MAGAZINE TAKE ONE!
EXPLORING THE ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE OF OUR VALLEY
MOHAWK VALLEY LIVING MAGAZINE
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Last month I wrote about the changing seasons. I think change is good... mostly. This month, Peggy writes about change. The changes in her and her husband’s lives as they grow older. Changes that bring us to the bittersweet reality that her stories (at least the ones she shares with us) must come to an end. Now her time will be more focused on the work of growing old. (Our late host Richard Enders used to remind us, “All good things must come to an end.” He always said it matter-of-factly, without remorse.) I recently spoke with Peggy about some of the projects she has ahead and, like Suzie Jones (see “Planning For Winter”), she has quite a list. I hope to learn from her, as I did from Richard, about the art of aging. Suzie writes in her article this month that her husband, Peter, jokes about her living to a ripe old age because she’ll still have items to cross off her to-do list. Although it might be funny, it is probably the key to happy aging. To-do lists may contain the mundane, necessary chores to check off, but they can also hold our dreams, big and small—reminders of the things we want to do, so we don’t miss them. •
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Art White Retires
Art White’s parents, Willard and Nettie White, began repairing their neighbors’ cars and farm equipment which led to the opening of Oneida Valley Garage in Canastota in 1946.
White’s Farm Supply has been a longtime supporter of the Mohawk Valley Living TV show and magazine. We are thankful for Art White’s commitment to community, a trait he inherited from his parents, Willard and Nettie White. On the occasion of Art White’s retirement after nearly 50 years of service to his family’s business, we take a look back through the years. Best wishes and congratulations, Art!
Willard and Nettie’s business continued to grow and in 1949 they became a dealer for the International Harvester Company. In 1951 they added a Quonset building to their site.
As Seen on TV! Art White gave us a tour of Main Street Auto Care on the MVL TV show in May of 2016. He had purchased the dilapidated old garage for a “man cave,” but soon realized that restoring the service station would be expensive, so decided to “put it back to work.” This endeavor brought him back to his family’s roots in the repair business. The Waterville location opened in 1972. In 1986, White’s celebrated the grand opening of their Lowville location to serve the North Country.
In the early 1970s, Art returned from his tour in the armed services and joined the family business at age 23. Here are a couple early photos of Art rocking his signature ‘stache. Right: Art with Australian exchange student Tom Cowper, mid 90s. They stay in touch to this day.
In 2013, a fourth location was added in Franklin and in 2016, a fifth location was added in Schaghticoke, NY
the Oneida County History center
Welthy Honsinger Fisher By by Patrick Reynolds
History Center Director of Public Programs Welthy Honsinger was born in Rome, NY in 1879, and had aspirations of becoming an opera singer. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1900, she studied opera at Carnegie Hall, but upon hearing a missionary speaker, she was inspired to change her plans. She completed her education as a teacher and sailed to China. When Welthy Honsinger Fisher of Rome was the American founder of Mrs. Fisher arrived in Nanchang in 1905 to head the Ban Lin School, World Education and World Literacy Canada. it was the only school for girls in the province of 45 million people. For over ten years, she taught in China and led the Bao Lin School, which became a prototype for women’s education. A fire destroyed the school in 1911, but that didn’t keep Mrs. Fisher from pursuing her dream of bringing education to Chinese women. With contributions from Methodists in the United States, the school was rebuilt. Mrs. Fisher returned to America when World War I broke out and turned the administration of the school over to the Chinese. She worked in Europe as a member of the War Work Council and after the war, edited the Methodist magazine World Neighbors in New York. In 1924, at the age of 44, she married Frederick Bohn Fisher, American Methodist bishop of India and Burma and friend of Mahatma Gandhi. After her husband’s untimely death in 1938, Welthy wrote his biography and studied educational systems throughout the world. She went on to become a popular lecturer on missions, women’s topics, and international friendship. Mrs. Fisher is best known for her work as the founder of Literacy House, a grassroots organization that focused on teaching farmers to read. As a widow, she visited India in December 1947 and met with Mahatma Gandhi, an old friend of her husband. Gandhi asked her to work for India’s villages. The Indian leader asked her to help his country by teaching adult
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villagers to read and write. Mrs. Fisher was reluctant to teach adults because she felt that her career of teaching children in China had not prepared her for the task. But Gandhi told her to teach the adult villagers to read materials about things that concerned them: their work and their land. “Gandhi told me to concentrate on the villages rather than the cities because he said the cities had everything,” said Mrs. Fisher. “He said that if you do not help the villages, you do not help India because India IS the villages.” In recognition of her contribution Mrs. Fisher drew up a basic vocabulary to India’s literacy programs, Fisher list and wrote several books for adult readers. appeared on an Indian stamp in 1960. In 1956, she opened Literacy House’s 23-acre campus in Lucknow, India. Today the organization is part of World Education, which aids education programs in 30 countries, including the United States. Fisher was much-honored by the Indian government, which based its village literacy programs on her ideas. Her portrait graced a stamp issued there in 1960. She returned to the United States in 1973 and died in Connecticut in 1980. The house she lived in in Rome still stands on West Court Street and is marked with a historic marker. Fisher will be honored and inducted into the Oneida County Historical Hall of Fame on October 27, 2021, for her contributions locally and abroad. The public is invited to attend the induction celebration. More information about the celebration and tickets can be found on oneidacountyhistory.org. •
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Thousands of Mums! Pumpkins, Indian Corn & Cornstalks
Apples by the bushel and peck, peppers by the bushel, tomatoes for canning, pears, seedless concord grapes, cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbages!
