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EJDITQKIALL} 4 V [Island Dispatch Friday, ‘De¢cemb_erV26, 2014 E Sherman Sas Essential information survives ‘xx \\ \ \ §\ ,\ \ \\ \ § \ \ Q .\ \ . W ‘\\\ \ \i\\ \‘ in P of Farmers’ Almanac FUBLISI-IER , Skip Mazenauer GEN ERALMANAGER Heath Mazenauer MANAGING/SENTINEI. EDITOR Terrence P. ‘Duffy DISPATCI-IIPENNYSAVER EDITOR rLarI'yAustin TRIBUNEEDITOR Autumn ‘Evans ‘EDITORIALIPRODUCTIONCOORDINATOR Joshua Maloni INTERN Ashley Franz PRODUCTION MANAGER] GRAPHIC DESIGNER ‘Wen‘dyJuzwicki GRAPHICDESIGNERS‘ Jamie‘-Lyn Bacon, Lucia~Sp('ritosanto CLASSIFIEDS COORDINATOR Rachel Surdi ' CONTRIBUTINGPHOTOGRAPHERS] REPORTERS Kathy Duf Wayne Peters, Janet Schultz, Mike Owen, Kevin an'd7Dawn Cobello, Carreen Schroeder, Susan Mikula Campbell ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Susie Falter, Colleen Rebmann, Jennifer Leah Buckley, David Pichette ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Andrea Hoffman ACCOUNTING Glenda Pichette, Lynn Sayior WEBSITE EDITORS Joshua Maloni, Jamie-Lyn Bacon by David E Sherman Work in the Chicago White Sox ballpark in the 1890s. Others say it refers to pitcher Charley Radbourne (nicknamed “Old Hoss”) who got cramps When- ever he toiled from the mound in the 1880s. ple, did you know that Lincoln fed his cat “Tabby” at the White House table with a gold fork? When Mrs. Lincoln objected, the president said, “If it was good enough for Buchanan (his predecessor), it is good enough for Tabby.” According to the Social Seou- .rity Administration, the popular name for baby boys in 2013 was Noah. For girls, it was Sophia. Liam and Emma were close sec- onds. tual root worker.” His healing abilities are guaranteed. His two telephone numbers .both have an area code linking him to southeast Georgia. Good to know. sag nu Soc Rel . this. Wi. While I still have not made up my mind about the proposed normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, I do know one thing for sure: Venus will enter Cetus and the moon Every page in the 2015 edition has something to snag your in- terest, .and perhaps, even make you chuckle. And who _couldn’t stand .a dose of humor?‘ (DavidAE Sherman is manage ing‘ editor of B_ee Group News- papers and a columnist for the Weekly Independent Newspapers of Western New York, a group of community newspapers with a combined circulation of 286,500 ‘readers. Opinions expressed here are those of the author: He can be ‘reached at dsherman@beenews. com.) . — The Almanac fails to pin» the tail of authenticity on either tale, but does provide seven home remedies. Included is drinking dill pickle juice and rubbing magnesium oil into. the cramp. The publication is best known for its weather forecasting. It’s worth noting that the Almanac called for ‘‘light snow, and cold” during the week that the lake effect snowstorm para- lyzed numerous suburban com- munities south of Buffalo last month. However, it did predict “A storm hugs the Atlantic coast bringing winds, copious precipi- tation” less than 10 days later. Look for fair weather turning unsettled with snow and rain during my birthday Week. The news is Worse that week for those who garden by the phases of the moon. tion Sch Ou sic 100 will be at the \highest point David F. Sherman 111 - Sky 011 my blrthday. The results were far simpler a century earlier. Tops in 1914 were John and Mary with Wil- liam and Helen placing second. Astrologers and readers have their own category in the clas- si There you can. a listing from “Brother Roy” who describes himself as a “spiri- off at 5. our Thanks to the 2015 Farmers’ Almanac, We have 200 pages of awesome information. Contents include “Must~have ingredients for healthier and happier living, the best days of 2015, garden make- over and growing tips, natural remedies, recipes and tons of useful advice you can”; live with- out.” 0 ‘cut IIIO Cuomo doesn't care about people with developmental disabilities Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Of at Grand lsland,NewYork14072 November 15, 1 944 The “Best Days” chart —- which I don’t recall seeing in previous editions — offers little to enhance my upcoming birthday. Out of 34 listed activities, my birthday is best