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August 5: The Birthday of David Weininger

August 5 was the birthday of David Weininger, born in Brooklyn, New York (1952), and raised in Schenectady. He was considered a visionary and pioneer in the field of chemical informatics and he’s known for inventing a chemical nomenclature system … Continue reading

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July 6: The Birthday of Kennard F. Stephenson Jr.

On this day in 1926, my father, Kennard Frierson Stephenson Jr., was born. He grew up in Loudonville, New York, but spent his summers in Rensselaerville, where he met my mother, Ann Elmore, daughter of Katharine Huyck and Lee Elmore … 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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The Many Lives of Lincoln Pond Cottage

Tired from the day’s dull task I steal away At evening to a pond where willows grow Against the taller hemlock’s dark array; And crowning all, great sun-swept hills aglow.            (Excerpt from a poem, “Lincoln … Continue reading

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Lincoln Pond (poem)

By Edmund Niles Huyck Tired from the day’s dull task I steal away At evening to a pond where willows grow Against the taller hemlock’s dark array; And crowning all, great sun-swept hills aglow. A little pond where peaceful breezes … Continue reading

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