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ADVOCACY EDUCATION PRESERVATION STEWARDSHIP

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FOCAAdmin

We are saddened by the news of the death of our member, friend, and benefactor, William Lee Frost, on September seventh.

Bill, an early Aqueduct fan, started collecting Aqueduct material long before there was FOCA, or even the Croton Aqueduct Committee. In later years, he donated the bulk of his collection to the Croton-on-Hudson Historical Society -- with one exception: A piece of the original old wooden pipe of the Manhattan Water Company, founded by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in 1799. This he donated to FOCA.

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FOCAAdmin

Westchester Trails Association, a long-established hiking club in the county, has organized a series of monthly hikes on the Old Croton Aqueduct called “OCA and More," starting in November. The hikes will each be 7-8 miles long, and will incorporate the four sections listed in the book Walkable Westchester, beginning at Lamartine Ave.

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FOCAAdmin

Charlotte Fahn took these photos of the ongoing work at the ramp at Cedar & Main in Dobbs Ferry. This critical improvement to the Trail is thanks to generous donations from people like YOU. Thank you!

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FOCAAdmin

Friends member Diane Alden points to a specimen of the mushroom Ganoderma tsugae, thoughtfully left on an Aqueduct gatepost by a previous, anonymous walker. This was on the Friends' first guided walk from Ossining's Gerlach Park to the New Croton Dam and back, on June 18, led by Charlotte Fahn. Diane joined the group for a fascinating segment during which she identified and told about several kinds of mushrooms on the trail that otherwise would likely have gone completely unnoticed. (Photo by C. Fahn)

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FOCAAdmin

In a ceremony on July 9 at Ossining’s Gerlach Park, Dustin Hofer (left) of Briarcliff Boy Scout Troop 18 was awarded his Eagle Scout badge, the highest rank in scouting, for planning and carrying out construction of a stairway connecting the park with the Old Croton Aqueduct (see Friends newsletter no. 37, Winter 2011, for a full description). The stairway creates convenient access to the north end of the Aqueduct and to Croton Gorge County Park and the New Croton Dam, since Gerlach Park has plenty of parking as well as restroom facilities. The walk is about two and a half miles to the dam.

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