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A message from The clocks are turned back and November's cold chill is upon us. The windows are closed, the plants are sleeping and the winter night sky has begun its cloak of mystery. Starting around November 10th (my birthday), Mercury becomes visible to the unaided eye and quickly climbs into view before dawn. Mercury is the smallest planet in our solar system - only slightly larger than the Earth's moon. Small as it is it still meets the criteria of a full-fledged planet, that being an object that orbits the sun and is large enough to have become round due to the force of its own gravity. Poor Pluto didn't make the cut because Charon, its large "moon," is nearly half the size of Pluto, while all the true planets are far larger than their moons. I believe Mercury and I have something in common, we may be small in size but we are powerful enough to bounce off anything coming at us. November 11th is Veterans Day. A day set aside to thank those who have given so much to keep us safe. The tradition began in 1918 during World War 1 and was known as Armistice Day. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as "the Great War." Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. Then during the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars, past and present. Late November hails in the festivities of the holidays. Thanksgiving to me is bittersweet. I will admit I am not proud of how the Colonist treated the Indigenous people of America; it is a fact of our past that we all have to live with. It is also a lesson learned. Defending your land and heritage is born within all of us. The European Settlers were escaping the tyranny of the aristocrats of Europe and came to the New World. They came with hopes and dreams of a new world and for the most part they achieved it. As a result of that America became a blend of different races, religions and beliefs. What makes America so strong is the diversity of our people, yet most of us want the same thing. Peace, prosperity and a future for our children. On Thanksgiving we put aside our differences and join hands at the table to give thanks for what we have. The season of peace takes over. We become a little kinder, more thoughtful, and more tolerant. Early darkness and cold winds force us to gather in our homes and unwind. On November 25th and 26th, Mercury our smallest planet and Saturn our 2nd largest planet will converge in the sky at dawn. The winter sky will be upon us soon. Us North Easterners will gear up for the winter's onslaught of Holidays intertwined with bitter cold. Times and traditions may change but the spirit of the holidays will always remain. It is time to be grateful, respectful and appreciative of what we have. It is also time to comfort those around us who may be having difficulties. A kind smile, and holding the door for someone can buy you a lot of happiness during the holidays. - Thankful, Paul and Cheryll Comments and Input – Paul and Cheryll 280.5260 Advertising – or 265.1105 Photography – Design – or 883.3872

ABOUT THE COVER... Sue Clark, local photographer and longtime friend of ours has a passion for American History, the Wild, Wild West and Holy Ground. Sue’s ability to capture a mood, not just a photo has won her many awards locally and nationally. We are proud to display her work this November to honor Veteran’s Day and the sacrifices made by the people who have made this country what it is. To see more of her work go to You won’t be disappointed.

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Gather around a table and relax! Step back in time for an Old Fashioned Christmas Season full of Wonderment and Warmth… A Charlton Christmas!


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Burnt Hills and Schenectady (518) 370-4645 • John A. Fantauzzi is a partner in the law firm of Englert, Coffey, McHugh & Fantauzzi, LLP located in Schenectady, New York where he has practiced law since May of 1996. John received his Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Policy from the College of William and Mary in 1995 and was a member of William & Mary's National Trial Court Team. John also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Siena College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Englert, Coffey, McHugh & Fantauzzi, LLP is a full service law firm. John's areas of practice include Real Estate, Estate & Elder Law Planning, Estate Administration, Traffic Violations and Civil Litigation. John has served as a Town Justice in the Town of Ballston since 2010. John is a member of the Real Estate Committee and chaired the Estate Planning and Elder Law Committee for 5 years of the Schenectady County Bar Association. He also is a member of the Saratoga County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the Federalist Society. John A. Fantauzzi was elected to a four year term as Town Justice in 2010. John has been a Hearing Officer for the Surrogate Decision Making Committee that reviews proposed medical treatment for disabled persons since 2003. John has spoken before various groups on the subject of Estate Planning. John is a member of the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Business Professional Association, Glenville Knights of Columbus and the Rotary and was a volunteer with the Saratoga County Youth Board from 2006-2010. John will be writing articles on estate planning and administration, real estate and other areas of law. You can reach John by phone at (518) 3704645, fax at (518) 374-5422 or e-mail at John is available to meet clients in Burnt Hills and in Schenectady.

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DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CAR IS? Your car is damaged and your life is interrupted; the last thing you need is to have your car hauled off to a repair shop that you know nothing about. All insurance companies are using call centers now to expedite claims.

FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW. 1. Any insurance company attempting to do so would find itself in direct violation of Section 2610 of the New York Insurance Code [N.Y. Ins. L. ยง2610 (McKinney 1997)]. It would then not only be subject to severe penalties from the Insurance Department, but it would expose itself to a civil suit by the policy holder for unfair and fraudulent trade practices. 2. NY State law guarantees that you alone can choose who repairs your car after an accident and you have the right to tow or drive your car to your CHOICE of registered repair shop... and your insurance will pay for the work just the same. 3. Leased Vehicles, Under NY State law, a licensed repair shop is qualified and legally authorized to repair your lease vehicle. Hire licensed repair shops only. New York State law requires repair shops to post their license numbers on the premises, on highly visible, easy-to-read green signs. Choosing a licensed repair shop to restore your vehicle to pre-accident condition will in no way violate your lease. 4. The best collision repair facilities provide written warranties on collision repair and refinishing. Frank and Sons guarantees their work for as long as you own the vehicle. 5. We have been negotiating with insurance companies for over 40 years. And you will always know where your vehicle is. Being family owned and local; we have YOUR best interest at heart. When you have your vehicle repaired at Frank and Sons we will make it Easy for you, Guarantee our work and return your vehicle to you in Pre-Accident Condition as quickly as possible.

