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by Sharry L. Whitney I learned a few things since our last issue. I learned what a quince fruit is, learned that the perfect bee sting remedy grows all around us, and I learned that not only do baby peregrines grow fast but they are not called fledglings until they actually get their feathers and have the ability to fly. Fledgling is also defined as “someone or something that is getting started in a new activity.” So our MVL Magazine is a fledgling, and just as we’re getting ready to fly, we have to say goodbye to a couple of our “fledglings.” Our eldest son, Vincent, has headed to Buffalo where he will begin grad school in the fall while also teaching ballroom dance at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios. We never could have launched this magazine without his help and positive energy. Our youngest son graduated from high school in June and heads off to St. Lawrence University in the fall. So, like Utica’s peregrine falcons Ares and Astrid, Lance and I will have an empty nest. It will be strange because our three boys have been there through all our endeavors since our very first monthly newspaper, Utica-Rome Living, back in 1989 when Lance and I were barely fledglings ourselves. Tempus fugit. As our eldest heads off once again and our youngest for the first time, we can only hope that what we taught them was enough. We also hope that they choose to stop by and visit the nest now and again.

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Remembering Paris Furnace . . . Among the earliest businesses going in our area was an ironworks in southern Oneida County, just off of State Route 8 in the modern village of Clayville. Prior to 1849, Clayville was known as Paris Furnace in reference to this early activity. In 1926 the Oneida Historical Society received a collection of cast iron toy cook-pots from Alice A. Gray. The pots were made at Paris Furnace over a century before and came with quite a story! It is reprinted here exactly as Ms. Gray related it at the time of her donation: In the days of my childhood I longed to own the toy pots and kettles. And having been told by my Aunt Elsada “You may have them when I die.”, I went once to her during an attack of asthma when I thought

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A ‘Gray’t Legacy The aforementioned Alice Gray had a rather well-known uncle, as well. Sauquoit native Dr. Asa Gray was arguably the world’s leading botanist during the middle 19th colleague of Charles Darwin and taught at Harvard University. Asa was born to Moses and Roxanna Howard Gray on November 18,1810 and lived to the age of 77. The picture you see is his last known portrait, which was taken in March of 1887. While in his early 20s, Asa Gray taught at Charles Bartlett’s private school on Broad Street in Utica. According to the 1832 Utica Directory, Gray was identified as a ‘professor of natural Sciences at Utica Gymnacium’. In his autobiography he says “In the early spring of 1830 or 1831, I applied for the then vacant position of Natural Sciences in the flourishing school of Mr. Bartlett and received the appointment and for the next two or part of three years mi-

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The Great War, Now A Century Past The summer of 1914 saw the outbreak of war in Europe between the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire) and the Allies, which were led by France, Russia, and Great Britain. Having trading partners on both sides of the conflict, the United States spent the next three years trying to avoid direct involvement. The Mohawk Valley had been a destination for immigrants from all

corners of Europe since the coming of the Erie Canal; as such it became a site of tension between the many nationalities when the war broke out. The German community in particular was persecuted due to events in the ‘Great War’ which turned public opinion against them. The sinking of the S.S. Lusitania in 1915 and the resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare are two of many acts that directly impacted the German-Americans in our area.

A wave of patriotic fervor swept through our valley upon the United States’ entry into the war in April 1917. Thousands of people lined the streets to see local soldiers off, most of whom departed on trains from Utica’s Union Station. Liberty Bond drives were held to raise money for the war while local industry shifted production of goods including food and textiles toward a wartime footing. While the United States played a

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he was using it, with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a large fireplace. The downstairs features different exhibits of the area’s past. I especially like an ornate Remington typewriter. I still type on a typewriter once in a while for old time’s sake, but I don’t have anything that beautiful. Of course, there is an exhibit of Herkimer’s most famous trial, that of Chester Gillette, convicted in 1906 of drowning his pregnant girlfriend, Grace Brown, in Big Moose Lake. On a recent visit, I saw they had added to it some newspaper clippings of obituaries of some of the trial’s major players. I did not take time to read them all; that gives me another reason for yet another visit. On the second floor, I admired a display of dollhouses. In the hallway hang portraits of prominent people of Herkimer’s past. I also perused a display on Fairfield Academy, which was located in Middleville, although none of the buildings stand today. That room also contains a table and two old desks that I envied. Oh, well, I guess the kitchen table is good enough for me.



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A visit to the Historical Society would not be complete without a stop in the gift shop, located in the Eckler Building. The building also houses some of the archives. People can do research there for a modest fee. I once spent an afternoon there reading about Margaret Tugor, an educator whose portrait hangs upstairs. The society is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are also open Saturdays in July and August, as well as between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I made particular note of that, because I saw a couple of items in the gift shop that I think my husband ought to buy me for Christmas. The society is located at 400 and 406 N. Main St., Herkimer, NY 13350. Phone number is 315866-6413. You can visit their website at www. or you can like them on Facebook.

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It’s July 4th along the Fulton chain of lakes and you and your children have already hiked one of the many family-friendly trails in the area – and even had lunch. Now what? For nearly 40 years, the answer to that question is the annual PingPong Ball Drop, which takes place again this year at 1 p.m. at the center of the Fulton chain in Inlet, New York. That is the hamlet along

Route 28 where some 700 children of all ages gather at the Fern Park Recreation Area for the opportunity to rush out onto the long, wide field and scoop up ping-pong balls dropped from the sky by the pilot of a sea plane. “Last year we dropped 2,498 ping-pong balls,” says Adele Burnett of the Town Inlet office. “Every child can pick up three ping-pong balls and then turn them

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Plantain: Broad Leaf Plantain (Plantago majus) and Long or Narrow Leaf Plantain (P. lanceolata) Family: Plantaginaceae Other names: Snakeweed, Whiteman’s Foot, Round Leaf Plantain, Ripple Grass Parts Used: Mostly the leaf, but the seeds from Plantago psyllium are raised commercially as a source of fiber and mucilage to be used as laxatives. Identification: Plantain grows in low basal rosettes of leaves with parallel veins running in a ribbed pattern. The flower grows like a stalk out from the center colored white and green, with broad-leaved flowers growing up and down the entire stem, and narrow-leaved flowers just at the top. Broad Leaf Plantain has wide, oval leaves and Narrow Leaf Plantain has long, slender leaves. Harvest: I’ve read in books to harvest the plants in late spring and early summer, but I was taught that it was good to harvest any time of year. Some herbalists say that the medicine made from the leaves is stronger after a couple of frosts in the fall. I haven’t experimented with this yet, but I have used the plants in all seasons with success. Plantain is one of the most common herbal remedies on the planet. It rivals dandelion in its presence and continual persistence to grow as up close and personal with human communities as possible. Plantain is often the

