal Clinics....................................... Gabe DiMaio 16 Thomas Rizzo: 94 and Going Strong...........Rick Falkowski

My WNY 18 Jim Rebholz.................................................Judith A. Rucki

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From the Editor

So much has changed in the past few weeks with the coronovirus pandemic; it's hard to know where to begin. Just last month, our features focused on laughter and visiting comedy centers and clubs. That's impossible now, and we don't know when things will go back to "normal." The most important thing we can do now is stay healthy and stay home. That means limiting social contact, avoiding people who are sick, and washing hands frequently. This virus spreads quickly and has already claimed thousands of lives around the globe. We don't want to contribute to the spread; our office is essentially closed with Buffalo Spree Publishing staff working from home. Schools, restaurants, and businesses have wisely closed to the public in an effort to "flatten the curve" of infection rates. Visit cdc.gov/ coronavirus to learn more. Some good news: Several news organizations are offering free updates on COVID-19. Many Subscribe to Forever Young for just $12/year! Call 716-972-2238 or fill out and mail in the subscription form on page 8.

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FOREVER YOUNG APRIL CALENDAR DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, MOST, IF NOT ALL REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETINGS AND EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED IN COMPLIANCE WITH NEW YORK STATE LAW. WE'RE INCLUDING ONGOING EVENTS BELOW FOR CONTINUITY.

Ongoing Erie County STAY FIT DINING PROGRAM offers a hot noon meal at 45 locations in Erie County. Menus and site list at erie.gov/stayfit or 858-7639. Gowanda HEALTH COMMUNITY ALLIANCE Activities open to the public age 50+, (no residency requirements), Concord Senior Center, 1 School Street, Gowanda; for schedule visit communityalliance.org; 5321010, or beemana@hcanetwork.org Niagara Falls SENIOR COMPANION/FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM Looking for seniors who enjoy working with their peers or children. Volunteers receive a tax-free stipend, transportation assistance, and supplemental insurance coverage while volunteering. If you are 55+, have a minimum of 15 hours per week to give, and want to make a difference, contact Nora Aloian (SCP) at 285-8224 ext. 217or Jennifer Britton (FGP) at 285-8224 ext. 228 Williamsville MEDICARE EDUCATION PROGRAM offers complimentary services through the WNY Medicare Resource Center. Appointments encouraged, 833-0252 Buffalo MEDITATION, 2:30 p.m., El Buen Amigo, 114 Elmwood Ave. Free every Sunday. Meditation unites with creative arts and pain management. Practitioner Sondra Holland welcomes people of all ages. Wear comfortable clothes. For information, Sondra: 9475092; store: 885-6343 Tonawanda TONAWANDA TOPS CLUB #50 Weekly meetings on Mondays, weigh-in 6 p.m./meeting starts at 6:25 p.m., Zion United Church Koenig & Parker Tonawanda; 9126875 Farnham T.O.P.S. CLUB weekly meetings held Tuesdays at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 10633 Church St., starting at 9 a.m. Call 934-9619. Tonawanda T.O.P.S. CLUB, weekly meetings on Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Claremont Avenue. For information, call 693-5161

Kenmore UKULELE SING ALONG Ukuleles provided during class. All levels welcome beginner- experienced. Tuesdays 8 p.m. Church of the Advent, 54 Delaware Rd., Kenmore $5 suggested donation. 481-5735 Buffalo TAI CHI FOR BETTER BALANCE 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Tosh Collins Senior Center, 35 Cazenovia St. $3 For more information, contact monicazucco@gmail.com. Buffalo GENTLE YOGA, 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Tosh Collins Senior Center, 35 Cazenovia St. $3 Bring a yoga mat. Info: 828-1093 Tonawanda UKULELE SING ALONG Ukuleles provided during class. All levels welcome. Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays 1:30 p.m. Brighton Place Library 999 Eggert Rd. Call to register 332-4375, $5 suggested donation Orchard Park ZUMBA Day and evening classes, Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. $30 for an 8-week session. Orchard Park Senior Center, 70 Linwood Ave., Ph: 662-6452.

West Falls MEMORY CAFE A gathering place for friends with Alzhiemer's and their caretakers. 10-11:30 a.m. the 1st & 3rd Wednesday each month, with free refreshment and concerts11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. West Falls Center for the Arts, Center, 1863 Davis Rd., info: westfallsartcenter.org or 570-6520 Amherst FREE RESPITE CARE PROGRAM, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Trinity Old Lutheran Church 3445 Sheridan Drive. First Wednesday of the month, for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia. A morning snack and nutritious lunch are provided. Info: 836-4868 Boston HATHA YOGA Wednesdays at 7 pm. Gentle and meditative. Bring your own mat. Faith United Church of Christ, 8651 Boston State Road. For more info call church office 716-9413529

Holland FREE RESPITE CARE First Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. for those caring for loved ones with any form of dementia. Lunch included. Presented by Holland Methodist Church, 11699 Partridge Rd.; 388-3150 Akron T.O.P.S. CLUB Thursdays, 5:30– 6:45p.m. at the Akron/Newstead Senior Center, 5691 Cummings Rd. We offer tools, programs, support, fellowship and recognition for healthy living and weight management. For information call Diane 542-4980 Tonawanda LAUGHTER YOGA Come as you are, just bring your laughter! Thursdays 11 a.m. Brighton Place Library, 999 Eggert Rd., Tonawanda. FREE Cheektowaga T.O.P.S. MEETING, Thursdays at 9 a.m., St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 900 Maryvale Dr. (corner of Union Road). Come for the love, support and friendship. For information, call Karen at 247-2334

