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the new artists, too. Something of which makes me salivate in my appetite and anticipation for anything new. I’m still trying to listen to it all. The areas top radio stations feature the music and musicians of the area in a variety by CHUCK SCHIELE of shows with outstanding enthusiasm, along with it’s otherwise programming. (Chuck salutes those of you who know who you are! Thank you.) And there’s you. The people. There you are out there plugging up the clubs and venues. With out you, all of this is just a great big “so As we square-off and face 2018, I am once again optimistic with the potential that awaits what!” So, on behalf of any musician in the in the world of the Central New York music scene. 2017 saw many, many nationally and area, let alone on the planet, a resounding locally produced shows along side the routine of bands and artists playing the regular gig “thank you,” to you for being there. The world circuit. We saw, of course, the annual SAMMYs. which recognizes and celebrates the hard needs players equally as it needs listeners to working music talent of the area. We saw summer festivals, weekly, ranging from Taste of make the whole thing work. Syracuse, to the Oswego Harborfest, BluesFest, CNY M&T JazzFest, The Balloon Festival, The music (and arts) scene plays a huge FoxFest, Beatle’Cuse, Respect CNY Women in Music, Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival, The role in defining what a city is and stands for. Polish Festival, Fiesta Italiana, The Crawfish Festival, and so much more. The tidal wave To me this is part of what “keeping it real” is of tribute shows throughout the area brought the glory of our musical yesteryears to an all about in terms of being proud of your city. acute focus right here and right now while showcasing hundreds of the region’s top-most After all, I am one of those who concurs with talent in impressive pageant-like productions. Friedrich Nietzsche that “without music life We witnessed many of our music heroes at venues like the Lakeview Amphitheater and would be a mistake.” I mean really, have you the New York State Fair’s Chevy Court, and concerts at the Civic Center, Landmark Theater ever thought about what life would be like and the Palace. without music? For starters you’d probably The wealth of music extends into the bustling clubs with bands playing nightly forget most of your childhood in that a song throughout the area featuring mainstay artists, many emerging groups and an incredibly can —via olfactory senses—transport you healthy open-mic scene. Inventiveness reared its head with happenings, house concerts, to another time in mere moments via your creek-walks, art installations, jogging marathons... it always amazes me how folks will find a memories. Remembering your childhood way—any way—to integrate music into the quality of their lives. This makes me happy. is important. Songs make you remember Further, the recording studios seemed to be producing a flurry of new music, as per all things like your first kiss, or best vacations ever. It can make you remember people you haven’t heard from in ages. Music facilitates better health. It facilitates better learning. It has been utilized as a method of treatment for Alzheimer’s patients. Shucks, I can come home after a hard where I wanna beat everybody up and jump off the earth..... pick up my guitar, play for 20 minutes and— BOOM! SHABAMBA! Chucky’s okay to go out into the world again. Music is the most overrated medicine ever. Its is the only language understood by everyone on the planet. It can galvanize

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complete strangers into party, dancing, screaming, conspiring best-pals for an evening. It can make a sports team focus on it’s mission and coagulate a body of individual members into one team. Shucks, even plants thrive from it. Plants dig music. I mean without music, would anything be fun or bearable? You hum a tune at work to help you handle the stress. You hear a tune playing and it makes you think of your Gramma (or something) and you smile in a few moments of thinking and existing in the better stuff. Sadly, if I may say so, often times, music is also probably in the top 10 of most stolen and formally unappreciated things. If it makes you smile, then it is medicine. Even money itself can’t make you smile. Thinking about what you can do with money can make you smile. Yes. True. Especially when you spend it on music. Money is simply a temporary grease that goes away when you use it. Music, on the other hand, becomes part of your heart, your consciousness and your life. Music takes care of you. It becomes part of you. You can even hear it in the privacy of your own head through simple recall. Hell, half the time my girlfriend cites me as guilty for not listening to her, {“Are you even listening to me?!”]... it’s because Tom Petty or something having to do with F-sharp is cranking away through my head and I can’t (don’t want to) turn it off. What’s the point of all this that I am writing? I hope that you share my 2018 News Year’s resolution is as follows: I want everyone to recognize and remember how important music is in your life, whether its an overt focus or a simple, occasional ornament in it. I want the musicians to respect what their doing, (and each other) because sharing it well makes things better which makes you continued on pg 14


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The Brontë Family: A Tragic Romance A recent chance encounter with an old BBC production got me curious about one of my favorite fiction-writing families, the Brontë’s. Three of the siblings in the last generation of that name were famous: Anne, Charlotte, and Emily – the latter two remain famous, having written two of the most loved and widely read books of all time: Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, respectively. But their family history reads like one of the Gothic romances of which they write – and more than likely was the inspiration for their tales of wild hearts and dark secrets. I had a professor in college who was extremely fond of the books, and had more than one theory about incest, abuse, and possibly even schizophrenia that fueled the books. But let’s back up to a bit of simple history. Curate Patrick Brontë was married to Maria, and had six children: Maria, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne. Shortly after Patrick was appointed to a parsonage in Haworth, Yorkshire (England), his wife died. Yorkshire is in the far north of England, in approximately the center of this narrow band of the country. The countryside is relatively bleak, and the moors about which the sisters write is what they grew up with: wild farming country, beautiful but

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languages, music, writing, arithmetic and drawing. At the school in Brussels where they studied, the wife of the master eventually came to believe Charlotte had fallen in love with her husband (another theme that would show up later in Jane Eyre), and all the world at this time was under the influence of the Romantic era, notably in the “mad, bad, and dangerous to know,” Lord Byron. Meanwhile, Branwell, the only male issue of Patrick, was the child upon whom the hopes of the family were pinned. A talented writer and artist, he was sent to London to attend the Royal Academy Schools – but never made it. Instead, he squandered the money for this purpose on alcohol and misadventure. My personal theory (granted, only halfdeveloped, and partially informed by my college professor) is that, given the age at which his behavior began to deteriorate, and the pattern of it, he may have been the victim of schizophrenia, which often, tragically, first manifests in young men in their late teens to early 20s. He, too, was suspected of having an affair with an employer’s wife, and finally returned home in disgrace to die at age 31. It was also the suspicion of my professor – and the theme does present itself in Wuthering Heights, that Branwell also may have been the object of deep affection on the part of one or more of his sisters. He certainly

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From left to right, they are Anne, Emily, and Charlotte; Branwell originally painted himself between Emily and Charlotte, but later painted himself out. Date: circa 1834

filled the bill of the romantic hero, with his genius, talent, and salvageable, wicked soul. The girls, in the meantime, had been busy. Charlotte had written Jane Eyre (to enormous success), Shirley, and Vilette, as well as the posthumously published The Professor. Emily wrote Wuthering Heights, and Anne contributed the less well-known but equally delightful Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The sisters published under the pen names Currer (Charlotte), Ellis (Emily) and Acton (Anne) Bell, and eventually also published a collection of poetry, Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. In Jane Eyre we find the themes of the horrid school the girls attended, and the forbidden love of a governess for her dangerous and mysterious (Branwell?) employer, whose wife is a madwoman and jealously sets fire to her husband’s bed hangings. In Wuthering Heights, the theme of forbidden love, insanity, alcoholism, and early death are repeated. My professor’s take was that Heathcliffe and Cathy were kept apart because Heathcliffe was her half-brother by her father’s mistress. Their love, if consummated, was sinful and therefore punished in life – and it was only when the child of each with another person (a tangled relationship, to be sure) came together could there be peace in the blighted Wuthering Heights.

