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I received a text from my neighbor telling me that she spotted a morel by our backyard fence. How do I respond? “Oh, no!” “Yay!” “What’s a morel?” A quick Google search indicated I should respond, “Yum!” I learned that a morel is an edible fungus. You see, my neighbors aren’t just master gardeners, they are mushroom foragers, and the busiest “retired” people you’ll ever meet. I learn a lot from them. That night I cooked up my morel with some butter and lemon thyme and served it with the haddock I bought from the fish truck (a new routine I acquired from another knowledgeable “retired” neighbor friend of mine). Yum was right! Since then I’ve discovered two more morels in our yard! The morel of the story? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Retired people know lots of stuff! Over the last 13 years, we’ve received countless letters, calls, and emails from people thanking us for teaching them about local history, hiking, landmarks, farms, etc. “How do you know so much?,” we’re often asked. We don’t, or didn’t anyway. We just listen to those who’ve acquired knowledge, learn from them, take that knowledge, package it, and present it on TV and in the magazine. So, what now? Our next venture? This fall we will begin hosting local MVL bus tours that will be intergenerational and handicapped accessible. We hope to share some of the knowledge we’ve obtained, learn some more, and help share it with others. And hopefully spot more morels along the way. •


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Forest Hill Cemetery holds a wealth of family history. I’m writing specifically in this article about the Baxter family, whose members were not greatly noticed until Kathryn Hartnett, assistant corporation counsel for Utica, drew my attention to Irving K. Baxter. He was an 1895 UFA graduate whose pole vaulting and high jumping made him one of the top track and field performers in the world at the age of 20. During the Summer Olympics in Paris, France, Baxter brought home three silver and two gold medals. Local newspapers called him one of the best all-around athletes the city of Utica ever developed. One very hot day in July 1900, Baxter placed first in both the high jump and pole vault competitions (3.30m) and second in the standing long jump (3.135m), second in the triple jump (9.95m), and second in the standing high jump with 1.52m. The outstanding Olympic team that represented the United States was from the University of Pennsylvania, where Baxter was studying to become a lawyer. In Utica for A Century and a Half, T. Wood

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Years later, the well-trained U.S. team was called “the sale and transport of intoxicating liquor but it did not prohibit greatest ever gathered;” it included champions who astonished its consumption. It allowed that 200 gallons could be made at Europeans with their remarkable feats, their jumps made with home. Some cases Baxter tried involved illegal raids without ease and their amusing incidents. A year after the Olympics, proper search warrants, such as when the Park Hotel in FrankBaxter won a pole vault event at an international meet in Manfort, N.Y., was raided. No alcohol was found inside the hotel, chester, England, using a flag pole! He said he had to improbut 200 pints of home-brewed beer was found in the shed bevise because he lost his pole en route to the meet. “I tied my hind the hotel! pole on the running board of a trolley on the way to Baxter’s cases sometimes involved the recovery of the field, but it was gone when I arrived. I asked trucks seized in raids and/or their parking violaeach competitor if they would loan or sell me a tions. He was involved in the 1940 case of Joseph pole, but they all refused. So I appealed to the Falcone, who was a wholesale jobber in Utica At a meet in officials. They told me that lending or selling who sold sugar to grocers, who in turn sold it Manchester, England, poles was optional with contestants. (I susto distillers. Irving also had a hand in the trial pect one’s pole is as personal as one’s golf of Gambino v. the United States in 1927 when Baxter had to improclub or one’s toothbrush!) I saw the flag pole the question was whether New York State vise and use a flag atop the grandstand and asked if they would troopers could legally act as federal agents. pole to vault! permit me to use that. They agreed. We got the Not all cases were notorious. Baxter depole down and in between jumps, Kranzlien, anfended a gentleman who was committed to Utica other star athlete on the team, cut down the larger State Hospital. He was “put away for political reaend of the pole with a hatchet and I won, but I forgot sons”--he had a $30,000 estate and no relatives. Baxter what the height was!” declared: “Someone is carrying on this inmate’s estate against Baxter was admitted to the New York State Bar shortly his wishes.” The appellant had been a Utica resident for 40 after his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania in years and had carried on an orderly competent life. Another 1902, and returned to Utica in 1903 to open his law office on case occurred when a young seaman was accused of stealing Genesee Street. His practice covered criminal and civil casgovernment transportation requests from a recruiting office. He couldn’t remember any events that took place in his life es, and controversies with police and judicial representatives. after his naval service. His memory loss was caused from a Many of his cases were appealing and defending violators of shock he received while in the Navy. the Volstead Act. The Volstead Act prohibited the production,

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2017 marks my 10th year anniversary becoming an Adirondack 46er. In 2007, I hiked more of the Adirondack’s 46 highest peaks between May to mid-July than I had in the previous five years (14) before finally finishing all 46 of the peaks by the end of October (32). It was in June when I had completed eight of them beginning on June 7th with Mt. Colvin and Blake. June 7th also marks the 10th anniversary of hiking with someone who would become one of my and my family’s closest friends – Mark Lowell – Adirondack 46er #4260 and Winter 46er #222. We have been hiking together ever since then and is why faithful readers have seen so many photos of him on these pages. I first made contact with Mark on an on-line forum with members dedicated to hiking and taking good care of these mountains. I was still a relative newbie to hiking the wilderness area and there was a section on the forum where you were invited to reach out to possible hiking partners. I did. It had to be someone who could hike during the week; I’m a full-time pastor and for some reason people expect me to be in church on Sundays! This guy, Mark, who responded, seemed to fit the bill – he is Jewish and so did not hike on Saturdays. Perfect. We agreed to meet on at the Ausable Club (St. Hubert’s) parking lot off Route 73 near Keene Valley, and did at 7:10 a.m. Double and triple-checking our gear, we headed on foot from the parking lot past the golf course and the tennis courts to the large wood gate of the Lake Road. It is a long and private road through the Adirondack

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Mountain Reserve (AMR) with trails to a number of the high peaks located all along it. Only foot traffic is allowed and dogs are not permitted. The trail register is located at the gate and we had covered a half mile of the more than 14-mile round trip just to reach it. Mount Colvin at 4,057 feet and Blake at 3,960 feet were the mission this day as we signed in on this cool, sunny morning Some folks wonder why Blake counts as one of the 46 high peaks since it is under 4,000 feet. The answer is really simple. Tradition. The official list for the 46ers that was to include all the high peaks 4,000 feet and above was first established in 1925 and new methods of surveying revealed Blake fell just shy of the 4,000 foot mark. If you are an aspiring 46er and a purist, when you are done with the official list hike MacNaughton Mountain that was later raised to the 4,000-foot mark. It can be a brutal hike, but if it makes you feel better, go for it. I did – but that’s another story. We reached the summit of Colvin by 11:30 a.m. and after a few photos and a brief and light lunch took off at Noon for Blake. 90 minutes later we were at the summit of Blake. There was no summit marker and no real views – but it was another mountain closer to #46. By 3 p.m. we had returned to Colvin and descending to the Lake Road made the long walk back to the parking lot by 6:30 p.m. ​​I learned that day many hikers refer to the long walk down the Lake Road after hiking the mountains all day as “the death

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Sale.” Barbara told me husbands liked to sit there while their wives shopped. She pointed out the electric fireplace opposite and the nearby coffee machine. I thought I might also like to sit down with a cuppa, if I was shopping with a more avid clotheshorse than I am myself. As I was paying for my purchase, Barbara gave me a new customer card. After five purchases of $10 or more, I would receive $10 clothes cash to be used toward a future purchase. I only had $8 worth of stuff, so I took another look around. In the household goods and collectibles, I found a tin I thought my husband, Steven, might like. So, I not only got a punch in my card for a $10 purchase, I got that little frisson of virtue for being a nice wife to bring my husband a present. Gift certificates and layaway are available. They pride themselves on personalized service and a boutique feel. Barbara told me that many customers come in just to see the owner, Dee, because she is such a sweet, nice lady. I thought Barbara was pretty sweet and nice, too. I greatly enjoyed my visit to the Walk-in Closet and have added it to my list of fun places to shop. •

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CRUISING THE CANAL Photos and captions by Melinda Karastury

In celebration of the Erie Canal’s Bicentennial, I took a boat tour with my parents, LeeAnn and Gary Brockett, and nephews Cohen and Gideon Brockett of Clinton aboard the Bella Giornata (Beautiful Day) with Mohawk Valley Boat Charters. We launched from beautiful Bellamy Harbor Park located off of Mills St. at 324 Harbor Way in Rome.

The park has gone through many recent improvements with the most recent addition of a Bike Share. Bike rentals are $1 an hour and can be rented through a smartphone app.

LeeAnn Brockett and Cohen Brockett of Clinton found the “YOU ARE HERE” marker on the map at Bellamy Harbor Park.

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Gideon Brockett steered the boat with Captain Doug and enthusiastically pushed the button repeatedly to sound the whistle, “Watch out, we are coming along the Erie canal!”

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Utica Restaurant Week June 9-18, 2017

We all know that Utica’s food is second to none and it’s time to celebrate it! 50+ restaurants will be offering great specials for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including 3-course options for 10 full days. It’s your chance to explore new places or revisit your favorites. The event is put on by the Downtown Utica Development Association (DUDA) along with Cornell Rust to Green Utica and the City of Utica and is presented by Broadway Utica. Peruse all of the menus at

One World Flower Festival June 24, 2017 • 11am-3pm

In its third year, the Flower Festival will once again transform the Oneida Square Arts District with art, music, and history. Activities are free and open to the public and include garden demonstrations, food tasting, arts and crafts vendors, storefront galleries, an interactive mural painting, neighborhood walking tours, and more.

Monday nights, July 3 – September 4 • 6-9pm

Ten weeks of FREE live music is back! Utica was once again one of only 15 cities in the country to receive a grant from the Levitt Foundation to reinvigorate Kopernik Park and bring a diverse audience together through free live music. This year’s line up features jazz, blues, newgrass, world rock, rock ‘n roll, hip hop, and Brazilian bluegrass from regional and national acts along with local opening bands and local dance groups at intermission. Don’t miss a week or Levitt AMP Utica on Facebook.

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June 3 & 17, July 8 & 22, August 5 & 19, September 2 & 16, 9-10am

Bite Bakery and Café and Made in Utica team up to bring free, outdoor yoga to the Franklin Square Alley. No registration is required, just grab a mat and head down.

