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featuring our

7th annual

maple syrup guide MARCH 2020


ETHEL and Robert Mirabal, Native American musician and three-time GRAMMYÂŽ Award winner, present THE RIVER. The audience is immersed in a flow of music, narrative, and ritual that evokes timeless Native American traditions through contemporary musical artistry.

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Sweet Spring by Sharry L. Whitney

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contents 6 Oneida County History Center 10 ADK Journal 13 Valley Girl Adventures 15 Maple Syrup Producers 18 MV Astronomy Club 19 Restaurant Guide 25 Antiques Guide 28 MV Crossword 29 March in Nature 33 MV Artists 34 On The Farm with Suzie 38 MV Gardens & Recipes 40 Gallery Guide 43 MV Nature 50 Classical MV 51 Herkimer Co. Historical Society 53 Tales from Shawangunk, Part 66 58 Genesee Joe 59 Advertiser Directory 61 Sponsor News 62 Contest Answers

Although I enjoy the snow for cross-country skiing, by the time March comes around I am as eager as anybody for signs of spring. In our area (and exclusively our part of the world) one of the first indications that winter is coming to an end is the appearance of maple syrup buckets clinging to the maple trees. This sweet product is unique to our part of the world, first introduced to Europeans by the indigenous peoples of North American. If you’ve never made maple syrup, you should give it a try - if only to understand the process and the work involved. Believe me, you’ll never complain about the price of maple syrup again! We wanted our children to experience maple syrup making and although we only have three sugar maples in our yard, we managed to produce about a gallon of syrup. We bought tiny 4 oz. canning jars (yes, they make them that small!) and Lance designed labels, “Whitney’s Three Maple Farm.” For Christmas that year, we sent our homemade gifts to our relatives on the West Coast and down South - a sweet treat from our neck of the woods and unique to our corner of the world! Visit a local maple syrup producer this month. Maple Weekends are March 21,22 and March 28, 29.


PUBLISHERS Lance and Sharry Whitney EDITOR Sharry Whitney DESIGN & LAYOUT Lance David Whitney ASSISTANT EDITOR Shelley Malenowski ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE Susan Collea CONTRIBUTORS Peggy Spencer Behrendt, Carol Higgins, Suzie Jones, John Keller, Melinda Karastury, Susan Perkins, Matt Perry, Cynthia Quackenbush, Denise Szarek, Gary VanRiper CONTACT US (315) 853-7133 30 Kellogg Street Clinton, NY 13323 www.MohawkValleyLiving.com mohawkvalleyliving@hotmail.com Mohawk Valley Living is a monthly magazine and television show that explore the area’s arts, culture, and heritage. Copyright © 2020. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of Mohawk Valley Living, Inc. Printed at Vicks in Yorkville, NY.

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March is the month for the “wearing of the green,” and for St. Patrick’s Day this color can be seen. But in Utica March is also for the “wearing of the red,” and donning of that color for this Saint is widespread. 2 words, 11 letters

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Utica’s New Century Club

Notable local suffrage leader, Lucy Carlisle Watson, served as the New Century Club’s third president.

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Genesee Street in Utica is filled with historic homes and businesses, each with its own unique story. The building at 253 Genesee Street was once home to one of the oldest women’s clubs in New York, the New Century Club, and is packed with historic connections and significance to our community. March is Women’s History Month, the perfect time to share the story of this cultural landmark. The New Century Club, Utica’s oldest women’s club and the second oldest club in the New York State Federation of Women’s Clubs, was incorporated on December 13, 1893. The club was organized by Francis A. Goodale, the wife of Utica Banker John Goodale, who served as the club’s first president from 1893-1898. Goodale was a community organizer at the local and state level; she was Chairman of State Correspondence for the New York State Federation of Women’s Clubs. She was inspired by the New Century Club in Philadelphia, PA and brought the idea to Utica. Her goal, and the goal of the founding members, was to create a stronger voice for women in civic and community affairs. Early membership consisted of both middle class and working women who wanted to increase their education. The club adopted its motto in 1896: “The union of women for accomplishing high and difficult things in the ladder that raises the climber while it makes the heights accessible.” The membership wasted little time in enacting this motto and served as a place for

A postcard shows the Masonic Temple next to the New Century Club on Genesee Street.

Early photograph showing the New Century Club on the corner of Genesee and Hopper in Utica

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cultural, educational, and social activities. The New Century Club’s first meeting was held in a small apartment on Washington Street, but the organization quickly outgrew this space with 250 members in 1894. They briefly met at 17 Court Street but relocated to the mansion at 253 Genesee Street, which was erected in the 1820s by Otis Manchester and purchased from Dr. J.C. Palmer in 1895. Club members sold bonds to raise $16,000 to purchase the mansion that they called home for close to 100 years. A 600-seat auditorium was added in the late 1890s and was the first large auditorium in the city of Utica. The women raised their own funds for this addition too. The auditorium was used for the club’s activities as well as community activities. Utica Free Academy held graduation ceremonies in the auditorium until 1910 and was the official home of the Children’s Theatre in the 1970s. Other community projects included street cleaning, teacher training, educational programs for Utica schools, and youth programs for outdoor recreation, arts, theatre, and home economics. The club was frequently busy and hosted lecturers, singers, musicians, dancers, formal balls, and other gatherings up until the 1940s. Susan B. Anthony, Julia Ward Howe, Jane Addams, and Jeanette Rankin are among some of

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the famous women who spoke at the club. Philosopher and poet John Cowper Powys, English poet-laureate John Mansfield, and authors Maurice Hindus and Hugh Wapole are other notable presenters. In addition to sharing cultural activities and ideas, the club was also committed to preserving and sharing local history. A committee of the club wrote a history of the city, An Outline History of Utica and Vicinity, published by L.C. Childs and Son in 1900. The book covers the early history of our area starting with the mention of the Oneida Nation and the founding of the city of Utica through the late 1800s. This book also includes chapters on geology, botany, birds, and community organizations including the Oneida History Society (today the History Center). The committee’s goal was to bring together the most important facts of local history with mention of noteworthy citizens and of the natural surroundings. It was designed to interest the community in “the life of the past and stimulate the young to reach forward to the highest type of citizenship in the opening of the century.” Many local women of note belonged to the club with membership peaking at 400. Lucy Carlisle Watson, notable local suffrage leader, served as the club’s third president and Utica Public Library Head Librarian Alice Cynthia Dodge was president of the club from 1978-1984. Dodge was active throughout the community and helped the city progress. She assumed many leadership roles serving as Sunday School Superintendent and church librarian of the Plymouth Bethesda United Church in Utica, and first woman president of the Oneida Historical Society (today the Oneida

