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Our neighbors—knowing we were on magazine deadline—just brought us some hot, homemade chicken vegetable soup. Yum! We are thankful for our neighbors. After busy spring and summer, autumn is the month when people reconnect with friends and family, settle into routines, rediscover their kitchens and cooking, and make plans for the holidays. The shorter days force us indoors earlier and encourage us to organize those things left undone during the summer. I love autumn and love that we have four distinct seasons—a nice balance that I would miss anywhere else. Our relatives who have relocated to the southern U.S. say they miss autumn the most, and, of course, snow at Christmastime. This month marks our 50th issue. Our magazine was “born” in the autumn and, with the help of our amazing writer friends, we have made many connections with our greater neighborhood. I have learned a lot, perhaps most importantly I’ve learned to be thankful for the people we have met. When we finish up this issue, I’m heading out to the garden to pick the last of my leeks. I’m making soup for a lunch with friends tomorrow. •


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Oneida County’s rich heritage extends into the field of architecture. From grand mansions to historically significant commercial and municipal buildings, our area offers an array of styles for the discerning passerby. One of the most significant and well-known structures is the former New York State Lunatic Asylum in Utica, which opened in 1843. While today is operated by the State Office of Mental Health, locally it is known colloquially as “Old Main.” Most of the county’s buildings were designed by local architects, several of whom were recognized nationally as leaders in their profession. In 2017, two architects were elected to the Dr. David and Carolyn Ellis Historical Hall of Fame at the Oneida County History Center. The following are their stories. FREDERICK HAMILTON GOUGE, FAIA—Architect (1845-1927) This Oneida County business and community leader is responsible for many of the iconic, landmark buildings that still give greater Utica its unique identity today. His architectural legacy includes two of Utica’s first skyscrapers and seven buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Counted among his works are more than 50 extant structures that spanned 56 years, ranging from commercial buildings, three banks, factories, residences, and fraternity houses to academic buildings, schools, a hospital, library, cemetery receiving vault, and 10 churches. If your family attended St. Francis de Sales Church, Hamilton College, or travels downtown on Genesee Street and Main Street today, they are touched by his contributions to the Mohawk Valley mosaic. Gouge was born on May 5, 1845, in Trenton, N.Y., the son of Jacob Gouge Jr. and Laura Powers Gouge. He was educated at the Rome Academy and attended Hamilton College, graduating with the Class of 1870. He spent a brief period teaching

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LORIMER RICH—Camden Architect (1891-1978) Camden native and gifted architect Lorimer Rich spent five decades designing buildings, including post offices, court houses (including the City of Rome’s Court House), college dormitories, and some churches, including the Camden United Methodist Church. Before serving the country in World War I, he studied architecture at Syracuse University, graduating in 1914. After post-graduate study in Italy, Rich embarked on a career in which he designed a gymnasium, law library, and art center at Syracuse University and the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldiers in Rome, N.Y. Though that may seem like enough for an architect to leave his/her imprint on in one lifetime, Rich’s most famous design is far removed from upstate New York and dates from early in his career. Along with sculptor Thomas Hudson Jones, in 1926 Rich won a national competition where he beat out 85 other architects to design the nation’s most solemn shrine to its war dead--the “Tomb of the Unknowns” in Arlington National Cemetery. In 1928 he started his own firm in New York City, and remained busy until his 1971 retirement. He went to Washington, D.C., and was responsible for 21 federal buildings, before returning to New York. He was a critic in design at the School of Architecture of Columbia University, and was a member of the American Institute of Architects for over fifty years. Like fellow Oneida County architect Frederick Gouge, Rich was named an AIA Fellow in 1950. Ten years later he was elected to the National Academy of Design. Upon his death in 1978, President Jimmy Carter personally approved that his ashes be interred in Arlington’s Section 48 directly behind the Tomb of the Unknowns that he designed. It could not be a more fitting tribute. •

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Justin VanRiper, co-author of The Adirondack Kids® book series with filmmaker, Blake Cortright, exchanging copies of their early work at a book and DVD signing ten years ago.

(Haystack photos, Gary VanRiper.; All others supplied by Blake Cortright) On November 13th, the film “The 46ers” will air on public television stations throughout New York state. You can check precise air times in your neighborhood by visiting http://www. The documentary by Blake Cortright tells the story behind the quest by hundreds of people since 1925 who have ascended the 46 highest peaks in New York state to become 46ers, and why they climb them. My son, Justin, and I first met Blake and his family at a book and DVD signing nearly a decade ago. Justin and Blake were still teenagers at the time, with Justin autographing copies of our 10th Adirondack Kids book and Blake autographing copies of his first documentary. I recently interviewed Blake about his latest project: The 46ers is not your first documentary. Is this the form of filmmaking you plan on pursuing for a career? My first real production was “The First Encampment” (2010), a documentary short that aired on a handful of PBS stations in New York while I was still in high school. That project fell into my lap almost by accident, and I’m so thankful it did because it opened doors for me to intern at WMHT PBS in Troy, N.Y., and gain real world experience before I even went to film school. The 46ers represents an entirely different effort. While “The First Encampment” did feature an interview, a narrator, and a

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It was on a hike to the top of Mount Marcy with his dad and brother when Blake Cortright was inspired to capture the Adirondack wilderness on film.

of wilderness, I felt transported to a different place and time. I wanted to capture that sense of wonder and wild beauty on film, and so the idea really began right there.

“I’d never flown over the Adirondacks before and the experience was truly unforgettable.” – Blake Cortright

Are you, yourself, now an aspiring 46er? I definitely had the bug heavily when making the film, though I am still not up to 30 peaks and thereby not officially “aspiring.” When I set out to make the film, I thought I’d hike all 46 during the course of production, but now it’ll be a longer, slower journey. Meeting so many people who’ve hiked the mountains has changed my rushed perspective. I realized the beauty of taking in the mountains over a period of time, as well as the thrill of completing them in a short span of months, weeks, or even days. For me, it will be a longer journey that I look forward to continuing over the years with friends and family. What surprised you the most while making the film? I was most surprised by how much I enjoyed the days without a view. As a filmmaker trying to capture the beauty of the mountains, sweeping views were an expectation, and we were often greeted by them. But several of the hikes found us in a thick cloud, in a snowstorm, or in a downpour.

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Those days proved more memorable than most of the beautiful days. In the film, Phil Corell says with a smile, “It’s always the ugly [hikes] you look back on.” I’ve found that to be very true in my own experience as the muddy gray days left a far greater impression on me than most of the beautiful days with blue skies.

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It appears you approached the mountains during several seasons and from many different angles, including from the air. What was your favorite location and which was the most challenging? My favorite spot to film the mountains would have to be from the helicopter. I’d never flown over the Adirondacks before and the experience was truly unforgettable. That perspective is so different from standing on one mountain and looking over at another. The most challenging location was probably Haystack Mountain simply due to weather conditions. The wind and rain made for a very difficult shoot, but in the end I’m glad we went forward with it because the footage proved very useful when I went to edit the film. The film had an early limited release and there were a number of 46ers in attendance. What have you heard from members so far? The response to the film has been overwhelmingly positive from 46ers and non-46ers alike. The 46ers share a special bond to the mountains and the love that exists between the hikers and the peaks. The stories of fellow 46ers in the film resonated with them and the stunning visuals inspired them. I always enjoyed hearing from 46ers who haven’t been able to hike for years due to age or injury. They spoke about how the film took them back to the place they love and it makes me glad to know this film could bring happy memories of hiking for them. What can you tell us about the evolution and status of the documentary appearing on PBS? We initially had interest from a handful of local New York PBS stations, which helped us get off the ground. Once we finished the film, WCNY offered to be our Presenting Station and help us take the film to a larger audience than we could on our own. We are so thrilled for their partnership and help in taking this movie to the next step in distribution. The film premieres on WCNY at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2017, After the TV premiere, the documentary will be available to every PBS station in the country. If you are not in their viewing area, contact your local PBS station and ask about airdates and times for “The 46ers.” We’re thrilled to see it go to a broader audience.

Blake directing hikers into position on Whiteface Mountain.

Looking out over what he called “endless stretches of wilderness,” Cortright felt “transported to a different place and time.”

To be continued in next month’s issue... 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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Of all of the objects in the night sky, there is one that everyone knows and can easily recognize. Hundreds of songs, poems, movies, and books have been written about it, and it’s been the target of several space missions. It is our companion in space – the Moon! Earth is the only planet with one moon. Mercury and Venus do not have any moons, but Mars has two, Neptune and Uranus have 14 and 27 respectively, and Saturn is surrounded by 61 satellites in addition to its rings. The planet that claims the “Most Moons” bragging rights is Jupiter, with a whopping 69 moons! Our Moon formed about 4.5 million years ago after a large object slammed into the very young Earth, creating an orbiting debris field. Gravity eventually combined that debris together, and a molten moon was born. Over time it has endured many changes, including intense bombardments that pock-marked the surface and pulverized rocks to a dusty powder, flowing magma that oozed up from below the crust and created plains, and eventual cooling that led to today’s composition. Those dark, flat volcanic plains are called “Maria” while the lighter areas are highlands called “Terrae.” The Moon is 2,159 miles across, and averages 238,000 miles from Earth. Surface temperatures range from 253 degrees Fahrenheit when in direct sunlight, to -387 degrees when dark. There is a thin atmosphere

