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contents 6 Oneida County History Center 9 ADK Journal

EDITOR Sharry Whitney


by Sharry L. Whitney

11 Restaurant Guide 14 Antiques Guide 18 April in Nature 21 Valley Girl 24 Local Comic Strip 25 MV Crossword 26 MV Astronomy Club 27 On The Farm with Suzie 31 Matt Perry’s Nature 36 Gallery Guide 39 Tales from Shawangunk, Part 77 44 Advertiser Directory 47 Contest Answers

PUBLISHERS Lance and Sharry Whitney

The trees are budding and spring flowers are blooming. The Mohawk Valley is reborn! We’ve noticed a renewed energy in the community as people are getting out and about. Restaurants and garden centers are reopening and new businesses have sprung up! Spring feels extra special to us this year, not only because the isolation brought about by the cold, snowy winter and Covid is (hopefully) coming to an end, but because Lance and I are seeing the world through new eyes—we became grandparents last month! Now, when we see the snowdrops, crocuses, and tulips in bloom, we imagine soon sharing the joys of nature with our little granddaughter, Iris. This month marks the start of our 17th year “Traveling ‘round the Mohawk Valley.” What fun it will be to revisit and rediscover all the magical places around the region as grandparents. To be reborn. “To see what we can see,” through the eyes of a child! •

DESIGN & LAYOUT Lance David Whitney ASSISTANT EDITOR Shelley Malenowski ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE Susan Collea CONTRIBUTORS Peggy Spencer Behrendt, Carol Higgins, Suzie Jones, John Keller, Melinda Karastury, Rebecca McLain, Susan Perkins, Matt Perry, Cynthia Quackenbush, Denise Szarek, Gary VanRiper CONTACT US (315) 853-7133 30 Kellogg Street Clinton, NY 13323 www.MohawkValleyLiving.com mohawkvalleyliving@hotmail.com Mohawk Valley Living is a monthly magazine and television show that explore the area’s arts, culture, and heritage. Copyright © 2021. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of Mohawk Valley Living, Inc.

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UFA Track Stars By Rebecca McLain

Oneida County History Center Executive Director Spring sports season is upon us! Although current sports may be limited or suspended, we still have our Utica Free Academy athletes Carl Boykin (left) and Alonzo Patterson (right) photographs and memories of years past. I recently came compete at the 1979 Proctor Invitational Track Meet. across this track and field image in the History Center collections and wanted to know a bit more. My research led me to discover that these winning athletes went on to achieve success beyond high school, both on and off the track. This photograph taken in 1979 shows Utica Free Academy (UFA) athletes Carl Boykin and Alonzo Patterson competing at the Proctor Invitational Track Meet. The two finished first and second in this hurdle event. Both runners were also star football players and talented students from the Cornhill neighborhood who continued their success at the college-level and beyond. UFA principal Anthony Schepsis, UFA Athletic Director Peter DeStefano, and Proctor Principal Harry Bascom are pictured in the background. Carl Boykin was a state champion in both the outdoor and indoor hurdles during high school. He was named Trackman of the Year 1979 and was considered the best 60-meter-high hurdler in the state according to several Utica Observer-Dispatch articles that year. He also held the Section III 110-meter


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Local track star Carl Boykin became Oneida County’s first African-American prosecutor. He is currently Dir. Human Trafficking Prevention at NY State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Photo: Wagner College athletics

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I know it’s April, and I know what April 1st is supposed to be all about. So just to be clear, if you have been following Mohawk Valley Living for very long, understand what I am about to say is true! First, not once during all of 2020 did I climb a mountain. Not one. No foolin’. That has not happened any year since near the turn of the century. Second, this March 2021, overwhelmed with summit fever, I finally caved to one of my very best friend’s relentless urging to join him for my first winter climb – ever. No foolin’! I have avoided hiking in the winter all these years, mainly because my extremities freeze up in seconds. I can’t grab a few ice cubes for a drink from the freezer without my fingertips going numb within seconds. And I still have the doctor’s note from my GP that says I’m not allowed to climb any mountains in winter, except in Florida! And it was not to tackle just one mountain. The Tupper Lake Triad (TLT) consists of Coney Mountain, Mount Goodman, and Mount Arab.* The initial challenge was established in 2015. The plan was to do the Ultra – all three mountains in one day. I have hiked with my friend, Mark Lowell, since 2007, and we had done the TLT in a day a few years ago – but this was in winter conditions, sort of. As it turned out – we began on Arab at 9:59 a.m. There was still quite the icy bite on any exposed skin and so we started the hike wearing several layers. I was also prepared with hand and foot warmers. I had snowshoes with me that I have used around home, but Mark lent me a pair of microspikes more appropriate to the day’s trail conditions. After Arab, we drove to Goodman. Trail conditions were consistent – the snow firmly packed. With temperatures on the rise as the day wore on, the layers we wore disappeared. By the time we finished Coney, which was just a short drive ‘next door’ to Goodman, long gone were the parkas, hats, and face masks. Signing out at the last trailhead at 3:53 p.m., we had completed the Triad in less than six hours. That included our drive time and taking several photographs along the way. It actually beat our summertime for the Triad by a little bit, but reasoned that was because the first time we

“Are you coming?” Getting started on the trail for Goodman Mountain

The fire tower on Mt. Arab


worked in a visit to a local bakery between mountains! Mark already had the paperwork filled out to send for our TLT winter patches. I will look forward to adding that one to the back of my pack. It is certainly not necessary to do all three mountains in a day. I still hope to get the grandkids up Arab or Coney in the autumn. Both have superior 360-degree views, (Mt. Arab from the tower), and the surrounding color would be spectacular. Mount Arab also happens to be a fire tower mountain and The Firetower Challenge has a winter patch associated with that quest as well. So, maybe I’ll give that one a try next winter. April fools! •

Young Justin VanRiper at Moss Lake. Our annual trip became a family tradition.

A view from the sprawling Coney Mountain summit looking across to Goodman Mountain in the foreground

*To learn more about the Tupper Lake Triad, visit: https://www.tupperlake.com/tupper-lake-hiking-triad. The furthest mountain in this challenge (Mt. Arab) is a 3-hour drive from Camden and under 3 hours from Utica. All photos by Gary VanRiper and feature fellow hiker, Mark Lowell of Canton, NY. Except the ‘Bernie’ photo taken of Gary by Mark. Gary VanRiper is an author, photographer, and pastor at the Camden Wesleyan Church. He has written 19 children’s books with his son, Justin. Learn more at: www.adirondackkids.com

Mark Lowell leading along the red trail on the one-mile hike to the summit of Mt. Arab

Coney Mt. summit with my ‘Bernie’ mittens long before they were a thing!

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The forest in April comes to life from the ground up as understory plants push out of the soil and leaf litter. It is an exhilarating time to be in the woods. You can listen to the growing chorus of returning songbirds as your eyes scour the trail sides for splashes of color. Traditionally, Sharp-lobed Hepatica and Spring Beauty are among the first woodland wildflowers to emerge. While white and lavender blooms of Hepatica can be found in small, scattered clumps, the smaller pink flowers of Spring Beauty usually occur in larger rafts. The leaves of Wild Leek, also called “Ramp”, resemble lily leaves and are among the first lush foliage to breach soil in spring. Interestingly, the flowers of the leeks will not emerge until months later. Blue Cohosh and Early Meadowrue are also early risers. The former plant’s foliage appears deep purple as it emerges from the soil but turns greener as it expands and unfurls. The tiny flowers of Blue Cohosh range in color from bright yellow to drab green or brown, while the flowers of Early Meadowrue are white to pale green. Three species of Trillium grow in our woods and they are also eager to bloom in spring. The blooms of Red Trillium normally proceed the other two. Its large maroon flowers nod on their stems and sometimes can be hidden by their foli-

age. Over the last two decades, our fenced-in woodland gardens have provided a haven for dozens of species of spring ephemeral wildflowers. Bloodroot, one of the earliest flowers to emerge, grows in three different dedicated gardens. The plants in these gardens were originally rescued from a local forested area slated for development. The mature woodland where they grew was home to many other increasingly rare native plants, but alas, we were able to rescue very few of them before the habitat was destroyed. The Bloodroot plant’s odd-shaped leaves appear to almost clasp the young flower as it emerges from the soil. Bloodroot’s white petaled bloom is showy and, like most of the earliest flowers, it can tolerate cold temperatures as well as some snow accumulation. These are the common travails of April flowers. Last year (2020) brought a little too much snow and temperatures dipped a little too low during the bloom window of the spring ephemerals. The result was freeze burn for some species. Generally, it was a poor seed production year for Bloodroot, and it wasn’t alone; many flowers never managed to get pollinated. The beetle and fly species tasked with pollinating the earliest flowers

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Spring Beauties were late to emerge due to the cold. Other native plants that gain protection from our garden fences are Early Meadowrue, Twinleaf, Wild Ginger, False Bishop’s Cap, and Woodland Geranium. Of those, it was only the Ginger that naturally occurred in our woods before we began our nature sanctuary’s wildflower restoration project. The ginger’s unusual flower is found beneath its leaves and often lies low against the ground. The muted maroon color of the flower doesn’t help it to stand out, and so determining if it’s blooming often requires a close inspection. Goldenseal, Red Baneberry, Foamflower, Mayapple, and Perfoliate Bellwort also share the same woodland garden. Interestingly, after nearly two decades, these plants still share the same space, none overly crowding out the others. One of the more diminutive, sensitive plants is Rue Anemone. Some years I can find it and some I cannot. Its white or violet flowers somewhat resemble those of the Hepatica plant, but its leaves are more like what you find on Meadowrue or Columbine plants. It makes sense since all three are in the buttercup family. At least in our gardens, Rue Anemone appears to be a short-

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I had been meaning to check out the new location for Fall Hill Bead & Gem in Little Falls. On a recent Saturday, my friend Kim Darling and I had a chance to stop in. It is a lovely shop recently relocated to Canal Place. I love browsing handmade jewelry, rocks, crystals, and beads. I don’t make my own jewelry, but I know a few people who do, and I need to introduce them to this place! The new shop is roomier than the other, with more natural lighting. Owner Kim Hergert said she loves being right on the water. I was also delighted to see a rack of postcards. That was the other thing I needed! I told Kim how I send postcards every week to a few people: shut-ins, elderly, and/or friends who need a pick-me-up. She said she had been writing more snail mail herself since the quarantine. She was looking for some locally-sourced stationery or note cards. I mentioned Huckleberry Letterpress, which she was familiar with. This led to a whole conversation about locally-owned products and businesses. Local is having a “moment” and I think that is just delightful. That was when I noticed magnets by Retro Sorrento. “I’ve seen these! My friend Margaret at So Sweet Candy Café in Utica carries her note cards now!” I told her how my sister Cheryl had given me one of the cards as part of a Christmas package. “Only I can’t decide who to send it to, because I love it so much.”

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She said that might have to be one I keep for myself. Still, I like to share my local treasures. I did buy myself a present at Fall Hill: a pair of frog earrings. My husband Steven collects frogs, so he can pretend they are part of his collection. As I was paying for them, I noticed a display in the jewelry case featuring an old typewriter. I love typewriters, and I love that sort of creative arrangement. I complimented Kim on it. “I traded a diamond ring for it and thought I got the best deal ever,” she said. “I bet the person getting the ring thought that too,” I told her. That is, of course, the best kind of trade. •

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As winter comes to an end, we welcome April and the cheery signs of spring it brings to the Mohawk Valley. Its sunny days and rising temperatures spur the flowers to bloom, grass to grow, and trees to sprout their leaves, always a happy sight after months of snow. But those warmer conditions also remind us that we will soon be experiencing the return of one of nature’s wonders – lightning. Lightning is a common occurrence on Earth. The U.S. National Weather Service (an agency of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) reports that in the United States alone, lightning strikes occur about 25 million times each year! Each one is a bright spark of electricity created when positive and negative charges in the clouds build up and quickly discharge. Those violent lightning bolts are dangerous and can reach temperatures of 50,000° Fahrenheit, considerably hotter than the 10,000° F on the surface of the Sun. There are three primary types of lightning: cloud-to-ground, cloud-to-air, and cloud-to-cloud. The resulting thunder is a sonic shock wave created when lightning heats the air and that heated air rapidly expands and vibrates. We hear the sound after we see the flash because light travels a speedy 186,282 miles in one second while sound only covers

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Last year marked 50 years of celebrating Earth Day. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, as our nation was realizing the environmental damage done by allowing air and water pollution to go unchecked for over 100 years. It all seems a very distant past, but leaded gasoline, oil spills, raw sewage, and toxic dumps were virtually accepted as the norm in the late 60s and early 70s. Smog was an everyday occurrence in large cities like Los Angeles, choking its residents and blocking out the sun. Lakes and rivers in the Northeast were filled with dead fish, caused in part by acid rain. The bald eagle—the symbol of our nation—and many other forms of wildlife were inexplicably dying off. We didn’t recycle. We used and abused pesticides and herbicides not thoroughly tested. We drove inefficient, gas-guzzling cars. Two of our nation’s representatives (one Democrat senator, one Republican congressman) organized an event originally targeting college campuses but that eventually spilled over into efforts across the United States, bringing in a broad range of organizations and volunteers. That first Earth Day drew 10% of our nation’s population to demonstrate on behalf of the environment. We were in the final throes of the Vietnam War, an exhausted and divided nation, and we managed to unite around something. Can you imagine? Remarkably, by the end of that year, we had created the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act. The Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act were created shortly thereafter. Today, our air and waterways are demonstrably cleaner; we have eagles once again, and polluters are generally held accountable for their actions. Of course, we now face new and ever more challenging environmental and climate issues. Of particular interest to me is the focus on agriculture as a contributor to both the problems and the solutions. Clearly, we need agriculture to feed the 7.8 billion people on earth. But how we go about raising food for so many people is a complicated and urgent problem. Here are the facts: Food production is cited as contributing as much as 30% to total greenhouse gases. It is also a significant contributor to deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and is the largest user of land and freshwater. Feeding 7.8 billion people takes a lot of resources, so I don’t doubt agriculture’s massive impact. Within food production, animal agriculture generates the highest levels of emissions, while fruit and vegetable production generates the lowest levels. This leads many experts to propose that we should shift from a meat- and dairy-heavy diet to more of a plant-based diet. At first blush, this seems like a reasoned response. In truth, we all could (and should!) eat more vegetables for our health. But placing the blame solely on animal agriculture and shifting all our hope to plant-based alternatives is misdirection. Animal agriculture, as practiced in large part today, is dependent on large-scale


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In recent decades birding and nature-watching have become increasingly popular American pastimes. The advent of affordable digital cameras has also fostered exponential growth in the number of amateur wildlife photographers in the field. This growing interest in native wildlife is generally considered a positive development since it leads to a better understanding of the animals that share our environment and it makes people more conservation-minded. This interest comes at a particularly crucial juncture as many of our native bird species face serious threats to their populations due to habitat loss and climate change. As we head into the field with our cameras and binoculars in tow, there are a few rules of conduct we should abide by. The last thing we want to do when appreciating nature is to disrupt the lives of wildlife and make it more difficult for them to find food, protect territories, and breed. We should keep in mind that when we go birding or nature watching we are entering the home of wildlife, and when we do, we should endeavor to act like respectful guests. When company comes to our own homes, we wouldn’t appreciate bad manners or disruptive behavior. We wouldn’t want friends to stop over, set off all the smoke detectors, and chase our children around the yard. However, this is the equivalent of what some birds and other animals are forced to tolerate when we come to see them. If we come into a bird’s habitat and force them to show themselves by playing recorded birdsong and/or by mimicking bird alarms, we can put the success of a breeding attempt in jeopardy. If an aggravated songbird is forced to defend its home, it may neglect to feed its young and even leave its nest open to the depredations of opportunistic predators. Also, on a cold or rainy day, young nestlings can die of exposure fairly quickly. Once we have coaxed out a bird it’s tempting for us to have it remain in the open long enough for us to get the best possible look or the most perfect photo of it; but the longer we prolong the defensive action on the bird’s part, the more disruptive it is. If you feel you must coax birds out of hiding using the aforementioned techniques, I urge moderation. Refrain from doing it for more than a minute and then move on. Make it more like a fire drill and not a five-alarm fire the bird needs to mount a major response to. For most of us, our nature-watching experience takes place primarily in our backyards – at our bird feeders and in our gardens. In many places in the Mohawk Valley, a large number of wildlife species can be drawn into a suburban or rural yard if food, shelter, and water are offered. The number of species attracted is often greatest when the yard is adjacent

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Twenty years ago, we missed much of this “Great Awakening” because our children sent us on a great adventure to Europe to celebrate Tim’s retirement from full-time ministry. Our daughter, Rebekah, lived and worked in London at that time, and her multi-lingual and exceptionally well-traveled boyfriend (and future husband) Gael served as our guides. Our sense of adventure struggled with feelings of trepidation because our idea of a big excursion into civilization is a drive down Genesee Street from North Utica to New Hartford! But we knew that this would provide a treasure of memories to enrich later years when we could “time travel” along these same byways. Tim learned this from a kindly woman with diminished ambulatory skills that he used to visit at a rest home. “How do you occupy yourself?” he asked. “I time travel,” she replied, and I’m sure Tim resisted an impulse to roll his eyes. “Yes, and I teach it to others here,” she continued. “You visualize a certain memory of a place and time; try to remember as many details as possible, how you felt, what you smelled and heard as well as what you saw; talk to people there and imagine their response. I have wonderful trips into the past that get fuller and more real every time I go!” and so, we learned that remembering

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.

April sometimes brings the first rumble of thunder: a mysterious, low roar that I imagine is the growl of Spring warning winter to go back from whence it came. When it also brings rain, I spend that indoor time sorting through boxes and cabinets in the tool shed to refresh my memory of what we have and try to minimize clutter. I am shocked to count 30 pairs of decrepit magnifying glasses and 70 pens. I evaluate each one, recycling all but a few. But I want to go outside to work and play! There are last year’s dead stems to rake out of the chive patch, bushes to prune and stake, parsnips and carrots to pull out that I left in the garden last fall for spring harvest… Tim and I eagerly begin daily bike rides, gliding between awakening meadows, listening for the first robin, the first bobolink, and all our avian friends! We savor the distant view of undulating cloud shadows in fathomless shades of blue and green on the Adirondacks. But we also have to pick up a winter’s accumulation of litter from rascals who have little respect for the aesthetics, health, and safety of public byways.

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Advertiser Directory please support Our sponsors, they make this magazine possible Antiques Antiques & Art Westmoreland . . . . . . . . . 14 Attic Addicts, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Back of the Barn Antiques, Barneveld . . . . 15 Black Cat Antiques, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . 15 The Bull Farm Antiques, Vernon . . . . . . 15 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . 15 Canal House Antiques, Bouckville . . . . . . . 15 Dawn Marie’s Treasures, Clinton . . . . . . . . 15 The Depot Antique Gallery, Madison . . . . 15 Foothills Mercantile, Barneveld . . . . . . . 15 Fort Plain Antiques, Fort Plain . . . . . . . . 15 The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick, Bouckville . . . 15 Little Falls Antique Center, Little Falls . . . . 16 Madison Inn Antiques, Madison . . . . . . 16 Maple Park Country Store, Vernon Center . . . 16 Mohawk Antiques Mall, Mohawk . . . . . . . 16 MV Community Market, Herkimer . . . 16 The Online Exchange, Dolgeville . . . . . . . . . 17 The Potting Shed Antiques, Whitesboro . . . 17 See the Man Antiques & Collectibles, Sherburne . . 17 Showcase Antiques, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . 17 Victorian Rose, Bouckville . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Weeden’s Mini Mall, Camden . . . . . . . . 17 Whistle Post Antiques, Bouckville . . . . . . . 17 Antique Auctioneers Nye & Company Auctioneers . . . . . . . . . . 17 Art Galleries/Museums The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown . . . . . 23 Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown . . . . . . . . 5 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 MWPAI, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 View Arts Center, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . 36 Art and Custom Framing Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Heartwood Gift Barn, Sherburne . . . . . . . . . . 29 Artists Janice Wnuk, Garden Mentor . . . . . . . . . . 33 Auto Dealerships Steet-Ponte Auto Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Automotive Repair Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Precision Unlimited, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Awards & Engraving Speedy Awards, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 36 Bakeries and Pastry Shops Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . . 13 Love Bites Bakery, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 6 Ramon’s Bakery, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Star Bakery, Whitesboro and Utica . . . . . . . 43 Bike Shops Dick’s Wheel Shop, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 10 Books Berry Hill Book Shop, Deansboro . . . . . . . 6 Treehouse Reading Room, New York Mills . . . 7


Cabinets and Kitchens Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 22 Knotty By Nature, Bridgewater . . . . . . . . . 19

Farm Markets Cooperstown Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . 10 Horn’s Family Farm, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . 33

Catering Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Willie’s The Original Bagel Cafe, Utica . . . . . . 13

Fencing B&K Fencing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

CBD Products RAW ADK, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Utica Hemp, New Hartford, Utica . . . . . . . . 46 Cheese Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . 47 Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . . . . . 41 Clothing Paca Gardens, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . 14 Comics Ravenswood Comics, New Hartford . . . . . 25 Consignment The Online Exchange, Dolgeville . . . . . . . . . 17 The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Renewed & Rescued, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 17 Contractors Ed Smith Contractor and Handyman . . . . . . . . . 38 Convenience Shops Stewart’s Shops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Delis and Meats Bosonne’s Sausage, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Little Italy Imports, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Meelan’s Market, Clark Mills . . . . . . . . . 43 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 18 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . 34 Pulaski Meat Market, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Diners Charlie’s Place, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Sheri’s Diner, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Dog Sitting Barney’s Angels, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Estate Sales Attic Addicts, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The Potting Shed Antiques, Whitesboro . . . . 17 Events, Entertainment, and Activities Goodsell Museum, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . 36 Farm Equipment Clinton Tractor, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Hobby Hill Farm Sales, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 29 White’s Farm Supply, Waterville/Canastota . . . 48

Financial Services Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . . 25 Flooring Mike’s Floor Store, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Funeral Services Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 30 John Froass & Son, Sherrill . . . . . . . . . . 40 Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Furniture Rustic and Woodcrafts Thorn Apple Hill, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Garden Compost Devine Gardens Vermicompost . . . . . . . . . 37 Garden Center and Greenhouses Aceti’s Classic Gardens, New Hartford . . . . . . 35 Casler Flower Farm, West Winfield . . . . . . 34 Juliano’s Farm and Grweenhouses, Utica . . . . 42 Szarek’s Succulent Shack, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 46 General Contractors Ed Smith Contractor and Handyman . . . . . 38 Gift Shops/Shopping Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 18 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Golf Courses and Driving Ranges Brimfield Driving Range, Clinton .. . . . . . 31 Grocery Stores, Co-ops, and Convenience Stores Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . 26 Little Italy Imports, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 34 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 18 Richfield Springs Community Food Co-op . . 30 Handyman/Repairs Ed Smith Contractor and Handyman . . . . . 38 Hardware/Lumber/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . 19 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Hearth Shops and Fuel Buell Fuel Hearth & Home, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . . 42

Insurance Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . . . Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . HBE Group, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . .

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Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . . . . 33 Ironwork Raulli’s Iron Works, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . . 7 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 31

Brenda’s Naturals

Local food products

Broaster’s Coffee Heidelberg bread Buttercup Cheese Stoltzfus Family Dairy Jones Family Farm gelato Farmer Grown flours Organic eggs, nuts, seeds, teas Beak & Skiff CBD products

1033 W. Dominick St., Rome (315) 281-8759

Lawn Mowers, Leaf, and Snow Blowers SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Liquor Stores and Wine Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Prospect Falls Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . . . 38 Maple Syrup Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . . 43 Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . 30 Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 33 Meats (See Delis) Media WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Weekly Adirondack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Monuments & Memorials Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Naturals, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . . . . 7 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 40 Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . 22 Paint and Painting Supplies Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . . . 36 Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 12 Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Pools and Spas Swan Pools & Spas, Ilion and New Hartford . . . . . . . . 27 Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10



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Homemade Polish Foods Variety of Kielbasa • Cold Cuts Pierogi • Golabki

1201 Lenox Ave., Utica • (315) 732-8007

www.polishfoodutica.com • Mon-Fri:9-5, Sat: 9-4:30, Sun Closed

Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . . . Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . . . Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . .

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Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Record Stores Off Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Black Stallion Restaurant,Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . Gilligan’s, Sherburne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nola’s Restaurant, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . . Patio Drive-In, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . . . RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . Route 69 Steakhouse, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . Tailor and Cook, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie’s The Original Bagel Cafe, Utica . . . . . . The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Septic Installation, Residential and Commercial Yanuk Excavating . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Storage Sheds & Garages Shafer & Sons, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Pleasant View Structures, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 41 Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 20

Szarek’s Succulent Shack

The shack is stocked with Oliver’s Organic Eggs, Kriemhild butter, Jones Family Farm cheeses and gelato, Shaw’s Maple products, Heartsease Hill honey, Kelly’s Jellies, as well as other specialty products. Fresh seasonal veggies and scones available on Saturdays.

7443 E. South St., Clinton 46

315.853.5901 • Open Daily 9-4

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

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





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Signs, Handcrafted Whistle Post Creations, Bouckville . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Snowmobiles/ATVs Hobby Hill Farm, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

The answer to last month’s riddle about March’s wild forest treat:

Wild Ramps

Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Trailers and RVs Boulevard Trailers, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . 31 Tree Services and Tree Farms Rick Turk Tree Service, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 39 Weddings and Banquets Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Wineries Prospect Falls Winery, Prospect . . . . . . . . . 38 Yogurt Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . . . . 41

last month’s crossword solution

A longtime favorite of foragers, wild ramps (also called wild leeks) can be found on the menus of local restaurants like Nola’s and The Tailor & the Cook this time of year!

The winner is Terry Hadsell of Mohawk


The answer to last month’s puzzle about March’s “farm field” is Sugar Bush. One of our area’s earliest crops is maple syrup. A field of tapped sugar maple trees is referred to as a sugar bush. Our winner is: Michael M. McKinney of Mohawk

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White’s Farm Supply, Inc. Celebrating 75 Years In Business Waterville

962 Route 12 (315) 841-4181


8207 Route 26 (315) 376-0300


4154 Route 31 (315) 697-2214

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