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CONTENTS september 2018





13 Capital Region Palate

45 Parenting Is there a delusional short-order cook living in your home?


20 Local Lake George life 24 Autumn in Vermont



Publisher’s letter


Arts & Entertainment

46 Financial Stock investors whipsawed

10 Seasonal home projects 16 Our favorite brews: Beer & Coffee


47 Horoscopes Sun sign forecast for September


58 Last Page Back to school

43 Women’s Health


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ne of the most beautiful slices of the Capital Region is its attractive culinary options. September and into mid­October in particular, are great months for the finest our gardens' harvest offers. Every year, for many years, my husband and I would throw what we called a harvest dinner. That dinner boasted the offerings from our modest backyard garden. While we were very proud of our garden harvest, it was admittedly small, yet it was a labor of great love and effort. We would make the most delicious meals, and every meal contained something from our garden. Sharing with family and friends made for fun evenings that were memorable. The fresh bounty was so impressive and such a gorgeous sight on the table. Year after year, our local palate gets more and more creative and frankly sophisticated. Local brewers and coffee roasters are other examples of what we are creating in our local counties. The brewer's bounty continues all year long for us to sip and enjoy both at home or in local cafes and pubs. It is rewarding work from start to finish, both delicious and very prevalent. The Fall is also the new "it" season for weddings. Our wedding section highlights some of the area's finest establishments. These business folks, along with the magnificent natural beauty of our Capital Region, together, can create a perfect wedding day. It really seems like only yesterday, I was writing about the warm weather ahead. While the season's change and our activities change with them, some things are inevitable. We need to make the most of every month and every seasonal difference. There are so many activities to enjoy, so many festivals and farmers markets to attend, so many apples to pick and dinners to enjoy. I wish you the bounty of life to enjoy. Gratefully yours, Vikki Moran

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” — Samuel Butler




Healthy at home How to improve indoor airflow and quality


ore efficient, tightly built homes than those constructed in previous gener­ ations are generally well­regarded, for the most part with good reason. However, when you consider people spend 90 percent of their time indoors on average, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), such airtight environments raise some concerns. All that efficiency cuts down on airflow, effectively trapping allergens and toxins inside. According to estimates from the EPA, the air inside the average home may be as much as five times more polluted than the air outdoors, even in a bustling city. "We know instinctively that spending so many hours in stuffy places isn't good for us," said Peter Foldbjerg, head of daylight energy and indoor climate at Velux. "According to research, living in damp and moldy homes increases our risk of asthma by 40 percent and leaves us vul­ nerable to developing other ailments." Limited fresh air and light during the day can negatively impact mood, sleep and per­ formance. Air pollution can also pose a health risk through irritation to the eyes, nose and throat; headaches, dizziness and fatigue; and

respiratory conditions, heart disease and can­ cer. To help alleviate some of these concerns, consider these tips. Bring the outside in even when the weather turns cooler! Even a small step like adding some potted plants, which are known to purify air, can improve your indoor environment. In addition, think of how you could create a better view to the outside through smart use of windows and doors that bring in fresh air and daylight.

Rely on natural air flow Open your windows 3­4 times a day, at least 10 minutes at a time in the fall, to allow fresh air in. To complement natural light and fresh air from vertical windows, consider adding skylights to rooms you use most often. Skylights that can be opened, such as those offered by Velux, contribute to greater indoor comfort and ventilation by removing excess heat, moisture, odors and other indoor pollu­ tants. They can also help reduce the need for air­conditioning due to the chimney effect, which occurs when skylights and vertical win­ dows are both opened, allowing warm, stale

air to rise and escape through the roof, replaced by fresh air drawn in through tradi­ tional windows.

Eliminate potential obstacles Avoid blocking fresh air with drapes, blinds and other hindrances, like heavy furni­ ture placed too close to windows. Also consid­ er other aspects of your home that could be thwarting your efforts to improve air circula­ tion and quality, such as dust, dirt and mold. Regular and thorough cleaning can help keep those irritants at bay and make your quest for cleaner air easier. Find more tips for creating a healthier home at

Creating Cleaner Indoor Air Creating more airflow is an important step to improving your indoor environment, but considerations like air quality should not be overlooked. More air is a good thing, but more clean air is better yet. Everyday home life activities such as cooking, showering, lighting scented candles, sleeping and doing laundry can all contribute to polluted indoor air, which over time can lead to the development of illnesses. These tips from the indoor climate experts can help make the air inside your home healthier: 1. Keep bathroom doors closed and turn on the extractor fan or open a window or skylight when showering. 2. Turn the hood fan on when cooking and open your windows, if weather permits. 3. Avoid burning candles excessively; look for alternatives such as sprigs of lavender to add a natural fresh scent. 4. Dry clothes outside when possible, which reduces carbon emissions from the dryer and minimizes potential pollutants traveling through the dryer vent. Clothes lines are making a come back for good reason and that is a great way to bring the outdoors in. 5. Clean regularly with non­chemical based cleaning products, and pay attention to ingredi­ ents in cleaning products that you buy, some may create hazardous fumes.

Increasing Natural Light Sunlight is a natural antidepressant, and there is ample scientific evidence that associ­ ates daylight with better health and quality of life, such as improved mood, less fatigue and reduced eye strain. If your home needs some brightening up, consider these home features with natural light in mind: 10 | SEPTEMBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

Paint Choosing a lighter­colored paint and avoiding statement wallpaper or large blocks of color can naturally make a space feel brighter and reflect any natural light entering the room. Think soft shades of off­white or sub­ dued, neutral hues.

Flooring Wooden, ceramic or stone floors with a polished finish typically reflect light to help brighten spaces. If you prefer carpet, consider light, neutral colors to help make the space feel brighter.

Skylights Adding skylights is a relatively low­cost, high­impact home improve­ ment that can enhance home decor and deliver energy­saving benefits, as well. Fresh air skylights, like those from Velux, can help reduce dependence on artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation, which helps save money on electric bills. Convenience features like remote control operation make it easy to manage air flow and natural lighting with the touch of a button.

Mirrors Adding furniture and accessories with reflective surfaces can help dif­ fuse light and add stylish touches throughout the home. Metallic, glass and mirrored accessories, or even mirrors themselves, can spread light throughout your home.

Lighting Go easy on artificial lighting, and instead work to optimize natural light sources. Consider supplementing areas where natural light doesn't reach such as corners and corridors with small lamps, and install dimmer switch­ es that can easily be adjusted depending on the amount of natural light flowing into your home.



8 tips for safer power tool performance


or many homeowners, a list of seasonal chores and home improvement projects can add up to a whole lot of work, espe­ cially when preparing for the change from Fall to Winter. Power tools often get called on for heavy use to whittle away at that to­do list, but the batteries used to power these devices can pose certain risks. Care should be taken on the upkeep and usage as well as your to­do tasks. Lithium­ion batteries have become quite common due to their efficiency, energy stor­ age capacity, durability and safety. These bat­ teries' higher energy potential in a smaller bat­ tery makes them ideal for cordless power tools, but higher energy density also means higher potential for damage when misused. While they offer great versatility and portability, batteries also need to be handled properly to prevent potential dangers. Safe, proper use of lithium­ion batteries from the original tool manufacturer is key to preventing battery­related accidents. Before operating a battery­powered tool, heed this advice from the experts at the Power Tool Institute, a leading voice on power tool safety issues and standards for the industry. 1. Know that batteries are not inter­


changeable. It's important to only use batter­ ies and chargers from the original power tool manufacturer. Original manufacturer batteries are specifically engineered and tested for use with the tools and chargers from the original manufacturer. 2. Aftermarket batteries may not be test­ ed to the same standards as original manufac­ turer batteries and therefore come with addi­ tional hazards that can result in fire, property damage or personal injury. 3. Always transport and store lithium­ion batteries as instructed in the owner's manual. 4. Avoid contact with metal objects, such as keys, coins, screws and nails, and liquids, which present safety hazards. Inspect batteries regularly for signs of damage, such as crushing, cuts or punctures. Do not use a battery that has received a sharp blow, been dropped or is damaged. 5. Never modify, disassemble or tamper with a battery. The performance of damaged or modified batteries can be unpredictable and dangerous. 6. Be mindful of abnormal battery behav­ iors such as failure to fully charge or hold a charge, longer­than­usual charging times,

overheating, a noticeable drop in perform­ ance, unusual LED activity when placed on a charger, liquid leakage from the battery or melted plastic anywhere on the pack. These are indications of an internal problem. 7. Do not immerse the battery or allow any fluids to flow inside. Conductive liquid ingress, such as water, can cause damage resulting in fire or explosion. Store your bat­ tery in a cool, dry place, away from com­ bustible and flammable items. 8. When disposing of a lithium­ion bat­ tery, never throw it into the trash or a munici­ pal recycling bin, as it can become a fire haz­ ard. Instead, take it to a local recycling center or place it in a receptacle specifically designed for recycling batteries. If your lithium­ion bat­ tery is damaged, contact the manufacturer. Remember to store tools carefully as well where you can find and use for many seasonal changes to come. Tools are not toys and this is the time to explain to you children as well. For more information on safe battery use, stor­ age and disposal for power tools, visit, or find more tips for safe and proper operation of your power tools at

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Are you following food safety practices? Tips from grocer to table By Beth Krueger


nsuring that your food preparation is safe and sanitary is not just a hot weather concern. Here are some con­ siderations for safely handling food, from the trip to the grocery store to table. Statistics show why these procedures should not be treated casually or just when convenient. If you think that food safety ill­ nesses are few and far between, this data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paints a sobering picture: national­ ly, food­borne ailments strike one in six in the nation annually, equaling about 48 million, with 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Usually, illness occurs in one to three days of consuming the food, but it can strike within 20 minutes or up to six weeks later. Food poisoning is especially problematic for children under five, older persons, those with compromised immune systems and with dis­ eases, such as cancer. In the bag: Let’s start at the point you head to your car to pick up the grocery items on your list. Do you use reusable grocery bags? If so, think safety before you grab those bags. The New York State Health Department warns that if they are not properly washed and dried, you may be transporting E. coli or Salmonella as well as your food items. For cloth bags, use the washing machine with laundry detergent and then put them in the dryer or air dry. Scrub plas­ tic bags with hot water and soap and air dry. Don’t be in a hurry to store or put them into use again – wait until they are thoroughly dry.


Store them in a cool and dry place. While keeping them in your car or car trunk may be convenient, that can also be hot and humid – a breeding ground for Salmonella or other germs. Keep your reusable bags exclusively for your gro­ ceries; don’t use the bags for other purposes. OK, you have clean, reusable bags, and you are ready to load them up. Designate one bag for the meat/fish/poultry items, one for fruits and vegetables, and one for other dry goods. While you are going green with the bags, as a safety step, use a plastic bag for each meat/fish/poultry item to keep the juices from getting on the other items and on the bag. Remember to dispose of those plastic bags when you are storing items at home ­ don’t reuse them. Whether you are using reusable bags or not, it’s good to keep the meat/poul­ try/fish, fruit/vegetable and dry goods cate­ gories of items separate in your cart and at the checkout counter, too. One other tip to keep in mind when you are planning your shopping trip: Cold items should be refrigerated within two hours of leav­ ing the grocer or one hour if the thermometer is hitting 90 degrees or higher. It’s best to plan the grocery visit last when you are doing errands. Clean hands when handling food: Take the time to thoroughly wash your hands (not just the palms) with soap and running water before handling, preparing or eating food – and do again after handling raw meats, poul­ try, seafood and raw eggs. Hand­washing should be for at least 20 seconds – yes, singing

Happy Birthday is a good timekeeper – fol­ lowed by rinsing and drying with a clean towel or air. Making room in the fridge: Make a habit of ridding your refrigerator of food no longer safe to eat – not just when you need to make room for more items. That way you and your family members will be safe when they go for­ aging for something to munch on. Remember these tips when doing your inspection: It’s never a good idea to taste the item to “see if it’s still good” and may not tell you what you need to know. The appearance, smell or taste of the food may not be affected when food­borne bacteria is present. There’s a handy chart on storage at the U. S. government website food­ Not on the counter: The kitchen counter is great for food prep but keep it sanitary (not with a used cloth) and remember these three no counter pointers: This is not the place to (1) drop after­school or after­office book bags or other such items that may not be clean; (2) thaw meat or (3) marinate a meal you will be cooking or grilling. Marinating time should be spent in the refrigerator, not the counter. Leftover marinade? Make sure that you boil it before using it on other food. Thaw food in the refrigerator (put a dish underneath to catch any juices), or submerge in a watertight plastic bag in cold water (change the water every 30 minutes to keep it cold), or microwave (follow your machine’s instructions). When cleaning your counter, paper tow­

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els are recommended; if you use a cloth, don’t use it to wipe up elsewhere (you’ll risk spread­ ing the germs) and put the cloth in the hot cycle wash after use. To wash or not to wash produce and meats: Yes, wash your fruits and vegetables under running tap water (no soap or deter­ gent). That includes produce that you intend to peel because bacteria on the peels can be transferred to the inside when you are remov­ ing that skin. Remember to remove bruised spots. For produce with a rough surface, such as some melons, it’s best to scrub with a clean brush, as well. So if washing is good for pro­ duce, how about meats? Don’t wash off meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs as the water may splash and contaminate other surfaces. Separate plates, boards, and utensils: Speaking of cross­contamination, don’t use the same plate that held raw meat when serving up the cooked or grilled results. Use separate, clean cooking boards, knives, and other uten­ sils when preparing meats and produce or other food items. Otherwise, the germs from the raw items may linger on the plate or uten­ sil, ready to contaminate the cooked meat. What’s cooking and how long? Of course, it is necessary to cook food on high enough temperatures and for a sufficient length to kill bacteria and ensure the item is fully cooked. Get a good food thermometer to check the temperature. A chart for cooking various foods and important rest time for the food before eating can be found at the website: foodsafe­ School days: The start of school may signal the return of packing lunches for your off­to­ school children. Make a practice of cleaning the lunch box or bag before packing the lunch the next day. Include a few packaged wet tow­ elettes for your child to use before munching on the lunch. If you are packing food that needs to be kept cold, use an insulated bag or box and use two cold sources, such as frozen gel packs, frozen juice boxes, or frozen bottles of water, placing one cold source below and one on top of these food items. You may wish to check to see if the school has a place to refrigerate lunches and direct your child to the fridge (the bag or box should be opened to let the cold in). Don’t forget food safety tips (all of these, not just lunch packing) when your son or daughter is going off to college. Picture the potential ill effects of last night’s food left unre­ frigerated in the dorm room or meals prepared or packed unsafely. That’s why it’s important to teach kids from a young age about proper food handling and the “yuck” that can ensue if they don’t bother. A refresher before heading to col­ lege for the first time may prompt eye­rolling but help prevent illness. Having a meal or snack should be a pleas­ ant and satisfying event. Taking the time to put these safety precautions into action can help keep it that way and avoid health problems.



What’s your flavor An overview of beer types and styles By Dani Testa - Sgueglia


eer is as diverse as the people that craft it. Each region and period has produced beverages that chronicle their peo­ ple and history. To chart every beer style would be akin, and perhaps more complex than the periodic table of elements.

Each beer is classified using three grading points: • Alcohol Content, measured by, Alcohol by Volume (ABV) • Bitterness, measured in International Bitterness Units (IBU) • Color What follows is a very brief overview of what our area offers. The creation of beer is as limitless as the creativity of the brewer and the bounty of the region. IPA – Extra Hoppy and super popular, this style can range in bit­ terness and character based on the type of hops and additional ingredients used. Moderate to strong ABV. Brown Ale – Light in flavor with malty tones. Lighter in color and flavor than a porter or stout. Red Ales / Amber Ales – Amber colored, evenly balanced between malt and hops. Pilsner – Light bodied with gold coloring. Traditionally all pilsners are lagers and cold fermented. Porter – Dark, well hopped and made from brown malt. Stout – Very dark, roasty creamy ale with moderate bitterness. Pale Ale – Pale to golden in color with a varying degree of bit­ terness. Barley Wine – Strong Ale with high alcohol content. Sweeter and maltier than a typical beer. Hefeweizen – German style, wheat beer with fruity tones and cloudy appearance. Cask – The process of aging any beer in whiskey oak barrels that changes the character of the origin beer by adding complex notes of the whiskey and typically smooths out the bitterness. Usually used with porter or brown ales.

Hefeweizen – German style, wheat beer with fruity tones and cloudy appearance.


Photo courtesy of @hoppy_dudes on Instagram

Lager – Cold fermentation process that typically takes more than three weeks. Lagering requires specialty equipment and cold storage. Ales – Any beer using a warm fermentation process. Ales are prominent in our area as they don’t require specialty fermentation rooms and the process is quicker, usually only taking 1 – 2 weeks. Fruit / Seasonals – The sky (or rather the branches) are the limit with this seg­ ment of beers. Seasonal recipes can range from apple, pumpkin and harvest fla­ vors for the Fall to island flavors of coconut and citrus in the Summer and Spring.

Pilsner – Light bodied with gold col­ oring. Traditionally all pilsners are lagers and cold fermented.

Stout – Very dark, roasty creamy ale with moderate bitterness.

IPA – Extra Hoppy and super popu­ lar, this style can range in bitter­ ness and character based on the type of hops and additional ingredi­ ents used. Moderate to strong ABV.

Craft beer growing a family legacy By Dani Testa - Sgueglia

Seven generations For nearly 200 years, the Sanford Family has been living on and working the 180 acre farm that is now S&S Farm Brewery. On the day I visited the brewery, the early August thunderstorms left the mist rising off the rolling hills, accentuating the soul of the land where they grow their beer. Aficionados often speak of terrior when discussing characteristics of wine and other “foodie” indulgences. Between the weathered, reclaimed wood of the tasting room (formerly the milk barn), the cow ear tags that number the mug club hooks and the photos that chron­ icle the families’ history on this land, S&S Farm Brewery and its’ brews certainly have a soul. This land and this family serve as a time­ line for many New York State farmers. Nestled in the foothills of Columbia County, the farm was an egg producer with the patriarch deliv­ ering fresh eggs; and later a dairy farm, pro­ ducing staples for the residents of Albany and the surrounding area. Most farmers will tell you, that having the ability and willingness to adapt to an often volatile market is essential. Low milk prices forced the family to sell off their dairy herd in the late 1990’s, and the farm produced hay and some beef cattle to ensure the farm stayed in the family.

Growing Beer in New York State The rollout of the 2013 Farm Brewery Bill revitalized the Sanford farm and other New York State farms who, like the S&S team, planted barley and hops looking to produce world class beers with local ingredients. The bill requires

that at least 20% of hops and at least 20% of additional ingredients used in beer production be New York State grown. Both of these requirements will ramp up to at least 60% at the end of 2018 and at least 90% by 2024. The demand for craft beer and the trend towards purchasing local products has fueled opportunity for these farm breweries. Infrastructure has kept pace with the booming industry with malt houses, and hops and barley producers popping up all over the state. The beers produced across our region are great, full of flavor and hard to beat. Each estab­ lishment has their own taste profile, and niche.

line will more than double the brewery's cur­ rent output. Beyond collaboration, the brewery is a community gathering spot. On any Friday or Saturday evening, you and your family can drive to the farm along the pastoral winding roads. Pull up a stool or straddle a bench at the picnic tables in the beer garden. Enjoy tidbits and nosh from local food trucks, listen to the ever­chang­ ing music performers and sample a pint or two. The kids can play in the adjacent play yard or check out the small beef cattle herd grazing in the fields. Breathe in the crisp air and watch the fireflies dance in the meadow. This movement towards neighborhood supported producers and purveyors is happen­ ing all across our region. Local breweries with beer gardens, music, and family­friendly atmospheres are becoming a must­have in any locale. Make sure to find yours or make the trip to S&S Farm Brewery. Either way, support your local producer and enjoy the bounty of our Capital Region.

Nourishing Community S&S Farm Brewery, the collaboration between the Sanford family and son­in­law, Addam Sentz, serves ten rotating beers week­ ly. The names of their brews reflect the history and bucolic setting from which they come. The core of their offerings includes Brown Chicken Brown Ale, Farmhouse Ale, Eternal Sunshine IPA, Hayfield Blonde, Lame Llama IPA, Old 82 Ale, Bale Kicker Ale and 4:00 Porter Coffee Porter. They get creative and seasonal with other brews like Aloha Summer Ale (with Pineapple and Mango), Raspberry Wheat, Rhode Island Red and Honey Meadows Saison. Collaboration with other ingredient pro­ ducers is key to this community­focused brew­ ery. The coffee featured in the porter is from a roaster in Saratoga County, and the honey from their saison is from a local apiary. The family is also ramping production and will soon inaugurate a new brewing facility. This new



What is new and growing in coffee (and what’s not) By Vikki Moran


e love our coffee, and consumption continues to be very strong. What is changing, however, are the favored trends in roasting coffee beans and brewing our favorite cup.

What we like best The same old cup of “Joe” continues in popularity. However, how we prepare and serve Joe is changing. New trends include: • Cold­Brew – This took off in 2017 and is still growing, but not at the rate of espresso­ based coffee concoctions which continue dou­ ble­digit consumption growth. Cold brewing takes twice as much coffee and has not caught on in homes as of yet. • Nitro­Coffee – This is created by adding nitrogen to cold­brew coffee. The coffee resembles Guinness (without the kick of


course!) Nitrogen is added to the finished cof­ fee and served as a bar tap. • Single­Serve – Pod type coffee makers (like Keurig) are in about 31% of homes – but not growing. What is developing is the use of single­serve coffee brewers that prepare cof­ fee by the cup using grounds, hot water, and a filter. The flavor of this method of brewing is richer and the cost much lower.

roasted within the last five days, and that will mean buy local from a roaster or roast your own. The flavor is at the peak; the coffee is richer and more flavorful. Roasting at home can be costly at first for equipment and cum­ bersome. Buying local roasts might cost a bit more than normal brands, but is so worth it!

Up and coming

• Chia (coffee with added Chia seeds) was very popular when it hit the market, but the demand is dropping in favor of new coffee innovations. • The old drip coffee maker – A staple in kitchens for years, the drip coffee maker makes a pot of coffee then sits and is kept warm. The manufacturers are coming out with new and innovative versions to improve on the concept. Stay tuned.

• Home roasting – This is new and begin­ ning to grow. It is a process and if one has the time, can be done at home. For tips:­to­roast­coffee­at­ home­a­basic­guide­to­diy­coffee­roasting • Purchasing artisan, freshly roasted cof­ fee – The bags of coffee on the supermarket shelf were likely ground months ago. The secret to great coffee is to buy coffee that was

And not “hot”


Perfect for coffee beans, tea and other moisture and UV-sensitive foods Tinted body and added UV blocker stop over 99% of damaging UV rays Airtight POP seal protects contents from air and moisture Stainless steel lid for attractive countertop display Holds 1.5 Qt – perfect for 1 lb of coffee beans or ground coffee BPA free

Glass Pour-Over Coffee Maker • Dripper is made of hand-blown Borosilicate glass • Silicone pad underneath the stainless steel ring keeps the dripper steady when brewing • Cutout in Dripper ring allows view of brewed coffee level inside mug • Dripper is sold with 10 basket style coffee filters • Borosilicate Server includes double-wall glass construction to insulate hot coffee and won’t sweat when making iced coffee • Server comes with a cork lid to help retain heat • Holds 24oz of coffee, or four 6oz servings

Pour-Over Kettles • Long, thin gooseneck spout with carefully crafted mouth allows for precise pouring at a steady consistent flow rate, ideal for brewing coffee manually • Kettles have a balanced design for controlled and effortless pouring • Handle and knob feature soft-touch, heat resistant grips • Kettles are gas, induction, and electric stovetop compatible • 1 L capacity • Thermometer version includes a replaceable thermometer in the knob of the lid to keep track of brewing temperature.

Pour-Over Coffee Maker with Water Tank • Tank automatically regulates and distributes water over coffee grounds, using a carefully designed and tested drain-hole pattern to control the flow rate of water • Measurement markings on Water Tank indicate how much hot water to add • Elegant wavy rib pattern on inside of dripper helps promote air and coffee flow around the sides of the filter • Lid helps retain heat while brewing, and functions as a drip tray once brewing is complete • Makes up to 12 oz of coffee • OXO #2 Sized Filters recommended (10 included), but accommodates any #2 sized flat-bottomed cone filter



Local Lake George life By Frankie Geremski


he excitement of battling a bruiser bass or the exhilaration of a leaping salmon on your rod is something everyone should experience. Enthusiasts often travel hundreds and thousands of miles to far­off places, saving vacation time for a year to do what Capital Region anglers can do within an hour. Lake George in September offers these thrills, and two special events (The King George Fishing Derby and The Lake George In­Water Boat Show) are aligning and will keep you inspired well into the autumn. Lake George has a teeming population of both smallmouth and largemouth bass. The transition to lower water temperatures start­ ing around Labor Day stimulates more action from the fish, and significantly less boating traffic returns the ownership of “Queen of American Lakes” back to the anglers. Bass aren’t the only species on the prowl, lake trout start schooling up in tight pre­spawn packs, and really start biting. The landlocked salmon, though, are what gets everyone truly excited! These battling beauties fighting ability is epic, but their coloration during spawning season is something you’ll always remember.

The Derby

Photo courtesy of FR Smith & Sons


The Fourth Annual King George Fishing Derby will take place September 15th and 16th taking advantage of the awesome fishing con­ ditions. Four divisions of fish will have prize structures; largemouth bass, smallmouth bass,

lake trout and landlocked salmon. There are separate youth divisions as well. There are conservation efforts employed on Lake George to keep the fish biting. Captain JJ, one of the organizers of the Derby and operator of Rod Bender Charters is active in stocking and advancing preservation efforts on the lake. He has an intimate knowledge of the lake and in collaboration with other stake­ holders has improved lake salmon fishing; making this derby even more exciting. This year, continual digital updates will be available on the derby’s website, engaging anglers of every age and keeping participants up to date on the competition. Joey Greco of Justy Joe Charters and enter­ tainer Rich Ortiz, both local experts on fishing the waters of the North Country, are a wealth of info and tips. I met both guys at Fish307 at the Lake George Outlets which is a great place to ask questions and get expert knowledge. Greco is enthusiastic that the landlocked salmon population on Lake George is headed in the right direction. The past few seasons have provided anglers with some fantastic fishing. The rush of a savage tug on your line and the fight to get the fish in the net is what we live for on Lake George, and this season’s fishing has been outstanding for all species.

Catch the “Big One” The salmon fishing has improved over the past couple of years, and we are seeing a vari­ ety of age classes which tells us that each stocking is experiencing levels of success. These fish are very unpredictable and nomadic by nature and often will be found in different areas day to day. We find covering water by trolling our best strategy day in and day out. While trolling at speeds around 3mph we like to run a variety of spoons and stick bait pre­ sentations on very light line as these fish are line­shy in our notoriously clear waters. We stick with only Sampo snap swivels, so we can change lures often to find a pattern for that day. We tend to concentrate on shiny, metal­ lic finishes on bright sunny days, and darker painted colors on overcast conditions. Speedy Shiners are a local Adirondack, and Lake George favored spoon and is a consistent pro­ ducer every year. Trial and error are the best way to find your personal preferences. Find the bait, and you’ll find the fish! It can’t be stressed enough. We know that if we are marking gobs of suspended bait in a cer­ tain area, the predators are there as well. Bug hatches can also show up on the screen as “balls” which are also a preferred food source for the salmon. These are obvious indicators that you are in the right area. Early in the morning you will find fish up high regardless of water temperatures and watching closely for bait “dimpling” on the surface can tip you off on a pre­dawn surface bite.

The Rig Adjacent to the derby, The Lake George In­Water Boat Show will be in full swing on the CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER 2018 |


weekend of the 15th and 16th. If you are in the market for a new boat, looking to rent or just want to give some TLC to your current rig, head over for expert advice and test rides. Impressive, state of the art pontoon and pleas­ ure boats of all shapes, sizes, and speeds will be at the show. Many of these Lake George marinas have fleets of high­quality rentals to help you reel in the winner in The Derby…just make sure you call ahead to reserve. Jigging for Lake Trout has become a popu­ lar technique on many lakes during the open water season. With the creation of GPS “spot­ locking” technology on MinnKota trolling motors, these fish can now be targeted all year using the same tackle you would take ice fish­ ing. I prefer a medium action spinning rod spooled­up with 15lb braided line and a leader of 12lb. fluorocarbon spliced in about 30ft. Assorted jig head sizes can be used depending on depth and the presentation the fish happen to like on any given day, but generally ½oz to 3oz is typical. Tube style plastic baits in white are fish catchers. Finesse plastic minnows and jigging spoons will all produce fish, and I often apply smelt oil to my baits to stimulate the bite. The key with this technique is locating fish from 60­120 feet, being able to stay rela­ tively close to the school. Using your electron­ ics, you will want to watch the “lift and fall” of your bait, and hopefully, the fish is chasing your jig around as if it were a fleeing baitfish. You can position over these fish and drift, anchoring also is plausible, but the new tech­ nology of electric motors that locks you over your fish has revolutionized the ease and effectiveness of this tactic. Experiment with different baits, sizes, and retrieval speeds until you find what gets the fish in the net. Many people know Rich Ortiz as a sensa­ tional entertainer, though he’s an absolute bass assassin who has had a storied career, becoming part of the Costa pro­staff along the way. He’s a masterful sight fisherman whose plan for The Derby is to target early fall pattern big largemouth schooled up in 30+ ft of water with weed beds or other significant structure. He says that typically, you can find good num­ bers of smallies in the same areas. He is com­ peting to win the largemouth division knowing it can be highly rewarding, but sometimes chal­ lenging to find the mature largies to win. My friendship with my father was anchored in our shared love of fishing derbies and maintaining boats together. You can repli­ cate this experience with your family on the weekend of September 15th and 16th on Lake George with the King George Derby and the Lake George In­Water Boat Show. If you can’t make it up that weekend, just remember… memories of fishing and boating the lake can be made throughout late summer and fall deep into November. Follow Joey or Rich’s advice, or find me at Surfside on the Lake in the evenings during the Derby to talk strategy. I know you will be hooked on local lake fishing 22 | SEPTEMBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

Gravlax Traditional Nordic Cured Salmon Ingredients 1 Salmon fillet (skin on and can be any size) Coarse Kosher Salt Sugar 1/4 cup Fresh Dill, finely chopped Zest of 2 Lemons 2 Tbs Juniper Berries 2 Tbs Peppercorns Various other fresh, finely chopped herbs depending on your taste (Rosemary, Thyme, Tarragon, etc.) Splash of Vodka or Scotch or Lemon Juice

For Dijon Cream Sauce: 1/4 cup Dijon Mustard 1/4 cup Heavy Cream 1 tsp Whole Grain Mustard 1/2 tsp Ground Mustard 1 Tbs Fresh Dill, chopped Salt and Pepper to taste Combine all ingredients and set aside to chill.

Directions • Remove all bones from fish. • Mix enough sugar and salt in a 1 to 1 ratio to completely cover fish. (Aim for a total weight of the mixture equal to half of your fish weight.) • Coarsely crush juniper and peppercorns either with the back of a knife or in a mortar and pestle. (If juniper berries are unavailable, substitute in more peppercorns.) • Combine all dry ingredients. Add in the liquid in small quantities, stirring after each addition, until the consistency resembles damp sand. • Lay a piece of plastic wrap down and line with a thin layer of the mixture the size of your fillet. • Place the fish, skin side down on mixture and completely cover the entire thing with the rest of the mixture. Tightly wrap in plastic wrap, set in a leak-proof dish to collect juices during the curing process. • Place in fridge skin side down with weight on top. Flip over approximately halfway through the cure, about 18 hours. • Total cure time is based on taste and level of cure and can range from 24 – 48 hours. 36 hours will produce a nice semi-firm, not too salty, and easily sliceable salmon. • Once cured, remove the fillet from the plastic wrap and rinse off all curing mixture under running water and pat dry. • Leave uncovered in the refrigerator for a few hours to let drying fully take place. • Slice thinly and on an angle, garnish with lemon wedges and fresh dill. • Serve with lightly toasted crostini bread and the creamy Dijon Cream sauce.

—Courtesy of Jerrod Vila



Photo by Skye Reno

Visually Vermont ENJOYING


ermont's color starts in northern regions and at the highest elevations, then turning southward and downward into the valleys displaying nature at its finest. Mid­September is when the show begins depending on prevailing weather conditions. The harvest, on the other hand, is consistently stable and equally beautiful for those of us who love great fresh grown fruits and vegetables. A leisurely stroll throughout Vermont stores and orchards at this time of the year will net not only awesome fresh produce but also some fabulous preserves and artisan culinary products to enjoy through the months ahead. Artisans of all manner will be displaying their wares at the many harvest fairs and markets throughout the state. A day spent going from market to market, fair to fair in any city in Vermont walking under the blue skies and the crisp air is perfection! 24 | SEPTEMBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

Mount Snow Brewers Festival When: September 1 & 2, 12 ­ 6pm Where: Mount Snow, Dover, VT The renowned celebration of beer, music and food celebrates its 24th anniversary Labor Day weekend. The Mount Snow Brewers Festival is established as one of the premier events of its kind in the Northeast and we are expecting near­ ly 50 different breweries to be on­hand pouring their beers and ciders from 100+ different taps.

Mad River Valley Craft Fair When: September 1 & 2, 10am ­ 5pm Where: Kenyon's Field, Rt 100, Waitsfield, VT A festival of crafts, art, live music, food, demos, door prizes, free kids activities and more! No pets, please. Rain or shine.

Southern VT Garlic & Herb Festival When: September 1 & 2, 10am ­ 5pm Where: Camelot Village ­ 66 Colgate Heights, Bennington, VT Join garlic­lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from ­ you guessed it ­ garlic and herbs! Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations. This family­friendly event will offer fun for all ages including live music throughout the weekend.

Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival When: September 2 & 3, 2pm Where: President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth, VT The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site will host the 13th Annual Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival on Labor Day Weekend. The event showcases Vermont and nationally known musicians. The concerts are free, although a donation is suggested.

Brattleboro Bacon Fest: Bacon, Blues, and Brews When: September 8, 11am ­ 4pm Where: Guilford Fairground, Guilford, VT Bacon, blues and brews will be featured at this fourth annual family­friendly festival! Local vendors will showcase their mouthwatering bacon recipes, plus craft beer and live music.

Vermont Golden Honey Festival When: September 9, 10am ­ 4pm Where: Golden Stage Inn, Proctorsville, VT The Vermont Golden Honey Festival is part Farmers Market with local produce and hot food, part Craft Fair with artists and crafters selling their unique items for you and for gifts, and part beekeepers event with wooden ware and networking for bee enthusiasts. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER 2018 |


Chester Fall Festival When: September 15 & 16, 10am ­ 4pm Where: Chester Green, Chester, VT The 44th Annual Chester Fall Festival will bring arts and crafts vendors, artisan demon­ strations, food vendors and music to the Green in the center of beautiful Chester, Vermont. This is a free outdoor event and you will find the Chester Green lined with vendors offering pottery, fine woodworking, fiber art, jewelry, photography, glass, and much more with something of interest for everyone.

25th Annual Bennington Quiltfest When: September 15 & 16, Sat 9am ­ 5pm; Sun 9am ­ 4pm Where: Mount Anthony Union Middle School 747 East Road Bennington Bennington Quiltfest includes: ­ New Quilts ­ Demonstrations ­ Quilt Raffle ­ Challenge Quilts ­ Vendors ­ Come to the Quiltfest Café for Breakfast and Lunch! Serving all Day! ­ Consignment Boutique ­ People’s Choice Awards ­ Special Exhibit.

Wine & Soup Stroll When: Friday, September 21, 5­7pm Where: Downtown, Willmington VT Enjoy the historic village of Wilmington, VT and the fantastic soups crafted by our val­ ley chefs. Stroll passport REQUIRED to taste soups during the stroll. Advance price $25. Includes all wines & soups while supplies last. After September 16th $30 Advance ticket check opens at 10am.

Forest Festival When: September 22 Where: Marsh­Billings­Rockefeller National Historic Park, Woodstock, VT Take a horse­drawn wagon ride ­ Enjoy hands on craft activities ­ Learn about forest history ­ Watch woodworking demos. Explore your park in its fall glory while exploring forest history, ecology and art. Horse drawn wagon rides, woodworking and portable sawmill demonstrations, hikes with foresters, wood crafts for kids, and more!

Vermont Wine & Food Festival Main Tasting Event When: September 22, 10am ­ 5pm Where: Mount Snow, West Dover, VT Mount Snow hosts the grand tasting of the 10th Annual Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival. Set in the backdrop of our world renowned Vermont fall foliage, attendees of the Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival will discover, savor and enjoy Vermont vintners, small specialty food producers, chefs, painters, publishers, cheese makers, potters, jewelers, photographers and farmers.


Killington Fall Festival When: September 22, 12 ­ 4pm Where: The Foundry at Summit Pond, Killinton, VT Enjoy a day of festivities at the Killington Fall Festival. The festival will offer an array of art, crafts, ciders, local spirits, food, handmade goods, and much more family fun. The one­day event will take place under an elegant white tent at The Foundry at Summit Pond, with its stunning views of the peaks and trails of Killington Resort.

30th Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival When: September 28 ­ 30, 10am ­ 5pm Where: 410 Hunter Park Rd, Manchester Center, VT Come to quaint, historic Manchester, Vermont for the annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival at Riley Rink in Hunter Park. This Festival provides a unique and memo­ rable shopping experience. Find handcrafted creations made by expert Artists and Artisans, and meet the actual makers of the work. Visitors also enjoy the Specialty Foods and Spirits tent, with producers of Vermont prod­ ucts including maple syrup, craft distilled spir­ its, and other gourmet items.

Antiques At Stratton Mountain When: September 29 & 30, Sat. 8am ­ 5pm; Sun. 11am ­ 3pm Where: Stratton Mountain Base Lodge, Stratton, VT Join us for the Vermont Antiques Dealer's Association annual Antique Show at Stratton Mountain Resort. Find your next antique treasure while enjoying the fall foliage in the scenic Green Mountains.

Vermont Antiques Week When: September 27 ­ 30 Where: Ludlow, VT The week consists of five great antique shows including Weston, Okemo, Antiques at Stratton Mountain, Black River, and Vermont Picker's Market. This year there will be over 175 antique dealers displaying some of the best folk art, artwork, furniture, stoneware, textiles, smalls, signs, and Americana.

Bennington Oktoberfest When ­ October 6, 11am ­ 5pm Where: Historic Colgate Park, Bennington, VT The NorShaft Lions Club presents the 6th Annual Oktoberfest at historic Colgate Park, Route 9 West, Bennington, Vermont. Live Music Featuring: Rymanowski Brothers Ethnic Food • Beer Tent Vendors • German DJ Childrens’ Activities • Wagon Rides



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JACKSON'S OLD CHATHAM HOUSE 646 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham 518.794.7373; Jackson’s, in the quaint hamlet of Old Chatham, is a charming, pub-style restaurant with a five-star rating. Owned and operated by Barry Jackson, the restaurant has been in the family for three generations. Although best known for superb “prime rib” dinners and veal parmesan, there are many other American dishes, from appetizers to “melt in your mouth” desserts, freshly prepared with local produce when available. Jackson’s can accommodate your wedding party, large or small, from 20 to 200 people. Our private dining room is available for a rehearsal dinner, wedding shower or any other small gathering. Catering is available for any occasion at your place or ours. 30 | SEPTEMBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM


THE GREENS AT COPAKE COUNTRY CLUB 44 Golf Course Road, Copake Lake 518.352.0019; The Greens Restaurant at Copake Country Club and The Barn at Copake Lake are must-see venues for those seeking a laid-back wedding weekend surrounded by nature. With rustic, yet chic, indoor decor and amazing views, the feel of both properties will instantly set the tone for a unique, memorable experience. Personalized service with an on-site coordinator, catering by a CIA trained chef, beautiful spaces and options to customize your entire event make this a popular choice for couples wishing to create a one-of-a-kind celebration.

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THE TERRACE AT WATER’S EDGE 2 Freeman’s Bridge Road, Glenville 518.370.5300; The Terrace at Water’s Edge banquet facility is an elegant waterfront venue located adjacent to the award-winning Water’s Edge Lighthouse Restaurant on the banks of the Mohawk River. Allow us to assist in creating an unforgettable day with personalized attention to detail, fine food, and impeccable service—all in a beautifully-appointed setting. The Terrace, overlooking the scenic Mohawk River, offers seating for 200 guests, a dance floor, a custom-designed mahogany bar and extensive menu. A new 105room Hilton Homewood Suites is adjacent to this property for your lodging needs. We would be honored to help you make your wedding day dreams come true. Call today for an appointment to tour this facility and meet with our consultants.

THE INN AT ERLOWEST 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George 518.668.5928; Experience the wedding of your dreams on the shores of Lake George in a turn-of-the-century castle. The Inn at Erlowest is the premier event venue in the area with breathtaking views of Lake George. We offer our clients a boutique-style wedding experience that sets us apart from the rest. The day is your day with only one wedding on the property. Our entire staff is on hand to ensure that your wedding day is perfect and we are committed to providing the utmost in quality and service. The Inn at Erlowest’s signature wedding experience is as unique as the couple, customized to the client’s taste, style and distinct vision.

THE BARNSIDER RESTAURANT 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany 518.869.2448; We understand that planning a wedding often includes an entire weekend of activities and celebrations. This is why we strive to make your rehearsal dinner effortless. You can focus on friends and family while our staff creates a special evening to initiate the festivities! Wedding showers and baby showers are just 32 | SEPTEMBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM


some of life’s special moments celebrated at the Barnsider. The bride or mom-to-be and guests will relax amidst attentive service and tasty cuisine. With options for brunches, lunches or dinners, we offer numerous possibilities for designing a memorable event.

ARTISTRY OF FACE 475 Albany Shaker Road, Albany 518.603.4544; At The Artistry of Face Medical Aesthetics, Kelly Heffernan combines a unique approach with expertise in anti-aging treatments with neuromodulators and dermal fillers to restore a younger look while awakening a more refreshed appearance. The Artistry of Face specializes in smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles as well as restoring facial volume loss. Using sophisticated techniques, The Artistry of Face helps patients reach their desired results and reveal a rejuvenated appearance. Softening and minimizing smile and frown lines will help you to look and feel like the very best version of yourself on your special day!

THE LODGE ON ECHO LAKE 175 Hudson Street, Warrensburg 518.623.5599; Nestled against the stunning backdrop of wooded pines and 35-acres of pristine Echo Lake, The Lodge on Echo Lake has become one of the North Country’s most popular destination wedding venues. The Lodge is a unique venue—perfect for couples looking for a truly extraordinary Adirondack destination wedding. Attention to detail, finely prepared cuisine, a wide range of recreational activities, and charming accommodations



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WESTFALL STATION CAFE 13A Averill Avenue, Averill Park 518.674.6258; Are you planning an event? No matter what the event we can make it happen for you. The Westfall Station staff will go out of their way to please you. We try vigorously to provide you with quality foods and beverages in an environment where our patrons feel most comfortable. The name “Westfall” is derived from the Westfall family who originally occupied the site in 1823, subsequently released from the Van Rensselaer patroonship that dominated much of our area. Our vision was to perpetuate the Town of Sand Lake’s beautiful and vibrant place in history when tourists frequented our area by trolley to visit our many lakes and attractions.

RIVERS CASINO & RESORT 1 Rush Street, Schenectady 518.579.8840; Hosting your wedding at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady affords you a vast array of luxurious facilities and exceptional customer service. We give unparalleled attention to every type of wedding. Excite your guests with culinary genius specifically tailored to celebrate the look and feel of your wedding. Whether you desire an intimate or elaborate reception, we



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PREMIERE TRANSPORTATION 456 North Pearl Street, Albany 518.459.6123; One of the key factors that makes Premiere different is our diverse fleet of vehicles. From luxury sedans and limou-

sines to our vans, mini-buses and executive coaches, we are uniquely qualified to meet any transportation need. We invite you to visit our facility, preview our vehicles, and discuss your special needs and requests with one of our reservation consultants. Choose the vehicle that fits your wedding – party bus, stretch limousines or mini coaches to shuttle guests. We’ll arrive ontime, immaculately clean, and driven by a professional chauffeur in a tuxedo. When the details really count, you can count on Premiere.

677 PRIME 677 Broadway, Albany 518.477.7463; Albany's Premier Upscale Wedding and Corporate Events Venue Along with offering fine dining in the restaurant, 677 Prime is also the perfect venue for your next special event. Experience world-class service and cuisine in a chic and luxurious setting. With five different event space options ranging from 10 to 300 people, you can be confident that your event will exceed all of your expectations. From business luncheons to weddings, you know your event will have the same five-star cuisine and impeccable service you would expect from 677 Prime.

2SHEA CATERING 802 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville 518.389.2889; The 2Shea Catering business was created to delight, inspire and to be inspired. 2Shea Catering strives each day for a standard of excellence in hospitality and cuisine. We provide all the catering services for Shaker Ridge Country Club, as well as catering to other venues stretching from Lake Placid to Poughkeepsie. Our menus range from traditional to the most current innovative cuisine. Whether it’s incorporating your favorite recipes into the menu or honoring a dietary or culturally-specific menu, we are happy to work with you to guarantee a memorable guest experience. Our talented professional staff will satisfy your personal requests, make suggestions and provide the best possible service.

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THE VISTA AT VAN PATTEN GOLF CLUB 924 Main Street, Clifton Park 518.877.4979; The Vista at Van Patten Golf Club,

located in beautiful southern Saratoga County in the hamlet of Jonesville, has breathtaking views from the highest point in Clifton Park. Our Grand Clubhouse is the perfect venue for an intimate gathering of 25 guests or a fabulous wedding for 200 guests. Let our professional catering team guide you through the planning process for this memorable day. Our caring staff will help you relax and enjoy your day with the highest level of service that will certainly meet the expectations of the most discerning guest. Our incredible view and culinary delights are sure to make this a day to remember.

THE FALLS VENUE 158 Union Turnpike, Hudson 518.719,1600; The Falls Venue combines portions of an early 20th-century elementary school and retains some of the most interesting industrial-age features of that space—but has been fully updated with top quality materials, beautiful craftsmanship, and state of the art lighting and sound. The Falls Venue is perhaps the most elegant space of its type in the Hudson Valley. It’s the centerpiece of your event—with advanced computerized lighting, plenty of space for your guests, a stage, and significant architectural details. Carved out of the space of a historic elementary school gymnasium, it has been completely refurbished but retains many period architectural details throughout. Located minutes from the busy Amtrak station in downtown Hudson, it is perfectly repurposed for elegant weddings, proms, corporate events, fundraisers and more. The Falls Venue is well appointed with additional rooms, a back bar for cocktails, outdoor space for ceremonies and parking.

DUNHAM'S BAY RESORT 2999 State Route 9L, Lake George 518.656.9242; Whether it’s an intimate plated affair or a grand dinner, Dunham’s Bay Resort treats you with care, consideration, and the constant knowledge that it is your special day. We individually customize every wedding personally with each couple to create your dream wedding. Hosting one wedding a day allows us to feature our many on-site locations to host your ceremony and reception. Our impeccable and attentive award-winning service is an industry standard for Adirondack dream weddings. Every wedding is tailormade, designed, and customized to fit your individual desires and budget. From 40 | SEPTEMBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM





beginning to end, we will help you create your very special memorable day.

THE ILLIUM BISTRO AT PINEHAVEN COUNTRY CLUB 1151 Siver Road, Guilderland 518.456.7111; We'd like to help plan your next event. Our experienced event planning staff can help customize your menu, plan set-up, and serving, as well as reach out to our wide range of entertainment vendors, to make your next event, one to remember! We're happy to plan an offsite event at your desired location, or help you take advantage of the many amenities The Illium Bistro has to offer!

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS EVENT CENTER 47 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518.886.0020;Â Celebrate a memorable Saratoga wedding in style and comfort at the beautiful Excelsior Springs Event Center. Located just moments from downtown Saratoga, our classically-inspired wedding venue is beautifully appointed to create


the fine ambiance your special day demands. Excelsior Springs is located adjacent to the Courtyard by Marriott. You and your guests can take advantage of the hotel’s outstanding amenities for lodging and bridal parties while enjoying a memorable wedding and reception in Excelsior Springs Event Center.

OLD DALEY CATERING 2 Northern Drive, Troy

OLD DALEY ON CROOKED LAKE 2339 NY 43, Averill Park 518.235.2656; Old Daley Custom Catering, a familyowned and operated full-service caterer, has been proudly serving the Capital Region for over 40 years. Whether you are planning a wedding, family gathering, business luncheon or dining at one of our restaurants, our staff welcomes you with friendliness and professionalism to provide the utmost ultimate experience. Our chefs prepare our award-winning cuisine with culinary expertise and passion. Please keep us in mind when planning your next event. We love what we do, and so will you!


MCGINNIS WOMEN’S MEDICAL CARE, PC 24 Computer Drive West, Albany, NY 518.689.7548; Our Providers: Mary Joyce McGinnis, MD FACOG Jennifer Iovinelli, FNP; Barbara Hill, FNP McGinnis Women’s Medical Care, is now accepting new patients. We are a personalized, private practice that treats each individual as such. Some of what we offer: • Birth control options • Breast exams/Mammogram • Bone density/osteoporosis/treatments • Cystocele/rectocele • Gardasil Vaccine • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) • Medical Marijuana certification • Menopause • Pap Smears • Persistent vaginal infections • Pregnancy • Sexuality at all stages of life • Sexually transmitted infections • Urinary leakage • Vulvar disease

CHRISTOPHER BRIAN SALON 90 4th Street #100, Troy 518.326.0470; Christopher Brian Salon is a multi-award winning boutique salon located in the newly renovated Proctors Building in downtown Troy. With a carefully curated and talented staff, this fivetime “Bestie” of the Capital Region brings cutting-edge styles, the latest techniques, and rave reviews to Troy, Albany,




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ALBANY PODIATRY 6 Executive Park Drive, Albany 518.482.4321; Albany Podiatry offers a drug-free, pain-free breakthrough treatment for nail fungus called Clearanail. Clearanail is an 'intelligent' nail drill that creates micro-

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PARENTING randy cale, ph.d

Is there a delusional short-order cook living in your home?


es, it’s a pleasure to eat out and enjoy the luxury of others cook­ ing and serving us. It is a luxury to select from a menu of items and choose exactly what you want. Ahhh…the joys of eating out! However, many of you have oddly set up a non­profit restaurant in your home. In fact, it’s quite costly, both in obvious and more subtle ways.

The ramblings of the delusional short-order cook “It’s a dream come true! Cooking three meals every night.” These are the words of a delusional hard­working, short­order cook. It seems like and sounds like insanity. Fortunately, I have never heard those words. Most parents grow weary and tired of such constant cook­ ing. It is exhausting. It is time­consuming. It is never getting better. “I love cooking something & then throwing it away.” Again, more words from the psychotic! Who thinks this way? No one I have met. In most circumstances, we get upset and frustrated after taking the time to cook the requested meal…only to find your child refuses to eat it. At that point, cooking another meal is often a source of even more frustration. “And, I really enjoy all the complaints about my cooking!” Okay, you get the idea. None of these quotes are closely related to what anyone says, and almost everyone hates the whole process out­ lined above. And yet many accept this daily time­consuming and frus­ trating process. There is much more agony with constant negotiating, complaining and misery around food. But what’s the consequence of all this hard work and struggle? It’s a serious picky eater!

How short-order cooking nurtures unhealthy picky eaters! So, how do we end up with the ultimate picky eater in our home? First, we start by accommodating their pickiness. That’s the job of the short­order cook. Your kids want it. You prepare it. They don’t like. You cook something else. They complain about it. You argue a bit, and even­ tually, give them what they want. In the end, repeatedly, we accommo­ date their pickiness. Secondly, we give tons of attention and energy to their complain­ ing, whining and crying about the healthy food we put in front of them. We argue, beg, plead, yell and negotiate over and over. All this parental attention goes into their resistance. In essence, a child’s pickiness, and all its common elements (i.e., whining, complain­ ing, crying, negotiating, etc.), gets the huge reward of repeated parental attention. Your child resists eating, and we talk. They complain, and we tell them they are lucky to have food. They whine, and we tell them to stop whining. They cry, and we beg them to eat. They ask for something else, and we fix it. Thus, you can easily see how we nurture picky eaters. We usually have some combination of the two parts mentioned above. We accommodate their pickiness, and we feed into their pickiness by giving it lots of attention. How do we not expect them to evolve into very picky eaters? It’s inevitable.

Why is picky eating such a problem? Many professionals and parents have normalized picky eating. They have taken an unhealthy, highly frustrating set of experiences and made it ‘okay.’ Why have we done this? We have normalized this behavior simply because it is happening with such high prevalence. It’s not okay. It is unhealthy…and here’s why. Kids almost always lean away from healthy foods and prefer foods containing simple carbohydrates, including bread, pasta, cereal, cookies, pancakes, crackers, pizza, french fries, etc. While we didn’t recognize the health implications of these foods fifty years ago, we know now how dangerous these foods are when consumed almost exclusively. Not only does this carb­heavy diet limit the breadth of nutrients your child receives, but this habit also has a highly damaging effect on their body. It affects blood sugar levels in a way that not only can support future obesity but also affects energy and ability to sustain attention in school. It is also very taxing upon the pancreas, attempting to keep up with the demands of changing internal blood sugar levels. Pediatricians see an alarming rise in children with diabetes, in part to diets based sole­ ly upon eating simple carbohydrates. This is worth researching a bit, to fully appreciate the danger of these poor eating habits. Finally, this is a habit that is hard to break. Picking eating doesn’t fade away in adolescence or adulthood. It sticks with us, limiting nutri­ tion and thus contributing to a variety of other health­related concerns as time goes by. Not to mention the fact that it leaves the picky eater with limited access to the wide array of flavors and foods that can add tremendously to our daily pleasures of eating. Bottom line: You can abandon being a short­order cook today! Yes, it takes dealing with a bit of drama and ugliness, but you can do it. And, I promise, it will make your lives easier, and your kids lives healthier. If you are curious about the details on a parenting plan for handling this, you can read up more on But for now, just resolve to end this craziness today, and bring your kids back to health and sanity. Dr. Randy Cale offers practical guidance for a host of parenting concerns. For more information visit CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER 2018 |


FINANCIAL dennis & christopher fagan

Stock investors whipsawed


ver since the equity markets set an all­time high turn creates opportunity. Times like this remind us that during the latter part of January investors must feel time tempers volatility. An investor like they’re on a rollercoaster or one of those old­ What’s an investor to do? An investor should do what fashioned scramblers that we would ride at the county he/she should always be doing. That is, recognize that bull, should do what fairs when we were young. Just when you are bracing your­ bear and sideways moving markets are all a normal part of he/she should self to be slammed in one direction, you have to shift gears an investor’s continuum. One must, therefore, continue to always be doing. commit long­term capital to equities and short­term capi­ and get ready to move sharply in the other. Several issues have kept the equity markets in check, tal to bonds and cash. We define long­term capital as that not the least of which is the fact that the S&P 500 posted a which has a six to ten­year time horizon and short­term gain of over 20% during 2017, when dividends are includ­ capital as anything less than that. ed. The stock market needed a breather as this pace was Maintain proper asset allocation across the four asset unsustainable. Additional headwinds include rising interest rates, an classes (stocks, bonds, cash, real estate) as well as within each of those appreciating dollar, and an ongoing trade war. asset classes. Appropriate asset allocation helps an investor make objec­ It is difficult to believe, but this type of volatility and sideways trad­ tive, rational decisions during volatile periods in the market rather than ing is good for investors over the long haul as it creates anxiety which in emotional, irrational ones. One also needs to place the current market movement in historical perspective. Market conditions like these are not without precedent. The above comes with challenges as, during the latter stages of a market cycle, the benefits of diversification and of maintaining a portfo­ lio that is constructed to achieve your long­term objectives become less and less apparent. If that cycle is bullish as it has been over the past nine years investors tend to eschew the benefits of diversification as the longer a trend remains in place, the more firmly investors believe that it is “different this time.” One must only think back to early 2009 when, as the market was bottoming, many were underinvested, looking for even lower lows. Finally, as harsh as it may sound and regardless of the recent direc­ tion of your portfolio, either you have faith in the benefits of investing over the long haul, or you don’t. If you have faith, stay the course. For those that don’t, get out. However, keep in mind that exiting the mar­ kets for good also carries opportunity cost, or the loss of the benefits of investing as opposed to positioning your portfolio in cash or equivalents. If history is any guide, we believe it will be financially beneficial for investors to take a longer­term look at the markets, perhaps longer than the minute­by­minute look that the business stations want you to take. Focus on the data which, at this time, suggests robust economic growth and increasing corporate earnings, both in a relatively benign inflation­ ary environment. 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. Please research any investment thoroughly prior to committing money or consult with your financial advisor. Please note that Fagan Associates, Inc. or related persons buy or sell for itself securi­ ties that it also recommends to clients. Consult with your financial advi­ sor prior to making any changes to your portfolio. To contact Fagan This ad made possible by Associates, Please call 518­279­1044. Fagan Associates, Inc. and


HOROSCOPES arlene deangelus

Sun sign forecast Best Days in September 2018: 12th, 14th, and 29th Begin a diet on September 24th.

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Aries: (March 21 to April 20) Attraction to pets, solving problems and serving oth­ ers are the focus for this month. After the 6th, there can be success in career matters or the equivalent. The Full Moon on the 24th draws attention to your self­expression and appearance. Following the 30th, you examine your career, or the equivalaent, and your current goals for the future. Taurus: (April 21 to May 20) Creative talents, expressing oneself and pleasures in life are highlighted for this month. Following the 6th, you are interested in spirituality and current beliefs. The Full Moon on the 24th gives you the ability to correct your past mistakes. After the 30th, you will rethink your philosophy on life as you begin to investigate and study new theories. Gemini: (May 21 to June 20) Domestic interests, influence of parents and one’s per­ sonal life are favored for this month. After the 6th, you take more responsibility with joint or business finances. The Full Moon on the 24th rules your hopes and wishes as you set new goals. Following the 30th, there may be changes in money, properties or joint assets that you share with others Cancer: (June 21 to July 22) Everyday environment, routine activities and educa­ tional pursuits are important for this month. Following the 6th, this is the time to focus on your relationships. The Full Moon on the 24th brings you a desire to examine your aims in life. After the 30th, you will gain a deeper understanding of yourself through your partnerships with others. Leo: (July 23 to August 22) Financial opportunities, valued resources and money earned are the focus for this month. After the 6th, you take better care of your health through diet and exercise. The Full Moon on the 24th rules the higher mind and an interest in intellectual studies. Following the 30th, you want to improve your work skills and also health through its proper care. Virgo: (August 23 to September 22) Personal potential, approach to life and one’s self­ expression are examined for this month. Following the 6th, you have more discipline and creativity. The Full Moon on the 24th can bring changes in jointly held money and prop­ erty. After the 30th, you may take an interest in a creative project that allows you to freely express yourself to others.

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Libra: (September 23 to October 22) Spiritual rebirth, hidden emotions and hidden talents are highlighted for this month. After the 6th, you give your home and family the attention they need. The Full Moon on the 24th allows you to gain a better understanding of oth­ ers through compromise. Following the 30th, existing prob­ lems from the past will have to be resolved and purged. Scorpio: (October 23 to November 21) Forming new friendships, group activities and setting new goals are favored for this month. Following the 6th, it is a good time for a workshop or formal class. The Full Moon on the 24th encourages physical efficiency through exercise and diet. After the 30th, this is the time when you will begin to question things that you have taken for granted. Sagittarius: (November 22 to December 21) One’s social status, public image and the career world are important for this month. After the 6th, you examine your spending and savings habits and make changes. The Full Moon on the 24th allows you the time to enjoy your family and loved ones. Following the 30th, your feelings about money, possessions, and security will gradually change. Capricorn: (December 22 to January 19) Prophetic dreams, philosophy on life and mental pur­ suits are explored for this month. Following the 6th, you review both your strengths and your weaknesses. The Full Moon on the 24th often allows existing family matters to be resolved. After the 30th is a time of personal transfor­ mation including your self­expression and appearance. Aquarius: (January 20 to February 18) Breaking old habits, abstract teachings, and others’ assets are the focus for this month. After the 6th, your spir­ itual life becomes more important to you. The Full Moon on the 24th rules your everyday activities and your neighbor­ hood. Following the 30th, you begin to explore aspects of yourself that you may have kept a secret from others. Pisces: (February 19 to March 20) Compromising, attitude toward others and forming relationships are favored for this month. Following the 6th, there are changes in your friends and groups. The Full Moon on the 24th can indicate changes in your financial dealings. After the 30th, your friends begin to change as you meet new people and join in their social activities.

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



ARTS AND entertainment

ALBANY COUNTY Albany Institute of History and Art 125 Washington Avenue, Albany

September 6 • 5pm Evening at the Institute 2018: Enjoy free admission to the galleries from 5-8pm.

September 7 • 6 - 7:30pm History on Tap: Animals in Art. Enjoy an interactive gallery tour filled with activities and fascinating stories! $12.

Septermber 7 • 5 – 8pm First Friday 2018: We're open for free this evening!

September 8 • 10:30am Family story time: Tales of Birds and Beasts: Enjoy a special animal themed story time at the museum!

September 13 • 5 – 8pm Evening at the Institute 2018: Enjoy free admission to the galleries from 5-8pm.

September 15 • 2pm Thomas Cole's Paper Trail: Join Chief Curator Doug McCombs for this lecture about Thomas Cole.

September 20 • 5pm Evening at the Institute 2018: Enjoy free admission to the galleries from 5-8pm.

September 22 • 10am Family Fun Day at the Moo-seum: Enjoy a fun animal themed day at the museum!

September 22 • 10am Museum Day: Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. Download a special ticket and receive free admission for two.

September 22 • 10:30am Family story time: Tales of Birds and Beasts, Enjoy a special animal themed story time at the museum!

September 23 • 2pm Lecture: Adriaen van der Donck, a Dutch Rebel in the Seventeenth-Century Colony of New Netherland. Join the Albany Institute to learn more about Adriaen van der Donck, a controversial but pivotal figure in early America.

September 23 • 10 – 4pm




2018 Albany Book & Paper Fair: This event is held off-site at the Polonaise Banquet & Conference Center at the Polish Community Center in Albany, New York. $6.

September 25 • 2pm Art Connects Fall 2018: Special program for people affected with early to mid-stage Alzheimer's and other cognitive deficits and their care givers.

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A&E September 27 • 5pm

September 6 • 6 – 7:30pm

Evening at the Institute 2018: Enjoy free admission to the galleries from 5-8pm.

Harmonies on the Hudson: Featuring Abby Lappen. Displaying her passion for live musical performance with a collection of original songs and meaningful covers in a cross genre mix, Abby is an accomplished artist whose unique voice and “crisp guitar” mesmerize audiences with warmth and agility. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Avenue, Germantown, Call 518.537.4240 for information Bring a blanket, chair and a picnic- children are welcome!

September 30 • 2pm Lecture: Pets in America: The History of Our Four-Footed Family Members. Our guest speaker is Dr. Katherine Grier, Professor of History, University of Delaware

University at Albany Art Museum 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany

September 11 • 4:30pm Conversation with curator Joe MamaNitzberg and artist Abbey Williams – Join curator Joe Mama-Nitzberg and artist Abbey Williams for a conversation about her work in the exhibition “Mickey Mouse has grown up a Cow” along with topics like parenting, technology, Andy Warhol, and everyone’s 15 minutes of fame. Free and open to the public.

COLUMBIA COUNTY September 1 - 3 • 10am – 5pm Spencertown Academy Festival of Books: The annual extravaganza of all things literary, takes place over Labor Day weekend. The event features a giant used book sale, two days of readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, a children’s program, and the Cookbook Café, serving fruit snacks, homebaked goodies, and our famous no-alarm vegetarian chili. Spencertown Academy Arts Center 790 NY-203, Spencertown, Call 518.392.3693 for more information.

September 6 – 9 Oldtone Roots Music Festival: Featuring Foghorn Stringband, Bill & The Belles, Hubby Jenkins, Anna & Elizabeth, Cedric Watson, Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew, Will Mentor, Pete’s Posse, Travis Stuart, The Lucky Five, Bear Minimum, Moonshine Holler, Aldo Lavaggi & Russet Trio, Hopalong Andrew, Old Sky (Oldtone 2017 Contest Winners!), The Hayrollers & A Whole Lot More! For tickets and information,

September 15 • 7pm Hudson Hall, Hudson: Clarion Concerts in Columbia County will stage the opening concert of its 37th consecutive fall season of Leaf Peeper Concerts. The season premier will feature the return of extraordinary violinist Tim Fain to Hudson Hall. The "charismatic young violinist with a matinee idol profile, strong musical instincts, and first rate chops" (Boston Globe), will be featured during a multimedia performance that will include work by: J.S. Bach, Phillip Glass, Grammy Award-winning composer Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and opera composer Missy Mazolli, as well as Lev Zhurbin’s poignant Sicilienne and William Bolcom’s ever-popular and jaunty Graceful Ghost Rag.

September 29 • 1 – 10pm Stride Adaptive Sports - First Annual Sports N’ Brewfest: Join us for a family friendly afternoon event (1pm – 5pm) and an evening of adult only tastings and networking to support STRIDE. S&S Farm Brewery, 174 Middle Road Nassau.

FULTON COUNTY September 1 • 9am – 5pm Sammonsville Fall Festival: Come out and enjoy the festivities as we host our first annual fall festival right in the heart of Sammonsville. Free For more information, please contact: Nikki Parillo, 518.844.4815,

September 1 • 12 – 3pm Jan Prestopnik Booksigning: Join Jan and hear about her novels: Quarter Past Midnight; Castle Games – A Rocky Romance and Captive. Camping, traveling and savoring the atmos-

September 15 • 8am March on for Brain Injury, 5K and Walk: Join the Brain Injury Association of NYS and their supporters to raise money and awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury with a 5K run and walk across the scenic Walkway over the Hudson. All events and registration will begin at 87 Haviland Road near the entrance to the Highland side of the Walkway. For more informtion, call 518.459.7911.


phere of her beloved Adirondack mountains are some of the things that have influenced her writing. Adirondack Country Store, 252 North Main Street, Northville, Free. For more information, please contact: Joyce Teshoney, 518-863-6056,

September 7 • 3 – 6pm Caroga Lake Farmer’s Market: Running every Friday from now through September, there is a new Farmer’s Market in Caroga Lake, NY that promises to offer up an unparalleled variety of 100% locally-produced goods and food. Plants, meats, produce, hand-crafted soaps, baked goods, Mediterranean Cuisine, and more will all be available. The market is located in the parking lot across from Sherman’s, opposite the post office, and will run from 3-6pm every Friday from now until after Labor Day. Sherman's Parking Lot (across from the post office), Caroga Lake 12032 For more information, please contact: Stephanie Gray, 518.568.5764,

September 10 • 6 – 8pm Six-Week Basic Sign Language Course – Dr. Stacey A. DeLaney, Instructor. This is a Basic Six week Sign Language Course on September 10,17,24 & October 1,15, 22 6pm-8pm. Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts and Transitions, 2736 St. Highway 30, Gloversville. For more information please contact: Sue Nigra 518.661.9932, nigras@pnarts.

September 10 • 6:30 – 8pm 6-Week Line Dancing Class - Sue Kaupelis, Instructor. Starting with basic steps, you will learn simple line dances for fun and exercise. This six-week class explores a variety of music genres, from country and pop to Celtic and Latin. Wear soft-soled, comfortable shoes. To register, visit or call 518.661.9932. Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts and Transitions, 2736 St. Highway 30, Gloversville. Cost: $45 pre-registration / $55 at door | Paul Nigra Center for Creative Art. For more information, please contact: Sue Nigra, 518.661.9932, nigras@pnarts.

September 13 • 6 – 8:30pm Barn Quilt Board Class (3 Part series:) Brenda Dwyer Instructor. Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts and Transitions, 2736 St. Highway 30, Gloversville. Cost: $65.00 Pre-registration For more information please contact: Sue Nigra, 518.661.9932, nigras@pnarts.

September 13 • 6:30 – 8:30pm Mainstream Western Square Dance Lessons: Get into the “swing” of things and learn modern western square dancing this fall. We will be dancing every Thursday unless otherwise noted on our website The Shoe Leather Express, 31 Spring Street, Gloversville 12078, Cost: $8 per person, For more information, please contact: Elaine Mikenas, 518.225.1405,

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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!


SEPTEMBER ENTERTAINMENT Saturday 1 ~ Erin Harkes Friday 7 ~ Just Nate Saturday 8 ~ Katie Louise Friday 14 ~ DJ Sal Saturday 15 ~ Hobbit Mafia

Friday 21 ~ Hit & Run Saturday 22 ~ Tapestry Friday 28 ~ Laurie Travis Saturday 29 ~ Red Haired Strangers

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A&E September 15 • 1 – 4pm Regional Animal Shelter’s 7th Annual Woofstock - Concordia Club, 138 Concordia Club Road. Live music by Sheaman and the Mayfield Rover. Puppy kissing booth and a food buffet. Family and dog friendly event. Well mannered, leashed dogs are welcome but no retractable leashes. Admission $15 for adults, $10 under 13 years of age and Free kids under 5. Tickets are available at Regional Animal Shelter, 117 West Fulton Street, Gloversville or may be purchased at the door.

September 20 • 6 – 10pm Lexington Foundation Night Out Gala: The Night Out is a celebration of Lexington ( the Lexington Foundation, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts ( and Transitions ( The Gala Night Out is held at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts and showcases the beautiful Art Center, the success of the men and women supported by Lexington and the goals and accomplishments of the apprentices at Transitions. Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts and Transitions, 465 N. Perry Street, Johnstown 12095 $100 for general tickets - $75 for Young Professionals | Lexington Foundation office and online at For more information, please contact: Wally Hart, 518.369.5489,

September 22 • 6:30pm Chocolate and Dessert Concert: Join us for our 1st annual Chocolate and Dessert Concert. Sample a variety of 18th-century hot chocolate drinks made by Paul Supley of Van Wyck Chocolate House. Culinary historian Sara Evenson will provide fresh-baked Pippin pies and biscuits with crabapple jelly, made with heirloom apples from the Johnson Hall orchards, followed by a concert of 18th-century music by Liaison Plaisantes. Limited to 40 participants – pre-registration and pre-payment of $25 required, payable to the Friends of Johnson Hall. A fundraising event of The Friends of Johnson Hall. Johnson Hall State Historic Site, 139 Hall Avenue, Johnstown.

September 29 • 7am – 5pm The Harvester Cycling Tour: The Harvester is a fully supported 2-day tour showcasing the pastoral agricultural landscape and rich history of Fulton County, the Mohawk Valley and southern Adirondacks. Johnson Hall State Historic Site. Tiered pricing based on date. For more information, please contact: Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, 518.725.0641,

MONTGOMERY COUNTY August 29 – September 3 The Fonda Fair: Come out and enjoy the Fonda Fair – now in its 177th year – 6 days of spectacular fun for all ages! Fonda Fairgrounds, 52 | SEPTEMBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

21 South Bridge St, Fonda For more information please contact:

September 8 & 9 Fort Klock Two Day Giant Craft Fair: Over 100 talented artisans and crafters will offer their homemade creations. Friends of Fort Klock will offer food and refreshments on Saturday starting at 11am. A food wagon with hamburgers, fries, hot dogs and other treats will be available on both days. Admission and parking is free. Fort Klock Historic Restoration, Route 5, Saint Johnsville Those interested in exhibiting please call Joan Kark-Wren at 518.649.2531 or 518.568.7779 for more information on how to register.

The Farm: This year's Sundae on The Farm will be held at Dykeman & Son’s. A specialty of this farm is their rotary parlor and a robotic post-dipper. Don’t know what these new technologies are on the farm? Come join us! Dykeman & Sons, 250 Ingersoll Rd, Fultonville

September 22 • 5:30 – 7:30pm

Monthly MVGO Morning Bird Exploration and Walk: Amsterdam Southside Boat Launch, Amsterdam. Join environmental educator George Steele. Starting at the boat launch on the South Side of Amsterdam and traveling over the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook to the Riverlink Park. No experience needed. Binoculars supplied if you don’t have any.

A Taste of History: Have a taste of history at Old Fort Johnson’s annual Fall fundraiser featuring soups made from traditional recipes and fresh local ingredients. Admission gives you unlimited samples of over a dozen different kinds of soup, freshly baked bread, beverage, home-made pies, plus a special commemorative mug to keep. Enjoy amazing regional cooking while supporting the preservation of Old Fort Johnson. The event is held under tents in our beautiful gardens. Seating is limited; advance tickets recommended. Online purchase available through website. Old Fort Johnson, 2 Mergner Road, Fort Johnson. $25 for adults, $10 for children 7-17 | on site For more information, please contact: Rachel Bliven, 518.843.0300,

September 8 • 9am – 6pm

September 25 • 6:30pm

September 8 • 6:30 - 8:30am

Cranesville Fall Festival: 105 Craneshollow Road, Amsterdam; raffles, crafts and food.

September 8 • 11am – 10pm Italiafest: Vendors, Food & Drinks, Rides, Live Entertainment, Music, Fun for Everyone, Fireworks & More! Bridge St, Southside, Amsterdam.

September 8 • 1 – 4pm Erie Canal Beer and Wine Festival: Located in the Heart of New York showcasing local craft breweries and wineries. Featuring souvenir tasting glass and unlimited tastings, all while enjoying the scenic beauty along the Erie Canal. 44 Bridge St., St. Johnsville 13452 Tickets available at: For more info please contact: Chris Arduini, 518.620.3435. Presale $40, VIP Presale $60.

September 9 • 6am -7:30pm Not Just for Kids Storytelling: Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter. Free. Find us on Facebook.

September 12 • 6pm Wildlife Wednesday: Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter. Free. Find us on Facebook.

September 15 • 9am – 3pm Ames Museum – Summer’s End Festival 5K race, vendors, museum tours. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. 5 K race begins at 9:00. Visit our website Ames Museum, 611 Latimer Hill Road, Ames For more information, please contact: 518.673.5820,

September 16 • 12 – 4pm 18th Annual Montgomery County Sundae On

Epizooty! The Great Horse Influenza and the Erie Canal w/ Travis Bowman & Friends Meeting Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter What happened when every engine in New York State effectively stopped working at the same time? The lecture will discuss the devastating effects of the horse influenza epizootic of 1872 and 1873. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

September 21 • 7 -10pm Full Moon Music Series: Don’t miss the last concert of the season featuring Kyle Miller! Landis Arboretum Meeting House, 174 Lape Road, Esperance. $10; kids 12 and under free.

September 27 • 6 – 9pm Homecoming Bonfire: Homecoming Weekend Kickoff event! Food, games, activities, fall sports teams, music, and a HUGE bonfire! Great community building activity with thousands in attendance! Mohawk Valley gateway Overlook bridge, Amsterdam

RENSSELAER COUNTY August 29-September 3 The 199th Schaghticoke Fair: Special acts daily.

September 5, 12, 19, 26 • 4-7pm East Greenbush Farmers Market: East Greenbush Library/YMCA, East Greenbush, Wednesdays through

September 7, 14, 21, 28 • 3-6pm Brunswick Community Library's Farmer's Market: Brunswick Community Library, Troy.




Fridays through October 12. Find us on Facebook.

from all over the greater Capital District.

September 7, 14,21, 28 • 4:30-7:30pm

September 15 • 11am – 4pm

Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market: Riverfront Park, Castleton-on-Hudson. Fridays through September 28.

Harvest Faire: An old-fashioned agricultural festival devoted to all aspects of harvest time in the colonial era Hudson Valley. Harvest Faire offers seventeenth and eighteenth-century music, historical reenactors, vendors, Native American and colonial demonstrations, games and activities. Crailo State Historic Site, Rensselaer, Find us on Facebook.

September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 9am-12pm Poestenkill Farmers Market & Craft Fair: Poestenkill Town Hall, Poestenkill. Saturdays. Find us on Facebook

September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 9am-2pm Troy Waterfront Farmers Market: Monument Square/River Street, Troy. Saturdays through October 27.

September 9 & 23 • 10am – 3pm Troy Flea: Riverfront Park, Troy;

September 8 • 10am – 2pm Herman Melville House Open House: Once again the Lansingburgh Historical Society will open the Melville House and garden for tours along with having one of their famous tag sales While shopping for tag sale bargains why not do some Christmas shopping for your favorite "Burgher" and purchase one of our Lansingburgh related gifts. We have added the second in a series of ornaments depicting well known historical sites in the Burgh and a new "Burgh" cap! The Melville House, 2 114th St., Troy, NY,

September 8 • 2 – 4pm Live Birds of Prey with Geoff Ford: Meet magnificent birds of prey up close and personal. Geoff Ford, a New York State licensed Master Falconer, will give a talk in our outdoor amphitheater about these beautiful birds. This program is for all ages and is co-sponsored by the Friends of Dyken Pond; $3 suggested donation. Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, Cropseyville;

September 10-16 Downtown Troy Restaurant & Craft Beer Week: Unlike a traditional restaurant week, downtown Troy pairs the week with Troy Craft Beer week to offer a wide selection of events, programs, discounts, course meals, drink pairings, and more. There is something for every budget and palette so that you can return to Troy - throughout the week and beyond.

September 12 • 6pm – 9pm Capital Roots' Autumn Evening in the Garden: Our Autumn Evening in the Garden gala will benefit Capital Roots and support our fresh food access, education, and urban greening programs. The event will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, connecting more than 20 of the region’s most talented chefs with 40 local growers, producers, and beverage makers


September 15 • 11am – 6pm Enchanted City: The Enchanted City is an urban street fair and spectacle of steampunk fashion, fantasy, and fabrications that magically transforms the historic blocks of downtown Troy, N.Y. into a "cosplay" alternative reality where Victorian fancy meets modern technology. The free festival offers a family-friendly day inspired by music, magic, games, performance, food, and fantasy. Find us on Facebook

and one pack of white chalk. This is a first-come, first-serve event. Space is limited to 25 participants, so register early! For more information or to register by phone: 518.273.0552 or in person. Visit us online at

September 22 & 23 • 8am – 4pm The Knickerbocker Mansion Harvest Festival: Join us for a day of mansion and cemetery tours, bake sale, historical presentations and a pancake breakfast and a chicken and biscuit dinner as well as enjoy the bounty of our harvest at our harvest sale. Call 518.664.1700 for information.

September 28 • 5 - 9pm Troy Night Out, Downtown Troy: Join us for our monthly arts and cultural event that regularly draws thousands of people onto the streets of Downtown Troy. Attendees can enjoy countless art events, music venues, fine restaurants as well as unique boutiques of all varieties.

September 18 • 12:30pm

September 29 • 10am – 2pm

18th Annual Par, Tee, Fore Coats Event: Annual tournament benefits the Rensselaer County Department for Youth’s Annual Coat Drive who has provided over 6,000 coats since 2001. This year’s goal is to provide 750 lowincome children living in Rensselaer County with new winter coats. $75/golfer; $600/foursome; $50/dinner. 12:30 PM Shotgun, 5:30 Dinner. Troy Country Club, Troy Call 518-270-2960.

Paws in the Park, Walk for Animals: Join the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society at the Joe Bruno Stadium to show your love for homeless pets! Fun for pets and their people, including a walk, new Canine Ninja Warrior Contest, paw painting, pet photo booth, contests for best costumes, most talented and best kissers, kids' activities, dozens of vendors, plus great walker prizes, food and so much more! Register here: or call 518-434-8128, ext. 206 for more info.

September 20 • 5:30 - 8:30pm Legacy Event – Whitney Young Health: The Legacy Event honors community partners and friends who help Whitney Young Health advance our mission of providing quality medical, dental and behavioral health care to the medically under-served in the Capital Region. Brown’s Revolution Hall, Troy;

September 20 • 6pm Rensselaer County Historical Society’s Gala Honoring Alane & Paul Hohenberg: Alane and Paul Hohenberg are a well of generosity to the community of Rensselaer County and beyond. Their civic commitment to improved quality of life in Troy has benefited thousands. Franklin Plaza, Troy;

September 22 • 3 – 6pm Rensselaer County Harvest Hop: Get ready to sip, sample and celebrate the bounty of Rensselaer County! Join local brewers, farmers and Gourmelli’s Food Truck in welcoming the harvest season. Enjoy this free family friendly event complete with live music by Big Creek. S & S Farm Brewery, Nassau Find us on Facebook

September 22 • 8am – 2pm Street Painting Competition: All regional artists are invited to participate in the fall Street Painting Competition for the best chalk design on the sidewalks of River Street. Registration fee is $20.00 and includes one set of colored chalk,

September 29 Lansingburgh Historical Society: Will proudly offer a lecture by Chuck D'Imperio at the Melville House, 2 114th St., Troy, NY 12182. Mr. D'Imperio will speak about his book "The Unknown Museums of Upstate NY," in which our own Melville House is included. A donation of $5.00 for members and a $6.00 donation from not yet members is appreciated. Reservations are NOT necessary.

September 29 • 10am – 2pm Reading the Forested Landscape with Tom Wessels: Discover Chestnut Hill, a 34-acre RPA property in Stephentown, through the eyes of ecologist and writer Tom Wessels. Tom will introduce participants to methods of interpreting a forest’s history while wandering through it. Tom unravels complex stories etched into our forested landscape. Chestnut Hill, Stephentown Registration required by 9/24/18. For more info and fees, call: 518.712.9211.

October 2 • 11am – 1:30pm WERC's 30th Anniversary Awards Celebration: To mark the 30th Anniversary of WERC, 32 Pearls of WERC Awardees will be recognized for their long-standing contributions. Networking hour followed by a luncheon program. Fantastic raffle prizes. Hilton Garden Inn, Troy Register at or call 518. 225.3131.




SARATOGA COUNTY Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library September 6 • 11am Genealogy Assistance

September 6 • 6:30pm Introduction to Therapeutic Crisis Intervention: Learn about preventing a crisis, how to de-escalate a potential crisis and how to effectively manage a stressful situation. Registration required.

September 7 • 10:30am

September 18 • 7pm

September 13

Coloring & Conversation

Evening Yoga: Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady for an evening of yoga! Help kickoff the 18-19 program year with an evening of yoga to benefit Schenectady's youth.

September 19 • 1pm Crafty Adults: Recycled Registration required.



September 19 • 6:30pm Journaling Workshop (for adults): Registration required.

September 21 • 10am – 5pm International Day of Peace: All ages are welcome to stop in and craft paper cranes as a symbol of peace.

September 27 • 2pm

Joyce Rubin – Will read selections from her recently published book. All are welcome to attend this Friday Morning Free-For-All program.

Daytime Book Discussion Group: Discussion of Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen.

September 8 • 3pm

USS Scorpion: Stories about the mysterious disappearance of the U.S. nuclear submarine. All are welcome to attend this Friday Morning FreeFor-All. September Computer Classes for Adults and Children at the Library: See a full listing of computer classes and one-on-one tutorials at Registration is required.

Chinese Paper Cutting: Registration required.

September 9 • 2pm Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Drumming Ensemble: All ages welcome.

September 10 • 6:30pm Demystifying Shakespeare: Six-session program on how to understand The Taming of the Shrew. Presented by retired professor and Shakespeare scholar, Tom Bulger. Registration is required.

September 11 • 6:30pm Understanding Your Ancestry DNA Test: Registration required.

September 11 • 7pm Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group: Discussion of Forty Autumns by Nina Willner.

September 12 • 1pm Connecting Threads: Informal quilting group. Open to all.

September 28 • 10:30am

September 20 • 5:30 – 9pm Feast of the Fields to benefit Saratoga Plan: Join us at Saratoga National Golf Club for the 13th annual Feast of the Fields, an event that promises to be a fun-filled, delicious evening featuring top chefs preparing small plates from fresh ingredients harvested by local farms, along with enticing products and drinks from local producers. A silent auction filled with items and experiences from local businesses and artisans will round out the night. or 518.587.5554 for tickets and information.


Citizenship Class: For those interested in learning more about American history and government or those who are preparing for the U.S. Citizenship exam. This is a 12-week class; registration is required.

Over the Edge for Proctors: Join Proctors at The Landing Hotel at Rivers Casino for a one of a kind fundraiser! Participants will have the opportunity to rappel 6 stories of The Landing Hotel building; all proceeds will go towards the School of the Performing Arts at Proctors.

September 13 • 6:30pm

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 10am-2pm

September 12 • 6:30pm

Beginner Knitting: Registration required.

September 13 • 6:30pm Foreign Film Series: Screening of Salt of the Earth (2015). In Portuguese, French, English.

September 14 & 15 Sogetsu Japanese Flower Arrangement Show: Please see website for complete details.

September 15 • 9:30am – 1pm Jigsaw Puzzle Swap: Bring a gently used, complete 500+ piece puzzle to swap with one from the Library’s collection.


September 16 • 2 – 5pm Animal Protective Foundations’ Third Annual Bark ‘N Brew: Join us with your friends, family and canine* at Wolf Hollow Brewing Company for barks, brews and barbeque! Tickets include two beers, barbeque buffet and 10 raffle tickets. Stop by the Animal Protective Foundation or call us at 518.374.3944 x113 to purchase your tickets today! Tickets must be purchased in advance no later than September 7th. Ticket price : $50 *Weather dependent. Friendly dogs are permitted on the patio only. Please, no retractable leashes.

September 22 Capital Region St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer: Join us in the fight to end childhood cancer, at our new location Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady!

September 22 15th Annual Hero Walk & 5k for Autism: It’s time to get your sneakers tied up, put your capes on and get ready to help kids and adults with autism! Make shirts, get teams...the more the merrier! Just be there.

September 22 The Great Empire Walk: The Great Empire Walk (which will start at The Via Aquarium) supports local athletes in funding their sports training & entrance fees, we also fund The Liberty Games (previously known as The Empire State Games) and have an ultimate goal of building a World Wide of Sports Venue here in the Capital District.

September 29-30 Autumn Inspirations 2018 Quilt Show, Hosted by Q.U.I.L.T.Schenectady – Proctor’s GE Theatre, 432 State Street, Schenectady. Hundreds of quilts made by members will be on display. In addition, there will be vendors, demonstrations, charity quilt displays, a boutique, a raffle quilt, and door prizes. Proceeds benefit Northern Rivers Family Services. $7/person.

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

September 7 – 9 • 11am – 11pm Friday and Saturday, 12pm – 6pm Sunday St. George Greek Orthodox Church 43rd Annual Greek Festival: Greek food & pastries, live music by Prometheus, folk dance performances by St. George Hellenic Dancers, arts & crafts, church tours. Free admission. Hellenic Center, 510 Liberty Street, Schenectady. For more info call 518-393-0742 or visit

Schenectady County Historical Society

September 8 • 2 – 4pm The Ballad of Schenectady: Join us for a lecture with Robert Wells who will use the Ballad of Schenectady and other folk songs with local connections to explore the links between those songs and American history.


September 10 • 10am – 1pm Secret Stockade: Join us for a morning of mysteries as our guide leads us from the museum, through the Stockade, and inside two Stockade homes, each with their own legends and lore. Refreshments will be served inside the Stockade’s oldest home, the historic Brouwer House. This tour lasts approximately three hours. $20; pre-registration required. Register at

September 15 • 2pm Tales and Treasures with Marilyn Sassi: An intimate and rare opportunity to visit one of the finest houses in the Mohawk Valley. Marilyn Sassi is an expert in regional antiques, and her Stockade home is magnificently appointed. We'll spend about 90 minutes with Marilyn as she guides us through centuries of Mohawk Valley antiques, each imbued with its own mys-

terious tales. Drinks and light fare will follow at the Brouwer House. $35.

September 22 • 10am Rowing the River: Travel back to the 1700s when the mighty Mohawk was the gateway to the West. We’ll take our reproduction boats out for a 2 hour rowing session; be prepared to do some rowing! Expert guides in period clothing will to show us the way. $15 kids, $20 adults. Check online for rain dates.

September 23 • 7pm Howlin' at the Moon: Join us at Mabee Farm each month for an evening of full moon Americana music. Admission is $6 and refreshments — including wine and Wolf Hollow beer — are available for purchase.

September 26 • 6 – 8pm Schenectady Suds, A Beer Walking Tour: Join

us for a night of fun history, good company and great beer! We'll stroll through the Historic Stockade District, traveling from the colonial past to the craft-brew present. Includes a complimentary pint and an exclusive behind-thescenes look at the Mad Jack Brewery led by the brewers themselves. These tours are always popular so reserve your spot now! Tickets $15

September 29 • 10am Scotia Walking Tour: Scotia was founded even before Schenectady, and today its streets are filled with history and charm. Join us as we explore the village and go behind-the-scenes in a few buildings! $10, free for members.

September 30 • 3pm Power of Song Concert with Sonny Ochs: An afternoon of songs meant to change the world, in the spirit of Phil Ochs. $10/person.

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Riverside Maple Farm ......................................................15

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Food Bank of NENY ..........................................................48

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Adirondack Bar & Grill .....................................................20

FR Smith & Sons ..............................................................23

Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association........................48

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Fulton County Tourism.....................................................49

Schroon Lake Marina.......................................................20

Albany Podiatry ................................................................44

Gershon's Deli ..................................................................58

Season's Supply...............................................................11

Alexis Diner ........................................................................7

Ghent Wood Products ......................................................12

SEAT Center ......................................................................28

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Gray Ghost Inn..................................................................26

Sri Siam Thai Restaurant.................................................51

Astrological Concepts........................................................9

Hudson River Tractor .......................................................10

St. George's Greek Orthodox Festival..............................55

Bethlehem Terrace ...........................................................49

Illium at Pinehaven Country Club....................................42

Stride Adaptive Sports.....................................................51

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa...............................................49

Jackson's Old Chatham House........................................31

Surfside On The Lake.......................................................22

CapCom Foundation...........................................................5

Jay's Art Shop & Frame Gallery ......................................27

Terrace at Water's Edge...................................................32

Capital District YMCA.......................................................44

L. Browe Asphalt Services, Inc........................................11

The Barnsider ...................................................................34

Capital Roots ......................................................................4

Lake George Beach Club..................................................22

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Capri Village .....................................................................20

Lake George Fishing Alliance ..........................................21

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Lake George In-Water Boat Show ...................................23

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Christopher Brian Salon...................................................43

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The Lodge on Echo Lake..................................................34

Copake Country Club .......................................................31

Lansingburg Boys & Girls Club........................................46

The Reluctant Panther .....................................................26

Crossroads Brewing Company ........................................17

Lozman Orthodontics.......................................................33

The Sugar Shack..............................................................25

Davey Tree Expert Company............................................12

Manchester Hot Glass......................................................26

The Towne Tavern ............................................................51

Deerhill Inn .......................................................................27

McGinnis Women's Medical Care....................................43

The Vista at Van Patten....................................................40

Dr. Randy Cale ....................................................................9

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society ..................................49

Truly Rhe.............................................................................9

Drue Sanders Custom Jewelers ......................................31

Nicole's Special Events & Catering .................................39

Valcour Inn & Boathouse .................................................32

Dunham's Bay Resort ......................................................41

Old Daley Catering .............................................................3

WERC ................................................................................53

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Westfall Station Café........................................................36

Enchanting Escapes.........................................................39

Premiere Transportation ..................................................36

Wired Coffee & Bagel.......................................................18

Excelsior Springs At The Marriott ...................................42

Rensselaer County Tourism ..............inside back cover, 53

Yankee Boats....................................................................21



LAST PAGE john gray

Back to School


ince It's September and all the little munchkins are heading back to school, I thought I'd start this month's column with two jokes. First – why did the music teacher always keep a ladder around? Answer: to reach the high notes. Too corny? OK, how about this one. Why do teachers need to be given credit? Answer: because we don't pay them enough. Oh, so I'm not Jerry Seinfeld, I just thought I'd break the ice before we get serious. I don't care what the calendar says "September" is the start of a new year. I know it doesn't come in with fireworks and a hangover like New Year's Eve, but it is the natural time when we reset our lives. As a child, you enter a new class, perhaps a new school and start anew. For parents, it's also a time to gain back some of your free time and hit the alt­control­delete button on your life. How many diets have been started right after Labor Day? How many grownups have themselves gone back to school this month or started a new job search? You see my point, September is an important month. If I could be so forward, I thought I might take a moment to share five tips for students (young and old) that have helped me on this jour­ ney. Call it knowledge learned the hard way by sometimes making all the wrong choices. I swear to God we humans are our own worse enemies. To steal a line from Alanis Morissette, there could be a drawer with ten thousand spoons, and we'd grab the knife when we're trying to eat soup. So here you go, my Top 5 ways to make this year, which we've agreed starts right now, better. 1) Smart choices. I read the other day that it isn't the storm that sinks a boat it's the decisions you make in the storm that get you sunk. Oh, how true. Life is going to bring storms your way, it's inevitable, but how you react is really the whole ballgame. Take divorce; that's a storm nobody wants to weather. You can try to remain the decent person you are and always have been and navigate your way through it with reason and restraint, or you can hire a lawyer who loves to stir the pot and spend half the money the two of you saved and were going to split on legal fees instead. Your choice. You can drag your ex to court every time a child is dropped off ten minutes late, or you can take a deep breath and forgive. Trust me you'll eat fewer Tums if you learn to forgive. 2) Start strong. A wiser person than me once said, "If you win the first hour of the day you win the day." This is true for kids and adults. How you come out of the gate after the alarm goes off will dictate suc­ cess or failure for that whole day. Trying to lose weight? Get up and eat a healthy breakfast. Trying to exercise more? Set the alarm a half­hour earlier and get to the gym or go for a walk. Too tired if you do that? Then go to bed earlier. Did you really need to watch 40 minutes of The Shawshank Redemption for the 26th time last night just because it was on cable? If you get up, get moving, eat healthy and then digest some­ thing useful to your brain like a quick glance USA today online you'll be 58 | SEPTEMBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

three steps ahead of everyone else and carry the momentum through the whole day. 3) Be less social. On the computer I mean. Facebook and Instagram are fun, but studies show the more you are on there, the more depressed you'll be. So, post a funny photo, click "like" on your friends' picture of spaghetti and meatballs and sign off. There is such a fantastic world hap­ pening right outside of that device in your hand. Lift your head up and see. 4) Go jump in a lake. No really. Every year Special Olympics has a fundraiser where people jump in Lake George in the middle of the win­ ter to raise money for the cause. If that 38­degree water doesn't wake you up from the funk you're in nothing will. Worried about frostbite? Ok then help another charity of your choosing, trust me there are about 200 that would love your help right now. I don't know why but giving up some of your free time in a selfless way fills you with something you didn't real­ ize was missing in you.

And last but not least 5) Don't give up. I know it sounds cliché, but I'm not convinced the people who win, get rich, succeed are most often the ones who won't give up. They hear 50 "nos" before they get a yes. Every literary agent and publisher on the planet told me no before I found one that said yes to me and gave me a book deal. It took a full year of asking and at times I wanted to cry or scream but, in the end, persistence paid off. Look what a little rushing water did to the Grand Canyon. Let that be you. Be the water. 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

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