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Power Up by Sister Chirya

Written By Editor on 7/31/21 | 7/31/21

Power Up
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Each day we need to recharge our spiritual battery, and it's refreshing to know that power is available.  Otherwise the light of our consciousness becomes dim, thoughts become fuzzy, decisions are impregnated with doubt and confusion and our energy is dissipated. 

Inside at the core of our consciousness, always radiating spiritual power, we have pure radiant spiritual light. This is what we are. However it is now blocked by our attachments, hidden memories of all our life experiences and many acquired beliefs and perceptions. Yet only a thought away we have the Supreme Being, invisible to our physical eyes, the eternal unchanging source of power, of spiritual truth, clarity, and pure love,  Our spiritual battery can be recharging as long as we stay connected to this unlimited source of pure power.   Meditation connects us to both sources of power - that's why meditation is the way to access the energizing vitamins of pure love and the minerals of truth and wisdom the spirit craves.  

Meditation is the process of getting to know yourself completely both who you are within and how you react to what is outside. 
Above all, meditation is enjoying and appreciating yourself in the literal sense of the word.  It is a process of rediscovering and enjoying the positive qualities latent within you.  Through meditation, you discover a very different "me" from perhaps the stressed or troubled person, who may seem superficially to be "me".  You realize that your true nature, the real you, is actually very positive. You begin to discover an ocean of peace right on your doorstep.  

Meditation is the way to silence. The very ground of your being, out of which come all your thoughts is silence.  When you arrive in your own silence you will know true freedom and real power.  Stop, take a minute, and listen to the silence within you today. Take time to empower yourself. Sit quietly and connect your mind to the Source and allow yourself to recharge and renew.
Like any skill, meditation requires practice to achieve positivity and satisfying results.  By doing a little every day, it soon becomes a natural and easy habit which generously rewards you for the little effort it involves.

Contact:  Yvonne Chirya Risely

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New York State Tourism Industry Association and Airbnb partner to help guests Roam the Empire and Schoharie County

The New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA) and Airbnb announced today the launch of a new partnership to promote travel within Schoharie County, with a focus on local attractions, unique stays and experiences in Schoharie County and six other New York State counties, highlighting the best each has to offer guests. 

The partnership builds on NYSTIA’s ‘ROAM THE EMPIRE’ campaign and is a collaborative effort to support post-pandemic recovery in Schoharie County, Sullivan County, Hamilton County, Dutchess County, Otsego County, Steuben County, Seneca County and Wyoming County and the many local shops, restaurants and workers in each who rely on the local tourism industry.

The social media and email campaign will target potential travelers in the state and a landing page features a curated list of nearby stays, experiences, and local businesses to help travelers plan their future trips to Schoharie County. They say all roads lead through Schoharie County, but it’s much more than a stopover destination. Travelers can enjoy hiking through the vast scenic landscape, learning about the area's historic sites and shopping at the many specialty shops in the County’s quaint small towns. 

“We welcome Airbnb’s promotional support for New York State’s tourism industry and its recovery from the pandemic,” stated Bob Provost, President & CEO of the New York State Tourism Industry Association. “By highlighting destinations from across the state’s many tourism regions they help to inform New Yorkers (and others) that world-class travel destinations of all kinds are easily accessed right here in their backyard.” 

“We’re thrilled to work with NYSTIA and these seven New York counties to help inspire tourism  and ensure that each county continues to benefit from the type of travel enabled by Airbnb,” said Kelly Fay, Public Policy Associate for Airbnb. 

Tourism is a crucial aspect of many economies in New York, many of which were greatly affected by the pandemic. According to NYSTIA, more than 300,000 New Yorkers lost tourism-related jobs during the pandemic. The ROAM THE EMPIRE cause campaign makes the point that travel within the state will help reemploy fellow New Yorkers, revitalize communities and small businesses and restore badly needed tax revenue. Travel within the state will help reemploy workers and help restore badly needed tax revenue. Airbnb has long recognized the importance of ensuring that New York’s counties benefit from travel on the platform and has proactively signed voluntary tax collection agreements with 34 of New York’s 62 counties to collect their local bed taxes, including Schoharie County. The county received over $21,000 in remitted bed tax revenue from Airbnb in 2019.* 

“Schoharie County is woven with wonderful vistas, underground attractions, farm stands with fresh seasonal produce and has very few cities and even less hotels. During the pandemic, it became a place of solace and infinite opportunities to distance oneself and their loved ones from threatTo meet the demand, more property owners are offering to share their space with traveling guests,” said Cassandra Harrington, executive director of Destination Marketing Corporation, Tourism Promotion Agent for Otsego & Schoharie Counties. “There are so many hidden gems tucked away in the hills. Its opportunities like this that fuel our pandemic recovery. We’re thankful that Airbnb and NYSTIA have offered this program to highlight Schoharie County as a place to visit.”

