Page 1

reater GUtica

*********ECRWSSEDDM**** Postal Customer


May 2017 Vol. III Issue 6


Mohawk Airlines


We Are All About Home Sweet Home 26th Infantry New York


Tuesday 50% 2nd Hi

r e n bac h i D in


eater va

or gr of equal

8562 Seneca Turnpike New Hartford 733-8866 Make your Reservations for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduation or Business Parties

i h s u S f f o % 0 3 y a d n Mo



Contents May 2017 THE COVER STORY

Mohawk Airlines Page 6

the route of the air chiefs

Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame Page 19 the class of 2017

GU Coupon Pages 24 & 25 Featured Businesses M. T. Lavelle DDS. Page 31 The Fitness Mill Page 33 Queen’s Closet Page 45

Oneida County History Center 32 May 2017 Events

Up On the Hill Page 34 Charles F. Cleveland Sylvester D. Powers

Center Stage at the Stanley 46

Web: email: Phone: 315-316-7277 Facebook: May 2017 GREATER UTICA MAGAZINE



Welcome to....

Dear Readers, It has been quite a ride these past couple of years, hasn’t it? When my father, my brother and I started this magazine in November of 2014, we had no idea that the people and businesses of this community would embrace us the way you folks have and we are very thankful for it. With 16 additional pages in this month’s issue, we finally have the opportunity to welcome you and also thank the businesses that support us through their advertisements. We are firm believers that if you work hard, work honest and do the right thing by others, good things will happen in your life. One of the “good things” we have had the privlege of doing is; sharing stories about the past and present of the area we call home, Greater Utica. One thing we did realize going into this endeavor, is that some of the greatest people on earth either reside or have resided here. Those who serve or have served in the military, our first responders, volunteers, business owners, and all other citizens that make this area a better place. We may not have tall buildings or amusement parks, but we have rich history and a true “community” that supports one another. We felt it was necessary to inform you, we have so many great things planned for the future of Greater Utica Magazine. New stories, new segments and of course, we will always strive to make improvements. We will continue to speak with primary sources on our stories as often as possible, and perform intensive research to help educate ourselves as well as our readers. GU will continue to print issues of the magazine every single month and provide a wide range of topics that we hope you enjoy. Our wish is to someday mail issues to every household in the Greater Utica area, every month. Those of you who do receive them in the mail may be asking, “Why do I not receive this publication every month?” The reason is, we mail the majority of the Greater Utica area in two separate groups that interchange monthly. Meaning, readers in our mail circulation receive the magazine every other month. For those who were unaware, the magazine is available at several local libraries and businesses in the area and we now offer monthly subscriptions to all (go to for details on pick-up-locations and subscription info). It is very important to us that our supporters are well-informed on our publication, so if you have any questions in the future, please do not hesitate to call us at 315-316-7277 or email us at . Story suggestions are always welcome as well. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join the fun on our “Greater Utica” Facebook page, where we reminisce about the “old days” and promote the great things going on in the present. Fans share some of their fondest memories on our page and you never know, your photo or story may end up in the magazine like so many others already have! The intent of this letter first and foremost, is to thank everyone who has taken the time to read and support Greater Utica Magazine. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to do something we love so much for the people who mean the most to us. Thank you for all of your comments and feedback, whether they were critical or complimentary, as it shows how much you care about our mission. Thank you for the photos, memories and contributions you have made that make this publication special on so many levels. And last, but certainly not least, thank you to the countless local businesses who have believed in us and to those who hope to join us in the future. We hope we have made each and every one of our supporters proud through our efforts to preserve the area’s history and tell the stories of great community people and organizations. Sincerely, Brad Velardi



“Most Capable Compact SUV Ever!”

Discover comfort combined with efficient reliability • 2.4L Tiger Shark Engine •Roof Rails • Deep Tint Sunscreen Glass • Quad Halogen Headlamps • Air Conditioning with Air Filtering • Keyless Enter ‘n Go • Panelview Rear Backup Camera

• 7Airbags -Multistage Front, Supplemental Front & Rear Curtain, Front Seat Mounted Side & Driver Knee-Bolster airbags • Ambient LED Lighting • Uconnect 3 w/ 5 inch Display • Electronic Stability Control

And so much more

Come In & Test Drive it TODAY! Be Ready... “Adventure LIES AHEAD”


5827 Rome Taberg Rd, Rome, NY 337-0512 May 2017 GREATER UTICA MAGAZINE 5


Mohawk Airlines the route of the air chiefs by Brad Velardi

Younger generations such as mine have heard of the days of General Electric and other major American companies that provided fabulous jobs for our citizens. While it is difficult for us to imagine, I often speak to folks from our area who actually experienced that time in our history and many of them tell me that, sometimes, they question whether it was all a dream. It is surreal, even to them, to think that the Greater Utica area could play such a significant role in some of the biggest markets in our nation’s economy. But indeed it did, and a key indicator of this truth, is that Oneida County was once the home of the one of the most successful regional airlines in the United States. That’s right; we once had a direct link between Utica and some of the biggest cities in the northeast, facilitating our area’s connection with “big business”. The story of Mohawk Airlines is one of peaks and valleys, but overall, one of fond memories and sentimentality for a great number of people. It draws us back to a time when being a passenger on a commerical flight was a special experience and working for an airline was about as “hip” of a nine-to-five as one could attain. A time when pilots and flight attendants held some of the most coveted positions of anyone in the country. Mohawk was the product of a man’s vision who turned what started as a small operation, into yet another one of the Utica area’s permanent stamps on American cultural history. This is not only true of its time; Mohawk has been kept in relevancy in recent years as well. As fans of AMC’s hit television series, Mad Men (which aired from 2007-2015), will tell you, the company played a fairly significant role in the show’s storyline. Among the most fascinating aspects of the airline’s history, are the roots of the company. Like we have seen in so many stories of entrepreneurship, Mohawk Airlines stemmed from sharp minds and a great workforce, but also, a series of events that can be characterized as “being in the right place, at the right time”. History The tale of our local airline begins in Ithaca, NY with Cecil S. Robinson, a civil engineer and aerial photographer


working for the New York State Parks Commission. In 1936, Robinson was contracted by the United States Department of Agriculture to photograph 16,000 square miles of New York State from the sky. As he was taking on the project, Robinson had experienced some difficulty aboard an airplane, as his camera’s rubber mounting would become stiff at high altitudes. As a result, the camera failed to remain steady and would shake from the vibration of the plane; he knew a solution had to be found. Robinson soon added “inventor” to his list of descriptive titles when he designed a spun-steel base for his camera; patenting the invention under the name Vibrashock. Inadvertently, Robinson had opened new doors of opportunity with his Vibrashock innovation as the government had now taken great interest in purchasing the product for military radios and instruments being used by aircraft. As World War II began, Robinson Aviation was prepared to build a Vibrashock manufacturing plant in Teterboro, New Jersey. With Robinson’s latest venture in full swing, he needed to travel efficiently between Ithaca and Teterboro. At the time, the two most rapid forms of transportation taking Ithacans to and from the New York City area were: taking a train, or riding the bus. Neither one of these options were sufficient in Robinson’s eyes. He decided to fly his own Fairchild F-24 airplane to cut down on travel time and before he knew it, other traveling businessmen in Ithaca were asking if they could tag along. With three passenger seats in his aircraft, Robinson, being a true opportunist, began charging the men for a ride and saw this as another chance to expand on the services his company provided. Recognizing the potential of this operation, Robinson applied with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) for a “feeder certificate” that would allow them to serve Ithaca, Buffalo, Rochester, Binghamton, Albany, New York City and Washington D.C. The certification from the CAB would be essential as the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 allowed the board to control the entry of new companies into the realm of scheduled


Banking On Your Terms Mobile & Online Banking and Bill Pay

Friendly Personal Service

airlines in America. While awaiting CAB approval, Robinson purchased another F-24 and operated an air taxi service from Ithaca to New York City, which only required licensing from the State of New York. It was launched on April 6th, 1945. As Robinson Aviation enjoyed great initial success as an air taxi, they eventually purchased two 4-passenger Cessna T-50 planes and hired some new pilots in the process. One of those pilots was a young man named Robert English Peach, who was twenty-five years-old and attending Cornell Law School when he was brought on board. Peach, a Syracuse native, received his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in 1941. He then dropped out of law school at the University of Chicago in 1942 to become a navy pilot in World War II. While serving in the Pacific Theater, Peach was gradually promoted to lieutenant commander, earning several awards including two Distinguished Flying Crosses. With a genuine love for flying, and a desire for extra income, Peach joined the growing Robinson operation, but his role in the company would become much larger than that of a pilot.

Convenient Hours & Locations

Personal & Business Loans

Checking & Savings Accounts

Home Equity & Mortgage Loans

Utica Rome New Hartford

Whitesboro Mohawk Herkimer

Ilion Little Falls Holland Patent

Boonville Sylvan Beach Old Forge

Saranac Lake Lake Placid Plattsburgh

CLIENT SERVICES 315-272-2500 |

Restaurant • Banquet 40 Genesee St New Hartford • 315-735-1578



Little Necks $3.99 Per Doz. Nova Scotia Clams- $6.99 Per Doz.

Wing Night Every Tuesday! Monday’s at Cavallo’s - It’s Pasta Night!


Fri. May 5th Cassidy on the Deck Fri May 12th Eddie Arcuri on the Deck Fri May 19th Shawn Smith



WWW.GUMAGAZINE.COM Carbone Athletics at At the close of 1945, Robinson Aviation’s air taxi

train like an athlete Swimsuit season is almost here! Is your workout working?

service had carried 1,200 passengers. Leading into 1946, their fleet continued to improve as they replaced their 2 and 4-passenger planes with four Beechcraft D-18s which seated a pilot, co-pilot and seven passengers at once. New cities throughout the state were being added to the route including Binghamton, Endicott and Johnson City as well as Buffalo and Albany. Robinson Aviation would become Robinson Airlines and were

Visit The Fitness Mill to find out. Introducing our new, state-of-theart Fit3D body scanner, the only one of it’s kind within 100 miles. Fit3D is available to both members and the public. Call us today.

587 Main Street, New York Mills call 315-768-1155 W W W.THEFITNE S SMILLN Y.COM

Look your best on the links with Clothing from the

NewA. Vitullo Pro Shop! Freaturing golf apparel by:

• Carnoustie • Cutter Buck • Tommy Bahama • Bugatchi • Southern Tide May Special

Spend $100 or more on golf apparel and receive a free round of golf at Leather Stocking Golf Course 60 Lake St. Cooperstown

A Robinson Airlines - Beechcraft D-18 flight over Cornell University on its way to Ithaca

self-proclaimed as “The Route of the Air Chiefs” as a tip-ofthe-cap to the area’s history of Native American inhabitance. The passenger rate soared by the end of 1946 as 12,000 passengers were carried by Robinson, followed by 22,000 in 1947. The airline attained three 21-passenger Douglas DC-3s in 1947 out of necessity. So many people had requested seats during that year, Robinson had to turn business away as they could not handle the demand. The business was able to make these advancements by acquiring funding from companies and nonprofit organizations such as: Ithaca Enterprises ($12,000), The Cooperative Grange League Federation Exchange, Cornell University ($10,000) the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Company, International Business Devices (IBM) and Link Aviation Devices ($50,100). On February 20th, 1948, Robinson Airlines received its CAB certification, giving it access to fly routes all throughout the state. They also earned an airmail contract which

A. Vitullo Inc. New Owners: Bob & Cindy Roth

Mon, Thurs, & Fri 10AM - 8:30 PM • Tues & Wed 10AM - 5:30PM • Sat 10AM -5PM

New Hartford Shopping Center

315-724-2169 - www.


Robinson DC-3 Out of Ithaca, NY


offered subsidy payments that were crucial to the company’s survival. The airline went through several major changes during this time period, one of the biggest took place internally when C.S. Robinson forfeited his title as President of the company and became Chairman of the Board. Day-to-day operations would now be in the hands of Robinson Airlines’ new executive vice president and general manager, Robert Peach. Before eclipsing the age of thirty, Peach was the head of an airline that appeared to possess endless potential and a new era had begun. In 1949, Robinson Airlines had carried 42,755 passengers but things were a bit shaky financially as the CAB did not provide a dollar of airmail money until March of 1950. Combining that with what Peach felt were high wage demands from the pilot’s union made the road to prosperity a bit bumpy. The airline progressed nonetheless and on August 30th, 1950, Robinson began serving the Utica/Rome area through the Oneida County Airport in Oriskany. Unfortunately, just five days later on September 4th, the airline experienced its first fatal crash when Flight no. 31 took off from the Oneida County Airport, heading for Newark, NJ. Although they had experienced some misfortune, Robinson Airlines was able to recoup. Their 21-passenger planes were upgraded to a capacity of 24 with airstair doors and their fleet grew to nine aircraft. At the time, many large companies were holding offices in various cities throughout the state. With the corporate headquarters of those same companies located in New York City, Robinson provided them with a very con-

venient means of transportation between their two points of travel. As of 1950, their service included a major north-south route between Watertown and New York City, and an east-west line between Buffalo and Albany. In 1951, with the support of several businesses and public officials, the airline was able to land a seven-year extension on their CAB certification. C.S. Robinson was officially unaffiliated with the airline as of 1952, which prompted the company to decide on a new name. There was one suggested name that coincided with the company’s attempt to attach itself to Native American cul-

ture. After some debate, the new name was chosen and became official on August 23rd, 1952 when Mohawk Airlines, Inc. was born. As the first half of the 1950s unfolded, Mohawk continued to spread its wings, eventually extending its routes outside of the borders of New York and New Jersey. Service was inaugurated to Bradford, Pennsylvania on June 9th, 1953 and Mohawk’s routes across the northeast only grew from





4561 Commercial Dr. New Hartford, NY 13413

Complete your tile job from start to finish! Featuring • Porcelain • Glass • Stone and much much more!

