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The Joy of Standing in Line by Sharry L. Whitney

Recently, my mother-in-law and I were walking around the village of Clinton during a busy, sunny afternoon. It was homecoming weekend at Hamilton College and the shops and restaurants were bustling. I overheard many happy conversations from families enjoying the day. “I hate it when it’s busy,” my mother-in-law lamented, to which I replied, “If they’re not busy, they won’t exist anymore, and then all of our fun would be gone.” She conceded that she hadn’t thought of that. That got me thinking about the “Shop Small” campaign that began several years back. It may have made the wrong impression. The “command” to shop local may have made us think that we’re helping local businesses. Helping them out. Of course, we are. But what we need to realize is that it’s a selfish act. It helps us. When we shop at a local jeweler, gift shop, antique shop, etc., it not only helps those businesses directly but helps, say, our favorite nearby restaurant, too. And that local restaurant that draws people in for its famous calzones, inadvertently channels people by the neighboring window displays. So even if you’re not a fan of calzones, that shop next door that you rely on for those gifts you love may be interdependently connected to that restaurant. Suzie Jones writes this month about the benefits of competition, and I have to agree with her. I’ve worked in marketing for many years and have often told clients—who were fretting over the new competition that opened down the block—that if they’re the only game in town, they’re in trouble. People like to have choices. If you’re the only jeweler in town, for example, what chance do you have to offer that particular item a customer seeks? If you have three jewelers in town, your town becomes a destination for jewelry shoppers. And what better way for people to celebrate that gorgeous new necklace they found than with a calzone? So the next time you find yourself in line on a busy day at your favorite shop, think of how lucky you are! •


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the establishment of St. Margaret’s Corporation of Utica three years later and the opening of the first St. Margaret’s House on Clark Place. The site continued in use until the mansion on Jordan Road was completed some 22 years later on land purchased in 1929 with funds originating from the wills of Rachel and Frederick Proctor. For Elizabeth Gillett, an Episcopal priest and St. Margaret’s House chaplain, the facility has always been “a place of nurture and respite… where people can be inspired.” “It’s homey,” Gillett observed. “There isn’t a lot of noise, there are lots of places to relax both indoors and outside, and it doesn’t look at all like an institution.” St. Margaret’s House offers 21 bedrooms, a chapel, a capacious great room and dining room, a library, a large garden area, and more. The spaces are airy and inviting, seating is comfortable and abundant, and the landscaped grounds provide additional space for those seeking time alone or with friends. “I think,” Gillett said, “that many are very hungry for this kind of quiet in their lives. In the silence, people have an opportunity to get in touch with their inner selves. This is something they may not be able to do while at home.” The nuns of the Sisters of St. Margaret remained in residence at the house until 2009, when, death and aging having taken their toll and markedly diminished their numbers, those left returned to their mother house in Boston. But Gillett said that during their many decades of residence, the house was “a place of prayer.” She feels that something, a kind of “residue” that has in some way lingered, serves as a continuing legacy of their tenure. Gillett conducts services in the chapel on Wednesdays from noon to 12:30 p.m. Lunch follows. People who are regular attenders have come to know each other and developed friendships, but new faces, she said, are always welcome. Organized retreats with various focuses are periodically offered, and rooms are available for those wishing to remain overnight. On the other hand, retreats can also be very informal, defined by however the participants wish. “Quiet days” are another possibility and are open to anyone, as is true of all house offerings. These typically run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are divided into 15-minute segments during which participants focus on specific meditations, leave the group to spend time alone, then return to the group. The day is punctuated by time in the chapel and lunch. Although the first sisters were Anglican, St. Margaret’s, with roots in the Episcopal church, is a non-profit, ecumenical organization with a board of directors, and is open to all. St. Margaret’s programs are supported through

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suggested donations. In 1987, very much in sync with Neale’s vision, St. Margaret’s founded Emmaus House, a temporary shelter in Utica providing 15 beds for homeless women and their young children. Families, who typically remain from a few days to several months, are placed by the Oneida County Department of Social Services, which provides assistance including counseling and help as residents search for more permanent housing and jobs. Cheryl Logan, a member of St. Margaret’s board of directors since 2001 and its current president, has been involved with St. Margaret’s in one way or another since she was 12. She and her sisters participated in the Girls’ Friendly Society, a social group based at Utica’s Grace Episcopal Church. She was essentially unaware of St. Margaret’s until several of the sisters became involved with the Friendly Society, organizing arts and crafts classes, story hours, and providing lunch every weekday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eventually, the group’s activities were moved to St. Margaret’s. It was Father James Cardone of Grace Church who would eventually recommend Logan for a seat on St. Margaret’s board. The sisters’ departure from the house following a tenure of 97 years marked a significant change for the local program. “When they left,” Logan recalled, “it took us about a year to revamp; we had to hire new staff and rethink a lot of things, but we did it. No one wanted us to close our doors.” Today, St. Margaret’s House, with its welcoming, ecumenical philosophy, substantial interior spaces, and outdoor gardens, functions as a sanctuary, ready and available to meet the needs of both gathering groups and individuals seeking time to think their private thoughts. St. Margaret’s might also prove just the place to enjoy quilting, playing bridge, or singing with a group. “We try to make everyone feel comfortable,” Logan said. “What can be found at St. Margaret’s is for anybody, from any walk of life, no matter what their religious background.” “I feel a presence when I go there,” she added, echoing a feeling Elizabeth Gillett had earlier expressed when she noted that whenever she is in the house, she has the sense that the nuns have left something of themselves behind. Logan couldn’t agree more. “There is a – ‘something,’ “ she said. “It’s just there.” •


