Aging is inevitable, and for many, it signals the beginning of a new chapter - one where you cross off bucket list items and live life to the fullest, on your own terms. However, for some men, aging is a horrible prospect, filled with chronic fatigue, irritability, and inability to perform in the bedroom. If you're concerned about life in middle age and beyond, we've got great news: there are easy, proven steps that you can take to help stop the negative effect of aging.
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For men, getting older comes with its perks, like living life on their own terms and not having to "sweat the small stuff" day in and day out. At the same time, there are aspects of aging that men dread, like hormonal changes. Yes, you read that right â men, not just women, go through hormonal changes as they age. For men, the biggest change involves a drop in testosterone.
Lower levels of testosterone can wreak havoc on a male's mind and body and when left untreated, can result in symptoms like:
Those symptoms are concerning, but with testosterone replacement therapy and anti-aging medicine, many males improve their quality of life with age. The good news is that TRT and anti-aging meds aren't only reserved for "old guys." In fact, there's no magic age at which men should start thinking about hormone replacement therapy. Everyone's body is different, so if you're experiencing the above conditions in your mid-30s, TRT could be a viable solution when you consult with a doctor.
Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
Are you used to blasting through a productive day and accomplishing all your daily goals? Do you find yourself losing muscle mass and the craving to be intimate with your partner? Does your partner complain about how irritable you have become? If you're not usually a curmudgeon, your body could be giving you a sign. It could be time to speak with a doctor about TRT and anti-aging medicine for men in Lake Mohawk, NJ.
If you're experiencing any of the following symptoms, you might be battling against low testosterone:
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Lake Mohawk, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Lake Mohawk, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
The benefits of hormone replacement therapy for men are numerous. TRT not only grants relief from low-T symptoms but can help give protection against age-related diseases. Additionally, doctors now recognize male testosterone as an important role in alleviating depression.
Some of the most exciting benefits of TRT can include:
Because men do not go through a specific period of hormonal changes like women do (called menopause), many doctors refer to "male menopause" as androgen decline. This is just another term for low testosterone, but like female menopause, the symptoms can be serious and affect your quality of life.
The best way to fight back against male menopause is with male HRT treatment from Global Life Rejuvenation. We provide the following HRT treatments for men:
Our treatment options are personalized for your body and are available as creams, gels, injectables, and implantable pellets. To find out if testosterone replacement therapy is safe for you, contact Global Life Rejuvenation today to schedule your comprehensive testing and anti-aging treatment consultation.
Growth hormone peptides are an innovative therapy that boosts the natural human growth hormone production in a person's body. These exciting treatment options help slow down the aging process and give you a chance at restoring your youth.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
Our friendly, knowledgeable TRT and HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!973-587-8638
This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own.More than 500 complete Thanksgiving feasts were distributed by Project Self-SufficiencyMore than 500 Sussex County families will be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings this year, thanks to the generosity of local businesses, churches and individuals who donated voluminous amounts of food for Project Self-Sufficiency participa...
This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own.
More than 500 Sussex County families will be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings this year, thanks to the generosity of local businesses, churches and individuals who donated voluminous amounts of food for Project Self-Sufficiency participants this November. Agency staff and volunteers recently bagged hundreds of frozen turkeys, along with fresh produce, cans of cranberry sauce, vegetables, stuffing mix, dinner rolls, and freshly baked pies and distributed them to local families.
“The current economic situation, coupled with the lagging effects of the coronavirus pandemic, have plunged many of our participants into a situation where food insecurity has become a deeply troubling issue. The overwhelming generosity of our friends and neighbors is appreciated now more than ever,” commented Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “We have a lot to be thankful for this year.”
Thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables were provided by longtime Project Self-Sufficiency volunteer Michael McNamara and his family in recognition of McNamara’s recent birthday. “My whole family is involved in supporting Project Self-Sufficiency all year long,” noted McNamara. “I have been fortunate in my life, and I am honored to be able to use this opportunity to help those in need.”
The First Presbyterian Church of Newton Youth Group, along with help from the congregation, donated 200 freshly baked pies. “The Youth Group and the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Newton look forward to baking pies for Project Self-Sufficiency’s Thanksgiving baskets each year,” said Colleen Duffy, Associate for Family Nurture at the First Presbyterian Church. “Our mission is to be a beacon of light and hope to our community, and pie-baking is just one of the ways that we let our light shine.”
