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Finding the Rainbow by Sharry L. Whitney

The 4th of July weekend heralds in summer. We’ve been waiting a long time for it to arrive this year, it seems, as it’s been a colder and rainier spring than usual. I inadvertently discovered the perfect cure—plant lots of seeds! Peas, lettuce, and spinach do great in the cooler weather and you don’t need a lot of space to reap the benefits. I have a half dozen long window box-like planters that are perfect for little rows of lettuce, spinach, and pea shoots (which I learned, from Denise Szarek’s column, are a quick crop and make for delicious salads!). So when it rains I don’t feel so bad knowing my plants are being watered with no effort on my part. Happy plants, happy me! In this month’s magazine, our writers inspire us with their busy lives. Suzie Jones shares her experiences working with a local egg hatchery and Gary VanRiper’s 17th Adirondack Kids book comes out this month! We get in the summertime mood traveling along with Jorge L. Hernández to Piggy Pat’s BBQ and Melinda Karastury’s family to Sylvan Beach. Also check out our Family Fun Guide to help plan your adventures this summer, and be sure to include some visits to the Erie Canal during its 200th anniversary celebration this year. •

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An inquiry recently came to the Oneida County Historical Society desks about Camp Healthmore in 1916, when someone asked if a great aunt had died there. Like the ripples in a puddle spread, so did my research grow. Camp Healthmore was a tuberculosis camp located on Higby Lane in New Hartford, where 150 acres, formerly the Seaton farm, backed up to Roscoe Conkling Park, now called South Woods. The Utica Dispensary began to raise funds in 1909; Red Cross seals were sold in stores during the holidays to build such a place. Marklove Lowery’s generosity answered the community’s needs and the medical profession’s dreams when he donated his land to build a camp for consumption patients. Camp Healthmore offered a summer respite. Shelters built by private individuals offered the patients a place to sleep in fresh air, surrounded by Mother Nature. The property already had a barn and smaller buildings where handicraft classes and even dances were held. A healthy program included a balanced diet of vegetables the children had planted in small truck gardens, along with plenty of rest and sunshine. The 1915 Federal Census lists about 22 patients ranging in age from 8 to 33, with their home addresses in Utica. The staff, supervised by Mary Hannas, included two nurses, a cook, and several servants. As the number of patients grew, the camp became outgrown. It moved to Benton Road in Marcy in 1924. Lowery was a wealthy philanthropist and a landscape architect in Utica. He called the Higby Road area his “Plantadendron” and even formed a Plantadendron Society in Utica to develop a local interest in horticulture and arboriculture. The area was quiet and well-wooded. Lowery, with the help of Elihu Root, F. K .Kernan, and Nicholas Devereux, set out hundreds of white pine and Norwegian spruce saplings to try to “replenish depleted forests.” (It

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was interesting to learn there was a concern for reforestation in the early 1900’s.) Plans were to build a conservatory and greenhouse. Although the society functioned for more than 20 years, it seems that mostly local garden clubs benefited from Lowery’s generosity. Lowery’s home was on Sunset Ave.—once the club house of the Oneida County Sportsman’s Association, where prominent citizens stood on the porch to shoot pigeons. Here, more than 30 varieties of birds returned each year to settle down on his estate. It was the boarding house of 14 parakeets that were free to fly among the owner’s valuable antiques on the first floor and sun porch. Hummingbirds and wrens populated the grounds using his berry bushes and fruit trees for sustenance and his swimming pool to take a bath. At one time Lowery was Parks Commissioner for the city. His property was sold in the early 1940s. New owners chopped down the trees and bulldozed the gardens, then raised the grade to street level to build the Sunset Bowling Alley. After his father’s death in 1962, Throckmorton Lowery sold more property on Sunset Avenue to the Sturges Manufacturing Co. The Lowery home was razed. Marklove Lowery’s artistic landscaping ability was not contained to just city surrounds. In July 1926, work began on a stone castle, on the road between Newport and Middleville, which he planned to make his home. The cellar foundation of a knife and fork factory was already there. Lowery used hand-hewn beams from the old Higby Road barn in this construction and went to Vermont to get slate for the roof—for free. He piped water from

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nearby Wolf Creek, letting it trickle down into a stone pool; the castle stood on the rim of a 100-ft. quarry where one could see a double arch stone bridge. “Marklove pulled the plans out of his head as he went along,” said David Beetle in a 1946 interview with the unusual man. The structure blended perfectly with the landscape. It was called “Hillandale.” All too soon the castle was discovered by avaricious sight-seekers. Bus loads of onlookers came interrupting the Lowery couple’s priA handwritten note from vacy; they were forced to John Marklove on Central abandon their plans of resiNew York Pipe Organ Manudency and remodeled a nearby farmhouse instead. Later factory letterhead, 1891 his wife, the former Dorothy Applegate (her father was the well-known reverend at Grace Episcopal Church), called this her summer home and died there in 1938. Vandals attacked the castle in following years, burning the staircase, stealing the antique ship’s bell clapper, and cluttering the grounds with picnic papers. My story does not end there. Marklove Lowery’s first name


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My wife loves those cooking shows. She loves them so much I end up watching a number of them with her. On one of those shows, the cooks are given baskets with several ingredients and have the challenge of bringing those ingredients together in a certain period of time to create a winning dish. Early during this month of July, the 17th book in The Adirondack Kids series of children’s books is scheduled for release. This is the 17th volume in as many years that my son and I have published, but this the first one that felt in the beginning like I was participating in one of those cooking shows! Ingredient #1 People who visit with us at book signings or on Facebook will often offer us story ideas. Two years ago, a man from Clinton, NY, who instructs people in scuba diving approached our book booth at a Christmas show and told us he had confirmed an old legend about something that lay at the bottom of the Adirondack’s Blue Mountain Lake. We expressed an interest in learning more and he followed up with some great photographs, diagrams, and some historical notes. We already had ideas for the next book, but held on to this one.

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Ingredient #2 We try not to include a lot of modern technology into our stories because technology changes so rapidly. But with the popularity of geocaching on the rise and with hundreds of caches in the Adirondacks, it was hard not to think about the outdoor activity as having great potential for a story. The challenge? Work geocaching into a story without the use of a GPS or any other modern technology. Ingredient #3 Two people who have been on our publishing team from the start suggested we consider the late hermit Noah John Rondeau into one of our stories. Rondeau lived in the Adirondack wilderness for more than 30 years. Jay O’Hern from Camden, NY, has written several solid volumes on the hermit who created his own small community in the Cold River Valley. Dubbed the Mayor of Cold River City, we also learned the hermit had created his own alphabet to keep his notes–and that his code had finally been broken. I have to admit, as time went by after the decision and commitment was made to bring all three of these ingredients together into one story, the task seemed more and more daunting. Adding pressure to project? We have a tradition of dedicating our books to the latest grandchild whenever he

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Two years ago, on July 14, 2015, a small world in the outer reaches of our solar system had a close encounter with a visitor from Earth. The visitor had traveled for nine and a half years and covered more than 3 billion miles. The day the visitor arrived, millions of people on Earth nervously waited for news and information from the visitor. The small world was Pluto, and the visitor was NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. Pluto was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. It has an unusual oval orbit that takes 248 years to complete one trip around our Sun. It is so far away that it’s considered a member of the Kuiper Belt; a region with hundreds of thousands of icy worlds and over a trillion comets. Before New Horizons, scientists only knew that Pluto had three moons and believed it had a thin atmosphere while its surface contained water ices, nitrogen, and methane. But the true composition and surface features of the planet and its moons were uncertain. Even the powerful Hubble Space Telescope only produced a very blurry image showing shades of dark and light. New Horizons is the size of a baby grand piano and launched on Jan. 19, 2006. Designed to unlock Pluto’s mysteries, on board are seven science instruments and cameras to investigate the atmosphere and geology, map, and image the surface, and return information about the moons. The spacecraft was in hibernation for almost two thirds of its trip, waking up two or three

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on tap, so you can purchase a large or small growler. We decided to get a “mix your own” six pack, so we could try a few more different things. Our choices included Two Dragons from Empire Brewing Company in Cazenovia, Backyard India Pale Ale from the Cooperstown Brewing Company, and Syracuse Pale Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Company of Syracuse. Suddenly, I was getting a whole list of new places to check out. When Kim and I returned to Beer Belly Bob’s for another tasting, we were introduced to yet another brewery we’d like to visit: Adirondack Brewery of Lake George. The Bear Naked Amber Ale earned my highest accolade of “Yummy.” The Tangerine Summer Dream was a specialty ale, a combination of a pale ale and a fruit ale. I found it fruity, but not too sweet. Another lady tasting said it was a “Sunday morning beer.” When the fellow pouring heard Kim and me making plans to visit the brewery, he gave us one of his cards, telling us to show it at the brewery for a free beer. Back home, I made sure to Like Beer Belly Bob’s page on Facebook, so I can keep informed of future tastings. Of course, I will try to keep myself under control. I would hate to be known as Beer Belly Cindy! •

Beer Belly Bob’s Discount Beverage Center 70 Otsego St., Ilion (315) 895-0936

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Christmas in July? Holiday fabrics are here!

Full farm market open May-October featuring our own fresh produce and NY hot house tomatoes! Flowers all season, plus garden supplies, potting soil, mulches and fertilizers!

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People have been drawn to the shores of Oneida Lake since the Oneidas and Onondagas fished the waters. During the 19th century, with the advent of railroads and ferries, the Sylvan-Verona Beach area became a desirable resort destination. Today visitors from all over Central New York come for the sun, the fun, and the nostalgia.

Photos and captions by Melinda Karastury

Beach Information & Swimming

Melinda Karastury smiles as she digs her toes into the warm sand and watches the children play in the water.

For swimming conditions call: (315) 762-5582 Open from June 26th until Labor Day: 10am - 7pm Lifeguards must be on duty for swimming in the swim area.

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park

Open daily 11 am - 11 pm Phone: (315) 762-5212

Isaiah Palmer’s smile is as bright as the sun as he enjoys his first swim of the summer season.

Since 1928

See us for your favorite treats!

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Oneida Lake is the largest lake located entirely within the borders of New York State. It is sometimes referred to as the “thumb” of the Finger Lakes.

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Wedding & specialty cakes, Italian pastries, miniatures, and cookies. Also serving coffee, cappuccino, espresso, lattes, and pastries in our dining room.


667 Bleecker Street, Utica (315) 724-8032 Open Mon: 8-3, closed Tues, Wed-Sun: 8-5

Quality pre-owned ladies, junior, & plus size clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry & household items. (315) 896-2050

8024 Route 12, Barneveld



Live Music

12pm-9pm Tues - Sun

Beer Wine Cocktails

Tuesdays & Sundays


Manager - Jared Alesia, pastry chef C.I.A. Martin Alesia, cake decorator

Trenton Rd, Utica, NY 17

Oneida lake feeds the Oneida River, a tributary of the Oswego River, which flows into Lake Ontario. Since the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, the lake has been part of an important waterway connecting the Atlantic seaboard of North America to the continental interior.

Sylvan Beach Amusement park has roots traced back to 1881 and is one of the ten oldest amusement parks in the nation. The long-time owners, the Goodenow Family of Utica, NY, recently partnered with Doug Waterbury (owner of “America’s first theme park” The North Pole, a.k.a. Santa’s Workshop) to revitalize this slice of Americana rarely found anywhere else in the country. Brother and sister Josh and Alana, and their cousin Isaiah experience unlimited rides at Sylvan Beach Amusement Park with non-stop smiles and laughter.

Josh Karastury, Alana Karastury, Melinda Karastury, and Isaiah Palmer purchase a Super Saver unlimited ride wrist band for unlimited rides and free special events!