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Near the eve of the deadline for this issue of Mohawk Valley Living a post came to my attention that legendary children’s author, Gary Paulsen, had died. I have read many of Gary Paulsen’s books over the years. Multiple volumes are in our family library, including his recently published memoir, Gone to the Woods. Somehow, and despite the fact that he is so well known for writing survival stories that captivate young people that are set in the great outdoors, I had never read his Newbery Honor book, Hatchet. I happened to pick up a copy several weeks ago while at a meeting for an event in the Adirondacks regarding our own children’s books, and could not put it down. That led me to race through the Brian saga of books that followed the further adventures of Hatchet’s protagonist in the wild. And just days before Paulsen’s sudden passing I had discovered and finished, Guts, a non-fiction volume he wrote about his personal experiences in the wilderness which he drew upon while writing Brian’s adventures. It was like taking a writing class from one of the all-time greats on the powerful influence real-life experiences can have in helping to craft the stories you tell. It got me thinking about the books my son and I have been writing for young people over the past twenty years. Our personal experiences in the outdoors have not been nearly as dramatic as Paulsen’s – that is, we have never been attacked (nearly fatally) by a moose, or almost suffocated in a cloud of mosquitoes while paddling a canoe, or dragged a slain deer several miles over several days in the rain from a swamp to get it home. But we have definitely drawn on a number of experiences during the many years exploring the Adirondacks have shown up in our stories. There was the time we ran out of gas near the lighthouse on Fourth Lake in the family’s small motorboat we all affectionately call, “the puttputt.” Resorting to the heavy and painful wooden oars in the vain attempt to get us back camp made its way into our third

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book in the chapter entitled, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” The actual loss of a wedding ring years ago through a crack between the boards of the family dock became, A Story with a Ring to It, in our collection of short stories. And in one of our most recent volumes, the details of a bushwhack to reach a cave allegedly used by the famous trapper and guide French Louie, found its way into Phantom of the Talus Caves. A teacher who responded to a post I had put on our Facebook author’s page about all of this suggested we could honor Paulsen’s legacy by passing on these sentiments to students during our school presentations. We plan to do exactly that, and will take what has been learned from Paulsen’s work, hopefully, to make our own work even better! •

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What could be better than a beer with a friend? How about a locally brewed craft beer in a distinctive setting, and a great conversation with the guy that brewed it? Even better! I have enjoyed beer, wine, and conversation on several occasions at Ironrock Brewing in Little Falls. The first time I went was in 2020 with my friend, Kim Darling. They had been brewing for a while and finally opened a tasting room. I called Kim and said, “Let’s go!” The building is near Canal Place. You can get there by going left or right on the big bridge. Kim and I went right and drove right by the turn! That was okay, though, because we were on an adventure. Without resorting to Google, we found the place. They were doing a good business when we walked in – socially distanced, of course. A nice young man invited us to sit where we liked and a waitress would be right with us. One tall table was still free. I love tall tables! This one was right next to an open overhead door, so we had a nice view of the outside as well as the inside. We ordered a flight of beers: Blonde, Pumpkin Ale, Ironrock IPA, all three of which are brewed by Ironrock; and a 1911 Black Cherry Hard Cider, which Kim especially wanted. When I mentioned that I wanted to write an article for Mohawk Valley Living magazine, the waitress said she would send the owner over to talk to us. It was the nice young man who had first welcomed us. Before our beer arrived, I walked around, loving the décor and snapping a few pictures. We later found out that the building was once Andrew Little and Sons Lumber Yard. A couple of vintage signs on the wall attest to the fact. The building retains its character with bare beams and unfinished walls. There are two rooms. In the second room there is a bar, which looks like a good place for a band (although I later found there was a nice space for a band in the main room), and an intriguing semi-private room. When I told Kim about the room, we immediately began making plans to meet there with other theatre friends, to discuss a murder mystery or the return of summer Shakespeare with LiFT (Little Falls Theatre Company). I had tasted all four glasses of our flight when we were joined by Mike George,

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owner and head brewer of Ironrock. He recognized Mohawk Valley Girl (and friend) from the article I wrote about Heelpath Brewing in Frankfort. How flattering for me! He also remembered my admitted lack of sophistication when it came to my tasting notes. He undertook to give me a brief seminar, or Beer 101 about flavor compounds. I took a few notes but foolishly did not go over them again till much later, with the result that I am not sure what I meant by some of them. I learned that the Blonde is lighter in body; Pumpkin is more malty. Malt is the grain that is used. Hops, which are flowers, bring the bitterness to offset the malt. I took a picture of some hops. I guess I will need further instruction. For now, I will say my favorite beer of the day was the Ironrock IPA, which I pronounced, “Yummy.” Regular readers of my blog will know that that is my highest accolade. After a flight, we switched to wine. For one reason, I get bloated if I drink too much beer. For another, they have 1,000 Islands Winery wines! One of my favorites! I enjoyed a glass of their Cabernet Sauvignon, which I cannot find in any of the area liquor stores. Kim got her favorite, Moscato. Mike also told us a bit about the beginnings of Ironrock. He was originally a hobby winemaker, but when a friend started growing hops, they decided to try making beer. On the first batch they tried, every bottle blew up! Luckily for us, they persevered. The result is an excellent product, available at a lovely spot to relax and enjoy. I have been back to Ironrock on several occasions since. They do not serve food, but Mangia Macrina’s Woodfired Pizza is right nearby at Canal Place, and they are happy to deliver. Ironrock staff keep copies of the menu for your convenience. Additionally, food trucks often visit. In September, Ironrock hosted the Iron Rock Run, which was sponsored by Rock City Runners. It was a four-and-a-half-mile course, beginning and ending at the brewery. A run followed by beer? Yes, please! (Full disclosure: after running, all I really wanted was water. Eventually, I managed to sip a glass of wine –1,000 Islands Winery Chardonnay. Yum! While I recovered from my exertions, we enjoyed music by the Bea-

