Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Parade 2010

At 10:45 AM Michael let me out in front of Whiting’s. Walked over to 63 formerly 77. There as usual the dignitaries were greeting each other and interacting with the sparse crowd.

Assemblyman Gary Finch, Mayor Mike Quill, Legislator Tim Lattimore, State Senator Michael Nozzolio, Councilman Tom McNabb

63 formerly 77 was looking good. There were appeared to be red roses in front of the side porch and daylilies growing in the recently constructed flower box under the front windows.

The parade stepped off as scheduled at 11:00 AM.

The pipe band was the first musical unit to perform for the crowd.

Curbside at 63 formerly 77 resembled a corporal’s guard with the clan in attendance.

Moved down the street. The crowd increased especially in front of the VFW.

Took some more footage of the pipe band as they marched down Genesee Street hill.

Stood on the steps of Wegmans to take some shots from a different perspective.

Photographed my first tee-shirt back. (A project that I conceived for the summer.) Asked the gentleman for permission to photograph his shirt. He had no problem with it.

Like this reflection of the building next to Silbert’s.

Dancin’ Bill went by too fast for a frontal picture.

Dan Emmi must own more police cars than most small cities.

The Purple Lancers have reorganized. They looked crisp and played sharp.

My second tee-shirt back.

Got to love old bikes.

Some people would rather read than watch a parade.

Met up with Michael, Ryan and Emily at the Knights of Columbus. The beer tent was hopping and the pizza fritta concession was having a hard time keeping up. Waiting for Emily to get ice cream from Poppy’s, we consumed a cool drink. After which I headed home.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Memorial Day
Time to Remember

The Cayuga County Civil War monument to honor the war dead was erected in 1921 at Richardson Square in Auburn. In 1973, the monument was moved to its present site on the south lawn of Auburn Memorial City Hall.

Memorial Day, originally called Declaration Day, had its roots in the Civil War. On May 5, 1868, by orders issued by Gen. John Logan, flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers. But it was not until after World War I that most of the states began honoring their war dead on the same date: the last Monday in May.

During the Civil War Cayuga County soldiers served in nine different regiments. The 111th Regiment made up of men from Cayuga and Wayne counties sustained the second highest losses at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Week Twenty Two - 30 to Go

James Patterson along with Maxine Paetro have taken the Women’s Murder Club to new heights. Lindsay is at center stage again. Her misuse by a psychopath known as "The Lipstick Killer" will force you to flip the pages quickly. This is the James Patterson that followers of his series have come to expect.

Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks in 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (May 25)

Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading .

page 37 - I hoped that the little boy hadn't realized what was happening. I hoped he hadn't had time to be afraid.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Col. John Milton Sherwood Home

Col. John Milton Sherwood built this home with its gingerbread trim in 1844. Today it is an apartment complex at its original location at 21 Sherwood.

Col. John Milton Sherwood was the son of Issac Sherwood, who developed a thriving stagecoach business in central New York. Issac Sherwood moved his family to Skaneateles NY and opened an inn on the present site of the Sherwood Inn. This inn also housed Sherwood's stagecoach offices.

In 1823, Issac Sherwood obtained the contract to carry the U.S. mail and relocated his family in Auburn. In 1831, Issac Sherwood built the American Hotel on Genesee Street opposite Exchange Street.

Issac Sherwood's son John joined the business as chief operator. The father and son invested in the early Auburn and Syracuse Railraod.

With the stage coach business coming to an end John Sherwood purchased the Garrow farm and adjacent Steel farm on West Genesse Street and on these 360 acres built this home.

Col. Sherwood entered the farming and breeding business with a passion. Col. Sherwood introduced and breed European cattle, sheep, and swine. He planted a beautiful park around his dwelling.

After the death of his wife in 1852, Col. Sherwood would remarried and sold Sherwood farm and home to Charles P. Wood. The Sherwoods moved to Syracuse NY where Col. Sherwood died on April 20, 1871. Col. Sherwood is buried in Fort Hill Cemetery.

~ Information from the Then & Now article - The Citizen Lake Life (5/23/10)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Week Twenty One - 31 to Go

The Martha Grimes portrait on the back cover should have forewarned me this novel would involve talking animals. This aspect put me a tad oft-kilter. But the analytical gifts and charm of Superintendent Richard Jury saved the day. Good mystery.

Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks in 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Assmann returns to mound at Falcon Park

Took advantage of this warm sunny day to attend my first live baseball game of 2010.

Leo Pinckney Field at Falcon Park was hosting the NCAA Division III regional championship. The Cortland Red Dragons were taking on the St. John Fisher Cardinals.

Auburn native Mike Assmann was on the mound for the Red Dragons. Assman's masterful complete game effort helped the Red Dragons to a 6-1 win.

Mike Assman

Clubhouse Attendant

Postscript: Cortland defeated St. John Fisher for the NCAA Division III regional championship at Falcon Park on Saturday evening.

Mike Assmann earned a spot on the all-tournament team for Cortland. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday Causal Photographers

Seneca River

Today the Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) scheduled this get-together for photographers. Advertised as a program intended to a help document the plants, animals and habitats around the MAC. Photographic-naturalist Dave Spier is the leader for the event.

This was the third meeting for this series. Previous sessions were held on March 17th and April 14th

Coming upon the MAC at 8:45 AM pulled into the new pond parking area south of the entrance road to the center. There were 5 Canada Geese on the pond. Across the highway in the trees near the turnaround were two birds which I could not identify.

Yellow Warbler

Baltimore Oriole

Telescoping the MAC parking lot I found it empty. Surmising that the event was not going to be held. I drove to the end of the pool and walked to the Tom Noga blind.

From the confines of the blind I viewed 3 Lesser Yellowlegs flittering on the edge of the pond.

Lesser Yellowlegs

From here I drove to several other wildlife management areas.

Here I discovered a nest box being used by a Tree Swallow.

The Montezuma-Carncross Road provided viewing a Bald Eagle and several tree swallows and a Bluebird.


Tree Swallows & Bluebird

Along the Van Dyne Spoor Open Area two Ring-necked Ducks were gliding on the water.

Ring-necked Ducks

The day's trek turned out to be like scoring at touchdown after a busted play.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Harriet Tubman Gravesite

Sunday, May 16th, 2010, was declared Harriet Tubman Day in Auburn, NY. Tubman was cited for her work with the terminally ill.

A new flower urn filled with red geraniums was placed at Tubman's grave site.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (May 18)

Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading .

Page 99 - "The librarian wasn't keeping the escort secret; the escort was keeping the librarian a secret. The face that was kept plain and unadorned---that was the life to be kept secret."

Week Twenty - 32 to Go

Today, "Ordeal By Hunger" is rather dated if only because there are no visuals. The maps are poorly detailed. But for those yet unaware of this historical footnote, "Ordeal By Hunger" should be the first step towards understanding the dark side of the human experience. Thus, there is wisdom to be found in these pages.

Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks in 2010

Beardsley Home

The home at 194 Genesee Street was built for Alonzo Glover Beardsley. This home was occupied by the Beardsley family until 1955.

Alonzo Beardsley was born in Venice to John and Alice Booth Beardsley. The Beardsleys moved to Auburn in 1836. Alonzo studied law with John Porter and became a partner in the practice.

In 1848, Alonzo was one of the officers of the newly formed Oswego Starch Company. Alonzo held various positions with the company for more than 50 years. Alonzo also was involved in the Cayuga Chief Manufacturing Co. that in 1875 consolidated with D.M. Osborne & Company.

In 1848, Alonzo Beardsley married Anna Phillips Porter of Auburn. The couple had five children. In 1898 the Beardsleys celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a gala event at this home they built in 1850.

Upon the death of Alonzo Beardsley, the home was given to his son, Peter Beardsley and his wife, Helen Peterson Beardsley. Porter Beardsley, the youngest son of Alonzo and Anna, was born in 1863. Porter graduated from Yale University and Law School and opened his law practice in Auburn at 41 Genesee Street. Porter served as a trustee of the Seymour Library for more than 50 years and was a trustee of Fort Hill Cemetery. Porter's wife, Anna, gave music lessons and recitals in this home for many years.

The 194 Genesee Street address was known throughout Auburn for its terraced gardens of roses. The gardens were maintained for more than 51 years by the family gardener, James K. Nolan.

Upon the death of Anna and Porter, the home was sold by their heirs in 1955.

The Beardsley monument is located in the Cemetery's Glen Alpine section.

The porch additions which were built in 1890 were removed and the home was converted into an apartment house.