Now stocking Schluter Shower Systems

Visit Our Store & Cafè 3056 NYS Rt 28 Herkimer, NY 13350 (315) 866-0999

Clean Label, Artesian Bread Baked With Old World Tastes Sangertown Square JC Penney Wing New Hartford, NY 315-732-1828 Mon-Sat 10am - 9:30pm Sun 11am - 6pm

there. In 1952, Wiggins Airways, a local airline that served southern New England, was denied renewal by the CAB, leading to Mohawk’s takeover of the Wiggins route between Albany and Boston on August 1st, 1953. Mohawk closed out the year with a fleet of ten DC-3s that were now capable of carrying 26 passengers. As Mohawk made its way into 1954, Peach and the rest of his management team took part in the first of multiple faceoffs against the Air Line Pilots Association. Allegheny Airlines, a local carrier out of Pittsburgh, had just renewed a contract with their pilots, one that the union was very satisfied with. The Mohawk pilots felt as though they deserved comparable compensation. Needless to say, Peach disagreed citing how difficult it was for smaller airlines to turn a profit and had said in the past that the CAB needed to take a stand against the “excessive demands of organized labor”. In his own words, he stated that “the unions can and may well put us out of business”. With just minutes remaining before a potential strike, on July 12th, 1954, the union gave in by accepting a lower offer than that of Allegheny, creating a bit of tension between the pilots and company management. It was also during 1954 that Robert Peach was named President of Mohawk Airlines. The time had come for further expansion, but it would come in the form of enhanced equipment. The DC-3s flown by Mohawk had been pushed to the absolute limit in terms of seating capacity, now fit for 28 passengers. An incredible opportunity presented itself when General Clair L. Chennault had claimed possession of six, practically new Convair 240s from the Chinese government after a battle in Hong Kong. The Convairs were twin engine,

Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil

• Infused & Fused Extra Virgin Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegars • Gourmet Pastas and Sauces

• Gift Items and Beauty Products • Sea Salts, Jams and Spreads

Buy Mom a Unique Gift that she will really enjoy This Mother’s Day! - Mention this ad and we will take


2644 Genesee St, Utica, NY 13502


Mon 10AM - 4PM Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 8AM - 6PM Sat 8AM - 2PM Sun Catering Only

Graduations & Communions Parties! 10 GREATER UTICA MAGAZINE - May 2017

Convair 240s lined up

40-passenger aircraft that, if purchased, could take Mohawk to new heights. Of the five offered for sale, two were sold to oil companies and Mohawk purchased the other three. They now had better flight equipment than any other local airline in the United States. For guys like Peach, it was an exciting time to be the head of a local carrier as they were making their presence felt across the nation. In all, the local services had carried just under 2 million passengers in 1953, bringing in $24.3 million in revenue. Legislation was brought to Congress in 1954, calling for the CAB to grant the smaller airlines permanent certification, which they felt would encourage stockholders to invest in


these companies. Congress voted unanimously in favor of the permanent certificates and President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill on May 19th, 1955. At that time, Mohawk was listed among the top local carriers in the nation in several key statistics and were granted a permanent certification by the CAB in 1955. The acquisition of the Convair 240s, later nicknamed “Cosmopolitans”, marked a time of great positive change for Mohawk Airlines. For the first time in the company’s history, the aircraft carried female flight attendants, who would become a staple of Mohawk’s marketing plan and flight experience. With better aircraft, Mohawk successfully applied for additional routes from Buffalo to Detroit, Michigan and Erie, Pennsylvania. The fleet of Convairs had increased to eleven, seven of which had their seating capacities expanded to 46. The size of the facility in Ithaca became insufficient for the growing airline and it was time for Mohawk to move on to greener pastures. The company drew up plans for the erection of their new headquarters, now they needed to find a location that would support it. Oneida County eagerly made a proposal to finance the building of the $3 million plant at Oneida County Airport and Mohawk accepted the offer. In 1957, construction on the new facility in Utica-Rome had begun and Mohawk was given more exciting news that would benefit the company. The CAB authorized the airline to perform nonstop flights (flights without intermediate stops between two points) between Syracuse and New York City. This was a very significant event as it was the first time the CAB had certificated a local service carrier to fly a non-stop route, putting them in direct competition with a trunk airline (like American Airlines, for example). The plan proved to be successful and the CAB gradually began loosening the regula-

8374 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford, NY (315) 797-9091 Our team of experienced doctors: Sam Bono, O.D., Katie Bono, O.D., Michael Waterman, O.D., Steven Ohlbaum, O.D.

We focus on the personal attention and care that every patient deserves. We were voted the #1 optometrists by readers of the Observer Dispatch!

• Stitching/Patching • Full Soles •Half Soles • Heels • Zippers • Leather Repair • Orthopedic • Purses, Handbags • Sports Equipment • Shoes Sales • Wide Width Shoes

16 West Park Row Clinton, NY 315-853-5615 BAKERY • RESTAURANT

Pastries • Lunch • Dinner • Catering • Parties

Let Café Canole make your special day unforgettable With our custom made wedding cakes pastries & catering

Mohawk Airlines hires the country’s first African-American flight attendant, Ruth Carol Taylor in 1957.

Bakery Tuesday-Saturday 9AM-6PM Lunch Mon - Sat 11AM - 2PM Dinner 4PM-9PM

1 Campion Road • New Hartford • 315-733-6592




Mohawk at Oneida County Airport in Oriskany, NY

Great Cake is always...

“a Piece of Cake” when it’s from Holland Farms!

Cake Squares on Sale in May!

Monday - Friday 5:30 AM - 8:00 PM Saturday - 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Sunday - 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The Reason You Eat Out!

4941 Commercial Dr. Yorkville, NY 13495 315.736.4074

Mon-Thur: 11am-10pm Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm Sun Noon-9pm


tions imposed on local airlines across America. Another groundbreaking occurrence took place at Mohawk in 1957 when the airline became the first in the history of the United States to hire an African-American flight attendant, Ruth Carol Taylor. On November 8th, 1958, Mohawk Airlines moved into its brand-new maintenance base and headquarters at Utica-Rome. The three-story, reinforced-concrete building contained 139,000 square feet of floor space and was “the most modern operating plant in the nation for an airline of comparable size.” In 1959, Mohawk was again the beneficiary of some good fortune. General Dynamics Corporation, manufacturer of the Convair 240, had created two model upgrades, one of them being the Convair 440 (also known as Metropolitans). General Dynamics sold a Metropolitan to two separate airlines that wound up cancelling their order, so Peach swooped in and was able to get financing for both planes. Mohawk was the first local service airline in America to premiere the Metropolitan. Both of the 50 to 54-passenger aircraft were flying for Mohawk by the fall of 1959 and by year’s end, the company’s fleet included 5 Metropolitans, 7 Cosmopolitans, and 8 DC-3s and hired 913 employees. On July 31st, 1959, the company’s stock was accepted on the American Stock Exchange. The local service airlines had reached a staggering level of success by the dawn of the 1960s. Their size in 1960 was comparable to that of trunk airlines in 1940 and Mohawk was a huge part of the overall growth. In 1960 alone, Mohawk had flown 116 million passenger-miles, generating an operating income of $13.1 million. On May 16th of that year, they inaugurated service to Olean, NY, Jamestown, NY, Providence,


McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn

Funeral Directors 470 French Road Utica, NY 13502 315-797-1900 For a farewell that lasts forever... Preplanning gives you peace of mind, takes the burden off loved ones, and assures that your service will reflect your personal wishes.


Aboard one of Mohawk’s Gas Light Service planes. Rhode Island and Cleveland, Ohio. They also came up with the idea of redecorating their remaining DC-3s to provide a Gay Nineties-themed flight experience called the “Gas Light Service”. The interior of the plane was remodeled in the style of the 1890s, with free beer, cheese and pretzels served. Although the project was well-received, Mohawk retired their final three

CLASSIC GARDENS Complete Landscape Services & Nursery • Planting Design & Installations • Pruning, Edging & Mulching • Walks & Patios • Spring & Fall Cleanup • Walls & Water Gardens • Mulch Delivery or Pickup • Lawn Installations & Renovations • Lawn Mowing www. 47 Clinton Road New Hartford (Rte. 12B) Nursery open by appointment only



•Clothing •Jewelry • Household Items • Furniture • Much more! DC-3s in 1962 and the service was discontinued. The one hiccup of the year came by way of the first strike in the company’s history; it was performed by its flight attendants and lasted 18 days, but did not seem to have any lasting impact on the airline. On May 15th, 1961, “The Specialist Airline” as Mohawk had branded itself, added Pittsburgh and Messina to its route. For the first time ever, Pittsburgh was given direct access to Central New York and more importantly, it had a direct access to Messina, the aluminum capital of the north. Also in 1961, the large trunk carriers began focusing on more profitable routes between large cities and were transferring their shorter routes to the local carriers. Mohawk was able to acquire a large number of routes in eastern New York and Vermont from Eastern Airlines, which grew Mohawk’s operations by an incredible 45%. Martin 404 aircraft were used on these routes

22 Oriskany Blvd Yorkville, NY •736-9160 M-F 10AM 5PM Sat-10:30-3PM Sun Closed Attics We specialize in Estates Sales Large and Addicts Small conducted with respect and dignity



234 S Caroline St, Herkimer Phone: (315) 866-4030

Pools & Spa

Your year-round, one stop, pool & spa center Family owned and operated

We are fully insured

NOW OFFERING! New Seasonal Cleaning Service!

Above Ground Pools • Inground Pools • Spas




in the past and so Mohawk bought 15 of them from Eastern Airlines. In the world of local service carriers, Mohawk was the market leader and Robert Peach was always trying to push the limits. In 1961, he was already expressing Mohawk’s need to make the switch to jet service by 1965 and the board of directors agreed. Upon their approval, Peach opened negotiations with the British Aircraft Corporation for the acquisition of four 65-passenger BAC 1-11 jets. He finalized an agreement on July 24th, 1962, that would cost Mohawk $17 million, which was $2 million more than the airline’s total assets. The CAB was not happy with the decision but there was very little they could do as the Mohawk jets were set to fly high by 1965. In May of 1962, Mohawk added to its status as a pioneer in the airline field when it initiated a computerized renovation

system. By the end of 1962, Mohawk had flown 206 million passenger-miles for the year, which was more than any other local carrier in the country. Mohawk’s growth continued in the following year when it became an international carrier by adding Toronto to its route system. By 1964, Peach was highly-respected for his ability to aid Mohawk in its rapid growth; he was invited to address the Newcomen Society of North America on the history of the company and was awarded the Salzberg Memorial Medal by Syracuse University. In May of that year, Mohawk occupied their executive offices at the Oneida County Airport. The brick and glass structure was built for $1.5 million. By the end of 1965, Mohawk had its four BAC 1-11 jets and also placed orders for Fairchild FH-227 twin-engined turbotop transports to replace the old Convairs.

Mohawk Airlines BAC 1-11 Jet - The Oneida County Airport is in the background

Come and See the Expanded Bakery!

Now Offering Grab and Go Lunches! Cafè Hours: Mon-Thurs 7:00AM - 8:00PM • Fri & Sat 7:00AM - 10PM • Sun 8AM - 1PM Bakery Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00AM - 6:00PM • Sun 8:00AM - 1PM 53 Franklin Sq. Utica, New York (315) 790-5747


“The Difference You Deserve”


In the fall of 1965, Mohawk became the first local airline to purchase flight simulators, which became part of their $4 million Edwin A. Link Training Center at Utica-Rome, where pilots from Mohawk and other airlines across the world received jet training. The facility made its official opening in 1967 and Mohawk even built the Horizon Hotel to house its training students. By decades end, Mohawk’s fleet was comprised of 20 BAC 1-11s and 17 FH-227s. Mohawk’s route system extended to Philadelphia, PA and Washington D.C. in 1966, but the company posted $1.2 million in net profit at year’s end, a decrease from the previous year. There were a number of reasons for the decrease in net earnings, three of them being: the airline’s continuous spending along the way, decreasing subsidy payments from the government and a blizzard in January of 1966 that forced the airline to close for a week. Also, Mohawk’s mechanics went on strike due to a dispute over their pensions starting on December 9th, 1966 and the strike lasted throughout the busy holiday season, ending on January 30th, 1967. The airline started off on the right foot in 1967 when they received what Peach referred to as “the most promising single route award in Mohawk’s 22-year history.” Mohawk could now fly nonstop between Detroit and all major cities of Upstate New York, nonstop between Cleveland and Albany and two-stop between Detroit and Boston. Also that year, they extended their route to include Montreal. They had officially become a regional airline. Unfortunately, Mohawk’s finances did not represent what appeared to be continued growth and the airline reported a net loss of $274,000 for 1967. In fact, all local service carriers were on the decline that year, reporting an overall loss of $4.5 million. The downward economic trend continued in 1968 and 1969 when the airline had a net loss of $4.3 million and $4.7 million respectively. In 1968, Robert Peach stepped out of his role as president, becoming the company’s CEO and chairman of the board. He was replaced by then-executive vice president, Russell Stephenson. When Peach was hospitalized the following year with lobar pneumonia, he did not return to work and Stephenson eventually acted as president and CEO. With the nation’s economy moving into a recession, Mohawk’s expansion to Minneapolis/St. Paul was a futile attempt to turn things around. When the airline’s pilots went on a 154-day strike, FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED wood Community e l p p A Applewood Blvd, Clinton, NY &




Open House every Tuesday & Sunday12-2

SPRING 3 Bedroom/2 Bath SPECIAL! Under $85,000

FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED Call today for a tour!

