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Wish Book by Sharry L. Whitney

If you want to get in the holiday spirit early, work for a monthly magazine. I was working on our Christmas issue on a 65-degree day in early November! That’s why I truly appreciated Denise Szarek’s article this month about gift-giving from the garden, Mohawk Valley Girl’s local shopping ideas, and Jorge Hernandez’s desire to find a restaurant with the right holiday feel. A trip with friends to see “A Christmas Story” at The Stanley last month (starring a local young actress to boot!) and a nice dose of November snow right before Thanksgiving also helped. I’ve also been enjoying feeling a bit like St. Nick the last few months when I get to contact the winners of our “Find Riggie” and Facebook contests—telling the lucky winners they get to shop our magazine like a gift catalog. It reminds me of the thrill of getting the big Sears Wish Book in the mail as a kid. Up until 30-40 years ago, catalogs used to indicate if a product was “Made in China” and consumers could assume everything else was made domestically. Nowadays, the reverse is true. In that “Made in the USA” spirit, we’ve started a new Made Here “catalog” that will appear each month within the magazine—our own “Extreme Local” Wish Book. Look for it every month and let us know what you think. Now, how to get in the New Year’s mood? •

MOHAWK VALLEY LIVING MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2016

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When we want to visit family and friends, it is only a matter of minutes or hours before we arrive at our destination whether it is somewhere in the Mohawk Valley, across the country, or even on the other side of the world. What if it took about 2.5 million years to get there? Meet one of our closest cosmic neighbors–the Andromeda Galaxy. Before we get to Andromeda, take a look at our place in space. We and our planet Earth are part of a gravitationally-bound family comprised of planets, moons, asteroids, comets and debris that together orbit around a star we call the Sun. Our celestial family is called the Solar System, and it covers a vast distance. To give an idea of its size, here is something to think about. NASA launched two spacecraft in 1977 on missions to study the outer planets and their moons. Voyager 1 flew past Jupiter and Saturn, and Voyager 2 flew past Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Both spacecraft then continued on, taking slightly different trajectories. Although it’s hard to believe, both spacecraft are still functioning and returning valuable data more than 39 years later! Voyager 1 has journeyed the furthest, but even while zooming along at roughly 38,000 mph and after travelling 13 billion miles it will still take another 300 years to reach a region called the Oort Cloud that surrounds our Solar System. Researchers at NASA think it is a “bubble-like” area of icy bodies where certain types of comets originate, and estimate that

Voyager 1 will travel another 30,000 years before it exits Andromeda Galaxy with galaxies M110 above, and bright M32 below. the Oort Cloud. Photo by MVAS member Chuck Higgins But what lies beyond that? Well, our Solar System isn’t just floating along out in space all by itself, it is inside of a galaxy was possible to travel at the speed of light, we couldImage reachCredit: our NASA, neighbor only 2.5 Zoo million called the Milky Way. The galaxy is shaped Hanny’s Voorwerp. ESA, W.inKeel, Galaxy Team like a pinwheel, and contains a huge collec- years. tion of solar systems, stars, gas, dust, and In December, Andromeda, also known many other objects. Together we all orbit as Messier 31, is straight overhead. It’s bearound a supermassive black hole. Astron- tween constellations Cassiopeia (a big “W”) omers estimate there are at least 200 billion and Pegasus (the great square), and to find stars and 100 billion planets in our Milky it draw an imaginary line from the left-most Way galaxy, and those numbers keep increas- bottom star of Cassiopeia’s “W” to the upper ing as technology and detection methods im- left star of the Pegasus square. Andromeda prove. In terms of size, our galaxy is 100,000 is the fuzzy bright patch about two-thirds of light years in diameter. To calculate the size, the way from Cassiopeia. With binoculars, multiply that number by the distance a beam Andromeda is amazing. Can’t find it? Go to of light travels in one year, which is about 6 www.skymaps.com for a good chart. But just remember when you see Andromeda, there trillion miles. It’s a big number! Once we leave our galaxy we are in the are solar systems inside. Is there life on any Universe, a mind-boggling expanse of galax- of those planets? ies, matter, empty space, energy, dark matter Wishing you clear skies! • that we can’t see, and other mysterious things that together form a place that is very difficult to comprehend. A recent announcement by Join MVAS at the scientists studying Hubble Space Telescope images suggests that there are 2 trillion galaxies. Of those, there is one galaxy–a place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 with stars and planets–that we can see with to view the Andromeda Galaxy, along with a our eyes, no telescope needed! laser-guided tour of the night sky. It is the Andromeda Galaxy, larger than ours at 260,000 light years in diameter. If it

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They have Herkimer diamonds, tumbled stones, and gemstones. You can pick out a lovely piece or create something unique for someone on your list (or for yourself!). Another favorite stop in Little Falls is the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts at 401 Canal Place. After enjoying whatever art is currently on exhibit, I’ll head to The Selective Eye, their gift shop. They offer a variety of art, including prints, original artwork and photographs, re-purposed industrial pieces and functional art. Clothing and jewelry are also available. Full disclosure: I may not purchase anything I have named thus far for my family (so, if any family members are reading this, sorry if I got your hopes up). I may bake cookies for everyone. What could be more Christmas-y than Christmas cookies! And if I do, I can still make a distinctive shopping stop at the Community Co-op at 589 Albany St. in Little Falls. I’m sure they’ll have all the ingredients I need, and perhaps a few I hadn’t thought of! Of course, there are many more fine places to shop in the Mohawk Valley. In fact, I mentioned a few in a similar article I wrote for last December’s issue of Mohawk Valley Living. Maybe eventually I can visit them all! •

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Upstairs there is a dollhouse that was built by a local carpenter in 1856 for the Williams’ daughters.

Story and photos by Melida Karastury Decorative Arts Assistant Paula Caruana takes us on A Yuletide Tour: A Taste of the Holidays.