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County History Center) in 1955. Dodge also led efforts and helped research to support the club’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The club was placed on both registers in 1985 for its architectural and cultural significance. The New Century Club remained active through the 1990s; however, membership dwindled and the club decided to sell 253 Genesee Street in 1994, just a year after the club’s centennial celebration. The club continued to meet into the 2000s at local restaurants and businesses. The membership roster in 2003-2004 lists Mabel Tamm as president, Annette Shaffer as vice president, Sophie Kuroski as recording secretary, Lois Yates as corresponding secretary, Ruth Pritchar as Treasurer, and close to 40 members. Today 253 Genesee Street is closed but was undergoing renovations as of 2018. It is hoped that this piece of our city’s civic and cultural history will one day again become available to the residents of the city, and this great piece of history can be shared. •

Oneida County History Center Utica Public Library Head Librarian Alice Cynthia Dodge was president of the New Century Club from 1978-1984.

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Young Justin VanRiper at Moss Lake. Our annual trip became a family tradition.

Sarah Ike and Addison Kelly choose another way to ‘hike’ the Cascade Trail!

The Inlet-Outdoor Family Challenge This is a family quest I brainstormed with staff from the Town of Inlet Information Center and members of the Inlet Area Business Association several years ago and involves hiking, biking or paddling any 12 of 17 diverse locations throughout the region. Actually, the three mountains of the Fulton Chain Trifecta are among spots that can be selected. A brochure for the Challenge can be downloaded at https://www.adirondackexperience.


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Bald Mountain qualifies for both the Fulton Chain Trifecta and The Inlet Outdoor Family Challenge.

Paddling any one of the Fulton Chain’s eight lakes checks one of the boxes toward completing the Inlet Outdoor Family Challenge

Fish on Fourth Lake This will be the year I’ll finally get a fishing license. I was myself a boy the last time I dropped a line in the water. We won’t have to go far to have fun with this one. A simple walk from camp to shore and start reeling in one of those sunfish hanging out under the dock. Most likely the same one over and over! If we really feeling adventurous, maybe we’ll head out to deeper waters in our little outboard putt-putt. Paddle on Moss Lake Getting my son to Moss Lake every year when he was young became a tradition. I still treasure the series of black and white photos taken there. The same has become true for the grandson, (his photos are in full color!) but he has not yet been out on the water. Paddling out to the island at center of the lake would also make him a third generation to observe breeding Osprey raising their own young at the top of a dead snag that somehow still survives there standing tall. Come on, fair weather. It’s time to paddle and fish and hike and climb! • Gary VanRiper is an author, photographer, and pastor at the Camden Wesleyan Church. He has written 15 children’s books with his son, Justin. Find out more at: www.adirondackkids.com

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Steven and I found a great place to get a treat on a recent Sunday when we checked out Napoli’s Italian Bakery and Deli. It was easy enough to find on Culver Avenue, not too far from the exit off Route 5S. I am familiar with Culver from being in the National Guard and from running in the Boilermaker. Now I have another Culver Avenue destination. I was impressed when I saw the sign that said Napoli’s is “still owned and operated by the Zenzillo Family.” I love a local, family owned business! The place is small but filled with good food. I was immediately interested in sausage and other rolls on the counter. I love sausage rolls but rarely attempt to make them. I can’t quite get the hang of rolling out the dough. I wanted to try the antipasto roll, but Steven wanted sausage. We compromised on sausage and peppers. Must have vegetables, after all! We also wanted something sweet, so looked over a nearby cooler. I chose a chocolate cannoli while Steven got an éclair. He got a cup of coffee and we sat at a little table to eat our

Missy Hacker, left, and Janine Zenzillo. Napoli’s has been in the Zenzillo family since it was first opened by Antonio and Josephine Zenzillo in 1962

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sweets. After I ate my cannoli, Steven was still enjoying his coffee, so I walked around taking a few pictures, also making mental notes of what to buy next time. Homemade sausage and sopressata, cold cuts, olives, many goods from Cora. Mmmmm…… People noticed me taking pictures, so I explained that I write a blog and sometimes articles for Mohawk Valley Living magazine. Steven suggested I take a picture of the nice ladies behind the counter. When I asked their names, I found out one was a Zenzillo. “Oh, one of the owners,” I said. I complimented them on their store and promised to return soon. Incidentally the sausage and pepper roll was delicious. I can’t wait to go back and get an antipasto roll! •

People travel from miles around (and even neighboring states) for Napoli’s famous tomato pie!

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Guide to maple producers Awaiting spring. Our Woods Maple Syrup sugar house in Cold Brook.

Maple Weekends 2020 March 21-22 & 28-29

One of the very first signs of spring in the Mohawk Valley is the appearance of maple syrup buckets hanging from the sides of sugar maples. Maple syrup was first introduced to Europeans by the indigenous peoples of North America. The full moon in March was celebrated by the Iroquois as the first sign of spring—inviting the robins to return and the maple sap to flow.

