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A couple of weeks ago we threw a small party for our writers to celebrate another anniversary of the magazine and the 500th episode of the MVL TV show. As Peggy and Tim Behrendt’s music wafted gently through the balmy air, I overheard parts of various conversations. Gary VanRiper was talking to Susan Collea and her husband about their interest in hiking and kayaking in the Adirondacks. Suzie Jones and her husband, Peter, were talking with Matt Perry, of course, about their efforts to protect their chickens from a young eagle. I overheard Carol Higgins and her husband chatting with guests at their table about the Perseid meteor shower and local viewing opportunities. Denise Szarek and Bernie were discussing (what else) vegetables, as they enjoyed a salad that included some of my homegrown purple cauliflower (with me beaming) that I started with plants from their greenhouses. Jorge Hernandez and his wife, Carol, doted over their beautiful little granddaughter, Olivia, as they shared a tale of their recent dinner cruise on the W.W. Durant. As I watched the interactions of our “MVL family,” now enjoying John Keller’s singing and guitar playing, I realized what made these writers special—their voices. They each have a unique perspective and passion for their subject. They aren’t reporters. Reporters are important for covering news and events for our daily newspapers. Mohawk Valley Living isn’t a newspaper; it’s a magazine with stories about what it means to live here, a reflection of our community. More often than not, readers refer to our publication as a book. We take that as a compliment. We know it’s because of our talented storytellers that people look forward to the next chapter. And we look forward to the start of another year and our next chapter of Mohawk Valley Living. •

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Lochner v. New York (1905)

A little local bakery’s fight against the Bakeshop Act of 1895 went all the way to the Supreme Court

An Oneida County Case Makes Its Way to the Supreme Court By brian howard, executive director As we pivot into fall there is, understandably, a lot of attention being given to the upcoming presidential election. Tantamount to the argument between liberals and conservatives is the status of the U.S. Supreme Court, as the next president will likely be the one to appoint a new justice to the bench. While the court might be an abstract entity to us here in the Mohawk Valley, our shared history is perhaps more intertwined than we might appreciate. I’m talking about Lochner v. New York, which started right here in Utica and ended up in front of the Supreme Court in 1905. The Lochner decision was a landmark case that influenced subsequent court rulings regarding employment contracts for more than 30 years. So crucial was this case that the following decades are referred to as the “Lochner era” in the court’s history. The case revolved around a Utica baker, Joseph Lochner, who ran his shop at 84 South St. (later 82-84 South St.) starting about 1894. His shop was relatively unremarkable, and he had few employees; the address also doubled as his residence. Keep in mind that he started his business toward the end of America’s second industrial age, which was defined by rapid technological growth, urban population shift, and poor workplace conditions for the middle and lower classes. All of these aspects defined the city of Utica, which was growing by leaps and bounds at this time.

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It was in this environment that the New York State legislature passed the Bakeshop Act of 1895. This act was an early example of government regulation that became common in the Progressive Age of the 1900s. One of its provisions imposed restrictions on working hours; no employee could work more than 10 hours a day, six days per week. In 1899 Lochner was fined for violating the Bakeshop Act. He paid the fine but was cited again in 1901. This time he appealed the decision, losing appeals to both the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court and to the New York State Court of Appeals. Four years later, his case was in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The central question revolved around the state’s right to police a private firm’s contracts with its employees. Lochner’s side argued that the due process clause of the 14th Amendment protected his right to define employment terms for his workers, and that the Bakeshop Act violated that right. The state argued that regulating bakery hours was a safety measure taken in the public interest. After hearing both sides the court returned its verdict in Lochner’s favor by a split 5-4 vote. The majority opinion was delivered by Associate Justice Rufus Peckham, who called the Bakeshop Act’s restrictions an “unreasonable, unnecessary and arbitrary interference.” They decided that bakery work, unlike

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mining or factory work, was not inherently dangerous or unhealthy. Thus, issues like working hours should not be subject to government regulation. The dissenting justices said the court didn’t give enough credence to the state’s claim that regulation was necessary to ensure not only worker health, but also product quality. The Lochner decision was highly controversial, setting a precedent that limited a state’s authority over working conditions. It was assailed by progressives and unionists (often one and the same) who fought for worker’s rights during the early 1900s. Court scholars past and present have cited the case as an example of the ultraconservative interpretation of our Constitution. Without a doubt, in 1905 the decision was highly out of step with the tide of public opinion. In 1937, the West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish decision reversed the Lochner precedent. The justices at this time—who leaned substantially more to the left than did the Lochner era justices—repudiated the idea that “freedom of contract” was protected in the Constitution. Lochner ran his bakery on South Street until 1933, after which the city directory lists him as “retired.” This case remains relevant today, and was even the subject of a 2011 Washington Post article* written by conservative columnist George Will. While this Utica baker could not have foreseen the influence he would have on our nation’s labor history, it’s another example of the outsized influence our Mohawk Valley has had on the nation. • *Why Liberals Fear the “Lochner” Decision, Washington Post, Sept. 8, 2011

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You will notice there are posted signs along each side of the marked trail and around the circumference of the immediate tower area. There is no reason to explore anyway since the only views are from the tower itself. This also means if you are afraid of heights and are not interested in simply a walk through the woods, you might want to rethink making this a destination. The trailhead for this one-mile hike to reach the tower can be found by turning off Route 28 in Eagle Bay onto Big Moose Road. The road transitions from pavement to dirt and stone that will slow you down quite a bit before reaching the small parking area on your left. It is eight miles from Big Moose Station. If coming from the opposite direction on Big Moose Road the parking area will be some two miles from Stillwater Road on your right. The mountain at Stillwater is 2,264 feet, nearly identical in height to Bald Mountain at 2,350 feet and both hikes cover a single mile one way. A difference is the elevation gain over that mile: Stillwater, 560 feet; Bald, 360 feet. According to information supplied on the Friends of Stillwater Fire Tower Facebook page (www.facebook. com/Friends-of-Stillwater-Fire-Tower-234801852849/)

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the organization’s logo was “designed by Jill Shaver Lamere whose great, great grandfather came to Stillwater in 1901.” The Saratoga/Glens Falls Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club has already added the Stillwater Fire Tower to the Fire Tower Challenge checklist. (www. adk-gfs.org/firetower.challenge.php) Including the tower on Woodhull Mountain, that now makes three qualifying hikes with towers a short drive away to lure those living in the Mohawk Valley into entering that quest. With autumn colors just around the corner, it’s a great time of year to plan a trip and enjoy the views. But again, there is no hiking this trail during Big Game season; according to the organization’s Facebook page, the Stillwater tower and trail are closed from the second Tuesday in October through December 20. •

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Library Meets Telescope by carol higgins

Public libraries certainly have changed. When I was young and had a school project due, I’d walk to my town’s public library to use encyclopedias to find facts for my report and, of course, I could borrow a book. Today, libraries offer so much more. There are story times and fun learning programs for children, computers, the latest popular books, movies, music CDs, magazines, community events, book groups, and even local history materials to help with a genealogy search, including access to microfilm with images of local newspapers going back to the Civil War. And it’s all free! Did you know there are two local libraries with something quite unique that you can borrow – a telescope! Our astronomy club, the Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society (MVAS), has donated a telescope to the Waterville Public Library in Waterville and another to the Kirkland Town Library in Clinton. You can check out a telescope just like you would a book, and take it home to enjoy viewing the night sky with your family. MVAS got its inspiration for the library telescope loaner project by a program started by the New Hampshire Astronomical Society. In 2008 that club donated a telescope to a local library for the public to borrow. The telescope was so popular they purchased more telescopes and donated them to other libraries. Today, more than 100 libraries in New Hampshire have loaner telescopes.

News of that success has spread to many astronomy clubs, including 4th grader and aspiring scientist Lincoln Briggs looks through the MVAS. We’ve adopted the loaner telescope at Memorial Park Elementary School in Waterville telescope initiative to promote amateur astronomy in the Mohawk Valley and have applied modifications to of Constellations of the Northern Skies by make the telescopes safe and easy to use. the National Audubon Society, and a headThe telescopes available at the libraries in Voorwerp. lamp Image with Credit: a redNASA, lightESA, toW.protect your Hanny’s Keel, Galaxy Zoonight Team Waterville and Clinton are the same as those vision. A laminated Telescope Quick Start in hundreds of other libraries across the sheet lists reminders of the best way to carry, country. transport, and operate the telescope. What is included in the telescope loaner What can you see? In September, many package? Let’s start with the telescope. The summer wonders are still visible, including Orion 4.5” StarBlast Telescope is a light- the Pleiades star cluster, the Andromeda weight, good quality telescope that is very Galaxy near constellation Cassiopeia, and easy to transport and set up outside on a stur- the Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius. Venus is dy table. It has a 4.5-inch aperture mirror, in the west just after sunset, and Mars and where light coming into the telescope tube Saturn are in the southwest. Don’t forget the gets reflected into an eyepiece. Moon; it’s always amazing to see impact The eyepiece, which is the lens that you craters with a telescope. A great resource is a look through, is a “zoom” design. You turn free sky chart to print at www.skymaps.com the outside of the eyepiece to change the each month. magnification to get a closer look or wider Who knows, you may infield view of the object you’re observing. spire your child or grandAdjusting the focus for your eye is easy; child to become an asslowly turn the focus wheel. To help aim the tronomer or ignite a telescope, an EZ Finder is attached to the spark for a lifelong telescope tube. Just point the red dot to the love of science. A object, and when you look through the eye- telescope at your piece the object is there. local library – go The pouch attached to the telescope base check it out! • contains reference materials. There is an illustrated instruction manual, a Pocket Guide

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downtown utica

what’s up downtown by michelle truett

EVENT

MADE IN UTICA’S DOWNTOWN GETDOWN

Background photo by Matt Ossowski

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

The Made in Utica crew is at it again! Their latest event, the “Downtown Getdown,” is a one-day music and arts festival with multiple venues throughout Utica’s neighborhoods. They saw a gap in the music and arts festival space for this fall and decided to join forces with the city’s neighborhoods to bring in some fun and activity. The day-long event promotes walking through downtown and exploring the emerging neighborhoods and pockets of spaces that you’ve been hearing more and more about. The day starts at the Oneida County Public Market in Bagg’s Square at the REA Wing of Union Station at 9am. There will be live music from 10am-noon and the market will be open until 1pm. Discover Bagg’s Square (Utica’s most historic neighborhood!) from noon5pm with music, street performers, and art displays along with food and drink deals from participating businesses. Head over to Franklin Square from 1-6pm where there will be live music and an arts & vendor fair in the Franklin Square Alley. The Brewery District will be rockin’ from 5:30pm on, including Umphrey’s McGee at the Saranac Brewery followed by an after-party at the city lot next to Nail Creek Pub. Back downtown at The Dev on Devereux Street, there’ll be live music from 7pm until last call. There will be plenty to keep you busy throughout the neighborhoods during Downtown Getdown! Made in Utica is a grassroots, pro-community group that promotes Utica, NY through creative events and projects that highlight the interesting people and places of the city. Keep updated with details of the Downtown Getdown at: www.madeinutica.com

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A NEW DOWNTOWN BUSINESS

Scoops & Sandwiches 331 Genesee Street

The name says it all! Scoops & Sandwiches is a new shop in Oneida Square that saw a need for a quick grab-and-go option for ice cream and sandwiches in the neighborhood. Their renovated space brings new life and activity to the block. Sandwiches differ per day as they’re working on defining their permanent menu—their hot sandwich specials can range from Philly cheese steaks to pulled pork to an interesting chicken alfredo with broccoli panini. Cold sandwiches use only Boar’s Head cold cuts. Ice cream specials include everything you’d expect, like delicious cones, bowls, shakes and sundaes. The ice cream is Philly-based Bassett’s, a fifth generation ice cream company which uses only a small handful of ingredients in their products. One of Scoops & Sandwiches’ signature specials is the “Scoop Cooler,” a refreshing, smoothie-like treat made with sorbet in dynamite flavors like apricot mango. The shop has a small but mighty team. You’ll find Kenny LaGasse, a Utica native, in the kitchen. Brent Baird is the customer service force that will warmly greet you at the door and Nelson Irizarry works behind the scenes here and at two other businesses in Oneida Square. They’re working on delivery service, which will be offered soon through another Utica-based start up, FooCab.

Brent Baird and Kenny LaGasse of Scoops & Sandwiches

DOWNTOWN FOR 36 YEARS

Empire Bath & Kitchen 600 State Street

Empire Bath & Kitchen was established in 1954 and has called downtown Utica home since 1980. You may drive by their showroom on the corner of State and Columbia Streets often, but you may not realize what a large, beautiful showroom awaits you inside. Empire specializes in bathroom and kitchen design and transforming your space in the style you love, whether it be traditional, modern, or anything in between. Empire prides themselves on their personal touch with clients—from home visits to 3-D renderings of the space, to design and selection guidance all the way through to installation. They carry everything from cabinets, countertops, baths and showers, to closet systems, lighting, hardware, tiling flooring, walls, and much more. They also offer ADA compliant designs and remodeling for the aging. You can see many of the products set up right in their showroom. Cindy Miller, the current owner, started as an employee in 1987 and today heads up the multi-faceted four person team. They have done projects throughout the state from Cooperstown to Old Forge out to Syracuse and beyond… all designed right from downtown Utica! •

Empire Bath & Kitchen team members Amanda Case, owner Cindy Miller, and Emily Radley

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The Everyday Adventures of Mohawk Valley Girl

running around herkimer One hobby I have not had time to pursue much lately is running, and that is too bad because the Mohawk Valley is a great place to go running. Last year, I participated in that pinnacle of community race events, the Utica Boilermaker. I ran the 15K, never mind how slowly. I would like to run it again next year, so I’m thinking I will begin seriously running again soon. That way I won’t be studying my calendar next year thinking, “If I increase my run by 10 percent every week, I’ll be running this long by May, this long by June.…” I live in Herkimer, where I’ve found a number of good places to run. Sometimes I go up Main Street and right on Weber Avenue to a lovely path over what used to be a hydraulic canal. Local residents may recall how the canal became an unsightly and unsanitary ditch. Now, it is a beautiful paved path surrounded by grass, flowers, and trees. It is just asking to be enjoyed by runners, pedestrians, and nice dogs (on a leash and cleaned up after, of course). Posts along the way tell the canal’s and the path’s history, with pictures. Naturally, I do not stop to read those while I am running (don’t think I haven’t been tempted). The path goes back to German Street then continues on the other side of German. Then I usually take Suiter Street to Gray Street and pick up the path again at the corner of Folts and Doxtader. The path ends at Green Street. Another path that is wonderful for runners, pedestrians, and dogs runs by the Erie Canal. I personally run from my house to Mohawk Valley Ambulance (corner of East Main and 5s, parking available), then run along the path to the South Washington Bridge. A few feet on the highway bring me to the bridge, which I run across before continuing back to my house. I have not been in good enough shape for that

Kids looking at the site of a former hydraulic canal on “Valley Girl’s” running route near Weber Ave. in Herkimer

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long of a run for a while, so that is another goal for me to work for. The path continues after the South Washington Bridge, but I have never run that far. However, I have driven to the parking area across from the Herkimer County Humane Society and walked along the path going back toward Herkimer. I did that a couple of times with my husband, Steve, and our schnoodle, Tabby. We did not make it as far as the bridge. Tabby is sadly no longer with us. However, we recently acquired another canine companion, the redoubtable peekapoo Spunky. We will have to go walk that path with him. Sometime when I’m not running on it. When I want to do a run that makes me feel tough, I run up the hill to Herkimer College. There is a nice wide shoulder, but I also try to run at low traffic times. Safety first for Mohawk Valley Girl! The back way up to the college is an even prettier run, with wooded areas on either side. That way is less steep but longer, to put a little more variety in my workouts. Once I get myself back into shape, I’d like to try some of the races I see going on in the area (I don’t know why I call them “races;” I certainly do not think I’m going to win). One run that has always intrigued me is the Falling Leaves on September 24. I wonder if I could be up to 14K by then! •

A nice running route is ahe Canalway Trail near the South Washington Bridge in Herkimer where the Erie Canal runs alongside the Mohawk River

Cynthia M. Quackenbush, a.k.a. “Mohawk Valley Girl,” writes a daily blog about her everyday adventures in the Mohawk Valley. Follow her frugal fun at: mohawkvalleygirl.wordpress.com

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Mohawk Valley road trip Lock 17 in Little Falls is the largest single lock in NY State. When it was completed in 1916, it was the world’s highest..

road Trip to

little falls

Story and photos by Melida Karastury Our family-fun adventure is a scenic drive to Lock 17 in Little Falls with daughter, Alana Karastury, and niece Kylea Palmer. We will meet up with MVCC geology professor and good friend Lindsey Geary to teach the girls how to rock climb. I, on the other hand, will go on a solo expedition to the other side of Moss Island to explore the natural geological wonders known as potholes. Although Moss Island is fun to explore as a family, I do not recommend the pothole area for young children. After a short and cautious hike, I am able to take in the view. It is absolutely breathtaking in every direction. Moss Island is a geological wonder, with its large 40-to-50-foot-deep potholes, covered in dwarf oak trees and moss. My imagination runs wild and I envision an enchanted world of faeries and faces

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While the girls learn to rock climb, Melinda explores the potholes on the other side of Moss Island.