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nature in november story and photos by Matt Perry November is a true transition month. Typically, it is fall-like at its inception, and by its conclusion, we are in the throes of winter. Plants and trees finish shutting down photosynthesis during November. Most deciduous trees have shed their leaves and perennial plants have died back to the ground. Tree and plant roots, tubers, and bulbs become depositories of energy, which they will keep sequestered until spring. As for wildlife, they deal with the change of season in myriad ways. Some, like most migratory birds, depart the northeastern US and head south to more amenable climes. Other animals, like bats and Black Bears hibernate. Some, like Woodchucks and Eastern Chipmunks, go into a state of near hibernation, while Beavers, squirrels, rabbits, and virtually all mammalian carnivores, remain active. Omnivores like Raccoons, Striped Skunks, and Virginia Opossums stay semi-active, venturing out to feed only on milder days. Amphibians and reptiles largely disappear from the environment before winter locks in. Turtles enter a state of torpor before the cold weather comes. They bury themselves in the mud at the bottom of ponds; their metabolic activity slows significantly; they stop breathing and feeding, and they begin their long wait for spring. By contrast, far from becoming less active, White-tailed Deer increase their activity

levels in November. Midfall marks the start of the breeding season for deer. This is also referred to as “rut” or the “rutting season”. As female deer (does) enter estrus, male deer (bucks) seek them out. A buck may travel miles to locate a doe and, along the way, may enter into combat with other bucks. Autumn is the time when deer generally do a lot of moving around. Besides activities associated with breeding, deer are compelled to move across the country to find new sources of food. In late fall and winter, they must cover far more territory to feed themselves than in summer. Of course, in summer, foliage is plentiful, and to deer, virtually there’s a salad bar everywhere they turn. Like the deer, birds continue to be highly active in November. Those species that spend the winter here are obliged to spend most of their time foraging for food. Small songbirds like chickadees and nuthatches must be relentless in their search for seeds, berries, and dormant insects. With small birds, the balance of stored energy to energy expended is a delicate one. To fuel their heightened foraging activities, they need to feed more, and more intensive foraging meets more energy consumed. If they fail to eat enough to meet their energy demands, they risk dying from

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exposure to the cold. One thing I make a point to do in November is to assess the fruit, seed, and nut production of the woods and other habitats at our nature preserve. Getting a handle on the wild food supply will give me an idea of what birds and other animals will be able to spend the winter with us. Of course, by November much of the wild food has already fallen from the trees; it has already been collected and/or eaten by wildlife. What remains in the trees is no longer hidden by foliage and is therefore easy to survey. It has been a good year for apple production, but most of the wild apple trees drop their fruit before November, and so their bounty will be largely depleted by month’s end. Crabapple trees and Hawthorns tend to keep their fruit on their branches longer but, this year they were not as prolific as the apple trees. Still, overwintering flocks of American Robins and Cedar Waxwings will be able to utilize what they do have. Reputedly, ungrafted Washington Hawthorns may take 18 years before they begin producing fruit and ours took every bit of that time. This year our largest Washington Haw-

thorns have plenty of tiny thorn apples clinging to their branches. I expect this fruit to be popular with foraging birds. If we are fortunate, Bohemian Waxwings and Pine Grosbeaks may be among those vying for a share. Wild grape vines occur in many places around the nature preserve and they were especially prolific this year. Grapes attract a wide variety of birds, but they also draw in mammals. Famously, Gray Foxes will climb into the vines to feed on them. Fishers are also known to feed on wild grapes. In our swamp, the Winterberry bushes are covered with bright red berries. The glossy fruit will be utilized by overwintering flocks of Robins, Bluebirds, and perhaps a Hermit Thrush or two. Oriental Bittersweet is an invasive vine that is common in the Mohawk Valley, and we have more than our share of it in our woods. The non-native bittersweet seldom experiences a poor fruit production year. Its attractive yellow-sheathed, red berries are eaten by some wildlife including Cedar Waxwings. However, it seems that no bird really favors it, and only turns to it when there is little else available. European Buckthorn is another example of an invasive species in the region that rarely fails to produce a large number of berries. The small dark berries are another food of last resort for fruit-eating birds. Unfortunately, buckthorn berries have a strong laxative effect on the birds and, if they consume too many, it can cause sickness and even death. Every two to eight years American Beech trees produce a bumper crop of nuts. The trees synchronize with each other to flood the market with their seed, thereby ensuring that at least some will survive the gauntlet of feathered and furry consumers to successfully germinate in the spring. As it happens, this year is not a beechnut glut year. A few beech trees did produce nuts, but it is far from the

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majority. By contrast, birch trees were quite prolific (which they often are). Seed from Yellow Birch, Paper Birch, River Birch, and Gray Birch will be sought after by finches like American Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, and Common Redpolls. We have many oak trees in our reforestation fields, but they are not mature enough to produce a significant number of acorns. That should change during the next ten years, and the yield of these trees should increase exponentially. When they do, there will be much more available forage for deer, Wild Turkeys, Wood Ducks, and many other animals. In our old woods, the Bitternut Hickory trees are one of several nut tree species that produced a decent crop of nuts. Unlike the other species, the hickories retained a significant number of nuts in their branches right into November. The literature tells us that nuts from these hickories are bitter (hence the name) and are often neglected by wildlife. However, I regularly come by evidence that contradicts that claim. The chewed open husks and pieces of nutshells strewn around the forest floor indicate that squirrels are feeding on them. Very few of our planted Red Cedars and Bayberries produced fruit this year. Although the two species couldn’t be more different, both thrive in the same dry meadow habitat, and both produce highly aromatic bluish berries. Cedar Waxwings are said to relish the fruit of the Red Cedar, but to date, I have yet to catch one in the act of eating them. As November comes to a close, and fall takes on more aspects of winter, life for most wild denizens becomes more challenging. For nature enthusiasts, seeing any wildlife at all can also be a challenge. While the winter landscape with its leafless trees and snow-covered fields looks like frozen desolation, it is anything but, and that will be the subject of December’s nature column. •

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growing cranberries at home by denise A. Szarek

