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


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Sometimes, we seem to be having too much fun with this magazine. We love reading the stories our writers comes up with and we love hearing from readers who read them. We enjoy the Facebook posts and photos people send us, especially the ones of their kids reading the magazine. We also enjoy brainstorming about ways to make the magazine better, like our new “Find Riggie” and Facebook contests. Our inbox and mailbox are flooded every month with entries, many with notes telling us how much fun they are having figuring out the riddle. My favorite part is getting to call/message the winners after the drawing to tell them they’ve won. And then I get to call the advertisers chosen by the winners to tell them they’ve won, too! What fun! Lance and I have so many ideas that there never seems to be enough time. Maybe I’m just excited because the days are longer, the sun is shining, Denise and Peggy’s seeds are germinating, and Suzie Jones has a new puppy. Yes, this is just too much fun! •

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Last month, a parade took place honoring the Irish heritage of Utica. That parade could just as easily be held in honor of the service given to our city and country by one of our area’s most prominent historical Irishmen, Francis Kernan, also known as one of the “Utica Trio” that included such other luminaries as Horatio Seymour and Roscoe Conkling. Kernan was the son of Irish immigrants William Kernan, who hailed from County Cavan, Ireland, and Rosanna Stubbs, who was born in Dublin. William, known as “The General,” was militarily and civically involved. From his time as an ensign in the state militia to his appointment as a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1846, William was probably where Francis learned to give of himself to serving the public. “The General” earned his nickname after his service in the War of 1812. Though not seeing any battles, he did serve, and after the war was brevetted to a higher rank by Gov. DeWitt Clinton to the post of Brigadier General of the First Brigade of Infantry of the State in 1825. Rosanna was very well-off, as her family was among the more prominent merchants in Dublin. Well-educated, she and her family became friends with Elizabeth Ann Seton while they were living in New York City. Seton, America’s first native-born saint, urged Rosanna to join her in the founding of the Sisters of Charity. Obviously, this persuasion did not take hold.

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William and Rosanna resided in Tyrone, N.Y, which was in the western part of the state in today’s Schuyler County. Francis was born in 1816. He attended public school in New York, but little is known about how much he learned. At age 17, Francis entered Georgetown College. In those days, the college admitted two types of students– those receiving higher education and those prepping for it. All information available indicates that he was an industrious and able student. Kernan did not finish his collegiate career. Instead, he returned home to study law. There were three ways in those days to attain a law degree: 1) studying on one’s own; 2) working in the office of a clerk of the court of record; or 3) serving in the office of a reputable lawyer as an apprentice. The third option was the most common path chosen by aspiring lawyers. Kernan chose the third path. He studied under his brother-in-law Edward Quin in today’s Watkins Glen for three years, then relocated to Utica where he would form a working relationship with noted lawyer Joshua A. Spencer. There is no record of Francis’ admission to the bar, but it occurred about 1837, and Spencer offered Kernan a partnership in the law firm if he would remain in Utica. He accepted. Kernan was united in marriage to Hannah Avery Devereux, of the well-known and highly respected Devereux family, on May 23, 1843. It was truly a gala affair in which nearly 1,500 guests attended. The wedding reception lasted two days, and the guests consumed a 170-pound cake and thirty gallons of ice cream amidst tub after tub of lemonade. The Kernans lived up to their Roman Catholic upbringing and followed the Bible’s passage to be fruitful and multiply as they produced 10 children–seven boys and three girls. Their first home

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was located on Kent Street. Kernan’s career took off shortly after his marriage. Between 1843 and 1853, the Spencer-Kernan law firm dissolved its partnership and Francis formed a new one with his sister’s husband, George Edward Quin, who ironically possessed the same last name of the brother-in-law he originally read law under. Kernan’s public service career began in 1854 when the Governor of New York appointed him as state reporter for the Court of Appeals–the court of last resort. He was now a constitutional officer of the state and his reports have been cited hundreds of times over the years, including one in some 480 cases. Kernan’s reputation in the legal world was growing by leaps and bounds. He earned press coverage as the lawyer for Rhoda Loomis, the matriarch of the notorious Loomis Gang that ran roughshod over the Mohawk Valley, and by defending Cornelius Vanderbilt’s New York Central Railroad in a crash lawsuit. He was asked to run for a position on the New York State Court of Appeals but declined, and in August 1878 he joined Utica lawyers Ward Hunt Jr., William J. Bacon, and Roscoe Conkling in Saratoga Springs with other lawyers around the country to form the American Bar Association. He served as President of the New York Branch in 1882. A lifelong Democrat, Kernan was a member of the Barnburners–a branch of the Democratic Party loyal to Martin Van Buren, a lieutenant of former President Andrew Jackson. According to the Kernan biography, written wonderfully by Karen Clemens Kernan and John Devereux Kernan, “Barnburners earned respect for their philosophy of living within one’s means,” and have a desire to “rid (the government) of some financial abuses.” (Kernan p. 58) As he

was entering party politics, Kernan held his first elected position, that of school commissioner. His career in politics was off and running. In 1860, Kernan declined a nomination to challenge Roscoe Conkling, the incumbent, for a seat in the United States House of Representatives. Instead, he decided to take on former Utica Mayor Gen. James McQuade in a race for the New York State Assembly. He defeated McQuade by a mere 200 votes. When the 1862 election rolled around, Kernan changed his position and sought the area’s seat in Congress. He defeated the incumbent Conkling, his former law student, by about 3,000 votes. Despite losing re-election two years later, he was not done in elective politics. In 1872, Kernan was the Democratic and Liberal Party’s candidate for Governor of New York. While he lost to John A. Dix, he secured more votes than his opponent in all areas but New York City and Brooklyn. In March 1875, Kernan was elected to the United States Senate. (At that time, the citizens of a state did not vote on their U.S. senators; the state legislatures did.) During his six-year term, he served on the famed 1877 Electoral Commission that had the unenviable task of selecting the winner of the 1876 presidential election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden, neither of whom had secured enough Electoral College votes to secure the presidency. He also was a member of the powerful judiciary committee during his tenure. New York’s two U.S. senators at that time were from Utica, the other being Roscoe Conkling, who won his seat in 1867. An interesting fact, too, is that while Kernan served in the Senate, he was reunited with five men who at one time all worked with him toiling on his father’s farm well before the Civil


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War. These senators included Chafee and Teller of Colorado, Beck of Kentucky, Cameron of Wisconsin, and McPherson of New Jersey. Other positions held by Kernan included serving as a regent on the New York State Board of Regents; a manager of the State’s Lunatic Asylum; a director and eventual president of the Oneida County Bank; and the aforementioned school commissioner position in the Utica City School System, along with Edmund A. Wetmore and J. Watson Williams. He was a parishioner of Historic Old St. John’s Church (then just known as St. John’s) and he served that congregation as a church trustee. Kernan passed away on Sept. 7, 1892, at his home on Chancellor Square. As one of the country’s most prominent Roman Catholic politicians who “never shrank from the defense of Catholic rights and prerogatives,” his funeral became an august requiem befitting a man whose devout faith guided him throughout his life. The funeral took place in St. John’s Church and was presided over by the first Bishop of the Syracuse Diocese, Bishop Patrick Anthony Ludden. Also on the altar to concelebrate the Mass was Bishop Bernard John McQuaid, the Rochester Diocese’s first bishop. The prelates were joined on the altar by 22 priests from across the state and five deacons. Kernan is entombed in St. Agnes Cemetery on Mohawk Street in Utica. The marble altar at St. John’s was given in Francis’ memory by his son Nicholas. According to one of the numerous obituaries published throughout the state remembering his long life of service, Francis Kernan’s “democracy was pure, his devotion unswerving and he always championed a cause he thought just.” Furthermore, “(h)is advice was always welcome and he was often called to participate in the councils of his party. … No taint or breath of suspicion ever rested upon (him)… in his political life. …” •

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Brisk air filling the lungs and keeping the body temperature cool made the ascent up Iroquois’ highest neighbor really comfortable. It was just two hours to the junction with Wright Peak and the only companions along the trail the entire way were several Dark-eyed Juncos. From the junction, the final .9-mile push placed me all alone on the summit of Algonquin at 9:05 a.m. It was just above the tree line when the fleece came out of the pack to deal with the powerful and frigid wind–and how grateful I was for the tight elastic band that helped keep my hat from blowing off to Canada! Resting on the windblown summit with one of the peak’s giant boulders as a windbreak and enjoying the magnificent views, a second hiker appeared, a student from SUNY Geneseo. Just the two of us had beaten the summit steward to the top that morning. We decided to head for Iroquois together. The young man led and we descended Algonquin southwest to cross over Boundary Peak to reach our targeted destination. We would have arrived on the Iroquois summit sooner if it had not been for a wrong turn off Boundary. A yellow trail marker pointed left and we took it. We began to descend rather quickly and it didn’t take long to realize something was wrong. We made our way back up and found that we had completely missed a herd path actually leading over to Iroquois that was hidden under thick foliage. Once on it, it was easy enough to follow, albeit it wet and slick with mud. Only once did I sink into the mud up to my calf!

