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MOHAWK VALLEY LIVING MAGAZINE November 2020

PUBLISHERS Lance and Sharry Whitney EDITOR Sharry Whitney

by Sharry L. Whitney

DESIGN & LAYOUT Lance David Whitney

I never particularly cared for the expression, “Getting sentimental in old age,” but then maybe I just wasn’t old enough until now. This could be the reason I was so emotionally moved by our writers’ stories this month, or maybe I can file it under “Covid,” like many emotions of late. More likely it’s because they are wonderful stories. It started with Gary’s writing in response to a poem about Camden’s Forest Park. My emotional reaction to this made sense made sense—nature, poetry, my home town of Camden—of course that would get to me. Then I read Matt Perry’s part two of the Utica’s Peregrine Falcons story. Though I enjoyed reading about the trials and tribulations of the nestlings, it was the image of Matt and the dedicated falconwatch volunteers tracking the fledging birds through the city of Utica that touched my heart. Next, I was inspired by the story of Susan B. Anthony’s arrest for voting, but after that, I read Suzie’s article about the “Littlest Lamb” and it was over, I was officially dewy-eyed. Or should I say dEWEy-eyed? Nothing snaps you out of sentimentality like a bad pun. Or as my kids refer to them: “old people jokes.”

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Utica’s Ward Hunt and his Clash with Susan B. Anthony By Lou Parrotta

Susan B. Anthony was arrested on November 18, 1872 for voting

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The City of Utica has had many prominent politicians and connections to key events in American history throughout its nearly 200-year existence. A fine example of this occurred in the late 1800s during the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Former Utican and sitting United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Ward Hunt clashed with, arguably, the face of the women’s right to vote effort, Susan B. Anthony in 1873. Hunt was also a former mayor, state assemblyman, and Commissioner of Appeals in New York State. Ward Hunt was a close ally of powerful United States Senator Roscoe Conkling, a fellow Utican, and without question, the leader of the Republican Party in New York State. Senator Conkling was also a close friend and confidant of President Ulysses S. Grant. Associate Justice Samuel Nelson resigned his seat in 1872, and Senator Conkling recommended Hunt to President Grant as a replacement. Grant concurred, nominated Hunt, and the United States Senate confirmed him to the bench on December 11, 1872. In that era of United States jurisprudence, Supreme Court Justices were required to “ride the circuit” to hear cases. Each Justice was assigned an area (circuit) in which to hear cases. It was on one of these circuit rides that Justice Hunt crossed paths with suffragist Susan B. Anthony. On November 1, 1872, in a barbershop in Rochester, New York, Anthony and her three sisters demanded to be allowed to register to vote under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution that guaranteed citizenship and the rights afforded to such citizens, and through an article of the New York

Utica Republican Ward Hunt crossed paths with Susan B. Anthony on his circuit ride

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State constitution that put no sex qualification on voting rights. After various legal threats made by Anthony to the three young, male registrars, it was decided to allow the women to properly register to vote. Outrage ensued as a total of fourteen women registered to vote that day. On November 5, 1872, Anthony and several of the newly registered women cast votes in the congressional race of that year. After voting, she proudly wrote to her dear friend and fellow suffragist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, about her actions. That glee was short-lived as a warrant for her arrest was issued by US Commissioner William C. Storrs charging Anthony with casting a ballot “without a lawful right to vote,” and being in violation of the 1870 Enforcement Act. Anthony was arrested on November 18, 1872, and assigned a preliminary hearing in court on November 29th. After a few weeks of hearings and examination of witnesses, Storrs was convinced Anthony violated the law and scheduled a grand jury review for January. He set her bail, which she refused to pay, and he remanded her to the custody of a deputy marshal until the grand jury proceedings. Anthony was elated to be held, thinking this would be her ticket to the US Supreme Court for being held in violation of habeas corpus (being unlawfully detained). After some time passed, however, one of Anthony’s lawyers, Henry Selden, paid her bail. And even though she knew her path to the Supreme Court had dissipated as she wasn’t falsely imprisoned any longer, she readied herself for her trial on January 24, 1873. The trial moved from Monroe County to Canandaigua County due to overexposure as a result of Anthony’s continued stump speeches espousing her innocence and was rescheduled to June

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17th. The trial opened with the newly seated Supreme Court Associate Justice Ward Hunt presiding. Several questionable actions by Justice Hunt occurred during the trial including his refusal to allow Anthony to take the stand as a witness on her own behalf, his taking out a paper with his opinion apparently pre-written declaring “The Fourteenth Amendment (gave) no right to a woman to vote and the voting by Miss Anthony was in violation of the law,” his stating of his belief that she was fully aware her act of voting was illegal and “subject to the penalty of the law,” and finally his direction to the jury to render a final “verdict of guilty” without deliberation. Anthony was finally allowed time to speak after the verdict was given by Justice Hunt, and she spent much time in a lengthy discourse denouncing his actions and why she was correct in casting a vote. Hunt tried to cut her off several times to no avail; she was going to say her piece. When Anthony finally sat down, Hunt made her rise again as he sentenced her to a fine of $100 plus court costs. Anthony refused payment, hoping to be returned to jail to try another attempt at a habeas corpus appeal. Hunt, who foresaw this move by Anthony, declared “Madam, the Court will not order you committed until the fine is paid.” She would not see the inside of a jail cell again as, true to her word, Anthony never paid her bail and therefore, was never locked up. •

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Is there anyone whose life has not been interrupted in a myriad of ways this calendar year? Most unusual for me is to have not hiked a single mountain. If that holds true with just two months to go before 2021 is ushered in, it will be nearly two decades before having finally missed a summit view of the Adirondacks! However, we are blessed to have in our small rural community a resource that has helped temper wilderness withdrawal for the months since what our youngest child calls ‘the sickness’ began. In June 1891, 62 acres were purchased in Camden, NY by the Cemetery Association for what the late local historian Roy Snyder noted was “for the public’s enjoyment as an addition to the cemetery.” 1 Over the years acres were added along with narrow drives and pavilions. Snyder also noted the Village of Camden took ownership of what had become known as Forest Park. Among the first members of the park commission was Lynden Simmons, of whom it is written, “campaigned, solicited, labored and almost lived for the park.” 2 3 Simmons is also author of the poem, Our Forest Park, excerpts of which follow. “Our Forest Park in beauty lies Beside our river flowing; Within our midst a forest lives Almost without our knowing.” That was true then and continues to be true today! We moved to Camden in the early 1980s, and it was several years before we knew this beautiful place even existed. And it is right inside the village limits! “Came Mom and Dad with all the kids’ Geared for a day of outing; Life’s cares and problems took their flight Storm out by joy and shouting.”

