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Busy Being Lazy by Sharry L. Whitney

I breathe in the rich, heavy smell of summer, storing it up. In August, winter becomes a distant memory. A dense green covers the yard, the earth—everything. The flurry of activity in spring and early summer fades into the lazy days of August when we start to take the sun and warmth for granted. Even the birds have settled down now that their fledglings have flown. I am glad I made a list of the things I wanted to accomplish this summer, because August is the second chance to complete them. This is not the building/home repair list that we work on in the spring and fall, but the summer fun list of summer concerts, hiking trails, galleries, and events we want to attend. Those are the priorities in August. If you need some help finding things to fill up your summer list, check out our Family Fun Guide or just flip through the pages. There you’ll find enough to fill your summer days. •

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When Jean Kowalski Tabarrini, owner of the Canal View Café in Sylvan Beach, noticed the new Oneida County History Center puzzle for sale on Facebook, she knew it would sell like hotcakes at her restaurant and ordered 12 of them. Her café faces Oneida Lake and the Barge Canal and has been called the “Sylvan Smithsonian” because of her collection of The Beach photos that decorate the walls. Natives purchase the puzzles as memorabilia; vacationers, to have something to do on a rainy day. Postcards found at the OCHC, depict the scene on the puzzle and are dated 1908 and 1909. The Canal View Café was the remodeled home of Emory and Ruth Sauve, former owners of the Sylvan Beach Midway; its frame was made from timbers from the original roller coaster, the old Figure Eight. The café was purchased by Fred and Marge Testa in 1975 and became the restaurant in 1977. Sylvan Beach needed new energy, revitalization, and a return to claim the title “Coney Island of Central New York.” The Testas were just the residents to make it happen: They took a risk, made a sizable investment, and because they believed in their community, a thriving business developed. They opened at 6 a.m. to accommodate fishermen for the lake that was home to vast amounts of pike, perch, catfish, and salmon. Locals adjourned


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here to discuss the town topics. On Sundays during the summer, flea markets took place on the shaded lawn adjoining the property. Nothing like an outdoor bazaar to attract customers! Today, yachts line the canal wall in front of the café as they enter the lake for a day of sailing. Jean worked in the café since she was 23 and purchased the building in 1990 from her mother, Marge Testa. Today, the café is one of the busiest eating establishments at The Beach. The cuisine is excellent, especially when taken in this atmospheric historic place. Two-passenger sleds on the toboggan slide rushed down and out into Oneida Lake, splashing and giving thrills and chills. One of the first slides was erected in 1893 by George De Long, a well-known bathing pavilion man. “It was a corker,” noted historian Jack Henke wrote. Only one incident was reported in the newspapers: the death of a young man in July 1900 who dived headlong “from the dizzy height on the top of the toboggan slide,” which was 25 feet and struck the sandy bottom of the lake. Jack Henke, author of several books about Oneida Lake and The Beach, also wrote: “Extending out into the lake is the commodious Rowe Brothers Bath House, with accommodations for ladies and gents. The ladies rooms were located nearer the shore than the male changing rooms. Holes in the floor provided a place for your personal necessities.” In 1919, a Canadian service uniform was found in one of the holes–the service man was never found! There was a five-cent charge for using the toboggan, even if you didn’t use the bathhouse.

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“It’s believed that the Rowe Brothers built this slide in the late 1890s; it functioned until the early 1930s,” Jack said. The Rowe Brothers, William and Joseph, operated the bathhouse for nearly 30 years. They lived in the Oneida, Kenwood Heights, and Sylvan Beach area most of their lives. William died in 1952; Joseph in 1945. During the winter, the slides were pulled ashore and stored so that ice build-up wouldn’t cause damage. The bathhouse was set on a track so it could be pulled in during the winter. In the early 1960s, when James Donlon, a concessionaire, “acquired the long narrow structure, he pulled the bathhouse up from the water, cut it in half, moved it from the lakeshore on rollers and placed the halves side by side along the midway to form the basis for the dark ride of Laffland.” Henke attributed the combination of physical deterioration with safety issues that made the slide obsolete. Better electronic rides on the Midway began to attract beach goers. Toboggan slides (and there were others at the beach) were a big attraction at the turn of the century when thousands of picnickers arrived by train, buggy, or steamboat to seek relaxation at this lake resort. Large hotels accommodated patrons who wished to spend a week’s vacation. But soon Sylvan Beach became a common people’s resort, when in 1878 the Hop Pickers Association held is annual picnic there. Political Picnics, civic organizations and church Sunday School picnics provided a foundation for the beach economy. There are accounts of prominent manufacturing businesses in Utica sponsoring a picnic day trip by train for their employees. The working class people—hop growers, farmers, families, and mill factory workers—began to enjoy a day at the beach. The village built a carousel and the Sylvan Beach Amusement Park

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opened in 1895. The Pancake House on Main Street has a scene painted in 1905 by Lee Cooper of another toboggan slide at the beach. The acrylic painting is descriptive of the crowds that gathered on the pier to watch persons dressed in beach attire of long ago. The painting is described in a publication of Sculpture Space, called Art Oneida. It is at the entrance to the Pancake House. The building used to be the Post Office, which opened in 1887. Violent storms arise on this lake quickly. In August 1892 during such a storm the slide was picked up by wind and thrown into the lake. It is a shallow lake–one has to walk a distance before the water covers your knees. Oneida Lake is the largest freshwater lake within the boundaries of our state. It is 22 miles long, but has 65 miles of shoreline. Even today we read of rescues of swimmers and boaters, as the lake by natural forces continues to misbehave. Oneida Lake must be respected. To read more about Sylvan Beach history, our history center also sells Images of America, around Sylvan Beach, by Brandy Ann, published in 2008. It has a photo of a “rollicking ride” on the sled that will delight you as much as the puzzle does. •

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This is the time of year when many families take their vacations and venture farther into the mountains. This month, we’ll head up past Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole, and turn right at the fork in the road for a short hike, one recommended by locals for families with young children. The Cobble Lookout trailhead is less than a quarter mile past the Whiteface Toll Road. The 1.3-mile trail is so new (it was freshly cut last autumn) that when we hiked it with our children and grandchildren in July, there was not yet a roadside sign to mark the entry point. The spot with roadside parking was easily found with a free map and guidance we secured from the Wilmington Information Center, which is located near the center of the hamlet. We discovered the entire trail itself was generously marked with blue foot trail discs. Early on, one of our 4-year-old grandchildren became our guide. Taking charge with map in hand, he pointed up to a blue disc on a tree and loudly announced to our group, “only 20 miles to go, everybody!” I had actually scouted out the location the day before and not far along the trail noticed through small openings in the trees what appeared to be a sheer and towering wall of gray rock off the main trail to the left. Some slightly bent grass suggested a light herd path in that direction and I had to investigate. It was indeed a wall of rock and

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it was towering all right. During the family hike, I lingered with my son Justin to grab a photograph for perspective. It is so easy to suddenly feel small in these mountains! It was later, at the Information Center again, where I learned that this spot was an old quarry where material had been harvested for the wall along the Whiteface Memorial Highway and for the former wall along the bridge right there in Wilmington. Continuing the winding walk through the woods toward the lookout, there were occasional man-made structures to help keep footwear (somewhat) dry in the form of wood bridges over areas of run-off, and planks running along the more soggy areas. There is virtually no transition from the woods to the lookout that is sprawling and littered with boulders and loose rocks and stones. We quickly reeled in the excited and fearless grandchildren who, like most young ones, were only too happy to run ahead without a proper sense of safe boundaries. The boast in the brochure that this was “one of the best views in the Adirondacks” was not an exaggeration. I have climbed more than 60 of the highest peaks in the region and

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Drums Along the Mohawk

August 2-4, Fri: 5-10pm, Sat: 12-10pm, Sun: noon-5pm. Three fun-filled days on the historic Erie Canal with music, fireworks and amusement rides. Bellamy Harbor Park, Mill St., Rome

35th Annual Tappet Twirlers Charity Car Show Sunday, August 4, 9am-3pm Food, craft vendors and flea market. Lee Town Park, Turin Rd, Lee Center

Thursday, August 1, 7pm The Mohawk Valley’s annual drum and bugle corps competition featuring world class drum corps! Rome Free Academy Stadium, Turin St, Rome

Corning Hot Glass Roadshow

August 2-11, 10am-7pm Enjoy an array of hot glass demonstrations and programs. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute 310 Genesee Street, Utica

32nd Annual Little Falls Canal Celebration

August 5-11, Thousands of visitors attend this annual celebration of the community, heritage, and spirit of Little Falls. Entertainment, programs, and vendors.

Annual Taste of Lebanon

August 2-4, Fri: 5-9pm, Sat: 1-10pm, Sun: 11am-4pm Lebanese food, desserts, music, dancing & special performances. Deerfield Fireman’s Field, 5476 Trenton Rd., Utica

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Tuesday, August 6, 7-8pm Remember the Battle of Oriskany in a solemn ceremony honoring those who defended their land and sacrificed their lives in one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution.

72nd Woodsmen’s Field Days August 16-18. Gates open at 8am.

One of the predominant lumberjack contests in the United States. Displays of various forestry related equipment.

Thornton Wilder’s Our Town at Fenimore’s Lakefront Amphitheater

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Clinton Art & Music Festival

Saturday, August 24, 10am-9:30pm Celebrate the end of summer with a full day of live music, artists’ wares, kids’ activities, and food. Village Green, Clinton

Fandemicon, Utica’s Pop Culture Convention Saturday, August 17, 10am-4pm Family friendly celebration of all things fandom – from comics, superheroes, tabletop games, and video gaming, to anime, manga and cosplay!

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Mondays 2-7pm June 3 - October 7


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Store & U-Pick Opens Sat., Sept. 7th, 2019 577 East St., Cassville, NY

(315) 822-0046

Open 7 days a week: Mon–Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat & Sun 9am-5pm

FREE Summer Concerts Clinton Concerts in the Park

Tuesday nights at 7pm through August 20th. Village Green, Clinton, Line up:

Cooperstown Lakefront Concert Series

Tuesdays at 7pm through August 27th, Lakefront Park, Cooperstown Line up: cooperstown-lakefront-concert-series

“Betsy the Barge” Concert Series

Thursdays at 6-8pm through August 29th Lock 20 Canal Park, Rte. 49, Marcy, Lineup:

New York Mills Concert Series

Tuesdays at 6:30pm through August 27th, Pulaski Park, Main St., New York Mills, Lineup:

Old Forge Summer Concert Series

Sundays at 7pm through September 1st Old Forge Lakefront, Lineup:

Richfield Springs Concert Series

Wednesdays at 7pm through August 21st, Village Park Bandstand, Richfield Springs, Lineup:

Rome Summer Concert Series

Mondays 6-8pm through August 19th Griffo Green, Rome City Hall, Rome Lineup:

Sylvan Beach Bands at the Beach Wednesdays 7-9pm through August 29th, Main Street Park, Sylvan Beach Lineup: concert-series

Utica, Levitt AMP Music Series

Mondays at 7:30pm through August 26th, Kopernick Park, Oneida Square, Utica, Lineup:

Whitesboro Summer Concert Series

Wednesdays at 6:30pm through August 28th, Village Green, Whitesboro Lineup:

Yorkville Concert Series

Thursdays at 6:30pm through August 29th, Campbell Ave., Yorkville, Lineup: Attending the lakefront concerts in Old Forge is a Sunday night tradition.

Town of Frankfort Summer Concert Schedule Lonesome Dove - Wed. Aug 7th Showtime - Fri. Aug 9th Concerts are free and start at 7pm

St. Francis Society grounds, 152 8th Ave., Frankfort Refreshments, Food available, Bring your own chairs

You-Pick Blueberries Note: It’s always a good idea to call ahead

AnnDel Farms 547 State Rte 29, Middleville (315) 891-3613 Bev’s Best Blueberries Rte. 29, 152 Hewitt Road, Dolgeville • (315) 429-9425 Blueberry Brooke B&B 6827 Van Hyning Rd., Deansboro • (315) 749-3547 (please text ahead) • Brick House Acres 10628 Roberts Road, Frankfort (315) 737-5635 • Candella’s Farm & Greenhouses 9256 River Road, Marcy, (315) 736-8782 Herkimer Blueberries 1080 Steuben Hill Rd., Herkimer (315) 867-5735 • Heywoods’s Blueberries 9947 Evans Road, Remsen (315) 831-8096 • Irvada’s Blueberry Lane 9459 Point Rock Rd, Taberg (315) 337-1088 North Star Orchards, 4741 Route 233, Westmoreland (315) 853-1024 • Swistak Farm 6644 Greenway New London Rd.,Verona (315) 336-1251 • Wereszczak’s 1080 Steuben Hill Rd., Herkimer (315) 867-5735 •

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


Palm Springs Mini Golf A free family friendly pop culture convention! Special Guests! Cosplay Contest! Vendors! Prizes!

Trivia Contest! RPGs! Video Games! Fan Art Contest!

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Beautifully landscaped 18-hole course with real palm trees, waterfalls & running stream! Open again with original owner Brian Kney!

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A full day of fun!

Sponsored by: M&T Bank / Partners Trust Bank Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc.

Fun for the whole Family!

BBQ & Ice Cream on site!

9411 Maynard Dr., Marcy

(315) 736-4316 • Open daily 10am-9:30pm •


farm and GREENHOUSES 9256 River Road, Marcy (315) 736-8782

Producing Fresh Home Grown Produce

U-Pick Blueberries!

Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Sweet & Hot Peppers, Pickles, Cousa, Eggplant, Squash, Beans & Much More! • children’s bookstore • reading tutoring • arts enrichment • literacy enrichment • birthday parties

Sign up now for Summer camps! Mon: 10-2, Tues-Fri: 10-7, Sat: 10-4

(315) 765-6262 • 587 Main St., New York Mills

Heartsome Handicrafts

...because handcrafted is treasure.

Gift ideas created by local artisans!

Oh Sweet Baby!

Customized baby gifts for every occasion

48 New Hartford Shopping Center

New Hartford • (315) 507-3020 • Mon-Sat: 10-5, Closed Sun See our craft class schedule on our Facebook page


Irish Seisiún Musicians gather to play traditional Irish music.

Saturday, August 17 11, 6-9pm: Frank Diskin, Guitar/Vocalist Sunday, August 24, 6-9pm: Kevin Alexander, Guitar/Vocalist Friday, August 30 11, 5-9pm: Open Mic with Cathie Timian

Open 7 days a week, 11am-7pm 8300 Brimfield St., Clinton • (315) 853-8175

Prospect Falls Winery

16 Stone Brewpub

Copper City Brewing Company

Friday, August 2, 6-9pm: Scot Ray-

What’s on tap

at local Breweries & Wineries Brimfield Winery

Thursday, August 1, 7pm: Isaac French

Saturday, August 3, 11am: CCBC Expansion Party!

Saturday, August 3, 6pm: The Old Sunday, August 4, 2pm: Chad Plantz & John Kelsey

Thursday, August 15, 7pm: The Midoestes

Thursday, August 29, 7pm: Loco Brothers

720 Varick Street, Utica • (315) 793-7593

Tuesday, August 6, 5-8:30pm

400 Academy St., Prospect • (315) 205-4045

mond, Vocalist/Keyboard

1111 Oneida St., Rome • (315) 281-8987


Nail Creek Pub & Brewery

Saturday, August 3, 12-6pm: We’re pouring at the Blueberries, Blues, & BBQ, Dolgeville Sunday, August 4, 2-5pm: Blues Troubadors Cathie T and Johnny G Thursday, August 8, 6-9pm: Sip and Paint with www.thethirstypainters. com, please register. Saturday, August 10, 4-8pm: We’re

9542 Main St, Holland Patent • (315) 865-8500

Woodland Farm Brewery

6002 Trenton Rd, Utica • (315) 864-3051

Sun, August 4, 2–5pm: Remsen Social Club

Tuesday, August 6, 5-8pm: Ned Campbell

Sun, August 11, 5-8pm: Above the Dam

Sun, August 18, 2-5pm: Nina’s Brew pouring slushies only at the Schuyler Corn Tue, August 20, 5-8pm: Caitlyn May and Car Show, Wood Lane, Utica Sun, August 25, 2-5pm: Nick & Jay Sunday, August 11, 2-5pm: Max Scial- Tue, August 27, 5-8pm: Open Mic Night done, Acoustic/Guitar with Remsen Social Club

LIQUORS & WINES Sample a variety of NYS wines in our rustic century old hayloft! Offering wine tastings, wine by the glass, wine slushies, local NYS cheeses & chocolates

Brimfield Farm Winery 8300 Brimfield St. Clinton

(315) 853-8175 • Open 7 days a week 11-7

Local wine, gifts, and more! 400 Academy Street Prospect, NY 13435 Wed-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-6

315-205-4045 @WineB4Wildrness “Wine Before Wilderness”

Off-Center Records All things music - New & quality used Records, CDs, tapes, books, tees, memorabilia, guitars & accessories, drum accessories and more!

We are YOUR Downtown Music Connection! Hours M-Sat 11-6 116 Bleecker St., Utica, NY 13501 315-738-7651

Welcome Woodsmen’s Field Days! Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 12pm-6pm


8231 State Route 12, Barneveld (315) 896-4444

Wine & Spirits Ilion

We do Birthday Parties! Open Bowling Daily!


17 E. State St., Ilion • 315-894-4862

10 East Main St., Ilion • (315) 894-8142 Open Mon-Sat: 9-9, Sun: 12-5 • All credit cards accepted


Mohawk valley astronomical society


Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon on July 20, 1969 Credit: NASA

by carol higgins

For the past couple of months we’ve had an opportunity to review and celebrate the many historic milestones of our country’s early space program that began in earnest in late 1958. As we fast forward 61 years to today, the long list of NASA’s accomplishments is impressive. But our space program did a lot more than launch people into space and send spacecraft to explore other planets and objects in the solar system. It created a technological revolution that continues today, leading to literally thousands of products that we use every day here on Earth – products commonly known as NASA Spinoffs. It is almost incomprehensible that a mere three weeks after Alan Shepard became the first American in space on May 5, 1961, President John F. Kennedy addressed a joint session of Congress to announce the goal of landing a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. Shepard had only flown into space for 15 minutes, and yet Kennedy asked the country to fund and support the efforts needed to meet the seemingly impossible challenge. And they did. Thanks to the pioneering work of millions of Americans at NASA, other agencies, and numerous contractors, the goal was met. NASA’s Technology Transfer Program is the portal that individuals and companies can use to create spinoff products based on innovations from NASA’s research, development and testing centers. We can start with the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs for some good examples. You know the scratch-resistant coating that protects the UV-reflective plastic lenses in our eyeglasses? It evolved

from processes developed to keep astronaut helmet visors from scratching and to reflect harmful rays. Do you own a cordless drill? Apollo astronauts needed a battery-powered, light-weight tool that could drill below the hard lunar surface to collect sample materials, so NASA worked with Black and Decker, cluding humidity from respiration. A number which developed the first cordless drill. of spinoff products now provide clean drink Have you ever had a CT scan or MRI ing water to remote regions around the world medical test? NASA’s Jet Propulsion Hanny’s Lab- Voorwerp. Credit:purification NASA, ESA, W. Keel, Galaxy Zoo Team basedImage on those systems. oratory invented digital signal processing The Space Shuttles led the construction (DSP) technology to dramatically increase of the ISS, which has been continuously the quality of images of the Moon for mismanned since November 2000. Astronauts sion planners. It was subsequently used in typically spend six months onboard, and are satellites and medical imaging equipment. busy performing cutting-edge research in the Years later, NASA wrote imaging software Destiny module – a U.S. National Laboratoto help astronomers enhance images of stars ry. Research categories include biology, Earth and other objects. It was adapted for use with and space science, human research, physical ultrasound machines to detect early signs of science, and technology experiments. cardiovascular disease. If you would like to learn more about Several spinoffs are related to food safety. the thousands of products that have evolved NASA turned to the Pillsbury Company to from NASA’s research and development efprovide Mercury and Gemini astronauts with forts, check out the webdrinks and safe food. Pillsbury perfected new site. What new product will you create using procedures and safety standards later adopted NASA technology? by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Wishing you clear skies! • for all canned foods to prevent harmful bacteria from forming during food preparation. The Whirlpool Corporation eventually developed new techniques to safely freeze-dry Join MVAS at 7:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. foods for nutritious meals. NASA also built on Saturday, August 3, for an spacecraft water-filtration systems to ensure astronomy program followed by safe cold and hot drinking water for astronauts, technology that has evolved over time. stargazing at the Prospect Library, Currently, there is a sophisticated system on 915 Trenton Falls Rd, Prospect the International Space Station (ISS) to purify and recycle almost every drop of water, in-

Mills Electrical Supply Over 50 Years in Business Your Headquarters for All Your Electrical & Lighting Needs! • Electrical Supplies • Indoor/Outdoor Lighting • Commerical and Residential • New Contractors Welcome 24

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Local Artisan Cheese Curd Our Cows, Our Milk, Our Cheese

Farm store open dailyaged cheese, ground beef, eggs and more. (315) 831-3276

9628 Prospect Rd., Remsen

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Full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu

Serving Perry’s soft custard starting in May! Catering and Banquet Facilities (up to 100)

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

•Daily breakfast

Friday Fish Fry!

& luncheon specials •Ask about our family bowling special!

Serving Lunch and Dinner Eat In or Take Out

11573 Rt. 12, Alder Creek • (315) 942-2200

8125 Rt.12, Barneveld, NY

Wed & Thurs: 12-9, Fri & Sat 12-10, Closed Mon-Tues

(315) 896-2871 Open early every day!

cassville “Home cookin’ at it’s finest!”

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Friday Fish Fry: 11:30am-8pm

Serving breakfast and lunch daily

1/2 lb. Juicy Angus Burgers! Specialty Sundaes! Variety of soft serve ice cream flavors, milk shake flavors, & parfaits!

& Ice Cream Too!

6798 State Rt. 20, Bouckville

1717 Route 8, Cassville (315) 839-5000

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

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



Primo Pizza

at the Kettle

Where good friends Meet to Eat! Enjoy breakfast or a quick lunch! 8170 Seneca Tpke., Clinton (315) 732-3631 Mon-Fri 6am-2pm, Sat & Sun 6am-1pm



Family owned & family friendly! Casual dining - Lunch & Dinner

Featuring NY State craft breweries & full bar (Utica Comets games live streamed!)

Live entertainment every Friday! • Wed. Trivia Nights!

43 Meadow Street, Clinton (315) 381-3021 Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri: 11-1am, Sat & Sun: Noon-1am, closed Tues.


The Most Unique Upside Down Pizza You Ever Tasted!

Celebratinign Weekday Specials 10 Years ! Tues- 20” X-Large Cheese Pizza . . . $10.95 Clinton Wed- Small Cheese Pizza & 20 Wings . . $16.95

Thurs- 2 Large Cheese Pizzas . . . $17.95 (plus tax / toppings extra)

Specialty Rolls

Sausage...........$10.95 Spinach............$10.95 Antipasto.............$12.95 Sausage & Greens . . . $13.50 Stromboli........$10.95

Every Day Specials

Large Cheese & 20 wings . . . . $22.95 Large Cheese & 30 wings . . . . $29.95 (plus tax. celery, blue cheese, toppings extra)

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

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9 West Park Row, Clinton 315.853.3052

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Mon. 4 - 9pm • Tues. Wed. - Sun. 12&Noon Open Wed - SunClosed 12-9,•closed Mon Tues- 9pm Great Food • Great Spirits • Great Times

Life is Good at The Ohio Tavern!


frankfort Featured Flavor!

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Celebrating 45 years!

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Window Service & Take Out

Outside Seating



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

Casual American Cuisine

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


Over 80 years serving the Mohawk Valley!

good food, good wine, good friends, good times 123 Mohawk St., Herkimer • 866-1746 Open 7 days a week! 11am-9pm

Visit our 3 locations:

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Quality Food • Fresh Ingredients Relaxing Atmosphere • Offering Daily Specials! 5345 Lee Center-Taberg Rd., Lee Center

Wed & Thurs 3-9, Lunch & Dinner Fri & Sat 11:30-9, Sun. 11:30-8, Closed Mon & Tues •

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Open Daily 7am-3pm

Cafe at Stone Mill


Sit & enjoy a view of the Mohawk River!

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

Coffee, lattes & teas Desserts & baked goods Ice cream, milkshakes & floats Soups, sandwiches, salads & kids menu (our menu changes weekly)

410 Canal Place, Little Falls

Open Mon, Tues, Wed, Sat: 10-5; Thurs & Fri: 10-7; Closed Sun

Get out to hear some local music! There are many venues that regularly feature area bands.

Our dinner menu offers fine French & American cuisine. Experience Chef John’s artistic flair in every dish. Popular favorites remain available. For a more casual evening, try our bar menu full of flavorful options.

Located at historic Canal Place, Little Falls (315) 823-1170 Serving dinner Tues-Sat at 5pm



in a historic hotel and former stagecoach g stopp at the Hotel Solsville Dining Room -- Dining RoomOpen: Open: Fri & Sat 4-9 Lounge Fri - Menu Sat 4-9pm and in our Loun nge Full Available! Full Menu Available!

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9663 River Rd., Marcy Your Hosts: The Dixon Family since 1992

Special ComfortFish FoodFry -- Friday

Soft and Hard Ice Cream!

19 Flavors of Hard Ice Cream 33 Flavors of Soft, Flurries & Milkshakes

-- Saturday Prime Rib Friday FishNight Fry Buffet & Full Menu

- Saturday Night Prime Rib Buffet

Check our Facebook page for entertainment schedule! 7243 Valley Rd Madison · 893–7698

Take Out & Delivery!

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

Open 7 Days a Week • 797-7709


Homemade comfort foods Full menu available til 2am!

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


Clams and Jams!

Live Entertainment 7pm-til 10 Clinton Rd., New Hartford • (315) 732-9733 Mon-Sat: 10am-2am, Sun: 12pm-2am

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

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

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“We are your home town pizzeria!”

Open 7 Days 10am-9pm! Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

past 5 years! Voted #1 pizza for

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


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

Natural Food Cafe!

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

Featuring: Gluten-free options & homemade soups!

Natural Groceries • Supplements • Local Foods Organic Produce & Plants

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

Champagne Brunch



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

Check our our guide to local Ice Cream on page 19!

8524 Fish Hatchery Rd, Rome, NY 13440 315-533-7710

Weekend Specials! Haddock Specials

Restaurant • Ice Cream Parlor

Prime Rib Every Sat. Night! Gluten Free Menu!

Wood Fired za! Brick Oven Piz

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

(315) 33PIZZA

615 Erie Blvd. W., Rome Open M-Thurs 11-9, Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun 12-8



See our ad with our events in ther Summer Fun Guide page 15!

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



The Country Store with More! Snacks, Beer, Pizza, Wings, Subs, Gas, Diesel, Non-Ethanol Gas, Gifts and much, much more!

Soft Ice Cream & Homemade Hard Ice Cream! Come try our Wine, Beer & Hard Cider Ice Creams

Also serving a full menu of delicious lunch and dinner options!

64 North Main St., Sherburne (607) 674-4397

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

Open every day and Open year-round

Utica Serving fresh & homemade breakfast and lunch Mon Nights Cruisin’ Car Show!

Chili Dogs Hamburgers, BBQ Shakes & More!


We’re toasted!

A cafe with outta the way options!

814 Charlotte St., Utica • (315) 733-5060 • Mon-Fri: 7-3, Sat: 8-2, Sun closed

Since 1946 Fresh breads daily • Baked goods • Italian specialties Pizza • Wings • Subs Online ordering & special orders available! 1024 Champlin Ave., Utica • (315) 765-0172

Open 7 days a week from 7am • • Follow us on Facebook!

Fish Frys on Wed, Thurs & Fri! Eat in or Take out

1401 Oriskany St. West, Utica (315) 724-0136 • Mon-Sat: 11am-8pm

1st Floor Breakfast, Lunch, “Grab-and-Go!” Deliveries, 8am-2pm Take Out & Catering!

More delicious reasons to visit Utica!

Check out our weekly specials on facebook and at

Open: Monday-Friday: 9-2 185 Genesee St., 2nd Floor, Utica

315 735-7676


EASTSIDE DINER Our Ice Cream Pusties And Lemon Ice Are Back, For The Season!!

Place Orders For Our, Handmade, Always Fresh, Never Frozen, Cookies And Pusties, Also Shop Our Ready To Cook Meals!! Visit Us Online For Our Catering And Store Menus!! Open Monday Through Friday 8:00AM To 4:00PM

Breakfast • Lunch Homemade & Fresh Daily!

Friday Fish Fry • Breakfast Served All Day

2199 Bleecker St., Utica (315) 790-5250 Mon-Thurs, & Sat 6-2, Fri 6-5, Sun 7-2

Eat Greek, Live Longer! Authentic Greek food • Lunch & Dinner Homemade Desserts • Daily Lemon Soup Catering & Takeout • FREE DELIVERY

1900 Genesee Street, Utica

Open: Mon-Sat: 11am-8:30pm • (315) 624-0323


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Breakfast & Lunch Catering Available

Breakfast Sandwiches Deli-Style Wraps/Sandwiches Salads, Soups & more! Homemade Baked Goods & Multi-Color Bagels - a kid’s favorite!

Free Delivery(min. $20) • Family Owned & Operated!

Bagels... because.

219 N. Genesee St., Utica

(315) 790-5353 • M-F: 6-4; Sat: 7-3; Sun: 7-2

Contemporary American • Private Functions • Reservations Recommended

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


American & Italian Cuisine


Serving Lunch & Dinner

ICE CREAM & FOOD Ice Cream • Old Fashioned Frozen Custard Handmade Burgers • Fresh Cut Fries • Fresh Haddock Fridays Serving breakfast on Sun 8am-11am



24 flavors of soft! 24 flavors of hard!

Family owned- The Vullo family has been catering to your menu needs since 1972!

Call us to discuss your upcoming wedding or party

5656 Route 5, Vernon • (315) 829-2203 Open 6 days a week for Lunch & Dinner, Closed Monday


6506 State Route 5, Vernon

W-F 5pm-9pm, Sat 12pm-9pm, Sun 8am-9pm • (315)953-4106

Skyline Frozen Custards & Ice Cream


Serving Lunch & Dinner Lunches Served Fri, Sat & Sun Happy Hour Daily 4-7, $2.50 Drafts & $2.75 Well Mixers Tues: $9.99 Prime Rib, $2.99 All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Wed: $7.99 Pasta Specials, $5.99 dz. Little Neck Clams Catering & Banquet Facilities Available

409 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro • (315) 736-7869

KARAM’S Middle Eastern Bakery & Restaurant

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

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

(315) 736-1728 137 Campbell Ave, Yorkville

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Canal House Antiques & Hazel Mae’s

The Gingham Patch

Valandrea’s Venture Madison


The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick




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Celebrating 21 years in business!

Attic Addicts The Queen’s Closet

Pristine, Practical, and Priced Right!

Specializing in estate sales, large and small.

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

(315) 736-9160

Consignment at its Finest!

Clothing Jewelry Household Items Furniture Summer Hours: Mon-Fri: 10-5

New consignment by appointment only

22 Oriskany Blvd., Yorkville (315) 736-9160 Facebook: The Queens Closet & Attic Addicts

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 If coming from a long distance call to check hours

(315) 369-9970 • 13912 State Rte 28, Otter Lake 31

Black Cat ANTIQUES & GIFTS A little bit country, a little bit primitive! Your destination for furniture, hand stenciled signs, vintage clothing, warm glow candles, silk arrangements & more!

Multi Dealer Antique Shop

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

Primitives • Furniture • Artwork Smalls • Antique Accessories

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

Wed-Sat: 10-4, Sun: 11-3 • (315) 264-1755

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

4803 Rt. 31, Vernon

Congrats Bull Farm on your 2 year anniversary!

Visit us!

Antique Show Aug 12-18, 8-5

Canal House Antiques Multi-Dealer Shop

Specializing in antique furniture, glassware, jewelry, books, linens, and so much more.

Hazel Mae’s

Located in Canal House Antiques Rug Hooking • Punch Needle Wool • Supplies • Classes

6737 Route 20, Bouckville (315) 893-7737 Open Thurs-Mon 10-5, Closed Tues & Wed

Dawn Marie’s Treasures Vintage, Gift & Gourmet 18 W. Park Row, Clinton 796-9099 • Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6

This is It, The Final Count Down! We are closing by the End of September.


Enjoy some smooth, rich, creamy, natural coconut peanut butter with your antique shopping!


Customized Gift Sets A Unique Tasting Room to sample our fine Olive Oils, Balsamic Vinegars & Artisian Foods like the original Coconut Peanut Butter!

Markdowns are now 40% off, jewelry is 30% off, new items as priced. Great Items & Fixtures Still Available! Stop in Monday-Sunday 10-6 August is Our Anniversary Month - Going Out with a BANG!

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Tasting Room!


3300 Rt. 46, Bouckville

6768 Route 20, Bouckville (315) 893-7676

Wed-Sat 10-5, Sun Noon-4, Closed Mon & Tues (315) 412-1296

Open Apr-Oct: 10-5 daily; Nov-Dec: 10-4 daily January-March: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10-4

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

2019 Show Dates:

May 31 & June 1, 2 • August 12-18

We’ve Expanded! A New Room, More Antiques!



Antiques,Vintage, Gifts & Furniture!

Over 30 Vendors!

Open 7 Days: 10-5:30 • 8124 Route 12, Barneveld (315) 896-2681

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

Quality Refinishing Available!

7417 St Rte 20 • Madison

315-893-7639 Open Thurs-Sun 10-5

Little Falls


Antique Center

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

More than 50 vendors on 2 floors!


Thruway Exit 29A 25 West Mill St., Little Falls Open Every Day 10-5 315-823-4309

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If I ruled the region, here’s what I would decree: Let them eat falafel! And, arguably, none is better than that found at Karam’s Middle East Bakery & Restaurant in Yorkville, N.Y. Owner Segean Karam jumps up from the table during a recent lunch interview to prepare and proffer what he calls his signature dish of the fried veggie patty made with ground chick peas and/or fava beans (or sometimes both, depending on where it’s made) and spices. The puffy pillows of falafel arrive hot and crusty on the outside, soft and savory within. Hands down, although we usually eschew using the exclusive superlative “the best” in these columns, this falafel truly is! The falafel at Karam’s can be ordered singly or as salad toppings or as a specialty plate with lettuce and tomato and a tangy traditional dressing. It’s also great tucked into pita bread with some yogurt sauce as an impromptu sandwich. Segean and his wife, Mary, current Whitesboro residents, come by their restaurant know-how naturally. Mary’s family was in the Lebanese food business for years, most notably with the former Karrat’s on Seneca Turnpike. Segean was born in Sarine, Lebanon, the same hometown as Mary’s family and a place where she summered after her father built a home there for vacations. That’s where and how the couple met. They’ve run Karam’s for some 45 years, serving traditional Lebanese fare. Both are noticeably in-house and hands-on during business hours, rushing to and fro making sure orders are timely taken and delivered. Just watching them in their element is proof of a remarkable work ethic and love for what they do--and for their customers. “I’m 72, and I don’t want to retire,” Segean says. “I love my customers too much.” Mary echoes the sentiment, as she mother hens the seated patrons. “We love them a lot!” she says. Not only is the couple amiable, friendly, and loving, but they’re also very generous, insisting we try just about everything on the menu. Cold, vinegary, rice-stuffed grape leaves; creamy, lemony, garlicky humous; mouth-cooling tabboulee, a parsley and buckwheat salad; triangles of spinach pie with lemon and onion in dough; that day’s special lentil soup; spicy marinated chicken and beef gyro sandwiches; meat-stuffed cabbage rolls in tomato sauce….All that was lacking was more stomach space. “Our food is all homemade, all natural,” Segean says. “I tell people they need to refrigerate the bread because we don’t use any preservatives.” The pita bread is indeed so popular that the bakery at Karam’s supplies many local establishments, including Symeon’s, the Phoenician, Massoud’s, Zeina’s, North Star Orchard, and Chanatry’s.

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Karam’s traditions include even using native cooking methods and supplies. “Our equipment, the oven, and conveyor belt all come from Lebanon,” Segean says. What about dessert? Mary agrees a triangle of baklawa is just the thing. When we ask for extra syrup, she educates that “The Greeks pour honey over the top; instead we use a syrup with orange peel.” When she brings the dish to the table, Mary hesitates. “Wait, if you’re going to take a picture, I need to put another piece on the plate,” she says. Mary is a savvy businesswoman—she knows exactly how to sell Karam’s as a destination eatery. The busy Karams also raised two successful sons along the way. “We just wanted to make sure they grew up to be good people,” Mary says. This comes as no surprise, we tell them, as the children themselves come from good-people stock, with parents who want to ensure that that goodness extends to Karam’s as a family-friendly restaurant. I’m sure many of the loyal returning customers would agree. More falafel, anyone? •

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story and photos by Matt Perry August is an interesting month in nature. The month starts out in peak summer mode, but by its end, autumn has ostensibly begun. At least that’s how it is for many of our birds. At the beginning of the month, birds are still wrapping up their breeding activities for the season. A few like the House Wren and Common Yellowthroat may be working on a second or third nesting attempt. However, by the latter part of August, most species cease defending nest sites and breeding territories. Instead, they spend much of their time satisfying their voracious appetites for insects and fruit. The fat reserves they build up at this time will be what powers their migration flights. In the first weeks of August, local breeding pairs along with their progeny begin spreading out from their summer territories. By this time, warblers and vireos are forming associations with members of their own kind and with allied species. These mixed-species foraging flocks become more coherent by month’s end. Soon they will begin their journey southward, with some traveling as far as the tropics.

After midAugust we enjoy our last sightings of Baltimore Orioles and Bobolinks. These species completed their breeding cycle back in June and appear especially anxious to begin their southward journey. Although the adult orioles retain their bright breeding plumage right until they leave, adult male Bobolinks do not. The male’s breeding plumage is mostly black with a cream-colored patch on the back of his head. The combination of the black body feathers and off-white head patch evokes the image of a British judge with black robes and white wig. In August the Bobolink male molts into drab plumage

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Something inside little border collie Archie’s brain tells him what he’s supposed to do Have you ever heard the phrase “too much of a good thing?” Summer on the farm, especially late summer, is full of MANY good things. Our days are filled with the demands of running a business and raising a family. All good things, but they amount to too many chores, too many acres of hay to bale, too many machines breaking down, too many animals to feed, too much work to do—all in too few hours in a day and too few days of the summer left to enjoy. August is truly FULL. And while I’m happy to be working and making a living as a farmer, and I’m happy to be busy from sunrise to sunset, it is truly too much of a good thing. For example, we have been making cheese like crazy. Nearly 1,000 pounds a week is a lot of work for a small creamery like ours. It means lots of hours in the cheese plant, and fewer hours dedicated to other parts of our operation or finishing important projects. It’s too much of a good thing. My eldest daughter and I have been selling our goods at two farmers’ markets each week. The hours spent preparing, traveling to and from, and standing at a farmers’ market really add up. And, of course, every hour away from the farm is an hour of productivity lost. I often joke that I am a people-friendly introvert because although I genuinely enjoy connecting with customers and answering questions about our farm, I am exhausted at the end of a market day. No…I’m emotionally and physically spent. I am barely able to function after too much of a good thing. My husband has been mowing and baling hay any time there’s a 2-3 day stretch of sunny weather. In an effort to get the bales in fast, he

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accidentally clogged the baler and bent two parts integral to feeding and wrapping the netting around the finished bale. Was that too much of a good thing? We just got an adorable new puppy, after the very unfortunate loss of two (!) sweet dogs over the winter. Little Archie is from a dear friend of mine in Iowa, where she manages more than 1,000 sheep with her border collies. I am beyond excited to have Archie as part of our farm family and am thus far encouraged by his actions. He knows instinctively to weave back and forth behind the flock as we move them from the paddock to their pen, and he knows to lie flat in the grass to de-escalate a situation. But Archie is nonetheless a border collie puppy: full of boundless energy from dawn to dusk. He drags garbage from the back hall to the living room, chews up farm boots, and teethes on our inherited antique furniture. Little Archie is definitely too much of a good thing! Summer, of course, is the busiest time for our ice cream and gelato sales. With the help of my good friend Deanna, we churn at least once or twice a week, filling our largest chest freezer with half pints and tubs for scooping at events. But all of that goes out to customers

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We love cucumbers! Here on the farm, we grow several different varieties, but somehow they all end up in my pickle jar. If you’ve followed my articles over the years – you know how much I love pickles. Cucumbers grow well in the Mohawk Valley, producing prolific quantities of fruit. Choose varieties carefully. Pickling cucumbers aren’t very good eaten raw and slicing cucumbers aren’t well suited for pickling. Bush cucumbers are more compact, but vining cucumbers, which must be trellised, ultimately yield more cucumbers. Cucumbers are a cool-season, sun-loving veggie. However, don’t plant seeds until the soil is warm and all danger of frost has passed. Work a generous amount of compost or well-rotted manure and fish emulsion into the soil a few days before you are ready to plant. Plant seeds in rows or hills. Plant vining varieties on a trellis or against a fence to save space and keep the fruit from lying on the ground. Once planted, keep the soil moist, but not to the point of muddiness. Once the cucumbers germinate, they need one to two inches of water a week. A soaker hose helps to get water deep down to the roots. If you allow your soil to become bone dry, you will end up with very bitter cucumbers. A layer of mulch helps keep the soil moist around your cucumbers. Before blooms appear, it’s time to side dress the rows or around the hill with a nitrogen-based fertilizers. Always remember to water well after adding fertilizer. Control pests like mites, aphids, and whiteflies with an insecticidal soap, like Safer Soap. Pick cucumber beetles and caterpillars off plants, or use Bt, a natural bacteria. Powdery mildew and downy mildew affect plants in the spring, while bacterial wilt and leaf spot and other diseases affect the plants later in the season. Prevention is the best way to keep these problems at bay. Clean up any debris in


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Northern Saw Whet Owl – one of five owl species known to breed at the park

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It’s now been more than 25 years since I first began doing bird surveys in the Mohawk Valley. Recently as I was comparing results from those original surveys with data from more recent ones, I began to ponder my personal history with some of these same places. In the case of Sherrill Brook Park in New Hartford, my association reaches back nearly fifty years. Although I was conscious of the park’s birdlife almost from the beginning, I didn’t start formally recording what was happening with them until the early nineties. Before that, I was doing other things at the park. Activities that normal people engage in, such as, games, hikes, and picnics. I even played tennis there a few times, and the long-gone gigantic swing-set was my home away from home. I recall that Sherrill Brook Park was generally referred to as the New Hartford Town Park until about the late 1970s. Much of the land that became the Town Park had been part of the Yeandle’s dairy farm. Remnants of the wire fences that once held in cows can still be found at former field borders. In the late 1950’s, the Yeandle’s land was bisected by a realignment of Route 12. The new road cut through a swath of open land to the north of what became “old” Paris Road. The Town acquired land north of the highway and that became the Town Park. I have no clear recollection of my first visits to the park, but since our family lived so close by, I think it’s likely they first brought me there between 1967 and 1970. I clearly recall going there with my siblings in the early ’70s. My late brother, Mark, enjoyed hiking there. He never got involved in identifying flora and fauna, but still had a great appreciation of the natural world. I recall attending some of

Red Trillium, one of three species of trillium that occur in the park woods

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his rambling journeys over hill and dale. He was always keen to cover long distances and enjoyed taking the path less traveled. During one of our wandering sessions, we chanced upon a patch of four-leaf clovers. Looking back on it now, they probably weren’t clovers, but some species that bears a resemblance. As I stood over the “clovers,” I experienced a moment of indecision. I wasn’t sure whether I should pick any. What was the protocol? Did I have to pick one for good luck to be bestowed on me, or was simply finding them enough? Mark observed my predicament with a mirthful expression. He held back from interjecting a note of sanity, probably because he wanted to see how I’d deal with the situation on my own. Meanwhile, in a nearby sapling, a drab little songbird was repeating hiswispy song. I swear, to me it sounded like he was saying “pick it…pick!, pick it… zip!” I opted to listen to the bird, which, given his vocalizations, was likely a Willow Flycatcher. I picked one of the clovers and was almost immediately rewarded with a bloody nose. It wasn’t that huge a deal, as I used to get them with some frequency, and usually without any prompting from enchanted vegetation. As it happened, I never again would confuse a songbird for a leprechaun. Another early experience I had in the Town Park was as a passenger on a snowmobile. My father was briefly caught up in a snowmobile craze that swept the region in the early ’70s. On an impulse, he went out and purchased the most ungainly snowmobile that anyone had ever heard of. It was a three passenger Massey Ferguson Ski-Wiz. The Massey Ferguson company used to make lawn mowers and, unsurprisingly, their snowmobile looked much like a lawn mower. In case you were

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inclined to haul around an unprecedented fourth passenger, it came with a single-person sled that hitched upon the back. The bubble-like one-seater was about the only cool thing about that snowmobile. Unfortunately, the ensemble wasn’t well thought out. The machine only went about 15 miles-per-hour with a full crew and with the attachment it was capable of only negative speeds. Certainly, next to everyone else’s sleek Skidoos and Suzukis, our snowmobile was a bit of an embarrassment. With dad at the helm, I remember slogging through the neighbor’s field, crossing Route 12, and joining about 20 other screaming snow-machines as they haphazardly crisscrossed the Town Park at night. By some miracle, none of them crashed into each other. I found it interesting, if not exactly fun. I’m certain that if the park’s resident pair of Great Horned Owls were calling to each other from the treetops at the border of the woods, we wouldn’t have heard them. At one point we took a turn a little too sharp, and the massive truck of a snow machine was laid down on top of my right leg. Fortunately, my leg was only pressed into the deep snow and not damaged. If I had been injured my mother would have turned the Ski Wiz into impromptu headgear for my father. As I re-

call, we didn’t really do much snowmobiling after that. Dad sold the machine to a Finnish gentleman that was going to use it to haul firewood, and he didn’t care about looking cool when he did it. Regardless, our family’s shallow dive into snowmobile culture was over, and no one had any regrets. My subsequent experiences in the park would, as a rule, be much quieter affairs, and much more conducive to nature appreciation. In the mid-’70s, I came to the Town Park quite frequently and usually accompanied by my dog, Willy, who was a purebred Collie. With my array of senses and Willy’s nose, together we enjoyed scaling the sides of the wooded gorges and investigating the natural world. When in town, my brother Mark sometimes came with us. He liked to walk with his dogs off-leash, which is something I never did with Willy. That dog was too much of a rebel. One time, despite my warnings, Mark let Willy off the leash. He behaved well while we were on the woodland trails, but as soon as we came to a clearing, he started running off in all directions and wouldn’t respond to our calls. He was never an obedient dog and despite appearances, was unlikely to ever put Lassie out of a job. Before he was a year-old, I taught him to do a few tricks.

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It was nothing more than the standard, shake hands, sit, and lie down. He would begrudgingly rush through the routine, growling the whole time. I’m sure that would’ve endeared him to dog show judges, had he ever been shown. Certainly, if I ever got stuck in a well, there was no way Willy would bring help or alert the forest rangers. Regardless, once he hit open meadow, he gave brother Mark a run for his money. At one point leading him in a big circle while staying just out of reach. Mark got so frustrated, he threw the leash into the air. Once we sat down and ceased to be any fun, Willy trotted back into the fold and allowed us to put his lead back on. I recall another beautiful summer day in that same time frame, when a particularly nasty friend of our neighbor had trapped and killed a Raccoon at the park. I was about 10 years old at the time, and I think it was the first Raccoon I had seen close-up. My best friend Ravi and I were horrified to see this wonderful animal in such a manner, and the fact that it had been poached from the park made it even more unconscionable. The junior trapper was named Wesley Block, and he was about 15 years old. He was a neighborhood bully, but not from our neighborhood. That’s right, he was an imported bully.

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His plan was to skin the Raccoon and sell its pelt. With the proceeds he probably planned to buy explosives. He left the Raccoon in the neighbor’s front yard when he entered the house. There it was in full view of everyone passing by. Presumably he was at the neighbor’s place to extract protection money or do whatever it is juvenile delinquents do when out visiting. While he was inside the house, Ravi and I took the opportunity to bring the animal back to the park. There we buried it in a shallow grave. I’m afraid that was the best we could do with one small garden shovel. Unfortunately, Wesley caught up with us, and under the threat of having our bicycles twisted around our necks, we divulged the location where we laid to rest his ill-gotten raccoon. Presumably, he recovered the poor creature and we never did have to wear our bicycles as necklaces. I think Wesley was later voted by his class to be the kid most likely to live in a cave. In my later teens I went to the park to hang around with my friends. When we weren’t engaging in some deluded form of pseudo Native American mysticism, we were having a few beers and simply enjoying nature. I recall my friend Mike would borrow his family’s gigantic Buick station wagon. Whenever he took it, he was obligated to chip in for fuel. To get an estimate fuel consumption, his mother used the car’s odometer to gauge how many miles he had gone. Of course, when you’re driving around the park at .3 mph, you put virtually nothing on the odometer, even if you’re

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Members of Big Green - John White, Matt Perry, Joe Perry Photo: Leif Zurmuhlen creeping around the park roads for over an hour. This meant that Mike didn’t have to pay his mother more than a few cents for gas. Talk about beating the system! Yes folks, we were marginally terrible kids. I recall one cold day in March, my friend Tom and I decided to give school a miss. From the school parking lot, we walked to a grocery store at the New Hartford Shopping Center. There I successfully purchased a six pack of beer. I was only 15, but the cashier didn’t ask for ID. It wasn’t such a feat at the time because the drinking age in New York State was 18. We then hiked up Route 12 toward the Town Park. It was my brilliant idea to take a shortcut through the gorge to get to our favorite place in the park woods. What I didn’t count on was that the snow would be much deeper in the gorge. It was easy enough to go down one side, but going up the other side was highly problematic. I was in charge of our six pack. While I scrambled to grab hold of a tree, keep my footing, and retain the six pack, I slipped. The cans of beer detached from their plastic rings and one by one, plummeted down into the gorge and disappeared into the snow. We both made it up to the top of the ridge, but without our illicit drinking stuff. To think, if we had gone the normal way, we would’ve gotten there in half the time and with beer intact. Let that be a lesson to all; truancy doesn’t pay! In the early ’80s, I was still going to the park, hiking the trails, spending quality time with dogs, and occasionally looking for birds. I do recall going there with members of the rock band I was in. We were there to take some publicity pictures and video. Somewhere, I still have a VHS tape of us clowning around on the park’s playground equipment, acting like fools, and mugging for the camera. I recall being dressed up with a black tuxedo coat, white dress shirt, black baggy pants, and my Spanish Bolero hat. Somehow, I looked like the Quaker Oats man. At that time, I was having oats for breakfast. Perhaps the picture on the box had a subliminal effect on my fashion sense. Still, it was an acceptable get-up for a member of a funky-chunky rock band. Speaking of bands, one day I received word that a party of punk rockers was supposedly taking place at the park in one of the pavilions. I went to check it out, hoping to see legitimate punks wearing safety pins through their cheeks and sporting half-shaved heads. Later that day, my brother Joe asked me to report on what I had seen. He was hoping for a description of some outlandish punk costumes. I told him that the only people I saw had big green hair and were wearing bark

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suits. Of course, there was no one there but the trees – the ultimate punks. After that we renamed our own band “Big Green Hair and Bark Suits” or “Big Green” for short. One fine summer day in the late ’80s, I found a domestic rabbit hopping around in a circle in a grassy area near the woods edge. Apparently, someone thought they could release this domestic critter into the wild. That was a ridiculous idea. She was never a wild animal and didn’t possess the proper survival skills. She was large and white and had no idea what she was doing. It was as if she was still in a cage; she was hopping around in circles and not reacting to the people or dogs that went right by her. I took her home and she became the first and only rabbit I ever had. She became a great companion for our cat Hector. I didn’t start seriously surveying park woods for birds until 1992. I began by concentrating on owls which were, at the time, the birds I was most interested in. I started looking for them in the winter and spring of that year. I have written previously in these pages about my experience with a Great Horned Owl nest in the park woods a decade earlier. I wanted to know if that species was still represented and what other species called

the place home. Over the course of three years, I found a total of six owls species inhabiting the park. Only one (the Great Gray Owl) was a winter rarity. The others, including Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, Northern Saw Whet Owl, and Long Eared Owl, could be considered resident breeders. In 1993, I began a more general bird survey of the park and immediate vicinity that lasted for about seven years. During that time the rarest breeding bird I found was a Golden-wing Warbler, which is another species I’ve written about previously. In the mid-’90s, as Conservation Chairperson for the Kirkland Bird club, I fought a pitched battle with the New Hartford Town Council and Mohawk Valley Regional Water Board regarding their plans to allow the placement of a water tank in the woods of Sherrill Brook Park. Our ecological arguments ultimately won over three members of the water board, but it was not enough, and the New Hartford Town Council was uniformly uncompromising. I don’t plan to relitigate that whole issue here but, suffice it to say, there is no good reason the town had to level several acres of prime forest habitat for that water tank. The project certainly destroyed bird habitat. Vernal ponds and

many woodland wildflowers were also lost. Biodiversity-wise, the park is now a poorer place due to the placement of that tank. As it turned out, the water tank was only one of the problems for birdlife at the park. A site visit twenty years after I finished my original survey showed that many of the bird species that once bred there were either much diminished in number or absent. This is not all attributable to the water tank, but more reflective of regional and even global trends regarding populations of migrant songbirds. Although my visits to Sherrill Brook Park are now infrequent, I still drive past it quite often, and when I do, I tend to think of it only in terms of habitat and its birdlife. It was good and perhaps even cathartic to delve into my other connections with it – at least this once. •

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Few people remember the Great America Horse Race of 1976. It may have been the longest horse race, to our knowledge, ever to take place in this country and perhaps the world. It all started with the idea of some promoters from Kankakee, IL., Randy Scheiding, president of the Great American Horse Race, and Chuck Wagner. They organized a group and first visited Saratoga, NY, with their plan. They were not well received: “It’ll never happen!” was the reply. The same answer was given to them when the group met with the people at Fonda Fairgrounds in Fonda, NY. The promoters then came to the Herkimer County Fairgrounds, where the officials looked into the promotion. Ted Adams, executive director of the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce, and Dave Cook, president of the County Fair Association, were co-promoters of the event. Two factors allowed an agreement to be made. First was the fact that the bank in Chicago had $50,000.00 in escrow to be presented to the winner of the race. The second was a race rule for a veterinarian to be on staff at all times. These sealed the deal. The race would begin at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds in Frankfort, NY, and follow the route as close as possible of the Pony Express. Race rules dictated that a race participant could only cover a maximum of 27 miles per day. To my recollection, there were race teams from Australia, Iceland, Germany, France, Canada, Switzerland, and, of course, the United States. The race began on May 31, 1976, with 91 riders, 212 horses, and 450 support personnel to travel 3, 200 miles from Frank-

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I recall a few interesting stories from the race. One foremost in mind is that a lady from Colorado who owned a horse to be in the race. She was here only a few short weeks when her horse died. With little money in hand and financial dependences on the town she was representing for more, she wasn’t sure what to do next. A wealthy man stepped up and offered to fly in one of his horses for her to be able to be a participant. She was delighted. The horse was then made ready to be flown in from Texas. One day, while I was in my office, I received a call from this lady; she was in tears. After contacting the Newark Airport several times, she found no one would take her seriously and answer her questions about the arrival of the horse. She had merely asked, “Has the horse arrived?” I took it upon myself to intervene for her and made the call on her behalf. I explained the circumstances. We were immediately informed the horse had arrived. Fifty-four riders finished the race. Each rider had a punched time card that gave their time of departure. The winners was determined by the total elapsed time it took to ride each day. The top 10 were awarded prize money. First place was awarded $25,000; 2nd place, $7,500; 3rd place $4,000; 4th place $3,500; 5th place $3,000; 6th place $1,800; 7th place $1,600; 8th place $1,400; 9th place $1,200; and 10th place $1,000. Another of the race participants that I only remember as “Virl” said to me: “Ted, I intend to win this race, and I’m going to call you when I do.” Call he did, as the mule got to Sacramento, CA in first place! The 10th place was 25-year-old Sarah Howell from Rome, NY. She was sponsored by the West End Brewing Company of Utica, NY. She would call the company every day to report her progress in the race. • This article was written by Ted Adams, who at the time of the race was the executive director of the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce. Ted is retired now. He volunteers three days a week at the Herkimer County Historical Society.

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SHAWANGUNK Chapter 59 by Peggy Spencer Behrendt


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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.

One day, as I’m doing chores, I have to stop, because right in the middle of the path I’m on is a busy pair of house finches. He is fluffing his feathers, chirping and strutting around her in a flagrant show. She is reserved, but interested enough to watch his display, and maybe contemplating his assets. I wait to see how this dance will work out. Will she accept him? How long will he woo her? This goes on for quite a few minutes. I begin to feel impatient, and am seriously considering interrupting their courtship by continuing my passage, when a blur of blue swoops in, scoops up the procrastinating female and takes her away. The horrified suitor flies off in swift pursuit, and I follow. I hear leaves ripping, twigs snapping, and anguished bird calls high among the evergreen branches in front of our cottage! Oh, I hope he saves her! Then I see the blue jay flying off with the unfortunate maiden still in his claws. I’m shocked! One minute they were in the midst of amorous contemplation and the next, disaster and death! I’ve never seen

a blue jay attack another bird, so check with bird expert Matt Perry and learn that although blue jays primarily eat seeds and bugs, they will sometimes take other birds and invertebrates to feed to their young. I feel sad for this couple, and wonder if there’s some universal lesson to be learned here, but decide that it’s just an unfortunate situation, and everything in life has some risk. We took some risks in our child-rearing that were considered controversial at the time. We taught our children self-defense techniques at an early age. We allowed them to drink a small amount of beer on special occasions after reaching adoles-

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cence, but no more than six ounces at a time. We spoke to them candidly about sex, responsibility, and important relationships as soon as they began to ask questions. They were allowed to handle knives with supervision, feeling that with proper instruction and modeling careful respect of potentially dangerous tools, they’d best learn responsible use. We told them that Santa Claus was just a nice fantasy, but they shouldn’t spoil the fun for other kids by telling them. Since they all turned out to be kindly, responsible, healthy adults, it obviously didn’t hurt them, and may even have helped. But we had our limits. Although we had a 50cc Honda motorcycle I rode in order to give piano lessons at various homes, Tim wouldn’t allow our adolescent son to buy his own minibike, rightfully concerned about the dangers. (One of his closest playmates tragically died when he fell and broke his neck doing a wheelie on one.) But that didn’t stop Dave from borrowing his friends’ bikes, and doing other dangerous things like jumping off the cliffs of Trenton Falls into the West Canada Creek. We certainly made sure our kids knew how to swim as early as possible. This is as important as learning to read! The year before we bought our land at Shawangunk, I taught the youngest in a lovely pond on a farm in Prospect, where we were also allowed a garden plot. It was a beautiful place, but it couldn’t compete with the lure of owning our own land! My parents took a risk when they bought a horse for us kids, a beautiful, powerful and sometimes

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Jim Comstock giving rides to Peg (far right) and her sisters on Stop 7 Road, 1960s u n predictable creature. I was passionate about horses as an adolescent in the early 1960s, and sometimes fantasized being like Alec Ramsey in The Black Stallion books I loved to read. I’d merge spirits with this magnificent creature, riding bareback through open farm fields, on the old Stop 7 Road railroad track in Westmoreland, or along Oriskany Creek in Clark Mills, my legs getting coated with equine sweat and hair, my ponytail swinging synchronistically with hers. But there was also the reality of shoveling manure, daily feeding, and grooming. One day, wanting to get burdocks out

of her tail, I tried an experiment. I knew she might kick if I stood behind her, pulling on her tail, so I mounted her bareback in the paddock and carefully turned around on her back until I faced backward. I leaned forward to begin grooming her tail. What a brilliant way to avoid those flying hoofs, I thought! But suddenly, I was instead wondering, “How come I’m lying on my back in the grass, looking at puffy white clouds in the deep blue sky, unable to breathe?” I’d never before been thrown before and had the breath knocked out of me. It was quite a shock! I finally figured out that I could groom her tail while she was locked in her stall, with a stout wall of wood between us. Tim bought a sweet, little pony for our children when they were very young. Coco was well loved and cared for, but tragedy struck late that summer. No one took notice of the little green apples falling from the tree next to his paddock. Coco didn’t know enough not to eat too many of these succulent morsels. He suffered gastrointestinal problems

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from too much un-ripened fruit. The veterinarian couldn’t help him, and he died. What a sad, unforgettable and traumatic experience for all! We brought Coco’s little horse shed with us when we moved to our forest home and 45 years later still call it “The Coco Shed.” My brother’s friend Jim Comstock occasionally came by when I was young, and gave us rides in his pony cart, but this didn’t appeal to me as much as horseback riding, besides the extra expense and maintenance of a cart. But sometimes, we’ve done a wedding where the bride and groom ride off in a horse and buggy, and it’s quite sweet and romantic. Tim and I have done many weddings to-

gether. We’re fortunate to have the skills to form a good team for this, Tim the ministerial officiant and I the musician. But it took experience for us to develop the managerial skills to make it financially practical for us. A church does not typically compensate its minister for the weddings, funerals, or baptisms/dedications they’re asked to do, so he or she must work this out personally. We have always kept our fees minimal, knowing that such events have many other added expenses. But sometimes, we still had trouble collecting it! One time, Tim officiated at a wedding for a distant friend, so only asked for travel expenses. (At home he would happily do it free.) However, the groom didn’t have the money that day and promised to send it later. More than a year passed without compensation, and we finally decided to give up and count it as a loss. Then, mutual friends asked us to marry them. I was surprised that when I saw our financially wayward friend there he put his hand out to shake mine. I figured that it was time to forgive, “Why let money get in the way of friendship?” So, I shook it. I was even more surprised to find a $50 bill pressed into my hand. He apologized for the lengthy delay, and we were pleased to accept. I found

out later that the groom had told him not to come to his wedding if he couldn’t pay for his own. Early in his ministry, Tim typically waited until the ceremony was over to get paid for his time and travel. We eventually learned that this is not a really good time to do business. People are in party mode! The final straw went like this: Tim politely asks the groom if he has a check for him. “Oh, Uncle Syl said that he is taking care of the minister. I think he’s wearing a red tie. Maybe you’ll find him in the cocktail area?” We finally find Uncle Syl, who’s dancing with a pretty girl, and he replies, “I don’t have it! The bride’s father is supposed to pay you.” “Oh, where is he?” “Heck, I don’t know! Last time I saw him he was at the buffet table.” It took an exhausting 45 minutes to get paid, and we seriously considered skipping it altogether. Now we always complete business ahead of time. I am weeding the carrot bed for the third and last time this year. Mittens often keeps me company, although if the ground is too wet for her “dainty” paws with seven toes, she will take advantage of my warm, dry back to sit on. Being at least 10 degrees colder and two

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There are no office politics, no harassment, no gossip, or personality posturing here. Nature is comfortingly neutral about what we do and how we do it; cause and effect. A farmer I know once told me that he loved to look at his fields at the end of the day and admire the results of his work. I find that I, too, love to stroll through our garden at the end of the day to admire and savor the beautiful results of our efforts. We’ve learned that hard work, persistence, frugality, experimenting, and constant learning are true means to any goal. This has helped us, with minimal financial resources, to buy the many parcels of precious wetlands that are now under the protective umbrella of the Shawangunk Nature Preserve. There is always risk involved in anything we do. It is simply part of meaningful living. Experiment! Whether the outcome is, or isn’t what you expected and hoped for, you will gain knowledge, wisdom, and experience. • The Shawangunk Nature Preserve is a deep ecology, forever wild, 501©(3), learning and cultural center. Tim and Peggy still live there and can be contacted through their website.


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Carr, John Dugan (formerly of Classified), Steve Fletcher, Genesee Joe, Bob Moore, Chris Andreski, Chris Dunn and Mike Finley (SLUG), Scott Henderson (Nineball), Jacque Marsh (Shamanic Groove), Jim Inman (Thunderwatt), Tommy Lamach (Southern Grace), Jim LaPaglia and Kevin Besig (Two of Us), Darryl Mattison (Paul Case Band), Spencer Morgan (Last Left), Karen Murphy (Critical Path), Mike Oliver (The Bomb/ Lonesome Dove), Freddy Piperata (Soul Injection), Eddie Reilly (Monkey Fever), Mike SantaLucia (The Bomb), and Jym Syn. Get tickets at the Stanley Box office, 315-724-4000, or A free music series will take place on Sunday afternoons at The Parkway Rec Center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ski Chalet. August performers are 8/4, The Plunkett Brothers; 8/11, Darling and Dapper; and 8/18, Mark Bolos. All shows are rain or shine, and refreshments are available for sale. Go for more details. For more club listings go to Check out some live music! •

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Automotive Repair Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Precision Unlimited, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Awards & Engraving Speedy Awards, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 52 Awnings Brownie Tent & Awning, Clinton . . . . . . . . 44 Bakeries and Pastry Shops The Friendly Bake Shop, Frankfort . . . . . . 53 Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . 30 Rosato’s Pizzeria & Bakery, Utica . . . . . . 29 Star Bakery, Whitesboro and Utica . . . . . . . 50 Wicked Sweets, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Barbers Master Barber Andrew Trojnar . . . . . . . . . . 7 Bike Shops Dick’s Wheel Shop, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 69 Boat Tours Raquette Lake Navigation Company . . . . 19 Books Berry Hill Book Shop, Deansboro . . . . . . . 54 Treehouse Reading & Arts Ctr., NY Mills . . 54 Bowling Adirondack Diner and Lanes, Barneveld . . 25 State Bowl with Cosmic Bowling, Ilion . . . . 23 Breweries and Wineries Brimfield Winery, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Prospect Falls Winery, Prospect . . . . . . . . . 23 Cabinets and Kitchens Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 71 Knotty By Nature, Bridgewater . . . . . . . . . 12 Catering Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Willie’s The Original Bagel Cafe, Utica . . . 30

Cheese (see Produce) Children’s Programming Treehouse Reading & Arts Ctr., NY Mills . . 54 Cleaning Services Nooks and Crannies House Cleaning . . . . . 66 Clothing The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . 31 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Walk-in Closet, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Consignment The Online Exchange, Dolgeville . . . . . . . 34 The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . 31 Renewed & Rescued, Herkimer . . . . . . 34 Walk-in Closet, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Delis Bosonne’s Sausage, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . Little Italy Imports, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . Meelan’s Market, Clark Mills . . . . . . . . . Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . Pulaski Meat Market, Utica . . . . . . . . . .

Diners Adirondack Diner and Lanes, Barneveld . . 25 Charlie’s Place, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Freddy’s Diner, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Sheri’s Diner, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Suzi’s Place, Bouckville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Dog Sitting Barney’s Angels, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Estate Sales Attic Addicts, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 The Potting Shed Antiques, Whitesboro . . . 34 Entertainment & Activities, see Guide page 14 Black River Canal Museum, Boonville . . . . 20 Canal Fest, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Szarek’s Succulent Shack

Bossone’s Sausage & Meat Co.

Opens Tuesday, May 21st!

Deli items • Beef • Steaks • Cheeses • Dry Goods Catering Trays made to order!

Specializing in succulents and herbs and also our heirloom veggies and plant starts.

Watch for our monthy planting workshops!

7446 E. South St., Clinton

315.853.5901 • Open Tues- Sat 12-6

37 44 53 52 41

Utica’s Pork Store

Try our Famous Sausage!

Sundays: Fried Meatballs & Fried Dough!

711 Bleecker St., Utica

Now offering Home Delivery!

(315) 765-6409 Open: Wed - Fri: 9-4, Sat: 8-2, Sun: 8-12 75

Enchanted Forest Water Safari, Old Forge . . 13 Fandemicon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo, Rome . . . . 20 Goodsell Museum, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . 64 Gold Rush Mini Golf, Westmoreland . . . 14 Golf With a Twist, Boonville . . . . . . . . . 19 Herkimer County Fair, Frankfort . . . . . . 17 Hotel Solsville, Solsville . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Little Falls Canal Celebration . . . . . . . . 15 Little Falls Cheese Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Madison-Bouckville Antique Week . . . . . 22 Palm Springs Miniature Golf, Marcy . . . . 22 Raquette Lake Navigation Company . . . . 19 St. Francis DiPaola Society Festival, Utica . . 21 Farm Equipment Clinton Tractor, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Hobby Hill Farm Sales, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 67 White’s Farm Supply, Waterville/Canastota . . 80 Farm Markets Clinton Farmers Market, Village Green . . . 20 Cooperstown Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . 6 Whitesboro Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . 20 Wyndfield Acres Farm Store, Little Falls . . . 47 Feed, Animal Carhart’s Feed & Pet Supply . . . . . . . . . . 36 Fencing B & K Fencing, serving greater Utica . . . . 6 Financial Services Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . 52 Firewood and Wood Pellets Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Flooring Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Mike’s Floor Store, Whitesboro . . . . . . . 36 Funeral Services Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Furniture Finish Line Furniture, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 40 Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Jordanville . . . . . . 61 Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 71 Garden Centers, Greenhouses, and U-pick Candella’s Farm & Greenhouses, Marcy . . 22 D’Alessandro’s Nursery & Landscaping, Frankfort . 57 George’s Farm Products, Clinton . . . . . . . 15 Juliano’s Farm, Bakery, & Cafe, Utica . . . 11 Melinda’s Garden Barn, Richfield Springs . . 13 Herkimer Blueberry, Herkimer . . . . . . . 21 Newport Marketplace, Newport . . . . . . . 33 North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . 16 Szarek Greenhouses, Westmoreland . . . . . 75 Gift Shops/Shopping Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . Clinton Sidewalk Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . The Gathering Place, Poland . . . . . . . . Heartsome Handicrafts, New Hartford . . .


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Krizia Martin, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Lady & Leap Toy Shop, New Hartford . . . . 54 Paca Gardens, Little Falls . . . . . . . . 56 Remington Country Store, Ilion . . . . . . . 8 The Tepee, Cherry Valley . . . . . . . . . . 13 Golf Courses and Driving Ranges Brimfield Driving Range, Clinton . . . . . . . . 6 Golf With a Twist, Boonville . . . . . . . . . 19 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 60 Woodgate Pines Golf Club, Boonville . . . . 12 Golf Miniature Gold Rush Mini Golf, Westmoreland . . . 14 Palm Springs Miniature Golf, Marcy . . . . 22 Grocery/Convenience Stores The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . Little Italy Imports, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . Reilly’s Dairy, Inc., Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . .

29 43 44 57 52 69

Gutters Premier Seamless Gutters, serving greater Utica 36 Hardware/Lumber/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . 39 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Hemp and CBD Products Utica Hemp Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Ice Cream Cafe at Stone Mill, Little Falls . . . . . . . 27 Freddy’s Diner, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . 25 Gilligan’s Ice Cream, Sherburne . . . . . . . . 29 Golf With a Twist, Boonville . . . . . . . . . 19 Kayuta Drive-In, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Papa Rick’s Snack Shack, Rome . . . . . . 15 Patio Drive-In, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Skyline Frozen Custard & Ice Cream, Vernon 30 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Voss Bar B-Q, Yorkville, Ilion & Marcy . . . . 26 Insurance Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . 50 Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . 8 HBE Group, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . 10 Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . 54 Ironwork and Custom Fabrication Raulli’s Iron Works, Rome . . . . . . . . . 50 Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . 43 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . 9 Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . 24 Liquor Stores and Wine Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . 23

Maple Syrup (see Produce) Massage Therapy Universal Yoga, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 36 Meats, locally raised (see Produce) Media 92.7 The Drive WXUR, Utica . . . . . . . . . 74 FOX33/WUTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 7 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Monuments & Memorials Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . 41 Museum Black River Canal Museum, Boonville . . . . 20 Musical Instrument Sales, Rentals, Lessons Big Apple Music, New Hartford . . . . . . . 47 Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 28 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . 58 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . 70 Sunflower Naturals, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . 40 Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . 37 Wadas Eye Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Paint and Painting Supplies Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . 50 Pet Supplies Oh My Fabulous Dog, Oriskany . . . . . . . 11 Paws Boutique, Oneida Castle . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosato’s Pizzeria & Bakery, Utica . . . . . Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . .

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Podiatry & Foot Surgery Fútspä, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Pools and Spas Swan Pools & Spas, Ilion and New Hartford . . 44 Pool Cleaning and Maintenance Crystal Pool Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Swan Pools & Spas, Ilion and New Hartford . . 44 Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 & 72 Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . 58 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . 32 Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . 11 Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . Juliano’s Farm, Bakery, & Cafe, Utica . . North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . Sunnybrook Farm, Deansboro . . . . . . . . Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . Twin Orchards, New Hartford . . . . . . . . Windy Hill Orchard, Cassville . . . . . . . Wyndfield Acres Farm Store, Little Falls . .

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Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Love & Stitches, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Heartworks Quilts & Fabric, Fly Creek . . . 12 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Real Estate John Brown Team, Coldwell Banker . . . . . 7 Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Black Stallion Restaurant,Vernon . . . . . . Cafe at Stone Mill, Little Falls . . . . . . . Canal Side Inn, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . Clinton Ale House, Clinton . . . . . . . . . Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . Delta Lake Inn, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . Freddy’s Diner, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . Gilligan’s, Sherburne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . Hotel Solsville, Solsville . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . Kayuta Drive-In, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . . Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael’s Alder Creek Inne, Barneveld . . . . Nola’s Restaurant, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . . Outta The Way Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . Patio Drive-In, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . Rosato’s Pizzeria & Bakery, Utica . . . . . . RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . Route 69 Steakhouse, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . Stathis Greek Restaurant & Gyro, Utica . . . The Tailor and The Cook, Utica . . . . . . . Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie’s The Original Bagel Cafe, Utica . . . The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Woodsmens’ Field Days, Boonville . . . . . Voss Bar B-Q, Yorkville, Ilion & Marcy . . .

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Roofing Mohawk Metal, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . 73 Sewing and Mending The Gathering Place, Poland . . . . . . . . . 43 Sharpening Services Ron’s Sharpening, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . 9 Sheds and Garages Shafer & Sons Storage Sheds, Westmoreland . . 44 Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . 54

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The Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . 63 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . 42 Small Engine Repair J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 55


Snowmobiles/ATVs Hobby Hill Farm, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Tents (events) Brownie Tent, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Toy Shops Lady & Leap Toy Shop, New Hartford . . . . 54 Trailers and Truck Caps Boulevard Trailers, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . 9 Tree Services and Tree Farms Rick Turk Tree Service, Rome . . . . . . . . 62 U-Pick Strawberries Candella’s Farm & Greenhouses, Marcy . . 22 Juliano’s Farm and Greenhouses, Utica . . . . . 11 Vacuum Sales Rainbow, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Websites Utica Remember When . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Weddings and Banquets Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 60 Wellness Universal Yoga, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 36 Yarn and Knitting Supplies Love & Stitches, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . 7 Yogurt Stoltzfus








Answer to last month’s puzzle: Blueberries Winner: Becky Covey of Barneveld


Answer to last month’s riddle about a local Revolutionary war hero that shares a name with a Utica pub: Griffin Kirtland Griffin was taken prisoner when his ship was captured by the British in 1776. Three years later, after his release, he found himself aboard the “Bonhomme Richard,” commanded by John Paul Jones which overtook the famed British ship “Serapis.” Winner: Karen Sportello of Ilion

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7509 Route 5 • Clinton, New York 13323 • Phone 315-853-8804

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Mohawk Valley Living #71 August 2019  

Mohawk Valley Living #71 August 2019