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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Strange Weather


Last Saturday, November 22, the low was 11 degrees and the lake was frozen over.  Monday, November 24, the high was 59 degrees and the lake thawed.   Now, it's snowing like a "Governor Rick Perry there ain't no such thing as global warming" day.  And yet the lake is still thawed on November 26th!.  My weather station (click on this site for it, or view  the feed from it on the local NBC/Channel 13 weather maps) is 29 degrees.  Weatherman Bob Kovachick tells me it's going to continue to just before daybreak tomorrow morning.  Looks like a test coming up for the new, unproven, snow-thrower.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Berkshire Battalion and North Adams Steeplecats


I grew up a New York Yankee fan.  As a youngster, I wore the Yankee cap all the time, to the point where my grandmother told me I'd go bald if I kept that up.  Guess what?  She was right.  But nowadays, I've lost interest in big league sports.  Steroids, millionaire second-stringers, crazy end zone dances, absurd ticket & hot dog prices, prima donnas....   I enjoy college and minor league sports much more.  So I was very happy to discover, this week, that nearby North Adams, Massachusetts (blue collar neighbor to preppy Williamstown) has a brand new minor league hockey team.  They also have a New England Collegiate Baseball League team.




Berkshire Battalion
Click here for the Berkshire Battalion website and here for their Facebook page.  The Battalion play in the Federal Hockey LeagueClick here for a team map.





North Adams SteepleCats
Click here for the North Adams SteepleCats website and here for their Facebook page.  The SteepleCats play in the New England Collegiate Baseball LeagueClick here for a team map.

To date, six SteepleCats have made it to major league baseball.


Click here for a tour of Joe Wolfe Field -- home of the SteepleCats.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Cool Tiny Cabin!


I'm intrigued by the tiny house movement.  I think most of us buy way more house than we need -- myself included.   Apparently other do too -- my "Tiny House Movement" post has gotten more hits than any others since I've been doing this blog.

I love our place on Taconic Lake.  But... if I ever win the Lottery (which I won't, because I prefer to do my gambling on the stock market), I may have one of these cabins built for me in the remote woods of Maine.   Check out the plan and other photos of it. It's designed by David Vandervort Architects.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Petersburgh Views




Click here for a very interesting blog post someone put out on Petersburgh and the Taconic Trail history that includes some nice photos and postcards.  Hard to believe that Petersburgh once had three general stores!

Friday, October 17, 2014

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...


'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Plaque
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I'm a long-time advocate of the luncheon walk. I learned years ago that a one hour walk at noon-time does wonders for me.  It clears my mind and answers to problems just pop in my head.  So, even when I'm extremely busy, I take the luncheon walk.  Several days ago, I went strolling through downtown Troy and spotted the above plaque on the front of 225 River Street -- Some Girls boutique.


A Visit from St. Nicholas (credit: New York Historical Society)
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225 River Street, Troy

See also
Twas The Night Before Christmas Began in Troy

A Visit from St. Nicholas