Mohawk Valley Living #68 May 2019

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Don’t Know What You Got by Sharry L. Whitney Are the birds always this boisterous in the spring? There’s been a wonderful cacophony of bird songs in our backyard over the past few weeks. Are spring flowers always this abundant and look so happy? I don’t remember planting half the flowers that have sprung up in our front yard! This happens every year, so why does it still fill me with wonder? I don’t realize how much I miss the birds and flowers until they reappear. I forgot they were gone. Sometimes our winters in the Northeast are long and brutal, but could we appreciate the sounds and colors of spring as much as we do if it were not for the cold, gray of winter? Would Gary VanRiper be as excited to see a loon if they lived here year round? Would Denise Szarek be as excited about ramps springing up if they were available all the time? Even though this cycle repeats every year, there is something fresh and new and exciting about spring. It’s true that “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” and that’s not a new idea, the poet Sextus Propertius wrote the earliest form of that sentiment around 20 BCE! It seems nothing is new. Except I swear I’ve never seen those pale periwinkle blue flowers in the yard before! •

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the Oneida County History center The USS Oneida intercepted the HMS Royal George in Sackets Harbor during the War of 1812. Royal George suffered extensive damage.

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In last month’s article, I provided a brief history of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Oriskany (CVA-34), whose bell and anchor now reside at the Oriskany Museum in our county. While this is the only ship named in honor of that Revolutionary War battle, I found many bearing the name Oneida. In fact, no less than five vessels have sailed under this name in the U.S. Navy service. War of 1812 The first ship to carry the name Oneida was the United States’ first warship on the Great Lakes. It was one of several authorized by the government in the summer of 1808 to counter the growing threat of British vessels illegally hauling goods from Canada to U.S. merchants. This 18-gun brig was built in Oswego of locally sourced timber; construction started in 1808 and the brig was launched in March 1809. It would take another year, however, before the Oneida was fully fitted out and ready for service. The officer tasked with its construction was Lt. Melanchthon Taylor Woolsey of New York City. One of the officers who accompanied Woolsey to Oswego was James Fenimore Cooper, destined to become one of the young nation’s literary giants after his Navy service. As built, the Oneida was an impressive sight. It was nearly 86 feet long and displaced 243 tons. During the War of 1812, the ship saw action at Sackets Harbor and Kingston, Ontario. In April 1813 it carried troops under the command of Zebu-


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lon Pike from Sackets Harbor to York (now Toronto); Pike’s troops disembarked and captured the settlement. A month later, the Oneida participated in the Battle of Fort George, along the Niagara River. In the late summer of 1814, she returned to this area on blockade duty. The Oneida’s postwar service is somewhat murky. After the war, the government sold the ship into private service but then bought it back. In 1825, she was sold again to a timber company in nearby Clayton, NY. By the middle 1830s, the former Oneida was obsolete and is thought to have been abandoned and sunk in French Creek Bay. A cannon raised from a wreck in this area is cited as proof that this was the Oneida’s final resting place; however, reports to the contrary do exist. This cannon is now displayed at the 1000 Islands Fish and Rod Club in Clayton. A thorough history of this Oneida can be found at Issue19/Oneida.pdf. Civil War The next U.S.S. Oneida appears in 1862. This ship was a screw sloop of war, i.e., it was powered by steam turbines hooked to underwater propellers, also known as “screws.” Like her namesake, this Oneida was a product of our state, having been built at the New York Navy Yard. Commissioned at the end of February 1862, she almost immediately entered combat operations on the Mississippi River.

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Oneida participated in action against the rebel-held Fort Jackson in April 1862 and was credited with sinking the Confederate gunboat C.S.S. Governor Moore. She saw substantial action on the Mississippi through the rest of the year and served on blockade duty in the Gulf of Mexico in 1863-64. In August 1864, the Oneida fought in the Battle of Mobile Bay and participated in the capture of a Confederate ironclad, the C.S.S. Tennessee. For heroism during the battle, seven sailors and one Marine from the Oneida were awarded the Medal of Honor. This second U.S.S. Oneida was decommissioned in August 1865. During her Civil War service, she was involved in two collisions with other vessels. As we will soon see, this might be considered a premonition of her own demise. Oneida was recommissioned in May 1867 and assigned to the Navy’s Asiatic Squadron in Japan. On Jan. 24, 1870, she left Yokohama on her way back to the United States. Twelve miles out, Oneida was struck by the British steamer Bombay and cut in two. In minutes, she sank; Bombay’s captain did not stop to render assistance. A total of 125 sailors died. The U.S. government made no effort to salvage the Oneida and ended up selling rights to it to the Japanese. The wreck was dived on numerous times, as early as the 1870s and as recent as 2010. Sailors’ remains were located and buried in a mass grave in Yokohama. Some of the ship’s cargo of cash and ammunition were also found and brought to the surface. A detailed review of this U.S.S. Oneida can be found at www.

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Post Civil War Two Oneidas sailed around the turn of the 20th century—one during the Spanish-American War (1898) and the other during World War I, but neither were particularly distinguished. World War II The last U.S.S. Oneida was an attack transport ship that served in the Pacific Theater during the final months of World War II. Originally built as a “Liberty Ship” by Permanente Metals in California, she was outfitted for naval service in the fall of 1944. Incidentally, Permanente Metals was one of many corporations owned by industrial giant Henry Kaiser, who also has ties to Oneida County. This Oneida was designated APA-221 and was a Haskell class attack transport. As such, she was fairly heavily armed for a non-combat vessel. Her main weapon was a 5” multipurpose gun that was supplemented by several 40 mm and 20 mm anti-aircraft cannons. She was named for three Oneida Counties in the United States—one in Idaho, another in Wisconsin, and (of course!) our own. She was commissioned on Dec. 4, 1944 with Capt. Arthur Geisenhoff in command. In February 1945, the Oneida left Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, bound for Eniwetok. She was carrying troops who would join Task Force 58, charged with taking the naval battle to the Japanese. While there, the Oneida ferried wounded sailors from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin (CV-13), which was heavily damaged on March 19. Oneida also carried wounded Marines from Iwo Jima back to Pearl Harbor. The Oneida made several more trips across the Pacific, ferry-

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ing soldiers to Okinawa and over 1,000 Japanese prisoners back to Pearl Harbor. Among her last duties were carrying soldiers and Marines back home from the Pacific after the Japanese surrender. She was decommissioned in December 1946 and would spend almost 30 years in inactive reserve status before she was sold for scrap in 1975. U.S.S. Oneida (APA-221) earned one battle star for her service during World War II. After the war, her skipper, Captain Geisenhoff, donated several items from the ship to the Oneida Historical Society at Utica (today’s Oneida County History Center). Some of the images in this article were given by him. •

Illustration of USS Oneida, 1861

The last USS Oneida (APA-221) was in service during WWII, pictured here approaching the tanker Signal for refueling.

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now, especially during the early hours of the morning. It is also the season when insect populations are exploding and are letting their presence be known, including the beloved black fly! What I look forward to the most this time of year is the return of the Common Loon. In late autumn, they are off before the first ice, and are back again once the ice disappears. They will be joined in the water by beavers slapping their tails, turtles sunning on fallen logs, and frogs on lily pads. There might even be a damselfly hitching a ride on a fallen leaf. Our Adirondack Loons winter at the Cape and some travel further south to the Outer Banks. It was recently discovered that one of our loons migrated to Florida. I saw one while vacationing along the coast of South Carolina that was ill and just sitting in the sand on the beach – a small group of people surrounding it. I happened to be wearing a shirt with a large graphic of a loon and as I approached was asked if it was laying its eggs! Guess they thought I was the loon ranger. I assured them it was not normal behavior for the bird and sat with it to see if it would ride out with the

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9716 Roberts Road, Sauquoit (315) 737-5011

*Juliano’s Schuyler Greenhouses

Melinda’s Garden Barn

2365 State Route 5, Utica • (315) 735-9385

MV Growers

8442 State Highway 28, Richfield Springs (315) 858-0955

North Star Orchards Farm Market & Bakery

Rt. 233, Westmoreland • OPEN DAILY 8am-7pm • 315-853-1024 • LIKE us on for seasonal updates!

