Friday, July 26, 2013

Little Falls Water Works

This small building still stands at an intersection high above the Mohawk River and Canal in Little Falls, east of Utica. It embodies public works pride.
The engineer in me, inherited from my father and his father, causes me to pause at old water works buildings and projects. 
My grandfather worked out the water system for Oneida and Sherrill, the building of a reservoir, the bringing of pipe across 30 miles from the Tug Hill at Annsville, guaranteeing our town's pure water for generations.
I am proud of him. I enjoy thinking about the scale of the project, huge at the time, and his forethought and persistence. The enormity of public works projects today overwhelm my sense of scale. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Little Cora

Found in a far corner of the Adirondack Park, a child's head stone is very simple and designed with creativity and care.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Beachball Escapes!

Spotted sneaking out a neighbor's driveway and into the street. Later observed in the hands of a very happy little boy three blocks away, down hill and down wind! 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

140 Years!

Combined 70th Birthday party for my cousin Harry and me!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Adirondack Council: Carved Loon

Robert Padden carved this life sized loon, with iridescent feathers on its head, that was awarded to John and Margot Ernst, Conservationists of the Year, at the Adirondack Council's Annual Meeting held at Wanakena Ranger School this year. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Two Row Paddlers Going Full Tilt Down Onondaga Creek

This is taken on July 2, the first day of the Two Row paddling trip to Albany and New York City via Onondaga Creek, Onondaga Lake, Seneca River, Oneida River, Oneida Lake, the Erie Canal, Mohawk River and Hudson River. 

I am standing on the pedestrian bridge that connects Lower Onondaga Park and Kirk Park.

Onondaga Creek was as high as it gets, and the paddlers were going at top speed. What a start!

Search information about the Two Row Treaty on the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign website and countless articles appearing in local New York State newspapers and on Indian Country Today's website.

Friday, July 12, 2013

State Tower Building

The brightly lit State Tower Building on Hanover Square is an art deco piece of art! One can plainly see in this view the three different colors of brick that fool the eye into seeing an even taller building. It was built in 1927. It was and still is an Upstate skyscraper at 23 stories.
New technology has meant all the huge satellite dishes on top have been taken away. 
It it were made into apartments, I would move in immediately! I'd take the penthouse, thank you. 
Syracuse Then and Now on the State Tower Building.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Gridley Building

The Gridley Building, designed by Horatio Nelson White and finished in 1867, sided on the Erie Canal. That side, to the right, is quite plain. The more ornate building fronts on Hanover Square to the left, and Salina Street and Clinton Square straight ahead. 
The extra large window on the first floor was the main door to the building and can be seen on the Syracuse Then and Now web page linked below.
The historic Gridley Building is shown and described on Syracuse Then and Now.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Towers of Liverpool First Presbyterian Church

The towers on the Liverpool First Presbyterian Church, and especially the embellishments, the cast iron cresting and the clock, are ornate and pleasing.

This brick church was designed by architect Haoratio Nelson White. It was finished and opened in  1863.

It has an historic Keck stained glass window which we intend to feature soon.