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Posted on February 6 at 7:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Our first date, our first restaurant review, the beginning of what was an all too brief love affair. We never returned to Akanomi's--except in our hearts.--Beverly Elander-Dean

From: At the Table: Cozy Akanomi offers extensive menu of Japanese cuisine

Posted on July 21 at 7:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

After reading your column, Sara, I think you are underestimating yourself.

From: Not a ‘foodie’

Posted on July 13 at 3:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Who took that great Boy and Bubble photo? --Beverly Elander-Dean

From: Annual Scotia fireworks a post-holiday treat

Posted on July 13 at 9:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Not a word about Cole Porter's fabulous music? --Beverly Elander-Dean

From: Exuberant ‘Anything Goes’ is treat for both eyes and ears

Posted on December 5 at 12:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Fruitcake without rum is like taking your sister to the prom.

From: In & Out of the Kitchen: Fruitcake can be delicious

Posted on August 31 at 3:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The name-calling must cease.

It is possible to disagree without getting personal, and we encourage you to give it a try.

You must keep your comments civil or run the risk of having them deleted and your comment privileges taken away.

Irv Dean
Gazette city editor

From: Letters to the Editor for Aug. 31

Posted on August 28 at 3:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks for the feedback. My thinking about what could happen if there were a breach in the dam is based on a New York City Department of Environmental Protection worst-case scenario which says that within 12 hours of the break, low-lying areas along the Mohawk would be inundated -- parts of Scotia, Amsterdam, the GE campus in Schenectady-Rotterdam and the Stockade neighborhood all would be under 6 feet of water.

From: The night the Gilboa didn’t break

Posted on February 6 at 4:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I loved Asta, even before I had a Jack Russell Terrier of my own. He was a great foil for the sophisticated Charleses. My favorite Asta moment was when he peed on their Christmas tree.

From: The Robe

Posted on July 21 at 11:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It should have said "gross receipts," and thanks for pointing that out. We've fixed the story online.

Irv Dean
City Editor

From: UPDATE: Italian restaurant enjoying a big taste of early success

Posted on June 8 at 1:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

John S. Roberts, division manager of Rimkus Consulting Group Inc. in Houston, Texas, sends this comment by email:

An interesting article, although the business about making decaying bodies and feces smell bad is not correct. Methyl mercaptan, a relative of the butyl and amyl mercaptans typically found in most skunks, is a contributor to this odor. It is produced by the decomposition of methionine, a common sulfur containing amino acid. The bulk of the odor and the really horrible portion of the odor from decaying bodies and feces are typically nitrogen compounds. These are cadaverine, putrescine and skatole.

Methyl mercaptan is utilized in the manufacture of methionine, which is then primarily utilized in chicken feed. Other mercaptans are utilized commercially in a wide variety of applications. Each species of skunk produces their own individual blend of mercaptan.

You are correct that oxidation, using hydrogen peroxide, is an effective way to remove the odor of skunks from animals, but your mechanism is incorrect. The baking soda allows the mercaptans to become water soluble (assisted by the detergent), which then allows the hydrogen peroxide to react directly with the mercaptan to form less odorous compounds. The reaction products are then flushed down the drain. Tomato juice is slightly alkaline (basic – like the baking soda) and works by getting the mercaptans to dissolve in water and be flushed from the animal. But it isn’t very effective and the odor of the skunk based mercaptans is quite strong (detectable at very low concentrations), so it isn’t very effective.

From: Maggie and the skunks

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