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On the cover, clockwise from top: The grand interior of Shea’s Buffalo Photo by Jim Bush; Sabres fan favorite Pat LaFontaine Photo by Bill Wippert; Mayor Byron W. Brown Photo by Jim Bush

Life & Leisure 5

Crossword: Football .............................................StatePoint Media


No-fail Gifts ....................................................................Rebecca Cuthbert


Shakespeare Downtown ................................................... Daniel Meyer

Food 8

Spicing up Turkey.................................................Barbara Blackburn

Home & Garden 9

Christmas from the Garden........................................Carol Ann Harlos

Arts 10 December Theater Review.........................................Donna Hoke

Cover: FY Faves! 18 Forever Young Faves Results........................ Wendy Guild Swearingen

Getaways 24 Holiday Festivals.........................................Christine A. Smyczynski

My WNY 28 Mayor Byron Brown.................................................Jana Eisenberg

Being Well 30 Soothing Skin........................................................ Catherine Stack

12 Marley North....................................................... Anthony Chabala 31 Mini Face Lifts...........................................Samuel Shatkin Jr., MD

Ever y Issue: Calendars 3 | Bingo Buzz 14 | Classifieds & Companion Corner 32 | Noteworthy 33


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From the Editor

Once again, it’s time to reveal your choices for the 2016 Forever Young Faves. This is one of my favorite issues, because we get a glimpse into the lives of our readers and get to know them just a little bit better. We have a couple of repeats from years past. City Hall is a perennial favorite with Western New York folks. The iconic building is not only beautiful, it is a defining feature of Buffalo’s skyline. This year, we ask one of the denizens of City Hall some of his favorite aspects of the building. That’s right, Mayor Byron Brown gives us the inside scoop on his favorite nooks and crannies. The holidays are rushing toward us, so we wanted to provide you with a list of relaxing diversions (see Holiday Festivals) and options for lowstress gift giving (No-fail gifts).

Above all, we wish you peace, joy, and health now and in the coming year. Have a wonderful holiday, no matter what you celebrate. Cheers!

Wendy Guild Swearingen 783-9119 ext. 2253


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Erie County STAY FIT DINING PROGRAM offers a hot noon meal at 45 locations in Erie County. Menus and site list at or 858-7639.


Springiville SCENE Springville Concord Eldernetwork events (open to the public age 50+, no residency requirements) are held at the Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Drive (off Waverly) in Springville; for schedule visit; 592-2768 or


Niagara Falls SENIOR C O M PA N I O N / F O S T E R 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

1+ Buffalo GENTLE YOGA, 11 a.m. 1+ Thursdays, Tosh Collins Senior Center, 35 CazenoviaSt.Bringayogamat.Info:828-1093


SPRINGVILLE CONCORD ELDER NETWORK (SCENE) invites the public ages 50+ to any of their scheduled activities. Visit for an updated schedule or more details. Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Dr., Springville

1+ Cheektowaga T.O.P.S. MEETING,

Thursdays at 9 a.m., St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 900 Maryvale Drive (corner of Union Road). Come for the love, support and friendship. For information, call Karen at 247-2334

1+ Akron T.O.P.S. CLUB Every Thursday, 5:30-6:45, 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 @ 716-542-4980. 1+, 6+

WNY IDEAL WEIGHT CLASSES taught by Ida Shapiro are offered every Tues. at 6:15 p.m. at Zion United Church of Christ (Koening and Parker, Tonawanda) and every Thurs. at 6:15 p.m. at St. Gregory the Great (Maple Rd., Williamsville). Over 40 years experience. 636-3698.

1+ Amherst WILLIAMSVILLE ART SOCIETY Holiday Show Original art works, basket auction, refreshments. Open to the public through Dec. 27. Amherst Center for Senior Services. 370 John James Audubon Pkwy. Show continues through Dec. 27.

West Seneca UNITED CHURCH MANOR’S LUNCH PROGRAM is looking for volunteers in the West Seneca/Cheektowaga area. Information: 668-5804.

3+ Lockport T.O.P.S. CLUB, weekly meetings 9 a.m. Saturdays at Odd Fellows and Rebekah Nursing Home, 104 Old Niagara Road. Call 433-1693 4+

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: 947-5092; store: 885-6343.


Buffalo TAI CHI: MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Tosh Collins Senior Center, 35 Cazenovia St. For more information, contact monicazucco@


Niagara Falls T.O.P.S. CLUB, Enjoy light sitting and standing yoga at 5:30 p.m. before weigh in 6 p.m., and a brief interactive educational program at 7 p.m. Facebook: TOPS #173 Niagara Falls, NY. or call 550-1232. Meets Tuesdays at Riverside Presbyterian Church, 815 - 84th St., Niagara Falls


Tonawanda T.O.P.S. CLUB, weekly meetings on Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Claremont Avenue. For information, call 836-7255.

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Buffalo HEADWAY SUPPORT GROUPS, 2635 Delaware Ave. For individuals who have sustained brain injuries as well as their families and caregivers; exchange information and resources, and find mutual support and encouragement. Peer Support (enter at Suite B), first and third Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Caregivers Support (enter at Suite B), first Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Women’s Survivors Support (enter at Suite E), first Tuesday, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Info: 4083100 or



Amherst FREE RESPITE CARE PROGRAM, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Trinity Old Lutheran Church 3445 Sheridan Drive. Held 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. For more information on registering for the program, call 836-4868.


Boston HATHA YOGA Wednesday’s at 7 pm. Gentle and meditative. Bring your own mat. Faith United Church of Christ, 8651 Boston State Road, Boston, NY. For more info call church office 716-941-3529


Williamsville WOMEN’S LYMPHEDEMA SUPPORT GROUP, 5:45 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Sheridan Surgical room, 4510 Bailey Ave., Williamsville. Call 9084149

7 Depew WNYRPEA HOLIDAY LUNCHEON Festivities at noon at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Rd. Info: Maryalice 536-9867 or Mike 8775515. Pre-paid reservation by Nov. 23.

Farnham T.O.P.S. CLUB (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY) weekly meetings held Tuesdays at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 10633 Church St., starting at 9 a.m. Call 934-9619.


6, 18 WNY RESPITE SERVICES for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementia on first Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. in Williamsville, and third Saturday, 11 a.m. in Amherst. Location info: (800) 272-3900.

