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The Somers Record 01.07.21

Vol. 10 No. 38 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, January 7, 2021

Singing the blues

Hudson Valley group releases ‘Lockdown Sessions’ CD

e serendipi-
Once you hear the blues,
you don’t forget it. Joyous or tous start of
sad, the music draws raw emo-
tion from the heart and it runs the nonprof- it
through your veins. It’s those vo-
cal croons, soulful guitar twangs, group was like an
low thumping piano chords and
the steady pulse of drums. improvised ri in

e blues is steeped in south- B.B. King’s “ e
ern African American history
and many devotees want to en- rill Is Gone”
sure the genre is not forgotten.
Keeping the blues alive means with chance
regular performances and more
recordings, a mission long em- meetings of like-
braced by well-established blues
foundations, blues societies and minded folks seeking to orga-
blues halls of fame all over the
world. nize. Today they are active board

Two years ago, those passion- members working to keep the
ate about hearing and playing
more blues here in the Hud- blues alive for its 120 members.
son Valley formed the Hudson
Valley Blues Society (HVBS). “It wasn’t primarily about

e group just released its rst, forming a group for people to
two-disc CD “Blues Alive in
the Valley—Lockdown Sessions get gigs,” said HVBS president
of 2020” featuring 23 original
songs by known music celebri- Paul Toscano, a Patterson resi-
ties of the Hudson Valley.
dent who sings and plays a mean
e CD marks a pivotal point
harmonica on the track “Turn

Up the Heat.” “It was more

about being a performance so-

ciety to help people understand

the blues, which seems to be a

dying art.”

Toscano used to have a blues

show on Pawling Public Radio

before it became a streamed in-

ternet station. e show airing

before his was Jacque Roche’s

“Jacque’s Giant Hudson Valley

Music Show” during which she


The society's one year anniversary Jam Party at the Falcon in Marlboro before the pandemic.

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The Staff Heritage Hills water, sewer under new management

EDITORIAL TEAM BY CAROL REIF tomers to SUEZ’s service terri- plant and two storage tanks. Its gent” drinking water regulations.
JODI WEINBERGER STAFF WRITER tory. sewage system consists of a treat- In August, Gov. Andrew M.
ment plant and six lift stations.
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 Heritage Hills’s water and SUEZ provides water and Cuomo announced that the
[email protected] sewer systems have been sold to waste-recycling services to more According to Graziano, SUEZ state was adopting a rst-in-the-
SUEZ, a global environmental than 7.5 million in the United has agreed to not increase rates nation drinking water standard
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER company. States and Canada. the company for Heritage Hills customers for for an emerging contaminant,
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 announced late last week that it three years. 1,4-dioxane. New York also set
[email protected] e $8.9 million acquisition intends to invest $1.5 million in new maximum contaminant lev-
was approved by the New York infrastructure, including the in- “We are especially pleased els for contaminants PFOA (per-
ADVERTISING TEAM State Public Service Commis- stallation of a supervisory control to make this commitment,” he
PAUL FORHAN sion (PSC) on ursday, Dec. 17, and data acquisition (SCADA) added. uorooctanoic acid) and PFOS
in a deal that took about a year computer system to provide re- (per uorooctane sulfonate).
(914) 806-3951 to broker, according to SUEZ mote, real-time monitoring of e PSC regulates the com-
[email protected] spokesman Bill Madden. the water system. pany’s water operations and con- ese chemicals belong to a wid-
trols the rate-setting process. er class of per uoroalkyl com-
BRUCE HELLER SUEZ’s new Heritage Hills Improvements include ad- pounds thought to be harmless,
(914) 486-7608 customers can expect to receive vanced metering technologies Dutchess County-based VRI but recent studies have shown
[email protected] letters in the next week or two that will, it said, improve bill- Environmental Services will con- they might pose health and envi-
with information about billing ing accuracy and help customers tinue to operate and maintain the ronmental risks.
LISA KAIN and contact numbers in emer- monitor and use water more ef- water system under the supervi-
(201) 317-1139 gencies. sion of SUEZ. e new state regulations re-
[email protected] ciently. quire public water systems—re-
CORINNE STANTON SUEZ, which has 500,000 “Our top priority is to provide It has reportedly become in- gardless of size—to regularly test
(914) 760-7009 customers in ve New York safe and reliable water service,” creasingly expensive and hard for and monitor for these contami-
[email protected] counties—including 200,000 in Chris Graziano, vice president of private entities such as Heritage nants, which have been found in
lower Westchester—assumed SUEZ operations in New York, Hills to own and maintain sewer drinking water systems across the
JAY GUSSAK ownership on Monday, Dec. 28. said Wednesday, Dec. 30. and water systems. Keith Soren- country.
(914) 299-4541 Heritage Hills’s water system son, president of the Connecti-
[email protected] e deal will add 2,700 water includes ve wells, a treatment cut-based Heritage Development However, the chemicals remain
JENNIFER CONNELLY customers and 2,900 sewer cus- Group, also cited the di culties
(917) 446-7757 of navigating “increasingly strin- SEE SUEZ PAGE 4
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Your Neighbor

Happy New Year and Many T hanks from all of us!

In 2021, we rededicate ourselves to thinking ‘local’

There is nothing quite like a crisis that concentrates we need, and for a he doesn’t care speci cally about the communities we
the mind. serve. He doesn’t have a vested interest in the state of
In the past 17 years, about 1,700 weekly community much lower cost. PUBLISHER’S our local economy, nor does he pay reporters to attend
newspapers have shut down in the United States, ac- Unlike a retail MEMO the local school board and town board meetings and
cording to Poynter, an industry publication. report on them, and his employees don’t get involved in
business that relies the local chambers of commerce or volunteer for lo-
To be candid with our readers, this past spring, as cal Boy Scout troops or organizations that deliver food
everything began to shut down, we almost joined that on walk-in traf- BRETT to people struggling locally or remove trash from local
statistic. Fortunately, we were rescued by the federal c, our employees, FREEMAN roads.
government. Combined, the Small Business Adminis-
tration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the most of whom live No, Facebook and Google don’t invest in that. But all
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) gave us a new of us who work for your local community newspaper do.
lease on life. We also asked you, our readers, for volun- in the towns we
tary contributions to help make up a portion of the lost We’re not the only industry negatively impacted
advertising revenue we experienced due to the pandemic, serve, have been by Silicon Valley. All our retailers are competing with
and many of you generously gave to us. For that, we are Amazon; real estate agents are competing with Zillow
truly grateful. fortunate enough and Rex; local nancial advisers are competing with
zero-commission digital apps; community banks are
e PPP loan enabled us to maintain our payroll, to work from home. Even before the pandemic, our competing with digital outlets that don’t have any local
and hopefully in the coming weeks we’ll receive the full branches; and local car dealerships are competing with
forgiveness for which we’ve applied. e reader contri- employees were trending in this direction as technology Carvana and other similar sites.
butions, which we plan to make an ongoing campaign,
have given us a meaningful and necessary additional has made it easier and easier to do this. Quite simply, But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
revenue stream. And the EIDL loan, which must be Nothing beats the customer service of business owners
paid back in full over a 30-year period, has given us the it makes no sense to pay all that rent and utilities, nor who live and work locally. ese are the business owners
breathing room to make smart strategic decisions about who sponsor the local sports teams and donate to all the
the future direction of this business. does it make sense to devote the time and energy as local charities. Small business owners have reputations to
uphold. When you bump into your customers on a line
So, what is the plan? Our plan is to double down on a business owner to maintain a physical space like at the local supermarket or post o ce, it ensures a level
the thing that has made us successful in the rst place: of accountability that Je Bezos, the CEO of Amazon,
investing our resources to provide hyper-local news to that. Frankly, on Dec. 31, when everything was nally doesn’t need to maintain.
the people living and working in the community and
tightening the purse strings on unnecessary expenses cleaned out, I was relieved. As we start 2021, I urge all residents to rededicate
that don’t advance our mission. themselves to thinking “local,” whether it’s for shopping,
I want to ensure everyone – our employees, readers investing, banking or how you get your news. at is the
One unnecessary expense was a 2,000 square foot only way our local economies will continue to thrive.
o ce in Somers that has barely been used in the past and advertisers – that this move makes us a stronger
nine months. erefore, starting Jan. 1, we downsized to I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous
a small one-room o ce in Mt. Kisco. business. With the money we’re saving on rent and New Year!

Why Mt. Kisco? Mt. Kisco is a local community that utilities, we’re able to upgrade our I.T. infrastructure, New Office
either borders or is a quick drive from the ve com-
munities we serve. roughout this pandemic, it did which will make us more e cient, and we’re also hiring 118 North Bedford Road, Suite 100, Mt. Kisco,
our previous visitors no good when they came to our NY 10549
former Somers location and found a locked, empty of- additional journalists. e latter decision to hire more
Become a subscriber
ce. Fortunately, our new o ce is owned by a workshare journalists is a rededication to be on the ground and
company with a dedicated full-time receptionist that will Sign up for a free subscription and view digital
greet our visitors and hand out extra papers or accept part of the communities served by our ve newspapers: versions of all publications at HalstonMedia.
letters to the editor (both of which are often the reasons com (If the address on the front page says
people visit). ey also maintain professional conference Mahopac News, e Somers Record, Yorktown News, “Resident, Occupant or Boxholder,” then you
rooms that are available when we have meetings with are not a current subscriber.)
clients and readers — post pandemic. North Salem News and e Katonah-Lewisboro

is company also permits us to use their space in their Times. Frankly, I don’t need our employees sitting in
other locations throughout the region, including Danbury
and White Plains, where we have some clients. It’s a very an o ce from 9-5. I need them interacting with our
strategic move for us that provides a level of exibility that
readers and clients – whether it’s via email, phone or

face-to-face in the communities we serve (with a mask

on and 6 feet away, of course!).

roughout this pandemic, I also rediscovered who

our competitors are, and they are not other community

papers, who are fellow travelers in this unique mission-

based industry. Rather, our real competitors are the

faceless multi-billion-dollar corporations out in Silicon

Valley who track your every move on the Internet and

who have nothing vested in the communities we serve.

All of us are just a click to them.

Over the past 20 years, a majority of advertising dol-

lars have shifted to digital, and a majority of that digi-

tal revenue is being spent with Facebook and Google.

Don’t get me wrong. I use Google and Facebook

like most of you. And I admire all smart businesses,

including multi-billion-dollar ones. One of my favorite

Hollywood movies is “ e Social Network,” which

is about Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook,

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Mary Elizabeth Betty was an Engineering A. (Greg) Repp of Somers, NY ates Funeral Home, 4 Woods
Egan Dorsett Assistant with AT&T, Long and ve beloved grandchildren, Bridge Road, Katonah, NY.
Lines Engineering Dept. in Jennifer Byrne ( John) Wagner,
Dorsett, Mary E., “Betty” 88, White Plains, NY and was the William Byrne, David Dorsett, e Mass of Christian Burial
of Lincolndale, NY, died urs- former Owner, Manager and Robert and Jack Repp. She was will be celebrated on Satur-
day, December 31, 2020 at Wa- Operator of the Katonah An- predeceased by one son, John D. day, January 9th at 10:00 am
terview Hills Nursing Center. swering Service, which grew Dorsett, Jr. in 2007. at St. Joseph’s RC Church, 95
under her direction to over 150 Plum Brook Road, Somers, NY
Betty was born on October businesses. An aviation enthusiast, Betty 10589. Interment will follow
23, 1932 at Northern Westches- was a charter member of e In- at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Route
ter Hospital to the late George On October 4, 1958 she mar- ternational Group for Historic 202, Somers, NY.
D. and Mary Leonard Egan. ried John D. Dorsett of Kato- Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR)
She grew up in Lincolndale and nah, NY. She is survived by one and contributed to their Amelia Memorial contributions can
was a graduate of Somers Cen- son, George L. (Cheryl) Dorsett Earhart project. be made to: American Lung
tral School, Syracuse University of Alexandria, VA, and two Association, American Heart
and the Grace Downs Air Ca- daughters, Mary D. ( John) By- e family will receive friends Association, American Can-
reer School. rne of Pawling, NY, Elizabeth on Friday, January 8, 2021 from cer Society or a charity of your
4:00-7:00 pm at Clark Associ- choice.

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Katonah physician had lasting
impact on coronavirus research

BY JESSICA JAFET was initially conceptualized as a cook and relished planting around Dr. Mary Fowkes Sophie Ruttenberg, a longtime
CONTRIBUTING WRITER primarily respiratory illness, but her property and being outdoors. Katonah resident and a neighbor
the Mount Sinai analysis laid out PHOTO COURTESY of Fowkes, said she had admired
As the family of Dr. Mary E. in detail that it also causes dam- Just a few weeks before her OF THE MOUNT SINAI the devotion of her friend who
Fowkes, along with her friends, age to the thin layer of cells that death from a heart attack, Fowkes HEALTH SYSTEM had worked sel essly since the be-
colleagues and neighbors in Kato- line blood vessels (endothelium), was interviewed for the CBS ginning of the pandemic.
nah, copes with her sudden pass- which underlies the clotting ab- news program, “60 Minutes,” by Her impressive resume includes
ing in mid-November, the impact normalities and hypoxia observed correspondent Anderson Cooper earning a Bachelor of Science de- “Dr.Fowkes texted me photos of
and signi cance of her work con- in severely ill patients who devel- as part of a segment that aired gree from the State University of herself, decked out in the full PPE
tinues to have a profound e ect in op multi-organ failure that leads on Nov. 22 focusing on COVID New York College of Environ- that she needed to wear to work on
the medical world. to death in some patients.” “long-haulers,” a term which re- mental Science and Forestry, as the cadavers—I told her it looked
fers to those who su er myriad well as MD and Ph.D. degrees like a spacesuit,” Ruttenberg said.
e 66-year-old worked at Consequently, higher doses of symptoms long after recovering from the State University of New “And when she came back home to
Mount Sinai Hospital in New blood thinners were used in treat- from the disease. York Upstate Medical Univer- Katonah, she was very approach-
York as director of Neuropathol- ment; following these protocols sity. In addition to her training at able, always smiling, always busy—
ogy and Autopsy Services and is said to have helped improve Fowkes’s groundbreaking work the Beth Israel Deaconess Medi- an absolutely lovely person.”
was a professor of pathology at health outcomes in some patients. and tireless commitment to con- cal Center of Harvard Medical
the Icahn School of Medicine at ducting these critical postmortem School, she worked as a medical
Mount Sinai. Born in Clayton and raised in investigations is central to the examiner and became board cer-
Syracuse, the mother of two had legacy of her career, one in which ti ed in neuropathology, forensic
Early in the pandemic, while lived in Katonah for the last seven she continuously highlighted the pathology and anatomic pathology.
performing autopsies on CO- years, commuting daily to New value of autopsies for medical
VID victims, Fowkes noted se- York City. education.
rious damage in various organs
that pointed to microscopic blood “Katonah, for her, was just a “We knew how valuable her
clots in the lungs, heart, liver and beautiful retreat. She loved liv- research was, and we knew how
brain. Her team’s revelations led to ing here—the nature around her much she enjoyed the research she
changes in how patients should be house, working out in her gar- was doing on COVID because it
treated. den—it was her way of relaxing,” was so novel and so important—
said her son, Derek Treatman. but I don’t think we realized how
In May, at a time when New important it was to so many other
York City was an epicenter of the “She could walk to the train, people,” her son said. “And how
disease caused by the coronavi- she had really great neighbors and big of a loss it was to the scien-
rus, a Mount Sinai press release loved being central to the shops ti c community that she would
explained the implications of and town,” her daughter, Jackie no longer be performing that re-
Fowkes’s research: “COVID-19 Treatman, added. search.”

Her children said she loved to

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County readies to take part in vaccine rollout

In December, New York State MaryEllen Odell. “We have chael Nesheiwat said the health pensing (PODS) and will follow tion to the general public will be
named Westchester Medical identi ed representatives that department has been prepared to the guidelines for priority and shared as it becomes available.
Center (WMC) as the vaccina- work with under-served popula- receive vaccines and implement dispensing of the vaccine, ac-
tion hub for the Mid-Hudson tions to serve on a regional task immunization pods. cording the New York State and Up-to-date information
region. WMC has now tapped force for vaccine implementation. CDC requirements. While the on CDC COVID-19 vac-
local o cials throughout the re- Each of our neighboring coun- “We have the expertise and are state and the region are still in cine recommendations can
gion to assist with vaccine distri- ties will advise the hub on local glad to be brought to the table to Phase 1 of the roll-out to those be found at https://www.cdc.
bution as quickly and e ciently implementation—this regional help the region successfully roll- most at risk, the Putnam County gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
as possible. collaboration is the key to ensur- out the vaccine to the prioritized Department of Health is pre- vaccines/8-things.html.
ing our communities, particularly groups,” he said. pared to assist with vaccinations
“Putnam County has taken those most at-risk, are protected.” at each phase of implementation. Article courtesy of the County
prompt action to support the Odell and Nesheiwat are Information for vaccine distribu- Executive’s O ce
hub,” says County Executive Health Commissioner Dr. Mi- working together to nalize lo-
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Kids and New Year’s resolutions

STRONG agree that it’s a good way to start most people never achieve it. Finally, talk about willpower the next year a little better. But,
LEARNING the new year. In addition, making Ask him what he’d like to and perseverance. e ability to only if you carry them out.
New Year’s resolutions sets a good keep at something you want to do
DR. LINDA example for our kids (especially accomplish in school. Most kids by controlling yourself and mov- Happy and healthy 2021!!
SILBERT high schoolers)? want better grades.Together ing on in spite of the obstacles. Dr. Linda
put together a list of short-term By going over this with him, he
Dear Dr. Linda, Leslie goals which will put him on the might not be so quick to reject Is your child struggling with
Every year our family and right track towards his long-term the concept of New Year’s Reso- distance learning? We can help at
Dear Leslie, goal. For example, hand in all lutions. He’ll see that they’re not Strong Learning K-12. Send your
friends come to our house for a Yes, I agree that New Year’s homework, work on time man- so silly, they even can help make questions to [email protected]
New Year’s Day party. It’s become agement, and go for help if he com.
a tradition that after dessert each resolutions are a good way to doesn’t understand something, all
one shares their New Year’s reso- start the new year, but as you short-term goals. en together Overwhelmed
lution, including the kids. When heard from your guests and your explore all the obstacles that
I announced that it was time to son, most resolutions are soon could prevent him from achiev- Caring For
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READING, enced skin irritation from the harsh soap the company merged with a British mar- FROM PAGE 10
WRITING & products of the day, as well as from the garine company to form Unilever. One of
CHOCOLATE arsenic and lead-based face creams used the company’s biggest products, the Dove knew he had been unjustly
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KIM favored among the upper classes. beauty cleansing bar contained a patented prepared a ship for his escape
KOVACH blend of mild cleansers and one-quarter and convinced a guard to unlock
By 1807, Pears soap was the rst mass- moisturizing cream. e Dove soap bar the door to his cell. Our philo-
After ten months of public service marketed translucent soap. e special was promoted as leaving skin clean, soft sophical giant refused the o er.
announcements encouraging peo- formula boiled out the impurities and and smooth and less drying than Ivory Since he had enjoyed the bene ts
ple to wash their hands, I started irritants and added a delicate fragrance of soap. of society his whole life, he rea-
thinking more about soap. I wash my English garden owers plus rosemary and soned that it would be wrong to
hands countless times each day. I’ve been thyme. e translucent soap bar was aged Do you remember Soap on a Rope? now disregard the decision of the
a big fan of liquid hand soap for years. for two to three months which resulted in is unique item was rst created in the people. He was placing principle
greater lather and longer lasting bubbles. late 1940’s. e idea was to loop the rope above his very life. Oh, how I
I decided to nd out when humans over your wrist to prevent the soap bar wish more people in high places
rst started using soap. According to the Across the Atlantic, soap products were from falling to the oor in the shower. felt this way today.
internet, the earliest known soap was being produced by a company in Cincin- en the soap could be hung up to dry in-
made as early as the year 2800 BC in nati, Ohio, founded by William Procter stead of relegated to a mushy soap dish. When the day of execution
ancient Babylon. Archeologists discovered and James Gamble in 1837. Forty years Fancy bath soaps like the large ball- arrived, Socrates took the cup of
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oil) inscribed on a clay tablet from Baby- soap product. Trained chemist, James eucalyptus and citrus can turn your soak- it without hesitation. Over the
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Early humans used water, sand, pum- with extra air whipped into the soap mix- the commercials for Mr. Bubble in the bution to western thought has
ice and ashes to keep clean. For several ture ingredients. is inexpensive white 1960’s advertised to “Bubble kids clean been recognized as practically
hundred years, soap was made outdoors soap bar was light enough to oat on and eliminate bathtub ring.” Of course we immeasurable. He is a model of
by boiling a cauldron of animal fat (cow, the water in the bathtub. Harley Procter asked Mom to buy Mr. Bubble and en- courage, sel essness, and intel-
sheep or goat) with water and lye made came up with the name Ivory inspired by joyed shrieking with glee as the tub lled lectual curiosity. Yet he sought no
from wood ash. is greasy, smelly goo a psalm in the Bible: “All thy garments with bubbles! fame, and never committed any-
was used to remove dirt and grime. smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out thing to writing. Had it not been
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I got your goose

TRACY When we left the suburbs, I they suddenly appeared and the At rst, I thought I might Tracy Beckerman is embarking
BECKERMAN thought the squirrel issue was only member of our family who stand my ground with my faithful on a new adventure as an empty
resolved. We moved into the city seemed truly excited about this… retriever by my side and show nester! Now, instead of being
When we lived in the and there was nary a squirrel to was the dog. e dog had led a the geese who was the toughest “Lost in Suburbia,” she is “Lost in
suburbs, my dog had a be found. It seemed our bother- somewhat sheltered suburban bird. But as the geese came at us, Midlife.” Life is just as funny…
squirrel obsession. some squirrel issues would be a life and had never actually met a Monty yanked the leash out of but with a lot less laundry. For
He would routinely sit by the thing of the past. But then we goose before. So, the rst time I my hands and ran o to save his more midlife humor, you can follow
deck door watching the back- moved again to a place near the took him outside to do his busi- own skin. is really left me with her on Facebook at
yard for squirrels like a guard water and we discovered that ness, he didn’t notice them. But no other option. LostinsuburbiaFanPag.
at Buckingham Palace. Neither there was something afoul. then the geese honked, and he
sleep nor hunger nor the sound suddenly perked up like a retriev- So, I turned and ew the coop.
of a killer Roomba approaching Or more speci cally, a fowl. er on a hunt, waiting to go collect
would tear him from his post, un- In this latest move, we had the birds his owner shot down.
less, of course, he heard the sound unwittingly traded in squirrels for As my dog is, actually, a retriever,
of food accidentally dropping on geese, the scourge of lawns and this wasn’t much of a surprise.
the kitchen oor. When a squirrel sidewalks everywhere. I woke up What happened next was.
appeared, he would growl menac- to the sound of geese honking.
ingly and nally erupt into a t of I went to sleep to the sound of I had fully expected the dog to
hysterical barking until I let him geese honking. And when I went bark his head o and lurch at the
outside to chase the interloper outside to shoo the honking geese geese, which, I assumed to him,
over the fence or up a tree. I can’t away, I discovered a mine eld of were just big squirrels with beaks,
say I was unhappy about that. e honking goose droppings. scaring them away from the
squirrels ate my pumpkins and According to multiple geese premises. But as he took a few
raided my bird feeders, so I was authorities, the average goose steps forwards and strained at the
not really a fan. If Monty wanted poops every 12 minutes, which leash, a bunch of the geese turned
to chase the squirrels back to translates to more than 100 and ew at us, paralyzing both
their squirrel lair so they could times a day. ONE HUNDRED the dog and me in terror.
tell little squirrel stories about the TIMES! is was somewhat
mean squirrel-hating dog in our horrifying and really more than I Now, I’ve done battle with
yard, it was OK by me. wanted to know about geese, but wild turkeys which I had always
it did, at least, explain the mine- thought were the scariest birds in
eld outside. the ‘burbs. But they don’t hold a
When we rst moved, the feather to an angry goose. Appar-
geese weren’t here. I suppose ently, we had unwittingly tres-
they had left for greener pastures. passed on private goose territory,
But about two months later and this is not something that
geese will tolerate.

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Somers senior earns golf scholarship

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Ava Minisolo hits a shot out of a Isle City, New Jersey. It’s been more of a than a physical one. In order to concentrate
SPORTS EDITOR sand trap during the Section 1 tradition of ours since I was 3 years old. In on my game, I have to clear all the negative
girls golf championships. the near future, I hope to travel to Italy. thoughts and have the utmost con dence
Ava Minisolo, a senior at Somers High in myself.
School, has been playing on the boys’ var- FILE PHOTO/VIC MCGEE If you could o er one piece of advice to
sity golf team since eighth grade. She’s younger athletes what would it be? What is your favorite course to play?
also competed in the Metropolitan PGA Merrimack College. What excites you My favorite course to play is Putnam
Tour, the Hurricane Tour, and the PGA Jr. about that school? My advice for young athletes would be County Golf Course.
League. to be patient with yourself. If the talent or Lastly, what do you expect of yourself
When I visited Merrimack College, it strength isn’t quite there, your work ethic and your team this season and how are
She will continue her gol ng career at instantly felt like a home away from home. and grit is something that’ll get you far. It is you preparing yourself?
Merrimack College. true that hard work does pay o . For this upcoming season, I am hoping
e college is in a really nice area where to nish out with a successful year. I hope
How old were you when you started there are tons of things to do. I’m eager to What is the go-to app on your phone the season isn’t cut short because I person-
playing golf? Do you have any early participate in their engineering program and and why? ally feel that golf, being a non-contact sport,
memories of when you started? meet many di erent people along the way. is the safest sport to play during the pan-
My go-to app on my phone would be demic. Going into the season, I’m hoping
I started playing golf at 10 years old What’s your favorite place to eat lo- Spotify. I absolutely love music and could to see new faces to the team that are inter-
after I nished my years as a competitive cally and what’s your go-to order? play it any time during the day, whatever ested to learn more about the game. Being
gymnast. I started out at a small co-ed golf mood I am in. the rst girl ever to get a golf scholarship in
camp that focused on every aspect of the My favorite place to get food is Rammi’s Somers is a great achievement and I hope
game, from the mental side of it to the Bagels. I normally order a BEC with a hash How do you adjust your game when to see other girls follow in that direction
physical. Something I remember was strug- brown on a plain bagel. you are not performing at the level you years to come.
gling to keep up because I was a lefty. I was know you can?
reminded that I was playing a right-handed What is something about yourself
sport, but that shouldn’t stop me from be- people would be surprised to learn? When I’m not performing at the level I
ing the best I could potentially be. want, I just remember that the game of golf
Something about myself that many peo- tends to become more of a mental game
Who has had the biggest impact on ple don’t know about me is that I am able to
your career so far? What did this person play piano by ear.
do to in uence you?
What is your favorite spot to vacation?
My dad has had the biggest impact on Where is somewhere you have not visited
my golf game. He made me believe that I yet but would like to in the future?
had a chance of winning when all of the
odds seemed entirely against me. He chal- My family and I love to vacation in Sea
lenged me in so many ways, making every
time we play together a competition. Not
everything was entirely about winning but
he made me want it. He is still to this day
my number one supporter in golf.

What is your favorite memory of play-
ing golf for Somers?

I think my favorite memory of playing
Somers golf was qualifying for the state
sectionals. I wasn’t allowed to play for the
girls’ sectionals my rst two years because I
was on a boys’ team, and I could only par-
ticipate in the boys’ section. Once that rule
changed, other girls like me, who played on
a boys’ varsity team, were now quali ed to
play. I’m glad I had the opportunity to play
and place 14th in all of Section 1.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?
For every tournament, I typically have
a small snack of Gold sh. Eating a little
snack before playing helps to get out those
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Strategies to reduce young athletes’ injury risk

Sports can make a profound impact When these issues are discovered, ath- PHOTO: METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION or not, parents should report them to the
on the life of a young person. Stanford letes, their parents, their physicians, and coach directly, as kids may be hesitant to
Children’s Health, a Bay Area-based pe- their coaches can then work together to organizations that works to help families do so on their own.
diatric and obstetric health care system develop a plan to protect kids without and communities keep kids safe from
that o ers comprehensive clinical ser- preventing them from participating in injuries, recommends parents meet with • Warm up and stretch before games.
vices, notes that children who participate their favorite sports. coaches before the rst practice of the Many coaches are fully aware of the im-
in sports experience a range of physical, season to inform them of a child’s medi- portance of warming up and stretching
emotional and interpersonal bene ts. • Open and maintain a dialogue with cal history with asthma or other medical before games. But parents can still keep
coaches before and throughout the sea- conditions that require special attention. an eye out to make sure kids do this prior
Improved vision, a reduced risk of son. Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonpro t If kids develop nagging injuries during a to competition, as Safe Kids Worldwide
obesity, the development of motor skills, season, whether it’s during competition notes warming up and stretching helps
and the development of social skills are to prevent sports-related injuries by re-
just a handful of the many ways kids can leasing muscle tension before kids begin
bene t from sports. Athletes’ parents physical activity.
typically recognize such bene ts, but
that likely doesn’t prevent them from be- • Encourage young athletes to hydrate
ing concerned about the children’s risk and stay hydrated throughout competi-
of su ering sports-related physical inju- tion. e NCAA notes that the conse-
ries, particularly for young athletes who quences of dehydration are severe and
compete in contact sports. While it’s can include increased core temperature
impossible to eliminate the risk of injury and heart rate, decreased blood pressure,
entirely, regardless of which sports kids nausea and vomiting, general fatigue,
play, there are some strategies athletes headaches, and muscle cramps. Hydrat-
and their parents can take to reduce that ing before competition and staying hy-
risk. drated throughout a game can help ath-
letes maximize their performance and
• Make sure young athletes get their minimize their risk of injury and muscle
physicals. Recreational and scholastic cramps.
sports leagues typically require athletes
to get physicals before they’re allowed to Young athletes bene t greatly from
compete. Kids who participate in more participating in sports. Parents and
loosely organized leagues should get a coaches can help kids capitalize on those
physical before each season even if the bene ts by encouraging them to employ
league does not require them to do so. various strategies designed to reduce
their risk of injury.
ese examinations can uncover prob-
lems such as irregular heartbeat that may is article was provided by Metro
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Page 24 – The Somers Record LEISURE Thursday, January 7, 2021

CLUES ACROSS 34. “Rule, Britannia” 53. Have surgery 25. Naturally occurring
1. Partner to “oohed” composer 57. Formal withdrawal from a solid material
6. Relaxing places 35. Doubles federation 27. Acquired brain injury
10. Humorous monologue 37. Jacob __, American 58. Guitarist sounds behavior science (abbr.)
14. Simple elegance journalist 59. Greek war god 28. Thirteen
15. Bearable 38. House pet 60. 2,000 lbs. 29. Partner to cheese
17. Disobedience 39. S. African river 61. Helps escape 30. Member of a Semitic
19. Express delight 40. Broad sashes people
20. Gov’t attorneys 41. Establish as a foundation CLUES DOWN 31. One thousandth of an
21. Wake up 43. KGB double agent 1. Currency exchange inch
22. A type of band Aldrich __ charge 33. Former CIA
23. Remain as is 45. Part of a book 2. River in Tuscany 35. Most lemony
24. Turfs 46. Taxi 3. Breakfast dish 36. Engage in
26. Battle-ax 47. Pancakes made from 4. Defunct European 37. Small Eurasian deer
29. Volcanic crater buckwheat flour currency 39. Provisions
31. The mother of Jesus 49. Train group (abbr.) 5. Upper class young 42. All humans have them
32. One’s life history 50. Frames per second woman 43. Swiss river
6. Part of a purse 44. Storage term (abbr.)
7. Self-contained units 46. Famed Broadway
8. Boxing’s GOAT lyricist Sammy
9. Legislators 47. Dutch colonist
10. Flightless birds 48. Full-grown pike fish
11. U. of Miami’s 49. Egyptian sun god
mascot is one 50. Flute
12. Floating ice 51. Flew off!
13. Low, marshy land 52. Scottish tax
16. Seldom 53. Young women’s For puzzle solutions, please see
18. Lyric poems association

