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Saturday, February 15 @ 2 pm TEACHING AND WRITING ABOUT GRIEF WITH PROFESSOR JEFFREY BERMAN

Guilderland’s Gathering Place Saturday, February 1 Saturday, February 8 @ 10 am – 4 pm TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY: BETTER BOOKS SALE Come early for the best selection of bargain THE LIBRARY IS SUPER! It’s “Take Your Child to the Library Day!” Drop in books, DVDs and CDs! any time for a craft project and a scavenger hunt for kids. All ages welcome. Saturday, February 8 @ 2 pm

Jeffrey Berman, Distinguished Professor of English at the University at Albany, will discuss the educational and psychological value of writing about love and loss, and the importance of grief memoirs in the healing process. [R]

Tuesday, February 18 @ 10:30 am CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG WITH WMHT’S BARBARA LUKAS

NEED HELP WITH YOUR TAXES?

Call 2-1-1 to make an AARP TaxAide Prep appointment starting January 13 at 9 am. Appointments start Mon. Feb. 3 and are required; no walk-ins. Through April 6. DO NOT CALL THE LIBRARY.

This two-day course is led by NYS-certified safe-boating instructors with more than 100 years of collective experience. The instructors from Watercraft Network offer an interactive course focusing on real-world experiences. *NYS & Parks and Recreation Fee is $10.00 for completed certification. [R]

Meet us in the Story Hour room and let your imagination flow with creative and collaborative Monday, February 10 @ 7:30 pm Tuesday, February 18 @ 7 pm play using our extensive LEGO collection. Grades NIGHT OWLS BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP PARENT & TEEN / TWEEN NIGHT: K-3. For younger siblings, we offer Duplo. [R] The Good Neighbor: The Life and Works of GLASS SUNCATCHERS Fred Rogers, by Maxwell King T(w)eens and a parent/guardian are invited to Monday, February 3 @ 6:30 pm a night out together! We’ll make a fused glass suncatcher project led by the Studio for Art and FAMILY STEAM NIGHTS Tuesday, February 11 @ 2 pm Local schools and colleges will be here with DAY LARKS BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Craft, and enjoy dessert too. [R] fun STEAM activities! For grades 2-6 and The Good Neighbor: The Life and Works of their families. This month, the RPI Science Fred Rogers, by Maxwell King Wednesday, February 19 @ 2 pm Ambassadors will lead the activities. [R] INSTAGRAM 101

Tuesday, February 4 @ 6:30 pm PAYING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

We will provide LEGOs, keva planks, a marble run, and MORE! For Grades 2-5.

Learn about the hidden costs of college and how to navigate through the financial aid process. A representative from SEFCU will share strategies and the additional financial resources available. Participants do not need to be members of SEFCU to attend. Teens and their guardians are strongly encouraged to attend together. [R]

Wednesday, February 5 @ 3:45 pm WINTER MINIATURE DIORAMA

We’ll use adorable tiny objects to create a oneof-a-kind winter diorama seasonal scene. This program is designed for grades 4-12. [R]

Professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty is available for free family history consultations and advice on a drop-in basis. Get help starting the process, or bring your questions and challenges for help finding solutions.

Thursday, February 13 @ 3:30 pm GPL ADVENTURES: CHE-MYSTERY

Put your Instant Pot, multi-use pressure and her quest to lead hundreds of slaves to cooker, or slow cooker to good use and make freedom as the most prominent “conductor” delicious and easy Mexican cuisine. Includes food preparation and sampling! All supplies on the Underground Railroad. Rated PG-13. provided; seats are limited. [R]

Thursday, February 6 @ 7 pm GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSION GROUP

The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekhov

Friday, February 7 @ 11 am HE READ / SHE READ: MEET & GREET

Calling all book lovers! We’re kicking off our NEW He Read/She Read Book Club with a Meet & Greet. Visit our table in the Lobby to check out selections for our upcoming book club. Receive a raffle ticket to enter our prize drawing -- a Library Lovers’ gift basket!

