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Ithaca & Cortland

• Cortland’s Immigrant Experience by Tabitha Scoville • Is My Hearing Changing? by Dr. Suzette Pace

• Remember: September 11th, 2021 by “Uncle” Bill O’Gorman • Protecting Yourself from Adverse Drug Reactions by Michael D. Judd



Hollywood Restaurant P|10

Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse Replacement Show, Sept. 25-26

Gem society rocks its 70th anniversary with show featuring rock, gem, mineral, fossil, and jewelry vendors and fun for all ages P|26

Musician Roger Decker Local studio musician steps out with live performances, DJ services, and sessions for vocal, guitar, bass, and keyboards

Cortland mainstay celebrates 37 years of serving up famously fabulous food and classic dining experiences P|16

Content, Editorial and Publishing Team:


Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse


Hollywood Restaurant


Roger Decker, Solo Acoustic Vocalist/Guitarist

Principal, Graphic Design Scott Hopko Principal, Photography Roger William Theise Copy Editor Sophia Marko Contributing Writers

Dr. Suzette Pace Tabitha Scoville “Uncle” Bill O’Gorman Michael D. Judd

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Welcome Back Students! Please enjoy our September issue of What’s HOT What’s HOT highlights the best of dining, arts, entertainment, and so much more in the Ithaca and Cortland areas and beyond. Designed with exceptional photographs, articles of interest, community connections, and an enthusiasm for our beautiful region, What’s HOT will inspire you to seek out all life has to offer in Central New York. Lifestyle. Leisure. Shopping. Cooking. Business. Real Estate. Health and wellness. Recreation. Theatre. Travel. Tourism. Treasures. Education. Exploration. Enrichment. Motivation. Inspiration. A little bit of anything that’s up, and nothing that’s down. If it’s hot, we’ve got it covered. What’s HOT magazine is published monthly in print and online, with a free distribution of 10,000 copies to 600+ local sites throughout Central New York. Find your copy each month at your favorite supermarket, professional office, restaurant, gas station, library, hotel, tourism center, coffee shop, and many other locations. Read past issues of What’s HOT online at whatshotmagazine.com


Remember: September 11th, 2021 My heart still feels

the emotion of that day. Seeing those images on the television, hearing the reports on the radio and seeing the images in print. They are as fresh as the day it happened. The events of that day, September 11, 2001 set in motion events that would change the course of life in the U.S. and around the world.

That day, 2996 people died in and around the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and on a commercial airplane that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, when the passengers said “Let’s Roll” to be sure that flight was not used to take more lives than those already on that plane.


On this 20th Anniversary of 9/11, we pause to remember those who were lost, but to also honor those who ran towards this “hell on earth” to do what they trained for. They did not see themselves as heroes, but as fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters who rushed in to help where they could and save those who needed saving. They ran up the stairs of the Trade Center buildings as people raced down. They pulled people to safety, and then went back time and time again…until they could not escape or save themselves. We as Americans felt the pain. It was as if each of us had personally be attacked and wounded. Then, the American spirit rose up. We helped where we could, we checked in on our neighbors and we called family we haven’t spoken with. Those who held grudges, dropped them and let bygones be bygones.

As a nation we remembered an oath we all had once swore: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America; and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” So on this 20th Anniversary of September 11th, 2001 let’s unite as one to remember and honor those we lost, those who served, and those who sacrificed everything because it was the right thing to do. Call your mom. Call your dad. Check on those you love, even if it’s been awhile. Check on your neighbors and friends, let them know you care and are checking in. We don’t need another 9/11 to remember that we are all in this together…we just need to REMEMBER.

