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Scary encounter with the Grog Hollow Monster

All’s well that ends well. But for a moment, we thought we were doomed. It was a glorious Easter morning, March 23. We had just finished a joyous sunrise service on the aptly... read more...


The elusive old road between Woods Corners and South New Berlin

The earliest evidence that a road existed between the Village of Norwich and the hamlet of South New Berlin is the 1855 map. Prior to that there was none. At least that is wha... read more...


Souvenirs of Yesteryear: Farmstead Archaelogy

Local history is frustrating because of the lack of written records from our earliest settlers. The first Euro-American to write about entering Chenango County was Richard Smi... read more...


Souvenirs of Yesteryear: Stealth Tourists

See all those tourists in the photo? Probably not, because they are invisible. That is why I call them “stealth tourists.” On that table in the center of the photo is a regist... read more...


Souvenirs of Yesteryear: The Jordan Spreader

This article is not about John the Baptist trying to emulate Moses. It is about a railroad car. Not just any ordinary railroad car either, but a rather imposing contraption. T... read more...


Who lived here and when?

Two archaeological questions immediately pop into my mind when I gaze at land near a river. Who lived here? When? In the photo Gail Merian is telling me the who and when of ... read more...


Souvenirs of Yesteryear: Plasterville

A little hamlet aptly named for one of its main products, Plasterville is nestled in the southeastern quadrant of the Town of North Norwich. In fact, it is so well nestled tha... read more...


Souvenirs of Yesteryear: Day which still lives in infamy

Most of you reading this newspaper were probably born after Sunday December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy,” as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt designated it. ... read more...


Souvenirs of Yesteryear: Consolidating Chenango into three towns

If the City of Norwich dissolved itself, then the Town of Norwich would have to take it, like it or not. The legalities are beyond me, but what if the City just reverted to b... read more...


Souvenirs of Yesteryear: Fellow traveler

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child; I felt as a child; I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away the things of a child.” So said Saint Paul (1 C... read more...


Souvenirs of Yesteryear: Eel weir in the Unadilla River

A large V-shaped, man-made, stone structure lies on the bottom of the Unadilla River about a quarter-mile north of Batterson Bridge. One of the photos shows it from a high ban... read more...


Souvenirs of Yesteryear: Low-Down Wagon Works

“You low-down, dirty, shiftless skunk” is a hostile accusation I remember from old movies and comic books. So upon first hearing of the Low-Down Wagon, I thought it was a dero... read more...


Souvenirs of Yesteryear: Canal Lock 100

The Chenango Canal (1837-1878) had 116 locks between Utica (Lock 1) and Binghamton (Lock 116). Locks 85 through 105 were in Chenango County. The canal had two hydraulic probl... read more...


Souvenirs of Yesteryear: Iroquoia

If you can read only one book on the Iroquois, read this one: “Iroquoia.” Published in 2003 by Syracuse University Press, this book is both readable and full of facts. More... read more...


Souvenirs of Yesteryear : Canal water

The Chenango Canal ran for 45 miles through the spine of its namesake county from 1837 to 1878. It provided the transportation that drove the local economies and shaped much o... read more...



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