11 East Aurora RUSSIAN ARK In this 2002 historical drama, a 19th century French aristocrat journeys through the Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last three centuries of Russian history. Filmed entirely in the Winter

Middleport T.O.P.S. CLUB

Scout House, Rochester Rd., Middleport. Wednesday weigh-in: 3:15-4 p.m.; meeting: 4-5 p.m. Contact Terry at 7357666


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FOREVER YOUNG DECEMBER CALENDAR Palace of the famous Museum using a single 96-minute Steadicam shot. 4 p.m., Roycroft Film Society Parkdale School Auditorium, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora, 14052. Please stay for the post-film discussion $6 members, $8 non-members,



13 Orchard Park ALIENATED GRANDPARENTSANONYMOUS, INC., meetings 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of month, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

GIVER SUPPORT GROUP for males at Wesleyan Church, 4999 McKinley Pkwy. 2nd Tues. 626-0600,

Depew BREAST CANCER NETWORK OF WNY Monthly meeting second Tuesday, 6 p.m., Bella Moglie Bldg., 3297 Walden Ave. Call 7060060 or visit Professional support group will be held at 8 p.m.

14 Williamsville MCGUIRE GROUP 21 MEMORY CARE SUPPORT GROUPS:GeneralSupportGroupissecond Wednesday, 3 p.m. at Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 2699 Wehrle Dr., Williamsville; Daughters’ Support Group is also second Weds., 5 p.m. at Harris Hill Monthly support groups coordinated in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, with caregiving tips and coping mechanisms. For more information, call 632-3700 or visit

16 Niagara Falls Singles Social Club An active 50-plus crowd. Dances on the third Friday every month at 7pm at the Buff Social Club, 2565 Young St,. Niagara Falls, NY. Cost: $6 (Members $4) Door prize and 50/50 raffle. Monthly activities include game nights, restaurants, picnics and holiday parties. Check Facebook: Singles Social Club for events and photos or call 550-1232.

West Seneca FREE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT SESSION, hosted by The McGuire Group for anyone coping with grief, sadness or loss at 5 pm at Seneca Health Care Center, 2987 Seneca St. Held third Wednesday of the month. Those interested in attending can call 828-0500.


ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) held third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in two locations for families of people living with mental illness: St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. Southtowns: Lake Shore Behavioral Health, 3176 Abbott Rd., Orchard Park.

DANCE CALENDAR MONDAYS W. Seneca BALLROOM DANCING BY CAROL is a 6-week class @ St. David’s Church, 3951 Seneca St. 7:30– 9:30 p.m. Info: 824-0504. Sloan CLOGGING LESSONS by Kickin’ Rhythm Cloggers, 6:30 p.m. @ St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, 111 Crocker St., Bldg. 1., (585) 457-4455. TUESDAYS Buffalo LINDY FIX 8–10 p.m. @ Polish Cadets Hall, 927 Grant St., WEDNESDAYS N. Ton. DANCING WITH DOTTIE AND FRIENDS country-style line lessons, 7:30 p.m. @ Pendleton Center Meth. Church, 6864 Campbell Blvd. 688-6026 or 625-8306. 4 | December 2016

THURSDAYS Kenmore JACKIE’S THURSDAY NIGHT DANCES @ Brounshidle Post, 3354 Delaware Ave. Lessons: 7 p.m. Open dancing: 8 p.m. 691-8654. Ongoing WNY BELLYDANCE CLASSES 560-1891, Kenmore JACKIE’S DANCE Monthly dance. Call 691-8654 for details. WNY BALLROOM SOCIAL DANCE, Argentine tango and belly dance instruction with Carol Allen; N. Collins and Amherst. 337-3092 or West Seneca BALLROOM DANCE classes @ 1761 Orchard Park Rd., 771-3110, WNY DANCE W/ ERIN BAHN 997-7190 or ARGENTINE TANGO IN BUFFALO Dancing & Classes Contact Travis @ 716.517.7047

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THEME: FOOTBALL ACROSS 1. Capital of Belarus 6. The ____ Four 9. Muscovite or biotite 13. Savory taste 14. *Logo of a TV network airing first Super Bowl 15. Bigger from side to side 16. Merlin’s craft 17. Tiger’s prop 18. Incompetent 19. Finnish currency, pre-euro 21. *Non-contact football league 23. *Hall of Fame quarterback Stabler 24. Twosome 25. Club alternative 28. *Shoved to floor on TV by NFL’s Jim Everett 30. “____ ____ Time Machine” 35. Secular 37. What a willow did? 39. Helicopter sound 40. *Legendary Graham 41. Waterwheel 43. One algae representative 44. Bracelet add-on 46. *Defensive Texan

42. Filled with bewilderment 45. Popular Cuban cocktail 49. Temporary craze 51. Spanish loser, 1588 54. Jack Sparrow’s Black ____ 56. Bone-chilling 57. *1970s NFL Pro Bowlers Taylor or Armstrong 58. Egg on 59. Story “of Two Cities” 60. State of Israel 61. Safari ride 62. Wraths 63. Kind of palm 66. Swedish shag rug 68. Dip into liquid

47. As opposed to want 48. Sort of 50. Entry document 52. Like some martinis 53. Make fun of 55. “... ____ he drove out of sight” 57. *Where you find some linebackers 61. *2015 Rookie of the Year 64. Distinguishing feature 65. “____ we there yet?” 67. Woven wall hanging 69. Inuit shelter 70. Dark loaf 71. *Philip Rivers, San ____ Charger 72. “As ____ on TV” 73. Swimmer’s distance 74. Famous fabulist DOWN 1. “____’s the word” 2. Allah’s cleric 3. North American Grappling Association 4. Brat’s look 5. *Not to be roughed up 6. Greek cheese 7. Sailor’s affirmative 8. Burly 9. Breath freshener

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t’s easy to get caught up in the anxiety of gift giving—we want to find unique gifts that will wow our friends and family. Sometimes, though, “tried and true” is still the best route to take, especially since the point of the holidays is supposed to be showing love and counting our blessings. Cozy comfort Symbolize the warmth of hearth and home with snuggly favorites this season (extra points if they’re handmade). Think fuzzy sweaters, plush afghans and quilts, colorful scarves, and thick socks. Gifts like these are special as well as useful, and everyone appreciates another layer when the winter winds blow through Buffalo. To add a personal

touch, select or make these gifts in a loved one’s favorite color or pattern. Homemade goodness With hectic schedules and endlessly beeping digital devices, it may be hard for your family members or friends to find the time to cook or bake. Why not show love by filling their bellies with


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your signature cookies, casserole, or stew? This is especially appreciated by those who can’t get out much for ingredients or who have limited mobility (or, in the case of college-aged grandkids, limited cooking skills). Spruce things up by skipping the paper plates and using festive ceramic or glass dishes instead. Tape a note to the bottom that says the dish is a “pass-along plate” that can be reused for future gifting. Who knows? Maybe what goes around will come around! Little luxuries We all crave everyday indulgences, but often, practicality keeps us from splurging on ourselves. “How can we buy a $5-chocolate bar when we have utility bills and car payments?” we ask. It’s those little pleasures, though, that offer twinkles of light on gloomy days. If you know your friend loves boutique lip balm,

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gourmet truffle oil, or even highquality paper towels, wrap up a smile this holiday and gift that special treat! She’ll never forget how it felt to be spoiled, even that little bit. Practical presents If you’re at a loss for the perfect gift, think of the goods and services your loved ones use most. Do they have a favorite grocery store, coffee shop, or salon? Gift cards are always appreciated! Far from being impersonal, practical gift cards show that you know and support their favorite vendors; that you care enough to want to help; and that you’re trying to make their lives easier, even in some small way. Bonus: They’re easy to send through the mail. This holiday season, finding the perfect gift doesn’t need to involve traveling to the ends of the earth or shopping online for hours. Instead, think of the creature comforts, yummy treats, and local vendors that your friends and family members love best—and remember, no matter the gift, what matters most is the love that went into the giving! FY Rebecca Cuthbert lives, writes, and cares for shelter dogs in Dunkirk. She is a frequent contributor to Forever Young and Buffalo Spree.


