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December 2013


OUR TOWNE SOUTHERN RENSSELAER & NORTHERN COLUMBIA COUNTIES

Owner/Publisher/ Editor/ Sales/Design Jennifer Felts 518-380-1279

DECEMBER 2013 Dear Our Towne Readers, As another year comes to a end, I am excited for the Holiday Season and reflect on all of the good things in my life that I am grateful for. Thank you to all of my family, friends and community members who have supported me in 2013. I am very grateful to the Our Towne businesses that have trusted me to be apart of their organizations in 2013! I hope you all realize that I would do whatever I can to connect you with potential customers & supporters. As 2014 begins, I am looking forward to working you, and others, in hopes of bringing you closer to your sales goals! This December issue is filled with over 2 full pages of fun events in our community. Get out and enjoy the company of other Our Towne community members and embrace the joy of the season. Please remember to shop local. They rely on all of us to stay in business! We must support them, or they won’t sustain. It can be a struggle to attract loyal customers. At this time of year, when we have to purchase many goods & services, it is important to support those businesses in our own community. If I can ask one thing of you, it would be to mention to our advertisers that you saw them in Our Towne! They invest money in advertising & promotion, and it is so very important for them to hear that you are noticing! I wish you all a happy, safe and peaceful season. Our next issue will be the “Winter Issue,” that covers January & February events and community programs. Until then, enjoy the remainder of 2013 and maybe I will see you around Our Towne. Thank you for reading & Happy Holidays! Jennifer Felts

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The Our Towne Spotlight Shines On... Steven Daniels and Teresa Eddy, owner/operators of Capital Sawmill Service are also happy to be the proprietors of the unique gift shop, The Gallery at Capital Saw Mill. They provide tree removal, portable saw milling as well as landscape design and installation in the Capital Region. As an arborist, Steven Daniels brings a lifetime of experience cutting trees to the Albany area. In 1980, he formed Steven Daniels Tree Service in Westchester, NY, starting a second generation of tree companies. He arrived in the Albany area in April of 2006 and with the assistance of his wife and attorney, Teresa Eddy, opened Capital Sawmill Service. Although he continues to take down trees, he’s set apart from others tree companies by being able to mill the trees into lumber right at your home with his portable band sawmill. Large lumber mills can’t stop production to make the custom and specialty cuts available at Capital Sawmill. Custom cutting and re-sawing is available to walkins, something for everyone, from truck decking to mantel pieces. There are free form slabs, bar tops, locust posts and various sized timbers. Stop by and see our current inventory and check out our mail box posts and signs. Custom orders are no problem. We also have samples of our lumber stock and can take your custom orders for furniture, bar tops, counter tops, chainsaw carvings In June of 2012, Steven and Teresa opened The Gallery at Capital Sawmill which showcases Steven’s rustic handmade furniture that is simple, yet elegant. Also, many one-of-a kind gifts are made by the very talented people of our community and surrounding areas. We feature favorite locals such as painter/hand carver Jim Bollbach and potter Rich Reiner and many others.

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In addition, a wide selection of gift items such as sterling silver or beaded jewelry, beautiful pottery, unique wood turned bowls, primitive décor, many cards (including Leanin’ Tree cards and magnets, fabric and photographed cards-artisan made), scarves, hand blown glass, stained glass, delicious smelling candles, soaps and hand crèmes and a new line of quilted baby gifts. We also carry exquisite kaleidoscopes, shadow boxes by Sondra Stewart, Klutz toys and wooden puzzles. Steven and Teresa have a very simple philosophy they live by. 7RÀQGRXWZKDWSHRSOHZDQWDQGKHOSWKHPJHWLW,I \RX·UHQRWVXUH what it is you want or need for your trees and land, they always have plenty of ideas and common sense advice. So call them at 479-0729 or stop in at 4119 US Route 20 in Schodack. Look for the HUGE Moose! Shopping hours at The Gallery gift store are Tuesday through Friday 10 to 6:30, and Saturdays 11 to 4. Look for the neon open sign in the window.

Morning, evening and lunch hours are available Monday through Friday to accommodate your scheduling needs! Our Towne Rensselaer County ~ Jennifer Felts~518-380-1279

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By Nassau Veterinary Clinic, PLLC

5 Myths and Facts About Pets in Pain “My pet isn’t in pain.” We hear clients say this a lot. Pets can’t talk to us in traditional ways but there are signs that all is not well. Pain management is not only compassionate, it also helps the healing process and may prevent further complications caused by uncontrolled pain. Here are five common myths and truths about pets and pain. Myth: Animals do not feel pain. All mammals share the same anatomical components of the pain pathway. Even though your dog or cat can’t tug on your shirtsleeve and say “I’ve got a stomach ache,” they feel pain. Fact: There are different types of pain. Acute pain is something that occurs quickly, such as through surgery, an injury or infection. Chronic pain is usually slow to develop, is long lasting and can be difficult to detect. Myth: Animals tolerate pain better than people do. Animals often hide pain. In a predator/prey world, showing pain makes an animal vulnerable. By the time we see the obvious signs, it’s likely your pet is experiencing intense pain. Fact: Common signs of pets in pain include whining, whimpering, being unusually quiet, restlessness, panting, pacing, circling, acting out of character (shy, aggressive), seeking more attention than usual, unable to get comfortable or licking/ aggravating a wound or surgery site. Myth: Pain plays an important role in limiting an animal’s movement during recovery after surgery or trauma. In reality, when an animal is in pain, it is often restless and agitated and it does not promote healing. When animals are comfortable with pain relief, they are more likely to rest and leave surgical sites and injuries alone. Fact: Treatment (dependent on the cause of the pain) may include medications, supplements, physical therapy, laser therapy, acupuncture, and just as with humans, sometimes dropping a little weight does the trick. Myth: My pet is limping, but it isn’t in pain. When humans limp, it’s likely because something hurts. The same is true for your pet. Limping is a sign of pain. Fact: Cats are notorious for hiding pain. The absence of signs does not mean your cat isn’t in pain. Myth: My pet is moving slow because it’s getting old. Age and slow do not necessarily go hand in hand. As we age, we don’t start moving slower. We move slower because our muscles, joints and/or back hurt.


