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Sandra Scott Travels: It’s Always Warm And Sunny In Bonaire

Relaxing at the pool

When John and I told people we were going to Bonaire most people would say, “Where is that?” Bonaire is 50 miles north of Venezuela and 86 miles east of Aruba. Bonaire was part of the Netherlands Antilles until 2010 when it became a special municipality within the Netherlands. Most people speak Dutch, English, Spanish, and Papiamento (the island language).

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Sandra Scott Travels: Peru Has Plenty To Offer

Machu Picchu

The Uros Islands are just one of the amazing sites in Peru. The islands are located near the Andean city of Puno. If visiting Peru is on your bucket list, and your travel dates are flexible, check the airfares frequently. I have never unraveled the mysteries of airfares. I have seen some flights to Peru for under $500. I find it less expensive to book the land portion of travel myself.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Check Out America’s History On Lake Ontario

The Pier lighthouse

When John and I visited Sodus Point it was a beautiful sunny day. The lake was calm, there were a couple sailboats enjoying the day, and all was peaceful. Things were very different during June 1813. During the War of 1812, the frontier villages along the lake’s shore were aware of the danger with the British fleet never too far away. Some government stores were kept at Sodus Point and it was the policy of the British officers to commandeer the stores if they found the place undefended, by force if necessary.

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Sandra Scott Travels: The Cobblestone Museum Is A Stone’s Throw Away

the Cobblestone Museum

There are about 200 cobblestones houses near the shores of Lake Ontario. In fact, historians estimate between 75 and 90 percent of all the American cobblestone buildings are located within 100 miles of the Cobblestone Museum in Albion. The lake provided the stones. They were there for the taking. Masons who no longer had work once the Erie Canal was finished provided the expertise.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Remembering The Short Presidency of James Garfield

Log cabin where Garfield was born

The James A. Garfield National Historic Site is located in Mentor, Ohio, just a short detour off Interstate 90 east of Cleveland. Recently John and I visited and learned many interesting facts about a president who only served 200 days. The last 80 days of Garfield’s presidency was spent trying to recover from an assassination attempt. On the morning of July 2, 1881, as Garfield walked through the railroad station with his two sons on the way to New Jersey for a short vacation, a disgruntled job seeker, Charles Guiteau, shot him.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Enjoy A Leisurely Trip On The NYS Canal

Locking through Lock 24

I think everyone has at least one thing that is a must-do during the summer. For me it is spending time on the Erie Canal away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday world. This year I took the MidLakes Navigation’s Emita II from Dutchman’s Landing to Cross Lake. The name Dutchman’s Landing intrigues me. Captain Dan Wiles explained that before MidLakes Navigation bought the land there was a bar there of the same name.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Explore Central NY’s Native American Heritage

Great Turtle Island

Before the Europeans arrived in what is now called New York State, the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy ruled the area. They formed a confederacy comprised of the Mohawks, Onondagas, Oneidas, Cayugas, Senecas and Tuscaroras. By the way, Haudenosaunee is the correct way to refer to the Iroquois. The word Iroquois is an English corruption of a French corruption of an Algonquian word that was used as an insult.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Prepare A Taste Of The Philippines For Family and Friends

Plantation Bay Resort & Spa swimming lagoon.

In 2008, John and I were on a tour in the Philippines. One of our stops was on the island of Cebu where we stayed overnight at Plantation Bay Resort & Spa. I was impressed with their pools – eight of them, four of which are saltwater lagoons and four are freshwater pools – covering a total of six acres. I never forgot the pools, so in March 2015 when we returned to the Philippines we booked a stay at Plantation Bay Resort. Riding the vintage horse and carriage around the property I spotted the chef cooking a whole pig near one of the pools.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Hill Cumorah Pageant Is An Amazing Spectacular

an amazing spectacular

The Hill Cumorah Pageant is an amazing spectacular performed every summer on the hillside near Palmyra. It is an incredible light and sound show with special effects and hundreds of performers from all over the world. The pageant is based on the Bible and Book of Mormon. There is seating for 8,000 but some bring blankets and/or folding chairs. One does not have to be a Mormon to enjoy the show even if some of the scenes may seem a bit mystifying.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Plenty Of Fulton History Inside The Pratt House

J. W. Pratt House

Even the most dedicated and compulsive travels often miss places close to home. John and I have driven through Fulton for years and many times I often comment “I would like to see the Pratt House.” Finally, after all these years, I visited the John Wells Pratt House and I wasn’t disappointed. There are many interesting features and things to see. It is open Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. John Wells Pratt’s family was one of the earliest settlers in Fulton.

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John S. Seinoski, 89

John S. Seinoski, 89, a resident of Bishop Commons, Oswego, passed away Monday October 12, 2015, after a long illness.

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Jean Conzone, 87

Jean Conzone, 87, of Oswego, died Tuesday October 13, 2015, at her home.

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Lanigan Elementary To Host First-Ever Family Color-A-Thon Oct. 24

James E Lanigan Elementary will be hosting its first-ever Family Color-A-Thon on October 24. “Lanigan is inviting everyone to join them in being more active,” said the coordinator, Nichole Slocum. “Anyone can join in on the Color Run!”

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Northern Ace Home Center’s New Owner Gives To Fulton

Anyone who drives by Hulett Park in Fulton can see the new play equipment. Not as obvious is all the construction materials that were required. Mike Browngardt, the new owner of Northern Ace Home Center on Route 3, donated the wood and the concrete, because he knows that parks are important for our families.

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Lanigan First Graders Plan Pint Size Heroes Blood Drive

First graders at Lanigan Elementary are coordinating a “Pint Size Heroes” blood drive to take place October 27. It all started with a class project in which they learned about the human body; a registered nurse from SUNY Upstate Medical University came to their class for a demonstration.

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