Friday, February 14 @ 3:30 pm PROJECT PICTURE BOOK: VALENTINE’S DAY Join us for a fun-read aloud and related art project. For grades PreK-2. Dress for a mess! [R]

Wednesday, February 19 @ 6:30 pm FAMILY FILM: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 Max and his pet friends explore the idyllic farm they now call home, once their owner is absent. Rated PG.

TRUSTEES’ REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING All are welcome to attend.

Friday, February 21 @ 2 pm MEET YOUR LOCAL K9

PRESCHOOL DROP-IN STORYTIME

Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 10:30 am through Thurs. Feb. 13 Ages 3-5 with caregiver

Note: When Guilderland Central School District is not in session, we do not hold story time.

Use glass paint to decorate a wine glass you can take home for your personal use, or to present as a special gift. For adults. [R]

Thursday, February 27 @ 6:30 pm UKULELE JAM

Uke players of all skill levels are welcome to join our monthly jam! Bring your own ukulele (or check one out from us!).

Friday, February 28 @ 10 am MUNCHKINS AND MOCKTAILS

Guilderland Police Officer Don Jones and his canine partner, Zeus, will be at GPL! Learn how police dogs are chosen and trained, and watch Zeus in action! All ages.

A playtime with a mocktail twist for caregivers! As your child plays, enjoy adult conversation and a morning mocktail! For ages 0-5. [R]

Elizabeth Zunon reads “Grandpa Cacao: a Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family”, her author-illustrated picture book inspired by the grandfather she never met. Attendees can decorate their own chocolate bar wrapper, and our neighbors at Candy Kraft Candies are kindly donating some chocolates too. Space and supplies are limited; please register each child for this program. Grades K-5. [R]

All events listed are free and take place at Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland, NY 12084. For more information, please call (518) 456-2400; or visit guilderlandlibrary.org. Also, sign up for our e-newsletter on top of our home page to stay informed!

Tuesdays @ 10:30 am through Tues. Feb. 11 Birth – 18 months with caregiver

Tuesday, February 25 @ 6:30 pm WINE GLASS PAINTING

Thursday, February 20 @ 3:30 pm COLLAGE AND COCOA

Saturday, February 22 @ 2 pm GRANDPA CACAO WITH ELIZABETH ZUNON

BABY BOOKWORMS

Thursdays @ 10:30 am through Thurs. Feb. 13 Walkers – 24 months with caregiver

Bring a friend if desired, and turn old magazines It’s time for a chem adventure with the scientists into original art! For tweens and teens. [R] from Mad Science! Uncover the mysteries of Thursday, February 20 @ 7 pm physical and chemical changes, and make your own Super Ball! Grades 3-5. [R] GUILDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF

Wednesday, February 5 @ 6:30 pm Thursday, February 13 @ 6:30 pm ONE POT HEALTHY MEXICAN MEALS HARRIET WITH CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION MOVIE: The incredible true story of Harriet Tubman

Mondays & Wednesdays @ 10:30 am through Wed. Feb. 12 Ages 19-36 months with caregiver

WADDLER TIME

Learn skills to make fruit bouquets celebrating Stop by any time during this drop-in program to test yourself with our open building challenges! any special occasion! [R]

Wednesday, February 12 @ 6:30 pm DROP-IN GENEALOGY WITH LISA DOUGHERTY

GPL now offers streaming movies and TV shows, downloadable eBooks, and even eMagazines! Sign up today for a one-onone session to take advantage of all we offer. Bring your library card and mobile device to the appointment. Arrangements for another day / time may be made, subject to availability. [R]

TODDLER TIME

Heard about Instagram, but aren’t sure where to begin? Come learn the basics in this oneJoin us for an afterschool snack as we talk about hour class! Bring your phone or tablet. You Join Miss Rebecca on a weekly themed adventure our favorite books, plan future programs, and do must able to download free apps and have access to an email account for this class. [R] filled with songs, rhymes, dance, and other fun a project to benefit the Library! [R]

