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by Sharry L. Whitney

This month a couple of our writers shared stories of passing their passions onto the next generation. Gary took his kids and grandkids hiking and discovered new adventures himself. Suzie Jones stepped aside and let her daughter Harper write this month’s article, and we both learned new things about the history of cheesemaking. A few months ago, I wrote about becoming a grandparent and how it offers me the opportunity to see the world from a new perspective. I once learned that many Native American tribes think of time as cyclical, like the seasons. I love the changing seasons--just when we start to get tired of the heat, autumn comes with a refreshing breeze. I think that’s what children and grandchildren are—a breath of fresh air, a change in the wind. My cut flower gardens are now dense with a chaotic mix of fresh and spent flowers. My once relaxing routine of deadheading plants has been abandoned. Some of the weeds, spurred on by plentiful rain, are a few feet tall! My formerly productive tomato plants are now drooping with the last pale, forfeited fruit clinging to their withered skeletons. Next month these faded memories of summer’s bounty will be scooped up and flung on the compost heap. (What I was thinking planting so much last spring?) Winter will crush their spent bodies into rich, loamy compost. I make a vow not to plant as much next year. But several months from now, after the snow, a warm spring breeze will stir something in me. The thrill of new life is intoxicating. I will laugh at the fence with my neighbor, who made a similar vow, as we discuss all the garden plans we dreamed up in March and April. We will also talk about our grandchildren, a new season in our lives. •

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Han Yerry and Tyonajanegen By Lou Parrotta

OCHC Volunteer & City of Utica Historian Teamwork. That was the mantra of husband and wife Oneida Indian Nation members Han Yerry and Tyonajanegen The married couple Han Yerry and Tyonajanegen were members of the Oneida during the epic Battle of Oriskany in the American RevoluIndian Nation and among the founding members of Oriska (Oriskany) tion. Han Yerry Tewahangarahken, which means “He Who Takes Up the Snow Shoe,” was born in 1724. He ascended to the position of Chief Warrior of the Oneidas as a member of the Wolf Clan. He was renowned for his “exceptional courage and coolness in combat.” Around 1750, he married Tyonajanegen, who was known as “Two Kettles Together.” The couple was part of the founding members of Oriska, today’s Oriskany, where they raised their family. On August 6, 1777, the noted Battle of Oriskany took place, and Han Yerry and Tyonajanegen took up arms with about sixty other Oneidas, including their son Cornelius, to help the Colonists in their fight with the advancing British army for six hours. Han Yerry took a musket ball to the wrist during the battle, which hampered his ability to return fire. Tyonajanegen took charge and joined her husband in the fight. Tyonajanegen reloaded her husband’s musket and never left his side during the battle. The Pennsylvania Journal & Weekly Advertiser wrote on September 3, 1777, “(Han Yerry and Tyonajanegen … friendly Indian(s)) … distinguished themselves remarkably on that occasion. (Han Yerry) killed nine of the enemy, when, having received a ball through his wrist that disabled him from using his gun, fought with his tomahawk. His son killed two, and his wife, on horseback, fought by his side with pistols during the whole action. The village of Oriska was destroyed and the Yerrys lost their home in the village after the battle as the Mohawk warriors burned it to the ground accusing them of betrayal.”

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Han Yerry participated in the Battle of Saratoga later in the war as a head warrior. He received a special commendation for his participation and, with the advice and encouragement of the chief warriors of the Oneidas, was commissioned a Captain in March 1779 by the new United States government. The recognition bestowed on Han Yerry was because he had “distinguished himself at (the Battles of) Oriskany and Saratoga and led the Indian column to Valley Forge.” After the Battle of Oriskany, Tyonajanegen rode throughout the area to notify the other colonists of the tremendous bloodshed inflicted by the British ambush at Oriskany. Furthermore, she transported messages for the rebels throughout the Saratoga campaign. General Horatio Gates ordered Colonel Peter Gansevoort to “deliver her

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Three Gallons of Rum, for a Winter’s supply for her Family” as a reward for her services and efforts. Han Yerry passed away around the fall of 1794, and Tyonajanegen died around 1822. The Oneidas, known forever as America’s “first allies,” were the only members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to side with the patriot fight. Throughout the War for Independence, the Oneidas were loyal and steadfast allies whose intense friendship solidified on the battlefield. The actions of Han Yerry and Tyonajanegen were prime examples of that solid bond of friendship. •

