Sunday, September 30, 2012

PHOTOS, 2012 CROTON ROTARY CLASSIC CAR SHOW

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Despite predictions of scattered showers, the 2012 Croton Rotary Classic Car Show went off without a hitch. Click on the photos below to see some of today's great event:


TODAY'S HNM SPECIAL RECOGNITION & BLESSING FOR FIRST REPONDERS, 911 AND LOCALLY

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Today, Holy Name of Mary held a special recognition of, and blessing for, the first responders of both 9/11 and locally who serve us so loyally day in and day out at the 10:45 am mass. We thought you'd enjoy seeing this photo. Of course, the Knights of Columbus are always on hand for such events! Click on the photo.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

GROUCHY GABE'S, CROTON-ON-HUDSON, AND THE BLACK COW MAKE THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

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Well…Croton makes the Wall Street Journal, along with Grouchy Gabe, the Black Cow, Senasqua, our charming small-town, small village feel…read more here:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443389604578024300126355658.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Friday, September 28, 2012

REALLY BIG DOG! AND A MOOSH AT HEART...

EVERYTHING CROTON'S BIG DOG OF THE MONTH--HECK THE YEAR! IT'S QUAZZY! Click on the photo! Got a head like a bear and over 5 feet tall on all fours. Click on the photo.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

--It was wonderful to hear from Karl Fey--and to see his latest creation--an interpretation of a vintage Marklin train piece--specifically, a Marklin Goods Shed rescaled to O gauge(1:48) from Nr. 1 Gauge(1:32). Original dated from 1910s. There's a photo of the original at the end for comparison. Sliding freight door opens on both sides. Click on the photos below, all rights reserved Karl Fey. 


--What's Christmas without vintage mushrooms - NEW FROM BLUMCHEN; WELCOME TO MUSHROOM LAND  http://www.blumchen.com/vintage_florals_mushrooms.html

--AND ON EBAY, lots of older putz houses coming to market as they always do this time of year; check it out--bidding on many of the more interesting pieces end tonight into tomorrow; Fey's latest is below

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

NEW AT THE ARBORETUM WEBSITE: "FOREST BATHING" A.K.A. SHINRIN-YOKU

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The Croton Arboretum website has just been updated with a fascinating article on “Forest Bathing”—or the healthful effects of “a walk in the woods”:

“We were inspired to investigate Japanese research on forest bathing therapy after getting a call from an Arboretum visitor whose parent’s anxiety and anger markedly decrease after their walks in the Arboretum.

While “everybody knows” that a walk in the woods decreases stress, American medicine has been slow to actually measure the benefits. Starting in 1982, however, Japanese doctors have prescribed "Shinrin-yoku" (forest bathing) to decrease the risk and impacts of psychosocial stress-related diseases, including the anxiety, depression and anger associated with dementia and Alzheimers.” 

Read the rest of this superb article here: http://www.crotonarboretum.org/news/2012/9/26/forest-bathing.html

And remember: The Arboretum needs your help! For more info: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/09/feed-birds-selling-reusable-shopping.html
P.S. DOWNLOAD THE NEW AND ENHANCED MAP HERE:  http://www.crotonarboretum.org/news/2012/9/8/new-trail-map.html

JOURNAL NEWS ARTICLE, DOCUMENTS OBTAINED THROUGH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION, INCINERATOR ASH, CROTON

JOURNAL NEWS, 9/26/12, CROTON WASTE SITE'S RESURRECTION WORRIES RESIDENTS

NOTE: NOT ALL DOCUMENTS OBTAINED PURSUANT TO FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ARE  COVERED IN THIS ARTICLE. Highlights only. Read more at the link below:

CROTON-ON-HUDSON 
--New ownership of a controversial dump site (1A Croton Pt. Avenue) appears imminent, raising concerns about future operations there, as well as scrutiny of discussions held by village officials behind the scenes over the proposed use of the facility...What new ownership of the property might mean is being evaluated in light of previous correspondence with Mayor Leo Wiegman and Westchester County officials, obtained through Freedom of Information requests. The e-mails show discussions about the site, formerly owned by Metro Enviro, and its potential for use in transporting ash from a Peekskill incinerator.
--As one e-mail from the deputy environmental facilities commissioner, Louis Vetrone, stated, in early 2011: “You may recall Croton Mayor Wiegman requested that the County explore whether it would be feasible for the County to purchase or lease the former Metro Enviro rail spur property and use it to transport ash” from the incinerator. 

The foiled documents from the county are here: http://tinyurl.com/9huvr7c
READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE http://www.lohud.com/article/20120926/NEWS02/309260105/Croton-waste-site-s-possible-resurrection-worries-residents

EDITOR'S NOTE: CROTON OFFICIALS ARE DISPUTING THIS ARTICLE: 
Perhaps the mayor and trustees, and the public, would be better served if Croton's officials immediately contacted the county department of environmental facilities and asked for a retraction of the content found in the documents they provided pursuant to a freedom of information request from a citizen. If it is the board's position that these documents are erroneous, that county officials are misinterpreting these many meetings, discussions, events, conversations, etc., which apparently Trustee Schmidt, a fellow trustee, was not made aware of, then they should immediately ask county officials for a public retraction.

LETTER TO THE GAZETTE ON THE MAYOR'S "DENIAL"  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/10/1a-croton-point-ave-update-response-to.html

ANDY WILLIAMS HAS DIED

Sad news indeed. 9/26/12 - PEOPLE MAGAZINE - Andy Williams, whose corn-fed good looks, easygoing charm and smooth rendition of "Moon River" propelled him to the heights of music stardom in the early '60s, died Tuesday at his home in Branson, Mo., following a battle with bladder cancer, his family announced. READ MORE HERE: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20570219,00.html?xid=rss-topheadlines

Here he is performing Moon River in the 1960's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flm4xcOyiCo

AND CHESTNUTS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tkZbbY6_EA&feature=fvst

CROTON GAS LINE ACCIDENTALLY RUPTURED BY CON ED, EVACUATED RESIDENTS RETURNING HOME

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CROTON GAS LINE ACCIDENTALLY RUPTURED BY CON ED WORKERS; residents evacuated from ten homes on Morningside Drive are now being allowed to return; repairs/damage underway. We’ll keep you posted.

CROTON’S AIDAN MACK HOSTS TV SHOW FOR THE DEAF

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CROTON’S AIDAN MACK HOSTS TV SHOW FOR THE DEAF, NEWSDAY, 9/26/12 - Independent producer Aidan Mack has teamed up with White Plains Community Media (WPCM) to produce “The Aidan Mack Show,” in which Mack interviews guests exclusively in American Sign Language. READ MORE HERE http://newyork.newsday.com/westchester/westchester-now-1.3784383/croton-woman-hosts-talk-show-for-the-deaf-1.4037650

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

To the right, when icicles were REALLY icicles; a Doubl-Glo ad, 1948; click on the ad; the ones being made today are too flimsy for proper effect. Yes, yes, we know they're safer but...that reminds us of a great article from Paul Racep: Dangerous Christmas Decorations People Used to Use! Click on the link: http://www.familychristmasonline.com/trees/ornaments/dangerous/dangerous_decorations.htm

Don't forget - Chapter 6, Spook Hill Chronicles, is online at http://tiny.cc/4987kw 

More Honeycomb Halloween from Blumchen! http://tiny.cc/4a97kw 

Wonderful vintage inspired die cuts http://tiny.cc/8w77kw 

Stereoscopic card, Columbia exposition—check out the marvelous architecture – putzing inspiration for sure! http://www.flickr.com/photos/30484128@N03/8012586317/in/photostream 

German Christmas arch—isn’t this beautiful—imagine something like this in pressed paper/cardboard http://www.saxongifts.com/product-p/christmas-arch-202598.htm 

Halloween blow-mold repros made from the 1960’s molds—at these prices, we think they are preferable to the originals on ebay—no paint loss or fading http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/store/jump/productDetail/For_The_Home/For_The_Home/Halloween/Light-Up_Halloween_Figures/49010 



Lighted boxes http://tiny.cc/gh87kw

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CHRONICLES OF CROTON'S BOHEMIA CONTINUES, MABEL DODGE, ROBERT SCOTT'S LATEST

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In his newest Postscriptsseries titled "Chronicles of Croton's Bohemia," Croton's own Robert Scott focuses his attention on the many fascinating personalities who contributed to the vibrant bohemian community that flourished in Croton and Harmon a century ago. 

This week's article tells the story of wealthy socialite Mabel Dodge, the catalyst who brought artists, writers, radicals and intellectuals together in her salon--the "movers and shakers" whose ideas on art, politics, relationships and sexual equality were upsetting the old order. Read the Mabel Dodge story on Postscripts at http://notorc.blogspot.com/2012/09/mabel-dodge-power-of-money.html

FUNGUS AT THE MERWIN OAK

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We were all quite alarmed when we spotted this type of wood rot fungus quickly overtaking a portion of Croton's Merwin Oak at its base--click on the photo--and made some inquiries. Artie Neff, on hand for the Fun Fall Day, told us that it had recently been treated professionally. We'll keep you posted.

Monday, September 24, 2012

ED RONDTHALER'S WIRE SCULPTURES OF HISTORIC BRIDGES & BUILDINGS ON PERMANENT DISPLAY AT THE CROTON LIBRARY

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CROTON FREE LIBRARY, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
914-271-6612, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ed Rondthaler's Wire Sculptures of Historic Bridges and Buildings of the Croton River Go On Permanent Display at the Croton Free Library

Thirteen small wire sculptures, created by the late Edward Rondthaler (1905-2009), merge his artistic talents, craftmanship and his passion for history and storytelling, with his love of the Croton River. Started during a long winter in 1947, they hung for more than 60 years on a map he painted on his living room wall. After he passed away in 2009, at the age of 104, his friend Carl Oechsner, President of Croton Friends of History, facilitated the generous donation by the Rondthaler family to the Croton Free Library—an organization Ed had long supported.

The sculptures start with a train crossing the bridge at the mouth of the Croton River and end with the bridge that crosses the spillway of the New Croton Dam. Along the way we see historic buildings—Van Cortlandt Manor, the Ferry House, the Underhill Mill—and bridges that have long fascinated Crotonites, like the Revolutionary War "New Bridge" that George Washington crossed on the way to victory at Yorktown and Quaker Bridge, one of the oldest bridges in Westchester County.  

One of the highlights is Ed's sculpture of High Bridge, the magnificent covered wooden bridge, built 60 feet above the river in 1842, after the collapse of first Croton Dam washed away every bridge on the Croton River. In Ed's clever depiction there's a gondola tied up below the bridge. Why? Because 28 years after High Bridge collapsed, real estate developer Clifford Harmon built Nikko Inn on the very same cliff and had gondolas made by Croton’s Osborn Boat Works, to transport visitors up the river from the train station to the inn.

“When I look at the High Bridge sculpture I can hear Ed telling a story,” says Carl Oechsner. “He’d talk about the prehistoric glacier that formed the Croton River, he’d tell stories about the Native Americans, the Van Cortlandts, the way “Croton Water” from the river saved and helped to create New York City. We hope this wonderful gift will keep Ed’s passion for local history alive in Croton.”

The display of Ed's work has been a community effort. His friend and neighbor, Elton Robinson, contributed a large photographic portrait by Croton resident Thomas Kristich, taken in front of Ed's beloved "picture tunnel". Carl Oechsner and Marc Cheshire worked with the Croton Free Library to archivally frame Ed's work, and to complement the library's display they have posted an article on the Croton Friends of History website that reveals how Ed came to create the wire sculptures and the history behind them.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

--An early Mickey Mouse to be featured in the upcoming winter auction at Croton's own SeriousToyz - SEE BELOW - www.serioustoyz.com 

--Vintage Catalog for the Franklin Jewelry Co of Philadelphia PA of ca.1875/80 (Jewelry, silverware & novelties, great illustrations – CLICK http://archive.org/stream/illustratedcatal00fran#page/n0/mode/thumb 

--TIME CAPSULE HOUSE http://tiny.cc/73y3kw 

--ANGEL’S ATTIC MUSEUM – wow—antique dolls, dollhouses, miniatures, the Christmas tree alone is worth the visit—the music is even pretty http://www.angelsattic.com/photo-gallery.html 

--A friend of ours spent Christmas one year in the Philippines and told us that their displays are big, bright and colorful—and to check out this youtube video on the subject—here you go:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnDQvBtJT4w They also make these “lanterns” called Parols http://www.myparol.com/myparol/modern.html 

--Friends ordered these die cut house kits—we’ll let you know how it works out http://www.vintage-ornaments.com/die-cut-paper-putz-house-or-gingerbread-house-to-decorate-germany-hou001

CROTON PHOTOS, PART 3, FUN FALL DAY 2012: CET PTA, HISPANIC MINISTRY OF HOLY NAME, FRANZOSO CONTRACTING

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Well Croton's first annual FUN FALL DAY went off without a hitch. The threatened rain held off until later in the evening and everyone had a great time. Kudos to the Croton Business Council and the Croton Recreation Department.

One of the nicest things about these types of events is the opportunity to learn new things about the village--and of course, to meet old friends and make new ones--perhaps most importantly, however, these events deepen one's appreciation for why we all came to Croton in the first place: it's small town atmosphere and charm.

We learned quite a bit today--The CETPTA table was selling very cool spiritwear (click on the photo up above for one example, then visit www.cetpta.com for more info). Meanwhile, the fundraising table for the Hispanic Ministry at Holy Name of Mary had everything from Hummel plates to Korean dolls (again click on the photos below)--p.s. The 2nd anniversary celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Grotto is 10/7.  Oh and don't forget, the famous Rotary Classic Car Show is 9/30/12--check out Franzoso Contracting's fully restored 1930's pick-up truck on display at yesterday's Fun Fall Day. Stay tuned for more photos.

See Parts 1 and 2 of the 2012 Fun Fall Day here:  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/09/photos-part-2-fun-fall-day-baked-by.html and http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/09/photos-part-1-2012-fall-fun-day-cub.html