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by Jamie Aloi Growing up my weekends consisted of traveling ab out an hour away from home to an old farm where a bout six different families, with up to four generations, went to get away from the daily grind. This pla ce is an outdoor club located on a piece of land that was once a farm with a large pond, open field, and fo rests full of trails. Each family owned either a trailer or rented out a room in the old farm house or re-d one chicken coop. We, as kids, would all play in the o pen field during the day and at night everyone would cram into the old barn that had been converted into a club house to hang out, eat and mainly play cards — pitch was the game of choice. During the day we would go out and explore the la nd. There were about five different trails we could ch oose to take on any one day, There were two along th e pond (that depending on the time of year would co nnect all the way around the pond), one along the cr eek that was formed from the water exiting the pond, one leading away perpendicular to the pond and one leading away from the open field. We would almost e

very weekend explore at least one of these trails, usu ally the one next to the creek where we would also pl ay, making dams or bridges and catching crayfish. T he trail leading away from the pond was the longest t rail we had that if you took it long enough you would come upon a corn field. Sometimes we would go tho ugh the cornfield and eventually swing around and meet up with the trail that connected to the open fiel d. Along that trail there was a path that veered off th at would lead us to an old abandoned stone foundation of what was once a sugar mill. There was also a trail that the men of the camp created that connected the two trails about halfway in-between, but this one also depended on the height of the water becaus e it crossed the creek and there was no bridge. Exploring these trails never got old as there was al ways something new; new growth, new trees down or running into animals scurrying away from the rowd y kids. This was our childhood home away from hom e that we will always have and let the future generations of our family enjoy. Having this experience growing up has helped create who I am today. Most children these days don’t g et to experience living in the outdoors with no access

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The Landlord’s Dog by Jan P. Case ‘Landlord says the dog has got to go.’ That’s a bit of a stretch, since I am the landlord, but that was what I told people while trying to relocate a male pit bull puppy who, at 10 months of age, was already exceeding 75 pounds. Like most moms, I got into this situation due to my kid. Last May my 17 year old daughter announced that her friend had given her a puppy. It was a pit bull, but good news — he was already named! Seriously, that was her selling point. I do not see a future in marketing for Abigail. But how could I say no? After all, he was already named! Onyx arrived at the end of May. He was a cutie: big ears, big eyes, and the cutest smile. Spring turned into summer and Onyx took his rightful position in our home and in our hearts. He had so much love, so much energy. He loved to hike, run and chase bears (a story in itself for another time.) He also loved to chase Annie the Jack Russell; Annie would chase the tennis ball and Onyx would chase her. Then there was the chewing — he would chew anything he could, his palate included dining room chairs, scissors, and sadly my eyeglasses. But the chewing was always forgiven because he was the best hugger. Onyx knew enough to rest his head

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to internet or television. We explored and discovered things that wouldn’t happen if we stayed inside. There are things I learned from this place that I nev er would have been able to learn from a classroom or the internet. This sparked my love for the outside an d helped shape for my future career of wanting to wo rk outside and not at a desk in some building. I belie ve that every child should get to live this way.

against you when you went in for the squeeze. Everyone enjoyed plenty of outdoor time and hugs well into the fall. But time stands still for no one and by the time fall turned into winter, the cute puppy had turned into a still cute, but exceeding 75 pound, puppy. I took him for a lot of walks in the village, but he never would get to run around like he enjoyed in the summer, it broke my heart to see him so bored. Beyond his boredom, I began to notice another issue with owning a pit bull. While walking Onyx, I noticed other pedestrians scurrying to the other side of the street when we met. I noticed a change in my neighbor’s demeanor around Onyx and me; he would wave but would no longer stop and chat. The final clue that something was amiss was the holidays. My brother made his annual trek home to the farm, but never stopped at my home in the village. I asked my mom what was up with that and she told me he was afraid of Onyx. “He’s just too big,” she explained. “And you know, he is a pit bull.” Poor Onyx, burdened with the stigma of being a pit bull. His size and apparent scare factor led to the decision to try to find Onyx a new home as soon as possible.

I had no luck at all. At the same time I contacted our local no-kill shelter, there was a huge pit bull rescue in a neighboring village. I called rescue groups within a 75 mile radius. Most responses were the same: we are maxed out, we can put you on a waiting list, and do you know how hard it is to find a new home for a pit bull? Things were not looking good for Onyx. I work for a weekly agriculture paper. Onyx needed room to run. Who has that? Farmers. So I placed an ad in Country Folks: ‘Free dog, 10 mos. old, 75 plus or minus lbs.

