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OUR TOWNE GOLDKREST FAMILY FARM Your Farm Fresh Source for Christmas Trees, CustomWreaths, Kissing Balls. & Firewood.

From Our Family to YoursBest wishes for a Happy, Peaceful & Safe Holiday Season. Thank you to our loyal customers & supporters! We look forward to serving you in 2013! Your Hometown Community Resource December 2012


EDITOR’s NOTE Dear Readers What an exciting time of year! A time to celebrate all of the positive things in our life and the magic of the season. I love the sights, sounds & smells! We have two girls (9 & 12 years old) who are very excited for Christmas and all of our family traditions. My husband and I enjoy the holidays more each year, as their appreciation for all of our family traditions grows. “When can we set up the Christmas Villages?” “When can we decorate the tree?” “When can we wrap presents?” So much to do & so many memories to make! Of course there is a lot to get done, and not enough time, as usual. But, the excitement of it all is what is contagious & easily pushes the chores to the bottom of the “to do” list! As they get older, they get more pleasure out of giving and sharing, not just receiving. We have always made an effort to buy items for our local charities and donated needed items. The girls pick out gifts for each other and family members with such pride and excitement. I am grateful that they are so giving, and have gratitude for what they receive. The giving is now just as exciting to them and they beg to give those gifts as soon as we leave the store! This holiday season I hope that you will also find joy in the gifts you receive, but also give. Even when we feel that we don’t have much to give, a simple hand written card to a neighbor is as cherished as a tangible gift. Maybe offer to wrap someones gifts who has been ill, or take them shopping. These are gifts that don’t cost anything. We can make a difference in our community with our time, as much as we can with our money & donations. Remember those who are struggling and are alone. Even with the joy that this season brings, it can be a very painful time for those who have lost or can’t be near loved ones. The New Year gives all of us a renewed hope for better. For all of us, we can strive to improve something in our lives. Who we are, what we choose and how we treat others. We can always make just a little more time for those things in life that we value. May 2013 and the Holiday Season bring to light what is most important to you! I wish you a safe, peaceful and joyous Holiday Season and New Year! Best wishes for all that is good and makes you happy. Thank you for reading Our Towne! Jennifer Felts

OUR TOWNE SOUTHERN RENSSELAER & NORTHERN COLUMBIA COUNTIES DECEMBER 2012 OWNER/PUBLISHER/ EDITOR/ SALES/DESIGN

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Contributors Dr. David Stone, DVM Dr. Patrick Bergmann Dr. Joe Lapinski Timothy R. Shevy Vince Coppola

Catherine Graziano Dear Angie Daryl Bart Addicted to Shopping Diane Lehmuller Hardy


OUR TOWNE SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON... GOLD KREST FAMILY FARM Eight months out of the year, you can depend on Gold Krest Family Farm to supply you with the freshest goods from the land that they call home. Since 1935 the Webb family has provided customers with local homegrown produce. They strive to offer only the freshest and highest-quality produce and provide all of your Fall & Winter decorating needs. A fourth generation farm in East Greenbush, NY, Gold Krest farms 300 acres and is known in the Spring & Summer for its sweet corn, which is sold at local Supermarkets and as far away as Florida. During the Spring & Summer months, Chris Webb & his staff also offer tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, strawberries, raspberries, beans, and the most beautiful annuals. You can purchase mulch & trees, shrubs and hanging baskets. They bring the fresh products from their family land to your home with fair prices and appreciation for your business. Fall brings a selection of thousands of pumpkins for decorating & pie making. The selection of huge colorful Mums, Corn Stalks, Straw & Hay is enough to decorate your home and business for that warm feeling that Autumn brings in the Northeast. And today, you can find a beautiful selection of freshly cut Christmas Trees from their farmland. The staff at Gold Krest Farms have been preparing for the Winter Season- plenty of firewood ready to be delivered to keep your home toasty warm. Don’t forget the fresh kissing balls & wreathsall made by hand by his staff. And if you need Firewood or a Christmas Tree delivered locally, just ask. It is free at Gold Krest Family Farm! Each time that I speak with Chris Webb, I realize he and his family farm are what Our Towne is really all about. Dedication to the roots of our community & small business. Perseverance through ups and downs, looking ahead to prosperity and promise of tomorrow. A humble man, a hard worker and a guy with a big and strong heart. That is the core of Gold Krest Farms and the four generations of farmers that have contributed to Our Towne. ~Jennifer Felts

Chris Webb & Sons at Gold Krest Farms in the Spring

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Send them a beautiful & fresh reminder of your love & thoughts! Call us or stop in today! Happy Holidays from the staff at Bud’s Greenhouse! Wishing you a happy and safe 2013!

Let our Staff help you with all of your Holiday decorating! Fresh Holiday Centerpieces Poinsettias in a Variety of Colors 4-12” Christmas Cactus & Cyclamen Fresh Locally Grown Christmas Trees Personalized Wreaths *Mixed Evergreen *Balsam *Frasier Fur

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BECKER’S FARM

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Saturday, December 1

PLAIN*DECORATED*CUSTOMIZED

BALSAM, WHITE PINE, MIXED ROPING

CHRISTMAS TREES (3’ – 10’) BALSAMFIR FRASERFIRS CANAANFIR DOUGLASFIR WHITE PINE Becker’s Farm would like to wish you a happy & safe Holiday Season. Thank you for your business! We look forward to serving you in 2013!

Holiday Open House

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FEATURING: BROOKVIEW STATION WINERY TASTING – CHEESE – APPLE GIFT PACKS

WORLDLING’S PLEASURE GOURMET SPREADS CHEESE SPREADS MADE FROM FRESH PRODUCE AND LOCAL WINERIES VARIOUS EAST GREENBUSH BUSINESSES PICTURES WITH SANTA TREATS FOR THE KIDS REFRESHMENTS GIFT CARD DRAWING Monday-Friday 8-7 Saturday 8-6 Sunday 8-5

420 Columbia Turnpike East Greenbush ~ 477-4163 ~ www.beckersfarm.com

Our Towne Rensselaer County ~ Jennifer Felts~518-380-1279

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Happy Holidays to Everyone, with a special note of thanks to our ever expanding list of awesome customers, with many new friendships created as well. I started out in 2010 with one truck (a Ford Ranger, one step above a shopping cart size-wise) and my driveway doubling as scrap metal storage (see Wife: not happy about that). Today Scrapster has 3 employees, 3 trucks and over 6000 SF of warehouse space for our recycling operations. Our growth has doubled every six months and we expect to surpass 700,000 pounds (that’s 350 tons!) of scrap metal recycled in the 30 months since we started (now we are processing over 60,000 pounds a month!). And that total doesn’t include the amount of junk removal, one of the many services we provide to both our business and residential customers. A friend of mine recently asked me if I was â€œâ€Śstill going down into basements?â€?. The answer is and always will be: “YES!!!â€?. “Don’t Worry, We Can Take Itâ€?, isn’t just our slogan, it is the back bone of what we do. Large or small, easy or difficult‌we go where others won’t, to take out the things they can’t, anytime we have to, to get the job done right‌ safely, correctly and on time. Scrapster is local family owned business which provides a NO COST scrap metal, appliance and electronics removal and recycling service. We are fully insured, convenient, and reliable; we aim to provide top Quality work every time you need us. Everything is properly recycled, disposed of or donated. Our other services include very reasonably priced Junk Removal, Television Removal, Clean Outs and Moving Items. To schedule an appointment, please call us at (518) 505-5055. Please Like us on Facebook and visit us at www.scrapster.com for news, specials and information about recycling.

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e-mail: evergreenccinny@aol.com VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT www.evergreencountryclub .com HOME OF THE MIAMI PROJECT TO CURE PARALYSIS Our Towne Rensselaer County ~ Jennifer Felts~518-380-1279

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WORD OF MOUTH BY

DR. JOE LAPINSKI, DDS Last month, Facebook was filled with Thankful reminders, and it got me thinking about all that I have to be thankful for. I have a Healthy & Supportive Family. I have Amazing Patients, both old and new, and a profession I really love. I am especially Thankful to have the Most Wonderful Staff any dentist could want. You may know some of them...but I wanted to say THANK YOU to them directly for another great year & a job well done. My Office Manager is my wife, Daryl. We’ve worked together for 12 years and we’re still married. Everything runs a little smoother because she’s paying attention to the details, keeping our equipment cutting edge & our technology needs covered. Thank You. Karen, Cindy & Kristin are my amazing Administrative team. They have a collective 29 years of experience with me. They do it all: scheduling, billing, insurance & maintaining the friendly feeling in my office. Thank You. Nancy & Tracy are my Certified Dental Assistants. They work side by side with me on all procedures, every day, all day long. They’ve heard all my jokes & stories and still laugh. They handle the ordering, lab work & hold the office to our superior standards of sterilization and infection control. Thank You.

VISIT THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SHOP ON KINDERHOOK VILLAGE CANDLELIGHT NIGHT KINDERHOOK, NY – THE FRIENDS OF THE KINDERHOOK MEMORIAL LIBRARY ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE FRIENDS’ BOOK SHOP AT THE HISTORIC FEED AND SEED BUILDING WILL BE OPEN FRIDAY DECEMBER 14TH FROM 5:30-8:30 PM. COME BROWSE OUR COLLECTION OF WONDERFUL USED BOOKS AT A HISTORIC BUILDING JUST STEPS FROM THE KINDERHOOK MEMORIAL LIBRARY. THE FRIENDS’ BOOK COLLECTION INCLUDES VINTAGE, COLLECTIBLE, AND CONTEMPORARY FICTION, NON-FICTION, AND CHILDREN’S BOOKS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. ENJOY THE OPPORTUNITY TO BROWSE UNIQUE BOOKS IN A BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED HISTORIC BUILDING THAT ONCE HOUSED KINDERHOOK’S GENERAL STORE. THE FEED AND SEED BUILDING IS LOCATED AT 24 HUDSON STREET IN THE VILLAGE OF KINDERHOOK. THE FRIENDS’ BOOK SHOP WILL ALSO BE OPEN DECEMBER 15TH AND 16TH DURING REGULAR LIBRARY HOURS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT THE KINDERHOOK MEMORIAL LIBRARY WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW. OKLIBRARY.ORG

Palladino Lawn Care

My licensed Dental Hygienists are Lisa, Laura & Jason. Together they maintain your dental health & implement periodontal therapies. They give out prizes to kids & make recommendations to keep you smiling & your teeth healthy for a lifetime. They love what they do. Thank You.

Landscape Construction & Site Work Home & Property Maintenance Services Repair & Renovations

Patients: I am so thankful for your continued confidence. Our office continues to grow through your kind referrals and support. Thank You!

Call Scott Palladino 518-929-6757

We wish everyone a Happy & Healthy New Year. Please continue to ask your questions, visit us on the web www.LapinskiDental.com, Like us on Facebook & we look forward to seeing you…or meeting you in 2013! DrJoe@LapinskiDental.com QR CODE SCAN FOR CURRENT REVIEWS OF LAPINSKI DENTAL

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Call Jennifer Felts if you have an event for our Communtiy Calendar! It is a free service from Our Towne! 380-1279 or felts66@yahoo.com


Thank you to Discovery Place Learning Center for sponsoring Kids Pages!

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Saturday Decembe8th 5:00 to 8:00pm

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Children 2-10 are invited to enjoy a few hours of games, songs, motor-sensory play, crafts, dinner & dessertwhile Mom & Dad Shop!

HOLIDAY JOKES Q. What do you get if you cross mistletoe and a duck? A. A Christmas Quacker.

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Hosting a snow party this winter? Serve cupcakes topped with paper snowflakes to fit the theme. These cupcake toppers are simple to make and practically free. All you need are a pair of scissors, glue and either popsicle sticks or small wooden skewers.

Q. What do call Santa when he stops moving? A. Santa Pause! Q. Where does a snowman keep his money? A. In a snow bank. Q. Why do mummies like Christmas so much? A. Because of all the wrapping!

First, follow your favorite paper snowflake template, such as these paper snowflake patterns from Highhopes.com, to cut as many snowflakes as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need.

Q. What goes in a chimney red and comes out of it black? A. Santa Claus.

Next, glue one snowflake to each popsicle stick or skewer. Allow time for the glue to dry, then stick the cupcake toppers into cupcakes covered with white frosting.

Q. How do you scare a snowman? A. You get a hairdryer! Q. What do they sing under the ocean during the winter? A. Christmas Corals!

Our Towne Rensselaer County ~ Jennifer Felts~518-380-1279

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¡ Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 p.m. New York State Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks Festival presented by SEFCU. The rink will be closed during the fireworks and will re-open afterwards. ¡

Sunday, December 2, 2 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Learn to Skate Clinic presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York and featuring the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club. Visit ogs.ny.gov to register. ¡

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Resolutions By Daryl Bart It’s resolution season for me. Well, everyday is resolution season for me but I’m particularly focused these days. I find that I’m regularly vowing to start something every Monday. Revisit unfinished projects; sort papers and clean out closets; plan vacations and buy holiday gifts early. I swore that by now that those pounds would be lost, my book would be underway, and my list would be well, more complete. But the list gets longer by the day. Some days I’m just so frustrated with how few items actually get crossed off. Time is scarce; kids schedules usurp my workouts and yikes, the prices of airline tickets. So, I resolved that winning something, anything, would make me feel better and added that to my long To Do list. I started entering contests; to win cars, cash & Superbowl tickets. I filled out entries for trips to Thailand, to New Zealand, to Missouri – hey a free trip is a free trip. Someone has to win, right? The other night, after dinner, I submitted my name to a TV show looking for participants. I wrote a brief paragraph, hit enter and left for my son’s basketball tryouts. An hour later, I got home and my husband gave me that look. You know, THE “What did you do?“ LOOK. (I get that a lot) He said, “The Dr. Oz Show just called you.” “WHAT?!? “ I didn’t care that it was almost 9pm, I was on the phone. 4 days & a gazillion emails later, I was heading to NYC to be a guest on the DR. OZ show – sitting knee to knee with the information-guru himself! I took this adventure as a gift. It wasn’t on my original list, but was fun & thrilling and I embraced the experience. Hey, I even got to use up 3 of my supposed 15 minutes of fame on National TV. My brush with greatness (he really is as nice as he seems) hasn’t deterred me. I still refine my ever-changing list so I’m ready for Monday and the “new me”. Hey, I’m a work in progress. I’ve got my eye on the prize and I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting notified about a free vacation or a book deal, any day now. Regardless, 2012 has been a success…my family is healthy and I’m happy and I kinda like having unfinished business. I mean what would I do in 2013 if I crossed it all off? So, I’ll see you Monday and hey, according to my calculations, I still have 12 minutes left.

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The Cr isp Cannoli Invites you to a free event! Join Santa and his elves on December 15th 2-5 Come decorate a sugar cookie, make an ornament, and enjoy an activity! Bring a gift for Santa to deliver to the domestic violence shelter!

Filling fresh cannoli at the 16th annual Hudson Opera House’s Winter Walk in Hudson, NY from 5pm - 8pm on Saturday December 1st and 30th Anniversary Troy Victorian Stroll in downtown Troy on Sunday December 2nd from 11 am - 5 pm. (The store will be open regular hours as well).

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ADDICTED TO SAVINGS... My Top 10 Gift Ideas for Teachers and Bus drivers and beyond!!!!! This is the time of year when planning ahead and creative thinking can make for an affordable and unique gift for those hard to find people in your lives. Itâ&#x20AC;?s so hard to come up with a gift, for people who do so much for you, but you might not know anything about them. Here are few a my favorite gift giving ideas!!!! 1. No more apples, but what about apple bread or apple cakes in a cute reusable tin. Better yet, a cake in a mug trick, bag it up with cute ribbon!!! Look for the cake in a mug recipe online. 2. A hand written card or note saying Thank you, this could be very special!!! 3. How about a great Joke book (clean jokes of course). This could come in handy for teachers and bus drivers, every one loves a good joke! 4. Gift cards for Lunch or Dinner, Have the whole class chip in! For bus drivers have the whole street chip in, works for Target and Walmart too. 5. Bookstore gift cards!! 6. Coffee gift cards or a travel mug with coffee inside!! 7. Driving Gloves, Hat or a scarf throw in some cough drops to make it complete! 8. Movie Gift cards 9. Hand care, Lotion, anti-bacterial or even a gift card for a manicure!! 10. My favorite one of all.. For the Winter Time Blues gift, This one is so cute it could be for anyone. This could be done in a basket, bag, sand bucket or big floppy hat, fill it with sun screen, lip balm, flip flops, lemonade mix or anything that reminds you of summer!!!! >>

Have a great Holiday and remember to hit the sales after Xmas. (Think ahead and buy extra for birthday gifts for the year!) Holy Spirit School is hosting Breakfast with Santa DECEMBER 1st On Dec. 1 at 8:30 and 10:30. Enjoy a traditional breakfast, capture the special moment between Santa and your loved ones, take your chance on the 50/50 raffle and the You Choose Raffle. There will also be a activities for the little ones, including a You Choose Raffle. There is no cost for you to take photographs of your loved ones with Santa. The cost is $9/adult (15 and older); $5/child (2 - 14 years); Family price $25 (immediate family of 2 adults and 2 or more children). Make your paid reservation at www.holyspiritschooleg.com through PayPal. Please call Lisa Kelly at 573-8604 for more information


PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY The attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 is ever etched on the minds of those who are old enough to remember. For the rest, it is the solemn duty of members of the American Legion to bring this horrific day to the attention of those younger and who may not appreciate the meaning of this solemn occasion. At 12Noon, Friday, December 7th, 2012 Melvin Roads Post will hold a moment of prayer and remembrance for veterans and the wider community. This day commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the Imperial Japanese Navy. This surprise attack led President Roosevelt to say that “this is a day that will go down in infamy.” 2,345 US military died along with 57 civilians; 1,247 more military were wounded, 4 battleships sunk, 4 more damaged, 2 destroyers sunk, one other damaged. We hold up in prayer those who made the supreme sacrifice 71 years ago on this date. Melvin Roads Post 1231 American Legion is located at 200 Columbia Turnpike in East Greenbush and counts an active membership of 400 veterans. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join the members of the Post for the December 7th service. A light lunch will be offered after the service.

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518.462.7006 Conway Ice Rink Offers Recreational Skating for the Public at Hudson Valley Community College The Conway Ice Rink, located in the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College, opens for the 2012-13 season on Saturday, October 27. Admission is free on opening weekend. The 18,000 square foot rink offers recreational skating from 4 to 6:15 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission rates are $2 for children 2 to 17 years old; $2 for seniors (60+); and $3 for adults. There is a $1 per person discount for a group of ten or more with advance notice. Quality skate rentals are available for toddlers through adults. Cost is $3. Outside instructors provide evening and weekend lessons at the rink. The season runs through Sunday, March 10, 2013. The rink is closed Thursday, Nov. 22; Monday, Dec. 24; Tuesday, Dec.25; Monday, Dec. 31; and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. It will be open for the holiday week, Wednesday, Dec.26 through Friday, Dec. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. each day. Snacks and beverages are available from vending machines or you may bring your own refreshments. Free parking is available in front of the complex. Call (518)629-7372 for college lessons and (518)6294829 for outside lessons. Call (518)629-4850 for general information.

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Support The East Greenbush Library! Help raise money for a new multipurpose outdoor community space! Need a unique gift? Have someone on your holiday list who is tough to buy for? Buy them a brick to be placed in the Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new multipurpose outdoor community space. $75.00 for a 4x8 brick with 3 lines of text OR $150.00 for an 8x8 brick with 6 lines of text Higher sponsorships are available. For more information, please contact the Director, Evelyn Butrico at 477-7476

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BUY OR SELL FIRST? BY CATHY GRAZIANO When it comes to home buying, the ideal situation would be to find a new home, just as you receive an offer on your existing home. You would then be able to close concurrently and move into your new home a few days prior to closing on your previous home. This does happen more often than not, but anyone looking to buy a new home needs to consider all the possible scenarios. Should you buy or sell first? There are many schools of thought on this subject. Ultimately, it depends on you and your situation. For instance, can you afford to pay two mortgages in the event your previous home does not sell by the time you move? Are you willing to move twice to find the home of your dreams if you sell first and can't find the dream home fast enough? This is where the advice of a real estate sales professional is invaluable. Real estate sales professionals know the current market conditions. They are experienced in working with home buyers and sellers to determine an ideal time to buy and sell. It is generally less stressful to sell your home first, because you won't have to worry about owning two homes at one time. The market will dictate how long it will take your home to sell, as will your location and the time of year. As a rule of thumb, it is a good idea to put your home of the market as far in advance as possible when purchasing a new one. But, if interest rates are good and there is a short supply of available homes, your home will most likely sell faster. In that case, you may want to purchase a new home first.

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RE/MAX The sign you want. The agent you need. In today’s challenging reals estate market, nothing brings a wider smile than a sign that says “SOLD!” And thanks to the experience and productivity of REMAX Capital Sales Associates, that sign is appearing more frequently than you might think. REMAX agents average MORE sales than other agents. They know their markets, and they care to get to know you, too! So if you are looking to buy, sell, or both, call the name that means SUCCESS!

What if your present home sells before you find a new one, putting pressure on you to find the right house for you more quickly? You may then decide to make an interim move or request to rent back your home for a specified amount of time as you continue to look for your new home. Those may be worthwhile options if you have your heart set on a specific location or type of home or if you are purchasing a home that is under construction. If you buy a home before selling your present home, you may end up with two mortgages. So should you buy or sell first? It’s the question of the ages, but your own circumstancES And a knowledgeable real estate professional should be able to help you make the right decision. Cathy is a resident of East Greenbush and is an associate broker with RE/MAX Capital. She has over 20 years experience in real estate and is a member of the NYSAR Professional Standards, Education Management & Housing Opportunities Committees. “I would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business and referrals” Our Towne Rensselaer County ~ Jennifer Felts~518-380-1279

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DEAR ANGIE, My husband always buys me presents that HE wants me to have or wear, not what I would ever pick out. Then he is hurt when I want to return it? Any advice? From, All I want for Christmas is what I would BUY Myself, Dear All I want for Christmas is what I would Buy Myself, Oh boy! This is a tough and touchy subject but I have to say honesty really is the best policy. My husband has picked out some bad sweaters in the past. I had to be honest and tell him that it really isn’t something that I like. He didn’t crumble or stop talking to me but the real question should be what are we women afraid of? Women are always afraid to hurt someones feelings but do you ever notice that men do not have this problem. They are never afraid to say they don’t like - what you made for dinner, the way you clean the house and if you buy something that they do not need. In my own situation, I have just decided that it isn’t worth going back to the store and standing in the return line. Now, while I’m out doing Christmas shopping. I pick up items that I WANT and hand the bag to my husband. Hoping and praying that it will end up under the tree! I know its not much for the Christmas spirit but I really can’t wait for Christmas morning when everyone gets what they want - Including ME!!! Happy Holidays~ Angie

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The Inheritance My mom is dead but her cat isn’t. I love Sneaker (wouldn’t have picked that name…) and she has fit right into our hearts and home—but I didn’t choose her. Almost every time I see this cat I think of my mom. That makes seeing this cat sitting on the couch/bed/dresser/window—kind of sentimental. But not just in a good way. On the phone mom would tell me all about the mischievous acts Sneaker was perpetrating—all of the half-dead bugs she’d bring in from outside—and most of all just how much she loved her and how much joy this little creature brings her. Used to bring her. Now I’ve had this cat just over half of her life—she’s 3, and I wonder if she dreams of one day returning to the great outdoors of Oklahoma? To the lap of my mother? Would she remember the way my mom called to her? Her voice? You know, I kind of think she would respond—but possibly that’s just a conditioned response. I really don’t know what she’s thinking. I don’t know what my wife or kids are thinking half the time so it’s no surprise the cat remains a mystery. Sneaker has been really busy with her new life for 2 years, and she’s safe and she’s loved and I’m fairly certain she knows that. Quite a few of the pets I see are inherited. In my case it was a no-brainer. I brought the cat home. Often the transition is thornier than my experience. What about the other pets in your home? What about your life and schedule and plans? Why are you now voted lifelong caretaker of your parents bad decision? What are you going to do with the “sugar” cat that needs the needle every day? You hate needles! When is enough, enough? I have to give a thyroid pill twice daily? To the dog? This big, fat, lazy dog gets expensive arthritis meds? Now I’m buying them? Am I doing my parent or sibling a disservice by not carrying on with an expensive or annoying management plan for their elderly pet? Do I have to keep feeding this expensive food? Now do you get the guilt of euthanasia? Another pickle is the wife who will never forgive you for euthanizing her dead mothers cat because you couldn’t tolerate an 18 year old kidney failure cat urinating all over your home, stinking it up, and causing all kinds of property damage. All this just so it can get up twice a day to eat and puke all over the rugs?! Sorry—I hear this stuff—this life stuff--almost daily. It gets even pricklier when a person doesn’t have very clear lines of inheritance for their pet already established. Or if the association with the former owner is particularly sensitive—the daughter’s dog that helped her tirelessly until the day the little girl was overcome by cancer. Or the faithful companion of the teen who commits suicide. The parents may not be able to bear the agony constantly seeing the pet. Sometimes parents infuse deep meaning in the life of the pet--an extension of their child--and if something were to ever happen to the pet, they tell me they won’t survive. I can only imagine how smashed together life must be when you lose a child—I can’t imagine how a pet might factor in. Veterinary medicine isn’t just popping a dogs and cats with vaccines. I’ll bet my Primary hears some pretty amazing/wonderful/terrible stories as well. Sometimes the handoff is vertical--but upward—kids go to college and leave Rover at home. Kids get married, have allergic children, and grandma gets the cat. Probably 1 or 2% of my clients have pets that their children have “given” them. A surprising number of 1 year old dogs are cared for by mothers of 19 year old girls who’s former boyfriend bought them the puppy for Christmas before they graduated and went off to college. Isn’t that wild? Now grandma’s got this rambunctious dog. What are you supposed to do with the urns and ashes of all 27 of Aunt Thelma’s former cats? Get a bigger casket for Aunt Thelma. I had dinner tonight with a 94 year old woman who happens to be a friend and client. Her very old cat is not thriving—not doing well at all, sadly. During dinner she leans over to me and whispers, “I want a kitten…” I call my dad one night a few months ago and he answers the phone kind of out of breath. He’s up there in years so I say, “Pop, what’s wrong?” He catches up a little and says, “Oh no, I’m alright, I’ve just been chasing the dog.” “Which dog, Pop?” “Oh, I finally went out and got a little Jack Russell puppy—little boy named Jack!” “Wow—a puppy! Now you have 3 Jack Russell’s—Pop, you’re 77 years old…”Sneaker is going to freak out when those dogs get here.

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November Happenings East Greenbush Community Library

www.eastgreenbushlibrary.com~ 477-7476 Events for Children: Support the Library! Help raise money for a new multipurpose outdoor comWonderful Winter Wonderings with storyteller Kate Dudmunity space! ding (ages 3+) Need a unique gift? Have someone on your holiday list who is tough to buy for? Buy them a brick to be placed in the Saturday, December 1 @ 11:00 am Library’s new multipurpose outdoor community space. Kate Dudding shares winter stories from around the world. $75.00 for a 4x8 brick with 3 lines of text Underwritten by the Story Circle of the Capital District OR through funds raised by their annual storytelling concert for $150.00 for an 8x8 brick with 6 lines of text adults, TELLABRATION. Higher sponsorships are available. For more information, REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19. please contact the Director, Evelyn Butrico at 477-7476 Music Together (babies – age 4) Events for Adults: Tuesday, December 4 @ 10:00 am OR Thursday, December 6 @ 10:00 am All programs are free and open to the public. Due to limited Music Together® is an internationally recognized early space, registration is required for all programs, concerts & childhood music and movement program for babies, todmovies. Call 477-7476 or visit our webpage and use our dlers, preschoolers, and the adults who love them. Join Matt online registration. Yaeger for a sample class! . REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19. Osteoporosis Monday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. MagicMan (ages 3+) Each year, poor bone health in Americans results in 1.5 milSaturday, December 8 @ 11:00 am lion fractures. Learn the essential ways to prevent and treat the most common bone disease in America by using several Children and adults alike will be mesmerized by the MagicMan’s unique blend of conjuring, laughs, and audience paralternatives to medication. Presented by Dr. Amy Burelson ticipation in a magic show designed specifically for children of East Greenbush Chiropractic. and families. REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19. Latin Moves December School Break Happenings! Tuesdays December 4 at 2:00 p.m. Put on your Latin dancing shoes! Join Cori Rowe Delehanty, EG/Schodack registration for all December Break Programs RN from MVP for a fun, friendly workout anyone can do begins Monday, December 17. Open registration begins (including beginners) that combines fast and slow Latin Friday, December 21. rhythms to get your heart pumping. It also tones and sculpts the body while strengthening your core. Please wear sneakFamily Movie Night (all ages) ers. Thursday, December 27 @ 7:00 pm Enjoy free popcorn and Ice Age – Continental Drift! Rated PG. Seasonal Concert with the Columbia Chamber Singers Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. Tween Screen (ages 8 +) Join us for a musical celebration of the season with the CoFriday, December 28 @ 2:00 pm lumbia Chamber Singers, an auditioned choir. This talented Enjoy free popcorn and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. group will help you get into a festive mood. Funded by Rated PG. Friends of East Greenbush Community Library.

Holiday Hope: Grieving During the Holiday Season Friday, December 7 at 1:30 p.m. Will Hannah, grief counselor for the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, will discuss the challenge of honoring our loss in the midst of community celebrations. What is this thing called grief? How do we get a sense of direction and heal, especially when the whole world seems to be throwing a party? At this time of year, it can be helpful to gather with others who understand the challenges of grieving. Free Monthly Movie: Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm Bernie

LEGO Club (ages 5 +) Saturday, December 29 @ 11:00 am Use the library’s LEGO collection and make some cool creations! Happy New Years @ Your Library! (ages 3+) Monday, December 31 @ 11:30 am The balloons drop at noon for our early NYE party. Join us for stories, crafts, and snacks! After School Book Groups Book Bunch (Kindergarten & up) Wednesdays @ 4:30 pm December 5 - Reading “Cork & Fuzz”


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Events for Teens: Teen Cafe Fridays @ 2:30 pm December 14, 21 Join us as we celebrate the end of the week with food, fun, and friends in a room just for teens! TLC & Jr. Friends Wednesdays @ 3:30 pm December 5 Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is now the Teen Library Council (TLC)! Discuss and plan teen programming, collection development, and volunteer opportunities. What does this mean? YOU (teens) get to tell what you would like to do at the library and which books, audiobooks, and magazines you want us to purchase. We will also discuss Teen Area decorations and policies. Plus, you get FOOD as payment when the meeting is over! BYOB Book Club Wednesdays @ 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 19 THEME: Favorite book of 2012

Work of Human Hands Sale The Church of the Holy Spirit, at 667 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush is sponsoring a Work of Human Hands sale on Saturday, December 1 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and Sunday December 2 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Work of Human Hands is a marketing network for poor crafts persons in 40 countries. It enables skilled workers to receive a more equitable share of the retail price for their products. They achieve dignity and strength through their work as well as a better standard of living for their families. Beautiful, hand made items including toys, musical instruments, home décor and jewelry will be on sale. When you purchase an item from the Work of Human Hands you are ensuring steady work and income though out the year to individuals in the developing world. Fair Trade coffee and chocolate will also be for sale. Start your holiday shopping early and help people through out the world. Cash and checks will be accepted. For additional information please contact Holy Spirit Parish Office, 477- 7925.

Creative Writing Workshop Thursday, December 27 @ 4:00pm Join us for a creative writing workshop led by writing Goddess Katy Halpin. All levels of experience are welcome. Registration required – space is limited!

The Library Fish Want YOU! The Children’s Room needs help with the care and maintenance of our fish tank. This is a minimal time commitment for you [only about 1-2 hours, every other week], but it would be invaluable to us. If you are interested, please call [477-7476 ext 106] or stop by to speak with Miss Molly. The Library Board of Trustees Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30 pm The Library will closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25 for the Christmas Holiday and will close at 5:00 pm on Monday, December 31 For New Year’s Eve and will be Closed on Tuesday, January 1st.

SANTA CLAUS CLUB THE VILLAGE OF KINDERHOOK SANTA CLAUS CLUB IS SPONSORED BY THE PALMER ENGINE AND HOSE COMPANY. THE SANTA CLAUS CLUB APPRECIATES THE SUPPORT, GENEROSITY AND TIME OF THE FIRE DEPT. IF YOU ARE A NEW RESIDENT OF THE VILLAGE AND YOUR CHILD IS 8 YEARS OLD OR YOUNGER AND YOU WOULD LIKE HIM OR HER TO RECEIVE A CHRISTMAS EVE VISIT FROM SANTA CLAUS, PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE DECEMBER 5, 2012 JIM AND JO SHEEHEY AT 758-7844. TOWN OF KINDERHOOK VILLAGE CANDLELIGHT NIGHT On the evening of Friday, December 14, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Village businesses will begin the holiday sparkle with the annual Candlelight Night. Local businesses will open their doors to receive guests and visitors of all ages. Santa, wagon rides, music, lights and food will fill the evening.

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Work of Human hands & Breakfast with Santa at Holy Spirit School See press release on page 16 for details Becker’s Open House see ad on page 7 for details Jean’s Green’s Holiday Open House 10-3:00 It’s a Wonderful Life Rensselaer High School’s Drama Club Dessert Theatre production of the Christmas classic for the entire family called “ It’s a Wonderful Life” on Saturday, December 1st at 7pm and Sunday, December 2nd at 2pm in the Rensselaer City School District auditorium, 25 Van Rensselaer Drive. Tickets are $5. Refreshments are available. For information contact 436-8561.

DECEMBER 2, 2012 NYS Holiday Tree Lighting & Fireworks Festival (1-6:00 pm) with NYS Museum Chocolate Expo (11-4:30) & Great Train Extravaganza (11am-4:00pm) 30th Anniversary Victorian Stroll 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historic Downtown Troy Be part of the tradition! Over 20,000 people from all over the Northeast attend this joyful holiday festival! Don’t miss out on fun for everyone! Visit www.victorianstroll.com for more information!

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 7PM Nassau Free Library 18 Church Street, Nassau Dr. Starkman, owner of Dental Sleep Medicine of the Hudson Valley will give a short talk on sleep apnea and treatment options. Included in this discussion will be choices that patients may have, such as CPAP therapy, oral appliance and surgery. The power point presentation will be followed by a demonstration of the oral appliances as well as a short

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2012 2 – 5pm. FREE at The Crisp Cannoli in EG - Santa and his Elves, decorate a sugar cookie, make an ornament andmore! 699 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY, 518 512-3891 FREE at The Crisp Cannoli in EG - Santa and his Elves, decorate a sugar cookie, make an ornament and more!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2012 Celebrate the Winter Solstice and Opening Up the New Earth Energies with Zelda Hotaling 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church Castleton, New York Contact Zelda on Facebook at Healing Around the Drum with Zelda, pinetree444@msn.com or ZeldaHotaling.com Our Towne Rensselaer County ~ Jennifer Felts~518-380-1279

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