David Hahn, inside left, Lackawanna County’s Emergency Services Director, came to the aid of Brian Loughney, Deputy Director for Human Resources, during lunch recently. Mr. Loughney began choking on his food, and Mr. Hahn immediately came to his aid and performed the Heimlich Maneuver.
The Lackawanna County Commissioners recognized Mr. Hahn with a “Good Works” for his life-saving effort.
Shown from left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Mr. Hahn, Brian Loughney, the County’s Deputy Director for Human Resources; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.
Tracey Lugo and Kevin Curau of the Borgata Baking Company pose during their demonstration of Boozy Milkshakes during the recent Savor Borgata celebration at Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.
By Cheryl Radkiewicz
Holiday celebrations are still in full swing and whether you’re entertaining at home or visiting family and friends, it is truly the most wonderful time of the year. In keeping with the holiday spirit, we’re talking about festive holiday drinks for the occasion.
These drink recipes were shared during the recent Savor Borgata celebration in Atlantic City. The Borgata Baking Company, under the direction of Executive Pastry Chef Thaddeus DuBois, formerly White House Pastry Chef, featured demonstrations by Kevin Curau, Restaurant Manager of Borgata Baking Co., and his assistant, Tracey Lugo.
The Borgata Baking Company, by the way, is a highlight of one’s trip to Atlantic City. Menu items feature a wide array of house-made gelatos. While visiting, I consider it a daily ritual to enjoy the Hazelnut Gelato…truly, a cup of heaven. Other items at the baking company include house-made pastries, cookies, brownies, decadent French macarons (the most popular pastry) in addition to specialty sandwiches, such as a muffaletta or cheesesteak.
The “Boozy Milkshakes”, needless, to say, are one of the most popular items on the menu. So, if you have a bottle of Bailey’s Irish Creme, Myers Rum, Kahlua or Frangelico, you can treat yourself to some of these luscious drinks.
Frozen Cappuccino Milkshake:
Melon Gelato 1 1/2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream 1 1/2 oz. Kahlua 1/2 cup milk
Mix all ingredients together in blender or Vitamix. Pour, serve and enjoy!
Strawberry Gelato 1 1/2 oz. Myers Dark Rum 1/2 cup milk 1 mini cheesecake
Blend all together, pour, serve and enjoy!
Ritter Sport Chocolate Bar Coconut Gelato 1 1/2 oz. Frangelico 1/2 cup milk
Blend all ingredients together for a chocolaty, coconut-y treat!
Now for some other holiday drinks served at various restaurants at Borgata:
Boozy Candy Cane Milkshake:
12 oz. vanilla gelato 2 oz. Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps 1/2 oz. simple syrup with red coloring 5 mini candy canes
In blender or mixer, blend vanilla gelato, schnapps and 2 mini candy canes for 30 seconds or until it is a rich, creamy smooth consistency. Do not add any cream as the schnapps thins out the shake. Keep simple syrup in squirt bottle. Squirt three horizontal lines in serving glass. Pour shake into middle of glass, top with whipped cream and hang mini candy canes from rim of glass.
From Chef Wolfgang Puck and his staff including Executive Pastry Chef Guechida Kamel of France and Alex Resnik:
1 oz. Myers Dark Rum 1 oz. Hennessey VS Cognac 1 3/4 oz. simple syrup 1 oz. heavy cream 1 whole egg Grated nutmeg
Add all ingredients and dry shake for 20 seconds. Add ice to shaker and full shake for 20 seconds. Pour into martini glass and top with freshly grated nutmeg.
Other Borgata restaurant features include:
Coastal Christmas Cocktail:
2 oz. Captain Morgan 1/2 oz. Rumchata 1 oz. vanilla simple syrup Splash of ginger juice
Combine all with ice, shake and serve.
The 12th Man:
1 oz. Melon liquor 1 oz. grenadine, chilled 4 oz. Sprite
Pour melon liquor into champagne flute first. Add Sprite followed by grenadine poured slowly so it settles in bottom of glass. Beverage should have half dark red/purple and half green.
6 cups ice 1/2 cup sugar 4 oz. frozen strawberries 4 oz. lime juice 4 oz. lemon juice 6 oz. rum 2 oz. Sprite
In blender combine ice, sugar and strawberries. Pour in lime juice, lemon juice, rum and Sprite. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve. Recipe yields 8.
12 oz. ice 1 oz. Espresso 2 oz. vodka 1/2 oz. coffee liqueur 1/4 oz. liquid sugar
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add espresso, vodka, coffee liqueur and liquid sugar. Shake vigorously several times in a back and forth motion. Rim the cocktail glass with sugar. Pour into glass, straining the ice.
I sat down to write my New Year’s column, and despite the joyousness of this season, I cannot say very much good about 2016, and I don’t expect better from 2017.
It’s not like me to be negative and depressed, but what can you think of a year that brought us so much heartache?
Looking back, however, this is what I remember:
January 2016: The World Health Organization announces an outbreak of the Zika virus, which causes birth defects during pregnancy. Boko Haram raids village in Nigeria and kills 65 people while also abducting many children. A suicide attack in Damascus kills 70 people. State of emergency declared in Flint, MI, after two year water crisis. Earthquake in Taiwan kills over 70 people. Deaths: David Bowie and Alan Rickman.
February 2016: North Korea launches a long-range rocket into space, violating multiple UN treaties and prompting condemnation from around the world. Suicide bombing at a refugee camp in Nigeria kills dozens. (The camp is for people fleeing Boko Haram—at least 2.5 million have fled from attacks by the militant group.) Deaths: Antonin Scalia and Harper Lee.
March 2016: Three coordinated bombings in Brussels, Belgium, kill 32 people and injure another 250. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claim responsibility for the attacks. Torrential rains hit the South, resulting in flooding rivers, deaths, and massive destruction. Deaths: Nancy Reagan and Patty Duke.
April 2016: The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and a German newspaper publish a set of 11.5 million confidential documents from a Panamanian corporation providing detailed information on more than 214,000 offshore companies and their shareholders, including noted personalities and heads of state. Series of earthquakes strike Southern Japan and Ecuador. Deaths: Prince and Merle Haggard.
May 2016: EgyptAir Flight 804 crashes with 66 people on board over the Mediterranean on a flight from Paris to Cairo. Three car bombs kill over 80 people in Baghdad and ISIS takes responsibility. 88,000 Canadians evacuated during wildfires. Deaths: William Schallert and Alan Young, staples of 1960s television comedy.
June 2016: The United Kingdom votes in a referendum to leave the European Union. ISIL claims responsibility to attaching Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, killing 45 and injuring 230. A total of 49 people are killed and another 53 wounded at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. There is another terrorist attack in France, killing two policemen. A heat wave and fires strike the Southwest, and West Virginia suffers from massive flooding. Deaths: Sports legends Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe.
July 2016: Revelers killed in Nice, France, during Bastille Day celebrations, as truck crushes 84 and injures 200 more. ISIS sponsors attacks in Bangladesh, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. On three different days there are terror attacks in Germany. There is a mass stabbing in Japan, and a priest is murdered by ISIS in France. Deaths: Elie Wiesel and Garry Marshall.
August 2016: The Summer Olympics were held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, which should be listed under good news except that the Zika virus frightened some travelers away. An airstrike hit a hospital in Yemen, a suicide bomber attacked a Turkish wedding celebration, and a new policy in the Philippines led to thousands being killed in a war against drugs. Even the UN admitted responsibility for a cholera epidemic in Haiti. Deaths: Gene Wilder and director Arthur Hiller.
September 2016: The government of North Korea conducts its fifth and reportedly biggest nuclear test and world leaders again condemn the act. The Syrians dropped a chlorine bomb in Aleppo, while the U.S. and Russia called for a Syrian cease-fire, which was quickly over. A typhoon hit Asia. Deaths: Arnold Palmer and Shimon Peres.
October 2016: Protests were held in Venezuela, South Korea and Morocco, while a police van plowed into protestors in the Philippines. Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti and the Eastern Seaboard, and more earthquakes rocked Italy. Death: Bobby Vee
November 2016: Hundreds of migrants drowned off Libya, and ISIS captured hundreds of civilians outside of Mosul and killed Shiite pilgrims as well. An earthquake and tsunami hit New Zealand, and a plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashes. Deaths: Fidel Castro and Leonard Cohen.
December 2016: Kurdish militants killed dozens in Istanbul. There is another earthquake in Indonesia. A terrorist drives a bus into a Christmas market in Berlin. (The month is not over yet.) Deaths: John Glenn, Alan Thicke, George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. A month in which Princess Leia dies is a bad month indeed..
I’ve skipped so many things—university shootings, and police shootings, and more natural disasters than I could cite above. I was going to total the number I listed as killed, but decided that was too awful. I just want us to remember that each of those victims is not just a statistic.
They were loved and cherished by their families and friends. They will be missed.
Most notably, I skipped the entire cesspool that was the U.S. presidential election—which, in itself, marked a new low with such highlights as discussions of the size of a candidate’s penis, the use of the F word, his belief that he can grab women anywhere on their bodies, a billionaire cabinet which also boasts a white supremacist, and so many other strange incidents that it deserves a whole category unto itself. But that is all over now, and we have to wait and see how it all plays out.
If you got depressed and gave up reading the news headlines for 2016, just remember how debilitating it was to live through all of it.
And, as I said, 2017 does not look any more promising. Britain has to move ahead with Brexit. We have to find out just what kind of a Leader of the Free World has been elected. We can’t prevent the natural disasters. I don’t expect peace in the Mideast anytime soon. In fact, I don’t expect Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men anytime soon. Not in my lifetime.
And, so, what do we do to keep from jumping off a cliff at the prospect of yet another year of war and upheaval, earthquakes and terrorists?
All I can really suggest is that we set out priorities and keep our family and friends close. That we cherish the small moments. That we try to help those less fortunate. This Christmas season offered us many ways to do that – a donation to Toys for Tots, helping at a soup kitchen, turning over old but still nice coats and clothing to the homeless, crocheting hats and mittens for the poor. There are so many ways to help that don’t take a lot of time or cost a lot of money.
I suggest we keep on doing that. A friend of mine gives a small donation every month to a different organization or charity. She learned this philanthropic habit from her mother. I think it is a great idea. Give to those you really care about – political, educational, scientific, religious—whatever organizations best represent your values. Remember the local ones, too — they need it more than most.
Decide to be kind. To do one good deed each day, even if it is only opening a door for somebody. Make this part of your routine and it will become the largest part of who you are.
These small things are the only way we, as common citizens, can try to change this world. Let’s not talk about the “others,” as if they are less than we are. Those parents in Syria are experiencing the same excruciating pain at the loss of their children that we would feel. The Italians and Ecuadorans and Japanese who lost their houses in earthquakes this year mourn the loss of home as much as we would. In the end, we are all the same. We may look different, eat different foods, enjoy different music, read different books. But we are all part of humanity, and we mustn’t allow the inhumane amongst us–the ISIS, the Boko Haram, the KKK, all of the haters–take it away from us. Happy 2017.