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hen I was younger, I never understood why the New Year didn’t fall in September when kids went back to school. I even considered writing to the president and suggesting he make the change because it really made so much more sense to have the year end after summer was over. I laugh looking back, and though I’m out of the school routine with no little ones to bring me back to it, I sometimes still have the same notions, that September feels like a beginning. It’s funny how we all view things differently. Especially when it comes to beginning and endings. There are all these sayings about how endings are really just beginnings, and that new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end, and so it keeps going round and round. There’s no such thing as a beginning without an end preceding it. To start anything new it means the end of something else; whether it is something solid like a job, a relationship, or more abstract things like a way of thinking or being. There’s a shift that occurs when one moves on to a new beginning. People tend to be hopeful around new beginnings. Sure maybe there’re some fears, or anxiety, but for the most part, it is hopeful and something to look forward to. Endings are a little trickier. It’s usually something sad, or hard. We typically don’t see endings in the hopeful way we view beginnings.
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By Molly Lizzio, MA, LMFT The closest we usually get is by allowing the beginning to be the antidote to an ending. “I’m so sad to be leaving my co-workers, but I’m very excited for my new role at such and such company.” “I’m sad BUT”- We’re clever when we need to be. Looking on the bright side of the new beginning is a smart and safe cushion to break the fall of the end. But what happens when the ending is so overwhelming and permanent that a beginning is no longer a consolation? Like the death of a loved one, a divorce, a trauma? It’s hard to put a shine on those things. We certainly do try though, “at least he’s not suffering anymore” or “now I can move on with my life,” all true but usually unhelpful for the big scary stuff. We’ve all been there when the prospect of the absence of someone, even if it’s our former undamaged self is unbearable to think of. When faced with a huge life changing ending here are some questions to ask yourself. I always insist people put actual pen to paper when reflecting on feelings or a particular process. It forces you to find the right words for what is going on inside your head, which can be hard but will provide much-needed clarity. If there’s not a current life changing ending in your life (congrats and take a deep breath to soak it all in) this activity can still be useful. Think of a big one from the past and track your steps on how you made it through.
Identifying the actual hurt is cathartic in itself, but also having to identify what it sparked in terms of life after this ending is helpful to reflect how you either want to view the future, or if it’s negative, it forces you to own the place you’re at with it right now. The people who “get it” are your team members (i.e. your squad). They are the ones who won’t get sick of the calls and the crying, or maybe they’ve even been there themselves. Sometimes these brave friends serve as inspiration in the simple fact that you see they actually survived something you’re seeing as impossible right now. Most of the times we know, deep down, what we need to heal, but our mind just won’t let us get there. If it’s therapy- “I don’t need it, I’m doing ok” or if it’s moving “I don’t want to uproot the kids” and a million other excuses that dodge the issue. No one says you have to act on these steps immediately, but just lay out the course. It’s not a fix all list, but rather a map of the journey moving forward. Understanding what to avoid is like crafting a really good defense against what you know will pick away at that hurt. This one acts as a mirror for you. When you’re truthful about this one, it can be really powerful to help keep accountable. The hope is after working through some of these steps. It can help bring peace. Some people actually fear this step. Because to gain peace can sometimes seem like moving on, forgetting, or
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accepting that this end is actually real. After difficult endings, there’s often a level of guilt or shame about moving on, and it keeps people really stuck in a painful place. Let me be clear on this; whether you cling to the hurt or work through it, I assure you, the ending is just as real. The only difference is when you cling to the hurt; it has a way of becoming your new beginning. Eventually, most of us figure it out and get on the road to peace, but I know many; myself included, who allow a painful ending to dictate the life afterwards for far too long. It’s these kinds of difficult endings that give endings in general a bad reputation. It creates people who fear change, leaves us paralyzed and frightened. Remember that no two endings are the same, and no two people will respond to the same ending in the same way. Take the wins where you can; look to the new beginning and see the bright side of change. Find gratitude in the lessons and growth learned from the ending. When you become good at this with the smaller stuff, it helps to have the muscle built up for the big stuff.
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or many people, sweaty palms or underarm perspiration can cause a lot of distress. It can cause embarrassment in business and social situations. Underarm stains on work shirts or expensive silk tops can often cause anxiety to the wearer. Botox is often only thought of as a treatment for wrinkles, but there are a variety of medical uses for Botox and other neuromuscular toxins. Botox originally was used to treat blepharospasms or in easier terms “eye twitches.” It has numerous applications from head to toe, treating maladies from migraine headaches to sphincter spasms and sweaty feet. Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by abnormally increased sweating, in excess of that required for regulation of normal body temperature. In many people, the use of antiperspirants does not help. Botox was approved for treatment of primary axillary hyperhidrosis in 2004. The procedure is performed in a physician’s office. It requires a series of injections placed every 1-2cm in the area being treated. The Botox is placed very superficially under the skin. The procedure takes about ten minutes, and patients can resume most usual activities immediately. Exercise is often discouraged for the first 24 hours. Results are noticed in 2 to 4 days after treatment and will usually last 7-14 months. Ice or topical anesthetics can be used to decrease discomfort, but the procedure is generally well tolerated. Studies show this treatment to result in 82-87% decrease in sweating. The treatment costs approximately $1000 for both underarms. This temporary shutdown of the glands does not
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Also, patients can sometimes experience temporary weakness or pain in the hands. On the soles of the feet, it is reported to be approximately 50% effective and more painful to have the injections. There are other treatments that can be performed to treat underarm perspiration. There is a procedure aimed at destroying the glands permanently named miraDry. This uses microwave technology and often requires a couple of one-hour treatments. The average cost of that procedure is $3000 per treatment. There is also a surgical procedure called endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. This is considered a last resort for people that have life-altering hyperhidrosis. It has significant and serious potential side effects and is not often recommended. Hyperhidrosis is an ever-present worry for many people. It can cause emotional distress that may wouny.com • September 2016
Blue Collared: The Life of a ServiceDog “I truly didn’t want to abuse this, but I think there are people who need a therapy dog, and I think I am one of them.” says Fisher. Naomi Schware is one of those people. After her return from Israel, where she served as a sniper in the Israel Defense Forces for two years, Naomi met Moose. Although Shware’s parents had rescued Moose while she was away on duty, it was clear when she returned, they had a bond. Weighing in at 70 plus pounds, 10 of those in slobber, Moose made his presence known and quickly connected with Shware over their love for the outdoors. “I would be sitting there talking to my dog on the top of a mountain, and it cured me. I was. All PTSD’d out and there is something about being up in nature with him that just calmed me. I took him everywhere after that.”
