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What was/is unique about WSEN 1050 AM, which is still in operation today?

“In addition to being the first suburban station in Central New York, WSEN was unique as the first all-country music station ‘north of the Mason Dixon Line.’ In addition to playing country music, we produced five or six major concerts a year at the War Memorial.�

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aldwinsville resident Bob Stockdale, an active volunteer in his community, served as a Syracuse radio announcer during the big band era and later pioneered the first suburban radio station in Central New York, WSEN 1050 AM. Erin Wisneski, editor of the Baldwinsville Messenger, recently caught up with Stockdale to learn more about his impressive career and contributions to Central New York.

As a youth, where did you grow up? Have you always resided in Central New York?

“I was born in Syracuse and grew up in the Salt Springs section of town. I graduated from Nottingham High (on Fellows Avenue, now T Aaron Levy School). I also graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Broadcasting in 1948.�

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“When I was at WAGE, we didn’t call ourselves disc jockeys. We were “announcers.� I did interview a lot of the big names in the field when they came to town (mostly to play at Hotel Syracuse or Three Rivers Inn) including Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Tony Pastor, his two gal singers, The Clooney Singers (one named Rosemary), Eddy Duchin and many more. I also did weekly broadcasts from the Hotel Syracuse, some of which were ABC network.�

You are also a published author. Please explain.

“I have authored three bio-discographies (a book which intersperses biographical text with a chronological detailed listing of the recorded product of a given musician or vocalist). They are all about the Dorsey Brothers, Jimmy and Tommy. Two of [my books] have won awards from the International Association of Recorded Sound Collections. This grew out of my interest in big band music and also resulted from a very large collection of records I owned, but recently sold.�

After climbing to the top in the radio industry, you helped develop a unique television station known as Public Access Channel Baldwinsville, a volunteer-run, public access channel servicing the greater Baldwinsville community and sponsored by the village of Baldwinsville and towns of Lysander and Van Buren. Were you a founding member? Why did you help launch this station?

What was your experience growing up?

“Several other fellow students at Nottingham joined me in operating a public address music for dancing company called Century Sound Service, which I later discovered was one of the pioneer ‘Rent-a-Disc-Jockey’ businesses in Central NY.�

What influenced you to join the radio/ broadcasting industry? “My wife says it was the ham in me. Even as a 10-year-old, I used a fake microphone and introduced music playing on my folks’ windup phonograph. Then along came Century Sound Service.�

“Yes, I was a founding member. This happened originally because I was a member of the Lysander Town Board at the time. Because of my broadcasting background, I was selected to Baldwinsville resident Bob Stockdale, an active volunteer in his community, served as a Syracuse radio anbe the Lysander representative on the founding Briefly describe your broadcasting nouncer during the big band era and later pioneered the first suburban radio station in Central New York board. Having time to spare, I became more career. deeply involved and now do PAC-B’s program “All in all, I spent 30 years in Central New York broadcasting and media activity. I scheduling, among other things.� went to work at WAGE (now WHEN) Syracuse in 1944 as an announcer and producer, and in 1951, I became media director for Doug Johnson Associates, a pioneer public You are also involved with Canton Woods Senior Center (CWSC), which is relations business in Syracuse. Seven years later, I was itching to get back in radio, so another endeavor made possible through inter-municipal cooperation (between I joined with Don Menapace (an associate in Century Sound Service) to apply to the FCC for a permit for a station in Baldwinsville. We formed Century Radio Corpora- the village of Baldwinsville and the towns of Lysander and Van Buren). What is tion and put WSEN on the air in Feb. 1959, adding WSEN-FM in 1964. When we sold your role with the senior center? Why is the center important to the community? “I am now serving my second cycle as a member of the CWSC Board of Directors. I also WSEN in 1974 (15 years to the day after putting it on the air), I went to work for the design and produce all the flyers for Canton Woods’ very active travel program. At one time, American Cancer Society.� I conducted training sessions on computer use for seniors.�

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Sweet Cicely offers up an odorous myrrh scent In Greek mythology, Myrrha was the mother of Adonis. To get her out of harm’s way, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, turned Myrrh into a tree. That very same myrrh tree (Commiphora myrrha) gives off a wonderfully fragrant reddish-brown sap. Myrrh trees are native to Yemen, Somalia, and the eastern parts of Ethiopia. But myrrh lends her name to the scientific name, “Myrrhis odorata” for the herb Sweet Cicely, for the plant when handled gives off a deep warm myrrh scent. Sweetness extends form the nose to the tongue because sweet cicely tastes as if it has been dunked in sugar. Its bright green, fern-like leaves and huge umbel-like clusters of white flowers make sweet cicely at home in the flowerbeds as well as the shady herb garden. It will grow up to three feet tall with a spread of up to three feet. It is one of the first herbs to leaf out in early spring and stays green until late fall. Bees and hummingbirds alike love this herb because it is one of the first nectar plants to appear, blooming in May and June. Use the large seed heads in dried flower arrangements. In Medieval times, servants crushed the inch long seeds, releasing an oil that they rubbed with cloths on to oak furniture to give it not only a deep gloss but also a heady myrrh fragrance. You can candy Sweet Cicely roots to serve as sweets or grate the roots raw into salads along with olive oil and vinegar. Use the anise-scented leaves and stalks in desserts. Chop fresh leaves to add to salads, and add a cupful of chopped leaves to rhubarb or fruit pies and cobblers. The leaves go nicely in summer fruit drinks. The lightly anise flavored dried leaves will lighten herbal tea blends. With it’s lightly anise flavor it goes well with baked fish and in herb vinegars. You can even boil the roots and eat them as you would potatoes or carrots. It’s the sweetness of the leaves that are most interesting. Try using the sweet leaves and stalks, whether fresh or dried, for up to half the sugar in fruit desserts. For best results, sow Sweet Cicely in the fall. Move the seedlings to a permanent location the following spring. Once started it is quite a carefree perennial that is hardy to USDA zone 3. Once germinated, it’s easy to grow. However, it can be difficult to germinate the seed because the seeds need to freeze and then thaw before germinating. In addition, the seed needs to be fresh for best germination. It is much easier to start with plants. Once established Sweet Cicely will often self sow. Plant your Sweet Cicely in a rich soil with lots of organic mater such as compost. It does well in a shaded location. In fact you can make sweet Cicely a part of an herb garden for the shade along with Angelica, Chervil, and Sweet Woodruff. Sweet cicely is hardy to USDA Zone 3. Sweet cicely has gone by lots of common names from British Myrrh to Holy Grass, so be sure to buy seeds or plants only by the scientific name Myrrhis odorata. Plants self-sow readily. Move any found seedlings to a permanent location in the spring. You won’t have a myrrh tree but plant Sweet cicely and your garden will have one of the earliest herbs to break ground, a good source of light anise flavored leaves and a natural sweetener for fruit pies and salads. Moreover, unlike the original Myrrha, you won’t have to disguise yourself as a tree to escape the wrath of the gods.

Eagle Newspapers has a new home Office moves to James Street in Eastwood

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Eagle Newspapers, parent company of Prime, is now located at 2501 James St. in Syracuse. Eagle Newspapers, parent company of Prime, recently moved its office to the Eastwood Exchange building at 2501 James St. in Syracuse, kitty-corner from the Palace Theater. Now “nestled” in the heart of Eastwood, it is business as usual, except with a more visible presence in the community it serves. The location was chosen with the

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Prostate cancer: When should I be screened? According to its website, the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s answer to this question is somewhat in line with The American Urological Association (AUA). When to start—and stop—screening According to, age 40 is “a reasonable time to start screening for those at highest risk.� Those at highest risk are those with a “genetic predisposition� whose families have a history of prostate cancer at a young age. “For otherwise healthy men at high risk (positive family history or African American men), starting at age 40-45 is reasonable.� According to the PCF, “When to stop screening is also controversial. Some groups propose 75 as a reasonable cut-off age. Other groups suggest this is an individual decision based on life expectancy and overall current health.� You can find a useful resource for making these decisions at Source:


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There is no way to know for sure if you will get prostate cancer. Men have a greater chance of getting prostate cancer if they are 50 years old or older, are African-American, or have a father, brother, or son who has had prostate cancer.

