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THE LOVE ISSU E SU B RINA D HAM M I

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BREAKING NEWS: THIS IS LOVE, PEOPLE! BY R I C H A R D P É R E Z- F E R I A F R A N C E S C O D ’A M I C O

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ON THE COVER (and top left) NewsChannel 13 anchor Subrina Dhammi and husband Ryan Jendrasiak, photographed by Francesco D’Amico exclusively for CAPITAL REGION LIVING. Shot on location at the Pavilion Grand Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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24 Hours Of LOVE In The Capital Region » Spend a fantasy, romance-filled day really close to home. « here would your perfect Valentine’s Day take place? At an intimate café in Paris? On a gondola ride through Venice? While the Capital Region can’t quite offer crêpes overlooking the Eiffel Tower or a romantic boat ride through the city of love, it can deliver a truly special 24 hours for you and your loved one. Are you ready for romance?

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Get your sweat on with a class at The Hot Yoga Spot. The Hot Yoga Spot 1475 Western Ave., Albany 518.944.8534

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Lunch time…Sake, it is! Hibachi, anyone? Sake 611 Troy Schenectady Rd., Latham 518.785.7215

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Stop by Mayfair Jewelers… diamond earrings may be just what the doctor ordered. Mayfair Jewelers 549 Troy Schenectady Rd., Latham 518.785.7898

3:00pm Spa Mirbeau Crossgates Mall, Albany 844.647.2328

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Sip afternoon tea at The Whistling Kettle. The Whistling Kettle 254 Broadway, Troy 518.874.1938

Have some mid-morning pastries at Leah’s Cakery. Leah’s Cakery 3 Curry Rd., Round Lake 518.899.5324

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Reward yourselves with smoothie bowls at BARE. BARE 1475 Western Ave., Albany 518.650.7094

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Relax with an “It Takes Two” couples’ massage at Spa Mirbeau in Crossgates.

Take a long, romantic stroll on the Zim Smith Trail, located next to Leah’s.

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Dinner at Grano will make you believe you really are in Venice! (Well, almost.) Grano 426 State St., Schenectady 518.280.3059

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Catch the Albany Symphony’s performance of Romeo & Juliet at Proctors. Proctors Theatre 432 State St., Schenectady 518.346.6204

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Let it all out with a thrilling ax-throwing session at The Lazy Ax. The Lazy Axe 1865 Central Ave., Albany 518.250.9731

Toast your love with champagne at Morrissey’s at The Adelphi Hotel. Morrissey’s 365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518.678.6000

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Retreat upstairs to the Travers Suite at The Adelphi Hotel. The Adelphi Hotel 365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518.678.6000

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“I think it’s imperative to make sure you continue to have fun and be spontaneous,” Subrina Dhammi says, seen here with husband, Ryan Jendrasiak.

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I meet someone wonderful—you know, kind, attractive, witty, smart—I want the person they chose to love to be worthy, on the same level, as my friend. So I’m glad to report that such is the case in the decade-long union of NewsChannel 13 morning anchor (and new buddy) Subrina Dhammi, and her environmental and civil engineer husband, Ryan Jendrasiak. To spend time with them, as I’ve had occasion to do a couple of times recently, is to see a functioning partnership full of small kindnesses, silly moments and grand gestures; in short, a couple truly in love. This love was further magnified when Subrina and Ryan became parents five years ago. Sonya, their gorgeous daughter, is the beneficiary of this amazing, generous union. Ryan says he met the love of his life while working on the Housatonic River Superfund Project in Berkshire County while Subrina was a reporter there at the time. Subrina, a former runner-up for the title of Miss India USA, has begun her ninth year as an award-winning anchor, becoming along the way, one of the most-watched and popular news stars in the Capital Region. It’s easy, of course, to see why. In the interim, Subrina Dhammi and Ryan Jendrasiak will continue to pave the way as an amazing example of what it means to achieve one’s relationship goals. Well done, you two.

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“I believe love is the most powerful force,” NewsChannel 13’s Subrina Dhammi says, seen here with husband, Ryan Jendrasiak.

Are you ready for these burning questions, Subrina? Love: For or against? Explain. I’m for love—100 percent! I believe love is the most powerful force.

beach during Ryan’s proposal, and when I dropped down on my knees, too, they thought maybe we’d gone to the beach for some “alone time.” We had a good laugh over that!

How did Ryan propose to you and where? Ryan and I got engaged in 2008 in Costa Rica and will celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary in October. We were on vacation, taking a sunset walk along the beach, when he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I was overcome with emotion, and, I, too, immediately dropped down on my knees and said, “a thousand times, ‘yes’.” Here’s the funny part of the story: Later that evening, while getting some dinner at the resort, we started chatting with another couple. We told them we’d just gotten engaged. They said they saw us on the

What’s the most romantic thing anyone’s ever done for you? I’m very lucky, since my husband’s very romantic. He’s done so many thoughtful and meaningful things throughout our relationship. One thing that stands out is my very first Mother’s Day. He put together a video with pictures and clips from my first year of motherhood—it brought me to tears.

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What’s the ultimate sexiest spot in the Capital Region? There are so many wonderful and intimate restaurants that I love for date nights:

Peck’s Arcade and Lucas Confectionery in Troy; Speakeasy 518 in Albany; 15 Church and Osteria Danny in Saratoga Springs; also Tanglewood in the Berkshires under the stars is amazing...but my true favorite, romantic spot is my own home. Honestly. Sitting in front of our fireplace with a glass of wine listening to some great music is about as cozy as it gets. The secret to a truly successful relationship is always... Have fun together! I think most people would say communication is the key to a successful relationship, and while that’s true, I think it’s imperative to make sure you continue to have fun and be spontaneous. Also, don’t underestimate the power of a little note. Sometimes, a few uplifting words written down from my husband can change my entire day!


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LOCATION: Congress Park, Saratoga Springs DATE: January 29, 2019

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to propose in New York City a few weeks later. That afternoon, I looked out my office window and saw the snow falling. Something about that day just felt right.”

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your typical engagement setting; it was a Tuesday night. We got all bundled up and went for a casual walk around town in one of the biggest snowstorms of the year! It was so cold, and when he got down on his knee, at first, I thought something was wrong. Then, when I realized what was happening, I was in disbelief, and the cliché tears came pouring out! Let’s just say, I wasn’t complaining about how cold it was anymore!”

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LOCATION: Indian Head Trail, Keene Valley, NY DATE: October 17, 2019 She (Siena) Said: “I chose Indian Head because I wanted to show Heather what Fall in New York is all about. (Autumn in Utah is just not the same.) The beauty of the foliage would be the perfect backdrop for the perfect moment. We both love the song ‘This Is It’ by Scotty McCreery— specifically the lines ‘On top of the world, here, together’ and ‘Looking out, I can see forever.’ As we stood on the well-known Indian Head rock, snow falling all around us, we, ironically, couldn’t see five feet in front of us but we could see forever in each other’s eyes. She said YES!” She (Heather) Said: “I was in total disbelief. After months of asking Siena, daily, to marry me, and her saying no each time, she got down on one knee and gave me the opportunity to say ‘yes!’”

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LOCATION: Outdoor skating rink, Empire State Plaza, Albany DATE: December 7, 2019

He Said: “I chose this place because,

for some time, I was originally going to propose by pretending to fall on the ice while skating, and when Shelby came over to help me, I’d get on my knee and propose. However, after a snowstorm, a picture on Facebook was going around of the place where I ended up proposing, and I decided on that, because it looked amazing! In the end I didn’t have to make a fool of myself on the ice, and it turned out to be one of the best nights of my life!”

She Said: “Every once in a while in ordinary life, a fairytale happens, and that’s just what it was when Jacob proposed. I was in complete shock by the whole affair. Jacob went above and beyond, planning everything to a tee and guiding us to the best decision of our lives. I can’t wait to continue this great adventure of life with him by my side.”

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Now taking Valentine’s Day reservations! Stop by Jackson’s this Valentine’s Day and see what everyone’s talking about. We have a little bit of everything on our menu, to please any appetite. Jackson’s is a three-generation, family-run restaurant that opened in 1943. Hope to see you soon! Tuesday—Thursday 2 for $25 (2 Entree, 1 App) For more information find us on Facebook.

Jackson’s Old Chatham House

Canali’s Restaurant has been providing customers with wonderful Italian cuisine at its Rotterdam location for more than 70 years. Relax in the well-appointed dining room, entertain special guests in the beautiful private room, pick up take-out on your way home or let Canali’s cater your next affair—whatever you choose, you know that you will be enjoying authentic, delicious Italian dishes and exemplary customer service.

Canali’s Restaurant

646 Albany Tpke., Old Chatham •  518.794.7373 jacksonsoldchathamhouse.com

126 Mariaville Rd. • Schenectady 518.355.5323 • canalisrestaurant.com

At The Barnsider, all dishes are expertly prepared by award-winning chefs who use the freshest ingredients available. The chefs carefully age their beef for a minimum of 28 days in a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment, and then expertly cut and trim every steak in their on-site butcher shop. This meticulous process ensures that every cut is lean, tender and incredibly flavorful. Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day date locale? Call now to get your preferred time before they book up!

