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Track your trip: Tips for making use of your GPS most effectively.

“I’m the first to admit that I love shopping. If there is a bargain to be had, I’m there. If there is a product in high demand, I will hunt it down.”

“While GPS devices can be very convenient, especially on road trips, there are some tips to keep in mind.” To read more see page 8.

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By Jennifer Wing

The Car Club Association of Central New York was founded in the fall of 1988 by a group of dedicated car enthusiasts to provide communication among local clubs. “The association is basically a group formed in order to get the hobbyist car clubs together,” association President Dennis Connor said. “It’s a way for the clubs to cooperate, for representatives from the clubs to meet and talk about news and ideas in the hobby. “ Longley, an Onondaga Hill resident, said he was always “a car person.” “In the mid to late 80s I got into older cars and muscle cars, so this was a natural evolution,” he said. “I bought a ‘66 thunderbird in 1987 and got involved cruising with it and met other hobbyists at shows.” With a current membership of 56 clubs, the association now extends from Plattsburgh to Binghamton and from Cooperstown to Jamestown. One of the functions of the association is to aid in organization of the many area car show dates. The culmination of that calendar of shows is the Syracuse Nationals, where members volunteered since the show’s inception 12 years ago. “Car Club Association members come in and do a lot of the legwork at the show for free,” Connor said. “And the fact that we volunteer at the show allows the Syracuse Nationals to save money, which is donated, with over half a million dollars going to charity in the last 11 years.”

The Syracuse Nationals said on their website that the Car Club Association “[has] been strong supporters of the show for the past 11 years and a very important part of the show’s success.”

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According to the association’s website, “Club members often help smaller clubs in their efforts to put on shows. The association also provides the clubs the opportunity to have their show advertised on posters and tear-offs all over the Central New York area.” The association keeps its member clubs in contact “through newsletters, email, attending car shows and ‘Cruise Nights,’” according to cnycca.org.

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From left: Aric Penfield Secretary of the CNY Car Club Association, Right Coast Director Molly Carr, Right Coast Canadian Director Jim Pearsall, Art Schilling, Gene Winfield, John D’Agostino representing the artists, and Dennis Connor, president of the CNY Car Club Association hold a sign during the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Syracuse Nationals representing the total they have given to local charities to date.


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Driver’s Village – your one-stop shop for all things auto By Jennifer Wing Driver’s Village in Cicero is constantly looking for ways to make both buying a car and getting it serviced a pleasant experience for its customers. Located at 5885 East Circle Drive, Driver’s Village saw growth last year with Fiat USA Studio, now open with dozens of Fiat 500 vehicles including Sport, Pop, Lounge and Cabriolet. These imported European-built vehicles are unmistakeable in design, fit, finish, fuel-efficiency and destined to be a new, Italian classic, today. The dealership also started selling GMC brand last February, and in March Driver’s Village will welcome Chevrolet to its family as it takes over what was formerly Bresee Chevrolet. In addition, Bresee has a commercial truck division, for which Driver’s Village has built a new home on the east side of the building. “That division will sell all of our brands to commercial customers throughout the CNY region,” said Lou Bregou, director of operations at Driver’s Village.

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The decision to build out the Fiat USA Studio next to Driver’s Village Express & Expressions was the catalyst to move and expand the Finance First offices between Nissan and Mitsubishi on the north side of the facility. Finance First is a one-stop automotive lending center with multiple financing resources to help people secure a loan for their next vehicle, and build their credit score profile, even if they’ve had some troubles in the past. The Expression and Installation Store offers automotive accessories such as remote starters, GPS and heated seats. It also has its own graphic shop with custom designed auto wrap signage, including a state-of-the-art Driver’s Village Collision Center / Body Shop, New York State’s largest and most modern collision facility. Driver’s Village also has made the most of its location, remodeling the old Ames building and moving its expanded used car Warehouse into that space, along with a new reconditioning center. “The reconditioning center was just an internal business,” Bregou said. “It will be open to retail business this spring.”

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Driver’s Village has two all-electric vehicles available from Nissan (pictured) and Mitsubishi.

Driver’s Village is concerned about doing its part for the environment and knows many of its customers feel the same. Accordingly, they are moving with the times. “We have installed multiple electric car charging stations and we have two all-electric vehicles available from Nissan and Mitsubishi,” Bregou said.

Syracuse: ‘Fight like a girl’ in 2012 Baldwin, Bregou families unveil CMB Fund vehicle By Farah F. Jadran With a small gathering of family and friends, the Baldwin and Bregou families unveiled a Jeep Laredo donned with the “Fight Like a Girl” logo to spread awareness for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY, Inc. The pink’d out vehicle was given to Beth Baldwin recently as a token of appreciation for what the organization does for the community. Both the Bregou family and Driver’s Village worked together to make this “moving billboard” a reality. DV Senior

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been touched by cancer, not once, but more times than they could keep track of on some days. However, the effort is not about them, according to Lou Bregou, director of operations at Driver’s Village. “It’s not about us or our suffering with cancer,” Lou said. “Instead, it’s about the inside of cancer and about the organization.” Lou, a prostate cancer survivor, said he is grateful for the closeness within the family especially when his mother and three of his four sisters have been diagnosed with cancer. His grandmother passed away from stomach and pancreatic cancer. Instead of asking, “why us?” when it comes to cancer in the Bregou family, Lou says, “why not us?” As the family celebrates the memory of Katherine Bregou Grainger, a part of the Christian Embassy Ministry in England, also they celebrate Virginia Bregou Jablanski who underwent another breast cancer surgery Dec. 20. Grainger was only 50 years old when she lost her battle a few weeks ago. “I miss her,” Jablanski said, “but there’s no regrets. She was a wonderful sister.” Both Jablanski, 59, director of human resources at Driver’s Village, and her brother Lou, 61, say that Katherine’s life was “full and very meaningful.” “She [Katherine Grainger] loved the world,” Lou said. Although her life was short, Lou said she got to

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So, for the driver who wants to be able to browse multiple brands, models and features for all things automotive, Driver’s Village is a one-stop shop, with new and used cars and makes which include: Audi, BMW, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Scion, Suzuki, Toyota and Volkswagon. “Driver’s Village now has it all” Bregou said. “People know we’re here and know our reputation for great vehicles and service.” For more information, visit driversvillage.com, Dvoffers. com or call 1-800-4-BURDICK.

Mall Talk By Terry Formica Driver’s Village

The indoor mall of Driver’s Village, specifically “Center Court,” continues to be abuzz with local community event activity. This past Jan. 15 we hosted what was billed as the largest Bridal Show in Syracuse. It was a complete success for everyone involved. The Girl Scouts and their families returned once again for their Powder Puff – Grand Prix Race on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. It was so much fun and excitement for both young and the young at heart. On Saturday, Feb. 11 the traditional YMCA Folks March will take place for the first time at Driver’s Village as an “Indoor Walk.” The idea came about, as many individuals prefer to walk in a safe and warm environment, and lends itself to mall walking. In fact, we continue to see many new faces on a daily basis taking advantage of the delightful atmosphere inside the mall at Driver’s Village to safely walk no matter what the weather holds. Check out the Folksmarch Website at: downtownsyracuseymca.org (click on Programs, then the Folksmarch logo). Our resident CNY Model Train Club will host its second 2012 Family Train Day on Feb. 25 with club members present to answer questions and to run special trains and train exhibits. The Second Annual MDA Muscle Walk will take place around the clock on Saturday, March 3. This includes a victory lap through the mall. Many of the MDA sponsors will be present to provide information on their services. Visit mda.org/musclewalk for information. On Friday, March 9, Driver’s Village and SEFCU will co-host the next American Red Cross Blood Drive. Anyone interested in donating may call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment or visit donatebloodnow.org. The Boy Scouts Pine Wood Derby returns on Sunday, March 11, with scouts and their families attending an afternoon of racing competition and awards. Beginning in April many local high schools will return to use the Carnegie Conference Center facility on the second level of the mall, and Center Court for high school proms and balls. The 2nd Annual Hardeko Helping Paws “Paws with a Cause” Animal Rescue will return on Sunday, May 20 with Shorty Rossi and Hercules from Animal Planet to raise funds and awareness of the needs for all rescue animals. For more information visit: dogdazepetshop.com.

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The Brick House Café inside Sensational Driver’s Village opens at 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and offers fresh breakfast and lunch and bakery items as well as their signature Finger Lakes coffee. Inside the Café you will find beautiful art and craft items for sale by local artists. A most recent addition is various gift baskets made to order. For more information you may call 452-1556 ext. 2996 or check oneidalakeartisans.com for unannounced special coupons. Relocated from the Ponderosa Plaza in North Syracuse, Linda Facciponte, Dance Arts Studio, has recently made Driver’s Village their new home. The Dance Arts Studio is new to Driver’s Village but not to the dance world, with more than 25 years in business. Linda maintains a quality dance school with a nurturing environment fostering personal growth. The Director Linda Facciponte is highly esteemed in the community and holds various degrees and credentials in dance. For more information or enrollment opportunities, please check the website: danceartsstudiosyr.com.


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The association also lobbies on behalf of its members in both Albany and Washington. “We address issues that are important to us,� Connor said. “One of the more recent ones is that we are against ethanol being put into gasoline – not only does it decrease mileage but it gives off more sulphur dioxide.� Another example of a cause the association has gotten behind is to oppose a bill outlawing bumper guards on trucks. “We keep up with current legislation and make sure to keep our members informed,� Connor said. “We try to represent, educate and petition our point of view.�

Diverse membership

Connor said the area has many clubs for car enthusiasts of all types. “Central New York is very diverse – you

have hobbyists who like Pontiac, Ford, Chevy, Chrysler products, MG, a fire equipment club and truck clubs – all in the association. They each have their own niche, and a common goal: To further their hobby. “Many of the clubs have car shows and events they put on, and we help promote them. They are fun, family-oriented events,� Connor said. “For all of us, this is a hobby. We are not professionals and are not in it for personal gain – we just love cars.� And although he no longer owns the ’66 Thunderbird, he is still an enthusiast. “My wife has a 2001 Mustang GT and I have a 2006 Mustang Roush,� he said. “Anyone who loves cars can join a club – if they visit our website, cnycca.org, and click on club contacts, they’ll see the clubs affiliated with us.� For more information on car shows for 2012, check the website at the end of March.

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travel the world and do the things she loved. Her husband, John Grainger, and their 10-year-old son Jonathan survive Katherine. Lou says the family will come to Central New York in February to celebrate Katherine’s life. Unveiling the pink-wrapped vehicle today caused the family to come together again, which has been a “positive� out of all the brushes with cancer in the Bregou family. Beth Baldwin sat with Jablanski for 12 hours after her most recent surgery, and the sense of family was clear. Baldwin says she is very touched by the Bregou family’s gesture for the CMB Fund, and what it means to the 2012 campaign. Baldwin’s brother, Stephen, traveled to Central New York for the Dec. 27 unveiling to show his gratitude as well. Stephen said he feels humbled by the generosity of Syracuse. “The Central New York community has done very well over the past years raising millions for the fund,� Steven said. “I want to be here as a motivator, to pump up Syracuse. Let’s kick some butt in 2012 and ‘fight like a girl’ to beat breast cancer!� His mother, Carol M. Baldwin, has said for many years that she would witness a cure for breast cancer in her lifetime. “Now I really believe it,� Stephen said. Farah F. Jadran is the editor of Syracuse Woman Magazine and the associate editor of Syracuse Parent and Prime. She can be reached at fjadran@eaglenewsonline.com.

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Par-K Chrysler-Jeep humming right along Features new body shop, Saturday service hours By Brian Smith Chrysler Group LLC posted its second straight year of improved model sales in 2011, and Par-K Chrysler-Jeep in Fulton is excited to show consumers what the buzz is all about. “We have something for everyone, from the Chrysler 200s and 300s, to the Jeep Compass, Patriot and Grand Cherokee,� said Par-K General Manager Thomas Gilbo. “[Fiat-Chrysler CEO] Sergio Marchionne pledged to change everything when he took over two years ago, and those changes, from the body types to the

engines, have all taken place. “The product is very much improved. There was great detail and care taken in redesigning all of the cars, and it shows. A lot of our models have the V6 Penestar engine, and some V8s, which means improved performance and gas mileage. The Grand Cherokee and Chrysler Town & Country are getting close to 30 miles per gallon on the highway; that’s very impressive.� Par-K, much like the cars it sells, underwent improvements in 2011. After an ice storm

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There are certain tips that can reduce the chances of a deer and vehicle collision. 3 Keep in mind that deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m. At dusk, they may be harder to see. 3 Take note of posted deer crossing signs. These are erected in places where deer are most actively crossing. 3 Deer generally travel in herds. so drivers who see one deer should expect to see others nearby. 3 Use highbeams when driving at night to better illuminate rural areas.

3 Drive slowly in areas where deer are likely to be, such as by open fields. 3 Car-mounted deer whistles are not a reliable deterrent. 3 Do not swerve erratically to avoid a deer collision. This can result in a collision with another car and increase risk of injury and damage. 3 In areas where deer collisions are prevalent, extra insurance coverage may be needed on vehicles. Therefore, drivers should speak with their insurance providers.

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Northside Collision is celebrating its 38 year in business in Central New York. Northside opened their original location on North State Street in Syracuse in 1974 and has experienced a methodical growth plan over the past 38 years. Northside is owned by President Scott Jones and CEO Gary Bell; they currently have five Central New York locations and over 125 employees. The most recent store opening is in Liverpool on the corner of John Glenn Boulevard and Route 57; they are celebrating their one year anniversary and a very successful one at this new location. Other locations are in Cicero, Dewitt, Camillus and Baldwinsville. Northside has direct repair relationships with several insurance companies; these relationships allow a streamlined approach to the repair process and customers are pleased with the process since the insurance company and Northside Collision are working together to provide a guaranteed repair and a favorable experience rather than an adversarial one, th

says Bell. Northside locations are I-Car Gold Class Certified, which means the company’s technicians have undergone extensive training and certifications in all phases of collision repair. Each facility uses the latest technology available for diagnostics and collision repair; we converted to water based, green, environmentally friendly paints from BASF in 2011, Bell said. Jones, who has been with the company for 25 years, said Northside has become the premier collision repair facility in upstate New York. “If you take care of customers they keep coming back,” he said. We are now repairing vehicles for three generations in some families. Many customers that had their vehicles repaired in the 1970s when the company was started are still returning, as well as their children and grandchildren, for vehicle repairs. Northside Collision offers loaner vehicles, and rentals on site. You can find a Northside Collision location near you at northsidecollision.com.

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two wins each. “American families need cars that are safe, reliable and designed to make life easier,” said Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “The winning vehicles provide the best mix of the bells and whistles today’s families want with the basics they need. From the rugged towing and foul-weather capabilities of the Toyota Sequoia, to the comfort and space of the Honda Odyssey, to the high-tech features to keep teen drivers safe in the Ford Taurus, this list offers a vehicle for every type of family.” Some highlights: Honda CR-V was named Best Affordable Compact SUV for Families, cited for “A stylish redesign for 2012, plus strong reliability ratings, a comfortable passenger cabin, versatile cargo space [including a handy cargo shelving system] and a voice control navigation system makes the CR-V the best choice for families in this competitive class.” The Buick Enclave was chosen as the Best Affordable 3-Row Midsize SUV for Families, as “In addition to being an IIHS Top Safety Pick, the Enclave has an unusually roomy third row for a midsize SUV [with] safety features like rear-view cameras, voice controls and OnStar. The Best Full-Size Car for Families winner was Ford Taurus, with features like its roomy interior, strong crash test ratings and Ford’s MyKey system – which lets parents set speed limits to help keep new drivers safe. Subaru Impreza was picked as Best Compact Car for Families: “Its standard all-wheel drive and performance makes the Impreza not only surefooted in bad weather but an impressive ride in all weather – giving it the edge in its category.” The Impreza is available as a sedan or hatchback, is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and “has spacious seating and a useful cargo area.” The Honda Odyssey took the title for Best Minivan for Families, with “top-notch crash test scores, [a] flexible interior for different cargo and seating arrangements, pop-up trash bag holder and multiple technology options, including rear-seat entertainment [with a 16.2-inch screen] and a cool box storage area for keeping snacks and drinks chilled, make it a standout.”

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By Tami S. Scott Did you know that Geico has a presence in Syracuse? The local sales office opened its doors four years ago on Erie Boulevard East with just two licensed agents. Five full-time agents now occupy the bustling office that sees a steady stream of customers – easily 100 – each day. Incoming phone calls reach upwards to 300 daily. “A sixth agent is coming on board in about a week,” said Tammy Braunscheidel, a twoyear-plus employee with the rapidly growing insurance company. Braunscheidel said she has seen a huge increase in business since she joined the Geico team. “Our agency has almost doubled (in enrollment) in the last year.” Geico, owned by Berkshire Hathaway, is known for its low rates, 24-hour customer service and of course, its little green reptilian mascot Gecko that surfaced the airwaves in 1999. “Fifteen minutes could save you 15 percent or more in car insurance,” has become a long-familiar tagline in both radio and television advertisements.

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Licensed agents (front to back) Alicia Eagles, Jeanette Scott and Lori Myers work with customers in person or by phone between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at Geico’s sales office on Erie Boulevard East. “We have great competitive rates [and] wonderful service,” Braunscheidel said when asked how customers benefit from having Geico as their vehicle or property insurance company. “We [also] have a wonderful claims department,” she added. C l ai ms are h an d l e d through the Geico’s 800 number, but the Syracuse office provides local claims adjusters through all the area Northside Collisions for con-

venience’s sake. The local agents offer other services, too. They 2735 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse can consult with Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and adjust their Monday through Friday clients’ policies, Phone 315-479-2886 change coverage and accept monthtion rating is 97 percent,” said ly payments in the forms of Braunscheidel. cash, check or credit card. “… And growing!” chimed Clients also have the choice in fellow sales agent Lori to work with a specific agent Myers, referring to another if they prefer. Geico tagline. “The customer satisfacGeico’s philosophy is to do right by the customer, Braunscheidel said. As the company continues to climb the ladder of success, that particular school of thought proves to be nothing but allaround sound.

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Late in 2011, Seneca Federal began its working relationship with its new Federal regulator, Office of The Comptroller of the Currency, as their merger with the Office of Thrift Supervision was completed in July. Seneca Federal recognizes the challenges ahead to meet the extensive regulatory changes brought forth by state and federal agencies. To better assist and inform customers and noncustomers, in 2012, Seneca Federal will continue to focus on education and training of its employees. Financial Quest, Inc., Seneca Federal’s wholly owned subsidiary, continues to offer various nontraditional products to its clientele, providing additional investment options

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And if there is a problem, people know they can go to the top to find a solution. “The buck stops at my desk,” Longley said. Longley said to look for a new addition to their lineup this year. “We’ve got a new car coming out this summer - the Dodge Dart,” he said. “It’s a small, four-door car with midsize car room in the interior that gets up to 40 miles per gallon. It was the hit of the Detroit Auto Show in January. Watch our website [longleydodge. com] for future information on this vehicle.” Longley Dodge, which has been on the web for more than

to maximize return without FDIC insurance. Financial Quest’s performance in 2011 contributed to Seneca Federal’s net earnings for the year amid various economic uncertainties. On behalf of our Directors, Officers and Employees, we wish to thank all of our members who have remained loyal customers of Seneca Federal. Please remember to communicate any comments or suggestions to us, your input is important.

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From page 7 10 years, continues to grow. It is one of only a few dealers that have pictures and pricing online, with up to 25-plus pictures of each vehicle. The dealership is on Facebook and Twitter, just launched its mobile website for Smart Devices and has one of the fastest response times of any dealership. Due to customer demand, the service department is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Longley Dodge is located at 1698 Route 57, just south of Fulton. They can be reached at 598-2135 or at longleydodge. com.


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What about clean air inside your car? Tips to help drivers maintain a healthy vehicle interior Over the last several years, homeowners have increasingly emphasized clean air in their homes. The growing popularity of home air purifiers suggests todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homeowners want to make certain the environment inside their home is as healthy as possible. While protecting the environment in a home is important, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equally as important for motorists to maintain a healthy environment in their vehicles. The average American spends roughly 10 to 15 hours per week inside a car, where dust, odors, smoke and other potentially sour smells can make riding in a car rather unpleasant. In addition, air pollution and allergens inside a vehicle can pose a significant health risk to drivers and their passengers. Fortunately, there are several steps drivers can take to maintain a healthy environment inside their vehicle.

Improve air quality.

Perhaps the best way drivers can ensure their passengers have a healthy environment while traveling in a car is to improve the air quality within the vehicle. The GoPure Automotive Clean Air System from Philips quickly and effectively

purifies the air inside a vehicle by eliminating harmful gases, dust, pollen, smoke, odors, and bacteria. Employing a 3-stage filtering process, the GoPure system, which can be easily placed beneath a seat, in the rear of the vehicle or on a seatback, captures big particles, such as human hair and pet hair, during the pre-filter stage before the HEPA filter removes these particles and others, including pollen and pet dander. In the final stage, GoPureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advanced HESA filter removes harmful gases and even bad odors, such as those caused by smoke, ensuring the vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior is not only healthy, but also pleasant for drivers and passengers alike.

can easily and effectively remove the harmful gases that stem from the new car smell, while continuously removing additional odors as the car ages.

Vacuum carpets, floor mats and between seats.

Carpets and seating are another collection point for dirt and pollutants and need to be vacuumed thoroughly. Make sure to get the floor mats, the floor under the floor mats and all the way under the seats. Pound your seats with something large like a baseball bat to loosen and knock out all the dirt and soil that has settled into the creases and stitching.

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Many automobile owners pay particular attention to the appearance of their vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior. However, those same drivers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend nearly as much time, if any, tending to the vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior. But a neglected interior doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just fall victim to spills and dirt or other particles brought in from the outside. Over time, a neglected interior might begin to grow mildew, which is both unhealthy and unpleasant. In general, clean the vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior once a month to prevent mildew growth and the buildup of dirt and grime.

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Hot weather can take its toll on drivers, and it can also wreak havoc on their vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior. Heat from the sun can cause the vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plastics, vinyl or leather parts to emit volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, can produce both short-term and long-term adverse health effects. Whenever possible, park in the shade or use a sun shade on the windshield. In addition, slightly opening the windows in spring and summer promotes air flow through the cabin, helping reduce the risk of VOC buildup inside the vehicle. More information about the GoPure Automotive Clean Air System from Philips is available at philipsgocure.com or 800-257-6054. .

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Few consumers can resist the famed â&#x20AC;&#x153;new car smell.â&#x20AC;? Though enticing, the new car smell is actually an outgassing of toxic chemicals from newly formed plastics, and the chemicals in these gases have been linked to birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, premature births, and early puberty in laboratory animals. Though this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean consumers should avoid buying new cars, it The GoPure Automotive Clean Air System fromPhilips purifies air within a vehicle, should inspire consumers to address the new creating a healthier environment for drivers and passengers alike. car smell immediately. GoPureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s HESA filter

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Confessions of a consumer: Retail therapy or shopaholism? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the first to admit that I love shopping. If there is a bargain to be had, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Jennifer there. If there is a product in high demand, I will hunt it down. And it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter what type of store Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in. At the grocery, clothing or home store, I have my list, and strategy, mapped out. In fact, I tend to follow a particular route through the stores with which I am most familiar. For instance, at Wegmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, I start in the deli and cheese area, then hit the produce and meat departments, the bakery, and so on. This can be helpful for my husband if we are shopping together, as he will know where to find me should we decide to divide and conquer my list. There is a lot of great shopping to be had in Central New York â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with a great mixture of Mom-and-Pop specialty

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on the register receipts? Am I, in fact, a shopaholic? Or am I someone who can simply acknowledge that shopping helps me relax, destress and, well, be happier than I was when I first pulled into the parking lot? I think the answer might be somewhere in between. I can go weeks without a shopping spree, but must get my basics â&#x20AC;&#x201C; groceries, for example, every week. And if I have a set strategy for my weekly outing, whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the harm? Is it so wrong to be looking forward to my next trip to the outlet mall in Waterloo? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think so. Am I addicted to hunting for bargains? Perhaps, but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but think that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a bad thing. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but think it might be something in my genes; my mother enjoys shopping as much as I do. I can remember shopping with her, as I do with my children. I think they will probably pass that down to their children, as well. And thus, the economy will flourish, thanks to the Wing family. You can thank me later.

stores, chain stores with great bargains and, of course, stores found in area malls. I have some favorites that I hit just about every week, and am always on the lookout for new stores to add to my list of â&#x20AC;&#x153;must-shops.â&#x20AC;? If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m feeling down, it perks me up to load the kids in the car and visit Towne Center in Fayetteville, with its nice variety of stores and eating establishments. I can feel my mood improving as I wander the aisles, picking out a treat or two for each of the kids as well as my husband and myself. I am always interested in what is current, whether it be a style of swimsuit or new DVD release. I am also always on the lookout for that red sign or sticker which indicates that everdesireable clearance item. In this day and age, it is difficult for me to buy anything that is not on clearance; if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a bargain, it had better be special. So what does that make me? Am I addicted to the sound of squeaky shopping cart wheels, the sight of shelves neatly lined with goods of every shape and size, the smell of the ink

Steinberg offers a world of adventure within Ra-Lin A very mild winter, by Central New York standards, at least, has forced David Steinberg to get creative with the rebranding of some of his products. Steinberg, whose family has owned and operated the sporting goods department within Ra-Lin since 1959, has begun calling wool and flannel gear â&#x20AC;&#x153;shirt jackets.â&#x20AC;? Long underwear is now also known as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;extra layer.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The strange winter has hurt and helped, and basically things have a way of balancing out,â&#x20AC;? said Steinberg, a fixture in the department for decades, first as an employee for his father, and now as the owner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going out and buying large winter coats. They are coming here just to add layers if they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wearing a big coat every day of the season.â&#x20AC;? David Steinbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family has owned and operated the sporting goods departSteinbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department carries more than just cold- ment within Ra-Lin since 1959. weather apparel. Firearms, ketball games at the spacious Carrier Dome. bows, arrows and accessories for hunting, Steinberg sells Nikon and Bushnell binoculars, pocket knives, binoculars and darts and dart- ranging in price from $30 to $200 and above, boards line the shelves. depending on size, qualities and features. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some areas have grown, while others have As spring approaches, Steinberg also stocks shrunk in our department,â&#x20AC;? Steinberg said. plenty of raingear for golfers and others itchâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We sell what is selling, basically, with stand- ing to experience the great recreational areas bys like firearms and our targetry products.â&#x20AC;? Central New York has to offer. Binoculars remain popular with customers And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t laugh: Steinberg says a great throughout the year. They can be used during Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day gift, which will be here before all seasons, from hunting, to hiking and camp- you know it, is a small Swiss Army Knife for ing, to Syracuse University football and bas- mom to add to her keychain.

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our customers?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Any changes that we make, anything that we decide to add or delete â&#x20AC;Ś itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always with our customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best interest in mind.â&#x20AC;? Their brother, Bill Rapp Jr., who was also actively involved in the business, passed away in 2005. Cousins Brian Rapp (Bruceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son) and Phillip Rapp (Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son) are leading the third generation in the family business. Brian as the Buick-GMC sales manager; Phillip as the Nissan finance manager.

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Anticipated late 2012-early 2013 arrivals include the completely revamped Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, a new Nissan Ultima and Nissan Pathfinder and a new version of the Subaru Impreza. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of exciting vehicles,â&#x20AC;? Rapp said, adding that the newest vehicle, due next year is the 2013 Buick Encore, a smaller version of the Enclave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beautiful vehicle,â&#x20AC;? he said. Environmentally-conscious consumers can check out the Leaf, Nissanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100-percent electric car that Rapp described as roomy and incredibly quiet with plenty of pep.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are a great product and versatile,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got ones with lots of accessories, and others that can fit on a keychain, but still have several uses.â&#x20AC;? Steinberg added that his department sells new and used guns. The latter, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a handgun, rifle or shotgun, is an affordable way for a novice hunter to get into the sport. Steinberg and his staff will also do minor repairs and

restorations on guns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a machine shop on the premises, but we can get a gun working again, or at least recommend whether something is worth fixing or not,â&#x20AC;? said Steinberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will also recommend gunsmiths in the area.â&#x20AC;? Steinbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s store is located within Ra-Linâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at 625 Burnet Ave. For more information, call Steinberg and his staff directly at 472-7874.

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