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ORISKANY BATTLE TURNING POINT OR MINOR FIGHT? By local author, & historian richard L. Williams On August 6, 240 years ago, the Tryon County Militia of Gen. Nicholas Herkimer and his 800 volunteers met a fierce ambush in a ravine about two miles west of today’s Oriskany village. Most American history texts assert that the turning point of the American Revolutionary War occurred after the American win at Saratoga when Gen. Horatio Gates beat “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne in a battle that lasted between September 19 and Burgoyne’s surrender on Oct. 19, 1777. After this decisive battle, so the story goes, France, prodded by American Ambassador Benjamin Franklin, decided to send significant military aid to the patriot cause. In the Upper Mohawk Valley sentiment disagrees with the above analysis and claims that it was the Battle of Oriskany on Aug. 6, 1777, not Saratoga, that was indeed the true turning point of the war. To preserve that claim for posterity, local historical groups including the DAR in the 1910 period dedicated concrete markers along the 40-mile route Herkimer’s Militia took from Fort Dayton in Herkimer to Oriskany. The markers clearly state that Oriskany was the turning point of the war. With the 240th anniversary upon us and amid renewed interest in the battle and battlefield plus some improvements there, let’s review this encounter in Oriskany, the only major battle to occur locally within today’s Oneida County boundaries. Fort Stanwix in today’s downtown Rome was erected during the French and Indian War in 1758 and occupied the strategic position overlooking the carry between Wood Creek and the Mohawk River. By 1777 the fort had fallen to ruins, so patriot officials took steps

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to reconstitute the fort. By Summer 1777, Fort Stanwix was repaired, supplied, and garrisoned by Col. Peter Gansevoort’s Third New York Regiment with about 750 men. Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Barry St. Leger had laid siege to the fort on August 3 with some British troops, Hessian riflemen, Sir John Johnson’s Royal Greens, along with several Mohawk and Seneca chiefs and Indians. The British plans had been known throughout the valley for weeks, so local preparations had taken place. General Herkimer was chair of the Committee for Safety for Tryon County. He was 48 years old, had seen the danger of St. Leger, and had given warning to Gen. Phillip Schuyler in Albany. Herkimer’s call for patriots turned out 800 men at Fort Dayton in Herkimer and started its historic march on Aug. 4, 1777. At Old Fort Schuyler (later named Utica) the troops crossed the Mohawk River at a ford and reached the Indian village of Oriska on August 5, where they were joined by a group of Oneida Indians. Scouts were dispatched to Stanwix, and Gansevoort was to fire three cannon shots to signify that all was well for Herkimer’s advance. Herkimer didn’t know that St. Leger had surrounded the fort and asked for its surrender, which Gansevoort refused. Although not hearing cannon shots, Herkimer, against his best judgment and amidst mutinous clamors for action from his troops, gave the order to march on the morning of Aug. 6, 1777. St. Leger had heard of Herkimer’s approach and sent Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant with 400 Indians and 80 of the Royal Greens to select a spot to ambush Herkimer’s men. A deep ravine that was crossed by a corduroy road due to wet, marshy condi-

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tions became the choice of the British and Mohawk forces to await the Tryon Militia. When the Americans were close, the British and Indians opened fire and cut off the American rear, causing chaos and confusion plus numerous casualties right away. Among them was General Herkimer, who suffered a leg wound and was propped up on his saddle against a tree trunk, where he smoked his pipe and directed the battle as best he could. The six-hour battle ended as the Indians and British, seeing the determination of the militia, abandoned the effort. Several Indian chiefs were killed, which added to the Indians leaving, too. General Herkimer went the next day by boat to his home, where he died a few days later after his leg was amputated and bleeding could not be stopped. In assessing the battle, the facts remain that St. Leger did not take Fort Stanwix or join General Howe in Albany as planned. St. Leger retreated to Canada after he heard that Gen. Benedict Arnold was heading his way to relieve the siege of Stanwix.

The marker describing the spot where the wounded General Herkimer gave orders beneath a beech tree

Some opinions of others are offered here: Gen. George Washington wrote that “Herkimer first reversed the gloomy scene” and Gen. J. Watts DePeyster, writing in 1848, called Oriskany the “turning point of the Burgoyne Campaign.” Later, a college history text by Oscar Handlin called Oriskany a “minor defeat for the English.” In a report to the English Parliament, St. Leger wrote that “in relation to victory, it was equally complete.” While the Saratoga surrender was very significant to obtaining French aid, it might be accurate to state that these two battles, coming two months apart, developed the momentum for eventual victory at Yorktown in 1781. •

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The unromantic fire tower at the summit of Gore Mountain. The tower does not stand at the true summit.

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in 2016. This year, we have resorted to The Shop a couple of times. I love rehearsing at Canal Place. Rehearsals are open and random people wander by and check us out. A number of patrons from Ole Sal’s Creamery have wandered outside with their ice cream or drinks and sat on the stone benches to enjoy a scene or two. We are always happy to chat with these people, to tell them when performances will be, and possibly recruit them as new members. The exciting thing about LiFT’s Summer Shakespeare is that it is really a traveling troupe. We have performed in several venues throughout the Mohawk Valley and are always open for more. We have been fortunate to be able to rehearse at least once in each new place before performance in order to make necessary tweaks in entrances and exits. Shakespeare plays are excellently adapted to traveling, with minimal sets. It is a fun acting challenge when you have to indicate by gesture a wildly overgrown island or the rolling deck of a storm-tossed ship. A new venue added last year was the Utica Zoo. They have a nice little amphitheatre. Last year, we rehearsed in the

pouring rain, but weather was great for the performance. I’m a big fan of the Utica Zoo to begin with. Now that I know they have this amphitheatre, I’ll have to look for what else they do there. This year, we are hard at work, learning our lines and blocking, developing our characters, and finding costumes. I would describe our stuff as Elizabethan with some anachronisms. After all, we don’t have infinite budget and sewing staff. The group is entirely dependent on volunteers and donations. Our first full performance of The Tempest will take place Aug. 5th at 120 London Bridge Road, Caroga Lake. Then we return to Little Falls with shows at Benton Landing Aug. 10th, and at Sterzinar Park, Canal Place Aug. 12th and 13th. On Aug. 19th, we are at the Utica Zoo. Our final performance is a dinner theater at Herkimer Elks on Sept. 1st. All performances are open to the public. The performances in Little Falls are free; at the Utica Zoo, they are free with admission to the zoo. •

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multi-talented Michael Patrei

Michael Patrei is one of those individuals who wears many hats and wears them well. Director, actor, performer, activist, puppeteer, and much more. He has thrown his heart into each and every project he sets his mind to. I met Michael shortly after his highly acclaimed documentary, Ballou, was released. From that point on, he was spilling over with incredible ideas and projects involving our local people and experiences. From organizing a world awareness film festival to providing fun and educational programs for schools, businesses and other events. Mike has given an amazing amount of time and energy to helping this community. Having recently married and more recently become a father, Mike’s energy level has not wavered. In fact it may have strengthened! He has several big projects in the works and is ready to push forward with getting his ideas into the public’s eye. I had a rare opportunity to get him to sit down and give us a glimpse into the many faces of Michael Patrei.

Photo by Marc Goldberg

Are you originally from this area? I am. I grew up in Ilion. After college I moved around a lot over a ten year period, I lived in Mesa, AZ, L.A., Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Eventually, I moved back home to be close to my family and I’m glad I did because a couple years after I moved back I met my wife, Carolyn, and now we have a beautiful little girl who just turned eight months old. Had you always been creative as you were growing up? I have always had a creative side. When I was about seven years old, being inspired by Star Wars, I created my own Sci Fi space epic. I even made my own action figures using paper and cardboard. I still have those figures somewhere. What was the pre-director Michael Patrei like? Like I said, growing up Star Wars was one of my biggest inspirations and it’s from watching those films that I knew that I wanted to

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make movies. For years, when I was younger, I made movies by hooking two VCRs together and pausing and un-pausing them to edit the videos. Did you go to school for film making? I went to Broome Community College in Binghamton where I studied film and communications. After I graduated from there I went on to Buffalo State College where I majored in philosophy. You first came to notice through your documentary, Ballou. What brought you to the subject of Ballou High School? I was down in D.C. visiting a friend, Casey Callister. He grew up in Ilion also and we have been friends since kindergarten. I was working on a video project for him for his adult intramural sports league during the Cherry Blossom Festival. During the festival we saw the Ballou High School marching band perform and they were absolutely amazing for a high school band. I remember sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and I said to Casey that there has to be a really good story behind the band and their talent and that I would love to do a documentary film on them. Casey agreed and decided to financially back and produce the film and we made it happen. The documentary had its television premiere on BET and we were invited to the White House with the entire band to screen the film there. You have also directed a few other films including Falling Frames. Tell us about that. When I lived in Arizona, one of my friends, Chris Northington and I made some short films together. After I moved back here to the Mohawk Valley I decided to go visit him. He suggested that I bring my camera and that we make a movie together. The idea that we came up with is that Chris would play a character who had a terrible life and realized he was in a movie. He decides to kidnap the director, played by me, of the very same film he is in. It’s a very surreal, breaking the 4th wall, kind of film. We would write scenes

during the day and then film them at night. I was visiting him for a week and we spent the whole time making this movie. When I got back to NY, we realized that the movie wasn’t complete so we wrote the story of what was going on with the director behind the scenes as he made the movie. I filmed that with local actors here and then I combined it all and that became Falling Frames. Another passion of yours is the Unspoken festival. Tell us a bit about the festival/conference, your involvement and what you hope to accomplish. Shortly after I moved back I was sitting in the Tramontane Café talking with Rick Short and I said that I would really like to start a film festival in Utica. Rick said, let’s do it. When we began talking about what the film festival would look like, it immediately became evident that a human rights film festival was a perfect fit for Utica. Utica is known as “the town that loves refugees,” and has such a diverse and dynamic population. So, Rick and I met with Peter Vogelaar, who was the executive director of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees at the time. Peter loved the idea and wanted to add a conference portion of the festival and so the three of us worked together and founded the Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival and Conference that takes place in October of each year. I was the director of the film festival for the first 4 years and have since handed the reigns over to the Refugee Center who have continued bringing amazing films about human rights from all around the world to Utica. Unspoken is now in its 6th year. You also have a musical side. You’re the singer in a band, The Swordfish Trombones that perform occasionally. How did this come about? The Swordfish Trombones is a Tom Waits tribute band. I was talking with a friend of mine, Jim Roberts, who is also a huge Tom Waits fan, and I said that I would love to sing Tom Waits’ “Hoist That Rag”