The Gold Coin restaurant first opened in its present location at 1360 New Scotland Avenue Slingerlands in 1987. Owned and operated by the Kung and Cheung families, the restaurant was torn down in 2004 and completely rebuilt. It now accommodates 70 people and includes a full bar with a flat-screen TV. The restaurant is open six days a week and closed on Tuesdays. Come hungry: Gold Coin has been repeatedly voted the best Chinese Cuisine.

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At Chez Mike, the goal is to provide a superior dining experience through exceptional service and fresh, from-scratch food, in a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere. It is a casual restaurant serving Eclectic American Cuisine that changes seasonally. People love it: It was voted Best Rensselaer County Restaurant eight years in a row, and has also been a Best Fine Dining finalist.

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The Towne Tavern invites guests to enjoy its award-winning food in the warm, cozy and comfortable renovated creek-side blacksmith shop from the 1800s. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed drink with friends or a dinner with the whole family, there is something for everyone on the tavern menu, from  barbeque specialties to home-style entrées.  Now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner, featuring entertainer Katie Louise from 7—10 pm.

The Towne Tavern

596 Columbia Tpke. Hannaford Plaza • East Greenbush 518.479.4730 • chezmikerestaurant.com

2850 NY 43 • Averill Park 518.674.3040  • thetownetavern.com

Book your Valentine’s reservations now! Conveniently located about 15 minutes south of Downtown Saratoga in Round Lake, Bob McKenna and award-winning Chef Scott Ringwood’s Lake Ridge Restaurant has been a  local favorite for casual fine dining for 18 years. Lake Ridge specializes in New American cuisine, which he highlights on both the lunch and dinner menus. McKenna says Lake Ridge Restaurant, which operates under the slogan “simply the best and voted the best,” is proud of its “consistent greatness,” as it has been winning awards for more than a decade.

This romantic Queen-Anne stone castle has been transformed from a private residence into a luxurious inn and farm-to-table, AAA-rated “Four–Diamond” restaurant. The executive chef features an array of local farm fresh ingredients prepared in a contemporary manner. Dining at Erlowest is available year-round, with seasonally inspired menus to ensure each visit is a new experience. Reservations are required, so call today. Valentine’s Dinner Menu is available February 14, 15 and 16.

Lake Ridge

The Inn at Erlowest

35 Burlington Ave. • Round Lake • Exit 11 Northway Lake-Ridge.com • 518.899.6000

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Throughout this year, CAPITAL REGION LIVING will be focusing in on different cities in the Capital Region. We’ll take you on a tour of all the top restaurants, bars, clubs and hotels in town—as well as introduce you to some of the city’s most memorable residents. This month, we’re taking a closer look at Troy, NY—the Collar City.

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COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT ALBANY TROY/WATERFRONT The ultra-modern Courtyard by Marriott Albany’s Troy/Waterfront location (est. 2018) has all the accommodations and amenities you’d expect of a big-box hotel, plus an unbeatable location: It’s a short walk from the high-end food court/ incubator that is River Street Market; Troy’s favorite brewhouse/restaurant, Brown’s Brewing Company (see page 19); and the best barbecue this side of the Mason-Dixon line, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

small plates, to become Downtown Troy’s, um, breadwinner. Open Wednesday through Saturday, Peck’s is actually a three-for-one deal: The restaurant shares a storefront with Little Peck’s, its sister cafe, which serves a hip brunch nearly all day (try the Egg & Cheese Biscuit); and its second floor is occupied by the Tavern Bar, among the city’s best cocktail/ mocktail lounges.

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DEFAZIO’S PIZZERIA When it comes to pizza in Troy, the buck stops with DeFazio’s Pizzeria. DeFazio’s has been making the hungry happy for nearly three decades from its perch in Troy’s Little Italy (it sits next door to DeFazio’s Imports, Troy’s OG Italian food and specialty goods store, which first opened in 1951). Serving up 12- and 16-inch pies, DeFazio’s has something for all pizza lovers— and on Saturdays, you can even find the restaurant at Troy’s Waterfront Farmers’ Market.

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LUCAS CONFECTIONERY From the same owners of nearby Peck’s Arcade, Lucas Confectionery, which is connected via a not-so-secret passageway to Peck’s, is the wine bar of record in Downtown Troy, serving everything from reds, whites and rosés to sparklings, spritzes and ciders. For the post-work, empty-stomach set, the bar also features a menu full of small plates and other goodies.

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GARDNER FARM INN Armed with an equally fascinating history and ownership ledger, the Gardner Farm Inn dates back to the 1700s, though it was only reborn as a bed-and-breakfast in 2015 by current proprietor John Hughes. With cozy suites named after some of Hollywood’s most whimsical characters, such as Saratoga (the film) actress Jean Harlow, the inn daily offers guests to-diefor homemade breakfasts, with ingredients sourced from Troy’s awardwinning Waterfront Farmers’ Market.

international flavors from an array of Troy restaurants, which sets up shop Thursdays in a parking lot on Fourth and Ferry Streets, summer to fall.

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SUNHEE’S FARM & KITCHEN Of Troy’s handful of Korean-influenced restaurants, Sunhee’s Farm & Kitchen reigns supreme, with its simple orderat-the-counter menu of small plates and soju-spiked cocktails. For eaters with their sights set on warmer climes, look out for the Sunhee’s-spearheaded Ferry Street Night Market, a showcase of

1. Plumb Oyster Bar Owner Heidi Knoblauch; 2. The Oscar Wilde Suite at Gardner Farm Inn; 3. anatomie Co-owner Eileen Fitzgibbons training clients; 4. Brown’s Brewing Company’s Walloomsac Taproom location; 5. The patio at Courtyard by Marriott Albany Troy/Waterfront; 6. Wall art at Franklin Alley Social Club.

On any given afternoon (save for Monday), you’ll find Troy’s threedollar-sign crowd settling into Plumb Oyster Bar’s raw bar and specialty cocktail menu (it also serves up dinner and brunch). Opened by Yale-educated Emma Willard alum Heidi Knoblauch, Plumb has quickly become one of Downtown Troy’s shining stars—so much so that Pioneer Bank recently hired the businesswoman to work with other local startups.

FRANKLIN ALLEY SOCIAL CLUB It’s no wonder Troy often draws comparisons to Brooklyn. Take the hip, two-year-old Franklin Alley Social Club (FASC), a cocktail lounge slash karaoke bar slash arcade slash shuffleboard court

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Troy’s anatomie is the rare gym that’s built its community entirely on inclusivity: “There isn’t an age, size or ability limit,” says anatomie Co-owner and trainer Eileen Fitzgibbons, who runs the gym with her husband, Pat Boyle. “It’s really about ‘Are you willing to work hard, be vulnerable and show up for yourself?’ That’s it.” Not a six-packed bro or hard-bodied brosephina? No problem. But make no mistake: You will leave anatomie exhausted and drenched but in the best shape of your life. The gym offers a range of classes and personal training

options to its growing clientele, with three core focus areas: full-body strength and conditioning, indoor cycling and yoga/body sculpt. Of all the classes on its schedule, anatomie’s biggest draw is the 45-minute body sculpt, “a high-intensity, sweaty, no-excuses, no BS workout,” says Fitzgibbons. It’s a weekly sellout. A big part of anatomie’s unique community-building exercise has been to partner with other fellow small businesses in the area. For example, anatomie’s been collaborating with candlemakers Collar City Candle, whose Troy-based owners are anatomie regulars, on signature candles that it sells exclusively at the gym. anatomie’s also wholly embraced Troy’s veteran community, offering free, walk-in yoga classes to all vets. It’s a particularly personal cause for Boyle, as he’s an Iraq War veteran. “No matter what you did in the military, you’re carrying baggage with you,” he says. “We’re here to create a space where

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BROWN’S BREWING COMPANY

Garry And Kelly Brown, Owners Of Brown’s Brewing Company

When Brown’s Brewing Company first opened in Troy in 1993, the Collar City was in dire need of a makeover. The 175-year-old warehouse building that husband-and-wife ownership team Garry and Kelly Brown purchased, gutted and renovated—that eventually became their flagship taproom—had been the victim of arson and vacant for a decade. “What I saw in the building was that it was 60 feet from the Hudson River,” says Garry, who grew up in nearby Schenectady. “I’d say to Kelly, ‘There’s only one Hudson River.’” The Browns’ gamble paid off. While Troy’s true downtown/waterfront renaissance wouldn’t kick into high gear until the aughts, Brown’s breweryrestaurant immediately caught on.

Garry and Kelly Brown “We were busy right out of the gate,” says Garry. At the time, it was a novel concept: a brewery that poured its own product for the public and fed those same hungry patrons at the same place. That one-two punch of great location and beer eventually led to expansion: In 2010, Brown’s took over operations at Revolution Hall next door, rebooting the music venue into an always-booked wedding/event space. Three years later, right below it, the brewery

opened its Malt Room, a private events space—and that same year, unveiled a 20,000-barrel production facility in North Hoosick, NY. By 2014, Brown’s christened that location the Walloomsac Taproom, its second official brewery-restaurant. These days, Troy’s one of the Capital Region’s fastest-growing areas for business and commerce—and no doubt, the Browns helped make that a reality. We can clink pints to that!

