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As always, our writers have come through with inspiring stories that make me want to get out and do things! What really inspires me this month is that many of our contributors not only work, write, and submit photos to the magazine, but are also mothers. What a juggling act! They would tell you (as they have me) that they are not perfect mothers. I think that makes them the best kind. When children have a role model who is not afraid to take risks, occasionally fail, learn, improve, and grow, I think they turn into better people. I know that Suzie, Peggy, Melinda, Michelle—and probably the rest of our writer moms—aren’t afraid to let their hair down around their kids either. My most cherished memories of my mother are those times when she was Mary, not “Mom.” Now that my children are grown, I hope (like most mothers probably do) that I was a good mom to them growing up. I do know that I wasn’t perfect. I hope they appreciate that. • My role model Mary, a.k.a. Mom


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The Erie Canal Celebrating 200 years By Brian Howard, Executive dir.ector Oneida County History center It’s no secret in history circles that 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal. On July 4, 1817, the first spade of earth was turned in a ceremony in Rome, NY to commemorate the start of construction. Now in the bicentennial year of the canal the Oneida County History Center has partnered with several local historical societies, historians, and the Canal Society of New York State to deliver the Erie Canal Bicentennial Conference. This landmark event takes place May 19 through 21 and is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for canal lovers and history aficionados to get their fill of our local heritage. The Erie was completed in 1825 and was an immediate success. Beyond its role in linking New York City to the American interior, this man-made waterway advanced civil engineering in the United States like nothing had before. It carried people who settled Upstate New York and who fanned out across the Midwest. As a carrier of ideas, the canal contributed to the abolitionist movement and religious revivalism prior to the Civil War. Regarding transportation, the canal corridor would later be used by both the railroads and by Interstate 90, the New York State Thruway. Its influence was beyond pervasive. The Oneida County History Center has little information about the Erie’s centennial in 1917. This may be due to the fact that the original canal was in its final year of use before

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the new NYS Barge Canal opened for business. By contrast, our archives are replete with material from the 1967 sesquicentennial—its 150th anniversary. This is due largely to the archival collection of Utica resident Mrs. John Carroll Brown, who served on the verbose “Temporary State Commission to Commemorate the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Start of the Construction of the Erie Canal.” It appears brevity was not a factor in deciding what to call this group!

Though the Oneida County History Center has little memorabilia marking the 100th anniversary of the canal, it is not lacking in momentos from the 150th celebration.

The Commission On March 9, 1966, the New York State Senate moved to create a sesquicentennial commission. It was composed of two dozen representatives from across upstate, spanning from Albany to Buffalo. Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller tapped Rome Sentinel Editor and General Manager Fritz Updike to be the commission’s chairman. “Rocky” also appointed 11 other members including Rome residents Joseph Ostrowski and Parker F. Scripture. Scripture already chaired two local groups formed to get the canal celebration going—the Oneida County Erie Canal Commemoration Commission and the Rome Erie Canal Sesquicentennial Committee. The other Oneida County representative—and the only woman on

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the commission—was Mrs. Dorothy Brown of Utica. She was one of six members appointed by Temporary NYS Senate President Earl Brydges; she was recommended by freshman Sen. James H. Donovan of Marcy. The commission officially came into being on July 1, 1966, and was charged with presenting a preliminary celebration plan to the governor by March 31, 1967. While the appointees were not paid, the state allocated $5,000 toward the commission to cover expenses. They held their first meeting at the Fort Stanwix Museum on East Dominick Street in Rome on March 23. From that came a rough outline for a four-day celebration planned for July 1-4, with events in Rome, Utica, and at Griffiss Air Force Base. Among the highlights were: Release of a commemorative stamp by the U.S. Postal Service. Unveiling of a historical marker created by the New York State Department of Education. A floating museum on the “Erie Maid”—a barge chockfull of canal-related artifacts, documents, and multimedia presentations—that would be docked in Rome during the celebration. Boat rides on the canal and exhibits at the Fort Stanwix Museum. An Independence Day speech by Governor Rockefeller was planned but it did not come to pass. His absence from the celebration was duly noted in an editorial in the Utica Daily Press. After this first meeting the commission met for lunch at the

Rome Club. They heard a speech from Russel Fielding, chairman of the Historic Rome Development Authority, where he announced plans to create an “Erie Canal Village” between the site where construction began and old Fort Bull. The subsequent living history museum operated into the 21st century and was one of the sesquicentennial’s longest-lasting legacies. The Celebration The celebration kicked off on Saturday, July 1, and continued unabated through July 4. Visitors took in the Rome Historical Society’s exhibit at the Fort Stanwix Museum titled The Erie Canal & Its Early Engineers. The postal service commemorative stamp that was to be dedicated on July 4 was displayed at the museum as well. The Erie Maid barge was inaugurated during the opening ceremony on July 1. Sunday July 2 featured walking tours of Rome and Utica, a drum pageant at Rome Free Academy stadium, and fireworks in Lee Center. According to the local papers, 10,000 people enjoyed the Eighth Air Force Band at Griffiss on July 3. A crowd estimated at more than 28,000 lined James Street to see the parade that marked the end of the celebration on July 4th. After the celebration, the Erie Maid departed for a trip westward to Buffalo before turning around and coming back through on its way to Albany. While it didn’t stop in Utica initially, an appearance was penciled in to its schedule for August 23. The floating museum ended its run upon arriving in the state capital in September.

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Nothing was found to indicate that the temporary commission remained active after the July celebrations in Rome. It was originally mandated to provide annual reports through March 31, 1971, at which time it would dissolve. More research may be necessary to see if it developed into something else as our nation approached its 1976 bicentennial. Today It is again time to celebrate and recognize the Erie Canal and its immense influence upon our nation’s story. It is encouraging to see increasing interest in this man-made waterway as we enter its bicentennial years. The entire canal region gained recognition as a National Heritage Corridor in 2000. Museums and historical societies across the state are planning canal-related exhibits and programs. Even the running community is involved—the Erie Canal Half Marathon takes place along the Utica towpath on May 21. Concurrently, this month’s Erie Canal Bicentennial Conference is a prelude to the World Canals Conference that will take place in Syracuse this September. If you’re looking to get your Erie Canal history fix, there is no better time than the present! • Follow the Erie Canal’s 200th anniversary celebration!

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In my young and foolish days (well, more foolish than I am now, at least), I used to go out to the bars quite a bit. I’m more of a homebody these days, but once in a while I still like to visit a pub, have a drink, and maybe eat some pub-type food. A good place for that in Herkimer is the Asteroga Ale House. Located on Albany Street, the place used to be known as Dineen’s. That was before my time. When I moved to Herkimer in the early 2000’s, it was the Albany Street Café and took up two rooms and a patio. After that closed, a local entrepreneur opened the bar area as the Belly Up Pub. Now under new management, it is the Asteroga Ale House. The bar itself and the surrounding woodwork maintain the charm of the older businesses. Wide screen televisions and a modern juke box (do you still call it a juke box? Anyway, it plays music) add an up-to-date touch. I like to sit at the bar or one of the tall tables. I grab a menu but I also look at the daily specials on the board. Personally, I have to be a little careful what I order. A lot of stuff, especially on the appetizer menu (my favorite!) are deep-fried. I LOVE deep-fried food but, alas, it no longer loves me. But never mind my middle-aged stomach troubles. The menu also includes burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads. My favorite time to go is on a Sunday afternoon. I don’t usually watch a lot of televised sports, but to sit at a bar with a brew or glass of wine, look at a wide screen, and discuss the

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On April 1, 2014, the local music community lost a friend, consummate entertainer, teacher, and incredible human being. Al Nathan brought smiles whenever and wherever he performed. His ever-changing band, Blues Streak, presented the best talent on their shows. He was beloved by every musician he asked to join him. Blues and early rock ’n’ roll were his favorite genres, but there didn’t seem to be anything he couldn’t pound out on his piano. This month, on May 20, many local musicians will take the stage at The Stanley to pay tribute to Al Nathan and raise monies for a great cause. I had a chance to ask one of the organizers, Tony Adamo, about this event. Tony, tell us a bit about yourself. I am an eighth math teacher at JFK Middle School in North Utica. I’ve been there for about 15 years and it is where I met and worked with Al Nathan for about 12 of those years. I’ve played drums since the fourth grade and have had the opportunity to play with some great bands/projects through the years. Most notably, Stage Road, Sour Mash, Last Left, and, of course, Blue Streak. Apparently, I only play in bands with two names. That is how I got to know Al on a musical level. He found out I was a drummer and whenever he had a gig and needed a drummer to sit in, he would call to see if I was available. Introduce us to Al Nathan. I’m pretty sure in the local music scene, Al Nathan needs no introduction from me, but for those who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing him, he was the music teacher at JFK that EVERYONE knew. It sounds like a cliché but he had a larger-than-life personality. He was always exuberant and extremely talented. Not only was he a great music teacher and keyboardist, he was an outstanding baker and owned a bakery in Old Forge. He was as real as they come. He told it how he saw it: a straight shooter, and funny. I believe he served in the military. He was a husband, a father, and a dog lover. He was tough as nails but had a heart of gold.

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You, along with Al’s wife, Ann, are arranging a Tribute Concert. What prompted this? Actually, I was mowing my lawn this past fall, and the Allman Brothers Band came on my iPod and it just got me thinking about Al. It was kind of a sequence of thoughts that snowballed, but basically I started thinking about a lot of the songs and gigs we did, songs that I probably wouldn’t be aware of or have played otherwise. “Standing on Shaky Ground” by Delbert McClinton comes to mind--a song I wasn’t aware of previously, but was one of the songs, if not my favorite song, to play with Al and his band. That got me thinking of all the amazing musicians I had the opportunity to meet and play with because of Al. Guys like John Hutson, George Deveny, Danny Porter, and Darryl Mattison, just to name a few. And that’s what really got the ball rolling for me. Playing with talent like that made me a better musician, and I really wanted to try and find some way to thank Al for all that he did for me. So, after the idea rattled around in my head for a few days I mentioned it to Nancy English (a co-worker and friend who is also an officer for the Utica Teachers Association). She loved the idea and told me to take it to the social committee meeting with Christine Golden and the president of the UTA, Cherie Grant. Once the idea became something that we wanted to make happen, we contacted Al’s wife, Ann, to get her blessing and see if this is something she wanted to be involved with. She, of course, wanted to be involved. We then brought the idea to Jerry Kraus and his staff at the Stanley, and they are really the ones that brought it from an idea to what I hope becomes a tremendous community event. What will the concert entail? The concert will be a day full of music from some well-known local bands and acoustic acts, most of which had some kind of connection and/or friendship with Al. There will be raffles, merchandise, drinks, and snacks. All of the bands are donating their time to pay tribute to Al and all of the proceeds will benefit the Utica Teachers Association’s Al Nathan Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will

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be awarded to a graduating senior entering a music program at a institute of higher learning. Who are the performers? As I mentioned, Al was pretty well known and respected in the local music community, and it shouldn’t have surprised me but at the same time, we were/are overwhelmed at the amount of talented musicians who didn’t hesitate to say that they wanted to be a part of this event or contacted me to ask how they can get involved. I think we’ve put together a pretty diverse line-up that will have something for everyone. Of course, Al’s Band, Blue Streak (George Deveny, Danny Porter, John Hutson, Darryl Mattison), Showtime. Last Left, Blarney Rebel Band, The Crazy Fools, The Matt Lomeo Band, Fritz’s Polka Band, The Fulton Chain Gang, and my band, Lacking Larry. We are also planning on having acoustic sets from Al Sherline and Jeremy Ukena, Plainfellow, Brian Mulkerne, and others. It also should be known that Joe Fanelli will be running sound and Mark Bolos Sr. (Big Apple) will be donating the equipment and playing an acoustic set or two. Without those two gentlemen, this event probably would’ve hit a brick wall. What are your fondest memories of Al Nathan? Really, when I think back, it’s the little things like jokes and conversations in the copy room

at school. When he would call me on the phone he’d always say, “Tony, this is Al Nathan,” like I wouldn’t recognize his voice. I always kind of got a kick out of that. Obviously playing drums with that level of talent, like I mentioned, and I think anyone that’s ever played a gig with Al always looked forward to the fresh-made doughnuts after the gig.

know Al well playing “gigs” with him over the last six years or so. He was highly regarded in the local music scene, almost like royalty. It was literally an honor to share the stage (or floor, or parking lot, etc.) with him each and every time. It was never rehearsed, we just played and it came together. Blues, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, it didn’t matter. It was always genuine and always fun. That in itself was special and something that I will sorely miss. I’m still in shock because knowing Al, I always felt like when death came, Al would just say “I don’t think so!” and death would just turn around and walk away. But unfortunately for us, even the great ones have to go. We’ll all miss Al for different reasons but I think the common theme is that we’ll miss him because he was Al Nathan and he was the one and only. You’re right my friend, today is a “Different Day” but it won’t ever be the “Same.”


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Is there anything you would like to add? This is a little something I wrote for our Teachers Association newsletter after Al had passed away. “Al Nathan. What do you think of when you say, hear or read that name? Chances are we all have the same thoughts but probably different stories. How do you put that into words?” It’s not easy because Al was one of a kind and had a personality that was larger than life. I think the best way to describe Al Nathan is just to say, “He was Al Nathan,” because we all know what that means. He was tough as nails, solid as a rock, always good for a laugh, and would do anything for anybody. He always told it like it is…or at least the way he saw it, and he feared nothing. That’s what I always admired about Al. He was as real as they come. It was Al’s personality that made him more than just a co-worker. I don’t think anyone ever thought of him as “just a guy you worked with.” To me, he was a band-mate and friend. It was always: “Ant-nee! ‘Sup?” “Nothin’ Al, how ’bout you?” “S.S.D.D., ya know what I’m sayin’?” I got to



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by Jorge L. Hernández, photos by Melinda Karastury Let’s first talk about the coconut cream pie at Pumpernickel’s Deli in the New Hartford. It’s. The. Best. Ever. Anyplace, anywhere. Period; end of discussion. Talk of the deli restaurant’s other savory and sweet offerings—and they are legion, with a menu boasting more than 500 items—would be just like gilding the lily after tasting that pie. That’s all thanks to owner and operator Philip J. Amodio of Utica, who’s been running the eatery at the Center Court in the New Hartford Shopping Center for soon-to-be 25 years. The hardworking Phil credits his family and their one-time pizza parlor across the hall in the Center Court with teaching him all he knows about cooking and what makes customers happy. “I was born into it, and I learned from my mother. Italian dishes. Making pie crust from scratch, working the dough with a fork. I was spoiled when it came to food.” Building on that dream-making experience, Phil says, led to his decision to open a breakfast/lunch place, and it grew from there. “It was either going to be a New York City-style deli or an Italian restaurant.” Phil says he loved spending time in New York City in his younger days, so the deli route became a natural. “And the name Pumpernickel’s fit that deli style.” He also decided to incorporate years of collecting theater memorabilia. Encased under glass at the tables are old Playbills, theater tickets, photographs, and posters ranging from Broadway to local venues like the Stanley. Celeb photos line the walls. “It’s the touch that makes us look so homey,” he says. The most popular menu items are Reuben sandwiches and fish fries, Phil says. “What attracts people to us is our dedication to home-style cooking. We cook our own meats right here—turkey, roast beef, corned beef, pastrami— and all our pies are homemade.” What’s his secret? “The slogan here is eat local, eat homemade,” he says.

