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Oneida County History Center ADK Journal Family Traditions Breweries/Wineries Events Valley Girl MV Astronomy Club Restaurant Guide Antiques Guide Local CD Reviews MV Classical Did You Know? MVL Crossword November in Nature Local Photography On The Farm with Suzie MV Gardens & Recipes Gallery Guide MV Nature Herkimer Co. Historical Society Tales from Shawangunk, Part 62 Genesee Joe Advertiser Directory Sponsor News Contest Answers

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As I curl up with my laptop to read this month’s articles, I realize that not only am I fortunate to be able to work with these talented writers, but I get to read their stories first! Pumpkin pie, potato harvesting, a mountain hike, and preparing the barn for lambs and kids--the perfect read for an autumn evening. This time of year I settle into my routines and find quiet times. Our readers seem to be doing the same— we receive more letters and emails, and a spike in entries in our contests and crosswords every autumn. We love hearing people describe their relationships with the magazine. Susan Miller writes: “While enjoying the puzzle, the heat is clicking on and I’m eating cooked apples from Twin Orchards on this rainy, damp, early October night. Always looking forward to your issues...” The thank you note is appreciated, as is the cozy imagery. Alpaca socks are on my feet, sweaters, coats, and mittens are out of storage, and the flannel sheets are on the beds. The last of my garden vegetables have been harvested and shared with the neighbors (though I have yet to plant my garlic.) I hear the wind and rain as I read and laugh at Suzie’s article this month (which is total crap, don’t miss it!) Reading our writers’ articles is like autumn—an enjoyable respite before the deadline “storm” arrives. •

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the Paris Hill Potato By Janice Reilly

Forty years ago, grocery stores didn’t just advertise potatoes on sale—they touted “PARIS HILL POTATOES.” Paris Hill Potatoes have long had a high reputation—their quality was unsurpassed. “You can’t beat potatoes from Paris Hill’ read the ad from Chicago Market in 1962. Seed potato farmers from Long Island bought from farmers on Paris Hill where the higher elevated regions of Oneida County held a rich soil. At one time, 52 railroad carloads of both seed and table stock potatoes were shipped in a single day to New York City. “Farmers would bring the potatoes in long, low wagons direct from the field and a dealer would pay them on the spot as soon as they were loaded in the cars located on Proctor’s switch, halfway up Cassville Hill.” Paris Hill was home to large potato growers such as Alonzo Allen, Wells Aldrich, Harry Fuess, George and John Humphreys. The potatoes lay beneath the earth until September/October when a giant harvester would uproot the tubers. This was the scene on Doolittle Road on a warm sunny day this fall when the Bruce Pryputniewicz family took to the field to bring Yukon Gold potatoes to market. Bruce and Judy Pryputniewicz have been married for 46 years and work the farm together. Their daughter, Pamela Crewell, has worked with them her entire life and drives one tractor so that the spuds are dumped into the wagon. “We couldn’t run the farm without her help,” ions says her proud mom. flect ethe R n o o As 50-year-old Lockwood brand harvester rolls along, M ll u F the potatoesr are scooped up and dumped on a conveyor belt

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drawn Eureka Potato digger manufactured right here in Utica. The company carried the name of Utica into all parts of the United States and many foreign countries. In September 1948, Eureka was sold to a manufacturer of agricultural implements in Pennsylvania, and in March 1951, the Noyes Street Plant was leased to Bosserts. Migrant workers followed behind this machine, gathering and emptying the potatoes into burlap bags. New York State led the nation in the production of potatoes for about a century; we’ve dropped to about 13th place now. But the nation-wide potato industry is indebted to New York because when a worldwide blight during the 1840s threatened the potato with virtual extinction, a clergyman from Utica developed a strain of potatoes resistant to disease. His name was Rev. Chauncey Goodrich. His experiments took place in the conservatory [greenhouse] of Utica’s Lunatic Asylum. There, he developed a vigorous variety of potato eventually known as the Rough Purple Chili which was bred into a strain called Early Rose. That became the source of over 200 of the best modern potato varieties. “He planted those potatoes on Utica farmland each spring, scrutinized ev-

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ery resulting seed ball he harvested in fall and saved only the most vigorous and promising stock.” Goodrich didn’t stop the blight, but he “laid the foundation of potato breeding in this country,” wrote Maria Buteux Reade, who did exceptional research on this subject and wrote for the 2018 issue of Edible Magazine. Goodrich was chaplain at the asylum where he spent the last 19 years of his life ministering to the patients while pursuing his avocation, developing a hardy strain of potato. He had “merged his pastoral training with his love of agriculture.” When you dine on mashed potatoes and gravy; when you slip a chip with your hamburger, remember that every golden fry at McDonald’s has a link to Central New York and how the genetics of 94% of every American potato traces back to Rev. Goodrich’s Garnet Chili potato in Utica, New York. •

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Shame. Guilt. Traveling through the Adirondacks and across the border to vacation and hike a mountain in a neighboring state felt terribly wrong! But after settling the family in, there I was with my hiking buddy of over a decade, Mark Lowell, headed on an early morning to the trailhead of my first high peak in New England – one of the Vermont 5. Mount Killington is well known far outside the Green Mountain state for its downhill skiing and is nicknamed the Beast of the East. At 4235 feet, it is the second-highest peak in what is known as Vermont’s Green Mountain range. Big Slide and Esther Mountains in the Adirondack high peaks region are similar in height at 4240 feet – 27th and 28th among the 100 highest. Ours was the third car in the parking lot that morning, and upon scanning the logbook determined the others had arrived the day before and so were likely up above having spent the night. The hike began as an easy walk in the woods which was good for a warm-up, but I like elevation gain spread out over the entire trail or you usually pay the price later with a steeper climb toward the end to reach the summit. And during the final .2 miles of the 3.7-mile hike one way - pay we did! Not long before attacking that final push to the top, we came across a crude shelter called Cooper Lodge most often used by long-distance hikers. We also noted signage indicating that several major trails converge

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Nov. 8, 9 & 10 Madison-Bouckville Holiday Open House, Visit our MVL sponsors: Canal House Antiques, Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick, Madison Inn Antiques, Valandrea’s Venture, Victorian Rose Vintage Nov. 9 & 10 Weeden’s Mini Mall, Annual Christmas Open House, page 35 Nov. 16 & 17 Johnny Appleseed: Holiday Open House, page 34 Nov. 19 Naturewood Knoll: Wreath Making Workshop, page 14 Nov. 23 & 24 Foothills Mercantile: Holiday Open House, page 33 Nov. 23 & 24 Potting Shed Antiques: Holiday Open House, page 35 Nov. 28 Delta Lake Inn: Thanksgiving Buffet, page 29 Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 1 Casler Flower Farm Open House, page 11 Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 1 Village Florals: Holiday Open House, page 19 Nov. 30 Sammy & Annie Foods: 6th Anniversary Open House, page 30 Nov. 30 & Dec 1 Fusion Art & Gift: Christmas Open House, page 53 Dec. 7 ADK Art & Framing: Holiday Open House, page 53 Dec. 7 & 8 Butternut Barn Primitives: Christmas at the Barn, page 33 Dec. 7 & 8 Main Street Gift Shoppe: Primitive Country Christmas Open House, page 34 Nov. 22: New Hartford Shopping Center Holiday Stroll, Visit our MVL sponsors: The Added Touch, Famous Liquor & Wine, Heartsome Handicrafts, Karaz Shoes, Lady & Leap Toy Shoppe, Peter’s Cornucopia,The Princess Shop Nov. 29: Clinton Shoppers’ Stroll, Visit our MVL sponsors: The Artisan’s Corner, Dawn Marie’s, Krizia Martin, Nola’s, Tom’s Natural Foods, The Village Crossing, & Utica Hemp Co.

And don’t Forget Small Business Saturday, November 30th!

2019-2020 Season

Presenting World-Class Music, Theater, & Dance!

Shute Piano Concert

Planning your Christmas shopping list? Plan a trip to The Village Crossing for warm, colorful accessories!

Vassily Primakov Sun., Nov. 3, 3pm

FREE CONCERT Primakov performs selections from Shumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op.12 and Schumann’s rarely performed Grand Sonata No. 3.

PUSH Physical Theatre


Sat., Nov. 16, 7:30pm

Intense athleticism, gravity-defying acrobatics, and soulful artistry are the trademarks of this award-winning, genre-defining company. Tickets: Adult: $20, Senior: $15, Student: $5

Box Office information and tickets

(315) 859-4331

Tues-Fri: 11am-5pm, Sat: 11am-4pm

11 W. Park Row, Clinton 853-5299

local food

Warm up with these Seasonal Soups from MVL Sponsors Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Weekly soups like this Oh So Hearty Beef Stew

A vegan soup with a cider and calvados reduction, served with pumpkin seed and caramelized onion chutney.

Charlie’s Place

8170 Seneca Tpke. Rt. 5, Clinton

The Tailor and The Cook 94 Genesee St, Utica

Changing seasonal soups like this Spicy Long Hot, Potato, and Manchego Cream

Garlic Pumpkin Squash Bisque

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What’s on tap

at local Breweries & Wineries Brimfield Winery Open 7 days a week, 11am-7pm 8300 Brimfield St., Clinton • (315) 853-8175

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2-5pm: Adam

Nail Creek Pub & Brewery

720 Varick Street, Utica • (315) 793-7593

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 5-8:30pm

Irish Seisiún Musicians gather to play traditional Irish music. 400 Academy St., Prospect • (315) 205-4045

Saturday, Nov. 2, 6-5pm: Matt

from “Floodwood”

Sunday Nov. 3, 6-9pm: Jeff Gorman Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6-9pm: Cathie

Copper City Brewing Company

Grainger Timian

1111 Oneida St., Rome • (315) 281-8987

Thursday, Nov. 7, 6-9pm: Paint &

Thursday, Nov. 13, 7pm: Hold the Air acoustic trio

Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard

288 Goose St, Fly Creek (607) 547-9692 •

Weekends through Dec. 22, 10am4pm: Wassailing Weekends featuring the traditional cider-based holiday drink


Fri. & Sat., Nov 23 & 24: Winery Anniversary Weekend!

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2-5pm: Cathie Timian

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2-5pm:, 2-5pm:

Prospect Falls Winery

“Rambling” Brooks

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2-5pm: Nick and Jay

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6-9pm: Cathie

Sip, register: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2-5pm: Julie Henderson Sunday, Nov. 10, 2-5pm: Max Scialdone Saturday, Nov. 16, 3-6pm: Scott Raymond Sunday, Nov. 17, 2-5pm: Frank Diskin

Beth and Fritz

Woodland Farm Brewery

6002 Trenton Rd, Utica • (315) 864-3051

Sunday, Nov. 3, 2=5pm Above the Dam

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 5-8pm: Seth Becker Sunday, Nov. 10, 2-5pm: Remsen Social Club

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2-5pm: Follow the Muse

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2-5pm: The Old Main

Tuesday, Nov 26, 5-8pm: Open Mic Night with Remsen Social Club

LIQUORS & WINES Closing for season Sunday Nov. 10th Nick & Jay of Floodwood Nov.10, 2-5pm Pick up holiday wines, baskets, and gift cards now!

Brimfield Farm Winery 8300 Brimfield St. Clinton

(315) 853-8175 • Open 7 days a week 11-7

Local wine, gifts, and more! 400 Academy Street Prospect, NY 13435 Wed-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-6

315-205-4045 @WineB4Wildrness “Wine Before Wilderness”

Wine, Liquors, Champagne, Cordials & More! Stock up for the Holidays!

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Wine & Spirits Ilion

FAMOUS Liquor & Wine Offering Holiday Discounts!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We do Birthday Parties! Open Bowling Daily!


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Add some holiday spirit with local handcrafted spirits!

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Open Mon-Sat: 9-9, Sun: 12-5 • All credit cards accepted

The Everyday Adventures of Mohawk Valley Girl

Heelpath Brewing Co. in frankfort by Cynthia Quackenbush

Craft beer is having a moment these days, with new breweries magically appearing across the Mohawk Valley. This is delightful to Mohawk Valley Girl because it gives me more places to go adventuring. Most recently I went with my husband Steve and friend Kim to the recently opened Heelpath Brewing Company in Frankfort, NY. It is easy to find at the Frankfort Marina, a beautiful waterfront space. The room is open and inviting, with large windows and lovely woodwork. I especially admired the bar. Of course, the bar is my favorite place to sit, so we were happy to get seats there. We decided to share a flight of four samples of four ounces each before ordering a pint. Yes, we are sociable enough to drink out of the same glass. The bartender gave us a clear paddle with holes for glasses and a bright marker to write our choices on it. We studied the chalkboard and debated. Now, I have been wine tasting more often than beer tasting, and my descriptions of wines are unsophisticated, to say the least. I don’t know when a beer tastes “hoppy,” which is the only word I know offhand that beer tasters use. Nevertheless, I tried to take tasting notes. Our first taste was Rye Pale Ale. I wrote, “I like it, but I don’t know how to describe it.” At last I wrote, “very flavorful.” Steve liked it, too. We all liked Chinook IPA, but all I could think to say was that it had a “distinctive flavor.” The Oatmeal Stout was “very dark.” I liked the aftertaste but felt I could not drink a lot of it. Kim liked it, but it was a little heavy for Steve.

Heelpath Brewing Company has a beautiful view of the Mohawk River

Our flight of samples is served on a clear paddle and a bright marker to write our choices on it


The Belgian Ale was my least favorite of the flight. I chose it because Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s famous sleuth, was Belgian. This is the sort of spurious reasoning I use when selecting my beverages. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes not so much. When it came time to order a full pour, we could choose beer or wine from Rustic Ridge Winery (RRW), or hard cider. We all opted for wine. Yum! Kim had Sweet Little Blonde, appropriately enough, while Steve and I enjoyed Untamed White. Steve and I have been to Rustic Ridge Winery (RRW) (perhaps you saw the article I wrote about them for Mohawk Valley Living). It is a great place. We recommended a visit to RRW to a couple on the other leg of the L-shaped bar. They were on their way to a wedding in Oneonta. Kim and I had complimented the lady on her dress. When I heard where the wedding was, I suggested a side trip to Burlington Flats. We chatted with other patrons as well. One thing I love about the Mohawk Valley is that it is a friendly place! Everybody seemed to be having a fun time. Heelpath also has a beautiful outdoor seating area. Unfortunately, it may soon be too cool to take advantage of that, but spring will come again! In the meantime, I love the setting and the whole feel of the place. It is the sort of place where you can sit, relax and have a conversation, as well as drink some yummy beer and wine. •

Cheers from Mohawk Valley Girl and Steven

Heelpath Brewing Company

122 Marina Park Dr., Frankfort Open: Friday: 4-10pm, Saturday: Noon-10pm, Sunday: Noon-5pm (315) 444-9005

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Mohawk valley astronomical society

OUR SPOTLESS SUN by carol higgins

Fall is well underway, bringing us shortened daylight hours, shifting temperature ranges, and beautiful colors that paint the hills of the Mohawk Valley with rich shades of red, yellow and orange as the trees prepare for winter. The unique four seasons we experience occur in a predictable pattern, thanks to our planet’s yearly orbit around the Sun. But did you know that the Sun also goes through a cycle? It is a pattern called the “Solar Cycle” and the changes our star undergoes are quite dramatic. The solar cycle – also known as the “sunspot cycle” – typically occurs over a period of approximately 11 years. During that time, the Sun goes through a transformation, beginning with a “quiet” phase called Solar Minimum. Over the next few years, solar activity gradually ramps up to an extremely dynamic point in the middle of the cycle called Solar Maximum, then slowly back again to the quiet phase where the next cycle begins. Our Sun is currently experiencing solar minimum. Using words like “quiet” or “calm” are somewhat confusing when describing the Sun’s phases, but they are appropriate when you consider the entire range of extremes. The Sun is a violent place, made mostly of hydrogen and helium that is superheated by nuclear fusion. Temperatures are around 27 million degrees Fahrenheit at the core, and 10,000 degrees on the roiling surface. The immense pressure and energy creates powerful magnetic fields which continually change. Another interesting fact is that

at the end of a solar cycle, the Sun’s north and south magnetic poles reverse (so north becomes south, south becomes north) then Solar Cycle, 1996 to 2006 reverse again at the end of the next solar cyImage Credit: NASA cle! The inset photo shows the visible differileo and others sketched the sunspots and ences of the surface during a recent cycle kept records of their observations. Equipfrom 1996 to 2006. But the actual changment evolved and scientific advances were es are much more than just appearance. made and documented; in 1843, a GerDuring the period of solar maximum, Hanny’s there Voorwerp. Credit: NASA, ESA, W.Samuel Keel, GalaxySchwabe Zoo Team man Image astronomer named are lots of sunspots, which are the dark ardiscovered the pattern in sunspot activity. eas on the surface that are cooler than the Swiss astronomer Rudolf Wolf worked on surrounding area. Magnetic field lines near analyzing observations of sunspots, and sunspots twist and change and create solar eventually the sunspot activity between flares, generating massive loops of material 1755 to 1766 became known as Solar Cypulled from the surface and blasting radicle 1. Today scientists believe we are at the ation and particles out into space. That rabeginning of Solar Cycle 25. diation can severely damage satellites and For the latest news about the Sun’s accause problems on Earth such as disrupting tivity, visit the website www.spaceweather. radio communications. for daily updates. You’ll see a current photo During solar minimum, there are very of the Sun’s surface, along with informafew sunspots. In fact, as of October 16th tion about sunspots and forecasts for solar (day 288 of this year) not only were there flares. They also offer a subscription serno sunspots, so far this year there has been vice to notify you when auroras (northern a total of 212 days without a single sunlights) can be seen from our area. spot! For comparison, there was only one Wishing you clear skies! • day without a sunspot in 2014 during solar maximum. Although we know what happens Join MVAS from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM during the solar cycle, we still do not fully on Saturday, November 23 for an understand why and how it works although work still continues. Chinese observers evening of stargazing at Barton-Brown noted sunspots over 2,000 years ago, but it Observatory, 206 White St., Waterville wasn’t until Galileo famously created the The event is free. world’s first telescope in 1609 that astronomers could regularly study sunspots. Gal-

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Looking for an excuse to go out? Look no further than Nola’s in Clinton with speiclas like this Seared Scallops with Rosemary Gnocchi and Sauteed Spinach, Butternut Squash Puree, Medjool Dates, Pumpkin Seeds and Roasted Pearl Onions in a Sherry Balsamic Gastrique.


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Life is Good at The Ohio Tavern!

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It’s All-You-Can-Eat Riggies on Wednesdays at Jamo’s Restaurant & Bar in Herkimer!

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antique shopping guide Madison-Bouckville Holiday Open House! November 8th, 9th, & 10th, 10am-5pm Canal House Antiques The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick Cider House Antiques The Gingham Patch Cobblestone Trading Company Madison Inn Antiques The Depot

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Visit a simpler time during the Christmas at the Barn Open House at Butternut Barn Dec. 7 & 8!

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Holiday Open House Nov. 8th, 9th & 10th 10am-5pm

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American Gothic the new cd from Daniel Phillips By John Keller Dark Gothic Country. That’s how Daniel Phillips describes his music. There are no sweet love songs. There’s no dogs, pick-ups, or red solo cups. There may be jail, murder and the occasional redemption. And… an entertainable listen. American Gothic is Dan’s newest offering, filled with the above and so much more. His songs are a reminder of the early Western and folk ballads of Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins and The Kingston Trio. (Remember Tom Dooley and Long Black Veil didn’t end pretty.) Dan performs most of the instruments on this album – guitar, bass, percussion & harmonica. His voice is deep and resonant. The melodies are easy to listen to and the lyrics equally easy to receive. An interesting cleansing of the musical palate, so to speak. The album starts off with the title track, “American Gothic.” An old-timey Western feel with arpeggio guitar and the clip-clop snare drum followed by Dan’s husky vocals. The song is about the reaper of sins. A very dark beginning for this dark album. “Interstate” is a re-discovery of a song Dan released a few years ago. He truly “countryfied” it. The acoustic guitar behind this is reminiscent of a Carter Family type melody. “600 Miles” is something different. It’s an upbeat song about a break-up. Traveling down the road, wondering if it was right. Always “ending at those Crossroads.” The guitar work and drums fit amazingly together.


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Being at a dead end in life and knowing no one can help is at the crux of “Perch.” She wants to help, but he keeps her at a distance because they’re both “in a cage and they can’t break free.” A quick-paced, yet loping song that hold a lot of meaning. “Rituals.” We all go through our own version of rituals or routines. Dan’s version is lengthy period of longing. Lighting candles, rehearsed speeches, setting the table, etc. for no results. A great flowing tune. The album proper ends with an epic story song, “The Fire of ’49.” Dan Phillips is a wonderful storyteller and brings you into every one. This time he regales us with a tragic tale of Silas and Becky Malcolm. Mournful harmonica accompanies this head bobbing song. The extended ending gets more and more frantic with the addition of foot stomps. It definitely gets the heart racing. There are two added tracks, a reprise of “Interstate” and a live version of “Perch.” In total there 11 tracks of excellent songwriting and broodish traditional Country tunes. All of Dan Phillips’ albums are a pleasure to listen to. Each one brings a diverse array of feelings and emotions. If you’re in the mood for some dark enjoyable Country, pick up a copy of Daniel Phillips’ American Gothic. You can find him performing all around the area either solo or playing bass with The Ryan Matter Band. •

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All answers found in the pages of this magazine! Solution will appear in next month’s issue

Across 4. Mohawk Valley Girl visits this new brewing company in Franfort. 6. Enjoy fresh cheese curd every Thursday at Grassy ___. See page 25. 7. The sun’s cycle. See “MV Astronomy.” 11. Across between filbert and hazelnut. See “Shawangunk.” 13. The 3-week breeding period for deer. See “November in Nature.” 15. Old Forge and Inlet host ____ Christmas this month. See page 18. 16. Libbey’s proprietary pumpkin Select ____. See “MV Gardens.” 18. Gary hikes the “___ of the East.” Down 1. Daniel Phillips’ new CD American _____. 2. Suzie Jones’ article this month is crap (IOW). 3. ___ I Believe. 5. Reaction to 2 Down. 8. Many of our sponsors have ___ this month. 2 words. See “Guide to Autumn Traditions.” 9. Ares’ mate. See “Peregrine Falcons 2019.” 10. Early horse-drawn potato digger manufactured in Utica. See “Oneida Co. History.” 11. Denise’s “Grandma Edith’s Pie Crust” recipe requires the dough to be ____. 12. Greek Z 14. Having definite or definable limits. 17. HOL SPRTS AVL here. See page 22.

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story and photos by Matt Perry November can be an interesting time of year to be out and about in nature. Despite the cooler temperatures and the imminence of winter, there are plenty of things to see and experience. Although most plants shut down their above-ground activities at this time, animals keep actively foraging; some, like the Whitetailed deer, are engaged in breeding behavior. For deer, the roughly three-week-long breeding period is known as “rut”. During rut, bucks become more active by day and wander around the countryside in search of females. It seems if you remain in any spot long enough you will see a male deer trudge through the habitat with his nose to the ground, sniffing for the scent trails of females, and being oblivious to everything else. During rut, male deer will rub their antlers on tree trunks, and in doing so, rip into the tree’s bark. These gashes, called “rubs” indicate that a male deer was there and is actively seeking does. The bark on a fresh rub appears shredded and there is usually some blond wood exposed while an older rub shows signs of the tree’s attempt to heal over the wound. Male deer usually prefer smooth-barked trees to rub

their antlers on and so species like young American Basswoods, American Mountain Ash and young Sugar Maples often take the brunt of rubbing. Over the years, I’ve seen very few instances of sparring between male deer. Typically, these “battles” (or non-battles) are waged with antlers. Considering how common deer are, one might expect to see this kind of behavior frequently. It’s tempting to conjure up an image of two males with substantial racks, bowing their heads and running at each other like rams, but that doesn’t happen. It seems that antagonistic sparring between bucks is quite rare. Judging by the few sparring matches I’ve managed to witness, they are not always violent affairs. A few years ago, one of my trail cameras captured what appeared to be an amiable sparring


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match between two bucks of similar weight and antler size. Both stood in the shallow water at the inflow of a beaver pond. As they faced each other they connected antlers. With antlers lightly interlocked, the pair casually pushed each other one way and then the other – shifting five feet upstream and then five feet downstream. It was about as violent as watching two kids on a teeter-totter. They did this about ten times and then broke off and went on their separate ways. If there was a winner or loser of the match, it wasn’t clear. Regardless, it didn’t seem like they cared either way. Perhaps since

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the population of White-tailed deer is so large, there’s no compelling reason for males to exert themselves too much or risk their lives for access to females. One of the liveliest sparring events I’ve ever witnessed was a bit unconventional. Technically, it wasn’t a sparring match at all since it involved only one participant and that individual didn’t have any antlers – only the smallest of antler buds. The yearling buck chose his rival well. It was the stump of an ash tree that stood alongside a beaver pond. I watched as he repeatedly tried to engage the tree with his nearly non-existent headgear. He was quite enthusiastic, making full contact and then twisting one way and the other. After each bout, he’d rear up and gallop away, only to come back and initiate another round with his inanimate rival. The match (if match it was) continued for about fifteen minutes and then the yearling bounded off into the hemlock ravine. When studying wildlife, it helps to have a subject that doesn’t take a Herculean effort to locate. Certainly, deer are

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Eastern Cottontail Rabbit


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When I say bake from scratch, I mean plant the seed! The best pumpkin pie comes from the best pie pumpkins. We all grew up eating the most delicious pie pumpkin – the one that came from Libby’s Pumpkin can. The canned pumpkin comes from the “Select Dickinson” pumpkin, which unfortunately Libby’s owns the growing rights to. But if that’s the pumpkin you really want to taste in your homemade pumpkin pie, then you’re in luck. There are a few “Dickinson” strain pumpkin seeds available from Sustainable Seed Company. But don’t be shocked in the fall when your pumpkin is pale-skinned and resembles more of a butternut squash in color than the orange pumpkin you were expecting. In fact, most of the best-tasting pumpkins, come in all sorts of colors, including the Jarrhdale Blue pumpkin, which is a blue-grey color. For me, the best pie pumpkin to grow is the “New England Sugar Pie Pumpkin”, with organic seeds available from Bakers Creek Seed Company. It’s a cute little orange pumpkin, just the right size, weighing in at 3-4 lbs. One is just the right size to make one pumpkin pie. The taste is incredible and the texture is rich and creamy. They won’t take up a lot of space in your garden either, because one or two plants will give you enough pumpkins for all your holiday baking needs. Best of all, if you’re not up to growing your own pumpkin pie pumpkins, this variety is readily available at many farmer’s markets and roadside farm stands in the fall. My Grandma Tucker always made her pie crust and used the famous Libby’s Pumpkin Pie recipe from the back of the can. And




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in a pinch, I will do the same. But, trust me, there is nothing better than grabbing a pumpkin from the garden, roasting it in the oven and turning it into the BEST pumpkin pie you will ever taste. My mom also made Libby’s pumpkin pie with her homemade crust, as well. But she always added a ring of chopped walnuts in the pumpkin filling just inside the crust. Now, in my family, I make my pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and any other time during the winter that Bernie can talk me into making it for him. In the fall, as they are harvested, I roast the pumpkins and other squashes in the oven in the evening. It’s easy to do while you’re watching TV or cleaning up the dinner dishes. Place the pumpkins on a large baking sheet if you are using the New England pie pumpkins you can get usually 4 pumpkins on a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prick each pumpkin several times with a fork and roast in the oven until a knife pierces through easily, about 45 minutes to an hour. When cool enough to the touch, peel off the skin, scoop out the seeds, and place the flesh in freezer bags (you will need 3-4 cups for each pie). Pumpkin will store well in your freezer all winter long. Best of all, you’ll have a freezer full of pumpkin pies for the cost of a packet of seeds! Today, I use my roasted pumpkin, follow the Libby pumpkin recipe, and Grandma’s pie crust recipe and add my mom’s ring of chopped walnuts to the filling. Family and tradition make the holidays special, but don’t be afraid to add your own twist on tradition!


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Roasted Pumpkin Pie by Denise Szarek 3-4 cups roasted pumpkin ¾ cup granulated sugar 1 can condensed milk 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground cloves 2 large eggs Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Prick the pumpkin with a fork, place on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a knife pierces the flesh easily. Make your pie crust while the pumpkin is roasting. Let cool, peel off the skin, scoop out seeds. Place pulp in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add condensed milk, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and eggs and combine thoroughly. When ready to make the pie: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Take the crust out of the fridge, add your pie filling mixture, add the chopped walnut ring to the filling at the edge of the crust, and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees, bake for 40-50 minutes or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving!

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This lard-butter-vinegar pastry crust recipe results in a very flaky crust. You’ll need lard from rendered park fat, not the type found in blocks at the grocery store. If your lard smells like meat, you’re in business (yes, even for sweet pies). The vinegar inhibits the development of gluten, keeping the crust tender and flaky. Refrigerate the dough often while rolling and before baking. You can find lard at several of the farmer’s markets in the area. Check with the farmers who sell pork.

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour ½ tsp salt 1-2 T sugar 6 oz cold butter (cut into pieces) 7 T pork lard 1 T cider vinegar 5-7 T ice water In a large bowl, mix flour, salt & sugar. Cut in butter and lard until pea-size bits form. In a small bowl, mix vinegar and 5 tablespoons ice water. Add flour mixture and toss with a fork. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of ice water, if necessary. Mix until a handful of dough just sticks together when squeezed lightly (you should see chunks of unmixed butter in the dough). Divide the dough into two equal halves, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove one half from the fridge and roll out between parchment papers. Before lifting the parchment paper, refrigerate until cold. Remove parchment and fit into pie pan. Refrigerate. This recipe makes two single-crust pies or one double-crust pie.

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Each year, it’s difficult to determine precisely when the breeding season begins for Utica’s Peregrine Falcons. Does it begin when one of the pair first performs a flight display? Does it begin when the male (Ares) brings his mate the first food tribute of the season? Or, does it begin with the first mating? The truth is, unlike with the vast majority of other species of wildlife, Peregrine Falcons continue engaging in pair-bonding behavior throughout the year and well outside of the traditional (spring) breeding season for the species. This behavior normally takes the form of ledge displays performed on or near the nest site. We usually refer to ledge displays as “dances”. A typical dance consists of the Peregrine pair converging at the nest ledge, bowing, swiping bills, and circling each other’s position on the floor. There is a great amount of vocalizing that takes place during the dances and the calls given are distinct from those produced in other circumstances. The most likely explanation for the out-of-season courtship behavior has to do with the Peregrine’s need to retain their breeding territory. Suitable high-elevation nest ledges located in prey-rich territories are hard to come by. Once acquired, the pair’s determination to keep and defend such a site is arguably as important to their breeding success as the pair bond itself or as a parent’s urge to protect its young. Having taken the ledge display/dance off the table as signaling

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time keeping watch on their nest box from a perch on the other side of the canyon (the term we use to describe the expanse that lies between the Adirondack Bank building and the State Office building). There he exposed himself to the brunt of the cold winds and driving snowfall. The cold spate continued for a few days. The suspension of courtship behavior can also be caused by the presence of intruders in the falcon’s urban canyon. Currently, as we approach the third decade of the new millennium, the population of Peregrine Falcons in the eastern United States continues to rise. Breeding success by the Utica Pair (15 young in five years), and by other falcons throughout the east, has led to a spike in the number of intruders coming through Astrid the region in search of viable breeding territories. As those migrant Peregrines return north in the spring, invariably some pass through downtown Utica. When they do, they are considered interlopers or would-be usurpers. They represent competition for Astrid and Ares on their territory and their presence ions mandates action by one or both resieflect Moon RDealing Fullfalcons. dent with intruders, whether sparring with them or driving them out of the territory, takes time away time from r Cente


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courtship (and later, from incubation). However, we have noted that sometimes when they successfully drive off an intruder, the first thing Astrid and Ares do upon their return is reaffirm their bond and their claim on the nest site by holding a ledge display at the box. The start of March brought milder temperatures and a full resumption of most courtship behavior. The pair were performing ledge displays at the box and occasionally mating, but food gifting by Ares was not being prioritized. In fact, on most days, Ares was taking advantage of the food Astrid was procuring. During this period intruders were a continuing headache and the pair spent a significant amount of time stationed on the lookout posts located on the corners of the State Building roof. From those vantage points, a falcon can see clear across the county and can certainly see any would-be usurper well-before they come into the territory. Typically, Astrid takes on the female interlopers and Ares takes on the males. Peregrines can remain with the same mate for life, but they are not immune to having a particularly accomplished interloper usurp one of their positions. Mate switching has been documented as

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taking place with other Peregrine pairs. Determined not to lose his position, Ares did some aerial sparring with a would-be usurper on the 5th. After driving it off to the north, he returned to perch on the State Building. But that wasn’t the end of it. The audacious stranger came back less than a half-hour later and performed what looked like a flight display right in front of the State Building. While Astrid watched from the sidelines, Ares gave chase and both he and the intruder disappeared into the northeast. As it happened, it wasn’t a permanent fix and the stranger was back the next day; that time brazenly assuming a perch on the State Building. Again, Ares dealt with him by summarily displacing him from his perch and chasing him out of town. By March 8th, Ares acted like he was particularly anxious for the breeding season to begin. While Astrid was busy feeding on a fresh catch she made, he was in the box giving long wailing calls and attempting to lure her over. At this time of year, it seems that he’s not satisfied unless she is

in the box. Perhaps mindful of her growing nutritional requirements, he was no longer trying to abscond with her food. He wasn’t quite in full-blown food-gifting mode, but he was beginning to have an attitude adjustment. The next day the pair was observed mating a few times. Afterward, Ares brought a freshly caught starling to Astrid while she was at the nest. However, when she tried to take it, he flew off with it. A little while later he came back and offered it to her a second time, only to take it away once more when she moved in to accept it. As the season progressed, food gifting between Astrid and Ares had become routine. Mating between falcons is a quick business. After Astrid signals her receptiveness by vocalizing and adopting a posture, Ares responds (in most cases) by leaving the ledge, flying through the canyon in a boomerang pattern, and then with wings flapping and talons curled in, lightly lands on her back. A distinctive chatter is given by Ares during the act of mating. We can keep

Astrid and Ares perform a ledge display or “dance”

track of how many times they mate per day based on how many times we hear the chatter call. The length of the chatter-call corresponds with the length of the mating attempt and that gives us an indication of whether the attempt was successful. Typically, a mating that takes four seconds or less would be considered unsuccessful. An unsuccessful mating attempt is usually the result of Ares flying in at a bad angle or Astrid not being positioned properly on a ledge and not allowing him enough space to maneuver. One may ask why we pay such close attention to this particular aspect of the pair’s relationship? Some of our internet viewers and readers have even chided us for our lack of respect for the falcon’s privacy. But mating behavior is a critical part of the breeding process. A failure to get this step right can easily result in infertile eggs. We reached the start of the Peregrine’s egg-laying window in late March. In the last five breeding seasons, the average date for Astrid to lay her first egg is April 1st. In

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fact, in three of those years, the date of the first egg was precisely April 1st. Initially, it was tempting to credit the weather for influencing the commencement of egg-laying, but we can find no correlation between how relatively warm/cold the final weeks of March are and when egg-laying commences. In other words, the falcon’s biological clock doesn’t seem to be overly influenced by the weather. On March 26th, Astrid seemed like she might be ready to lay the first egg of the season. She was standing in Ares’ super-scrape and looking like she was ready, but it turned out to be a false alarm. Ares usually gets quite intense with the approach of egg-laying time and this year was no exception. As it happened, he would have to wait a few more days. On the 29th, Ares was going well out of his way to please his mate. In the early morning, he brought her a variety of food tributes including a bat and a few other unrecognizable hunks of bird meat. She refused the bat and seemed less than enthused about accepting the other choices. Wherever she was perched in the canyon, he was bringing food to her and then using them as lures to get her back into the nestbox. When she wouldn’t take something, he either ate it himself or stored it somewhere for later use. Astrid was quite active that morning and right through the afternoon – so much so that we convinced ourselves that she wasn’t going to lay an egg. After a short ledge display at 4:30 PM, Astrid lingered in the nest, made some scrapes in the gravel and less than

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an hour later, unceremoniously laid her first egg of the season and she did it right in Ares’ super-sized scrape! Astrid laid the second egg at 1:30 AM on April 1st; incubation was begun almost directly after that. It’s typical for Peregrines to delay the start of continuous incubation until half the clutch of eggs is laid. That’s usually about a day after the second egg is laid. Although Astrid handles all night-time incubation, Ares takes on nearly half of the incubation duties during daylight hours. Unfortunately, he is highly distractible (noticeably more so than his mate) and during his shifts, he was more prone to coming off the eggs to deal with intruders and/or to monitor what Astrid was doing in the canyon. During the early incubation period, there were numerous intruder incidents that demanded the attention of both falcons. This led to gaps in incubation lasting sometimes more than ten minutes (the longest gap being 39 minutes). This behavior continued even after four eggs had been laid and the season’s clutch had been completed. After the first week of incubation, Ares got better about not leaving the eggs uncovered, but we wondered if by that point the eggs had already been compromised by the cold. After our experience with long gaps in incubation during the previous

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season (long gaps that didn’t result in unviable eggs), we weren’t as worried this time around. Indeed, we weren’t worried, but as the hatch window arrived (the 33-day of incubation mark) we grew very concerned. Did the gaps in incubation adversely affect eggs one and two? Were they no longer viable? Was there still a chance for eggs three and four? As it happened our concerns were unwarranted and on the 36th day of incubation (May 6th), eggs one and two hatched. Why they took longer than the usual 33 days is open to speculation. It was certainly unusual for this pair. On May 6th, we expected at least one hatch since we were able to hear the chicks calling inside the eggs. Both eggs had developed “pips”, which are small holes in the shell created by the chick’s egg-tooth. Notably, the first hatch took place while Ares was on incubation duty. In six years, this represented the first time he had been present at the box for a hatch. He was a little unsure of what to do when the new chick wandered away from the clutch. It was a warm day and the afternoon sun was flooding into the box. Ares started shading the chick with his tail while still covering the eggs with his outstretched wing. It looked awkward, to say the least,

but he didn’t feel comfortable picking up the chick or shuffling it over the floor. Fortunately, Astrid came to the rescue. She dove into the box, evaluated the situation, scooped up the wandering chick and put it together with the eggs – problem solved. As for Ares, he was happy to get the heck out of there. The third hatch took place the following day, and on May 9th, the fourth and final hatch of the season occurred. This was only the second time in Astrid and Ares’ 6-year breeding history that all four eggs in the clutch hatched. Obviously, they were doing things right. Please look for part two of the Utica Peregrine Falcon’s 2019 breeding season in the December issue of Mohawk Valley Living Magazine. •

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You never know what donation is going to come through the doors of the Herkimer County Historical Society. Grace Rissetto of Falls Church, Virginia donated memorabilia that belong to Mildred Becker Riggs, who was a first cousin to Grace’s Aunt Josephine Rizzo Becker. Josephine was married to Raymond G.Becker of Ilion, New York. In the envelope, along with other memorabilia, was a photograph of the F. Spohn Grocer. On the back is written Spohn Grocery Store where my father worked (Someone else had written Minnot Becker father of Mildred Becker Riggs). There was nothing that stated where the store was located. I wondered to myself how I would ever find where this store was located. The hunt was on! I started my search in the 1888, 1893 & 1896 Herkimer Directory for an F. Spohn. I found out the F. stood for Frank. In 1888, Frank is listed as living on Albany Street near the hydraulic canal and worked as a cabinet maker. In 1893 & 1896, he is listed as grocer at 119 South Washington Street, which was on the corner of South Washington and Eastern Ave. next to Standard Furniture Company. Frank and his wife Cora lived on the second floor. The 1902 & 1904 Herkimer Directory had

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him listed as a grocer at 203 South Washington Street. Apparently, they renumbered the streets. In 1910-1921, the grocery store was at 203 South Washington Street with Frank listed as the grocer. In 1925, James Rockefeller is listed as the grocer at the 203 address. Sometime between 1925 and 1929, Standard Furniture expanded and razed the grocer store. Eastern Ave. no longer went from South Washington Street to King Street. Eastern Ave. continued from King Street. Today, the vacant Kmart building stands where the grocery store and Standard Furniture used to be. After searching in the directories, I next went on www. which is a free newspaper site to see what I could find on Frank Spohn. The Ilion Citizen dated Friday, October 14, 1904, stated the following: “The loss sustained by Fank Spohn in his recent fire has been adjusted at $4,000 which was the full amount of insurance carried. Work will be commenced at once to rebuild and repair damage to the building. Mr. Spohn will occupy the whole of the lower floor for his grocery business, and the store will become one of the finest in Herkimer. The building will be heated by steam throughout. The second floor and third stories will be used for living apartments.” In the Ilion Citizen dated Friday, June 3, 1904, it stated that “Frank Spohn, the southside grocery, has purchased a lot of the Methodist Society facing Myer’s Park in Herkimer and will erect a handsome residence there in the near future.” The home was located at 5 Park Place. I was able to find Frank’s obituary in the Utica Daily Press May of 1940, which gave me good information on his life. I gleaned the following: Frank Spohn (1858-1940) was born in the town of Columbia, the son of the late Philip and Nancy Spohn. His wife was Cora L Johnson (1867-1957), the daughter of George F. and Ellen Newton Johnson of Dennison Corners. The Spohns were married on October 18, 1884, at Christ Church in Utica, NewYork. They had one son George Raymond Spohn (1890-1980). Frank was a grocery for more than 35 years, he retired about 1929. Frank, Cora and George Raymond Spohn are all buried at Oak Hill Cemetery. As for Minott Becker (1861-1950) was the son of George W. and Samantha Chadwick Becker. He married Emma J. Fulmer (1864-1956, the daughter of Davie E. and Amanda Getman Fulmer. They had a daughter Mildred Becker Riggs (1902-1995) who married Harry Delos Riggs (1899-1975) on June 18, 1927, at the First Methodist Church in Herkimer. Minott S. Becker is listed in the 1896 Herkimer Directory as working with Frank Spohn. The directories for 1904, 1913, 1921, 1925 and 1929 have Minott listed as a clerk. In 1910, he is listed as a meat cutter. The Beckers lived 412 Perry Street in Herkimer. A part of Herkimer’s past business has been discovered and shared in this article. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! •


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SHAWANGUNK Chapter 62 by Peggy Spencer Behrendt


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

We’ve occasionally seen mysterious lights in our forest! Just a few years ago, I was walking up the Black Creek Trail with a friend, nearing dusk, and we noticed a bright, golden light up ahead, in the woods, but not in the direction of where a car or our cottage might be. I stared at it quite intently, wondering if it could be a reflection off of something shiny. Solar light often reflects off droplets of rain and dew on pine boughs and leaves, creating tiny prisms of color and light, but this was much bigger and isolated. ​ As we continued up the path, I tried to keep focused on it, to pinpoint its location, but as we got closer, some tree trunks briefly got in the way. It disappeared and I never did figure out what it was. Another time, mysterious lights scared me right out of the outhouse! I’d turned off my flashlight while sitting inside, and as my eyes adjusted to the dark, autumn night, strange glows began to appear within just a few feet of Uncle Grunt! Could it be the eyes of a wild creature looking at me? I closed the

door quickly. But how long can you wait in an outhouse? After a while, I cracked open the door and flipped on the flashlight toward the glow. I didn’t see anything so bolted to our cottage as fast as I could. Tim accompanied me back, and we couldn’t find anything strange, but the next time I went during daylight, I looked more closely in the area where I’d seen the mysterious light. There were only some pine needles, twigs, and rather innocuous mushrooms. In autumn, many different kinds of mushrooms in marvelous shapes and colors appear thru out the forest. They are fun to observe from day to day as they quickly metamorphose from a darling little bud to a strange, beautiful, and sometimes sumptuous shape, to a yucky blob of black, scummy decay. Some are solitary entities, and some appear in little communities, looking like a village of tiny gnome cottages. They make it easy to understand how tales of fairies and elves came to be connected with forests. ​ As you’ve probably guessed, the strange glow that had scared me by Uncle Grunt, was


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Tim rides toward a mysterious light phosphorescence from some profoundly mysterious bioluminescent fungi. Our most magnificent experience of mysterious forest light occurred during a bike ride on Sunset Lodge Rd one evening. It looked like there was a huge bonfire up ahead; a blaze of hot, white and orange light emanating from the earth, with flames shooting up into the trees. But there was no smell or sign of smoke! As we drew nearer, it didn’t disappear like the other glow I’d seen on our trail. We entered the bright, warm light and became completely immersed within it. It was beautiful! But what caused it? Perhaps, since sunset was near, it was a manifestation of sunlight caught in the dew of evening. What do you think? A special crop for us this year was Hazelbert nuts; a cross between filbert and hazelnut trees that we put in our orchard years ago. I’ve occasionally seen similar nuts on wild trees here, but squirrels and chipmunks always beat us to the harvest. This summer, however, the squirrel population all but disappeared, which sometimes happens when a predator population such as fox, mink, fishers, pine martins, owls, and hawks increases. Some of our neighbor’s cats sadly disappeared as well. Life is tough in the wilds! But, as a consequence, we got their nut harvest. And it’s a lot of work! They have to be pried out of a sticky hull, then

Rebekah Audic (our daughter) with hazelbert nuts

cracked open with a vise or hammer before you get a small edible seed. Just think, the squirrels have to do this with their teeth! We’re grateful we get to try them. When the harvest is in, and it’s chilly out, we have time to pursue indoor crafts, and introspection. An important workshop we offer at this time is: FUNCTIONING WELL WITH DIFFICULT FEELINGS, which will be held on Sat. Nov. 9th from 10:30am-12:00pm. Tim is a NYS Certified Counselor with sixty years of experience and will offer practical ways to manage the feelings and parts of ourselves that can make life unpleasant and difficult. We all have uncomfortable feelings of frustration, anger, self-rejection, sorrow, etc., and in spite of them, we still must manage in a way that doesn’t harm us, or others. One technique (of many) Tim offers includes trying to accept the feeling, without acting it out. Or, if you can’t accept it, try to accept the fact that you can’t accept it. That idea makes me chuckle, An old wooden puppet but it seems to help take the pressure off of feeling frustrated that I can’t escape the feeling. Another workshop we are offering this month is based on an old wooden puppet doll that was a popular toy in decades past, perhaps We’ll make a beaded puppet fashioned by a grandparent whittling wood scraps by the light of the fireplace. We will make one out of something more conveniently available to us, however: A BEADED PUPPET ORNAMENT, held on Sat. Nov. 16th from 10:30am-12:00pm. Beads from old jewelry and a bit of wire will be turned into adorable, jointed figurines that can be maneuvered into various positions. Bring your collection and/or draw from our own to create your unique “people.” Materials: $10. Our most popular workshop of the year has become a friends and family tradition for many; BALSAM WREATH or KISSING BALL held on Sat. Nov 30th or Dec 7th (Choose 1 hour between 9 –Noon). Call ahead (315-826-7405) to reserve your time and materials for any workshop, and please dress warmly. Materials

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$15.​ Preparing for this takes us many hours, but motivates us to get outside and explore along the edges of our forest where emerald evergreen branches hang low enough to trim. It requires us to wander among the frosted hedges of willow, viburnum, and meadowsweet to seek out slender, long shoots to wrap into circular forms to make the base of our wreaths. We wear tall boots with thick socks and gravitate to areas where sunlight offers a little warmth on our cheeks while we harvest. Like the tracks of deer who also wander here, our feet leave frosty indentations into carpets of soft sphagnum mosses, sometimes several inches deep; a lace mosaic of frost crystals. It’s tempting to wander quite a bit to keep warm, ostensibly to look for better pickings (even though there’s plenty where we are). We squeeze through dense clusters of young trees and are often rewarded with snow dumped on our necks. After we have many feed bags filled, our guests just need to insert the short balsam twigs between the branches of the base. This naturally creates tension between the branches, holding the balsam in place. We have pine cones, and some folks bring bows and ornaments to add. Everyone seems so happy during this workshop. I often debate if it’s caused by the power of creativity to uplift, or does the wonderful fragrance of balsam have some euphoric essence? Traditional gatherings of family & friends most profoundly remind us of loved ones who are no longer there. One thing that can bring comfort is to know that you’ve told them that you love them. In the fall of 1991, when I turned 43, I was inspired to reflect upon my childhood and the precious moments and gifts bestowed by my devoted parents, who were then in their seventies. I felt that I should share this with them before it was too late, and I’m so glad I did. Dear Mom & Dad, ​I want to express my love and gratitude for what you’ve taught me, the opportunities you’ve provided for me, your forgiveness of my shortcomings and the models of good living you are still providing me. I appreciate the dedication and work you did for all of us, as well as taking the time to have fun. ​I often hear your advice in my mind when I’m considering something; but, Mohawk Ltd Town Crier Ad RC 2017_Layout 1 1/12/2017 3:24 PM Page 1


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Peg with ther mom and dad, Betty and Roland Spencer

life hasn’t followed standard patterns, it’s been full of adventure, interest, and love. I can hardly ask for more. ​ In quiet times I have all sorts of nice memories from my youth to reminisce on such as; Decorating Christmas cookies at the kitchen table where many interesting crafts were done. Walking down to Mahanna’s Creek on Stop 7 Rd to meet Dad on his way home from work. Going swimming anywhere there was water. Getting candy and comics at Jimmy Nolan’s soda fountain in Clark Mills (I was furious when comics went from 10 cents to 12!) Getting a wonderful new book to read. Trying to be nice to my brother and sisters in December, so Santa Claus would approve. Spying on you through the register between the living room & bedroom. Mom playing “Rustle of Spring” on piano. Dad singing “Peg O’ My Heart” sometimes, and tickling me at the end of the keyboard. Mom’s voice humming hymns as she rocked one of us to sleep. Trying to get out of dishes by playing the piano or hiding in the bathroom. Exploring the woodlands and meadows around our home. Riding and jumping bareback on Flicka. Gymnastics, Drama, Art, Music and the Agricultural Fairs at Westmoreland school. Raking autumn leaves into pretend floor plans for a house. Playing games at dusk in the front yard with the neighbors; Kick The Can, Hide & Seek,

Red Light/Green Light, etc. Swinging in the old maple tree out back. “Helping” Dad build a sailboat (“You’re helping just by being here,” you said). Smelling food cooking in the kitchen from my bedroom in the morning. The delicious aroma of a bushel of apples on the porch when we entered in the fall. Waving to the conductor on the old train that went by Stop 7 Rd. when I was really little. Trying to hide cats in my dresser drawers to keep them in at night. Going to church in look-alike, home-made outfits with my Mom and sisters. Grandpa Joe playing “The Yellow Rose of Texas” on harmonica. Camping across the country in our station wagon to California. Saying “I love you” to you each night before I went to bed. I could go on endlessly. I love you, respect you, and am still learning from you, my dear parents. Thank you for my life. Peggy

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This one’s no “turkey.” The return of the Justice McBride band! In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Central New York became a hotbed for Southern rock. While miles apart geographically, something about the hard-working, hard-partying of the Southern Rock culture connected with the people in upstate New York, and every club around regularly ran shows featuring the many great bands who played that style of music. And at the top of that whole scene was the Justice McBride band. In 1978, cousins Mark Sisti and David Smith formed a duo and named it after their mothers, two of the McBride Sisters. One year later they added two others from the McBride family tree, bassist Al Sisti and slide guitar wizard Dan Sisti. A month or so into rehearsals, drummer Gene Voce joined the party and the Justice McBride Band was complete, soon to become a mainstay on the club and college circuit throughout New York State. After a somewhat lengthy hiatus, The JMCB returns on Wednesday, November 27th at Piggy Pat’s in Washington Mills. This will be the first full show in over five years. Piggy Pat’s is opening their spacious dining room. Show time is 8 p.m. SLUG Reunion at 12 North Here’s a little “Gravy.” SLUG returns for a Black Friday show at 12 North. Black Friday is now officially SLUG Friday! Friday 11/29 at 12 North. Steve Fletcher, Bob Moore, Genesee Joe, Chris Andreski, Chris Dunn and Mike Finley. Look for a mix of SLUG originals and plenty of The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and more. Perhaps even a few guests! Crazy Fools and the Ashleigh DeCarr will open the show.


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Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . 13 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . . 9

Entertainment, Events & Activities Goodsell Museum, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . 64 Hamilton College Performing Arts, Clinton . . . . 20 Herkimer County Craft Fair . . . . . . . . . . 16 Herkimer College Great Artists . . . . . . 15 Hotel Solsville, Solsville . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Little Falls Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 MVCC Cultural Series . . . . . . . . . . 53 New Hartford Shopping Center Holiday Stroll . . . 2 Old Forge Visitors Center . . . . . . . . . 18 Estate Sales Attic Addicts, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 The Potting Shed Antiques, Whitesboro . . . . . 35 Farm Equipment Clinton Tractor, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Hobby Hill Farm Sales, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 67 White’s Farm Supply, Waterville/Canastota . . . . . . 80 Farm Markets Cooperstown Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . 6 Dunham Public Library Winter Market . . . . . . . . . 23 Wyndfield Acres Farm Store, Little Falls . . . . . . . 44 Feed, Animal Carhart’s Feed & Pet Supply . . . . . . . . . . 50 Felting Grey Fox Mercantile, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 23 Fencing B & K Fencing, serving greater Utica . . . . . . 40 Financial Institutions Bank of Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Financial Services Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . 66 Firewood and Wood Pellets Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Flooring Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Mike’s Floor Store, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . 8 Florists Village Florals, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Funeral Services Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Jordanville . . . . . . . . 60 John Froass & Son, Sherrill . . . . . . . . . . . 8


General Contractors Ed Smith Contractor and Handyman . . . . . . . . . 12 Gift Shops/Shopping The Artisan’s Corner, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . 14 Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . 57 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . 33 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 55 The Gathering Place, Poland . . . . . . . . 40 Grey Fox Mercantile, New Hartford . . . . . . 23 Heartsome Handicrafts, New Hartford . . . . . . 10 Johnny Appleseed, Erieville . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Kayle Marie Creations, Mohawk . . . . . . . 10 Krizia Martin, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . .44 Lady and Leap Toy Shop, New Hartford . . . . 16 Main Street Gift Shoppe, Newport . . . . . . . 34 Paca Gardens, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . 17 Remington Country Store . . . . . . . . . . . 15 The Tepee, Cherry Valley . . . . . . . . . . 59 Golf Courses and Driving Ranges Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 59 Grocery/Convenience Stores The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . Little Italy Imports, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . .

29 50 12 61 51

Handyman/Repairs Ed Smith Contractor and Handyman . . . . . . . . . 12 Hardware/Lumber/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . 43 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Hemp and CBD Products Utica Hemp Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Ice Cream Cafe at Stone Mill, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . 27 The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Insurance Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . . 49 Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . 55 HBE Group, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . 10 Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . . . . 49

Lawn Mowers, Leaf and Snow Blowers SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . 25 Liquor Stores and Wine Famous Liquor & Wine, New Hartford . . . . . . . 22 lion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . . . 22 Maple Syrup (see Produce) Massage Therapy Universal Wellness, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 24 Meats, locally raised (see Produce) Media 92.7 The Drive WXUR, Utica . . . . . . . . . 74 FOX33/WUTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 7 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Monuments & Memorials Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Musical Instrument Sales, Rentals, Lessons Big Apple Music, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . 36 Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 29 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . 57 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . 70 Sunflower Naturals, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . 45 Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . 41 Paint and Painting Supplies Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . . . 49 Pet Supplies Carhart’s Feed & Pet Supply . . . . . . . . . . 50 Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosato’s Pizzeria & Bakery, Utica . . . . . Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . .

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Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . Main Street Gift Shoppe, Newport .

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Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . Twin Orchards, New Hartford . . . . . . . . Wyndfield Acres Farm Store, Little Falls . .

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Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Love & Stitches, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Heartworks Quilts & Fabric, Fly Creek . . . 12 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Real Estate John Brown Team, Coldwell Banker . . . . . . 63 Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Black Stallion Restaurant,Vernon . . . . . . Cafe at Stone Mill, Little Falls . . . . . . . Canal Side Inn, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . Cleaver’s BBQ, West Winfield . . . . . . . . . Clinton Ale House, Clinton . . . . . . . . . Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . Delta Lake Inn, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . Hotel Solsville, Solsville . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Street Ristorante, Newport . . . . . Michael’s Alder Creek Inne, Barneveld . . . . Nola’s Restaurant, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . . Outta The Way Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . Patio Drive-In, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . . . Rosato’s Pizzeria & Bakery, Utica . . . . . . . . RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . Route 69 Steakhouse, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . The Tailor and The Cook, Utica . . . . . . . . . . Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie’s The Original Bagel Cafe, Utica . . . The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Sewing and Mending The Gathering Place, Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

sponsor news Hamilton College Presents Vassily Primakov, Piano, Nov. 3

The Hamilton College Department of Music presents pianist Vassily Primakov on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center on the Hamilton College campus. The recital includes selections from Shumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op.12 and Schumann’s rarely performed Grand Sonata No. 3. He is joined by Oxana Mikhailoff in the second half of the program for a four hands arrangement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. In recent years, Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world class importance. At age 17 he came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School with the noted pianist, Jerome Lowenthal. At Juilliard Primakov won the William Petschek Piano Recital Award, which presented his debut recital at Alice Tully Hall, and while at Juilliard, aided by a Susan W. Rose Career Grant, he won both the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize in the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information visit or call the box office: (315) 8594331.

Waterville Area Food Pantry Raffle Dodge Challenger w/Scat Pack 2016 Rebuilt

Care Value: $24,800 $20/tickets with a maximum of 2,000 tickets sold Tickets available by calling: (315) 725-8790; from any Pantry member; at Main St. Auto; Mark Barnes Law Office; Mewrr-Rose Florist; and at Woodman & Getman. All proceeds will be used to purchase food for the Waterville Area Food Pantry. Winner chosen at the end of the Parade of Lights. Donated by NY Central Mutual with assistance from Copart 'Taxes & Fees sole responsibility of the winner


Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . 71 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Small Engine Repair J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 56


Snowmobiles/ATVs Hobby Hill Farm, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Tire & Tire Repair Get a Grip, Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Toy Shops Lady and Leap Toy Shop, New Hartford . . . . . . 16 Trailers and Truck Caps Boulevard Trailers, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Tree Services and Tree Farms Rick Turk Tree Service, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 62 Vacuum Sales Rainbow, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Websites Utica Remember When . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Weddings and Banquets Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . . . 59 Wellness Universal Wellness New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 24 Yarn and Knitting Supplies Love & Stitches, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Yogurt Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . . . . 5

Answer to last month’s puzzle about what made our October issue special is: Seventh. The October 2019 issue marked the start of our 7th year publishing MVL Magazine! Winner: Kay Sinclair of Utica

Jack Frost

This “artist” visits us every October, embellishing the windows with magical “paintings.” In late 19th century literature, this personification of ice and cold started to be depicted as a sprite-like character. Winner chosen at random from all correct entries: Amy Casale of Herkimer

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Mohawk Valley Living #74 November 2019  

Mohawk Valley Living #74 November 2019