OPENING May 10! 10-7 Daily

ANNUALS VEGGIES HERBS HANGING BASKETS New & unusual plants for your home & garden. Custom work accepted

Vigorous Plants. Locally Grown. Expert Advice. And yes, we grow the common stuff, too! A full list on our website.

9947 Evans Rd., Remsen • 831-8096 •

Freedom Farm Market Hanging baskets, annuals, wide selection of perennials, vegetable plants, nusery stock, & fruit trees

We offer custom planting of combination planters. Bring us your pots and we will fill them for you! Gift certificates available.

M-F: 9-6, Sat & Sun: 9-5 (315) 829-4880 4826 State Rt. 5, Vernon 17

MV Growers

We’re Growing for You! You can be assured of the quality of our flowers, hanging baskets, and vegetables plants because they are all grown on-site in one of our 13 greenhouses. We’ve been busy “growing for you” since the end of January to produce healthy, productive, and beauti-

ful flowers and plants. Stroll through our greenhouses and enjoy the color and fresh frangrance and select your perfect baskets, flowers, and veggie plants! Our owners, growers, and friendly & knowledgeable staff are always willing to help answer your gardening questions and offer suggestions!

For your gardens: geraniums, endless choice of bedding plants and vegetable plants, herbs, onion sets & seed potatoes, soil mixtures, fertilizers & so much more!

Spectacular Mother’s Day Hanging Baskets and Specialty Pots! Choice of: 10” & 12” Hanging Baskets in numerous (flower) varieties 8” Gerbera Daisies, New Guinea Impatiens, Dahlias, Geraniums • Clematis Special Mother’s Day Ceramic Pots

9182 River Rd, Marcy Call (315) 368-4497

Open Mon-Fri: 7-7, Sat: 7-5, Sun: 7-4

Can’t decide?

Gift Certificates make great gifts!

MV Growers The Mercantile Greenhouse

Custom orders only • (315) 858-2703

*Michael’s Greenhouse

2041 N. Madison Street, Rome (315) 339-8460 •

Top Notch Garden Center

*River Road Farm & Greenhouses

Sunnycrest Orchards Farm Market

583 Main St, Newport • (315) 845-8822

2774 Oneida St., Sauquoit • (315) 737-8181

9182 River Road, Marcy • (315) 36-3252

Mitchell’s Produce & Garden

8448 Seneca Tpke., New Hartford • (315) 733-1810

6964 S James St., Rome • (315) 337-3984

The Mum Farm

9011 Red Hill Rd., New Hartford (315) 737-5145 •

North Star Orchards

4741 Route 233, Westmoreland (315)

*Olney’s Flowers of Rome

2002 North James Street, Rome (315) 339-6000 •

R. Jones Nursery & Landscape Ctr.

7869 NY-10, Sharon Springs • (518) 284-2256 www.

Royal Landscape Company *Schaefer’s Gardens

801 South St., Chenango Forks (607) 692-4877 •

Sheep Run Daylily

1025 Co. Rt. 22, Schuyler Lake • (315) 858-2405

Szarek’s Greenhouses

7446 East South Street, Clinton (315) 853-5901 •

Tassleberry Farm

705 Newport Gray Road, Newport (315) 845-8945 •

Stop 7 Rd., Westmoreland (315) 829-2529 •

*Sirko’s Greenhouse

Wagner Farms

10880 Huey Road, Leonardsville (315) 855-7575

Skeeterboro Farms

*Sweeney’s Greenhouse

5841 Old Oneida Road, Rome (315) 339-5182 •

6799 Rome-Westmoreland Rd., Rome • (315) 225-7947

*Willson’s Nursery

6375 State Route 31, Verona • (315) 832-0713

The Mohawk Valley GrowersAssoc.

is a group of horticultural growers located throughout the Mohawk Valley. Discover who we are, what we offer, and what we can do for you! Schaefer’s Gardens

Casler Flower Farm & Greenhouses

River Road Greenhouses

Juliano’s Schuyler Greenhouses

Chester’s Flower Shop

Our members include: Spring greenhouses full of annuals and perennials • Nursery growers of trees and shrubs Full-time florists and landscapers • Field-grown produce, berry, and veggy grower NY State Christmas tree growers • Vermicompost and compost producers

If you would like to become a member of the Mohawk Valley Growers Association contact your local member!

• Casler Flower Farm & Greenhouses, West Winfield • (315) 822-5135 • Charles Nutting, Rome • (315) 337-4987 • Chester’s Flower Shop, Utica • (315) 797-2360 • Colwell’s Farm Market & Garden Center, Glenfield • (315) 376-7402 • Devine Gadens, Vermicompost, Morrisville • (315) 663-1675 • Freedom Farm Market, Vernon • (315) 790-8008 • Froschauer’s Greenhouses • Rome (315) 338-0639 • Heywood’s Greenhouses, Remsen • (315) 831-8096 • Juliano’s Schuyler Greenhouses & Produce, Utica • (315) 735-9385 • Michael’s Greenhouse, LLC, Sauquoit • (315) 737-8181 • Massoud’s Tree Farm, Sauquoit • (315) 737-5011 • Olney’s Flower Pot, Rome • (315) 339-6000 • River Road Farm & Greenhouses, Marcy • (315) 736-3252 • Schaefer’s Gardens, Chenango Forks • (607) 692-4877 • Sirko’s Greenhouse, Leonardsville • (607) 692-4877 • John Slifka, Rome • (315) 371-0200 • Sweeney’s Greenhouse, Schuyler Lake • (315) 858-2405 • Willson’s Nursery, Verona • (315) 832-0713


The Everyday Adventures of Mohawk Valley Girl

Audrey’s Old & New

in richfield Springs by Cynthia Quackenbush

On a windy day, the welcoming flags at Audrey’s Old & New in Richfield Springs caught the attention of Mohawk Valley Girl

Full disclosure: I got so busy with my community

theater commitments that I was really scrambling as the deadline for the May issue of Mohawk Valley Living approached. I had thought of a couple of adventures, but they hadn’t panned out. At last, I just got in my car and drove. As I drove, the song from the show played in my head: “To see what we can see! Travelin’ ’round the Mohawk Valley!” Mostly what I saw were lovely views of mountains and farmland. Then I saw a sign that read, “Audrey’s Old & New.” It was next to a small building that flew an “OPEN” flag. I had to find a place to turn around, but that was not difficult, and soon I was inside a charming little consignment shop. The lady behind the counter greeted me as I started checking out the merchandise. I told her how much I love consignment shops. “You never know what you’ll find,” she said. “And if you find something, you’d better grab it,” I said. “Because if you snooze, you lose!” She agreed, mentioning that that fate had befallen a few customers of hers. I walked all around, looking at jewelry, housewares, clothes, books, and more. The shop was bigger inside than it appeared outside, and they carry quite a bit of merchandise. I did not see anything that caught my eye until I noticed some salt and pepper shakers in the display case at the counter. My mother collects salt and pepper shakers. Of course, she already has quite a few of them, but I think my


Since 1967

Home of the Monster Sub!

Middle Eastern Favorites! Consignment Shoppe

Wed 10-4, Thurs 10-6, Fri 10-4, Sat 10-3

(315) 896-2050

8024 Route 12, Barneveld 20

Humous, Kibbie, Falafel, Babaghanoush , Taboulie, Grape leaves, Spinach pies.

Open 7 days a week! Rt 12B, Deansboro (315) 841-4377

You never know what you’ll find at Audrey’s Old & New in Richfield Springs




• Mending • Sewing • Alterations • Zippers Replaced

393 Hurricane Road, Cold Brook

Call (315) 219-3878

20% off Storewide 18th Anniversary Sale! Don’t forget your Mom!

Fine Jewelry Jewelry Repair Gift Items 315 733-7676 Tues-Fri: 10:30-5, Sat: 10:30-1:30

433 Coventry Ave., Utica

dad has space to put a few more shelves up. I selected a pair of white geese with blue ribbons around their necks. I told the lady they reminded me of a goose named Petunia in a series of children’s books my younger sister had. “Mom always got a kick out of Petunia,” I said. The lady had never heard of Petunia, but we chatted for a while about children’s books we had enjoyed. Peter Rabbit was a favorite we shared. When I asked the lady’s name, she told me it was Ruth Watkins. “Oh, I thought you were Audrey,” I said. Ruth told me that Audrey is no longer with us. Ruth and her daughter run the store; they named it after an aunt. I said “Audrey’s Old & New” had a nice ring to it. When Ruth told me to come again, I said, “And I’ll bring a friend!” I am delighted to add Audrey’s to my list of consignment stores to check out when I’m looking for props or costumes for a play, or just when I’m in the mood to shop for something unique. As Ruth pointed out, you never know what you’ll find. •

Audrey’s Old & New

4255 U.S. Route 20, Richfield Springs (Warren) • (607) 644-3998 Open Mon., Wed., Sat.: 9-4:30, Sun.: 10-2, Closed Tues. & Thurs.

Tent Rentals

Also Tables, Chairs, Lights & Linens!

Customer Appreciation Sale! May 6th-20th

Where family happens

Weddings Graduations Family Reunions & Parties

Unique retail for your fur friend!

21 Seneca St., Oneida Castle

Some items up to 50% off!

Swan Pools & Spas

(315) 240-7565 • Open daily 10-5

Welcome to a

Lifetime of Memories

Delivery Set-Up & Take-Down

(315) 853-2931

Celebrating 75 Years & 4 Generations!

3989 Oneida St New Hartford NY, 13413 (315) 982-9760

All Sizes! Cold Cuts, Pecorino Romano, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Imported Provolone, & much more!

17 McBridge Ave., Clinton, NY

132 E. Main St Ilion NY, 13357 (315) 895-4321

132 E. Main Street, POOLS Ilion 3989 Oneida St., Washington Mills SWAN (315) 895-4321 (315) 982-9760

Visit us for all your Italian Favorites! You’ll love our prices!

1150 McQuade Ave., Utica Mon: 8-4; Wed-Fri: 8-4:30; Sat: 8-Noon; Sun & Tues: Closed • 315-724-5578

Put the car back in the garage! A family run business specializing in the manufacturing of affordable, well-contructed:

Storage Sheds Gazebos Pole Barns Garages (attached or unattached) Decks Free estimates for Pole Barns & Garages (315) 853-5285 4932 Rt. 233, Westmoreland Fully insured with over 30 years experience! See examples at:




the mvl

“Home cookin’ at it’s finest!”

Nothing’s finer than...




•Daily breakfast

Friday Fish Fry!

& luncheon specials •Ask about our family bowling special!

8125 Rt.12, Barneveld, NY

(315) 896-2871 Open early every day!


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Friday Fish Fry: 11:30am-8pm

Freddy’s Diner 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

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

Serving breakfast and lunch daily

6798 State Rt. 20, Bouckville

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



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

Featuring NY State craft breweries & full bar

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

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

(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.



Primo Pizza at the Kettle

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


The Most Unique Upside Down Pizza You Ever Tasted!

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

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

9 West Park Row, Clinton 315.853.3052

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

7756 Route 5, Clinton Located next door to Spaghetti Kettle 22

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cold brook

Celebrating 45 years!


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Window Service & Take Out

Anniversary Special! Watermelon Sherbert

Outside Seating

Small Cone $1.45


2755 13324 826-5050 2755 State State Rt Rt.8,8,Cold ColdBrook, Brook,NY NY• (315)•826-5050

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!


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

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

little falls

LEE CENTER Book your party today!

Mother’s Day Specials!

(315) 533-7229

RESTAURANT & BAR Casual American Cuisine


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

Quality Food • Fresh Ingredients Relaxing Atmosphere • Offering Daily Specials!

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

Sunday May 12th 11:30am-8pm

Catering & Banquets too!

good food, good wine, good friends, good times

Open Daily 7am-3pm

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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Cafe at Stone Mill

Enjoy a snack with a view at our new advertiser, The Cafe at Stone Mill!

Sit & enjoy a view of the Mohawk River!

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

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



Homemade comfort foods Full menu available til 2am!

25 beers on tap, specializing in NY State craft beers! Thursday Night is Wing Night!

9663 River Rd., Marcy

2018u Best Bar


Best Happy Hour best FIRST PLACE Best Wings BEST OF THE

Soft and Hard Ice Cream!

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

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

Open 7 Days a Week • 797-7709

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


Locally Owned & Operated

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

Catering Available • Homemade Desserts Every Day

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

4784 Commercial Dr., New Hartford (315) 736-1363 Breakfast & Lunch daily 7am-3pm • Facebook: Raspberries Rome / Raspberries Utica • Kids Menu Available remsen



“We are your home town pizzeria!”

Open Tuesday-Sunday

Open Mondays starting Memorial Day! past 5 years! Voted #1 pizza for

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


Breakfast Lunch Dinner

n u f r o f s u n i o J ! r e m m u S l al hows and so much more! Car S

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

Fresh to you!

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

Mexican & American Fare Sushi selections too!

Eat in or Take out

Featuring Daily Specials

127 North St., Old Forge Tues-Thurs: 11:30am-9pm, Fri & Sat: 11:30am-10pm, Sun: 11:30am-8:30pm, Closed Mon • (315) 369-3141

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


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

Natural Food Cafe! Featuring: Gluten-free options & homemade soups!

Champagne Brunch

Natural Groceries • Supplements • Local Foods Organic Produce & Plants

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



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

Weekend Specials!

Restaurant • Ice Cream Parlor

Haddock Specials

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



Bring in Mom on Mother’s Day for a FREE small cone! OPEN DAILY 11am-10pm End of N. Madison Street at Ridge Mills, Rome • (315) 339-2622 Sherburne

The Country Store with More! Snacks, Beer, Pizza, Wings, Subs, Gas, Diesel, Non-Ethanol Gas, Gifts and much, much more! 2114 Rte 29, Salisbury 315-429-3224 Open 7 Days a Week

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

Open everyday and Open year-round

Utica Serving fresh & homemade breakfast and lunch Shop Our Ready To Cook Meals!!

Place Orders For Our, Handmade, Always Fresh, Never Frozen, Cookies And Pusties!!

We’re toasted!

Visit Us Online For Our Catering And Store Menus!!

A cafe with outta the way options!

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

Open Monday Through Friday 8:00AM To 4:00PM





Breakfast, Lunch, “Grab-and-Go!” Deliveries, 8am-2pm Take Out & Catering! Check out our weekly specials on facebook and at

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

315 735-7676

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

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

KARAM’S Middle Eastern

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

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!

219 N. Genesee St., Utica

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

Call us to discuss your upcoming wedding or party Open Mother’s Day from 12-6 Please call for your reservation

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

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



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, 10 Boneless Wings $6.00

Call to make your Mother’s Day Reservations! Featuring Prime Rib & many other similar specials! 12-8 Catering & Banquet Facilities Available

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


Bakery & Restaurant




Over 80 years serving the Mohawk Valley! Visit our two locations:

Oriskany Blvd., Yorkville • Ilion Marina, 190 Central Ave, Ilion

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Antiques of CNY Little Falls

Antique Center


Cafe at Stone Mill


Celebrating our 20th year 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 Tues-Fri: 10am-5pm Sat: 10:30am-3pm New consignment by appointment only

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

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 27


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!

Spring is Here!

Spring Open House!

Multi Dealer Antique Shop

Primitives • Furniture • Artwork Smalls • Antique Accessories

May 10th & 11th

Open Daily 10-5


10242 Route 12N, Remsen

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

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

(315) 831-8644

4803 Rt. 31, Vernon

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

A Purveyor of Early Primitive Antiques, Canal House Antiques Simple Goods, Old Purposeful Stuff & Multi-Dealer Shop Specializing in antique furniture, Needfuls glassware, jewelry, books, linens, and Reflecting Simpler Times primitive rug hooking accessories (315) 893-7737

Open Thurs-Mon 10-4, Closed Tues & Wed

6737 Route 20, Bouckville, NY

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

Retirement Sale!

See our Facebook page for new & vintage items!