Wednesday, February 19 @ 2:30 pm BUILDING CHALLENGES

DIGITAL LIBRARY 101 Wednesdays - February 5, 12, and 26 @ 2-4:15 pm

STORY TIMES

Wednesday, February 12 @ 3:30 pm LIBRARY CLUB

activities. This is a registered program for children ages 2-5 with an adult caregiver. Registration for Wednesday, February 12 @ 6:30 pm individual sessions is available by phone only for EDIBLE FRUIT BOUQUET Guilderland Library patrons. Also 2/11. [R]

MONDAYS 10:00 am--12:00 pm TUESDAYS 12:00--2:00 pm 1:1 tech help; please call to make an appointment [R]

Saturday, February 1 @ 2 pm THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD OF THE are the missing piece! Join our new twice-amonth board game meetup for adults. Bring Tuesday, February 18 @ 6 pm CAPITAL REGION your friends and your favorite games from NYS BOATER SAFETY COURSE Our area was visited by thousands of fugitives home, or play one from our collection of seeking freedom in the years prior to the Civil Also Feb. 20 @ 6 pm - participants 100+ board games. We’ll provide treats and must attend both days War. Learn how local citizens participated in the biggest table you’ve ever seen!

Tuesday, February 4 @ 10:30 am SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL!

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TEEN TECH TUESDAYS @ 3:15 & 4:45

Clifford the Big Red Dog is returning to GPL to celebrate his birthday! Join the party as we watch a DVD, share fun crafts and have your MISSING PIECE BOARD GAME CLUB We have the snacks, we have the games: YOU picture taken with Clifford!

helping freedom seekers -- right here in the Capital Region. Presented by Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, co-founders of the Underground Sunday, February 9 @ 2 pm Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. GPL CONCERT SERIES: HEAVENLY ECHOES Heavenly Echoes will perform uplifting gospel music to delight all ages. Come enjoy their Monday, February 3 @ 3:30 pm inspiring selections! LITTLE LEGO

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Saturday, February 29 @ 11 am COOKBOOK CLUB SPECIAL EDITION: BREAD TOAST CRUMBS

Join us for a special edition of Cookbook Club! Alexandra Stafford, Niskayuna resident and author of Bread Toast Crumbs: Recipes for No-Knead Loaves and Meals to Savor Every Slice, will be here for an author talk and food demo! She’ll sample dishes we’ve made from her cookbook and sell/sign copies of her book after the program. ($25, cash or check only.) [R]

Blue - Kids or Teen Program (R) denotes pre-registration required by phone, online or in person.

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t’s a new year, so what better time to introduce an amazing new service? Starting in January, GPL will offer an on-demand streaming service, called RBDigital, to our patrons!  RBDigital will allow Guilderland card holders to stream several kinds of great content to their computers, tablets, phones, and smart TVs.  There are four main subsets of content available to RBDigital users:  Indieflix, Acorn TV, Qello concerts, and The Great Courses. Indieflix is a great source for independent films, documentaries classic films and short films.  Qello is a source for concerts and documentaries in basically every genre of music:  Rock, jazz, hip-hop, country, reggae, opera, gospel, world music, and many more.  A check on Beatles films, for example, currently includes 22 documentaries and concert films, the latter being mostly of the four Beatles as solo performers. Acorn TV is your source for great, and extremely popular television shows from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Spain, including Agatha Christie’s Marple, The Poirot Collection, Midsomer Murders, Queens of Mystery, and many, many more. The Great Courses Library Collection includes hundreds of courses on history, economics, mathematics, science, literature, music, philosophy and religion, food, wine, nutrition and health, among many other topics.  Instructors are chosen to participate as teachers of The Great Courses according to their ability to engage and teach the subject matter.  So it’s not just great subjects, but great teachers as well. How can you take advantage of all we offer? Call today to set up a one-on-one session with a librarian on Wednesday afternoons. Bring your library card and mobile device to the appointment. Arrangements for another day / time may be made, subject to availability. 2020 is a Census Year