No Tax Bills • NYS Star Rebate • Concrete Pad Public Roads • Home Mail Delivery • Garbage Pick Up • Holiday Special- Brand New Double Wide Home $85,000

The Walk-In Closet Consignment Shoppe 8024 State Route 12 Barneveld, NY 13304 315-896-2050

Wednesday - 10:00 - 4:00 Thursday - 10:00 - 6:00 Now at a Friday - 10:00 - 4:00 New Location! Saturday - 10:00 - 3:00


10 Clinton Rd. New Hartford 732-9733

Starting May 3rd Clams & Jams Featuring Nova Scotia Clams!

Live Entertainment 7PM - 10PM Clams on Special All Day long Every Wednesday! May 2017 GREATER UTICA MAGAZINE



Mohawk Airline extends its services.

M. T. Lavelle III DDS PC FAMILY DENTISTRY 165 Whitesboro St. Yorkville, NY 13495 315-736-7822

Are You Smile Cam Ready? Call for an Appointment! PROUD SPONSOR OF THE

New Patients are Always Welcome!



starting on November 20th, 1970, it was just too much of a financial loss for Mohawk to handle. There were also a couple of fatal accidents that took place with Mohawk aircraft in its final years, which made things even tougher for the airline. In 1971, Mohawk entered negotiations to merger with Allegheny Airlines. At the meeting in which the final decision was made, Robert Peach walked out before its conclusion. Mohawk Airlines officially became a part of Allegheny Airlines on April 12, 1972. Mohawk’s Significance on the Area and the Nation Robert Peach’s untimely death on April 20th, 1971 was tragic, but does not overshadow all that he accomplished with Mohawk Airlines. Its rapid growth and its identity as an innovator in its industry was a reflection of Peach’s business philosophy that a company must constantly aim high and never stop moving forward. Mohawk was just one of many businesses across America during its time that accumulated a large amount of debt while anticipating a bright future, only to be blindsided by an economic downturn. While Mohawk may have closed abruptly and unpredictably, its place in the hearts and memories of our area’s people is irreplaceable. To this day, our natives reminisce about the days when one could take a flight from Utica to some of the most intriguing destinations of

Dino’s Sausage &

the northeast. It was a time when you could leave Utica in the morning, see Times Square in the early afternoon and be back home to watch the six o’clock news all in the same day. There was a buzz and excitement created by Mohawk that put our area on the map as the home of the best local service airline in America. The company brought a plethora of job opportunities

Spring Time is New Lincoln Time at Steet-Ponte Lincoln

2017 Lincoln MKZ Lease For


A Month for 36 months $3,893 due at signing


Plus 0% APR for up to 60 months



MSRP ................................................... $35,935 Steet-Ponte Discount.................................. $1,535 Retail Premium Bonus Customer Cash ......................................... $1,500 STEET-PONTE PRICE .......................... $32,900




Meat Co., Inc.

732-5798 •732-2661 722 Catherine St., Utica, NY 13501

Fabricators • Processors

Wholesale & Retail Sales

Public is Welcome We are Locally Owned &Operated


Lease for a month for 36 months $3,903 due at signing MSRP .................................... $35,470 Steet-Ponte Discount....................$1,070 Retail Premium Bonus Customer Cash ..................$1,500 STEET-PONTE PRICE ............. 32,900 plus 0% APR for up to 60 months

Lease for

$379 a month for 36 months

$3,893 due at signing

MSRP .................................... $41,680 Steet-Ponte Discount....................$1,430 Manufacturer Discount................... $750 Retail Premium Bonus Customer Cash ..................$1,000 STEET-PONTE PRICE ........... $38,500 plus 0% APR for up to 60 months






Lorraine Casamento (first row second from the left) and a group of her fellow flight attendants

N. J. Flihan & Co. Inc.

Restaurant Equipment and Supply 703 Bleecker St, Utica, NY 13501

(315) 732-4746

Save Time! Try us First for your Cooking & Kitchen Needs!

Quality and Reasonably Priced Restaurant & Home Wares Since 1920 18 GREATER UTICA MAGAZINE - May 2017

that were seized by a vast number of men and women from Greater Utica. I had the privilege of speaking to two former Mohawk employees, both born and raised in Utica who had nothing but positive feedback about their time with the company. Ron Gladwin, who grew up in North Utica was hired by Mohawk back in 1957. He remained with the company through multiple changes of name and location, retiring in 2001 after 43 years of loyal service. Ron started out loading and unloading airplanes but moved all the way up to a management position. Aside from a teenage job where he helped a carpenter, it was practically the only company Ron had ever worked for. “They treated us really good; you got at least one raise a year, most of the time, two. I started out at $250 a month back in ’57. The whole thing was great…” says Ron. Lorraine Casamento, another Utica native was hired as a flight attendant in 1968. She was a young girl who benefitted greatly from her time with Mohawk. “It was really a great experience.” says Lorraine. “I met so many nice people, I got to travel a lot and see so many things. I matured quite a bit.” she continued, “I certainly loved every minute of it!” Lorraine told me that every now and then you would be onboard with celebrities who frequented the airline; one of her fondest memories was being on a flight with Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye. Ron says that some of the friendships he built with the company were ones that lasted a lifetime. “We still have friends from the company and we try to get together once a year for lunch and a few cocktails. It’s still kind of a close-knit family.” As you can see, Mohawk was something very special to a lot of people. When we announced that we would be doing a story about Mohawk Airlines in this month’s publication, so many of you stepped forward and provided pictures, comments, memorabilia, etc. We want to thank you so much for your participation and apologize if we did not get to use some of the things you submitted, we simply could not fit everything from everyone. Just know that we appreciate all of the hard work and effort you fans put into helping us, we are so blessed in that regard. A very special thank you to Larry Myers for providing so many great photographs. This concludes our story of one of the area’s most beloved and fascinating pieces of history, we hope you enjoyed it.


The Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame Damsky




2007 Proctor


Class of 2017 by Brad Velardi

“Not to be Denied” - The 2007 Proctor Raiders Varsity Baseball Team For Proctor varsity baseball coach, Dave Guido, there was nothing particularly unique about the start of spring in 2007. For the most part it was baseball as usual, but there was a bit of a bad taste in the Raiders’ mouths as they had lost to Liverpool High School by one run in the 2006 Section III championship game. They had lost a few of their best players to graduation following that season and even though the roster still had plenty of talent in 2007, expectations were not quite as high as the previous year. One addition that Proctor did make, was a very talented outfielder, Jason Simone, who had recently transferred from Notre Dame for his senior year. The Raiders began the season without a starting catcher, which meant that Coach Guido was going to have to get creative and find a solution to the problem. He decided to split the catching duties between his two top pitchers, A.J. Bates and Sean Redmond. This meant that when one of them was named starting pitcher for a game, the other caught behind the plate and vise-versa. The season opened up with the Hawaiian Tropic Tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; where they finished 4-1 before heading back to Utica. The Raiders were competing in the Onondaga League at the time, playing a lot of big schools in the Syracuse area. They played consistently well throughout the regular season, with Simone leading the charge by hitting an incredible .608 from the plate. He was named Class-AA Player of the Year, First Team All-State, OHSL Colonial First Team All-Star and All-Mohawk Valley Player of the Year. But what made Proctor successful

in 2007 was a strong overall roster that consisted of four other Mohawk Valley All-Stars besides Simone; A.J. Bates, Mike Mason, Joe Berry and Sean Redmond. By the end of the regular season, the Raiders had only lost five games and were headed to the playoffs where they would try to capture their first section title since 2001. After winning their first playoff game, the Raiders were faced off against Liverpool in the semi-finals and the same pitcher who had defeated Proctor just a year prior, was on the mound. After seven nail-biting innings, the Raiders skated by with a one-run victory but would have to beat West Genesee to earn their Section III banner. The Raiders entered the Section championship game with heavy hearts as Coach Guido’s mother-in-law, Dolores Fabbio had passed away just days before the big game. Over the years, Dolores was one of the team’s most enthusiastic




supporters who never missed a game. She was a fixture at Proctor home games, always working at the concessions stand and cheering on the players. Unfortunately, rescheduling the contest against West Genesee would not be possible and Coach Guido was forced to leave her wake to suit up for the game. As they took the field, the Raiders’ battle cry became, “Let’s go win this thing for Dolores”. Proctor was then victorious in winning the section after rallying back from a 2-0 deficit in the final inning, but their sights were set much higher as they entered the state tournament. They were one of four final teams competing for the state title and their will to win would be tested by two more great clubs. After falling behind 2-1 in the seventh and final inning

Come Join Us on the Deck! (weather permitting)

Serving Lunch Tues - Fri 11:30 - 2:30 Serving Dinner Tues - Sat 4:30 - 9:00

against Massapequa in the semifinal game, the Raiders came through with a few clutch at-bats and won the game 3-2. When it appeared as though they were on the ropes, Proctor exhibited their championship pedigree and as their coach will tell you, they were “not to be denied”. The Raiders were just one game away from winning the Class AA New York State Championship, the only team left to beat was North Rockland High School. Proctor had gotten to this point before in the past and were unable to close the deal, but there was something different about this group of guys; no matter what opposing teams did to stop the Raiders’ run, they were just impossible to keep down. In previous years, Coach Guido always made his teams practice the night before the state final. He wanted to try something different in 2007 and offered his boys the night off but each of the nineteen players on the roster insisted that a practice was held. It proved to be the right decision as they came out strong against North Rockland, taking a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. With just six outs separating

16 Harbor Lock Road North Utica 315-732-0116



mer PthrothgAurguastm7ths-10th Sum th th 24 -27 Ů July 10 -13 Ů July

details (315) 335.3787 Call the studio for more Ů 441 Trenton Ave. North Utica

o n t s ’s n h Jo

24 Hour Towing

Collision Service 2128 State Rte. 5 Utica, NY • 315-732-1051

Auto Body


Proctor from their first state championship, things got a little scary as North Rockland put up one run in both the sixth and seventh innings. Luckily, the Raiders locked in and proved to be a team of destiny when the final out was made and the 3-2 win was secured. The 2007 Proctor Raiders defied the odds as they hoisted the NYSPHAA Class AA State Championship banner. Of all the powerhouses in the state, it was a small-town school on Hilton Ave. in East Utica that wore the crown that year. Dave Guido’s legacy as head varsity baseball coach was solidified as he was awarded with 2007 New York State Coach of the Year and NABC National High School Coach of the Year honors. When he speaks about any of his teams from the past, Coach Guido never gives himself the credit, especially when it comes to the 2007 club. In his mind, it was just meant to be: “They were that divine team. I don’t know if Dolores was watching over us, or whatever happened. But it was magical, believe me.”


assistant at Utica College. When he left UC, Adey decided to take a five-year break from the world of coaching so he could enjoy watching his son, Brian, play from a parent’s perspective. After missing one of Brian’s modified games due to coaching obligations, Adey realized that family had to come first so he put coaching on the back burner. Although he had some great accomplishments under his belt up to this point, Adey’s path to the Hall of Fame was paved by his eighteen-year tenure as head coach of the New York Mills varsity basketball team. After his son graduated, he took the job at New York Mills and the numbers speak for themselves in terms of tangible success.

Photos of Mike Adey Courtesy of the Rome Daily Sentinel

Mike Adey – “No Stars = All-Stars” As a lifelong resident of Rome, Mike Adey probably thought an induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame was more likely than Greater Utica’s; but his track record as a high school basketball coach in the local area makes this honor inevitable. It is almost unimaginable that one could consistently put great teams together year after year at such small schools as Rome Catholic and New York Mills (both institutions are able to fit grades K-12 in the same building). But somehow, the districts kept producing talent and Mike knew how to get the best out of each kid, every year. Coaching was never something he planned on pursuing during the early part of his life, but fate would prove to Mike that it was his true purpose. Born and raised in Rome, NY, Mike Adey was one of many kids from the city to have fallen in love with sports. When he was just nine-years old, Adey’s father gave him “a gift that would forever change (his) life”; that gift was a basketball. Whether it was biddy basketball or farm league baseball, the foundation of Adey’s youth was built on athletics. His grandfather and father were the coaches of his first baseball team, but Adey himself had the makings of a coach at an early age. He was typically the kid who organized pick-up games in the neighborhood and sports always helped his leadership qualities shine through as captain of all three school teams he played on at RCH. At the beginning of his senior basketball season, Adey was suffering from an illness that sidelined him for lengthy portion of the year. As difficult as it was having to stay off the court, he ended up gaining some valuable knowledge that would set the stage for a tremendous coaching career. The more practices and games Adey spent on the sideline, the more he learned from his coach, Frank Didio. The two would discuss plays, strategy and coaching philosophy as Adey had become somewhat of an assistant coach. At this point, he knew that someday he wanted to lead a team of his own onto the court. After graduating from college, he returned to RCH in 1975, where he replaced Didio as head basketball coach. Adey enjoyed great success at his first ever coaching job, winning eight league titles and two Section III Class C Championships with an overall record of 176-93. After leaving Rome, Adey coached the New Hartford Spartans, where he led his team to two Tri-Valley League titles before becoming an

Est. 1989

Sedans • SUVs • Limos •Sprinters • Limo Coaches

Corporate & Leisure Travel

The Full Service Transportation Company

5661 State Route 5 Herkimer, NY


New Arrivel 14 Passenger Mercedes Benz Sprinter

1003 Erie St. Utica, NY


email us • web:

Yahnundasis Golf Club

8639 Seneca Turnpike • New Hartford


• Weddings • Golf Outings • Proms • Showers • Corporate Events • Class Reunions • Stag Parties • Board Meetings • Retirement Parties To book an event or to get more information please contact: Dan Daly 315-768-2884 or E-mail




CLINTON COLLISION Joe Lomanto, President! Laura Lomanto Bailey, VP/Secretary!!