Buffalo HEADWAY SUPPORT GROUPS, 2635 Delaware Ave. For individuals who have sustained brain injuries, their families, and caregivers; exchange information and resources, and find mutual support and encouragement. Peer Support (Suite B), 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 6:30–8 p.m.; Caregivers Support (Suite B), first Tuesday, 6:30–8 p.m. Info: 408-3100 or headwayofwny.org Cheektowaga T.O.P.S. #391 Meets Wednesdays, 9–10:30 a.m. upstairs at Cheektowaga Recreation Center, 2600 Harlem Rd. Info: MaryAnn 895-4414 Orchard Park TAI CHI Classes are Wednesdays at 1 pm. 8-week session costs $30. Orchard Park Senior Center, 70 Linwood Ave., Ph: 662-6452. Williamsville WOMEN’S LYMPHEDEMA SUPPORT GROUP 5:45 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Sheridan Surgical room, 4510 Bailey Ave., Williamsville. Call 908-4149

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FOREVER YOUNG APRIL CALENDAR DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, MOST, IF NOT ALL REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETINGS AND EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED IN COMPLIANCE WITH NEW YORK STATE LAW. WE'RE INCLUDING ONGOING EVENTS BELOW FOR CONTINUITY. Niagara Falls NIAGARA FALLS SINGLES SOCIAL CLUB, An active 50+ crowd, Game Night 1st Saturday of each month,Wheatfield; contact for location or for more info 550-1232 Southtowns NEW HORIZONS MUSIC Calling all musicians interested in music. New Horizons Music meets in the daytime and is for people 50+. For info, email Janet Stout at 354janet@gmail. com and visit newhorizonsmusic.org. Hamburg ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP for males at Wesleyan Church, 4999 McKinley Pkwy. 2nd Tuesday. 6260600, alz.org/wnyc Orchard Park ALIENATED GRANDPARENTS ANONYMOUS meetings 1 p.m. the 2nd Tuesday of month, 4295 S. Buffalo St. Depew BREAST CANCER NETWORK OF WNY Monthly meeting 2nd Tuesday, 6 p.m., Bella

Moglie Bldg., 3297 Walden Ave. Call 7060060 or visit bcnwny.org. Professional support group will be held at 8 p.m. West Seneca AMANA GARDEN CLUB OF WEST SENECA, is welcoming new members interested in gardening, floral arrangement, and more the 2nd Wednesday of month, 11 a.m., Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St. Info, Marie: 884-8543 Williamsville MCGUIRE GROUP MEMORY CARE SUPPORT GROUPS: General Support Group is 2nd Wednesday, 3 p.m. at Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 2699 Wehrle Dr., Williamsville; Daughters’ Support Group, 5 p.m. Coordinated with the Alzheimer’s Association, with caregiving tips and coping mechanisms. Info: 632-3700 or mcguiregroup.com Hamburg SOUTHTOWNS OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP Please join us and learn about the latest products, receive help, and meet new friends. Family

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and friends welcome. 2nd Thursdays, March–November, 11:30 a.m. ZJ's Restaurant, 140 Pine St. (Please do not call the restaurant.) Info: Mike: 725-7126 Niagara Falls NIAGARA FALLS SINGLES SOCIAL CLUB, An active 50+ crowd, Meet & Greet, 2nd Friday of each month, 6 to 8 pm at Tim Hortons, 8500 Niagara Falls Blvd., NF. Call for more info 550-1232. Buffalo LGBTQ MEMORY LOSS CAREGIVERS PROGRAM: The Pride Center of WNY offers the LGBTQ Memory Loss Caregivers Program

providing support and education for people providing care for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. 3rd Tuesday each month at 5:30 p.m., Pride Center, 200 South Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, 852-7743 or pridecenterwny.org Niagara Falls NIAGARA FALLS SINGLES SOCIAL CLUB, An active 50+ crowd. Dances are the 3rd Friday of each month, 7 to 11 pm at Buffalo Social Club 2565 Young St., Niagara Falls. Monthly activites include Picnics, restaurants and parties. 50-50 raffles, and door prizes. FaceBook: SINGLES SOCIAL CLUB or call for more info 550-1232

DANCE CALENDAR MONDAYS

Sloan CLOGGING LESSONS by Kickin’ Rhythm Cloggers, 6:30 p.m. @ St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, 111 Crocker St., Bldg. 1. (585) 457-4455. Buffalo HUSTLE FOR HEALTH URBAN LINE DANCING with Phyllis Caver at Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St, Buffalo. noon–1 p.m. FREE for ages 55+ Call 832-1010 ext. 4 Kenmore JACKIE’S DANCE Two lessons, 7–9 p.m. dance. Call 407914-5251 for details.

TUESDAYS

Buffalo LINDY FIX 8–10 p.m. @ Polish Cadets Hall, 927 Grant St. lindyfix.com, swingbuffalo.com.

WEDNESDAYS

4th Wednesdays @ VFW Post in Village of Williamsville. 7 p.m. Info: Geraldine, 877-0222 or amherstvictoriandance.org

THURSDAYS

Kenmore JACKIE’S THURSDAY NIGHT DANCES @ Brounshidle Post, 3354 Delaware Ave. Lessons: 7 p.m. Open dancing: 8 p.m. 691-8654.

SATURDAYS

Buffalo HUSTLE FOR HEALTH URBAN LINE DANCING at East Community High School 820 Northampton St, Buffalo. 11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. FREE for all ages. Free Lunch. Www.HustleforHealth.com

ONGOING

WNY BELLYDANCE CLASSES 5601891, nadiaibrahim.com.

N. Ton. DANCING WITH DOTTIE AND FRIENDS country-style line lessons, 7:30 p.m. @ Pendleton Center Meth. Church, 6864 Campbell Blvd. 625-8306.

WNY BALLROOM SOCIAL DANCE, Argentine tango and belly dance instruction with Carol Allen; N. Collins and Amherst. 337-3092 or callen8801@aol.com.

Buffalo HUSTLE FOR HEALTH URBAN LINE DANCING with Phyllis Caver at Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St, Buffalo. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE for ages 55+ Call 716 832 1010

West Seneca BALLROOM DANCE classes @ 1761 Orchard Park Rd., 7713110, ballroomiliana.com.

Amherst AMHERST VICTORIAN DANCE SOCIETY Authentic music, dress and dance of Queen Victoria's time. New members and guests welcome! 1st Wednesdays @ Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in Amherst &

WNY DANCE W/ ERIN BAHN 9977190 ARGENTINE TANGO IN BUFFALO Dancing & Classes. traviswidricktango.com. Contact Travis @ 517-7047


CROSSWORD 22. Old-fashioned over

49. One of Sinbad's seven

24. Move like a serpent

51. Miss America's accessory, pl.

25. *Go back the way you came

54. Prefix for below

26. Hawaiian veranda

56. Church song

27. Banal or commonplace

57. Actress Sorvino

29. *"Raised ____, " or "Don't Walk"

58. Shining armor

31. Small fragments

59. Negative contraction

32. Bar order, with the

60. Pub order

33. Puzzle with pictures and letters

61. ____-China

34. *Up-side-down triangle sign

62. Christmas season

36. Biz bigwig

63. Horizontal wall beam

38. Yarn spinner

64. *Keep your hands at ten and ____

42. "The Nutcracker" protagonist

66. *Measurement of alcohol in body, acr.

45. Crafting with stitches

THEME: DRIVER'S ED ACROSS 1. Happen again

53. Type of dam

6. Promotions

55. Post Malone's genre

9. Field mouse

57. *Traffic separator

13. UV absorber

60. *Kind of lane

14. Seek a seat

64. Tiger's and lioness' offspring

15. Eagle's nest

65. J. Edgar Hoover's org.

16. Jury ____ 17. Mad King George's number 18. Bad-tempered one 19. *Two or more people on the road 21. *Fines can do that? 23. Scot's woolen cap 24. Give an impression 25. Last month 28. Willy Wonka mastermind 30. Lay down to rest again 35. Container weight 37. Damaging precipitation 39. One born to Japanese immigrants 40. Windows alternative 41. Clown act 43. London subway 44. What Motion Picture Association of America does 46. Lentil soup 47. Pulitzer winner Bellow

67. Capital of Vietnam 68. Between wash and dry 69. 1985 Kurosawa movie 70. Village V.I.P. 71. Brewer's kiln 72. Play part 73. Young salmon DOWN 1. Campus drilling grp. 2. Poet Pound 3. Coconut fiber 4. Not fitting 5. Add a new magazine 6. Seed cover 7. *Punishable driver offense, acr. 8. Like a hurtful remark 9. Action word 10. Like face-to-face exam

48. Little Women to Aunt March

11. Don't cross it?

50. Victorian and Elizabethan ones, e.g.

12. Comic cry 15. Keenness in a certain field

52. Dropped drug

20. D-Day beach

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HOME & GARDEN

Oh, Deer! CAROL ANN HARLOS

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ike many gardeners, I feed the birds, especially during the winter when they have to contend with less food, fewer places to hide, and sudden storms. I have made a point of keeping my eight feeders clean to avoid possible salmonella bacteria contamination that can lead to bird illness or death. I purchase high quality bird seed: black oil sunflower seed, an occasional bag of striped sunflower seed to slow down the blue jays, and nyjer seed for the sparrows and finches. I bought a squirrel-proof suet feeder and delighted in watching birds getting the needed fat and the squirrels trying unsuccessfully to get it! I also purchased a feeder that holds dried Tenebrio beetle larvae (also called grubs or meal worms) to increase the protein content of the bird’s diet. I joined Project FeederWatch, which means watching, counting, and recording birds beginning in November and ending in April. The birds I have been counting visit

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my feeders, but other participants observe birds at nature centers or other locations. Data is collected and sent to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I love that “citizen

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scientists” can collect data enabling scientists to look for trends in bird numbers and species. For example, my bird feeders have many dark eyed juncos, which I understand have been suffering population decreases. Dear readers, this has been such a joy. Then I started noticing deer scat in the driveway. My next-door neighbor sent me a text showing deer eating bird seed (deer prefer the sunflower seeds to the nyjer) from the feeders. This is bad in so many ways. First it takes food from the birds. It encourages deer to come to the yard, which means they may be drawn to other deerluscious plants on the property. In

addition, sunflower hulls are not well digested by deer as there is a chemical compound in the hull that inhibits digestion in deer and sometimes leads to compaction. Also, white tailed deer can harbor ticks, which you probably already know carry Lyme Disease. Deer can run into streets leading to car accidents. Yikes! What to do? (Did I ever tell you about me throwing snow at the deer in the backyard wearing boots and my Victoria Secret pajamas? They just looked at me. See the crazy lady! In case you have a certain image of the writer, the pajamas were red flannel.) Then, I got sensible. I emptied out the sunflower feeders and kept them empty for two weeks. I cleaned up seeds that had fallen on the ground. Then I bought a large bottle of hot sauce and mixed it into fresh sunflower seed...not too much, as the seed shouldn’t be damp or it will support bacteria and fungi. The birds can’t taste the capsaicin but the deer can. Problem solved. FY

I love to hear from my readers: caharlos@verizon.net


ARTS

Missing Live Theater? Watch It at Home

Visit buffalospree.com and foreveryoungwny.com to read the digital editions of both publications. And check our publications' Facebook pages for updates on the arts, recipes, health tips, workouts you can do at home, and more. We hope to see you at the theater soon! Until then, take care of yourselves and your loved ones. FY Playwright Donna Hoke writes about theater for Buffalo Spree and Forever Young.   