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What a blessing the park has been, especially during the earliest months of the lockdown. Multiple generations of the same household walking together (the children skipping and running) with plenty of room for physical distancing through the serene natural environment. Away from social media! Away from the news! “Our Forest breathes, our river lives, Both to us reporting That all the wildlife in their trust They are with care supporting.” Including us, and our mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. “The wooded playground of the squirrels Gives birth to fragile flowers; And ferns to grace the wooded knolls Get nursed by summer showers.” I often left the paved loop to walk the various trails meandering through the hardwoods. There is where it felt the most like a quick traverse further north inside the Blue Line. Those acrobatic squirrels caused me to begin carrying my camera to catch their antics. And then came the wildflowers and unfolding of the ferns to capture as well. “Of peace and calm within their bounds The birds are ever singing That all life is by His dear hand; An eternal message bringing.” As late winter gave way to spring, there were also the migrating birds. Before the leaves pushed out in the canopy

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Roosting Turkey Vultures were an unexpected surprise on a spontaneous bushwhack in a less travelled section of the park.

and understory they were easy to spot, and many were so cooperative and easy to photograph without having to stalk them. And then there was the morning deciding to leave the trails altogether – the short bushwhack leading to the surprise of a large gathering of roosting turkey vultures. They were everywhere in the trees, several dozen among them with their wings stretched wide open to the early morning sun. “…timeless Nature’s show is on; It has a daily booking: The glory of it all is ours If we but go a looking.” That is the closing stanza of Simmons’ poem. I have known this to be true for decades hiking, paddling, bushwhacking the vast Adirondack wilderness. But it has been nice to rediscover so many of the same wonders in our own backyard and be reminded it is just as true immediately outside the door. •

1, 2: Roy A Snyder in Camden Chronology, Second Ed., 1991, pages 232, 233 3: en Simmons, Our Forest Park, in Bridge Of Time, 1957, pages 103-106

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There is a new shopping destination on in Herkimer: Mohawk Valley Community Market. The anchor stores, Renewed & Rescued and Wakefield Furniture, have been in residence for a while. Recently, the market, which is housed in the former Munger’s Department Store on Main Street, has expanded into a vendor mall, including woodwork, books, decorations, honey, maple syrup, art, and more. I was encouraged to check out the new market by one of the vendors, my friend, Gil Schaeffer, of One of a Kind by GS. I admit, his space is one of my favorites. There were tables of different sizes and shapes, mirrors, shelves, and a display case for models. All of it was beautifully polished, beautifully put-together wood. Everything is handmade and unique. Moving around the vendor space, I also enjoyed looking through Jilted Books. I love books and I found it delightful to think they were looking for a good home. You can also find local honey and maple syrup. I admired a lot of local art and jewelry. Renewed & Rescued also carries locally-made jewelry and art. Their main claim to fame is their restored furniture. You can check out their Facebook page for before and after pictures of desks, dressers, tables, and more. When I was there, the owner told me there were currently twelve vendors in addition to Wakefield and Renewed & Rescued. However, six more were expected soon. That is the delightful thing about vendor malls: you can always find something new. •

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localphotography photography club local Slowly approaching Lock 17 with the colorful Moss Island to the left, Little Falls by Cliff Oram

A fall sunrise from Roberts Road in the Town of Litchfield by Todd Walker

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local photography Pumpkin stand at the corners of Brace Rd. and Babcock Hill Road near Cedarville. Fall at its finest by Gabe Oram

The arched entrance to F.T. Proctor Park. The park is considered the crown jewel of the city of Utica’s park system. Located at the corner of Culver Ave. and Rutger Street by Cliff Oram The carousel at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown by Gabe Oram

The tunnel under the tracks on Old Poland Road framed by the beautiful autumn colors. by Gabe Oram

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MV NATURE Migrating Canada Geese

NATURE in NOVEMBER story and photos by Matt Perry Fall migration of birds is still underway in November. For the most part, much of the songbird migration is over but waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans) continue to stream through the region – many of them heading south or east towards the Atlantic Ocean. Most obvious are the skeins of Canada Geese which, when the winds are right, can be heard calling as they pass overhead. Our local lakes, ponds, and wetlands fill up with less familiar duck species like Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, and Ring-necked Duck. At some locations, it is possible to see up to a dozen more even lesser known species – like Ruddy Duck, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, and Gadwall. Oneida Lake, the Utica Marsh, and Woodman Pond in Madison County are all great places to see some of these species. By November, many of the migrant raptor species have already gone south and out of our region – the Sharp-shinned Hawk, the Broadwinged Hawk, and Osprey are not typically seen in winter in the Mohawk Valley. However, a few winter specialties arrive to fill the void. They include Rough-legged Hawk and Snowy Owl. Some years, when their small rodent prey is scarce in Canada and the Arctic region, the

A light phase Rough-legged Hawk feeding on carrion

number of Rough-legged Hawks and Snowy Owls may become significant here. Conversely, in years when the food supply is ample up north, we may get few or none of those beautiful and enigmatic raptors. One of the most impressive raptors of all typically waits until November to migrate and that is the Golden Eagle. Increasingly they are being seen in the Mohawk Valley and in areas just to the south and north. A few of them stay from November through the winter season and into early spring. Most of the Golden Eagles that pass over us or spend the winter with us are coming from breeding grounds in Canada. Unlike the Bald Eagle, the Golden Eagle is not normally a fish eater. In fact, you are more likely to find one feeding on carrion (often a deer carcass) along with Bald Eagle’s and Common Ravens. Distinguishing a Golden Eagle from an immature Bald Eagle is not so difficult. Most immature Bald Eagles appear mottled brown and white, while the Golden Eagle is more uniformly dark with a lighter brown or golden head. Its white plumage is limited to a band on its tail and, with immature Golden Eagles, a small patch of white in the center of the underside of their wings. Of course, November is the time a lot of folks think about turkeys. I think about them too, but