Growing cranberries may seem a far-fetched idea in the home garden, but it is plausible when you have the right conditions. Cranberries are woody, low-growing perennial vines. Native to the temperate zones of the northeast coast, from southern Canada all the way to the Appalachian mountain range in the south. Cranberries are often grown commercially in water, but contrary to popular belief, actually flourish when grown on dry land. Cranberry plants grow runners measuring from 1 to 6 feet long with dark green, glossy leaves during its growth phase and reddish-brown during the dormant season. Along the runners, short vertical branches develop and form flower buds jutting above the matted vines. From these branches, berries form. Can you grow cranberries at home? Yes, and now the question is how are cranberries grown in the home garden? The first thing to determine how to grow cranberries is the pH of your garden soil. Cranberries are a member of the Ericaceae family and, as such, are best suited to a soil pH of less than 5. You will want to test your soil to determine pH and also make sure you have very well-draining soil or amend the soil with sand. The second major consideration when attempting cranberry vine care is irrigation. If you have very alkaline water, this will affect the pH of your soil and may render it unsuitable for growing cranberries. The final test, which answers the question, “Can you grow cranberries at home?” is to determine what the climate is like in your region. Cranberry plants need cold weather in order to trigger a dormant phase, approximately three months of temperatures in the 32 to 45 degree F. (0-7 C.) range. Some areas of the country will not be suitable for cranberry planting. When everything above is checked off your list, it’s time for the basics of cranberry vine care. Growing cranberry plants from seed is not recommended. Plants may be obtained through mail order, the Internet, or if you reside in an area of commercial cranberry farms, possibly from a grower. To make things easier, purchase rooted seedlings, which are usually in a 1-inch diameter pot. Plant one rooted cranberry cutting per square foot, which should fill in within one or two years. It is unnecessary to put fertilizer in the hole as

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long as the rooted section is substantial. Plant cranberry plants after the last major frost in the spring depending on your location. Water daily for the first couple of weeks until the seedlings have established and thereafter every couple of days, or keep moist but not drenched. Fertilize every three to four weeks with slow-release fertilizer and follow up regularly with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Hand weed as needed. Protect cranberry vines from damage during winter conditions with a thick layer of mulch such as pine boughs. Snow accumulation may become a protector of sorts as well. Fruit of the cranberry plants will become apparent the year after planting, but more likely the second year depending on the number of pollinators visiting your cranberry plot. Growing Cranberries in Pots You can grow cranberries in containers. Keep in mind, that cranberry is a low-growing plant, think of it as ground cover, so it might not have enough height to be pleasing for the eye. Cranberries like acidic soil. In their natural environment, cranberries grow in a moist sandy with organic matter, but not waterlogged. They grow best in acidic soil with a pH of around 4.5 and prefer full sun to part shade, with protection from frost. Patience is required when growing cranberries, as they only fruit after 2-3 years of growth. Many gardeners try growing them and give up thinking that they haven’t got soil conditions right. How do you recreate the complex soil environment that cranberries grow in? The really simple way to grow cranberries is to use a large self-watering pot, I prefer the long trough-shaped self-watering pots, often called ‘planters’ or ‘window boxes’. They have a water reservoir at the bottom which holds a few liters of water, which wicks upwards and keeps the soil moist. A self-watering pot is basically a sub-irrigation system (which simply means ‘watering from below the soil’), it’s an old technology that has been used extensively for growing indoor plants, and has seen renewed popularity recently in its scaled-up version of a ‘wicking bed’ which gardeners use to grow vegetables.


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Cranberry Breakfast Cake by Denise Szarek

Supplies · 9x9 square baking pan · parchment paper (optional) Ingredients · 1/2 cup half and half · 1 tsp lemon juice · 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature · 1 cup granulated sugar (214 grams) · 1 large egg, at room temperature · 3/4 tsp vanilla extract · 3/4 tsp almond extract · 2 tsp baking powder · 1 tsp salt · 2 cups flour · 2 cups fresh cranberries, you can use frozen, but don’t thaw. · 2 Tbsp sanding sugar

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Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly spray a 9x9 inch baking pan. I line mine with 2 sheets of parchment paper with long ends so I can lift it out easier. 2. Mix the half and half with lemon juice and set aside. 3. Cream the soft butter and sugar together for about 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of your bowl as needed, until light and fluffy. 4. Beat in egg and extracts, followed by baking powder and salt. Keep scraping that bowl. 5. Lower your mixer speed and blend in 1/2 the flour, just until it’s almost all blended, then add the half and half, and finally the rest of the flour. Just blend until the flour is incorporated and then stop. 6. Gently fold in the cranberries making sure to get them evenly distributed but not crushed. You can reserve a handful of cranberries to pop onto the top of the cake before baking. 7. Spread the batter (it will be quite thick) evenly into your pan. Add your extra cranberries to the surface of the cake, pushing them in gently. 8. Sprinkle the sanding sugar over the surface of the cake and then bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until risen, golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Don’t overbake. Check on the early side. 9. Let cool for 15-20 minutes in the pan, then, if you used parchment, you can remove the cake to cool completely, or slice while still slightly warm. 10. Store the leftover cake in the pan on the counter covered with foil

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lucy in the sky by carol higgins

In the past two months, we have taken a look at some moons orbiting planets in our Solar System. This month we’ll learn about a new NASA spacecraft and its 12year mission to visit seven mysterious asteroids. Meet Lucy – NASA’s asteroid explorer extraordinaire, and its interesting connection to an early human ancestor, diamonds, and the Beatles! Asteroids are leftovers from the era about 4.6 billion years ago when the Sun and planets were forming. Comprised mainly of different kinds of rocks and in some cases metals such as nickel-iron and other components, they range from a few feet across to about 325 miles in diameter. There are millions of asteroids, with the majority located in a region between Mars and Jupiter called the Asteroid Belt. But, there is another place where asteroids are found. Traveling along with Jupiter as it orbits the Sun are two swarms of thousands (some researchers think millions) of asteroids called Trojans. Captured by the tug of the gravity of Jupiter and the Sun, one Trojan asteroid swarm is ahead of Jupiter while the other follows it. Lucy’s seven Trojan asteroid targets are in those two swarms. The Lucy mission is complex, has ambitious science goals, and is full of “firsts” and fun tributes. Trojan asteroids are time capsules containing materials collected from the early Solar System. This is the first spacecraft built to fly by

