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Episode #154 March 9, 2008
10am CW (Ch. 11)
12:05 Midnight WKTV
Exploring the arts, entertainment
and heritage of our region.
Hobbies and Clubs with Emily
Join this active 400 member club open to all ages and paces. Thursday night runs and
Sunday morning breakfasts.
Road Trip to the Town of Lee
with Mark Werchowski
Often there is the misconception that the Underground Railroad consisted of tunnels and secret hiding places. Of course, these did exist, but primarily the "trail" was a series of the homes of abolitionists who would house runaway slaves on their journey to freedom. Oftentimes the tunnels and hiding places had already existed for other purposes, but were utilized when the need arose to hid fleeing slaves. Today, because of the trail's secrecy, very little evidence remains of the Underground Railroad. We hope to do a special about the freedom trail in a future episode.
Thanks for traveling with us,
Sharry and Lance
Utica Camera Club
This Friday, April 6th, "30 places to shoot within 60 miles of Utica"
All meetings and workshops, unless otherwise indicated, are held at the Heritage Health Care Center at 1657 Sunset Avenue in Utica. Meetings and workshops begin at 7:00 pm.
Next week: A new visit Cooperstown
Ski or snowshoe Jackson Hill trail with Tramp & Trail
Sunday, January 27 at 9:30am
After a stop at Mapledale, regroup at Burger King in Boonville before heading up to Jackson Hill
Kirkland Bird Club Monthly Meeting
Sunday April 15 at 2:30
Stone Presbyterian Church
Mohawk Valley Quilt Club
Next meeting, Monday, May 14th 7-9pm New Hartford First Methodist Church,
105 Genesee Street, New Hartford
Mohawk Valley Pug Club
Sat., May 19th- CNY Pet Expo & Adopt-a-thon 12p.m.-4p.m.New Hartford Recreation Center on Mill St.free Admission
Sun., May 20th- Pug Meet-up 11a.m.-12:30a.m. at Sherrillbrook Park
"Indiana Jones" of the Adirondacks
Andy Flynn is a writer, photographer and editor who lives in the Adirondack Park. He is the owner/operator of Hungry Bear Publishing, a company that produces the syndicated weekly newspaper column, "Adirondack Attic" and the "Adirondack Attic" book series.
The Leatherstocking Ballet Company is busy preparing for their 13th annual major stage production, Peter Pan. They're working on the finishing touches on costumes and choreography. Rehearsals are getting strict as everyone strives to make this show their best.
The recent wheat shortage and gas prices have caused wheat prices to skyrocket. No one is hit harder than small bakeries and pizzerias. Small mom & pop bakeries have survived many changes over the decades, but this one's going to be tough. Big O Bakery is owned by the father and son team, Orsaio. John Sr. married the baker's daughter and is now passing the business to his son.
775 Bleecker St., Utica
The Leatherstocking Ballet Company
Sat., March 15
1pm & 7:30pm
Clinton Performing Arts Complex
Tickets at 724-4000
Ladies Night at Emmi Beads
Tues. March 11&18 6-9pm
starts Monday March 17th
Middle Eastern Dance
starts Monday, March 31st
Register now, call 853-7309
or visit www.clintonmusicanddance.org
B Sharp Musical Club
Wed., March 12 at 11:30am
Tues., March 18 at 7pm
Fri, Apr. 11
The first wood frame building built in the Town of Lee was a school. Education was extremely important to the growing settlement. At one time there were 21 schools in the town. A few are still standing today.
William Seymour Laney, with his wife Rachel, built a house in 1805 at Brookfield Corners ( now West Lee ) and it was used in pre-Civil War days as a station for slaves traveling the underground railroad. Laney's son, William Seymour Laney Jr . was born in Lee in 1808. After his Army service he built a post and plank house in Lee. The residence soon became known as one of the local stations of the underground railroad.
Mary Kuchera's Pysanky Eggs
Mary Kuchera learned the art of Ukrainian egg dying from her mother. You can see hundreds of pictures of her eggs at http://www.bobchi.com
The Lost Village of Delta
Most of the village of Delta was in the Town of Lee, before it was flooded to create a reservoir. Mary Centro has a new book about the lost village that will be released on March 17 with a booksigning at 2pm at the Westernville Town Hall.
John Orsaio, Jr., and Sr.
There is little evidence left of the Underground Railroad. All that is left of the Laney home, a well known station on the freedom trail, is the stone chimney.
Adirondack Machine Tool is located in a former fishing net factory. They machine parts like this piece for an ATV.
Emily Plourde Alissa Scarafile
"Wendy" "Tiger Lily"
Tony Nasti came to New York City from Italy when he was 25. He learned the art of Italian cooking from a relative there. He now owns Bella Pizzeria in Point Rock in the Town of Lee. People come from miles around for the pizza and the chicken riggies.
Bella Pizza, 9261 Point Rock Rd., Taberg 334-1111
Today only (March 9, 2008) Mohawk Valley Living viewers get a free Antipasto with a Large Pizza.
One of Lee's early schools
Adirondack Machine Company
Leigh Portner shows off his
Linn Tractor. Built in the
early 1900s, this tractor was
used to haul logs. The front
has wheels for steering and
the back has Caterpiller
tracks like a tank. Leigh operates Portner Lumber, like his father before him.