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Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse

Open Maple Weekends: March 21-22 & 28-29 Pancake breakfast all 4 days! 8am-1pm Products available at several locations including Peter’s Cornucopia, Stoltzfus Dairy, and Twin Orchards 770 Beaver Creek Road, West Edmeston • (315) 899-5864

Burt Homestead Farm

Please call ahead. Will host tours for groups/schools. 200 Burt Road, Cold Brook (315) 826-3949 • www.burthomesteadfarm.com

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Cook’s Maple Syrup

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The Farmers’ Museum

Sugaring off Sundays every Sunday in March Open Maple Weekends with activities 9am-2pm Pancake breakfasts every Sunday in March 8:30am-1pm 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown (607) 547-1450 • www.farmersmuseum.org

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Tree Tapping and sap collection supplies. Open Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm, Sat: 7am-4pm, Closed Sunday 8689 Summit Road, Sauquoit • (315) 839-5740 www.lincolndavies.com

Link Maple Farm

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Maple Weekend 2020 Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22 and 28 & 29

“A statewide event devoted to the recognition of the New York State Maple industry”

Schedule of Daily Activities:

7:30AM–12:00PM-Pancake Breakfast with Fresh, Real Maple Syrup served in the VVS High School Gymnasium Adult $ 9.00, Senior Citizens and children under 12 $7, Pre-schoolers -- free.

Daily Pancake Art!

Gluten-free Options Available 9:00AM–1:00PM- Maple Sap House Tour and Open House, V.V.S. FFA Sap House

Free Wagon Rides to the Maple Sugarbush! Free tours! 9:00AM-1:00PM

9:00AM–1:00PM- Sale of Maple Syrup and Maple Products

Sunday, March 29th Only:

11:00AM- Official New York Maple Sunday Syrup Season 2020 Maple Tree Tapping Ceremony

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Millers Mills Maple

We welcome you try our all-you-can-eat pancakes and waffles with fresh maple syrup on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-1pm through April 19th. Try our maple coffee, maple milk, maple butter, and maple syrup. 305 Lynk Road, Sharon Springs (518) 284-2476 • www.thesaphouseatstonehousefarm.com

955 Richfield Hill Road, Richfield Springs Please call ahead: (315) 858-2855

Our Woods

Single-source producer of maple syrup, maple sugar, maple dog treats and maple lemonade. 101 Dow Road, Cold Brook (973) 214-2872 www.ourwoodsmaple.com

Tibbitts Maple

Open Maple Weekends 10am-4pm. Our maple sugar cookies are always a big hit! Join in the experience of maple syrup making from our trees to your table. Sample and shop pure maple products, like maple BBQ and hot sauces. 8874 Tibbitts Road, New Hartford (315) 793-3114 • www.tibbittsmaple.wordpress.com

Root Farm

Maple syrup tapped from our own trees Call: (315) 520-7046, ext. 226 or email: info@rootfarm.org 2860 King Road, Sauquoit • www.rootfarm.org

Shaw’s Maple Products

Enjoy a tour of our sugar house, try some delicious maple samples and shop our products. Available at local farmer’s markets, festivals, and many retail locations. www.shawsmapleproducts.com • 7945 Maxwell Rd., Clinton (315) 853-7798 • www.shawsmapleproducts.com

V.V.S. FFA Maple Market

Open Maple Weekends 7:30am-12pm. Free maple sap house tours, free wagon ride, free tapping ceremony with local and state dignitaries on March 29, 2020, all types of maple products will be sold (cotton candy, syrup, sugar, coffee, cream, barbeque sauce, mustard, etc.), and a coloring contest. 5275 State Route 31, Verona

Stannard’s Maple Farm

Maple syrup, cream, candy, granulated sugar, & jelly! 166 Stannard Hill Rd., Cherry Valley • Call: (607) 264-3090

Sugaring Off


E v e ry S u n day i n M a r c h

h March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 • Activities 9 am - 2 pm The perfect family day-trip this winter! Taste hot maple syrup poured over snow, known as “jack wax.” Learn how to tap maple trees. Experience contemporary and historic maple sugaring demonstrations. Ride the Empire State Carousel. Admire our Heritage breed animals. Enjoy a full pancake breakfast served with delicious local maple syrup! So much to see and do – and taste!

Breakfast served 8:30 am - 1 pm Sponsored in part by Bank of Cooperstown, Five Star Subaru, Ace Hardware, Ingalls Blueberry Hill, and The Otsego County Maple Producers.

$12 ages 13+, $10 members ages 13+, $7 ages 7-12, $6 members ages 7-12, $4 ages 3–6, $3 members ages 3–6. Free for children 2 and under. Admission includes full breakfast. No reservations are required. Museum shops will be open.




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Curiosity selfie at Gale Crater Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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In this third installment of our Riding With A Robot series, we’ll wrap up our look at the robotic explorers currently operating in our solar system. This month, we visit landers and rovers on the Moon and Mars, and two spacecraft on trips to asteroids. Let’s start at our nearest neighbor, the Moon. Designing a vehicle to land on and investigate a planet, moon or asteroid – where the atmosphere, terrain, and gravity forces are considerably different than Earth’s – adds new challenges and an increased level of complexity to a mission. Starting in the 1950s, the U.S. and Soviet Union sent orbiters and landers to the Moon in preparation for manned attempts. Once the Apollo program ended in 1972, it took forty-one years for another mission to reach the surface. China’s Chang’e-3 lander and Yutu rover touched down on December 14, 2013. The lander is still operational. China’s next achievement occurred on January 3, 2019, when their Chang’e-4 lander and Yutu-2 rover landed in Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken basin on the far side of the Moon! The lander has a variety of cameras and science instruments, including a radiation detector and spectrometer to study low-frequency radio waves. The rover carries cameras, ground-penetrating radar, instruments to monitor solar wind interactions with the surface, and analyzers to identify the composition of surface materials. The mission has returned excellent images and data about this unexplored side of the Moon.