Funds for the purchase of 200 frozen turkeys were donated by the ad hoc group of approximately 12 men and women known loosely as the College of Knowledge, along with a contingent from the Lake Mohawk Golf Club; the donation was spearheaded by Project Self-Sufficiency Leadership Council member Roy Knutsen. “The cost of turkeys has more than doubled since last year, due to the avian flu and other factors,” noted Knutsen. “Half of the money we collected came from College of Knowledge alumni and the other half was donated by some wonderful people at the Lake Mohawk Golf Club.”
Deliveries to homebound families were provided by parishioners of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, a tradition which has been in place for nearly 40 years. “This started as a Youth Group project and it has grown over the years to involve the whole congregation,” remarked program organizer Phyllis Fawcett. “Everyone feels like they are doing something useful for these families.”
Mary and Jim DiCarlo donated hundreds of frozen turkeys with the help of Acme which secured and delivered the birds to Project Self-Sufficiency. “The thing that impresses me the most about Project Self-Sufficiency is their mission to help make families become self-reliant. They offer such comprehensive programs, and they have a monumental impact on the community,” commented Mary Di Carlo. “You cannot find a better organization that brings their level of success. In this economic climate it is so important for people to support those of our community who are struggling now, and I am happy to be in a position to do so.”
A joint Thanksgiving food drive was also conducted by Board member Dee Fernandez and Leadership Council member Kathy Nauta, with the help of their friends, families, and neighbors, culminating in donations of gift cards and funds to purchase bushels of canned goods and fresh produce. Hundreds of pounds of fresh apples were supplied by longtime Project Self-Sufficiency supporter John Mathews. Generous donations of turkeys, food, baked goods, gift cards, and funds were also received from numerous other individuals and families.
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When you live in a state like New Jersey — as if there actually is another state like ours — it’s a tall order to rank the assets. Somehow, our editors managed to do just that, meticulously exploring the best of the best on the Jersey Shore to declare Cape May the inaugural Jersey’s Best Destination of the Year for 2022.We are at it again, going two for two, crossi...
When you live in a state like New Jersey — as if there actually is another state like ours — it’s a tall order to rank the assets. Somehow, our editors managed to do just that, meticulously exploring the best of the best on the Jersey Shore to declare Cape May the inaugural Jersey’s Best Destination of the Year for 2022.
We are at it again, going two for two, crossing county lines and marching down main streets as we look ahead to naming the next standout stop on our map, the Jersey’s Best 2023 Destination of the Year. Five fab towns have made the cut, and here’s why we think they’re tops.
“A small town with a big heart that’s truly on the upswing!” exclaimed Mayor Betsy Driver upon learning her town was a finalist. This 1.4-square-mile Hunterdon County hamlet blends its historic main street, artsy cultural district and modern retail at the highway circles to create a uniquely charming atmosphere that’s home to one of the largest concentrations of architecturally stunning and beautifully maintained Victorian homes, second only to Cape May.
Call it a doughnut hole or jewel in the crown, Flemington is completely surrounded by the neighborhoods and farms of Raritan Township — more than 1,600 farms supplying Jersey Fresh ingredients to its year-round weekly farmers market and to the many farm-to-table establishments among its extensive and eclectic selection of restaurants.
Flemington Speedway Historical Society held its seventh annual Car Show on Oct. 21, 2017, at the Roger K. Everitt Fairgrounds in East Amwell. File photo
Flemington Community Partnership Executive Director Robin Lapidus is a driving force behind Flemington’s reawakening. Her vision focuses on a bustling historic arts district centered around the Stangl Factory on Mine Street, and a vibrant Main Street anchored by the Union Hotel’s brick-by-brick restorative transformation as a boutique hotel with a restaurant and pub, an outdoor plaza with artistic elements and first-floor retail.
A haven for crafters and artists, home to parades and festivals and car shows, and well worth a scenic stroll along Main Street’s local artisan shops and eateries, Flemington is a destination that’s destined to make history once again.
Sitting on the banks of the Delaware River, Lambertville is a Norman Rockwell painting come to life. Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Even a town declared one of Forbes magazine’s “Top 15 Prettiest Towns in America” can’t just bat its eyelashes to become one of the top five finalists vying for the Destination of the Year title — Lambertville has more than earned this distinction. Sitting on the banks of the Delaware River, this historic Hunterdon County town is a Norman Rockwell painting come to life, a mile square of streets to stroll, shops to pop in and galleries to wander.