“Uncle” Bill O’Gorman www.ThanksUncleBill.com Call or Text (607) 543-1515


Cortland’s Immigrant Experience Cortland

has become the home to many different nationalities and ethnic groups over the years, and each one has brought its own traditions and way of life to our community. Irish, Italian, Ukrainian, and other immigrants all came to Cortland looking for work. They settled in, became citizens, and their heritage is an important part of the story of Cortland County. St. Anthony’s Festival is an anticipated Italian tradition in Cortland and has been for over 100 years. St. Mary’s Church was built by Irish immigrants. Immigrants to Cortland have contributed much to the history of the city we know.


Here at CCHS, we are hard at work on a book chronicling the immigrant experience in the city. If you grew up in Cortland as the child or grandchild of immigrants, we would love to talk to you! Here are a few questions to get you thinking:

We would love to record your stories and preserve them for future generations! We are conducting interviews and we are accepting written stories from individuals. If you have a story you would like to share, but you don’t enjoy writing, we can help you write the story.

• What were your parent’s or grandparent’s occupations?

If you are interested in participating in our new adventure, please call us at 607-7566071 or send an email to cortland.stories@ cortlandhistory.org. You can also stop by to visit us Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00-5:00pm to chat and ask any questions you might have. We will be glad to talk with you about how you can get involved in this important history of Cortland’s immigrant experience.

• Where did your parents or grandparents immigrate from?

• Did other family members come to America (aunts, uncles, cousins) at the same time? • How many children were in your family? • Did you grow up in an ethnic neighborhood (i.e., Italian, Ukrainian, Irish, etc.)? • Do you have stories to share about your youth? • What traditions did your family follow? • Do you follow those traditions today? • Did your ethnicity impact your early years? How?

Tabitha Scoville Cortland County Historical Society Director tscoville@cortlandhistory.org

Fast Facts

Business: Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse (GMSS) Clubhouse Location:: Ponderosa Plaza, 209 Oswego Street Liverpool, NY Email: gmssrocks@gmail.com Facebook: gemandmineralsyr Event: The Replacement Show When: Saturday, September 25 from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, September 26 from 10am to 4pm Where: Ramada Inn (formerly Holiday Inn), 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY Photo Credits: Judy Cook www.syracusegemsociety.com


Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse


Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse (GMSS) began in March 1951. Richard Sylvester, an employee of New York Central Railroad, was tired of having to take the train to Rochester for mineral club meetings. He met with six central New York people who were also interested in geology and rockhounding, the hobby of searching for gem and mineral specimens, and formed the Syracuse group. The GMSS Club now meets in the Ponderosa Plaza, 209 Oswego Street, Suite 15, Liverpool, NY. Meetings are held on the third Monday of most months at 7:30 pm. We have monthly speakers who present topics related to the rockhounding hobby and geology. Visitors of all ages are always welcome.

The GMSS is celebrating its 70th anniversary with The Replacement Show on September 25 and 26 at the Ramada Inn (formerly the Holiday Inn), 441 Electronics Pkwy (NYS Thruway Exit 37) in Liverpool, NY. This show replaces our annual July show which was canceled this year due to the COVID restrictions. Our annual show will be back in 2022 at the NY State Fairgrounds during the second weekend in July. Our annual show typically has over 60 retail and wholesale vendors.

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On September 25 and 26, The Replacement Show will feature 29 rock, gem, mineral, fossil, and jewelry retail vendors from around New York and surrounding states in the Ramada Inn’s Convention Center and Cotillion Room. There will be a drawing for the Grand Prize, an amethyst necklace designed by Jim Fowler of Fowler’s Wire Wrapping. Our everpopular 25 cent Straw Draw will be held at the GMSS Club Booth where people can win a tumbled polished stone or other prize on each draw. Also at the booth, there will be sluice bags available for purchase for the kids to take home and discover the enclosed minerals and fossils.