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s 2016 comes to a close, admirers of William Shakespeare can celebrate the Bard’s life and work with an exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library that displays some of his most creative efforts. The Rare Book Room at the Buffalo Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, is currently showcasing historical, religious, literary, and scientific works that likely influenced Shakespeare’s writing. It is believed his world famous plays, sonnets, stage productions, and other popular works are the result of a long habit of creative writing. Among the items included as part of the exhibit are several poems that even the most diehard Shakespeare fans have not seen before. In addition to the display, which can be viewed until January 2017, two works written by Mark Twain that contain a Shakespearean component are also on exhibit inside the Mark Twain Room, which is conveniently located directly across the hall from the Rare Book Room on the first floor of the library. Both Is Shakespeare Dead? and 1601 can be viewed as a complement to Shakespeare’s folios and poetry. Is Shakespeare Dead was the only book that Twain wrote about another author and was the last work published during Twain’s lifetime. The personal reflection and a companion analysis of the playwright’s peculiar life includes a copy that contains an original letter written by Twain.

1601 is an early satire written by Twain that features a “Shaxpur” character, as well as contemporaries of the Elizabethan era, interacting about manners, customs, and rather sensational gossip. The early printings were actually done by private publishers, because the content was considered at the time too risqué for any mainstream publisher to print without fear of protest. The Rare Book Room at the Central Library regularly hosts collections of early printed and original books, manuscripts, and letters. In total, the Rare Book Room houses more than 5,000 literary and historic manuscripts and letters. No appointments are necessary to view the current exhibit, which is open during regular library hours. Anyone wanting to examine specific items located inside the Rare Book Room is asked to call at least one day in advance. Additional information about the Rare Book Room and the Mark Twain Room can be found online by visiting the Buffalo & Erie County Library website at or by calling 858-8900. FY Daniel Meyer is a freelance writer and contributor to Forever Young.

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A Spicy Take on Leftover Turkey BY BARBARA BLACKBURN


nstead of making a traditional turkey sandwich on bread, try spicing up your leftover turkey by mixing in bits of apples and curry powder and then placing the mixture into pitas. I recommend that your leftovers come from an all-natural bird that doesn’t come basted in chemicals.

We may as well have a minilesson on curry powder here; it is actually a pulverized blend of up to twenty spices, herbs, and seeds. Among those most commonly used are cardamom, chilies, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, fennel seed, fenugreek, mace, nutmeg, red and black pepper, poppy and sesame seeds, saffron, tamarind, and turmeric. Avoid any that contain salt. Visit the Indian section of your market to experiment with different curry powders. Then again, you can be very authentic and blend your own. Try adding some of the abovementioned spices as extras to the turkey.

Curry Some Flavor Turkey Pitas Ingredients 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup plain yogurt, preferably whole milk 3/4 teaspoon curry powder 1/8 teaspoon salt, optional l/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 clove garlic, minced 2 cups diced cooked turkey 4 green onions, chopped 1 large red pepper, seeded and chopped 1 small apple, cored and diced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 4 lettuce leaves halved or equivalent arugula sprigs 4 whole-wheat or white pitas

Directions: In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, curry, salt, pepper flakes, and garlic. Stir in the cooked turkey, green onions, red pepper, apple, and parsley. Mix well to combine all the ingredients. Cut the pitas in half. Place one half lettuce leaf or arugula in one pita half and stuff with about oneeighth of the turkey mixture. Repeat this with the remaining pita halves. If not eating right away, wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. For those cooks who don’t relish the cooking process, The Hurry Curry is fast and flavorful. I believe that the recipe is not set in stone, so to speak; think of it as a concept. You can take another direction

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with seafood, particularly if you find the turkey getting tedious. If you frown on canned soup, you can make a cup of béchamel sauce or just use a container of heavy cream or half ‘n’ half, adding the extra two ounces. Hurry Curry Ingredients ¼ chopped onion 1 ½ teaspoons curry powder 1 teaspoon butter 1 ten-ounce can of cream soup (chicken, mushroom, celery, etc.) 1/3 cup milk 1 cup diced turkey or crab Directions Cook the onion with curry powder in a teaspoon of butter until onion is tender but not brown. Add can of soup, milk, and turkey or crabmeat. (You can substitute imitation crabmeat or canned tuna or even chicken.) Heat, stirring frequently, until soup is hot. Serve over rice. Pass curry condiments (raisins, shredded coconut, peanuts, and chutney). Makes 4 servings. Have a spicy holiday! FY Barbara Blackburn writes frequently about food for several publications.


Christmas from the Garden


so love the holidays with food, family, and friends, but I hate the emphasis on commercial gifts. I try to incorporate some handmade items into my giving to family and friends.

CAROL ANN HARLOS This year, for the first time, I took some honey from my honeybees. I am not interested in becoming a commercial beekeeper, so this was a big deal. I worried about taking too much. After all, honeybees produce honey to keep themselves alive over the winter, not to feed us! I took one super filled with honey. Jim bought me a knife that is heated electrically and used to remove the “caps� on the honeycombs. He also bought me a honey extractor. A honey extractor is a device that uses centrifugal force to remove the honey from the uncapped cells. Mine is manual—you turn the

I also sent my son-in-law's German mother some dried stinging nettle. She lamented not being able to purchase it. I found some still growing in my garden, dried it, and sent it off to her. You may recall that I removed stinging nettle from my herb garden because I get blisters when I touch it. But stinging nettle has a mind of its own and still shows up in strange places. I wore gloves when digging it and let it air dry. This destroys the stinging cells. Stinging nettle is full of potassium and iron as well as vitamin A. Many people use it as a spring tonic. I pickled eggplant for our oldest daughter and my husband. It was sliced and salted, then rinsed and covered in apple cider vinegar. I layered it in jars with garlic and hot pepper seeds. Oil was added to fill the jars. This made use of the huge garlic crop from the 2016 season. Last month, I mentioned the jewelry I made from Job's tears, a grass I grew in the garden. I have

