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Thanksgiving By: Mary McCandless In 1621 was the first celebration, so to speak. It began as a celebration for a good harvest and then Governor Bradford invited a group of Native American’s. In 1789, George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation asking the people to express their gratitude for the conclusion of the country’s war for independence and successful ratification of the U.S. constitution. What is really interesting is that in 1817, New York became one of many states to adopt Thanksgiving as an annual holiday.

The world does not turn any faster, nor do our clocks. Seemingly, we feel that we can only spare so much time for each of our activities. Is it poor planning? Do we put so much on our plate that we have forgotten what is important? Do we measure quality time in a text to each other? Thanksgiving should be a time of reflection with your family and friends enjoying their company and what they mean to you. There is so much turmoil and division within the world today maybe this is a good time to reconnect.

It begins with that once a year turkey and side dishes from the fall harvest. And, let’s not forget the pies. It is a time to gather with family, friends and celebrate for what we are thankful for and also to catch a good game of football. It is a tradition, or is it lost? As kids growing up, there were no cell phones or laptops, not a thing to disturb you. The day would begin with helping out in the kitchen, setting the table, cleaning the house or helping to make pies. The house would smell wonderful as the turkey was cooking in the oven, and the casual question “Is it time to eat?” When that moment came dinner meant sitting with the entire family, talking and enjoying each other’s company. The only interruptions were when someone would chime in or ask to pass the potatoes.

There is still time to change up your plans. Invite family or friends to participate in making the meal. Plan fun things for the children to do outside after dinner. Go retro, back to the good ole days when your parents made dinner. Moreover, before everyone eats they should take turns and say what they are thankful for. Make it a memorable time. Time that we need to set aside for real interaction. We will not be guaranteed a tomorrow so take in each day with love, and giving. When you do, you will see that it is contagious.

Today our worlds are on a fast track. We have cell phones, computers and seem to believe that we do not have any time. Dinners are now interrupted by phone calls, social media apps and texting. Communication is limited and when dinner is done everyone has to leave. What happened to sitting at the table chatting over a cup of coffee and pie? How can that be?


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Giving thanks can also go deeper than what we have or what we have achieved, it should be about what you have given throughout the year. We can teach our children the joy of giving by taking them to a church or shelter on Thanksgiving and help serve food for those who do not have family or a place to live. It is rewarding to see the appreciation on their faces and that people actually care. Thanksgiving is not a day of judgement, but a day of being thankful and giving - hence Thanksgiving.



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his time of the year, the phone at our plastic surgery practice starts ringing off the hook with patients wanting to come in for fillers. As a practitioner, I find that my patients get much satisfaction following their filler treatments. In the past, facelifts were the mainstay for helping to make a face more youthful. While facelifts continue to be very helpful, many women (and men) are turning to fillers for subtle improvements. Christie Brinkley is an icon for maintaining a youthful look despite her age. She has stated openly for years that she has used Botox and fillers for years to help maintain her youthful appearance. As we age, we lose volume in our faces. This is multifactoral. Our whole skeleton shrinks, and bones degenerate. Most people will first notice this in a loss of height. We experience this bone loss in our face as well. The fat in our face degenerates and what is left moves south. I often joke with patients that we should consider ourselves an “anti- gravity clinic.” And lastly, we lose collagen in our skin. This loss of collagen causes the skin to sag and wrinkle. While attending conferences on facial rejuvenation, one of the biggest changes over the past decade is the recognition of the need for volume. Even physicians that are experts in performing facelifts will often say that adding volume in conjunction with a lift can elevate a good result to a great result. So, what are dermal fillers? They are gels that are injected beneath the skin surface.

By: Beth Phillips, RPAC They are used to fill in areas that have lost volume due to aging. Results are immediate and can last six to twelve months. There are three main substances that I think of as fillers. They include hyaluronic acid gels, calcium hydroxyapatite gels and fat. All three of these substances occur naturally in the body, and therefore, they will not be rejected. There are many different preparations of hyaluronic acid and based on their chemical properties, they are made to be placed

patients to think of filler as “spackle” to smooth out grooves. Volume can be added to cheeks to create a more youthful look. There are some newer fillers that work wonderfully in the tear trough, aka the under eyes. This has been a very difficult area to treat in the past, but now we are able to get much better results. Fillers are also frequently used to augment lips and indented scars. Areas where fillers are used but are not as widely known include: the hands, earlobes, temples and labia. Fat can be taken from unwanted areas and placed in other areas to create increased volume. The benefit of fat is that it is more permanent than the other fillers. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict how much of the injected fat will survive when it is initially placed.