Dance with Utica July 28-29, 2017

Dance in downtown for two days in July! Classes and workshops in a variety of dance genres will be happening at 171 Genesee St. You don’t have to be a dancer to join in. Find out more information at

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For the second summer Bite Bakery and Café and Nomad Cinema are transforming the Franklin Square Alley into an outdoor movie theater! Bring a chair and enjoy one of the most unique public spaces in downtown. This year’s “Films Under the Stars” movie schedule includes ET on June 17, Independence Day on July 22, WALL-E on August 19, and Guardians of the Galaxy on September 16.

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Detail of “Grocery Store on the Erie Canal,” by David Maitland Armstrong, 1881 , on display this month at the Arkell Museum in celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial

Two exhibits at the Arkell Museum celebrate New York Milestones

Mingling the Waters: 200 Years on the Erie Canal June 24 - September 3, 2017

‘Truth is the Only Safe Ground to Stand Upon’ June 24 - September 3, 2017

Artist’s Talk & Gallery Tour with Christine Heller: Tuesday, June 27, 7pm Portraits of Suffragists by Christine Heller celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of NY State women’s Right to Vote


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8x10, Edward McDaniel’s Solo Show Through June 29, 2017 McDaniel’s 8x10 colorful abstracts are full of bold brush strokes & textures, hinting at landscapes, still-lifes and portraits along the way.

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Andrew Wyeth at 100: A Family Remembrance

June 17 - July 24, 2017 Reception: Friday, June 23, 5-7pm

Through September 4, 2017 The exhibition includes objects from Ms. Wyeth’s personal collection, many never-before exhibited. MASTER BEDROOM, 1965 watercolor. Collection of Victoria Browning Wyeth

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I hope you enjoy the show, the dance of colors, lines, movements, the visual playground of each piece. Perhaps the next time you stroll through a beautiful garden of flowers, you will see it a bit differently, enjoy it a bit more deeply.

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story and photos by Jorge L. Hernández Gone fishing denotes running away from daily life to pursue something pleasurable, which I gather is the genesis for the out-of-the-ordinary, aquatic-themed, and wood-paneled Gone Coastal restaurant in Lee Center. “We wanted to make you think you’re not in cow country anymore but at the seashore,” co-owner and manager Dede Griffin, formerly of Montauk, Long Island, says with a chuckle. Dede and Gone Coastal co-owner and cook Bob Griffin moved from Montauk to the Rome area to be nearer family. Bob was born and raised in Rome. The Griffins, now of Ava, met at a restaurant in Montauk, where Dede was the manager and Bob a cook. They call their restaurant not a seafood place per se, but one that specializes in seafood, steak, burgers, and pasta dishes. Dinner this one evening starts with a grapefruit-size crab cake, orange-brown in color painted with stripes of a Thousand-Islands type of sauce and perched on a scoop of chunky guacamole atop a fried wonton. The reason for the guac is soon evident. The crab cake itself is heavily spiced, sort of Buffalo-wing style, though it’s not advertised as such on the menu. The delicious avocado concoction cools the palate instantly. Homemade steaming bowls of creamy, tasty, and thick New England clam chowder follow. It’s definitely an appetizing start to a different daily experience from a restaurant tucked away on the Lee Center-Taberg Road. Dede says their chicken riggies (one of the house specials on Thursdays) and the selection of burgers are the restaurant’s most popular dishes. Even so, we opt to continue in the seafood route. Another special this night is a traditional haddock-shrimp fry; the always-on-the-menu Fisherman’s Pan Roast proves to be linguine and giant sea scallops, shrimp, and crab meat tossed in a garlic chardonnay cream sauce. “It’s our lighter version of an Alfredo sauce,” Dede adds. She notes that

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on Fridays, the fish fry draws devotees that fill the 100-plus seats back room itself. We marvel at the heaping portions of the dishes made to order that Bob himself designed for the menu. “We like to see the smiles of the people on their way out,” Bob says. “We make sure no one leaves here hungry.” Bob says he’s been a cook for 25 years, cooking since he’s been in college, where he studied business. “I learned from a culinary expert,” he says. Bob notes that he considers himself a natural when it comes to being in the kitchen. The menu also boasts a variety of desserts to complete the meal. Dede herself is known for her homemade cheesecakes. She also offers special-order cheesecakes, like chocolate peanut butter. Also homemade are the bread pudding bites topped with a Jack Daniels’ sauce and whipped cream. For the Griffins, Gone Coastal is a pleasure spot come true. “We enjoy working for ourselves,” Bob concludes. “We enjoy the area and the people who come here.” Dede concurs. “We are lucky to have such a loyal local following.” Gone Coastal provides the best of both worlds: country landscapes in Central New York, with a hint of the sandy dunes and the lighthouse of faraway Montauk. •


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Monitoring Breeding Birds in June

The Ovenbird looks like a thrush, but belongs to the warbler family

story and photos by Matt Perry When I enter the forest in June, no matter what my objective is going in, I invariably end up conducting an informal breeding bird survey. It’s a strange compulsion and one that I’m scarcely aware of, that is unless I’m walking with someone who is uninitiated. Seriously though, keeping your finger on the pulse of breeding habitat is surprisingly easy to do, and in my humble opinion it serves as its own reward. Knowing that your woods are successfully producing a crop of new songbirds in any given year it is about the most gratifying news I can think of. Generally when you go into the forest in June (or any habitat for that matter), pretty much any bird you hear singing is a possible breeder. It is likely either trying to find a mate and a territory or has already found those crucial things and is in the process of nesting. People doing breeding bird survey work use a standardized list of criteria

American Robins are increasingly nesting in the forest

in order to determine the breeding status of birds. The major categories are: Possible Breeder, Probable Breeder, and Confirmed Breeder. If you simply hear a bird singing in a given location during that species’ known breeding season, that bird would be considered a “possible breeder.” If the bird is singing in that same place on multiple occasions and apparently holding territory, it could be considered a “probable breeder.” If a nest is found or if the bird is seen feeding young or engaged in other behavior directly associated with active nesting, then it could be considered a “confirmed breeder.” Even before I reach the place where our meadow trail intersects the trial into the old woods, I hear the songs of forest birds emanating from that shady inner sanctum. The most prominent music was the insistent song of the Ovenbird. The song is a series of double notes that rise in volume and intensity as it reaches its climatic end. Birders remember the song by likening it to the phrase, “teacher teacher teacher teacher.” Considering how relatively common Ovenbirds can be in appropriate forested habitat, birders often complain they can never get a good look at the species. Indeed, the Ovenbird may be more diligent about not being seen than your av-


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erage forest-dwelling bird. However, some patience on the part of the observer usually yields results. The first bird I saw upon entering the woods was a not an Ovenbird, it was a Wood Thrush; seeing it from the back as it perched on a low moss-covered log made the identification easy. The Wood Thrush is brown-backed, but the top of its head and nape are a much ruddier shade of brown, which contrasts greatly with the bird’s lower back. This feature distinguishes the species from other members of the thrush family. I only glimpsed the thrush’s underside before it made a hasty retreat into the woods, but I could see that it was very light and was heavily spotted. Despite its superficial resemblance to the Wood Thrush, the noticeably smaller Ovenbird is a warbler and not a thrush. The Ovenbird shares the feature of a light-colored and heavily spotted underside, but the plumage on its back is more dark olive-green than brown. Also, the Ovenbird has an orange stripe on the top of its head, which is not visible from all angles and can sometimes be missed. Hearing the flute-like phrases of the Wood Thrush and the more brash song of Ovenbirds day after day in the same area of the woods can be taken as a strong indica-


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tion that the two species are breeding, and so we could properly refer to them as probable breeders. Unsurprisingly, finding the nest of an Ovenbird is far more difficult than seeing the bird itself and, consequently, I’ve come across very few of them in my wanderings. The Ovenbird makes its nest on the ground in a concealed place. The main part of the nest is cup-shaped, but the cup itself is effectively camouflaged by an attached canopy that the bird also constructs. It is an unusual design for a bird’s nest and its resemblance to a Dutch oven is what gives the species its common name. The last Ovenbird nest I came upon in our woods was only two feet away from an active foot trail, but was almost completely invisible. The female sitting on the nest looked like she was lurking inside a dark cave. Ovenbirds make a big commotion if you get too close to their nests, especially when they have nestlings. During this period it becomes surprisingly easy to see the adults. When they are not walking back and forth on an open branch and giving loud “smack” alarm calls, they may be performing distraction displays. This entails an adult

The Wood Thrush is a denizen of the mature forest feigning a broken wing or acting like they are otherwise hobbled. They may also pathetically drag themselves around on the ground in front of you. Of course, this behavior is intended to lure a predator away from the nest or young and for this the parents uses the only bait they have at their disposal–their own bodies. In lieu of finding a nest, if you witness any of the behavior I’ve described, you can confidently claim confirmed breeding status for the Ovenbird. As well as hearing the Wood Thrush’s beautiful and inimitable song, I hear “tut-tuttut” warning call notes from its cousin (and

fellow thrush species), the American Robin. Over the last couple of decades American Robins have been increasingly exploiting nesting opportunities in the forest and this usually brings them into direct competition for breeding territories with Wood Thrushes. Robins are a little larger than Wood Thrushes and they are more aggressive. Sometimes they tolerate thrushes nesting nearby and sometimes they don’t. Why the robins have made this switch to forest nesting, I’m not quite sure, but I think it likely represents the species’ return to its originally preferred habitat. Of course, this would have been the virtually the only type of habitat available in the Mohawk Valley and throughout the Northeastern U.S. prior to the colonial period and the felling of the original forest. Now that forestlands in the region are making somewhat of a comeback and replacing many fields and pasture lands, the robins have the opportunity to return to their forested “promised land.” Robins are far more prolific and adaptable than Wood Thrushes. They can accept everything from suburban yards to rock quarries, to wetland edges and more as breeding habitats. They can also manage raising multiple

