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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.

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.

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.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

We've added an article from our current Newsletter HERE. From time to time we'll add more articles from past issues.

Also: Don't miss the Bronx Historical Society's "Walking with Poe" tour -- including the High Bridge -- October 4th 2009 on our calendar.

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