All posts by jprobert

Help Along the Way

Antoinette Di Ciaccio, 49, has many interests. She became curious about wine after moving to Schuyler County in 1997 and living among lush hillsides covered with grapevines.

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An Early Arrival

When we met the Jawo family to talk about Rosemarie’s birth, they were preparing to move from Ithaca to Durham, North Carolina, to be closer to family. Lori Bruce-Jawo is well known to Ithaca as the Ithaca City School District’s former chief excellence officer. Her husband, Anthony Jawo, has been staying home with Rosemarie, who is clearly thriving under his care. At nine months old she weighed eighteen pounds and was twenty-eight inches tall, which put her right on target for her age.

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Mystery Solved, Pain Resolved

Madison Lodge is an energetic 16-year-old who never stops moving. Her whirlwind sports schedule starts each August with swim practice, shifts to basketball in November, and ends with her favorite—softball—in March.

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The Right Place at the Right Time

Ed Hartz, eighty-two, is a very familiar face around town. He lived in Ithaca for many years while his children were growing up, and although he has moved south to warmer climes, he and his wife, Judy, return every summer to a cottage on the lake, south of Aurora. While his summers are typically busy with family events, golf, and other outdoor activities, the summer of 2013 held other things in store.

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One Happy Family

Marian and Ben Saks, DO, both grew up in Schuyler County. Her parents live two miles down the road in Hector and several of his family members live in the area as well, including his dad, Dr. William Saks, a beloved ob-gyn physician recently retired from Schuyler Hospital, where Ben now practices internal medicine. “Ours was an arranged marriage,” Ben says, laughing. “My sister and Marian’s cousins decided we should end up together.” And it came to pass that Marian and Ben were married in 2010.

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One Percent

Just two weeks after celebrating his thirty-third birthday, Jason Hungerford learned that he was a member of a singular group of people: the one percent of colorectal cancer patients under the age of forty.

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