BY DONNA HOKE

Image courtesy of BroadwayHD.com

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You protect your eyes.

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Theater Wit: The theater will present remote viewing of the amazing off-Broadway play, Teenage Dick. theaterwit.org. Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company Archive: Full stream of We’re Gonna Die  youngjeanlee.org/work/were-gonna-die

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Bingo Calendar VALLEY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 93 Leddy, Buffalo 7:30 p.m...................................... 823-4707 MATTHEW GLAB POST 1965 Abbott Rd., Lackawanna 7:30 p.m..................................... 825-3733 HAMBURG–KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg 7:30 p.m.................. 649-9830/649-4340

Bingo Calendar All Bingo is likely canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This calendar serves as a placeholder.

MONDAY

AMERICAN LEGION #1322 STEPHEN SIKORA POST 950 Payne Ave., Nort Tonawanda 7:25 p.m...................................... 693-1740 CONGREGATION SHIR SHALOM 4660 Sheridan Dr., Williamsville 7:30 p.m...................................... 633-8877 AMERICAN LEGION MCKEEVER POST 1770 South Park Ave., Buffalo 7:30 p.m...................................... 822-6400 HOLY MOTHER OF THE ROSARY CATHEDRAL Fellowship Hall, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster 11:30 am...................................... 683-7527

FATHER JUSTIN K OF C 2735 Union Rd., Cheektowaga 7:30 p.m...................................... 681-7251 AMERICAN LEGION POST 1041 533 Amherst St., Buffalo 7 p.m........................................... 875-9276 AM. LEG. POST NO. 567 3740 N. Buffalo Rd., O. Park 7:30 p.m...................................... 662-9780 ST. AMELIA 2999 Eggert Rd., Tonawanda 7:15 p.m...................................... 836-0011 SENECA GAMING AND ENTERTAINMENT 11099 Route 5, Irving 7 p.m........................................... 549-4389 DOWNTOWN POST NO. 64 A.L. INC. 1770 South Park Ave., Buffalo 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY AMVETS MEDALLION POST NO. 13 25 Review Pl., Buffalo 7:30 p.m...................................... 874-0559 ASSUMPTION PARISH 435 Amherst St., Buffalo 1 p.m........................................... 876-1038 FATHER JUSTIN K OF C 2735 Union Rd., Cheektowaga 1 p.m........................................... 681-7251 ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore 7:30 p.m...................................... 873-6716 OUR LADY OF POMPEII 129 Laverack, Lancaster 7 p.m........................................... 683-6522 WHEATFIELD NO. 1451 6525 Ward Rd., Sanborn 7:25 p.m...................................... 731-4712

GEORGE F. LAMM POST 962 Wehrle Dr., Williamsville 7:30 p.m...................................... 204-2405 RESURRECTION BINGO 130 Como Park Blvd. 7 p.m........................................... 683-3712 HARTLAND VFC 8945 Ridge Rd., Hartland 7:30 p.m. ARMOR VOL. FIRE CO. 4932 Clark St., Hamburg 7:30 p.m...................................... 649-9821 ST. ANDREW CHURCH 111 Crocker St., Sloan 7:30 p.m...................................... 892-0425 SENECA GAMING AND ENTERTAINMENT 11099 Route 5, Irving 7 p.m........................................... 549-4389 B.O.Y.S. ASSOCIATION OF LACKAWANNA VFW, 2909 South Park St., Lackawanna 7:20 p.m...................................... 948-0316

WEDNESDAY ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI 4263 St. Francis Dr., Athol Springs 7:30 p.m..................................... 627-2710 SHAWNEE VOL. FIRE COMPANY 3747 Lockport Rd., Sanborn 7:30 p.m. ................................... 731-3666

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THURSDAY FATHER JUSTIN K OF C 2735 Union Rd., Cheektowaga 1 p.m............................................ 681-7251 BLESSED TRINITY 317 Leroy Ave., Buffalo 8 p.m........................................... 833-0301 ST. BERNARD’S CHURCH Clinton @ S. Ogden, Buffalo 7:30 p.m...................................... 822-8856 PVT. LEONARD POST 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga 7:30 p.m...................................... 684-4371 ST. JAMES DEPEW 500 Terrace Blvd., Depew 7:30 p.m.......................................683-2746 ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore 7:30 p.m.......................................873-6716 SENECA GAMING AND ENTERTAINMENT 11099 Route 5, Irving 7 p.m........................................... 549-4389 FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS 1345 Indian Church Rd., West Seneca 7:00 p.m....................................... 674-2374 K OF C MADONNA COUNCIL NO. 2535 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda 7:20 p.m.......................................693-5470

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VFW COL. WEBER POST 989 2909 South Park Ave., Lackawana 7:30 p.m...................................... 823-9605

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SATURDAY ST. AMELIA’S RCC 2999 Eggert Rd., Tonawanda 1 p.m........................................... 836-0011 ASSUMPTION PARISH 435 Amherst St., Buffalo 7:30 p.m...................................... 876-1038 BLESSED TRINITY 317 Leroy Ave., Buffalo 8 p.m........................................... 833-0301 CARINAL O'HARA HIGH SCHOOL 39 O'Hara Rd., Tonawanda 7:30 p.m........................... 695-2600 x326