at different depths within the skin and soft tissue. Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero are some of the many Hyaluronic acid gels. The benefit to a hyaluronic acid gel is that if for some reason, you are not happy with the results, there is an enzyme that can be injected to dissolve the product. While calcium hydroxyapatite, also known as Radiesse, is not reversible, it has the added benefit of being a collagen biostimulator. This signals your body to make more natural collagen. Fillers are used in many places. The most common area is facial wrinkles. Nasolabial folds, marionette lines and ‘smokers lines are treated to soften the look. I tell my

PRP (platelet rich plasma) is frequently injected along with dermal fillers to increase stimulation of collagen in those regions. Fillers need to be injected using safe techniques and by a provider who fully understands facial anatomy and has had proper training to avoid complications. Fillers should be placed by a practitioner who understands your desires. Christie Brinkley states, “Fill, don’t stuff !” The best filler’s results should leave you looking like a more vibrant version of yourself...not like someone else!! For more information visit our website at or call us 315-663-0112.




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or Manlius resident, Karyn Burns her foray into the world of children’s goods(think pictures, placements, playing cards) began with personal creations she made for her three young sons, Jack, Charlie and Rory. Burns is a Vermont native and wanted to create a drawing for her first born that would commemorate her love for her home state. Thus, the ABC’s of Vermont became her first creation. For her second child, she created the ABC’s of The 1000 Islands as the family enjoyed summers there. When she was expecting her third child, she decided to create The ABC’s of Syracuse University, she and her son’s father are both alumni. As Burns reflects, this is where the idea of transferring this hobby into a business began. “Friends would come visit to meet the baby and would ask me, where can I get that?” A few years later, Burns found herself in the throes of a divorce and was looking forward to utilizing any free time in productive activities. “I am very project oriented and thought this will be good for me and my mind. When you go through tough times you want to have an emotional outlet.” She started to consider selling her drawings and created monthly goals for herself, the first being to get her product into five stores. A fondness for Martha’s Vineyard led to her next goal and also served as the catalyst for launching her business. “I decided to create an ABC prototype for Martha’s Vineyard. I went out there and ended up securing it to be sold in a few shops, to include The Black Dog. (The iconic store and symbol of Martha’s Vineyard) When The Black Dog came up suddenly it was official. I was doing orders, W 9s and taxes!” From there, Burns started to secure some collegiate licenses a process she


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describes as a long but well worth it. It was at this point, as she looked at her incoming orders that she realized that there was a demand and a niche for this product. Burns achieved all this while working at her full-time job as a lobbyist. She is currently vice president of communications & government relations at The Manufacturing Association of Central New York. She says that her two worlds have meshed over the years, and some of her clients have produced her products, and some are vendors. Burns outlined her process of creating a new product in the following way, “First we decide a location or an educational program to feature. In the past, I might have then developed an outline myself, but now we have flipped the process. We have high customer engagement where we use social media tools to gather input on our designs.” Burns laughed as she recalled putting together the ABC’s of Boston, “I have never seen such passion for an area as the Boston folks. We put it out there on Facebook and were flooded with a response of ideas. “ The actual design process also includes copyrighting and licensing. From there they create a prototype and shop it around to get feedback. Those changes are then made, resulting in the final prototype.

Burns confided that among her proudest moments as the founder of the company, was to see her products listed on the in Bed, Bath and Beyond and Buy, Buy Baby web sites. She also notes that they are in Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. “These inclusions are taking my business to the next level, and it is amazing to see.” Burn’s advice to other women in Upstate New York who might want to translate a talent or aspect of their personality into a business? “Tap into the amazing resources of other women in this region who have built successful companies. They want to see us succeed. And find your friends… find those friends that want to help you and help them back!” These days’ Burns is most excited about how her business continues to evolve. Karyn is in the process of rolling out exciting new products in the educational solutions’ arena.

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et’s face it. We’ve all been there. The holidays arrive and suddenly we’re faced with sweets, cookies, pies, and more. We know the New Year is around the corner, which means we’re faced with the potential of those dreaded post-holiday pounds. It’s happened to so many of us. The question is – how do we satisfy those cravings without jumping ship on our clean eating? Aside from the potential weight gain during the holiday season, there’s a phenomena known as the “holiday heart attack.” According to a study that was released in 2004 by Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD, cardiac related deaths increase between Christmas and New Year’s Day. This is attributed to a host of reasons, but one in particular is due to the fact that we tend to lax on our healthy eating during the holidays. When we combine that with neglecting regular exercise routines, it can equate to an unhealthy recipe for disaster. Enjoying a diet full of vegetables, legumes and whole grains is the key to keeping your heart healthy and happy. Harvard Health Publishing released


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an article that found one of the most effective ways to maintain a clean bill of heart health or even reverse cardiovascular disease is by eating less meat and more plants. The holidays can be a joyous time for many. But don’t let the temptations steer you too far off course causing you regret as you start off 2018. Here’s some advice to help avoid overindulging: Fill up before you hit the party scene – Holiday parties and dinners are a blast, but they are full of temptation. Most bear dishes that are full of heavy, fatty foods and sugary desserts. Depending on the time of your event, be sure to have a meal at least two - three hours before arriving at the party. It’s important to eat foods that are fiber-rich, like vegetables, beans or whole grains. Not only are these foods great for your heart, but the fiber will help you remain feeling full for longer. Another pro tip to staying full – drink plenty of water leading up to and during the event. Water tricks your brain into feeling full, so keep a glass of water with you throughout your party and sip on it as a way to keep your fingers from grazing.