Home sharing has also provided important additional income for many New Yorkers during the pandemic. In fact, the Hudson Valley and Catskills are the top region for new Airbnb Host income, with new Airbnb Hosts with only one listing earning nearly $13 million between March 2020 and March 2021.**

“I’m thrilled to host guests from across the state and globe as they travel here to experience the natural beauty of our area. We’ve experienced firsthand how tourism can benefit both our family in the form of providing income along with stimulating the economy in our community as our guests visit the local restaurants, attractions and small businesses,” said Stephen Pellicano, Airbnb Host in Schoharie County. “Hosting unique listings on our property called The Sun Barn has allowed us to meet so many wonderful people and we’re excited that this campaign will encourage more travelers to come discover everything our region has to offer.”

Partnering with NYSTIA is part of Airbnb’s work with governments and tourism agencies globally to support economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. By working with destination marketing organizations, nonprofits and governments to support responsible and safe travel, Airbnb is helping communities harness these economic benefits for local citizens and small businesses.

*Based on Airbnb data from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

**Based on internal data between March 11, 2020 and March 11, 2021.

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Keep watch: Invasive, destructive spotted lanternfly spreads in NY

The spotted lanternfly – an invasive, destructive pest with a wide range of hosts including grapes, apples, hops, maple and walnut – has spread to a growing number of counties in New York state.


The first major infestation in the state was detected in Staten Island in August 2020, and the insect appears to have established itself there. The pest has also been reported and confirmed in Sloatsburg, Rockland County; Port Jervis, Orange County; and in Ithaca.


While the tree of heaven is the pest’s preferred host, the insect is of agricultural concern as its host range covers some 70 different species of plants, including those that fuel the state’s agricultural economy. New York is the country’s second-largest apple producer with average annual harvests of close to 30 million bushels. The state’s wine industry – from grape growing to bottle sales – generates an annual economic impact of $6.65 billion, according to the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.

“Once these insects reach some of the [state’s] grape production areas, there’s going to be an impact,” said Alejandro Calixto, director of the New York State Integrated Pest Management program at Cornell University.

To help with outreach and education in the state’s agricultural communities, Cornell has been running trainings for industry workers. “They’re the ones on the front lines, so we’re teaching them how to identify and spot those insects and then to report them to their managers so they can take action quickly,” Calixto said.


Although they don’t bite or sting, and pose no threat to people or animals they can become quite a nuisance. The nymphs and adults have mouthparts that drill into plants and suck sap, causing damage that makes plants susceptible to other bugs and disease. They also excrete a sticky fluid called honeydew, which attracts other insects, sticks on cars and can become a breeding ground for sooty mold.


If members of the public find a spotted lanternfly, they should contact the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (Ag and Markets), Cornell University, or their county or town to report it, Calixto said. “Early detection is very important,” he said.

For additional information, see this Cornell Chronicle story.
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Valley Health Services Honors Senator Hinchey for Work to Address Dementia Care Needs in the Mohawk Valley

Valley Health Services (VHS) held a reception on July 13, 2021 at their skilled nursing facility in Herkimer to honor New York State Senator Michelle Hinchey for her work to secure critical funding for dementia-related needs for care and services in the Mohawk Valley Region.


Valley Health Services is part of the Bassett Healthcare Network and has a special focus on the care of seniors in rural upstate New York. Senator Hinchey is a strong advocate for the needs of seniors. She was instrumental in securing a $500,000 grant which will allow Bassett Healthcare Network and Valley Health Services fund the construction of a new not-for-profit skilled nursing facility which will address current gaps in care, especially for patients with dementia related needs and memory care. The vision for the new facility is to move from traditional, institutional care for those requiring 24-hour skill nursing services to a residential model that promotes dignity, personal expression, family engagement and independence.


“As someone who has cared for a parent with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), I understand the heartbreaking journey and persistent struggle to find high-quality, specialized care in upstate New York,” says Senator Hinchey in a public statement about the effort. “These types of devastating diseases affect not only those diagnosed, but those who love them, and one of my top priorities will always be to support the continued innovation of senior care so that no family is forced to navigate a complicated healthcare maze on their own.