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Onyx and Abbie at their home last February. Photos by Jan P. Case


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by Kelly Gates The sight of a front yard lemonade stand conjures up images of a carefree childhood, of 10 cent signs promoting watered down powder mix and kind-hearted passersby who choke down a cup for the kiddos. But for one little girl, her lemonade stand stood for something much more. Having been diagnosed with neuroblastoma as an infant, four-year old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, announced to her parents in the summer of 2000 that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. “Things have changed drastically in recent years thanks to major advancements in research, so much that if Alex were diagnosed with her particular type of cancer today, she would be treated differently and would have a much better prognosis,” said Liz Scott, Alex’s mother and coexecutive director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. “We went from seeing Alex out in the front yard with her little pitcher of lemonade and a poster board to

having 35,000-plus lemonade stands and hundreds of thousands of people raising money to find a cure for childhood cancer across the country.” Sadly, Alex passed in 2004 at the age of eight. But during the four years she sold lemonade, she helped raised $1 million to help find a cure for the disease that took her life. The foundation she founded recently reached the $60 million mark, having funded more than 325 research projects across the country involving more than 70 institutions committed to finding cures for over 24 types of cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has also inspired individuals and entire corporations even, to carry on her legacy of hope. The Lemon Society of Philadelphia was formed by young professionals in the “City of Love” to help support the charity. During a recent fundraiser, the group raised nearly $90,000 through a silent auction and speakeasy event. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse has hosted

lemonade stands for the charity. So have Daniel Webster Elementary School in New Jersey, the University Center at the University of Tennessee, and many families honoring friends and family members who have survived cancer or lost their battles with the disease. Alex Guarnaschelli, who recently won Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef: Redemption” and is a regular judge on the primetime show “Chopped,” is another avid supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. She is currently working on a lemon lime lemonade recipe and a pairing of ginger cookies that she plans to present to the foundation. “I have a daughter who has taught me a lot along the way. She is only five, but she is a powerful little human,” says Guarnaschelli. “It stuns me how effective children can be in their messaging; and I believe that every child should enjoy that basic right to become an adult. Getting rid of childhood cancers is one effective way to reach that goal.” Anyone who wishes to host a lemonade stand–or

run a marathon, bike multiple miles or raise money for the group in any other way–begins by signing up on the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation website ( www.alexslemonade.org ). They are then mailed a bright yellow envelope filled with a banner, posters, photos of young “heroes” who have cancer and talking points containing detailed information so they can accurately educate others about childhood cancer.

The foundation also puts on local and nationwide events to increase awareness and bring in additional funds for cancer research. In September of this year, a new activity will challenge people throughout the U.S. to collectively run or walk one million miles. “We will be asking people to walk or run as many miles as they can during September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The goal is to combine all of

the miles and hopefully, reach one million miles in total,” said Liz. “Each participating person or team will get a page on our website to post photos and messages of encouragement. Their friends and family can go to the site and donate pledges in support of the walkers and runners.” Any parent would go a million miles if it would help cure his/her child of cancer and this event is a great way to symbolize the commitment to finding that cure, she added.

Lemon Society of Philadelphia presents a check to the foundation after a speakeasy and silent auction fundraiser in April 2013. Photo courtesy of Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Onyx from Page 1 anywhere right now and pick him up.’ I made plans to drive Onyx to meet these folks the very next day. During the trip, I questioned my actions. What am I doing, driving over an hour and a half to a remote location with my daughter and dog, to meet folks I know very little about? Perhaps a little more foresight was called for! I tried not to let Abigail see how nervous I was. Onyx was just happy to be on a road trip. When we got closer I talked to Abigail about how we were going to handle the situation. If we did not like the looks of the place, we were going to just drive on by; we should keep him on his leash and hold it until we are sure; we better keep the tail gate open so we can load him as quick as possible. She made a comment about how I should watch less Criminal Minds and more Animal Planet. We finally arrived and met Dan, Kelly and their dogs, Melee and Sophie. We visited with them for a while and finally Abbie, with all the grace a teenager posseses, Onyx with his new family: Dan, Kelly, Melee, and Sophie. states she is so relieved that they

Landlord says dog has got to go. Dog wonders what a youth in Asia has got to do with him, saveonyx@gmail.com.’ My coworkers scoffed. “You can’t put an ad like that in the paper,” they said. “Somebody is going to complain about the ‘youth in Asia,’ and they may think you are being rude.” My response was, “Maybe, but I know somebody is going to read it and chuckle. They are going to be the right fit for Onyx. They will have a sense of humor. That is the person I want.” It worked. I was flooded with emails. One email that stood out, said ‘we want your dog; we will drive

Onyx gives the ultimate “puppy dog” look. He knows just how to milk those big ears and eyes!

are not crazy, weird people, and said she felt very comfortable leaving Onyx with them. Dan and Kelly are beef farmers, and Country Folks subscribers. We took a leap of faith and it turned out well. Onyx is very happy; Dan and Kelly love him very much. They send me periodic updates and let me know how he is doing. Onyx now gets plenty of exercise, he has become fast friends with Melee, and Kelly happily reports that he still gives the best hugs — truly a happy ending for both Onyx and this landlord.