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Have you ever picked rocks in a freshly tilled field? If you were lucky, it was a nice, warm day—but not too hot. There was a cool breeze to whisk away the sweat, but not so windy that the dust from the drying, exposed soil stuck to every damp surface of your body, going into your eyes, nose, and ears. You scanned the field looking for fist-size or better rocks that could damage the planter or cutter bar on the harvester. Maybe it was your first time picking rocks and you filled your T-shirt with them before dumping them in the bucket of the tractor—it’s certainly a lot quicker than running back and forth. At the end of the long day, bending and picking, hands black from the dirt, muscles sore from tossing heavy stones, you found you had completely ruined one of your favorite shirts! Then again, maybe you’ve never even heard of “picking rocks.” Picking rocks is one of the basic truths of farm life. Every farmer has done it in their lifetime, almost regardless of where they farm in these United States. Some areas are much worse, of course, and some fields are a constant problem. But, why in the world do farmers pick rocks? Every spring, farmers go to their fields to plant soybeans, corn, wheat, and everything else under the sun. The long-honored traditional method of opening up a field is to plow it, cutting through the soil and flipping large, relatively deep swaths to both break up

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Keblish family, Herkimer with all things agriculture, there is always a trade-off. But frost still heaves rocks in these fields. Picking rock is indeed a fact of life on the farm, no matter how hard you try to avoid it! My first experience picking rocks was when I was 6 years old. My father was the high school band director for the local school, and was always looking for fund-raising opportunities. (Some things never change!) He volunteered his students—and his 6-year-old daughter!—to pick rocks at any farm willing to donate to whatever the cause de jour was…new uniforms, band trip, or music camp scholarships. As I recall, the kids were not amused and we soon turned our fund-raising efforts elsewhere. My husband can tell you stories of his childhood when his neighbor would put his tractor into first gear, tie the steering wheel in place, and hop out to pick rocks as the tractor inched along. Seems he invented the original driver-less tractor more than 40 years ago! Bring up the topic of rock picking with just about any farmer and you’ll be genuinely entertained by their stories. In fact, in preparation for this article, I reached out to a “women in agriculture” group on Facebook and asked for their experiences. Was it different for them, depending on where they lived and what they grew? Women from all over the country, regardless of age and type of farm, had stories to tell of picking rocks: Women in their 80’s fondly remembered helping grandparents clear a field; young women reported that their 3-year-olds especially loved to help. Others shared videos of equipment working or pictures of the rock gardens they had built around their homes, repurposing all that field stone. I was pleasantly surprised to find the topic so common—a love/hate relationship we all share. So, for all those readers that never “picked rock” a day in your life, count your blessings! On the other hand, perhaps it is unfortunate that you have missed out on a virtual rite of passage, one of the most basic and ancient truths of farming. • 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:

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Here on the farm, as we age gracefully, bending down is becoming an issue. So, anything we can grow in buckets, bags and containers is a welcome relief to our aching backs. Since 2010, we grow all our tomatoes in bags, potatoes in 5-gallon buckets, and strawberries in hanging baskets. So, let’s talk about my three favorite fruits and how to grow them in containers. Growing fruit in containers requires a minimal investment of time and money, yet repays luscious dividends. Growing in pots restricts the root zone of the plant and makes container gardens more dependent on the gardener for water and nutrients. However, this is easily remedied by a simple drip irrigation system and a timer. In winter, plants in pots are more exposed to cold temperatures and may require protection. All this extra effort pays off in the end when you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor at the peak of ripeness. Although most any fruit can be grown in a container, these three time-tested favorites are a good place to start. STRAWBERRIES Strawberries are herbaceous perennials. When a plant is called herbaceous, it means that the stems are soft and green as opposed to brown and woody. Generally soft, green herbaceous growth will die back to the ground in cold, winter climates, but the roots remain alive and send up new top growth each year. Most plant catalogs separate strawberries into four Handmade Stonewaregroups: and IkebanaJune-bearing Vases varieties yield one large Nancy A. Knapp


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crop ripening in late spring or early summer. Their all-at-once nature make them the preferred choice of jam and jelly makers, but less desirable for container gardeners. Ever-bearing varieties are the most heat-tolerant type, with two crops: one in June and a smaller crop later in summer. Day-neutrals provide multiple flushes of berries from late spring until early autumn. The fruits tend to be smaller than those of June-bearing but the nearly non-stop flush of fruit extends for months. (Be aware that some catalogs do not distinguish between ever-bearing and day-neutral). Finally, the last variety is the Alpine strawberries, also called woodland strawberries, descendants of wild strawberries. They are low maintenance and bear tiny, intensely fragrant fruit from spring to fall. Pot: We grow in a 12-inch hanging basket. This size accommodates 4-5 plants per pot. Most strawberries ship in 25 plant bundles–so you will need 6 hanging baskets. Soil: Strawberries demand excellent drainage–their crowns will rot in wet soil. We recommend a rich growing medium consisting of 3 parts potting mix and 1 part compost. Light: Place your containers in a location where they will receive at least 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. Bright breezy locations help ward off fungal diseases. Water: Because of their shallow roots strawberries must be watered regularly. Do not allow them to become drought-stressed. Pruning: Most strawberries put out runners, which divert energy from fruiting to plant production. Remove runners as they appear.

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light sprinkling of cottonseed meal or feather meal. The first year, do a light sprinkle monthly. The second year and all subsequent years, sprinkle monthly. Varieties: “Bluecrop” and “Tophat” are recommended for our northern climate. But if space is an issue you might consider dwarf varieties such as “jelly beans” or “sweetheart”–just make sure you have at least 2 plants. FIGS Stately and dramatic, fig trees lend Mediterranean flair to any sunny outdoor space. In our cold climate, growing in containers makes it easier to protect this deciduous plant. I started growing figs about five years ago with the purchase of two Chicago Hardy variety trees. I learned that the success to growing them in our area lies in protecting the delicate buds from winter damage and getting a summer that is long and hot to properly ripen fruit. The long, hot summer wasn’t hard to produce in the greenhouse. I lost them over winter because the greenhouse wasn’t protection enough for them. Consider positioning your container where the fig can bask in the reflected heat of a south facing wall and wintering them in a warm basement or garage. I now have a collection of 7 different varieties of fig trees in my greenhouse and we are producing enough to make fig walnut scones for the farmers market, and last year we actually sold some at the market. Pot: By limiting root space, small containers favor fruit production over vegetative growth. We have ours planted in 24-inch nursery pots. Soil: Plant in a blend of a good quality potting soil and compost. Light: Remember figs want to grow in Sicily! These trees love full sun over a long summer. Water: Figs are naturally drought-tolerant, but in hot weather, containers dry out rapidly. Water daily in hot summer. Like most fruit, figs produce best when not stressed. Pruning: Container figs are best maintained at about 5-6 feet tall. Shorten the stems after the main harvest. Shortening stems instead of removing them entirely maintains buds for next year’s crop. Fertilizer: A rich layer of compost over the soil in spring will give your fig enough nutrients. Remember that too much fertilizer will produce lots of vegetation and very little fruit. Varieties: For the Mohawk Valley, we recommend “Chicago Hardy,” “Brown Turkey,” or “Celeste.” We sourced our figs from Stark Bros. and were very happy with the size of the plant and the fact that we got fruit the second year. In my collection now, I have 5 heirloom varieties that are in their second year of growth (these came from Baker’s Creek as very small cuttings). I’m not anticipating much fruit set this season, but will keep you posted. So, if you have space on you deck or patio for some great fruit, oh, my, give one or all of these fruits a try. •

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I love fresh figs without a lot of fuss. This makes a great simple dessert on a hot summer evening. ½ cup local honey 12 ripe figs 1 3-inch sprig of rosemary 4 oz. cream cheese–We use Jones Family Farm Kuyahoora. 1 T. rum 1 lemon, zested Slice the figs in half lengthwise and place on a plate. In a small saucepan heat the honey and sprig of rosemary. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, turn down heat, and simmer for 2 minutes. Don’t walk away; you don’t want it to scorch. Remove from heat and quickly dip the figs in the warm honey. Heat your grill and place the figs cut side down on direct heat. When you have finished placing all the figs on the grill, start turning them over. Leave them on the grill a little bit more. Remove from grill. (This can be done several hours ahead.) In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, rum, a tablespoon of the rosemary honey, and the lemon zest. Whip with an immersion blender or hand mixer until light and frothy. Cover and place in the fridge. When you are ready for dessert, serve 6 fig halves on a plate with a smear of cheese on a dessert plate with a glass of Moscato. Enjoy!

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It’s often said that “this songwriter is the next....” Maybe so, but in J. Schnitt’s case it may be fact that he could very well be the next Bob Dylan. His approach to the subject matter, his matter-of-fact inflections, and abstract visualizations are very reminiscent of Mr. Dylan. But J.’s songs are much more than that. He weaves a tale or an allusion to the tale that not only draws you into it, but make you part of it. His views are fluid with multiple interpretations. Schnitt is extremely prolific, releasing two to three albums a year. His latest effort, How To Be Happy About the End of the World is a bit more political than most of his albums, but no less entertaining, explosive, and thought-provoking. Current world news has had J.’s mind overflowing with artistic ideas, and on this new album he graciously gives them to us. The album opens with a humorous “sci-fi” narrative, “I’ll Beam You Up, Babe,” a message about the world’s paranoia of someone different and how we’d rather destroy everything first than learn from them. “It’s a damn, damn shame.”