Homemade honey makes a unique holiday gift. Photos by Carol Ann Harlos

been giving bracelets, occasional necklaces, and seeds (without the baby plant removed) for people to grow in their 2017 gardens. FY I would love to hear from you. Please share some special garden related crafts or activities you do for the holidays: OR

handle. It holds two frames. He also bought me a filter so any debris could be removed from the honey. Professional beekeepers measure the output of their hives in pounds. I measured mine in jars. They numbered eleven. No child coming home from kindergarten with a project is as thrilled as I was with my honey. (I refuse to add up the cost of equipment and jars.) The honey is beautiful! I am also giving amaryllis bulbs as gifts. Some of them cost me only a bit of time and the cost of a pot. They were offshoots of amaryllis bulbs that I broke off several years ago. By Christmastime, our home will have many amaryllis bulbs in flower. And now, so will some of my friends. I am giving ground horseradish to those who love it, as well. This was dug from the garden in late October and ground in a blender. Vinegar was added near the end of the grind so the potency was kept. It is really hot right now but will cool down over time. December 2016 | 9


A Christmas Story at Shea’s features two local kids December Theater Preview BY DONNA HOKE


hen A Christmas Story hits Shea’s this month, two local youth performers will experience their first national touring experience—without ever leaving home. In fact, in interested cities, A Christmas Story has made it regular practice to audition and include local children in the cast.

“We just saw so much talent at our initial New York calls, and there were moments when we’d be casting and say we wish we had more roles to offer because there’s a lot of talent,” says A Christmas Story dance captain Brooke Martino. “So marketing came up with the idea, and other tours have done this as well.” Kids who want to audition get music beforehand, and, at the audition, are taught a small dance combination from the show, though Martino says acting is the most important consideration. “We go with whatever kids really bring it to the table and lay it all out on the stage,” she says. “The dance number we teach is a good launching point to see coordination, knowledge of stage left and stage right, and willingness to dive into a character, because it requires a big actor with strong choices.” About 100 WNY kids showed up at the audition, including Michael Gianni, a thirteen-year-old Niagara

County theater enthusiast, who ultimately landed one of the two available spots. “It was scary at first,” says Gianni. “I didn’t know what to expect. I had never been to an audition this large before. It was crowded, but I quickly made friends with a group of boys who were nervous just like me.” “We practiced with each other, helped each other if we forgot a step, or needed their opinion on how we did something, laughed, and had fun together,” says the young actor, Maddie, who earned the second spot. “Once we were back for the second round, all of us standing on the sides waiting would watch the group auditioning, wish them good luck before they started, and clap and cheer once they finished. So much energy and happiness!” Indeed, Martino says observing the camaraderie was heartening. “I broke them down into smaller groups, to do it three at a time, and every time

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it got to a new group, you’d hear, ‘Good luck! Have fun!” They were so supportive of each other and that’s a really special thing, because they knew that only two people were going to get picked. It was really, really amazing.” Though Maddie said she felt a “spark of light” and felt she had a good chance, Michael found it nervewracking. “It was scary thinking about what the judges might be thinking,” he confesses. “I was surprised when they called me because I’m not a part of a dance school, and there were a lot of people from dance schools at the audition.” Throughout the run, the kids are treated as cast members. “I meet them the first day at the stage door and say

hi to parents, and then they’re very much treated like professionals,” says Martino. “We have a child wrangler who meets all the children and, once all have arrived, they go to the dressing room and straight to warmup room, same way a Broadway production works.” On alternating nights, Michael and Maddie will play the same track in the ensemble of kids. “The opening number, they come on with an adult cast member and are getting ready to go toy shopping, and then later, they come on as one of Ralphie’s friends in the schoolyard, and again when they’re going to see Santa,” previews Martino. “They’re also in the last big number with all the kids, when it’s Christmas

ARTS night. It’s one of the most touching moments in the show.” It’s a lot to learn, and Maddie and Michael will learn the first day A Christmas Story arrives in Buffalo. “They come in, I explain the tracks, they watch the show, and, the next day, they do a mini rehearsal and that’s about all the time they get,” Martino says. “They are brave and amazing. It’s only about two hours, but when they’re on stage, they always have a buddy in case they forget what to do.” In case you’ve forgotten, or perhaps—horrors!—have never seen A Christmas Story film, it chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Martino loves being asked how the stage musical compares with the beloved holiday classic movie. “I loved this movie growing up,” she says. “It was playing all the time, and I’d start watching, fall asleep, wake up and catch it roughly the same place it was

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before. When I saw it on Broadway, one of my friends was male swing, and said, ‘I’m going; you need to see the show,’ and I said, ‘I don’t want to. I love the movie. It’s going to ruin the movie for me.’ But to be a good friend, I went, and I was just blown away. It’s so touching, so funny, the music is amazing, the choreography is brilliant. It has everything from the movie that you love. We tip our hat to every moment that is everybody’s favorite, and then we put a little glitter on it and make it better. The story is almost the same except the musical touches on the father/son relationship a little deeper, brings out the mother and how she loves her kids a little bit more, everything a little more heightened, more touching, more funny. Now seeing both sides, I feel the musical is how the story should be told. I’m in love with it and couldn’t see the holiday season without it.” FY



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North’s Star Shines BY ANTHONY CHABALA

Above: Local jazz legend Marley North appears on the poster for the first Lewiston Jazz Festival in 1977. Image courtesy of Marley North

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or decades, Marley North was a regular sight in the jazz clubs and lounges of Western New York—a beautiful woman, classy, always dressed to impress, and ready for the stage at all times. She gave all of herself to her performance, but was still mindful of every move the audience made. Now seventy-nine years old, North does less performing and more reflecting, but her memory has not missed a beat. She has spent fifty years as a jazz singer and has loved every minute of it. North was born in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania. Her mother was an accomplished opera singer, and she carefully honed her daughter’s beautiful voice throughout her childhood years. Seemingly born for the stage, she performed in singing and talent shows throughout Pennsylvania as a child. “My mother wanted me to be an opera | December 2016

singer, but I just loved jazz so much, I knew I had to sing it!” North says. The tale of Marley North, professional jazz singer, begins in Buffalo in 1964. Newly married and new to the area, she was quite impressed by the number of clubs providing live music. Packed with an arsenal of jazz standards, North would audition and, soon after, find herself in front of an audience and receiving a nice paycheck. According to North, she was at her best when singing the songs of the artists she loved, such as Tony Bennett,

Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, and Carmen McRae. However, the creative juices were always flowing, for North (and one of the many bands that have backed her up over the years) would also perform many of her original tunes. The list of lounges, restaurants, festivals, and concert halls where you might have seen North perform is too long to list. However, some of North’s most memorable residencies include: The Shadow Lounge (1968–1972), The Cloister (1975–1978), Inn on the Lake (1974–1978), and Salvatore’s Italian Gardens (1994–1996). Looking back with great fondness and laughter, North recalls how she became the featured regular singer at Inn on the Lake. At the time, they didn’t have live music. The location was so perfect and beautiful that North knew it would be a success. She talked to the manager, Dick Fadele, and told him she could easily fill the room, so he gave her a shot. It turned into a success for all. North laughed when she told me, “So many people started attending that Hamburg police asked me if I’m the one causing all this new traffic.” One of North’s most cherished memories includes her decade-long participation in the WKBW Variety Kids Telethon (1968–1978). Here, she exhibited her talents and worked with stars such as Hal Linden and even the studly Burt Reynolds. After the telethon, she also recalls driving Happy Days star Don Most (Ralph Malph) around Buffalo in her little sports car when Most’s fame was on the rise. Additionally, North was the first female on the Artpark Jazz Festival bill. She saw that there were no women on the bill, made an appointment with the festival organizer, walked in, and plead her case. “You’ve got a lot of moxie. You are on the bill!” was his reply. North had a chance to take her talent to national audiences. Rush Street in Chicago was the home of a famous supper club, Mr. Kelly’s, where jazz singers from all over would do nearly anything for a chance to perform. Mr. Kelly’s had a famous showcase, and North was determined to be a part of

ARTS it. She visited the club in 1977 and was told to come audition. However, on audition day, “I went to go get my piano player, and he was drunk!” she says. She refused to pass up the opportunity. “I walked two miles by myself to the club, explained that my piano player could not make it, and I sang a cappella! They were blown away. And I got the gig!” she says. North’s success at Mr. Kelly’s led to a crucial fork in the road that is Marley North’s career. After the showcase, she was approached by a huge agent from the William Moore Agency who wanted to book her nationally. According to North, “I thought about it, but I quickly realized that I have four kids, I love singing in lounges, and I love my life in Buffalo. So, I offered my gratitude for the offer and came back home.” Luckily, North’s beautiful voice will forever be documented, for in 1996 one concertgoer offered to record her and her band and release a CD. I have played it, and her dedication to her

craft and enthusiasm for the songs is perfectly evident in her beautiful voice. Her cover of “Route 66” is pure class, and has a driving bass line that had my five-year-old son dancing. North’s jazz and vocal knowledge will live on vicariously through today’s talent, for she will occasionally give jazz vocal lessons to a young person she sees would benefit form her grooming. North said, “Teaching is a wonderful payback. I’ve learned so much over the last fifty plus years, that I have a strong desire to share it.” Jazz in Buffalo is on the rise. Undoubtedly, North played a crucial role in laying the foundation today’s artists are building upon. Marley North was and always will be a star in the eyes of many, and the credit she deserves is well past due. On behalf of all Buffalo jazz and live music fans: Thank you, Marley. FY Anthony Chabala is a dedicated musician, golfer, and freelance writer.

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Favorite Senior Living Community: Vinecroft Retirement Community Vinecroft’s charming campus is located on acres of beautiful country property, just minutes from Transit Road shopping, medical offices, hospitals, and many restaurants. The not-for-profit Christian-based retirement community welcomes all faith denominations. 5945 Vinecroft Dr., Clarence Center; 741-7741 or

Favorite Continuing Education Program: Erie 1 BOCES Part–time and full-time courses are offered in manufacturing, health care, business, GED, and many more subjects. English as a second language classes are free. 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca; 821-7000, e1b.org355


Favorite Legendary Buffalo Building: Buffalo City Hall This Art Deco masterpiece was completed in 1931. Architect John Wade designed the 375-foot high, twenty-eight-story building, with eight-foot carved frieze created by Albert T. Stewart. Free tours are offered Monday through Saturday at noon. Be sure to see Buffalo from the top of City Hall’s observation deck and read our interview with Mayor Byron Brown to learn about his favorite spots. 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo; 1-800-283-3256 Photo by J.P. Thimot

Favorite Place to Take Kids: Buffalo Zoo This third-oldest zoo in the country features a variety of exhibits and constant updates that make it an exciting place to spend a day with little ones. A must see: the polar bears swimming in Arctic Edge. In December, get into the holiday spirit with Santa and the zoo animals. See the website for details. 300 Parkside Avenue Buffalo; 837-3900, Photo by Kim Miers December 2016 | 19


Favorite Place to Take Out-of-Town Visitors: Niagara Falls Whether you visit in the daytime to explore Niagara Falls State park and ride the Maid of the Mist or in the evening to see the cascade illuminated with all the colors of the rainbow and fireworks exploding above, a trip to Niagara Falls is a reminder that one of world’s greatest wonders is right in our back yard. Niagara Falls; 278-1730,

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Favorite Place to Take a Walk: Canalside There’s something special about walking through Canalside, maybe it’s the sun’s reflection on the water, the breeze from the lake, or the boats drifting by. You can enjoy it all winter, too, with ice skating, hockey, and curling.

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Favorite Place to Watch a Sunset: Waterfront Buffalo’s waterfront is situated at the confluence of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, and the Erie Canal. There’s really no bad place to watch the sun go down over the water, be it at Canalside, Wilkeson Pointe, or on a Buffalo Harbor cruise.

Favorite Shopping Destination: Galleria Mall It’s easy to make a whole day of it at the Galleria Mall: shopping at stores of every kind, a movie, dinner, and drinks, all without having to leave the premises. The Galleria’s website offers a list of daily happy hour specials at its restaurants—perfect for date night on a budget. 1 Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga, 681-7600,


Favorite Local News Personality: Mary Alice Demler Demler is the first Buffalo-area news anchor to receive the Best News Anchor award, and clearly our readers agree. WGRZ viewers rely on her to deliver the news with poise, accuracy, and confidence (and more than a little charm). Photo courtesy of 20 | December 2016

COVER Favorite Place to Go on a Date: Movies While no specific theater was named, it’s clear that our readers like to take their sweethearts to the picture show. We’ve got some great old ones in Western New York, like the North Park Theatre and Amherst Theatre. North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave.; 836-7411 Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St.; 834-7655 Photo by Jim Bush

Favorite Current or Former Buffalo Sabre: Pat LaFontaine Scoring machine Patrick Michael LaFontaine played for the Buffalo Sabres from 1991 to 1997. In 1992-93, LaFontaine recorded a personal-best and team-record 148 points (53 goals and 95 assists), which also earned the record for most points scored by an American-born player in one season. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 3, 2003. Photo by Bill Wippert

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Favorite Current or Former Buffalo Bill: Jim Kelly Bills fans started rooting for Kelly during his days as quarterback and have continued to do so as he overcame his battle with cancer. Kelly is known for his charitable contributions, launching the Hunter’s Hope Foundation in 1997, and, later the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute at the University of Buffalo’s School of Medicine.