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Old Man icon honored 10 years after statue fell by Holly Ramer, Associated Press CONCORD, NH (AP) — Edward Geddes already had spent two long days on the mountain when the weather turned. Battered by wind and soaked by rain — “like shower baths of ice water” — he clung to a rope and pressed on, even after the rain turned to ice that coated his clothing and left two of his fingers crooked for the rest of his life. It was 1916, and the crew assigned to help Geddes rescue New Hampshire’s Old Man of the Mountain had given up. But Geddes continued the work alone, drilling 11-inch holes into the granite and installing turnbuckles and rods to hold the ledges in place. “When the men Col. Greenleaf had hired to help me all deserted, I did not intend to be beaten. I leave it to you to judge whether I had time to play or not,” he wrote when the work was complete. Thanks to Geddes’ efforts and those of others who followed, the 40-foot-tall natural rock formation that resembled an old man’s face remained suspended 1,200 feet above Franconia Notch until May 3, 2003, when it smashed to the ground. Over the years, it became the state’s most recognizable symbol — the Legislature adopted it as the state emblem in 1945, and it still appears on the state quarter, highway

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signs, license plates and countless souvenirs. A decade after the Old Man’s demise, the famed stone profile is little more than a historical footnote to the state’s youngest residents. But it remains a beloved family member to others, including the descendants of Geddes, a granite quarry superintendent from Quincy, MA, who performed the first repair work on the Old Man nearly a century ago. Ronald Geddes, 71, was a toddler when the man he knew as Uncle Ed died in 1944. But his father — Edward Geddes’ nephew — was close to him, and Ronald Geddes grew up hearing about his connection to the Old Man. “He was very focused, very wiry, and he was fearless,” Geddes said of his great-uncle. “He suffered, and he prevailed.” Geddes, who lives in Boston, visited the Old Man many times growing up and as an adult. And while his first thought was always how proud he was that “someone in our family actually did that,” he also understood what drew countless others to the site. “It became a symbol of something. It had a magical, spiritual quality,” he said. Although no one knows how old the Old Man of Mountain was before it fell, several groups of surveyors working in the Franconia Notch area took credit for discovering it in 1805. It quickly became a popular tourist attraction and inspired many works of art and literature. Statesman Daniel Webster compared it to the signs hung outside shops to indicate specific trades: “Shoe makers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the Mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there he makes men.” Edward Geddes, who returned to the mountain in 1937 amid rumors that the Old Man was about to topple, offered a slight tweak to that quotation after his measurements showed the rocks had not moved even a sixteenth of an inch in 21 years. “I came to the conclusion that the words of Daniel Webster should be extended to read that once in a while New Hampshire as well as producing men produces a few ‘liars,”’ he said, according to an article published in the Quincy Patriot Ledger at the time. Although Geddes was followed by other equally devoted caretakers who protected and patched up the Old Man in later years, Mother Nature had the last word. Soon after the profile’s 2003 tumble, a nonprofit volunteer group began raising money for a $5 million multiphase memorial dedicated to the Old Man, but donations dried up after the first phase was completed in 2011 and no further work will be done, said Dick Hamilton, a board member of the Old man Legacy Fund. More than 25,000 people visited the memorial site last summer, but it’s unclear whether it will continue to attract visitors. Some visitors who left reviews on the travel website tripadvisor.com said they appreciated learning more about the Old Man’s history, but

A Tree in Fall by Conni Partridge Driving through the back roads of New England in the fall of the year can be dangerous. With my camera beside me on the seat, I set out to photograph the awesome beauty of the great northeastern woods. Carefully parking or stopping on the roadside, I photographed vines creeping colorfully over rocks, trees with bright canopies and even bushes in their autumn glory.

Old Man of the Mountain on April 26, 2003, seven days before the before the collapse. A night spring snow fell the night before. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Joseph

The site of the Old Man of the Mountain in July 2010, 7 years after the collapse. Photo source: Wikipedia Commons others complained that it wasn’t worth the trip. At a Concord playground Thursday, 8-year-old Alexis Tramontozzi of Goffstown paused for a moment when asked if she had ever heard of the Old Man of the Mountain before replying with a definite “no.” Her grandmother, Eloise Frank, said her family always stopped to see the Old Man when they took vacations in the White Mountains when she was a child, but she is unlikely to ever visit the memorial site. But that doesn’t mean she wants the state to find a new symbol. “I think it should stay,” she said. “What would you change it into?” In 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and 5,000 others attended a 150th birthday party for the Old Man at the Cannon Mountain tramway parking area. On May 3, a much smaller ceremony was held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Old Man’s fall. Ralph Geddes, another great-nephew of the profile’s first repairman, drove up from his home in Raynham, MA, much like he did a decade ago. “The morning I heard he fell, I went straight there,” he said. “I needed to do it. It was in my family.”

