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History’s Turn at Milliken’s Corner

Before Busch and Gordon, Watkins Glen was wowed by Linton and Milliken, and the 1948 crash that started it all

By Brendan O’Meara

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Doings ‘Round the Mountain By Jen Reed-Evans

Volume 7 Issue 9


Wellsboro’s first Wine & Art Tour and Mansfield’s 120th remembrance of the first night football game.

By Brendan O’Meara Before Busch and Gordon, Watkins Glen was wowed by Linton and Milliken, and the 1948 crash that started it all.


Looking Back By Joyce M. Tice

Joyce tours Mansfields, Wellsboros, Tiogas, Troys, and Elmiras all over the world.


Reading Nature

History’s Turn at Milliken’s Corner


By Tom Murphy

Aboard the Schooner True Love By Michael J. Fitzgerald A cinematic star plies Seneca’s waters with new purpose.

Some see the forest, others the trees. Professor Murphy studies up on Bark, a new field guide.


Gas Class By Brendan O’Meara

Starting this fall, Mansfield University’s new Marcellus Institute offers bachelor’s degrees in safety management and other gas-industry skills.


Catching Light

By Christina Stopka Rinnert

In Corning, Joe Barlett trains the Gramma Moses of stained glass.



History for Sale

By Linda Roller Named for an 1880s Kentucky dentist, Canton’s Victorian manse is up for auction.

A Big Cow Valley Welcome By Gregg Rinkus

The Cowanesque Valley Outdoors Festival lights up the unspoiled valley on Saturday, Sept. 8. Black and white cover images reprinted from Equations of Motion with permission of © Bentley Publishers, all rights reserved.



Blessed are the Cheese Makers By Holly Howell

To sample the bounty of Finger Lakes artisanal cheeses, plan for the Cheese Trail’s October open houses.


Editors & Publishers Teresa Banik Capuzzo Michael Capuzzo Associate Publishers George Bochetto, Esq. Dawn Bilder

Read & Feed

By Cornelius O’Donnell

The history of cooking shows begins with a 1924 radio show featuring one “Betty Crocker.” The first of a two-part series.


Ginseng Afternoon By Jeremy Bechtel

An afternoon in the woods, hunting Ginseng, is a recipe for serenity.


Mother Earth By Gayle Morrow

The legendary Friday vegetarian dinners served up by the husband/wife team of Lewis Freedman and Priscilla Timberlake grace The Great Life Cookbook.


Season Around the Corner By Jeremy Bechtel

As September slips in with its crisp air and vivid hues, we bid summer farewell.


Managing Editor Derek Witucki D e s i g n & P h o t o g r ap h y Elizabeth Young, Editor Jesse Lee Jones Cover Artist Tucker Worthington Contributing Writers Sarah Bull, Angela Cannon-Crothers, Jennifer Cline, Barbara Coyle, Kevin Cummings, Patricia Brown Davis, Georgiana DeCarlo, Clint Decker, John & Lynne Diamond-Nigh, Lori Duffy Foster, Jen Reed-Evans, Audrey Fox, Alison Fromme, Donald Gilliland, Steve Hainsworth, Martha Horton, Holly Howell, David Ira Kagan, Roger Kingsley, Adam Mahonske, Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Cindy Davis Meixel, Suzanne Meredith, Fred Metarko, Karen Meyers, Dave Milano, Gayle Morrow, Tom Murphy, Mary Myers, Jim Obleski, Cornelius O’Donnell, Brendan O’Meara, Becca Ostrom, Thomas Putnam, Gary Ranck, Gregg Rinkus, Kathleen Thompson, Joyce M. Tice, Linda Williams, Brad Wilson C o n t r i b u t i n g P h o t o g r ap h e r s Mia Lisa Anderson, Bill Crowell, Bruce Dart, Anne Davenport-Leete, Ann Kamzelski, Ken Meyer, Barb Rathbun, Tina Tolins, Sarah Wagaman, Curt Weinhold S e n i o r S a l e s R ep r e s e n t a t i v e Brian Earle S a l e s R ep r e s e n t a t i v e s Christopher Banik Dan Reed III Jesse Lee Jones S pe c i a l T h a n k s t o O u r I n t e r n Megan Wetzel B ea g l e Cosmo Assistant B ea g l e

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The Last Great Place

Summer Wind By Michael Capuzzo


obody starts the day expecting to race a white family van with a giant blue gopher sticker on the window backwards at fifty miles an hour, fleeing a tornado and dodging falling trees like a stuntman James Bond. At least, I didn’t plan for it on the morning of Thursday, July 26. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a steady fall. There is the political matter looming on November’s horizon. But down here in the hills and valleys, among the jewel lakes, real American life goes on with or without the pols, or the polls. I’m ready for red wine and golden leaves. I’m ready for pancakes stacked high as a Cessna at the annual Fly-In Breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon September 2 at the Grand Canyon Airport outside Wellsboro. Buttery ballast, that. I’ll miss the lazy, crazy days of summer. Autumn suggests order, schedule, back to school, football, politics. September’s birthstone, the sapphire, denotes clear thinking. Summer is soft, errant, fleeting as a breeze. The best things for Teresa and me this summer were surprises. The dinner cruise with Captain Bill’s on Seneca Lake. The visit of my lovely, hilarious, talented sister-in-law and her Persian cooking. Debbie Smith of Cherry Flats, the proud mom, requesting fifty copies of Mountain Home to put in her daughter’s wedding gift bags on Labor Day Weekend (Laura Smith is marrying Nate Durning of Chicago, and Debbie wants to introduce the Midwest folks to our area). See Great Place on page 12 5

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Where would all of your rowdy friends gather on a Friday or Saturday night without a lit-up stadium? Thanks to Mansfield University’s first night football game under lights in 1892, we don’t have to worry! The Fabulous 1890’s Weekend, hosted in Smythe Park, celebrates that electrical feat. The cherished community event has something for everyone, beginning with a parade at 11 a.m. on Friday featuring late 19th and early 20th century vehicles. Cover the whole park to see what the talented vendors have to offer and grab some mouth-watering food. You can take a tethered hot air balloon ride above the fair for a bird’s eye view. On Saturday night, enjoy the hard-hitting, humorous, historically accurate reenactment of the 1892 football game under lights, then stay for fireworks. The $3 entrance fee lands you a Fabulous 1890’s button. This fabulous festival starts Friday, September 28 and concludes Saturday, September 29. (Smythe Park, Mansfield, PA; (570) 6623442;

Enjoy the beginning of autumn and pack up the camping gear. Serene trails and enchanting waterfalls and streams await hiking and camping enthusiasts during the Cayuga Trails Club’s 50th Anniversary 2012 Fall Camp Out. Participants can chose from 14 hikes in the heart of the Finger Lakes and enjoy two evenings of programs and fellowship. The event is hosted at Robert H. Treman State Park, filled with the rugged Enfield Glen gorge, gorgeous trails, and 12 waterfalls. 115-foot Lucifer Falls is the premiere waterfall, where visitors can see a mile and a half down the wooded gorge. Hike the trails and then cool off with a dip in the stream-fed pool beneath a waterfall. Registration deadline is September 6. The Fall Camp Out begins Friday, September 21 and lasts until Sunday, September 23. (Robert H. Treman State Park, Ithaca, NY; Contact Jim or Sigrid Connors evenings or weekends at (607) 8984163;; www.

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Calling All Nature Lovers

Fall into Great Music

Celebrating a Jazzy Harvest Corning’s Gaffer District does it again with a crowd-pleasing, fun-filled seasonal event. Groove along to fantastic music while you browse the vendors and shops at the Jazz and Harvest Festival. The two-day blast offers live jazz and blues performances throughout the Gaffer District’s businesses and live performances in Centerway Square. Shoo those pesky birds away and check out the Scarecrow contest. Browse local food and craft vendors and enjoy the special promotions at the district’s businesses and restaurants. 21 or older? Participate in the Finger Lakes Wine and Craft Beer tasting by visiting one of three checkpoints. The cost is $15 and participants receive a collectible wine and beer glass. The thirst-quenching good time is Friday from 5-8 p.m. On Saturday, the Corning Farmers Market will have fresh produce and vendors from 11 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss the carnival in Riverfront Centennial Park from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Bring the whole family Friday, September 21, and Saturday, September 22, for a great time! (Market St., Corning, NY; php).

Wellsboro’s Wine & Art Tour Stroll and sip through town

Wellsboro, the small town with big art talent, is hosting its first Wine & Art Tour on Saturday, September 29. Downtown businesses will host a winery and an artist, musician, or author with free wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres from 3-6 p.m. Sip from Wyalusing’s Grovedale Winery at the Native Bagel, Morris’s Oregon Hill Winery at Shabby Rue, Chaddsford Winery from the Brandywine Valley at Fifth Season and the Deane Center, and Happy Valley Winery at Balsam Real Estate Settlement Co., with local historian and author Gale Largey. Dunham’s Department Store features Red Shale Ridge Vineyards from Hegins, PA, with Mountain Home publisher Michael Capuzzo on hand to sign his bestselling book The Murder Room. The Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce, 14 Main St. and 570724-1926, is selling $15 tickets. They come with a Wynken-Blynken-andNod etched wine glass, and strolling and sipping map.


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Art and Coziness Unite s the days progressively get shorter and the inevitable fall approaches, it is time to put away summer linens and pull out those comforting, warm quilts. More than just a cozy cover-up or a security blanket, quilts are meticulously crafted pieces of art. The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will be displaying their works of art this month at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center. This year is the seventh year that the guild will have their gorgeous quilts on public display. The show reflects the individuality of the members and houses both traditional and contemporary styles. In an attempt to challenge the gifted guild, this year’s exhibit committee has determined that each quilt must be less than thirty-six inches on any side, has to represent a favorite saying or old phrase, and is to include both polka dot and plaid fabric. The challenge was accepted and the results are stunning. The community is welcome to attend the exhibit’s opening night on September 7, from 7-9 p.m. and enjoy a gala reception which includes hors d’oeuvres and desserts, door prizes, and voting opportunities for favorite quilts. Many of the members of the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will be available during the reception to answer questions and simply talk about everything quilting. Visitors will also be able to purchase chances at winning an impressive queen-sized quilt pieced together by the guild and machine quilted by Pat Loux. At the conclusion of the exhibit, the quilts will be auctioned off online, and the money will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative to benefit Alzheimer’s research. This display is an excellent opportunity for quilt enthusiasts, art lovers, and community supporters to browse and enjoy the handicraft of local quilters. Now over 130 quilters strong, the organization welcomes anyone from beginner through professional to join them on the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Gmeiner. Be sure to stop in and see the exhibit of elegant, timeless quilts at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, open every day of the week 2-5 p.m. There is no charge to attend the reception or to visit the gallery. (134 Main St., Wellsboro; 570 724-1917; www.; www.mountainlaurelquitguid. org). By Jen Reed-Evans



MUSIC 14 Thompson Square benefit concert at MU – Country music husband-wife duo Thompson Square and their band will perform in concert at Mansfield University as part of a tour sponsored by ChildFund International (www.childfund. org). The exceedingly popular band, named Billboard’s number one new country artist of 2011, is best known for their platinum-plus hits “Are You Going to Kiss Me or Not” and “I’ve Got You.” Among their honors is Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Duo of the Year Award for this year—the first new country music group to do so in 20 years. Tickets are $25, going fast, and sold at the MU Campus Bookstore and on See them at Mansfield University’s Decker Gymnasium on Friday, September 14 at 8 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. 14 Jackson Brown Acoustic 2012 tour – Join Jackson Browne on his Acoustic 2012 tour and enjoy classics such as “These Days,” “The Pretender,” “Take It Easy,” and “Somebody’s Baby.” The inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame will blow you away with his voice and guitar. Browne’s special guest, Sara Watkins, from progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek, will give you goose bumps with her sweet, sultry voice and talented fiddle playing. Don’t miss the show on Thursday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $45-$70. (Community Arts Center, 220 W. 4th St., Williamsport, PA; php/music/jacksonbrowne). 15 Bill Charlap & Harvie S – The Corning Civic Music Association presents their sixth concert season at the Corning Museum of Glass. Their ongoing theme is “Celebrate-Inspire-Connect,” and renowned jazz performers Bill Charlap and Harvie S. will kick off this season’s list of talent. Charlap is a premiere world jazz pianist who has performed with greats such as Tony Bennett and Gerry Mulligan. Harvie has toured as Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. and can be heard on several hundred CDs. Tickets are $40 per person. The show is Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. (The Corning Museum of Glass, One Museum Way, Corning, NY; (866) 463-6264; www. 16 Last Writes – Mansfield University Professor of Piano Dr. Nancy Boston performs “Last Writes,” a recital of the final sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert. Free. Sunday, September 16 at 3 p.m., Steadman Theater, Mansfield University, Campus View Drive, Mansfield, PA; (570) 662-4710. 27 Montgomery Gentry – Country superstars Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry will rock Williamsport’s Community Arts Center with their chart-topping hits. Montgomery Gentry is responsible for great songs such as “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” and “Lucky Man.” Tickets range from $40-$65. Don’t miss the one-night-only concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 27. (Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA; (570) 326-2424; php/music/MontgomeryGentry). GALLERIES/MUSEUMS

1-30 Elemental – Spencer Hill is a new gallery in

Corning dedicated to showing fine contemporary art created by internationally-known American artists. This month they present “Elemental,” an exhibit that explores the creative arrangement of elements of design. Appreciate the way in which line, shape, color, and texture communicate the artists’ emotions and reactions in simple and complex workings. Admission to the gallery is free and hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m., ThursdaySaturday. (Spencer Hill Gallery, 10503 North Rd., Corning, NY; (585) 317-5409; www.