Vast collections of antiques, including vintage furniture, clothing, jewelry and books, are lovingly and abundantly on display for your admiration and acquisition in the countless emporiums that line North Union, Bridge and Church streets. Art galleries, whimsical boutiques, cafes and coffee shops mingle along the way; step by step, a walk back in time to the charm of yesteryear.
Step by step, a walk back in time to the charm of yesteryear awaits in Lambertville. Photo courtesy of Gordon Haas
This town that’s a feast for the eyes offers a bounty to satisfy the taste buds, too — diverse cuisines and atmospheres from street side to river view keep the crowds coming to enjoy fine food, warm hospitality and a sip or two of spirits to wash it all down.
Lambertville’s backdrop is the beauty of nature, which invites outdoor enthusiasts to hike and bike along the Delaware & Raritan Canal or paddle a kayak on the river. With luck, Shad Fest, the two-day festival of arts and crafts, music and food will make a jubilant, post-pandemic return.
The walkable Montclair Center’s high-end retail and independent boutiques mix with restaurants featuring every cuisine around the globe, around every corner. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media
Suburb meets city in this Essex County gem, for Montclair is a town that richly blends both. It’s not just a place where people go, it’s also a place where people live. Neighborhoods stocked with stunning 1800s architecture from Federal to Greek Revival to Queen Anne and more hint at the town’s history, then give way to a vibrant town center along Bloomfield Avenue and Church Street.
The walkable Montclair Center’s high-end retail and independent boutiques mix with restaurants featuring every cuisine around the globe, around every corner. The vibe is contemporary and cool, but also welcoming and warm, inviting lazy afternoons of strolling the shops that end with drinks over dinner with friends, perhaps with a little live music on the side.
Van Vleck House and Gardens includes a country estate surrounded by acres of landscaped grounds and occasional concerts. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media
History, arts and entertainment take center stage in Montclair, where the Van Vleck House and Gardens, Montclair Art Museum, Wellmont Theater and Montclair Film share a spotlight. The town’s annual jazz, film and food festivals draw thousands from near and far to celebrate art in all its forms, while Montclair State University showcases its academic, artistic and athletic talents with shows at Peak Performances and games in the house that Yogi built, Yogi Berra Stadium, on its campus.
Vail Mansion is an Italian Renaissance palazzo-style estate that sits prettily in the heart of Morristown. Photo courtesy of Morristown Partnership
History, community and the arts come together in Morristown, where Washington’s Headquarters, Fort Nonsense and countless visual clues to the past leave little doubt that George actually did sleep there.
At the heart of Morristown is The Green, the town’s community square and hub for its many family and crowdpleasing events hosted on and around its lawn, including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Jazz and Blues Festival, Festival on the Green and First Night Morris County.
At the heart of Morristown is The Green, the town’s community square and hub for its many family and crowdpleasing events hosted on and around its lawn. Photo courtesy of Morristown Partnership
Offshoot streets from The Green — South Street, Route 202, Washington Street, Speedwell Avenue and Morris Street — are lined with both national and uniquely home-grown retail shops, elegant and casual dining, and lively nightlife destinations for the 21-and-older crowd.
“The arts live in the beautiful architecture of so many historic buildings and houses of worship, and are performed at the award-winning Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC),” remarked Vice President of Economic Development Craig Schlosser.
MPAC is a historical performance venue that hosts more than 200 performances a year and offers educational programs for artists of all ages. Its location right on South Street, within walking distance of Morristown’s diverse array of restaurant options, makes for an ideal dinner-and-a-show date night.
Many of Sparta’s most popular restaurants line the streets of the historic White Deer Plaza. Photo by Lohit Ranasinghe
“This beautiful Sussex County enclave is home to some of the area’s most popular restaurants, many lining the streets of the historic White Deer Plaza, which sits just footsteps from Lake Mohawk. Plan a hike through Sparta Glen Park or a round of golf at Skyview Golf Club before dining, and you won’t feel guilty about having dessert!” said Tammie Horsfield, president of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce and the Sussex Skylands DMO. “I am delighted that Sparta has been chosen as a finalist for Jersey’s Best 2023 Destination of the Year.”
