Author: 
Mavis Cain

Take advantage of the snow and try skiing on the trail. It's amazingly good in certain sections. I went out 3 times last week on the sections from Dobbs Ferry down to Yonkers.If you are the first one out you have to make a track away from the walkers' path - which is a bit slow going but on your return it's good. One has to clump across the streets and occasionally take the skis off - at 5 corners in Hastings for instance.

Another good section is from Mercy College north to Lyndhurst and maybe the best is from Sleepy Hollow High School north, paralleling Rockefeller Estate and then going into the estate.

If you don't have skis, Jaggers, in Bedford is a good place to get them.

Let's hope the snow lasts for a few more good weekends.
Mavis Cain.

Author: 
Mavis Cain

On November 4, a bus load of eager 11th graders from the Academy of Urban Planning studied the water system of the area from the upstate watershed to the Aqueduct.

In our area, they started at the Croton Dam. Student Venise Morales said, "The beauty of it is amazing, especially considering it is man-made." Kiara Rogrigues added "So many people put their lives on the line to make it." And Camille Velasquez noted that the Aqueduct "was built by hand, not by machinery. Irish people came from the potato famine to help build the tunnel..."

Mavis Cain, Carl Grimm and Tom Tarnowsky told the students the fascinating story of John Jervis and his passion for the Aqueduct, to say nothing of his genius in planning it.

Camille concluded "My experience was beautiful. I'm thankful for our water."

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

The event, hosted by the Friends to honor Assemblyman Mike Spano and Groundwork Hudson Valley for their support of the Aqueduct, took place on October 21, a beautiful autumn day, at the juncture of the trail and Lamartine Avenue.

Since Mike Spano had an important meeting in Albany, our good friend, former State Senator Nick Spano, stood in for his brother, pulling off the paper cover of one of the signs with appropriate panache.

Executive Director Rick Magder and Community Development Director Vernon Brinkley of Groundwork Hudson Valley revealed the second sign with toddler Liliane Ameen offering advice.

Author: 
Mavis Cain

On October 3rd, Troop 24 left Croton Dam and walked south as far as Dobbs Ferry, a hike that took all day. The boys and their troop leaders spent the night at the beautiful Waterfront park beside the Hudson river. It was cold... br-r.
For the next lap of the journey they chose November 7. They left the Keeper's House early and walked as far as the High Bridge. Thanks to the Friends' trusty map, they made it!


The sight of the water tower as they neared the goal must have been glorious. All together the boys and their leaders walked 20 miles. They now know every ventilator and weir on the whole trail. Congratulations Troop 24! Mavis Cain

Author: 
Mavis Cain

On November 11th, the History Channel crew will be filming the Croton Dam and inside the Aqueduct tunnel. The Friends historian Bob Kornfeld will be on-camera giving the history of The Aqueduct. Our next report will tell you when to see it on television.