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Sandra Scott Travels: Take A Stroll Through Oswego’s Peace Garden

Oswego's Peace Garden

It is so easy to drive by places day after day and not notice what is along the way. In my case it was the 1812 Peace Garden on Oswego’s Leotta-Seaway Trail Park. I knew about the War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Trail because when John and I were in Batavia we visited theirs. It is only right that there is one in Oswego where so many significant events of the “Forgotten War” took place. Oswego’s was developed in 2003 by City Engineer Anthony a. Loetta, the Jay Saternow family and several community volunteers.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Find Great Person-To-Person Tours

Global Greeter Network, www.globalgreeternetwork.info, is a wonderful way to find a free person-to-person tour. 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. Greeters are not professional guides, so greeters do not take their guests to museums leaving that to professional guides.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Big or Small, Museums Have A Lot To Offer

Safe Haven in Oswego

I admit it, I am a museophile. Big or small, art or history, I enjoy all museums, but I favor the small museum. They are usually devoted to one topic so that I can learn all I need to know in an hour or so plus they usually are started by someone with a passion for the item. When John and I were in Nebraska we visited several such museums. The Kregel Windmill Company in Nebraska City was a windmill factory that was turned into a museum. Touch screens facilitate the self-guided tour.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Luxuriate At Honduras’ Las Cascada Lodge

La Ensenada Resort's pool

Several years ago, when we were in Honduras, John and I stopped to see a new luxury ecolodge outside of La Ceiba called Las Cascada Lodge. I fell in love with it. It is nestled in the rainforest surrounded by trees and flowers. The rooms, there are only three of them, have a view of the jungle waterfalls. There are several cascading falls each with a small pool at the bottom that is big enough to swim in.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Where Columbus First Stepped Foot On Mainland America

Trujillo beach

The area around Trujillo, Honduras, is being promoted as the Banana Coast which is much more marketable than the area just to the east called The Mosquito Coast. However, the name “mosquito’ refers to the Native Americans who lived in the area not the insect of which there are many. Trujillo is an interesting place. It is where Christopher Columbus first stepped foot on the mainland of the Americas and where O. Henry hid out while a fugitive from justice.

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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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Barnard Named Branch Manager at Pathfinder Bank Cicero Branch

Randall Barnard II has been named branch manager at Pathfinder Bank’s Cicero branch located at 6194 State Route 31, according to Robert Butkowski, vice president/branch administration manager.

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Dillon Welcomes New Fifth Graders with Hot Dog Roast

Incoming fifth graders were greeted with a trail of colorful balloons that lead to the cafeteria for a short presentation given by teachers and staff to assist with the transition to middle school. Teachers kept a positive and encouraging tone as they spoke about lockers, block scheduling, lunches, homework and more.

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Hamilton Blisters Thursday Morning Test at Oswego Speedway

In Thursday’s early morning hours, 1997 International Classic champion Davey Hamilton blistered Budweiser Classic Week testing with the new Nicotra Racing No. 6 Hawk Supermodified. Hamilton laid down the fastest lap of the week thus far with a circuit of 16.352 at 137 mph in the brand new Nicotra roadster, making Hamilton an immediate threat for the International Classic pole position during tomorrow night’s ‘Fast 14’ pole day Supermodified time trials that will go green at 6:30 p.m.

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Ritchie Secures $100,000 To Assist Central Square

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 to help the village of Central Square improve transportation for pedestrians and make improvements to its wastewater treatment plant.

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Graham, Bond Top the Charts in Budweiser Classic Week Wednesday Test Session

Eleven more race cars took to Oswego Speedway on Wednesday for Budweiser International Classic Week testing at the ‘Steel Palace’ with Ray Graham leading the Supermodified charts and Mike Bond topping the SBS racers in attendance. Times dropped considerably on Wednesday, compared to the Tuesday evening test session.

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