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proud to be a “leafer” story & photos by Gary VanRiper
View from the bridge at Raquette Lake
Mills Electrical Supply Over 50 Years in Business Your Headquarters for All Your Electrical & Lighting Needs! • Electrical Supplies • Indoor/Outdoor Lighting • Commerical and Residential • New Contractors Welcome
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Free installation with purchase! 132 E. Main Street, Ilion Mon-Fri: 9-5, Sat: 9-Noon
3989 Oneida St., Washington Mills Mon-Fri: 10-5, Sat: 10-Noon
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Are you a ‘leafer’? Zig-zagging across the Adirondacks in pursuit of autumn’s colors? Whether by car, by boat, on foot – or simply looking out the window of the camp or a rented room – that would be me. A typical fall route for a day trip from our home would be an early drive up through the Tug Hill Plateau through Boonville to reach Moose River Road. It is there where several pull-overs along the river have yet to disappoint. Depending on the light, I may stop on my way back toward the day’s end. Then it is on to Route 28 north to the Fulton Chain of Lakes. It may be for a mountain view or two this day with superior overlooks of the waterway. Moss Lake up Big Moose Road in Eagle Bay is always tempting as access to the
Fourth Lake along the Fulton Chain of Lakes
The Moss Lake shoreline near Eagle Bay
Rising in the early morning during the Cranberry Lake 50
Family Monuments Mausoleums & Columbariums Granite Cleaning & Repairs Cemetery Lettering Pre-Need Memorials
Preplanning Provides Peace of Mind
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View from Jay Mountain near Keene
shoreline is so quick and easy, yet, like so many of the small lakes dotting the region, can feel like you are in deep wilderness. Sometimes it may be a drive farther up the scenic highway or exploring some of the backroads. An overnight trip will usually involve the Adirondack high peaks region with roadside photoshoots or hikes in Lake Placid and Wilmington. One autumn it was a 38-mile hike in Cranberry Lake to complete the quest known as the Cranberry Lake 50. However and wherever you enter and traverse this six-million-acre park, amazing scenery from the grand to intimate landscapes await. While hoping for the warm early morning and late afternoon light, don’t overlook those overcast days with light rain or drizzle when the color can be stunning! •
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
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Young Justin VanRiper at Moss Lake. Our annual trip became a family tradition.
Eagle Bay viewed from the Rocky Mountain summit. Overcast days can make for stunning color.
Szarek’s Succulent Shack Jump-start your garden with our plant starts!
Our shack is stocked with: Oliver’s Organic Eggs, Kriemhild butter, Jones Family Farm cheeses, Shaw’s Maple products, Heartsease Hill honey, Kelly’s Jellies, and more! Fresh veggies & scones on Saturdays!
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9663 River Rd., Marcy
Where good friends Meet to Eat! Enjoy breakfast or a quick lunch!
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8170 Seneca Tpke., Clinton (315) 732-3631 Mon-Fri 7am-2pm, Sat & Sun 7am-1pm
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10626 North Lake Road, Forestport • 315-392-7077
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Breakfast, Lunch, Homemade Soups & Sandwiches and our delicious Desserts Including our Famous Cream Puffs! Canal Place, Little Falls Next to Showcase Antiques
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Specials and our full menu available for takeout and curbside pickup. Mon-Sat 11:30am - 8pm 623 French Road New Hartford (315) 733-2709
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Also serving a full menu of delicious lunch and dinner options!
Open Daily: 2-9pm, Closed Wed
End of N. Madison Street at Ridge Mills, Rome • (315) 339-2622
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Breakfast Sandwiches Deli-Style Wraps/Sandwiches Salads, Soups & more! Homemade Baked Goods & Multi-Color Bagels - a kid’s favorite!
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2199 Bleecker St., Utica (315) 790-5250 Open 7 Days a Week, 7am-2pm
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Breakfast, Lunch, Deliveries, Take Out & Catering!
Outside Seating & Grab-and-Go Available!
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Open: Monday-Friday: 8-2 185 Genesee St 2nd Floor, Utica
Over 80 years serving the Mohawk Valley! Visit our 3 locations:
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KARAM’S Middle Eastern Bakery & Restaurant
Traditional Lebanese fare for breakfast & lunch! Middle Eastern Specials and Groceries Pita and Flat Bread • Spinach & Meat Pies • Baklawa
Tues - Fri: 9am -5pm, Sat: 9am - 3pm
(315) 736-1728 137 Campbell Ave, Yorkville www.karamsbakery.com
Classic Italian to Creative Nightly Specials! The Vullo Family has been catering to your needs since 1972
Serving Lunch & Dinner Lunches Served Friday, Saturday & Sunday Happy Hour Daily 4-7, $2.75 Drafts & $3 Well Mixers
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5656 Route 5, Vernon • (315) 829-2203
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antique shopping guide Little Falls
Saturday, October 2nd Main Street
Community Market Thew Ne
Antiques of CNY
Little Falls Mohawk
MOHAWK ANTIQUES MALL
Antiques & Art
Westmoreland Formerly of Barneveld
5475 State Rt 233, Westmoreland Artsy1Antiques@GMail.com
Open Wed- Fri 10-6, Sat & Sun 10-4
7000 Sq. ft Multi Dealer Store! Furniture: Victorian to Mid-Century Lots of Art! Architectural Salvage Primitives Records, Books, & Collectibles
Celebrating 23 years in business!
Attic Addicts The Queen’s Closet
Pristine, Practical, and Priced Right!
Specializing in estate sales, large and small.
Conducted with respect and dignity. We take the pressure out of estate liquidation, moving, or downsizing. Call for a consultation:
Consignment at its Finest!
Clothing, Jewelry Household Items Furniture Open Tues-Fri: 11am-5pm Sat: 11am-3pm New consignment by appointment only
22 Oriskany Blvd., Yorkville (315) 736-9160 Facebook: The Queens Closet & Attic Addicts
ANTIQUES & GIFTS
Bear Path Antiques Open Daily 10-5
A little bit country, a little bit primitive!
Furniture, handmade felt wall hangings and pillows, silk wreaths & arrangements, Warm Glow candles and more!
A general line of quality, affordable antiques including furniture, primitives, smalls, china, and antique accessories.
