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Obituary: Sylvia Kudan

Sylvia Kudan, born July 2, 1929 to Mary and Nathan Kudan in Glens Falls, NY, died on Aug. 16, 2011 at approximately 10 p.m.

Sylvia, a polio survivor, was determined to become a leader in spite of the resistance at the time to someone with a handicap. Through the efforts of Rabbi Kurt Metzger at Temple Beth-El she was admitted to Castleton Teachers College in Vermont. She received her masters at Syracuse University. Beloved by her students, many stayed in contact with her up to the present.

In retirement, she held prominent positions on the board of many civic groups, notably for seniors and educators. She held the position of president for her local chapter of Sweet Adelines, enjoying decades of participation in an avocation she cherished – music. On Thursday nights at a local diner one could hear improvised vocals with a team of singers, including Sylvia. She has received honors for her many philanthropic and humanitarian services.

She is survived by her beloved brothers, Norm Kudan and wife Sylvia, Charles Kudan, Rabbi Harold Kudan and wife Phyllis. She is the beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

The love, courage, determination, humor, wisdom and joy that Sylvia brought to life will be greatly missed by her devoted family and dear friends.

Services will be held in Glens Falls, NY, on Friday, Aug. 19 at Singleton Healy Funeral Home, 407 Bay Rd., Queesbury, NY (518-793-4459). A memorial service in Plainview in mid-September with time and date yet to be determined.

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It’s hard to imagine that it’s Thanksgiving already. Is it me, or did we just celebrate? Halloween wasn’t even upon us and the stores were stocked with Thanksgiving and Christmas items. We say to ourselves, “each year, it comes earlier and earlier.” While some prepare to cook and figure out where to seat relatives to avoid arguments, others plan to dine out. To many of us, Thanksgiving means shopping on Black Friday. But for the few and far between who look forward to catching the latest film from the array released exclusively for the holiday weekend, the time has come to relish relaxation. Sit back and enjoy the weekend at the movies, while the deliciousness of turkey and stuffing is probably still digesting in your tummy.

The following movies opened on Nov. 26:

The Penguins of Madagascar (PG–92 mins)

The Penguins of Madagascar finally have their own movie. If you’re familiar with the previous Madagascar films, featuring the zoo animals and their adventures, then you already know the funny and lovable spy penguins. Packed with animated fun for the whole family, Skipper, Kowalksi, Rico and Private begin a journey as undercover agents to help stop the notorious villain, Dr. Octavious. New and returning voices include Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Christopher Knight, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and many more.

If you have a sweet tooth and want a taste of confectionary perfection, take a drive down Manetto Hill Road. Set far back in a shopping center you will find Sweet Karma Bakery. No matter where you park in the lot, your nose will be greeted by the scent of freshly baked cakes and cookies.

Owner and pastry chef Brian Fishman graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in 1991. He was a savory chef for eight years before he chose pastries over pâtés.


Calendar

Owl Prowl

Saturday, Nov. 29

Holiday Tea

Monday, Dec. 1

Art in the Afternoon

Wednesday, Dec. 3



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