Thanksgiving Feasts of Yesteryear

According to the Vassar Online Encyclopedia, “As the students only had a day off for Thanksgiving, very few chose to leave campus. Emma Logan McCoy described the event to her parents in 1872. Apparently, they ate an elaborate turkey feast at dinner, which was followed by a dance. President Raymond then read “The Merchant of Venice” until eight, when the students went to a reception with the teachers in the president’s parlor where the vocal teachers sang and the instrumental teachers played. The students were served ice cream in the dining hall at the rather late hour of ten-thirty before they were told to go to sleep.”

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URSI: Ashokan Reservoir Archaeology

The Ashokan Reservoir in the Catskills supplies about 40% of New York City’s drinking water. During its construction in the early 20th century, about a dozen farming communities were impounded and about 2,000 residents lost their homes and means of livelihood. Today, the NYC Department of Environmental Conservation continues a program of land acquisition to fortify the buffer around the reservoir. A recently acquired parcel is the subject of an Undergraduate Research Summer Institute project to document the reservoir’s impact on local communities.

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Update: NWS has canceled the tornado watch for Dutchess County (9/18, 8:20pm).

Update (8:20pm): The National Weather Service has canceled the tornado watch for tonight in Dutchess County. A severe thunderstorm warning is still in effect. Please be advised that the National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Dutchess County that is in effect until 11:00pm this evening, September 18, 2012. In case of severe weather, seek shelter immediately and remain there until the storm subsides.

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