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One of the spacious, elegant rooms at the Eastside Inn Bed & Breakfast in Troy; (opposite, from top) Co-owner Beth Gray is a wonderful cook; a look at the inn’s front porch during summer.

The Rebirth Of Troy’s Grand Dame Eastside Inn Bed & Breakfast does not disappoint—not even a little.

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BETH GRAY, OWNER/INNKEEPER, EASTSIDE INN VICTORIAN BED & BREAKFAST

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ueen Anne-style Victorian homes are the picture of elegance and epitomize the grandeur of the Victorian Era. They were built during the reign of Queen Victoria of Great Britain as a tribute to the English elegance of the homes built during the reign of Queen Anne. The architectural design quickly became one of the most popular choices of the emerging “well-to-do” classes in America. Many classic examples of this style sit regally within the Capital Region. While the Eastside Inn Victorian Bed & Breakfast at 460 Pawling Avenue in Troy is now a stunning example of this period’s architecture, that wasn’t always the case. When Owners Beth Gray and Richard Hisert discovered the once-grand home of Dr. James MacChesney, a member of the prominent MacChesney family of Troy, it had been vacant and neglected for five years. The house was in pitiful shape, complete with battalions of squirrels, who’d taken up residence there, and carpenter ants, who’d waged war on the empty dwelling. Once a neighbor of the property on the east end of Troy, I remember walking by it and seeing how overgrown it was and thinking that it looked haunted (thankfully, it’s not). But when Beth walked into the property, she felt the pull of history and the marvel of excellent craftmanship. Both she and Richard could sense something in every nook and cranny of the home, envisioning how it could be made beautiful again. It goes without saying that it required a lot of hard work to get this dream home back to its original splendor—and it’s no surprise that it was accomplished by such talented individuals. Richard is the founder and owner of H2H Geoscience Engineering in Downtown Troy, which he’s run for more than 25 years, while Beth is a health coach and nutritional consultant. During the house’s long journey back, Beth and Richard were able to draw on their personal strengths, as well as resourceful family members. Beth committed to learning how to source Victorian Era wallpapers, actually papering the substantial home herself. Yes, of course, there were nightmare scenarios, too. Still, neither of them dwelled on those facts for long, and instead pointed out that Richard’s father built the fantastic kitchen table next to the hearth, and Beth’s mom made many of the table accessories for the formal dining room. This is a positive pair of owners seeing only the present and the future they hope to bring to the newest chapter of the MacChesney home.

A Grand Place To Stay

With its three spacious and elegantly furnished Victorian bedrooms, as well as unique spaces throughout the house to enjoy, the Eastside Inn does not disappoint. Beth creates delicious home-cooked breakfasts each morning of your stay.

Her focus on fresh ingredients—and whenever possible, those curated from her own garden—provides an excellent morning meal, the perfect way to start a day visiting the historic and trendy sites in Troy. You’ll find enchantment, as I did, and never want to leave those meticulously decorated rooms. While strolling through the inn’s dwellings and gardens, you’ll see items that were originally owned by the MacChesney family, as well as other period antiques. Meticulous care is given to their placement within the rooms. Many articles were found in the attic, left to age in obscurity before the purchase of the home. A Cluett family trunk, belonging at one time to another one of the reigning 19thcentury families of Troy, as well as a closet full of drapes and porcelain, are just a few examples of Beth and Richard’s discoveries.

The Capital Region’s Own Martha Stewart?

Christmas at the inn is a grand affair for Beth and Richard, with decorations that both complement and imitate the history of the home. A great, great-grandchild of Dr. MacChesney remarked one Christmas visit that Beth had chosen exactly what the original lady of the house decorated it with many years ago: dried hydrangeas from the garden. Stunned by the coincidence, Beth was determined to keep the tradition alive. The owners host an open house at the inn every December during Troy’s Victorian Stroll, offering locals the chance to visit it when it’s decked for the holidays. Needless to say, the future is bright at the Eastside Inn Victorian Bed & Breakfast. It’s not only becoming a popular spot for guests who are visiting the Collar City to stay, but it’s also now serving the greater community as a venue for small meetings, intimate showers, luncheons and gatherings for ten people or less—its majestic parlors and lovely grounds and gardens making for a memorable setting. (Do note that it’s closed from February 5 through April 1, reopening just in time for the warmer weather.) And you could say that Beth is giving Martha Stewart a run for her money. She loves to cook; with her background in nutrition and through healthy cooking classes, she’s been sharing her uses for ingredients such as homegrown herbs. She’s also a master gardener, as is obvious by the inn’s oft-blooming grounds every spring and summer. And she’s a proven interior decorator, teaching decorating workshops. If you want in on classes, they’re coming up this spring and will include herb gardening, creating annual combination planters and even a workshop for children. Lovely, grounded and energetic, Beth has so much to offer; she and Richard have found their spot in the Capital Region. And now it can be yours, too.

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Helping Hands@Home, LLC

Lindsay Drug

Safe Care Mobility Services

416 5th Ave., Troy 518.235.2522 lindsaydrug.com

456 N. Pearl St., Albany 518.462.5923 safecaremobility.com

The highly trusted Helping Hands@ Home is a locally owned and operated non-medical home care provider that’s been helping people, especially seniors, live more independent lives since 2010. Helping Hands provides its expert home care services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including most holidays. The experienced caregivers assist with daily living activities such as dressing, medication reminders and meal preparation. They also help with light housekeeping, shopping and errands, while simultaneously offering companionship. Helping Hands caregivers are trained to understand the nuances of senior care and are insured and bonded.

Consider Lindsay Drug your one-stop shop for all of your medicine and health equipment needs in the Troy area. This local, family-run, independent healthcare center and pharmacy is packed with everything you might need to keep your family happy and healthy—from walkers and wound care items to wheelchairs and aging in place accessories for the home. The drug store’s in-house associates are specially trained to fit customers with the perfect crutches, quad canes or canes, including decorative ones. Plus: Shop post-mastectomy prosthesis and brassieres and compression therapy garments here, including custom stockings for hard-to-fit sizes.

Compassion is key at Safe Care Mobility Services, which provides the best possible medical transportation and ambulette service. Its award-winning fleet of modern vehicles is expertly maintained by in-house mechanics and boasts the highest level of wheelchair lifts, wheelchairs and stretchers. Every step is taken to make your ride comfortable and safe, from the hiring of the very best drivers to their pledge to arrive on time and with a smile. Their service is perfect for medical appointments, nursing home transfers and hospital discharges; plus, they are the only Upstate New York provider to offer bariatric stretcher service.

Main Square, 316 Delaware Ave., Delmar 518.380.9788 helpinghandscapitaldistrict.com

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Nina Sher, Senior Real Estate Specialist Hunt Real Estate ERA 1365 New Scotland Rd., Slingerlands 518.368.5578; huntrealestate.com

Are you thinking about downsizing? One of the worst things people can do is wait too long to reach that decision. Nina had been contemplating a move for more than a year, but her husband’s Parkinson’s diagnosis forced them to make a decision sooner. She sold her home last fall, moved into a townhouse and couldn’t be happier. No regrets! How about you? Are you stuck? Nina created the SMART DOWNSIZING GUIDE to help baby boomers get clarity around this huge decision. Call her to receive your free copy and get one step closer to living a happier life. 

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River Ridge Living Center 

100 Sandy Dr., Amsterdam 518.843.3503; riverridgelc.com  River Ridge Living Center, a 120-bed rehabilitation and skilled nursing center in the heart of Amsterdam, is family owned and operated. Renowned for its beauty and homelike atmosphere, patients and residents thrive in their friendly environment. River Ridge combines a comprehensive array of clinical services with an individualized rehabilitation approach. The 30-acre park-like property offers a full selection of activities for every activity level, while the kitchen produces culinary delights for three daily home-style meals plus snacks.  

The Spinney at Van Dyke

6 Parker Mathusa Pl., Delmar 518.689.0162; thespinneyatvandyke.com  Leaving your house does not mean you have to leave your privacy behind. The Spinney at Van Dyke is a new approach to living for the “55 and better” community, allowing residents to move away from the burdens of owning their home while allowing a sense of privacy in a community setting. Each cottage at The Spinney features private entryways, back and front porches, as well as direct-access attached garages. The Spinney lifestyle is the smoothest transition from owning a home to downsizing and renting — go see why today!


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Rivers Casino & Resort

518.579.8800 1 Rush St., Schenectady RiversCasinoAndResort.com Enjoy the lovely bouquet of amenities Rivers Casino & Resort has to offer during the month of February! Try your hand at today’s hottest slots and table games and jump into the action with the Leap Year Loot Slot Tournament. Every Thursday during the month of February, play for a chance to win your share of $10,000 Free Slot Play. Plus, on Saturdays this month, don’t miss the Rush to Riches drawings for your chance to win $112,000 cash! Hungry? Dig into unbelievable flavors at one of the casino’s five unique restaurants. For a special Valentine’s Day dinner for two, choose Dukes Chophouse, which is serving up a special fourcourse dinner on Friday, February 14. The next night, feel the love in the Event Center with live entertainment from Grammynominated R&B legend Al B. Sure!. Keep the fun going with Rivers Mardi Gras Cajun Buffet on Tuesday, February 25 and Wednesday, February 26. Indulge yourself with live music and a Cajun-style buffet featuring a variety of classics, including seafood, chicken and sausage gumbo, jambalaya and more!