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his September we celebrate National Service Dog Month with the tale of a few furry friends and the impact they have on their owners. Stuart doesn’t wear a red vest. He isn’t quite potty trained, and you would never guess he is a service dog. He yips, jumps, and tears at your ankles with every step, but once he’s perfectly situated in his brown suede purse, he takes on a new persona. He’s calm, reserved, and hard at work providing his owner with anxiety relief.
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When Linda Fisher brought Stuart home, she had no idea he would become her therapy dog. “I wanted someone to take with me everywhere. I wanted the comfort and to fill that void. Look at me, I’m talking about him like he’s a person!” said Fisher. He relieved her anxiety, soothed her discomfort, and quickly became attached to her hip. Until that, attachment cost her over $200 in doggy flight fees. Fisher knew traveling with an animal was expensive, but she wasn’t willing to give up the comfort Stuart provided. She researched, talked to her doctor, applied for a therapy dog certificate, and never looked back.
With Moose by her side, Schware went back to college and finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in photography at the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. “I would be an entirely different person if it weren’t for Moose. I realized life is a lot more full with him around. He completely synced his life with mine, and there is nothing else to it,” says Schware. Because of Moose’s gentle demeanor and previous obedience training, he qualified as Schware’s service dog. Unfortunately, not all veterans come home to a rescue dog that helps to heal their ever-lasting wounds. That’s where Brett Simon steps in. Simon is the Director of K9 Operations
for K9s For Warriors, an organization that trains and provides service dogs to veterans. As a veteran himself, Simon understands the struggles of integrating back into society and the harsh reality of day-to-day life after returning from service. “You are in such a state of heightened awareness for so long. Isolation. Depression. Anxiety. It wasn’t me anymore. I wasn’t the person I was, and I didn’t recognize it at first,” says Simon. As a lifelong trainer of dogs and a contract canine operation’s officer in Iraq, Simon started K9s For Warriors as a way to work on himself as well as provide a service for those who need it most. Most dogs recruited by K9 Warriors are rescued, which are then trained for over 200 hours to meet the unique needs of a veteran paired with them. The wait list is 18 months. The application is 22 pages long, and the payoff is indescribable. Before receiving their service dog, 93% of the participants reported that symptoms associated with PTS (post-traumatic stress) traumatic stress) played a major role in their inability to enjoy activities. After receiving their service dog, only 18% of participants continued to report their symptoms played a major role. From a distance, Stuart, Moose, and the 236 graduates of K9s For Warriors don’t have a lot in common. However, for their owners, these animals provide a relief that no medicine can cure. They provide unconditional love with zero judgments, and that’s a unifying factor among all service animals. Learn more about comfort dogs at k9sforwarriors.org and animalhealthfoundation.net
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l Salvador is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. There were 3,058 homicides between January and June of this year so far. Foundation Cristosal aims to save lives and bring those numbers down. Melissa McGovern recently received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Le Moyne College and had the opportunity to work with Cristosal to help educate Salvadorans about human rights. “I really have always had an interest in working with different populations, especially marginalized populations,” said McGovern. Le Moyne helped further spark her interest as she got selected for an internship that lasted from June-July. Her mornings were spent taking Spanish classes, while the afternoons were devoted to Cristosal, where they would do research on the community youth and travel to different areas to continue work for them. McGovern says, “People there are incredibly kind, gracious, always welcoming, and very very caring.” El Salvador is unfortunately plagued by gangs as well as gang violence. It is oftentimes even considered slavery and leaving a gang is almost impossible to do without being killed. Coming from Central NY, McGovern did feel uneasy at times “There were a few situations that I did feel uncomfortable but never in fear of my life,”
By: Abbey Adams she says, “I think what’s really interesting about Central America in general, is that you start to get really comfortable, and it starts to feel like a second home to you, because of the people and how loving they are.” Cristosal’s team works with members of troubled communities to educate them on their human rights, so they can be leaders and role models to the people within their communities. They are taught about why they deserve to live a good life. “They help people who other people don’t think deserve to be helped, which is a really incredible thing,” said McGovern, who hopes to be one-day go back to El Salvador and conduct research. “This internship really changed my perspective on what it means to be human and about helping people and living with other people, which are really simple things, but it’s not so simple when you haven’t been seeing it that way.” The Problem: Poverty in El Salvador is part of a broader system of social exclusion — a condition in which populations, by virtue of being excluded from exercising their equal rights in society, are, in effect, systemically denied equal citizenship. The lack of decent employment and the inability to exercise economic rights is one of the main dimensions of the problem of social exclusion in El Salvador. Of the 2.6
million Salvadorans of working age, 1.9 million cannot find employment in the formal economy. They are forced to scrape out a fragile livelihood in the informal economy, where they lack the security of regular income and the protection of social rights such as pensions and access to the public health system. The combined unemployment with the underemployment rate is 50 percent of the economically active population, and 47.5 percent of Salvadorans live in absolute poverty. The lack of economic opportunity has caused major demographic shifts in El Salvador. Over the last two decades, the country has become a predominantly urban society as populations move to the cities in search of opportunities. Today, more than half of the country’s poor live in cities where they often settle communities on tracts of unused land. This type of urbanization tends to deepen the situation of social exclusion as people who live in informal settlements. Statistically, they have less access to social rights, such as health care, education, basic utilities, sanitation and clean water and are less likely to the find gainful employment. More than two million people live in what are called “precarious” urban settlements in El Salvador. * *Cristosal mission Information courtesy of the Foundation Cristosal. Learn more, visit cristosal.org