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the field and sink a large diameter drainOvergrown meadows make wonderful wildlife habitat age pipe. That effectively eliminated the frog pond that we enjoyed for more than 20 years. Besides being the first place where I attempted to ice skate, that pond had been the focus of my earliest adventures in nature. From then on the spring that fed the pond and its associated stream would be contained by several hundred yards of plastic I vividly remember being 3 years old and pipe. There would be no more choruses of being convinced by my 10-year-old sister that Spring Peepers and Wood Frogs emanating excavating machines were monsters chasing from that place. I found out that the contracme. The truth is, excavating machines make tor was going to put his own house right at completely convincing monsters.They can the epicenter of where the pond had been. As build roads, prepare land for the founda- envisioned, he would inhabit a keystone estions of homes, and they can put in sewers tate in a long row of ostentatious houses that systems. They can also take wonderful wild- would soon spring up like mushrooms after a life habitat that has taken eons to evolve and rain storm, except they wouldn’t be nearly as completely flatten it, and they can do it in the interesting as mushrooms. I recall one particspan of only a few hours. As an adult, for ular day seeing the contractor out on the site a while I was convinced that everywhere I of the drained pond. He and went the bulldozers and logging trucks were his small son were hacking watching me. It seemed that virtually every away at something in their habitat I chose to frequent soon had a big future yard-to-be. As it hapmetaphorical “X” drawn on it. It all began pened that would be the last with the lovely maze of fields and woodlots time I saw the pair. I’m not behind our old house in New Hartford, N.Y. sure what went wrong, but These were the enchanted places where I saw evidently the contractor rolled my first American Redstarts, cuckoos, Wild up his housing development Turkeys, coyotes, Leopard Frogs, muskrats, blueprints and hastily departand countless other things. Once the farmer ed from the scene. All he realthat originally owned the land sold it, I think ly had to show for his tenure the property changed hands a few times un- on the land was an obliterated til it came into the possession of a contractor wetland and a half-removed that intended it for a subdivision. stump. He was soon replaced One of the first tasks the man did was by a land developer and in the to dig a trench around the east perimeter of equivalent of a nanosecond in

geological time, the wonderful meadows and woods that I loved and appreciated so much were all consigned to history and a glistening, half-gilded neighborhood was born. The truth is that we were lucky to have such a readily accessible natural area behind our house for as long as we did. I was able to keep visiting it right up until I was 30 years old, so perhaps I don’t have much to complain about. I think I’ll give it a try just the same. Probably some of my best memories from those days in that unspoiled haven were my inaugural experiences with cuckoos, and I mean the birds that are called cuckoos and not the mammalian types that make up lists of neighborhood commandments. In the Northeastern U.S., we are graced with two species of cuckoos, the Black-billed Cuckoo and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Though the size and shape of the two species are almost identical, their plumage is not the same and, as their names imply, their bill colors are different. While the Black-billed Cuckoo is fond of nesting in over-grown orchards and around the wooded borders of wetlands, the Yellow-billed Cuckoo likes to nest in small forest clearings. Both have an uncommon taste for hairy tent caterpillars, something that most birds avoid due to the toxic hairs

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that cover the caterpillars’ bodies. Although the vocalizations of our cuckoos don’t sound much like their European counterparts whose songs are immortalized by cuckoo clocks, both of our native species do recite their names–more or less. The Black-billed Cuckoo gives a long series of “coo” notes, which are usually performed in groups of three or four. It sounds like “coo-coo-coo-coo…coocoo-coo-coo” and one song can last for as long as 30 seconds. The Yellow-billed Cuckoo’s song is a shorter series of single “Klook” notes. They also make some vocalizations that sound like rapping on wood. The old folk name for cuckoos was “Rain Crow,”

which derived from a belief that the cuckoo’s song heralded rain. I must say, I never noticed a correlation, but they may in fact call more frequently on overcast days. When it comes to identifying or locating these birds in the field, knowing their vocalizations is key since they are very secretive and usually manage to elude being seen by even the most patient observers. My very first view of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was in that long-lost wild area behind our old house in New Hartford. It was a warm morning in June and I had gone back to the second field. I had been hearing some odd knocking noises that, at the time, I wasn’t convinced were even being produced by a bird. Regardless, something was making a commotion in a thick hedge on the west side of the field. I moved a few feet closer and I saw two birds. They had light brown backs and wings. Their wings showed rufous highlights. They also had very whitish undersides. They appeared long bodied, which was accentuated by their long tails. The underside of their tails showed bold white spots and they had gently down-curved yellow bills. The Rev. John Bartlett Wicks of Paris Hill (1836-1915) wrote that the cuckoos’ shape and the manner in which they moved about

in the trees reminded him of the extinct Passenger Pigeon, a bird with that Wicks had extensive experience in his youth. Of course, I can’t compare them to the Passenger Pigeons, but in my own opinion they really are one of our most elegant looking birds. I remember thinking how unfortunate it was they had been saddled with a name that is synonymous with “lunatic.” As it turned out, I had that thought about five minutes too soon, be-

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Of course, a scolding from them wasn’t exactly a throttling. They produced light cluck calls as they gracefully flitted about in the low branches of the Moosewood trees next to the trail. Their long tails went go from side to side with each hop/flight they made around the tree. It was an amazing experience to get such close views of those birds, but remaining to watch them would’ve kept them away from incubating and otherwise defending their nest from real nest predators, and so I could never linger for long.

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Wednesdays: 2pm-6pm, June 7 - September 27 Waterville Library, 206 White Street, Waterville

West Utica Public Market

Sylvan Beach Farmers’ Market Tuesdays: 9am-5pm, June 20- September 26 Spencer Ave. by the bridge, Sylvan Beach

Tuesdays: 3-6pm, Jul 11- October 3 809 Court Street parking lot, Utica

Trenton Farmers’ Market

Whitesboro Farmers’ Market Mondays: 1-6pm, June 5 - October 28 Corner of Main & Clinton, Whitesboro

Otsego County

Cooperstown Farmers’ Market Open every Saturday: 8am-2pm May-Aug.; 9am2pm Sept.-Dec.; 10am-2pm Jan.-Apr. Open Tuesdays: 12-5pm in July & Aug. Pioneer Alley, 101 Main St., Cooperstown

Richfield Springs Farmers’ Market

Saturdays: 9am-1pm, June 17 - October 7 Village Green, Holland Patent

Thursdays: 2-6pm, Saturdays: 8am-1pm, June October Spring Park, Main St. (Rt. 20), Richfield Springs

20% Off All In Stock Natural Stone Tile

St. Francis Annual Festival June 2, 3, & 4, 2017

10% Off All Custom Apparel

More than a festival! A tradition since 1927!

Granite, Marble, Slate, Limestone, Travertine, Onyx, Quartzite

T-Shirts, Jackets, Hats, Polo Shirts, Sweatshirts, Team Unifoms

Fort Schuyler Trading Co. Coffee Roaster - tea & herb shop North Utica Shopping Center Phone: 315-733-1043

Mon - Friday: 10 AM - 6:00 PM Sat: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Friday, June 2: 7pm FSCS Jazz band & chorus Saturday, June 3: 7-11pm Showtime (bring your chairs) Fireworks at 10:30pm Sunday, June 4: Noon Chicken BBQ (until sold out) 12:30-4pm Fabiana and Rich’d-Ras

St.90thFrancis Di Paola Society Anniversary! Founded March 6, 1927

152 Eighth Ave. Frankfort (315) 894-4741

Featuring The Clothing Boutique Baby Boutique Country Style Curtains Celebrate National Fudge Day Friday, June 16th!

Happy Father’s Day!

531 Varick St., Utica 765-6463 M-F 8-5:30, Sat 8-4, Sun 8-2, Closed Tues

Retirement Sale! Mon-Sat: 9:30am-5:30pm; Sun: 12-5pm

29 S. Main St., Sherburne, NY • (607) 674-9440

Schoharie County

Sharon Springs Farmers’ Market Saturdays: 10am-2pm, June 3 - October 7 Main St., Sharon Springs Facebook: Sharon Springs Farmers Market

Hamilton Farmers’ Market Saturdays: 8am-1pm, May 6 - October 28 The Village Green, Route 12B, Hamilton

Herkimer County

Dolgeville Farmers’ Market Saturdays: 9am-1pm, May 20 - October Municipal Parking Lot Between Main St. and N. Helmer Ave., Dolgeville

Home For Funerals, Inc.

Home-like surroundings for your convenience & comfort. Pre-arrangement Plans with prey-payment or no payment options.

210 West Court St. Rome • 336-1510 Handicapped Accessible



Mohawk Farmers’ Market

Mondays: 1-5pm, June - October 300 N. Prospect St. (behind the library), Herkimer

Wednesdays: 1-5pm, June 14 - October 11 Weller Park, 41 West Main St., Mohawk mohawk.html

Ilion Farmers’ Market at Clapsaddle Farm

Madison County

Prince-Boyd & Hyatt

Herkimer Farmers’ Market

Fri: 12-6pm & Sat.: 10am-6pm, year round 437 Otsego St. (State Rt 51 S) Ilion Facebook: Parker’s Historic Cider Mill and Farmers Market

Little Falls Farmers’ Market Saturdays: 8am-1pm, May 6 - November 11 M&T Bank parking lot, Albany St., Little Falls

SZAREK’S Hanging Baskets Hydroponic Heirloom Tomatoes Vegetable Plants Fall Mums 7446 E. South St., Clinton 315.853.5901

LOVENHEIM’S Paint, wallcoverings, window treatments, floor coverings, carpet, floors & more!

Think Summer, Think Arborcoat! Serving you Mon-Fri: 8-5, Thurs ‘til 6, Sat: 9-3 634-636 E. Main St., Little Falls (315) 823-2640 52


Old Forge Farmers’ Market Fridays: 1-5pm, June 23 - October 26 Park Ave., Old Forge (behind Old Forge Hardware) oldforge.html

Serving Rome & Utica Since 1946


Serving you MondaySaturday!

Mohawk Village Market

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24 West Main St., Mohawk (315) 866-3344

Adirondack Base Camp

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Free Sunday Concerts 7PM

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Friday Fish Fry!

•Daily breakfast

& luncheon specials •Ask about our family bowling special!


8125 Rt.12, Barneveld, NY

Full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu

Catering and Banquet Facilities (up to 100)

(315) 896-2871 Open early everyday!

“Home cookin’ at it’s finest!”


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6798 State Rt. 20, Bouckville

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

101 Ford St., Boonville (315) 942-4359 Open Wed, Thurs, Sun: 8-8, Fri & Sat: 8-9:30

Friday Fish Fry: 11:30am-8pm

It’s ice cream season!

Serving breakfast and lunch daily

Freddy’s Diner

1/2 lb. Juicy Angus Burgers! NewSpecialty Sundaes! 50 Soft Serve Ice Cream flavors! 50 Milk Shake flavors! A Variety of Parfaits!

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

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


Primo Pizza #

at the Kettle


The Most Unique Upside Down Pizza You Ever Tasted!

Celebratining 8 Years ! Clinton

Specialty Rolls

Sausage . . . . . . . . 10.95 Spinach . . . . . . . . . 9.95 Antipasto . . . . . . . 11.95 Sausage & Greens . . . 12.95 Eggplant . . . . . . . . 10.95 Local delivery after 4

Weekday Specials Tues- 20” X-Large Cheese Pizza . . . . $9.95 (Toppings 2.25 ea, X-Cheese 2.95)

Wed-Small Cheese Pizza & 20 Wings . . . $15.95 Thurs- 2 Large Cheese Pizzas . . . . . $16.95

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

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Every Day Specials

Sm. Cheese & 20 wings. . . $17.95 Lg. Cheese & 20 wings. . . . $21.95 Lg. Cheese & 25 wings. . . . $24.95 Lg. Cheese & 40 wings. . . . $31.95 Lg. Cheese & 50 wings. . . . $35.95 (plus tax. celery, blue cheese, toppings extra)

Tues-Thurs: 11am-9pm, Fri & Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 1pm-8pm

7756 Route 5, Clinton Located next door to Spaghetti Kettle 54

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

2755 State Rt 8, Cold Brook, NY 13324 • 826-5050 Mon. 4 - 9pm • Tues. Closed • Wed. - Sun. 12 Noon - 9pm Great Food • Great Spirits • Great Times

Life is Good at The Ohio Tavern!





Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner! Window Service and Take Out • Outside Seating!

Cafe III

22 years in business!

Alex's Fat Boy 1/2 lb. burger! 2 for Tuesday Hoffman Hot Dogs!

Hershey’s Ice Cream

Super giant shakes! Loaded fries! Prime Rib Special every Thursday $13.95

Seafood & more!


Breakfast•Lunch Dinner•Ice Cream

1 North Main St., Earlville

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

(315) 691-7076 • 7 days a week: 8-8

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

Serving Breakfast and Lunch M-F: 7am-2:30pm FREE WI-FI

Let me create a culinary experience for you! “At home” dinners our specialty!

(315) 866-7669 122 W. Albany St., Herkimer

little falls Open Daily 7am-3pm

Quality Food - Fresh Ingredients Relaxing Atmosphere Offering Daily Specials!

200 King St., Herkimer (315) 866-5716 Wed-Thurs 11-7; Fri 11-8; Sat Noon-7

Celebrating 30 Years! Serving healthy and delicious salads, grilled sandwiches, and homemade soups.

Heidelberg Bread & Café 3056 Rte 28 N., Herkimer (315) 866-0999

by Chef Dominick Scalise


Raw or cooked • Eat in or take out!

Mon-Sat: 7am-6pm, Sun: 7am-5pm Find us on Facebook!

Baking all natural breads – available throughout New York State

Est. 1982


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

Traditional French & American Cuisine Owner/Chef James Aufmuth

Fine Dining • Lounge Grill Menu • Bed & Breakfast We use seasonal products from local and regional farmers and artisan producers. Serving fresh, sustainable seafood and fish.

Now open for our 35th year!

Catering & Banquets too! (315)533-7229

5345 Lee Center-Taberg Rd., Lee Center

Located at historic Canal Place, Little Falls (315) 823-1170

Wed 3-9, Thurs 12-9, Fri & Sat 11:30-9, Sun 11:30-8, Closed Mon & Tues

Serving dinner Tues-Sat at 5pm

Great food served in a relaxing atmosphere. I


Breakfast & Lunch Espressos • Lattes • Cappucinos 27 draft beers on tap featuring many NY state craft beers.

518 East Main Street, Little Falls (315) 508-5156

Open Mon-Thurs 4-10, Fri & Sat 4-11, closed Sun

Casual American Cuisine

Made to order Cookie platters • Desserts • Custom cakes

good food, good wine, good friends, good times

500 East Main St., Little Falls

123 Mohawk St., Herkimer • 866-1746

(315) 823-9236 • Tues-Fri: 8-5, Sat: 8-2 Now Open 7 days! Sun-Thurs: 11-9, Fri: 11-11, Sat: 11-9




new hartford

American Family Fare!

Phoenician R E S TAU R A N T

9663 River Rd., Marcy

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Take-out • Catering

7239 Route 20, Madison (315) 893-1806 Sun, Tues-Thurs: 6:30am-7pm, Fri & Sat: 6:30am-8pm

Enjoy authentic Lebanese Cuisine

Soft and Hard Ice Cream!

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

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

Call for our summer hours 797-7709


Homemade comfort foods

Full Buffet & Salad Bar served Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30 Wednesday Night Buffet 4:30-8:30 Serving Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sat Full Menu Available Mon-Thurs 11:30-9pm, Fri & Sat 11:30-10pm 623 French Road New Hartford (315) 733-2709

Experience the taste of Naples!

Full menu available til 2am!

22 beers on tap, specializing in NY State craft beers!

Clams & Jams!

Craft Beer & Wine Available!

Wednesdays 7-10pm

Nova Scotia Clams & Live Entertainment!

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

Specializing in Authentic Neopolitan Pizza! Using only the highest quality ingredients! Pizzas only take 90 seconds in our 800+ oven!

Truck available for on-site catering!

Also look for our Food Truck! Enjoy traditional, naturally flavored, healthy soup and entrées at Pho Ever Noodles Vietnamese Cuisine. Come try our refreshing Bubble Tea and Traditional Pho or make your own noodle soup!

CHECK OUT OUR NEW SUSHI BAR! Plaza 5, 8469 Seneca Turnpike • New Hartford • (315) 733-6888 Open Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 10am-7pm • Like us on Facebook! Menu and order online:

Book for the season now!

8636 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford • (315) 864-3728 Mon-Sat: 11am-9pm, Closed Sundays Menu online at:

“We are your home town pizzeria!”

past 5 years! Voted #1 pizza for

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

Locally Owned & Operated

Catering Available • Homemade Desserts Every Day

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

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

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



Specializing in the area’s only coal-fired pizza oven! Live Music!

DRIVE-IN Open Tuesday-Sunday

Customizable catering for any size event!

Open Mondays starting Memorial Day!


tuscan oven 2184 Glenwood Plaza, Oneida (315) 361-9900 Mon-Thurs: 11-9, Fri 7 Sat: 11-10, Sun: 12-8

Oriskany Falls


Homemade, Hand-tossed


Calzones • Wings eat in or take out

t Ask abouiz p za y il a d r u o specials!

Full Italian dinner menu!

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

n u f r o f s u n i Jo mmeuchrm!ore! all SCaruShom ws and so Woof Nites,

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

friday fish fry

Cold subs/Hot tunnels

184 N. Main St., Oriskany Falls

(315) 821-7288 Tues-Sat: 11-10, Sun: 11-9

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


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

Natural Food Cafe Now Open! Featuring: Gluten-free options and homemade soups!

Champagne Brunch



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

Natural Groceries • Supplements • Local Foods Organic Produce & Plants

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

Restaurant • Ice Cream Parlor

Weekend Specials! Haddock Specials

Prime Rib Every Sat. Night!

Wood Fired za! Brick Oven Piz t Take Ou y! & Deliver

Kid’s Day

Authentic Homemade Pasta Available! 5 Signature Sauces To Create Your Own Entree!

Sat. June 17th, Noon-5pm

Bouncy House, Dunk Tank, Magicians, Pony Rides & More!


(315) 33PIZZA

615 Erie Blvd. W., Rome

OPEN DAILY 11am-10pm End of N. Madison Street at Ridge Mills, Rome • (315) 339-2622


Open M-Thurs 11-9, Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun 12-8


sharon springs

The Country Store with More!

Innovative food made with local & organic ingredients whenever possible. Exceptional service with a warm atmosphere.

Snacks, Beer, Pizza, Wings, Subs, Gas, Diesel, Non-Ethanol Gas, Gifts and much, much more!

2114 Rte 29, Salisbury 315-429-3224 Open 7 Days a Week

Mon-Thurs 11-3, Fri-Sun 8-3 195 Main St., Sharon Springs (518) 284-2575


utica simple. fresh. delicious. breakfast • lunch espresso • pastries • cakes

Now serving wine & beer!

Creaciones del Caribe

Order Graduation Cupcakes & Cakes in school colors! Bakery Hours: Mon-Sat 8-6, Sun 8-1 Cafe Hours: Mon-Thurs 7-8, Fri & Sat 7-10, Sun 8-1

53 Franklin Square, Utica • (315) 790-5747 #downtownutica


(Creations of the Caribbean) Fresh & all natural ingredients

Luisa Martinez - chef

1315 Genesee Street, Utica

(315) 864-3057 Open Mon & Tue 10am-10pm, Thurs-Sun 10am-2am, Closed Wed

1st Floor Breakfast, Lunch, “Grab-and-Go!” Deliveries, 8am-2pm Take Out & Catering! Check out our weekly specials on facebook and at

Open: Mon-Fri 9-2 185 Genesee St 2nd Floor, Utica

315 735-7676




Shop Our Great Selection Of Ready To Cook Meals!!

ICE CREAM & FOOD Ice Cream • Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard • Lunch & Dinner Handmade Burgers • Fresh Cut Fries • Fresh Haddock Fridays

A l l Of O u r Co o k i e s, “ Pu st i e s ” A n d B a k e d G o o d s A re A l l H a n d m a d e , A l wa y s Fre sh , Ne v e r F ro z e n ! ! Have An Upcoming Party Or Event, Contact Us For All Of Your Catering Needs!!

26 flavors of Mercer’s soft! 26 flavors of Perry’s hard!

S h o p O u r L i n e O f P a st a , S a u c e s, S t a rt e rs An d Re a d y T o Co o k M e a l s; O t h e r L o c a l P ro d u c t s T o o !!

-(315) 896-2173Open Monday -Through- Friday 8:00AM -To- 4:00PM

6506 State Route 5, Vernon

Tues-Sunday 12-9pm • (315) 953-4035

Skyline Frozen Custards & Ice Cream


79 years serving the Mohawk Valley! Visit our three Locations:

The Utica Zoo • Oriskany Blvd., Yorkville Ilion Marina, 190 Central Ave, Ilion

Apple Betty Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Breakfast Served All Day!


Route 5, Vernon Open: Mon-Thurs: 6am-3pm, Fri: 6am-8:30pm Sat: 6am-2pm, Sun: 7am-2pm • (315) 829-4875 • (315) 725-3856

Yorkville Contemporary American • Private Functions • Reservations Recommended

900 Culver Ave., Utica • 315-765-0271 • Open Tues-Sat 4:30-9pm

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

ASK ABOUT OUR CATERING MENU • Banquet Room (Seats up to 35)

Tues - Fri: 9am -5pm, Sat: 9am - 3pm

Daily Lunch Special - 8” Ham or Turkey Sub $5! Open at 11am, Saturday open at 4pm, closed Sunday & Monday

Serving Wine & Beer!

3963 Oneida St., Washington Mills • (315) 864-8149

(315) 736-1728 137 Campbell Ave, Yorkville


antique shopping guide Otter Lake

Bear Path Antiques

Stop and shop on your way north to the 20th Annual Father's Day Weekend Parade & Car Show in Old Forge Fri. & Sat., June 16 & 17!



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2755 State Rt 8, Cold Brook, NY 13324 • 826-5050 Mon. 4 - 9pm • Tues. Closed • Wed. - Sun. 12 Noon - 9pm Great Food • Great Spirits • Great Times

Life is Good at The Ohio Tavern!

