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by Sharry L. Whitney We often hear from readers about how much they’ve enjoyed getting to know our writers through the stories they write each month. Many tell us they are encouraged to get outside and explore by following Gary and Matt’s adventures in the magazine. Readers enjoy the honesty (sometimes brutally so) of Peggy and Suzie’s articles. They know (and expect) Carol to write about space, John about music, and Denise about gardens. After reading Suzie’s article about Groundhog Day (where she confesses her love for the movie by that name), I got to thinking about how our writers come through with their stories every month. How do they do it? Gary climbs mountains, sometimes the same mountain, again. Matt reports on the local peregrines and beavers and their routines. I’m sure Carol knows where the planets and stars are going to be before she looks through the telescope. Denise plants seeds every spring, every year, over and over again. As Suzie points out, we don’t have the blessing/ curse of living a day over again like Phil (Bill Murray) in Groundhog Day, but repetition enables us to improve ourselves. It allows us to see the beauty in the changes around us. I once read about how our brains “like” both repetition and change. It’s why waterfalls and campfires are so relaxing for people—the movement of the water and the flames are repetitious and random. Like watching fish in a pond—you know how the fish will swim, but not where. At the same time expected and surprising. So, like Suzie (and Phil), I will try to embrace repetition by improving through it. Because I’m sure no matter how many times Gary hikes up Bald Mountain, it’s never the same climb. •


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A Homestead, A Waterwheel, and Power Dam By Janice Reilly

This year, 2020, marks one hundred years that members of the Zegibe family have resided in their homestead on Mohawk Street in New Hartford. Herb Zegibe lives in the old stone house built in 1802. Written in white chalk on a beam found when Herb remodeled is: “started March 1802, framed in April 1802. Signed: McBride.” Herb is the youngest son of Abdoo and Stella Slade Zegibe. His brother George lives next door; he was Supervisor of the Town of New Hartford from 1975-1981. Abdoo immigrated to the U.S. with his father, Elias, in 1906 from Bayrouth, Syria; Abdoo was 11 years old at the time. A plague destroyed their flock of sheep in the old country; they joined relatives living in Utica. Abdoo married in 1920, bought the property from Johnny R. Jones’s widow in 1920, and raised eleven children here. Across the road from the homestead, readily recognizable to all who pass by, is the entrance to Heron Landing, marked by the original waterwheel that Abdoo built because he needed electricity for his cow barn and farmhouse. “Ab was getting nervous with the kids carrying lamps out to the barn with the hay and straw around,” Stella said. There was a real good creek that originated in the Graffenburg Springs; it ran through Zegibe’s pasture. Ab said to himself: “I’m going to build a dam and get electricity.” Rural electrification had not come to isolated spots in the country as yet.


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The manager of the Utica Gas & Electric Company told him it would cost $1700. “I don’t have 17 cents,” said Ab. He went to the library to look up how to build a dam, but Ab’s reading was limited – he only went to school for about three months. So, Stella read; they both looked at the drawings and found out how to do it. Stella later told her nephews; “if Ab had had an education, there would have been no limit to what he could do.” He scooped out a large dam using his team of horses and built the first waterwheel out of wood, a small wheel, so he could watch it perform. One day he heard there was an old wheel that had not been used for 25 years; it was laying alongside the road in Franklin Springs. It had the capacity to light up four or five houses at a time. Abdoo bought it for $25, dismantled it, and every Sunday, he and the kids went with the truck to load up the parts. “Well, the wheel didn’t have any buckets,” Stella continued, “but we found out that the manufacturer was the Fitz Water Wheel in Pennsylvania.” Stella wrote a letter to the company to ask if they could buy buckets and “the next morning a salesman who happened to be in Hotel Utica knocked on the door with enough buckets in his hand. We paid him $260.” Abdoo paid $10 for a used generator. He hitched up the works and “we had electricity!” He wired the barn and the chicken coup. He used a tractor to run the generator when the water was low. The family used it from 1927 until 1937 when Roosevelt “got elected and brought electricity in for free then! They didn’t charge you for putting poles in.”

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The natural springs from the hills above fed the creek. Ab was told it would be wise to build a mud pond above the dam that would catch all the dirt as it came down. Clear water would run into a pond – clear as crystal. By 1930 the family opened Power Dam; George and Herb were in charge of the gate. To begin, the charge was 5 cents per person and 5 cents per car. At its peak in 1985, the rate reached $2.50 for adults and $2 per child. The pool’s success was owed to its proximity to Utica for children who could bike or walk there. When temperatures in the city rose, families would pack a picnic and their swimsuits, and spend the day where it was cooler. Ab was warned by the health department to put enough chlorine in to kill the bacteria. He built a bathhouse to meet regulations, and then a dance hall in 1939. That structure was an old horse barn from the Hughes Ice Company. “He brought it up here and took the slate shingles off one by one and they are on this house today,” Stella recalled in an interview. City slickers joined the area’s farmers and came a-stompin’ and dancin’ on Saturday nights to the square dances! The dance hall closed in 1954. The concession stand had flop-open wooden doors to make sales windows where you could buy ice cream, potato chips, candy, and soda. One hundred picnic tables, some with charcoal grills, were available or you could lie on your own blanket on the grass under the maple tree shade. There were seven lifeguards; efficient and well-trained young men. One day there were more than 4,000 who paid admission to enter Power Dam. Herb recalls: “my brother and I closed the gate and wouldn’t let anyone else in—it was so crowded! At the end of the day, my father handed us a big roll of money. He had been letting cars in through the golf range parking lot!!!” Power Dam was the only privately owned swimming hole around that also had diving boards. There were three. Abdoo made the structure out of streetcar rails; they were tearing up the tracks [in Utica] and giving them

Power Dam also had its own diving team; Joan Zegibe Astafan was a star. Pictured here is George and Joe Mishalanie and Tony Skane, members of the team [circa 1942] [courtesy of H. Zegibe]

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They say fish is brain food. Some will point out that I have very little brain to feed (you know who you are). Be that as it may, I found a great source at Fat Cats in Herkimer. It took Steven and me a while to go there, because, I admit, we tend to go to restaurants where they serve wine. No, we don’t need wine; we like wine. But I like fish even more and Fat Cats has been serving up seafood for over 25 years, so they must be doing something right. I have often heard the place referred to as Fat Cats Fish Fry, but the menu I am looking at says “Fat Cats” with “Seafood & More!” as a kind of a subtitle. I love a good fish fry, but as I get older, fried food is not my friend.

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Looking over the menu, I asked if everything was fried. Several selections were available broiled. Additionally, there were non-seafood specials offered. I opted for broiled haddock, while Steven asked for New England Clam Chowder. These are favorites for both of us. We ordered at the counter and got a number to put on our table. It is a roomy, comfortable dining room decorated with a nautical theme. We got ice water to drink, which is obviously much better for my weight-loss goals than wine. Not so good for my weight-loss goals were the absolutely delicious fries that accompanied the fish. Oh well, it’s a good thing to treat ourselves sometimes. The coleslaw was also delicious. Steven enjoyed his soup as well. Fat Cats offers Eat In or Take Out, so I suppose for a future meal, we can get Take Out and bring it home where we have wine. Fat Cats also offers uncooked seafood by the pound. I do love to cook, but they cook so well at Fat Cats, it may be a while before I choose the former option. •

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riding with a robot part 2, by carol higgins

Last month we covered some of the adventurers who bravely explored our world and the revolutionary change that began when our country and the Soviet Union launched satellites. Safely sending humans into space is difficult and expensive, and the farthest humans have traveled is the Moon. To explore other planets and moons, the next best option is to launch “intelligent” spacecraft equipped with sophisticated science instruments and cameras. This month, we’ll take a look at some robotic missions currently underway, starting at the heart of our solar system. It has long been the dream of many researchers to unlock the mysteries of the thousands of stars dotting the night sky. Our closest star is the Sun, and designing a spacecraft to withstand the immense heat and radiation is no small feat. But engineers took on the challenge, and the Parker Solar Probe was built to investigate the Sun’s corona and solar wind. Parker launched August 12, 2018, making its first close pass (15 million miles) in January 2019. Its highly elliptical and variable orbit takes it to Venus and back to the Sun for a brief close flyby. During its five-year mission, the spacecraft will capture valuable data and make a total of 24 passes. Its heat shield withstands temperatures of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit while keeping the shaded onboard instruments a balmy 85 degrees. At the end of the mission, Parker will be only 3.8 million miles above the surface and traveling

430,000 mph. Artist’s concept of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe observing the Sun. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribbenan Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched BepiColumbo on October 19, 2018, to planet Mercury. It won’t Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter continues to arrive until December 2025 because it is capture stunning high-resolution images and taking a complicated path to overcome the search for water and other resources for fuSun’s strong gravitational pull and to literalture missions to the red planet. Mars Odysly “catch up” to the fast-moving planet that sey arrived in 2001, and its thermal infrared Hanny’s Credit: NASA, ESA, W. Keel, Galaxy Zoo Team only takes 88 days to make a trip around the Voorwerp. data Image helped scientists discover underground Sun. The spacecraft carries two orbiters to reservoirs of water near the poles. examine the planet’s magnetic field, atmo And finally, there is Jupiter, where NAsphere, surface, and interior. SA’s Juno spacecraft is on a unique orbit Next is Venus, an inhospitable place over the poles. It arrived on July 4, 2016, to where lead will melt on its surface. JAXA investigate Jupiter’s massive and powerful launched Akatsuki in May 2010, but it sufmagnetic field, radiation belts, interior, and fered an engine problem and failed to enter complex cloud layers. Images taken by its orbit. The mission team eventually found a camera are available to the public to downway to gain control and reinvent the spaceload and process. craft’s mission. It began a new orbital path Current status information about the misin December 2015 and is returning images sions is available online through each space and data to help us learn about the planet’s agency if you would like to learn more. Next weather. month we’ll take a look at some landers and Mars has numerous visitors. ESA’s Exrovers, and spacecraft visiting asteroids to oMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrived in October take samples that will be returned to Earth. 2016 to study the atmosphere. Their Mars Wishing you clear skies! • Express also monitors the atmosphere and has been looking for subsurface water since Join MVAS Sat., February 29, 7-10pm 2003. The Indian Space Research Organisation launched the Mars Orbiter Mission for an evening of stargazing at (MOM) in 2013 to image and study the surBarton-Brown Observatory face. The rest are NASA missions. MAVEN arrived in 2014 to investigate why Mars 206 White St., Waterville changed from a place with surface water to The event is free. today’s desolate landscape. Since 2006, the


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antique shopping guide Little Falls

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Antiques of CNY

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music in the valley

Cosby Gibson her latest cd: The Secret That the Forest Gave Me

review By John Keller Effervescent, inspirational, and enlightening are just a few words that can describe Cosby Gibson and her music. Her lilting voice, thoughtful lyrics, and plaintive playing make it a joy to listen to, both recorded and live. Her latest album, The Secret That the Forest Gave Me, is full of those signature virtues. The album opens with “By the Light of the Lantern.” Accompanying herself on autoharp, the song follows a walk through the aforementioned Forest, lit by the lantern making a “Path of the World.” A lively beginning on this musical journey. Feeling lost and finding your way is the center of “Whenever You Fall.” The knowledge that someone is always there looking out for you. The beautiful words to this song were written by Terri Meigs with Cosby’s guitar and wonderful vocals carrying this affirmation of devoted love. “Dancing in the Same Sun” is a tune about how we are all experiencing the same life. The line “Angels on wings and all living things are Dancing in the Same Sun” is quite memorable and puts many thoughts in a new perspective. Creating awareness of all things around you, spiritual and physical, will help keep you safe from the “Shadows of the Wind.” Cosby’s vocals are brilliant here and very reminiscent of early Joni Mitchell. The song brings one toward a “life of light as it carries you away.”


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The final song on the CD is “Guardian Angel.” It is a paean or a call to our own guardian angels to watch over us in our times of need. Beginning as a solo vocal, Cosby is joined by an ever-adding chorus through the end. A new mantra for all of us to recite in troubling times. As with all of Cosby Gibson’s albums, she ends each with some personal, inspiring messages. With titles like “Transcend Closing” and “Create the Life You Love,” Cosby gives her insight and thoughts on how to become a better you. Each has thoughtful merit and can become a pathway through our own dark forests. There are seven songs and five messages and lots of heart on this disc. Cosby is an encouraging force on the music scene. And in the environment. For every CD that she sells, a new tree will be planted to repopulate the forests that are being decimated through fires, industry and natural occurrences. When she is performing in your area, do yourself a favor and listen. It’s a well-deserved rest for the soul. You can obtain a copy of The Secret That the Forest Gave Me by going to her website www.cosbygibson.com There are lots of fun things to do there, too (Lyrics, Journals, Art, etc.). Oh, and she does reveal The Secret That the Forest Gave Her! •

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mv crossword

Valentine’s Crossword

All answers found in the pages of this magazine! Solution will appear in next month’s issue


3. In Germany, this ground-dwelling animal predicts the end of winter. See On the Farm with Suzie. 6. I love you, ___ and soul. 8. Roses are red and ___ are too! See MV Gardens. 9. Lydia and ___ the resident pair of Canada Geese at Spring Farm Cares Nature Sanctuary. 11. Ignorance is ___. 12. Two lovers kissed and the world ___ ___. See Shawangunk. 13. This Japanese spacecraft (it’s name means “daybreak”) was sent to Venus in 2010. See MV Astronomy. 16. ___ is the answer!

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1. Caruso’s Pastry Shop makes special pastries for St. ___’s Day starting February 7th! 2. Our new restaurant advertiser, ___ Whis- key Tavern & Grill. See Restaurant Guide. 4. The ___ ___ fire took place the week before Valentine’s Day in Herkimer in 1917. See Herkimer County. 5. Old Forge Winter ___ is Feb 7-Feb 9, 2020 7. One of the “Four things” Gary loves about the Adirondacks. See ADK Journal. 10. Say ___! 14. ___ Zegibe built a waterwheel to generate electricity for his cow barn and farmhouse. See Oneida County History. 15. New local CD: “The ___ That the Forest Gave Me.”

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MVL Crossword Puzzler

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Cold Cuts, Pecorino Romano, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Imported Provolone, & much more! Visit us for all your Italian Favorites! You’ll love our prices!

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did you know?

herkimer, ny from Sue Perkins and the Herkimer County Historical Society


Jones Store - Benjamin Jones bought the store in 1916 from George Richards. It was “a haven for East Herkimer youth, like a youth center”

The Trolley Bridge spans the West Canada Creek at the eastern edge of Herkimer, built of concrete in 1903 by Beckwith and Quackenbush.

Construction of the bridge from East Herkimer to Herkimer in 1913. It was imploded in 1999 once the new bridge on Route 5 was completed.

Cheese broker Simeon Osborne Jr. had this Gothic Revival house built before 1850 on the western side of Route 28.

Herkimer County Home was located on the west side of Route 28. Built in 1880, today it is Herkimer’s fire training site.

Donald J. Mitchell (1923-2003) lived on Shells Bush Road. He was an optometrist and served as Town of Herkimer Councilman, Mayor, Assemblyman, and Congressman.


MV history spotlight:

Historic Old St. John’s Church from the Oneida County Historical Society

Historic Old St. John’s Church in Utica - The church is the third one to be built on this site. The basic structure of the church was constructed in 1868-69 and dedicated in 1872. The twin steeples were added during the 1890s when the entire interior was remodeled and renovated, galleries removed and side chapels erected and a 10-bell chime installed. St. John’s parish, formed in 1819, is the oldest Roman Catholic parish west of Albany. The original black and white photo was digitally colorized by Carl Saporito of the Oneida County Historical Society (available for sale at the OCHS).

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Handmade signs & furniture

Cookie mixes & Valentine’s Day candy!

Jewelry by Perfect Love 444

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Roddy has pale eyebrows

kit’s lifeless body was floating on top of the branch pile near the beaver blind. I removed it from the pond. Upon close inspection there didn’t seem to be any injuries or obvious cause of death. It is possible that the kit drowned. Drowning is a hazard for young beaver kits on their first journeys out of the natal lodge chamber. They follow a parent or older sibling into the pond, but then must face the daunting challenge of getting back inside the lodge via the underwater entrance. At this point in their lives, they are inexperienced holding their breath for extended periods. The new kit did confirm that Tippy had young in the lodge, but just how many were in the litter remained a mystery. On July 12th another of the season’s new beaver kits was seen. This one followed closely behind Tippy as she made a quick trip in and out of the lodge. To me, it looked like a training session. The next day, I watched a new kit follow GenLo all the way to the beaver blind before diving and heading back to the lodge. During the third week in July, most beavers were coming out of their lodge in the early to mid-afternoon time frame. The new kit was coming out with increasing frequency. Usually, it tried in vain to grab treats from its siblings or parents. It begged at GenLo and pawed the food he was holding, but his father kept pushing him away. Beavers aren’t generous with treats once they have them in their paws. As

Lydia continues incubating her eggs

it happens, even a small kit will get nothing from its parent. Once a kit leaves the lodge, it must find its own food in the pond. Beavers partake in mutual grooming, but it’s something I hadn’t seen happen in a while. I suspect it happens more often at night and/ or inside the lodge. Mutual grooming may take place between any two members of the colony. This time, I had a front-row seat to watch Tippy and one of the yearlings as they groomed each other in front of the beaver blind. As is typical, the two adopt a “yin and yang” position, side by side and facing opposite directions. Having adopted this position, they then gently comb the fur on each other’s flanks using their oversized incisors. Heavy rains on August 16th tested the beaver dams. The dam patch at Morton’s Pond held but the new dam at Julia’s Pond failed and water levels there dropped to about 1/6 capacity. As it happened the dam breach was not catastrophic. New dams are much less involved structures; they tend to be easy to break and easy to fix. Sure enough, GenLo and his apprentices had the dam repaired and the pond was back to normal in less than twenty-four hours. Despite all the work taking place at Julia’s Pond and vicin-

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least half of the kits still weren’t interested in leaving, but by Christmas Day, it seemed like the entire colony had finally made the move to Julia’s Pond. I was still checking Morton’s Pond every afternoon and bringing food to the four or five beaver kits (both yearlings and new ones) that remained there. I was also checking Julia’s Pond to see if beavers were coming out there. A few kits came out towards evening, but no beavers were emerging reliably. The beaver’s year ended with most of the colony installed in a new pond, with the parent’s pair bond intact, and with at least 11 kits in residence. It remains to be seen if the kits that lingered at Morton’s Pond will continue there or eventually join the others at the new pond. We now look forward to a new year of adventures for the Spring Farm beavers and for all the other wildlife that cohabitates with them in their habitat. • Matt Perry is Conservation Director and resident naturalist at Spring Farm CARES in Clinton. He manages a 260 acre nature preserve which is open for tours by appointment. Matt is also regional editor of “The Kingbird”, which is a quarterly publication put out by the New York State Ornithological Association. Matt’s short nature videos can be viewed on the web. Look for Spring Farm CARES Nature Sanctuary on Facebook.

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“Love is a Many Splendored Thing” was the title on the sheet music I often saw on the piano where I practiced my lessons as a youth. Beneath the title is a picture of Jennifer Jones and William Holden in a romantic embrace. Part of the lyrics seemed particularly poetic to me; “Once, on a high and windy hill, in the morning mist, two lovers kissed and the world stood still.” In my sophomore year of college (1967-68), I decided to see if there was any truth to these words. During meals at the school cafeteria, I’d made friends with some “Zippies” (the nickname for Music Majors). They were upperclassmen and lots of fun. One of them had a car, so we went out sometimes, to have pie a la mode, or pizza and beer at an Italian café, or drive to nearby villages and look around in second-hand stores. This was a real treat because staying on campus all the time got boring.

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coming from my parent’s living room where one of my younger sisters and her boyfriend (also her future husband) were playfully sparring, I knew that something much more serious was up. Look out, if you get into a wrestling match with a Spencer girl! Of course, these things don’t always work out. While doing research on FultonHistory.com, I ran across this article (I’ve abbreviated) about an application for divorce in the Syracuse Journal, September 27, 1915 “’DECLARED WIFE WAS TOO AFFECTIONATE’ ‘I’ve had enough affection to last me for 25 years,” declared Frank Merz. ‘My wife wanted me to keep my eye on her all the time and I got tired of showing my love every second. Even when we went to the picture show, she insisted on my (putting) my arm around her. If I started to look at a pretty actress on the screen, she would make me turn and gaze at her.’ He does not contemplate returning to her…although he doesn’t appear to have any objection to her outside claim that she expects him to bubble over with affection all the time.” In the early 1980s, Tim and I met a very affectionate couple from Rome, NY who were dating. She was a vivacious, bright, and pleasant member of our church, who was on the staff of my old high school. He was a successful restaurant owner and chef. But she unexpectedly suffered a serious stroke and would probably need help the rest of her life. I joined Tim on a pastoral visit to her rest home. I knew she loved cats, but animals weren’t allowed in


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the time) vegetarian! Paul knew that we 1977 Trillium Camper for $2,000 (12 ft. were struggling financially with family long), some folding rocking chairs and responsibilities and our land purchases prepared to tow it in our 1990 4-cylinder for the preserve; consequently, he al- Dodge Dakota Ram to Florida to camp ways sent us home with many leftovers out for a few winter months of balmy and extra beverages, and once gave Tim leisure. We felt we could afford this a top quality pair of shoes that lasted him wonderful adventure, and were quite excited! I would make baskets to sell, and for years. A few years later, Paul died quite un- we could save money by sleeping in the expectedly. Phyllis was devastated and camper along the way instead of in motels. But helpless. A relative after our first, long, tiring from very far day of traveling through away came A white heron strolls cold, winter weather on in to manage by our camper snowy roads, we pulled things and she into a tiny campground was taken to a after dark, and discovrest home in another state. She ered that the electric only lived for a heat and lights in the few weeks after camper didn’t work! the re-location. We’d had no way to In 2000, Tim test them at home, retired from the having only 12-volt church he served electricity. So we for thirty years in spent a miserable Utica, and we benight huddled togan a new life as gether on an icy cold Senior Citizens. mattress. We bought an old Further south,

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other couples who take that cross-continental trip; they look so tired and unhappy with each other during the first days after arrival, but restful, unstressful time in the sun soon heals their relationship. Now, we minimize this travel stress by storing our stuff there and flying instead. There are still problems and stresses, but it is less. While we are gone, our Preserve is supervised by the next generations of Behrendt’s as we now have children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren living on our road. They maintain a nice public trail for snowshoeing or cross country skiing and we offer some winter workshops such as: WINTER TREE MEDICINE WALK with Herbalist Lisa Fazio on February 1st at 10:30am when you can learn about some medicinal properties of our trees, bark, and needles. (email lisa@therootcircle.com to register) Or you may enjoy a WINTER WOODLAND NATURE WALK FOR CHILDREN (and adults) with Kimberly Behrendt as your guide on March 7th at 10:30 (call 315-826-7685 to register). This is an opportunity to discover fun

and games in a beautiful winter environment while learning to appreciate its unique qualities and beauties. We invite you to park at the end of Shawangunk Rd. and sign in at the Trail Head any time, to ski or walk in our Wondrous Woodsy Winter Wonderland. You may see our great-grandchildren making snow angels, or laughing with glee as they get towed on a sled by their mom and dad, Kim and Todd Behrendt. You will likely see many tracks of wildlife: deer, rabbits, squirrels, mice, birds… and possibly lovers. •

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When I had last seen the Irish Cultural Center, it was a big hole in the ground across the street from the So Sweet Candy Café. Which goes to show how often I get to Utica. However, I have seen the error of my ways and hope to return more often. My husband Steven, our friend Kim Darling, and I recently took the short drive from Herkimer with the specific purpose of checking out the new center. We stopped first at So Sweet, to say hello to Margaret Rienzo, the owner, who is pretty sweet herself. Who, me? Buy candy? Say it ain’t so! We told her our plan to go to the Cultural Center, and she assured us that it was a lovely place. “Be sure to ask about its history,” she said. We actually went to the Five Points Public House and Event Center, which is part of the Irish Cultural Center. We walked in and were immediately charmed by the old-world atmosphere. They were serving lunch, but we decided to sit at the bar and order drinks, not ruling out the possibility of also getting food.


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I suppose in an Irish pub, one should order ale or stout or perhaps whiskey, but I also took a glance at the wine list. They had 19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon! 19 Crimes is one of my favorites! Steven opted for Freakshow Chardonnay, about which I made the expected smart remark. The bartender nicely gave Kim a sample of the Riesling (I foolishly did not make a note of the winery), because Rieslings run the gamut from dry to sweet. Kim likes sweet; she liked this one. We admired the polished wood of the bar and the surrounding beams. There was a fireplace and plenty of tables, both tall and regular. Kim and I noticed a deck outside and made plans to come again in warm weather. We looked over the menu. I was interested in the Irish Onion Soup topped with rye croutons and Dubliner Cheddar. Also intriguing to me were the Irish Greens: braised escarole, cabbage, potatoes, and tender, slow-cooked corned beef. I learned that “Colcannon” is mashed potatoes with cabbage. Walking around, taking a few pictures, I asked a couple of gentlemen sitting at the bar if I could take their picture. I explained it would be for my blog or possibly for an article for Mohawk Valley Living magazine. They said that was fine, so I asked their names. “Phil Arcuri.” “It is not,” I said. “That’s the musician!” It turned out, though not Phil the musician, he did know the father of the other Phil. He went on to say he plays classical guitar and one day got a phone call. The lady asked to speak with Phil Arcuri. “I said, ‘Speaking.’ ‘Do you play guitar?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Well, can you play at my wedding?’ I said, ‘I can clear out a room!’ “ We all laughed. I said it would be funny if the magazine used the picture because the previous month my article had included a picture of the other Phil Arcuri. My new friend Phil said I would not believe his friend’s name either. It was Dave Smith. Yes, that sounded a little like a made-up name. Dave grew up in Utica but now lives in Connecticut. He was visiting the area, so Phil brought him to the Irish Center. It is a great place to bring friends so I plan to do so. After all, I have onion soup, greens, and Colcannon to try! Additionally, I did not ask about the history, as my friend Margaret had suggested. That could make an excellent blog post. •

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Pet Supplies Carhart’s Feed & Pet Supply . . . . . . . . . . 44 Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 23 20 24 22

Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . 45 Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . 45 Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . 6 Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . . 60 Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 44 Wyndfield Acres Farm Store, Little Falls . . . . . 12 Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Love & Stitches, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Real Estate John Brown Team, Coldwell Banker . . . . . . 56

Record Stores Off Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 12 Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cafe at Stone Mill, Little Falls . . . . . . . Canal Side Inn, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . Cleaver’s BBQ, West Winfield . . . . . . . . . Clinton Ale House, Clinton . . . . . . . . . Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . Delta Lake Inn, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . Hotel Solsville, Solsville . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Street Ristorante, Newport . . . . . . . . McGill’s Whiskey Tavern and Grill, Utica . . . . Michael’s Alder Creek Inne, Barneveld . . . . Nola’s Restaurant, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . Noyes St. Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . . Outta The Way Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . Patio Drive-In, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . . . Rosato’s Pizzeria & Bakery, Utica . . . . . . . . RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . Route 69 Steakhouse, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . The Tailor and The Cook, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie’s The Original Bagel Cafe, Utica . . . . . . The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 The Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . 11 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Snow Blowers SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Snowmobiles/ATVs Hobby Hill Farm, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Snowmobile Salvage Hudon’s Snowmobile Salvage, Barneveld . . . . . . . 55 Tire & Tire Repair Get a Grip, Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Toy Shops Lady and Leap Toy Shop, New Hartford . . . . . . 69 Tree Services and Tree Farms Rick Turk Tree Service, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 55





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