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Mercy College Students Work For The Friends


Volunteer Camilla chats with a fairgoer. Photo Credit: Andrea Minoff

Suddenly our volunteer group looks younger!

Thanks to a grant received by Mercy College encouraging students to take volunteer jobs with non- profit groups like ours, we have had a fresh new presence of youthful enthusiasts on the trail and at events like Ferry Festa in Dobbs Ferry. The grant pays the students a reasonable wage – and we profit.

Raffle Winners Announced

We're thrilled to announce the winners of our annual bike raffle! The drawing was held at the Keeper's House on November 2nd.

First prize winner of the trail bike is Jon Flores of Tarrytown, whose birthday happened to fall on our raffle drawing day. "I knew when I bought that ticket that I would win!" say Jon, who bikes the trail regularly. The Friends worked with Endless Trail, Dobbs Ferry bike shop, to offer this outstanding bike.

Second prize winner of the goody basket filled with maps, hats and t-shirts is Dwayne Reith of Dobbs Ferry, shown here with his daughter Mariella.

Secrets of New York TV show on the OCA

A great episode of Secrets of New York with a major section on the OCA and featuring FOCA's own Mavis Cain and Bob Kornfeld and Park Manager Gary Ricci! The OCA bit starts at about 8:48.

Join us for "The Swarm" Saturday, November 16th

The Friends, along with Groundwork Hudson Valley's Saw Mill River Coalition and many many others invite all vine cutters to come together
to attack one big vine area, make a visible difference, and generally have a good time!

MORE INFORMATION HERE

Get Ready for a Spring Ground-Breaking!

This year, in anticipation of a gala ground breaking for the reconstruction work on the Keeper’s House in Spring 2014, the Friends are saving energy and funds for that important event. Aquefest often loses money for us unless we get a grant, and much as we all love the fun , we have to be sensible. And the big news that work on the Keeper’s House will soon begin demands we plan for a big event!

Keeper's House Restoration Job is Out to Bid!

HERE’S THE EXCITING NEWS ABOUT THE KEEPER'S HOUSE THAT THE FRIENDS HAVE BEEN WORKING TOWARDS AND WAITING FOR! STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES.

On August 26th, 2013 the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) publicly advertised in the NYS Contract Reporter for sealed bid for the Restoration/Rehabilitation of the Overseer's House in Dobbs Ferry, NY. The work includes restoration and rehabilitation of historic building as an interpretive and education center and park office.

FOCA supports the Protect the Palisades Coalition

Press Release: Proposed LG Building Would Mar Palisades, Image Shows

Englewood Cliffs, N. J. – July 30, 2013 – Today, Protect the Palisades released visual simulations taken from the George Washington Bridge showing that LG's proposed 143-foot tower would destroy the Palisades vista. The images, which provide “Before” and “After” views, stand in stark contrast to LG's claims to the contrary.

Preservation Work Assures Croton Aqueduct Double Arch Bridge Another Hundred Years

Photo: Mavis Cain, Gary Ricci, Manager of Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park, Sammy Singh who worked on the bridge and Robert Kornfeld.

By Andrea Minoff

33rd Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards on April 26, 2013

The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct were pleased to be given the Going Green Spirit Award by the Volunteer Center of United Way. The award recognized the Friends’ work in promoting and protecting the 26.2 miles of green which is the Aqueduct trail.

One of the ways the Friends spread awareness of the importance of the Aqueduct is by giving lectures and programs that tell the story of how the Aqueduct was built between in five short years ( 1837 to 1842 ) to bring life saving fresh water to New York City.

James Bremner's Gravestone is back together!

The Friends are thrilled that Bremner’s stone was the first to be repaired in the historic Little White Cemetery in Dobbs Ferry.

Bremner was the first keeper and superintendent of the Aqueduct Trail in the 4th district. He was responsible for daily maintenance and annual inspection of every foot of the interior in his area. He was stationed and housed in the Keeper’s House in Dobbs Ferry from the late 1840’s to his death in 1872. He lived there with his wife and two stepdaughters and must have used the old barn on Walnut street.

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