Jersey’s Best wholeheartedly agrees, and this fifth finalist is the most rural of them all, a destination to get away from it all. Sparta is “going up the country;” and though its centerpiece, Lake Mohawk, and most of the town’s 11 lake communities are private, Sparta’s natural beauty is free to be admired by all. Open to the public for sublime summertime family outings is Tomahawk Lake Waterpark, with a white, sandy beach, thrilling water slides, mini golf, live music in the beer garden and a plethora of play spaces.
While most of the town’s 11 lake communities are private, Sparta’s natural beauty is free to be admired by all. Photo by Lohit Ranasinghe
If spending time outdoors — hiking, boating or golfing — doesn’t lure you to Sparta, the farm-to-table dining surely will.
The romantic, refined and resplendently rustic Mohawk House is an experience not to be missed; and the lovely, lakeside Andre’s, with heavenly views of Seneca Lake, is an experience that evolves with its menu, according to season.
But when only casual comfort food will do, the welcoming Homestead Rest will satisfy and entertain, western style.
Stay tuned as Jersey’s Best takes a closer look at our finalists, sharing all there is to know and love about each one, in the months to come. We’ll reveal the 2023 Destination of the Year in December!
Susan Kronberg is a freelance writer and Jersey girl. A married mother of two, she’s worked in insurance, transportation, marketing, newspapers and private education. Writing is but one thread that connects the patchwork of her professions.
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Ach Nein! The organizers of the German Christmas Market held at Lake Mohawk Country Club were told they can no longer use the picturesque, lakeside venue anymore for the annual three-day event.The Country Club trustees told the organizers of the event that crowds, traffic, music volume and the infringement upon the Club members’ exclusivity were to blame, according to a statement on the market’s website.“The M...
Ach Nein! The organizers of the German Christmas Market held at Lake Mohawk Country Club were told they can no longer use the picturesque, lakeside venue anymore for the annual three-day event.
The Country Club trustees told the organizers of the event that crowds, traffic, music volume and the infringement upon the Club members’ exclusivity were to blame, according to a statement on the market’s website.
“The Market had hoped that the recent efforts to partner with the club trustees to address these concerns would be met with equal enthusiasm,” the statement says. “Based on the action of the trustees, this is not the case.”
“Plans for a 2020 market are on hold at this time," the statement read.
A call to the Lake Mohawk Country Club was not immediately returned.
The Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market was first held on the boardwalk at the Lake Mohawk Country Club in 2001. It later was expanded from one day to a three-day event because of its popularity. It is now regarded as the largest annual Christmas market in the state.
The event is organized by volunteers and includes vendors, entertainment and food. It’s also used as a fundraiser for local charities. It has donated more than $350,000 in its 19-year history, the market’s statement said.
Hundreds of people left comments on the market’s Facebook page following the announcement.
Many were saddened about the loss of a tradition.
“Its just one weekend a year, I think we can handle a little extra hustle and bustle for a weekend,” one commentor said. “I’m a member of the Lake and feel that it benefits us as a community. It’s something I look forward to every year to spend the night with my family and friends. I hope they reconsider.”
Others said the event did grow too big for the site.
“I enjoy and look forward to the market BUT it has gotten a bit too big for itself and unfortunately for the perfect venue,” said another. “It needs to be scaled back a bit and admission controlled with limited tickets, with priority for LMCC residents (since it is their boardwalk, clubhouse and facilities paid for by their dues). I hope the market and LMCC trustees can sit down and work things out.”
Several people suggested moving the Christmas Market to The Shoppes at Lafayette.
“Honestly, this may be the best thing,” a commentor said. “Their parking lot is a mess. The boardwalk is too small. And on many years the icy wind off the lake was a bit much.”
A representative for The Shoppes at Lafayette declined to comment on moving the Christmas market there.
“No comment yet. Give us a little time,” said Gary Van Schaick, marketing manager for The Shoppes at Lafayette.
A security guard just doing her job at Bloodstock Fest 2022 made for a pretty funny viral moment. In the clip, the guard briefly stopped Lamb Of God vocalist Randall Blythe from getting on stage because she didn't know who he was. Which is fair! Security should certainly be stopping folks from just waltzing out on the stage and fucking shows up.Now in an Instagram video, ...
