Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Cambridge Life 5/30/07 Cambridge Life 5/30/07

A view of the Flathead River valley in northern Montana
(Photos: Ece Soydam „ 2007)

Cambridge life happens all around the world. Last week, while at the International Wildlife Film Festival, I traveled with new friends and fellow filmmakers Ece (Turkey), Eliana (Argentina) and Alicia (Argentina) to the National Bison Refuge just north of Missoula, MT. For six days we sat and watched wildlife films and participated in panel discussions about the business and conservation so when given the opportunity to get outdoors, I seized the chance to show off some of our most spectacular wildlife.

If you’ve never been to Montana, you’re missing a spectacularly beautiful state. The eastern part of the state is high prairie with wide expanses and the western part is Rocky Mountain ranges with names like The Bitterroots and Mission Range.

Killdeer by the roadside
(Photo: Ece Soydam „ 2007)

My traveling companions were truly amazed by how close we could get to the wildlife. Being springtime, the birds were out and on display. Besides the killdeer and red-winged black birds, we saw sparrows, finches, and a kestrel hovering in a vertical dance then swoop and catch a mouse.

Prong horn antelope roam across the fields
(Photo: Debra Pearlman „ 2007)

Prong horn antelope, bison, elk, mule deer, big horn sheep, bald eagles, golden eagles, and numerous other bird species are home on the range in the National Bison Refuge.

After 10 days out in big sky country, beautiful as it my be, I was happy to get back to Cambridge, NY - my home range.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Reflections on Memorial Day Reflections on Memorial Day

(photo c: John Carlson 2007)

It always humbles me to see our town turn out to honor those lost in the many wars this country has fought over the years. Wars to maintain our freedom and the security of the world.

Our soldiers great sacrifices reminds me not to take for granted what we have. Makes me remember our need to defend our Constitution and the rule of law so that they may not have died in vain.

I come back home and I read our Constitution (been a while), and I study the events of our times. If I wasn't so distracted by the need to earn a living, to pay my taxes, to feed my family, I might for a moment realize it is time to take a stand once again.

May the greatest values of America awaken in us all, to protect that which so many have died for.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day 2007 Memorial Day 2007

Golden eagles soar above the Mission Range (Photo: Ece Soydam)

This photo, taken by a wildlife filmmaker from Ankara, Turkey, in the Mission Range of Montana seemed a good way to say Happy Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Cambridge Cooking #6 Cambridge Cooking #6

(Photos: Debra Pearlman)

Love Mexican food but not sure how to make it? Try this recipe on for size...



2 cups onion, chopped
1.5 cups green pepper, chopped
1 14-oz. can chopped tomato, liquid included
3/4 cup Picante sauce
2 gloves garlic
2 teaspoons cumin
2 1-lb cans black beans
12 corn tortillas
2 cups shredded cheddar

In a large skillet bring to a boil:
onions, green pepper, canned tomatoes, picante sauce, garlic, and cumin

Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes

Add 2 cans black beans

In a 9 x 13 baking dish put:
1/3 bean mixture on bottom of dish
Cover with 6 corn tortillas (layer if necessary)
Layer 1 cup shredded cheese on top of tortillas
Add 1/3 bean mixture on top of cheese
Cover with 6 corn tortillas
Add last 1/3 bean mixture on top of tortillas

Bake @ 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes

Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese on top of finished casserole

Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with a side salad and cold beer!

Do you have a favorite family recipe? Email me Debra Pearlman I'd love to publish it on the Cambridgebuzz.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Local Produce Returns to Cambridge, NY Local Produce Returns to Cambridge, NY

The Cambridge Farmers’ Market will open for business on Sunday, May 20, 2007. Many of your favorite vendors will be back along with musical performances, special demonstrations and tasty delights.

Market hours are from 10 AM – 2 PM every Sunday, rain or shine.

Support your local farmers and artisans at the Cambridge Farmers’ Market!

Buy delicious healthy food, save on skyrocketing gas prices and talk with your neighbors! The Cambridge Farmers’ Market...where community and commerce meet.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Cambridge Life 5/16/07 Cambridge Life 5/16/07

I'm sending you this Cambridge, NY Life posting from beautiful Missoula, MT. I'm out here at the International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) reconnecting with old friends and "pitching" films.