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e are all given a gift or two when we are born. Something that we are really good at and so natural that we love to do it throughout our entire lives. Some get the gift of gab others the gift of music or athletic ability. There are too many to mention in this article. What is important is how you use your gift. Not only can your special ability bring you joy, but it can be used to help others find their way in some very difficult and complicated situations. Sharon Blair told me that she had been painting and drawing since she was a little girl. When she grew up, she married, gave birth to two boys and lived a little over a decade in the Adirondack Mountains. She never gave up her passion for art, using her alone time when the boys and their Dad would go fishing to paint and draw the beauty around her in the Adirondacks. Then one day her youngest son joined the Marines. While he was in boot camp, the parents formed an alliance to gain information from each other as they received it. They were basically told what their child was doing everyday. Whether they realized it or not this was how they trained the parents of Marines to communicate, support, and have empathy for each other. The day came when Sharon’s son was deployed to Afghanistan. These Marines would be taking over a city about the size of Syracuse using force if need be. For Sharon and the other parents’ things just got real. No longer would they be informed of what tactics their children were being trained in each day. Sometimes she
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By: Audrey Levinson would not hear from her son in six weeks. These men and women were being shot at as well as all the other catastrophes and Bobbie traps set for them. The fear one must-have for their own could drive you insane without some type of distraction. Her son finally came home from deployment with many photographs of the brigade and were they had been. This is when Sharon decided to use her gift. She looked deep into the expression on her son’s face from a picture of him sitting and waiting to leave for home. She could see that he was relieved to have survived his first military assignment in one piece. She used the photo and her interpretation of his expression to draw a picture of him where she could capture that look of relief forever. Sharon got to know other Marines and their families, and they got to know her too.
way of seeing human expressions. Sharon would like to continue with this series of paintings and expand her motivational speaking on this matter always using her art as her tool for what she feels is a very important socio-political subject in our country.
There were more pictures, more interpretations of such an intensity that Sharon could see. She really wanted to capture how these young men and women were “feeling” out there all by themselves so far from home and safety. She began to do paintings from these pictures. Sharon’s creations are in oils, some in acrylic, pastel, and collage. Her talent was abounded. Her paintings attracted much attention not only from other VAs but anyone who saw them. She captured the emotional element in the lives of these soldiers and their families. She learned. She continues to speak to organizations to motivate and enlighten whomever she can about the situation that these people are subject to whether they are in battle, protecting, or have experienced life in war. Sharon does this through her gift of artistic talent and her intuitive
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rittany Craig, an Upstate native of New Hartford, NY and amateur chef channeled her Italian heritage to gain a spot on the popular cooking show MasterChef. Craig, only 22, was quickly chosen to the Top 20, an experience many never get to have. Unfortunately, Craig’s strawberry-rhubarb pie failed to woo the judges in the second episode. Craig took time to talk to us and speaks highly of her time spent on the show and the opportunities to come.
M. Callahan: Let’s start at the beginning, can you tell me a little about how you started cooking?
After going through the show, how has your outlook changed on cooking as well as cooking shows?
B. Craig: I have been cooking since I was a little kid. My family in general, they were the ones who introduced me to cooking. I used to basically shadow my grandparents. I have been rolling dough since I was a little kid.
I guess I got more excited about cooking shows. I got to see the behind the scenes process. It’s insane how much work goes into these shows. It also improved my cooking because you are on a time limit, and you have to think on your toes and be really creative. I mean I got 17th place, but even being there until then I am leaps and bounds above where I was.
Was that your first cooking memory? Rolling dough with your grandma? Yeah, she is like the pie queen. Making pies with her was my first one. With all the leftover dough, we used to make little cinnamon and sugar cookies. You could pick whatever cookie cutter you wanted from this repertoire of shapes and go from there. That’s quite a progression, from rolling dough to cooking on television. Can you walk me through the time line from sugar cookies to now? Food is such a huge part of my family. Being together around the kitchen table is very important to us. It’s the role I was meant to fall into, taking over for my grandpa. And I took that very seriously after he passed away in October. I really started concentrating on my cooking and improving myself and learning.
You mentioned in an interview you would really like to teach people to cook, can you tell me about that goal? I really want to start teaching cooking classes, and want to do cooking demonstrations at birthday parties and stuff. I want to focus on little kids because that’s the root of it. If you learn as a child, you can continuously build your skills. I think it’s way more entertaining than a clown, and its educational. Food is nutrition and teaching them young that food isn’t a chore. It’s not driving down the street to McDonald’s. You can create something yourself. It’s fun, its nutritional.
At what point did you decide you wanted to be on a cooking show? I’ve always wanted to be on a cooking show. I used to set up little cooking demos for my family. They would come in, and I would teach them how to make scrambled eggs in the morning, and I would put on a little cooking show. So can you tell me a bit about growing up in Upstate and how that has affected your cooking? I was born in New Hartford, and I lived in Clinton, New York. My grandparents also had a farm outside Buffalo. It definitely affected my outlook on food, especially the freshness. Everything came right out of the ground or off a tree or out of the lake. It gives you an appreciation, and you have to understand that you aren’t going to get strawberries year round, you are going to get them for that one time, and they are going to be amazing…so look forward to it. It lets you understand nature more and how food is produced and how food is made in the real world. I got to know food a bit differently. Do you think your heritage really plays into your cooking? Or what is your main inspiration? I would definitely say Italian food. My heritage is a huge factor in it. I love to cook pasta; I love to do anything with my hands. Italian cooking is very hands-on, the pasta, the tomatoes, all of it. I like to cook with my hands and be involved in what I’m making.