Spices, Salts, Maple Syrup, Honey, Jams & Jellies, Soaps, Lotions, CDB Oil & Other Specialty Goods

Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegars

Hurry in to save and say farewell!

Retirement Sale!

Time to enjoy our grandchildren and travel! Our retirement sale will continue throughout the year. Find unique treasures while they’re still available! Our successful & established business is for sale. We’ve enjoyed serving our customers for the last 12 years. Thank you for sharing our passion!


Tasting Room!

Memorial Weekend 4 Day Sale!

3300 Rt. 46, Bouckville

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


6768 Route 20, Bouckville (315) 893-7676 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


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

Little Falls

Antique Center

A multi-dealer shop specializing in advertising, petroliana, lamps, glass, furniture & quality smalls.

Look for our 1960s Texaco sign!

Treasure in the Trunk!

(315) 893-7752

6790 Rte 20, Bouckville


Sat. May 25th

Gardening basket at Madison Inn Antiques


More than 50 vendors on 2 floors!

Outdoor & Indoor Dealers with deals!

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

Quality Refinishing Available!


7417 St Rte 20 • Madison

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

Like us on Facebook!

Main Street Gift Shoppe

Newport’s Best Kept Secret for Primitive Gifts!

Primitives, Americana, Candles, Crows, Furniture, Olde Century Colors Paint, Lighting, Textiles, Home Decor, and More!

Always gathering for our shop!




Madison-Bouckville Antique Week

August 12-18, 2019

Located on scenic Route 20, Bouckville, NY

A unique visit each thyme you stop! Red Barn out back Now Open!

7431 Main St Rt. 28 Newport, NY

OPEN: Wed-Sat 11:30am til 7pm (315) 845-8835

Check out our popular Ristorante on site!


Over 160 Vendor booths and display cases!

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

(315) 219-5044

Enjoy the Spring! ANTIQUES APPRAISAL FAIR SAT., MAY 4th, 11-2 What’s it Worth? Find Out! $5 fee per item. All proceeds benefit 4PETSAKE FOOD PANTRY!


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

OVER 56 VENDORS! FOR THOSE WHO CRAVE THE UNIQUE Furniture • Shabby Chic • Jewelry • Primitives Collectibles • Honey • Cheese • Kombucha • Organic Herbs Natural & Local Foods • Grass-Fed Beef • Organic Chicken Local Maple Syrup • Muck Boots • Garden Accessories Pine Bark Mulch • Northern Grown Shrubs Trees & Perennials

Open 7 Days a Week • Gift Certificates • Like us!

The Online Exchange We Can Help You Buy, Sell, and Trade Globally! Now an FFL dealer! 6338 St. Rt. 167, Dolgeville

(315) 429-5111

www.TheOnlineExchange.Net Registered user of ebay

Renewed & Rescued

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



COINS • JEWELRY • ANTIQUES Wed-Fri 10-5, Sat 11-4, Sun 12-4, closed Mon & Tues

315-736-5214 Don & Nancy Hartman, 52 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro (Next to Kinney’s)

Antique & Unique! Buy • Sell • Trade

Quality Consignments & More

Consigners wanted! Women’s clothing & accessories Men’s casual clothing Household items & decor, furniture, jewelry, and local artisan products

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story & Photos by Jorge L. Hernandez Poultry entrepreneur Frank Perdue is credited with stating: “It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken.” I didn’t ask owner and cook Matt Grabski of the Outta the Way Café in Utica if that was his motto. But after a bite of his Mother Clucker sandwich, Matt’s take on a chicken salad sandwich, it’s probable Perdue could have been an inspiration. Think of a chicken salad melt: tender and savory chicken chunks, grilled tomato, bacon, and Swiss cheese on grilled wheat bread. Step aside, tuna melt—a new classic’s been born! For the purists, though, Matt also does offer a traditional tuna melt, but with a twist. He purchases sides of fresh tuna delivered regularly from Boston, poaches the fish, and then flakes the tuna for his creations. “Everything here is fresh and homemade,” Matt avows. “Nothing is frozen or pre-packaged and reheated.” That includes the sirloin beef that Matt hand-trims for his shaved beef offerings. He also smokes his own joints of pork. He makes a traditional Cuban sandwich (pulled pork, ham, salami, Swiss, and bread and butter pickles cooked hot off the press) that Matt says is as authentic as anything served in the Caribbean. He adds that he’s even mimicked the special sauce served in Cuba that’s not available anywhere in the states. Outta the Way Café opened in late October 2018. After 20 years in the fine dining business and a short stint in culinary school, Matt says he was ready to undertake his own small place that specializes in breakfast and lunch fare. “My vision was to offer fine dining with a twist of street food,” Matt says. He’s a whirlwind of activity doing everything by himself during a recent lunchtime, aided by his server Maria Vivacqua of New York Mills. “If your line is prepped, you can accomplish anything,” Matt says of his work ethic. He already does a good business serving the workers at the Oneida County Office Building across the street and the nearby State Office Building. Matt hopes that word of mouth will continue to increase traffic to his tucked-away location so that customers won’ t think that his café is, well, so outta the way. Our other pleasing lunch items included three fluffy and fragrant pancakes with butter and maple syrup and a side of fresh fruit cup, and the Downtown Turkey sandwich with tomato, avocado, and Swiss cheese on grilled rye bread and slathered with a cranberry mayonnaise. Thanksgiving surely can’t be that far behind! Next time, I’ll be sure to try one of a selection of five eggs Ben-


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edict offerings; the all veggie or the crab cake versions with poached eggs and Hollandaise on English muffins look particularly inviting. Matt says everything on his menu is popular. That includes a half dozen signature salads, burgers, pressed paninis, sandwiches, omelets, and a selection of sides. For dessert, Matt brings back the old Belvedere brand of Italian ice and gelati, reintroduced by the new generation of the original Utica family suppliers. Italian pastries by Nicole Cozza’s Holy Pozzoli bakery are also in house. Matt also uses Italian bread made to his specifications by Guiseppe Bakery. So, he gives witness to his promise to keep everything handmade with a tip of the chef’s hat to local suppliers. Does he cater events? Matt wants to hesitate to say no, but then ticks off on his hand several First Communion and graduation parties to which he’s committed. “So, the answer is yes,” Matt says. “But only upon request.” Lunch is over, but half of that grilled chicken salad sandwich has been wrapped up, ready to be savored the next day as I write. Are you reading, Frank Perdue? •

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of nocturnal migration. Be assured, some species singing in the morning in your local woods The Marsh Wren have travreturns in early May eled great distances in near complete darkness (between dusk and dawn) to be there. When we hear and see our first Red-eyed Vireo on May 4th, we can appreciate the extraordinary effort made by the bird to be there on or near that date. Of course, there’s nothing arbitrary about the arrival date on the bird’s part. For the vireo and most other avian insectivores, their arrivals are meant to coincide with the emergence of leaf-eating insect larva. As the trees of the forest all break bud and their leaves begin

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the second week of May. In our region, the average arrival dates for these species are May 10th and May 11th, respectively. While the cuckoo’s arrival is timed for the emergence of its favorite food (tent caterpillars) the Pewee’s arrival is synchronized with the emergence of flying insects, which are normally more prevalent during the second week of the month. The average arrival date for the Swainson’s Thrush is May 9th. This handsome species betrays its presence in the woods by giving highly recognizable short whistled call notes. Sometimes they will even sing their unusual songs that, to me, resemble the sound two detuned flutes might make if they simultaneously meandered up a chromatic scale. While its earlier arriving cousins, the Wood Thrushes, take part in raucous territorial battles, the Swainson’s Thrush behaves as a polite visitor and will soon continue its journey to its own breeding grounds in the Adirondacks and the Adirondack foothills. In our region, the average arrival date for the Olive-sided Flycatcher is May 18th. Despite that, I often don’t see one show up at our nature preserve until the very last days of the month. This stocky flycatcher shows a dusky vest pattern on its front and an often-hidden white patch on its flank. One or two of these flycatchers show up at our beaver ponds, where they stake out the highest branches on

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Cassidy’s Diner in Richfield springs by Cynthia Quackenbush

It is well known that I like to fuel up for Mohawk Valley adventures at distinctive, local eateries. I recently stopped for a late breakfast at Cassidy’s Diner when I was in search of adventures in Richfield Springs. I knew the diner was there, although I had forgotten the name. Steven and I had breakfast there some years ago, before I participated in my first St. Baldrick’s Day event, which took place at the Richfield Springs Community Center. On my more recent visit, I was looking for a place to write about, and I was hungry. I like it when the stars align like that. The parking lot seemed pretty full, but I found a spot to pull in and a booth to sit at in the diner. There were plenty of stools at the counter, but I prefer sitting in something with a back. Additionally, the booth gave me more space for my notebook, tablet, etc. I tend to take up a lot of room. I asked for a cup of coffee and a glass of water, and perused the menu. Oooh, breakfast sandwich on a grilled hard roll with egg, cheese, and choice of meat. My favorite! I chose bacon for the meat. I could have upgraded to a bagel for 50 cents, but I preferred the hard roll. The coffee and sandwich were delicious. As I enjoyed them, I looked around, also enjoying the décor and cozy atmosphere. Pictures of family and local historic sights grace the walls. Behind the counter, I saw a poster board covered with pictures of beautifully contrived baked goods. Colorful lettering on the chalkboard said, “Sweet Treats by Tessa!” It seems there are a lot of local places where you can get some wonderful baked goods. Maybe I should start having more parties and serve some. I also admired a sign that read, “Coffee: If you’re not shaking, you need another cup.” I personally enjoy coffee in more moderate amounts, but to each his own, as the old lady said when she kissed the cow. It was certainly very tasty coffee. I also liked the mug, which had “Cassidy’s Diner, Route 20, Richfield Springs” on top and ads for local businesses all around. I overheard people at the table behind me wondering about the pronunciation of Jamo’s, one of my favorite restaurants in Herkimer. I turned around and confirmed that it was said with a ‘long a,’ “Jay-mo’s,” then apologized for butting in. “Do they have prime rib?” the man asked. “I don’t remember, but I would think they do,” I said. “They have really good food there.” I am always happy to recommend a local place. He said they were looking for a place for Mother’s Day. Ah, yes, I need to start thinking of a Mother’s Day gift for my mom. A group of men came in. “I’ve already had breakfast,” one said. “I’m having another one,” said one of his friends. I wondered if he knew about “second breakfast.” My sister, Diane, told me about that. I think it is a Hobbit thing. I only had one breakfast that day, but it was a good one. If you’re adventuring in the Richfield Springs area, or even if you’re not, I heartily recommend a stop at Cassidy’s Diner. •

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Finding a Lion by carol higgins

Spring is finally returning to the Mohawk Valley after a winter that seemed like it would never end. As we happily enjoy the rising temperatures, greening grass, and budding trees, we can also look forward to some changes in the night sky. Each season slowly ushers in notable differences in the objects we can see, and this month we welcome back one of the most recognizable areas of the sky you may never have heard of. Meet constellation Leo the Lion! Stars and objects such as galaxies, globular clusters, and gaseous nebulae have been observed for thousands of years. The Babylonians, Greeks, and other ancient civilizations saw patterns that some of these objects formed and gave them names, what we now know as constellations. This led to the birth of astrology to explain how the heavens affect people and events, and astronomy as the knowledge of planetary motion and the properties of objects in the universe evolved. Constellations were used for navigation and also as a calendar for planting and harvesting as they marched across the sky from season to season. They were also the source of mythology, telling exciting stories about people such as the great hunter Orion, a beautiful queen named Cassiopeia, and the twin Gemini brothers, as well as creatures Cygnus the swan, Scorpius the scorpion, and Leo the lion. Greek astronomer Ptolemy catalogued 48 constellations in the first century. It wasn’t

until 1930 that astronomers in the International Astronomical Union formally adopted Constellation Leo with the multiple galaxy naming conventions and conregions of the Leo Triplet and M95 Group. stellation borders. Today there are 88 constellations, with 54 called the Leo Triplet. Two exhibit the travisible from the northern hemisphere while ditional shape of arms radiating out of the the remaining are seen only from countries Hanny’s Voorwerp. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, W. Keel, Galaxy Zoo Team center, while the third looks oblong because in the southern hemisphere. Leo is a northwe view it edge-on. But not to be outdone ern hemisphere constellation, and in May it is the M96 Group, a region where many beis in our southwestern sky. lieve there are between 8 and 24 galaxies. At To find Leo, go to the two stars on the least three are bright and easy to observe. left of the bowl of the Big Dipper (near the Leo is also host to an annual meteor handle) then draw an imaginary line down shower called the Leonids. This year the toward the southwest. One of the most Leonids peak the night of November 17, prominent features of Leo is a sickle made when up to 15 meteors an hour may appear. up of six stars (some call it a backward quesThe meteors are from the dusty debris left tion mark). It isn’t the whole constellation, over from comet Tempel-Tuttle, and the but forms the head of the lion. At the bottom “shooting stars” will appear to radiate from of the sickle is the star Regulus, the brightLeo’s head. est object in Leo. It is actually two pairs of So go outside and enjoy the nice spring stars. By the way, Regulus is 77 light years nights. Happy lion hunting. away (a light year is the distance that a beam Wishing you clear skies! • of light travels in one year, about 6 trillion miles). That means if you look up at Regulus tonight, the light you see left the star Join MVAS from 8:45pm-Midnight system in 1942. on Saturday, May 11th The next brightest star is Denebola, a blue-white star that is 15 times brighter than for an evening of stargazing at our Sun and marks the lion’s tail. If you Sherrill Brook Park have a small telescope, check out Algieba in Rte. 12S, New Hartford the sickle; it is easy to see double star. Leo is also the home of many galaxies. The most The event is free. famous is a trio of interacting spiral galaxies


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Brown pants (huskies for me), white dress shirt, and a brown tie. The tie, of course, was a clip-on up until the fourth grade when my dad had the patience, and me the attention span, to learn how to tie my own. A half Windsor is still the only knot I know. I am hoping that I never have to wear a tie again, so I won’t be learning anything new. I am an old dog. St. Anthony’s School in Utica was like a big one-room school house. Once you got to school, you were in the same classroom all day, which meant that you spent the entire school year with the same people and the same teacher. In my eight years at St. Anthony’s, I had only two teachers who were not Franciscan nuns. Mrs. Stuhlman,who my classmate Al Circelli had a huge crush on, was my second-grade teacher; Ms. S’Doia was my seventh-grade teacher. Recently, I came across my seventh-grade class photo and Cindy S’Doia looked younger than we did! She could not have been much more than 22 at the time. I remember riding to school with my mom and two sisters, Cissy and Julie. Some days I would ride with the Grazianos. I


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ter--but not for me, I was more of a ham and cheese guy. Some days, fluffernutter or baloney were the only choices. Those days, I would generally survive on a diet of chips and a Ho Ho, washing them down with milk from a 12 cent milk carton—delivered every morning by a real milkman. We could get chocolate milk, but you had to order that the day before and it was 15 cents. That is a decision no 10-year-old should have to make. After lunch was the best part of the school day--recess in the school yard! We played tag games, basketball, or just hung out. One tag game in particular we called “two feet.” We played two versions of the game: “Two Feet Touch” and “Two Feet Tackle.” In “Touch,” you ran from one side of the yard to the other and if someone touched you, then you would be on his team, and so on and so forth until you were the only one left. “Tackle,” on the other hand, was more violent. Played on the same space occupied by its mild-

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er brethren, “Tackle” was played only when the lot was covered with the prerequisite dusting of snow. This was because the layer of snow provided us protection from the pavement and concrete. Why we ever thought that is beyond me. Many of us went back to class with torn trousers, mussed hair, and various (generally superficial) wounds. Attempts to ban the game were unsuccessful. I am sure the teachers thought if the kids were worn out, then they would be more compliant in the afternoon. It probably worked, but every year some poor soul would break a collarbone or a wrist. We played every day, though. Being bigger and slower, I was almost always targeted at the start of “Touch.” Like lions hunting, they would prey on the weakest. “Tackle” was different, though, they usually waited until they had enough to bring me down. In this case it was more like a pack of wolves working as a team to bring down their prey. Once again, that prey was me and I would, more often than not, end up at the bottom of a huge pile of fourth-graders right at the end of our lunch break. Beaten, battered, and bruised, we marched into class completely disheveled and out of breath. If it was the teachers’ plan to tire us out, then it was genius.


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After school, from time to time, I would end up walking to a friend’s house. Usually, Johnny Buff’s or Al Circelli’s, but it could have been any number of people since my entire social life revolved around school and my family. Whenever we did walk, it was always in groups. Walking up Tilden Avenue, we would be forced to walk over the black bridge that crossed over the abandoned railroad tracks that bisected the city from east to west. Before it was abandoned, people would hop the slow-moving freight trains. You could take it from Ontario Street all the way to South Utica crossing the Parkway around Oneida Street. Many people lost limbs hopping this train, including my great uncle Al, who lost his arm. My goal was much simpler; it was to cross the black steel-framed bridge with a wooden deck. The bridge was only one lane, but it had a small sidewalk alongside that we ran across gleefully because on the other side was Gracie’s: a penny candy Mecca wit Mary Jane candy, Atomic Fireballs, Bazooka bubble gum, and hundreds of others treats. All of this was in a room that couldn’t hold more than a couple of people at a time, but somehow we all seemed to get our wax lips and Mallo Cups and be

happily on our way. It was sugar-induced nirvana. The black bridge served another purpose to us in those days. At the end of the school year, every kid crossing the bridge would throw their notebooks and papers over the railing to the tracks down below. Not very environmentally friendly, but it was a moment of independence and freedom. Tomorrow the playgrounds and the pools will be open and I won’t have to wear that clip-on tie for another three months! St. Anthony School closed many years ago, but was only recently torn down. Wetmore School, which sat across from the church and school, was torn down this year after many years of deterioration and decay. These spaces, where hundreds of young children ran, laughed, and played, are now a parking lot and a fenced-in field of overgrown-grass and weeds. There is not anyone one playing “Two Feet Touch” or “Tackle,” or throwing a rubber baseball against the building, or swimming in the Wetmore playground wading pool any longer. The black bridge is gone too. It was demolished and the gully beneath it filled in and paved over. They built bocce courts


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A tremendous American Elm dominated the front yard of the house where I grew up. It possessed all the grace and majesty of its species. That matriarch of an elm caught the eye of most people that visited or merely drove past that New Hartford residence. It also garnered a substantial amount of attention from birds, not the least of which was the Baltimore Oriole. Baltimore Orioles and American Elms enjoyed a time-honored relationship, mostly centered around the bird’s preference for using the tree for nesting places. Of course, the relationship wasn’t all one sided. For the trees, the benefit of hosting orioles and other insectivores is the pest control services they provide. Removing foliage-eating insects helps to keep trees healthy and, of course, the birds accomplish it by only organic and environmental-friendly methods. During the breeding season when the birds have young to feed, the number of insects they take rises markedly. Of course, birds were unable to forestall the scourge of Dutch Elm Disease (introduced into the U.S. in 1928), which spread via bark beetles and ultimately claimed the vast majority of our native elms. Thinking back on it now, I’m not sure how many years the elm in our front yard

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A female Baltimore Oriole weaves her nest

hosted nesting Orioles. Our elm died and its massive skeleton was dismantled in the mid-1970s, back when I was just becoming aware of the birds that shared our world. I recall at least two or three years of Orioles nesting before the demise of the tree. On a side note, one of my clearest memories of our tree was the debates it fostered regarding how old it was and how tall. I had an ongoing argument with my best neighborhood friends over whose tree was the biggest. Kelly had a very large willow in her side yard and alongside Ravi’s driveway was a sizable Silver Maple. Of course, it was never a real contest, the elm was the clearly the biggest and the only one with bright orange birds nesting in it. Not long after our stately elm was taken down, Kelly’s willow was also removed. Ravi’s maple is the only one that still stands to this day – now irrefutably the oldest and tallest. For those who are trying to become proficient at identifying trees, the American Elm is a particularly easy one to learn. Its corky bark, buttressed roots, and the vase-like shape of its profile are usually enough to confirm its identity. The elm has a widely spreading crown comprised of gently meandering branches that weep at

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the ends. These distinctive features enable one to pick out the tree even from great distances. I was recently at an art exhibit that featured historical landscape paintings and I noticed that American Elm trees were consistently depicted with more accuracy than most other tree species. Apparently, even to the non-botanist painters, the form of the elm was highly accessible. Like the elm, the Baltimore Oriole is an easy bird to identify – both by sight and by sound. An unabashed bird that comes into backyards

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sporting bright orange and black plumage, singing sweet whistled phrases interspersed with harsh chatters is difficult to mistake. The Baltimore Oriole’s nest is also a very recognizable structure and unlikely to be taken for the work of any other bird. The nest (which is constructed entirely by the female) is woven from bark strips, hairs, and other long fibers. If you’ve never seen one, imagine a long wool sock with a baseball tucked in its toe and hung from a tree branch. That’s pretty much what the Oriole’s nest looks like. In the old days, we would almost exclusively see their nest hanging in elm trees. What was it about the elm trees that made them the number one choice for Oriole nests? That’s a good question. The trees’ long upper branches arc far away from the trunk and their outermost extremities droop high over the ground – often as high as 70 feet. A nest anchored to the end of one of these branches would naturally be more inaccessible to nest predators. Certainly, any prospective nest raider would need to be willing to perform a very perilous stunt to get its prize. The Oriole’s gamble is that the raider will choose not to risk its own life on such a venture. As for bird predators, those that can keep a hold on the thin outer twigs where the nest is anchored must then contend with the nest’s long neck or, the “ankle” portion of the sock. For most nest raiders like grackles, Blue Jays and crows, this adaptation usually proves insurmountable. With the eggs/chicks held in the toe of the sock, they tend to be much safer than their songbird counterparts raised in standard open cup-type nests – the types used by Robins, Goldfinches, Cardinals, and Catbirds (among many others). Importantly, the Baltimore Orioles’ nest design effectively foils attempts by Brown-headed Cowbirds to lay their eggs inside. Just like female cowbirds won’t normally enter the nests of cavity-nesting songbirds, they also loathe to enter the neck of the Oriole’s sock-nest. In fact, in all my years of monitoring songbirds, I’ve only observed a single cowbird chick being raised by Baltimore Oriole foster parents. I confess that as a youngster getting my first look at an Oriole nest in our elm tree, I didn’t really know what it was. I thought maybe it was some errant piece of hosiery that had blown up into the tree or it was a creation of insects. It was Ravi who first

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ing elm trees to build their nests. At that time, most living elms were younger trees and most no more than 50 feet high. The younger trees didn’t possess the remote outer branches of their full-grown predecessors and therefore didn’t provide comparable havens for nesting birds. Still, that’s what was available. The Orioles were still honoring their part of a long relationship even though it ceased to be advantageous to them. When I first started working at the nature preserve, elm trees were still quite common. An initial wave of Dutch Elm Disease had already taken out many of the older trees but younger ones persisted and were even reproducing. A subsequent wave of the disease that hit a decade ago was quite thorough and reduced our population of young elms by something like 90%. The disease is very fast acting, and trees visibly affected usually succumb within two or three years. Necessity dictated that Orioles adopt other tree species as their nest hosts, and they did. I began finding more Oriole nests in Sugar Maples, Quaking Aspens, Willows, and even some Silver Maples. As nest builders, Baltimore Orioles possess great skill and have few equals among birds. The female is entirely responsible for its construction. She selects the materials and building site. As one might imagine, the job of collecting perhaps thousands of long fibers and then weaving them into a sturdy nest is a time-consuming endeavor that can take several days of near-constant work to complete. Many times, I’ve observed female Orioles scouring the land for long hairs and plant fibers. When they don’t find just what they need, they have the capacity to fabricate it. They can pull thin strips of bark off the branches of certain trees and shrubs. Once, I watched an Oriole pulling a bark strip off a honeysuckle bough. She was able to free most of it but was unable to break it

Baltimore Oriole immature

off from its base. She would attempt to fly away with it, but then get abruptly tugged back to the ground when the anchored string reached its length. To her credit, she tried several more times and ultimately tore it free with a combination of brute force and momentum as well as a healthy dose of resolve. Her first task in nest construction is to anchor what would become the neck of the basket to a branch. This phase always looked especially perilous in the days when they were using the high overhanging branches of elm trees. Although she would shift position frequently while weaving her connections, often enough, she would be working up-side-down. The male, whose job it is to look beautiful and to defend the territory, doesn’t contribute to the nest building but on occasion does inspect the work. Once, when observing the nest building process, I saw the male of the pair come and check out the anchoring job his mate had done. At the time she was off collecting more raw materials. And while she was away, he stood on the slinglike beginnings of the nest and tested it for soundness. I recall that he seemed satisfied with the results of his inspection.

The completed nest is usually light tan or dirty white in color and that’s a reflection of the overall color of the fibers used in its construction. Incubation of the eggs is the responsibility of the female alone and during that 12-14 day period she is seen outside the nest only rarely. However, once the young hatch she gets very busy again. At this point, the male, too, begins to take an active part in raising the chicks. Although most male Baltimore Orioles do not retrieve as much food as their mates, they do a substantial amount of procuring food and feeding nestlings. The diet provided to the young is almost exclusively insects and this is when the Orioles begin to perform favors for trees by ridding them of some foliage-eating and bark-boring creatures. Light, begging calls can be heard from the Oriole nest especially when a parent enters with food. A week into their development, the calls of the nestlings become very distinctive and that enables birders to locate Oriole nests with ease. They will continue giving two and sometimes three note calls even after they leave the nest and begin their lives as flighted birds. Fledging normally takes place when the chicks are about 2 weeks old. After they leave the nest, the parents continue to feed and protect them, sometimes for a month post-fledging. During this time, juvenile Baltimore Orioles learn their trade by following their parents through the high branches and foliage of trees. They learn how to hang up-side-down at perilous heights in order to collect insects most other birds would miss. The youngsters will

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Marines. On Sept. 12, 1917, he left for France. After some training there, he soon went into battle. According to a Herkimer Telegram article by James M. Greiner, “Letters home from Harold were with his old neighborhood. He always asked how everyone was doing and was excited that his brother Russell had joined the Air Service. And he missed driving the family car. His letters never mentioned the fierce battles he had survived: South Soissons, Berdun and Belleay Wood.” Harold was wounded and died at Chateau Thierry on July 19, 1918, although his parents received a telegram from the War Department that Harold had been wounded there. His parents sent letter after letter unanswered by Harold. Months went by and the Armistice was declared on Nov. 11, 1918. Soon soldiers were coming back home to Herkimer. Harold didn’t return. Frank and Minnie suspected that Harold had been killed. The Bellingers asked a friend, Leo Lawrence, if he could get some information. A letter was sent to Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt to see if his office could help. They received a letter that a grave marker had been found at Chateau Thierry. Harold was killed in action on July 19, 1918. The body would be returned to the United States. It took 15 years to learn how Harold had died. Many years later, on July 1, 1933, a man named Jack M. Richard arrived in Herkimer via train. He walked with a limp and had other battle wounds. He was unsure of where to go, so he walked to the Post Office for information and met Dan Manion there. Richard asked if anybody from Herkimer had been killed in action as a Marine during the war. Most young men from Herkimer served in the Army, so Manion was able to quickly identify Harold Bellinger and gave Richard directions to his family home. When he arrived the Bellinger house, Richard explained he had been a sergeant in the Sixth Marines and had known their son. He gave the family a signet ring, which they immediately recognized as Harold’s. Richard apologized for taking so long to return the ring to them, but his recovery had taken longer than hoped, and a recent barracks fire destroyed everything he owned, including his address book. The only thing he could remember about the ring was the name “Herkimer.” Apparently, Richard and Bellinger had made a pact before the Battle of Chateau Thierry that if one died, the other friend would find his parents to tell them what happened. That day, Harold had been killed by a German grenade, which landed about two feet in front of his face. Frank and Minnie Bellinger had finally learned the truth about their son’s death after 15 years and were so grateful to Richard for fulfilling his promise to their son. •

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SHAWANGUNK Chapter 56 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.

Our cat, Mittens, sometimes follows me when I go for a walk. I slow my pace to match hers for a while. It’s so slow; it’s like doing Tai Chi. She meanders, not focused on getting anywhere, and is totally absorbed in her present surroundings. She sniffs the air; she stares off into the woods or inspects the culvert. Her ears turn constantly toward sounds I cannot hear. As I wait, I also become more “present” and examine my surroundings more closely. I notice the tender, new, green sprouts now gracing every tiny tip on the balsam trees. My friend Olga, from Ukraine, will probably want to come to gather some to layer with honey in a jar for one of her winter medicines. I look up to the sky, and see that every tree has a fringe of soft golden light on the new tips, swaying gently below a pale blue sky with wisps of white clouds dashing by, almost touching the tree tops. A gust of wind drops into the forest, lifting my hair and sending Mittens scurrying for cover in the woods. She runs past the emerging fern stalks unfolding imperceptibly but steadi-

Fiddleheads ly to full, summer splendor. Near them are tiny, starry white spikes of Foam Flower blooming near the slender white petals of Goldthread and, oh, I see new leaves of Clintonia emerging! I nibble on one because it has a refreshing flavor, reminiscent of cucumber. The Goldthread may inspire a visit from my Native American friend Sheri, who discretely gathers a few of the threadlike, golden roots to make her medicines. How many other beneficial secrets lie hidden and undiscovered yet, among the flora and fauna of these woods? I increase my pace, as Mittens has disappeared and may have gone home. I want to see the glorious display of golden Marsh Marigolds at their peak of maturity in the wetlands below the beaver pond. But I hear a great yowl behind me. She’s emerged from the woods, discovered that I am gone and is scared and unhappy. I return and escort her home because there are dangers for her without my protective presence: owls, fox, martins, mink, coy dogs.… Our first cat, Skeeziks, disNew spring green in the appeared permanently into the forest treetops food chain of our forest only a few weeks after we moved

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here, and I almost Sheri Beglin feeds lost our second cat, chickadees Sooty, because, in my over-zealous enthusiasm for a lifestyle of minimal harm and vegan-vegetarian diet in my early 30s, I innocently tried to keep him on the same diet. It seemed to be working wonderfully throughout his first summer of kitten-hood. He was my constant companion; riding on my shoulders, keeping me company in the garden as I worked. He never had an opportunity to catch and eat anything except an occasional grasshopper. But autumn came and Sooty became listless and weak. Did he have some disease? I bought some “real” cat food with dried meat to see if it would help, and within a week he recovered. He needed flesh to eat because a cat is a true carnivore and needs meat to survive. What made the difference between summer and fall? The grasshoppers were gone. How can I reconcile keeping a meat-dependent hunter of the wild creatures I want to protect? Getting Sooty was meant to be a comfort, a means to increase my sense of well-being. Although I loved our life in the woods, it could be quite lonely in our first years here. We had no phone, the nearest neighbor was a hermit-like farmer over a mile away. The children attended school in another state. Our financial resources were minimal and practically inadequate. I felt emotionally stressed by the church politics that affected our jobs. I was exhausted from the physical demands of homesteading, and I’d developed a lingering laryngitis so that I could only communicate with gestures and a special whistle for yes or no. Tim advised me to make a WTL (Will to Live) list with things that enhance my sense of well-being in one column, and things that diminish it on the other. It was a really big help to be able to focus and work together on increasing one and decreasing the other. One of the WTL enhancers was to have a pet cat, because they have always brought me much comfort. My family always had a dog of some sort, but “The Mother Cat” and her kittens were omnipresent throughout my youth. Spaying or neutering was practically unheard of, and considered too

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Peg excited to watch kittens being born!

Twenty-year-old Sooty enjoys the sun despite being blind & deaf

much money to spend on a cat, so, she had kittens regularly, sometimes on my bed. The first time it happened, I woke up scared, conscious of strange activity on my covers. “Mommy!” I called out with a quaver, “Something’s happening, and I don’t know what it is!” I adored our cats, and when Mom sent any of these many kittens to the farm up the road, I had a hard time forgiving her. We never questioned or had a discussion about how they came about. Reproduction was not considered a suitable topic for children or youth; consequently, we entered adulthood quite problematically naive and innocent. Death was another topic not delved into. I asked my father once, while snuggling on his lap as he read the paper and blew smoke rings for my entertainment, “Daddy, what’s it like to be dead?” “I don’t know,” he chuckled, “I’ve never been dead.” I dedicated my first diary at age 12 to one of The Mother Cat’s kittens who’d died very young. 1961 Dear Kitty I’m so sorry I haven’t written to you but I was so excited when I went to school and saw the acrobatic (gymnastic) stuff up I didn’t feel like writing. The other cats are


keeping me company but I still love you more than them. I have been hoping that someday you can write a letter to me and send it to; Peggy Spencer, Post Office, five year diary, my house, my room. I do hope you’ll write me one soon. Love, Peggy The cats weren’t supposed to be in at night, but sometimes I’d try to smuggle one into my bedroom by putting it in my dresser drawer, but they always gave me away. Young Tim was allowed to sleep with his cat (Sooty the First), although it was only allowed in his attic bed-room on the third floor, or in the basement. (We still can’t figure out how his cat managed to get between them without going through the forbidden first and second floors.) I had a love/hate relationship with my Sooty. I hated when he killed something despite the warning bells I hung on his flea collar. And I worried that he’d get the collar caught on a branch and he’d strangle! Sometimes, I felt so awful when he killed a bird, chipmunk, or bunny, I’d drive him a mile away and drop him off thinking that by the time he got home, if he didn’t get eaten by something himself, he’d be too tired to hunt the critters around here. It’s amazing that he


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survived this, but maybe his black color helped hide him from predators. Our love/hate relationship continued almost 20 years while I tried to minimize how much wildlife he managed to catch. Finally, he became quite blind and deaf. He liked to sit with his face to the sun, but sometimes, he’d burst into heart-rending yowls like I’ve never heard from a cat before! He sounded lost, lonely, scared, and immeasurably sad. We buried him in his favorite spot (under the bird feeder), and determined not to have another cat; to struggle with the cat’s natural instinct and need to hunt and eat the wild animals we want to protect; to become emotionally attached and suffer such emotional loss. I threw out the remaining cat food, got rid of his dishes, and we both went into mourning. But we couldn’t dwell on this long. We wanted to attend our daughter Rebecca’s graduation from the Portland School of Art in Maine. She wasn’t expecting us because it was further than we usually traveled in our old car, so when we showed up, it was a very satisfying

Peg and grandson on left with Tim and the Behrendt clan at daughter Becky’s graduation surprise. This was such a big accomplishment! She’d kept three jobs throughout, paying for her own tuition, room and board, and was truly a dedicated, albeit, poor artist. Concerned for her health, we’d send weekly checks for food, but discovered that she often used it for art supplies instead. So, Tim started making them out to the Natural Food Store she frequented, with practically a paragraph of specifications on the check so the cashier would only use it for food. But, we found out later that our passionate artist would buy only a few food items, getting the amiable clerk to give her the remainder in cash so she could still buy art supplies. Practically the whole family came, and during the lengthy speeches of the graduation ceremony my grandson and I snuck out because we were both hungry and the nearest

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for people of vegetarian persuasion, it is good for the entire planet because meat production requires lots more land and water resources than vegetable protein sources. Soon after we returned, our neighbor Charles Burns came by on his motorcycle. “I’ve got something for you,” he said, reaching into his leather jacket. Out came a beautiful calico kitten with great, big, green eyes and seven toes on each front foot! “Oh, thanks, anyway, but we don’t want any more pets,” I explained, as my hands reached out to hold her. Somehow, she never got handed back. Suddenly, the months of sadness and caring for dear, old Sooty fell away and we found ourselves laughing again! To little Mittens, everything was a source of play! She chased little dry leaves dancing along the ground; she climbed trees and hid behind tree trunks, pouncing on our feet as we passed, and then dashing away in delight. The first night, she slept peacefully curled up in my wool clog. We were in love! Experience has taught us new ways to reconcile keeping a cat and our wild friends safe from each other. We put a low circle of wire fencing under our bird feeder. We can step over it and,

yes, Mittens can jump over it, but by the time she manages that, the savvy wild ones have escaped through the 2” x 4” fence holes. She has plenty of favorite cat food available to eat, so hunger has not been a big motivator for hunting. We keep her in at night, and have habituated her to stay close by us during the day. This added protection has helped keep her alive now for 17 years, and we’ve had the added pleasure of many wild “pets”: chipmunks, birds and rabbits, which live near us and share our days. We can’t always feel good about those we love, and there will always be an ebb and flow of intimacy and affection as our needs merge and conflict, but I’ve learned that compromise, creativity, tolerance, forgiveness and flexibility are important ingredients in lasting, loving relationships, whether they be with humans or animals. •

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The summer season is swiftly approaching. Many venues in Central New York are featuring live music in an outdoor setting. Of course, the biggie is the Saranac Thursdays at The Saranac Brewery. As of this writing, I have not seen the line-up. The brewery always has a diverse line-up of bands and, of course, some old favorites. One new event is being organized by the hardest working woman in CNY show business, Cathie Timian. She has many gigs with her various bands and hosts open mic nights, too. Now the talented Ms.Timian is bringing the party outdoors to area parks with the Tailgate Jams. According to the Tailgate Jam FaceBook page, here is what’s up: the Tailgate Jam is a FREE fun event for everyone! This family-friendly monthly music open jam session takes place in various different community parks throughout summer months. Bring your family, your friends, a dish to pass, a chair, your musical instruments, and come join us for our monthly Tailgate Jam! What’s better than a picnic with family and friends while listening to some great local musicians? Musicians: Sign up on arrival and you will be placed with other musicians to jam with. Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you this summer! The events are sponsored in part by the following local small businesses; Big Apple Music, 92.7 The Drive, Music with Liz, Mohawk Valley Open Mic, The Village of Holland Patent, and The Vil-


lage of Sylvan Beach. More sponsors to come. Stay tuned! For more info and a finalized schedule check out the Tailgate Jam on Facebook or

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PLEASE BRING YOUR KIDS AND YOUNG PEOPLE TO SEE LIVE MUSIC! It is very near and dear to me that the live music scene continues to grow and prosper. I have enjoyed seeing bands play ever since I was a kid, whether it was Hannah Park, Good Ol’ Summertime, church feasts and festivals, or the Ski Chalet at the Parkway. Also, my dad, who went by Mr. Jay, was a local singer and the influence of all of that is an integral part of my life. Many area parks and village greens, farmers’ markets, fireman’s field days, etc. offer live music in the summertime. Take your kids to see live music; let them experience the musicians and their craft and perhaps show them the outlet that is being a musician. For current club and live music listings check out the Live and Local calendar at •

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Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 8 Garden Centers, Greenhouses, and U-pick Aceti’s Classic Gardens, New Hartford . . . . 15 Blooms By Bogner, Utica & New Hartford . . 3 Brick House Acres, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . 15 Casler Flower Farm, West Winfield . . . . 15 D’Alessandro’s Nursery & Landscaping, Frankfort . 15 Freedom Farm Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . 17 George’s Farm Products, Clinton . . . . . . . 15


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Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Love & Stitches, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Heartworks Quilts & Fabric, Fly Creek . . . 62 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35






Real Estate John Brown Team, Coldwell Banker . . . . . 7 Record Stores Off Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 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 . . . . . . . . . . . Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . Kayuta Drive-In, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . . Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Street Ristorante, Newport . . . . . . . . Nola’s Restaurant, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . . Outta The Way Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . The Pickle Boat Grill, Old Forge . . . . . . . . Raspberries Cafe, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . Route 69 Steakhouse, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . The Tailor and The Cook, Utica . . . . . . . Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie’s The Original Bagel Cafe, Utica . . . The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Voss Bar B-Q, Yorkville & Ilion . . . . . . . . . .

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