The 2020 Census is closer than you think! Here’s a quick refresher of what it is and why it’s essential that everyone is counted. The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place. The Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every ten years. The results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. Also, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts to account for population shifts. The Census will also impact the Albany County Legislature, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate and other districts. Completing the census isn’t mandatory. But it is a way you can participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!” The library joins the Town of Guilderland in encouraging all residents to respond to the

Census. The library benefits in many ways from having an accurate count of the number of people living in our service area.  Basically, the higher the population number, the more federal dollars benefit our library and our community.  2020 Census data will be the basis for our services for a decade—an undercount would impair our ability to be the best library we can be for the coming decade. April 1, 2020 is Census Day, the nation›s once-per-decade, constitutionally-mandated count of every American, regardless of their citizenship status.  Our friends at the Guilderland Central School District report that there are an astonishing 58 languages spoken in the homes of GCSD students.  An accurate count of all who call Guilderland home will be of great benefit to our community. The Census will impact federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and our community.  By responding to the Census, you help our community, (and our library) receive its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, libraries, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.  The library uses our baseline population as the basis for grant applications and planning for future services. Local households will receive a notification about the Census count between March 12-20, 2020 with information on how to go online and complete the Census questionnaire.  This is the first Census that will be mainly completed online rather than in paper form. You are encouraged to complete the online questionnaire; however, you will also have the option to respond via phone or by completing and returning a paper Census questionnaire.  All information gathered in the Census will be confidential. The library has nine public computers, great wifi for those who bring their own devices, and a helpful staff of reference librarians eager to help local patrons access the census online. In April, 2020, Census workers will begin checking in with households who have not completed their questionnaires and will be visiting college campuses, senior centers, group homes, etc.  The Census Bureau is collaborating with the Town, Guilderland Central School District, Guilderland Library, Altamont Library, Guilderland Chamber of Commerce, and other community-based organizations as a Complete Count Committee to help all households complete their questionnaire and ensure that everyone feels safe doing so.  In addition to being a vital part of our efforts to improve our community at the local, state, and national levels, the Census Bureau is also a good source of short-term employment.  The Census Bureau has information about Census-related jobs at: https://2020census.gov/ en/jobs/pay-and-locations/new-york-map.html. Please join us in our efforts to make everyone count in the 2020 Census!

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notes from the SUPERVISOR’S OFFICE 5209 Western Ave, Guilderland • (518) 356-1980 • www.townofguilderland.org Guilderland, NY- The safety of residents and Town employees is paramount at all times with special care needed for winter weather. Please keep a safe distance from Highway Department plows, and look out for Parks Department’s sidewalk plows that are dealing with massive snow banks dumped on sidewalks. Please help firefighters by keeping fire hydrants free of snow and ice and making sure that your house street number is visible from the road. The following is an update on 2019 notable events and 2020 plans. Website and Transparency Updates The Town continues to promote transparency and public involvement in its review of land use projects. The public is invited to staff meetings at Town Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10:00am for a pre-application review of land use projects. The development planning committee’s agenda and pre-application materials are available on the Planning Board’s webpage. The Town also added supplemental public notice of land use applications by requiring the posting of informational placards about pending application at the project site during the review. Beginning in January 2020, the Town website will have live broadcasts of Town Board, Zoning Board, Planning Board and IDA meetings. The website will also include indexed copies of the broadcasts. The Town Clerk will add an online option for renewing dog licenses, and will join the Receiver of Taxes and the Building & Planning Departments in allowing credit card payments. The Planning Department continues to add useful features to the Town’s interactive mapping application. In addition to lot boundaries, contours, road ownership, boundaries of zoning, fire, school, and agricultural districts, and trails, the GIS mapping now includes overlays of the Pine Bush Management Plan, FEMA flood zone, and wetlands. Within each feature, there are links to more information. For example, the trail features allows a user to access highlighted trails (Town, Pine Bush, DEC, and Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy), with links to specific trail maps and useful information. On the Pine Bush Management Plan feature, you can determine the Pine Bush’s assigned protection level (protected lands, and recommended full and partial protection) for parcels within the Pine Bush study area. Response to Climate Change In 2019, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation recognized the Town as a “Climate Smart Community” for its pledge to address climate change by enacting climate-smart land use principles, setting goals for climate action, and shifting to renewable energy. The NYS Energy Research Development Agency recognized the Town as a “Clean Energy Community” and, in 2019, awarded the Town a grant to convert Town Hall’s lights to LED. In late 2019, the Town adopted a local law to participate in the Community Choice Aggregation (“CCA”) program which would allow the Town’s purchase of electric power on behalf of residents from an alternative energy supplier, with delivery and service from National Grid. The Town has joined with Bethlehem, New Scotland, and Voorheesville in this effort. In 2020, the Town will start implementing the CCA program. In 2020, the Town, with the assistance of the NYS Power Authority, plans to purchase 603 street luminaries from National Grid and converting them to LED. The Town is partnering with New Scotland, Altamont and Voorheesville on a combined effort to maintain the LED lights. UAlbany Planning Department’s Studio Project The UAlbany Planning Department chose the Town for its 2020 Spring Semester graduate program’s studio project which will inventory the 4

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Town’s growing open space, GIS mapping of trails, and recommendations for trail connections. The project will Peter G. Barber - Town Supervisor advance the Comprehensive Plan’s goal of creating a “green infrastructure” of multiuse trails connecting neighborhoods and desired destinations.

Town Ambulance Update In 2019, the Town EMS Department completed its first full year of operating an ambulance service. The Town’s ambulance system continues to reduce response times by deploying an additional overnight ambulance. The ambulances provide advanced life support services with cardiac monitoring, pain management, IV fluids, and sedation. In spring 2020, the Town will acquire its first new ambulance (the current ambulances were purchased used and maintained by Highway Department mechanics). Road & Sidewalk Projects In April 2020, the NYS Thruway Authority plans to start the replacement of the Old State Road bridge over the Thruway. This construction project will result in the complete closure of the bridge for seven months.

The Town is working closely with NYS DOT on Carman Road projects, including paving its entire length, constructing a roundabout at Lydius Street, and a new sidewalk from the roundabout to the Pine Bush Elementary School. These projects will proceed in stages, starting in 2020 with the repaving of Carman Road from Western Avenue to Coons Road, and design work for the sidewalk and roundabout, with its construction and paving of the remainder of Carman Road in 2021. In 2020, the Town anticipates the construction of a new sidewalk on Western Avenue from Regency Park to the Guilderland Public Library. Last year, the Town acquired part of Mercy Care Lane, converted it from a private road to a Town road, and restored access for Library patrons and others to reach the Western Avenue traffic light at Winding Brook Road. The Town is continuing to work on taking ownership of the remainder of Mercy Care Lane, and improving the entire road to Town Highway standards.

New Water Connection with Rotterdam In late 2019, the Town constructed the new pump station and interconnection which links the Town of Guilderland and Town of Rotterdam water systems. The Town received a State grant of $2,372,863.00 for 60% of the project cost, with the balance paid by Water Department reserves. In early 2020, the Town will activate the interconnection and purchase up to 2 million gallons of water per day. Unlike surface water from the Watervliet Reservoir, the Rotterdam water is drawn from an aquifer and does not require expensive treatment for algae and organic materials. McKownville Stormwater/Water Infrastructure Project In 2019, the Town continued constructing the long-awaited stormwater system to alleviate the flooding of basements in McKownville homes, and replacing aged water lines. The cost of the project is funded, in part, by State grants totaling $3,250,000.00 secured through State Senator George Amedore, State Senator Neil Breslin, and Assemblyperson Patricia Fahy. The project is scheduled for completion in 2020. On behalf of the Town of Guilderland and its employees, we wish all of our residents, their families, and businesses a happy, safe, and prosperous New Year. Peter G. Barber Town of Guilderland Supervisor


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If you own a brokerage account, you may not receive your consolidated brokerage tax statement until the beginning of March at the latest. To reduce the possibility of having to send amended tax statements due to late or corrected reporting by various investment companies, many brokerage firms have opted to delay mailing these consolidated statements. Other considerations may include real estate taxes paid, mortgage interest, medical expenses, investment advisory fees, forms K-1, estimated income tax payments, charitable donations (whether by check or in-kind), etc.

The 2019 tax law and forms are very similar to the 2018 ones, which reflected new legislation under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. For 2019, standard deductions of $12,200 individual and $24,400 marriedfiling-jointly apply, after which begin marginal tax rates ranging from 10% to 37%. The child tax credit remains at $2,000 per eligible child, and the medical expense deduction remains set at 7.5% of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) for all taxpayers for tax year 2019, thanks to the recently-enacted SECURE Act. We encourage you to consult your tax preparer to determine if you are eligible to make a 2019 contribution to a Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. The maximum contribution limit to either type of account for 2019 is $6,000 ($7,000 if you had turned 50 by 12/31/2019). 2019 contributions to individual retirement accounts should be made no later than April 15, 2020. Whether you elect to self-prepare your income tax returns or hire a professional, we suggest you make all efforts to determine that you are taking advantage of any available opportunities for tax savings or tax deferral. In particular, retirement account contributions may serve the dual benefit of helping to reduce income taxes now while providing additional income during retirement.

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ARE YOU PRESENT? by Margaret C. Tabak

When I started writing for Our Towne I wanted to speak about not only my matrimonial and family law practice, but also share what I have learned in running a business for 25 years. I have somewhat strayed from the business topics but, with a new year, I am pledging to include small business words of wisdom in some of my articles. I often bemoan the use of electronics and how it has negatively impacted relationships, and subsequently, my practice. Before email, text, voice mail, etc. , if my client and/or their significant other wanted to engage, they either needed to do it in person, find the person sitting by their phone, or mail them a letter. As all these things took time and effort, my clients (and I) experienced significantly less negative interaction. The electronic age has not only changed our personal relationships, but also our professional ones. Employees walk into work holding more computer power than we landed the first man on the moon with. The employee doesn’t come to work alone, he brings everyone he has every known in the door with him. There are many people who talk or text on their way to work, as they walk in the building, and then the office. There is not a minute that it is a break from personal life to professional one. Then the employee’s smartphone sits there on the desk, vibrating, beeping and beckoning. May people have watches that synch to their phones, so that they don’t even need their phone in plain sight to be notified that someone wants to talk to them, is texting them, or some great event in the world needs their attention, like seeing a cute cat video.

All of this distracts from the task on hand- your work and your job. Studies clearly show that companies lose millions (billions?) of dollars each year because of employees either not working while at work, or being distracted with their personal lives. For employers, I encourage you to have your employees share their work number with friends, family, children’s school, childcare, etc. Then, if someone really needs to speak with the employee, she is reachable. If the employee says, “I need to be available to my childcare provider” your answer is “voila, have them call you at work.” Reasonable personal calls should be acceptable. To the employee, if you want to stand out, leave your phone in the car, shut it off, or otherwise disengage so that you are giving your full attention to your job. And if you think you are back door sneaking by only bring your phone to the bathroom, etc. , your boss probably isn’t as stupid as you think she is. Not every trip to the bathroom, break room, or mailroom, takes 15+ minutes each time. If you wouldn’t steal money from your employer, then why would you steal time? For 2020-Disengage at work, and resolve to be present in all aspects of your life.

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Margaret C. Tabak has been an attorney since 1988, starting her career in Schenectady and moving her practice to Guilderland in 1995. The law firm is located in Great Oaks Office Park (near Crossgates Mall). Margaret counsels clients in all matters related to matrimonial and family law. A resident of Guilderland for more than 25 years, Margaret received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Albany and her law degree from Albany Law School. If you have questions about a matrimonial or family law issue, contact Margaret for a consultation.