PO Box 292! McBride Ave,! Clinton, NY 13323!

315 853-5665

Joe Lomanto - President McBride Ave Clinton, NY 13323 315-853-5665






Dennis Padula & Sons Roofing & Sheet Metal

Free*With Seamless Gutters* the signing of a contract for a complete roof replacement



Caruso Pastry Shoppe

707 Bleecker St. Utica, NY


The perfect Cake for Mother’s Day!

•Graduations •Communions •Confirmations •Weddings •Bridal and Baby Showers

We do custom wedding cakes! 803 Utica St, Oriskany Phone:(315) 768-1111

Call and order today!

MAY SPECIAL! Free Small Cheese Pizza with the Purchase of a Large Pizza Monday - Calzone...$5.50 • Tuesday - Any Medium Subs...$5.50 Wednesday - Any Medium Hot Sub $6.00 • Thursday - Chicken Sandwich $5.50* Friday - Fish Sandwich ...$5.50* *Choice of fries, chips or salad We also deliver to Whitesboro • NYM Yorkville • Oriskany • Westmoreland• Stanwix & Marcy


In his eighteen years as Marauders head coach, Adey led his teams to twelve Center State Conference Division Titles, five Regional Titles, nine Section III Championships and two Class D New York State Championships. Included in the nine Section titles are seven consecutive championships from 20092015; an unprecedented reign of dominance in Section III history. Equally as impressive are the two state championships the Marauders won under Adey in the undefeated 2011 season and again in the 2014 campaign. By 2015, Adey had become the alltime winningest basketball coach in Section III history, retiring in 2016 with a career record of 566-200. He is a member of the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame, but the greatest thrill of all was that Adey’s son, Brian, was by his side as assistant head coach every year at New York Mills. There is a story though, that the numbers cannot tell. There is no banner, ring or trophy that can measure the emotional impact the game has had on Adey or the value of the lessons he taught his players. The concept of teamwork is one that may be the most important in all of sports as it is so applicable to everyday life; that is why Mike Adey constantly stressed its significance to his players. The Marauders were always known for their great ball movement and unselfish play, always making the extra pass that led to an easy score. They were also number one in team defense almost every season Adey was the head coach. Their play on the court was a direct representation of Adey’s favorite saying, “No Stars = All Stars.” In his retirement address, Adey stated, “My journey has taken me through six decades of basketball and the many changes the game has seen. But while the game has changed, my love for the game of basketball never has and never will falter.” Today, Adey has put down the clipboard and picked up a set of golf clubs. He plays every Tuesday and Thursday with some of his old coaching buddies to fill the competitive void. At least he can sleep at night knowing that few men in the history of Greater Utica athletics have enjoyed his level of success. Mike Durr – Carrying the Torch When it comes to a local high school, it is very important that its sports program embodies school values and pays respect to the history of that institution. With that said, there was no better man for the job of Notre Dame’s head varsity basketball coach than Mike Durr. When he took the job in 1994, Durr not only understood what it meant to be a part of the Notre Dame basketball tradition, but he lived it as a fan, player and assistant coach before leading the ship. Being a player on a Mike Durr-coached team was not easy by any stretch, it meant you had to be ready to test your limitations. He once heard a quote that always rang true in his mind, “Average players are hard to coach, but great players want to be coached hard.” Mike Durr was the fifth of eight children in his family’s West Schuyler household (five sisters, three brothers). Growing up on a farm, Mike and his two older brothers had strong interest in athletics and all attended St. Peter’s grammar school in North Utica. At the time, there were eighteen catholic grammar schools in the area, each consisting of grades K-8. In


Looking for Results for your Advertising Money?

Mailed to Over



All “Mailed” to Residences that live in the area you do business in!

Utica, New Hartford, Whitesboro, Marcy, Clinton, Deerfield ,Yorkville, New York Mills, Oriskany, Kirkland, Sauquoit, Schuyler, Clark Mills and Chadwicks*

Call Us Today! 315 - 316-7277

*call us for more information on circulation details.







French Road Utica - Chanatry's Shopping Plaza We Deliver all of Utica- New Hartford-Whitesboro 315-737-8299

Buy a large cheese pizza


Get a Small Cheese Pizza *Toppings are extra.. Offer expires 05/31/17

736-2233 Oriskany Blvd. Whitestown Center Whitesboro, NY

Off 10% Your Purchase

Buy 1 Sandwich at Regular Price get a second sandwich

of $20 or more Not Vaild with any other offer Offer expires 05/31/17

Monday’s only Not Vaild with any other offer Offer expires 05/31/17

Call us Today!


Off % 50

Duct Cleanings*

Not valid with other offers. Offer expires 05-31-17 *Off Regular pricing- Cleanings start at $650.00

TOM CAVALLO’S Restaurant

- Banquet

40 Genesee St. New Hartford

Since 1949

10 off Your Total Check %

Not valid with any other offer. Offer Expires 05/31/17

Shear Bliss

Hair & & Beauty Beauty Hair

Shear Bliss...Experience It!

Jamie Velardi-Hopsicker

Owner/Stylist/Makeup Artist

Easter Specials







Not Valid with any other offer Not Valid with any other offer One Coupon per customer - Expires 5-31-17 One Coupon per customer - Expires 5-31-17


1307 Champlin Ave, Utica, NY




your t o t a l check off

Valid Monday-Thursday. Limit one per customer Cannot be combined with any other offer. Other restrictions may apply. Expires 05/31/17

Killabrew 10 Clinton Rd New Hartford



352 Main Street New York Mills, NY 868-8543

Half Price



EXCLUDES WING SPECIAL Dine in only- no separate checks-food only 1 coupon per table Not vaild with other offers Excludes wing specials offer expires 05-31-17



your total food bill.


Dine in only- no separate checks 1 coupon per table Not vaild with other offers offer expires 05-31-17

5865 Rome-Taberg Rd NYE Rome, NY 13440 Volkswagen (315) 337-8900

Save on Service & Parts Accessories

15% Off

$10 off any service of $50 $15 off any service of $100 $20 off any service of $150 on Parts Accessories

Not valid with any other offer - expires 5-31-17 Not valid with any other offer - expires 5-31-17




23 Burrstone Road Utica, NY (315) 724-0537

Large Cheese Pizzas



your total purchase

Toppings Extra


15% OFF your purchase of one or more bottles of wine

Sale items excluded. Limit 1 per customer. We honor all local competitor coupons. Expires 5/31/17 4684 Commercial Drive, New Hartford · 315.768.6400 ·

Not vaild with any other offer. Not vaild with any other offer. Offer expires 05/31/17


Offer expires 05/31/17

152 Whitesboro St. Yorkville, NY 315-732-0791


Off Off $ Layrite $ Haircut Any Products

one per customer per visit Expires 5-31-2017 Expires 5-31-2017



Whitestown Shopping Center Oriskany Blvd.

2 Cheese Slices & Fountain Soda 2 Large Pizzas


Not Vaild with any other offer Toppings Extra Offer expires 05/31/17

5674 Horatio St. Utica, NY


$69 99

Furnace or Central Air Safety Tune up and Inspection

Oil furnaces $89.99

Redeemable with coupon

Offer Expires 05/31/17

640 Varick St, Utica, NY

(315) 735-8546 Buy a any large pizza &

get a

Free Small Pizza Toppings Extra Not vaild with other offers Expires 05/31/17

Sandwich for Half Price

with the purchase of any sandwich at regular price (of equal or greater value) Toppings Extra •Not vaild with other offers Expires 05/31/17



Not Vaild with any other offer Toppings Extra Offer expires 05/31/17

$ 00

OFF LUBE, OIL & FILTER Good at any Carbone dealership location

Up to 5 qts. of oil. Passenger vehicles and light duty trucks only. Not valid with any other offer. See Service Advisor for details. Tax additional. Exp. 6/30/17.


Oriskany Blvd. oulevard 2Whitesboro, NY t railers Inc. 736-5851



99 TimetoBBQ!


EXPIRES - 5-31-17 not valid with other offers May 2017 GREATER UTICA MAGAZINE 25



How a local business person carries his dad in his heart & uses it to help others.

In my travels around Greater Utica

Inside The Proctors Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Greater Utica

February 2015 Vol. I Issue 3

Greater Utica

In my travels around Greater Utica

Roscoe Conkling


The City with Mother Marianne’s Westside Kitchen Our The Local T re Cen Stanley asure ter fo T he C r the Arts Unit ity with

ed W heart of t he V ay alle &G r e ater y In M Grea y Travels Utica te r John Utica Around Area W The arren Butte Cla ss rfield of GU 2015

Above: The Hotel Utica and their next door nieghbor neighbor the Majestic.

in ! the centerf Nnoewp old**** rin

reater GUtica

stomer Postal Cu


Pictur e by Sam



GUtica Includes Postage *********ECRWSSEDDM**** Postal Customer



9 3


We Are All About Home Sweet Home

1 Year reate G Subscription Utic r a 12 Issues reater

Society Historical inick a County Colo Velardi red by Dom

Zero UFD at Ground

& More! ld ie F ll e n n o McC

We Are All About Home Sweet Home

I Issu e



Local Cu



l 201 5

December 2016 Vol. III Issue 1

ce Center seum & Scien


reater GUtica





sy of the Oneid



The Bantam Phantom

6 er 201 Octob sue 11 Is II Vol.

1N00YeUars Chris Hunter


al errors

Picture Courte

esy of Picture Court

t onlin

DM nsible *ECRWSSED typog ********for raphic

t respo


Colored by Dominick Velardi

Hall Sport s of F am e

We are


EDDM D Vol.June 2 RETAIL I Is 015 sue 7

SSEDDM**** *********ECRW er Postal Custom




T he C Build Aity with hear t In My T Bike John C ravels Aroun d Grea .D ter Utic T he Mo evereux a ther of Towns W hites boro

2017 February ue 3 Vol. III Iss


We are no t any Hill nton, on Alb

Sta ther, Marge & her grandmo of ‘66. rd Kelly O’ Toole er the Blizza aft d en ek the we


ble for ty


AteDowntown Utica r e a r GUt Christmas StoryM ica arch 2017 Vol. III *********ECRWSSE DDM**** Postal Customer



Picture courtesy of the Oneida County Historical Society

Home t e e w S e m o H t u o b A SIGN We Are All



cal errors


the varsity coaching job at Notre Dame, bringing Durr with

WWW.GUMAGAZINE.COM him. Under White, the Jugglers continued to dominate the

Mike Durr and the 2006 Notre Dame Section III Champs

second grade, Durr met a man, Joe White, who would have a major influence on his life. White, head coach at St. Peter’s, was the organizer of the Saturday morning basketball program at the school, where Durr and his friends became students of the game. It was the late 1960s and as a young kid, Durr attended Notre Dame games to watch the dominating Jugglers; who had such players as Michael Walsh and future captain of the Syracuse Orange, Paul Piotrowski. It was his dream to one day play for coach Jim Klein who was legendary in the state of New York. Eventually, Durr and the rest of the boys in his class would play for Joe White on the St. Peter’s school team and they defeated Holy Trinity for the City Championship in their 8th grade year. Then, it was off to Notre Dame where they played ball for the next four years at the freshman, JV and varsity levels. Under coach Klein and then successors, Dave Brown and Bob Devins, Durr and his teammates enjoyed great success before playing in the college ranks. After high school, Durr attended Utica College where he continued his playing career including one year under coach Larry Costello. When he graduated from UC, Joe White hired Durr as an assistant coach at St. Peter’s for two years until White accepted DISCOVER YOUR


Central Oneida League throughout the 1980s and Durr was his apprentice for nine years. In 1992, Durr finally got the opportunity to become a head coach when he was hired by Poland Central School, where he remained for two seasons. In 1994, the dream job opened up and Durr was hired as head basketball coach at Notre Dame. It was a long road but Durr was finally in the driver’s seat and it was on his shoulders to be the torch bearer. It was very important to him to keep the program’s traditions alive and ensure that the traits of great Notre Dame teams of the past be preserved. First on the agenda was to establish discipline in his team; while he may not have been a player’s best friend, he knew how to get the most out of them. This meant that the conditioning would be rigorous and tough defense would be a priority. But Durr did not push his players for any other reason than his strong belief in their ability and the great pride he had in his alma mater. When speaking about Notre Dame, he told me, “It was a special place and it always will be. I demanded so much out of the kids because the school meant so much to me.” As much as any characteristic, Durr is recognized for his passion for the game and great intensity. His personality and enthusiasm translated to the raucous crowds that filled the home gym on Tuesday and Friday nights. It was also shown by his players in their effort on the court. As underclassman, they wished to someday play on his team and respected and cherished what he brought to the table. He made them proud to represent their school as they entered the gymnasium for a road game, dressed in blazers with a button-down shirt and tie. As a sign of appreciation for his contributions to the program, Notre Dame dedicated their basketball court to Coach Durr and put his name on the hardwood floor. He retired in 2015 as the winningest coach in school history after twenty-one seasons.


1150 McQuade Ave Utica, NY 13501 315-724-5578

Cold Cuts Pecorino Romano Ricotta Mozzarella Imported Provolone and much more

Visit us for all your Italian favorites You will love our prices!!!

Spyder RT

It's time to grip the throttle, put more freedom in your day and find your own way forward. When you are out on a Can-Am Spyder, you will meet new people, see new horizons and experience the world around you like never before. With its powerful Rotax® 1330 ACE™ engine, Y-frame design, Vehicle Stability System and cargo capacity you can hit the road in total peace of mind.



Spyder F3

It's time to grip the throttle, put more freedom in your dayVISIT and find own way forward. When USyour TODAY you are out on a Can-Am Spyder, you will meet new people, see new horizons and experience the world around you like never before. With its powerful Rotax® 1330 ACE™ engine, Y-frame design, Vehicle Stability System and cargo capacity you can hit the road in total peace of mind. OPEN YOUR ROAD

Dealer Imprint Goes Here VISIT US TODAY

2100 Oriskany St. W. • Utica, New York 315-792-4660 • Goes Dealer Imprint Here

Spyder F3-T

2016 Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP). All rights reserved. ®, ™ and the BRP logo are trademarks of BRP or its affiliates. †All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Always ride responsibly and safely. Follow all instructional and safety materials. Always observe applicable local laws and regulations. Always wear a helmet, eye protection and appropriate protective clothing. And always remember that riding and alcohol/drugs don’t mix. BRP reserves the right, at any time, to discontinue or change specifications, prices, designs, features, models or equipment without incurring obligation. Some models depicted may include optional equipment. Vehicle performance may vary depending on weather, temperature, altitude, riding ability and rider/passenger weight.


2016 Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP). All rights reserved. ®, ™ and the BRP logo are trademarks of BRP or its affiliates. †All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Always ride responsibly and safely. Follow all instructional and safety materials. Always observe applicable local laws and regulations. Always wear a helmet, eye protection and appropriate protective clothing. And always remember that riding and alcohol/drugs don’t mix. BRP reserves the right, at any time, to discontinue or change specifications, prices, designs, features, models or equipment without incurring obligation. Some models depicted may include optional equipment. Vehicle performance may vary depending on weather, temperature, altitude, riding ability and rider/passenger weight.



At Notre Dame, Durr compiled over three-hundred victories including five Section III Championships in 1999 (Class C), 2000 (Class C), 2002 (Class B-2), 2003 (Class B-2) and 2006 (Class A). More than any of those victories, Durr says what he cherishes most are the relationships he built at Notre Dame over the past thirty-five years. The fact that his family was a part of it make it all the more better as he coached all three of his sons; Dan, Pete and Luke. He was able to watch his daughters, Kate and Emily compete during their time at Notre Dame, including the 2014 basketball season when Emily’s team won the state championship. That year, she was named New York State Player of the Year and is Section III’s all-time scoring leader. Emily has made transitioning into retirement a lot easier for Coach Durr as he gets to watch her play at Iowa State University. One person in particular that was as big a part of Mike’s success as anyone was his wife, Mary Ellen, whose undying support was a major motivator from the beginning. Durr acknowledges that the great people around him helped make his career what it became, he hopes that they remember him the same. “I want to be remembered as someone who not only helped make you a better player, but more importantly, a better person.” Charlie Engle – One of America’s Finest While being a legend in one’s community is certainly a great honor and accomplishment, it is another thing entirely to

“CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY” Bring in your scrap & Enjoy a Free BBQ Lunch with us! Thursday May 25, 2017 11AM - 2PM

Lots of Giveaways... 167 W. River Road Frankfort, NY 13340 315-735-4451

Monday - Friday 7:30AM - 4:00PM


reach a similar status on a national scale. We have seen people from Central New York achieve this feat in the professional ranks of sports, but to do it as a high school coach or player is unchartered territory. Be that as it may, there is no arguing that former Mount Markham varsity boys’ soccer coach, Charlie Engle, is one of the finest coaches the nation has ever seen. If you are reading this and thinking that statement is an exaggeration, we will present numbers later on in the story that support this claim. When we think of the most popular sports in the United States today, soccer may not rank near the top of the list. But for kids like Engle, who attended Oriskany Falls High School, football was not offered as an option. In order to fill their appetite for sports in the fall season, Engle and his classmates joined the soccer team, where they played for head coach Bob Friers; who was an all-state defender during his college days. While Engle was a serviceable basketball and baseball player, soccer was by far his best sport and the one he enjoyed playing the most. After learning a great deal about the game from Friers, Engle went on to play in college for SUNY-Brockport. Engle was inspired to become a physical education teacher by his family’s love for athletics. Even though his father passed away when Charlie was just ten years-old, he knew his dad was a fan and supporter of sports. Charlie’s uncle, who was less than ten years older than him, was known in their hometown for being a great athlete who influenced Engle’s career as much as anyone. When Engle graduated from Brockport, he took his first coaching and teaching job at Leonardsville High School in 1968. The following year, Leonardsville, Bridgewater and West Winfield merged into one school district and became Mount Markham with Engle named as head coach of the varsity soccer team. From the get-go, Engle’s teams dominated Section III. Much of the team’s success was attributed to his vast knowledge of the game but they also had a very talented pool of players to choose from. It always amazed Engle that his kids were so great at the game during this time period, as sports such as baseball and football were so much more popular in the area. Throughout the 1970s, Engle coached numerous undefeated teams, but as Section III schools began to adopt soccer programs, he needed to step up his game. Engle began attending national soccer conventions and seminars across the country that helped him stay ahead of a lot of other coaches. Engle’s incredible work ethic helped the Mount Markham Mustangs maintain their spot at the top of Section III throughout the 1980s. They won four Section titles in a row from 1984 to 1987, and appeared in the state title game in 1986. Engle was able to instill his drive into the Mustang players and more than any

WWW.GUMAGAZINE.COM set of soccer skills, his teams became known for their hustle and effort on the field. He could always live with a loss if the opposing team had played better than his, but what he could not tolerate, was seeing his players getting outhustled. The heart and determination of Engle’s teams became their identity. Mount Markham’s boys continued to play at a high level throughout the 1990s and 2000s. By the time Engle retired at the end of the 2016 season, he had accumulated a record of 650216-45, making him the winningest boys soccer coach in New York State history and placing him in the top fifteen winningest coaches in the United States. His teams accumulated nineteen League Championships, thirteen Section Championships and six final four appearances. Out of Engle’s forty-eight seasons as coach, forty-two of them ended with winning records including five undefeated campaigns. In 2004, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named Engle the High School Boys Division II Coach of the year as well as their Regional Coach of the Year. In 2010, he was inducted into the New York State Boys Soccer Hall of Fame. One would assume that Engle would have returned for his forty-ninth season as coach of Mount Markham in 2017 had it not been for some physical ailments he has dealt with in recent years. He felt it was time to call it a career even though mentally he still has so much to give to the youth. But it would take a whole lot more than a few aches and pains to prevent Engle from cheering on his Mustangs as a spectator at the upcoming year’s games. With some of his coaching friends gaining on his wins record, Engle jokes that he may be tempted to make a comeback, but for now, let’s celebrate his greatness as a member of the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame. “The Ageless Wonder” – Mike Damsky Having turned eighty-three years-old this year, Utica’s own Mike Damsky continues to add to an already hall of fame-worthy basketball career. No, he does not coach or manage a team; he still plays and competes against the top players in his age bracket in the country. Not only has he been a great performer on the court for the past sixty-five-plus years, but he is one of the founding members of the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame; and if there was a hall of fame for great story tellers, Mike would be a first-ballot inductee. His life’s journey began on Kemble Street in a three-family apartment building occupied by his grandparents and immediate family. As a kid, Damsky has a lot of fond memories of growing

Milestones 502 Court Street Suite 210 Utica, NY 13502 Providing direct care and support services across the 315-507-5800 (315) 480-5860 Providing direct care and support services across the Greater Utica area for individuals with mental health

Providing direct care and support services across the

2702 Genesee St. Utica 13502

(315) 797-0030

“At Neighborhood Family Dentistry our goal is to provide you with the same respect, honesty, compassion that we extend to close friends and family” - Erin L. Brown, D.D.S. Now Accepting new patients!


Welcoming New Patients!


155 GENESEE ST. NEW HARTFORD Hours 8:00AM - 5:30PM

CALL US TODAY! 732-3007

Providing direct care and support services

Greater Utica area for individuals with me and substance abuse issues.

● Outpatient Treatment ● Adolescent Tre

● Family and Grief Support Groups ● Profess

Greater Utica area for individuals with mental health

Providing direct care and support services across the

and substance abuse issues.

Greater Utica area for individuals with mental health

Milestones ● Outpatient Treatment ● Adolescent Treatment ● 502 Court Street Greater Utica area for individuals with mental health Providing direct and support across the ● Family and Grief Support Groups ● Professional Track ● Suite 210 andcare substance abuse services issues. and substance abuse issues. Milestones Utica, NY 13502 ● Veterans Program ● Medication Assisted Treatment ● Greater Utica area for individuals with mental health (315) 480-5860 502 Court Street ● DWI Program ● Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment ● Milestones and substance abuse issues. Suite 210 ● Outpatient Treatment ● Adolescent Treatment ● 502 Court Street

● Outpatient Treatment ● Adolescent Treatment ●

Utica, NY 13502 ● Family and Grief Support Groups of ● Professional Track ● Suite 210 Nicole Siriano, CASAC, Director Outpatient Services ● Family and Grief Support Groups ●●Professional Track ● Utica, NY 13502 (315) 480-5860 Veterans Program ● Medication Assisted Treatment ● ● Outpatient Treatment ● Adolescent Treatment ● (315) 480-5860 ● Veterans Program ● Medication Assisted Treatment ● ● DWI Program ● Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment ●

● DWI Family and Grief Support Groups ● Professional Track ●● ● Program ● Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment ● Veterans Program ● Medication Assisted Treatment ● Director Nicole Siriano, CASAC, Services Nicole Cozza-Siriano CASAC, DirectorofofOutpatient Outpatient Services ● DWI Program ● Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment ● Nicole Siriano, CASAC, Director of Outpatient Services

Nicole Siriano, CASAC, Director of Outpatient Services


● Veterans Program ● Medication Assisted and substance abuse issues.

● DWI Program ● Integrated Dual Diagnosis ● Outpatient Treatment ● Adolescent Treatment ● ● Family and Grief Support Groups ● Professional Track ● ● Veterans Program ● Medication Assisted Treatment ●

Nicole Siriano, CASAC, Director of Outpa

● DWI Program ● Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment ●

Nicole Siriano, CASAC, Director of Outpatient Services




up in Utica with his grandparents, who were European immigrants. One of the great thrills of Damsky’s childhood days in Utica, was seeing the great George Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers play at the Utica Armory. Growing up in Corn Hill ,he found pleasure in the simple joys of life; one of them was playing basketball. Back in those days, the game was not as readily available to children as it is today, so Damsky and his friends had to sneak into the few gyms that were around town. They would find their way into basketball courts at Kemble School, Utica Free Academy and in various churches across the city. Eventually, they would get kicked out, but they at least got to scratch their itch for a little while. For the better part of his youth, Damsky says he was not a very outstanding player, but a timely growth spurt came between his sophomore and junior years. He decided to join his high school team at UFA for the first time as a senior, and proved to be a very good big man, standing tall at six-foot-four-inches. Alongside Greater Utica Sports Hall of Famer, Nonnie Pensero, Damsky’s UFA team won the City Championship. Also at UFA, Damsky was a member of the school swim team. After high school, Damsky went on to attend Ohio State University where he tried out for the basketball team as a walk-on. He expected to be cut, but instead, proved to be a very good player and started on the Buckeyes’ junior varsity team during his first two years. After his junior year, Damsky left the team at Ohio State and began playing semi-professional ball in Columbus, Ohio. He then entered the military and joined a semi-pro team in California. When Mike returned to Utica in the early 1960s, he began playing for numerous championship teams in the MUNY League as well as the Tri-Hospital League, where some of the best athletes in the

area, such as Hall of Famer and good friend, Dick Miller, competed. As he eclipsed the age of fifty-five, Damsky became a part of some of the best senior league teams in the northeast, winning several state championships. In one season, his team won the Connecticut, Vermont, New York and Massachusetts titles. By winning state championships, Damsky’s teams qualified for a number of Senior Olympics where the top teams from across the nation compete and they would regularly advance to the quarterfinals. Today, Damsky is the only guy left from those teams able to play in the 80+ category at this year’s Olympics in Birmingham, Alabama. He still plays effectively with his back to the basket, using that signature hook shot that has kept him on the court for so many decades. Damsky is not only being inducted because of his accomplishments and lengthy career on the court, but also because of his contributions to sports in the local area. He is one of the founders of the Dick Miller youth basketball league that has been in Utica for many years and helped establish the Dick Miller Athletic Scholarship at Utica College. Damsky was thrilled to be able to honor his great friend and teammate through those efforts. In 1990, he was one of the founding members of the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame. What he is most proud of is that he and his daughter, Wendy Sanders (an inductee from the class of 2001) will become the first father-daughter duo in the Hall. When you sit down and talk basketball with Mike Damsky, you can hear the enthusiasm in his voice and it is no surprise that the game is still such a big part of his life. He will share stories of the time he had lunch with Larry Costello and Oscar Robertson, or how he played against former NBA All-Stars such as Tom Gola of the Philadelphia Warriors. He is living proof that age is but a number, and one of the keys to living a long, healthy life is: doing what you love.


Book your Summer or Fall cruise from New York / New Jersey & receive on Board Credit. Bermuda * Bahamas * Caribbean & Canada New England*

The Cruise Wizards 214 Oriskany Blvd. Whitesboro, NY 13492

Call Us Today: 315-768-1700 Toll-Free: 1-866-722-7447

*Book ocean view or higher staterooms for on board credit. New bookings only


9512 River Rd. Marcy, NY

315-380-8142 Memberships Now Available!

Golf Instruction

We Feature Professional Instruction Club Fitting Club Refitting, Re-Gripping, Club Repair, Club Sales & State-of-the-Art Technology Now at the Beacon Golf Center


Scoring Goals in Greater Utica by creating smiles M.T. Lavelle III DDS PC

Some of the greatest blessings we receive in life are the people who inspire us to chase our aspirations. Quite often, they do not realize how much their words and actions have an impact on us and stay with us long after they’re gone. Because of them, we are not only motivated to succeed for ourselves, but also to make them proud of the people we became. Years after the passing of his parents and grandparents, Dr. Mike Lavelle of Yorkville can still hear the words of wisdom they shared with him throughout his life. The sacrifices they made for Mike gave him the opportunity to achieve his childhood dream of becoming a dentist. Both sets of Mike’s grandparents arrived in New York City in the late 1800s. They eventually settled in Long Island and from countless hours of hard work, they were able to provide decent households for their families from low wages. They were the hardest-working people Mike had ever seen, and that work ethic was certainly passed down to Mike’s father and mother. Prior to starting his career as a boiler mechanic, Mike’s dad did a five-year tour in the south pacific during World War II. He was a tough man who along with Mike’s mother, a binder for a printing company, instilled their lessons and best personal qualities in their son. All throughout Mike’s upbringing, his parents always stressed the importance of staying focused. They always told him, “An obstacle is something you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” What was equally as significant in the Lavelle household, was receiving a good education. Mike’s father knew what it was like to perform physical labor for a living, day in and day out, and did not want the same life for his son. There is no doubt Mike was a special kind of kid, he had a laser-sharp focus that has helped him immensely to this day. When he was just six years-old, he was able to take apart his mother’s broken washing machine and make it work again. By the time he reached ten-years-old, Mike knew that one day he would become a dentist. “I would love to say I wanted to cure gum disease and tooth decay, but the truth is, I thought dentists had the best gizmos and gadgets to play with. I still do.” he told us. From then on, Mike never took his sights off that career objective. He held a job during the entire four-year period of earning his bachelor’s degree, and only owed $1,000 when he graduated. From there, Mike’s heart was set on Georgetown University in Washington DC, where he would finally receive his doctorate in 1985. While it is one of Mike’s greatest accomplishments to this day, it may have meant a little bit more to two other people in his life. “I walked across the JFK Center Stage to receive my diploma, both my parents were there. Mom was so proud; her eyes were beaming. Dad had a small tear. Shortly after graduation, my dad lost his battle with colon cancer, I later lost my mom to lung cancer. I miss them both and think of them often.” In 1991, Mike received a job offer in the Mohawk Valley and moved to this area from his native Long Island. By 1997, he started his solo practice in his current location at 165 Whitesboro Street in Yorkville. It was a scary time for Mike as he had just $66 left to his name when the building opened, but by remembering all that he learned from his parents, he persevered and now has a large number of regular patients. Mike’s practice has been successful for a number of reasons, starting with his incredible staff. At Dr. Lavelle’s office, the entire staff believes, “you should love what you do, and who you do it with” and “a little bit of humor goes a long way”. That sentiment is felt by their patients when they walk through the door. It is Mike’s goal to fix any dental-related issues his patients may have, but he is always sure to fit in some good conversation and a few laughs. His love for the local community is evident as soon as you walk into his office, which is decorated from wall to wall with Utica Comets memorabilia. As a Comets season ticket holder and proud sponsor of the Smile Cam, Mike loves interacting with the local people at home games. Staying in the Greater Utica area was an easy decision for him as he loves everything it has to offer, especially outdoor activities. Mike and his staff have been heavily involved with food and toy drives for charitable organizations since the office was opened. Dr. Lavelle has been a very nice addition to our community since he arrived almost thirty years ago. For more information on Dr. Lavelle log on to or call the office at 315-736-7822.


Oneida County History Center May 2017 Events **Programs are open to the general public** Saturday, May 6 at 1:00 PM— Silos Nearby Emily Zaengle, Executive Director of Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, will present her research photo-documenting 160 silos along Route 8 from Utica to South Brookfield. She’ll discuss the cultural and aesthetic history of these objects and how they've become an indicator of a changing agricultural landscape.

Saturday, May 13 at 1:00 PM— Songs to Build and Boat By: Music from the Erie Canal Explore the history of the canal through song with musicians Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. These high-spirited artists, along with their guitar, violin, banjo, harmonica, and ukulele, will examine the style of songs performed during the construction of the canal and their origins.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 19-21 — Erie Canal Bicentennial Conference Celebrate the canal's 200th anniversary in the county where it all began. This 3-day event features lectures, a bus tour, and a boat cruise on the Erie Canal. Attend all three days or choose your favorite event. Call 315-735-3642 or visit www. for more information.

Oneida County History Center 315-735-3642 32 GREATER UTICA MAGAZINE - May 2017

* 1608 Genesee St., Utica

* Website:


Getting Fit Greater Utica At

Carbone Athletics at

There are a number of challenges we deal with in our day to day lives, and one of the most strenuous tasks we face is maintaining our physical health. For many people, their desire to achieve physical fitness determines what they eat, how they exercise, and perhaps most importantly, where they exercise. Like any other type of business, there are tremendous benefits when choosing a locally-owned gym over the others. Not only are they invested in the community in which they operate, but they know their customers and because they do not have a bunch of locations to maintain, they are constantly finding ways to improve. For the past twenty-four years, The Fitness Mill in New York Mills has been one of the local leaders in the health club industry. Al Calogero, a native of the Greater Utica area, opened the twenty-seven thousand square-foot gym at the historic Mill #3 in 1993. Over the years, local individuals as well as teams from various high schools and colleges have been training at The Mill by using their wide range of equipment and variety of offered programs. Some of the best athletes to come from the area have done their regiments within those gym walls. Earlier this year, Al Calogero sold The Fitness Mill to local businessman, Alex Carbone, who has been a very active member of the gym for a number of years. Alex has dedicated his professional life to his family’s business, but he says that purchasing The Mill was strictly a passion project. “I am not in this to earn a living.” Alex says. “I want to invest in this building, which has a tremendous legacy. I’m doing it for the people who want to stay in shape and want to enjoy a great facility. I am also doing it for Al so that before he retires and moves on from the Mill, he can see something he worked so hard for taken to the next level.” Alex’s vision for The Fitness Mill is to ensure that it remains the premier health club in the Utica area and he has already started phase one of the revitalization process. He has teamed up with Al and a good friend, George Shaheen who travels to gyms throughout the country as a fitness consultant and equipment distributor. Together, they have come up with the right formula to replace a large portion of The Mill’s equipment with an upgraded lineup. They have already brought in new treadmills, elliptical machines, rowing machines, stair steppers, dumbbells, benches, multipurpose matrix machines and HOIST plated weight machines. They have even added a Fit3D Full Body Scanner which provides comprehensive wellness assessments including: posture analysis, body shape wellness scoring and body fat percentage calculation. There are still many more improvements to come according to Alex. “I want to put my heart and soul into this thing to see it thrive under its original name.” says Alex. He predicts that by the time phase two is complete, almost every piece of equipment in The Mill will be replaced, including the lockers. The new, state-of-the-art equipment will not only provide a more enjoyable training experience, but also a healthier one that promotes proper technique. Also at The Mill will be a variety of new classes that will differentiate the facility, including sessions on the various uses of TRX straps. One thing that Alex wants to be sure everyone knows, is that Al Calogero will continue to be on site for at least the next four years, providing members with his thirty-five-plus years of experience. When the facility is up to the level that Alex envisions, he says he is going to be sure to recruit as many of the local schools and colleges as possible to train with him and his staff. He also vows to carry on his family’s legacy of great community involvement on behalf of The Fitness Mill by making substantial donations to a handful of the area’s biggest charitable events. For more information contact The Fitness Mill at 315-768-1155 or see the facility for yourself at 587 Main Street in New York Mills.





l l i H e h t on

Charles F. Cleveland & Sylvester D. Powers By Dominick Velardi

some of those men who gave their lives for our country are from their own backyard here in Greater Utica? Months ago, I wrote a story about the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Oneida Square, which was a dedication to those that served and sacrificed in the Civil War; I wrote about how, throughout my life, I would pass this monument and never thought to “stop” and realize why it was there. Not once did I “stop” when I was at Kewpees as a child, or when

Sylvester Powers

It is undoubtable that anyone who serves in our armed forces, and puts their life on the line for our country, deserves to be respected during their living years; likewise, they deserve to have their lives honored and remembered after they have passed. As we all know, Memorial Day is a time that we Americans take to remember and decorate the graves of those who have served in our military. For those who passed on long ago, we depend on writings such as this to bring to light their great achievements for all to admire once again. At one point in my life, the thought of our area’s boys and men fighting in the Civil War never entered my mind. In my early years, it may have been my youth or ignorance that prevented me from recognizing the Civil War’s effect on us locally. In my later years, I still hadn’t given it much thought, maybe because my mind was trained to overlook it. I often thought of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and all the conflicts that followed, but that is because they affected my generation in some way or another. Presently, I think about the youths of today and wonder how much these more recent wars matter to them, as they were so meaningful to me. I wonder, when they are watching those graphic war films, are they realizing that


Soldiers and Sailors Monument - Oneida Square - Utica, NY

I was heading to UFA as a summer school student. In all my days working at Burger King as a high schooler, attending Munson Williams as an art student, or as an adult and parent driving by it on a regular basis: not once did I “stop”! It took more than 50 years for me to “stop” and read. The monument stood there for so long without meaning due to my lack of education or my enthusiasm to learn of why it was there. And then the day came when I decided to “stop” to admire the monument’s magnificence and to learn about its purpose. I studied every inch; I wanted to know everything about it. What did all the details in the monument mean? Who were the people responsible for the monument’s existence? What was it like to


be in Utica the day the monument was dedicated? Who were the people there and how far did they travel on dedication day? It is this Soldiers and Sailors Monument, along with the sacrifices of this area and the recognition of Memorial Day, that brings me to the first edition of our new segment: Up on the Hill. There are two people specifically who I am sure were present at the dedication of the monument; whether they knew each other or not, I do not know. One can almost be certain they did, given the similarities of their history; at the very least, it is my wish for it to be true. Hopefully for all of you, this story helps turn that piece of stone on Oneida Square, into the real life story of the people from our area that lived and sacrificed during the Civil War.

Charles F. Cleveland Charles F. Cleveland was born on August 14, 1844 in Hartford, NY (Approx. 60 miles north of Albany) and was the son of Daniel Cleveland and Alameda Dickinson Cleveland. Young Cleveland was making his living as a carpenter in Utica when he decided to enlist and serve the Union in the Civil War. It was on June 1st, 1861 that Private Charles F. Cleveland, at 16 years-old, became a member of Company C of the 26th New York Infantry. The Battle of Antietam, also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, was the bloodiest single day in American history, taking place on September 17th, 1862. During this battle,

The Battle of Antietam

“As night drew nearer, whispers of a great battle to be fought the next day grew louder, and we shuddered at the prospect, for battles had come to mean to us, as they never had before, blood, wounds, and death.- Private. Miles C. Huyette, Company B, 125th Pennsylvania Infantry

Spring into Savings at

Steet Toyota! OFF LEASH CONTROL AROUND DISTRACTIONS Sample Behaviors Addressed: Come

Sit Next to You

Walk with You

Sit at a Distance

Wait at the Door

Down Next to You

No Jumping

Down at a Distance

No Play Biting




No Digging


Boundary Training

Other Issues…

Faster. Smarter. Better.

Includes Lifetime Phone and Email Support!