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September 22nd marks the first day of Autumn 2021. So, here is looking back at three modest mountain hikes in the Lake Placid, NY area I did with the kids and grandkids and a friend this summer vacation, two of which offer spectacular views for anyone looking ahead for where to hike for fall color! All of these mountains are also part of the Lake Placid 9er quest. There are directions, trail descriptions and a downloadable map on the official website: The first we tackled was Bear Den Mountain in Wilmington. It is a 4.5 mile round-trip with a number of switchbacks which makes the ascent less steep, but increases the distance to summit. Our ages ranged from 8 to (a-hem) 67. Our enthusiasm ranged from ‘I’m not really a mountain climber’ to ‘let’s go!’ That is, until we got to the top for the payoff. There are wideangle views from the ‘summit’ with Whiteface Mountain rising before you right next door. This brought wide-angle smiles all the way around. Technically the actual summit is a very short distance further along a narrow herd path, but my guess is most people stop here. The grands were up for another mountain the following day and so next we headed for Big Crow in Keene. It is only a 1.4 mile round trip, but with no switchbacks the trail reaches relentlessly upward! Most kids have no problem scrambling up steep spots, or sitting on their butts when necessary on the descent. I always recommend trekking poles for us older folks. They help with lift for the way up, ease on the knees on the descent, and balance all the way around. I won’t hike without them. There is a commanding view across the horizon from Big Crow. We snapped some photos and distant thunder urged us not to linger. My hiking buddy, Mark Lowell, spent some vacation time with us. Several family members were going to join us next for Mt. Van

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Waterfalls by Sharry L. Whitney

If there’s a silver lining with all the rain we’ve been having lately it’s that our local waterfalls are quite vigorous. I’ve read that the familiar repetition, yet randomness, of falling water relaxes the mind. The sound also stirs something inside of us that connects us to our ancestors and our need of this life-sustaining compound. Whether its aesthetical, biological, or psychological, we just seem to feel happier around waterfalls. We are always on the lookout for waterfalls during our Mohawk Valley Living travels. We find some that are grand and some that are more intimate. The time of year and rainfall also changes the experience, so the same waterfalls can visited time and time again. These are a few of our favorites...

Stockbridge Falls, Munnsville These falls take you by surprise, especially if you were driving by and didn’t expect them (though the name of the road gives you a bit of a hint). Beautiful, picture-perfect Stockbridge Falls is made up of a half dozen small waterfalls spilling over pinkish-colored rock. Oneida Creek passes right under Stockbridge Falls Road. Be careful, as there is not much pavement between the road and a long fall into the ravine!

Location: 5968 Stockbridge Falls Rd, Munnsville GPS: 42.955284,-75.602451 Directions: From Munnsville, head 0.8 miles south on Main Street which becomes Bearpath Road (Route 46). Turn right on Pratts Road. Go just over a half mile and turn right on Stockbridge Falls Road. Go another half mile to a pull-off on the right, located just before the road passes over Oneida Creek.

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Faville Falls, Dolgeville This is a secluded, shady waterfall with a 70’ drop. It is perfect for a picnic or a short hiking adventure with school-age children. From the parking lot, cross Gillett (Ransom) Creek by way of a metal footbridge to the left. After crossing the bridge, you will see a trail to the right. There are no trail markers, but you can avoid the steep slopes by staying to the left as you follow the descending path that sweeps around and then back towards the falls. If you look closely at the bottom of the falls you can see the remnants of stone walls that mark the home site of John Faville, a Revolutionary War soldier. Location: Near corner Moore and Peckville Roads, Dolgeville GPS: 43.1054, -74.8061 Directions: From Dolgeville head west one mile on Spencer Street. You’ll come to an intersection where the road becomes Peckville Road, continue straight (west) another 0.7 miles to a parking lot on the left.