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atelyn Hile is a 25-year-old triple threat; graduating from LeMoyne College in 2013 with a degree in Math and Economics, car racing with her husband, and conquering cancer at the young age of 13. I met Katelyn at the Ale N Angus Pub in downtown Syracuse where she proceeded to tell me how much she loved it there. It’s located right next to her place of work (AXA); the prices are good, and the food is delicious. Hile’s smile is a genuine one, and her eyes glisten the minute she begins to engage in conversation. Her long straight blonde hair falls down her left shoulder as we discuss how delicious everything on the menu looks. We bonded over our time at Le Moyne College; housing, classes, professors, and the fun we had. Talking to Katelyn is easy, like an old friend, you haven’t seen in a while. Her friendliness is evident throughout our conversation. We ordered some wraps and dove into Katelyn’s past, present, and future.
‘ I was always going to the track with my family’
Hile’s passion for racing cars blossomed when she was just a young girl, with the guidance of her grandparents. “When I was younger I was always going to the track with my family and my
Grandparents. They actually owned a dirt modified when I was growing up,” says Hile. She recalls crying at the door every time her parents left for date night at the track without her. Racing soon became her goal, as she grew older, she realized racing would become a permanent part of her life. She says, “I didn’t think of how long I would do it. I was just hoping I
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‘You gotta keep going’ would get to it at some level, and now I see myself doing it for the rest of my life.” In her quest for racing success, Katelyn accepted a job at AXA, a multinational insurance firm. Hile is a Data Analyst at the Downtown Syracuse branch. “It’s an
IT job, but having the math background helps a lot,” says Hile of her position. AXA has given her the freedom to continue pursuing her racing dreams. Car racing is an expensive sport, from the gear, car maintenance, team members, and sponsors. Having a full-time job was essential to Hile’s racing future, which is why she stayed focused, got a degree, and prioritized her time. She says, “College is super difficult and expectations are sometimes unreachable… So, by racing and knowing that eventually I needed a job to fund my racing, it kept my eyes on the prize.” Hile is very well-respected in her professional and recreational fields. She looks up to people like modified CNY driver, Billy Decker for inspiration. “Growing up, he used to come over to my house and camp in my driveway from Friday to Saturday.” She says, “I would hang out with his children and wife. The boys would go golfing. Then we’d all have a
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pool party and cook out.” These days Hile competes against Decker and sometimes beats him, which is an incredibly surreal experience for Hile “If you asked me that when I was 10, I would be like no way. I would never beat him.”
Katelyn was always an active teenager, especially in team-oriented sports. She played tennis (two years), volleyball (three years), and track (one year). When Katelyn was 13, she was diagnosed with cancer. Her two and half year battle proved to her family that she was meant to survive and pursue her future in the racing world. On going through cancer at such a young age, Hile says, “It’s probably better that you go through it at a young age, because you don’t know as much, and you don’t know what to ask.” But for her, giving up was never an option. She was born a fighter and remained victorious throughout her medical diagnosis. “You gotta keep going. You gotta get through it,” is the phrase that comes to mind when Hile looks back on that difficult time. The day she was diagnosed, her grandparents promised her that if she made it through the cancer, they would buy her a car. “That’s how I knew I would be able to race. I had my eyes on the prize,” she said. Soon enough, she got her car. Not only did racing become a part of her life, but so did love. Katelyn met her husband, Chris, at the race track. “For us, it’s like a huge part of the glue that
holds us together. It’s crazy to think that we have that one thing in common,” said Hile. After getting to know each other, the two realized they grew up five miles away from each other; “Crazy, right?” she says to me with a wide grin. Fate ran its course and eight years later. They are now married and in the process of building their dream home in Syracuse. They are taking it step by step and building the house slowly so they are able to pay it off and continue on with the rest of the building. A process they learned while on a cruise in Jamaica while they observed how the locals built their homes. “If you can’t afford it, you build in preparation for it then pay what you can,” she said. Their motto while building is, “Do the race cars have room? Then yes, we can do it.” Katelyn and Chris are enjoying being in their twenties and are in no rush for kids, but when asked if someday their kids will race, Katelyn laughs and says, “They have to…Everything we do revolves around racing.” Soon after the two became life partners, they decided to merge and become racing partners as well. When Katelyn first started, her racing number was 2K for her and her sisters’ first name. Now Katelyn and Chris are known as 25H, which merges his number (5H) and her number (2K). Having her husband by her side is a positive driving force. She says, “Racing is just as much a team as anything else. Even though there’s only one driver, there’s a crew behind you waiting to take direction.” Most of the couples’ time is spent out on the track. Races at the Fulton Speedway are almost every Saturday of the summer, ending near the end of September. It’s no surprise that there are not too many females in the car
racing world. Or if there are, the only name that pops into your head is Danica Patrick, a stock-car racing driver. Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. But Hile is in her own league. Despite the lack of women in the car racing industry, Hile makes it clear that sexism has never been an issue for her. She says, “A lot of the people I race against, I’m friends with, or I’ve known since I was two,” she goes on to say, “I think because of that, I didn’t experience the negativity of ‘What are you doing here?’ because I’ve always been there.” Although sexism hasn’t been a road block for Hile, she continues to inspire young women to accomplish every goal they set their mind to. She says, “If you want something bad enough you will persevere until you achieve it…From the outside, it may look tough being a woman in a male-dominated sport, but once the helmet goes on. Gender doesn’t play a factor.” The racing champ says, “I’m just another competitor on the track.” Hile has many friends and family that are involved in racing that now know her as the fierce competitor she is today. With their support and love, she has earned the respect from the fans and even her competition “Everyone has to earn their respect. You’re not just given it. You’re going to have to prove yourself to the rest of the world before you get any respect from anyone else.” Katelyn has the same attitude towards coworkers at AXA. From across the wooden table we are eating our wraps on she leans in and says, “I don’t see you as a man or a woman on the phone, I see you as a coworker and my voice is just as important as yours, and I have that same view outside of work too.” Hile’s drive to succeed in the racing world has helped her win
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several awards, including: 3 wins, 1 track championship, best appearing car, rising star, and RACE 101 Premier Driver. She says each award is special in its own way, and she couldn’t be more proud of her many accomplishments. “I hope to add more awards to my resume as my racing career continues,” said Hile. “It is nice to be able to empower and encourage young women that they can be involved in the sport of racing as well.” Throughout Katelyn’s life, there’s one thing she’s mastered, and its perseverance. She has the drive and motivation to do anything she’s latched her mind to. Because of that, she is a successful and strong woman to look up to. To learn more about Katelyn and her racing career, visit: http://hilemotorsports25h.weebly.com/
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et’s face it: unless you are an experienced mechanic, there will be a time and place that you visit a repair shop for vehicle maintenance. And for women, that experience can be overwhelming. “Am I getting overcharged? Did they actually fix the problem? Do I really need that? That part costs. What?! ”
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How long has it been making that random noise? When was the last time you bought tires?
