Friday, July 31, 2015

SPOTTED AROUND TOWN...

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We spy with our little eye: FRANZOSO ENERGY SOLUTIONS' new truck; click on the photo. 

FOR MORE ABOUT FRANZOSO ENERGY SOLUTIONS, visit franzosoenergysolutions.com/

THE SUMMER OF 1977 IN CROTON, PART FIVE

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON. 

And now by special request all summer--THE SUMMER OF 1977 IN CROTON, PART FIVE--courtesy as always, of the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY and an enthusiastic Everything Croton elve. Click on the photos below.  

SEE PART ONE HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/07/summer-of-77-in-croton-part-1.html   
PART TWO HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-summer-of-1977-in-croton-part-two.html
PART THREE HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-summer-of-1977-in-croton-part-three.html
PART FOUR HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-summer-of-1977-in-croton-part-four.html

ANOTHER NEW BUSINESS: HUDSON VALLEY LIFESAVERS

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

AND NOW A WORD FROM HUDSON VALLEY LIFESAVERS...

(EDITOR'S NOTE:  Luann Ricciardi is a lifelong Crotonite. For the past 10 years she has personally been training people to save lives by teaching them CPR/AED and First aid - the skills needed to respond in a cardiac emergency. Skills can save a life.) 

Hudson Valley Lifesavers has been working with local school districts, businesses, golf courses, restaurants and childcare providers training staff members as well as family and friends in these lifesaving skills. No group is too big or too small. The thing that makes us unique is that you name the place and time and we will do the rest. We bring the training to you!!! We have trained families in the comfort of their own livingrooms as well as a gym full of coaches preparing for the upcoming athletic season. We will also be doing a demonstration class at the Croton Free Library in October that the community can come and join. We are even making a plan to come and train our senior citizens group!!  Check us out on Facebook for pictures from our latest trainings.

Luann Ricciardi, Lead Trainer 914-862-4857

A TIGHT CIRCLE WITH ROB & MONICA AND THEIR LATEST "SALE-ING" ADVENTURES

Let's go "sale-ing" with Rob and Monica and their latest Adventures Amongst the Ducks....There's vintage Christmas--not to mention THE BEST OF CHICKENMAN (more on THAT another day) etc.

JULY 30, 2015--"A TIGHT CIRCLE": A week long search through the ads for sales netted very few sales of interest. Unlike last week when our list was longer than time would ever allow, this week's sales of interest numbered exactly three. READ MORE HERE http://www.ouradventuresamongsttheducks.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-tight-circle.html

GOOD-BYE & GOOD LUCK TO HOLY NAME OF MARY'S PAT DENOTA

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

As some of you may know, Pat a.k.a. Patricia DeNota--parish secretary for Holy Name of Mary--will be leaving this week. She will be missed by one and all but especially by your editor because...

Pat is one of the best damn (oops!) secretaries I have met in years!  And just a really nice person too...did I mention she is a consummate professional as well--efficient too--all fine qualities that one rarely encounters in the "business" world these days...

And so...perhaps the Irish say it best:

May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!


Good-bye and Good Luck! 

COMING SOON: MEET THE NEW SECRETARY @ HOLY NAME OF MARY

Thursday, July 30, 2015

GOD SQUAD 2015: A WORD FROM CARL BARNES, YOUTH MINISTER

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

AND NOW A WORD FROM CARL BARNES OF THE HOLY NAME OF MARY'S GOD SQUAD:


The mission of God Squad is to offer our young adults fulfillment in the areas of spirituality, continued education of their faith and community service. Through our outreach to the community, we have tried to evangelize various groups of people including younger children, seniors, and the homeless. Our Annual Homeless Awareness Sleep-out is now in its 11th year.

God Squad has an operating budget of approximately $10,000 that comes from the parish. This covers personnel costs for me and Lindsay, our CYFM Youth Partner. In addition, we have some incidentalexpenses associated with the events that we host. In an effort to be self-sustaining, we were able to raise approximately $6,000 of our operating budget through our annual appeal last year. I am askingfor your financial support so that we can continue to offset the youth ministry’s expense to the parish.

We do this rather than charge a fee for the teens to participate in God Squad. If you would like to make a contribution, you may do so by writing a check to Name of Mary, marked “God Squad”, and drop your donation at the Parish Office Center, Monday–Friday between the hours of 9:00am - 5:00pm.

FOR MORE ABOUT HOLY NAME OF MARY, VISIT http://www.holynameofmary.org/

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN:
--2014 GOD SQUAD FALL CLEAN UP FOR SENIOR CITIZENS, PHOTOS http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/11/2014-god-squad-kicks-off-it-calendar-of.html

AND MORE MID-CENTURY MODERN LIGHTING FUN

More mid-century modern fun; select scans from the 1960 Coleman Electric Catalog featuring VIRDEN LIGHTING. Wonderful examples of 60's lighting at their best. Click on the images below and enjoy!

Stay tuned for additional pages soon.