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Tassone’s Wine Garden On cold winter nights nothing warms you up quite like a belly full of delicious food! There is no better place to warm up and chow down than the cozy dining room at Tassone’s Wine Garden. Tassone’s is located along the shores of the Seneca River, right outside of the Village of Baldwinsville at 8113 Dexter Parkway in Baldwinsville. They are open daily for lunch, dinner (and wine of course!) Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm, and on Sunday from noon to 9 pm. They have fantastic and original daily specials so be sure to check out their website at tassoneswinegarden. com and join their mailing list so you can be sure not to miss a thing. Reservations are always accepted for parties big and small so give them a call at 315-635-5133 to book your table, part or event! Tassone’s Wine Garden is not just a restaurant in the community; they are a part of our community. The Tassone family has been committed to serving great food with unbeatable service for nearly a century! From moving to Syracuse in the 1920’s to opening a variety of eateries and a bakery in the 1940’s to

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The Great Undoing of the Intent For a Great Land As Trump and his purchased D.C. horde give away our bounty in the dark of night the Supreme Court lurks with frugal clandestine obscurity in the background as elections are won and lost on issues they decide. Far too few give them even passing thought. The Court likes it this way less someone finally acknowledges the obsolete underpinning of the Constitution. 18th century thinking does not protect 21st century society but it does protect their power. One might think that the “Great Undoing” I refer to is the recent Trump revolt. No, it is the systemic failure that caused such systemic disgust that such and un-American man was preferred over the status quo. The great undoing is the systemic failure, cemented by the Supreme Court, which allows less than 1% to control government with their money. And a Supreme Court presiding over a Constitution far too short on definition. A Constitution that does not adhere its’ interpreters to intent and their Countries intended ideals. Our best and our brightest can be and are hired to promote the selfinterest of those that pay. Thanks to the Supreme Court, elections have become a manipulation contest between wealthy donors. The good of the people is not the target. The base emotion of biased wealth is. The 1% have no rules. Thus “Self-Interest” has assumed the fore, in the withered stead of common good and integrity. In this environment lies and manipulation are the lead influences. Such practice forces results to become dishonest as truth and issues are sublimated to a very low contributing point. The intent of Democracy is literally bypassed. We just witnessed the filthiest election season (manipulated by the 1%) I have ever seen. Over time wealth purchased the decision making process from the Congress. All the little things that are wrong everywhere were written into bills by wealth. Yes, written by donors and signed and passed with none or cursory review.

You live, largely controlled by laws that no one has ever read except the donor. (For example, a study or audit of Telecommunication or Credit Card law would reveal a massive storage of insidious profitable and unfair legal detail that we all live by that no one person has ever read – Such design riddles American life. All that was checked was the donor calendar.) The Fox is running everything. The 535 individuals in Congress need money to survive. Congress thus has become an arena of contestants. Their individual goal is to raise more money than any competitor so that at Election time they can afford to hire our best and our brightest to manipulate the people. Now, there are only 535 controlling 300 million Americans. Most of their time and concentration is spent competing for donors whose efforts are to sublimate the common good for donor gain. This time consumption glaringly restricts Congressional ability to lead. They simply do not have time to concentrate on their duties. And the money they need to lead is garnered from those that want their decisions. They are thus incentivized to lead against the people. As insidious as all this is there is no measurable Congressional opposition. The 535 and their donors are in a love fest spending most of their energy kissing up to each other. They are big shots that make each other feel good. No patriots. No heroes. No one willing to risk sacrifice. Cocktail parties (fund raisers) and kissy face rule the day. The separation and process necessary for mutual integrity and governance for the people is not in place. The people are subservient. This evolved over the last 4 decades and allowed $ .95 our bounty to creep to the rich. Just look at the results. These are just economic distribution: (The purchase of Environmental neglect and leadership is even more

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The Punisher With STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI setting the box office ablaze, it is apparent that the saga set in a galaxy far, far away is still one of the most sought after, beloved, and profitable entities in all of entertainment. When looking at the pop culture landscape as a whole, however, you’ll discover that STAR WARS doesn’t have the market cornered when it comes to popularity and craft. In the years that have passed since the release of IRON MAN, the Marvel Universe has exploded. Each film has become one of the most popular productions of that particular year, and the studio is now producing high quality programing for the small screen as well. While network productions such as AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., AGENT CARTER and INHUMANS have been hit-or-miss, Netflix has become the home of the surprisingly intriguing incarnations of DAREDEVIL, LUKE CAGE, JESSICA JONES, and, most recently, THE PUNISHER. Audiences were first introduced to the Marvel Universe’s Frank Castle (aka The Punisher) in the second season of DAREDEVIL. Played with a seething bravado by Jon Bernthal, Castle was a character who dangerously toed the line of hero and villain. While Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) was a likable, tried-and-true, standard issue hero, Castle was a homicidal maniac with a puzzling set of ethics. Yearning to destroy those who brutally murdered his family, he was willing to go to whatever gruesome lengths were necessary in order to exact his revenge. The Punisher was a character that worked well in DAREDEVIL, but would he be able carry an entire series? The vigilante storyline had been done countless times before, and in order to succeed, THE PUNISHER needed to weave a tale that would resonate with audiences and stand alongside the other giants at Marvel. With a spectacular 13 episode season currently streaming on Netflix, this brutal drama consistently finds a way to excite and entertain. With the entire world under the impression that he had perished, a broken Frank Castle finds himself working as an anonymous stiff on a construction site. Devoid of outward emotion and virtually mute, he spends his days furiously swinging a