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Got paint? Breathe new life into your tired furniture.

EXTREME MAKEOVER:

FURNITURE EDITION Story and Photography by JUDI STONE

MATERIALS ≠ Screwdriver to remove hardware ≠ Mild soap and water ≠ Clean, lint-free cloths ≠ Medium sandpaper or block ≠ Fine sandpaper or block ≠ 1 qt. Primer ≠ 1 qt. Paint ≠ 2 Paint brushes ≠ 4-inch Roller with pan ≠ Poly or finishing wax (optional)

NOTE: Always use high quality materials and work in a vented and termperaturecontrolled space.

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STEP 3: Sand Sand off the glossy finish; a dull surface will give the paint something to grab onto. ≠ Start with medium sandpaper; work in the direction of the wood grain ≠ Remove all the sanding dust with a damp cloth or tack cloth ≠ Let it dry

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he first thing I remember painting was a still life of a vase of daisies when I was six years old. Even back then, I got a thrill out of painting and the sense of fulfillment it provided. Even though I’ve been making art my entire life, the power of paint still amazes me. You can also get the thrill and sense of accomplishment out of painting. Begin by just looking around at the items in your home. Take that heirloom piece you’ve owned for years that’s lost its luster and fall back in love with it. Why buy new when you can simply breathe new life into a piece you already have with the power of paint? Painting and transforming a piece of furniture can be time consuming, but it’s worth it! And you’ll also earn bragging rights for creating a custom, “high-end” piece. Follow these professional painting guidelines so that your piece will withstand the test of time.

≠ Remove the hardware ≠ Take out the drawers, wherever applicable (work on them separately) ≠ Clean the piece with a cloth moistened with mild dish detergent and water ≠ Let it dry completely

STEP 4: Prime Primer helps the paint adhere to the surface and covers any stains.

BEFORE (LEFT): A

solid Broyhill dresser discarded and left by the curbside. AFTER (ABOVE): A textured two-tone strie paint job, new hardware, granite counter and solid glass vessel sink turned this dresser into the focal point of a 1950s-era bungalow bathroom.

STEP 1: The Plan Once you’ve selected a small piece of furniture, dive into your inner creativity to give your piece some personality. Ask yourself: Do you simply want to give it a fresh new color or do you want to take it a step further by making it come to life with one of these custom styles? ≠ Distressing: Give it a worn look by sanding off some paint on the edges ≠ Stenciling: Add a design or pattern ≠ Use multiple colors ≠ Add stripes to the piece ≠ Add letters and numbers to the piece ≠ Change the hardware ≠ Decoupage: Adhere a piece of paper or photo to it ≠ Repurpose: Change a dresser into a bathroom vanity

STEP 2: Prep This is the most important step! The finished product depends on the quality of the prep.

≠ Using a 2 ½-inch angled brush, work on a flat surface ≠ Use a stain-blocking, oil-based primer (Kilz or Bullseye); it’s also available in a spray paint, which is great for intricate spaces and spindles ≠ Apply one thin coat or two for stubborn stains; let dry in between coats ≠ When it’s thoroughly dry, sand entire piece again with fine grain sandpaper ≠ Remove all sand dust

STEP 5: Paint Apply high quality paint using quality brushes and rollers. ≠ Use high quality interior latex paint in a semi-gloss finish ≠ Use a 4-inch quality roller to apply paint and a 2 ½-inch angled brush to smooth it out ≠ Apply 1 coat of paint; wait for it to dry, then lightly sand using fine sandpaper ≠ Apply at least 2 thin, even coats of paint

STEP 6: Protect You have three options to protect your furniture: 1. Let the paint fully cure, which can take 4-6 weeks. Handle the piece with care. 2. Seal the piece with a non-yellowing poly 3. Wax your entire piece with a quality finishing paste (follow manufacturer’s directions)

Every piece of furniture has a story to tell—a past and future. Any piece of furniture can be transformed or repurposed with a little paint and imagination. Have fun and take pride in knowing that you can do it and discover the power of paint. Happy painting!


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Schenectady Floor Covering

1910 Maxon Rd. Extension, Schenectady 518.372.5664 schenectadyfloorcovering.com  In business for more than 50 years, Schenectady Floor Covering has built its business on its reputation for top-of-the-line customer service. Its sweeping 9000-square-foot showroom has all the brands you know and trust with all the latest styles, colors and designs. Stop in to take a look and work with one of the company’s highest level sales professionals who will find you exactly what you need. Did you know that Schenectady Floor Covering specializes not only in carpeting, but also hardwood, ceramic tile, area rugs, laminate and vinyl flooring and is the Capital District’s premier Karastan dealer? As part of America’s leading flooring retail group, Schenectady Floor Covering can provide customers with low prices on many flooring options backed by the most solid warranties in the floor covering industry. Whether you’re looking to upgrade one room of your house or doing a complete makeover, visit Schenectady Floor Covering, where they believe that shopping for new floors doesn’t have to be a challenge. And don’t forget about installation—your friendly, knowledgeable sales associates will handle your project from shopping and planning to completion. Then all that’s left is to enjoy your exquisite new floors!

Garden Time

652 Quaker Rd., Queensbury 1467 Route 9, Halfmoon 25 Gordon Ln., Wilton 518.793.8555 gardentimeinc.com Your outdoor space is only as good as its accoutrements, and Garden Time, (located in Halfmoon, Wilton and Queensbury open only during season) offers the area’s widest selection of utility sheds, wood sheds, gazebos and outdoor furniture. Plus, Garden Time’s excellent customer service and superior shopping experience provide everything you need for a beautiful lawn and garden. Whether you are in the market for a beautiful blooming plant for your porch, a screened-in gazebo for your backyard, fertilizer for your lawn or a storage solution for a little extra space, stop in to one of Garden Time’s locations to explore. Whether you’re looking for something

in stock or want to build your own, our excellent outdoor garden pros will help facilitate exactly what you need (including site prep and delivery!). In no time, you’ll see what sets Garden Time apart from the rest!

East Greenbush Window Coverings 601 New Loudon Rd., Suite 4, Latham 518.477.9025 EastGreenbushWindowCoverings.com

Have you visited the East Greenbush Window Coverings showroom in Latham, to check out the latest and greatest in window treatments yet? Their contemporary showroom displays the newest shades, blinds, decorative hardware and drapery treatments. This includes all of the hottest new styles, plus motorization options that can be triggered from your smartphone and tablet to control your window shades from anywhere, whether you are cozy at home or

OLeary Overhead Door 518.321.2736 olearyoverheaddoor.com

OLeary Overhead Door is family owned and operated and has more than 30 years of experience in the garage door business, so why go anywhere else for your garage door needs? Customer service is their priority, so expect nothing less than prompt and hasslefree service for both residential and contractor work. Hit up their website for testimonials—then call today for a free estimate. OLeary is available for both commercial and home garage door repairs and installations, too. F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 | C R L M A G . C O M | 27


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Family Owned for Over 30 Years

Ask about our

RENT TO OWN PROGRAM! Sheds • Gazebos • Garages • Playsets • Outdoor Furniture

vacationing in a faraway locale. East Greenbush has gorgeous, energy-efficient shades that make a subtle statement by treating the natural light that enters your home. Their designers are ready to work with you to usher in new excitement to your home.

Frank Webb Home

1 McCrea Hill Rd., Ballston Spa; 518.490.7550 17 Erie Blvd., Albany; 518.455.8833 frankwebb.com

FREE DELIVERY within 50 miles

Largest Selection in the Area

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Clifton Park, Queensbury & Wilton, NY

(888) 793-8555 • GardenTimeInc.com

From simple faucet replacements to a complete remodel of your kitchen and every bathroom in the house, Frank Webb (in Ballston Spa and Albany) is your go-to spot. A visit to their showroom is a must, with its working displays and commission-free salespeople, who proudly have your best interests at heart. Shop for bath, lighting and kitchen needs at the highest level, including green technology options, hands-free appliances and the tech-iest bidets, plus faucets of every type on the market. Add in thousands of the very best in plumbing fixtures, vanities, mirrors and other accessories. Walk-ins are welcome, but call ahead to talk to an experienced professional who will tell you what to bring in from home for more targeted, time-effective shopping.

The Furniture House

1254 Highway 9P, Saratoga Springs 518.587.9865 1060 Route 9, Queensbury; 518.798.0133 thefurniturehouseny.com Whether building a new home, downsizing or just updating your current home, The Furniture House, in Queensbury and Saratoga Springs, is the place to come for your home furnishing needs. At TFH, you aren’t limited by someone else’s idea of style or the “same thing everyone else has, too”. The design staff in their stunning showrooms will help make your unique dreams a reality and allow your personality to shine through. They

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This is the place for you. Imagine hundreds of exceptional bath, kitchen and lighting products from trusted brands, in settings that help you envision them in your own home. You’ll find classic styles alongside the newest trends. A friendly, accessible staff offers guidance and detailed coordination to ensure that your project goes smoothly. Find details and hours for more than 40 showrooms at frankwebb.com.

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offer quality, one-of-a-kind pieces at a value you didn’t realize you could afford, and expertly match form with function. Small rooms? No problem. Specific needs? No problem. From basic home pieces to Murphy beds, custom builds, adjustable coffee tables, jewelry mirrors, conversation sofas and more, TFH’s delivery team will deliver anywhere in the continental US! Visit The Furniture House to see what all the buzz is about. The unusual as usual!

L.Browe Asphalt Services

518.479.1400; broweasphalt.com

Albany

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L.Browe Asphalt Services has served thousands of residential and commercial customers in the greater Hudson Valley. Their installations are built to last, with correct elevations and subtle detailing to ease the job into the land. Transitions are smooth with good, level flow and slight changes in elevation to provide proper water drainage. They mill the end of the drive so that it retains its thickness and is not subject to being lifted up by plow equipment. The end product is a true, level, aesthetically pleasing job with artistic curves and superior function that completes and enhances the entire property setting. Call today for a free estimate.

CR Gas Logs & Fireplaces, Inc. 15 Drywall Ln., Voorheesville 518.765.4279; crgaslogs.com

Beautiful

CR Gas Logs and Fireplaces has been a leader in the hearth and patio industry in the greater Capital Region for more than 30 years. They pride themselves on providing each customer with high-quality customer service, knowledge and advice, whether he or she is looking for a cozy interior fireplace or an elaborate, custom outdoor kitchen. Whatever you’re thinking, their staff will help educate you on the right choice for your home. Their goal is to have every person they speak with, no matter if they purchase or not, leave them with a positive shopping experience.

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Everything a driveway should be. Plan now for your spring driveway makeover. We make it easy. Free detailed, written quotes, Better Business Bureau A+ rating, references provided with driving directions.

Call 518.479.1400 or request a FREE estimate appointment at broweasphalt.com

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Dutchman Stoves & Chimneys, LLC 95 Willet St., Fort Plain 518.993.2543 dutchmanenterprises.com 

Dutchman Stoves & Chimneys is an authorized dealer and installer for DS Stoves, Super Pro Chimneys, DS Boilers and Meadowcreek Grills—the best of the best in all things home heating. But did you know that Dutchman offers so much more? In addition to boasting the top lines by the most skilled stove and chimney craftsmen in the US, it is also an authorized retailer for Belmont Trailers, IBA Dairy Supplies, Poulin Grains, Georgia Boots, Muck Boots and Blaschak Coal. Plus: They are also a one-stop shop for animal health specialties, white pine shavings, hay and grain preservatives, birdseed, Alaskan stoves, chimneys, firewood, socks, coats, sewing supplies, novelties and so much more! And if you live and die by the boots on your feet, don’t miss Dutchman’s work boot warehouse—it is the area’s best-kept secret!

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Events Calendar » the show must go on! «

ALBANY COUNTY

BY WILL LEVITH AND TRACY MOMROW

THE BERKSHIRES

FEBRUARY 1

FEBRUARY 9

Eastbound Jesus At The Cohoes Music Hall Popular Greenwich, NY-based band Eastbound Jesus celebrate the release of their latest album, Full Moon Over Salem, at the Cohoes Music Hall. For more info, visit thecohoesmusichall.org.

Travels On Paper At The Clark Institute Catch the last week and change of The Clark Institute’s Travels on Paper exhibition, featuring the drawings, sketches and photographs of 19thcentury European and American artists. For more info, visit clarkart.edu. FEBRUARY 13

FEBRUARY 7

Cheap Trick At The Palace Theatre Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick bring hits such as “I Want You To Want Me,” “Surrender” and “The Flame” to Albany’s Palace Theatre. For more info, visit palacealbany.org. FEBRUARY 15

Trevor Noah: Loud & Clear At The Times Union Center

Comedian Caitlin Reese At The Colonial Theatre Brooklyn-based writer/comedian Caitlin Reese brings her hilarious solo comedy act to The Colonial Theatre’s Garage in Pittsfield, MA. For more info, visit berkshiretheatregroup.com.

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Trevor Noah, Emmy/Peabody Awardwinning host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, brings his Loud & Clear tour through Albany’s Times Union Center. For more info, visit timesunioncenter-albany.com.

Director AnnaLee Dragon for a discussion about the topic of love in books. Wine and chocolate will be served. For more info, visit kinderhooklibrary.org. FEBRUARY 14-15

Ella The Ungovernable At The Valatie Community Theater This original play by David McDonald is about 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald’s incarceration and escape from Hudson’s Training School For Girls in 1933. For more info, visit valatietheatre.org. FEBRUARY 22

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus At Club Helsinki Celebrating its 25th year, New York City’s Bindlestiff Family Cirkus brings its multi-pronged show, featuring elements of circus, sideshow, vaudeville, burlesque and variety to the Club Helsinki stage. For more info, visit helsinkihudson.ticketfly.com.

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Gary Buckendorf’s Olivebridge Drawing 22, part of the Winter Nocturne exhibit.

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Winter Nocturne Exhibit At Carrie Haddad Gallery Catch the Winter Nocturne exhibit, featuring contemporary painting, sculpture and photography at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson. For more info, visit carriehaddadgallery.com. FEBRUARY 12

Book Tasting: Sweet Romance At The Kinderhook Memorial Library Join Kinderhook Memorial Library

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Bring the entire family to this fun snowmobile drag racing event. General admission is $15, with kids 12 and under participating for just $5. For more info, visit royalmountain.com. FEBRUARY 8

Snowshoe By The Light Of The Moon At Lapland Lake Adirondack XC Ski & Vacation Center Take a guided, moonlit snowshoeing tour at Lapland Lake’s Adirondack XC Ski & Vacation Center. A warm meal and midtour snack/fireside warmup are included in the ticket price. For more info, visit lapland.com.

(Trevor Noah) MICHAEL AVEDON; (Winter Nocturne) LENA PETERSEN, 2018

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Events Calendar FEBRUARY 8-9

Adirondack Outdoorsman Show Calling all hunters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts: The 15th annual Adirondack Outdoorsman Show will be held at the Johnstown Moose Club. The weekend will include featured guests, authors, industry experts and many exhibits. For more info, visit adkshow.com.

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OTSEGO COUNTY FEBRUARY 1

The Met Live In HD: The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess At The Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center Oneonta’s Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center plays host to a live-in-HD viewing of the Metropolitan Opera’s staging of George and Ira Gershwin’s classic opera, Porgy and Bess. For more info, visit facebook.com/foothillsoneonta. FEBRUARY 7-9

FEBRUARY 1

Cooperstown Winter Carnival

The Council Rock Band Live At Erie Station Bar & Grill Cooperstown-based quintet, The Council Rock Band, which covers rock music from the 1960s and beyond, will be performing at the Erie Station Bar & Grill in Fort Plains from 8-11pm. For more info, visit facebook.com/CouncilRock.

The Lions Club of Cooperstown sponsors this annual village-wide event, featuring a number of fun winter activities, food and entertainment. For more info, visit cooperstownwintercarnival.com. FEBRUARY 7-28

Test out your pipes—and enjoy craft beer and a burger-filled menu—at The Red Shed Brewery’s karaoke night, every Friday at the Cooperstown brewery. For more info, visit redshedbrewing.com.

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St. Lawrence String Quartet At Emma Willard School Troy’s Friends Of Chamber Music presents an evening with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, performing works by Hadyn, John Adams and Beethoven, at Emma Willard School’s Kiggins Auditorium. For more info, visit slsq.com. FEBRUARY 12

Jake Shimabukuro And Sierra Hull At Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro shares a stage with Grammy-nominated mandolinist Sierra Hull to perform an

Karaoke Fridays At The Red Shed Brewery

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Events Calendar amalgam of jazz, bluegrass, folk and classical music at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. For more info, visit troymusichall.org. FEBRUARY 21

The National Reserve At Hangar On The Hudson Brooklyn-based Americana quartet The National Reserve return to Troy’s Hangar on the Hudson. For more info, visit facebook.com/theHangarTroy/.

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Saratoga Beer Week At The Saratoga City Center Sample hard ciders and seltzers from 30-plus cideries (Friday, February 21) and beer from more than 100 breweries and cideries (Saturday, February 22) during the fifth annual Saratoga Beer Week at the Saratoga City Center. For more info, visit saratogacitycenter.org.

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Fitz And The Tantrums At Upstate Concert Hall Fitz and the Tantrums bring their mix of neo-soul and pop (see: “HandClap”) to Clifton Park’s Upstate Concert Hall. For more info, visit upstateconcerthall.com. FEBRUARY 29

Roseanne Cash At Universal Preservation Hall (UPH) For UPH’s grand opening, the new yearround Saratoga arts venue has nabbed three-time Grammy winner Roseanne Cash to perform from her deep catalog. For more info, visit universalpreservationhall.org.

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Brewmageddon 2020 At Frog Alley Brewing Company Frog Alley Brewing Company in Schenectady is launching

Brewmageddon 2020 (its inaugural Northeast Invitational Brewers Festival), with samples being poured from more than 40 breweries from the Northeast, food and live music to boot. For more info, visit discoverschenectady.com. FEBRUARY 14

Albany Symphony Presents Romeo & Juliet At Proctors Spend Valentine’s Day with the Albany Symphony and guest Conductor JoAnn Faletta, who The New York Times calls “one of the finest conductors of her generation.” For more info, visit albanysymphony.com. FEBRUARY 16-21

Discover Schenectady Hotel Week Discover Schenectady is hosting its first-ever Hotel Week, featuring deals at a number of area hotels, including Comfort Inn & Suites Schenectady in Scotia and The Inn at the Glen Sanders Mansion. For more info, visit schenectadyhotelweek.com.


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Christina W. Meier | Meier Law Firm, PLLC

Meier Law Firm, PLLC 10 Utica Avenue, Latham 518.313.7809 themeierlawfirm.com Owner: Christina W. Meier, Esq. Describe your business: Counsel without judgment in the areas of elder law, estate planning and administration, guardianships and business law. Why did you get into this business? I enjoy helping people in need. What’s the most rewarding part of owning Meier Law Firm? I help people solve problems. Whether it’s assisting clients plan for their own incapacity and/or death; or the incapacity or death of a loved one; or helping clients who are in crisis; or who

Jodi Hess | Digital XPress are grieving the loss of a loved one, I am able to leave work every day knowing that I made a positive difference in someone’s life. If you could change one thing about the industry you work in, what would it be? I would encourage more problem-solving through mediation, particularly when dealing with estate and guardianship matters.

Digital XPress 5 Sand Creek Road, Albany 518.438.7817 dxp1.com Owner: Jodi Hess

design and large format printing for signs and displays. How did you get into this business? I was torn between becoming a lawyer and taking over the business that my father had founded in the late 1980s. So, I pursued both, attending school while working at DXP to learn the business from the ground up. I graduated from Albany Law School in 2010, and a few days after passing the NYS Bar exam, I joined DXP full-time. I loved the idea of being an entrepreneur and continuing my father’s legacy. I was named president of the company in 2013.

Describe your business:

What’s the most rewarding part of owning Digital XPress?

Digital XPress provides printing and mailing services to a wide range of commercial, institutional and retail customers. DXP also offers copywriting,

The real reward is knowing that the business supports so many families— people who depend on us for their livelihoods.

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What’s the most surprising thing you’ve encountered since opening this business? The positive impact we have on the community through holiday giving, volunteerism and innovative programming. What’s your favorite thing about the Capital Region? The region is full of energy, resources and opportunity, thanks in part to the wealth of new talent coming out of area colleges and universities. Coupled with the experience of seasoned workers, who have made this their permanent home, the region can compete on almost any stage. If you could change one thing about the industry you work in, what would it be? The perception that printers are the dinosaurs of the digital age. Far from extinct, we’re using technology to make printing and mailing more targeted and impactful than ever. We’re not bucking the digital revolution, we’re figuring out how to leverage it.

Healthy Cafe Catering Company 50 Yardboro Avenue, Albany 518.462.5074 healthycafecatering.com

Betsy Manware | Healthy Cafe Catering Company

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Owner: Betsy Manware Describe your business: Healthy Cafe Catering is a full-service caterer that can provide food for an intimate party for ten, or an elaborate wedding for 200. From corporate breakfast and luncheons to showers, cocktail receptions and weddings, we are committed to providing you with delicious food at affordable prices. What’s the most rewarding part of owning your own business? Having the resources to give back and be of service to the community is so gratifying! We work with a few local charities, and it feels great when they call on us for support. What’s the most surprising thing you’ve encountered since opening Healthy Cafe Catering? One of the biggest challenges is finding qualified employees to represent my business. It’s not an easy industry to work in; it’s a fast-paced environment that requires multitasking and being physically challenged on a daily basis. What’s your favorite thing about the Capital Region? I enjoy the diversity of people and food that the Capital Region offers. The majority of people in the area are accepting of cultural differences and willing to try new foods.

Life & Healthy Mindset Coach I help busy professionals achieve true fulfillment by learning tools which will increase their confidence and obtain more balance in their lives.

Make Your Mental Health Stronger One Thought At A Time Do you know that you hold the key to your own happiness and that you give it away when you allow your thoughts to get the best of you? Use my book, Mind Yoga, as your Mental Workout and you will feel yourself losing unwanted mental weight and gaining more peace. Buy local @ Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga, The Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza, or Market Block in Troy. Order online at annetteq.com or Amazon.

Let me help you learn how to enjoy your life and take control of your own destiny. CONTACT ME TO START YOUR JOURNEY. ANNETTEQ.COM

annetteq.com@gmail.com

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Gail Snitkoff | Pause Gallery

Pause Gallery 501 Broadway, Suite 106, Troy 518.203.1251 pausegallery.com Owner: Gail Snitkoff Describe your business: Pause Gallery is an art and fine craft gallery. We feature functional and sculptural handmade ceramics, glass, wood objects and jewelry, as well as painting, photography and mixed media two-dimensional work. We have a knowledgeable staff, and our gallery has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Why did you get into this business? I started Pause Gallery, because my husband and I have been avid collectors of contemporary American craft for more than 40 years, and we wanted to share our love of this work with the local community. We represent more that 70 artists and artisans whose work is of exceptional quality. What’s the most rewarding part of owning Pause Gallery? I love being able to introduce our community to new artists and new work. I taught for many years before opening the gallery, and I love explaining how the work is made to someone seeing it for the first time.

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For the New Year we rolled out a game-changing digital web press that offers full personalization at high speeds and high volumes. The caveat that digital printing is economical only for small quantities is no more! And it’s not just for postcards. A range of dynamic formats and paper stocks are available. Plus we can address, bar code and sort your mail inline on the fly.

Let’s get rolling on your next project: call or email Tracy Terry, VP of Sales. 518-437-5349 • tracy@dxp1.com PRINTING | MAILING | DESIGN | SIGNS & BANNERS 5 Sand Creek Road, Albany · 518.438.7817 · dxp1.com NYS Certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 | C R L M A G . C O M | 39


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Mary Vail | Joyelles Jewelers

Joyelles Jewelers 318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar 518.439.9993 joyellesjewelers.com Owner: Mary Vail Describe your business: We are a retail jeweler with repair and design services on premises. Our goal is to assist each client to the best of our ability. As a shop that’s family owned and operated, we are more interested in maintaining a warm relationship with our customer than making a big sale. We offer jewelry repair ranging from simple reattachments and solders to challenging restorations and redesign. Our inventory includes fine jewelry and diamonds, sterling silver, pearls, estate jewelry, watches, glassware, giftware, scarves, scents and lotions and much more. Our gemologist and knowledgeable staff are on hand to assist you with all of your jewelry and giftware needs. How did you get into business? I studied jewelry design at Skidmore and found that I enjoyed it. I was working for a jeweler when a friend told me that a

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Patricia Varga | Cross Eyed Owl

location in my hometown was for sale. As a young mother it was appealing to be close to home, and I was ready for something I had a little more control over. What’s the most rewarding part of owning Joyelles? Making connections with customers and the community. Some of our customers have been with us nearly 30 years. What is the most surprising thing you’ve encountered since opening this business? That the children of our customers have become customers whom we’ve known from birth.

The Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop 3143 Us Highway 9, Suite 8, Valatie 518.758.6755 crosseyedowl.com Owner: Patricia Varga Describe your business: If you’re looking for great original gifts, beautiful home decor, fun seasonal items or just a little treat to make you smile, you’ll find all of that and more at the Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop.  Why did you get into this business? I’ve always loved finding just the right card or special gift for family and friends. The shop is an extension of what I’ve always loved to do, and now I get to help others make special memories with the cards they send and gifts they give! What’s the most surprising thing you’ve encountered since opening Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop? I’ve been surprised at how willing people are to open up and share their lives with us at the shop. The people in the Capital Region are just so much fun to get to know!

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Experts Eat Right—Right Now BY JENNIFER BANNIGAN, MS, RDN, CDN, CLT

Do you know which diet is right for you?

VEGAN

VEGETARIAN DIET This whole foods diet consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, peas, nuts, eggs and dairy products. VEGAN DIET This whole foods diet consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, peas, nuts and seeds—but includes no ingredients using animal products or biproducts such as honey. MEDITERRANEAN DIET This diet makes use of whole foods, including fruits, lots of vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, beans, peas, nuts and seeds; with fish included in meals at least twice a week, along with lean poultry, Greek yogurt and small amounts of cheese. FAQ: Will I get enough nutrients? Does my doctor need to know that I’m starting it? It’s best to meet with a registered dietitian to make sure you’re eating a balanced diet. For example, vegetarians and vegans will likely need to take supplements such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron or calcium, but it’s always best to consult your doctor about the correct amounts, as certain supplements often meet individual needs.

2. Popular/Trend Diets With these diets, the lifestyle change involved won’t be so overwhelming:

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FAQ: Is it OK to remove so many foods from my diet all at once? It’s not recommended to remove the main food groups from your diet. These diets are for those individuals looking to introduce whole foods into their diet and subtract processed foods from it without being too overwhelmed.

3. Medically Managed Diets

1. Lifestyle Diets If you want to feel better, reduce inflammation and change your overall outlook on life, these diets could work for you:

PALEO DIET This diet includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grass-fed meat, organic poultry, wild-caught fish and oils from nuts and seeds.