WANT MORE MID-CENTURY MODERN LIGHTING, KITCHENS, FURNITURE AND MORE? Go here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/07/more-mid-century-catalog-madness-all.html 

 

SERVICES FOR DANIEL THOMAS COTTER

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 7-9pm and Saturday August 1st from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the EDWARD F. CARTER FUNERAL HOME, 41 Grand St., Croton-on-Hudson, NY. FULL OBITUARY HERE http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lohud/obituary.aspx?n=daniel-thomas-cotter&pid=175392774&fhid=4011

THE CROTON VILLAGE GARDEN CLUB STRIKES AGAIN...THE FLAGPOLE ON THE WATERFRONT

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

Once again, many thanks to the CROTON VILLAGE GARDEN CLUB for their efforts to beautify and maintain the village's neglected properties.

And now a word from Richard Zumbach; click on the photos, all rights reserved: 

The club has been busy as usual and last week finished the planting at the Croton Landing flagpole. 

Croton Landing is probably the nicest park on the Hudson, and now the entrance way looks fantastic with this completed garden.  Thanks to Molly and others for their work on the design and for the planting of the many plants.  Your ideas are always welcome, and from the gardens we have planted and maintained over the last couple of years,  Croton is becoming a more attractive village for all of us to enjoy. 

Our next meeting will be in September. Trust you are enjoying the summer. Until then, making Croton beautiful, one garden at a time...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

REMEMBERING S.S. KRESGE STORES @ CHRISTMAS

Yes, it's true. We miss the old five and dime stores--and never more so than at Christmas.

While we here in the Northeast often think Woolworth's, our readers just as often tell us about S.S. Kresge Stores out in the Midwest.....

Kresge’s original stores sold a wide selection of goods for 10 cents or less. Later stores included items for a price up to one dollar, and after World War II the company expanded into large discount stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

You can read more Kresge history here: http://www.britannica.com/biography/S-S-Kresge

Anyway...in our recent haul of vintage magazines from the Peekskill Attic Treasures Flea Market -- held on Sundays from 9 am more or less to late afternoon depending on the weather --  were quite a few full page Christmas ads for the stores, something we had never seen before!

Of course, we have to share. All of these are from the early 1920's.

Click on the photos and enjoy this slice of by-gone Americana.

You may also have an interest in:

--The Woolworth's display at the National Christmas Museum/National Christmas Center http://bit.ly/1h5ojcP

--Doc Johnson, America's first Christmas store http://bit.ly/1IqHlQH

--F.W. Woolworth 1929 50th Anniversary promo booklet  https://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157628978332571/

--A Woolworth's Photo Pool collection at Flickr https://www.flickr.com/groups/1591212@N22/pool/

--1926 S.S. KRESGE IN WARREN OHIO http://bit.ly/1eAPoTp

MEX TO GO OPENS SECOND LOCATION IN SOMERS!!!

Congratulations to Mayra of Croton's own MEX TO GO! When you have a winning formula for Mexican food, you just have to spread the news! And now MEX TO GO has opened a second location in Somers, NY!  We wish Mayra all the best! Here's the telephone number  and address for the Somers location: (914) 401-9777; 256 Route 100 - stay tuned for more info.  FOR MORE ABOUT MEX TO GO HERE IN CROTON, VISIT https://www.facebook.com/www.mextogoCrotononHudsoncom

SOME ASSORTED CROTON BITS & PIECES FROM THE SPRING & EARLY SUMMER OF 1976

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

SOME ASSORTED BITS & PIECES FROM THE SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER OF 1976, courtesy of the archives maintained by the volunteers of The Croton Historical Society. Click on the photos below.

You may also have an interest in http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/07/by-special-request-crotons-bi.html

WHAT'S NEW @ THE CROTON MUSIC CENTER

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

THE CROTON MUSIC CENTER in the historic Upper Village has uploaded some video from their 2015 Spring Recital.

Click on the link to see the very talented Taylor Terry:  http://www.crotonmusiccenter.com/video.html

And check out these still shots of other performers from the recital held at The Hudson Room in Peekskill http://www.crotonmusiccenter.com/2015springrecital.html

Want to know more about THE CROTON MUSIC CENTER?

Visit their website at http://www.crotonmusiccenter.com/home.html

Or their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/CrotonMusicCenter

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SOMETHING GOOD IN THE WORLD'S NEWSLETTER SAYS THEY ARE NO LONGER ON GOUVEIA PROPERTY

FROM THE SOMETHING GOOD IN THE WORLD NEWSLETTER: After the unexpected news that our Children’s Peaceful Garden and environmental education programs were not going to be considered for the park we’d originally planned on in Croton-on-Hudson, we were incredibly lucky to find a new home for our chickens, gardens, and Earth School farm-based education programs. 

http://www.somethinggoodintheworld.org/imgs/DigitalNews_4_2%281%29.pdf

On page 5 of the pdf link above -- Laurel Gouveia is thanked: The issue of the newsletter "is dedicated to the loving memory of Laurel Gouveia and her expressed wish and vision of her home and garden being used for environmental education, for children and families of all walks of life. We miss you Laurel."