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We travel to East Utica to enjoy the flavor of the city’s Italian heritage at a couple authentic pastry shops. Caruso’s Pastry Shoppe was establish in 1960 and specializes in Italian pastries, cookies, wedding, and specialty cakes. They also serve espresso and cappuccino.

Baker Michael Paniccia makes fresh Italian pastries daily and is the espresso master.

Kaydence Crissey chooses an Italian almond cookie.

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The Florentine Pastry Shop was established in 1928 and is currently owned by Debby and Andrew Alesia. It is a popular gathering place for locals. They invite you to their bakeshop to enjoy an array of Italian pastries and desserts.

Strufoli is an East Utica Christmas tradition made of little golden balls of dough drizzled with honey and nonpareils. The Florentine is a popular gathering place for locals to discuss the day’s news and events.

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We head from Italy to the Caribbean and the vibrant Mi Casa Restaurant near Oneida Square. Chef Luisa Martinez melds traditional Dominican cuisine with a twist of modern American and prides herself on using fresh all natural ingredients.

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Josh Karastury chooses bistec— steak grilled with mashed potatoes.

We top off our meal with a delicious crepe stuffed with ice cream.

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Collaborations: Now retired from solo performing outside

of religious services, but loves singing with Tapestry, and the Masterworks Chorale. In the past, appeared throughout the US in recital, oratorio, and operatic performances. Has taught voice at Hamilton College since the fall of 1981. Also taught at Colgate University for 19 years, has given master classes on both coasts, and served as the NY State Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. With pianist Tina Toglia, ran the Young Artists Institute for High School Singers and Pianists at Hamilton College; is a Past President of the B Sharp Musical Club, and has been an active advisor for Jr B Sharp for many years.

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“Music is the language of the soul, and the voice is the most intimate of all instruments. I am blessed to have spent 50 years learning this craft. I take great delight in passing it on to the next generation” -Lauralyn Kolb

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See a live theatre production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Sponsored by Matt Sohns and family. Tickets: $15 adults (13-64); $12.50 seniors (65+) and NYSHA members; $10 juniors (7-12); 6 and under free. Tickets available online or at The Farmers’ Museum Store. For info call (607) 547-1453.

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story and photos by Jorge L. Hernández Stop looking. If you’re searching for the best American cuisine in the Mohawk Valley, look no further than The Willows on Culver Avenue in Utica. It’s that good, and a perfectly magical spot for holiday celebrations this month—and routine or special dinners beyond. Start with the fried wontons filled with butternut squash and topped with Stilton cheese, caramelized pecans, and baby arugula. Or the lump crab meat cakes—to garnish them with more than the aioli dipping sauce would be to gild the lily. Or coquilles St. Jacques, giant sea scallops in a sherry cream. Eat sparingly, for the entrées this evening for our party included a pork tenderloin in a curried apple cider reduction served with marbled butternut squash and potato mash and seared Brussels sprouts; grilled brown sugar-cured salmon with a red onion and caper sauce, rice pilaf, and baby carrots; and chicken Française, egg battered and fried, served with a white wine and lemon butter sauce over roasted garlic fettuccine. Still famished? Cool the palate with an eye-opening just-made fresh fruit sorbet—raspberry this evening—or a special concoction like apples Foster over cinnamon bread, drenched with a spirits-infused sauce and topped with homemade ginger-snap ice cream. More about the food need not be said. If you’re happy with the offerings at The Willows, then chef and owner Luke Barrett is happy. “There’s something on the menu for everybody, so no one is committed to just one specialty,” Luke says. Luke, formerly of Little Falls, calls his cuisine new or contemporary American. He says customer favorites include beef filet, chicken Française, and brodetto, a seafood and angel hair pasta in a tangy tomato broth. The chef studied the four-year culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., and expanded his cooking mettle with internships and then more hands-on work in Vermont.

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Luke said once he finished his training, he wanted to come home. “I like the area, like the idea of being in a small town,” he says. What inspired the restaurant’s name? “I’ve always liked the outdoors. I play a lot of golf throughout the year, weather permitting, and I like how willows look on the course,” he adds. Coincidentally, he later came upon the fact that there are willow trees across the street in F.T. Proctor Park, so the name was prophetic, Luke says. The Willows opened in April 2010 and after more than six years still maintains a family feel, literally and figuratively. Luke’s mom plates up salads and desserts, and his dad serves as host at the front door. “I am always back there in the kitchen, working with one talented sous chef who was the first person I hired,” he says. The core group of his small staff has been with him since the beginning. “I can’t do it without them,” Luke adds. That loyal staff includes server, general manager, and party planner Ruth Huzarewicz, a perky, friendly, and gracious asset to The Willows. “You’re going to love everything,” she had promised earlier, foretelling the obvious truth. “I look for the small feel,” Luke says. Be it the restaurant size, the compact staff, or the spare elegant dining room. “I chose old, historic colors to make everything look beautiful,” Luke says. His mom and Ruth festoon the dining room with a classic Christmas tree, greens, and poinsettias for the holidays. “They are the interior decorators who make everything look gorgeous,” he says. A small private dining room seats 14 for parties, presentations, or special events. It already booked early this fall for holiday parties for the month of December. In the meantime, now that the search for arguably the best is over, kick back and sit by the corner fireplace to enjoy the pleasures to come with a dinner at The Willows. •

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Counting Birds for Christmas story and photos by Matt Perry

The Red-bellied Woodpecker remains north for the winter

Lately, there’s been one calling in our neighborhood in the very early mornings and I was hoping that it would call this morning, but I was out of luck. Even playing a recorded call of a Screech Owl elicited no response. It was a frosty morning–only about 27 degrees and with a slight dusting of snow on the ground. The weather forecast, for the morning anyway, looked like it was to be favorable for our count–meaning no snow storms were imminent. A few minutes later, I returned to the house and was in the backyard. It was still dark, but I filled our bird feeders to give our winter resident songbirds every possible reason to linger in the yard. I wouldn’t see them until lunchtime, but that’s okay. While I was filling up the last feeder with sunflower seeds, I heard some bright chip notes. I recognized them as coming from a pair of Cardinals. All year round, Cardinals are early risers. They are the first birds to White-throated Sparrows were come to the feeders in the morning and the last ones to stop by in the evening. squabbling beneath the bushes Consequently, Cardinals are almost always the first bird species that I record on my list on the day of the Christmas Bird Count. My first stop in the morning was the same place that I go every morning. It was the Spring Farm Cares Nature Sanctuary. Upon getting out of the car, I already had at least five more species to

It was going to be a big day. It was a mid-December morning and the day we had chosen to conduct the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. I was determined to start on time, which for me wouldn’t be much of a problem since it’s the same time I start every day. The main difference was that I’d be counting each and every bird I encountered. I would also be traveling a bit further afield and penetrating deeper into habitats than usual. I wouldn’t exactly be beating the bushes, but I’d have all of my senses on their keenest settings. Every faint call note produced by a sparrow would be received and noted as evidence of its species’ presence. Let the counting begin! When I went out to get the morning paper at 5:15, I took a short walk up the street, all the while listening intently for the whinny-like call of an Eastern Screech Owl.

add to my list and a mounting tally of individuals. In the hour before dawn, crows had begun filing out of their communal roost in the city and streaming into the suburbs and rural areas. Now they were flying over me. Getting an accurate count of them as they pass in loose groups would be difficult, and so I had to make my best estimate and continue revising it throughout the morning. Meanwhile, sharp notes and squabbling chips betrayed the presence of dozens of White-throated Sparrows in the low bushes. A pulley-like squeaking noise indicates there are several Tree Sparrows with them, and a single bright call note told me that a Song Sparrow is also in the mix. The latter bird isn’t the most amazing find, but it’s good and it may constitute the only one of its species found for the day. The next hour or so I spent filling bird feeders at Spring Farm and monitoring the patrons. This was my most productive time in terms of numbers of individual birds that I can add to my list. I was a little concerned about the lack of snow cover. This usually means that birds won’t be concentrated at the region’s bird feeders and our teams of bird counters that have fanned out across our official count area will need to try a

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kinglet’s vocalizations. So which was it? It turned out to be both. The kinglets and Brown Creepers (two of each) were moving through the woods together and effectively combining their calls and making things confusing for the poor counter. The Brown Creeper is an odd bird, and we really don’t have anything else like it in the Northeast. The closest thing might be a nuthatch, but creepers are much shier and have more cryptic plumage. Their plumage is brown and speckled and is a good match for tree bark. In fact, they are virtually always seen on the trunk of a tree, systematically working their way up the bark and adeptly using their long downward curved bill to pry insects from crevices. The creeper’s trademark foraging behavior is to spiral up one tree, and then fly to the base of another tree and repeat the process. Following my find of the creepers and kinglets, I came up with almost nothing for the next mile worth of walking. The wind had picked up and a near constant “wooshing” sound was overwhelming my primary bird detecting sensors (my ears). It hadn’t been a bad morning. I didn’t find anything extraordinary, but I had pulled in some good solid staples, which should serve to flesh out our final group tally. On my way out of the woods, I checked one of our Screech Owl boxes to see if it was occupied–it wasn’t, but I did get to marvel at the owl’s choice of nesting materials. For some reason it chose to decorate the bottom of the box with colorful feathers from a male Cardinal and a Blue Jay! My last stop for the morning was an area at the forest edge where I often see or hear a grouse. The drumming sound of a grouse can easily be mimicked by rapidly thumping one’s thigh with the palm of the hand. It doesn’t always work, but this time I was lucky and a real grouse answered. This final addition to my morning list was a good one, and will likely to help our final numbers. I knew I would find out for sure at the end of the day when all the teams gather to share our findings. The National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count is the longest running bird census in the nation. Every year, tens of thousands of volunteers from all over the Americas take part counting birds. There are several Count Circles in the Mohawk Valley Region. To get involved, visit the National Audubon Society’s website and see if there is Christmas Bird Count happening near you. •

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Are you familiar with this saying? I guess it originally was “the proof of the pudding is in the eating,” meaning you wouldn’t know whether food was cooked properly until you tried it. In fact, the origins of “the proof is in the pudding” date back to a 14th century proverb. “Pudding” was apparently quite a different substance then—and one didn’t know if it was rancid or delicious until you tried it. Hooray for modern cooking methods! I use this phrase all the time, whether it’s to describe a new cheese we’re working on or when wondering whether a new breeding ram will be worth our investment. It’s my favorite shorthand way of saying I really won’t know whether my efforts have been successful until I reach the end…or at least until I’ve tried. Readers may be surprised to hear that farmers are trying new things all the time. And why not? It’s a business after all, and adjusting your feed ration, trying a new mineral supplier, applying urea to your hayfields,

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or switching to a drought-tolerant seed are all small ways a farmer can tweak her business—hopefully for the better. But how will the farmer know whether these small (or large) changes have had a positive effect on the bottom line? The proof is in the pudding! We tried lots of new things on our farm in 2016. For example, friends had been pushing us to try raising “heritage breed” meat chickens instead of the ubiquitous Cornish Cross. I’ve always loved a good experiment and thought it well worth our time and effort to see if a different breed would be better for our system. I certainly hoped for a hardier, more active animal with a more complex flavor—something our customers could really appreciate. In the end, they certainly were more active and were harder to catch on processing day. Unfortunately, they did not have a significantly different taste profile, grew more slowly, and had the same mortality rate. In other words, when the pudding was done, it didn’t seem worth the extra effort and higher cost…a shame, really. But this is knowledge I would not have if I had not tried! We tried new sales outlets this year, buying a handful of retail display freezers to sell our gelato. We wanted to sell to more “mom and pop” type shops—exactly the kind of places that don’t have display freezers. Of course, the up-front cost of the freezers and branding were a small burden, but the machines gave us an instant outlet and made our customers happy. We discovered every one of these shops works differently, however, and establishing the parameters of the relationship from the very beginning is really important. In this case, the pudding was well worth the cost and the effort—I just need to outline a contract for next year’s pudding…I mean…freezers. We also tried some really off-season breeding in our sheep program this year, hoping to keep the pipeline full for customers. Babies began arriving mid-November

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and I have already experienced a higher-than-average orphan rate, with mothers rejecting 25% of their offspring. My experiment in this case is not boding well, but the pudding isn’t done quite yet…we have a few months to go before we see this one to the end. Finally, we are about to embark upon our largest pudding to date: a cheese plant expansion that will more than quintuple our capacity. We’ve done lots of legwork applying for grants, sketching out floor plans, pricing equipment, projecting cash flow, and conferring with consultants. We expect to break ground in spring, but it could be years before we know whether our efforts were worthwhile…a long time to wait for pudding! So, what is the point of all this? Certainly, as a new“ish” farmer, I have a lot to figure out. But more to the point, farming is a complex business with fresh challenges and unique problems almost on a daily basis. Finding the right solution or technology must help the farmer stay in business, allow for growth or transition, and hopefully improve quality of life. We don’t have staff dedicated to research and development, and we don’t have huge coffers of cash or investors waiting in line to throw money at our problems. We try, and then we try again; we try as many times as we are able to make things work, to the best of our abilities. And because the challenges farmers face are so complex, we often don’t know until the pudding is done—’til all the costs of seed, planting, fertilizer, herbicide, pesticide, rent, insurance, harvest, hauling, and drying are stacked up against the price per bushel paid at the end of the season. It is then that we sit down to take a hard look at those numbers, and make informed decisions for next year. •

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I’m one of those few women who hates to Christmas shop. The crowded stores, pushing and shoving, and parking are my worst nightmares. Having to buy all those presents in a few short weeks, giving up the few free Saturdays I have on the farm. It just sucks all the joy out of Christmas for me, especially when everyone else is doing the same thing. But I do love giving gifts from the garden! If you have a backyard garden, try making your own spaghetti sauce, pickles, and relish. All vegetables and herbs can be dried. Why not dehydrate tomatoes, bell peppers, squash or onions? Watermelon and cantaloupe make great dried smacks. Follow the directions on your dehydrator and store in resealable bags until it’s time to pack baskets and deliver. I have invested in an Excalibur Dehydrator for drying veggies and herbs. During our CSA season at Three Goat

Farm, I take all the leftover veggies, fruits, and herbs left on our stand and either dehydrate, freeze, or preserve them in August and September during the peak of harvest. Every cook loves fresh herbs. Plant seeds a couple of months ahead of time in small pots and put them under grow lights; rosemary, basil, chive, and thyme work well. If you have them planted in your summer garden, dig up some put them in small pots and you’ve cut down your grow time. Many gardeners on your list will cherish a “pass along plant” from your garden. Perennials work best for this. Simply dig up your plant in late fall, and put it in a pretty pot with care instructions attached. If you love heirloom veggies as much as I do, save the seeds from some of your prized veggies, put them in some pretty seed packets with the plant-

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ing instructions and perhaps the history of the seed, if you know it. For me, there is nothing more special than to receive seeds from a plant that has been in a family for several generations. Over the past few years Bernie and I have been making goodie baskets for our family and friends. If you know how to can, or make jams and jellies, there are hundreds of recipes to try that are easy to make, require little time, and are so much fun to share. A few years ago, I attended a canning seminar in Syracuse, and I had the wonderful opportunity to be one of 10 people picked to go to a private home and attend a private canning lesson with Marisa McClellan, one of my favorite food bloggers and author of Food in Jars. I was the ultimate “groupie” and even brought my copy of her book to have autographed. When I saw how easy it was to make small batches of jam in a

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short amount of time, I was hooked and we each got to take home our own pint of nectarine jam, made from one of the recipes in her book. Make your own gourmet soups. Dehydrate veggies like summer squash, carrots, celery, onions, and tomatoes and grow a variety of heirloom shelling beans to add to the mix. These can all be made up, stored in bags well in advance of December. A 12” x 12” x 8” basket is a great size to use for Christmas giving, and can be purchased well ahead of the Christmas shopping crowds. Each year our baskets change depending on how many new Christmas ideas and recipes I find throughout the year. I confess, I’m a Pinterest junkie for just this reason. The best part is that my basket goodies are ready in August and September, at the end of the garden season, and I didn’t have to beat the crowds. Since Bernie and I are at farmers markets every Saturday during the harvest season, I also add unique items from the many talented vendors and farmers that we have come to know and love. I also have to confess I do some Christmas shopping, but I avoid the malls at all costs, and seek out the small local shops in less crowded areas to pick up some unique items for giving that you just aren’t going to find at the mall. Some ideas for your baskets: Herbed sugars for the bakers on your list ​Herbed jams and jellies Pickles and relishes Herbed vinegars Fruit shrubs Dehydrated soups Herbed butter and biscuits This year at the farm we had a wonderful crop of red onions, and the sweet corn and poblano peppers were abundant. So, I’m sharing my recipes for Cowboy Relish! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Bernie and me to all of you! •

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Quick Fridge Cowboy Relish By Denise Szarek

8 C. cooked sweet corn, cut from 12 cobs 1 ½ C. diced red peppers 1 C. finely chopped red onion ½ C. diced poblano pepper 2½ C. champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar 1¼ C. sugar 2 tsp. mustard seeds 1 tsp. cumin 1 tsp. coriander seed ½ tsp. crushed red pepper 2 tsp. kosher salt ¼ tsp. fresh ground pepper ¼ C. water 2 T. cornstarch

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ten up and build the energy reserves necessary to continue their long migration. In fall, Lesser Yellowlegs may journey to the southern coast of the US or travel as far as southern South America. Although I was pleased to see the shorebirds, I was disappointed not to see any Peregrines. If there were any falcons actively hunting, it was unlikely the shorebirds would have been so wedded to one strip of mud. Instead, they would have been darting around the flats in an alarmed state. There were some raptors around, however, and I counted three Bald Eagles and an Osprey, but they weren’t actively fishing at that moment. As the water levels go down, fish can get stranded in pools or in shallow water and they become easy to pick off for fish-eaters. This fact also isn’t lost on wading birds like Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets that, as August ensued, began gathering at Delta in large numbers. Kingfishers and Caspian Terns were also showing up and the sound of them splashing into the water as they dove for fish was commonplace. The Caspian Tern is about the size of a large gull. They have a black cap and an orange to red dagger-shaped bill. One came relatively close to me as it flew in wide circles over the water, always peering down and looking for potential prey. When the tern picked a target, it pivoted in mid-air, brought its wings perpendicular to the horizon and dropped beak first into the water–cutting

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contrasts greatly with the bird’s long black immediately hopeful. Flocks of shorebirds legs. Its yellow bill is long and dagger-like, were actively darting over the flats. That told which is a common shape for most non-rap- me there could be a raptor stirring them up. I tor, fish-catching birds. In all my years of scanned the area but didn’t see an antagonist. birding in the Mohawk Valley, I’ve never However, just then a group of crows began seen a group of egrets this large anywhere. I creating a commotion in a grove of mature could only think that the drought that affected trees by the east shore. The crows were highly significant swathes of agitated; they were the state this summer giving harsh warning A Great Egret hunts for fish in served to concentrate calls and taking turns the shallows these migrants in a few swooping at someareas of productive thing. I remember wetland habitat. At any thinking that this had rate, this was quite an to be a Peregrine. In unprecedented sight for fact, I had seen one Delta Lake. The egrets perched in that very continued with their place only a few apparent “conference” years before. Howfor a few more minever, when I finally utes, and then they all put my telescope on abruptly took flight. A it I was able to idenclose-up view of these tify it as an immasnow-white elegant ture female Cooper’s birds lifting off at the same time makes for Hawk and not a falcon. Cooper’s Hawks are quite an experience. Their call is a low and famous for being “birdfeeder hawks.” They guttural “wauk,” which doesn’t exactly match have earned this nickname because of their the exquisite image they create, but we can fondness for snatching Mourning Doves at give them a pass on that. Like other heron backyard feeding stations. When not terrorspecies, the Great Egret is a colony breeder, izing birdfeeders, the Cooper’s Hawk (and which means that pairs typically build their its smaller doppelganger, the Sharp-shinned large nests in close proximity with others of Hawk) can be found in the forests where they their kind. These nesting colonies are referred breed. During migration they can be seen just to as heronries or rookeries and are usually lo- about anywhere, including a lake. Despite the cated in remote stands of mature trees–often grief that crows inflict on birds of prey, raptor in or adjacent to a wetland. Most Great Egrets watchers owe a great debt of gratitude to crowbreed in the Midwestern U.S., but occasional- kind. They almost always know where the ly the odd egret nest will be found in a heron predators are, and time after time they helprookery closer to home. Over the years I’ve fully point them out to us–and at no charge. received a few reports of Great Egrets nesting The Cooper’s Hawk wasn’t tolerating the in the Mohawk Valley, but I have yet to con- crows’ attention very amicably. Instead, she firm any of them. Delta Lake has been a long- was lashing out. Any crow that came too close time haven for migrant egrets and, especially was lunged at, chased, and given a real scare. when water levels are low, you can count on at With the hawk close at its tail, a crow gave a least a few being there after July and through harsh scream, pulled in its wings, and dropped early fall. What was unusual about this year into the trees. It’s a clumsy kind of evasive acwas the sheer number that had gathered. tion, but it does the job, and the trickster crow I arrived at the fishing access site, anxious can avoid the hawk’s wrath and sharp talons. about what else I might see. I had my camera The Cooper’s Hawk is a very maneuverable and telescope in tow and I was again looking raptor and is designed for navigating though for falcons. Upon setting up my gear, I was tight-knit branches in forests, but the crows’

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wing and body shape gives them an edge in this type of clash. As interesting as it was watching the Cooper’s Hawk deal with the band of crows, I was convinced there had to be another reason the shorebirds were behaving so skittishly. There had to be another raptor whipping them into that state. None of the larger birds–the ducks, geese, or gulls seemed to be the least bit concerned, so it was more likely to be a small raptor. I scanned the lake and mudflats again and then, bingo, I was able to make out the form of a dark falcon perched on a snag in the center of the flats. It was too small for a Peregrine, though. It was a Merlin, and only a minute after I put the scope on it, it was up and flying. It moved rapidly like a dark streak skimming over the flats. The Merlin’s course was mostly direct, but it would make quick twists and turns over obstacles as it tested potential prey. Its relatively long-pointed wings and lightning fast maneuvers resembled that of a swallow catching insects on the wing. No doubt it was this pigeon-sized raptor that was responsible for putting the shorebirds so on edge. I’ve easily come to accept the fact that I wasn’t the one that discovered Delta Lake as a great bird habitat. But that original serendipitous find has led to so many other “discoveries” over the years. Practically every time I visit I discover something novel and it doesn’t really matter if it constitutes an original find or not. It’s the experience that counts, as well as the profound appreciation I have gained for a healthy and dynamic ecosystem so plainly on display and so close to home. •

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The Story of Edward and Mary Bedford Edward Bedford (1873 -1963) was born in Kingston, Ulster County, N.Y., the son of Norman Bedford (1850-1923) and Charlotte W. Roosa (1874-1969). Edward had two brothers, Walter (1875-1969) and Russell (18771878). Edward married Mary Oakley Christiana (1874-1969), the daughter George Christiana (1845-1890) and Emma Merrihew (1857-1941) on July 28, 1892, at the Dutch Reformed Church in Tillson, Ulster County, N.Y. Edward and Mary had the following children: Edith May Bedford Blauvelt (1893-1932), Ruth Emma Bedford Watts (1905-1999), and Kenneth Edward Christiana Bedford (1907-1973). Edward was an apprentice mason with his father, Norman, from 1889-1894. He then became a mason contractor from 1896-1906, building several houses in Ulster County, N.Y., including his own. He built factories and other commercial buildings in Kingston, N.Y. He obtained a large contract (for those days) to build on the Esopus estate of Oscar Tschirky, who was the owner of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Oscar was known as “Oscar of the Waldorf.” This, Edward considered, was his “big break.” Edward moved to White Plains in 1906, where he was a general contractor and builder. He built his own house, the White Plains Library, the nurse’s home, several apartment buildings and offices, a grade school, and a number of private homes in Scarsdale and Hartsdale, and the Borden Condensed Milk three-story building in White Plains in 1910. The Bedfords moved to Ilion in 1913, when Edward received the contract to build Ilion High School. The family lived at 48 John St. His father, Norman, was living at 143 Second St. in Ilion and died there in 1923. Edward served as the mayor of Ilion from 1919-1921. He was on the Board of Trustees of the Oneida National Bank and Trust Company Ilion Branch, and had been an active member of the Presbyterian Church, the Ilion Masonic

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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.

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Mid-1970s to Early December: On our way home from work, we pass through Louie’s farm, still rich with late autumn’s subtle shades of tarnished silver, faded gold, and subtle sienna. First snowflakes float busily beneath a sky opulent with low-hanging nebulae of shale gray. We hear the distant percussion of a tractor engine. Louie is gleaning the last wild grasses of autumn in his frosted fields to make just a few more bales of hay for his cows. He remembers pulling in 4,000 bales with his father when he was a boy. Now, he’s lucky to

get a few hundred. Later this winter he will come see us to use our phone and call for an emergency load of hay from another farm. Once home, I take a walk to the old beaver pond to see if there are any lingering geese or ducks. Tufts of swamp grass and watery hollows between roots and fallen branches camouflaged by fallen leaves make this a tricky place to navigate. It wouldn’t be hard to trip and break a leg. But I move slowly and carefully because it’s worth the risk. Snowflakes falling on the water create circular, radiating ripples, each a little larger than the one before, until they merge and blend with each other creating a dizzying, swirling dance of celestial perfection on Earth. I hear a twig crack, then another. Something large is moving nearby. My adrenaline surges. Should I freeze, or try to run home

through this difficult area? Aren’t bears hibernating yet? Safer to stay still, I decide, so crouch down and wait. Maybe it’ll wander off. But it gets closer, and I drop lower. Then, less than 10 yards away it appears. It’s huge! It’s majestic! A powerful buck deer stands with imperial dignity before me, towering above rust-colored sedges that match his glistening coat of burnt umber. A massive rack of horns crown his head. I hear his breath blowing through quivering nostrils of moist sepia. I am overcome with awe, trepidation, and a glorious delight, but still glad I am downwind. What if he decides to come my way? I try to breathe very quietly. But he walks on across the little brook below the beaver dam and into the woods beyond with the confidence of those who can survive, wild and free in the unpredictable,


to be enjoyed another day. Our son, Dave, and his family are living in the Children’s Cottage while they get established here. They came from a city, and we are pleased that their children are adjusting beautifully to life in the woods, helping with chores like bringing in wood and getting water from the creek. They explore. They disThree generations of Behrendts build the cover. There is no lack biggest snowman on Shawangunk of things to do. We are still buying land and can’t afford much, and consider cutting young evergreen trees harsh, off our land for holiday gifts. But the soil and whimsical depth and fertility here is poor. Each tree is dispositions of untamed nature. I feel a part of the energy bank the soil holds. How privileged to have such an intimate experi- many can be removed before it can no lonence in the presence of this manifestation of ger sustain plant or animal life? We want to beauty, resilience, and dignity. It further mo- increase its viability, not deplete it. tivates me to do all I can to protect those who We decide to give one balsam tree top to live wild, for the tenuous thread of life is eas- my parents for the whole family to enjoy and ily shattered and un-plucked beauty will last try to leave enough for the tree to re-grow.

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been dead longer than we’d realized. As it warmed in their home, the needles cascaded off the tree, all over their gifts, and got tracked throughout the house. We feel sorry and embarrassed. The tree that we topped for my parents did regrow, with multiple shoots avidly sprouting up below the severed top, each vying for the privilege of becoming the new steeple on a tabernacle of opulent green. But we decide in the future to just prune the tips of lower branches to make wreaths and kissing balls, and gather up the dropped needles to fill little cloth bags for aromatic sachets that last many years and are inexpensive to mail to loved ones far away. There is a magic to this balsam essence, some pheromone that modulates one’s consciousness into a mild euphoria. We feel good that we have found a wonderful way to share our precious forest without diminishing it, and hope that the blessings of balsam and good-will toward all forms of life will pervade the world. •

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live & local Ho! Ho! Ho! And Happy New Year! December is here and this month I will catch up with local rising rap star Antonio Loyalty Harris. I have always said this guy has music that is radio ready--just really great material. Loyalty is also a very cool, professional young gentleman. Antonio Loyalty Harris I recently asked him to fill me in on what’s new. He said: “Feeling Like Rocky Ft Classic” is my first single from my ongoing album Now or Never. The song was invented because I really hit rock bottom in life and I wanted to send a message that no matter what you’re going through in life you can always bounce back. “In addition to becoming a hip-hop entrepreneur, I am a Big Brother and a motivational speaker at schools, colleges, and anywhere else the people want me.” I asked Loyalty about the business side of his life. He said, “I also started a clothing line called Loyalty’s Nation because I wanted to create a family that I never had and open doors for anybody else in the world that needs a family or feels like an outcast. “I also added a crown to the logo because I wanted my

fans to know that they are the kings and queens of the world. My mission is simple: Help and save as many people as I can before I go. Plus, this music is more than music; it gives me a sense of belonging as well. I need this.” Check out Loyalty on facebook www.facebook.com/loyaltysnation Ring in the New Year! Here are some of the bands out on New Year’s Eve, with just a sample of what’s happening. Caution rocks the Snubbing Post in Rome; K-O Grainger will be at Boondocks in Lyons Falls; Gunpowder and Lead at the Oxbow Inn, Lake Pleasant. Exit 33 at the Turning Stone features 3 Inch Fury, Scars and Stripes, and Gridley Paige at The Gig. Classified is at the Turquoise Tiger. Easy Money Big Band is at Wakely’s Speak Easy on Varick Street, and Soul Injection at Vernon Downs Casino. For more club listings for NYE for every week check 927thedrive.net’s live and local calendar. In other 92.7 The Drive radio news: Look for our holiday toy collection at Sangertown Square. Please donate to help a kid out. All toys will be donated to the Hollydaze collection. Look for The Genesee Joe On-air Christmas Party, Christmas Eve from 12-4 live on the air. Listen for details. Kelly Yacco and friends, Strung Sideways, Thunderwatt, Matt Lomeo, Blarney Rebel Band, and more TBA! Also, the star-studded (maybe) Genesee Joe’s NYE Open House Party is happening, too. Details soon. Go hear some local music and thank you, sincerely, from all of us here at 92.7 The Drive. Here’s to another great year! Listen to Genesee Joe live on 92.7FM, The DRIVE.

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Authors Local Grumpy Tomatoes, Autumn Kuhn . . . . . . . 25 Joseph Stadtmiller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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Auto Dealerships Steet Ponte Auto Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Automotive Repair Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Precision Unlimited, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Automotive, Custom Fabrication Custom Fab, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Awards & Engraving Speedy Awards, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 52 Bakeries, Pastry, and Candy Shops Bagel Grove, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Caruso’s Pastry Shoppe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Florentine Pastry Shop, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Friendly Bake Shop, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . 74 Heidelberg Baking Company, Herkimer . . . 56 Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . 60 Lizzy’s Cupcakery, New Hartford . . . . . . . 52 So Sweet Candy Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Star Bakery, Whitesboro and Utica . . . . . . . . 8 Sweet Escape Chocolate Lounge, Utica . . . . 34 Wicked Sweets, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

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Art Classes & Supplies Full Moon Art Center, Camden . . . . . . . . 43 MWPAI School of Art, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 2 Art Galleries Full Moon Art Center, Camden . . . . . . . . . 43 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 View, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Art and Picture Framing ADK Art & Picture Framing, Barneveld . . . 50 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Fynmore Studios, New Hartford/Boonville . . 35

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Child Care Child Care Council, 1-888-814-KIDS . . . . . 42 Chiropractors Dr. Michael Tucciarone, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 49 Christmas Ornaments Zinn Brilliant, Cooperstown . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Clothing Hillcrest Alpaca, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Paca Gardens, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Walk-in Closet, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Coffee and Coffee Shops Coffee Cup Cafe, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 57 Fort Schuyler Trading Company, Utica . . . . . 28

Books Berry Hill Book Shop, Deansboro . . . . . . . 21

Community Organization Mohawk Valley Food Action . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Bowling Adirondack Diner and Lanes, Barneveld . . 55 State Bowl with Cosmic Bowling, Ilion . . . . . 39

Consignment The Online Exchange, Dolgeville . . . . . . . . The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . Second Hand Rose, Oneida . . . . . . . . . . . Treasures Lost & Found, New Hartford . . . The Village Basement, New Hartford . . . . . Walk-in Closet, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Brewery Woodland Hop Farm & Fermentation, Utica . . 8

Attorneys Antonowicz Group, Rome/Utica . . . . . . . . . . 39 Coutlée, Health & Elder Law, Fly Creek . . . 3 Harris-Courage & Grady . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 18

Camping and Hiking Supply Plan B, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

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Comics and Collectibles Ravenswood Comics, New Hartford . . . . . . 76

Cabinets and Kitchens Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Knotty By Nature, Bridgewater . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Hanging Baskets Hydroponic Heirloom Tomatoes Vegetable Plants Fall Mums

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Bike Shops Dick’s Wheel Shop, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 69

Artists and Art Studios BB Designs, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Frank Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

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Dentistry Neighborhood Family Dentistry, Utica . . . . 31 Diners Adirondack Diner and Lanes, Barneveld . . 55 Charlie’s Place, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Dry Cleaners Dapper Dan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 M & M Cleaners, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Estate Sales Attic Addicts, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Picker’s Dynasty, Little Falls and Mohawk . . 62 The Potting Shed Antiques, Whitesboro . . . 63 Events, Entertainment, and Activities Christmas in Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CNY Arts, www.cnyart.org . . . . . . . . . . . . Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown . . . . . . . . Fly Creek Cider Mill, Fly Creek . . . . . . . . Fountain Elms Yuletide, Utica . . . . . . . . Goodsell Museum, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . Hamilton College Performing Arts, Clinton . . Ladies’ Night and Men’s Night, Clinton . . . Old Forge/Inlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Remington Arms Museum, Ilion . . . . . . . . . The Stanley, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Utica Zoo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . View, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Farm Equipment Clinton Tractor, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Hobby Hill Farm Sales, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 20 White’s Farm Supply, Waterville/Canastota . . 80 Feed and Farm Needs Pohl’s Feed, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Financial Institutions Bank of Utica. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Financial Services Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . . 15 Firewood and Wood Pellets Firewood delivered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Fitness & Gyms Curves, Herkimer and Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Flooring D & D Carpets, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Florists Clinton Florist, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Michael’s Greenhouse, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . 13 Village Florals, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Funeral Services Nunn & McGrath, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Jordanville . . . . . . . 16 John Froass & Son, Sherrill . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 71 Garden Centers and Greenhouses Candella’s Greenhouses, Marcy . . . . . . . Massoud’s Tree Farm, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . Michael’s Greenhouse, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . . . . Top Notch Garden Center, Newport . . . . Wagner Farms, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Gift Shops/Shopping Artisans’ Corner, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . 65 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 61 Cat’s Meow, Sherburne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Coffee Cup Cafe, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 57 Country Connections, Boonville . . . . . . . . 64 DiBella’s Gifts, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Indigo Tree, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Krizia Martin, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Little Falls Antique Center, Little Falls . . . . 62 Main Street Gift Shoppe, Newport . . . . . . . . 62 Newport Marketplace, Newport . . . . . . . . . 62 Paca Gardens, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Remington Country Store, Ilion . . . . . . . . . 24 Rose Quartz Stand, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 17 Signature 81, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Shop Hamilton, NY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . 27 White Begonia, Sherrill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Golf Courses and Driving Range Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 42 Grocery/Convenience Stores B & F Milk Center, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . The Country Store, Dolgeville . . . . . . . . . . Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . Meelan’s Market, Clark Mills . . . . . . . . . . Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . Reilly’s Dairy, Inc., Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . .

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Hardware/Farm & Home Delta Plumbing, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . Pohl’s Feed, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Poland Hardware, Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . .

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Hearing Consultants Hearing Health Hearing Aid Centers, Rome 51 Insurance Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . 31 Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . 52 Marshall Agency, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 6 Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . 34 Iron Work - Architectural & Ornamental Raulli’s Iron Works, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . 45 Fall Hill Beads & Gems, Little Falls . . . . . . 51 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 5 Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Liquor Stores and Wine Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . . 71 Manufactured and Modular Home Builders Bono Brothers, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Maple Syrup (see Produce) Massage, Therapeutic Zensations, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Meats, locally raised (see Produce) Media 92.7 The Drive WXUR, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 75 FOX33/WUTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 8 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Medical Supplies Connect Medical Supplies, Oneida . . . . . . . 12 Monuments & Memorials Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . 9 Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Motorcycle Speed/Service Center Hillside Motorcycle & Machine, Munnsville . . 17 Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . Sunflower Naturals, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . .

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Novelties and Specialty Items Fort Schuyler Trading Company, Utica . . . . . 28 Olive Oil ADK Olive Oil, Sangertown, New Hartford

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Optometrist Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . 33 Paint and Painting Supplies Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . 7 Painting, Interior/Exterior Dennis Polanowicz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

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Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . 53 Ski Resorts Snow Ridge, Turin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Quilt and Yarn Shops Heartworks Quilts & Fabrics, Fly Creek . . . 69 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Two Ewes, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Small Engine Repair J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 19

Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . Sunnybrook Farm, Deansboro . . . . . . . . Three Village Cheese, Newport . . . . . . . . . Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . Wagner Farms, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WintersGrass Farm Raw Milk, Sauquoit . .

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Real Estate Century 21, Art VanVechten, Utica . . . . . . 50 Scenic Byway Realty, Richfield Springs . . . . 52

Pet Memorialization and Cremation Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . 9

Record Stores Off-Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Pet Services Not Just Poodles Pet Salon, Whitesboro . . . . 18 One Paw at a Time, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 37

Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Bagel Grove, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Bite, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Black Cat, Sharon Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Chesterfield’s Tuscan Oven, Oneida . . . . . . 58 Coffee Cup Cafe, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 57 Copper Moose, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Cucino Berto, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Delta Lake Inn, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Dominick’s Deli, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Fat Cats, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Happy Sam’s Cocktail Lounge, Utica . . . . . 57 Heidelberg Baking Co., Herkimer . . . . . . . 56 Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 56 Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . 60 Knuckleheads Brewhouse, Westmoreland . . 60 Lakeview Restaurant and Bar, Sherrill . . . . 59 Main Street Ristorante, Newport . . . . . . . . 62 Mi Casa, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Origlio’s Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Oneida 58 Pho Ever Noodles, New Hartford . . . . . . . 57 Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . 57 Piccolo Cafe, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Raspberries Cafe, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 60 Scoops & Sandwiches, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Tavern 230 at Snow Ridge, Turin . . . . . . . . . 16 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Wigwam Tavern, Forestport . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Pharmacies Garro Drugs, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Photography Fusion Art/The Photo Shoppe, Rome . . . . . 45 Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 59 Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Plumbing Delta Plumbing, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . Main Street Gift Shop, Newport . . . . . . . . . Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Produce, Local Adirondack Cheese, Barneveld, Clinton . . . . . 53 Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . 35 Crum Creek CSA, St. Johnsville . . . . . . . . . 8 Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 19 Oneida County Public Market, Utica . . . . . . 65 Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 13

Snow Blowers J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 19 SD Outdoor Power, New Hartford . . . . . . . 67 Snowmobiles/ATVs Hobby Hill Farm, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Hudon’s Sled Salvage, Barneveld . . . . . . . . 28 Social Security Applications and Advice Antonowicz Group, Rome/Utica . . . . . . . . . 39 Specialty Wood Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Taxi Service Elite Taxi, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Travel Agencies The Cruise Wizards, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 71 Websites Utica Remember When . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Weddings and Banquets Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 42 So Sweet Candy Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Windows RA Dudrak, Holland Patent . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Wineries Pail Shop Winery, Fly Creek . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Prospect Falls Winery, Prospect . . . . . . . . . . 8 Yogurt Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . 26

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