sometime during open mic night at the Tramontane Café. He said let’s do it! So we asked drummer Francis Lee if he’d join us because that song is heavy in percussion and he agreed. When we performed at the open mic, it went so well that Garrett booked us for an entire show. So, we gathered together some other friends who are musicians and the Swordfish Trombones were born. From there we got booked doing other shows and it grew from there. I’m not really a musician, I just perform a Tom Waits character, which is just so much fun. Are there any upcoming shows for Swordfish Trombones in the near future? We don’t have any shows planned for the immediate future, but The Swordfish Trombones will return. Now on to the meat of Michael Patrei, The Guild of Thespian Puppets. This project, this passion, is simply amazing. Hamlet was the first “member,” correct? Hamlet the Monkey was a character that I came up with years ago. Back in 2000 I backpacked around Great Britain and Ireland for over a month. I was traveling by myself, so before I left I bought a squirrel monkey stuffed animal to take pictures of on the trip. It was when I was in Stratford-upon-Avon, which was Shakespeare’s hometown, I decided to name this stuffed monkey Hamlet. Shortly after the trip I started doing a voice for him. I guess I was on the path to puppetry before I ever started actually working with puppets. Years after that, I started making some funny videos with Hamlet the stuffed monkey and posting them on YouTube. So, Hamlet wasn’t my first puppet, but he was my first character...

John Keller is a singer/ songwriter and owner of Off Center Records in downtown Utica.

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what’s up downtown!

Emily Smith (left) and Amanda Angle (right) show off their hoop skills at their studio on Bank Place

by michelle truett

Upstate Hoopz

There’s some serious hula hooping going on down on Bank Place! Upstate Hoopz owners and friends Amanda Angle (27) and Emily Smith (23) just opened a studio this past summer. They offer weekly classes and group classes along with kids’ parties and workshops where some of their “idols” visit the city and guest teach a class. If you have a group of friends or co-workers who want to take a class or event together, they’ll customize a great hula hoop experience for you. There are many benefits of hula hooping including spinal flexibility, weight loss (you can burn 400-500 calories per session!), confidence building, increased range of motion, release of toxins and anxiety, and overall, just feeling good and free. The business started as an Etsy shop, where people from all over the world order custom hoops. Amanda and Emily custom size the hoops, build them, box and ship them right from their studio. Hoops range from simple mini hoops that are used in hand tricks to larger, decorative hoops used for performance. They also take their show on the road, attending gym classes in local schools, Girl Scout events, birthday parties, and even recently booked their first wedding! You can see them live and even try your hand at the hoops at the Levitt AMP Utica concert at Kopernik Park in Oneida Square on Monday, August 14th. Future plans for Upstate Hoopz include more outreach and sharing the benefits of what they do and also adding different kinds of flow acts to their offerings – aerial silks, pole, etc. If you’re interested in trying out a class, find out more on Facebook @upstatehoopzuticany.

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Portraits of Suffragists by Christine Heller

Made in New York: The Art of Wood Fine Craft Invitational Also Patrice Downes Centore: A Solo Exhibition in Watercolor

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Andrew Wyeth at 100: A Family Remembrance

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Remembering Our Children & I Think the Questions is Why, Featuring Installations by Mary Giehl August 3 - September 19, 2017 Reception: Thurs., Sept. 14, 4:30-6:30pm

Gannett Art Gallery

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Practicing Ordinary Life, Recent Paintings by Ron Throop Through August 26, 2017

Also on display, John Jacopelle’s exhibit of paintings, When a Tube of Paint is Squeezed

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Anne Contino exhibit

CNY Watercolor Society

August 26 - September 30, 2017 Reception: Sat., Aug. 26, 2-4pm

August 22 - September 23, 2017 Reception: Sunday, August 27, 3pm-5pm

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I know it’s supposed to be all about the pizza, but the first impression on a visit to Mangia Macrina’s in New Hartford turns out to be the salad. And not just any salad, but its version of Caprese salad—chilled grape tomatoes, miniature fresh mozzarella balls on a bed of fresh basil leaves, drizzled with balsamic glaze with sea salt and extra virgin olive oil. What arrives is an artfully arranged plate of lusciously cool, diamond-shaped delights that rival in looks an expensive ballotin of chocolate-dipped truffles. If all you experienced was the sampling of this dish, your visit to the pizzeria would be complete. The salad ingredients may come from the earth, but it’s certainly heaven on earth. But, of course, the visit is all about the pizza. We start off with a classic red pizza entitled Siciliana, topped with prosciutto, artichoke hearts, and black olives. It’s a tasty and satisfying blend of atypical pizza toppings that beg you to eat more. Next up is a specialty Miele di Fico, a zesty and flavor-packed pizza with figs, goat cheese, and rosemary that’s finished with a trickle of ginger honey after baking. Yep, it’s as delicious as it sounds. On a previous visit to Macrina’s, we sampled the traditional well-known Margherita pizza with the legendary San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Such a choice never fails to please, The salad sampled that day was the Antipasto Grande, the pizzeria’s take on the traditional meal starter, but this proved to be a combo of locally grown spring greens, pepperoni, grape tomatoes, black olives, artichoke hearts, and fresh mozzarella served with house Italian dressing and rosemary foccaccia. Did I leave anything out? This Grande is definitely not the widely available elsewhere mixture of iceberg lettuce and onions topped with sliced deli meats and cheese. Mangia Macrina’s is the brainchild of owner and pizza master Chris Woodbeck of Utica. After years in the finance industry, Chris found himself out of a job—but not out of a dream. “I’ve always wanted to do a restaurant,” Chris says. “I got interested in making sauce when I was 13 years old.” He decided on a pizzeria because of a passion for Neopolitan pizza that began when he discovered that style in Minneapolis with his wife, Angela. “The pizza in Naples, Italy, is thin crusted with a chewy interior,” Chris instructs. “It’s baked for 90 seconds only in a 800- to 900-degree wood-fired oven.”

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Chris says everything in the process of making the pizza is done in the Neopolitan style—from the flour, preparation, and ingredients, to the countertops to make the dough, and hand-stretching the personal pan-size pizzas. No machines are ever used. The impressive oven at Macrina’s dominates the center of the pizzeria. Made in France of clay in the interior it boasts a large decorative copper dome. “This one is more of a bread-baking oven because of its high dome,” Chris says. It was purchased at auction from the location’s previous tenant, a bread maker and bakery owner. The oven is fired by local hardwoods. “Using woods that flavor food doesn’t matter,” Chris says, “because the pizza is not in the oven for very long.” The char bubbles that result in the soft pizza are part of the style. “It’s not a New York-style pizza that’s cut and sold by the slice.” He chose the name Mangia Macrina’s, which can translate from the Italian to “eat at Macrina’s,” to honor his maternal grandfather. Chris started the business in 2013 in a traveling truck—which also has a wood-fired oven—that can still be seen at local venues and events. In November 2016 he opened the pizzeria at the present location. Chris says he’s awaiting the results of the Utica Observer-Dispatch poll naming the Best of the Best eateries in the region. As of our press time, Macrina’s was in the top 3 in the pizza category. Along with a variety of salads and refreshments, Macrina’s offers three dozen pizza choices, and also caters to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free needs. The pizzeria also provides catering and take out. What’s left to be said? The only greeting you need to hear at Macrina’s is the shout-out “mangia” when you first enter. •

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The Meadows and Cherry Groves of August story and photos by Matt Perry

Black Cherries attract many songbirds At least for me, August is a “must experience” month in nature. In the Mohawk Valley, among the important places to visit are the fields and meadows. It’s during August that the greatest abundance of plants reach peak bloom. Most are asters and goldenrods that themselves are comprised of only a handful of species. These ubiquitous plants are magnets for bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects. Always crowd favorites, the New England Asters stand out like isolated purple islands set among a sea of yellow goldenrod, while Purple-stemmed Asters create large rafts of light purple blooms at the lower margins of the fields. By August, migrant Monarch Butterflies are traversing the region. They

will fuel their journey with the nectar from marathon southward migrations. Neotropthe meadows’ countless blooms. They ical songbirds that breed locally but spend will also lay eggs on innocuous milkweed the winter months in the tropics will use plants, which are busy going to seed in the August as a time for fattening up. Their hidden recesses of the goldenrod jungle. preferred forage will be insects and fruit. Other butterflies like the Orange Sulfurs Berries, which possess a high fat content, can become very numerous in August. will help birds build up necessary energy Instead of milkweed, the female Orange reserves. This is what they will use to powSulfur butterflies seek out alfalfa plants er their upcoming southward migration. to lay her eggs on. Territorial male sulfurs This type of preparation is not limited to can be seen sparring with each other over songbirds. Many disparate groups of bird the fields. Two males will ascend together species have the same idea. The sandpipover the habitat, scuffling the whole time, ers left their Arctic breeding grounds back until one of them (the loser) breaks off and in July. Many of them arrive in our region sails away to find a different territory and in August. At migratory stopover habitat very possibly a new contender. While most birds wrap up their breeding duties in July, a few species continue to nest and raise young right through August. American Goldfinches and Cedar Waxwings are two species that commonly set up housekeeping in August, while other resident Juvenile Baltimore Oriole songbirds are eagerly preparing for their