10242 Route 12N, Remsen
Open Thursday-Monday: Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
14 East Main St. Earlville (315) 691-5721
If coming from a long distance call to check hours
(315) 369-9970 • 13912 State Rte 28, Otter Lake
Broad St. Flea Market 601 Second Street, Utica (315) 941-0925 • Wed-Fri 10-5, Sat & Sun 10-4, Closed Mon & Tues
Indoor & Open Year Round!
Large selection of vendors with an even larger variety of items!
New products from Handmade Soy Candles, Lucky Bamboo, CBD Products, to Incense & Craft Items, Furniture & Household Items- new & old Like Us! Large selection of DVDs & CDs
Inventory always changing so Stop in often! Vendor applications always accepted.
Open Tues-Fri: 9-4, Sat: 9-2, Closed Sun & Mon
Our 45th Fall At The Barn~ Oct 1-31st Offering Early Antiques Primitive Wares Needfuls Purposeful Stuff Richfield Springs, NY~ Open Most Every Day: 10-5 Holiday
Open House! Nov 12-14 10-5
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Canal House Hazel Mae’s Antiques Located in the Shoppes Multi Dealer Antique Shop
Primitives • Furniture • Artwork Smalls • Antique Accessories Wed-Sat: 10-4, Sun: 11-3 • (315) 264-1755
4803 Rt. 31, Vernon
Specializing in antique furniture, glassware, jewelry, books, linens and so much more.
at Johnny Appleseeds 3402 Old State Rd, Erieville Rug Hooking • Punch Needle Wool • Supplies • Classes
6737 Route 20, Bouckville (315) 893-7737 Open Thursday - Sunday 10-5
Dawn Marie’s Treasures Eclectic & Unique Gifts!
Vintage & New Gifts
13 College St., Clinton
(315) 796-9099 • Hours: Mon-Sat: 10-6
Happy Fall Y’all! Come celebrate our 14th year in Clinton, 2nd year on College St.! Also starting our 3rd year at Johnny Appleseed in Nelson. Always great treasures at affordable prices!
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6768 Route 20, Bouckville (315) 893-7676 Open Apr-Oct: 10-5 daily; Nov-Dec: 10-4 daily January-March: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10-4 www.depotantiquegallery.com
Our lovely gallery offers a full range of antiques, fine furniture, & vintage collectibles!
Open House! Nov 12-14 10-5
The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick A multi-dealer shop specializing in advertising, petroliana, lamps, glass, furniture & quality smalls.
Look for our 1960s Texaco sign!
6790 Rte 20, Bouckville
Start your Holiday Shopping Now!
Nov 12-14 10-5
MADISON INN ANTIQUES FURNITURE • TOOLS BOOKS • COLLECTIBLES GLASS • PRIMITIVE
More than 50 vendors on 2 floors!
We have something for everyone!
Antiques • Art • Crafts
Thruway Exit 29A 25 West Mill St., Little Falls Open 6 days a week: 10-5, closed Tues 315-823-4309 Handicapped-accessible
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7417 St Rte 20 • Madison 315-893-7639 Open Thurs-Sun 10-5
We’re Worth the Trip… All kinds of Unique Vendors under one roof. Artisans, Crafters, Antiques to Retro, Food Items too!
142 North Main Street, Herkimer • 315-628-1506 or 315-219-9195 Open Tues & Wed: 10-5, Thurs: 10-6, Fri:1 0-5, Sat: 10-4, Sun: Closed A Division of Herkimermall, LLC www.MohawkValleyCommunityMarket.com
Over 160 Vendor booths and display cases!
Visit our “Architecture & Salvage” area and discover many unique treasures! 100 E. Main St., Mohawk (Thruway Exit 30)
(315) 219-5044 www.mohawkantiquesmall.com
MOHAWK ANTIQUES MALL
Mon, Wed-Sat: 10-5, Sun: 11:30-4:30 Closed Tuesdays
The Online Exchange, LLC Offering all types of Auction and Appraisal Services
What’s in your attic?
(973) 984-6900 • www.nyeandcompany.com ESTATE & HOUSE SALES • APPRAISALS • ALWAYS BUYING
THE POTTING SHED ANTIQUES
ALL U.S. COINS WANTED
Buying and Selling Coins, Large Selection of Jewelry (gold, silver, costume), and Antiques. Buying scheduled by appointment. Thurs & Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4, Closed Sun-Wed • www.thepottingshedantiques.com
Holiday Nov 12-14 10-5
Painted and Repurposed Vintage & Antique Furniture
6831 Indian Opening Rd., Bouckville
Open Sat & Sun 10-4 (315) 893-7162
Now an FFL dealer! (315) 429-5111 • 6338 St. Rt. 167, Dolgeville
Renewed & Rescued Quality Consignments & More
Consigners wanted! Household Items & Decor Refinished Furniture, Jewelry, Local Artisan Products (315) 628-1506 • Tues - Fri 10-5, Sat & Sun 10-2
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Vintage, Antiques, Crafts & Collectibles
315-893-1786 Open Daily 10-5
Open House! Nov 12-14 10-5
STOP and see what’s new at Whistle Post Antiques!
3371 Maple Ave., Bouckville www.victorianrosevintage.com
Weeden’ s Mini Mall
Loaded with Antiques, Vintage, Collectibles, & many kinds of unique items! Over 40 years in business! Over 100 shops under one roof! 8056 Route 13, Blossvale (Located 4 miles North of Sylvan Beach) (315) 245-0458 • Open 10-5 every day
Registered user of ebay
142 N. Main Street, Herkimer
Don & Nancy Hartman, 52 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro (Next to Kinney’s)
We Can Help You Buy, Sell, & Trade Globally!
Whistle Post Antiques
Specializing in Lionel Trains Holiday Handcrafted signs & decor We Buy & Sell! Open House! Custom orders available Nov 12-14 (315) 838-0144 (315) 893-7604 10-5
6845 St. Rt. 20 Bouckville Hours: Sat & Sun: 10-4
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The Tin Cup
The deck at The Tin Cup Tavern and Grille overlooks the MV Gold and Events Club golf course
Tavern and Grille in Little Falls
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sometimes I go back three times in the space of a week (or maybe I just really like to go out!) At least, that was the case on my recent visits to The Tin Cup Tavern and Grille in Little Falls. My husband Steven and I first visited the Tin Cup on a recent Saturday afternoon. We had already had lunch, and I felt like a libation. We watched for it carefully as we drove down Route 5 from Little Falls. It is located at the MV Golf and Event Center, previously Mohawk Valley Country Club. ARC Herkimer acquired the club and opened the Tin Cup. “Ooh, it’s a venue,” I said, as we walked by a large tent with tables under it. Maybe somebody I know will get married, have their reception there, and invite me! We made our way into the Tavern and sat down at the bar. We each had a glass of wine and chatted up Savannah the bartender, and Kendall the chef. Savannah told us about big plans afoot for the Tin Cup. In the winter, sports such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing will be available. Football Sundays would be starting soon. We looked at the menu but were not very hungry. I was happy to see bruschetta among the appetizers. I love to sit at the bar and order drinks and appetizers. However, so many of them are deep-fried. Of course, I love deep-fried food (mozzarella sticks? Yes, please!), but they do not always sit so well in my stomach. Bruschetta is light, tasty, and easy on the tum-tum! We drove out again the following Monday to sadly discover that the kitchen closes at 4pm that day. Serves us right
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for not checking first! We sat and had a glass of wine anyway, this time chatting with bartender Katie and another gentleman. He told us Football Sundays had started the day before. I only recently started to follow sports at all, but I have always thought it would be fun to watch a game in a bar or restaurant with other people. I may check it out one Sunday soon! We finally got to enjoy some food that Wednesday. We split a hot dog basket with homemade chips. I love homemade chips! It took us a while to decide on that: the sandwiches and burgers looked delicious. Some yummy-sounding salads are also available. This is why I like to go out a lot: I want to try everything! •
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nature in october story and photos by Matt Perry By October most of the wildflowers have finished blooming and so for vibrant color in nature, we look to the changing leaves on deciduous trees. In the Northeastern US, we are fortunate that our forests are comprised of tree species that have foliage that turns bright colors in fall. The trees most responsible for our colorful Autumns are Sugar Maple (orange, yellow, scarlet), Silver Maple (yellow, orange, scarlet), Red Maple (scarlet, orange), White Ash (yellow, orange, red, burgundy, purple, copper, peach), Hickory (yellow), and American Beech (tan, bronze, burnt umber). These native tree species do about 90% of the heavy lifting to infuse our Octobers with a rainbow’s worth of dazzling colors. At the nature sanctuary, when I first planned out what tree species I would include in our reforestation project, I confess that fall color didn’t enter my mind. Instead, I was choosing trees based on their value as wildlife habitat. I was considering their shade tolerance, the amount of seed/fruit/nuts they produce, how they interacted (if they did) with other tree species, and whether they were a canopy or understory species. Never did I think of the autumn ascetics of what I was planting. That’s not to say that I didn’t include some tree species that turn brilliant colors. I did, but they make up a much smaller proportion of
our planted forest than what is found in the region’s natSumac trees turn many bright colors urally occurring tree communities. For instance, I did include several species of oak in the reforestation fields. Most of them may contain a rainbow’s worth of color. Also, are in the Red Oak family and they typically turn at the tree’s apex grow conical clusters of dark a handsome brick red in the fall. Although a few red fruit. Like the star atop a Christmas tree, of the white oak family members like the stately these fruit clusters are attractive, eye-catching Burr Oak, turn an uninspiring yellow-brown in ornaments that perfectly compliment the tree’s fall, White Oak and Swamp White Oak some- ornate fall foliage. Yet, despite their beauty, littimes turn brick red or burgundy. Indeed, the tle love is spared on the sumacs by the public. oaks can look quite stunning in a forest setting Most people consider sumacs nothing more than or by themselves on an open landscape. Other- an inglorious weed; an invasive shrub (although wise, my deciduous plantings are dominated by native) that has no business being part of a cultiAmerican Basswood (yellow-brown), Tulip Tree vated yard. Sadly, people commonly hack them (yellow), Black Locust (yellow-green), Ameri- down and town highway departments poison can Chestnut (tan, brown), Sycamore (brown), them on the roadsides. Besides the food value Black Cherry (yellow, light pink), Black Walnut their fruit provides for wildlife, they are one of (yellow), and Butternut (yellow). If you’re keep- our most colorful autumn trees and they should ing track, that’s pretty much a study in yellows be appreciated, protected, and preserved. Anothand browns. I’ve included Maples (four species) er small tree that should be appreciated for its and Ashes (three species) in my plantings, but fall foliage is the Silky Dogwood. This member these fall color producers are well outnumbered of the maple family’s leaves turn a light purple, by their comparatively drab neighbors. pink, and wine-colored. The Silky Dogwood is Unexpected fall beauties include the su- not as flamboyant looking as the sumac but, like macs. The leaflets of Staghorn Sumac and the sumac, a single tree may hold foliage of sevSmooth Sumac turn a myriad of bright colors in eral different colors. Although more subtle, and the fall. A single compound leaf of a sumac tree not always a showstopper, the Silky Dogwood
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in fall serves to enhance the appearance of the wetlands and wet meadows where it occurs. Two decades ago, I planted a large grove of Tamarack trees in one of the sanctuary’s meadows. They grew well in the seasonally damp soil and now the largest in their ranks reaches over 50 feet high. The Tamarack has needles like a pine, spruce, or fir tree, but unlike those true conifers, the Tamarack’s green needles turn yellow in fall and are shed. The hue of yellow they turn has a touch of red in it and the grove can be a particularly beautiful sight to behold especially when their trunks are rain-soaked and appear dark. Often occurring near Tamarack groves are the equally fast-growing Quaking Aspen and Bigtooth Aspen trees. Both turn bright yellow in the fall, although the latter species will sometimes turn a light shade of orange. The quaking or quivering of the Aspen leaves in the wind serves to make their golden color shimmer with remarkable effect. River Birch, Gray Birch, and Paper Birch also have golden foliage in fall. Usually, these species are seen away from the forest in overgrown fields where they can be isolated centerpieces of a habitat. The long branches of the Gray Birch’s crown are not unlike that of a willow, but its golden leaves and white bark make it more dramatic looking. In the wind, the birch’s high branches appear like flowing and writhing cascades of gold. October is also the time when many animals begin their preparations for winter. Rodents like squirrels, mice, and beavers create food stores they will later draw on when the weather prohibits foraging. So, while you’re enjoying the colorful autumn foliage, imagine countless animals moving among the trees and branches, collecting, and storing food. This behavior continues into November and will be part of next month’s nature column. •
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I’ve Never Met a Squash I Didn’t Like by denise A. Szarek
From zucchini to butternut, summer to acorn, I’ve never met a squash that I didn’t like. One of my favorite things about growing squash is that it produces delicious meal ideas for me to try during just about every season of the year. We are coming into my favorite food seasons. More and more, I’m seeing many of my favorite fruits and vegetables showing up at the local farm markets and on our farm stand. One of these is winter squash. And there are so many varieties than ever to choose from. I confess I did not like squash as a child. Mom would cut it into cubes, boil it to smithereens and mash it with a bit of butter, salt, and pepper. It was watery and I just did not care for it at all. I don’t think any of us did really. I am sure my mom wondered why she bothered! As an adult, I discovered butternut squash and fell in love! I had not realized that there were so many varieties of winter squash or that they could be so delicious. Roasted or cooked in the microwave, they make a wonderful side dish, and not just for Thanksgiving Dinner! All labels aside, this is a vegetable that comes in many different varieties, including butternut squash, accord squash, kabocha squash, carnival squash, Japanese pumpkin, sweet dumpling squash, blue hubbard squash, delicate squash, red Kuri squash, buttercup squash, sugar pumpkin, and spaghetti squash. And I’m sure there are many others I’m forgetting. I haven’t met one yet that I didn’t like. ALL ABOUT BLUE HUBBARD SQUASH Even so, if I have to choose a favorite it would be this one, or its smaller counterpart, blue bal-
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weird moons by carol higgins
If you were a kid growing up in the early 1960s or mid-1980s, you likely watched a weekly futuristic cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbara called “The Jetsons”. It was about the daily life of the Jetsons family who lived in Orbit City, a Space Age world with flying cars, robots, moving walkways, and automated gadgets of all kinds. Well, despite our eight planets, five dwarf planets, 214 moons, and millions of comets and asteroids, so far we haven’t found any signs of “life” off of planet Earth. But, we certainly have some weird moons in our neighborhood! This month we’ll take a look at a few of them orbiting around our two largest planets. We begin at Jupiter, where two moons are record-holders. Callisto is the outermost of the four moons discovered by Galileo in 1610. Almost the size of Mercury and about 4.5 billion years old, its icy and rocky surface is the oldest and most heavily cratered body in the Solar System. Because scientists found evidence of an underground salty ocean, it is one of the three moons the European Space Agency’s JUICE (Jupiter Icy moons Explorer) spacecraft will investigate beginning in 2029. The launch is in May 2022. Almalthea is potato-shaped and cratered. Although only 154 miles wide, it is the largest of four little moons orbiting close to Jupiter. It is the Solar System’s
reddest object and may be an asteroid captured by Jupiter’s mighty gravitational Saturn’s moon Hyperion forces. NASA’s Voyager 1 Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute and Galileo missions discovered four rings, and research suggests the faint suspect the moon may be a Centaur. CenAlmalthea Gossamer ring contains debris from meteoroid strikes on taurs are primordial objects created when the Solar System was forming. Hanny’s Voorwerp. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, W. Keel, Galaxy ZooThey Team the moon. sometimes drift in from the Kuiper Belt Moving on to Saturn, we find several unusual moons. Pan is the innermost and are typically found between Jupiter moon and looks like a ravioli. It is only and Neptune. Some researchers believe 20 miles in diameter but has a big impact the dark region of Iapetus contains partion one of Saturn’s rings. The tiny shep- cles from Phoebe. herd moon has cleared a 200-mile wide Hyperion is another potato-shaped path called the Encke Gap and keeps it body but holds many secrets. To say it is free of debris during its 14-hour orbit of heavily cratered and unlike other moons is an understatement, as shown by the inthe planet. Iapetus is the planet’s third-largest set image captured by the Cassini spacemoon. It resembles a walnut thanks to a craft. The close encounter revealed a prominent ridge around the equator, but tumbling,sponge-like world covered with that’s not the only strange feature of the deep pockmarks. Scientists think Hypericy moon. One side always faces Saturn ion’s unusual scars are the result of imbecause the two are tidally locked, and pacts that compressed the surface due to that leading face is as dark as coal while the moon’s oddly low density and overall composition that likely includes porous the far side is bright white. About six million miles beyond Iape- water ice and other light materials. Its actus is Phoebe, only 132 miles in diameter tual components and the dynamics of the with a claim to fame related to its orbit odd surface remain a mystery. and suspected origin. Most moons travel October brings spectacular views of in the same direction their planet rotates, Jupiter and Saturn, so head outside and but Phoebe’s elliptical orbit takes it in the take a look. They’ll be shining brightly in opposite direction. That orbit and its cu- the southern sky after sunset. riously dark surface have led scientists to Wishing you clear skies! •
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season (six months), these raptors feel the need to defend their nest site from would-be intruders. This diligence on their part has assured the pairs’ primacy on the territory and has allowed them to complete eight consecutive breeding cycles. By any metric used for gauging breeding success in wildlife, that is an impressive accomplishment. Once Astrid was done with her breakfast, she darted off into the morning sky and executed a few quick loops around the downtown canyon. Ares’ excitement was tangible as she swooped by him and landed on a window ledge just west of the nest box. In anticipation of her coming inside the box to do a ledge display (or courtship dance), he hopped inside and began calling. Ares gave sharp chirp notes and Astrid responded with longer wailing calls. These crisp, piercing vocalizations had no trouble punching through the pervasive motor sounds of the waking city below. Within a few minutes, the pair would be engaged in a ledge display inside the nest box. Essentially, they were reaffirming their commitment to each other as mates and as young-rearing partners. They were dedicating themselves to producing another brood during the upcoming 2022 season.
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The 2021 breeding season for the Utica Peregrine Falcons began as it usually does, in the cold grip of winter. It’s hard for most of us to identify with the fact that January temperatures can be conducive to amorous behavior or any thought of raising a family, but birds and other animals somehow manage it. Notably, Great Horned Owls begin their courtship in December. It is not unusual for there to be a covering of snow on an owl’s nest when they are incubating eggs or even brooding young. The Peregrine’s preference for breeding on covered ledges usually spares them from getting snow on their nests. This year the official start date for the Peregrine breeding season was January 26th, which is when the pair
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began regularly mating. Interestingly, it was nearly a full month later (February 24th) when their mating attempts became successful. On that same February day, Ares gave Astrid the first food tributes of the season – one in the morning and one in the late afternoon. Gifting of prey like this is done by the male to provide his mate with sustenance as her body works to create eggs. It is also done to show the female that her mate is a capable provider and one that can be relied on to fulfill the nutritional needs of a clutch of up to five young Peregrines. The number of ledge displays the pair performed at the nest box shot up at this time. In case we had any doubts, this was a solid indication that Astrid and Ares were once again committed to using the Utica nest box to raise their family. As usual, the Utica Peregrines had to deal with many intruders during the first half of their breeding season. While many of these were other Peregrine Falcons, here to test the strength and resolve of the pair that owns the territory, a few were other species of raptor. The non-falcon raptors were mostly Cooper’s Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks. At around 4:00 PM on March 12th, we received a call about a dead raptor found in the canyon. We scrambled to account for both Peregrines with our cameras. Thankfully, after a few minutes, we located them. Both were perched on the State
Office Building. The unfortunate, expired raptor turned out to be an immature Cooper’s Hawk. It likely impacted against a window on a downtown building. It was the second Cooper’s Hawk found dead in the falcon’s territory in a week. Did the falcons have a hand in the fate of these hawks? It’s hard to say. It’s conceivable that they drove one or both into buildings, but admittedly the evidence of their involvement is circumstantial. On March 2nd, a highly unlikely intruder made its way to the heart of the Peregrine’s territory. It was a Barred Owl, and it was seen perched on the courthouse building. No one saw any interactions between the owl and the Peregrines, but it’s highly unlikely that the odd stranger had escaped the falcons’ notice. Most likely they spent time hazing it and maybe even were responsible for forcing it to land on a windowsill on the courthouse. A couple of us went downtown to see if it needed rescuing, but when we arrived, we found the owl had gone. Witnesses informed us that the owl flew from its window perch and initially headed for the County Building. It then made the wise choice of veering east and out of the falcon’s territory. The
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the Utica nest had been fitted with leg bands, and since falcons undergo a radical plumage molt in their first year, recognizing a yearling Peregrine is virtually impossible for us. We suspect that one or two of the season’s intruders were offspring from a previous breeding season, but that is based solely on the reactive behavior of Astrid and Ares. On April 12th the Utica Peregrines had an intruder that we suspect was one of their own young. In the early afternoon, we confirmed that there was a third adult Peregrine in the canyon, and it was flying over the State Building. Ares left his perch to investigate the stranger. We soon lost track of who was who as the two similarly sized males flew together over downtown. One briefly hazed the other, but it seemed less like combat and more like the light-hearted sparring parents do with their young or siblings do with each other. Astrid started calling from the box but remained on her eggs. Meanwhile, the intruder, on its own volition, headed north and out of downtown and was not pursued by Ares. After the non-confrontation, Ares flew directly to the long perch at the nest. Astrid then left the box, but she didn’t go after the stranger either. Instead, she flew to the State Building and took a high perch. At the time we thought it curious that Astrid & Ares didn’t do more hazing and chasing of the intruder. Certainly, there were aspects of the encounter that even seemed playful. It was also interesting that Ares gave no alarm calls during the incident. All this taken together led us to believe the intruder was a falcon they were familiar with and perhaps was one of their young from a previous season. Of course, there is no way to confirm this. Having said that, we knew that once the chicks begin hatching, our pair was unlikely to tolerate intruders that get too close to their nest area – whether they are relatives or not. During the egg incubation process, there are days when the sun floods into the nest box and overly warm temperatures dictate that the eggs must be cooled. Typically, the falcons manage this by standing over the eggs and shading them with their bodies. Over the years we have seen Astrid and Ares do this many times. What was different this season was that Ares was seen practicing his shading technique before there were eggs in the box. In the early afternoon of March 21st, we noticed that he was deliberately making shade in the nest. He was standing rock-still in the box with his wings slightly open and his shadow was being cast on an area on the floor. Did he think there were eggs in there? As it happened, that afternoon his shading practice was interrupted by the presence of an intruder in the canyon. He was forced to leave the invisible eggs and deal with the situation. Interestingly, after he chased off the intruder he came back and put in another hour of shading practice. We noted Ares exhibiting this phantom egg shading behavior on two more days before actual eggs being
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the box. At 9:00 PM, Astrid was shifting her position every few minutes and acting fidgety. A half-hour later she was having contractions. The first egg of the season was laid at approximately 9:44 PM. She would lay three more in the coming days at intervals of just over 60 hours. The March 27th egg-laying date is the third earliest date she had ever begun laying. The earliest was March 23rd (in 2020), and the latest, April 10th (in 2014). The falcons’ relationship with the weather has always been a fascinating one to us. Often when we observe wildlife, we imagine ourselves in their place and experiencing whatever extremes mother nature has to offer. When we do this, we superimpose our vulnerabilities on the birds. We can’t imagine ourselves standing on an exposed high ledge of a tall building in extremely low temperatures or during inclement weather, but this is something that falcons routinely do and without discomfort. High winds that most of us would consider detrimental to
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then took over brooding. It took him a little while to get everything tucked beneath him properly. As it happened, he didn’t get much time on the eggs. Five minutes after she left, Astrid was back and taking over on the nest. About an hour later Ares returned with prey. Astrid took it from him and began a feeding. The first hatched chick took its food like a pro, but the new chick was slow on the uptake. It toppled over when it tried to put its head up to vie for food. It ultimately got one tiny piece, but that was after the first chick was satiated and had stopped vying. Chick two toppled over again right after Astrid placed food in its mouth. Following that, Astrid polished off the rest of the meal herself. A little later that morning, Astrid was jostling the eggs (and the chicks) again. It would be three more days before a third egg hatched. It was soon clear that we weren’t going to have a fourth hatch this year. The last egg would remain in the nest and become something of a measuring stick we could use to gauge how large the hatchlings got as time progressed. Each year Astrid monopolizes the nestlings’ feeding sessions, but Ares usually gets in a few. This season Ares got his first chance to feed the nestlings on May 20th, when the young were about two weeks old. At 3:20 AM Ares came to the nest with a small prey item. Astrid was out at the time. Despite the early hour, we managed to locate her with our PTZ camera. She was over on the hotel ledge watching for prey. After waiting for a half-hour for his mate to show up, Ares hopped into the box and started feeding the nestlings on his own. For the most part, he was feeding only one of the nestlings, but he was doing it competently. He stopped short of feeding out the entire meal. Instead, he went back out onto the box’s perch and resumed waiting for Astrid. At just before 4 AM, Astrid returned to the nest. She had food in her talons. She blasted past Ares and went right into conducting a feeding. As for Ares, he flew off to store what was left of the food he had been doling out. Later that day, Ares got to do another feed-
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SHAWANGUNK final chapter by Peggy Spencer Behrendt
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.
On a warm, sunny day in October, I like to wash our quilts and hang them in the fresh air and sunshine to dry. It’ll be spring before I can wash them again. They are too heavy for the clothesline at first, so are piled on a clean, metal summer table to drip out. Since I use wool batting in my quilts, I know they will dry quickly. It’s a beautiful day, and I feel good. The woods and meadows are scintillating in color. Later, when I look up to hang the moist quilts on our lines, I notice the silhouette of a hawk soaring high above in the deep blue heaven, calling wistfully. While I watch, I soar with it. As the sun drifts across the sky above our woodland garden glen, my drying quilts get lighter until the Autumn breezes make them fly about too! The colorful pieces of fabric in my quilts remind me of the Louis Tiffany exhibit that came to Munson Wiliams Proctor a couple of years ago. I was interested because shortly before that exhibit, I’d begun dabbling in stained glass myself after helping a friend finish her project when she sprained her wrist. I was just being helpful and didn’t think I was interested,
but suddenly, I was hooked! (It’s really good to try new things!) As I progressed, I felt concerned about what to do with all the little glass pieces that are leftover from a project, not wanting to be wasteful. I was pleased to discover that some of the wonderful Tiffany art consists of tiny pieces of glass that are re-cycled scraps from larger projects, just like quilters do with fabric scraps. Besides the garden harvest of canned tomatoes, dried fruits, and root crops, we like to get in a good supply of rolled oatmeal and nuts for the winter. They can both be eaten without cooking in an emergency. Fifty pounds of oatmeal will fill about 13 glass gallon jars that I store under our bed or couch along with twenty-five pounds of walnuts which fill about six-gallon jars. Mice can’t chew through glass – ha! ha! Tim is responsible for our firewood and diligently spends time every day of the year, no matter how hot or cold, gathering, cutting, splitting, and stacking it. “That’s better than money in the
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bank!” is a common old timer’s quote. “She hangs a nice wash!” is another. Other preparations for winter include stapling up a skirting of Reflectex and canvas around the base of our cottage. At first, we shoveled snow up against the outside walls which is probably equally effective (when there’s enough snow). One year, we filled old feed bags with autumn leaves for this insulation and I’ve heard that some farm folks put a border of old hay bales around their home to keep out frigid drafts. Before rain wets and flattens the fallen leaves, we rake up and fill several feed bags with them which are put into our port-a-potty by the handful every time we use it. It looks nicer, reduces the odor, and helps begin safe decomposition. Now all we need is an automatic shoot that drops them into the port-a-potty when we press a lever like you do to flush a toilet. (Just kidding!) There is much to do in the garden; pull up old plants and plant a cover crop of annual rye grass. Tim has some fun in the sunflower patch one year and almost looks like a sunflower himself, with white whiskers. As soon as it’s winterized, I take time to work on craft projects that we can offer when the Pandemic is under control, like a rustic birch eyeglass post. I feel a little smug about having my birthday in early October amidst the opulence and effulgence of Autumn’s majesty. But too soon after that, our trees are bare, leaving a quilt of color below them, so we take scenic trips south to Mohawk Valley areas and beyond, to extend our pleasure. It’s hard to not enjoy a ride through the kaleidoscope of colors in the rolling hills of central NY. We sometimes drive to Cooperstown, to stroll around, admiring the quaint homes and pretty gardens, sit by Otsego Lake, and maybe take a nap on a bench with my head on my dear one’s lap. We often visit the Fenimore Museum of Art(with its awesome exhibit of artifacts and crafts by Indigenous Americans), and sometimes the Farmers Museum, but we always stop in the Willis Money used bookstore in the village, where I invariably find some treasure to take home and muse over. It’s fun, too, to see young folks in baseball shirts and caps walking dreamy-eyed along the sidewalks with their parents, gazing with excitement and awe into store windows resplendent with baseball memorabilia. I recently came across a hopscotch board chalked into the sidewalk and couldn’t resist skipping through it, getting a grin from younger folks passing by. Reflecting on 73 years of birthday celebrations, my 19th birthday in 1968 was the most difficult, and I share this deeply personal tale with you to encourage sex education and possibly help other young people who struggle with similar issues, and to commiserate with the many women and men who have had a similar experience. That October, I regretfully dropped out of my junior year of college because I finally realized I was four months pregnant. (I went back the next year.) I thought I’d met the “man of my dreams” earlier that summer, but as we got to know each other better I realized that I’d
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infatuation. I didn’t think it could be that easy to get pregnant, but despite clandestine searches in the college library for birth control information which were fruitless, I really knew nothing about sex. Most parents didn’t talk about it. Mine didn’t. Our schools didn’t talk about it. Maybe they assumed we’d just pick it up through deduction? At that time, an unwed pregnant woman was cause for great social embarrassment and shame, and I felt very sorry to bring this to my family. So, I “hid” in my parents’ home during my pregnancy, grateful for their kind support, but desperately lonely and despondent. My child’s
father wanted to marry me, and I said yes at one point but looking at engagement rings together left me emotionally flat. I had to disappoint him as I knew it was likely a disastrous move. The decision to raise my child by myself or give him up for adoption was fraught with intense emotion and indecision. If I kept him, I’d have to hire babysitters while I worked to support us, and I felt like strangers would essentially be raising my child. If I let him be adopted, how could I know if he would get nice people to raise him? It literally broke my heart, but I decided to trust assurances that Social Services carefully screened and selected worthy homes for children. For forty-two years, I wondered if he did get a nice home, if he was well, or if he was even alive? Meanwhile, I met my kindred soulmate Tim, who came with four delightful young children of his own, whom I’ve always regarded as a bonus to our marriage. They even comforted me at times when I needed to express my sorrow, regrets, and yearning for knowledge of my son. I placed ads in local papers with his birth date, asking for information to no avail. In 2011, a friend’s critique of what she considered my insufficient attempts to find him motivated me to search for and stumble on a website that listed NYS res-
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We connected. I asked if we could meet (her son was visiting friends in Europe at the time) and she welcomed me into her home showing me pictures and sharing stories of his childhood. I was utterly thrilled, and we both had the same baby picture Social Services had given us. Then, one day after he’d returned, they came to the Preserve together and made wreaths in our holiday workshop. This was the first time I’d met him after his first three days of life. I was in awe and speechless the whole time. I didn’t know how to act and had to balance teaching with clandestine glances at my son. Thankfully, my sister had come and filled in my stunned silences with lighthearted chatter. Tim said I looked like a child who was seeing Santa for the first time. Since then, we’ve become friends and family. We don’t have a lifetime of history together, but we have many similarities and respect for each other’s kindness, intellect, and integrity. He has been an early advocate of electric vehicles (was the first known person to drive an electric car through all 50 states – yes, even Hawaii!) and is pursuing the increased use of electrically powered transport trucks. We discovered that we even have mutual friends in the area. Our paths might have crossed! I feel immense gratitude to and deep
affection for his adopted parents who sincerely, generously, and more than adequately provided a wholesome home life and opportunities in their community for my son and his adopted brother. How grateful I am to know him, to know his mother who feels like a sister to me, and to have had my own “adopted” stepchildren with my dear husband. By not letting a difficult and challenging situation hold or break me, by having kind support from others as well as forgiving myself and continuing my life with integrity, a tough situation has become a blessing for all concerned. (He has also met his biological father. His adopted father, unfortunately, died when he was a teenager.) How grateful I am that our society has matured to be more open and practical with young folks about reproduction so they can proceed with knowledge and carefulness. We know that mistakes will still happen, but their negative impact may be minimized with kind support and forgiveness. It’s so true that “It takes a village to raise a child” (African Proverb). Magazines such as this help to increase the connections and consciousness of our larger community so that the “village” becomes ever broader and more inclusive. We are so grateful that we have been
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sponsor news White’s Farm Supply Welcomes Karl Edgren
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White’s Farm Supply, Inc. welcomes Karl Edgren. Karl grew up in Maine and played golf and football for the University of Maine at Orono. He moved to Utica and opened a used car dealership that he ran for 35 years. Karl currently resides in Marcy, enjoys competitive shooting and is an animal lover. Karl looks forward to serving White’s Farm Supply’s current and new customers as in-store sales person at the Waterville location.
Karen Stanislaus Earns Endorsement of Oneida County Democratic Party
last month’s crossword solution
The answer to last month’s crossword about what this month represents: It’s MVL Magazine’s 8th BIRTHDAY! Our winner is: Kay Sinclair of New Hartford
Karen Stanislaus, an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in Family Court, earned a key endorsement in her race for this year’s open-seat race for Oneida County Family Court. At the last Oneida County Democratic Committee meeting, Karen earned the endorsement of the Oneida County Democratic Party. “Karen Stanislaus is an outstanding attorney, an outstanding candidate, and will be an outstanding Family Court Judge” Oneida County Democratic Committee Chairman Mitch Ford Said. “I’m the only candidate in this race who has heard thousands of Family Court cases” Karen Stanislaus said. She is currently a Family Court Referee where she hears cases and writes decisions in the best interests of the child involved in the case. Karen Stanislaus now has the Democratic, Working Families and Equal Justice for All Party Lines. 54
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