Ronco Construction came to Amsterdam this year to help repair roofs damaged by the hail storm in May. They rented 46 East Main Street with a six month lease and according to project manager Brook Reutter, they are thinking about making that a permanent satellite office for their company. Ronco wanted to sponsor a a block party for the city residents and with input from event organizer Sherri Crouse and Amsterdam Animal Control Officer Gina Kline, it was decided proceeds would go to help neuter or spay the stray animal population. The block party was held Saturday, August 23rd from 4-10pm with food and merchandise vendors, a DJ, live band, mystic readings and face painting.
The event was supposed to include the entire block of East Main Street from Church to Market Street and an event permit was obtained. Apparently an elected official made a call to DOT about the event who then notified Police Chief Culick who in turn told event organizers they needed 120 days notice in order to close the entire street. This resulted in the event being limited to 1/4 of the block, which seemed to accommodate those in attendance. Several city employees and elected officials were in attendance, Animal Control Officer Gina Kline, Director of Economic Development Rob von Hasseln, Alderman Rich Leggiero, Alderwoman Valerie Beekman and Mayor Ann Thane who turned her head and walked away when this taxpaying city resident greeted her with hello.
A big thanks to Sherri Crouse, Ronco Construction and the other volunteers who helped put on this benefit for a worthy cause.
Located on route 30 in Vail Mills, New York is Adirondack Animal Land, a great place to take the family for an educational adventure. That is how a few members of the Amsterdam Photography Club spent their first day of Summer. With a large variety of animals to photograph and a Safari ride through animals roaming without cages, it was a fun photographic challenge. If you are interested, their website is adirondackanimalland.com.
Feeling a bit embarrassed and sore today as I write this blog entry. With forced hot air heat and no humidifier, it tends to get a little dry in my bedroom on the second floor. About 4:30am I got out of bed to get a drink of water in the downstairs kitchen, the good filtered water from the refrigerator dispenser. Still half asleep, my disabled left arm reached for the handrail as my right foot missed the top step on the back staircase. The stairs are rather narrow, steep and (thankfully) carpeted. My arm never quite got a hold of the handrail as I began traveling down the fourteen steps laterally, bouncing my left buttock and right scapula alternately off each stair until I reached the bottom. My first planking experience was sort of surreal. My mind whirled as my naked body hurled towards the bottom of the staircase. Was this the end? What a dull way to go! I could have at least put some clothes on. I left my phone in the bedroom, how can I call for help? Then that 70’s commercial started playing in my mind, “Help I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”
Thankfully, the worry was for naught. A little soreness, some carpet burns and this blog entry are all that remain to remind me never to do that again!
The Autumnal Equinox occurs on September 22, 10:49am (Eastern Daylight Time) this year, representing the change of seasons with a day of equal light and dark; but it is Labor Day weekend that to most of us means the end of the summer. That was the case yesterday at the Great Sacandaga Lake, at the base of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, where I spent sunday of the last weekend of summer with friends at camp. The weather was fantastic, the water warm and the company good as we celebrated the end of the season. The traditional ring of bonfires around the lake and fireworks (that were better viewed from the sky), meant that autumn was fast approaching. Of course I captured the day with my camera.
There was even a litter of puppies to ogle!
It wasn’t the kind of day they had hoped for, but the Friends of the Sanford Stud Farm still entertained a good number of people today during their open house just off route 30, next to Walgreens in the Town of Amsterdam. The rain kept some people away and according to volunteer coordinator Scott Friers, only five cars showed up from the scheduled New Wave Cruiser’s Car Club because of the weather. By the time I arrived at 2:00pm, there were only two cars left; but the show must go on and inside the barn there were an array of vendors and prizes to be raffled off. Montgomery County Board of Elections had a booth encouraging voter registration. I even signed on to be an election inspector. Representatives from Historic Amsterdam League were there raising money for the organizations historic marker program. Bob Cudmore was there selling his books with the profits going to charities. There was food and a kettle corn vendor. There was a bouncy house for the kids and horses in the barns once again. It was a nice diversion even for a rainy day, all for a worthy cause.
Just about all the leaves are gone on Grove Street. With the unusually warm weather this year they seemed to cling on to the trees longer than last. I’ve been snapping a few photos with my iPhone for the past few weeks during the morning catwalk.
I find it ironic that my house is sandwiched between two churches.
My hedges produced these blue berries this year.
Ok this next photo was taken in August, but wouldn’t this rectory building from the former St Michael’s Church make a great homeless shelter? I know the City and Interfaith Partnership are looking for a place. Maybe a deal could be worked out with the Buddhists who own the building. It would help curb the urban decay here and bring some life back to the block.
All photos on this page taken with the iPhone4 are Copyrighted. In fact I spent the better part of last weekend organizing, registering and submitting copies of ALL my original blog photos with the US Copyright Office.
Most people like autumn because of the change in color of the foliage. Personally it is the dramatic lighting changes that excite me but cats also love autumn. They just can’t help it. Cats are wired to react to small moving objects as a predatory instinct. When autumn comes around, my cats become hyperactive, batting with their paws as if they are going to catch the falling leaves through the window glass. When I do take them outside it is sensory overload for them. There are just too many falling leaves to keep track of. They chase the leaves and leap into the air tying to catch them before they hit the ground.