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& Now The old Delmar Theatre By Susan E. Leath The old Delmar theatre was once mainstay in downtown Delmar

“Always Cool and Comfortable” is a slogan we being shown there. “Nowhere outside the cities can one enjoy the best in so pleasant all can relate to in the hazy days of August. surroundings as at the Delmar Theatre, and Such was Conery’s Delmar Theatre it can be reached so easily over good roads advertising in July of 1938. On Monday the and away from crowded city traffic that it is a 11th, one could enjoy the musical comedy pleasure to motor there.” (May 10, 1929) Josette starring the comedic talents of Dom Advertising in 1932 promised “Big Programs Ameche and Robert Young. This black and – Best Sound”. In 1933, the Delmar Theatre white film was preceded by color cartoons offered itself as the “home of better and a “Floyd Gibbons Thrill.” Gibbons was a photoplays”; upgraded in 1934 to “home thrill seeking correspondent during World of superior photoplays.” Admission was 25 War I who often wrote about his exploits. cents for adults and 10 cents for children. In the 1920’s and 30’s he was a widely known radio commentator and narrator In the late 1930’s the Jarvis’ leased the of news reels. Gibbons publicized his True theatre to Mitchel Conery of Ravena. Conery Adventures radio show as “Thrills and Chills was a local theatre magnet whose cinemas and All True.” included ones in Ravena, Schoharie, Athens, Hensonville and Delmar. In Delmar, he The Jarvis brothers opened the Delmar ran a Kiddie Klub, advertising a pie eating Theatre in early April 1929. The brick contest before the show. A June 1938 building featured two storefronts on either matinee featured the grand opening of the side of the main entrance. The Altamont “new delicious popcorn machine with a free Enterprise declared that fine programs were balloon pet with every box of this delicious food.” (Altamont Enterprise)

The building today is home to the 333 Café and several other businesses.


By the 1940’s and 50’s the theatre was back in the hands of the Jarvis family with Mrs. Joseph Jarvis being the primary proprietor. The 1957 Tri-Village Directory lists Mrs. Jarvis as the owner of “Your Community Theatre” showing the “Cream of Hollywood Presentations.” The theatre closed in early 1959 and is not listed in the 1959 Tri-Village Directory, last advertising in the Spotlight in the January 8, 1959 issue.

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Canterbury Vet Congratulations—you’re expecting a baby! If your family already includes a pet, you’ll need to help your first “baby” adjust to the new one you’ll soon be bringing home. No matter how much you plan ahead, the addition of a new family member may be difficult for your pet. By following the tips below, you can ease your pet’s stress and help her welcome your new baby. Remember, your dog or cat was your first “baby” and is used to being the center of your attention. So it’s understandable that she may experience something akin to sibling rivalry when you introduce a new human baby into your household. You can minimize this feeling by working with your pet before you bring home your baby. For example, because your new baby will demand a lot of your time and energy, gradually accustom your pet to spending less time with you. Drastically decreasing attention or isolating your pet after the baby comes home will likely make your pet feel stressed. If your pet is particularly attached to the mother-to-be, another family member should develop a closer relationship with the animal. That way, the pet can still feel loved and provided for while mom is busy with the baby. Address any pet training and behavior problems. If your pet exhibits fear and anxiety, now is the time to get help from a veterinary behavior specialist. Consider enrolling in a training class with your dog, and practice training techniques If your pet’s behavior includes gentle nibbling, pouncing, or swatting at you and others, redirect that behavior to appropriate objects. Encourage friends with infants to visit your home to accustom your pet to babies. Supervise all pet and infant interactions. Familiarize your pet to baby-related noises months before the baby is expected. For example, play recordings of a baby crying, turn on the mechanical infant swing, and use the rocking chair. Make these positive experiences for your pet by offering a treat or playtime. Set up a special, private spot for your pet and let 24

him get used to spending time there. Pick a place where he won’t be disturbed, like a dog crate, or, for a cat, a high shelf. Stock it with his blanket and favorite toys. This will give your pet a safe, quiet space to retreat to when he’s overstimulated by household commotion or your crying baby. If the baby’s room will be off-limits to your pet, install a sturdy barrier such as a removable gate (available at pet or baby supply stores) or, for jumpers, even a screen door. Because these barriers still allow your pet to see and hear what’s happening in the room, he’ll feel less isolated from the family and more comfortable with the new baby noises. As crazy as it may sound, use a baby doll to help your pet get used to the real thing. Carry around a swaddled baby doll, take the doll in the stroller when you walk your dog, and use the doll to get your pet used to routine baby activities, such as bathing and diaper changing. Finally, plan ahead to make sure your pet gets proper care while you’re at the delivery room. Before you bring your baby home from the hospital, have your partner or friend take home something with the baby’s scent (such as a blanket) for your pet to investigate. When you return from the hospital, your pet may be eager to greet you and receive your attention. Have someone else take the baby into another room while you give your pet a warm, but calm, welcome. After the initial greeting, you can bring your pet with you to sit next to the baby; reward your pet with treats for appropriate behavior. Remember, you want your pet to view associating with the baby as a positive experience. To prevent anxiety or injury, never force your pet to get near the baby and always supervise any interaction. Life will be hectic caring for your new baby, but try to maintain regular routines as much as possible to help your pet adjust. And be sure to spend oneon-one quality time with your pet each day. With proper training, supervision, and adjustments, you, your new baby, and your pet should be able to live together safely and happily. Please send all your veterinary questions to: or mail them to Ask the Vet c/o Canterbury Animal Hospital 88 Delaware Avenue Delmar, NY 12054


Trish’s Pix Tattered Pages Used Books

Greetings fellow readers! As I sit to write this, I have owned the shop now 8 weeks! It feels a bit weird to not have put in the time at the Town Pool as I usually do each summer, but being the owner has meant more store time, which has given me the opportunity to meet new customers, make new friends and have quality time visiting with long time loyal bookshop friends! I have to share this recent encounter with one of my favorite customers whom I will call Tom. He stands 6‛4”, striking older gentleman who loves to read westerns. Over the years he made his way thru the Zane Grey, William Johnstone & Louis L‛Amour westerns. After about a month of not seeing him, he showed up and asked if I had missed him? He informed me that a friend had given him a box of books with a new Western author, Jake Logan. They are a thin Western and he brought me in several for trade credit. When I asked him if he enjoyed them, his answer just about knocked me off my chair! I asked, “What makes him so enjoyable?” and he stated, with a wink of the eye, “the hot sex!” I had no idea! My shock made Tom‛s day as he whistled going out of the store! And you probably thought things in a bookstore are all quiet & proper! Well… read on: In an effort to let “passers-by” know that I carry children‛s books, as well as best selling fiction, I pondered what wording I might place in the front window. I had Books! Books!! Books!!! in graduated white lettering. I took that down and replaced it with KIDS & ADULT BOOKS!… new used. The other window said BOOKS ARE COOL! When walking in the next morning I was mortified to see that the & sign had fallen off the window…so…now the wording said KIDS ADULT BOOKS! I wasn‛t inside the shop a few seconds when the phone rang. My youngest son, Ryan, had driven by the shop while on the road for work. “Mother, I have a bone to pick with you! Your new lettering has told all of those passing by today that you sell pornography! When did you start selling kids adult books?” He said, “I guess now you will find out if people actually read your new sign!” I immediately took down the word, adult, and replaced it with the word LOVE. So my sign now says, KIDS LOVE BOOKS! Last week I lost a loyal friend of the bookshop. I had mentioned Joan a few years ago as a former parochial school teacher who decided to count all the books that she was reading in her retirement. She had adopted the third cat, Chelsea, who I had fostered here in the store back in 2007. We had shared some incredible times as teachers together, and great stories over time here in the shop. Joan lost her 3rd battle with cancer. She was a mere whisper of the lady that I had come to know and 36

love when I last saw her. Her parting words to me were, “Trish, I have some books for you!” as we hugged. Through the months of chemo & radiation, her “stories” kept her company. The books with tales of families, heartache, adventure, love & life by Debbie Macomber, Diana Palmer, Linda Lael Miller, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Wiggs kept her mind off her troubles & her pain. She won that battle two times in the past ten years, but not this time. Her daughter & her son have both contacted me or came by the store since her passing to share how much she loved her time spent here with Seamus & me. That they were taking Chelsea and will contact me in the future about the books. Since retiring she read close to 2,000 books! The joy, the comfort, the importance of books in Joan‛s life…I had to share that! In review of books, this month: I finally finished “Under the Dome” by Stephen King. 1097 pages (about 200 too many, in my opinion) but still an epic tale of a small town that becomes encased in a “force field dome” one day, without reason. What happens inside & outside the dome is a microscopic look at power, control, fear, courage & friendship. More a character study with several mysteries wrapped within the story line, than one with a great “bug-a-boo” in it, it addresses so many topics for consideration from bullying to ecology to greed. The anguish & feeling of helplessness is very real…so many times I wanted to just breathe deeply for the inhabitants of Chester‛s Mill, Maine. The spirit of survival, compassion, base humanity all comes through in this saga. It is currently a summer series on CBS. In closing, I need to post a temporary change to store hours while I head to Maine for my annual vacation to Sebec Lake. The store will be closed: Sat. August 24th. The hours for August 26-31st are as follows: MondayThursday August 26-29th 10-4. Friday August 30th 10-7. Closed: Saturday Aug. 31, Monday Sept. 2& 3. Open Sept 4 & Sept 5 10-4, Sept 6: 10-7, Sept. 7 10-4. Resuming regular hours 9:30-5 on Sept. 9. I am bringing my LL Bean Bag with a dozen books to chose from. I‛ll let you know my reviews in the future. Thank you to all who have come into the shop since June. You are helping us to stay a viable small town, locally owned business. Check out our website at www. or come by to see the new & used treats that we carry everyday at 20-60% off original prices. Until next month…happy reading

Trish Patricia Eldridge is the owner of Tattered Pages, 365 Feura Bush Rd. Glenmont, NY 12077 in the Glenmont Center Square #447-9910, e-mail: website:

ASK THE Christopher Bradley, Pharm.D. , Pharmacist Jennifer Cerulli, Pharm.D., Associate Professor, ACPHS Four Corners Pharmacy

What is an herbal product? United Herbal medicine products are considered to be a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Herbal products are dietary supplements taken to improve health and wellbeing. Many herbs have been used for a long time for claimed health benefits. It is important to note that herbal products and vitamins are not the same thing. Many people turn to herbal products as a substitution for prescription medications, but is this really a good idea? Every patient needs to consider the safety and effectiveness of the herbal product they are considering.

Why take an herbal product?

Herbal products have been used for centuries, long before modern pharmacy in a variety of forms such as teas, extracts, topical products and more. There are certain herbal products that modern research has shown to be effective in helping people manage their illness. The decision to take an herbal product is an important one that must be made by you and your physicians and pharmacists considering whether it is safe and effective for your specific condition and medications. Like anything else, if an advertisement for a product sounds too good to be true, odds are it probably isn’t true. Your pharmacist can provide you with information that you and your physician can use to make a decision about taking herbal therapies. Your doctor may wish to monitor your illness by certain measures so that you and your health care team can assess the safety and effectiveness of the herbal therapy. If there is no information to indicate potential harm, you may decide to take a product, but should have proper monitoring to be sure its working and safe.

Prescription vs. Herbal Products

In the United States, prescription medications are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is the responsibility of the FDA to ensure safety and efficacy of all prescription medications that doctors prescribe and pharmacies dispense. In addition, prescription medications are required to list all active and inactive ingredients in their labeling. Herbal products are not regulated by the FDA, and therefore are not required to be tested to ensure safety, effectiveness, or purity. One must be cautious when selecting herbal therapies when this information is not available for a product. However, there are references and resources pharmacists can use to find the very latest information on herbal therapies.

How to choose an herbal product.

There have been many studies evaluating the purity of herbal products. Some of these studies have discovered contaminants in herbal products or variances on product potency or strength (versus what is stated on the label.) The U.S. Pharmacopeia’s “USP Dietary Supplement Verified” seal on a supplement indicates the supplement has met certain manufacturing standards. These standards include testing the product for uniformity, cleanliness and freedom from environmental contaminants, such as lead, mercury or drugs. It is important to look for this seal on herbal products when purchasing them from your local pharmacy.

Are herbal products safe?

There are a few herbal products that are safe, however, herbal products are NOT safe for everyone to take. Some herbals products might worsen certain diseases while others have the potential to interact with prescription medications. For example, St. John’s Wort is a popular herbal product that people take to battle depression. However, St. John’s Wort has the potential to interact with a number of medications people take every day for a variety of health reasons. Patients taking Coumadin® (warfarin) need to be especially cautious when initiating therapy with herbal products as warfarin interacts with an extensive list of prescription medications and herbal products. As this is just one example of an herbal product which has an interaction, you should review these herbal medications with your pharmacist. Put together a medication list which has your prescription and over the counter medications, as well as complementary and alternative medications to share with your physician and pharmacist. This will ensure each member of your health care teams knows what you are taking and allows the pharmacist to complete a proper medication review.

Where can you find more information?

In addition to talking to your doctor and pharmacist, additional information regarding herbal products can be found on the website for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

Resources: 1.)Killen J, Pontzer C. Using Dietary Supplements Wisely [NCCAM Health Information] [Internet]. 2009 [cited 2009 Oct 26]. Available from: supplements/wiseuse.htm#points 2.)Herbal Supplements: What to know before you buy. [cited 2009 Oct 26]. Available from:

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