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(wetlands), they spend their days probing their long bills into muddy shallows, snapping up invertebrates and building up their own reserves of body fat for their journey South. Years ago, one of my August birding traditions was to stake out groves of Black Cherry trees. In years when the trees are laden with fruit, the cherries can draw in a good variety of songbirds. Among the luminaries that show up in the groves are tanagers, orioles, grosbeaks, and thrushes. Some of these species may not be easily recognizable. In August the adult male tanagers begin molting into drab fall plumage, while most of the orioles and the grosbeaks will be donning juvenile plumage. The young Baltimore Orioles are always fun to watch as they travel through the trees together in family groups. They navigate as adeptly as acrobats on the thin outer branches of the trees as they seek to glean fruit from the most remote twigs. Instead of the sweet clear notes of the adult male, immature Baltimore Orioles give some harsh chatter notes and they also emit a very distinctive two- or three-note call. It’s the same sound they used as nestlings to beg for food from their parents. Our region is dominated by a single species of oriole – the Baltimore Oriole, but there is another oriole species that can sometimes be found here. I recall once sorting through the orioles gathered in a cherry grove. Most, as expected, were Baltimore Orioles in juvenile plumage, but there were two other orioles in the crowd that just barely stood out. They were greenish yellow instead of light orange and they were also slightly smaller. Had they not possessed white wing bars and a sharp, thin, blackbird-style bill, I may have mistaken them for female Scarlet Tanagers. Adult male Orchard Oriole have chestnut red body plumage, and are only rarely found in the Mohawk Valley. Almost invariably, when I encounter an Orchard Oriole it will be either a

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The Three Sisters and Their Forgotten Sisters By Denise A. Szarek

As many of you know, Bernie and I leave the farm every January to attend the NOFA-NY Winter Conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. It gives us the opportunity to meet with other organic farmers from around New York State to share and exchange ideas and learn new and old ways of farming. In my February article on seed keeping, I told you about Rowen White, a Native American Seed Keeper. Now I’d like to tell you the rest of the story that I learned from Rowan and Ken Greene of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Late in spring 2016, a diverse group of volunteers gathered at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, a non-profit in the Town of Hurley, N.Y., to plant seeds. Akwesasne (Mohawk) tribal members led traditional ceremonies and oversaw the sowing of several nearly extinct varieties of corn, beans, and squash–the vegetables that make up the “three sisters garden.” The path that brought White and her seeds to the Hudson Valley started at her home on the St. Regis reservation near the Canadian border. In 1997, White enrolled in Hampshire College in Western Massachusetts, which had a working farm. “I was interested in food and food sovereignty,” she said. “And that’s where I started to learn

about heirloom seeds and the conservation of Mohawk red bread corn, which the Akof genetic diversity. It sparked something: wesasne use to make dumplings, was thrivSeeds have stories, and people have con- ing as was the three sisters garden, which nections and relationships to seeds,” she contained about 75 mounds each planted said. She has spent the last 18 years work- with corn, beans, squash, and sunflowers. At harvest ing to restore time, White came native seeds. from California and The work with a group from has taken her St. Regis and Farm all around Hub volunteers they “Turtle Iswere taught how to land” (North thresh corn using America) their feet and how to visiting tribal braid the husks using communities a traditional method. and speak“It was an intense ing with elcross-cultural healders. “We need to get ing process,” said The “Three Sisters”—squash, corn, and beans more people Ken Greene, of the growing our Hudson Valley Seed own seeds to Library. “And we got bring them back to good health,” she said. a lot of seeds out of it.” From the original “This is inter-generational work.” six pounds of seeds, they gave 800 pounds Because Native American women were back to the Akwesasne. traditionally the keepers of seeds, White is “These were sacred varieties, so they’re calling this reclamation of seed, “rematria- not available commercially,” said Greene. ”Not all seeds are meant to be commodtion.” Come autumn, the tribal seed project ified.” However, there are many heirloom at the Farm Hub had succeeded beyond open pollinated varieties available for us to Greene’s expectations. The third of an acre grow in three sister gardens.

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All about the Three Sisters I’m sure many of us remember learning about “The Three Sisters” in grade school and drew diagrams of planting beans, corn and squash in mounds. But how many of us actually practice it in our own gardens? Native Americans always inter-planted this trio because they thrive together, much like three

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inseparable sisters. By the time European settlers arrived in America in the early 1600s, the Haudenosaunee–meaning “people of the long house” (Rowen and the other Akwesasne call it the Iroquois federation) had been growing the “three sisters” for more than three centuries. As we learned from Rowen, the vegetable trio sustained the Native Americans both physically and spiritually. In legend, the seeds were a gift from the Great Spirit, always grown together, eaten together, and celebrated together. Each of the three sisters contributes something to the planting. Together, the sisters provide a balanced diet from a single planting. As older sisters often do, the corn planted first offers beans needed support. The beans, the growing sister, (planted about three weeks after the corn has sprouted) pull nitrogen from the air and bring it to the soil for the benefit of all three. As the beans grow through the tangle of squash, (planted two weeks after the beans) and wind their way up the corn stalks into the sunlight, they hold the sisters close together. The large leaves of the sprawling squash protect the threesome by creating a living mulch that protects the soil from the sun, keeping it cool and moist and preventing weeds. Bonus: The prickly squash leaves also keep away raccoons, which don’t like to step on them. Who are the Forgotten Sisters? They are Sister Sunflower, Sister Amaranth, or Sister Bee Balm (a/k/a/ bergamot or Oswego tea). These sisters support the beans, lure birds from the corn with their seeds, and attract insect pollinators. The three sisters companion planting technique is still with us today and for obvious reasons: It maintains high yields, promotes healthy soil, suppresses weeds, attracts pollinators, promotes genetic diversity, and requires low water in-puts–all without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. •

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A few years ago I learned that I have some slight ability to mimic people’s voices. I was doing a podcast in which I was obliged to produce about seven different voices in a radio-type play. I found I was able to do parodies of an unlikely collection of politicians, actors, and other public figures (celebs mostly from the pre-1980s era). My alter egos were Peter Lori, Carl Sagan, Henry Kissinger, George Takei, and yes, Mr. Ed. How did I know I could do impersonations? I happened to hear my own voice on an answering machine message and thought it sounded horrible, more like a nasal kazoo than a voice. I’m afraid I suffer from one of this region’s greatest curses: the curse of the flat “A.” It’s so bad that my phone’s audio recognition application couldn’t even understand me. However, it had no trouble understanding virtually every word if I spoke with some other person’s voice. Proficiency levels were highest when I put on a southern accent or an English accent. This is probably because when I put on an accent, I’m more careful about enunciating each word. Regardless, I rerecorded my voicemail greeting using my approximation of the voice of acclaimed

British actor John Hurt. This meant that people who called and got my voicemail would be treated to the late actor telling them to leave a message. After setting up that voicemail greeting on a whim, I forgot about it for a few weeks and soon learned that people who were calling me were becoming confused. The messages they left would invariably start with the phrase: “I think I have the wrong number….” One could make the argument that I had a practical reason for my own use of mimicry. I was doing it to be understood by my smart phone’s software. Switching over to the natural world, you might ask why wild birds engage in mimicry. Like me, they must have their reasons. It’s obviously a successful adaptation since birds of multiple families found on far-flung continents engage in some form of it. In the Mohawk Valley, we have at least seven naEuropean Starlings can be competent mimics tive bird species that are accomplished mimics and none of them are parrots; however, one is related to the Myna Bird. It’s always novel when a wild bird says hello, or says anything for that matter. Some years ago we had a resident European Starling in the barn that would some-

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times say hello. As far as I knew, that was the extent of his English vocabulary, but it was remarkable nonetheless. The European Starling is a true mimic and it listens to the songs and calls made by other bird species. It then incorporates some of those sounds into its own rambling song. Sometimes it will also imitate sounds made by other animals, people, and even machinery. While much of the starling’s song sounds like a garbled jumble of sputters and squeaks, sometimes you can hear something quite recognizable – like the odd “hello” or the song of another bird. Over the years I’ve heard more than one starling imitate a siren. Although I’ve heard a few convincing renditions, I don’t think that any posed a serious risk of scrambling the emergency responders. Back in 2009, in downtown Utica, there was a local starling that learned to imitate the emergency cackle-call of a Peregrine Falcon. Since the starling lived in the vicinity of a peregrine nest, I would sometimes be fooled into believing I was hearing the real McCoy. Chalk up one

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steeped in their field-dwelling neighbor’s music. They Common Ravens are readily copied the song also accomplished and used it for their own mimics purposes. When the meadowlarks disappeared from the valley, starlings continued singing the appropriated song and even passed on a recognizable version to their progeny. This led to the meadowlark’s song continuing to be heard in the region even though the originator of the music had been absent for decades. In this case the starling’s song could be thought of as a bird version of an oral history. for the starlings. That’s right folks, listening to a starling can At least until recently, a song that con- sometimes be like getting a history lesson. sistently seemed to be part of the starlings’ It’s just been in the last five years or so that hit parade in this area is the somber whistle I’ve noticed a lack of meadowlark songs emof the Eastern Meadowlark. This is interest- anating from our local starlings. ing since meadowlarks have been rare in the Blue Jays are in the crow family and, Mohawk Valley for quite a few years. How- generally, crow family members are gifted ever, for close to three-quarters of a century, mimics. While I sit here writing this, I’m starlings shared rural farmland habitats with listening to a young Blue Jay in our backmeadowlarks and during that time they were yard as he tries to perfect his rendition of a

Red-tailed Hawk’s shrill whistled call. When and where to use the call is another thing the jay will have to learn. From what I’ve witnessed, the time to deploy their raptor call is when they first come into a feeding area and they want to clear the decks of competitors. Nothing works quite like a predator call to accomplish that task. Almost invari-

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ably it sends smaller birds, as well as a few squirrels and chipmunks, scurrying for the exits. Over the years, I’ve heard Blue Jays imitate a variety of different hawk species. In the Mohawk Valley, our resident jays most commonly imitate Red-tailed Hawks, but I’ve also heard them give the calls of Broad-

winged Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, and Red-shouldered Hawks. When I was a teenager many of our Blue Jays were mimicking the hearty “Keer keer keer keer” call of the Red-shouldered Hawk. The species was reasonably common back then and Blue Jays chose it for that reason. Understandably, if you want to scare your competitors away from a favorite nut tree or bird feeder, it’s best to usurp the call of a predator they are familiar with and have reason to fear. As the Red-shouldered Hawk became rarer in the region and as Cooper’s Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks became more common, Blue Jays began adopting the latter birds’ calls. But, like the starling, the call of the Red-shouldered

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Hawk continued to be utilized for quite some time after the raptors themselves became rare. This provides us with another instance of birds learning the call of another species second hand via their parents or relatives. For a time, the jay’s oral tradition informed us that Red-shouldered Hawks were once a staple species in the Mohawk Valley. Now our summer resident jays no longer give the calls of Red-shouldered Hawks. However, migrants from the North still do. This implies that the Red-shouldered Hawks are still a presence in the northern part of the Blue Jay’s range. As I visited our beaver pond yesterday, I got to listen to one of my all-time favorite mimics. It was a Brown Thrasher. As he perched high in an ash tree at a field border, he recited a surprising long list of impressions. The length of each quote is only a couple of seconds, but each is given twice unlike the thrasher’s cousin and fellow mimic, the Gray Catbird, which issues its renditions of other bird songs only once. The thrasher’s impersonations are given in concise phrases that are well-enunciated; this is not always the case with catbirds. Usually, it’s possible to recognize the bird species that the thrasher is imitating. I listened intently to the one singing near the beaver pond and wrote

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down nine bird species that were clearly represented in the thrasher’s song, that, running for two minutes, was long even by thrasher standards. Almost all of the snippet impersonations were of birds that share the same type of habitat as the thrasher, although a few utilize habitats adjacent to the species’

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Why do the catbird and thrasher mimic other birds? I don’t think anyone can say definitively why birds use mimicry, but evidently it is a successful survival strategy because we see it carried out by a great many species. In the case of the thrasher, like most other birds, they employ their songs to attract mates and to make territorial proclamations. Their songs, made up of a litany of quotations, may also serve to fool other bird species into believing the thrasher’s territory is already full. In effect, this encourages them to look elsewhere for setting up their housekeeping. As multiple would-be neighbors fall for the ruse it ensures that more of the territory’s resources could be used by the thrasher. Female songbirds are very discerning when it comes to listening to males sing. It is thought that thrasher females prefer mates with long songs, which are comprised of many impersonations. An epic song containing a diverse collection of quotes reveal the singer to be savvy and experienced. It indicates that he is a survivor and, by inference, has a history of being a successful provider and breeder. The thrasher I was listening to at the pond must have been of prime breeding stock, since I’ve never heard a finer song. Frankly, I was a little surprised to be hearing it at all

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since it was early July and typically by this time the thrashers would have retired from the songbird chorus. In fact, at this point in the breeding cycle thrashers would normally have young to care for thus ending their need to attract a mate. Normally, by early summer, the only sounds the thrasher gives are sharp warning smacks meant to keep intruders away from its young. On the other hand, Gray Catbirds continue to exercise their mimicry through at least part of the summer. Their string of quotes from other bird songs sometimes lacks the thrasher’s clarity of tone, but their emphatic performance more than makes up for that shortcoming. As with the thrasher, the catbird’s impersonations are often recognizable and they are largely taken from birds that breed in the same or adjacent habitats. The catbird’s wider range of acceptable breeding habitat types leaves it open to mimicking a greater variety of bird species. I listened to one of our many resident catbirds yesterday and noted seven recognizable bird impersonations in his song. The catbird also gives a meow-type warning call, which may or may not be an intentional mimic of a feline. Although the variety of sounds produced by catbirds can differ from individual to individual, the “meow” is their trademark call

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a family to convey information to each other. On winter days when a great number of crows spend the day at our nature preserve, I get to listen in on a lot of their “conversations.” Some of the “words” or phrases that individuals use sound very much like they may have derived from human speech, while other sounds could be examples of crows

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Rt. 233, Westmoreland 315-853-1337 • Open 7 Days A Week 10am-10pm 48


of various forestry related equipment. www.starwebhosting.net/woodsmen

Farmers’ Museum Civil War Weekend

Sat. & Sun., August 16-17, 10am–5pm Experience what life was like for the typical New York State Civil War soldier by interacting with re-enacting units. Free with museum admission. 5775 NY-80, Cooperstown www.farmersmuseum.org/civilwar

Woodsmen’s Field Days

August 18-20, 9am-5pm One of the predominant lumberjack contests in the United States. Displays

American Revolution Weekend

Saturday, August 19, 9am-4:30pm Sunday, August 20, 9am-3pm An encampment weekend commemorating the anniversary of the Siege of Fort Stanwix. Muskets and cannons will be fired. Fort Stanwix National Monument, 100 N James St., Rome

Zootopia at the Utica Zoo

Monday, August 21, 8:30-11:30pm A rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together

to uncover a conspiracy. $5 general admission. Utica Zoo, 1 Utica Zoo Way, Utica

Learning in the Garden Tour: Delicious Dishes

Saturday, August 26, 10am-Noon Presented by Nutrition Educator Mallory Green of CCE Oneida County. Explore the gardens and learn about fun, easy, and tasty ways to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Meet in the garden. Free. Rain or shine www.cceoneida.com


NEW JU M

JUMPER

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PILLOW

BOUNCE !

areas, • Petting animal presentations,

maternity ward Giant softplay maze with tubes, tunnels, slides, ballcrawl Exotic and native animals

• Play Areas Included in Price • All of Admission

Fort Rickey

Discover the fun... Fun for everyone!

Route 49 - 3 Miles West of Rome (315) 336-1930

Serving you MondaySaturday!

Mohawk Village Market

Top Quality Meats!

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24 West Main St., Mohawk (315) 866-3344 50

9:30pm to 12am

PLUS OPEN BOWL DAILY BOWLING BIRTHDAY PARTIES PIZZA - $10.95 HAPPY MEAL- $11.95 PER CHILD

STATE BOWL

FREE Admission!

17 E. STATE ST., ILION 315-894-4862

BLACK RIVER CANAL

Jewett’s Cheese House

• See “The Walter C. Pratt” canal boat! • A fully operating mini-canal for the kids! • Explore the Bardo Blacksmith Shop!

Only $99.95!

Your old-fashioned, full service butcher!

www.mohawkvillagemarket.com

Tour the Boonville Black River Canal Museum!

Cosmic ling bow FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS

MUSEUM

Open 10-4 weekends only in June Open daily July 4th-Labor Day Open weekends only Labor Day-Columbus Day Just off Route 12 at Main St., Boonville

(315) 942-6763 www.blackrivercanalmuseum.com

WWW.STATEBOWLINGCENTER.COM

A family business since 1970 NY State aged cheddar 1-20 years old! Over 400 items of cheese & gourmet foods.

(800) 638-3836 934 Earlville Road, Earlville (between Poolville and Earlville) Open Mon-Fri: 9:30-5, Most Sundays 10:30-3, closed Sat. www.jewettscheese.com


Clinton Art & Music Festival

Saturday, August 26, 10am-6pm Celebrate the end of summer with a full day of live music, artists’ wares, kids’ activities, and food. Village Green, Clinton

“Betsy the Barge” Concert Series

Whitesboro Summer Concert Series

New York Mills Concert Series

Yorkville Concert Series

Old Forge Summer Concert Series

You-Pick Blueberries

Thursdays at 6-8pm through August 31st Lock 20 Canal Park, Rte. 49, Marcy, Lineup: www.facebook.com/marcychamber Tuesdays at 6:30pm through August 29th Pulaski Park, Main St., New York Mills Lineup: villageofnewyorkmills.org/ content/localeventcategories Sundays at 7pm through August 27th, Old Forge Lakefront Lineup: www.oldforgeny.com/events.html

FREE Summer Concerts Clinton Concerts in the Park

Tuesday nights at 7pm through Aug. 29th. Village Green, Clinton Lineup: www.clintonnychamber.org/ calendar.html

Cooperstown Lakefront Concert Series

Tuesdays at 7pm through August 29th Lakefront Park, Cooperstown Lineup: thisiscooperstown.com/events/ cooperstown-lakefront-concert-series

Richfield Springs Concert Series

Wednesdays at 7pm through August 23rd Village Park Bandstand, Richfield Springs Lineup: www.richfieldspringschamber.org

Rome Summer Concert Series

Mondays 6-8pm through August 21st Griffo Green, Rome City Hall, Rome, Lineup: www.romenewyork.com/ parks-recreation

Sylvan Beach Bands at the Beach Wednesdays 7-9pm through August 23 Lineup: www.sylvanbeachny.com/ concert-series

Utica, Levitt AMP Music Series

Mondays at 7:30pm through Sept. 5th Kopernick Park, Oneida Sq., Utica Lineup: facebook.com/levittamputica

Blueberry availability varies daily so always call ahead or check our website 1080 Steuben Hill Road, Herkimer, NY • (315) 867-5735 www.herkimerblueberries.com

Wednesdays at 6:30pm through August 30th, Village Green, Whitesboro Lineup: village.whitesboro.ny.us/content/calendars

Thursdays at 6:30pm through Aug. 31st Campbell Ave., Yorkville, Lineup: villageofyorkvilleny.org/content/calendars

Note: It is always a good idea to call to verify schedules and availability of ripe berries.

AnnDel Farms, 547 State Rte 29, Middleville (315) 891-3613 Bev’s Best Blueberries, Rte. 29, 152 Hewitt Rd.,Dolgeville (315) 429-9425 Brick House Acres, 10628 Roberts Road, Frankfort (315) 737-5635 • www.brickhouseacres.com Candella’s Farm & Greenhouses, 9256 River Road, Marcy, (315) 736-8782 • www.candellasfarm.com Heywoods’s Blueberries, 9947 Evans Road, Remsen (315) 831-8096 • www.heywoodsblueberries.com Irvada’s Blueberry Lane, 9459 Point Rock Rd, Taberg (315) 337-1088 North Star Orchards, 4741 Route 233, Westmoreland (315) 853-1024 • www.northstarorchards.com Swistak Farm, 6644 Greenway New London Rd.,Verona (315) 336-1251 • www.swistakfarm.com Wereszczak’s, 1080 Steuben Hill Rd., Herkimer (315) 867-5735 • www.herkimerblueberries.com

They’ll grow on you!

Open by appointment in July & August

705 Newport-Gray Rd., Newport

315-845-8945 • www.sheeprundaylily.com


Fun on

D FARM

SUMMER SPECIAL It’s easy! Download or print the vouchers and have more fun for less money.

Taking the family to the Farm is more fun than ever with our latest special. Download the vouchers, then print them or bring them to The Farmers’ Museum on your phone and save big! • • • •

Adults get $2 off regular admission 10% off purchases in Todd’s General Store & The Farmers’ Museum Gift Shop Buy One Ice Cream Treat*, Get One FREE in the Crossroads Cafe Plus, one FREE Carousel Ride for everyone in the party!

Download or print vouchers at FarmersMuseum.org/Fun. *Excludes premium ice cream products. Offer valid through September 4th, not valid on August 19th.


Old Forge

Adirondack Base Camp

So Close by… yet a World Apart

McCauley Mt. Summer Scenic Chairlift Ride Adults ONLY $6

(315) 369-3225

FREE Sunday Lakefront Concerts

Info & Webcams:

OldForgeNY.com


BOONVILLE

BARNEVELD

the mvl

restaurant

guide

Nothing’s finer than...

HOME STYLE COOKING

Friday Fish Fry!

•Daily breakfast

& luncheon specials •Ask about our family bowling special!

BOUCKVILLE

8125 Rt.12, Barneveld, NY

Full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu

Catering and Banquet Facilities (up to 100)

(315) 896-2871 Open early everyday! “Home cookin’ at it’s finest!”

CASSVILLE

Now r n fo e p O er! Dinn

6798 State Rt. 20, Bouckville

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

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

Friday Fish Fry: 11:30am-8pm

It’s ice cream season!

Serving breakfast and lunch daily

Freddy’s Diner

1/2 lb. Juicy Angus Burgers! NewSpecialty Sundaes! 50 Soft Serve Ice Cream flavors! 50 Milk Shake flavors! A Variety of Parfaits!

& Ice Cream Too! 1717 Route 8, Cassville (315) 839-5000

Open 7 Days a Week • Open 6am-8pm or later, Serving Breakfast 6am-Noon

CLINTON 1

Primo Pizza #

at the Kettle

315-381-3231

The Most Unique Upside Down Pizza You Ever Tasted!

Celebratining 8 Years ! Clinton

Specialty Rolls

Sausage . . . . . . . . 10.95 Spinach . . . . . . . . . 9.95 Antipasto . . . . . . . 11.95 Sausage & Greens . . . 12.95 Eggplant . . . . . . . . 10.95 Local delivery after 4

Weekday Specials Tues- 20” X-Large Cheese Pizza . . . . $9.95 (Toppings 2.25 ea, X-Cheese 2.95)

Wed-Small Cheese Pizza & 20 Wings . . . $15.95 Thurs- 2 Large Cheese Pizzas . . . . . $16.95 +Tax / Toppings Extra

Every Day Specials

Sm. Cheese & 20 wings. . . $17.95 Lg. Cheese & 20 wings. . . . $21.95 Lg. Cheese & 25 wings. . . . $24.95 Lg. Cheese & 40 wings. . . . $31.95 Lg. Cheese & 50 wings. . . . $35.95

8170 Seneca Tpke., Clinton (315) 732-3631 Mon-Fri 6am-2pm, Sat & Sun 6am-1pm

FRANKFORT Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner! Window Service and Take Out • Outside Seating!

Alex's Fat Boy 1/2 lb. burger! 2 for Tues. Hoffman Hot Dogs! Super giant shakes! Loaded fries! The

The Unicorn is here!

(plus tax. celery, blue cheese, toppings extra)

Tues-Thurs: 11am-9pm, Fri & Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 1pm-8pm

7756 Route 5, Clinton Located next door to Spaghetti Kettle www.primopizzeria1.com 54

Where good friends Meet to Eat! Enjoy breakfast or a quick lunch!

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

Open Mon-Fri: 6am-10pm, Sat & Sun: 7am-10pm www.theknightspot.com (315) 894-4054


HERKIMER

Ilion 22 years in business!

Serving NCoifftreoe!

Serving Breakfast and Lunch M-F: 7am-2:30pm FREE WI-FI

Seafood & more!

Let me create a culinary experience for you! “At home” dinners our specialty!

by Chef Dominick Scalise

(315) 866-7669 122 W. Albany St., Herkimer

LEE CENTER

little falls Open Daily 7am-3pm

Quality Food - Fresh Ingredients Relaxing Atmosphere Offering Daily Specials!

Roasted fresh daily on site! Come taste the difference! Breakfast and Lunch

Raw or cooked • Eat in or take out!

70 Otsego St., Ilion

200 King St., Herkimer (315) 866-5716

Mon-Fri: 6-2, Sat: 7:30-2 • (315) 985-0490 www.mooserivercoffee.com

Wed-Thurs 11-7; Fri 11-8; Sat Noon-7

Celebrating 30 Years! 823-3290

Serving healthy and delicious salads, grilled sandwiches, and homemade soups.

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

Heidelberg Bread & Café 3056 Rte 28 N., Herkimer (315) 866-0999

Catering & Banquets too! (315)533-7229

Mon-Sat: 7am-6pm, Sun: 7am-5pm Find us on Facebook!

5345 Lee Center-Taberg Rd., Lee Center

Baking all natural breads – available throughout New York State

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

www.gonecoastalrestaurant.com

Enjoy some great dining during the Little Falls Canal Celebration August 7-13

RESTAURANT & BAR Casual American Cuisine

Est. 2005

Breakfast & Lunch Espressos • Lattes • Cappucinos Made to order Cookie platters • Desserts • Custom cakes

good food, good wine, good friends, good times

500 East Main St., Little Falls

123 Mohawk St., Herkimer • 866-1746

(315) 823-9236 • Tues-Fri: 8-5, Sat: 8-2

MADISON

www.jamosrestaurantandbar.com Now Open 7 days! Sun-Thurs: 11-9, Fri: 11-11, Sat: 11-9

MARCY American Family Fare!

Take a break from antiquing for a bite at Quack’s!

9663 River Rd., Marcy

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Take-out • Catering

7239 Route 20, Madison

www.quacksvillageinn.com (315) 893-1806 Sun, Tues-Thurs: 6:30am-7pm, Fri & Sat: 6:30am-8pm

Soft and Hard Ice Cream!

19 Flavors of Hard Ice Cream 33 Flavors of Soft, Flurries & Milkshakes Serving Food Outside! Take Out & Delivery!

H

PLUS Fresh Haddock • Giambotta Mushroom Stew • Chicken & Biscuits Meatloaf Goulash & More!

Call for our summer hours 797-7709 55


NEW HARTFORD

Experience the taste of Naples!

Homemade comfort foods Full menu available til 2am!

22 beers on tap, specializing in NY State craft beers!

Clams & Jams!

Craft Beer & Wine Available!

Wednesdays 7-10pm

Nova Scotia Clams & Live Entertainment!

10 Clinton Rd., New Hartford • (315) 732-9733 Mon-Sat: 10am-2am, Sun: 12pm-2am www.killabrewsaloon.com

Phoenician R E S TAU R A N T Enjoy authentic Lebanese Cuisine

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

Read about Mangia Macrina’s on Page 29!

Full Buffet & Salad Bar served Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30 Wednesday Night Buffet 4:30-8:30 Serving Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sat Full Menu Available Mon-Thurs 11:30-9pm, Fri & Sat 11:30-10pm 623 French Road New Hartford (315) 733-2709

Truck available for on-site catering!

Also look for our Food Truck!

Book for the season now!

8636 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford • (315) 864-3728 Mon-Sat: 11am-9pm, Closed Sundays Menu online at: mangiamacrina.letseat.at

3RD YEAR ANNIVERSARY

SPECIALS FOR AUGUST! EVERY WEEKEND

WALK-IN OR PICK-UP ONLY

EVERY DAY

WALK-IN OR PICK-UP ONLY

SPECIALS EXPIRE 8/31/17

BUY 2 NOODLE SOUPS AND GET A FREE APPETIZER OR BUBBLE TEA! or BUY ANY 2 SUSHI AND GET A FREE BUBBLE TEA FREE!

Congratulations to Pho Ever Noodles! Celebrating its 3rd anniversary!

BUY 3 BUBBLE TEAS ANY SIZE AND GET A LARGE FREE!

CHECK OUT OUR NEW SUSHI BAR!

Enjoy traditional, naturally flavored, healthy soup and entrées at Pho Ever Noodles Vietnamese Cuisine. Come try our refreshing Bubble Tea and Traditional Pho or make your own noodle soup!

Plaza 5, 8469 Seneca Turnpike • New Hartford • (315) 733-6888 Open Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 10am-7pm • Like us on Facebook! Menu and order online: www.phoevernoodles.com

“We are your home town pizzeria!”

past 5 years! Voted #1 pizza for

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


Locally Owned & Operated

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

Catering Available • Homemade Desserts Every Day

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

4784 Commercial Dr., New Hartford (315) 736-1363 Breakfast & Lunch daily 7am-3pm

www.raspberriescafeutica.com • Facebook: Raspberries Rome / Raspberries Utica • Kids Menu Available

Oneida

REMSEN

Specializing in the area’s only coal-fired pizza oven! Live Music! Customizable catering for any size event!

Chesterfield’s

tuscan oven

DRIVE-IN

Open 7 Days a Week!

n u f r o f s u n i o J ! r e m m u S all Car Shows and so much more!

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Woof Nites,

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

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

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


ROME

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

www.brendasnaturalfoods.com

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

Champagne Brunch

Natural Groceries • Supplements • Local Foods Organic Produce & Plants

Weddings

8524 Fish Hatchery Rd, Rome, NY 13440 315-533-7710 www.deltalakeinn.com

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

Weekend Specials!

Banquets

Restaurant • Ice Cream Parlor

Haddock Specials

Prime Rib Every Sat. Night!

Wood Fired za! Brick Oven Piz t Take Ou y! & Deliver

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

DiCastro’s

(315) 33PIZZA

615 Erie Blvd. W., Rome

BRICK OVEN

Open M-Thurs 11-9, Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun 12-8

salisbury

See our summer entertainment schedule! www.paparickssnackshack.com

OPEN DAILY 11am-10pm End of N. Madison Street at Ridge Mills, Rome • (315) 339-2622

sharon springs

The Country Store with More!

www.countrystoreny.com

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

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

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

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

www.blackcat-ny.com

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

Now serving wine & beer!

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

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

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

bitebakeryandcafe.com #downtownutica

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(Creations of the Caribbean) Fresh & all natural ingredients

Luisa Martinez - chef

1315 Genesee Street, Utica

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

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

Open: Mon-Fri 9-2 185 Genesee St 2nd Floor, Utica

315 735-7676


Sheri’s

utica

EASTSIDE DINER Breakfast • Lunch Homemade & Fresh Daily!

New Advertiser! New Diner! Check it out!

Friday Fish Fry • Breakfast Served All Day

2199 Bleecker St., Utica (315) 790-5250

Summer Is Winding Down!!

And So Is Your Chance To Stop In For Our Seasonal Breakfast And Lunch!! Eat-In Or Takeout Available, Visit Us Online For Our Daily Menu!!

A l l Of O u r I t a l i a n Co o k i e s, “ Pu st i e s ” A n d B a k e d G o o d s A re A l l H a n d m a d e , A l wa y s Fre sh , Ne v e r F ro z e n ! ! Have An Upcoming Party Or Event, Contact Us For All Of Your Catering Needs!!

S h o p O u r L i n e O f P a st a , S a u c e s, S t a rt e rs An d Re a d y T o Co o k M e a l s; O t h e r L o c a l P ro d u c t s T o o !!

-(315) 896-2173Open Monday -Through- Friday 8:00AM -To- 4:00PM -www.sammyandanniefoods.com-

Mon-Thurs, & Sat 6-2, Fri 6-5, Sun 7-2

79 years serving the Mohawk Valley!

Contemporary American • Private Functions • Reservations Recommended

Visit our three Locations:

The Utica Zoo • Oriskany Blvd., Yorkville Ilion Marina, 190 Central Ave, Ilion

900 Culver Ave., Utica • 315-765-0271 • Open Tues-Sat 4:30-9pm www.willowsofutica.com

vernon

SKYLINE

ICE CREAM & FOOD Ice Cream • Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard • Lunch & Dinner Handmade Burgers • Fresh Cut Fries • Fresh Haddock Fridays

Vernon’s

Apple Betty Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Catering

Breakfast Served All Day!

26 flavors of Mercer’s soft! 26 flavors of Perry’s hard!

Route 5, Vernon Open: Mon-Thurs: 6am-3pm, Fri: 6am-8:30pm Sat: 6am-2pm, Sun: 7am-2pm

6506 State Route 5, Vernon

Tues-Sunday 12-9pm • (315) 953-4035

Skyline Frozen Custards & Ice Cream

www.applebettys.com • (315) 829-4875 • (315) 725-3856

Yorkville

WASHINgTON MILLS

THE STEAK & PICKLE

KARAM’S Middle Eastern

RESTAURANT

Bakery & Restaurant

LUNCH AND DINNER • DAILY SPECIALS • FRIDAY FISH FRY

Traditional Lebanese fare for breakfast & lunch! Middle Eastern Specials and Groceries Pita and Flat Bread • Spinach & Meat Pies • Baklawa

ASK ABOUT OUR CATERING MENU • Banquet Room (Seats up to 35)

Tues - Fri: 9am - 5pm, Sat: 9am - 3pm

Famous For Our Tenderloin Steak Sandwich Open at 11am, Saturday open at 4pm, closed Sunday & Monday

Serving Wine & Beer!

3963 Oneida St., Washington Mills • (315) 864-8149

(315) 736-1728 • 137 Campbell Ave., Yorkville www.karamsbakery.com

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antique shopping guide Munnsville

Between Us Sisters

Odd & Old

August 14-20, 2017

Canal House Antiques

Valandrea’s Madison

Victorian

The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick

Rose

ANTIQUE GALLERY

Earlville Jewett’s Cheese

Sherburne

BlackCat

See The Man

ANTIQUES

BlackCat

ANTIQUES

A little bit country, a little bit primitive!

Bear Path Antiques A general line of quality, affordable antiques including furniture, primitives, smalls, china, and antique accessories. Open weekends (and by chance) late May-June; Open Thurs-Mon: July-October. Closed Tues & Wed

(315) 369-9970 • 13912 State Rte 28, Otter Lake

Your destination for furniture, hand stenciled signs, vintage clothing, warm glow candles, silk arrangements & more!

Open Daily 10-5 10242 Route 12N, Remsen (315) 831-8644

www.backofthebarnantiques.com

14 East Main St. Earlville (315) 691-5721

Open Tues-Fri: 9-4, Sat: 9-2, Closed Sun & Mon

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Visit us during Madison-Bouckville Antique Week! Aug 14-20!

Canal House Antiques Multi-Dealer Shop

Multi Dealer Antique Shop

Specializing in antique furniture, glassware, jewelry, books, linens, and primitive rug hooking accessories

Wed-Sat: 10-5, Sun: 11-3 • (315) 761-2833

Open Thurs-Mon 10-5, Closed Tues & Wed

Primitives • Furniture • Artwork Smalls • Antique Accessories

4803 Rt. 31, Vernon

(315) 893-7737

6737 Route 20, Bouckville

www.canalhouseantiques.biz

Celebrating our 19th year in business!

Attic Addicts The Queen’s Closet

Pristine, Practical, and Priced Right!

Specializing in estate sales, large and small.

Consignment at its Finest!

Conducted with respect and dignity. We take the pressure out of estate liquidation, moving, or downsizing. Call for a consultation:

Clothing Jewelry Household Items Furniture Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm New consignment by appointment only

(315) 736-9160

22 Oriskany Blvd., Yorkville (315) 736-9160 www.thequeenclosetatticaddicts.com

Fort Plain Antiques SED & Salvage e CLO ation c will b

6768 Route 20, Bouckville (315) 893-7676

Our lovely gallery offers a full range of antiques, fine furniture, and vintage collectibles!

www.depotantiquegallery.com

2017 Show Dates: June 2,3, 4 and August 14-20

ANTIQUE GALLERY Open Apr-Oct: 10-5 daily; Nov-Dec: 10-4 daily Jan-Mar: Fri, Sat, Sun: 10-4

Foothills Mercantile

The BIG RED BARN filled to the rafters with antiques and vintage pieces, collectibles, glassware, furniture, accessories, and dealer supplies in all price ranges.

Over 30 Vendors!

Open 6 days: 10-5:30 , closed Tues. 8124 Route 12, Barneveld (315) 896-2681

We r Va mme - 14 u S r fo Aug 4Re-Open ill We w s, Aug 15 e Tu

SHOP HOURS: Tues - Wed — 12 - 4 Thurs - Fri — 12 - 6 Sat — 12 - 5 Also by Appointment Closed Sun and Mon

Like Us On Facebook!

55 Willett St., Fort Plain, NY • www.fortplainantiques.com • 518-993-1045 • 518-332-0395

The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick A multi-dealer shop specializing in advertising, petroliana, lamps, glass, furniture & quality smalls.

Look for our 1960s Texaco sign! (315) 893-7752

6790 Rte 20, Bouckville • www.thegallerycoop.com

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Little Falls

Main Street Gift Shoppe

Antique Center

Newport’s Best Kept Secret for Primitive Gifts!

Fall Decor, Candles, Antiques, Textiles, Olde Century Colors Paint, Lighting, Signs, Furniture and more!

More than 50 vendors on 2 floors! Canal Place, Little Falls Open Every Day 10-5 315-823-4309 www.littlefallsantiquecenter.com

Always gathering for our shop! A unique visit each thyme you stop!

Visit us during Canal Celebration Aug 7-13!

Red Barn Primitives out back Now Open! 7431 Main St Rt. 28 Newport, NY

OPEN: Wed-Sat 11:30am til 8pm (315) 845-8835

www.mainstreetristorante.com

Check out our popular Ristorante on site!

Enjoy your summer!

Over 160 Vendor booths and display cases!

And please stop in and visit us at the MAM for some cool antiques!

100 E. Main St., Mohawk (Thruway Exit 30)

(315) 219-5044 www.mohawkantiquesmall.com

MOHAWK ANTIQUES MALL

NEWPORT MARKETPLACE Top Notch Garden Center

Mon, Wed-Sat: 10-5, Sun: 11:30-4:30

Now Open!

Odd & Old Trade Co. Auction Hall & Co-op

7583 Main St., Newport, NY (315) 845-8822

54 VENDORS! NEW ITEMS ARRIVING DAILY!

Clean outs, Consignment, Buy, Trade, Sell!

Antiques and Vintage

5251 Main St., Munnsville NY

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Gold Star Mothers Pilgrimage to France 1930-1933

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By Susan Perkins, Town of Manheim Historian

On June 4, 1928, a group of 25 mothers who lived in Washington, D.C., met to organize a national organization to be known as American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., a nondenominational, non-profit, and non-political organization made up of mothers who lost a son or daughter during World War I. They lobbied the U.S. government to provide a trip to Europe to visit the cemeteries of the fallen sons or daughters. In March 1929, the United States Congress passed a law authorizing the use of government funds of $5 million to pay for mothers and widows of fallen veterans to visit their loved ones buried on the battlefields of Europe. The Quartermaster Corps oversaw this endeavor. On Feb. 7, 1930, in the Red Room of the White House, Lou Henry Hoover (1874-1944), the wife of President Herbert Hoover, reached into a large silver bowl and pulled out the first of 54 unsealed envelopes. Each had in it a card bearing the name of a state or overseas territory. The first state picked was Nebraska--and the card was instantly handed over to The Quartermaster General. It wasn’t until May 7, 1930, that 231 women sailed for Europe from the New York harbor. The last trip ended in August 1933. In total, 6,693 Gold Star mothers and war widows made the pilgrimage. The United States government organized and conducted a series of trips for mothers and widows of deceased World War I servicemen. The U.S. Army led the pilgrims on a month-long trip, which saw them leave their homes across the country and then travel to New York City. Each of the women was given badges of identification for use on tours. There were three parts; the top part had their name engraved on bronze; the middle part was a hang-

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ing ribbon of red, white, and blue; and at the bottom was a five-pointed star with “Pilgrimage of Mothers and Widows” on a circling border with an oak and laurel wreath below surmounted by the eagle and shield of the Great Seal, flanked by the U.S. flag. The United States Lines Steamship Company issued a medal for the pilgrimages. It was made of bronze and struck by Tiffany and Co. of New York. There were 11 Gold Star Mothers from Herkimer County who were offered the chance to go on the Pilgrimage to France: Angelina Altimonda, Frankfort widow of Pvt. Giddio Altimonda. Amelia Christensen, Mohawk mother of Cpl. Archibald F. Christensen. Frances Clifford, Little Falls mother of Cpl. Eugene A. Clifford. Hannah Crowley, Mohawk mother of Sgt. John J. Crowley. Celestia Hadcock, Little Falls mother of Pvt. Frank V. Hadcock. Nellie Spencer Hall, Herkimer mother of Pvt. Raymond Spencer Hall. Mary Huggich, South Columbia mother of Pvt. Joseph Huggich. Lura Jones, Little Falls mother of Sgt. Raymond V. Jones. Frances Lynch, Little Falls mother of Pvt. Raymond T. Lynch. Cora Belle McGraw, Jordanville mother of Cpl. Charles W. McGraw. Elizabeth Stafford, Little Falls mother of Pvt. Glenn S. Stafford. To date, I have been able to find three mothers and one widow from Herkimer County who also made the pilgrimage: Angelina Altimonda (1896-1963), the only widow of the 11 Gold Star Mothers. She was from Frankfort and was the first one from Herkimer County to go on the pilgrimage. She left July 24, 1930, from the Port of New York. She visited her husband’s grave at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Meuse, France. The entire trip lasted 27 days with Angelina returning on the ship the USS Republic, arriving back at the Port of New York on July 20, 1930. Lura Jones (1871-1938) of Herkimer, Cora Belle McGraw (1870-1947) of Jordanville, and Nellie Spencer Hall (1878-1945) of Dolgeville were mothers. They left from the Port of New York on June 28, 1932, on the USS Leviathan, arriving in Cherbourg, France, six days later. Nellie was living in Gloversville when the

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trip was taken. She wrote an article to the Morning Herald of Gloversville and Johnstown, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 16, 1932, giving an account of her journey to France. She stated that thousands cheered and flags were waving. A military band played patriotic songs. When they arrived in Cherbourg, they were met by a special train that took them on a five-hour ride through the country side. They then went to Paris, where they visited the American Cathedral, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triumphe, Laurent, the Garden of Tuileries, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and Versailles. After spending several days in Paris, they traveled 565 miles over the battle-scarred fields of France. They went through the Argonne Forest, where they saw rusty war relics, trenches, and other evidence of war. They traveled through shell-pitted Belleau Wood and Chateau Thierry. Along the banks of Marne where red poppies grew, Nellie wrote: “In abundance like pools of blood, symbolic of the terrify slaughter that was enacted on its banks.” Visiting their loved ones’ graves was the objective of the pilgrimages. Each woman visited the graves over three or four successive days. The Army provided each woman with a wreath of flowers, a photograph of her at the grave, and plenty of time alone. Cemetery visits were viewed as a time for private mourning and reflection, not for ceremonies and empty speeches. Angelina Altimonda, Nellie Spencer Hall and Lura Jones visited the final resting place of their husband and sons at the Meuse- Argonne American Cemetery in Meuse. Cora Belle McGraw visited the final resting place of her son at St. Mihiel American Cemetery in Thiaucourt, France. After visiting the cemeteries, they went to Rheims, where the Notre Dame Cathedral of Rheims (that was built between the years 1211-1427) was burned by the Germans. They went back to Paris, where Bastille Day was being celebrated. They left from Le Havre, France, aboard the USS President Harding, arriving back to the United State on July 29, 1932. •

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

Tim and I possess creative, free spirits that allow us to manage our peasant lifestyle, bu friction occasionally results. Sometimes when I return from doing errands in town, he likes to surprise me with a home improvement project he’s done that I’m not always happy about. One time I get surprised by a repair he makes to my kitchen counter. And I say my kitchen counter because I built it, not because I’m the boss in the kitchen (even though I am). The front of the sink is made of wood, with recycled Formica pieces on either side and, yes, it is beginning to rot and not looking well at all, I admit. But his repair consists of strips of copper flashing screwed onto the front of the sink area, in sequence. It is beautiful, but I know that with moisture, food crumbs, and so many unpleasantly sharp edges, it will be impossible to keep it that way. He can’t believe that I don’t like it. He worked hard at this repair, was very proud of his creativity, and felt he’d managed to make

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it not only functional, but beautiful. I can’t believe that he did it without consulting me. Time for a meeting. He ventilates. I ventilate. After a second round, we brainstorm for possible options: Leave it the way it is? Rip out the copper and have lots of screw holes left behind? Replace the counter? We decide it’s time to replace it and set aside some money from a wedding to buy, on sale, a complete Formica counter top. Putting it in is really scary, partly because it’s not cheap, and partly because I’ve never done this before. A perfectly shaped hole must be cut out that the sink will set in. Room for error is maybe ¼ inch! And how to do it with a hand saw and hand drill? What if I do it wrong, ruin it, and lose the money we’ve spent!? But I manage, and it turns out rather well, and much easier to maintain than

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and pools. It’s so much fun to see how creative they can be! Todd attempts to make a boat out of our galvanized bathtub, and gets a delightful dunking as a result. He and Brandon catch tiny fish and frogs with a net, enjoying the chase as much as the capture that they proudly show us before releasing them back. “Return them to their home,” I say. “They have friends and relatives who would miss them.” And they never complain when they have a meal with us at the Grandparents Cottage, where each person is expected to wash their own dish. They trot happily down the steps to the large stone at the edge of the creek with their utensils and are rewarded with intimate encounters in the natural world that will resonate profoundly in their lives. For Tim and me, to see this new generation enjoying their time in nature without harming themselves, other creatures, or their environment is our great reward for

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pect that a predatory mink or martin, attracted by all the activity, has made meals of them. Only one Peg’s Great Uncle lucky squirrel is seen now under our Herold Huck was a feeder, wary, alert, and not too preVeterinary Assistant occupied with personal squabbles, in WWI which is the only way to survive. I deeply identify with and feel that I can understand the consciousness of other creatures. I am certain that they share the will to live, to reproduce, to problem solve, the sorrows, fears, hopes and joys that we do. Perhaps this is inherited. Grandma’s brother, Herold Huck, entered the Calvary as a veterinary assistant during World War I. This was important work, because horses were often critical factors in determining the outcome of such conflicts, and injuries and casualties to them were great. But with o f biting bugs we have to deal the advances in mechanization that occurred with.) These young and foxy red squirrels during this war, the equestrian advantage scrap and chatter at each other. Sometimes a was nullified and even added to the hazards raucous pair gets into physical combat, roll- because of the many difficulties in providing ing about in a fury of gnashing teeth, flying adequate nourishment, medicine, and water to them and dealing with such large corpses fur and flailing feet and tails. But this doesn’t last long. Alas for the when they died. How sad and tragic war is! squirrels! Where did they all go?! We sus- After the war, Uncle Herold worked at

Sunshine Dairies in Utica, but continued to maintain a small farm worked with one of his beloved horses. His chicken coop was a particular attraction to my sisters and me. Although we knew we shouldn’t go in there, the temptation was sometimes too great. It is another world, bright specks of feather dreamily float through the air, cobwebs waft around the light fixtures, the air is warm and fragrant with feathers and fertilizer. Plump, round bundles of tawny hens with suspicious eyes and bright yellow beaks putter about making motherly clucking sounds. If we could just hold one—“Here chick, chick, chick….” “I told you kids to stay out of the chicken coop!” calls Uncle Hucky from outside, and the door slams behind as we run out with guilty faces. We scamper off to explore the old foundation of a collapsed barn. (Another place we’re not supposed to go.) Most every country homestead at this time has their own family dump somewhere on the property, an old cellar like this one, or an area too marshy to plow where gigantic, ancient willow trees can flourish. We are archaeologists discovering artifacts of ancient cultures, a pottery plate (almost intact with only a few cracks and chips), a cooking pan (with such interesting dents!), horseshoes, a heavy old, oval shaped horse collar…here are plenty of potential toys

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succulent slices end up in my mouth somehow, and our cottage fills with the bouquet of peach nectar. They get packed into clean jars, and after being boiled in my canner for 20 minutes are sealed and ready to get tucked safely into our root cellar for a Peg and her younger sisters; Marion & Barb get to winter treat of peach ambroride on Great Uncle Huck’s farm horse sia and memories of summer sunshine! But first, they have to for cool, and I proudly line them childhood imagup on the table that sits on top inations! You just have to watch out of my treadle sewing machine. for broken glass, and don’t twist your ankle The kitchen is hot. I am tired, but so proud on those round tin cans! and satisfied. But suddenly, “CRASH!” Tim and I take our annual summer trip to The table top has tilted because of too much Ashtabula, Ohio, where he grew up, and re- weight in the front. A dozen or more jars of turn with a bushel of fresh peaches from an my beautiful peaches have fallen, smashed orchard there. I love peaches and am thrilled onto the floor, and broken ... golden treasure to have so many to can. Each gets plunked suddenly nothing more than yellow mush briefly into a pan of boiling water to loosen in shards of glass! What a calamity! I am the skins so they’ll practically fall off. I pop heartsick! out the seed and slice the rosy yellow flesh “Tim will not only be crushed,” I think, into a pot, cooking them just enough to bring “he’ll think I’m a careless homemaker!” out some juice. No sugar needed! Some I hurriedly clean up the incredible mess

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As a guy who has been helping promote local music for 25 years I really like to see our local musicians draw good crowds. I do, however, have to give a bit of advice to bands and musicians. Please, when you promote your shows, think! Facebook events are really a great way to do this, but when the heading of the event doesn’t clearly state who and where, you might as well not have any event scheduled. The FB events pop up on people’s time lines, and if the event only says the name of the venue or the band, chances are that no one will click on the link to open the event for the details. Another great way to promote your band Is to send me the info for the Drive Live and Local list. I put all these gigs up at 927thedrive.net. This page gets the most hits of any on our site. Either fill out the info to post them yourself or simply e-mail the gigs to me at geneseejoe@ 927thedrive.net. Also, make sure any photos or other info represents your band in a good way. A logo or a decent photo of the group is great; something you find funny or cool may not be to someone else and may not be “cool” with the club owner. This goes hand in hand with this fact: When you book a job, you’re booking a JOB. You’re not booking your own personal night of rock ’n’ roll star glamour and excess. If you want more jobs, act professional and good things will happen to your band. 92.7 The Drive wants to send you on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of The Sea for the classic rock cruise 6. Hosted and headlined by Sammy Hagar with Blue Oyster Cult, Bad Company, Stepenwolfe, Randy Bachman, Uriah Heep, and many more. Register to win at Li-

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tchman’s Wine and Liquor in the North Utica Shopping Center or Listen to 92.7 FM The Drive. No purchase is necessary, must you be 21 or older to enter. Find the details and the full band line up at 927thedrive.net. A great tradition and fundraiser for the Utica Zoo returns with Brewfest 2017. Live music will be provided once again by headliners China Pig, with an opening set from Soupbone Charlie. China Pig is one of the most unique and creative bands in the area and always puts on a great show. Dan Hap, Johnny Leogrande, Joe Peccorello, and Ed Peccorello will be joined by some special guests, including me and the father/son team of Nick and Barney Vanderwood. The Vanderwoods are in Glen Street and Simple Props, respectively. Soupbone Charlie is a solid jam band that always brings a good time. It is made up of brothers Chris and Mark Pauley, Eric Paniccia, Walt Williams, and special guest Paul Kogut, who’s coming in from NYC. Our local music scene includes so many great bands, both cover and original groups. Go out and see for yourself. Check out some live music! Get the info on who’s where with the Live and Local listings at 927thedrive.net, and you can even submit your own events. • Listen to Genesee Joe live on 92.7FM, The DRIVE.


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Artists and Art Studios Frank Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Authors Local Grumpy Tomatoes, Autumn Kuhn . . . . . . 23 Auto Dealerships Steet-Ponte Auto Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Automotive Repair Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Precision Unlimited, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Automotive, Custom Fabrication Custom Fab, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Awards & Engraving Speedy Awards, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 38 Baby Goods Bunny and Bear Baby Goods, Clinton . . . . . 15 Bakeries, Pastry, and Candy Shops Bagel Grove, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Caruso’s Pastry Shoppe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 9 Click’s Cakes, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Florentine Pastry Shop, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 15 The Friendly Bake Shop, Frankfort . . . . . . 25 Heidelberg Baking Company, Herkimer . . . 55 Juliano’s Greenhouses & Market, Schuyler . . 14 Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . 59 Lizzy’s Cupcakery, New Hartford . . . . . . . 12 So Sweet Candy Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Star Bakery, Whitesboro and Utica . . . . . . . . 41 Wicked Sweets, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Bike Shops Dick’s Wheel Shop, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 6 Books Berry Hill Book Shop, Deansboro . . . . . . . 25 Treehouse Reading & Arts Ctr., NY Mills . . 19

Bowling Adirondack Diner and Lanes, Barneveld . . 54 State Bowl with Cosmic Bowling, Ilion . . . . . 50 Breweries and Wineries Prospect Falls Winery, Prospect . . . . . . . . . 68 Woodland Hop Farm & Fermentation, Utica . . 78 Cabinets and Kitchens Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . 4 Knotty By Nature, Bridgewater . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Camping and Hiking Supply Plan B, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Catering Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Dominick’s Deli & Catering, Herkimer . . . . . 55 Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Maria’s Pasta Shop, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Cheese (see Produce) Children’s Programming Treehouse Reading & Arts Ctr., NY Mills . . 19 Clothing The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 61 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Walk-in Closet, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Coffee Fort Schuyler Trading, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 31 Moose River Coffee, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Community Organizations Mohawk Valley Food Action . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Consignment The Online Exchange, Dolgeville . . . . . . . . 62 The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Walk-in Closet, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

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CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) Szarek Greenhouses, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 76

Feed, Animal Kast Hill Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Delis Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 33 LaFamiglia Bosonne’s Sausage, Utica . . . . . 33

Fencing Williams Fence, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Dentistry Neighborhood Family Dentistry, Utica . . . . 10 Diners Adirondack Diner and Lanes, Barneveld . . 54 Apple Betty, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Charlie’s Place, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Freddy’s Diner, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Sheri’s Diner, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Suzi’s Place, Bouckville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Financial Services Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . 14 Firewood and Wood Pellets Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Fitness & Gyms Curves, Herkimer and Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Flooring D & D Carpets, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Dog Sitting Barney’s Angels, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Florists Clinton Florist, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Village Florals, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Estate Sales Attic Addicts, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 The Potting Shed Antiques, Whitesboro . . . 63

Funeral Services Nunn & McGrath, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Events, Entertainment, and Activities Black River Canal Museum, Boonville . . . 50 Caveman Mini Golf, Westmoreland . . . . . 48 Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown . . . . . . . 52 Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown . . . . . 2 Fly Creek Cider Mill, Fly Creek . . . . . . 16 Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo, Rome . . . . . . 50 Goodsell Museum, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 9 Little Falls Canal Celebration . . . . . . . . . . 49 Madison-Bouckville Antique Week . . . . . . 4 Mohawk Valley Boat Tours . . . . . . . . . . . 8 NYS Woodsmen’s Field Days, Boonville . . 3 Old Forge Visitors Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Remington Arms Museum, Ilion . . . . . . . . 23 The Stanley, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 View, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Jordanville . . . . . . . 37

Farm Equipment Clinton Tractor, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Hobby Hill Farm Sales, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 66 White’s Farm Supply, Waterville/Canastota . . 80

Golf Courses and Driving Range Brimfield Driving Range, Clinton . . . . . . . 45 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 24 Woodgate Pines Golf Club, Woodgate . . . . . 8 Grocery/Convenience Stores The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . 58 Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . 32 Kountry Kupboard, Madison . . . . . . . . . . 68 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 50 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 33 Reilly’s Dairy, Inc., Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Hardware/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Poland Hardware, Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Hearing Consultants Hearing Health Hearing Centers, Rome . . . . . 34

Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 4

Horse Boarding Kast Hill Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Garden Centers and Greenhouses D’Allesandro’s, Nursery/Landscaping, Frankfort . . 24 George’s Farm Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . 26 Herkimer Blueberry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Juliano’s Greenhouses & Market, Schuyler . . 14 Melinda’s Garden Barn, Richfield Springs . . 38 North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . . 42 Sheep Run Daylily Farm, Newport . . . . . . 51 Top Notch Garden Center, Newport . . . . . 62

Ice Cream B&F Milk, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Kayuta Drive-In, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Papa Rick’s Snack Shack, Rome . . . . . . . . 58 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Skyline Ice Cream, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . 59 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Voss’, Yorkville, Ilion, and the Utica Zoo . . 59

Gift Shops/Shopping Artisans’ Corner, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . 21 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 61 Cat’s Meow, Sherburne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Fort Schuyler Trading, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 31

Insurance Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . 4 Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . 44 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 11

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Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . 64 Iron Work - Architectural & Ornamental Raulli’s Iron Works, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . 7 Fall Hill Beads & Gems, Little Falls . . . . . . 66 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 32 Lawn Mowers J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 43 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Liquor Stores and Wine Beer Belly Bob’s, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . . 70 Maple Syrup (see Produce) Massage, Therapeutic Zensations, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Meats, locally raised (see Produce) Media 92.7 The Drive WXUR, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 74 FOX33/WUTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 41 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Monuments & Memorials Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . 28 Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 58 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . 20 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 69 Sunflower Naturals, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . 23 Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . 72

Paint and Painting Supplies Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . 8 Pet Services One Paw at a Time, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 29 Pet Supplies Gemini Pets, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Pharmacies Garro Drugs, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . .

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Pools Geraty Pools, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Swan Pools, Ilion and New Hartford . . . . . . 29 Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . Main Street Gift Shop, Newport . . . . . . . . Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . Turnpike Antiques, Madison . . . . . . . . . . .

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Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . 44 Clinton Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . 68 Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 73 Juliano’s Greenhouses & Market, Schuyler . . 14 Meelan’s Meat Market, Clark Mills . . . . . . 7 Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 15 Skeeterboro Farms, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . 43 Sunnybrook Farm, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . 13 Three Village Cheese, Newport . . . . . . . . . . 16 Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 35

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Twin Orchards, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 28 Windy Hill Orchard, Cassville . . . . . . . . 47 WintersGrass Farm Raw Milk, Sauquoit . . . 13 Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Heartworks Quilts, Fly Creek . . . . . . . . . 12 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Real Estate Coldwell-Banker, Newport . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Hunt Real Estate, Welcome Home Team . . . 32 Scenic Byway Realty, Richfield Springs . . . . 46 Record Stores Off-Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Apple Betty, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Bagel Grove, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Bite Bakery and Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Black Cat, Sharon Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Chesterfield’s Tuscan Oven, Oneida . . . . . . 57 Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Delta Lake Inn, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Dominick’s Deli, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Fat Cats, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Heidelberg Baking Co., Herkimer . . . . . . . 55 Il Caffé, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 55 Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . 59 Kayuta Drive-In, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Main Street Ristorante, Newport . . . . . . . . 62 Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . 56 Mi Casa, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Pho Ever Noodles, New Hartford . . . . . . . 56 Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . 56 Quack’s Village Inn, Madison . . . . . . . . . 56 Raspberries Cafe, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 58 Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 59 Skyline Ice Cream, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . 59 The Steak & Pickle, Washington Mills . . . . . 59 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

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The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Roofing Maple Lane Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Mohawk Metals, Westmoreland . . . . . . . 10 Sharpening Services Ron’s Scissors Sharpening, Sauquoit . . . . . . 7 Sheds and Storage Buildings Shafer & Sons, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 The Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 28 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Small Engine Repair J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 43 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Snowmobiles/ATVs Hobby Hill Farm, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Specialty Wood Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Tent Rentals Brownies Tent and Awnings, Clinton . . . . . 68 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Tree Services Turk Tree Service, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Travel Agencies The Cruise Wizards, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 70 Weddings and Banquets Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 24 So Sweet Candy Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Wellness Infinity Tree Healing, New Hartford . . . . . 13 Windows R.A. Dudrak, Holland Patent . . . . . . . . . . 18 Yogurt Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . 43

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8207 Route 26 (315) 376-0300

Waterville

962 Route 12 (315) 841-4181

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