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compelling I must bring this to your attention. To not bring this to your attention would be wrong. Remember now that I am a regular primary care doctor … I am not a chiropractor. I am not a naturopath. I am not a complimentary doctor. I don’t operate at the fringes of medicine. But I do have time to do basic nutritional research and as your doctor will admit we received precious little exposure to nutrition in medical school. by DR. BARRY Unfortunately this is still true today. I know I am not going to make any friends with this information but you have to know what I know. Milk can be a lifesaving source of nutrition if you are malnourished. Milk is packed with minerals and proteins and good fats. That doesn’t change the fact that cows milk is for baby cows. Let me quote Dr. Frank Oski former Director of Pediatrics of Johns As I have been studying diet and nutrition over these last months I have Hopkins University. ”There is no reason to drink cows milk at anytime in your life. It is encountered multiple controversies … How much protein should you eat? … How designed for calves not humans and we should all stop drinking it today.” Dr. T. Colin many carbs are good for you? How many and what types of supplements should you Campbell from Cornell University … Dr. Gundry, Dr. John Mcdougall, Dr. Breseden, Dr. take? What constitutes the right amount of protein versus carbs or fats for your diet? Klepper, Dr. Gregor … these are all big names in the nutrition field … they disagree on The one thing that unfortunately has become clear … the one thing that the disparate many nutritional points … but all of them believe we should stop dairy. experts can agree on is that we are taking in too much dairy. I say unfortunately First … cow’s milk is not human breast milk … it contains lots of proteins … too because dairy is big business in central New York and I really don’t want to spearhead many proteins designed to make this message. I am not by nature a controversy guy. I am not by nature a guy that a baby cow grow … these same needs attention except from my wife. But the message about dairy is so clear and proteins cause inflammatory responses in the body that contribute to type one diabetes, Voted Best Take-Out Restaurant 11 years in a Row! arthritis, a host of bowel problems etc. That’s right … giving babies cow milk can cause an inflammatory response that causes type one diabetes. Why believe me? What do the “real” experts say? “Early exposure of infants to cow’s milk protein may be an important factor in the initiation of the beta cell destructive process in some individuals.” -And, “The avoidance of cow’s milk protein for the first several months of life may reduce the later development of IDDM or delay its onset in susceptible people.” (The American Academy of Pediatrics Work Group on Cow’s At Our Restaurant Milk Protein and Diabetes Mellitus and Many Other Retail Outlets! – 1994). Second is that there is a lot in cow’s milk besides water, minerals, protein and fat. Milk contains a lot of pus (that’s white cells) … hundreds of thousands of pus cells per milliliter of milk. Also in milk are bacterial cells, traces of pesticides, contaminants like blood and feces, antibiotics, and hormones … lots of hormones. These are not removed by pasteurization. Third it’s the presence of these hormones that accelerate growth … they are designed to accelerate growth in calves … they are not designed for humans … and may accelerate the growth of cancer. There has been a strong link between milk consumption and prostate cancer and this could be related to either all the estrogen in the milk (which may account for the feminization of America) or the presence of Insulin Like Growth Factor. Some people feel ILGF is a major promoter of cancer growth. You know I believe insulin is an anti longevity agent. The more insulin in your Online Ordering Now Avaible! blood the less healthy you are. The more insulin in your body the fatter you are. The more insulin in your body the more likely that cancer is promoted. So why would you TAKEOUT OR DELIVERY 622-5100 drink milk if it contains some insulin like protein? Call & Make Your Reservation Today • 622-9690 Fourth is that milk absolutely does not make strong bones. When the dairy industry started advertising that “milk makes strong bones” the Federal Trade Commission Follow us on Facebook for our asked the USDA to review the facts and they found that milk does NOT make NIGHTLY CHEF SPECIALS! strong bones; such as Insulin LIke Growth Factor … furthermore the independent

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Music and the New Year continued from pg 2 busier. I want those who hire musicians, or use music in their activities —lucrative or not— to respect that this music is somebody else’s hard work, their creation, in some cases their child—and to respect it as such, even if its not your cup of tea. I want the folks who just plain dig it, to just keep digging it. If you dig it, tell whoever is making the music you dig, that you dig it. As we head into the new year, I want and intend to grow this column to a more enriching bit of cultural pulp. I encourage all of you who create music, write songs, to please make me aware of your endeavors. If you’re creating an event that uses music as a means for better things, I want you to share that with me. If there’s something you’d like to see in this column, please bring it to my attention. It is 2018.... and I’m listening to you. I hope you all had a terrific holiday, and that your new year bring all good things and happiness to you. So, turn it up. Thank you for listening, and reading. See you out there. Take care of the music and the music will take care of you.

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When we use food as a means to cope with our emotions, the body becomes conditioned to crave that process to feel relief. This, my friends, can result in a food addiction. People often associate food with pleasure. Do you remember at a young age being “treated” or “rewarded” with ice cream or candy for good behavior? Research has shown that the reward centers of the brain light up and release dopamine when pleasurable foods are consumed. Could it be that we’ve conditioned our bodies to react this way? Someone doesn’t just choose to feel out of control with food! It’s often a slippery slope that seems to have no end. Below are some signs and symptoms that can help you determine if you have a food addiction: • Changes in mood • Labeling food as “good” and “bad” continued on pg17

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that would encourage relocation of newborns from their mothers to “build” families elsewhere. In the 1800’s, similar socioeconomic infrastructure transported children on so-called orphan trains to work on mid-west farms. Some of these “orphans” were taken from their newly arrived immigrant parents. The Underground Railroad involved physical, social and moral infrastructure. Our latest communication infrastructure speeds up but does not always improve our recognition of how words are used to persuade us. Perhaps our most endangered infrastructure involves our own thought processes. Teachers, employers, and health care professionals alike note that our attention spans are diminishing while our blood pressures rise. Social media and 24- hour TV news has displaced in-depth daily print and reading. Of course, books and social media, while connecting us to information, can also prevent us from directly noticing our immediate environments. On December 19, readers responding to NY Times coverage of the Amtrak train wreck After he retired from boxing, Muhammad Ali and his wife devoted time and effort to in Washington State flooded the comments section with statistics about the many improving literacy in the African American community. Ali, diagnosed during childhood European and Asian train systems boasting speeds and safety records that far outshine as dyslexic, understood how poor reading skills hurt his education. Still, a neuroscientist anything here in the US. The NY Times printed both our Federal Executive’s tweet about speaking on NPR about brain function suggested that the brain capacity Ali didn’t use the US’s need to improve our infrastructure and the fact that Amtrak 501 had indeed reading books naturally engaged in processing information directly related to Ali’s been speeding on new tracks which, based on newspaper photographs, were laid across activities, resulting in Ali’s quick, accurate boxing style. an older existing bridge surrounded by tall trees. Fake news or not, the printed word requires brain energy. I’m not criticizing the bridge. In ancient Greece, Socrates worried that the permanence of the printed word would In fact, I feel a bit protective of my country when I read how European and Asian detract from young people’s ability to think in ways that trains, including for example, one train that transports led to personal relationships with themselves and with travelers from London to the French Alps, are so much their gods. The Greeks named many gods and goddesses, better than ours. I am no train buff; I am, however, all of whom reflected specific skills, natural life forces and interested in historical context, so I accessed Google interpersonal human dynamics. The Greeks seemed to Earth on my computer. My research revealed what communicate with themselves while they communicated appears to be a wide plains area extending from France’s with their gods. Socrates felt literacy threatened such western most coast eastward to the Alps. Google Earth individualized in depth thinking. Socrates ended up mapping reveals is no such relatively flat open space censored. near Interstate 5 between Seattle and Tacoma. There are Throughout human history, books came to overshadow foothills, cities, towns and villages. personal observation and perception just as today’s emotional, opinion oriented social In the United States, the densely populated areas most in need of mass transit and media and talking heads seek to obliterate both print reporting and any reasoned high-speed rail became densely developed and populated long ago. This doesn’t analysis that follows. suggest that other nations don’t have similar topography and infrastructure challenges, Unlike Socrates, we are greeted with “local” maps that extend far beyond our but, maps tell stories. neighborhoods. What should we trust? In our little part of America, it has generally been those living near NYC and not in St. Most of our skills and habits are learned behavior which can be changed and Lawrence County who support raising gas taxes to fund of mass transit. People in rural improved if we want to devote the time. 2018 is a new year and most New Year’s areas want good roads and affordable fuel. resolutions involve forging new paths through old habits and patterns. On any given Development, knowledge and socioeconomic infrastructure evolve over time. day, we have only so much cognitive capacity with which we can perceive and process In December, not mentioning jobs, but rather joblessness and his personal the information our senses take in the moment. We need to know how to regulate our reproductive contributions, Speaker Paul Ryan called for increasing birth rates to attention and choose what we feed not only our bodies but our minds. And moving a produce tax payers. During the 2016 election, Mike Pence touted social infrastructure muscle changes a thought. Safe trails and Happy New Year!

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Do You Have a Food Addiction? continued from pg 15

• Restrictive dieting • Eating in secret or sneaking food • Feeling out of control with food • Rewarding/treating yourself with food • Thinking about food all the time • Feeling unsatisfied even after meal times • Weight fluctuations and/or difficulty managing weight • Body dissatisfaction • Feeling disgusted, guilty or upset after eating • Eating to escape painful feelings Taking the power back from food often requires several phases in order to make a full recovery. Here are a few steps that can be taken to help someone who is recovering from a food addiction:

1. Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food

In traditional 12-step addiction-based recovery programs, addicts are challenged to remain abstinent. However, you just can’t avoid food! Food is essential for life! Someone suffering with a food addiction must learn how to eat properly again by establishing a healthy relationship with food.

3. Follow a Structured Meal Plan

A person suffering from an unhealthy relationship with food can get back on the right track to recovery by following a meal plan that has a structured eating pattern. This helps the person set safe boundaries with food, and feel Typically, trigger or “unsafe” foods are removed from the diet and boundaries satisfied so that there is not a physiological need to eat. are set so that managing these foods in a healthier way can be relearned. If you are someone who binges on cookies when you are stressed, it’s best not Address the reasons why you turn to food to cope. Identify healthier coping to keep them in the house. Eliminating the temptation until you are able to eat mechanisms and strategies so that you can begin learning healthier means them again in a healthy way is a good idea.

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being able to charge you less or more to offer your content than the guy down the street. Ideally, we’d be charged the way we’re charged for any “utility,” which is to say: I take seven showers a day and water my lawn; you shower once a week and don’t have a lawn. I pay more for my water bill than you do. But, your water should not be shut off, or you should not be limited when you turn on the faucet because you pay less – it should by NANCY ROBERTS simply be a matter of usage. Now think about cable: we pay a fee for service. The fee has always been based on what you get – and most of us have gnashed our teeth about the “bundling” of channels, most of which we don’t want, with the few that we do. And charging a “premium” for channels that are very popular or offer a very expensive product (like HBO in the old days – you paid extra to have that service because it offered recent-release Net neutrality – that’s the topic du jour in matters technical. movies). The cable company got paid to carry a channel, and got paid to deliver the It’s a confused, and confusing, subject. channel. Nice deal. And like most topics of argument, it’s not as simple as a right-wrong dichotomy. The Internet did an end-run around that eventually by offering direct-to-user Net “neutrality” refers to the idea that all on the Internet should be treated equally: no discrimination based upon user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached content in the form of Netflix or Amazon Prime. If you have an Internet connection, you subscribed to Netflix and then ordered your movies that way. After a while, more equipment or method of communication. and more cable subscribers “cut the cord,” as in, eliminated the cable and just used the So let’s break this down. Internet to get their films and series that were created just for that platform, or had We can move from the outside in (that is, from the “content” toward the receiving been shown on cable and then the following year were offered for a fee via an Internet device), or from the inside out (from the receiving device to the supplier of content). Either way, it’s more or less the same. Some steps on the chain aren’t really in question. But for the sake of creating a map, here is an “outside in” chain: content (website, application, digital movie) —basically the information rendered in digital form— platform (code, host, Unix/Microsoft/Apple etc.) – backbone (the Internet itself, or a dispersed bunch of computers that receive and pass the packets of information) – ISP (the Internet Service Provider – the gateway between your device and this Internet) – a search engine (like Google, which searches out and indexes the content coded and hosted world-wide) – a browser (the software like Chrome or Safari that renders all of that content into words, pictures, and activities that you, human, can interact with). That’s highly simplified, but the general picture. Ideally, none of these things would Central Square/Brewerton 1.2 0. be “forbidden.” So, if your website 18 is on a Unix machine and it’s selling pornographic material to users anywhere in the world who might be accessing it through Spectrum or an ISP in China, and you’re viewing it on your phone or your Mac laptop, at no point along the way should there be anything but voluntary Net “neutrality” refers to the idea that all on the Internet should be treated equally: suppression of that content. no discrimination based upon user, content, website, platform, application, type of Now, let’s add in the money. Suffice to attached equipment or method of communication. say that most content suppliers need to, Saturday, Jan 20th or at least would prefer to, be paid in some 12Noon-6PM way for their time and effort. A hobbyist or $10.00 Per Person blogger might be willing to supply content subscription service. The content creator was paid no matter what – the cable company * Get a stamp (and a quick bite to just for the fun of it, but he or she will have had the advantage of having first crack at showing the series, and in some cases, also eat!) at each participating location selling advertising. Then the content creation services offered “streaming” options: pay a to pay on some level for the privilege of * Finish at Jake’s at 6pm. little extra and see the whole series at once, or a week or two before it’s offered via cable. presenting material to the world: software * Receive a card for every stamp. No matter how you look at this part of the question, sooner or later a happy price to create and digitize the information, a * Best poker hand wins point will be established. Too much, and people won’t pay it. Too little, and you won’t be * Payouts for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. computer upon which to run this software, making enough to pay your costs. 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Net neutrality says you cannot, or should not, inhibit content based upon whether you agree or disagree with it on principle. sending or receiving— should pay the most. That’s not neutrality. But the other part of the equation is what is being sent and received. Net neutrality says that a byte is a byte, and the ISP and all other steps along the chain of send-receive should be unconcerned about the content. Yes, a particular platform can reject content (so, Facebook can refuse an ad it finds offensive, or prohibit a group it finds beneath its standards) – though now we step into territory that’s rather like the baker and the cake: if you offer cake (a platform for users to share ideas) can you refuse to bake it (can you refuse to allow it to be seen) just because you don’t agree with its message? Net neutrality says you cannot, or should not, inhibit content based upon whether you agree or disagree with it on principle. It also says that you can’t throttle down speed for certain content (so, your movie just won’t play right!) for either dis-favored content, or content providers who didn’t ante up for preferred status. This, among other problems, would create a barrier to entry, which the free market (at least in the US) doesn’t like. While various countries have taken a variety of stances on this subject (and some do, indeed, filter content they feel their citizens should not be getting), perhaps the best “solution” was posed by policy experts Bauer and Obar: “ … safeguarding multiple goals requires a combination of instruments that will likely involve government and non-government measures. Furthermore, promoting such goals as the freedom of speech, political participating, investment, and innovation calls for complementary policies.”


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Tales from the Vine

by KATHERINE CHASE

A Day in the Life … “I bet you get to drink wine all day every day!” is something I hear almost weekly regarding my job with the Wine Trail. No, I don’t get to drink wine all day, but I do get to experience some pretty neat stuff when I’m not diligently working at my office. And admittedly, I do drink wine on the clock … occasionally. One of my favorite things so far was getting to help a winery write their wine descriptions. It was a ‘right place at the right time’ moment that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. I stood at the tasting counter with the wine maker, the owner, the tasting room manager, myself and a fellow coworker with three or four different bottles of freshly bottled vintages in front of us. We were all poured the same type of wine and asked to sniff and taste away! We jotted down our different findings and chatted amongst ourselves on what we discovered. Oftentimes, you need to hear someone else’s opinion before you’re able to detect that particular scent or taste yourself. Sometimes we were deep on conversation trying to pinpoint exactly what it was that we were all tasting. I’m more of a dry red drinker now than I was when I did this a few years ago, but I found that I excelled in describing the dry reds. The theory was that it was because I wasn’t too busy enjoying it! But also, since I didn’t drink it all the time, I was able to recognize new tastes. Not all the fun things I get to do involve wine. As a member of our local chamber of commerce, we also sometimes get a sneak peek into new businesses. I was recently invited to go on one of the Seneca White Deer tours in the old Army Depot here in Romulus, NY. I’ll confess, I’ve seen white deer a million times driving by the depot, but was curious to see how the tours would run, and have always had some curiosity about the depot itself. The tour did not disappoint! Dennis Money, the President of Seneca White Deer, Inc. was our tour guide. He’s been working to preserve the white deer for close to 20 years, and with the help of Earl Martin, a local man who recently purchased the Depot, his hard work is paying off. Deer Haven Park is a sanctuary-like area of the Depot that the non-profit group has cordoned off to help with the preservation. As we traveled through the park, we were shown fields of corn and other edibles that have been planted for the deer to nibble on. We were warned that we may not see any deer, since they’re on their own agenda, but

SENECA WHITE DEER ON ARMY DEPOT GROUNDS we did spot a handful. The most interesting part of this tour was seeing the old remnants of the Depot itself. I left this tour feeling great pride in this organization for trying to preserve our local history, and honored that I was invited to experience it. The tours had only been opened for 10 days prior to that, and we were told they already had 1,000 paying customers! I urge you to check out their website and consider going on a tour. (www.senecawhitedeer.org) As you can tell, I really enjoyed myself there, but back to wine! Participating in our Vintner Vacation program is at the top of the list for job perks. Although I haven’t done the overnight portion, I’m still there for the personal vineyard tours and lessons, which are unique to each vineyard. The highlight of this program is the all-day boat tour with Water to Wine Tours. We board the boat on what has always been a beautiful early summer morning, and cruise across the lake to the other side. There we get to do a vertical tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon from Long Point. Four or five different vintages of the same wine are lined up, and we sample newest to oldest. Tasting and smelling the difference the years make in the barrel really help you appreciate the wine you’re drinking. I even took home a bottle of the oldest vintage! This is just a small look into the awesome non-office things I get to do on the job. I’ve been given private tours of winery production centers, had wine lunches with heads of many organizations and learned so much about wine that I can’t even put it into words! It certainly makes up for the days I’m stuck at my desk. Katherine Chase is the events coordinator for the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, America’s First. Taste a bit of history. To learn more, visit www.cayugawinetrail.com.


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Wedding Planning: Be Prepared by Ronald Williams

7. Budget Check

After talking to vendors and looking at ceremony locations, brides should recheck the budget to make sure it’s working. Half of the budget should go straight to the reception, and the remaining money should be split between flowers, attire, entertainmentFeature Articles, and photos with a little left over for the random expenses that come up.

Wedding planning is risky business. Most people who are planning for that beautiful big day are doing it for the first time, and there are some tips every bride needs to know before plunging into the planning process. Certain decisions belong to the bride: the color scheme of the wedding, the cut of the bridesmaid’s dresses, the main course of the meal. Some decisions, however, are not as easy, and tips from experienced wedding planners can only help.

Wedding Planning Strategy

1. Take It Easy

The first step in planning a wedding is to take it one step at a time. Brides should sit down and make a schedule of everything that needs to be done to prepare for the wedding. The schedule should go in a logical order; the date comes before the vendors, the flowers come before the cake, and the place comes before the band. This schedule may have some adjustments along the way, but having a starting schedule can make all the difference when it comes to stress levels.

2. Think About Guests

Right after the schedule is written out, brides need to decide on the number of guests to invite to the wedding. The number of people invited should include any vendors that will be staying on the grounds, such as servers and the disk jockey. And remember, the guests are the most expensive part of the wedding. If a meal is $50 a person, a table of ten seats $500 worth of guests. When expenses are a problem, the guest list may need to be cut.

3. The Wedding Date

The date is the most important part of wedding planning, of course. It’s the day when everything comes together and the bride and groom have their moment. The day needs to be picked right off, and when choosing a day, brides need to look to the weather. A wedding in the heat of July with ten million mosquitoes around does not make for the perfect day. Knowing the weather and conditions beforehand can make all the difference.

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When looking for photographers, florists, bands, and caterers, people in the business know other people in the business. A photographer may now a great catering business with good deals, and the receptionist may know a good band for weddings. Letting one vendor lead you to another can end up in a well put together entourage.

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Choosing a Photographer by Suzi Sanders

Your wedding day is going to be one of the most important days of your life. That is why it is important for you to give it the thought that it needs so that there are very few problems that occur during the day. It is not only important for you to decide some of the bigger items that will surround your wedding, it is also important for you to give a lot of attention to the details. That is why you should include choosing wedding photographers as one of the key elements for planning for a wedding. After all, they are going to be the one that preserves the wedding for many years to come, and if they are able to do so effectively, it will bring you quite a bit of enjoyment. You are going to have many different options available when it comes to the San Francisco wedding photography that you choose. That is why it is important for you to understand how to choose one wisely that will take care of your needs. Perhaps one of the most important things for you to consider are the type of wedding photos that they take. Each photographer is going to have their own style, and it is likely that you will be able to see that style by looking through their portfolio. In most cases, they will

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New York Bride In North Syracuse, there’s a small bridal shop called New York Bride. It’s a brick building with lovely arched windows and ample parking in the back. I thought, “It’s quaint.” However, I was truly impressed the minute I entered the shop. In side the main entrance, you immediately see a majestic display with the featured gown. While it changes frequently, this gown looked like it just came off Audrey Hepburn. An elegant gown with three quarter length sleeves, chiffon skirt and a lace beaded top with a gentle scoop neckline. I walked through the store and was amazed at the large collection of bridal and attendant dresses. After taking care of some urgent business, owner Valerie Walczak greeted me with a big smile. While NY Bride has been in business for 20 years, Valerie has owned it for only two and a half years. When I asked how she came to buy the business, she told me that she used be one of the Saturday staff. “I had a fulltime job, but wanted to get out of the house during the winter. So, when the opportunity to buy the business came up, I just closed my eyes and jumped.” Her leap of faith paid off big time! Because many people become engaged over the Christmas holiday, the bridal business kicks into high gear right after New Year’s. Valerie considers herself very lucky, “The shop was already well-established, and it had a good reputation so I wasn’t going to change anything right away. It was a relatively smooth transition, and I was fortunate that the entire staff decided to

stay with me.” There are 17 employees and what proves it’s a great place to work is exemplified by the multiple generations working there. “We have a mother/ daughter team and then we have a mother/daughter/granddaughter team.” Valerie considers her staff to be her family and the unity is very evident. The décor is stunning and the only thing better is the vast and diverse collection of dresses. When I asked what some of the new trends are, Valerie told me about the array of colors that brides are selecting, “Brides are taking more chances with color. Ivory, blush and champagne are still the front runners, but gold and pink are gaining in popularity. The other trend that’s coming is long sleeves, and illusion necklines and backs.” The knowledge required to be good in this business is huge! Everyone who works there needs to know the attributes of each designer they carry (and there are six), to body types, and keeping the bride on track. The no pressure approach to selling a gown keeps the bride and her party relaxed. “One thing The Featured gown that greets customers as we try to ask them is if soon as they enter they’re willing to try on something other than

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5 Important Wedding Preparation Matters You Need To Discuss With Your Partner Preparing for your wedding is the hardest part after your fancy engagement. All you need is to confer with your spouse to be on some important details.

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The Guest List Inviting the family is obvious enough and you must invite all your close friends. Conduct this discussion with your partner in earnest, and the common limiting factors can be budget or location if you finalize those first. Relationship matters so invite close people only. Destination weddings are a little expensive with a large guest list but if you can plan it right, it can turn out to be a beautiful wedding on a small budget. Remember not to disregard your partner’s decisions either as you’ll be happy happily married at the end of this.

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You should have covered this topic thoroughly with your fiancé and make sure that the resources you pool together are enough for the whole guest list and the venue. Services come next such as catering and you can decide on prices on a per plate basis. Make sure to save for hotel fees and for you and your guests if on a destination wedding.

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How To Manage Wedding Stress Keep Calm and Marry On!

When you are knee-deep in wedding planning stress, it’s easy to resort to unhealthy behaviors, like emotional overeating or guzzling a bottle of wine. The trouble is, these things will leave you feeling lousy and probably more stressed than before you started! At BestWeddingNJ.com, we offer up healthy tips for Managing Wedding Stress below:

Tips For Managing Wedding Stress Change Your Toxic Thought Patterns

Attitudes such as, “I must be competent in every situation,” are unrealistic. Sometimes brides & grooms do not have conscious thoughts like this, but upon examination of stressful behavior and attitude, find they are holding themselves to a standard of absolute perfection. If these standards are not met, they set themselves for failure and they can often feel like failures.

Practice Self-Care Techniques

While wedding planning, accept and meet your physical and emotional needs for exercise, rest, good nutrition and recreation. Nurture and nourish your body as well as your mind. Know your own physical limits and requirements and make them a priority. Be realistic on how to accomplish your wedding planning goals. ThePierCNY.com

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There are two elements of our self-worth: an unconditional “no matter what” element, and a conditional “I must prove my self-worth by my accomplishments and approval of others or your own high ideals for your wedding. Wanting others to approve of you is not unhealthy however; often too much emphasis is placed on this. Develop a sense of self-worth that is not primarily dependent upon the success of your wedding achievements, or the opinions of others.

Balance Your Inner Critics’ Voices

A healthy sense of self-worth helps balance inner critical voices. When their is an internal balance between self-worth and criticism, one often regards outside disapproval as a learning opportunity and a healthy challenge, despite unpleasantness. One does not need to take a defensive posture, which is characterized by denying and attacking. Reduce your wedding stress and try on accepting imperfection, those so-called “failures,” and mistakes in yourself and others without excessive anxiety.

Welcome Your Feelings - Good Bad and Otherwise

Sometimes, the best couples can do with unpleasant feelings is to acknowledge them and accept them. Many times people deny their feelings, criticize themselves for feeling a certain way, and become defensive. This also makes it difficult to accept and knowledge the feelings of others. Unpleasant feelings are normal and unavoidable, and are exacerbated when not allowed to be exposed. Try on coping better with wedding stress by taking a deep breath, and then coping with the so-called, “bad” feelings.

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Smile! You are about to choose a professional wedding photographer to capture your special wedding day moments. This is exactly why you will want to establish the right relationship with a professional photographer. Couples are wise to take an active role in planning their wedding pictures. Here are some strategies to assist you in creating the wedding photos of your dreams!

Get to Know Your Wedding Photographer It is important to have a good rapport with your wedding photographer. This way you can feel totally comfortable when posing for your wedding pictures. Many larger wedding photography studios employ a number of photographers on their staff. If you choose a large company, you may not get to meet your photographer until your actual wedding day. To avoid this from happening, you may want to consider a smaller company or make it a point to meet and interview the photographer that will be handling your wedding. Ask if the photographer if he or she is the only photographer in their company. Make sure that you get in writing that the NJ photographer you choose guarantees that he or she will be the one showing up to shoot your wedding pictures. Another important factor is to view wedding photos taken by the photographer that will be assigned to your wedding. A NJ wedding photography studio may show you their best work; however it might not be the photos of the NJ wedding photographer assigned to your wedding! Get to know your photographer and be sure to discuss what special types of wedding pictures you can have for your big day.

Create a Wedding Photo Wish List

To make sure your wedding photographer captures all of your ultimate wedding moments, create a wedding photo wish list. Although the first dance and the cutting of the cake are standard wedding photos, you may have special shots that you wish to have your wedding photographer take during your wedding. continued on pg 31

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Creating An Effective Wedding Planning Checklist by Morgan Hamilton

Are you planning to get married soon? If you are, then you are probably making initial plans to make your wedding special and memorable. If you want to make sure that you will get everything right, using a wedding planning checklist will help ensure that nothing will go wrong in your wedding. What do you need to write on a wedding planning checklist? Well, there are a lot of things that you need to cover. Primarily you start with the date of your wedding. This should be written on the top of the wedding planning checklist. The next thing you need to think about is the location and the time of your marriage. Discuss these issues with your partner until you can agree on an ideal date and setting. This way you can take care of the food, lodging and location all in one go. With weddings, its always better to have everything planned out in advance. Careful and

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What to Know Before Hiring a Wedding Photographer continued from pg 29 Make a list of what you want and share your creative ideas with your photographer. In this way, your photographer can plan in advance to include these shots. Your wedding is unique so think outside the box. Look through magazines for ideas. You may want to take wedding pictures of you wedding gown on the hanger and the groom’s tuxedo next to his shoes. Include in your list the wedding photo poses you desire before and during your ceremony, after the ceremony, and during the reception. Find out about the unique photo touches and special effects that can be done. Consider some black and white wedding pictures, too. In addition, make sure to request great candid shots that will remind you of the energy of the day!