This may sound obvious, but your vehicle is a huge investment. Treat it as one! You take care of your body and get regular checkups at the dentist and doctor’s office; your car deserves the same. There’s a reason we put the mileage on your oil change sticker. In order to keep your car running as efficiently as possible, you must be proactive and take the necessary steps. Always keep track of mileage or time milestones (10,000 miles, 25,000 miles, 60,000 miles, 100,000 miles). While it would be nice for the same set of four tires to last
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Lastly, be confident. Do some research and know what different services involve, and how much they should cost. Know that you don’t need new brakes every time your car is inspected! (one of the many tricks some shops play on women). And while it may sound boring, give your vehicle’s manual a read for more important information. Mileage recommendations are provided there. By doing some homework, you’ll have a better understanding if a quote is
Accidents happen. Whether it’s your fault or not, don’t let an accident completely drain your bank account. Be sure to know what your insurance deductible is and what your insurance policy covers. If you are extremely dependent on your vehicle, whether it is for your job or way of life; could you go a month without your car? Make sure your policy includes an adequate rental agreement to keep you on the road while your car is being fixed. You will be grateful for the coverage when you need it and it costs a minimal amount annually. Understand that, your policy may require alternate (used or aftermarket) parts usage once it hits a certain mileage/age. When choosing a repair facility, ask about their parts policy. The right shop will want to provide original parts and a guarantee. An insurance company can recommend a shop (on their preferred list) but you ALWAYS have the right to go to the shop of your choice. Let the staff at Rudy Schmid advise you before you finalize your decision. In my thirty years of automotive experience, too often have I seen women overcharged and taken advantage of due to unethical repair practices. With education and information, we can dispel the stereotype that women don’t know anything about cars – and be financially savvy while we’re at it. Stop in and see us at 228 Hiawatha Blvd. or call us at 315.422.8879
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By: Jeffrey Drimer, Esq.
e have all had it happen, or almost all of us. We are driving along going about our usual errands, and we look up into our rear-view mirror, and there they are. Those flashing lights are your local police officers, county sheriff or New York State Police signaling for someone to pull over and that someone is you. You are about to get a traffic ticket and the consequences, expenses and inconvenience are instantly flooding over you. In one way or another, this experience is emotional and disconcerting. This article is intended o put this “experience” in perspective and to provide you with some suggestions on how to deal with it. First, stay calm. Be polite and cooperative with the “arresting officer.” Remember, he or she is just doing his or her job and their deference and respect you show him or her may cause a change in how the
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officer treats this incident in the next few moments. On all occasions that you are driving, you should have your valid up-to-date drivers license with you. The auto you are driving should be properly registered, insured and inspected. If the car is not legal and you are not legal. A “bad” thing can get worse very quickly. Be careful and be prepared to be stopped. This is an important lesson for your children who drive as well. Having these documents ready is the mature adult way to be on the road. The officer is about to give you a ticket (also known as a citation) for one or more violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York (assuming of course that you are in New York) The charges may range from a simple No Point Non-moving equipment violation to serious misdemeanors that could result in significant fines and/or incarceration. Let’s assume you have received a “ticket,”
and you are now home reading it. You see the option to check the “guilty” box, and you are tempted to just sign it and mail it in. Eventually, you think you would pay the fine and be done with it. Problem solved! My best advice is “Do Not” do this. You should know that New York State has a Driver Violation Point system which gives the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles a way to identify and take action against Drivers whom they deem to be high-risk. Your privilege of driving might be affected. For example, if you get “11” points in 18 months your license can be suspended. Three “speeding” Violations in 18 months can also result in your driving privilege being suspended. So the important point here is not to get any points on your license, and if you do get them, try to get them off your record as soon as possible. Insurance companies also have their own way of calculating who is a risky driver and can increase your premium based on your
driving record. It is moving violations that they look at. So a traffic violation conviction is truly a double-edged sword. My best advice then, as you might expect is to call an attorney and let him and her help you with the process. You can “fight” your ticket yourself but in the end, giving it to an experienced lawyer is likely to have the best results.
You should also know that the more you are over the speed limit the more “points” you are exposed to. The courts and District Attorney take a very stern view of Speeding in a School zone than those Hand-Held Devices are now a “5 point” violation. In some cases, leniency may be possible if you attend “Road Trip,” a Driver Awareness course for Adults or “Alive at 25” a Driver Improvement Course for young adults.
Your attorney will, if necessary, enter a plea of not guilty for you, adjourn your appearance, request a supporting deposition from the “arresting” officer who will set forth the case against you.(This is very helpful if you want a trial of your traffic case). Your lawyer will also get your driving abstract. He or she can then meet with the District Attorney’s office to try to resolve your ticket. This is how it is done in Onondaga County. Other counties have different ways of doing this, but many NYS counties have a willingness to negotiate dispositions on traffic cases.
