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Summertime by Sharry L. Whitney

Summertime has always been the hardest season to produce the TV show—and now the magazine— because there are so many things to do! It’s hard to decide which way to go. If we had the time, and resources, we could do a weekly magazine brimming with activities to enjoy during this glorious summer season in the Mohawk Valley! Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath, relax, and realize you can’t do it all. When our kids were young, we used to make a list of the “must-go” places and events at the beginning of the summer so we wouldn’t miss them. But remember, trips don’t all (or even any) have to be epic vacation-type trips. A simple day-trip to one of the many charming villages in the area can make for the best summer memories. Have you explored Gilbertsville? Milford? Prospect and Hinckley? Munnsville? Gravity Fest is July 31-Aug 2; Missed Civil War Weekend in June in Peterboro? Put it on the calender for next year. Peterboro’s Gerrit Smith Estate is open daily in the summer; Have you been to Sylvan Beach lately? It’s buzzing with activities this time of year. Little Falls? We just brushed the surface with the MV Adventure Club in this issue. The list goes on... I could throw darts at our Mohawk Valley map on the wall and hit a great summer road trip destination every time! So, enjoy the busy summer months in the Mohawk Valley—you don’t have to travel far for an adventure. And remember, breathe. ReRIGHTing History Thank you to all who called to set us straight about a misplaced department store in our June issue. The W.T. Grant Co. was not located in North Utica’s Riverside Mall, but was, in fact, located on the other side of Horatio Street. Thank you all for taking the time to let us know of our mistake.

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A Heritage of Brewing in the Mohawk Valley from the Oneida County Historical Society by Brian Howard, Executive Director Cheers! For more than 200 years, the Mohawk Valley has been home to beer-making operations both large and small. With the summer season upon us, it is time to get out and enjoy the weather with some frosty beverages. Today’s craft breweries are the descendants of the first wave of entrepreneurs who quenched the thirst of our immigrant population two centuries ago. Farmers tilled local soils that were optimal for growing hops, one of the primary ingredients in beer. Hops farms sprung up all around our region, with significant efforts under way near Bridgewater and Paris, and all along the Route 20 corridor from Schoharie to Madison County. They supplied a burgeoning brewery industry in Utica that included over one dozen companies in the late 19th century. It should be noted, though, that this number of breweries was nearly matched by the number of temperance societies in and around the city. Brewing was (and remains) intimately tied to central Europe’s culture, so it was only natural for beer to follow the Germans to the region. Early operations were home-based affairs with distribution remaining extremely local. Of course, other nationalities such as the English and the Irish participated, but the influx of German immigrants spurred the development of

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for more than 100 years. In 1888, a German immigrant named Francis Xavier Matt reorganized the former Charles Bierbauer Brewery on Edward Street in west Utica. His rechristened West End Brewery remains in existence today as the Matt’s Brewery. The coming of Prohibition in 1920 hit the area hard. One by one, the Mohawk Valley’s beer makers were forced to close. Nationwide statistics reflected this trend—when F.X. Matt opened shop in 1888 there were more than 2,200 breweries in the United States. By Prohibition’s end in 1933 there were fewer than 700. Another factor leading to the demise of local breweries was the decimation of New York’s hops industry, starting as far back as the 1880s. Over the next four decades, a comedy of economic, agricultural, and legislative factors destroyed what had been one of the richest sources of hops anywhere in the world. During the late 1800s, increasing competition from farms along the Pacific Coast led to an unstable market and wildly fluctuating hops prices. Many producers shied away at this time and grew crops that promised a more stable return. A mold outbreak wreaked havoc on hops farmers while an aphid infestation did the same prior to World War I. The final nail in the coffin was the ratification of the 18th Amendment—outlawing the sale of “intoxicating beverages” and thus eliminating the market for hops after 1920. The few remaining hops fields along the Route 20 corridor were appropriated for other crops. With few exceptions, hops disappeared for most of the next century. Only now, and in small batches, has it started to make a comeback.

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The breweries that did survive Prohibition still had to deal with the Great Depression. Even with alcohol sales legal again, the public’s buying power wasn’t what it had been. Following World War II, the coming of television sparked a scramble for market share that was won by three companies—Anheuser-Busch, Miller, and Coors. Ads from the “big three” dominated American airwaves and created conditions that made it extremely difficult for smaller companies to compete. Consolidation was the name of the game; most of the small breweries that weren’t bought out ceased operations. Locally, with the close of the Utica Brewing Company in 1959, the only one left was the Matt family’s West End Brewery. By the early 1970s there were approximately 40 breweries left in the country. It should be a source of pride that one of those last standing was right here in Utica. The Matt family doggedly persevered through Prohibition by switching to soft drink production. Initially called their “Utica Club” line, today’s Saranac sodas are descendants of this effort. After they became the first brewery licensed to sell beer after repeal, the F.X. Matt’s West End Brewery carved out a niche that would evolve into the modern craft beer movement. •

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the music never stops

Frank Loucks, formerly of The Plaids, still performs the standards at weddings and special events

Frank Loucks by john keller

By chance one day, a gentleman walked in my store and inquired about a local single from the ’50s by The Plaids. I, unfortunately, didn’t have a copy but, as we spoke, he said he was a member of that group. We talked about those days and what he’s done since. As I am continually fascinated by this area’s music, past and present, I was intrigued by his story. Now living and performing in the Albany area, Frank Loucks is in his 70s and has enjoyed a life-long career in music. Starting with a high school band through his current work with a big band orchestra, Frank proves that once a musician, always a musician. He’s played on stages across this great land, been in the house band at one of the most prominent night spots in the nation, and shared the stage with superstars, and still he gives his all in his love for music. It was a pleasure to do this interview. Thank you, Frank, for wandering by. Are you originally from the Utica area? No, I was born in Boonville. My parents moved to Utica for a while because my mother was from here. My father’s work took us to Binghamton. We moved back to Utica when I was 13. I graduated from Utica Free Academy in 1961. And I started “on the road” shortly thereafter. Were The Plaids your first performing group? They weren’t the first, but one of them. That was the late ’50s. Guy Vivenzo on saxophone, Chuckie Daniels on piano, Dick Laurey on drums, Jimmy Palladino on guitar, and I played bass. That was the group who performed on the sole recording “Out to Lunch.” The flip side was an instrumental titled “Leftovers,” featuring Guy. After Jimmy had to relocate, we got Bob Perry to step in on guitar. Bob also played with me later when I joined Tony Madonia’s band. Where was the single recorded? It was called Nu-Tone Studios. It was in this guy’s home in Whitesboro, in the basement where the studios were set up. I don’t recall his name. (Kevin Gruchy). We released the record on the Mark label, run by Stanley Markowski. Who wrote “Out to Lunch?” The man who wrote the song, Carl Swanson, was a radio personality. They called him “Mr. Sunshine.” He wrote it and it caught on. So, we recorded it and he promoted it on his show. We had a good time with it for a couple of years. What do you remember about the recording? I don’t recall much about the recording session.

We were well rehearsed. We’d played the song so many times, we just went in and recorded it. Within a couple of nights, it was finished. It wasn’t a “sophisticated’ song,” by any means, but we had fun. Tell us about your live performing. What was that like? We performed everywhere! I can’t count the times I played Sylvan Beach. We would start a matinee at one o’clock in the afternoon and play until one o’clock in the morning, taking breaks, but that’s how long a day it was. That was Saturday and Sunday. If it was a holiday, it was the same thing. Were you friends with other Mark artists and other bands at the time? I knew Terry Daly, and Andy Cittadino of Andy & the Classics and I are good friends. Jimmy Cavallo is also a good friend. What happened to The Plaids? I went off on my own. Most of the band members weren’t able to travel. And money was getting scarce. I was ready to make a living at this and not just a sideline. They continued on, still calling it The Plaids for a while before changing it to The Bel Airs. You mentioned to me that you helped one of our local legends get started. Yes, I helped my cousins The Migliaccios start their band, The Fabulous Royales. They were all brothers: Ralph on drums, Tommy on bass, and Fran on guitar. I started them off in their cellar. They wanted to put a band together. So I got them together to lock it in. Fran is now Fran Cosmo, who went on to the band Boston and solo success. Did you ever do any further recording? I did record with Joe Saldano on B3 Hammond, Guy Vivenzo on sax, and a hired drummer. We were up at The Critics Lounge on Genesee Street when a fellow came in from Long Island to hear us and took us on to sponsor. His name was Gene Schnall. He flew us to New York to Nola Studios, where we recorded a song I wrote, “Childhood Days.” While we were there, Lena Horne was recording in the next studio over. The Beatles also recorded at Nola. It was a

The local band The Plaids in the 1950s very prestigious place. It must have cost Mr. Schnall a pretty penny to get us in there. We released the record and made some money with it. Not tons and tons, but we got some recognition and had the opportunity to perform with several name acts. Who were some of the people you worked with? Well, when the Utica Auditorium first opened, we played with Brian Hyland and Bobby Rydell. We backed up Chuck Berry. And when Johnny Cash was just starting, we backed him up at the Clinton Arena. He was quite a guy. Let’s talk about your career after The Plaids. What happened next? I started playing keyboards. I began going out as a single, performing down the East Coast and a bit of cross-country traveling as well. I also formed trios and quartets, depending on what the gigs called for. At that time, we were managed by the William Morris Agency, who handled a great many top acts. They booked us at The Copacabana in New York City in the lounge. The Copa had two floors. There was the main stage downstairs and the lounge upstairs. We met numerous celebrities like Jerry Vale and Eddie Fisher because they played there, too. We went in there for two months with an option and ended up staying for two years. Then we moved to The Crystal Room owned by Larry Storch from F Troop. We remained there for a year. All in all we spent three and a half years in Manhattan. During the ’70s, I joined a show group led by Carmen Cannavo. We played all over the U.S. I was with them for many years. So I’ve done singles, duos, trios, quartets to what I’m doing

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now, which is a 23 piece orchestra. I sing, do a little “shtick,” some impressions, emcee, and things like that. I do a couple of these shows each year. I do other shows with trios and duos depending on the request. Blues and jazz are popular here, currently. How was that scene in Utica back then? I played blues and jazz at a place called Birdland on Genesee St. Dickie Franks played there many times. I would sit in with the band. There would be Butch Strong on Hammond B3, a guy from Pittsburgh, Wendell Byrd, Herbie Nelson from Syracuse and myself. Sometimes J.R. Montrose would stop in. Freddie Roach would stop in. These were horn players. Some of the best! It was a jam. These were world-class musicians. I worked a lot. I also worked next door at the Candlelight. I’ve been all over this town. What type of music are you performing now? I do mostly straight jazz or fusion. I stay away from abstract or avant-garde jazz. I play commercial jazz. That’s what the people like for weddings and parties. If you go in playing charts from Sonny Stitt, they might look at you and say “I can’t dance to this.” So we play standards. You can do anything you want with those. You can put it to a Bossa Nova beat, add a walking

bass, make it a Jitterbug, anything so they can dance. What is the name of your band, now? I go by the name Frank Capri and most of the bands are Capri 3 or Capri 4. Some of the duos just go by T.W.O. Nothing too sophisticated. The big band comes out of Albany Local 14 or Local 85 in Schenectady, depending on what we need and who’s available. How do you see the current music scene, as compared to your earlier days? The “nightclub” scene has gone down rapidly. It’s almost extinct. And I hate to say this, but the thing that’s taken over the clubs is DJs and karaoke. I notice that karaoke is very big in the Utica area. Live music is becoming non-existent, which is disheartening to me. Things that used to be are nearly gone. But it’s not just here. The last time I was in Las Vegas, the lounges are gone. Where there used to be places for show groups and small combos, they’re gone. No more lounges. And no more variety groups. It seems no one group does rock, blues, country all mixed in a show. If you do blues, you do blues, if you do jazz, you do jazz, no variety. Each category is specialized. Variety was where your entertainment value was held. What advice would you have for someone considering a music career, such as yours? If you’re looking for a career in music, don’t do what I did. Most of the time, I worked for someone else. So anything I did on stage would reflect on the leader, the bar owner, or something of that nature. Yes, you get a salary, but he’d be selling the group on your laurels. My advice is to be able to write your own original

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The 8-mile Veterans Memorial Highway winds its way up Whiteface Mountain

Story and Photos by Gary VanRiper At 4,867 feet in elevation, Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, NY, is the fifth highest peak in New York State and the most photographed mountain in the Adirondacks. It is an easily identifiable peak from points all throughout the region topped with its “castle” and, on the midnight horizon, with its pinprick of a burning light. Due to the eight-mile Veterans Memorial Highway giving thousands of tourists every year easy access to the summit, Whiteface is likely the mountain from which most photographs in the Adirondacks also are taken. The highway is under some construction this summer and visitors are told to expect some delays while ascending in cars and motorcycles. So, what a perfect time to consider hiking one of the two main trails that also lead to some commanding views, not only of the high peaks region and Lake Placid, but of a neighboring country and several neighboring states as well. I have hiked Whiteface Mountain twice so far. The first time was in 2006 with members of the Adirondack Mountain Club during the quest to become an Adirondack Forty-Sixer. Call it craziness or dedication, what follows is what a typical day can look like for a hiker. My son had an evening sports event and so I was not able to begin the three and a half hour drive from Camden, NY, to Wilmington until 10 p.m. Normally, I would sleep overnight in the woods or the Jeep, but I pampered myself this time by staying in an inexpensive motel. The proprietors knew I would arrive late and so left the room open, and the last I remember seeing the clock it was 2 a.m. By 9:05 later that morning our small group with members from Rochester, Buffalo, and even the Washington, D.C, area was headed for Whiteface on an unmarked variation of the Wilmington trail at the Atmospheric Sciences

A perspective of the stone wall hikers get along a stretch of trail alongside the Whiteface Memorial Highway. Pictured is Adirondack Forty-sixer, Mark Lowell.

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Research Center. Several hours into the hike, there was an option to take a soggy herd path to ascend Esther Mountain – another peak needed by all aspiring Forty-Sixers. In 1839, a teenager by the name of Esther McComb attempted to climb Whiteface and accidentally ascended this peak instead, thus the mountain’s name. We climbed it on purpose. We could see that unmistakable summit of Whiteface from the top of Esther where we had lunch and just after noon were back down the herd path and on the Wilmington trail. There are, of course, some incredible views while driving up the Memorial Highway, but one of the most unusual perspectives as a hiker was along a stretch of trail on the opposite side of that paved thoroughfare – the stone wall towering over us. We reached the summit of Whiteface at 2:30 p.m. and as we popped into view it was fun to observe the curious and surprised expressions on the faces of those tourists who had taken the elevator or stairs from their parking area to the top. Only one from our group did not make it. She stopped and waited for our return with just 15 minutes of hiking to go, and I completely understood. One of my earliest hikes was up Mount Marcy and I was unprepared and began to dehydrate. I waited at a junction while my hiking partners also made an ascent up one of Marcy’s rocky neighbors, Skylight Mountain. It was so close, but

The Summit Weather Observatory (State of New York Atmospheric Sciences Research Center Whiteface Field Station)

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John Birmingham takes in the view before making the final ascent to the Whiteface summit. A slice of the ribbon-like Veterans Memorial Highway can be seen below.

I knew I could not make it. Dehydration is a common nemesis of hikers. In the years since, my hiking companions and I have bailed out many who did not have water pumps and who underestimated how much water they would need to complete their hike. After photographs and snacks and more hydration, we began our descent at 3:15 p.m., were at our cars at 5:45 p.m., and after goodbyes in the parking lot were back on the road at 6 p.m. I pulled into our driveway in Camden less than 24 hours from my start, at 9:45 p.m. Nearly all of my hikes in the high peaks wilderness area of the Adirondacks have been day trips, sometimes summiting once, or twice, and even four peaks at a time. And all have been an invigorating and unforgettable way to spend a day off. Anyone deciding to hike should be in very good physical condition (even cleared by a physician), properly equipped, and totally current on trail conditions. A great way to begin is with guided hikes provided by the Adirondack Mountain Club. Guided hikes up Esther Mountain by the Club are currently planned for July 27 and August 8. •

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We found a parking space with a little difficulty (events at the Herkimer Home are popular) and strolled past the Visitor Center to the lawn of the house. The house is a large brick Georgian style mansion, beautifully restored. Full disclosure: I looked up on the website that it was Georgian; I don’t know from architecture. We did not take a tour this time, but we have been through the house on previous visits and admired the period furnishings. My favorite way to see a site like this is not by guided tour but to wander through on my own with docents or reenactors available if I have questions. Sometimes I enjoy a guided tour, though, and will probably take one on my next visit. We did enjoy walking around the grounds. I like the family cemetery, surrounded by a stone fence. I find old gravestones fascinating. We went around to the back of the house, and found the vendors for the Garden Fair as well as some reenactors. A lady in colonial garb was stirring a caul-

dron over a fire. “Are you cooking or washing clothes?” I asked. “I’m making shirt soup,” she said. “I’m just happy to be able to be out here doing this. After the long winter stuck indoors, we’re finally getting to wash all our stinky clothes.” “And I felt sorry for myself for having to go to the laundromat,” I said. “I will feel grateful now every time I put the quarters in.” We sampled some mint tea. I said I had had a cup of hot mint tea earlier, made with mint from my yard, but it had not been as dark. “Steep, steep, steep,” another period-dressed lady advised. We spoke to another volunteer about a rope-making apparatus set up near the house. He explained how it would work but could not demonstrate because it was missing a part. He showed us how the interlock-

ing gears of the apparatus made it state of the art for the time. “This was the Apple computer of its day,” he said. I was impressed. Who thinks about these things? I just go to the hardware store and buy rope. The root cellar, which stands a short distance from the house, was not open, but we have seen it on previous visits to learn about the colonial method of refrigeration and food preservation. We went into the Visitor Center to look over the small museum. It took a minute for our eyes to adjust after the bright sunlight outside. A paragraph on the wall explained that the light was kept at a low level to help preserve the artifacts. I especially like to note all the different spellings of Herkimer back in the day. There is also a gift shop, featuring colonial toys and games as well as books, prints, and other items. I purchased a few postcards. On a previous visit we got a coffee mug (I think that is what I drank my hot mint tea in from earlier). Chatting with another colonially dressed

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T.R. Proctor and the Bagg’s Hotel Farm from the Oneida County Historical Society By Janice Reilly

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Postcards of two of Thomas R. Proctor’s Utica hotels, The Bagg’s Hotel and Butterfield House next to Grace Church When a meeting of the Central New York Farmers Club was held in 1880, those attending were told they could reach the farm by the Bleecker Street railroad starting at the corner of Genesee and Bleecker Street. In 1907, Proctor “threw open the 60 acres of the Bagg’s Hotel Farm to the public.” The pastures became baseball fields. A pretty arbor with rustic seats was erected near the mineral spring; people often gathered around the well house. Picnickers enjoyed shade from large trees; visitors strolled along groomed paths. Children could swing and even go swimming. The farmland became known as Proctor Park. The scrapbook that contains the pictures of the Bagg’s Hotel farmhouse, barns, and data of the animals has thick pages. Each page is artfully decorated with flowers and vines-the colors are breathtaking. The book is locked by four brass hinges. Two brass plates are engraved with “T.R. Proctor, May 25, 1887” and “compliments of Willowbrook Farm,” which must have gifted it to Proctor. One cover has a brass plate that says, “Berkshires,” the opposite cover says, “Jerseys.” It is a remarkable artifact, one of the Oneida County Historical Society’s seldom seen but prized possessions. •

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Patrick Malowski: Closure EP By John Keller

Sometimes, as they say, less is more. That becomes quite apparent with this threetrack EP by Herkimer native Patrick Malowski. Malowski is a member of the local band Atticus Finch and has performed often around the region. Pat has poured his heart and soul into this disc. Closure is a well-recorded, multitrack affair with only Patrick’s vocals and his guitar. Yet, each song is filled with perfect self-accompaniment and words that embrace great feeling and passion. The opening track, “Bones,” speaks of a departing love and desperation to lose, yet is hopeful to retain the memories of a bad relationship. Double-tracked vocals and magnificent arpeggios accent the sadness. “Monster” is something of which most of us may be guilty--looking outward instead of inward as a source of our problems. Its opening line, “Let me tell you about the monster I’ve become,” is recognizing the mistake. Another line, “Now I’m breathing out fire from my lungs,” is letting go of the darkness held by the mistake. That is very heavy subject matter. The opening guitar riff with that starting line pulls the listener in, and the strong lyrics keep rolling. The title track, Closure, is appropriately the closing track. Again, it heads back into the lost-love vault. But the twist is not understanding why, but needing explanations in the quest to move forward and looking for that “closure.” Patrick sings lead and backing/answering vocals. As I previously mentioned, this is a well-recorded CD. All of the vocals and instrumentation are clear, precise, and well defined. This is a short, but excellent, debut effort. I am looking forward to hearing more from this wonderful songwriter. You can obtain a copy of the CD at one of his or Atticus Finch shows, by contacting Patrick through Facebook at www. facebook.com/patrickmalowskimusic, or find his music on Bandcamp. •

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There is a saying that revenge is sweet. On July 14, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will have a close encounter with an icy body in the mysterious outer solar system. Who will be center stage as millions of earthlings anxiously follow this historic event? Pluto! Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. The world celebrated the announcement of the ninth planet. Today we know Pluto takes 248 Earth years to orbit the Sun, a day is 153 Earth hours long, it’s smaller than our Moon, and the icy and rocky surface temperature is about -387 Fahrenheit. The atmosphere is mainly nitrogen, with trace amounts of methane and carbon dioxide. Pluto has an unusual oval orbit that averages 3.7 billion miles from the Sun, helping hide its secrets. The Kuiper Belt, Pluto’s neighborhood, is home of hundreds of thousands of small bodies and over a trillion comets. So far more than 1,300 objects have been identified. In July 2005, it happened--Eris, an icy world larger than Pluto, and moon Dysnomia were found. Uh-oh. The Eris discovery sparked arguments. Is it the tenth planet? Why don’t Kuiper objects behave like other planets? In 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) settled the debate, introducing a new classification called Dwarf Planet. Pluto was demoted, and joined Eris and Ceres as the first members. Suddenly our solar system had only eight planets. Since then we’ve learned that Pluto has five moons. The largest is Charon, the others are Nix,

Hydra, Kerberos, and Styx. But there are lots of questions. Are there more moons? What does Pluto look like? Even the mighty Hubble can only manage a fuzzy picture. What to do? Launch a spacecraft, of course! New Horizons launched January 19, 2006 – the fastest spacecraft ever, traveling over 3 billion miles in just nine years. The size of a baby grand piano, it’s packed with science instruments and cameras. On July 14, as it zooms by Pluto only 7,750 miles away and at a speed of 31,000 mph, the spacecraft will take pictures, map surfaces, investigate the atmosphere, and more. A radio signal takes 4.6 hours to reach Earth, and it will take over a year for all data to be returned. In June, a planetary astronomer made startling discoveries. Pluto and Charon orbit each other, so some consider them a double-planet system. Moons Nix and Hydra rotate chaotically. What else awaits New Horizons in this unexplored region? Can’t you hear Pluto. “Ah, demote me will you! I have more surprises in store, so prepare to be amazed!”

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Olde Homestead Farm’s vine-covered silos and weathered old barn with a stone foundation make it look like it’s from a page in a storybook.

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The Olde Homestead Farm in West Edmeston looks like a farm from a storybook. Two old-fashioned vine-covered silos rise over an old weathered barn with a stone foundation. Nearby is an old farmhouse. The farm is located where Hollow Road becomes a dirt road. Chickens and a rooster scatter ahead of us as we tour the farm. Owners, DJ and Mindy Laymon raise laying hens as well as Cornish Cross meat chickens. A pair of ducks takes off over the pond. “You raise ducks for food, too?” I ask. “No, for pest control,” replies Mindy. Her husband, DJ, adds, “Some of our ducks leave in the fall and come back to the farm in the spring.” Two alpaca, Chip and Dale, peer curiously over the fence, eager to see who’s visiting the farm. We are encircled by a small inquisitive flock of young Babydoll Sheep. It’s hard not to laugh when they look up at you with their smiling faces. The sheep were the impetus behind The Olde Homestead Farm. In 1997, Mindy, DJ, and their two boys moved back to the family farm after Mindy’s grandparents passed away. She grew up on the dairy farm that her father, and grandfather before him, had farmed. When her family moved back, the pastures had become overgrown, since her father’s retirement from the dairy business, and the old barn had been setting empty.

