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Oneida County History Center ADK Journal Copper City Brewing Co. Local Maple Syrup Producers Local CD Review MV Classical Downtown Utica Gallery Guide MV Restaurant Blackbird Flocks of March On the Farm with Suzie MV Gardens & Recipes Artist Mark Bode Local Photography Show MV Nature MV Astronomy Club Ann Street Deli Restaurant Guide MV Comics Antiques Guide Herkimer Co. Historical Society Tales from Shawangunk, Part 42 Genesee Joe Advertiser Directory Sponsor News

March is Maple Syrup Month here in the Mohawk Valley. Syrup makers have to be ready when Mother Nature says so, and she’s a fickle one! (I was given advice from a wise friend/ neighbor/editor not to write about the weather. Sage advice. It’s an unheard of 74 degrees as I write this, but I digress.) Farmers don’t have the luxury of just observing weather, they have to be ready for it. If it’s warm, they have to make syrup. If they’re not prepared, they miss out on what can be a very short season. We, as customers, line up for sap house and sugar bush tours, samples of various new maple syrup products like maple cotton candy and maple bourbon, and a seat at the table of one of the many area pancake breakfasts (see page 15) We take sweet, golden syrup for granted, but it represents a dance between farmer and Mother Nature. She leads and the farmer has to anticipate her next move. Though we may whine that rain ruins our skiing snow in the winter or our golf outing in the summer, I have rarely, if ever, heard a farmer complain about the weather—Suzie, you’re forgiven for complaining about it raining cats and dogs, see page 33—it’s just one of the challenges they face and it serves no purpose grumbling about it. In fact, the popular CSAs that have sprung up over the last couple of decades are the result of farmers solving the problem of unpredictable weather by distributing the risk among consumers. When I go about my day and catch myself complaining that the weather isn’t exactly what I want it to be, I think of those people whose livelihoods are actually affected by it. Then I shut my mouth and enjoy another bite of my syrup-laden pancakes! •


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Utica’s Women’s Rights Pioneer:

Lucy Carlile Watson 1855-1938 by Frank Tomaino

Lucy Carlile Watson left her house at 270 Genesee Street in Utica early that Tuesday morning on November 5, 1915. It was Election Day and she had much to do. Voters would accept or reject that day a bill to amend the New York State constitution to give women the vote. Lucy was leading one hundred Utica women who had volunteered to be “watchers” at the polls and keep an eye open for any election fraud. Their instructions from the Women’s Political Union were a list of “don’ts”: DON’T bubble with exuberance at the polling places, but be pleasant at all times. DON’T ask inspectors to sharpen your pencils, do it your self. DON’T talk but keep your eyes open. DON’T wear fluffy ruffles. DON’T argue with anyone, be serious and be dignified. At day’s end, the suffragettes lost the statewide vote. In Utica, the bill was defeated by 3,046 votes. But, Lucy Carlile Watson—fearless, tireless—continued the fight for woman suffrage. A statewide political equality club was formed and members picked Lucy to head the group. Two years later, voters passed the bill, and two years after


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that, the New York State Legislature ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and women, finally, had won the vote. Lucy had achieved one of her many goals. But there still was much for her to do. Lucy Carlile Watson was born in Utica on February 10, 1855, daughter of Dr. William and Sarah Carlile Watson. She attended the Young Ladies Seminary in Utica and Utica Academy. She once said that she inherited her interest in politics from her father and from an early age became a fighter for women’s rights. In 1899, she became a charter member of the Utica Political Equality Club and served as its president from 1900 to 1917. She resigned in 1917 to take over the presidency of the state organization. For her efforts on behalf of woman suffrage, the name “Lucy Carlile Watson” is inscribed on two bronze tablets placed in Albany and in Washington by the National League

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of Women Voters—the Suffrage Memorial Tablet in the Capitol in Albany and at the League headquarters in Washington. Another plaque also bears her name. She was a founder in Utica in 1928 of the Central Association for the Blind. In 1978, the agency dedicated the plaque in her honor. Participating was the Rev. Stanley P. Gasek, rector of Grace Episcopal Church where Lucy was an active member. She also was a charter member of the New Century Club and its president from 1899 to 1903, a member of the Utica Playground Association and on the Board of Managers of the House of the Good Shepherd. Lucy was busy in politics right to the end. Once woman suffrage had been achieved, she began to fight for women to perform jury duty. She led a group to Albany and told state legislators: “Granting women the rights of suffrage means just that—duties as well as privileges—and serving on juries seems to be one of the outstanding duties.”

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When she died in 1938 at age 83, then Utica Mayor Vincent R. Corrou said: “Her death removes from Utica one of its outstanding citizens. Her activity in civic, religious and charitable circles will always place her definitely in the memories of all Uticans.” The Observer-Dispatch wrote: “She was an unassuming person who went to great pains to do good in the world. Her greatest charm was in the warm heart and charitable spirit which she evidenced throughout her long and useful life.” •

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Top Five

Favorite Family Mountain Hikes Part 1

by Gary VanRiper We are finally marching into spring and fair-weather hiking is just around the corner! I am often asked what might be some good hikes to do with families. It is a challenge to choose! After covering several hundred miles of trails and summiting more than 100 mountains throughout the Adirondacks, here are five of my favorites across the Park where I have seen families together enjoying the spectacular views. Below are the first three.* Bald (Rondaxe) Mountain (Old Forge) This popular mountain has some of the most wonderful views I have seen anywhere in the Adirondacks. There is a fire tower atop the sprawling summit, but it is not at all necessary for those afraid of heights to climb up the tower to thoroughly enjoy the commanding view of several lakes along the Fulton Chain. It is close enough to our family camp that I have climbed it numerous times, including ascents with school classes on field trips. There is one steep section early on along the marked trail which that be considered a bit technical, and a balancing act along a ridge we dubbed “the dragon’s back” in one of our books, but once hikers reach the elevation where the terrain somewhat evens out they will find multiple grand lookouts as they approach the tower. The trailhead parking lot can be found just north of Old Forge on the Rondaxe Road off Route 28.

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Castle Rock (Blue Mountain Lake) For those in the Mohawk Valley who have already climbed Bald Mountain several times, consider heading further up Route 28 and then follow Route 30/28N to Blue Mountain Lake. Designated parking and the trailhead are found just off the main highway on Maple Lodge Road. Follow the trail markers! The hike begins along a dirt road and then veers off to the right into the woods where you will find a split in the trail. You can make this trip a three-mile loop. I like to head clockwise to the summit and return the same way. It is impossible to avoid some elevation gain during a mountain climb and there is a steep section on this hike as well. The towering rock walls you will pass by will help you understand how the mountain got its name. Also fascinating is the series of caves you will pass by. You may be tempted to do some exploration, but I would recommend against it since bees are known to have taken up residence there. Are they found in every cave? I don’t know, but have no intention of finding out! At the summit you will enjoy an impressive view of island-littered Blue Mountain Lake.

Occasionally hikers will leave their walking sticks behind at the trailhead to Castle Rock. Trailhead is found on Maple Lodge Road in Blue Mountain Lake.

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You will pass by some impressive towering slabs of rock along the Castle Rock trail. Background photo: View from Castle Rock summit.

Coney Mountain (Tupper Lake) If I’ve convinced you to do some traveling, take Route 30 passing through Long Lake toward Tupper Lake. The trailhead parking for Coney Mountain will be found on the right-hand side of the highway and should be well marked with a sign by the DEC. This is a mountain I hope to hike with the grandkids one day. I never would have discovered it if it had not been one among the three mountains that constitute the Tupper Lake Triad ( The ascent one way is just over a mile and there is a large and wide-open summit with views in every direction. Neighboring Goodman Mountain is also part of Triad quest and can be seen from Coney just to the north. The fit and ambitious could do both in a single day. •

Coney Mountain features a wide and open summit with views in every direction.

*You may have noticed we are moving from southwest to northeast across the Adirondack Park. Watch for the April issue of Mohawk Valley Living for the remaining two favorite family hikes on mountains that will also serve as an introduction to the high peaks region! Gary VanRiper is an author, photographer, and pastor at the Camden Wesleyan Church. He has written 15 children’s books with his son, Justin. Find out more at:

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by Cynthia Quackenbush, photos: Melinda Karastury

I like craft beer. I liked it years ago, before it was a big thing. I loved coming across a microbrewery and sampling its offerings. Now that craft beer is a huge thing, I kind of have the problem of so many breweries, so little time, especially since I must also make time for wineries, distilleries, coffee shops, and bakeries. I was pleased, therefore, when Steven and I found the time to visit Copper City Brewing Company in Rome. We went early on a Thursday afternoon, when the place was not busy. That is the way we like it, although I do not rule out returning sometimes on a busier night. After all, I also like to take in the scene. We sat at the bar (our favorite place to sit), and the bartender gave us a sheet of “What’s on Tap.” Beers are also listed on a colorful chalkboard behind the bar. You can get a 13 oz. tulip or a 16 oz. pint, or you can get a flight. We went with the flight, so we could try different brews. Glasses in a flight are big enough so we each could sip more than once and really get a feel for the beer (we don’t mind sharing glasses, because we are married). I thought the Woods Valley Witte was interesting, especially the finish. I felt like a sophisticated taster, mentioning the finish. Kind of like when I taste a wine and recognize a “note” of something. I found Muck the Infant orangey and yummy. The bartender described it as very hoppy. I will have to do more beer tasting so I can better distinguish amounts of hoppiness (I know, that negates all the tasting cred I got for mentioning the finish). I merely wrote “yum” for the Air Base Amber Lager—a highly appropriate name for a lager in Rome, NY. I lived there during the heyday of Griffiss Air Force Base. I thought the Czech Please Pilsner was the plainest of the flight, but it had the best name. That was Steven’s favorite, so we included it in our second flight as well.

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Pocket Change Session #2 was nice and light. I also liked Drink Your Brussels Stouts. My favorite of the day was the Cu City IPA. The tasting sheet said “Mellow bitterness and citrus throughout.” I tasted the mellow bitterness more than the citrus, but I liked it. Copper City also offers New York State wines and non-alcoholic beverages. I was pleased to see Villa Verona Vineyard, Thousand Islands Winery, and Anthony Road Wine Company— three places I have visited. I learned that you can host a party at Copper City Brewing on its outdoor patio or in the tasting room. I don’t have any occasion to host a party soon, but maybe somebody will invite me to one of theirs. If I return to the brewery on a busier night, I can choose an evening when live music is happening. Black Mountain Symphony is playing Saturday, March 10; Beth & Fritz Sunday, March 11; and Just Jo on Thursday, March 22. The Timian-Hughes Project is set for two dates: March 25 and April 29. I’m marking my calendar for that. Cathie Timian is one of my favorite jazz vocalists. If I return on a not-so-busy night, I may ask for a behind-thescenes look at the brewing process. Or I may just relax by the fire and sample a few more brews. •

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Guide to maple producers Awaiting spring. Our Woods Maple Syrup sugar house in Cold Brook.

Maple Weekends 2018 March 17-18 & 24-25, 2018

One of the very first signs of spring in the Mohawk Valley is the appearance of maple syrup buckets hanging from the sides of sugar maples. Maple syrup was first introduced to Europeans by the indigenous peoples of North America. The full “sugar” moon in March was celebrated by the Iroquois as the first sign of spring—inviting the robins to return and the maple sap to flow.

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Open Saturday & Sunday March 17-18 & 24-25, 2018 Pancake breakfast all 4 days! 8am-1pm Products available at several locations including Peter’s Cornucopia, Stoltzfus Dairy, and Twin Orchards 770 Beaver Creek Road, West Edmeston (315) 899-5864

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Please call ahead. Will host tours for groups/schools. 200 Burt Road, Cold Brook (315) 826-3949

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Maple Weekends 10am-4pm, maple doughnuts, syrup, popcorn, and cotton candy! 247 County Rd 20, Sherburne (607) 674-9593

The Farmers’ Museum

Open Maple Weekends with activities 9am-2pm; Pancake breakfasts every Sunday in March 8:30am-1pm 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown (607) 547-1450

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Maple Weekend 2018

Saturday & Sunday, March 17th, 18th & 24th, 25th “A statewide event devoted to the recognition of the New York State Maple industry”

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7:30 AM – 12:00 PM- Pancake Breakfast with Fresh, Real Maple Syrup served in the V.V.S. High School Cafeteria. Adult $ 8.00, Senior Citizens and children under 12 $6, Pre-schoolers -- free.

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM- Maple Sap House Tour and Open House, V.V.S. FFA Sap House 10:00 AM- Maple Queen and Princess Presentation Cooking with Maple at the V.V.S. H.S. Cafeteria

Free Wagon Rides to the Maple Sugarbush! Free tours! 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM- Sale of Maple Syrup and Maple Products

Sunday, March 25th Only:

11:00 AM- Official New York Maple Sunday Syrup Season 2018 Maple Tree Tapping Ceremony 11:15 AM- Maple Coloring Contest Award Winners at V.V.S. H.S. Lawn

Link Maple Farm

Open maple season through first week in April Mon-Thur: 2:30-5pm, Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat: 9am-1pm Products available at local retailers. 4045 MacFarland Road, Taberg (315) 336-3030

Mill Creek Maple Supply

All the supplies you need to make maple syrup. Open Mon-Fri: 8am-4:30pm 1551 County Highway 20, Edmeston (607) 965-6920

Millers Mills Maple

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Paradise Maple

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Root Farm

Maple syrup tapped from our own trees, as well as maple cream. Call: (315) 520-7046, ext. 226 or email: 2860 King Road, Sauquoit

The perfect family day-trip this winter! Taste hot maple syrup poured over snow, known as jack wax. Learn how to tap maple trees. Experience contemporary and historic maple sugaring demonstrations. Ride the Empire State Carousel. Take a wagon ride. Admire our Heritage breeds of chickens, turkeys, and sheep. So much to see and do – and taste! A full pancake breakfast including scrambled eggs, sausage, and home fries is served with delicious local maple syrup!




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A high-end boutique salon in Oneida Square? You read that right. Salon One has just opened its doors and you will be pleasantly surprised and energized once you see the space and meet the owner. Sarah Kinsella has been an active hairstylist for eight years with a great following and tremendous skill and style. She is a 30-year-old Sarah Kinsella of Salon One in Oneida Square, Utica entrepreneur who is a native of Newport, NY, has a BA in business from SUNYIT, and attended cosmetology school in Syracuse. What sets her apart, aside from an unwavering commitment to the individual client, is that Salon One is one of only three Aveda salons in the area and the only one in the city of Utica. The designation shows commitment to her profession and provides consistent outcomes and botanically-based products to her clients. Customers – both women and men – can expect expert hair cuts, styling, color, highlights, facial waxing, and more. They also offer wedding services and will travel to do hair and makeup for bridal parties. The salon itself is purposefully intimate and, rather than having future plans to expand the space, Sarah would prefer to open a second location to preserve the intimate feel. Her philosophy is that Salon “One” is all about the individual. The team consists of Sarah plus two other stylists, who don’t rent booths from her, but rather are Salon One employees – another part of the philosophy to have a strong team that makes clients feel good from the inside out. She has a great appreciation and respect for the old city of Utica and the new city, which is reflected in her salon. She tastefully designed the space by highlighting the old and adding new embellishments, just like the city itself! There is a private parking lot next to the salon as well as ample street parking. She is excited for her clientele to discover the neighborhood and be part of its resurgence along with her. Sarah is honored to have brought her new business to downtown Utica and has a vision for the Oneida Square Arts District. She also lives in the downtown area and is an advocate for it – from patronizing restaurants to participating in the upcoming One World Flower Festival right in her neighborhood this May. Keep an eye out on this young, energetic entrepreneur – both a talented business owner and a force in Utica’s revitalization!

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106 Genesee Street • With a strong, early passion for design, architecture, and homes – that he rushed through his sixth-grade schoolwork to sketch – Bagg’s Square’s newest face, Jay Groah, has been a lover of all things architecture-related since elementary school. Now he gets to practice his passion every day as the lead behind The Jay Groah Group – a local real estate, interior design, and renovation firm. A self-described “total nerd,” the Utica native studied everything from architecture to the sciences all over the world. He speaks five languages, holds advanced degrees in science, languages & linguistics, and curriculum & instruction. Now in his tenth year in the business, Jay practices real estate through Keller Williams of the Mohawk Valley and is the second highest producing agent in the area. He credits his success to his amazing team, consisting of two buyer’s agents and two support staff. The team’s philosophy is “tech-forward, presentation-forward real estate with an obsessive and relentless eye towards aesthetics.” Their motto, “Don’t Just List It, Flaunt it,” is followed through with spectacular attention to every visual representation of a home, inspirational staging, video marketing, and showing off a home for the best it can be. Jay’s recent move downtown into the Bagg’s Square neighborhood was inspired by the exciting influx of businesses and the subsequent flood of positive energy that’s being seen in Utica’s revitalized core. The firm’s new location, right above Utica Bread, will be relaunched as “The Hub” this spring and will offer fun workshops all revolving around the team’s passions: architecture, HGTV house “stuff,” entertainment, and fun! Everything from local mixology to Colors That Sell will be played with. If you’re looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate, Jay and his team have a long track record of success, strong attention to detail, and great personalities worth exploring. Keep an eye open for upcoming spring workshops at “The Hub.” •


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Listening to Holland Patent native Chris Talgo, one would say entrepreneurship flourishes in the Mohawk Valley. During a visit, Chris ticks off ventures he’s spearheaded: owner with wife Tracy of the Nail Creek Pub & Brewery on Varick St. in Utica; co-owner of The Tailor and the Cook; and co-owner of Utica Bread. The pub alone is a dream he’s fostered since 2003. He and his wife, Tracy, purchased the former residence from the city when it was scheduled for demolition. “The property had not been lived in legally since the early ’90s and was in great disrepair,” Chris says. He relates that standing in the basement one could see up through the floors straight to the sky. The couple worked on renovations as they could, time-wise around work commitments and as finances allowed, and spent five years getting the job done. Except for brick walls, everything in the pub is new. What was once a barn became a game-room, kitchen, brewery, and an office, Chris says. Why such an undertaking? “I just saw an opportunity and went with it,” Chris says. He mentions his love of pubs was nurtured by time spent studying abroad. The pub opened in spring 2008. The Nail Creek itself once flowed where the Matt Brewing Company is situated. The creek supported brewers since the late 1700s, Chris says. At the beginning of the 20th century the creek was engineered to flow underground. “Given the creek’s history to local brewing, it became clear to us that the name was perfect for the pub,” he adds. Here, beer is the star. “We do not support mass-produced, watered-down, flavorless beer,” Chris says, focusing instead on craft beers. The selection includes about 115 bottled beers as well as 12 drafts that rotate daily to keep things fresh, he notes. Chris boasts the pub is the number one place in the region that sells Utica Club. The pub is also known for its social atmosphere and live musical events. “We are a friendly place; we like the pub to be relaxed and laid back,” Chris says. Music ranges from blues night on Thursdays to an Irish band the first Tuesday of every month. He says he plans to open at 8 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day; the pub will also

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son buying the kibble every week, I can assure you, I want to keep the mouths I feed to a minimum. But, more importantly, I do not need nor want unchecked breeding and interbreeding. Cats can have litters of as many as 12 kittens, which are then old enough to breed in just under six months. You don’t have to be a math whiz to understand how quickly that can get out of hand! And old wives’ tale or not, I’ve heard on too many occasions about birth defects and health problems from interbreeding to want to tempt fate. I keep all cats on our farm fixed, which means additional out-of-pocket expenses. Finally, a house pet that has been raised in the comforts of a warm, cozy home has little chance of survival on a farm. Quite a few of the cats that showed up on our doorstep over the years had clearly never lived a day in their lives out of doors, and desperately wanted to be in our house. A farm cat has a hard life. Outdoor cats have about half the life expectancy of an indoor cat, due to predators like foxes and coyotes, being struck by a vehicle on a busy road, or diseases like feline leukemia. Dropping off your unwanted pet in the country is downright cruel. So, on behalf of all farmers everywhere, please heed this public service announcement: DO NOT DROP YOUR UNWANTED PETS AT FARMS. According to the ASPCA, the number one reason for pet abandonment is financial insecurity. It’s expensive to keep a pet! But passing along an unwanted expense to farmers that are already having a hard time making ends meet is simply unforgivable. If you need to re-home your animal for any reason, please call one of our excellent area shelters. Depending on your reason for re-homing the animal, the shelter may be able to help you keep it. If you need help affording food, help with veterinary expenses, or assistance with behavioral issues, the shelters can be one of your best resources. And, in the words of the great Bob Barker, “get your pets spayed and neutered!” The kitten that arrived in December has an appointment to get spayed. She has been wormed, flea treated, and gotten her vaccinations. She eats like a horse. She’s also very sweet….I just wish the person who dropped her off had also dropped off a wad of cash or small savings account to cover the expenses! Better yet, I hope that person (and everyone reading this) will consider donating money, goods, or time to any of our area’s fine animal shelters. They provide such an important service and can certainly use the help. • Suzie Jones and her husband, Peter, own Jones Family Farm in Herkimer. Together, with their children, they produce specialty goat cheeses and gelato. Find them at local farmers’ markets and online:

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In the first week of June, the Beavers turned their interest to our man-made pond (a/k/a “Wick’s Pond”). GenLo, the colony’s patriarch, had plastered the outflow pipe with mud in order to raise the water level. Work also began on a lodge on that pond’s west bank. It made me wonder if the Beavers were contemplating yet another move. Perhaps Wick’s Pond would become the Beavers’ backup home in case the other ponds were destroyed. All work on Wick’s Pond had been taking place under cover of darkness, but I continued daytime monitoring. At Morton’s Pond the Beavers began coming out in the mid-afternoon again. They were eager to get at the leafy poplar branches we left by the shore. Julia was looking especially good. I got to see her using her lame left foot to paddle through the water. Although it became clear that both Julia and Tippy finally had swollen mammary glands, I still had yet to confirm the presence of new Beaver kits. This wasn’t unusual given the time of year. Sometimes we don’t see kits out of the lodge until half-way through the summer. Heavy rains at this time brought ponds and streams to near flood stage. The vernal pond at the willow grove was GenLo’s latest project. He added to the height and breadth of the dam and did his best to waterproof it. In mid-June, the Beavers continued to work on the dam at Morton’s Pond and as a result that pond achieved all-time high levels. The pond had noticeably grown. The former goose nest islands were submerged well below the water line and the original headwaters’ pond had been completely subsumed. A few more trees had been cut in the area around the headwaters. Of course, all of this work was a clear sign that the Beavers’ intended to remain at Morton’s Pond. At Sarah’s Pond, a Mink was frequently being seen. She may have been using an old Beaver lodge as her den. One day she was seen scrambling on the Beaver blind at Sarah’s Pond. She seemed to be searching for nests. Mink sometimes climb trees in an attempt to raid the nests of birds

and mice. Meanwhile, I was still leaving food at Secret Pond, which was not too far away, but it seemed to be only Muskrats that were partaking of it. There were no recent signs of Beaver habitation there. As June progressed into its third week, water levels at the lower ponds continued to drop. Many of the Beavers were coming out in the afternoon, but I was having a difficult time determining precisely which members of the colony were still with us. Did any of the 2-year-olds leave? Sweet potatoes were clearly the treat of choice for most Beavers, although at least one 2-year-old (Sweet Flag) still preferred carrots and would pick up and carry as many as three at a time. For Julia and Tippy, sweet potatoes became a must-have. Each in turn would emerge from the pond, walk up to me, and ask for one. Both would commonly stand on their hind legs, with their short arms held out before them, and with hands ready to grasp. If I wasn’t fast enough on the draw I would end up with muddy paw prints on my legs. When Tippy asked for food in this manner it took me right back to when she was a young kit in the summer of 2012. That was when I really got to know her and

her three siblings. They would make a begging circle around me while I cut up carrots. That year they really needed the assistance since their father (May Apple) and several older siblings had been lost in a dam collapse at Sarah’s Pond. Tippy and the other new kits from that year were only spared because they were not yet out of the lodge. Most likely Julia was with them at the time. Now 5-yearold Tippy is huge and may well be the largest Beaver in the colony. On the last day of June very heavy rain brought streams to near-record highs and the Beaver dams were severely tested. Water spilling over the dams made them look like elongated waterfalls. Most of the Beavers were at Morton’s Pond and I hoped they would stay there. That pond was the oldest one in the system and its dam was best fortified. In fact, it was the only pond that survived the “100-year” flood of 2013. We know only too well that dam collapses can be existential threats to Beavers. On the morning of July 1, the rain was unrelenting. At Secret Pond a 20-foot section of the dam opened like a door and drained the pond. By afternoon, May Pond collapsed in a similar manner. Prior to

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that the dams at the lower ponds, including Blueberry Pond, were overwhelmed and all easily gave way. Sarah’s Pond was next to fail after a small section of its dam eroded away. The dam at the new headwaters pond was also easily breached, and by mid-afternoon only Morton’s Pond out of the entire pond system was still viable. Torrential rain continued falling through the afternoon, transforming the normally sleepy brook into a raging river. That powerful deluge was now being intercepted by a single Beaver dam. As water gushed into

Morton’s Pond, the stream’s current was distributed over the length of the dam and that served to reduce the stress on any one section, but how long could the dam hold out under such pressure? Later that afternoon, even though water was pouring in from the stream and from the sky in Morton’s Pond seemingly equal proportions, several of the Beavers were out and casually swimming around as if there was no emergency. When I returned later in the evening, I found the dam at Morton’s Pond was still holding. The rain had stopped and the amount of water flowing into the pond had lessened considerably. Obviously, the worst was over. A total of seven ponds had been taken out by this potent storm, but the Beavers still had their oldest and most important pond. Only one month before, the Beavers had fortuitously decided to move to Morton’s Pond. That decision quite probably saved their lives.

That evening I saw all three adults and at least three immatures. None was engaged in repair efforts at that point, but no doubt a major assessment of the pond system was on their drawing board. After the flood, the Beavers suspended work on all projects not related to their chain of ponds. GenLo concentrated on repairing the dam at Sarah’s Pond. Comparatively minor damage there could be fixed in the short term, while the dams at Secret Pond and May Pond could take years to rebuild. I took time to examine the ruins of Secret Pond. Its steep walls made it resemble the maw of a volcano. Ironically, it’s only when a catastrophic event like this occurs that you can fully appreciate the work Beavers do. The dam at its highest point above the stream was close to eight feet high! Remains of the old food cache lay completely exposed and it still contained a half-winter’s worth of branches. Visible at the base of the main lodge on the western shore were large entrance and exit holes. A person could easily fit through those holes, but I resisted the temptation. A little farther up the bank there was another large hole, one that looked like it could make a good cave for a hibernating bear. The small lodge on the eastern shore had a single huge entrance/exit passageway. The

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were coming up at both main ponds. An Eastern Kingbird sits on her nest above the pond In fact, Sarah’s Pond was just shy of attaining its preflood level. At this point we still hadn’t seen any new kits. However, Tippy provided us with a clue that there were young in the lodge. She would take food, return to the lodge with it, and then come right back to get more. It appeared she was feeding kits. As the month progressed, other failed ponds revealed similar secrets, al- the Beavers were coming out even earlier in though none as dramatic. Undoubtedly, these the afternoon. It wasn’t unusual for Julia to be Beaver constructions would now be utilized walking up the trail to greet me when I arrived by other wildlife. at 2 p.m. I would take a treat out of my bag In mid-July, the Beaver clan shifted to and give it to her. She would then execute a coming out in mid-afternoons again. The slow 180-degree turn and escort me back to work on the dam at Sarah’s Pond remained the pond. This gave me an opportunity to asthe Beavers’ top priority along with fortifying sess the way she walked on her back left leg. the dam at Morton’s Pond. All other work re- She was compensating for her weak foot by mained on hold. It was clear that water levels putting more weight on her upper leg and less

weight on her foot. It seems to work and her “waddle” speed wasn’t noticeably affected. At that time I saw that one of the yearlings (Calla) had a small gash above his nose. This was most likely the result of getting poked by a sharp branch, which is an ever present hazard for Beavers. As July came to an end, Morton’s Pond had surpassed its pre-flood levels and both Sarah’s Pond and the headwaters pond had been repaired. Virtually all of this work had taken place in the overnight hours and so I couldn’t be sure which Beavers were carrying it out. The few times when I would catch a Beaver working on a major project, it would be GenLo or one of the 2-year-olds. It was rare to make it to August without any tangible evidence of new Beaver kits but I had to wait yet another week. Then on August 9, I finally saw one. The kit was pestering Julia for a piece of her sweet potato. It was going from one side of her to the other, twisting upside-down, and trying to snatch it from beneath. It wasn’t working; Julia wasn’t letting go. She would frustrate the kit by holding the treat just out of reach. It became clear the kit knew its way around the pond. In other words, this wasn’t his first time out. He swam around the pond like he knew the territory. If Julia wasn’t going to share, then the kit could fetch his own treat.

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make one of these devices. We recommend them to anyone experiencing Beaver-related flooding issues. They are simple, and cheap to build and install. They can also work for many years with no maintenance. In mid-September, evening visits to the Beaver ponds remained necessary in order to see most of the colony. They normally have a changeable schedule, but in 2017 it seemed more erratic than usual. For whatever reason, Julia has always been the most immune to schedule shakeups, but even she was more unpredictable in 2017. In the third week of September, Julia was coming out in the afternoon but her lodge mates, including Tippy and GenLo, were emerging in the early morning. GenLo would be seen working on the dam just after sunrise. Tippy and about four other Beavers would come over to the Beaver blind expecting treats. In the overnight hours, work in the headwaters area was being ramped up. Trees were being felled and most were being cut up and dragged into an underwater food cache the Beavers were assembling near the lodge at Morton’s Pond. I took this as confirmation the Beavers intended to remain at Morton’s Pond for the winter. The Beavers were taking a wide variety of tree species. Of those, it was Sugar Maple they most preferred. Most large maple trunk pieces were not being

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through the new dam inundated the area. At the same time the Beavers were cutting trees all around the trail. They tried toppling a large White Ash Tree on the west ridge, but instead of coming all the way down, the tree’s crown became enmeshed in its neighbor’s branches and there it hung, arrested in mid fall. On October 30, excessive rainfall caused some minor flooding around the property. It was clear that the dam at Morton’s Pond had sustained some damage. Water levels slowly fell throughout the day until the pond was down by about 1½ feet. It was a very audible leak, but no Beavers were seen getting up early to deal with it. Finally in mid-afternoon, a 2-year-old Beaver came out and began tackling the leak. The Beaver, acting in a determined if unhurried fashion, made trip after trip to the part of the dam that had sprung. He alternately ferried mud and sticks. When a Beaver first attempts to fix a large leak it seems his or her methods are wholly unequal to the task. It appears they are just losing arm full after arm full of material to the water rushing through the gap, but their persistence usually wins out. By the next morning the water levels at Morton’s Pond were restored. By the second week of November, most Beavers were active in mid-afternoon again. Tippy was the outlier and was only making occasional appearances. At this time our contributions of poplar branches were for the most part being processed by a single yearling Beaver. Calla would cut up and drag away each branch and dutifully store them in the underwater cache. He would try to do the same with larger diameter branches and trunk pieces, but sinking them underwater would present him with a challenge. Again, with Beavers, their dogged persistence usually pays off and after a dozen tries, even a small Beaver may be able to sink a buoyant branch. At the start of the second week of November, the ponds became iced over for the first time. For the Beavers this marked the beginning of ice-breaking season. The entire colony had been coming out in the afternoon and so

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The kit’s right eye appears to be mostly closed now and I believe there is likely some permanent damage. Hopefully, this Beaver can cope with only one working eye. During the third week of November, I made a rather significant discovery: we actually have two new Beaver kits for the 2017 season! The presence of a second kit was suspected for over a month, but couldn’t be positively confirmed until this late date. For a kit that managed to evade detection for so long, it didn’t seem to behave any shyer than the first kit. However, it has no problem with its eyes and that helped us to distinguish between the two. Both kits are the same size and are believed to belong to the same litter produced by Julia back in the spring. The young kits were seen together on a few occasions. This marks the first time we’ve gone this long into a season without determining the true size of a litter. The Beavers’ frequent schedule shakeups were the cause of some confusion. Even at the end of November and through the first half of December, the Beavers’ emergence times were all over the map. During this period most Beavers were coming out in mid-afternoon, but Julia was preceding them, coming out sometimes as early as 11 a.m. Tippy and GenLo were often outliers, coming out in the early post-dawn hours, but then suddenly shifting to

early afternoon. By mid-December, thick ice on the ponds and a few inches of snow curtailed the Beaver’s activities outside of the ponds. They had been cutting down trees in the headwaters area right until the freeze up. Since the ice quickly became too thick for the Beavers to break themselves, I began cutting ice holes for them. The Beavers always behave more cautiously when the ponds are frozen. They will come up through the ice holes, but act very wary when they do. Julia and Tippy are the most casual about coming up out of a hole in the ice. In the last two weeks of December, winter weather continued to keep the Beavers from moving outside of their main ponds. One day a layer of slush over Morton’s Pond was enthusiastically dealt with by one of the younger Beavers. By doing a dog-paddle-like swim, the Beaver dug channels through the slush. On Christmas Eve, an adult female Merlin landed in a tree over Secret Pond and proceeded to pluck a sparrow it had just captured. Another surprise came on Christmas Day, when an adult Bald Eagle flew over the ponds. There was a stiff wind blowing out of the southwest on that day, and the eagle struggled to make its way westward. After that we experienced a very deep freeze and a thick sheet of ice covered all of the beaver ponds and the streams.


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

good food, good wine, good friends, good times 123 Mohawk St., Herkimer • 866-1746 Now Open 7 days! Sun-Thurs: 11-9, Fri: 11-11, Sat: 11-9

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Open Daily 7am-3pm

Quality Food - Fresh Ingredients Relaxing Atmosphere Offering Daily Specials! Catering & Banquets too! (315)533-7229

5345 Lee Center-Taberg Rd., Lee Center Wed & Thurs 3-9, Fri & Sat 11:30-9, Sun 11:30-8, Closed Mon & Tues


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

Whether you arrive by car, truck, or sled, Gone Coastal has the fireplace warm and waiting for you!



9663 River Rd., Marcy

Fresh Haddock • Giambotta

Serving all your favorite homemade comfort foods! Breakfast Served All Day!


Take Out & Delivery!

Mushroom Stew • Chicken & Biscuits Meatloaf, Goulash & More!

Test Your Luck at Trivia Night Mondays 7– 9pm at Killabrew!

Mon.-Thur. 6am-4pm, Fri. 6am-8pm Sat. and Sun. 6am-2pm


Celebrating 51 years in business!

Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford (315) 724-0185 • 7 days a week: 11am-10pm


March 1st-18th Buy Any Regular Price Pizza, Get Second One For 51 Cents!*

Get Your Irish on at Killabrew! Enjoy our favorite Irish dishes including Shepherd’s pie, Irish Beef Stew, Irish Pierogies, Corned Beef Reubens, and of course Corned Beef & Cabbage dinners!

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Homemade comfort foods

Experience the taste of Naples!

Full menu available til 2am!

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

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Mon-Sat: 10am-2am, Sun: 12pm-2am




10 Clinton Rd., New Hartford

Eat in!

Food Truck Starting Up St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! Book Your Event Now!

Our Dining Area seats up to 35! Specializing in Authentic Neopolitan Pizza! Using only the highest quality ingredients! Pizzas only take 90 seconds in our 800+ oven!

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

All-you-can-eat Lunch Buffet $9.95! Mon-Sat: 11:30am-3pm

All-you-can-eat Dinner Buffet $12.95! Tues & Wed only

Eat In Or Take Out • (315) 797-9918 • 609 French Rd, New Hartford NY Open 7 days a week for Lunch, Dinner served Mon-Thurs: 5-9, Fri & Sat: 5-10 Sun Hours: Lunch: 12-3, Dinner: 4:30-9 •


Phoenician R E S TAU R A N T


“We are your home town pizzeria!”

Enjoy authentic Lebanese Cuisine

Full Buffet & Salad Bar served Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30 Wednesday Night Buffet 4:30-8:30, Serving Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sat Full Menu Available Mon-Thurs 11:30-9pm, Fri & Sat 11:30-10pm

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

623 French Road, New Hartford (315) 733-2709

Locally Owned & Operated

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

past 5 years! Voted #1 pizza for

Catering Available • Homemade Desserts Every Day

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

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Life is Good at The Ohio Tavern!

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127 North St., Old Forge

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

served over seaweed salad with fresh avocado! The Pickle Boat Grill, Old Forge, Yum!


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

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

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

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

Weekend Specials! Haddock Specials

Prime Rib Every Sat. Night!

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615 Erie Blvd. W., Rome

The Original Neighborhood Restaurant A Rome tradition for over 40 years!

Homemade soups prepared fresh daily, handmade breads, rolls, pastries and cakes from our in-house bakery. Specialty cakes and fine pastries for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions. Banquet room for your next special event or meeting.

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



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

Monday-Saturday 11am-10pm 301 South James St., Rome (315) 336-9974


The Country Store with More!

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

Cafe Hours: Mon-Thurs 7-3, Fri & Sat 7-9, Sun 8-1 (breakfast only)

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

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Creaciones del Caribe

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Fresh & all natural ingredients Luisa Martinez - chef

1315 Genesee Street, Utica

(315) 864-3057 Open 7 days a week: 9am-11pm

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

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Breakfast • Lunch Homemade & Fresh Daily!

Irish Breakfasts

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

Contemporary American • Private Functions • Reservations Recommended

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

Open Monday -Through- Friday 8:00AM -To- 4:00PM


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

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

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

10 Ruth St., Vernon • (315) 829-4500

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American & Italian Cuisine Serving Lunch & Dinner

Breakfast Sandwiches Deli-Style Wraps/Sandwiches Salads, Soups & more! Homemade Baked Goods & Multi-Color Bagels - a kid’s favorite!

Free Delivery(min. $20) • Family Owned & Operated!

219 N. Genesee St., Utica

(315) 790-5353 • M-F: 6-4; Sat: 7-3; Sun: 7-2

KARAM’S Middle Eastern Bakery & Restaurant

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

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

(315) 736-1728 137 Campbell Ave, Yorkville


Serving Lunch & Dinner Lunches Served Fri, Sat & Sun Happy Hour Daily 4-7, $2 Drafts & $2.50 Well Mixers



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Family owned- The Vullo family has been catering to your menu needs since 1972!

Call us to discuss your upcoming wedding or party

5656 Route 5, Vernon • (315) 829-2203 Open 6 days a week for Lunch & Dinner, Closed Monday

Tues: $9.99 Prime Rib & $2.99 All U Can Eat Spaghetti Wed: Kids eat free w/each adult entree purchase, 10 boneless wings -$6.00 Thurs: All U Can Eat Chicken Riggies Sun: .60c Wings at bar & $13.99 16oz Sirloin Dinner

Catering & Banquet Facilities Available

409 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro • (315) 736-7869 59

MV Comics Featuring Rome artist & “Bob the Squirrel” creator, Frank Page! Catch Bob every day in the Rome Sentinel or at


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Caruso’s Pastry Shoppe

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A Purveyor of Primitive Antiques Early & Timeworn Wares, Simple Goods Old & Purposeful Stuff & Needfuls Reflecting Simpler Times

Multi Dealer Antique Shop

Primitives • Furniture • Artwork Smalls • Antique Accessories Wed-Sat: 10-4, Sun: 11-3 • (315) 264-1755

4803 Rt. 31, Vernon

Chairs looking for good homes at The Bull Farm

Dawn Marie’s Treasures Vintage, Gift & Gourmet 18 W. Park Row, Clinton

796-9099 • Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6 Everything’s Coming Up Green! Spring Treasures Arriving! Shop Our Gift & Gourmet Items: Specialty Chocolates & Hot Fudge Sauce, Jakes Bakes, Beeswax Taper, Candles, Assortment of Greeting Cards, Wall Art, & So Much More!

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We’re Changing & Growing all the time. Think Spring!

Winter: Open by Request Over 30 Vendors!


Mercantile Huge selection of antiques, vintage pieces, collectibles, glassware, furniture, accessories, and a rustic & country gift shop! Open 7 Days: 10-5:30, Call for Tues hours • 8124 Rte 12, Barneveld • (315) 896-2681

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Little Falls

Antique Center More than 50 vendors on 2 floors! Canal Place, Little Falls Open Every Day 10-5 315-823-4309


Main Street Gift Shoppe

Newport’s Best Kept Secret for Primitive Gifts!

Lancer Homespun Furniture, Candles, Lighting, Spring Decor, Olde Century Colors Paint, Signs, Furniture and More!

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Primitive Spring Open House With Wine & Chocolates Sunday March 4th, Noon-4pm Bring a friend and have fun shopping on Main Street!

7431 Main St Rt. 28 Newport, NY Wed-Sat 11:30am til 8pm (315) 845-8835


Over 160 Vendor booths and display cases!

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

A Three Story Barn Filled with Treasures!

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Pair of stained glass windows for sale at Showcase Antiques removed from the Jefferson Street Church in Little Falls during a renovation

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

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An eclectic mix of vintage, antiques, & home decor Open Fri, Sat, Sun 10-4 • (315) 893-1786

3371 Maple Ave., Bouckville

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Herkimer county historical society

The Great Flood of Herkimer, 1910 By Susan Perkins, Executive Director

On the Monday afternoon of Feb. 28, 1910, the village of Herkimer, N.Y. was inundated by giant blocks of ice and freezing melt water from the north. Flood waters were from the banks of the West Canada Creek all the way over to St. Francis DeSales Church on Bellinger Street. It damaged the Horrocks Desk factory on German Street, the Snell and West Canada Lumber Companies, and the Mark and Gem Knitting Mills. The water on Albany Street was three-feet deep, which stopped the Utica & Mohawk Valley electric railway from operating. One newspaper reported 875 pairs of boots were sold in Herkimer during the flood. The municipalities of Frankfort, Ilion, Mohawk, Little Falls, Utica, and Rome offered their services to Herkimer. The Utica Saturday Globe of March 12, 1910, reported: “In searching around for a suitable person to place at the head of the relief work in Herkimer the most competent one to be found was Miss Margaret Tuger, the preceptress of the South Side School. She accepted her position and was relived from duty and, mounting a wagon of relief supplies, rode out amount those families who needed assistance. Miss Tuger has been called the Clara Barton of Herkimer from the way she has taken hold of the local situation.� Crowds came by trolley to view the Herkimer Flood. It must have been a sight to see. The only fatality of the flood was 40-year-old Michael Roscup, who was standing watching the ice on the West Can-

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ada Creek when a chunk of it went hurtling through the air and landed on his head! He was taken to the Emergency Hospital, where he died from his injuries. Roscup is buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Herkimer. It took until Friday, March 4, 1910, to get the Village of Herkimer cleaned up. The businesses were able to open except for the badly damaged Gem Knitting Mill, which was on Albany Street. East Herkimer grew after the flood. Ads were placed in the local newspaper to come live on higher ground. Jane Bellinger McKenna in 2010 wrote the following account of the Herkimer flood: “The Herkimer Flood of February 1910 caused many scary and exciting events for all who witness this calamity. My mother Myrtle Peterson McKennan, twelve years old at the time, told many stories about how the flood affected the family. “Mother’s parents Philip and Edith Harter Peterson lived in a home located at the corner of Washington and Court Street which was in one of the paths the flood water took. After the ice jam, the water from the West Canada Creek and the hydraulic canal over-

flowed their banks. Combined to form a small river that ran down German Street in to Washington Street. It filled most of cellars on it way to the south side of town. The water was at least three feet deep, deep enough for small boats to be used to rescue ones who were stranded. The Peterson family never dreamed that a flood would happen. “Mother and Gram were home alone at the time of the flood. Grandpa working for the New York Central Railroad was in New York City. Mother told of the icy water that rose so fast around the Peterson house, they had only had a little time to gather some of their valuables to take to the second floor on the house. When the water reached the first floor, they stayed in the second floor for hours until boatman rescued them. “Gram and Mother climbed out of a window onto the back side porch roof and then lowered themselves into a boat. This was a dangerous and difficult job. The men had to keep the boat steady in the stream with a fast moving current as Gram and Mother climbed over the porch roof and dropped into the boat as a man caught each of one. “The Harter Family farm was only a few miles from Herkimer. They stayed until Grandpa came

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home after many days of travel through flooded areas along the Mohawk River. When they reached home they were shocked to find conditions so bad inside their house. The cellar which was full of water had to be pumped out. Mud was everywhere on the first floor. Mud stained furniture, rugs, wallpaper, curtains had to be replaced. Outdoors there was debris and rubble around the house. Grandpa’s garden was full of rocks, sand and stones. It was the odor that stayed in the house so long. Disinfectants were used. “It took almost a week for a group of dynamiters to get control of the flood water in the West Canada Creek. By cutting channels through the ice jam. The water began to settle in its natural channel. It took weeks of hard work to clean up the mess the flood left. For those who witness and experience this great flood, the memory was everlasting.” •

Sue Perkins is the Executive Director of the Herkimer County Historical Society

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SHAWANGUNK Chapter 42 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.

After days of leaden skies and heavy snows, we arrive home and see tiny pink clouds in the west and golden light on the breast of a blue jay, perched on the tip of a white-mantled pine tree in evening devotion. It only lasts for a few minutes before once again we abide under a quilt of textured gray cotton. Still a half mile to go, we turn off the dim headlights of Isaiah, our old Jeep truck, and depart from the negligible heat of the cab, entering the fathomless silence and mysterious dusk of winter in the deep, Adirondack woods. But wait! Is it truly silent? As our ears slowly forget the roar of our truck, we can perceive the gentle patter of snowflakes landing on snow like tiny kittens’ paws on hardwood. A gust of winter wind approaches, moaning with snow, swirling it all about, turning us into white-dusted snow people and our world into a snow globe. We put on our wonderful new snow-

I wish we could skate, as we did in my youth on little ponds in the Westmoreland area, but here the ice gets buried under heaps of snow. Perhaps it’s just as well;

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shoes made by Crawford Smith in Clayville, but our fingers go numb fiddling with the recycled rubber straps in the frigid air, so we curl them into fists inside our gloves to get warm. Tim swings an old pack basket full of heavy groceries on his back, while I carry other bags of supplies, then we’re on our way, down the slope into the frozen marshlands of Shawangunk where our tiny cottage waits for the renascence of halcyon candlelight and a hot fire in the little stove. But I feel like a toddler with wet pants in these snowshoes, walking with legs far apart so I don’t step on my own feet. And they seem to get heavier and heavier. “Hey, Tim!” I call. “The soft snow is sitting on top of my snowshoes making them heavy to lift.” “Mine, too!” he calls back. “This is more work than just punching through with our boots! I’m taking mine off!” “Me, too!” I mutter with bitter disappointment. Now we have snowshoes to carry with everything else. We eventually learn that they are more useful when the snow is more packed. And how fun it is to watch young visitors try them!

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any fear as they inched across the weakened ice toward him, grabbed his hands, and started dragging him back closer to the bank. They were close, yes, close but, alas, another apocalyptic crack reverberated in the fateful air. All three were now in the arctic waters, struggling to survive. Perhaps the heavy woolen skirts of the girls made a difference; perhaps they couldn’t swim as well, but somehow Billy made it safely to the bank but the girls did not. Little Annie Verity and Dorothy Clough were buried in the same grave, at the Kirkland Cemetery wearing their Girl Scout uniforms. The entire village joined the solemn procession as the Boy Scouts carried their little caskets and their fellow Girl Scouts walked beside them with voluminous tears and sobs attending the dignity of their task. Dorothy’s parents, great Uncle Ted and great Aunt Rose, and her two sisters eventually moved to California where such tragedies are not possible. To escape the ice and cold, to break up the frigid monotony and drear of insalubri-

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do? Finally, I close my eyes and try to nap. We arrive and I feel like Dorothy entering the Land of Oz. It’s no longer 20 below zero. It’s an paradise of sunshine, warmth, bird song, flowers, and green trees! We can breathe without coughing from the shock of cold air on our lungs. We both feel relieved and refreshingly calmer than we were when we left. “We can just go to a store and buy another tent and air mattresses,” Tim says. “I know it’s extra cost, but we’ll just have to do it.” I agree. And despite calmer discussions about it in the future, neither of us ever accepts sole responsibility for this mishap. It’s just one of those things. Our campground is a little man-made, island-like oasis on the Indian River, only a mile in diameter. It seems desert-like after being in our dense, winter-green and white forest. Most of our fellow campers are fishermen and their wives in pickup trucks with a camper cab on the back. A

luxury camper here is someone with a 20foot travel trailer. The perimeter road is made of crushed sea shells and has plenty of potholes that you need to avoid when walking to the rest room in the dark. Morning and evening, older gentlemen slowly pedal single-speed bikes to and from the seashore only a mile away, with their fishing poles waving above like antennas and buckets swinging from the back fender. In the evening, groups walk the perimeter together, talking about the catch that day, who’s sick, a new grandchild that was born, telling a few bawdy jokes…. They seldom discuss the weather. Tim and I likewise walk the seashell road in the dusk, noticing the extra constellations in the southern sky, how the crescent moon here looks more like a cup than the letter C, savoring the warm wind, and saying, “Hi” to everyone we pass. At night, in the river next to us, the water sometimes boils with life in a cacophony of splashing. We hear the dolphins breathing, swirling about to feast on a school of little fish that leap out of the water ahead of them, trying to escape. The slap, slap, slap of anhinga wings taking off, and the crash of pelicans diving into the river from above add to the clamor. We bike to the ocean each day, walking the seashore in bare feet, braving a quick swim in the ocean when the surf is not too high or too cold, despite admonitions from the fishermen about sharks and rip tides. Tim plays tag with the waves and wins sometimes, but is often vigorously trounced and briefly disappears beneath them. One year, we are thrilled to see a small whale where the surf breaks on the submerged sand banks. But, alas, it is being swept into shore and can’t seem to resist. Soon, it is rolling about, helpless in the breaking waves, getting scratched and

bloody from being scraped in the sand. “We’ve got to help!” Tim cries, as we jog over to the mammoth creature. “We need to point him out into the waves! Watch out for the flapping tail!” Tim has performed more than 30 human rescues in sometimes wild waves on Lake Erie, and has no hesitation about attempting this one.

Another beachcomber comes along and admonishes us, yelling out repetitively, “You shouldn’t be interfering! You’ll get in trouble for this!” We ignore her persistent exhortations. Of course, we have to try to help! I’m leery, but push on the side of the whale, keeping an eye on the tail as Tim advised. But, suddenly, a crashing wave rolls its huge bulk toward me, knocking me down. I am shocked and dismayed to find myself lying Peg and Tim fell in love in the sand with a whale on my with the ocean lap. Fortunately, the sand is soft and I am not crushed, but I am totally pinned. Fortunately, the next wave comes, lifts the whale and rolls it off me. I scramble up as fast as I can and scurry to drier sand! There are too many variables here. I decide to watch from a distance. Tim continues alone, maneuvering the whale like a submerged log. He gets it aimed out and it looks like it’s swimming free. Yay! But oh, no! It gets tired and is rolling in again, helpless! Undaunted, Tim continues to push the sides of the whale, aiming it toward deeper water. The whale keeps trying hard, too, tail flapping

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Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . 26 Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . Fall Hill Beads & Gems, Little Falls . . . . . . Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . Marble Road Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 32 Liquor Stores and Wine Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 14 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Monuments & Memorials Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . 48 Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 58 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . 23 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 70 Sunflower Naturals, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . 15 Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . 29 Paint and Painting Supplies Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . 29 Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . 12 Pharmacies Garro Drugs, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 58

Laurey’s Pizzeria, New Hartford . . . . . . . . Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . .

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Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8, 24 Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . Main Street Gift Shop, Newport . . . . . . . Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . .

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Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . . . Clarkshire Farms, Mohawk . . . . . . . . . . . CWPR Farm, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . . Sunnybrook Farm, Deansboro . . . . . . . . Three Village Cheese, Newport . . . . . . . . . Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . .

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Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Love & Stitches, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . 7 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Real Estate Hunt Real Estate, Welcome Home Team . . . . 30 Scenic Byway Realty, Richfield Springs . . . . . 48 Record Stores Off-Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Restaurants and Cafés Across the Row Bistro, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bagel Grove, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bite Bakery and Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . The Black Stallion, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . . Delta Lake Inn, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Dessert Booth, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . Fat Cats, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . Heidelberg Baking Co., Herkimer . . . . . . . Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . . . Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Street Ristorante, Newport . . . . . . . . Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . Mi Casa, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Minar Fine Indian Cuisine, New Hartford . . Nothin’ Fancy Cafe, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . . Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . . . The Pickle Boat Grill, Old Forge . . . . . . . . Raspberries Cafe, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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sponsor news Call For Art for the 2018 Central Adirondack Art Show April Event Old Forge, New York – View Arts Center is calling for artists to submit their work for the 2018 Central Adirondack Art Show, which will take place April 14th to June 10th 2018. The Central Adirondack Art Show is a long-standing Old Forge tradition showcasing some of the finest artists throughout the Central Adirondack Region and beyond. The Show is open to current artists ages 16 and up who are either members of View or reside within 200 miles of Old Forge, New York. Artists may submit one work in any medium except video, film, and sound. Submission fee is $15 for View members and $20 for guests. A full prospectus and pre-registration is available at Through its donors, View will provide a series of awards to the participating artists. Each award winner will receive a traditional handmade Adirondack Chip Award. Select awards will also include a monetary prize. This year’s awards judge is Stephen Fletcher. Mr. Fletcher studied commercial art, advertising, and design and later attended Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute for fine arts. His work has won numerous awards and can be found in a myriad of public places, exhibitions, and private art collections in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Fletcher currently lives and creates his paintings in Forestport, New York. Admission for this event is $10 for guests and is free for View members. An artist reception will be held on Friday, May 4th from 5 PM to 7 PM. This reception is free and open to the public. •

Utica History Center Exhibit Opening Saturday, March 3 Be Denemark: Utica’s Business & Social Pioneer Benita “Be” Denemark was one of Utica’s leading businesswomen during the middle 20th century. This short term exhibit highlights her accomplishments in the business community and her advocacy work in the realms of social justice and women’s equality. Join the history center for the official exhibit opening with an introduction from Executive Director Brian Howard and remarks from Be’s family and friends. The public is invited to share their memories and stories of Be following the opening remarks. This exhibit includes documents and images provided by Be’s daughters and long-time friend Cathy Newell, and will remain on display through the Women in the Mohawk Valley History Conference May 18-20, 2018. This program takes place in the center’s main gallery on Saturday, March 3 starting at 1:00 PM. The Oneida County History Center, formerly the Oneida County Historical Society, is a private 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution and is dedicated to preserving history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley. Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged. Please contact the center at 315735-3642 or visit the OCHC website ( or page for additional information. •

Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . Route 69 Steakhouse, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . Vescio’s Franklin Hotel, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie’s The Original Bagel Cafe, Utica . . . The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 The Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 4 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Small Engine Repair J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . . 47 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Snowblowers J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . . 47 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Snowmobiles/ATVs Hobby Hill Farm, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Tax Services Brigg’s Tax Service, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . 27 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Tree Services and Tree Farms Turk Tree Service, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Travel Agencies The Cruise Wizards, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 71 Websites Utica Remember When . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Weddings and Banquets Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 50 Windows RA Dudrak, The Window King, Holland Patent . . 44 Wineries Prospect Falls Winery, Prospect . . . . . . . . . 52 Yarn and Knitting Supplies Love & Stitches, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 7 Yogurt Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . 35


Photo: The answer to last month’s Valentine’s Day Riggie’s Riddle about a bronze symbol that embodies freedom and enduring love is: Eagle Statue. The eagle statue was erected on the summit of Roscoe Conkling Park in Utica by Maria Proctor in memory of her husband Thomas R. Proctor. An inscription on the pedestal tells the story. The winner selected at random from all correct answers is Joan Goldberg of Clinton. She is spending her $200 at Ironwood Furniture in Clinton. She claims this is the first time she has won anything!

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