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July 4: The Birthday of Vincent Schaefer

  Today is the birthday of atmospheric scientist Vincent Schaefer, born in 1906. As a scientist at General Electric in Schenectady, New York, he invented cloud seeding, a method of seeding super-cooled clouds with dry ice. He discovered the concept … Continue reading

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Scarneck, the Huyck Preserve Snapping Turtle

  Savage, sinister, vicious. A reptilian terror. These are just some of the words biologists have used to describe the ferocious snapping turtle. He lives in muddy rivers, streams, ponds, or marshes. He’ll embed himself in the mud and look … Continue reading

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The Beast from Lake Myosotis

  You may be familiar with such New York State monsters as Champ (the Lake Champlain monster), Adirondacks Bigfoot, or the Kinderhook Creature, but did you ever hear of the Beast of Lake Myosotis? In the 1960s, people in Rensselaerville … Continue reading

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HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY TO THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

August 25, 2016 When the National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916, there were just 35 national parks and monuments. Today The National Park System comprises more than 400 areas  covering more than 84 million acres in 50 … Continue reading

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Pseudoscorpion Named for Huyck Preserve

In 1955, when research fellow William B. Muchmore was searching for snails and salamanders in the deep, damp understory of the Huyck Preserve’s deciduous forests, he discovered several tiny pseudoscorpions hiding under some rocks. Pseudoscorpions look like miniature scorpions—minus the … Continue reading

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Treasures in the Archives

Have you ever tried to clean out an attic, closet, or storage bin and gotten so sidetracked by all that you found—the old correspondence, photos, and other memorabilia—that you lost track of time? Hours go by as you read those … Continue reading

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The Mill That Huyck Built

BY KATIE BARKER CAPRIO Of the 10 miles of footpaths that weave through the lands of the Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve, perhaps the most traveled and best known is the Falls Trail. The trail begins at the Mill House in … Continue reading

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Lake Myosotis

How the Lake Got Its Name BY JANET HASELEY The little blue Forget-Me-Not flower (Myosotis sylvatica) is common in the springtime in the Rensselaerville area. The lake, which is part of the Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve and is the hamlet’s … Continue reading

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LAKE MYOSOTIS POEM

I was going through some old papers that belonged to my grandmother, Katharine Huyck Elmore, and came across a poem written by the late Mills Ten Eyck in the 1930s not long after the Huyck Preserve was founded. Myosotis By … Continue reading

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Jessie Huyck: A Remarkable Woman

First appeared in Fall 2001, as “A Remarkable Woman’s Vision,” by Janet Haseley, in The Rensselaerville Press, a quarterly newsletter of the Rensselaerville Historical Society. Quiet, shy, and refined. Intelligent, determined, envisioning the future. On a first-name basis with national and … Continue reading

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