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On Sunday afternoon, June 3rd, Cornelia Cotton, long time member of the Friends shared with a standing room only audience her own perspective of the story of the Old Croton Aqueduct.  

Cornelia grew up in Germany in a family of artists and musicians.  Her father, a violinist, played in a string quartet with the great painter, Paul Klee, an excellent musician.  When Cornelia immigrated to the U.S., she brought her love of the arts with her, which she shared with her husband, Bill Cotton.  After the couple settled in Croton, they raised three daughters and built their house, which they designed themselves and built with their own hands.  

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Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct stalwarts Mavis Cain, Eddie Jabbour, Michael Ambrozek and Angelica Campoverde braved a chill, drizzly day to represent the Friends at the May 12 “Highbridge Rocks Community Festival” in Manhattan's Highbridge Park, organized by NYC Parks & Recreation. Our contingent took turns introducing local residents to the Aqueduct story at the Friends' table or leading walks on the High Bridge and the area near the fabled Coogan's Bluff. Many local residents were totally unaware of the Aqueduct trail and its link with the bridge. The park's geology was a feature of the event, which launched bouldering as one of the park's activities.

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On April 21st, Chris Mai and partner Frank Mamo completed the 41 mile Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, running the full length from The New York Public Library to the Croton Dam in 9 hours.

Every year, the couple runs a New York themed ultramarathon for fun. "Last year we ran from Inwood Park to Coney Island, one year we ran the perimeter of Manhattan, this year we decided to try the OCA," said Mai.

The tradition started as a way to experience New York's diverse neighborhoods and long history. "The OCA is a great trail. Passing through Upper Manahttan and the Bronx, running  in the woods in Westchester County, and seeing the communities along the Hudson River, you really come across every walk of life," said Mamo.

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The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct is proud to announce the publication of the third edition of our award-winning Map & Guide to the Westchester section of the Old Croton Aqueduct.

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Come celebrate the day our Aqueduct saved the City

Sunday, October 8, 2017
2 to 6pm at the Keeper’s House
15 Walnut Street, Dobbs Ferry NY

Food, music, Croton Cocktails, a new exhibit of photos by Fred Charles, art projects for kids, songs from 1842 . . .

For more information call Mavis at 914 693 0529 or Joanna at 917 742 7654

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Daniel Shure, 58, of Croton on Hudson died on September 7, 2017. A long-time and well-loved Croton resident, he was known for his affable personality, wit, and good humor.

Dan graduated from Utica College and worked for many years at the City University of New York, most recently as Manager of Creative and Web Services. Earlier in his career he worked in public relations at Lehman College, Yeshiva University and Hunter College.

He was a Board Member of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct and of the Croton Arboretum and an active supporter of the Croton Community Garden, the Croton-Cortlandt Food Pantry as well as other civic organizations. Dan enjoyed biking, camping, photography and walking his beloved dog, RJ.

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On Sunday October 8th, FOCA will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Croton Aqueduct with a birthday party at the Keeper's House in Dobbs Ferry. A new exhibit in the Keeper's House, music, games for kids, "Croton Cocktails," food and a chance to sit in a replica of the Croton Maid, the small boat that floated down to New York City on the first water to flow through the Aqueduct. 2 to 6pm. Details to be announced soon.

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caption: Group Photo by Karena Gray

For the full photo album, click HERE

 

On May 6 The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct continued the quest to rid the trail of invasive plants impeding views, threatening historic stone walls and choking out the valuable native plants and trees that support local wildlife.  Impossibly ambitious?  Maybe.  But worth making strategic choices and chipping away?  88 volunteers, community co-sponsors and corporate donors answered with their hands, feet, time and resources to say a resounding YES! 

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A lovely Spring day was had by all. Some of us went on to Dia Beacon, while others came early for breakfast on Main Street before the boat ride to sunny Pollopel Island. A band of docents shepherded us through the ruins and showed off old photos of the castle home and arsenal. This was a wonderful way to get to know more about our group .... it turned out that 3 participants knew each other from high school. And Jane Reed's description of Dobbs Ferry 54 years ago was a stitch! Back then short Italian ladies of indeterminate age walked everywhere, wearing knotted head kerchiefs with black dresses. Cedar and Main streets were quiet, almost empty of cars, and everyone knew everyone. Thank you docents for all you do at the Keeper's House!

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