If you do get points on your license taking a DMV approved Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) course will have 4 points “subtracted” from your record for calculating a suspension and can save you up to 10 percent on your automobile liability and collision Insurance premiums. After you have pled to hopefully a reduced charge on your ticket (if you haven’t gone to trial and won) you will be fined by the Judge, who has heard your case or reviewed it as much of this is done through the mail. Fines vary depending on the severity of the charge. Every offense will be subject to a NYS Surcharge. You should also know that in NYS if you receive 6 or more points on your NYS Driving record in 18months you must pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee.
Your lawyer will present such equities in your case, and he or she may find relevant, for example: 1. You may have a clean record. 2. There was no accident in this incident. 3. You were polite and cooperative with the officer. 4. The road was clear and dry with good visibility so no other vehicles or pedestrians were at unreasonable risk, etc.... These equities may encourage the District attorney’s office to recommend a lenient disposition in your case.
So when you see those “lights “ it’s not the end of the world, but you should take care to be attentive to your ticket. Stay in touch with your lawyer and comply with the court’s instructions.
Very often your lawyer can come to an agreement with the District attorney in which you end up pleading guilty to a less serious charge that the one you were originally facing. You will still pay a fine and a surcharge, but the points may be avoided.
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DRIVE SAFELY Driving Distractions To Avoid
ast month, we covered the many distractions that we have while driving. This month we want to go a bit deeper about distractions. The cars we drive come equipped with so many options, we forget that we still need to maneuver the vehicle that we are in. Some cars now come with backup alerts, self-parking options, automatic stopping devices along with syncing cell phones to our cars. So much technology and many ways to use it, but how are we using it? It is nice to have all of these conveniences, but they only work well when we use them wisely. If we allow them to do the work without paying attention, that is a distraction, and one that can cause an accident. The backup systems in vehicles are there to help you do just that, but if you are distracted and do not pay attention to the warning tone when you are too close to an object, you may back right into it, damaging another vehicle, your garage or even a person crossing in your path. The same holds true for syncing cell phones to your car. They do not always work well, and we end up putting them to our ears. Here are some good ideas to help teens focus on the road.
*While all distractions can endanger drivers’ safety, texting is the most alarming because it takes your hands, eyes and mind off the road. Social conversations on cell phones should not be carried on while driving. If you must use your cell phone or text, pull off the road. Remember, it is against the law in a growing number of jurisdictions to text while driving. You could be ticketed or fined. Teens should limit the number of passengers, as well as the level of activity inside the car. Most states’ graduated driver licensing laws to prohibit teens from having teenage passengers in the car with them during their early months of driving solo. Driving with friends can create a dangerous environment because novice drivers are focused on their friends rather than the road. Avoid eating while driving. Being busy is no excuse for distracted driving. Finishing your breakfast on the way to work or school may seem time saving, but it means you are less attentive to the drivers around you. Do your multi-tasking outside the car. Everyone spends a lot of time in their vehicles, and it may seem like the perfect
time to get the little things done: calling friends, searching for good music, maybe even texting. Don’t do it. Focus on the road and drivers around you. Get everything settled before you start driving. Finally, if you are drowsy, get off the road. Drowsiness increases the risk of a crash or near-crash by nearly four times. A government study showed that 37 percent of U.S. Drivers have nodded off or actually fallen asleep at least once during their driving careers. If you feel tired, get off the road: don’t try to get home faster. Drivers who are distracted and fail to focus their full attention on the road are the leading cause of most crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They injure themselves, their passengers and other drivers. For teens, it’s an even greater danger. Because new teen drivers have the highest crash fatality rates of all drivers, it’s critical that they develop good driving habits that are distraction-free right from the start. *Information courtesy of GEICO Educational Foundation. Learn more at geicoteendriving .com or visit your local office at 2735 Erie Blvd. E. Syracuse, NY or simply call us at 315.479.2886
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t’s that time of the year again! The Fair is right around the corner, and with that we begin the quick transition from Summer to Fall. Many of us see fall as a time to return to a more structured schedule. The days are getting shorter, and we may be getting back into our “normal” routine in order to accomplish the things that we need to do throughout the busy days and weeks ahead. One item that may or may not be on your “to-do” list is a Financial Checkup. This is an exercise that I recommend to be performed regularly (I would go so far as to say that it is almost as important as your annual physical!). Why is this so important? There are many reasons. An annual review, or financial checkup is an opportunity to take stock of where you are now financially. It is a way to review your progress over the past year, and to gauge where you are in relation to your goals. During this meeting, which may take an hour or more, you will review not only your investments, but you may also discuss insurance and other important documents. The value of this meeting is to make sure that you are addressing any life changes over the past year (marriage or divorce, a new child, college plans, a career move, a new house) and how they may affect your plan. It is also important to review your goals, to ensure that they have not changed. If your goals change, you may also need to modify your investment strategy. During your “Checkup,” your advisor will review your various accounts (retirement, investment, savings) and discuss wheth-
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Your advisory may also ask if you have a current will that accurately reflects your intentions. Often we may think of our will (if we think of it at all!) as something that is done once, and then forgotten. However, as our lives change, and we acquire more property, assets, etc., and our families grow, it is extremely important to make sure that our will reflects these changes. If you do not have a will, you may wish to meet with an attorney to discuss this. Those folks that die without a will, or “intestate” will have their property distributed in accordance with the laws of their state. This may not correspond with what they would like to happen. Another important document to keep current and up-to-date is a Durable Power of Attorney; this is best prepared by an attorney, and designates a person(s) who is authorized to act in a legal capacity on your behalf, should you become unable to do so. All of these items and topics are an important part of the annual review discussion of your financial plan. You will want to make sure that they are all up to
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eeling anxiety before beginning anything new is common, even for adults! We know the feeling, so we can imagine the mood of our child. It doesn’t matter the age – preschool, elementary, middle school, high school – even college-aged teenagers! It can be scary at any age, and parents feel it too! It’s stressful to enter new situations and find your way. We certainly want to help our children focus on the positives, let them know that it’s okay to be imperfect, help them problem-solve and to never give up! To help us, help our children, I went straight to the source for answers. Mr. Alex Ewing, Principal at Ray Middle School in Baldwinsville says, “Change is always difficult at first. We recognize that, and we take steps to make the transition go as smoothly as possible. One of the biggest fears for children is being unfamiliar with where they’re going. In May and June, incoming students attend an orientation to our school. As well, parents can attend orientation during the summer months to help their child with anxiety.” This year Ewing and his team suggested parents write ‘locker letters’ during orientation. The school then dispersed the letters into each child’s locker for their child to find on the first day of school. Ewing guides his team of administrators and teachers to help ease apprehensiveness and nervousness. “Getting acclimated with the building and a new schedule is a large concern for kids,” said Ewing. “Becoming familiar with the layout of the school at orientation and knowing where to report on the first day alleviates much of a child’s stress,” he added. Ewing said, “To help kids become more comfortable, our teachers write letters to their particular team of students each year, before the start of school. The teachers introduce themselves, explain their aspirations for the upcoming year and list what school supplies might be needed.” This helps the students get to know their teacher prior to the first day of school. Ewing added that it is helpful for kids to know that the start of a new year at school is intimidating for everyone – even the teachers! They may have taught for many years, but each year they have an entirely new set of students. They too, are nervous at first.