PALEO

These diets are for those people whose doctors tell them that they need to improve their overall health—or that they have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and need to watch what they eat. KETOGENIC DIET Referred to as the “keto diet,” this one is a high-fat, moderate-protein and low-carbohydrate diet. The main focus is on eating less than 50 grams of carbohydrates a day. The 4:1 fat to carbohydrate ratio excludes many breads, grains and cereals, along with fruits and vegetables due to their high carbohydrate content. LOW FODMAP DIET FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. This diet might work for individuals suffering from IBS, acid reflux or food sensitivities, whose bodies have trouble properly absorbing carbohydrates and sugar alcohols.

KETO

FAQ: If I start on either of these diets, will it allow me to stop taking certain medications? If you’re thinking about starting the keto diet, it’s best to consult your doctor and a registered dietitian first. It’s possible you could decrease your need to be on certain medications. If you’re starting a low FODMAP diet, it’s best to work with a registered dietitian, who can help introduce you to foods that are lower in FODMAPs.

(Vegan) ELLA OLSSON; (Paleo) MARK BONICA ; (Keto) TED EYTAN

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hinking about starting a new diet in 2020, but not sure which one’s right for you? As a registered dietitian, I have clients with many different types of health conditions, who want to change their diet for a range of personal reasons or beliefs. In my experience, I’ve found that diets are different for everyone; it largely depends on where the patient is in his or her life. Which diet is right for you?

WHOLE30 DIET The Whole30 diet has set rules to follow: Remove added sugar; alcohol; grains; beans; dairy; carrageenan (an additive found in nut milks, meat products and yogurt); monosodium glutamate (MSG); sulfites; baked goods; and junk food for 30 days.


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Feel The Brrr, Feel The Love BY HEATHER JABLONSKI

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very Valentine’s Day, we exchange cards, gifts, candy and flowers with our loved ones. It’s an exciting time of year to celebrate love—not only with your sweetheart, but also yourself. A dear friend of mine once told me, “We can’t take care of others if we don’t take care of ourselves.” This is so true, and something most of us put aside in our busy, day-to-day lives. Taking this into consideration and realizing how beneficial it is, I recently treated myself to some self-love and visited Cryo Stay Young in Latham. What a wonderful treat it was! From its whole body cryotherapy and infrared sauna to its compression therapy and cryo facial, I was in love with how I felt after this wonderful experience: relaxed, renewed and refreshed! Upon arriving at Cryo Stay Young, ready to reap the benefits of cryotherapy, I immediately felt relaxed. The atmosphere is clean, crisp and inviting, and the staff is incredibly friendly. They guided me to an immaculate changing room where I was given a comfortable robe and socks needed for the cryo chamber. Then, I was off to feel the brrr. Cryotherapy works by activating the body’s “fight or flight” response, which releases a chemical in the brain and body called norepinephrine. This directs the body to increase blood flow to the skeletal muscles, reducing inflammation; helping relieve migraines; and increasing alertness, vigilance, memory and focus. Whole body cryotherapy has also been shown to help with weight loss, recovery and increase one’s fitness abilities, as well as have positive anti-aging and beauty results. In other words, things all of us can benefit from. It was a wonderful experience that left me feeling invigorated. From there, I was taken to Cryo Stay Young’s impressive infrared sauna, which was such a heavenly experience. It was so amazing going

from the frigid chamber to the comfortably warm sauna; I pondered if this was something I could do on a daily basis—everyday, all day long. Infrared saunas promote relaxation, help the body release toxins, burn calories and reduce pain and muscle soreness. Cryo Stay Young also offers compression therapy, something I’ve always wanted to try. The technology has been proven to soothe the aches and pains of sore, overworked muscles, and I was happy with the experience. It’s similar to a massage, as it gently applies pressure to the ankles and legs. Whether you lead a sedentary life or an active, athletic one, you can really benefit from compression therapy. The last stop on my full day of self-love at Cryo Stay Young was my favorite. I have a passion for beauty treatments, and its cryotherapy facial did not disappoint. It was relaxing and rejuvenating, and my skin felt clean and beautiful afterwards. It felt similar to the whole body cryotherapy but targeted my face to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase collagen elasticity, reduce pores and remove dead skin cells. Everybody loves a great facial! Whether it’s experiencing the amazing benefits of cryotherapy or taking a day to relax quietly at home, I hope you find the time this season of love (and all year long) to treat yourself to something that makes you feel relaxed, renewed and refreshed. You should be your No.1 priority. If you want to stay healthy, happy and productive, give yourself some love!

Try cryotherapy for self-love, health and balance.

Cryotherapy can help reduce inflammation, relieve migraines and increase alertness.

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Experts Positive Energy Abounds In This New Decade BY DIANE FOSTER

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y now, you’ve probably seen dozens of headlines about the new decade, and everything it’ll be bringing with it. No doubt you’ve read stories about setting goals for the year(s) ahead—how to get the most out of life, improve your finances and even the astrological significance of it all. Everything I’ve read has offered sage advice, but I’ve also noticed a subtle shift in leading with a positive thought pattern instead of a negative one. The theory of positivism, which was initially defined in 1842, has taken a drastic turn from its original meaning and has become a grassroots movement of positive thinking. You can see this shift everywhere you look. Words such as “can’t,” “won’t” and “don’t” are slowly being replaced with “can,” “will” and “do.” The context is the same, but how the message is being delivered is changing. Conversations that once led with negative words and thought patterns now lead with positive ones, which in turn, is slowly changing our perspective. So, why is this happening now? One reason is because more and more people have been doing the inner work. Instead of blaming others for our current circumstances, we are now, in greater numbers than ever before, looking to ourselves and asking, “Why is this happening for me?” instead of “Why is this happening to me?” It’s a shift to a universal level of self-awareness that, until now, has been elusive in modern times. Another reason is that the old paradigm energy and thought patterns are breaking up. We’re seeing it everywhere. In politics,

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Humanity’s waking up to a new, empowered, positive way of thinking, and it’s setting the stage for monumental changes to come.

at corporations, in Hollywood and even with the Earth itself. We’ve begun a process of self-examination. We’re now aware enough to understand that, in order to truly be at peace with others and our surroundings, we must first find peace within ourselves. It all comes down to this: What we’re experiencing is a revolutionary shift in consciousness on a global level. Humanity’s waking up to a new, empowered, positive way of thinking, and it’s setting the stage for monumental changes to come. But what does it have to do with you? It means that you have a support community (whether you know it or not), that’s here rooting for your success, with no strings attached. It means that you now have, as never before, the opportunity to embrace your life without fear, regret or sadness, because you’re working toward aligning your life journey with your soul’s purpose. You now know you can lead with the energy of love, the first energy above all others. It’s the energy that all other energies flow from. It’s the most powerful energy, because it’s undiluted. It’s like getting spring water directly from the source instead of picking it up at the market. There’s no processing involved. This shift into the new energy is palpable. If you listen with your being, you can actually feel a change in the vibration of the energy surrounding you. We’re now in the midst of a great awakening. It’s about letting go of judgment of yourself and others; it’s about putting yourself in the other person’s shoes for a better understanding of what they’re going through and their actions; it’s about compassion—for all beings; it’s about speaking your truth from the energy of love instead of shouting it from the energy of fear; it’s about self-awareness and the impact you have on others and your surroundings; and most of all, it’s about love. Love of others and yourself. Because, you see, when we take the time to look into another being’s soul, we’re really looking into our own.


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Ready For An Ice Fishing Adventure? BY JOEY GRECO

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Author Joey Greco with some recent catches.

ith the warmer-than-usual weather patterns we’ve been experiencing this season, ice fishing anglers have had limited options for venturing out on the hard water. Most larger bodies of water have yet to see any ice, and most anglers have been forced to fish smaller lakes or ponds that still have ice left over from the first cold spell of the year. That said, we’re all anxiously awaiting more cold! The excitement is palpable among anglers looking to access the area’s top winter hot spots for ice fishing such as Lake George and Saratoga Lake. It’s something we look forward to year after year. The smaller lakes have had safe ice for quite a while now, and anglers have been consistently catching yellow perch, crappie, bluegill and various trout species at them. Grafton Lakes State Park is an excellent location to chase rainbow trout with tip-ups (or suspension devices) baited with small minnows such as fatheads (a.k.a. “cup bait”) or Berkley PowerBait. These fish will be found suspended off weed lines or steep drop-offs and can be caught not far from the surface—usually, two feet to six feet under the ice. The key to fooling wary trout is to rig up with the lightest tackle possible, as they have the keenest eyesight and can be notoriously picky. I like 2- to 4-pound fluorocarbon leaders and very small treble hooks (sizes 12 - 14). This will keep your presentation looking as natural as possible. If yellow perch and other panfish are your target species, jigging (a type of lure) and tip-ups will be your go-to technique. Covering water and drilling lots of holes is often needed to find the fish. As with many species, these fish can be found in large concentrations and may only be located in specific sections on the lake. Generally speaking, these fish will be willing to bite once they’re found, so not much time is needed to fish each hole. I like to take

five minutes or so in each spot, attempting to entice a fish, and if nothing shows up on my electronics by then (more on this in a minute), I’ll simply move on to the next hole. Jigging small spoons and tungsten-style jigs tipped with small wax worms or grubs are a couple of winning presentations. Need some good tackle? Hit up FISH307 on Lake George and ask for Jeff Goldberg; the store has a phenomenal staff and large inventory that’s sure to satisfy any of your ice fishing needs. Speaking of which, hands down, the most revered destination to cut some ice in the Capital Region is mighty Lake George, the “Queen of American Lakes.” Its crystal-clear waters harbor an absolutely amazing population of yellow perch, bass, lake trout and landlocked salmon, and it’s a popular annual destination for anglers. Just about anywhere on the lake, bounties of yellow perch can be jigged up in the 35 feet of water range on small gold jigs tipped with grubs and small plastics. I prefer the micro plastics made by Maki Baits and Ross Custom Bait; natural colors seem to work best in this lake; and white, oranges, greens and blacks seem to produce the most bites. Lake trout and salmon can be found just about anywhere this time of year, and typically, will not venture far from deep water. These species will be found in slightly shallower water early in the morning, feeding on perch and smelt, and will usually slip off into areas of deeper water later in the day. Jigging Swedish pimples and plastic tubes in natural baitfish colors can produce bites from these hard-fighting critters. Electronics such as a flasher or traditional sonar graph are handy when targeting lake trout and salmon. These tools will help you keep tabs on where the fish are in the water column, and by playing a game of “cat and mouse” with your bait, the fish will often be triggered into biting out of sheer aggression. However, please consider catching and releasing these fish, as the lake trout in Lake George aren’t well stocked. The fish are all naturally reproducing, though, and we hope to see a stable population for many years to come. If you’d like a guide for your next winter ice fishing adventure, contact us at newyorkfishing.com and book your date today. Good luck and be safe out there!

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Love And The Law: Why Words Really Matter BY DAVID KUBIKIAN, ESQ .

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While there were conversations about what the word “marriage” meant spiritually or religiously, there were real-life ramifications to how those terms were defined. Simply put, words matter.

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hile I was completing my Master of Laws in Taxation in the mid-2000s, which is, coincidentally, the beginning of the worst pickup line ever, the world was a very different place. Smartphones were just catching on, cameras with film were still a thing and no state had yet passed a law to recognize same-sex marriages. I distinctly remember discussions in one of my tax classes about what it might mean if New York State followed Massachusetts and legalized same-sex marriages. For planning purposes, things would get complicated, because no such recognition had existed beforehand on a federal level. For example, certain benefits such as tax deductions would be available at the state but not the federal level. That’s because health insurance benefits, head of household filings on tax returns and retirement benefits all hinged on words such as “spouse” and “marriage.” While there were conversations about what the word “marriage” meant spiritually or religiously, there were real-life ramifications to how those terms were defined. Simply put, words matter. Today, in my world—that of legal documents and precedents, and estate and elder law planning—words are even more important than ever. Being a “spouse” is an important legal fact. Consider for a moment some basic estate planning. In New York, if you die without an estate plan, whether your significant other receives an inheritance depends on his or her legal designation. If the person you love and wish to spend the rest of your life with is your “spouse,” your death will mean that he or she is entitled to no less than half of your estate, and in many cases, 100 percent of your estate. Have a significant other who’s not officially your spouse? Well, then that

person may well receive nothing under New York State law unless you specifically provided him or her with a will or trust or have designated him or her as a beneficiary or co-owner of your assets. I’m not trying to trick anybody here; this happens all the time. For one, people have been getting married later in life. They might’ve met a decade ago but waited to tie the knot—or just ended up deciding that they didn’t want to get married at all. Other times, it’s a person’s second love that’s the love of his or her life. But life’s exceedingly more complicated than that, as we know. Maybe your significant other has kids; you do, too; and you’ve decided to get married once they’re older. In the meantime, lives are commingled, as are assets. She sells her place, you keep yours. Then one day, the unthinkable happens, and without previous planning or guidance, you end up the surviving partner with no legal rights to the estate of your soulmate. Now, before you go assuming that my solution is for everyone to get married, think again. It’s actually quite a bit simpler than that: Everyone needs to plan ahead. Speak to an attorney and create an estate plan. Another all too familiar legal situation with unexpected consequences involves children of previous relationships. Bob meets Anne. Bob has a daughter from a previous relationship who’s only two years old at the time. Bob and Anne fall in love, get married and have children together. Anne is now a stepmother to Bob’s daughter. She treats her children, step- or otherwise, exactly the same. Her love has no bounds. It’s one big happy modern family. Question: Is Bob’s daughter Anne’s as well? Unless Anne formally adopted her, which rarely happens (because her biological mom is still alive), the answer is no. That has huge estate planning ramifications. The language in Anne’s estate plan needs to be just so in order to make sure that everyone she considers to be her child is treated the same way. The truth is a stepdaughter has no rights to an estate. “Child” also has a definition, and while love may be boundless, you can’t escape the facts. Yes, words really matter.


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kip Miller was the longtime maintenance man at the local church. That’s how he got his teenage daughter Jennifer a part-time job answering phones in its rectory. She was a pretty young lady, with no shortage of boys vying for her attention. Most days on the job, she found herself telling callers the weekend mass schedule or taking messages for the pastor. But today was different. It was the first week of the month, which meant a parade of widows would be coming in with their checkbooks to arrange special masses for the people they’d loved and lost. To have a person’s name announced and remembered during mass required a $5 donation, money that was then used to buy flowers for the altar. The widows always made these requests during the first few days of the month, because that’s when their retirement checks arrived. Grocery stores, pharmacies and church rectories were always busy the first week of the month. Most women would ask for one or two masses for their loved one, but not Molly Sullivan. Molly was the exception. She would arrive shortly after 9am on the second day of the month, sit patiently until it was her turn, then hand over a check for $50 dollars, just enough to have a mass every Saturday and Sunday in her husband Arthur’s name. By year’s end she’d spend $600 making sure the congregation remembered what a special man he’d been. This was the fourth month in a row Molly handed Jennifer a check, prompting the girl to say to the normally quiet widow, “He must have been a real keeper for you to honor him this way. Flowers, candy, the whole nine yards.”

back window, so you wouldn’t get into an accident. Love is a person who, in all the years you’ve known him, has never driven a new car, because he’d rather spend the money on you and the kids. Love is someone who wouldn’t argue about visiting the in-laws, and ignored the slights and digs hurled his way, because he knew that this was your family, and he didn’t want to make you upset. Love is someone who calls in sick to work when you’re sick, so you can rest and never want for anything at that vulnerable time.” Molly took a deep breath and continued: “Love certainly isn’t asking someone to marry you on the jumbotron at a baseball game, showing off for everyone at such a private moment. Instead, it’s a person who will gently take your hand in his and say, ‘I can’t live this life without you.’” Molly touched Jennifer’s hand now. “I was young, just like you, a long time ago, and I wasted time on boys who dressed the part of the perfect man but were more interested in pleasing themselves,” she said. “Then I met Arthur and I saw what real love looked and felt like. It’s not always pretty; sometimes it’s downright messy, but it’s always real. Look for authentic over athletic.” Molly stood up now as if ready to leave, adding, “Anyone can say they love you, dear, but your true love will show it to you in a million little ways.” As Molly turned to go, Jennifer’s phone buzzed on the desk in front of her. She glanced down and saw the name of a boy she’d been dating. “Boyfriend?” Molly inquired with a smile. Jennifer nodded yes, and before she could speak Molly added, “Tell him you’re working, and if he wants to see you, he should ride his bike over here and ask you out proper. And don’t chase him. He should chase you!” Jennifer turned the phone over so she couldn’t see the screen any longer, then looked up at Molly and said, “The little things, right?” Molly made her way to the rectory door, and before closing it behind her, said, without looking back, “The little things are the big things. Remember that, and you’re home free.”


Colorful Caprese Avocado Strawberry Caprese Salad SERVES 4 (about 1 cup per serving) Ingredients: 1 cup

strawberries, hulled and sliced

1 cup

grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

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medium Avocado from Mexico, pitted and diced

1 cup

fresh mozzarella pearls

1/3 cup loosely packed basil leaves, chopped 1 1/2 tsp. Hannaford Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 cups Fresh ExpressÂŽ Spinach & Arugula 1/4 cup

Hannaford Chopped Walnuts

2 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. Taste of InspirationsÂŽ Balsamic Vinegar Glaze Salt and pepper, to taste Directions: Healthy fats found in avocados and walnuts help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Surprise and delight your taste buds with a variety of colors and textures in this bright twist on traditional Caprese Salad. The healthy fats found in avocados and walnuts will improve blood cholesterol levels, and help decrease the risk of heart disease.

simply healthy from your Hannaford Dietitians Have questions about your health? Our team of registered dietitians offer free nutritional services online and in-store. Visit hannaford.com/dietitians to find out more.

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Add strawberries, tomatoes, avocado, mozzarella pearls and basil into a large, shallow bowl.

2. Drizzle olive oil mixture and gently toss until ingredients are coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and gently toss again. 3. Arrange greens on 4 plates. Divide strawberry mixture equally on greens and sprinkle with chopped walnuts. 4. Drizzle balsamic glaze over salad and serve.

Nutritional Information: Amount per serving: Calories 340; Total Fat 24 g; Saturated Fat 8 g; Carbohydrate 18 g; Protein 13 g; Sodium 190 mg; Fiber 6 g Source: Recipe adapted from The Love & Lemons Cookbook


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