Above: Mindy Laymon was surprised to discover that her great-grandmother Ivy had also raised sheep; Left: an inquisitive Babydoll sheep approaches to meet visitors; Right: DJ and Mindy Lyman first met when DJ worked on her father’s dairy farm in the ‘70s

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“I wish I knew how old the barn was,” Mindy ponders. “I just love the old stone.” Mindy may not know the exact age of her family’s barn, but she has researched her family’s history. Mindy (Maine) Laymon is the fourth generation Maine to live on the homestead. She even created a Maine family timeline that she presented at the local historical society. She learned that her great-grandfather Devillo Maine purchased the farm on February 1st, 1923. He died in 1941 and left it to his family. In 1942, his son Howard (Mindy’s grandfather) purchased it from the family with his wife, Frances. Mindy’s parents, David and Sharon Maine, purchased and moved back to the farm in 1964. During the 1970s, while Mindy was growing up on the dairy farm, DJ was a farmhand, which is how the couple first met. He went on to have a dairy farm of his own and grew crops with Mindy’s father, David. When the Laymons moved back to the farm in 1997, they weren’t farming at the time, having sold the dairy in 1991. “We both were working full time, and we wanted to do something together as a family,” Mindy says. “And we had this empty barn.” They researched different breeds of animals looking for something that would be easy for Mindy to handle and, at their two boys’ request, animals they wouldn’t eat. Mindy says when she first saw pictures of sheep known as “Teddy Bear Sheep” she couldn’t help but laugh. So she and DJ went to see them in person and when they did, her husband knew they were going to be farmers again. “I fell for the sheep,” Mindy confesses. They brought three little black Babydoll wethers (castrated male sheep) home on Christmas Eve 2005. The following year they started buying breeding stock, and The Olde Homestead Farm officially began.

Top right: Chip and Dale, the farm’s alpaca contribute fiber to Mindy’s Alpaca/Babydoll blend yarn. Bottom right: Babydoll sheep stand only 24” at maturity making them great weeders for vineyards and orchards

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The timeline display Mindy created for her family has a parallel timeline of the Babydoll sheep breed in America. It is actually the history of the Southdown sheep, considered one of the oldest breeds of sheep. Many people assume Babydoll sheep were bred to be small (and cute pets), but Mindy’s research reveals the opposite--Southdowns were once small and bred to be larger. Her timeline starts in the 1600s when Southdowns were believed to have been brought to the English colonies. Originating on the South Down hills of Sussex County, England, the sheep were short and hardy and bred for their meat. During WWI there was a sharp decline in their numbers in Europe, and by the end of the World War II, the demand for larger cuts of meat almost forced the breed to extinction. The larger, taller Southdown sheep common today are the result of this consumer demand. It wasn’t until 1986, when a breeder, Robert Mock of Rochester, WA, began a four-year search for the original “lost” Southdown believed to be extinct that two small flocks were located. He named them “Olde English Babydoll Southdowns” to distinguish them from the modern Southdowns and established a registry. Mindy and DJ explain the importance and usefulness of this nearly forgotten breed. At only 24 inches tall at maturity, they make outstanding weeders for orchards and vineyards. “They’re not tall enough to reach the fruit,” DJ explains. With today’s trend toward organic and natural farming, they see a bright future for the small breed, though they raise their sheep primarily for farm “pets.” Mindy also likes the fiber aspect of the animals and enjoys needle felting and making yarn. Babydoll sheep are also known Today, the old Maine farm on Hollow as Teddy Bear Sheep because of Road is an active farm again. Over the last their “smiling” faces 10 years the Babydoll flock has grown to 15 and they raise a dozen or more lambs each spring. The farm family has grown to include cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, the pair of alpaca, and honey bees. Mindy and DJ sell their eggs and honey at the farm, and Mindy sells her fiber, including a soft alpaca/ Babydoll blend, at the CNY Fiber Festival held in June. A pleasant surprise for Mindy was the discovery of an old photo of her great-grandmother Ivy Maine. It shows her with a flock of sheep in the same field where Mindy’s Babydolls now graze. “I never knew my great-grandmother raised sheep,” she says. “It makes me feel a connection with her.” Mindy can’t imagine her farm without the Babydolls. “They have a way of making everything seem so simple and calm,” she says. • Learn more at: www.oldehomestead.net

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Laying hens and a rooster roam the grounds of the farmstead

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A flock of recently shorn ewes comes in from grazing in the same field where Mindy’s great-grandmother’s sheep once grazed.

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It’s hard to comprehend, but less than two weeks out from the official start of summer, some birds are already finished with nesting and have begun vacating their breeding grounds. As the calendar page flips from June to July, there’s also a noticeable difference in the songbird chorus, as some of our finest singers abruptly cease performing. Virtuosos like the Brown Thrasher and Baltimore Oriole may not be leaving yet, but for the balance of their stay in the North, they will seldom be heard uttering anything but the occasional alarm call. In fact, we may well not hear them sing again until next May.

The Red Milkweed Beetle feeds on Milkweed

But just as the Tree Swallows abandon their nest boxes in the meadow in favor of the wetlands where the insect hunting is better, the meadow itself begins to get more interesting. Through the spring and early summer, the season’s best flower show has been shifting from habitat to habitat – rolling from the shady forests to the marshlands and, by July, it has come around to the meadows and to the domain of full sun. Meadows all have their own character and the species of flowers and grasses may vary substantially from one to the other. Diverse, native plant-dominated meadows are rare in the Mohawk Valley and in the Northeast in general. Still, most meadows continue to be home to some of our more tenacious natives – and not just the goldenrods and asters. Common Milkweed, which typically begins blooming in late June and continues into July, is one of our most important native plants. Its value as a primary food plant for the Monarch Butterfly is well known, but it’s also of singular importance to many other highly specialized insects, such as the aptly named Milkweed Tussock Moth and Red Milk-

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bees sometimes get their legs stuck in the sticky crevices of milkweed blossoms. I can usually count on coming to the rescue of at least one ensnared honeybee on each outing. Perhaps bees recognize the concept of gratitude, since I’ve managed never to be stung after carrying out one of these good deeds. All that resembles milkweed in the field is not necessarily milkweed. A convincing impersonator by the name of Indian Hemp can be very common in meadow habitat. The plant has a similar structure to milkweed, and the leaves and stems even exude a white milky sap when broken, but this plant is not A Hickory

related to milkweed. It is in fact one of the dogbanes. The name Indian Hemp derives from the tough fibers that can be stripped from the plant’s stem and braided into twine. Its small white tubular flowers are not the insect magnets that milkweed blooms are, but they do draw in A Great Spangled small butterflies and a fair mix Fritillary Butterfly on of other pollinators. Common Milkweed In a meadow that I planted over a dozen years ago, the diversity of native species has remained quite high despite the

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in early mornings and on dark cloudy days. Quite literally, it’s a flower that can be depended on to brighten the gloom. As July proceeds in the meadow, the Spiderwort flower clusters begin to run out of viable buds, and the ground is yielded to rafts of Bergamot, Echinacea, and Gray-headed Coneflower. The former species, though relatively short in stature, is tenacious in the meadow and is a favorite among pollinators. Bergamot is a member of the mint family and, like many of its relatives, it is extremely aromatic. The plant is also known as Oswego Tea. But it’s not the strong spicy leaves that interest the insects – it’s the deep tubular flowers that are so well adapted to insects with long tongues. I learned long ago that staking out a patch of Bergamot is a good way to see a great variety of skipper butterflies, bees, and moths, including the enigmatic Hummingbird Moth.

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I love old houses. I love the character and personality that comes with an old house—the wide pine floors, the detailed molding, and the old-fashioned doorknobs. I love the staircases, with their carefully crafted newel posts and banisters worn smooth after years of hands running their length and generations of children sliding down them. I love the windows with their divided panes, despite how frustrating they are to clean. I even love the sloping floors and the sounds of scratching coming from the attic every fall. Our old farmhouse has loads of character and personality. It once was heated with coal-burning stoves on the first floor, with ducts that carried the heat up to the second floor. Those coal-burning stoves are long gone, but I am reminded of them every day I look down: Every room on the second story has a hole in the floor with the simplest of wood detail surrounding it. It’s beyond charming and reminds me that my home has a past. So many families grew up here; so many memories were made under this roof. If you are a homeowner, perhaps you know your home’s previous occupants. We are supremely lucky to live right next door to the people who last farmed our property. If you’ve ever owned an old house, you may have had the pleasure of having a past resident or their descendant knock on your door and ask to come in. That happened to us while living in our first home in Gloucester, MA. One day, I heard a knock at the door and it was a young woman who timidly explained that her grandparents used to live in our house and that she remembered Christmases there. Would we mind if she came in to have a look? Of course we didn’t mind and thoroughly enjoyed hearing her stories of her then-departed grandparents. The woman seemed happy to capture some lost memories, but I felt that day that we had gained so much more: We got to learn a little about the history and the character of our home. Moving to and taking over an old, established farm is altogether anoth-

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The Salanco cousins—visitors enjoy sharing old family photos of the farm with Suzie and Peter er experience. This makes sense, of course, because oftentimes multiple generations and even multiple families will occupy the same house and farm the same land for a century or more. That is certainly the case with our farm. Our first week after moving in—boxes everywhere—we were visited by a man named Steve Salanco. He was tall, slender, probably in his mid-80s. He told us he was born in this house, and that his parents and grandparents ran a small dairy here many years prior. Using a cane, he walked through the house, room to room, smiling and telling us all about his family and how many children were born and grew up here. Steve was a regular visitor to our farm those first few years. We learned that when the old barn had burned down in the 1920s, his family rebuilt using what was then cutting-edge design. As I scraped layer upon layer of wallpaper off the walls in the house, he told me who had put each of them up. When we removed a small bathroom from the first floor, he told us about the elderly aunt who had lived in our “new” dining room. When I asked for old photos of the place, his wife, Rosemary, had me over for coffee while we poured over ancient photo albums. When our children discovered the wild leeks growing in our woods, Steve told me about the wild leek festivals they used to hold—and how not much digging of leeks actually took place. Steve’s son Tom came by, too. When we removed the old chimney, we found his initials and he told us about building that chimney as a

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young boy. He warned us to be very careful if we ever removed a very old maple tree in the yard—he had filled it with a bucket of nails one hot summer day. Tom’s cousin from Albuquerque simply showed up in our driveway one day and was dying to see where he once milked cows with all his cousins and where they had stacked tens thousands of bales of hay over the years. Steve’s nephew Ken visits us nearly every week to buy eggs. I know he enjoys the eggs, but I suspect the farm itself and his connection to this place are what bring him here time and time again. Tom’s ex-wife even popped in one day to introduce herself. They had divorced long ago, but she had always loved this farm and was dying to see what we had done to the place. Certainly, part of the reason these visitors come is to satisfy a curiosity. (“What are these people doing to our farm?”) My husband grew up on an old farmstead in Wisconsin, but his parents did not farm it. The former owner popped in from time to time and my husband, even at a very young age, could tell there was an air of disapproval from the retired farmer. My in-laws were making choices and changes that he did not quite approve of, but would never dare say so out loud. I always thought that was so bittersweet: The old farmer clearly cared very deeply for his former farm and was heartbroken to see it fall out of use. Sadly, Steve, and then Rosemary passed away a few years ago. We are lucky to have learned so much about the history of our wonderful home from them in the time that we had. But the visits have not ended. I could have never guessed that we would continue to see their extended family—long-lost nieces and nephews and great-great grandchildren pulling into our driveway or sending us e-mails and messages on Facebook. I never anticipated the joy we have seen in their eyes when they connect to this place—this farm, and by extension its former caretakers and their children, all who cared for it and loved it just as we do now. They are happy to see that we are still farming it. For the generations that know what agriculture used to be in this area, they are pleased to see the land and barns still in use. But even more so, they are thrilled to see their great-grandparents’ hard work carried on. The same outbuildings they either built themselves or repaired are still standing and housing animals. The same hayfields are still producing and haven’t been lost to scrub. The water lines they dug by hand are still bringing life to the farm. All that hard work, all that love and dedication--it wasn’t for nothing. Quite the contrary; as this farm’s current caretakers, we’ve benefited tremendously from their grit and determination. My own children slide down the banister now and help with the chores, adding the next chapter to this farm’s story. I don’t dare wonder what the next 100 years will bring, but I sure would like to hope the farm will carry on. •