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HAVE A SAFE FALL! I was trying to look up what you call contradictory statements like this on The Google, and found a Wiki How article about how to actually fall safely. The first key point was “Keep your head up”. As we travel into some very low ceiling basements, this article has proven, shall we say, to be way, way less than helpful. November is a magical time of year to get your home organized before winter approaches. It is also a time of Thanks, as in “Thanks for reminding me, Scrapster, about calling you over to take this stuff out of here”! Inside: Air conditioners, large or small household and kitchen appliances, old pots and pans, computers, any electronic or stereo equipment, file cabinets, extension cords, vacuum cleaners. Basement: Tools, dehumidifiers, water tanks and water heaters, water softeners, furnaces, boilers, cast iron, steel or copper pipes and pipe fittings, wire, power cords and extension cords, lights, fans. Outside: Lawn and patio furniture, metal gazebo, beach chairs, gas grill, fire pit, outdoor cookers, metal swing set, basketball poles, metal fencing, gates and fence posts, gutters. Garage: Aluminum storm doors and windows, steel doors, car batteries, bicycles, lawn mowers, lawn tractors, weed whackers, snow blowers, outdoor tool such as rakes or shovels, wheelbarrows, car or truck parts, gas powered and electric motors, ladders, shelving, cabinets, tires with rims. Our company is Scrapster, LLC, the Capital Region's premier NO COST scrap metal and appliance removal and recycling service. We are a local family owned business and cover the entire Capital Region. We have processed over a million pounds of scrap metal since 2010! We are fully insured, convenient, and reliable and always provide top Quality work to get the job done safely and correctly. Everything is properly recycled, disposed of or donated. We additionally offer LOW COST junk removal, TV removal and clean outs. Scrapster is an official New York State DEC approved location for business or personal computer and electronics recycling. We are also now fully EPA608 certified for all types of Freon (refrigerant) recovery and removal from refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and coolers. Please call us anytime at (518) 505-5055. Scrapster will remove the items from exactly where they are located-you don't need to do a thing. “Don’t Worry…We Can Take It!”™ Please visit our website at for more information or to schedule an appointment online. Vincent Coppola, Owner of Scrapster Scrap Metal Removal/Recycling Service

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RESTAURANTS & CATERING Creekside Café Dairy Circus, Catering and Restaurant TJ's Flightline Pub Marcella's Italian Restaurant Neon Sushi Red Front 2 Go Ruggerio's Pizza, Deli & Catering

SALONS Awaken Hair Salon Electrolysis by Beth Hair and Now Salon New Concepts Plush Hair Studio Remo's Hair Design Unisex Serenity Garden Salon & Day Spa Style's Barber Shop

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HOW SMOKING IMPACTS YOUR EYE HEALTH Cigarette smoke is extremely toxic, and its effects on the lungs and heart have been well established by medical researchers. Not as well known are the detrimental effects that smoking can have on your vision. Smoking has been directly linked to two of the leading causes of vision loss, cataracts and macular degeneration. Research into the public's attitude towards eye health reveals that 56 percent of smokers are unaware that smoking has links to eye disease which could take their sight. Studies show that people who smoke double their chance of forming cataracts, and the risk continues to increase the more you smoke. Scientists don't know the exact mechanism; however they feel that the cataracts are caused by antioxidant nutrients being destroyed by tobacco smoke. Antioxidants are important in keeping the lens clear, and certain chemicals present in tobacco smoke may also affect the enzymes within the lens that lead to oxidative damage. Studies examining the association between age related macular degeneration and smoking reported that smoking actually causes age related macular degeneration, rather than just being indirectly associated with the condition. Those studies also reported that the more people smoked, the more likely they were to develop age related macular degeneration. But it's not all bad news: because smoking is the biggest controllable risk factor associated with AMD, quitting smoking at any age, even later in life, can significantly reduce your risk of developing AMD. Tobacco smoke is also a known eye irritant and worsens dry eye - even among second-hand smokers - particularly for contact lens wearers. People who smoke are nearly twice as likely to have dry eyes. Smoking - even in your teens or twenties when your senior years seem far away - increases your future risks for numerous other health conditions. And the more a person smokes, the higher the risks. The good news is that after people quit smoking, their risk for eye diseases becomes almost as low as for people who never smoked. Quitting smoking at any age can reduce your risk of developing many sight-threatening eye conditions. The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th Great American Smokeout on November 21 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. It's never too late to quit smoking and enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle and, ultimately, a healthier body. The American Cancer Society has resources to help people who want to quit: For more information contact Kristen Cameron, Burnt Hills Optical, 793 Rt. 50 Burnt Hills, 399-6130 or visit

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A BACK-UP DRIVE, GET ONE. NOW! So there you are, happily using your computer when suddenly it crashes. It won't restart. That's when your brain's panic program boots up. Computers are finicky under even the best of circumstances. And when it comes to getting them to work right, you have to keep your priorities straight. Computer parts can be replaced. But, a crucial business report or family photo album cannot be retrieved from a damaged hard drive easily or at all. If you don’t have a back-up drive, get one. Now! External hard drives are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and can make life easier if your computer hard drive fails. Or simply burn your backup data to DVD discs. There are also online data storage sites , which can be found by going to this website... The average life of a hard drive (where all your data is stored) is five years on the average. But, it's electronics and it can go at anytime. Better to be safe than sorry! Professional Data recovery can be very expensive, depending on the difficulty or severity of issues found. The cheapest option is to simply restore from a backup drive. If you do suffer a crash, a quick visit to a reputable computer repair service can help you figure out the extent of your problem--and the cost to solve the problem. CHEAP GEEK IS A FULL SERVICE SHOP. WE REPAIR, REPLACE AND ALSO SELL NEW AND REFURBISHED COMPUTERS! WE ALSO OFFER REMOTE SERVICE AND ON-SITE REPAIRS TO HOUSEHOLDS AND BUSINESSES. Until next time... Safe Computing! Cheap Geek Computer Services • Maggie Faltskog • 399-8886

“If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get.” - Frank A. Clark



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DECORATING TIPS FROM THE SPECKLED HEN The primitive décor at The Speckled Hen represents the values, lifestyle and outlook of a simpler time - with special interest paid to handmade items. In this month's article, I'm going to share a handmade craft that is an exercise in creative “up-cycling”! I'll be telling you how you can turn an everyday coffee can into a charming primitive flower vase.This is perfect for a country floral arrangement or for your Thanksgiving centerpiece! Here are the things you'll need: slender branches and twigs (1/4” to 1/2” thick), a clean coffee can, burlap fabric, raffia, pruning shears, hot glue gun and glue sticks (or a rubber band). Here's what to do: First, cut the twigs 1” longer than the height of the coffee can and remove any leaves or offshoots. Next, cover the outside of the coffee can with burlap fabric; fold in the top and bottom edges and then hot glue it in position. Place a twig against the side of the can, turning it to find the flattest side. Run a bead of hot glue down the flat side of the twig, leaving the top 1” clean, and press it onto the can. Hold it a few seconds until it sets. Repeat with each twig, working your way around the can until you have covered it completely. (You can also use a rubber band to hold the twigs in place: wrap a wide rubber band or a few thin ones around the middle of the vase, and insert twigs one by one so that they are neatly lined up and fully covering the can). For the finishing touch, cut a couple pieces of raffia, wrap them around the center of the vase (covering the rubber band if you used one) and tie a bow. Fill your container with water and arrange fresh cut flowers! Don't forget to change the water and re-trim stems every day. Reminder! Special Events at The Speckled Hen… • Friday, November 8th from 5-8PM: “Candlelight, Wine & Cheese”. With your purchase, you'll be entered in a special drawing for a chance to win a tablecloth and candlesticks for your Thanksgiving table. • Friday, November 29th - Sunday, December 1st: Open House Weekend! I look forward to seeing you during your next visit to The Speckled Hen! Maureen Culver • 369.8771 38 Saratoga Road, Scotia•