1-30 Masterpiece Mobile: Art on a Wireless

Canvas – Using his finger as a brush, international sensation John Bavaro paints mini masterpieces on the iPhone and iPad. The classically-inspired portraits are of his friends and family and are done in the style of the Romanera “Fayum Portraits” from Egypt. This exhibit joins modern technology and ancient art form to create exquisite pieces of art. The collection that has been in national and international exhibits can be viewed the entire month of September at The Gallery at Penn College. (The Gallery, Pennsylvania College of Technology, One College Ave., Williamsport, PA; (570) 3263761; 8-30 2012 Quilt Exhibit – The Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center presents an exhibit that’s not just for granny. The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will have gorgeous quilts on display through the month of September. This seventh annual exhibit celebrates the interests of the members from traditional patterns to original designs. The admission is free and there will be an opening reception on Friday, September 7. (Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, 134 Main St., Wellsboro, PA; (570) 404-7715; THE THEATRE 7 Rock of Ages – A love story revolving around a mix of 28 rockin’ 80’s tunes heats up the stage. Rock of Ages is a five-time 2009 Tony nominee and is sure to impress the audience with great acting and fantastic songs such as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “We Built This City,” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.” Tickets range from $37.50$55. The Community Arts Center presents this musical at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 7. (Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA; (570) 326-2424; www.caclive. com/index.php/theater/rockofages). 20-22 Emergence – Cornell University’s Black Box Theatre presents Emergence, a play about a woman trying to balance a busy life and a phobia. Amanda is a physics professor who is running her own lab, starting a spicy new romance, and planning a friend’s wedding. She desperately searches for safety when her agoraphobia threatens to sabotage all her hard work. The shows are Thursday-Saturday, September 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. (The Schwartz Center, 430 College Ave., Ithaca, NY; (607) 254-ARTS (2787); 21-22, 30 Steel Magnolias – Grab the tissues as the gals from Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana go through tragedy and are forced to deal with mortality. The Community Theatre presents an all-time favorite, Steel Magnolias. Fall in love with the humorous, caring, and touching characters who are there for each other through good times and bad. Tickets go on sale September 3. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 30. (The Community Theatre, 100 West Third St., Williamsport, PA; (570) 327-1777; (570) 3271720; 28-30 Unbeatable: Every Moment Counts – The Deane Center presents a bold new musical based on the true-life story of a local Tioga County woman. Diagnosed with cancer, the heroine embarks on a journey to find the meaning of life. This Hamilton Gibson production is $15 for adults and $6 for children. Opening night on Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m., $10 for adults and free for students on Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m., and pay-what-you-can (donation) on Sunday, September 30 at 2:30 p.m. (Deane Center, 104 Main St., Wellsboro, PA; (570) 7246220;

Doings, cont. COMMUNITY EVENTS 1-3 Morris Old Home Days – The Morris Fire Company’s annual event is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Come out and cheer on the tractor pull, browse the flea market, and enjoy the entertainment and talent show. Hungry after all the activities? Devour the succulent ox roast. (Morris, PA; (570) 353-2031; 7 Downtown Block Party – Be a part of the community and join Mansfield businesses, organizations, and students for a blast of a block party. Enjoy games, food, music, live broadcasts, a growers market, and more. Join in the fun Friday, September 7, from 6-8 p.m. (Mansfield, PA; (570) 662-3442; 29 Classic Car Cruise-In – Rev your engine and drive over to the quaint streets of Wellsboro for the Classic Car Cruise-In. Show off your classic car or gaze in envy at top-notch automobiles. After enjoying the car-filled afternoon, stroll the gas-lit streets and enjoy the unique shopping and dining experiences. The classic car show is from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, September 29. (Wellsboro, PA; (570) 724-1926). FAIRS/FESTIVALS 8 Cowanesque Valley Outdoors Festival – Don’t miss this one-day, jam-packed outdoors festival. The Valley is offering something for everyone in the family. Kids are sure to grin when they see the clowns, costumed characters, petting zoo, and storytellers. And everyone will sway to the bands and delight in the educational exhibits and sports displays. Bring the whole family on Saturday, September 8. (Westfield, PA; (570) 376-2821; 14-15 Finger Lakes Cork and Fork – This two-day festival features the finest the Finger Lakes have to

offer. Enjoy local fresh food, fine wine, and local brews. There will be cooking classes and demos from fantastic chefs. Shop sales and specials, tour the farm, and much more. Cork and Fork is at the Rodman Lott & Son Farms on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15. (Rodman Lott & Son Farms, Seneca Falls, NY; (315) 568-2906; 16 Lucas German Festival – Guten Tag! What a great day it will be at Lucas Vineyard’s 14th Annual German Festival. Enjoy everything German— the Enzian Bavarian Band and Dancers, grape stomping, grape pies, German food, and balloon art and costumes. Contests include Alphorn, Polka—and best German potato salad. Lastly, but certainly not least, pick up some awardwinning Rieslings and Gewurztraminers. Cover charge is $5; children 12 and under are free; free parking. Come out Sunday, September 16 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. (Lucas Vineyards, 3862 County Rd. 150, Interlaken, NY; (607) 532-4825; www. WINERIES 15 Harvest Hoedown – Come out and celebrate the harvest season at Montezuma Winery. Dance and enjoy the country fiddlin’ music, have some tantalizing chicken and pork BBQ, and buy some seasonal produce, jams, maple syrup, homemade fudge, and, of course, wine. Kids will love the petting zoo and picking out a pumpkin. Free admission; fee for food and wine. The oldfashioned good time is on Saturday, September 15 from 12-5p.m. (Montezuma Winery, 2981 Auburn Rd., Seneca Falls, NY; (315) 568-8190; 29 Jazz Festival at Goose Watch Winery – Enjoy wine and all that jazz as the Seneca Falls Rotary and ITT host their 5th annual Rotary Wine and

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Music Festival at Goose Watch Winery. Four exceptional jazz bands perform, and there’s great food for purchase. And don’t forget about Goose Watch’s award-winning wines. Tickets, $20. Have a fun Sunday, September 29 and enjoy the jazz and wine. (5480 Route 89, Romulus, NY; www.; OUTDOORS/SPORTS 14-16 Black Forest Star Party – Gaze up at the brilliant night sky during the annual amateur astronomy event. The Black Forest Star Party, hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Observers, has been held yearly since 1999. This year is sure to be great and will include guest speakers, kids’ programs, vendors, and, of course, the perfect opportunity to observe the night sky. The events are Friday-Sunday, August 14-16 at Cherry Springs State Park. (Cherry Springs State Park, Potter County, PA; 15 Step Outdoors TRYathlon – Have you seen those triathletes on TV and ever wondered if you have what it takes? Now is your chance! Step Outdoors is hosting a TRYathlon at Hills Creek State Park that focuses on trying your best, and sportsmanship as opposed to competitiveness. You can run, paddle, and bike in teams of two or three or compete solo. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and races start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 15. (Hills Creek State Park, Wellsboro, PA; (570) 7244246; 30 Wineglass Marathon – Tie on those running shoes and be a part of the 31st annual Wineglass Marathon. The course is a flat and scenic 26.2 miles starting in Bath, NY and finishing in Corning, NY. This year also marks the second year that the Wineglass Half Marathon is offered —currently there is a waiting list. You can register for the marathon by September 22 and the fee

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Farmers’ Market – Join local growers in Liberty Park. Fresh produce and flowers are available for purchase. Come out and see what September has to offer. The market runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Liberty Park, Hammondsport, NY; (607) 545-6046). 1,8,15,22,29 The Windmill Farm & Craft Market – You could spend the day at the Windmill Market—there are shops, craft and produce vendors, and lots of events! The Windmill has become quite an attraction. Their weekly attendance exceeds 8,000-10,000 people! Shop, eat, and enjoy free entertainment every Saturday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (3900 State Route 14A, Penn Yan, NY; (315) 536-3032; 1,8,15,22,29 The Troy Farmer’s Market – What better place to have a farmer’s market than at the Farm Museum in Troy, PA? Check out local produce, poultry and meats, flowers, and herbs. The market also boasts juried local craft products, food, entertainment, and local organization booths. The vendors are proud members of Buy Fresh Buy Local. The market is open every Saturday through October from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Intersection of Route 6 and Route 14, Farm Museum, Troy, PA; (570) 297-3410; 1,8,15,22,29 Canandaigua Farmers Market – This farmers’ market is an association of farmers and small-scale food processors consisting of about 30 vendors. It is Ontario County’s only farmer-run market. There is a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, flowers, meat, and eggs. Be

Naples’ Staple: Pie ove over apple. Step aside Peach. There’s a new star under the bakery spotlight— grape! Unique to the area, grape pies have been a tradition in Naples, New York, for over sixty years. Grapes have long been used in the Finger Lakes for the creation of palate-pleasing wines; it seemed only natural that these same fruits of the vine would find their way into a warm, flaky crust. Longtime Naples resident Irene Bouchard is credited with having created the grape pie in the 1950s, and today her pastry treat is celebrated at the Naples Grape Festival’s Grape Pie Contest. The grape extravaganza is chock-full of food, fine arts and crafts, music, vendors, wine tasting, and, of course, the World’s Greatest Grape Pie Contest. Contestants enter a freshly-baked pie anonymously, and a panel of judges selects a winner based on taste, texture, appearance, and flavor. Grandmas are a shooin, right? Not so. Past winners have included people from every age group from teenager to grandmother. Those interested in entering this year’s bake-off can e-mail naplesgrapefest@ for more information or simply fill out an application on the Saturday of judging when you drop off your pie in an unmarked disposable container any time after 9 a.m. After you drop off your award-winning creation, stick around and celebrate everything grape! There’s something for everyone at the festival rich in tradition since 1961. Celebrate the areas grape harvest, talented artisans, wine makers, and local and regional music and cuisine. The festival is held on September 29 & 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Naples, New York, at the Naples High School Grounds and across the street at Memorial Town Hall. (www.  By Jen Reed-Evans

sure to check out the fresh baked goods, sauces, pickles, honey, jams, mustards, and maple products. Come out any Saturday through October between 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (South Main St., Canandaigua, NY; http:// 6,13,20,27 Geneva Farmers Market – They have it all at Geneva’s Farmers Market. The variety of vendors give shoppers a lot to take in. Come out and shop for meat, wine, pies and cakes, potted plants, flowers, produce, soaps, and handmade bags and jewelry. The market is every Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Exchange St. Parking Lot, Geneva, NY; www. Email to notify us of your events.

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July 26 was a day I’d carefully planned. I’d agreed to host three undergrads from Goucher College in Baltimore. Megan Cole, Joey Fink, and Kathryn Walker were traveling the East Coast as college ambassadors, interviewing alumni for their blog. Decades after I graduated from Northwestern University, I recently went back to college at Goucher, rooted for the Goucher Gophers, and received a Masters in Fine Arts in nonfiction writing. The trio was eager to interview me, but as we piled into their white Gopher-emblazoned van to drive to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, I could sense their disappointment. This was their exciting “Bright Lights, Big Cities” tour, with stops in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and…Wellsboro. The day before, in our nation’s capital, my classmate and friend Jesse Holland had wowed them discussing his job covering the U.S. Supreme Court for the Associated Press. The Gophers even got a private tour of the hallowed chambers, saw the chief justice’s leather chair. I gulped. What could I possibly do to match that? I decided to show them local nature at its most spectacular. In mid-afternoon, I took them to the Leonard Harrison state park overlook and the grand view. I sure showed ’em, alright. We were taking in the heart-filling vistas of the Pine Creek Gorge, until suddenly we were alone on the balcony except for a man wearing a park uniform, a panicked face, and a walky-talky into which he was blurting words hard to make out as he ran away. In fact, all I heard was out of here and tornado. Oh, hell, someone said (possibly me). Instantly, the winds leaped from zero to sixty. The hazy blue sky over Pine Creek turned pea soup green. The forest thundered and spun in fury. I floored the Gopher van, racing on the only road out through the whipping trees. A fifty-foot oak suddenly crashed across the road, blocking our way. I floored it in reverse. In the rear-view mirror I saw another fifty-footer crashing across the road, trapping us. Somehow we made it back to the state park building, and shelter. Then, suddenly, it was over. The sky was calm again. Megan was the planner of the trio. She didn’t expect a young mother to climb up the from canyon, having survived the brutal winds on the side of the mountain huddled under a rock shelf with her baby. She didn’t expect the baby to lunge from mom’s hands into hers, and it startled Megan. But she took the infant in her arms, and smiled, calm baby, bluing skies, smiles all around, order from chaos, a blessed summer moment—the whole point of the dry deliberations of the justices in their leather chairs.




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Photo by Jesse Lee Jones of the mural by Robert Gillespie depicting Bill Milliken driving his Bugatti to the crash in Watkins Glen’s first road race.


Milliken’s Corner Before Busch and Gordon, Watkins Glen was wowed by Linton and Milliken, and the 1948 crash that started it all By Brendan O’Meara


his story starts with a crash the Day the Trains Stopped and ends with the boy who saw it all. Local auto clubs raced a bit in the 1930s, but had taken a brief hiatus prior to World War II. The military needed gas and metal, so road racing fell off. The only racing this country could watch involved a field of horses and the hope that maybe Citation would win the 1948 Triple Crown, which of course he did. But in that same year, as Citation dominated the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, a group of men drew up plans to give re-birth to American road racing through the streets of Watkins Glen. Thanks to sports car enthusiasts the late Cameron Argetsinger, the late Bill Milliken, and Otto Linton, the course sprung to life on the village streets of Watkins Glen, 6.6 miles looping in the shape of a malformed eggplant. Bill Green, of the Motorsports Research Center, said, “The circuit was made of concrete, black top, oil and stone and gravel. It was long. There was a railroad crossing and an underpass.” But the train ran every hour. This posed a problem for the junior prix and the senior Grand Prix. The mayor of Watkins Glen approached trainmaster Frank Close and wondered, well, is there something we can do about this train? —We’ll just reschedule the train. 15

• In many ways that was the beginning for Milliken. On the Day the Trains Stopped he was, along with many other drivers, born again. He’d live sixty-four more years, another lifetime indeed. He passed away on July 28 of this year at the age of 101. Crashing his car made him an expert to spearhead safety regulations for racecars. He drew up rules that included helmets and safety belts for the drivers. His civilian life circled around engineering, specifically aeronautical engineering. As someone might say from his hometown of Old Town, Maine, “He’s a smaht kid.” “He designed his own airplane,” Green said, who had epic “half-hour” lunches Milliken Agnes’s fury:will Corning, New York,that under lasted water. for 16

Reprinted with permission from Equations of Motion, © Bentley Publishers, all rights reserved.

