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Archive for July, 2010

Professor Lucy Johnson at the U-puku-ipi-sing site
Last Friday, as part of Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month, archeologist Lucy Johnson of Vassar College led a walk-and-talk to a very special place in local history. She took us to the spring, known as U-puku-ipi-sing, which gave Poughkeepsie its name. Although it is not located within the Casperkill watershed, […]

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Eel in the Casperkill?

Although the Casperkill may not seem like an ideal place for American eel (Anguilla rostrata), many of the people we have interviewed have seen these fish in the creek.
Vinnie Bihn, who lives close to where the Casperkill drains into the Hudson, told us that he “used to live in the pond” in his backyard.  In […]

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Old Farms Road

The Casperkill along Old Farms Road in 1955
Dr. Melody Mordock has lived on Old Farms Road for about 18 years.  The Casperkill, which runs through her backyard, is an important feature of her property.  To begin with, there are the floods:
Flooding is pretty common. The last major flood came up and just smiled at […]

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The Rochambeau Motel

Between 1951 and 1968, Vinnie Bihn’s parents ran an inn on Route 9 called the Rochambeau Motel. At the time, they lived in a house on a hill overlooking the motel property, which included a pond created by damming the Casperkill. The motel has changed owners, but Vinnie Bihn still lives in his childhood home. […]

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The Fort Homestead

The Abraham Fort Homestead is a historic house built on property that is now the Casperkill Country Club. The Homestead, which is built in a style characteristic of the Revolutionary war period—made of stone and brick, longer than it is broad, a story and a half high, and a hall through the center of the […]

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South Road, c. 1900

Route 9 is a major north-south highway that runs parallel to the Hudson River through the City and Town of Poughkeepsie. The section of Route 9 that goes through the Casperkill watershed and over the Creek as it flows out of the IBM Country Club is known as […]

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The Kimlin Cider Mill

You may have noticed an old stone building with red siding along Cedar Avenue.  In fact, the Old Kimlin Cider Mill is hard to miss, as the old barn sits so close to the road that you can almost reach out and touch it as you drive by. While the Old Cider Mill is not […]

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For two weeks in the fall of 2007, the Palmer Gallery of Vassar College was taken over by BITTER-SWEET. Developed by New Jersey-based artists Ginger Andro and Chuck Glicksman, this multimedia installation used projection, reflection, scent and sound to explore the impact of human activity on the Casperkill. BITTER-SWEET derived its name from Oriental Bittersweet, […]

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Vassar students wade through the Casperkill during a clean-up behind the K-Mart parking lot at the Rt. 44 Plaza. Among the things we picked up from the banks or pulled out of the stream were shopping carts, rebar, and plenty of litter.

July is Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month.  Organized by the Dutchess Watershed Coalition, Dutchess WAM […]

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Mr. Carlson during a Casperkill sampling session with earth science professor Kirsten Menking.

Jack Carlson has lived on New Hackensack Rd since 1999. Although his property is slightly outside the Casperkill watershed boundary, Mr. Carlson is a committed member of the Casperkill Watershed Alliance.
Nadine Souto: How did you become involved in the Casperkill Watershed Alliance?
Jack […]

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