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WHEN FRUIT SABOTAGES RESULTS Most of us consider fruit to be healthy - something that we can enjoy without restraint. And while fresh fruit does contain essential vitamins, minerals and fiber, the market place has been flooded with "fruit products" that are sabotaging your fat loss results. Is any product with the word "fruit" in the name a valid way to meet your fruit quota? Nope. Here's what I mean: Problem Fruit #1: Juice Fresh fruit juice can be wonderful. It has great flavor, great color, and good amounts of important vitamins and minerals. At least it does when it is actually fruit juice. Unfortunately, many drinks labeled as fruit juice, contain a very low amount of actual fruit juice. For these hardly-fruit fruit juices, sugar and water make up the bulk of the contents, robbing you of the important benefits of all-natural fruit juice and leaving you primed and ready to fill your fat cells. Always keep fruit juice indulgences to a minimum, as even the fruit-only kind is loaded with simple sugars. Problem Fruit #2: The Fruit Smoothie Now, now, don't get all up in arms. Smoothies have long been considered a healthy treat, but this often a misconception. It's not that all fruit smoothies are unhealthy. In fact, a smoothie can give you a big boost of vitamins and minerals that help you feel energetic and ready to face the day. However, it's very easy to add more sugar than is found in many desserts, losing all the healthy benefits and putting you at risk for fat storage. Keep your smoothie nothing but fruit, ice, juice, yogurt, and a nice scoop of protein powder to ensure it is high on the health chart. Problem Fruit #3: Fruit-Filled Desserts Lots of desserts are based around fruit. Cheesecake, pie, and upside down cake just to name a few. Though most of these desserts are unhealthy, there are a few healthy fruit-based desserts to enjoy. Fruit parfait and fruit sorbet are usually lower in sugar and calories than most desserts. Problem Fruit #4: Fruit-Flavored Cereals Hopefully eating bowl after bowl of fruity cereals that leave your milk pink and orange is only a problem for your kids. Yes, these cereals may taste good, but sugar-laden breakfast cereals are ruining your fitness results-even if they supposedly have real fruit flavors. Wean yourself from the fruity cereals by chopping some real fruit into a bowl of healthy, sugar-free, whole grain cereal. Stick with the Real Deal. The best way to avoid unhealthy fruit flavored products is to only eat raw, whole fruits and avoid packaged fruit in any shape or form. This will keep you on track with your fitness and fat loss goal. Don't forget that true fitness success comes from a combination of a consistent, challenging exercise routine coupled with a diet of wholesome, unprocessed foods. I'm here to help you meet your fitness and weight loss goals. Call or email today to get started on a fitness program that will have you seeing results before this year's end. 424-7878 or email to get started today with a free consultation.



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MOMS CLUB® IS A GREAT PLACE TO START! Our chapter is a community group, made up of local women in the Glenville/Burnt Hills area. The majority of our chapter’s activities take place within the immediate area. This is not only a matter of convenience; it is an attempt to foster a sense of community in the place that we live, day in and day out. As mothers, our community is especially central to our lives, but connections within it are not always easy to make. MOMS Club® is a great place to start! Our chapter offers a host of activities geared towards our children, including frequent field trips, play groups, and special events such as holiday parties and the end of the season banquet. Many of our Activity Groups are held in member’s homes, such as card swaps, the monthly board meeting, and many play groups. Special events like the New Member Tea are also held at a member’s homes. The chapter’s Activity Groups are open to all members. Members may also start new groups as well. Just present your idea to the Board, which will then bring it to the whole group at the next All Member Meeting. We also have a MOMS Night Out for moms only that is held at different locations each month. MOMS Night Out is limited to one night per month. You are welcome to make a suggestion for a location by contacting our MOMS Night Out Coordinator. In warm weather we travel to local playgrounds, including Scotia’s Collins Park, Shenentaha Creek Park in Ballston Lake, and Indian Meadows in Glenville, just to mention a few. Members have hosted many “backyard” activities at their homes during summer months - a great way to welcome friends when your indoor play space is limited. As a new member, you will be invited to the next New Member Tea, an informal event that we hold every few months to help break the ice for newcomers. But don’t wait for the Tea to get involved - the best way to make new friends for yourself and your children is to start coming to some events! Check out your calendar and newsletter, find what fits your schedule and interests, grab your diaper bag, and head out the door! I also encourage you to join our Facebook Page We also are on Meetups as well. This is a great resource to help you get to know the other members as well as get support when needed. This is what our club is about, if you need any other info, I'd be happy to pass it along. I also attached a logo. Thanks so much! MOMS Club of BurntHills/Balllston Lake Erin Delnick, VP of Membership email:


FESTIVAL of TREES Friday, December 6th 12-5 Saturday, December 7th 10-5 Sunday, December 8th, 12-5 Town of Ballston Town Hall Community Room Entertainment • Children's Crafts Bloodmobile Saturday 10-2 ADMISSION IS FREE Donations will be accepted for the Women's Club Community Outreach To enter a tree call 399-1362 Sponsored by BHBL WOMEN'S CLUB



GAZETTE HOLIDAY PARADE! This year marks the 46th presentation of the Annual Gazette Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 23 at 5 p.m. This event is a unique Capital Region tradition among many thousands of families who eagerly look forward to attending the largest nighttime parade held in the Northeast. Most years, more than 20,000 people line the sidewalks of downtown Schenectady to enjoy the excitement. Sponsors including The Gazette Newspapers, SEFCU, Mazzone Hospitality, The City of Schenectady, Schenectady County, GE, MVP Health Care, Price Chopper Supermarkets, The Great Escape, 1st National Bank of Scotia, Marshall & Sterling Upstate, First Niagara Bank and Stewart’s Shops all contribute to bringing this event to Schenectady. Volunteers from the Schenectady Rotary, 109th Airlift Wing, Mohawk Ambulance, Brown Transportation, Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation and the City of Schenectady make it happen! The Chamber of Schenectady County, which produces the event, will be celebrating its 90th Anniversary in 2014, so the organization is taking a look back to its founding decade, The Roaring Twenties! The theme offers a wide range of creative possibilities for floats, dancers and bands. Along with the magic of the holiday season, crowds will be thrilled with flappers, Irving Berlin music, Ziegfeld Follies girls, dancers doing the Charleston, floats and Model T cars! Grand Marshals Joe Dalton, retired president of the Saratoga County Chamber, and Ed Lewi former owner of public relations firm Ed Lewi & Associates, were the original coordinators of the parade and will lead the extravaganza! For more information on the parade or to enter a float, visit


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23. Vortex 25. Alter 26. Spouse 30. Black Sea port 32. Forsake 35. Racetrack tout 39. Moussed 40. Hit the sack 41. Unlawful 43. High ranking officer 44. A musical composition 46. Optimistic 47. Noble-minded 50. Unsuccessful person 53. Test 54. Grippe 55. Carpentry tool 60. Frailty 61. A formal event 63. Biblical garden 64. Take it easy 65. A long-legged S. American bird 66. A musical pause 67. Not the original color 68. Pariah

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WHAT DOES THE DEBT CEILING RESOLUTION MEAN TO INVESTORS? After plenty of haggling, and a fair amount of political theater, Congress reached a last-minute agreement to raise the debt ceiling and end the partial government shutdown. Most people would agree that a fully functioning government that can pay its bills on time is a positive thing — and it’s certainly good news for investors, because a default on the part of the U.S. government could have had serious repercussions in the financial markets. But what’s next?We may find out fairly soon, because the legislation that passed only funded the government through Jan. 15 and raised the debt limit through Feb. 7. But as an investor, you don’t have to wait until next year to respond to these ongoing political issues.Consider taking the following steps: Look for opportunities. The stock market didn't overreact to the drama in Washington. Also, despite the likely short-term drag on the economy caused by the partial government shutdown, U.S. companies have shown that they are able to increase earnings, even with slow sales growth — and corporate earnings are a key driver of stock prices. These are all good signs for investors. And stock valuations (as measured by price-toearnings ratios) are reasonably attractive. So, now may be a good time to pursue new investment opportunities, assuming they’re appropriate for your individual needs, goals and risk tolerance. Be prepared for volatility. The financial markets have their “likes” and “dislikes” — and one thing they don’t like is uncertainty. So, despite the fact that the markets stood up pretty well during the shutdown/debt ceiling episode, it’s still quite possible that we’ll see some volatility in the months ahead. To prepare yourself for these potential fluctuations, you’ll want to own an appropriate mix of investments — which means you may need to rebalance your portfolio. A diversified portfolio can’t guarantee profit or protect against loss, but it can reduce the impact of various market swings — and it can make it a little easier to look at your monthly statements, too. Be aware of interest rate movements. If the debt ceiling had not been raised, it’s highly possible that we would have seen a spike in interest rates, which could have hurt the value of your bonds. (When interest rates rise, investors won’t pay full price for existing bonds because they can get newly issued ones at the higher rates.) But even though we avoided this scenario, you’ll still need to be on the alert for interest-rate movements over the next several months — especially if the Federal Reserve discontinues its bond-buying program, which is designed to help keep long-term rates low. Still, it’s probably not a good idea to totally avoid bonds in anticipation of rising rates, because bonds can help balance your portfolio if stocks were to decline. Nonetheless, keep a close eye on the Fed’s actions, and be prepared to make changes if it appears that rates may indeed jump. Apart from registering your opinion with your elected representatives, you can’t control what happens in Washington. But, no matter what political conflicts are taking place, you can control your investment decisions — and you can continue with a strategy that can help you make progress toward your long-term financial goals. Christopher Nyhan runs the Edward Jones office in Burnt Hills, NY. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Chris can be reached at 399-5087 or


HOLIDAY PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING Friday December 6, 2013 6:30PM to 9PM Downtown Ballston Spa The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association's Annual Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting will take place Friday evening, December 6th, 2013. The parade steps off at 6:30pm, proceeding on Milton Avenue and ending in Wiswall Park on Front Street with Santa lighting the Christmas tree. The parade has become a hometown-style holiday tradition, with fire trucks, floats, animals, kids and Santa parading down the main street of the village. Before and after the parade, there will be Carolers and Musicians on the street corners and many village shops and restaurants will be open with music, demonstrations and displays as part of First Friday, which also falls on this festive evening. If your organization would like to march that night, please contact Ellen at the BSBPA office 885-2772.



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WRENCH TALK with Ken Maynard Don't let the odometer scare youIt seems that first things people look at when buying a used car is the odometer. If a vehicle has over 50-60,000 miles on it they might try to start the negotiations at a discounted price under the assumption that the vehicle doesn't have a whole lot of life left. In the 1960s and 1970s, many automobile odometers did not even read beyond 99,999 miles. Hit 100,000, and the odometer turned back to zero. But now, thanks to tougher quality standards people are driving their cars longer than ever before and high-mileage cars are the rule, not the exception. 200,000 miles is the new 100,000 miles. In the golden era of planned obsolescence, it became common for new car buyers to trade in as often as every two to three years; however the life expectancy of cars has steadily increased since the 1970s. A generation ago, many parts simply fell off a car at the end of their life cycle. Cars produced in the 1960s and 1970s were also more susceptible to rust and corrosion, so engines and transmission simply stopped working by 100,000 miles. Now, thanks to improved quality control and technology advancements, today's automobiles meet stricter requirements and meet anticorrosion standards. Gas

mileage for cars is also an important factor - as mileage increases, it's difficult to justify a new purchase. Common sense tells you that if you look at a low mileage vehicle, that is not properly maintained and serviced well, your odds of needing service or repair are pretty high but on the other hand a higher mileage vehicle that is maintained and serviced on the right intervals will probably treat you well and require fewer visits to the shop. Don't let the odometer scare you, take care of your ride and your ride will take care of you! This brings us back to the vehicles on Ken's lot. Understanding the odometer is no longer the “deal breaker� in turning around a car at auction, a keen eye on the subtle indicators of a well maintained vehicle vs. one that has been run thru the mill and on its last leg is the foundation for Ken's warrantee. Shop with confidence when picking out a used car and let the mechanics at Kens Sunoco walk you thru the purchase. Every vehicle on the lot has been inspected to assure the buyer that they have gotten the best bang for their buck. Most importantly there are no obnoxious screaming salesmen in sunglasses at Kens Sunoco, just hometown hard working people who care about their customers. Stop by the lot and see for yourself.

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Hi friends! Did you hear? On June 27 th of this year, two very special men entrusted decades of family tradition and responsibility to this very excited girl… me! My name is Kathleen Lowes Sanvidge and I am the proud owner of the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home in Ballston Lake, NY. I am a New York State Licensed Funeral Director, and for the past 24 years I have been helping families in this area to lovingly and respectfully say goodbye to their dead in a most meaningful manner. Most importantly, I have been there in the darkest moments of many people's lives. I have seen the wraths of cancer; searched for the victims of fire; pulled the carnage from wrecked vehicles, carried stillwarm bodies down the stairs from their bedrooms where they peacefully passed. I have recreated facial structure; removed tumors and pace makers; swaddled precious babies for the last time on earth; felt human cremains run through my fingers; and literally held the heart of many who I never knew. I have prayed with their families; holding them and helping them to find a way to cope with their loss. By guiding them to choose a funeral with meaning and purpose unique to each family, I can fulfill their religious, economic, and personal needs while memorializing their loved ones. You might think that this avocation would make me grim, but to sum it up, it is my reward! I know that it is my duty to console and assist families during a most difficult time. When I started this business, I promised myself to always be fair and treat people with a “for real” attitude. If you know me, you are smiling right now because it is my motto - “Be For Real.” I also promised to be charitable and never greedy. I believe that giving back to the community is paramount. I have three beautiful and very witty girls who are no strangers to the business either. Since they were little they watched me “Paint” the ladies” and “fix up” the gentlemen. We live our lives knowing that when the phone rings around here, our plans might have to be put on hold. We respectfully receive the dead into our home, and we believe that each person, living or dead, who comes to our home plays a vital part in our learning process in this life. I am living my dream and I realize it, unlike so many other events in life that seem to pass so quickly before you fully understand the importance. It is my extreme pleasure to competently handle my day to day business dealings. I come from some good roots too! My mamma, Carol Ann is full blooded Italiano (although she can't cook

worth a damn) and my Dad, Bill, would call himself a mutt jokingly even though he was mainly English. They were hard workers - Dad, a NY telephone installer and specialist and Mom, an English teacher. Mom and Dad raised me right along with my two little sisters with love, discipline, traditions and religion. Back then we all went to church every Sunday, visited the sick and volunteered locally with great community spirit. I am so happy to say that I have great rapport with the clergy in Ballston Lake and in the surrounding areas. I have met and prayed with many of them in the course of my journey in life. And, together, we have sent your loved ones to a place of rest and peace. Whether Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or any other religion, we have come to better understand and appreciate the spirituality that brings us together in the endeavor of ministering to families. So listen, if you see me out and about give me a shout out or introduce yourself! I also encourage you to stop by my place of business, which is also my home, any time to say Hi. I would love to meet you and hey, you just might be able to test out my sauce! (I usually have a pot of something going on the stove - yes, contrary to Mamma, I can cook!) In the months ahead I hope that this column will enlighten you about funeral service. There are so many topics to cover… Burial, Cremation, Veteran's Benefits, Social Security, Medicaid, Pre-planned Funerals, Green Burials, to name some. I am hoping that you will give me some ideas to write about too! Don't be afraid to email me or call me anytime and let me know what you want to discuss. I am at your service 24/7 with compassion and understanding for your sad and hard to handle moments of life when facing death. With sincerity and friendship, Kathleen Lowes Sanvidge

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EXERCISE AND PRETEND Today, more than ever, children are enticed into sedentary happiness with the ever increasing access to fun media through computers, iPads, iPods, cell phones, television. Our bodies are meant to move! Children, especially, are natural movers who love to pretend. With the increased availability of products that engage children in substitute pretend, young people are not moving and they are not engaged in original pretend the way they used to be. Children need to exercise their bodies and their minds to build and maintain physical and emotional strength. That's what good health is all about. Modern dance recognizes the impact that improvisational study has on the creative development of a dancer. We don't only learn dance technique through floor work and choreography, we also explore the vast creative possibilities available to us through movement. It's a pretend world without end. Imagine putting on a creature mask and adapting your movement to the qualities that mask evokes, expressing your sadness within a stretch fabric tube that becomes part of you, dancing the ever changing qualities of a dreamworld, visiting an art museum and becoming evolving pieces of art sculpture within the museum, wrapping yourself in colorful, Lycra loops that become pulsating bands of stretch energy, dancing creative escape from your own enslavement to a chair, floating through space on exquisite, movable butterfly wings, having tea with a queen and presenting your dance as a gift, being a toy in a toyshop where all the toys come alive. I could go on forever! In each dance class level we explore approximately twenty five age appropriate improvisational exercises throughout the dance year. They all have a different purpose in developing the dancer. Dancers experience one or two improvisational dances each week in class. Through improvisation children are encouraged to use the steps they know, to experiment changing those steps, and to trust themselves to make up new movement that helps them to tell the story at hand. The dance freedom that creative improvisation encourages, is a wonderful foundation upon which children build confidence and develop their creative abilities and thought processes in impressive ways. Exercise and pretend – that's Modern Dance! Ginny Martin • Modern Dance with Ginny Martin 518-399-5802 •

President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a National Holiday in 1863.

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Since 1904 the Garofalo Family Has Been Privileged To Provide Our Honored Customers The Very Best.

From Our Family to Yours, We Wish You A Very Happy And Bountiful Thanksgiving!

Apple Stuffed Pork Loin Roast 1 fresh Pork Loin Roast from Garafalo's 3 medium-large apples, peeled and diced 1/2 package of seasoned stuffing mix I can evaporated milk 3 tbsp Butter 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp fresh ground sage Pinch of nutmeg Celery stalk, sliced thin Preheat oven to 250°F. Have Garafalo's butterfly the roast for you, they even provide the butchers twine to tie it up later! Spread the roast out flat on a plastic cutting board. Sprinkle the inside with salt. Pour evaporated milk into a bowl with the stuffing mix and let soak. Sauté the diced celery and apples in butter adding the sage, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the sauté mixture to the stuffing and thoroughly mix. Spread a thick layer of the stuffing on the "inside" of the pork roast. Press down to help it stick. Gently roll up the pork roast and tie off with butcher's twine. Using cooking spray, coat the bottom of a roasting pan. Place the roast in the pan and cook, uncovered, depending on the size, this roast will take several hours as it is a slow roast. If the roast has a layer of fat, put the fat side up. It should crisp up golden brown when cooked. Start checking the internal temperature of the roast at about two hours. Pork must get to at least 140°. Make sure thermometer goes into the pork and not into the stuffing.When finished remove from oven, and let sit for 10 minutes. Carefully cut away the twine. Slice the into 1/2” thick slices and serve with a side of apple sauce and a vegetable of your choice.

Garofalo's Offers a Wide Variety of Meat Specialties OUR SIGNATURE ITALIAN SAUSAGE Hot or Sweet; Rope style or Patties Meatballs and Bragoiles Kielbasa, Chorizo, Andouille, Bratwurst, Daisy Hams & Thick Sliced Bacon CUSTOM CUT BEEF Filet Mignon Rib eye steaks choice NY Strip Steaks choice PORK Pork Chops Center Cut Bone in or Stuffed Pork Tenderloins* POULTRY Skinless boneless Chicken breasts Chicken Cutlets or Stuffed Chicken Breasts* COLD CUTS Featuring Battistoni Salami, Capicola, Soppresata & Abruzzi *Our own bread crumb and sausage stuffing Don't forget the Homemade Stuffed Cherry Peppers or Freshly Grated Parmesan to complement our large Selection of Pasta & Casa Visco Sauces. A variety of Olive Oils as well as blocks of Sharp Provolone, Fontinella, Asiago, Extra Sharp Canadian Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar, Danish Blue Cheese, Pecorino Romano and Parmesan Reggianito.

The Perfect Turkey Stuffing 12 cups dry bread, cubed- grab a loaf at Garofalo's 1/3 cup chopped Parsley fresh at Garofalo's 1/3 cup chopped yellow onion at Garofalo's 2 chopped celery stalks 1 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp dry sage, thyme & rosemary 1 cup chicken broth 6 tbsp melted roll butter from Garofalo's 1 lb loose breakfast sausage from Garofalo's 1 can evaporated milk 2 beaten eggs 1-2 teaspoons Bells seasoning for that extra “kick” Ground Black pepper to taste Sautee the sausage, celery and onion in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil then combine the Parsley, Salt, Sage, Thyme and Rosemary. Add Broth, Melted Butter and Evaporated Milk, toss lightly and pour mixture over the bread crumbs and mix thoroughly, season with pepper to taste then fold in the beaten eggs and bake in foil covered casserole at 350°F for 45 minutes, remove the foil and brown for 10 minutes OR stuff bird for roasting. Garafalo's, the taste people travel for!

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SELLING YOUR HOME DURING THE HOLIDAYS While you may hear all sorts of talk about “The Spring Market” and how “spring is a great time to sell your home”, I would like you to consider just 2 basic things if you are planning to sell your home within the next few months. 1. Home sellers everywhere are all trying to sell their house in the Spring, because they have been told things like “wait and put it on the market in the Spring” and “no one buys houses in the winter”. 2. People are not out 'tire kicking' (maybe I should say window knocking…) in the winter months and through the holidays - they are SERIOUS buyers. For one reason or another they need to buy a home and they need to do it right NOW, otherwise they would not be out in the cold traipsing around from house to house, most often times (during this time of year in the North East) in the dark, with their children. They would be home staying warm, doing homework, drinking hot cocoa, and trying to figure out how to avoid their in-laws over Thanksgiving and Christmas! Currently, we are very fortunate to have a LOT of corporate transferees coming in what with Global Foundries, The College of Nanoscale Science, GE expansion and all of the spin off's as a result of the significant growth in our area. CAPITALIZE on this! These people need to find homes, and I think it should be yours, don't you? Waiting to put your house on the market in the Spring will simply put you in competition with all the other people in your area who want to sell their homes. Doesn't this contradict the supply/demand principal? Statistic show that one of the highest percentages of “listings sold” to “listings taken” occurs during this time of year. Fewer homes for sale, market demand, less competition, higher prices…there's plenty of reason to get your house ready and on the market before Thanksgiving. The bottom line is that living in your home while it is on the market is NEVER convenient; your Realtor will ask and expect that you leave your home with your children and most likely your pets on sometimes very short notice. You will comply because you WANT to sell your home. Each time you will be wondering: Did I leave dishes in the sink? Did the trash get taken out? Did the children remembered to shove all of their 'stuff' under their beds (err…I mean clean their rooms)? It's true - you may have fewer actual showings on your home right now, but you will surely have more qualified and motivated prospects. Tap into the market of serious home buyers who are still out there and do still need to buy a home. Your home will shine in comparison because by now those buyers are exhausted and feel like they've seen everything on the market. If you're considering selling your home, call me for a no obligation conversation and don't wait for “The Spring Market”, you'll only work harder to stay ahead of the competition and likely lose motivated prospects willing to pay what your home is worth. Margaret Phillips, CBR, Broker 518.701.1657 •

“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” - H.U.Westermayer

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11/16 Saturday, 2pm - Speaker Rob Edelman utilizes a range of clips from films of the 1940's and 50's to illustrate the manner in which women were expected act during and after WWII. Did you know that we offer free computer literacy courses? November Computer Classes 11/6 • Intro to Open Office (a course on using a FREE office suite!) 11/7 • Common Computer Concepts 11/7 • MS Access 2 11/12 • MS Excel 11/12 • MS Excel 1 11/12 • Google PLUS 11/13 • Ancestry Genealogy 11/13 • Intro to Blogging 11/20 • Intro to Facebook 11/21 • Picasa (FREE photo editing application) Check out our classes in more detail at or register for classes by phone, in person or online at (Adult Programs) and Youth Services at 11/5 Tuesday, 7pm - Friends of the Town of Ballston Community Library Monthly Meeting. If you are interested in being more involved in your community, the library now is your chance. Looking for officers! 11/18 Monday, 7pm - Library Book Club. Join us for our discussion on our chosen book. Check our Youth Services! In addition to our regularly scheduled programs we have some new ones! 11/14 Thursday, 1:30pm - How To Train Your Dragon. Bring the whole family for a dragon craft and movie viewing! Preschool-Grade 6. 11/15 Friday, 1:30pm - Clay Pots with Dragonfly Design. Make a clay "roll" pot with a lid that can hold little notes of Thanksgiving. For grades K-5, please sign up. 11/16 Saturday, 10am-1pm - International Games Day. Drop-in and play with us! Join us for board games, Wii games & ping pong! An event for the whole family! 11/18 Monday, 1:30pm - Beaded Bookmarks. Create a beaded bookmark, jewelry or keychain! For grades K-5. 11/19 Thursday, 1:30pm - Lego Playtime. Bring your friends and play with Legos! Grades K-5. We are also continuing to offer: Baby Bookworms for Caregivers with children from birth to age 23 months Tuesdays OR Fridays 9:30am. Family Story Time for Caregivers with children age two and three Wednesdays OR Fridays 10:30am. Preschool Story Time for Caregivers with children age 3, 4 or 5 Wednesdays OR Fridays 10:30am. Movie Magic for families with young children (ages 2-5) Mondays 1:30pm. Toddler Yoga for Caregivers with children ages 2-4 Tuesdays 10:30am. HOURS: M-Th 10AM-8PM / Fri 10AM-5PM / Sat 10AM-2PM ONLINE or YOUTH SERVICES • E-mail:


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THE HORSE BUG Last month I discussed finding an instructor. This month is for those of you who are still, “on the fence” about entering the world of horses. Perhaps the cost is a concern. The average cost of lessons in the area I’d say range from $25.00$35.00 for group and $35.00-$50.00 for private, depending on the discipline and riding level. Most of my students take a lesson once a week. Some can only afford the time and money for every other week. I also offer the use of my lesson horses for practice so you can do a lesson and a practice or alternate. Alternatives: The horse world is sometimes a place where “creative financing” can be used. By this I mean bartering. Of course this would be dependent on the facility operator being open to this sort of transaction. For example, cleaning stalls in exchange for lessons. Maybe a parent has electrical skills to offer. A barn is always in need of some repairs and arenas need to be dragged and fields mowed. It’s endless. If safety is your concern, safety comes with knowledge. All sports have risks, but the benefit of exercise fresh air, socializing etc… outweigh the risks. If a person learns how to read a horse’s body language and understand how their instincts sometimes dictate their behavior the risks of being around or on them diminishes immensely. Now let’s look at the benefits. For some, being around horses is a social thing but for others it’s their quiet time. Horses stimulate all our senses if we take a moment to take it all in. People with “the horse bug” know what I mean. This is how you will know your child has “it”. The smell of the hay and yes even the barn odor. The munching sound when they are peacefully eating hay. The softness of their fur to our touch and the rhythm you can get in when grooming. Some people consider it their therapy to just be around horses. They don’t even care if they ride. It grounds you. It brings you back to our God given earth. Benefits for children: This excites me! I love kids and horses! The things I have witnessed in children’s development as a result of being with horses makes me proud to have it to offer. They become self confident but humble, tenacious but patient. They learn how to manage their time. They develop work ethic, coordination and identification of muscle groups and how they function separately. Shy children may feel more at ease with animals as friends. If they go to a stable for lessons they will meet other kids that share their interest and soon make friends. There are social groups such as 4H and Pony Club where there is structured group activities and education. For me, one of the biggest values is if a child is allowed to be involved in something they are passionate about, that keeps them busy, they are less likely to be tempted to experiment with less healthy activities. If you are still unsure about horses in your or your child’s life, feel free to call me. Of course like anything it’s not for everyone, but then again, it could have a positive affect you never even imagined! Tina LaBrake, Total Horse Training Lessons • Training • Leasing • Showing 423-3330 • References available.

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STAY TUNED with PAUL HILL MOSH POTATOES AND HIGH RIVER SAUCES The High River Sauce Company was started by my cousin, music industry veteran; food junkie and heavy metal cookbook author Steve Seabury. Steve's love for food was evident in the release of his cookbook titled Mosh Potatoes (Simon & Schuster). It is a collection of recipes from the biggest bands in Hard Rock & Heavy Metal divided into “Opening Acts” (appetizers), “Headliners” (entrees), and “Encores” (desserts), Mosh Potatoes features 147 recipes that every rock 'n' roll fan will want to devour-including some super-charged Spicy Turkey Vegetable Chipotle Chili from Ron Thal of Guns N' Roses, Orange Tequila Shrimp from Joey Belladonna of Anthrax (complete with margarita instructions), Italian Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs from Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society (a homemade family dish), Krakatoa Surprise from Lemmy of Motörhead (those who don't really like surprises may want to keep a fire extinguisher handy), and Star Cookies from Dave Ellefson of Megadeth. Mosh Potatoes comes with a monster serving of backstage stories and liner notes, making this ideal for young headbangers, those who still maintain a viselike grip on the first Black Sabbath album, and everyone who likes to eat. The book is available at

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While putting together the cookbook Steve found that his passion for food, specifically spicy sauces was shared by many of his favorite icons. He wanted to bring his shared passion of food and spice to the masses. High River Sauces formed out of this passion.

Recently appearing on Good Morning America, Steve and his sauce lit up Sam Champion and brought Josh Elliot to tears; the clip is posted on his facebook page, it is funny no matter how many times you see it. Traveling the country and winning awards has become the norm for Steve and his wife Lisa along with their daughter Emma, receiving the 2013 World Championship Golden Chile Award 2nd Place Condiment; Best Over All Hot Sauce 2011 Hot Pepper Award 1st Place Fruit Best Over All Hot Sauce; 2011 Hot Pepper Award - 1st Place Fruit. More recently 2nd place in Ohio “weekend of Fire” and Three First Place Awards at the New Orleans Chile Pepper Extravaganza earlier this year prompting a review from hot pepper aficionado and “chilihead” Ken Alexander from It's a Fiery World: “Steve and Lisa Seabury's High River Sauces have scored a major victory with their Rogue Moruga Blood Orange Scorpion Pepper Sauce. As the label states, this is a sauce with attitude! A blend of Moruga Scorpion, Jolokia (Ghost), and Red Serrano peppers, Rogue marries the peppers with Blood Orange, apple and pear, creating a unique blend of heat, sweet, and flavor! I have to think that Steve's mixologist wife and High River partner Lisa had a little something to do with the flavor profiling on this one! I've never had a sauce made with blood orange before, and I'm not really a fan of the flavor. But I have to tell you, from top to bottom, this sauce is first rate!” High River Artisan sauces are made from fresh organic ingredients for that ultimate culinary experience, giving your taste buds a true Rock & Roll Explosion. Fire up that grill- put the beer on ice and turn up them tunes. Visit his page on facebook or his website Stay Tuned!


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THANKFUL The cool crisp breezes have blown down the last of the remaining leaves. The trees look small without their vibrant foliage. Their dark wooden arms extend up towards the grey sky in anticipation of the first snow fall. Almost waiting for their blanket of winter. As I hunker down, the desire for warmer foods and special family gatherings are undeniable. For as long as I can remember our family has spent Thanksgiving together. Like yours, our family has grown over the years. The grandkids now have kids of their own. The nieces and nephews now have significant others. Its seems like every few years we add another folding table and a few more chairs. We all fix our plates and find a seat at the long decorated table. When we are all seated we bow our heads to give thanks and count our blessings. Our thoughts wander to those who have gone before us and how we miss them at our table today and every day. We are thankful to simply be together. When are bellies are full and the last piece of pumpkin pie is gone, we head home. The drive seems quick with us still chatting about the days' events. As I pull into our driveway, I smile. Glad to be home and appreciating how thankful I am to have such a wonderful family. As I sit in my kitchen, I look outside. The sky is darker and looks as though there may be a flurry in the air. The tall barren branches still reaching. They may just get their winter blanket early. Enjoy your time together. Share these moments as they will be our treasured memories now and forever. As always, I wish you peace, joy and a table filled with love! Pattie Rakvica •

HONORING JIMMY KTENAS- OF THE BURNT HILLS CAFÉ If you live anywhere near Burnt Hills then you have had the pleasure of stopping at The Burnt Hills Café for a bite to eat, conversation and the opportunity to connect with the community. Since 1992 Jimmy and his wife Ioanna have raised their family in the restaurant business and dedicated themselves to pleasing their customers and creating a home town atmosphere for locals to meet, eat and enjoy themselves. Smiling and waving from the pickup window Jimmy always made sure he greeted his customers. He was back their cooking up a storm, but still made you feel like you were walking into his home, not just a restaurant. That was the key to his success. Jimmy was a Chef/ Husband/ Father / Grandfather and a Community Icon. Born Dimitrios Ktenas on November 13th 1941 in Karya Fefkada, Greece. He served in the Greek Navy before emigrating to the U.S. in 1961 where he lived with family in New Jersey to study culinary arts. He returned to Greece to start his own family, marrying his loving wife Ioanna Ktena on June 26, 1983 and settled in upstate New York. He worked at many other local restaurants from 1983 to 1992 but he always had his eye on the prize, to own his own restaurant and run it the way he wanted to. The opportunity came along to purchase The Cafe in 1992. Ioanna and Jimmy took the big leap of faith that entrepreneurs do and purchased the restaurant. Hard work and dedication was always their style and they quickly made The Burnt Hill's

Café the Hub of the community. Shaking hands with his customers and treating children to free ice cream was an everyday occurrence at The Café. The quality of his food was of the upmost importance to him. He always said "If you're happy tell your friends, if you're not tell me and I'll correct it." As a family man Jimmy was loved and respected as a patriarch. Family was always first in his life as a devoted husband, and dedicated father and grandfather. He is survived by his beloved wife Anna, his loving daughters; Alexandra Ktenas Casey (Patrick W.S.) and Diamanto D. Ktenas, as well as his adoring granddaughter, Gianna Morgan Casey. He leaves his beloved brother, Haralambos Ktenas of Greece, numerous nieces and nephews along with extended family and friends. The family is deeply appreciative for all the warm comments and memories shared but most importantly everyone should know that the legacy he leaves behind will continue and the diner will remain the communities gathering place for years to come. Gianna, his Granddaughter adored him. It is always difficult to explain to a child why a loved one will not be back. As she looked for her “Papou” in his chair to cuddle and chat her parents struggled to find the words to tell her he would not be back, he is with God now they told her. Gianna had her own version; so you mean he is with the moon and stars? And so it is, Jimmy is with the moon and stars. His legacy will live on every time his family looks to the night sky.

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I AM A VETERAN By Don Wilcock

HEROES I'm a Veteran, I'm a Vietnam Veteran!, I'm a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran!!

In 1969 I was angry that my country was using my life as a pawn in a game that was much bigger than my worth as an individual. If I was going to die, I at least wanted my death and the death of thousands of others to change my country's leaders' attitude toward war. That hasn't happened, but something perhaps more important has. Our sacrifice and those of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have changed our citizens' views of us as soldiers. When I came home I couldn't wait for my hair to grow back so people wouldn't know I was a vet. I still can't look at shaved heads without wondering why the younger generation thinks that's cool. To many in my generation I was assumed to be a baby killer and a rapist. I continued to write about music both locally and internationally, but I didn't want people to know I'd served because I feared the counter culture would consider me a hypocrite. In October I was invited to attend Bluzapalooza, a day-long blues festival held for the soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital in DC. Army vet and festival promoter Steve Simon who promoted Bluestock at Hunter Mountain a couple years ago had quietly been taking professional blues singers to mid-east war zones since 2008 with no fanfare or publicity. This was his first such event in the United States. Queen of the Blues Shemekia Copeland, Homemade Blues Jamz, and Southern Halo donated their talents to the cause. Each personally expressed to me their appreciation for the sacrifices soldiers make to keep our country free.

It took me more than 40 years to admit that with pride. When my grandson Eddie performed at a Scotia High School concert honoring the military recently, they asked veterans to stand up and be applauded. I had a visceral reaction standing there with my brothers and sisters in arms. It was more than chills. It was like a hot Ted Nettles of the Maryland Patriot Guard, an organization of 275,000 biker veterans that shower 44 years in coming. looks out for the needs of veterans, told me a story at the event about how they broke I was in the Army Reserve 1018th Service & down the barriers of Washington's World War II memorial during the government shutdown Supply Company activated out of Schenectady to get vets, many in wheel chairs, in to see it. A Mississippi Senator had tried and failed to in 1968. I served in the U. S. Army get them in. Nettles and his crew told the senator, “We have tried it your way, and now I'm Headquarters Information Office, Long Binh, gonna show you how we do things.” Nettles went up to the guards, and I said. “Look, I editing the base's World News Roundup, our know you all don't want to be doing this, so what you need to do is take a coffee break alternative to The New York Times at morning 'cause I'm bringin' these guys in here to see this monument.” And he did. mess. I also wrote a weekly column Sounds We who served in Vietnam may not have changed our country's attitude towards war, but from The World on the exploding rock scene we did help change our society's attitude towards warriors. for The Army Reporter. I like to say I wrote about underground music for one of the most Your Hometowne would like to thank all of our Veterans above ground newspaper in the world. and their families for their service and sacrifices to keep our country safe.

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