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Foothills Mercantile


Red Barn Primitives at the Main St. Gift Shoppe


Celebrating our 18th year in business!

Attic Addicts The Queen’s Closet

Pristine, Practical, and Priced Right!

Specializing in estate sales, large and small.

Conducted with respect and dignity. We take the pressure out of estate liquidation, moving, or downsizing. Call for a consultation:

(315) 736-9160

Consignment at its Finest!

Clothing Jewelry Household Items Furniture Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm Sat: 10:30am-3pm New consignment by appointment only

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


Bear Path Antiques A general line of quality, affordable antiques including furniture, primitives, smalls, china, and antique accessories. Open weekends (and by chance) late May-June; Open Thurs-Mon: July-October. Closed Tues & Wed

(315) 369-9970 • 13912 State Rte 28, Otter Lake



A little bit country, a little bit primitive! Your destination for furniture, hand stenciled signs, vintage clothing, warm glow candles, silk arrangements & more!

Multi Dealer Antique Shop

Open Daily 10-5

Primitives • Furniture • Artwork Smalls • Antique Accessories

10242 Route 12N, Remsen (315) 831-8644

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

Wed-Sat: 10-5, Sun: 11-3 • (315) 761-2833

4803 Rt. 31, Vernon

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

Canal House Antiques

Cool Stuff Consignment Shop

Multi-Dealer Shop

Specializing in antique furniture, glassware, jewelry, books, linens, and primitive rug hooking accessories

Rug Hooking Gathering Saturday, June 17, 11-2

Antiques, collectibles, rare, weird, and unusual. Always accepting your old treasures

7505 Rte 5, Kirkland • 315-725-0360

(315) 893-7737

(intersection of Route 5 and Route 233)

Open Thurs-Mon 10-5, Closed Tues & Wed

Facebook: Cool Stuff Consignment Shop

6737 Route 20, Bouckville

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm

Dawn Marie’s Treasures Vintage, Gift & Gourmet 18 W. Park Row, Clinton 825 Black River Blvd Plaza, Rome 796-9099 • Hours: Tues-Sat 10-6

Newly decorated and fully stocked with vintage and new items. Giveaways, Sales & Sweet Treats!

Thank you for your support and patronage at our Rome store while we renovated our Clinton location!

See our Facebook page for dates & more information

We’re open! Our renovation is complete! Come visit us!

6768 Route 20, Bouckville (315) 893-7676

Our lovely gallery offers a full range of antiques, fine furniture, and vintage collectibles!

2017 Show Dates: June 2,3, 4 and August 14-20


Come Celebrate our Grand Re-Opening in June!

Open Apr-Oct: 10-5 daily; Nov-Dec: 10-4 daily Jan-Mar: Fri, Sat, Sun: 10-4

Foothills Mercantile

The BIG RED BARN filled to the rafters with antiques and vintage pieces, collectibles, glassware, furniture, accessories, and dealer supplies in all price ranges.

Over 30 Vendors!

Open 6 days: 10-5:30 , closed Tues. 8124 Route 12, Barneveld (315) 896-2681

The Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick A multi-dealer shop specializing in advertising, petroliana, lamps, glass, furniture & quality smalls.

Look for our 1960s Texaco sign! (315) 893-7752

6790 Rte 20, Bouckville

Little Falls

Main Street Gift Shoppe

Antique Center

Newport’s Best Kept Secret for Primitive Gifts!

Barn Stars, Candles, Antiques, Textiles, Olde Century Colors Paint, Lighting, Signs, Furniture and more! Always gathering for our shop! A unique visit each thyme you stop!

More than 50 vendors on 2 floors!

Red Barn Primitives out back Now Open!

Canal Place, Little Falls Open Every Day 10-5 315-823-4309

7431 Main St Rt. 28 Newport, NY

OPEN: Wed-Sat 11:30am til 8pm (315) 845-8835

Check out our popular Ristorante on site!

Over 160 Vendor booths and display cases!

Father's Day Celebration at the Mall! Sat., June 17 61

All Dads are the Guests of Honor!!! Live Music, Karaoke, Fun, Games, and Huge Vendor Discounts!! Come one...come all! 100 E. Main St., Mohawk (Thruway Exit 30)

(315) 219-5044


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

Now Open!

Odd & Old Trade Co.


Auction Hall & Co-op

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

Clean outs, Consignment, Buy, Trade, Sell!

Antiques and Vintage

5251 Main St., Munnsville NY


Open 7 days a week, 10-5

Re-Purposed Handcrafted Items • Unique Gifts • Honey Cheese • Holistic & Local Foods • Grass-fed Beef & Pork Muck Boots • Seeds • Garden Accessories Statuary • Pottery • Bird Baths “Northern Grown” Shrubs and Trees • Perennials • Annuals

Closed Tuesdays

(315) 404-4969 or (315) 495-7099 D

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

FOR THOSE WHO CRAVE THE UNIQUE! Open 7 Days a Week at 9am • Gift Certificates Available • Like us!

(315) 429-5111

www.TheOnlineExchange.Net Registered user of ebay


Visit us during the 3rd Annual Little Falls Cheese Festival! Saturday, July 8, 2017!


Antique & Unique! Buy • Sell • Trade



See The Man

ALSO BUYING YOUR UNWANTED OR BROKEN JEWELRY Wed-Fri 10-5, Sat 11-4, Sun 12-4, closed Mon & Tues Inventory and our Estate Sale Schedule online:


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

54 N. Main St., Sherburne (607) 316-8463 • Open Wed-Sun

SAT. July 8th 10am-5pm… "BUCK -a- BOOK" Sale 1000s $1 BOOKS plus Tailgate Surprises! Porch & Garden Primitives! Come give us a L K outside…

Early Cupboards, Primitives, Country Furniture & Accessories


Painted and Repurposed Vintage & Antique Furniture

Canal Place, Little Falls * 2 Blocks from 3RD ANNUAL LF CHEESE FESTIVAL!

*80 Antique Dealers! *103 Showcases! *Air Conditioned! Remember…We BUY Antiques, Attic, Cellar & Barn Contents!


Johnny Belmont’s

Valley Exchange Thew Ne

Buy • Sell • Trade • Household • Antiques • Collectibles! Vendor space available

138 Main St., Herkimer (315) 717-5077

Wed-Sun: 11-7, Mon & Tues by appt. or chance


Open Daily 10-5 • (315) 893-1786

3371 Maple Ave., Bouckville

(315) 893-1762 • Open Fri-Sun: 10-5, Mon-Thurs by chance or appointment

6831 Indian Opening Rd., Bouckville

Open Fri, Sat & Sun 10-4 (315) 893-7162

ernon Variety Shoppes

Antique & Variety Shoppes

5349 Route 5, Vernon (315) 829-2105 Open 10-5 every day

Located 4 miles North of Sylvan Beach

Weeden’ s Mini Mall

100 Shops Located under One Roof

8056 Route 13, Blossvale (315) 245-0458 Open 10-5 every day

A Multi Dealer Shop


An eclectic mix of vintage, antiques, & home decor

7316 Rte. 20, Madison, NY

Featuring 60 Dealers displaying a diverse array of antiques and collectibles.

315-337-3509 Open Daily 10-5, Closed Tuesdays

337 Genesee St., Utica (315) 738-1333

Come Spend the Day With Us! Route 233 Westmoreland, NY 1/4 mile North of NYS Thruway Exit 32


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Glendolen Talbot Bens By Susan Perkins, Town of Manheim Historian

In 1931, the New York State League of Women Voters presented a memorial tablet to the State of New York to hang inside the State Street entrance to the Capitol building commemorating the women foremost in the cause of women’s suffrage. The names of four women from Oneida County appear on the tablet: Miss Lucy Carlile Watson (profiled in Mohawk Valley Living, March 2014), Miss Janet Price, Adelaide Williams White, and Mrs. Samuel J. Bens. Mrs. Samuel J. Bens was born Glendolen Talbot on Nov. 27, 1878, in Olmstedville, Essex County, N.Y. Her family soon moved to Prospect, N.Y., where she grew up, and then settled in Poland, N.Y, when Glendolen was 22. Glendolen Bens’ mother was Orpha Barber Talbot (1848-1919). She was a worker in every good cause connected with the life of the community of Poland. She was also an active member of the Women’s Civic Club of Utica. Glendolen’s father, Edward Hall Talbot (1843-1925), was the superintendent of Trenton Falls Lumber Company. Glendolen had one older sister, Grace Greenwood Talbot (1875-1949), and a younger brother, Roscoe C. Talbot, (1882-1928). After graduating in 1900 from Houghton Seminary, a prestigious school for girls in Clinton, N. Y., Glendolen taught for two years before going with her brother Roscoe to California, where he had taken a job as timekeeper for the Albion Redwood Mill. On March 10, 1902, she mar-

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ried Samuel J. Bens in San Francisco. Samuel J. Bens (1872-1954) was born in Fond du Lac, Wis., before becoming superintendent of the lumber mills in Hinckley, N.Y. Shortly after their marriage, Samuel Bens sailed for Hong Kong on business and Glendolen found herself free to pursue her own interests. She filled her free time studying law at the University of California at Berkeley and became an activist for women’s suffrage. Glendolen was one of many suffragettes who waged an intense campaign in favor of California Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 8. When it passed in 1911, California became the sixth state to approve women’s suffrage. The Bens family returned to New York and, in 1917, Glendolen was founder and president of the Women’s Civic Club in Utica. Since Glendolen had moved from California, where women had won suffrage in 1911, back to New York where women had not yet won the right to vote, she began speaking to women’s groups in New York about the experience of actually casting a ballot for a candidate. It is a measure of Glendolen Bens’ influence that the first convention of the New York State League of Women Voters took place at the Hotel Utica in 1919. Activist Narcissa Cox Vanderlip was elected state chairman and Glendolen Bens was elected one of the four regional vice-chairmen. The Middletown Times Herald Record reported: “An amusing story was told by Mrs. Samuel Bens at the meeting in Carnegie Hall Saturday night...she was reminded of the story of a grandmother who came to visit her son’s family. After the greetings were over the daughter-in-law left the room and grandma put her arm around her young grandson’s waist and said: ‘I



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am your grandmother on your father’s side.’ The lad quickly replied, ‘Well, if you are going to stay around here, you had better get on MOTHER’S side.’” When Congress passed the 18th Amendment in 1919, better known as the Volsted Act or Prohibition, Glendolen adopted the cause. She planned to speak in all the cities in the nation that, in her estimation, were in the greatest need of enforcement of the amendment. Glendolen also picketed for workers’ rights. In 1926, 300 women participated in a mass demonstration in support of striking paper box makers. Eight notable women “of prominence” were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, including Eleanor Roosevelt and Glendolen Bens. Glendolen left Utica on Jan. 20, 1928 for her most ambitious speaking tour, accompanied by her 24-year-old nephew, Alfred Coonradt, as her assistant and male guardian. After an address in Washington, D.C., she went to Florida then along the Gulf of Mexico through the Southern states to California, making addresses in all principal cities. She had planned to continue her tour to Seattle, then across the northern part of the United States, and back to the East Coast. After arriving in San Francisco on March 2 for a series of speaking engagements and speaking to several groups on March 4 and 5, Glendolen fell ill with tonsillitis. She was forced to cancel the rest of her engagements. A few days later, on March 11, 1928, Glendolen Talbot Bens died in the Dante Sanatorium in San Francisco. Glendolen’s funeral took place on Saturday, March 17, at Grace Church in Utica, where she is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery. •






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SHAWANGUNK Chapter 33 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.