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Adult & Children students stay warm in our indoor arena with our Dressage & Eventing training programs. Private or Group lessons.

"Meet & Greet" For children ages 6-17 who would like to try riding, we offer a 1/2 hour of grooming, riding lesson and farm tour for only $25.00. Would make a great stocking stuffer or gift!

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Your Hometown Pharmacist Miller Young, Pharm.D. RPh. Young’s Pharmacy & General Store, LLC

Women and Smoking: Bad News, Good News You've come a long way, baby. But really, now, who wants this kind of progress…? Women who smoke are at much greater risk of death from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than they were 20 years ago. In fact, deaths from smoking are at an all-time high among women in the U.S. Why? Probably because women have started smoking earlier, are smoking longer, and smoke more each day than women did in the past.1 A large American Cancer Society research study also links smoking to breast cancer. During about a year of follow-up, the rate of new cases of invasive breast cancer was 24 percent higher in smokers than in nonsmokers.2 These are just a couple of new findings. You probably already know that smoking increases the risk for lung and other cancers, as well as the risk for infertility and low birth weight in babies. Against this troubling backdrop, however, there is something positive to report. People who quit smoking between ages 25 and 34 can gain back a decade they otherwise would have lost as lifetime smokers. Even quitting later in life can buy back some time. There's other encouraging news: Your chances of a heart attack or stroke go down if you quit. The benefits of being smokefree can add so much life back into your day to day activities. That's all fine and well, you might say, but quitting is easier said than done. Of course, that's true. But you've got more help at your disposal than ever before. Aside from counseling, quit-smoking support groups, and smoke-free smartphone apps, you can also take advantage of quit-smoking products we carry in our store. Let me know if want to discuss our available products. If you've tried to quit more than once, you might want to try a prescription medication such as varenicline (Chantix) and the antidepressant bupropion (Zyban). Some people also combine one of these medications with a nicotine patch such as Nicoderm. I can walk you through options like these. Or, if your doctor has written a prescription, I can answer any questions you may have.

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Here are some other tips that may make it easier for you to quit smoking: •Get rid of all tobacco products and ashtrays ahead of time. •Ask others not to smoke around you or to leave evidence of cigarettes where you can see them. Also tell them not to buy you smokes after you quit, even if you ask them to. •Change your routines for a while so you're less likely to trigger the desire to smoke. •Find relaxation techniques that work well for you. But minimize drinking alcohol. It may actually derail your efforts. When you feel an urge coming on, find a way to distract yourself—make a phone call, go for a walk, or come talk to me. I'll cheer you on!


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Did you know that Our Towne Magazine MAILS over 16,000 copies into homes & businesses in Southern Rensselaer & Northern Columbia Counties? Another 1,500 copies are place around town!

Contact Jennifer Felts to find out about how Our Towne can help grow your business!

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KIDS BOOK REVIEW The Boxcar Children By Gertrude Chandler Warner I would recommend The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner. The story begins when the children Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny run away from an orphanage and find a boxcar in the woods next to a village to live in. Henry found a job in the village at Doctor Moore’s house. Jessie found a lost dog that had a thorn in its foot. Jessie pulled the thorn out of his foot. Jessie named the dog “Watch.� Jessie, Benny, and Violet found a dump with lots of supplies that they could use to bake with or eat with. Henry ran a race and won. He shook hands with his grandfather and got $25 and a silver trophy. Violet gets sick. The children’s grandfather finds them. The children go live at their grandfather’s house. Jessie and Benny get homesick. Their grandfather moves the Boxcar to his yard.

Congratulations to Noa Emily Wacholder, 8 years old Rensselaer, NY Noa will receive a $10.00 Gift Certificate to Good Buy Books!

To AdverĆ&#x;se or List a Community Event Contact Jennifer Felts at 518-380-1279 OR felts66@yahoo.com

wanted: Children ages 8 & up to write a book review for Our Towne Magazine. Each month I will publish a book review as a way to encourage our smallest readers & writers! Book reveiws will be published in the order received. 1. Your name, age, & town or school. 2. Name of the book & author 3. Summary of book & why you would recommend this book to another young reader. 250 words or less please. Two book reviews maximum per writer. Please include your phone number (or e-mail) and address, so I can mail you the Gift Certificate Every published critic will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to Good Buy Books! Send Book Reviews to: OUR TOWNE MAGAZINE Jennifer Felts 3 Lynch Ave Castleton, NY 12033

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Melvin Roads American Legion Post 1231 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush 518-462-7006

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Boy Scout Annual Tree and Wreath Sale Driving down Maple Hill Road in December always brings familiar scene. A large sign alerting you to fresh “Christmas Trees For Sale� and the view of families picking out their tree that will hold thier precious ornaments. At the Maple Hill Tree Farm, you will see signs for the Castleton Boy Scout Troop 53. Once again, they are selling fresh Christmas trees and wreaths. This Boy Scout Troop has been selling trees for over 25 years. The profits support the troop and it's outdoor programs throughout the year. The various types of Christmas Trees are fairly priced, according to size and appearance. Fresh balsam wreaths, 24"- 26" in diameter are available with and without bows. As you can see in the above advertisement, there are many choices spending on the type of tree you would like. Some are cut and ready to be chosen. Or if you prefer, they will cut a specific one down for you. Greens are also available for all of your decorating needs. The trees are for sale on weekends from 10 AM until dusk at a farm just east of Castleton Village on Maple Hill Road. If you are coming from outside of Castleton, take US Route 9 and turn on Maple Hill Road. They are about 2 miles on the right.. Signs are posted. We would like to thank our loyal customers for their continued support and welcome new folks. Special thanks also to Dan Engwer Florist of Averill Park for helping us to acquire our tree and wreath stock.