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“Kids also think they may get in trouble for what they don’t know due to being unfamiliar with their surroundings,” Ewing stated. “They should be assured that we [and all schools] are there to guide them and assist them in learning school protocol,” he added. Heidi Dwyer has been a Guidance Counselor for the Baldwinsville School District for over 10 years. She has helped many nervous students (and parents) ease their way into a successful school year. Dwyer said, “Kids want to make a good impression at school. They want to feel confident and blend with their peers. Knowing where they are going in the school is a big worry they have.” Dwyer noted that parents can bring their students into school for a tour prior to the start of school at any time to help their child adjust. “Sometimes it’s as simple as knowing how to open their locker or plotting out the direction of their classes,” Dwyer explained. “Knowledge is power,” said Dwyer, “and helping your child feel comfortable for the start of school can reduce their anxiety. Kids react to their parents; they pick up on how their mom or dad is feeling as well. It’s important parents to remain calm for this reason,” she said.
Dwyer said, “Many parents worry about getting their kids on a regular sleep schedule prior to the start of school. Their kids have been sleeping in all summer and stress that they will have difficulty getting up early and back on-track. Don’t worry about that. Their kids will acclimate during the first few days of school.” For younger children, there is additional guidance and advice as well. For example, the NBC TODAY show put together a panel of parents (The Parenting Team) for support on a plethora of topics. It’s an on-line community where anyone can write posts, ask questions and share advice. The Parenting Team at the TODAY show gathered great advice to minimize back-to-school nerves. www.community.today.com
Helping your child with anxiety and stress for a smooth start
Below are examples provided to help start t he school year off right: 1. Talk with your kids about what to expect. 2. Grab a good (and helpful) book. 3. Try a dry run with role-playing. 4. Prepare kids psychologically for what the morning routine will be like. 5. Teach your child how to make friends fast. 6. If you possibly can, organize play dates before the first day. 7. Parents of middle-schoolers: Watch what you say out loud! 8. Open up with your kids about your own experiences. 9. Remember that “the night before can make the morning bear able” — and less anxiety-inducing — for you, Mom and Dad. 10. On the first day of school, say a quick good-bye. 11. Parents, it really is OK to cry. 12. Transitions can take time, so be patient. 13. On your first day alone, stay busy! 14. Reassure your child about how much you care. 15. Take heart from parents who have been there, done that, cried in the parking lot. Good-luck parents! Here’s to a great, smooth start to the 2016 school year! www.community.today.com
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Salina Family Dental is celebrating their 10 year Anniversary. Dr. Sithole and the entire staff make sure each and every client is taken care of with the highest professionalism. Great dental care is important and Salina Family Dental has been making smiles beautiful for many years. Their dental practice takes care of patients of all ages, and as a convenience to you the patient, they have weekend hours every other week. We want children to feel comfortable for their visits, and believe that our staff from the first visit to every visit thereafter makes each child feel great about seeing the dentist. School will be starting shortly and it is a great time for you and your family to get your cleanings and exams done!
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BASCOL BASCOL is not just a before and after school program, though. With many parents working throughout the summer, BASCOL provides the perfect place to help their children grow while school is out. The BASCOL summer program began in the summer of 1997, providing full-day care for 10 ½ weeks during the summer at two locations in Onondaga County and brand new this year, BASCOL offered a summer program in the Central Square School District. And with exciting field trips, like visiting the Rosamond-Gifford Zoo, the MOST, and Thunder Island, who wouldn’t want to join in the fun?! BASCOL’s program is all-inclusive, meaning children of ALL abilities come together to learn and play. Recently, the program was awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Inclusion Project, Let’s ALL Play, which was a huge honor. BASCOL’s recreational based program opens the door to all kinds of activities for ALL children. All accy, physical education, health and nutrition, science discovery and social/emotional development. For more information call 315.622.4815
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“Dancers deserve the exact type of training they are looking for,” Campolieti said. “Whether they want to dance competitively or if they just love it and want to do it as hobby. Whatever that child wants, dance should provide it and that is what we do here with top notch teachers and instruction.” Our studio features a very strong preschool and childrens program. We also have preteen and teen classes, as well as an award winning competition team. The studio was named a “Top Studio in the U.S” by Dance Teacher Magazine and by BDancewear. Our belief is to teach strong technique in a caring and positive environment. We feature classes in ballet/pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap and acrobatics. Classes start September 12th. Call 457-3151 to get registered. www.tawnmaries.com
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he new school year brings the excitement of old friends and new learning. For families with children who have food allergies, this may also be a time of anxiety and concern. This is particularly true if a child is entering school for the first time as a kindergarten/preschool student, or if they are changing schools. In an effort to promote awareness and understanding, FARE, the Food Allergy Research and Education organization offers the following primer on the rising incidence of food allergies: *As of now, there is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of the offending allergens is the only way to prevent a reaction.
food allergies are happy and attend school safely every day. While many parents may fight the urge to keep their child in a protective bubble at home. Safety is a direct result of careful planning and continued advocacy. Top Tips for your child safe at school include:
*A food allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks a food protein. Ingestion of the offending food can trigger the sudden release of chemicals, including histamine, resulting in symptoms of an allergic reaction. The symptoms can be mild(rashes, hives, itching and/or welling) or severe(trouble breathing, wheezing and/ or loss of consciousness). A food allergy can be life threatening.