1978 As we putter down from the Adirondack Foothills to church in the Mohawk Valley for a June wedding in our 1966 VW Beetle “Viktor,” we enjoy the broad expanses of butter-yellow fields blazing with sun-dappled dandelions (despite knowing they are

unpopular with the farmers) . “Tim, why don’t you wear a robe in the pulpit?” I ask. “When my dad graduated from Clinton High in 1937 they didn’t wear robes, but we wore them for graduation in 1966 at Westmoreland Central School.” “I don’t wish to be set apart,” Tim says. “In the free pulpit, I am not a final authority, but giving an educated opinion that may be challenged or debated by the congregation. Yes, the role of clergy is to comfort, but to also communicate time-tested values to social issues. Of course, social critique will

always upset some people and you have to be able to take their rejection.” Tim knows how to deal with rejection because he has been a dedicated anti-Vietnam war activist since I first met him in 1971, when it was still in favor by many. He spent all his spare money on educational ads about why the U.S. was not wanted there; debated military leaders in newspaper editorials; and participated in protests when there were still only a handful of protesters. Tim puts Viktor into neutral and we coast down Deerfield Hill, saving gas and savor-


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ing the panorama of the Mohawk Valley between Deerfield and the Paris hills. It is quilted with vernal green and sepia brown farm fields, bordered by resplendent forests on both sides of the shimmering Mohawk River. I love this area! “Anyway, you might consider getting a newer suit. Or maybe I could make you one?” (I finally get to the point of my com-

ment about robes.) “Why? What’s wrong with this one?” He glances down defensively at the flat, black, saggy, three-button suit he bought at a rummage sale when he was in seminary. “It’s so worn out, it’s shiny and the fabric is almost transparent,” I say wrinkling my nose. “Yes, well I don’t think the minister should look too fancy,” Tim replies. “I don’t think he should look shabby.” “I don’t think I look shabby,” he says in irritation, and I decide I’d better change the subject. “You’ve always said you hated sitting in school all day, so how could you stand all those years you spent getting five degrees and certifications?” His thoughts turn far away from my clothing critique. Groaning, he answers, “Oh, my summer jobs motivated me. I’ve been a dishwasher, bus driver, gas pumper, janitor, strawberry picker, grape hoer, and did six years of life guarding (saving 32 people on Lake Erie)… but the factory work in the railroad reclamation plants was the toughest. It was hot, noisy, dangerous and strenuous, and probably damaged my hearing. I was one of

four men holding the corners of huge, heavy metal railroad car sides while giant scissors cut them in half. If one of us were to let go...!” He shivers. “And we had to sort and scrub the sand off of big, heavy, railroad parts, brake shoes, knuckles, and couplers (about 300 pounds). The other guys called me ‘Muscles’ because I was the only one who could lift one. I’d get so tired, I’d sometimes fall asleep during my breaks on a pile of railroad spikes in an old freight car, where the boss couldn’t see me. But it paid well, $1.56 per hour, and got me through school without debt, with the football scholarships, and Tim wears a board jobs. sports coat Peg Now, I think made for him they have machines to do that work. “I only lasted one week collecting garbage.

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posed to hurry north of Rome for a second wedding today! Tim inspects. “The front tires are facing different directions! We’re not going anywhere!” he exclaims. “I think the tie-rod must be broken. We’ll have to hike to church. I’ll call from there to get the car towed. It’s only about a mile. Then we’ll hitchhike to Rome.” I’m not enthusiastic about standing by the side of the road with my guitar and my thumb out, but he is already running ahead, so I follow him, as fast as I can with the guitar. I arrive sweaty and tired, wash up quickly so I won’t smell too bad, and try to sing. Afterward, a kindly person there generously offers to take us to our next wedding. On the way, we try to think of a way to reciprocate. “You should come and visit our pet porcupine. He’s only a year old and is very friendly,” I suggest. He unenthusiastically, but politely, expresses interest. “Oh, what’s his name?” “Spike,” Tim replies, with a


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grin. “He was an orphan,” I add. “Raised in a town, but neighbors complained, so he was brought to us. They didn’t like his smell, but I think it was because he couldn’t be cleaned naturally by the winds and rains of nature. After all, how would you wash a porcupine?” We all silently ponder this until Tim says, “Very carefully!” And we burst out laughing. “When Spike was released, I was flattered when he waddled right over to me. ‘How cute!’ I thought. But then he put a paw on my sneaker, and before I knew it, he was climbing up my leg! So, I’m thinking; ‘Oh, no! How do you shoo a porcupine off your leg?’ “But fortunately, he hadn’t had much climbing experience (unlike wild porcupines) and backed down about half way up my leg. I was so relieved!” “What did he do then?” our driver asks. “His caretaker left heaps of food for us to give him, but it was unnecessary. He went immediately to the wild raspberry bushes nearby, bent each prickly cane down one by one and delicately nibbled each leaf like a judge tasting culinary submissions at a fair. He also quickly discovered he could climb tall trees and get succulent fresh tree leaves. When the trunks are close enough together, I’ve even seen him shift, high above, from tree to tree like a squirrel in slow motion.” We get to our second wedding on time, but our driver never does visit us. Viktor gets repaired, and the mechanic writes on the repair bill: “This car should be driven to the junk yard!” Maybe he didn’t like the 2” x 6” wood beams Tim had wired to the axles to hold up the floor he’d patched with pieces of sheet metal. Or maybe he didn’t like the back bumper wired to the hood of the engine cover. But we ignore his advice because we are using our church travel allowance to support our children and buy land to protect. The tires, lights, and brakes are still good, the tie rod is now fixed, and Viktor is destined to carry us over many more miles. Eventually, we decide that it’s time for Spike to move on, because he has created a pile of unpleasantly fragrant fertilizer in our shed. We carry him in a box a half mile down our road to Black Creek, leave some apples to tide him over, and hope that he will be all right. We needn’t have worried. A month later, we find him sitting in the middle of

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from the stars above adequately illumines a promenade of numinous sky between the tree tops along the sides of the road, creating a mystical sky way that we can follow by looking up, instead of down. (We just hope there are no porcupines to trip over!) Below this heaven, we are enveloped by velvet black woodlands twinkled with silent streaks of firefly incandescence. Bouquets of fresh balsam Spike gets a accompany the soft rustle farewell pet from his of early summer leaves, rehabilitator and the gentle padding of our feet on earth. As we approach, I pretend to be a sportscaster, teasing Tim about compea c r a b - a p p l e tition in nature. tree; you know, the kind that has “There’s a big competition in the Forest two-inch spikes all over the branches? With tonight! MOON VS. FIREFLIES!” I call this, plus his armor of barbed quills, and out, my voice echoing back from the dark trees, like in a stadium. gnashing orange teeth he looks pretty safe. That night, we stay up late to view the “The Firefly team musters their forcannual summer firefly display in the mead- es near the earth, where they flash, sparkle ow nearby. We walk down the road in the and soar, creating a dazzling array of acrodark because we don’t want to diminish our batic brilliance. But look out! The Moon is night vision by using flashlights. Faint light rising over the evergreens, sending a blaz-


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they were up to: They said, “We are doing ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and current songs. We decided to have Jeff Moyer play with us because he adds another dynamic to the band. We really liked the idea of having another person who can sing both backup harmonies as well as potentially being the lead singer on some songs. We have all known him for many years, both personally and through the music scene, and we feel that he is a great fit both on a personal and musical level as we move forward as a band.” Nervous Rex is now out and playing as a full band. I recently asked them what’s up and the band replied: “After a great 20-year run as the ever entertaining two-man group, highlighted by opening engagements with the likes of Orleans, Benny Mardones, and Three Dog Night, we have now united with the venerable Joel Ciotti and Frank Trento to expand on our unique blend of music and fun. Dan Kupiec is now back where he’s most comfortable on the drums and Herb Liebhaber will be doing guitar and keyboard duties. Frank Trento will be the band’s other guitarist with Joel on bass and lead vocals.” The new Nervous Rex lineup brings an exciting history. If you have seen the duo you already know what Dan and Herb bring. Frank is a solid guitar addition to add some needed flexibility to the band’s song selections. Go check out some live local music! For club listings and to submit your events go to and the Live and Local Calendar. • Listen to Genesee Joe live on 92.7FM, The DRIVE.