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DIGESTION 101 By: Dr. Kim Leis-Keeling

“Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea!” This is the tagline from a popular Pepto Bismol commercial. As humorous as this commercial is, the reality of digestive issues among us is very prevalent. Many Americans suffer from one of the following conditions: irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, gas, bloating, heartburn and acid reflux. I recently had a patient come to us for lower back pain. During our first visit, we were discussing his overall health and he shared that he had a sudden onset of constipation for the past few months. This was beginning to be more bothersome then the lower back pain. He is a vegetarian who eats primarily white rice and vegetables. I suggested a few small changes: switch to brown rice instead of the white and eat a serving of whole oatmeal daily. We added probiotics, digestive enzymes, Vitamin C and magnesium. He made the changes and within a few days, he was having regular bowel movements and feeling so grateful. Here are some helpful hints to help you alleviate common digestive problems. 1.

Constipation: Start with increasing water intake to the amount of half of your body weight in ounces. For example, a one-hundredpound person should drink 50 ounces of water/fluids per day. Increase dietary fibers such as beans, brown rice, oatmeal, apples, spinach and legumes. Aim for 30 grams per day. Try digestive enzymes to aid in food breakdown. Add probiotics to improve digestive track health. Vitamin C pulls water into the lumen of the gut to help soften the stool and magnesium is a muscle relaxer which can relax a spastic intestine.

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Gas and Bloating: If you experience gas or bloating soon after eating something, your body does not have the necessary enzymes available to breakdown that food. The simplest solution is to avoid that food. Alternatively, you can take digestive enzymes 15-30 minutes before you eat that gas producing food so the enzymes are available in your stomach to breakdown the food.

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Acid Reflux: If you carry Rolaids or Tums with you everywhere you go, pay attention. You have probably been told that you have too much acid in your stomach and you need these products to reduce the acid. In reality, we need acid in our stomachs to digest the food. As we get older, we begin to produce less acid which makes it more difficult to digest properly. Throw out the Rolaids and replace it with digestive enzymes that also have hydrochloric acid in the product. It will read “HCl” on the nutrition label. Take these about 15-30 minutes before each meal.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The first step is eliminating the foods that are triggers. Often these are gluten and dairy products but could also be something like garlic or tomatoes. You need to heal your intestinal lining with L-glutamine, an amino acid that patches up the leaks in the gut. Strengthen the gut environment with probiotics. Reduce systemic inflammation with turmeric and ginger and Omega-3 oils. Additional nutritional considerations can be modified if you tend to have more diarrhea or constipation.

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Candida Albicans: What is Candida? It is an overgrown of yeast in the intestinal tract. We all have yeast in our GI track but when it overgrows it becomes a problem. Symptoms includes stomach pain after eating, headaches, rectal itching, chronic fatigue, sweet cravings, joint and muscle aches. Risk factors include frequent doses of antibiotics, chronic stress, hypothyroidism, and diets high in simple sugars and alcohol. Here is a simple check to see if you possibly have Candida overgrowth in your GI tract. In the morning, pour bottled water into a glass so it is half full. Then spit your first morning saliva into the glass on top of the water. Wait for 10-20 minutes. If the saliva is sitting on top of the water, you do not have Candida. If the saliva is falling into the water with stringy tails, there is a good chance you have Candida. Treatment includes a complete elimination of all sugary foods and vinegars since sugar feeds the Candida yeast. This includes healthy sugars from sweet potatoes and berries. Consider a supplement of Caprylic Acid to kill off some of the yeast and balance the GI flora by adding a probiotic.

If you have further questions about this article or would like a consultation, we would love to help you. As always, feel free to contact me at the Sports & Spinal Wellness Center at 518-869-3415 or visit our website www.sportsandspinalwellness.com, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sportsandspinalwellness. We would love to be a part of your healthcare team.

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Blended Mushroom Nachos

Recipe courtesy of Chef Evan Robinson Servings: 4 5 shiitake mushrooms 5 white button mushrooms 1 clove garlic 1/4 cup chopped onions 1 tablespoon Mexican meat seasoning 10 ounces ground turkey Cheese Sauce: 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon flour 1 cup milk 1 1/4 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese

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f you are raising picky eaters, there’s a cooking technique that makes some of kids’ favorite foods – like burgers and nachos – more nutritious while still tasting delicious. Mushrooms, with their inherent umami flavor, are a perfect addition to blend into meals to increase both flavor and nutrition. Chefs kicked off the trend by blending finely chopped mushrooms with meat for burgers that are flavorful, healthy and Earth-friendly, and now blended burgers are showing up in school cafeterias, supermarket meat counters and fast food drive-thrus. “Blended entrees like burgers are a win-winwin for families wanting to eat better,” said Dayle Hayes, registered dietitian and founder of School Meals That Rock. “Mushrooms add

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delicious umami flavor, reduce fat and sodium in many popular dishes and kids love them.” Another fan of blending is MasterChef Junior finalist and teen chef, Evan Robinson. Robinson likes to blend with multiple varieties of mushrooms in family favorites such as tacos, burgers and stuffed peppers. “I find that blending mushrooms into some of my go-to recipes helps increase the flavor while reducing the amount of fat and sodium,” Robinson said. If you’re ready to start blending at home, it can be a simple process for introducing foods to even the pickiest of eaters. Recruit kids as kitchen helpers to tackle tasks such as wiping mushrooms clean and using their hands to blend the meat and mushrooms together. For more family-friendly, blended recipes, visit Blenditarian.com.

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tortilla chips salsa (optional) guacamole (optional) kale (optional) romaine lettuce (optional) tomatoes (optional) cilantro (optional) diced red bell peppers (optional) In blender or food processor, pulse mushrooms, garlic and onions. In large saute pan over medium-high heat, mix finely chopped mushroom mixture with seasoning and cook 2 minutes. Add ground turkey, breaking into fine crumbles until completely cooked through. Set aside. To make cheese sauce: In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter then add flour and whisk constantly, breaking up lumps. Stir 2 minutes then add milk and continuously whisk. Stir in cheese and mix with wooden spoon. Assemble chips on serving platter; spread mushroommeat crumble on top. Add cheese sauce and toppings like salsa, guacamole, kale, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro and diced red bell peppers, if desired.


Pizza Burgers

Recipe courtesy of Chef Evan Robinson Servings: 4 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium portabella mushroom, finely chopped 2-3 white button mushrooms, finely chopped 1/2 small onion 1/2 clove garlic 2 teaspoons Italian-style herb seasoning 8 ounces ground beef

salt, to taste pizza or marinara sauce shredded mozzarella cheese hamburger buns In large pan over medium-high heat, saute extra-virgin olive oil, mushrooms, onions, garlic and herb seasoning approximately 5 minutes until vegetables are soft. Set aside and let cool to room temperature. Blend mushroom mixture with ground beef. Season with salt, to taste. Form into four patties and cook in same pan as mushroom mixture to preferred doneness. Top with dollop pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. Cover pan to melt cheese then carefully transfer to buns.

A Cooking Technique You Need to Know: BLENDING Blending involves mixing finely chopped mushrooms with ground meat for more nutritious, but still delicious, burgers, tacos, meatballs and more. 1. Chop your favorite mushroom variety to match the consistency of the ground meat. This can be done with a knife or food processor. 2. Blend the chopped mushrooms with the ground meat. 3. Cook with Mexican seasoning mix for tacos, marinara sauce for meaty ragu or salt and pepper for juicy, flavorful burgers.

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Thank you to all who continue to support us and our Fund Raising events. To make a Donation: Mail to: Guilderhaven inc., 6655 Route 158, Altamont, NY 12009

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A GUILDERHAVEN THANK YOU As we close out another year, and enter the next, Guilderhaven, Inc. would like to thank you, our generous community, for continuing to support the work we do on behalf of animal welfare. Without you we could not conduct low-cost spay and neuter clinics, provide medical interventions for the financially distressed, support wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, or help educate the next generation of pet owners and animal lovers. Thank you, once again, for all you do. Guilderhaven wishes everyone - two and four-legged - a Happy Holiday Season and Healthy New Year.

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