Suddenly a great, tall, black-barked tree loomed before me dressed in raiment of brilliant yellow. Its giant, oval shaped leaves took me by surprise. I checked the road both ways then stepped from my car and aimed for a vertical shot. Suddenly the road seemed to move backwards, away from my car! In my haste to get a shot of that rugged old tree with its primary-yellow leaves, I had left my car in forward gear. I tried to grab the door but fell flat on my face in the street, bruising my hands and knees. I scrambled to my feet, and, sprinting on my 65-year-old legs, I caught the gearshift and tried to throw it into neutral. As I plopped into the seat, the shifter bypassed neutral and lurched my car into reverse. The next instant, my foot was on the brake. Retrieving my camera from the street, I drove home, laughing sheepishly to myself. I got the shot.


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palette of true beauty. Traveling on the little red roadster over the country roads, I have watched farmers preparing their fields. Some are planting alfalfa, small grains and corn. Soon those tilled fields will be covered with new green. I’ve even noticed a few fishermen out there trying their luck. I was told they have been catching a few 3 1/2 pound bass and small walleyes. A friend told me a few years ago when he went fishing if he didn’t have bad luck, he’d have no luck at all.

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Chow Line: Try new greens for your salad I always used to use romaine lettuce for salads, but recently I switched to a spring mix and I love it. What can you tell me about other types of greens for fresh salads? This is a great time of year to start exploring a wider variety of fresh greens. If you’re adventurous, you can even plant a few varieties and grow your own — leafy greens are cool-season crops and thrive in early and mid-spring. But even if you’re not

interested in developing a green thumb, exploring new types of lettuce can add variety and interest to your salads. Iceberg lettuce is still the most widely available and most popular type of lettuce. It’s not hard to see why: It tends to last longer in the refrigerator than other types of lettuce, and adds a good crunch to the salad bowl. But it has few nutrients compared to other types of lettuce and leafy greens, so your body will thank you to

add darker greens to the mix. A darker color indicates a more nutritious choice. You can find detailed information about different types of greens around the web. In particular, Colorado State University Extension and the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s “Fruit and Veggies: More Matters” website offer tips on flavor, nutrition and storage. Links to both can be found at http://bit.ly/lettuceinfo. Here are some tidbits

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gathered from those sites: • Watercress has a spicy flavor and is good in salads and on sandwiches. Choose green leaves without any yellow areas or slippery stems. • Radicchio has maroon or purple leaves with white veins that form into a loosely wrapped cabbage-like head. Its flavor is bittersweet. • Baby bok choy has a crunchy, celery-like texture and a mild flavor.

• Arugula has a peppery flavor. Choose young, fresh leaves. • Red leaf lettuce is similar to romaine lettuce, but is higher in antioxidants and offers color and interest to a salad. • Escarole’s flavor varies — lighter-colored portions are mild, but the darker portions of the leaves can be bitter. • Spinach is always a good addition to a salad. Choose young or baby leaves. Savoy spinach has curly leaves but of-

fers the same benefits. Also, Colorado State University Extension recommends rinsing lettuce under cold water just before using rather than before storage to reduce risk of spoilage and bacterial growth on the leaves. Chow Line is a service of Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Possibly bragging is not proper… however, it is always proper to say thank you. Thank you all 26,000 homes (which actually equates to 91,000 people) in Herkimer County for your reception

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by Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Buying a diamond ring can be intimidating. What do you look for? How much should you pay? Should you buy online or in a store? Demystify the process by learning about the four C’s: carat, color, clarity and cut. This system of grading diamonds was developed 60 years ago by the Gemological Institute of America. Then do some research online or visit jewelers. You’ll soon understand your options. Here’s a primer on the four C’s

and other advice. The Four C’s • Carat is a weight measurement. A 1-carat diamond weighs 200 milligrams. But there’s no ideal size for a diamond. It depends on your budget and taste. Some women want a big rock; others prefer a delicate, less blingy look. Small diamonds are cheaper than large diamonds. A ring with three small diamonds totaling 1 carat costs less than a single 1-carat stone of similar quality. • Color is graded by letter, starting with D for rare, colorless diamonds.