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Favorite Place to Meet for Morning Coffee: Tim Hortons With a location always nearby and a generous senior discount, Tim Hortons was selected as the top spot for grabbing a cup of joe with friends. Locations throughout WNY,

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EAT Favorite Local Bar: Anchor Bar The spot that put chicken wings on the map is also a favorite local watering hole. It’s easy to get to, friendly, and has its own parking lot. And don’t forget those world-famous wings! 1047 Main Street (see website for more locations), Buffalo; 883-1134, Photo by Elizabeth Licata

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Favorite Fish Fry: McPartlan’s Corner Our readers rave about McPartlan’s fish fry—fresh, crispy, and well seasoned. This homey old-school restaurant and bar offers Irish dishes, Buffalo specialties, and the aforementioned killer Friday-night fish fry. 669 Wehrle Drive, Buffalo; 632-9896,

Favorite Hamburger Place: Grover’s Grover’s, formerly Grover Cleveland’s hunting lodge, is famous for its tasty, behemoth burgers. Especially hungry guests can order the “Bruiser”—an oversized certified Angus ground beef patty with Cajun spice, sautéed onions, and crumbled blue cheese on a buttered roll. 9160 Transit Road, East Amherst; 636-1803

Favorite Pizza Place Bocce Western New Yorkers can get into passionate debates out which local pizza is best. Luckily, we have general consensus on Bocce Club Pizza, which has been a Buffalo staple since 1946. The sweet sauce and always-generous layer of gooey mozzarella cheese are among the reasons cited why Bocce is best. Amherst, 833-1344; East Amherst, 689-2345;

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Favorite Local Candy Store: Watson’s Chocolates In 1946, brothers Louis and John Watson began making chocolates in the back room of their soda fountain and luncheonette on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore, NY. Now with eight locations throughout Western New York, a piece of Watson’s famous sponge candy (and other delicious treats) is never too far out of reach. See website for locations. 1-888-875-6643 or

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Favorite Steak House: Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More Forever Young readers selected Russell’s as the best steakhouse in Buffalo. With their emphasis on quality, Russell’s continues to win over the taste buds of all who dine there. 6675 Transit Rd, Buffalo, 636-4900,

Favorite Breakfast Spot: Denny’s Maybe Denny’s is a perennial breakfast favorite because it serves that meal twenty-four hours a day. Or maybe it’s the comprehensive 55+ menu. Whatever the reason, this casual diner chain dishes up classic American comfort fare that our readers love. Many locations;

Favorite Ice Cream Shop: Anderson’s Many WNYers have fond memories of enjoying an ice cream cone at Anderson’s. The first local Anderson’s was opened in Kenmore in 1947, and there are now six locations throughout the region plus a food truck, so you’ll never be too far from a great frozen custard, milkshake, or hot roast beef on weck sandwich. Throughout WNY;


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Festivals and Tours to Get You in the Holiday Mood BY CHRISTINE A. SMYCZYNSKI


arly December is one of the most hectic times of the year for most people; you barely have enough time to breathe, let along take the time to relax, recharge, and do something for yourself. However, this is exactly what you need to do as you head into the holiday season. There are a number of holiday festivals and tours that can help you slow down and unwind, and as a bonus, give you some holiday decorating and entertaining ideas. Whether you just go for a few hours, a whole day, or even the weekend, you will definitely get into the holiday mood. Holiday home tours Several communities host holiday home tours in early December, featuring private homes that have been decorated for the holiday season by professional decorators and opened for tours, usually as a fundraiser for some organization in that community.

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Lewiston Tour of Homes The 12th annual Lewiston Tour of Homes features five homes in the Lewiston area decorated for the holidays. You can drive to them on your own or take the free shuttle bus from home to home. Proceeds from this event benefit the Historical Association of Lewiston. After or any time during this self-guided tour, you can stop by the Barton Hill Hotel to enjoy a poinsettia cocktail and desserts, which are included in the price of the ticket. Lewiston Tour of Homes, December 3 & 4, 10 a.m.–p.m., 524-3001, Tickets are $25 pre-sale or $30 day of event. Also taking place in Lewiston that weekend is the annual Lewiston Christmas Walk, which includes carriage rides, carolers, a parade, entertainment, and shopping in the

many stores along Center Street. The event is sponsored by the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce. 754-9500, event/100101/lewiston-christmas-walk Niagara-on-the-Lake Holiday House Tour The 18th Annual Niagara-on-theLake Holiday House Tour features six private homes decked out for the holidays, as well as several museums and wineries. Funds raised by this event, which is sponsored by the Niagara-on-theLake Rotary Club, will go toward international and community projects. Niagara-on-the-Lake Holiday House Tour, December 2 & 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., 905-351-3807, niagaraonthelakerotary. ca. Tickets are $30.


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Corn Hill Annual Holiday Tour of Homes The Corn Hill District was Rochester’s first residential neighborhood and home to Rochester’s wealthiest citizens in the nineteenth century. The neighborhood is located near the Genesee River where the I-490 crosses over the river. The walking tour, approximately 1.5 miles long, will include six homes, strolling carolers, and light refreshments. Corn Hill Annual Holiday Tour of Homes, December 3, Corn Hill Neighbors Association, 133 S. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, 585-262-3142, cornhillholidaytourofhomes. com. Tour times are 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $25. Wine Trail Events Several of the wine trails located in our region, including those in the Finger Lakes and Chautauqua County, host holiday wine trail events in November, so you will have to plan ahead for these for next year. However, the Niagara Wine Trail holds their Holiday Happening the first two weekends in December. Twenty of the wineries along the trail, which is in Niagara and Orleans Counties, will be participating; your ticket allows three tastes of wine each from your choice of ten wineries, thirty samples total. You will also get a commemorative wine glass and a hanging wine rack. Niagara Wine Trail Holiday Happening, December 3–4 and 10–11 Tickets are $30/ person or $55/couple. Advance online purchase recommended, as it does sell out. Tickets are good for all four days of the event.