The Replacement Show will run from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, September 25, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, September 26 at the Ramada Inn. Suggested donation is $5. Scouts in uniform and children under 12 will be admitted free. Come join us for the fun at The Replacement Show! More information is available on our website at www.syracusegemsociety.com, or on our Facebook page: gemandmineralsyr


Is My Hearing Changing? Changes

in your hearing happen gradually. Often people are unaware of these changes. The sounds that you could once hear simply fade to the point where you no longer recognize that you’re NOT hearing them. So when you can no longer hear the fan in your home or your refrigerator humming in the background, you don’t even realize it. For the person with unrecognized changes in hearing, those sounds become as good as invisible. So how can you tell if your hearing is changing? Listening when people say things like, “Wow, that television is up so high” or “This is the third time I’ve called for you” is one of the easiest ways to recognize changes in your hearing. Here are a few more:


Hearing a ringing or buzzing in your ears even when there is no sound source present is called tinnitus, and is often a symptom of hearing loss.

People often lose the ability to hear higher registers first. Women and children’s voices tend to be higher. So if you’ve noticed that the women and children in your life seem to be mumbling, have your hearing checked.

Having trouble hearing people on the phone, turning the cell phone volume all the way up, pressing the cell phone to your ear are all signs that your hearing ability has changed.

Changes in hearing are very subtle, so it’s those times where we experience a different environment that often point out problems to us. If during the presence of background noise, say at a restaurant or work environment, you find yourself missing parts of the conversation or

responding inappropriately to things you misunderstand, this is a sign your hearing has shifted. •

Although it seems wrong, if some sounds seem too loud this may be a sign of hearing loss. This happens because, as we explained earlier, certain sounds become invisible when you have hearing loss, because you don’t notice them you can be startled by sounds you can hear. So it’s not the silence you’ve noticed, but the return of sound.

And what’s the best way to tell if your hearing has changed? It seems so obvious, but people often forget that they need to have their hearing checked annually. Your ears will thank you for it! Contact the hearing experts at Cortland Hearing Aids today! Call 1-888-720-8410 or visit us at www.cortlandhearingaids.com. Suzette Pace, Au.D. Doctor of Audiology/Owner Cortland Hearing Aids

Fast Facts

Restaurant: Hollywood Restaurant Location: 27 Groton Ave, Cortland NY, Phone: 607-753-3242 Facebook: hollywoodcortlandny Instagram: @Hollywoodrestaurant27 Hours: Mon -Thur 11:30am - 9pm Fri & Sat 11:30 - 10pm Sunday 3pm - 9pm


The Hollywood Restaurant

This October, the Feinstein family will be cel-

ebrating 37 years of owning the Hollywood Restaurant in Cortland. The restaurant business isn’t an easy one and we are grateful to have a loyal and hard-working staff that consists of family and friends who have all become family. The Hollywood has been a Cortland tradition

to the life size Marilyn Monroe, the Hollywood gives customers an experience like no other. The Hollywood has a little bit of everything. Menu must-haves include our homemade lasagna, or the Hollywood toasted cheeseburger. We have options for gluten sensitive guests as well as for those with other dietary restrictions.

since 1936. We are so thankful to be a part of the Cortland community and for the support through www.hollywoodcortland.com

the years, especially during the uncertain times like through the COVID pandemic. The outreach from our customers made us feel what the tradition of being “The Hollywood” truly means. The Hollywood is a unique dining experience and a must-see when visiting Cortland. From the hand-painted murals and original movie posters,


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We have a large back room that holds up to 35 people for events, and lots of space in the restaurant to have any type of get-together. We also have a new private outdoor patio section that provides a perfect spot to enjoy some great food and drinks. Take out is available and easily picked up right from the bar. Our popular drinks are strawberry daiquiris and piña coladas!

Our goal has always been to welcome our customers and give them a comfortable dining experience. Come down to 27 Groton Ave. in Cortland and see what The Hollywood is all about. We have enjoyed serving our community for 37 years—here’s to enjoying more time together and making new memories at The Hollywood!


