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The Mohawk Valley Loves Food

March 1st

by Sharry L. Whitney

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We often hear from former residents—who respond to our online version of the magazine— that one of the things they miss most about living in the Mohawk Valley is the food. Just yesterday my neighbors shared with us some homemade golumpki and pierogi made by a Polish friend. (Have I mentioned I have wonderful neighbors?) I have been inspired to make Polish food time and again, but there must be a bit of magic added to traditional foods prepared by someone born in another country or raised by someone who was. I recently enjoyed a lunch with my son and some friends at Minar Fine Indian Cuisine on French Road in New Hartford. (See our newest advertiser in our expanded Restaurant Guide!) It was delicious. I’m not even going to pretend I know how to begin to use Indian spices! How lucky are we to be able to enjoy authentic Indian food one day and Lebanese food right next door at The Phoenician another? And local Italian options? Don’t get me started! From fine dining to local pizza, (check out Laurey’s Pizza on Seneca Turnpike in Clinton’s deal this month in the guide) no one can beat our Italian fare. It’s the most common lament we hear from “expatriates” and why so many find themselves having tomato pies shipped to them. So, when you’re feeling a bit of cabin fever setting in, get out and take advantage of the world of local dining opportunities we have (and shouldn’t take for granted.) In fact, I think I’ll declare February “MV Restaurant Month. Can I do that? •


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A devastating fire claimed the Utica YMCA building on March 1, 1907 Photo Utica Saturday Globe

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running track, a game room, changing facilities, and two bowling alleys. It formally opened on Nov. 1, 1889. This new YMCA had an immediate impact on the city. Several thousand residents were members and beneficiaries of its physical, social, and religious programs. Olympian Irving Baxter, who won two gold and three silver medals in track and field at the 1900 Paris Games, trained there. The new sport of basketball came to the area through the Y and was promoted by director Dr. William Newhall. For most of the first decade of the 20th century, the game was exclusive to this facility. All was not wine and roses, however, as evidenced by a 1900 newspaper report. In it, YMCA president Fred Kellogg decried the staggering operating costs and described its mortgage as “dead weight, retarding the YMCA in its work in the community.” The resulting membership drive saw 50 Y supporters committing to bringing in 10 new members each. The success of this effort is unknown. The Bleecker Street Y’s history came to a dramatic and abrupt end on March 1, 1907. A firsthand account of the blaze was posted as a part of an article in the July 29, 1956 issue of the Utica Observer-Dispatch: Many Uticans will recall the night of March 1, 1907 as one in which is (sic.) seemed the entire city would go up in flames.

YMCA Whites Basketball Team, 1905 Photo Utica Saturday Globe

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The Utica Children’s Museum The Utica Children’s Museum is a nonprofit organization founded in 1963 and is housed in the historic John C. Hieber 5-story red brick building located in downtown Utica Bagg’s Square district. It was designed by Utica architect Frederick H. Gouge and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At 54 years, Utica Children’s Museum is one of the oldest children’s museums in the country. The museum offers four stories of hands-on, play-based exploration.

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Alexander Palmer, visiting from Texas, plays on the large wooden train playset with his cousin Kaydence Crissey

An awesome cousin crew (from as far as Texas) accompanied by Marc and Amber Brockett

Gideon Brockett is fascinated by an old telephone communication board.

In 2002 the Utica Children’s Museum became the only museum in the country to be adopted by NASA. On the 2nd floor, children can explore an Oneida Nation Longhouse.

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Matt Soullas, Tito Santiago, Ray Carparelli, and Caitlin Martin A traditional barber shop. An expert tattoo studio. Professional teeth-whitening services. All three are offered under one roof and all right in the heart of downtown. If you think that’s an interesting combination of services, think back centuries ago when barber shops were your stop for everything from haircuts to teeth pulling. The BlackSheep Company is bringing back an old world barber shop experience. (Without the teeth pulling!) The shop is located on the ground floor of the newly renovated Winston Building, which is right by the Bank of Utica. They offer scissor cuts, hot towel shaves, and specialize in beard trimming. You’re greeted by gorgeous tall mirrors and antique embellishments hung on exposed brick walls and chairs that are new but modeled after vintage barber chairs. The space is well thought out and welcoming. Black Sheep serves adults and children with walk-ins welcome, but appointments preferred. BlackSheep is much more than a barber shop. Owner and barber Ray Carparelli, a born and bred Utican, is joined by his childhood friend Tito Santiago and his sisters Caitlin Martin and Ashley Carparelli in the venture. These young professionals range in age from 28 to 35. Tito Santiago is the talent behind the tattoo shop with 15 years experience in creating custom tattoos. Caitlin and Ashley both have 11 years of experience as a dental assistants and over the past month has started performing teeth whitening sessions at BlackSheep. Tattoos and teeth whitening are done on the lower level of the shop, which is one of coolest spaces in the city with expressive rock walls and Tito’s artwork everywhere you turn. Ray always saw himself one day running a business downtown and by happenstance when he was cutting the Winston Building manager’s hair, the opportunity came up to move into the perfect space. He’s now planning to live in the building as well, joining Tito who is already living a couple buildings down. The commute will be nice and short and he’s excited to be amongst the revitalization that downtown is experiencing.

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Combating food insecurity and food waste are goals of the Compassion Coalition in Utica

Compassion Coalition opened in 2000 in downtown Utica. They started by serving agencies providing food and non-perishable items that SNAP doesn’t cover – bedding, dishes, personal care products and much more. Over the past 18 years, their numbers, reach, and service have soared and they now operate as a fully self-sustaining, debt free organization that works with over 150 local not-for-profits, donating over $30 million in products per year and helping over 350,000 individuals. It hums with activity and is home to 12 full time employees, 9 part time and hundreds of volunteers. Compassion is a one-of-a-kind organization that has built relationships with large, national brands and distributors who send 12-15 tractor trailers of product to them each week. They have 30,000 square feet of warehouse space on their first floor alone, with an additional second and third floor and basement, which are all fully utilized. An amazing addition to their recent giving is their Teacher Resource Center, which is a “store” for teachers that work in schools that offer 70% or more of their students with free lunch. Just launched in December, they have invited and served every elementary school in Utica and are now working on a plan to expand to the junior highs and high school, along with schools in Rome and rural areas. Teachers can get full classroom sets of supplies, greatly reducing their out-of-pocket expenses. Your Bargain Grocer, a grocery store on the Columbia Street side of their building, is open to the public and offers great prices on everything from frozen food items to fresh produce. Whatever doesn’t sell is given to local farmers to feed their livestock, reducing food waste as much as possible is a big goal of Compassion. Compassion’s impact is widespread. They are combating food insecurity through community food sustainability. They employ individuals with barriers to employment, providing a second chance and steady income. They expand their reach and send truckloads of product for disaster relief to areas across the country and are looking to scale their operations to help even more people in need. Stop by The Bargain Grocer anytime to see their impact, or visit their website to find out more and how to volunteer. •

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in the snow and interpret their beA Gray Fox checks out one of havior based on the preserve’s feeding stations the tracks they leave. You can really discern a lot about an animal from its constant trot as she made her rounds of the tracks. preserve’s feeding stations. Her route took One fine day in mid-February, we had her by six different feeders and all the while about five inches of snow on the ground. I was “virtually” trotting right behind her. By Most of it had fallen the evening before, and darting through these areas, I believe her aim so wildlife had time to record their night’s was to take by surprise any Squirrel or Mouse escapades via fresh foot prints. As usual, I’m that might be feeding. Quite suddenly her most captivated by the prints of predators like footprints, which had been evenly spaced and the Gray Fox and Coyote. They are easy to laid down in a more or less straight line, all find at our nature preserve and, let’s face it, overlapped each other. The Fox had stopped those animals lead interesting lives. They are before our double-decker feeder and jumped intensely curious and that trait is usually re- up onto the lower tier. The Fox wasn’t huntflected in their tracks. That day I started out ing now – it was looking for birdseed! tracking a Gray Fox. She maintained a near As I skied back onto the main trail, I

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Unlike the study of other wildlife species, the study of Beavers enables one to witness the transformation of habitat. Beavers are large-scale habitat creators. They create ponds, wetlands, and meadows in places where they didn’t exist before and these habitats can be utilized by an entire ecosystem worth of species. Beaver dams, lodges, and even the trees they flood out will provide housing for many creatures. Being in close proximity to all of this wildlife is a fringe benefit of studying Beavers. Of course, Beavers are fascinating in their own right. They exhibit novel and complex behavior and when they are allowed to ply their trade and live unimpeded lives we can all benefit from knowledge gained and from reinvigorated ecosystems. The following is the first part in a two part article chronicling a year (2017) in the life of the Spring Farm Beaver colony. We began the year 2017 with the Spring Farm Beaver colony wintering at Secret Pond, which is the fourth pond in the colony’s chain of ponds. Family members included 10 year-old Julia, the colony’s matriarch; her 5-year-old mate, GenLo; Julia’s 5-year-old daughter, Tippy; three 2-yearolds (named Sweet Flag, Winterberry, and Monkeyflower) and two yearlings. The Beaver’s underwater food supply (or food cache) appeared as an island of branches extending out about 20 feet from the Beavers’ lodge. Relatively mild temperatures in the lead-up to January limited ice coverage and that allowed the Beavers to wander freely beyond the confines of the pond. They were able to travel into the fields and woods to retrieve more saplings for their food cache. At that time, they were concentrating their logging efforts in the vicinity of their remote, downstream ponds, including Blueberry Pond. Young White Ash trees that grew on the slopes of the stream valley were the target trees in that area. They were being cut and then dragged overland to the water. From there they were towed through

a series of ponds and canals, and heaved over dams. Ultimately, they were deposited into the underwater cache at Secret Pond. Although the Beavers primarily inhabited the lodge at Secret Pond, they were also routinely traveling up to Morton’s Pond and were spending time in that pond’s lodge. This was the case the previous year as well. The problem with duel lodge habitation is that there is only one food cache and it’s at Secret Pond. If the ponds suddenly freeze over, a Beaver remaining in Morton’s Pond would find itself stranded with no food cache to draw on. Happily, this year the colony’s matriarch, Julia, seemed content to remain at Secret Pond. During the previous winter she became stranded at Morton’s Pond more than once. January 2 got off to an interesting start. I arrived at around 8 in the morning and was surprised to see Tippy out in the pond. Of course, Beavers are only rarely seen in the post-dawn to noon time frame, but this time, there didn’t seem to be special rea-

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Julia asks for a treat then the Beavers got the idea to make the pond a few feet deeper. The end result was a canopy suspended above the Beavers’ ice hole. That’s right, now it keeps the snow and rain from falling on their heads as they enjoy treats. They stole our shelter! By early February, the Beavers were active again in the early to mid-afternoon hours. At this point in time, the ice cover on the ponds was intermittent. They would usually be covered by a layer of ice in the morning. However, it was the kind

of thin ice that Beavers seem to revel in breaking. They accomplish this by employing a range of familiar techniques, including the bust-down method that entails a Beaver climbing up on the ice and busting it down with their weight. They may do this many times in succession to break a channel through the ice. A Beaver will also act like a torpedo and bash its head through the ice from underneath. Just like the previous winter, keeping May Pond’s water levels up proved difficult. They could do it when it was warm out and when the mud was pliable, but if their construction materials were frozen, they would be unable to plug its stubborn drain hole. One task that seemed to have GenLo’s full attention was mating and on February 2, as Julia was swimming back toward the lodge, he made his move. He swam up from be-

hind her, pulled up parallel to her body, turned on his left side, and began mating with her. This was while they were still swimming under the ice! In the last week of February the weather made a dramatic shift. Before that we had a foot of snow on the ground and the ponds were mostly frozen. Suddenly, the temperatures exceeded 60 degrees and everything changed. Snow and ice quickly vanished. The Beavers’ activity level rose commensurately, although they were not venturing out and retrieving trees anymore. This meant that cache building was finally over. At mid-winter, something clicks in a Beaver’s brain and he no longer has the urge to compulsively store food. Heavy rains on February 25 caused some flash flooding and the creeks that feed into the Beaver ponds were running fast and high. All Beaver dams were stressed but holding. The same day one of the resident Canada Geese returned. The return of the geese wasn’t the only harbinger of an early spring; other signs were all around. Spring Peepers were calling, Salamanders were moving at night in search of mates and new territories, Killdeer had returned, and male Woodcocks began performing their nighttime flight dis-

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temperatures put a thick sheet of ice on the ponds. Even the inflow to Julia gets her Secret Pond froze sweet potato up tight. I broke a large hole in the ice right beneath the canopy and only minutes later I was greeted by Tippy. Even though she hadn’t seen me in a couple of weeks, she had no anxiety at all about climbing out onto our rickety dock and standing before me. It reminded me of five years earlier when she and her three litter mates did something similar on the shore of the very same pond. She was more than 10 times the size now, but just as good natured. She happily accepted a sweet potato and then plunged back under the ice. In her wake both yearlings made appearances in quick succession. They grabbed apple halves from the dock and then quickly rolled back

under the ice in a seal-like manner. When there is little open water, Beavers tend to show a lot more trepidation about emerging from the ice. It’s not as if there could be a Polar Bear waiting at the rim, but they don’t take any chances and dive at the slightest noise or shadow of movement. Over the next week, the weather continued oscillating between winter-like and spring-like conditions. The ice cover on the pond waxed and waned in response. And then on March 16, a monster of a nor’easter blew in and gave us a record breaking 36 inches of snow in a 24-hour period. The world of humans came nearly to a halt. Most animals became marooned in place and/or were thrust into emergency survival mode. Of course, the Beavers are prepared for events like this and as long as their pond is intact and they have a food cache to draw from, they are all set. On the day of the storm I was able to visit the Beaver ponds several times, but on the morning after, it took several hours just to break the trail to the ponds. Down by Secret Pond, the foot path seemed more like a tunnel. The lower layers of snow on top of the ponds had compressed into deep slush and that’s what I had to shovel through to get to the ice. Shortly after clearing the ice hole next


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to the dock, Julia nonchalantly poked her head out. Punxsutawney Phil would likely have dove back into his burrow at the sight that met this Beaver, but Julia pulled herself up on the boards of the dock, walked into the snow cavern and took her potato. A few of the other Beavers then began checking in, but it would be a few days before I confirmed all were present. In the first week of April, the Spring Peepers began calling in earnest. Their pleasant whistled “peeps” seemed to emanate from all points of the compass. By contrast, a smaller chorus of Wood Frogs gave

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vert beneath our access road/trail. I saw no sign of Beavers on the opposite side of the culvert, so it was conceivable that a Beaver came this far, ate his lunch, and then returned home. This could also have been evidence that one of the 2-year-olds had dispersed. Beavers usually travel downstream when they leave their colony, but maybe this one didn’t get the memo. Meanwhile, the canal that GenLo built in the willow grove just east of Sarah’s Pond began getting a lot of attention. It was enlarged and turned into a small pond. This was not the first time a canal had been transformed into

a pond, but it was the first time the Beavers made a pond in an area fed only by surface water. Essentially, they were making a vernal pond. The tall stand of Phragmites grass that grew there had been torn up by the roots and shoved aside. The new pond was immediately accepted by Spring Peepers and Green Frogs. At this time the Beavers had a total of nine ponds and several canals in their network and this represented an all-time high. At Secret Pond, the Beavers seemed to only be interested in poplar trees and they were especially craving the green leaves of Quaking Aspens. This made sense since they are deprived of leaves throughout the long winter. Again, I had to make evening visits to get a handle on what the Beavers were up to and get a sense of who was still in the colony. On the evening of April 27, I headed out for Secret Pond. Several Beavers were out, including Julia and Tippy. I was curious if there were new kits in the lodge, and so when Julia came out to get a

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treat, I snuck a look at her underside. According to her mammary glands (which were not swollen), she wasn’t nursing kits, but it was still early in the season. While Julia entered the east bank lodge with her snack, the two yearlings swam about in the pond. Incidentally, at this time the yearlings were named “Calla” and “Angelica,” after two native wetland plants. Calla is the quintessential busy Beaver – always a part of anything going on while Angelica is much more reserved. Otherwise, in the great tradition of Beaver yearlings, they are pretty much indistinguishable from each other. By the first week of May, the Beavers continued to be mysterious and were not coming out in the afternoons. I had reason to believe they were still living at Secret Pond. That’s where they were doing most of their feeding, at least according to where the peeled branches were building up. In mid-May, the Beavers were still avoiding being out in mid-afternoons. However, an evening visit allowed me to see several of them. We had left some leafy Aspen branches at Secret Pond and they proved to be a major draw. Julia and the yearlings were munching away on them as if they had been cast in a salad commercial. Soon

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to to lure Julia out of the water and onto the dock. I wanted to see how she was using her back left leg. She had been having problems with that leg and/or foot for over a year and I was curious about its condition. A few days before, I noticed she wasn’t paddling with it when she swam by me, but I really needed to see her walk on land to properly assess its condition. An adult Beaver’s back foot is very large – six inches long or more. They normally walk with their webbed toes spread, but the toes on Julia’s left foot were more clasped together. When walking she held her foot slightly off the ground and shifted some of her weight onto the back of her leg. It was a bit of a contortion but it seemed to work for Julia Tippy and GenLo were out as well. Tippy and she was getting around alright. came in close, but GenLo kept his distance In the last week of May, the Beavers were and spent time surveying the far side of the still only infrequently being encountered in pond. Although there’s no strict protocol, the afternoons. Only Julia and sometimes mid-spring is often the time when Beavers Tippy were being seen at Secret Pond and move from their winter lodge to another in I still had no idea if there were kits in the their pond system. I was watching for signs lodge. Not seeing new kits is typical for of a move taking place, but at that point the that time of year, although sometimes they colony seemed content to remain at Secret are heard whining from inside the lodge. Pond. Night-time visits continued to be the only On one afternoon, I used a sweet pota- way for me to see most of the colony, although their work was always on display. Work on the dam and the corresponding rise in water levels at Morton’s Pond was an indication the Beavers were planning on moving to that pond. Generally, activity levels were ramping up around Morton’s Pond. In the last days of May, the Beavers made the anticipated move to Morton’s A male Rufous-sided Pond. Given her lame back foot, I was concerned about Towhee frequents Julia making the trip over the Secret Pond dams, but evidently she made it. She was there in the mid-afternoon, along with Tippy and one of the yearlings. For a week or so, Tippy and a few of

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the other Beavers continued to go back and forth between Secret Pond and Morton’s Pond. That could mean that the new kits (if there were any) might be in the lodge at either pond. At this time, GenLo turned his attention to the pond at the Willow grove. There he increased the size of the dam and dredged up more Phragmites. Recent rains kept this pond experiment at top levels. The Beavers also had their sights on the headwaters area, just upstream from Morton’s Pond. A small Ash tree had been cut and it lay directly across our foot trail. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was the prelude for what was to come. • Please look for the March issue of Mohawk Valley Living magazine to read about the rest of the year with our Beaver colony. 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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When we look up at the night sky, the vast majority of the objects we see are stars. In fact, if we are away from town and city lights and there is no moonlight, we can see about 4,000 stars from the Mohawk Valley. In places like New York City and Boston, the number dramatically goes down to around 40. Although most stars look the same and appear as a tiny point of white light, they actually vary greatly in color, size and age. The color of a star can tell us a lot. Stars are categorized using a system that was first devised and based on a discovery in 1802 by William Wollaston in England. Wollaston noticed that when a thin beam of sunlight was directed through a prism, the resulting colors included very specific black lines. It was later determined that those colors (the spectrum) and the position and thickness of the black lines reveal the elements that make up the star, its distance, age, and motion. By 1882, some research telescopes were fitted with a prism and a camera to photograph the spectrum of stars. The resulting photographic plates were then analyzed, and each star was methodically cataloged by hand. The person credited with creating the simplified star classification system that is still in use today is Annie Jump Cannon. Her system used only seven letters (OBAFGKM) to categorize stars by their temperature, with O as the hottest and largest and M as the coolest and smallest. Hired in 1890 by Harvard College Observatory, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum re-

ports she could look at the spectra of a star on a photographic plate and categorize it in just three seconds! During her career she classified over 350,000 stars. Stars have a life cycle. They form when “clouds” of gas (mainly hydrogen and helium) collapse and heat up while bound together by gravity. While they Hanny’s Voorwerp. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, W. Keel, Galaxy Zoo Team live, nuclear fusion burns their Hubble shot of the heart of our Milky Way galaxy fuel. As they age, their compoImage credit: NASA, ESA, and T. Brown sition changes. The largest stars explode into a supernovae while the smaller stars burn out. Al For a good example of the color of though it may seem counterintuitive, the stars, take a look at Betelgeuse in the left larger the star, the faster it burns its fuel and “shoulder” of Orion. It is a red supergiant explodes. Our Sun is about 4.6 billion years star growing larger as it nears the end of its old, about half way through its life. It is life, and could explode at any time. Capella classified as a G type star, a yellow dwarf. is a binary system that is golden in color. Although huge compared to our planet – You can find it by following a line from the you could fit one million Earth’s inside – it top two stars of the bowl of the Big Dipper is on the small side of the size scale. One (away from the handle). Take a look; the of the largest stars known in the universe is stars in the sky have a story to tell! red hypergiant VY Canis Majoris, a star so Wishing you clear skies! • big that if it was in the center of our solar system, it would extend out past Jupiter. The brightest star in our night sky is Sirius, located in constellation Canis Major Join MVAS from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. next to constellation Orion. To find Sirius, on February 17 at Barton-Brown draw a line from the right-most star in the belt of Orion toward the left-most star then Observatory, 206 White St., Watercontinue on to bright blue-white Sirius. A ville, for an evening of stargazing. closer look through a telescope reveals a surprise: There are two stars. Interestingly, The event is free. over half of the stars you see are actually two or more stars orbiting each other.

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The Sandwich Chef in Little Falls by Cynthia Quackenbush, photos: Melinda Karastury

When I was in Little Falls, recently pursuing Mohawk Valley adventures, I stopped for a cup of tea at The Sandwich Chef. Now I have yet another place I want to bring my husband for lunch. I looked longingly at the cookies, muffins, and pieces of pie in the display cases, but I did not want to spoil my supper so just went with the tea. I sat down at a table to enjoy it and, as I usually do at these times, opened a notebook and started writing. The Sandwich Chef is a small, cozy café, with a television on and distinctive art on the walls. I looked closer and saw most of it was by Rooti-Patooti, an artist from Kentucky. I also saw a print I had recently noticed a few doors down. “You got that at Huckleberry Letterpress,” I said. Stupidly, I did not write down what it said, but it was about not whining, so I should probably go back to Huckleberry and buy one for my own wall. Anyway, I had nothing to whine about as I sipped my tea and wrote. I noticed that I could have had mushroom stew or a turkey delight wrap as one of “today’s features.” While I was there, a lady came in and ordered some potato salad to go. Mmmm… potato salad. However, I knew my husband, Steven, already had dinner planned so I did not surprise him.

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Age when began music: Started recorder in grade 4 in Indiana. Started on Clarinet in the 5th grade and changed to the bassoon in the 9th grade. Education: Studied music education the first two years of college and then switched to music performance. Received bachelor’s degree in music performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Master’s degree in music performance from the Eastman School of Music. Current Employment/ Position: Currently bassoonist with the Catskill Sympony (Oneonta, NY), Clinton Symphony, and the Utica Symphony. Performed with the Tri-City Opera, Binghamton Philharmonic, and the Schenectady Symphony. Member of the Jewel Winds Woodwind Quintet (, the Alliance Chamber players, and a former member of the Lavender Trio. Member of the B Sharp Musical Club and senior advisor to the Junior B Sharp Musical Club. Project manager for United Health Group. Collaborations: I enjoy collaborating with other musicians in the chamber music setting. The Jewel Winds have developed various musical programs for schoolage children and host master classes for various school systems in the area. Influences: My bassoon teachers throughout my college career still influence my playing. David van Hoesen, during my time at Eastman was amazing. My undergraduate years were spent in Cleveland where I had the wonderful opportunity to study with George Goslee, the principal bassoonist of the Cleveland Orchestra. My Family: I have a very supportive family. My husband Ken is a Professor of Art and Director of Academic Affairs at Pratt at MWPAI. Our son, Jonathon, is a freelance illustrator in Baltimore ( Our daughter, Elisa, is a High School math teacher in North Carolina. Personal Quote/artist statement: I find it so important to exposure children to music. I am so grateful for the music educators in the area. Both my children went through our local school system’s music program. That education helped provide them the basis to succeed in their goals. I am always working with the school system to start beginning bassoonists to create that love of music to enrich their lives. Upcoming Performances: Alliance Chamber Players at Rome Art Center on Saturday, Feb 3rd at 7:00 p.m., Catskill Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m.

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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.

“Whack! Whack! Whack!” The sharp ring of metal on rigid water disturbs the frigid stillness of our forest, slumbering in icy winter. Tim is kneeling on the frozen creek, trying to chop a hole in the deep ice that has formed during the night. I hope he can find the old hole where ice is thinnest; otherwise, he will waste a lot of energy trying to get through the many inches that have accumulated since it first froze many weeks ago. I’m grateful that my warm clothes are already layered together so I can slip right into them, because the fire is out, the cottage is cold, and the thermometer says it is minus 20 outside. My friend Richard used to be able to tell how cold it was by the amount of frost on the nails that stuck through the ceiling in the attic bedroom where he slept with his many younger siblings on his family farm. He’d also dress hurriedly in the cold, but then went to do chores in the barn where it was warm from

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then use it to wipe up some spilled ashes in front of the stove. Tim next takes out the chamber pot, and empties it into a big can near the garden, which will benefit from the nitrogen it contains when I spread it in the spring. I start the oatmeal and can just about do my 50 leg lifts, 50 sit-ups and 40 push-ups for the day, before it begins to bubble. If know that if I don’t do them now, I never will, and it warms me up. Tim, however, waits ‘til the last minute, when we are preparing for bed before he does his. We both hate doing them. Mittens hangs over the edge of the loft, meowing. I tickle her big, soft paws before gently lifting her down, and she hurries to her food dish. Tim brings in several loads of firewood and the constant door opening keeps the cottage chilled. But, at last, morning chores are finished, our cottage warms, he sits in his cushioned rocker where he can watch the birds at the feeder, puts his feet up by the stove, and receives a big bowl of organic oatmeal with coconut milk, cinnamon, fresh Mittens looks down apples, and nuts. “When I first saw you, Peg,” from the loft Tim says, “You reminded me of my Aunt Soppy. (Her name was really Florence.) When I was really little, I asked her one day, ‘Is I pitty, Soppy?’ And she answered with convincing emphasis, ‘You’re beautiful, Timmy!’ and I’ve loved her ever since.” “That was lucky for me, eh?” I reply. When I was 12, I was mostly in love with cats and horses. In 1961, my sixth grade diary was addressed to a cat we had that had died and gone to heaven, I assumed. Feb 13, 1961 Dear Kitty, In school I was in seventh heaven. I sort of went around

when I look back at you I will think I was silly then. I don’t think so. I sometimes don’t remember you, but don’t believe me. I’ll always love you no matter what. XXX (heart, heart, heart), Love, Peggy

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with Gene, Ross, and Raymond. All of them are sweet. In music class I realized what would happen if the communists got us in their power. I am terribly worried about the Russians. I went shopping and got seven new comic books. I love you! I love you! I love you! Peggy Feb 14, 1961 Dear Kitty, We celebrated St. Valentine’s Day in school during science. Gene Hartman wasn’t there so I couldn’t give him his Valentine. The other boys made fun of it. Sincere love (heart), Peggy Feb 15, 1961 Dear Kitty, I went to the Millers’ house and Donna and I had races by dragging ourselves on the floor in odd positions. I burnt my feet once. Pat got mad because I crawled under her mattress. Then, Donna, Doug, and I crawled around in the dark pretending we were autos and having crackups. Everyone seems to think I will change, that I won’t care about horses or cats and

Of course, I loved my parents best of all, but didn’t see them together that much. While Dad earned our living, Mom took care of her children, providing us with endless opportunities and activities throughout the winter. We went to the YW in Utica to swim; the Clinton arena to ice skate; the Parkway ski slope on Burrstone Road, or in front of the Utica Catholic Academy on Genesee Street for sledding; went on winter hikes and picnics with an outdoor fire near a frozen pond to skate on, or explored the ruins of the old Barn Castle in Vienna, N.Y. When she became frustrated with overwork and couldn’t stand the chaos caused by five children in the house, she’d get out the vacuum cleaner and furiously clean, demanding that we, likewise, clean our rooms. Now I may have been planning to clean my room anyway, but since she said I had to, of course I no longer wanted to. So, I’d stomp around, kicking my scattered clothes into a pile, (since she wouldn’t let me use a broom to do it), accomplishing absolutely nothing, but making a lot of noise, and getting into trouble. One snowy winter day when I’d just come in from building a snowman and she was preparing another wonderful meal for the seven of us in our deliciously warm kitchen, she told me about how she used to go to McCauley Mountain to ski via the “Snow Train” that ran between Utica and Thendara. “There’ll be a change in the weather,” she sang. “Almost everybody on the train would be singing this to the rhythm of

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the wheels on the tracks,” she explained, then took me by the hands and we danced joyfully around the kitchen table, as she continued singing her song (“There’ll Be Some Changes Made” - sung by the Boswell Sisters with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra). She had a song for everything! These were special moments, and I loved to hear about her youth, but didn’t really understand the depth of the relationship between my parents. To me, it seemed simply functional and pleasant. I knew they must have had something special going on (or we wouldn’t be here), but I didn’t see evidence of it beyond the day-to-day practicalities of life, occasional gifts, and a good night kiss. They were married in 1942, less than six months after Pearl Harbor, in Clark Mills where Dad had grown up. He’d recently enlisted and while training at the Naval Aviation Maintenance Training School in Memphis, Tenn., they wrote each other every day, sometimes twice. Finding the letters they wrote during this separation has been a heartwarming testament for me of the tender love that brought them together. My father, Roland, writes:

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Hi, Honey, Another day done and I’m tired, discouraged, and lonesome. I’m missing you more and more. I wish I had you here. I feel like talking to you all the time but I guess this is the closest thing there is to it. It seems awfully funny here, hon. The negroes get off the sidewalk to let you by and they have separate drinking fountains and movie seats. Another thing that seems strange is that they don’t sell liquor in bar rooms or night clubs. We went in a place for a beer and sandwich and everyone who came in bought chasers, like 7 Up or Coke, then pulled a bottle out of their pockets and mixed a drink.

Roland From my mother, Betty, in Utica: Hello, My Darling, Sometimes when I get an extra special desire to see you, it’s a good thing you’re not here – because if you were, there wouldn’t be much of anything left of you. I love you so much that you would be squeezed to almost nothing. Last night when Marion and I were writing in bed, she wrote to George that steam was rising from our pens because of the “warm” things

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The shortest and hardest month of the winter has arrived! This month I spoke with the Country Rock Coalition. This band is an off-shoot of Grit N Grace. Grit N Grace is a country music powerhouse in CNY, fronted by Jackie Pop. The other members are Dave Brown, guitar; Bob Lett, bass; and Frank Hanyak, drums. Here’s what Bob Lett had to say regarding the differences between GNG and Country Rock Coalition: “CRC is a three-piece; just the guys in Grit N Grace without Jackie. We play a wide variety of songs, including ’60s through ’90s rock and male-fronted modern country we normally would not cover in Grit N Grace with a female singer. The main reason we started CRC is when Jackie wanted to take a day off we would like to play on those times. So we started this as a Grit N Grace trio playing every once in a while, but we eventually decided to keep it as a separate band from Grit N Grace so there would be less confusion.” Dave Brown adds: “I would say the main difference between the two bands (or the reason for the two bands) is we play a more wide variety of music styles in Country Rock Coalition that we do not cover in Grit N Grace. For example, Ed Sheeran and classic rock artists such as Neil Young, David Bowie, and we are working toward adding some Motown and ’90s to current artists such as John Mayer and Dave Matthews. As for other material look for TP and The Heartbreakers, AC/DC, The Rascals, The Cars, Steve Miller Band, REM, CCR, Skynyrd, Zep, ZZ Top, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Brantley Gilbert, Eric Church. We will throw in blues, pop, Motown.” CRC members have widely varied careers in music with both local, regional, and touring bands. Dave Brown carries a long list of credentials,


including having gone to school for The Country Rock Coalition classical guitar. H has an Associate’s degree from Onondaga Community College, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. He played solo classical guitar from 1992 to 2002, and taught music at many schools, including OCC, Crane, St. Lawrence University, and National Music Workshop. This band really plays with feeling and I personally have played songs with these guys that started out with a shrug. They may remember a version of Blackfoot’s “Train Train” that went quite well, although we weren’t going to play it until we were…. For more on Country Rock Coalition and Grit N Grace check them out on Facebook. News N Notes: • The hardest working woman in local music, Cathie Timian, has many irons in the fire, including the Mohawk Valley Jazz Society, They have open Jazz Jams twice a month: 1st Wednesdays at Utica Brews and 3rd Wednesdays at Tiny’s Grill. Look for info on this and Cathie’s many open mics and gigs on Facebook, too. • Congratulations to the Tramontane Café on its 10th year anniversary. There are many true supporters of local music, and the Tram crew is truly one of them. Listen to Genesee Joe live on 92.7FM, The DRIVE.

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Fitness & Gyms Curves, Herkimer and Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Paragon Athletic Club, New Hartford . . . . . 73 Flooring D & D Carpets, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Florists Clinton Florist, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Michael’s Greenhouse, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . 13 Village Florals, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Funeral Services McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn, Utica . . 39 Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Jordanville . . . . . . . 37 Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 53 Garden Centers and Greenhouses Michael’s Greenhouse, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . 13 Top Notch Garden Center, Newport . . . . . 63 Gift Shops/Shopping Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . 16 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 62 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Little Falls Antique Center, Little Falls . . . . 62 Main Street Gift Shoppe, Newport . . . . . . . . 63 Newport Marketplace, Newport . . . . . . . . . 63 Oneida Commons, Oneida . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Remington Country Store, Ilion . . . . . . . . . 16 Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Golf Courses and Driving Range Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 30 Grocery/Convenience Stores The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . 57 Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . 32 Kountry Kupboard, Madison . . . . . . . . . . 6 Little Italy Imports, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 46 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 33 Reilly’s Dairy, Inc., Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Hardware/Lumber/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . 37 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Hearing Consultants Hearing Health Hearing Centers, Rome . . . . 73 Horse Boarding Kast Hill Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Insurance Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . 12 Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . 45 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 8 Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . 27 Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . 43 Fall Hill Beads & Gems, Little Falls . . . . . . 15 Freeman & Foote Jewelers, Utica . . . . . . . 25 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . 32 Marble Road Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 34 Liquor Stores and Wine Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . 6 Maple Syrup (see Produce) Meats, locally raised (see Produce) Media 92.7 The Drive WXUR, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 74 FOX33/WUTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 15 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Monuments & Memorials Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . 48 Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 57 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . 24 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 70 Sunflower Naturals, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . 16 Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . 31 Paint and Painting Supplies Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . 31 Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . 13 Pharmacies Garro Drugs, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . Laurey’s Pizzeria, New Hartford . . . . . . . Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . .

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Thompson Appliance and Furniture announces its new location in Rome Thompson Appliance and Furniture, the provider of brand name appliances and furniture has expanded its business and opened a new store in Rome NY. The store officially opened for business on January 8, 2018 and offers customers a wide selection of brand name appliance such as Ge, Whirlpool, Kitchenaid, Speed Queen, Frigidaire and LG. As well as brand name furniture such as Jackson/Catknapper, Klaussner, Coaster, Liberty,Mega Motion and Riverside to name a few. They will also carry a full line of mattresses by Serta and Enso. They also offer dishwasher installation, free delivery and free removal. Spokesperson, Marty Winchell owner and operator along with his wife Sue, expressed their enthusiasm about the new launch on January 8th stating “We are very excited to expand our business to Rome, we believe Rome will be a good fit for our company offering the public with quality products and personalized customer service. After being in our family owned business for 30 years in our Oneida location, we have a passionate commitment to care for our customers and there growing needs.” The new store’s location is: 5819 Rome Taberg Rd, Rome, NY 13440

New Director of Visual Arts and Exhibitions at VIEW in Old Forge A native of Central New York, Mr. Gardner joins View after serving as the Gallery Director and Assistant Professor at Peru State University in Nebraska. He has also taught environmental art, drawing, and art history at Utica College, has served as Exhibitions Coordinator at Light Work Gallery for Syracuse University, and has served as Executive Director of the Kirkland Art Center.

New York Mills Alumni “Gala” planned for Summer of 2018! An unprecedented event involving any and all alumni that ever graduated from the halls of the Mills, plus faculty and staff, are all invited to gather as one to celebrate what, as event organizer Don Bombace deems, as the “Reunion of ALL reunions.” “Our 5 member planning committee is coordinating many events for the weekend, including a Friday night evening mixer, a high school tour, a golf tournament, a picnic, and a Sunday Brunch, all around a huge Saturday evening Gala at Daniele’s Banquet House in New Hartford. More events are under development.” The Gala takes place the weekend of August 4th, 2018. Tickets go on sale January 2018.


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Wineries Prospect Falls Winery, Prospect . . . . . . . . . 51 Yarn and Knitting Supplies Love & Stitches, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 7

The answer to last month riddle about a club that began 150 years ago from a popular winter sport in Utica: Utica Curling Club The winner drawn from a record number of correct entries was: Coleen Compton of Salisbury Center. She is splitting her shopping spree between Newport Marketplace and Little Falls Antique Center.

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