22. Law enforcement 54. Populous Brazilian city
agency (abbr.) 55. Malaysian Isthmus
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e push toward planning

If Covid-19 is not enough to motivate you to get your estate
and elder law planning and a airs in order, what is?

GUEST For many, trying to broach are often left trying to piece to- have on their nances if they a step that could prove to be
CORNER the topic of estate and elder gether information relevant to are unable to become eligible very helpful in the event of the
care planning with a loved one the decedent’s nances for the for Medicaid. Articles along parent’s incapacity is to have
ANTHONY J. can be an uncomfortable and requisite estate and tax lings. with our new podcast series, the parent execute a Durable
ENEA daunting task. I realize that “Talking Seniors” are available General Power of Attorney
some grandparents/ parents Clearly, if one is unsure as to on our rm website at www. with broad provisions that
For the past nine months will never discuss their person- whether an aging and/or ailing esslaw; allow the agent to engage in
I have received calls from al nances and planning with loved one has done any plan- estate tax planning, Medicaid/
individuals who are typi- their children. It is something ning it is best to raise the issue b. Inquire with your family Long term care planning for
cally not motivated to engage they feel is no one’s business. as soon as possible. One can di- and friends about the issues the parents.
in estate planning because of However, I also know that rectly ask whether or not they they have faced when a loved
their age and belief that it will this can often be quite unfor- have done any planning and one has been taken ill or been More than anything else
be many years before they need tunate for both the parent(s) if not, recommend that they diagnosed with dementia. is Covid-19 placed a spotlight on
to confront their mortality. and the child(ren). e lack of consult with an experienced is especially relevant if they the uncertainties of life; having
Sadly, Covid-19 has upset the knowledge about the parent’s attorney. However, if this ap- have a family member that a plan in place to deal with the
proverbial apple cart on this nances becomes problematic proach is not e ective, one may needs home care and/or nurs- eventuality of death or inca-
belief. at being said, I am especially if a parent has taken need to resort to more creative ing home care. Share these sto- pacity is much better than not
also still receiving calls from ill, rendered incapacitated and/ approaches. ries with your loved one. ere having one.
the 92 year old individuals who or unexpectedly passes away. is nothing better than real life
have never executed a Last Under said circumstances, the Some of the tactics often stories about a member of one’s Anthony J. Enea is a member of
Will and Testament and/or any family is often hampered in used to motivate a loved one to family or friends to motivate Enea, Scanlan and Sirignano,
other form of estate or long- its ability to gather the neces- plan are as follows: one into taking action; LLP of White Plains, New York.
term care planning documents sary nancial information and Mr. Enea is the Past Chair of
and when asked why not, they documents to apply for Med- a. Educate the loved one c. O er to pay for your loved Elder Law and Special Needs
state “I’ve been very busy the icaid, and/or take the necessary about the advantages of engag- one’s initial consultation with Section of the New York State Bar
last 92 years!” steps to protect one’s assets ing in estate and long-term an attorney. I have found that Association (NYSBA). He is the
from the cost of long-term care planning. For example, in some instances children Chair Elect of the Senior Lawyer
WHY DO WE care. Additionally, when the providing them with articles who are willing to nance the Section of the NYSBA. Mr.
parent passes away, children about the cost of long-term cost of the consultation, and Enea is the Past President and
ADVERTISE care (nursing homes/ home in some cases even pay for the Founding member of the New
care), the use of a Medicaid planning can help a parent who York Chapter of the National
IN HALSTON Asset Protection Trust to is reluctant to pay for the cost Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
protect assets from said cost, of an estate and/or elder law (NAELA). Mr. Enea is the
the Medicaid eligibility re- plan; President of the Westchester Bar
quirements and potential estate Foundation and Past President
taxes resulting from the failure d. If the loved one continues of the Westchester County Bar
to plan. It is not unusual for to resist any attempt to engage Association. Mr. Enea can be
one to be poorly informed in signi cant planning, such reached at (914) 948-1500.
about the devastating impact as drafting a last will and/or
that long term care costs can creating and funding a trust,


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