And so he became known as the “Man Who Stopped the Trains” on October 2, 1948. There’d be eight laps for 52.8 miles of high-speed and engine-roaring fun to signify the dawn of a new era. Racing was born again. Green was eight years old that day while he watched the race from the How-Gay Tavern. His father was into harness racing for horses, but this rebirth of road racing, this was something alien, this was cool-uncle cool. “In rural America you go to an event like a road race renewal, it’s a big deal. It’s like the Fourth of July. My mom said, ‘Do you want to come to the auto race?’ I was very thrilled. That stuck with me forever.” Frank Griswold won the race on the Day the Trains Stopped. As for Bill Milliken? He rolled his car at Thrill Curve, 6.2 miles into the circuit. Milliken crawled out of his Bugatti to the cheer of the crowd with nothing but a scratch on his arm.

Milliken (above) works on his car, which would later fuel a passion for cars and safety after his crash (facing page) at a corner which now shares his name.

four hours. “One of the major things: he was the first on a test flight of the B-29. He went on and eventually worked at the Cornell Aeronautical Lab in Buffalo. He joined the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), helped set up the first race at Watkins Glen during the summer of ’48.” He was Chief Flight Test Engineer at Boeing Aircraft during World War II. He authored five books with titles like Chassis Design, the loquaciously titled Equations of Motion: Adventure, Rise and Innovation, and Race Car Vehicle Dyanamics. Prior to the ’48 race he walked, jogged, and drove a car around and organized the track, got the elevations. And though it was likely nobody knew the course better than Milliken, on the final lap, “He was battling and he came down the corner—Thrill Curve—before Milliken overturned there,” Green said. “A year later it was named Milliken’s Corner.” “He just enjoyed being here for a part of history at Watkins Glen,” Green said, “and part of the rebirth [of road

racing].” Of the 100-plus races he amassed, he raced yet again on July 12, 2002 when he buckled into his 80-horsepower two-stroke MX-1 Camber Car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb at the age of ninety-one. With the passing of Milliken, there are only three men still alive out of the fifteen who raced in the Grand Prix in 1948: Haig Ksayian, Dean Bedford, and Otto Linton. • Otto Linton, Austrian by descent, was “a good mechanic, made cars go a tad bit faster than you think,” Green said. Most cars in the 1948 race predated the war, but some got a hold of some zipsters from Europe. Bob Williams, a sportscar and auto racing enthusiast, said, “Sports cars were brought into the country by the GIs after the war who wanted to race them.” But there were few racecars in the 1948 United States for them to drive,

Photo by Jesse Lee Jones 17 Photo Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass

Reprinted with permission from Equations of Motion, Š Bentley Publishers, all rights reserved.

A 1928 project, a four-wheel cyclecar, built by Milliken on the cusp of his switch to aeronautics. Photos above and left reprinted from Equations of Motion with permission of © Bentley Publishers, all rights reserved.

Otto Linton getting his Siata CS060 from the factory.

certainly none of the caliber the Euros had designed, and no automobile racetracks. They’d have to make due with mapping out public streets as they would in Watkins Glen. “I was asked to give my impression of the course and the possibility of getting enough entrants from the club’s members of only a couple year’s existence,” Linton said. “I drove and found the ‘track’ quite challenging with partially going through the then-sleepy village. But my feeling was that it would be worthwhile for the town to grow. This is history.” Otto Linton motored around the course that took him first under the railroad tracks, over Sonte Bridge, then over the railroad tracks, past Friar’s Corner, by the cornerthat-would-be-named-after-Milliken, and breezed by the eight-year-old Bill Green before finishing where he began at the Court House. “The race of 1948 was to be the first official race to be sponsored by SCCA,” Linton said, “the first such race post war. Previously there have only been a few club races staged in the 1930s. The race came off very well because of the close friendly relationship of the competitors. We all knew 18

each other and did compete in a very sporty way. Although there were a couple of minor accidents involving only the cars, no personal injuries. It brought spectators in who had never heard of the beautiful Glen and became friends of the town and the lake.” Because of this race, “Gradually the sport of car racing spread over the whole country, with tracks in almost every state,” Linton said. As part of Linton’s business, he traveled to Italy to buy a Siata CS060 in August 1952. “I was going through Austria into Germany,” said Linton on a video at speedcraftspecial. com. “From Munich down, going to Vienna, not realizing that way to Vienna had to go through the Russian Zone. There were two very young soldiers with guns on their back. They stopped me and looked at the car and joked around. I had Italian plates, not American plates. I was lucky. Eventually it turned out that one of them kept pointing at the bar. The other kept pointing. Oh, he wants me to go under the bar, I drove right under the bar into the American Zone and the two soldiers were just having a good time. I saw them in my mirror, standing and jumping around, clapping their hands, awful happy I went under. It’s understandable because the car was slightly below my shoulder. It was a very low car.” That was part of what Linton did, being in the sport car business from 1945 when the war ended to 1985 when he sold it. After 1948, Linton raced for another twelve years where he saw the competition “change from pure sporty

Courtesy of Charles Haeffner

They’re Off, Again

Bill Milliken at his 100th birthday party.

style to a professional one. Today’s events are both types at Watkins Glen and I still attend the vintage style and reenactment one by sport groups in town and on track,” said Linton. The passing of Bill Milliken meant the passing of a friend. Linton saw Milliken at his 100th birthday party shortly before Milliken’s death. Linton and Milliken helped usher in a new era of road racing—everything from flashy, faster cars to safer and more resilient models. That race meant something. It carried on, and stirs up the leaves of memory now some sixtyfour years later.

“Ever smell castrol oil? Oh, what a sweet smell,” said Bill Green when asked what he remembered about the race. “Man, it’s the sweetest smelling little thing. The sounds, the sound of the Italian racing machines. It really was fun. You get worked up. When they start and come around…that’ll never go away.”

Mountain Home contributor Brendan O’Meara of Saratoga, NY, is the author of Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-YearOld Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year.

One of the largest vintage racing events in the country, the Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, September 7-9, wraps up the public racing season at Watkins Glen International. Friday evening the 7th features the Grand Prix Festival sponsored by Chemung Canal Trust Co., a reenactment of the 6.6-mile road race through the village streets of Watkins Glen on October 2, 1948, that revived American road racing, the historic event described in this story. For more information on the reenactment, which includes oldtimer reminiscences, visit www.grandprixfestival. com. For speedway tickets or more information, call 1-866461-RACE (7223).


Looking Back

A Town By Any Other Name By Joyce M. Tice


ansfield, Pennsylvania, participates in a sister cities program begun in Mansfield, England. In 2014, people from Mansfields all over the world will gather here in our Tioga County borough to commemorate our common name. Just in this country Mansfield exists in Ohio, Texas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Georgia, and Washington. Mansfield Township is in New Jersey and Mansfield Center is in Connecticut. There is also a Mount Mansfield in Vermont. This made me wonder about the namesakes of some of our other places in this area. Our Tioga County seat of Wellsboro, named for Mary Wells, is a less common name. Possibly its sole namesake is in Indiana. Closer to home we have Wells Township in Bradford County, Wellsburg in Chemung County, and Wellsville to the west in Allegany. We have two counties named Tioga, one in Pennsylvania and one in New York and both on the state line. They almost, but not quite, touch. This causes endless confusion to people from other areas searching out their ancestry. Tioga also exists in Florida, Illinois, West Virginia, North Dakota, Louisiana, and


Texas. Bradford County in Pennsylvania has a namesake in the city of Bradford in McKean County. This is another source of confusion for researchers not familiar with our area. In Bradford County, Troy has at least twenty-five namesakes just in this country. That’s one in every two states. Named for the classical and ancient settlement in Greece, there are, no doubt, many namesakes all over the world. Athens has fewer with about fifteen namesakes nationally. Elmira seems like an unusual name, but there are at least nine or ten other cities in the country with the same name. Elmira, New York, was supposedly named for a small girl of the village of Newtown whose mother was always calling her name. When a new name was chosen for the village, hers seemed appropriate. If the other towns had similar origins, we can imagine more small girls running around with frantic mothers searching and calling out their names. Dundee, originally a place in Scotland, now exists in at least seven states and in South Africa as emigrants took their native place names with them to new countries. Rutland Township in Tioga County was named for Rutland,

Vermont, from which many residents had migrated. They saw a similarity in these rolling forest-covered hills. While place names with European origin give rise to many duplicates, our continent’s history of diverse Native American languages has resulted in many names that are unique to a locality. Lycoming and Susquehanna are examples of that. Other unique names arose from events involving Native Americans. Painted Post came from a location where a post marked a meeting place. Horseheads originated when General Sullivan’s troops had to kill their starving horses. Natives used the horse skulls to mark paths. Other names in the area that may be unique are Mainesburg, named for and by early postmaster John Maine; Binghamton, named for the landholder William Bingham; and Penn Yan, a name invented by early settlers and derived from “Pennsylvania Yankee.” This is a very brief review of a very large subject, but illustrates the many origins of our place names. Joyce M. Tice is the creator of the TriCounties Genealogy and History Web site ( and the new History Center on Main Street in Mansfield.

O U t d o Or s The Trophy Club By Brad Wilson

Big bucks of Bradford County


hen fall makes its appearance in the mountains of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, excitement for the upcoming hunting season is at its peak. As most of us that live in this area know, the hunting tradition is an important part of the lives of close to one million hunters who will enter Pennsylvania’s forest in hopes of bagging a trophy. Whether it is the quest for a monster buck or a bear of record book size, hunting in these parts has been passed down from fathers and mothers to sons and daughters. This tradition has been going on since the late 1700s, when families

depended greatly on wild game to survive. By around the 1900s, the Game Commission estimated that only 500 white tailed deer remained in the state. But today they are thriving, as many can attest. In January of 2007, a group of twelve diehard hunters headed by Bradford County native Roger Kingsley formed Bradford County Trophy Deer and Bear Club. Says Roger, “It all started back in July of 2004 on a muggy evening when Bradford County’s largest event, the Troy Fair, was in full swing. I was standing in the middle of the Exhibit Hall at the fairgrounds watching the crowd filter

through the building, when the idea hit me like recoil. Mounted on one wall, as part of the Sportsman’s Show, was a lineup of some of the best whitetail bucks ever killed in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. People of all ages— fascinated by the exhibit—slowly inched their way along, admiring the mounted specimens taken by local hunters. At a time of year when a conversation about deer hunting was about as unpopular as ice fishing, the sight of these trophy animals instantly brought to mind visions of deerhunting in the Autumn woods.” Roger continued, “What if—I See Hills Are Alive on page 24



thought—we could put together a show like this every year, as an organization, at a designated place, to celebrate the big game hunting opportunities and traditions in Bradford County? The event would surely bring together hunters young and old, male and female, who hunt the fields, forests, and mountains of this county with rifles, bows, muzzle loaders, and handguns.” So, finally, after two years of kicking the idea around, Roger got together a group of friends to discuss his idea. And by the time the night was over, the Bradford County Trophy Deer And Bear Club was formed. The club is a voluntary, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Pennsylvania hunting traditions. They do this by keeping track, measuring and keeping records of deer and bear taken within the county each year, thus bringing this information to the public’s attention. Any properly licensed hunter, regardless of residency,

Big game, big honors: Bradford County hunters find fellowship by sharing in the revelry of sport hunting and by competing for bragging rights.

is eligible to enter the club under the rules of Fair Chase, which is defined by the Boone and Crockett Club as “the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals.” Only animals taken in Bradford County will be accepted and may be entered regardless of the year taken, thus highlighting the numerous

Courtesy of Roger Kingsley

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trophy deer and bear taken. Not everyone will bag a record book animal, but the fortunate ones that do have the chance to display their trophy at the club’s annual big game awards banquet held the fourth Saturday of September at Troy’s Alparon Park. Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $12 for kids sixteen and under. Reservations are required, and no tickets will be sold at the door. Seating will be limited, so buy your tickets as early as possible. See Hills Are Alive on page 24

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To make reservations, contact BC Trophy Deer and Bear Club, 1107 Kingsley Road, Columbia Cross Roads, PA 16914. Doors open for the banquet at 5 p.m. and welcome remarks and dinner start at 6:30 p.m. Other activities happening that evening are wild life print drawing, a youth rifle event, a big game awards program, a lucky seven raffle, antler and skull scoring contests, and a silent auction, as well as a chance to see in person some real and amazing trophy animal mounts and one of the largest big game displays ever assembled. The club voluntarily forwards all official Boone and Crocket and Pope and Young measurements that meet their minimum requirements for entry into their alltime big game records book to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. When asked, “What would you like people to know about the club?” Roger answers, “Our organization not only provides a service to hunters, but it’s a tribute to the animals we hunt and a lasting expression of our hunting heritage. Also, antler and skull measurements furnish important information to biologists and hunters as an indicator of the quality of habitat and population management.” Says Roger, “There is no clubhouse, no property, no money in the form of profits. Our work, our meetings, the time and effort involved is done over the phone, sometimes over lunch, mostly in our homes around the kitchen table and…all in our spare time. Each one of the Charter Members listed on our Web site are, in other words, founding members. They are the gentlemen, the friends, the hunters, husbands, fathers that I picked to help make this thing fly. They are the ones who not only shared my passion for big game hunting, but sincerely shared my idea of celebrating this pastime.” Contributing Mountain Home writer Brad Wilson, trout bum and fly-tying artist, considers his wife his best catch.