“Across rural and upstate New York, people are living in healthcare deserts — left without the skilled care they need and deserve, especially in the sector of long-term care,” Senator Hinchey continues. “But Valley Health Services, a shining light in the world of senior care, is working diligently and creatively to close the gaps in long-term living opportunities, promote future planning, and deliver specialized neurological and memory care. I’m incredibly proud to have been able to secure funds in the state budget to support their efforts to create a new state-of-the-art residential facility that will serve residents across the Mohawk and Capital Regions — two regions that are severely underserved. No one should have to send their loved one hours away, or even out of state, to receive the care they need, which is why the work of Valley Health Services is so important. This fight is personal to me, and I will always work to close the inequities in our health and long-term care systems so that everyone in New York State can live and age with dignity.”


“We, along with the residents of our region, are grateful to Senator Hinchey for her unwavering support of our vision to provide high-quality skilled nursing care while maintaining the dignity and independence of our residents,” said Lisa Betrus, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer for Bassett Healthcare Network. “The support of the community will be essential to the success of this project, and we appreciate Senator Hinchey’s leadership on this important issue.”


The reception was held at Valley Residential Services in Herkimer, NY. Members of the Bassett Healthcare Network and Valley Health Services executive leadership teams, community leaders, elected official, and Senator Hinchey were in attendance.

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Artist Zena Gurbo’s Immersive Installation to be Featured in Wilber Mansion Exhibit

Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) presents “Well Come Home,” a site-specific art installation of objects created and curated by Zena Gurbo. The exhibition opens Saturday, August 7 with a reception at 6pm and a closing reception at 6pm on Saturday, August 28. Additional events are scheduled for the month. All related activities are free and open to the public with refreshments served.

In the exhibition, Gurbo will replicate her home and art studio, and will be on site during most gallery hours working in her studio simulation. Additionally, the artist will designate space for a group exhibition featuring work by her community of fellow artists. The fully immersive exhibit will span throughout the galleries of Oneonta’s historic Wilber Mansion signifying different facets of the artist’s creative life—as an appreciator of art, collector of oddities, maker of mobiles, builder of sculptures, painter, and finder of lost things. 

“My eyes are trained to look for little treasures that have been discarded or abandoned by others. In picking up an object and bringing it home, I create a permanent space for it amongst other lost and found items,” Gurbo explains. “It saves the object from certain doom and transforms it into something new; it becomes art.”

For Gurbo, art is her first language. As the daughter of two artists, self-expression through any art form was encouraged from her earliest memories. Gurbo says that throughout her life, she has not only experienced the ways art brings joy, relief, and pride, but also witnessed its power throughout her 20+ years as an art educator working with artists from varying ages, abilities, and lived experiences. 

“Everyone is an artist,” she says, “whether what is made is ‘good’ is not of importance. Art is subjective and experiential.” Gurbo adds that by including a group exhibition of work produced by her diverse arts community, she celebrates that notion and the positive impact of creative connection.

The group exhibition features work by artists from Main View Gallery (a program of the Arc Otsego), where Gurbo was Art Director and an instructor for many years; artists from Kings Highway AHRC, where she currently teaches; members of her wildly talented family including Walter Gurbo, Christine Gurbo, Simone Mantellassi, Zara Zeidman, and Milo Mantellassi; and local artists / friends Karin Bremer, Terry Fox, Doug Jamison, and Christina Hunt Wood and others. 

According to organizers, several additional events will take place throughout the month of August including artist Q&As on 8/15 and 8/22 at 3pm; and a concert scheduled for August 21 at 6pm. The Wilber Mansion galleries and CANO are located at 11 Ford Avenue in Oneonta. For more information visit

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Dialogue on Land, Water, Health planned for August 12 at Hanford Mills

[East Meredith, NY] Hanford Mills Museum will host a free online program, LET’S TALK: A DIALOGUE ON LAND STEWARDSHIP, CLEAN WATER, AND COMMUNTY HEALTH on Wednesday, August 11 at 7 pm. The public is invited to participate in a conversation that will explore our relationships with the land, water, each other, and our communities. Hosted by public historian Will Walker, the Let’s Talk program will highlight interview selections from the oral history collections of Hanford Mills Museum and the Cooperstown Graduate Program. The program will feature oral histories with residents of Delaware and Otsego Counties, including farmers, business owners, artists, and scientists. After listening to these selections, participants will be invited to share their own experiences and ideas.

“By encouraging dialogue around key issues that affect all of us, we are seeking to advance understanding and identify new strategies to advance the public good,” said Liz Callahan, executive director of Hanford Mills Museum.

Register for the free program at and you will be emailed the Zoom link.

This program is a continuation of the conversations begun during the Museum’s InterActions online series, which is available on the Hanford Mills Museum YouTube channel. The program is part of HMM’s participation in the Museum Association of New York Building Capacity Project, which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [CAGML-246991-OMLS-20]. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Synergism as Art at WFA

Synergism as Art

By Ekaterina Khromin

Windham Fine Arts is pleased to present the latest and most extraordinary artwork by Russian-born artist, Ekaterina Khromin.


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In this show, Ekaterina introduces us to a new and original perspective on creating art known as Synergism. By combining traditional art methods such as drawing, sculpture, painting, and collage, Ekaterina brings unique artworks into existence with texture and chromatic harmony. Using everyday household items, she creates an abstract relief on canvas, then a print of the objects in the painting. Simultaneously, Ekaterina infuses the painting with sculptural elements, eliminating the gap between painting, sculpture, and drawing. Traditional figurative forms are used only as a starting point for the creation of art objects. A new harmony arises between different parts of the image resulting in a unique piece of art and a natural merger of art forms - Conceptual Art, Pop Art, and Minimalism. Synergism as art - where the sum is greater than its parts.

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Ekaterina graduated from the Russian Academy of Art with a Master of Fine Arts, and soon after, became an illustrator for Russia’s leading publisher of children’s books. After coming to the United States in 1990, she launched a successful career as an art conservator, while also evolving her creative process in her art studio in the Catskills. Working alongside her late artist-husband, Victor Khromin, Ekaterina’s creativity blossomed. Nourished by challenges and obstacles, Ekaterina never doubted the artist she would become. Ekaterina exhibits at art galleries throughout Europe and the US and in museums, including the Russian Art Museum in Minnesota and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami. Her paintings are sought by investors and collectors alike.

Visit our website at or by appointment.

Contact: or call 518-734-6850 for more info!

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Cairo Couple Arrested for Robbery

Written By Editor on 7/27/21 | 7/27/21

On  Friday July 16,  State Police Catskill were dispatched to a complaint of a robbery on County Route 23B in Leeds.   It  was determined that a female complainant was  subjected to physical force in her driveway and her belongings were taken.   Investigation by state police with assistance from the Town of Cairo Police Department resulted in the following persons  charged with Robbery in the 2nd Degree a Class C Felony.

John L Prosser, age 52 of Cairo  NY  arraigned before Town of Catskill  Justice  William R. Jacobs and released.

April Cogswell,  age 35  of Cairo NY  arraigned before Town of Catskill Justice  William R. Jacobs and released.

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August Events at Landis

August brings the long hot days of late summer. Come out to Landis to enjoy an activity or just to walk in the shade along a forest path. Click on the activity name below for more information.

August 5, Thursday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Shanti Vun Drum Circle

August 7, Saturday, 8:00 AM Race Start
Landis Perennial Forest 5K

August 7, Saturday, 2:00 – 3:30
Meadow of Magic

August 8, Sunday, 2:00 – 3:30
Insect Study

August 19, Thursday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Shanti Vun Drum Circle

August 20, Friday, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
History of the George Landis Arboretum 
August 20, Friday, 7:00 PM
Landis Music Series: Running the River
August 21, Saturday, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Herpetology Hike
August 22, Sunday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
East Indian Cooking Class

August 29, Sunday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Printing with Wood Cut Blocks

Need more information?
Contact us at 518-875-6935 or

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Tag Sale at Temple Israel

CATSKILL – Like other ‘annual’ events, Temple Israel of Catskill has had to postpone several in-person listings during the past 18 months due to the pandemic.  Thankfully, progress has been made towards immunity and the Temple is now happy to re-schedule one of its fundraisers, the Summer Tag Sale.

Beginning this Sunday, August 1st, the sale will run for three days.  “Each day we’ll be adding new merchandise”, said Event Coordinator Steven Mann.  “We know the public is eager to see the best of what we have to offer.  This way, each day will include some exciting offerings.”  Listings include kitchen items, storage solutions (attention Kondo-lovers), puzzles for the kids and plenty of antiques and furniture. 

“We’ve got some gift basket raffles, too,” Mann adds.  Basket items include wines, gourmet foods, candies, and kitchen/cooking items.  Drawing will be held on Tuesday.  Ticket holders do not have to be present to win.  

Refreshments will be available and home baked goods will be for sale – to eat or take-away. “Everything will be individually wrapped for safety,” Mann added.

The sale takes place at Temple Israel of Catskill, 220 Spring Street, Catskill – next door to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.  Hours are Sunday/Monday 8AM – 4PM, and Tuesday from 8AM – 1PM.  For more information, call 518.943.5758. 

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Cooperstown Summer Music Festival opens 23rd season with a community concert featuring the Caroga Arts Ensemble

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival will open its 23rd season with a free outdoor community concert featuring the Caroga Arts Ensemble, led by cellist Kyle Price, at the Fenimore Art Museum Lawn on Tuesday, August 10 at 7pm.