Protecting Yourself from Adverse Drug Reactions Patients

are increasing their risk for adverse drug reactions by taking a growing number of prescription medicines, overthe-counter drugs and nutritional supplements. While adverse drug reactions pose a threat to anyone taking a medication, the problem is a particular concern for seniors. Nearly half of adults 65 and older take five or more medications each week. That puts seniors at the greatest risk of polypharmacy from taking multiple prescription drugs to manage health issues such as diabetes and hypertension. What drug categories pose the greatest risks?

The drug categories most commonly involved in adverse reactions are cardiovascular agents, antibiotics, diuretics, anticoagulants, hypoglycemics, steroids, opioids, anticholinergics, benzodiazepines, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These categories include some of the most frequently prescribed drugs in the U.S.


Why do seniors face the highest risks

What about vitamins?

of drug interactions?

Patients may face some risk of adverse drug interactions from vitamins, although the dangers are much less than posed by prescription medications. These risks are greater for patients using some vitamins while also undergoing chemotherapy. Vitamins cay also pose a risk for patients with some conditions such as inadequate liver or kidney function. Include any vitamins you take on the medication list you give to every health care provider.

Older people react differently to medications than younger people. Aging alters body fat and water composition. These changes can alter therapeutic drug levels, causing greater concentrations of water-soluble drugs and longer half-lives of fat-soluble drugs. Compared to the general population, older people are more likely to have several chronic disorders, each requiring at least one medication and increasing the possibility of an adverse reaction. How can I reduce the risk of an adverse drug reaction?

Whenever possible, use one pharmacy for all your prescriptions. Pharmacies keep track of what prescription drugs you are taking and are able to spot the potential for an adverse reaction and then work with your physicians for alternatives. Always read the labels on drugs and supplements. They may tip you off to possible drug interactions. Never take a new drug without asking your pharmacist about its side effects and interactions with other drugs.

Michael D. Judd is System Director of Pharmacy of the Cayuga Health Systems, which includes Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital. He is a registered pharmacist with a master’s in business administration.

Fast Facts

Musician: Roger Decker Phone: (607) 749-0376 Facebook: Roger P Decker Instagram: rpdeckerjr Email: rpdeckerjr@gmail.com


Roger Decker


Roger has been playing live music in the upstate

birthdays, private parties, and all sorts of events

New York area since 1986, performing with

and gatherings.

many bands as well as in solo performances. Now he has stepped out to focus his talents on vocals and guitar.


Roger also has DJ services to add to his acoustic sets, playing a mix of easy listening, rock, country, jazz, and classical. If you want an amazing singer

Roger plays hit songs with a huge set list of 100

and musician who will offer a good time, Roger

songs that he rotates to keep it fresh, and is con-

fits the bill!

stantly adding new material. Roger has played at a variety of venues including breweries, wineries, restaurants, bars, camps, home parties, and even a train station! With a voice for all occasions, Roger has performed at weddings, wakes, benefits, New Year’s Eve parties, company parties,


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Roger is also an original song writer and recording artist with over 20 worldwide music releases. He is a studio musician booking sessions for vocal, guitar, bass, and keyboards and has a full studio to work from. You can find his original music on many music platforms for purchase or download.

Roger Decker can be reached at 607-749-0376 or by email at rpdeckerjr@gmail.com or at Roger P. Decker on Facebook.

















Shipwreck Amusements Shipwreck Amusements is hosting a

cornhole tournament on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. to benefit the Cortland 9/11 Memorial Foundation! Raindate will be Saturday, September 18 at 8:00 a.m. Check our Facebook page by 10:00 a.m. on 9/10/21 for delay information. $40.00 per team (teams of 2) Includes: • Admission fee • 2 pieces of pizza & water per person • Pay at Shipwreck Amusements (cash or check only)! • Donations are also accepted • Winners and losers bracket • 1st and 2nd place wins gift basket • 50/50 raffle • Teams will be notified with their start time • Bring own boards if possible • All payments must be received by 8/31/21

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