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One of the fun things about astronomy is that there’s always something new to see and learn. It’s challenging if you are just getting started. For example, have you looked up at the night sky and noticed something bright or a fuzzy patch and wondered…what IS that? Well, you’re not alone. Like most beginners, I only knew a few of the most popular constellations, such as the “Big Dipper” (Ursa Major) and Cassiopeia, and didn’t know a planet from a star or a galaxy from a nebula. So what’s a good first step? Begin with a map–otherwise known as a star chart. Every night the constellations, planets, and stars slowly move across the sky, and you can easily see the difference in just a few hours. From season to season the difference is significant. Why? Because our planet is spinning (it only takes 24 hours to make one complete rotation), and it is also making its yearly orbit around the Sun–traveling through space at about 67,000 miles per hour. To learn what’s in the sky each month, one of the most popular star charts is “The Evening Sky Map” from the www.Skymaps. com website. Each month Skymaps provides a customized, two-page document you can download and print for free. Choose the chart for the Northern Hemisphere. On the left of the first page is a “Sky Calendar” listing the dates of special observing opportunities like meteor showers, and notable events for the moon, planets, and various objects. On the right is a star chart showing the month’s constellations, planets, brightest stars, nebulas, gal-

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Energy Healing & Wellness Using ancient healing traditions and modern science to help you feel better physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

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so the dinosaur can keep the frog company (yes, that is the sort of silly reason I have for doing things). I greatly enjoyed my visits to the Rose Quartz Stand. I will be happy to go there again when I’m looking for an unusual gift, or when I’m out shopping with friends who like a distinctive, interesting store. •

Upcoming local diamond and gem events:

3rd Annual Herkimer Diamond Days

Friday and Saturday, August 4 & 5, 2017, N. Main St., Herkimer

Herkimer Diamond Gem Show & Festival 2017 July 22nd & 23rd 2017, Herkimer Co. Fairgrounds, Frankfort

Rose Quartz Stand

105 Mohawk Street, Herkimer Open Tues-Thurs, Sat: 12-5pm, Sun: 12-4pm, Closed Mon and Fri. (315) 868-5199 Cynthia M. Quackenbush, a.k.a. “Mohawk Valley Girl,” writes a daily blog about her everyday adventures in the Mohawk Valley. Follow her frugal fun at:

Fascinating fossils

Limited Edition Santos collection

Every detail of the Santos collection reflects the fine art of shoemaking. From genuine wood soles to tanned leather uppers, these handmade Brazilian sandals exhibit unique style and tell a fascinating origin story.

Bus Trip!

Thursday, May 4th

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

Visit 3 amazing quilt shops! Enjoy lunch, demos, pattern & kit, all included!

Call for details! (315) 735-5328


Mohawk Valley road trip

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Why walk when you can skate? Skate-A-While Roller Rink, located in Rome, NY, is the area’s only roller skating rink. It was built in 1976 by the father of the current owners, Deborah and Earl Harris. He built the 68 ft. x 117 ft. hard wood maple floor skating arena because of his love and passion for roller skating.

in Rome

Photos and captions by Melinda Karastury Hours and admittance fee includes roller skates. * Cash Only * Wednesday 7-9pm: $6 Friday 8-10pm: $8 Saturday 1:30-4:00pm & 8-10:30pm: $8 Sunday 1:30-4pm: $8 Wednesday Evening (when open) 7-9pm: $7

Skate-A-While 220 Ridge Street, Rome

Call to book a birthday party (during public skating sessions) or a private party (minimum 40 or more people.) Call (315) 337-8744 (315) 339-0651 Earl Harris or email Roller skating promotes exercise and fun for all ages and skill level.

The team at Skate-A-While is ready to get your geared up and out on the floor. Back row left to right; Earl Harris, Leigh Haman, Elisabeth Hayes, James Smith Front Row left to right; Jainna Murphy, Cristy Gillespie

Since 1928

See us for your favorite treats!

Now in new location


Wedding & specialty cakes, Italian pastries, miniatures, and cookies. Also serving coffee, cappuccino, espresso, lattes, and pastries in our dining room. Manager - Jared Alesia, pastry chef C.I.A. Martin Alesia, cake decorator


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667 Bleecker Street, Utica (315) 724-8032


Quality pre-owned ladies, junior, & plus size clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry & household items.

Open Mon: 8-3, closed Tues, Wed-Sun: 8-5

8024 Route 12, Barneveld

Pohl’s Feed • Feed (locally made), Purina, Buckeye, & Nutrena • Garden supplies, garden seed, fertilizer • Pet food & bird seed • Farm supplies, equine supplies

On staff dairy nutritionist & horse specialist!

4560 Verona St., Vernon 315-829-2753 M-F 7-5, Sat. 7-1, Closed Sundays


Shop Hop! April 7-9 10-5

Jewett’s Cheese House

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

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

Alana Karastury finds her footing quickly and zooms around the skating rink. She enjoys hours of exhilarating exercise and fabulous fun!

Rebecca Palmer is all smiles as she finishes tying her roller skates. She is ready to enter the skating rink for the first time since childhood.

Leigh Haman assists first time roller skater Jonah Palmer and gives him some great pointers on how to skate on 8 wheels.

Isaiah Palmer, also a first time roller skater, pushes himself and perseveres and finds his groove on the roller skates.

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APRIL 1 - MAY 14 See highlights from Maurice Sendak’s 60-year-long career, including original illustrations from Where the Wild Things Are, Little Bear, In the Night Kitchen, and others.

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My husband, Rob, and I hold hands as we skate around the arena. It’s a nostalgic afternoon and a throwback to our younger days when roller skating was all the rage.

The skating rink is a swirl of skaters and lights. When you needa break, there are booths and tables to enjoy a snack, like nachos and Slush Puppies.

The colors of spring are in full bloom!

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Friday night dinners featuring our famous fresh haddock fish fry!

Soft, colorful spring scarves!

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Tues. - Sat.: 11am-5pm Thurs ‘til 6pm Closed: Sun. & Mon

(315) 853-5299 11 W. Park Row, Clinton

CNY Junior Roller Derby is always looking for new team members. Contact president Amie Buzby at: or check out the website: or Facebook.

Skate-A-While is home to the local junior roller derby team, The Frostbites. It is the only junior derby team in Central New York with ages ranging from ages 7 to 17.

CNY Junior Roller Derby team, The Frostbites- Top left: Coach Bitter (Head Coach), Toxin, Blizzard of Oz (President), Dora, Lizzard, Bambi, Command Blocker, Sixela, Rainbow Bite, Golden Hammer, Shakira Shakira, Thumper (Team Captain), Natatude, Coach Hotcakes From Left kneeling: Viper, The Evil One, Purrfect Chaos, Sparkle, Cool Cakes, Cheetah, Eclipse, Tiny Tornado; Bottom from Left: Bluejay and Banana.

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FOR TIX & INFO call (315) 724-4000 or visit THE STANLEY pRESENTS

ORLEANS and special guest THE TODD HOBIN BAND Fri | May 19 | 8 pm

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MEATSUITE.COM is a free online tool designed to help you easily find locally produced, high quality meats in bulk. Find farmers in Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Tioga, Tompkins, Seneca, Schuyler and Steuben Counties (NY). Connect directly with your farmer to purchase the full suite of great local meats.

Whether you celebrate inside with panoramic views of our beautiful golf greens and lush floral gardens, or outside on our spectacular grounds, when you choose Twin Ponds for your event, you’ll receive the impeccable attention to detail that will ensure your special day will be nothing short of perfect.

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After some great exercise at the rink, we decide to “keep our healthy on” and enjoy lunch at Brenda’s Natural Foods.

Brenda’s Natural Foods and Café is an independent and locally owned natural health food store located at 236 West Dominick St., Rome. It offers farm to table foods seasonally from Henry’s farm located in Verona. The cafe provides lunch and dinner prepared by chef Sarah Tope. Dine in or take out. All items are made and prepared to order. Call ahead for pick up. (315) 337-0437

We enjoy refreshing Boylan’s Soda while waiting for lunch. I order Brenda’s famous black bean burger on a salad. It is famous for good reason, it is delectable! Alana orders a family favorite sandwich “The Rachel” with turkey, Swiss, sauerkraut, and dressing on a panini. Rob is craving a tuna salad melt. We are delighted that all the sandwiches are served on locally baked fresh Heidelberg Bread from Herkimer. •

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Hop to it and order your Cassata and Easter bread today!

Caruso’s Pastry Shoppe 707 Bleecker Street, Utica, New York 315-735-9712 Mon 7-5, Wed-Fri 7-5, Sat 7-3, Sun 7-Noon

arts event

Mary Kuchera

Mary Kuchera has been creating beautiful pysanky eggs for over 80 years, but that’s just a short time in the ancient tradition of Ukrainian egg decorating. The practice dates back to the 5th-3rd millennium BC in Eastern Europe. Using the traditional batik method, Mary creates patterns by writing in beeswax with a special tool that she heats over a flame. She adds layer upon layer of wax, sealing the colored dyes beneath. Once all the layers are completed, she heats the egg and gently wipes away the wax to reveal, like magic, a beautiful pysanky egg!

Special event: Mary Kuchera’s

Pysanky Eggs

at Fusion Art Gallery Saturday, April 8 10am-5pm

Building Better Pools for over 50 Years! Mary Kuchera shows off one of her prized Ukrainian eggs, an ostrich egg that took her 45 hours to create.

It doesn’t matter what happens between the starting line & the finish line. All that matters is that you CROSS BOTH!

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Using a special tool (kistka) that is heated over a flame, Mary Kuchera draws intricate patterns with molten beeswax. When the layers of wax are removed, a beautiful pysanky egg is revealed..

Visit the Virtual Pool Builder at

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Charles Schneider Name: Charles Schneider Instruments: piano, violin, viola; orchestra conductor Hometown: Albert Lea, MN; Current: Frankfort, NY Age when began music: 4 Education: Began piano study with Sadie Bliss Cox in Albert Lea; 1956-1960: studied piano with Julian Bern at Cornell College, and Irwin Freundlich at Juilliard. Attended Cornell College in Iowa, where he received his B.M. and his B.M.E.; 1960-1961: studied piano at the Juilliard School of Music in New York; 1970-1971: studied opera and symphonic conducting in Master Classes with Igor Markevitch in Monte Carlo and with Herbert Blomstedt, Music Director of the Copenhagen Radio Orchestra and the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Dresden, East Germany; 1971-1972: studied with Franco Ferrara in Siena and Rome, Italy Current employment/position: Music Director of Clinton Symphony Orchestra of the Mohawk Valley; Catskill Symphony, Oneonta; Schenectady Symphony Orchestra; Schenectady; current sabbatical replacement Conductor at Skidmore College Orchestra. Collaborations (current/past): Co-founder of Catskill Conservatory with (Carleton Clay); Founding Music Director of Glimmerglass Opera (with Peter Macris, Founder) In cooperation with

My dad told me, “Don’t let anyone outwork you.” That has been my inspiration and guide through my life. As an artist, my goal is to educate and inspire audiences to understand and enjoy all styles of music. Music fills your soul. I believe that I serve God by serving people through my music.