ST. JOHN XXIII 1 Arcade St., W. Seneca 7 p.m........................................... 823-1090 INFANT OF PRAGUE 921 Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga 7:15 p.m...................................... 634-3660 ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA 157 Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga 1 p.m........................................... 833-1715 OUR LADY OF POMPEII 129 Laverack, Lancaster 7 p.m. (1st Sat.).......................... 683-6522 SENECA GAMING AND ENTERTAINMENT 11099 Route 5, Irving 1 & 7 p.m.................................... 549-4389 ST. ANDREW CHURCH 111 Crocker St., Sloan 7:30 p.m...................................... 892-0425 PALLOTTINE FATHERS 3452 N. Falls Blvd., Wheatfield 7 p.m........................................... 694-4313 SOUTH WILSON VFC 4193 Chestnut Rd., Wilson 7:30 p.m...................................... 751-6079 CORPUS CHRISTI CHURCH 199 Clark St., Buffalo 2 p.m........................................... 896-1050 OUR LADY OF BISTRICA 1619 Abbott Rd., Lackawanna 7:15 p.m...................................... 822-0818

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SUNDAY CARDINAL O'HARA HIGH SCHOOL 39 O'Hara Rd., Tonawanda 1 p.m..695-2600 x326 OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART 3148 Abbott Rd., O. Park 2 p.m........................................... 824-2935 KENMORE K OF C 1530 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo 7 p.m........................................... 875-5780 ST. BERNARD’S CHURCH Clinton @ S. Ogden, Buffalo 7:30 p.m...................................... 822-8856 OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS 4125 Union Rd., Cheektowaga 7 p.m........................................... 634-3420 SENECA GAMING AND ENTERTAINMENT 11099 Route 5, Irving 1 & 7 p.m.................................... 549-4389 DELEVAN VFC N. Main St., Delevan 7 p.m........................................... 492-1910 ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore 7 p.m........................................... 873-6716

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GENEALOGY

CAROL DIPIRRO-STIPKOVITS

Research Logs for Genealogy The author's late father-in-law, husband, and his brothers visiting family in Hungary circa 1970 Courtesy of Carol DiPirro-Stipkovits

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remember sitting at my dining room table on a Sunday afternoon surrounded by my family research. I had accomplished quite a bit of in-person research before going online. A couple weeks prior, however, Ancestry tempted me with an offer that was too good to refuse. There I was, falling down a dark hole… dates, names, dates, names, on and on. My tree populated so quickly and I was so caught up in it that my only goal was to see how far back I could reach. (1646, by the way.) When I finally came up for air, I saw a tree full of people’s names, but I had no idea how or if they were truly connected to me. I recall making the tough decision to hit that delete button and start fresh. The internet has made research as grabbing a spiral notebook, birth and death to distinguish so easy. Trust me, when those little but think carefully about what them. leaves do their dance it’s hard to will realistically work with your Date of search: Record sets are turn away. I decided it was time to research habits. What you choose constantly being updated. If you get serious about how I spent time should be a handy tool you want to searched in 2016, another look in on genealogy research and, just as use. If it’s not simple, you won’t use 2020 might be prosperous. important, use source citations to it. Although our logs may vary, it’s Research question: What event verify my facts. This was the start important that certain information or person do you want to find? Be of my first genealogy research log. is included to be effective. Ask detailed with this question! Research logs save time by yourself: “Will my descendants Place of research: What helping us avoid repetitive searches be able to trace my research steps repository are you doing your and serve as the foundation for with this information?” That’s our research in? List the URL if the next generation of researchers. goal here, convincing them to take searching online. Listen, some months, I can only it on after we’re gone is another Source description: If it’s a find an hour for my genealogy. I conversation! Basically, a research computer database, drill down to don’t want to waste time redoing log should include: the actual record location. Enter searches I’ve already done. There Ancestors’ name and years: the library and call number for are so many choices for keeping Depending on your research a book or microfilm. I suggest a research log, whether paper question, it could be an individual, writing this as though you’ll need or digital. It could be as easy couple, or a family and dates of to send a novice to find the record.

Notes: This is where you note your research journey. What name variations did you try? List the years you looked through and the result of those searches. Results: Whether productive or not, always list the outcome of your search. Negative results can be just as helpful in reaching conclusions. Over the years, I have perfected my own digital log. If I need to leave my research for a day or a month, I can pick right up where I left off when I come back. I also feel more secure about the accuracy of my tree. The dancing leaves are still a weakness, but my research log keeps me honest. Staying focused is hard in genealogy with so many wonderful things to explore and so many temptations put right in front of us. Give a research log a try and watch it transform your family history researching. Happy hunting! FY Carol DiPirro-Stipkovits is a member of the National Genealogical Society and Association of Professional Genealogists. She is a Board member and President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society, guest lecturer and freelance writer. Send questions or comments to her at noellasdaughter@gmail. com.

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FEATURE

Share the Love

Volunteer opportunities in WNY BY KATHY SCHLAICH

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haring one’s time and talents through volunteering is proven to be beneficial to both the giver and receiver. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal government agency, volunteer job seekers have a 27 percent better chance of finding a job than non-volunteers and are also almost twice as likely to label themselves “very happy.” In Western New York, opportunities abound. Here are a few ways to get involved in the community and spread the happiness: nursing, counseling, information To volunteer call Sister Barbara Little Portion Friary at 1305 technology, and accounting as well as Pfohl or Sister JoAnn Ruh at 716Main Street has served Buffalo for food prep for evening meals, sorting 882-5705 or visit littleportionfriary. 38 years providing food, shelter, and managing donations, laundry, com. encouragement, and support to home maintenance, communications The Ken-Ton Closet improves thousands of the homeless until they and marketing, and picking up the lives of needy children from can secure permanent housing and donations. birth to 18 years old in the Village jobs. Volunteers work a weekly, bi- of Kenmore/Town of Tonawanda Help is needed with supervision monthly, or monthly schedule of by providing free clothing, school during the day, evening, or night shifts, their choice in four- to six-hour shifts. supplies, toiletries, and other items.