and study them. The seven target Trojans are known to be quite diverse in composition, color, and structure. Scientists hope the data gathered will provide clues about NASA’s Lucy Spacecraft the evolution of the planets. Image credit: Southwest Research Institute Lucy carries three science instruments: a color camera and infrared spectrometer to evaluate the surface compo- diamond beamsplitter, so Lucy is literalsition, a sensitive high-resolution imager, ly carrying a diamond into the sky, and Hanny’s Voorwerp. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, W. Keel, Galaxy Zoo Team space! and a thermal spectrometer to measure the surface temperature and determine After launch, Lucy travels on a complex trajectory that sets records for the surface properties. The science goals for each asteroid number of different destinations and the are: map the surface geology, structure, three times it uses Earth’s gravity to pick and age; collect data about the surface up speed and “slingshot” it toward the Jucolor, properties, minerals, and ices; de- piter Trojan swarms. Another fun fact is termine its mass, density, and sub-sur- that before Lucy reaches its first Trojan face composition exposed in craters and named Eurybates in August 2027, it will fractures; search for rings and satellite fly by asteroid Donald Johanson in the Asteroid Belt in April 2025. He was the objects. Ok, that’s the technical stuff, now for Lucy skeleton discoverer! some fun facts. The Lucy spacecraft is Lucy will claim the title of the spacenamed after a hominid that lived 3.2 mil- craft furthest from the Sun that is powered lion years ago. Its skeleton was discov- solely by solar panels. Each of its two cirered by paleontologist Donald Johanson cular arrays measures 24 feet across and on November 24, 1974, in Ethiopia while is highly efficient. And finally, although searching for evidence of early human an- Lucy’s mission is a record-breaking 12 cestors. That evening he and his team cel- years long, the spacecraft will continue ebrated and listened to the Beatles song its visit back and forth to the Trojans for “Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds”, so thousands of years. they named her “Lucy”. Since this mis- Lucy launched from Cape Canaveral sion also looks back in time, the NASA on October 16. Visit the NASA website at team gave that moniker to the spacecraft. to learn more and follow What about a diamond connection? Well, Lucy on its mission. the onboard infrared instrument has a Wishing you clear skies! •

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Much thanks to our friend and local artist Jim Parker for this information about his family ancestor, Ellen Harriet Clapsaddle (1865-1934). Clapsaddle was a commercial and illustrator and is known today as “America’s most collectible postcard artist.” She is credited with over 3,000 designs in the souvenir/postcard field. She was born in Herkimer County, NY in the hamlet of South Columbia where she attended the one-room schoolhouse on the corner of Prey Hill Road and McKoons Road. She graduated from the Richfield Springs Academy (later known as high school) in 1882 and went on to attend Cooper Union Institute in New York. Clapsaddle is best known for her “Snow Baby” images. She is buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Richfield Springs. •

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A friend asked me recently how I would feel if there was more competition in the Mohawk Valley for our farm’s products. It is a fair question, I guess, especially since highlighting farmers and the local rural economy is one of my passions. At some point, we may find ourselves amongst many cheese and gelato makers or pastured poultry farmers and life would be much harder…right? I immediately flashed back to my Econ 101 class, a required-but-notin-my-major class that was probably at 8 a.m.…the kind of class I took begrudgingly but where I listened attentively and took copious notes. It was the kind of class where—try as I might—I only retained details long enough to pass the quizzes and final exam. But one thing did stick. I remember the professor posing this question to the class: If you owned a gas station, would you rather be the only gas station—with no competition in sight—OR would you rather be on a corner with three other gas stations occupying the other three corners? It was pretty clear to all of the students that the first scenario was the best. If you’re the only gas station around, everyone has to come to you and you can set your own prices. Four gas stations on all four corners, competing for the same customers—forget it, there’s no contest…right? But our professor explained that the reality was quite the opposite. Gas stations in the four corners scenario generally perform better, with higher sales volumes, higher rates of profitability, and lower rates of failure. It was

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Kelly Perrin of Quarry Brook Farms and Suzie ritourism. By further partnering with the Little Falls Cheese Festival, the two entities are even better able to amplify the message that Central New York is a burgeoning cheese producing area, benefitting makers and dairy farms, with positive rippling effects on restaurants, hotels, and small retail shops, and visitors contributing to local sales tax coffers. Win-win-win! Unfortunately, not everyone believes in collaboration and competition. I understand—I too thought the lone gas station would be more successful. It is easier to look inward, to see everyone else as competition and not a potential partner or collaborator. Indeed, despite the overall willingness to help one another baling hay, pouring concrete, and myriad other projects, there is a long history of farmers and neighbors refusing to collaborate, especially on complicated issues. Decades ago, our very neighborhood saw some farmers dumping milk to protest low prices while others quietly delivered their milk under cover of darkness. Windows were shot out; a barn was burned down. It got ugly. But I refuse to believe farmers helping farmers is anything but a good thing. There is an exciting newer collaboration of farmers taking place in the Mohawk Valley. Called the “Farmer’s Park-It”. It is a loose association of farmers (including Jones Family Farm) that takes orders and payments online and meets their customers either in New Hartford on Thursday afternoons or in Old Forge on Fridays. The group started during the earliest stages of the pandemic, when several of the producers realized they were all taking orders from customers, running deliveries throughout the area, and meeting people in parking lots—oftentimes the same customers. By collaborating on shared communications, promotions, and deliveries, the group has seen growth in our customer base, an increase in sales, and a reduction in labor. Despite some crossover in product offerings, we are all benefitting. Imagine that… win-win-win! • For anyone interested in more information on the Farmer’s Park-It, look for and follow the Facebook page! Suzie Jones and her husband, Peter, own Jones Family Farm in Herkimer. Together, with their children, they produce specialty goat cheeses and gelato. Find them at local farmers’ markets and online at

