Author: 
Mavis Cain

In "Under New York," aired last month, we see the inside of the Aqueduct raw - totally natural with bats flying about and the grunge that accumulates with time. The explorers had to do confined space training and there they are, splashing through the dark and foreboding tunnel with hard hats and head lamps. One of the best parts is when they come upon a "dead air" section and they are running for air, one after the other, then scrambling up the ladder to safety. This section of the Aqueduct is not the refined and well-lit section that we have in Ossining. It's "au naturel." -- Mavis Cain

Author: 
Mavis Cain


Part of the pleasure of walking the Aqueduct is finding the off-shoots and exploring them. On September 13, five brave women with Mavis and Joe Kozlowski tackled the overgrown carriage road from the Aqueduct to Untermyer Park starting at the Lion and the headless unicorn.

"They've got to replace the head!" someone shouted. Indeed, a headless unicorn could be an ordinary horse. Up through the tangle of shrubs we went - over and under fallen trees and then on to a place so boggy the women decided Joe would have to lie down and become a bridge for us to walk over. He gallantly agreed but we let him off.

Untermyer Park is another world. We discussed its history and explored the garden with the griffins, the mosaic tiled pool, and the greek columns - the stage where Isadora Duncan had danced.

Off the Beaten Aqueduct can be a different kind of a walk worth the effort.

Author: 
Mavis Cain

Happy Water or Acqua Felice....That’s what Pope Sixtus V called the Aqueduct that he commanded to be opened in 1585. Now why didn’t John Jervis think of a pretty name like that? Acqua Felice was an aqueduct that brought water to the area north of Rome, It was Pope Sixtus’ big achievement. I learned this at an exhibition in Ottawa Canada on the artistic achievements of the popes of the 16th C . I learned a lot about the various popes’ less pure activities, too. Mavis Cain.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

by Cornelia Cotton

Ed Rondthaler, typographer, inventor, historian, author, civic activist, advocate of phonetic spelling, and raconteur, died at age 104 on August 19.

A member of Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct since its beginning, he twice gave illustrated talks - in 1999 and 2000 - at our annual meetings. With inimitable charm he shared his love and knowledge of the Croton River, which he and his wife Dot explored on foot and by canoe from the sources of its three tributaries to its estuary.

The Rondthalers lived in Croton in a log cabin-style house on the river since 1941. A more complete tribute to Ed will appear in the Friends' next newsletter.

Obituary from Journal-News.

Author: 
Mavis Cain

I spent a happy hour in the basement of the Keeper's House with the beady eyed restoration experts from Steve Tilly's office. These talented people were tapping against crumbling walls, inspecting under floorboards to discover a pattern of cobblestones and making notes on clipboards. If it weren't such positive proof of the project getting underway, it would have been a claustrophobic experience. There was a small brick fireplace that maybe was used for cooking in a downstairs kitchen. Ceilings are low - but even a six footer can walk easily in the area. From a back door a pile of rubble had tumbled down on to the floor. Everything smells musty of course but at last, windows upstairs have been opened so there are fewer sneezes.
Pretty soon all this planning will come to fruition. Watch for news of the next phase.