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Sandra Scott Travels: Travel Is The Perfect Gift

Uncle Sam’s Boat Tours.

We all have people who are very difficult to find the perfect gift for be it a grandchild or an adult. There are those people who seem to have everything. Gifting travel creates unforgettable memories.
At first thought it may seem like travel is an expensive gift but it doesn’t have to be. There are inexpensive gifts of travel and the more expensive ones can be affordable if people/family make it a group gift.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Getting A Taste Of The Boston Tea Party

A woman summons visitors to a meeting by ringing a bell.

I enjoy visiting places where history comes alive. I especially like watching the visitors, young and old, get excited about historical events while learning more about history and it is even better when they get to participate in the event. Such is the case at the Boston Tea Party Museum. Most of us know the basic facts of the Tea Party. On the night of December 16, 1773, colonists dressed as Indians boarded three ships in Boston Harbor and threw crates of tea overboard as a protest to the Tea Tax but for many that is the limit of their knowledge and some of the facts get skewed with the retelling.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Remembering that ‘Day of Infamy’

USS Arizona Memorial

Tora! Tora! was the Japanese code word made famous when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 propelling the United States into World War II. The term means “tiger” but, in this case, it was an acronym meaning “lightning attack.” On December 11, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt declared war on Japan; in return, on the same day Germany and Italy, Japanese allies, declared war on the United States.

Visiting Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu is a profound experience and visitors should plan to spend the better part of the day there because there is a lot to see and do.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Hot Pot One Thousand Years Old And Still Going Strong

Hot Pot demonstration

One of the places I check when I am researching a destination is Global Greeter Network,www.globalgreeternetwork.info 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. On our recent trip to China, we signed up for a Greeter tour in Chongqing. We wanted to learn about hot pot which originated in Mongolia one thousand years ago and is a signature dish of the Sichuan Province.

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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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A Pleasant Fall Gives Way To Mild Start of Winter

This fall was slightly warmer than average. And, even though we received more snowfall than normal, it was drier as well. The warmth will linger into the first days of winter and may result in a green Christmas.

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‘It Is amazing what you have accomplished!’

As the year draws to a close, and as director of CNY Arts Center, I get to reflect on all that has happened in a year that ended on an upswing! I am humbled and grateful more than I can express for the passion and encouraging participation of this community. It’s my privilege to acknowledge the heart and commitment of an army of volunteers who continue to show up!

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Kiplinger’s Names SUNY Oswego A 2015 Best Value College

SUNY Oswego has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2015. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.

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Holiday History Shop Extended to Dec. 24

The shop features item from the H. Lee White Maritime Museum, Fort Ontario, Richardson-Bates House Museum, Oswego Railroad Museum, Scriba Historical Society and more. The hours are noon – 5 p.m. from now until Christmas Eve with the exception of Sunday when the shop is closed. The shop offers souvenirs and memorabilia from museums and historical societies from around the county.

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Second Live Love Life Blood Drive in Honor of Cooper Levine

The Live Love Life blood drive in honor of Cooper Levine will be held for the second time on December 30. This year’s event is slated for the Oswego Elks Lodge at 132 W. Fifth St., Oswego, from noon to 6 pm. More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.

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