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Sandra Scott Travels: Schools Are Rather Similar World-Wide

An English lesson in Thailand

There are many places where students go to school six days a week including the school I visited near Siem Reap, Cambodia. Interestingly, they only have classes five of the days. On Thursdays they clean the school and work in the garden where they grow food that is used for their lunch. When I entered the fourth grade classroom all the students stood up. After greeting them, I said that they could be seated. My guide said, “No, they must stay standing as a sign of respect to their guests.”

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Sandra Scott Travels: Enjoy One Of The Finest Hotels In Oswego County – In Altmar

the Tailwater Lodge

John and I loved many things about Tailwater Lodge. I love old buildings that have found new life as something entirely different. Such is the case of the Altmar Elementary School. This is the third school turned hotel we have stayed at, but the only one that is not even remotely recognizable as a former school. School-to-hotel is not a quantum leap.

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Sandra Scott Travels: There’s Plenty To Do In ‘The Miracle on the Han River’

Secret Garden

Seoul is the bustling capital city of South Korea and an excellent gateway city to the rest of South Korea and Asia. The techie, prosperous city has been called “The Miracle on the Han River” due to its transformation from the destruction caused during the Korean War to a thriving city. These are my favorite things to do in Seoul.

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Sandra Scott Travels: A Real Sweet Time In Boston

From bean to the bar

Whenever John and I visit a new area we check to see if they have free tours, Global Greeters, culinary experiences and/or chocolate tours. While the culinary experience and chocolate tours are not free they add an interesting facet to our travels. When we were in Boston we signed up for the Back Bay Chocolate tour offered by Boston Chocolate Tours, (www.bostonchocolatetours.com). It is just one of their tours. They also offer shopping that includes chocolate stops and cupcake tours. It is all yummy.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Take A Stroll Through Oswego’s Peace Garden

Oswego's Peace Garden

It is so easy to drive by places day after day and not notice what is along the way. In my case it was the 1812 Peace Garden on Oswego’s Leotta-Seaway Trail Park. I knew about the War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Trail because when John and I were in Batavia we visited theirs. It is only right that there is one in Oswego where so many significant events of the “Forgotten War” took place. Oswego’s was developed in 2003 by City Engineer Anthony a. Loetta, the Jay Saternow family and several community volunteers.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Find Great Person-To-Person Tours

Global Greeter Network, www.globalgreeternetwork.info, is a wonderful way to find a free person-to-person tour. Greeters are volunteers who love their city so much they volunteer to give free two-hour tours. They take visitors to parks, shopping, or lesser known neighborhoods. Greeters are not professional guides, so greeters do not take their guests to museums leaving that to professional guides.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Big or Small, Museums Have A Lot To Offer

Safe Haven in Oswego

I admit it, I am a museophile. Big or small, art or history, I enjoy all museums, but I favor the small museum. They are usually devoted to one topic so that I can learn all I need to know in an hour or so plus they usually are started by someone with a passion for the item. When John and I were in Nebraska we visited several such museums. The Kregel Windmill Company in Nebraska City was a windmill factory that was turned into a museum. Touch screens facilitate the self-guided tour.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Luxuriate At Honduras’ Las Cascada Lodge

La Ensenada Resort's pool

Several years ago, when we were in Honduras, John and I stopped to see a new luxury ecolodge outside of La Ceiba called Las Cascada Lodge. I fell in love with it. It is nestled in the rainforest surrounded by trees and flowers. The rooms, there are only three of them, have a view of the jungle waterfalls. There are several cascading falls each with a small pool at the bottom that is big enough to swim in.

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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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Mom Marathons To Benefit Those Who’ve Assisted Her Children

Julie Chetney will be running 26 miles next month in the Marine Corps Marathon. “I am a mother to four great amazing kids. And like most mothers, I tell them we are blessed with what God has given us every day for our family – even if it’s the struggles day in and day out with Type 1 Diabetes,” she said. Her effort will help raise awareness and funds for The Joslin Diabetes Center. Professionals at the center have been a Godsend to her and her family over the years, she said.

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Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Help! My Friend’s Puppy Eats Everything

A friend of mine just adopted a new puppy, Otto. He is really cute at 10 weeks old, but she is finding that he tries to eat EVERYTHING. That is no exaggeration. She calls me every time it happens, frantic, and I am getting to be a nervous wreck over this puppy and he is not even mine. What can I tell her?

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The Manor at Seneca Hill to Host Blood Drive

The Manor at Seneca Hill will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 26. Members of the public are invited to participate. The drive will be held in The Manor’s second floor dining room.

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Oswego County Health Department Will Hold Rabies Clinic Oct. 8 in Pulaski

The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic for cats, dogs, and pet ferrets from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Oswego County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road, Pulaski. New York State law requires that all cats, dogs, and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies.

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Morningstar Residential Care Stay Fit

Residents at Morningstar Residential Care Center enjoyed their daily exercise activity as they participated in a lively session of Noodlecise. Lively music and floating balloons kept the residents busy as they used their foam noodles to keep the balloons in the air.

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