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The Masonic Care Community is celebrating a milestone in 2018, our 125th year of caring for people. We are one of the oldest continually operating non-profit agencies in the state and are proud that our mission has never waivered. The New York State Masonic Fraternity chose Utica as the site because of its location in the geographic center of the state. It started with a simple idea - to care for the Mason, his wife or widow and orphan. The Masonic Home and School opened its doors to “guests� on May 1, 1893. Today, the Masonic Care Community is open to everyone and more than 500 seniors call MCC home.

From its beginning, MCC was innovative. We were the first to provide individual rooms for guests. The campus operated a farm to supply its own food until 1969. We had a hospital on campus from 1922 to the late ‘60s, and we were the first to offer seniors independent living apartments in the early 1980s. MCC offers a continuum of care, from Acacia Village Independent Retirement Living, to Adult Residential Care at Wiley Hall, in-patient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, dementia care, and respite services in our Health Pavilion. We also offer Acacia Home Care, which brings the excellence of the Masonic Care Community to you and an award winning Child Care Center.

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Auld Lang Syne means “the good old times,” and this issue is filled with them. Peggy reflects on her cross country camping trip in a Dodge van, Matt recalls his avian friend “Super Chicken,” Gary recounts hiking trips he shared with others this year, Denise writes about her grandmother and growing potatoes, and Brian covers the 150th anniversary of the Utica Curling Club. It’s wonderful to look back on these good times with fondness. It seems the more time goes by, the more “good” they become. We often forget the hard parts and focus on the positive ones (though Suzie keeps us grounded in reality this month with her story about “the outhouse.”) We have often heard our readers describe our magazine as “an oasis,” and that they read it because it’s a positive look at our community. In other words, we aren’t news. We once received a letter asking why we didn’t write “the real story” about a specific village that was having a particularly hard year. Hadn’t we heard the news? Mohawk Valley Living may not be news, but that doesn’t make us less “real.” It’s all how you look at things. When I think about the stories we cover, I think about how I remember my childhood. I remember climbing trees and jumping over streams. Did I ever scrape my knee? Sprain my ankle? Probably. But it doesn’t blemish the memories. Our group of writers is made up of people we met over our years producing Mohawk Valley Living who share our perspective. Their stories are real. You might call them optimists. I like to think of them as realists. •


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by brian howard, executive director “We’re Brithers A!” As 2018 dawns, we pause to recognize the 150th anniversary of the Utica Curling Club—one of the oldest in the United States. This Scottish game of the 16th century came to Oneida County during the 1800s and has been a winter pastime ever since. Curling has been described as a combination of shuffleboard and chess, among others. It is played by teams of four whose goal is to place their stones, which are slid across a sheet of ice, closest to the center of a target at the opposite end of the ice. The man credited with establishing the sport was Benjamin Allen, an Englishman who moved to Utica in the year of its incorporation as a city, 1832. Pickup games appear to have been first played in the 1830s and ’40s at Clark Mills, and in 1855 the sport came to New York Mills. Participants from all around the area came to lower Campbell Pond to play; today the site is home to the Twin Ponds Golf Club. Nearly four decades after he arrived in Utica, Allen took the next major step in local curling by creating two sheets (name for the rinks on which the games were played) on his property

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along Rutger Street. This space is located between modern day Conkling and Morris Streets and was then the site of a ravine through which the Ballou Creek flowed. Allen dammed up the north end of the creek, thus forming the pond on which the first organized games occurred. This was the impetus, in 1868, for the formation of the Utica Curling Club. Allen’s site was known as the “gulf” and hosted the UCC through 1914. In 1890, a shed was constructed there to house three sheets and a clubhouse. Upon his death in 1906, the property was donated to the club, but the rapidly expanding city of Utica had other plans for the site. After it was condemned, the gulf was filled in and a neighborhood grew atop. The club was on the move. In 1915, the UCC used a $16,000 city grant to purchase a property on Francis Street, just west of Genesee near Oneida Square. This property became the club’s home for most of the 20th century. By 1916, a fivesheet arena was opened that

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also featured a clubhouse and dining facilities. In 1927, artificial ice-making machinery was installed to facilitate play without concern for outside conditions. The club soldiered on through the Great Depression in the 1930s, and grew by leaps and bounds following the Second World War. In 1948, the male-dominated sport of curling yielded to social progress. A women’s group was formed in October of that year and named the Utica Glengarries. Teenagers were welcomed a few years later in 1954. Since that time, the club has hosted numerous national men’s, women’s, teens, and mixed tournaments known as Bonspiels. One of the oldest competitions was for the Mitchell Gold Medal, a competition that dated back to 1894 and continues to the present day. In 1970, the UCC was the first curling club in the United States to host the world championships. In May 1995, the venerable 1417 Francis St. rink burned to the ground. Unable to locate a suitable spot within the city, the Utica Curling Club left for the suburbs and relocated to Whitesboro in 1996 It opened its 8300 Clark Mills Road location in the fall of 1996; the six-sheet complex

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2017 was a year as much to share the great Adirondack outdoors with family and friends as it was to explore new corners of the region myself. I chipped away at hiking the 100 highest peaks in the six-million-acre park, by conquering four this year: Avalanche, Saddleback, Gore, and Sentinel mountains. That shrinks my list to 23, with all but two remaining as bushwhacks. The August and September issues of Mohawk Valley Living magazine carry stories and photographs from the Gore and Sentinel hikes.* Except for summit shots, pictures from the bushwhacks tend to be rare – most often all four limbs are in constant motion pushing through underbrush and picking each most secure step. Safety glasses and gloves are on in the thickest spots, making it even more cumbersome to handle a camera on the move. And all the while there is the subtle subconscious pressure that precious daylight hours are ticking away! This year, there was a return to water and along several of the more traveled trails, introducing the wonder of the wilderness to a grandson and leading the members of a basketball team I assist coaching up a more modest mountain. There was even a nature walk with several

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Let’s just say even the most athletic and surefooted can walk (or roll) away from a hike up a mountain with an appreciation and new-found respect for those who make this sport their preferred hobby. 2018 will be the year for whittling the 100-highest list down into the teens and for Justin and me to revisit the settings of our previous stories. It is also scheduled to be the year for visiting a setting we may use for a new story in 2019. Part trail and part bushwhack, this hike will also involve some family and a few friends. That is, for those among them who are interested in finding a large cave once used by… well, perhaps I’ll write about that adventure in next year’s highlights. •

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will it be a better view? One of the most interesting songs is “Place We Call Home.” Cosby asked an audience to relate the best things about their town, with the most frequent response being friends and memories. The chording reminds me of old sea shanties. It provokes head nodding and toe tapping. The last track, the title track, could have been mastered a bit louder, but its message is clear: To rise above life’s troubles. There are 13 tracks to this wonderful album. Cosby’s voice soars and floats above and along with the music. Her guitar playing keeps flowing and pushing the songs along gracefully. The songs are catchy and memorable. The album, though inspirational in tone, is not “preachy” at any time. It is a sweet, and at times powerful, look inside oneself or at the world around us. The CD also includes a bonus DVD of videos with Cosby at the farmers’ market helping us keep healthy, or fitness tips. Cosby Gibson’s Into Mid-Air is pure food for the body, mind, soul, and ears. For fans of Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and Sandy Denny. Contact Cosby for your copy at: https://www.facebook. com/cosbygibsonhome •

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It has been a beloved spot in downtown – in one of the oldest buildings on one of the oldest streets in the city. It has been called “Kain’s Grill”, “The Devereux” and “The Dev” and now it has a new face with homage to an old name: John Devereux’s Tavern. Tim Starsiak and Tom Powers of John Devereax’s Tavern The tavern is the brainchild of Tom Powers (founder of The Celtic Harp) and co-owner Tim Starsiak – both born and bred Uticans with a love for history and for providing comfortable settings that offer great service, food, and drink. They are transforming the tavern into a space that will be reminiscent of a New York City tavern, where you walk off a city street and immediately feel enveloped in familiarity, history, and comfort. Its namesake, John Devereux, was a notable figure in Utica. In 1814, he and his brother, Nicholas, built a brick building on the west side of Bagg’s Sqaure which became The Savings Bank of Utica. John went on to become the first mayor of Utica. The tavern is on its way to being a sought-after place for a few things: First, it is a convenient place to grab lunch for downtown workers and visitors. The menu is full of local favorites from Saranac products to bread from Utica Bread, Hapanowicz’s kielbasa, and La Famiglia Bossone’s sausage. They are offering take out as well as walking delivery to buildings and offices in the neighborhood. Second, it’s an ideal spot for happy hours, which run from 3-7pm and feature domestic and craft beer, wine, and 2-for-1 quality cocktails along with bar bites like deviled eggs and a nice charcuterie board. Then there is Sunday brunch with a delicious menu full of items like Nutella and banana crescent rolls, sausage & gravy biscuits, quiche, baked mac and cheese, and an executive breakfast literally served on a silver platter. A bonus for the atmosphere is the music – house selections coming through the speakers at just the right volume. It’s a great space, becoming even greater by the day. Be sure to swing in soon to give them a try.

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Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2018 • Do you love antiquing? This is your chance to do it right in downtown Utica! One Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2018, one of the biggest antique events in the area is back. The 18th Annual Mohawk Valley Antiquefest will welcome close to 40 vendors to the Stanley Theater downtown. Vendors will travel from all of New York State and beyond to bring their treasures to the historical theater. The Antiquefest is a truly unique setup in a beautiful venue. Shoppers can peruse vendors in the grand lobby of the Stanley, on the mezzanine, and also right on the Stanley stage, which provides the opportunity to have the amazing vantage point of the many performers that have graced the theater. Vendors bring a plethora of items from larger pieces to collectibles – there’s always something special to find at this great event. Have a piece that you’d love to have looked at? Back of the Barn Antiques will be doing on-site appraisals and there will also be glass grinding demonstrations by Tony Perretta. Admission to the show is $7 and you’ll be all set to come and go for the two days. There will be music and food available as well as their annual 50/50 raffle that will benefit the Stanley. The show is sponsored and put on by Gerald Dischiavo from Vintage Furnishings, located right in Oneida Square. Dischiavo has been in business downtown since 1981 and is an important advocate for events and neighborhood activities like the One World Flower Festival and the Levitt AMP Utica Music Series. •

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Andrea Eckmair of Clinton is on a mission. She knows avocado toast is the latest food rage, but frets about how to keep the avocado fresh and not turn brown if she makes the spread up ahead. And should she perch a poached egg atop the toast? Until she figures it out, she can rest on the winning laurels of menu specials at Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the diner on Seneca Turnpike in Clinton she owns with her husband, Jack. Since 2001, the Eckmairs teamed up as a working couple at the mega-popular home-style breakfast, lunch, or brunch eatery. Andrea is the public face at Tiffany’s, also working as a server; Jack’s domain is the kitchen, where he creates the weekday staples of homemade soups and specials Andrea helped concoct. “All homemade” boasts the daily specials chalk board that greets customers on the way into the two large seating rooms. Go early for lunch since the specials are usual sell-outs: pot roast slowly cooked with carrots and onions and served over real mashed potatoes with brown gravy; fish frys; roasted Italian sausage, onions, potatoes and a rainbow of sweet peppers; freshly made turkey burgers that Andrea molds with diced apples and cheddar cheese to provide moisture. Those were the highlights during this visit, but there’s also a rotating menu of goulash, chicken and biscuits, chipped beef and more. “Our specials and soups and greens are the most popular items,” Andrea says. And, of course, the all-day breakfast fare, especially the omelets, she adds. Those come two- or four-egg sized with fillings of choice.

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day. Jack’s grandparents also were in the hospitality trade, so for Jack it was in the blood that he continue in the business. The Eckmairs’ son, John, grew up practically in house and did his share during teenage and college years, along with still working an occasional stint. Andrea notes that the family environment also extends to her hardworking and dedicated staff and the dozens of seemingly daily repeat customers. “We’re a family here; we provide a home atmosphere,” she says. “We celebrate occasions, watch children grow, see people come and go, and mourn deaths, just like in any family, with our staff and regulars.” She says future plans include even more nutritious food options, all the while maintaining the high-standard status quo. “We will continue to do this until we can’t do it anymore,” Andrea says. And, until then, first there’s that avocado toast to conquer. •

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January in the Forest story and photos by Matt Perry The dead of winter is not as dead as it seems. In fact, active life of one kind or another is usually nearby and all you need to do is seek it out. Typically, birds are the most evident wildlife in January, but there are other types of animals to be discovered. In fact, on days when the temperature approaches the freezing point, some very unlikely creatures become active. As I travel the trails at the nature preserve, I systematically scan the snow on the sides of the path. On the trail that rises up from the creek valley, I see what looks like pepper sprinkled on the snow beneath the juniper and honeysuckle bushes. A closer look reveals that these grains of “pepper” were moving by their own volition. Actually, they were not just moving, they were hopping. These are Springtails or Snow

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wings. Even when folded flat against its back, the wings show an intricate network of veins. The insect is called a Stonefly and they are one of only a very few insects able to breed in the middle of winter. After molting into their adult winged form, they emerge from the water, mate, and then the female lays her eggs. While flying low over stream, she may lay hundreds of eggs into the ice-cold water. The hardy eggs adhere to rocks or submerged vegetation and that prevents them from being swept away by the stream’s current. While Stonefly nymphs can survive for several years underwater, the adult insect only lives for a few days. Fortunately, that’s enough time for them to breed and get a new generation started. Stoneflies are highly sensitive to polluted water, so I’m especially glad to find so many of them at the nature preserve. Their presence is an indicator of good water quality. I’ve always suspected that our winter resident birds like the Black-capped

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Chickadees and White-breasted Nuthatches feast on the Snow Fleas and Stoneflies, but to date, I have yet to catch any of them in the act of doing it. They do, however, readily feed on dormant insects and spiders that hide in bark crevices and in other nooks. As I continue through the January forest, the chickadees seem much more interested in my package of hulled sunflower seeds and peanuts than in the protein-rich insects crawling in the snow around the foot bridge. The little mixed foraging flock caught sight of me on the bridge and immediately began vocalizing and pestering me for snacks. Finally, I stretched out my arm and opened my cupped hand inviting the chickadees to land on my fingers and take a beak full of seeds. The first two landed in tandem and took a peanut each. If only their theropod dinosaur ancestors could see them now. In every chickadee flock there seems to be a pecking order. The head honcho chickadee, which is usually an adult male or adult female, will be the first to land in my hand and partake of the treats. They are typically followed by the next bird

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My grandmother Anna Bridget Enright left County Kerry, Ireland, and landed in New York City aboard The Majestic, a sister ship to the Titanic, on May 25, 1899. She was 17, a strong, independent Irish woman. She was hired as a servant in the household of Eva Harrison, an artist. By 1900, Eva Harrison had moved to Syracuse, N.Y., and my grandmother was still in her employ. In 1904, she met and married my grandfather, a steam locomotive engineer named Cornelius Burke. They bought a house from the CNY Railroad company store, which they made weekly payments on of $3 until they owned it. Anna and Con raised six children in that house and my mother, Anne, was the youngest. My sister and I grew up in that house with my parents and my grandmother until her passing on Aug. 31, 1960. Potatoes were a part of our daily life; it was my job from the time Grandma taught me to wield a potato peeler to peel the potatoes for our daily supper. It continued to be my job until I got married and left home. During the week, boiled potatoes were the starch at every meal. I couldn’t wait for the weekend. Sunday dinner was always a pot roast or roasted chicken with glorious mashed potatoes! Saturdays held my favorite potato dishes, my mother’s scalloped or creamed potatoes. As simple as these two dishes were to make, it took me many years to make them even close to the way they prepared them. The funny part was, as essential to our diet as potatoes were, my father never grew potatoes in our garden. So it wasn’t until my son was in 4-H that I even attempted to grow potatoes in my own garden. My son was doing a 4-H project that entailed growing potatoes in a five-gallon bucket. He did a great job and even won a ribbon for his potatoes. It turned out to be a great way to save space in my garden, while still having delicious potatoes from our garden. Today, on our farm, we grow all of our fingerling potatoes in

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Standoff with the ruffed grouse, Super Chicken Most interactions we have with wildlife can be described as one-sided. We see an animal, they see us, and then they flee. Rarely do we ever have a more substantive encounter. Despite hyped incidents in the media, real aggression directed at people by wildlife is rare and when it does happen it usually comes in the form of a bluff. Whether it’s a White-tailed Deer stomping its foot or a Garter Snake acting as if it’s going to strike, these bluffs are intended to make us back off. Almost invariably, after making their bluff the animal takes its leave. While sifting through reports for an article I was writing, I came upon a couple of accounts of Wild Turkeys acting aggressively toward people. One incident involved a belligerent turkey that pursued a mailman and even chased him back to his truck. Perhaps that turkey only wanted his mail, but it’s probably more likely he was mistaking the letter carrier for a rival turkey. I’m not sure if the mailman should be flattered or insulted by that. Another simi-

lar case involved a couple whose car was being hazed by a group of young male turkeys. The couple had seen the young Toms (a/k/a,“Jakes”) interacting with each other alongside a busy highway. When they pulled over to the side of the road to get a better look, the turkeys came in close and began circling the car. The occupants of the car were hesitant to drive away for fear of pushing the turkeys into traffic or running one over. For them, stepping out of the car was unthinkable. However, I wish they had tried it. I am curious to know how the turkeys would have reacted. Would they have treated the people like rival turkeys or would they have run off? I suspect the latter. In that case I think it was the car that the turkeys were picking a fight with. Of course, these are isolated incidents and are not representative of how turkeys normally act. In a previous article, I recounted an experience I had with a particularly aggressive Ruffed Grouse. Here, I will tell the

complete story of my experiences with the grouse I called “Super Chicken.” Prior to Super Chicken, my encounters with grouse had been numerous even though our native Ruffed Grouse is not an especially common bird. In fact their population has been in decline for the last half century. Regardless, they remain a game bird in New York State and are subject to a rather lengthy hunting season. Although grouse are not often seen, the distinctive sound the male produces in spring is familiar to most outdoors people. The low-pitched drumming sound is produced when the perched bird beats the air with his wings. The percussive beating sound starts out slow, gains speed, and then abruptly tapers off. The grouse is also recognized by the sound their wings make when they startle and flush up from the ground. The rapid beating of wings lifts them off like a rocket and propels them 100 yards or more into the woods or brambles. When making a quick escape they go for distance rather than height. The Ruffed Grouse’s flights and landings appear controlled especially when compared to those of the Wild Turkey, which are haphazard at best. Indeed, when flying through tightknit forest situations, grouse twist and weave and are quite maneuverable.

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territory, drum, and attract mates. Only rarely will you come across a grouse that is aggressive to the point of chasing people or other animals. A couple of years ago there was one like this not far from the Utica Marsh. One person actually thought it was a Red-tailed Hawk coming at them from the ground. At the nature preserve, we had a prolonged experience with a hyper-territorial grouse. I first met him in the fall of 2005 and we proceeded to have an odd relationship that spanned half a decade. At the Spring Farm CARES Nature Sanctuary we’ve always kept a close eye on our borders. We do this to make sure our animal residents, human visitors, and workers are safe year-round and especially during the big-game hunting seasons. Although nowadays our property monitoring has become somewhat more high tech, for many years we did it only by physically patrolling our borders. Back then I would typically strike out on foot or sometimes on an ATV and cover the entire property perimeter over the course of a couple of hours. On one particularly frosty morning in mid-November, I walked up the trail through our largest field. Reaching the tree

be where trespassing hunters came from. As I walked, I would scan beneath the trees and along an old collapsed stone wall. I was looking for any camouflage-clad person that may be poised to breech our line. That day, instead of seeing a man, I spied the stout form of a ground bird. It was a grouse and it was standing motionless on a large Some travelers and postal carriers report stone. As I passed, being “hazed” by wild turkeys the bird hopped off his mossy perch and began border at the top of the hill, I followed the trotting on a course parallel to my own. trail south and alongside a westward facing When I stopped, he stopped, and when I line of trees. The tree line roughly marked resumed, he resumed, and all the while his the border between the sanctuary proper- attention was laser focused on me. I walked ty and the neighbor’s land. I always paid another 20 feet and then turned back to see close attention in that area since it tended to if he was still shadowing me; he wasn’t.

He had melted back into the thicket. When I came back through the same area a few days later, what I took to be the same bird was there again. Initially, he did almost exactly the same thing as before, but this time he didn’t disappear. Instead, he jumped out onto the access road and confronted me. Was this a holdup? Did he want my valuables? The unlikely assailant stood before me with his gaze fixed on my feet. He was making a rapid and high pitched “purt, purt, purt, purt” call and seemed to be trying to pick a fight with my left boot. My boot’s lack of response to his challenge had the effect of increasing the bird’s anxiety and his calling became louder. When I resumed walking, the grouse lunged at my left boot – striking it in the side with his feet and chest. I certainly didn’t expect that to happen. That was my only experience with that particular grouse that season, but then, fully one year later, in the fall of 2006, he returned. It was deer season again and I had just discovered footprints in the snow of two presumed hunters that crossed onto the nature preserve’s land. While examining the prints, I was unexpectedly joined by that same manic grouse. He strutted out from the tree border where I saw him the


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dash over to me. This began a series of bold charges in which he repeatedly rammed his body into my boot. I wondered how far he would go. I offered him my arm, which he happily laid into. He grabbed it with his feet and while flapping his wings wildly, he pecked at it with his bill. Yes, I was being assaulted by a wild chicken! Why was this grouse behaving in this way? It couldn’t be a good survival strategy, to recklessly attack things that can easily make a dinner out of you! To top it off, the area he had chosen to ply his eccentricities was rife with predators of both human and animal variety. Needless to say, I didn’t expect him to last long. I recall that on December 5th, it was cold and snowing. I was driving the sanctuary’s ATV over the crest of the hill and then down the trail that runs along the tree border where

Super Chicken “holdup” year before. The brazen bird walked right in front of me and began vocalizing: “purt, purt, purt, purt.” “You’re not quite normal, are you buddy?” I asked, not really expecting an answer, but at that point I really had no idea what this extraordinary woodland chicken was capable of. I continued following the footprints of the trespassers. Meanwhile, the grouse seemed to be more interested in my footprints and in my boots. However, at that point he didn’t seem keen to stray far from his border trees. He hung back as I proceeded down the trail. And then, without warning, he made a frantic

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In a somber mood, I made my way back to the vehicle. I started it up and resumed my patrol, but before I could get 50 feet down the trail, an improbable feathered missile launched itself from the hedgerow. It was Super Chicken! His goose hadn’t been cooked after all! He flew over the ATV and landed in the center of the trail directly in front of me. My relief at seeing him alive was instantly obliterated by the horror of nearly running him over. He looked at me sideways and then began giving his familiar vocalization: “purt, purt, purt, purt.” He was again contemplating my boot and it seemed like he was ramping up to an attack. I didn’t know it at the time, but that day marked the start of a new ritual to be repeated many times through the balance of that season. It entailed me driving through Super Chicken’s territory; him landing in my path; me coaxing him far off the trail; me running back to the vehicle and trying to leave; him getting in front of the vehicle again; and the whole thing repeats. It was around this time that I began to realize that Super Chicken and I had similar missions. Both of us were acting as patrols. Our jobs were to keep interlopers off the property. The problem was, he was a defenseless grouse. For me this was prob-

lematic for several reasons, not least of which was the fact that I would have to spend more time and energy patrolling his area in an effort to see that he didn’t come to harm. The incomparable and somewhat incomprehensible Super Chicken was again on duty in 2007. I initially renewed my acquaintance with him during the spring turkey hunting season. He was at his usual post near the gate at the access road that went between the neighbor’s land and the nature preserve. I couldn’t help but notice he was not nearly as aggressive as he had been during the


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victim to a predator; possibly a Fisher or a Coyote, or maybe that Red-tailed Hawk finally nabbed him. She had been seen in Super Chicken’s territory a lot that season. But then, one morning I was driving by his outpost and scanning the tree line for hunters, when I saw him. He was low in the bushes, about 10 feet over on our side of the border and standing completely still. In fact, he looked more like a marble statue of himself rather than a living, breathing bird. I thought it was strange that he wasn’t coming over to check my credentials or do his usual inspection of my boots. For a while I seriously considered relocating Super Chicken to a safer place within the nature preserve. His safety became a great concern to me, but how would he react to new surroundings and perhaps to a host of unfamiliar threats. Once moved, would he even stay in the new place? The life expectancy of a Ruffed Grouse in the wild is only two years. Well, by 2008, Su-

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per Chicken was about twice that age. One thing was abundantly clear: That bird really wanted the territory he had been defending and regardless of my good intentions, did I really have the right to deprive him of it? The answer to that was no, and so the reckless bird would be permitted to live his crazy life just the way he wanted to. In 2009, during the May turkey hunting season, Super Chicken remained very much on the job and eager to confront me whenever I came through. I didn’t think he would be in much jeopardy during that season, seeing as though few local hunters seemed to participate in it. However, one day I did see a turkey hunter standing on the neighbor’s land, close to our southern border. His turkey call lure was fairly convincing and as I approached I wasn’t sure if it was being produced by a real turkey or not. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a person making the sound. When I told the man that the land was off limits to hunting, he pretty much took it in stride and left without complaint. When October rolled around and the beginning of a new round of big game hunting seasons were upon us, I began regularly driving through Super Chicken’s territory again. Despite actively looking for him on several occasions,

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I wasn’t seeing him and, quite frankly, I feared the worst. One day as I was closing in on his area, I saw a vulture flying low and directly over his territory. Although I had no reason to believe the buzzard had been scavenging on my longtime comrade, I couldn’t help but look upon it as an ill omen. And then a few days later, just as I entered his usual zone of influence, I heard Coyotes howling away from somewhere just beyond the hedgerow, and I was again struck with that “ill omen” feeling. What had become of Super Chicken? On a crisp day in late October, I was very relieved when I finally encountered my little friend. “Super Chicken…finally! Where have you been?” I asked. “Purt, purt, purt, purt,” called the great bird as he adroitly navigated through the remains of the stone border fence. He pecked at the ground as he approached me, systematically flipping over leaves and occasionally tossing one over his shoulder. He was feeding on the bittersweet berries that dropped from the vines above us. I was struck at how reluc-

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tant he was to confront me in his old inimitable style. As he got closer to me I was able to get a good view of him. Indeed, he was starting to show signs of age. Some of his primary feathers were looking worn and even his body’s contour feathers were looking less than impeccable. Then it struck me: Super Chicken was telling me that he’s retiring. He was getting too old for this kind of work. After all, he has to be at least 5 years old now. He was no longer concerning himself with trespassing hunters and their confounded noise machines. He was going to leave it to the next generation to risk their lives defending territory. As for him, from that point forward he was just going to hang around and eat berries and seeds all day. About half way through the regular deer season, a hunter wounded a deer on the neighbor’s land and proceeded to track the unfortunate animal right over to the border area where Super Chicken is active. There, the hunter, who was obviously acquainted with my rounds, waited

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on the border for me to come by in order to ask for permission to track. When I came through I immediately saw the man waiting there and I also perceived the unmistakable figure of Super Chicken, who was standing in plain view and quite close to the man. I could just hear my semi-retired bird-friend say, “Well, I caught one! You can take him away now.” When I was getting the hunter’s name and information, the triumphant bird was strutting about and probably saying something like, “Aren’t you going to put handcuffs on him?” As it happens, that was to be my last encounter with Super Chicken – the day he got his man. Beyond that day, I don’t know if he actually did retire or if he became prey. Since then I’ve gone through his territory more than a thousand times and on no occasion did a grouse or any other animal scold me or take issue with my boots. If Super Chicken left progeny behind, they did not inherit his heightened sense of territoriality. Like virtually all of their kind, they would seem to have become mild mannered grouse and were not “super” in any sense. In the seven years that have elapsed since our final meeting, I have heard grouse drumming many times and I’ve even seen a few of the secretive creatures. When they see me they launch themselves like feathered cannonballs in the opposite direction. What I wouldn’t give to have one launch itself at me once more. •

Matt Perry is Conservation Director and resident naturalist at Spring Farm CARES in Clinton. He manages a 260 acre nature preserve which is open for tours by appointment. Matt is also regional editor of “The Kingbird”, which is a quarterly publication put out by the New York State Ornithological Association. Matt’s short nature videos can be viewed on the web. Look for Spring Farm CARES Nature Sanctuary on Facebook.

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January 28 marks a somber anniversary. On that day in 1986, NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed 73 seconds after liftoff from Kennedy Space Center, taking the lives of all seven astronauts on board. Did you know that one of those astronauts grew up in the Mohawk Valley? Meet U.S. astronaut and Space Shuttle Payload Specialist Gregory Bruce Jarvis. Jarvis was born in Detroit, Mich., on Aug. 24, 1944. He and his family moved to Mohawk, N.Y., when he was 2 years old. His path to NASA began with a well-rounded education in Mohawk schools, where he played varsity football, was in the school band and math club, acted in school plays, and was a member of the National Honor Society. After graduating from high school in 1962, he went to SUNY Buffalo and earned a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1967. There, he met fellow student and future wife, Marcia, and they married in 1968. He then earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1969 at Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, he was hired by Raytheon to work on circuits for their SAM-D (Surface-to-Air) missiles. His education served him well when he enlisted in the Air Force in July 1969. He was assigned to the Space Division as a communications payload engineer, helping to design advanced satellites. One project was the FLTSATCOM satellites for the U.S. Navy to provide communications between ships, submarines, airplanes, and stations around the globe. Jarvis was honorably discharged

in 1973 as a captain. McNair, Next, he began a career at Hughes Air- and teachChrista craft Company’s Space and Communica- er tions Group. He worked on the MARISAT McAuliffe, Space Shuttle Challenger’s Payload satellite project to build three satellites that who was goSpecialist, Gregory Bruce Jarvis would form a communications link to ships ing to conin the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. duct experJarvis was the spacecraft test and integra- iments that school children would watch tion manager for one of those satellites. He live. was involved in several design projects in When Challenger launched at 11:38 Hanny’s Voorwerp. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, W. Keel, Galaxy Zoo Team the Advanced Program Laboratory, and in a.m. on January 28, the temperature was 1983 became the test and integration man- only 36 degrees Fahrenheit. The catastroager for three of the LEASAT satellites for phe was triggered by a pressure seal that the Department of Defense. Each satellite was sensitive to the cold temperatures and would be stowed in the cargo bay of a failed on the right solid rocket, causing fuel space shuttle, and placed into orbit during to leak and ignite, creating a fiery chain revarious shuttle missions. action that led to a breakup of the fuel tanks In 1984, he learned about an opportuni- and Challenger. It took until September ty for a Hughes employee to become an as- 1988 for the next shuttle to launch. tronaut. More than 600 engineers applied, There are many tributes to Gregory and after a rigorous evaluation process, Jarvis, but the one that would likely make NASA selected Jarvis! For his co-work- him proudest is the name of his alma mater, ers, the choice was no surprise. He was a the Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School of the well-respected and popular manager whose Central Valley School District in Mohawk, infectious enthusiasm, strong work ethic, where he continues to be an inspiration for many children. • and knowledge was widely known. Jarvis went through the demanding astronaut training process with his usual perJoin MVAS at nearby Barton-Brown severance, and was assigned to the Space Shuttle Challenger STS 51-L mission as a Observatory, 206 White St, Waterville on payload specialist. During the six-day misJanuary 20 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for sion, he was to perform several experiments for Hughes, investigating how fluids behave an evening of stargazing under in microgravity, leading to improvements dark skies. The event is free. of liquid-fueled rockets. Other crew memWishing you clear skies! bers were Francis Scobee, Michael Smith, Judith Resnik, Ellison Onizuka, Ronald

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The Tramontane Café on Lincoln Ave. in Utica has been a go-to place for good food, good friends, and great music. For a decade, it has been the community hot spot for local and regional musicians, comedians, artists, and poets. With its very popular Sunday Night Open Mic, Thursday’s Utica Poet’s Society Spoken Word Open Mic and live music on Fridays and/or Saturdays, its footprint in the local music scene is deep. The café has also hosted occasional open galleries for local artists. Many local musicians got their start at The Tram, or the previous incarnation, Virgo Bat & Leo Phrog’s, myself included. The owners, Garrett Ingraham and Robin Raabe, do everything possible to make the venue inviting and hospitable for the performer, as well as the audience. And being a non-alcoholic alternative, performers and customers of all ages are welcome. For their five-year celebration, the venue hosted a huge musical gala at the now defunct Uptown Theater. For the 10th, they have set their sights even higher. On January 14, The Tramontane Café will celebrate its 10-year anniversary (or “Tram-iversary”) at The Stanley Theater on Genesee St. It is a thank you to some of the performers who have graced the Tram stage and a chance to let the public hear the amazing talent this area has. This all-day event is open to all ages. The entertainment stretches from solo acts like J. Schnitt, Mike Williamson, and Adam Hauck to full bands that include Our Common Roots, The Jukebox Gypsies, Tame the Giant, and Jack and the Jukebox. Comedy acts include Mike Cecconi and Ed Smyth from the Capitol District. Regional acts include Albany’s Sirsy and from the Peekskill region, Fred Gillan Jr. All in all, there are more than 30 individual acts giving their everything for the audience and The Tramontane Café.

In between Tram-iversary preparations, I spoke with co-owner Garrett Ingraham about the upcoming event. Can you give us a brief history of The Tramontane Café? Robin and I had a funky little bohemian style coffeehouse called Virgo Bat & Leo Phrog’s (VBLP’s) that opened in 1999 and closed after a whirlwind four years in 2003. Running the cafe was something we really enjoyed, and it left a sizable absence once that experience dissolved. After the dust settled, we felt it was worthwhile to figure out how to revisit having a café again if improved circumstances would allow. We took some time and more care in planning the next evolution of where we left off in 2003, which then became The Tramontane Café when we opened in 2008. What services/goods do you offer? The Tram, as most folks call our place, offers all the top-notch high-end espresso beverages and traditional coffeehouse fare that we featured in our first café, coupled with a focus on our vibrant menu offerings that include homemade soups, specialty sandwiches and premium garden salads, as well as our popular hummus and tabbouleh, plus offering vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. Top it all off with fresh baked goods and we’ve covered quite a bit of scrumptious territory. Everything is made on the premises except, of course, our importing of Bagel Grove bagels and Heidelberg breads. What do you feel makes The Tram different? The Tram is fiercely proud of the local music scene and we do our best to support it. Most of our in-house Tram-radio playlist is comprised of folks who play music here.

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You have had many local performers step on your stage, but you’ve also had national acts, as well. Could you name a few? We regularly feature acts from Utica and the surrounding area, as well as traveling regional acts. Occasionally we’re fortunate enough to feature performers who travel all over the country like Sirsy. We’ve also had Jim’s Big Ego from Boston and The Asylum Street Spankers out of Austin, to name a couple of national acts. On occasions where there is a big show at The Stanley Theater, we’ve had visits from cast members in “Fame” and “Rock of Ages,” amongst other shows, which is always a great treat for us and our customers. You have a huge event coming up. Tell us about that. On Jan. 14, 2018, the Tramontane Café will be commemorating its 10-year Tram-iversary at the historic Stanley Theater. We feel it is an important milestone and that it deserved a big party. As much as it is a celebration of The Tram, it is more our way of saying thank you to all of the amazing talent that comes to play at our weekly open mic nights or performance evenings, and what better way to show our appreciation than to showcase our supporters in the amazing Stanley Theater. We’re hoping a lot of folks check out the event and cheer on the performers in such a special venue. It really is a privilege to have folks playing at our small stage at The Tram, and this is our way to say “You’re welcome.”

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Many performers are involved, I understand? The event will go from 4:00 to 10:30 p.m. and will feature a wide array of musicians, comedians, poets and, of course, a finale with the one-and-only Mr. Rainbow Young and his All-Star-WamBam-Tram-Band-Orchestra. Where can people acquire tickets? Tickets are only $10, available at the Stanley Box Office, The Tramontane Café, or Off-Center Records. What would you like people to know about The Tram? We’d like people to know that even though we’re not on the main drag or in a conveniently located strip mall, the Tram is a place that while existing understated, should not go unnoticed – we offer more than great food and beverages, but a sense of community, something that is disappearing in many areas of the country where sameness is pervasive and overly embraced. We say take a chance on the quirky underdog enterprises that take a risk and try to make a difference in their own little funky ways. We’re that kind of place, come visit us if you haven’t yet. It’s been a fun 10 years and we’re looking forward to doing some interesting things as we move forward. Tram-on!

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Keith McNally, member of the Frankfort Hill Historical Society, invited me to come to the society’s Veteran’s Day Program. The program took place at the society’s District No. 10 Schoolhouse museum located next to the Frankfort Hill Fire Station, near the intersection of Higby and Albany roads. Just a little background on the history of the District #10 schoolhouse: It was built in 1841 and closed in 1955. The society began work on restoring the school in 2005. The building was lifted from its original location and placed on its new foundation. When I arrived at that the schoolhouse on a sunny cold Veteran’s Day, out front was a catafalque with a fake casket draped with an American flag and a wreath in front of it. The group raised the American flag in honor of those who had died in service to our country. The school bell was rung. I am sorry to say I did not arrive in time for this. Inside the schoolhouse, displays were set up. Veterans from Herkimer and Oneida counties had brought in uniforms, artifacts, enlistment and discharge papers, and photographs from their time or a relative’s time in the service. I spoke briefly with Commandant

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Stanley S. Lewosko Jr. of the Herkimer Detachment commander and a forward artillery observer in the vicin#227 of the Marine Corp. League in Ilion, who told me ity of Bastogne, Belgium. The soldiers were completely the following story about a framed photograph of Gen. surrounded and greatly outnumbered and cut off by GerDwight D. Eisenhower and his commanding generals man forces, but his unit continued to fight. He continued taken on May 11, 1945, at Bad Wildungen, Germany. to call in artillery strikes against enemy positions at risk The story behind the photograph is that President Truof being overrun by German forces. For his gallantry man didn’t want the under fire, Hamphotograph publilin was awarded cized, but the men the Silver Star defied him anyway. along with a He was afraid if it Prudential Unit was publicized, they Citation. Hamlin would all be killed. was injured by Stanley’s father, shrapnel from Stanley S. Lewosexploding Gerko Sr., served in the man artillery Bayonet and scabbard made at Union Fork and Hoe, Frankfort U.S. Navy during and received the belonged to Army Captain Edmund M. Hamlin. World War II. He Purple Heart for was a private in Co. being wounded B 312 Infantry. Lance Corporal Stanley S. Lewosko Jr. in action against the enemy. On display was a World served in the United States Marine Corp. in Vietnam War II 194 U.S. bayonet and scabbard that was manuin the 1st Battalion 9th Marines. Steven Lewosko exfactured by Union Fork & Hoe, Inc., which was owned plained some of the artifacts the family had on display. by Edmund M. Hamlin Sr. Capt. Edmund M. Hamlin Sr. (1911 -1991) was I interviewed Lewis H. Smith, who is 95 years old. drafted into the U.S. Army in 1940 and discharged in Lewis kept a diary during his time in the service and has 1945. He served in U.S. and Europe. It was during the written a book, My Life in the United State Army Air Battle of the Bulge that Hamlin was serving as a battery Force During World War II. He served in the 13th Air

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Force South Pacific United State Army Air Corps. He was inducted in into the U.S. Army Air Corps on Sept. 26, 1942, in Albany, NY, and left for Basic Training at Fort Dix at Atlantic City, NJ, on Oct. 1, 1942. He was assigned to the 56th Technical Training Squadron. On Dec. 20, 1942, Lewis graduated from Gunnery School in Fort Myers, FL, and was promoted to sergeant and received his aerial gunner wings. On Dec. 24, 1942, he traveled to Lowery Field in Denver, CO. He graduated from school and then went Tucson, AZ., for more schooling on March 22, 1943. On March 24, 1943, he was assigned to a bomber crew and had his first flight in a B-24. He did more training at Salinas, CA., El Paso, TX, and Lincoln, NE. On Aug. 24, 1943, he flew to Hawaii. On Sept. 11, 1943, he left for Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides Islands group. He was first assigned to the 23rd Bomb Squadron, and on September 23 transferred to the 372 Squadron 30th Bomb Group 13th Air Force, in which he stayed during the entire tour in combat duty. He flew 50 missions in the South Pacific,Guadalcanal, and the Solomon Islands. He was discharged from the U.S. Army Air Corps in September 1945. He returned to his home town of Washington Mills, NY. He married Jane Hart on May 5, 1945. They have two sons, Bill and Tom. Brian J. Baker severed in the U.S. Army from 1982-1982. He served in the South Korean DMZ for one year, in Berlin, Germany, for 18 months, and at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, WA. His son Brian J. Baker II served in the Air Force from 2010-2014. He served at Tinker Air Force Base at Oklahoma City, OK. There were artifacts on display that belonged to the Bakers. It was truly an honor to meet and talk to the veterans who attended the Veteran’s Day Program. For more information on the Frankfort Hill Historical Society contact Keith McNally at: 315-733-8040.

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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.

Winter brings many hours of solitude in the woods. We are lonely and bored sometimes. But we have each other, and intimate interactions with the elements of nature around us. Snow has come and gone several times and we are having a brief spell without it. I go outside to get some fresh air and savor the brief light of winter solstice skies, before the lowering clouds immures the earth under crystalline white. As I wander through our wind-whipped woods I remember the winter of 1971-72 when I first came to this part of the North Country. I started my first teaching job at Remsen Central School. It was hard work, but I loved earning a decent salary for the first time in my life; the kids were cute, the staff was nice, and it reminded me of my old school in Westmoreland. That fall, I’d just finished a two-month camping trip across country with my boyfriend, in a turquoise Dodge Van with black

Peg went across country in this customized Dodge camper But isn’t this an odd time to do it when he’s moving over a thousand miles away? I didn’t publish any announcements, and when asked, would say, “I’m engaged, I think.” I’m excited about my new job! There’s a shortage of space at my new school, so I push a small piano and media cart from classroom to classroom. My first real annoyance is that the guidance counselor/track coach who

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lace painted on the side and a metal pop-up on top. I was fresh out of college, and he was just out of the Air Force. We worked all summer in Missoula, Mont., for this trip; he pumped gas and I waitressed. He tried wearing long sideburns and a headband, but said it made him feel paranoid. We visited scenic places and drove endlessly. He was a handsome, sweet guy, but I was bored. Shortly after we arrived at my parents’ house, Dad privately spoke to him: “Since you two are living together, why don’t you just get married?” So before he left for Omaha, (where he felt there would be better career opportunities for him), my boyfriend took a big, heavy, black onyx ring off his finger, gave it to me, and said that I could announce our engagement in the paper. As I looked at this ring, (which I didn’t particularly like), I slowly realized that this was his way of proposing.

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Peg at the Grand Canyon during her cross country camping trip just before meeting Tim shares my office mailbox rarely picks up his junk mail, so I have to sort through his sports circulars and ads every time I want to see if I’ve got anything. I stare at his name “Behrendt.” “How the heck do you pronounce that?” I wonder, with exasperation. One day, when I’m teaching music in Mr. Good’s third-grade classroom, out of the corner of my eye, I see a bearded man looking in through the door window. Bearded men at this time were not the norm. Curious, I turn to see who it is, but he immediately darts out of view. Well, he shows up again as soon as I’m not looking, and once again, disappears as soon as I turn my head. “I am not going to play peek-a-boo,” I think with frustration, and focus on my class. One day, between classes, I finally meet the guidance counselor/track coach in the hall. “Behrendt, rhymes with parent,” he explains. He has a beard, and I suspect that he was the one playing peek-a-boo with me. He invites me to the Friday night Young Adult/Youth Center at the church he serves in nearby Barneveld before he bustles off to a guidance class with his piece of chalk, and I push my piano and media cart into another elementary classroom. I don’t get a chance to query him about his junk mail.



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Beth and I manage to get an invitation to dinner there and follow directions to a bucolic, rambling farmhouse, far out in the country, surrounded by ancient farm fields graced with the golden Pegs roommate, Beth rides her horse to the brown stubble of church Tim serves, where the Alternative Comharvested corn and hay. Near it, wild munity gathers with the Straight Community grasses and flower bushes are interrupted by the brown earth My of last summer’s garden rustling with dry h o u s e - m a t e , stalks of harvested sweet corn and frost-meltBeth, and I enter Unity Hall on Fri- ed squash plants. day to the clack of Ping-Pong paddles and We’re greeted by a robust fellow with music by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on long, blond hair and beard who introduces a boom box. A tall, handsome man in bell us to his sister, her husband, and their two bottoms with bright blue eyes and long curly young sons. Oh! There’s my school’s third hair is running an old reel-to-reel projector in grade teacher, Mr. Good, sitting on a saggy the next room, showing, “Citizen Caine” in couch playing guitar! He waves to us with a black and white to a sparse audience of teens grin. The house is ramshackle but spacious, lounging on old straw-filled pew cushions on comfortable and cozy with colorful curtains the floor, talking and not paying much atten- on the windows and well- used furniture. tion. Otherwise, the place is bustling with Children are playing on long-haired young women and handsome, variegated rugs. An inbearded young men dressed in patched jeans, kle-loom stands in a long skirts and tie-dye shirts. I smile. I feel corner, and instruments like I’ve come home: “Now this looks like hang on the walls. The fun.” toasty warm kitchen has I learn that some of them actually live in a a big pot of lentil soup commune in nearby Constableville. I’d got- and other vegetable ten the impression from my elders that com- medleys bubbling on munes were some sort of revolutionary dens the stove. The spicy of anti-establishment activities, but want to aroma of cinnamon find out for myself. After all, alternative and nutmeg comes communities are not anything new; there was from fresh baked the controversial Oneida Community nearby raisin bran muffins that lasted over 30 years, and even the Amer- cooling on the table. ican Colonies were founded on the desire to There are quite a few create an alternative life to that offered in people. I’m not sure England. Such communities are the seeds of how many actually cultural evolution if they have humane truth. live here, and I’m

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not sure they actually know either. I recognize Bronnie and Annie, who are pulling steaming casseroles out of the oven. Pat is laying the table. “I loved your home-made ‘solstice’ card,” I say to her. “I never really thought about the importance of solstice before, much less think it might be a reason to celebrate.” She smiles broadly. “Oh, I’m so glad you liked it!” And we start an interesting conversation about the ancient history of solstice celebrations, but Laurie wants to show me their livestock and barns before it gets dark. I ask him about the old school bus of muted yellow that stands out against the sepia gray of the dignified old barn. “Oh, that’s an old bus I’m converting to a place to live in,” he says. “We tried to take it to a fiddle festival in Vermont, but only got a couple of miles from the repair shop before it broke down!” “How do you pay for everything?” I ask, waving my arms around. “Well, we share the work and expenses,” he explains. “We have weekly meetings. I think the rent’s about $120 a month. Some of us do odd jobs, but some have steady work. Bill’s a poet; Ed over there is a stone mason; Bronny teaches, like Joe; Gary is a metallurgical engineer, Cathy

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some of of these these instruments instruments some at the Fredonia School of of at the Fredonia School Music!), then then pulls pulls out out an an Music!), autoharp and and sings, sings, makmakautoharp ing up her own words ing up her own words to folk folk songs songs we we know, know, to cracking us us up up with with her her cracking improvisational skill. skill. improvisational “So itit seems seems “So like it’s just a bunch Cathy plays autoharp for little Jeremy like it’s just a bunch Cathy plays autoharp for little Jeremy of people rooming of people rooming and Nat at the Commune and Nat at the Commune together, like like aa little little together, village in a big house. village in a big house. That doesn’t doesn’t seem seem so so That shocking!” I conclude quietly to myself. tends shocking!” I conclude quietly to myself. tends And they they are are all all very very friendly, friendly, kind kind people, people, bar. Joey Joey is is aa propro- And bar. reflectively reacting to the awareness fessional fund-raiser. But we’re trying fessional fund-raiser. But we’re trying reflectively reacting to the awareness of the the brevity brevity of of life life that that the the specter specter of of to be be self-sufficient. self-sufficient. We We milk milk the the goats, goats, keep keep of to the draft and Vietnam War made very chickens and sheep, grow vegetables, and the draft and Vietnam War made very chickens and sheep, grow vegetables, and personal. By By living living together, together, they they can can just have have to to walk walk to to the the next next farm farm to to buy buy extra extra personal. just manage with less in order to spend the milk.” manage with less in order to spend the milk.” precious moments moments of of their their lives lives workwork We We gather gather together together for for aa scrumptious scrumptious dindin- precious ing for for themselves themselves and and pursuing pursuing their their ner served served with with their their own own vegetables, vegetables, homehome- ing ner own interests; interests; eating eating healthy healthy food, food, made, whole whole grain grain breads, breads, hearty, hearty, organic organic own made, playing music, music, creating creating and and living living soup…. playing soup…. wholesome lives lives close close to to the the earth. earth. After After dinner, dinner, instruments instruments are are brought brought out. out. wholesome Of course, course, they they have have wine, wine, beer, beer, and and Why, there’s there’s practically practically aa whole whole band band with with Of Why, such for for evening evening festivities, festivities, like like my my fiddle, banjo, banjo, guitars, guitars, and and even even aa wash-tub wash-tub such aa fiddle, parents’ generation who enjoy cockbass played by the cheeriest, pink-cheeked bass played by the cheeriest, pink-cheeked parents’ generation who enjoy cocktails, but but itit seems seems moderate moderate enough. enough. woman! Another Another gal, gal, Cathy, Cathy, with with long, long, curly curly tails, woman! Here, at last, is what I’d hoped to blond hair plays the spoons (I’d never seen Here, at last, is what I’d hoped to blond hair plays the spoons (I’d never seen

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derful summer music festivals of 50 to 60 people, learn a lot about the complexities of living together, and forge bonds that last a lifetime. The revolutions of the earth have brought Tim and me to the solitude of Shawangunk now, where social interactions are sparse, and days and night are permeated with the gentle quiet of woodlands and their ambient events; the call of a barred owl in early evening; a chickadees morning chatter; the transitionary staccato of rain turning to heavy snow on our roof; and an excited pack of dogs or coyotes barking and howling in a primordial crescendo of angst. Our deciduous trees are naked now, stark silhouettes of maple and cherry against lowered skies of racing clouds, almost touching the tree tops, pregnant with snow eager to descend and blanket the earth. The wind sounds lonely whipping through their bare limbs with no leaves to tickle into the giggling rustle of summer romance. Instead, it moans hollowly through the buffed hardwoods to caress imperious spires of balsam, hemlock, and spruce into a swaying, dizzying dance of jubilance. And these huge, dignified pillars of solid wood bend like extortionists! I am amazed; I look back at our little cottage, so still and small beneath this great, wild canopy. How can the same kind of wood form the stability of our

cottage? Of course, lumber is dead and dried. But is it possible that the whole, living tree is flexible, even the thick parts? Or are just the thinner tops bending? Do their roots rock back and forth under the earth? The promised snowfall has yet to be fulfilled, so I hike to a particularly huge, ancient hemlock, lie down on the dry pine needles beneath, and try to notice if I can feel the earth surge in the heavier gusts. I stare at the trunk, comparing it to a dark spot on a fern just beyond, and wait for a big gust of wind. Yes! I’m certain the trunk has moved slightly! Or am I? Now I’m not so sure. Maybe it was just the fern moving, or the surge of blood pumping through my body that has caused the variance I thought I saw. Finally, I do feel the earth move, but it coincides with the landing of a large limb that cracks off a tree and crashes to the ground nearby. Time to abandon this experiment and move elsewhere! I wander into an area of smaller trees and lean upon one. Oh, yes! I feel it sway, quiver and wrench in reaction to the invisible, swirling forces of the empyrean sky. I close my eyes, wrap


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Thanks for the memories and pictures shared by Bronny Davis; author of “Tales of Indian Hill, The Biggest Little Ski Area 1962-1991” (Trenton Falls), and “White Magic: The Story of Snow Ridge Ski Area, 1945-2015” (Tug Hill)

The Shawangunk Nature Preserve is a deep ecology, forever wild, 501©(3), learning and cultural center. Tim and Peggy still live there and can be contacted through their website.


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Local Antiques Shop Featured in Regional Magazine Showcase Antiques of Little Falls was the feature business of "In The Trade", in the December 2017 issue of Maine Antique Digest. The article, which includes photos and an interview conducted at the store, highlights the climate of antiques and tourism in the Mohawk Valley. Maine Antique Digest is a monthly trade publication that reports on the art and antique market in the United States, particularly the Northeast. Showcase Antiques opened in June 2015 with two local antique Dealers. Today, the group shop has grown to 80 antique Dealers from across New York, selling and buying quality antiques. The store is located in Canal Place, and is open to the publuic everyday 10am-5pm. •

The Loss of a Friend, Tom Myslinski

As we grieve the loss of our good friend, Tom Myslinski, we are reminded how fragile life is. We will miss our colleague, compassionate funeral director, community-minded person, and all around nice guy. While our hearts are heavy, we would be remiss if we did not say that Myslinski Funeral Home will continue to serve families in need as we try to navigate folks through some of their most difficult times. Thank you Barb Myslinski for sharing your best friend with us for so many years. We know moving forward will be difficult. We also know carrying on the business together will make it easier.

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