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Amish and Mennonite Food Stores in New York

  Upstate New York is home to a growing community of Amish and Mennonite families. Drawn to the area’s fertile soil and available farmland, they have become a pleasant fixture here. It is very common to see horse-drawn buggies on the roads, young Mennonites in their late teens and early 20′s are often seen riding …

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Lawrence Mocha to be Memorialized May 16th, 2015

Lawerence Mocha, the Willard Grave Digger will be given a proper memorialization May 16, 2015!  After years of work the Willard Cemetery Memorial Committee, with the help of John Allen of the Office of Mental Health, has made contact with a relative of Lawrence Mocha and the family has given their consent to proceed with a …

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Lawrence Mocha: The Willard Grave Digger

When a reader recently emailed me suggesting I update my Willard posts to correct the name of the Willard grave-digger and patient from “Lawrence Marek” to his actual given name Lawrence Mocha. I was happy to make that correction, even happier to learn that Lawrence Mocha will most likely be properly memorialized in the cemetery to …

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Seneca Falls: George Bailey’s (It’s a Wonderful Life) Bridge

I wrote this article in the summer of 2013, but because watching It’s a Wonderful Life is part of our Christmas tradition and with the upcoming 68th Anniversary Festival of It’s a Wonderful Life in Seneca Falls this weekend I wanted to  share this again. This was not on my Summer Bucket list, but I am …

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Local Shopping for the Syracuse Fan At Herb Philipson’s

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to buy local! I have spent many-a-holiday-seasons working at one store or another at the mall, and here is what I know for a fact: Local stores do the holidays better Better attitudes, better service, and better products, and all that makes for a better shopping experience …

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New York Custodial Asylum for Feeble-Minded Women, at Newark, N.Y.

After my visit to Willard I started thinking the old Newark State School grounds and buildings are very similar, in style and layout.  I decided to dig around in Google and see if that was a asylum at one time or another. Guess what, It was! New York Custodial Asylum for Feeble-Minded Women, at Newark, …

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