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The three falcon nestlings received names when they were about four weeks old. Telling males and females apart isn’t usually that difficult with Peregrine Falcons, and differences between the genders are evident at an early age. Females are larger than males, up to one-third bigger. They also have proportionately bigger feet and thicker tarsus bones (ankles). Quite early on, we were reasonably sure that we had two females and one male in the nest this year. Interestingly, this was the first year we ever had a higher number of females than males in the nest. In eight years of breeding, Astrid and Ares have produced substantially more males (15) than females (9). To name the nestlings, we didn’t conduct a formal naming contest as we have in previous years. Instead, we chose from names that people suggested on our Utica Falcon Watch Facebook Page. The male was named “Gary” in honor of Gary Parrish who had passed earlier in the year. Gary Parrish was a member of the Utica Peregrine Falcon Project (UPFP) and was one of the builders of the falcons’ nest box. He participated in the very first fledgewatch back in 2014 and was an avid watcher of the nest cams. Gary Parrish’s namesake was the second bird to hatch in the nest. His older sister (hatched earlier the same day) was named Kendra. The last chick to hatch was also female and was named Freya. By the second week of June, the nestlings had nearly completed their molt into juvenile plumage which is distinctly different from adult plumage. Their plush white down was replaced by a set of purplish-brown flight feathers. Their tail feathers had thin tan stripes and a wider terminal band.

Their light-colored chests were heavily streaked with brown. On their faces, each had a tan patch, a light eyebrow stripe, and a dark malar (or sideburn mark). The size and shape of the birds’ malars were distinct, and we used them to tell the young birds apart. Gary had the thinnest malar and Freya, the widest. By this time, all three were doing a fair amount of exercising in the nest. This served to strengthen their wing muscles and it readied them for flight. Male Peregrines develop faster than females; this is on account of their smaller size. Regardless of hatching order, male nestlings are typically the first to begin venturing out of the nest as well as the first to ultimately fledge. This year was no exception, and on June 7th Gary became the first of the clutch to venture onto one of the box’s side platforms (or “verandas”). To the seasoned watchers among us, this was an indication that fledging was perhaps only days away. The UPFP’s official fledgewatch began on June 10th. Given Gary’s rate of progress, we knew he could leave the nest at any time, and we wanted people on site that could mount a rescue if necessary. Early that morning, Gary had already been going back and forth from the nest box to the verandas. Later, he pushed beyond the east veranda and onto a window ledge. His sisters watched his progress but held back from leaving the box themselves. Astrid and Ares were not enticing the young to fly at this point but were monitoring the nest closely

Astrid feeds her clutch at the nest from nearby perches in the canyon. They remained keenly alert for any sign of a fledging chick or the presence of an unwanted intruder. On June 13th, both Kendra and Freya began moving onto the verandas. By that time, Gary had been gaining experience flapping his wings on the various perches around the box area and “hop flying” from one to the other. He was also becoming proficient at jumping from the long perch to the nest box. These jumps and mini flights gave him a chance to practice his landings. As we at fledgewatch know only too well, it’s not the flying that young Peregrines tend to have trouble with, it’s the landings. At just after 11:00 that morning, as his parents flew high over the canyon, Gary jumped/flew to the roof of the nest box. This we recognized as the final hurdle a nestling overcomes before fledging. In previous years, the day a nestling went onto

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the roof of the box was the day they fledged. As for Gary, he wasn’t in a hurry to take the next step. He laid down on the box roof and watched his parents soaring over the canyon. At 12:45 PM, he decided he was ready and abruptly sailed out on his first flight. Astrid issued alarm calls as he flew towards the west face of the State Office Building and then disappeared from view. None of us saw him land or could therefore gauge how well he did, but we soon learned he had come down on a window ledge on the west face of the building. He was about ten stories high, which was a respectable height and a relatively safe place for him to be. Sometimes new fliers rest for an entire day following their inaugural flight, but less than an hour later, Gary was up again and flapping his way north and back to the Adirondack Bank. He had almost made it to the roof of the building but then made a 180-degree turn and headed back towards the State Building. He had lost altitude but was still high enough to reach a safe landing site. Just then, both parents flew in low, and he followed them. They escorted him back across the canyon and towards the nest building. He tried to land on a 7th-floor window ledge but came in too high and got hung up on the crossbar separating the glass panes. He attempted to climb up, but there was nothing to pull himself up onto. Instead, he hung upside down like a bat. After a moment, he let go and managed to flutter up slightly, but then got a talon stuck in the window screen. Following a few more uncomfortable minutes of hanging, he flew once more. This time he crossed the canyon and landed on a very low ledge on the State Building. The ledge

was on the 3rd floor of the building. It was not an ideal place to be, mostly because the parent birds loathe visiting low ledges (or rooftops) even to deliver food. This meant that Gary would likely be on his own for as long as he remained there. On the encouraging side, he seemed unharmed and none the worse for his earlier mishap. He settled on the ledge and did some preening. By midafternoon, Gary was actively walking around and flapping his wings on the ledge. He was keen to fly again. Seeing his mother go to the nest and hearing his sister squeal in response was all the incentive he needed to fly. Often, newly fledged falcons will stay on their inaugural perch for an extended period; sometimes a full 24 hours. That wasn’t Gary. At just after 4:00, he was in the air again. Gary’s flying and landing capabilities improved quickly in subsequent days. Soon he was chasing after his parents, upping them from their perches, flying high over downtown, and even visiting his sisters at the nest box. He was spending time exploring the high rooftops and ledges of all the major buildings in the canyon and having his meals there. He was doing exceptionally well. It was four days before we had our second fledge. In the early afternoon on June 17th, Kendra had been on the long perch at the nest box, flapping her wings. She tried to do a hop flight into the box, but instead, she tripped and fell

through the gap between the cross perch and the lip of the box. She halted her fall a few feet below the nest by gripping onto the brick wall. She then struggled to keep hold as her alarmed parents and brother frantically swooped back and forth. After about a minute, she dropped four stories straight down, unable to catch herself. But then, halfway down the building, she caught air beneath her wings and started flying. Holding altitude, she just barely made it to the roof of a small building south of Grace Church’s parking lot. Astrid reacted to the “mis-fledge” by going into a minor frenzy. She doesn’t like it when her offspring land on low buildings and are too close to humans and traffic. She started giving alarm cackles and flying laps around the canyon. By contrast, Ares was not visibly agitated. He calmly monitored the

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situation from his perch on top of a pillar above the nest. Fortunately, Kendra did not appear to be hurt. She was actively walking and exploring her new rooftop domain. Meanwhile, at the nest box, Freya was flapping her wings and making hop flights of her own. At 8:30 in the evening, Kendra decided to fly again. She appeared to be trying to fly home to the nest box. Her approach was low, and she tried landing on the brick wall below a 5th-floor window ledge on the bank building. She grappled onto the bricks and hung for about five minutes before letting go and flying to the south. She continued to lose altitude as she flew past the steeple and disappeared. Minutes later we found her on the ground in a narrow alleyway by the church’s side door. Since it was clear she was unlikely to get out of that predicament on her own, we captured her. She didn’t try to fly or escape as I approached her with the net. She kept her eyes fixed on me the whole time, and right up to when the net went over her body. She was then transferred to a pet carrier. That night, Deb Saltis took her home and to her rehabilitation facility. She would be checked over by a veterinarian in the morning. Examinations showed nothing wrong with Kendra. She was missing a talon on her left foot but otherwise was in good condition. We speculated that she lost her talon when grappling onto the bricks beneath the box following her tumble out of the nest. Since it wasn’t the talon on her middle toe or the one on her hind toe (her opposable toes), it shouldn’t inhibit her ability to hold prey or to perch. This meant that she was fit to be released. We were in a quandary about how to release Kendra. The best way to conduct a release is to put the bird back into the nest. This is done from Deb’s 15th-floor office where we can access the nest box. We just need to open a window, open the hatch in the back of the box, and allow the bird to go through. However, that method was out of the question since Freya remained in the box and had yet to fledge. If we opened the box with Freya there, we would risk her fledging prematurely. Our options were either to let Kendra go on the roof of the bank or put her out another 15th-floor office window. Both options had their drawbacks. Regardless of which location we chose, we decided to wait until after 6 PM to do the release. The city is calmer at that time and there would be less of a chance for Kendra to get into trouble if she decided to fly right away. The next day (June 18th), the falcons were highly active. Gary was tearing up the sky, upping his parents from their perches, and generally causing mayhem. At one point he was up on top of the State Building, running up and down the roofline with his wings open. It was the sort of antics one might expect from a Brown Booby and not a respectable falcon. Freya was busy at the nest area as well. She was getting in some good jumping practice and wing exercise. At 10:40, Freya jumped to the roof of the nest box. We knew this meant that fledging for her could occur at any time. At 1:00 PM Freya was peering intently into the canyon. She bobbed her head a few times and then jumped into full flight. With intense wingbeats, she crossed the downtown canyon and tried to land on a window ledge on the State Building. She came in just below the ledge, tumbled, and flew behind the building, out of sight. Several watchers scrambled to search for her. We also used our PTZ cameras to scan the ledges and rooftops for her. Initially, we had no luck. But then, only fifteen minutes after

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she disappeared, Julia Sparks, who works with me at the nature sanctuary, located her. She was perched on a low (only ten foot high) roof of a loading dock on a building near the church. Freya looked unhurt. She was walking back and forth and seemed disoriented. There were few good options for her as she eyed the buildings towering above her. The chances of her ending up in traffic on Columbia Street or Genesee Street were too great and so we decided to capture her. Julia was the Kendra perches on right person for the top of the steeple job. As an experienced climber and raptor rescuer, she was able to scale a wall and get onto the roof where Freya was. Freya kept her attention on Julia the entire time and didn’t even try to flee. Even as Julia eased a net over her, Freya held still. Rick and Christine from Grace church were on hand to help as was Deb who provided the net and carrier. Deb then took Freya to her office and checked her over for injuries. She appeared healthy and intact. She had no wing issues, and she hadn’t lost any of her talons. In midafternoon we had both Kendra and Freya

in carriers. This solved our problem about where to release Kendra. She could now go through the hatch in the back of the box – along with her sister. That’s right, we were on track to do our first-ever double falcon release. At 5:30 that evening, we had placed both girls in the same carrier and we began preparing to put them back into the nest box. Of course, Astrid knew something was up and, before we did anything, she was cackling outside the office windows. She wanted her babies back. As soon as I opened the office window to access the nest box hatch, she began hazing with gusto. Like a Peregrine pendulum, she flew back and forth in front of the 15th floor. Ares and Gary joined her for a few rounds, but then both settled on their respective lamp poles on the roof of the bank. Male Peregrines never get as visibly upset over these kinds of things. Once the hatch was open, we placed the pet carrier containing the two female fledglings up against it and removed the door. The girls took about 20 minutes to exit the carrier and enter the box. Freya was the first one out and Kendra followed several minutes later. Once inside they acted as if they had never fledged. Freya went out

onto the cross perch and started flapping her wings. Certainly, they didn’t seem distressed about Astrid’s hazing, and to Astrid’s credit, she didn’t keep it up for long. Everything returned to normal surprisingly fast post-release. Only a half-hour after the girls went back into the box, Gary resumed chasing his parents around the canyon. Astrid brought food to the nest shortly after that. The girls were both on the west veranda at the time, and they both piled into the box to get the meal. On the morning of June 20th, two days after the double release, Kendra “re-fledged”. This time she flew on purpose. She had been perched on a window ledge just west of the nest box when she made her decision to fly. She initially flew east towards the County Building but then banked and headed back to the Adirondack Bank. Her altitude was good, and she gained height after turning into the wind. She put down on the roof of the bank, on top a peaked metal cover of a cistern. It wasn’t the easiest structure to land on, but somehow, she managed it. As if to celebrate his sister’s accomplishment, Gary joined her on the metal cover. A week after fledging himself, he finally had a sibling he could do things with. Indeed, he seemed fascinated by his flying sister. At one point he left her while he joined his parents’ effort in escorting an immature Bald Eagle out of the territory. Following that, he flew directly back to the bank roof and perched next to Kendra again. Amazingly, Gary started doing demonstration flights for his sister. He repeatedly lifted off, flew a few laps around the bank and returned, landing back next to her. With his actions he seemed to say, “Now you give it a try.” Such demonstration

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to locate her. Finally, we spotted her. She was on the roof of the State Office Building. She appeared to be OK. She was walking back and forth along the edge of the roofline and occasionally flapping her wings. At one point there was a person up on the roof too, but the bird and the unknown human never came close to each other. The person likely didn’t remain out for long. If they had, Astrid would have noticed them and begun hazing. Freya remained on the roof until midafternoon when she made an excellent flight to the northwest and landed on one of the hotel’s wide ledges. A few minutes later, she flew back to the State Building and landed very competently on a window ledge on the building’s south face. This was also a wise place to be given that a thunderstorm was coming in from the west. There she would benefit from some shelter. However, Kendra didn’t get the memo. She decided to weather the storm on the roof of the Adirondack Bank in a very exposed place. She was perched right next to one of our PTZ cameras and so we were able to monitor her right through the ensuing storm. After 6:30 PM, the wind became intense, and the rain was heavy. Still, Kendra grappled onto the stone ledge and didn’t move an inch. When the storm passed it left Kendra drenched, but she was otherwise fine. Less than a half-hour later, Astrid flew through the canyon with fresh prey. First Gary and then Kendra flew out to chase after her. Amazingly, as soaked as she was, and as new to flying as she was, Kendra managed to successfully pull off a mid-air food transfer with her mother. Not only that, but she was also able to carry the food (a Pigeon) over to the hotel. Gary followed her all the way. It was a great accomplishment for Kendra and one that would be repeated with the other fledglings in the coming days. Indeed, in the days and weeks that followed, the three young Peregrines became highly skilled fliers and at least one of them was



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Catering Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Willie’s The Original Bagel Cafe, Utica . . . . . . 13 CBD Products RAW ADK, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Utica Hemp, New Hartford, Utica . . . . . . . . 51 Cheese Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . 53 Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . 51 Christmas Trees Massoud’s Tree Farm, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Naturewood Knoll, Fairfield . . . . . . . . . . . 20 North Star Orchards . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Clothing Paca Gardens, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . 15 Consignment The Online Exchange, Dolgeville . . . . . . . . . 17 The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Renewed & Rescued, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 18 Contractors Ed Smith Contractor and Handyman . . . . . . 25 Delis and Meats Bosonne’s Sausage, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Little Italy Imports, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Meelan’s Market, Clark Mills . . . . . . . . . 11 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 45 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . 24 Pulaski Meat Market, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Diners Charlie’s Place, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Sheri’s Diner, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Dog Sitting Barney’s Angels, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Doors, Residential & Commercial JM Door Co., Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Estate Sales Attic Addicts, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 The Potting Shed Antiques, Whitesboro . . . . 18 Events, Entertainment, and Activities Clinton Shoppers’ Stroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Florissante, Lyonsdale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Goodsell Museum, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 43 Hamilton College Performing Arts, Clinton . . 32 Old Forge Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Farm Equipment Clinton Tractor, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Hobby Hill Farm Sales, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 39 White’s Farm Supply, Waterville/Canastota . . . 56 Farm Markets Cooperstown Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . Horn’s Family Farm, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . Oneida County Public Market . . . . . . . . Twin Orchards, New Hartford . . . . . . . . .

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Vernon Farm & Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 25 Financial Services Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . . . 23 Flooring Mike’s Floor Store, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . 37 Funeral Services Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Richfield Springs . . . . 27 John Froass and Son, Sherrill . . . . . . . . . 42 Shoppes at the Finish Line, Utica . . . . . . . . . 22 Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Furniture Rustic and Woodcrafts Thorn Apple Hill, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Garden Center and Greenhouses Casler Flower Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Green Lakes Home & Garden, Richfield Springs . . 35 North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . . . . 26 Szarek’s Succulent Shack, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 14 General Contractors Ed Smith Contractor and Handyman . . . . . . 25 Gift Shops/Shopping Artisans’ Corner, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 22 Building Stones Fair Trade Shoppe, Clinton . . . 2 Casler Flower Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Clinton Shoppers’ Stroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Krizia Martin, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Shoppes at the Finish Line, Utica . . . . . . . . . 22 Shoppes at Johnny Appleseed, Erieville . . . . 35 The Tepee, Cherry Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Grocery Stores, Co-ops, and Convenience Stores Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . 27 Little Italy Imports, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 45 Richfield Springs Community Food Coop. . . . . . 33 Handyman/Repairs Ed Smith Contractor and Handyman . . . . . . 25 Hardware/Lumber/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . 45 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Hearth Shops and Fuel Buell Fuel Hearth & Home, Deansboro . . . . . 34 Insurance Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . 46 Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . 50 HBE Group, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . 44 Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . . . 36

Ironwork Raulli’s Iron Works, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . . 33 Fall Hill bead & Gem, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . 9 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 40 Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 9 Liquor Stores and Wine Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Prospect Falls Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . . . 20 Maple Syrup Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . . 32 Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . 43 Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 45 Meats (See Delis) Media WFXV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Weekly Adirondack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Monuments & Memorials Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Musical Instrument Sales, Rentals, Lessons Big Apple Music, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . 36 Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Naturals, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . . . . 11 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 48

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Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . 10 Paint and Painting Supplies Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . . . 41 Physical Therapy Achievement Therapy & Wellness, Utica . . . . . . . 21 Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 13 Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Political Karen J. Stanislaus for Oneida County Family Court Judge . . 44 Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . 16 Casler Flower Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 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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last month’s crossword solution

Answer to last month’s puzzle about “where art and music are alive” is MWPAI. Munson WIlliams Proctor (MWP) added “Arts Institute” to its name (MWPAI) when a joint program with Pratt Institute was formed. They are celebrated that union this year with a 20th Anniversary Exhibit. Winner: Carol Lotspeich of Little Falls

The answer to last month’s puzzle about the movie starring Robert De Niro based on a Utica author’s book is: Cape Fear. John D. MacDonald moved to Utica with his family as a child in 1926. His 1957 novel, The Executioners, was turned into the film in 1991 starring Robert De Niro. Our winner is: Rebecca Kohlmann of Frankfort 54

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