Saturday, December 18, 2010

2010 Final Meeting of the Year & Holiday Grab Bag!

Following the shortened final meeting of the year, Pres Dave presided over our annual Grab Bag fest.  Thanks to all who brought in all the wonderful refreshments!
A few snapshots:

Henry settles in with the Aztex book, for a few moments.

Some items, like the Atlatla made the rounds!

After loosing the Atlatla, Gary picked out this point on a string, until:

 Terri & Jon's bag of honey also went around the room:

 Lots of laughs; and a few tears!

Happy Holidays to one and all!

See next year!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Longtime member Kenny Greene passes.

Kenny was a long time member known for his carvings of Clovis Point clocks, given as prizes to members.

   Kenneth Eugan Greene, 74, formerly of Hopkinton, died Sunday, May 14, 2006, at the United Helpers Canton Nursing Home, where he was a resident since 2004. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family in the Maplewood Cemetery in Hunter, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to HOSPICE and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676. He is survived by a sister, Dorothy Greene Reome of Lady Lake, Florida and a niece and a nephew. Mr. Greene was a self-employed carpenter and craftsman. He was also a member of the Archeology Society. 
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Chapter Newsletter: Vol. 12, December 17, 2010 excerpts

60 Decker Drive, Middletown, N.Y. 10940
Vol. 12, DECEMBER 17, 2010

Chapter meetings are held on the third Friday of each month except July and August at the Methodist Church in Goshen, which is located on the corner of Main Street and Court Lane. All are welcome.

** Meeting Notice: The December meeting will be held on Friday the 17th, at 7:30 P.M. The highlight of this meeting will be a Christmas Party.

President’s Message:  

            Once again I have to start out congratulating Chuck Tudor for a job well done with the annual dinner at the Fountains. The food, atmosphere and speaker were great and several people commented on how much they enjoyed the evening. The following members received awards:

Quinguagenary Member:
Ray Decker – 50 + 1
Bill Scott

Distinguished Service:
Edward J Lenik

Certificate of Merit:
Clif Patrick
Barry Kass
Gary Keeton
Kevin Storms

Most Active Member:
Stephanie Tice

Order of the Trowel:
Gary Sipila
Glen Keeton
Priscilla Johnson
Sharon Assmus 
Christmas Party

            The December meeting will feature the Christmas Grab-bag. We tried it last year for the first time and everyone really enjoyed it. Here are the rules:

  1. You can attend the meeting and not participate in the grab-bag.
  2. Anyone who wishes to participate in the grab-bag needs to contribute a gift.
  3. Although archaeological themes are welcome other gift ideas are also acceptable such as baked items. In other words simply use your imagination.
  4. We are suggesting the value of the gift be up to $10.
  5. All gifts need to be wrapped and identified as to gender specific if needed.
  6. All participants draw a number.
  7. Number 1 goes first followed by consecutive numbers.
  8. Upon taking a gift it needs to be opened and shown to the group.
  9. Following number 1 each of the other participants can either take a gift from the table or from one of the other participants with a lower number. 
  10. If your gift is taken you can either go back to the table or take an open gift from another person.
  11. After all the numbers are completed and gifts opened the person with number one can exchange their gift with anyone they choose.
  12. All participants are encouraged to take a gift from another person if they like that gift. This is what makes it more interesting. So don’t be bashful.

*** If anyone is interested in bringing something for the Christmas refreshment table please let David and Priscilla Johnson know in advance.



January 20, 2011 - Monthly Meeting – Donald Bayne will discuss the history of Iona
            Island, which is located in the Hudson River near West Point.

February 18, 2011 - Monthly Meeting – David Johnson will discuss the importance of the
            sacred lakes and mountains of Peru’s northern Andes Mountains known as the
            Paramo. Current rituals will show how they can be used to develop a better
            understanding of the ancient cultures.

March 18, 2011 - Monthly Meeting - Barry Kass will be speaking on ancient Greek
            civilizations. He visited several sites with his students and some of our chapter
            members last spring.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Florist dig 2010 season officially ended!

Hi all! Just wanted to let everyone know that we will not be meeting this weekend at the Florist Site. While the company is great and the finds are greater, mother nature is telling us to give it a rest for a while! The morning temps mixed with the sticky moisture of the soil provides enough indication that we should wrap up and resume when the ground has thawed. Thank you so much to everyone who was able to join us this field season. I am so pleased with the enthusiasm for the site as well as the chapter. 

A special thanks as well to Gary Keeton and Clif Patrick for their wonderful commitment to the project! There is lots to be done still when we are able to get back in the dirt, and I will be letting everyone know when we will begin again next season. For anyone who is intesterested, I would like to schedule some days this winter for artifact processing. Artifact washing can be tedious, but processing collections is where some of the best knowledge is gained! Please let me know if you are interested and we can schedule further after the holidays. Best wishes to everyone for a safe and very happy holiday season!


Contact Stephanie directly or via email at to sign up for artifact processing.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

2010 Annual Dinner

Following an excellent dinner at the Fountains, Vice-President, Chuck Tudor, and Program Chair, Fred Assmus, introduced  our featured speaker: Dr. John Hart, of the New York State Museum.
He gave a very well delivered talk about the three sister system of agriculture, the conventional history of these corps in the northeast versus recent findings.

President Dave Johnson presented:
Bill Scott a certificate in recognition of his 50 years active membership and many contributions to the Chapter!

Stephanie Tice receives Most Active 2010 Member Award.

Certificate of Merit to Barry Kass.

Certificate of Merit to Gary Keeton.

Kevin Storm's Certificate of Merit.

Inducted into the "Order of the Trowel" tonight:
Gary Jay Sipila.

Priscilla Johnson.

Sharon Assmus.

Glenn Keeton.

A few snapshots from the evening: