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CONTENTS DECEMBER 2018

Photo by Kirstie Fanning

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32 Copyright Society for Vascular Surgery

COVER STORY

COLUMNS

14 Holiday entertaining

36 Fashion Giving the gift of warmth…Tips for gifting clothes

FEATURES

37 Parenting

10 The Capital Region curling scene

38 Horoscopes

32 Worrying about veins isn’t always vain

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Publisher’s letter

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Arts & Entertainment

SPECIAL SECTIONS 25 Holiday dining guide

39 Financial Back in the day

48 Last Page Angel’s 20 favors

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IN EVERY ISSUE

Be tech smart with your kids

Sun sign forecast for December

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34 Women’s health 49 Bestie ballot


PUBLISHER & PRESIDENT VIKKI MORAN ART DIRECTOR STEVE TEABOUT EDITOR/SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR DANI TESTA-SGUEGLIA OFFICE MANAGER/BOOKKEEPER TINA GALANTE SALES MANAGER TERESA FRAZER MEDICAL & SALES ASSOCIATE CAROLE KILPATRICK SALES ASSOCIATE TARA BUFFA SALES ASSISTANT TRACY MOMROW

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PUBLISHER’S LETTER vikki moran

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hat a year…holy cow. Every year brings good and bad and certainly many lessons to learn. What lessons have you learned from 2018? My lesson was that I needed to take to heart what I have always known to be true… that every human being has all they need right inside of them. The Capital Region Living Magazine staff and their families want to wish you the very best Holiday Season. However you celebrate and whatever your traditions, we want you to enjoy and thrive through them. If we have given you ideas for your homes, encouraged you to enjoy our gorgeous Capital Region or shared travel that spurred your wanderlust…we have done our job well.

We appreciate you and all you do to make our region flourish. Gratefully yours, Vikki Moran and The Capital Region Living Magazine family

Thank you to

for the festive photo backgrounds

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Photos by Kirstie Fanning, Member and Certified Trainer of the Albany Curling Club


The Capital Region

CURLING SCENE A timeless sport for any age

By Rich Merritt Curling – you’ve seen it on TV and during the Olympics, that eccentric sport played on the ice with the sweeping and the shouting. Maybe you tuned in for a game, learning the scoring and strategies, becoming more and more mesmerized by the nuances and physics of a sport unlike any other. Curling takes elements from shuffle‐ board, darts, luge, and kitchen floor cleaning, and delivers a bizarre and singular sport. For those who’d like to try curling for themselves, there are five dedicated clubs in New York State, and two of them are right here in the Capital Region within 12 miles of each other — the Schenectady Curling Club on Balltown Road and the Albany Curling Club on West McKown Road, just off Schoolhouse Road. Curling originated as an outdoor sport in 16th century Scotland. It had been a demonstration event in the Winter Olympics since 1924

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but its increasing popularity, particularly in northern latitudes, helped make it an official Olympic event in 1998. Canada has historically provided the dominant teams in the sport along with several European nations, while the US has not fared well historically in Olympic or world competitions. However, last February and after losing four of their first six matches, John Schuster and his team of castoffs won five straight to earn Olympic Gold on behalf of Team USA. Partially because of that victory, curling is enjoying new levels of popularity locally. “Our club was overwhelmed with people interested in learning how to curl during the Olympics,” explained Jim Meinhold, President of the Schenectady Curling Club. “We continue to get inquiries about learning to play so will be scheduling Open Houses around the holi‐ days to give anyone from the age six up a chance to try curling.” Curling has long been and continues to be, wildly popular here in the Capital Region. Moving into their current locations in the 1950s and subsequently renovated and expanded, both the Schenectady and Albany clubs trace their roots in the area to the late 1800s and boast robust memberships. Adult leagues play every night of the week, and

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there are daytime leagues as well. Teen and youth leagues are also available. Technological advances, including delivery sticks, allow play‐ ers of all abilities and ages to enjoy the game. Curling is played by two teams, each usu‐ ally consisting of four players, taking turns slid‐ ing heavy, polished granite stones, also called “rocks,” across the ice sheet towards the “house,” a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones, and every player throws two. Points are scored much like bocce; stones resting closest to the center of the house of each “end” count as points and only one team can score each end. A game usually consists of eight ends. Players can induce a curved path to the stone by rotating it at release, and the path of the rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with brooms who accompany it as it glides down the sheet, using the brooms to alter the state of the ice in front of the stone. A great deal of strategy and teamwork goes into choosing the ideal path and destination of a stone for each situation, and this gives curl‐ ing its nickname of "chess on ice." Many are drawn to the particular sports‐ manship involved in curling. Players call their own fouls, including touching the stone with

their broom, known as “burning” the stone, which results in the stone being taken out of play. A distinct lack of trash talking also defines the sport. Curling involves not only a deft touch and the ability to consistently make shots but also cunning strategy, which makes it so mesmerizing to watch. The social atmosphere of curling is also a draw to many members. Stephanie Long of the Albany Curling Club said, “I tried curling once before in Rochester and wanted to meet peo‐ ple when I moved to Albany. I joined and stayed because I love the people. Everyone is so super friendly.” Area clubs have full kitchens, which are used to cater events for members and guests, including during “bonspiels” or tournaments, which bring in visiting teams from out of town clubs throughout the northeast and Canada. Post‐game celebrations at “tables” are where the victorious team buys drinks for the defeat‐ ed “rink.” Yes, both clubs sport fully stocked and reasonably priced bars. While play at the clubs is generally limit‐ ed to members, the public is welcome to visit and watch virtually anytime during the sea‐ son, which runs from October through the end of March. Both clubs host occasional


open houses and welcome visitors to try their hand delivering a stone and developing their sweeping techniques. Open houses are also opportunities for new curlers to become members if they so choose. Annual dues are comparable to the costs of a bowling league and, while special equipment (shoes, gripper & brooms) are used, these are available for free use at each club. “Our club hosts open houses in October and January each year to introduce the public to the joys of curling,” said Jenifer Whiston, President of the Albany Curling Club. “We also have added new ‘learn‐to‐curl’ leagues which allow interested and curious people to become more immersed in the sport without committing to a full membership. Invariably after they try it for a few sessions, they become full members the following season.” If you are itching to give curling a try, the Albany Curling Club open house will be held the weekend of January 5th. The Schenectady Curling Club open houses were not yet sched‐ uled as of press time but are planned to take place around the holidays. Information on open houses and how to visit the club can be found on their websites albanycurlingclub.net and schenectadycurlingclub.us or by calling 518.456.6272 (Albany) or 518.372.4063 (Schenectady). You just may discover a new CRL lifelong activity!

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Homemade holiday By Dani Testa – Sgueglia

Photo courtesy of The Popcorn Board


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ow many people on your list is it dif‐ ficult to buy for? How many times have you looked at your purchases and thought that they aren’t representative of the person you intend them for? Homemade gifts can be the answer – you can personalize them for each of your loved ones, add a certain fragrance they are fond of, use their favorite color, or appeal to their specific sweet tooth. Try a few of these ideas and then experi‐ ment with the packaging to elevate your homemade offerings into gifts that will add sparkle to your loved ones’ season.

Gifts to eat • Homemade sweets like cookies and candies or savory treats like cheddar straws, crackers or scones make a lovely gift that can be customized to account for food prefer‐ ences, allergies or sensitivities. • Infused vinegar is easy to make and, by using a decorative bottle, can be lovely to present – showing off the herbs, garlic or hot peppers that you used in the preparation. • Snack mixes, trail mix, and popcorn can be packaged and presented for the young and young at heart.

tCranberry Orange Caramel Corn Courtesy of The Popcorn Board Ingredients 10 cups popped popcorn 1 cup dried cranberries ½ cup whole almonds ½ cup (1 stick) butter ½ cup packed brown sugar ¼ cup corn syrup 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, undiluted 1 teaspoon orange or vanilla extract ½ teaspoon baking soda

Directions • Preheat oven to 300˚F. Place popcorn, cranberries and almonds in a large bowl; set aside. • In a medium saucepan heat butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and orange juice concentrate over medium heat until butter is melted. Bring to a boil and boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in extract and baking soda (mixture will foam). • Pour syrup mixture over popcorn mixture in bowl; stir to coat well. Spread evenly in a large, rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan, lined with foil and sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake 30 minutes, stirring twice during baking time. Stir caramel corn as it cools on baking sheet. Store in an airtight container.

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Gifts to drink • Fruit, tea, and coffee all are wonderful ingredients to infuse into vodka or other spir‐ its for gifts. Search the web for quantities and amazing recipes to include with your gift. • Homemade liquors are often easy to make and are a lovely gift for your hostess or to use as party favors for your holiday shindig. • Hot cocoa mixes, cider mulling spices, and tea blends are cute packaged in mason jars. Make sure to include preparation instruc‐ tions and garnishes like mini marshmallows, candy canes or cinnamon sticks. Complete your gift by giving a glass jar of cream top milk from a local dairy, some local sweet cider or a mug and tea infuser with it.

• Check out your local craft store for a large selection of DIY kits to make soaps, scrubs or candles.

The art of packaging Whatever gift you are wrapping, whether it was selected or made with love, can be ele‐ vated and personalized by the wrapping. Consider these tips and ideas from Rudy Grant and David Siders from Experience & Creative Design (510 Union Street, Schenectady) to add a little glitz, style, and personality to your holi‐ day.

qLemon,

lavender, peppermint herbal tea

Ingredients 1 part dried peppermint leaves 1 part dried lavender buds 1 part lemon peel

Directions • Prepare lemon peel by peeling the zest from the lemon with a vegetable peeler. Arrange the peel on a cookie sheet and bake in a 200°F oven for 2 hours or until completely dehydrated. When completely dried, finely chop peel and add to peppermint and lavender. Store in an airtight container. • To enjoy, add one tablespoon of the blend to a tea infuser and pour boiling water over.

Gifts to love • Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other baubles are easy to string together and can be customized and gifted together for a lovely present. • Purchase fabric paint or make your own using textile medium (ask at your local craft supply store) to stencil, sponge or paint direct‐ ly onto dishtowels, tote bags, or aprons for a one of a kind gift. 16 | DECEMBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

Wrapping Try using fabric – even a scarf, dish towel, or napkin can be used as wrapping (as a bonus ‐ the wrapping is part of the gift too!) Make your own – this is a great project for kids. Use Kraft paper or a large roll of plain paper to stamp, color, draw or splatter paint to add your creative touch to the wrapping. Take large bubbled bubble wrap, slit open each cell and insert candies like M&Ms or other colorful candies for pops of color and appeal to the child in all of us. Newspaper – Reuse your newsprint or comic pages to add some whimsy to your gift.

Bows, trim and baubles • Add personality by making your own bows out of newspaper, sheet music, colorful ribbons, crepe paper or paper shred. • Play with texture by using different materials including mesh, grosgrain or wired ribbons for different effects. • Twine, string and jute cord all bring dif‐ ferent charm to each package. • Use bells, fresh or silk greens and flow‐ ers, ornaments, cinnamon sticks, spice or herb sachets or packaged candies to add the finish‐ ing touch to your gift.


A glass (or 2) of holiday cheer Apple Crisp Courtesy of Yankee Distillery Ingredients ¼ ounce caramel syrup 2 ounces fresh sweet apple cider 2 ounces Yankee Distillers Bourbon Whiskey

Directions • Rim a rocks glass with cinnamon and sugar and fill 2⁄3 with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine syrup, cider and bourbon. Shake to combine and strain into prepared glass. Garnish with a dehydrated apple slice and cinnamon stick.

Photo by Yankee Distillery

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Courtesy of Yankee Distillery Ingredients ½ lemon, juiced ¾ ounce brown sugar syrup (see below) 2 ounces Yankee Distillers Rye Whiskey

Directions

Photo by Yankee Distillery

• For the spiced brown sugar syrup, mix equal parts water and brown sugar and simmer with mulling, or winter spices until all sugar is dissolved and thick. Do not boil. Strain and reserve. • In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with ice. Shake to combine. Strain and serve in a rocks glass over a large cocktail cube. • Garnish with a dehydrated lemon slice.

• In a two-gallon pitcher or drink dispenser, mix all ingredients. Add chunks of apple, orange, and lemon and let sit for at least a few hours, stirring occasionally. • Serve over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with skewered cranberries.

The Apple Slicer Courtesy of Nine Pine Cider Ingredients 1 ½ ounce 10th Pin Apple Brandy by Albany Distilling Company ½ ounce Cinnaster Shine by KyMar Farm Wine & Distillery 1 ounce sweet apple cider 3 ounce Nine Pin Ginger Cider

Directions tYankee

Winter Sangria

Courtesy of Yankee Distillery Ingredients 2 750ml bottles of Eleven Lakes Vodka 1 750ml bottle of cabernet sauvignon 1 375ml bottle of Cornelius Applejack by Harvest Spirits 16 ounces pomegranate juice 32 ounces cranberry juice 16 ounces spiced cranberry juice reduction (see below)

Directions • For the spiced cranberry juice reduction bring 32 ounces of cranberry juice mixed with mulling, or winter spices to a boil and reduce by half. Strain and reserve. Photo by Yankee Distillery

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• Stir and serve over ice. Garnish with an apple slice.

Capital Region Blessingsu Ingredients 1 ½ ounces cranberry juice 1 ½ ounces apple cider 3 ounces prosecco

Directions • Rim champagne flute with cinnamon sugar. Put a few pieces of diced apple and some dried cranberries in the bottom of the flute. • Add juice and cider to flute and top with prosecco


Tina’s Glöggp Ingredients 4 liters Burgundy wine 1 ½ liters port wine 1 cup vodka 1 cup sugar (to taste) ½ cup raisins ½ cup blanched almonds 4 cinnamon sticks

Directions • Combine wines, raisins, almonds and cinnamon sticks in a large pot and bring to a simmer but do not boil. • Add vodka and return to a simmer. • Gradually add sugar, tasting periodically, until desired sweetness is achieved. • Dissolve sugar and return to a simmer. • Serve warm right from pot. • Traditionally served in teacups or mugs with small spoons to enjoy raisins and almonds.

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Capital Region Tidingsq Ingredients 2 ounces pomegranate juice 4 ounces prosecco

Directions • Place a few pomegranate seeds in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add juice to the flute and top with prosecco.

Candy Cane Sparklerq (Non-alcoholic) Courtesy of Saratoga Spring Water Company Ingredients 1 ounce lime juice ž ounce mint syrup Pinch of fresh mint leaves Saratoga Lemon Lime Sparkling Water

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Directions • Rim a tall glass with crushed candy canes and add ice. • Add mint, lime juice, and mint syrup, and top off with Saratoga Lemon Lime Sparkling Water. • Garnish with a candy cane.

Holiday Sparklerq (Non-alcoholic) Courtesy of Saratoga Spring Water Company Ingredients ½ ounce Grenadine 2 ounces orange juice Saratoga Orange Tangerine Sparkling Water

Directions • Add crushed ice, orange juice, and 4 ounces Sparking Water to a wine glass. • Top off with grenadine and garnish with dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds and a mint sprig.

(ON THE COVER)

Holiday Moscow Mule Ingredients 1 ounce cranberry juice 1 ½ ounce gin or vodka (plus more for soaking) 2 ounces chilled ginger beer 1 rosemary sprig Orange slice, for garnish Prepared cranberries, for garnish (see below)

Directions • Soak cranberries in preferred liquor for 2 hours and freeze. • Combine cranberry juice, and liquor. • Pour over ice and top with ginger beer. • Serve garnished with rosemary, orange wedge and sugared cranberries, if desired. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2018 |

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Hostess gift guide SHOP | LOCAL

OLIVA

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES

olivaevoo.com The holidays are here! From stocking stuffers and sample packs, to gift boxes and full gourmet baskets, we have something for everyone. Stop by today to pick out the perfect gifts for your friends and family!

tenthousandvillages.com A pineapple is a symbol of hospitality, and this pineappleshaped marble and wood cutting board laden with charcuterie and delicious snacks will be a welcoming sight to your guests.

THE OPEN DOOR BOOK STORE opendoor-bookstore.com The most lovely of nature's motifs come alive in Rosy Rings handcrafted-botanical candles, diffusers, and sachets. Hand poured in Colorado. Simply beautiful!

TESTA’S PANTRY

RAD SOAP

RIVERSIDE MAPLE FARMS

testaspantry.com We have your Italian Black Truffle Sea Salt...and your imported Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic of Modena, olives, French chocolate truffles, pepper biscuits, imported housewares and linens, gift baskets and more‌A treasure trove for the most discerning food lovers.

radsoap.com This holiday set speaks for itself with our three exclusive seasonal bars that give you all the smells of Christmas! The set includes the Ugly Sweater Body Bar, the California Christmas Body Bar, and the Ralphy Body Bar.

riversidemaple.com Give the gift of maple! There is always something yummy and sweet going on at the farm. A variety of specialty gift boxes and gifts available at various pricing.

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SHOP | NATIONAL

CROSS EYED OWL GIFT SHOP crosseyedowl.com Cardinal mason jar lantern with battery operated LED lights just $12.99. Snowflake pattern also available.

THE NEIGHBORGOODS theneighborgoods.com Wrap up some fresh baked goodies for your hostess in these cute, unique dishtowels! Available in 18 original designs and made of 100% unbleached, all natural cotton.

FARMHOUSE FRESH’S® VANILLA BOURBON BODY OIL farmhousefreshgoods.com Give the gift of soft skin with this luxorious body oil. The blend of non-GMO, soy, orange peel, grapeseed, olive fruit, sunflower, and jojoba oils provide nourishing moisture while the Madagascar vanilla and small batch boubon provide an exotic, natural scent.

TRULY RHE trulyrhe.com Truly powerful and inspirational books about women. These will be sure to make for a unique gift for that special party host on your list. $17.00 -$18.00

SHAKER 33 shaker33.com The stainless Shaker 33 Cocktail Shaker is a leak-proof, easy to open addition to your hostess’ bar. It adds a bit of modern charm to any “spirited” occasion. $39.95

WORTHINGTON FLOWERS

SAVINO

TEA SOMMELIER: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

worthingtonflowers.com Share the magic of a white winter forest with this alluring Christmas bouquet, presented in a hand-glazed ceramic ornament adorned with captivating cardinals! $59.95 - $74.95

savinowine.com Don’t let your host throw away that wine! The Savino Connoisseur Wine Saving Carafe prevents oxidation and spills. Available in glass ($49.95) and BPA free plastic ($24.95.)

abbeville.com No matter how much time you have this book will always teach you something new and interesting about tea. Brightly illustrated and contemporary, this fun and straightforward guidebook will help you explore the world of tea with confidence and ease. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2018 |

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Happy Holidays from Troy

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Holiday Dining Guide


HOLIDAY DINING GUIDE | ADVERTISING SECTION

The Waters Edge Lighthouse Restaurant For an unforgettable dining experience, visit The Waters Edge Lighthouse during the holiday season. Enjoy the warmth, charm and festive atmosphere of this historic venue, featuring steaks, seafood, pasta, salads, as well as lite fare options. The perfect setting for holiday gatherings, accommodating 10 to 60 guests.

VOTED ONE OF THE TOP RESTAURANTS IN COLONIE DeMarco's Restaurant is family–owned and operated. Inside our cozy walls, you will find friendly smiles and good old fashioned Italian cooking. Everything is fresh, homemade and prepared to order. From a variety of appetizers, pizzas and entrees, you will be sure to find something for the entire family. We look forward to serving you.

2 Freemans Bridge Road, Glenville Only one minute from Rivers Casino 518.370.5300 • TheWatersEdgeLighthouse.com

1965 Central Avenue • Colonie 518.456.7574 • demarcosofcolonie.com

We strive to bring together fresh ingredients from local farms while using practices that are good for you and good for Earth. Our goal is to provide an experience that provides excellence in atmosphere, quality ingredients, wine, local craft beers and cocktails while showcasing local musicians. We put our own twist on New Orleans cuisine and hospitality providing excellent service that is knowledgable, friendly and never stuffy.

Westfall Station is an elegant casual restaurant in the New Westfall Village in historic Averill Park. 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. Our vision was to perpetuate the town of Sand Lake’s beautiful and vibrant place in a history when tourists frequented our area by trolley to visit our many lakes and attractions.

1 York Street • Saratoga • 518.226.0014 • mouzonhouse.net

13A Averill Avenue • Averill Park 518.674.6258 • westfallstationcafe.com

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HOLIDAY DINING GUIDE | ADVERTISING SECTION

VOTED BEST MEXICAN CUISINE

We began serving traditional delicious Mexican and Spanish cuisine in the Capital Region 23 years ago. Owned by Patty Bermejo-Bhola and Freddie Bhola. Patty came from the beautiful and cultural colonial city of Puebla where the traditional cuisine and outstanding specialties include: mole poblano, pipian and gorditas poblanas. With the strong family tradition that their parents taught them, the Bermejo family have been able to start the first authentic Mexican restaurant in the Capital Region.

Thank you for all your continued support.

VOTED BEST SCHENECTADY COUNTY RESTAURANT

Canali's Restaurant has been providing their customers with wonderful cuisine at their Rotterdam location for over 70 years. We offer fine dining on premise or you can take advantage of the great tasting food and excellent service when you take our food on the road to your location. Whether it's a sit down dinner for two, a birthday party or an elegant banquet, Canali's Restaurant will add immeasurably to your next event. You can relax in our dining room, order "take-out" from our menu or let us cater your next affair.

CHRISTMAS EVE TAKE-OUT SPECIALS AT WWW.CANALISRESTAURANT.COM

ANALI ’

271 Lark Street (Serving Tapas Only!) • Albany • 465.2568 289 Hamilton Street • Albany • 432.7580 www.Elmariachisrestaurant.com • www.elmariachitapas.com

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ITALIAN & AMERICAN RESTAURANT

126 Mariaville Rd. • Schenectady 518.355.5323 • canalisrestaurant.com

VOTED #1 BBQ

Come in and visit our new dining area and bar, The Filling Station!

WINTER HAPPY HOUR TUESDAY – SUNDAY 4:00 – CLOSE Our beautifully decorated and generously sized meeting rooms can accommodate most parties or gatherings. Not only will your celebration benefit from a truly unique and memorable setting, but also your guests will dine on the finest, authentic Japanese cuisine in the Capital District. Koto offers a delectable and sizable selection of authentic Japanese food ranging from sushi and sashimi to delicious cooked dishes, you will always find the mouth-watering food of your choice. Catering now available.

Gift Certificates Available. Buy $100, get $20 Free. Promotion ends 12/31/18

260 Wolf Road Extension, Latham • 518.869.8888 • kotoalbany.com

Celebrating 35 years at our Saratoga location! Proudly serving America's time honored BBQ favorites: • NY “State Fair” Chicken • Memphis & Kansas City Ribs • North Carolina Pulled Pork • Texas Beef Brisket • Virginia Smoked Sausage and Ham • Pacific NW Smoked Salmon Thank you for your votes! BAR-B-QSA… Barbeque’s United “Tastes” of America! ®

1 Kaydeross Ave West • Saratoga Springs 518-583-RIBS (7427) • 518-583-CHIK (2445) • pjsbarbqsa.com CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2018 |

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HOLIDAY DINING GUIDE | ADVERTISING SECTION

VOTED #1 COLONIE RESTAURANT

Voted Best French Restaurant Pronounced “Shay Nou”, and meaning “our house” or “our home” in French, Schenectady’s only authentic French-inspired restaurant welcomes guests from near and far into a restored c.1875 house, where each room embraces its own unique colour theme, highlighted by exquisite mismatched French country fabrics, antique furniture, and original French artworks. The bar room, with traditional French zinc bar top, and second floor lounge, both feature functioning fireplaces in-season.

Experience The Barnsider Restaurant today. All dishes are prepared by award-winning chefs who use the freshest ingredients available. Our beef is carefully aged a minimum of 28 days in a temperature and humidity controlled environment and our chefs cut and trim every steak to rigid standards in our On-Premise Butcher Shop. This results in a lean, tender and incredibly flavorful steak. Monday–Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday–Saturday 4pm-10:30pm, Sunday 4pm-9pm.

The Barnsider 707 Union Street • Schenectady 518.344.6393 • cheznousschenectady.com

480 Sand Creek Road, Albany • 518.869.2448 barnsiderrestaurant.com

CELEBRATING 45 YEARS!

This Queen-Anne Stone Castle has been transformed from a private residence into a luxurious Inn & farm-to-table, AAA 4 Diamond Restaurant. Our Executive Chef features an array of local farm-fresh ingredients prepared in a contemporary manner. Dining at Erlowest is available year-round with seasonally inspired menus to ensure each visit to Erlowest is a new experience. A la carte dining Wednesday - Sunday 5pm - 8:30pm.

Good Food = Good Mood Voted Best Late-night Dining, Best Breakfast and Best Omelet Finalist for Best Diner We take pride in making sure you have the best dining experience. Family owned and operated for over 45 years we know what our patrons have come to expect: great food, at a reasonable price, served fast with a friendly smile.

3178 Lake Shore Drive • Lake George 518.668.5928 • theinnaterlowest.com 28 | DECEMBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

722 New Loudon Road, Route 9 • 518.785.3793 •latham76diner.com


HOLIDAY DINING GUIDE | ADVERTISING SECTION

We have developed a respected reputation in the food industry and the community for our food, as well as our service. This reputation has been earned and maintained through hard work and consistent quality. The insistence of attention to detail and customer satisfaction parallels Chef Max Suhner’s obsession with food. Chef Suhner strives for perfection in his kitchen, and it is this standard of perfection that resonates throughout the entire restaurant. We welcome you to visit with us and experience culinary delights created by a culinary craftsman. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

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

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

GOOD FOOD ~ GOOD TIMES ~ GOOD FRIENDS

Mountain View Brasserie 10697 State Route 32 • Greenville 518.966.5522 • mountainviewbrasserie.com

Thank you to our Capital Region patrons. We are truly honored to be voted Best Rensselaer County restaurant 7 years in a row! Also Best East/North Greenbush restaurant 4 years in a row! Sincerely, Chef Mike & Staff

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

MONDAY DECEMBER 31 NEW YEAR'S PARTY!

DECEMBER ENTERTAINMENT Saturday 1 ~ DJ Sal Friday 7 ~ Tapestry Saturday 8 ~ Katie Louise Friday 14 ~ Geo Saturday 15 ~ Lauri Travis

Friday 21 ~ Frets Saturday 22 ~ Who Tribute Friday 28 ~ Ryan Leddick Trio Saturday 29 ~ Erin Harkes

2850 NY 43 • Averill Park • 518.674.3040 • thetownetavern.com

C. H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station, Downtown Albany’s premier location for food and hand crafted beer. With up to 12 inhouse brews to choose from, The Pump Station is sure to have something for every beer lover. Located in Albany’s old water pumping station, we enjoy creating a warm and friendly atmosphere and want to make your visit a memorable one. Experience the history and atmosphere that makes the Albany Pump Station one of Albany’s most unique venues! The space is simply amazing. Reservations Available! Call 518-447-9000.

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HOLIDAY DINING GUIDE | ADVERTISING SECTION

Voted Best Chinese Cuisine The Gold Coin restaurant was first opened in 1987 in it's present location at 1360 New Scotland Avenue, Slingerlands, NY. Owned and operated by the Kung and Cheung families, the restaurant was torn down in 2004 and completely rebuilt. It now accommodates 70 people and includes a full bar with flat-screen TV. The restaurant is open six days a week and closed on Tuesdays.

VOTED BEST COFFEE Take a break from your holiday hustle and bustle and relax with the best cup of coffee in the Capital Region and a bite to eat of our freshly prepared creative breakfast and lunch options. All of our coffee is small batch roasted in-house from organic fair trade coffee beans. We strive to provide the community with the highest level of customer service that should be expected from a locally owned small business!

1360 New Scotland Road • Slingerlands 518.439.6428 • goldcoinrestaurant.com

652 Albany-Shaker Road • Albany (In the Pioneer Bank Building) 518.650.7615 • sipwired.com

In 1978, Felix and Rosanna Bongiorno opened their restaurant with one simple premise in mind, to provide their customers with the highest quality, most authentic southern Italian cuisine and hospitality. 40 years later, this founding principle remains Felix and Rosanna’s primary objective. So come dine with us and you’ll agree, Bongiorno’s Restaurant is Italian food at its Best! Lunch: Mon. - Fri. 11:30am – 2pm Dinner: Mon. - Thur. 5pm – 9pm Fri. - Sat. 5pm – 10pm. Sunday - Closed.

We would love to host your holiday get together! With a private room, off street parking, unique dining options, lunch, brunch or dinner times available, We have the ability to meet your needs! We’re dedicated to delivering a unique dining experience that exceeds all expectations. Our new winter menu is a balance of comfort and innovation. The team that was brought on to bring this vision to life is focused on producing unique and approachable cuisine.

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BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY! ACCOMMODATIONS UP TO 200 PEOPLE Jackson's is a family run restaurant. Three generations, since 1943. Hope to see you soon! Call now for New Years Eve reservations. A special menu will be available. We will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Happy Holidays to all, from everyone at Jackson's Old Chatham House

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Locally owned and operated, the Reel Seafood Co. in Albany has been serving top-of-the-catch seafood for 35 years. Known for their extensive variety of oysters and fresh cut fish, Reel Seafood Co. also offers premium steak and pasta dishes. Reel Seafood Co. features an upscale dining experience in a casual atmosphere. Book your holiday party at Reel Seafood for 15-45 guests. Holiday gift cards available. From now until 12/31/18, buy $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus card, or buy $50 in gift cards, and get a $5 bonus card.

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Worrying about veins isn’t always vain By Dr. Stephanie Saltzberg and Dr. Adriana Laser

Copyright Society for Vascular Surgery

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enous disease, such as varicose veins, is much more common than you may think. It affects over one‐quarter of the U.S. population. Vein problems are not just cosmetic but can be associated with significant symptoms. They can sometimes even cause debilitating, chronic wounds as well as other complications. Women are not the only ones with vari‐ cose veins. This problem affects men as well. Risk factors include genetic predisposition, obesity, pregnancy/hormonal fluctuations, advancing age, female gender, trauma, DVT (blood clots), and occupations with prolonged sitting or standing such as hairdressers, nurses, teachers, correction officers, and construction workers. In addition, there are rare conditions that are present at birth that can lead to sig‐ nificant venous disorders. The venous system is responsible for returning blood to the heart after it has deliv‐ ered oxygen and nutrients to the organs and muscles. Veins have tiny one‐way valves to keep blood flowing towards the heart against gravity. Muscle contractions in the leg help 32 | DECEMBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

“push” blood in the venous system upwards to the heart in the central venous circulation. If these valves become damaged (incompetent) then blood pools inappropriately within the veins of the legs. This process is called reflux and causes the veins to become engorged with blood, which can lead to fluid seepage into sur‐ rounding tissues. Alternatively, the problem can be higher in the pelvis, with larger central veins being narrowed (stenosis), decreasing flow and drainage. These can result in swelling (edema), varicose veins, bleeding, discolored thickened fragile skin (dermatitis), and even open wounds (ulcers). Patients who seek medical advice have conditions ranging from spider veins to venous ulcerations. • Spider veins: These tiny red or bluish purple veins are located in the superficial lay‐ ers of the skin and subcutaneous tissues. They tend to be cosmetic in nature. • Varicose veins: These are abnormally enlarged bulging veins found in the subcuta‐ neous tissue. Symptoms can include burning, itching, swelling and throbbing in the area of

the engorged veins particularly at the end of the day. Sometimes blood within the varicosities can clot leading to a painful condition called phlebitis. As well, varicosities can sometimes bleed when overlying skin is bumped or shaved. • Stasis dermatitis and venous ulcers: Patients with prolonged venous insufficiency can develop skin color and integrity changes usually in the calf or ankle region. In the most severe situations, ulcers can form which can be painful, difficult to treat, and debilitating to the patient. The diagnosis of venous disease is made by a combination of patient history, family his‐ tory, physical examination, and imaging stud‐ ies. Ultrasound is routinely used to study the blood flow within the deep and superficial venous systems of the legs. Venous ultrasound includes evaluating the deep veins for venous thrombosis (DVT) and assessing the superficial, deep, and perforator veins for venous valvular competence. Conventional venography, con‐ trast dye injection into the veins under contin‐ uous x‐ray, may also be utilized particularly for deep venous issues in the pelvis. Occasionally


additional imaging studies such as CT scan or MRI of the venous system may be required. The fundamental principle in the treat‐ ment of venous disease is the reduction of pressure. This is accomplished by elevation and compression, the primary therapies for venous insufficiency. Compression can be obtained through the use of graded compres‐ sion stockings or with the use of compression wraps which can be placed under the care of a physician. Leg elevation and weight control are also key components of the management. There are also minimally invasive inter‐ ventions to address varicose veins, spider veins, blood clots, and deep venous insuffi‐ ciency. These procedures are often performed in the office or an outpatient setting with little to no downtime, few complications, and fast recovery to ensure patients are quickly back to their activities and busy lives. • Spider veins: Injection sclerotherapy can be utilized. This treatment involves inject‐ ing an FDA approved solution into the veins causing them to scar down. • Varicose veins: Ambulatory micro‐phle‐ bectomy can also be performed in the office alone or as an adjunct to venous ablation to remove the bulging superficial varicosities with few complications and minimal postoper‐ ative discomfort

• Venous insufficiency (saphenous vein reflux): For those patients with superficial vein reflux, treatment can include removing or clos‐ ing the veins. Technological advances now allow us to treat these varicose veins minimal‐ ly invasively with venous ablation rather than “old‐fashioned” vein “stripping.” Venous abla‐ tion is performed in the office using either laser energy or radiofrequency. • Central venous issues: Contrast venog‐ raphy with intravenous ultrasound, balloons, and stents, are also utilized in the minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment of deep venous insufficiency and narrowing (stenosis). • DVT (blood clot): Clot‐busting medica‐ tions known as thrombolytics can be adminis‐ tered for some deep venous thromboses (clots). Although varicose veins are not com‐ pletely preventable, compliance with com‐ pression, leg elevation, exercise, and weight CRL control can improve venous circulation. The Vascular Institute for Health and Disease is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease. We offer the most current modalities available for comprehensive care of our venous patients in the communities in which they live. Please call us with any ques‐ tions or for a consultation (518)262‐5640.

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WOMEN’S HEALTH | ADVERTISING SECTION

MCGINNIS WOMEN’S MEDICAL CARE, PC

24 Computer Drive West, Albany 518.689.7548; mcginniswomensmedicalcare.com 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

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more pleasurable intimacy. Additionally, the external labial tissues tighten leading to a more youthful appearance. Mild urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse may also be treated. It’s quick, easy, and safe - requires no anesthesia or downtime. Patients often experience results after just one ThermiVa® treatment! Call our office weekdays at for a consultation with Dr. Yarinsky.

COMPLEXIONS SPA FOR BEAUTY & WELLNESS

221 Wolf Road, Albany; 518.489.5231 268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs; 518.306.5502; complexions.com Complexions is your place for Beauty and Wellness with two convenient locations: Albany and historic Saratoga Springs. Complexions is an award-winning, eco-friendly, LEED Certified Spa/Salon/Medspa with more than 30 years of experience. We offer a wide range of treatments such as corrective and rejuvenating facials, stress reduction, body therapies, body contouring, hydrotherapy, men’s barbering, manicures, pedicures, fashion-forward hair styling, makeup artistry and much more! Your experience also includes use of the relaxation lounge, outdoor garden terrace, organic tea bar, and spa amenities. The Complexions team of experts look forward to personalizing a complete program just for you!

ALBANY HYPNOSIS CENTER

251 New Karner Road, Albany 518.275.7388; albanyhypnosiscenter.com What do you want to change in your life? Is it dropping that excess weight that’s been dragging you down, finally giving up that expensive smoking habit that’s been making it hard to breathe, or learning a different way to manage your stress? Maybe it’s finding relief from pain? Albany Hypnosis Center helps ordinary people with ordinary problems make the changes they really need to make, going from where they are to where they want to be in a fun, safe environment. Hypnosis is a natural, effective remedy trusting the power of the subconscious mind to adopt new beliefs that are useful to your preferred outcomes. Thousands of local people just like you have benefitted from meeting with the master hypnotists at Albany Hypnosis Center. Call now for your free hypnosis screening.

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FASHION LUANN CONLON

Giving the gift of warmth…or a shirt…or slippers… Tips for gifting clothes to everyone on your list

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uying clothing is one of the most popular options when selecting a holiday gift for a loved one, especially since there is plenty of variety available. It can be tricky to choose the right item, but with a few tips and a little thought, you can be sure that your purchase will be put to good use, and the recipient will wear it over and over again.

Analyze the recipient's fashion style When deciding how to choose the right clothing gift, you must first assess what you're working with. Make sure you take the time to deter‐ mine what your loved one already wears on a daily basis. Does the per‐ son prefer casual wear or does your friend like to dress up when you go out for drinks? Does the gift recipient choose fitted clothing pieces over baggy, oversized jackets? Chances are, there'll be a pattern to the kinds of pieces that the per‐ son you intend to give the gift wears on a regular basis ‐ and this is known as his or her personal fashion style. If you learn it, you are more likely to find a clothing gift that he or she will love.

Think about colors, prints, and fabrics Analyzing your loved one's fashion style goes hand‐in‐hand with working out what colors, prints, and fabrics the person likes to wear. For instance, do you constantly see the individual in florals or does the per‐ son like more of a solid type clothing? You should also consider what col‐ ors work with the individual's skin complexion and hair color. Neutrals and light colors will wash out an already pale complexion even further, however, most people look good in black, and since it is the winter sea‐ son black is always a staple for the coldest months. It's all about getting the balance right, as well as choosing pieces in the right colors, prints, and fabrics that will suit the gift recipient.

Shop for the recipient's body shape Once you've considered the above factors, you also need to make sure you are shopping for the individual's body shape. For women, take a moment to really look at your loved one and decide whether her body could best be classified as a pear, hourglass, straight, or apple shape. If she is a pear, hourglass or apple, then she is likely to be curvier, so make sure you buy clothes that deflect attention away from any unflattering areas, and instead define the waist. With straight body types, the trick is to add curves through exaggerated shirts and bottoms. For men, body shapes tend to veer towards triangular, inverted tri‐ angle, or rectangle. If he carries extra weight around his mid‐section, he might be more of a triangle, so look for items the make his shoulders and upper half appear broader and deflect attention away from the belly. Structured jackets and tops with vertical stripes can be good bets. Men

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with an inverted triangle shape often look best in slim‐fit styles. Rectangle men can benefit from tops with horizontal stripes at the shoulders, or prints or details that give the impression of a more defined waist.

Get the correct size The final thing to do is to make sure you buy the clothing piece(s) in the correct size. This saves the person the hassle of having to return the gift or exchange it for the true size. The easiest way to ensure that you buy the right size is to subtly ask the person in conversation, without making it obvious it's for a gift. Alternatively, you could ask another friend or family member who might know this information.

A fun and meaningful gift It might seem overwhelming at first, but buying someone clothing as a gift is very straight‐forward when you know how. It's a chance to have fun, be creative, and find a useful and meaningful gift. Fashion lovers, in particular, often find that they love to purchase clothing gifts on behalf of others. After you've done it once, you're sure to do it again, as the feeling you get when your loved one opens his or her gift and is ecstatic with the clothing piece(s) you've picked out is priceless.

Here are some do's and don'ts to assist you with your shopping: Do be practical and consider their everyday needs. Things like slip‐ pers and dress socks get worn out over time, so you're doing them a favor by buying them a replacement before they'd eventually have to. Don't think too seasonal when you're gift shopping; red and green only look fun and festive for so long. Do give gifts that can be used year round. Don't buy any hat that's not one‐size‐fits‐all. Don't buy clothing for someone if you don't know their size. Do look for a warm sweater. This is an exception to the no‐clothing gift rule since you can usually correctly guess the size, and it's something everyone needs in the winter. Don't spend a ton of money on fancy leather gloves. Unless they're for someone who dresses up for work every day, they'll go underappreciated. Do think about people's needs for the winter. These texting‐ enabled gloves are incredibly convenient, especially for those who can never seem to detach from their phones. Lastly please donate warm clothing, gently used or new to your local shelter. Often, when I am in a big box store, I will buy different size t‐shirts, underwear, and warm socks, for both sexes and especially chil‐ dren. There is a time for giving and warm clothing to those in need is on par during this wonderful holiday season. I wish each and everyone a glorious holiday!


PARENTING RANDY CALE, PH.D

Be tech smart with your kids

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ith the holidays here, no doubt there will be homes filled with more technology than ever come the first of January. As you con‐ template the purchase of new phones, computers, video games, and tablets, consider how you can add more technology safely and wisely.

Understanding the threat While bringing a myriad of benefits to children and adults, any pow‐ erful tool brings with it both the good and the bad. In the case of elec‐ tronics, we are just beginning to understand the threat all of these devices present for our children. Here are a few of the major threats to remain aware of: Continually eroding attention span: Research is suggesting that chil‐ dren spending more time with technology have less ability to sustain atten‐ tion, and expect more movement and change in their environment. While very comforting to the ADHD brain, more TV or video weakens attention rather than strengthening it. Distractibility is rewarded in many of the virtu‐ al environments, and much of this rapid movement “skill” bears little resem‐ blance to the challenges that we face in the real world or the classroom. Immediate gratification needed: With technology almost always providing an answer or a way to engage our attention, the more we use technology to get instant gratification, the more we want it. For children, this can nurture more demands for immediate response and gratification from parents, which can be irritating and upsetting for parents. Designed to be addictive: While perhaps many are unwilling to apply the term “addiction” to their relationship with electronics, there is no doubt of these tools’ intention. With massive amounts of resources spent, developers focus on how to keep highjacking your attention and the attention of your children. It’s not by accident that each year the newest app or game becomes more addictive. There is a very real dopamine response pattern being exploited to make the user want more. Loss of authentic relationship skills: With more time spent staring at a screen, often lacking in any requirement for human social skill devel‐ opment, children spend less and less time engaged in real life activity that requires the mastery of good social skills. For some children, they can make this up easily. For others, the lack of learning opportunities leaves them isolated and alone, except for their virtual friends. And these friends bear little resemblance to real‐life friendships, coming and going with no sense of true connection. Easy connection with the good, the bad, and the ugly: As you are aware, there is access to every positive and negative experience on the internet. With smartphones, attached to very smart kids, it is critical to stay aware of the potential forms of entertainment or interest that devel‐ op. Only in recent years are parents faced with challenges they never thought of before by having to monitor a child’s electronic activity. And, the doorway to these websites, apps or discussions are only minutes away and thus change can happen quite quickly without parental awareness. Exposure and vulnerability to social influence expands: The use of social media, photo sharing and group texts all create a relationship to peer influence that is greater than ever. The developing mind of the ado‐ lescent is prone to start caring more about the input of peers than par‐ ents, and the prevalence of social media opens the door for extraordi‐ nary influence from others. Teens can be blacklisted, ridiculed and

threatened, all with a moments’ notice…yet with life‐changing conse‐ quences. For certain personalities, the reliance upon peers for approval makes them unusually susceptible to “bending themselves” to become something they are not… to maintain approval. While there are certainly other threats, these are some of the con‐ cerns to keep in mind as you consider introducing more screen time into your child’s life.

The mindset for managing technology Ignore where the herd is going: If you look around, and take your lead from where the herd is going, you may be disappointed. Many are taking a casual approach, allowing others choices to drive their decision making. The statistics would argue that this is not wise, as a child’s mind is not prepared to adequately deflect all the threats outlined above…without your willingness to set strong limits. And this will posi‐ tion you outside the herd of parents following the movement toward more and more screen time. Stop. Walk away from the herd. We call the shots: It’s important for children to understand that the gadget may be theirs, and given to them as a gift, but it’s important to make it clear that mom and dad still call the shots. In other words, it’s important for parents to take a strong position from day one and estab‐ lish that the adults will be setting limits…whether the child or adolescent likes it or not. We will monitor your activity: It’s critical that children or teens understand your position on their new gadget. It’s theirs to use, but par‐ ents will monitor use. I suggest reminding yourself that you can trust a child to be a child, and a teen to be a teen. In other words, even the best can be tempted by peers and the right persuasive message from an ill‐ intended source. Even the brightest and wisest is prone to the addictive elements described above. I am not a fan of suggesting to children or teens that their phone can be used for private discussions. Instead, suggest that you will be watching and keeping them honest. They may balk, and many do. But, if you give the gift with this understanding, then you are remaining honest and transparent, which is critical. Here are the limits: Clearly explain and establish what the limits will be. Depending upon their age, the websites they can visit, the games they can play and the time on screen will all change. But take a conser‐ vative view on this, and set clear limits in advance. And, don’t be flexible with those limits. Do not open yourselves up to negotiation and argu‐ ments over the limits. Just stick to it. Don’t try to control kids. Control the device: This process gets quite easy if you invest in learning how to manage the devices easily, rather than trying to control your children with repeated verbal commands to ‘turn it off.’ Life at home can be calm and easeful if you focus on controlling the devices from your phone, using available tools and apps, and teaching lim‐ its with consequences. When you bring these together, you can rest well at night. You can teach important lessons without conflict, and set up the future for a more easeful transition to more technology. Have a wonderful holiday season. Dr. Randy Cale offers practical guidance for a host of parenting concerns. For more information visit www.TerrificParenting.com.

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HOROSCOPES ARLENE DEANGELUS

Sun sign forecast Best days December 2018: 4th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 31st Begin a diet on December 22nd. Happy holidays!

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Aries: (March 21 to April 20) Prophetic dreams, mental aspirations and philosophy on life are examined for this month. Following the 6th, you are able to negotiate important matters regarding shared resources. After the 22nd, your home and personal affairs will be the area of subtle changes. This is a time when existing family problems are often resolved satisfactorily. Taurus: (April 21 to May 20) Spiritual appreciation, breaking old habits and a part‐ ner’s assets are of interest for this month. After the 6th, you can explain any important issues in your one‐to‐one relationships. Following the 22nd, there can be changes in your everyday activities and habits. You may be asked to become involved in a neighborhood or community project. Gemini: (May 21 to June 20) Learning to compromise, forming relationships and being with others are considered for this month. Following the 6th, you want to improve your health through a diet and exercise program. After the 22nd, your finances or personal income may change. You will examine your spending and saving habits and see where you can make subtle changes. Cancer: (June 21 to July 22) Solving problems, attention to health and learning efficiency are important for this month. After the 6th, you want to enjoy your loved ones or children through working together with them on a project. Following the 22nd, you pay more attention to your appearance and how you express yourself. You may decide to change your hairstyle or buy new clothes. Leo: (July 23 to August 22) Creative talents, joys of life and expressing oneself are the highlights for this month. Following the 6th, you examine your personal life to see if it is meeting your needs or if it requires changes. After the 22nd, you seek spiritual attunement. This is also a time when you can cor‐ rect any past mistakes, put them in perspective and begin to move forward. Virgo: (August 23 to September 22) Home‐front activity, searching for self and inner guid‐ ance are explored for this month. After the 6th, it is a good time for all communications and intellectual activities or a for‐ mal class. Following the 22nd, you review your long‐term directions and your friendships. You also examine your recent achievements and adopt new ideas or long‐term goals.

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Libra: (September 23 to October 22) Mental activities, ability to communicate and educa‐ tional pursuits are examined for this month. Following the 6th, you rethink your values and may explain them to some‐ one else. After the 22nd, you look back over your career, or the equivalent, and your accomplishments. You may receive overdue recognition for a job or project well‐done. Scorpio: (October 23 to November 21) Expanding resources, inner feelings and valued assets are analyzed for this month. You will also examine your‐ self. After the 6th, you will be able to put a lot of yourself in whatever you say and do. Following the 22nd, you have a renewed interest in the law, philosophy or spirituality. You may decide to pursue a study and sign up for a course or workshop. Sagittarius: (November 22 to December 21) Personal potential, discovering oneself and self‐devel‐ opment are reviewed for this month. Following the 6th, you are now able to accept your faults and strengths without self‐criticism. After the 22nd, your jointly held monies and properties will have your attention. This can be a time to pay off old debts or commitments to everyone’s satisfaction. Capricorn: (December 22 to January 19) Assisting the needy, spiritual resources and seeking solitude are important for this month. After the 6th, you will examine your recent achievements and may decide to set new goals. Following the 22nd, you can improve your one‐to‐one relationships. This can be accomplished through a better understanding of others and compromising. Aquarius: (January 20 to February 18) Developing friendships, group projects and achieving goals are highlights for this month. Following the 6th, you may decide on a workshop or class to add to your skills for your career or equivalent. After the 22nd, you now analyze your services to others and health habits. This is a time to consider either or both a new diet or exercise program. Pisces: (February 19 to March 20) Setting priorities, public image, and the career world are explored for this month. After the 6th, you become interested in philosophies and spirituality and may take a workshop or formal class. Following the 22nd, you become involved with loved ones and children. You will enjoy helping and working them on their hobbies or spe‐ cial projects.

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

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FINANCIAL DENNIS & CHRISTOPHER FAGAN

Back in the day

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h, how times have changed. During the early 1990s placing security orders required a call to the broker (for us that was, and still is Charles Schwab & Company), paper applications and checks had to be submitted manually, and we did a daily financial mar‐ ket recap on the radio. Today, we place security orders, submit applica‐ tions, other documents and checks via the internet. Our daily market recap has also been eliminated as the investor can check their portfolios via an app on their phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. The rapid development in technology over the past three decades has given even the novice investor the ability to execute trades in sec‐ onds as compared to minutes and sometimes hours if your advisor was not available. Professional investors have the added benefit of computer‐driven algorithms that, according to Bloomberg, actually accounted for more than fifty‐five percent of all trades and sixty percent of all volume exe‐ cuted during 2017. By identifying trading advantages, it is quite possible that the widespread usage of algorithms, as well as other computer‐gen‐ erated trading, has eliminated old Wall Street strategies such as the “January effect” where historically small caps outperform during that month as well as “sell in May and go away” where most market gains are realized during November through April. The old school way of doing your own research, spotting trends in specific industries or securities was deemed over as was technical analy‐ sis because these algorithms could spot meaningful trends and patterns well before the average investor. In fact, a growing percentage of indus‐ try followers believe that we could be witnessing the end of human traders and the beginning of total computerized investing. Evidence of this can be found in the statistic recently announced by Goldman Sachs that over the past two decades 600 of its traders have been replaced with computer engineers, thanks to automated trading programs. It seemed like the end of an era with the Warren Buffetts and Benjamin Grahams of the world being replaced with computers that could calcu‐ late millions of trades per minute. Not so fast, as in the midst of this investing “revolution” investors plumb forgot why and for what they were actually investing. Yes, high‐frequency trading has replaced many day traders who could not keep up with the daily patterns of stock movements, but it has done little for the long‐term investor. High‐frequency trading did indeed provide an advantage to a very few geniuses out there who could create algorithms to see these daily patterns, but that does not mean these pat‐ terns provide lasting or meaningful information. Investors should con‐ cern themselves with the performance of the fundamentals of their holdings and how those fundamentals hold up through various market cycles. This is what is important. Perhaps some of the trading advantages through the use of tech‐ nical analysis by an individual are irrelevant in the world today. However, it has been our experience that once the secret is out the advantage is gone. Every advance in technology is not groundbreaking. Computers are flawed as they do not take into consideration the human condition/behavior and that is where we have the advantage. Being fear‐

ful when investors are greedy and greedy when investors are fearful has worked in the past, works now and in our opinion will continue to work. That trumps algorithms. 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 Associates, Please call 518‐279‐1044.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT *When “various times” is specified, please visit the organizations website for more information.

ALBANY COUNTY 12/2 1 – 6PM Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks Festival – Empire State Plaza, Albany; Enjoy a full day of fun holiday–themed events that’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit! albany.org

12/2 3 – 5PM Magic of Christmas, Albany Symphony – Palace Theatre, Albany; Celebrate the holiday season with family and friends for joyful tunes and a dash of magic. albanysymphony.com

12/9 3PM “Rejoice and Be Merry!” – First Lutheran Church of Albany; Festival Celebration Choir presents its 2018 Christmas concert. Carols and anthems for choir and brass featuring the Route 50 Five Brass Quintet. Find us on Facebook for more information.

12/14 7:30PM “Holiday Connections” Holiday Concert – The Egg, Empire State Plaza; The Mendelssohn Club of Albany invites you to enjoy seasonal songs performed by Tesago Elementary Select Chorus and fine percussionists Cynthia Lee and Andrew Janack. mendelssohn.org

12/16 2PM Annual Musicians of Ma’alwyck Holiday Concert – Ten Broeck Mansion; Join violinist and director Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz and guitarist Sten Isachsen, with music celebrating the season and repertory that reflects the history of Ten Broeck Mansion. musiciansofmaalwyck.org

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A&E

181 Western Avenue, Albany; Join Albany Gay Men’s Chorus for a concert celebrating the holiday season. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Regional Food Bank of NENY. Find us on Facebook for more information.

12/21 – 12/22 VARIOUS TIMES The Nutcracker – Hart Theater, The Egg, Empire State Plaza; Celebrate the holidays with the whole family and join Saratoga City Ballet for its spectacular 25th Anniversary of the production. To purchase tickets, visit saratogacityballet.com. For more information call 518.584.1895.

11/23 – 12/23 VARIOUS TIMES “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” – Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany; Spend the holiday season with your favorite characters from Pride and Prejudice in the charmingly imagined sequel to Jane Austen’s novel. capitalrep.org

11/23 – 1/22/19 VARIOUS TIMES Capital Holiday Lights in the Park – Washington Park, Albany; Be amazed by spectacular holiday light displays, then warm up with hot chocolate at a holiday marketplace in the Washington Park Lakehouse. albanypal.org

COLUMBIA COUNTY 12/8 5 – 9PM Valatie Winter Walk and Winter Parade – Main Street, Valatie; Santa Claus accompanied by our Winter Parade will ring in festivities throughout the village. Shop, sample holiday food and enjoy live music and entertainment. veravalatie.com

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12/9 3 – 6PM Candlelight Tours of Clermont – Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown; Enjoy Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen. Tickets required. friendsofclermont.org

12/15 7 – 10PM Winter Swing Dance – Hudson Area Library, Hudson; Bring your dance shoes and your attitude and get ready to swing to music from the 40s, 50s and 60s. hudsonarealibrary.org or 518.828.1792 for more information. This ad made possible by Kinderhook Bank and

FULTON COUNTY 12/8 6 – 7PM 2018 Mayfield Christmas Parade – North School Street, Mayfield; First ever Mayfield Christmas parade followed by the annual tree lighting. Free and open to all. 518.774.6027 for more information.

12/29 1 – 4PM

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Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides at Lapland Lake – Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, Northville; Enjoy a winter wonderland as you travel by horse drawn sleigh. Cost: $25 ages 15 & up; $15 ages 4 -14; Free under 4 years. 518.863.4974 for more information.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 12/8 9AM – NOON 8th Annual Holiday Celebration – circa 1729 Van Alstyne Homestead & Museum, Canajoharie; Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast in the 1915 dining room. Museum tours will be available. Find us on Facebook for more information.

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RENSSELAER COUNTY SATURDAYS THROUGH 4/27 9AM – 2PM Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, The Troy Atrium – Moving inside for the winter months. troymarket.org

11/29 – 12/2 VARIOUS TIMES 62nd Annual Greens Show at the Hart Cluett House, Troy – The lush show is a Troy holiday tradition that transforms 12 rooms of the 1827 federal-style Hart-Cluett House into a green winter wonderland. rchsonline.org

12/2 11AM – 5PM 36th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll – Downtown Troy; Rides, refreshments, arts & crafts and much more! victorianstroll.com

12/7 – 12/16 VARIOUS TIMES A Christmas Carol – Sand Lake Center for the Arts; Scrooge comes to Sand Lake! slca-ctp.org

12/8 6PM Festival of Trees – Historic Downtown Hoosick Falls; Tree lighting in Wood Park at 6pm. Find us on Facebook for more information.

12/8 1 – 2:30PM Christmas Concert and Sing Along – Earl Chapel at Oakwood Cemetery; Enjoy the beauty of the Earl Chapel and its excellent acoustics as you listen to some seasonal carols by the Highlight Acting Troupe. Surprise visitor! oakwoodcemetery.org

12/9 1 – 4PM Annual Yule Log Celebration – Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, Cropseyville; Enjoy a fun–filled afternoon hearing the tradiCAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2018 |

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12/15 – 12/16 VARIOUS TIMES Viennese Classics – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; Join conductor David Alan Miller and enjoy these concerts in memory of Heinrich Medicus on his 100th birthday. albanysymphony.com or 518.694.3300 for more information.

12/18 7:30PM Chrish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; Enjoy classic carols in arrangements that highlight the group’s unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and spectacular step dancing. troymusichall.org

12/31 VARIOUS TIMES 14th Annual “Noon Year’s Eve Celebration” – Children’s Museum of Science & Technology, Troy; Celebrate the arrival of 2019 at a child-friendly time. Ring in the “Noon Year” with laughter, learning and fun! cmost.org or 518.235.2120 for more information.

SARATOGA COUNTY 12/2 2PM Sing Noel – Burnt Hills Baptist Church, 193 Kingsley Road, Burnt Hills; Join SUNY Schenectady a capella groups Totally Pitchin and Vintage Harmonics for this free concert. burnthillsbaptistchurch.org for more information.

12/6 6:30PM Dip & Apps for Entertaining – Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library; Presented by Honest Weight. cphlibrary.org for more information.

12/7 10:30AM Morning Bells – Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library; Ecumenical hand bell ringers. cphlibrary.org for more information.

12/10 VARIOUS TIMES Library Escape Room – Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library; Use your thinking skills to solve puzzles and escape the Library! For adults and teens ages 14 and up; registration required. cphlibrary.org for more information. 44 | DECEMBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM


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12/13 6:30PM Foreign Film Series – Clifton Park – Halfmoon Library; Screening of The Triplets of Belleville (2003). In French. cphlibrary.org for more information.

12/21 10:30 AM Movie – Solo: A Star Wars Story – Clifton Park – Halfmoon Library; cphlibrary.org for more information.

12/24 7PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – Burnt Hills Baptist Church, 193 Kingsley Road, Burnt Hills; burnthillsbaptistchurch.org for more information.

12/27 6:30PM Going the Distance: A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Experience – Clifton Park – Halfmoon Library;

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Former community development volunteer discusses her experiences in the Republic of Moldova. cphlibrary.org for more information.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY 12/1 – 12/16 VARIOUS TIMES Festival of Trees – Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Avenue Schenectady; Celebrate the season as we fill our galleries with lighted fir trees! Festival of Trees is a fundraiser for the Schenectady County Historical Society and the YWCA NorthEastern NY. discoverschenectady.com

12/5 – 12/9 VARIOUS TIMES

5 – 8pm and 12/8, from 11am – 6pm. Come out and enjoy this two day outdoor seasonal marketplace featuring an array of vendors and artisans in a large heated tent. downtownschenectady.org

12/8 12 – 4PM 15th Annual City Hall-iday – Downtown Schenectady; Join the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation for free and fun activities for the entire family! downtownschenectady.org

12/8 12 – 4PM Chili Chowdown & Craft Brew Trail – downtownschenectady.org

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Proctor’s Theater, Schenectady. proctors.org

12/21 7:30PM

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Peace on Earth – A Festival of Carols – Immaculate Conception Church 400 Saratoga Road, Glenville; Gather your family and friends to

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WARREN COUNTY 12/27 – 12/9 Christkindlmarkt – Festival Commons at Charles R Wood Park, Lake George; Enjoy cultural traditions, entertainment, local flavors, crafts and family fun activities for all ages.

12/7 6 – 8PM Town of Queensbury Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting – Town of Queensbury 742 Bay Road; Family holiday fun with special guests by Small Foot, Mr. Twisty and Santa! 518.761.8200 for more information.

12/7 – 12/9 VARIOUS TIMES The Nutcracker Ballet – Adirondack Ballet Theater – Charles Wood Theater, Glens Falls; Enjoy this timeless holiday ballet. 518.480.4878 for more information.

ADVERTISERS DIRECTORY AAA Hudson Valley ......inside back cover

Crossroads Brewing Company ..............13

Lake Ridge Restaurant ..........................31

Ten Thousand Villages ..........................44

Adirondack Orthodontics ........back cover

DeMarco's Restaurant ..........................26

Lakeside Farms ......................................15

The Century House ................................20

Albany Hypnosis Center ........................35

Dr. Randy Cale ........................................24

Latham ‘76 Diner....................................28

The Cross Eyed Owl ..............................16

Albany Police Athletic League - PAL ......5

El Mariachi..............................................27

Man of Kent ............................................31

The Cuckoo's Nest ................................30

Albany Pump Station ............................29

Empire Neurology ..................................33

McGinnis Women's Medical Care..........34

The Inn at Erlowest ................................28

Alexis Diner ............................................40

Equine Advocates ..................................45

Mountain View Brasserie ......................29

The Mouzon House ................................26

All Season's Equipment ........................13

Exit 9 Wine & Liquor ..............................15

Muddaddy Flats......................................24

The Open Door Bookstore......................21

Amtrak ....................................................43

Fagan & Associates, Inc. ......................47

NeviTREK Snowshoes ............................13

The Standard Restaurant & Lounge ......41

Arlene L. DeAngelus ..............................43

Famous Lunch ........................................24

Nicole's Restaurant, Special

The Wine Shop ......................................19

Artistry of Face ........................................3

Fulton County Tourism ..........................44

Events & Catering ........inside front cover

Towne Tavern ........................................29

Barnsider Restaurant ............................28

Gold Coin Chinese Restaurant ..............30

Old Daley Catering ................................17

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall ..............42

Bella Napoli Bakery..................................9

Gold Krest Farm......................................19

Oliva ........................................................16

Truly Rhe ................................................24

Berkshire Museum ................................39

Green River Art Gallery ..........................13

Pause Gallery..........................................24

Uncle Sam's Candy ................................19

Bongiorno's Italian Restaurant..............30

Healthy Café Catering ............................21

PJ's Bar-B-QSA ......................................27

Waters Edge Lighthouse ........................26

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa ......................9

Hewitt's Garden Centers........................40

RAD Soap Co. ..........................................9

Wedding Group ......................................46

Canali's Restaurant................................27

Hudson Chatham Winery - Troy ............24

Reel Seafood Co. ..................................31

Westfall Station Café..............................26

Chez Mike ..............................................29

Intrepid Fallen Heros Fund ....................42

Rensselaer County Tourism ....................4

Wired Coffee & Bagel ............................30

Chez Nous ..............................................28

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

Riverside Maple Farms ..........................13

Worthington Flowers..............................41

Clement Frame Shop & Art Gallery ......24

Joyelles Jewelers ....................................7

Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC ....7

Zachary's Pastry Shoppe ......................24

Complexions Spa For Beauty & Wellness ..35

Koto Japanese Restaurant ....................27

Sri Siam Thai Restaurant ......................20

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LAST PAGE JOHN GRAY

Angel's 20 favors

H

er name was Angie, but everyone called her Angel. It wasn’t just because she was a sweet 12‐year‐old girl, you could blame her older sister for the nickname. When Angie was born her sister Allison, who was only three at the time, couldn’t pronounce her name, so it kept coming out “Angel.” After that, it just stuck. Who knew what an Angel she would turn out to be for an entire community. It was a bitterly cold December morning when the sixth‐grade teacher noticed Angel staring out the window. She was sad but hadn’t told a soul why. The class had just been given an opportunity to earn extra credit and Angel was staring at the trees that rose up behind the school. All the leaves were gone. She thought to herself; it’s too bad some things have to go away. “You OK hon?”, the teacher asked. Angel turned her eyes away from the window and got a pensive look. “When you say extra credit, does it have to be a paper or reading an extra book? What if I did some‐ thing else that helped people, could that count as extra credit?” Her teacher wasn’t sure where Angel was going with this, but she said, “Sure if you take on a project that helps people, that counts too.” Angel threw everything in her backpack and said, “Then I’m going to need some blank paper and 20 envelopes.” Angel lived in the city, but it was something terrible that happened out in the country that was weighing heavy on her heart. Her parents always had the evening news on and a few weeks earlier Angel was play‐ ing on the floor with her dog Scooter when she heard her mom start cry‐ ing. She looked up to see the man on TV talking about a terrible crash on a terrible road that claimed 20 lives. In the days that followed stories came out about the innocent vic‐ tims and Angel couldn’t help but notice they looked a lot like people in her neighborhood. It felt like her friends were gone. Right after the crash, there was talk of helping the families of the victims and Angel was happy to see so many people pitching in. Still, as the holidays approached, she kept thinking about those families and how hard it was going to be to get through Christmas. People giving you money is nice, she thought, but it couldn’t touch the pain they must be feeling. Then she found herself staring at the trees at school that day and Angel got an idea. She sat at the kitchen table and started typing a short letter. When it was done she printed up 20 copies and put them in envelopes. She didn’t address them because she wasn’t sure where they should go; not yet. With her sister Allison’s help they typed the words “trees,” “plants,” and “nursery” into the search box, along with their town, and hit enter. Soon they had a long list of businesses that sold flowers, shrubs, and trees. She carefully wrote out each address, used her allowance to buy a book of stamps, kissed the letters gently and put them in the mail. Angel went back to school and told her teacher what she did. When the teacher asked what she wrote in those 20 letters, she swallowed hard and looked away from the class trying to hide her tears. She then said to Angel, “I don’t know if this is going to work, but I want you to know I’m so proud of you. That is a wonderful thing you did.” December rolled on as slowly it always does when you’re a child waiting for Christmas. Angel’s parents kept asking what she wanted for presents, and she told them nothing this year; her heart and hope was in those letters. The problem was she had no way of knowing if the people 48 | DECEMBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

who got them would understand and help. After all, they didn’t know Angel, and she was asking for a big favor. Christmas Eve finally arrived and when darkness fell her parents turned on the evening news, and she saw it. Out in the country on that terrible road where the terrible thing happened a little girl got her wish. Twenty beautiful Christmas trees all lit up and decorated differently, all perfect in their own way. Soon cars were driving from far and wide to see them, including the families of the 20 people killed. They stopped and prayed, and for the first time since it happened, they smiled. Pinned to one of the trees, like an ornament, was a little girl’s let‐ ter. It read: “Dear Nursery People, my name is Angel, and I need a really big favor. I’m wondering if you could take one of your nice pine trees out to the place where the crash happened, decorate it pretty and plant it in the ground on Christmas Eve? I’m asking 20 nurseries to do this, one for each victim, so if everyone helps me, I think it will look nice for the families. Thanks and Merry Christmas, Angel.” John Gray is weekly columnist for the Troy Record and the Saratogian newspapers and news anchor at ABC 10 and FOX 23. He can be reached at johngray@fox23news.com.


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