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Donald Taylor reflects on a century of North Country living

WADHAMS-Almost every day, Donald Taylor spends 20 minutes on his stationary bicycle and then works on his arms with a pulley device near his bedroom door.

A nice workout for any man half his age.

Which, by the way, would be 50.

Taylor, who turns 100 on April 30, still enjoys being outside and working on his brush hog, mowing and collecting wood.

"I like to be up in the woods," Taylor said. "I still do my own mowing and I have a brush hog on my tractor that I use to clear things. I was cutting last year for the winter, but I gave up using the chain saw this year."

However, he still has his wheelbarrow, which he uses to transport the wood into his house in Wadhams, the one that both he and his father were born in.

Growing up, Taylor said that his earliest memory was being burned by water that spilled out of a teapot when he was 2 years old.

"I would cry every time the doctor came up the driveway to change my dressings," he said.

Along with working outdoors, Taylor also enjoys time in nature as a hunter, getting his last deer at the age of 93.

"I started in a age 16 or 17, maybe even a little before then - the rules weren't quite like they are now," Taylor said. "I'm the only one left of my hunting party."

Taylor said that he got his first deer - a 13-point buck - in his teens near the Lincoln Pond Dam.

Another of Taylor's trophies - an eight-point buck he bagged in 1933 - was the second-rated rack of its size in the state of New York for many years.

Another outdoor passion for Taylor started when a group of gentlemen spent the night at a hotel in Wadhams.

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