This summer enjoy: • FREE Cider Slush • Meal Deals • FREE Cookbook • FREE Racing Duck The kids will love our new duck race!

Artisan Cheese handmade by the Felio Family and sold locally throughout the Mohawk Valley!

For locations visit: Also see us every Saturday at the Oneida Co. Market at Utica’s Union Station!


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For over a century the “Coney Island of Central New York” has been offering carnival rides, roller coasters, fun houses, and arcades. Sylvan Beach Amusement Park features ten Kiddieland rides for the little ones, Laffland, the Bomber, Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Rock-O-Plane, Bumper Boats, arcade, Treasureland, Bonanza Shooting Gallery, Super-Slide, and the Galaxi Coaster.

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Friday night dinners featuring our famous fresh haddock fish fry! Full menu available - Serving every Friday 4-8:30

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Lakefront home on pristine spring fed White Lake! This home is well kept and in immaculate condition! Total 2600 square feet with full finished basement. Sprawling rear yard walks out to 168’ lake frontage. Property is complete with floating dock and boathouse. Backyard facing west offers spectacular sunsets, there are views of the lake from every room. Home has 2 fireplaces, large master bedroom, a sauna, decks, patio and attached 2 car garage. Private setting on large mature 1.2 acre lot with convenient year around access just off State Route 28!


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Serving Central New York Since 1976 Art VanVechten Broker/Owner cell (315) 723-0477 2617 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501 (315) 732-3113

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Serving “The Heart of Utica” Since 1910

The classic Carello’s Carousel Arcade has been at the heart of the amusement park since 1896. Here you’ll find Skee-Ball, photo booths, cranes, and arcade games all with tickets and great prizes to choose from. You’ll also find “Zoltar,” the fortune teller from the movie Big, but no need to wish to be a kid again, that magically happens whenever you visit Sylvan Beach Amusement Park!.

There are many special events this summer including Pirate’s Weekend Thursday, July 20 - Sunday, July 23. The event features the Pirate Pub Crawl, beach treasure hunts, live music, bonfire, and sand castle building contest, and a Pirate’s Parade on July 22. The 3rd annual Pirate’s Weekend 5K event on Sunday is a run/walk through the village of Sylvan Beach. The entire family is welcome to race including strollers and dogs. Check out the list of events at pirates-weekend


• children’s bookstore • reading tutoring • arts enrichment • literacy enrichment • birthday parties Space still available for summer camps!

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The Everyday Adventures of Mohawk Valley Girl

Moose river coffee in ilion

I love coffee but I usually don’t make it myself. If my husband, Steve, is not around to make it, I am happy to go to a local café, especially if I have time to sit, sip, and write. I recently discovered some of the best coffee I have ever tasted at Moose River Coffee in Ilion. The place was recommended to me by a friend, and I was bold enough to ask an out-of-towner to meet me there for my first visit. We were both delighted with the coffee. I was also delighted to find that they serve donuts from Friendly Bake Shop of Frankfort, only some of the best donuts on the planet (admittedly, I have not tried all the donuts on the planet, although I would like to). Sandwiches are also available, but I have not tried them yet. I was happy I had given my out-of-town acquaintance a good impression of our Mohawk Valley. I was so impressed that I returned on Saturday morning, intending to sit, sip, and write. Of course, my plans are nothing if not flexible, and when I walked in I found one of my favorite families enjoying a cuppa. I decided visiting with friends is also important and I would write later (don’t worry, I did, anybody who is concerned with my literary ambitions). “We’ve been playing charades and checkers,” one of the girls told me. I had not noticed the shelf of games near the comfy-looking sofa and chairs. I like places where you are encouraged to linger and have fun. I got my coffee and sat down with my friends at a table made out of a pallet. A glass top made the table smooth, and papers under the glass made it interesting. The café has a few tables made with pallets as well as a couple more traditionally made, smooth wooden ones. Rustic decorations on the walls include a pair of old wooden skis and a wooden fishing net. The table we sat at had two ornate wooden benches. But, getting back to the coffee, YUM! They roast their own beans, and it is some of the smoothest coffee I have ever tasted. One of my friends had a shot of coconut in hers, which sounded delicious. I tend to go with regular coffee more so than the flavored kind, but one must be open to try new things. •

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70 Otsego St., Ilion (315) 985-0490

Wine & Spirits Ilion

10 East Main St., Ilion • (315) 894-8142 Open Mon-Sat: 9-9, Sun: 12-5 • All credit cards accepted


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Frank Vita’s Men’s Clothier 200 Genesee Street, Utica • (315) 797-7677

Background photo by Matt Ossowski

If you’ve walked by the Radisson Hotel lately, you’re sure to have seen the new clothing store on the corner. Frank Vita’s Men’s Clothier is one of the newest businesses to relocate to an ever growing downtown, adding a high-end retail option to Genesee Street. Frank Vita looking sharp at Frank Frank grew up in the clothing business. He and his father (who Vita’s Men’s Clothier now works at Ralph Lauren at age 80!) both worked at Joseph and Feiss in Utica for many years. Frank starting as a bundle handler on the assembly line, became a shipping clerk, and then mastered proficiency on 113 operations of the factory. He transferred to their plant in Cleveland, Ohio where he worked for seven years, learning every part of the industry. Eventually he made his way bake Utica and in 2002, he opened his first showroom on Albany Street. He later moved to Genesee Street in South Utica, where he operated for many years. This year, he saw an opportunity to move to Downtown Utica to get some more foot traffic for the business and to capitalize on visitors staying at the hotel, as well as businessmen who work in the downtown area. He opened the doors in April. Frank Vita’s carries some of the best lines in the business and is the only place in the city where you will find Italian-made, exclusive clothing for men. He offers everything from suits, sports jackets, and neckwear to gorgeous dress shirts and even jeans. The store boasts popular designers such as Bresciani, Sartoria Tosi, Gionfriddo, and Bartorelli Napoli. He has a great range of clientele – many local and others that come in from as far as Albany or Rochester to find one-of-a kind, impeccably made items. Tailoring is done right on site and customers benefit from Frank’s great eye, ability to assure a perfect fit, and his jovial personality that hits you as soon as you walk in the door.



See Remington firearms and artifacts from the 1800s to today. Shop for clothing, hats, and souvenirs in the Country Store. 14 Hoefler Avenue, Ilion (315) 895-3200 FREE! Mon-Fri. 8am-5pm (store closes 4:30pm)



In a garden, amongst the beans and carrots, lives a young tomato who just doesn’t fit in. Follow his adventures as he wanders into the depths of the garden and learns about jealousy, appreciation, and fate from the other garden dwellers. Available at: Amazon Your purchase of this book helps local author and artist Autumn Kuhn and pay off her student loans. (Rose Dog offers free shipping!)

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Batroun Rotisserie 36 Bank Place • (315) 624-9924

First, let’s start with the name. Batroun (Bah-TROON) rhymes with “balloon.” Owner Pete Mazloom named it after a city on the Mediterranean coast of Lebanon that he visited and was inspired by their many shawarma shops and cafes. Second, “shawarma” is the Middle Eastern way to prepare meats on a spit or rotisserie over an open flame. With those two important things out of the way, we’d like to introduce Utica’s newest eatery. Pete has always loved preparing food and would create meals for the family that were widely loved. About a year ago, he starting planning a restaurant that celebrated his Lebanese heritage and served something you couldn’t find elsewhere. He concentrates mainly on shawarma, and Batroun now offers a focused menu with limited items done perfectly – wraps and salads and also a manoushi (Lebanese-style grilled cheese). The Adele salad is named after his aunt. The dishes are definitely specialty items that you can only find at this destination spot on the top of Bank Place. The restaurant itself is bright, airy, and welcoming with large windows Pete Mazloom named his restaurant, Batroun Rotisserie, on two sides. The walls are a bright yellow that matches the color of olive after a city on the Mediterranean coast of Lebanon oil, the original tin ceiling was painstakingly restored and the hardwood floor – after removing layers of plywood, linoleum, tarpaper, and thousands of staples – was perfectly refinished. Along one of the enormous walls is a gallery of artwork by a local painter and he plans to switch out the show every couple of months to keep the décor fresh and to help out up-and-coming artists. The restaurant is a mix of great food steeped in culture and a great place to enjoy Find out more on Facebook: “Downtown Utica” camaraderie and community. •

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In celebration of the Erie Canal’s 200th anniversary, artist Tom Leytham has developed a series exploring the canal’s architectural remnants. On display at the Arkell Museum.


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The Legacy of the Erie Canal: Watercolors by Tom Leytham Through August 16, 2017

Walking Around With a Camera: Clinton Edition, Photographer Zach Lewis

One of three solo shows on display. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of construction beginning on the Erie Canal, Leytham has developed a series exploring the architectural remnants remaining along the Erie Canal and Mohawk River Valley. Many of his paintings depict overlooked or forgotten sites of the hand-built manufacturing age.

Local Photographer Zach Lewis will be exhibiting his photographs of Clinton at the Clinton Historical Society

Arkell Museum

Clinton Historical Society

2 Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie, NY • (518) 673-2314

July 1 - September 4, 2017 Reception: Sat., July 1, 1-4pm

1 Fountain Street, Clinton • (315) 859-1392


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Over 75,000 used books!


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The Viti Brothers “Quality is our Specialty”

1222 E. Main St., Frankfort (315) 894-8861

Tues. - Fri. 7 - 5, Sat. 7 -3, Sun 7 - 12:30

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Earlville Opera House Annual Quilt Show July 15 - Sept. 2, 2017 Opening reception: Sat., July 15, 12-3pm

Earlville Opera House

18 East Main Street, Earlville, NY • (315) 691-3550


Tues-Fri 10-5:30, Sat 10-2

Celebrate the Graduate in Your Life!

Preserve diplomas and graduation pictures with custom framing!

Rise up Singing: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard Through September 4, 2017

Renowned photographs of many of the 20th century’s greatest jazz artists by photographer Herman Leonard (1923-2010), including Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, and Lena Horne

Just Add Water 3 July 18 - August 18, 2017 Reception: Sunday, July 23, 4-6pm Original artwork by local artists confined to a 4”x 4” canvas.

Kirkland Art Center

9 1/2 East Park Row, Clinton, NY (315) 853-8871

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Adam Prescott Chrisman, graphite pencil, watercolor July 5 - July 27, 2017 Reception: Saturday, July 8, 5:30-7:30pm

Fusion Art Gallery

8584 Turin Rd, Rome, NY (315) 338-5712

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A third generation family business with an expert staff offering you service and advice on plant selection, care, maintenance, and problem-solving.

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Exploring Abstract Expressionism, Constance Avery July 3 - 31, 2017 Opening: Thurs, July 13, 6-8pm

Kirkland Town Library

55 1/2 College Street, Clinton, NY (315) 853- 2038

Sculpture Space Works in Progress Reception

Roaring into the Future: New York 1925-1935

Wed., July 26th, 5-7pm

Through October 9, 2017

During the 10 years that took America from glittering heights to the depths of economic devastation, New York State transformed the nation. The exhibition is a pioneering exploration celebrating the Empire State as the driving force behind the creation of 20th-century modernism.

Sculpture Space, Inc. 12 Gates Street, Utica, NY (315) 724-8381

Barbara Kellogg: Gestures Through July 24, 2017 Gestures in nature and calligraphy are the primary inspirations for Barbara Kellogg’s work. Kellogg especially enjoys working in a variety of water media, due to the oftentimes unintended surprises and marks that occur.