Buttermilk Falls, Little Falls This is a short hike to a very nice 40’ waterfall and great if you want to get up close and cool off on a hot day. It’s in the woods and not really a picnic area. The creek is small and is fun to hike up, crossing over and back on your way to the falls. We were first introduced to these falls by local photographer, and Little Falls attorney, Bart Carrig. Location: 96 Burch Street, Little Falls GPS: 43.0522, -74.8692 Directions: From North Ann Street in Little Falls, drive 0.4 miles west on West Monroe Street, turn right on Sherman Street and then left on Burch Street. Drive to the end of Burch Street to a public parking area. Behind the pool is a playground. Walk past the left side of the playground to the trail. If the trail is not obvious, just follow the creek upstream to the falls.

Oriskany Falls

Oriskany Falls is in our guide, because here you can really see the relationship and importance of water in the history of a community and how a village has been built around water. Oriskany Falls was first settled around 1794. The Oriskany Creek was a source of power for gristmills, textile mills, and sawmills. You can park at the corners of S. Main Street and Madison Street and walk along the sidewalk (it is handicap accessible) to look down over the falls. You can also continue down Broad Street and turn right on Cassety Street to look up Oriskany Creek to the falls. We’ve seen ducks bobbing around in the currents here. These falls are natural, with a V-shaped man-made dam at the top and another small dam just below Cassety Street.


Old City Falls, Middleville This is a magical area of cascading waterfalls on Wolf Hollow Creek (City Brook). Even the names “Old City” and “Wolf Hollow Creek” add to its charm. There’s even the story of a castle that was built high above the falls. The fact is, a landscape architect from Utica started building a summer home overlooking the falls in the 1920s. Its resemblance to a medieval castle made it a popular tourist attraction, so much so, that the builder abandoned the project. A road named Castle Road is about all that remains of the “castle.” Another reason to visit these waterfalls is the Old City Road Stone Arch Bridge. This historic stone double arch bridge was constructed in 1898 and spans Wolf Hollow Creek. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A great adventure for parents with preteens is to hike up the creek from where it passes under Route 28, an experience that was beautifully described by the late Paul Keesler in his book, Discovering the Valley of the Crystals. Location: Old City Road, Middleville (or Newport, it falls right between the two villages) GPS: 43.1643,-74.9851 Directions: From Newport: head just under 2 miles south on Route 28, turn left on White Creek Road, drive a 1/2 mile and bear right on Castle Road. Drive a half mile to where the road ends at the stone arch bridge. From Middleville: head 2.4 miles north on N. Main St. (Route 28) turn right on White Creek Road and follow directions above from White Creek Road. The bridge is closed to vehicles, but you can walk over it.

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September Means Freshly Dug Potatoes by denise A. Szarek

To me, potatoes are the best container veggie to grow. As a 4-H leader many years ago, we had a project that taught young 4-Hers to grow potatoes in buckets and then how to prepare them in the kitchen. When Bernie and I first started our CSA in 2010, we grew all our fingerling and Red Pontiac potatoes in 5-gallon food-grade buckets (100 buckets soon grew to 200 buckets.) We continue to grow the Red Pontiac potatoes that way for the farm stand. We purchase our seed potatoes from The Maine Potato Lady. We only purchase certified organic seedlings because we find there are fewer problems with the organic seed stock. If you have a back porch, balcony, or patio, you can grow and eat freshly dug potatoes next September! How to grow potatoes in buckets First, obtain several clean food-grade 5-gallon buckets. Drill at least 3 drain holes in each bucket. Fill the bucket with 4-6” of good quality organic potting soil. Place 1 potato with at least 2 “eyes” in each bucket and cover with dirt. Water to moisten the soil, but don’t drown them. Fertilize 1-2 times a week with fish emulsion. As they grow, the potatoes will be seen at the surface of the soil, this is when you add more soil to the bucket to cover them.