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not as holiday menu items, more as fascinating inhabitants of our Central New York ecosystem. Their appearance and behavior make them stand out from all other animals of the fields, meadows, woodlots, and forests. Comparing them with other gallinaceous (terrestrial birds like pheasants and grouse) birds, they are more social and gregarious, and their activities can easily be monitored even by casual observers. When we see them in late fall, the flocks are often segregated – some comprised of the season’s young together with a few adult hens – one most likely being a parent. Another flock made up of adult Toms and another of immature males called “Jakes”. In fall, I occasionally encounter one or more of these flocks foraging on the ground in the forest beneath seed and nut producing trees. Their large, clawed toes allow them to scratch away at the leave litter to expose their food. After a flock works an area of the forest, the forest floor looks as if it has been haphazardly raked. Telltale triple scars in the dirt inform us what species did the raking. Bare ground exposed by Turkeys, will often be worked over again by flocks of wintering American Robins, American Crows, Dark-eyed Juncos, and other ground feeding songbirds. While foraging, a Turkey flock keeps a keen

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lookout for potential predators, and they are difficult to catch unaware. Their first instinct is to run away from danger – something they excel at since they possess strong and powerful legs. If the danger they perceive is acute, they will launch like rockets through the forest trees, often busting through the tree canopy amidst cracking sounds of twigs breaking. Their brief but powerful flights can bring them hundreds of yards away and out of danger. They will often make equally loud landings in the treetops and there will remain on high perches sometimes for a few hours. If it is late afternoon, they may remain roosting in place for the night. Seeing a flock interact with each other in an open meadow is often interesting. In the pre-breeding season, male turkeys are not often seen puffing themselves up, fanning their tails, or expanding their waddles as they do when competing for the attention of hens in the spring. Instead, they are as allies, or a brotherhood, seeking foraging places and pooling their awareness of potential danger to benefit the flock. Flocks comprising the previous summers poults (young Turkeys) and adult hens are usually the more entertaining ones to observe as the lightly supervised youngsters roughhouse with each other, give chase, and try to establish a pecking order. As winter approaches, the task of finding food becomes more complicated for these largely ground feeding birds, but somehow their ingenuity enables them to survive even the harshest winter. They will jump or fly into berry producing bushes or crabapple trees and they will strip sumac trees and grape vines of their fruit. While we walk through the November forests and fields and attempt to be aware of the nature around us, we also need to keep in mind that we are not alone in the habitat. This time of year, we are sharing the environment with deer hunters that may be concealed in blinds or tree stands. While they are most likely aware of your presence, it is best not to assume that is the case. Stay safe by wearing bright colors (like hunter’s orange) and try to stick to areas of high visibility whenever possible. •

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Mohawk valley astronomical society

living in space by carol higgins

Reading statistics can be boring, but some facts and figures about space exploration are so unusual that they are quite fun to learn. For example, did you know that humans have been living in space every minute of every day since November 2, 2000? This month we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the day the first crew (Expedition 1) arrived for a four-month mission at the world’s foremost science laboratory and research facility – the International Space Station (ISS). Discussions and detailed planning for an Earth-orbiting station started at NASA in the mid-1980s, and space agencies in other countries were invited to participate. A strong coalition of 15 countries evolved to solve a daunting list of complex engineering challenges and work together to make the scientific collaboration a success: the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, and the 11 countries in the European Space Agency. Today, the ISS continues to be an exceptional example of peaceful international cooperation. Expedition 1 launched October 31, 2000, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying three experienced space travelers: NASA’s William Shepherd, and Russian cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev. Their Soyuz spacecraft docked November 2, and they got to work activating many of the station’s systems, unpacking supplies, and getting the station up and running in preparation for future crews and missions scheduled to expand the outpost. When they arrived, the ISS had three modules: Zarya, Unity, and Zvezda. Russia built

Zarya and launched it on November The International Space Station 20, 1998. Unity arrived a few weeks Image credit: NASA/Roscosmos later inside the cargo bay of Space Shuttle Endeavour, and the crew connected the two modules. Russia technology development, physical science, launched Zvezda on July 12, 2000, and it auand human research to find new treatments tonomously docked to Zarya. for cancer, osteoporosis, glaucoma, and oth Today, the space station is very different er diseases. So far almost 3,000 experiments compared to its initial configuration. The enhave been performed. tire structure is 357 feet across, the sizeHanny’s of a Voorwerp. Imagecurrent Credit: NASA, ESA,isW.NASA’s Keel, GalaxyDr. Zoo Team The crew Kate football field. It took 42 missions to deliver Rubins, and Russia’s Sergey Ryzhikov and new modules and components over several Sergey Kud-Sverchkov. They will be joined years, thanks to 27 space shuttles and five by NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, VicRussian rocket launches. tor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japan’s ISS has 16 pressurized modules and airSoichi Noguchi when SpaceX launches locks, and eight docking ports for visiting their Crew Dragon spacecraft scheduled for spacecraft that deliver new crew members mid-November. and supplies. The crew modules are the Sometimes the station’s orbit takes it over size of a six-room house and include living the Mohawk Valley as it circles our planet at quarters and high-tech research labs outfitted 17,500 miles per hour. Visit the NASA webwith advanced test equipment and test racks. site https://spotthestation.nasa.gov and enter Over 50 computers control and monitor varyour town for upcoming sighting opportuious systems, including a life support system nities. The invaluable research platform that that provides clean air and recycles about 93 you’ll see has led to many of the products percent of station wastewater. Four pairs of and technologies we use today, and there are huge solar arrays provide electrical power. people living on board right now! On average, crew members stay on board Wishing you clear skies and good health!• for six months. Their daily schedule is busy and filled with tasks ranging from a spacewalk, station maintenance, exercising two Join MVAS from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM hours every day to minimize bone loss and on November 14 for stargazing at other problems associated with living in a weightless environment, and performing sciBarton-Brown Observatory ence experiments. The station offers a unique 206 White St., Waterville, NY. setting for research in many categories: including biology and biotechnology, Earth See the MVAS Facebook page for details. science, STEM collaborations with students,

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classical mv

john krause

Current Town: Utica Instruments: Piano, Voice Age began music: 10 Education: Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA Current Employment: Recently retired after teaching Chorus and Drama for 23 years at Herkimer High School and the same before that at New York Mills Jr./Sr. High School. Presently working as an accompanist in local schools and colleges. Collaborations: Recently directed “Newsies” at Herkimer High School and “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” at Herkimer Middle School. Also recently music directed “Sister Act” for Stage Two Productions in Herkimer. Was a Founding member of Stage Two Productions and have worked for them since 1992. I have worked for Players of Utica, MVCC Theater Department, Hamilton College Choir productions and for many local high schools in the area. Influences: Cal Gage and Anitra Lynch of the Crane School, Christine Anderson from Temple University, Lauralyn Kolb, Pasquale Caputo, Rob Kolb, Jo Gatza, Randy Davis, and Bonnie Hibbard as a music educator. Rod and Janet Foote, Cate Daly, and Dale Cruskie as theatrical inspirations.

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SPACE BOOT BOY by boother i run the cosmic mile as I chase memories of when I was a 10 years old, in the time where heroes and villains were everywhere...

I started each school day with sweet morning moments of cereal in front of the glowing box of wood and glass...

...and every day was a clash against the monsters who would destroy my galaxy.

an hour before school, the tv tackled my brain, transported me to places and planets... pushed my imagination, and I gained super powers...

and through rain, snow, or wind i could hear the school bus shifting gears, calling me

black and white friends made me laugh every morning. heroes who always won, costumed teachers, lessons learned.....

to face villains and heroes down that school bus aisle on the cosmic mile...

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november Crossword

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

Across 1. The name of the “Littlest Lamb” inspired by one of Stallone’s tough-guy movie characters. See Suzie 4. This happened in Shawangunk a year ago! 6. MV Gardens explores growing greens here. 10. Piece of Eight 12. We celebrate the 20th anniversary the first crew ____ to arrive at the International Space Station! 13. It’s always easy to do business with ___-Ponte 14. More than one of these edible tubers. Down 2. Who Was Charles P. ____? 3. This Utica politician clashed with women’s rights activist Susan B Anthony. See Oneida Co. 4. Art Gallery North of Rome, NY. 5. Check out the new vendor mall in Herkimer, MV _____ Market. See Valley Girl. 7. This “big” constellation is at the lower point in the sky this month. 8. Valley Girl tries to resist the baked goods at ____ Bakery. 9. Gary find a High Peaks alternative in this park during the pandemic. 11. You can observe flocks of Toms and ___ in forests and fields this month. See November Nature. 15. ___ Sweet Candy Cafe

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The Everyday Adventures of Mohawk Valley Girl

Ramon’s Bakery

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I had a moment of nostalgia driving down Culver Avenue toward Albany Street. The bakery is right near the National Guard Armory, where I drilled one weekend a month for two years after my stint in the regular army. Ramon’s was not there during my Guard time. I’m not saying I would have re-upped if they had been, but it would have been a selling point. I was actually hesitant to go to a bakery – especially one known for their half-moons! I have been struggling with my weight, and I really cannot be trusted in these places. Still, readers of Mohawk Valley Living might be interested. A journalist has a certain duty, after all. I arrived late Sunday after they had had a very busy morning. The lady behind the counter told me their selection was not nearly as good as it had been earlier in the day, but I still found plenty to tempt my taste buds. One slice of breakfast pizza remained. That looked good! Racks on the other opposite wall held buns and loaves of Italian bread. Mmmmm…. I was also interested in a case of foods in containers: macaroni and potato salads, pasta dishes, and what looked like meat rolls of some kind. I found out they were pepperoni rolls. That was for me! Yes, yes, I am sure pepperoni has just as many calories as pastries. I’ll go for a longer run tomorrow. I was also tempted to get a hot chocolate bomb – just add warm milk. I expect I will go back and pick up a few when the

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weather gets cold. I might also try that breakfast pizza! Ramon’s offers cakes, breads, pastries, tomato pie, and more. They are home to the “donnoli,” a cross between a doughnut and a cannoli, something else I will have to try. They also offer all kinds of special orders: birthday cakes, strawberry-filled donuts, and pastry tables for weddings. I discovered that they were previously housed in a food truck. The tremendous response to their food truck encouraged owner Ramon Zayas to invest in a brick-andmortar location, and by the look of their picked-over shelves, people are just as enthusiastic about the storefront! Zayas (who served four years active duty in the Marine Corps) also added an offering of deli lunches to-go that includes Spanish rice, meatloaf and potatoes, homemade mac and cheese, goulash, homemade chicken pot pies, and tuna noodle casserole. If you ever find yourself in the Utica area, or even a 20-mile radius, be sure to stop in this wonderful bakery. Just get there before everyone else does! •

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What started as a researcher’s hunt for gravestones in Old St. Mary’s Cemetery in Little Falls turned into a quest to find out who Charles P. Byron was. Here is what happened on a beautiful autumn afternoon in September. While walking through the cemetery, Caryl Hopson and I came across this very large monument. At the base of the monument was the surname of BYRON and towards the top of the monument was a bronze plaque. It read: “Charles P. Byron Born in Ireland, 1844. Entered the United States Navy in 1861. Served on the STRS. Penguin and Oneida. Participated in the Battle of New Orleans onboard the Oneida. The fourth ship of the first division in line of the battle under Admiral Farragut. Assisted in the capture of Forts Jackson and St. Philip the fortified defenses of the lower Mississippi part in the Battle of Vicksburg. Received with his shipmates the congratulations of the Navy Department, the government, and the country for courage and honor in letters from Washington dated May 10th, 1862. Took part in engagement on the Potomac River and at Port Royal, Nov. 7th Honorably Discharged July 18th, 1863.” There were five gravestones right behind the large monument that said BYRON on it. They are Charles P. Byron (1844-1912) and his wife Annie (Buckley) Byron

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Annie Buckley Byron gravestone (wife of Charles P. Byron)


(1855-1895). Their children Nellie Byron (1875-1882), Thomas P. Byron (1878-1913), Willie Byron (1881-1881) and Alma Lucy/Lucy Alma Byron Collins (1881-1971). Alma’s husband Burt Harrison Collins (1839-1932) is buried there as well. As soon as I got home, I went on the laptop to find out what I could on Charles P. Byron. I used Ancestry.com, www.fultonhistory.com and Google Books. “Bradford Township” by J.H. Beers, Chicago, 1890 from the History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter Pennsylvania had a brief bio that read “Charles P. Byron, oil producer, Bradford, is a native of Ireland born in 1844, son of Thomas O. and Bridget (McGraw) Byron. His mother died in 1849, and in 1850 his father came with his family of seven children to the United States and settled at Little Falls, N.Y., where he died in 1875. Charles P. commenced working in the paper mills when a child, going to school a half-day and working the other half. When fourteen years old, he left home and went to sea, and from there he followed the life of a sailor, being both on the ocean and the lakes. After the war he returned home for a time and once more sailed the lakes; subsequently, he became interested in the production of oil and had drilled several wells in the oil field of Pennsylvania. He also has an interest in the gas districts and is president of Smethport Gas Company.” Charles’ father, Thomas O. Byron (1808-1875/76) first married Bridget McGraw/McGrath in Ireland. Note: Charles’ death certificate says Ellen McGrath. Thomas then married Mrs. Mary Ann O’Hara, who had three children named Thomas, Catherine, and Marcus O’Hara from her previous marriage. They were listed in the 1860 Census as living in Little Falls. By 1870 and 1875 (The New York State Census was taken June 5th of 1875) Thomas and Mary Ann were the only ones living in the household. Thomas’s Will is probated October 30, 1876. Charles P. Byron was married on June 9, 1874, to Miss Anna Buckley, daughter of William Buckley, who was a native of Ireland. In politics, Charles was a Democrat and was a delegate to the Pennsylvania State and national conventions of 1888. Charles died of cancer of the larynx in 1912 in Bradford, PA a wealthy man. He left an estate of $152, 311.21. In his will, he left money to his sister Bridget Byron Clancy and her daughter Lucy Clancy to be paid annually. The rest was divided equally to his son Thomas P. and daughter Alma Lucy/Lucy Alma Bryon Collins. In further research, I was able to find on www.fultonhsitory.com in the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Monday, May 6, 1911, the following: “ William E. Hennessy has been in Little Falls the past week, where he had been putting up a 20-ton monument of cottage design, in St. Mary’s cemetery for Charles P. Byron of Bradford, Pa. The monument has a raised anchor in front and a bronze tablet which bears the record of Mr. Byron, who is a naval veteran of some distinction.” You never know what you are going to find once you start researching! •

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the new nestling’s feathers had dried off and it appeared cottony-white like its sibling. At 2 PM, Astrid was back at the box with food. She conducted a feeding of the older chick. The newly hatched nestling was still too uncoordinated to handle vying for food. At one point it toppled onto its back and was unable to right itself for several minutes. The size difference between the two nestlings was very great and we wondered if the smaller one would be able to successfully compete for food with its giant nestmate. As it happened, in the succeeding days, there would be no additional hatches, and there remained a stark size difference in the two chicks. All fears aside, the smaller nestling got more than an adequate amount of food. Time and time again, when Astrid conducted feedings, she took care to feed the smaller one. With more than enough nutrition, both nestlings developed quickly and by the time they were two weeks old, they had become ambulatory in the nest. They were also showing the beginning of dark flight feathers emerge from their white wings and tails. As expected, Ares was bringing a great variety of prey species back to the nest. Interestingly, the prey he brought back told us where he been hunting. One day he brought back a Virginia Rail which is a denizen of cattail marshes; another day he brought back a Solitary Sandpiper and then a Least Bittern. These were all birds most likely caught at the Utica Marsh, which is less than a mile away from the downtown canyon and well within Astrid and Ares’ territory. For most of the period the young are in the nest, it is Ares’ job to provide food for the family. However, when it comes to doing the actual feeding of the chicks, that job falls to Astrid. In recent years that strict gender-based task assignment seemed to erode and Astrid was letting Ares get in an increasing number of feedings. However, for whatever reason, this year she seemed to backtrack, and she didn’t allow him to do any feedings until the chicks were over two weeks old. It is true that female falcons are control freaks and Astrid is certainly no exception. Given the persistent presence of interlopers in the territory and the constant construction work going on in the canyon, Astrid’s response was to exert what control she had over her nest and family. Unfortunately, for Ares, that additional control seemed to come at his expense. I should add here that male Peregrines love to feed nestlings. They don’t typically do it as well as the females, but they do enjoy the process. On May 17th, in the late morning, we heard Ares’s cries ringing through the canyon. Astrid had done a feeding not long before and was absent from the nest. Ares stopped at the box

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to check on the nestlings and then was out again. Ten minutes later he returned with a Goldfinch in his talons. He looked around when he stepped onto the lip of the box. We think he was expecting Astrid to barge in and grab the food from him, but she was nowhere in sight. This was Ares’ big chance! It was a small meal, but he was able to feed it to the chicks with no interruptions. After the meal was done Ares went out onto the long perch and gave some satisfied-sounding screech calls. The next day, Astrid allowed her mate to conduct yet another feeding. Ares had come to the box with prey and attempted to feed a couple of very disinterested chicks. Despite her proximity to the nest, Astrid wasn’t intervening. Ares chirped at the nestlings to get them to start feeding. This is something Astrid does all the time and it probably doesn’t seem like a big deal, but we had never seen Ares do it before. As Astrid knows only too well, vocalizing prompts the nestlings to bend their heads back and gape their bills. During a pause in the feeding, one of the chicks pointed its tail towards Ares, bent over, and scored a direct hit of “whitewash” on Ares’ wing. He didn’t seem to notice and, after a short visit to the cross perch, he hopped back into the box to serve out the remainder of the food. It had not been a large meal, but it was extraordinarily successful for father and nestlings. We experienced more than our share of hot sunny days in the latter part of May, and this became a concern for the parent falcons who were keen to protect their nest-bound young from the heat of the afternoon sun. On May 20th, the afternoon was hot and sunny with temperatures reaching 80 degrees. Ares was in the box doing shading duty. The only trouble was, he was shading just the eggs and not the nestlings. As for the chicks, they were huddled together in a shady corner, so it wasn’t of any consequence that their father spent a few hours protecting two unviable eggs from the harmful effects of the sun. By late afternoon, the light flooding the box had shifted and the eggs were in the sun again. Despite that, Ares continued acting like a parasol and perhaps he thought he was keeping something cool. As for the chicks, they still preferred the back corners of the box. However, by early evening, they did take advantage of Ares’ shadow. The unseasonably hot weather continued that

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her anxious state was the fact that nearly every time she tried to feed the nestlings, she first had to have a tug-o-war with Xena. The Utica Peregrine Falcon Project’s official fledgewatch began on June 5th. It had been 37 days since Xena had hatched and the chance of a fledge (either accidental or intentional) by one of the chicks was becoming increasingly likely. Despite what the calendar said, the nestlings did not look ready to leave. Although their white body feathers had given way to the dark plumage of juvenile Peregrines, both retained a fringe of white down on top of their heads. As the fledgewatch volunteers began their vigil in the church parking lot, the shedded white feathers were floating around the canyon like silk parachutes of milkweed seeds. The Peregrine nest box was like a snow machine on the 15th floor of the bank building. Every time one of the nestlings practiced flapping their wings, a flurry of white feathers would billow from the box and precipitate into the canyon. The young birds were doing a lot of wing exercising, and on the second day of fledgewatch (June 6th), both took their first cautious steps away from the haven of the nestbox. Xena was first. She hopped onto the lip of the nestbox and then jumped back into the box. Feeling her power, she did it a few more times. Meanwhile, the parents were demonstrating how the nestlings could get onto the side platforms (or “verandas”) located on either side of the nestbox. They would land on the box’s cross perch and then hop back and forth between it and the verandas, showing the nestlings precisely how to do it. It worked, and by early evening, first Xena and then Zeus had scrambled onto the east veranda for the first time. That day the parents were doing a lot of flying. These showy flights were also demonstration performances for the benefit of the nestlings. At one point during the morning, we watched Astrid and Ares as they circled the canyon while gliding easily on the wind. Their flight paths converged occasionally as they rose and descended with only the slightest wing movements. They were showing their young how to fly like Peregrines. For two hours straight we watched them rising on thermals, soaring high above the canyon, setting out on hunting runs, executing dives, and stalling into landings. They both de-

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liberately made landings on the wide window ledges on the State Building. This is something that especially Astrid rarely does unless she is in demonstration mode. Undoubtedly they were trying to show the young birds the safest and easiest places to land after fledging from the nest. One thing the parents weren’t doing was trying to encourage the nestlings to fledge by withholding food or by using prey to lure them out of the nest. In fact, they were continuing to feed the chicks in the nest or on the verandas. From this we gleaned that Astrid and Ares did not yet want the young to fly, but instead desired them to remain at the nest area where they could continue to exercise their wings and refine their jumping skills. Over their seven-years of nesting experience, the parents seemed to have learned that the more successful fledglings are those that have practiced and exercised the longest. One of the most interesting aspects of the 2020 breeding season, was the behavior of Xena. Unlike most pre-fledging female Peregrines, she was not timider than her male sibling. In fact, she kept parity with him in all activities. Granted, she was a few days older than he, but in our experience, the female nestlings hold back and are not so eager to explore outside the confines of the nest. This doesn’t apply to accepting food from the parents, in which case there is no hint of shyness with females. Xena was bold about going onto the perches, the verandas, and then onto the window ledges beyond the box area. Although she was not the first one of the nestlings to fledge, she was the first to take a flight that could have easily led to fledging. On the morning of June 12th, Xena was making her way east along the

window ledges and well away from the nestbox. A couple of years ago, we had a perch installed outside of Deb Saltis’ office window. Xena made it all the way over to that perch and there she did some wing exercising and jumping between perches. It was an extremely Zeus and Xena windy day and the fledgewatchers knew only too well that any miscalculation made during exercise, any mistake in judgment on a nestlings part, and they would have been swept into accidentally fledging. High winds notwithstanding, Xena stood out on the newly discovered perch, spread her wings, let go her grip on the wooden perch and let the wind lift her. I was on the sidewalk below her at the time and I thought for sure she was going to sail off into the canyon, instead, she exhibited great control over her untested feathered airfoils. She hovered two feet above the perch and then lowered herself right back onto it a few seconds later. Almost immediately after landing, she made her way east along the window ledges and back towards the nest. She wasn’t going to fledge that day, but she was making great strides. On June 16th, more than a week after we began the fledgewatch vigil, at a couple of minutes after 10 AM, Zeus fledged. It was deliberate on his part. He had recently hopped up onto the roof of the nestbox (followed closely by his sister) and had been staring out into the canyon with a look of determination. He flew out towards the Grace Church steeple, attempted a landing on its sheer walls, failed, recovered, headed north over Genesee Street, and was soon out of our view. Two of us ran after him and, a few minutes later, we found him perched on a rooftop located on the same block as the Adirondack Bank building. He had come down on a rooftop approximately 10 stories high and seemed to be in a good place. He was undamaged and within ten minutes he was exploring his new realm. Meanwhile, Xena was stretching her wings on top of the box. Astrid was monitoring Zeus from Hotel Utica and Ares was watching her from a perch on the steeple. Xena’s gaze was fixed on some point in the canyon, and then, as her brother did only 20 minutes before, she decided to trust her wings and jump into the sky. With intense wing flapping, she crossed over Elizabeth Street and tried to land on the steeple. Again, just like her brother did, she found no viable landing place. The nearly vertical masonry offered nothing

to grip on. She tumbled down about twenty feet before her wings caught the air and she was able to resume powered flight. She then circled towards the east, flying high over the parking lot of the County Building. She attempted to land on the roof of that building but came in a little low and landed on top of a thin pillar just short of the roof. There she hung on with wings partially spread out against the building. Fortunately, she had enough strength to scramble onto the roof and to safety. Her mother visited her shortly after. Only a half-hour after fledging, Zeus was flying again. This time his flight took him west and onto the roof of Hotel Utica. It was a good flight. For most of the way, his mother flew above him as an escort. His wing-flapping was intense as he made the transit. Typically, juvenile Peregrines new to flying do little to no gliding or soaring. As it happened there was little “typical” about the fledge day. The siblings made several flights through the afternoon and into the evening. Normally, newly fledged young fly little on their first day. Zeus did something unprecedented for a new fledgling. He ascended high over the canyon and made a few wide circles. He was alternating between flapping and gliding. He was soaring! He may have continued circling a few more times if Astrid didn’t decide he had enough and forced him into a landing. Xena also made news on that day. She did it by flying over and displacing her mother from her perch. Upping a parent like this is often done by older fledglings to compel a parent to provide a meal. There was no doubt that Xena and Zeus were progressing very quickly. And they would continue to hone their skills for the next month before ultimately leaving their parents domain and striking out on their own. Our fledgwatch volunteers continued gathering at the church parking lot to monitor their behavior. We were all prepared to mount a rescue if one was needed. Thankfully, none was ever needed. Finally, first Zeus and then his sister moved away from their parent’s territory. They were gone by the end of July. Thanks to all this season’s Fledgwatch volunteers and thanks to all those who helped us out during the falcon’s 2020 breeding season. As usual, I am most grateful to Deb Saltis, co-founder of UPFP and proprietrix of Falcon Heart Rescue, for contributing a great deal of the behavioral data that makes detailed narratives like this possible. The young falcons may be well on their way to South America by the time this article is in print, but their parents will remain in the canyon throughout the winter. If you are in their downtown neighborhood, come down and say hello. They may just dip their wings to you. • Matt Perry is Conservation Director and resident naturalist at Spring Farm CARES in Clinton. He manages a 260 acre nature preserve which is open for tours by appointment. Matt is also regional editor of “The Kingbird”, which is a quarterly publication put out by the New York State Ornithological Association. Matt’s short nature videos can be viewed on the web. Look for Spring Farm CARES Nature Sanctuary on Facebook.


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o u r three little faces with big eyes and tousled hair peeking out from among them. Dad tapped on the driver’s side door and yelled above the percussion of rain; “Are you all right?” (He thought she might be hysterical.) “I’m fine, but I don’t know about them!” as she pointed out our exceedingly cramped situation. As we drove out, we saw other tents blowing over with their former inhabitants running about in a frenzy, getting soaked as they tried to retrieve gear blown off by the fierce wind. We didn’t get very far, though. We had to stop and wait for the rain to abate, as the windshield wipers couldn’t even keep up with the deluge. Tim and I have seen other exceptionally dramatic storms in our own North Country, and one of the wildest occurred rather recently as we were driving home between Deerfield Hill and Poland on Rt. 8. A fierce wind blasted across the plateau from the north-west, full of hard-driving rain. The air was livid with unceasingly pulsating flashes; like a fluorescent light when it’s beginning to ebb, filling heaven and earth with eerie glows of greenish-gold. Roaring, crashing thunder rolls heaved like tsunami swells temporarily obscuring the mad staccato of rain pelting our car so we could hardly see the road. Wildly branching blasts of electricity shot from the low clouds to the ground all around us as our car lurched through wind gusts. This was a fierce, other-worldly chaos of electricity, wind, and rain, and I seriously wondered if we would survive it. Tim offered to take over the wheel, but I was afraid to stop and drove grimly on. It tempered when we finally began the descent down Schermerhorn Hill into the Kuyahoora Valley and escaped the in-


tense fury across the highlands, but I dreaded continuing on up Cold Brook Hill to another plateau and risk entering the same dangerous conditions. However, surprisingly, the storm wasn’t so fierce here. In fact, when we got home in the Shawangunk Valley, it just seemed like an average thunder and lightning storm. Now, in 2019, Misty Brook is still rising and getting extremely close to our house. I am starting to think about escape options. Tim looks for a low, galvanized water trough the grandkids floated in the creek one summer. I remember the canoe we left at the beaver pond upstream, but it’s on the opposite side of the creek! Will we have to swim across to get it? I hike up through the woods to see if I could possibly walk across the beaver dam and get to it. What a surprise to see that Misty Brook’s upstream borders are almost normal! I’m able to cross it without much difficulty by carefully balancing on semi-submerged logs for a short distance! YAY! No flooding to speak of up here! I drag the canoe home along the road, then launch it across from our cottage, floating merrily above our walkway. I don’t even need a paddle. I can pull myself along with my hands on the handrail. Obviously, the flooding is not due to Misty Brook but from Black Creek, at least a half-mile away! It’s fun for a while, navigating back and forth through the maze of alder trees to get in

and out. And our son-in-law tries paddling toward the main channel of Black Creek but the current gets too strong. The high tide of the flood came within a few inches of our foundation before receding. Whew! November is the portal to winter in the Adirondacks and a whole new constellation of daily chores involving running the wood stove, gathering dry leaves for our composting toilet, transplanting green vegetables into the greenhouse, getting water through the ice in the creek, clearing snow and ice off paths and parking areas… but this seems minuscule when, one Thanksgiving day, our brotherin-law, Ed Roberts, tells us about some of the chores he had as a lad on a dairy farm near my family home in Westmoreland. “I started working with my foster father on his farm at about age seven, helping to feed and bed his herd of 30 cows plus cleaning the stalls. At nine, I started helping with milking. We’d get up at 4am in the morning to work in the barn; just the two of us, feeding and milking the cows. That took about an hour and a half which means that about 6:30 he’d head back into the house to get ready for his job driving a school bus, leaving me with the clean-up. I fed the cows, washed the milk machines, cleaned the platforms where the cows stood, pushed the straw and manure into the gutter; then

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cow urinating in the stall next to where he was doing the milking. “At least,” he commented wryly, “it was warm.” Ed continued; “When I was sixteen and could drive, I had a morning milk route in addition to the milking. I’d pick up milk at two neighboring farms in our stake truck, filling it with 30 - 35 cans. Each one held 10 gallons so that’d be about 100# apiece that I’d lift onto the truck. I’d grab two of them at a time because I wanted to hurry up. I’d take this all the way down to Eagle St in Utica to the Dairylea Plant (about 10 miles), and unload the cans on the conveyor. They’d go through a process where they were dumped, cleaned, and came back out the conveyor at the other end. I’d load the empty cans back onto the

Peg’s sister Marion marries Ed Roberts, 1973

truck, deliver them back to the farms, and then get to school! “As soon as I got home after school at 3:15, I’d grab a peanut butter & jelly sandwich and a glass of milk, change my clothes and go back in the barn to work. Stan would get home from driving bus around 4 to 4:30; we’d milk from 5 to 6:30, then re-bed the cows for the night, and come in for supper around 7pm. By the time we finished around 7:30, I was too tired to study! I had to go to sleep so I could get up at 4am and do it all over again; seven days a week! Consequently, my high school marks were terrible, but when I got to college, (studying Agricultural Engineering) I ended up with a 3.8 average because I had all the time in the world to study. “The best days of my early life were on the Merriman Farm. All the previous foster parents just wanted me to help with the work and get the money from the county. But the Merrimans were very kind, and helped me with my problems, instead of punishing me (sometimes violently) like others had. For instance, when I first went there, I got caught sneaking food up to my room, and it wasn’t just a little snack; I had drumsticks from the chicken, and lots more! So I was scared to death, when they found out, thinking; ‘Boy I’m really going to get it!’ But instead, Mrs. Merriman said, ‘If you’re hungry, Eddie, just come to the kitchen and help yourself. You can have all

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you want.’ Well, that was something new to me, and I was so relieved! Stan was good to me, too, although he did argue with me a lot. I didn’t realize ‘til after I was married, that he just liked to argue, right or wrong, just to get me going. “I don’t think there’s a day in my life that I don’t think about them. They were so good to me! And working hard didn’t hurt me. To work means to get dirty. There’s dirt that washes off, and dirt that stains. I’ve been embarrassed by the dirt stains on my hands, but it’s really a badge of honor, to have the color of the earth on you.” This month of harvest before the long months of winter succinctly points to the preciousness of the Earth and the elements. To the farmers, truck drivers, shop owners, and all who bring forth the delicious nourishment that sustains the gift of life for humanity, Tim writes: “Hands hardened from tiresome toil are as honorable as degrees signed by esteemed educators. The calloused hand is precious, like the full heart. Let us be moderate in everything except gratitude.” • 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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Wicked Sweets, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Banks and Financial Institutions Bank of Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Bike Shops Dick’s Wheel Shop, Herkimer . . . . . . . . 13 Books Berry Hill Book Shop, Deansboro . . . . . . . 6 Treehouse Reading Room, New York Mills . . . . 6 Cabinets and Kitchens Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . .. . . 11 Knotty By Nature, Bridgewater . . . . . . . . 29 Candy Shops So Sweet Candy Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . 6 Catering Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . 20 Willie’s The Original Bagel Cafe, Utica . . . . 21 CBD Products RAW ADK, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Utica Hemp, New Hartford, Utica . . . . . . . . 53 Cheese Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . 46 Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . . 5 Christmas Trees Massoud’s Tree Farm, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Naturewood Knoll Tree Farm, Little Falls . . . . . . . 16 Clothing Krizia Martin, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Paca Gardens, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . 24 Comics and Collectibles Ravenswood Comics, New Hartford . . . . . . . 26 Consignment Family Finds & Consignment Shop, Taberg . . 26 The Online Exchange, Dolgeville . . . . . . . . . 27 The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Renewed & Rescued, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 27 Contractors Ed Smith Contractor and Handyman . . . . . 52

Convenience Shops Stewart’s Shops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Delis and Meats Bosonne’s Sausage, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Little Italy Imports, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Meelan’s Meat Market, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 54 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . . . . 8 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . 47 Pulaski Meat Market, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Diners Charlie’s Place, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Sheri’s Diner, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Dog Sitting Barney’s Angels, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Estate Sales Attic Addicts, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 The Potting Shed Antiques, Whitesboro . . . . 27 Events and Local Attractions Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown . . . . . 2 Farm Equipment Clinton Tractor, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Hobby Hill Farm Sales, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 42 White’s Farm Supply, Waterville/Canastota . . . . . . 64 Farm Markets Cooperstown Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . 51 Horn’s Family Farm, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . 58 North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . 3 Oneida County Public Market, Utica . . . . . . . . 8 Fencing B&K Fencing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Financial Services Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . . 35 Flooring Mike’s Floor Store, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Funeral Services Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 55

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White’s Farm Supply Welcomes Dan Dillenbeck

White’s Farm Supply, Inc. is excited to welcome Dan Dillenbeck. Dan comes to us with over 20 years of equipment industry and sales experience. He has also spent time working as an equipment service tech and parts manager. He has lived in the Little Falls area over 40 years and is looking forward to seeing familiar faces amongst our current and new customers. When he is not out driving from farm to farm, you’ll find him enjoying time with family (Naomi, Gabriel and Vivian), taking care of his beef cows and chickens, camping, or snowmobiling. Call Dan, 315-868-8730, for your equipment needs!

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Johnny Appleseed Suited for New “Normal” The Shoppes at Johnny Appleseed in Erieville (Cazenovia) is well equipped to adhere to new Covid requirements. They are fortunate to be housed in a building especially suited to deal with Covid. It is well-ventilated and its large 20,000 square foot space is ideal for social distancing. With colder weather ahead, The Shoppes are expecting to welcome many customers searching for safe places to shop indoors for the holidays. The Shoppes at Johnny Appleseed are open year round, Wednesday through Sunday, 10-5. The Apple Kitchen is open on weekends 12-4, offering food and NYS wine and beer. www.johnnyshoppes.com (315) 235-9451


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Every October Hyde Hall in Cooperstown hosts Candlelight Ghost Tours Winner: Mary Lou Coughlin of New Hartford. She has chosen Meelan’s Market and North Star Ochards for her shopping sprees.

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