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Sandra Scott Travels: Waldorf’s Signature Salad Is A Hit World-Wide

Boldt Castle

John and I have visited the 1000 Islands many times and love to tour the grounds of Boldt Castle where George Boldt, the owner of the Waldorf Astoria was building a European-style castle in the early 1900s. Waldorf Salad was an instant success when it was created by the Waldorf Astoria’s maître d’hôtel, Oscar Tshcirky in 1896. The original version contained apples, celery and mayonnaise served on a bed of lettuce. Chopped walnuts later became an integral part of the dish. Boldt insisted that it always be on the hotel’s menu.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Shanghai Is A Pleasurable Experience Today

Pudong skyline from the Bund

Today, I think people would love to be shanghaied as Shanghai, China, is truly amazing. But, back in the 1800s, most adventurers were heading to the west coast of America, especially the gold fields of California.
The practice of Shanghaiing was prevalent in San Francisco, California; and Portland, Oregon. Shanghai is the largest city in China and ranks as one of the largest in the world depending on how you define “city.”

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Sandra Scott Travels: Presidential Sites Abound In New York State

Celebrate President’s Day with a visit to a presidential site. In the quiet little town of East Aurora, which ironically is west of Aurora, NY, is the law office of Millard Fillmore, the nation’s 13th president. The small 1825 building has been restored to that era and includes some of the original Fillmore furniture. Fillmore was born in a log cabin in Summerhill, NY.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Zoo Treks Offer A Glimpse Of Wildlife

giraffes search for a snack

I, like many people, enjoy seeing animals in their natural habitat and have done so in many places. John and I went on safari in Kenya where we saw thousands of wildebeests and zebras migrating. I was most impressed with the height of the giraffes. When I tell people that we have spent a lot of time over the years in the rainforest I always add that we have more wildlife in our backyard than we ever saw in the jungle. The best place to really see and observe animals is in a zoo.

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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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Only 400 Tickets Remain For April 19 Fulton Lions Loot Drawing

The Fulton Lions Club has already sold 600 tickets for their annual “Lion’s Loot” drawing, leaving only 400 left for purchase. The chance of winning up to $10,000 is quickly coming to an end, said Ron Browning, Co-chair. The event … Continue reading


Fall 2014 Le Moyne College Dean’s List Announced

The following area students have been named to the dean’s list at Le Moyne College for the 2014 fall semester:

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Health Department Announces Clinic Schedule for Week of March 2

The Oswego County Health Department is offering influenza immunization clinics for people age 19 and older at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

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Weather Notebook For February 27, 2015

Some sunshine with a chance of flurries today. High 15.

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Chasing Championship Dreams

Today’s News: Lessons learned and new movies are in the Friday edition of RaiderNet Daily.

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