You may be wondering what is "pitching?" Well, it's industry buzz for networking and selling your film idea to the people with the money to get the film made and on television or into theaters. As a producer, it's one of the most important parts of the job because if they don't "show me the money," I can't show you the film.

The festival is great fun. I get to watch some of the most beautifully made films, projected in a theater (even if they were made for television), attend lots of workshops and talks about what the trends are, who's doing what, etc., and wildlife people really know how to party! Evenings are fun events with good food, great beer (Missoula's own Moose Drool is my favorite) and dancing into the night. Wildlife folks work hard and party harder!

Being a filmmaker, I get to go to beautiful, sometimes exotic places with interesting people. If you want to know more or have something to say about film making (wildlife or otherwise) fell free to post comment. I'd be happy to hear what you think about film biz today.

Anyway, much as I love Missoula and the beauty of the Rockies, I can't wait to get back home.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Cambridge Cooking #4 Cambridge Cooking #4

(Photos: Debra Pearlman)



6 Skinless/boneless chicken breast halves
2 TBL. Olive oil
4 TBL. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
2-3 TBL. Fresh lemon jouic
1-2 tsp. Capers, drained
2 TBL. fresh parsley, minced
Italian Parsley for garnish (optional)


1. Place chicken between wax paper and pound to 1/8" thickness

2. Heat oil and 2 TBL butter in sautee pan over Med-High heat

3. Add chicken, saute for 4-5 muniutes, turning once

4. Remove chicken to warm platter, season with salt & pepper, reserve

5. Add lemon juice and capers to pan and heat, ccraping bottom with wooden spoon

6. Add remaining butter and stir until melted

7. Stir in minced parsley and pour over chicken scallops

8. Garnish and serve.

For a lighter dish, substitute chicken broth for the butter.

The whole dish takes about 25 minutes to prepare. Serve with a dry wine, lightly sauteed carrots and rice or pasta.

To share one of your recipes with the Cambridge Buzz send it to Debra Pearlman.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Top 10 Reasons to Vote Top 10 Reasons to Vote

Tuesday, May 15, 2006 is voting day for the Cambridge Valley Central School budget.

Before I became a homeowner, I never really paid much attention to the school budget vote. I didn't pay any property taxes as a renter and I didn't have any children in school, so why should I take the time to worry about school budgets?

I now know that the school budget does effect every member of the community: homeowners (who bears the brunt of budget costs), renters (who will probably see their rent go up as their landlords' property taxes increase), childless adults and parents of school age children (like they say...It takes a Village!), our senior citizens and every member of the community. If you are happy with the school budget, vote for it. If you don't like the way the school is handling our money, let them know that too, vote against. How you vote is up to you, just remember it's your responsibility...


For those considering whether to expend the energy it takes to go to the polls, we commend to you the Monroe County Education Coalition’s “Top Ten Reasons to Vote on May 15”:
10. Because you can:
In many nations of the world, and in most states of our union, citizens do not have the right to vote on the spending plans developed by their school districts.

9. Because you should:

Since all of us have the right and responsibility to vote on our district budgets, you too are accountable for exercising your civic duty.

8. Because others will:

There are some folks in every school district who vote for reasons other than our own reasons. By not voting, we allow their side to win.

7. Because you set an example:

The students we serve notice whether or not the adults in their lives exercise their civic responsibilities. We set an example whether or not we vote.

6. Because you show respect for what educators do:

Working with all the students that show up is a very difficult challenge. By taking the time to vote, you acknowledge this challenge.

5. Because this is when you help select your school board members:

Your school board members are elected concurrently with the budget vote. School boards set policy and goals for your district and select your district’s superintendent. They represent your educational interests.

4. Because you control public education:

You get to decide each year on the quantity and quality of educational programs and services provided in your community.

3. Because your response is needed:

Your school board has developed a spending plan based on input from district employees and community members of budget advisory committees. These folks spent hundreds of hours considering options and making spending decisions for your consideration. Respond by voting.

