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Sandra Scott Travels: Where Columbus First Stepped Foot On Mainland America

Trujillo beach

The area around Trujillo, Honduras, is being promoted as the Banana Coast which is much more marketable than the area just to the east called The Mosquito Coast. However, the name “mosquito’ refers to the Native Americans who lived in the area not the insect of which there are many. Trujillo is an interesting place. It is where Christopher Columbus first stepped foot on the mainland of the Americas and where O. Henry hid out while a fugitive from justice.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Play Ball! And Much More In Cooperstown

Batter up!

Cooperstown is famed as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum which is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The attractive village has many attractions including the Glimmerglass Opera, the Farmers’ Museum, and the Fenimore Art Museum. What caught me by surprise was the Cooperstown Dreams Park. The baseball team our grandson plays on in Las Vegas was invited to play at the Dreams Park; of course, my husband and I had to go to watch.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Exploring The Wonders Of China

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is not a continuous wall, but a number of sections built over a long period of time. If all the sections are included in the length it would span about 13,600 miles. There are conflicting reports on whether or not the wall was seen from the Moon with most people saying it was not. The wall, while massive, is a long thin line. We visited the Great Wall on our first trip in the 1990s. On our recent visit to Beijing John and I decided to visit a different section of the wall.

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Sandra Scott Travels: It took six million years to create and it is not finished yet

Some amazing sights await visitors

New York State is fortunate to have so many unique places to visit. One of those places is Howe Caverns which I found just as impressive on my third visit as I did on my first two visits decades ago. Howe Caverns took six million years to create and it is not finished yet, but the change is slow. Even if the changes in the caverns are not discernible other changes are. There is now a rock wall, zip lines, and even a bungee-style activity for those looking for thrills.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Enjoying A Sweet Time in Santo Domingo

a small garden of cocoa plants

John and I have been to several chocolate museums but nothing compared with our visit to the Chocolate Museum in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic and the first European city in the Americas. The Choco Museum is just steps from Plaza Colon in the heart of the colonial center of the city. The tour started in a small garden of cocoa plants and then followed the production process. We learned that the cocoa plant is “finicky.”

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Sandra Scott Travels: Experience A Slice Of US History Right Here

Battles are reenacted at Sackets Harbor

In May 1814, about 700 British troops came ashore in Oswego and ended up destroying Fort Ontario. It is hard to imagine the terror the residents felt. I love the book “The Great Rope” written by Rosemary Nesbitt. It is just one story about how local residents rose to the occasion and took part in the defense of their country during the War of 1812.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Recalling the Flying Tigers’ Place in History

Flying Tigers banner

A few years ago, John and I were in St. Charles, Louisiana, where we visited the Imperial Calcasieu Museum. While browsing the displays I overheard someone say, “Claire Chennault! He is known by every school child in China.” It caught my attention. Claire Chennault, the commander of the Flying Tigers, a group of volunteer military men who trained in Burma, now called Myanmar, lived in St. Charles. The Flying Tigers helped defend the Chinese against the Japanese before the U.S. entered the war.

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Sandra Scott Travels: A spectacular cruise on China’s Yangtze’s River

A spectacular view

Author Pearl Buck called the Yangtze “The wildest, wickedest river on earth.” All that changed when the river was tamed upon the completion of the Three Gorges Dam in 2012. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the dam’s construction as I am sure there must have been similar concerns when the Hoover Dam was built. Thousands of people were displaced but the new towns created along the river looked very nice and there is no longer the danger of yearly flooding plus China needed the power to continue its rapid industrialization.

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Hannibal educators engage in professional development opportunities

To align with the Hannibal Central School District’s mission to ensure that all students receive a quality education, teachers and support staff took advantage of several professional development opportunities recently.

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Ashlyn Eleanor Fleming, Infant

Our darling Ashlyn Eleanor Fleming, born March 21, 2014, slipped from our lives on the darkest of mornings Thursday July 24, 2014.

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Fishing Reports for August 1, 2014

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. Oswego River/Lake Ontario report: According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop: After running below 3,000cfs for a few days, the recent rain has raised … Continue reading

Cop Logs: Sheriff’s Office 08/01/2014

From the files of OCSD

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August Guest Chef Dinner Planned at Oswego County Salvation Army

The Zonta Club of Oswego will provide the next Oswego County Salvation Army Guest Chef Dinner on August 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. They will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, and tossed salad. Members of the advisory board and Zonta will provide desserts and beverages.

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