Pack a dish to share – I know what a supreme challenge it can be to politely turn down high calorie, indulgent meals at a party. My solution: make a dish or two to pass. I’ve learned that I can control what I eat at holiday gatherings if I bring a delicious and exciting veg-centric dish. Not only can I choose to bring something on the lighter side, but I also see it as an opportunity to showcase the tasty side of plant-based dishes. Try making a seasonal vegetable like winter squash, the superstar. A side dish like roasted Brussel sprouts with a balsamic glaze and toasted walnuts is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Winter squash is packed with vitamins A, C and B6 while Brussel sprouts contain fiber and protein. The best part is that dishes like these won’t make you feel like taking a nap after having a helping or two. The holidays are the time of year to cherish family and friends. But if we are not vigilant, it’s also a time that we can jeopardize our health with bad eating habits. Utilizing these simple tips can help increase your plant-based food consumption all while eating delicious and satisfying foods during the holidays.

Winter Chili By Stefanie Heath

Butternut squash is the star of this hearty meal. This recipe is ideal for your family or to bring to a gathering. The beans are fiber-packed which means it will keep you feeling full and satisfied. This harvest colored dish is as attractive as it is tasty!

Ingredients: -Serves 6

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1 large red bell pepper, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 2 tablespoons chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder 4 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 pound) 1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 (16 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 1/2 cups water 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained 1 cup frozen corn 1 (4 oz) can chopped green chiles, undrained 1 teaspoon salt

Directions: 1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Saute onion, bell pepper, and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder, garlic powder and cumin and sautĂŠ for an additional minute. 2. Place onion mixture in a slow cooker. Add squash and remaining ingredients. Stir, cover, and cook on low for 8 hours or until chili is thick and squash is softened. Serve over cooked quinoa for even more protein or enjoy on its own. Top with chopped avocado. Enjoy!



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have the most thought-provoking and interesting conversations with my clients. I often say that over the years, I have likely learned more from them than from any book, class or seminar that I could attend. A recent talk with a long-term client and friend concerned paying for his grandchildren’s college tuition and other expenses. This gentleman and his wife worked together for many years to build a family business and have been quite successful. They are comfortably retired and know that they have more assets than they will ever need to spend. They are healthy and are in a wonderful position for their retirement years. The question came up as to whether they “should” pay their grandchildren’s college costs. They have more than enough assets to do so comfortably, and this would ensure that the kids could focus on studies and emerge with a four-year degree debtfree. The dilemma came from knowing that they could take care of these costs – and wondering whether they should do it. Many times when we think we’re talking about money, we’re not really talking about money. I know that sounds silly, but please hear me out. “Money” can be a very emotional topic and it symbolizes many different things to every individual. Money can represent freedom – freedom from debt, freedom to choose how to spend your time, and for some the freedom to help others. Money can be a tool – we use it to purchase the things we need to live, and to provide for our families. The way we spend our money can express what is important to us, and our values. Many people equate money with status and position in society. Having (or not having) money can determine the limits of what we are able to provide for ourselves and our families. In this instance, spending a portion of their assets on their grandchildren’s education would express how important they consider a college-education to be, and the priority that they place on taking care of their family. It would be a wonderful gift for the grandchildren to receive, and they in turn would feel the gratification of being able to provide for their education. The other side of the discussion concerned how the grandparents felt about simply giving the funds away. While it would be a generous gift, the question arose as to whether the children would be appreciative – we were certain that they would be grateful for the gift of their education, but would they be able to comprehend the time and energy and pure hard work that went into earning and saving this money. In addition, would they value their education as much if it was just given to them, versus them having some “skin in the game” to pay for their education costs?