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Holiday Jokes What do elves learn in school? The elf-abet! What is the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet? The Christmas alphabet has no L! What Christmas Carol is a favorite of parents? Silent Night What do snowmen eat for breakfast? Frosted Flakes What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? Frostbite What kind of bird can write? A Pen-guin! How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas? Fleece Navidad! What does a cat on the beach have in common with Christmas? Sandy Claws! What do you get if Santa goes down the chimney when a fire is lit? Crisp Cringle What kind of candle burns longer, a red candle or a green candle? Neither, all candles burn shorter! Why was Santa's little helper depressed? He had low elf esteem! What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic!

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Troy Savings Music Hall Music at Noon.: Since 1988, on the second Tuesday of each month, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s free Music at Noon concert series has presented exceptional regional musicians with a diverse mix of musical styles. The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Music at Noon schedule November 12- Janice Nimetz\Classical Piano December 10 - Halderberg Madrigal Singers January 14, 2014- Elinor Frey\Voices of the Violoncello February 11, 2014-Frederic Hellwitz-Classical Guitar March 11, 2014-Gordon & Noyes\Trumpet & Guitary, Jazz Standards and more. April 8, 2014-Michael Century-Piano and Accordion May 13, 2013-Findlay Cockrell For additional information, please call 518-273-0038. T.O.P.S. TAKING OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY: LOW COST, SELF-HELP SUPPORT GROUP FOR WEIGHT LOSS. MEETING EVERY TUESDAY AT THE RENSSELAER LIBRARY AT 676 EAST STREET. WEIGH IN AT 5:45 & MEETING FROM 6:00-7:00. CAFE THEO -- ST. PAUL’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 1583 CARNEY ROAD, CASTLETON . CAFE THEO IS AN INFORMAL GATHERING OF PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE WHO SEEK AN UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE BIG QUESTIONS IN LIFE. WE ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION ON MORAL, PHILOSOPHICAL, AND SPIRITUAL TOPICS. SOME RECENT TOPICS DISCUSSED INCLUDE REVENGE/MERCY, NATURE OF THE SOUL, AND SYMBOLISM. WE WELCOME ALL POINTS OF VIEW AND RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVE, AND OUR COMMON GROUND HONORS FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE IN RESPECTFUL CONVERSATION. WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF ENGAGING DISCUSSION, MUSIC, AND A PERIOD OF REFLECTION. REFRESHMENTS ARE PROVIDED. WE MEET EVERY 1ST AND 3RD TUESDAY AT 6:30 P.M. AT ST. PAUL’S METHODIST CHURCH, CASTLETON. O’KENNY’S SUMMER CRUISE IN CAR SHOW WITH LIVE MUSIC, AWESOME CARS AND GREAT FOOD. EVERY 1ST & 3RD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH. 5:30-8:30 AT 3321 ROUTE 9 VALATIE CALL 518-784-2491 FOR DETAILS

WEDNESDAY THE COMMUNITY SENIORS OF CLINTON HEIGHTS MEETS THE FIRST AND THIRD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT THE COMMUNITY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF CLINTON HEIGHTS. WE ARE LOCATED NEXT TO EAST GREENBUSH TOWN HALL AT 221 COLUMBIA TURNPIKE IN THE TOWN OF EAST GREENBUSH. THE ENTRANCE IS LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE CHURCH AND IT IS HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE. YOU CAN PARK IN LOT OFF SOUTHERN AVE. OR IN PARKING LOT NEXT TO CHURCH ON THE WEST SIDE. WE MEET FROM 11:30 AM TO 2:00 PM. BRING YOUR LUNCH AND JOIN WITH THE GROUP IN PLAYING GAMES AND HAVING DISCUSSIONS OR BRING SOME NEW IDEAS TO THE GROUP. COFFEE AND TEA ARE PROVIDED.IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CALL ARLENE ( OZZIE) SHELDON AT 518-733-0380, PRESIDENT. MELVIN ROADS POST BINGO IS WEDNESDAY EVENINGS BEGINNING AT 7:30PM. DOORS OPEN AT 5:30PM. $2,300 IN PRIZES PLUS CASINOS

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SATURDAYS PIZZA AND WING NIGHT IS BACK ! PIZZA NIGHTS ARE HELD ON THE 3RD SATURDAY EACH MONTH SEPT. THRU MAY PACK UP THE FAMILY AND JOIN US FOR THE BEST (AND THE ORIGINAL) FIREHOUSE PIZZA AROUND. EAT IN OR TAKE OUT. CHODACK VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.1553 SCHODACK VALLEY RD. CASTLETON NY 12033. 477-4215 FAMILY STORY TIME, E. GREENBUSH COMMUNITY LIBRARY, 10 COMMUNITY WAY, 11 AM. STORIES, SONGS, CRAFTS; ALL AGES. 518 477-7476

