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Sandra Scott Travels: Uncover The Beauty, History of Covered Bridges

The Olin Bridge

There is something about covered bridges that makes people stop to take a picture. There have been movies, books, and puzzles that featured covered bridges. They have been around for a long time. I like the term “kissing bridge” that came from the days when sleighs would cross the bridge and a bold boyfriend would steal a kiss in the dark.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Syracuse Has The MOST Dinosaurs

T-REX: Back to the Cretaceous

John and I have been tourists in many cities in the United States and many foreign countries but we had never been a tourist in Syracuse. Sometimes that which is closest to us becomes the most overlooked. Of course, we go to Syracuse to shop and go to the doctors but never as a tourist. We packed out bags and set out to explore Syracuse.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Walk Along The Historic Underground Railroad

the Freedom Crossing Monument

There were several reasons John and I wanted to visit Niagara Falls USA. First of all, we wanted to see Johnny Mathis at the Seneca Niagara Casino. When people hear the word “casino” they think of gambling and rightly so. But, there is so much more to today’s casinos. The other reason we wanted to visit the Falls area was to visit Niagara University and the Castellani Art Museum to check out its Underground Railroad display called “Freedom Crossing.”

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Sandra Scott Travels: Wine Trail A treat For The Taste Buds

Grand River Cellars.

John and I like to break up our road trips by stopping at new places. On our way to visit family in Ohio, we had a wonderful stay at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Yes, there is more than one Geneva-on-the-Lake. The one in Ohio is part of Geneva State Park where there is picnicking, camping, cabins, boating, trails, swimming, fishing and more. The lodge is a beautiful resort with rooms that have great views of Lake Erie. The first day we were there it was rainy and the lake was kicking up but the next morning the water calmed, the sun came out, and it was beautiful.

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Sandra Scott Travels: It’s The Season To Take In A Haunting – Or Two

Plenty of spirits linger around Fort Ontario's cemetery.

The Rolling Hills Asylum in East Bethany is a sprawling brick building built in 1827 as The Genesee County Poor Farm and in the 1950s it was a county home and infirmary. Over the years, people reported strange occurrences of the paranormal kind. It was declared the “Second Most Haunted Place in the United States” by Haunted North America and has been featured on many TV shows. Forts are often places with hauntings and Fort Ontario is no exception.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Enjoy The View at Letchworth State Park

View of Middle Falls from Glen Iris

Letchworth State Park is located 35 miles southwest of Rochester and 60 miles southeast of Buffalo in Livingston and Wyoming counties. The park is roughly 17 miles long, covering 14,350 acres of land along the Genesee River with three major waterfalls and several lesser ones. The largest is 107 feet high. The canyon was carved by the river over thousands of years with some of the cliffs nearly 600 feet above the river. John and I have been to Letchworth several times and it is at its loveliest in the fall.

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Sandra Scott Travels: There’s So Much To See and Do In Bangkok

The Temple of Dawn

John and I have been to Bangkok many times. It is a great destination but also a connecting city to other destinations in Asia. There is no city quite like Bangkok. We have several favorite things to see and do. The Temple of Dawn, Wat (Thai for temple) Arum is located on the “other side” of the river so it is not always on a typical tour as it is located across the Chao Phraya River from most of the favorite tourist destinations.

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Sandra Scott Travels: There Is Miles and Miles To See and Do On Route 20

A view of Cazenovia Lake

Route 20 is the longest road in the United States starting in Kenmore Square in Boston, Massachusetts, and ending in Newport, Oregon. It is 3,365 miles from coast to coast. Each state, working alone and in conjunction with adjoining states, is trying to promote the road to the benefit of all the towns, villages, accommodations, restaurants and tourist attractions along the way. What they need is a TV show and a song similar to the one about Route 66.

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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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Capital Projects Moving Along In Fulton School District

The 2012 project saw upgrades to the electrical system, data wiring and asbestos removal from walls and ceilings as a way to modernize the facilities for the next generation of learners. With that project now complete, the district is tackling the remainder of the 2014 venture. According to Superintendent Bill Lynch, contractors have already made a significant dent in the 2014 capital project.

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Volney Elementary Students Display Gratitude

Volney Elementary students received Monthly Classroom Role Model and Monthly “On-a-Roll” Model awards for displaying the character trait gratitude for the month of November.

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Oswego Community Development Awarded $330k Water Quality Improvement Grant for Route 48 Green Gateway Project

Stormwater from Oswego’s west side sewer will be redirected to bioswales and tree plantings on State Route 48/ West First Street with a grant awarded by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for a Water Quality Improvement Program. The city of Oswego Community Development Office applied for the grant in December 2013. Joseph Martens, commissioner of New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, congratulated Mayor Tom Gillen for the project award of $330,000 for the $414,312 project last week.

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Dillon Middle School Students Host Thanksgiving Feast

Students in Carol Touron’s class at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School recently learned first-hand just how sweet hard work can really be. In an effort to showcase thankfulness, appreciation, and of course food, students helped prepare, cook and serve a Thanksgiving feast for family members and friends.

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Oswego County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Crackdown Enforcement Effort

Oswego County STOP-DWI coordinator Robert Lighthall announced that Oswego County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on November 26 and will end on November 30.

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