2. Because public education matters:
Our public schools educate by far the greatest number of our next generation—those to whom we will be turning over the reins of government and business, and those who will be caring for our generation as we get older.

1. Because your community and its children depend on you:
The folk wisdom that “it takes a whole community to raise a child” fits here. You share the responsibility to see that all children are educated. While you may not be actually involved with what occurs in classrooms, you can make your opinion known on what happens there by voting.

Top 10 List taken from NYS School Board Association web site.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Cambridge Life 5/7/07 Cambridge Life 5/7/07

Sore muscles are a minor inconvenience to pay for the great weekend we just had. All around the neighborhood, folks were getting ready for summer. After breaking my back weeding, I decided to see what some of the other residents of Cambridge thought about life around here.

I drove about and found some interesting locals.

Photos and Composit by Debra Pearlman

These two fellows share their pasture with 3 other oxen. I'm told the horse rules the roost. The oxen are resting-up for their Memorial Day gig. The parade is one of the highlights of their summer. Speaking of interesting locals... John Carlson and the Treasures of Cambridge were the subjects of a receint Post Star article. Click on the link and read what they had to say.

There is so much to do come this time of year. I took a short hike on the Mile Round the Woods trail in North Bennington, VT and caught the woods flowers just as they were beginning to bloom. Warmer days mean that we'll soon be able to go tubing on the Battenkill, we don't have the same intense black fly season as the Adirondacks so hiking right now is great and the roadways are clear of debris so biking is a breeze.

Tell us what you like about living in the Cambridge Valley. To contribute email Debra Pearlman

Saturday, May 05, 2007

mmm.....BBQ Chicken Dinner mmm.....BBQ Chicken Dinner

Take an evening off and pick-up dinner at the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad's Chicken Bar-B-Que. For only $8.00 you receive half a BBQ chicken dinner with corn and slaw sides. Proceeds benefit our rescue squad.

Call Penny Spezio to reserve a ticket - ONLY 50 LEFT so call now!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Concert Happening Concert Happening

A benefit concert for Burr & Burton Academy Performing Arts featuring pianist Giorgi Latsabidze, will be presented on May 7, 2007, 7:00PM at the First Congregational Church in Manchester VT. The program will include the Mozart Piano Sonata in D Major, the Pozdro Piano Sonata No. 2 and the Chopin Piano Sonata in b flat minor. A rising star among today’s classical pianists, Manchester is one of two stops in the United States for Mr. Latsabidze before he travels to Europe for a concert engagement.

Tickets can be purchased at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. For reservations or information contact Julie Freebern at 802-362-1775 ext. 231 or
Prices are $20 for adults and $5 for children. Festival seating, doors open at 6:30PM.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Photographer's Log Photographer's Log


April 30, 2007 - The full moon was a sharp, glowing light in the sky. It was around 8:00 PM. I had been out trying to catch the sunset and was now driving down Conley Road, on my way home. It was almost dark. Coming around one of the corners I heard the sound of the plow before I saw it. There he was, on the last night of April 2007, beneath the light of the full moon, one of our stouthearted, dedicated farmers of Washington County, driving down his field, methodically turning the soil, preparing to plant his next crops for the coming year. How it thrilled me to see him working so peacefully, so methodically and unhurriedly. He seemed to be completely in his own element, not minding he was accomplishing his task in near dark by moonlight. The growing cycle of our area just captures my heart as I watch the beauty and art displayed in what our farmers do with as they work their crops in the fields. The flowing beauty of the gently curving and undulating rows of plowed earth make me feel serenity and assurance. I travel our roads and hillsides constantly seeking out these simple yet involved patterns.

Every Spring I am compelled to take to the roads and capture life rising from the soil, stretching and yawning after sleeping throughout the cold months of Winter. I am grateful to have found this gentleman of the earth accomplishing his work, at one with Nature’s and God’s purposes. This photograph has begun my journey this year into all the nooks, lanes, hillsides, farmlands, and wetlands of the Cambridge Valley and her environs. I can’t wait to discover what I will find as the Valley begins her adornment and celebration to life in all of it’s essence. -June Mohan

Photos: (Copyright Mohan 2007) To contact the artist, please send email to: