Author: 
Mavis Cain

The Annual Meeting pulled in a big crowd, despite rainy weather. Mavis Cain, president, gave an update of recent activities. She was followed by Tom Tarnowsky who presented the slate of board members who were duly approved by the audience. Bob Kornfeld presented the schedule of the Keeper's House project. Construction bids go out as soon as the mechanical specs are approved by the State Department of Transport. Drawings were available for all to study.


The highlight of the day was Captain Scott Craven's talk: "How the Aqueduct changed the course of the Croton River - and History." An appreciative audience asked probing questions and gave Scott a round of enthusiastic applause. We are so fortunate to have had such a knowledgeable and entertaining speaker.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

Parks and Trails New York has announced the 2010 Greenway and Community trail awards. The Volunteer Service Award goes to two members of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, Elisa Zazzera of Hastings and Joe Kozlowski of Yonkers for engaging local community groups in the cleanup and promotion of the Old Croton Aqueduct in Yonkers.

Elisa and Joe have taken on the challenge of making sections of the trail in Yonkers more welcoming and useable by bikers, mothers with strollers, and the general public. Some parts had been neglected, overgrown and used as a dumping area. Working with other groups, Elisa and Joe are making an important difference in giving the Aqueduct trail the kind of appeal it has in Hastings, Dobbs Ferry and Irvington.

New York Greenway and Community Trail Awards.

Congratulations Elisa and Joe!

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

All walks will be led by a member of Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

April 3 – Ossining Weir tour. See video to learn about the Old Croton Aqueduct, then descend into the original brick pre-Civil War water tunnel. Meet at 10:00 AM at the Ossining Community Center at 95 Broadway adjacent to the aqueduct, just west of Highland Ave./Rt. 9. Information: 914-762-4082

April 17 – Celebrate Earth Day in Irvington with a walk on the Old Croton Aqueduct to Lyndhurst estate. Learn about local architectural landmarks and aqueduct history. Meet in Irvington on Main St. 2 blocks west of Broadway / Rt 9 at 11:00 AM. Information: 914-591-7399

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."