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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

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FOC Newsletter, Chairman’s Letter, Winter 2007-08

The Fall Fishing Outing was a complete success. The weather was sunny, but a gusty wind chilled the air. The trout cooperated nicely to provide a fabulous time for all. An outstanding luncheon was provided by the Snapper Inn and Rita Trapani donated her original rainbow trout shaped cake for desert. With 22 fishermen in attendance, we raised over $1200.

The State of New York continues to study the Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis (IPN) condition in trout at the park. It is hoped that a satisfactory resolution will come soon. Fishing will commence on February 1, 2008, as scheduled, with catch and release rules in effect until April 1, 2008.

The firm studying the feasibility of converting the ice house into a library, research area, and document storage facility has submitted a proposal that will be reviewed by the board. Until the conversion is realized, the historic documents will be stored in a local, environmentally controlled, storage facility.

Work continues on the mill. The State of New York has completed the footings and piers. The building will be lowered onto the new piers soon after they are faced with original old stone. The board accepted a bid from Joe Masandrea for this stone work, which has been started and is moving along at a rapid pace. The Friends contributed $10,000 towards the cost of completing the stone facing, so we have even more vested interest in the restoration. After the mill is lowered onto the new foundation, the next steps will be replacing the damaged timbers and supports and fitting the building with new shingles, windows, doors and roof. Eventually, we hope to have a working 19th century mill, a worthwhile goal for us to have accomplished.

This is my first letter as Chairman of the Friends. I appreciate the board appointing me as Chairman and will try to do my best to follow in Richard Remmer’s footsteps. Richard has done a great job for the past nine years and fortunately will continue on the board as an experienced advisor and as an active participant. I have been a member of the board for the last 12 years and look forward to our continued efforts to preserve and maintain a park of which we are all proud to be a part.

Sincerely,
Bob Labuski


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