MORE FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC. FROM EVERYTHING CROTON

From 1963--and just in time for Christmas--yes you too can have a GIANT TRAILER TRUCK--WITH SPORTS CAR--AND A COIN BANK--for only $3.98 by Ideal Toys. 

But only available at CITIES SERVICE STATIONS!

Click on the photo. 

Crafting corner: We highly recommend this heavier gauge German crimped wire for creating vintage inspired ornaments--it's a lot stronger than the krausbullion though the colors are limited to silver and gold; available at Blumchen - http://www.blumchen.com/craft_shop_crf611.html 

50's inspired tin-litho rocket ship from Restoration Hardware: 
http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/08/restoration-hardware-space-master-x-7.html 


AND IF YOU LOVE OLD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, CIRCA 1970'S http://www.oldchristmastreelights.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=128


WANT MORE VINTAGE--INCLUDING A GREAT "CASTLE" HOUSE BY HOWARD? GO HERE  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/01/more-fabulous-vintage-websites-finds_24.html

LISA's THREE FAVORITE EVERYTHING CROTON VINTAGE FIRE DEPARTMENT POSTS

CROTON F.D., MEMORIAL DAY 2013, CLICK ON THE PHOTO
Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON. 

Recently Everything Croton learned that Croton's all volunteer Fire Department has already made their 237th call so far this year--and we're only half-way-or-so through 2015! Quite impressive! You can read more about that here https://www.facebook.com/CrotonFire/posts/524120881068807

And so, being BIG fans of our volunteers, one of our Everything Croton elves selected her three favorite vintage Croton F.D. posts; we thought we'd share.

Click on the links:

--A LOOK BACK @ THE CROTON F.D. 1930's & 40's http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-look-back-croton-all-volunteer-fire.html

--1973: FIRE DEPARTMENT, SAVE MY CHILD! http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/01/early-1970s-more-from-fireman-save-my.html

--1967: THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS FOR CROTON'S FIRE DEPARTMENT http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/03/1967-75th-anniversary-of-croton.html

FOR MORE ABOUT CROTON'S ALL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, VISIT http://www.crotonfd.org/

Monday, July 27, 2015

1977: CROTON COUNCIL ON THE ARTS 3RD ANNUAL CRAFTS FAIR @ SENASQUA PARK

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON. 

COURTESY OF THE OUTSTANDING ARCHIVES MAINTAINED BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, FROM SEPTEMBER 1977: CROTON COUNCIL ON THE ARTS 3RD ANNUAL CRAFTS FAIR @ SENASQUA PARK. CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW.

For more about the CROTON COUNCIL ON THE ARTS, visit  http://www.crotonarts.org/

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: VIOLET RAYS!

Everything Croton continues its very popular series GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN....and so without further ah-doo...YOU TOO CAN ENJOY THE ROAD TO HEALTH WITH....VIOLET RAYS! Click on the photo of an ad for VI-REX VIOLET RAYS, 1922.

Yes...once upon a time...A violet ray is an antique medical appliance used during the early 20th century in the obsolete medical therapy called electrotherapy. Their construction usually feature a combination of a disruptive discharge coil with an interruptor to apply a high voltage, high frequency, and low current to the human body for therapeutic purposes. Their basic construction was invented by Nikola Tesla prior to 1900, who introduced their first prototypes at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Most of the antique violet rays in the US were produced before theDepression era and some of the larger US manufacturers of violet rays were Renulife, Fitzgerald and Fisher. You can read more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violet_ray

Needless to say they promised more than they delivered!

See the last GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN POST here at Everything Croton--just click on the link http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/07/almost-gonebut-not-forgotten-spudnut.html

UPDATED: THE VINTAGE GREETING CARD FLICKR SET

We finally had a chance to update the Flickr set of vintage greeting cards and related ephemera--birthday, Christmas, baby shower cards and more. They just don't make them like this anymore!

And that's a real shame.

Click on the link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157626596767405

Click on the photo to see a 1949 birthday card discovered at a past Asbury Methodist Spring Tag Sale--an annual event and one of the best sales around. Click on the link to see some photos from the 2012 sale https://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157629869462653/

Sunday, July 26, 2015

PHOTOS, INSTALLATION OF REV. MELISSA HINNEN @ CROTON'S ASBURY METHODIST CHURCH

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON. 

Today, Asbury United Methodist Church hosted a special celebration service and light supper to welcome the recently ordained Rev. Melissa Hinnen in her new role as the full-time pastor.  Bishop Alfred Johnson, former pastor of Church of the Village offered the message. Bishop Johnson, Rev. Sherrie Dobbs Johnson, and current Church of the Village head pastor Rev. Jeff Wells led the worship service. It was a packed house with Pastor Anthony Stephens of Our Saviour Evangelical Lutheran Church in Croton also attending.

Here are some photos from the service. Copies will be sent to the parish. For more about Asbury Methodist in the historic Upper Village, visit https://www.facebook.com/AsburyCrotonUMC

Click on the photos below, all rights reserved.