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The Moon is the most prominent object in our night sky. At just 239,000 miles away on average, its gravitational pull causes ocean tides, and its monthly phases have served as a calendar for thousands of years. The astronomical community’s long-held belief that ours was the only moon in the heavens was turned on its head in 1610 when Italian astronomer Galileo discovered four moons near Jupiter. Today we know of 214 moons orbiting the eight planets and dwarf planets. These natural satellite worlds are extremely diverse in size, shape, and composition. This month we’ll take a trip into our cosmic neighborhood to visit some of them. Starting with the inner planets, Mercury and Venus do not have moons, while Mars has two. Phobos and Deimos are rocky and dusty, oblong, cratered, and small (17 miles and 9 miles wide, respectively). Phobos zooms around Mars every 30 hours and is only 3,700 miles above the surface, holding the record for the moon closest to its home planet. The next four planets are “gas giants” comprised mostly of hydrogen and helium. First is gigantic Jupiter with its 79 moons. The moon Io has more volcanoes than any other world, and its sulfur-covered surface rises and falls over 300 feet during each orbit. It has mountains and lava lakes and about 150 volcanoes erupting at the same time. The eruptions send sulfur dioxide into space, and the material

helps create Jupiter’s powerful glowing polar auroras. Jupiter is also home to Ganymede, the Solar SysSaturn’s moon Enceladus tem’s largest moon and the IMAGE CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech only moon with a magnetic field. Larger than Mercury, scientists believe a saltwater tan another candidate in the search for life. ocean below the icy surface contains more NASA is designing a rotorcraft named Hanny’s Voorwerp. Image Credit: NASA,to ESA,launch W. Keel, Galaxy Zoo Teamin water than all of Earth’s oceans combined. Dragonfly, slated to Titan In May 2022, the European Space Agency 2027. will launch their JUICE Explorer space- Planet Uranus has 27 moons. Miranda craft to study Jupiter’s icy moons: Gany- is about 300 miles across and has a puzmede, Callisto, and Europa. zling combination of mismatched features Saturn beats Jupiter with a whopping that look like a patchwork of ovals, val82 moons. Two of these moons are prime leys, ridges, and canyons 12 times deeper research destinations. Icy Enceladus is than the Grand Canyon. Its features are so 330 miles across, and in its southern dissimilar that it is sometimes called the hemisphere, more than 100 geysers (from “Frankenstein moon”. an underground ocean) blast material We end at Neptune and its 14 moons. hundreds of miles into space. That mate- Its largest is Triton noted for its “backrial created and also feeds Saturn’s E-ring. ward” orbit – the opposite of the planet’s When NASA sent the Cassini spacecraft rotation. It is one of the few moons with flying through the plume just 30 miles ice geysers, but scientists do not know the above the moon in 2015, it detected water mechanics of their source. vapor and organics considered to be ingre- Next month we’ll visit other Solar Sysdients that support life. tem moons that are downright weird. But Titan is the only moon with a thick in the meantime, head outside with your atmosphere and surface liquid. The atmo- telescope or binoculars and take a look at sphere is mainly nitrogen and some meth- Jupiter. You can see volcanic Io and the ane. Scientists believe ice volcanoes spew three icy moons Ganymede, Callisto, and methane into the atmosphere that rains Europa. They are the famous four moons down as a liquid and flows into rivers and that Galileo discovered. lakes. There is evidence of a sub-surface Wishing you clear skies! • water ocean. This combination makes Ti-

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Whiling away the hours watching the sheep and goats graze, Harper’s thoughts are carried back to her cheesmaking ancestors Sitting on top of a grassy hill, keeping watch over our herd of goats, it’s easy to get caught up in thoughts about the shepherds of yore. The sun that beats down on my back and darkens my shoulders is the same sun that graced the skin of our ancestors. I might be on a completely different continent and living a wildly different lifestyle, but at this moment, I can feel the gaze of the generations who came before me. All it takes is a breeze to carry the distant sounds of traffic from the town below and that spell is broken, but the pondering on the past remains. On a break from my Anthropology studies, I’ve spent the summer as shepherdess and assistant cheesemaker on the family farm. All of which converges in more ways than you might think. When I initially asked my parents about the origins of cheese, it was probably either one of those child-askingwhy-about-everything-that-moves questions or just a general query on why they thought buying a farm and moving was a good idea. Either way, their answer was one I would repeat any time I got a similar question from curious kids (or adults) at farmer’s markets. The story goes something like this: a long, long time ago a shepherd brought a flask filled with milk with him as he watched over his flock. It was an incredibly hot day, and by the time he sat down for lunch, the milk had curdled! Now that’s a perfectly cutesy story to bring up whenever a kid asks, but it doesn’t really get at the meat of the matter. Cheese, for something that can be so simple to make, is incredibly varied across cultures and with culture. “Oh a shepherd let his milk get hot once” doesn’t even begin to capture what ancient cheesemaking and dairying cultures looked like and just how far back these roots reach. Cheesemaking, like dairying, arose in different areas across the world at different times. The legacy of these ancient pockets of dairying communities is with us today in our DNA. If you aren’t lactose-intolerant, congratulations!— one of your ancestors was a member of an ancient dairying society that evolved lactase-persistence (the opposite of lactose-intolerance) and now you’re a milk-drinking mutant variation! Many people, in the US at least, got their lactase-persistent genes from northern and central European herders