Call For a FREE Evaluation! 315.570.3705

2007 TOYOTA RAV 4 BASE 4WD, 4CLY, Power Package - Silver Only 63K Miles STK#:17-2138 2010 TOYOTA PRIUS SolarRoof, Back- up Camera, Navigation, 50MPG 89K Miles STK#:17-720A -WON’T LAST!!! 2012 TOYOTA CAMRY LE 4CYL, Power PKG, 2 to choose from Tan with 49K & Red with 52K miles STK#: 17-316A 2013 TOYOTA COROLLA LE Power Pkg, Cruise, One Ower - Resale Red Only 30K miles STK#: P3941 2015 TOYOTA COROLLA LE Power Pkg., Cruise - Unique Brown Sugar Color 40k Miles- Priced Right! STK#P3958 2012 TOYOTA CAMRY LE 4CYL, Power Seat, Power Moonroof, Only 23K Miles - Grandma’s Car! STK#: 17-612A SEE WHY IT IS EASY DOING BUSINESS AT

$10,995 $10,995 $12,995

$13,995 $14,995 $15,995


Commercial Dr., Yorkville - 315-736-8241 May 2017 GREATER UTICA MAGAZINE 35


12,469 Union and 10,316 Confederate soldiers either suffered wounds, loss of life or were missing in action. It is hard to grasp the huge amount of lives lost during this battle, considering the fact that some were young boys in their low to midteens. Being a parent makes it even harder to comprehend as a lot of us worry about our children being injured from innocent horseplay. Even when they are in their older teens and away at college, we can’t help ourselves but to wonder about their safety from time to time. Compared to what these men went through, the punishments we received as kids do not seem as harsh anymore. Of course, we complained about being grounded and confined to a safe home, being smacked, or perhaps losing the privileges to the family car for a week. I can’t even imagine being a soldier in a confrontation of this magnitude, let alone being the parent of one. And to think for a moment, 18-year-

old Private Charles F. Cleveland from Utica, NY was in the middle of it all at Antietam. One who enlists into the service during wartime knows that confrontation is inevitable; however, is it even possible they could have imagined a battle as bloody as Antietam, with 22,785 combined casualties from both the North and the South? This battle was one of great significance for the Union; they needed to turn the Confederate soldiers back as it marked the first time the south had invaded northern territory. The Color Bearer In simple terms, the color bearers are the soldiers who carry the flags (the colors). More importantly, the color

The Color Bearer

To a soldier, a good soldier, the colors of his regiment are a priceless treasure. For their honor, he will submit willingly to any sacrifice, and a stain cast upon them is a stigma upon his own character. In the hour of peril, he will rally round them heedless of the din of battle and he considers his life of no value in their defense. -Frederick Curtenius, Colonel of the Sixth Michigan Infantry Regiment

12 Erie St Yorkville, NY (next to Club Monarch) True Naples, Italy style pizza! 315-864-8124 8636 Seneca Turnpike Mom wants some Wicked Sweets for Mother’s Day

• Cakes • Cookies • Pastries • & much more!

New Hartford, NY

Monday–Saturday: 11am–9pm

(315) 864-3728

12" Personal Neapolitan pizza baked in 90 seconds in our 800+° Wood Fired Oven!


Pistol Permit Class Held ever Saturday and Sunday Oneida - Herkimer & Madison Counties Call us today for details



bearer is a respected individual whom the soldiers of an army organize around. They gather around him because he bears the flags that represent the troop’s unit, their state, and their nation; the colors are what the troops march by, fight by and lay down their lives for. The colors would signal success when moving forward and failure when in retreat, so on the battlefield, no other symbol created more inspiration. If the colors retreated or the bearer fell when in battle, the troop would become disheartened and unorganized. It was considered an act of courage or bravery when anyone picked up the fallen colors (due to the person carrying them being shot or killed), because the color bearers were easy marks for enemies to set their sights on. In other words, you were almost guaranteed to die when assuming the position of color bearer. The opposition knew their importance and what they meant emotionally to their enemies in battle. At Antietam, the 26th suffered 7 killed, 39 wounded and 20 missing. During the battle, the Color Bearer of the 26th was shot and 18-year-old Charles F. Cleveland chose to pick up the flag and continued it forward into action until he was shot 3 times. This must be an example of what people mean when they rhetorically ask, “Do you know how many soldiers have died for that flag?” It is inspiring to know there were so many young men who willingly held the flag, and as they were shot and wounded, on bended knee, another soldier was always there to carry the colors forward. Charles F. Cleveland had god on his side; for he sur-

The Medal of Honor

“It was a deadly hailstorm of bullets, sweeping men down as hailstones sweep the leaves from the trees, and it was not long before he also went down, shot through the leg. As he fell he held up the flags and shouted: ‘Boys, save the colors!’ Before they could touch the ground, Corporal Charles Veal, of Company D, had seized the blue flag, and I the American flag, which had been presented to us by the patriotic women of our home in Baltimore.” - Sergeant-Major Christian A. Fleetwood of the Fourth U. S. Colored Troops Corporal Charles Veal and Sergeant-Major Christian A. Fleetwood were both awarded the medal of Honor for their bravery at New Market Heights, Virginia., September 29, 1864

vived his wounds and again returned to duty a couple months after he healed. The Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the oldest and most prestigious medal to be awarded to a member Cremation/ of the military and only Basic Arrangments 3,515 have received it since its inception during the Civil War.

$895 On June 12th, 1895, Charles F. Cleveland Crematory Fee was awarded the Medal Starting at: $245

315-797-1143 9835 River Road Marcy, New York

John L. Matt Furneral Home

3309 ONEIDA ST. CHADWICKS, NY 315-737-7310

of Honor by an act of congress for his most distinguished gallantry in the action at Antietam.

Steet - Ponte Volkswagen 5046 Commercial Drive 736-8291


Point Dealer Inspection

24 Hour

Roadside Assistance


Comprehensive Limited Warranty


Vehicle History Report



WWW.GUMAGAZINE.COM When Cleveland was discharged from duty on May 28th, 1863, he returned to Utica and later married Catherine Teresa Byrne in 1865; together, they had four children. In 1894, Cleveland decided to serve again, this time with the Utica Police service. A hard worker, Charles Cleveland moved up in the ranks of the force until he was promoted to Chief of Police, a position he held until his final day on earth. On February 29th, 1908, Charles Cleveland died at his home on Blandina St. in Utica at the age of 63. All flags were flown at half mass.

Right: Police Chief Charles F. Cleveland

Pasta • Seafood • Steaks • Burgers • Salads

4609 Commercial Dr New Hartford, NY 13413 (315) 736-3023

Mon thru Thur 11AM - 10PM Fri & Sat 11AM - 11PM

Gary Falchi’s

Carpet & Furniture Cleaning


9259 Paris Hill Rd. Sauquoit, NY

Oriental / Area Rugs Cleaned Free pick-up for our Greater Utica Magazine Readers* Established 1976

*Minimum Service Charge required call for details. Limited time offer! Offer ends 05/31/17

Homestyle Cooking At its Best! DAILY SPECIALS Tuesday Pierogies

PROP’S INN 144 Genesee St

new hartford

(315) 797-9806


Chicken & Biscuits


Fish Fry or Fried Shrimp Basket

Saturday & Sunday

Rigatoni & Meatballs • Chicken Riggies • Lasagna Baked Ham Sandwich on Rye with Cheddar • French Dip

Also on Sunday

THICK-CUT PRIME RIB Mashed Potatoes & Gravy with Corn, Roll & Au Jus

& Much More!


“There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.” -James Doolittle Sylvester D. Powers At an age when most children have their decisions made for them, Sylvester D. Powers was making life choices that any American would find amazing and brave. When researching a historical individual, their date of birth is obviously one of the most basic pieces of information you will find. When it comes to the story of Sylvester Powers, the subject’s date of birth could not be more important or interesting. Sylvester Powers was born on December 21st, 1848 in North Adams, MA to Irish immigrant parents, Nicholas and Bridget Powers. The Powers family lived in various places across New York State before they decided to settle in Utica, NY. Nicholas and Bridget had five children: Thomas, Sylvester, Edward, William and Annie. On December 2nd, 1861, Nicholas, at 39 years-old, joined the 101st Regiment out of Onondaga County. On that very same day, his son Thomas was enlisted and put into the same troop as his father. An average child Sylvester’s age would be attending the fourth grade, but at nine-years-old, he was making his way to work every morning at the Utica Steam Cotton Mills. Sylvester worked a number of other jobs while attending the Brother’s


School in Utica. At the age of 13, Sylvester, like his father and older brother, wanted to enlist in the army. His desire to join the service must have been relentless as he claimed to be 18 years and 3 months old on his enlistment papers. To top it off, his mother, Bridget, signed the same document confirming his age. It was now official, 13-year-old Sylvester was a member of the 117th Regiment of New York State Volunteers. This is not a misprint, Sylvester entered the Civil War as a volunteer at the age of 13 on July 29th, 1862; five months before his 14th birthday!

To enlist during the Civil War, a male had to be 21 years old or it required a parent to give consent.


Locally Owned and Operated Since 1866 “You can s�ll come to the office and talk to a Turnbull” Signed with an “X” - Sylvester Powers’ enlistment papers- Notice that the documents state Sylvester R. Powers, instead of his proper middle initial “D”. I have confirmed this as Sylvester D. through public notices in newspapers. Document Courtesy of the Hamilton College Library.

Celebrating 150 Years 1866-2016

600 French Road New Hartford, NY



Founded 1850 We invite you to Utica’s Outdoor Museum. Forest Hill is a non-denominational cemetery.

2201 Oneida St, Utica, NY 13501 (315) 735-2701

Please Mention this Ad May 2017 GREATER UTICA MAGAZINE 39


Our Area’s Boys & Men of The One-Hundred and Seventeenth

The One Hundred and Seventeenth, was a Regiment that consisted of 10 companies of men and boys from the following locations: •Utica • Rome •Vernon •Camden •Verona •Vienna •Westmoreland •Bridgewater •Whitestown, •New Hartford •Annsville •Oriskany •Trenton •Floyd •Steuben •Deerfield •Clayville •Paris •Kirkland, •Boonville •Ava •Western •Remsen •Clinton •Augusta •Deansville (Deansboro) •Marshall

The Battle of Cold Harbor

The battle worn flag of the 117th Regiment of New York State Volunteers

The Battle of Cold Harbor

Chesterfield Restaurant

Mother’s Day Buffet From 12-4PM Call for Reservations Off Premise Catering Graduations • Showers & more! 1713 Bleecker Street, Utica, NY 13501 Phone:(315) 732-9356


From May 31st to June 12th, 1864, with nearly two years of experience at war, 15 year-old Sylvester would be fighting in his second major battle. This time he would be in a 12 day fight at the Battle of Cold Harbor in Mechanicsville, Virginia. The Battle of Cold Harbor was yet another conflict known for being one of the bloodiest in American history; with over 18,000 casualties either killed, wounded or missing in action.

315-381-3231 7756 State Rte 5 Clinton

Pizza & Wing Specials

Sm Cheese & 20 - $17.95 Lg Cheese & 20 – $21.95 Lg Cheese & 25 - $24.95 Lg Cheese & 50 - $35.95

(Plus tax, Celery, Blue cheese & Toppings extra Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11am-10pm Sun 1pm-8pm


The Battle of Chaffin’s Farm

The Battle of Chaffin’s Farm The Battle of Chaffin’s Farm took place on September 29th and 30th, 1864 in Henrico County, Virginia. It was a fight that would claim the lives of 641 combined Americans from the North and South. The Battle caused 3,567 soldiers to be wounded and 1,149 to be either captured or missing in action. It was on the first day of this battle that Sylvester D. Powers would be claimed among those missing. At 15 years-old, Sylvester was missing in a war that had claimed an estimated 620,000 American lives. Today, he would not be old enough to get a learner’s permit to drive; however, in Sylvester’s world, he was old enough to fight for his country, his state and his home. One would assume it was

8441 SENECA TURNPIKE NEW HARTFORD, NY 13413 315-732-3502 • 800-317-9566 WWW.BigAppleMusic.Net

Bring in your old records or tapes & we will convert them to CD We also Convert, VHS to DVD

Professionally Dry Cleaned

DANIEL R. COOK Dry Cleaning

315-733-7022 the first one is free, $5 for each one thereafter!

New Hartford Shopping Center

Across from Planet Fitness

Since 1914

Expires May 31, 2017




just as important to him that he make a stand with his father and older brother. Sylvester believed that fighting was the right thing to do; perhaps, he had heard the slogan yelled out at all the recruitment rallies held throughout Oneida County, “Rally Round the Flag!” At 13 years-old, he went to war to preserve the Union and now at 15, he was a prisoner in one of the most feared camps of the South: Libby Prison.

Approximately 450 miles from Sylvester’s home (10 to 12 days on foot), Libby Prison was a place known for being ridden with disease. Inmates were left malnourished in overcrowded conditions and there was a high rate of prisoner mortality. Prisoners by the thousands were kept in open rooms with only barred windows and exposed to insects and the elements of the weather. On May 19th, 1865, Sylvester Pow-

Libby Prison - Richmond, Virginia


Good Credit, Bad Credit, Bankruptcies, Judgments and Previous Repos.

601 Rutger St, Utica & 2150 Oriskany Blvd.




Roofing & Construction

• Architectural Shingles • Demolition 15TH ANNIVERSARY SALE • Single Ply EPDM • Lead / Mold From this... $4,995* •Siding & Gutters • Asbestos Removal •Brick Tuck Pointing • Facade Work 2005 Cadillac Deville 85k miles Moonroof, Leather & More!

