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Michael’s Auto Plaza Living the American Dream

excited to join his father and make the dream of Michael’s Auto Plaza a thriving success. Eugene’s knowledge of finance is crucial when a person comes in and they need financing but have not had luck elsewhere. Eugene takes the time to do the extra work with the banks and finance companies to secure the best possible deal. “I enjoy helping make people’s dreams come true, especially in this difficult economy,” he said. “People often underestimate themselves when it comes to financing.” Eugene is also an integral part of the Michael’s thriving international business. He speaks Russian, Spanish and English, and he is a licensed Stock Broker. Michael and his team have plans to expand by removing the old Dunkin Donuts next door. One day, far in the future, he hopes his sons will continue the business. Michael Rubinchuk is fondly referred to as “Mike the Russian” because of his Russian heritage. In the 23 years since he came to America, he has raised his family and built a thriving business. The swift success of Michael’s Auto Plaza is proof that with hard work, determination and a lot of personality, the American Dream is alive and well.

Michael Rubinchuk, owner of Michael’s Auto Plaza in East Greenbush, has been working on cars since he was five years old. Growing up in Gomel, Belarus, Russia (former U.S.S.R.) as a boy, he watched and learned everything he could about engines in the private garages of retired generals. He later studied to become a professional mechanic in Russia and was one of a few to hold a special license. Michael has never stopped learning and today his staff raves about his genius when it comes to cars. “Since I was a kid, I always improved myself. I believe you have to update yourself like you would upgrade a PC,” Michael said. After coming to the United States in 1988, with his wife and children, Michael began working in auto body detailing. He later went into business with his Brother-in-law in Albany, before opening Michael’s Auto Plaza in East Greenbush, in 2003. Michael’s dream was to sell and service cars in any price range, from $5,000 cars to $100,000 cars, and to be the best at it. “I love what I do and I work hard seven days a week to make it successful,” he said. Today most of Michael’s Auto Plaza’s business is through referrals and repeat customers which is a reflection of the high standards of quality they provide their customers. But it helps that Michael relates to people and makes them feel comfortable from the very beginning. The welcoming feeling you get the minute you walk through the doors has a lot to do with the people at Michael’s Auto Plaza. Michael began with a team of people he knew would create a successful business “family,” including his wife Sophia, who manages the record keeping, Gary Krikorian who manages sales, and his son Eugene Rubinchuk, who is the General Manager. Michael is a proud father of three sons, all of whom are intelligent and driven. His son Edward is a Principal in New York City, speaks six languages, and is pursuing his Doctorate. His youngest son is a musician, but Michael wanted him to pursue his education first. Now he is getting his degree at the Wharton School of Busines at UPENN in Philadelphia. His middle son Eugene has been an integral and visionary part of the team at Michael’s Auto Plaza since Open 7 Days a Week the beginning. 866-440-3907 When Eugene came on board, he was fresh out of Northeastern University in Boston, with two bachelor’s de601 Columbia Turnpike, EastGreenbush grees, one in Economics and one in Finance. Eugene was

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Our Towne’s

Winter Sports Guide By Darren Rosenbaum

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id you know that if you live in Southern Rensselaer or Northern Columbia County, you can ski or snowboard at six local mountains, all within an hour’s drive of your home? While Jiminy Peak, Catamount, Butternut, Bosquet, Willard Mountain and Maple Ski Ridge cannot compare to a big out of the way resort in the Adirondacks or Vermont, each of our local offerings has a lot going for it. For our 1st Annual Winter Sports Guide, Our Towne is taking a look at what makes each of these local mountains special. Whether it’s E-Coupons, Twilight lift passes or 5th graders skiing for free, there are great deals to be had every day for Our Towne readers. So even though resorts in Vermont may boast of having hundreds of trails, any discussion of heading north or to the Green Mountains must include an expensive fill-up, driving 3 or more hours, forking over $90 for a weekend lift ticket and then digging deep for a nights stay! Enough said…I’m skiing locally How about you?

Jiminy Peak (413) 738-5500 Jiminy Peak, in Hancock, MA boasts of being the ‘largest ski and sno wboard resort in S outhern New England’ . With 45 trails, a vertical drop of 1150 feet and a summit lodge, this claim rings true. While Jiminy certainly attracts big crowds, lift lines at the base flow

smoothly thanks to the Berkshire Express, the areas only 6-passenger high-speed summit lift. The mountain has a great mix of beginner, intermediate and expert slopes that, along with three terrain parks, will challenge even the best skiers and boarders. Lift ticket prices at Jiminy are at the high end for local mountains. This year, purchase of a non-holiday midweek / weekend pass will cost $61 for the day. While expensive, Jiminy offers many ways to save, including signing up for their ‘E-Coupons’, multi-day discounts, State Days and Twilight skiing among others. Check out their web page: http://www.jiminypeak.com

Maple Ski Ridge (518) 381-4700

Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam, NY is ‘the Capital Regions Best Kept Secret!’ While the smallest of areas mountains, with 9 trails, a 276 ft. vertical drop and a terrain park, Maple Ski Ridge offers the beginner / intermediate skier and snowboarder quite a lot. Convenience, inexpensive ticket prices, expert grooming and fun for everyone has lured winter sports enthusiasts back to the ‘Ridge’ for over 46 years! And the staff at Maple Ski Ridge guarantee snowmaking will cover 95% of trails available for day and evening skiing and boarding under the lights. For families on a budget, the ‘Ridge’ is certainly affordable. New last season is the ‘Sweet Pass’. Purchase this $5 reusable ‘Sweet Pass’ online or when you arrive and your weekend / holiday ticket is just $35. Every time you ‘reload’ you’ll pay only $30. Ski on a weekday and your lift ticket is only $20. With these deals, be sure to ‘Ride the Ridge’ this season. For current lift ticket prices - http://winter.mapleskiridge.com

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For the winter sports enthusiast, Ski Butternut has a lot to offer. In operation since 1963, Ski Butternut is located in Great Barrington, MA. With 22 trails, a vertical drop of 1000 ft. and two terrain parks, Ski Butternut is a great choice for skiers or boarders. On the off chance that ‘mother nature’ doesn’t cooperate, they guarantee 100% coverage on over 110 acres of skiable terrain. Three base quads and a triple lift service two peaks, ensuring you’ll get to the top quickly and safely. For those of you who don’t ski or snowboard, Ski Butternut offers a Tubing Park with 8 lanes. A weekend ticket costs $55 but, if you head out during a holiday or school break expect to pay $60. However, a great way to save is with these options: E-Coupons; $25 lift tickets Monday through Friday; 5th graders ski free Sunday through Friday; Military, Police, Fire, EMT’s and Scouts save up to $25 on weekends; College students save $20 on weekends and holidays. Check out their web page for more details - http://www.skibutternut.com

Willard Mountain (518) 692-7337 Willard Mountain in Greenwich, NY offers everything you’ll need in a full service mountain, and it’s just a short drive from where Our Towne readers live. With 14 trails, a vertical drop of 515 ft. and a terrain park, Willard Mountain is a great choice for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. If you’re a boarder, be sure to check their on-line calendar for the ‘Open Rail Jam Competitions’ Willard hosts throughout the season. And if skiing or snowboarding just isn’t your thing, take some time out of a busy weekend to have fun with the kids at Willard Mountain’s Tubing Park. Not only is Willard Mountain a ‘little mountain that’s big on family fun’, but they’ve gone out of their way to keep lift prices within the reach of local families. For instance every Friday at Willard Mountain (excluding holidays) is ‘TGIF’, which means a lift ticket, lesson & rental for only $35! And every Tuesday (excluding holidays) from 4:00 - 9:30 is ‘Adult Night’ when tickets are just $20, and $30 with rentals! But the best deal can be had every Thursday night (excluding holidays) when 2 lift tickets cost only $25 from 4:00 - 9:00! For current lift ticket prices http://www.willardmountain.com Catamount 518-325-3200 Located near Hillsdale NY, Catamount really is ‘big mountain skiing close to home’. With 33 trails, a vertical drop of 1000 ft., three terrain parks and a 400 ft. half pipe, Catamount offers something for everyone, from the super-gentle to the super-steep. For a great warm-up, start your day by taking Ridge Run to Lower Promenade. At 2.5 miles, its combination of spectacular long distance views at the top and wide boulevards at the bottom make it the longest run in the Berkshires. Then, if ice flows through your veins, jump on the high speed quad lift to challenge yourself on Catapult, recognized as the steepest drop in the Berkshires. Whatever your skill level, Catamount will surprise even the most experienced skier and snowboarder. Even though a weekend lift ticket will set you back $61, it’s not difficult to get a great deal at Catamount. Parents will be thrilled to learn of Catamount’s 4th & 5th Graders SKI FREE pro motion. Make sure you download the application to get your

child a ‘Club Card’ before heading out. If you’re in need of a ‘mental health’ break, a weekday ticket is $29, less than half the cost of a weekend ticket. And if you’re planning a 3-day weekend, take Monday off and ski for only $20 by purchasing your ticket online! But perhaps the best deal is a mid-week ‘Ski & Stay’ for as little as $45 per night. For more details on this promotion and others, check online - http://www.catamountski.com/

Bosquet 413-442-8316 Bosquet is an affordable family friendly mountain located in the Berkshires in Pittsfield, MA. With 23 trails, a vertical drop of 750 ft. and three terrain parks, Bosquet appeals to all age and abilities. Bosquet’s staff is dedicated to grooming, snowmaking and creating top-notch terrain parks with features to challenge you on the snow. Proof of their success comes from a 2010 Berkshire Eagle reader’s poll which recognized Bosquet for the ‘Best Downhill Skiing in the Berkshires’! While certainly a business, the folks at Bosquet strive to keep prices reasonable. New this season is the Bosquet Access Pass. Purchase a $5 reusable pass for the season and a weekend / holiday ticket is just $37! Take a day off from work or school and a midweek non-holiday pass costs only $20! And continuing a tradition, a Thursday evening lift ticket still costs only $10 with your Bosquet Access Pass! To top it all off, Bosquet also offers a Tubing Park with 6 lanes for hours of added fun and excitement. For current lift ticket prices - http://www.bousquets.com

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A Message From Our Towne

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December 2011 Dear Reader,

This month’s cover shows some photos from local businesses, including Truly Rhe, Artcentric Gallery, Krafts by Kim, and Bud’s Florists and Greenhouses. It is our business to showcase the great businesses right here in your community. It is nice to know that when you shop locally you are directly supporting your local economy! In this issue of Our Towne you will find a plethora of gift ideas from local businesses, including some very cool holiday decorations. Our feature this month is Winter Fun, and we have an excellent review and rating of ski mountains that are are nearby Our Towne readers. I wanted to mention that in a few months we would like to honor great teachers and we are looking for nominations from our readers (see page 34 for details). So if you have a minute send me a note. Most of all , we would like to wish you a Joyful Holiday and Peaceful New Year! Debbie Gaylord debbie@ourtownerensco.com or 641-9330

Table Of Contents Winter Fun Guide by Dar en Rosenbaum (pages 4 & 5) “Best of ” Skiing Near Our Town (page 26) Connecting with Pur ose by Lori King-Kocsis (page 23) Winter Solstice by Jae Way (page 19) Local Restaurants (pages 36 -39) Your Home Guide (pages 14 & 15) Kid’s Page (pages 30-32) Pet Pages (pages 27-29) Staying Fit This Holiday Season (page 22) Nat ral Approach to St ess by Dr. Amy Cole (page 34) Word of Mouth by Dr. Lapinski (page 35) Recipe of the Month by Chef Moscatiello (page 36) Communit Calendar (pages 19 & 20) Giſt Giving Guide (pages 8, 9 & 10) 18

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The Our Towne Team Publisher/ Editor/ Sales Debbie Gaylord 518-641-9330 debbie@ourtownerensco.com www.ourtownerensco.com Some of the People that make Our Towne GREAT! Dr. David Stone, DVM, Dr. Amy Cole, Darren Rosenbaum, Linda Scutari, Richard Morell, Timothy Bailey, Diane Lehmuler Hardy, Lynn Catelotti, Bridgette Chandler, Dr. Patrick Bergmann Our Towne’s Mission Our Towne seeks to connect local businesses to local consumers by highlighting the best of what Rensselaer County and the surrounding areas have to offer. In doing so, we help improve our micro-economy. The businesses and organizations in Our Towne are at the heart of making Rensselaer County, New York State and the United States of America economically strong again. Our Towne is deeply committed to focusing on the positive, the hopeful and the helpful. There is too much worry, fear, cynicism and negativity in this world. Each issue is made possible by the advertisers, many of whom are small businesses or non-profits who rely on the people in their own communities to succeed. By reading Our Towne and visiting the businesses found within, you are contributing to the local economy. Every effort has been made to avoid errors and misspellings; however, if you see an error, please accept our apologies. We welcome your ideas, and feedback. Our Towne Marketing & Consulting LLC does not guarantee nor warrantee any products, services of any advertisers, nor will be party to any legal or civil claims or promises. We expect advertisers to honor any claims or promises. We reserve the right to revise, edit or reject any and all advertising with or without cause. Liability is limited to the cost of the ad space in which it first appeared for printing errors of the publisher, or if the publisher fails to print an ad or article for any reason. We reserve the right to edit articles for content, clarity and relevance. Unless otherwise noted, we use the Creative Commons License ( in place of standard copyright) which allows anyone to freely copy, distribute and transmit all content, although it must be attributed in the manner specified by the author or licensor, and no one may use it for commercial purposes, or alter, transform, or build upon it. All Rights Reserved ~ Our Towne is published by Our Towne Marketing & Consulting LLC, 1077 Schodack Landing Road, Schodack Landing, NY 12156; 518-641-9330. Published monthly and distributed free of charge.


Winter Solstice: Celebrating the Return of the Sun

by Jae Way, Holistic Life Coach It is the longest and darkest night of the year. But the Winter Solstice celebration is all about LIGHT. At 12:30 am EST on December 22nd, mother earth’s northern hemisphere ~ in which we live ~ will reach its farthest tilt away from the Sun’s light. It is our astronomical new year. From that moment until June 20, 2012, each day we will gain a minute of daylight. These are the scientific facts about Winter Solstice, but it is so much more! Sunlight is vitally important. All living things literally owe their lives to it. And this is why, for millennia, humans in virtually every culture have celebrated the Winter Solstice. In fact, many major world cultures’ religious holidays are rooted in ancient Solstice celebration traditions. Ancient peoples built firelight altars and stone circles aligned to the sunset and sunrise of this day. On Solstice eve, they would maintain bonfires to stave off the cold and darkness. Vigilantly tending their firelight would strengthen their Hope and Faith that the Light of the Sun would return. Living together inside the surrounding darkness through the long nights, these celebrations also strengthened their connection to each other. Today, scientific knowledge has erased our concerns about the Sun disappearing, and our flick-of-the-switch electricity has reduced our reliance upon the Sun for light to see by. Thankfully, Hope and Faith are still themes that we celebrate at this time of year. Unfortunately, what we seem to have lost through our scientific gains is the connection that our ancestors had to the cyclic rhythms of the year. To them, Winter was a naturally imposed time to go inside. Not just inside our homes, but inside ourselves ... to reflect upon an Inner Light, to renew our Hopes, our Dreams and our Faith in being able to manifest them.

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Community Calendar ~ December 2011 Galler at SLCA, William Hetzer-photog aphs, Nov. 15 - Dec. 30 Sand Lake Center for the Ar s, 674-2007 or info@ slca-ct .org

55th Annual Holiday Greens Show, December 1 -4, 2011 (Noon - 5:00 p.m.) Har -Clue House, 57 Second St eet, Troy. The Rensselaer Count Historical Societ & the Van Rensserlaer Garden Club present “My Favorite Things. There will be Self-Guided Tours, Silent Wreath Auction, RCHS Museum Shop, and a Demonst ation & Sale of Holiday Ar angements by the Van Rensselaer Garden Club. On Thursday and Friday will be Troy’s Treasures Luncheon (Fee, Reser ations required by calling 272-7232-X12). On Thursday, Free Family Night. On Friday there will be a Candlelight Tour, ($10/ person Admission). On Sat rday om Noon through 4:00 p.m. is Elves’ Cor er, (Fee, Reser ations required-call 272-7232 x12). General Admission: $7 Adults, $5, Seniors and $3 children (under 4 ee) 518272-7232 or visit www.rchsonline.org

Rensselaer Plateau Nordic Foundation Fundrasier, Monday, December 05, 2011 (N/A) Arling on House, West

The Nutcracker Ballet, December 10,11 & 19, The Nutcracker by The Nor heast Ballet at Proctors Theater. Box Office, 518-3466204 Gold Krest Family Far – Santa’s Visit, December 10th, 2011Free Pict re with Santa! 12pm -2 pm, Large selection of Trees, Kissing Balls, Decorative Wreaths, Boughs, Roping, Free local deliver . Route 9J, Rensselaer NY (365-5969 or 465-0437)

Christ as Dinner, Tuesday, December 13th 6:30pm.

The Sand Lake Historical Societ will have a covered dish Christ as dinner at Ron Ber i. and Barbara Neu’s historic Knowlson House, on Schumann Road, Sand Lake on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm. Bring a dish to share; desser , place se ing and beverage will be provided. Please also bring non perishable food items for Doors of Hope. The speaker will be Mr. George Raneri, for er teacher and principal at the Sand Lake School. This year Fred and Dee Erickson will receive a Cer ificate of Appreciation for historical restoration of their home, which was a toll house and taver on the Albany – Sand Lake Tur pike.

Sand Lake, Rensselaer Plateau Nordic Fundraiser-More details are for hcoming! Food is ee, cash bar will be available. RPN will be seeking donations. 518) 708-6077. www.rensselaer lateaunordic.org

REIKI SHARE- Monday, December 12th 7:00pm- 8:30 pm, cost $20. An oppor nit to exchange reiki with other reiki practitioners. Call 271-7802 in advance to sig up!

Sunnyside Center Christ as Toy Shop Fundraiser,

KJ’s Parent’s Night Out - December 14, 2011. KJ’s Gy nastics, Valatie 758-2554 or kjsg nastics.com

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 (6:00 p.m. - N/A) The Ale House,680 River St eet in Troy. Sunnyside Center Christ as Toy Shop Fundraiser. Cost $10.00 per person $20.00 per family & New unwrapped toy or Giſt card. Cash Bar, Pizza, Wings and Soda, Reser ations and WalkIns Welcome 518-274-5986 or robinr@ccalbany.org

KJ’s Parent’s Night Out -December 9, 2011. Kj’s Gy nastics, Valatie - 758-2554 or kjsg nastics.com. The Land of The Night Before - Musical Comedy, December 9-18, SAND LAKE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Circle Theat e Players, holiday musical comedy, The Land of the Night Before. Meet a variet of lovable and zany characters who conspire to decorate and undecorate as they sing and dance their way into your hear . (6742007 or info@slca-ct .org

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THE SHOP AT THE ARTS CENTER

Thursday, December 15, 19, 2011 (Time TBA) The Ar s Center of the Capital Region .| opening october 28th! HAND-CRAFTED GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS. OCTOBER 28TH - DECEMBER 24TH. Find unique hand-craſted giſts at The Shop at The Ar s Center! Opening on Friday, October 28th during Troy Night Out, The Shop feat res a variet of beautif l ar isan giſts for ever one on your shopping list! The Shop will be open om Tuesday through Friday 11:30AM - 4PM | Sat rday 11AM - 3PM | Closed on Sunday and Monday.

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Krafts by Kim, Thursday, December 15, Kraſts by Kim, Men’s Shopping Night, Special Night of Shopping to find the perfect giſt for that special woman in your life. Open until 8pm. 477-1274 REIKI SHARE- Monday, December 12th 7:00pm- 8:30 pm, cost $20. An oppor nit to exchange reiki with other reiki practitioners. Call 271-7802 in advance to sig up!

Winter Solstice Celebration , December 19th, 6-8pm at Jean’s Greens, 1545 Columbia Tur pike, Schodack 479-0471.


Community Calendar ~ December 2011

The Melodies of Christ as, Thurs. – Sat., Dec. 15 – 17 7:00 p.m. - The Melodies of Christ as Proctors Theat e CBS 6’s Melodies of Christ as benefit concer s for Albany Med’s Childhood Cancer Center feat ring ESYO’s Youth Orchest a and Chorale Admission: $25Tickets available through Proctors Theat e Box Office 518-346-6204 AND Sun., Dec. 18 3:00 p.m. Proctors Theat e CBS 6’s Melodies of Christ as benefit concer s for Albany Med’sc childhood Cancer Center feat ring ESYO’s Youth Orchest a and Chorale Admission: $25 Tickets available through Proctors Theat e Box Office 518-346-6204

PIZZA & WING NIGHT East Greenbush Fire Dept. Park Station December 10 4:30-7:30 (with Santa) Phone Orders Accepted after 2:00 477-6503 / 479-4168

Gold Krest Family Farm – Santa’s Visit

December 10, 2011 Free Picture with Santa! 12pm -2 pm, Large selection of Trees, Kissing Balls, Decorative Wreaths, Boughs, Roping, Free local delivery. Route 9J, Rensselaer NY (365-5969 or 465-0437)

Capital Region Textile Artists Exhibit CRTA will hold their second exhibit at the Chapel + Cultural Center from December 1- 29. The Cultural Center is located at 2125 Burdett Ave, Troy, NY, and is open every day from 8 am to 8 pm. If necessary, turn on the lights in the hallway by the door and please remember to turn them off. The opening reception will be Thursday, December 8, from 6-8 pm. Refreshments will be served and the artists will be there to talk about their work. The members of the group do a wide range of original designs of art quilts, textile assemblages, work on paper and fabric, and anything else that is considered textiles.

Becker’s Farm Holiday Open House *see page 2 for details

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Sunday, December 4th, 2011 This popular annual holiday tradition transforms the historic streets of downtown Troy into a magical stage of song,dance, and family enjoyment. Features: Window Decorating Contest Craft Shop Photo Contest VICTORIANSTROLL.COM

THE ART OF REIKI - CLASSES Contact Joyce 271-7802 to register RMT- Reiki Master Teacher- 2 Day Class- Wednesday, December 21st & Thursday, December 22nd- 9 am- 6 pm cost, $650. Reiki Master Teacher Training. You will receive the Master attunement and master symbol, and learn how to give all Reiki attunements for all level classes including the healing attunement. Class size will be limited so you must register early. Prerequisites are Reiki I,II,III. Contact Joyce 271-7802 to register. Reiki Kids Class for 12 year olds- Monday, January 16th, 9:30 am- 12:30pm, cost $50. An enjoyable morning for your child to learn about reiki, receive a reiki attunement, experience a meditation and play with this loving energy. Contact Joyce 271-7802 to pre register. Reiki Level I Class- Sunday, January 22nd, 9am-6pm, arrival time 9am, cost $175 & $20 for the manual. Learn this wonderful lifetime healing technique that you will have for your self and your family to decrease stress and maintain health and wellness. Class limited to 6 students. Contact Joyce 271-7802 to register, $75 deposit required in advance. Reiki Level II Class- Sunday, January 29th, 9am- 6pm, arrival time 9am, cost $175. Step up your healing abilities to the next level, receive a Reiki level II attunement, learn the reiki symbols, distance healing, and give and receive full body reiki sessions. Class limited to 6 students. Contact Joyce 271-7802 to register, pre- requisite Reiki I certificate, $75 deposit required in advance.

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Staying Fit This Holiday Season Nancy Gildersleeve, Capital District YMCA Assistant Executive Director, S chenectady Branch

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or most of us, the holiday season means less down time and planning nutritious meals, more stress, and difficulty sticking to our workout routine. Even dedicated exercisers can have difficulty staying on track during the holidays. Studies show that on average most people gain 1-4 lbs from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. For those already trying to lost weight, these statistics can be discouraging. Planning ahead and making exercise a priority can reduce your stress level and help you combat unwanted holiday pounds. Here are a few tips to help you stay on track this holiday season. Set realistic fitness goals and stick to them. If you can’t make your favorite group exercise class due to holiday parties or shopping, re-arrange your schedule to try a new class (the Y offers classes throughout the day). If you typically prefer aerobics, try a workout with weights. We can help you make the change. If you

Connecting with purpose. by Lori King-Kocsis

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love weights, try a group fitness or a spin class. Any exercise is better than none. Include family time in your exercise. Pulling the kids up a hill a few times can make sledding as beneficial as a jog. Taking the dog for a walk, ice skating, snowshoeing or cross country skiing provides quality time with the one's you love and great exercise. Keep a water bottle with you at all times to avoid being thirsty or dehydrated. Drinking water also gives you a sense of fullness which helps limit your temptation to eat more food. Use moderation when indulging in party foods. Try smaller portions of not so healthy foods and larger portions of salads, vegetables, fruit or lean meats. Having a light, healthy snack before a holiday gathering can help curb your hunger and avoid binging on sweets or other high calorie treats. Take advantage of a lunch hour power walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park your car further away to increase your steps to and from work. Always have your workout gear with you to help stick to exercising. Remember: the holidays are a time to enjoy with family and friends. It’s not what you do and eat from Thanksgiving to the New Year but more about what you do and eat from New Year to Thanksgiving. Think moderation when it comes to indulging this holiday season and make exercise a priority. Keeping yourself on track and being health conscious is the best gift you can give yourself and your family.

tidbits that I gleaned from the conversation I’ve just had with the person. For example, I love to ask questions about travel. Have you been out of the country? What is your favorite place to visit? Do you have a favorite state? What have you done of interest and one of my favorite questions to ask, “What is your best tip to give another fellow traveler?”. I then jot some of those answers on the back of their business card. If they are a traveler, you’ve hit the jackpot. If not, you’ve learned something as well, and can ask another set of questions. The point is to draw out some interesting tidbits; animal favorites, children stories, grandchildren, and hobbies, anything. Each one giving you a peek into the individual you are speaking with. Now, here’s where you make the connections work, the next time you meet this person, or if you e-mail them, you find a common ground, you mention an article you saw about Italy or that you know about someone who knows where to get that special coffee they spoke about. I remember listening to someone speak about a certain kind of wine they loved. They were disappointed that they couldn’t find that wine anymore. I knew I had just seen that wine in the town we were in. I stopped by and sure enough there was this “can’t be found anywhere” wine. I bought a bottle and gave it to her. The cost was minimal the impact, unforgettable. Connecting with purpose is twofold; you are connecting because you are truly interested in meeting and knowing new people and you want to take it beyond a simple pass through. I’ve made connections with people that on the surface seemed so unlikely, until I found a common ground and extended my hand and friendship.

Lori King-Kocsis, founder of LKK Creative Connections and Capital Region Moxie Executive of the national Moxie Exchange Movement.


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Thursday, December 1st 6:30 PM Author Signing Local writer/author James Breig Will be here to sign his book Searching for Sgt. Bailey: Saluting a Soldier of WWII Saturday, December 3rd 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Becker’s Open House Stop by our table at Becker’s Take a chance on the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book Enjoy the decorations, music & refreshments Visit with the elves while supporting local businesses Saturday, December 10th 9 – 10:00 AM Holidays Around the World Children’s event. Free & open to the public Reservations required

11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King

Wednesday, December 14th 6 – 8:00 PM Scout Wrap Night Bring any items that you would like wrapped. Donations and/or canned goods accepted Wednesday, December 21st 5 – 8:00 PM Scout Wrap Night Bring any items that you would like wrapped Donations and/or pet foods accepted

Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic ConversaƟons on Life with John F. Kennedy by Caroline Kennedy and Michael Beschloss

Sunday, December 25th Closed for Christmas Sunday, January 1st Closed for New Year’s Day

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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East Greenbush Community Library

10 Community Way East Greenbush 477-7476

www.eastgreenbushlibrary.org December Happenings at EG Library! The Friends of the Library Pre-Holiday Children’s Book Sale Saturday, December 10 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Need ideas for stocking stuffers and small gifts, stop to the children’s sale Free Adults Programs Searching for Sergeant Bailey: Saluting an Ordinary Soldier of WWII Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. East Greenbush author James Breig has written a new nonfiction book, Searching for Sergeant Bailey: Saluting an Ordinary Soldier of World War II. Breig will share how a visit to an antique shop led to uncovering the fascinating history of a true “unknown soldier.” Breig’s talk should be of interest to history buffs, WWII enthusiasts, and genealogists alike. A Victorian Christmas Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m. Can’t get to Saratoga to take part in the Victorian Streetwalk? Come to this concert instead to soak up the spirit of the season. Lise Winne and Jim Lestrange have been playing Victorian Streetwalks for years. Lise and Jim will perform holiday songs and instrumentals that would have been customary during the Victorian era. This would also include pieces that were written during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Made possible by a grant from the Friends of the East Greenbush Library. Storytelling for Adults w/Disabilities Thursday, December 8 at 10:00 a.m. Adults with disabilities and their companions are invited for a seasonal program with storyteller Mary Murphy. Come listen to some stories with audience participation. While designed for adults with disabilities, anyone who enjoys a good story is welcome. Spotlight Players Staged Reading Series: I Am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. 24

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In this daring and insightful work, internationally acclaimed playwright Eve Ensler writes fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe. I Am an Emotional Creature is a celebration of the authentic voice inside every girl and an inspiring call to action for girls everywhere to speak up, follow their dreams, and become the women they were always meant to be. Directed by Kaitlyn Stewart. Free Wednesday Night Movie: DECEMBER 14 @ 6:30 pm – Sarah’s Key Children’s Programs: Preschool Movie: Winnie the Pooh Thursday, December 1 @ 10:00 am Enjoy animal crackers and the new Winnie the Pooh movie! Registration required. Price Chopper Cooking Club with Jodie Fitz Saturday, December 3 @ 10:00 am OR 11:15 am Kids are invited to join Jodie Fitz and the Price Chopper Cooking Club for some holiday cooking fun. Explore holiday traditions from around the world. Ages 4 and up. Registration required.

Friday, December 30 @ 11:30 am The balloons drop at noon for our early NYE party. Join us for stories, crafts, and snacks! Ages 3 and up. Registration required. Open to All Teens entering Grades 2-12 TAG (Teen Advisory Group) @ 3:30 pm Wednesday, December 7 Plan teen events, suggest YA materials to buy, and then have a snack as payment! Anime Club @ 3:30 pm Wednesday, December 14 Watch anime. Eat popcorn. BYOB Book Club Wednesday @ 3:30 pm Join us in the Teen Area for cookies and a book discussion. Bring Your Own Book – or at least be ready to talk about it! December 21: THEME: Vacations and/or places you’d like to go on vacation. Teen Takeover @ 2:30 pm Fridays: December 2, 16 & 23 Laptops, video games, and a room just for Teens!

Winter Crafts Saturday, December 10, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Drop in and make some winter crafts – the Children’s Winter Booksale will be across the hall! No registration required.

JUNIOR FRIENDS: Craft for Charity Monday @ 3:30 pm – December 19 Join the Jr. Friends of the Library to make some fun crafts as we hold our monthly meeting.

Kids Read Comics! Wednesday, December 28 @ 2:00 pm 2nd grade and up Do you love Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Then you’ll love this program! Enjoy activities, games and snacks based on your favorite graphic novel characters – including Babymouse, Stone Rabbit, and Lunch Lady! Registration required.

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES Downloading E-books Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Introduction to Computers Monday, December 12, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Introduction to Gmail Thursday, December 15, 10 am - 12 pm

Family Movie Night Thursday, December 29 @ 7:00 pm Enjoy Mr. Popper’s Penguins and free popcorn at the library! Registration required. Happy New Year @ Your Library!

Introduction to Computers Saturday, December 17, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm The Library Board of Trustees Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30 pm


Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce Chamber Highlights & Accomplishments of 2011

The end of the calendar year brings the end of my tenure as chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. What a challenging and fulfilling year it has been! As a sole proprietor, I know what it’s like to wear many hats. My service as chair this past year has shown me that the Chamber understands this, and is completely focused on assisting business owners like myself to succeed. Throughout all of our events, programs, and services, the Chamber’s mission of advocating for the business community shines through. Whether it’s helping with a referral, connecting members with one another, providing educational opportunities, encouraging economic development, or expanding cost-saving programs, the Chamber is all about YOU. This past year was no exception. Let me take this opportunity to review with you several of the key accomplishments achieved in 2011, thanks to the dedication and enthusiastic work of my fellow board members, our president, the Chamber staff, and our membership. We completed our three-year Strategic Plan, which serves as a roadmap for our organization. We successfully implemented our goal to assist members to “Market, Develop & Connect” their businesses and themselves through cost-effective advertising opportunities, professional development, and high-impact networking forums. These are the key advantages that place your business ahead of the competition and give you the power to grow and expand here in Rensselaer County and beyond. One of the biggest challenges faced by the business community is providing affordable health care. Working proactively, and thinking outside the box, the Chamber has developed an innovative, cost-saving, quality care health insurance model available only to our members. Through CDPHP, we’re able to offer a menu of eight different plans, with a broad spectrum of price points and healthy incentives. Now your employees have the power to choose the type of coverage that meets their needs. And you can leave the HR burden to the experts at Bouchey & Clarke Benefits, Inc., the Chamber’s benefits administrator, for a seamless transition of health care services. In August of 2011, Chamber President Linda Hillman was appointed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the newly-formed Capital Region Economic Development Council. I cannot overstate what this appointment means to the Chamber and to our area. This council is charged with redesigning the relationship between state government and the private business sector to stimulate local economic development and create jobs. Linda is in the position to make the voice of our local business community heard on the state level. She is advocating for us in an unprecedented role, effecting real change for a healthier business environment. This is the Chamber at its best:

as an effective resource and advocate for the community-at-large. Throughout the year, the Chamber brought you valuable business workshops on hiring and firing practices; building a marketing plan; business and grantwriting; project management; and business security. We hosted economic development forums, celebrated local success stories, and provided the kind of networking events that propel your business forward in tangible ways. The Chamber’s professional development programs continued to give you a fast-track to your skill-building through SmartUp and The Leadership Institute. Our Economic Development Partnership attracted new investment partners and assisted a record number of businesses with inquiries and referrals for starting up, relocating, or expanding in Rensselaer County. It has been an amazing year. As I hand-off the position of chair to Keith Goldstein in 2012, let me express my gratitude for the opportunity to serve the Chamber and our membership. This is such an exciting organization, and I strongly encourage you to continue to support it through your membership and active participation. The more active you are, the more you and your business or organization will benefit from all the Chamber has to offer. Best wishes for health and prosperity during the holiday season and in the New Year! For all Chamber events, register online at www.renscochamber. com or contact Kate Ollier at 518.274.7474 or kollier@renscochamber.com. Scott Film, Board Chair, Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce Owner of Scott Film Realty

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2012 County Executive’s Breakfast on Jan. 12th Reserve your seat for the annual County Executive’s Breakfast with Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino. Set for Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 99 Miller Road in Schodack, this popular event features County Executive Jimino’s report on the status of Rensselaer County, including economic development initiatives and what the future holds for the region. Be sure to save the date for this informative way to start the New Year! Make your reservations early, as this event sells out each year. Registration and breakfast are at 7:30 a.m.; program is from 8 to 9 a.m. Cost is $25 for members and $40 for non-members and walk-ins. Register online at www.renscochamber.com or contact Programs and Communications Manager Kate Ollier at 518. 274.7474 or kollier@renscochamber.com. This program is sponsored by the Rensselaer County Industrial Development Agency. Hon. Kathleen Jimino

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A MESSAGE FROM THE VET Foods for The Holiday by Dr. David Stone, Bloominggrove Veterinary Hospital

Actually that title is misleading but seems seasonally appropriate. Quick note to everyone out there who has an obese cat. In almost every case, it's your fault. I know that indoor cats are really hard to keep lean and fit, but most cats don't require all that you are feeding them. They store it in the form of fat. Your cat is fat because they are being given more calories than they need. By you. So, stop. Or at least cut back a little. At least slow the rate of their distorted growth. I'm just cranky because I've seen 4 or 5 hard cases today and I don't enjoy seeing pets or their people suffer. Two of the cases could have been utterly prevented. Obesity was the key. There are surprisingly few things in life that we actually control. Obesity is at least mostly preventable and usually curable. The problem is that we too are animals--and like our pets, we like things that send signals to the pleasure centers of our brain and body. We delight in the highly processed, unsaturated things--add mega salt and sugar and you've got a behavioral problem. Better get the prescription. We believe what's nutritionally best for us should taste like Disney Land. Fast food thrives even as

we're enduring a several decades old push to educate the population of America about the evils of fried food. I had McDonald's tonight. I eat there rarely. Every ganglion in my brain that has anything to do with food and pleasure was awakened. I think this is how dog's feel when they get a big bowl of Kibbles n' Bits. It's probably a lot like McDonald's in that you shouldn't eat it for every meal even though it's been 'deemed' edible. Who does the deeming. Did they actually come up with safe levels of Phenobarbital in dog food? I don't think so. But it's there. Down at the parts per million level. Probably nothing to worry about. After all, there are some heavy metals we can also find in the kibble. Turns out we've got allowable ppm of feces in that kibble. I suspect if you drizzled corn syrup on feces, a dog would eat it (some dogs wouldn't require the syrup, they just have bad habits). So the trick is, to find a kibble or can that embodies the values that you have. One that you can afford. I'm not naming any great companies in this forum. Companies change. Things become known about them. Advertising is effective--even against a shrewd customer. There are web sites for food suggestions and analysis and ratings. There are explanations. There are honest assessments by people who gain nothing by your choice of dog food. You will find a food that truly meets your thoughts about what food should be. It's easier to have good habits when you are working with good tools--their food is a tool for it's health. Animals who eat appropriately tend to see less of me.

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Shampoodle Mon-Fri 11-7, Sat 9-5, Sun 10 - 5 (Grooming starts at 8 am) CALL FOR HOLIDAY HOURS. Snow closings will be same as school closings at Shenendahowa for Clifton Park & Bethlehem for Delmar.

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Pet Pages Training - Puppy Classes - Boarding - Day Care - Grooming

Dr. David Stone

283-2700 Corner intersection of Rt. 4 & 43 Bloomingrove Rd. Exit 8 off I-90

This evening I had an early Thanksgiving meal with several friends. There were only a few things on the table that shouldn’t be eaten by a dog or cat. Large quantities of gravy may cause diarrhea or pancreatitis--and the same for the butter. Tons of bread seems like a bad idea. Folks proudly tell me that their dog or cat never gets table food. What on earth are you eating if a dog can’t tolerate it? I don’t know what’s on your table, but this pre holiday table had turkey, green beans, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, corn, and carrots, apple and pumpkin pie--all of which are excellent for your pet. If you can get them to eat a bite of the cranberry sauce, that would be good too. Everything in moderation--a few bites of everything is great, whereas 2 pounds of fried potatoesmight mess with their digestion. Also, if you don’t want a perpetual beggar, you should always feed them in their bowl. Or, just smile, realize you’re going to eventually lose the battle, and set them a plate at the table. As Christmas quickly approaches I should add a few reminders. Carefully dispose of all antifreeze. Don’t leave your dog unattended in a parked car--left on or off. Shovel some paths for your pet. Put your holiday goodies in cupboards and drawers to slow down the counter surfer. Sometimes a 12 inch lightweight garden fence will keep dogs out of Christmas trees. They usually train quickly. A 12 foot high electric fence won’t help to keep your cat out of the tree. Just give up, they don’t train quickly. Make your holiday grooming appointments early--get all dolled up--and take lots of pictures! Happy Holidays! David Stone, DVM

PURRFECT KITTIES OF THE MONTH - PLEASE ADOPT US! Charlie & Buddy are 2.5 year old brothers that have lived together until a wonderful volunteer from our organization passed away. They are happy and healthy and both get along well with other kitties. They are very sweet, but shy at first. However they will be affectionate if you give them a little time to adjust and some TLC. These boys would love to find a new “forever home” together with a caring person or family, although we will adopt them out separately. Please consider giving these sleek, black kitties a chance! As with all Purrfect Companion kitties, Charlie & Buddy are up-todate on routine shots, house trained and neutered or spayed. For more information on Charlie & Buddy, please contact one of the following Purrfect Companions’ representatives: Jane, at 4367450 or Maryann at 331-2221 or at kitties.purrfectcompanions@yahoo.com.

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Wellness

Natural Approach to stress by Dr. Amy Cole

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he end of the year can raise stress levels to an all time high; the holidays, final exams for college students, and weather changes are some of the factors causing stress. Some people experience physical issues that may be caused by stress and they may not even know stress is the root cause. Sleep disturbances, muscle aches, bruxism (teeth grinding), memory problems, depression, headache, fatigue, irritable bowel symptoms to name a few. Long term stress may also wreak havoc on the cardiovascular system causing increased blood pressure, as well as many other health issues. The first step in overcoming stress is to simply find out the source of stress and eliminate it. This can be impossible in certain situations and thus stress management techniques need to come into play. Here is a list of some things that may be used to manage stress: Dietary: •Include whole, unprocessed foods in your diet •Eating small frequent meals throughout the day can help to stabilize your blood sugar throughout the day. •Avoid sugar, alcohol, and caffeine Lifestyle: •Find a hobby/activity that will help you to relieve stress. (exer-

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Our Towne’s EDUCATION ISSUE is coming! Look for the EDUCATION ISSUE this February 2012 when OUR TOWNE features the best local innovations in education. We will also announce the winners of our BEST LOCAL TEACHERS CONTEST BEST LOCAL TEACHERS CONTEST RULES Teachers have some of the most influential and longest lasting impressions on the leaders of tomorrow. At Our Towne Rensselaer County, we want educators to receive the props and appreciation they deserve. Nominate your favorite K-12 teacher by sending an email to Debbie at Debbie@ourtownerensco.com, and let us know in your own words the reasons why your teacher is the Best. Teacher. Ever! The nominees must be entered by December 30, 2011. The Top Teachers will be profiled in our Education Issue in February 2012. Join us in celebrating teachers that make a difference, and show your school and teacher pride!

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cise, music, dancing, journaling. •Deep breathing, expanding your belly while breathing. •Laugh: Laughing has been shown to boost the immune systems function as well as help with stress reduction. •Mini-mental breaks: Take a few minutes out of your day to visualization techniques or to simplyHerbals: close your eyes and relax. Nutrients: • Magnesium • L-Tyrosine • Vitamin C • Vitamin A • Fish Oils • B vitamins

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Please be aware that information above may not be safe for everyone. Dosages should be made on an individual basis. Please be aware that natural substances can interact with medications as well as be toxic at certain levels. Please see a doctor that has been trained in both conventional and alternative medicine to make the best recommendations for you.


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Dear Dr. Lapinski: I’ve noticed that my teeth are extra sensitive when I brush & drink cold drinks. This is new and it is uncomfortable. What can I do to stop it? Dave W., Schodack. Dear Dave: Tooth Sensitivity is one of the most common complaints we receive. It affects millions of adults so you’re not alone. There are many possible causes and treatments. Here are a few common ones. Causes 1. Active Decay (cavities) 2. Brushing too hard can cause the gums to recede. The exposed roots can be senstitive to sweets and cold temperatures. 3. Abrasive toothpastes. Many tartar control and whitening products include abrasive ingredients that can cause you to actually remove enamel from your tooth, causing sensitivity 4. Periodontal disease. Often painless to start, bacteria and disease around the tooth causes the loss of bone support, exposing sensitive roots. Solutions 1. Use a soft toothbrush. Avoid using tartar control & whitening toothpastes. 2. 8VHGHVHQVLWL]LQJWRRWKSDVWHVFRQWDLQLQJVWDQQRXVÀXRULGHRU potassium nitrate. There are over the counter and prescription options. If symptoms persist for more than a month, call your dentist. 3. ,QRI¿FHDSSOLFDWLRQVRIÀRXULGH YDUQLVKHVDUHHIIHFWLYHLQUHGXFLQJVHQVLWLYLW\ZLWKWKHDGGHGEHQH¿WRIKHOSLQJSUHYHQWFDYLWLHV 4. Avoid acidic foods, sodas and sugar. As always, please tell your dentist or hygienist. We can’t help you treat the problem if we don’t know about it. In dentistry, most problems only get worse if untreated. Refer to ADA.org for many dental topics, or email me your questions at DrJoe@LapinskiDental.com

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Lobster Tails Sea Scallops Jumbo Shrimp Littleneck Clams

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