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Getting a flu shot every year is the best way to prevent yourself and others from getting the flu. In a typical year, over 200,000 people visit the hospital due to flu complications. Sometimes the flu may be mistaken for a severe cold. Flu can have much more serious effects for the young, the elderly, and others with health conditions. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends that everyone over 6 months of age get a flu shot each year. This recommendation was made because flu vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent the flu in all age groups. Also, many people who have flu related complications do not have any of the risk factors or may have a medical condition that has not been diagnosed. This year, protection from both seasonal and H1N1 flu will be included in the flu vaccine, doing away with the need for two separate vaccines. The CDC continues to reinforce that an annual flu shot is particularly important for persons at high risk for or for those who have contact with people at high risk. Those include the following: All children 6 months to 4 years (up to 59 months) Children 6 months to 18 years who are on long-term aspirin treatment People 50 years of age and older Residents of long-term care facilities People with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease, kidney problems, cancer, brain or blood disorders People with a weakened immune system Women who will be pregnant during flu season (late fall through early spring) American Indians / Alaska Natives People who are morbidly obese Health care providers (employees at hospitals, long-term care facilities and home care providers.) Out-of-home caregivers and all household contacts of children under 5 years old, adults See Flu on page 8



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Kenneth Williams tunes the piano for a talent showcase at the New York State Fair Thursday Sept. 2. Williams has been the fair’s go-to piano technician since 1989. Milsap. Not once has he been nervous. “Some people are very nervous tuning for the big guys, but since I only have one tuning, why be nervous?� Williams delivers his finest product every time. See Tuner on page 13

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On Aug. 24, 2010, Nottingham resident Antoinette Ditoro celebrated her 102nd birthday with friends, family and staff members from the Nottingham. Antoinette was born in Pittston, PA, though her roots are of Italian descent. Her parents were Italian immigrants who wanted to raised their five children in America; Antoinette, Victor, Pictured from left kneeling is Shannon and Kaela MacDougall of Warwick, NY, Peter, Minnie and Fred. and seated from left is Bryan MacDougall of Warwick, Betty Crane of Minoa, As a child, Antoinette remem- 102-year-old Nottingham resident Antoinette Ditoro of Jamesville, Jean Erickbers Sunday’s with her family, son of Lincoln Shire, IL, and standing from left is Keith and Kathy MacDougall where spaghetti and meatballs of Warwick, Jim Crane of Minoa, and Dr. Jim Erickson of Lincoln Shire. was served promptly at 1 p.m., band was a carpenter. They lived in Pittston, followed by delicious Italian cookies and cakes. PA while their daughters were in college. Later Antoinette and her family loved to spend time in they moved to Forty Fort, PA where they lived the kitchen visiting with neighbors, embroider- for 50 years. In 2000, they moved to The Noting and crocheting bedspreads, tablecloths and tingham in Jamesville, NY, to be closer to their other items for the home. daughter Betty Crane of Minoa, NY. Antoinette When she was 19, she met her husband Al- says, “prior to moving to Syracuse, we were bert in the church choir. Albert asked his aunt shown many senior complexes throughout the to talk to Antoinette’s parents to see if she might area. When we drove up to The Nottingham be interested in dating. They were married in in September of 2000, I will always remember 1928, in the Italian Presbyterian church across Al saying, “You have saved the best for last.� the street from their home. Antoinette’s other daughter, Jean Erickson, lives Antoinette was a homemaker and her husSee Century Club on page 11

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St. Camillus Veteran’s Club collects items, sends letters The St. Camillus Veteran’s Club learned of a young man named John Martin, currently serving in the army and recently stationed in Afghanistan. The club wanted to express their deep appreciation to him and his fellow soldiers so they spent weeks collecting personal care items and individual letters of praise and encouragement. The soldiers were touched by their generosity and wished to express their gratitude by giving their club a special gift. Upon John’s return home, one of the first things he did was make a special stop at St. Camillus to thank the Vets for their generous donations. John’s group took a number of aerial and ground photographs during their missions overseas and displayed