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Founded in 2013 by Jill O’Malley as an offshoot of the Ken-Ton Parent Alliance, the organization is located at the former Jefferson School, 250 Athens Boulevard in Tonawanda. In 2016, 708 children were served throughout all programs. Those in need can visit every other month to pick up supplies. Volunteers are needed to sort and store donations, hang clothes, decorate, help in the free library, clean, log receipts, conduct inventory, and return cans and bottles. Regular shifts are Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m.–1 p.m. or 1–4 p.m. Students and groups are also welcome. Some court-ordered community service may be available pending approval. Contact can be made through Facebook messenger, by calling 716-218-9589, or emailing ken. toncloset@gmail.com. RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) through HANCI (Health Association of Niagara County Inc.) matches volunteers ages 55+ with volunteer opportunities throughout Niagara County helping approximately 50 non-profit public agencies and organizations, performing over 80,000 hours annually. Volunteers are eligible to receive mileage reimbursement from their homes to and from volunteer sites or use it as a tax deduction. They are also covered by a supplemental insurance policy. A free recognition luncheon for volunteers with 48 hours or more of service annually is another perk. • Great starting pay • Opportunity for advancement • High school degree required • Reliable transportation a must

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FEATURE A few of the many opportunities include: Lockport Meals on Wheels, Sister Loretta Soup Kitchen, Lockport Elementary Schools, Habitat for Humanity, Heart Love and Soul Pantry/Dining Room, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Riviera Theater, Herschell Carousel Museum, and North Tonawanda Inter-Church Food Pantry. For more information, contact Mary Beth Kupiec at 716-285-8224 or email Kupiec@hanci.com. Twin Cities Meals on Wheels, Inc. at 100 Ridge Road, North Tonawanda, is in need of regular servers, drivers, and kitchen helpers one day a week Monday through Friday. Servers hours are 10:30 a.m.– 12:15 p.m. Riding with the drivers, they deliver food to the clients and report on their well-being. Drivers are needed during the same time period and use their own vehicles to deliver meals. Kitchen helpers are needed 8–11:30 a.m. to help the cooks prepare meals, make sandwiches, and fill lunch bags and hot meal trays. Volunteers are also sought for special projects. Those over 55 are eligible to join the above- mentioned RSVP program. For more information, call or fax 716-693-1663 or email info@ tcnow.com. Niagara Hospice, located at 4675 Sunset Drive in Lockport, has a wide variety of ways to help, asking as little as one hour a week of time from their volunteers. Assistance is needed with office help, family support, pet or musical visits, family caregiver or bereavement services, and fundraising. A volunteer application and attendance at a training date is required to participate. Help with special events and in the Memorial Garden is also sought. For more information, call the volunteer office at 716-280-0748, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the website at niagarahospice.org/volunteer. Buffalo City Mission last year provided 158,100 meals, 73,691

safe nights of sleep, and 163 faith commitments to the homeless and needy population they serve. Varied service opportunities are available to accommodate individuals and groups at their 100 E. Tupper Street location in Buffalo. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old for individuals and 16 and above for groups. Meal service assistants, thrift store attendants, receiving department helpers, childcare helpers, and many other areas are in need. For information on how to get involved contact the Volunteer Department at 716-854-8181 x404 for individual opportunities, x419 for group opportunities and x438 for donation needs and process information. Niagara SPCA at 2100 Lockport Road in Niagara Falls seeks volunteers willing to make a difference in the lives of adoptable animals by lending a hand to shelter staff and spreading the message of responsible pet ownership and care throughout the community. Tail Waggers work with dogs: walkers, kennel enrichers, kennel butlers, and kennel assistants are needed. Purr Pals interact with cats ensuring their environment helps them thrive. Community outreach volunteers are also sought to represent the SPCA at community events by transporting animals, setting up and breaking down the event, and answering questions from the public. Training is provided for all positions. For information on how to volunteer call 716-731-4368 or email frontdesk@niagaraspca.org. HART Program (Home Assistance Referral Team) Founded in 1982, has as its mission to enable community members to maintain quality of life in their own homes, allowing them to “age in place” by linking them with quality, affordable help. Located at 505 Cayuga Street in Lewiston (inside the First Presbyterian Church’s rear entrance), HART is a not-forprofit organization with operating costs covered by grants, individual

and organization donations, and community fundraising events. The organization relies heavily on volunteers for general office work and for help at fundraising events held throughout the year. Regular business hours are from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. For more information on how to help, contact Sharla Evans at 716-754-8313 or email at info@ hartprogram.org.

Hospitals, nursing homes, museums and historical sites also utilize volunteers. The possibilities are endless to get involved and make a difference. FY Kathy Schlaich is a frequent contributor to Forever Young and has written for publications across the country.

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UB Legal Clinics Learning and serving BY GABE DIMAIO

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n top of the “book learning” that occurs, good and practical work has been done for decades by the University at Buffalo School of Law legal clinics. Student attorneys are admitted to practice under the guidance of their clinical professors. In exchange for experience and credit, they provide very important legal work for people and organizations that, but for their help, would be left unrepresented. This includes sitting down with clients to learn more about their situation, analyzing the need, and implementing the solution.

“We have a very strong program,” says Kim Diana Connolly, a professor at the law school and the Director of Clinical Legal Education and Vice Dean for Advocacy and Experiential Education. “We have multiple types of clinics as well as practicum courses in which students engage in actually providing pro bono service. There is a strong classroom component where they are learning

both substantive laws and necessary skills, and reflecting on the process of becoming a lawyer.” The students put in a substantial amount of work at the clinics.