Reading Nature

Seeing the Bark for the Trees By Tom Murphy


ne summer day, as we were hiking in the forest around Pine Creek shortly after we moved to Wellsboro, I realized I was looking mostly at tree trunks. Until we came to a vista that allowed us one of those great views of the gorge, we saw mostly tree bark. If we had been there in winter, all we would have seen was bark. Unfortunately, since I could not identify trees by their bark, though I enjoyed the shade and rustle of the far-off canopy, the tall trees seemed all the same, and I turned my attention to the variety of plants and animals on the forest floor. A few years later, while I was helping a forestry-trained friend cut up logs of various kinds into firewood, I marveled at how he could tell what trees the logs came from by their bark, and that experience prompted my quest to expand my knowledge. I picked up some tips in a winter tree identification class where we learned, for example, that a target in the bark, a pattern of concentric circles, means the tree is a red maple. But I wanted more than anecdotal information. Michael Wojtech’s new field guide Bark is what I was looking for and could not find because it did not exist yet. As Tom Wessels explains in the preface, there has not been a guide to bark before because it can change throughout a tree’s life. Therefore, Wojtech must distinguish among young, mature, and old bark and explain the causes of the differences. The initial layer of bark on the young black cherry tree is smooth, but as the tree adds layers of wood the bark cannot keep up, and it begins to crack. Behind it a new protective layer forms and the process of forming the scaly bark of the mature black cherry has

begun. On the other hand, American beech bark does keep up so that it is smooth even on mature trees. In addition to explaining the structure and types of bark and describing different species—with excellent photos—the book also lays out a seven-step technique for identifying trees by their bark. The steps highlight the ways that barks differ, and they sensitized me to those differences. Since nothing in nature acts in isolation, there is also a chapter on bark ecology, and in that chapter I learned that the target that hides itself in the bark of the red maple is the result of target canker, which in the Northeast affects only the red maple, so it is an identifier. Though the book is focused on New England and western New York, all of the species grow in our area. Bark reminds us once again that nature is dynamic and variable. Knowing what to look for enables us to see more, and now for me the forest at eye-level that seemed monotonous becomes alive with variety.

Tom Murphy teaches nature writing at Mansfield University. He has been writing for Mountain Home regularly since 2006.



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he seismic rumbles of the gas boom have reached academic proportions. Starting this fall, students can enroll in programs specifically designed to the local geography: namely the drilling of the Marcellus Shale. Mansfield University opened the opportunistic Marcellus Institute that focuses on shale gas-related education aimed to fuel students with the tools they need to find steady employment right in their back yards. Ever since drilling started about five years ago, Representative Matt Baker had a plan, a plan to help Mansfield University students tap into the Marcellus Shale. “We’ve actually been encouraging the university to link with local work-

force development and deal with the need,” Baker said, “since we’re one of the leaders in the commonwealth from natural gas for Marcellus Shale wells. We had roundtable discussions between the university and the natural gas industry to understand what the workforce needs, and look at innovations. The degree programs help address opportunities for students.” There will be both a bachelor’s program and an associate’s degree program. The two-year AAS degree is in Natural Gas Production and Services and falls under the umbrella of the Geology and Geography departments. The four-year BS program is in Safety Management and will reside in the Health Services department. The four-year bachelor’s has five

spurs: Permit and Inspection, GIS (Geographic Information System) Technician, Environmental Assessment Technician, Safety Management Technician, and Mud Logging Technician. “The university started to look at what can it do for the natural gas industry,” said program director Lindsey Sikorski. “We actually started talking to industry representatives to see where there were gas and education and skill gaps. We identified gaps in safety and health safety and also gaps in oil and gas production utilization.” Mansfield University has played host to many Shell employees. As Sikorski says, “It’s a resource point for the industry, they rent rooms and have training programs.” The Seatrax company See Gas Class on page 28


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has trained nearly 7,000 workers, according to Sikorski, in hazard identification, environmental management, road transport safety, and lifting and hoisting. The university formally approved the Marcellus Institute on June 28. In just over two months, Sikorski has had to scramble. The enrollment, given the short window to attract students, has been strong. By now, most students have chosen their school and, in some cases, chosen a major. In July, a month after the MI was approved, Sikorski hosted a camp where high school students went out into the field and learned about the industry and MU’s new program. The thirty-three students and advisors who attended saw that with the rigs spiking deep into the rock, they might have a future right here at home. “I thought it would be an educational experience to learn about a growing industry in the area,” said Andrew Craig, a senior from North Penn High School in Blossburg, in the Daily Review. “It’s been fun. It’s given me a good foundation for what the field is like, possible careers.” “We’ve had lots of interest,” said Sikorski. “A handful of students have completed the application process. We’re still looking for students and we’re glad to accept more.” Sikorski said the two-year program can feed into the four-year degree program to give students more options as their studies progress. MU is considering a “campus-wide minor” and an online option “as we continue to develop our two new programs,” but there are no immediate plans for those options. The ripple effect of the synchronicity of the shale drilling and the MI could mean a boon for jobs and a reason for people who grew up in Tioga and the neighboring counties to stay. “People have been here their whole lives,” Baker said. “Most who grew up would love to stay here—stay near families. The youth grew up loving hunting and fishing, [but] jobs were not here, so they leave. The out-migration of youth is tough to deal with. The opportunities were not

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here. Now they have opportunities. It makes sense. The program is job training to meet local needs.” The hope will be to educate students here and keep them here. That is, if they want. Natural gas drilling isn’t unique to Pennsylvania. Most continents in the world, according to Baker, drill as do many other regions in the United States. “Now we will be offering two degree programs and an online one, maybe,” Baker said. “Advanced college credit, some exciting things, good paying jobs in the gas industry gives existing workers upward mobility options. There’re energy companies nearly on every continent if you don’t want to stay local, you can be mobile.” Some have noticed the exodus of gas workers, fearing the industry was more a firecracker than boom. With stores opening up, restaurants expanding, hotels climbing, and now an academic track program aimed to educate and train workers for drilling, will the drilling be around by the time graduation day comes? Baker says such fears are groundless. “The energy sector now has seen a slowdown,” he said. “They’re victims of their own success. They produced tremendous quantities of natural gas. The storage fields are full. Winters have been mild and the demand is low. Another factor, the price of natural gas is nearly a record low. Once there’s greater demand for natural gas, we’ll eventually see a tremendous resurgence

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and demand for natural gas. Cold winters, new technology in vehicles, as natural gas demand increases you’ll see a tremendous [rise]. Lots of rigs will come back. There’s a lot of pipeline deployment to move natural gas. If you can’t move the natural gas, what’s the point? Once that infrastructure comes back, you’ll see the rigs come back.” This doesn’t upset Sikorski, either, because the program’s purpose isn’t to simply inoculate shale drilling with new graduates. The skills are transferable. “As we developed the program, safety can work in gas or work in health care or manufacturing,” she said. “Even with the Natural Gas Production and Services there are the five concentrations and a student would have one or more. Other than mud logging, with the other four you can work for PennDOT. We’re not trying to train students for one industry. It’s like riding a wave, you have to take the peaks with the valleys.” As Baker sees it, there could be a period of twenty to forty years of gas-related employment in the counties he represents—Tioga and Bradford. He’s bullish about local people helping an industry that’s helping the world. “The natural gas can be used for power plants, vehicles, increase home heat use, less dependency on foreign oil,” he said. “I felt this way several years ago,” said Baker, who’s been lobbying for this institute for five years. “It just made common sense. It’s the only program [of its kind in Pennsylvania]. The Northern Tier really needed to be engaged in this. Out of the counties I represent, forty-two percent of the wells are here out of all the natural gas wells in state. We’re in the sweet spot. We were behind colleges and universities; other states were doing this [education]. There’s been tremendous growth in the energy sector, and we’ve been at it for many years. I commend them [Mansfield] for their proactive engagement.” Once demand for the natural gas increases, the demand for jobs in the industry will mirror that growth. “We definitely chose to develop the two programs because they are not [offered] in the state of Pennsylvania,” Sikorski said. “The safety management is a pretty unique program. It’s a benefit to the university to increase enrollment and help us familiarize ourselves with the industry in our back yard. It’s the kick-start we needed.” People interested in the program should visit the university’s website, or call them at 570-662-4808. Mountain Home contributor Brendan O’Meara of Saratoga, NY, is the author of Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-YearOld Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year. Follow him on Twitter @BrendanOMeara.


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Joe Barlett and the Grandma Moses of Stained Glass By Christina Stopka Rinnert Photos by Julie Sherwood


oe Barlett has the kind face and gentle smile of the school guidance counselor he once was. His shop, Stained Glass & Antiques, is located at 63 East Market Street in Corning, New York, a town he refers to affectionately as “artsy-fartsy� because of all of the artists and talented people who have been drawn here. The shop is a place filled with all sorts of wonderful treasures from days gone by. There are wind chimes tinkling brightly at the door, stained glass creations catching the light from every window, and beautiful dinnerware from long ago stacked along one wall. There is so much to see that, when you first walk in, your eye is drawn in every direction. The heart of the store, however, is in the back. This is where Joe teaches stained glass classes, from beginner to expert. 32

He originally apprenticed in stained glass creation in 1974, when he learned the leaded stained glass process. He opened up a little shop in his grandmother’s grocery store while also working as a school guidance counselor. That was in Hughesville, Pennsylvania. He still has a small shop there, which is run by his apprentice, Keith Patterson. Keith will be teaching some classes in Hughesville starting in the fall while Joe begins another round of classes at the store in Corning. Surprisingly, there has not been a stained glass business in Corning since 1988. Joe has always loved the area and moved to Corning about a year and a half ago when he also started teaching stained glass classes. One of his first students was octogenarian Joyce Said. Joyce spent

twenty-nine years as a drapery maker, then she learned quilting, and now she is a stained glass artist. The art of making stained glass is both a technical skill and an artistic interpretation of life. Joyce has a flair for capturing and interpreting the simple into something extraordinary. Joe calls her the Grandma Moses of the stained glass set. And although she argues playfully with him that it has not been nearly that many, Joe insists that she has created at least twenty-two pieces over the past eighteen months. They banter back and forth like a couple of dear, old friends, pulling pictures from the bulletin board, talking excitedly about other students and other projects, comfortable in a place where Joe warmly calls the students his stained glass family. See Stained Glass on page 37

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Because of the free studio time he offers students, both active and former, the store frequently has someone working in the back room, creating their next beautiful piece of stained glass and catching up on the gossip. Joyce prefers to create her pieces with clear and beveled glass, admitting that it reminds her of the older homes in the area. She began taking classes when her husband was very ill and has continued since his passing last year. “I’ve always loved stained glass, all glass really,” she tells me, “And this class, doing this, has been a life-saver for me. It’s like therapy.” Her bright eyes sparkle when she tells me how the artists sitting around the table in this back room feed off one another, often helping one another to improve a design, celebrate life’s moments, or just get through life’s rough patches. Of working stained glass, Joyce says, “It looks difficult, but if you have the right teacher, it becomes simple.” And Joe

seems to be that sort of teacher. Patient and encouraging, he admits that he “gets more satisfaction teaching people to do this than doing it” himself. They both contend that once someone is bitten by the stained-glassbug, “this becomes your passion.” Ideas come from all over: pattern books, photographs, suggestions from others, or just looking around one’s surroundings. Joyce often makes stained glass for her children or as gifts for people. While posing for pictures, she impresses upon us that stained glass is best viewed with the sunlight coming at it from behind, casting tiny rainbows and rays of scattered light, along with intensely fused beams of light in all directions. She recently finished working on cabinet doors for someone, which was especially difficult because the pieces had to be identical and built to specification. She enjoyed doing the work and says, “When you build a piece, you want to make sure people will enjoy them and hang them.” Joe teaches his students how to create both leaded and soldered pieces in the beginner’s class which gives people a chance to see the difference in these styles and decide which method

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they prefer working with. In the beginner class, students are taught the basics of stained glass making, eventually working into more difficult pieces, should they stick with it. They create their own template, cut each piece by hand, and line them with the copper foil which is important to the process. Numbered sections keep the entire piece in order on a pegboard while the artist works. As Joyce points out, when working with the copper foil, wrapping it around the glass pieces has to be precise or it won’t hold together correctly. She also tells me that when working with textured glass, it becomes a real challenge to ensure that you cut each piece so that the textures are lining up or at least going in the direction the artist wants them to go. Then there is the challenge of soldering the pieces together: too hot and the glass cracks. If the glass cracks, the artist has to begin again with creating, foiling, and placing that piece. Joe proudly tells me that he handpicks each and every sheet of glass in the shop from New York City. These sheets of glass are usually Washington State created because of their cutting ease and the colors are as varied as a rainbow. He has classes for beginners, creating stained glass windows, and even lampshades. Each class builds off knowledge from the previous ones so students need to start with the basics before enrolling in the more complex courses. Near the end of our visit, Joyce asks me, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were? I see people stressing stuff—they should just not sweat the small stuff.” I don’t know how to answer the first question—because on different days I feel like different ages—but Joyce seems to have a handle on it. She is young at heart, and it is obvious that she plans to stay that way for as long as she can. Not sweating the small stuff? Good advice from a woman who has reinvented herself yet again. As she says, “It’s nice to know, when you get up in the morning, you have something fun to do and people to talk to.” Christina Stopka Rinnert lives in Hammondsport, NY, and is currently working as a secretary while earning her BA in English at Mansfield University. 38

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Steve Koch, owner and alchemist, surveys the downtown scene from a window of Jeremiah’s, his second-floor gathering space for banquets and meetings.


n the heart of downtown Williamsport, there’s a place pumping life into this riverside city by marching (and dancing) to the beat of its own drum. From introducing craft beer culture to the city to co-creating a vibrant arts scene with its live music venue to cultivating an appreciation for local foods and alternative cuisines, the Bullfrog Brewery has established itself as a mover and shaker in the downtown scene. Like moths to a flame, patrons have been lured into this street-corner brick building for the past sixteen years. Some are eager for beer or food while others are drawn here simply by the look of the place— open and airy, coated in a warm copper glow dripping from the ceil40

ings to tanks to glasses. The establishment’s relaxed energy is another magnet—casual and comfortable, while other fans are attracted by the music that pulsates from the Bullfrog’s core—cool jazz flowing on Sunday afternoons and hot funk beating into late nights. Still, others find themselves here by chance due to the convenient location on West Fourth Street—across from the Community Arts Center and the Genetti Hotel. Whatever the appeal, there’s an alchemy of energy at work here, and at the center of the Bullfrog is its alchemist: owner, general manager, and chief philosopher Steve Koch. “I like to have a good time and I like open-mindedness, learning

and exploring, and I just made a place that I thought was cool and that I’d want to go to and, luckily, a lot of other people share in my opinions on the place,” Koch said with a laugh. “Money has never been the number one objective,” Koch continued. “I’ve always wanted the focus to be on the experience. I want people to remember that they came here and saw a great band or had a great dish or met great people. Those experiences happen all the time and I’m very proud of that. People make great connections here and it’s fun to watch that happen.” In addition to the chemistry in its social alchemy, the Bullfrog has crafted many popular recipes in liquid form. The brewpub has


captured numerous awards including gold and bronze medals at the Great American Beer Festival and gold and silver medals at the World Beer Cup. One secret to the Bullfrog’s success is steady offerings like its Billtown Blonde and Edgar IPA (an ode to Edgar Allan Poe), as well as limited-release, seasonal concoctions showcasing a zest for experimentation. In September, the Bullfrog will extend the sweetness of summer with a wild saison beer featuring local organic blueberries. (On a recent trip to the Williamsport Growers’ Market, Koch scored 720 pounds of the blue beauties from an area farmer.) Also on tap in September will be two “hop harvest lagers”—one featuring fresh amarillo hops and another presenting fresh citra hops. Other autumn arrivals expected are Wünderbread, an Oktoberfest amber lager; Aggro Wheat, a rustic farmhouse-style saison; and Extra Fancy Stout, an eagerly awaited traditional stout. See Hoppin’ on page 42

Copper glows and jazz flows during Sunday brunch at the Bullfrog. Andy Seal, of the Burgess, Mitchell & Seal trio, cooks on bass.


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Bullfrog beers are crafted on site, although brewing operations will soon expand at a larger facility, also located in downtown Williamsport. The business recently acquired the space and equipment previously used by the now defunct Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company and, last month, rolled 1,000 shiny new (and empty) kegs off a tractor trailer. In the coming months, the Bullfrog will increase production and distribution, seeking first to target the Philadelphia market, followed by other Pennsylvania venues. Of course, in addition to experimentations in beer, the Bullfrog also puts energy into its creative cuisine craft, striving to offer mostly local meats and ingredi-

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The Canyon Squares cut the rug at a previous CV Outdoors Festival. (Below, right) Children at play in the kids’ craft tent. (Photos courtesy of Debra Morgan.)


ark your calendar for Saturday, September 8, and bring the entire family!” was the excited message I heard from event organizer CJ Houghtaling when I spoke with her about this year’s Cowanesque Valley Outdoors Festival. Cowanesque Valley is located in northern Tioga County, named for the river that begins in Potter County and flows east through Tioga County before joining with the Tioga River in Lawrenceville. The people who live here are proud of their history and their heritage, and the festival is a way for them to share their home with others. According to CJ, “Our one-day festival is all about educating the public, hands-on family involvement, and having fun. It’s a celebration of the outdoors and everything that northern Tioga County has to offer.” Sponsored by the Cowanesque Valley Joint Chamber of Commerce, the festival See Cowanesque on page 44 43


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provides area businesses and non-profit organizations the opportunity to promote themselves and the area. This year’s agenda includes a mix of science, hands-on outdoor learning, music, crafts, and food. The 3D archery shoot and sporting clays event are among the festival’s most popular attractions. If you’ve ever wanted to shoot a crossbow, Hunter Supply of Knoxville will provide the bows and bolts for you to shoot at lifelike game animal targets. The Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club of Mansfield will provide one-on-one instruction on the increasingly popular pastime of sporting clays. Don’t bring your personal shotgun or ammunition; they’ll supply both. Whether you try a crossbow, shotgun, or both, the well-being of participants and bystandSee Cowanesque on page 44


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Blah (Below) Start to finish: a quilting group completed a quilt at a previous CV Outdoors Festival. (Above) Alpacas at the petting zoo.



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“make-it and take-it” crafts area. Under adult supervision, kids can make and take home self-made crafts, such as cereal jewelry, painted pet rocks, paper pinwheels, facemasks, garden banners, twig stars, birdie mobiles, bark boats, Leprechaun traps, and a host of other creations. Housed beneath a fifty- by ninety-foot tent will be dozens of vendors selling their wares, including hand-made jewelry, maple syrup products, Mary Kay and Tupperware products, wood carvings, Alpaca wool products, and many others. Of course, food and drink will be a big part of the festival. Most booths are sponsored by local organizations. Some of the menu options include barbecue chicken and barbecue ribs, hot sausage sandwiches, hamburgers and hotdogs, French fries, funnel cakes, cookies, kettlecorn, and drinks of all sorts (except alcoholic beverages). The festival’s grand finale will be the “Forever Patsy” show featuring Patsy Cline tribute artist Penny Eckman from nearby Tioga, Pennsylvania. Penny demonstrates her fantastic vocal range as she sings and pays tribute to one of country music’s greatest legends. The CV Outdoors Festival will run from approximately 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, and will include many other activities and events. It will be held in a clearly marked field about one mile east of Westfield, Pennsylvania, along Route 49. A $3 per vehicle parking fee will be charged but is waived if you drive a classic or antique automobile. To learn more about the festival, go to Plan to spend Saturday, September 8 with family, friends, and visitors celebrating all that is good about northern Tioga County.

Mountain Home contributor and nature writer Gregg Rinkus hails from Franklin, Pennsylvania and is Regional Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Manager for Penn E&R in Wellsboro.




l a k e s Aboard the Schooner True Love By Michael J. Fitzgerald

Photos by Elizabeth Young

The Schooner True Love waits for passengers to board for a tour of Seneca Lake. (Right) Josh and Lisa Navone, owners of the True Love, welcome a group aboard for the morning sail.


thoroughbred, historic sailboat—with a record of successful Atlantic Ocean racing—is thriving as a passenger-for-hire vessel in the Watkins Glen harbor, at the south end of Seneca Lake. Designed by famous American boat-builder John Alden, the sixtyseven-foot-long True Love was built in 1926 as a racing vessel. It came to Watkins Glen in 2009, after decades of

successful charter service in St. Thomas, when local owners Josh and Lisa Navone bought the ship. Famous for its smooth sailing characteristics and racing career—including winning the prestigious Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda race— the boat also served as a movie set for the 1956 film High Society with Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and Frank Sinatra.

Many of the current passengers remember sailing on the vessel from vacations in St. Thomas. “We’ve had couples here this season who say they can’t believe it’s the same boat they sailed on back in the 1990s,” Lisa says. It isn’t a boat to easily forget. The sleek wooden vessel, with gleaming varnish and spars, goes out four times per day, leaving its pier near See True Love on page 58


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Visitors walk the dock of Seneca Harbor to take in sights of vessels gliding through the calm waters of the lake. (Below) Private vessels sit snuggly in the safety of the harbor.




After hoisting the sail, crew member Kate Rominger relaxes and tells stories to passengers as Captain Larry Hacker steers the schooner through the lake. Falling continued from page 55

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(Above) The sails of the True Love wait for the breezes off the lake to nudge the schooner forward. (Below) Water ripples as the motor pushes the schooner away from the harbor.


the Harbor Hotel, sometimes heading out in high winds, other times for more sedate cruises up the lake. The True Love has become a popular attraction on the Watkins waterfront, even for people who don’t go out sailing on the ship. The crew frequently gets requests from people walking by to have their pictures taken with the True Love. And True Love memorabilia—hats, t-shirts, stickers and other gear—also sells fast. Each sail starts with a dockside safety briefing by Captain Larry Hacker for the twenty to twenty-two passengers ready to take a two-hour voyage aboard the historic schooner, including a warning to “watch out for the boom when it comes over.” Regardless of wind velocity, the passengers all enjoy themselves, Hacker says. Crew members of the True Love, Chris Nagel and Kate Rominger, handle all sail trim duties, work as stewards (serving refreshments) and act as tour guides, too, pointing out sights like the painted rocks, Hector Falls, and even the U.S. Salt Plant a mile up the lake. Passengers get complimentary water and sodas. Beer and wine is available for $4 a serving. Captain Hacker holds court while steering in the large cockpit at the aft of the boat on the voyages. On hot days the crew hangs a shade over the cockpit area to shield passengers from the sun. Hacker holds a U.S. Coast Guard license and has sailed extensively on his own boat in the Caribbean, Latin and South America. But he loves the passengers who go out for the cruises—and Seneca Lake. “This is a fabulous place for sailing,” he says. “We normally have plenty of wind for the True Love, and the passengers love how fast she is. She handles beautifully.” The per-passenger prices for sailing are $29 for the morning cruise, $39 for the midday and afternoon cruises, and $49 for the evening sunset sail. It is also possible to charter the entire vessel for a flat fee of between $595 and $995, depending on the time of day. Josh says his wife, Lisa, took a leap of faith when she quit

The spacious seating gives each passenger a great view of the sights the lake has to offer.

her job to run the boat and business full time. He still works days at his law practice in his Montour Falls or Horseheads offices. “We love the boat, we love the people, we love the place,” Josh says. “This season we are doing pretty well, lots of full cruises.” Lisa is the first person passengers meet as they walk down the Watkins Glen Village Pier to get information or tickets. The business has an easy-to-use Web site ( for reservation information. Cruises need a minimum of six confirmed passengers for the True Love to set sail. And while this summer the weather has been very cooperative, when storms do approach, the True Love stays firmly at the dock. “We do sail from May to October,” Lisa says. After that, the True Love moves over to a dock in Village Marina behind a solid rock breakwater where it spends the winter protected from the prevailing north wind and waves. Every few years the boat has to be hauled out of the water for an inspection, a major enterprise which in the past has required taking the boat through the canal system to Cayuga Lake, where a marina has facilities to pull the twentytwo-ton vessel completely out. But the True Love group is looking forward to perhaps two more months of good daily cruises this year. “The fall is some of the best sailing weather we have,” Captain Hacker says. “September and October we can almost always count on great winds.” Michael J. Fitzgerald is a former California newspaper editor and writer. He lives in Watkins Glen, New York. 59

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Blessed are the Cheese Makers Photo by Graeme Maclean

By Holly Howell

Photo by Jules Morgan


eople who travel the Finger Lakes frequently are lucky. If you plan your visits well, you can make sure to see just about every single winery within a few years. That would total over 100 different stops! But if you only have one trip planned, how do you possibly choose where to go? Wine lovers rejoice when the Finger Lakes Wine Festival comes every July to Watkins Glen. One destination, and you’ve got all of your favorites in one spot. This saves a lot of travel time, not to mention mileage on your car. Now, cheese lovers have a similar event to look forward to every year. This past July 28 was the first annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival. Fifteen different creameries from the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail joined forces to throw one incredible party. Shtayburne Farm, one of the newest dairies on the Cheese Trail, hosted the event, which took place in Rock Stream on the western shores of Seneca Lake (about ten miles north of Watkins Glen). The family-friendly all-day affair included a grand tasting tent, cheese making classes, kid’s games and races, a petting zoo, an Alpaca yarn-spinning demo, and even goatmilking lessons. In addition to all of the specialty cheeses, there were homemade products galore, like ice creams, BBQ sauces, mustards, and freshly baked pies. It was foodie heaven! And I was extremely happy that I remembered to bring a cooler in which to transport goodies home. But most of all, it was a celebration of our hard-working artisanal producers. The word “artisanal” (pronounced ar-TIZZan-uhl) comes from the root word artisan, which comes from the Italian word artisan, which means a craftsperson who is a skilled


manual worker. (Not to be confused with artesian, pronounced “arr-TEE-zhun, which refers to water from a deep drilled well). Artisanal cheese refers to a cheese produced “by hand” using the traditional craftsmanship of skilled cheesemakers, as opposed to cheeses made in factories using more highly automated processes for mass production. Artisanal cheeses are known to be much more complex in taste and personality. Many are aged and ripened in small individual batches, resulting in very unique flavors. This contrasts with the milder flavors of factory-produced cheeses that are made on a larger scale and often shipped and sold immediately. Some artisanal cheeses are also referred to as “farmstead” cheeses. This means that the cheese is made by hand, with milk from the producer’s own herds of cows, sheep, or goats. Which in turn means awesome quality and a signature flavor that is impossible for any other cheese to imitate! As with winemaking, cheese making is a labor of love, and each and every product is a signature of its “terroir.” The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail connects all of the cheese-making dairies throughout the region. It is difficult to travel the entire trail by car, and the visitor hours are limited depending on the farm. So having the cheese makers all in one place on the same day was a wonderful treat. As the crowds tasted through the curds, there was a true sense of pride and excitement, and more than once I heard the phrase “I can’t believe this is being made right here in New York!” Highlights for me included the raw milk soft-ripened Brie cheese of Kenton’s Cheese Company, the fresh and creamy

goat’s milk chevre of 4 Tin Fish Farm, the certified organic cheddars of Jerry Dell Farm, the array of country Swiss cheeses from Hillcrest Dairy, the pleasantly pungent washed-rind cheeses of Keeley’s Cheese Company, the raw goat milk cheddar from Side Hill Acres Goat Dairy, the way-too-easy-to-eat flavored cheddar curd snacks of Shtayburne Farms, the tasty Gouda cheeses of Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company, the sharp Parmesan-like Heritage cheese from Sunset View Farms, the Chipotle Cheddar from Engelbert Farms (made from smoked jalapenos from their own organic gardens), the horseradish cheddar from Muranda Cheese Company, and the incomparable Cayuga Blue cheese from Lively Run Goat Dairy. If you missed the festival this year, the Cheese Trail also offers “Open Houses” throughout the year that make visiting easy and fun! The next one coming up is Columbus Day Weekend, October 6-7, 2012. Check out the website for more details. Holly is a Certified Specialist of Wine (by the Society of Wine Educators) and a Certified Sommelier (by the Master Court of Sommeliers in England); email her at wineanddine


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Watched Pots By Cornelius O’Donnell


f you tune in to cooking programs on TV, have you ever wondered why there are so many ads for fast-food joints or frozen microwave-and-serve entrees? Ah, those canny advertisers. They have seen the media figures that show a significant number of the viewing audience for these shows simply don’t cook. They may defrost and reheat or hit the drive-through, but make Jacques Pepin’s duck or Lydia’s osso bucco? You must be kidding. But numbers confirm that folks love to watch somebody else cook. And years ago they liked to listen to cooking programs.

Cooking on the Radio?

In doing the research for this article,

I was stunned to find that electronic cooking shows actually started way back about 1924 when a character named Betty Crocker offered advice and even recipes on the air. It was sponsored by the predecessor of General Mills, and the emphasis was on recipes using the sponsor’s products. The shows were based on scripts sent to local stations, and voiced by local home economics professionals. So there ended up being many Crockers (a made-up name), and the programs thereby gained a local flavor. National networks were to come later. The same holds true for early TV cooking shows, as we’ll see. “Aunt Sammy’s Radio Recipes” arrived in 1926 as an educational tool of the USDA. Again, this was a

created character, ostensibly Uncle Sam’s “wife,”and the same script-readby-a-local-woman device was used. By 1932, the sage Auntie was heard on 194 stations, but the character faded away during the Depression—though not before at least one cookbook bearing her name was produced. I had a copy of the 1931 edition—400 recipes, ninety menus. (It’s now in the library at the Finger Lakes Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua.) Over the years this show morphed into something called “Homemaker’s Chat” and that remained alive until 1946.

Prudence Penny

This brings me, and you, to the character called Prudence Penny, who came on the radio scene during Watched Pots continued on page 62


FOOD & DRINK Watched Pots continued from page 61

Julia’s Sauce Vinaigrette • 1 to 2 tablespoons excellent wine vinegar, or a combination of vinegar and lemon juice • ⅛ teaspoon salt • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard • 6 to 8 tablespoons best-quality olive oil or salad oil, or a combination of both • Big pinch of freshly ground pepper • Optional: ½ tablespoon minced shallots or scallions and/or ¼ tablespoon dried herbs such as tarragon or basil Either beat the vinegar, salt, and mustard in a bowl until dissolved, then beat in the oil and season with the pepper and herbs, or place all the ingredients in a screw-top jar and shake vigorously for 30 seconds to blend thoroughly. Taste carefully for seasoning. (I heartily recommend the “jar” method.) This makes 1/2 cup or enough dressing for six servings of salad. - C.O.

Salade Mimosa

This is a beaut of a salad. I serve it as a first course, though in France it would probably come after the main course. • 1 peeled hard-boiled egg in a sieve • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh green herbs or parsley • Salt and pepper • A large head of Boston lettuce or a mixture of greens, Separated, washed, and dried • ⅓ to ½ cup vinaigrette Push the egg through the sieve with your fingers; toss with the herbs, and salt and pepper to taste. Just before serving, toss the greens with the dressing in a salad bowl, and sprinkle on the egg-and-herb mixture. - C.O.


Julia Child's kitchen, on display in the Museum of American History

the Depression (her name says it all) and remained until the early ’50s. The first of Pru’s cookbooks I could find was produced in 1939. Books were a natural extension of the programs, as there was no going to the Website to get a copy of those radio recipes. A few years later, as America was in the midst of WWII, another of “her” several cookbooks appeared. It was called Coupon Cookery,and it dealt with ways to produce family meals as wartime rationing and food shortages became a way of life.

Prudence “Live”

And now for the TV cooking programs implied in our “Watched Pots” headline. I feel like boasting, oh heck I will: I was there at practically the birth of the genre. Why? Because my dad loved to latch on to something new (we had such wonders as the first Princess phone on the block). So when the local appliance dealer, a family friend, called to say that he had a newfangled Hallicrafter sixteeninch TV set(circa 1949) on the floor, Dad jeopardized our college fund, and it was delivered the next day, encased in a fancy credenza and complete with a pullout record player. A few neighbors had recently bought twelve-inch sets and warned that we’d have eye problems

from watching such a “large” screen. Suddenly we became the most popular kids in town, and I recall the daily after-school viewing of the “test pattern” until that magic moment—4 p.m.—when WGY-TV, the GE Station from Schenectady, presented its first program, a fifteen-minute segment (as I recall) called “Cooking with Prudence Penny.” My Mom, a good sport and very good cook, came rushing in with a legal pad and pencil. “Prudence,” I now know, was a local person with cooking talent who could follow a script. She made one dish per show, and we hung on her every word while mother Genevieve scribbled away. Then my brother and I voted to make or to not make today’s recipe tomorrow. Mom would shop for the ingredients the next morning and make the darn thing. I still love the Spanish rice with coddled eggs from those days. The usual Spanish rice (green pepper, onion, tomatoes, seasoning, and cooked rice) was spooned into a large yellow Pyrex bowl and heated in the oven. When all was piping hot the oven rack was rolled out and a large metal spoon made enough depressions in the rice as there were diners. A raw egg was dropped in each of these and the whole was returned to the oven until the


egg was softly cooked. For many, many meatless Fridays this was a highlight, served with fried fish from the fish store. I loved the drippy yolk combined with the spicy rice, but mild by today’s standards. Pure bliss for a teen who never heard the word cholesterol. Back then some shows were blatantly commercial; in addition to food marketers, appliance makers such as Kelvinator sponsored shows with products highly visible in the studio’s kitchen. Another early and wellqualified TV chef was French-born Dione Lucas, an author and Manhattan cooking teacher whose program was sponsored by Caloric. In this circa mid-1950 TV food show Pioneer Era, arguably the first celebrity chef was James Beard who had a brief TV career providing instruction and fun, setting a pattern for the shows to come. He was sponsored by Borden’s Elsie the Cow and the show was slotted just after the very popular Friday Night Fights. Bartenders were amazed that customers stayed to watch this large man create interesting dishes.

Dump and Stir

There were twenty TV stations in 1948,

three hundred by 1954. Local shows often featured a sometimes-bland local food expert who stood behind a counter, faced the camera (and probably cue cards), and put together a dish by dumping the ingredients into a bowl and stirring. That’s when the famous line, “I made this earlier…” began. These cooking segments were often part of a local news program— and this format continues to this day. (From 1983 to the ’90s I was part of this world, appearing on stations all over the U.S. to promote appearances at department stores.) Even magazine-type national TV shows had cooking segments, and I was stunned to find that silent film star Gloria Swanson often cooked on the show “Home” (circa 1954) hosted by Arlene Francis and Hugh Downs. The program’s food consultant was Poppy Cannon, author of the Can Opener Cookbook. Enough said.

Enter Julia

Julia Child’s first TV appearance was on a Boston television station in 1963. She was promoting her now-classic book,Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The story goes that she demonstrated beating egg whites (for

maximum volume) in a copper bowl. The station’s switchboard lit up like a Christmas tree wanting to know when she would next appear. The station responded by scheduling a half-hour cooking show that, even though it was taped, Julia preferred to film as if it were live, glitches and all. That, together with her trilling voice and enthusiasm, endeared her to viewers. The rest is history. This was, at first, a local program but was picked up by other public broadcasting stations. The further history of TV cooking programs, and it’s a doozy, will have to wait for Part II of this saga; so keep reading Mountain Home for more of the story and the characters that told us what and how to cook. In the meantime, here’s a favorite recipe from Julia’s The French Chef Cookbook, first published by Knopf in 1968 and containing the recipes from Mrs. Child’s first television series. This is from the seventeenth show on “Salads.” Please note that today, I feel certain,Julia would use a tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs. These were tough to come by in those days. Chef, teacher, and author Cornelius O’Donnell lives in Elmira, New York.


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The Tasty Twin Tiers

Ginseng Afternoon


ll of us need time to decompress, time to release some of the stress accumulated by the rigors of our everyday lives. Some need this more than others. Now some people like to grill in the back yard or spend the afternoon vegging out in front of the TV with their favorite comfort food. Others like to work out. I may be a little different. When I’m in the woods, especially near ginseng, it’s a recipe for serenity. Last week I had a day off, but the wife and kids were away at relatives. My wife had urged me to take a little time out of the day to “do something I wanted.”She did stress not to take too much time out, though, imagine that. At least she had good intentions, so after a morning filled with sleeping in and a little yard work I set out to enjoy the early September woods. With the intent to look at several ginseng stands, I parked in the driveway of a dear friend outside of Arnot, Pennsylvania. I had already told him I was coming and what I was planning, so as not to wear out my welcome. I checked the batteries in my GPS to assure myself this outing wouldn’t be stressful because of my own stupidity and set off for an east-facing ravine. As I made my way down the mountain, my eyes were fixed on the ground hoping to see the three-pronged plant with five leaflets. A lot of people, even some foresters and outdoorsmen, have told me they have no idea what it looks like. This is a surprise considering the price its root brings. A pound of dried wild ginseng root went for $1,000 in the fall of 2007. That


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By Jeremy C. Bechtel

being said, there is a fairly large group of illegal pickers that have ruined the right for the rest of us to pick the plant off public land in Pennsylvania. I never got into the selling of it, I just enjoy the hunt for Pennsylvania’s treasure. When I leave the truck heading into the “Seng Woods,” the feeling of excitement I get is similar to the first day of deer season. The anticipation of finding that rare treasure that is nestled about the forest floor, on windy ridges and sheltered slopes, gets me going every time. I had walked this path several times while going in to look at “my patch,” but as it has happened before I may just find a stray plant I didn’t know about. As I walk along the slope, my eyes fix upon several “fool seng” plants—wild sarsaparilla looks a lot like ginseng. Even after hunting for many years, I still do a double take at times just to be sure. My plan was to walk down to my patch and hook to the south and return up another more remote hollow that I had never searched. As I approached my little patch I could see the red berries sticking out from within the nettle. As usual, I counted the plants—thirty-two—then began a search of the surrounding area in hopes of finding plants that hadn’t sprouted in the last couple years. No luck. Returning to the patch, I began taking red berries off the mature plants, opening them and extracting

Drawing by Whitney Waller

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the two or three seeds inside each one. Time is always taken to replant any seeds I find. It takes eight to ten years for a plant to mature, so they need all the help they can get. This patch only had fourteen plants when I found it almost fifteen years ago. I took several photos of the plants and started my return trip to the truck. While making my way up the adjacent hollow, I found and followed a dried-up streambed. There, coming out from under a rock on the embankment, I found a single plant. It wasn’t the average plant. It stood a full twenty inches off the ground, and its leaves were bigger than any I have ever seen on a wild ginseng plant before. It had only three red berries on it, but it carried five prongs with five leaflets each. A plant that size has to be at least fifty years old. I took several photos of the plant. Having found such a large plant, I knew my next outing would include a search of that area looking for more plants. My walk back to the truck was defiantly cumbersome. The forest had given up one of its secrets, and it was now my responsibility to protect it. A guy could make a good bit of money off ginseng by selling the root, but I believe that by nurturing the stands I have been so blessed to find I am richer than I would ever be having a few greenbacks in my pocket. For more information on how to conserve ginseng, go to: First time contributor to Mountain Home, Jeremy Bechtel is a Forest Ranger, outdoor enthusiast, husband, and father from Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. 65

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Lycoming County Trout Run BITTNER’S GENERAL STORE Hot and cold 18” subs, specialties are Italian and cheese steak. Pizzas, homemade salads, pastas, and hot foods. Fresh meats, cold cuts, and our own lean ground hamburger. Camping supplies and propane. (570) 998-8500, located at the junction of Rt. 14 and Rt. 15 in Trout Run, PA, FRY BROS. TURKEY RANCH Original turkey dinners & complete menu. Established business since 1886. Restaurant and convenience store. At the top of Steam Valley Mountain, elevation 1,704 ft. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Gifts and souvenirs. 27 Rt. 184 Hwy, (570) 998-9400. STEAM VALLEY RESTAURANT Steam Valley offers good home cooking and daily specials. It’s open 7 days of the week. Gas, diesel, and convenience store coming soon! (570) 998-2559, 169 Rt. 14 Hwy, P.O. Box 157, Junction Route 14 & 15.

Williamsport WEGMAN’S Wegman’s Market Café features freshly-made foods ranging from quick grabs like pizza, subs, and Asian classics to comfort-food favorites, salads, and sandwiches. Come try our family-friendly foods at budget-friendly prices. 201 William St, (570) 320-8778,

Tioga County Blossburg MOMMA’S Momma’s offers a full menu and specializes in homestyle cooking. They have daily specials and the area’s best baby back ribs on Saturdays. Steak Night is on Thursdays. They also cater to rigs. (570) 638-0270, 102 Gulick St.

Liberty BLOCKHOUSE CAFÉ Blockhouse Café is open for breakfast and lunch and on Friday nights, serving homemade and home-style meals, including desserts. It’s a unique café with good food, great company, and a place where you always get your money’s worth. (570) 324-2041, 31 Willow St. THE LANDING STRIP FAMILY RESTAURANT The Landing Strip offers home cooked foods, daily specials, homemade desserts, a clean, friendly atmosphere, on or off premises catering, and has a banquet or large party area. Easy on/off Route 15. (570) 324-2436, Routes 15 & 414 junction.

Mansfield EDDIE’S RESTAURANT Eddie’s offers home-style cooking with homemade daily specials. Their specialties include hot roast beef sandwiches and chicken & biscuits, both served with real mashed potatoes. They have homemade pies and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (570) 662-2972, 2103 S. Main St. LAMBS CREEK FOOD & SPIRITS Lambs Creek offers sophisticated, down-home cooking seven days a week. Every Tuesday there’s an Italian Night speciaI. Beautiful terrace overlooks gorgeous mountains. (570) 662-3222, 200 Gateway Dr, Mansfield, PA 16933, PAPA V’S PIZZERIA & RESTAURANT Papa V’s offers a wide variety of hand tossed New York Style thin-crust pizza, a multitude of hot and cold sandwiches, fresh ½ pound Angus burgers, and delicious homemade Italian dishes for lunch and dinner. 12 N. Main St, (570) 6622651,

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WREN’S NEST Wren’s Nest has live music every Wed. night from 6-9. Specialties include crab cakes, steaks, and pastas. They make homemade desserts including lemon meringue ice cream pie and crème brule (sampler). (570) 662-1093, 102 West Wellsboro St, YORKHOLO BREWING CO. Offers a selection of dishes made up of local ingredients paired with Yorkholo’s own fresh brewed beer, including “Bungy” Blonde Ale, “Pine Creek” Raspberry Wit, “Mountaineer” Pale Ale, “Summer of Love” Summer Ale, “Grand Canyon” Vanilla Porter & “Coal Miner’s” Black I.P.A. are the beers we have on tap and 2 rotating selections. (570) 662-0241, 19 N Main St,

Mansfield Fast Food MCDONALDS (570) 662-7077, 120 N Main St. WENDY’S (570) 662-7511, 1580 S Main St. KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN (570) 662-2558, 1320 S Main St. TACO BELL (570) 662-2558, 1320 S Main St. ARBY’S (570) 662-7626, 1672 S Main St.

Morris BABB’S CREEK INN & PUB Babb’s Creek Inn & Pub specializes in Seafood and Prime Rib, which is available every night, except Tuesdays when the restaurant is closed. Reservations are appreciated for parties of 8 or more. Located at the intersection of Rtes. 287 & 414, (570) 3536881,

Wellsboro CAFÉ 1905 Classic coffee house located in Dunham’s Department Store. Proudly serving Starbucks® coffee, espresso, Frappuccino®, Tazo® tea plus delicious freshly baked pastries, homemade soups, artisan sandwiches and ice cream. Free wi-fi. (570) 724-1905, Inside Dunham’s Department Store, 45 Main St. DUMPLING HOUSE CHINESE RESTAURANT Dumpling House specializes in Hunan, Cantonese, and Szechuan Cuisine. It’s family owned and operated and located on beautiful Main Street in Wellsboro. You may dine in or carry out. (570) 7244220, 31 Main St. DUNKIN’ DONUTS America Runs on Dunkin’. 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. (570) 724-4556, 7 Main St. THE FROG HUT The Frog Hut serves favorites like Texas hots, fried chicken, and Philly cheese steaks. They offer homemade soups and salads, and for dessert, try their soft serve ice cream, Italian ice, sundaes, and other ice cream treats. (570) 724-4450, 132 Tioga St. HARLAND’S FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT Open seven days a week at 5 a.m., serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day until 9 p.m., including the largest Black Angus burgers in town, full salad bar, and all homemade desserts. Housebatter-dipped haddock fish fry every Friday. Full service on-site catering available. (570) 724-3311, 17 Pearl St.

MARY WELLS ROOM AND PENN WELLS LOUNGE Located in historic Penn Wells Hotel, full service restaurant and lounge feature an extensive menu of fine steaks, seafood, pasta, gourmet sandwiches, fresh burgers, desserts. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. (570) 724-2111, 62 Main St, www. THE NATIVE BAGEL The Native Bagel offers bagels made fresh daily, gourmet coffee, deli sandwiches, soups and salads, and homemade desserts. Bagels are mixed, kneaded, rolled, boiled, and baked onsite. All soups, breads, and baked items are “made from scratch.” 1 Central Ave, (570) 724-0900, PAG-O-MAR Pag-O-Mar offers subs, salads, and deli sandwiches at the head of the Wellsboro Junction Rail Trail, across from the Tioga Central tour train station. They also offer soft custard and Hershey’s hard ice cream. And there’s a farmer’s market in season. (570) 724-3333, 222 Butler Rd. (just past junction of Rts. 6 & 287). SUBWAY “Eat Fresh.” (570) 724-1424, 63 Main St, THE STEAK HOUSE The Steak House has been serving the finest steaks and seafood since 1957. Whether you want a black angus hamburger or a cold water lobster tail, there’s something for the whole family in a true Wellsboro atmosphere. 29 Main St, (570) 724-9092, www.thesteakhouse. com. TERRY’S HOAGIES Terry’s Hoagies makes the best hoagies in town. They specialize in both hot and cold hoagies, and bake their bread and potato, macaroni, and pasta salads fresh daily. Hoagie trays and meat & cheese platters available. (570) 7247532, 7 Charleston St, TIOGA CENTRAL RAILROAD All aboard Tioga Central Railroad! Take a scenic ride while enjoying dinner on Saturday night or Sunday brunch. Wine and beer available. See website for menu selection. (570) 724-0990, 11 Muck Rd, www.tiogacentral. com. TONY’S ITALIAN CUISINE Come to Tony’s for homemade cooking and family recipes, fresh dough and homemade bread made daily, pasta dishes, and special pizzas like steak pizza, Sicilian pizza, and their 3-cheese pizza. It’s family-owned and run, and they offer lunch and dinner specials. (570) 724-2090, 3 Main St.

Spices, Fresh Ground Peanut Buuer, Snacks, Candies, Gluten Free Items, Organics Items, Coffees, All of Your Baking Needs and So Much More! 7686 Route 6, Troy PA Phone: 570-297-1015

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WELLSBORO DINER Wellsboro Diner, a famous Wellsboro landmark, serves sumptuous home cooked meals, fresh baked pies, cookies and cakes, and the very best prime rib on Saturday nights. They offer more than ample portions to all hungry guests. (570) 724-3992, 19 Main St, Wellsboro, PA 16901 WEST END MARKET CAFÉ “Globally inspired, locally sourced.” A place of nourishment and respite, celebrating local food & creativity. We feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible & Fair Trade coffee products. Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. To 3 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. To 3 p.m. (570) 605-0370, 152 Main St, www.

Wellsboro Fast Food MCDONALDS (570) 724-2151, 9 Charleston St.


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Westfield ACORN #10 FEATURING SUBWAY “Eat Fresh.” (814) 367-2610, 465 E Main St, www.

Potter County Galeton ACORN #25 FEATURING SUBWAY “Eat Fresh.” (814) 435-6626, 3 West St, TUTORS RESTAURANT Tutors Restaurant offers delicious home-cooked meals 7 days a week. Breakfast on Sat and Sun. Tues˜Italian. Wed˜Seafood. Thur˜Wings. Fri˜Fish Fry. Sun˜Brunch Buffet. (814) 435-3550, 75 Germania St. BRICKHOUSE CAFE & DELI Features homemade soups, salads and baked goods daily, premium hot and cold sandwichs and breakfast all day. Dine in or take-out. Located on historic Rt. 6 at the light, Monday-Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-4pm. 4 W. Main Street (Rt 6), Galeton, PA ((814)- 435-2444


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Bath RICO’S PIZZA Rico’s Pizza offers NY Style handtossed pizzas with a variety of toppings. The full menu includes appetizers, salads, subs, calzones, stromboli’s, and pizza by the slice. Dessert, beer, and wine are also available. (607) 622-6033, 371 W Morris St,

Corning THE GAFFER GRILLE AND TAP ROOM The Gaffer Grille and Tap Room offers fine dining, atmosphere, food, drinks, and friends! We serve lunches, dinners, meetings, or small parties up to 30 individuals. Visit us on Historic Market Street in Corning’s Gaffer District. (607) 962-4649, 58 W Market Street, HOLMES PLATE RESTAURANT Holmes Plate offers Rustic Semi-Al Fresco casual dining, specializing in the area’s largest selection of craft & micro-brewery beers. We prepare every dish fresh to order with the highest quality ingredients. (607) 377-5500, 54 West Market St, www. RADISSON HOTEL CORNING Grill 1-2-5 serves creative regional specialties: small plates, grilled sandwiches, and tender filet mignon. The Steuben Bar offers appetizers, light meals, your favorite beverages, and is known for the best



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martini in the city! 125 Denison Parkway East, (607) 962-5000, TONY R’S Tony R’s is the first upscale steak and seafood restaurant in Corning, New York’s Gaffer District. They serve the finest cuisine in the area and also offer a tremendous selection of the finest wines that you will not want to miss. (607) 937-9277, 2-6 East Market Street, www. RICO’S PIZZA Rico’s Pizza offers NY Style hand-tossed pizzas with a variety of toppings. The full menu includes appetizers, salads, subs, calzones, stromboli’s, and pizza by the slice. Dessert, beer, and wine are also available. (607) 962-2300, 92 W Market Street, www.

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Chemung County Horseheads RICO’S PIZZA Rico’s Pizza offers NY Style handtossed pizzas with a variety of toppings. The full menu includes appetizers, salads, subs, calzones, stromboli’s, and pizza by the slice. Dessert, beer, and wine are also available. (607) 796-2200, 2162 Grand Central Ave,

Finger Lakes Hammondsport MALONEY’S PUB Maloney’s Pub offers live music year round. Come show your talent or view other local talent at their open mics on Thursdays, or lounge around and play pool at their pool table. They also have pub merchandise available. (607) 569-2264, 57 Pulteney St,

Watkins Glen CAPTAIN BILL’S Discover the beauty of Seneca Lake. Dine afloat aboard the Seneca Legacy or on the waterfront at Seneca Harbor Station. Saturday night dinner cruises sail from 6-9 p.m. Open 7 days. (607) 535-4541, 1 N Franklin St,

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Mother Earth

Cooking Up a Great Life

Story & Photos by Gayle Morrow

(Right) The table is set chez Timberlake and Freedman.


t’s almost showtime. The long tables are ready, complete with cloths and flickering candles. The soup is done, the greens are blanching, the beans just came out of the oven, and there is talk of cheesecake. Then there is the sound of car doors slamming, and friends are coming in and greeting one another. It’s Friday Dinner, brought to you by the husband/wife team of Lewis Freedman and Priscilla Timberlake, and it’s fabulous. Most every Friday for seventeen years, Lewis and Priscilla have hosted a community dinner in their home near Ithaca, New York. It started as Priscilla’s way of contributing to the household income and quickly evolved into a nearly indescribable experience that leaves guests sated at the most primal levels. In Lewis’s words, “You come and interact and we feed you besides!” As the years have passed and the cooks have regularly outdone themselves, more and more of the couple’s friends (and dinner guests!) have encouraged them to consider compiling a Friday Dinner cookbook. The Great Life Cookbook is the result. We all know intuitively, perhaps not always as overtly as we could, that there is more to growing food, cooking food, and eating food than the purely physical acts involved. This book helps put those concepts into perspective and, more importantly, 70

gives even the most novice cook what he or she might need by way of information and step-by-step instructions to prepare amazingly delicious seasonal, macrobiotic, vegan, gluten-free, whole food meals. “The motivation is to bring wonderful plant-based foods to everyone,” says Priscilla late on a Friday afternoon as she is chopping, tearing greens, and wiping down counters. “Ya gotta be in the Zen of it.” Ah, the Zen of it. Both Lewis and Priscilla are quick to acknowledge that The Great Life Cookbook ( did not write itself, that it is as much a community collaboration as the dinners themselves. “We absolutely had to rely on other people,” says Priscilla. “We really had to listen to the wisdom of others.” It’s a little hectic the closer it gets to dinnertime, but neither one seems unduly stressed. Their motivation, in Priscilla’s words, is to bring “wonderful, plant-based foods to everyone.” And when you’re feeding friends and family, you can always ask for help and are glad to accept it when it’s offered. As they say, “It takes a community to write a community cookbook.” Gayle Morrow, former editor of The Wellsboro Gazette, cooks locally, and organically, at the West End Market Café.

H ome & G a r d en

History for Sale By Linda Roller

Photos by Bryon Carey

Mourland Park, complete with restored tower and McFadden steps.


t’s been a dream come true. Over fifty years ago, Jim Clark rode his horse by a big house in Canton and often wished that he could own it. Not just any house, but an 1883 Victorian mansion, built in the stick style popular at the time, named Mourland Park. Twenty-five rooms, twelve-foot ceilings, and seven fireplaces on three floors—this was a grande dame of a house. Mourland Park has a rich history, though in some chapters of her life she was a bit down on her luck. She

was built and originally owned by a Kentucky dentist, Dr. Seymour, which is where she acquired her name—from the last part of his. According to Clark, one of the stories about Dr. Seymour is that this house was built for his mistress. The house eventually became a summer retreat for the dentist and his second wife, and was bought by Louis T. McFadden in 1913. Before moving to Mourland Park, McFadden removed the stone steps from his previous home and installed them at Mourland, where they remain today. See History for Sale on page 72 71

A bedroom decorated with ladies in mind: the Victorian highback bed, signed by J. Neidert, and other contents will be part of the auction.

History for Sale continued from page 71

McFadden, a native of Granville Center, became a representative of the U.S. House from 1915 to 1935. Barbara McFadden, Louis’s daughter, said that the family used the house only in the summers. The McFaddens sold the property to Rev. Merion Castle, who turned it into an orphanage. After that, it became apartments, and in the 1950s the Conservative Baptist congregation bought Mourland Park and used it as a church. The church was looking to sell in the late 1960s when Jim approached the minister about the building. At that time, the minister told him that it was not available, as this minister planned on buying it for a retreat center. But those plans did not materialize, and in 1970 Jim Clark got a “once in a lifetime 72

chance” to own his childhood dream—a dream so real that Jim had begun acquiring furniture for this house before it was on the market. For over forty years, Mourland Park has been adored, restored, and adorned with passion. In returning the house to a private residence after so many years, there was a massive amount of heating, wiring, and plumbing to update; repairing and replacing of walls, ceilings, and, of course, the roof; and the removal of previous construction work. The greatest challenge was the reconstruction of the tower that had been removed from the front of the house. From old photos, Jim and his contractors redesigned a tower in the size and shape of the original. See History for Sale on page 74

The dining room still contains its original stained glass windows.

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Contents of The Mourland Park Mansion


Friday & Saturday, September 14th & 15th 2012

To be held on site @ 54 McFadden Road, Canton PA 17724 Two miles East of Canton, PA on Rt. 414 On-site (non-cataloged) items selling from @ 9:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. each day @ 11:00 A.M. sale will continue with (cataloged items) & ONLINE LIVE participation

* OPEN HOUSE / EXHIBIT * Sat. & Sun. Sept. 8th & 9th @ 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. each day











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(Above) The second-floor landing includes a Victorian conversation area, which opens into the morning room beyond. (Below) An Empirestyle butler’s desk (left) and a lady’s portrait by Wm. Greaves hanging above a melodian case all await the mid-September auction.


(Abovet) Objets for sale in the second-floor hallway. (Above, right) The rear of Mourland Park sports a porte-cochere.

History for Sale continued from page 72

But instead of simply restoring it as another room, they created a porch that looks out across the valley. The detail was meticulous, down to the exact shape and scale of the wood trim on the rest of the house. Additions and new design work were done with the original design in mind. Originally, the house was quite dark inside, but the addition of a window breakfast nook in the kitchen (formerly the pantry for the great house) brought welcome light into a much-used spot. Here, Jim used windows salvaged from Danville State Hospital, which kept the addition from feeling too modern. He also installed skylights on the third floor, giving a bright, airy feel to that part of the house. As with all great dreams, “It’s not finished—by any means.” As with previous owners, Mourland Park was always a “vacation house.” It was a house for weekends, summers, parties, laughter, good friends, and good times. In the 1970s, Jim’s work kept him in New Jersey, but he brought a passion for collecting that began to fill the mansion. And

fill it he has. “I collected in waves,” buying Victorian furniture, glass, pottery, books, art, rugs, mirrors, and lamps. The big house has a cozy feel, with conversation nooks and beautiful antiques everywhere. One bedroom has framed prints carefully hung within the panels of the wainscoting, giving the feeling of antique tiles around the room. But now, with the feeling of a goodbye to a lifelong love, Jim has decided that it is time to part with his treasured home, before the delight becomes a burden. He has owned Mourland Park longer than anyone. But the Grande Dame is sold, to another who will keep it as a private residence. The furnishings of this great mansion are to be sold at auction on September 14 and 15, with an open house preview on September 8 and 9. Roan’s Auction and Appraisers are handling the sale, and the bidding will be both at Mourland Park and live online. (More information on the sale can be found at First-time Mountain Home contributor Linda Roller is a book seller, appraiser, and writer in Avis, Pennsylvania. 75



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EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS -SECLUDED SETTING2.87 AC – This Potter County attractive comfortable home offers a long list of wonderful amenities including attached 3 car garage, central vac, central air, concrete driveway, lg. composite deck, maintenance free exterior, etc. 2-3 bdrms. 1.5 baths. EZ to Wellsville, NY or Coudersport,Pa.$239,500 #122599

BEAUTIFUL WELLSBORO HOME – Lovely remodeled 2 story home in the heart of Wellsboro! This home has been completely renovated with beautiful interior. Home features 3 bedrooms, large kitchen, nice private backyard and a paved driveway. Stroll to Main St.shops or schools. Make this your Wellsboro home! $199,000 #122601

LIKE ON VACATION YEAR ROUND – This unique home/camp on 1 acre is surrounded by woods and EZ drive to State lands or Pine Creek! A must see home offering 3 bdrms., 2 bathrooms, rustic refurbished kitchen and living room. Two level covered deck and full length rear screen porch! Efficient and low maintenance. $129,000 #122598

CHARMING UPDATED FARMHOUSE-83.75 AC – The charisma and patina of a grand era are evident throughout this grand lady on 83.75 acres yet offers modern beautiful amenities certain to allure! Farm, hunt, fish, play, live! So much to see and appreciate! All on almost 84 acres this special home awaits you and your family! $439,000 #122595

EXCELLENT INVESTMENT PROPERTY WITH ACREAGE – 100% OGM’s convey! 15 acres in Middlebury Township EZ drive to Wellsboro or Rt. 15. Currently leased for $2,000 a month without utilities. 4-5 bedroom with 2 full baths. $249,000 #122553

SECLUDED COZY MOUNTAIN HOME – Tucked on a mountain in the woods in Potter County on 9.79 acres, yet only minutes to groceries, hospital, restaurants, etc. Relax on the wraparound covered porch. Ideal hunting location, close to State woods, and awesome snowmobiling location! $155,000 #122546

COMFY RESIDENCE OR VACATION GETAWAY! – Meticulously kept home is like vacation all yearround. Boosts long distance mountain country views! Awesome covered deck for summer dinners, 200 amp electric, lovely new appliances and more! Relax, hunt, snowmobile. Come check out the sunsets! All this a short drive to Wellsboro,PA $155,000 #122548

RAISED RANCH HOME ON 3.85 ACRES – Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home with a fully finished basement perfect for a home office or recreation area. You’ll be sure to enjoy the nice quiet setting on your patio with a lovely stream that runs through the edge of the property. Call and schedule your appointment today. $225,000 #122519


RANCH HOME- 5 AC-GREAT VIEWS – This quality constructed double wide has 3 bdrms, 2 baths and an open floor plan. OGM’s are negotiable. Home is also handicap accessible! Lake is nearby for fishing and boating. Short drive to Rt. 15/I-99 to NY State or Mansfield. $169,000 #122455

5000 SQ FT OF HISTORIC SPLENDOR – Majestic and magnificient! 1830’s historical restoration, Main St., Lawrenceville, Pa. Step back in time and experience ownership of this painstakingly restored Greek Revival.30 yrs of remodeling and mastercraftsmanship. Seeking lavish corporate home or grand B&B? Rt.15/I-99 nearby. $499,000 #122430


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PRIVATE CAMP ON 4.24 ACRES – If you’re looking for a quiet & serene setting this is it. Gated access to keep camp safe. Very close to state land for great hunting and features a deck 3/4 around the camp. Nestled on the mountain and near Pine Creek and Marsh Creek junction! $79,900 #122384

SPACIOUS RAISED RANCH-91 AC – Substantially lg property & ample space to raise livestock.3294 sq ft. attractive home offers 3 bdrms, 2 baths, open floor plan & more. Property offers high tensile fencing,2 wells,2 septics,barn,shed & will convey gas rights with current lease expiring 2/2013. Timber potential! $925,000 #122361

OUTSTANDING EXECUTIVE STYLE HOME-24 AC – 100% OGM’s! Majestically overlooking the valley! 4 bdrm home offers exquisite spacious open interior with list of tastefully designed amenities. Property also offers a full raised finished basement for family entertainment area with 2nd kitchen.EZ to NY, Mansfield, & Rt.15/I-99 $440,000 #122338

100% OMGS- YOUR PRIVATE CASTLE ON 65 AC – Indescribable detail in this custom home w/unique post & beam design,open floorplan, cathedral ceilings,lg windows & double glass doors throughout.Access the lg deck from 4 rooms. Custom amenities including lavish master bathroom.65+/- acs offer future timber potential & 100% OGM rights. $739,000. #119832

NICE OLDER HOME WITH MANY UPGRADES!!! – This home has a newer roof, siding and heating system. Home has the potential for 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. $67,900 #122029

CAMP BORDERING STATE LAND-4.41AC – Make this camp your own getaway or full time residence! 4.41 ac bordering state land in wooded setting offers 2 bdrms. with room for a 3rd. Cozy and delightful this home comes furnished. Easy drive down to Rt. 6 in Gaines Twp. Must see cabin! and nice wooded lot. #121855 $115,000

EFFICIENT CLASSY CONTEMPORARY HOME – Efficient classy small contemporary home on 1.06 ac ideal for starter home or buyer looking to scale down home size. 2-3 bdrm unique home provides cozy interior. Short drive to Rt. 15 near Blossburg exit. Seeking offer. $119,000. #121520

PRIVATE LOGHOME RETREAT – Attractive log home features a 2 sided stone fireplace with wood insert. Cherry steps to the second floor loft which offers 2 bdrms & bathroom. Spacious great rm offers cathedral ceilings & slate floors. Home boasts beautiful master suite. All this on 32 private acs!EZ to Wellsboro.$435,000.#121313


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A LITTLE GEM AT A GREAT LOCATION on top of Denton Hill (short walk to Susquehanna State Forest). Secluded 3 BR home/camp on over 10 wooded acres w/newer laminate DQG FHUDPLF WLOH ÀRRUV FDUSHWLQJ IURQWV on 2 roads approved for snowmobiling and 4-wheelers, 3 stall horse barn recently refurbished w/new metal roof. MTH 122087 $149,900

NEW 3 BR HOME on rented site in newly developed manufactured home community - minutes from Wellsboro w/public water, sewer, all utilities. Private street w/home design standards to protect your investment; attached carport w/concrete parking pad. Alternative housing in a modest price range; lot rent is $289.25 per month. MTH 122035 $125,900

120+ ACRES WITH 2 STORY FARMHOUSE, barn, machine shed and several outbuildings. Home features enclosed porch, large kitchen, 4 BRs, walk-up attic. Nice size property for farmette or active agribusiness. MTH 119799 $499,900

50.83 ACRES WITH A NICE MIXTURE of open and wooded portions. OGM’s are included on this not yet leased parcel. Beautiful lot for a dream home, recreational dwelling or nice camping site. MTH 122870 $315,000

CONVENIENT LOCATION OFFERING OPPORTUNITY to an enterprising individual (or individuals). Store space situated in the Pine Creek Valley at the entrance to the West Rim of the PA Grand Canyon has frontage along Route 6 and the Colton Point State Park road, just west of Wellsboro. Additional acreage negotiable, up to 5 acres. MTH 122657 $800/month

NEWLY RENOVATED OFFICE SPACE on corner lot in Wellsboro. Good visibility for your customer/clients to locate your business. 1,600 sqft is renovated - includes storage FORVHW V  SULYDWH RI¿FH $'$ EDWKURRP employee break room, off street parking. 2nd ÀRRUDSDUWPHQWDQGDGGLWLRQDOVWRUDJHURRP space. ALSO available for lease. MTH 122770 $229,900

PINE CREEK PROPERTY! 3.4 acres with 243’ frontage ready to go, perc approved IRU LQJURXQG V\VWHP (QMR\ ÂżVKLQJ UDIWLQJ swimming, canoeing, biking, hiking, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, or just hanging out in your camp or camper for a long summer’s worth of pleasure. Don’t miss this beautiful lot - it could be your “miss of a lifetime!â€? MTH 122781 $69,500

WELL MAINTAINED AND SOLID 5 BR home close to downtown Wellsboro and schools, medical facilities and shopping. Plenty of room for a growing family in a pleasant setting, offering screened-in picnic area, oversized heated garage, bonus rooms. Four acres have been surveyed and are in the subdivision process; OGM’s are negotiable. MTH 122511 $249,000

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179 acre farm with 100% OGM's on Oregon Hill! 2500 sq ft in great condition with a large kitchen, nice floor plan and has been totally renovated. Property also features a large barn in great condition as well. Once in a lifetime opportunity with this property. Land is about 40% wooded. Gorgeous rollings pastures and awesome hunting! MLS 122875

Amazing home, 24 acres with OGM's and fabulous views for miles on this 4 bdrm home! Home is in excellent condition with a gorgeous kitchen, Corian counters, hardwood floors, finished basement, exposed beams, large deck for entertaining and sits in a secluded setting.

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40 acres in Ward Township, Tioga County. The land has frontage along a township road and is only a short walk to State Forest land. Electricity is available and the property has been perc approved for construction. The land is gently rolling and offers many potential building sites for a house or cabin. $139,000. Reduced to $115,000

Cameron County, PA We are offering 3 parcels with state forest frontage AND frontage along Cowley Run near the Sizerville State Park. 4 acres - $49,900, 6 acres - $59,000, and 7 acres - $59,900. Owner financing available to qualified buyers.






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Season Around the Corner

The Scent of Autumn By Jeremy C. Behtel Photo (above) by Sarah Wagaman, (below) Elizabeth Young


he first signs of change have already made themselves known. Was it the light frost of early morning, the chilly breeze carried down from far north, or the changing of the first leaves from a deep green to pale red that made me realize that summer was over? Whatever it was, I can feel it in my bones now: winter is coming. The days are getting shorter and it’s happening fast. My seasonal allergies are kicking in, making everything smell just a little off. At first I am conflicted as to whether or not I am happy about this change. The changing of seasons means cold temperatures are on the way, and soon it will be dark by 6 p.m., then 5:30 and even earlier. I’ll soon be firing


up the boiler and buttoning up the house in preparation for a long and challenging northern winter. The kids will be putting away baseball gloves and footballs, exchanging them for sleds and tubes. My wife will be busy putting up summer attire and inventorying our winter clothing, checking with perfect care what needs repaired or replaced. Before we are done she’ll have all the family together doing the fall cleaning; the entire house from head to toe will be cleaned and readied for Mother Nature’s cold fury. On the other hand, I know many days afield are coming. Archery season, early muzzleloader season, small game season, and ultimately rifle season are rocketing toward me. With this in mind, I work more See Autumn on page 88

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diligently to get my fall chores done so I can go play in the autumn woods. For many of us, fall means time with friends and family, sneaking through the woods looking for game, and just experiencing what Mother Nature has made. The race is on for all forest critters to gather the forestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bounty for winter. Squirrels are insulating their nests and gathering food for a long winter. Deer and bear are foraging continuously, putting on a thick layer of fat that will hopefully carry them through a long, rough winter. Birds are starting their migration south, and I am also looking for meat to sustain my family through the darker days. But firstâ&#x20AC;Ś We are going to brave some cold afternoons to hit a few corn mazes and drink some apple cider. For my kids, fall is magical. And we are waiting for those first signs of change together. First time contributor to Mountain Home, Jeremy Bechtel is a Forest Ranger, outdoor enthusiast, husband, and father from Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.


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