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CONTENTS june 2018

18 COVER STORY 18 Finally Summer

FEATURE 10 Locally Owned Businesses

SPECIAL SECTION 30 Home Improvement 38 Women’s Health

COLUMNS 40 Parenting Structure and stress

41 Financial You need a reason

42 Horoscopes Sun sign forecast for June

43 Fashion Bathing suit trends and body type best looks

50 Last Page Drakes’ Window




Publisher’s letter


Arts & Entertainment


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pring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” That is a very wise and clever quote by the multi-talented Al Bernstein. He also said, “Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.” Well, Al, June is a step in the right direction, and yes, spring is a very hard act to follow when you live in the Capital Region of New York. June is when the domestic goddess in me comes out, and we have decided to share with our readers some ideas on the normally mundane cleaning and cooking. It is not mundane in June, however, because the outdoors comes into our homes every day and we enter the outdoors for all kinds of awesome undertakings. We are making some bold suggestions on the big house clean with some products that are new and old but, in our minds, work so well. If you want help with bigger jobs, our Home Improvement section may do the trick. Cooking becomes creative and well thought out. Salads will play an important role in the menu planning as well as easy preparation so you and the family can eat and run back outside until the street lights come on. Oops, I slipped back into my childhood in the sixties there. We have some very wonderful salad ideas and thank Aneesa Waheed from Tara Kitchen in Schenectady and Troy for her contributions. These are “have-to” makes and they are healthy for your family. On the heels of our annual “Bestiefest” (which was our biggest and best yet), we are featuring more great business owners in the region in our Locally Owned Business section. The small business owners are, for sure, the lifeblood of our towns and cities. We want you to enjoy the shift to summertime to the maximum and so we have included some thoughts for your well being – specifically on what’s behind the seasonal arrival of migraines for some sufferers and steps that may minimize interference with your enjoyment of summer. Breath, live and enjoy June! Gratefully yours, Vikki Moran



LOCALLY OWNED businesses tions such as To Life! and Flashes of Hope, and adopting a local family for the holidays, among numerous other causes. We strongly believe in giving back.

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US THE TOP HAIR SALON IN THE CAPITAL REGION! We strive to make you look and feel your best. Whether it's color (our specialty), cuts, styling, facials, or massage, we offer you "CHOICES." A "Salon Today" Top 200 Salon in the US

Leanne Shade | Choices Hair Studio

Choices Hair Studio 180 Delaware Avenue, Delmar Owner: Leeanne Shade Describe your business with a brief history:

180 Delaware Avenue • Delmar 439.4619 • www.choiceshairstudio.com

We have been in business for 31 years this June. We have expanded our square footage, added new staff (along with some who have been here since the start), and now offer hair services along with facials, eyelash extensions, and massage. A Matrix Master Educator for the past 20 years, this has ensured the staff is always expanding their skill and knowledge to be able to create the most current trends in the industry.

Who or what is your motivation each day? I absolutely love what I do so I always look forward to making my clients feel their very best and I’m committed to helping my staff be the best they can be, too!

What are your goals for your business? To continue to provide the most current looks, using quality products, while still being affordable so clients can return on a regular basis to maintain their look.

Describe briefly what makes your business successful. First and foremost is my staff! They are committed to always growing so they can offer our clients the most up-to-date looks/techniques. And, of course, our clients, as they are our walking advertisements. They are so gracious in letting others know about our salon AND voting us as a Capital Region Living Magazine readers’ choice for Best Salon!

What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the next 12 months? We just remodeled in 2017 so we have a brand new look but we are always adjusting it to keep it fresh. We will continue to support our community by helping organiza10 | JUNE 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

Nancy J. Philo | Houseportraits

Houseportraits (™1980) 41 H Horicon Avenue, Glens Falls Owner: Nancy J. Philo Describe your business with a brief history: Houseportraits began in Massachusetts in 1981. My success with my paintings and illustrations led me to open Hyperbole Gallery of Fine Art after I left my teaching career. I was able to showcase many locally and nationally known painters, sculptors and jewelers. The space allowed me to have a large studio for my own work, a teaching space and student gallery for my adult students, and a space for musical and theatrical performances. When I closed Hyperbole I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I worked on Canyon Road as a director of a large gallery. Ten great years there were spent as a community organizer, painter, and performer.

What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? Being a people lover, my job allows me to hear wonderful family stories, see great architecture and landscaping, and learn my clients’ emotional connection to their homes. Often my job is part sleuth, if it is a surprise for a spouse or parents. I have only been caught once, but my Irish gift of gab allowed me to talk my way out and save the surprise.

Who and what do you work hard for? What is your motivation? Always pushing myself, I am striving to do

my very best for each client. I want to work with my clients to create an heirloom-quality work of art using archivally sound materials for preservation. It is truly gratifying that I have inspired my own three daughters to lead creative lives in the arts. My own strong work ethic and striving to serve my customers comes directly from my father.

Why is the Capital Region your choice in location? The Capital Region and all of the Adirondack region inspire me with tremendous beauty and diverse architectural styles.

What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the future? I hope to do more designing for the home— more fabric and wallpaper designs and murals, along with my own paintings, which I will be exhibiting in local and regional juried shows.

pleasure and joy in overcoming challenges and helping people do the same. Professionally, my work ethic encourages me to help traditionally undeserved and vulnerable populations.

Who and what do you work hard for? What is your motivation? I take pride in exceeding people's expectations. My motivations are simple: To be the best eye doctor I can be, and to help my patients by helping them see that they can. It's also fun to see how happy and confident people become when they like the way they look in their new glasses.

Why is the Capital Region your choice in location? We choose the area because of the four seasons, and its access to the Hudson, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, Boston, and the Big Apple.

What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the future? The region can look forward to my office keeping up current and future trends in eye glasses styles. My office is also investing in equipment that will make it easy to capture and share images and video of eye structures and pathology discovered during the exam.

Edward Berger | Uptown Optometry

Uptown Optometry 2 Middlesex Road, East Greenbush Owner: Edward Berger OD Describe your business with a brief history: We've been providing eye care in Rensselaer County since 1996. Our first location was on Hoosick Street in Troy for 13 years, and now at our current location, in an historical Dutch Colonial on Columbia Turnpike in East Greenbush since 2005.

What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? We try to anticipate our patients’ wants and needs to make the experience of the eye exam and getting new glasses fun and interesting. We try to keep the focus on making the experience memorable and worthy of your referrals.

What motivates you both personally and professionally? I enjoy a good challenge. Personally, I take

Daniel Casey; Brendan McCann | Twisted Vine Wine & Tap; Perfect Blend Café and Bakery

Twisted Vine Wine & Tap 384 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar Perfect Blend Café & Bakery 376 Delaware Avenue, Delmar Owner: Daniel Casey; Pastry Chef Brendan M. McCann

Describe your business with a brief history: Perfect Blend was established in October 2008—came up with business model for the café on a cross country trip in 2006. We feature scratch pastries, breakfast sandwiches, fresh baked breads, fair trade, locally roasted organic coffee, espresso-based drinks, CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JUNE 2018 |


LOB healthy smoothies, breakfast items and lunch. Family owned and operated, Twisted Vine was established in July 2015 and offers fine wines, small and shared plates, craft beef, rustic atmosphere and desserts from Perfect Blend. Twisted Vine includes patio and private events space.

What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? Organization, efficiency, quality products, honesty, integrity, teaching, good communication and interaction with our customers and staff.

What motivates you both personally and professionally? Personally, our children (four kids aged 5 and under), our wives and families; music and friendship. Professionally, the ability to motivate our younger workforce, to teach them skills needed on the job and life lessons and values outside of the workspace.

Who and what do you work hard for? What is your motivation? Simply put, our kids, family and the community. We continue to put Delmar at the forefront of our business decision-making processes and how what we do can positively affect the community.

Why is the Capital Region your choice in location? We were both born and raised in Albany and both currently reside in Delmar.

What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the future? EXPANSION—stay tuned.

Westfall Station Café 13A Averill Avenue, Averill Park Owner: Edward J. Patanian Describe your business with a brief history: The vision for Westfall Station was formed to help establish the Town of Sand Lake as the beautiful and vibrant place it was when tourists frequented our area by trolley to visit our many lakes and attractions. It is intended to establish a true “Traditional Neighborhood Development” by offering a quality gathering place for its residents and for the community at large.

What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? Making our customers happy. Our customers are our most important product. We try vigorously to please you and provide our

Westfall Station Café

customers with quality foods and beverages in an environment where our patrons feel most comfortable. Our patrons should never settle for less!

What motivates you both personally and professionally? Personally, and professionally, motivation is setting an objective, developing a plan, keeping an outlook that is positive and not being afraid to ask for help and input when and if it is necessary, plus sharing these goals with not just staff but with our customers. Simply said, “Working together, works.”

VOTED #1 CHICKEN WINGS Finalist for Pub, Ribs, W. Sand Lake/Averill Park Restaurant

We invite you to come enjoy our award-winning food in the comfort of our renovated 1800s blacksmith shop creek-side in Averill Park. If you are stopping in for drink with friends or a family dinner, we have it all. Try our many barbeque entrees slow-cooked on premises, our award-winning pizza or one of our many home-style entrees. A small private room in our upstairs dining room for that perfect party! Good Food ~ Good Times ~ Good Friends

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Saturday 16 ~ Tapestry Friday 22 ~ The Classics Saturday 23 ~ Zeffler Friday 29 ~ Ryan Clarke Saturday 30 ~ 3 Wheel Drive

2850 NY 43 • Averill Park • 518.674.3040 • thetownetavern.com 12 | JUNE 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

Who and what do you work hard for? What is your motivation? We work hard for our customers and listen to their wants and needs. Motivation comes from our customers providing positive and constructive feedback. One person is not responsible for the success of any business. It takes many people to work and grow together – working like this delivers a lot of motivation.

customers and staff. We are looking forward to growing our business positively and with confidence.

Why is the Capital Region your choice in location? I have been a life-long resident of this area. The area is not only beautiful, but full of history. The actual name “Westfall” is derived from the Westfall family who originally occupied the site in 1823 and was subsequently released from the Killian Van Rensselaer patroonship that dominated much of our area.

What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the future? We are constantly reviewing new and different ways to create positive experiences for our customers and staff. We look forward to hosting additional events with packages to meet and exceed your needs. We want to continue interaction toward this end with all

Patti Varga | Cross Eyed Owl

a means of selling my own crafts and creations. Over the years, the shop grew and moved to its current larger location, becoming the Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop that we know today. The shop now features unique quality products from more than 400 companies including Jim Shore, Willow Tree, Heritage Lace, Park Designs, Woodstock Chimes, Naked Bee, Gund, Camille Beckman & Yankee Candle. You will find home décor as well as cards and gifts for men, women and children of all ages. To tempt your taste buds, we also carry gourmet goodies from Robert Rothschild Farms, Braswell’s, Jelly Belly Candy & Abdallah chocolates. With the large assortment of gifts and personalized service, you are sure to find that special present, for even the most challenging people on your shopping list.

What is the key ingredient to your success in your business?

The Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop 3143 Route 9 Suite 8, Valatie

The grace of God, our staff and our customers. Without any one of the three we would cease to exist.

Owner: Patti Varga Describe your business with a brief history:

What motivates you both personally and professionally? Who and what do you work hard for?

In the fall of 1993, I opened my first shop as

My faith motivates me to do my best daily



LOB for my family, for my staff, for my customers and for my community.

years Crave was open, we worked every single day side by side nearly open to close. The ability to work so well together and show dedication to the restaurant’s success provided a great model in work ethic and teamwork to our employees. Always being there allowed us to constantly ensure customers were getting the best experience. When we stepped away to pursue our next project, the employees knew the set standards so guests continued to have the same enjoyable experience every visit.

Why is the Capital Region your choice in location? The Capital Region is my home and has always been my home. I can't imagine having my business anywhere else.

What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the future? We will continue to provide a fun and relaxing shopping experience for everyone who walks through our doors. We're continually seeking new products to make life easier and more enjoyable. Our mix of inventory is always fun, always affordable and always changing.

The Cuckoo's Nest / Crave Burgers and Frozen Yogurt 234 Western Avenue, Albany 217 Western Avenue, Albany Owners: Devin Ziemann & Kaytrin Della Sala Describe your business with a brief history: Devin's original idea for a gourmet burger shop came to life in August of 2015 when


What motivates you both personally and professionally? Kaytrin Della Sala & Devin Ziemann | Cuckoo’s Nest/Crave Burgers and Frozen Yougurt

Crave opened in the heart of the Pine Hills neighborhood. We felt passionate about opening a space that provided chef-driven ideas in an approachable manner, thinking outside the box when it comes to hamburgers. After two years of tremendous success we had the opportunity to purchase a building across the street and opened the Cuckoo's Nest in November of 2017, an Americaninspired southern restaurant and bar.

What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? Nothing can replace hard work. The first two

Professionally, the desire to always improve, ensuring our guests are having an amazing experience from the customer service, from quality of food to the appearance of our establishments. Personally, our son Calvin. Having a child changes your perspective on what is really important in life and allows you to see the big picture more clearly.

Why is the Capital Region your choice in location? We are proud to have two businesses in the Capital Region because this is where we grew up, where our parents settled down, and where they still live. We want to see the community continue to grow and always be

What is the key ingredient to your success in your business?

a nice place to raise a family. Providing options for great places to get out and enjoy a good meal, good drinks and making memories is rewarding for a business owner.

Our customers and our employees -- we strive to build long-lasting relationships that help customers achieve their financial goals over time. That is unique these days.

What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the future?

What motivates you both personally and professionally?

The Capital Region can look forward to seeing exciting new dishes, constantly rotating menus and an emphasis on all house-made products with the freshest ingredients.

Kinderhook Bank

Kinderhook Bank Various locations Owner(s): Shareholders (OTCQB: NUBK) Describe your business with a brief history:

Larry Dickinson | The Towne Tavern

Established 165 years ago in Kinderhook, NY on October 1, 1853 as Union Bank of Kinderhook. Now doing business as Kinderhook Bank, a local, trusted bank that offers excellent one-on-one customer service, personal and business banking and lending products, and is people and pet-friendly!

Kinderhook Bank is committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve. We try to always take a leadership role in the social, cultural, and economic development of our communities to ensure a positive future. We’re most proud of the partnerships we have to provide charitable contributions, sponsorships, and employee volunteerism to support and grow areas serviced by the Bank.

Why is the Capital Region your choice in location? “In addition to our long-standing presence in the immediate Capital District and being headquartered in Columbia County, we now have three branches along the Mohawk River in Amsterdam, Johnstown and Canajoharie,” said John A. Balli, President & CEO. “We’re a small community bank that is growing, but everything is local – our invest-

The Towne Tavern 2850 NY 43, Averill Park Owner: Larry Dickinson Describe your business with a brief history: Towne Tavern was established in 2005. Our building was erected in the 1800s and became a blacksmith shop. Read about our history at the townetavern.com.

What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? Our hardworking staff. We couldn't do it without so many dedicated members of our team.

What motivates you both personally and professionally? Our customers and our community. We are happy to be a gathering place for locals and for customers passing through from all over the Capital Region.

Why is the Capital Region your choice in location? The Towne Tavern is in the heart of the Capital Region, surrounded by beautiful lakes and scenery. We are the perfect destination from Albany, Troy, Hudson, the Catskills or Massachusetts for people out on a nice country drive.

What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the future? "Good Food. Good Times. Good Friends."



LOB ment in the community, our loan decisions, our expansion and our commitment.” The recent merger with former Patriot Federal Bank in Fulton and Montgomery counties boosts Kinderhook Bank’s total assets to nearly $620 million. The merger also expands the Bank’s service area into those counties, increasing the total number of branch offices from eight to eleven.

What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the future? In October, Kinderhook Bank will celebrate 165 years in business. Over that period of time, there is a lot of history, people and events that have made the Bank what it is today. There have also been many changes in the world and in our business, and we have enhanced our technology to keep pace, but one thing remains the same: Kinderhook Bank customers can always expect to be treated like family and every member of the family is welcome including any kind of pet.

What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? The number one ingredient to my success is that I truly enjoy and love what I do. I receive a lot of joy and satisfaction from giving my patients beautiful smiles. We believe that the best treatment experience and happiest patients are achieved through the personal care we strive to deliver everyday that leads to success.

What motivates you both personally and professionally? Being given the chance to change someone’s life is powerful. Straight teeth and a beautiful smile can transform people. Being able to create a beautiful smile for that patient is a life changer. This is what motivates me professionally. Personally, my family, my husband, my son and daughter, my parents, and my friendships motivate me to be the best I can be every day. I am an avid animal lover. I have two horses and three dogs. I show my horses competitively and this passion motivates me as well.

Why is the Capital Region your choice in location? I was raised in Menands. I returned there after completing dental school and my orthodontic residency program. I love being here in the Capital District. It is home.

What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the future?

Robin Lozman | Lozman Orthodontics

Lozman Orthodontics 17 Johnson Road, Latham Owner(s): Dr. Michael Lozman and Dr. Robin Lozman

Describe your business with a brief history: A father-daughter orthodontic practice treating families for over 45 years in Latham. We provide a full range of advanced orthodontic treatment for both children and adults. We spend a lot of personalized time with each patient and their families, as we are concerned not only with teeth but the health and well-being of each of our patients.


Our practice is continually evolving with the changing technology available to us. We are proud to announce that we have acquired an iTero Element Intraoral Scanner which eliminates the need for those old-school, messy impressions for our Invisalign patients, and provides the most accurate and detailed evaluation for our patients' treatment needs.

Good Choice Dog Training 14 Railroad Avenue, Albany Owner: Becky Hutchins Describe your business with a brief history: Good Choice Dog Training offers a variety of dog training classes along with private lessons and evaluations to help dogs and their owners be successful. I’ve been a trainer for over 15 years and believe a strong relationship between owners and dogs is key to successful training.

What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? Fun! No one wants to sit through another boring obedience class. We focus on the

Becky Hutchins | Good Choice Dog Training

relationship between owners and their dogs. While we might work on loose leash walking for the millionth time, we also take a break and play a game like tic-tac-toe with your dog, which is still working on focus and attention. We also offer a lot of fun classes— tricks, scent, and agility are a few.

What motivates you both personally and professionally? Watching a dog working with its owner and the person is smiling when his/her dog finally “gets it.” That picture is priceless. I’ve also been privileged enough to work with a lot of rescue dogs. They can have pretty severe behavior issues, and I love being a part of helping them all cope with their new environments and keep those dogs in their new home.

Who and what do you work hard for? What is your motivation? Feedback! I had a client recently text me about how great his dog is doing at therapy dog work. And what makes that an even bigger compliment is his dog is deaf so we came up with a training plan that included hand signals for both to work on. The owner is very dedicated and laughs every time people give them a compliment because most don’t realize his dog is deaf.

Why is the Capital Region your choice in location? I love Albany! There are some very dog friendly places and lots of opportunities to get out and do things with your dog.

What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the future? Someday I’d love to have a bigger training space so we can do even more classes. I never like telling someone, “I’m sorry but the class is full.”

What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the future? The Capital Region can look forward to The Artistry of Face offering bio identical hormone replacement therapy and integrative medicine.

Kelly Heffernan | Artistry of Face

The Artistry of Face 475 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville Owner: Kelly Heffernan Describe your business with a brief history: The Artistry of Face is a medical aesthetics practice. We specialize in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures which assist in restoring or enhancing your own unique facial features. We offer a wide variety of treatments which soften wrinkles, replace facial volume loss and keep your skin healthy and glowing.

What is key ingredient to your success? The key ingredient to our success is providing non-judgmental compassionate care in a beautiful and calming environment. When someone enters our office, they do not feel like they are in a typical medical office. We pride ourselves in our customer service and making each and every client feel welcomed and valued.

What motivates you both personally and professionally?

Rhe Potenza | Truly Rhe

Truly Rhe One Broadway, Troy Owner: Rhe Potenza Describe your business with a brief history: Eleven years ago this year, I discovered Troy, and Truly Rhe, the unique boutique, was born. Truly Rhe is a women's boutique nestled in the heart of downtown Troy specializing in Rhe-inventing a women's wardrobe. I carry a great selection of clothing, jewelry, accessories and gift items.

What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? I keep the assortment fresh with new shipments arriving weekly, specially hand-picked by me for you! My helpful staff are also a huge key to the success of Truly Rhe. They always work closely with our customers to make sure they can find what they are looking for.

I have had a lifelong passion for both medicine and aesthetics. I followed the path of medicine, becoming a nurse practitioner, but always yearned to be a part of the aesthetic world. I transitioned into the plastic surgery and dermatology specialties which led me straight down the path I was meant to be on. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the expression on my patients’ faces when they look in the mirror after their treatment and smile at themselves.

My customers embrace the Truly Rhe way of dressing and carry that into their daily wardrobe, looking fabulous everyday. A customer tells her friends and they tell their friends and so on and so on. Can't ask for anything better!

Who and what do you work hard for? What is your motivation?

Why is the Capital Region your choice in location?

I work hard to provide the best for my children. They are the reason I strive to succeed. I want to provide an example for them to never give up on their dreams. With hard work and determination they can achieve anything.

The Capital Region is a high energy area that offers a diverse cultural experience for any age.

Why is the Capital Region your choice in location? I have been a resident of the Capital Region for the last 30 years and could think of no other place I would want to start my business.

What motivates you both personally and professionally?

What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the future? We always have something new and exciting. I'm always expanding my inventory with great new items you won't find anywhere else. Be sure to stop in often.



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Couscous salad Ingredients

2 cups cooked couscous 1 cup pomegranate arils 1 cup grapes (halved) ¼ cup raisins (soaked in water to plump up) 2 tablespoons fresh parsley 2 tablespoons fresh mint 1 orange pepper (cut in cubes) 1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved) 1 avocado (sliced)


1 1 1 1 1 1 2

tablespoon olive oil clove garlic (crushed) tablespoon honey teaspoon salt teaspoon black pepper tablespoon lemon juice tablespoons rice wine vinegar


• Cook the couscous per package directions. • Add all the ingredients in a salad bowl and stir the dressing in.

Fresh tomato summer salad Ingredients

3 lbs. heirloom tomatoes (sliced) 1 ear corn (steamed) 1 small red onion (sliced) 1 avocado (sliced) 1 tablespoon mint leaves finely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped 3 tablespoons capers (drained)


2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon black pepper freshly ground salt


• Layer sliced tomato, onions and avocado in a platter. • Sprinkle corn, capers and fresh herbs. • Combine all the dressing ingredients and spoon over the salad.





ven though salads can be enjoyed yearround, the warmer months signal salad season for some fans of al fresco dining. Barbecues, family reunions, picnics, potlucks, block parties, pool parties or simple family dinners are a few reasons to savor the season, and all are ideal occasions to serve a salad. This versatile Middle Eastern-Inspired Bean Salad can be assembled ahead of time and served chilled or at room temperature. Beginning with a can of READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad can help streamline prep and provide a pleasing flavor to complement the cherry tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and mint in the salad. The hummus-based dressing combined with a traditional Middle Eastern spice blend gets a bright accent from a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Colorful Pickled Beet and Red Quinoa Salad is also an option that can be served chilled or at room temperature, and can make for a vegetarian main dish or side salad. At just the right size for a salad, Aunt Nellie's Whole Baby Pickled Beats are teamed with red quinoa and punctuated with chickpeas, almonds and feta. The fresh orange vinaigrette helps tie the flavors together. For additional salad inspiration, visit READSalads.com and AuntNellies.com.


Middle Eastern-inspired bean salad Prep time: 20 minutes Servings: 6 Ingredients

1 can (15 ounces) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad 1/2 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes 1 small cucumber (4-5 inches long), cut in half lengthwise then thinly sliced crosswise 2 green onions, thinly sliced 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint 1 small clove garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


2 tablespoons prepared hummus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/4-1/2 teaspoon za'atar seasoning blend


• Drain bean salad. Discard liquid. Place bean salad in large bowl. • Add tomatoes, cucumber, onions, parsley, mint, garlic and red pepper flakes to bean salad. Toss to combine. • To make dressing: Combine hummus, lemon juice and seasoning; set aside. • Add dressing to salad just before serving; toss to combine well. • Serve at room temperature or chilled. RECIPE COURTESY OF FAMILY FEATURES


Pickled beet and red quinoa salad with orange vinaigrette Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 15-20 minutes Servings: 8 Ingredients Vinaigrette

1/4 cup fresh orange juice 1 tablespoon orange zest 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional) 2 tablespoons olive oil


1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie's Baby Whole Pickled Beets 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup red quinoa, cooked according to package directions (about 1 1/2 cups cooked) 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted 1/3 cup crumbled reduced-fat or traditional feta cheese 1 tablespoon orange zest


• To make vinaigrette: In small bowl, whisk together orange juice, orange zest, black pepper, salt, if desired, and olive oil; set aside. • To make salad: Drain beets. Place in large bowl; set aside. • Add chickpeas, green onion, parsley and quinoa to beets. Add vinaigrette; toss to combine well. • Just before serving, add almonds to salad; toss to combine well. Sprinkle with feta cheese and orange zest. Serve at room temperature or chilled.





The best orzo salad ever! Ingredients

12 oz. orzo (boiled al dente) 1 pint of cherry tomatoes roasted with a little olive oil 1 package frozen spinach cooked and drained then dried with paper towels to remove all moisture 1 cup Kalamata olives 1/4 cup capers 1 cup cannellini beans 1/2 cup chopped white onions (soaked for 30 minutes in white vinegar), then drained 1-1/8 cup Feta cheese crumbled


1/4 cup plus two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 1 whole lemon squeezed 1 clove garlic 1 teaspoon fresh mint chopped


• Mix all ingredients together and serve chilled


Fruit salad with local honey poppy seed dressing Ingredients

Use as many local fruits as you can but be sure to include some kiwis (which aren’t local but give great summer color) 1 segmented orange 1 cup pitted cherries 1 kiwi 1 cup local sliced peaches


¼ teaspoon of grated lime rind 1 teaspoon of poppy seeds 1/2 tablespoon lime juice 1½ tablespoon local honey


• Mix and toss in the fruits and mix again • If you like sunflower seeds or nuts, sprinkle on top



Leftover grilled chicken breasts with Guacamole salad Ingredients

Leftover grilled chicken breast Guacamole, either store bought or your own Black olives


• Toss greens (I use romaine or arugula) with a sprinkling of olive oil and squeeze of fresh lime or lemon, salt and pepper to taste • Slice black olives • Drop a scoop or two of guacamole into the center of each plate • Slice each chicken breast and arrange over the guacamole • Cover with black sliced olives and serve with queso añejo or salsa on the side


Deconstructed summer beet salad Ingredients

5 medium beets (I love Chioggia Beets) roasted, cooled and cubed in large cubes 1 large white Vidalia onion sliced in rings ( soak in white vinegar 30 minutes and drain) 1 cup chopped hazelnuts Arugula


1/4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons of good Balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Salt and pepper to taste


• Lay arugula on platter to fit ¼ of platter • Next, lay out roasted beets which, depending on platter size, should take up half of platter • Next, on ¼ of platter, pile drained white onions • In a small bowl with spoon, fill with chopped hazelnuts or nut of your choice • Sprinkle with dressing and serve. This salad has a wonderful presentation! • If you have fresh cherries, chop about six and mix in dressing Use large platter to serve RECIPE COURTESY OF DANIELLE PITANELLO CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JUNE 2018 |


Is summer a headache for you? By Beth Krueger ummer’s arrival is welcome to everyone – right? Well, generally, but it can mean a headache to some. And not just any headache, but some find that this change of seasons seems to bring on a migraine. Is that true and what to do? Susan Hutchinson, MD, board-certified in headache medicine, and founder of the Orange County Migraine and Headache Center in Irvine, California, explains that it is not a matter of imagination. The summer can bring an arsenal of triggers to launch migraines in some sufferers. That’s why, she says, those susceptible to these stimuli need to be ready with a personal “toolbox” of preventive actions and ways to ease a migraine that takes hold.


First-hand experience

Dr. Hutchinson, who began as a family practitioner, took a special interest in headaches and migraines when she herself experienced throbbing headaches. At first, she thought it was a tension headache but her persistence led to her to find that it was a really a migraine. This also prompted her to concentrate her practice on migraines and headaches. “I found my passion,” she observes. She offers a first-hand experience and empathy. She is active in professional societies and a frequent speaker and writer on the topic.


First, let’s get our head around the nature of migraine. It’s a neurological disease, termed a primary headache because it doesn’t stem from another disorder or disease. The pain can be moderate to severe and can cause sufferers to limit their normal activities. In the U.S., about 37 million have migraines. The four stages include prodrome (preliminary signs of what’s to come, such as drowsiness, hyperactivity, or cravings), aura, attack and postdrome (the wind-down where you feel wiped out), though not everyone goes through all four. About a quarter of sufferers, known as migraineurs, experience an aura – visual, sensory, motor or verbal disruption, most often visual changes such as seeing dots, flashing lights or zig-zags that signal a migraine and last a matter of minutes to an hour. Migraines also can prompt various symptoms, with people experiencing different combinations – throbbing pain that’s often one-sided, significant light and/or sound sensitivity, nausea, blurred vision, and sometimes vomiting, dizziness and sensitivity to smell. Migraines can last for a number of hours or several days. The number of migraines can vary, with 10-14 per month considered high frequency episodic and 0-14 as episodic. Just as different symptoms can present, different triggers strike different people – genetic, foods, beverages, food additives, sleep changes, stress, environmental shifts, and hormonal changes. Yes, women are

about three times more likely to experience migraines after puberty; some women experience a decrease in migraines after menopause. Dr. Hutchinson is the author of The Woman’s Guide to Managing Migraine: Understanding the Hormone Connection to Find Hope and Wellness.

Summer migraine considerations

Limit sun and heat exposure: Other triggers tied with summertime are the increased bright sunlight, the heat and the longer periods of daylight. Dr. Hutchinson recommends reduced exposure, wearing a broadbrimmed hat or using a beach umbrella at the beach and other out-inthe-sun activities. Don’t forget sunglasses, especially the polarized kind that reduces glare. Also, ensure that you’re hydrated and reduce outdoor routines or shift the time of day to avoid the brightness and peak heat of mid-day. Further, she says, be mindful that the increase in daylight can disrupt sleeping. Keep your routine: Migraineurs also should try to avoid changes in routine during the summer, including sleep time. The increased length of daylight can be a sleep disruption. Vacations can also mix up your usual schedule, including outdoor activities, exercise and sleep. Seek to adhere to your regular routine. Sense about scents: Is fragrance a trigger? If so, look for fragrancefree summer products like bug spray, and sunscreen. Deal with environmental changes: Vacations or even day trips can introduce environmental changes that can be triggers – air travel, allergies. Whether at home or afar, the weather can be a factor. In the past, a change in barometric pressure was under-appreciated as affecting migraine suffers, Dr. Hutchinson says. She has patients who, in essence, are human weather stations, who know that the barometric pressure outside has changed, based on how they feel. They know the pressure in the sinuses is out of sync with what’s happening in nature. She notes the development of earplugs, such as Migrainex, for a non-pharmaceutical relief so that the pressure change is not so great. There’s even an app to alert people to a barometric pressure drop. Dr. Hutchinson is a medical advisor for Migrainex. Don’t forget your meds: Dr. Hutchinson adds that patients should always keep their medications handy and remember to pack them when traveling.

A family affair

Whether spending summer at home or traveling, she notes that you may wish to alert family or friends that you’re adjusting your activity levels and procedures to try to feel your best, given your migraine history. Dr. Hutchinson adds that no matter what season is in, it may be useful to inform family, including children, that there are times when you might have a migraine so that family can understand and support you as you work through this time. This open communication, which might take the form of a family conference, takes the mystery out of what’s happening. You could note that when you have a migraine you may need to rest in a quiet, perhaps dark, room for a time. You might also wish to identify some ways in which they can be helpful, such as bringing water or ice.

Don’t settle

Dr. Hutchinson’s overall advice is simply stated: “Don’t give up.” She often has seen people try to self-medicate and believe that they have to settle for struggling through the symptoms. “There may be other tools that can help you and improve your quality of life.” Be knowledgeable and when visiting your healthcare provider, bring information about your situation. “Advocate for yourself.” Resources:

From Dr. Susan Hutchinson, Headache and Migraine Specialist Dr. Susan Hutchinson - drsusanhutchinson.com American Headache Society - americanheadachesociety.org National Headache Foundation - headaches.org Migraine.com - migraine.com

Treatment goals

A key treatment goal, Dr. Hutchinson says, is to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks, with the knowledge that a cure is not at hand at this time. In addition, the goal is to improve the individual’s lifestyle. To plan prevention techniques and treatment tailored to the patient’s circumstances, Dr. Hutchinson urges individuals to keep a diary or journal. “Not only recording when headaches occur, but what happened ahead of the migraine,” she says. Was there a situation of stress, a sleep disturbance, an activity change? What did you eat? Also, bring a list of medications and over-the-counter medications, present and past. Did certain medications taken to lessen the attack help with the migraine? In the ten-plus years since her Migraine and Headache Center was established, she finds patients increasingly knowledgeable, focused on wanting to know the cause of the migraine and interested in learning about non-pharmaceutical techniques to complement treatment. “I ask about their exercise, sleep, and diet.” She views it as a healthcare provider-patient partnership. The decade also has brought increases in preventive medications and treatment options – injectables, nasal treatment in addition to pills. Recently, a focus has been on seeking treatment specifically developed for migraines and a therapy that could be effective when administered with less frequency than currently available. Several companies are actively conducting research and seeking Food Drug Administration approval for longer-term treatment.



Summer cleaning guide

Hardwood surface cleaning

By Vikki Moran e have provided some of the products that are new and some that are tried and true in our Cleaning Essentials Guide. Permit us to also offer a bit of cleaning advice as well for an excellent, fast and effective day of wide spread, home altering, mind blowing cleaning! 1. Always clean up before you clean down. Wipe down ceiling to wipe away dust and cob webs (yuk). Everything you wipe off falls to the next level such as shelves, furniture and frankly what lies below. Clean next surface, then next, ending always with the floors. Remember…what goes up, must come down. 2. Squeegee or paper towels…that is the question. Having cleaned windows and glass both ways, I vote squeegee. Now what type of window cleaner do you use? We have highlighted in our product guide Quickn’Brite which is non-toxic and biodegradable so it is really safe around your family including pets. Whichever you choose, have all products out and ready for quick yet thorough cleaning. Buckets, paper towels (even if you use the squeegee) and cleaning solution. Don’t forget the sills and the window coverings. Dust them, vacuum them and remove and clean if necessary. 3. Don’t forget to clean what you often notice yet walk away from too often. Microwaves, the dreaded veggie drawer of your refrigerator, where the pans are stored, and under the kitchen sink. We notice these often used spaces but never take time to wipe them out with a good cleaner. Make a list of these spots as you notice them and include in your big clean. 4. Reseal the grout missing at the time that you are really doing a hard clean. 5. Sprinkle baking soda on mattresses. Flip mattresses if your manufacturer recommends it and replace all pillows that cannot be washed along with your other bedding. 6. Do you have a wheeling cart in your house? There is nothing better than having all your favorite products at your fingertips and as you move from room to room, it is right with you. A good clean house is so awesome to behold but a good clean house that is done quickly and effectively is magic!



EasyWring Spin Mop & Bucket System helps you get a deep clean easier than ever before! With its innovative hands-free wringing system that lets you wring your mop with only the push of a pedal, to its high-quality microfiber mop head that picks up dirt and grime perfectly.

The ProMist® MAX microfiber scrub zones clean the toughest messes on all types and makes it indispensable if your house has hard wood floors.

Quick n Brite—30oz paste Non-Toxic Environmentally Safe All-Purpose Cleaner that removes stains and their odors in carpets, clothing, and upholstery no matter how long they have been there. Cleans showers with no scrubbing and no chemicals – removes hard water, calcium, mineral deposits and soap film. Safe Around Kids and Pets, and a Lifetime Guarantee.

Quick n Brite—Super shot Extremely Concentrated Completely Safe All-Purpose Cleaner – One bottle will make 100 bottles of other cleaners. Other cleaners are up to 97% water - Safe on any surface - Clean Stainless Steel, Marble, Granite, Hardwood Floors, Laminate, Kitchen Cabinets, Make other cleaners for as little as $0.15 a bottle.

Quick n Brite—Fireplace cleaner Non-Toxic Environmentally Safe Cleaner that easily removes years of built-up soot, smoke, creosote from fireplace brick, glass, stone, inserts and outdoor surfaces. No Gloves No Chemicals No Harmful Odors. Safe Around Kids and Pets, and a Lifetime Guarantee




Most Artistic

Weathered Wood - Danny Killion 621 River Street, Troy, NY

Best Waterfall

NVS Landscape Services - Sean Hotaling 23A Walker Way, Colonie, NY

Best Outdoor Kitchen

BradManz Landscaping – Chris Manzella 75 Champlain Street, Albany, NY

Best Décor

Martin Dodge Designs – Martin Dodge 1511 Plank Road, Petersburgh, NY

Best Use of Smart Technology

Peak Environmental – Terry Hubbard 44 Wood Road, Round Lake, NY




Toadflax Nursery – Rich Morris – 1621 US 9, South Glens Falls, NY

Floral Design Competition Winning Exhibits Best of Show

Jessica Campese, Independent Designer, Cohoes, NY “Wonder-full World of Pandora”

People's Choice

Tina McDonald, Florals by Design, Rensselaer, NY “A Grand Entrance”

Best Plant Material & Most Creative Interpretation of the Theme

WM DesignScapes - William O Mitchell - 2704 Route 9, Malta, NY

Most Creative

Shuheng Ji, Athabold Flowers, Germantown, NY “It’s Just Brunch”

Best Pond & Aquatic Plants

Eddie’s Aquarium Centre, Inc – Ed Duncan – 1254 Loudon Road, Cohoes, NY

Family Favorite

Phil Singer – philsingerart.com, Amsterdam, NY




HEWITT'S GARDEN CENTERS, INC. Various locations hewitts.com

Hewitt's Garden Centers, Inc. is a local company specializing in lawn and garden-related products, service and information. With 50 years in the business and eight stores located in the 518 area code, we are the fifth largest independent retail garden center in the country— and here’s why: • Largest selection of hardy shrubs and trees • Hewitt’s Country Estate lawn food and grass seed • Largest selection of perennial and annual flowers and vegetable plants • Extensive selection of fruit trees, blueberries, raspberries and more • Plant food, mulch, soil and garden accessories • Experienced staff ready to assist you with your project


601 New Loudon Road, Suite 4, Latham 518.477.9025; EastGreenbushWindowCoverings.com

Have you visited the East Greenbush Window Coverings showroom in Latham to see what are the latest and greatest in window treatments? Our contemporary showroom displays the newest shades, blinds, decorative hardware and drapery treatments. This includes motorization that can be done from your smartphone and tablet to control your window shades from anywhere, whether you are home or vacationing. We have energy-efficient gorgeous shades that make a subtle statement by treating the light that enters your home. Our designers are ready to work with you to bring new excitement to your home.


2 Commerce Park Drive, Wilton 518.691.0428; redbuddevelopment.com

Redbud Development, Inc., is a landscape construction company specializing in the custom design and quality installation of residential improvement and development projects. With a creative and collaborative approach, we help clients imagine and build exterior environments that connect seamlessly with the interior and reflect their personality and lifestyle. Custom-designed pools, 30 | JUNE 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM


outdoor kitchens, stone patios and wooden structures are just samplings of features we can use to help you create a functional retreat to better enjoy your favorite pastime, whether that is entertaining friends, exercising, or just getting closer to nature. Call Redbud today at 518.691.0428 to talk over some ideas or schedule your no-cost initial consultation.


70 Tivoli Street, Albany 518.459.7325, luizzisealcoating.com

At Luizzi Bros. Sealcoating and Paving, it is our mission is to be the most trusted name in providing quality products and dependable service for homes and businesses across the Capital Region. Luizzi Bros. is a third-generation company that has provided services to thousands of customers over the years with great satisfaction. The Luizzi name has been in the Capital Region for over 50 years, and we have built a reputation we are proud of! Call Luizzi Bros. Sealcoating and Paving for skilled solutions to all of your asphalt maintenance and repair needs.


1254 Highway 9P in Saratoga Springs; 1060 Route 9 in Queensbury thefurniturehouseny.com

Whether building a new home, down-sizing or just updating your current home, The Furniture House 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” in three colors. Our design staff will help make YOUR dreams a reality, YOUR personality shine through. We offer quality unique pieces at a value you didn’t realize you can afford. Small rooms? No problem. Unique needs? No problem–from basic home pieces to murphy beds, custom builds, adjustable coffee tables, jewelry mirrors, conversation sofas and more. Our delivery team will deliver anywhere in the continental US! Come see what all the buzz is about. The unusual as usual!


403 West Main Street, Amsterdam 518.842.7370; amsterdamohd.com

Amsterdam Overhead Door Company is proud to offer superior qual-




ity garage door systems that are professionally installed for residential, commercial, agricultural or industrial applications. We have proven expertise in every phase of garage door selection, installation, maintenance, service and repair. Garaga Inc., the largest manufacturer of garage doors in Canada, has certified us as a Garaga Expert. This means that we can guide you in finding exactly the right garage door to meet your needs. Getting the proper advice when buying a door is essential; after all, we buy one or, at most, two garage doors throughout our lifetime. The Amsterdam Overhead Door Company is a family-owned business that was founded in 1924.


888.250.6689; sefcuinsuranceagency.com/quotes

At SEFCU Insurance Agency, we represent some of the leading regional and national insurance companies such as Allstate, Travelers, and Progressive. As an agency, we strive to make insurance easy, convenient, and affordable to help protect what matters most to you. We’ll do the comparison shopping for you to ensure you are getting the right insurance coverage at a rate that fits your budget. Contact our team today at 888.250.6689 or visit sefcuinsuranceagency.com/quotes for a free, noobligation quote or insurance review!

HUDSON RIVER TRACTOR COMPANY Various locations hudsonrivertractorcompany.com

Hudson River Tractor is a full-line John Deere agricultural, commercial and consumer turf dealer with four locations in and around the Capital Region in Schaghticoke, Clifton Park, Chatham and Fultonville. Hudson River Tractor carries agricultural equipment from John Deere, H&S, Krone, Oxbow and Hardi, as well as Stihl hand-held pieces and Honda power equipment, including the industry-leading walk-behind mowers and generators. We also provide after-market support with genuine John Deere and OEM parts, factory-trained technicians, and mobile service. Hudson River Tractor—one company with people strong in their backgrounds and expertise—provides complete solutions for your needs.




1227 West Galway Road, Hagaman 518.627.4260, bobstrees.com

Our family owned and operated nursery and garden center has been serving the greater Capital Region area since 1942. We specialize in providing you with the perfect Christmas tree for the holiday season, but we offer so much more, including more than 275 acres of trees and shrubs to help you complete the look you want for your yard. We are dedicated to serving the local community with quality trees and shrubs that are well acclimated to our local climate. Stop by and see us soon!


1262 Route 66, Ghent 518.828.5684; ghentwoodproducts.com

Summer is here and it’s time to dive into those home improvement projects that you’ve been waiting all winter to do. Whether you are looking to improve your flowerbeds with fresh mulch or build a new stone wall, Ghent Wood Products is happy to help and give you helpful tips about their products. When it comes to your home and projects like putting down new flooring, re-siding your house or any number of other specialty projects, Ghent Wood Products has quite the assortment of wood species that are sure to brighten up your home and create a new highlight that will surely spark a conversation at your next barbeque!

SOUTH END POWDERCOATING 120 Catherine Street, Albany 518.469.0251; southendpowdercoating.com

South End Powdercoating is a locally owned and operated custom powder coater conveniently located in downtown Albany, offering a durable, long-lasting and beautiful finishing alternative to paint on metal surfaces. Typical projects we encounter are lawn furniture, iron railings, decorative garden items, home radiators, and even car, truck and motorcycle parts. With over 7,500 colors available, our personalized finishing service allows us to offer a finish to meet even the most demanding customer’s needs. Let your imagination run wild. Please give us a call to discuss your residential or commercial finishing projects. Why paint it? Powder coat it!





852 Grooms Road, Rexford, 518.371.5730 2706 Route 9, Malta, 518.581.2900 seasonssupply.com

Seasons Supply Co. Inc. was formed in 1997 by Clifford Hughes, a lifelong resident of Clifton Park. The inspiration behind the development of Season’s Supply Co. Inc. was to offer professional landscaping and property maintenance supplies, not available in Big Box stores, to contractors and homeowners who demand nothing short of superior quality and service. It gives us great pleasure to do business with local companies and homeowners and to offer a personal, hands-on approach found nowhere else.

HERZOG'S HOME & PAINT CENTERS 898 New Loudon Road, Latham; 518.782.1590 1343 Central Avenue, Albany; 518.465.1526 herzogs.com

Herzog’s, your local Benjamin Moore retailer, has two central locations in the Capital District—898 New Loudon Road in Latham and1343 Central Avenue in Albany. At Herzog’s, you’ll find Benjamin Moore paint, stain and design expertise like no other, and you’ll receive personal, unrushed attention and service that includes design expertise, color selection and guidance on product selection. The Latham location has a complete paint and design showroom that provides the perfect venue for planning your single room or whole house décor. Ask for Jessica— her design expertise will help you choose the right colors, as well as coordinating fabrics and window treatments.

L. BROWE ASPHALT SERVICES 518.479.1400; broweasphalt.com

L. Browe Asphalt Services has served thousands of residential and commercial customers in the greater Hudson Valley. Our 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. We 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. For more information and to request a free estimate, call 479.1400 or visit broweasphalt.com. 34 | JUNE 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM





THE DAVEY TREE EXPERT COMPANY 141 Wade Road, Latham 518.512.0320; davey.com

The Davey Tree Expert Company provides tree and lawn care services throughout the United States and Canada. Davey Tree’s Capital District office has been in operation since the early 1920s and covers a 50-mile radius of Albany. Services include: tree and shrub pruning and removal, planting, fertilization, and insect and disease management, lawn fertilization, weed and insect control, and seeding. Backed by a dedicated team of scientists at The Davey Institute in Kent, Ohio, our ISA-certified arborists and plant health care technicians have access to the latest findings in tree, shrub care and lawn care. Davey’s first priority is to make each customer happy and since 1880, has been achieving this goal time after time on property after property.

CR GAS LOGS & FIREPLACES, INC. 15 Drywall Lane, Voorheesville 518.755.4279; crgaslogs.com

CR Gas Logs & Fireplaces Inc. is an industry leader in the home improvement business, dedicated to providing outstanding workmanship, high-quality service, and competitive prices. Our long-term success is the result of a sustained effort to: build strong relationships with our community through service; present comprehensive product information to our customers; offer quality products at fair prices; and provide excellent customer service.



CR Gas Logs & Fireplaces, Inc. knows it must "be in shape" to compete. CR has grown in both strong and weak economies. We can never take for granted that we have arrived.


425 Consaul Road, Schenectady 518.370.2468; Find us on Facebook

At Kugler's Red Barn, you can find an assortment of styles including: Country, Shaker, Primitive, Transitional and Traditional. All of our furniture is still made in the USA by small family-owned factories like ourselves. We take pride in the quality of handmade furniture and will not sell imported furniture. We also carry a large selection of gifts and accessories, framed art and paints. We carry a full selection of furniture for the bedroom, dining room, kitchen, living room and family room, occasional and entertainment centers. To fill your needs, we carry woods such as ash, oak, cherry, birch and pine in a variety of stains and painted colors.





Mary Joyce McGinnis, MD, FACOG 24 Computer Drive West, Albany 518.689.7548; mcginniswomensmedicalcare.com

If you’re a woman diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness, you have specialists to watch over your platelets, lymph nodes, and CT scans. It is unlikely that you have anyone to answer questions about the impact of your illness on you as a woman. Who will address questions like: • Will a blood thinner give me terrible periods? • Can the medications I need cause birth defects? • Will I be able to enjoy and give sexual pleasure? • Can hot flashes be controlled without hormones? My colleagues Mary Beth D'Aloia and Jennifer Iovinelli and I are experienced OB-GYN clinicians and breast cancer survivors. During and after treatment, let us help you move ahead with a full life as a woman.


7 Wells Street, 3rd Floor, Saratoga Springs 518.583.4019; yarinsky.com

ThermiVa®, Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation only available at our office! Reclaim your vaginal health. Restore your satisfaction. Revive your relationship: ThermiVa® is a non-invasive 30-minute treatment that improves looseness experienced after childbirth. ThermiVa treats the painful intercourse, discomfort and sexual dissatisfaction that often result from normal aging, loss of collagen, and vaginal dryness. These conditions can arise after menopause and while on hormone therapy for treating breast cancer. The gently, painless procedure creates softer, thicker, and more lubricated vaginal mucosa. Nerves regenerate to enhance vaginal sensation. Additionally, the external labial tissues tighten leading to a more youthful appearance. Many women have reported more pleasurable intimacy. Mild urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse may also be treated. It is quick, easy, safe and requires no anesthesia or downtime. Patients often experience results after one treatment. Call our office weekdays at 518.583.4019 for a consultation with Dr. Yarinsky.




PARENTING randy cale, ph.d

PARENTING randy cale, ph.d

Structure and stress Why you need the simple summer plan he end of this school year is upon us and the pleasures of summer await. Yet, summer fun is often thwarted with kids’ complaints, power struggles, tantrums, and battles. Such challenges often turn potential pleasure into sources of stress for mom and dad.


Why do things often get worse over the summer?

First, consider the dramatic change in routine and daily structure. As with adults, structure calms and soothes. So when that is completely removed, many children feel an increase in anxiety. Others simply start pushing limits immediately, and this can create a bit of chaos. Often this is accentuated by mom or dad looking for relief from the structure, routines, and obligations. We seek to have the sense of freedom, spontaneity and the ease to make up the day as we go along. We make day-to-day routines flexible, we make decisions based upon moment-to-moment fluctuations, and we use lots of words to try to manage behavior. Most importantly, we are constantly reacting to what our kids want, bouncing around various requests simultaneously while trying to figure out what is best. While this may appear to offer less stress, it is actually much more stressful in the long run. Many children struggle with this looseness and their behavior deteriorates under this model. Child conduct also gets worse during summers because there is more pressure on mom and dad to manage behavior, and often their parenting tools are weak. This translates to more nagging, yelling, prodding, negotiating and arguing. From there, the screaming and threats emerge, and quickly summer has lost its joy.

Understanding the role of structure, stress and behavior

1. Children and teens thrive with structure. In an environment where there’s predictability, they thrive behaviorally, academically and emotionally. 2. Children thrive on predictability. There is comfort and security in knowing when things will happen. When children are involved in chaotic and out-of-control family systems, they often rebel at the initial signs of structure and routine, then quickly adjust and their behavior calms. With this adjustment also comes an emotional calming. Children will often report a sense that life is easier after experiencing a consistent structure and routine. 3. Consistent routines remove decision-making. This is the true source of the magic. Daily decision-making on all routine stuff is removed. Thus there is no wasted energy. In essence, these routine, daily events have been “pre-decided.” A level of automaticity then evolves that eliminates the stress of deciding. The result is reduced anxiety, reduced stress, and greater harmony. The best energy is reserved for decisions on what is truly important. This is a critically important point to remember, as it is the secret behind success. We will use it to build an easeful summer routine.

The simple summer plan

1. Have a written weekly plan Take the time to map out each week, with careful attention to a reasonable schedule of activity. Start to teach the kids that you will


honor the structure of the plan and that few last-minute changes will be acknowledged. 2. Build in daily work, then play Rather than letting kids lounge in bed until noon and then wandering off to the pool or park, require some effort and maintain a routine. Sleeping in a bit later for the summer is certainly okay but limits are important. Thus, up at 8am is certainly acceptable. Shut off all electronics the night before and make sure no goodies are available until some work is done. What work? First, I suggest that you require that they complete some academics daily. Not hours, but something to keep their mind sharp. Studies show many children lose significant academic ground every summer and then have to struggle to get up to speed. Why do that when it’s easy to keep them engaged? How? Require some academic effort every day. Just a bit. Enough to keep their minds attuned to what they have already learned. Second, have them do a couple chores each day. Have these listed on the plan in advance, so there is no discussion when they wake-up. From early on, choose age-appropriate tasks that build in the sense of taking responsibility for their home and space. This is a life muscle you must start building now if you want to see maturity evolve in all areas of their life. 3. Focus on control of goodies—not forcing work Rather than thinking you have to get out the door by 10 to make a specific schedule, relax a bit. Don’t try to push and force the kids along. This leads to much misery and strife. Instead, focus on control of what they care about—the goodies. This is your leverage point. Most kids are accustomed to having access to all the goodies from the moment they wake up. Bad plan. You just gave away your leverage. So make it clear to everyone: You get no goodies until your morning work is done. Then, we can go and play. 4. Whine and complain they must! And your job: Ignore every bit of it. Don’t get hooked justifying or arguing your point. The plan you have laid out is simple. The path to getting their goodies is clear. In essence, “Just do your work, and then you get your phone, your friends, your swimming, etc. But you get nothing by complaining to me.” 5. Be relentlessly predictable Once you have laid out the game plan for the week, don’t vary or get caught in negotiations with the kids. If you head down that path, then the whole thing falls apart. And don’t respond to their initial whining about how unfair this is or how horrible a parent you are. Ignore it and stick to the plan. Work is done; then the goodies. Consider launching this well before the end of school, so your children have advance notice. This will help everyone adjust. Then watch as this structure helps preserve sanity and keeps them actively participating in more responsible actions. And keep in mind that it can be quite useful to incorporate this type of structure on family vacations. Of course, there are fewer chores to do but requiring effort before the rewards will help you maintain control and keep everyone more appreciative of the fun that awaits.

Dr. Randy Cale offers practical guidance for a host of parenting concerns. For more information visit TerrificParenting.com.

FINANCIAL dennis & christopher fagan

FINANCIAL dennis & christopher fagan

You need a reason Market headwinds he investment process does not stop after the initial purchase is made, but rather is ongoing, completed at the end of the holding period, be it several months or several decades. We agree with the legendary manager of the Fidelity Magellan Fund Peter Lynch who stated that “if you’re prepared to invest in a company, then you ought to be able to explain why in simple language that a fifth grader could understand, and quickly enough so that a fifth grader won’t get bored.” To that we would add you need a reason to make an investment, a reason to hold that investment and a reason why you would make a sale of that investment. Furthermore, the reasons to hold and sell must continually be evaluated and measured against other potential investment opportunities. Know your choices: Investors should always be trying to upgrade their portfolios. Maintain a stable of possible choices that, for the right reasons and at the right price, you would like to purchase. In addition, periodically rank your current holdings from most to least attractive and jettison one of your holdings for one that you believe has more potential. As a reminder, all the while you must maintain the appropriate asset allocation for your objectives. Why, when nearly 75 percent of the companies that have thus far reported earnings this past quarter have surpassed the consensus estimate of Wall Street analysts, has the market not responded favorably? There are many reasons, not the least of which being that there are “many” reasons. However, we will focus on what we believe are the four most important. Earnings status: Speaking on a conference call, Caterpillar Chief Financial Officer Brad Halverson described first quarter adjusted earnings per share, observing that the quarter may just be the “high water mark” for the year. Investors responded to this statement by punishing Caterpillar along with other global industrial stocks. In fact, it raised the question as to whether or not this is as good as it gets for earnings in general and perhaps for the stock market. Although historically, when the pace of the growth in earnings peaks, it has sometimes been accompanied by a correction, and it has not ushered in the ultimate end of a bull market. Yields rise: A second change in the financial environment that has spooked the stock market has been the 25 percent rise in the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury Note from 2.40% at the end of calendar year 2017 to 3.02% recently, making them more attractive. In addition, yields on shortterm money markets and treasuries have risen precipitously in absolute terms. However, relative to yields prior to the Great Recession, interest rates still remain low, which we think will ultimately keep the majority of long-term investors in equities. Impact of trade skirmishes: The third concern that investors are wrestling with is the potential for the trade skirmish to turn into a full blown war. This is a real concern as the end game is not yet known nor can it be quantified. As noted two months ago, we believe renegotiating trade pacts are productive first steps rather than imposing tariffs that will increase the cost of doing business. That is a cost that will be transferred to the consumer ,thereby negatively impacting the economy of the United States. Age of bull market: The final headwind to investors is the age of this bull market. Although bull markets do not die of old age, many investors acutely remember the pain of the bear market in 2008 and early 2009 and do not wish to go there again. They are skittish, keeping their fingers firmly on the sell button at any sign of market turmoil, which we believe will ulti-


mately be costly in the form of lost gains. We do not believe that we have seen the ultimate top of this secular bull market and are of the opinion that stocks will make new highs by the end of this calendar year, most likely during the latter part of the fourth quarter. However, we also do not believe that this period of churning will end anytime soon. Please note that all data is for general information purposes only and not meant as specific recommendations. The opinions of the authors are not a recommendation to buy or sell the stock, bond market or any security contained therein Securities contain risks, and fluctuations in principal will occur. Research any investment thoroughly prior to committing money or consult with your financial advisor. Note that Fagan Associates, Inc., or related persons buy or sell for itself securities that it also recommends to clients. Consult with your financial advisor prior to making any changes to your portfolio. To contact Fagan Associates, please call 518.279.1044.



HOROSCOPES arlene deangelus

HOROSCOPES arlene deangelus

Sun Sign Forecast Best days in June 2018: 18th, 24th and 29th Begin a diet on June 28th.

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Aries: (March 21 to April 20) Everyday environment, educational opportunities and speaking out are important for this month. After the 18th, you examine yourself on a spiritual level and your recent accomplishments. The full moon on the 28th rules your career or the equivalent and public honors. Receiving recognition for a past success or project that was welldone is possible. Taurus: (April 21 to May 20) Inner feelings, valued assets and expanding resources are favored for this month. Following the 19th, you will meet new friends who share your ideals and also moral support. The full moon on the 28th rules knowledge and your higher mind. You become interested in intellectual studies and may reconsider taking a workshop or formal class. Gemini: (May 21 to June 20) Personal potential, approach to life and discovering oneself are highlighted for this month. After the 19th, you may feel unsure of where you are going in life and why. This is a time to work in the spirit of helping others. The full moon on the 28th rules marital and partnership assets. There can be subtle changes in jointly held money and you can settle debts. Cancer: (June 21 to July 22) Spiritual rebirth, hidden emotions and special talents are the focus for this month. Following the 19th, you are exposed to new ideas which may confuse your current beliefs. Spirituality becomes interesting to you. The full moon on the 28th rules one-to-one relationships, both business and personal. Through compromising, you gain a new understanding. Leo: (July 23 to August 22) Forming friendships, universal harmony and achieving a goal are important for this month. After the 19th, there may be misunderstandings over shared money or assets. Your interest turns to abstract teachings. The full moon on the 28th rules your work and health. You may decide to improve your health through an exercise program or a new diet. Virgo: (August 23 to September 22) Personal power, the career world and obtaining respect are analyzed for this month. Following the 19th, there can be some confusion in one-to-one relationships due to lack of communication or understanding. The full moon on the 28th rules romance and children. This is a time when you want to enjoy yourself with your loved ones and hobbies.

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Libra: (September 23 to October 22) Philosophy on life, intuitive guidance and mental pursuits are examined for this month. After the 19th, you may change your ideas about your work and health; however choose a new diet carefully. The full moon on the 28th rules your family and personal affairs. There are subtle changes in your home life and personal matters can be resolved. Scorpio: (October 23 to November 21) Accepting changes, another’s assets and abstract teachings are the focus for this month. Following the 19th, there can be confusion if you are seeking a new love relationship and not seeing the person as they are. The full moon on the 28th rules your everyday environment and habits. You take a renewed interest in studies and/or workshops. Sagittarius: (November 22 to December 21) Learning to compromise, forming relationships and legal agreements are important for this month. After the 19th, your personal life may begin to change as you become more interested in spiritual and new-age subjects. The full moon on the 28th rules finances and personal income. You examine your spending and saving habits and make necessary changes. Capricorn: (December 22 to January 19) Solving problems, attention to health and learning efficiency are favored for this month. Following the 19th, all forms of communication can be altered; therefore, be as clear as possible and use care in negotiations. The full moon on the 28th rules you and your appearance. You may change your hairdo and wardrobe to create a new self-image. Aquarius: (January 20 to February 18) Expressing creativity, loved ones and joys of life are highlights for this month. After the 19th, there can be some confusion concerning money matters and all contracts and agreements should be read carefully before signing. The full moon on the 28th rules your spiritual and psychic attunement. This can be a time to correct past mistakes and begin to move forward. Pisces: (February 19 to March 20) Family ties, home-front activity and family matters are important for this month. Following the 19th, learn how you express yourself to others because self-knowledge is difficult now, but important. The full moon on the 28th rules your wishes and friendships. You look back over your recent achievements and may set new long-term goals and directions.

Arlene is an author, astrologer and para-consultant and has studied and worked with astrology for more than 35 years.


FASHION luann conlon

FASHION luann conlon

Bathing suit trends and body type best looks ummer is on its way and hopefully you are getting ready to hit the beach or the pool. This time of year can be unnerving for some but the swimwear styles and shapes for 2018 will look great on a wide variety of body shapes. Whether you are pear, diamond, apple, hourglass, straight, full or small bust, there is a suit for your body shape. To look your best in or out of the water, here are the latest and greatest bathing suit trends with recommended body shape ideas.


Romantic ruffles and frills

This trend is best for the pear-shape body type. The definition of a pear shape is a person who has a smaller top with larger hips. This look was a big trend last season and has continued to evolve with its flattering ultra-feminine appeal. Unlike last year’s popular off-the-shoulder options, 2018’s suits feature the feminine frills along the shoulder strap. Ruffle tops will accentuate your bust line and bring the eye to the top portion of your body. Look for options in soft pastels for a sweet, romantic feel.

portion with smaller hips. The look has a high neck with an adjustable corset back. The beauty behind this look is that it is adjustable by having the ability to pull in or out per your body type. Typically, this suit comes in a two-piece and the top is longer with either a high-rise bottom or hipster that shows a little bit of the tummy area. A cute polka dot top with a solid or striped bottom would look great in or out of the water. Whatever body shape you are, the most important element is feeling comfortable and confident in the swimwear you choose. Hopefully, the above looks and tips help make going to your favorite beach or your pool a very enjoyable experience.

Belted swimwear

This suit looks best on the straight, rectangular body type and creates an illusion with a cinched waist. Retro swimsuits have taken on new form this season. Stretching beyond the high-waisted trend of past seasons, swim brands have added a fun, new accessory to the mix—a belt. Whether you opt for a sporty style (i.e., solid and striped) or a more feminine silhouette, there's an option for most. With an actual belt attached or a suit with wrap ties at the waist, 2018’s swimsuits will be giving you a cinched hourglass figure.

Graphic neon

This look is great for the hour-glass body type, which, in essence, means you are equally proportioned on the top and the bottom. You will make a statement at the beach with a graphic neon swimsuit. Colorblocked, cut outs, graphic patterns, new textures, and pops of leopard will be sure to make you stand out among the more common, muted swimwear palettes around you.

Deep V neckline

You will find this suit in a one-piece. It’s more for someone with a smaller chest as the neckline is not as supportive as a higher neckline. The style is another great look for the straight body type or the apple— more on the apple body type below. The most popular bathing suit colors this year are pinks, reds and purples.


This trend is for the apple-body type and the straight-body type. The apple shape is the opposite of the pear shape and is larger on the top



ARTS AND entertainment

Albany County June 12 • 2-3pm Art Connects: Designed for people affected with early to mid-stage Alzheimer's and other cognitive deficits with their care givers. Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Avenue. Use the collections to renew and build social connections. It does not require a background in art, nor does it rely on memory. No fee for this tour program, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call Patrick Stenshorn at 518.463.4478 ext 405 or stenshornp@albanyinstitute.org. Albanyinstitute.org

June 16 • 11am-1pm Landscape Painting Workshop: Draw inspiration from nature like the Hudson River School painters and learn how to create your own scenic view on the historic Shaker site. 25 Meeting House Road. No experience or materials are necessary. Pre-registration required by contacting 518.456.7890 x3 or shakereducator@gmail.com/ $20 per participant plus $20 materials fee. home.shakerheritage.org

June 20 • 5:30-7pm Walkabout Tour: Historic Albany Foundation. West Capitol Park. Join Historic Preservation Consultant and Architectural Photographer Chris Brazee for a tour of Washington Avenue, between Swan and Lexington streets. historic-albany.org

June 21 • 5-8pm Hidden City House and Garden Tour: Homes and garden in Center Square and Hudson/Park neighborhood. Presented by Center Square Association, Hudson/Park Neighborhood Association and Historic Albany Foundation. Trinity United Methodist Church, 235 Lark Street. Tick prices increase from $20 to $25 on June 16. historic-albany.org

June 23 • 11am-1pm Shaker Garden and Herb Tour and Talk: Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Road. Learn more about the Shaker herb and seed industry, followed by a walk in the heritage herb garden, where you can see and smell over 100 varieties of plants historically grown and used by the Shakers. Suggested donation $5 per person. home.shakerheritage.org

June 23 • 9am-12pm Lupus Hero Walk: Presented by Lupus Alliance of upstate New York at Jennings Landing, 1 Quay Street, Albany. Neighbors and friends will show their support by making donations to our raffle and by forming walk teams. Funds raised will help pay for New Patient Orientations, Lupus Education and Advocacy Network meetings, medical information, and life-enhancing resources. lupuswalk.org

Bethlehem Public Library 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar 518.439.9314; bethlehempubliclibrary.org

June 1 • 1pm Coffee and Conversation: Mahican, Mohican, Mohegan? With amateur historian and Grant Cottage tour guide Steve Trimm, learn more about this tribe whose nation stretched from Dutchess County to Lake Champlain. 1-2pm, program; 2-3pm, coffee hour. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.

June 2 • 2pm Make It Yourself: Aissa Terry from Brookside Nursery will demonstrate how to create a succulent terrarium. Bring your own container, 4-6 inches wide and 4-6 inches deep. All other materials, including plants, will be provided. Teens welcome. Sign up online or call.


A&E June 4, 11 • 10am-12pm Intro to Microsoft Excel: Find out how to get started with the spreadsheet software in this two-session program. Sign up online or call.

June 4 • 10:30-11:15am Morning Concert: Skip Parsons: Join friends from the Center for Disability Services for a morning of music. Refreshments will be served.

June 4 • 6-8:30pm Fun and Games for Grownups: An adults-only gathering where you can play games, including chess, color and socialize. Snacks served.

June 4 • 6-8pm Open Sewing: Sewing machines will be available for independent projects. Bring your own supplies. Volunteers may be on hand to assist you. Sign up required.

June 5 Sew It Yourself: Amazing Apron: Bring 1 yard of fabric and create a simple apron. 10-11:30am or 1:30-3pm. Basic sewing machine knowledge required. Sign up for one session.

June 6 • 7-8:15pm Trivia Night for Adults: Come alone or as a team and match wits with others. Limit of 10 teams. Prizes donated by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.

June 8 • 1pm Coffee and Conversation: History of the Hudson River: Talk by Vernon Benjamin, Hudson River Valley historian and author. 1-2 pm, program; 23 pm, coffee hour. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.

June 10 • 2-3pm Knit One Purl One: If you’re an experienced knitter, bring your current project. If you’re a beginner, bring size 8 knitting needles no longer than 10 inches; we’ll provide yarn and get you started. For adults, teens and kids age 9 and up.

June 11 • 1:30pm

Daybooks: Discuss The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Copies are available at the information desk. Large-print audio and downloadable copies may be available.

June 11 • 6pm Library board meeting. All are welcome.

June 12 • 7pm

AfterDinner Too: Discuss I Found You by Lisa Jewell. Copies are available at the information desk. Large-print audio and downloadable copies may be available.

June 15 • 1pm Coffee and Conversation: The Joy of Trains: Local author and entertainer Chuck Oates will tell stories, sing songs and share video clips celebrating the historic railroads of the American West. 1-2pm program; 23pm coffee hour. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.

June 21 Summer Reading Kickoff: Sylvia the Ventriloquist: Get ready for some serious silliness with a professional actress/ventriloquist/comedian. Sign up for the Summer Reading Program while you’re at it. 2:30pm or 6:30pm. For kids and families.

June 21 • 7pm Listening Parties: Be the DJ: Bring a song from your first big concert experience to share and discuss.

June 23 • 2:30-4:30pm Open Sewing: Sewing machines will be available for independent projects. Bring your own supplies. Volunteers may be on hand to assist you. Sign up required. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | JUNE 2018 |



Columbia County June 8-9 Flower show: Garden Club of Kinderhook, Playground Floral Fantasies, Celebrating Childhood Memories. Friday June 8 from 37pm and Saturday, June 9 from 12-4pm. Martin H. Glynn Town Hall, 3211 Church Street, Valatie. Free admission

Montgomery County June 2-3 • 9am-2pm Rug Braiding Workshop: Schoharie River Center, 2025 Burtonville Road, Esperance. Helen Condon of Adirondack Rug Braiding will lead this hands-on workshop. Participants will make a 24 X 30-inch square braided rug. Materials will be provided for purchase to your color specifications. This is a two-day workshop. Go home with your own rug. $90 for non-members of SRC; $75 for members. Materials fee is $75. Registration required at 518.875.6230. schoharierivercenter.org.

June 3 • 4-5:30 pm Poetry Songs & History Songs: With Cosby Gibson & Tom Staudle. Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter. Free. Brings together the words of famous poets and original tunes, portraying the life of the American Settlers during the Revolution. Find us on Facebook.

June 3 • 11am-4pm Rhubarb Festival: At the Historic 1747 Nellis Tavern, 7355 Route 5, St. Johnsville. Free admission. Food and beverages for sale. Presented by Palatine Settlement Society. Benefits the tavern restoration. Pie-baking contest; tours of historic home and tavern; fiddler, Dick Solberg, from 1-3pm. 315.866.2619; palatinesettlementsociety.org

June 4 • 4-7pm Child Advocacy Center Benefit: Chicken parm dinner to benefit the Child Advocacy Center of the Mental Health Association in Fulton and Montgomery Counties and increase awareness in preventing child abuse. 518 Grille, 128 Polar Plaza, Amsterdam. Tickets $12 at MHA offices, 11 Mohawk Place, American or 307-309 Meadow Street, Johnstown; 518.762.5332 ext. 124 or 518.842.3717. Find us on Facebook.

June 6 • 10:30-11:30am Preschool Story and Art: Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley, 100 Church Street, Amsterdam. Free admission; donations are appreciated. All supplies are included in the camp days. Registration required. For Preschoolers ages 2-5 to use all your senses during hands-on experiences that combine a classic story chosen for its theme, museum tour and a related art project. 518.843.5151. walterelwoodmuseum.org.


June 9 • 6:30-8:30am Monthly MVGO Morning Bird Exploration and Walk: Amsterdam Southside boat launch. Join environmental educator George Steele on the 2nd Saturday of each month for a morning bird walk through part of the South Side over the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge. Likely to see about 20 species of birds including, if we are lucky, a bald eagle. No experience needed. Binoculars supplied if you don’t have any.

June 16 • 9am-3pm Open House: The Village of Ames Museum, 611 Latimer Hill Road, Ames. amesmuseum.weebly.com.

June 21 • 11:30am-9pm Muni and The Mohawks 1st Annual Golf Tournament: Muni Golf Course, Upper Van Dyke Avenue, Amsterdam. Proceeds go to The Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course. Meet and greet with George Foster. Autographs and pictures with players and coaches of the Amsterdam Mohawks from 6-8pm, Hole in One, golf contests, buy a skin, 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Lunch, cocktail hour, and dinner included. Non-golfer dinner packages available. amsterdammuni.com.

June 7, 14, 21, 28 • 6pm 3rd Annual Putman Porch Music series: At Yankee Hill Lock, Putman Canal Store, Schoharie Crossing, 553 Queen Anne Road. Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots and folk music on the porch of this historic canal store. Free. 518.829.7516 Find us on Facebook.

June 30 • 10am-6pm Annual Strawberry Festival: Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda. Traditional and modern music, dance, storytelling, silent auction, craft fair, good food and company. Adults: $5, seniors and children under 12: $3, Children under 5: Free. Find us on Facebook.

WishFest 2018 July 13th 5–10pm The Sentinel Sunset in the Park presents WISH FEST 2018 on Bridge Street in Amsterdam NY. It will be a night of fun food and amazing music performed by Flame, Vinny Michaels Band and Jocelyn & Chris Arndt. All proceeds from this event will be going to Make a Wish NENY to help make wishes come true in the 518 area!

A&E Landis Arboretum 174 Lape Road, Esperance 518.875.6935; landisarboretum.org

June 3 • 2-3pm Pond Exploration: Bring the family to the Meeting House pond in search of the creatures within. Instructor: George Steele, Science Educator. Members: $5/person, $15/family; non-members: $15/person, $25/family.

June 6 • 10am -12pm Garden with Arboretum Garden Club: Join members of the Landis Arboretum Garden Club as they work in the Van Loveland Perennial Garden near the Farmhouse. Gardening gloves, shears, weeding tools, hats and insect repellent are recommended. Free; donations welcome

June 8, 9 • 10pm Star Party: Hosted by the Albany Area Astronomers Association. All ages welcome. Arrive at anytime during the Star Party and stay as long as you want. An introductory talk will be given near the Meeting House for about 15 minutes at the start, including a short guided tour of the prominent constellations in the night sky. Feel free to bring your own telescope. Dress warm and bring a chair. Free.

June 10, 17, 24, July 1 • 1-3pm Writing in Harmony with the Natural World: Fiction and poetry writer Susannah Risley will guide participants in anchoring their writing in the real world, recognizing the relevance and value of the natural world, and our impact on it as well as its impact on us. All experience levels (including no experience) welcome. Free; donations appreciated. Registration encouraged to plan for amount of materials.

June 22 • 9am-12pm Pruning Tree and Shrubs: Fred Breglia, Executive Director of Landis Arboretum and ISA-Certified Arborist, delves into the when, why, and how to prune trees and shrubs.Some of the Arboretum’s pruning equipment will be available for use, but, if possible, participants should bring their own pruning tools and gloves. All levels of expertise welcomed. Preregistration required by June 14. Member: $20; non-member: $35.

Rensselaer County June 5 • 6-8pm Music in the Park: Featuring Peaceful Country Band. Schodack Town Park, Nassau. Schodack.org

June 6, 13, 20, 27 • 5-8:30pm Rockin’ on the River: Riverfront Park, Troy. downtowntroy.com

June 9 • 11am-3pm Repair Café: Village Hall, Castleton-on-Hudson. castleton-on-hudson.org/community/repaircafé.html 48 | JUNE 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

June 9 • 1-2:30pm

Pond Study: Dyken Pond, Cropseyville. dykenpond.org.

the history of it, and how to make your own. Samples will be available for participants ages 21 and over. Registration required.

June 12 • 6-8pm

June 4 • 7pm

Music in the Park: Featuring Gone Grey. Schodack Town Park, Nassau. Schodack.org.

June 16 • 10am-5pm

Riverfest: Monument Square and River Street, Triy. downtowntroy.org.

June 17 • 7pm

Downsizing and Decluttering Your Home: Learn how to attack you “stuff” in a systematic way with help and tips from an expert. Registration required.

June 6 • 6:30pm Trivia Night: Wednesday Wings Trivia at the Library. Registration required.

Valley Cats Opening Night: Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, Troy. tcvalleycats.com.

June 10 • 2pm

June 19 • 6-8pm

Grow Your Own Herbs & Spices: For children ages five and up and their families. Registration required.

Music in the Park: Featuring Triskele. Schodack Town Park, Nassau. Schodack.org.

June 21

Schaghticoke Summer Eve's Concert: Featuring Diva & the Dirty Boys band. Schaghticoke Town Hall. Find us on Facebook.

June 23 • 5-11am Fishing: Dyken Dykenpond.org.



June 23 • 4-7pm

Summer Gathering of Friends: Featuring Hill Hollow band. Wood Park, Hoosick Falls. Villageofhoosickfalls.com.

June 24

Great Race: All day. President by Brown’s Brewing Company. Riverfront Park, Troy. thegreatrace.com.

June 26 • 6-8pm

Music in the Park: Schodack Town Park, Nassau. Schodack.org.

June 26 • 6pm

Brunswick Summer Concert Series: Featuring The Refrigerators. Brunswick Community Center. Townofbrunswick.org.

June 28 • 5-9pm

Troy Night Out Carnival: Downtown Troy. downtowntroy.org.

June 28

Schaghticoke Summer Eve's Concert: Featuring Hands of Time band. Schaghticoke Town Hall. Find us on Facebook.

Saratoga County Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park 518.371.8622; cphlibrary.org

June 1 • 10:30am Morning Bell: Ecumenical group of hand bell ringers that love to share the beautiful and unique sound of hand bells with others.

June 2 • 12pm Mead: All About It: Learn about what mead is,

June 10 • 2pm Tanager: Traditional jazz band will perform music of the early 20th century.

June 12 • 6:30pm Go Take a Hike! An informative evening covering what to bring, safety, family-friendly trails, the 46 high peaks and more. Registration is required.

June 12 • 7pm Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group: Discussion of The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve.

June 13 • 1pm Connecting Threads: Informal quilting group. Open to all.

June 14 • 6:30pm Foreign Film Series: Screening of Dark Horse (2015). In Wales, UK/English. Rated PG.

June 14 • 6:30pm Your Town, Your Family, Your History: Learn about what the library’s Local History Room and digital resources. Registration required.

June 16 • 10am Crafty Adults: Mini Registration required.




June 18 Adult Summer Reading Challenge: Libraries Rock. – Through August 31: Pick up a music sheet at the Library and keep track of what you’re reading. Enter to win prizes!

June 18 • 7pm AuthorTalk: Larry Lewis will discuss his book Sadie’s Boys, the story of two Jewish boys from Brooklyn who fought for their country during WWII and the mother who fought for her sons.

June 20 • 6:30pm Journaling Workshop: For adults. Registration required.

June 21 • 6:30pm Introduction to a Plant-Based Lifestyle: Registration required.

June 21 • 6:30pm Scrabble & Chess Night: Ages 17+.

June 25 • 6pm ABC’s of Tea: Come to the library for a tea party where you get to sample while you learn. Registration is required.

June 28 • 2pm Daytime Book Discussion Group: Discussion of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.

June 30 • 1pm Libraries Rock! Family Festival: Kick off the summer reading programs and the launch of the new website with a party for all ages. 1-4pm will feature KISS 102.3, Sam the Magic Man, crafts, carnival games and more; 6-8pm, concert on the back lawn with The Kaitlyn Fay Quartet. Adults can participate in a website scavenger hunt for prizes.

July 25 Capital District Elks Jr. Fun Golf Tournament: Male and female ages 12 to 18. Entrance fee $30. Golf, lunch, trophies, door prizes and four greens fees for overall medalist to Saratoga Spa GC. Tourney will be held at Eagle Crest Course on Wednesday, July 25th. Qualifiers eligible to participate in the 63rd Annual NYS Elks Jr. Golf Tourney to be played at Bath Country Club on August 12 and 13. Participants need not be affiliated with Elks. For an application, go to eaglecrestgolf.com. For questions, call Co-Chairman Paul A. Ungerland at 518.384.0221 or CoChairman Michael Bloss, Past State President at the Clifton Park Elks, at 518.877.5200.

Schenectady County June 2 • 12-4pm

hours, and meets at 32 Washington Avenue.

June 16 • 2pm

Build a Dream: More than 50 groups will help kids “Build a Dream” with hands-on arts activities and entertainment on Jay and Franklin streets outside Schenectady’s City Hall. Rain location is Proctors, 432 State Street. kidsartsfestivalschenectady.com.

Tales and Treasures: Stockade home visit. 90 minutes with Marilyn Sassi, expert in regional antiques, in her magnificently appointed Stockade home, where she will discuss centuries of Mohawk Valley antiques. Drinks and light fare will follow at the Brouwer House. $35 and space is highly limited. Registration.

June 3, 10, 17, 24 • 10am-2pm

June 21 • 6:30pm

Greenmarket: Around City Hall. Check calendar for special features. schenectadygreenmarket.org

June 7, 14, 21, 28 • 12-1:30pm Jazz on Jay: Free concerts on Jay Street pedestrian area. June 7, Colleen Pratt & Friends; June 14, Maria Zemantauski; June 21, Skip Parsons; June 28, Peg Delaney Quartet. Rain location Robb Alley at Proctors.

Schenectady County Historical Society 32 Washington Avenue, Schenectady schenectadyhistorical.org/tours

June 9 • 10am Secret Stockade: Guided walking tour, includes visit inside two Stockade homes and refreshments in the Stockade’s oldest home, the historic Brouwer House. Lasts approximately three

Schenectady Suds Tour: Walking tour of the historic Stockade District, examining the history of brewing and its impact from the Colonial era to today’s craft brew revival. Lasts approximately one hour, begins at 32 Washington Avenue, and concludes with a pint and tour with the brewers at Mad Jack Brewery / The Van Dyck Restaurant (pint included in the price!) Tickets $15 and include a pint at the Van Dyck. For ages 21 and more. Advance registration is required.

June 28 Scandalous Schenectady: Walking tour through the historic Stockade recalls some of Schenectady’s more nefarious characters, bootlegging, kidnappings and a few mysterious murders. Meet at Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Avenue. $10; pre-registration required.

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The Artistry of Face .........................................................5

CapCom Federal Credit Union ..............inside front cover

Kinderhook Bank............................................................15

The Barnsider Restaurant................................................8

Choices Hair Studio .......................................................10

Kugler's Red Barn ..........................................................37

The Cross Eyed Owl .......................................................13

CR Gas Logs & Fireplaces .............................................36

L. Browe Asphalt Services, Inc......................................36

The Cuckoo's Nest .........................................................13

Davey Tree Expert Company..........................................36

Lozman Orthodontics.......................................................9

The Furniture House ......................................................32

David M. Walraed - Howard Hanna Realty....................37

Luizzi Brothers Sealcoating & Stripping.......................31

The Towne Tavern ..........................................................12

Dr. Randy Cale ................................................................46

Man of Kent....................................................................14

The Wedding Group........................................................39

East Greenbush Window Coverings ..............................30

McGinnis Women's Medical Care..................................38

Truly Rhe.........................................................................14

Empire Neurology...........................................................39

NeuStudios, LLC .............................................................37

Twisted Vine Wine & Tap ...............................................11

Exit 9 Wine & Liquor ........................................................8

Northeast Auto Parts........................................................4

Uptown Optometry .........................................................11 Westfall Station Café .....................................................12

Fagan & Associates .......................................................44

Daley on Yates..................................................................3

Fulton County Tourism...................................................45

Redbud Development.....................................................31

Gershon's Deli ................................................................50

Rensselaer County Tourism...........................................47



LAST PAGE john gray

Drakes’ Window is real name was Oscar, named after the poet Oscar Wilde, but everyone at school called him "Drakes." It wasn't a compliment. At twelve, Oscar developed a bad case of acne so his face got bumpy. One of the bullies on the school bus said those bumps reminded him of a Drakes coffee cake and the nickname stuck. The bullying started in middle school, kids making fun of his weight, face, the way he talked. His parents intervened but that just made things worse because the other kids added the word "snitch" to his resume. "Just hang in there," his mom would say. "It gets better; high school will be different." Then it wasn't. Freshman year was even worse. He never swung back or went to a grown-up again; Drakes just suffered in silence. Now it was June and he decided to end the school year and all this misery with a bang, or should I say a drop. A long drop off the local railroad bridge to the murky water where his grandpa taught him to catch fish. "Crappies" he called them. Crappy indeed—the fish and his life. It was damn near certain the kid they called Drakes was going to end this nonsense with one step off that rusty bridge. He didn't see it as suicide. To him it was just skipping ahead to the end of a bad movie. Then he looked out his bedroom window and saw something that changed everything. Drakes’ window faced west where he liked watching the sun say goodnight over his neighbor's old wooden fence. He was watching what he thought would be his last sunset before going to the bridge when he spotted a memory dangling in the evening air. It was a birdhouse he'd made in the second grade and hung from the branch of a tree several years prior. It was simple, made of old roof shingles, with a door just big enough for a sparrow. He was still "Oscar" to everyone back then and each child at school was told to paint their birdhouse however they liked. He decided the best way to get birds to go in was to write the word "birds" on the side; only he had a bad habit of writing his "d" backwards like a "b" so his house had the word "Birbs" on it. Can you imagine, BIRBS in big letters? His classmates couldn't stop laughing. Now on this darkest of days, Drakes’ gaze fell on his old birdhouse at exactly the moment a tiny baby bird fell out. He saw it drop like a stone to the thick grass below and thought for sure it was dead. Drakes planned to make the bridge by dark but he couldn't leave until he made sure that poor bird got a proper burial. I mean you can't leave it to the bugs. Before he even got to the spot where it fell, Drakes heard the baby chirping. He scooped it up and tried to put it back in the nest but then remembered something he'd read once: If a baby bird has the scent of a human on it the mother will reject it. So what to do? Drakes brought the bird inside, found a shoebox and filled it with grass and shredded paper. He looked up a wildlife website on his computer and learned the bird could survive on special pellets, cooked egg



yokes and dry dog food if you soak it in warm water until it got soft. Eggs and dog food he had, so he got busy. For the next three weeks, he nursed that bird and watched it slowly gain strength and grow. He noticed the bird had dark feathers with a white chest hiding underneath and said, "Hey, since everyone calls me Drakes after the coffee cake, I think I'll call you Yodel after those chocolate treats with cream inside." If a bird could smile, this one did. Then on the 21st day, he took his new friend out into the yard, placed the box on the lawn and waited. Sure enough, Yodel flapped his wings and flew away. It occurred to Drakes at that very moment that he'd forgotten to go to the bridge to take that final step and now he had no desire to. He also didn't feel much like a "Drakes" anymore; his name was Oscar. Summer went OK for Oscar with trips to the lake and he even made a new friend named Charlie. And when fall came, he learned to ignore the bullies and eventually they lost interest. Still, whenever he was feeling down or unsure of his footing, he'd open his notebook to a quote from Oscar Wilde he'd scribbled there the day after Yodel took flight. It was six simple words: "Be yourself, everyone else is taken." *Recently a mother told me her teenage daughter was going to end her life because of bullying. One person reached out and it changed everything. We all fall from the nest sometimes. Be someone's sparrow.*

John Gray is weekly columnist for the Troy Record and the Saratogian newspapers and news anchor at ABC 10 and FOX 23. He can be reached at johngray@fox23news.com.

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