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FEATURE be admitted to the New York State Bar. Given that most of the clinics earn four credits each, the hours of service dedicated to helping the community really add up. The number and types of clinics at any given time ebb and flow. Student interest, professor expertise, and world events drive availability. Currently, the law school houses the following clinics: • Animal Law Clinic • Civil Liberties and Transparency Clinic • Civil Legal Access to Justice Hybrid Clinic • Environmental Advocacy Clinic • Entrepreneurship Law Center Clinic • Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic • Mediation Clinic • Puerto Rico Recovery Assistance Legal Clinic

When the New York Bar established its requirement for pro bono hours, many students approached Connolly with an interest in Animal Law, a practice concerned with animal welfare issues such as addressing the problem of puppy mills. “We found a couple of nonprofit organizations that were interested in receiving some legal support, and we started doing that as a little pro bono project that then became its own clinic,” says Connolly. “It’s something that evolved from students wanting to do it, doing a little bit in the community, the community really appreciating what the student attorneys were doing, and asking for more. Then we built that up to support the work that we do with the SPCA, Pets Alive WNY, and other groups.” When law professors are hired, their vast experience in a subject area might lend itself to starting or

directing a specific clinic. In some cases, local practitioners might lead one. This is the case with the law school’s longest-running clinic, the Mediation Clinic led by local attorney Steve Sugarman, who has an international and national reputation in the field. Sometimes world events will dictate the need for the establishment of a clinic. For example, on the heels of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, there was a great need for legal help to aid in the recovery. Law students continue to provide work locally for those who have been displaced and now reside in Western New York. In January, the clinic completed its fifth service-learning trip to Puerto Rico, which Connolly believes is the greatest number of visits by any mainland law school. As a testament of the good work of the law school legal clinics, PreLaw Magazine published by National Jurist recently recognized

the law school as leading the nation in practical training. Connolly adds that being at the helm of the legal clinic program and building on its legacy, which includes watching the students develop their skills, is “the best job.” “Watching them have the opportunity to learn while doing things that matter is amazing,” she says. More information about the legal clinics at the University at Buffalo School of Law can be found at law.buffalo.edu/beyond/ clinics FY Gabe DiMaio is a frequent contributor to Forever Young and Buffalo Spree. He is a 2001 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law where his concentration was in Affordable Housing and Community Economic Development.

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FEATURE

Tommy Rizzo 94 and Going Strong

STORY AND PHOTOS BY RICK FALKOWSKI Thomas "Tommy" Rizzo has been practicing law for nearly four decades.

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homas Rizzo began a career as a musician while still in his teens. He went on to become a successful business owner. And, at 55 years old, decided to go to law school. Now, nearly four decades later, Rizzo is still practicing law. He is an inspiration to anyone who wants to make a career change later in life and an example to any senior citizen who wishes to continue working long after reaching retirement age. During WWII, many musicians in the WNY area had joined the military or were drafted. This resulted in a shortage of musicians available to perform at

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area nightclubs and dancehalls. Tommie’s father, Sal Rizzo, was a guitarist and president of Local 43 (now Local 92) of the Musicians Union. While still a student at

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Lafayette High School, Tommie obtained his Union Card at 17 years old in 1943 and auditioned for the Harold Austin Orchestra. Rizzo got the job and played

upright bass and sang with the Harold Austin Orchestra on the Crystal Beach Boat and at the Crystal Ballroom during the summer. The rest of the year they played at the Dellwood Ballroom, while he was attending undergraduate school at UB. Rizzo was drafted later during WWII, but returned to the band after being discharged. Graduating from UB in 1948 and getting married in 1949, Rizzo augmented his income as a musician by working other jobs. He was a Kirby vacuum cleaner salesman for six months and an insurance salesman for a year before he secured a position with Prentice Hall, selling legal and financial services publications to attorneys and accountants. Ten years later, he started a successful telemarketing company that was in business for seventeen years. In 1948, Bobby Nicholson (later the music director of the Howdy Doody Show featuring Buffalo Bob Smith) left his position as leader of the Harold Austin Orchestra to become music director at WKBW radio. Rizzo became bandleader at the Dellwood Ballroom, Canadiana, and Crystal Ballroom. He was also a member of the WBEN radio orchestra, performing during the inaugural broadcast of WBEN-TV and appeared on early television shows Club Canandaigua and One Chorus Only. Rizzo represented Buffalo as a bass player and vocalist on two national broadcast radio programs: Adam Hats Big Break and the Horace Height Show. After Harold Austin returned as bandleader and changes in the Buffalo Musicians Union contract with the radio stations resulted in less dependence on in-house radio station orchestras, in 1949 Rizzo formed the Tic Toc Timers with Russ Messina (accordion), Vince Brundo (guitar), and Dick Fadale (drums). They performed regularly at the Anchor Bar, Foster’s Supper Club, Peter Stuyvesant Room, and the Town Casino. In 1953, he joined the Harry Stern Orchestra, one of the area’s most popular