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their northward flight. The reason the birds preferred the Kirkland Wood’s southeast slope is because it’s the first part of the forest to intercept the sun’s rays and the first place the birds’ insect prey can become warm enough to be active. Usually at that time in the spring, tree leaves are beginning to unfurl and some tree species, including the ubiquitous maples and ashes, are in full bloom. This means a smorgasbord of leaf-eating and pollinating insects would be ready and waiting for the throngs of hungry warblers, vireos, and flycatchers. Typically I would arrive at the habitat just after sunrise and make a beeline for the traditionally active part of the woods. Along the way, I’d be listening intently in case another area seemed promising. Listening was certainly the key when birding those woods, primarily since the migrants I was most interested in would largely be restricted to the tree tops. In the first week of May, the forest canopy would still be mostly bare and it would be possible to actually see warblers as they systematically worked their way through high branches, flitting from one tree crown to the next. This task is near-impossible in a tree canopy that is fully leafed-out. Once I caught up

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with a flock, my plan was to stay with them and identify all the species I could. I would also try to get a handle on how many individuals there were. After I did the best I could with one flock, I would go in search of another and try to sort it out in the same manner. For me, this represented birding at its best and most challenging, but I recognize that this method is not for everyone. A few that have come with me over the years have told me as much. Apparently, the act of barely glimpsing tiny birds scurrying around in remote tree tops is unsatisfying for some. The fact is that the average height of the trees in the Kirkland Woods is higher than in most of the otherwise younger woods in the region and that means these chickadee-size birds look tiny even through binoculars. Believe it or not, a degree of physical endurance comes into play here. Standing for an extended period of time looking straight up with your head bent all the way back puts a strain on a person’s neck muscles. This pseudo syndrome has been dubbed “warbler-neck” by some in the birding community. Without a considerable amount of practice, sustaining the warbler-neck posture is

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strange composite beast, more and more individual songs became discernible. The three-noted song of the Black-throated Blue Warbler stood out the most–possibly because this species was one of few flock members that was traveling through the forest understory. This meant that I got to look at him without deploying my warbler-neck. He was in his crisp spring plumage and, as his name signifies, his throat is black and his back and head are a deep blue. His belly is white and he shows a matching white “handkerchief” patch on his wings. His song is a cheery “buzz, buzz, buzz.” The last note in the song is accentuated and it noticeably rises in pitch. His fellow travelers were quickly working their way through the branches high above me. Most were moving too fast for me to zero in on. As soon as I chose a target bird and brought the binoculars up to my eyes, it was gone and I’d have to try for another. For every one that I identified, I’d say that at least six made it past me. Thankfully, when I was close enough to

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Farming, like most specialized industries, has a host of support businesses that make day-to-day operations possible. Restaurants, for example, have restaurant-supply stores for their silverware, dishes, ovens, and whisks; laundry services pick up and launder cloth napkins and tablecloths; and a wide variety of food and beverage distributors bring them fresh cilantro, frozen beef, soda, wines, and canned tomatoes. Trying to run a restaurant without these support businesses would be darn near impossible! Farming is no different, of course. Depending on the type of farm, farmers may need a seed dealer, a custom crop planter, sprayer or harvester, a reliable parts store or equipment dealer, a mechanic, a soil/fertilizer consultant, a veterinarian, a nutritionist, an accountant, a breeder, and a feed supplier. When farms do well, these support businesses do well. When farms struggle, so do these guys. And trying to farm without them would tough--to say the least. I am still fairly new to farming, so I had never considered how vital these support businesses were until the Cazenovia Equipment Company closed its Herkimer location a handful of years ago, followed by Springer’s closing its shop in St. Johnsville shortly thereafter. Whatever their reasons for closing, the farmers that once depended upon these equipment dealers for parts, service, and specialized farm purchases found themselves up a proverbial creek. Yes, there are still a number of excellent equipment dealers around the Mohawk Valley, but remember that—even for farmers—time is money. If driving three hours round-trip to get a part for the baler ahead of an impending rain storm

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We think it’s time for kohlrabi to step up and take a more prominent place in our gardens and cooking. Becoming a good veggie gardener often means opening your mind and your garden to unfamiliar food crops. Such is the case with kohlrabi, a vegetable virtually unknown outside of Northern Europe and Kashmir until the last few decades. As a more modern veggie, historians think that kohlrabi was developed in Northern Europe only about 500 years ago. For beginning gardeners, kohlrabi is the first cabbage family crop you should try. Part bulb, part bundle of greens, kohlrabi may seem like one of the more intimidating items in your garden or at the farmers’ market, but it offers a delightful combina-

tion of familiar flavors. Kohlrabi has the texture of a radish, with the slight hint of broccoli and edible leaves that are a milder version of collards. A member of the “brassica clan,” this cruciferous veggie is packed with vitamin C and potassium. Kohlrabi is, in my opinion, one of the finest delicacies in the garden, worthy of planting 2-3 times each season. Growing kohlrabi and beets together works well because the two crops grow on a similar schedule and have similar moisture needs. You can also grow kohlrabi between rows of onions, lettuce, and radicchio, where its odd appearance becomes strikingly handsome. The word “kohlrabi” is German for “cabbage turnip” (kohl as in cole slaw and

rube for turnip). However, kohlrabi is not a root veggie at all ... those cute bulbous, sputnik-shaped orbs grow above ground, not below. There are many varieties which come in green or purple. How to Grow Kohlrabi Kohlrabi is a hardy biennial grown as an annual. Sow kohlrabi seeds in the garden 3-4 weeks before the last average frost date in spring. Kohlrabi grows best in cool temperatures between 40-75 degrees F. It requires 45-60 days to reach maturity. Kohlrabi tolerates cool conditions, so you can push your planting dates up to 2-3 weeks by using cloches, tunnels, or other season-stretching devices. I often use milk carton cloches to protect kohlrabi seedlings

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from harsh spring winds. Just as my last frost passes, I direct seed a small second planting for harvest in midsummer. Sow kohlrabi in late summer for winter harvest. Kohlrabi can withstand an early autumn frost. Kohlrabi is a cool-weather crop. Sow kohlrabi seed ½ inch deep and 1 inch apart; thin successful seedlings from 5-8 inches apart. Space rows 1824 inches apart. Thinned seedlings can be transplanted to another part of the garden. Keep soil evenly moist for quick growth. Kohlrabi that goes without water will become woody. Prepare planting beds with aged compost. Side dress kohlrabi with aged compost at mid-season. Beets, celery, herbs, onions, and potatoes love to be planted with kohlrabi. But keep them away from pole beans, strawberries, or tomatoes. Harvest kohlrabi when stems reach 2-3 inches in diameter. Kohlrabi Basics In season: cool weather crop fall and spring. Look for: Choose kohlrabi with unblemished leaves and a bulb that’s 3-4 inches in diameter; the bulb should not appear cracked or overgrown. How to Store: Cut off leaves, wrap in a damp paper towel; place in a plastic bag. Leaves can be refrigerated for 3-4 days; the bulb will keep for several weeks unpeeled and loose in your crisper drawer. Kohlrabi also freezes well. Food Prep: Always peel the bulb because the outer layer is rather fibrous and unpleasant. It won’t break down after cooking. Use a sharp knife to remove the skin, as it’s too thick for a traditional veggie peeler. Beneath the thick, hard skin is another fibrous layer, which should also be peeled away. So peel once, then peel again, until you reach the light layer of crisp flesh. This versatile veggie can be eaten raw or cooked. Now let’s get this delicious veggie in the kitchen. I got a spiralizer a couple of years ago, and I’ve tried it on lots of fruits and veggies but apples are one of my favorites and since their sweetness pairs so well with kohlrabi I have a great summer slaw recipe to share with you. If you don’t own a spiralizer you can cut the kohlrabi and apples into matchsticks for the recipe. This is really a refreshing picnic salad. •

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Kohlrabi & Green Apple Noodle Salad By Denise Szarek

2-3 kohlrabi, peeled 1-2 green apples ¼ c crumbled goat cheese 2 T pumpkin seeds, toasted 1 T dried cranberries Handful of mixed greens Dressing: 2 T honey 1 T red wine vinegar 3 T olive oil 1 T spicy brown mustard Salt & pepper to taste Place all ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and whisk together. Taste and adjust if necessary. Cut the apples and kohlrabi into matchsticks or run through your spiralizer on blade “C.” Place mixed greens, kohlrabi, and green apples in a bowl and pour over desired amount of dressing. Top with goat cheese, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!

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An adult Red-tailed Hawk carries bark strips for its nest

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from a committed vegan. While growing up, the raptor species I was most aware of in my neighborhood was the Red-tailed Hawk. I think I had a sense that Cooper’s Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks were around and that they were different, but for some reason, I didn’t focus as much attention on them. The fact is, their stealthy lifestyles made them less obvious in the environment that we shared. Regardless, given the suburban and rural habitats where I spent my early life, it made sense that virtually all of the raptors I came upon were Red-tailed Hawks. These large handsome hawks generally prefer to hunt in the open countryside although they usually make their nests in wooded areas. I recall one particular day when I wanted to skip school expressly so I could continThe Red-tailed Hawk’s nest is large and ue watching the made mostly of sticks hawks. They were especially vocal

that day and their interactions were more animated than usual. I hid in some hydrangea bushes as the bus came and went. As I stood up from my crouched position, I felt a sense of satisfaction that was tempered with just a pang of unease. I had outsmarted the system and was surprised that no other kid ever thought of that ploy before. Of course, I would get into trouble, but some way or another I’d manage to do that anyhow and I had an arrogant faith in my ability to wrangle out of it. If I couldn’t, then I’d somehow mitigate the consequences. Tomorrow would be tomorrow’s problem. I should make one thing clear: In those days, if you missed the bus, there was no way to get to school–at least for me. My mother didn’t drive. My father was at work and there was no way anyone expected him to come home to give me a ride. No one would ever ask me to walk there. It was all pretty sweet really. The network of fields behind our house was really quite magnificent. It would be another 14 years before I discovered just how interesting they were, and by then their new designation as a housing development would be near a fait accompli. But during the time I was growing up, it was still an intact wilderness and remained open for anyone

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to explore to their heart’s content. When I started down the motorbike trail that led into the field the pair of Red-tailed Hawks that I had been watching were still perched in the maple tree at the field border. Once I had walked about 20 feet, one of them took off, soared high overhead in a wide circle and gave long “keeeer” calls that sounded like talons scratching against the sky. The other hawk gave a few clipped whistled calls in response as its mate ascended high into the air. The hawk barely had to flap its wings and seemed to sail as effortlessly as a kite on the wind. I didn’t have the awareness at the time, but the hawk in the air was not trying to entertain me and was more likely protesting my presence in the field. In retrospect, I’m sure that I was disrupting the birds’ morning hunt or perhaps scuttling the pair’s courtship rituals. At the time, I just thought the bird was strutting its stuff and showing me what it could do. A full adult Red-tailed Hawk is an impressive raptor with a light–colored underside, dark streaked “belly band” and chestnut-red tail. Even immature birds that lack the red tail still show the belly band and black leading edge of the wing. These features are what help distinguish the species from other

large raptors. I brashly walked toward the more in spite of my presence. I didn’t know individual that was perched until she, too, it at the time, but I was witnessing the pair’s took to the air. She was a larger bird and lift- courtship flight display. After their impresed off with more labored flight, but she soon sive exhibition, the pair remained aloft but attained the same altitude as her mate. Now drifted to the south and over to the hilltop the two birds were negotiating circles over field. Perhaps that was where their nest was the field. One flying clockwise and the oth- located. I resumed taking the main trail and er counter-clockwise. Both hawks produced followed after them for a while, but never nearly identical screeching vocalizations as caught sight of them again that morning, nor they spiraled and crossed paths and, from was I able to spot their nest. After a couple my perspective, continually looked like they of hours, I headed for home. My head was were set to collide, which they never did. filled with plans and ideas of how to spend After doing this for about 10 minutes the the balance of my ill-got day of truancy. male gained a substantial amount of height Fast forward about 14 years and I’m again and began a series of sharp dives and climbs. He would partially fold in his wings before going into a dive and then fully extend them in order to initiate a rapid rise. Of course, I thought the hawks were doing this The Red-tailed Hawks flew high and then all for my benefit, began their aerial display but now I’m sure they were doing it

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wandering around in that same patchwork of meadows and woodlots. No one cared if I was in school or not by that point in my life. My mother had long before given up on my becoming a conventional scholar. I was out looking for breeding warblers that day, but as always, birding adventures are highly serendipitous and instead of finding a warbler nest I found the nest of a pair of Red-tailed

Hawks. It was in the woods near the edge of a thick grove of tall trees. It was difficult to see from the meadow and I don’t think I would have noticed it if the adult female hadn’t vacated when I approached. The nest was fairly large–perhaps three feet in diameter and located about 50 feet up in a tall Sugar Maple tree that was tightly encircled by Norway Spruce trees. The frame of the nest looked very solid and was made of large sticks and twigs. From what I could see of it, the inside of the nest appeared to be lined with strips of the inner bark of a Basswood tree and perhaps some grape vine bark. Interestingly, the hawk had added a few small pine boughs that almost seemed like an afterthought. Red-tailed Hawks will sometimes use evergreen boughs to line their otherwise finished nests. They will

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one. Nesting habits vary across the country and throughout the expansive, continent-wide range of the Red-tailed Hawk. Generally, though, in the Northeast the Red-tailed Hawk will lay two whitish eggs that are either without markings or slightly blotched with brown. After incubation by the female for about 30 to 35 days, the eggs hatch. Primarily, the male brings food to the nest and the female hawk conducts the feeding. If there is a sufficient amount of prey being brought back to the nest, then both nestlings tend to survive. If not, then the second nestling to hatch, being smaller and less capable of competing for food with its stronger nest mate, will die and be ejected from the nest. The nest I found contained two hatchlings, which I had a great deal of trouble seeing since they were so low in the nest. My viewing area was on a rise and was 200 yards away from the site but, despite this, I couldn’t see the young over the rim of the nest unless a parent was actively feeding them. The pair appeared to be about 1 week old. They were downy white and looked to be of similar size. During this visit I remained crouched down in a thicket of young spruce. I learned after my first visit to the nest that the parents

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wouldn’t come anywhere near it unless I was sufficiently concealed from their view. This was not easy to do, since these raptors possess extremely keen eyesight. They taught me that in order to reach my viewing area without spooking them I had to approach the site from the practically impenetrable thicket of honeysuckle bushes and buckthorn trees that bordered the young spruce grove. Red-tailed Hawks mostly prey on small mammals. Mice and voles are common menu items, but I witnessed a few Eastern Cottontail Rabbits and Gray Squirrels brought back to that nest. Like most of their fellow raptors, for many years they were inaccurately dubbed “Chicken Hawks” or “Hen Hawks” and were obviously suspected by farmers of helping themselves to their chickens. For this perceived crime, they became fair game for gunners and were often shot on sight. For the record, I’ve never seen a chicken brought into a Red-tailed Hawk’s nest, or any raptor’s nest for that matter. Most people now realize that Redtailed Hawks are not only innocent of taking chickens, but they have proven beneficial to agriculture by controlling populations of small mammals that would normally damage produce in the field. Raptors enjoy full protection from the law and it is a crime to


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can say for sure, but I think so. Multiple years of breeding success is indicative of a coveted territory and one that Red-tailed Hawks and perhaps some other raptor species would have utilized in perpetuity if they had been permitted to. When the Judd Road Extension Project (as it was referred to then) was still on the drawing board, the planners were mulling over two different alignments for the highway. One would take a more direct route over the old railroad bed and through the center of a large wetland (where the Rayhill trail is today). The Southern Alignment was the one that would blast through the hawks’ woodland nest area and meadow. Since wetlands are undisputedly very important habi-

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tats and since such a diverse group of birds and other species rely on them, I recall that our local bird club and I advocated for the Southern Route. That’s right, when presented with two terrible choices we chose the one that saved the wetlands and destroyed the hawk’s habitat. It was a devil’s choice, but we knew at the time that habitats for Red-tailed Hawks are not so hard to come by, while habitats for wetland species are


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much more at a premium. The road planners ultimately went with the southern alignment but it was probably not due to our persuasive talents. No, it was more because local politicians thought a southern alignment would be more advantageous for the local technology businesses. Still, to this day I don’t like to take that road. It always makes me feel guilty about that hawk nest. I always think of those young hawks playing in the meadow on the border of such a nice quiet wood. The guy who approached me with his story about the “Chicken Hawk” was convinced that a raptor encounter bestows good fortune upon the one that experiences it. Although I’m not quite sure I’d go that far, I do think it’s a big step up from branding them as good-for-nothing chicken thieves. What he said somewhat reminded me of my own inaugural experience observing hawk behavior, back when I thought the birds were displaying solely for my benefit. Of course, that was not the case, but at least these whimsical beliefs reflect a change in attitude toward raptors. It does seem that our human population has turned a corner in recent decades and now the level of appreciation for birds of prey has reached a historic high. I only wish that appreciation would manifest itself in the form of a commitment to protect their habitat. That would be a good next step for us to collectively take. Indeed, it would be nice if someday a hawk could look upon us as harbingers of good fortune for them. •

The Broad-winged Hawk is a small raptor that nests in forests

Matt Perry is Conservation Director and resident naturalist at Spring Farm CARES in Clinton. He manages a 260 acre nature preserve which is open for tours by appointment. Matt is also regional editor of “The Kingbird”, which is a quarterly publication put out by the New York State Ornithological Association. Matt’s short nature videos can be viewed on the web. Look for Spring Farm CARES Nature Sanctuary on Facebook.


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MV Golf Courses If you love golf, you’re in the right place! There are over 50 golf courses within a half hour of Utica – from historic Oneida Community Golf Course to our west, and the historic Canajoharie Country Club to the east! In the North Country, you can enjoy golf amidst the Adirondack mountains and lakes at the Inlet Golf Club or head south to Leatherstocking Country to one of the oldest golf courses in America, the Otsego Golf Club. Even if you’re not a golfer, many of the clubs have restaurants overlooking their picturesque grounds – open for dining or for hosting special events. (*Clubs with restaurants open to the public are marked with an asterisk on our list. Note: most all golf courses have a snack bar or offer some kind of pub food.) If you’re not a golfer, you are never too old or too young to take up the sport! Most golf courses offer lessons with a golf professional. The following is a list of just some of the public golf courses in our area.

Clinton/New Hartford Area Brimfield View Driving Range 8300 Brimfield St., Clinton (315) 723-7682 Open daily at 7am until dark Heron Creek Golf Club* 9 hole, 3,207, par 36 151 Kirkland Ave., Clinton (315) 853-8283 The course is open 7 days a week from 7:30am- 9pm *Clubhouse open Mon.-Fri.: noon-2pm, 5-9pm, Sat. & Sun.: noon-5pm Westmoreland Golf Club* 9 hole, 3,790 yards, par 36 6906 Fairway Dr., Westmoreland

(315) 853-8914 Mon. & Tues., 9am-7pm, Wed.& Thurs. 9am-11pm, Fri.-Sun. 9am-6pm *Light fare served 7 days a week during golf hours.

Greater Utica/New Hartford Area Beacon Golf Center Driving Range Self-serve $5 bucket, One-on-one lessons available 9512 River Rd, Marcy (315) 765-9199 Open 7 days a week 7am-8pm Crestwood Golf Club* 18 hole, 7,000 yards, par 72 6315 State Route 291, Marcy (315) 736-0478

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Domenico’s Golf Course 18 hole, 6,715 yards, par 72 13 Church Rd., Whitesboro (315) 736-9812 Hidden Valley Golf Club* 18 hole, 6,456 yards, par 71 189 Castle Rd., Whitesboro (315) 736-9953 Features sandwiches, burgers, appetizers, etc. on the outdoor grill Oriskany Hills Golf Club* 9 hole, 3,000 yards, par 36 8044 State Route 69, Oriskany (315) 339-4653 *Serving light fare

(315) 736-9303 Mon.-Fri. 8am-3pm, Sat. & Sun. 7am-5pm *Estate at 169 is open for dinner on Friday nights 4-10pm with live entertainment. Valley View Golf Course* 18 hole, 6,632 yards, par 71 620 Memorial Parkway, Utica (315) 732-8755 *Valley View Cafe serves light fare 7 days a week during golf hours, Daniele’s at Valley View is a full-service restaurant open Wed. & Thurs.: 4-9pm., Fri & Sat: 4-10pm

North of Utica & Adirondacks Alder Creek Golf Course & Country Inn 9 hole, 3,178 yards, par 36 11333 State Route 12, Alder Creek (315) 831-5222

Shamrock Golf & Country Club* 18 hole, 6,323 yards, par 70 6295 Airport Rd., Oriskany (315) 336-9858 Open 7 days a week 7am-10pm

The Golf Club of Newport* 18 hole, 7,039 yards, par 72 Honey Hill Road, Newport (315) 845-8333

Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club* 18 hole, 6,145 yards, par 70 169 Main St. New York Mills *Serving light fare daily starting at noon. Inlet Golf Club* 18 hole, 6,131 yards, par 70 300 Route 28, Inlet (315) 357-3503 *Mulligan’s Restaurant serving daily 7am5pm. Thendara Golf Club* 18 hole, 6,426 yards, par 72 151 Fifth St., Thendara (315) 369-3136 *The Grill Room serves breakfast, lunch, & dinner: 8am-7pm 7 days a week, ‘til 9pm on Friday for fish fry. Woodgate Pines Golf Club* 18 hole, 5,731 yards, par 70 2965 Hayes Rd. West, Boonville (315) 942-5442 *Grill open daily: 7am-11pm

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9 holes w/cart $17 Mon & Tues: after the leagues Wed & Thurs: starts at 4:30pm Newly remodeled 19th hole Grill & Bar Food & Drink specials

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An LPN education opens the door to solid employment opportunities in professional settings. It also prepares the student for advancing their educations if desired. Centrally located at 77 E. North St., Ilion, NY. Financial Aid is available to qualified applicants. Call 315-895-2210, Ext. 1 for mailed brochure & application, Call 315-867-2206 to schedule entrance test

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daily 11:30am-3pm.

Barker Brook Golf Course 18 hole, 6,774 yards, par 72 6080 Rogers Rd., Oriskany Falls (315) 821-6438 Come visit the full restaurant & bar on site

Meadow Links Golf Course 18 hole, 3,252 yards, par 58 476 County Highway 27, Richfield Springs (315) 858-1646

Butternut Valley Golf & Recreation* 435 Elliott Rd., New Berlin (607) 965-7772 Open Weds.-Sun. 9am to dusk, Kitchen open Wed.- Sun.: noon to close The Otesaga & Leatherstocking Golf Course* 18 hole, Back Tees: 6,401 yards, Middle Tees: 6,040 yards, Forward Tees: 5,180 yards, par 72 60 Lake St., Cooperstown (607) 547-5275 Designed in 1909 by Devereux Emmet & named one of the ten best public courses in the state by Golfweek. * Leatherstocking Golf Grill & Patio open

Sauquoit Knolls Golf Club 9 hole, 3,080 yards, par 36 9807 Fairway Ln., Sauquoit (315) 737-8959 Open 7 days a week Otsego Golf Club* 9 hole, 2,940 yard, par 35 One of America’s oldest courses, built in 1894. 144 Pro Shop Dr., Springfield Center (607) 547-9290 * Lunch & dinner served Mon.-Sat., & Sun. brunch on The Porch overlooking the 9th green. Stonebridge Golf & Country Club 18 hole, 6,835 yards, par 72

2340 Graffenburg Rd., Sauquoit (315) 733-5744 Stonegate Golf Course* 18 hole, 6,000 yards, par 71 500 County Highway 19, West Winfield (315) 855-4389 *Clubhouse open 7 days a week serving food during golf hours. Monday is military appreciation day. Play 9 holes with cart for free, or 18 holes for the price of 9 holes

Vernon/Oneida Area Crystal Springs Golf Course & Country Club 9 hole, 3,300 yards, par 36 6300 State Route 5, Vernon (315) 829-3210 Oneida Community Golf Course & Country Club* 18 hole, 6,357 yards, par 17 1017 Golf Lane, Oneida (315) 361-6111

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Fort Schuyler Trading Co. Coffee Roaster - tea & herb shop North Utica Shopping Center Phone: 315-733-1043

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UTICADANCE.COM 324 Genesee Street, Utica NY 13502 *Lakeview Restaurant open Wed.-Sat. 11:30am-9pm

Rome Camroden Golf Course 9 hole, 3,700 yards, par 36 8233 Camroden Rd., Rome (315) 865-5771 Delta Knolls Golf Center 9 hole, 1,020 yards, par 27 8388 Elmer Hill Rd., Rome (315) 339-1280 Open 7 days a week 9:30am-8pm Mohawk Glen Golf Course 9 hole, par 36 880 Perimeter Rd., Rome (315) 334-4652 Rome Country Club 18 hole, 6,800 yards, par 72

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5342 State Route 69, Rome (315) 336-6464 Sleepy Hollow Golf Course 18 hole, 4,720 yards, par 68 8600 Country Club Dr., Rome (315) 336-4110

The Valley Doty’s Golf Course 9 hole, 2,820, par 35 1804 Barringer Rd., Ilion (315) 894-2860 Mohawk Valley Country Club 18 hole, 3,141 yards, par 36 6069 State Route 5, Little Falls (315) 823-0330

SZAREK’S Hanging Baskets Hydroponic Heirloom Tomatoes Vegetable Plants Fall Mums 7446 E. South St., Clinton 315.853.5901

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Think Summer, Think Arborcoat! Serving you Mon-Fri: 8-5, Thurs ‘til 6, Sat: 9-3 634-636 E. Main St., Little Falls (315) 823-2640 52

Holland Heights Golf Course 1228 Steuben Hill Rd., Herkimer (315) 866-8716 New! 18-hole championship course opening in May 2017! Little Falls Municipal Golf 9 hole, 3,200 yards, par 36 896 E. Monroe St., Little Falls (315) 823-4442 Pen 7 days a week, 7am-8:45pm Maple Crest Golf Course 9 hole, 2,890 yards, par 35 1527 Cedarville Rd., Frankfort (315) 894-3970 Pine Hills Golf Course* 18 hole, 6,002 yards, par 70 247 Jones Rd., Frankfort (315) 733-5030 *Snack bar during golf hours.

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

101 Ford St., Boonville (315) 942-4359 Open Wed, Thurs, Sun: 8-8, Fri & Sat: 8-9:30

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Freddy’s Diner

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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

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1 North Main St., Earlville

Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor since 1974! 264 East Main Street, Frankfort, NY

(315) 691-7076 • 7 days a week: 8-8

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

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

Heidelberg Bread & Café 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

Est. 1982 Open Daily 7am-3pm

Quality Food - Fresh Ingredients Relaxing Atmosphere Offering Daily Specials!


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

Catering & Banquets too! (315)533-7229

5345 Lee Center-Taberg Rd., Lee Center

Traditional French & American Cuisine Owner/Chef James Aufmuth

Fine Dining • Lounge Grill Menu • Bed & Breakfast Serving a special Mother’s Day Menu! Sunday May 14th, 3-6

Celebrating our 35th Anniversary!

Located at historic Canal Place, Little Falls (315) 823-1170

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

Serving dinner Tues-Sat at 5pm

Great food served in a relaxing atmosphere. RESTAURANT & BAR Est. 2005

Breakfast & Lunch Espressos • Lattes • Cappucinos 27 draft beers on tap featuring many NY state craft beers.

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

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

Casual American Cuisine

Made to order Cookie platters • Desserts • Custom cakes

good food, good wine, good friends, good times

500 East Main St., Little Falls

123 Mohawk St., Herkimer • 866-1746

(315) 823-9236 • Tues-Fri: 8-5, Sat: 8-2 Now Open 7 days! Sun-Thurs: 11-9, Fri: 11-11, Sat: 11-9




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9663 River Rd., Marcy

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

Enjoy authentic Lebanese Cuisine

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Experience the taste of Naples!

Full menu available til 2am!

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

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

Truck available for on-site catering!

Also look for our Food Truck! 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!

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

Locally Owned & Operated

Catering Available • Homemade Desserts Every Day

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

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

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



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

DRIVE-IN Open Tuesday-Sunday

Customizable catering for any size event!

Open Mondays starting Memorial Day!


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

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Calzones • Wings eat in or take out

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A family tradition since 1963! A local favorite for simply delicious family fare, great sandwiches, and delicious ice cream.

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Cold subs/Hot tunnels

184 N. Main St., Oriskany Falls

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

10101 Dustin Rd (Route 12) Remsen (315) 831-5181


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

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

Champagne Brunch

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

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

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

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Bring in Mom on Mother’s Day for a FREE cone! OPEN DAILY 11am-10pm End of N. Madison Street at Ridge Mills, Rome • (315) 339-2622

sharon springs

The Country Store with More!

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

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

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

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

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

Now serving wine & beer!

Creaciones del Caribe Newly Expanded Bakery! Located behind Bite Cafe at 52 Seneca St.

Bakery Hours: Mon-Sat 8-6, Sun 8-1 Cafe Hours: Mon-Thurs 7-8, Fri & Sat 7-10, Sun 8-1

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


(Creations of the Caribbean) Fresh & all natural ingredients

Luisa Martinez - chef

1315 Genesee Street, Utica

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

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

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By Susan Perkins, Town of Manheim Historian

The first regular service for the Dolgeville Universalist congregation was held on Oct. 25, 1892, at the home Margery Barney (1840-1924) to see if there was enough interest in continuing to have meetings. The Rev. Richard E. Sykes (1861-1942) from Little Falls had been preaching three sermons. He suggested holding meetings on Tuesday evenings during the autumn and winter. The group met in various places until a church could be built. On Nov. 22, 1892, members of the congregation met for the purpose of incorporating the Dolgeville Universalist Church in the village of Dolgeville. The document was witnessed by Richard E. Sykes, Margery Barney, and Jerome Bliss dated July 10, 1894. While doing research for this article, I found that Margery’s house burned to the ground on Sunday, Nov. 28, 1892, along with three business blocks on North Main Street in Dolgeville. The Herkimer Democrat on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1893, stated the following: “The three story business block owned by Dr. C. Getman, of Salisbury and occupied Mrs. J.L. Carnwright for drug store and dwelling; the three story block owned by Theron Klock, which was under construction and nearly finished, used for fruit and confectionery store on the first floor and dwelling on the second and third; the one and one half story block of J.C. Spofford, occupied by Chas. Bremen, clothier; dwelling house of Mrs. J.P Spofford, occupied by J. C. Spofford and Ed Wood; the house of Mrs. A. G. Barney, and one barn owned by Dr. Fred Barney, were destroyed by the big fire.” In the spring of 1894, the congregation unanimously chose the site of the hop house for its church building, which belonged to Hen-

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ry Faville (1830-1919) and his wife, Sarah L. (Slauson) Saville (1839-1934). Henry and Sarah sold the land to the Universalists for $1,000 on Oct. 31, 1894. Donations came in to aid in building the church from the missionary board of the New York State Convention of Universalists, which gave a gift of Sadie Dyer, of Adirondack Stained Glass Works in $500. The ladies of the Dolgeville parGloversville, helps restore the ish pledged $500; the Little Falls parish large window of the church added about $500; and the Salisbury and Stratford Universalist Church gave contributions to the church building effort. There was a depression going on, so quite a few in Dolgeville were unable to give money but the made donations in physical work. The architect was Frederick Hamilton Gouge (1845-1927) of Utica. Adolf Wegner (1857-1926) and Brothers of Frankfort was the contractor of the wood-framed building, with a wood beam and stucco exterior. Stones for the church were taken from the East Canada Creek, and members of the congregation loaded them onto wagons. Eli Fenner (1836-1927) was a carpenter who worked on the church. Dedication of the church took place May 7, 1895. According to The Evening Times of Little Falls, N.Y., on May 8, 1895, it cost $6,972 to build the church and only $1,000 remained to be paid. The large circular stained-glass window has been removed and taken to the Adirondack Stained Glass Works in Gloversville, N.Y. to be lovingly restored. The stained-glass window was given in memory of Willie Brown (1866-1893), who was the son of George (1835-1900) and Martha Klock Brown (1837-1906). George Brown was a farmer in the Town of Manheim. The Browns are buried in the Dolgeville Cemetery. The cost to restore the window is $10,000.


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There are several stained-glassed windows in the church. Underneath the circular rose window are three windows In Memoriam. The one on the left is for D.D. Cool, who was Daniel D. Cool (17961884) and who was married the Mary Dibell. The middle one is for Bessie F. Thompson (1889-1954), who never married. Bessie was the daughter of Silas W.Thompson and Gertrude (Faville). The one on the right is for William R. Pratt (1809-1857), who was married to Mary Dibell (1809-1897). Mary was the sister of Mary Dibell. The window on the north side of the church is for Dr. Almanzo G. Barney (ca. 1833-1888). His wife was Margery (Faville) Barney (1840-1924). The congregation purchased a house on 27 Slawson St. for the parsonage in 1914 for $2,700. The Parish House was purchased in 1925 and later sold to use the proceeds to construct a basement under the church and to install a new heating system. In 1943, the basement rooms were being used for three elementary grades of the Dolgeville Central School. Ministers of the church through the years were the Rev. Richard Eddy Sykes 1892-1895; Vincent E. Tomlinson, 1895-1900; Lewis H. Robinson, 19001902; Thomas Farmer, 1902-1904; Otis F. Alvord, 1904-1906; Julian S. Cutler, 1906-1907; Milo G. Folsom, 1907-1912;, Clinton A. Moulton 1913-1953; Maurice Cobb 1960-1963; the Rev. Albert C. Niles 1963-1966; the Rev. Charles O. Barber 1966-1980; J. Hatt 1981-1982; and James Thomas 1983-1985. In April 1970, the Universalist Church started a pilot program for the religious education of those with developmental, psychological, and physical disabilities when the Rev. Charles O. Barber was the minister. The church closed due to declining membership; the congregation merged with the Little Falls Universalist Church and sold their building in 1985 to the Bible Believers Church. Today, the church is called the Auskerada Place, which is privately owned and receives no financial support from public sources. The building has been lovingly restored and is available for community events for regularly recurring gatherings, as well as events such as birthday parties, family gatherings, weddings, presentations, and other gatherings. If you would like further information or donate toward the restoration of the large circular stained-glass window you can write Auskerada Place, 78 S. Main St., Dolgeville, N.Y., 13329 or call 315-429-3548. •

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






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

Weeks after she has wooed and won the ardor of the Mohawk Valley, spring humbly pussyfoots into the North Country for another conquest, and turns the undulating Adirondack Foothills into fecund billows of verdure, palpitating with metamorphosis. From the sleepy slough of endless, cloudy winter days and mind-numbing boredom, our hearts also quicken and we want to be everywhere at once, savoring the precious energy and thrill of rebirth. Tim and I resent needing to sleep through

these nights of mystic renaissance. We want to stay up all night listening to the whippoorwill, the calls of the saw whet and Great Horned owls from deep in the forest. We want to stay awake to experience pearly mists drifting among night tree shadows like shape-shifting ghost clouds. We yearn to satiate ourselves in the rhapsodies of exuberant frogs and toads that carouse half the night like boisterous teenagers. These sounds, these experiences, are the essence of truth – the manifestation of the primal life force. But if we stay up all night, we’ll fall asleep during the day when brightening sunlight coaxes flowers from their winter slumber and inspires tiny birds to sing great symphonies. Purple trilliums give the appearance of shy children below the towering trees with their heads bowed and sweet faces turned

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down toward their Earth mother, unlike the cone-shaped heads of viridian Indian Poke in the marshes, emerging triumphantly to spread their leaves wide and face the world with audacity. But since I cannot be everywhere like some deific entity, I try to be content with the ontological reality of savoring the place and the moment I am in. I try to, but often can’t, and have to be resigned to a consciousness of restless yearning. Despite its hardships, we are grateful we get to spend so much of our lives in the midst of the wonder of nature, because we know how frustratingly inaccessible it can be when you have to be in a classroom, working in an office, or commuting…. May 29, 1967, Diary. SUNY Fredonia (I am a freshman):


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“It’s just after the start of the Extension Hour (beyond the 10 p.m. curfew in my college dormitory), and I’ve realized I NEED to go outside. From my third-story room I can see how beautiful it is out there! The stars are shining, dainty clouds scuttle below the,; the air through my open window is warm and fresh and scented with flowering trees. I so desperately want to go outside! I feel so cramped and in desperate need of breathing fresh air and being free that I cry miserably. Boys are allowed to be out all night if they want to! It’s so unfair! I consider asking our dorm director for special permission to go out, but am afraid to. When the extension hour is over, I feel depressed, and think much about my lack of freedom.” (The women’s curfew was eliminated the following year.) 1980’s Shawangunk. We are offered some six-foot-long pieces of cement curbing in Utica and Tim thinks they would be good to help stabilize our parking spot where it slopes into the swamp. We manage to lever them into our truck bed, with Tim bearing the bulk of the weight as they are extremely heavy (175 pounds each). I express some concern that they could slide off, but he assures me that they won’t. We must stop at an intersection on a slope,

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some, athletic adventurer. They married, and my grandmother Ethel was born to them in 1894 in Utica. August became a feed store salesman and farmer and Amelia took in boarders with special needs. His brother, George Jr., also married another good German immigrant and after many years of working in Utica mills and grocery stores, became Chief of Police in Ilion for his final 17 years (1914-1931). In 1922 he was part of an interesting bootleg liquor raid that I will tell you about another time. I find it interesting, too, that their father, George Huck, Sr. (who immigrated to Utica from Hanover, Germany, in 1870 at the age of 36) made and sold his own “remedies” in Utica from herbs he gathered and grew. One in particular was called “Huck’s Bitter’s.”


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Love of exploring led me to the woods, fields and, particularly, the streams that border Stop 7 Rd. in Westmoreland during my youth. We referred to small streams according to whose farm they ran through on their way to the larger and fierce Oriskany Creek whose rapids surge into the Mohawk River and feeds the Erie Canal. Langdon’s Creek (and farm) was next to my piano teacher’s house, but Mahannah’s Creek, the littlest, was where I spent the most time playing, picking cowslips, watching minnows, looking for crawdads. It had an old willow tree with a little hole in its trunk that we considered a private “mailbox” for us kids. Sometimes I walked there to wait for my daddy to come home from work so I could have a few moments alone with him before arriving home. One day I ventured far into a new section of the woods in back because my playmate agreed to show me where the Big Kid’s hut was. He’d been playing detective one day when the older boys were heading out to it and covertly followed them along the rail road track, crouching in ditches, and standing behind trees to hide. Of course, the boys knew that a pesky little kid was skulking behind, but didn’t think he was worth troubling over. I felt like a trespasser as their hut slowly came to view through the trees. It was a disappointing ramshackle array of discarded boards, doors, metal roofing, and cracked windows tilted in every imaginable angle under a patchwork of roof sections in crazy slants. I worried, “What if someone is in there, or what if they find out we’ve been here?” We left in a hurry. Little did I know that I’d be doing something similar one day. Now, Tim and I with our children are also having the fun of building out of scrap materials, making it more like my fantasy of a cute and cozy Woodcutters Cabin humbly nestled in a verdurous forest bower.


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Haver’s Grocery in Poland around 1985

Mom takes us along scenic Rt. 28 between Poland and Middleville, with fresh plowed farmlands on one side, framed by the rolling Adirondack foothills in new leaf, and the rolling, amber waters of West Canada Creek on the other. Mom turns a short distance up Castle Road. We park and follow a faint trail through some brush. We go only a few yards when the bushes give way to a small clearing and right in front of us is the remains of a miniature castle! The sun-warmed limestones forming the structure were recycled from foundations of nearby buildings long

deteriorated. A good-size pine tree grows out the top of the tower. There are lots of little windows and levels to explore where squirrels and birds flit and chirp about, and what’s that other sound? A few yards beside the castle is a precipitous cliff. The castle is midway between the top and bottom of a spectacular waterfall! What a lovely spot! I learn that this is Wolf Creek and the little castle had been constructed by landscape architect Marklove Lowery of Utica for his dear wife, Dorothy Applegate (daughter of the Grace Episcopal Church rector) in 1927. But they never got to live in it because it attracted too many annoying sightseers (like us). (According to an old newspaper report, buses brought 700 sightseers from Syracuse one day.) Now, it has fallen to the ravages of time and vandals, but we have a lovely picnic and a wonderful memory to savor.


Tales from Shawangunk by Peggy Spencer Behrendt 2016, 122 pages

This memoir is a compilation of the first two years of articles first published in Mohawk Valley Living magazine about how Shawangunk Nature Preserve began. Well documentated with pictures, these true stories describe days of adventure, struggle, commitment and comedy that are sure to entertain and inspire.

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On the way home we stop at the local Mom & Pop store Haver’s in Poland for a few groceries and fresh potted marigolds, although we do not lack for flowers! In the hedgerows of the Shawangunk Valley, wild viburnum bushes are exuberantly flourishing cascades of ivory flower clusters, busy with nectar-happy bugs and bees. The air is radiant with their perfume. With a deep, deep breath, I cherish and savor all of this because these flowers, this time together; our constructions, our struggles, our loves and adventures, and even these foothills are but a transitory flicker in the flow of life. And we are but transient stewards of this precious bit of our magnificent and fragile earth. It’s our duty to tread lightly, to try to keep our earth as safe, and clean, and life sustaining as she was before we came ... and if we’re diligent ... maybe more so. • The Shawangunk Nature Preserve is a deep ecology, forever wild, 501©(3), learning and cultural center. Tim and Peggy still live there and can be contacted through their website.

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