Holiday Festivals There are also a number of holiday festivals that take place during December; some close by and some a bit of a drive to get to. Here are a half dozen of them. 23rd annual Dicken’s Christmas in Skaneateles This annual event features more than fifty characters, including Charles Dickens himself, who interact with visitors on the street, in stores, and in restaurants. There is also live music, free horse and wagon rides, a Christmas carol sing along, and lots of unique stores to shop in. There is even a special dinner with Dickens planned for December 8 at the Mirbeau Inn & Spa. Skaneateles is about a three-hour drive from Buffalo. Dicken’s Christmas in Skaneateles, 315-685-0552, dickens. The festival takes place 12–4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from the day after Thanksgiving through December 24. It’s a Wonderful Life Festival Head to Seneca Falls, about a twohour drive from Buffalo, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Seneca Falls is believed to be the inspiration for Bedford Falls in the movie. The festival, which takes place December 9–11, has all sorts of activities and presentations, many of them taking place at the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, including appearances by three “Bailey Kids,” Carol “Janie” Coombs, Karolyn “Zuzu” Grimes,

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The It’s a Wonderful Life museum in Seneca Falls Photo by Christine A. Smyczynski

and Jimmy “Tommy” Hawkins. There will even be a special Bedford Station holiday postmark at the Seneca Falls Post Office, 38 State Street (December 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and December 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). A special screening of the movie will also take place during the festival. It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, 315-5685838, You can also find a schedule of events on Spirit of Christmas in Ridgeway, Ontario This annual family-friendly event, sponsored by the Ridgeway Business Improvement Association, is a good way to kick off the holiday season. There will be horse and carriage rides, Victorian carolers, and even a visit from Santa. You can also get some of your holiday shopping at the many shops located in Ridgeway. The event takes place December 2 & 3. Downtown Ridgeway, Ridge Road and Old Dominion Road, Niagara Power Project Festival of Trees The power project’s enclosed walkway over Lewiston Road will be adorned with a display of trees decorated by local nonprofit groups. The trees will be on view December 1–31. While you can see the trees from the road, you’ll want visit the power project to see them up close and to see the exhibits on hydroelectricity. Admission is free.

Niagara Power Project, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, 286-6661, Our Lady of Fatima Festival of Lights Stop by Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston for its annual Festival of Lights. All of the more than seventyfive light displays, which are religious themed, have been designed by shrine rector, Fr. Julio Ciavaglia, and manufactured by the maintenance staff of the shrine. Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston, fatimashrine. com, 5–9 p.m. every evening from November 19 through January 6. Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, which was founded in 1982, is the premier illumination festival in Canada. Over one million people come each year to view the lights and take part in the many activities that take place in conjunction with the illumination, including several new lighting projects, 3-D projection mapping shows, and laser light shows. Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, mailing address 5400 Robinson Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, 1-800563-2557, 905-374-1616, wfol. com November 19–January 31. FY Christine A. Smyczynski is a freelance writer and blogger and author of Western New York Explorer’s Guide.




ayor Byron W. Brown has been involved in Buffalo city politics for most of his adult life—in the early ‘80s, he interned during Mayor Jimmy Griffin’s administration. He’s now been in office for eleven years, at the helm during what many call Buffalo’s renaissance. One of his main commitments is to making the city a welcoming place for everyone, and especially for seniors, to live, work, and stay. Forever Young: What part do seniors play in your daily work, in your thoughts about the city and the services it provides? Byron Brown: I think about seniors every day! I recently turned fifty-eight—that’s caused me to think more about staying healthy and physically active, and how important it is for senior citizens to maintain a good quality of life. I meet many role models who manage full and active lives. That’s something that we support through the City’s Division of Senior Services. We offer many popular programs, and I take part in many of them. They collectively attract thousands of seniors—there are events, volunteer opportunities, and so much more.

I’m proud of our seniors discount card; it offers people fiftyfive and over discounts at more than 250 businesses. [To apply for the card, go to, and download the application from the Office of Senior Services webpage.] FY: What do your older constituents tell you are their concerns, hopes, etc.? BB: They talk about wanting a walkable, safe, and affordable city. They want good employment opportunities for their children and grandchildren. They’re enthusiastic and excited about the significant growth and development that they’re seeing in the community. Based on those conversations,

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MY WNY STORY the fourth tallest city hall in the country? It attracts people from all over the world. I continue to be amazed by the artifacts and artwork contained here; there are pieces of Buffalo history throughout the building, like hand-drawn city maps, handmade vintage Kittinger furniture—like the desk in my office—and oil portraits of past mayors. These all remind me of how much the city has overcome and achieved since its formation. We work hard to steward our city’s historic gem, maintaining and upgrading things like the lobby lighting. The building was first opened in 1932, so it requires constant attention. We also work to preserve and protect the historic artwork; in addition to paintings, there are sculptures, statues, friezes, and mosaics. FY: What’s your favorite spot? BB: I feel very comfortable in the mayor’s second floor office. The concept is that the mayor should be close to the people. I meet with citizens every day, in the office, in the building, and out in the community. I work hard to fulfill that historic obligation I have as Buffalo’s mayor: to be close to the people; connected to the community. I like knowing that every mayor since 1932 has occupied this office—it gives me a sense of comfort and strength.

FY: What is your favorite thing about your job? BB: The people. Even on a difficult day, I will have a conversation with a citizen that provides encouragement, that boosts my spirits and reminds me how fortunate I am that people of this community have trusted me to be their mayor—to manage this great American city. FY: What are your favorite things about the city itself? BB: One of them is our Olmsted-designed park system— it’s literally the envy across the world, and that’s one of the reasons we’ve invested so heavily in the parks system. FY: What makes you happy right now? BB: I’m really enthusiastic about the city’s progress, not just the waterfront, downtown, or the medical campus—progress is being achieved in neighborhoods in the north, south, east, and west sides of the city. I initiated my Opportunity Pledge, which many individuals and businesses have signed—reflecting their respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion. More and more people are beginning to realize that the city is transforming right before our very eyes. FY Jana Eisenberg, an independent writer and editor, is a frequent contributor to Forever Young and Buffalo Spree.



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Natural Remedies for Angry Skin BY CATHI STACK


kin rashes are characterized by red and itchy skin, often accompanied by small bumps or other changes in the skin’s color, appearance, or texture. They may occur on any part of the body or be widely distributed on large portions of skin. A trip to the dermatologist’s office might buy you some temporary relief with hydrocortisone cream or other treatments that rarely address the cause of the problem. For many individuals, eliminating dairy and gluten would dramatically reduce, and in many cases, eliminate inflammatory skin conditions. Complete elimination would be necessary for minimally two to three weeks to get confirmation that diet is the underlying cause. Eczema, psoriasis, allergies, insect bites, mites, acne, excessive sweating, or contact with certain poisonous plants like poison ivy or oak are common skin conditions that can be successfully treated with one or a combination of the home remedies below. Don’t forget that soaps, detergents, shampoos, or cosmetics can also cause reactions that lead to skin irritation and rashes. Here are some of the best natural remedies for common skin ailments. Plant oils Coconut oil has antifungal properties in addition to being a great moisturizer. Many rashes are fungal in origin, and coconut oil treats them very effectively. Using it after showering on a regular basis will leave skin soft and supple. It is a great makeup remover, as well. Dab extra-virgin olive oil or a combination of equal parts of olive oil and raw honey (antibacterial) or turmeric powder (antiinflammatory) on your rash a few times daily until it heals completely. 30