called the exosphere, but it offers no proThe Phases of the Moon, Source: NASA tection from the Sun’s radiation or solar wind. Each month the Moon goes through Eve, and after 10 orbits they headed back various phases, and the bright portion we to Earth. The first landing was Apollo 11 on see is sunlight hitting the surface. Did you July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong became know that the far side of the Moon – the half the first human to set foot on another world, we cannot see – regularly gets bathed in sun- followed shortly after by crewmate Buzz Allight? That’s because the Moon spins slowly Hanny’s Voorwerp. Image Credit: NASA, ESA,orbited W. Keel, Galaxy ZooNine Team drin as Michael Collins above. on its axis, taking 27 days to make one full Apollo spacecraft went to the Moon and 12 rotation. Why do we always see the same astronauts walked on the surface, returning side of the Moon? Because the time it takes with 842 pounds of rocks for study. the Moon to rotate once and to orbit the The Moon is fun to observe, especially Earth once are the same, locking us together with binoculars. Check out Tycho, the large in a “synchronous rotation” that shows us crater in the south with long, bright rays of the same face. The inset photo illustrates the glassy material created when rock melted phases of the Moon. during an impact. Another good target is Our Moon has been visited by numerous Aristarchus, a bright white crater on the spacecraft and landers. In January 1966 the western side so bright that in 1787 astronSoviet Union’s Luna 9 spacecraft was the omer William Hershel thought it was a volfirst to successfully land on the Moon. In cano erupting. There is a lot to see on our April 1966 their Luna 10 was the first to go nearby neighbor in space. into orbit. But the most famous of all mis- Wishing you clear skies! • sions is NASA’s Apollo program. The “space race” between the U.S. and the USSR had the two nations competing for technological superiority and national Join MVAS from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on pride. NASA stepped up to the challenge November 11 at nearby Barton-Brown to land a man on the surface that President Observatory, 206 White St., Waterville, John F. Kennedy proposed in his famous speech on May 25, 1961. Apollo 8 launched for an evening of stargazing under Dec. 21, 1968, with Frank Borman, James dark skies. The event is free. Lovell, and William Anders onboard. Their spacecraft went into orbit on Christmas

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Driving along State Route 5 between Herkimer and Little Falls, I had long observed a large barn that looked like an antiques place. Unfortunately, it never seemed to be open when I passed it. A few months ago, however, my friend Kim saw on Facebook that it was under new management, so we made immediate plans to check it out. Thus, I discovered The Old Barn Marketplace and Little Falls Cafe. The Marketplace comprises a number of vendors offering various items in a beautifully restored space. A sign by the front door advertises for more vendors, so I’m sure the merchandise will change often. I love places where you can often stop in and see something new! Kim and I wandered around two floors. I noticed two lofts, on opposite sides of the barn, that were currently empty. We admired furniture, antiques, art, and more. We were particularly taken with some leather bags in various colors patterned like cow skin. Kim purchased a dish towel with a crocheted

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hanging loop. It was for a friend; the towel had the logo of his favorite sports team, which I understand Kim roots against. I made my second visit alone. Before browsing the merchandise, I stopped for a cup of coffee at the Little Falls Café, which is in the same barn. It was excellent coffee, but I neglected to ask what kind it was. I was not hungry so did not order food, giving myself another reason to return soon. As I climbed the stairs to the second floor, I saw a fellow hanging “Space Available” signs on the two lofts. I hope they’ll be occupied soon! When I went back downstairs, I discovered the basement. How could Kim and I have missed that? No matter; I know it’s there now, and this makes another reason for a return visit with Kim. •

The Old Barn Marketplace and Little Falls Café 6266 State Route 5, Little Falls • (315) 508-5254

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Café is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, except for Friday when they are open until 8 p.m. for Friday Fish Fry. Cynthia M. Quackenbush, a.k.a. “Mohawk Valley Girl,” writes a daily blog about her everyday adventures in the Mohawk Valley. Follow her frugal fun at:

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Route 51 Beer Belly Bob’s is a discount beverage center serving both wholesale and retail customers. We specialize in both domestic and craft beers & ciders!

We have it all at Beer Belly Bob’s! 70 Otsego Street, Ilion • (315) 895-0936

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Thanksgiving at the Farm

in Cooperstown Photos and captions by Melinda Karastury

Thanksgiving at The Farm, The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown

The ideal setting to spend time with family and friends over the holiday weekend! Friday & Saturday, November 24–25 10:00 am–4:00 pm Admission by donation. (Visitors may donate whatever dollar amount they wish to enter the museum during Thanksgiving at The Farm.) The Farmers’ Museum is closed for the season except for special events such as Thanksgiving at The Farm and Candelight Evening, Saturday, December 9, 3:00–7:00 pm 5775 NY-80, Cooperstown, NY Don’t forget: The Fenimore Art Museum is open through December 31st, Tues–Sun: 10am-4pm


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Activities during Thanksgiving at The Farm The Farmers’ Museum, Fri. & Sat., November 24 & 25, 10-4 - Walk off your holiday meal with a stroll through our 1845 historic village - See our heritage-breed turkeys - Holiday Baking at the Lippitt Farmhouse - Find recipes from Holiday Baking at the Middlefield Print Shop - The Blacksmith Shop will be making cooking forks through the day - Grinding and roasting coffee in Bump Tavern - Shop for hand-made items in Todd’s General Store -Ride the Empire State Carousel - See our friendly farm animals at the Lippitt Farmstead - See an array of holiday gift ideas in our museum shop - Visit Fenimore Art Museum – just across the street - so much more to see and do!

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APRIL 1 1 -- DEC DEC 31 31 APRIL View ice skating art ranging View17th-century ice skating art ranging from Dutch from 17th-century Dutch paintings to 20th-century paintings to 20th-century sculpture. Costumes, photographs, sculpture. Costumes, photographs, antique skates and much more – antique skates and much more – all from the collection of two-time all from the collection two-time Olympic Championof and figure Olympic Champion and figure skating legend Dick Button. skating legend Dick Button.

Felix Kupsch (1883/5-1969), Maxi Herber (c.1930), bronze. Collection of Dick Maxi Button. Felix Kupsch (1883/5-1969), Herber (c.1930), bronze. Collection of Dick Button.

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The Fly Creek Cider Mill Now open year round!

The mill is a historic, water-powered mill on the banks of Fly Creek just minutes from Cooperstown. Fly Creek has been operation for over 160 years. The Mill Store Marketplace offers tastings of over 40 specialty food products from NY many of which are made right at the Mill. Daily tastings are 10am-4pm Saturday and Sundays.

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Brighten a winter’s night with a handmade lamp or nightlight!

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The millpond is home to the Fly Creek Cider Mill’s ducks and geese. Alana, Eliana, and Kylea spent most of the afternoon feeding the many geese, ducks, and chickens. The wheelchair-accessible boardwalk provides a gorgeous view of the water and rolling hills, as well as a wonderful place to sit, relax and enjoy a treat from the restaurant, bakery, or from the Mill Store Marketplace. We all enjoyed refreshing apple cider slushies to top off our annual family tradition at Fly Creek Cider Mill.

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John Keller, musician and owner of Off-Center Records Off-Center Records has been your downtown music connection for 25 years! They began as a small corner kiosk in 1989 at a short-lived multi-vendor shop in the former Boston Store. They then moved to The American Mini-Mall on Conkling Ave. Two years later, in 1992, Off-Center moved to its currently location at 116 Bleecker Street. The store features three floors of music – new and used LPs, singles, cassettes and CDs. They claim to have listened to approximate 75-80% of the hundreds of thousands of LPs, singles and CDs in their store. You will find collectibles at every turn as well – dolls, vintage advertisements, original Broadway theatre playbills from 19541981 and much more. Off-Center has been written about in Goldmine magazine and has been a regular stop for music fans from every state and from all over the world, including Japan, Germany, and England. Many celebrities have passed through their doors as well. They recently revamped their third floor, so now is a good time to swing by to peruse their expanded classical music section and maybe pick up an item or two for early holiday shopping. Owner John Keller is a Utica native and music has always been his passion. He purchased his first vinyl record at the State Street Mill (now Brodock Press) when he was a kid in the 1970s - Jim Dandy by Black Oak Arkansas. Another fun fact – he had his first on-stage performance in 1999 at popular Virgo Bat & Leo Frog on Lower Genesee Street. Today, John continues his music through performing, producing, writing, and recording. He has several albums of original composition and has had a #1 radio hit in Belgium. He will have his first song in a movie soon as well. “House Shark” will have its premier on October 19th at the Nightmares Film Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. John has also been writing a local music column for over 10 years for various publications (including Mohawk Valley Living magazine!) and provides CD reviews of local bands.


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restaurant and bar story and photos by Jorge L. Hernández

There’s something about the gas fireplace at Jamo’s Restaurant and Bar in Herkimer. The wall-wide glassed-in chest-high uniform flames fronted by glazed bricks set the stage for a warm fall evening of cozy elegant dining with generous portions of old-fashioned and rib-sticking food. It is beckoning and hypnotic to be seated near it; a backdrop for both comfort and satiation. Owner Jami Lavalla of Frankfort relates that the original building had to be gutted and redesigned. “It was vacant for 20 years, and as a former office building it was sectioned off in cubicles,” Jami says. The end result: a spacious dining room, bar, front room refrigerated dessert display case, large kitchen, and roomy space in the back for private parties, all sleekly modern in shades of gray. Why open a restaurant? “I grew up surrounded by food and always liked to bake and make pastries,” Jami says. She studied baking and pastry making and earned a degree in restaurant management. Jami worked in Boston managing a restaurant and lured the chef from there to Herkimer to help her start Jamo’s. The restaurant’s name is Jami’s old family nickname. Jamo’s opened for business in March 2015. The hours are long serving lunch and dinner, but Jami says she takes it in stride. “You have to work for your community,” she says. Chef David Denault is the mastermind for the main dishes and appetizers that make up what Jami calls “an American menu with a little bit of everything.” Jami makes the desserts and says she can’t keep the front case full enough of her cannoli—“They fly out of here,” she says. The menu changes seasonally, every three months. “I’m having fun,” Jami says. “We are more comfortable now and settling into a routine after two and a half years.” Jami points to the popularity of the unusual appetizers like the corn fritters on the current fall menu. “There’s an older couple that comes in regularly; the husband has failing eyesight and his wife noticed corn fritters on the menu. He hadn’t had them for years but now he’s delighted when he orders them because they remind him of past times.” Server Janna Edick confirms that customers miss the fritters served with an herb aioli sauce and maple syrup when they disappear from the menu rotation. “They’ll remember they had them here and ask for them by name,” she says.


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So who could resist ordering them as a table appetizer this evening? Jami insists we also try a first course of pickled beet salad with thin apples slices and cubed goat cheese drizzled with honey vinaigrette. She didn’t steer us wrong. Our dinner entrées included the Friday special of fish fry, ubiquitous in the Mohawk Valley. Unplanned choices were the two pork chop options settled on by two others in our party. Two grilled pork chops nestle over butternut squash puree and herb-roasted fingerling potatoes. The breaded chops were a duo topping a mound of mashed potatoes and green beans. Did I mention the portions are huge and take-home containers de rigueur? Jami says the hamburgers, steaks, and riggies are the most popular choices. “Our chicken riggies are different because we shred the meat instead of cubing it,” she says. Variations include shrimp, steak, or lobster riggies. The menu is ample and includes both lunch and dinner dishes. Jamo’s boasts a special theme for each evening. Wednesdays are date night, for example, with a prix fixe meal and music. Mondays offer $2 off all burgers, and on Saturdays you can expect prime rib. For dessert this evening what looked like a pineapple upside-down cake was actually a yum-filled cheese cake; we also ordered a cannoli with chocolate chips. Though it was still early in the evening, the pumpkin cannoli had already sold out. Lesson learned at Jamo’s: Remember when you’re there to order the specialty cannoli first to have in hand—and don’t forget to ask for a seat by the glorious fireplace. •

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Mohawk Valley Nature

NOVEMBER forest story and photos by Matt Perry Everywhere in the November forest there are signs that animals and plants are preparing for winter. The above-ground portions of woodland perennials have died back, but some are still presenting fruit and seeds. The flowers of wild leeks are reduced to dry stems, which branch into a cluster at the top. Instead of a flower, each stalk now holds at its tip a single black seed. They are bead-like and round, like small black pearls. Nearby, a White Baneberry plant still possesses a few green leaves, although the majority of the summer season’s growth is dead. A cluster of whitish berries are still held tightly by husky red stems. Each berry has a single pupil-like black spot at its center. The berries, which look like disembodied eyes, are responsible for the plant’s nick-

name, “Doll’s Eyes.” The woods are a busy place right now, and if you listen closely you will hear the near constant sounds of feet scurrying through the leaf litter. All around, squirrels, mice, and chipmunks are busily collecting food and storing it in secret stashes. They are creating food caches that can be tapped in the coming weeks when the landscape is covered in snow. White-footed mice seem to be particularly resourceful when it comes to finding dry places to store food for the winter. As I’ve written before in these pages, in the fall, our Bluebird boxes are

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What are you most thankful for? Is it a good job? Your health? Your family? Is it the kindness of strangers? The ability to help others? Or life’s opportunities that make you grateful? This time of year, I’m always particularly thankful for the farmers that feed us and that our woodshed is fully stocked for the winter. But do you ever forget to be thankful for some things? I’m definitely guilty of this, especially when it comes to the really “big picture” stuff. I had the supreme pleasure of being reminded recently that I have so very much to be thankful for—that I’ve had some amazing people in my life (however briefly) that quite literally changed the way I think about the world. You see, I was recently reunited with my host mother from 25 years ago. I had studied abroad in college, staying with a wonderful family in Costa Rica for six months while I attended the University of Costa Rica in San José. At the time, Felicia and Gerardo had four children of their own, ranging from 2 to 16 years old. Gerardo Sr. was a taxi driver with a great sense of humor. Gerardo Jr. was always helpful translating newspaper articles (and the occasional swear word when I needed one!) Milena, their oldest daughter, taught me dance steps at her big

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Jennifer (other exchange student) and Suzie at quinceañera quinceañera (15th birthday party). Melissa, then 7, was always happy to help me understand the fastpaced “Sábado Gigante,” a famous long-running TV show that aired every Saturday evening. Even little Gustavo, at 2 years old, had a huge effect on me. I would go into the city every day, attend class, or study at a café, and generally try to be a sponge, soaking up as much as I possibly could. Every day had its little “wins” when I would gain new vocabulary or insight. But little 2-year-old Gustavo didn’t even have to try! I’d come home, excited to tell him what I learned that day, and he would have amassed 40 new words for my one or two. It was wonderful and frustrating, all at the same time. But it was Felicia, my host mom, that had made the greatest impression upon me. She answered my every question and was the perfect, strong role model in this new, unknown Latin culture I had to navigate. She introduced me to new foods and flavors, converting a cautious eater into an adventurous one. And our coffees together, our walks through the neighborhood visiting family and neighbors, all helped to give me roots in that new environment. After all, any transplant needs care and attention to grow and thrive. By the end of my six-month study, I was thinking and dreaming in Spanish, my brain having been “rewired” to adapt to my new home. In the 25 years that followed my return to the U.S., I wrote a few letters to my host family, but never heard back from them. And I never went back to visit. In all the years since, I would think of them from time to time, but it wasn’t until we had an exchange student of our own from India two years ago (see my article in the Mohawk Valley Living February 2016 issue “Our Life Through a Very Different Lens”) that I really began to think about my experience all those years ago. It was then that I remembered what an important role Felicia and her family had played…and how that experience in many ways has made me the person I am today. I believe it was that experience of needing to be understood, of needing to understand others, that makes me so enjoy writing this monthly column. Talking with customers at farmers’ markets and hearing their stories, and then having the opportunity to share mine, all feeds that need to communicate on a meaningful level. I figuratively—and literally

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during a few small earthquakes—felt the ground shift beneath my feet in Costa Rica as an exchange student, and that instilled in me a life-long mindset that seeks out challenges, rather than avoids them. And for all of that, I am supremely grateful. By now, you may be wondering what any of this has to do with farming. I guess it’s mostly to illustrate that farmers often have surprising, varied backgrounds. While not all farmers get a college education, many do, and oftentimes in something other than agriculture. Many turn to farming as a second career; others seek nursing, teaching, or other degrees as a way to add to the farm family income. Some are musicians, some are artists. Some are even philosophers. Farmers are about as unique a group of people that you’ll ever meet. For me, having been a stranger in a strange land, I find the role of farmer in a world of non-farmers very familiar, and wonderfully challenging. The reunion itself with Felicia almost didn’t happen. We had found each other on Facebook about a year ago, and it took me by surprise when she began posting photos of her trip to Virginia for a conference. Next came pictures from Washington, D.C. When she posted pictures of NYC, I was kicking myself for not reaching out, for not planning a trip to the city to see her. It was then that she posted she was on her way to Utica to visit a student from New Hartford she had hosted just last year. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was! I messaged her, told her we live just minutes outside of Utica, and that I would be at the Oneida County Farmers’ Market that Saturday if she was free. She messaged back that they were going to Niagara Falls. It didn’t look like we’d be able to meet up. Of course, I was disappointed. But at about 9:20 a.m., at the Utica train station, there she was! She carved a few minutes out of her schedule to see me and to meet my daughters. And I am thankful once again. • 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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North Georgia Candy Roaster (curcurbia maxima) squash is one of the strange and unusual seeds I acquired at a seed swap a couple of winters ago. The squash was new to me, so I read up on this rather large, tubular thing and found out some pretty interesting stuff. This is a rare heirloom variety. Originally grown by the Cherokee Indians of the Appalachian Mountains, it is still most often grown in parts of Northern Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Like many winter squashes enjoyed in North America this one continues to be cultivated because of seeds provided by Native Americans. It was bred by the Cherokee in the 1800s and grown as part of “Three Sisters” gardens. The first documentation of it being introduced to those beyond the Cherokee Nation was a newspaper article from the Charlotte Observer in 1925. This article tells of the “Indian Fair at the Cherokee School,” where Candy Roaster squash seeds were made available to people who applied for them through the Chamber of Commerce. Seeds are now available from Baker’s Creek and Johnny’s Select Seeds. You are not going to find this squash in your local grocery store. You will be lucky to find it at the farmers market or in your CSA box. But they are very easy to grow and even a couple of plants will provide you with lots of squash. However, these squash are open-pollinated and will cross-pollinate with other varieties of curcurbia maxima – think Blue Hubbard, Boston Marrow, and Kombacha squash. They all have the capability of cross-pollinating up to 1 mile away. For this reason we depend on skilled seedsmen to protect its biodiversity and distinct genetic makeup. You can substitute the Candy Roaster in recipes that call for winter squash or sweet potatoes. It can be fried, baked, or roasted. It pairs well with flavors like chipotle, chili, cinnamon, nutmeg, or curry, but these squash work best in pies. See recipe on next page...

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The first step is to roast the squash. Place the squash on a baking sheet with sides (these squash are juicy!) Roast in the oven at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. When cool enough to touch, peel back the skin, remove the seeds, and place 2 cup portions in freezer bags. Leave out a 2 cup portion to make the pie.

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Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix. Using a hand mixer blend ingredients until smooth and creamy. Pour into your prepared pie shell. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-55 minutes, until a knife comes out clean. I’ve tried lots of flavorings but this recipe lets the Candy Roaster squash shine through. To me it’s much sweeter and creamier than a pumpkin pie. Enjoy!

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The chronicle of the Utica Peregrine Falcons’ 2017 breeding season resumes where we left off. Astrid and Ares have an unprecedented four hatchlings in their nest on the 15th story of the Adirondack Bank Building. May 13: There were no feedings during the pre-dawn hours. During that time Astrid seemed anxious for Ares to appear with food, but he didn’t come. It’s important to know just how unusual it is for raptors that are not owls to bring in prey at night. Of course, raptors living in urban areas take advantage of the ambient light created by buildings and streetlights. True night doesn’t ever seem to come to downtown, and so the falcons are able to use that extra time to hunt and feed young. Undoubtedly, this is one of the reasons urban falcons, on average, enjoy greater reproductive success than their wild-nesting counterparts. Ares finally showed up at the nest box with food 40

at 5:15 a.m. Astrid accepted it and managed the feeding. She hadn’t even finished giving the chicks their breakfast when Ares was back with a second course at 1:30 p.m.! May 15: It was an extremely windy day and the falcons took full advantage of the wind to glide, hover, and perform other aerial stunts. You might think they would avoid flying on days like this, like a seaman might avoid sailing on days when the water is extremely rough. By contrast, falcons enjoy a great amount of control over their airfoil (wings). Unlike fixed-wing airplanes, falcons can continually alter the shape of their wings. They can adjust each flight feather to best take advantage of fluctuating air currents. May 16: At 5:30 a.m., Ares showed up at the box with food. At the time, Astrid was already deep into a feeding and she didn’t acknowledge him there on the perch. He hopped into the box and started trying

to feed the brood, too. He was ripping off little pieces of meat and holding them out, but all four chicks were fixated on their mother and didn’t turn around once to look at Dad. Two more feedings took place in mid-afternoon and at 5 p.m. Ares returned to the nest with a jay. Astrid plucked it right there in the box and proceeded to stuff her babies. Following that meal, the chicks were splayed out around the box like fluffy drunks. Some were partially covered in jay feathers. Later on, Astrid came in with the intention of shading them, but she needed to gather them up first. Two of them were not cooperating. She moved one with her cupped wing and another she picked up by the scruff of the neck like a mother cat does with her kittens. That was something we hadn’t seen before. May 17: During the early morning, Ares was seen making hunting forays. He brought prey back to the box at 8:30. During the feeding it was confirmed that the fourth

chick to hatch was holding its own when vying with its siblings for food. Every year, viewers of our camera feeds become concerned that the last chick to hatch isn’t getting enough food. Be assured, when there is more than a sufficient amount of food coming to the nest, all of the young have no trouble getting their fill. Smaller ones may have to wait until the stronger contenders are satiated, but after that, the runts typically get all they need. May 19: Astrid greeted the dawn by making some quick flights around the canyon. At 9 o’clock she returned to the box, but upon landing she made a miscalculation. She somehow missed the lip of the box and fell down between the perch and the nest box. On the monitor we could only see the tips of the primary feathers of Astrid’s left wing protruding above the lip of the box. She was beneath the box, grappling onto the brick wall. Since Astrid is no nestling, she was able to push off from that awkward position and within a few minutes she was back in the box. As far as we could tell, she didn’t have a feather out of place. May 23: The early morning was cool with a developing fog. At 2:10 a.m. Ares brought a bat to the box. He waited a little while for Astrid to show up and when she didn’t, he handled the feeding. That was only the second time we’ve recorded Ares

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doing a nighttime feeding. No meals came into the box during the entire afternoon. Finally at 6:15 p.m., Ares brought in a Goldfinch. Astrid came to do the feeding, but the food didn’t stretch far. Ares went right back out, presumably trying to turn up something more substantial. Astrid went back to eyeing pigeons as they flew through the canyon. As the afternoon transitioned into evening, the nestlings were hungry and started producing squealing begging calls. At 7:30 p.m., Ares landed at the box’s east veranda. He had prey in his talons. Astrid came from out of nowhere, grabbed the food, and took it into the box. The prey was a species of sandpiper called a Dunlin (a rare spring visitor to Central New York). Astrid fed it to her famished chicks. After Ares dropped off the food, he coasted over to his steeple perch. When Astrid was finished with the feeding she flew over and displaced him. Was that her way of telling him to go out and get more Dunlins? May 25: The chicks are tending to remain against the west wall of the nest box, but they occasionally break away and lumber around. They are still awkward at this stage, but we are starting to see them flap their wings. When they spread their wings, the sheaths on their developing flight feathers are visible. Astrid continues to spend more time on the “verandas,” which are platforms, located on either side of the nest box. The east and west verandas were installed prior to the 2015 nesting season. They were intended to provide nestlings with more exercise space. In 2015, the chicks used them slightly. However, last year’s clutch used them to a much greater extent. Those nestlings put in several more days of wing exercise than their counterparts from the previous season. There is little doubt

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that it contributed to the 2016 chicks being more competent fliers by the time they left the nest. I don’t think that lesson was lost on Astrid and it could be the reason for her new-found acceptance of the verandas. May 26: Ares came to the box with a prey item at 3:30 a.m. He waited on the perch for Astrid for a few minutes, and when she didn’t show up, he went ahead and fed the nestlings. It’s an accepted fact now that Ares does some nighttime feedings. Why he’s doing it this year when he didn’t do it the previous three years is open to conjecture. Perhaps having four chicks to feed tips the balance and triggers extra participation by the male. May 28: There were multiple feedings in the early morning hours beginning at 1:45 a.m. At around 6, one of the chicks was trying to snack on a Woodcock head already in the box. He was holding the thing down with one foot while picking at it with his bill. Occasionally he would chomp on its sword-like beak. Eventually, he fell asleep on top of it. The youngsters were quite active in the box this morning. They walked around and changed positions many times. There was lots of stretching and wing flapping. Their gait is starting to appear much

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The nestlings develop dark face masks less stilted. The beginnings of tail feathers are now clearly visible on the chicks and their primary and secondary wing feathers are also becoming evident. May 31: Ares came to the box with a Black-billed Cuckoo. He started to feed, but one of the chicks latched onto it with its talons and attempted to pull it away! Ares was in the midst of tugging it back when Astrid appeared at the box. Later that day, Ares and Astrid did some cooperative hunting to try to secure more food for the chil-

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dren. June 1: Over the last few days, we’ve noticed how the eyesight of the nestlings has been developing. They can now see their parents from a distance. They turn their heads and track their parents’ movements as they fly through the canyon and dart out after prey. The chicks respond to what they see by bobbing their heads up and down and by vocalizing. June 2: At just after 8 a.m., Ares brought a cuckoo to the box. Astrid took it and did a feeding. Chick #1 and #4 were front and center to be fed. The other nestlings got something but not much. The next feeding came right before 10 o’clock when Ares brought in a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Astrid started to feed, but then chick #4 grabbed the whole meal away from her! If that wasn’t bad enough, another chick was biting at Astrid’s tail. It seems the feedings are getting increasingly chaotic. Astrid soon tugged the prey back and started serving it out again. The next feeding was at 11. This time it was a Black-billed Cuckoo. Yes, three cuckoos in one morning! June 3: As it became lighter we could see how the appearance of the nestlings had changed. Their flight feathers seemed sig-

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A mid-air food transfer between Ares and a fledgling turns. This is good because if all four tried to work their wings simultaneously in the confines of the box they might just push each other out. The nestlings spent much of the afternoon sprawled out in the shady corners of the nest. By 5 p.m., they started getting restless and very vocal. Astrid was nearby, but Ares was nowhere to be seen. At 6, he finally came to the box with food. Astrid arrived and took it, but as soon as she came into the box the famished chicks

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There he found a windowsill to perch on. Astrid had been showing the kids this spot for a few days now, but Max was the first to make it there. However, he found that getting back was more complicated and it took him multiple tries to get around the pillar and return to the veranda. Zander also did an impressive stunt: He went way out on the nest box’s extended perch. There he did some flapping and some casual preening. He ultimately “hop-flew” back to the lip of the nest box. At 12:10 p.m., Spirit got up on the lip of the box. Once there she became curious

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Zander exercises his wings on the long perch a good first flight. Landings are always the toughest thing for a young fledgling to get right. At the very least, Zander showed he had stamina. Importantly, he was able to recover from his mistakes. We thought he might remain on that relatively good perch for the rest of the evening, but he had other plans. With no prompting, Zander flew from his perch and landed on the roof of the bank. That time he made an excellent landing. June 21: This was a really big day for

the Utica Peregrines. Two more fledges occurred. In the history of Peregrines in Utica, we have never had two nestlings fledge on the same day. The day was quite windy and the falcons used the wind to their advantage. It enabled the young birds to hover and to make slower, more deliberate landings. Two days before, Zander had fledged and, afterward, rejoined his siblings in the nest. We thought that was an anomaly, but then his two brothers did precisely the same thing. Both returned to the box post-fledging. Today, Max fledged at around 6 a.m., and Luna fledged in the late morning. No one claims to have witnessed the exact moment of either event. In the case of Max, we located him soon after he fledged. He was on the edge of the roof of a low building located between the Bank and the State Building. It was still fairly dark out, but we could just make him out.

He looked fine and he seemed to be confidently exploring his surroundings. After a little while he flew again – this time heading north. He landed on another relatively low brick building just north of the bank. At 7 o’clock, his next flight took him to a high window ledge on the bank. Clearly, he was flying well and making solid landings. Later that day, Luna fledged. He must have done so flawlessly, because at the time we thought it was Zander – or Max. All three males adeptly managed to converge with each other on the bank’s roof. June 22: At 5 p.m., Ares took some old prey out of the nest box and used it as a lure to try to get Spirit to fledge from the box. As it happened, she had already eaten her fill and didn’t seem interested in going along with his plan. However, only 15 minutes later, Spirit fledged without any enticements and became the last of this season’s four chicks to fly from the nest. Her inaugural flight was strong and it took her to the roof of the bank, where she made an excellent landing. June 24: Following a landing mishap that occurred yesterday, Max remained on the same window ledge at the State Building for about 30 hours. While Max was laid up, his brood mates were making great

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Zander hovers ten feet over the long perch strides. They engaged in chases, sparring matches, and some extremely high flying. At one point, at least two of them flew so high that they were difficult to pick out against the clouds. The most consequential event that took place today was a successful mid-air food transfer from Ares to Luna. This is a trademark Peregrine stunt that involves the fledgling inverting and briefly flying upside-down, directly beneath its parent. While inverted, Luna reached out with his talons and took prey from Ares. With his prize, Luna flew over to the roof of the bank, where he proceeded to dig into it. Once Max finally finished convalescing on the State Building, one of the first things he did was to perch on the top of the 160-foot church steeple. He was soon joined there by his brothers. June 27: Today there were more intermittent thunderstorms, but our falcon family took it in stride. The juveniles took part in much chasing and sparring. One chase was truly epic and showed just how much stamina these youngsters have. At one point Astrid used part of a pigeon carcass to get her brood to pursue her. Once they started, she bowed out and let the kids chased after each other. At least two pigeons were brought in as prey today, including one that Astrid procured by performing a high-speed dive called a “stoop.” Although the stoop method of hunting is largely responsible for the species’ fame (this is when they can reach speeds surpassing 200 mph), it’s not the method we typically see these Peregrines use. When in the canyon, the falcons most often catch prey by laterally chasing it down. July 2: Early this morning two of the fledglings were on the lower ledge of the hotel. They were trudging through puddles, seeking out scraps of food, and horsing around. However, suddenly they were gone and by 8:30 a.m., we hadn’t seen the juveniles for hours. Perhaps they were out testing their hunting skills. On a hunch, I walked south to Lee Street, where there’s an electrical relay station. This is where I found the juvenile Peregrines. Two of them were on power line poles and two were on 48

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A view of the falcons’ downtown canyon

to perch. For better or worse, this seemed to be the area the young falcons were using to hone their skills. As it turned out, my discovery of this place didn’t escape Astrid’s notice. She left the State Building and headed directly to Lee Street. She flew in a low circle above me that I took as a warning for me to keep my distance from her young. She then flew to where her young were perched. Two of the kids got excited as she approached and took to the air. They chased after their mother for a few minutes and engaged in some light sparring. This was the first time that we’ve ever located our own juveniles outside of downtown. In past years, we suspected they went someplace relatively nearby to practice their skills, but until this day, we had never discovered that place. In conclusion: The young falcons were found in the vicinity of Lee Street and the Mohawk River several more times after that

initial discovery. They also continued to be observed in the canyon, where they sparred and generally tore up the skies. It’s universally the case that all childhoods come to an end, and by mid-July the young began departing the region. Luna was the first to go, followed a few weeks later by Spirit. Max and Zander remained the longest – staying as late as mid-August. We expect that they, like other members of their species, journeyed south. They may ultimately spend the winter as far away as Central or South America. We can only imagine what experiences await them. As for their parents: Astrid and Ares remain in Utica on their most coveted territory. They continue to defend it from interlopers as they are intent to use it again to raise young in 2018. • Matt Perry is Conservation Director and resident naturalist at Spring Farm CARES in Clinton. He manages a 260 acre nature preserve which is open for tours by appointment. Matt is also regional editor of “The Kingbird”, which is a quarterly publication put out by the New York State Ornithological Association. Matt’s short nature videos can be viewed on the web. Look for Spring Farm CARES Nature Sanctuary on Facebook.


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Located at the Shoppes at the Finish Line Mon: 9:30-8, Tues - Fri: 9:30-5 Sat: 10-4 54

*Collect coupon each time you bring in items.

Wooly Block Adventure is underway! Join the fun!

In cooperation with

the mvl



“Home cookin’ at it’s finest!”


Friday Fish Fry!

•Daily breakfast

& luncheon specials •Ask about our family bowling special!

Serving breakfast and lunch daily

6798 State Rt. 20, Bouckville

8125 Rt.12, Barneveld, NY

(315) 893-4044 • Open Mon-Sat 6-2, Sun 6-Noon

(315) 896-2871 Open early everyday!

CASSVILLE Now r n fo Ope er! Dinn



CLINTON Friday Fish Fry: 11:30am-8pm

1/2 lb. Juicy Angus Burgers! NewSpecialty Sundaes! 50 Soft Serve Ice Cream flavors! 50 Milk Shake flavors! A Variety of Parfaits!

& Ice Cream Too! 1717 Route 8, Cassville (315) 839-5000

Open 7 Days a Week • Open 6am-8pm or later, Serving Breakfast 6am-Noon


Serving Breakfast and Lunch

Choose from a delicious variety of healthy options made fresh daily! We serve local produce, cheese, eggs, and Stagecoach Coffee.

Visit our deli case for hard to find cheeses! Take-out available! 7629A State Highway 80, Cooperstown • (315) 985-8096 Open year round! Tues-Sat 6:30am - 2pm

Where good friends Meet to Eat! Enjoy breakfast or a quick lunch! 8170 Seneca Tpke., Clinton (315) 732-3631 Mon-Fri 6am-2pm, Sat & Sun 6am-1pm


Primo Pizza #

at the Kettle


The Most Unique Upside Down Pizza You Ever Tasted!

Celebratining 8 Years ! Clinton

Specialty Rolls

Sausage . . . . . . . . 10.95 Spinach . . . . . . . . . 9.95 Antipasto . . . . . . . 11.95 Sausage & Greens . . . 12.95 Eggplant . . . . . . . . 10.95 Local delivery after 4

Weekday Specials Tues- 20” X-Large Cheese Pizza . . . . $9.95 (Toppings 2.25 ea, X-Cheese 2.95)

Wed-Small Cheese Pizza & 20 Wings . . . $15.95 Thurs- 2 Large Cheese Pizzas . . . . . $16.95 +Tax / Toppings Extra

Every Day Specials

Sm. Cheese & 20 wings. . . $17.95 Lg. Cheese & 20 wings. . . . $21.95 Lg. Cheese & 25 wings. . . . $24.95 Lg. Cheese & 40 wings. . . . $31.95 Lg. Cheese & 50 wings. . . . $35.95 (plus tax. celery, blue cheese, toppings extra)

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

7756 Route 5, Clinton Located next door to Spaghetti Kettle 55


Celebrating 30 Years!


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

Casual American Cuisine

good food, good wine, good friends, good times

Heidelberg Bread & Café

123 Mohawk St., Herkimer • 866-1746

Mon-Sat: 7am-6pm, Sun: 7am-5pm Now Open 7 days! Sun-Thurs: 11-9, Fri: 11-11, Sat: 11-9


3056 Rte 28 N., Herkimer (315) 866-0999 Find us on Facebook!

Baking all natural breads – available throughout New York State


little falls


22 years in business!

Open Daily 7am-3pm

ll New Fras! Flavo

Seafood & more!

Roasted fresh daily on site! Come taste the difference!

Quality Food - Fresh Ingredients Relaxing Atmosphere Offering Daily Specials!

70 Otsego St., Ilion

5345 Lee Center-Taberg Rd., Lee Center

Breakfast and Lunch

Raw or cooked • Eat in or take out!

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

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

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



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

Catering & Banquets too! (315)533-7229

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

MARCY Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Take-out • Catering

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

American Family Fare!

9663 River Rd., Marcy

Fresh Haddock • Giambotta

Ice Cream window open til 9 every night!

Take Out & Delivery!


Mushroom Stew • Chicken & Biscuits Meatloaf Goulash & More!

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


Homemade comfort foods Full menu available til 2am!

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

2017u Best Fish Fry


Best Wings best FIRST PLACE Best Craft Brew BEST OF THE

10 Clinton Rd., New Hartford • (315) 732-9733 Mon-Sat: 10am-2am, Sun: 12pm-2am 56

Phoenician R E S TAU R A N T 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

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

Experience the taste of Naples! Craft Beer & Wine Available!






Truck available for on-site catering!

Celebrating Our 1 Year Anniversary!

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

“We are your home town pizzeria!”

past 5 years! Voted #1 pizza for

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

Congratulations to Mangia Macrina’s, celebrating their First Anniversary!

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

Locally Owned & Operated

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

Catering Available • Homemade Desserts Every Day

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

4784 Commercial Dr., New Hartford (315) 736-1363 Breakfast & Lunch daily 7am-3pm • Facebook: Raspberries Rome / Raspberries Utica • Kids Menu Available


Welcome our new advertiser, Patty Jean’s! Just in time for pie season! MVL Ad_Layout 1 7/8/15 3:05 PM Page 1


Good Old-Fashioned Country Home Cooking

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner • Friday Fish Fry! Try our homemade pies!

8218 State Route 28, Newport • (315) 845-8922

Mon: 6am-2pm; Tues, Thurs, Fri: 6am-8pm; Sat: 6am-2pm; Sun breakfast: 6am-noon Closed Wed •


2755 826-5050 2755 State State Rt Rt.8,8,Cold ColdBrook, Brook,NY NY•13324 (315)•826-5050

Mon. 4 - 9pm • Tues. Wed. - Sun. 12&Noon Open Wed - SunClosed 12-9,•closed Mon Tues- 9pm Great Food • Great Spirits • Great Times


Life is Good at The Ohio Tavern!

Specializing in the area’s only coal-fired pizza oven! Live Music!

Fresh to you!

Mexican & American Fare Sushi selections too!

Eat in or Take out

Customizable catering for any size event!


Featuring Daily Specials

tuscan oven

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

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

Oriskany Falls


Homemade, Hand-tossed

Pizza! Calzones • Wings eat in or take out

Ask abouizt za yp our dailia c e sp ls!

Catering available too!

Brenda’s Natural Foods

Something Good & a Lot of It! Natural Food Cafe Now Open! Featuring: Gluten-free options and homemade soups!


Full Italian dinner menu! friday fish fry

Cold subs/Hot tunnels 184 N. Main St., Oriskany Falls

(315) 821-7288 Tues-Sat: 11-10, Sun: 11-9



Natural Groceries • Supplements • Local Foods Organic Produce & Plants

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


Thanksgiving B

Weekend Specials!


11:30 AM – 5:00 PM Adults $32.95 Seniors $30.95 Children 12 & Under $12.95

Haddock Specials

Prime Rib Every Sat. Night!

Wood Fired za! Brick Oven Piz t Take Ou y! & Deliver

Authentic Homemade Pasta Available! 5 Signature Sauces To Create Your Own Entree!

(315) 33PIZZA

615 Erie Blvd. W., Rome

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

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



sharon springs

The Country Store with More!


Innovative food made with local & organic ingredients whenever possible. Exceptional service with a warm atmosphere.

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

Mon-Thurs 11-3, Fri-Sun 8-3 195 Main St., Sharon Springs (518) 284-2575

2114 Rte 29, Salisbury 315-429-3224 Open 7 Days a Week

UTICA Now serving wine & beer!

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

“Chaufan Mixto” A delicious medley of chicken, beef, vegetables, and rice Luisa Martinez - chef

1315 Genesee Street, Utica

(315) 864-3057 Open Mon & Tue 10am-10pm, Thurs-Sun 10am-2am, Closed Wed

Place Thanksgiving orders by November 21st!


EASTSIDE DINER Breakfast • Lunch Homemade & Fresh Daily!

Friday Fish Fry • Breakfast Served All Day

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

Signature Cakes, Grab-n-go cakes, Cookies, In-house Macarons, Pastries, Cheese Cakes & Pies

1st Floor Breakfast, Lunch, “Grab-and-Go!” Deliveries, 8am-2pm Take Out & Catering! Check out our weekly specials on facebook and at

Open: Mon-Fri 9-2 185 Genesee St 2nd Floor, Utica

315 735-7676

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

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

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

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



Contemporary American • Private Functions • Reservations Recommended

Place Your Thanksgiving And Holiday Orders Now!!

It’s Also Not Too Early To Place Christmas Orders!!

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

H a n d m a d e - A l wa y s F re sh - N e v e r F ro z e n ! !

Handmade Crostata For Thanksgiving; Assorted Italian Cookies, Struffoli, Pitta 'nchiusa, Other Specialties For Christmas, Along With Our Full Catering Menu And Much More For All The Holidays!!

Nothing tastes sweeter than the holidays in East Utica! Order early!

Shop Our Line Of Pasta, Sauces, Starters And Ready To Cook Meals; Other Local Products Too!! We Can Also Ship Our Products!! -(315) 896-2173-

Open Monday -Through- Friday 8:00AM -To- 4:00PM Look For Our Open House Date And Expanded Holiday Hours Coming Soon!!

Have An Upcoming Party Or Event, Contact Us For All Of Your Catering Needs!!


American & Italian Cuisine

Nothin’ Fancy Cafe

Serving Lunch & Dinner (Takeout available!) Family owned and operated since 1972 by the Vullo family


Great Food • Great Service • Great people

Gluten Free Options!


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

Mon-Sat: 5:30am-3pm. Fri: til 8pm, Sun: 5:30am-1pm, Facebook: Nothinfancycafevernonny


KARAM’S Middle Eastern


Bakery & Restaurant


Famous For Our Tenderloin Steak Sandwich

Call now to book your holiday party! • Banquet Room (Seats up to 35)

3963 Oneida St., Washington Mills • (315) 864-8149 60

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


THE STEAK & PICKLE Open at 11am, Saturday open at 4pm, closed Sunday & Monday

We Offer Quality Catering!

• Weddings/Showers/Anniversaries • Holiday Parties • Special Events & More

Serving Wine & Beer!

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

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

315-853-5001 INC.

Classy Carriers!


Kielbasa, Sausage, Hams, Patties, Salads, Variety of German Style Frankfurters

The 4 Corners in Clark Mills

Tues-Fri 10-6, Sat 8-1, Closed Sun & Mon

The handyman’s choice since 1948

Go Team!


NFL Apparel • Gourmet Treats

Lumber • Doors • Windows • Mason’s Supplies Roofing • Insulation • Treated Lumber

Special orders available • Price Match Guarantee

(315) 896-2631 Vanderkemp Ave., Barneveld

(The old Tropical Grotto) 315-790-5931

Mon-Fri: 7:30am-5pm, Sat: 7:30am-Noon

2642 Genesee St., Utica

Bicycle Parts, Accessories & Clothing Repairs on All Makes & Models of Bikes Cross-Country Skis & Snowshoes

411 Mohawk St., Herkimer, NY 315-866-5571


mv living

antique shopping guide Antiques Guide Spotlight on Bouckville

The Gingham Patch Canal House Antiques

Valandrea’s Madison




The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick

Earlville Jewett’s Cheese




See The Man

Save the Date! Holiday Open House! November 10th, 11th, & 12th, 10am-5pm Bouckville Participating Antiques Shops

Canal House Antiques Turnpike Antiques Cider House Antiques Store Valandrea’s Venture The Depot Antiques Gallery Victorian Rose The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick Wellington Woods The Gingham Patch Whistle Post Antiques Madison Inn Antiques For more: 62

Visit us during our

Holiday Open House! Nov. 10-12!

Canal House Antiques Multi-Dealer Shop

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

The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick

A multi-dealer shop specializing in advertising, petroliana, lamps, glass, furniture & quality smalls.

Look for our 1960s Texaco sign! (315) 893-7752

6790 Rte 20, Bouckville •

Open Thurs-Mon 10-5, Closed Tues & Wed

6737 Route 20, Bouckville

The Gingham Patch



Unique Decor for the Primitive Lover!

Many new holiday items, along with Primitive & Country Antiques! Nov. 25th is Small Business Saturday! We pay your sales tax that day!

Christmas Open House

6831 Indian Opening Rd., Bouckville

Open Daily 10-5 • (315) 893-1786

Vintage & Antique Furniture

Nov. 10th: 4-8pm Luminary Evening Nov. 11th: 11am-5pm & Nov. 12th: 12-4pm

3490 Pratts Rd., Bouckville • 315 893-7750 • Like us!

Painted and Repurposed

An eclectic mix of vintage, antiques, & home decor • Hours: Thurs-Sat: 11am-5pm, Sun: 12-4pm

Green Bag Weekend! November 16-19 25% off Paint!

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

3371 Maple Ave., Bouckville

Celebrating our 19th year in business!

Attic Addicts The Queen’s Closet

Pristine, Practical, and Priced Right!

Specializing in estate sales, large and small.

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

(315) 736-9160

Consignment at its Finest!

Clothing Jewelry Household Items Furniture Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm Sat: 10:30am-3pm New consignment by appointment only

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

Vintage & New!

Open Daily 10-5 10242 Route 12N, Remsen (315) 831-8644

Furniture, Home Decor, Jewelry, Clothing & Accessories Also consigning vintage, quality items.

Today’s New Modern 51 Franklin Square, Utica (315) 272-8800

Open Wed-Sat: 11-6, Sun-Tues: call for appt.



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

Multi Dealer Antique Shop

Primitives • Furniture • Artwork Smalls • Antique Accessories

14 East Main St. Earlville (315) 691-5721

Open Tues-Fri: 9-4, Sat: 9-2, Closed Sun & Mon

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

4803 Rt. 31, Vernon

Dawn Marie’s Treasures Clinton Holiday Stroll Nov 24 & 25

Vintage, Gift & Gourmet



18 West Park Row, Clinton (315) 796-9099 • Open Mon-Sat 10-6

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

Shop Dawn Marie’s this Holiday Season!

Holiday Open House

For your holiday gathering & decor: We have it! Cards, Candles, & Chocolates: We have it! Furs, designer bags, jewelry: We have it! Unique & affordable gifts for everyone: We have it!

Fri. Dec 1st 10-7, Sat. Dec 2nds& Sun. Dec 3rd 10-5:30 hopping e a

t rl Vendor Discounts,SDoor yf tar Prizes & Refreshments!

Open 7 Days: 10-5:30 • 8124 Route 12, Barneveld (315) 896-2681 C

Little Falls

Over 30 Vendors!

Antique Center

or th e holi

Fort Plain Antiques 30% O FF & Salvage Holiday Sa l Nov 15 - ja n1

Don’t Wait for Black Friday!


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


SHOP HOURS: Tues - Wed — 12 - 4 Thurs - Fri — 12 - 6 Sat — 12 - 5 Also by Appointment Closed Sun and Mon Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day

Like Us On Facebook!

55 Willett St., Fort Plain, NY • • 518-993-1045 • 518-332-0395

Now Open!

Main Street Gift Shoppe

Newport’s Best Kept Secret for Primitive Gifts!

Prim Trees, Santas, Snowmen, Candles, Lighting, Olde Century Colors Paint, Signs, Furniture & more! Closed for Remodeling Visit our ever-changing gift shop to fill your home with the warmth of the season! Nov. 22-25 7431 Main St Rt. 28 Newport, NY

OPEN: Wed-Sat 11:30am til 8pm (315) 845-8835

Check out our popular Ristorante on site!

Odd & Old Trade Co. Auction Hall & Co-op

Clean outs, Consignment, Buy, Trade, Sell! Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10-5

5251 Main St., Munnsville NY

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

Over 160 Vendor booths and display cases!

Visit our “Architecture & Salvage” area and discover many unique treasures!

100 E. Main St., Mohawk (Thruway Exit 30)

(315) 219-5044



Mon, Wed-Sat: 10-5, Sun: 11:30-4:30 Closed Tuesdays


NEWPORT MARKETPLACE Top Notch Garden Center Rt.28, 7583 Main St., Newport, NY (315) 845-8822


Holiday Open House

Sat. Nov. 18th: 10-6 • Sun. Nov. 19th: 10-4 Discounts • Refreshments • Door Prizes Antiques make great gifts!

Celebrating 45 Years in Business!

Vintage Jewelry, Coins, Glass, China, Furniture, Americana, Advertising, Art, Lighting, and More!

Antiques • Vintage • Handcrafted Items • Alpaca Hats, Gloves, & Socks Honey • Cheese • Holistic & Local Foods • Grass-Fed Beef & Pork Local Maple Syrup • Muck Boots • Garden Accessories • Pottery


Holiday Open House


November 4th & 5th


Join us for the festivities! Refreshments & Live Entertainment

Check out our inventory and our Estate Sale Schedule online:

Open 7 Days a Week at 9am • Gift Certificates Available • Like us!

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

Purchase any Antique Ornament from our 10’ tree & you could win a $25 gift card! Nov. 24-Dec. 24

Join us for Christmas in Little Falls, Sat., Dec. 9th!

We Can Help You Buy, Sell, & Trade Globally! Now an FFL dealer! 6338 St. Rt. 167, Dolgeville

(315) 429-5111

www.TheOnlineExchange.Net Registered user of ebay

Open Daily 10-5 • Handicap Accessible

Antique & Unique! Buy • Sell • Trade

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

A Multi Dealer Shop

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


75 Antique Dealers Quality Antiques, Collectibles, Furniture, Art and Jewelry

375 Canal Place, Little Falls (315) 823-1177


The Online Exchange

“Spin the Wheel” up to 15% off! Complimentary Homemade Christmas Cookies & Coffee

Showcase Antiques of CNY


Open Daily 10-5, Closed Tuesdays

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

Holiday Open House November 4th & 5th! Route 233 Westmoreland, NY 1/4 mile North of NYS Thruway Exit 32 65

Herkimer county historical society

The Life of John Dubois Henderson World War I Veteran by historian sue perkins

John Dubois Henderson (1887-1973) was born in Herkimer, the son of John Henderson (1846-1910) and Frances Dubois (1847-1923). He was a graduate of Herkimer High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in 1908; he attended Albany Law School in 1909 but left after one year. He came back to Herkimer to take over the family insurance business following the death of his father in 1910. Henderson married Marguerite Merrill (1895-1987) on April 25, 1926, in Albany. The couple had only one son, John Merrill Henderson (1929-1981), who served in the U.S. Navy and worked at the Pentagon at the time of his death. He ran the agency from 1910 to 1913, then

ernon Variety Shoppes Antique & Variety Shoppes

5349 Route 5, Vernon (315) 829-2105 Open 10-5 every day

Weeden’ s Mini Mall 100 Shops Located under One Roof

Located 4 miles North of Sylvan beach 8056 Route 13, Blossvale (315) 245-0458 Open 10-5 every day

OPEN HOUSE NOVEMBER 18th & 19th:10-5 OPEN HOUSE NOVEMBER 11th & 12th: 10-5 66

became a special agent in the casualty department of Travelers Insurance Co., Hartford, Conn., and served in Michigan, Indiana, and Pennsylvania from 1913-1915. He became the assistant manager from 1915-1917 at the company’s Pittsburgh office. After World War I, John operated the J.D. Henderson Insurance Agency in Herkimer until his death in 1973. Henderson registered for the draft for World War I in May 1917. He was a candidate for commission of the ROTC at the Madison Barack in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He enlisted May 12, 1917. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant Quartermaster on March 16, 1918, at the Madison Barracks in Plattsburgh. On August 15, 1917, Henderson was appointed 2nd Quartermaster and served in that position until he was discharged. On Nov. 21, 1917, John was stationed at Camp Dix, N.J. On

Jan. 3, 1918, he was stationed at Hoboken, N.J. He was then sent overseas with the American Expeditionary Forces, serving there from Jan. 4, 1918, until July 5, 1919. He was discharged from service on Aug. 1, 1919. Henderson was a charter member of the American Legion Post in Herkimer and served as its commander. He registered for the draft for World War I at the age of 55. From 1940 to 1946, he was a member of the Herkimer Draft Board and later civil defense director for the town and village of Herkimer. In 1955, Henderson received the VFW Citizenship Award of the Michael S. Pliseck Post. He was one of the founders of the Herkimer County Americanization League and a prominent World War I veteran. Henderson ran for New York State Senate in 1920 and 1922 and lost to Theodore Douglas Rob-

2017 Season

Second Hand Rose Consignment

Quality Consignment Featuring women’s and children’s clothing & small household items

Prince-Boyd & Hyatt Home For Funerals, Inc.

Jesse Sprole, Piano

Home-like surroundings for your convenience & comfort.

Sunday, November 5, 3 p.m. Pianist Jesse Sprole offers a program of masterworks by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Scriabin. Free

Pre-arrangement Plans with prey-payment or no payment options.

First Presbyterian Church

210 West Court St. Rome • 336-1510

Open Wed-Sat: 11-3 • 366-9900

Corner of Broad and Stone Streets, Oneida

Presenting World-Class Music, Theater, & Dance!

Handicapped Accessible

Hamilton College and Community Masterworks Chorale with Symphoria

Tuesday, November 28, 7:30 p.m.

G. Roberts Kolb conducts the Masterworks Chorale in a collection of psalms Tuesday, November 28, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10/$8

Box Office information and tickets

(315) 859-4331

Come visit & browse the


Gift Shop

A wonderful array of distinctive and hand-crafted items. Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday 9am to 5pm Sunday Noon to 4pm

170 Kenwood Avenue • Oneida, NY • 315-363-0745

Model: 1538 SHUTTLE Model: 2555

inson. He served for three years from 1924-1927 as the deputy commissioner of canal for New York State during the administration of Gov. Alfred E. Smith. He was very community minded. He was a charter member of the Herkimer Elks Club and a 65-year member of Herkimer Masonic Lodge. In 1928, Henderson was a president of the Herkimer Chamber of Commerce. He served on the former Herkimer Municipal Commission from 19271931. He also served on the board of directors at the Herkimer Free Library. John Dubois Henderson and his wife, Marguerite Merrill Henderson, and his parents, John Dryden and wife Francis DuBois Henderson, are all buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Herkimer in Section 6. •


Model: eMAX 22



SMITH TRACTOR Hobby Sales 0000 StreetHill Name Farm Town Name §

§ 000.000.0000 8727 Turin Road, Rome • 315-571-5398

*When you bundle a tractor with three Mahindra Implements. For a limited time only. With approved credit. Program restrictions may apply. See dealer for details. All offers expire October 31, 2017.

* With approved credit. Program restrictions may apply. See dealer for details. † All offers expire April 30, 2015.

Annual Open House

Sue Perkins is the Executive Director of the Herkimer County Historical Society and historian for the town of Manheim.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 | 10a - 5p

Shawangunk nature preserve, cold brook


SHAWANGUNK Chapter 38 by Peggy Spencer Behrendt

Autumn colors on Shawangunk Road



Reilly’s Dairy, Inc. PLUS

SAUQUOIT SELF STORAGE! Featuring Little Falls & Herkimer Diamond Jewelry

Since 1942, when we delivered to you!

32 W. Main St. • Little Falls, NY (315) 823-0454 •

9553 Pinnacle Rd., Sauquoit (315) 737-5560 69

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.

1990s: In the evening, Tim carries a scythe and hoe over his shoulder as he walks to our little meadow through lengthening shadows of the forest alternated with shafts of brilliance from the setting sun. He enjoys the wide, open view of the sky there and working under transitioning colors as zincwhite clouds in cerulean-blue heavens are stained by a quinacridone sunset of rose and gold. It’s like being under a living quilt. He hoes dirt into depressions, stamps down little hillocks, and throws rocks off to the side. He wants to make it smooth so he can fly his powered parachute there. He’d been using a private airstrip nearby, until I found his plane by the side of the road when I happened to drive by one day. It was evidently not wanted! Our goal here has been to live in peace in the wilderness, without eating meat; without seriously impacting the ecosystem as well as to maximize self-sufficiency while practicing minimalism; and learning what our

needs are for meaningful, healthy living without over-consumption. Musing on these goals, I questioned Tim about his interest in flying, as we walked together to his new airstrip meadow. “Besides getting my mind off the stress of work, I feel that flying in uninhabited areas models the kind of challenge and adventure some people get out of hunting, but doesn’t endanger others, or destroy wildlife. Sports can do the same thing.” The distant call of geese grows nearer and they fly low overhead, riding some southbound air currents to a secret rendezvous. The sibilant voices of summer trees are silent now, and evening breezes have only dried beech leaves to stir into a dry rustle, unless they can lift a

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back drains the melted ice water into a tray near the floor. It has to be emptied twice a day, but sometimes I forget, and we get a big puddle on the floor when it overflows. When the fresh, unpasteurized milk we purchase from a local farm in half gallon aluminum milk pails goes sour in the lower part, I realize it must be set right next to the ice. When Tim was very young, his family also used an ice chest and a huge square block of ice was delivered regularly, perhaps harvested off Lake Erie in the winter. His mother put a sign in the window indicating what size block they needed. One hot summer day, an ice block fell off the delivery truck and he and his little friends had a grand time licking it, smashing chunks off and putting them down each other’s clothes. Most of our rehearsal is for naught. In the woods, we can’t just walk up the street for ice anymore, it’s 20 miles away! I consider building an in-ground personal ice house. We could harvest ice in the winter and store it for the summer, couldn’t we? I saw the remains of a huge ice house on Wellesley Island at the St. Lawrence River when I was young. The decaying walls were thick and there was still hay left from insulating the huge blocks cut out of the river that froze so solid, people could drive cars and trucks on it. But we never pursue this because we discover that Black Creek never freezes solid under the snow. It just becomes ice sludge, moving imperceptibly toward West Canada Creek, and woe to anyone who attempts to cross the deceptively solid-looking surface! Our beaver ponds get so much snow, we couldn’t possibly shovel it off just to access the ice. Our little root cellars are our only cold storage for many years, and the ice chest becomes a mouse-proof cabinet until we sell it to buy land. Soon we’ll be carrying anything we need through deep snows a half mile in and a half mile out. Best to make sure we are well stocked with impedimenta. I carefully store many boxes of stick matches in a metal con-

tainer. What would we do without them? I find an old flint lighter for a back-up, but it’s unreliable. We purchase a butane lighter for $4, but I am a little afraid of it. We stock up on laundry soap because it’s too heavy to haul in and out, and we will need dry gas. Tim has cut wood by hand every day since last winter. We hope we have enough. I cram the root cellars with full canning jars, fresh wild apples, sauerkraut, carrots, potatoes, onions. Socks, caps, and mittens are repaired or replaced if we can afford it. I take another tuck in the stretched-out elastic waist bands of our long underwear, hoping to make them last another winter. Life now is so different from our youth. For me, this time always used to be about school work, sports, and music. For Tim it was sports and girls. OK! Yes, I was interested in boys, too, but from a distance! They seemed a little scary. “One of my girlfriend’s parents really liked me,” Tim tells me one evening when the candles are flickering and the first snowflakes float down with deceptive innocence. “She was a year older than me, really cute, and the head drum majorette. We went steady all through high school.” He pauses to put more wood on the fire and it pops cheerily. “But when she went to college ahead of me, it stressed our relationship,” he continues. “Although there were other pretty girls interested in me, (and me in them), I was faithful to her my whole senior year. I did go to the prom with the sweetest, prettiest girl in my class, but since we were both going steady with someone else, we didn’t even kiss! What a drag! “Meanwhile, my steady met an All Mid-American Conference football player in college. I was only a high school All County/All League, and she dropped me.” “That’s too bad…I think.” I attempt to sympathize. “I was really upset! But what could

I do? In 1957, when I was a junior at Ohio University in Athens, we played against Bowling Green State U., and he was on the opposing team. He was 5’ 6” but built like a fireplug – solid muscle! It was a huge, homecoming game with big, roaring crowds, and I was a starter. I was totally focused on the game, because my scholarship depended on doing well, not really thinking about him at all. I can tell you that playing football may look glamorous, but it’s a lot of work and torture! We are getting beat up all the time! We get headaches from getting our heads bashed, our bodies are smashed; we get concussions, bruises, cuts, broken bones, teeth knocked out... When you’re on the field you are facing 11 hulking bundles of hardened muscle who act like they’d just as soon kill you as look at you. When you’re face to face on the scrimmage line, some players growl like angry bears.” He is quiet for a few moments. “But I loved the game.” “Seems like a stupid thing to do,” I muse quietly to myself. But I remember not really minding the bruises I’d get from doing gymnastics, because it meant I was doing something I loved. “So, what happened at this game?” I ask, noticing that the snowfall is getting heavier. “Oh, we tied,” he replies with a sigh.

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Hobby Hill Farm Sales, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 68 White’s Farm Supply, Waterville/Canastota . . 80 Farm markets North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . . 42 Parker’s Clapsaddle Farm and Market, Ilion . . 47 Sunnycrest Orchards Market, Sharon Springs . . 73 Top Notch Garden Center, Newport . . . . . 65 Feed, Animal Kast Hill Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Financial Services Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . 54 Fireplaces The Hearth Shup, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Firewood and Wood Pellets Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Fitness & Gyms Curves, Herkimer and Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Flooring D & D Carpets, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Enjem’s Flooring, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Florists Clinton Florist, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Michael’s Greenhouse, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . 6 Village Florals, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Funeral Services McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn, Utica . . 39 Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Jordanville . . . . . . . 37 Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 10

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Gift Shops/Shopping Artisans’ Corner, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . 21 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 63 Casler Flower Farm, West Winfield . . . . . . . 6 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Krizia Martin, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Little Falls Antique Center, Little Falls . . . . 64 Melinda’s Garden Barn, Richfield Springs . . . 38 Main Street Gift Shoppe, Newport . . . . . . . . 64 Newport Marketplace, Newport . . . . . . . . . 65 Remington Country Store, Ilion . . . . . . . . . 3 Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . 50 The Tepee, Cherry Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Golf Courses and Driving Range Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 24 Grocery/Convenience Stores The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . 59 Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . 32 Kountry Kupboard, Madison . . . . . . . . . . 70 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 53 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 33 Reilly’s Dairy, Inc., Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Hardware/Lumber/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . 37 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Poland Hardware, Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Hearing Consultants Hearing Health Hearing Centers, Rome . . . . 8


All things music - New & quality used Records, CDs, tapes, books, tees, memorabilia, guitars & accessories, drum accessories and more!

Hanging Baskets Hydroponic Heirloom Tomatoes Vegetable Plants Fall Mums

We are YOUR Downtown Music Connection! Hours M-Sat 11-6 116 Bleecker St., Utica, NY 13501 315-738-7651

Garden Centers and Greenhouses Casler Flower Farm, West Winfield . . . . . . . 6 Michael’s Greenhouse, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . 6 North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . . 42 Sunnycrest Orchards Market, Sharon Springs . . 73 Top Notch Garden Center, Newport . . . . . 65

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Horse Boarding Kast Hill Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Insurance Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . 10 Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . 43 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 9 Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . 27 Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . 41 Fall Hill Beads & Gems, Little Falls . . . . . . 28 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . 32 Marble Road Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 71 Sunflower Naturals, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . 23 Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . 31 Paint and Painting Supplies Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . 31 Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . 11 Pet Services One Paw at a Time, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 29

Meelan’s Meat Market, Clark Mills . . . . . . . 50 Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . 16 Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . 43 Sunnybrook Farm, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . 14 Sunnycrest Orchards Market, Sharon Springs . . 73 Three Village Cheese, Newport . . . . . . . . . . 17 Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 35 Twin Orchards, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . 28 WintersGrass Farm Raw Milk, Sauquoit . . . 14 Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Heartworks Quilts, Fly Creek . . . . . . . . . 13 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Pet Supplies Gemini Pets, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Real Estate Hunt Real Estate, Welcome Home Team . . . 32 Scenic Byway Realty, Richfield Springs . . . . 46

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

Record Stores Off-Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 34

Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Liquor Stores and Wine Beer Belly Bob’s Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . 72

Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . Mario’s Pizza, Oriskany Falls . . . . . . . . . Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . .

Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Bagel Grove, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Bite Bakery and Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Black Cat, Sharon Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 The Black Stallion, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Chesterfield’s Tuscan Oven, Oneida . . . . . . 58 Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Delta Lake Inn, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Fat Cats, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Heidelberg Baking Co., Herkimer . . . . . . . 56 Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 56 Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . 60 Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Main Street Ristorante, Newport . . . . . . . . 64 Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . 57 Mi Casa, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Nothin’ Fancy Cafe, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . 58 Patty Jean’s Country Restaurant, Newport . . 58 Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . 56 The Pickle Boat Grill, Old Forge . . . . . . . . 58

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

Maple Syrup (see Produce) Meats, locally raised (see Produce) Media 92.7 The Drive WXUR, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 74 FOX33/WUTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 24 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Monuments & Memorials Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . 28 Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 58 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . 22

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Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 21 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . 63 Casler Flower Farm, West Winfield . . . . . . 6 Main Street Gift Shop, Newport . . . . . . . . 64 Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . 39 Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . 70 Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 6

A primitive mix of new and old purposeful clutter, handmades including wreaths, dolls, ornies, grubby prims, cabinets, framed prints, bird houses, finds, signs, seasonal wares & one of a kinds!

Jewett’s Cheese House

A family business since 1970 NY State aged cheddar 1-20 years old! Over 400 items of cheese & gourmet foods.

(800) 638-3836 934 Earlville Road, Earlville (between Poolville and Earlville) Open Mon-Fri: 9:30-5, Most Sundays 10:30-3, closed Sat.

6170 Valley Mills St., Munnsville (315) 495-2470 Tue - Sat: 10-5, Sun: 11-4

Quack’s Village Inn, Madison . . . . . . . . . Raspberries Cafe, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . The Steak & Pickle, Washington Mills . . . . Sunflower Cafe, Cooperstown . . . . . . . . Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 The Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 7 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Small Engine Repair J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 44 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Snowmobiles/ATVs Hobby Hill Farm, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Tree Services and Tree Farms Massoud’s Tree Farm, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . 52 Turk Tree Service, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Travel Agencies The Cruise Wizards, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 72

The answer to last month’s riddle about the haunted hall in Sauquoit is: Orchard Hall The winner drawn from all correct answers is: Stephen R. Smith of Herkimer. He is spending his $200 at The Willows in Utica and Mohawk Village Market in Mohawk.

Websites Utica Remember When . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Weddings and Banquets Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 24 So Sweet Candy Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Wellness Infinity Tree Healing, New Hartford . . . . . 14 Yogurt Stoltzfus








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Mohawk Valley Living 50 November 2017  
Mohawk Valley Living 50 November 2017