Let Your Photographer Snap the Memories

After months of careful planning, your wedding is over in a snap! That is why you want to be free to create memories and trust your experienced photographer to capture them. Once you feel confident in hiring a

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A wedding is a beautiful public declaration of love and commitment between two people that is meant to be shared with the friends and family closest to the couple. It’s a day of joy, special moments, and memories to last a lifetime. Many times, the planning and execution of the day is just as important as the day itself. It’s important to many couples to have a wedding that is as unique as they are with special touches that guests will remember and talk about for many years to come. The vows, the church, the dress, the food, the photos, the reception venue, the entertainment, the speeches, the celebration – all important, and so are the beverage choices you serve to your guests, whether it be a cash bar, open bar, the drink for the toast, or a combination of all of the above. Spoken from a true “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” perspective, beer and wine are seemingly always the most prevalent alcoholic beverages served at weddings far and wide, with champagne being the celebratory toast choice. –And while cost is always a factor, (and an important one at that), the beverages you choose at your wedding reception can highlight yourselves as a couple, be chosen to complement the dishes and dessert served at your wedding, and make for a unique and pleasant surprise for your guests to enjoy … In addition to your college roommate making a complete

Beer and wine are seemingly always the most prevalent alcoholic beverages served at weddings far and wide, with champagne being the celebratory toast choice. fool of himself on the dance floor, for their entertainment (or horror)! The Basics: How does one calculate how much booze to serve? Popular consensus continued on pg 40

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With a spectacular 13 episode season currently streaming on Netflix, this brutal drama consistently finds a way to excite and entertain. STREET, and BABY DRIVER, was the perfect choice to play Castle. Fatally flawed, and endlessly tortured, he is a character that is difficult to love, yet impossible to hate. His rage-fueled resiliency is wholly believable, and despite the depravity he unleashes on a regular basis, he is somehow enduring. This makes him one of the more interesting protagonists in the Marvel canon, which is a credit to the writers of the series as much as it is to Bernthal. This group includes talented CNY native Angela LaManna, who not only served as the story editor for the entire 13 episode run, but also penned one of the most engaging and important installments of the series, FRONT TOWARD ENEMY. It’s wonderful to see any Central New Yorker thrive in the world of entertainment, but particularly rewarding when one of our own is directly involved in the creation of such a high profile project. With the recent announcement that THE PUNISHER has been renewed for a second season, there is every hope that Ms. LaManna, and this newfound franchise, will continue to thrive. THE PUNISHER- A(Currently streaming on Netflix)

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and is considered to be enjoyable across the spectrum is Blue Moon Brewing Company’s Belgian White (5.9%ABV), out of Denver, CO. It is light, smooth, medium-bodied and in from multiple wedding websites concludes that one drink per adult, per reception hour true fashion, has notes of both orange and coriander. Some prefer it with an additional should be sufficient and that if you’re having a full bar at said wedding reception, the slice of orange added as well. perfect booze ratio is 1/3 beer, 1/3 wine, and 1/3 liquor – along with champagne for your Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY, which is arguably King of the American speeches and toasts. If we’re talking about beer, (and we should be, since this is, after Belgian-style beers, offers a variety of Belgian-style wheat beers that include Game of all, a column called “Brew Time”), there’s always the option of cans, bottles, or kegs from Thrones —Seven Kingdoms (6.9% ABV Belgian IPA), Game of Thrones— Winter is Here which to serve your guests. A traditional Half Barrel Keg (what you see in the bars) holds (8.3% ABV Witbier), and Witte (5.2% ABV Witbier), among many others. Bonus, if you’re approximately 165, 12oz beers and is usually the most cost-efficient choice. If your guest into a Game of Thrones theme for your wedding, Ommegang has ALL the beers to list doesn’t include many beer drinkers, there are 4 other keg options available. The Slim accompany it. (& p.s. I totally want an Quarter Keg and Quarter Barrel Keg both pour approximately 82, 12oz beers, the Sixth invite to THAT wedding! … unless of Barrel Keg holds approximately 55, 12oz beers, and the Cornelius Keg is the smallest at course, it’s going to be a rendition of the approximately 53, 12oz beers. The smaller kegs might also be a good option if you elect Red Wedding, then nevermind.) to serve up a few different craft brews since palates of your guests will vary. Cans and A rather enjoyable German/Bavarian bottles can be purchased by the case, and if you’re unsure about a how much beer might Hefeweizen that I have had the pleasure be leftover, this might be a better option. You can always stow away cans and bottles, of sampling, was at Yazoo Brewing use the extra at a different event, or give it away at the end of the night. Not as easy with Company in Nashville, TN. At 5% ABV, a keg or two. it has fruity, banana notes, and was completely and totally refreshing with a slightly tart finish. And, lastly, just outside of Burlington, VT, Fiddlehead Brewing Company, known for their IPAs, has brewed a wheat IPA —Sorry for Wheat? (8.2% ABV)— a hazy, soft, very floral brew with a dry finish. It’s kind of a combination between a traditional wheat beer and a traditional New England-style BLUE MOON: One of the most IPA, and very, VERY, tasty. You’ll have to popular American Wheat Beer/Hetravel to obtain both these brews, or have feweizen that is readily available a destination-style wedding! India Pale Ale (IPA) – IPAs have a vast

Something Old, Something New.. continued from pg 32

CHOICES: It helps to know who your audience is and what they like..

The Choices: It helps to know who your audience is and what they like; i.e. Your guests. There will always be that uncle who insists that Bud Light is the best beer EVER and that’s the only thing he’ll drink. You’ll also have your stereotypical female guest (who’s also probably your brother’s new girlfriend) who insists upon a Michelob Ultra. And hey, that’s okay, it’s a wedding, you’re going to be hosting all types of folks with all kinds of tastes —poor or not— and many times, a few different choices are going to be what you include on the menu. But if you’re looking for something different, or you’re a craft beer aficionado, or maybe you’re not, but you enjoy craft beer and sharing it with others, there are many different options to choose from that are perfect for a wedding setting. Wheat Beer – This selection of beer is refreshing, light-bodied and meant for warm weather and quenching your thirst. Perfect when you consider the season of summer/ spring/early fall, and all the booty-shaking, Electric Sliding, and YMCA-ing your guests will be doing. In addition, you might even be able to get that Bud Light swigging uncle to try something that isn’t going to shock his taste buds into retreat-mode. Belgian-style Witbier wheat beers in particular are light with notes of citrus and coriander. Germanstyle wheat beers, known as Weissbeirs or Hefeweizens, are light, sweet, with hints of spice or fruit. The American version is known as a Hefeweizen (still a German term) or simply a wheat beer, and these are usually golden in color, unfiltered (cloudy-appearing), light, and lemony. Likely the most popular American Wheat Beer/Hefeweizen that is readily available

