Buffalo Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Performs Two January Concerts Under Baton of Dennis Kim

East Aurora, Clarence churches to host Bach and Vivaldi concerts
Two Western New York communities will get the chance to hear the BPO in their own backyards this winter.

The BPO Chamber Orchestra will perform at Nativity Lutheran Church in East Aurora on January 11 and at Clarence Presbyterian Church on January 12. Both concerts begin at 7:30 PM. Concertmaster Dennis Kim will conduct the program, and is the featured soloist on Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe, along with new Principal Oboe Henry Ward.

This will mark Ward’s first solo appearance since assuming this role. He became Acting Principal Oboe in January 2015, and won the permanent role through the audition process in June 2015. Kim is also a relative newcomer to the BPO and Western New York, assuming the role of concertmaster at the start of the 2015-2016 season. While Kim conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic during his performance of “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” in December 2015, this is his first time developing and leading a full program for the orchestra.

“This is something I’ve been interested in doing here in Buffalo,” said Kim. “I programmed Baroque music because we so rarely get to perform it – the full symphonic orchestra didn’t come into vogue until more recently. But it’s some of the most beloved and enduring music ever written. I had a chance to lead concerts in Finland and Sweden with no conductor, and it was a great experience not only for the audience but also the players. We played well-received concerts in Clarence and East Aurora over the summer, and we look forward to returning.”
“I’m excited about this piece because we’re both playing against each other and leading the orchestra without a conductor, which is very different from what you might see at Kleinhans. It will be a much more intimate experience, and we’re excited as well,” said Ward.
General admission tickets are $15 each, with a student price of $10, and can be purchased by calling (716) 885-5000 or visiting bpo.org.

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This is a program managed, or rather grossly mismanaged, by the town Planning department.  Belmont is generally viewed as competent and professional in its program operation. But there is no excuse for the rampant shoddy operation of a program that pays partial rent to private landlords on behalf of needy families.

For 90% of the inspected units to fail the basic inspection guidelines, which are primarily health and safety compliance, is truly nothing short of shocking.  Just what is more important for the Planning Director to be undertaking other than to be the safeguard of millions of dollars of federal money/ And the Amherst taxpayers are on the hook to pay the bill for town staff asleep at the wheel.

It seems to me that the time is ripe for a new generation of leaders in the Planning Department specifically and town hall in general. Here’s hoping that the New Year brings lots of retirements and departures and the end of business as usual in town hall.

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Should a Person with Diabetes Use Artificial Sweeteners?

People with diabetes can use artificial sweeteners.Nutrition

Diabetes is a condition in which your body doesn’t make enough insulin, causing elevated levels of glucose to build up in your blood, so it’s important to follow a healthy diet and watch your carbohydrate intake so that it’s consistent from day to day. If you need to reduce your overall calorie or carbohydrate intake, using artificial sweeteners instead of regular sugars and syrups may help, but they aren’t necessary.

It’s a personal preference.

Artificial sweeteners are non-nutritive sweeteners. They don’t affect blood sugar or insulin levels, so many diabetes find them helpful for satisfying their cravings for sweet foods. These sweeteners aren’t ideal for everyone. Some people can use them to satisfy their cravings for sweets, and others believe it only makes their cravings for regular sugars worse.

Many ‘diet’ and ‘diabetic’ foods contain artificial sweeteners, but that doesn’t mean they’re calorie-free, or even good for you. Make sure you read the food labels to find out how many calories you’re consuming. Also, look out for added fats and sodium.

Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity, so it may be time to lose some of the extra weight. Artificial sweeteners don’t add any calories so drinking diet soft drinks instead of sugary sodas should help you lose weight, right? Not always — it can be a bit of a mind game.

 It’s easy to tell yourself that since you were a good girl and had a diet soda instead of regular soda, it’s okay to have a candy bar. Or two. The result is taking in as many calories as before (or maybe more), and it can send your blood sugar levels up too high. Some people also find that consuming artificial sweeteners just makes their cravings for regular sugar worse.
If this is the case for you, it’s probably best to avoid them.

Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Loss

Interestingly, population studies often show that people who drink diet soft drinks are just as overweight (if not more overweight) than people who don’t drink them, so clearly there’s more to losing weight than simply swapping out your sodas. You need to reduce your total caloric intake from high-fat foods too; drinking a diet soda while wolfing down half of greasy pizza isn’t going to help. It’s fine to choose a diet soda, but cut way back to one slice of pizza and add a big healthful salad (dressing on the side, please).

Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe?

They’re safe, at least in the amounts consumed in a normal diet. Artificial sweeteners have been around for years, and there’s been plenty of testing as far as safety goes. Saccharine was thought to cause cancer, but it turned out to be a false alarm — it was something that only happens with male lab rats and not people.

Aspartame causes headaches in some people, and it can’t be consumed by someone who has phenylketonuria.