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mohawk valley food

piggy pat’s in new hartford story and photos by Jorge L. Hernández

Once on a visit to the Low Country of South Carolina, a perky tour guide gave us her version of the origin for the culinary treat hush puppies. Yapping backyard dogs were quieted, she claimed, by kitchen workers who tossed fried cornbread to the pesky creatures with the admonition, “Hush, puppy!” Here’s my take on the story: The beef rib special at Piggy Pat’s in New Hartford would tame any creature, from puppies to lions to humans, with its dinosaur-size butter-tender single rib, smoked and cooked and sauced to melt-away perfection in the eatery’s signature style. Hush, puppy, indeed! That special was recommended the Friday evening of this visit by Conor McCann, general manager at Piggy’s these past seven years. He didn’t steer us wrong. The rib was preceded by appetizers of jumbo Southern fried chicken wings (for those like us who are not fans of Buffalo style or any sauced wings) and savory Reuben balls, the restaurant’s take on corned beef, sauerkraut, and cheese croquettes. Our sampling was complemented by the Friday fish tacos and a Cuban sandwich—pork, ham, and grilled cheese, panini-style--plus our usual sides of mac and cheese and collard greens. We’ve eaten the pulled pork, beef brisket, pork ribs, and barbecued or Southern fried chicken for years. The new choices were inspirations, but what else can be said about a restaurant that’s been a Mohawk Valley icon for nearly 25 years, first in Middleville, NY, and then at its present location in New Hartford! The Piggy Pat’s back story is the stuff of legend. Here’s what I gleaned from past interviews with restaurant founder Pat McCann, my chat with his son, Conor, and the BBQ joint’s web page. Pat and his wife, Brenda, of Lake City, SC, met while working for President Gerald and Betty Ford in Vail, CO. “The first time I ever had southern BBQ was at a pig-pickin’ in Vail… . This redneck buddy of mine from North Carolina…dug a hole in the ground and cooked a pig all day… . I was hooked!” Pat recalled. After getting married and starting a family, the McCanns moved to CNY to be around family and bought a dairy farm in Middleville. When that venture started to go south, figuratively, the couple in 1994 converted a pole barn into a BBQ shack and were pleasantly surprised when the business took off. In June 2001, Piggy Pat’s became a full-service restaurant at its present location

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that includes take out, catering for on- and off-site events, Trivia Nights on Wednesdays, and live entertainment on Friday nights. Piggy’s boasts grassfed meats (meaning organic, Conor assures), and local products from eggs to milk to cheese. Locally homemade pies include coconut cream, strawberry rhubarb, Mississippi mud, and cheesecake. Conor, now 32 and still from Middleville, says he learned the business as a 9-year-old bussing tables. He’s a busy man working long hours running the back end of the restaurant these days. “The pulled pork is one of our staples that keeps people coming back,” Conor relates. Unlike others, he says, Piggy Pat’s smokes its own meats, including turkey, brisket, sausage, pork shoulder butts, pork, and beef ribs, with the larger cuts taking up to 14 hours overnight in closed wood pits that encourage tenderness and infuse the meats with a delicious hickory wood flavor. That’s the genesis for the restaurant’s catchy phrase on its popular T-shirts that invite the wearers to “Come Smell Our Pits.” Conor credits return customers for the business’s success. “We have lots of regulars; they’re like family,” he says. “So is the staff—we’re close, too. Sometimes they’re what get us through the night.” Those loyal staff members include red-headed Kellie Edwards of Whitesboro, a 15-year employee that people ask for by name, as we do on our frequent jaunts there. Kellie did manage to coax these sated customers with a taste of pie this evening. I’m wondering if next time Conor would let us test that South Carolina tale we heard by throwing hush puppies to whatever critters may be lurking in the backyard ... but they’ll have to beat me to it! •

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Mohawk Valley Nature

Butterflies of July and an Unexpected Porcupine story and photos by Matt Perry The Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly flies low over the meadow paths

July may be the best month for seeking out butterflies in the Mohawk Valley. The other months of summer can be productive as well, but in terms of number of species that can be encountered, July is best. Although you may be able to chance upon a few butterflies no matter what the weather conditions are (short of heavy rain), for optimal results it must be warm (over 70 degrees), sunny, and relatively windless. That last variable is probably the hardest thing to achieve at our nature preserve, where the winds only rarely subside. It all has to do with our location near the top of a big hill. You might think that in order to find lots of butterflies you need to bushwhack through the fields and thickets but, conve-

niently enough, the best way to proceed I was hoping to get close enough to get a is to just follow foot paths. I choose paths good picture of her as she laid her eggs, but that traverse a variety of different habitats, I wasn’t fast enough. Before I had closed the trails that cut through meadows and track distance, she bolted ahead down the trail. I close to a wooded border or the edge of a thought I might catch up with her at a patch wetland can be good for seeing a variety of of Common Milkweed that still had some species that utilize different habitat types. blossoms, but she sped right past. Evidently Trails through the woods can sometimes be she wasn’t interested in nectaring today, just productive, at least in terms of finding some in laying eggs. species that you may not ordinarily encoun- All the fritillary species that occur in our ter. Generally, butterflies like to follow paths region are flamboyantly beautiful, but the and they can often be seen nectaring or just Great Spangled is the largest of the group perching on trailside flowers and assorted and the one most reliably found in the Valvegetation. As it happens, many butterfly ley. The male shows a bright orange leopard food plants grow alongside trails and these pattern on his top wings and large silvery plants may provide opportunities for butterThe Black Swallowtail Butterfly frequents flies to lay eggs. As I meadows where parsley grows walk down the trail that goes through our middle reforestation field, I see a female Great Spangled Fritillary repeatedly coming down to the ground about 20 feet ahead of me. What she was doing was obvious. She was laying single eggs on the leaves of violets that were growing right in the path.


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one of the more intricate designs as well as the brightest colors. The leading edges of their wings are burnished with orange and they have blue and orange “eye spots” at the base of their tails. Several silver-bordered streakslike markings give the species a striped appearance and are responsible for the name, “Striped Hairstreak.” As I continue to walk the trail and just before the meadow habitat gives way to young woods, I see a very small Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly flying low over the clover in the path. This is typical for this species, which never seems to fly more than a foot or two above the ground. Unlike the hairstreak butterflies, which are stingy about revealing their blue top wings, the Eastern-tailed Blue has no such reservations.

The Viceroy Butterfly only looks like a Monarch, but is not closely related

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For the May issue of Mohawk Valley Living, I wrote about the many support businesses that farmers rely upon in their day-to-day operations. There are so many things farmers need…be it parts or seed, or custom work they hire someone else to do. The highly specialized nature of farming in our modern era means farmers simply can’t do everything—or at least it doesn’t always make economic sense to do so. For example, some friends of ours hire a third party to make all their hay for them; others we know don’t raise their own replacement heifers, preferring to buy young stock from trusted sources. In both of these examples, these activities—although extremely important to running the farm—are not “core activities.” In other words, the farmers in these cases have identified an area of their businesses that is best outsourced to either another farmer or specialized company, so they may concentrate on what they do best. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? We buy day-old chicks from a local hatchery, rather than raising our own. Our “core activity” is raising meat chickens to slaughter weight and then processing them on farm for sale to restaurants and individuals. This means our focus is on raising healthy chickens with steady growth,

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by building a mobile processing unit. (Equipment and facilities can be fairly expensive, oftentimes too much for a small-scale grower.) The group also proved to be a knowledgeable source of chicken-raising advice. Eventually, the need for a local hatchery was identified as a critical barrier for local producers. As active members of NEPPA, Ken and Jill were asked to manage that hatchery, eventually becoming its proud owners. They have since grown it into an expanding business, shipping meat bird chicks, layer pullets, even turkey poults as far as 200 miles away—throughout the year. Ken and Jill keep a lot of us farmers very well stocked with healthy, hearty birds. As an added benefit, the NEPPA hatchery is close by on the outskirts of Fort Plain. The short drive means we are able to pick up our chicks the day they are hatched. Large or small, the vast majority of chicken producers in this country receive their day-old chicks via some form of shipment. It may sound crazy, but the tiny, peeping fluffballs are ideally suited for surviving 72 hours before needing food and water. Before hatching, the chick takes in the remainder of the yolk, providing it enough sustenance to survive for at least a day or so. But we like picking up at NEPPA for two reasons: First, our chicks won’t have to experience even the slight stresses of shipping. Secondly, we get to visit with Ken, Jill, and sometimes their grown children. All too often, business transactions are impersonal and we don’t get to know the people behind the goods and services they provide. Such a shame! We relish the opportunity to connect with the Gies family and learn to appreciate the value of what they do. Our business relies upon NEPPA for a steady supply of healthy animals, to be sure. But the amount and degree of detail that goes on behind the scenes—finding the best sources for eggs, identifying best genetics for raising pastured poultry in our area, and continually challenging themselves to provide the highest quality—all add up to one less BIG thing I don’t have to worry about! •

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This curious edible (actually a berry, but eaten as a vegetable) probably has more names in varieties of the English language than any other. That’s because it has been cultivated for a very long time and it’s been widely transported around the world from its homeland in eastern and southern Asia. The Arabs introduced it to Spain from India in the early eighth century and the Persians took it to Africa. The name eggplant was given by Europeans in the middle of the 18th century because the variety they knew had fruits that resembled the shape and size of goose eggs. That variety also had fruits that were whitish or yellowish in color rather that the purple that is familiar to us today. So, the sort they knew really did look like eggs. In Britain and France, it is usually called “aubergine,” a name that was borrowed through France from its Arabic name “al-badinjan.” In India, it is known as “brinjal.” In Italy it is called “melanzana” and scientists call this plant “solanum melongena.” As a member of the solanaceae family, the eggplant is known as a night-

shade and closely related to the potato and tomato. In the southern United States, it’s known as “Guinea squash.” This gives a nod to the migration of the fruit from Guinea in Africa. It is believed that Thomas Jefferson aided in the migration from Guinea, as he is known to have cultivated it in his garden in the 1800’s. Just as every country has its different names for this wonderful fruit, so do they have a variety of delicious dished made with it. France has ratatouille; Greeks enjoy moussaka; in the Middle East a favorite dish is baba ganoush; in Italy it’s melanzana alla parmigiana; and in Sicily it’s my favorite: caponata. Growing Eggplant in Your Garden As much fun as it is to peruse the great variety of eggplants offered in seed catalogs and imagine all the delicious options for preparing them, it’s easy to lose sight of what comes in between: growing them. Eggplant can be a finicky plant, but if you can get them off to a good start, keep them

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help prevent the plants from getting leggy. Lights should be set six inches above the flats. Eggplant seeds germinate in 7-14 days. It might be easier to just purchase eggplant starts from the garden center; however, the selection won’t be as great as the offerings in seed catalogs. If the idea of purchasing plants sounds good to you, here’s a tip: patience. Most big box stores and even local garden centers offer eggplant way too early in the season. Wait until the soil has warmed, the days are consistently sunny, and all threat of frosty cold nights has passed before buying. Patience will be rewarded. Eggplants do not like to be cold and will not thrive when conditions are not to their liking. Always look for short stocky plants that are not root bound. The plants should not have flowers or fruits already formed. Here on the farm we refuse to sell any warm weather plants like eggplant until Memorial Day weekend. When it’s time to set the plants out in the garden, place your plants in fertile, well dug beds. Water well in warm weather. But remember eggplants do not like standing in water, so mature plants should be watered deeply but infrequently. But don’t allow the leaves to wilt during the day. Eggplants are very susceptible to flea beetles, which make pin holes in the leaves and can cause considerable damage. The plants can be covered with row covers early in the season to help prevent the first wave of flea beetles. Most healthy plants will recover from the leaf damage. Once or twice during the growing season feed your eggplant with a light application of fish emulsion, manure tea, or compost tea. This helps to supply potassium that the plants needs to keep producing fruit. If you’ve treated your plants well, you should have a bountiful harvest. Pick your eggplants when they are bright and shiny. Dull-skinned fruit has begun to form mature seeds and tough skin. On the farm we grow a variety of eggplant and have the plants available in the spring for sale. Our favorite variety is Triviata, a beautiful heirloom Italian variety, great for caponata, moussaka, and baba ganoush, although I also like to make these dishes with the some of the white varieties like Casper and White Beauty; the color makes the dish more appealing and shows off the garnish. Japanese eggplant varieties work best for grilling; we grow Orient Express and Orient Charm. This season we have added a small green eggplant Kermit used in curry. And a very interesting variety called Red Ruffles, which is also known as “bitterballs” and is picked and eaten while still green. If left to mature it looks like a pumpkin on a stick turning a bright red-orange, as is imported from Asia for the florist trade. We love eggplant, and think it’s well worth the effort it takes to grow in your garden, if for no other reason than the many wonderful recipes available from around the world. •

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Sicilian Caponata By Kakhi Green

When I lived in Ithaca I worked for and with some amazing lawyers who loved to cook. The recipe I’m sharing is from one of those lawyers, and I have been making it every summer for more than 30 years. Yep! It’s just that good. 1 rib of celery, finely chopped 1 lb. eggplant, peeled and diced 1 C. olive oil or sunflower oil for frying Salt and pepper 2 T. olive oil 1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced 1 red bell pepper, cut in ½ inch dice 1/3 C. large green Sicilian olives, pitted and coarsely chopped 2 T. capers, rinsed and squeezed dry ¾ C. plus 2 T. best quality tomato sauce 3 T. red wine vinegar ½ tsp. honey or sugar ½ C. raisins 1 C. pine nuts–best quality you can afford Red pepper flakes, optional Chopped flat leaf parsley for garnish Set oven to 375 degrees and toast pine nuts until golden brown ant nutty, about 15 mins. Set aside. Bring a small pan of water to a low boil and simmer the celery until crisp-tender, about 5-7 mins. Drain and rinse well in cold water. Set aside. Heat about ¾ inch of olive oil or sunflower oil in a large cast iron skillet. Cook the eggplant in batches, turning then occasionally, until they are browned all over. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon and drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Season with salt, and continue until all eggplant is done. You may have to add more oil. In a large skillet or Dutch oven heat olive oil. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently until wilted and starting to turn golden brown, 5 to 7 mins. Add the parboiled celery, olives, capers, raisins, tomato sauce, vinegar, honey, and red pepper flakes. Let come to a low boil then add the eggplant. Cook the mixture at a simmer, stirring carefully so as not to mash the eggplant, for 3-4 minutes. Taste and add any additional salt and pepper or another splash of vinegar. Remove from heat, toss in the toasted pine nuts, and transfer to a large shallow serving platter or bowl to serve and cool. Garnish with parsley just before serving Serving and storage tip: Caponata is always best the next day, so it’s a great make-ahead dish for a pot luck or summer picnic. My favorite way to eat it is spread on grilled bread on top of a smear of fresh ricotta. This recipe can easily doubled. It will store in your fridge for at least a week. Enjoy!

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hair. But it was his white coat and large feet that earned him the name Yeti (a.k.a., the abominable snowman of the Himalayas). Yeti had a white face, but his pink nose and his eyes (one was blue and the other yellow), gave his face a most colorful look. He was, however, completely deaf, and although I’m confident he appreciated the attention my aunt lavished on him, the two-word theme song was almost certainly lost on him. I’m pretty sure that Viola understood this and that she performed the ritual mainly for her own and for the family’s amusement.

Of course, we weren’t all amused. My father took particular exception to the lyrics of the song, which were about as uncomplicated as they were inexplicable to the uninitiated. The song went, “Whitey De Blanco, Whitey De Blanco, Whitey De Blanco, Whitey De Blanco” and was accompanied by a shuffling dance step that was in sync with each syllable in “Whitey De Blanco.” “Who in blazes is Whitey De Blanco?” would have been a natural question for anyone to ask. For some reason I neglected to ask that for about two years of witnessing my aunt’s


whimsical performances. I ultimately learned that Whitey De Blanco was the name (nickname and surname) of a white haired jazz drummer that my mother was friends with in the mid 1940’s. Much to Dad’s chagrin, the ridiculous song was contagious, and soon some of my siblings and I were also regaling Yeti with our own renditions of the Whitey De Blanco tune. None of us could do justice to the little dance, though; that would remain the exclusive domain of its creator. Fast-forward about 40 years and there’s a different animal that’s being greeted with the name “Whitey De Blanco.” It’s a mostly white Red Squirrel that has been visiting our backyard bird feeders on and off for about two years. I just saw her today munching away on seeds in one of the bird feeders. I guess that utilizing that name is a homage to my late aunt and to my mother’s drummer friend of my mother’s long distant acquaintance, but it has also become the standard way for us to refer to anything white that shows up in our yard. Yes, whatever it is–be it a white squirrel, white skunk, or white Blue Jay, they all become known as Whitey De Blanco. Not to worry, it never gets confusing, primarily because there never seems to be two Whiteys occurring in the yard at the same time. That would get confusing. We would have to start numbering them: Whitey De Blanco 1, Whitey De Blanco 2, and so forth. I can just imagine what that would do to the cadence of the song. Finding an all-white or even partly white animal in the wild is always intriguing. Especially when it involves a species whose hair or plumage color isn’t normally white. Often these animals are inaccurately referred to as albinos or partial albinos. In fact true albinism is quite rare in most species and “partial albinism” is something akin to

being half-pregnant–it’s just not a thing. Leucism is the term used to describe abnormally white creatures that are not true albinos. Like albinos, leucistic individuals lack melanin-producing cells in their feathers or hair, but unlike albinos they still retain normal pigment in their eyes. The eyes of albinos invariably appear pink. Both albino and leucistic animals may still show some color if their normal plumage/hair color is created by pigments such as carotenoids, but with albinos, the eye color remains diagnostic. Whitey De Blanco the squirrel or Mrs. De Blanco (as we began calling her once we learned she was female) is mostly white, but does show some orange highlights. This means that she is leucistic. From some angles she looks a bit like a cross between an ermine in its winter coat and a creamsicle with legs. Being a white Red Squirrel doesn’t seem to unduly hamper Mrs. Whitey’s life. She behaves more or less like your standard normal morph Red Squirrel. Every few days she comes into the yard from the

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neighbor’s land and she spends a few hours sampling the fare in our birdfeeders. She sometimes is chased away by other Red Squirrels, but they don’t seem to treat her like a pariah on account of her aberrant fur color. I would say they give her the standard intruder treatment and nothing more. Perhaps more interestingly, instead of her leucism making her more timid and retiring, she is the opposite. Although I don’t see her getting into fights, she seems more apt than a normal Red Squirrel to return and assert herself in a foreign territory. Obviously, being white didn’t stop her from finding a mate and a territory! Although her nest is not in our yard, there is some evidence that she did have a nest on the property of a friend of ours. As the crow flies (or perhaps, more appropriately, as the squirrel runs), this woman’s house is less than a half mile from our place. In late May she told me she saw two little white Red Squirrels in one of her trees. Yes, little De Blancos! Seriously, though, we infer from this that Whitey’s lack of pigment didn’t hinder her ability to breed or to hold a territory. It also tells us that her leucism is heritable, which is very interesting. If she and her progeny continue to successfully breed, the Village of Clinton may someday be known for its colony of Whitey De Blanco squirrels. I can just imagine my Aunt

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I ever saw her) she resembled a Snowy Owl, but with the narrower head of a hawk and, of course, the red tail. The color of her tail told us that she was a full adult, which meant she had survived at least two years of life with the “disadvantage” of being white. Since most raptors rely on stealth (as well as speed and the element of surprise) to secure their prey, a large white hawk is unlikely to be able to hide from their quarry. Of course, some raptors get away with being white, mainly northern species like the Snowy Owl, which is adapted to blend in with snow-covered terrain. Since our leucistic Red-tailed Hawk was seen only in winter in our neighborhood, it’s very possible that she spent the summer in the far North where her plumage color would be more of an asset than a hindrance. I hoped that the white Red-tailed Hawk would become a regular winter visitor–a wintertime Whitey De Blanco, if you will, but we never saw her again. I recall seeing a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk–one that wasn’t quite as strikingly white--in the Deansboro area about 18 years ago. Word had it that a pair comprised of a

leucistic individual and a more typical Red-tailed Hawk had nested in that area sometime prior to my sighting. Perhaps our White, Red-tail was a relative of the Deansboro birds. One of our more recent yard animals to be “honored” with the title of Whitey De Blanco was a skunk–a Striped Skunk to be specific. Although they are always black and white, the appearance of our skunks can be quite variable, with the black and white patches and stripes creating different patterns. I recall once get-

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ting a very close look at a mother skunk with her six kits and noting how none of them had precisely the same pattern of black and white. Indeed, sometimes it seems that no two look alike. I have seen a range of different white/black patterns over the years. For most people, when they think of a skunk they imag-

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White is an unusual color for wildlife. In most cases it’s used as winter camouflage for predators and for prey, but in the case of the skunk, it seems to serve more as a warning of the skunk’s potent defensive capabilities. The white serves to flag the skunk and make it obvious wherever it goes. “Don’t mess with me” it says, or you’ll be washing the stink out of your hair for the next week or longer. Virtually all animals (including humans) are aware of the skunk’s reputation and heed the white warning stripes. The notable exception is the Great Horned Owl, which often specializes in preying on skunks. No surprise here–the owls have

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his head that was white and pink. He was an interesting bird in other ways, too. He would only make visits of short duration–of only a day or two, and he did this over the course of six years. He was, of course, highly recognizable and I never had any doubt that I was seeing the same bird. The Black-capped Chickadee also wasn’t white enough to warrant the customary De Blanco song or dance. Its white plumage was limited to some feathers on his wings and back that when he was perched gave him a frosted look. I called that chickadee “Frost” and he was seen around the nature preserve for about a half year. One thing that nearly all of the leucistic birds have in common is that we don’t usually have them lingering in the area for long. It could be coincidence, or it could be that these animals have other genetic issues that adversely affect their health and limit their longevity. Feathers that lack pigment are proven to be weaker in structure and more prone to breakage. When feathers break or are lost they hinder the bird’s mobility and inhibit its ability to feed and flee from danger. As I’ve mentioned already, sim-

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ply being white puts a bird at greater risk of predation. It’s likely that in most cases a leucistic individual will have difficulty fitting in with other members of its species. They may not be able to find a mate or hold territory. That alone would keep them from remaining in the same area for a prolonged period. In the cases of some birds, including most raptors, being covered in white downy feathers is how they begin life. After breaking out of their egg shells and drying off, raptor nestlings are completely white. This adaptation seems to make the most sense in cavity nesting species, like American Kestrels and Eastern Screech Owls, when white plumage makes a nestling easier to find in the darkness of a hollow tree. But what advantage is gained by other raptors that use open nests? Surely, species like Cooper’s Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, and Bald Eagles would have no difficulty locating young in their nest no matter what color they were. One would think that the increased visibility would only make the chicks more obvious to predators when parents are away from the nest. Perhaps white chicks that fall from

the nest or wander away would be easier for parents to locate, but few raptor parents show any inclination to rescue or care for chicks that fall out of the nest, so that reason isn’t very compelling. As it happens, white feathers provide a great advantage to nestlings on hot sunny days since they reflect the sun’s rays, whereas darker plumage absorbs light and heat. Young nestlings are highly susceptible to overheating and could easily expire when their parents are away from the nest and not actively providing shade. A couple of months ago at the nature preserve, a colleague and I saw an unusual looking raptor perched in a dead tree over one of the beaver ponds. We were quite a distance away at the time and we found ourselves struggling to identify what species we were seeing. It was frustrating, since we knew the bird could vanish at any moment. We were just a little too far away; that left us cursing the insufficient magnification of our binoculars. The hawk appeared to have a whitish head, white flecks on its back and, from what we could see of it, a banded tail. It was smaller than a Redtailed Hawk, but had the light head of a

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of how rare that species had become in the Mohawk Valley. In fact, so rare, that now just the sight of one can be easily conflated with seeing a spirit bird. Snow Buntings and Hoary Redpolls are two bird species that breed in the far North. The Snow Buntings are regular wintertime visitors to our part of the country, while the winter visits of Hoary Redpolls are decidedly infrequent. Snow Buntings are sparrow-size birds that are normally seen in big flocks flying over windswept agricultural fields and lake shores. These habitats are reminiscent of the birds’ breeding ground on the Arctic tundra. When they are with us they forage on weed seeds and on the undigested grain seeds they find in cow manure that farmers spread out on their fields. The buntings have stark black-and-white plumage and, when taken together with their undulating flight, make them resemble living snow flurries. In late fall or early winter, when the bunting first arrive, they possess more rust color in their plumage. However, as the season progresses, they begin to lose some of their rust pigment. It actually wears off with the tips of their feathers. What is re-

vealed underneath becomes their bright white breeding plumage. Hoary Redpolls look much like their more frequently encountered relatives–the Common Redpolls, but they appear much paler, and the adult males in particular lack the dark streaking on the side of the breast that characterizes the Common Redpolls. Again, when compared to the common species, mature male Hoary Redpolls are very frosty looking around the face and on the back. Their undersides are stark white with pale pink wash on the breast. I recall seeing one perched in a buckthorn tree beneath one of our finch feeders and thinking how it resembled a snow ball, albeit one that someone got a splash of cherry juice on. That Hoary Redpoll was one of three (the others were females) that were visiting the bird feeders, along with a much bigger flock of Common Redpolls. It is always helpful to have the two species side by side for the sake of making direct comparisons. As I write this I am also monitoring our Utica Peregrine Falcon nest. At this time the young inside the nest box are experiencing their first molt as their white downy feathers are giving way to their


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Train Robberies Aboard Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad Saturday, July 22, 2017, 1pm Travel back in time to the exciting world of Outlaws and The Wild West! $20 adults, $19 seniors, $17 children 3-12, free kids under 3. Reservations: (607) 432-2429

They’ll grow on you!

Open by appointment in July & August

705 Newport-Gray Rd., Newport

315-845-8945 •

103 Main St., Whitesboro, NY 768-1462 Tues-Fri 6-2 Sat & Sun 6-1


1212 Catherine St., Utica, NY 733-6603 Tues-Sun 6-2

The News Source of Old Forge, Inlet and Surrounding Communities FREE Newspaper Available in the Greater Old Forge Area!

Visit us at the farmers markets this summer! Whitesboro (Mon.), Cottage Lawn in Oneida (Tues.) and Clinton (Thurs.)

7945 Maxwell Rd., Clinton 315-725-0547

Boonville/Oneida County Fair

July 25-30, 2017 10am-10pm, gates open at 8am Admission: 60 & Over $3; Adults 13 & Over $5; Children 0-12 free Boonville Fairgrounds, Boonville







areas, • Petting animal presentations,

Weddings. Events.

maternity ward Giant softplay maze with tubes, tunnels, slides, ballcrawl Exotic and native animals

Whether you celebrate inside with panoramic views of our beautiful golf greens and lush floral gardens, or outside on our spectacular grounds, when you choose Twin Ponds for your event, you’ll receive the impeccable attention to detail that will ensure your special day will be nothing short of perfect.

• Play Areas Included in Price • All of Admission

Fort Rickey

Accommodations for up to 700 guests Open year-round 169 Main Street, New York Mills 736-9303

Discover the fun... Fun for everyone!

Route 49 - 3 Miles West of Rome (315) 336-1930


FOR TIX & INFO call (315) 724-4000 or visit


RICKY Z’s TRIBUTE TO BIllY JOEl Sat | July 8 | 6-8 pm




ShREK JR. ThE MUSICAl Friday | July 28 | 7 pm


Sat | Aug 5 | Noon-3pm


Quality Work at Reasonable Prices


hidden Valley Golf Course, Whitesboro Sun | Aug 13 | Noon

Call for a free at home consultation available at-need or pre-need. Multiple marker design options available. Markers are produced in our Clinton facility by local workers.


PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE Thurs | Oct 19 6:30 pm


Fri | Dec 29 | 7 pm

Tour our outdoor display anytime and explore our large selection of monuments, vases, benches, mausoleums, portraits and pet markers. We also offer cemetery lettering services, restoration, cleaning, maintenance, and veteran marker attachments.

Burdick & Enea

M E M O R IA L S 56 Utica St., Clinton (315) 853-5444 • 4693 State Route 5, Herkimer Mon. - Fri., 9-5pm, Sat., 9-2pm •

Honor America Days Parade and Symphoria Concert

Saturday, July 29, 2017 Parade starts at 10am; Free Symphoria Concert at 8pm On the lawn of Fort Stanwix National Monument, Corner North James & West Dominick. Rome

Railfan Day at Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 10am-4pm This fun celebration includes: Track Speeder Rides Velocipede and Pump Car Rides Hy-rail Truck Rides Historic D&H, (607) 432-2429,

Online resources for local events

MV Living Ice Cream

Ice Cream is synonymous with summer. Check out our MVL advertisers’ ice cream offerings!

Riverside Diner

9663 River Rd, Marcy

Skyline Ice Cream and Food

B&F Milk & Ice Cream

Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard! 6506 State Route 5, Vernon

Famous for shakes! 38 Roosevelt Dr., Whitesboro

So Sweet Candy Cafe

Kayuta Drive-In

Ice Cream now available! 531 Varick St., Utica

Car shows & Woof Nites. Dogs are people too at Kayuta! 10101 Dustin Rd, Remsen

Wendy’s Diner

Mix it up with a Butterfingers parfait! 1717 Route 8, Cassville

The Knight’s Spot

June’s Flavor of the month: I Scream for Cake! 264 E Main St, Frankfort


A favorite for over 78 years! Erie St, Yorkville, Ilion Marina, and at the Utica Zoo.

Papa Rick’s

Kids love the mud pie sundae with “worms!” 2005 N. James St, Rome

Owned & operated by John Markley

Only $15 per night


• Large Grass Tee Hitting area • 15 mats • Private lessons • Clinics • Selling Ping, Titleist, Callaway • Custom fitting available • Paying top value for trade-ins i

Open 7 days a week dawn to dusk 4725 St. Rt. 233, Westmoreland (315) 725-9644 ns 3 Generatio e th g Servin y! lle Mohawk Va

Nursery Open by Appointment Only


Complete Landscape Services & Nursery • Planting design & installation • Spring and Fall Cleanup • Pruning, Edging, and Mulching • Lawn Installation and Renovation 47 Clinton Rd (Rt 12B) • New Hartford

• Walls and Water Gardens • Walks and Patio Installation • Mulch Delivery or Pick-Up • Lawn Mowing

(315) 735-2206

Tour the Boonville Black River Canal Museum! FREE Admission!

• See “The Walter C. Pratt” canal boat! • A fully operating mini-canal for the kids! • Explore the Bardo Blacksmith Shop!



Open 10-4 weekends only in June Open daily July 4th-Labor Day Open weekends only Labor Day-Columbus Day Just off Route 12 at Main St., Boonville

(315) 942-6763

Barney’s Angels Small Dog Sitters

(315) 525-3330

Reese Rd., Frankfort Home Environment Clean, Safe Friendly & Spacious Daily FB videos

Jewett’s Cheese House

A family business since 1970 NY State aged cheddar 1-20 years old! Over 400 items of cheese & gourmet foods.

(800) 638-3836 934 Earlville Road, Earlville (between Poolville and Earlville) Open Mon-Fri: 9:30-5, Most Sundays 10:30-3, closed Sat.


Serving Rome & Utica Since 1946


Serving you MondaySaturday!

Top Quality Meats!

Save on Val-U Paks!

Mention this ad & SAVE an additional $5! Val-U Pak #1

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5 lbs. Mexican or Meatball Mix 5 lbs. Mexican or Meatball Mix 5 lbs. Cube Steak (round) 5lbs. Pork Steak 5 lbs. Stew Beef 5 lbs. Pork Chop (center) 5 lbs. Ground Beef 5 lbs. Ground Chuck 5 lbs. Ground Chuck 5 lbs Loose Hot Sausage 5 lbs. Chicken Breast 5 lbs. Morrell Franks 5 lbs. Chicken Legs 5 lbs. Rope, Hot, or Sweet Sausage 5 lbs. Mexican or Meatball Mix 25 lbs. Only $3.19 per lb.

25 lbs. Only $3.59 per lb.

Only $99.95! 25 lbs. Only $3.99 per lb.

Your old-fashioned, full service butcher!


Old Forge

Mohawk Village Market

Butcher Block Meats (no pre-packaged meats) Specialty cuts - Storemade Patties & Salads Complete Grocery Line

24 West Main St., Mohawk (315) 866-3344

Adirondack Base Camp

So Close by… yet a World Apart

McCauley Mt. Summer Scenic Chairlift Ride Adults ONLY $6

(315) 369-3225

FREE Sunday Lakefront Concerts

Info & Webcams:

the mvl





Nothing’s finer than...


Friday Fish Fry!

•Daily breakfast

& luncheon specials •Ask about our family bowling special!


8125 Rt.12, Barneveld, NY

Full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu

Catering and Banquet Facilities (up to 100)

(315) 896-2871 Open early everyday!

“Home cookin’ at it’s finest!”


Now r n fo Ope er! Dinn

6798 State Rt. 20, Bouckville

(315) 893-4044 • Open Mon-Sat 6-2, Sun 6-Noon

101 Ford St., Boonville (315) 942-4359 Open Wed, Thurs, Sun: 8-8, Fri & Sat: 8-9:30

Friday Fish Fry: 11:30am-8pm

It’s ice cream season!

Serving breakfast and lunch daily

Freddy’s Diner

1/2 lb. Juicy Angus Burgers! NewSpecialty Sundaes! 50 Soft Serve Ice Cream flavors! 50 Milk Shake flavors! A Variety of Parfaits!

& Ice Cream Too! 1717 Route 8, Cassville (315) 839-5000

Open 7 Days a Week • Open 6am-8pm or later, Serving Breakfast 6am-Noon


Primo Pizza #

at the Kettle


The Most Unique Upside Down Pizza You Ever Tasted!

Celebratining 8 Years ! Clinton

Specialty Rolls

Sausage . . . . . . . . 10.95 Spinach . . . . . . . . . 9.95 Antipasto . . . . . . . 11.95 Sausage & Greens . . . 12.95 Eggplant . . . . . . . . 10.95 Local delivery after 4

Weekday Specials Tues- 20” X-Large Cheese Pizza . . . . $9.95 (Toppings 2.25 ea, X-Cheese 2.95)

Where good friends Meet to Eat! Enjoy breakfast or a quick lunch!

8170 Seneca Tpke., Clinton (315) 732-3631

MVLMon-Fri Ad_Layout 1 7/8/15 Page 1 6am-2pm, Sat &3:05 SunPM 6am-1pm

Wed-Small Cheese Pizza & 20 Wings . . . $15.95 Thurs- 2 Large Cheese Pizzas . . . . . $16.95


+Tax / Toppings Extra

Every Day Specials

Sm. Cheese & 20 wings. . . $17.95 Lg. Cheese & 20 wings. . . . $21.95 Lg. Cheese & 25 wings. . . . $24.95 Lg. Cheese & 40 wings. . . . $31.95 Lg. Cheese & 50 wings. . . . $35.95 (plus tax. celery, blue cheese, toppings extra)

Tues-Thurs: 11am-9pm, Fri & Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 1pm-8pm

7756 Route 5, Clinton Located next door to Spaghetti Kettle

2755 State Rt 8, Cold Brook, NY 13324 • 826-5050 Mon. 4 - 9pm • Tues. Closed • Wed. - Sun. 12 Noon - 9pm Great Food • Great Spirits • Great Times

Life is Good at The Ohio Tavern!




Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner! Window Service and Take Out • Outside Seating!

Serving Breakfast and Lunch M-F: 7am-2:30pm FREE WI-FI

Let me create a culinary experience for you! “At home” dinners our specialty!

by Chef Dominick Scalise

(315) 866-7669 122 W. Albany St., Herkimer 22 years in business!

Alex's Fat Boy 1/2 lb. burger! 2 for Tuesday Hoffman Hot Dogs! Super giant shakes! Loaded fries! The

Seafood & more!

Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor since 1974! 264 East Main Street, Frankfort, NY

Open Mon-Fri: 6am-10pm, Sat & Sun: 7am-10pm (315) 894-4054


Quality Food - Fresh Ingredients Relaxing Atmosphere Offering Daily Specials!

200 King St., Herkimer (315) 866-5716 Wed-Thurs 11-7; Fri 11-8; Sat Noon-7

little falls Open Daily 7am-3pm

Raw or cooked • Eat in or take out!


Breakfast, Lunch, Homemade Soups & Sandwiches and our delicious Desserts Including our Famous Cream Puffs! Canal Place, Little Falls Next to Showcase Antiques

Catering & Banquets too! (315)533-7229

5345 Lee Center-Taberg Rd., Lee Center

Celebrating 30 Years! Serving healthy and delicious salads, grilled sandwiches, and homemade soups.

Heidelberg Bread & Café 3056 Rte 28 N., Herkimer (315) 866-0999

Mon-Sat: 7am-6pm, Sun: 7am-5pm Find us on Facebook!

Wed 3-9, Thurs 12-9, Fri & Sat 11:30-9, Sun 11:30-8, Closed Mon & Tues

Baking all natural breads – available throughout New York State

Great food served in a relaxing atmosphere. RESTAURANT & BAR Est. 2005

27 draft beers on tap featuring many NY state craft beers.

518 East Main Street, Little Falls (315) 508-5156

Open Mon-Thurs 4-10, Fri & Sat 4-11, closed Sun


Casual American Cuisine

Breakfast & Lunch Espressos • Lattes • Cappucinos

good food, good wine, good friends, good times

500 East Main St., Little Falls

123 Mohawk St., Herkimer • 866-1746

Made to order Cookie platters • Desserts • Custom cakes

(315) 823-9236 • Tues-Fri: 8-5, Sat: 8-2 Now Open 7 days! Sun-Thurs: 11-9, Fri: 11-11, Sat: 11-9



new hartford

American Family Fare!

Phoenician R E S TAU R A N T

9663 River Rd., Marcy

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Take-out • Catering

7239 Route 20, Madison (315) 893-1806 Sun, Tues-Thurs: 6:30am-7pm, Fri & Sat: 6:30am-8pm

Enjoy authentic Lebanese Cuisine

Soft and Hard Ice Cream!

19 Flavors of Hard Ice Cream 33 Flavors of Soft, Flurries & Milkshakes Serving Food Outside! Take Out & Delivery!

PLUS Fresh Haddock • Giambotta Mushroom Stew • Chicken & Biscuits Meatloaf Goulash & More!

Call for our summer hours 797-7709


Homemade comfort foods

Full Buffet & Salad Bar served Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30 Wednesday Night Buffet 4:30-8:30 Serving Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sat Full Menu Available Mon-Thurs 11:30-9pm, Fri & Sat 11:30-10pm 623 French Road New Hartford (315) 733-2709

Experience the taste of Naples!

Full menu available til 2am!

22 beers on tap, specializing in NY State craft beers!

Craft Beer & Wine Available!

Clams & Jams! Wednesdays 7-10pm

Nova Scotia Clams & Live Entertainment!

10 Clinton Rd., New Hartford • (315) 732-9733 Mon-Sat: 10am-2am, Sun: 12pm-2am

Specializing in Authentic Neopolitan Pizza! Using only the highest quality ingredients! Pizzas only take 90 seconds in our 800+ oven!

Truck available for on-site catering!

Also look for our Food Truck! Enjoy traditional, naturally flavored, healthy soup and entrées at Pho Ever Noodles Vietnamese Cuisine. Come try our refreshing Bubble Tea and Traditional Pho or make your own noodle soup!

CHECK OUT OUR NEW SUSHI BAR! Plaza 5, 8469 Seneca Turnpike • New Hartford • (315) 733-6888 Open Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 10am-7pm • Like us on Facebook! Menu and order online:

Book for the season now!

8636 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford • (315) 864-3728 Mon-Sat: 11am-9pm, Closed Sundays Menu online at:

“We are your home town pizzeria!”

past 5 years! Voted #1 pizza for

(315) 736-4549 • Open 7 days a week • 4462 Commercial Dr., New Hartford

Locally Owned & Operated

1700 North James St., Rome (315) 336-1111 Breakfast & Lunch daily 7am-3pm

Catering Available • Homemade Desserts Every Day

2634 Genesee St., South Utica (315) 724-6795 Breakfast & Lunch daily 7am-3pm Dinner Wed - Sat 5pm-10pm

4784 Commercial Dr., New Hartford (315) 736-1363 Breakfast & Lunch daily 7am-3pm • Facebook: Raspberries Rome / Raspberries Utica • Kids Menu Available



Specializing in the area’s only coal-fired pizza oven! Live Music! Customizable catering for any size event!


tuscan oven

DRIVE-IN Open Tuesday-Sunday

Open Mondays starting Memorial Day!

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

n u f r o f s u n i Jo mmeuchrm!ore! all SCaruShom ws and so Woof Nites,

A family tradition since 1963! A local favorite for simply delicious family fare, great sandwiches, and delicious ice cream.

2184 Glenwood Plaza, Oneida (315) 361-9900 Mon-Thurs: 11-9, Fri 7 Sat: 11-10, Sun: 12-8

10101 Dustin Rd (Route 12) Remsen (315) 831-5181


Brenda’s Natural Foods Something Good & a Lot of It!

Natural Food Cafe Now Open! Featuring: Gluten-free options and homemade soups!

Champagne Brunch

Natural Groceries • Supplements • Local Foods Organic Produce & Plants


8524 Fish Hatchery Rd, Rome, NY 13440 315-533-7710

236 W. Dominick St., Rome (315) 337-0437 M-F 9:30-6, Sat 10-3

Weekend Specials!


Restaurant • Ice Cream Parlor

Haddock Specials

Prime Rib Every Sat. Night!

Wood Fired za! Brick Oven Piz t Take Ou y! & Deliver

Authentic Homemade Pasta Available! 5 Signature Sauces To Create Your Own Entree!


(315) 33PIZZA

615 Erie Blvd. W., Rome


Open M-Thurs 11-9, Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun 12-8


See our summer entertainment schedule!

OPEN DAILY 11am-10pm End of N. Madison Street at Ridge Mills, Rome • (315) 339-2622

sharon springs

The Country Store with More!

Innovative food made with local & organic ingredients whenever possible. Exceptional service with a warm atmosphere.

Snacks, Beer, Pizza, Wings, Subs, Gas, Diesel, Non-Ethanol Gas, Gifts and much, much more!

Mon-Thurs 11-3, Fri-Sun 8-3 195 Main St., Sharon Springs (518) 284-2575

2114 Rte 29, Salisbury 315-429-3224 Open 7 Days a Week

utica simple. fresh. delicious. breakfast • lunch espresso • pastries • cakes

Now serving wine & beer!

Creaciones del Caribe Newly Expanded Bakery! Located behind Bite Cafe at 52 Seneca St.

Bakery Hours: Mon-Sat 8-6, Sun 8-1 Cafe Hours: Mon-Thurs 7-8, Fri & Sat 7-10, Sun 8-1

53 Franklin Square, Utica • (315) 790-5747 #downtownutica

(Creations of the Caribbean) Fresh & all natural ingredients

Luisa Martinez - chef

1315 Genesee Street, Utica

(315) 864-3057 Open Mon & Tue 10am-10pm, Thurs-Sun 10am-2am, Closed Wed

1st Floor Breakfast, Lunch, “Grab-and-Go!” Deliveries, 8am-2pm Take Out & Catering! Check out our weekly specials on facebook and at

Open: Mon-Fri 9-2 185 Genesee St 2nd Floor, Utica

315 735-7676




EASTSIDE DINER Breakfast • Lunch Homemade & Fresh Daily!

New Advertiser! New Diner! Check it out!

Friday Fish Fry • Breakfast Served All Day

2199 Bleecker St., Utica (315) 790-5250

Shop Our Great Selection Of Ready To Cook Meals!!

A l l Of O u r Co o k i e s, “ Pu st i e s ” A n d B a k e d G o o d s A re A l l H a n d m a d e , A l wa y s Fre sh , Ne v e r F ro z e n ! ! Have An Upcoming Party Or Event, Contact Us For All Of Your Catering Needs!!

S h o p O u r L i n e O f P a st a , S a u c e s, S t a rt e rs An d Re a d y T o Co o k M e a l s; O t h e r L o c a l P ro d u c t s T o o !!

-(315) 896-2173Open Monday -Through- Friday 8:00AM -To- 4:00PM

Mon-Thurs, & Sat 6-2, Fri 6-5, Sun 7-2

79 years serving the Mohawk Valley!

Contemporary American • Private Functions • Reservations Recommended

Visit our three Locations:

The Utica Zoo • Oriskany Blvd., Yorkville Ilion Marina, 190 Central Ave, Ilion




ICE CREAM & FOOD Ice Cream • Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard • Lunch & Dinner Handmade Burgers • Fresh Cut Fries • Fresh Haddock Fridays

900 Culver Ave., Utica • 315-765-0271 • Open Tues-Sat 4:30-9pm


Apple Betty Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Catering

Breakfast Served All Day!

26 flavors of Mercer’s soft! 26 flavors of Perry’s hard!

Route 5, Vernon Open: Mon-Thurs: 6am-3pm, Fri: 6am-8:30pm Sat: 6am-2pm, Sun: 7am-2pm

6506 State Route 5, Vernon

Tues-Sunday 12-9pm • (315) 953-4035

Skyline Frozen Custards & Ice Cream




KARAM’S Middle Eastern


Bakery & Restaurant


Traditional Lebanese fare for breakfast & lunch! Middle Eastern Specials and Groceries Pita and Flat Bread • Spinach & Meat Pies • Baklawa

ASK ABOUT OUR CATERING MENU • Banquet Room (Seats up to 35)

Tues - Fri: 9am - 5pm, Sat: 9am - 3pm

Famous For Our Tenderloin Steak Sandwich Open at 11am, Saturday open at 4pm, closed Sunday & Monday

Serving Wine & Beer!