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array of different notes, bitterness, and finishes. They range from grassy and earthy to floral and juicy to piney and nutty. What one connoisseur of craft beer savors in an IPA, another connoisseur might not. For purposes of pleasing a crowd, these popular and enjoyable (by most all, even your snobby craft-beer friends) IPAs are mild to moderate in bitterness and hops. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s Pale Ale (5.6% ABV) out of Chico, CA, is simple in name, and simply a well-rounded IPA that is a solid choice for a wedding reception. A brew that you can find nearly anywhere and everywhere, it pairs well with everything from cheese during cocktail hour, to pulled-pork for an outdoor summer wedding in the country, to prime rib at your black-tie evening reception. Smooth with a balanced bitterness, this is brewed primarily with Cascade hops that give it the slightly spicy and citrus/floral notes that are present throughout. Slo Mo’ IPA (6.5% ABV) by Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse, NY, is another good choice for a crowd pleaser. Brewed with Falconer’s Flight and Mosaic hops, it is juicy, juicy, juicy – which is another way of saying it’s fantastically citrusy with notes of grapefruit and so very refreshing. As the name implies, this is a perfect brew for a warm spring or summer day while “slo”ing down and enjoying the bliss and excitement surrounding your wedding day. It also happens to be a good choice if you’re into “keeping it local.” Lambic – This is a unique choice that can, in fact, be an alternative to using champagne for your toasts! It is a beer that is very close to its champagne counterpart with characteristics of being carbonated, tart, and dry on the finish. The brews are made with a mash of unmalted wheat and aged hops that ferment spontaneously in wooden barrels. Many are also made with fruit or fruit juice, which adds a whole second level of complexity and subtle sweetness. Popular and easy to obtain, Lindemans Framboise Lambic Beer (2.5% ABV) from Belgium, is a small microbrewery that has been specifically making Lambic beer for 6 generations, beginning in 1822. This brew is dark pink in color, bubbly, much in the same way as champagne, and has a rich raspberry flavor with bit of tartness. A total treat, which your wedding guests will no doubt find to be a fun little unexpected twist on the traditional champagne wedding toast. Or this will make a lovely accompaniment to your wedding cake and desserts – especially pairing with anything chocolate! The Finishing Touches: The beer theme doesn’t just have to be relegated to your open bar. With everything that Pinterest, Etsy, and Instagram has to offer and scroll through these days, your entire wedding can have craft beer involvement! From having your wedding reception at a brewery, to incorporating hops blossoms into your bouquets and boutonnieres, to having your caterers cook with beer in the courses served, to giving personalized beer koozies (or “stubbies” as they call them in Australia – oh the things you find when you do research for your Brew Time articles) as wedding favors, there’s all this and so much more! Of course, these ideas and offerings are only a few options when it comes to what beer to serve at your wedding. I have really only scratched the surface of all of the different types of craft brews available to you and your big day. There are always choices to go with themed weddings or something specific to the couple being married. – Fall weddings can offer a pumpkin beer of choice, or if the happy couple are coffee-lovers, a coffee stout or porter might be a one-of-a-kind addition to your bar offering. Or perhaps there was a special vacation or you share a unique bond or perhaps you visited a specific brewery along the dating and engagement road to marriage. And there’s the opportunity to serve a beer or include something beer-related that highlights that special time in your lives The beverages you choose at your that you both wish to share with everyone wedding can highlight yourselves at the wedding. The possibilities are as a couple endless! Cheers to that!

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Do You Have a Food Addiction continued from pg 17

of dealing with your emotions. Try doing something that offers comfort in a non-food way such as taking a bath, going to the gym, reading a book, or meeting a friend for coffee.

5. Seek Professional Advice

Beating a food addiction isn’t something that happens overnight. It often involves a registered dietitian or licensed therapist that specializes in the area of disordered eating. These professionals will help a person break the cycle of compulsive overeating by implementing appropriate strategies, providing accountability, and giving sound advice. Another tip to get away from seeking comfort in food is to “clean up your life.” Resolve issues. Get rid of friendships that are toxic. Get rid of clothes that you don’t like. Apologize to someone. Quit your job and find something that makes you happy. End a relationship if it’s not serving your highest good. Stop wasting so much time _______ (fill in the blank). The happier you become the more gratitude you practice, the more true comfort you engage in, and the less you will rely on food to make yourself feel good.

In Conclusion:

When you change your relationship with food you change the way you look at it. Interestingly, you will find that when you surround yourself with things that give you true satisfaction and comfort you will not seek comfort in food. Good luck to you!

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dresses are prominently displayed to make any size customer happy with their purchase and experience. “We take our time because if a bride buys a gown she doesn’t love just to expedite the process, then we haven’t done our job. We don’t care how much they spend, we only want them to be confident and happy with the dress they purchase,” stated Valerie. One of the biggest challenges for the bridal industry is those who wait until the last minute to buy their dress. New York Bride staff recommend that you start looking for your dress when you get engaged. Some dresses take six months to obtain from the manufacturer especially if it’s a custom order. You should then allow 6-8 weeks for alterations. This time is necessary because these dresses will probably be the most expensive piece of clothing you’ll ever buy. Dresses range from $ 650 to $4,000, and the average price is $1,500. Then, you add the cost of the accessories: veils, head pieces, jewelry and undergarments. Unlike the big box stores, New York Bride does not carry shoes or purses. They also do not carry mother-of-the-bride dresses. “We focus strictly on the bride and her attendants. This way, there’s less confusion and there are plenty of places who carry that kind of apparel,” said Valerie. The personal attention given to the bride and her party is the primary focus of every employee. I asked if they had come across any Bridezillas. Valerie just smiled and said, “No. That’s just for TV. Most brides are excited and have a lot of fun trying on all the different styles.” However, some of the people who come with the bride can be difficult because they want to tell her what she “should” choose. To help the bride make the decision, Valerie and the staff recommend they take pictures of all the dresses they try on. This way, they can review them when then have time alone and it removes the pressure of other opinions. This time of year is quiet so they prepare for the rush that occurs in January. They organize the stock area because they also offer free storage until your wedding day. It’s these personal services that keep the business going. Most of their new customers are referrals from former customers. “It’s a relationship we build carefully, and it lasts,” said Valerie. Proof of their success is shown by the green wall – here they display the thank you cards and wedding pictures that happy customers send after the big day. If you are a bride to be, then you need to visit New York Bride and get the personal attention that will make your wedding day perfect because you will have a dress that’s perfectly you!

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LAMB CHOPS BRAISED IN POMEGRANATE Recipe from allrecipes.com

INGREDIENTS

3 pounds lamb shoulder blade chops salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, sliced 1 pinch salt 4 cloves garlic, sliced 2 cups pomegranate juice 1/3 cup aged balsamic vinegar 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary 8 fresh mint leaves 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon honey, or more to taste salt and ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

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2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds 1 tablespoon sliced fresh mint leaves 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Generously season lamb chops with salt and black pepper. 2. Heat vegetable oil in a Dutch oven over high heat. Place lamb chops in Dutch oven and cook until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer lamb to a plate and reduce heat to medium. 3. Stir onion and a pinch of salt into the Dutch oven; cook until onions are slightly golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. 4. Pour pomegranate juice into the Dutch oven and scrape any browned bits off of the bottom of the pot. Pour in balsamic vinegar, increase heat to high, and bring to a boil. 5. Stir rosemary, mint leaves, and red pepper flakes into pomegranate juice mixture. Continue to boil until liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Return lamb and any accumulated juices to Dutch oven, spoon pomegranate mixture over lamb, and cover. 6. Cook in the preheated oven until meat is fork tender, about 2 hours. Transfer lamb to a plate and set Dutch oven on the stovetop over high heat. Bring pomegranate mixture to a boil; cook, skimming any fat that accumulates, until liquid is reduced by 1/3, about 5 minutes. 7. Stir in honey and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Return lamb to the Dutch oven; stir to combine. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, sliced mint leaves, and pumpkin seeds.


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Table Hopping January 2018  
Table Hopping January 2018  

Happy New Year! Welcome to the January 2018 Issue of Table Hopping! Our annual Wedding Issue is here brought to you by the Fireside inn. Loo...

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