Photo: Patrick Dodson/Daily Gazette photographer



Girls in STEM Expo 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8 Alumni College Center A day for girls in grades 9-12 to explore the sciences. $10 admission includes lunch and prizes. If you have questions, email

Register at or call 315.792.5330


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A YANKEE TRADER 2617 Genesee Street, Utica • (315) 732-3113

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Cell: (315) 723-0477

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Bagg’s Square Café

Melinda Thomas took over ownership of Bagg’s Melinda Thomas is ready to serve you. Square Café in January 2015 after having worked there since 2013. With a 20-year background in customer service, she found a new love for culinary and for making people unique menu items that can’t be found elsewhere. Bagg’s Square Cafe is located at 421 Broad St. in the historic Bagg’s Square neighborhood. The interior has a modern feel with exposed beams, gorgeous plank flooring, and sleek black tables and chairs. You order and pay right at the counter and then can take a seat and the staff will bring your order to you. They fulfill to-go orders as well. You can grab breakfast, lunch, or just a coffee or desserts on the fly. It’s a great space for business lunches—there’s free Wi-Fi, spacious tables, and you’re always sure to run into someone you know! Their menu features artisan sandwiches, burgers, and salads. A big seller is their chicken club sandwich, as is their signature chopped Greek salad (which just might have the potential of making it on the list of Utica’s famous dishes!). The pastry selection is Bagg’s Square Café’s signature always tempting as well—scones, brownies, seven-layer bars, and more—and they serve chopped Greek salad Utica Coffee Roasting Company coffee. They also deliver and cater, so if your office is crunched for time or you’re having a special event, give them a call! Hours are Monday to Friday from 7 am-2pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm.

In a garden, amongst the beans and carrots, lives a young tomato who just doesn’t fit in. Follow his adventures as he wanders into the depths of the garden and learns about jealousy, appreciation, and fate from the other garden dwellers. Available at: Amazon Your purchase of this book helps local author and artist Autumn Kuhn and pay off her student loans. (Rose Dog offers free shipping!)


See Remington firearms and artifacts from the 1800s to today. Shop for clothing, hats, and souvenirs in the Country Store. 14 Hoefler Avenue, Ilion (315) 895-3200 FREE! Mon-Fri. 8am-5pm (store closes 4:30pm)

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Christine’s Cookie Shoppe 171 Genesee St., Utica • (315) 601-5702

Coming in April to downtown—cookies and milk! Christine’s Cookie Shoppe is opening in a newly renovated 2,000-square-foot space on the first floor of 171 Genesee St., just in time to celebrate their fifth anniversary. Christine Meeker started the business in 2012 offering four types of Italian cookies that were based on family recipes. Today, she has a creative array of cookies, including the most popular: vanilla butter cream blossoms, the cannoli cookie, and the BFF Cookie (with hazelnut filling), along with the “I Love Utica” cookie and a “coldnoli” frozen treat that will make an appearance this summer. If you’re eating in at the boutique, you can order milk that comes in a nostalgia glass bottle with a striped straw. A perfect afterChristine Meeker is moving her shoppe to downtown noon snack! The shop itself is a beautiful space that features a full kitchen, a kids’ party area, a consultation area for weddings and events, a full shipping area, and the cookie boutique in the front that boasts a large cookie display case, seating, and a quaint “living room area.” If you need a ready-to-go option for a quick gift or to take treats to a meeting, they have signature black-and-white-striped packaging ready for you. Christine will continue her very successful cookie catering from the new downtown location as well, taking orders for showers, parties, weddings, and more. Hours for Christine’s Cookie Shoppe will be Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 11:30am-6pm. and Saturdays from 11:30am-4pm. Keep an eye out for gluten-free Thursdays and BFF Fridays. Find them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date.

Find out more on Facebook: “Downtown Utica”

Expanded Desserts Fri & Sat Evenings!

Cream Eggs Bunnies Easter Oreos Rice KrispieTreats

Handmade Artisan Chocolates & Desserts Coffees & Teas-Special Events Catering Where family happens

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132 E. Main St Ilion NY, 13357 (315) 895-4321

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252 Genesee St, Utica

(315) 765-6084

Open Wed 11-6, Thurs 11-8, Fri & Sat 11-10 Follow us on Instagram @Sweetescape252

Featuring The Clothing Boutique Baby Boutique Country Style Curtains

Retirement Sale! Mon-Sat: 9:30am-5:30pm; Sun: 12-5pm

29 S. Main St., Sherburne, NY • (607) 674-9440


GAllery Guide

Detail of a pastel painting by artist Contance Watkins. There is an opening for her exhibit on Thursday, April 6th from 5:30-7:30pm at Fusion Art Gallery in Rome

Animal Prints, Drawings, and Paintings by American Artist Paul Bransom

Small Works April 8-May 27, 2017 Reception: Sat., April 8, 4-7pm

Through June 11, 2017

Renowned illustrator Paul Bransom was known as the “Dean of Animal Artists” for his detailed and sensitive renderings of the animal kingdom.

Exhibit featuring the artwork of members of the Broad Street Gallery: Julia and David Will, Karen Burns, Johanna Lerwick, Lynn Plata and Wells Horton.

Arkell Museum

Broad Street Gallery

20 Broad Street, Hamilton, NY (315) 825-5235

2 Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie, NY (518) 673-2314

Davana Robedee, Keith Jones, Annual TeenART Exhibit

10 x 10 x 100 April 8 - 30, 2017 Opening: Sat., April 8, 5-7pm

Through April 29, 2017

Earlville Opera House

Local artwork for sale. All works are 10” x 10” and all priced at $100

18 East Main Street, Earlville, NY (315) 691-3550

Cherry Branch Gallery

25 Main Street, Cherry Valley, NY (607) 264-9530

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Kitchen & Bath Cabinets Hardwood Flooring & Countertops

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50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition

Constance Watkins, Pastels March 1 - 31, 2017 Reception: Thursday, April 6, 6-8pm

April 1–May 14, 2017

Commemorative exhibition will include original illustrations; set design and costume sketches; animation reels; posters; sculpture; and more.

Fusion Art Gallery

8584 Turin Rd, Rome, NY (315) 338-5712

Fenimore Art Museum

5798 Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY (607) 547-1400

Modules, Specimens, and Improvisations April 4 - May 6, 2017 Reception: Sunday, April 9, 4-6pm

Special event at Fusion Art Gallery! Mary Kuchera Ukrainian Pysanky Easter Egg Display Saturday, April 8, 10am-5pm See page 23 for more pysanky!

Artist Rosalyn Richards investigates the inner structures of forms from nature and the hidden dimensions of natural processes.

Kirkland Art Center

9 1/2 East Park Row, Clinton, NY (315) 853-8871

Call for Entry

2017 Central Adirondack Art Show Drop off dates: April 21, 22, 24 & 25, 10am-4pm open to all artists 16 and up working in any media

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Dressed to the Nines: Williams-Proctor Fashions

Sculptor, Patrick Vedder

April 14 - September 3, 2017

April 15 - May 20, 2017 Reception: Saturday, April 15, 2-4pm

An exhibition of the surviving Williams-Proctor clothing— from the mourning outfit worn by Rachel Williams when her sister Grace died to to beautiful wedding dresses and opulent evening gowns worn by the Williams sisters.

Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts 401 Canal Place, Little Falls, NY (315) 823-0808

Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute 310 Genesee Street, Utica, NY (315) 797-0000

Collages and Assemblages by Anastasia Osolin

Anthony Rabasca, Charles Golden, and the Recycled Art Challenge

April 1-May 28, 2017

April 20 - May 24, 2017 Reception: Thursday, April 20, 6pm-7:30pm

The sculptures of architect Susan Cox who discovered the immediacy of exploring ideas of space, light, and memory in glass.

Rome Art & Community Center 308 West Bloomfield Street, Rome, NY (315) 336-1040


3273 Route 28, Old Forge, NY (315) 369-6411

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Wine & Spirits Ilion

10 East Main St., Ilion • (315) 894-8142 Open Mon-Sat: 9-9, Sun: 12-5 • All credit cards accepted


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Approx. 14” long. Log loads available.

Immediate delivery

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Call Fran @ 315-853-3614

Interior Painting by

Dennis Polanowicz Reasonable Rates • References Available

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Tues.- Fri. 9-4:30, Sat. 9-1

709 E. Dominick St. Rome (315) 337-2430

Berry Hill Book Shop

Over 75,000 used books!

2349 Rte 12-B, Deansboro, NY 315-821-6188 Open Tues-Sat 10-5

Order now for Easter! Easter Breads, Cassata Cakes & Pastries

1222 E. Main St., Frankfort (315) 894-8861

Tues. - Fri. 7 - 5, Sat. 7 -3, Sun 7 - 12:30

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riverside diner in marcy story and photos by Jorge L. Hernández

Nothing hearkens back to 1950’s Americana than the good old-fashioned neighborhood diner. A long narrow room framed by the boundary of a countertop, with booths on the side, black-and-white linoleum. All that’s missing is the “I like Ike” memorabilia of yesteryear lining the walls. It’s a cultural icon of the post-war era, a precursor to the fast-food phenom that was to come. Welcome to the Riverside Diner, a seminal example of what food road shows like the Triple Ds of the Food Channel like to highlight. Tucked away at 9663 River Road—also known as Route 49—in Marcy, this neighborhood staple has served simple no-frills fare for generations at the same site. “My customers come from all over,” says Mike Killino, the diner’s current owner. “But it’s the people from Marcy who keep this place going.” Mike, of Marcy himself, has owned the diner for 10 years, keeping the name of the place that was there for decades before him. “We’ve had a busy week,” he says. “We were the only place open the day after the snowstorm, with people in and out and waiting in line all day. Luckily, my sister came in to help take care of the crowd.” What people line up for is the type of hearty breakfasts that are legendary in diners. Mike says the most popular are “The What”—two eggs any style over two hash brown patties, topped with bacon, sausage, and cheese, and served with toast—and the “Giambotta”—eggs, Italian sausage, peppers, onions, potatoes, greens, and mozzarella. He is certain to point out that “We spell giambotta the correct way—many places do not.” The breakfast version is a regional deconstruction and variation of the traditional hearty Italian stew of eggplant, zucchini, potato, and tomato. Besides the usual breakfast nourishments, Mike offers specials for lunch ranging from goulash (Mondays), mushroom stew (Tuesdays), meat loaf (Wednesdays), toss ups on Thursdays (usually hot covered turkey sandwiches, or chicken and biscuits, or pot roast), fish fry on Fridays, and baked ham (Saturdays) to go with the ham and eggs and breakfast platters. “It’s all home made,” he says.


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Owner of Riverside Diner, Mike Killino

Jenalle Killino serves lunch with a smile

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“Nothing’s pre-packaged.” It’s all about keeping the customers happy, the hard-working Mike notes. “You won’t hear the word ‘no’ around here too often,” he says. “If we have the ingredients, we’ll make it.” The week of this visit coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day and the snow storm Stella that socked the region means the special didn’t vary from the rib-sticking and heart-warming corned beef and cabbage. “We’ve already served close to 100 pounds of corned beef,” Mike says the day after St. Patrick’s Day. “And with the Utica parade next weekend, we will be topping that.” Mike fusses over which three entrees to offer for a photo-op before deciding on two breakfast entrees and the ever-popular corned beef. “I think we have one or two portions left for today,” he notes. With a decade of experience now under his belt honed by his previous work at local eateries like Bella Cucina and Castlewood Café, Mike says the Riverside Diner is right where he wants it to be. “Now I want to start bringing in everything new—new booths, for example,” he says. And further down the road? “I would like full-service outside eating during the summer,” he continues. “We already have a large crowd with the ice-cream service we started that already offers more than 35 soft flavors.” Hope Mike remembers that to keep the polish on the iconic image of a diner, he need not go further than keeping up on maintenance while keeping intact the time capsule slice of American culture. •

Riverside Diner

9663 River Road, Marcy • (315) 797-7709 Open 7 days, Sat-Thurs: 6am-2pm , Fri: 6am-8pm

You can get breakfast all day at Riverside Diner in Marcy

People come from miles around for breakfast, lunch, and Friday fish frys, but it’s the locals that keep Riverside hopping.

Quality Work at Reasonable Prices Tour our outdoor display anytime and explore our large selection of monuments, vases, benches, mausoleums, portraits and pet markers. We also offer cemetery lettering services, restoration, cleaning, maintenance, and veteran marker attachments. Call for a free at home consultation available at-need or pre-need. Multiple marker design options available. Markers are produced in our Clinton facility by local workers.

Burdick & Enea

M E M O R I A L S 56 Utica St. Clinton (315) 853-5444 4693 State Route 5, Herkimer E

Mon. - Fri., 9-5pm, Sat., 9-2pm

Mohawk Valley Nature

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Spring is in the air! Do you notice that you naturally crave lighter food and more greens this time of year? Greens are the food most missing from the modern diet. Nutritionally, greens are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, and Vitamins A, C, E, and K. They are crammed with fiber, chlorophyll, and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. For the home gardener, April is the month when you are itching to get your hands in soil. But it’s still too cold, and here in the Mohawk Valley we might even have some lingering snow on the ground. Well, I have a solution for those itchy hands and your craving to eat something green. In a word, microgreens! And they can be grown indoors and out and all year long! So, you might be asking, what the heck is a microgreen? Well, a microgreen is the tender shoot of a vegetable plant. These greens are tender, sweet, and extremely good for you. Just a simple example: microgreens from red cabbage seeds have 40 times more vitamin E and six times more vitamin C than fully grown red cabbage. Crazy, huh? We like microgreens to add to our salads, sandwiches, stir fries, and casseroles. The best part, they are so easy to grow. I promise you can do it. Even if you’ve killed stuff before. You can do it! So, what do you need to get started growing your own microgreens? Not much, really. Microgreen Seeds–Many seed compa-

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water out of it. Next, fill your tray with soil. Since these plants aren’t going to be in there very long (9-12 days), they won’t develop a very intricate root system, which means you don’t need a lot of soil, about two inches worth should be more than enough. Next, broadcast your seeds across the surface of the soil. No need to worry about getting it perfectly even or spaced out equally. You want to put a pretty thick coating down. Unlike when you’re growing a full, adult plant you don’t have to worry about overcrowding with microgreens. As you can see as you get more adept at growing microgreens you will soon go from buying packets of seeds to buying ¼ pounds of seeds. Now, take another seed tray or your cardboard and press the seeds firmly against the soil. Remove the tray or cardboard, and cover with a paper towel. Finally, mist the paper towel well and place in your sunny spot. Or if you are using the grow light place them directly under the light. You actually want the light to be almost touching the tray. If you are trying to start your seeds in a particularly cool place, you may want to think about either cranking up the heat for a few days while the seeds germinate or use a seed-starting mat. You can invest in a good mat from the garden store or just use an old electric blanket under the tray; a heating pad works, too. And then you wait. A few times a day, give the tray a good spritzing of water. When you see the seeds start to sprout remove the paper towels. If you notice your seeds germinating in an uneven pattern, especially in a window, rotate the tray. After about three days you’ll see some seeds germinating. You’ll see two little circular leaves pop up—those are called the cotyledon—they are the extra food reserves for the seed to keep germinating. A few days later, you’ll see even more seed germinating and then the true leaves start to show. These are the ones that actually start looking like the plants you are used to, just small versions. Then after a little over a week, you’ll have a full tray of beautiful microgreens. You can choose to harvest any time after the true leaves show up. We usually time ours to cut on the 10th day, when the greens are about two inches tall. To harvest your greens, simply cut them with a pair of sharp scissors. We then do a 3-4 wash cycles on the greens, making sure they are fully submerged in cold water each time. Next, spread them out on a clean towel or dry them in a salad spinner. To store, I wrap them in paper towels and place in an airtight container in the fridge. If you are really on top of things you will have multiple trays going at the same time. We’ve found that starting a tray a week apart ends up working out well for us—it takes about a week to get through the harvest from one tray. See, you can grow your own food, I promise. Happy growing! So, now you have a beautiful tray of microgreens. What do you do with them? I use this recipe and interchange the greens, but it works especially well with pea shoots. It also works well with foraged spring greens–that’s another story–like ramps or stinging nettles. •


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The Mohawk Valley hosts many birds that can be considered virtuoso singers. Those that immediately come to mind are the Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Northern Cardinal–all of which are as flamboyant in plumage as they are in voice. The strong, clear-throated tones these species produce epitomize what most of us would consider beautiful birdsong. Joining this core of talent in the songbird chorus are some that are not as ornate in plumage, but just as able in song. These include the Brown Thrasher, Winter Wren, and Louisiana Wa-

terthrush. The songs of these species are not as familiar to most of us since the singers have more exclusive habitat needs and are not common backyard visitors. They typically require more of an effort to seek them out. Different habitat types have their own singing stars. The species I’ve mentioned so far mainly hale from forests and overgrown pastures, but there are other notable singers that reside in wetlands and grasslands. Some of this region’s wetlands are home to the Pied-billed Grebe, whose breeding call has

been compared to over-the-top, hysterical laughter. And from the cattail beds of the floodplain come the plaintive call of a highly secretive bird called a Sora. The Sora is a robin-sized species of rail. Its call sounds almost as if the bird is repeatedly playing its name on a clarinet. Due to modern cultivation practices by farmers, the Mohawk Valley’s fields and pastures are no longer reliable places to find grassland birds. This means that the greatest singers of the grasslands are now relegated to only a few isolated spots. The complex, bubbling song of the

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Bobolink is perhaps the most emblematic of the grassland dwellers. Its cheerfulness is countered by the mournful and slurred whistle of the Eastern Meadowlark. Among the rarest of the region’s grassland birds is the Upland Sandpiper, which gives a loud empathic call that sounds in part like it’s being produced by a slide whistle. The sandpiper’s song often begins with an ascending chatter and ends with a single drawn-out note that slowly descends in pitch. There is indeed no lack of intriguing bird songs that are capable of hooking an ear and reeling in the imagination. Long before I became adept at telling one bird species’ voice from another, I recall having my attention stolen away by certain bird melodies. One late afternoon in June, many years ago and when I was still a teenager, I was lured away from a gathering of friends by a siren’s song emanating from the forest. That day, we were exploring the outskirts of Deerfield and a ramshackle house of a man he referred to as “Pirate Jack.” I got out of the car and Fritz led me around to the back of the house, where we found Jack quietly conspiring with two of his pirate friends. At first glance Jack looked straight-laced and seemed an unlikely pirate, while his friends looked like they

could’ve easily been cast as hit men in a the early evening as it would have been in 1940’s gangster movie. They were sitting the early morning, but it was June, and back around a table up on a high porch that over- then even a small ensemble was enough to looked a wooded yard. The yard was stud- overwhelm my untrained ear. It was hard ded with dead appliances and a few wrecked for me to discern individual singers, but one cars. You could say that the elevated porch songster did stand out. It produced a sound looked something like the bow of a ship jutting out over the yard. I The Louisiana Waterthrush sings in suppose it was wooded ravines slightly like a pirate ship. Jack and his friends had a pellet gun, which they used to take turns firing away at the cars and other junk in the yard. I sat back and allowed the sounds of the woods beyond the yard and beyond the antics of the pirates to permeate my brain. The chorus of birdsong is not as intense in

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similar to what a pair of untuned wooden flutes might make if they were harmonizing their way down a musical scale. The spiraling-down effect was sublime and I was amazed that I had never noticed the song before. There was no other choice; I had to see that bird. I found myself asking Pirate Jack if I could explore the woods behind the house and he replied with what I took as an

affirmative shoulder shrug. With that, I nodded to Fritz and headed out to find the source of the siren’s song. The pirates didn’t hold their fire as I disembarked from the porch, and so I was compelled to quickly hoof-it out of the range of the pellet gun. Directly behind Jack’s backyard was a wide open field. It obviously hadn’t been used for crops in a few years and there were groves of bushes and young trees rising from the landscape. They stood out like islands on an otherwise grassy savannah. The focus of my quest was still singing, but I had some trouble pinpointing its exact location. Sounds that are lower in pitch tend to be harder to zero-in on than those of higher pitch, and although this song was not tremendously low, it was low when compared to most other bird songs. At least I could tell

that it was emanating from the edge of the forest. I was by no means an experienced birder at that time and I lacked their most indispensable tool–namely a pair of binoculars. This put me at a great disadvantage and in order to see the bird and identify it, I would have to get extremely close. As inexperienced as I was, I knew that I had to approach this creature slowly and quietly or risk it falling silent and/or retreating deeper into the woods. Pushing through the trackless field I caught my pant leg on some rose brambles and when I looked down to unhook myself, I saw that the nest of some small bird was anchored tight to the heart of the rose stems. The nest was barely an inch above ground level and it held four perfect eggs. The eggs had a greenish ground color but were heavily mottled with brown splotches. I suspected that this was the nest of some kind of sparrow, but I didn’t know for sure. Low-nesting birds often place their nests at the heart of a prickly bramble in order to discourage nest predators from pilfering the contents. The whole time I was examining the nest, the unidentified bird continued to sing. As I got closer I could hear more of the subtle details of the melody. The bird was simultaneously producing two tones, and in effect, was harmonizing with itself. This bird had

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to be some kind of thrush. Even at that time I knew that forest-living thrushes were able to produce more than one tone at a time and were famous for their hauntingly beautiful phrases. I crept slowly to the edge of the woods and from there I scanned the surrounding branches–high and low. I couldn’t see anything at first, but then finally I made out a small form perched about 15 feet up on an outer branch of a Sugar Maple tree. Was that the bird? It appeared to be about the size and shape of an Eastern Bluebird, but the best I could determine was that it had a ruddy brown back and was very light on the underside. It was a Veery, which was indeed a member of the thrush clan. At that time I had previously only seen the species in identification guides and so I was especially pleased. In retrospect, I’m amazed the Veery continued singing while I was in such close proximity. Almost invariably, if I get too close to a singing Veery, they switch to giving their single-note alarm calls and/or move out of range. Since I had made it to the woods, I decided to do a little more exploring. The Veery continued his serenade as I walked into the deep shade provided by mature Eastern Hemlock, American Beech and Sugar Maple trees. Only 30 feet into the for-

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this time). The sun was soon to be setting in the West and the plumage of the warbler’s upper body showed as dandelion yellow in the orange-tinted light. A distinctive black eye-line intersected his yellow face and his grayish wings were adorned with a pair of glowing white wing-bars. With each note, his head bent far back, his beak fully gaped, and his tail quivered. Instead of lingering and trying to see one


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of the other species I was hearing in the field, I pressed on through the dense jungle of Goldenrod stems and toward the edge of the forest and the source of the Veery’s song. From behind the vale of the forest I could hear the songs of at least four other Veerys. A few seemed to be singing in counterpoint with each other, which for me created a mesmerizing effect. By the time I reached the wooded edge, the closest Veery had stopped

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song seems to tumble and babble not unlike the forest creek that the bird is so inextricably linked to. The breeding grounds for Winter Wrens typically consist of cool wooded ravines or woodland swamps. They like to tuck their nests into the tangled root balls of overturned trees that occur close to the water. The body plumage of Winter Wren is very dark brown and their tail is cocked over their back at a severe angle. They are tiny birds, but their activity levels reveal a disproportionate amount of energy as they lunge about in short, quick flights. In their dash-like flights they always remain close to the forest floor and usually within a few yards of the water as they adeptly scoop up spiders and insects that they spot with their keen eyesight. I thought I must be close to a nest because one of the wrens had stopped singing and had switched to giving volleys of sharp alarm calls. As I walked along the wide creek bed I

was treated to another one of my favorite bird tunes. This would be the song of the Louisiana Waterthrush. Its melody begins with three sweeping whistles and ends with a drop in pitch and a haphazard jumble of notes. Like the Winter Wren, the Waterthrush is rarely found far from water, although they are more exclusively found along forested creeks than the wren. At this point I began to step more carefully. The Waterthrush places its nest close to the ground and right alongside creeks, and the last thing I wanted to do was tread on a nest. For the bird, such a placement is always a gamble since it makes the nest particularly vulnerable to sudden rising water, which can be a consequence of a heavy rain storm. Judging by where the sound was coming from, I could tell that the Waterthrush was traveling up and down the gorge. Perhaps he was still in the process of finding a mate, or maybe he was just defending his piece of territory from any interlopers


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that might come prospecting. The bird managed to pass by me three times without being seen. Probably the least expected bird I found in the gorge that day was a Canada Warbler. This is a particularly handsome species with a bluish-gray back and a bright yellow chest. On his breast the male shows markings in the form of a well-defined black “necklace.” The white eye-ring and yellow line above his bill make it look like he is wearing spectacles. This warbler’s song is very distinctive and hard to mistake for any other species, with the possible exception of the Common Yellowthroat, and that would apply only to the rhythmic triple (or quadruple) note pattern given at the beginning of the song. To me, it always sounds like the Canada Warbler’s song; it first plays forward and then backward and that has always served as a good way to remember it. The song was coming from a little island of brushy habitat in the center of the creek bed. There the ground rose and the stream carved out channels on either side. The Canada Warbler prefers to breed in brushy areas or amongst

a thick grove of saplings, but in many instances that younger growth must be closely contained within the context of a larger forest. This spot seemed to fit the bill nicely and, sure enough, I glimpsed the male Canada Warbler skulking through the tangle of saplings and vines, most likely in search of its insect prey. Hours simply fly by when you are on a bird mission and my second visit to the big gorge was no exception. After I enjoyed my short visit with the Canada Warbler, I started back, following roughly the same route I took in. A few of the Veerys had started to sing again by that point, but to me their songs had blended back into the birdsong chorus and I wasn’t concentrating on them. That changed when a bird flushed up from the side of the path in front of me. It was a Veery and it was flying up from its nest! It was immediately clear to me that I had just found my pirate booty for the day. The nest was on the ground and close to the base of a White Pine. Evidently, the Veery didn’t travel far to get its building supplies since the nest was constructed largely of long White Pine needles. The real jewels, though were the four greenish-blue eggs that rested in the bottom of the nest. Obviously, the incubation phase of this nesting attempt was still underway, so I didn’t linger. Instead, I created a mental map in my mind and once again vowed to return to that place. With luck, the Veery nestlings would hatch and I would get to witness the species’ breeding behavior in more depth. In that particular time period, I was traveling to many different habitats in the Mohawk Valley and the Adirondacks. As a

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The Canalway Trail is a network of approximately 300 miles of trails that utilize the towpaths of currently active and historic sections of the canal system and also the adjoining abandoned railroad beds. There are many parking areas from which you can reach the trail. These are some of our favorite access points (and great picnic spots, too):

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Spring is a magical time to take a walk around Root Glen. Red shale paths lead you through the woods and over bridges that criss-cross above the creek. The gardens were started over 150 years when Oren Root first planted trees, shrubs, and flowers around “The Homestead.” Don’t miss the peonies in bloom mid-May to June.

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F.T. Proctor Park

Considered the “crown jewel” of Utica’s parks, F.T. Proctor Park was originally designed by Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects known for designing Central Park in New York City. Other features have been added over the years, including a lily pond, bathhouses, a butterfly garden, and stone staircases. Starch Factory Creek flows through the park. Insider tip: Walk like a Utican! There seems to be an unspoken “rule” that the promenade around the park should move in a counterclockwise direction.

Corner of Culver and Rutger Utica, NY GPS 43.085695, -75.196187

Another local resource for trail ideas:

Fort Schuyler Trading Co. Coffee Roaster - tea & herb shop Maple Syrup & Sugar, Raw Honey, Beeswax Candles, Essential Oils, Handmade Soap, Natural Skin Care Products, Organic Cotton Twill

Custom Printing & Embroidery T-Shirts, Jackets, Hats, Polo Shirts, Sweatshirts, Hoodies, Tote Bags, Fleece Blankets, Dance & Spirit Wear, Cheerleading & Team Unifoms

Natural Stone Tile & Slabs Granite, Limestone, Marble, Onyx, Quartzite, Slate, Travertine North Utica Shopping Center Phone: 315-733-1043

Mon - Friday: 10 AM - 6:00 PM Sat & Sun: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM




The Empire State Carousel


Discover the past through theatrical reenactments, hands-on activities, and some good ol’ fun!

Spring: open Tues-Sun, 10-4 (closed Mon) Summer: open daily, 10-5

5775 ROUTE 80, COOPERSTOWN, NY The Cardiff Giant

The Children's Barnyard







APRIL 1 - MAY 14 See highlights from Maurice Sendak’s 60-year-long career, including original illustrations from Where the Wild Things Are, Little Bear, In the Night Kitchen, and others.



© Maurice Sendak: All Rights Reserved.

Diner Hop Adirondack Diner • Apple Betty’s • Charlie’s Place Freddy’s Diner • Suzi’s Place • Riverside Diner • Wendy’s Diner

Itching to get out of the house after a long winter? Start a weekly diner hop and check out our area’s finer diners! In fact, we’ll get you started, just “Like” our Diner Hop post on our Facebook page (deadline is Sat., April 8th) and you could win a $175 Diner Hop package, a $25 gift certificate to every one of our 7 MVL diners!


Apple Betty Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner


•Daily breakfast

Friday Fish Fry!

& luncheon specials •Ask about our family bowling special!

Nothing’s finer than...

Freddy’s Diner


Breakfast Served All Day!

Route 5, Vernon

Full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu

Open: Mon-Thurs: 6am-3pm, Fri: 6am-8:30pm Sat: 6am-2pm, Sun: 7am-2pm

8125 Rt.12, Barneveld, NY

Catering and Banquet Facilities (up to 100)

101 Ford St., Boonville (315) 942-4359 • (315) 829-4875 • (315) 725-3856

(315) 896-2871 Open early everyday!

Open Wed, Thurs, Sun: 8-8, Fri & Sat: 8-9:30

9663 River Rd., Marcy

Where good friends Meet to Eat! Enjoy breakfast or a quick lunch!

Serving all your favorite homemade comfort foods! Breakfast Served All Day! Take Out & Delivery!

8170 Seneca Tpke., Clinton (315) 732-3631 Mon-Fri 6am-2pm, Sat & Sun 6am-1pm

ENTER TO WIN a $175 Diner Hop! Just “Like” our Diner Hop post on Facebook by April 8th!

“Home cookin’ at it’s finest!”


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

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

1/2 lb. Juicy Angus Burgers!

Fri. Fish Fry 11:30am-8pm

Voted 2nd best Fish Fry!

Daily Lunch Specials Serving breakfast and lunch daily

6798 State Rt. 20, Bouckville

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


Fresh Haddock • Giambotta

1717 Rte 8, Cassville (315) 839-5000

Mon-Thurs: 6-2, Fri: 6-8, Sat: 6-1, Sun: 6-12 (breakfast)


the mvl


Primo Pizza #


at the Kettle



The Most Unique Upside Down Pizza You Ever Tasted!

Weekday Specials Celebratining Tues- 20” X-Large Cheese Pizza . . . . $9.95 7 Years Cheese Pizza & 20 Wings . . . $15.95 Clinton! Wed-Small Thurs- 2 Large Cheese Pizzas . . . . . $16.95

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(Toppings 2.25 ea, X-Cheese 2.95)

Specialty Rolls

2755 State Rt 8, Cold Brook, NY 13324 • 826-5050


Mon. 4 - 9pm • Tues. Closed • Wed. - Sun. 12 Noon - 9pm Great Food • Great Spirits • Great Times

Life is Good at The Ohio Tavern!

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

+Tax / Toppings Extra

Every Day Specials

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

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

7756 State Route 5, Clinton Located inside Spaghetti Kettle



22 years in business!

Cafe III

Serving Breakfast and Lunch M-F: 7am-2:30pm

Hershey’s Ice Cream


Breakfast•Lunch Dinner•Ice Cream

1 North Main St., Earlville

(315) 691-7076 • 7 days a week: 8-8

Seafood & more!

Let me create a culinary experience for you!

Prime Rib Special every Thursday $13.95 “At home” dinners our specialty!

by Chef Dominick Scalise

(315) 866-7669 122 W. Albany St., Herkimer

Raw or cooked • Eat in or take out!

200 King St., Herkimer (315) 866-5716 Wed-Thurs 11-7; Fri 11-8; Sat Noon-7



NY 28, Forestport 315-392-4811

Celebrating 30 Years! Serving healthy and delicious salads, grilled sandwiches, and homemade soups.

Heidelberg Bread & Café Find/Friend us on Facebook and check out our daily specials and upcoming events!

3056 Rte 28 N., Herkimer (315) 866-0999

Mon-Sat: 7am-6pm, Sun: 7am-5pm Find us on Facebook!

Baking all natural breads – available throughout New York State



little falls

Lee Center

Great food served in a relaxing atmosphere.

RESTAURANT & BAR Casual American Cuisine

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

Quality Food - Fresh Ingredients Relaxing Atmosphere Offering Daily Specials! 5345 Lee Center-Taberg Rd., Lee Center

Wed 3-9, Thurs 12-9, Fri & Sat 11:30-9, Sun 11:30-8, Closed Mon & Tues

American Family Fare! Open Daily 7am-3pm

Homemade comfort foods Full menu available til 2am!


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

518 East Main Street, Little Falls (315) 508-5156

Open Mon-Thurs 4-10, Fri & Sat 4-11, closed Sun

new hartford


little falls

27 draft beers on tap featuring many NY state craft beers.

Catering & Banquets too! (315)533-7229

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

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Take-out • Catering

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

Voted “Best of the Best” for fish frys & wings! 10 Clinton Rd., New Hartford • (315) 732-9733 Mon-Sat: 10am-2am, Sun: 12pm-2am

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

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

Also look for our Food Truck!

Truck available for on-site catering! Book for the season now!

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


Enjoy traditional, naturally flavored, healthy soup and entrées at Pho Ever Noodles Vietnamese Cuisine. Come try our refreshing Bubble Tea and Traditional Pho or make your own noodle soup!

CHECK OUT OUR NEW SUSHI BAR! Plaza 5, 8469 Seneca Turnpike • New Hartford • (315) 733-6888 Open Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 10am-7pm • Like us on Facebook! Menu and order online:

new hartford

P h So Te An Ui Rc Ai aN nT R E Enjoy authentic Lebanese Cuisine Full Buffet & Salad Bar served Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30 Wednesday Night Buffet 4:30-8:30 Serving Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sat

Full Menu Available Mon-Thurs 11:30-9pm, Fri & Sat 11:30-10pm

FrenchRoad, Road, New New Hartford 733-2709 623623 French Hartford(315) (315) 733-2709

Locally Owned & Operated

“We are your home town pizzeria!”

past 5 years! Voted #1 pizza for

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

Catering Available • Homemade Desserts Every Day • Facebook: Raspberries Rome / Raspberries Utica • Kids Menu Available

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

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


4784 Commercial Dr., New Hartford (315) 736-1363 Breakfast & Lunch daily 7am-3pm

Oriskany Falls

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


Homemade, Hand-tossed

Pizza! Calzones • Wings

Live Music! Customizable catering for any size event!

eat in or take out


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

You don’t have to go to Philly for a great Philly! Just head to Oriskany Falls to Mario’s!

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Full Italian dinner menu! friday fish fry

Cold subs/Hot tunnels

184 N. Main St., Oriskany Falls

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


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


The Country Store with More!

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

Natural Groceries • Supplements • Local Foods Organic Produce & Plants

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

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

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


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

Champagne Brunch



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

Weekend Specials! Haddock Specials

Prime Rib Every Sat. Night!

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

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

(315) 33PIZZA

615 Erie Blvd. W., Rome Open M-Thurs 11-9, Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun 12-8


pre-order until 3/10, then all items will be in stock for grab-n-go on 3/15

Bunnie Macarons!

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

53 Franklin Square, Utica • (315) 790-5747 Cafe Hours: Mon-Thurs 7-8, Fri & Sat 7-10, Sun 8-1

Newly Expanded Bakery! 52 Seneca St, Utica • (the back of Bite Cafe) Bakery Hours: Mon-Sat 8-6, Sun 8-1

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

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


Easter Themed Cupcakes Mini Bunnie Cakes Italian Cassata Available for


Hurry to Bite Bakery before the Easter Bunny scoops up all the adorable Bunnie Macarons!

utica Now serving wine & beer!

Save room for dessert at Mi Casa!

Creaciones del Caribe

1st Floor Breakfast, Lunch, “Grab-and-Go!” Deliveries, 8am-2pm Take Out & Catering!

(Creations of the Caribbean) Fresh & all natural ingredients

Check out our weekly specials on facebook and at

Luisa Martinez - chef

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

1315 Genesee Street, Utica

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

Washington Mills

315 735-7676

Famous for our Tenderloin Steak sandwich!

Shop Our Great Selection Of Ready To Cook Meals!!

Still Time To Place Easter Orders: Italian Ham Pie, Cassata, Easter Bread And More!!

A l l Of Our Cook i e s, “Pust i e s”A nd B ak e d Goods A re A l l Handmade , A l way s Fre sh, Ne v e r Froze n!! Have An Upcoming Party Or Event, Contact Us For All Of Your Catering Needs!!

Shop O ur L i ne Of P ast a, Sa uc e s, St art e r s And Re ady T o Cook Me al s; Ot he r L oc al P roduc t s T oo! !

-(315) 896-2173-

Open Monday -Through- Friday 8:00AM -To- 4:00PM -And- Saturday, April 15th, From 9:00AM -To- 3:00PM Visit Us Online For Our Complete Easter Holiday Hours!!

Homemade Pasta! Fresh and made to order!

Fish Fry Fridays! Contemporary American • Private Functions • Reservations Recommended


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


ASK ABOUT OUR CATERING MENU • Banquet Room (Seats up to 35) Open at 11am, Saturday open at 4pm, closed Sunday & Monday

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


Knuckleheads BREW HOUSE

Homestyle American Fare From Wings to Prime Rib!

Check out our daily specials including Friday fish fry and Saturday wood smoked prime rib!

Happy hour every day 4-7pm featuring craft beers and a full bar.

Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Open til 2am 7362 East Main Street, Westmoreland (315) 853-1351

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

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

(315) 736-1728 137 Campbell Ave, Yorkville


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antique shopping guide Munnsville

Antiques Guide Spotlight on

Between Us Sisters


Canal House Antiques

Odd & Old

Valandrea’s Madison




The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick

Earlville Jewett’s Cheese





See The Man

Cafe III

If you “seek antiques,” it’s a great time to get out of the house and explore the greater Bouckville area! There’s a Spring Shop Hop April 7-9, 10am-5pm. Look for the “Spring Shop Hop” starburst in the participating antique dealers’ ads below. Take a break from antiquing and enjoy breakfast or lunch at Suzi’s Place in Bouckville or the famous Quack’s Village Inn in Madison. On a sunny day you can walk or bike the Chenango Canal Trail. Spring is an exciting time to visit local waterfalls like picturesque Stockbridge Falls in Munnsville or head south to Sherburne to see the breathtaking Rexford Falls. 60

Celebrating our 18th year in business!



Attic Addicts The Queen’s Closet

A little bit country, a little bit primitive!

Consignment at its Finest!

Pristine, Practical, and Priced Right!

Specializing in estate sales, large and small.

Clothing Jewelry Household Items Furniture

Conducted with respect and dignity. We take the pressure out of estate liquidation, moving, or downsizing.

Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm Sat: 10:30am-3pm

Call for a consultation:

New consignment by appointment only

(315) 736-9160

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

Your destination for furniture, hand stenciled signs, vintage clothing, warm glow candles, silk arrangements & more! Spring

Shop Hop!

Spring is Here! Open April 1st

April 7-9 10-5

10242 Route 12N, Remsen

Open Daily 10-5 • (315) 831-8644

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

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



Shop Hop! April 7-9 10-5

Canal House Antiques Multi-Dealer Shop

Specializing in antique furniture, glassware, jewelry, books, linens, and primitive rug hooking accessories

(315) 893-7737

April hours: Thurs-Mon: 10-4

6737 Route 20, Bouckville

Spring April 7-9 10-5

6768 Route 20, Bouckville (315) 893-7676

2017 Show Dates: June 2 & 3 and August 14-20

ANTIQUE GALLERY Open Apr-Oct: 10-5 daily; Nov-Dec: 10-4 daily Jan-Mar: Fri & Sat only 10-4

The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick A multi-dealer shop specializing in advertising, petroliana, lamps, glass, furniture & quality smalls.

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

6790 Rte 20, Bouckville

Antiques, collectibles, rare, weird, and unusual. Always accepting your old treasures

7505 Rte 5, Kirkland • 315-725-0360 (intersection of Route 5 and Route 233)

Facebook: Cool Stuff Consignment Shop Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm

Foothills Mercantile

Shop Hop!

Our lovely gallery offers a full range of antiques, fine furniture, and vintage collectibles!

Cool Stuff Consignment Shop

The BIG RED BARN filled to the rafters with antiques and vintage pieces, collectibles, glassware, furniture, accessories, and dealer supplies in all price ranges.

Over 30 Vendors!

Open 6 days: 10-5:30 , closed Tues. 8124 Route 12, Barneveld (315) 896-2681

Little Falls


Antique Center More than 50 vendors on 2 floors!


Shop Hop! April 7-9 10-5

Canal Place, Little Falls Open Every Day 10-5 315-823-4309



Over 160 Vendor booths and display cases!

Come join the fun! Come meet the Easter Bunny in person, who will be signing autographs and singing KARAOKE! GIANT BAKE SALE, KARAOKE BAND, GIANT EASTER BUNNY!


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

(315) 219-5044


Main Street Gift Shoppe Newport’s Best Kept Secret for Country Primitive Furnishings!

Old Century Paint, Irvings Lighting, Curtains, Furniture, Spring Decor. & More! 7431 Main St Rt. 28 Newport, NY

OPEN: Wed thru Sat 11:30am til 8pm 315 845-8835 Check out our popular Ristorante on site!

Now Open!

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

Clean outs, Consignment, Buy, Trade, Sell! Open 7 days a week, 10-5

5251 Main St., Munnsville NY

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

Picker’s Dynasty

Estate Sales & Content Liquidation

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

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

OVER 54 VENDORS! NEW ITEMS ARRIVING DAILY! antiques • vintage • re-purposed handcrafted items • unique gifts • honey • cheese • holistic & local food store • muck boots kombucha on tap • grass fed beef & pork • garden accessories

FOR THOSE WHO CRAVE THE UNIQUE! Open Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat & Sun 9-5 • Visit us on Facebook!

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

(315) 429-5111

www.TheOnlineExchange.Net Registered user of ebay





Visit my eclectic spaces located at Little Falls Antique Center & Mohawk Antiques Mall CALL: (315) 527-5707 •

Inventory and our Estate Sale Schedule online:


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

Antique & Unique! Spring

Buy • Sell • Trade

Shop Hop! April 7-9 10-5

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

uuuuuuuuuuu u u u u u u u u u 375 Canal Place, Little falls u u next door to ann street deli u u (315) 823-1177 u u DON’T “Spring Clean” u u u Without US! u u u DON’T just “Trash It” u u We buy OLD STUFF! u u Open 7 days 10-5 u u u uuuuuuuuuuu

SHOWCASE Antiques of CNY

ernon Variety Shoppes Antique & Variety Shoppes

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



Shop Hop!

Thurs-Tues: 10-5, Closed Wed

April 7-9


3371 Maple Ave., Bouckville


Shop Hop! April 7-9 10-5

Antiques, Shabby Chic, Recycled Furniture, Accessories, and more!

Painted and Repurposed

Open Thurs, Fri, & Sat: 10am-5pm

6831 Indian Opening Rd., Bouckville

16 Schuyler St., Boonville (315) 709-7686

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

Weeden’ s Mini Mall 100 Shops Located under One Roof

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

A Multi Dealer Shop


An eclectic mix of vintage, antiques, & home decor Open for

Terri’s Treasures

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

315-337-3509 Open Daily 10-5, Closed Tuesdays

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

Come Spend the Day With Us! Route 233 Westmoreland, NY 1/4 mile North of NYS Thruway Exit 32

Sitting Pretty

Colorful benches at Valandrea’s Venture in Bouckville, one of the antique shops participating in the Spring Shop Hop April 7-9


Herkimer county historical society

Herkimer Co. During WWI Part 4: liberty loan bonds By Susan Perkins, Town of Manheim Historian

Liberty Loan Bonds—the idea of the Secretary of the Treasury William Gibbs McAdoo—were sold in the United States to support the allied cause in World War I. Subscribing to the bonds became a symbol of patriotic duty in the United States and introduced the idea of financial securities to many citizens for the first time. The bonds were sold with the promise to pay the money back with interest on a certain date. The Liberty Loan Bonds allowed Americans on the home front to feel they were making a valuable contribution to the war effort. The third Liberty Loan Bonds were issued in April 1918 and to help promote the idea of Liberty Loan Bonds and to encourage participation, the Liberty Loan Coach and the Liberty Ball were created. They traveled from Buffalo, N.Y., to New York City starting on April 6, 1918, and were expected to arrive in Albany on April 24th. The Liberty Coach was made in Paris in 1893 for a cost of $2,500 for James Gordon Bennett Jr. (1841-1918), publisher of the New York Herald. On the coach, there was room for the driver, guard, 11 passengers on top and four inside the coach. The horses that pulled the coach had belonged to Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (1877-1915). Vanderbilt was aboard the Lusitania on his way to England to go to the International Horse Breeders Association meeting, when it was torpedoed by a German submarine. On the back of the coach was the


Liberty Ball in Frankfort. The Liberty Loan Coach and the Liberty Ball traveled from Buffalo to New York City during a campaign to hasten the sale of Liberty Loan Bonds.

word “Liberty” and beneath it “Buffalo to New York.” Posters on the sides gave a description of the purpose of the trip. An American flag flew from the rear of the coach. Officials from the communities along the route accompanied it and meetings were held so Liberty Bonds could be purchased. It visited 84 cities and towns in New York State. The Liberty Ball was made of metal painted red, white and blue and was seven feet in diameter. The mayors of Herkimer and Little Falls and the village presidents of Frankfort, Ilion and Mohawk, N.Y., all greeted the arrival of the Liberty Coach and Liberty Ball in their communities. The first stop in Herkimer County was on April 18, 1918, in Frankfort. The Herkimer County Historical Society is fortunate to have photographic postcards depicting this event. Marching in the parade were employees from Pratt Chuck Fork & Hoe Company, which made pitchforks the employees were carrying in the parade. Two of the workers carried a banner that read “These Forks Are Going to France to Help Prod the Huns Back to Their Own Dung Heap.” The Acme Road Machinery Company employees paraded Liberty Parade contingent of Acme Road Machinery with one of their water tanks displaying Company employees, with one of their water tanks. the words “To Drown the Kaiser.” The schools in Frankfort were closed so the school children could march at the end of the parade carrying American flags and singing patriotic songs. The next day, April 19, the Liberty Coach and Liberty Ball went to Ilion. The ball was pushed there by Boy Scouts from Frankfort and taken over at the Frankfort-Ilion line by Ilion Boy Scouts, who then pushed the ball down West Main Street. Lunch was held at the Hotel Osgood in Ilion. After lunch, dignitaries took an auto ride through the Ilion Gorge and visited part of the Remington Arms Plant. The parade took place that afternoon with the Liberty Loan Committee,

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Gift cards available for Mother’s Day!

Experience our all new Salt Therapy Room

Halotherapy helps manage respiratory and skin conditions, aids in the removal of toxins, and boosts energy and immune systems.

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Ilion Board of Trade, village trustees, high school students, Boys Scouts, and Camp Fire Girls participating. The ball was then pushed to the Ilion-Mohawk line by the Ilion Boy Scouts and met there by the Mohawk Boy Scouts, who pushed it through Mohawk. A committee of citizens met the coach at the Ilion-Mohawk line. At Fulmer Creek Bridge, schoolchildren and members of the Red Cross joined the parade. The coach stopped at the corner of Main and Otsego Streets, where speeches were given.



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Mohawk Street A Herkimer War Chest Association was formed in December 19, 1917 in Herkimer to collect pledges from residents to purchase Liberty Loan Bonds. An appeal letter was written and the Boy Scouts of Herkimer folded 4,000 letters that were sent to the citizens of Herkimer who were asked to pledge a weekly amount to the War Chest Campaign. Each person that pledged was given a button that said, “Herkimer War Chest.” It had an eagle standing on top of a chest. A big parade was held on New Year’s Day to signify the opening the Herkimer War Chest Campaign. The Otsego Farmer dated Jan. 11, 1918, reported that the Herkimer War Chest Association was assured $1,578.68 each week during the duration of the war. “No slackers ... everybody do their part.” Money came in and by Sept. 13, 1918 it was reported that if you had not paid your pledge by then your name would be listed in the September 16th village newspaper. Herkimer’s War Chest closed on Feb. 21, 1918, with 2,700 residents having paid their pledge in full; 2,014 paid their pledge in part; and 250 never paid their pledge. •

An opening reception for the World War I exhibit will be held April 26, 2017 at the Herkimer County Historical Society from 5 to 7 p.m. Afterward, a program will be given by Cheryl Pula titled “The Lost Battalion” based on the American regiment caught behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest. The Herkimer County Historical Society is located at 400 N. Main Street in Herkimer. Sue Perkins is the Executive Director of the Herkimer County Historical Society and historian for the town of Manheim.

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Featuring Little Falls & Herkimer Diamond Jewelry 32 W. Main St. • Little Falls, NY (315) 823-0454 •

Shawangunk nature preserve, cold brook Peggy’s kitchen with her new stove, 1994. Water is fetched by bucket



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 and also her childhood memories growing up in Westmoreland.

April 1st 1994 My favorite part of Easter is dressing up in a new spring outfit. Of course, when I was a kid, I also looked forward to the basket the Easter Bunny left at the foot of my bed. There’d be my own little box of raisins, a couple of comics, an egg we decorated ourselves, and a toy. Maybe a little kite! Hats were big. Mom often made her own hat to match her homemade dress and coat. She did a lot of sewing, and we found it annoying when we wanted to watch TV. Whenev-

er her foot pushed the pedal on her sewing machine upstairs, the TV would fuzz out downstairs. (“Mom! We’re trying to watch The Lone Ranger!”) I like to sew, too, and make up patterns based on clothes I like. Today I cut up old wool garments from a rummage sale to make a braided rug for the Children’s Cottage. My neck muscles get tight from all that cutting. I start tomatoes, celery, and flowers inside. It’s a little intimidating to plant seeds; they’re like children, so tiny, so precious, and so important! It’s the beginning of a big commitment. What if I over-water, under-water, don’t provide enough light or heat, etc.? But they’ve sprouted and are doing wonderfully on the shelves I built, hanging in front of the south windows on chains.

The snow has finally melted enough to walk to the big beaver pond at sunset. The first time I hear the call of one of our returning migratory birds, or awakening frogs, my heart melts. It’s like the voice of a dear friend who has come home after a long absence. I pass through little pockets of warm air that hint of spring breezes that will gently waken our winter-weary wilder lands. What’s that strange whirring, whistling sound near the mossy meadow? Ah, I remember: It’s the rapid beat of the wings of the wood cock as he ascends as high as he can, far into the unfathomable heavens toward Venus that hangs serenely suspended, silently gleaming between alabaster clouds. He reaches the pinnacle of flight and song, and then silently glides back to the spot where he started.


New green leaves on the quaking aspen are experiencing their first tremor of life in the windy tree tops, creating a gentle rustle, so different from the starkness of winter wind whistling around bare branches. I don’t hear the hermit thrush yet; any day now, its ethereal music will echo throughout the woods, soaring to heights out of our hearing range. Near the pond, a few red-winged blackbirds cluck and sing, “Tisk, tisk, wheeee!” from among the pussy willows where downy catkins, soft as kittens, are ready to fledge. An American bittern on the far side of the pond makes a percussive “Glub, glub! Glub, glub!” A few peepers tentatively call. It will be a couple of weeks before it’s warm enough for them all to waken, then what a sym-

Seedlings in trays enjoying the sun streaming in south window

We swept it off at first, wanting to cohabiphony there’ll be! It’s dark when I return to my little cottage tate peaceably, putting it in the garden for in the woods because gathering clouds are fertilizer, but eventually, it was overwhelmbeginning to obscure the starlight. Tim has ing. It stuck to our feet, got tracked into our fallen asleep, reading, and I decide to get an cottage, and created a stink. But how to evict extra bucket of water into the house for the a porcupine out of a 60-foot tree? I wasn’t about to climb up after night in case it rains. I don’t use a flashlight her! because I think my night vision is adequate after being out so long. But I’m startled by a strange rustle and shadowy scurry right in front of me on the stone steps down to the creek. Alert, and scared, I stop. A dark, round shape hurries past my feet. A porcupine! Jeepers! I almost tripped on it! From now on, I’d better bring a flashlight. Last fall Ms. Prickly moved into the big old hemlock on the path to the garden, spending the first part of the winter there, sleeping in swaying boughs 60 feet above the ground. She dined on the tender tips, but not enough to kill it, and the pruning actually helped decrease the shade the tree created in our garden. So we didn’t mind at first, but eventually, the pile of scat that cascaded through the branchPeggy dressed for es from her home high above Easter, 1954 started spilling into our path. R

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Peggy built this kitchen in 1974

Tim reads and writes by kerosene lamp Earth Inn for as long as we can, hoping for minimal trouble and pain. Soon, all of the North Country will resound with them, singing their little hearts out, crooning love songs for their mates, going about the important business of raising a family. Early 1990s We are planning to watch a movie we borrowed from the library and Tim falls while going up to get the VCR in the loft. He is on the floor, moaning in pain. I am very scared and feel like crying. But before I can

begin to consider how to deal with the situation, he’s sits up and says he’s OK! “I dislocated my shoulder,” he says. “Now, it’s popped back in.” He still looks pale, has some pain, and has to be careful of how he moves his arm, but insists that it’ll be fine. I tell him that I’ll split all the wood and feed the fire at night for a few days. Later this week, I install a new gas cook stove. I’ve never done this before and am quite intimidated, but I’m tired of cooking on stinky, sooty kerosene burners and really want a nice stove and oven. I did extra piano tuning jobs to pay for it. Tim helps carry it in. It’s hard on his shoulder, and I feel badly about that. But I do all the rest—pipe connections, sawing off the counter, moving cabinets, etc. How empowering it is to have accomplished this! I am able to bake four loaves of bread all at once! I’m so excited and pleased. Next day, I rebuild the shelves

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flows directly under a tiny, unfinished cabin perched on the edge of a spectacular cliff by Fish Creek (which looks more like a river to me!) “We could have the concert here,” he suggests. It’s tiny, but openings for windows or screens on three sides give an incredible view of the gorge. He shows us an opening in the floor where you can look straight down on the 50-foot waterfall. “Where will the audience sit?” I inquire, backing away, nervously. “Oh, she’ll be here soon.” And so, we play for an audience of two, accompanied by the ambient resonance of falling water, as the veil of twilight gently embraces Fish Creek. We must quickly brush mosquitoes off between notes, and play with fingers sticky with humidity, but our audience loves it. And they get more and more enthusiastic about the beauty of our music as they enjoy the effects of their cocktails. I am completely lifted off my feet in the biggest bear hug ever from our host when we finish, and we are pleased to later learn


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Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 70 Garden Centers and Greenhouses Casler Flower Farm, West Winfield . . . . . . . 47 Juliano’s Greenhouses & Market, Schuyler . . 12 Michael’s Greenhouses, Sauquoit . . . . . . . 46 Top Notch Garden Center, Newport . . . . . 62 Gift Shops/Shopping Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . 45 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 61 Cat’s Meow, Sherburne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Little Falls Antique Center, Little Falls . . . . 61 Main Street Gift Shoppe, Newport . . . . . . . . 62 Newport Marketplace, Newport . . . . . . . . . 62 Remington Country Store, Ilion . . . . . . . . . 25 Rose Quartz Stand, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 13 Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . 64 White Begonia, Sherrill . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Golf Courses and Driving Range Brimfield Driving Range, Clinton . . . . . . . 43 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 21 Grocery/Convenience Stores The Country Store, Salisbury. . . . . . . . . . 58 Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . 35 Kountry Kupboard, Madison . . . . . . . . . . 68 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 4 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . 42 Reilly’s Dairy, Inc., Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Hardware/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Pohl’s Feed, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Poland Hardware, Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68


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Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Jordanville . . . . . . . 37 John Froass & Sons, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . 11

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Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Time for Me Day Spa, Clinton . . . . . . . . 65 Zensations, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Pharmacies Garro Drugs, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Hearing Consultants Hearing Health Hearing Centers, Rome . . . . . 42

Meats, locally raised (see Produce)

Photography Fusion Art/The Photo Shoppe, Rome . . . . . 29

Ice Cream B&F Milk, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Insurance Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . 37 Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . 46 Marshall Agency, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 7 Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . 39 Iron Work - Architectural & Ornamental Raulli’s Iron Works, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . 33 Fall Hill Beads & Gems, Little Falls . . . . . . 66 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 26 Landscaping Aceti’s Classic Garden, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . 50 Lawn Mowers J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 57 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Liquor Stores and Wine Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . . 70 Manufactured and Modular Home Builders Bono Brothers, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Maple Syrup (see Produce) Massage, Therapeutic

Media 92.7 The Drive WXUR, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 74 FOX33/WUTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 10 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Monuments & Memorials Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . 31 Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Motorcycle Speed/Service Center Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 58 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . 45 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 69 Sunflower Naturals, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . 25 Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Novelties and Specialty Items Fort Schuyler Trading Company, Utica . . . . . 52 Optometrist Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . 33 Paint and Painting Supplies Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . 8 Painting, Interior/Exterior Dennis Polanowicz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Pet Memorialization and Cremation Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . 31 Pet Services One Paw at a Time, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 30 Pet Supplies Gemini Pets & Things, Utica . . . . . . . . 20

Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . Mario’s Pizza, Oriskany Falls . . . . . . . . . Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . .

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Pools Geraty Pools, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Swan Pools, Ilion and New Hartford . . . . . . 26 Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 45 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 61 Main Street Gift Shop, Newport . . . . . . . . . 62 Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . 46 Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . 68 Ingles Maple, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 51 Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 73 Meat Suite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Meelan’s Meat Market, Clark Mills . . . . . . 33 Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 48 Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . 3 Sunnybrook Farm, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . 12 Three Village Cheese, Newport . . . . . . . . . . 17 Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 48 WintersGrass Farm Raw Milk, Sauquoit . . . 73


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Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Ron’s Scissors Sharpening, Sauquoit . . . . . . 6 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Real Estate Century 21, Art VanVechten, Utica . . . . . . 24 Coldwell-Banker, Newport . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Hunt Real Estate, Welcome Home Team . . . 33 Scenic Byway Realty, Richfield Springs . . . . 48 Record Stores Off-Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Apple Betty, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Bagel Grove, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Bite Bakery and Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Black Cat, Sharon Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Chesterfield’s Tuscan Oven, Oneida . . . . . . 57 The Corner Cafe, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Copper Moose, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Delta Lake Inn, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Dominick’s Deli, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Fat Cats, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Heidelberg Baking Co., Herkimer . . . . . . . 55 Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 56 Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . 59 Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Knuckleheads Brewhouse, Westmoreland . . 59 Main Street Ristorante, Newport . . . . . . . . 62 Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . 56 Mario’s Pizza, Oriskany Falls . . . . . . . . . . 57 Mi Casa, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Pho Ever Noodles, New Hartford . . . . . . . 56 Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . 57 Quack’s Village Inn, Madison . . . . . . . . . 56 Raspberries Cafe, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 59 Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 59 The Steak & Pickle, Washington Mills . . . . . 59 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Wigwam Tavern, Forestport . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Specialty Wood Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Roofing Maple Lane Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Mohawk Metals, Westmoreland . . . . . . . 11

Tree Services Turk Tree Service, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Schools Herkimer BOCES LPN Program . . . . . . . . 9 Sheds and Storage Buildings Shafer & Sons, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Tent Rentals Brownies Tent and Awnings, Clinton . . . . . 68 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Travel Agencies The Cruise Wizards, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 70 Websites Utica Remember When . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Shoes Ron’s Sharpening, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Weddings and Banquets Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 21 So Sweet Candy Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 The Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 23 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . 19

Wellness Infinity Tree Healing, New Hartford . . . . . 14

Small Engine Repair J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 57 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Snowmobiles/ATVs Hobby Hill Farm, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Social Security Applications and Advice Antonowicz Group, Rome/Utica . . . . . . . . . 39

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Windows R.A. Dudrak, Holland Patent . . . . . . . . . . 14 Wineries Pail Shop Winery, Fly Creek . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Prospect Falls Winery, Prospect . . . . . . . . . 13 Yogurt Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . 3


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