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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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Sandra Scott Travels: Welcome to China’s ‘Hawaii’

Hainan Island is China’s southern most province. It is their beach getaway. China has a long coastline but there are very few beach destinations so Hainan is their most popular sunny destination. We used 30,000 frequent flyer miles to fly from Bangkok to Sanya on the southern shore of Hainan so two one-way tickets only cost $66 – we have to pay the taxes. Sanya has a plethora of hotels in all categories with more in the progress.

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Library Learning Center Offers 4-Part Computer Basics Classes

The Oswego Public Library’s Library Learning Center will offer a four-part Introduction to Computers workshop on August 6, 13, 20 and 27. Each class is free and runs from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Parker Cruises to First Career Oswego Kartway Victory

Burke’s Do-It-Best Homecenters presented the racing action at Oswego Kartway on Friday night with Chris Parker driving to his first career Kartway victory in the Clone 425 division. A longtime veteran of Oswego Kartway, Parker drove his No. 88 machine to a convincing win over previous main event winners Ross Spilman and Paul Fountaine.

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Going To Harborfest? Read This

In preparation for Harborfest 2014, the Oswego Police Department wishes to announce the following advisories regarding traffic, pedestrian and general information specific to the Harborfest celebration scheduled for July 24-27.

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Harold J. McCarthy, 77

Harold J. McCarthy, 77, of Fulton, died Tuesday July 22, 2014, peacefully at home with his wife at his side.

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David C. Webb Memorial Park Bathing Beach is Closed

The Oswego County Health Department announced today (July 23) that the David C. Webb Memorial Park Bathing Beach on Oneida Lake in the town of Constantia has been closed to swimming due to the presence of a blue-green algae bloom.

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