Next, we head to Mars. NASA’s Curiosity rover landed in Gale Crater on August 5, 2012, to determine if microbial life existed. Designed to operate for 2 years, the car-sized collect surface samples, and on November rover has exceeded expectations. With an ad12 fired its ion engines and headed to Earth. vanced science package and seventeen camDuring a flyby this December, it is scheduled eras, it has traveled 14 miles from the landing to release a capsule containing the samples site. Instruments include a laser to vaporize which will land in Australia. portions of rocks and spectrometer to exam NASA’s OSIRIS-REx arrived at asteroid Hanny’s Voorwerp. Image NASA, ESA,2018, W. Keel,equipped Galaxy Zoo Team ine the debris, robotic arm to capture samples Bennu in Credit: December with and equipment to analyze them, radiation high-resolution cameras, spectrometers, and detector, and an atmospheric monitoring dean arm to touch the surface and obtain samvice. Curiosity is still going strong, regularly ples. Mission planners were shocked to see returning stunning images and valuable scian extremely rocky and boulder-filled surentific data. face, instead of a mix of fine grains and rocks. NASA’s InSight lander touched down They recently identified a target site, and in in Elysium Planitia on November 26, 2018, August will attempt to take samples to return to study the interior of 4.5 billion-year-old to Earth in September 2023. Mars. The lander is 20 feet across and 5 feet So, 2020 promises to be an exciting year in diameter. Using its robotic arm, a seisas we await new images and scientific data mometer was deployed to detect seismic acfrom the robotic explorers visiting the Sun, tivity, dust storms, and meteor impacts. The Venus, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and asterRISE instrument is helping researchers unoids. For the latest info about NASA misderstand the core of the planet. Its two camsions, visit the www.nasa.gov/missions weberas are stowed on the robotic arm and the site. lander body. The HP3 experiment is deploy Wishing you clear skies! • ing a self-digging probe sixteen feet below the surface to monitor temperatures. InSight Join MVAS Sat., March 28, 7:30-10pm continues to give scientists information about the internal workings of the planet. for an evening of stargazing at Two asteroid sample return missions are Barton-Brown Observatory underway in the region between Earth and Mars! Japan’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft arrived 206 White St., Waterville at asteroid Ryuguin June 2018. Last year, The event is free. the spacecraft briefly touched down twice to

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March in nature

Crispy Tuft Moss often grows on the top side of tree branches

story and photos by Matt Perry Setting out to find something green in the March woods is not as much of a challenge as one might think. Sure, there aren’t any leaves on the trees yet and the first wildflowers have yet to reveal themselves, but there are other organisms busy photosynthesizing, and the late winter/early spring period is their premier time in the sun. Even when there is still snow on the ground it is possible to find mosses. In the Mohawk Valley we are fortunate to have many species of moss and several species of moss-like plants called liverworts. Mosses are not vascular plants. They have no roots, true vascular stems, or branches. They are not parasites on the trees they live on; they simply use trees, stones, and other objects as edifices to get to moisture and sunlight. As I walk the woodland trails at our nature preserve, I scan the ground and trailside trees for mosses. There are still a few patches of snow on the ground and as I get closer to the gorge, the amount of snow cover increases. Still, I’m able to find moss without much trouble. Small, round clumps of

Crispy Tuft Moss grow on the top side of tree branches. The species is more colorful than most other mosses and this one is easy to find and identify. In the trail ahead of me, I came across a disassociated clump of Crispy Tuft in the snow. A moss’s hold on its host tree is a tenuous one and they are often knocked off by squirrels or other arboreal climbers. I took the clump and carefully wedged it between some knots on a maple tree branch. If it can keep hold, it may flourish. Some of the larger tree trunks in one part of the woods appeared to be wearing dark green skirts. I don’t think it was in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. No, the trees in that grove wear them throughout the year. It’s just that in winter and early spring, the color of the skirts is a more vibrant green and that makes them more obvious. The moss that comprises the skirts is called Poo-

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unmistakable drumming of a Pileated Woodpecker. The Pileated Woodpecker’s rapping tapers off at the end of each drumming phrase. I didn’t see him, but I did see a few Downy Woodpeckers and Hairy Woodpeckers darting about in the trees at the edge of the gorge. March is the time when our year-round resident songbirds experience a heightened sense of territoriality. The congenial mixed foraging flocks they traveled with all winter long have begun to break up as the birds and bird families that comprised them go off on their own. I watched as a flock of five Tufted Titmice, one by one, landed, on a mossy log that lay across the trail. Using clear, two syllable whistles and harsher, “zree zree zree” calls, they kept in constant communication with each other. This was likely a family group consisting of two parents and young from the previous breeding season. Meanwhile, a pair of male Hairy Woodpeckers chased each other around a tree trunk several times, all while giving excited “peek” notes and flaring out the white feathers on the

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in when we’re comparing ourselves to others. I’ll use the phrase figuratively when my thoughts jealously wander to how well a competitor appears to be doing, or when our kids wax rhapsodic about a classmate vacationing in Florida (again). It is truly silly to make these comparisons unless the goal is to make yourself perfectly miserable. “The grass is always greener” is the absolute first phrase that comes to mind when I hear someone remark how wonderful life on our farm must be. I’ve heard words like “romantic,” “peaceful,” “picturesque,” “idyllic,” even “heavenly” to describe life on our farm and on farms like ours. While I enjoy our farm life and the work we do, I would never describe it using any of these terms. I often miss my 9-to-5 job with its comprehensive health insurance and 401k. Even after the most stressful day, I could leave work behind and enjoy a carefree evening or a long weekend. I actually had “off hours”—imagine that! And at the end of the workweek, I always got a paycheck. From a distance—from the outside—it is easy to assume local farms are in good shape. Anyone who has driven by our farm in the last two years would have seen a brand new building go up. Things must be great at the Joneses! Or take, for example, the new tractor on the corner dairy farm. Looks good, doesn’t it? Nothing makes a farm look more profitable and successful than a shiny new piece of equipment in the yard. But the reality may be quite different: It’s easier to get a loan on new equipment than old; banks would much rather repossess something that is easy to resell. It is also quite possible that the farmer is far behind in her tractor payments, but the dealership has little to no hope in reselling the tractor to someone else. Farm bankruptcies and closures mean fewer farmers are in the market to buy equipment and services, so dealers, feed mills, and trucking companies are all holding on and waiting for better times…much like I am waiting for spring and sales to pick up so I can pay my bills. Romanticizing agriculture and farm life is not new, but as knowledge and geographical rifts between farmers and consumers continue to grow, this idealization will grow too. I see this as a genuine problem for struggling farmers who generally feel unseen, unheard, and misunderstood. In a nutshell, that is exactly what drives me to write this column every month— shortening the distance between farmers and non-farmers. I understand why the goats escape their fencing. Those pastures look so green from a distance! •

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We know spinach is a great source of vitamins, but there are many more health benefits you may not be aware of. Here are 14 fun facts and some tips on eating spinach: #1 March 26th is National Spinach Day! #2 China produces over 90% of the world’s spinach! It grows about 26 million tons of spinach a year. #3 It is commonly referred to as “Persian Green” in China where it was introduced in the 7th century from Persia #4 California produces 75% of the United States’ spinach pro duction. #5 There find more iron in spinach than a hamburger. #6 In the 1930s there was a 33% boost in spinach consump tion. Farmers credited it to the popularity of Popeye the Sailor. #7 During the Middle Ages, artists used to extract green pigment from spinach for ink or paint. #8 Unlike most vegetables, boiling spinach intensifies the health benefits, almost 3 times as much. It also helps eliminate the oxalic acid found in spinach that prevents your body from absorbing iron. #9 The most effective way to reap the benefits of spinach is to liquefy it, which releases the stored beta-carotene and makes it easier for your body to absorb. #10 Eat spinach within a week of being picked. Spinach can lose as much as half of its major nutrients in a week’s time. #11 Spinach is packed with antioxidants which helps fight oxidative stress. #12 Spinach has more potassium than bananas. #13 The term “a la Florentine,” referring to dishes serves with spinach, stems from Catherine de Medici of the 1500s, who brought her favorite green with her when she married into the French royal family. #14 Spinach is mostly water, about 91%. Almost as much as ctions Moon Refle Fullcucumbers.

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In my recent articles about the Spring Farm beaver colony, I neglected to report on the myriad of other life at the ponds. Beaver ponds are highly attractive habitat for all sorts of wildlife and in this article I write about some of the species I rub shoulders with during daily visits to the ponds. From late March 2019 on, resident and migrant ducks were on the ponds every day. New ones kept arriving right through April. Along with a contingent of Mallards came a pair of Black Ducks, but they didn’t remain with us for more than a day. Formerly, in Central New York, Black Ducks were a common breeding species. Now it’s difficult to find them breeding outside of the Adirondacks. Breeding populations of Mallards greatly increased during the 20th Century and the species continues to dominate local duck breeding grounds to this day. The two closely related species occasionally interbreed and create hybrids. At the beaver ponds, Wood Ducks were the second most common waterfowl species encountered and watching their courtship behavior was enjoyable. Wood Ducks are most known for the beautiful and unusual plumage of the adult male but their vocalizations are worthy of note as well. The female has a hearty wailing-type call and the male produces a high-pitched, reedy whistle. Calls of both sexes can be heard a great distance away from the ponds. In mid-March, persistent snow cover served to concentrate our winter resident American Crow population. In the mornings,most of the crows gathered in the treetops around the sanctuary’s feeding stations but a healthy-sized flock also converged at the beaver blind. When I would arrive, I would find crows all around the blind and even sitting on my bench! It almost looked as if the crows were waiting for the beavers to come out of their lodge. In actuality, they were waiting for me to put out seed for the ducks so they could claim a

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share. It was obvious the crows didn’t appreciate the presence of an adult Red-tailed Hawk that had been frequenting the main ponds. On most mornings they tried to drive him off and were usually successful. My assumption was that the Red-tailed Hawk was interested in the squirrel and mouse activity generated by the pond-side feeding station. By the end of the month, the winter roost broke up and all the crow families returned to their traditional breeding grounds throughout the valley. The Red-tailed Hawk was not sorry to see them leave! During the last week of March, our semi-resident Turkey Vulture (named “Dangles”) returned from the south and did a few low passes over the beaver ponds. “Everyone Look alive!”,I called out to the denizens of the pond. This was Dangles’ third consecutive year of being a sanctuary animal. He’s always recognizable by one leg that dangles down as he flies. Of course, that’s how he earned his name. I can’t say that Dangles is friendly to humans but he’s surely not as skittish as the average Turkey Vulture and he does sometimes allow close approaches when perched. It was tempting to believe his low passes over the pond that day were his way of saying hello and renewing interspecies acquaintances. As spring progressed and the days began to feel more “spring-like”, mink became more active around the pond system. I saw one female carrying a medium-sized trout. She seemed quite pleased with herself and lingered on the top of the dam as if to flaunt it. She then dove over the dam and disappeared into an old dilapidated lodge located at the second beaver pond. Perhaps that was her den? Mink are known to repurpose old beaver lodges as dens to raise their own kits. For weeks after the dam collapse, water levels at the main pond remained low, and it was transformed into an angler’s paradise. Many local fish-eating birds and mammals were seen visiting; all hoped to take advantage of fish trapped in shallow water. Not interested in the easy

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the sanctuary a few times before with mixed success. Meadow Voles were being seen around the pond at this time. One would sometimes fearlessly come inside the blind at the beaver pond to feed on birdseed. One day, I inferred the presence of a vole on the rim of Morton’s Pond. I had just tossed apples into the water next to the dam. One of the pieces landed on top of the dam. When I glanced at it a little while later, I was astonished to see it moving! Sure enough, a vole was coming up through a crevice in the dam and biting at the apple from underneath. I watched for at least ten minutes and the little guy never became completely visible, even as the apple piece kept shrinking. In early June, a male Scarlet Tanager was singing in the trees along the southwest border of the beaver ponds. He was being seen on different high perches on successive mornings. I wondered if he was searching for a mate or if he already had one and she was sitting on eggs. Perhaps he was defending territory. In mid-June the Green Frogs were giving their short, banjo-pluck calls around Wick’s Pond. There were Bullfrogs there as well – producing their bass cooing calls. This was the first time we’d confirmed Bullfrogs on sanctuary grounds, and we weren’t overjoyed about it. The species is invasive in the northeast and nearly ubiquitous in many of the region’s wetlands. Our worry was that they would over-consume the amphibians as well as dragonfly larva that live there. Some large Bullfrogs have been known to take small birds! Of course, we have no plans to remove them, but we will con-

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tinue to monitor them and their effects on the pond ecosystem. Later in June, turtles were on the move. I was finding them on several of the paths around the pond systems as well as on some upland trails. We were mostly coming across Snapping Turtles, but a single Painted Turtle was also found. Flycatching birds like Eastern Kingbirds, Eastern Phoebes, and Great Crested Flycatchers are drawn to beaver ponds because of the insects that use water for part of their lifecycles. The food source they represent is a strong inducement for the insect-eating birds to breed nearby. Speaking of which, I was beginning to hear the begging calls of Great Crested Flycatcher nestlings inside the bluebird box by the board walk. In early July the young had hatched in the kingbird nest at Sarah’s Pond. With my binoculars I could just make out the gaping beaks of a couple of nestlings. Both parents were making frequent trips to the nest to feed them. A week later, the young had graduated to taking larger meals like whole dragonflies. Young have successfully fledged from those nests about 50% of the time. That statistic sounds dismal to us, but it compares favorably with the

success rate of other nesting songbirds that use cup-type nests in open, often highly visible locations. In mid-August, perhaps on account of a dry spell, White-tailed Deer became common visitors to the ponds. One doe and her fawn were frequenting the shore on the west and south sides of Morton’s Pond. Also, at the main pond, an immature Cooper’s Hawk did some sparring with one of the kingfishers. I honestly believe both were reveling in the exercise and were not serious about fighting. We often see something similar happen between corvids (crows and jays) and small raptors. Sometimes contenders of two different species will test each other’s speed, reflexes, and maneuvering abilities. There is little danger involved for the participants and both stand to reap benefits from the play. Meanwhile, the Mallard ducklings had mostly grown up by this time, although many were still not flighted. In late August, the older beaver dams transformed into lush wildflower gardens. The profusion of blooms on the dam at Morton’s Pond always makes the most dramatic display. Orange Jewelweed dominates, but Bittersweet Nightshade, Spotted Joe-Pye-Weed, Boneset, Blue Vervain, and Virgin’s Bower are all well-represented. Hummingbirds are especially appreciative of these beaver dam gardens, and the jewelweed is by far their favorite flowers to visit. The centerpieces on both main pond dams are large Cranberry Viburnum bushes. By this time, they are well past blooming stage, but their tight bunches of lustrous red berries add a beautiful accent to the floral display. At this time, I released a rehabilitated Merlin in the vicinity of the main ponds. The release itself went very well and the raptor seemed content perching on various snags around the pond. A few other raptors flew through during the period I was monitoring the Merlin. But then, without warning, a female Cooper’s Hawk flew in, displaced the Merlin, and went after it. In seconds, both raptors had disappeared in the

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There has been a history of flooding in Herkimer County. Usually everyone writes about the Great Herkimer Flood of 1910. Major flooding occurred March 12-18, 1936 throughout the northeast as a result of heavy snow pack and spring rains. The West Canada Creek and the Mohawk River overflowed its banks in Herkimer that year, flooding the southside of the village.Steele Creek in Ilion, Fulmer Creek in Mohawk, Frankfort Gulph, Creek Road from Indian Castle to Newville the Mohawk River at Fink’s Basin outside of Little Fall, Mill Street in Little Falls all experienced flooding. Schuyler experienced washouts. Salisbury and Stratford highway were blocked by flooding. Landslides were reported Ilion Gorge and on Cooks Hill in Newport. The Herkimer Evening Telegram dated March 11, 1936 stated that dynamite was used to blast open a channel on the iced over West Canada Creek between Middleville and Herkimer that was 30 feet wide and 600 feet long. The article didn’t say exactly where on the creek this was. On the same date, the newspaper mentioned that men in a rowboat came to rescue of Mrs. Elizabeth Moyer and her daughterin-law Mrs. Eugene (Emma) Moyer that were trapped in their home Mohawk. The water from Fulmer Creek was 3 feet deep in the home.


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In 1974, Tim and Peggy Spencer Behrendt set off on an adventure. They began a new life in the woods of Cold Brook, NY, without modern conveniences like electricity or indoor plumbing. These are excerpts and reflections from Peggy’s journal chronicling their adventures and also her childhood memories growing up in Westmoreland.

We now happily spend our winter months camping next to the Indian River in Florida while some of our adult children happily remain in the Lower Adirondacks, savoring the delights of deep snow and winter sports. Skiing and snowmobiling is their heaven on earth: floating, gliding, leaping, and charging about on an endless pillow of diamond dust. We worry about them, and they about us (swimming in the turbulent waters of the Atlantic), but know that each values their life enough to be supremely careful. Still… things happen. Of course it’s safer to snowmobile with a friend, in case you get stuck, or break down. When our daughter’s snowmobile broke down on a trail, her husband was fortunately there to tow her back to their trailer. But he was extremely surprised when he looked back after several miles to see the disabled snowmobile without its rider! She had fallen off after an unexpected lurch. There were other snowmobilers where she’d tumbled off into soft snow, and they all probably had a

Our son, Dave loves good chuckle about her getting left behind. snowmobiling We advise them to avoid lakes and streams that might have places of weak ice, and cringe when they plan a long trek of a hundred miles or more through Adirondack wilderness during 25 – 30 below zero weather, but when we hear them describe the magnificent landscapes they see where: “everything is coated with pure ice and looks like a crystal, enchanted forest” and: “the Snow Moon was the most magical experience with a full, blue night and moon shadows everywhere,” we are glad to know that they are pursuing their passions, as we do ours. Swimming in the ocean is so different from swimming in one of our freshwater, Adirondack lakes. Barring exceptionally high winds, our lakes are supremely peaceful, and generally clear, with gentle ripples gliding onto the great, gray boulders and tree roots that grace those shorelines in fascinating, artistic contortions. Ocean swimming is seldom peaceful, but Tim & I love delving into the buoyant

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everything well lubricated, so I figured I’d gotten it from my bike. I scrubbed it off as best I could. Later that day, it started to itch and burn and blister. What was going on?! I checked with a Park Ranger. I must have come in contact with the venomous trailing tentacle of a Portugese Man-o-War while swimming, and compounded it by causing secondary burns on my back from using the same washcloth! This resulted in several weeks of tending painful blisters and getting heaps of advice on how to treat it, including: steak sauce, urine, lotions, sand, heat, ice, etc. I tried various salves, but they made it worse! Finally, I found that keeping it comfortably cool and ventilated was the best treatment, so spent a lot of time unable to lean back in a chair, or lie on my back. The Portugese Man-o-War is exquisitely beautiful! It looks like small, translucent balloons of ethereal blue and purple hues with long, trailing threads several feet long, of midnight blue. We sometimes see them washed up on shore, abandoned by the sea. Yes, they are extremely poisonous to us, but not to sea gulls as I was once supremely surprised to see a gull eating one. Another year, the sea coughed up hundreds, maybe thousands of the corpses of translucent, moon jellyfish that completely littered the beach. We could hardly walk without stepping on them

and I was afraid to touch them until I saw some kids tossing them at each other. They felt like softballs. Then there was the year of tar blobs. Some sort of spill from a human error caused blobs of sticky, polluting tar all over “our” shore, and another year it was bottle caps. We got lots of exercise from bending down to pick up a seemingly endless fount of them. Our biggest find was the hull of a damaged boat, half buried in sand after a really big storm, and our most practical find was a surfer’s watch, solar powered, which is still running many years after we found it washed up on shore. “Our” beach is an important (and specialized) hatching area for Green Turtles. The Indian River Lagoon which we camp next to is an important feeding area for them as well. Partly because of demand for Turtle Soup on the menus of exotic foods in the early part of the 20th century, Green and Loggerhead turtles were on the verge of extinction for many years, but conservation efforts and education have successfully turned the tide and restored their population to a great extent. They continue to be carefully monitored and supported with new laws and programs. I feel great satisfaction in hearing this conservation success story. It is heartwarming to know that it is

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possible to turn the tide of decimation and pollution with growing awareness and dedicated implementation of corrective measures to restore the balance of nature. And sometimes, we humans can help out when nature gets too stressful. After a particularly voracious storm of wind and cold, the camper next to us found a little owl half submerged in the waters of the river, hypothermic and too exhausted to get out. She took it to a rehabilitation center and within a few days, it was brought back, ready to resume life on its own. Each year, I paint one, great big picture on the side of our camper, making it quite pretty along with the petunias we plant which become colorful and profuse here. This painting projectis a kind of “Street Performance”,

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as the campers who walk by like to make comments and suggestions; “Put me in your picture!” It’s fun. And, Tim and I have performed our music in festivals, libraries and conservation centers here each year, along with slides of our Shawangunk Nature preserve to spread the word of how much can be accomplished to benefit humanity, the earth and its inhabitants with small resources, but great dedication and effort. Meanwhile, other conservators carry on programs in our beloved Shawangunk Nature Preserve in Cold Brook such as the WINTER WOODLAND NATURE WALK FOR CHILDREN on March 7th from 10:30 – 12 where you can join Homeschooler Kimberly Behrendt for a guided nature walk with some great ideas on how to help children get away from their devices for a while, to play and have fun with our winter environment, as well as appreciate it’s unique qualities and beauties. All ages are welcome! Of course, adults need to accom-

pany children. Please call her ahead to register: 315 826 7685. We do love Florida, but while we are here, often yearn for our little cabin in the piney woods of the magnificent Adirondack foothills. We look forward to the genesis of spring, for the first flow of warm sap surging from steadfast roots high into the budding twigs of the magnificent sugar maples; for the emergence of green shoots of humble chives on the north side of our garden; for the first sign of warm, brown earth where secret stirrings of life take place; for the first sign of a red breasted robin and the song of a hermit thrush; for the tender, baby pink buds swelling on trees everywhere, fed by the flow of life pumping gently from the soul of the earth. We return with excitement, discovery and joy to our home, our heart, our life in the Shawangunk forest to witness the sometimes gentle, frequently dramatic, metamorphosis of winter to spring. • The Shawangunk Nature Preserve is a deep ecology, forever wild, 501©(3), learning and cultural center. Tim and Peggy still live there and can be contacted through their website.


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and goes out like a lamb…. The Mohawk Valley Blues Society has announced two big shows. First up is Kim Wilsons of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, This is not something you will want to miss! Kim Wilson first came to national prominence in the late ‘70s when he and his band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, came roaring out of Austin, Texas to inspire a whole generation of roots oriented musicians. His authoritative singing and peerless instrumental virtuosity not only enthrall the crowds that flock to his performances, but also have set a standard, which continues to inspire and challenge musicians around the world. Tickets available at Big Apple Music, Hearthsome Handicrafts and Off Center Records. The second big show is The Legendary Roomful of Blues also at the Roselawn on Sunday, April 26th at 5pm. Even though Roomful of Blues’ lineup has changed over the years, the band


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Catering Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Willie’s The Original Bagel Cafe, Utica . . . . . . 24 CBD Products Knarich Farms, Mt. Vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 RAW ADK, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Utica Hemp, New Hartford, Utica . . . . . . . . 37 Cheese (see Produce) Children’s Programming Treehouse Reading & Arts Ctr., NY Mills . . . . . 57 Chiropractor Associated Chiropractic, chael Tucciarone, Clinton

Clothing The Princess Shop, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . 25 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Consignment Linda’s House of Treasures, Vernon Center . . . . . 26 The Online Exchange, Dolgeville . . . . . . . . . 27 The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Renewed & Rescued, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 27 Contractors Ed Smith Contractor and Handyman . . . . . . . . . 39 Delis Bosonne’s Sausage, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Little Italy Imports, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 44 Pulaski Meat Market, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Diners Adirondack Diner and Lanes, Barneveld . . . . . 19 Charlie’s Place, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Jenny’s Diner, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Sheri’s Diner, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Suzi’s Place, Bouckville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Dog Sitting Barney’s Angels, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Entertainment, Events & Activities The Farmers Museum Sugaring Off Sundays . . . 17 Goodsell Museum, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . 18 Hamilton College Performing Arts, Clinton . . . . 30 HCCC Great Artists Series . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Hotel Solsville, Solsville . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 MVCC Cultural Series . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Old Forge Winter Carnival . . . . . . . . . . . 3 RAOCC Antique Auto & Classic Car Show, Norwich . . 41 Estate Sales Attic Addicts, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 The Potting Shed Antiques, Whitesboro . . . . . 27 Farm Equipment Clinton Tractor, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Hobby Hill Farm Sales, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 52 White’s Farm Supply, Waterville/Canastota . . . . . . 64 Farm Markets Cooperstown Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . 38 Wyndfield Acres Farm Store, Little Falls . . . . . . . 12 Feed, Animal Carhart’s Feed & Pet Supply . . . . . . . . . . 12 Felting Grey Fox Mercantile, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 51 Financial Services Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . 13 Firewood and Wood Pellets Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Flooring Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Mike’s Floor Store, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . 8


Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Jordanville . . . . . . . . 8 John Froass & Son, Sherrill . . . . . . . . . . 46 Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . . 14 General Contractors Ed Smith Contractor and Handyman . . . . . . . . . 39 Gift Shops/Shopping Artisans’ Corner, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 51 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Grey Fox Mercantile, New Hartford . . . . . . 51 Heartsome Handicrafts, New Hartford . . . . . . 7 Kayla Marie Creations, Mohawk . . . . . . . . 10 Main Street Gift Shoppe, Newport . . . . . . . 26 Paca Gardens, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . 30 Golf Courses and Driving Ranges Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . . . 52 Grocery/Convenience Stores The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . 22 Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . 31 Little Italy Imports, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 39 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Handyman/Repairs Ed Smith Contractor and Handyman . . . . . . . . . 39

Ironwork Raulli’s Iron Works, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . . 7 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . . 49 Lawn Mowers, Leaf and Snow Blowers SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . 18 Liquor Stores and Wine lion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . . . 39 Maple Syrup Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . 15 Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . .15 Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 15 VVS FFA Maple Weekends, Verona . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Massage Therapy Universal Wellness, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 7 Meats, locally raised (see Produce) Media 92.7 The Drive WXUR, Utica . . . . . . . . . 58 FOX33/WUTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 59 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Hardware/Lumber/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . 31 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Monuments & Memorials Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Hearth Shops and Fuel Buell Fuel Hearth & Home, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . . 11

Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 21 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . . . 52 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . 55 Sunflower Naturals, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . 57 Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Hemp and CBD Products Knarich Family Farms, Mount Vision . . . . . . . . . 5 Utica Hemp Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Ice Cream Cafe at Stone Mill, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . 20 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Florists Village Florals, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Insurance Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . . 36 Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . 40 HBE Group, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . 10

Funeral Services Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . . . . 36

Musical Instrument Sales, Rentals, Lessons Big Apple Music, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . 49

Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . 29 Paint and Painting Supplies Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . . . 54 Pet Supplies Carhart’s Feed & Pet Supply . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosato’s Pizzeria & Bakery, Utica . . . . . Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . .

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Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49, 57 Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . 26 Main Street Gift Shoppe, Newport . . . . . . . 26 Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . Wyndfield Acres Farm Store, Little Falls . . . .

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MV Living’s resident astronomer, Carol Higgins, named Solar System Ambassador

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Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Love & Stitches, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Real Estate John Brown Team, Coldwell Banker . . . . . . 48 Record Stores Off Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 59 Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cafe at Stone Mill, Little Falls . . . . . . . Canal Side Inn, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . Cleaver’s BBQ, West Winfield . . . . . . . . . Clinton Ale House, Clinton . . . . . . . . . Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . Delta Lake Inn, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . Hotel Solsville, Solsville . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Street Ristorante, Newport . . . . . . . . McGill’s Whiskey Tavern and Grill, Utica . . . . Michael’s Alder Creek Inne, Barneveld . . . . Nola’s Restaurant, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . . Outta The Way Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . Patio Drive-In, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . . . Rosato’s Pizzeria & Bakery, Utica . . . . . . . .

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Carol Higgins of New Hartford was selected by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to be a Solar System Ambassador (SSA). SSAs “share NASA science and mission discoveries through a variety of events that inspire their communities.” Higgins has a degree in Business, Management, and Economics from Empire State College. Her work career includes over 15 years of experience providing software and hardware technical support services to international customers and field support personnel. Her life-long interest in space exploration began the day her elementary school teacher rolled a small television set into the classroom in the early days of the Mercury program. She was awestruck as she watched a rocket blast off, carrying a U.S. astronaut into space. She was hooked, and has continued that passion for learning about our solar system, space exploration, rocket launches and astronomy. You can join Carol every month when the Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society (MVAS) meets at the Barton-Brown Observatory, 206 White St., Waterville. For free star gazing events. Learn more about NASA’s Ambassador Program: https://solarsystem1.jpl.nasa.gov/ssa/home.cfm

Grey Fox Mercantile Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary Grey Fox Mercantile is celebrating their 1 year Anniversary this month, and you are invited to join in the celebration, Saturday, March 28 with refreshments, a raffle, and a felting Make + Take! 70 Genesee St., New Hartford • www.greyfoxfelting.com.

RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . Route 69 Steakhouse, Whitesboro . . . . . . . Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . The Tailor and The Cook, Utica . . . . . . . . . . Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie’s The Original Bagel Cafe, Utica . . . . . The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 The Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . 11 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Snow Blowers SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Snowmobiles/ATVs Hobby Hill Farm, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Tree Services and Tree Farms Rick Turk Tree Service, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 47 Vacuum Sales Rainbow, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Websites Utica Remember When . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Weddings and Banquets Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . . . 44 Wellness Universal Wellness New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 7 Yarn and Knitting Supplies Love & Stitches, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Yogurt Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . . . . 32

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Mohawk valley Living #79 March  

Exploring the arts, culture and heritage of our valley.

Mohawk valley Living #79 March  

Exploring the arts, culture and heritage of our valley.