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No matter the age, socialization is what makes a person feel a part of society. People need human contact just like they need sunshine. This becomes especially important as we age. Research shows that having a healthy social life is just as important to survival as regular exercise and can add years to life. Just as loneliness can hurt a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, socializing can save it. Social activities like bingo, attending church, art classes, gardening, and going to movies are all known to have physical health benefits and help maintain friendships. As we age, friends and family truly can be lifesavers. Recent studies suggest that elderly people who enjoy dining with friends and take part in social activities live an average of two and a half years longer than those who spend most of their time alone. Seniors get even more out of socializing than just a few extra years of life. Friendships and activities reduce stress, help people feel worthy and needed, and stimulate the mind. Staying active is also likely to build and strengthen bones, joints and muscles. Non-socialization can affect the mind and body negatively, and this stress can lead to depression. It is important to remain active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Even a trip to the beauty salon can provide an instant and positive effect on a seniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mood. At Parkrose Estates Senior Living, we offer a variety of social activities to promote health, friendships, and stimulate the mind. We encourage all residents to participate in our engaging activities and utilize the one-of-a-kind amenities provided. Parkrose offers community dining, meeting rooms for clubs and activities, a library, movie theater, and an ongoing variety of activities to participate in. There is always an interesting activity going on, including Friday afternoon Happy Hour, spelling bees, art classes, BrainFitness classes, cultural events, on-site concerts, and afternoon tea parties. With a variety of social activities offered, residents say that their social life is more fulfilling than ever. There is always something to do and someone to share stories and laugh with. With our shuttle service, residents have the freedom to explore activities outside the community like going to art museums, participating in local events and attending the cultural events. Maintaining an active schedule is sure to provide a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle for seniors. So go out, socialize and get active! The social activities at Parkrose Estates will enrich lives, create friendships, rejuvenate the mind and add years to life, not to mention, add LIFE to your years! For more information about Parkrose and the social activities offered, visit ParkroseSeniorLiving. com or call 254-2178 to schedule a tour. Parkrose is conveniently located at 7251 Janus Road in Liverpool.



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Syracuse Home Foundation hosts ninth annual event at Syracuse Stage

For nearly 160 years, Syracuse Home has This year’s event features “A Christmas Story.” provided exceptional healthcare. A not-for-profit Based on the hilarious story written by Jean organization, Syracuse Home provides uniquely Shepherd, this stage adaptation is both touching designed programs and What: Syracuse Home Foundationand witty as we journey services to meet individual Ninth annual event at Syracuse Stage back to a time when we needs. A continuum of care all had less…and it felt featuring “A Christmas Story” in a scenic setting, Syracuse like more. Patron tickets Home includes McHarrie When: Sunday December 5th - Patron are $50 per person and inTowne, independent living; reception at 12:45 p.m., Sutton Pavil- clude patron reception and McHarrie Pointe, assisted ion; Matinee performance at 2 p.m. performance; contributor living; Sage Court, secure tickets are $30 per person memory care program; and Tickets and information: contact Au- and include 2 p.m. perforof course Syracuse Home, mance only. drey Gibbs at 638-2521 well noted for exemplary This fun-loving proshort-term rehabilitation and compassionate long- duction will brighten your holidays and benefit term care. Within the continuum of care there is the exemplary healthcare that is the hallmark of both tradition and innovation in every program. Syracuse Home! Call Audrey Gibbs at 638-2521 for Supporting this wonderful healthcare center is Syra- early reservations and priority seating. Come supcuse Home Foundation. “This is our ninth year” port Syracuse Home while enjoying an afternoon said Audrey Gibbs, director of philanthropy, “and of fabulous theater! our attendance continues to grow every year”.

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What is the status of the estate tax? By David J. Zumpano, Estate Planning Law Center

In 2001, President Bush signed major tax legislation that was implemented over a ten-year period ending January 2011. Under the law, the estate tax exemption limit was increased, from $1 Million to $3.5 Million, for the period between 2001 and 2009, and was eliminated in 2010. The law, however, also provides that on January 1, 2011 the estate tax law reverts back to what it was in 2001. We are coming upon January 1, 2011. Will it revert to the 2001 levels? One thing we know for certain is what the current law states. On January 1, 2011, the estate tax reverts back to the levels it was in 2001, providing for the individual exemption amount to fall to $1 million dollars. Estates in excess of that amount will be subject to a confiscatory 55 percent estate tax. Interestingly, neither Democrats nor Republicans want the law to revert, but what will they do about it? There have been many bills in Congress over the last ten years, to make permanent the law as it provided in 2009 and not revert back to the 2001 level in 2011. Most of the bills offered provide for an estate tax exemption somewhere between $3.5 million and $5 million at a maximum 35 to 45 percent tax rate after 2010. The current political scene, however, assures no action will be taken on this matter until after the 2010 elections in

November. For those of us who live in New York, we also have to be aware of the New York estate tax which applies to individuals with estates of $1 million. Interestingly, while it provides for the $1 million exemption, if an individual dies with more than $1 million, they are subject to an estate tax from the first dollar, rather than just amount over $1 million. Careful planning is essential to ensure you do not subject yourself to a New York estate tax unnecessarily. It is also important to know the estate tax exemption is permitted to each individual. Married couples can double the exemption. Unfortunately, most married couples lose the exemption because of improper beneficiary-designations on the titling of their assets, to their spouse or owing them jointly. These types of accounts will act to eliminate the double exemption. So, what will happen with the estate tax? Not certain, but this I know. It will be in a state of flux for the rest of the year and perhaps into 2011 or beyond. It’s essential that your planning considers these laws now, and as they change, to ensure your family is not adversely impacted. David J. Zumpano was born and raised in Central New York. He started the Law Offices of David J. Zumpano, remaining “of counsel” to his former firm. Since, his firm has grown 20-fold and is now known as the Estate Planning Law Center. The Estate Planning Law Center serves as a “model law firm” for hundreds of law firms across the country. In addition to his law firm, Zumpano owns and operates Medicaid Practice Systems, LLC, which has educated attorneys all over the United States on how to provide successful medicaid planning strategies to clients.

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Zumba Gold and / or Hula Hooping are just what you need to get some exercise and have some fun and Go Figure Gym in Camillus is the place to find both. Zumba Gold is a fitness program that has been specifically designed to take exciting Latin and International Dance Rhythms and introduce them to the Active Older Adult and the beginner participant. This electrifying dance -fitness program is so easy to follow that people of any age can do it! Latin inspired dance moves from the Merengue, Salsa and the Tango are included to provide participants with a safe and effective total body workout. Zumba Gold creates a party like atmosphere, its exhilarating, easy and effective and a great workout for the mind, body and soul. Hula Hooping can be done anywhere. Remember when you were a child and you spent hours hooping in the driveway? Well now you can again. The Hoops sold by Go Figure Gym are larger then the kids hoops of yesterday and they are also weighted. The weight helps the Hooper keep the hoop going, and the larger size allows you to move a little slower to keep it up. Hula Hoops can be purchased in any size and weight for $25 and we will be happy to teach you how to use them again if it doesn’t come right back to you. To find out more about Zumba Gold or Hula Hooping contact Go Figure Gym in Camillus at 4873380 or visit

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Audibel Hearing Aids: Hear the world again Audibel Hearing Aids gives the hard of hearing of Central New York a chance to hear the world again. The owner, Guenther Schmid, has been in the hearing aid business in Central New York for 25 years and has three offices located in North Syracuse, Oneida, and Pulaski. The main office in North Syracuse accepts walk-ins as well as appointments in order to accommodate more people, said Joshua Miller, co-owner of Audibel Hearing Aids. The company currently treats over 8,500 patients in Central New York, he said. “Most people wait five to ten years before they come in to see us,” said Miller. “The sooner you come see us, the better for your hearing.” Audibel is celebrating 50 years of Anthem Hearing Aids, designed to perform in the most challenging listening situations and every lifestyle. Anthem Intelliflex Technology hearing aids solves the most common complaint from hearing instrument wearers: the annoying whistling referred to as feedback. Anthem’s Whistlefree Feedback Cancellation is proven to be the best feedback management system in the industry. It virtually eliminates buzzing and whistling. Do you have trouble in noisier surroundings hearing the voices around you? Anthem’s Superior Speech Locator filters out unwanted background noise to significantly improve your understanding of speech anywhere. Additionally, with Anthem’s ClassiFi EA (environmental adapatation), which recognizes and adapts smoothly to optimize different sound environments such as wind, speech, speech in noise, machine noise and other difficult