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lithic Switzerland were letting their sheep out to pasture and watching their flocks graze the summer mountainside in much the same way the modern herders do. Today, the Ciobani in Romania and Pyrenean herders in France follow their flocks out to their summer pastures, living within the same cycle as their ancient predecessors, living with their dogs and sheep for months on end, with only the other herders to keep them company. These folks follow the seasonal retreat of the snowcaps and the growth of green pastures with their animals, structuring their year around the birth of new lambs and the subsequent milking and cheese-making. The tools used have changed and the animals are much more distinct from their wild ancestors, but the rhythm of the seasons has stayed the same. Here, at Jones Family Farm, we follow the same constant seasonality, with ewes giving birth in the winter, the lambs growing large enough to follow the herd in time for spring. Our reasoning may be slightly different, and we are no longer as reliant on the seasons as they once were, but at heart, the process remains. The shepherd’s duty to protect their animals and their livelihood and to follow the rhythm of the shifting seasons remains, all because, millennia ago, some herders wanted to make more of that funky, delicious hardened milk. It’s comforting to think, as I sit here listening to ambient cave sounds snacking on a slice of frozen pizza, that people have not changed much since then. We still have the same brains and much of the same tendencies and that’s really what anthropology is all about. Cultures, societies, times, everything changes, but humanity remains remarkably the same. It can make you feel a bit misty-eyed or a bit depressed depending on how you look at it. Any time I sit down and think about it or learn something new, my universal reaction is, “that’s absolutely wild”. And you know what? This cheese stuff is pretty wild! •

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SHAWANGUNK Chapter 82 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.

Now in my 70s, I still can tomato sauce and dry wild apples. When I run out of canning jars, I dry the extra tomatoes and store root crops in the cellar. I love the fact that the jars are recycled each year. It’s pretty hard to replicate the flavor (and probably nutrition) of preserved fresh food you’ve grown yourself, but thanks to the information shared in this magazine on local food resources, and increased interest in organic farming, doing it all yourself is not as essential as it was in 1974 when Tim and I began our homestead. Harvest is the great goal of all those hours we spend tending our gardens, but by the time I’ve canned close to 100 quarts of sauce, or dried 4 gallons of wild apples, I usually feel like the harvester in Robert Frost’s poem; “I have had too much of apple-picking: I am overtired of the great harvest I myself desired.” And sometimes, there are little disasters – the lids that don’t seal and the jars that spontaneously break in the hot water bath leaking all that precious food into

the water and mixing it in broken glass. Sometimes a heavy rain raises the water in the root cellar so the buckets float and tip, soaking our root crops, making them rot. One year we brought a bushel of deliciously ripe peaches all the way from Tim’s hometown in Ashtabula, Ohio. I plunked each one in boiling water, then gingerly held each hot fruit as I pulled off the skin then sliced the fruit off the pit. I cooked it all gently in a big Revere Ware stainless steel kettle that my dad helped produce in Rome. Jars, freshly scrubbed with water from our brook, were filled not too close to the top, and not too far below – then topped with clean canning lids and brought to a boil for 20 minutes in a hot water bath.