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nervous system and is used for treating Bell’s palsy and trigeminal neuralgia, both painful conditions of the facial nerves. It also reduces wound pain, indicating its ability to reduce nerve sensitivity. For neuralgia, it is used internally as a tincture and can be applied externally in a salve or oil to massage on the face or other affected area. The plant’s many other attributes, including its use as an excellent nourishing diuretic that can be helpful in edema and kidney weakness. It tones the urinary system while resolving infection and astringing discharge, helping to treat bladder infections. Plantain will clear, cool, dry, and soothe almost every area of the body. Lastly, it is considered an edible green and can be steamed and eaten with other spring greens. It contains a fibrous carbohydrate that can encourage the reduction of high cholesterol and is high in beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, and calcium. It is sweetest

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at the market By Denise A. Szarek

Everyone knows that eating locally and seasonally is good for both you and the environment, but keeping track of what to eat, where it comes from, and how to get it can be a bit confusing. Shopping your local Farmers’ Market is the best way to ensure that what you buy is seasonal, fresh, and local. Before heading to the market, check out what’s in season in the Mohawk Valley. Don’t expect to find avocados or citrus! A great resource to find out what’s in season by month and state--with descriptions, shopping guides, and recipes--is the seasonal ingredient map at the

website Come prepared to the market with a large tote bag with comfortable handles, along with a collection of small reusable plastic bags to protect delicate herbs and greens. Bring a small bottle of water and some paper towels to moisten and keep extremely delicate items hydrated until you get them home. Always make a quick loop around the market before buying anything. There’s nothing worse than buying a pepper plant for $3.00 then finding out four stalls down you could have gotten six pepper plants for the same price. The early bird gets the worm! Come early to get the best stuff. Talk to the farmers. A good oneon-one relationship with the grower will almost guarantee some great deals down the road. Remember, farmers put their hearts and souls into what they do. An honest, sincere, well-placed compliment might just score you some extra veggies. Also, remember farmers need things as well, and many of us enjoy bartering for goods and services. You never know when your computer skills or social media savvy might get you a great box of canning tomatoes. Fresh food and delicate plants are

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easily damaged and bruised, so treat purchases with care when transporting them home. Store herbs wrapped in a wet paper towel in zipper-lock bags to prevent them from drying out or wilting on the way home. Put them like that in your fridge at home. Many farmers in the Mohawk Valley sell at different markets on different days, so if you’re a fan, find out if they have stalls at other markets in the area. If you don’t get to market very often, find out if the farmers have a farm stand or participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and buy a share in their harvest. Each CSA in the Mohawk Valley is a little different, and you again need to do some homework to find one that’s right for you. But here are the basics of participating: You buy a share in the fall or early spring and from June through October you receive a box of veggies, usually on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Your money goes directly toward growing the farm’s crops. For more info on CSAs in our area go to the website to find out more. Here’s what’s coming on the Market this month and what might show up in

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MV Golf Courses By Sharry L. Whitney

If you love golf, you’re in the right place! There are over 50 golf courses within a half hour of Utica – from PGA-level golf at Turning Stone 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. (*Those 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.

Utica area Birdies, Eagles & Ducks Golf Course 9 hole, 3,207 yards, par 36 151 Kirkland Ave., Clinton (315) 853-4661 Crestwood Golf Club* 18 hole, 6,952 yards, par 72 6315 State Route 291, Marcy (315) 736-0478 *Adirondack-style clubhouse serving light fare 7 days a week: 11am-4pm, dinner: Mon & Tues: ‘til 9pm, gourmet dining: Wed, Thurs, & Fri: ‘til 8pm Crystal Springs Golf Course 9 hole, 3,300 yards, par 36 6300 State Route 5, Vernon (315) 829-3210 *Clubhouse open Mon-Fri: 11am-2pm, 5-9pm, Sat & Sun: noon-5pm Hidden Valley Golf Club* 18 hole, 6,456 yeards, par 71 189 Castle Rd., Whitesboro (315) 736-9953 *Grill open Mon-Fri: 11:30am-8pm, Sat & Sun: 11:30am-6pm Oriskany Hills Golf Club* 9 hole, 3,000 yards, par 36 8044 State Route 69, Oriskany (315) 339-4653 *Serving light fare Mon-Fri: 11am-7pm, (with Friday fish fry til 8pm), Sat & Sun: 11am-6pm

Domenico’s Golf Course 18 hole, 6,715 yards, par 72 13 Church Rd., Whitesboro (315) 736-9812

Shamrock Golf & Country Club* 18 hole, 6,323 yards, par 70 6295 Airport Rd., Oriskany (315) 336-9858 *Serving light fare Mon-Fri: 11am-9pm, Sat & Sun: 11am-5pm

Heron Creek Golf Club* 9 hole, 3,207, par 36 151 Kirkland Ave., Clinton (315) 853-8283

Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club* 18 hole, 6,145 yards, par 70 169 Main St., New York Mills (315) 736-9303

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Westmoreland Golf Club* 9 hole, 3,790 yards, par 36 6906 Fairway Dr., Westmoreland (315) 853-8914 *light fare served 7 days a week during golf hours

Inlet Golf Club* 18 hole, 6,131 yards, par 70 300 Route 28, Inlet (315) 357-3503 *Mulligan’s Restaurant serving daily 7am-5pm.

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 & the Adirondacks

Woodgate Pines Golf Club* 18 hole, 5,731 yards, par 70 2965 Hayes Rd. West, Boonville (315) 942-5442 *Grill open daily: 7am-11pm

Alder Creek Golf Course 9 hole, 3,178 yards, par 36 11333 State Route 12, Alder Creek (315) 831-5222

South of Utica and Leatherstocking Country

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

Barker Brook Golf Course 18 hole, 6,388 yards, par 72 6080 Rogers Rd., Oriskany Falls (315) 821-6438

Stonegate Golf Course

500 County Hwy. 19 (Summit Lake Rd.) West Winfield, NY (315) 855-4389

A scenic mountain golf course overlooking the beautiful Unadilla Valley. This 18 hole course will challenge everyone from beginner to seasoned pro. After golf, relax and enjoy a sandwich and beverage in our club house with a view.


Thendara Golf Club* 18 hole, 6,426 yards, par 72 151 Fifth St., Thendara (315) 369-3136 *The Grill Room serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner 8am-7pm 7 days a week, ‘til 9pm on Friday for fish fry.

Butternut Valley Golf & Recreation* 435 Elliott Rd., New Berlin (607) 965-7772 *Lunch served Thurs-Sat, dinner served Wed-Sat. 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 and named one of the ten best public courses in the state by Golfweek. * Leatherstocking Golf Grill & Patio open daily 11:30am-3pm Meadow Links Golf Course 18 hole, 3,252 yards, par 58 476 County Highway 27, Richfield Springs (315) 858-1646 Sauquoit Knolls Golf Club 9 hole, 3,080 yards, par 36 9807 Fairway Ln., Sauquoit (315) 737-8959 Meadow Links Golf Course 18 hole, 3,252 yards, par 58 476 County Highway 27, Richfield Springs (315) 858-1646

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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 and dinner served Mon-Sat and Sunday brunches 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, 5,675 yards, par 71 500 County Highway 19, West Winfield (315) 855-4389 *Clubhouse open 7 days a week serving food during golf hours.

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Delta Knolls Golf Center 9 hole, 1,020 yards, par 27 8388 Elmer Hill Rd., Rome (315) 339-1280 Mohawk Glen Golf Course 9 hole, 6,582 yards, par 72 880 Perimeter Rd., Rome (315) 334-4652

Mohawk Valley Country Club* 18 hole, 3,141 yards, par 36 6069 State Route 5, Little Falls (315) 823-0330 *Fairways Restaurant open for lunch Tues-Sun: 11am-5pm, dinner: TuesThurs: 5-9pm, Fri:-Sat: 5-10pm, Sun: 5-8pm

Rome Country Club 18 hole, 6,800 yards, par 72 5342 State Route 69, Rome (315) 336-6464

Holland Heights Golf Course 9-hole, 6,547 yards, par 72 1228 Steuben Hill Rd., Herkimer (315) 866-8716

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

Little Falls Municipal Golf 9 hole, 3,200 yards, par 36 896 E. Monroe St., Little Falls (315) 823-4442

The Valley

Maple Crest Golf Course 9 hole, 2,890 yards, par 35 1527 Cedarville Rd., Frankfort (315) 894-3970

Beaver Creek Golf Club 9-hole, 2,648 yards, par 33 5219 Rome Taberg Rd., Rome (315) 337-0920

Canajoharie Country Club* 18 hole, 6,146 yards, par 71 154 Golf Club Rd., Canajoharie (518) 673-2637 www. *Open for lunch 7 days a week, serving dinner Thurs & Fri and bar menu Sat evenings

Camroden Golf Course 9 hole, 3,700 yards, par 36 8233 Camroden Rd., Rome

Doty’s Golf Course 9 hole, 2,820, par 35 1804 Barringer Rd., Ilion


Pine Hills Golf Course* 18 hole, 6,002 yards, par 70 247 Jones Rd., Frankfort (315) 733-5030 *Snack bar during golf hours, Friday night fish fry.

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the Boonville Train Wreck July 4th, 1908 from the Oneida County Historical Society

On Saturday morning July 4, 1908, the Thousand Island Special, or Clayton Flyer, as it is known among railroad men, on the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad ( R. W. & O. ) , was heading northbound filled with holiday excursionists. The train was composed of six sleepers, a day coach, a combination baggage and smoker, and an ordinary baggage coach—nine cars in all, drawn by two engines. This was a little more than the average size of this train. The train left Utica, NY with Engineer Rieber and Fireman Lingerfelder on the leading engine and Engineer O’Brien and Fireman Brunett on the second. Also on the R. W. & O. Railroad, southbound, was freight train No. 90. There were about 20 or 25 cars in the freight train which were filled with various shipments from the northern country, much of it being dairy produce, groceries and general merchandise.


One of the first cars on the train was loaded with cheese. Fireman Palmer was usually at work with the engineer on this freight, but Saturday morning Mr. Michael was taking the run, with Engineer Hughes. Denley, NY is the next station beyond Boonville, NY and the Black River road there depicts what might be called the middle part of an elongated letter “S” along the Black River Canal. The freight train came into the gradual curve from the upper part of this “S”, and in so doing came into a gentle but decided grade. So in any case it would be difficult to stop a heavy freight train at such a place, even though the track was straight for miles and an approaching train could be seen. The baggage man of the passenger train, stated that he felt the brakes being set even as the collision came. The collision came at 6:30 am nearly midway between Denley and Boonville,

which was about a mile and a half north of Boonville. With an impact, the sound of which was heard at least a mile away, the Thousand Island Special crashed head-on to freight train No. 90 piling engines and cars into a mass of wreckage killing four men outright and injuring 10 or more, two of whom later died in hospital. In an instant the trains had toppled over towards the canal, and four lives had been forfeited. The dead: Albert Rieber, engineer, Utica; Stephen O’Brien, engineer, Utica; Andrew Wolner, trainman, Utica; Joseph Michael, trainman, Adams; F. W. Brunnet (died in hospital), fireman, Watertown; and John A miscommunication resulted in the worst disaster in the history of the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad (R. W. & O.) on the 4th of July in 1908 near Boonville

O’Brien (died in hospital), Glenfield. In that same instant, other portions of the two trains were being wrecked and thrown from side to side to the sound of splintering wood, the rumble of freight cars striking into each other pilling up and falling over. Inside the cars passengers were thrown about and the injured were jammed against seats and against car windows. The cow catchers on the two engines that met were demolished and the boilers interlocked. The second engine on the passenger train remained on the roadbed, but left the tracks, which were torn up for a distance of several hundred feet. The day coach back of this engine did not leave the track, as did the remains of the combination car and baggage car, the latter of which lay beneath the combination, a total wreck. As for the freight train, four cars were tumbled about back of the engine which had drawn them. The second of the freight cars piled itself up on top of the first and both rolled over into the marshy land near the track on the side of the canal. Two more, immediately back of them, rolled over into the ditch on the other side. The wrecking crew from Utica, under Mr. Griffin, was summoned as soon as possible and the train was started shortly after 7 o’clock. The wrecking crew from Watertown was also put at work on the big task of clearing track, and help was also secured from Syracuse. A big party of laborers was kept busy laying a new track as soon as the twisted rails were taken out of the way. After a thorough investigation in the weeks following the accident, railroad officials declared that the wreck was caused by operator’s error in transmitting orders, the result being the worst disaster in the history of the R. W. & O. Railroad since the road was established.

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UTICA By Sharry L. Whitney

Do you recognize this sculptural relief? Tell us what building it adorns and you could win an MVL coffee mug from A&P Master Images! We are often so busy and in a hurry that we miss the interesting architecture and art that surrounds us. Take the time to look around and you might be surprised at what you find.


This building has many stories, but its newest tenants on the 15th floor are adding a new chapter to its history. Email your answer to: or mail: MVL, 30 Kellogg St., Clinton, NY 13323 Deadline 7/15/14

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red fox farm Story & Photos by Sharry L. Whitney

Kelly Broniszewski is a farm wife and entrepreneur - a combination that has proven to be a recipe for success. Her homemade Red Fox Farm jams and jellies are a favorite at local farmers’ markets and are now available at over 30 retail locations. Kelly produces over 500 cases of preserves a year - all from a little 12’ x 8’ commercial kitchen in the family’s old farmhouse overlooking the Stockbridge Valley on Blowers Road in Munnsville. “I never imagined this. I am completely blown away,” she says. Her blossoming business all began on a whim. Twenty years ago, Kelly and her husband, Jim, decided that she would quit her job to stay home and care for their son, who was born with cancer. “I became a little bit bored and wanted a hobby. I saw a commercial for Sure-

Top: On a shelf in the family farmhouse, alongside her books, sets a photo of the recently departed Sarah Blowers and her late husband, Jim Blowers. Other photos: A quince fruit ripens on a tree; Kelly Broniszewski makes over 500 cases of jams and jellies a year in her commercial kitchen; Red Fox Farm jam packaged and ready to be shipped. Kelly Broniszewski’s preserves are available at the Oneida Co. Public Market and Hamilton Farmers Market on Saturdays and the Westmoreland Farmers Market on Sundays. Find them on Facebook or online at:

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Jell and called Jim’s grandmother to ask for advice.” Kelly was a city girl, but knew “Old Grandma” Blowers (pronounced like flowers) would know how to make jam. What she didn’t know was that it would be the start of a whole new adventure for their growing family. Jim’s grandmother Sarah was the wife of dairy farmer Jim Blowers. When Jim’s grandfather died in 2006, the family knew 84-year-old Sarah would have to sell the farm. Jim had always shared his fond memories and stories of growing up on his grandparent’s farm with Kelly and he couldn’t bare losing the family farm, so they decided to move Kelly’s budding business and their family (that had also grown to two boys and a daughter) to the farm. Kelly’s little homespun business quickly took off. In addition to raising beef cows, chickens, turkeys, and feed crops, they now grow fruit trees and berries for Kelly’s jams. They grow raspberries, triple crown blackberries, rhubarb, pears, apples, plums, grapes, and old-fashioned crops like black and red currants, and elderberries, and Kelly is ecstatic to see ripening fruit on her new quince tree. She also purchases strawberries and blueberries from surrounding Amish neighbors. They had to build a commercial kitchen off of their home kitchen and Kelly purchased a printer and special labels for her products. They converted a side room into an office and another into a “warehouse” for supplies and inventory for farmers’ markets, retail outlets, and shipments. Kelly likes to think “outside the jar” and has come up with some unique flavor combinations. She now has over 40 flavors, including her popular, Blueberry Lemon and Carrot Cake. Since Kelly can’t be two places at once, her mother-in-law helps out, tending some of the farmers’ markets and helping with picking and prepping all the summertime fruit and deliveries. “She’s my right hand, my lifesaver” says Kelly. “It would

be impossible to do it all without her.” Just this past June, Jim’s grandmother passed away. She was 92. “Grandma Blowers was a hard worker who loved her family,” Kelly says, “and was an ‘adopted mother’ to many.” Kelly says she will continue to be her inspiration. She knows she is watching over her while she makes her jams in her little commercial kitchenette right next to Grandma’s old farmhouse kitchen.

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Jim and Kelly Broniszewski wanted to raise their children on the family farm just like Jim’s grandparents did. The family farmstead on Blowers Road in Munnsville overlooks the Stockbridge Valley. Above left: The Broniszewski’s celebrate their eldest son’s graduation in 2012. Above right: “Old Grandma” Blowers meets the newest member to the farm family, “Dolly” the calf, during her last visit to the farm in 2013.

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Sgt. SPina of Frankfort by Molly Miller

This is the story of Sgt. Paul James Spina, a local WWII veteran. A Frankfort native, Spina was born on Nov. 3, 1916. At age 26, Spina found himself in unlikely peril during an experience that can only be described as extraordinary. It was a rescue mission by plane with seven other crew members over the ice caps of Greenland that went tragically awry. But in order to fully understand the gravity of Spina’s story, one must first understand the true meaning of war in the Arctic Circle. The tale must be prefaced with the knowledge of just how isolated it is in the uninhabited ice cap, and just how dangerous it is to weather the elements of the frozen tundra with nothing but old-fashioned cold gear and a makeshift shelter. The environment of Greenland is harsh and unforgiving, especially to the WWII crews with their primitive machinery and mechanics of the 1940s. The terrain is striped with fjords and mountains, which makes landing a plane a nearly impossible feat. The fog is so thick at times that the ground is indistinguishable from the sky, and planes become lost in a blinding sea of gray with no horizon to guide them. It wasn’t uncommon for pilots to make a crash landing into the ice when they had thought they were hundreds of feet in the air. The glacial surface of the ground is so cracked and crevassed that dog sled teams had little hope of making it more than a few hundred feet before being forced to turn back. And to make things even more treacherous, many of the deep crevasses are

Sgt. Paul James Spina, points to the location on a globe where he and his fellow crew members crash landed on the Greenland Ice Cap covered by snow, making them invisible and in Greenland, Monteverde diverted his plane creating natural booby traps for anyone trying to help search for it. On the third day of their to make their way across the ice. Many crew impromptu search mission, the plane encounmembers who were journeying through the tered bad weather. In an attempt to fly underArctic mistakenly stepped into these hidden neath the zone of the storm, Monteverde took pitfalls and were gone in the blink of an eye, the plane too close to the ground. However, never to be seen again. Between the merciless due to the thick fog, no one on board had any cold, the deadly environment, and the crush- idea the plane was at such a dangerously low ing isolation, the Arctic Circle was hell on altitude. It was like “flying in milk,” and the earth for the units assigned to weather stations error was easy to make. As the plane banked or piloting cargo planes in Greenland. This is left into a turn, its left wing tip caught in the the backdrop of Spina’s story, more than 70 ice, and the plane skidded 200 yards until it came to a stop. The body of the aircraft had years ago in the height of WWII. On Nov. 9, 1942, Sgt. Spina and the rest of been broken in two from the force of the imhis eight-man Air Transport Command crew pact. crash landed on the Greenland Ice Cap in a When the plane hit the ground, Spina was Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress.” The plane, thrown through the fracture in the fuselage piloted by Lt. Armand Monteverde, was nev- and broke two bones in his right arm from er meant to land in Greenland. It was simply the impact’s force. He also had lost his gloves flying over the area on its way to combat. But and boots, and by the time he reached cover, when the crew received news of a U.S. trans- his hands were badly frostbitten. The uninport plane that had been reported missing and jured crew members scrambled to recover was suspected to have gone down somewhere cushions, blankets, waterproof canvases, and

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A handwritten note that was airdropped with supplies gives the stranded soldiers instructions as to how to operate the accompanying walkie-talkie. The note also includes a personal message that reads, “We won’t quit until you’re with us”

anything else useful from the snow surrounding the wreckage. The rear half of the broken plane became their shelter from the cold, and Spina was carried in by Monteverde and his navigator, Lt. William O’Hara. The broken plane offered no heat or lights, and the food and clothing were severely limited. The crew had only a very general sense of where they

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were, and the radio was smashed beyond repair. The wind and snow made the wreckage invisible from the air and prevented any of the stranded crew members from venturing out of the shelter for more than a few minutes. Conditions seemed hopeless, and there was nothing to do but bundle up and wait. Monteverde, who was the highest ranked

member in the company, took charge with courage and steadiness despite the fact that he had as little experience with the Arctic, as did none of the other men. He set and splinted Spina’s broken arm, doing such a good job that it healed entirely during their stay in Greenland. He also did his best to keep morale up, which was a difficult task when the men weren’t allowed to smoke their cigarettes due to dangerous levels of leaked fumes in the body of the plane. Despite Monteverde’s efforts, the first three days of their stay in Greenland were a miserable time spent inside the plane. On the fourth day, Nov. 12, the bitter wind and cold eased up enough that O’Hara and copilot Harry Spencer braced the elements and ventured outside the plane. Together they walked southeast, searching for open water or anything to help them determine their position. However, they had only made it a short distance from camp when nature struck them down. One moment Spencer was walking along the solid ground of hard-packed ice and the next he was dropping a hundred feet down into a crevasse that had been hidden by a thin layer of snow. The men were able to drag him out alive with a rope, but he was incapacitated from the fall and the frostbite. It was this experience that forced the men to truly acknowledge the full-scale danger of their situation and adjust accordingly. Simply being outside in the open was a potentially fatal risk. The men carved large holes in the ground to serve as rooms, and this type of cover worked better to block snow and wind than the broken B-17. The men were now living underground. In the following days, a crew member began the project of repairing the crushed radio. After a week or more of slow progress, he miraculously managed to send out S.O.S. and “M.O. signals,” or requests for bearings. Eventually, they made contact with radiomen in the states. Reassuring messages began to

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flood into the receiver, and morale skyrocketed. The men got promising word of dog sled teams and an amphibious plane being sent to rescue them. Nov. 24, 15 days after the crash, marked the day when a big C-54 plane located their camp and dropped off supplies and food. Since it was too dangerous to land, the crates were dropped with parachutes from the belly of the plane. This type of supply plane became a regular sight and a real morale booster for the men. Spina’s mother, Jennie, continued to send her son letters through the winter, which were delivered via supply parachutes. She never gave up hope her son would return home. Nov. 29 was a big day for the crew living in the crashed B-17. A Coast Guard cutter was anchoring a few miles away and planned to send an amphibious plane to the wreck. At the same time, two experienced Greenland explorers were approaching on motor sleds with tows attached. Everyone was excited, and rescue seemed to be just around the corner. The day that rescuers arrived, Monteverde began sending off the men in small numbers, as they couldn’t all be taken safely at the same time. The optimistic atmosphere, however, didn’t last long. Within a week, a rescue dog sled team had disappeared down a crevasse, the amphibian plane had crashed, and the motor sled holding O’Hara (whose frostbitten feet were now gangrenous) had broken down and was rendered useless. They had to set up their own temporary camp. Casualties were rising at an alarming rate. Despite the desperate conditions, close quarters, and news of more failed rescue attempts, the members of Spina’s crew managed to enjoy each other’s company throughout their entire stay in Greenland. Spina himself was remembered as being a beacon of hope and good spirits, even when he was injured and frost bitten. He never complained, always stayed positive, and was an inspiration to the other men with his cheerful disposition. Christmas passed and January crept by. There were now two camps: the original

crashed B-17, and the men who were living near the broken-down moot sled, including O’Hara. O’Hara was emaciated, delirious, and at a point of extreme weakness from the gangrene in his feet. Living at the sled camp, spending his days in rooms dug out of the snow, and eating cheap rations were not conditions for such a sickly man. The men believed it was his miraculous will power that allowed O’Hara to hold on to his life until he made it safely to a hospital at home, where he eventually had both feet amputated. It was early February, three months after the crash, when a functioning Catalina plane finally landed near the sled camp. The pilot picked up the stranded men and took off again with barely a hitch. The men had made it our alive. There were now three remaining men, including Spina and Monteverde, back at the crashed B-17. The Ice Cap had already crippled one good man and killed five, but the prospect of a full rescue in the near future

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seemed within reach. However, shortly after the rescue of the sled camp, the B-17 camp entered a long, hard period. None of the three men had any idea that the other camp had been rescued and could barely communicate any sort of message to the planes overhead via walkie-talkie or radio. A 22 day period of violent weather drove the men down into their underground home. The generator had broken which left them with no lights or stove. Sgt. Best, one of the men in the party, became seriously ill and delirious. The only way to thaw their rations was to hold them under their arms inside sleeping bags for eight hours at a time. On March 17, 129 days after the B-17 crashed, the walkie-talkie alerted that a dog sled was on its way to rescue them. The sled team rescue was a success. On April 6, 1943, the last of Spina’s B-17 Air Transport Command crew set foot on American soil. Some of the men went on to meet the president, some earned medals and promotions, and all of the able-bodied men went straight back to work after their leave time. When asked about their stay in the ice cap, the men told their tale humbly and un-dra-

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matically. They downplayed their own accomplishments and endlessly praised others. The story was a picture of sacrifice, suffering endurance, and the solid character of men who would risk endlessly to save their comrades. Eight men came out of the frozen wasteland after five months of agony, due in large part to their own inner strength and spirit. After the end of his term of service, Spina returned to New York, where he moved to the Utica area in 1945. He worked at Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company for 25 years, and lived with his wife, Mildred Viggiano, until his death in 1978.

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Before we started farming, I knew very little about hay. To this day it still strikes me as a crazy amalgam of art and science. You’ve probably heard of the saying, “Make hay while the sun shines.” Making hay is entirely dependent upon dry weather. Take a drive through the countryside during any stretch of hot, sunny days this summer and you’ll see hay being made in field after field, farm after farm, with the

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Martha Deming’s love of painting is only surpassed by her love of animals and the outdoors. She is pictured at left with Kit, one of her many rescue animals she cares for at her home in Remsen.

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Robin Raabe & Garrett Ingraham Tucked on a side street in West Utica, is a little café with a big heart. The Tramontane Café on Lincoln Ave. is always filled with the sounds of music, conversation and the aroma of fresh cookies. They serve incredible homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, caffeinated beverages, & baked goods. They are also a go-to place for meetings and social clubs. And for over 6 years, The Tram (as it’s affectionately called), has provided the area with a wide variety of music. Many local musicians got their start on The Tram stage, or the previous incarnation, Virgo Bat & Leo Phrog’s, myself, included. I recently got a chance to sit with the proprietor of The Tram, Garrett Ingraham, to talk about the musical aspects of this establishment. Are you originally from this area? I’m an import. I migrated to Utica of my

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Beavers are active all year long, including in the winter when their activities are often limited to their lodge and beneath the pond ice. In the Mohawk Valley, beaver kits are typically born in late April or early May, but then they remain inside the lodge for more than a month. It’s only after they are weaned that they begin venturing out into the pond, although the lodge is not so easy to leave. In fact, there are no open air exits. The only option is to swim through one of the underwater passageways. Beavers aren’t born knowing how to hold their breath and dive, and so it does take some practice. That first plunge under the water can be among the most hazardous events in a beaver’s life – akin to a bird’s first flight out of the nest. I’ve seen instances in which a kit successfully made it out of the lodge but then couldn’t manage to get back in again, at least not without a great amount of perseverance and some coaxing from an adult. Once I watched a beaver family change lodges before the kits were weaned. The mother made separate trips

for each kit and carried them in a manner similar to how a mother cat carries her kittens. They traveled through the first pond, over a dam, though a second pond, and then finally into the new lodge. The journey looked smooth enough, except for the part over the dam. There, the poor dangling kit impacted against every possible log and rock, as if it wasn’t bad enough being held on the back of the neck by mother’s giant chisel-like teeth! Fortunately, beaver kits are well-padded packages. Beavers have an interesting way of parenting. Once the new kits are out of the lodge, they have a fair bit of latitude and can pretty much go where they like. To a large degree both parents rely on their kits’ strong inclination to stay with the colony and not stray from the home pond. Their hands-off approach seems to work well, and young kits are rarely lost during this period. Beaver kits will remain with their parents for an extended period of time, often for two years or more. During this period they hone their construction skills. Beavers possess an

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A beaver works on a dam innate ability to cut trees, create dams, and build lodges, but I’ve noticed that beavers that have the advantage of being “schooled” by older family members come up to speed much quicker and generally develop a better skill set. We see in beaver families something rare in the natural world, a family unit that resembles the human model. In this region the only other species that typically keeps a mate for life and takes multiple years to raise its young is the American crow. With both the beaver and the crow we see young from the previous year pitch in to raise the new brood. With both species, the young might move out and into another territory only to move back home if the new situation doesn’t work out. Yes, this essentially means that parent beavers allow their young to have their old rooms back. Most human parents can identify with that. At the beaver pond the kits may follow their parents and older siblings around while they work on the dam or transport food. Unburdened by responsibilities, the kits are free to play and explore their surroundings. When traveling unaccompanied they rarely venture more than a few feet onto the land. If they do it’s usually to groom or to nibble on some grass. In the water the kits engage in rough-housing which most often takes the form of shoving matches and dunking contests. On a hot summer day their antics in the water look particularly refreshing to those of us watching from the shore. Adult beavers drag fresh leafy saplings into the water so there is usually plenty for the kits to feed on without having to leave the relative safety of the

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lightly brushing against the bottom of their feet. The sensation unnerved the geese and it caused them to rear up on the water, flapping their wings. I termed this technique “goose tipping” and it became a sport that even the kits learned to engage in. The beavers discovered that repeated use of the tactic had the desired effect of making the birds retreat to the other side of the pond. Muskrats are commonly found at beaver ponds. Not only do they share the pond habitat, but they often share the same lodge with beavers. However, the two species don’t reside together in the lodge’s main chamber, even though they may use the same underwater passageways. Muskrats will excavate their own living quarters in the beaver lodge – typically nearer one of the entrance-

Muskrat kits ways. Superficially, muskrats look like small versions of beavers. In fact, people sometimes mistake them for beaver kits. However, upon close inspection you will see there are many differences between the two species. Muskrats are much smaller; an adult muskrat is only about the size of month-old beaver kit. Adult muskrats weigh 2 to 4 lbs.; whereas an adult beaver can top 60 lbs. Muskrats lack the beavers’ wide paddle-like tail. Their own tail is much thinner, though it is flattened on the sides. When propelling themselves through the water, the rapid


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Our First Year Part 10, 1975 Shawangunk nature preserve in cold brook by Peggy Spencer Behrendt

Louie was a hermit who lived down the road from Tim and Peggy


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. Their goal was to experience a worthwhile existence while minimizing harm to the environment. These are excerpts and reflections from Peggy’s journal chronicling their adventures.

Part 10 Summer, 1975 “C’mon, kids, we’re going over to Louie’s to see his two-headed calf,” Tim announces one sultry summer day. “A two-headed calf?” “Dad, you’re not serious! Is it alive?” “No, it died long ago, but the heads were stuffed and preserved. He offered to show them to us.” “Euuuw! Gross! Let’s go!” We hop on our bikes and ride a mile and a half to the old farmhouse. Along the way we stop to pick bouquets of wild, emerald-green peppermint growing in a sunny meadowland streamlet. It will be hung in bunches to dry for hot winter tea and to soothe stomachs that have had too much peanut butter. Once a grand two-story frame edifice in Federal style, Louie’s farmhouse is now weather-beaten gray with cracked and broken windows sprinkled about. Two ancient maple trees grace the front yard. Old homesteads are often adorned by the presence of two dignified archaic maple trees, companionably standing side by side like living guardians of the past. They were planted to commemorate the building of a new home for a young couple starting a life together. Louie’s trees are well fertilized….perhaps too well fertilized. His fences deteriorated many years before and now the herd is personally shepherded by

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Other times, the cows stand in the middle of the road, peacefully chewing their cuds and quite effectively blocking passage, lazily strolling off to the side when a car or the school bus get too close, or the blare of the horn gets too annoying. We are greeted by a cluster of tiny kittens on a little porch that our daughters instantly bond with. “Hey Louie! It’s Tim and Peg come to see your two headed calf!” we yell. The head of a young calf peeks out

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when he opens the door. Louie is wearing the same earth brown clothes we saw him in last fall, but his abundant hair and dark beard are missing. What happened to your hair, Louie?” we ask. “I cut it off every spring,” he replies. “It helps with the bugs.” “Oh, yes, what do you do about bugs?” I ask. Louie has lived here more than 60 years. He must have some sage advice or secrets about how to deal with the abundant bugs that make us miserable. “Well,” he muses, with a slight twinkle in his eye, “You can douse ‘em with kerosene, light it with a match, and then hit ‘em over the head with a hammer.” I am flabbergasted and extremely disappointed. “Uh, well, we’ve come to see your two- headed calf.” Chickens perched on the kitchen stove flutter off as we enter. The curious calf scampers out. We pick our way through manure, empty cans, and debris until we enter an old pantry and see two moth-eaten sad little faces coming out of one neck hanging on a wall. Somehow it seems an-

ti-climactic after traversing the amazing rubble and creatures in the kitchen. The rest of the house is closed off to Louie’s untidy pets. Here, the dust of time and curtains shredded with age fail to obscure elements of the simple dignity of past lives shared within these walls. On the ride home I think out loud, “Louie’s in his 60s, living with all those animals and manure and is as healthy as we are. How come?” It’s dusk now. Tiny twinkles of phosphorescence glimmer from the ground. They are coming from little, oval bugs with ridges on their backs. These are glow worms, the larval stage of fireflies. Within a couple of weeks they will soar into the sky, filling our meadows and pathways, silently, magically, flying, floating, darting, swooping in the ebony magic of mid-summer night and the evanescent twinkling of existence we are lucky to share with them. A wildlife rehabilitator comes to release an orphan robin she raised. Its chest is not red yet. It is white with black specks and it is screeching loudly in fright as it is lifted from the carrying box. Wild robins

Top: the girls with Louie’s kittens Bottom: baby Robin

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in the distance begin a cacophony of calls, probably saying (In Robin language, of course!), “What’s going on?” “Someone’s in big trouble!” “Let’s go see!” And they fly in from different parts of the meadow, calling, “What’s wrong? What’s wrong?!” The young orphan is suddenly silent and listens intently to the wild robins as the rehabilitator holds it in her hands. It never got to hear robins in the clinic but obviously recognizes them and is totally attentive. When it is released, it immediately flies toward the wild ones that have gathered on trees nearby, and they are united. I bought an antique camp stove oven, hoping I can bake bread whole wheat bread in the summer over the

kerosene cooking burner. Like my attempts to bake in the wood stove oven, the outside of my loaves bake hard, crusty and burned in spots, while the inside remains raw. Plus, now we have added the unpleasant fragrance of kerosene fumes. It’s totally disgusting. So how can I make our own bread? I read about chapattis, a simple, flat, unleavened bread cooked in a cast iron skillet with a lid. It’s like pita bread, and we find we love it made fresh and served warm, made out of whole wheat flour, water and salt, adding treats like dried apples, raisins, nuts…. This becomes a staple for sandwiches that I make fresh daily While making chapattis one day, I spy a big, iridescent blue and black grackle hopping from limb to twig along our brook. What is it doing? Oh, no! It is plucking out the tiny twig houses made by caddis-fly larvae, cracking them open, and eating them; “Gulp!” These caddis flies will

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mouse the very next day and it’s the same eye! “How far are you taking the mice before you release them?” we ask Becky. “To the end of the path.” “That’s obviously not far enough. You’ve got to go down the road.” “But I’m only getting ten cents per mouse!” “OK. We’ll up it to fifteen cents.” She is a savvy negotiator. And we don’t see the one-eyed mouse again. I also start a little business called the “Forest Candy Kitchen” and though it might appear that I am trying to get money back from them, its purpose is to provide affordable, convenient, healthy snacks without encouraging over-consumption by making them free for the taking. After all, the nearest store is almost 10 miles away. The Forest Candy Kitchen is located on the top of the old upright piano, next to the hand cranked 78 rpm record player, in pretty, square apothecary jars and little hand-colored labels. To start out we offer: Dried apricots: 2 for 1 cent Prunes: 2 for 1 cent

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my boss walks by, look at the page and act like your reading the music.” As the teacher said, “one day it will Midnite Mike (right) with Joe come together,” and it did. Fifty Bonamassa (left) many years ago! years later Mike is still rocking from CNY to his winters in Florida. Mike has recently come back up to Rome for the summer and is playing with a band The Bent Blinds. Look for them and check them out. Besides his guitar skills, Mike is a great singer and plays the Harmonica too. His influences are the greats: Clapton, Hendrix, T Bone Walker, and Duane Allman, to name a few. Midnite Mike is truly a real deal blues man and a show you should deffinitely catch. Whether acoustic or with an electric band, Midnite Mike is the blues. Midnite Mike has recorded many albums which are available at his gigs. His goals in music are “to keep playing, teach, and enjoy doing it.” Look him up on Facebook As a quick side note I’d like to add a congratulations to The boys in my former band SLUG who are hitting the road on a national tour that includes The Sweet water in Mill Valley CA. part owned by Bob Weir. Good luck fellas we’ll spotlight you when you return! Listen to Genesee Joe live on 92.7FM, The DRIVE.


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Across 6. This general was mortally wounded when his militia was ambushed on its way to relieve the siege of Fort Stanwix. 7. This fortified stone homestead was built in 1750 and was used as a place of refuge during the Revolutionary War. It is a National Historic Landmark located two miles east of St. Johnsville on Route 5. It hosts its 52nd annual strawberry festival on July 4, 2014. 8. Baron von Steuben, was known as the “Drill_______ of the American Revolution” and is considered the “father” of the modern army. Although he requested an unmarked grave, his remains were transferred to what is now known as the “Sacred Grove” marked by a large monument on Starr Hill Road in Remsen. 9. When Fort Stanwix was renamed Fort Schuyler in 1776, the original Fort Schuyler in Utica, built in 1758, became known as ____ Fort Schuyler. 11. This kind of drum accompanied both the British and the Revolutionary soldiers onto the battlefield. 13. Molly __________ was a prominant Mohawk woman and Loyalist who acted as mediator between the British and the Iroquois during the Revolutionary War.

15. Baron Von Steuben’s service to George Washington during the Revolutionary War is commemorated with a statue on Utica’s __________ Parkway at Oneida Street. 18. Fort Plain was built in 1779 as an outpost and refuge in response to the Cherry Valley __________, considered one of the worst attacks on civilians during the Revolution War. The Fort Plain Museum is open for the season Wed.-Sun.: 10-4,

3. The Mohawk, Schoharie, and Susquehanna Valley region was known as the ______ basket of the American Revolution because its rich farmland was a vital food source for Revolutionary troops.

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This detail from the orginal painting, The Battle of Oriskany, printed with permission of the Utica Public Library, Utica, NY 14. In the famous painting by F.C. Yohn, General Nicholas Herkimer is depicted propped up against one of these during the Battle of Oriskany. The original painting is on display at the Utica Public Library. 16. The Tryon County militia assembled at this fort before marching to Fort Stanwix. An archeological dig was conducted in Herkimer in June of 2014 to find Revolutionary War artifacts at the site of this fort.

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Restaurants Across the Row Bistro, Clinton. . . . . . . . . . 44

Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford. . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Small Engine Repair Stiefvater Outdoor Power, New Hartford. . . . . 35 Soap Cranberry Ridge Goat Milk Soap . . . . . . . . . . 22 Specialty Raulli’s Iron Works, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Tent and Awning Brownie’s Tent, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Tourism Town of Webb. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Travel Agency The Cruise Wizards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Veterinary Paris Hill Cat Hospital, Paris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Websites Utica Rocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Weddings and Banquets Beeches, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Jones Family Farm Weddings. . . . . . . . . . . 18 Fairways at MV Country Club, Frankfort . . . 21 Pine Hills Golf Club, Frankfort . . . . . . . . 20 Tom Studios Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills. .19 Windows RA Dudrak, Holland Patent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Hawthorne Hill Herbs Beginner and Intermediate Apprenticeships

Lisa Ferguson Crow, Herbalist 315-845-1562 2739 Newport Rd., Poland, NY

Stop in today and see why it’s so easy to do business with Steet-Ponte! Steet-Ponte Chevrolet

Steet-Ponte Ford Lincoln Mazda

3036 State Route 28 Herkimer, NY 13350 (315) 866-5080

5074 Commercial Drive Yorkville, NY 13495 (315) 736-3381

Steet-Ponte Volkswagen

Steet Toyota Scion

5046 Commercial Drive Yorkville, NY 13495 (315) 736-8291

4991 Commercial Drive Yorkville, NY 13495 (315) 736-8241

Steet-Ponte auto group

You have horses. We have horsepower. From hay bales and stall cleaning to property maintenance and pasture patrol – trust the next generation of America’s top-selling diesel utility vehicle to help you get the job done. • Powerful, 3-Cylinder Kubota Diesel Engines • Extra Duty Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) • Over 1,100 lbs. Cargo Capacity • Kubota Orange or Realtree® AP Camo

If it was a horse, it would be a thoroughbred: Kubota’s powerful M Series utility tractors bring uncompromising quality, performance and versatility to your farm or ranch. • Powerful Kubota Tier 4 CRS Diesel Engines from 64 to 135 HP • Available Ultra Grand Cab • Wide Variety of Rugged, Performance-Matched Implements – Including Quick Attach/Detach Loader

White’s Farm Supply, Inc.

4154 State HWY 31 Canastota (315) 697-2214

962 New York 12 Waterville (315) 841-4181

8207 New York 26 Lowville (315) 376-0300

Realtree® is a registered trademark of Jordan Outdoor Enterprises, Ltd. Optional equipment may be shown. © Kubota Tractor Corporation, 2014

387 Center St. Franklin (607) 829-2600

Mohawk Valley Living July 2014 Issue  
Mohawk Valley Living July 2014 Issue