E and F are considered excellent, but G or H diamonds will look just as good to the naked eye. Farther down the scale, you’ll notice differences. “If you put a K color beside a G color, you’ll notice more yellow in the K,” said Russell Shor, senior industry analyst for the Gemological Institute. • Clarity measures diamond flaws, called inclusions, which might appear as tiny spots, clouds or cavities in the stone. The clarity grade SI stands for “slightly included.” VS is a better grade, “very slightly in-

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Small Business Week in Herkimer County May 19th-25th

In return our local businesses are offering you the following discounts and/or specials: Small Business Week Specials 1. Adirondack Bank - Stop into an Adirondack Bank branch during Small Business Week and mention Small Business Week, plus open a new checking account and you will receive your first order of checks free. 2. Licari Motor Car, Inc. (Herkimer) - $250 off any Vehicle Purchase or 15% off All Under Body Repairs - Both offers valid May 20th - 24th, 2013. 3. Herkimer County HealthNet (Herkimer) - During Small Business Week, be one of the first 20 to stop by the Chamber office and pick up information on the Herkimer County HealthNet’s “The ABC’s of Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play” and receive a free water bottle. 4. Froggy’s Take-Out (Ilion) - 25% Off your “entire” check. Restriction- One time savings during that week please. 5. Heads-R-Turning Salon & Spa (Ilion) - Receive a “FREE Mini-Facial ($30.00 Savings) with the purchase of a 1 Hour Blended Massage- $85.00 (Includes Swedish, Hot Stone and Deep Tissue Therapy). 6. Geraty Pool & Spa (Herkimer) - Spend $100 and receive a Free Liberty Mattress and Swim Ring a $21 Value - while supply lasts. 7. The Cakery Café (Dolgeville) - buy one bakery item you get one free excluding cakes. 8. NBT Bank - We will be honoring Small Business Week by hosting a Customer Appreciation Day on Monday, where we will have a cake that says: In Honor of our Small Business Customers! 9. Crystal Chandelier (between Herkimer & Middleville) Mention Small Business Week and receive 15% off dinner on Thursday, May 23rd. 10. Dominick’s Deli (Herkimer) - Mention Small Business Week and receive a free drink with any purchase on Wednesday May 22nd. 11. Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce (Herkimer) - Become a paid new member during Small Business Week and besides getting a free insert in our mailed newsletter (already a new member perk) you will receive one free eblast ad ($50 value).

12. Mohawk Station Restaurant (Mohawk) - 10% off on Wednesday, May 22nd. 13. Waterfront Grille (Herkimer) - 20% off Lunch or Dinner on Wednesday, May 22nd. 14. Salvatore’s (Herkimer) - 10% off a meal purchase May 20th - 23rd. 15. Hummel’s Office Plus (Herkimer) - 25% off Garden Accessories May 19th - 25th. 16. Paesano’s Pizzeria (Mohawk) - Get a large one-topping pizza for $8.00 Wednesday, May 22nd. 17. Herkimer Diamond Mines, Inc. (between Herkimer & Middleville) - Special discount for the week of May 19th - 25th Receive a 30% discount on all Herkimer Diamond Mines jewelry and gift items. 18. Gems Along the Mohawk (Herkimer) - Special discount for the week of May 19th - 5th - With any purchase at Gems Along the Mohawk, you become eligible to win a gift basket featuring a variety of items from several of our Herkimer County vendors. Value $300.00. 19. Herkimer Curves will waive the joining fee on all memberships during Small Business Week May 19-25! That will be a $59 savings! 20. Weisser’s Jewelers (Herkimer) - During Small Business Week FREE Jewelry Cleaning and Appraisals - Promote Gold Buying, 15% off for all precious metals sold. 21. “New 2 You Consignments” and “The Sellers Ave” (Ilion) are offering 10% off any clothing purchase from May 21st - 25th. 22. Crazy Otto’s (Herkimer) - May 22nd buy one breakfast, lunch, or dinner entree at regular price, get the second one for 1/2 price. 23. Casey’s Restaurant at the Knights Inn of Little Falls 10% off your meal purchase on May 22nd. 24. Vintage Spirits (Herkimer) - Free Wine & Spirits Tasting May 17th from 4-7:00pm featuring Lake Placid Spirits. 25. HBE Group (Herkimer, Dolgeville) - Stop in during Small Business Week to be entered into a free drawing for an iPad (drawing in September).