That is an interesting question: “What value do we place on something that is given to us for free, without any labor or effort on our part?” I have gone to seminars that are offered for “free,” with very few people in attendance; however, if there is a nominal charge of say, $10 – the room is often full. Equally important, when someone is hosting a “free” seminar, they often will experience many-shows and cancellations. If there was a fee to attend, it is more likely folks will go. Do we place more value on something we have to pay for? The root of the question seemed to be how to teach children the “value of a dollar” – again, not so much about the money itself, but the values we hold regarding what it stands for. We did not come to any definite conclusions during that conversation, or during subsequent discussions we had on the same topic. What eventually happened is that an equal amount was contributed to each grandchild’s education account, with the remainder of costs to be paid through scholarships, part-time jobs, and student loans. It seemed a reasonable solution to a multi-layered question about “money.” Article written by: Jon Neal Selzer, LUTCF/ Owner of Marathon Financial Advisors, Inc. Securities and investment advice offered through CADARET, GRANT & CO., INC. Member FINRA/SIPC Marathon Financial Advisors, Inc. and Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. are separate entities.



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ne parent is gone; out of your residence. One parent remains with the children. The household now must adjust to existing on one income (in some cases none), instead of two. What does a parent do if the other parent who has left the household does not provide financial support for the children? (For the purposes of this article, let us assume that the mother is the custodial parent and the father is the non-custodial parent; but, if your situation is reversed the information related is still true). Both parents are required to support their children until they are 21 years old unless the child(ren) becomes emancipated. If you are the custodial parent, you are entitled to “child support”. If you and the children’s father are not married, you can also still get this support. If you are living with the child’s father and he is not helping with the bills, you can get child support. (For the purpose of this article, “Paternity” is assumed). If both parents have legal custody of a child, child support will go to the custodial parent. If the arrangement is for joint physical custody, the child support will be paid to the parent who has the child most of the time. If it is equal time, the Court will determine the support obligation. The process of getting the issue of child support before the Court is relatively simple. Depending on your personal circumstances you may want to retain an attorney to help you. If you are proceeding Pro Se (without a lawyer) in OnondagaCounty, go to the Family Court Clerk’s Office on the first floor of the CountyCourthouse. There you will be given a Petition and a detailed instruction sheet telling you how to fill out the forms. When you finalize the

By: Jeffrey L. Drimer, Esq. forms you will file them with the Clerk’s Office. Be sure to ask whether it is your responsibility to serve the Petition on the other parent or whether the Court will do it through the Sheriff ’s office. The Clerk can instruct you on the rules for proper service of the Petition. Your case will then be assigned to a Family Court Support Magistrate who has the same authority on support issues as a Family Court Judge. The Clerk of the Court will probably give you a Financial Disclosure Affidavit. You should fill this out as carefully as you can and sign it in front of a Notary Public. If you have a previous Family Court Support Order or a Divorce Decree, you should be prepared to bring that to Court as well. You should be prepared to prove your children’s health care costs and your child care expenses. The Magistrate will also be interested in any special medical expenses or costs that you have relative to your children. You should make copies of all of these types of bills to submit to the Court. If the non-custodial parent lives out of state, you should be sure to mention this circumstance to the Clerk. A Child Support order is still possible. It is just a little more complicated. If the non-custodial parent does not show up in Court, an Order can still be granted. Your primary concern at this point is probably “How much will I receive?” The amount will be calculated in accordance with the Child Support Standards Act. This will be a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s gross income minus certain deductions (Social Security and Medicaid taxes). The percentages are 17% for one child, 25% for two children, 29% for three children, 31% for four children, and at

least 35% for five or more children. If the non-custodial parent has health insurance available through their work, they could be ordered to provide it for the child(ren) and to pay a pro-rata share of unreimbursed health care expenses. The obligation to pay child support usually begins when the Petition is filed with the Court. I am sure that you probably have many more questions. For example: 1. What if the non-custodial parent has remarried? 2. What if the non-custodial parent has other children? 3. What if the non-custodial parent refuses to pay? 4. Can visitation issues be addressed? If you are the noncustodial parent, you should still show up for Court and you should fill out your Financial Disclosure Affidavit. Bring your most recent Tax Return, Form W2, and 1099s. In addition, bring your most recent pay stub to help substantiate your current income. My advice is usually the same---you should (if you can afford it) get the assistance of an experienced Family Court/ Matrimonial Lawyer to help you in the process. Just because the process can be completed without a lawyer doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have one representing your interests. Finally, you should not feel guilty about forcing this issue.Your child(ren) is still the responsibility of the other parent even though he or she may not be living in the household. They need to be cared for and supported regardless of the current living arrangement and you should not be alone in paying for their daily support. Therefore, trust the system to provide you with a fair and equitable Child Support order. It may take some time and effort but it is the right thing to do.



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ho are Serway and Seymour? Please, allow me to introduce you. Laura Serway and Cindy Seymour own Laci’s Tapas Bar and Restaurant in Syracuse. But know this: though the restaurant is extremely popular, that is only a small percentage of what they do in Syracuse. The married couple, who met in 1981 in Orlando, (Seymour grew up in Florida, Serway in Sylvan Beach, NY) realized immediately that they were meant for each other. Both have a heart that gives relentlessly. Both are filled with passion to help others. Both know their capabilities. Both put themselves on the line. Both continuously lead projects to help those in need.Both are making a tremendous difference in our community.



