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“As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.” ~ Winnie The Pooh

I am one of the very fortunate people to have had the same best friend since childhood. I was 8 and she was 10 when we met. We had both moved into new homes, one house away from each other, at the same time. Me being me, I quickly went over, banged on the door and Barb–a tall beautiful woman with long auburn hair–answers the door with her signature grin and asks “Can I help you?” “Do you have any kids?” I asked. “Yes, but they are not home right now.” “Oh, how old are they?” “My daughter is 10, my son is 3 and my baby, Kim.” A couple days later, a flaming redhead with the whitest skin I ever saw knocked on my door. Understand, I was a complete dork with foam rollers in my hair wearing a 2-piece Hawaiian print short set, bouncing down the stairs to meet this redhead who clearly wanted to run when she saw me. She was dressed in jeans and sandals; trying her best to not burst out laughing at my ridiculous outfit. “I’m Sue, my mother told me you wanted to meet me.” Yikes! She is so different than me. But I instantly liked her.

“Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.”

From that day forward we had an undeniable bond. Sue went everywhere with me. We would ride in the top bunk of my parent’s truck camper “Mullers Mansion”. We were in heaven! Complete access to all the food, no supervision, playing the radio full blast, a kid’s dream. Our “inside jokes” came to life. We were a team!

~ Bill Watterson

“A good friend listens to your adventures. A best friend makes them with you.”

~ Unknown

In the blink of an eye, we became teenagers. We still camped, but our focus had switched from food to boys. We would venture out to the nearest swimming hole knowing that is where the boys were. Gone too long, you could hear my father yelling “Cheri, where are you two now?” He was the kind of father that wanted us to have adventure; he knew it was part of growing up. He knew we had eachother’s back.

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Fast forward 50+ years... Early this January, Sue and I drove to Myrtle Beach to see her mother, Barb. It was our first road trip since the 70’s! Without skipping a beat, my job was to organize. Pack the snacks, (I used to make her school lunch every day), provide music, bring my EZPASS. Little did I know, that EZPASS would be the source of 100 belly laughs! Lacking adhesive, we had to hold it up each time we went through a tollbooth. It was tough to tell where the toll reader was. Hmm…this will be fun. As I drove over the Delaware Bridge, Sue diligently held the EZPASS up the entire way. I had seen the sign as we approached the bridge, TOLL AFTER BRIDGE; but what fun would that be to tell her? The bridge is 2 miles long, how long will she hold it? I am trying so hard to not laugh as people pass uslooking at the dork holding the EZPASS. Finally, a sign, TOLL HERE. She hit me! I can’t print what she said, but I laughed for hours. EZPASS became our Mascot. It mattered not if there was a toll, we held that EZPASS up every chance we could. It’s become our newest “inside joke”.

“There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late.”     

~ Og Mandino

Our time with Barb was a treasure. She watched us as we bantered, played on our devices, and joked that the three of us were now an episode of The Golden Girls. It gave me pause to realize how much I love Barb, how she influenced me as a teenager. Kim (the baby) had Cerebral Palsy, yet Barb made sure she was always a part of our lives. I knew it hurt Barb, but it taught me compassion. Love is all encompassing. Kim passed when she was young, but she was loved by all of us. I could still hear her laugh as we ate dinner together. To advertise, contact Cheryll Hill: (518) 265-1105

TC, Sue’s little brother, came to visit while I was there. Apparently rolling him down the driveway in a shopping cart, stuffing his head in a snowbank, torturing him every chance could had become fond memories for him. It was a wonderful week of digging up memories while creating new ones.

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Looking for ‘Love’ in the Real Estate Market? by Brenda Mayette, Liscensed Real Estate Salesperson Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. Hi Hometowne Readers! I’m Brenda Mayette; licensed Real Estate Agent with the Miranda Real Estate Group. I am happy to now be a part of this publication and look forward to connecting with more of my hometown residents in the year ahead. I’ve lived in the Glenville community since 1982 and professionally, have helped many real estate goals become reality here over the past 10+ years! I appreciate “the read” and hope you’ll reach out with any topic ideas that you’d like to see in future editions. Love is in the air! As a Realtor, I’m constantly feeling like I’m Cupid… Helping buyers find their “love connection” with a new home, or helping sellers find their match in a viable buyer. If you’re looking for “love” this year in the Real Estate market, here are some things to consider: For Sellers, it’s more important than ever to QUICKLY grasp a buyers’ attention. Be sure to spend the time and energy getting your home properly prepared for the market.