 Some people simply don’t like the idea that they’re artificially created in a lab somewhere, so there are some more ‘natural’ alternatives. Non-nutritive sweeteners made from stevia (an herb), fruits (like monk fruit) and erythritol (a sugar alcohol) are also available in most grocery stores.

Living with diabetes will probably require some dietary and lifestyle changes, and not everyone is the same, so please speak to your health care provider, diabetes educator, registered dietitian, or licenced nutritionist who specializes in diabetes before you add artificial sweeteners to your diabetic diet.

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Drug Expiration Dates — Do They Mean Anything?

FDA study gets to the heart of medicine expiration and safety

With a splitting headache, you reach into your medicine cabinet for some aspirin only to find the stamped expiration date on the bottle has passed – two years ago. So, do you take it or don’t you? If you decide to take the aspirin, will it be a fatal mistake or will you simply continue to suffer from the headache?

This is a dilemma many people face in some way or another. A column published in Psychopharmacology Today offers some advice.

It turns out that the expiration date on a drug does stand for something, but probably not what you think it does. Since a law was passed in 1979, drug manufacturers are required to stamp an expiration date on their products. This is the date at which the manufacturer can still guarantee the full potency and safety of the drug.

Most of what is known about drug expiration dates comes from a study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration at the request of the military. With a large and expensive stockpile of drugs, the military faced tossing out and replacing its drugs every few years. What they found from the study is 90% of more than 100 drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, were perfectly good to use even 15 years after the expiration date.

So the expiration date doesn’t really indicate a point at which the medication is no longer effective or has become unsafe to use. Medical authorities state expired drugs are safe to take, even those that expired years ago. A rare exception to this may be tetracycline, but the report on this is controversial among researchers. It’s true the effectiveness of a drug may decrease over time, but much of the original potency still remains even a decade after the expiration date. Excluding nitroglycerin, insulin, and liquid antibiotics, most medications are as long-lasting as the ones tested by the military. Placing a medication in a cool place, such as a refrigerator, will help a drug remain potent for many years.

Is the expiration date a marketing ploy by drug manufacturers, to keep you restocking your medicine cabinet and their pockets regularly? You can look at it that way. Or you can also look at it this way: The expiration dates are very conservative to ensure you get everything you paid for. And, really, if a drug manufacturer had to do expiration-date testing for longer periods it would slow their ability to bring you new and improved formulations.

The next time you face the drug expiration date dilemma, consider what you’ve learned here. If the expiration date passed a few years ago and it’s important that your drug is absolutely 100% effective, you might want to consider buying a new bottle. And if you have any questions about the safety or effectiveness of any drug, ask your pharmacist. He or she is a great resource when it comes to getting more information about your medications.

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James P. Keane, Former Deputy County Executive, Dies

James Keane

James P. Keane, former South Council member, deputy Erie County executive and Democratic candidate for Congress and county executive, died unexpectedly Monday in Mercy Hospital in Buffalo following surgery, sources told The Buffalo News on Monday evening.

Mr. Keane, a resident of Orchard Park and a member of one of Western New York’s most prominent political families, was 70.

He was the brother of the late Assemblyman Richard Keane and retired Buffalo Fire Commissioner Cornelius Keane. His wife, Margaret, was the first woman Buffalo firefighter and later became a deputy fire commissioner. Two of his children are Buffalo firefighters and another currently has a position in City Hall.

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Ex-Maziarz Treasurer Is Ordered To Account For $151,000

George D. Maziarz

Laureen M. Jacobs was treasurer of State Senator George D. Maziarz’s campaign funds for 21 years.  State Supreme Court Judge Mark Montour is expected to sign an order starting a 30-day clock for Laureen M. Jacobs to explain how $151,ooo of Maziarz’s campaign funds were spent on.  I hope she can tell the truth about Maziarz’s secret desires.

His abuse of power was sickening.

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Queen Elizabeth Approves of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Relationship

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Village Ice Rink Is Ready

This ice rink is frozen and waiting for YOU at South Long Park!

ice rink at South Long Park

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Depew Students Collect Food Donations Today

food donation

It’s called Stuff the Bus full of food.  It began at 7:00 a.m.

The collection runs 12 hours. Donations can be taken to the Tri-Community food pantry in Depew.

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American Goodness: A Connecticut Town That Syrian Refugees Can Call Home

Did you know that the small state of Connecticut has quietly — but proudly — taken in about 400 Syrian refugees in the last year? Moreover, these immigrants, desperate to flee their war-ravaged homeland, have been taken in by total strangers from across the state, who help them find homes, jobs and new lives in the Constitution State.
Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga traveled to the small town of Bloomfield and met with the group of dedicated community volunteers working to get a Syrian refugee named Fadi Al-Asmi and his young family on their feet.
“When we came here, we found out that this state, and the people that are here, are better than in all of America,” Al-Asmi told Golodryga.

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