for only four, including traveling for pleasure. It is not good for more practical pursuits such as baking, brewing, Wash- ing windows, asking for a loan or castrating farm animals. This information was gath- ered. according to Almanac staff. based on the phases of the moon and its positionin the 20- diac. Recently, the governor ve- toed four bills critical to people with developmental disabilities -— four bills that passed the leg- islature Without a single nega- tive vote. Gov. Cuomo does not appreciate nor does he under- stand the serious issues facing these people and_ their families. He demonstrated that by his ut- ter lack of communication with advocates prior to taking action — something I consider com- pletely unacceptable. , These bills would have begun to address the growing waiting list of people living at home in critical need of service. Many have parents that are too dis- abled by age to carefor them any longer. Simply put, parents can’t be caregivers forever. Re- cently, during highly emotion-al testimony at hearings held across the state, these families spoke about how the lack of any alternatives is pushing many to the brink. One family mem- ber said her only solace lay in thoughts of suicide. My son, Ricky, is developmen- tally disabled. At 54 years old,‘ he lives in an intermediate. care facility. When he was born, doc- tors advised me to “forget about him” because he would live life as a “vegetable.” They were wrong. But there was nowhere I could take Ricky where he could learn or play. There was nowhere that accepted him. As a young mother, I labored tire- lessly for civil rights and equal opportunities for developmen- tally disabled people, including the basic right to education — a right my four other children were given through the public school system. Over the course of 54 years, We’ve had many highs and many lows. When We won integrated busing, it was a high. When Ricky was accepted to the Cantalician Center for Learning, it was a high. When he was Welcomed by Opportu- nities Unlimited, it Was another high. When Ricky became ill in his late 20s, his residency came into question. He was eventually accepted to Opportunities Un- 1imited’s intermediate care fa- cility. In his more than .25 years at this facility, he has The nurses, staff and residents have become his second family. He enjoys working and continu- ing his education, hanging out with his friends and celebrat- ing birthdays and holidays with both of his families. When Gov. Cuomo took action against those bills, it was a low. My son is not a vegetable and does not deserve to be treated like one. And neither do the hundreds of people living at home in critical need of service. ‘ With a record budget surplus of more than $6.8 billion, now is the time for the state to make .a real and concerted effort to address this problem. Now is the time for the state to fund critical services people with developmental disabilities rather than undermine their civ- il rights. Contact your legislator today, and implore him or her to urge Gov. Cuomo to reconsider these bills. Grand Island Publishing Corp. (USPS #27o46000) Newspaper is printed in the U.S.A. and all rights reserved. © 2014 by Grand Island Publishing Corp.. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission of the publisher. Unsolicited‘ ‘manuscripts and photographs will be returned only if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope. “Any seed planted now Will tend to rot.” Another feature is a section on “Memorable Animals.” Some hail from the entertainment in- dustry, such as Lassie, Flipper and Mr. Ed, While animated creatures also make the grade. That roster includes Snoopy, Pluto and Rin-Tin-Tin. All letters, news releases and photos received will be treated as unconditionally assigned for publication copyright purposes, and use in any other publication or brochure and are subject to Grand Island Publishingcorp. unrestricted right to edit, comment or reject. All original artwork, layout and design remain the sole property of Grand Island Publishing Corp.. Reproduction in whole or in part of any advertisement is strictly forbidden. Grand Island Publishing Corp. will not be responsible for errors