A friend directed me to a new forum for the Utica area: Clipper's Corner. A lot of long time posters from some of our other area forums have found their way there too, and are making lively conversation. I've added it to my list of forum links on the side bar.
I'm not a member of the forum, at least not yet, but it seems to be doing a good job of offering up some lively discussions featuring opinions from across the political spectrum. After the total meltdown of the Utica forum on Topix, a trolling effort I don't think was random or coincidental in the least, it's a nice change of pace.