Tuesday, December 28, 2010

FEED THE BIRDS, GREAT ADVICE, FEEDERS & SEED, NOW IN THE HEART OF HARMON

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

DATING YOUR VINTAGE & ANTIQUE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS AND DECORATIONS

There's nothing we vintage Christmas collectors like better than being able to pinpoint the origin and or date of our vintage and antique decorations and ornaments. There are a number of sources for finding this information. One of the best is the Wishbook Flickr site. This site contains scans of many of the catalogs we so looked forward to receiving during the holiday season--from places like Sears, Montgomery Ward, etc. The earliest currently available is the 1933 Spiegel, but there are other catalogs right up to the 80's. You can see them at http://www.wishbookweb.com/

Another great source for dating this material came from right here in Croton, courtesy of Amy's "& Antiques". In fact, the Cotton women, Amy and Cornelia, run a shop that is chock full of researching opportunities in almost every corner. (All under one roof too: "& Antiques", "The Old Book Room", "Cornelia Cotton Gallery"--111 Grand St. 271-6802).

Here are the Christmas pages from the 1916 Sears Fall catalog, a recent purchase. While this is one of the more common catalogs around, we've specifically concentrated on scanning only those pages that center around Christmas lighting, ornaments, honeycomb decorations, and more--much of it made in Germany, Europe in general, the U.S., and some Made in Japan items too. Here are the links. Enjoy:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/5242928514/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/5242913340/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/5242299885/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/5242875084/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/5242870634/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/5242817610/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/5239575570/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/5238970385/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/5238939987/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/5238926961/

Sunday, November 28, 2010

CHRISTMAS 1941--FAMILY MOVIE REEL--FEATURING VINTAGE TRAINS

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One of Croton's vintage Christmas collectors just sent us this Youtube clip. We think you'll enjoy it for the old fashioned nostalgia, as well as the trains featured:
1) a 1939 Gilbert American Flyer O Gauge
2) a Marx Commodore Vanderbilt passenger set,
3) and a little Dorfan and Hafner in the end.
Click the link to see the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SasDQcRbHcA

If you love old, and new, trains www.bigindoortrains.com

Friday, November 12, 2010

FRAN ALLEN'S 11/11/10 GAZETTE LETTER REGARDING McCRAE'S MISINFORMATION ON DEER HUNTING

WITH PERMISSION OF THE WRITER: The Gazette - To the Editor, 
 
A letter to the Gazette (October 21, 2010) from Phebe Macrae, chair of the Croton Conservation Advisory Council, encourages readers to hunt in some county parks and on private lands in communities surrounding the Village. The facts: Few county parks allow hunting and then only under very, very restrictive conditions. Most surrounding private lands also severely restrict hunting. Ms. Macrae’s advice could get the unwary into serious legal difficulties.

Over the last month, members of my committee have written letters to the Gazette correcting inaccuracies about hunting outside the village. We have supplied the facts. Members of the CAC should know and provide these needed facts whenever they make a recommendation.

Fran Allen, Co-chair, Citizens Against Bowhunting

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

IF YOU LOVE THE OLD DEPARTMENT STORE CHRISTMAS WINDOWS OF YESTERDAY

From time to time, we'll feature local articles and brief bits on vintage holiday collectibles.

IF YOU LOVE THE OLD DEPARTMENT STORE CHRISTMAS WINDOWS OF YESTERDAY:

There once was a time when department stores were everywhere, and never was their presence more keenly felt than at Christmas. Their windows would be filled with holiday displays, often animated, and they inevitably became a destination for families looking for an inexpensive night out.

Howard Lamey of www.littleglitterhouses.com sent me a fascinating link today. Just keep scrolling down the page once you get there for an endless series of old Christmas windows from Scranton, Pennsylvania:
http://scrantonchristmas.blogspot.com/

Friday, October 29, 2010

KAREN BERNARD'S LETTER ADDRESSING MISINFORMATION CONCERNING "AN INVITATION TO BOW HUNT DEER"

The letter below from Karen Bernard was written in her capacity as a private citizen, NOT the president of the Arboretum. It appeared in the 10/28 edition of the Gazette and was meant to address certain inaccuracies in a letter that was written by a resident/member of Croton's CAC in the same paper the week before; that letter invited residents to bow-hunt under circumstances which were among other things, illegal. Ms. Bernard's letter is being re-printed here with permission:

To the editor, In the interest of clearing up the misinformation in a recent letter that invites bow hunters into “surrounding communities and some county parks”, I called both the NYS and Westchester County Parks Departments. This is what I learned.

  • No hunting is permitted in any NYS park in Westchester, with the exception of a special program in the Rockefeller Preserve in Pocantico. This is limited to 15 hunters and 5 alternates who are chosen by annual lottery, given special training beyond what NYS requires for a hunting license and is strictly monitored. Each participant is limited to a doe and buck: there are no special permits for taking does. The nearest NYS park is which open hunting is allowed is Fahnestock State Park in Putnam County.
  • No hunting is permitted in any Westchester County park, other than the limited bow hunting program in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and Lasdon/Muscoot Park that is just for specially trained and certified hunters.
  • No hunting is permitted on municipal property in the town of Cortlandt, including town parks. Hunting is permitted on private property per NYS regulations: specifically, hunters must be licensed, hours are limited to ½ hours after sunrise and ½ hour after sunset, no hunting is allowed within 500 feet of a dwelling, except with the express permission of the property owner. Hunters may, however, pursue a wounded animal onto private property unless the property is either posted or fenced. 
  • At this writing, I was not able to find out what is allowed by the Village and Town of Ossining 
  • The invitation for Croton hunters to hunt in “surrounding communities and some county parks” is inaccurate and irresponsible and should not mislead anyone into hunting where this activity is not legal.

Sincerely, Karen Jescavage-Bernard

Thursday, October 21, 2010

CROTON RESIDENT KATHLEEN RIEDY, OBITUARY

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Long time resident Kathleen Riedy has passed away. A true loss for our village, a staunch opponent of Harmon re-zoning and Metro-Enviro, an active member of The Rotary. Here is the link to her obituary, as well as visitation hours at Carter's; link is only good for a few weeks: http://www.nyjnews.com/obits/index_full.php3

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CARMEN'S UNISEX SALON IN HARMON VOTED BEST OF WESTCHESTER 2010

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We're not at all surprised that Carmen's Unisex Salon in Harmon has been voted the BEST OF WESTCHESTER 2010.
 Congratulations Carmen and Company! 364 South Riverside Ave. 914-271-3962