SUNDAYS ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST, THE CASTLETON FIRE HOUSE, LOCATED AT 11 GREEN AVENUE IN CASTLETON WILL BE HOSTING AN ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH FROM 8AM TILL NOON (EXCEPT FOR OCTOBER). 2012 DATES ARE OCTOBER 14TH, NOVEMBER 4TH AND DECEMBER 2ND; 2013 DATES ARE JANUARY 6TH, FEBRUARY 3RD, MARCH 3RD, APRIL 7TH AND MAY 5TH. COST IS $7/ADULTS, $6/SENIORS AND $5/CHILDREN AGES 5 TO 11. PHONE 7324342. FREE SPAGHETTI DINNERS AT THE BLOOMING GROVE REFORMED CHURCH OFF ROUTE 4 IN DEFREESTVILLE. EVERY FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE MONTH (EXCEPT DECEMBER) FROM 1:00 TO 3:00 P.M. OPEN TO ALL AREA COMMUNITIES. ALL ARE WELCOME. COME AND ENJOY PASTA WITH A CHOICE OF PLAIN OR MEAT SAUCE, FRESH TOSSED SALAD, BREAD, DESSERT AND A BEVERAGE. Our Towne Rensselaer County ~ Jennifer Felts~518-380-1279

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Snapshot by Daryl Bart Earlier this year, I started thinking about what photo would be on our holiday card (don’t judge me – we’re all allowed our little slice of crazy). I did a quick look thru what we had so far and I realized something BIG. I’m not in many of my family pictures. Adding to this – we had 2 great family trips in the past year – and one could assume, by looking at the mementos, that I wasn’t even on the trip. So, I got to thinking – if I am not in the photos of my own lif, am I missing out somehow? So, I was pretty upset by the realization that I was hiding from the lens. I’m my own worst enemy here. I’ve struggled with my self-image for a life time. I know we’re all usually more critical of ourselves – but even though I’d label myself an optimist, a half-full sort, truth be told, I never learned to love me fully…just for me. I always had an “If, When, Then, Someday” plan in my head, but those days never came. Around this same time, I had a real life epiphany. I was talking with a personal trainer & lamenting that my habits were not getting me the goals I wanted. She told me something in a way I had never heard it before. She said to me “Wow – you eat healthy, you exercise, get sleep, have happy kids and like your job. You manage your stress and even find time for some personal hobbies (like writing). You have got to find some way to congratulate yourself for your excellent life MAINTENANCE”…that was the key – I never gave myself credit for maintaining a positive & healthy life. It was true that my actions weren’t getting me on the cover of Women’s Health, No I don’t have a literary agent, yes my jeans size were in the double digits..BUT truth be told, I do a lot of things right. Only when I could acknowledge that my current actions were positive, worthy even, and not feel guilty or jealous or disappointed– could I identify which habits I needed to change.

The Teen Book Review by Allison Felts

Ender’s Game Ender’s Game by Orison Scott Card is a fantastic book for anyone who loves science fiction. I thought it was a very original book, and it kept me excited until the end. When Ender Wiggin is six years old he lives with his parents, his mean older brother Peter, and his favorite person, Valentine, his sister. One day after a conflict at school a man named Colonel Graff appears at the Wiggin’s door. He asked to recruit Ender for battle school in outer space. Humans are preparing for a third invasion with an alien species, and are taking children and training them to be soldiers. Ender agrees to go with Colonel Graff. The first book in the series goes through Enders experience at Battle school, and eventually Command school. Graff thinks Ender is special and could lead their army into the third invasion, and destroy their species.

It happened both in slow motion & like a ton of bricks. BANG! I gained clarity that day. I had been misplacing my energies – I kept expecting different results from actions that were already giving me outcomes but I was ignoring them. The gratitude started flowing – an appreciation for being a good wife, mom, friend & neighbor. At 45 years old, this old dog learned a few new tricks – I identified a few habits that I could change – drink more water, take on some real issues that affected my kids, read more & give back – to me. I committed to and completed a fitness program that I could incorporate into my life – for life. I am happy, and proud, to say that over the months I saw different results. I lost weight I never thought I could, I made friends I didn’t know I needed & I found time I swore wasn’t available. So now my goals have had to change. The habits I want to tweak are different ones. And I’m starting with the camera. I am going to be in the picture. When my kids look back over the chronicle of our lives together – I want them to say “Mom was present, and she made an impact – and have the photo to prove it” So I hope we all can make some changes in the 2014, that impact us in ways that might be unforeseen at the moment – but become clear. We all deserve to live a life worthy of the photo album.

Holidays 2013 Daryl Bart Dcbart1@gmail.com I enjoyed this book very much and a character that is memorable to me is Enders sister, Valentine. When Ender goes to Battle school it seems like only Valentine misses him. She has been writing him but hasn’t been getting responses. Eventually years after Enders brother, Peter, has a plan to help silence conflicts on Earth, and eventually “Conquer” the Earth. He asks excellent writer Valentine to become an internet writer with him. Together they become Locke and Demosthenes. Ender’s Game was a wonderful book, but I also saw the movie. I thought the movie was great and displayed the book well. The only part they didn’t include was what was happening on earth with Enders family while he’s in space. I was looking forward to the parts about Locke and Demosthenes, but those weren’t included. Overall I thought the movie was great. Ender’s Game by Orison Scott Card is an original book for ages 11 and up. I suggest this book to anyone who likes science fiction, and likes the book to movie comparison. The characters were all very interesting to learn about, and the story is very exciting. Ender’s Game is an awesome book and I give it 5 stars!