Join in on the following events. Free networking opportunities are priceless 20th Main Street Monday - Shop Local Small Businesses 21st Tidy-Up Tuesday - Meet Deb Cabral the DeClutter Coach/DC Efficiency Consulting-Herkimer County Community College 8:30am 22nd Wine & Dine Wednesday - Support our Local Restaurants 23rd Thank You Thursday - Find out how HCCC can help your business at an Evening Reception at Herkimer County Community College • 5:30-7:30pm Finger Foods and Adult Beverages 24th Fun Friday - 7:30-9:00am Stop in the Chamber office for additional information from the week’s events and grab some coffee and a doughnut on your way to work.

cluded.” VVS is even higher, “very, very slightly included.” Most inclusions in the VVS-SI range cannot be seen by the untrained eye “unless someone tells you where it is,” Shor said.

preference to find the best diamond for you and your budget,” said Amanda Gizzi, spokeswoman for Jewelers of America. For example, for

• Cut measures workmanship, rather than a diamond’s inherent qualities. The way a stone is cut enhances sparkle and luminosity and can hide flaws. The best cut rating, ideal, is rare. About a third of diamonds are rated fair, good or very good. The Formula What should you look for in each of the C’s? “The one thing you should not trade off on is the quality of the cut,” said Shor. “Even a nice color stone, if not wellcut, will be dull and lifeless. But if it’s a middle color — like K — and it’s got a real excellent cut, it will pop and flash with all the sparkle that diamonds are famous for.” After choosing the cut, “balance the color, clarity and carat weight based on your personal

$2,000, you might pick a 1-carat, K-color stone with a slight inclusion, or a half-carat, G-color, with a very slight inclusion. An L or M-colored diamond at that price “will get you a 2-carat honker, but you’ll definitely notice the yellow and you’ll see some inclusions,” said Shor. Consumers pay $3,500 on average for engagement rings, according to Jewelers of America. On the low end, Shor recommends spending at least $700 to $1,000 to get “something that’s not too small and of reasonable quality, a respectable half-carat stone.” It’s easy to compare options online. At BlueNile.com, set your price range, then play with carat size and the other C’s to see tradeoffs.

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a couple of inches from one end. I attached the new “bumper boards” to the wall studs. To make it easier, I located and marked the studs first, then predrilled the boards. Once the boards were in place, I attached them to the studs using 4-inch wood screws, countersunk the screw heads slightly and covered with wood putty to hide them from the kids. Finally, I painted the new boards. The plain wood tended to soak up paint, so I had to put on two coats of primer first. Then I painted them with

a “kid-resistant” paint (available at any paint store) with an eggshell finish that is easier to wipe clean. Once the kids are grown, I will likely replace the bumper boards with regular baseboard. You can save the old baseboard, but mine is too damaged, so I plan to scrap it and start fresh. Hope your readers can benefit from my experience! — Sam G., Baltimore A: That sounds like a great fix for the playroom. Thanks for sharing! Readers, to remove baseboard without dam-

HOSKING SALES • WEEKLY SALES EVERY MONDAY Weekly Sales Every Monday starting at 12:30 with Misc. & small animals, 1:00 Dairy. Call for more info and sale times. Our Volume is increasing weekly - join your neighbors & send your livestock this way! Monday, May 6th sale - cull ave. .69 Top cow $ .91, bulls/steers $.78 - $.96, bull calves top $1.55, heifer calves top $1.00, dairy feeders $.40 - $.88, feeder bulls $.83 - $1.25, Feeder heifers $.80 - $1.22, feeder steers $.68 - $1.25. Dairy bred heifers up to $1050. Lambs 30# - 49# $1.14 - $1.20. Monday, May 20th - Monthly Sheep, Lamb, Goat & Pig Sale. Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day - We will be open. We will be starting at 10:00AM with flowers, plants, shrubs. If you want to participate in consigning to the plant sale contact us as soon as possible. Note the time of sale! We will have our normal schedule after the plant sale. Monday, June 3rd - Monthly Fat Cow & Feeder Sale. LOOKING TO HAVE A FARM SALE OR JUST SELL A FEW - GIVE US A CALL. ** Trucking Assistance - Call the Sale Barn or check out our trucker list on our Web-Site. Call to advertise in any of these sales it makes a difference. Directions: Hosking Sales 6096 NYS Rt. 8, 30 miles South of Utica & 6 miles North of New Berlin, NY. www.hoskingsales.com Call today with your consignments.

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aging the drywall beneath or marring the paint, first run a box cutter or a small putty knife along the top of the baseboard to separate paint, glue or other material from the wall. Next, using a nail set (or a sturdy nail) and a hammer, locate the larger anchoring nails along the baseboard, place the nail set against the nail head, and hammer a few times. This will push the baseboard back slightly, creating a gap. Use a small prybar to pull the board away from the wall. To protect the wall, hold a piece of scrap wood against the wall and

lean the prybar against it. Once the baseboard pulls away, you can either remove the finishing nails from the drywall or pound them in, so they don’t stick out. Before storing or tossing the old baseboard, remove nails from it or hammer them to the side to keep others from getting injured. HOME TIP: Rub beeswax or bar soap onto the threads of a wood screw, and it will be easier to screw into solid wood boards or studs. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Home Country by Slim Randles Those of us who call this little valley home have a unique blessing in the form of Perry, our dentist. Yes, when we go to get the fangs fixed up at O’Dontall Dental, down in the old brick building near the office of the Valley Weekly Miracle, the grinding and scraping and numbing and lip shaking is accompanied by … well … acting. You see, Perry worked his way through dental school by treading the boards … acting on stage, that is. When all was said and done and he received his final mouth mirror, he’d become a darn fine dentist, and could quote Shakespeare and others at the drop of a hat. And he’d even drop the hat for you. It was like that for Dud recently, when he went in for his six-month check-

up and polish job. “Ah, Dudley,” Perry said, peering into his mouth, “the years have favored you kindly in the mouth department. Very little cleaning to do.” “Ahhhks,” Dud said. “You’re welcome. Here’s a scraper on number six, however. I can only say, as I scrape … out, out damned spot! Leave and take with thee the spectre of decay! Begone and tarry no more to add to the misery of my boon companion!” Dr. O’Dontall sometimes uses his native Irish accent to emphasize things, as well. “’Tis brushing after every meal you be, Dudley, my eyes tell me true…” “Errrrrt” “That’s right fine, lad, right fine. And thanking you kindly for years to come your mouth will be,

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by Ryan Trares, Daily Journal NASHVILLE, IN (AP) — That broom sitting in the closet might not seem like a work of art. Most people don’t think about the care and work that went into making it — how the bristles were folded, twisted and turned, or how the wire attaching the handle was kept under intense pressure to remain tight. But Brian Newton has spent years studying, perfecting and practicing the craft. For more than 200

years, Americans have been making their brooms out of a type of grass called broomcorn. Even as synthetic fibers have entered the market, certain artisans still adhere to the age-old techniques that broom-makers have used for centuries. Newton is one of the holdouts. In his workshop, called Broomcorn Johnny’s in downtown Nashville, he fashions sturdy, simple brooms that exemplify the sensibilities of the pioneers. He uses tools from the late 19th and early 20th

centuries to preserve a down-home art form that has all but been forgotten. “There’s something unique about the old arts and crafts that are dying off. It’s important to keep them around, important that people see them. There’s a heritage there,” he told the Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/14P27vT ). Newton’s broom-making will be showcased at this year’s Johnson County Garden Celebration. “What he does is interesting, and he’s using a

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waiting until the perfect time when the stalk is strong yet bending but before seeds come in. “It’s very labor intensive. You have to do it in patches, because it never grows at the same rate,” he said. “If you tried to do it all at once, you’d waste it all.” In Newton’s shop, sheathes of broomcorn sits piled on shelves. Some are the natural straw-like color that the vegetation normally dries out to. Others have been dyed in rich teal, magenta, crimson and other colors.

Visitors can browse through dozens of brooms that Newton crafted. They can sit on a bench and watch him painstakingly turn the broomcorn into a working tool. His equipment was salvaged from a barn in Camden. The wood-andiron machine, called a foot treadle, holds the broom handle in place so that Newton can bind the strands with silver wire. The flat-broom style that Newton uses origi-

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Operating dairy farm with 196 acres of quality well maintained and fertilized land. 2013 crops are being planted and will be sold to buyer of the farm. Farmland borders 3 roadways including Brookman’s Corner, Mill Lane, and Rt. 80. Buildings: 98 cow dairy barn. 3 bedroom, 1 bath, dining room, and kitchen farmhouse. 1 car garage, 40x36 pole barn, 30 stall heifer barn, 3 concrete silos, 1 Harvestore silo. Plenty of water with 2 wells and 1 pond. The farmland is some of the best in the Mohawk Valley region and is well known for quality corn crops. Real Estate Terms for financing are 10% day of sale, balance on or before 45 days. Buyers must pre-register and show proof of financing prior to day of sale and must be willing to pay the minimum bid asked by the seller.

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Custom Services COLOR GLOSSY PHOTO CALENDARS: Only $12.00 includes tax. Send us your digital prints and we will make a beautiful keepsake calendar for you. You may also bring in your photos on a disc or thumb drive. If you would like us to mail it is a $5.00 extra fee. Only 3 day turnaround time. Contact Lee Publications bsnyder@leepub.com or 518673-0101 FRAN’S PAINTING & STAINING. Lead Certified. Spray or brush. Free estimates. 315717-2061

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Bedding Plants Annuals, Perennials, Herbs & Baskets are ready now! Heirloom veggie plants. Visit our garden center today! www.BrickHouseAcres.com 315-737-5635

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Dogs YORKSHIRE TERRIERS, 3 females, ready to go, May 10th. ACA registered, vet checked. 1st shots. $500 each. 315-271-3521.