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“I feel Mrs. Jones is just as entitled to as good a tuning I can do as Tony Bennett,” he said. “Hey, if you charge her good money, she deserves the best you can do.” As the tuner, Williams has been able to meet his share of talented musicians. “Anybody I want to meet,” he said. He was especially struck by Barry Manilow’s demeanor backstage. “I was surprised to see how shy Barry Manilow was,” he said. “If he had a mic in his hand, he could talk and sing … but when we were in the mess hall, he was shy as could be.” At one point Manilow made everyone leave the room. When Manilow learned that Williams was his piano tuner, he made an exception. “Oh he can stay,” Manilow said. “Bring him over to my table.” A lifetime craft Williams took an interest in the trade in seventh grade when he took a nine-week course as a student at the New York State School for the Blind in Batavia. He showed an aptitude for it, and advanced his skills throughout high school, where he eventually studied as an apprentice. “I could’ve gone to college, but I was on welfare in Jefferson County and I wanted to get a job as soon as I could,” Williams said. “So I took this as a trade.” With an impressive career behind him, Williams is not slowing down just yet. “It just comes natural for me,” he said. “And I like it and I’m gonna do it as long as I like it.”




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Madison County Office for the Aging Inc. From the Desk of the Executive Director

Help us in our mission to help others Did you know that last year the Office for the Aging provided 180,725 home delivered and congregate meals to rural, isolated senior citizens and frail elderly throughout Madison County? Did you know the Office for the Aging helps hundreds of senior citizens with transportation to their doctor appointments? In fact, over 1,393 trips covering 54,922 miles last year alone. The Nutrition Program and the Volunteer Medical Transportation Program are just two of the 30 programs and services offered by the Office for the Aging. Programs that are designed to help senior citizens and isolated, frail elderly remain a productive part of their community for as long as possible. Now, if this were a perfect world, money would not be an issue. Not to us, and not to the thousands of frail elderly that we help on a daily basis. If this were a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to continually stress to you the importance of your support. But this isn’t a

perfect world, and we need your help. The gift you give today is tax-deductible and will be used, as always to further our mission to assist and provide services that promote the independence and dignity of older individuals and their families. Please send your taxdeductible contribution of any amount to: Office for the Aging, Inc., 138 Dominic Theresa Davis, OFA Bruno Blvd., Canastota, NY 13032 executive director PS: Working together, we can make a difference in the lives of those retired by choice or chance and the frail, isolated elderly who live their lives with dignity each and every day.

Get ready for Medicare enrollment periods, including changes There are important changes to enrollment periods for the 2011 plan year and future plan years, according to Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan enrollment guidance released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at the end of August. One significant change is the elimination in 2011 of the Open Enrollment Period (OEP), which in previous years began on January 1. Beginning in 2011, there will be a new Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP) from January 1 to February 14 of each year.

During the MADP, people may disenroll from a Medicare private health plan, also known as a Medicare Advantage plan, to Original Medicare. However, individuals are not permitted to switch to another private health plan or from Original Medicare to a private health plan. People who disenroll from private health plans during the MADP will also be able to enroll in a stand-alone prescription drug plan. For the 2011 plan year, the Annual Election Period for Medicare private health plans and the Annual Coordinated Election Period for

Part D prescription drug plans, sometimes referred to as the Fall Open Enrollment Period, will run from November 15, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2010. While this is the same timeframe as in previous years, beginning next year the fall election periods will take place earlier, from Oct. 15, 2011 to Dec. 7, 2011. For more information call Madison County Office for the Aging, Health Insurance Information Counseling Program (HIICAP) 697-5700 or visit us online:, email:

Madison County OFA New National Restaurant Menu Labeling Legislation: accepts donations in many ways Part of the HR 3590 Patient Protection & Affordable Health Care Act Almost everyone appreciates the importance of estate planning to assure comfort, support and financial security of our loved ones. Your personal situation may also allow you to remember charities such as the Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc. The inclusion of a bequest in your will is a significant way to assist the Office for the Aging. Such a gift can help to assure the continued quality of services provided to Madison County senior citizens. Through your bequests, you will have the personal satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to the future of the Office for the Aging and the quality of life for the older people it serves. Other ways to donate include: Cash/Check, etc. The Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc sends out four direct mail campaigns each year, encouraging support of the agency. In addition, you can give to the Office for the Aging at any time by contacting us at 697-5700. Memorials and Tributes Leaving a gift in remembrance of your loved one can provide a lasting memory of what they meant to you and the people in their life. Contributions may be made by contacting the Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc at 315-697-5700 or by mailing your gift to: Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc, 138 Dominic Bruno Blvd., Canastota, NY 13032. Employer Matching Gift Programs Does your company have a matching gifts program? Many local businesses including National Grid, United TechnoloSee Donations on page 15


By Dina Lawson, RD, CDN. The new health law signed by President Obama on March 22, 2010, is part of the nation’s health care plan to help consumers make better informed, healthful choices when eating away from home. Here are some key points: Restaurants with 20 or more locations must post the amount of calories on the menu or menu board next to the food item. This also includes drive-thru restaurants and vending machines. About 200,000 fast food and other chain restaurants will be affected. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for creating a new national standard for menu labeling in restaurants. Additional nutrients such as fat, carbohydrates, protein, sodium and fiber must be available in writing upon request by the consumer. Did you know the calorie

content of the same foods can differ between restaurants? For example, coffee drinks can range from 20 calories to 800 calories and a hamburger can range from 250 calories to over 1,000 calories. With the new menu labeling act, consumers are made aware of the calorie content of foods before they place their order. The basic idea is that consumers will make healthier food choices when they go out to eat. As a consumer, you will now have the option to compare calories between food items in a restaurant and between the same foods in different restaurants. Health advocate, Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest says this new law is ‘one step in the fight against obesity.’ Sources: The American Dietetic Association,,

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Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc Is holding a raffle to support programs and services What is being raffled? Your choice of: (First ticket drawn gets the first choice, second ticket drawn gets second choice, etc until all five are gone) $25 Gift Certificate to Nichols & Beal Restaurant in Hamilton $25 Gift certificate to Rusch’s Bar & Grill in Hamilton $25 Gift Certificate to Fisher Bay Restaurant in Bridgeport $25 Gift Certificate to Seymour’s Diner & Grill in Westmoreland $25 Gift Certificate to Gary’s Restaurant in Sylvan Beach Cost of Tickets: $1 each or 5 for $6 Drawing will be December 31, 2010 If you are interested please stop by the OFA, Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. or contact the OFA at 697-5700 and we will make arrangements to get your tickets to you.

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Madison County OFA News In memoriam The Office for the Aging gratefully acknowledges contributions to honor the memory of beloved relatives and friends. Thank you.

Newsmakers in the OFA

In Memory of Edward Hurd Given by: Edward & Thelma Dodge Bob & Letitia Hess Marion Zupko & Family David & Lisa Miller John & Wilma Zupko George Zupko Raey Webster & Candace Ahrenholz In Memory of Matilda Greenwood Given by: Oneida Lake Beach Property Owners Association Carole Lang In Memory of: Iola Boohhout Given by: Betty McEvers

Reminder We know many of you like to just drop by our office when you have a question or concern. However, we would appreciate it if you would call the Office for the Aging at 697-5700 to set up an appointment. This allows us to better prepare for your visit by getting the necessary paperwork ready. Thank you for your consideration


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gies/Carrier, Verizon, NYSEG and Lockheed Martin have programs which match employee contributions dollar-for-dollar. Learn more about your company’s program by checking with your personnel or HR office. Workplace Donation Programs The Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc can be designated through SEFA campaigns. Be sure to designate your funds for the Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc. Gifts of Stock Many friends choose to make a contribution to the Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc through a gift of stock that has appreciated substantially over the years. Details on how to make such a gift, which often has a lower cost to the donor, can be obtained by contacting the Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc at 697-5700.

An Office for the Aging Outreach Worker will be at the following locations to assist seniors with completing their HEAP applications. Please bring a copy of your social security card. If your household income has changed by more than $500 you will need to bring copies of proof of income. For more information call OFA 697-5700. Monday Oct. 4, 10 - 11 am Oneida Towers I and II, 226 Farrier Ave, Oneida Monday Oct. 4, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Madison Lane Apts, Bldg 5, Hamilton Thursday Oct. 7, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm 1st and 7th Day Baptist Church, Elm and Beaver Creek Rd, Brookfield Wednesday Oct. 13, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Earlville Senior Center - American Legion, 113 Main St Wednesday Oct. 20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm St Joan of Arc Church, Brookside Dr, Morrisville Friday Oct. 22, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Georgetown Town Hall, 995 Route 26 Monday Oct. 25, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Town of Sullivan Parks and Rec,701 Legion Dr, Chittenango Wednesday Oct. 27, 11:30 am – 12:30 am Stoneleigh Apts – 400 Lamb Ave, Canastota

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Office for the Aging recognized employees for years of service. Front from left: Jeannie Buell, Ruth Johnson, Lisa DeHimer and Theresa Davis. Back row: Bob White, Julie Harney and Sandy Peck; Jim Parmeter and Theresa Davis; Veronica Capparelli celebrated her retirement from OFA; ForBrookfield – Open Tuesday and Thursday tunado Mali1st & 7th Day Baptist Church, Elm & Beaver Creek Rd lay brought in some very Canastota – Open Monday through Friday long beans.

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Mon, Oct 4 – Vegetable lasagna, peas & carrots, tossed salad, brownie Tues, Oct 5 – Sweet & sour pork, brown rice, stir-fried vegetables, fruited gelatin Wed, Oct 6 – Turkey divan, mashed potato, Harvard beets, citrus fruit cup Thurs, Oct 7 –Irish stew w/carrots & potatoes, biscuit, corn, pudding Fri, Oct 8 – Veggie quiche, hash browns, spinach, mandarin oranges Mon, Oct 11 – Holiday – OFA & SNACK Closed Tues, Oct 12 – Macaroni & cheese, stewed tomatoes, tossed salad, fruit cocktail Wed, Oct 13 – Roast beef & gravy, mashed potatoes, California vegetables, sliced pears Thurs, Oct 14 – Norwegian baked fish, orange glazed carrots, boiled potatoes, apple pie Fri, Oct 15 – Roast turkey & gravy, cranberry sauce, red potatoes, mixed

Mon, Oct 25 – Meatloaf w/ketchup, scalloped potato, summer squash, ambrosia Tues, Oct 26 – Tuna noodle casserole, fiesta vegetables, tossed salad, cookie Wed, Oct 27 – Beef burgundy, egg noodles, herbed spinach bake, jellied pear salad Thurs, Oct 28 –Chicken spiedie hoagie, onion & peppers, mixed vegetables, fresh fruit Fri, Oct 29 – Turkey ala king, mashed potato, broccoli, pudding

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Chittenango – Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday American Legion, 70 Legion Drive Earlville – Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday American Legion -113 N Main St   Georgetown – Open Friday Georgetown Town Hall, 995 Route 26   Hamilton – Open Monday through Friday Madison Lane Apts, Bldg 5   Morrisville – Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday St. Joan of Arc Church, Brookside Dr Oneida – Open Monday through Friday Towers II Community Room, 226 Farrier Ave  Monthly health education topics are provided by a Registered Dietitian. For more information and to sign up to enjoy a hot noontime meal at a SNACK site call Madison County Office for the Aging at 697-5700 or visit our website at


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