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The New York, West Shore and Buffalo Railroad opened for service in Utica on Oct. 1, 1883. It was a banner day for the region as this upstart railroad—established just the year before—started to compete locally with the mighty New York Central. The West Shore’s independence didn’t last long before it was bankrupt; in 1885 it was reorganized as a subsidiary of the New York Central. The West Shore was so named due to its right of way along the Hudson River. This line linked New York City with the cities of upstate New York and was divided into regions overseen by a superintendent. H.W. Gardinier was the superintendent for the section from Coeyman’s Junction on the Hudson to Utica. Local stops east of the city included Fort Plain, Canajoharie, Little Falls, Mohawk, Ilion, and Frankfort. Service was primarily passenger-focused, with five trains heading west and six going east daily. One daily freight run was also made in each direction. FRANKFORT The village of Frankfort courted the West Shore during its early years and was rewarded by the railroad’s decision to place its stops there. This was probably due to the village’s residents raising the phenomenal sum of $77,000 to buy land and donate it to the West Shore, no doubt to curry their favor! The village’s resulting economic boom saw its population more than doubled during the 1880s to more than 3,000 residents. New infrastructure including a water system and school followed. More than 700 local residents worked for the West Shore. The Frankfort area thrived during the early 1890s, even as a nationwide depression set upon the economy after 1893. The good times would remain until 1897, when the railroad shocked the community by announcing the move of its facilities to Depew,

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Sometimes, I like to sit in a café, sip coffee, and write. Recently, I indulged that habit at Il Caffé in Little Falls. The café is on the ground floor of the Adirondack Bank building, just the kind of old historic-looking place I like. It is actually a little below ground level, so you have to go down a few steps to get there. As I went in the front door, I admired the magnificent marble steps that curved up to the bank lobby’s doors. However, I was not there to bank but to drink coffee and write. I ordered coffee and a Bianca, which is egg, bacon, and cream cheese on toasted Italian bread. I asked what brand of coffee they used. “I don’t use a brand, I have a roaster who roasts it for me,” was the answer. I made a note of it.  As a coffee shop aficionado, I like to keep track of who serves what. The coffee was sharp and strong (in a good way), and I sipped happily while I waited for my sandwich.

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I noticed a modern art painting on the wall signed, “O. Stivala.” I wondered if it was local musician Oscar Stivala, who plays “The Man with The Horn” in LiFT Theatre Company’s Cheese plays. I love his music. I soon noticed a painting of a different style signed, “Oscar.”A nearby plaque on the wall confirmed that the artwork on display was indeed by local artist Oscar Stivala. It turns out I love his art as well as his music! A couple walked in and sat at a table by the window, which looks out onto the sidewalk. “So we can see what’s going on,” the man said. “So you can see or be seen?” I asked.  Yes, that is the kind of remark I make to strangers. My sandwich was quite tasty. I enjoyed sitting in the cozy little space, writing in my notebook, sipping my coffee, and eating. I wrote most of an article to submit to Mohawk Valley Living (no, not this one).  It was a lovely way to start my Saturday. •     

Il Caffé Espresso Bar and Pastry Shop 500 E. Main St., Little Falls • 315-823-9236

Open Tue-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Sun & Mon. Find them on Facebook Cynthia M. Quackenbush, a.k.a. “Mohawk Valley Girl,” writes a daily blog about her everyday adventures in the Mohawk Valley. Follow her frugal fun at:

A staircase leads you down from Main Street to quaint little Il Caffé

Owners of Il Caffé in LIttle Falls, Gina and Trini Torres

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Sarah Antonevich Age: 16 Current hometown: New Hartford, NY Instrument: piano Age when she began music: 4 Education: Sarah is looking forward to being a junior in high school this year. Sarah studies piano privately with Ewa Lawrence and is an active member of the Junior B Sharp Music Club, elected as secretary. Influences: My mom and aunt both played piano when they were young living in Ukraine. However, my mom quit after just two years and regrets it still. Because of this I began playing piano at a young age. Of course I had times when I really just wanted to quit too, but because of my parents I was convinced to keep going. Their influence on my music helped to create the musician I am today. My dad has always loved jazz and rock music, while I lean towards the classical side. I do, however, play all genres of music. Another great influence on my music has been my piano instructors both here and when I lived in Miami, Florida. My teachers encouraged me to keep going and helped give me the great advice and technique to help me succeed. For this I am forever grateful. Personal quote: Piano is what I’m known for and is a part of me. Without music I don’t know what I would be. It has been an essential part of me for most of my life. I think it will always be something that I turn to as a stress reliever and just something fun to do. A word of advice for young pianists: do not quit no matter how much you want to, because once you get past the beginner pieces, the “real” and amazing songs are a blast to play. Sarah was recently selected to perform at the Twelfth Annual NYSSMA Piano Showcase in Rochester during the 2017 All-State Winter Conference.

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Bus Day Trip to PA Nat’l Quilt

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let’s try Archery Photos and captions by Melinda Karastury

Josh, Alana, and Melinda Karastury, and Isaiah Palmer visit Straight Arrow Archery for their first archery lesson.

Straight Arrow Archery 3270 Oneida St., Chadwicks (315) 737-5248

For info or to schedule lessons with Bill Wilcox, call or text (315) 269-4611 Adult (13 weeks) and youth leagues (8-9 weeks) January through April.

Kevin Vanderworken looks on as Tony Pinto repairs a bow in the shop.

Straight Arrow Archery offers a safe way to learn archery in Central New York. All instruction at Straight Arrow includes personal instruction, lane fees, targets and equipment.


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

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Tony Pinto (also in photo, right), Bill Wilcox, and Bart King pose with their compound bows in the pro shop.

Bart King points out all of the parts of the compound bow to Isaiah Palmer and instructs him how to hold, draw back, and fire with accuracy.

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See over 60 vintage and modern tractors and other machinery. Enjoy games and activities for children. Watch the tractors parade through the museum grounds on Sunday at noon. Ride the Empire State Carousel. Get great food and drink in the Crossroads Café. Find a $2 off coupon and more about the event on our website. Tractor Fest is included with your paid museum admission. Adults (13-64) $12, Seniors (65+) $10.50, Children (7-12) $6, Children (6 and under) and museum members are free.

After instruction, Isaiah Palmer mock fires an arrow with the bow. Afterwards, he enthusiastically declares it is a bullseye!

Detail of a well worn target!

National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) helps improves student motivation, attention, behavior, attendance, and focus. NASP and Wildlife Conservation agencies promote teaching youth outdoor skills that will inspire time with wild animals in wild places. Bowhunting in New York State begins on October 1st. Resources:

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Friday Happy Hour used to be a big thing for me. Then Friday stopped being a thing because, you know, work hours. Now that Friday is a thing again, at least for me (alas, not for my husband), I have never gotten back into the Happy Hour habit. However, on a recent Friday late afternoon I was feeling restless and I thought, “Oh, what the heck.” I left a note for my husband, who was still at work, and walked down to the Endzone Pub and Grub in Herkimer. A few people were seated at the outdoor tables, enjoying a libation al fresco. I went in, found a seat at the bar, and pondered my options. I somehow felt that in such a sporty bar that I wanted to drink a draft beer. For another reason, the Endzone has several interesting options on tap, some of which change periodically. The bartender even offered to give me samples to help me make up my mind. First, I tried Summer Shandy by Lienenkugel’s, a brewery I am not familiar with. I found it lemony. I liked it but was not sure if I would like it as well by the time I had a whole glass. Then I tried Flower Power, an IPA by Ithaca Beer Co., and Porch Rocker by Sam Adams, eventually deciding to get a glass of the latter. As I sat and sipped, I admired the sports equipment and memorabilia on the walls and behind the bar. I watched the very large TV

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screen. Without sound, I find the games much easier to watch. Eventually, I opened my notebook and wrote a few notes on a murder mystery idea I’ve been toying with. I do like to write in different settings. Eventually, Steven joined me and we ordered food. After some debate, we got chicken tenders with a side of macaroni salad. Another patron told us we should have gotten French fries, describing them in a way that made my mouth water. However, I can only eat so much deep-fried food at a sitting. Perhaps on a future visit I can order the fries with a burger. Yum! We stayed only a little while after we had eaten, but we enjoyed ourselves very much. It is nice to get out of the house and relax a little to kickoff the weekend. •

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Palermo Pizzeria

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Pete (left) and Tony (right) Randazzo


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Palermo Pizzeria has a long history in Downtown Utica. Andrew Randazzo and his wife Giuseppina moved from Sicily to Queens, NY in the 1960s. In 1971 after spending several years in the big city, they moved to Utica where they would be closer to their family. Soon after, Andrew opened Capri Pizzeria, which was located at 156 Genesee Street in downtown Utica. Andrew loved being downtown, adding to his decision to open yet another pizzeria but one that was more centrally located. In 1992, Palermo Pizzeria was established in Oneida Square in what he considered to be the “heart of the city.” Currently the business is being run by brothers Tony and Peter Randazzo, and on any given day their mother can still be seen helping out behind the counter. Palermo has become a staple in Oneida Square for lunch, dinner, and late night meals as they are open until 2am 7 days a week. You can download their ordering app on Google Play, iTunes, or at www., and … they deliver! The secret to their success is simple: consistency is key, and with the owners being present daily, they strive for every meal to be just as good as the last. •


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The 171 Genesee Building 171 Genesee Street • 315-797-5073

The beautiful building at 171 Genesee Street, a few doors down from the “Busy Corner,” has a lot going on inside! The building dates back to the early 1800s and in 1837, it was the personal residence of Utica’s first Italian settler, a druggist named Jean Baptist Marchisi. Later, it was a dry goods store, a department store, and the Utica Catholic Book Store. It is the home to one of the oldest working Otis elevators in existence. Today, after renovation by owners Christine Martin and Ed Schmidt, it houses Christine’s Cookie Shoppe and Blacksite Coffee on the first floor, Leatherstocking Ballet on the third floor, FosterMartin’s video production studio on the second floor in the back, and the rest of the building is @171 Events – a gorgeous urban space for events. Large, open floor spaces and a VIP lounge are all customizable for any event you can imagine. Large windows on each floor give guests a stunning view of the city. Round or long tables, linens and Chiavari chairs are available with rental of the space, along with basic centerpiece options and they have a growing collection of rentals available as well. If you book a wedding, you have the entire building to use. The space is also perfect for fundraisers, corporate events, holiday parties, baby or bridal showers and more – they have already hosted about twenty events there this year. You can tour the space by calling their main number or messaging them through Facebook. They are already booking 2018 weddings, so get there quick and lock in your date to have your event at one of the most unique spaces in downtown Utica! •

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GAllery highlights

Detail of “Pieces,” a watercolor by Joyce Cabral of Utica. The CNY Watercolor Society has two exhibits this month, one at the KAC through September 23rd and one at the Edith Langley Barrett Fine Art Gallery September 15th- October 13th.

Masterworks and Masterworks on Paper

The CNY Watercolor Society

Rarely exhibited masterpieces of the Arkell Museum’s collection, including works by Cassatt, Homer, O’Keefe, Grandma Moses, Whistler, and more.

Edith Langley Barrett Art Gallery

September 16 – December 30, 2017 Members Preview Party: Fri., Sept. 15, 6pm

September 15 - October 13, 2017 Reception: Fri., September 15, 1-6pm Utica College 1600 Burrstone Road, Utica, NY (315) 792-5289

Arkell Museum

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

And the Children Spoke September 2 - 24, 2017

Pieces of Heart, a Program of Upstate Cerebral Palsy

Artwork inspired by the theme: “We, as children of the Earth who have inherited the planet, have something to say.”

August 29 - September 28, 2017

An exhibit featuring artistic works in a variety of media. Creative expression provides artists an outlet to present their thoughts and feelings and can improve overall well-being.

Cherry Branch Gallery

25 Main Street, Cherry Valley, NY (607) 264-9530

Cogar Gallery

McLaughlin College Center, Herkimer College, 100 Reservoir Rd., Herkimer, NY (315) 792-7819


Berry Hill Book Shop

Over 75,000 used books!

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The Viti Brothers “Quality is our Specialty”

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

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Have your favorite photo or artwork professionally framed. 8211 State Rt 12, Barneveld 315-896-3934 Tues-Fri 10-5:30, Sat 10-2

Mohawk Valley Boat Charters Board the BELLA GIORNATA at Bellamy Harbor Park in Rome for all-day charters on the Erie Canal. Max. 6 passengers, restroom aboard. 1 hour to all-day scenic canal cruises, historical tours, fishing charters.

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Not Far From Home, Evan D. Williams September 9 - October 28, 2017 Opening: Sat., September 9, 12pm

Forty-one photographs of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions using a process involving silver gelatin with hand selenium toning.

Earlville Opera House Fine Arts on the Lawn, September 2 & 3, 10-5

Cooperstown Art Association

22 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY • (607) 547-9777 •

Our Strength Is Our People: The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine September 16 - December 31, 2017

Vintage prints covering the three overarching themes of Hine’s three-decade career: the immigrant experience; child labor; and the American worker, culminating in his studies of the construction of the Empire State Building.

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Suzanne Costanza, mixed media August 2 - 30, 2017 Reception: Wednesday, September 6, 5-7pm

Fusion Art Gallery

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

Fenimore Art Museum

5798 Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY (607) 547-1400 •

Liquid Sunlight original watercolor painting by John Bierley

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28th Anniversary CHAIRity Art Auction

CNY Watercolor Society

Saturday, September 23, 4:30-8pm

Through September 23, 2017

Event features original works of art created by international, national, regional, and local artists, presented in both live and silent art auctions. General admission $40 until Sept. 15 and $50 until Sept. 22. To reserve, call 315.724.8381 or email

The Central New York Watercolor Society’s Second Signature Show of 2017, featuring artists from throughout the region.

Kirkland Art Center

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Sculpture Space, Inc.

12 Gates Street, Utica, NY (315) 724-8381 •

Innovative Approaches, Honored Traditions

Gary Price, Sarah Price & Peter Rashford

September 9 - December 10, 2017 Opening: Saturday, September 9, 4-6pm

Through October 1, 2017

In celebration of its 5th anniversary, the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art presents an exhibition of 140 artworks and cultural objects drawn from its permanent collection.

Fantastical works of three artists come together in this fantasy, storybook-like exhibit that prompts viewers to lose themselves in the unique worlds.

Wellin Museum of Art


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mohawk valley food

café ucopia in new hartford story and photos by Jorge L. Hernández

Peter Corn demonstrates why his business, Peter’s Cornucopia in New Hartford, was voted as the Best of the Best in the health food category in this summer’s Utica Observer-Dispatch’s ranking of local businesses. He’s eager that we try one of his latest food concoctions, an Acai Bowl that he serves in Café Ucopia, the restaurant part of the business. Peter runs to a freezer and proffers a bag of acai purée. It’s made from the dark purple berries of a palm tree; the berries are similar in shape and taste to blueberries and cranberries. What appears in the Acai Bowl is a generous helping of the purée—think of an ice-cold smoothie—topped with yogurt and granola and ringed with a corona of banana slices, coconut shavings, and blueberries, all drizzled with honey. It’s a cool, refreshing dessert or breakfast or light lunch option. I don’t know what a smaller-sized bowl would contain, but this portion served three. It’s like eating a smoothie with a spoon. “Acai berries are full of antioxidants,” Peter, also of New Hartford, assures. “That’s why the bowl is so popular.” The purée itself is also for sale in the store. Peter’s been in business in the New Hartford Shopping Center since 2004. Previously, the health food store was located farther down Genesee Street in the New Hartford village, where the original store opened in 1985. Peter’s Cornucopia is a locally owned and operated health food store that sells top quality supplements, organic produce, herbs, health and beauty items, books, gifts, and clothing. Peter expanded his nothing-from-a-mix smoothie offerings into the Café Ucopia in 2006 in the right front corner of his large store. It’s done a brisk business ever since. The café serves fresh sandwiches, salads, soups, real fruit smoothies, specialty organic coffee, and assorted other drinks. “We cater to people’s health food eating needs at the café, whether meat-eating, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or mainstream,” he says. “Our accent’s on organic. Nothing is processed; our bacon, for example, is nitrate-free; our chicken is all-natural, with no hormones.” Our food sampling this visit started with a warm and tasty Veggie Quesadilla, served with a homemade chunky salsa. Next up was the Roasted Vegetable Cia-

Café Ucopia’s counter bustles during the lunch hour

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batta, a warm and flavorful sandwich of roasted portabella mushrooms, red peppers, spinach, eggplant, zucchini, and balsamic dressing. Nothing could be better, we thought until the Chicken Dinner Sandwich arrived. That proved to be what its name implied—warm grilled chicken, roasted vegetables, spinach, Swiss cheese, and homemade mayonnaise on multi-grain bread. It’s served with a fresh, cool and tangy three-bean salad. “We make our own dressings from scratch,” the owner says. Peter says he only uses the highest quality ingredients in the café and buys locally as much as he can, including eggs and organic greens from local farms. “We put out a good product and aim to be consistent,” he says. “We take pride in our customer service, and people like what we’re doing.” The café serves breakfast and lunch items; takeout and catering are also available. The wraps, salads, and the four or five daily-changing soups are popular options, as are the blueberry flax muffins, which Peter likens to a cookie. Sadly for us, they were all sold out the lunchtime of this visit. “They’re baked here every morning,” he says, but concedes that it’s hard to keep up with demand. Stop in early so as not to miss this delicacy, and after a stint of health food shopping, go sample the horn of plenty at Peter’s Café Ucopia, which proves that good eating at the “best of the best” can be both nutritious and toothsome. •

Peter Corn, owner of Peter’s Cornucopia The cool, refreshing Acai Bowl has been a popular choice this summer

The unique and satisfying Chicken Dinner Sandwich

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Mohawk Valley Nature

September Migrants story and photos by Matt Perry

Female Black-throated Green Warbler Although for most bird species fall migration begins in August, September is when it truly gets rolling and that’s when the largest number of migrant songbirds can be found in the Mohawk Valley. Some folks may believe that when birds migrate they go directly from point A to point B, or from their breeding grounds in the north to their wintering grounds in the south. However, in most cases, birds will make stops along their migratory path to take time to refuel. Some species may linger for a few days or maybe even a few weeks. Many birds time their departures based on the arrival of storm fronts. When a strong tail-

wind comes along most birds will not fail in their spring plumage. And very few are to take advantage of the free ride. This singing. Still, they are a colorful and diverse “wing assist” enables them to save energy group in their own way and their behavior and helps them to get to the next piece of is always interesting. Last September at the stopover habitat where they can again load nature preserve, we were staking out one up on fat-rich meals. As I mentioned above, piece of habitat at the base of a pine/oak fall songbird migration tends to be notice- reforestation field. This is a relatively open ably bigger and that’s because the entire corridor that is often used by migrant birds year’s progeny will be making the journey and sometimes by the raptors that prey on for the first time. Some will move with their them. We were immensely fortunate last parents, but most will migrate independent fall to have a good number of migrating of them and instead join with other juve- birds spend time with us. In September we managed to find some relatively obscure niles of their kind. One of the great things about looking species including the Philadelphia Vireo for birds in September is that they are more obvious than they are during the breeding season. During migration the birds no longer have the need to be so secretive. They are not skulking behind thick foliage and trying to avoid giving away the location of their nests and/or young. It is true that for the most part birds in their fall plumage Female Black-throated Blue Warbler are not as beautiful as birds

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and an Indigo Bunting were all in the same tree. The adult Black-throated Green Warblers look the same in fall as they do in the spring, which makes them especially easy to identify. They also have the good grace to stand still on an open branch sometimes. This is something that most warbler species only rarely consent to do. The adult female Black-throated Blue Warbler has very distinctive plumage, but it also looks nothing like the male of the species. As a matter of fact, the sexes look so different that when the female was first described by science, it was thought to belong to an entirely different species. The female Black-throated Blue looks quite a bit like a vireo. They have olive-colored plumage on their backs, a yellowish underside, and a distinct vireo-like eye line. One plumage trait the female shares with her mate is a small white patch on the side of the wing. Some have dubbed it the “handkerchief” mark, and I think the description is apt. The Tennessee Warbler was methodically working its way along the ends of branches and searching the birch’s leaves for caterpillars. Tennessee Warblers of all ages strongly resemble vireos and are often mistaken for them. This one was a juvenile and its underside appeared

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Plants like this milkweed are potentially lethal, though goats and sheep tend to pass over them. accidentally brush up against these plants. Stinging nettle is found throughout our state, and grows 6-8 feet tall. Their sting can feel very much like a bee sting. The hollow hairs, when touched, will break off and actually inject a tiny dose of chemicals that cause pain, burning, or itching. Folks braver than I will make tea from its leaves and claim that it is quite delicious. Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are not a particular trouble on our farm, as they all prefer wooded areas and wet soils. That’s not to say I haven’t come into contact with any of them. My husband and I cleaned out a small wooded area behind our previous home, where poison ivy had taken over. We sprayed it with an herbicide and raked it up after had shriveled and died. Guess what? The oils that cause the burning rash were still present. I learned that one the hard way… There are even more plants that are toxic to animals. Plants like milkweed, pokeweed, even elderberry, are potentially lethal, but goats and sheep tend to pass over them in favor of other things in the pasture. But if it’s a younger or inexperienced animal, or if it is simply a little hungrier than usual, they may take a few bites of these plants. It usually results in an “upset tummy” and the animal is back to its old self within 48 hours…or not. It all depends on how much the animal eats. Speaking of rate of consumption, even plants like clover or alfalfa can kill a sheep and other ruminants if they gorge on it. This is a particular worry in the spring, as farmers begin to turn their animals out on pasture after a long winter feeding on hay. Gorging on lush pastures (especially those high in legumes like clover and alfalfa) will cause the rapid development of foam in the rumen of the sheep, or “frothy bloat.” Rapidly built-up gases cannot escape, and the ensuing bloated rumen puts so much pressure on the diaphragm that the animal suffocates. Frothy bloat is always fatal, unless drastic measures are quickly taken. In this case, it is not so much the plant that is toxic, but rather the abrupt change in diet that

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Many of us enjoy the peppery taste of sweet peppers in a casserole or salad. Others like a little more heat! Peppers offer not just flavor but nutritional and health benefits. Poblano, Sweet Banana, and Jalapeno peppers define the idea of “a little bit will do.” Vitamins and capsaicin – what makes peppers hot – have benefits you can get without blistering your lips! Peppers possess natural antimicrobial and pain-relieving qualities: You’ve probably seen topical creams to relieve sore muscles that contain capsicum (that’s the botanical name for peppers). Peppers are kind of amazing! Did you know that peppers are gauged by a measurement called Scoville units? The higher the number the hotter the pepper. Mild peppers have less than a 100,000 unit rating – these have the pepper flavor but don’t bite back too much. There are others that are much stronger – many habanero range from 250,000 to 500,000 units – these are the kind you know you bit into a pepper. Then there’s the off-the-chart Carolina Reaper at 1.474

million Scoville units – that is a blister-your- tongue type for the bold pepper lover. That’s 300 times hotter than a jalapeno! We love peppers – most people think they are all spicy except for sweet bell peppers. (These people have never had a Jimmy Nardello sweet red frying pepper that tastes just like candy, or a delicate white Bianca pepper that has sturdy walls and makes for a delicious stuffed pepper.) I was at the Ithaca Farmers Market a few weeks ago and was in awe at all the different colors and varieties of peppers that were available there. I have to say I came back with an urge to start exploring more pepper varieties. Farmer Bernie is not going to be happy, but we will have that colorful, flavorful display of peppers next year. Now that we have the Carolina Reaper pepper on one end of the Scoville spectrum, the world’s first truly heatless habanero has been bred by renowned organic plant breeder Michael Mazourek. Habanana is a product of natural breed-

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ing techniques. This exceptional snacking pepper has all the fruity and floral notes of the habanero without the heat; even the seeds are sweet and add flavor. The only place you are going to find a wonderful selection of colorful peppers with a variety of heat levels is in your own garden or possibly at a farmers market. A while back, I came across a wonderful book by Judith Finlayson – part history, part guidebook, part cookbook – The Chile Pepper Bible: From Sweet to Fiery and Everything in Between. Anything you want to know about peppers is in this book. After all, it is the pepper bible. If you want to be more adventurous with peppers in your garden next year, you need to read this book this winter! To be honest, when it comes to heat in peppers, both Bernie and I are wusses! But we do love the mild heat of poblano peppers. So, we will be sharing a wonderful stuffed pepper recipe with you. Be adventurous with this recipe – anything goes when it comes to the stuffing.


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Cook 1 cup rice according to package directions. (This is a great way to use up leftover cooked rice or grains.) While rice cooks, prepare the peppers: slice them in half and remove the seeds and ribs. Wear gloves and don’t rub your eyes. Place the peppers in a baking sheet skin-side up. Broil for about 7 minutes, then flip the peppers and broil another 7 minutes.

From Three Goat Farm-CSA 4 poblano peppers

1 C. cooked rice (or any other cooked grain) 1½ C. salsa 1½ C. corn off the cob or frozen

Chop the green onions, and, if using canned black beans drain and rinse them. In a large bowl combine beans, onions, 1½ cup salsa, 1½ cup corn, a bit of the shredded cheese, cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, and cayenne. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Add the rice and combine. (Remember that quantities and ingredients are to taste, so feel free to adjust as needed!)

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Place the pepper halves skin-side down in a baking dish, and spoon filling into each half. Top with shredded cheese. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake until peppers are tender and browned, about 25-30 minutes. If desired, garnish with cilantro; serve with sour cream. Enjoy!

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I always thought that 100 years meant 100 years. Therefore, if there’s a weather event that’s only supposed to happen once a century then, logically, wouldn’t you expect to wait approximately a century for that event to reoccur? You shouldn’t expect something similar to happen again in, say, only four years. At our nature preserve, after we experienced our original 100-year flood back in 2013, I wasn’t sure what to think. At the time, everyone was calling it the “Hundred-year Flood” and I suppose I really wanted to believe that. Old timers were saying they hadn’t seen anything like it in their lifetimes. Just hearing that an event like that won’t happen again until I’m 150 years old was reassuring. Hell, by then the apes will have taken over the planet (at least if science fiction can be taken as prophecy). Deep down, though, I knew that our 100-year flood was more likely a manifestation of the extreme weather that comes to us as a consequence of climate change. It seems the increasing frequency of extreme weather is becoming the new normal for us. Restoring and monitoring a nature pre-

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Crows have a hard time finding food in deep snow slow and laborious. Breaking trail with skis is not quite as easy as doing it with snowshoes and it takes some effort. It’s like using a stepper machine for hour after hour. As I plodded along, there were no signs of animal life anywhere. The birds that usually greet me at the fence-post feeders failed to show themselves when I approached. They obviously had the good sense to stay under cover somewhere. I brushed the snow off of

the posts and put some seed out even though I knew it was folly. The food would be covered by snow virtually as soon as I walked away. Of course, at that point, I had no idea that it would continue snowing for several more hours. Our directors at Spring Farm encouraged all employees not to leave and risk driving home. They invited all of us to spend the night. It seemed the roads were closed all over town. Plows were overwhelmed and they couldn’t keep even the main roads passable. I only live a couple of miles away and so I thought I would risk it. I knew it would be an adventure and I am a bold adventuring man after all. To say it was a treacherous ride home would be an understatement! The scene that faced us at the nature preserve the next morning was pretty incredible. We had certainly seen that much snow before, but never before had it fallen in such a short period of time. It was cul-

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about a week to get to the other trails. In a few spots the snow alongside the trails was so high that the trails resembled a series of tunnels. Bushes and trees laden with heavy snow bent over from the trail sides thus creating the roofs of the tunnels. What did our resident wildlife make of the instant transformation to arctic conditions? They weren’t saying, but they seemed put out. As for the birds, many had emerged that morning for the first time since the storm ceased. We had a large contingent of blackbirds that had arrived two weeks earlier. That was way back when the weather had been comparatively mild and snow-free. A large flock of crows that spent the winter with us and had recently gone I

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Let’s see; I do the voices for Hamlet the Monkey, Edgar the Raven, Bradbury the Tiger, Sal the Mule, Beaglesworth the Dog, Merl the Honeybadger, and Lil’ Dickens the Cat. So, that’s seven. I’ve also done the voices for Cthulhu and Cervantes the Bull. I understand that you handmake all of the puppets. Where did you learn the craft? I watched some videos on YouTube. I taught myself how to sew and developed my own style of puppet making from watching what other people were doing. Now you can learn almost anything on YouTube. It is a lot different from when I was younger. I remember when I was a kid I wanted to make a puppet that looked like one of the Muppets that I watched on TV so I checked a book out of the library about puppet making. Unfortunately the book only showed you how to make puppets out of things like paper bags and socks. So, it wasn’t until years later when I was an adult that I could make the kinds of puppets I wanted to. YouTube and the internet is really a great tool for people who are creative. You did a project with The Great Space Coaster & Sesame Street puppeteer, Jim Martin. How did that meeting arise? It was an absolutely amazing opportunity to be able to talk with and work with Jim Martin. I used to watch The Great Space Coaster in the morning before elementary school and to actually work with the puppeteer behind Gary Gnu was incredible. Jim came to Utica and brought his puppet Gary Gnu. We did a one night only improv show with him called The Guild of Thespian Puppets Sort of Remember the 80s. It all came about through Casey Callister, my friend who produced my documentary Ballou. He was working with Jim, helping him to digitize the old episodes of The Great Space Coaster and he connected us. I spoke with Jim on the phone and he offered to come to Utica to do the show with us. Do you have any other collaborations in the works?

I am still in touch with Jim and we do occasionally email back and forth, but we don’t have any collaboration currently planned. Let’s talk about the types of shows you and the Guild have done. You pretty much run the gamut. Tell us about some of the performances. We’ve done puppet shows for both children and adults. Our children’s show have included Folktales From Around the World, a Fire Safety show, a anti-bullying show called Stop That Bullying Bull, Sal the Mule’s 15 Miles on the Erie Canal, a Halloween Show based on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, a preschool sing-a-long Nursery Rhymes show, and our most popular kids show, A Christmas Carol. We’ve done these shows at schools, libraries, and public events. We have shows occasionally at the Tramontane Café, we’ve done a few birthday parties, and we have even been in a parade. You have directed some local Guild short films including The Guild of Thespian Puppets Save Christmas and Amiko Blue & the Lost Treasure of Atlantis. Tell us about them. Are they available to the public? Most Christmas specials seem to revolve around someone saving Christmas because something happens to Santa or he was kidnapped and then it’s up to whoever the show is about to rescue Santa. We decided to do go with that formula, except in our version it was The Guild of Thespian Puppets who ruined Christmas in the first place and then they have to undo what they did and save Santa. The Guild of Thespian Puppets Save Christmas is available on YouTube. Years ago, way before I started doing anything with the puppets, I did a short film about a guy named Chester who has an imaginary friend called Amiko Blue. I decided to do a sequel and since Chester lives in an imaginary world, it only made sense that the puppets would exist in that world. This isn’t on YouTube yet, but I plan on posting it sometime soon.

I hear that you are developing a pilot for possible syndication. Can you tell us anything about that? Yes, we made a pilot for an adult comedy sketch show with puppets. We are currently trying to pitch it in order to develop it into series. What would you like to see the Guild accomplish in the near future? We are working on growing our audience and eventually we are striving to be nationally known. What is the next venture for you? Well, we are currently filming our version of A Christmas Carol and we are going to try to work on getting it on local TV as a holiday special. Also, in the fall I will be teaching a class for kids on puppetry at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. The puppeteers and some of the other people involved with the puppets meet at least once week and are always creating new stuff, so be on the lookout for more from The Guild of Thespian Puppets. How can we find out where the Guild, or The Swordfish Trombones will be next? The website for The Guild of Thespian Puppets is We are also on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. There are links on our website to all the social media platforms. The Swordfish Trombones have a Facebook page and we post any upcoming shows there. Lastly, how can someone contact you about booking the Guild? You can get in touch with us at Thank you for your time and all that you do, Mike! •

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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)

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

8170 Seneca Tpke., Clinton (315) 732-3631 Mon-Fri 6am-2pm, Sat & Sun 6am-1pm

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

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

The Unicorn is here!

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

7756 Route 5, Clinton Located next door to Spaghetti Kettle 54

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

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


Ilion 22 years in business!

Serving itro N Coffee!

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!

Seafood & more!

Raw or cooked • Eat in or take out!

by Chef Dominick Scalise

(315) 866-7669 122 W. Albany St., Herkimer

200 King St., Herkimer (315) 866-5716

Roasted fresh daily on site! Come taste the difference! Breakfast and Lunch

70 Otsego St., Ilion

Mon-Fri: 6-2, Sat: 7:30-2 • (315) 985-0490

Wed-Thurs 11-7; Fri 11-8; Sat Noon-7

little falls


Celebrating 30 Years!

Open Daily 7am-3pm

Quality Food - Fresh Ingredients Relaxing Atmosphere Offering Daily Specials!


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

Serving healthy and delicious salads, grilled sandwiches, and homemade soups.

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

Catering & Banquets too! (315)533-7229

Mon-Sat: 7am-6pm, Sun: 7am-5pm

5345 Lee Center-Taberg Rd., Lee Center

Find us on Facebook!

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

Baking all natural breads – available throughout New York State

Read about Il Caffé this month on page 22!


Breakfast & Lunch Espressos • Lattes • Cappucinos


Made to order Cookie platters • Desserts • Custom cakes

good food, good wine, good friends, good times

500 East Main St., Little Falls

123 Mohawk St., Herkimer • 866-1746

(315) 823-9236 • Tues-Fri: 8-5, Sat: 8-2


Casual American Cuisine Now Open 7 days! Sun-Thurs: 11-9, Fri: 11-11, Sat: 11-9

American Family Fare! 9663 River Rd., Marcy Ice Cream window open til 9 every night!

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Take-out • Catering

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

Fresh Haddock • Giambotta

Take Out & Delivery!


Mushroom Stew • Chicken & Biscuits Meatloaf Goulash & More!

Mon-Thu 6am-2pm, Fri 6am-7pm, Sat 6am-1pm Sun 7am-1pm, Ice Cream 11-8:30 Daily

Wednesday is Date Night at Jamo’s with live music! 55


Experience the taste of Naples!

Homemade comfort foods Full menu available til 2am!

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

2017u Best Fish Fry


Best Wings best FIRST PLACE Best Craft Brew

Craft Beer & Wine Available!


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











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!







Truck available for on-site catering!

Thanks for voting us “Best of the Best” Pizzeria!

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

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Congratulations to Pho Ever Noodles! Celebrating its 3rd anniversary!

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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

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“We are your home town pizzeria!”

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Locally Owned & Operated

Catering Available • Homemade Desserts Every Day

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Specializing in the area’s only coal-fired pizza oven! Fresh to you!

Mexican & American Fare Sushi selections too!

Eat in or Take out

Featuring Daily Specials

127 North St., Old Forge

Tues-Thurs: 11:30am-9pm, Fri & Sat: 11:30am-10pm, Sun: 11:30am-8:30pm, Closed Mon • (315) 369-3141

Live Music! Customizable catering for any size event!


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


DRIVE-IN Open 7 days a week!

Serving breakfast, lunch, & dinner

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

The Country Store with More!

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

Natural Groceries • Supplements • Local Foods Organic Produce & Plants

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Weekend Specials!

Special event in Franklin Square!

Haddock Specials

Prime Rib Every Sat. Night!

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Franklin Square, Utica Pair the finest domestic teas with heavy hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy champagne and live music. 18+


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

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

New Cafe Hours starting 9/5/17: Mon-Thurs 7-7, Fri & Sat 7-9, Sun 8-1 (breakfast only)

Bakery 52 Seneca St, Utica • (the back of Bite Cafe)

Bakery Hours: Mon-Sat 7-3 Sun 8-1 (Bakery items available in cafe after 3pm)



Now serving wine & beer!

Creaciones del Caribe (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

Shop Our Line Of Pasta, Sauces, Starters And Ready To Cook Meals; Other Local Products Too!!

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EASTSIDE DINER Breakfast • Lunch Homemade & Fresh Daily!

Friday Fish Fry • Breakfast Served All Day

2199 Bleecker St., Utica (315) 790-5250 Mon-Thurs, & Sat 6-2, Fri 6-5, Sun 7-2

79 years serving the Mohawk Valley! Visit our three Locations:

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

Have An Upcoming -(315) 896-2173Party Or Event, Contact Us For All Of Open Monday -Through- Friday 8:00AM -To- 4:00PM Your Catering Needs!!


Contemporary American • Private Functions • Reservations Recommended

Nothin’ Fancy Cafe Great Food • Great Service • Great people

Serving breakfast, lunch, & Friday dinners Eat in or take out • Catering available too!

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

Book your wedding, banquet, or party at our Event Center on-site (seats up to 200) Affordable 7,000 sq.ft., Wooden Dance Floor, We Cater or Bring your own!

10 Ruth St., Vernon • (315) 829-4500

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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

Gluten Free Options!

Serving Wine & Beer!

3963 Oneida St., Washington Mills • (315) 864-8149

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


antique shopping guide 16th Annual Mohawk Valley Garlic & Herb Festival Sat., September 9, 2017 10am - 5pm

Spotlight on

Little Falls Fort Plain

Herkimer Johnny Belmont’s

Valley Exchange Thew Ne


Antiques of CNY Little Falls Mohawk

Antique Center


Celebrating our 19th year in business!

Attic Addicts The Queen’s Closet

Pristine, Practical, and Priced Right!

Specializing in estate sales, large and small.

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

(315) 736-9160

Consignment at its Finest!

Clothing Jewelry Household Items Furniture Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm New consignment by appointment only

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


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



China in a Bull Shop!

A little bit country, a little bit primitive! Your destination for furniture, hand stenciled signs, vintage clothing, warm glow candles, silk arrangements & more!

Multi Dealer Antique Shop

Open Daily 10-5

Primitives • Furniture • Artwork Smalls • Antique Accessories

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

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

4803 Rt. 31, Vernon

Canal House Antiques Multi-Dealer Shop

Specializing in antique furniture, glassware, jewelry, books, linens, and primitive rug hooking accessories (315) 893-7737

Open Thurs-Mon 10-5, Closed Tues & Wed 6737 Route 20, Bouckville

Dawn Marie’s Treasures Vintage, Gift & Gourmet 18 West Park Row, Clinton (315) 796-9099 • Open Mon-Sat 10-6

Celebrate the crisp air of Autumn! Discover new treasures for the Fall season!

We find it, haul it, clean it, stage it, sell it, and miss it. We love what we do and we do it for you. Please stop in and see our newly renovated shop!

Foothills Mercantile

Come Celebrate our 3rd Anniversary!

Huge selection of antiques, vintage pieces, collectibles, glassware, furniture, accessories, and a rustic & country gift shop!

Selected vendors offering discounts thru September!

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

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

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

Antique Center

Main Street Gift Shoppe

Newport’s Best Kept Secret for Primitive Gifts!

Fall Decor, Candles, Antiques, Textiles, Olde Century Colors Paint, Lighting, Signs, Furniture and more! Prim Autumn Open House Sun. Sept. 24th, 12-5 Refreshments & Door Prizes Drawing Red Barn Primitives Out Back Open Too!

More than 50 vendors on 2 floors! 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!

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

5251 Main St., Munnsville NY

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

Closed Tuesdays

Open 7 days a week, 10-5

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

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

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!

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Registered user of ebay

45th Anniversary Celebration and Sale! September 9th, 10am-5pm

Antique & Unique! Buy • Sell • Trade

Special Event! Sat., September 9th at Potting Shed Antiques!

Don and Nancy Hartman have been in the Antiques Business since 1972!

• Live Radio Remote 11AM-1PM by 96.1 “The Eagle” • Cake Cutting at Noon!

Bring a donation of non-perishable food or any size monetary donation for the Veteran’s Outreach Center and receive a 45% off coupon valid on 9/9/17 on store inventory! Other Surprises too! Excludes gold jewelry which is 20% 0ff and no discount on coins



ALSO BUYING YOUR UNWANTED OR BROKEN JEWELRY Check out our inventory and our Estate Sale Schedule online:


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

Johnny Belmont’s

Valley Exchange


Painted and Repurposed Vintage & Antique Furniture

Buy • Sell • Trade • Household • Antiques • Collectibles!

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

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

6831 Indian Opening Rd., Bouckville

Vendor space available

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


Open Daily 10-5 • (315) 893-1786

3371 Maple Ave., Bouckville

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

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SHOWCASE Antiques of CNY

Early Cupboards, Primitives, Country Furniture & Accessories

7316 Rte. 20, Madison, NY (315) 893-1762 • Open Fri-Sun: 10-5, Mon-Thurs by chance or appointment


Antique & Variety Shoppes

ariety 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


An eclectic mix of vintage, antiques, & home decor

See The Man

Featuring 60 Dealers displaying a diverse array of antiques and collectibles.

315-337-3509 Open Daily 10-5, Closed Tuesdays

337 Genesee St., Utica (315) 738-1333

Come Spend the Day With Us! Route 233 Westmoreland, NY 1/4 mile North of NYS Thruway Exit 32


Herkimer county historical society

Zaida Zoller a woman of influence

shortened from an essay by Caryl Darling Hopson

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. New York was one of the first states in the country to pass legislation giving women the right to vote in 1917. Several local women involved in the women’s suffrage movement were profiled in Women Belong in History Books, Volumes 1 and 2, compiled by Jane Spellman with the help of more than 20 local writers. This is a condensed version of Caryl Darling Hopson’s essay on Zaida Zoller that appears in Women Belong in History Books, Volume 1. Zaida Zoller was born in Little Falls, N.Y., on July 22, 1882, to Jacob (1833-1907) and Mary Jane Dygert (18421930) Zoller. At an early age, she showed signs of leadership, accepting her role of president of a Literary Society for 7th and 8th grade girls at the Church Street School in Little Falls. She continued her education at the Mary A. Burnham School in North Hampton, Mass., and graduated from Miss Hewitt’s School in New York City with the class of 1902. Zaida came from an enterprising family. Her father, Jacob, was a successful businessman in Little Falls, whose company, the Zoller Packing House, manufactured and distributed cheese, beef, and pork products, butter, and eggs. He served on four bank boards and owned nine dairy farms in Herkimer and Montgomery counties. Zaida’s two older brothers, John

Portrait of Zaida Zoller which hangs at the Herkimer County Humane Society.

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and Thomas, followed in their father’s footsteps as successty for Zaida. When suffrage leaders were rallying at a state ful businessmen. John assisted with the family company and convention in Saratoga in 1917, Zaida was chairman of the other business ventures, the C.J. Lundsrom and Valley Mills Little Falls Suffrage Party and hosted the women en route at companies. Thomas was organizer and director of the Stanan outdoor meeting. That same year, she was chairman for a dard Bookcase Company and the Hall Incubating Company. suffrage mass meeting in Little Falls and invited Dr. Ann Zaida’s sister, Maude, actively supported the Little Howard Shaw (1847-1919), the honorary chairman Falls Hospital as president of the Hospital Board of the National Woman Suffrage Association, as for many years, and Zaida’s twin, Abram, was its speaker. Zaida Zoller Little Falls mayor from 1916-1920, Her Women in New York State were allowed mobilized the advancement to vote in 1917, and after the 19th Amendkimer County Judge from 1929-1933, and Supreme Court Justice from 1934-1952. of animal welfare as one of ment to the United States Constitution Zaida was a woman of influence in her granted all women the right to vote in the founders of Herkimer own right. She mobilized the advancement 1920, Zaida recognized the importance County’s first Humane of animal welfare in the area as one of the of this tremendous achievement and headfounders of Herkimer County’s first HuSociety in 1913 ed up the Herkimer County Branch of the mane Society in 1913. Early on she took an League of Women Voters. That organization interest in her father’s farms and managed sevurged women to take advantage of their newly eral of them after her father’s death. She is probably gained right to vote, instructing them in political afbest remembered for her love of animals. fairs. While Zaida was actively involved with the animal wel In the midst of caring for animals and striving for the fare movement, she also was concerned with matters benefitright to vote, Zaida also was actively involved with the Red ting the general welfare of the community, from standing up Cross. In 1918, she headed up the Red Cross Ladies Canteen for women’s rights with the suffrage movement to promoting Service committee, which supplied lunches to the young milpublic health. As an educated woman who effected change itary men leaving for their army camps and suppers to army in her community, women’s suffrage was a leading prioritruck drivers traveling through the city of Little Falls. A year


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later, after the close of World War I, she helped welcome the returning soldiers back home as a member of the Little Falls Welcome Home Committee. Zaida worked to promote public health on the governmental level. In 1919, she became a member and secretary of the Little Falls Health Co-Ordination Committee that was organized by the State Department of Health. Zaida also actively served on the Herkimer County Tuberculosis Committee and served as its secretary in 1920 when Pine Crest Sanatorium in Salisbury, a new facility to treat tuberculosis patients, opened. She continued her support of the facility by participating in Christmas Seal campaigns to raise funds for the center. Her many contributions to the community were acknowledged when she was awarded the Staff Sergeant Steve Stefula Post #4612 Little Falls V.F.W. Citizenship Award in 1957. Zaida Zoller died on Jan. 22, 1980, at the age of 98 in the handsome home her father built in 1876, which still stands in Little Falls. She is buried nearby in the Fairview Cemetery. •



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Women Belong in History Books, Volumes 1 and 2, are available for sale at the Herkimer County Historical Society. The cost is $25 plus tax, $5 for shipping and handling. Contact the Society at 315-866-6413 or email us at Sue Perkins is the Executive Director of the Herkimer County Historical Society and historian for the town of Manheim.




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Shawangunk nature preserve, cold brook Peg on our 50cc motorcycle going to piano lessons to teach


SHAWANGUNK Chapter 36 by Peggy Spencer Behrendt



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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.

The effluent essence of the forest unfolds from day to day, subtly, surreptitiously, sublimely changing, as together we flow like a river throughout the seasons of the year, and our lives. Beloved summer was corpulent with the rich perfume of milkweed blossoms, the refreshing benevolence of freshly cut grasses, and a kaleidoscopic progression of flowers. Now, the continuum hints of autumn’s fragrances wafting on air currents like passing spirits on our walks up Shawangunk Road. Summer’s green is disappearing. Is that what we smell in the fall? Is this the distillation of dissipating chlorophyll as the leaves change color--that magical substance of life that transforms sunlight into living plants, and consequently into living creatures like us when we eat those plants? Our flow of seasons isn’t always placid. It gets punctuated by dramatic changes, and a big one is the first fall frost, usually occurring the first week in September here

1972: Now they are in school and Tim and I are alone in our efforts to delay the damaging effects of frost on our precious vegetables and flowers. Every year, I try some new construction to protect the tomatoes to extend the season, and there are always problems, the covers rip, they blow off, my construction falls apart, the covers are too heavy, or where they touch the plants they still get

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(although our nearest farmer, Louie Muzyk remembers getting it in July one year. Would that have been the last spring frost or the first fall frost?). When the children were young, and they wondered why all the bustle to put blankets on the garden, Tim explained to them: “The frost is coming and it will kill all the flowers.” This appalled them, because they loved flowers. As they scurried about, trying to help protect them, they called out: “The frost is coming! The frost is coming!”

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frosted. It’s so much work--covering each night, uncovering each morning--how long can I keep this up? I say to myself, “This is hopeless! They’ll eventually Celestial Almond get frosted anyway. Why do I keep trying? But I reply SeasoningsBulk Sweetened Smart Juice Breeze 100% Organic (to myself), “Oh, well! Just one more night!” Herbal Teas Cranberries Almond Milk Juice At least it’s right next to our house. Before we had 64 FL OZ Tart Cherry our own land, our garden was several miles away on a $ $ $ Reg. $5.39 friend’s property in Prospect, where we also had sheep Reg. $8.99 Reg. $3.99 that Tim would shear for wool. I sent it to the old Ship- Jovial Organic Maple Hill Farmhouse Kevita pensburg Woolen Mill in Pennsylvania where it was Brown Rice Creamery Culture Organic spun on ancient, wooden machinery powered by a water Organic Grade A PastaOrganic Gut Master Brew 64 oz. Whole Milk wheel into quilt batts for my home-made quilts, and yarn Shot Kombucha 100% Grass Fed I still use to crochet mittens, slippers, and sweaters. 16 FL OZ $ $ Reg. $7.99 Reg. $3.69 Tim had a 50cc Honda motorcycle we used to go $ Reg. $6.99 back and forth. We carried a lot of stuff on it! I’d have Kaffree Roma 28th. No Rainchecks. Green &September Black's1st - September Tofurky sweet corn in a bag hanging from the handlebars on the Instant Grain Organic front fender, a bushel basket of potatoes tied onto the Deli Beverage Chocolate Bars back fender, bags of greens hanging off our arms, and Slices overflowing backpacks of tomatoes with kale sticking $ $ $ Reg. $3.99 Reg. $4.29 Reg. $8.99 up over our heads. It may have looked like a garden on Kind Gluten Panda wheels with two human heads in the middle. Bark Thins Licorice Chew Free Where I grew up on Stop 7 Road in Westmoreland, Snacking All Natural Cluster our 150-year-old farmhouse was surrounded by fields Chocolate Soft 7 OZ that were often planted in string beans that were a speGranola $ $ $ cialty crop for the Central New York area. In the 1950s Reg. $4.99 Reg. $3.99 Reg. $6.49 and 1960s, until mechanized harvesters replaced them, Emergen-C busloads of migrant farm workers were brought to our Tangerine, Orange, Raspberry Fresh Ground Naturtint fields, spending many days with tired backs bent in the & Tropical Only Permanent Almond Butter hot sun. A group of tiny buildings further up the road Hair Color sufficed for their shelter at night, but it looked to me like $ $ $ a hard life. Passing by the “Migrant Shacks” as I heard Reg. $13.99 Reg. $16.99 Reg. $8.99 them referred to, I saw only a few mattresses on the floor beyond the open doors where toddlers played with sticks and rocks in the dirt and relatives too old to help pick beans watched them. Ironically, there was usually one car parked in the little community, a big Cadillac. I took our little Honda to give piano lessons at the homes of students in nearby villages. It was fun but kind of scary. One day my front tire got stuck in a groove in the pavement along the side of Route 12, tipping me over on the way to Boonville. Tim got the bent frame fixed but I was finished with motorcycling! Mon-Fri 9-8, Sat 9-6, Sun 11-4 On a free weekend, Tim and I take my 1966 Chevy Impala to Pennsylvania to see relatives. Although our New Hartford Shopping Center 724-4998 leaves are blushing with the beginning of autumn glory, Visit our cafe serving fresh sandwiches, salads, in Pennsylvania it is still summer. We are really strapped for money, every nickel counts, so we can’t afford to soups, fruit smoothies and organic coffee!

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even stay at a campground. We find an unoccupied, deadend road lined with meadows and hedgerows to camp on. While Tim visits, I spend the day enjoying the late summer sunshine and fragrance in one of the meadows. I savor this quiet time after the long trip, lying in the grasses near the bushes to nap. How innocent I am! Soon after we return home, I start getting a rash on my face. “Oh, no! Poison Ivy!” And it’s a really bad case. My face gets covered with big, red, oozing blisters that itch and hurt. Applications of yellow Calamine lotion add to the effect of the vision of a living nightmare. It feels like it, too! Of course, growing up and playing around the farmlands of Westmoreland, I’ve had my share of encounters with poison plants, so I usually tough it out. But this is the worst! I get lonely, staying home, waiting to heal, and decide to join some friends at a gathering. Despite efforts to


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be polite, they are noticeably repulsed and back away from me, probably wondering why I would expose them to this visual horror and potential contagion. I feel humiliated, embarrassed, and sad, so go home and stay till it’s over, feeling deeply grateful to know that it will heal. My struggles to protect plants from frost usually end one weekend when we are so busy with church work, I just can’t keep it up. I love the excitement of returning to church in the fall, full of hope for a rewarding year together with like-minded people. On the way to our services, where we once passed meadows canopied with yellow dandelions, we now see great expanses of goldenrod glowing like summers sun melted on the earth. I watch for patches of deep purple elderberries or ruby red apples along the side of the road, and enjoy the succession of white and purple asters complemented by great bushes of fuchsia-colored sumac. We allow ourselves a little time to stop and graze on the wild fruit because it’s free (helping our food budget) and nutritionally rich. When Tim was in seminary, he pledged himself to serve smaller churches that couldn’t afford the salary of a full-time minister. This is very noble, but it has some

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unique difficulties besides economics, though economics is huge! Shortly after he began serving one of his first churches, the treasurer came to him in tears: “We don’t have enough money to pay you! I guess we’ll have to let you go!” Tim looked over the budget, cut his salary to what the church could afford, and because he had credentials as a school counselor, found a second job at a school nearby. In small parishes, one church member, more or less, makes a big difference. And the personality and presence of each person constitutes such huge percent of the congregation that their influence is monumental. 1978: I warm up on the old foot pedal reed organ in a historic brick church with wide window sills decorated with mementos and clippings that bespeak of a busy and well-attended past when this and other churches were the center of community activities, First to arrive is the elderly farmer, who is the church treasurer, giving Tim a check for $25, and falling asleep after the first hymn because he’s been milking cows since the wee hours of the morning. Anyone who darkens the door after him

gives our hearts a leap. “Oh, boy! Another congregant!” One day a new woman arrives early and approaches me, interested in the 1890s reed organ. Tim has asked me to play a different hymn than the one I was preparing and I complain a bit. “Oh, he’s always doing that to me. It’s so annoying.” I whine to our visitor, even though it’s not really a big deal. Foolish me! It’s not a good idea to complain about your husband to his congregants! We never see her again. But it’s a good lesson that motivates me to mind my tongue. Having several small churches causes other complications. One time Tim goes to a church to officiate at a wedding. “Where is everybody?” he is thinking, as he looks at his watch in the empty edifice. Suddenly, he realizes he is at the wrong church: “The wedding at this church isn’t until later today! Oh, no!” Fortunately, the right church is only 20 minutes away, but there are some worried people there. The smaller the church, the greater the influence each person has. Church fellowship hours are usually a friendly, chatty occasion over tea, coffee, and snacks but

during the fellowship hour after our service at a newly formed church, a long ways from home, I hear a woman’s loud, strident voice demanding, “What were you thinking! What were you thinking?” She sounds like an irate parent admonishing a child who has been extremely naughty and is threatening to take away his bike. Across the room I see her with hands on hips and face inches from Tim’s, absolutely furious about something! I immediately tune in. Tim looks confused and startled, says a few quiet words and she leaves him in a huff. On the

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Our forest garden with first solar panels long journey home, he says in a mystified voice, “She was upset about us playing; “For Me and My Gal” at the offering.” “What?” I reply in astonishment. “Why would that be offensive? It was just to celebrate all the weddings and anniversaries that occurred last summer. It’s about being in love and everyone getting together to help a young couple get started. What was wrong with that?” “I don’t know!” Tim muses. “She want-



ed to know; what was I thinking? I was thinking about getting my chords right, and making beautiful sounds. But there was obviously something else on her mind, so I asked her to meet me afterward to talk about it because I had to see some other people before they left.” I kid him: “You could have said you were thinking about how much you’d be paid for every note you played, like the hippy bass player we heard interviewed on the radio.” But Tim is very concerned, and rightfully so. Despite calls and letters with apologies and attempts to understand what her problem was, whenever the subject of inviting us to return comes up at the tiny fragile church, she gets very upset. They can’t afford to lose her, so we are not invited back. From this, and other experiences, we learn that it’s not unusual for someone to have an inexplicable aversion to one of us. This is pretty hard to change, so we’re learning to leave them alone and just accept it. There is also a sense of resignation and peace after the frost finally takes the garden. Just the root vegetables are left to pull, and

we’re back in the flow of the church year. The vagaries of autumn weather close in. Days of gloomy, cloudy, rainy days are a depressing contrast to the high, blue, sunshine-filled days of summer, so we light a candle and reminisce about the joys, sorrows, and adventures of last summer, relish the accomplishment of this year’s harvest, and discuss the wonderful garden we will have next year. Solar panels are finally looking affordable, and we hope to buy one to make our own electricity next year. What a miracle that will be! No more stinky kerosene lamps! The garden will be the perfect place to put this new and wonderful, clean energy source that we suspect will begin a new era on our planet that will be better for all creatures, great and small. •

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So, the season of pumpkin spice everything has arrived! I recently was introduced to the music of triple threat Cait Devin. I realized Cait was young, so I contacted her and asked her to send me her gigs for my calendar, expecting a few. I then received a pile of listings that would make any musician jealous. I had to find out more on this musical whiz kid. Here’s a bit from her bio: Cait Devin, a 16-year-old singer/songwriter from Westmoreland, started taking vocal and piano lessons when she was 10 years old and began to write her own songs. She would perform at the few-and-far between local talents shows. However, what really clicked for Cait was when she started playing the guitar a year and a half ago at the age of 14. At that time her songwriting became prolific because she found it more of a creative process to write songs for the guitar. She started to play at local open mics like The Tramontane Café, Utica Brews, and Funk N’ Waffles in Syracuse. Cait states, “It was amazing to see how supportive the local music community was of my music. There was hardly anyone my age doing what I was doing. It was overwhelming to me how much the crowds and local musicians embraced my music.” Cait’s genre of music is classic rock/indie pop with a mixture of original songs and covers. Cait loves the Cranberries, Joan Jett, The Beatles, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. “I love the songwriting of Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran as well.” Cait is in the process of copyrighting some of her original songs and hopes to get them officially recorded and out to the public soon. She states that her parents have always been so supportive of her creative side all throughout her life. Cait’s mom has been playing the role of “momager,” helping her to book gigs through Cait Devin Management so she can have as many opportunities to perform as possible. Mom and Dad both act as chauffeurs and roadies as well.


Get ready for Trip’s Fest, a tribute to Vinny “Captain Cait Devin & crew Trip” Morreale! With Jomama and The Funkdaddies, Thunderwatt, and Syracuse Grateful Dead tribute Pearly Baker’s Best. Capt. Trip’s Rainforest Preserve was a legendary CNY rock ’n’ roll venue. Some of the best and the most eclectic mix of bands graced its stage. On Sept 28 at 6 p.m. a benefit in the Captain’s honor will take place at The Jewish Community Center on Oneida Street in Utica. Adult beverages and food will be available. Partial proceeds will benefit the Stevens-Swan Humane Society. More info on events on Facebook; tickets available at www. Doors will open at 5 p.m. 92.7 The DRIVE doings. Vernon Downs Hotel and Casino, Northeast Car Connection, and 92.7 The Drive present Motorsports night, a free to go and free to show car, truck, and bike show that returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. More info on pre-registration at The third M&T Bank-92.7 The Drive fine food and craft beer pairing dinner to benefit The Stanley Theater is Sunday, Oct. 8. Dinner will be provided by the chefs at The Chesterfield and beer on tap by 16 Stone Brew Pub in Holland Patent. Tickets on sale at The Stanley box office or by phone at 315-724-4000. Go check out some live music and get all the club listings at www. Live and Local calendar. •

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Golf Courses and Driving Range Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 24 Woodgate Pines Golf Club, Woodgate . . . . . 31 Grocery/Convenience Stores The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . 58 Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . 32 Kountry Kupboard, Madison . . . . . . . . . . 68 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 47 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 33 Reilly’s Dairy, Inc., Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Hardware/Lumber/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . 37 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Poland Hardware, Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Hearing Consultants Hearing Health Hearing Centers, Rome . . . . 34 Horse Boarding Kast Hill Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Ice Cream B&F Milk, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Kayuta Drive-In, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Voss’, Yorkville, Ilion, and the Utica Zoo . . 59 Insurance Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . 4 Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . 43 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 11 Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . 64


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Little Falls Antique Center, Little Falls . . . . 62 Main Street Gift Shoppe, Newport . . . . . . . . 62 Newport Marketplace, Newport . . . . . . . . . 62 Remington Country Store, Ilion . . . . . . . . . 23 Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . 64 The Tepee, Cherry Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

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Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . 7 Fall Hill Beads & Gems, Little Falls . . . . . . 67 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 32

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

Lawn Mowers J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 44 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Pharmacies Garro Drugs, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Liquor Stores and Wine Beer Belly Bob’s, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . 70 Maple Syrup (see Produce) 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 . . . . . . . . . . 41 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Monuments & Memorials Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . 28 Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 58 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . 22 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 69 Sunflower Naturals, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . 23 Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . 72 Paint and Painting Supplies Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . 8

Pet Supplies Gemini Pets, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . .

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Pools Geraty Pools, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Swan Pools, Ilion and New Hartford . . . . . . 29 Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . Casler Flower Farm, West Winfield . . . . . . Main Street Gift Shop, Newport . . . . . . . . Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . Turnpike Antiques, Madison . . . . . . . . . . .

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Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . 39 Clinton Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Freedom Farm Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . 50 Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . 68 Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 73 Juliano’s Greenhouses & Market, Schuyler . . . 4 Meelan’s Meat Market, Clark Mills . . . . . . . 7 Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 16 Skeeterboro Farms, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . 43 Sunnybrook Farm, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . 13 Sunnycrest Orchards Market, Sharon Springs . . 71 Three Village Cheese, Newport . . . . . . . . . . 17 Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 35 Twin Orchards, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . 28 Windy Hill Orchard, Cassville . . . . . . . . 48

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Roofing Maple Lane Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Mohawk Metals, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . 10 Sharpening Services Ron’s Scissors Sharpening, Sauquoit . . . . . . 7 Sheds and Storage Buildings Shafer & Sons, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 The Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 27 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Small Engine Repair J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 44 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

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Mohawk Valley Living #48 September, 2017  
Mohawk Valley Living #48 September, 2017