The concert, entitled CSMF Musical Kaleidoscope and sponsored by NBT Bank, will feature an eclectic program of repertoire ranging from bluegrass and classical to jazz and pop in a musical variety show that is intended as a gift to the Cooperstown community.


“CSMF is thrilled to be partnering with the Caroga Arts Ensemble for our return to the stage,” says Festival Founder and Artistic Director Linda Chesis. “We wanted our first concert to be a gift to the community so that everyone can experience the joy of music after such a difficult year.” 


After a pandemic hiatus in the summer of 2020, festival artists are itching to get back to the stage as well. “The energy and spontaneity that a live audience creates is something that we thrive off of as performers,” says Kyle Price, director of the Caroga Arts Ensemble. “It inspires us to explore the music in a new way.”


The concert promises to be a joyful celebration of the return of the region’s cultural life, as well as an exciting opportunity for anyone who has spent the past 18 months yearning for the collective effervescence of attending a live concert.


While tickets to this concert had previously been offered in limited quantities, the easing of some health and safety protocols means that this event is now free and open to the public with no tickets required. (Patrons may still want to reserve a ticket, however; in the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved across the street to the Louis C. Jones Center at the Farmer’s Museum, and will only be open to ticket holders.)




CSMF Musical Kaleidoscope: A Gift to the Cooperstown Community, Featuring the Caroga Arts Ensemble

Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 7:00-9:00pm, Fenimore Art Museum Lawn

A concert for the Cooperstown Community, sponsored by NBT Bank, featuring the Caroga Arts ensemble led by Kyle Price. This musical variety show will offer an eclectic program spanning genres for a joyous return to the festival stage.



This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to the Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers' Museum, and only attendees with tickets reserved in advance online will be admitted. To reserve a free ticket for the rain location, please visit



Founded in 1999 by flutist Linda Chesis, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival has been bringing world-class chamber music performances to the Cooperstown area for 23 years. The festival has featured performances by the Tokyo String Quartet, the American String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Kurt Elling, Tim Fain, Hilary Kole, Simone Dinnerstein, Mark O’Connor, John Pizzarelli, the Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company, and many more. Concerts are held in venues across Cooperstown, including Christ Church (the church of author James Fenimore Cooper) and the ballroom of the grand Otesaga Hotel.

See for details.

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Three Charged in Hate Crime in Fleischmanns

New York State Police have charged three men with Grand Larceny in the third degree as a hate crime, a class C felony, following an incident that occurred in Delaware County.

On July 24, 2021, at approximately 10:42 a.m., a Jewish man reported that he was walking along Main Street in the village of Fleischmanns when a man got out of a pickup truck and stole the victim’s shtreimel (fur hat). The suspect returned to the pickup truck, which was occupied by the two other suspects, who all shouted anti-Semitic slurs and then drove off.

Investigators were able to develop information that led them to the suspects.  They are identified as:

  •  Johan P. Diamond, age 21 of Grand Gorge, NY. 
  • Korey O. Bush, age 25 of Ashland, NY
  • Wesley R. Eignor Jr., age 24 of Denver, NY

Investigators were able to recover the Shtreimel.   

Diamond was arrested on July 25, and Bush and Eignor were arrested on July 26.  All three were arraigned and remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

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State Police Release Underage Drinking Sting Info

On July 21, 2021 New York State Police Conducted an Underage Drinking Initiative in Delaware County.  Two establishments were not in compliance under the New York Beverage Control Law Section 65, Prohibited sale to person under the age of 21. 

The following businesses were found not in compliance:

  • Sunoco – State Highway 30, Roxbury, NY
  • A&R Country Store – State Highway 28, Arkville, NY

An appearance ticket was issued to each clerk who sold alcohol to a minor. 

Businesses in compliance were:

  • Stewart’s Shops – Lake Street, Stamford, NY
  • Sunoco – Harper Street, Stamford, NY
  • Mirabito – Main Street, Hobart, NY
  • Sunoco – Routes 23 & 30, Grand Gorge, NY
  • Roxbury Wine & Spirits – State Highway 30, Roxbury, NY
  • Sunoco – Main Street, Margaretville, NY
  • Margaretville Liquor Store – Main Street, Margaretville, NY
  • It’s Five O’clock Somewhere – Main Street, Stamford, NY


During the Underage Drinking Detail Initiative, retail establishments are checked using a trooper in plain clothes and one or several underaged operatives who cannot lie about their age or give a fake date of birth (if asked).  When asked for ID, they must show their real ID. 

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