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1993 CORVETTE convertible, triple black, 6 speed, leather, both seats electric, CD & cassette player, no rain w/cover, 36,000 miles, $15,000. 315271-3602

Collectibles COINS WANTED! Silver Coins, Old Coins, Proof Set, Collections, Estates. Since 1974. Terry West Coins 315797-7875 WANTED - CA$H PAID: For old jewelry, books. Dolls toys, even if broken, 1970s older. 1960s & older: Clothing. Old frames, Christmas, Halloween items. Interested in almost anything old. Shirley 315-8949032.

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LAWN SALE: 105 Willis Ave., Herkimer. Sat.- Mon. Memorial Day Weekend. Adirondack decor, clothes, tools, furniture, craft supplies, houseware, more. Twin bed mattress, new, $300. Dresser, bar memorabilia, camping gear.

CUSTOM FORMICA Countertops. Cash & Carry or Installed. Duda Woodworking & Chair Hospital, 734 Lafayette St., Utica 315-7334715 “Quality Work for Over 33 Years!” Hide-a-bed couch; rocking chair; end table, coffee table set; dining room set, 11 pieces/insets; mirror; bookcase; set: womans chest with mirror, mens 5 drawer chest; 21” TV; all-in-1 printer; floor lamp; fur coat; set of china; set of Oneida flatware. 315-2199021 MAHOGANY Dining Room Hutch, table two leaves, six chairs, $325.00; white kitchen hutch, $50.00; child’s roll top desk, maple, $125.00. Call 315-429-3665 after 4:00pm

Garage Sales ESTATE SALE: 578 McGowan Rd., Ilion. Sat. May 25th through Sun. May 26th. 8 am3 pm. No early birds. GARAGE SALE: 1192 Elizabethtown Rd., Ilion: Household items, clothing & more. May 25th and 26th from 8am5pm

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HUGE SALE: Lovingly used Antiques, Primitives & Country Reproductions. May 17 & 18, 9am-4pm, 9299 Paris Hill Rd., Sauquoit. Pictures on Craigslist.com

DOLLS FOR SALE: If interested in buying contact at bjcaldw@gmail.com. FOR SALE- MOVING: Guilbransen Organ Double Keyboard, needs some work, $200/firm. Call 518-993-2069

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Hay - Straw For Sale HORSE HAY: Round bales $40.00 per bale. Mohawk Valley Produce Auction. 518-568-2257

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Nashville from 15 nated in the 1820s and has been employed much in the same way ever since. Each broom takes about an hour to make. Newton’s family grew up on a farm in northern Indiana, and he remembers nearby Amish families making their own brooms. He was fascinated by the process, watching them spin the dried strands of broomcorn. But it never occurred to him to learn how to do it himself. As an adult, Newton worked as a mechanical designer until a heart problem forced him to reconsider his career path. His health forced him to think of lowstress, low-impact work he could do. He recalled the Amish craftsmen making brooms and went searching for the right equipment. By chance, someone knew of old equipment in a nearby barn. “Broom-making found me. It made the choice for me,” Newton said. The knowledge used to make these Shaker-style brooms had all but disappeared. The painstaking method of hanging and drying the broomcorn, wiring the bristles and stitching had been passed down by only a few craftsmen, including Wayne Thompson. An Alabama-based broom-maker, Thompson had spent 44 years making brooms. That had been handed down to him by a 90-year expert in it. He taught Newton that repetition is the only way to master the craft. “After about 300 of them, you get the hang of it,” Newton said. “There’s a lot of little things that you pick up each time.” Being in the heart of Nashville’s art and craft district, Newton gets a wide variety of people interested in seeing his work. His reputation has spread to fairs and competitions throughout the county, and often craft enthusiasts make appointments to sit in on a broom-making session. He also takes part in contests and fairs throughout the Midwest. Newton was a secondplace winner at the Arco-

la National Craft Broom Competition last year, where his elegant broom beat out a dozen other artisans. “There are about 100 of these broom-makers around the U.S., and they make these beautiful brooms. We wanted to get back to the broom tradition,” said Pat Monahan, who organized the broom-making contest. “We wanted to honor them and let people realize that you can get a real functional broom that’s a work of art.” For Newton, that’s the reason he’s stayed committed to broom-making. “In my opinion, they never got any better. There’s all different kinds of ways you can go to make a broom, but this is still the best,” he said.

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