LA (Laura) + CI (Cindy) = LACI’s! “We realize how blessed we are, and we are extremely thankful,” said Seymour. “We take the passion in our heart to help others. It doesn’t matter what race, color, etc. people are…we should never judge; only help one another,” she added. The warmth exchanged between the two is worthy of noting - they are as genuine as they are kind and without a doubt, the Syracuse community has been experiencing a steady incline of improvement from the work they do. They feed the community, build for the community and create opportunities for so many others. The two have determination, passion and continue to be successful business women. “We clearly see the need for help out there, and even though we believe people are innately good; they don’t know how to help. Some discuss helping, but take no action. Laura and I choose to make a difference and ask almost daily of ways we can help,” said Seymour. Seymour recalled after hearing about Hurricane Sandy and determined to help, she sat up in bed, put a message on Facebook that she was headed to assist, and that whomever wants to join her could – just be ready to work on whatever they need. The response was overwhelming. Serway jumped on the bandwagon to help, of course, and brought with her, 20 cooked turkeys. “We fed over 600 people. We worked hard and we also made people laugh at a time that it was so needed,” recalled Serway. Clearly, an example of their passion turned to action. Seymour noted, “So many people in our


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community need help. There are facts that many people are not aware of. We must teach people what is truly happening out there.” Seymour, who spent time in the Air Force, holds a degree in electrical engineering and is also completing her second Master’s Degree with a focus on PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma. She was employed in Public Administration, a Commander in Law Enforcement and as a First Responder. Seymour has a lot of experience in male-dominated career fields. “After years in the military, it was obvious that they don’t want us [women] there. There are a large number of women who are sexually assaulted in the military and even larger number of women who are sexually harassed,” explained Seymour. “Most people are not aware of the devastation of this because they simply don’t know the facts. Blissful ignorance is what hinders awareness and change,” she added. ‘If we don’t know about it, we’re good’ seems to be the stance many people take, unfortunately. Seymour said, “If we were all blind for a month, we would be surprised who we wake up with. We see with our souls. Help is needed all the time, even in our own community.”

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Serway agrees with Seymour wholeheartedly. Though both Serway and Seymour are armed and equipped with education, experience, a plethora of community affiliations and awards, to see their heart in action better explains who they are. Their awareness and capabilities are proving to make such a positive difference.

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“We are failing female veterans, but they didn’t fail us. They did their part”. Sadly, a fact is that the percentage of female veterans who remain homeless is larger than people might be aware. The pair are currently rolling out a plan to help. They are women on a mission. Serway is a highly respected entrepreneurial executive who has more than 30 years of experience managing and training consultative sales, marketing, communication and business development at the local, regional and corporate level for media companies. She exhibits a motivational management style with a record of building and retaining very driven sales teams as a consultant and a leader. She holds a BS in Business Administration, Economics and Business Management. She retired in 2012 in order to dedicate all of her time to the many projects they are leading. Most importantly, she too, stands with Seymour in tirelessly helping people in their community. The couple owns a nonprofit organization, Serenity for Women, which was created to help women who are facing day-to-day challenges or transitioning to life after the military. “We believe in women, and we believe that women matter,” said Seymour. The couple has been successful with every venture they have tackled. Seymour and Serway said they began with a small café, and started their first business venture as Laci’s at the regional market. Seymour said, “Our first venture was great. From there we moved to the Palace Theatre, and then Laci’s Burger Joint on James Street. The road we are on has been tremendous. We have settled here in the Hawley Avenue neighborhood in Syracuse. We chose this area because it is very eclectic, the people are great and there is no opposition to the plans of continuous improvement.” The reason they began Laci’s? When Seymour’s mom (who everyone lovingly nicknamed, Jimmie), became terminally ill, Seymour opened the café so that they

could manage it together; a dream for both to fulfill. “I always cooked with my mom. She taught me a lot. I was able to spend nine great months with her – they were some of the best months of my life,” said Seymour. The couple still sells a great deal of Jimmie’s sauce: Laci’s Luscious Sauce at many locations; among them is Wegmans. While meeting with Serway and Seymour, I noticed that even though they take their work seriously, they also know how to have fun. Between their playful banter and jokes, Serway said, “We have a passion for life. We give our time not only to our work, but to community organizations such as AccessCNY, Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation, Salvation Army and many other organizations. Because of her success, she joined the Advisory Board of the WISE Women’s Business Center as well as an active member of the Women President’s Organization. Serway said, “I am working on an exciting project that will be a great resource for women. ‘Women United CNY’ will serve as an icon to connect all businesses owned by women and women focused in New York state to one place as a resource that will prove to be invaluable.” The couple also gives help to the New York State Brain Injury Association. Serway’s younger brother was involved in a car accident at the age of 20 and left him with a traumatic brain injury. For 23 years, Serway took care of him until he was diagnosed with cancer. He has since passed, but their close relationship will always be cherished by Serway. Both Serway and Seymour knew that what they began and continue to do would be a success. As well, Seymour is beginning a new project, “She Served-She Matters” will help homeless female veterans in Syracuse. “Since the population of female veterans without permanent shelter in Syracuse is rising, we will be building three tiny homes to serve as transitional housing to support homeless female veterans wanting

