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FOCAAdmin

From the DEP of New York:

We are excited to announce the launch of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s 31st annual Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest. Second through twelfth grade students attending New York City and East or West of Hudson Watershed public, independent, charter or parochial schools or home-schooled students are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflect an appreciation for our shared water resources. Entries will be accepted online from now until Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

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Anonymous

The Friends invited our wonderful, hard-working Keeper's House docents to a private tour of Philipse Manor Hall during the holidays. And, since we like exploring Yonkers, we added on lunch at the locally famous Cuban restaurant La Bella Havana! Sixteen docents and board members socialized and took the fascinating tour. Our New York State Parks guide Robert A Lee, a descendant of General Robert E Lee (!), then took us outside for an impromptu walk through the newest Saw Mill River Daylighting park! Rushing water and rocky banks are clearly visible, underneath buildings, from a clever boardwalk through downtown Yonkers! What a gem the city has created. We all had a lovely afternoon.

Happy Holidays

- Lesley Waltner

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FOCAAdmin

Parks and Trails New York, a generous funder of the Keeper's House Restoration project, has featured our efforts in their member newsletter, Green Space. Thank you for all your do for us, PTNY!

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Mavis Cain

“ I haven’t had so much fun in years”

That's what one of our new docents said after serving as guide/docent on our weekend Open Days at the Keepers House. He admitted he signed up out of duty since he loves the trail, then discovered what fun it is meeting people from all over the world... Yes, all over the world!

We have had a group from Croatia, five visitors from Germany, and two Quebeqois, among others. Even one Icelander.

Many many come from Brooklyn – even more than Manhattan. It’s as if there is an Aqueduct spirit there. Some take Metro North to stations like Greystone and of course Dobbs Ferry, two stations that are near the trail. Some hardy walkers have done it all on foot.

I have asked visitors from abroad how they find out about us. Some say, “ We Google interesting walks near NYC... and up pops the Aqueduct.”

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FOCAAdmin

This is an excerpt from an article in the upcoming NEWSLETTER
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May 2016: Fifth Annual I Love My Park Day (ILMPD) on the OCA

56 volunteers worked for a total of 225 hours on 1.5 miles of the northern section of the trail in which numerous invasive plants and bushes were removed and chipped and/or mowed; 25 bags of garlic mustard pulled and a small truck load of large items of trash were removed from a hillside. 10 valuable native trees were preserved by removing invasive vines from them and a historic stone wall was cleared of invasive plants and then repaired and completely restored.