Flashback Friday Archive 2019-20: Flashback Friday: Week of June 19

2020-06-19 TWIR Image-Haverstraw Bay

June 18, 1870 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Messenger

       All working sloops and schooners owned between Piermont and the Highlands on both sides of the river, or any such as may have been engaged in the brick carrying trade with in the above points at any time, are invited to a friendly contest for speed on Monday, July 4, at ten A.M., to start on line in front of the steamboat dock, foot of Main street, Warren Village.
       The distance to be sailed will be at points to be designated, north not above Stony Point, and South not below Piermont Dock, returning and terminating the race at the point of departure.
       Sloops and schooners will be entered as two separate classes as far as the awarding of prizes. But they will be expected to start at or near the same time with each other. No vessel will be allowed to sail with any other rig or sails than those which they are accustomed to use in their daily business.
       The entrance fee for each vessel will be ten ($10) dollars, and a prize will be awarded to each vessel according to their speed. The lowest prize shall not be less in value than the amount of their entrance fee. The following Committee of five will make all the necessary arrangements and award the prizes, viz.: George S. Wood, Samuel A. Vervalen, Denton Fowler, Isaiah M. Gardner, and Uriah Washburn.
       A notice for the entry of each vessel ought to be forwarded to R. A. Vervalen of Haverstraw by the close of this month, if possible. The owners and sailing masters of nearly all of the vessels in our bay have been seen and some entries have already been made, and they have all expressed a satisfaction in engaging in the contest.
       Arrangements have been made with the owners of the steamer Peter G. Coffin, to have that steamer follow the vessels on their circuit.

June 18, 1920 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

       If you were unable to attend the Flower Show at the Nyack Garden Club, and are interested in all things beautiful, just pay a visit to our Public Library and behold such beauties as you ne’er may see again. Their fragrance greets you at the door, while their splendor entrances you as you cross the threshold.  Here, you will see white peonies, delicately tinted pink ones, and the deep richer pink blooms. Roses, did I hear you whisper—oh the roses—roses from the bud just opening to the full bloom flower, pink ones . . . but oh, the red ones, they were just as beautiful as anything you could imagine. Some were in fancy baskets, others in fragile slender vases, and still others in tall jars placed in just the very best way, in just the very best place. They were here, there, and everywhere. Each one seemed to look at you and say—“Don’t you think I’m the very prettiest one of all?”—but no—they couldn’t say such things as that for flowers can’t be selfish, they give too much to you and me.

June 18, 19700 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       Clarkstown will gain a municipal swimming pool and nearly $100,000 worth of development at four park sites if the town implements all facets of a recreational master plan presented to the Town Board Wednesday night.
       The swimming pool would be built on the French Farms property at an estimated cost of $350,000 under the plan outlined by superintendent of parks and recreation Edward J. Ghiazza.
       Town board members unanimously authorized the updating of a 1968 Planning Associates, Inc., study of the French Farms site in West Nyack. They took no further action on the Parks Board and Recreation Commission's recommendations.
       Ghiazza said profits from the pool should equal operating costs—and possibly all costs—and recommended that the board consider issuing revenue bonds.
       He recommended that a permissive referendum procedure be used for the bond.
       The commission's development plans for neighborhood parks, he said, called for using money-in-lieu-of-land funds.
       Sites and projected costs for park development were: Stonehenge East, West Nyack $13,500; Reyville Estates II (Wedgewood Hills), Nanuet $35,700; Kings Park, Congers $16,500; Town Line Park, Nanuet $12,500.
       Development of smaller parks and miscellaneous expenses, he said, would cost a projected $21,800.
       Parks Board and Recreation Commission chairman Harris R. Taylor said 1970 will be "a year of rapid progress" in the fields of youth activities and park acquisition. He said the commission's proposals include development of large parklands such as Congers Lake and the Traphagen property, expansion of all athletic facilities, a store front "mini center," a regional community center, a "youth and senior exchange" center and a youth educational park.

Juneteenth 2000 – 20 YEARS AGO
Excerpt from The Journal News

Shyenne Campbell, 5, of Spring Valley wraps herself in the Jamaican flag after yesterday's Juneteenth parade. She was there with the Jamaican Civic & Cultural Association of Rockland. (Photograph by Peter Carr )

To all who celebrate, we wish you all the best for a joyous Juneteenth celebration!


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