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Catching up with the Cross Eyed Owl Owner of The Cross Eyed Owl in Valatie, Patti Varga is thrilled to celebrate her 20th year in business. Providing unique & quality products from over 400 companies, The Cross Eyed Owl has gifts for every occasion in your life. Not just beautiful decorations for the home, the shop has gifts for men, women, children & your beloved pets. With many unique gifts, and personalized service, you are sure to find that special present, for even the most challenging people in your life. Don’t let the volume of merchandise overwhelm you. The store is nicely organized by theme, so items are easy to find. Browsing around the store is such a treat! Like many of our other Our Towne business owners, Patti grew up locally and enjoys working in the community she calls home. She is very generous with donations to local groups for their fundraisers and raffles. She believes in giving back to the community that has supported her business for 20 years. Her generous spirit has greatly benefited many local organizations through the years. Twenty years ago, she started her business as a means to sell her own crafts and creations. “Any crafter will tell you, your home can hold only so many creations. I realized that I had to sell them!” Formally known as Field Flowers, she changed the name to The Cross Eyed Owl after years of being perceived as a florist. She reached out to the community, and had a contest to find a new name. Five years ago, The Cross Eyed Owl was born… Patti proudly holds the title of “The Best Gift Shop in the Capital Region,” by readers of the Capital Region Living Magazine. For three years in a row, she has earned readers & shoppers recognition. With their large and unique assortment of items, they have become the go-to shop for gifts for all occasions. Patti says the best part of owning her shop is the interaction and relationships she has with her customers. “You hear about the births, birthdays, weddings and special people that my customers are shopping for. Even sad occasions, when someone wants to pick out a memorial gift to remember a loved one that has passed. We enjoy being a part of the celebrations and moments in our customer’s lives . We take joy in that relationship. “ The vast assortment of gift items from Jim Shore, Willow Tree & Yankee Candle, are the largest in the area. Bring in your Holiday Shopping list and let the staff at The Cross Eyed Owl find the perfect gifts with you this season. They also offer a gift registry and free layaway so that you’re sure to give and get just what you’re looking for. The Cross Eyed Owl is located at 3143 Route 9 in Valatie. They are open: Monday-Friday from 10:006:00, Wednesday from 10:00-8:00, Saturday from 10:00-5:00 and Sunday from noon to 5:00. Extended Holiday hours begin December 1st. For more information, please call 518-758-6755 or visit the website: www.crosseyedowl.com. In addition, you can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


December Happenings East Greenbush Community Librar y www.eastgreenbushlibrary.com~ 477-7476

COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE:

EVENTS FOR CHILDREN:

To help replenish the shelves of our local food pantries, the library in collaboration with The Southern Rensselaer County Rotary and the Greenbush YMCA is collecting canned and nonperishable food through the end of the year. Please give your items to a staff member at the circulation desk. Thank You!

December Fun! Cookie Day! (ages 4 -8) Wednesday, December 4 at 2:00 pmCome celebrate National Cookie Day at the library by decorating cookies to eat. Stories, a craft, and cookies for all! Registration is required.

EVENTS FOR ADULTS: All programs are free and open to the public. Due to limited space, registration is required for all programs, concerts & movies. Call 477-7476 or visit our webpage and use our online registration. Multiple Sclerosis Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, blindness, and more. If you or someone you know has been recently diagnosed with MS, don’t miss this informational session by Aaron Ward from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Holiday Shopping for Tablets and E-Readers Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. Are you interested in getting a portable device but don’t know where to start? Attend this program to learn about the different types of devices and their capabilities before you shop. Libraryowned devices will be available for attendees to try out. AARP Driving Class Monday, December 9 at 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please register early as classes are limited to the first 35 adults. The class cost is $17.00 per person for materials for AARP members. Please bring your card to the class. Non-members will be charged $19.00. Payment will be taken the day of the class by check made out to AARP. Please bring a bagged lunch. REGISTRATION BEGINS NOVEMBER 18. Holiday Music with Capitaland Chorus Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. Capitaland Chorus, an award-winning chapter of Sweet Adelines International, will wow you with their acapella holiday music in four-part harmony. See their Christmas video from Colonie Center on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeOWFUpTM5s

EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM Resume/Cover Letter Clinic Friday, December 13, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm Make a one-on-one 20-minute appointment to have your resume or cover letter reviewed by an expert. Visit or call the Reference Desk for an appointment. Only one appointment per person per session; you may attend more than one session. A draft resume or cover letter is required.

Free Monthly Movies at 6:30 pm: Wednesday, December 11 Now You Can See Me The Library Board of Trustees meets on Tuesday, December 17 at 7:30 pm

Friday Fun Flicks – Vroom, Vroom! (ages 2-5) Friday, December 6 @ 10:00 am Enjoy a few short animated films about trucks and other things that go. Make a truck craft to take home. Registration is required. Music Together (baby - age 5) Monday, December 9 @ 10:00 am OR 11:00 am Join Matt Yaeger for a sample class of Music Together®, an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program. Registration is required. Play at the Library Thursday, December 12: 10:00 am – noon Drop-in and play at the library! Toddlers and preschoolers can play with the library’s rice table, blocks, puzzles, and other toys. Caregivers must remain in room with children. Cocoa & Crafts Saturday, December 14 Drop in between 10:00 am – 12:00 noon and make winter crafts and enjoy hot chocolate. The Winter Children’s Booksale will be taking place across the hall. Playdough Party (ages 2-5) Tuesday, December 17 @ 10:00 am Enjoy hands-on fun playing with our homemade playdough. Registration is required. Family Movie Night Thursday, December 26 @ 7:00 pm Movie to Be Announced Happy New Years’ @ Your Library! (ages 3+) Tuesday, December 31 @ 11:00 am The balloons drop at noon for our early NYE party. Join us for stories, crafts, and snacks! Registration is required. ART Club (Grades K-5) Thursday, December 12 @ 4:30 pm Kids are invited to explore various art techniques by creating hands-on projects. Registration is required.