to renew, refocus and rejoin their communities by accessing the services they need to be healthy, whole and productive,” said Seymour. We will be doing most of the physical work ourselves. We located boarded houses and vacant lots close to our restaurant, received our permit and plan on breaking ground on November 11th, which is the date of the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. By improving our own community, we are drawing like people,” she added. Serenity for Women ( notes that this collaborative effort

Stefanie Heath, Laura & Wayne Mahar Recycle-A-Bull, Bully Breed Rescue will be achieved through the innovativeness of the Rescue Mission’s Willing to Work program; a comprehensive proven, successful plan for individual safety, emotional support, skills building and an employment training model. Serenity will lead the construction of two new homes that will be a turnkey for the participants, and the couple contends that this can and will become a model project for other communities. Seymour said, “We are very much in need of financial help, landscaping volunteers, furniture, from anyone who is able. We are estimating each unit to cost $25,000, completed. We are trying to raise $125,000 in donations to cover the cost of building all the homes. We could not accomplish this without the incredible help of many, including David Daino and Michael DeSalvo of The Dorothy House in Syracuse and who owns Hairanoia across the street



from us.” Seymour said, “The number of homeless female veterans is on the rise. They need help, and most people are not aware. We are excited to join forces with the Rescue Mission with this project, and we know it will make an impact.” Seymour said she expects each finished unit to cost $25,000. Including landscaping, fencing, plumbing, site preparation and other costs, the final tab will be about $125,000 for three, she said. Serway and Seymour are not stopping there. “We are also beginning a New York State chapter of ‘Armed to Farm’, which is agriculture training for militaryveterans. We will focus on female veterans and teach them how to sustain themselves and make a profit. We have an entire team, including help from agriculture specialists from Cornell and SUNY Adirondack,” said Seymour. “We will supply the land right here and create farms which will be run by female veterans, so they learn to work with their hands and grow their own food – they will never be hungry again.” Two goals of ‘Armed to Farm’ are to train female veterans to operate a sustainable crop, create a network of female vets who can start careers in agriculture and to provide technical assistance to the group as they start and improve their farming operations. “We are failing female veterans, but they didn’t fail us. They did their part,” claimed Seymour. “We are aware that there are hundreds of empty lots around Syracuse. We will continue to pursue neighborhoods who welcome change, assistance and improvement. We won’t force it on anyone. We will interview female

veterans and chose who fits our criteria to be the first to move into the homes. We want to be sure they are willing to work hard, improve themselves and pay it forward,” she added. Both Serway and Seymour know that they are merely part of a large team in helping those around them. They work hard; they constantly investigate what and where help is needed, and they turn desire into action. “Opportunities present themselves. We jump to help. It’s never I; it’s us. We are a team,” said Seymour. Serway and Seymour know that it is also important to make sure they have enough energy for the many projects in which they are involved. Serway said, “Where we are [in life] is a blessing. When we become exhausted, we take the time we need to shut-off temporarily; we are only married to each other. We certainly work hard, but it is worth it. We like to create fun from where we are - fun has to come first.” It is no wonder at all, that Serway and Seymour have been the honorees of countless awards. Their generosity, energy, loyalty, kindness, compassion and sense of humor was evident immediately. It was an honor to have listened to their story. I urge you to follow the couple to learn more about their continuous projects and how you can help, too. You can always find Serway and Seymour at their warm, welcoming and delicious Laci’s Tapas Bar located at 304 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse. Take a look at their website: To learn more about the needs of the building project, go to the Serenity for Women Facebook page or serenitywomenscenter. com.