in. advertising beyond the cost of the space OCC\_.lpIed by [the error. The publisher reserves the right to reject any advertisement at his sole discretion. Noti must be made in writing within one week of publication. Verbal noti will not be accepted. Listed among “Notable Ani- mals of Legend\ are Punxsutaw- ney Phil, Mrs. O’Leary’s cow and beasts that no one has been able to prove real or imagi- nary. “Many people believe that if you do the tasks on the dates listed, you will get the best re- sults possible,\ they say. News Deadline: 3 PMTUESDAY for the following Fnday. Of Hours: 9am 5 pm Monday through Friday. “The existence of these crea- tures has yet to be proven by the scienti community, but [are] Worth a mention.” Good to know. So if you want to ask for :1 loan, do so on Feb. 3 or 4. Good to know. The health section of the Al- mzmac includes an examina- tion of how the term “Charley horse” came to be. Some say it is derived from a. lame horse with that name who was put-to Disobihhes Display Ads Deadline: TUESDAY 5 PM POSTMASTERS: Please send Form 3579 for change of address to: The Island Dispatch. 1859 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072. Published every Friday in the interest of the residents of the Town of Grand Island, New York. Subsmprrons (Erna Co'unty):S'29.9S per year (52 issues): $44.95 two years (104 issues); $24.93 one year, $39.95 two years Senror Crtrzens (age 62 8: over). Subscriptions outside Erie County: $44.95 per year; $64.95 two years; $24.95 per year Armed Forces: $24.95 per nine month Student subscription mailed every‘Friday. Subscriptions are NonrRefundable. Newsstand single (0pl€'S $1.00 A full page dedicated to Abra- ham Lincoln includes 10 facts about the 16th president as the 150th anniversary of his assas- sination approaches. For exam- Member New York State\Press Association, National Newspaper Association, Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. Be a friend this by Daniel J. Vance «. holiday season ©2014—Nia§ara Frontier Publications 1 859 Whitehaven Road Grand Island, N.Y. 14072 Fax (71 6) 773-71 90 With Thanksgiving, Christmas, _and other year-end holidays, I'm going to put an idea or two right now into your holiday pipe to smoke on. '3‘. '. as ,. Especially for widowed or single people with any type of dis- ability, the holiday season can become a very lonely stretch, often involving depression. If you have a friend or neighbor with a dis- ability unable to share the holidays with anyone or who doesn't have plans, just take a minute right now to telephone him or her and politely ask that person over. If that person says no, then so be it. Perhaps you’ve planted a seed for a later engagement. If they say no because of being physically unable to get to or go into your home because of inaccessibility, then suggest going to theirs. But if that person answers yes, your outreach could jumpstart a lifelong friendship. Editorial: Tribune@wny'papers.com Dispatch@wnypapers.com Sentine|@wnypa'pers.com Advertising: NFPDesign@wnypapers.com Classi NFPCIassi Circulation: NFPCircu|ation@wnypapers.com , Web site: www.wnypapers.com f,‘ ‘.~ *. 9: 2. §’ ‘ . it '. i. -,.» Lorraine Ciraolo 54.. > p ‘. K.‘ More than one in six Americans have a disability. People some- times. tell me they don't know anyone that hasa disability, but sta- tistically that i»sn’t possible, unless‘, of course, you were raised by wolves and live alone in the mountains. Perhaps every individual residing in a nursing home, for instance, has a disability. After they say they don't know anyone, I often ask something like this: So you don’t -know anyone with dementia, cerebral palsy, ’|;eIfer_s Policy NIAGARA FRONTIER A» PUBLICATIONS Use ot all submitted letters and editorials is at the discretion of Ni- agara Frontier Publications. All entries should include the writer’s/ organizations name, number and address. Submissions, which may be edited for content/ sty1e/ accuracy, do not necessarily re the opinion of N-FP staff. Letters to the editor are limited in length to 650 Words. . r. I‘ 2 _ .3 _ ,_ _ { ‘LIN: 1 NYPA ‘= V‘ 2‘ NEW YORK PRESS ASSOCIATION SEE LONELINESS continued’ on Page 5

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