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in the rocks. I capture photographs of sun rays through the many pothole formations. I also take a meditative moment to honor the perseverance and resilience of the dwarf oak trees that grow through, around, and on top of the rocks. I find peace and tranquility in the forest and amongst the colorful rocks.

Trees roots and rocks appear to be one.

The colorful potholes of Moss Island were formed about 13,000 years ago as a result of the hydraulic forces of swirling water and scouring rocks against the ancient gneisses located at the bottom of what must have been a magnificent complex of waterfalls. (Refer to MV Living Vol. 1, issue 2, Nov. 2013)

Mohawk Valley Boat Charters Board the BELLA GIORNATA at Bellamy Harbor Park in Rome for all-day charters on the Erie Canal.

Wed: Loomis Gang Train Robberies 10, 12:30, 3pm • Thurs: Clown Train 12:30 and 3pm Fri: Hobo Days 12:30 and 3pm • Sat & Sun: Scenic Ride to Otter Lake 12:30 and 3pm Sat: Big Moose Station Lunch Train: Noon • Sun: Big Moose Station Brunch Train: 9:30am River & Rail: Paddle from Tickner’s down the Moose River and catch a train back

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We see many fishermen along the shore near Lock 17. Some of them in wheelchairs. We learn that Moss Island Park provides access for anglers with disabilities. www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/75696.html

People enjoy watching Lock 17 fill and drain to allow boats to continue along the canal. Kayaking through the lock is an adventure in itself.

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On the other side of Moss Island, Alana and Kylea learn to rock climb with Lindsey Geary. The climb is ideal because of its range of very easy to very hard climbs. It is also appealing for its short approach from the base and it is less than a five-minute walk to set up an anchor. You must have a permit to climb at Moss Island. Check with the City Clerk during weekdays and with the Fire Department on weekends, or visit during local festivals when demonstrations are available.

Kylea gets a feel for the rocks and receives instruction on the ground before gearing up for her climb.

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We knew that Alana would be a natural at rock climbing because as a baby she would climb everything and anything with absolutely no fear. Alana and Kylea are both now hooked on rock climbing and can’t wait to try a more challenging climb next time.

Alana is a quick study in rock climbing and can’t wait to try a more challenging climb next time.

After rock climbing, we make a short but picturescque visit to Buttermilk Falls (trailhead off Burch St., Little Falls). The waterfall is a short 10-minute hike from the parking lot. The pounding sound of water against the rocks is deafening as the girls get as close to the waterfall as they can. They laugh as a cool mist covers their faces.

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Buttermilk Falls is a short 10-minute hike from the trailhead located behind the pool off Burch Street in Little Falls

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We head back to Canal Place for some shopping and to recharge with lunch at Ann Street Restaurant & Deli. As their name implies, they know their way around a deli sandwich. They are also famous for their delicious cream puffs! Owner, Michelle Hanson, runs a tight ship—an important skill during the city’s many festivals and celebrations that regularly attract thousands of visitors to Canal Place. •

Ann Street Restaurant & Deli

381 S Ann St., Little Falls Open Monday-Friday: 7am-3pm, Saturday and Sunday: 7am-4pm

Free guided walking tour of Canal Place Sat., September 10 during Garlic Fest. Meet at 11am at Benton’s Landing (over the bridge at Canal Place)

Ann Street Restaurant & Deli’s famous Reuben sandwich

The Ann Street Deli team stops for a split second. Kirsten Nash, owner Michelle Hanson, and Karen Stowel

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mohawk valley food

The canal side inn in little falls

story and photos by Jorge L. Hernández ’Tis a pity that you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. That’s the dilemma faced by diners at the Canal Side Inn, the French-American restaurant at the historic Canal Place district in Little Falls, N.Y. Hands down, the food here is so visually extraordinary that you will want to look at it forever, yet eat it ravenously at the same time. But you can’t do both, so the best course is to savor every bite, hoping the experience never ends. It’s a mystery that the Canal Side, owned and operated by chef James Aufmuth of Little Falls, has somehow managed to remain the best kept secret around. But no more, I say. It comes as a surprise for this first-time visitor that it’s been in business since 1982, patronized by a corps of loyal clientele. James takes that in stride but knows he’s got a satisfied following. “Everything on the menu is popular, starting with the daily specials,” James says, and he does say it modestly. “Consistency and continuity are the hallmarks of a good restaurant,” he opines. “People have to know what they’re getting.” The menu includes basics of traditional French cuisine, with nightly specials. “The specials allow me to do what’s fresh or seasonal, and people love that. I also source things locally as much as I can. I shop at the farmers market in Little Falls.” James, originally from Fly Creek, N.Y., majored in sociology at Villanova University. After working after college in various restaurants and traveling the world, he realized his true passion was in cuisine. “So I thought I’d better learn how to cook,” he says. He first did an apprenticeship in Paris, France. “When I returned, I worked in New Orleans and developed my skills down there,” James notes. When he learned the Little Falls site was available, he returned back to his roots. The restaurant building once housed a longtime restaurant, Henry’s Steakhouse. James gave it his own imprint. His restaurant seats 60, with additional seating in a small lounge that boasts a lighter, bistro menu. The interior is elegantly dark with wood paneling and crisp white napery, subtle spotlighting and walls awash with abstract and landscape paintings. It’s an ambiance that announces that this place is special.

The inviting façade of the Canal Side Inn at Canal Place in Little Falls.

The French cuisine and neat, white table linens will whisk you away to France.

Owner James Aufmuth is a modest master chef.

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At the beginning of this century, James renovated the second and third floors of the building into three gracious guest suites that transformed the site also into an inn. James greets his guests on this particular visit, brandishing a bottle of champagne. He demonstrates the ritual of properly opening the sparkling wine, insisting that the desired effect is a hushed hiss, not the loud pop with foaming contents popular with the masses. You can tell the dining experience here will be a class act. The meal starts with a concoction of what James calls Pâté du Patron, a silky liver paste with a firm mousse-like consistency and taste. A fresh Caesar salad prefaces a creamy soup of cauliflower bisque. Beautifully presented entrées of salmon prepared with separate sauces, one smooth and fragrant with dill and champagne, the other textured with mussels. Côte de Porc Robert proves to be a regal portion of a pork chop smothered in a balsamic mustard cream sauce and topped with a dusting of savory herbed bread crumbs. As a nearby diner remarked, “It’s to die for!” The attentive server boasts – and rightly so – that it will be so tender than you will not need a serrated knife. Desserts range from the traditional crème brûlée to Strawberries Jayne (named for James’ mother), a meringue shell filled with vanilla ice cream and garnished with both fresh strawberries and strawberry sauce. It easily would feed three diners. James works hard, and it shows. “If the restaurant is open, I’m here. If I’m not, then we’re closed,” he says. “I’m the owner operator in the strictest old-fashioned sense of the word.” James says he has no future plans for the Canal Side Inn but to keep working. “I believe in the saying for restaurants that you’re only as good as your last meal,” he summarizes. So he will continue to hone his culinary skills. As more word gets out, however, he better be prepared to inspire for more diners that plight of either eating or keeping the proverbial cake. •

Escalope de Saumon Danoise, a filet of baked salmon with champagne sauce and dill.

Côte de Porc Robert, a regal cut of pork topped with herb bread crumbs, finished with balsamic mustard cream.

The Canal Side Inn

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Available in September...

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SEPTEMBER IN THE FOREST story and photos by Matt Perry September is the most nostalgic time for est benefit from this behavior me as a naturalist. Late summer was the time is the increased security that of year that I first began my deep dive into the comes from dozens of pairs mysteries of nature and of birdlife in particu- of eyes and ears all alert to A Broad-winged Hawk stops to rest lar. In terms of birdlife, the diversity of species the possible approach of that can be encountered at this time of year is a predator. If any of them great. “Fall” migration begins as early as July spies a Sharp-shinned Hawk for some species, but the climax for most of or any other likely threat, they will emit a sharp eyes, which hadn’t turned red yet, indicated them happens in September. In terms of sheer alarm call that is recognized and heeded by the that it was a juvenile that hatched this sumnumbers of individuals, fall migration is much whole group. My lingering in that spot paid off. mer. Other members of its family were nearmore impressive than spring migration; that’s There was a mixed flock coming my way and by and they let their presence be known with due to the amount of immature birds augment- their arrival was heralded by the spritely whis- their own calls. Together with the titmice, they ing the flocks. September is when the majority tled call of a Tufted Titmouse. The titmouse, were making slow progress through the trees, of warblers pass through. Like the butterflies like the chickadee, is another non-migratory moving forward a hundred feet and then backof the bird world, most warblers don colorful species that easily draws in fellow travelers tracking 50 feet and continuing along the entire plumage, and each species is quite distinct with its boisterous manner. Today, the titmouse forest edge in a similar manner. Bringing up from each other. family had a Red-eyed Vireo in their compa- the rear of the small entourage was an imma I decided to stake out a promising place ny. The vireo’s presence was given away by its ture Chestnut-sided Warbler and an immature on the edge of the woods and wait for a mixed characteristic nasal warning call, which sounds Magnolia Warbler. The sight of the latter speflock of songbirds to come by. At this time of more like a whine. I caught a glimpse of the cies brought me back decades to my earliest year, warblers, virvireo as it land- days of warbler identification when I first put eos, tanagers, and ed on a maple my eyes on an immature bird of that species. It grosbeaks all travel branch. While perplexed me for at least a day or two. The size An Indigo Bunting in its drab fall plumage in the company of I watched, the of an average mixed flock was bigger in those local chickadees vireo grabbed days, so I had the advantage of seeing plenty and nuthatches. a small cater- of examples of most species, but it wasn’t all Together, they pillar off the smooth sailing. Getting glimpses of birds and comprise mixed branch, shook then trying to reconcile them with the illustraforaging flocks that it briskly and tions in my inadequate and outdated field guide travel the woods then quickly didn’t always work. Since the plumage of the en masse. For flock s w a l l o w e d warbler in my binoculars didn’t match anymembers, the greatit whole. Its thing in my guide, for a little while I thought

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The juvenile Magnolia Warbler I may have discovered a new species. What are the chances? I had only been seriously birding for a few weeks and I already discovered a new species. Of course, it wasn’t a new species; it was a juvenile Magnolia Warbler donning pretty typical plumage. Back to the present, the immature Magnolia Warbler flitting through the branches of the buckthorn tree before me looked very much like the one that came close to becoming my namesake species. What a difference a few decades make. I’ve now become so comfortable identifying Magnolia Warblers that all I really need to see is their distinc-

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tive tail that appears half black and half white. These warblers and vireos move through the woods and wooded edges by day. After dusk, if the winds are favorable, they will start out on their nocturnal flight to tropical climes. An ominous looking storm seemed to be coming in from the west, but it didn’t seem poised to hit us. What appeared to be a shelf cloud stretched from horizon to horizon, but only covered the western third of the sky. The well-defined storm was moving at a good clip but it was heading due south and skirting us. I decided to abandon my warbler stakeout and head back up the trail. The cry of a solitary raptor caught my attention and I looked up in time to see a Cooper’s Hawk alternately flapping and soaring. I recognized the individual as one that had been hunting in the vicinity lately, but what was it so upset about? As I scanned the sky in the north, I quickly picked out a female Northern Harrier. Both raptors have long tails and broad wings and they share a superficial

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need to do is glide and air rising off the heated ground (air thermals) will do all the lifting. Just to the south, there was a much more impressive flock of soaring hawks. These were all Broad-winged Hawks and they were doing precisely the same thing as the Osprey and Harrier. They were soaring in a tight circle (called a kettle) and gaining altitude. There were at least 60 Broad-wings all together and it made for an impressive sight. The hawks moved like they were caught in a slow motion vortex. Their circular flight paths often crossed each other but there were no collisions. Some flew clockwise, others flew counter clockwise, it all seemed in sync and organized. Just as fascinating was the fact that the kettle of hawks was traveling directly alongside the storm front; heading in the same direction with the prevailing wind, but also remaining under the clear portion of the sky and in full sun. These birds knew what they were doing, for this is where they needed to be in order to exploit the thermals. The Broad-winged Hawks have a long trip ahead of them. They would be going all the way to South America and any energy they could save now would help ensure their successful journey. As I head out of the nature preserve, I hear the soft call notes of migrating Bobolinks. Unlike Common Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds that travel in large flocks, Bobolinks move over the Mohawk Valley in small groups – sometimes numbering only in the single digits. Each emits a bright and distinctive contact note as they fly over. The understated call makes for a great contrast with the spectacular bubbling spring song of the male. It will be at least seven months before the Bobolinks and most of the other birds seen today will return to our region. Until then, there are plenty of other things of interest in the woods and meadows and there are a lot more migrations yet to come. •

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On the farm with Suzie Juvenile bald eagle “Bert” sets his sights on the Jones’ chickens

Predators Abound by Suzie Jones

On our farm, we raise chickens, goats, and sheep—all delicious creatures enjoyed by man and beast alike. Over the years, we’ve had to contend with coyotes, foxes, fishers, rats, crows, and hawks, all of them hungry and looking for an opportunity to feed. Of course, every chicken or lamb they take represents an economic loss, and sometimes an emotional toll. Stopping them is essential…and in some cases, frustratingly difficult. This is a never-ending job on just about every farm. Dairy and beef farmers certainly have known coyotes to take newborn calves. And although vegetable, fruit, and crop farmers may not call them “predators” per se, they too are always battling some form of bug, bird, fungus, or rodent that seeks to consume their delicious product before they can harvest. Predators are one of the few constants a farmer can count on, year after year. Prevention is key when discouraging predation. In fact, we have two large guardian dogs exactly for this purpose. Canute and Lizzy mark their territory, patrol our land, and bark at anything unknown. As a result, they have created a “safety zone” that generally keeps coyotes and foxes at bay. They even keep the occasional sales person in their car! Animal housing should always be built with prevention in mind. For example, we built all of our chick brooders to be rodent-proof. (A

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permanent cover; they are free to wander around a nice grassy, fenced-in area.) Bert simply swooped down to grab his lunch and proceeded to eat it on our neighbor’s rooftop. In fact, our neighbor Joanne called to report that she had seen Bert with a chicken foot in his mouth and that he had left a pile of feathers on her roof! As cool as Bert was, and as much as I loved seeing him every day, we couldn’t continue to lose chickens. But since he is protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, I knew eradicating him was not an option. Even if he weren’t protected, I doubt I could kill such a magnificent creature. But maybe I could outsmart a bald eagle? I called the New York State DEC to ask for their advice. The first half of the conversation was spent establishing that it was indeed an eagle taking my chickens. Apparently, my situation was quite unusual. Bald eagles prefer fish! The DEC agent had the following advice: Make it hard for him to feed. Make the penned area smaller. If you can’t build a structure to go over the chickens, make a visual barrier. Bald eagles are opportunistic feeders, with juveniles being quite transient. If he can’t feed, he’ll move on. So, I took the agent’s advice and adjusted the size of my pen. I purchased flagging tape and zig-zagged it across the top of the enclosure. All the adjustments made it difficult to do morning and evening chores, but if it saved our chickens, it would be well worth the effort. The very next day, in the early morning fog, I saw that Bert had brought two friends (Ernie and Big Bird?), but there were no signs of a feeding. The flagging tape had them stumped! We saw Bert only one more time after that and he has since stopped coming by altogether. I’m at once both thrilled and saddened at our success. Bert was super cool! Before I became a farmer, I never had considered the challenges that predators present, nor fully appreciated how cunning these creatures are… and then how adaptable the farmer has to be to preserve her investment and livelihood. There are eight established bald eagle nests known to be in the Mohawk Valley region and I am so happy they are here. And I’m very happy to know what to do if I get another visit from Bert! •

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Fresh baby lettuce, strawberries, and grilled asparagus. To me that’s what spring tastes like. Our ancestors here in the Mohawk Valley survived for hundreds of years before boxed foods, refrigeration and long distance transportation of fresh fruits and vegetables, and I bet you can, too. If you aren’t fortunate to have the space to grow at least some of your own veggies, eating seasonally is still the way to go. Here in the Mohawk Valley we are fortunate to have some great farmers markets and some of the best CSA (community supported agriculture) farms and an abundance of family-run roadside farm stands. If you do shop the grocery store for produce, make sure the produce you are buying is from a local farmer and in season. It’s cheaper and better for the environment When you choose to eat cantaloupe in December or apples in March, you pay a huge premium price for those foods. To get those foods at those times, they either have to be grown in greenhouses in winter or shipped from halfway around the world, both of which tack on huge price increases. If you are concentrating

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you’ll have gobs of healthy snacks. With a little bit of effort during the harvest season you will be gaining lots of variety during the long winter ahead without paying trans-global premiums for it. It’s healthier Like I said, when you demand produce out of season, it’s coming from a greater distance. Veggies are picked before they are actually ripe, which means nutrients have not fully developed. Vitamins, minerals, and other vital nutrients contained in produce begin to decrease the minute the food is picked. It immediately begins to die and decompose. By the time it hits your grocery store produce section, it’s traveled thousands of miles, hopefully in refrigerated trucks. It’s probably three weeks old or more. And for that you get to pay a premium price. Why would you do that? Add to that the fact that many packing plants take great pains to be sure the produce you buy off-season looks pretty on your Thanksgiving table. Many add a shiny, waxy coating to produce to produce before shipping – cucumbers and apples are two that come to mind. Some foods are sprayed with preserving chemicals to help them survive the journey to your supermarket. When you have your

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Butternut Squash Lasagna By Denise Szarek ¼ C. butter 2½ C. chopped onions ½ lb. chopped Swiss chard 2 lbs butternut squash, roasted* ¼ - ½ C. vegetable broth 4 T. chopped fresh thyme, divided 4 T. sage 15 oz. container of ricotta cheese 4 C. grated mozzarella cheese, divided 2 C. grated Parmesan cheese, grated 2 large eggs Olive oil Package of lasagna noodles, cooked according to package, drained, rinsed, and set aside.

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discovering the location of active bird nests is to station oneself at a high point where the entire field is visible and make note of the locations from which prospective breeding adults come. It would be relatively easy to find nests where young are actively being fed by parents, but locating nests where adults are incubating eggs would be more problematic, since those parents would be more sedentary. All things considered, to adequately survey a small field for bird nests would take at least a week. The quicker method and the only way to find nests at all stages of development would be to systematically walk through the entire field and mark any nest found or any spot where a potentially nesting bird flies up. The risks of using this method include the possibility of stepping on a nest or inducing young to prematurely vacate the nest, but since the breeding field was slated to be mowed no matter what, that was a risk I had

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to take. When walking through a field there’s a fair chance you will scare up a bird from a place where it was simply foraging and not nesting. Consequently, I ended up marking off quite a few places that I only suspected held an active nest. Better safe than sorry was my motto. At the end of my survey, I remember standing back and looking at the field and marveling at the pink flagging tape that festooned the area. It looked like someone was planning on building a factory on the site. I could only imagine what the guy driving the tractor was going to make of all the “no mow zones” that had been freshly designated. I was sure he’d think I was crazy and I’m inclined to agree that this is pretty much what crazy looks like. When it came time to mounting the Monarch Butterfly rescue, I remember just looking at the field and feeling completely overwhelmed. It was probably only 10 acres in total, but when


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faced with searching every square foot of it, it might as well have been a thousand acres. Regardless, I enlisted an assistant and we set out to do the work. My plan was to methodically cover the entire field by walking a series of parallel lines about three to six feet apart depending on how dense the plant growth was. Along the way all examples of the Monarch’s host plant, milkweed, would be closely scrutinized. I would be on the lookout for other butterfly host plants, too, including Queen Anne’s Lace and other members of the parsley family (these are the host plants for Black Swallowtail Butterflies), but mostly I was concerned with Monarchs due

to that species’ pressing conservation challenges. Surely they can use all the assistance we can give them to help offset their dramatic population decline. The task before us was daunting. There had to be thousands of milkweed plants in that field. Some grew in dense rafts, others grew in isolation and were interspersed among grasses and other field plants. Before the day was out, each one of them would get some attention from us. Specifically, I was inspecting the milkweed leaves for signs that they had been recently chewed and I was also looking for caterpillar manure (called frass), which sometimes collects on the leaves beneath where caterpillars feed. Of course, other insects besides Monarch caterpillars leave signs like this on milkweed; insects like Milkweed Beetles, Milkweed Leaf Beetles, and Milkweed Tussock Moths, just to name a few. As for finding Monarch eggs, that wasn’t realistic, and certainly not with our time constraints. Monarch eggs and virtually all butterfly eggs are very tiny. Although you can see Monarch eggs with the naked eye, searching for them on every leaf in a field wasn’t even remotely practical. Monarch eggs are the color of pearls. Indeed, they are like jewels; they are lightly furrowed and conical in shape. They are often found singly, attached to the bottom of a leaf of the host plant. Given our time table, I was compelled to limit the search to more obvious

things like caterpillars and chrysalises. However, if a female Monarch was seen laying an egg, we would attempt to collect it. It’s not the easiest thing to walk through an uncut hay field. Some plants like to grab you by the ankles and they generally make walking difficult. Spotted Knapweed is notorious for that and so is Everlasting Pea. The latter plant is a particularly tenacious vine that ties up fields with dense growth. One of my assistants once described walking through one of our own fields that was particularly afflicted with Everlasting Pea as akin to experiencing boot camp. Indeed, trudging through a tall field can be taxing, but it’s also incredibly interesting for those curious about the natural world. A field can be like a jungle in miniature: an ecosystem packed with a great diversity of plants and creatures. Of course, there wouldn’t be time for delving into the hay field’s wonders. For the sake of the butterfly rescue, we had to stay focused. There was a task at hand and I was finally coming around to the idea that it might be possible. I set out into the field with a pair of hand clippers and a large bucket with a lid. The plan was not to pick up the caterpillars by hand, but instead to clip the stem of the host plant and store the whole thing – plant and caterpillar, upright in the bucket. This way the insects could continue feeding if they were so inclined. Also, it’s never a good idea to handle caterpillars. Their bodies

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A Calico Pennant Dragonfly surveys the field for prey are easily damaged, especially prior to molting. Since their skin-like exoskeleton will not stretch, butterfly caterpillars generally molt four times before becoming a chrysalis. Truthfully, I had no idea how many Monarch caterpillars I was likely to find. Earlier that summer, there had been an average showing of adult Monarchs in the area, but I hadn’t visited that one particular field to know if a new generation was developing there. It was a hilltop field, and such locations tend to be the most coveted by butterflies looking for habitat. But regardless of how ideal a habitat may seem, you still may get what I refer to as “Ghost Town Syndrome.” There may appear to be the perfect conditions for a species to flourish,

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and it has fooled me more than a few times. However, if you keep your eyes on them you will see that after a minute or two, when danger recedes, the beetle invariably springs back to life, flies off to another Milkweed plant, and resumes fighting and mating. There was no need to save these beetles from the mower. The adults would be able to fly away and find new habitat and, unlike the Monarchs, the beetles aren’t in need of a conservation inspired intervention. At a certain point it was almost as if my eyes had acclimated to finding Monarch caterpillars. I was seeing them faster now and my bucket was beginning to fill with them and their host plants. By the time my partner and I had finished going through the field, we had gathered 75 Monarch caterpillars, three Monarch chrysalises, a few Milkweed Tussock Moth larva and one other unidentified chrysalis. It was a good haul! By the end of that day all of the Monarch caterpillars had been relocated to the nature preserve where they were placed upon our own milkweed plants. There, at least a few of them prospered. It’s certainly not an enviable thing to be a caterpillar or virtually any other insect in its larval stage. Only a small fraction of butterfly eggs that hatch will ultimately survive to become butterflies. Caterpillars (mostly moth species) are a major part of the food that songbirds depend on to survive and to raise their families on. Insect predators also find caterpillars to be irresistible prey. They are plump, protein rich, and

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begin to form chrysalises until mid-September. Realizing that evenings were becoming quite cold, and butterfly development is contingent on the presence of warm temperatures, I decided to take the chrysalises indoors where continuous heat would allow for faster development. Monarchs are unable to survive our Northeastern winters in any of their life stages, hence their need to migrate south. Without this second intervention, the Monarchs that we saved from the mower would only be cut down by Old Man Winter instead. I recognized that bringing them inside might not be enough either, since they wouldn’t emerge as adult butterflies until October, and by then the region’s nectar-producing plants begin to go dormant. Our Monarchs would have to migrate in a big hurry or risk starvation. The Monarchs came out of their chrysalises during the second week of October. At that time, there were a few cultivated flowers still blooming in people’s yards, but most late blooming meadow plants like the goldenrods and asters had started to go to seed. In order of their emergences, one by one, as soon as their wings had hardened, our three new Monarch Butterflies took to the sky and hopefully wasted no time in beginning their southward flights. Despite the temptation, I wasn’t about to drive them to their wintering grounds in the mountains of Mexico. There are limits even to my interventionist inclinations. One sunny day in mid-September, my considerable experience looking for things in fields

proved to be unexpectedly useful during a neighborhood crisis. This time, instead of looking for birds or butterflies, I was looking for a lost little girl. I confess that it was not the task I had planned on accomplishing when I left the house that afternoon. I was with my partner Debby and we planned taking a short hike up the road to check some of the local fields for gatherings of migrant birds. I personally was hoping to see some Bobolinks one last time before they flew south for the winter. The original plan was to not take the dog with us, but Katie’s “going for a walk” radar awakened her from a sound sleep and she dashed to the back door. There she adopted a classic pointer stance. As I approached she excitedly shifted her gaze between me and the harness that hung up on the coat rack. Resigned to the inevitable, I strapped her into the harness. I knew right then that there would be little or no birding done on the walk. I learned long ago that it’s next to impossible to use binoculars when there is a hound dog relentlessly tugging on your arm. So off the three of us went; the dog with her nose glued to the pavement, intently trying to pick up a scent of a fox; Debby, content just to be outside, and me, resigned to being a dog owner. We had just gotten to the first big field when we noticed that our neighbor June seemed to be searching for something. She was walking slowly along the shoulder of the road and scanning a large corn field with her eyes. She had a look of

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of the search party? I said “Well, Debby and I are here now, and we can help.” “Oh good! You’ve got binoculars and you brought the hound dog.” She said, as if somehow we were as good as a police canine unit. Incidentally, I think that was the only time anyone was ever glad that I had brought a hound dog. I then asked what I thought would be a rhetorical question: “And when are the police coming?” “Oh, no one called the police yet,” June said. “That’s the girl’s father over there. You can talk to him.” I was dumbfounded. There was a 3-year-old that may just as easily have been abducted as wandered off into a cornfield, and no one yet thought to call the police?! While Debby walked up the road and had begun to search the field edges, I went over to have a word with the father. I had to practically drag Katie along with me. She absolutely hates to backtrack on her walks and is extremely stubborn. I’ve often said that they should call her breed “Mule-Hound” instead of Coonhound. The father of the missing child looked to be in his mid-30s and was still in his office attire. He was yet another neighbor I had never seen and certainly never met. He was obviously in shock and worried to the point of being irrational. He wasn’t searching at all; he was only pacing back and forth, wearing a groove in his driveway and all the while muttering about how his wife was going to kill him. I asked him if anyone else was searching the cornfield that stretched back behind the house for at least a half mile. He said no. In fact no one besides the old couple was out looking, even though 20 minutes had elapsed since his daughter went missing! “My wife is going to kill me,” he said again. At that point I would say that his wife would be justified in doing just that. I ordered him to call the police immediately and I set out into the cornfield pulling my reluctant dog behind me. She wanted to continue on her walk and really had no interest in entering the corn stalk jungle even if it was an emergency. We made it through the first few rows OK, but then Katie began balking at squeezing between the tightly spaced stalks and only wanted to travel down the relatively wide aisles. I managed to get her through about 20 rows before she really began putting up serious resistance. At one point she managed to pull away

from me completely and in the process got her leash hopelessly tangled in some corn stalks. That served to stop us both. I couldn’t untangle it without wasting precious time, and so I unhooked her from the lead, picked her up, and carried her while I continued to search. I was trying to search in a systematic way, like I did when looking for Monarch caterpillars in another field not so far away. Except in this case, I was doing it a lot faster and while carrying a morose hound dog. I would travel down one row, cross over, and come up the next one and keep repeating the pattern. When I made it to about the middle of the field, I could see through several rows that there was a small form standing in amongst the stalks – it was the missing little girl! I called to her but she didn’t answer. I made a path directly to her, barging right through the corn rows. The child looked at me like I was the mean ogre of the cornfield. It probably didn’t help that I was carrying a hound dog. No doubt it seemed to her like I was scooping up little girls and hound dogs and bringing them back to my corn-stalk castle where I planned to cook them. Indeed, she looked horrified, but still not quite as horrified as my dog. I spoke as softly and as un-ogre like as possible. “Sophie, I’m so glad that we found you! Come with me, I’ll take you home and out of this corn field.” She was not about to comply. She wouldn’t take my hand or consent to follow me. I was a dog-eating ogre after all. So there I was in the middle of a corn jungle, holding a terrified threeyear-old with one arm and simultaneously holding a mortified hound dog with the other arm. Both were trying to pull away from me. Immobilized by the mutiny, now it was me that needed to be rescued. I called out that I had found the child. “You will have to come to us, though!” I said, “Just follow my voice.” By this point the girl’s mother had joined the search and I could hear her tearing her way through the stalks like a combine harvester. In short order the mother and child were reunited and the world was right again. The crazy hound and I began to make our own way out. It was only by some miracle I was able to recover her leash. I untangled it from the corn stalks and reattached it to her harness. When we emerged from the cornfield we were greeted by June and Debby. The police had just

Katie the Coonhound enjoys a well-deserved rest arrived on the scene. June looked at Katie with an aura of admiration and said in a loud voice, “The hound dog saved her!” Now, it was my turn to look horrified, but I didn’t say anything. Jim walked over and the couple began lavishing attention on the heroic dog, which was pretty much lost on Katie. She only wanted to continue on the walk that she was promised. But from the old couple’s perspective, it was as if Katie was telling them that her work here was done. It was time to move on to other towns and other neighborhoods where children may be lost or stuck in wells. The father of the little girl came up at that point, patted the dog’s head and said, “Wow, that’s quite some dog you’ve got there! She deserves a steak!” Apparently, he hadn’t been killed by his wife yet. Undoubtedly, he would have that to look forward to later on. If I were him, I’d consider hiding out in that cornfield at least for a few weeks! • 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 writes a weekly blog about the nature preserve, which can be found at: talesfromthewilds.blogspot.com

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The statue of General Nicholas Herkimer at Myers Park in Herkimer was unveiled in 1907 with much fanfare.

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pleted in May of 1907 and was on exhibition in the Paris Salon. Burr Miller located an appropriate boulder for the base of the statue near Remsen, New York. The moving of the boulder from Remsen to In an unidentified newspaper the site in Herkimer was an event in itself. article dated July 11, 1907, Frank P. Heyer (1862-1926) along with David H. Nicholas (1848-1912), Charles Mun (1866-1947) and Henry Royal (1858-?) went to Remsen to move the 24-ton boulder. The boulder was 8 feet in thickness, 6 feet in width, and 11 feet in length. The boulder had to be moved 700 feet across rough pasture land with an incline of 200 feet to get it loaded on a Mohawk & Malone Railroad flat car. The caption of a postcard in our collection reads, “Loading the great boulder for the Herkimer Monument July 21st 1907.” The dedication of the statue, which was held on August 6, 1907, coincided with the 130th Anniversary of the Battle of Oriskany and the centennial of the incorporation of the Village of Herkimer. The General Nicholas Chapter of the D.A.R. was in charge of the festivities. Music, the salute to the flag and a reading of the paper, “Herkimer for Three-Quarters of a Century prior to 1804,” was read by George L. Johnson. At 2:00 p.m. the band performed, the 38th Psalm from General Herkimer’s Bible was read in German, and an address was given by Helen Searles Munger, who was the New York State Vice-Regents of the D.A.R. The presentation of the statue was unveiled by Senator Warner Miller with Burr Miller pulling the cord that unveiled the statue.

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Postcard of General Herkimer Statue with photos of the sculptor, Burr C. Miller, and benefactor, Hon.Warner Miller.

The president of the Village of Herkimer accepted the statue. An original poem entitled “Oriskany” was read by Mrs. M.O. Wood. Schoolchildren sang “America.” An address was given by Mrs. Donald McClean, President General N.S.D.A.R. The ceremony must have taken several hours. August 6th was also Old Home Day when people got together to reminiscence. A literary program at Myers Park was devoted to historical addresses and reminiscences. A parade was held in the morning and athletic events were held. The unveiling of the bronze tablet marking the site of Fort Dayton, which is on the side of the entrance to the Herkimer County Treasure’s Building, was held on Court Street. In the evening, the Haydn Male Chorus of 60 voices from Utica performed. On August 7th, there were more addresses and music throughout the day. The multi-day celebration ended with a torchlight parade at 9:00 p.m. and fireworks. They really knew how to put on a celebration back then! •

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Shawangunk nature preserve, cold brook Peg sits on Mrs Craine’s left in this 1956 portrait of the third grade at Westmoreland Central School.

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SHAWANGUNK Chapter 24 by Peggy Spencer Behrendt

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

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we were the same size? Imagine having a huge, orange, dinosaur-like newt with polka-dots peering over our tree tops! I heard a new sound recently when I was in the garden. Something was calling, close by, and somehow I thought it might be in trouble. So I looked around, moving toward the sound and guess what I found? A frog was being eaten by a snake and it was yelling for help! It was half in and half out at this point. I debated, “Well, the snake has to eat, and who am I to interfere with nature?” But I couldn’t ignore this desperate lament for life. I grabbed the snake’s tail and gave it a little shake. The frog popped out and leapt away


in great, joyful bounds. Poor ole snake was pretty disgusted, I’m sure, and went off to find another victim for dinner. But one day when I was digging potatoes again, I heard a similar sound, and sure enough, just in front of my fork, there was a toad under the leaves, shrieking because my digging probably felt like the bulldozer in the Grapes of Wrath coming to rip up his house and everything around it. I set the potatoes in rubber buckets, safe into our root cellar where they will keep till mid-winter. Now we must change gears from homesteaders to professionals, because in September our church year begins, just like school. It takes a while for us to get used to the speed of civilization, and it is exciting, but tiring. One church is having a special opening day event that includes a welcome table set up outside the vestibule with a filigree tablecloth, a prism of glorious fresh flowers, and refreshing lemonade. It is a hot day, and sitting in the blazing sun. We’ve forgotten about the

time we lost a church because I moved too many mementos off the windowsills without permission. Once again, without checking first, we foolishly move the table under the shade of an ancient maple tree. As we are greeting some latecomers, we see our Sunday School supervisor hurrying away in her car. It’s our first clue that something is wrong. When we go inside, we are avoided by the other organizers and perceive murmurs of discontent among them. But there is no time to investigate. It is time to begin the service, so we join the quiet sanctuary full of congregants. The organist strides in, and announces loudly, “I’m mad at you, Tim!” before playing a rather dramatic prelude. Fortunately, though, Tim’s presentation elucidates the beauty and benefits of forgiveness, and creates a calming atmosphere. With an apology afterward, hurt feelings are assuaged, and

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“No, we relax on the pull stroke and put energy into the push stroke,” he replies with certainty. “How about if we both push and pull?” I suggest. Sometimes we manage to achieve the satisfyingly slow and steady sweep back and forth of metal gliding through wood. It’s a beautifully rhythmic and satisfying dance to the deceptively gentle sound of the blade bisecting wood fibers. Not only our arms, our whole bodies swing forward and back as we gracefully bow in alternate curtsies to the great and powerful wood spirit. On Aug. 31, 1974, we first moved into this little cottage in the woods that we built by hand out of scrap wood, not knowing if we could truly survive here; not knowing if we had the temerity, the tenacity, resilience, or creativity to learn a whole new lifestyle. Tim grew up in a lovely brick home with wall-towall carpeting. Mine was a comfortable old, shingled farmhouse with homemade rugs. With gratitude for the love and opportunities provided by our families and communities, now we wanted to attempt a peasant life of peaceful coexistence with other life forms and minimal impact on our precious, fragile environment; to learn to comfortably survive in nature without guns, hunting, trapping, logging, and chemicals; to discover what meaning may be acquired without accumulation but without asceticism. W e Miss Dee’s Bridal Shop, 1966 couldn’t imagine

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what a profound impact this would have on our lives and consciousness. The spirit of this great forest has ineluctably permeated our hearts with the liminal rhythm of wilderness. Days are measured by the microscopic increments of plant growth, lulling us into a sense of calm serenity and stability until rapacious bursts of stormy winds and lightning shake us up and remind us that we are just vulnerable, softshelled creatures lucky enough to have been born and survive for a cosmically brief interval in this unfathomable, chimerical entity we call Universe. “We love you, oh, Earth, stars, moons and galaxies! We love you!” •

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After decades in the music game, Stik Slabicki has finally released an album of some of his many accomplishments. The White Burro Anthology covers his ’70s band Skychurch, his on/off project Long Distance, a duo configuration, and a brand new track. Not only is this an impressive disc for Stik’s career, but equally impressive in his music and songwriting. Released in reverse chronological order, the earliest recordings are at the end. Skychurch was one of the early bands for Paul Angerosa that later gained fame with Sail, The Frogs, and Vinnie & the Butchers. His guitar is prominent on the song “Baron of Sludge.” It’s very much a product of its time, yet with a freshness appeal. The keyboards drive the break to new heights before Paul rips back in again. Stik’s youthful vocals rival those on the power charts of the era. The other Skychurch selection, “Time Demon,” falls in progressive territory with extended instrumental sections and topical subject matter. It’s a “heavy and heady” song for then and now. Then came the various Long Distance projects. At three different times, 1996, 2005, and 2013, Stik put together incredible musicians to bring his music to life. These collaborators have included family members and well-known local legends like Lenny Milano, Creamo Liss, Tim Boehlert, and Rick “Pickle” Gerkin. Whether it’s in a trio setting or full band, Stik’s songs are the real stars. Rock, country rock, blues, and ballads are well represented with amazing music and lyrics on display. One of my favorite tracks, “Sunny Summer Days,” is one of those roll the windows down and take off down the highway songs that will stay with you for hours. “Take Your Time” is a full-out blues rocker that takes on a life of its own: harp blowing like mad, guitars roaring throughout, and lyrics about living life the way you want to. For a collection of assorted tapes and files, this CD sounds equal and level across all 13 tracks. The selections are well selected and diverse. All projects are amazing, music-wise. This is a must have for not only local music enthusiasts, or for legendary and historic relevance, but for anyone seeking an incredible listening experience. Stik’s songs will “stick” with you for a long time. If The White Burro Anthology is a look back at the music of Stik Slabicki, I, for one, can’t wait to hear the upcoming looks forward. The CD is currently available at The Tramontane Café on Lincoln Avenue in Utica, Off-Center Records at Bleecker Street in Utica, and Stik’s live events. •

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I’ve mentioned before my maxim of why just go shopping when you can shop someplace fun, distinctive, and unusual. I utilized this rule recently when I wanted to pick up something for supper. I went to the European Deli on South Main Street in Herkimer. Luckily, I found a parking space almost directly in front of the store. It was 4:30 p.m. on a Friday, so I put a quarter in the meter. I like to think of it as a small donation to the Village of Herkimer. The store is not very large, but there is a lot to see. I walked around slowly, looking at cans, jars, and bags of food, some easily recognizable, some more intriguing. Many of the labels are in foreign languages. However, the clerk was not busy, and she readily told me what things were. I saw rose hip tea, which I have not seen in ages. I think it is supposed to be high in vitamin C. Then I saw some Chinese gunpowder green, which I remember purchasing at the Potsdam Co-op roughly a hundred years ago. I could not remember how well I liked the taste of either tea. I probably liked them fine (I can’t remember ever particularly disliking any tea), but I have to start drinking down all the tea that is currently in my cupboard before I start buying more. The homemade baked goods looked yummy, but I was there for dinner. Then again, dessert follows dinner. I looked at all the flavors of Turkish Delight, which I have heard about but never tried. As I walked around remarking about all the things I have never tried, the clerk told me it was time I started trying new things. She had a good point. In the deli case, there was seafood, meat, and cheese. A sign mentioned caviar, but I was not feeling that fancy. They have a surprisingly (to me) large selection of kielbasa. I love kielbasa! The clerk told me theirs was the best in the area and that people drove from great distances to buy it there. I intend to try some of it (when

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live & local A few notes on the local music scene: Congratulations to Wicked; the leather-clad rockers are off to L.A.! Big things are on the horizon for Chad, Danny, Scotty, and Gunnar. More info coming soon. Look for the return of Locktoberfest at Bellamy Harbor Park in Rome on October 1. The party will include Thunderwatt, which will be performing full sets of Pink Floyd and Thunderwatt The Grateful Dead at this fall outdoor show. One show not to miss is the finale of the Levitt Amp music series at Kopernick Park on September 5 featuring Funky Blu Roots, with harmonica player extraordinaire Tom Townsley. Funky Blu Roots has been tearing up stages across the northeast; for more info check out Funkybluroots.com. Also, help support a great cause and crush cancer at the Tom Moonan Benefit at the Tocalana Club in Rome on Sept. 11. According to the benefit Facebook page, this event is open to everyone with the proceeds to provide financial assistance with medical and living expenses for friend and fellow musician Tom Moonan, who is fighting stage 4 cancer. There will be live local music from some of the area’s best all day, a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffles,

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and a special, one of a kind door prize. Appetizers and light fare will be provided. Local vendors will be available with a variety of options for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the benefit. More details to follow, including the band list and where to get tickets. If you would like to donate a basket, food, Tom Moonan or your time, contact the Benefit for Tom Moonan on Facebook. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. For all the local club action check out the Live and Local Calender at 927thedrive.net. And listen for the list when I read it on the air Monday through Friday at 6:20 p.m. To send me your band’s dates or for anything on your mind email geneseejoe@927thedrive.net Go check out local music! • Listen to Genesee Joe live on 92.7FM, The DRIVE.


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Books Berry Hill Book Shop, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . 40 Bowling Adirondack Diner and Lanes, Barneveld . . 51 State Bowl with Cosmic Bowling, Ilion . . . . . 36 Brewery Woodland Hop Farm & Fermentation, Utica . . 23 Cabinets and Kitchens Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Knotty By Nature, Bridgewater . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Camping and Hiking Supply Plan B, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Catering Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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Events, Entertainment, and Activities Adirondack Kids Day, Inlet, October 1 . . . . 12 Adirondack Scenic Railroad . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Cackleberry Castle, Camden . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 CNY Arts, www.cnyart.org . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown . . . . . . . . 2 Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown . . . . 58 Fly Creek Cider Mill, Fly Creek . . . . . . . . 69 Goodsell Museum, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Hamilton College Performing Arts, Clinton . . 2 Hudson’s Sled Salvage Swap Meet, Oct. 8 . . 61 Madison County Craft Days, Sept. 10 & 11 . . . 2 Mollin-Clay Jazz Duo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Mohawk Valley Garlic & Herb Fest, Sept. 10 . . 32 Pumpkin Junction, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Remington Arms Museum, Ilion . . . . . . . . . 9 Skeleton Key Escape Room, Oneida . . . . . 17 The Stanley, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Town of Webb Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Utica Zoo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 View, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Windy Hill Fall Festival, Cassville, Sept. 24 . . 11 Farm Equipment Clinton Tractor, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Hobby Hill Farm Sales, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 72 White’s Farm Supply, Waterville/Canastota . . 80 Fencing William’s Fence, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Feed and Farm Needs Pohl’s Feed, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Financial Services Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 7 Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . . 19 Fitness & Gyms Curves, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Flooring Enjem’s Flooring America, Utica . . . . . . . 24 Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Florists Clinton Florist, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Village Florals, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Funeral Services Nunn & McGrath, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Jordanville . . . . . . . . 43 Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 67 Garden Centers and Greenhouses Blooms by Bogner, New Hartford and Utica . . 3

Candella’s Greenhouses, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Casler Flower Farm, West Winfield . . . . . . . . . 7 D’Alessandro’s Landscaping, Frankfort . . . . . . . 43 George’s Nursery & Garden, Clinton . . . . . . . . 7 Juliano’s Schuyler Greenhouses . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Melinda’s Garden Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . 26 Michael’s Greenhouse, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . 22 The Mum Farm, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . 34 North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . 14 River Road Greenhouses, Marcy . . . . . . . . . 26 Top Notch Garden Center, Newport . . . . . 58 Wagner Farms, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 7

Gift Shops/Shopping Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . 60 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 57 Cat’s Meow, Sherburne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Country Connections, Boonville . . . . . . . . 26 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Little Falls Antique Center, Little Falls . . . . 58 Main Street Gift Shoppe, Newport . . . . . . . . 58 Newport Marketplace, Newport . . . . . . . . . 58 Owl & Moon, West Burlington . . . . . . . . . 27 Paca Gardens, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Remington Country Store, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Tepee, Cherry Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Lawn Mowers J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 22 SD Outdoor Power, New Hartford . . . . . . . 63

Golf Courses and Driving Range Golf Club of Newport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 39 Woodgate Pines Golf Club, Boonville . . . . . 29 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 . . . . . . . . . . .

Hearing Consultants Hearing Health Hearing Aid Centers, Rome . . . 46 Heating Oil Little Falls Fuel, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Insurance Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . 4 Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . . 47 Marshall Agency, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 M L Croad Insurance, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Jewelry Fall Hill Beads & Gems, Little Falls . . . . . . 41 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 6 Landscaping D’Alessandro’s Landscaping, Frankfort . . . . . 43 Man With a Pick-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Liquor Stores and Wine Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . . 67 Lodging Canal Side Inn, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Manufactured and Modular Home Builders Leisure Village, Taberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Maple Syrup (see Produce) Massage, Therapeutic Zensations, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Marinas Bird’s Marine, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Meats, locally raised (see Produce) Media 92.7 The Drive WXUR, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 74 FOX33/WUTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 9 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Milk, local Cedar Park Farm, Springfield Center . . . . . . 47 WintersGrass Farm, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Monuments & Memorials Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . 10 Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Motorcycle Speed/Service Center Hillside Motorcycle & Machine, Munnsville . . 20 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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Hardware/Farm & Home Delta Plumbing, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Little Falls Fuel, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Pohl’s Feed, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Poland Hardware, Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . Twin Orchards, New Hartford . . . . . . . . Wagner Farms, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Windy Hill Orchard, Cassville . . . . . . . . WintersGrass Farm Raw Milk, Sauquoit . .

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Quilt and Yarn Shops Heartworks Quilts & Fabrics, Fly Creek . . . 24 Stash Away Quilts, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Real Estate Century 21, Art VanVechten, Utica . . . . Coldwell-Banker, Diane Lockwood . . . . Bird’s Adirondack Real Estate, Old Forge . Scenic Byway Realty, Richfield Springs . .

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Record Stores Off-Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bagel Grove, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bite, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Black Cat, Sharon Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . Canal Side Inn, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . Chesterfield’s Tuscan Oven, Oneida . . . . . . Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . . Delta Lake Inn, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . Dominick’s Deli, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . Fat Cats, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . Happy Sam’s Cocktail Lounge, Utica . . . . . Heidelberg Baking Co., Herkimer . . . . . . . Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . Kayuta Drive-In, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knuckleheads Brewhouse, Westmoreland . . Lakeview Restaurant and Bar, Oneida . . . . Main Street Ristorante, Newport . . . . . . . . Mi Casa, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Origlio’s Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Oneida . . Pho Ever Noodles, New Hartford . . . . . . . Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . Piccolo Cafe, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Raspberries Cafe, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roly Poly, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wigwam Tavern, Forestport . . . . . . . . . . . . Voss’, Yorkville, Ilion, and Utica Zoo . . . . . .

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Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . 48 Small Engine Repair J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 22 Soap Cranberry Ridge Goat Milk Soap . . . . . . . 29 Social Security Appilcations and Advice Antonowicz Group, Rome/Utica . . . . . . . . . 20 Specialty Wood Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Storage Sheds/Garages Shafer & Sons, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Taxi Service Elite Taxi, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Tents and Awnings Brownie Tent & Awning, Clinton . . . . . . . 63 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Travel Agencies The Cruise Wizards, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 67 Veterinarians Adirondack Veterinary Service, Rome . . . . 30 CNY Veterinary Medical, Westmoreland . . 48 Marcy Veterinary Services, Marcy . . . . . . . 27 Websites Utica Remember When . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Weddings and Banquets Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 39 So Sweet Candy Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Wellness and Alternative Health Therapy Heads R Turning Salon & Spa, Ilion . . . . . 32 Windows RA Dudrak, Holland Patent . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Wineries Pail Shop Winery, Fly Creek . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Prospect Falls Winery, Prospect . . . . . . . . . . 9 Yogurt Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . 23

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