A security guard just doing her job at Bloodstock Fest 2022 made for a pretty funny viral moment. In the clip, the guard briefly stopped Lamb Of God vocalist Randall Blythe from getting on stage because she didn't know who he was. Which is fair! Security should certainly be stopping folks from just waltzing out on the stage and fucking shows up.
Now in an Instagram video, Lamb Of God has reunited with the guard and had some fun with the whole situation. Or as they put it, "Keeping security tight in Bristol… look who we ran into!"
Lamb Of God will hit the road with Pantera this summer and beyond.
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JOHNSTOWN — It’s been a season unlike any other for the Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams.Both claimed Region 3 titles this season and both will be part of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Tournament this week.It was the first time in school history that the FMCC men and women won regional titles in the same season.The Raiders are the first program to sweep the Region 3 Division III titles since Mohawk Valley Commun...
JOHNSTOWN — It’s been a season unlike any other for the Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Both claimed Region 3 titles this season and both will be part of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Tournament this week.
It was the first time in school history that the FMCC men and women won regional titles in the same season.
The Raiders are the first program to sweep the Region 3 Division III titles since Mohawk Valley Community College did it in 2015-16. The women’s team ended the season second in the final National Junior College Athletic Association Division III poll, while the men were ranked sixth.
It was the first regional crown for the FMCC men since 2007, while the women won regionals for the first time since 2004.
With their regional titles in hand, the FMCC teams will head to the national tournaments this week.
The men’s tournament will take place at Herkimer County Community College, while the women’s tourney is set to take place in Rochester, Minn. Both tournaments will take place Wednesday through Saturday.
The FMCC women’s team earned the second seed for the national tournament behind defending national champion Owens.
“I thought the seeding was good. You never know with the quality of teams where you might be,” FMCC women’s basketball coach Kevin Jones said. “Obviously going in, everyone has a championship in mind and that’s what we are shooting for.”
As the No. 2 seed, FMCC earned a first-round bye. The Raiders will face the winner of the Feb. 15 first-round matchup between No. 7 Riverland (21-5) and No. 10 Dallas-Mountain View (12-7), which is scheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The Raiders will face the winner at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Jones said he’s hoping to use the extra day off to his team’s advantage.
“I think it’s an advantage just being able to see team you’re playing live and not having to win four days in a row,” he said.
FMCC hasn’t played since defeating Onondaga in the Region 3 title game on Feb. 26.
“We might have a slow start, but we’ve overcome adversity all year, so I think we will be fine,” Jones said. “We need to be staying out of early foul trouble, limit turnovers and play great defense.”
The women’s team has posted a 21-0 overall record this season on its way to the Mountain Valley Conference and Region 3 titles. It is FMCC’s third appearance at the national tourney.
As it did during the regular season, FMCC rolled over its opposition in regional play, winning by an average of 29 points. All three games took place on the Raiders’ home floor as they topped Tompkins Cortland in the quarterfinals 82-56 on Feb. 23, North Country in the semifinals 78-56 on Feb. 25 and defending champion Onondaga in the title game on Feb. 26, 84-45.
Kiya Marquez was named the tournament’s most valuable player, while Sarah Emanuel-Norwood was named to the all-tournament team. Marquez averaged 23.3 points per game in the three tournament games, including a 35-point effort in the championship game. Emanuel-Norwood averaged 11.7 points per game for the Raiders in the three tournament contests.
The FMCC women’s squad was well-represented on the all-conference and all-region teams.
Marquez and Andie Gannon were named first-team all-region, while Makenzie Smith was named third-team all-region. Gannon and Marquez also were named first-team all-conference, while Smith and Abby Lombardoni were named to the second team.
Marquez leads FMCC with an average of 19.1 points per game this season, while Lombardoni (17.8), Gannon (16.9) and Smith (16.4) also average double figures.
Mary Ellen Querrie, Alimah Goodwin and Shanna Bliss round out the women’s roster.
It’s the first time in Jones’ 24 seasons as coach that the Raiders have gone through regionals unbeaten.
While Jones is the only coach in the history of the FMCC women’s program, men’s coach E.J. Gallup is in just his second season with the Raiders.
The FMCC men earned the sixth seed for the national tourney. They will face 11th-seeded DuPage (Ill.), which is 20-13 overall, at 6 p.m. in Wednesday’s first-round contest. It is the Raiders’ fourth appearance at the national tourney.
DuPage finished the season on a seven-game winning streak and won the Great Lakes District Championship Title over Lorain County, 84-70.