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What a beautiful sight they made on our kitchen table made of nice pine boards which lay across my treadle sewing machine; golden sunshine captured to brighten grey winter days with savory sweetness of summer. Suddenly; CRASH! SMASH! The tabletop tipped because too much weight was in the front and more than half of the jars fell to the floor. It was unbelievable! Drying apples is much less risky, and quite quick and easy with an oven. Just get uniformly cut pieces with a nifty “Apple/Peeler/Corer/Slicer” gadget, spread them on stainless steel cookie trays, set the oven on the lowest possible setting, and stir them every few hours. One must experiment as each oven is different. It’s a nice way to add heat to the house on chilly Autumn days, too. September is full of endings and beginnings; the end of meandering languidly through deliciously long summer days, just watching the flow of water pass by as we lie on a bed of dry pine needles above Black Creek. It’s also the beginning of the exuberance of autumn and great opportunities offered by our educational institutions to all ages. Our first night in the Shawangunk forest was August 31, 1974. How exciting, scary, and wonderful it was to be sleeping in the loft of our tiny, hand-built, scrap wood cottage, the first of a lifetime of great projects my best friend and I have done together. Our churches also resumed services and activities in September and one of the many interesting aspects of working in the ministry with my husband has been the opportunity to meet new people and to learn about how they manage the challenges life presents to them. ​ One elderly parishioner we visited lived by himself in a very humble suburban home in Ilion. Tucked under great, old trees with overgrown shrubs shading the one-story house, it almost looked abandoned. Only a shadow of gravel still showed in the grassy driveway except for a faint trail made by the cars of visitors, as he did not own one. Robert Wood lived very quietly with his beloved dog. I politely listened and looked around as he and Tim talked. He had a cello that he said was a particularly valuable instrument, but I never got to hear him play it. Since he was not wealthy and had had a humble career working as an assembler at UNIVAC I wondered at his interest and need for such a high-end musical instrument, and if it truly was. Another thing that seemed incongruous, is that he said he was rather successful with investments through the stock market, showing us a little corner table with a rotary phone and a file of in-

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Flashback photo: Tim met many interesting people on his pastoral visits dex cards where he facilitated this. With a working-class retirement income, how could he afford, or even have the savvy for this, I wondered? He said that his ambition was to create a fund that would allow concerts by professional musicians to be offered free to the public. I was convinced that he had an exceptionally lofty fantasy life. Sometime later, I was pleased to read in local media that there was a top-quality concert series of classical music being offered at Herkimer County Community College, completely free to the public. I was excited. What an amazing opportunity available to

people of all economic levels! It is called the Robert H. Wood Concert Series. Our humble friend had pulled it off! He’d raised enough capital through investments to sustain a program making live classical musical performances available to all. What a wonderful thing! ​In the autumn of 2000, a friend who was teaching ESL to immigrants in Utica asked me to meet with one of her students. He’d learned to say; “I like to play violin,” in English, and had such a look of intensity when he said it, that she thought someone should hear him, so we arranged for him to meet me at the church where I served as music director. I rather expected an amateur playing some folksy tunes. ​ A rather thin and tired-looking young man with intense blue eyes arrived. He still knew very little English and handed me a hand-written accompaniment from his native country that I began to sightread on piano. From the first skillful note he played on his violin my heart soared! Rich, luscious tones flowed from his instrument and the pathos and emotion they evoked were powerful. I clasped my hands over my heart, smiled to communicate my pleasure, and he shyly smiled back. ​ Despite the few words we shared,

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who accompanied the young man. (I was in my 50s but I figured that it’s never too late to learn something new!) We also formed a concert ensemble (Harp & Harmony) with other local musicians that performed in many venues. I do not think they regret pursuing their vision for a better life here in Utica in the wonderful USA. ​ On Tim’s 60th birthday, Yeugin even joined him on a challenge to swim across Hinckley Lake while the rest of us followed in boats. How lucky we are in central NY to have such a treasure in this bounty of clean, fresh water! Unfortunately, no swimming was allowed this year at Hinckley State Park because the DEC was unable to find any qualified applicants for the lifeguard positions. Being a lifeguard was a coveted summer job for college students when Tim and I were young. It was wonderful being paid to spend long summer hours basking in fresh air and sunshine, watching pretty girls and handsome fellows in colorful swimsuits flirt and stroll about, and hearing gleeful children screaming in delight with their parents enjoying well-deserved rest and play. As lifeguards, we felt important and responsible as we watched with an eagle eye for anyone in distress, or heading for difficulty. Tim saved over 30 distressed swimmers, and I taught swimming. ​ I learned too, this summer, that few-

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it suddenly collapsed on top of me when I was replacing rotted studs. Breathing was painful, and all I could do was wait and hope Tim would find me sooner than later. All I could think about was how much I wanted that roof off my back and counted my breaths – tolerating one moment at a time. Tim came, but couldn’t lift the heavy roof by himself, so he called 911. How grateful I am for those dedicated volunteers who swiftly came and saved me from that nightmare! They took kind and careful care of me on the way to St. Elizabeth’s. I only got bruises and sore ribs from this ordeal. How lucky I was it wasn’t worse! And how fortunate we are to have generous volunteers in our community who are willing and able to do what they can for their neighbors! ​ I was going to give up on re-building the screen house amid feelings of failure, incompetence, and feeling sorry for myself, but I’ve decided that I can rebuild it when I’m healed, following a stronger architectural model and sequence and always doing it with a buddy. Just thinking this makes me feel hopeful and more positive, even if

I don’t actually do it. After all, you don’t quit riding a bike just because you fell off. “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again.” ​ All of us need to have the courage to face the challenges of life, to be proactive, to help others as much we can, and to implement a wholesome vision for our future. Tim and I are grateful that we have had the opportunity to create meaning in our lives by pursuing our vision of the Shawangunk Nature Preserve, an island of peace where there is no war on people or wildlife, where all life forms are treated with fairness and reverence - a place where people like you can connect and let nature soothe your spirit when troubles are great. Like Robert Wood, Taras Bohach, and Yeugin Matskiv, we managed it with small steps, daily adherence to the goal, and heaps of courage. •

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Flooring Mike’s Floor Store, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Funeral Services Prince-Boyd & Hyatt, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Furniture Ironwood Furniture, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Jeff ’s Amish Furniture, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 36 Shoppes at the Finish Line, Utica . . . . . . . . . 29 Furniture Makers Custom Woodcraft, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Furniture Rustic and Woodcrafts Thorn Apple Hill, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Garden Center and Greenhouses George’s Farm Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Green Lakes Home and Garden, Richfield Springs . . . 24 Juliano’s Farm and Greenhouses, Utica . . . . . . . . 10 North Star Orchards, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Szarek’s Succulent Shack, Clinton . . . . . . . . . 14 General Contractors Ed Smith Contractor and Handyman . . . . . . . . . 31 Gift Shops/Shopping Artisans’ Corner, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . 29 Casler Flower Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fusion Art Gallery, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Shoppes at the Finish Line, Utica . . . . . . . . . 29 Golf Courses and Driving Ranges Brimfield Driving Range, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . 31 Woodgate Pines Golf Club, Boonville . . . . . . . . 13 Grocery Stores, Co-ops, and Convenience Stores Deansboro Superette, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . 36 Little Italy Imports, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Olde Kountry Market, Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Mohawk Village Market, Mohawk . . . . . . . 51 Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative . . . . . 8 Halloween Fun and Events Cayo Industrial Horror Realm . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Cullen Pumpkin Farm, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . . 33 Pumpkin Junction, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Will’s Cackleberry Castle, Camden . . . . . . 35 Handyman/Repairs Ed Smith Contractor and Handyman . . . . . . . . . 31 Hardware/Lumber/Farm & Home Lincoln Davies, Sauquoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Morgan’s Hardware, Waterville . . . . . . . . . . 51 Turner Lumber, Barneveld . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Wightman Specialty Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Hearth Shops and Fuel Buell Fuel Hearth & Home, Deansboro . . . . . . . . . . 49 Ice Cream Shops Gilligan’s, Sherburne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Papa Rick’s Snack Shack, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 16 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Insurance Farm Family Insurance, Boonville . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Gates-Cole Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . 49 HBE Group, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Turnbull Insurance, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . 54

Interior Design/Custom Window Treatments The Added Touch Drapery, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 53 Ironwork Raulli’s Iron Works, Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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Jewelry Alison’s Jewelry & Repair, Utica . . . . . . . . . 7 Fall Hill bead & Gem, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . 7 Goldmine Jewelers, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 40

Cell Shades Wood Blinds & Shutters Vignettes & Pirouettes Silhouettes & Woven Woods Vertical Blinds & Panels Roller & Solar Shades Also a complete line of upholstery for bedspreads, draperies and upholstered headboards, etc,

Lighting Mills Electrical Supply, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 11 Liquor Stores and Wine Ilion Wine & Spirits, Ilion . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Prospect Falls Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Trenton Station Liquor & Wine, Barneveld . . . . 26 Maple Syrup Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . . 14 Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . 13 Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . 51 Media 92.7 The Drive . . WFXV . . . . . . WKAL . . . . . . Weekly Adirondack

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Monuments & Memorials Yorkville Memorials, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Musical Instrument Sales, Rentals, Lessons Big Apple Music, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . 23 Natural Food Stores Cooperstown Naturals, Cooperstown . . . . . . . . 14 Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford . . . . . . . . 47 Optometrists Towpath Vision Care, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . 27 Paint and Painting Supplies Urbanik’s Paint & Wallpaper Co., Utica . . . . . . . 6 Physical Therapy Achievement Therapy & Wellness, Utica . . . . . . . 24 Inertia PT, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Pizzerias DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 16 Primo Pizzeria, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Tony’s Pizza, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Political Karen J. Stanislaus for Oneida County Family Court Judge . . 5 Pools and Spas Swan Pools & Spas, Ilion and New Hartford . . . . . . . . 11 Portable Toilets and Bathrooms Mohawk Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Primitives Between Us Sisters, Munnsville . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Butternut Barn, Richfield Springs . . . . . . . 19 Casler Flower Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Produce, Local Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse, West Edmeston . . . . . . Grassy Cow Dairy, Remsen . . . . . . . . . . Jewett’s Cheese, Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . Jones Family Farm, Herkimer . . . . . . . . Shaw’s Maple Products, Clinton . . . . . . . . . Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . . . Tibbits Maple, New Hartford . . . . . . . . .

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Quilt and Yarn Shops/Services Heartworks Quilts, Fly Creek . . . . . . . . . 28 Tiger Lily Quilt Co, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Restaurants and Cafés Ann St. Deli, Little Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Black Stallion Restaurant,Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Buffalohead Restaurant, Forestport . . . . . . . . . 16 Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 DiCastro’s Brick Oven, Rome . . . . . . . . . 16 Gilligan’s, Sherburne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Gone Coastal, Lee Center . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Karam’s Middle East Bakery, Yorkville . . . . 17 Killabrew, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Ohio Tavern, Cold Brook . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Phoenician Restaurant, New Hartford . . . . . . 16 Riverside Diner, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . 15 RoSo’s Cafe & Catering, Utica . . . . . . . . . . 17 Route 69 Steakhouse, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . 17 Sammy and Annie Foods, Utica . . . . . 17 Voss’, Yorkville, Ilion, Marcy . . . . . . . . . . 17 Wendy’s Diner, Cassville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Willie’s The Original Bagel Cafe, Utica . . . . . . 17 The Willows, Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Shoes Karaz Shoes, New Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

sponsor news

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Tree Services and Tree Farms Rick Turk Tree Service, Rome . . . . . . . . . . 46

Cayo Industrial Horror Realm of Rome presents Atrophy Escape Ward, a theatrical production escape room reopening in September inside an old asylum setting. Venture through a dark suspenseful atmosphere while feeling like you are living in your own movie or perhaps a dream. Solve puzzles, unfold secrets, and even encounter patients along this mysterious, immersive, and mind-bending experience. Atrophy Escape Ward allows groups of 2-6 persons. Must make reservations to attend. Visit “Atrophy Escape Ward” on Facebook for more info. Cayo Industrial Horror Realm 530 Harbor Way, Rome, NY

Weddings and Banquets Club Monarch, Yorkville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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Storage Sheds & Garages Shafer & Sons, Westmoreland . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Pleasant View Structures, Vernon . . . . . . . . . 40 Tents and Awnings Brownies Tent & Awnings, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Towing Services Clinton Collision, Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Trailers and RVs Boulevard Trailers, Whitesboro . . . . . . . . . . 32

Wineries Brimfield Farm Winery, Clinton . . . . . . . 50 Prospect Falls Winery, Prospect . . . . . . . . . 50 Yogurt Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Vernon Center . . . . . . . 48

last month’s crossword solution

The answer to last month’s riggie’s Riddle aboutA Festival in Clinton:

Art And Music Festival winner: Robin Boivin of Deansboro

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The answer to last month’s puzzle about what you might find yourself in after a long day in the hot sun: Dog Daze. Winner is Barbara Hill



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