EVENTS FOR TEENS: TAG & Jr. Friends (Teen Advisory Group) Tuesday, December 3 @ 3:30 pm Discuss and plan teen programming, collection development, and volunteer opportunities. Teen area decorations and policies will also be discussed. Plus, you get FOOD as payment when the meeting is over. “Board” Senseless Tuesday, December 10 @ 3:30 pm Join us for an afternoon of fun with card and board games!

The Library will closed on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 for the Christmas Holiday. The Library will also close at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, December 31st

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DECEMBER 2013 COMMUNITY CALENDAR Tuesday, December 3

RENSSELAER SCHOOL DIST. ALUMNI ASSOC.~ ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP & FUND DRIVE The Alumni Association will meet on December 3rd. at 2:40 PM at the High School in Mrs. Wright's room to do our annual mailing. This year the newly formed Alumni Club will be assisting us for a short time but members are needed to help with this project. We are proudly coming to the close of the second year as an organized association. The following summarizes our achievements for 2013: • Installed officers, updated our data base, which is now at over 2000 members. • Informing members through our website at www.aarcsd.org and posting on our Facebook page "Rensselaer Grade Schools & HS Alumni". Establishing an Alumni Club for high school students. • Awarding two $500 Centennial Awards to graduating seniors. • Establishing and bestowing a $1000 Enrichment Grant to the school district, ($500 for Elementary and $500 for Middle and High School). • Selecting the first 10 Alumni Hall of Fame recipients, hosting the inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Dinner & establishing an Alumni wall at the high school. So we encourage all alumni, or anyone who attended the Rensselaer School District to become a member and help us continue the important work we have started. Please contact president L. Beiermeister at lynnebmeister@gmail.com with questions.

December 5th-8th The 57th Annual Holiday Greens Show, is a Troy holiday tradition that transforms twelve rooms of the 1827 Federal-style Hart-Cluett House into a unique showcase. Members of the Van Rensselaer Garden Club incorporate fresh trees, greens and flowers to create beautiful history-inspired displays. This year''s theme is theme is ''Twas the Night Before Christmas. For specific times and programs visit, www.rchsonline.org, like them on Facebook or call 518-272-7232 The event is located at: Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 Second Street Troy, NY 12180

Saturday, December 7 The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Church is located at the intersection of Schodack Landing Road & Muitzeskill Road in Schodack. The Christmas Bazaar will include new and gently used Christmas decorations, cards, gifts, and books, as well as a Luncheon Cafe and a Bake Sale. For more information, call the Church office at 732-7500.

Saturday, December 7th, 2013 At 12 Noon, Saturday, December 7th, 2013, 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.” This 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 the American Legion to bring this horrific day to the attention of those younger and who may not appreciate the meaning of this tragic occasion. Melvin Roads Post is located at 200 Columbia Turnpike in East Greenbush. Again, the public is invited to join the veterans at 12Noon December 7th. For further information, call the Post at 462-7006.

Saturday, December 7, 2013 The Church of the Covenant, Route 43 in Averill Park, New York Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9am – 3pm With more than one-dozen handcraft, gift and food shops, the Bazaar is designed for all your Christmas shopping. You'll find plenty of holiday-themed items, as well as year-round gifts and decor. Upstairs we have The Doll Boutique with handmade American Girl clothing, the Pet Corner with gifts for your pet, the Sweet Shoppe, Plants & Greens, Collectibles, the Country Store, Handcrafts & Decorations and Religious Items. Downstairs will be “Yuletide for Youth.”. There they will decorate cookies, shop in the Kids-Only store, play games and make crafts. Be sure to stop by the COC Cafe'. The Cafe specializing in chili, macaroni and cheese, sausage and peppers, assorted soups and other home-cooked options is an annual favorite.

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DECEMBER 2013 COMMUNITY CALENDAR Saturday, December 7th

You don’t want to miss the HudsonWinter Walk 2013! Warren Street from Front Street to Worth Avenue from 5:00pm - 8:00pm is transformed for a magical celebration! This Community wide holiday celebration featuring musicians, dancers, costumed charades, horsedrawn wagon rides, live reindeer and mini horses, carolers, Santa parade, performers on street in windows and food vendors. Gary Schiro, Executive Director, Hudson For more information, contact Gary Schiro at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 at 518-822-1438 gary@hudsonoperahouse.org or via www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Saturday, December 7, 2013 Looking for some Holiday cheer, a visit with Santa and maybe win some great gift baskets and gift certificates? Be sure to visit Becker's Farm Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7th from 9 to 4 and stop at the Greenbush Garden Club table. You can take a chance on some great gift baskets and certificates, meet our members and learn about our programs and community activities. Becker's Farm is located at 420 Columbia Turnpike in East Greenbush. See you there. Greenbush Garden Club, 518-892-4603 or greenbushgardener@gmail.com

Sunday, December 8, 2013 Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce County proudly presents The Troy Victorian Stroll.Experience the holiday magic Sunday, December 8, 2013 in historic downtown Troy! There will be something for everyone at the 31st Troy Victorian Stroll, including Mr. and Mrs. Claus, live music, stilt walkers, Newfoundland sleigh rides, dancers, jugglers. The fun begins at 11:00am! Fore More Information, please contact the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce at 518-274-7020 or at http://www.victorianstroll.com

Friday, December 13, 2013

At 6:30 pm, Candlelight Night in the Village of Kinderhook is rapidly approaching. Please join us at the Kinderhook Memorial library for an evening of holiday jazz with the Nat Phipps Trio! Nat, an Albany legend, is a jazz pianist who hails from Newark, N.J. where he spent most of his early professional years playing in New York City and New Jersey. The trio will play selections of holiday music as they bring their swing and melodic styling to the Kinderhook Memorial Library. The fireplace will be burning bright and refreshments will be served as we spread holiday Kinderhook, NY 12106 ~ (518) 758-6192. info@kinderhooklibrary.org

Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th The Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library Book Shop at the Feed and Seed building will be open on Candlelight Night to celebrate the holiday season. The store, just steps from the Library on Hudson Street in Kinderhook, will be open 5:30pm to 8:30pm Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th from 10 am to 4 pm. The shop has been restocked and will feature adult fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, craft books, and collectible books. In addition, the Shop has hundreds of new and very gently used children’s and young adult books. Children will be able to visit with Mrs. Claus while parents browse. Follow the luminaria from the Library where the Friends will be providing home-baked cookies and the Nat Phipps Jazz Trio will be playing holiday jazz from 6:30 to 8:30. Join us for a festive evening of books, music and delicious baked goods. For more information about the Friends of the Library please visit the Kinderhook Memorial Library website: http://www.oklibrary.org

Saturday, December 14, 2013

At the Kinderhook Public Library, please join us for our 4th annual Cookie Exchange on Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 4:15pm and get into the holiday spirit with friends, old and new! You’ll get a chance to present your homemade cookies and sample everyone else’s. Please bring 3 dozen cookies-- you’ll go home with as many cookies as you bring. Be sure to also bring extra cookies for everyone to sample and a large container to take home your delcious bounty. We’ll play fun games and share some stories while feasting on milk and cookies. All patrons are welcome and encouraged to join! Please stop by the library to register for this scrumpdiddlyumptious event! You’ll get a chance to present your homemade cookies and sample everyone else’s. 18 Hudson Street | Kinderhook, NY 12106, (518) 758-6192. info@kinderhooklibrary.org

Saturday, December 14 Capital Community Voices in East Greenbush Presents “An American Christmas.” The Capital Community Voices, directed by Julie Panke, will present a program of classical and popular holiday songs on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 pm at Genet Elementary School, Route 4, East Greenbush, NY. The program will include Christmas songs from the American Folk, African-American Spiritual, and popular traditions. An ensemble from the chorus will present “Stopping By the Woods” with a text from poet Robert Frost. Popular selections include “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “ Baby, it’s Cold Outside,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The chorus will be accompanied by John Norton, piano, Tony Riccobono, bass, and James Iacketta, percussion. Ticket prices for the concert are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. A reception will follow the performance. Contact Julie Panke at 519-3705434; 518-275-3727 or at kirkechor@earthlink.net

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USE IT OR LOSE IT… My staff gets flooded with calls at this time of the year with questions about dental plans, annual spending reports, HSAs & FSAs and squeezing in college students on break. We’re happy to help. But hardest thing for us to do is watch patients with unused dental benefit just leave them behind. The fortunate folks with dental benefits through an employer, spouse or parent have the opportunity to really maximize them. Benefits often are a fixed annual amount – say $1500 per year. Unused benefits will not rollover to the next year…and so if you have work to do (cleanings & fillings & consultations for maybe an implant or something else) it’s worth trying to use a little. Even if you don’t need any dental treatment specifically, getting among other things: regular cleaning, getting up to date on diagnosic xrays, fluoride, sealants, consulations, night guards and long range planning. Getting in now, we can detect early signs of cavities, oral cancer & periodontal disease which are often silent and not painful and if there is anything – plan for next year. For Students: Most insurance them to stay with a parents plan if enrolled in college and up to age 26 – but criteria varies. If there’s a status change in 2014 – you’ll want to know. You’ve worked hard to keep their smile beautiful – but once off of your insurance – how high of a priority will paying for dental work be on their list? We hope high, but know from experience, that young adults, even with a great dental track record, often ignore their dentist if not on a parents plan. Yes, quality comprehensive dentistry costs money, but, by taking advantage of all your plan offers you can save down the road. No dental problems ever get better by themselves & often get more painful, more complicated and more expensive to fix. Simple cavities can turn into root canals, chipped and lost fillings turn into crowns, bridges or implants. Let your dental staff help you maximize your benefits, review any outstanding plans or get you in under the wire. The dentist just might save you something. A Happy Healthy Smiling Holiday Season from all of us here at Lapinski Dental! Please contact me via DrJoe@LapinskiDental.com

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Every day, we work with our neighbors, government, schools, business and other not for profits to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. To fulfill this promise Ys require strong cause-driven leadership to effect lasting personal and social change in our three areas of focus:

FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTHY LIVING FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY The Y reaches the community in many ways through our annual support campaign that allows financial assistance to all for programs and services we provide every day. In the area of healthy living the Y offers programs such as diabetes prevention, peddle for Parkinson’s and Livestrong for cancer survivors. The Y helps to provide backpacks to students in need of school supplies each year. Our organization continues to help families and individuals especially through the Holiday season with supporting our local food pantries with a food collection and sponsoring families in need. We have in the past and will continue to support families and children during the holiday season with a toy drive and warming tree donations of hats and gloves for families. These are some of the ways the Y helps the community outside its doors and we look for ways to partner and collaborate with other organizations to support our community. We are not just a gym and swim facility we are part of the community helping each other and offering opportunities to everyone

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THE EAST GREENBUSH DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY & RECREATION SERVICES IS PROUD TO PRESENT HOLIDAY HOMES 2013. THIS IS A CHANCE FOR TOWN RESIDENTS TO SHOW OFF THEIR HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S. REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TOWN WILL BE JUDGING ALL HOMES ENTERED IN THE CONTEST ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 16TH AND THE DEADLINE TO ENTER IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13TH. THE ENTRY FORM CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE OR STOP BY TOWN HALL TO ENTER! WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ALL THE BEAUTIFUL HOMES IN THE TOWN HALL TO ENTER! WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ALL THE BEAUTIFUL HOMES IN TOWN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! CONTACT THE COMMUNITY & RECREATION DEPARTMENT @ 4774194 WITH ANY QUESTIONS.