De-clutter, organize, clean (and clean again!), and address minor maintenance projects that you’ve been putting off. Consider a pre-listing inspection. Your home’s environment should be peaceful and make buyers feel like it has been wellcared for. Properly price your house. Don’t play games trying to see how the market responds to a random price. Consult with an experienced, local agent and price your house according to the current (key word!) market. From there, let the marketing happen and get ready for your move. For Buyers, this competitive market means that you truly need to be ready. That means having your preapproval in place and understanding exactly what will be financially expected of you when you find “the one”. Shop within your budget (read that one again!). Be realistic about expectations within your budget. Build a home buying team of experienced people who “have your back” to make your home buying process as efficient and low stress as feasible. Buying and selling a home can be stressful… But with proper preparation and the right professionals, it can also be a lot of fun! Do it “right” and love will find the way!

Brenda Mayette - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. 1482 Route 9, Clifton Park, New York (518) 527-0800 | agentbrenda22@gmail.com

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Understanding the Impact of Civil Litigation on Your Assets by Michael L. Boyle, Associate Attorney While most people never intend to be embroiled in a lawsuit, sometimes it happens. In civil litigation, often times the goal of the suing party (plaintiff) is to secure a money judgment against the party being sued (defendant). This article explains the ramifications of a money judgment and the impact it has on a defendant and his or her assets. In New York, a money judgment is a court order or decree that money is owed by one person, business, or entity to another. When not paid, judgments last for ten years with an automatic right to a ten-year renewal. The prevailing party (judgment creditor) will file the judgment document in the county clerk’s office, where it acts as a judicial lien against all property of the judgment debtor located in that county. This lien will affect the title of real property and will have to be “paid off” in order to get a mortgage or sell the property. Additionally, securing a money judgment allows a judgment creditor to begin collections actions against the debtor’s property. Most commonly, judgment creditors will enforce their judgment either through wage garnishment or by seizing money from bank accounts. Judgment creditors also have the right to challenge pre-judgment transfers that the debtor made to others. For example, if the debtor transferred property to a family member, a judge could potentially undo the transfer in order to allow the judgment creditor to collect against the transferred asset.

exemption scheme that covers similar assets. In New York, debtors in bankruptcy have the right to elect whichever exemption scheme maximizes their protections. A general guideline for debtors considering bankruptcy protection: if a debtor has a homestead with significant equity, the New York exemption scheme is usually more advantageous whereas the federal exemption scheme is generally better for those with little or no homestead equity. If you are concerned that you may be facing a lawsuit by a creditor or if a creditor has already secured a judgment against you, it is important you speak with competent legal counsel as soon as possible in order to understand your rights and protections as a debtor. If you are concerned that your savings and other property may be exposed from whatever life may throw at you, in addition to insurance, you might want to consider protective measures such as creation of an LLC or trust. At the Law Office of Kathleen M. Toombs, we provide detailed analysis as to how to best cover your assets.

Michael L. Boyle, Associate Attorney Law Office of Kathleen M. Toombs 157 Barrett Street • Schenectady, NY 12305 (518) 688-2846 • toombslawny.com

Some assets are protected from a judgment creditor’s reach. While rules differ depending on the circumstance, generally speaking under New York law, protected assets include: a debtor’s equity in their homestead ranging from $85,000 up to approximately $170,000, qualified retirement accounts, debtor’s equity in a vehicle up to approximately $4,000.00, household goods and furnishings, clothing, life insurance policies, and government benefits. Additionally, a debtor may seek protection from the US Bankruptcy Court. Federal bankruptcy law has its own To advertise, contact Cheryll Hill: (518) 265-1105

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The History of the Town of Glenville Glenville Becomes a Town The Act of 1820 In the early 19th century, the city of Schenectady consisted of 4 wards; wards one and two comprised what is the city of Schenectady today with Rotterdam making up the third ward and Glenville the fourth.

Both the third and fourth wards were large tracts of thinly populated land which was owned by the city and known as the “Common Lands.” They were essentially Wooded lands where Schenectady’s residents could cut trees for timber or fuel and use the land to pasture livestock. As the population grew however, problems such as uncontrolled cutting began to take its toll on the finite natural resources. Additionally, the city was in debt and needed to raise money and great interest grew in the land. The city’s leaders felt the best way to sell the land was by auction.

At the time the city was governed by a Council governed by two alderman from each ward. In 1816, the city tried to find a resolution to the problems of the Commons but the population in the first and second wards could not agree with the farmers in the third and fourth wards.

The petition from Schenectady was read before the Assembly on March 14 and referred to committee for consideration. On March 24th the Assembly received notice from residents who disagreed with the solution.

Nevertheless, the bill was passed from the Assembly on April 8th. The Senate passed an amended version of the bill on April 12th and sent it back to the Assembly on April 14th. The session convened at 4pm and thus, Glenville was approved by both houses.

The first Glenville town meeting was held on January 2, 1821 at the tavern of Nicholas S. Van Patten (at the corner of Sacandaga and Ridge Roads.) At the meeting, officers were selected and a vote was taken to give the trustees the power to lease new lands in 20-acre lots. Glenville and Schenectady divided the Commons into two strips: North and South. Schenectady retained the southern lands and divided its portion into 50 acre lots. Glenville distributed its lands in the north by auction to its voters, but many were retained as wooded lots since it was difficult to develop a farm on 20 acre lots, especially in the Hills. The town’s first supervisor was Albert Vedder and was selected at the January 2nd meeting.

By May of 1819, the Council formed a new committee consisting of one member from each ward. Representing the fourth ward was Alexander Jacob Sanders. The solution proposed to spilt the third and fourth wards into separate towns from the city and divide the Commons equally between the towns and the city. This would allow the city and the towns to lease their own respective portions of the Commons as they saw fit. The proposal received public support at a meeting on December 31, 1819. On January 1, 1820 the Council met and resolved to petition the State Legislature to alter the city’s charter. The Act of 1820 In 1820, the United States was in the midst of the “era of good feelings” that followed the War of 1812. James Monroe was ending his first term as president and Congress – split over the issue of slavery – was working on the Missouri Compromise.

In Albany, Governor Dewitt Clinton opened the 43rd session with an address to the Legislature where he reported the progress of the Erie Canal. This session would end with the Legislature taking up the issue of creating the Town of Glenville.

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Dental Emergency? We Are Here For You! Dear Hometowne reader, Have you ever planned an emergency? Of course not! If you did it wouldn’t be called an emergency. This is especially true when it comes to your teeth. When your tooth starts to ache, you want to know that you will be seen quickly, and that someone can fix your problem. That is why at Lake Hill Dental Care we pride ourselves in seeing emergencies right away. “If we are open or still in the office when you call, we are here for you” We also preform many common emergency procedures such as pediatric dentistry, dental implants, oral surgery, and root canals. Of course, the best way to treat emergencies is to not have one in the first place. At our practice we focus on preventative, and minimally invasive dentistry so that small problems get fixed before they can get out of hand.

Hopefully you will never have a dental emergency, but if you do, we be here to help. We are so proud of our many five-star online reviews, like this one from google reviews: “My 2 year old son had a dental emergency following a fall on a Saturday morning. After spending over an hour frantically making phone calls, we found Lake Hill Dentistry’s Saturday hours and they graciously squeezed an appointment in for him even though they were booked that day. At the appointment Dr. Denning was very reassuring and was great with our son. He developed a treatment plan and went out of his way to make us and our son feel comfortable and safe. We are so grateful we found Dr. Denning practice. I highly recommend this practice to everyone. The staff is also great, professional, friendly and gracious.” We also participate with most insurances and have several convenient payment options. If you or someone you know is in the market for a new dentist, especially if it is an emergency please give us a call today. Sincerely, Dr. Joseph Denning & Dr. Laura Johnstone Lake Hill Dental Care, PC

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Look for Changes in Retirement Plans It might not have made the headlines, but a recently passed piece of legislation could affect the IRAs and 401(k)s of millions of Americans beginning in 2020. So, if you have either of these accounts, or if you run a business, you’ll want to learn more. The new laws, collectively called the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, include these noteworthy changes: • Higher age for RMDs – Under current law, you must start taking withdrawals – known as required minimum distributions, or RMDs – from your traditional IRA and 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored plan once you turn 70 ½. The new law pushes the date to start RMDs to 72, which means you can hold on to your retirement savings a bit longer. • No age limit for traditional IRA contributions – Previously, you could only contribute to your traditional IRA until you were 70 ½, but under the SECURE Act, you can now fund your traditional IRA for as long as you have taxable earned income. • Limitation of “Stretch IRA” provisions –  Under the old rules, beneficiaries were able to stretch taxable RMDs from a retirement account over his or her lifetime. Under the SECURE Act while spouse beneficiaries can still take advantage of this “stretch” distribution, most non-spouse beneficiaries will have to take all the RMDs by the end of the tenth year after the account owner passes away. Consequently, non-spouse beneficiaries who inherit an IRA or other retirement plan could have tax implications due to the need to take larger distributions in a shorter timeframe.   

Some provisions of the SECURE Act primarily affect business owners: • Multi-employer retirement plans – Unrelated companies can now work together to offer employees a 401(k) plan with less administrative work, lower costs and fewer fiduciary responsibilities than individual employers now encounter when offering their own retirement plans. • Tax credit for automatic enrollment – The new law provides a tax credit of $500 for some smaller employers who set up automatic enrollment in their retirement plans. And a tax credit for establishing a retirement plan has been increased from $500 to $5,000. • Use of annuities in 401(k) plans – It will now be easier for employers to consider including annuities as an investment option within 401(k) plans. Previously, many businesses avoided offering annuities in these plans due to liability concerns related to the annuity provider, but the new rules should help reduce these concerns. The SECURE Act is the most significant change to our retirement savings system in over a decade. We encourage you to contact your financial advisor, tax professional and estate planning attorney to assess the potential impact on your investment strategies and determine any possible tax and estate planning implications of the SECURE Act. Chris 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 (518) 399-5087 or chris.nyhan@edwardjones.com.

• No early withdrawal penalty for IRAs and 401(k)s when new child arrives. Typically, you must pay a 10% penalty when you withdraw funds from your IRA or 401(k) before you reach 59 ½. But now, with the new rules, you can withdraw up to $5,000 from your retirement plan without paying the early withdrawal penalty, as long as you take the money within one year of a child being born or an adoption becoming final.

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DOWN 1 Arab garment 2 Author --- Deighton 3 Tangle 4 Acid in proteins 5 Surveillance system 6 Greeting at sea 7 Unchangeable data store 8 Persian Gulf emirate 9 Fruit can be prickly 10 Highest point 11 Trick 19 Back on board 21 Vikings player Camarillo 22 Jumps out of planes 23 Complain bitterly 24 Resistance units 25 Thin pastry 28 “And --- thou slain the Jabberwock?” 29 Do this before firing 31 Animal house? 32 Short skirt 33 Rice wine 35 Uncle Napoleon? 40 “Fancy that!” 43 Having a psychological advantage 45 Formed by acid and alcohol 46 Upper hand 47 Wax 48 Turn across the wind when running 49 Pitches in 50 Surfeit 53 One of a couple 55 34th President 56 Party where it all got wet 57 Took too much

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The rules of the game are simple: each of the nine blocks has to contain all the numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number can only appear once in a row, column or box. Solutions on Page 21

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Ear Infections? Try Chiropractic! by Dr. Amy Donovan It’s all too familiar: little Maddie pulling at her ears, fussing, acting funny, obviously in pain. We take her to the pediatrician where they look in her ears with the otoscope, diagnose the ear infection and send you home with antibiotics. But how did the doctor know just by looking inside the ear? That’s right, he didn’t. The only way to properly diagnose an ear infection is by swabbing the ear and doing a culture. If that has not been done, the issue could be fluid build-up behind the eardrum or irritated due to teething or some other reason. Obviously, if your child has a high fever, pus coming from the ear, redness, you could say she has an infection. But do you really want your child on antibiotics if they are not necessary? Due to the overuse of antibiotics, some harmful bacteria has become resistant—which can cause even more serious infections. Some doctors prescribe antibiotics when they don’t even know if an illness is viral or bacterial while they wait for test results. The problem with this approach is that, if they are not needed, it can make bacteria that is harder to kill and more harmful. It also will, sometimes, change the bacteria so much so that the antibiotics won’t work against them. So, for example, the next time you get sick the antibiotics won’t work and you will need an even stronger medicine. I think we can agree; the less you have to medicate your child, the better. So what do you do besides medication that can help little Maddie feel better? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a “watch and wait” approach. If your child has too much fluid and is not infected, chiropractic adjustments can most certainly help. If the bones in the top of

your child’s neck become restricted (due to birth or any other type of stressor), the muscles in the neck cannot contract, or work properly. When this happens, the body cannot drain out the fluid in the ear canals. Lymph nodes need properly function muscles to contract with your child’s head movements in order to properly flush out this fluid. Gentle chiropractic adjustments ensure proper movement to this restricted area and help reduce muscle spasms. In a 1996 study, forty-six children under the age of five received regular chiropractic adjustments to treat the symptoms of ear infection, and researchers found that 93 percent of all episodes improved, 75 percent in 10 days or fewer and 43 percent with only one or two treatments. Additionally, if your child is already under chiropractic care, parents report less incidence of ear infections/symptoms of ear infections because chiropractic care helps boost the immune system and keeps your child functioning at his/her best. Parents also report less sick visits to doctors and less missed school! Chiropractic adjustments for kids and babies are safe, gentle, effective and look much different than an adjustment for an adult. Dr. Amy is a certified Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) pediatric practitioner. Birth through age six is the most influential period of growth and development and damage at any stage prior to the preliminary development of these functions (prior to age six) will cause compensatory patterns. C-sections, forceps, vacuum and induction procedures increase the chance of neurological damage to the infant’s spine and nervous system. While many of these traumas go undetected at the time of occurrence, diverse symptoms and conditions can occur later in life as a result of these uncorrected subluxation patterns. By having your child checked (and adjusted) for spinal and cranial subuxations (misalignment causing interference in the nervous system), we can create the greatest functional threshold possible for your child! Give us a call or text at (518)399-3810 to schedule a free consultation for yourself or your child! 353 Saratoga Rd. Glenville, NY 12302 518.399.3810 thriveglenville.com

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Indian Meadows Park Trail Tour Saturday, February 15, 2020 10:00 am

Indian Meadows Playground Pavilion Join us for a free community guided “walk, snowshoe or ski� tour connecting Indian Meadows and Andersen Park. A family friendly version will complete a smaller loop within Indian Meadows. The tours will start at the Indian Meadows playground pavilion. Warming fire and hot chocolate will be available at the pavilion.

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The Glenville YMCA Annual Campaign by Donna Gigone, Executive Director Your support is helping us build a stronger community one family, one child, and one senior at a time. With your help, every day we’re providing safe, welcoming care to children whose parents have lost their jobs, to adults who have survived cancer and to seniors who have no family of their own and rely on us for fellowship. Every day, you’re helping your Y make a real difference in our community. The Y is accessible to all people. Financial assistance is available to individuals and families who cannot afford membership. Last year, the Glenville Y raised over 70,000! 100% of the money raised stays right here in Glenville and helps your neighbors, friends and co-workers that need assistance. With your tax-deductible contribution, the Y can change a life! •

$50 will provide a one month membership to individuals experiencing financial hardship.

$125 allows one child to receive new school clothes and shoes through our Running Start Program.

$200 helps offset the cost of one week of summer camp for children in need.

$550 gives a cancer survivor the opportunity to participate in a 12-week training and support program.

$1,000 provides a family in need a one year membership to be healthy together.

As a thank you for supporting our community, we will proudly display your name or business name on our lobby wall to be viewed by over 7,000 members every day!

Founder’s Society - $5,000 and above Benefactor’s Society - $2,500-$4,999

Chairman’s Roundtable - $1,000-$2,499 Red Triangle Club - $500-$999 Presidents Club - $250-$499

To make your gift securely online, please visit www.CDYMCA.org/support-the-Y and choose Glenville as your branch or call Donna @ 518-399-8118 ext. 3300 Thank you in advance for your dedication and donation to the Y.

Capital District YMCA – Glenville Branch 127 Droms Road, Scotia, NY 12302 dgigone@cdymca.org • 518.399.8118

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Ice Safety Depends on Ice Thickness In general, thicker ice is safer because it can hold heavier weight. The following are guidelines for how much weight ice can safely hold depending on how thick it is. Please keep in mind that these are just guidelines and you should personally test ice and make your own evaluation before blindly following this outline. Based on solid blue lake ice, if the ice is: •

2 inches thick or less, it is extremely unsafe and you should stay off of it under all circumstances

3 inches thick, it can safely hold one single person and their gear (make sure you’re not too close to other people and their gear)

4 inches thick, it can hold a small group of people traveling in a single-file line

7.5 inches thick, it can hold a light car

10 inches thick, it can hold a medium-sized truck

Ice Safety Can Also be Determined by Color Thick and Blue, Tried and True- White and Crispy- Way too Risky

What to Know About Checking the Ice The most important thing to remember in regard to ice safety is that ice thickness is not uniform across a body of water. You should always check the thickness of the ice in more than one area if you plan on crossing a body of water or staying on it for a long period of time. While it’s always a good idea to ask a local bait shop or guide about the ice thickness first, you will also want to measure it yourself. To check the ice, there are specific tools you can use to easily dig a hole. Ice Chisel - Basically, an ice chisel is a long metal rod with a sharp blade at one end. You drive this chisel into the ice in order to dig a small hole. Once you’ve reached water, you can measure the depth with a tape measure. Ice Auger - There are three types of ice augers: hand, electric, and gas. A hand auger is the cheapest, but you’ll have to dig through using your own strength. Once you’ve dug a hole with an auger, use a tape measure to check the ice.

Transparent blue/black, that means it is strong and safe

Cordless Drill - You can also use a cordless drill if you have the right auger bit. Attach a 5/8 inch wood auger bit to your drill; the bit should have a spiral around the shaft. The spiral will pull out ice chips, and once the hole is large enough, you can measure the depth.

White and opaque, that means it is weak and you should use extreme caution. Only travel out onto white opaque ice if it is very thick.

How to Handle an Accident on the Ice If you, someone else, or a pet falls through the ice, there are a few different steps you should follow.

Gray, it is very weak and you should stay off of it

White and gray mottled, it’s the weakest type of ice and you should stay off of it

Getting Out of the Water If you fall through the ice, you will have about 2-5 minutes before the cold water begins to really affect you. During that period, you should kick your legs, grasp for nearby ice, and get yourself horizontal on it. If you have ice picks, you can use them to pull yourself onto the ice. Once you get yourself out of the water, roll toward thicker ice. As soon as you are off the ice, the next step is to work fast to prevent hypothermia.

As part of your ice-checking process, you should evaluate the color of the ice since that can give you information about its strength. If the lake ice is:

Remember that river ice is weaker than lake ice and ice near streams, spillways, inlets, outlets, dams, and even docks with bubblers is typically weaker than in other areas.

Helping Someone Out of the Water If someone else falls through the ice, and you can’t reach them from shore, the first step should be to throw them a rope, tree branch, jumper cable, or other object. If nothing is available, you should go for help and call 911. Once the person is out of the water, you’ll want to work fast to prevent hypothermia. Rescuing Your Pet If your pet falls through the ice, your first instinct may be to help them. However, if the ice isn’t thick enough for your pet, it won’t be for you. What you should do is get help and call 911. Source: Adirondack.net To advertise, contact Cheryll Hill: (518) 265-1105

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The nuts add an elegant touch, and it fills the house with a great aroma.

“Veggie-licious” alternative to traditional lasagna makes use of slow-cooker convenience.

• 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each) • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder • 1/8 teaspoon pepper • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1 tablespoon butter • 3 tablespoons honey • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans

Instructions: Pound chicken with a meat mallet to 1/2-in. thickness. Sprinkle with seasonings. In a large nonstick skillet, heat butter over medium heat; brown chicken on both sides. Cook, covered, until chicken is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes, turning once. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with pecans. Cook, covered, until chicken is glazed, 2-3 minutes. Wiggle Room: Serve with mescaline salad, mashed potatoes, or try one of the new Zatarain’s Rice Mixes. They are delicious!

• 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese • 3 tablespoons 1% cottage cheese • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese • 2 tablespoons egg substitute • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder • 3/4 cup meatless spaghetti sauce • 1/2 cup sliced zucchini • 2 no-cook lasagna noodles • 4 cups fresh baby spinach • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

Instructions: Cut two 18x3-in. strips of heavy-duty foil; crisscross so they resemble an X. Place strips on bottom and up sides of a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker. Coat strips with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Spread 1 tablespoon spaghetti sauce on the bottom of prepared slow cooker. Top with half of the zucchini and a third of the cheese mixture. Break noodles into 1-in. pieces; sprinkle half of the noodles over cheese mixture. Spread with 1 tablespoon sauce. Top with half of the spinach and half of the mushrooms. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cheese mixture and spaghetti sauce.

Pork Tenderloin with Wine Sauce Fast and easy, great-tasting meal that’s as big on flavor as it is low in fat and calories! • 1 pork tenderloin (3/4 pound) • Dash pepper • 1 teaspoon canola oil • 1 teaspoon butter • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium beef broth • 1/4 cup dry red wine or additional reduced-sodium beef broth • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme • 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

Instructions: Cut pork into 2-in. slices; flatten to 1-1/2-in. thickness. Sprinkle with pepper. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook pork in oil and butter for 5 minutes on each side or until meat is no longer pink. Remove and keep warm. Add broth to the pan, scraping to loosen browned bits. Stir in the wine, mustard, thyme and rosemary. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with pork. Wiggle Room: Serve with fresh beans or asparagus and mashed potatoes.

Cover and cook on low for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until noodles are tender. Wiggle Room: Add sautéed mushrooms, patted dry.

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­What Makes America Great? by Lauren DeWeese

District 3 Winner Throughout my lifetime I have never really taken a moment to stop and think about who I truly am and what it means to be an American. I wake up every single day and complete the same exact routine that I have done for the past 16 years of my life. Not once did I wake up and think about how great my life is and how fortunate I am to get to wake up in the same house with my whole family every day. You know who doesn’t get to experience this feeling? All of the American soldiers who fight for this wonderful country that I’m so proud to be a part of. In my opinion, the people who truly make America great are soldiers because they protect our country and put their lives on the line, often for people they may not even know. As a high school junior who has never had to live through a conflict fought on our country’s soil, I honestly cannot fully comprehend the impact war has on the lives of those who serve, or their families, or how different life would be if we weren’t such a strong military force globally. Many people take our daily liberties for granted which makes Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Armed Forces Day so important for reminding Americans to stop and reflect on all the sacrifices of our military and to be grateful. A few of my relatives, including my grandfather, served in the military. Even though they didn’t fight in active combat, I still have the utmost respect and admiration for my grandfather, his brother and all of the men and women who choose to serve our country. My great uncle often reflects on the months he would have to spend on a submarine during his time in the Navy. The thought of being on a submarine for any period of time makes me feel vulnerable and scared. I can only imagine what it was like for him and how he felt, especially missing family members. My grandfather talks about being stationed in Germany and all of the friendships he developed while being there. Without their self-sacrifice, our country would be a much different place for all Americans. The American Revolution, Mexican-American War, the Civil War, Korean War, Vietnam War, World War I and II, the Cold War, and numerous other conflicts throughout American history including the ongoing war on terrorism, all exemplify how military contributions have been the common thread that has made America one of the greatest places on earth. Military achievements over time have resulted in Americans having free speech and press, a strong democracy including free elections, a system of law and

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order, union representation, and so much more. When our country faces turmoil or feels threatened, we have always been able to count on our military. Throughout history and without fail, our soldiers have demonstrated bravery and strength. As recently as September 11, 2019, citizens of the United States remember the terrorist attack on our nation 18 years ago, which changed our lives forever. Although we have had to adjust our behaviors while traveling, working, attending school and public events in order to better protect ourselves, we haven’t had to give up any of our freedoms or live in constant fear because of our military presence and strength. America is the greatest at making sure our nation and its people are secure and protected. As I drive to school, compete on the soccer field, enjoy a home cooked meal, listen to my favorite music or any of the regular activities I freely partake in, I am aware of how fortunate and great life is in America. We learn about less privileged countries where children and adults aren’t lucky enough to attend school, let alone choose the school or college they desire. We hear about countries where entire populations struggle with death due to starvation, outbreaks of disease, civil war, and many other challenges that are nonexistent or less common in America because of innovation, manufacturing and technological advancements. Once again, our military protected our land, our resources, and our people allowing us to progress in areas where other countries have struggled or failed. Our veterans know the true meaning of sacrifice and what it’s like to go without all of the privileges we have. We should take into consideration our military history to appreciate life as we know it now. Their patriotism is contagious whether they realize it or not. They are the unsung heroes who silently wipe away tears at a funeral, remove their caps and stand tall and proud during the National Anthem and continue to march in parades proudly showing their love for the men and women of our country. Our nation is constantly changing, some argue it isn’t necessarily for the better, but one thing that unites our country and brings us strength when it’s needed the most, is the respect for our military. That is what has been constant throughout the history of the United States and what truly makes America great!

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­What Makes America Great? by Kaylee Margiotta

Glenville Post 4660 Winner The United States of America is a country found north of Mexico and south of Canada. It’s a country that goes from “sea to shining sea”, or in other words on the east coast there is the Atlantic Ocean and on the west coast the Pacific. This is just a geographical definition of America, one could go on for decades about its diverse climate, and environment, but these factors do not rectify making America great. No, it’s great because it’s the United States, it’s title referring to a great vast community of people unified. The phrase “home is where the heart is” being prevalent in the States, for America in not home because of anything material or even political, but because of the nature and love of our people. People are what make America great. A man passed away not too long ago, as of now, it’s been a little over a year. This man was a barber in Albany, taking over his father’s business when he became a young man. Through this barber shop he made connections and friends, and everyone just kinda knew Anthony the barber. Later in life World War 2 had started, and he joined the US Navy. He even earned some awards for his flight combat missions. That is always something I found so astonishing. How one could put everyone else before themselves. How someone could be so selfless. This is one of the reasons America is great, because of people like Anthony who would give anything for those around them. Anthony’s story didn’t end there, he was also a father. Then he became a grandfather, and even after that he became a great grandfather. As time kept ticking he got older, lost friends, and even gained new ones. Eventually he passed away at the age of 96, but he was ready, he had lived such a long fulfilling life. Anthony Margiotta’s wake was packed, the line was out the door. I had never seen so many people gather for one person in my life. Person after person saying their goodbyes. The two people hit my heart the most was a little girl, and his son. The young girl had brought this picture she had drawn for him in marker, and it may have been the most wholesome image I have ever seen. Then his son, Mark, or as I like to call him, papa, the kindest man I’ve ever met was crying. This scene made my heart ache. As sad as it was great grandfather’s funeral, made

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me aware of how tight knit our communities are. How much one American can care for another. This isn’t the first instance where I recognized the true nature of the people of my home. One thing I have taken from social studies classes that will never leave me is shockingly enough from Schoolhouse Rock’s “The Great American Melting Pot”. A silly animated cartoon they played to pass the time in elementary school, and yet it brought and still brings a smile to my face whenever I think of it. America is for lack of better words, a mutt. When I say that, I don’t mean this genetic mess of breeds, but this beautiful blend of everything you can think of. Take a little of this and a little of that and you have America. So many cultures and peoples all within the confines of 50 states, all of those people being celebrated and treated like a neighbor. Is this always the case, absolutely not. This mutt has a few nasty fleas. But looking down the street, and out the car window I don’t see the horror stories in the news. I see families made of things other than blood. I’ve been taught that America is one big family regardless of where we’ve come from. I’ve been taught that through things as silly as schoolhouse rock, but also through making new friends and meeting new people that are different from me. I don’t even mean that as just a reference to our racial heritage, but as in people who aren’t me. No one person is the same. We all are like a puzzle piece, that go into the puzzle that is America. Every person in USA connect to make America what it is. A country can only be great if the people make it great. A country without people isn’t even a country at all, it’s just some land. America very clearly is country. There a people, rules, constitutions, governing systems, and all that jazz. But, is it great? In my mind it is because of the sense of community and camaraderie I see throughout every town and every city. Every person here has some sense of passion, for some that passion goes into defending the land they call home, for others it’s things as simple as encouraging going green to make a clean environment. Whatever it is, it’s never just for themselves, it’s something they think is for the greater good. Something for a greater America.

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Keep Wild Birds Happy & Healthy This Winter by Peter Bowden • pbowden2@nycap.rr.com Nothing livens up a cold winter day like wild birds flitting and darting to and from your bird feeder. Their bright colors and lively manner bring a bit of cheer to even the dreariest day. As difficult as winter’s weather has for us, it’s hard to imagine what it’s like for the wild animals out there...especially the tiny birds. To endure such unrelenting cold, winter birds need to stay active, and their activity is fueled by calories and protein. The trick to attracting birds is providing calories and protein in forms that they prefer.

ports clean. They are all eating from the same plate so to speak so is best to keep that plate clean. When cleaning your feeder, pay close attention to the inside and outside of the feeding ports since this is where diseases can be spread from bird to bird. An old toothbrush can come in handy for this. After it’s clean, soak all the feeder’s parts in a mix of 1 parts chlorine bleach to 10 part water. This will kill any germs. Let it dry thoroughly and reassemble.

Black Oil Sunflower is higher in calories per pound than Gray Striped Sunflower and I find that the smaller black seed are more easily handled by chickadees and other small birds. The second most important food for wild birds is fine cracked corn. Cracked corn appeals to ground/platform feeding birds like cardinals, doves and juncos. When you shop for cracked corn, be sure you get FINE cracked corn. Medium or coarse cracked corn is too large to be beneficial to small wild birds. Suet provides maximum calories to help birds stay warm and is a favorite of nuthatches and woodpeckers. Suet comes in lots of flavors like peanut, fruit and nut, blueberry and more. I like to buy the ten packs so I have a ready supply during these coldest days of winter.

Make sure that you keep your feeders topped off. Once you start feeding the birds, they become dependent on the supply you’ve been providing. This is the time they need the food the most. During extended periods of sub-freezing weather, birds will have hard time finding water. If you provide fresh water, the traffic to your feeding stations will increase dramatically. You can refill the water source each day or use an electric birdbath warmer to keep ice from forming. I only plug mine in during the very coldest days of winter. Thanks for the read.

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