To this... $32,995* 2013 Ford F150 Supercrew King Ranch - 72k miles 4X4, Moonroof, Back Up Cam, Heated Leather Seats & More! *Tax, Title, Dealer Fees

Mention this ad No Money Down!

Commercial - Residential

Serving Utica and Surrounding Areas

& Tags extra.

We have a vehicle to fit any budget!

•Local •Loyal •Reliable We got you covered!!!

At M&M Auto Sales we help rebuild your credit one payment at a time

If we don’t have what you are looking for, we can get it!

Scan here for our full inventory


Call us today!



ers was exchanged and returned to his regiment after spending nearly 8 months at Libby Prison. When returned, he was stricken with fever, in starved condition and had no hair on his head.

52 Henderson St New York Mil s NY 13417 Across from Walgreens

Call us or visit us today 315-922-7691

Hours: Mon-Sat 10ish-6ish Sun 11ish-5ish

Sylvester D. Powers comes back to Utica, NY

Pick out the perfect wedding gift from our large selection of Nora Fleming collection!

On his return home, Sylvester enlisted into the National Guard and joined the volunteer fire department in Utica. At the fire department, Sylvester was stationed at the old No. 7, until the volunteer system became a paid department. In 1876, the still young Sylvester Powers purchased the Senate Hotel on the corner of Court and Garden (Sunset Ave) Streets, where he remained the owner until somewhere between 1899 and 1900.

The Brewery Business in Utica, NY In 1885, Sylvester became one of the organizers of the Columbia Brewing Company. At Columbia, Sylvester would serve as Vice President and for a time, he acted as President until its reorganization into the West End Brewing Company in 1888. In that same year, he became West End Brewery’s first Vice President, which he remained until his death. On May 13th, 1916, Sylvester D. Powers died of pneumonia at his Sunset Avenue home. Sylvester was married twice; once to a Hannah Soley who died in 1884, and again 13 years later to Emma Campbell, who died in 1912. He had one son named George Powers who also lived in Utica. Who would have thought, two brave men from our area, Charles F. Cleveland and Sylvester D. Powers, served valiantly in the Civil War? Certainly, not me at one time. As I stated earlier, 620,000 lives were lost in the Civil War from disease as well as injury. At first glance, it is hard to believe with all the modern weaponry we have today, that the Civil War would have the highest number of American casualties? Thinking more simplistically, it was due to both sides of the military consisting mainly of Americans.

The Added Touch Drapery Shop We are Not Just a Drapery Store! 1 Genesee St New Hartford 315-793-1994

Mon - Friday10:00AM-5:00PM Sat -10:00AM-2:00PM

Fabric • Aluminum • Window • Patio Commercial & Residential Custom Canvas Manufacturing Fine Quality Since 1939



• Object Framing • Needle Point • Custom Mirrors $ .95 Package available for Flat Artwork

Clothing & giftware for men, women, children & infants!

!"#$%&'()*"#+%,#-%+"./,0 2$#3%/(2$#3%&*"'-0$#%,#-%


Tue-Fri 9:30AM -5:30PM Sat 9:30AM -3:00PM Closed Sun & Mon 10% off your custom framing order- with this ad

8240 Seneca Turnpike, Clinton


///560"7",2,08#5&(2% 9:%;$4)%<,06%=(/3%>'"#)(#3%?@%ABC5DCA5DAED%

20 West Park Row Clinton, NY 315-853-3650




In Closing I would like to believe that these two men; Sylvester, a one-time firemen and Charles, a police chief, must have known each other. After all, they shared the same war, both volunteered their lives for their country, and lived in the same city. I would have to imagine that these two volunteers were standing somewhere near each other on Oneida Square on October 13, 1891. That they both witnessed together, the pulling down of the sheet from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. We can imagine Charles Cleveland and Sylvester Powers both smiling as recognition was given to them and their fallen brothers. I am so thankful that I took the time to “stop”; to study the monument and what it was saying to me. I invite you to do the same the next time you pass it. I promise you will not only be thankful you did “stop”; you will also be thankful for all that the brave soldiers like Cleveland and Powers have given us. Both Charles F. Cleveland and Sylvester Powers are buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, in Utica, NY Or as I like to call it, Up on the Hill.

Above: Our Veterans and people from the area honoring those who lost their fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins and friends in the Civil War. They took the time to “stop” at the momument on Oneida Square. Picture courtesy of the Oneida County History Center.

Flying high and proud above the grave site of Charles F. Cleveland is the Medal of Honor Flag. In the ground is a John E. Creedon flag marker for his service in the Utica Police Department. Left: The Grave site of Sylvester D. Powers. There was another stone that was worn and appreared it may have had UFD on it. Center & Right: Booklet from the annunal reunion of the 117th that recognizes the loss of comrades- Courtesy of Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

Nationally Certified Master Groomer

25 years experience

•Bathing & Blowouts •Trims •Haircuts to Breed Standards •Cat Grooming •Gland Expressing •Hand Stripping •Ear Cleaning

Gentle yet thorough full service grooming for dogs and cats! 3 Main St. Whitesboro, NY Happy Mother’s Day



Waterfront Grille

Spring has Sprung! So can your new construction!




Call us today!

9 College Street Clinton, NY 13323


Since 1949

(315) 717-0700

1309 Champlin Ave. 800 Mohawk St, Herkimer, NY 13350 11:30AM–3:30PM, 5–9PM Yorkville, NY

• Memorials • Repair • Cleaning • Lettering • Planting Available • Gift Certificates for Mother’s Day!

Excellent Food - Beautiful Atmosphere


You can always find something special in Greater Utica, when looking in...


& Attic Addicts Sometimes, all it takes is one trip to a particular local business and you realize there is something special about it. There is an aura about it that is welcoming; and everyone, customers and staff included, are so happy to be there. It is more than just a place to spend money, it’s one of your favorite stops to make when you are out on the town. When we took an afternoon trip to The Queen’s Closet & Attic Addicts in Yorkville, it was quite apparent that this little local shop has that exact warm feeling. The store is owned by Mary Gearhart, a woman born and raised in Holland Patent who has built a one-of-a-kind business over the last eighteen years. After graduating from college, Mary started her almost twenty-year career in human services before deciding it was time for a change. All during her adult life, she shopped at consignment stores and frequented estate sales, learning the ins and outs of the business from a consumer’s perspective. She came up with the idea of using her experience to open a business in each field in 1998 in the Yorkville Plaza. After a handful of years, things took off and the store doubled in size as Mary proved to be accommodating and trustworthy to her customers and consignors. She also has a great knack for filling the store with highly-demanded items. Most customers who walk into The Queen’s Closet are quite surprised to see the high-quality products in their inventory. They sell everything from high-end jewelry, designer hand bags, eyewear and trendy clothing to home furnishings and decorative items. On the shelves and racks, you will find products for both men and women that are made by such brand names as Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Kenneth Cole, Dooney and Bourke, Coach, Levi, and so many more. The best part of all is that you can purchase them at a fraction of the cost they are sold at the major retail stores. The bulk of the clothing and accessories in the store are for women, but The Queen’s Closet is one of the only local consignment shops that also offer men’s clothing. There is more to know about the shop than all of the cool things you can buy. Being that it is a consignment shop, The Queen’s Closet accepts for consignment all of its items from customers who are looking to sell some of their unwanted belongings. As long as the items are in good condition and Mary feels they will sell, she is willing take a wide range of products. Mary often jokes, “I’ve sold everything but children and pets.” When Mary sells a product that has been brought to her, she receives a percentage of the sale as commission (determined on a case-by-case basis), but most of the revenue goes back to the consignor. With the consignor’s permission, any leftover items that do not sell, are donated to charitable organizations such as Veterans Outreach, Mohawk Valley Resource Center For Refugees and Faith Furniture Store. Under the same roof, Mary offers estate sales and liquidations through her Attic Addicts business. Understanding how difficult and stressful an estate sale can be, Mary says she has been successful by providing her services in an accommodating and ethical manner. What makes the Queen’s Closet special, is the aforementioned “aura” you feel when walking in the shop. In the half-hour we spent in the store, there was not a frowning face in the house and every customer stopped by to have a conversation with Mary on their way out. One customer told us how whenever she is in a sad mood, she knows her spirits will be high when she leaves the store. Another woman named Denise, who has been a consignor with Mary for eighteen years, says that the store really has a family atmosphere and she cannot say enough about how accommodating they were when handling her mother’s estate sale. Even Mary’s one full-time employee, Patty, is emotionally-invested in the store as the two have been great friends for many years. With Mary’s husband, Kim, doing the books from home, it truly is a family business and she says she could have never made it this far without him. To set a consignment appointment with Mary call 315-736-9160 or stop by the store at 22 Oriskany Boulevard in the Yorkville Plaza. For updates on the Queen’s Closet and Attic Addicts, visit them on Facebook.





With Jerry Kraus ORLEANS & Special Guest: The Todd Hobin Band Friday, May 19th at 8:00pm at The Stanley Theatre, Utica ORLEANS, best known as the 70s Pop/Rock band that brought you the iconic hits "Still the One", "Dance With Me", “Let There Be Music” and "Love Takes Time" will be at The Stanley Theater in Utica on Friday, May 19th at 8pm. Opening the concert will be Central New York music legends, The Todd Hobin Band. No strangers to this area, Orleans has performed at The Utica War Memorial, Munson- Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and at the Utica AUD in 1974 on their tour with ZZ Top. Aficionados and true fans may remember they even played at New Hartford High School back in 1978! Their songs have become part of our life and some have even made it into commercials. Co-founders Lance Hoppen and John Hall lead the current line-up of Orleans, along with long-standing members Lane Hoppen, Fly Amero and Charlie Morgan. Now entering their 41st year of live performances, Orleans has produced a body of work spanning 16 albums and several DVDs. The band continues to be in great demand domestically and internationally for live shows, as they have been for four decades. For more information about Orleans please visit For more information about Orleans please visit Todd Hobin Band just celebrated their 40th anniversary together. The original members continue to play to a dedicated and growing fan base, delivering the legendary performances that made them one of Central New York’s hardest working and well-traveled bands. The music is distinctly American, melodic, driving, and powerful. They’ve played thousands of shows and have shared the stage with the greatest bands of their time from The Beach Boys and Kinks, to the Allman Brothers and Hall & Oates. They were recently at The Stanley back in March of 2015 for a ‘Support the Stanley’ concert.

What are you Waiting For?

•Wide Selection of Tap Beer! •Burgers • Wings • Salads •Pub Melts • Pizza •Wraps •Sandwiches • Appetizers Happy Hour Everyday 3pm - 7pm Don’t Forget! We Cater Too!

257 Genesee St., Utica, NY




The Oneida County History Council and the Canal Society of New York presents

May 19-21, 2017


Attention teachers!

Takes place at Oneida County History Center at 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502 8:00-9:00am – Sign in/late registration

9:00-9:30am – Conference welcome by chair Dick Williams and opening remarks 9:30-10:30am – Dr. Andrew Wolfe – Engineering the Erie Canal 10:30-11:30am – Craig Williams, Canal Society of NYS – The Erie Canal - The Early Years 11:30am-1:00pm – Lunch break; participants are on their own 1:00-2:00pm – Tom Grasso, president emeritus of the Canal Society of New York State – Erie Predecessors - Early Canals of Western Europe 2:00-3:00pm – Devin Lander, New York State Historian and Brad Utter Senior Historian/Curator, Science and Technological History, New York State Museum – Canal Warehouses, with specific

Teachers are eligible to receive CTLE credit through OHM BOCES for Day 1 of the Conference. (Friday, May 19th) Special Instructions: K-12 teachers please register on ‘My Learning Plan’ in addition to registering on This event is listed under ‘Erie Canal Bicentennial Conference.’

focus on one that was in the Village of Mohawk 3:00-3:30pm – Christine O’Neil, Executive Director, Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum – The Erie Canal Today 3:30-4:00pm – Dana Krueger, DanaEvents Introduction to the World Canal Conference and announcements 4:30-6:00pm – Optional: Conference Break with two options: 1) Canal Society of New York State tour of inner harbor machine shops in North Utica (host: Craig Williams) or 2) Fort Schuyler Club open house at 254 Genesee Street (built by Samuel Farwell, engineer on the Erie Canal, now a private city club with impressive historic interior). 6:00-8:00 – Optional: Dinner at Aqua Vino with entertainment by Cincinnati Creek

Conference Pricing, Bus Tour Details and Registration: Attend just the Friday lectures or join us for other weekend conference activities: Great for history lovers, educators and students. Saturday: A bus tour hosted by the Canal Society of New York will take you to prominent historic sites that helped shape the canal from Utica to Rome Sunday: Head out on the canal with an Erie Canal Boat tour leaving from Herkimer, NY

Erie Canal Bicentennial Conference is GREATER on: and May 2017 UTICA MAGAZINE


May 2017  

This issue Greater Utica Magazine includes: Mohawk Airlines, The Greater Utica Sports Hall a Fame- Class of 2017, Up on the Hill - Charles F...

May 2017  

This issue Greater Utica Magazine includes: Mohawk Airlines, The Greater Utica Sports Hall a Fame- Class of 2017, Up on the Hill - Charles F...