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Art and Picture Framing Adirondack Art & Frame, Barneveld . . . . . 25 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Fynmore Studios, New Hartford/Boonville . . 33 Artists and Art Studios Frank Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Authors Local Grumpy Tomatoes, Autumn Kuhn . . . . . . 23 Auto Dealerships Steet-Ponte Auto Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Automotive Repair Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Precision Unlimited, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Automotive, Custom Fabrication Custom Fab, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Awards & Engraving Speedy Awards, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 46 Bakeries, Pastry, and Candy Shops Bagel Grove, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Caruso’s Pastry Shoppe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 10 Florentine Pastry Shop, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 16 The Friendly Bake Shop, Frankfort . . . . . . 25 Heidelberg Baking Company, Herkimer . . . 55 Juliano’s Greenhouses & Market, Schuyler . . 15 Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . 59 Lizzy’s Cupcakery, New Hartford . . . . . . . 13 So Sweet Candy Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Star Bakery, Whitesboro and Utica . . . . . . . . 48 Wicked Sweets, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Bowling Adirondack Diner and Lanes, Barneveld . . 54 State Bowl with Cosmic Bowling, Ilion . . . . . 7 Breweries and Wineries Pail Shop Winery, Fly Creek . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Prospect Falls Winery, Prospect . . . . . . . . . 68 Woodland Hop Farm & Fermentation, Utica . . 73 Cabinets and Kitchens Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . 4 Knotty By Nature, Bridgewater . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Camping and Hiking Supply Plan B, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Catering Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Dominick’s Deli & Catering, Herkimer . . . . . 55 Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Maria’s Pasta Shop, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Cheese (see Produce) Children’s Programming Treehouse Reading & Arts Ctr., NY Mills . . 21 Clothing The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 60 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Walk-in Closet, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Coffee and Coffee Shops Fort Schuyler Trading Company, Utica . . . . . 51

Bike Shops Dick’s Wheel Shop, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 65

Community Organizations Child Care Council, 1-888-814-KIDS . . . . . 29 Mohawk Valley Food Action . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Books Berry Hill Book Shop, Deansboro . . . . . . . 25 Treehouse Reading & Arts Ctr., NY Mills . . 21

Consignment The Online Exchange, Dolgeville . . . . . . . . 62 The Queen’s Closet, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 60


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Walk-in Closet, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) Hughes Farm CSA, Deansboro . . . . . . . . 43 Szarek Greenhouses, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 52 Delis Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 32 LaFamiglia Bosonne’s Sausage, Utica . . . . . 32 Dentistry Neighborhood Family Dentistry, Utica . . . . 11 Diners Adirondack Diner and Lanes, Barneveld . . 54 Apple Betty, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Charlie’s Place, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Freddy’s Diner, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Suzi’s Place, Bouckville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Dog Sitting Barney’s Angels, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Estate Sales Attic Addicts, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 The Potting Shed Antiques, Whitesboro . . . 63 Events, Entertainment, and Activities Black River Canal Museum, Boonville . . . 50 Cherry Valley Outdoors Games, June 16-18 . . 2 Dolgeville Violet Festival, Dolgeville . . . . . 48 Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown . . . . . . . 18 Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown . . . . . 3 Fly Creek Cider Mill, Fly Creek . . . . . . 17 Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo, Rome . . . . . . 2 Goodsell Museum, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 10 Little Falls Cheese Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Madison-Bouckville Antique Week . . . . . . 4 Mohawk Valley Boat Tours . . . . . . . . . . 8 Old Forge Visitors Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Remington Arms Museum, Ilion . . . . . . . . 23 St. Francis DiPaola Society Festival . . . . . . 51 The Stanley, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 View, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Farm Equipment Clinton Tractor, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Hobby Hill Farm Sales, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 66 White’s Farm Supply, Waterville/Canastota . . 80 Feed, Animal Kast Hill Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Fencing Williams Fence, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Financial Institutions Bank of Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Financial Services Van Meter & Van Meter, Little Falls . . . . . . 15 Firewood and Wood Pellets Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Fitness & Gyms Curves, Herkimer and Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Flooring D & D Carpets, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Florists Clinton Florist, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Village Florals, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Funeral Services Nunn & McGrath, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Jordanville . . . . . . . 35 John Froass & Sons, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 4 Garden Centers and Greenhouses At Last Pottery & Plants, Poland . . . . . . 36 Candella’s Farm & Greenhouses, Marcy . . 2 Casler Flower Farm, West Winfield . . . . . . . 6 D’Allesandro’s, Nursery/Landscaping, Frankfort . . 24

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Gift Shops/Shopping Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . 22 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 61 Cat’s Meow, Sherburne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Little Falls Antique Center, Little Falls . . . . 62 Main Street Gift Shoppe, Newport . . . . . . . . 62 Newport Marketplace, Newport . . . . . . . . . 62 Remington Country Store, Ilion . . . . . . . . . 23 Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . 64 The Tepee, Cherry Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Golf Courses and Driving Range Brimfield Driving Range, Clinton . . . . . . . 47 Deer Run Driving Range, Westmoreland . . . 50 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 49 Woodgate Pines Golf Club, Woodgate . . . . . 8 Grocery/Convenience Stores The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . 58 Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . 31 Kountry Kupboard, Madison . . . . . . . . . . 68 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 53 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 32 Reilly’s Dairy, Inc., Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Hardware/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Poland Hardware, Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Hearing Consultants Hearing Health Hearing Centers, Rome . . . . . 39 Horse Boarding Kast Hill Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . 35


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George’s Farm Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . 26 Heywood’s Greenhouse, Remsen . . . . . . . . 30 Juliano’s Greenhouses & Market, Schuyler . . 15 Melinda’s Garden Barn, Richfield Springs . . 36 Michael’s Greenhouses, Sauquoit . . . . . . . 46 North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . . 44 Top Notch Garden Center, Newport . . . . . 62

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Ice Cream B&F Milk, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Kayuta Drive-In, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Papa Rick’s Snack Shack, Rome . . . . . . . . 58 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Skyline Ice Cream, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . 59 Wendy’s Diner, Cassvilee . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Voss’, Yorkville, Ilion, and the Utica Zoo . . 59

Media 92.7 The Drive WXUR, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . 74 FOX33/WUTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Weekly Adirondack, Old Forge . . . . . . . . . . 48 WKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Insurance Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . 4 Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . 46 Marshall Agency, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 12

Natural Food Stores Brenda’s Natural Foods, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 58 Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . 71 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 69 Sunflower Naturals, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . 23 Tom’s Natural Foods, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . 64 Iron Work - Architectural & Ornamental Raulli’s Iron Works, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . 38 Fall Hill Beads & Gems, Little Falls . . . . . . 66 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 31 Landscaping Aceti’s Classic Garden, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . 50

Monuments & Memorials Burdick & Enea Memorials, Clinton . . . . . . 49 Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Novelties and Specialty Items Fort Schuyler Trading Company, Utica . . . . . 51 Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . 38 Paint and Painting Supplies Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Pohlig Enterprises, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . 8

Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . Main Street Gift Shop, Newport . . . . . . . . Simply Primitives, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . Turnpike Antiques, Madison . . . . . . . . . . .

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Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . 46 Clinton Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . 68 Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 73 Juliano’s Greenhouses & Market, Schuyler . . 15 Meat Suite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Meelan’s Meat Market, Clark Mills . . . . . . 38 Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 48 Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . 45 Sunnybrook Farm, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . 14 Three Village Cheese, Newport . . . . . . . . . . 17 Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 33 WintersGrass Farm Raw Milk, Sauquoit . . . 14 Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Heartworks Quilts, Fly Creek . . . . . . . . . 13 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Pharmacies Garro Drugs, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Real Estate Century 21, Art VanVechten, Utica . . . . . . 20 Coldwell-Banker, Newport . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Hunt Real Estate, Welcome Home Team . . . 31 Scenic Byway Realty, Richfield Springs . . . . 42

Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Physical Therapy Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Record Stores Off-Center Records, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Liquor Stores and Wine Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . . 70

Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . .

Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Apple Betty, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Bagel Grove, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Bite Bakery and Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Black Cat, Sharon Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Canal Side Inn, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Chesterfield’s Tuscan Oven, Oneida . . . . . . 57 The Corner Cafe, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Copper Moose, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 The Country Store, Salisbury . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Lawn Mowers J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 45 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Maple Syrup (see Produce) Massage, Therapeutic Zensations, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Meats, locally raised (see Produce)

Pet Services One Paw at a Time, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 28

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Pools Geraty Pools, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Swan Pools, Ilion and New Hartford . . . . . . 28 Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

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Delta Lake Inn, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Dominick’s Deli, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Fat Cats, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Heidelberg Baking Co., Herkimer . . . . . . . 55 Il Caffé, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Jamo’s Restaurant, Herkimer . . . . . . . . . . 55 Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . 59 Kayuta Drive-In, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 The Knight Spot, Frankfort . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Main Street Ristorante, Newport . . . . . . . . 62 Mangia Macrina’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . 56 Mi Casa, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Pho Ever Noodles, New Hartford . . . . . . . 56 Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . 56 Quack’s Village Inn, Madison . . . . . . . . . 56 Raspberries Cafe, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 58 Sammy & Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 59 Skyline Ice Cream, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . 59 The Steak & Pickle, Washington Mills . . . . . 59 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Sneaker Store, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 22 The Village Crossing, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Small Engine Repair J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Utica . . . . . . . . 45 SD Power, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Snowmobiles/ATVs Hobby Hill Farm, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Specialty Wood Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Tent Rentals Brownies Tent and Awnings, Clinton . . . . . 68 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Tree Services Turk Tree Service, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Travel Agencies The Cruise Wizards, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 70

Roofing Maple Lane Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Mohawk Metals, Westmoreland . . . . . . . 11

Weddings and Banquets Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, NY Mills . . 49 So Sweet Candy Cafe, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Schools Herkimer BOCES LPN Program . . . . . . . . 16

Wellness Infinity Tree Healing, New Hartford . . . . . 14

Sharpening Services Ron’s Scissors Sharpening, Sauquoit . . . . . . 7

Windows R.A. Dudrak, Holland Patent . . . . . . . . . . 19

Sheds and Storage Buildings Shafer & Sons, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Yogurt Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . 45

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Family Business Celebrates 40 Years in Sauquoit On June 4, 1977, Richard and Kathy Reilly opened Reilly’s Dairy on Pinnacle Road in Sauquoit. This year, the Reilly family is celebrating their 40th year in business, with plans for a special event early next month. Over the years, the convenience store grew to include gas pumps, a deli, car wash, redemption center, and self-storage units. The original store building was replaced with a larger convenience store on the same property in 2004. While many changes have taken place over the years, one constant remains. The Reilly family still owns and operates the business, proving to be an exception in a world of franchises and corporate ownership. Today, Richard and daughter Bethany run the dayto-day store operation. Reilly’s Dairy remains an important economic driver in Sauquoit, with 22 full- and parttime employees, and a one-stop-shop for groceries, beverages, gasoline, NY Lottery, fresh-made subs and baked goods, and much more. Reilly’s has also been a go-to spot for fundraisers for local school groups and community organizations. The Reilly’s have worked hard for four decades to build a business to suit the needs of their loyal customers. To celebrate and thank their customers, the public is invited to our 40th Anniversary Party on June 3, 2017. Saturday store hours are 6am-11pm, with the majority of the celebration taking place between 10am-2pm. •

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