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3. Madison County Historical Society 435 Main St, Oneida, NY 13421 (315) 363-4136 www.mchs1900.org 4. Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum 717 Lakeport Rd, Chittenango, NY 13037 (315) 687-3801 www.clcbm.org 5. Stone Quarry Hill Art Park 3883 Stone Quarry Rd, Cazenovia, NY 13035 (315) 655-3196 www.stonequarryhillartpark.org

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6. The Museum at Cazenovia Public Library 100 Albany St, Cazenovia, NY 13035 (315) 655-9322 www.cazenoviapubliclibrary.org 7. National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum 5255 Pleasant Valley Rd, Peterboro, NY 13134 (315) 280-8828 www.nationalabolitionhalloffameandmuseum.org 8. Lorenzo State Historic Site 17 Rippleton Rd, Cazenovia, NY 13035 (315) 655-3200 XXXMPSFO[POZPSHtXXXOZTQBSLTDPN

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9. Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark 5304 Oxbow Rd, Peterboro, NY 13134 (315) 280-8828 www.gerritsmith.org 10. Longyear Museum of Anthropology Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive Alumni Hall, 2nd floor, Hamilton, NY 13346 www.colgate.edu/longyear

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12. Picker Art Gallery Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive Dana Arts Center, 2nd floor Hamilton, NY 13346 (315) 228-7634 www.colgate.edu/picker

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zucchini blueberry crisp By Denise A. Szarek

July is time for two of my very favorite market offerings: blueberries and zucchini. I heard that groan. But, just you wait--I have the best recipe to use up lots of those zucchini and we’re pairing them with the wonderfully healthy blueberry. But first, let’s take a closer look at zucchini and blueberries to see why they should be an important part of your seasonal diet. There’s lots of information in the news about the antioxidant properties of blueberries. But there’s so much to these dark blue little orbs. Cancer-blocking anthocyanins-- which give them their blue hue – attack cancer-causing free radicals in tissue and can even block the growth of tumor cells. A study by the University of Reading and The Peninsula Medical School of England suggests that blueberries reverse age-related memory loss. Blueberries, like cranberries, contain compounds that prevent bacteria from adhering to bladder walls, which helps ward off urinary tract infections. Zucchini, a staple at many Farmers Markets during the warm months, often gets a bad rap because it is so prolific. But its health benefits should make you take a second look at this wonderful veggie. Zucchini boasts a rich nutrient profile, while packing a modest 21 calories per cup. They have vitamin C to protect from free radicals, as well. Zucchini also provide you with lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytonutrients. Lutein and zeaxanthin promote healthy eyesight. Eating zucchini also boosts your intake of an essential mineral, manganese, which also protects tissue from free radicals. Now on to that recipe I promised...

Zucchini Blueberry Crisp By Denise Szarek For the crisp: 2 C. flour ¾ C. sugar ¼ tsp. cinnamon ¼ tsp. sea salt ¼ C. butter ½ C. applesauce For the filling: 4-5 zucchini, peeled and sliced into quarters 1/3 C. key lime or lemon juice ½ C. sugar ½ tsp. cinnamon ¼ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg ¼ C. blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9 x 9 inch baking pan. Peel zucchini. Cut zucchini into slices, then into quarters. Combine in a medium saucepan with sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cook 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together, flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, butter, and applesauce until mix is crumbly. To assemble: Place roughly half the flour mixture in the bottom of a greased 9 x 9 inch baking pan and press into bottom forming a crust, bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. When done pour zucchini mix over top of crust, then sprinkle on the blueberries and top with the remaining flour mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool 15 to 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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The day is overcast with dark clouds that move swiftly across the sky as the raindrops hit the windshield. This is a priceless mother and daughter day in Canajoharie. A road trip, just the two of us, is a rare occurrence in our very large Brockett family of 11 and growing. My mother, LeeAnn, gazes out the window and shares story after story of her childhood as we travel and pass landmarks in the Canajoharie area. I listen as my mother continues to weave tales of her youth and I think to myself that a rainy day is the perfect day for a road trip. We cross the bridge over the Mohawk River and arrive in the village of Canajoharie. Signs lead us to the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library. As we pull into the large parking lot the rain subsides. The clouds break, and the sun peeks through. We get out of the car and we hear the clip-clop of horse hooves as an Amish man passes by in a horse and buggy, carrying furniture. On entering the museum’s natural light-filled foyer, we are greeted at the front desk and our tour guide is called. We venture to the Great Hall where a large map of the Mohawk River Valley is painted on the floor. My mother follows the roads, river, and mountains and playfully journeys about the map pointing out were she lived as well as her favorite places to visit in the area. We check out artifacts, weapons, and tools original to the Mohawk River Valley. Diane Forsberg, our personal tour guide, arrives and introduces herself and welcomes us to the museum. We start down Memorial Walk, where Beech-Nut and the legacy of the Arkell Family are presented. Bartlett Arkell, the founder and first president of the BeechNut Packing Company, built the museum and library in 1927. We learn that Bartlett Arkell used his collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings in marketing and print ads. The result of this borrowing of images from oil paintings was a series of ad campaigns that brought “art to the masses” and linked the virtues found in the paintings with Beech-Nut gum and food products. The many photos on the wall capture the love for the “arts.” One image that strikes me most is of a pianist playing music for the Beech-Nut employees while they worked. Mom is excited to see her favorite American illustrator Norman Rockwell’s work utilized in Beech-Nut ads. The Beech-Nut “made with care, in country air, at Flavor Town” campaign promoted the idea that their products were “much better in flavor and care and skill of making, because of the countryside in which they were made.” We enter the Fenimore Asset Management gallery and are given the fun opportunity to use images from the collection to create our very own Beech-Nut advertisement to take home or mail as a postcard. Arkell was a man whose passion for arts and culture influenced the way he conducted his business, as well as preserving American art and Mohawk Valley history. All of the paintings in the permanent collection were purchased by Arkell for the people of Canajoharie. The American painting collection includes 21 works by Winslow Homer, and many significant paintings by distinguished artists, including George Inness, William M. Chase, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Henri, and other members of “The Eight,” which was a group of American painters that exhibited

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pottery, photography, pastels, folk art, fine furnishings, jewelry, stained glass, felted and leather goods, and custom art framing. If you are in need of framing, I am told they are the best in town. Canajoharie is a unique village and on our way to the famous Canajoharie Gorge we pass one of the very few operating “dummy lights” in the United States. It is located downtown at the intersection of Church, Mohawk, and Montgomery Streets and was installed in 1926. We take Floral Ave and follow a trail to the famous circular pot hole at the lower end of the Canajoharie Gorge. “Canajoharie” is the Iroquois term meaning, “the pot that washes itself” or “the boiling point” and is the village namesake. The water flows into the pothole, circles around and “washes itself,” and then continues on its way down the Canajoharie Creek. Mom and I thought it a very unique natural landscape and that it would be a great place for a picnic. The mother and daughter day has come to a close. We say farewell to all the wonderful people we met and the places we saw in the Canajoharie area. I feel so fortunate to have my mother in my life. Our artistic minds are inspired and the creative ideas are flowing. The artist in me wants some pencils and a sketchbook to quickly sketch some “ideas.” Mom and I enjoyed a day filled with Mohawk Valley history, art, great local fresh food, and a walk in the outdoors, all the things that make the Mohawk Valley village of Canajoharie a memorable day trip. •

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Monthly series written by Sharry Whitney and illustrated by Lance Whitney

Maya

Luke

Toby

This month: Little Falls

There is so much to do in Little Falls this summer including the 1st Annual Cheese Festival Sat., July 11th 11am-6pm www.littlefallscheesefestival.com The kids go to the Little Falls Historical Society to learn about the time Little Falls was the Cheese Capitol of the United States!

ese! e h c say

Their favorite thing to do is to paddle their kayaks and “lock through� Lock 17-the largest lock on the Erie Canal and one of the highest lift locks in the worldand then paddle around to the beach on Moss Island.

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The kids have their calendars marked for the 28th Annual Canal Celebration, August 10-16, 2015 www.littlefallsny.com In anticipation, they head down to Canal Harbor and Rotary Park to rent kayaks!


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Check out the cool potholes on Moss Island! Luke says the rock is Metasyenite and that the unusual potholes were created by a huge waterfall, like Niagara Falls, that was here about 20,000-80,000 years ago when the the great lake Iroquios drained through the Mohawk Valley. Read more in the November 2013 issue of MVL Magazine (available on our site). Maya takes pictures of the pretty moss the island is named for.

Before they head back to Canal Harbor, the MV Adventure Club docks their kayaks at Lock 17 park and crosses the lock to watch the rock climbers on Moss Island. The kids are going rock climbing, Saturday, August 15th during the Canal Celebration. It’s free, safe rock climbing fun for all ages. Gear is provided just bring your own sneakers & bike helmet.

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k! a e r B Lunch

After all that paddling the kids need to refuel. They head to Canal Place and the Piccolo Cafe. Maya orders the Sunburst Salad with chicken tenders, craisins, and mandarin oranges on top. Toby and Luke get the kids’ cheddar cheeseburgers with sweet potato waffle fries. Toby likes to dip them in honey!

o!!! o w o o w TRAIN! Toby runs outside with fries still in his mouth to see a train speed by. The Piccolo Cafe used to be a train depot and trains frequently pass by--very close-to the restaurant.

For dessert the MV Adventure Club heads next door for Ann Street Deli’s world famous

cream puffs!

yummy!

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BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL at historic

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third thursdays Every third Thursday of the month, downtown Little Falls throws itself a party! Shops and restaurants stay open late and there are special events, local bands, sidewalk chalk artist, craft booths, and an open mic nite! Third Thursday this month is July 16th. Find merchant Third Thursday specials online at: www. littlefallsny.com

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Toby can’t wait take the tunnel from Canal Place to Main Street. Inspired by their day on the canal they sing the Erie Canal song, “Low Bridge,” that echoes loudly throughout the underground walkway. They discover a mural in the tunnel by local artist, Oscar Stivala.

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s! d n o m a i d On Main Street they visit Paca Gardens and then Fall Hill Bead & Gem. Luke plans to be a geologist someday and loves looking at all the interesting rocks from all over the world. Maya sits down with store owner Kim Hergert to make a souvenir bracelet to commemorate their day. Of course her bracelet HAS to have Little Falls (Herkimer) diamonds in it. Shop Owners Kim and Adam dig their own diamonds! That reminds them...

d n o m a i d dawgs!

It’s time to head down to Burwell Street to Veteran’s Memorial Park to watch the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs baseball game! Maya puts on her new bracelet that she’s sure will be good luck for the home team! First pitch is at 6:35pm. There are home games this month on July 3, 7, 9, 11, 16, 17, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, and 30, 2015.

the PGCBL AllStar Game will be held in Little Falls this year! Be sure to be here on July 20th at 6:35pm to see some of the best collegiate players from around the country compete!

next month:

more adventures in the mohawk valley PLUS- a sneak peak at our new MV adventure club video game coming soon!


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mv family road trip

rome

story By Melinda Karastury, Photos by Joshua Karastury Summer is here! The kids are out of school and it’s time for some family fun. Our first adventure of the summer is a visit to Rome to visit Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo. Fort Rickey is in its 35th season. The petting zoo is not a passive observation zoo but one that engages all the senses and encourages children to explore, manipulate, and discover. Fort Rickey’s mission is committed to the belief that “children, who have experienced the joy of kind and gentle interaction with animals, are more likely to become adults who care about wildlife and conservation.” On our arrival we are greeted by owner Len Cross. He welcomes us and encourages us to come to the wolf show at 2:30 p.m. I reminisce about a time the family and I came to Fort Rickey when our daughter was just a toddler and watched Len and his son do the wolf presentation. It left an everlasting impression on me and an appreciation for the North American gray wolf. I can’t wait to see the show again! We are given a map and go immediately to the snake show at the gazebo. My son Joshua decides to be the cameraman and capture the moments today. The Fort Rickey employee talks about an African ball python snake and the kids line up to hold “Boyega.” Out of nowhere, we are startled by a peacock “kaw” as it runs by us. The kids follow its colorful feathers under the shady willow tree in the center lawn area. Alana is excited to find an underbelly peacock feather and puts it behind her ear. The kids all run back and get in the line. Boyega, the African ball python, is calm, cold, and smooth. The girls giggle and love to watch the snake’s tongue come out repeatedly. Across the way is the petting area with European fallow deer (Dama dama). We purchase food in cones. As we enter the gate, one of the deer escapes and an employee quickly corrals it back into the petting area. The deer have a light brown coat with white spots, and their antlers are so soft. The fallow deer are very social and friendly animals; they come over to us immediately. We learn to navigate the many hungry mouths and try to feed as many as possible with our one cone of food. At one point, one of the deer got a cone stuck around its nose and it had us all laughing hysterically. We exit the gate, get some antibacterial gel on our hands, and continue on our way. We visit the wallaby, emu, sika deer, lemurs, waterfowl, owl, and buffalo. The kids comment that the buffalo looks like it has a carpet on its back. I get excited as I look at the map and anticipate introducing the kids to the oldest spider monkey in the world, Gummy. Gummy is now 53 years old. She is affectionate and has an exceptional personality. Since coming to Fort Rickey, Gummy has continued to breed. Currently, she lives with her 20-year-old daughter and 9-year-old granddaughter. No one knows exactly how old spider monkeys live, but Fort Rickey cherishes each day with Gummy. Moving on, we arrive just in time for the 2:30 wolf show. Owner Cross is in the cage with the two wolves; Ahanu (Native American for “he laughs”) and Ohanzee (Native American for “shadow”). The brothers are the best of friends. The wolf brothers lick Cross’s face and wag their tails as he speaks to the crowd about raising the wolves with love, affection, gentleness, and never raising a hand or disciplining them. “I am like their gentle uncle who just loves them. The wolves are not to be dominated, but learn trust,” he says. As the two wolves seemingly were about to fight amid loud growling and barking, we look at their body language and view the tail-wagging and realize it is nothing more than an argument, where one wolf wants to keep the other from getting any “treats.” In the more than 10 years at Fort Rickey, the two brothers have never fought. Wolf packs are ruled by an alpha male and Cross has learned not to establish himself as such. The girls all comment on the wolves’ intense eyes and beautiful fluffy gray coats. Madelyn says, “That was so cool!” and Caitlin chimes in, “They are so cute!” Next we head to the maternity ward and enter the fenced-in area. We watch as the large bellied mama goats move about slowly or bask in the sun while we hold a baby

The MV Family Fun team invites Alana’s friends Caitlin and Madelyn to join them on their trip to Rome

Boyega, the African ball python, is calm, cold, and smooth to the touch

The herd of European fallow deer eagerly follow the kids looking for a snack

Len Cross interacts with the two gray wolves that he has raised over the last 10 years

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Shop Little Falls, NY! Main Street First presents the

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pygmy goat. The goat is soft, sweet, and relaxes in our arms. It lets out a cute sneeze while I take a picture of each of us holding the precious “kid.” Making our exit, we then visit the last of the animals: porcupine, tortoise, bunnies, and ponies. Then we head to the Playland, a large supervised playground that has tubes, pirate ladders, a ball pit, and slides. The kids run, climb, swing, laugh, and expend some energy. Then we head toward the front of the zoo and stop at the gazebo to enjoy some watermelon we brought. Otter feeding is the last show of the day at 3:30 p.m. Squeak, the river otter, is more than 17 years old. The zoo welcomed a 3-month-old wild river otter pup from the Adirondacks. He is currently in training, and is adorable. Cross feeds the otters some chicken giblets and livers. It was so much fun to watch the otters eat. We also learn that an otter eats three pounds of meat a day and can hold its breath for up to eight minutes underwater. The otter pup does not have a name yet, but we all agree we think its name should be “Pip” (and “Squeak”). The park is about to close, but we make a quick stop at the gift shop for a few mementos. Afterward we are personally escorted out by Cross. The petting zoo uses human animal interactions, with dozens of animals, to offer fun, lessons about wildlife, and conservation. Fort Rickey’s Children’s Discovery Zoo will continue impact families in the Mohawk Valley for years to come. Our next stop is for some carefree fun at Peterpaul Recreation Park. The park is located just down the street from Fort Rickey, at 5615 Rome-New London Rd. Route 49 West. Peterpaul Recreation Park has been family owned and operated for more than 38 years. (Note: Peterpaul’s Recreation Park is cash only. Also, be sure to bring a swim suit and/or a change of clothes for the bumper boats.) There is so much to do at the recreation park. There are baseball batting cages and a softball batting range, go-karts on the area’s

A colorful peacock wanders around the park

Alana and her mom, Melinda can’t get enough of the baby goats

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longest paved road course, mini gas-powered kiddie karts for 3-yearolds on their own tri-oval track, and a jam-packed arcade room with the latest video and skills games. We buy four tickets to ride the wacky wild water bug bumper boats. As we board the boats, I can feel the excitement build up and I can’t wait for the fun to begin! The gas is full speed ahead, zoom, and CRASH! Alana and I bump into one another as water splashes everywhere. A sprinkler to the left of the pool mists us after each passing. Alana, Caitlin, Madelyn, and I cruise around the pool bumping and splashing one another. We each take a minute here and there to just spin in a circle. The best technique, we discover, is going from one end of the pool to the other, crashing into the other boat. You will get very, very wet. The laughter could be heard all over the park. We had so much fun, we decided to buy additional tickets and go bumper boating again. Wet and happy, we all change and enjoy a few arcade games before we head out for dinner. Our dinner destination is DiCastro’s Brick Oven on Erie Boulevard West. It is owned and operated by Jim and Lisa DiCastro. The restaurant offers Italian dishes made from recipes passed down through the generations. Everything is homemade, from the sauces and pastas, to the meatballs and soups. They even smoke their own brisket and pastrami. The wood-fired brick oven is ideal for making a Neapolitan-style pizza. The restaurant also offers delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, and appetizers. The rustic restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The inside of the building has brick from the old Jenny Building and old barn wood from the area. The soffit inside the restaurant is copper, paying tribute to Rome being the “Copper City.” The restaurant is also decorated with old photos of Rome before the urban renewal of the 1970s. We are seated by the hostess and our server, Kylie, greets us and

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takes our drink order. The kids all agree on some garlic knots and hot buffalo and garlic chicken wings for appetizers. They gobble it all up and lick their fingers and comment, “Buttery, garlicky goodness. Mmmmm.” The brick oven is 750 degrees and its warm orange glow fills the room. The aroma of hardwood burning permeates the air. Our mouths water as we order a create-your-own-topping pizza with pepperoni, meatballs, bacon, and extra cheese. Alana orders an entree of fettuccine Alfredo with broccoli. It comes with savory French onion soup topped with croutons and gooey-gooey cheese. The pizza arrives and it has the perfect crunch and cheese-to-meat ratio. “Amazing!” we all declare. Alana generously lets us each try her broccoli fettuccine. I can’t help but reach over the table and get a second bite of the creamy garlicky noodles with a crunch of broccoli. We ask for the dessert menu and order a heavenly white cake filled with cannoli and strawberries, butter-cream frosting, and whipped cream. It is sinfully good! On our way out, we take a family photo next to the brick oven and thank Lisa DiCastro for the amazing food and atmosphere. It is dusk and the day has come to a close. We are all exhausted from a busy day in Rome. As we head home, the kids ask about the huge mural “The Patriot’s Wall” by artist Jane Grace Taylor. I inform them that the mural depicts Fort Stanwix’s former commandant Peter Gansevoort, who was in charge of the fort during the famous siege by the British during the Revolutionary War. The kids are fascinated and as we pass Fort Stanwix, Alana shares some stories from her recent 4th grade field trip there. Most of the ride home, there is barely a whisper. I smile as I peer into my rear-view mirror and look at the exhausted kids. I think of the words of Grandma Moses, “Life is what we make of it, always has been, always will be.” So seize the moments of childhood, togetherness, and summer. Plan activities for a fun day trip, or an afternoon, with family and friends and make memories. •

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Co-owner of DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Lisa DiCastro, in front of their famous brick oven

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lifetime find,” the one that validates their efforts and shows off their skill and tenacity. A birder that finds a verified rarity can bask for a while in the glow of that discovery. Like the proverbial lottery winner, you almost expect him or her to make an announcement, something like: “Even though I found the impossibly rare pink-headed duck, I have no plans to quit my job at the widget factory.” Are there still widget factories? A successful bird sleuth with a long track record might achieve guru status, but will not be able to rest on his or her laurels – not really. There will always be a new, binoculars-wielding hombre around out to make a quick reputation by out-drawing a mentor and making some spectacular finds. Relative newcomers to birding who come up with great find after great find may not so much be envied as looked upon with suspicion, as if there was something illegitimate about their methodologies or their sightings. Who does that person think they are anyway? Twenty plus years ago, I recall sort of being in that role – the guy who was constantly in the field finding “good” or fairly good birds, reporting them and putting my betters to shame. In my case, it didn’t involve luck or even great skill; it was only that I was devoting so much time to it. An unlikely birder-nerd, in those earliest days I sureThe Marbled Godwit is a rare migrant in this region

I’m going to say something that should probably not need saying because it’s so frightfully obvious, but here goes: Rare birds are rare and they are rarely seen. In 51 years of being alive and aware of birds (22 of those years, intensely aware), I’ve encountered relatively few genuine rarities and none that where unprecedented in New York State. So even for experienced birders, finding something truly rare, rarely happens. Logical isn’t it? Of course, everyone wants to see something rare. Rare is exciting. It sets an observation apart from the rest of the normal, everyday stuff like robins, blackbirds and sparrows. It gives us something special to tell our friends – at least our friends who might give a fig about birds and other wildlife. In the birding community, rare or unusual sightings are its lifeblood. Virtually all birders strive to get a glimpse at that “once in a

“Bell’s Vireo” Originally named by John James Audubon, there are only 2 verified records in New York State ly didn’t look the part. I was still dressing like an alternative rock musician, which for me was the Quaker Oats man look. Talk about cool. I remember one friend referring to my garb as resembling full Amish dress, while another compared my costume to that worn by the swashbuckling Zorro. That friend once implored me not to speak at a public meeting at our town hall while “wearing that black hat, or that cape!” Just for the record, I never did wear a cape – at least not after I was 12 and ceased transforming into “Matt Man.” My birding gear was nearly as unconventional as my clothes and they, too, made me stand out in the crowd. I was using a bird guide that I purchased as a child and, unlike everyone else’s books, it didn’t include all of the impossibly marvelous birds that no one ever sees. Also, instead of using a sleek spotting scope of the kind everyone else seemed to have, I was lugging around a ludicrously long astronomical telescope. Among the drawbacks of that scope, dubbed “Ol’ Blue,” was that it was five times heavier than a conventional spotting scope. Hey, but it worked. So what if the birds in the eye piece appeared upside down. With about a year of practice, your brain starts to sort that image out. At least it does in theory. I remember one of my birding acquaintances, after having a peered through my scope at some distant feathered object, said, “I just wasn’t trained to look at birds this way.” Of course, she wasn’t. No one outside of “clown college” was. I did eventu-

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ally manage to get an elbow fitting for the scope that more or less corrected the image and made it appear right-side-up in the eyepiece. It was, however, a mirror image, which meant that following a moving bird was tricky. If a bird in the field of view appeared to go left, you’d have to pivot the scope to the right, but again the brain gets used to these things. Right? Armed with that awkward instrument, I racked up some nice finds, including a few legitimate rarities. I should point out here that Ol’ Blue was not technically mine. My father, an amateur astronomer, had given it to my sister, who proceeded to foolishly leave it in my parents’ garage, where just about anyone could repurpose it for their weird experiments. I took it alright – with what in my mind was a sort of perverse permission. On occasion, my sister would remind me that it was hers and would attempt to get my assurance that I was taking care of it. Oh, sure, I was. It was in my car – packed carefully in an undifferentiated heap with all of my other essential gear. “Are the lens caps on?” “Of course! What do you take me for?” It had a metal cap for the objective lens that had to be screwed on. Now who in the world has time for that? An astronomer perhaps, but certainly not Zorro. I recall an enlightening experience I had with that infamous scope at Sylvan Beach. At a great distance I was able to clearly see the mirror image of a Marbled Godwit – a relatively large sand-

piper species with a tremendously long bicolored bill that is upturned at the end. The species only rarely passes through this part of the country during migration – so birders claiming to see it are expected to provide evidence of the sighting. On that late summer day, 20 years ago, I watched the godwit feeding along with a handful of other sandpiper types. The different species all wielded bills of various lengths and shapes, which enabled them to probe at different depths around the water’s edge. They seemed content to remain on that remote spit of sand on the opposite side of the beach, so I had a long time to study the rarity and become confident of my identification. A birder I knew at that time named Ruth happened to be on the beach that day and came over when she saw me. I was happy to see her, since she would be able to verify my rare bird sighting. I told her what I had found and let her take a look. She cautiously approached my clumsy contraption and looked into its eyepiece. She saw the bird, but to my surprise, didn’t confirm the identification, but neither did she offer an alternative ID. I got the sense that she agreed with me, but just wouldn’t or couldn’t commit to it in words. This was confusing me; I had considered her a mentor and though we hadn’t met in person very often, we’d talked about birds many times on the phone. Indeed, she had great experience and a deserved reputation, but for some reason she chose to hold off on giving her seal of approval to my godwit. Unbeknownst to me at the time, she was awaiting someone of higher birding rank to sign off on it Sometimes a first. Hmm, identification rare species is an by committee – this was escaped domestic new to me. We watched the controversial shorebird like this Mandarin and its allies continue to Duck wade in the shallows and feed along the sand bar. All the while I kept looking at my field guide and then back at the bird. There was literally nothing else this bird could be. The bird’s distinctive bill and tawny underside were so clear. Its size, though not always easy to determine with a distant bird in the field, in

The Great Gray Owl comes from the far Northwest (Photo by D. Cesari) this case was simple to estimate, given that it was in the company of smaller sandpiper species of known sizes. This meant that I was able to use them as measuring sticks to gauge the godwit’s dimensions. So there I stood more sure than ever, and there was Ruth still withholding her blessing. I imagine things could’ve stayed like that indefinitely, if it wasn’t for the fact that a third birder came on the scene, one whose abilities were considered to be far beyond those of mortal men – to Ruth anyway. He took a brief look through his binoculars and then, upon my invitation, he guardedly put his eye to Ol’ Blue’s eyepiece. “It’s a telescope not an eye-taser!” I didn’t actually say that, but I wanted to. Ten seconds later he said: “A Marbled Godwit. Nice!” Ruth, as if hearing the word from above, immediately verified the bird. I thought to myself “Wow! That guy has magical powers. Where do I have to go to get some of those?” That day I learned that one cannot claim a rare bird unless other more important people agree that it is in fact a rare bird. The other lesson was that other people besides me can actually see through Ol’ Blue. They just don’t want to be seen

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seeing through it. I don’t personally think that I changed at all on that day but, of course, I had. I had earned some invisible birding credits, currency that theoretically would be honored by the tiny clique that represents the region’s birding elite. Indeed, I had some credibility, but it was no license to kill. I was still kind of on probation. In other words, I could go back to being considered a poser at any time. Close to the end of what was my birding

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graphic evidence so it would be readily accepted as a legit record. However, I certainly won no friends by my failure to alert the birding community to exactly where the bird was seen. Ruth, for one, was highly irritated at my taking what I believed to be an ethical stance. My concern was that if I announced where the bird was it would be mobbed by people and, far worse, by throngs of wildlife photographers, some that I know to be ethically challenged. All in the interest of getting a dramatic shot, they could interfere with the owl, to the point of jeopardizing its safety. My biggest fear was that the bird would be harassed from its perch, fly across the road and get struck by a vehicle. Unfortunately, that was exactly what happened to that magnificent owl, even minus the pesky wildlife paparazzi. I managed to get the bird to a rehabilitator, but she was too badly injured and expired shortly after being examined. The Yellow-billed Loon also was found in winter time, January to be specific. This time I had been participating in the DEC’s annual waterfowl count. Part of my territory was a stretch of the West Canada Creek between Hinckley Lake and Middleville. In terms of waterfowl diversity, it’s a bleak territory that normally yields few birds and no surprises. The most exotic thing I could expect to come across would be a Hooded Merganser or a Common Goldeneye – two species that would be considered standard finds in virtually all other territories. In 1999, however, the cards were stacked differently. My very first stop for the survey was checking out the ice-free water beneath Hinckley dam. On that morning

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there was a dense fog suspended low over the still too foggy for plumage details, but I could water, which gave it the ambiance of a Scottish make out that it had a broad bill that was slightloch. I was standing on the bridge below the dam, ly bent upward. With a bill like that it couldn’t scanning the water and hoping to find a few of be a Common Loon. The other possible candithe usual customers. I wasn’t looking for any- date was Red-throated Loon, but I had had many encounters with Red-throated Loons and this thing amazing – just some Mallards, Black was not one, no, not with that broad Ducks or Common Mergansers, but bill. Also, this bird was too husky I couldn’t see anything in that for a Red-throated Loon. OK, so opaque fog. I remember musI remember the process of elimination made ing about Nessie, the famed Scottish lake monster, and musing about Nessie, this bird an impossibly rare Loon, but I still thinking how appropriate the famed Scottish lake Yellow-billed wasn’t confident about the it would be if she made an monster, and thinkidentification. At that point appearance. At least that would make for an interesting how appropriate it I had to leave to go to work, but my friend, the wildlife ing entry on the Waterfowl would be if she made photographer Dave Cesari, Count Checklist. I could was game to drive out and take write the Loch Ness Monster an appearance. a look. Later that morning when in right beneath Canada Goose! Dave arrived at Hinckley, the fog But back in the real world, I was had cleared and he was able to verify the running out of time; I had to be at loon and obtain good photos of it. It was indeed work in 15 minutes. I recall saying to myself, “Come on. There has to be a Mallard out here a Yellow-billed Loon and only the second ever to somewhere.” Shortly following that quiet plea to be confirmed in New York State’s history. the fog, on the south side of the bridge I was just Unlike the case of the Great Gray Owl, I able to make out a serpentine form protruding dutifully reported this rarity to the birding comfrom the water. OMG! It is Nessie! The closer munity. I figured that no one could really do any the sea monster came toward me the smaller it harm to the loon. Nothing short of launching a seemed to get. OK, so maybe it’s Nessie’s baby. submarine on the West Canada Creek would disThe unidentified, partially submerged object turb it. What happened next was a real eye opencontinued closing in on the bridge. Of course, it er to people like me who’ve only ever lived on wasn’t a monster at all (that is, unless you’re a the periphery of a hard-core birding community. fish)! It was a loon; but what kind of loon? It was What do you call a flock of birders, anyway? You

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Herkimer county historical society

The Henry Philip Baum Homestead and family By Susan Perkins, Town of Manheim Historian

While going through the society’s collection, I found photographs that were labeled the Louis Sass Home on Steuben Road, Herkimer. My curiosity once again got the better of me; I needed to find out more about the homestead. Ancestry.com was the first place I went. I looked up Louis Sass in the census, which led to a family tree that showed Louis Sass (1892-1966) was married to Ruth Cramer (ca. 1894-1963), whose mother was Emma Baum Cramer. The next step was looking in the surname file, 1868 and 1906 Town of Schuyler maps, and the vertical file on historic homes in Schuyler that revealed a plethora of information on both the Baums and the Baum Homestead. People of the area referred to the homestead as the “Baum Mansion.” The Baum Homestead was located on Steuben Road in East Schuyler, NY. It was purchased by Henry Philip Baum (17911857) from Lawrence Rinkle (ca. 17781870) and his wife, Catherine (Youker) Rinkle (1784-1864), in 1820. The Rinkles left Schuyler and moved to the Boonville area in Oneida County with their nine children. A little background on the Baums is needed to tell the rest of the story. Henry

Philip Baum was born in Newville, Herkimer County, NY, the son of Philip Baum (1764-1848) and Catherine (Barth) Baum (1772-1846). Henry P. Baum married Catherine House (1789-1871) in 1810 in Minden, Montgomery County, NY. Henry Philip and Catherine had seven children: William (18111884), Peter (1814-1877), Maria (1817-?), Chester (1820-?), Daniel (1824-1859), Catherina (1822-1825), and Lucinda (1826-1912). On Henry Philip Baum’s death in 1857, the home went to his son Peter and his wife, Elmira Baum (1827-1917). Elmira was Peter’s cousin. They had four children: Horatio P. (1864-1961), Byron G. (ca, 1866-1936), Mary Emma (1869-1969), and Ida Mae (1870-1970). Horatio P. married Bell Tuft (1867-1947); Byron never married, Mary Emma married Charles Cramer (1860-1905), and Ida Mae married Irving G. Johnson (1875-?). Peter Baum was a producer of Herkimer County cheese that became world famous. So much so, he had Herkimer County Cheese sent to the World’s Fair in London in 1851. Baum’s farm consisted of 200 acres. He had a dairy herd of 60 cattle from which the milk

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made by named Cornelius Kane, an Irishman. A carpenter named Borden designed the woodwork, carved it by hand at home, and assembled it on the spacious lawns, a sort of forerunner of prefabrication.” The cellar had thick walls and nine foot ceilings. The wood used in the construction of the house, including the front staircase, came from the woodlot on the farm. There was fresco work on all the ceilings throughout the house. There was cathedral glass of ruby red in the main front entrance. The hall had gold back-

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An ornate handcarved bed in the Baum mansion the homestead in the summer and wintered in Herkimer. Sadly, the Baum Homestead was 102 years old when it was burglarized and set on fire in October 7, 1965, by a drifter from Troy, NY. A dated unnamed newspaper clipping from October 8, 1965 states the following: “The flames which practically leveled the historic mansion on Baum Rd. also reached a 1956 car parked in the rear in which the thief or thieves

intended to escape, but which got mired in the mud, troopers said. The car piled inside with costly antiques taken from the house, was badly burned and the license plate removed before it was abandoned.” The heat from the house ignited the gas tank and caused the car to be set on fire. A disheveled man was seen by the firemen who were going back to the station walking down Route 5 near Schuyler Corners, about six miles from the fire. Three of the firemen ended up taking the man to the bus station because the man had told them he wanted to go to Buffalo. He couldn’t get a bus to Buffalo so he walked to the railroad station to get a train but ended up going back to the bus station. The firemen had contacted the police to let them know about the man to whom they had given a ride. The man was arrested and questioned about the burglary and fire. He told the police there was another man involved and had taken off. No other man was found. It was believe that the man acted alone. He was charged with third-degree burglary. All that was left of the mansion was the foundation and chimney. •

EVENTS The Herkimer County Historical Society will be open Saturdays starting July 11 through August from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in addition to our regular hours of Monday-Friday of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The society’s next program will be on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. The program will be “Dr. Webb’s Adirondack Railroad” given by John Taibi. Herkimer Diamond Festival & Gem Show will take place July 18-19. The Gem Show will be located at the Methodist church, 1127 N. Prospect Street in Herkimer and the Festival in Myer’s Park. Admission is $5. For more information on the Herkimer Diamond Festival and Gem Show contact info@herkimergemshow. com, visit www.herkimergemshow.com, or find them on Facebook.

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SHAWANGUNK Shawangunk nature preserve, cold brook by Peggy Spencer Behrendt

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. See issues 1-12 for her diaries from their first year.

The June (Shad) berry trees this year are simply loaded. June berries ripen in July; the wild May apple plants bloom in June. We’re always behind. I compete with the squirrels, chipmunks, and birds for the berries, laughing at the gymnastics they go through to reach the berries that hang on delicate stems at the tips of thin branches that collapse, even under their miniscule bulk. How delicious these berries are! I put a big screw hook into the end of a six-foot pole and at-

tach a rope on the other end. Now I can hook a limb laden with succulent, plump, purple berries, pull it down and hold it there with my foot on the rope while I pick handfuls. I manage to dry about two gallons. They are sweet, like raisins, but seedier. In July, mosquitoes taper off, allowing deer flies to take over the task of tormenting us. Every summer we’re inundated. We hate them! I see them flying alongside the car as soon as we enter our road to return from the city, eager to welcome us home: “The humans are back! Oh, boy! Lunchtime!” But like the Taoist says, “Everything has an upside and a downside.” What could be the upside? We’ve decided that they are the forest sentinels, keeping too many humans from intruding and interfering with the natural rhythm of forest life. And they help

sustain the many species of birds, frogs, and toads whose mystical songs adorn our daily lives with a consciousness of blissful ambiance. But to live here, we must co-exist. We try every bug repellent available, but hate smelling repellent instead of the salubrious aroma of balsam, earth, and flowers of the forest. So we content ourselves with wearing long pants, long sleeves, and a broad-brimmed hat and veil. This doesn’t work at night, though. One of these astute hunters is sneaking up our covers in short, strategic flights. “Buzz.” Silence. “Buzz.” Silence. With flashlights, we search everywhere in the bedroom for the elusive intruder. Unsuccessful, we cover our heads with a sheet and doze off. Just as we’ve reached a nirvanic state of blissful un75


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consciousness, we’re awakened by the delighted “zing” of a successful mosquito darting off, and find we are scratching a fresh bite on an exposed finger. Since we get cranky from too many interrupted nights, I decide we need to bugproof our sleeping areas. I glue and staple Velcro to the wood ceiling and walls in the loft and on my Singer treadle sewing machine, stitch the other half to sheer curtains from a rummage sale. Over some beds, I tie the curtains in little bunches with string, and hang it from hooks in the ceiling. At last, we get a peaceful night’s rest! One summer, we continue feeding the birds, and I notice that we have fewer bugs. Coincidence? As I walk further from our cottage, the bugs get thicker and thicker. We’re convinced that the birds at our bird feeder are also dining on the bugs that like to sup on us, so we continue our summer feeding every year. Besides, how can we resist the delight of red and yellow finches, with brilliant blue jays darting about above our flower bed? The children don’t mind bug repellent, unwilling to wear the armor Tim and I as-

sume. Besides, they seem most content swimming anywhere and everywhere where bugs cannot go. At first, they enjoy dips in the little swimming hole Tim dug out of Misty Brook, with regular bike rides to swim at Hinckley State Park, just four miles away. Within a few years, they are jumping off the high bridge over the water below Hinckley Dam on their way to and from Barneveld, 12 miles away. At least it’s safer than the cliffs of Trenton Falls, where their brother goes. And probably safer than where I used to dive, in the quarry below Heckla Pond in Vernon, where my mom frequently took us on picnics. One night, when the girls get back late, a furry paw grabs Becky’s hand as she reaches up for the key on the beam of the Children’s Cottage porch. Fortunately, it is just Ramby, our semi-tame, rambunctious raccoon. (I hope it was Ramby!) He doesn’t hurt her and she doesn’t freak out. 1980: Jenny gets a ride home from a recording seminar in another state with a friend who loses a valuable ring in Cousin Groan (The Children’s Cottage outhouse.) “How…?” we start to ask. “Don’t ask!” is the immediate reply. “But he says not to worry even though there’s a ruby and diamond in it. We did look for it, but it’s gone.” After the friend leaves for home, Tim tilts Cousin Groan back and I hold it while he rummages underneath with a stick. He finds the ring; we boil it and mail it to the fellow. I wonder though, if he

ever wore it again? Late July, we make our annual trek to Tim’s hometown of Ashtabula, Ohio, to visit his relatives. We take Route 20 and stop at a park along the way to have a cooling swim. The youngest child, Heidi, volunteers to stay with our blanket and valuables while the rest of us have our dip. When we return, we’re shocked to see that she is counting the cash we’d brought, all neatly laid out on the blanket, where strangers can see it and the wind could swish it away. Tim likes to carry one dollar bills so he can pay the children’s little salaries

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nearing the massive bulk of a freighter, a thousand foot long. It is headed into Ashtabula Harbor, where it will be loaded with 10,000 tons, (more or less) of coal or iron ore, hauled in huge trains from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia to deliver in Canada. The coal dust from these transactions wafts all over town, which is why no one ever hangs out laundry. The harbor area was as infamous as Hong Kong or Shanghai in the early 1900s. Brothels alternated with bars, offering revelry to sailors desperate for fun after too many days and nights in the hell of a ship hold stoking fires. Some establishments reputedly had a secret a trap door over the river for sailors who “accidently” died in a fight. As a paper boy, Tim remembers seeing one of his paper deliveries land in a pool of blood. Yet just a couple of blocks away was Harbor High School, a nationally acclaimed model school of high academic standards and community activities, where his father was recruited as a teacher because of his scholarly excellence and magna cum laude Peg’s Screenhouse achievement. “Who has the right of way?” Tim satirically asks, as our two vessels appear to be on a collision course. “I believe a sail boat does, but who’s going to argue the point here?” I answer, thinking of an ant expecting an elephant to yield right of way. Peg diving off the cliff at “Coming about!” I yell, and we both lie flat to let the boom Heckla Pond swing across and allow us to change course away from the path of the freighter. As we head back to the mainland and approach the harbor break-wall, we find we’re now being buffeted by a strong wind going one way, and increasing waves going another way. Lake

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Erie is notorious for fast weather changes. The complication of lying prone every time we need the boom of the sail to swing about is creating a dangerous situation. We’re losing control. More confident with swimming than sailing, Tim calls out, over the racket of flapping canvass and wind, “Let’s just swim in!” I refuse to abandon our new boat and take over, holding on to the sail with one arm, and constantly adjusting the rudder with the other so to steer diagonally into each wave so we won’t be rolled over. It’s tricky and strenuous, with my left arm feeling the strain of holding on to the rope of the wind-filled sail. Finally, we reach shore, intact, but a day later I get my first experience with the pain of bursitis from that relentless pull of the wind on my shoulder. In 1987, Tim wants a challenge to celebrate his 50th birthday. He trains to swim across Hinckley Lake by swimming circles in our new, 12-foot diameter above-ground pool. One day, we go to Hinckley Lake for a little sailing, but he feels that since it’s not too cold, today would be a good day for the swim and wants me to follow him in the sail-

boat. “Wouldn’t it be better to do it earlier in the day when it’s not windy and choppy?” I ask, hopefully, not looking forward to the tediousness of following a swimmer. “Nope!” he declares, adamant. “I’ve trained and I’m ready.” “Wouldn’t it be better if we wait ’til we have the row boat?” I call out as he plunges in and starts swimming. He’s out pretty far before I get the Sunfish rigged up and launched, but it doesn’t take long to catch up, because it’s pretty breezy. In fact, I am unable to even pause next to him, but go soaring by, calling out, “Hello, are you okay?” as I pass. I am worried about being too far away if he gets into trouble, so come about and swoop by the opposite way, concerned now that I could get too close and cause a disastrous collision if I don’t gauge the wind gusts properly. Wish I had a paddle! Tim wonders why I am sailing all over the place. And so it goes, all the way across Hinckley Lake: Tim swimming steadily along, me swooping around him like a dragonfly. I

think I was more tired than he was at the end of the trek. We gratefully return home to our children and the calm waters of Misty Brook, gently meandering through our serene woodlands. From a world of teal blue water and azure skies we return to one of emerald hues and hallowed spires of verdant trees. Weary of bobbing about on water, I revel in the ambrosia of balsam and the solid comfort of this earth full of stable and stalwart tree roots. •

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“Watch out!” Justin Robert yelled to his best friend and Adirondack native, Jackie Salsberry. “It's crawling your way!” Justin pointed to what he pretended was a spider at the edge of the family camp dock, right where Jackie was just about to climb out of the putt- putt. She had taken the small boat into Inlet early in the morning to gather a few last-minute items for their friend Nick’s birthday party. Jackie didn’t wait to see if Justin was teasing her or not and immediately gunned her engine and took off, spraying him and the phantom spider with the boat’s wake. She was about the length of a football field away from the Roberts’ family dock where she stopped and called back to her friend. “Is it gone yet?” she asked. A soaked Justin nodded. His clothes were still dripping as Jackie returned to dock the boat and he decided that would be the last time he would try to scare her by using her greatest fear. “Hey, you guys, lunch is ready. Grilled cheese sandwiches!” It was Nick Barnes, who in his excitement came stumbling down the stairs from the camp where Mrs. Robert was about to serve

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the birthday boy’s favorite summertime meal. “I can’t wait for my party tomorrow,” he said. “I get to wear my new eye patch, and I overheard my parents talking about hiding some real treasure in the piñata!” “I’m excited to see everyone’s pirate costumes,” Justin said. “Alright, you guys, let’s focus on today,” Jackie said. “I vote that after lunch we go diving for Nick’s missing fishing lures. We talk about it every year, and it would be a good chance to help clean up our area of the lake.” She took her normal stance, hands on her hips. “Besides, it will help the day go by, and your party will be here before you can say, ‘lost lures.’” “That’s a great idea!” Justin said. And Nick, who usually lost at least one fishing pole along with countless lures, sinkers and other miscellaneous objects in the lake every summer, quickly agreed. 2 It took Justin a while after lunch to find his snorkel. Somehow it ended up on the sleeping

porch pinned between his bed and the wall. Approaching the dock with his diving gear and his calico cat Dax, in tow, he discovered Nick and Jackie were already in the water – snorkels up, facemasks down – their busy flippers propelling them around in small circles. He sat down to slip on his own flippers and almost sat on a flat red-and-white spinner with a treble hook. “That didn’t take long for them to find, did it, Dax?” Justin said. Dax meowed, and stood at the edge of the dock peering down into the clear lake water. Her head was moving back and forth and she licked her lips. “See some fish down there, Daxy?” Justin asked. Suddenly, Nick burst through the water surface with a splash. “Look what I’ve found!” He held a dirty brown shoe high above his head. “It’s the sneaker I lost last summer. I wondered where it went!” Justin simply shook his head and setting his bucket hat on the dock, jumped in to assist his two best friends in the recovery and cleanup operation.


After nearly two hours of diving, the Adirondack salvage team had retrieved, along with Nick’s lost sneaker, almost a dozen fancy lures, a mason jar, and even an old tin of peaches, its paper label long gone. “I have to take a break,” Nick said. He held out his hands, palms up. “The tips of my fingers look like raisins.” He smacked his lips. “Speaking of raisins, I’m starting to get hungry again.” He reached for the can of peaches. “Don’t even think about eating those,” Jackie said sternly as Nick began studying the can. Nick went on the defensive immediately. “I was just wondering what they might look and smell like after being down there so long, that’s all,” he said. “There’s no way I would try to eat these old things.” “Sure,” Jackie said. “That’s what you said last week when you ate the candy bar you found under your bunk bed. You know, the candy bar from last summer?” “Oh, come on!” Nick said. “It was totally sealed in a foil wrapper.” “Gross,” Justin said, as he lifted himself back onto the dock. “Come and look at this, guys. It’s a big marble.” He held up a large glass ball painted in swirls of blue and white. “I wonder who lost his marbles?” Jackie said. “Why are you looking at me?” Nick asked. “I don’t even have any marbles.” Jackie grinned and took one last dive. She

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the calico hurried away into the boathouse. “She isn’t particularly fond of dogs,” Justin said. He pointed to his uncle’s golden retriever bounding toward them across the lawn. “That’s Brutus.” Nick approached his mom. “Can we please hit the piñata now?” he asked. “Let’s do it before we have the hot dogs.” “Sure, bud,” Nick’s mom, replied. “You grab the broomstick, but let your guests go first. It’s next to the table with the cake.” Justin, Jackie and Nick got in line behind Nick’s young twin cousins, one of Justin’s cousins, and a neighbor boy from the point in Eagle Bay. “Okay, everybody, here are your blindfolds,” Justin’s dad said. “Make sure both of your eyes are covered when it’s your turn so you can’t see the pirate when you try to make him surrender his treasure.” Nick tucked the blindfold into his pocket and produced an extra eye patch. He whispered to Justin. “I’m wearing two of these, instead,” he said. Everyone got a chance at the piñata. Because they were so young and cute, each twin was given several swings. There were some successful hits, but no dam- age was dealt to the seemingly invincible pirate. The boy from Eagle Bay made solid contact with the pirate’s wooden leg, which broke off and went soaring. Brutus took off after it and caught it in mid-air, his momentum carrying him, with the stick clenched in his teeth, directly into the lake. Splash! “Way to fetch, Brutus,” Justin said. There was laughter all around. Finally it was Nick’s turn to try and crack the pirate open. With both patches snapped securely over his eyes he took a wild swing, and completely missed the piñata. “Oh, come on!” he said. He took another swing and missed again. “It’s okay, Nick, you’ll get it,” Jackie said, trying to be encouraging. Nick swung again and this time felt the sweet

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vibration of a direct hit. “Got you!” he said. There was some weak applause, and he flipped up one of his eye patches to take a peek, fully expecting to see treasure streaming to the ground. Greatly disappointed, he discovered he had only poked a hole in it no bigger than a penny. “That’s it!” he said. Mumbling, he stormed off toward the door of the boathouse. “Where are you going, Nick?” Justin asked. “Nick?” E v - eryone at the party looked on with wonder as Nick reappeared from the boathouse carrying a wooden oar. Marching back into position, the frustrated birthday boy readjusted his eye patches. But before anyone had a chance to warn him that he was facing the wrong direction, he raised the long heavy oar like he was up to bat at a baseball game and reaching for the fences! Nick’s first awkward swing sheared the top of his birthday cake clean off and sent it sailing toward the twins who were happy to receive their dessert before lunch. Nick nearly fell down, but quickly regained his balance. With his legs set solidly beneath him, it was the second swing that finally fully connected with the piñata. Pow! 4

Any chatter from the party attendees came to a sudden stop and everyone had their eyes on Nick Barnes. There was a long pause as he dared to slowly remove one of his eye patches. Then, there was an eruption of laughter from everyone – except Nick’s parents. Nick noticed it first. “Is everything okay, Mom?” he asked. “Nick, your grandfather provided a present in that piñata for you,” she said. “It was his favorite silver dollar. The one he received from his grandfather when he was your age.” Nick opened his mouth, but at first nothing came out. Justin and Jackie turned to each other. They had never before witnessed Nick speechless. “So that was the real treasure I heard you and Dad talking about?” Nick asked. His mother nodded her head. “Yes, it was.” “I’m really sorry, Mom,” Nick said. “Maybe we can find it.” He looked out at the lake. “It couldn’t have flown too far.” There was determination in his voice. “I will find it! I will!” Borrowing nets that Justin and his friends normally used to catch fireflies, all the kids pitched in to help. Shoving off in kayaks and a canoe, they quickly scooped up all the candy and trinkets and pieces of pirate they could find on the surface of the lake. It was later, at dusk, after the guests and what was left of Nick’s cake were gone, the decision was made by the remaining trio of friends to rise up bright and early again, this time to search for a silver dollar settled somewhere on the bottom of the Fourth Lake floor.

The doomed buccaneer burst open upon contact, the heavy smack causing the poor pirate to explode. Nick hit it so hard the fishing line holding it to the plant hanger snapped, sending pieces of candy and trinkets flying everywhere – most of it into the lake. Floating on top of the water were dozens of chocolate doubloons wrapped in gold-colored foil. It was as if the contents of an entire treasure chest had been dumped off the side of a pirate ship. “Nick!” Justin said. “We just spent all day yester- day cleaning our part of the lake. Now we’re going to have to clean it up all over again.”

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Peterpaul Recreation, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Scotty’s House of BBQ & Catering, Rome . . 50 Sheep Run Daylily, Newport July Open Houses . . . 8 Sneaker Store, Trenton Falls Race, Aug. 1 . . 78 Spirit Daze Festival, Schuyler, July 25 . . . . 58 St. Francis DiPaola Society, Frankfort . . . . 25 The Stanley, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Farm Equipment Clinton Tractor, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Hobby Hill Farm, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . 17 White’s Farm Supply, Waterville/Canastota . . 96 Farm Produce and Meats Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . 63 Oneida County Public Market, Utica . . . . . . 70 Szarek Farm & Greenhouses, Westmoreland . . 76 Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . . 72 Sunnybrook Farm, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Feed and Farm Needs Pohl’s Feed, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Fencing Williams Fence, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Financial Institutions Adirondack Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Financial Services Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 23 Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . . . 88 Fitness Apparel Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Fitness & Gyms Curves, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 TeamFit, Sherrill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Flooring D&D Carpets of Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

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Tru-Line Hardwood Flooring, Whitesboro . . 44 Florists Clinton Florist, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Michael’s Greenhouse, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . 88 Village Florals, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Forest Equipment Hud-son Forest Equipment, Barneveld . . . . 29 Funeral Services Enea Funeral Service, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 49 Nunn & McGrath, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Furniture Adirondack Furniture, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Jordanville . . . . . . . . . 17 Just Lean Back, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . . . 46 Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Garden Centers and Greenhouses Benson Farms, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 D’Alessandro’s Landscaping, Frankfort . . . 37 George’s Nursery & Garden, Clinton . . . . . 18 Juliano’s Greenhouses, Schuyler . . . . . . . . 61 Michael’s Greenhouse, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . 88 Top Notch Garden Center, Newport . . . . . . 37 Tunnicliff Creamery, Richfield Springs . . . . 61 Sheep Run Daylily Farm, Newport . . . . . . . . . . 8 Szarek Greenhouses, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Tunnicliff Creamery, Richfields Springs . . . 61 General Contracting KL-JR Building Contractor, Clayville . . . . . . . 46 Gift Shop s Artisans Corner, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 77


Cobbler and Company, Sharon Springs . . . . . 54 Country Connections, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . 58 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Hummingbird Kreations, Rome . . . . . . . . . 43 Little Falls Antique Center, Little Falls . . . . . . 56 Main Street Gift Shop, Newport . . . . . . . 24 Mystical Dragonfly, Richfield Springs . . . . 69 Newport Marketplace, Newport . . . . . . . . . . 49 Oneida Commons Vendor Mall, Oneida . . . . 69 The Owl & Moon, West Burlington . . . . . 43 Pathway of Pearls, Schuyler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Remington Country Store, Ilion . . . . . . . . . 15 The Old Blacksmith Shop, Schuyler Lake . . 18 White Begonia, Sherrill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Golf and Recreation Golf Club of Newport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 72 Woodgate Pine Golf Club, Boonville . . . . . . 67 Grocery/Convenience Stores B & F Milk Center, Whitesboro. . . . . . . . . . . 25 The Country Store, Dolgeville . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . . 14 Meelan’s Market, Clark Mills . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . . 58 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . 85 Reilly’s Dairy, Inc., Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Hardware/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Pohl’s Feed, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Heating Oil Little Falls Fuel, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Hobby Shops Locomotion Hobby, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Horseback Riding Lessons Reindance Stables, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Independent Living Acacia Village, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Ice Cream B&F Milk Center, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Ice Cream Station, Illion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Kayuta Drive-In, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Tunnicliff Creamery, Richfields Springs . . . 61 Voss’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Insurance Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . 33 Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . . . 62 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . 23 Iron Work - Architectural & Ornamental Raulli’s Iron Works, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Jewelry Clinton Jewelers, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Fall Hill Bead & Gem, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . 56 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . . 81 Lawn Mowers J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 77 SD Outdoor Power, New Hartford . . . . . . . 21 Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Liquor Stores and Wine Seneca Liquor, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . . 59 Lodging Canal Side Inn, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Lights of Home B&B, Oriskany Falls . . . . . 86

Marinas Bird’s Marine, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Media 1450 WKAL, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 92.7 The Drive WXUR, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Clinton Courier, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . 22 WCNY, Syracuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 FOX33/WUTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Monuments & Memorials Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . . 79 M.N.M. Monument Maintenance, Yorkville . . 62 Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Museums Black River Canal Museum, Boonville . . . . 32 Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown . . . . . . . . 34 Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown . . . . 72 Goodsell Museum, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Remington Arms Museum, Ilion . . . . . . . . . 15 View, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . 15 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 64 Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Nursing Job Opportunity Herkimer BOCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Olive Oils/Balsamic Vinegars Adirondack Olive Oil Co., New Hartford . . . 61

Logging Heritage Logging, Hamilton . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Optometrist Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . 21

Manufactured and Modular Home Builders G & I Homes, Utica/Vernon/Oneonta . . . . . 17

Pet Memorialization and Cremation Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . . 79 Forget-Me-Not Pet Memorialization . . . . . . 39

Maple Syrup Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . 17 Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 33

Libbey’s Stitched with Prayer!

Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 74

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Pet Services Not Just Poodles Pet Salon, Whitesboro . . . . 14

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Pet Shops Wild Things, New York Mills . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Pharmacies Garro Drugs, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Photography Fusion Art/The Photo Shoppe, Rome . . . . . 11 Gail Haile Fine Photography, Clinton . . . . 18 Pizzerias Bazan Bakery, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Pools/Pool Supplies and Spas Swan Pools & Spas, Ilion/Washington Mills . . . 21 Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 85 Bittersweet Farm Mercantile, West Burlington . . 30 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 77 Main Street Gift Shop, Newport . . . . . . . 24 Public Service Herkimer County HealthNet . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Oneida County Health Department . . . . . 84 Quilt and Yarn Shops Heartworks Quilts & Fabrics, Fly Creek . . . . 8 Stash Away Quilt Shoppe, Rome . . . . . . . . 30 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Real Estate Bird’s Realty, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Scenic Byway Realty, Richfield Springs . . . 60 Record Stores Off-Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ReImagine Records, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 5 Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Black Cat, Sharon Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Cafe Crete, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Canal Side Inn, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Cavallos, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Copper Moose Ale House, Little Falls . . . . . 71 DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Dominick’s Deli, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Georgio’s, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Heidelberg Baking Co., Herkimer . . . . . . . . 41 Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . 10 The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Knuckleheads Brewhouse, Westmoreland . . 27 Main Street Ristorante, Newport . . . . . . . 24 Mitsuba Hibachi, New Hartford . . . . . . . 32 Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . . 18 Piccolo Cafe, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Quack’s Village Inn, Madison . . . . . . . . . . . 31 CC Pub & Grille, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Rosa’s Trattoria, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Roso’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 12 Voss’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Recreational Vehicles CJ Motor Sports, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Riding Stables Reindance Stables, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Soap Cranberry Ridge Goat Milk Soap . . . . . . . . . 26 Specialty Wood Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Tent Rentals Brownie Tent & Awning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Tourism Old Forge, Town of Webb . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Travel Agencies The Cruise Wizards, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 87 Websites Utica Remember When . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Weddings and Banquets Cavallos, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 DiCastro’s Too, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . . 72

Seamstress & Tailors Libbey’s Sew Blessed, Sherrill . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Wellness and Health Therapy Curves, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Mystical Dragonfly, Richfield Springs . . . . 69 Pathway of Pearls, Schuyler . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Zensations, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Sheds and Garages Shafer & Sons, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . . 33

Windows RA Dudrak, Holland Patent . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . 78 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . 83 Small Engine Repair J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 77

Window Treatments Joan’s Draperies, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 15

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Wine Bars and Ale Houses Cavallos, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Copper Moose Ale House, Little Falls . . . . . 71 Wineries Pailshop Vineyards, Fly Creek . . . . . . . . . 19


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