Baking soda Baking soda helps dry out skin rashes. Plus, it relieves the itching and inflammation associated with rashes. Add one part baking soda to three parts water. Apply the mixture on the affected area. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Do this once daily for a few days. You can also mix baking soda with some coconut oil to make a paste and apply it on your rash. Leave it on for about five minutes and then rinse it off. Repeat this once or twice daily until you see improvement. Oatmeal Oatmeal is great for alleviating skin irritation and inflammation due to its soothing and antiinflammatory properties. It is excellent for poison ivy, eczema, sunburn, chickenpox, and allergic reactions. Grind oatmeal in a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder. Mix one cup of finely ground oatmeal in warm bath water. Soak in it for at least fifteen to twenty minutes. Do this daily until the rash is gone. Aloe vera Due to its anti-inflammatory, emollient, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, aloe vera is excellent for treating a number of skin ailments including rashes. | December 2016

Apart from healing, it also soothes the skin, relieves itching, and reduces redness. Extract fresh aloe vera gel from an aloe leaf and apply it to the affected area. Leave it on for at least twenty minutes, and then rinse it off. Do this at least three times a day until the rash clears. If you do not have fresh aloe vera gel, you can buy aloe vera gel or extract. Apple cider vinegar Raw and organic apple cider vinegar is another excellent home remedy to treat skin rashes and calm the itching. Moreover, its acid content helps fight skin infections that could be causing or aggravating the problem. Dip a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and place it on the affected area. Leave it on for a few minutes, and then remove the cotton ball. Do this several times a day for a few days or until your rash clears. Neem Because of its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-irritant, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, neem (also known as Indian lilac or margosa) is highly effective in treating a number of skin ailments including eczema, scabies, rashes, acne, psoriasis, and various infections. You can also use neem products, such as neem

leaf extract, soap, cream, or lotion. When applying neem oil, make sure to dilute it with carrier oil or water, as it is too strong to use alone. Calendula Calendula is an excellent herb for soothing skin irritations, rashes, ulcers, eczema, dry skin, wounds, and bruises due to its anti-inflammatory, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Apply calendula oil on the affected area and leave it on for a few hours. Do this at least twice daily until the rash heals completely. You can also apply calendula cream, lotion, or ointment a few times a day until the rash clears. If you have a persistent or painful rash that does not appear to be healing, please see your doctor. FY Catherine Stack (RN, ND) is the author of the “Natural Health” column for the Niagara Gazette. She is also a practicing Doctor of Naturopathy, Certified Nurse Midwife, and the founder and CEO of Journey II Health Center for Rejuvenation. Her book, Free Yourself from a CONSTIPATED Life, is available on Amazon. Visit her website at or email


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any of you have undoubtedly heard about the short recovery facelift, also termed weekend facelift, minimal facelift, and mini facelift. Advertising for these procedures have touted them as the greatest thing since sliced bread! Actually, the procedure may have been around quite a while, but the reality is, often these operations vary little from a limited facelift. The truth of the matter is that mini-facelifts have been around for decades, certainly at least since I started practice in 1989.

SAMUEL SHATKIN JR., MD The good news is that through modernization and advancement of techniques, the recovery time for mini facelifts is dramatically shorter. Currently, I perform the “S” lift, short for Shatkin Lift, or otherwise appropriately termed Short Recovery Lift. My technique of the S-Lift is a twolayer lift, both on the skin and on the deeper muscle and fascia layer beneath the skin, made through a shortened S- shaped incision hiding in the creases around the ear. This combination of external and internal lift technique allows for a quicker recovery due to the limited dissection or lifting of the skin from the lower layers, and using the deeper layers to anchor the lift, thus giving it stability for a longer lasting result. These procedures are performed in my office-based surgery

center under local anesthesia with minimal sedation. The combination of this unique surgical technique and the limited sedation, (not general anesthesia), provides for a very short recovery. My patients return to the office the day after surgery for removal of bandages and later can shower and shampoo their hair. Usually within three to five days, most of the stitches are removed—many are self-dissolving—and after one week, the patients can often return to work. This quick recovery allows for less downtime and less dependence on family and friends. The S-lift can often be combined with ancillary procedures, such as fillers and eyelifts, when indicated and is a popular procedure for men, as the limited incision is easy to hide. I believe a “short recovery” facelift should include

a deep layer tightening, without which the surgery may be quick but only short lasting. A short recovery facelift, or S-Lift is always well received by the patient and can mean the difference between having the procedure now and waiting for several years when it is “more convenient.” Enjoy the convenience of an excellent rejuvenation and short recovery with an S-lift procedure, and return quickly to your normal daily activities with that rested, refreshed look.  Until next month, be well Buffalo! FY Dr. Shatkin is a board certified plastic surgeon at Aesthetic Associates Centre and columnist for Forever Young.

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Multi-Day tours Mar. 18-19, Sat-Sun. Philadelphia Flower Show The Flower Show is a top destination and “must experience” horticultural event, attracting 250,000 visitors annually July 12-20, Wed-Thurs 9 days Nova Scotia and the Canadian Maritimes Incl. Peggy’s Cove, Cape Breton, Luneburg, Cabot Trail, Bay of Fundy and much more. Sept 27 - Oct 7, Wed-Sat 11 days Great Parks of the Southwest, including the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Capital Reef and Arches. Oct. 19-30, Fri-Tues 12 days Southern Italy & Sicily Incl. Palermo, Valley of the Temples, Garden of Sicily, Mt Etna, caves of Sassi de Matera and the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and much more. Dec.30-Jan.3 Fri-Tues 5 days Tournament of Roses Parade New Years Eve -dinner, orchestra, champagne; reserved seat at the Parade; post parade “Showcase of the Floats.”

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28 December 2 Poetics Plus: Works in Progress This event highlights works in progress by members of the University’s Poetics community.

8 p.m. at Rust Belt Books (415 Grant St., or 832-5400) December 11 Secrets of Allentown Holiday Tour of Homes Get a rare glimpse into the beautiful homes of Allentown and discover what secrets dwell inside these wonderfully restored properties now decorated for Christmas.

Noon and 2 p.m. starting at Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site (641 Delaware Ave.; or 881-1024)

December 8 Winter Choral Spectacular Various Buffalo State choral groups celebrate the winter season in song, under the direction of Dr. Victoria Furby and Mr. John Fleischman.

7:30 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; or 878-3005) December 28 Dollar Day Take in the tropical splendor of the Botanical Gardens for only a buck.

10 a.m. at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 S. Park Ave.; or 827-1584)

December 31 Mary Wilson of the Supremes Wilson, a founding member of the Supremes, gives two performances; the second includes a champagne toast.

7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at Bear’s Den, Seneca Niagara Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls; or 299-1100) December 2016 | 33