FEATURE society bands, performing at many premier WNY events through 1964. When Rizzo was 55, he attended a lecture on nutrition by a doctor who had previously been a lawyer. The lecturer explained that he decided to switch careers later in life and encouraged other people to make the switch, explaining that it was a positive and healthy life experience. Not telling any of his friends, Rizzo decided to attend law school, took the LSAT, got accepted at two schools and was placed on the UB waiting list. He explained to UB that at his age, being on a waiting was not an option, so, in 1980, he started law school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Two of his children were also in college at the time. They were surprised but supportive. After getting top grades in his first year of study, he transferred to UB Law School. He graduated in 1983

and was admitted to the NYS and Florida Bar Association. He passed both bar exams on the first attempt and graduated without any student loan debt. Upon graduation, he was an Assistant District Attorney for less than a year before opening his own general practice in a building he owned on Bailey near Minnesota. The practice was established by a mail-out to American Federation of Musicians members, walkin business from people in the neighborhood, and referrals from attorneys. The practice quickly became a success. In 1990, a car crashed into the front of his building on Bailey Avenue, causing extensive damage. At 65, when most people retire, Rizzo started over again in a new office at 3407 Delaware Avenue in Kenmore. Thirty years later, he is still practicing law in that same office. Not only did Rizzo begin his

law career near retirement age, he released his first CD in 1998. His son Tom Rizzo Jr. is a jazz guitarist, and was a member of the Doc Severinsen Tonight Show Orchestra and other touring bands. Tom was managing Chick Corea’s recording studio in Los Angeles and, while his father was visiting, they began work on Tommie Rizzo – Then & Now, a CD of jazz standards he sang in the 1940s and 1950s. That led to Rizzo being featured in the Buffalo-produced PBS special Things That Aren’t There Anymore and area musical appearances until after he was ninety. Tommie Rizzo is not slowing down. He is currently upgrading his legal training by completing the 24 hours of legal education required every two years to retain his legal license. His advice on keeping active and being successful: “People should do something they like and do something productive in their mind, which has meaning.” He

and his wife Jini have been married for 71 years and she still teaches bridge. Rizzo smiled stating “we see no end in sight.” The biggest enjoyment at his age is watching the development of his ten grandchildren, ranging in age from 18 to 47. “Their accomplishments make you feel good,” he says. When asked if he ever planned on retiring, he shook his head and said, “I wouldn’t know what to do.” FY

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MY WNY STORY

Jim Rebholz BY JUDITH A. RUCKI

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here are those who embark upon a career and never stray from their path. Then, there are others who have several careers throughout their lives, and sometimes those careers overlap. Self-described “personal chef and vocalist” Jim Rebholz falls into the second category. The Buffalo native studied food administration at Erie Community College, but his real passion is singing. “Incidentally,” Rebholz says, “the chef and the singer have never worked together. No tossing pizza dough in the air while singing ‘O Sole Mio.’” Rebholz sang in a house band at The Executive, an entertainment hot spot back in the 1970s. Thinking he would further his musical career,

Rebholz later moved to Hollywood, where fame and fortune can come at a price. “Disco killed live music,” Rebholz says. While still in California, he married. He and his wife Yvonne have two sons, Robert and Barry. By 1978, they decided to move back to Buffalo to be with their families and friends. Knowing he had to reinvent himself back home, Rebholz got into men’s retail. One day, a local restaurateur came into get a tux at the formal

Self-described “personal chef and vocalist” Jim Rebholz Photos courtesy of Jim Rebholz

wear store Rebholz was managing. As they became acquainted, they often wound up talking about food. The restaurateur thought he was knowledgeable about food and asked, “Why are you selling tuxedos?” Rebholz says this comment produced an “aha moment.” Next thing he knew, he was serving banquets. Eventually, he became a maître d at the former Justine’s at the Buffalo Hilton, which turned out to be a dream job for him. However, the hours were intense, and Rebholz wanted to make more money. He went back to working as a waiter at another restaurant, which paid well. While Rebholz enjoyed working 18

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in the food industry, he still had the desire to perform. One day, he answered an ad for jingle singers, and he got the job. He and professional vocalist Cindy Schmidt wound up singing the jingle for AM&A’s. Now the seasoned vocalists, known as Sentimental Journey, sing together around the community, in venues ranging from adult community centers to country clubs and restaurants. Rebholz and Schmidt invested in equipment and beautifully orchestrated soundtracks. Initially, he says, they started knocking on doors. “Every single place at which we played has had us back, and books us for the year.”


MY WNY STORY put together the program, and Rebholz did food demonstrations while teaching cooking skills, such as how to make a lighter version of comfort food. For the last thirteen years, he has been a chef in the home of priests from St. Francis High School. He enjoys having carte blanche to cook whatever he likes and says he gets to experiment every day. He adds, “I get to play around and do things you could not do in a restaurant.” Exuding positive energy, Rebholz says he “loves cooking, and people, and singing.” He has carved out a niche for himself as both a culinary and musical artist, which, he says, is “the best of both worlds.” For more information contact: (716) 444-1873, chefjimr@yahoo. com, or find Rebholz on Facebook. Check for summer dates at Ilio Dipaolo’s Courtyard, as well as other music venues.

“We have a nice chemistry. She handles ballads and upbeat songs. We sing what we like.” He tells the story of how an assisted living resident once requested “Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey”. Although not one of his favorite songs, Rebholz says, “I knew it inside and out. I sang it. I had fun singing it. Now we do it almost all the time.”

Amaretto Fruit Dip From the kitchen of Chef Jim Rebholz, “The Healthy Chef” Ingredients 2 cups 1% cottage cheese 8 oz Light cream cheese or yogurt cream cheese 1/3 cup Powdered sugar (if using sugar substitute, adjust measurement as they tend it be sweeter) 2 tsp Almond extract Directions Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until cheese curds are smooth. Transfer into a serving bowl. Chill 1 to 2 hours. This dip is also great as a frosting for a low-fat carrot cake or topping for angel food cake with fresh berries. FY Judith A. Rucki is a public relations consultant and freelance writer.

He adds, “Validation for artists is so important. We reach back into other eras. There are some songs we love, especially from the Great American Songbook.” Over time, Rebholz became the head of public food service at the former Children’s Hospital and was also a chef at Canisius College. Concurrently, he worked for Nutrition Dynamics. A dietician

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