NEED AN AFTERNOON ON YOUR OWN TO GET SOME HOLIDAY TASKS COMPLETED?

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Saturday, December 7th 10AM to 2PM Bring your child to Emmanual Reformed Church and have the chance to check some things off your list! Parents can rest assured that their children will be in the excellent care of the ERC Youth Group and adult supervisors. Children in care will play games, make crafts, watch a holiday video, and have fun! Child Care will take place in theApostles’ Room at Emmanuel Reformed Church. Price per child is $30 (with a $50 cap per family). All children must bring a bagged lunch and drink!

Pre-registration is required! To register your child, call Amy at 428-4414. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward the cost of a Youth Group fellowship event in 2014.

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BUYERS

AND SELLERS SHOULD BE SMART ABOUT RADON BY CATHY GRAZIANO

If you are thinking of buying a home or selling your home, have it tested for Radon. You can’t see, smell or taste radon, yet exposure to the gas can make you sick. In fact, the Surgeon General (January 2005) has warned that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today after smoking. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and may get into the air you breathe by penetrating your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. It has been found in all parts of the country and can cause a dangerous high indoor radon level in any home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, roughly one out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. While it is not a requirement that you test for radon when you make an offer to buy a home, it is a good idea to ask for a Radon Inspection Contingency. If you are building a new home, you may want to ask if passive radon-resistant techniques are used. Every home should be tested, even if it was built radon-resistant or already has a radon reducing system installed. A Radon Inspection Contingency can put some structure into getting a “short-term” radon test done on a home to make sure the levels of radon on the lowest level of the home are below the 4.0 pCi/L level. That level was a target set by the U.S. Congress for indoor air quality, and the U.S. EPA enforces that mandate.

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If you are preparing to sell your home, you should test for radon before you even put it on the market. Have all the paperwork and testing data to show the prospective buyer. This can save valuable time during a real estate transaction. The quickest way to detect radon is with short-term tests. The most common detectors are charcoal canisters, alpha track, electret ion chamber, continuous monitors and charcoal liquid scintillation. Test the home in the lowest level that you currently live in, or a lower level not currently used, but which a buyer could use for living space. Elevated radon levels can be remedied with a radon-reduction system. Your real estate professional can recommend local qualified radon testers. For more information view The Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon at www. epa.gov/radon. There are also several Radon Hotline numbers operated by the National Safety Council in Partnership with EPA found there. Cathy is a resident of East Greenbush and is an associate broker with RE/ MAX Park Place. She has over 20 years’ experience in real estate and is a member of the NYSAR Professional Standards, Education Management & Housing Opportunities Committees. You can contact Cathy at 518-496-2297 or at cgraziano@remax.net.

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Happy Holidays to Everyone! A special note of thanks and gratitude to all of our new and existing customers, with many lasting friendships created as well. I’d also like to give kudos to all the local Our Towne and Your Home Towne publishers, whose tireless dedication to putting out these excellent publications really helps local businesses grow and prosper. Thank-you all! Our company is Scrapster, LLC, the Capital Region’s premier NO COST* scrap metal and appliance removal and recycling service (*conditions may apply, please call for details). We are a local family owned business and cater to both residential and business customers within a 50 mile radius around Albany, NY. We are fully insured, convenient, and reliable and always provide top Quality work. Everything is properly recycled, disposed of or donated. Scrapster additionally provides LOW COST junk removal, TV removal and clean out services. We are an official New York State DEC approved location for business or personal computer and electronics recycling. We are also fully EPA608 certified for Freon (refrigerant) recovery and removal from refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and coolers. We are doing our part to help protect the environment both now and for the future. Originally I started in 2010 with one truck (a Ford Ranger… one step above a shopping cart) and my driveway doubling as a storage depot (see Wife = not happy). Today I have several employees, 4 trucks and 6000 square feet of warehouse recycling operations. In early 2013 we passed the one million pound mark in recycled scrap metal (600,000+ total pounds this year alone) and our newly expanded junk removal and clean out services have quadrupled in size and are growing every day. A competitor once asked was I “…still going down into basements?” The answer is and always will be: YES! “Don’t Worry, We Can Take It!” isn’t just our company slogan, it is the back bone of what we do. Large or small, easy or difficult…we 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. Please call us at (518) 505-5055. We will remove the items from exactly where they are located-you don’t need to do a thing. Please Like Us on Facebook and visit our website at www.scrapster.com for more information, specials & coupons, recycling information, or to schedule an appointment.


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DEAR ANGIE Dear Angie, Every year for the holidays, my sister & her family go overboard on the Christmas gifts. We set a budget, but she never sticks to it. My family is on a very tight budget, and we just can't give any more than we do. It is awkward, when I give her a $25 gift (per the budget) and she gives me a purse or clothing that is obviously MUCH more expensive. I know my kids are starting to notice, and it is just uncomfortable. What should I do? Frustrated in Castleton Dear Frustrated, There is always one in every family! If you have been reading Dear Angie, you know I'm all about honesty. Just come right out and tell your sister that the budget is $25. and you would appreciate if she could please just spend $25. You seem to always go above and beyond which is so sweet but you are starting to get uncomfortable with the kids noticing. If she doesn't comply then enjoy the extra gifts and just say "It is what it is." Happy Holidays, Angie

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