From Friday, November 4th through Monday, November 7th, New York State Forest Rangers responded to at least nine wildland fires in nine different counties caused by campfires, debris burning, and power lines. [Read more…] about Wildfires Fought In Nine New York Counties Last Weekend
Bobcat Ranney: The Hermit of Dogtown
According to “A Who’s Who of Adirondack Hermits,” in the Fiftieth Anniversary edition of Adirondack Life magazine there were only two in Warren County: artist John Henry Hill at Phantom Island on Lake George and Archie “Bobcat” Ranney of Baker’s Mills.
Hill only lasted six years, from 1870 until 1876: the year he was picked up and sent to an asylum, never to return to the county. Archie, on the other hand, made his mark in Adirondack history and lore by “hermiting” for twenty years in Baker’s Mills, a hamlet in the town of Johnsburg. [Read more…] about Bobcat Ranney: The Hermit of Dogtown
Joe Gingras: A Major League Baseball Career Thwarted By War
In 1870 Francois Dieudonné Gingras left his native Canada for Manhattan where he met and married Mary Roohan. By 1896, now with three children and another on the way, this couple had settled in Saratoga Springs where they opened a grocery store.
Their oldest son, Frank, was soon brought into the family business and the store was renamed, F. D. Gingras & Son. Their youngest son, whom they had named Joseph Elzead John Gingras, was looking to pursue a far different life: baseball. [Read more…] about Joe Gingras: A Major League Baseball Career Thwarted By War
Restoring American Shad in the Susquehanna River
Native and colonial Americans fished for shad for sustenance, often smoking the flesh and consuming the roe as a delicacy.
American shad continued to be an important recreational and commercial fishery throughout the 20th Century. However, the shad stock has since dramatically declined due to shoreline development, pollution and over fishing, and as a result all recreational and commercial fisheries for American shad were closed in 2010.
As part of an effort to restore American shad (Alosa sapidissima) in New York, DEC Fisheries staff, in collaboration with the PA Fish and Boat Commission, recently stocked 322,000 American shad fry (young fish) into the Susquehanna River in Endicott, Broome County, NY.
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New Fishing Access Site On Oquaga Creek
DEC Region 7 Operations, Real Property, and Fisheries programs recently completed the acquisition and development of a parcel of land along Oquaga Creek on State Route 41 in the Town of Sanford, Broome County. [Read more…] about New Fishing Access Site On Oquaga Creek
A New Fishing Access Site at Nanticoke Creek, Broome County
The Region 7 DEC Operations crew in Kirkwood, NY, with assistance from Fisheries and Real Property staff, recently completed a new Fishing Access Site on Nanticoke Creek south of the Village of Maine just off NYS Route 26 in Broome County. [Read more…] about A New Fishing Access Site at Nanticoke Creek, Broome County
Help Sought to Solve Eagle Shooting Case
On April 3rd, NYS Environmental Conservation Officer’s (ECO) received a complaint about an unknown individual shooting a duck or goose. ECO McCormick responded, and upon investigation, determined the shot bird was a bald eagle. [Read more…] about Help Sought to Solve Eagle Shooting Case
New Oquaga Creek Fishing Access in Deposit, Broome County
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 7, with assistance from the Village of Deposit Division of Public Works, recently constructed a new angler parking area on Oquaga Creek in Broome County. The stretch three-mile long stretch between McClure and Deposit is considered among the best trout streams in the county. [Read more…] about New Oquaga Creek Fishing Access in Deposit, Broome County
Broome Co Historian Recognized For History Service
Broome County Historian Gerald Smith was chosen by the New York Academy of History to receive the 2018 Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Service in New York History. [Read more…] about Broome Co Historian Recognized For History Service
Broome Co Local History Conference Set For April
The Bundy Museum of History and Art in Broome County has announced that they are planning to hold a conference on local history on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
The museum is seeking a wide range of histories and historians. Submissions from amateur enthusiasts, family historians, K-12 teachers, preservationists, high school and college students, professional historians, storytellers, librarians, and museum employees. Papers on any aspect of Broome County’s history, from any time period, will be considered. [Read more…] about Broome Co Local History Conference Set For April