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Photo Album of Yonkers Cleanup 2015

300 people at the event, 13.5 tons of garbage/debris picked up that day.
now, the clean-up zone for the day was only 3/8 of a mile long, so that gives you an idea of the extent of the problem.

Check out our PHOTO ALBUM of last week's Cleanup of the Trail in Yonkers.

This weekend: Annual Yonkers Trail Cleanup Day

We’re hoping for a big turnout of volunteers, like our wonderful group from last year. It’s satisfying and fun, See you there!

Join Mayor Mike Spano and local volunteers in beautifying our section of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.

Please pre-register by emailing laura.boatswain@yonkersny.gov or by calling (914) 377-6429. Volunteers may also sign up at the event.

WHEN - Saturday April 18

9:30 AM Registration – Parks Department
285 Nepperhan Avenue
9:45 AM – Press Conference

Friends Annual Meeting: Large Cities and the Natural World with Lecture by Sidney Horenstein

Please attend our Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 12 at 2pm.

The relationship of large cities to the natural world is a mass of contradictions. Cities replace habitats with manmade structures of steel and concrete and consume vast amounts of resources from far beyond their
limits. Ironically, cities also represent the last best hope for conserving healthy remnants of the world’s species and ecosystems, and play a crucial role in combating environmental destruction elsewhere.

Heroes of the Trail

Left to right: Steven Oakes, Historic Site Manager; Tony Failla and Jeff Litwinowicz. Photo: Linda Cooper

New ways to enjoy the Aqueduct trail

photo: Oliver Lednicer

Cross-country skiing and snow shoeing are suddenly popular. A few years ago, walkers who saw me on my skis used to ask “ Where do you get skis like that?” Now the tracks on the trail are already formed when I get out on an afternoon. Snow-shoe tracks are even more prevalent sometimes breaking up the smoother ski tracks.

Winter Work at KH is ongoing

If you’ve walked or skied by the Keeper’s House on these cold winter days, you may be wondering what progress is being made. You can see that the gaping east wall is being filled with appropriate bricks. You may be aware that every effort is being made to use the original bricks for repairs to keep the integrity of the house. If we run short of old bricks, some can be rescued from an unnecessary chimney. The other worrisome exterior problem is the southwest corner. You’ll see the scaffolding – a good sign of work in progress.

The Winner of the 2014 Bike Raffle is Announced

On the blustery morning of Saturday November 22, friends volunteers gathered to pick the winner of our 2014 bike raffle out of the jar. A blindfolded Lucy Warner, 8, of Dobbs Ferry reached into the jar and selected the ticket of Dana Rubin of Irvington.

A long-time Friend of the Old Croton Aqueduct, Dana is an avid trail walker. "I'll have to start riding now!" she said, delighted with her unexpected win of the hybrid trail bike from Endless Trails Bikeworx.

Fall Newsletter is out and on its way to you

Our latest newsletter is out and on its way to you, with articles about our Miler program, a surprising story about The Bethesda Fountain in New York City, photos of the Keeper's House restoration and more.

Please note that the mailing label has the date of your membership expiration on it. We have extended our grace period, but if your membership expired in 2013 you will not receive our next newsletter. Please renew today!

Unknown Palisades Lecture

FREE PUBLIC LECTURE THURSDAY OCTOBER 9, 7:30pm

Dobbs Ferry Library

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Dam Tour draws crowds

Friends Board member Laura Compagni-Sabella gave a terrific tour of the Croton Dam on Saturday September 6th, complete with pictures and samples of tools used by workers on the Croton Dam. To many people, the New Croton Dam in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, represents the ingenuity of American engineers of the late nineteenth century. At completion, it stood as the tallest masonry dam in the world. People compared it to the pyramids and to the Great Wall of China as a testament to human genius. The Dam is also a central feature in a dramatic labor story.

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