3963 Oneida St., Washington Mills • (315) 864-8149 60 • (315) 829-4875 • (315) 725-3856

(315) 736-1728 • 137 Campbell Ave., Yorkville

antique shopping guide Utica & Whitestown THE POTTING SHED

Perfect. The Queen’s Closet ANTIQUES

Weddings. Events.

Whether you celebrate inside with panoramic views of our beautiful golf greens and lush floral gardens, or outside on our spectacular grounds, when you choose Twin Ponds for your event, you’ll receive the impeccable attention to detail that will ensure your special day will be nothing short of perfect.

KARAM'S Middle Eastern

Accommodations for up to 700 guests Open year-round 169 Main Street, New York Mills 736-9303

Caruso’s Pastry Shoppe

Phoenician R E S TAU R A N T Westmoreland Antique Center

Shop Our Great Selection Of Re BAGEL GROVE

A l l Of O u r Co o k i e s, “ Pu st i e s ” A n d B a k e d G o o d s A re A l l H a n d m a d e , A l wa y s Fre sh , Ne v e r F ro z e n ! !

Shop S t a rt e r Ot

-(31 Open Monday -Thro


Have An Upcoming Party Or Event, Contact Us For All Of Your Catering Needs!!



A little bit country, a little bit primitive!

Bear Path Antiques A general line of quality, affordable antiques including furniture, primitives, smalls, china, and antique accessories. Open weekends (and by chance) late May-June; Open Thurs-Mon: July-October. Closed Tues & Wed

(315) 369-9970 • 13912 State Rte 28, Otter Lake

Your destination for furniture, hand stenciled signs, vintage clothing, warm glow candles, silk arrangements & more!

Open Daily 10-5 10242 Route 12N, Remsen (315) 831-8644

14 East Main St. Earlville (315) 691-5721

Open Tues-Fri: 9-4, Sat: 9-2, Closed Sun & Mon


Canal House Antiques Consignment Shopper Swap Multi-Dealer Shop

Queen’s Closet • Village Basement • Walk-In Closet

(315) 893-7737

Make a purchase of $10 and get a punch at each of the three participating shops for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate at each consignment shop. Other prizes are also being offered!

Multi Dealer Antique Shop

Specializing in antique furniture, glassware, jewelry, books, linens, and primitive rug hooking accessories

Wed-Sat: 10-5, Sun: 11-3 • (315) 761-2833

Open Thurs-Mon 10-5, Closed Tues & Wed

Primitives • Furniture • Artwork Smalls • Antique Accessories

4803 Rt. 31, Vernon

6737 Route 20, Bouckville

Win $75 in Gift Certificates & more!

You may fill up more than one card for extra chances to win!

Drawing will be held on Monday, July 31st!

Celebrating our 18th year in business!

Attic Addicts The Queen’s Closet Consignment at its Finest!

Pristine, Practical, and Priced Right!

Specializing in estate sales, large and small.

Clothing Jewelry Household Items Furniture

Conducted with respect and dignity. We take the pressure Join us for out of estate liquidation, Consignment moving, or downsizing. Shopper Call for a consultation:

(315) 736-9160

Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm Sat: 10:30am-3pm


New consignment by appointment only

22 Oriskany Blvd., Yorkville (315) 736-9160

Village Basement CONSIGNMENT SHOP 6768 Route 20, Bouckville (315) 893-7676

Our lovely gallery offers a full range of antiques, fine furniture, and vintage collectibles!

2017 Show Dates: June 2,3, 4 and August 14-20

ANTIQUE GALLERY Open Apr-Oct: 10-5 daily; Nov-Dec: 10-4 daily Jan-Mar: Fri, Sat, Sun: 10-4

Foothills Mercantile

The BIG RED BARN filled to the rafters with antiques and vintage pieces, collectibles, glassware, furniture, accessories, and dealer supplies in all price ranges.

Over 30 Vendors!

Open 6 days: 10-5:30 , closed Tues. 8124 Route 12, Barneveld (315) 896-2681

Large selection of preloved clothing, furniture and accessories at fantastic prices! Join us for

Consignment (315) 733-4784 Shopper Open Wed-Fri: 11-5; Sat: 10-3 Swap! Call for consignment terms.

70 Genesee St., New Hartford

Join us for

Consignment Shopper Swap!

CONSIGNMENT SHOPPE Quality pre-owned ladies, junior, & plus size clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry & household items. (315) 896-2050

8024 Route 12, Barneveld

The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick A multi-dealer shop specializing in advertising, petroliana, lamps, glass, furniture & quality smalls.

Look for our 1960s Texaco sign! (315) 893-7752

6790 Rte 20, Bouckville •

Little Falls

Main Street Gift Shoppe

Antique Center

Newport’s Best Kept Secret for Primitive Gifts!

Barn Stars, Candles, Antiques, Textiles, Olde Century Colors Paint, Lighting, Signs, Furniture and more! Always gathering for our shop! A unique visit each thyme you stop!

More than 50 vendors on 2 floors!

Red Barn Primitives out back Now Open!

Canal Place, Little Falls Open Every Day 10-5 315-823-4309

7431 Main St Rt. 28 Newport, NY

OPEN: Wed-Sat 11:30am til 8pm (315) 845-8835

Check out our popular Ristorante on site!

Over 160 Vendor booths and display cases!

y p p Ha uly! J f o h 4t

100 E. Main St., Mohawk (Thruway Exit 30)

(315) 219-5044



Mon, Wed-Sat: 10-5, Sun: 11:30-4:30

Now Open!

Odd & Old Trade Co. Auction Hall & Co-op

7583 Main St., Newport, NY (315) 845-8822

Clean outs, Consignment, Buy, Trade, Sell!

Antiques and Vintage

Open 7 days a week, 10-5

54 VENDORS! NEW ITEMS ARRIVING DAILY! Re-Purposed Handcrafted Items • Unique Gifts • Honey Cheese • Holistic & Local Foods • Grass-fed Beef & Pork

Closed Tuesdays

5251 Main St., Munnsville NY

(315) 404-4969 or (315) 495-7099

Muck Boots • Seeds • Garden Accessories Statuary • Pottery • Bird Baths “Northern Grown” Shrubs and Trees • Perennials • Annuals

The Online Exchange We Can Help You Buy, Sell, & Trade Globally! Now an FFL dealer! 6338 St. Rt. 167, Dolgeville

(315) 429-5111

FOR THOSE WHO CRAVE THE UNIQUE! Open 7 Days a Week at 9am • Gift Certificates Available • Like us!


www.TheOnlineExchange.Net Registered user of ebay


Visit us during the 3rd Annual Little Falls Cheese Festival! Saturday, July 8, 2017!

Antique & Unique! Buy • Sell • Trade



See The Man

ALSO BUYING YOUR UNWANTED OR BROKEN JEWELRY Wed-Fri 10-5, Sat 11-4, Sun 12-4, closed Mon & Tues Inventory and our Estate Sale Schedule online:


Don & Nancy Hartman, 52 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro (Next to Kinney’s)

54 N. Main St., Sherburne (607) 316-8463 • Open Wed-Sun

SAT. July 8th 10am-5pm… "BUCK -a- BOOK" Sale 1000s $1 BOOKS plus Tailgate Surprises! Porch & Garden Primitives! Come give us a L K outside…

Early Cupboards, Primitives, Country Furniture & Accessories


Painted and Repurposed Vintage & Antique Furniture

Canal Place, Little Falls * 2 Blocks from 3RD ANNUAL LF CHEESE FESTIVAL!

*80 Antique Dealers! *103 Showcases! *Air Conditioned! Remember…We BUY Antiques, Attic, Cellar & Barn Contents!


Johnny Belmont’s

Valley Exchange Thew Ne

Buy • Sell • Trade • Household • Antiques • Collectibles! Vendor space available

138 Main St., Herkimer (315) 717-5077

Wed-Sun: 11-7, Mon & Tues by appt. or chance


Open Daily 10-5 • (315) 893-1786

3371 Maple Ave., Bouckville


(315) 893-1762 • Open Fri-Sun: 10-5, Mon-Thurs by chance or appointment

6831 Indian Opening Rd., Bouckville

Open Fri, Sat & Sun 10-4 (315) 893-7162

ernon Variety Shoppes

Antique & Variety Shoppes

5349 Route 5, Vernon (315) 829-2105 Open 10-5 every day

Located 4 miles North of Sylvan Beach

Weeden’ s Mini Mall

100 Shops Located under One Roof

8056 Route 13, Blossvale (315) 245-0458 Open 10-5 every day

A Multi Dealer Shop


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By Susan Perkins, Town of Manheim Historian

This year marked the 200th anniversary of the Town of Danube founded on April 17, 1817. The town was once part of Minden, Montgomery County. The town of Stark broke off in 1828. Its name comes from the Danube River Valley in Europe. Many of the families who came over were German Palatines. The land is fertile along the Mohawk River. The southern part of the town is hilly. The town is made up of several land patents: Vrooman’s (1700), Colden’s (1738), Van Horne’s (1770), and Lansing (1753) patents and, smaller portions of Fall Hill (1752), Vaughn’s, and L’Hommedieu’s (1786) patents. King Hendrick, the Indian war chief, and Joseph Brant, the Indian War chieftain lived in the Upper Castle of the Mohawks during the Americana Revolution. It was located east of the Nowadaga Creek. King Hendrick’s home was located opposite the Indian Castle Church. The Indian Castle Church is believed to be the only surviving Anglican Colonial mission to the Indians in North America. It was built in 1769 through the efforts of Sir William Johnson, British commissioner to the Indians prior to the Revolution. The bell of the church was said to have been stolen by hostile tribesmen during the Revolution, but the un-muffled clapper roused the patriots of the

The Indian Castle Church in the town of Danube is believed to be the only surviving Anglican Colonial mission to the Indians in North America.

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vicinity, who followed and retrieved it. Gen. Nicholas Herkimer (ca. 1729-1777) built his home in 1764. Brig. Gen. Herkimer was the commander of the Tryon County Militia. He led his troops to aid Fort Stanwix; they were ambushed at Oriskany on Aug. 7, 1777. The general was wounded and died 10 days later from his wound at his home. His home was left to his brother George (1744-1788) and George’s son John (1775-1845). It remained in the Herkimer family until 1813. The State of New York bought it in 1913. Brothers Nathan Wilcox (1766-1842) and Isiah Wilcox (1762/63-1844) were born in Westerly, R.I., moved to Connecticut and then moved to Herkimer County in 1793. They were the first settlers on the flats in the vicinity of Newville, which was named by its citizens in 1810. Newville is the only village in the town. Samuel Houpt (1773-1851) came to the town of Danube from Pennsylvania in 1804. He established a grist mill, saw mill, distillery, carding and fulling mills, and a limekiln. He built a federal-style home in 1810 located beside the Nowadaga Creek. Upon Houpt’s death Benjamin Jones (1791-1863) acquired the house and operated the mills until his death in 1863.

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Capt. Daniel Bellinger (ca. 1796- ca. 1877) fought in the War of 1812, served as a state assemblyman in 1840 and serves as a captain in the militia 1822 Council of Appointments. He was a cheese manufacturer. In the fall of 1867 the Newville Cheese Factory was being built. It was completed in the spring of 1868. It was located in the eastern part of the village of Newville. In 1879 the Elm Grove Cheese Factory was erected on the farm of Henry Mesick (18541906). The Danube Cold Spring Cheese Factory was established in April1865 in the western part of the town; a stockholder was Elijah Covell (1828-1901). The Valley Cheese Factory was located on the farm of Mrs. Van Allen about a mile west of Indian Castle Church. The Fink’s Basin Cheese Factory was located in Fink’s Basin on the canal. There were several churches in the town. A Dutch Reformed Church was organized at Indian Castle on July 18, 1808. A Methodist Episcopal society existed for only a few years and went extinct in 1840.The Newville Union Church at Newville was organized July 20, 1834, by the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Free Will Baptist Church. At one time it included the Universalist Society. It eventually became just the Lutherans using the church. The Evangelical Lutheran Church at Newville was organized in the school house in 1814. A Dutch Reformed Church was once located in the southern part of Danube. It was organized in 1816. No records of this church exist. Today only the Indian Castle Church and the Newville Union Church remain. It you ever get a chance, take a Sunday drive to the Town of Danube. You will see spectacular views of the Mohawk Valley if you take Paradise Road. •

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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.

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of guests coming long before it arrived, just as we were finishing our dinner of chapattis and soup. They were so excited! Heidi ran out to look, and then ran back ahead of them when they came in. We do that, too, because we don’t get visitors very often here in the woods. Our quiet forest was quickly transformed into a children’s playland filled with the energy and squeals of happy little girls running on the paths between the cottages, playing horseshoes, and climbing up and down the tree to the Children’s Cottage’s loft and bal-



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made up verses like “Looking for a friend on a long summer’s Jenny does laundry day;” “Looking for a hug on a long summer’s day.” It was really cute. Heidi screamed and ran away when Sal tried to hug her. I thought that our rendition of “The Old Grey Goose” sounded like a Dylan ballad! They did the “The Bump,” (a popular dance where you bump hips every other beat), talked, sang, ate, drank, read comics, and Jenny pretended to hypnotize volunteers on the porch. Jenny slept downstairs, but the other eight climbed into the loft where they felt safer from the possibility of bears, and slept crossways on the beds. Our friend Paul showed up in time for the last piece of cake. The girls broke out some snacks and took over our Forest Cottage while Tim, Paul and I went to the Children’s Cottage. We had our own quiet party with the music of summer

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leaves whispering to each other, the waters of Misty Brook bubbling over little stones, and Paul’s soft voice telling us spooky stores about skeletons. In the distance we could hear happy children’s voices echoing through the forest, punctuated by an occasional whistle, which I guess meant that everyone should listen. As the sun dropped below the tree tops, we savored the twinkling sparkles of red and gold lights it created between the leaves and branches. “I’m so glad the weather is good for this party,” I say, tired of hearing about skeletons. “July is so unpredictable! Remember that Fourth of July picnic on Hinckley Lake with all our friends, when it was so miserable?” Tim groans, “We rowed all the way from Grant to Price’s Beach only to have to come right back in a cold rain!” He tells the story of his Grandmother Spencer. “She and her sisters celebrated Independence Day by participating in a patriotic play soon after they emigrated here from Yorkshire, England, in 1916. It was probably performed in the old Clark Mills Grange. Grandma was chosen to be the Statue of Liberty because she was the tallest at 5’5”. Shorter sister Gertie, red-haired, freckled, and athletic, played some portly English gent, while their soft-spoken, shy sister, Bertha, looked like a feminine Uncle Sam. I wonder how ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ would have sounded with their Yorkshire dialect? Like we do here in the forest, they often entertained themselves with singing, stories, and games like dominoes and cards. “They did love sports, too, and later on, in the mid 1950’s took some of their grandkids to visit Carmen Basilio’s training camp at Sylvan Beach when he was still Welterweight Champ of the World. Later on, he went up to middleweight, defeating champion Sugar Ray Robinson in 15 rounds in 1957. What celebrations there must have been for our ‘home town’ World Champion! I remember seeing Grandma’s brother Uncle Ted bent close to the TV watching a boxing match, with his fists vicariously punching the air. “When I was growing up in the 1940s, in Ashtabula, Ohio,” Tim continues, “We had fun camping out at each other’s houses or on the beach of Lake Erie. We didn’t just sit

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village streets (Ashtabula was famous into the loft, filtered through fragrant tree for its huge, old trees). When we final- boughs, ly reached the little backyard orchard, I climbed down the tree ladder, walked we’d stealthily crawl below the lighted along the little trail to the cottage where the windows and climb lickety-split up into girls were sleeping, started a fire in the stove, the low- limbed fruit trees. and began cooking breakfast on it. They qui “In the dark recesses of those etly read comics, then enjoyed my fresh, hot, leafy bowers we feasted, and you could whole-wheat chapattis with apples, granola, faintly hear the gentle sound of smack- and milk. ing lips and subdued burps amid the soft They went out and did gymnastics on the rustle of leaves. All would be well until balance beam we built between two stumps a neighbor’s dog barked an alert, or one by the garden, and then made up a game of my buddies groaned or cursed when where someone would lead one of he slipped off a branch, alerting the own- them a short diser. What a sight it must have been when he turned on the yard light! A cavalcade of skinny little rascals dropped out of his trees like giant fruit in a tornado! We tore away in all directions as fast as our legs would take us as he bellowed, ‘You kids stay out of my trees!’” Paul left for home and Tim and I had our first night sleeping in the Children’s Cottage. It was beautiful. Our dreams were accompanied by the bubbling brook and the songs of whippoorwills singing deep in the Sara Goodney and Heidi on the woodlands. We woke to the golden rahomemade balance beam diance of morning sunlight streaming


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warmed up from cooking breakfast, I started a fire outside and baked pizza in the camp stove oven for lunch. I guess they liked it because they ate about five pieces each. We saved some for (our son) Dave, who’s been helping with haying at the Goodney farm. As the time drew near for the party’s end, we asked each child to use our chalk pastels to draw and sign a picture in our guest art book. Where we lived before, our girls used larger, colored chalks to paint “Sidewalk Art Shows” on the sidewalk in front of the parsonage, whenever they could save enough nickels from their allowance to buy some varnish from Bill Hinge’s Hardware. They’d paint it over their fragile pictures so they’d last longer. Of course, we no longer have a sidewalk, so the artistic guest book is a fun alternative. The children all piled into the back of our truck with admonitions to stay seated, but the energy was irrepressible. Young arms stretched out to wave in the warm breezes, and long hair tossed about, amid songs, shouts and animated chatter as we puttered


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Breweries and Wineries Prospect Falls Winery, Prospect . . . . . . . . . 69 Woodland Hop Farm & Fermentation, Utica . . 73 Cabinets and Kitchens Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . 4 Knotty By Nature, Bridgewater . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Camping and Hiking Supply Plan B, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Category All His Own Michael Riccardi of Michael’s Greenhouse . . 45 Catering Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Dominick’s Deli & Catering, Herkimer . . . . . 56 Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Maria’s Pasta Shop, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Cheese (see Produce) Children’s Programming Treehouse Reading & Arts Ctr., NY Mills . . 22 Clothing The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 62 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Walk-in Closet, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Comics Ravenswood Comics, New Hartford . . . . . 68 Community Organizations Child Care Council, 1-888-814-KIDS . . . . . 30 Mohawk Valley Food Action . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Consignment The Online Exchange, Dolgeville . . . . . . . . 63 The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 62 The Village Basement, New Hartford . . . . 62 Walk-in Closet, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) Szarek Greenhouses, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 48


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Fencing Williams Fence, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Financial Institutions Bank of Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Financial Services Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . 16 Firewood and Wood Pellets Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Fitness & Gyms Curves, Herkimer and Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Flooring D & D Carpets, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Florists Clinton Florist, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Michael’s Greenhouse, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Village Florals, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Funeral Services Nunn & McGrath, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Jordanville . . . . . . . 37 Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 4 Garden Centers and Greenhouses D’Allesandro’s, Nursery/Landscaping, Frankfort . . 25 George’s Farm Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . 27 Herkimer Blueberry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Heywood’s Greenhouse, Remsen . . . . . . . . 31 Juliano’s Greenhouses & Market, Schuyler . . 16 Melinda’s Garden Barn, Richfield Springs . . 38 Michael’s Greenhouses, Sauquoit . . . . . . . 45 North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . . 44 Sheep Run Daylily Farm, Newport . . . . . . 51 Top Notch Garden Center, Newport . . . . . 63 Gift Shops/Shopping Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . 23 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 62 Cat’s Meow, Sherburne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Little Falls Antique Center, Little Falls . . . . 63

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Golf Courses and Driving Range Brimfield Driving Range, Clinton . . . . . . . 46 Deer Run Driving Range, Westmoreland . . . 53 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 52 Woodgate Pines Golf Club, Woodgate . . . . . 8 Grocery/Convenience Stores The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . 59 Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . 32 Kountry Kupboard, Madison . . . . . . . . . . 69 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 54 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 33 Reilly’s Dairy, Inc., Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Hardware/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Poland Hardware, Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Hearing Consultants Hearing Health Hearing Centers, Rome . . . . . 34 Horse Boarding Kast Hill Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . 358 Ice Cream B&F Milk, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Kayuta Drive-In, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Papa Rick’s Snack Shack, Rome . . . . . . . . 59 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Skyline Ice Cream, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . 60 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Voss’, Yorkville, Ilion, and the Utica Zoo . . 60 Insurance Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . 4 Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . 45 Marshall Agency, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 12 Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . 65


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Iron Work - Architectural & Ornamental Raulli’s Iron Works, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Pet Services One Paw at a Time, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 29

Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . 13 Fall Hill Beads & Gems, Little Falls . . . . . . 67 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 32

Pet Supplies Gemini Pets, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Real Estate Century 21, Art VanVechten, Utica . . . . . . 21 Coldwell-Banker, Newport . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Hunt Real Estate, Welcome Home Team . . . 32 Scenic Byway Realty, Richfield Springs . . . . 41

Pharmacies Garro Drugs, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Record Stores Off-Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Apple Betty, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Bagel Grove, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Bite Bakery and Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Black Cat, Sharon Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Chesterfield’s Tuscan Oven, Oneida . . . . . . 58 Copper Moose, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Delta Lake Inn, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Dominick’s Deli, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Fat Cats, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Heidelberg Baking Co., Herkimer . . . . . . . 56 Il Caffé, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 56 Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . 60 Kayuta Drive-In, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Main Street Ristorante, Newport . . . . . . . . 63 Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . 57 Mi Casa, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Pho Ever Noodles, New Hartford . . . . . . . 57 Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . 57 Quack’s Village Inn, Madison . . . . . . . . . 57 Raspberries Cafe, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 59 Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 60 Skyline Ice Cream, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . 60 The Steak & Pickle, Washington Mills . . . . . 60 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Landscaping Aceti’s Classic Garden, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . 53 Lawn Mowers J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 44 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . .

Liquor Stores and Wine Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . . 13

Pools Geraty Pools, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Swan Pools, Ilion and New Hartford . . . . . . 29

Maple Syrup (see Produce)

Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Massage, Therapeutic Zensations, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Meats, locally raised (see Produce) Media 92.7 The Drive WXUR, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 74 FOX33/WUTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 51 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Monuments & Memorials Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . 52 Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 59 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . 50 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 70 Sunflower Naturals, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . 24 Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . 13 Paint and Painting Supplies Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . 8

Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . Main Street Gift Shop, Newport . . . . . . . . Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . Turnpike Antiques, Madison . . . . . . . . . . .

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Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . 45 Clinton Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . 69 Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 73 Juliano’s Greenhouses & Market, Schuyler . . 16 Meat Suite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Meelan’s Meat Market, Clark Mills . . . . . . 13 Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 51 Skeeterboro Farms, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . 44 Sunnybrook Farm, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . 15 Three Village Cheese, Newport . . . . . . . . . . 18 Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 35 WintersGrass Farm Raw Milk, Sauquoit . . . 15 Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Heartworks Quilts, Fly Creek . . . . . . . . . 14 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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Mohawk Valley Living #46 July 2017  
Mohawk Valley Living #46 July 2017