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Author: 
Mavis Cain

This has been a big season for field trips. PS 116 of Manhattan sent 4th and 5th graders with their enthusiastic leader, Michelle Yonkell. These kids know a lot about the water system of New York - enough to keep us on our toes with accurate facts. After seeing the movie and listening to Mavis' stories about John Jervis, the kids had to test the echo in the tunnel and hunt for bats. They went back to the city wearing their Aqueduct bracelets and armed with a fact sheet.

Author: 
CFahn

Member Stephen DeVillo (center in the photo, with Ellie Carren and Matt Malina) led the Friends' first circumnavigation of 94-acre Jerome Park Reservoir on May 23. Lively commentary focused on the Croton system and interesting history of the surrounding neighborhoods. The beautiful allee of trees in the photo is in Fort Independence Park at the reservoir's north end. The fort that once stood here was sited by George Washington (see plaque).

Author: 
Mavis Cain

The Dobbs Ferry Democrats with members of the Greenburgh Hebrew Center did an amazing clean-up of the the Aqueduct trail back of the High School and up to Cedar Street. This group turned out on Sunday May 2nd and even pulled heavy trash out of the wooded section to the west. Bravo!

Not to be outdone, members of Temple Beth Shalom tackled the section of the trail on both sides of the Five Corners in Hastings. If members in every section of the trail did this we'd have a litter-free trail. Well done Aqueduct elves.

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.

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.

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