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Sandra Scott Travels: Enjoy The Great Flavor Of Haiti

the Hotel Nicole on the beach in Jacmel

I am always impressed with how hospitable people are – worldwide. This was the case when we were in Haiti. It is an interesting destination, but it is not on many travelers’ radar. In the 1700s, Haiti was the glory of the French colonies and one of the richest colonies in the world. In 1804, Haiti became the first black independent nation. Over the years, poor leadership and other issues caused economic troubles from which Haiti has never fully recovered. I had expected beaches and I was not disappointed.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Enjoy A Staycations Right In Central New York

Mineral pool

There are many great places to getaway for a night or more in Central New York. Off season rates offer great values. One of the places I wanted to check out this past summer was the new Harbor Hotel in Clayton but I never made it so it is on my “To Do List.” They are open all year and during the winter they have some great value-laden packages. Their Romance Getaway includes a one-night stay for two, rose petal turn-down, bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries plus breakfast. In February, they have a Valentine Ice Bar Weekend with 20,000 pound of ice carved into functional bars and other sculptures.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Climb Aboard For A Tour Of Aruba

The Holiday Inn Resort recently finished a complete remodel and has three pools and of the longest beach of any Aruban hotel. John and I had driven along the south coast of Aruba but once we left the main road the highway markings were few and far between plus many roads on the wild, barren north coast are unpaved so we took a tour with jeep ABC Tours. One of the benefits of a tour, besides taking people to the significant sites, is that the guides are knowledgeable. Our driver/guide, Rocky, was great.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Remembering America’s Forgotten War

Reenactment at Sackets Harbor

The end of 2014 brings to a close two years of celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The war is called “The Second War for Independence” because after the American Revolution the British did not respect our independence. It is also called “The Forgotten War” mainly because it only lasted two years and was fought mainly on the water.

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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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Pair Charged In Connection With Early Morning Robbery

The victim, a male in his mid 20s, reported that he was jumped by two men who beat him and then stole his phone and cash. Initial investigation revealed suspects whose vehicle was stopped by responding New York State Police unit. After further investigation and interviews, two men were arrested and charged in the robbery.

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Oswego County To Participate In Statewide STOP-DWI Super Bowl Weekend 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 January 31 and will end on February 2.

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Michaud ‘Goes Red’ In Support of American Heart Association Initiative

The Michaud Resident Council in now in the midst of a “Go Red” pin sale. Council members Roxanne Stuart and Barb Lyons have been selling the pins to help raise awareness about heart disease and strokes in women, with proceeds going to the American Heart Association.

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Pink In The Rink At SUNY Oswego

This upcoming weekend (January 30-31), the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team will be promoting its “Pink in the Rink Weekend” as it takes on conference foe Buffalo State in a two-game home series. Friday’s puck drop will be at 7 p.m. while Saturday’s game will begin at 3 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on the team while sporting pink to support the fight against breast cancer.

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