2. Develop a Plan Schedule an appointment with your allergist before the school year. Working together and using forms designated by your school district to develop a clear plan of treatment (EAP) outlining the steps to follow. Required paperwork will include Medical Authorization forms for administering epinephrine, and an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). Documentation also may include additional health management plans such as: •IHP, Individualized Health Plan recommended for students whose health care needs may affect their ability to attend school safely. •504 Plan – This applies to students who have been identified with a disability that affects the way they are function alongside their peers during a school day. Children whose allergy is deemed severe and life threatening by an allergist or pediatrician may meet the criteria for this plan.
*Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and can result in death. It is most often caused by reactions to food, insect stings, medications and latex. *Early administration of epinephrine (adrenaline) is crucial to successfully treating anaphylactic reactions. *Four out of every 100 children have a food allergy, and studies show that the prevalence is increasing among children. Reasons for the increase are not yet clearly understood by scientists. *Eight foods account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions. They include: milk eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. KidsWithFoodAllergies.org, a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America noted that most children with
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1.Know the Facts! As a parent or guardian, you should have a clear understanding of what foods your child must avoid; the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction; the ways your child might describe an allergic reaction; when to use an epi-pen and the correct way to administer one.
3. Establish a relationship with key School Personnel. Partnership is essential! Meet and get to know your school principal, school nurse, the lunch/ cafeteria attendants and your child’s classroom teacher. Principal and the Nurse/Health attendantNote where epinephrine is stored or if your child will self carry. Questions to ask would
be how frequently staff is trained for EpiPen use and who would be administering it. Lunch/ Cafeteria Attendants-Discuss the location of nut or other allergen free tables in the cafeteria. Ask how tables are cleaned from one period to the next; or whether your child will be bringing lunch from home. Discuss how you might obtain a list of ingredients used in cafeteria food and the protocol for serving food. In some cases, items like wipes are written into EAP plans. If not, you may want to consider providing them to the school yourself. Classroom Teacher- Create an information packet for them detailing your child’s allergy. This may be an opportunity to educate them. Never assume that they have an advanced level of understanding regarding allergies. Topics to discuss may include requesting an allergen-free room; how birthdays will be handled, the washing or use of wipes after lunch or snack and expressions or behaviors that your child may exhibit when suffering from an allergic reaction. Things to share in a packet may include: signs for the classroom identifying it as an allergen-free zone; links to safe snack sites(www.snacksafely.com;; www. bestowed.com ) and emergency contacts information. *Offer to be a Room Parent if possible so that you know in advance when parties and field trips involving food will occur. *Provide a Safe Snack Box stocked with some of your child’s favorites. 4. Teach Your Child to be their own Advocate Encourage your child to share information about their allergy with peers and to speak up and identify the allergy if they need to. You may wish to have your child wear a special bracelet at events where you will not be present, clearing noting the allergy. For more information on the management of food allergies’ visit: www.foodallergy.org/ resources/kids, www.foodallergy.org/resources/teens, www.KidsWithFoodAllergies.org ,www.foodallergy.org -FARE
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ou may have heard the old rhyme “Mary, Mary quite contrary. How does your Garden Grow? Well for me, it is with weeds and grass! Some have green thumbs and others like me do not. However, I do not give up. Each year I do the simple things such as buying Patio Tomato plants or potted mixed greens. They start off fine, but within three weeks, they are gone. I have finally resolved myself to give up on gardening and just hit the farmer’s market for all my fruits and veggies. There are so many mini markets and of course the larger Regional Market. I love strolling the aisles looking at all that our area farmers produce. The deep red tomatoes, cucumbers, green and red peppers, lettuce, and the large amount of greens. The fruits of our area are also abundant, with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries kicking off our fruit season. Upstate NY farmers produce many fruits from early summer until late fall, and of course I find myself buying more than I can possibly eat. Throughout the season, I buy tons of fruit. I will enjoy much of it during the season, and I also freeze it. I have about 40 pounds of frozen fruit in my freezer. Why? I love making protein shakes and using tons of fresh fruit, so when the season is gone, I can still reach into my freezer and toss a handful into my blender. For me, this is great but now my dilemma is all the veggies that I buy. I tend to purchase more than I can eat. I was curious about what to do with all the vegetables that I love and would like to have after their seasons are gone and found out that so many vegetables can be canned. Here is a list from “SimplyCanning.com.” They are Tomatoes, Green Beans, Corn, Beets, Peppers, Potatoes, Spinach Swiss Chard, Cucumbers, Pumpkins, Asparagus and more. How hard can that be? I am sure for many canning is second nature unfortunately for me; it takes some work. Since my gardening skills are just not there, I will take on the task of canning. Of course with the guidance of simplycanning.com, I may be able to conquer this feat. If you are like me with the brown thumb take up the challenge and try canning. Canning jars can be found in most stores, and canning kits can be purchased on-line. Better yet, tap into your grandparents who probably have generations of recipes and techniques that do not require kits. Which ever the method you choose, have fun canning and enjoy the bounty that our area farmers produce for us each year. Get more information from simplycanning.com
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