Friday, May 25, 2012

Member Kevin Storms announces Wildlife Art Class New Works 2012

Kevin Storms is pleased to announce his Wildlife Art Class at Gander Mountain in Middletown N.Y. will be showing thier latest works in a show starting June 1st, 2012 from 6.00 - 8.30 pm. 

Contact Kevin directly for more details, or email:

Monday, May 21, 2012

"What Are We Missing At Our Archaeological Sites?" Thurs., May 24, 7pm in Warwick

Chapter President, Dave Johnson will present "What Are We Missing At Our Archaeological Sites," Thursday, May 24, 7-8:30PM, to the Warwick Historical Society at the A.W. Buckbee Center, 2 Colonial Avenue, Warwick, NY 10990.
For more details see:

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tour of the Hansen Rockshelter site scheduled!

The Town of Minisink Museum (Orange County, NY) is sponsoring the first public tour of the Hansen Rockshelter site in 30 years, on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 at 2PM.  Located near the Black Dirt, the Hansen Rockshelter is the best known Native American site in town.  It was dug by the Incorporated Orange Co. Chapter (IOCC), New York State Archaeological Association in 1982.  The Museum has an easement to the cave.  It was occupied over the course of 5,000 years and has produced a variety of stone tools and a lot of Indian pottery, much of which is on display in the museum.  The bones of 28 different animals, including elk and passenger pigeon were recovered.  Recently, the New York State Museum used AMS radiocarbon dating to determine the age of raccoon bones from the site.  The next issue of The Bulletin of the NYSAA will include an article on Hansen Rockshelter.  Meet at the Town Museum (726-4148), 20 Roy Smith Drive (off Rt 284) at 2PM for a short lecture and view of the artifacts, then we will caravan to the site.  

Bill Sandy, RPA


Sandy, William
2009   Hansen Rock Shelter; A Preliminary Look at a Black Dirt Area Time Capsule.  Occasional Papers No. 3, IOCCNYSAA: pp 21-37.  IOCCNYSAA, Goshen.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Chapter Member Doc Baynes: The Mystery
of the Four Corners Fish Kill

The Mystery
of the Four Corners Fish Kill
There has been a bloody murder: fish and other wildlife in the wetlands and ponds lining Long Meadow Road all the way to the Wee Wah have been killed. 
Was it the natural consequence of pond turnover? Was it a flood of enriched waters from a beaver pond? Or was it the Town of Tuxedo’s mulch pile on Long Meadow Road?
Doc Bayne, former Environmental Educator of Sterling Forest State park, has investigated the mystery, asking questions, interviewing witnesses, following leads, and trudging through mud in order to find the facts.
Doc will present the evidence from his fact-finding mission in a half-hour illustrated lecture.  Discussion will follow.
This informational meeting is open to the public, on Thursday, May 10, 7:00 PM, at the George Grant Mason Elementary School in Tuxedo Park.  All are welcome.
Sponsored by the Sterling Forest Partnership and the Friends of Sterling Forest State Park.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

IOCCNYSAA newsletter excerpts from Vol .6, May 18, 2012

Vol. 6, May 18, 2012
 Chapter Web Site -
Chapter email -

 Chapter meetings are held on the third Friday of each month except July and August.
The May meeting will be held on Friday, the 18th, at 7:30 P.M a
Mulberry House (Middletown) Senior Center.
The address is 62-70 West Main Street in Middletown. The location is handicapped accessible. If it works for us, we will continue to hold our meetings there and then move to the new location with them. The following maps show its location.

May Program – Doc Bayne will be presenting on Iona Island.
 President’s Message
          I am very pleased to say the conference was very successful. We had presenters from throughout country and over 140 people attended from throughout the state. Several attendees commented our conferences are the best. Before, during and after the state business meeting several chapters asked me for advice regarding attracting new members and revitalizing their chapters. At the state business meeting I told them our chapter is willing to assist them in various ways, which I will explain further at our meeting. At this point in time we are the largest and most active chapter in the state. I also want to thank all the chapter members who helped make this conference a success.

Wampum Museum Field Trip
             The fieldtrip to the Wampum Museum will be held on Sunday, June 3rd. We will meet at the museum at 10 AM. If you wish to attend please sign up at the meeting or call Dave Johnson as soon as possible so we can develop a car pool if necessary.Doc Bayne will discuss the details at this month’s meeting.
 Here is the web for the museum-

           Since our last meeting we learned that former President Chuck Thomas’ wife, Alice, passed away. We extended our condolences to Chuck and family on behalf of the chapter.
           Due to the conference we are still working on the schedule through July. I will be sending an email up date within the next week and announcing the final schedule at the upcoming meeting.
 *** PLEASE NOTE - If you receive the newsletter through the US mail and not email PLEASE PHONE Dave Johnson at if you are interested in going on the Wampum field trip or to the picnic.
 June 3rd – Fieldtrip to the Wampum Museum in northern New Jersey
 June 15th – Monthly chapter meeting - speaker to be announced
 July – date to be announced – Annual picnic
 Dues are due for 2012. Please contact our treasurer, Jon Leonard, to send in your payment. Or you can pay your dues at the monthly meeting.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Two Hunters Across Time

This morning I was a fortunate turkey hunter. I never take for granted my health and the liberties this country provides for us and I am always very thankful when a hunt ends in a safe and successful way. As I was carrying my turkey out across a cornfield,  I was very fortunate to spot evidence of another hunters path and in a way our lives crossed as well. I hope that I should never tire of these pursuits.
                                                                                                                      Kevin Storms