The Raiders are 20-6 overall and have won 16 of of their last 19 games to finish the season. They defeated Mohawk Valley for the Region III title on Feb.26.
The winner will face third-seeded Brookdale, N.J. (27-3) in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 8 p.m.
“We are happy with the No. 6 seed. For one, when all the dust settled, we have the 12 best teams in the country that are all coming to the national championship tournament and out of those 12 teams we are ranked sixth,” Gallup said. “From where we have come in the last couple years as a program, that is a pretty good feat and something for everyone to be proud of. Secondly, the sixth seed gave us the 6 p.m. time slot for Wednesday’s game, which we like, so hopefully our fans can get out to Herkimer and support my guys.
“There isn’t an easy road or any easy game in this tournament, we are just going to continue on our path of one day at a time, one game at a time and let the chips fall where they may.”
The men’s road to the Region 3 title began with an 87-68 win over North Country at home on Feb. 22 before knocking off defending champion Genesee in the semifinals at Mohawk Valley Community College on Feb. 25 by a 105-98 margin. In the title game on Feb. 26, the Raiders rallied for an 89-82 victory over host Mohawk Valley.
With the win, FMCC improved to 12-1 on the road this season. The Raiders have also won five of their last six games.
Fulton-Montgomery’s De’vante Mateo was named the tournament’s MVP, while Nahjhime Kirton was named to the all-tournament team. Mateo averaged 20.3 points per game in the tournament for FMCC (20-6 overall), while Kirton averaged 21 points in the three tournament wins.
Gallup also was named the Mountain Valley Conference and Region 3 Coach of the Year. Mateo, Kirton and Kennyh Hardeman all were named second-team all-conference, while Hardeman was named second-team all-region. Mateo and Kirton both were named third-team all-region.
Hardeman averaged 18.2 points per game this season for FMCC, while Mateo (16.3 ppg) and Kirton (19.8) also averaged in double figures. Hardeman also averages 11.3 rebounds per game, while Kirton has pulled down an average of 10.2 rebounds per game.
Rounding out the men’s roster are Nick Butler, Jaisan Parker, Jelani Moreno, Jevonny Brown, Aiden Monroe and Ian Holland.
at Herkimer County Community College First Round Wednesday, March 15 Game 1: No. 8: Prince George’s (24-4) vs. No. 9 Mohawk Valley (26-3), noon Game 2: No. 12 Dutchess (17-12) vs. No. 5 Northampton (28-3), 2 p.m. Game 3: No. 10 Rochester (20-7) vs. No. 7 Butler County (20-4), 4 p.m. Game 4: No. 11 DuPage (20-13) vs. No. 6 Fulton-Montgomery (20-6) Quarterfinals Thursday, March 16 Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. No. 1 Sandhills (28-3), 2 p.m. Game 6: Game 2 winner vs. No. 2 Dallas-North Lake (25-6), 4 p.m. Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. No. 3 Brookdale (27-3), 6 p.m. Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. No. 4 Northern Essex (31-1), 8 p.m. Semifinals Friday, March 17 Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 5 p.m. Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 7 p.m. Championship Saturday, March 18, 5 p.m. Game 11: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner
at Rochester Regional Sports Center, Rochester, Minn. First Round Wednesday, March 15 Game 1: No. 9 Anoka-Ramsey (20-9) vs. No. 8 Prince George’s (14-8), 1 p.m. Game 2: No. 5 Minnesota West (27-4) vs. No. 12 Northampton (20-6), 3 p.m. Game 3: No. 7 Riverland (21-5) vs. No. 10 Dallas-Mountain View (12-7), 5 p.m. Game 4: No. 6 CC Rhode Island (21-6) vs. No. 11 Onondaga (16-8), 7 p.m. Quarterfinals Thursday, March 16 Game 1: Game 1 winner vs. No. 1 Owens (19-5), 3 p.m. Game 2: Game 2 winner vs. No. 2 Fulton-Montgomery (21-0), 5 p.m. Game 3: Game 3 winner vs. No. 3 Rochester (24-1), 7 p.m. Game 4: Game 5 winner vs. No. 4 Monroe-Bronx (24-7), 9 p.m. Semifinals Friday, March 17 Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6 p.m. Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 8 p.m. Championship Saturday, March 18, 6 p.m. Game 11: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner