An Award-Winning Reporter, Freelance Writer and Book Author

Norah Machia's work has appeared in numerous local, regional and national publications, including the Humanities magazine, published by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C.

New CEO: “Crouse is Here to Stay” – In Good Health – Central New York's Healthcare Newspaper

Physician Seth Kronenberg, who served as Crouse’s chief medical officer and chief operating officer, is elevated to president and chief executive officer

Physician Seth Kronenberg, recently appointed president and chief executive officer for Crouse Health, is no stranger to the hospital.

He was born there, and so were his four daughters. It is where he started his first clinical job, as a pharmacy technician. And his father, physician Paul Kronenberg, served in the same role from 2004 to 2014.

The Art of the Adirondacks

The new exhibition shows how four natural features of the region—light, forests, water, and mountains—have inspired a large and diverse group of artisans. More than 250 works reflecting this rich artistic heritage are on display in four themed galleries, with many of the pieces being viewed by the public for the first time this summer.

“From the first people to inhabit the region through today’s digital creators, artists have been deeply inspired by the beauty of this vast landscape. Their resu

New CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Still Helps Out in the ER – In Good Health – Central New York's Healthcare Newspaper

When the clock struck midnight this past New Year’s Eve, Steven D. Hanks officially became the new president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph’s Health, Syracuse and St. Peter’s Health Partners, Albany.

In those early morning hours, however, he wasn’t in the office.

As he had done many times in the past, Hanks had taken a shift at the St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, to work side-by-side with other physicians and nursing staff caring for patients in the emergency department.

Since he sta

Cover: Felisha Legette-Jack – SU hoops hero puts her heart into everything she does

When Syracuse University Women’s Basketball Coach Felisha Legette-Jack unexpectedly lost a close friend to heart disease, it was both a shock and a wake-up call.

Her friend had undergone open heart surgery, and the odds for a successful recovery seemed to be in her favor. But that optimism was short-lived. At age 62, the coach’s long-time friend, who had seen her through both the good times and the bad, passed away.

Legette-Jack knew if that could happen to her friend, it could happen to any w

Children’s Hospital Sees Uptick in Autism Patient Appointments – In Good Health – Central New York's Healthcare Newspaper

Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital has seen a 17% increase in number of appointments

During the past year, the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital has seen a 17% increase in the number of autism patient appointments, a reflection of a nationwide trend.

In 2021, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that one in 44 children will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by the age of 8. That represents the highest rate since the federal agency began tracking cases in 2000.

The increa

Cover Story – Books for all: Casey Rose Frank fosters inclusivity at Golden Bee Bookshop

When Casey Rose Frank set up a new bookshop in Liverpool, she wanted to make sure readers of all ages and backgrounds would feel welcome. So she filled the shelves with a curated collection of positive books that celebrate both diversity and inclusion.

“Everyone deserves to see themselves represented in books,” especially people who are not typically portrayed in traditional stories, said Frank, owner of the Golden Bee Bookshop, located at 324 1st St., Liverpool. The bookshop offers a wide rang

Laura Hand: Using her platform for good

Laura Hand had always believed she could use her position as a broadcast journalist to shed a positive light on the Syracuse community and all it had to offer.

During her 47-year career as a reporter and anchor at NBC 3 and CNY Central News, “I saw my job as giving a voice to people and groups who were doing good things, but didn’t have a place to tell their stories,” she said. “I was never at a loss for having people who wanted to come through the door and talk.”

Inspire: Marygrace Fronk – Keeping fit while helping others

Marygrace Fronk discovered many years ago that half-marathons (13.1 miles in distance) are not just for runners. They are also for walkers of any age.

At age 70, Fronk has completed 38 of them, and she is still going strong. She walked in her first half-marathon in 2009, after a friend got her interested in distance walking with a group of other women. She finished that event in Niagara Falls, Canada, with a time of 3 hours and 35 minutes. Her oldest daughter, Michele, walked alongside her.

Scholarships Honoring The Loss of a Loved One

Families who establish scholarship funds have found a deeply meaningful way to honor the loss of a loved one, while also opening a door for many students to pursue higher education.

Creating a scholarship “offers a way for bereaved families to channel their grief into something positive” that benefits both the person giving and the person receiving, said Rande S. Richardson, executive director, Northern New York Community Foundation.

Tom Bradley takes center stage TOP DOG: Longtime Watertown breeder selects ‘best in show’ at prestigious Westminster

The most difficult part about selecting the “best in show” winner at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was staying away from all the preliminary competitions leading up to the final event at Madison Square Garden, said the Watertown man who served as head judge.

Thomas H. Bradley III, a longtime dog breeder and owner, has been involved with the Westminster Kennel Club since 1975.

On Tuesday evening, he selected a German shepherd named Rumor as the nation’s top dog du

Groups Join Forces to Highlight Tug Hill’s ‘Untouched Wildernesses’

The Tug Hill region has been described as one of the “last of the untouched wildernesses” in New York state, covering 2,100 square miles of land, including parts of Oswego, Oneida, Jefferson and Lewis counties.

During the past year, the owners of Tug Hill Outfitters in Williamstown have formed a partnership with the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust (THTLT) to highlight the region’s beautiful and valuable natural resources through outdoor recreational activities.

“Their mission is akin to ours,” sa

Turning a loss into a legacy

When she was just 11 years old, Adeline Fagan decided she wanted to be a doctor when she grew up. It didn’t come as a surprise to her parents, Brant and Mary Jane Fagan of LaFayette.

The bold decision was announced by Adeline just days after she started walking on her own again, following several months of being confined to a wheelchair. Adeline had been battling a serious neurological condition called “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome” that left her with debilitating leg pain, her father said.

Growing Success with Integrity and Consciousness

It was nearly five years ago that Monica Behan developed a skin cell nutrient system called Modicum, launching a specialty line of plant-based skin care products that reflected her passion for healthy living.

Her brand name comes from the noun meaning “a small quantity of a particular thing, especially considered desirable or valuable.” The product line features Essential Serum, Essential Cleanser and Essential Exfoliant, along with Birch Tree Water Spritz, a face mist containing Astaxanthin (red algae) that provides extra protection against harmful UV ray exposure.

True Love In A Family Field of Dreams

Like any couple planning a wedding, one of the major decisions Nicole Caldwell and David Magbee had to make was choosing their venue. But for them, their own backyard quickly became the perfect choice.

The couple married last September at Better Farm, a 65-acre farm in Redwood that has been in Nicole’s family since 1970, and a location that is impossible to describe in one word. The property is a “sustainability campus, artist colony, animal sanctuary and organic farm,” which some locals still jokingly refer to as “the old hippie farm,” said Nicole.
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