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People’s homes say so much about them,” said Chelsea Gibson. They wreak of the past and present of a person. Chelsea works to paint as much information about a soul as possible, which includes all the details in the room where her subject is posed. Her portraits are not just of the human element within the picture but also of the “things” that surround that individual. Chelsea’s goal is to honor the essence of the figure as well as the everyday things that are personal to each specific person she paints. That essence often comes from the people you’ve lost. The objects that are revered and treated with love carry a beautiful weight in a person’s life. For example, she said that her father’s cello is almost a stand in of him to her, and she couldn’t imagine life without it. In her work, she wishes to communicate an encompassing point of view from behind her eyes. This has been an important direction since graduate school she told me. She photographs her subject and the room she is in and tapes together a picture that is not necessarily in the shape of a rectangle or square. Her compositions are literally outside of the box depending on how much she wishes to convey. She admires the work of David Hockney, who is known for his photographic collages and Alice Neal for her painterly style. Her most inspiring artist is Josephine Halverson. I was very attracted to Chelsea’s style of painting. To me, it looked as if she separated each color and broke down every plane of dark and light. Not only does the eye become privy to the subject and the surroundings but her brush


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minds. Chelsea now lives in Gilbertsville, a small town in the Catskills. I asked her if she ever paints the surrounding beauty of nature. She replied that she doesn’t like dealing with weather conditions when she paints and is much more satisfied with taking her dog for a walk just to clear her head everyday. She is very excited about the new studio built in her home. Her home was once the cow barn to a farm. The bottom of this barn has been converted to a home. I told her that she was a very brave woman to take on the undertaking of her barn to home project. She responded by telling me that her husband was a very talented building contractor and good at his craft. Otherwise, this would have not been possible. The subjects she paints are her artist friends who live within the area. The one exchange that Chelsea expressed in her life was that of the direction she took after college. According to her, most graduates go to the “big city” or at least Brooklyn. They have access to the business of art more conveniently, but they are almost typecasted as the artist along with many others. It’s expensive and easy to run up debt and a much harder place to live in. However, the artist is right there in the scene and once chosen to show his or her work is close in proximity for this to happen. Not only that but there are many people just like you to commune and build artist friendships with. Chelsea loves where she lives but does wish to get to NYC more often for business.


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f you are traveling down Route 20 as you pass through the village of Cazenovia you will find Cazenovia Cut block situated about a mile away on the right. This quaint store features many items but what really stands out are the beautiful blocks of cutting boards. Every size and design imaginable it is hard to decide which one to buy. It began with Tim Hughes and what started a just a hobby became the passion. In 2009, Tim Hughes launched Cazenovia Cut Block at farmers markets before it turned into a thriving business by the help of his family. At first, the name was Caretakers furnishing after the home he shared with his wife, Jennifer Hughes. Later on Tim changed the name to reflect the different products produced, according to McKenzie Hughes, Tim’s sister. “Cazenovia Cut block is known for their cutting boards, bowls and tables, and they also make Adirondack chairs,” McKenzie said. According to McKenzie, Cazenovia Cut Block has made tables for Empire Brewing Company, Owera Vineyards, and made the cutting board that locally raised celebrity chef Anne Burrell uses. In 2015, the family took their love for Cazenovia further by starting a farm store, 20|EAST, which brought in local artisans and local food vendors that participated in the farmers markets. 20|EAST has different vendors that sell products for weddings, birthdays, hosting and holidays. Many people come to the store to do their grocery shopping because they have meats, cheese, bread, desert and local maple syrup. At first, McKenzie worked part-time in the stores and had another job during the days. “Our parents help out as much as they can also, picking up products from local farmers, and watching our kids,” she said.


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Tim Hughes passed away in 2015 leading Jennifer Hughes to put her all into Cazenovia Cut Block and soon after McKenzie Hughes to quit her full time job and put everything she had into 20|EAST and Cazenovia Cut Block. “I found out I had breast cancer a month before my brother passed away, after going through treatment and having his death sink in, I realized life was too short to sit behind a desk,” McKenzie said. Since 2015, both Cazenovia Cut Block and 20|EAST have expanded and have brought in more business. As of now, 20|EAST has two locations but as of soon there main location will only be 85 Albany Street. Both stores will now be located in Cazenovia near each other to help more, according to McKenzie.

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all is here and the holidays are just weeks away. Golden fall colors gloriously sweep the hills of Upstate New York as we dust off our old familiar comfy sweaters, distressed boots, and cashmere scarves. However, face fashion this year, is anything but the old-familiar fall palette of soft peaches, tawny tans and butterum faves, as a very bold and very colorful trend carries over from last year.

In August 2016, The New York Times Style Magazine published the article, “The Return of the Gothic Lip.” I read the article on my yearly fall trip to New York City while sitting in my favorite Upper West Side haunt. I remember thinking the fad would never last. I was wrong. Here we are, four seasons later, and gothic matted lips and nails are here to stay for another season, probably longer. My friend, Michele, will be so happy. She’s the only person I know who can effortlessly and flawlessly pull off a deep plum, wicked blood red or bold blue lip with her perfect full lips, silky black hair and porcelain skin. Deep colors look amazing on her. For many of us, with the pale-skinned genetic mix from six Eastern European countries, well, we aren’t so lucky. In fall 2017, get ready to see a lot of rich colors: deep blues, velvety plums, and mysterious maroons gracing magazines and filling makeup counters. There’s no getting away from them so why not give it a try? The options to channel your 80’s Madonna are endless -- from a $53 Tom Ford matte, $7 off-season salon brand name, or a $2 Wet and Wild option from Target. I’d suggest grabbing the latter and asking your best friend what he/she thinks of your inner goth before going to Wegmans for the unveil. Better yet, go full out for Halloween. Speaking of Wegmans, head over to the moisturizer aisle and get your Vanicream fast. Created by doctors at the Mayo Clinic, the product (safe for babies and all sensitive skin) is dewy, creamy and inexpensive. It’s free from dyes, lanolin, fragrances, parabens and formaldehyde. The product was strongly recommended by my dermatologist recently when I went to see if he could attach an IV to my face. It costs about $12 for a good size container and you can find it at any drug store: Target, Walmart or Weggies. I switch between Vanicream and my favorite Dr. Perricone products in conjunction with a .05% doctor-prescribed retinoid to shed old skin and stimulate the production of fresh new skin cells. Any of us over the age of 40 should consider seeing a dermatologist to keep our skin it in its best shape. Remember, our skin is the biggest organ in our body, and often, the last one to get any attention unless we have an issue or a skin cancer scare. I went to my dermatologist over a year ago can really see the difference. I follow four simple steps: a good retinoid, a good moisturizer (or two), drinking two liters of water every day, and lastly, SLEEP. The older I get, the more I realize sleep and water are two of your body’s best friends. They are nature’s way of refreshing, restoring and rejuvenating our bodies by flushing out stress and impurities, while repairing tissue, hormone imbalances and tired muscles. And both are free. Stay beautiful and we’ll see you next month!


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By: Samantha Leader

orrin Stellakis is not your average 20 year old, starting at the age of eight she was a girl with many talents. Along with being an American beauty pageant titleholder, she goes to school, tends to her horses, and owns her own business, Fit to Reign. Stellakis has a love for horses and has grown up on a small horse farm in Bridgeport. She received her first horse when she was eight years old, which started her competing in horseback riding competitions. “I still have horses and I absolutely love them; it is something that I and my mom share,” Stellakis said. Horses are a big part of her life today but when she was 16 years old, she started her career in pageants winning the title of Miss New York Teen USA 2014. “When I won it was a feeling of being completely blessed, ecstatic and excited, interested in what my path would be from there,” Stellakis said. After winning the first pageant, she went on to compete in the state finals for Miss Earth United States of 2016 and won the title of Miss New York Earth United States 2016. Stellakis was able to get involved with modeling from the pageants by signing with multiple agencies and doing freelance work. “I love traveling the world. Modeling and pageants allow me to travel to different countries,” she said. Her talents do not end there. She is a public speaker, “I am an advocate for SADD,


students against destructive decisions, and the Tike or Disease Alliance,” she said. She speaks around the world on goal setting, how to make healthy choices and picking a safe environment. Along with that, Stellakis will speak on the early detection of lime disease and when to get tested if you get a tick bite. According to Stellakis, when she won her first pageant she got involved with both organizations but SADD was always special to her. It inspired her to be able to advocate against texting and driving because of the loss of a family friend. Along with these organizations, Stellakis started pageant coaching. She travels to different cities coaching seminars for young adults. Directors will ask her to come teach girls how to walk and work on their interview skills. “Throughout the years people have always given me tips but I never personally had a coach. For me, I learned from experience,” she said. “Balance can be the hardest thing for me because I like to make sure I have time for everything in my life. Family is very important, going to school full time, and starting my own business,” Stellakis said. Stellakis could put all her different passions together by opening Fit to Reign. According to Stellakis, she has always been into fitness and health, but when she competed for Miss New York Earth U.S., she got more into fitness and having a healthy


diet. Working with fitness trainers towards her goal made her decide she wanted to work with individuals to help them reach their goals. Fit to Reign officially opened on September 2, 2017. The title of this studio combines both fitness and being healthy along with pageantry. According to Stellakis, the name of the studio came from their Christianity as well as pageants because Jesus Christ reigns. “I love helping women become physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually Fit to Reign” “I think children in this world are not given responsibility at a young age, but having my own horses as a child has let me grow up knowing responsibility,” she said. Stellakis enjoys seeing the change in people in fitness or pageantry and having Fit to Reign allows her to do both. She can watch the individuals she works with grow in speaking abilities, interviewing people and positively change for the better. “My biggest piece of advice is know where you want to end up, and if you have a dream, as long as you have a solid foundation around you, you can achieve any goals,” she said.

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Women of Upstate New York November 2017 Issue  

Women of Upstate New York November 2017 Issue